April 13, 2012
Unplugged Roulet Report In November, 2011 WFEC elected to out-source construction of approximately $25 million of Transmission Projects to Sandridge Resources. Again at the February, 2012 Board Meeting, WFEC expedited and out-sourced an additional group of Transmission projects. The total cost of the two groups was about $50 million dollars. Why did WFEC not elect to do these projects ourselves? Several reasons come to mind. First WFEC is capable of completing about $25 - $30 million of capital T&D projects a year, and that is about the dollar value of projects WFEC intends to do itself in 2012. Second, the out-sourced group has a very short time-line to complete the projects, and WFEC is just not staffed to perform this much work within such a short amount of time. Why not hire more staff? That just wonâ€™t help get the work done by the end of 2012. The hiring process alone would take until the end of 2012 and we would then be two years behind, and the load requiring the work would have gone somewhere else, and our member/owners would be extremely unhappy. Additionally, what do you do with the extra staff once the work load returns to normal and they are no longer needed? The vast majority of this new load requiring facilities and upgrades is related to natural gas and oil development in Oklahoma. New jobs are being created, Oklahoma is gaining tax revenue, land owners are receiving royalty payments and generally they are helping overall economic development within the state. Employees sometimes fear out-sourcing, however in this case it is not meant to do away with jobs, but to reduce a back-log of work that has been steadily increasing over the past few years. WFEC will own and maintain all these facilities and in the end will likely need to increase head count to perform the additional work.
NOTE: DEADLINE FOR MOORELAND RETIREMENT SEMINAR SIGN UP - WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18
Save the Date! 2012 Retirement Planning Seminars WFEC invites employees who are within 10 years of retirement are invited to attend the 2012 Retirement Planning Seminars. Spouses are encouraged to join in. NRECA will send professional financial advisors to facilitate the programs. 2-Day Seminars – The focus is on understanding NRECA’s retirement plans, distribution options, estimating retirement expenses, investing before and during retirement, how IRAs work, Social Security, health care costs, estate planning and taxation. Three identical sessions will be held at the Mooreland plant, the WFEC Headquarters in Anadarko and at the Hugo plant. The seminar dates:
2012 RETIREMENT PLANNING SEMINARS Location Mooreland Headquarters Hugo
Date May 16-17 June 5-6 June 7-8
Register by: March 30 April 30 April 30
Outpost crews are invited to attend whichever program works best for them. Spouses are encouraged to join in. Employees will sign up for the seminars through PeopleSoft HR. You’ll need to fill in the Course number and the Session number. Here is the path: PeopleSoft HR > Self-Service > Learning and Development > Request Training Enrollment > Search by Course number (HR0040) > Pick a Session > Continue > Submit Request. PeopleSoft HR then sends this request to your supervisor. The supervisor will need to log into PeopleSoft HR to approve your request.
The Course number is: HR0040
The Session numbers are: - Mooreland – 0008 - Headquarters (Anadarko) – 0009 - Hugo – 0010
(for all locations)
If you have questions, please contact Marsha Baker in Human Resources at 405-2474450, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Did we mention that spouses are encouraged to join in?
Emily Nicole Jones arrived at 7:29 p.m. Friday, April 6 at Comanche Memorial Hospital in Lawton. She weighed 6 pounds 15 ounces and was 21 inches long. She is the daughter of Jonathan & Ashlee Jones, and the Granddaughter of Steve & Freida Jones. Emily was also welcomed home by big brother, Joseph, age 3. Freida is an accounts payable specialist in Accounting.
Upcoming Brown Bag Lunch Schedule April 25, Anadarko Plant: 11:30 a.m. Breakroom May 8, Hugo Plant: 11:30 a.m. Breakroom
Allergy Tips for Your Nose Woes Itchy, watery eyes, runny nose and sneezing – they can make you feel like you’re allergic to life. You want relief from these allergy symptoms, but you’re not sure what your options are. You may even be taking allergy medications, but your symptoms still persist. How can you avoid allergy attacks and make living with allergies more bearable? One of the best steps you can take is to avoid the substances (allergens) you’re allergic to.* This holds true for allergic rhinitis—allergies to mold, pollen and pet dander—or allergies to specific foods or drugs. Strategies may vary depending on what you’re allergic to. Try these tips for avoiding dust mite or mold allergies:
Maintain a humidity level of 50 percent or less in your home. Use an air conditioner in the summer. Cover your mattress, box spring and pillows with plastic or allergen-proof covers. Remove carpeting. Purchase non-upholstered furniture and washable draperies.
If you’re allergic to pollen:
Stay indoors when pollen counts are high. Keep windows in your home and car closed.
For pet dander or cigarette smoke allergies:
Keep pets outside if possible. Institute a “No smoking” policy in your home. Avoid exposure to cigarette smoke.
Find more ways to clear the air on your allergy symptoms by visiting Blue Access® for Members at www.bcbsok.com. *Source: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research A Division of Health Care Service Corporation, a Mutual Legal Reserve Company, an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
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Hugo Plant Employee Retires Mike Compton, journeyman mechanic at the Hugo Plant, announced his retirement after 30 years. He is pictured here receiving a photo of the plant, signed by all Hugo employees from Allan Ousley, mechanical maintenance supervisor. Hugo Plant Manager, David Sonntag (far left), also presented Mike with his retirement bonus.
Shopping Savings Avoid the lure 10157 of spring sales. Before you shop, take inventory of what you have, and determine whether you truly need anything new. Borrow and share. Rather than purchasing an item that you’ll use only every now and then, consider borrowing from a neighbor or friend. This way you won’t spend money on something that will sit collecting dust most of the year. Buy used when possible. Garage sales, thrift stores, consignment shops and various online sources offer the same items for a fraction of the price! (tip courtesy of Cathy Huppert) Evaluate 10261 your habits. Convenience is often deemed the key factor in why we use debit and credit cards for purchases. To help curb your spending, try using only cash. Having to hand over the physical bills helps give you a better idea of how much you’re actually spending, and may make you think twice before buying something. Make a list. Before you head out on any spring shopping ventures, make sure you have a list. Sticking to your list can be your best defense against unnecessary purchases.
Power Generation Supports Autism Awareness Month! Have you been to the Hugo Plant recently? Next time you drive by, look up at the stack. Hugo plant employees have put blue lights on the maintenance lights on the stack to show their support for Autism Awareness Month. The employees at the Anadarko Combined cycle Cooling Tower have also turned their lights blue in support of Autism Awareness Month. This is the 3rd year Autism Speaks has run the “Light it Up Blue” campaign during Autism Awareness Month.
2012 Autism Oklahoma PieceWalk and 5K Want to Support Oklahoma Families? Come out to Bricktown Ballpark on Saturday, May 5, 2012 for the 2012 Oklahoma Autism “Piecewalk and 5K”. The Piece Walk was born to give Oklahoma families affected by autism a day of togetherness, a day to support awareness in our state, and a means to support Oklahoma autism programs. With over 5,000 walkers and 500 runners participating in the event each year, it is the largest autism event in our state. You will not want to miss this event. Make plans to attend, start a team, or run a 5K and join in on the message of support for families affected by autism in Oklahoma. Find out more at http://www.piecewalk.org/Home.aspx.
Autism in the News Autism Prevalence Increases to 1 in 88 Children. For more information: http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/29/health/autism/index.html?iref=allsearch Mom’s Weight May be a Risk Factor for Autism. For more information: http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2012/04/09/moms-weight-or-diabetic-condition-may-be-a-factor-inautism/?iref=allsearch Genetic Research Reveals Pieces of Autism Puzzle. For more information: http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2012/04/05/genetic-research-reveals-pieces-of-autismpuzzle/?iref=allsearch Life with Autism: Your Stories. For more information: http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/02/health/autism-stories-irpt/index.html?iref=allsearch
Brown Bag Lunch Held at Anadarko HQ A Brown Bag lunch was recently held at the Anadarko Headquarters Building. Senior Management updated employees and answered questions about what’s going on at WFEC. Doorprize winners were Melinda Witte, Dawne Massey and Brittany Hicks.
OAEC Holds Annual Meeting The 70th Annual Meeting of the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives (OAEC) was held recently in Oklahoma City. Board members, directors and representatives from all the cooperatives that are part of OAEC met for the two-day business meeting at the Marriott Hotel. OAEC represents electric co-ops views to our state and national legislators. Among the speakers at the event was NRECA’s CEO Glenn English. His topic was, “Our Work Isn’t Finished”. Before he became leader of the National Rural Electric Association (NRECA), English was a popular U.S. Representative from Oklahoma. He is a native of Cordell, Oklahoma. And, if you drive through his hometown, one of the first stop lights is located on Glenn English Boulevard.
Pike Named to ASME Research Committee Chemical Systems Supervisor, Tom Pike, was recently elected and inducted as a full member in to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ (ASME) prestigious Research Committee on Power Plant and Environmental Chemistry. This is a selective honor that is awarded to only about 100 of the world’s most widely recognized scientists for their competence and experience in the field of environmental chemistry related to electrical power generation. Pike has been with WFEC for 30 years. As plant chemist, he supervises a laboratory and a team of chemists and technicians. He represents 05172 WFEC in both technical and regulatory matters with the EPA and other government organizations. His national speaking engagements and authorship of patents have brought him both national and international recognition as a world-class chemist. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and a Master’s Degree from California State University. Pike’s recent election to ASME’s Research Committee on Power Plant and Environmental Chemistry is one of several professional honors that he has earned. Others include his listing in Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, and Men of Achievement International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England.
It looks like Finley May Hatfield enjoyed her Easter egg hunt. 18 month old Finley is the daughter of Julie and Jared Hatfield of Keller, Texas and the granddaughter of Gary Gilleland, V.P., of Generation.
Happy Birthday wishes go out to all WFEC employees enjoying a birthday. Have a wonderful day! Tyler Heinsohn Doug Doan
Charles McMillan Brett Moser Bobby Cody Sammy Stubbs
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Tyler Brisco 4/14 Robin Yarnell 4/16 Terry Wilkins 4/17 Curtis Price 4/22 Bobby Hendricks 4/23
“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.” ~William Shakespeare
Hidden Employee Numbers
Congratulations to Jim Cofer for finding his employee number in the last issue of the Unplugged. Sorry, Richard Ross did not. You could be the next winner of a $10 Logo Room credit. If you find your employee number in this edition, call Brittany Hicks at Ext. 4335. Please use your credit before the next payday if possible.