SWRE to hold 78th annual meeting

by Michael Bush - fbush@civitasmedia.com

All Southwest Rural Electric Cooperative members are encouraged to attend their annual meeting next Thursday, Aug. 13. SWRE members from Oklahoma and Texas will meet in Vernon, Texas for their organization’s 78th annual meeting.

This year’s event is being held at Vernon’s Wilbarger Memorial Auditorium, 2100 Yamparika Street. The meeting will include a health fair, entertainment, prizes, and a co-op business meeting.

Registration will begin at 2 p.m. and continue through 6:55 p.m. The health fair will begin at 4 p.m., and is being coordinated by Wilbarger General Hospital. Screenings will include blood sugar and cholesterol, grip strength, and carotid artery screening. The hospital’s radiology and rehabilitation departments will be represented, and numerous health vendors will also be present at the health fair.

The Eagle Flats Brats, a Vernon dulcimer group, will perform from 6:15-6:45 p.m. prior to the co-op meeting.

The mountain dulcimer is a simple stringed instrument that was originally developed by settlers in the Appalachian Mountains to play music that they knew by ear. “Dulcimer” means “sweet sound”. When played, the dulcimer strings create a consistent hum or drone effect.

The Eagle Flats Brats dulcimer group was formed in 2011 when the instrument was introduced as part of the Vintage Vernon Festival. The group performs many kinds of music, including gospel, old-time fiddle tunes, and cowboy music. They also have brass and other string instruments in their band.

The group performs often in the Vernon area.

The SWRE business meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

Co-op members will receive numerous gifts at registration that will include a hat, rain gage, and LED flashlight. Every co-op member who registers at the annual meeting will receive a $25 credit to his September SWRE electric bill (one credit per membership). Prize drawings will follow the business meeting. More than 100 prizes will be given, including energy certificate credits, gift cards, and electrical appliances. Top prize will be a $500 energy certificate.

SWRE is an electric cooperative that serves customers in a 6,000 square mile area of southwest Oklahoma and north Texas. Because it is a cooperative, its customers are also its members and are therefore encouraged each year to attend the annual meeting and take an active part in the democratic process of running their business enterprise.

An annual report has been mailed to each SWRE member. The report contains a registration form and complete information about the annual meeting.

by Michael Bush


Reach Michael Bush at fbush@civitasmedia.com

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