When you signed up as a consumer of Kay Electric Cooperative, you automatically became a member and part owner of the utility. That’s how cooperatives work: Every consumer-member has a say in how the utility operates.
To make your voice heard, attend your cooperative’s annual meeting this year. You’ll hear reports from co-op officials on how the business is doing. You’ll also help elect the co-op’s board of directors. Only consumer-members are eligible to hold seats on the board of directors, so local people—not faraway stockholders—are running things at your community’s utility.
Per the KEC Bylaws:
SECTION 3.01: Annual Meeting
The annual meeting of the members shall be held during the month of April of each year at such place within a County or any portion thereof, and within the State of Oklahoma, served by the Cooperative, as selected by the Board and which shall be designated in the notice of the meeting, for the purpose of electing Trustees, passing upon reports for the previous fiscal year and transacting such other business as may come before the meeting. It shall be the responsibility of the Board to make adequate plans and preparations for the annual meeting. Failure to hold the annual meeting at the designated time shall not work a forfeiture or dissolution of the Cooperative.