Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative will commemorate its 75th anniversary this month with a blowout annual meeting celebration. The special “Diamond Anniversary REC Day” will take place Saturday, September 21 at the Civic Center in Grove.

Fittingly, the cooperative will present one of its members with a one-carat diamond during the prize drawings held that day. Another lucky NEOEC member will leave the meeting the proud, new owner of a truck, the event’s grand prize.

Members may register between 8 a.m. and noon. A brief business meeting will follow at 12:15 p.m. during which time the results from the trustee election will be announced. Prize drawings will follow immediately thereafter.2013 REC Day in Grove

“Celebrating 75 years of service here in northeast Oklahoma is something we consider very special,” said NEOEC General Manager Anthony Due. “We want to extend an invitation to our membership, young and old, to join us in Grove and be part of this landmark occasion.”

Special indeed. How often does your utility company give away a truck and a diamond? Of course, these are but a few of the incentives that await members during the 2013 annual meeting.

Members who register qualify themselves for numerous prize drawings. They can win flat screen televisions, a washer/dryer set, a new refrigerator, and much more. Five children will win new laptop computers.

And let’s not forget about over $6,000 in electric credits that will be awarded to members from the each of the cooperative’s nine districts.

Once registered, members need not be present to win most prizes. However, you’ll need to stick around to qualify for the two biggest prizes: the diamond and the truck.

Names of winners will be announced at the meeting. If you are one of the lucky winners and aren’t present to claim your prize, the co-op will contact you and let you know within a few days.

REC has food and entertainment covered, too. Doughnuts and coffee will greet morning arrivals at the civic center. As lunchtime approaches, hot dogs will be grilled up and served with soda, chips and all the fixings.

The civic center stage will be rockin’ with the sounds of musical legend Tommy Allsup and his band, The Coin Tossers. A couple of former REC Day headliners, Shawn Howe and Monte Gaylord, are set to open for Allsup, starting at 9 a.m.

A trade show on the floor of the civic center will feature displays from local organizations, various cooperative products and services, and some good deals from cooperative subsidiary enterprises.

Members are invited to browse the arts & crafts booths outside on the south end of civic center parking lot, where vendors are sure to have a variety of interesting items for sale.

New this year for younger co-op members is an outdoor kidzone complete with numerous game booths and prizes. The kidzone will be located under a big big tent in the northeast corner of the civic center parking lot.

Craig General Hospital will once again offer valuable health screenings available to co-op members during REC Day. Health checks are available to co-op members between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. at the south end of the civic center. A fee may apply to cover the cost of certain tests. Those participating in the blood draw are advised to not eat anything after midnight on September 21.

As cooperative shareholders, REC members have a unique opportunity to have a voice in the direction of the cooperative. They can do this by voting in the general election. Five individuals will be vying for three seats on the board of trustees. The individuals whose names will appear on the 2013 ballot include: incumbent Benny Seabourn and challenger Ronnie Lane from District 2, incumbent incumbent Jim Wade and challenger Larry Holloway from District 7, and incumbent Jack Caudill from District 9.

A very special stroll down memory lane awaits cooperative members who remember life without conveniences afforded by electricity. A display sponsored by Har-Ber Village of vintage pre-electricity items, aptly named “Diamond Reflections,” will be the centerpiece of the 75th REC Day.

“We realize that we have members out there who have been with us every step of the way. They’ve been here from day one—when the lights first came on,” said Due. “The Diamond Reflections collection is a tribute to them. This visual experience will give our younger members a small glimpse at life before electricity. It will afford many of us a deeper appreciation for those who endured the hardships that existed before this convenience.”

So come on out to the Grove Civic Center on Saturday, September 21st, and help Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative commemorate it’s 75th anniversary with a blowout annual meeting and celebration.