Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative’s activity-packed 71st annual meeting is set to take place Saturday, September 19, 2009, at the Grove Civic Center.

Cooperative members who attend the event will enjoy free food and giveaways; an opportunity to win numerous prizes drawings — nine of which will be $500 electric credits; health screenings; outdoor arts & crafts displays; and live entertainment.

Members will be asked to decide the outcome of a run-off for the trustee seat in District 4 and confirm incumbent nominations in both Districts 6 and 8. Vying for the District 4 seat are incumbent Tom Kemohah and challenger John Myers. Buck Gay and Bill Kimbrell were nominated by acclamation in Districts 6 and 8, respectively.

Craig General Hospital will once again offer screenings during the health fair. This annual meeting perk will be held at the south end of the civic center between the hours of 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Hospital staff reminds those who plan on participating in the screenings to fast for at least 12 hours prior to being tested to ensure accurate results.

Screenings to be offered include: lipid panel (HDL, LDL, triglycerides and blood sugar), PSA (prostate screening), blood pressure, blood sugar (glucose test) and pulse ox. Due to the cost of the equipment involved, a $5 charge will apply to the lipid panel and PSA tests. All other screenings will be performed free of charge.

Outdoor booth space on the south perimeter of the civic center parking lot has been designated for area arts & crafts vendors. Space is available free of charge, but must be reserved in advance of the meeting by calling NEOEC Public Relations Coordinator Amy Claborn at 918-256-9392. Set-up must take place by 7:30 a.m. the morning of September 19 and tear-down must begin at noon that day.

Headlining the entertainment portion of the event will be former star of television’s Hee Haw. Snider will be joined on the main stage by northeast Oklahoma’s own Downing Family, a Rogers County clan that specializes in traditional bluegrass gospel music.

Hailing from Catoosa, the Downings regularly tour the four-state area and are a regular attraction in Branson, Missouri, where they have played five years running. They were nominated for the Bluegrass Gospel Group of the Year in 2007, and were invited to represent Oklahoma in playing the America’s 2008 Family Music Group festival in Tennessee. They have also been selected to play the Oklahoma’s Best Tour in 2010. The Downings have produced two delightful albums: On the Other Side, and their latest, The Writing’s on the Wall.

Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative is also excited to bring Doug Rye, America’s most trusted energy efficiency expert, to its 71st annual meeting. Rye, host of one of the most critically acclaimed radio broadcasts in the country, has graciously accepted the invitation to address co-op members as the guest speaker during the cooperative’s business meeting. NEOEC is proud to be bringing Rye’s wealth of knowledge to members who find themselves among the ever-growing portion of the population concerned about conserving energy usage and saving money. Rye’s “Home Remedies” show has aired for 15 years in 14 states. The broadcast has helped thousands of homeowners reduce heating and cooling bills. The call-in format program airs at 9:05 each Saturday morning and can be heard locally on FM radio KGVE 99.3.

If you have questions regarding Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative’s annual meeting, call and speak to a member services representative at 1-800-256-6405.