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From the CEO
October is cooperative month, and I wanted to take this opportunity to talk about how special it is to be part of a cooperative. The generations before were a part of something extraordinary and ground-breaking

What drives FreeState Electric Cooperative? Purpose. Members. Service.

It's all part of the cooperative DNA. Learn more about powering America.
Leading the Way:
Cooperative Governance
FreeState Electric Cooperative trustees are local veterinarians, teachers at your child’s school, farmers, ranchers, local insurance agents, and community champions. Every decision they make impacts them the same way it affects you. 

Operation Round-Up Gives Back
It’s all about giving back. Members of FreeState Electric Cooperative who have “rounded up” their monthly bills have contributed to a fund that has granted $67,980 to 24 local organizations for community betterment.

October is Cooperative Month, and FreeState stresses the seven principles that guide FreeState––from how they run the co-op, to how they engage with our local communities. Concern for the city is the seventh principle and one that FreeState values year-round.

The FreeState Community Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization set up to represent the members of FreeState and the funds collected through Operation Round-Up® for charitable purposes. The mission of the foundation is to distribute money raised to worthwhile, charitable and educational projects or programs that will improve lives and respond to immediate needs within the counties where the cooperative provides electric service.

FreeState Electric Cooperative is hosting its second energy fair and member appreciation event on Wednesday, October 24 from 4 to 6 p.m. in Topeka.

The event will also include a community soap drive to assist food pantries across the area. 

The Energy Fair is open to FreeState members, and area community members. Local businesses will be on hand to distribute information regarding solar energy, home efficiency, and energy conservation. A meal will be provided, and there is no charge to attend this event, but members are encouraged to bring new soap items to donate or make a cash donation. 

The FreeState offices in Topeka and McLouth will be accepting soap items or cash donations until Oct. 31. Donations can be dropped off from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at either office. 
The Kansa Prairie Quilters of Oskaloosa are set to host their fourth annual Quilt Show on Sat., Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Oskaloosa School Library. 

The annual quilt show is a showcase event for the group that brings locals together to raffle off a handmade quilt from the group. This year two “Garden Party” quilts will be raffled off. All proceeds of the raffle ticket sales will be used to support the numerous non-profit organizations in Jefferson County. 

Raffle tickets are $5 for six tickets or $1 for one ticket and can be purchased from one of the group members, or at the show on Dec. 1.

For more information, email 
America’s Electric Cooperative’s are asking lawmakers to consider three priorities when discussing the Farm Bill. 

1. Remove Senate changes to Rural Electrification Act loan program. Why? Because cooperatives depend on the USDA loan program to assist in funding the building of infrastructure.

2. Promote true high-speed broadband for rural areas. Why? While FreeState does not offer broadband services, some cooperatives across the country are exploring this service for member-owners.
3. Include funds for rural economic development and innovation. Why? Rural revitalization and economic development benefits FreeState members.
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In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.
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