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From the CEO
October is cooperative month , and I am taking this opportunity to talk about how unique it is to be part of an electric cooperative. Generations before us were a part of something extraordinary and ground-breaking. Decades ago they gathered to solve the problem of getting electricity to places investor-owned utilities weren’t interested in serving. They invested in forming a distribution cooperative they had part ownership of, and it empowered them to make living in rural Kansas just a little bit easier. 

The Power of Connection
When the lights go out, so do our linemen. They work together in difficult circumstances, but what keeps them safe is often the bond between them. It’s a powerful connection.

Our Guiding Principles
It’s a great time to be an electric cooperative member. Not only is FreeState locally owned, but it is also locally controlled by you, our members.

A New Cooperative Energy
Across the nation America’s small communities are changing, but not in the way you think. As these communities change, the values held by generations before to make these communities thrive, are stronger than ever. 

Energy Fair Scheduled
FreeState Electric Cooperative is hosting their annual health fair and member appreciation day on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 4 to 6 p.m. It is the 3rd year for the event that also includes a community soap drive to assist multiple food pantries across the area.

We want to hear your story and share it with the new generation of cooperative members. As we talk about a new energy and the future of cooperatives we also want to connect with our past to feature stories describing the time when the co-op brought power to the farm, ranch or rural residence. We are asking for help from our members. Submit your stories or photos from the past that highlight when Kaw Valley Electric Cooperative or Leavenworth-Jefferson Electric Cooperative brought power to your lives. 
Did you live on a farm? Did you get new electric appliances? Do you remember when you were able to flip a light on for the first time in the home or barn? We want to hear about it! 

How to submit your stories. Drop by one of the FreeState offices, email  marketing@freestate.coop  or call 800-794-1989. You can mail photos, written accounts or other memorabilia to:
FreeState Electric Cooperative
Attn: Marketing
PO Box 70
McLouth, KS 66054 

Any tangible memorabilia will be returned to the member. We will begin sharing these stories in January 2020. We appreciate your willingness to share the past with the new generation of cooperative members.
The Kansa Prairie Quilters of Oskaloosa are set to host their fifth annual Quilt Show on Sat., Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Oskaloosa School Library. A group of 10 to 15 women started meeting in 1997 and formed the group with the goal of making a difference in Jefferson County. The quilters meet monthly at the Presbyterian Church in Oskaloosa. The group plan community service events and create homemade items like potholders, quilts, pillows and more that are donated to a variety of organizations. The group has fun working together.

The annual quilt show is a showcase event for the group bringing locals together to raffle off a handmade quilt from the group. This year two quilts will be raffled off: “garden jewels” and “friendship starts.” Garden Jewels was started by Jacqueline Culley, an exceptional artist, having made the stained glass blocks and completed by artistic ladies of the Kansa Prairie Quilt Club. Friendship Stars was a project completed in the quilt club sewing meeting. 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. Other boutique and homemade items will also be available for purchase from local vendors.
Energy Use Coordinator Matt Lambert will answer questions about energy efficiency, renewables, co-op programs, and everything in between. Email Matt your question and it may be featured in Kansas Country Living or The Signal. FreeState will not use your name if your question is answered in print or online unless you specifically request us to do so. 
FreeState Electric Cooperative
www.freestate.coop
McLouth | Topeka
1-800-794-1989
customerservice@freestate.coop
Privacy Policy 
FreeState is a consumer-owned and consumer-controlled electric cooperative. FreeState operates on a not-for-profit basis for the benefit of its member-consumers. Accordingly, the Board has adopted this Policy on Privacy of Member-Consumer Information to establish fair information principles for FreeState in carrying out its responsibility to respect the privacy of personally identifiable information about member-consumers.
Notice: FreeState publicly discloses its policies and practices for the collection, maintenance, use, and disclosure of personally identifiable information about member-consumers.            
Statement of Non-Discrimination
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.
  FreeState Electric Cooperative, Inc., is not subject to the jurisdiction, regulation, supervision and control of the Kansas Corporation Commission, except as specified in K.S.A. 66-104d(f). 
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