Fry returns from D.C. tour

Hooker- Nicole Fry recently returned home following an eventful, fun-packed week in Washington, D.C. Nicole is the daughter of Eldon and Susan Fry. Nicole was the winner of the 2004 Rural Electric Cooperative “Youth Tour Contest,” sponsored by Tri-County Electric Cooperative in Hooker, Oklahoma.

The 41 st Annual Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour began June 11, 2004 with a “Get Acquainted Banquet in Oklahoma City. The 62 young winners, representing twenty-five of the state's rural electric systems, departed for the nation's capital the next morning.

“In my opinion, the most exciting part of the trip was getting to know everybody and touring all of the amazing sights. The walking was very exhausting, but well worth it,” said Nicole. “Other highlights of the trip were getting up early and staying up late, making life-long friendships and truly finding out what our government is all about,” according to Nicole.

In addition to seeing all the historical monuments and taking photos of the White House, the young Oklahoma winners toured the Library of Congress, The U.S. Capital, The U.S. Holocaust Museum, National Cathedral, Mount Vernon and enjoyed a river boat cruise of the Potomac River. The group also hosted a Congressional Breakfast for the Oklahoma Delegation, aides and guests, assisted by Congressman Lucas and his staff. While traveling through Baltimore, the group spent time at Inner Harbor and toured Camden Yard, home of the Baltimore Orioles. On June 14, the young Oklahomans met with more that 1,500 other Youth Tour winners from across the nation at a dinner-dance hosted by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. The tour is coordinated each year by the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives.

Tri-County Electric Cooperative was founded in 1945 and provides electrical service to approximately 11,406 meters in three primary counties - Cimarron, Texas and Beaver counties over 4,334 miles of distribution and transmission lines.

The CEO of the cooperative is Jack Perkins, who has held that position since 1986. The cooperative is administered by a nine-member board of trustees. They are Jay Dark, Erwin Elms, C. J. Mouser, Ronny White, Art Bohlmann, W. K. Schroeder, Phil Light, Cletus Carter and Larry Hodges.

Tri-County Electric Cooperative is part of Golden Spread Electric Cooperative in Amarillo, Texas, Golden Spread is a 16-member generation and transmission cooperative that provides power to Tri-County Electric Cooperative. Tri-County Electric Cooperative is also a member of the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives (OAEC), based in Oklahoma Crty. OAEC is the statewide organization for the twenty-eight distribution and two generation and transmission cooperatives in Oklahoma.

The cooperative has 50 employees, including servicemen in all three counties. The Cooperative office is located in Hooker.

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