Stillwater News Press


May 6, 2014

CREC to remember 75 years, celebrate future at meeting

STILLWATER, Okla. — Central Rural Electric Cooperative

Central Rural Electric Cooperative and its members will celebrate a milestone anniversary at the 75th CREC annual meeting May 15, at the Payne County Expo Center.

“This year, as we celebrate our first 75 years, we are also looking forward to building the next 75 years,” said David Swank, CREC’s chief executive officer.

CREC was established in 1938 to provide power to rural Oklahoma. Through innovative and proactive leadership, CREC has exceeded this mission and is taking steps in moving forward to be the next generation cooperative that will work to empower members while still providing affordable, reliable electricity.  

“This is a time to reflect and celebrate accomplishments while also embracing the opportunities we have to continue to not only provide affordable, reliable power to our members, but also the opportunities we have to collaborate to provide energy solutions,” Swank said.

Members attending the CREC annual meeting will learn how CREC is Building Our Energy Future Together and about the potential consolidation with Canadian Valley Electric Cooperative.

Registration begins at 5 p.m., and ends at 6:30 p.m., with the business meeting beginning at 6:45 p.m. CREC will feature special entertainment by LinkUnion, an American band that plays a mixture of folk, rhythm and blues, jazz and gospel music at 5:30 p.m. A time capsule commemorating the past 75 years will be displayed, and members will have the opportunity to record a video message about CREC that will be included in the time capsule prior to burial.

Headquartered in Stillwater, CREC is a not-for-profit electric cooperative that serves approximately 20,000 members in seven-central Oklahoma counties. For more information about CREC, visit

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