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                                      ances, such as TVs, VCRs and         savings are combined, they make
                                      stereos. A good percentage of        a big difference.
                                      energy consumed by lighting and         The advantage of DST during
                                      appliances occurs in the evening     the winter months is not nearly as
                                      when families are home. By           great because of the shorter peri-
                   BY CEO
                                      moving the clock ahead one           ods of daylight. In fact, DST saves
                   ROBERT A.
                   LOTH III           hour, we can cut the amount of       energy for lighting in all months
                                      electricity we consume each day.     except November, December,

D      aylight Saving Time will
       revert to standard time at
2 a.m. on Sunday, October 29,
                                         In the 1970s, the U.S. Depart-
                                      ment of Transportation con-
                                      ducted a study that showed that
                                                                           January and February.
                                                                              So, enjoy the next six months
                                                                           of sleeping that “extra” hour that
so remember to turn your              we trim the entire country’s elec-   DST gives you, while you can.
clocks back one hour before           tricity usage by about 1 percent     Next year, Daylight Saving Time
retiring on Saturday night—           daily with Daylight Saving Time.     will be extended one month,
unless you want to be an hour            The theory is that DST            beginning in March and ending
ahead of everyone else!               “makes” the sun “set” one hour       in November.
   For most of us, Daylight Sav-      later, reducing the period be-
ing Time is a nuisance every six      tween sunset and bedtime by one
months as we try to adjust our        hour. This means that less
internal clocks by an hour,           electricity would be used for
although I have to admit it’s a lot   lighting and appliances
easier to sleep an extra hour         late in the day.
than to get up earlier.                  We also use less elec-
   Now, you may wonder why            tricity because we are
I’m talking about Daylight Sav-       home fewer hours dur-
ing Time (DST) instead of the         ing the “longer” days
usual electricity-related topics,     of spring and sum-
but I can assure you there’s a        mer. Most people
good reason: DST saves energy.        plan outdoor activi-
Energy use is directly connected      ties in the extra day-
to when we go to bed and when         light hours. When we
we get up. Bedtime for most of        aren’t home, we don’t
us is late evening throughout the     turn on our appliances
year. When we go to bed, we           and lights—still more
turn off the lights and TV.           electricity savings.
   In the average home, 25 per-          The amount of energy
cent of all the electricity we use    saved in each household
is for lighting and small appli-      is small, but when the

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Directors Re-Elected at CTEC’s Annual
Membership Meeting
I    ncumbent directors representing
     Districts 1, 3, 4 and 5 were re-
turned to their respective seats on the
                                                 in a video presentation that high-
                                                 lighted issues important to co-op
                                                 members.
                                                                                             year—and is currently providing elec-
                                                                                             tric service to more than 33,000
                                                                                             meters in 11 counties. The service
board of Central Texas Electric Coop-                “We Put Members First” was the          area includes Gillespie, Llano, Kerr,
erative at the annual membership                 theme of this year’s video report,          Kendall, Blanco, Real, Kimble, Men-
meeting held August 15 at Llano High             which was well received by the mem-         ard, McCulloch, Mason and San Saba
School. Directors Sue Whitworth,                 bers and guests in attendance.              counties.
Roger Jordan, Gerald Kaspar and                      “Central Texas Electric Co-op has          The co-op leaders spoke about the
David D. Smith were elected by accla-            been in business nearly 60 years,           planning process the cooperative has
mation during the 45-minute business             and we’re still working for the same        established, and reported on market
meeting.                                         owners—the members of the co-op,”           trends that affect the cost of electricity
    Stanley Keese was also elected to            Loth said in the presentation. “We’ve       to the membership. “The most impor-
fill the unexpired term formerly held            been successful because we’ve put the       tant market we have to deal with is
by Rick Durst, who passed away in                members first.                              the wholesale energy market,” Loth
February. Keese had been appointed                   “We’re ready to meet the challenges     said. He emphasized that the coop-
interim director by the board in May.            that change presents,” Loth said in the     erative exists to provide affordable,
He will serve the remainder of that              annual report. “I believe that our co-op    reliable electric energy to its member-
term, which expires at CTEC’s 2007               is one local establishment that won’t       ship. “If we do not handle our part of
annual meeting.                                  be going away any time soon. We’re          the wholesale energy market—where
    Director Durst’s widow, Pam, was             ready for change because we have a          we buy the power that we distribute
recognized and honored by Board Pres-            core business philosophy that won’t         over our poles and wires—we cannot
ident David Smith and CTEC members               change: We put our members first.”          fulfill our mission.”
at the co-op meeting. She was pre-                   Smith reiterated Loth’s observa-           Wholesale energy costs and supply
sented a gift from the cooperative com-          tions. “The interests of the members        are a long-term issue, Loth said, call-
memorating her husband’s service as a            of the co-op are exactly the same as        ing it “easily the biggest issue CTEC
member of the CTEC board.                        the interests of the directors, the man-    has to deal with.”
    Thomas Slavin, youth minister at             ager and the employees of the co-op.           He explained the wholesale energy
the First Baptist Church in Cherokee,            We’re all together in this business.”       contract CTEC currently has with the
offered the invocation.                              The board president told mem-           Lower Colorado River Authority
    Reports from the president and               bers that the cooperative is growing        (LCRA); that contract expires in 2016,
from the co-op’s CEO were included               rapidly—at the rate of 3 percent each       but the cooperative must declare its




Deana Stafford assists former director Willie Ray Willmann with
registration.                                                          CTEC members share a laugh during registration.

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Six lines kept registration moving smoothly.           Old friends reunite at the co-op’s annual meeting.


intentions to renew by 2011. To boost          vided.” This can be tricky, he said,           Sagebiel of Willow City.
the cooperative’s negotiating power,           because members’ wants and needs                  Next year’s annual membership
it has joined with 10 other coopera-           can change over time as technology             meeting will be held in Fredericksburg
tives and municipal utilities to form a        and the characteristics of our mem-            on August 21, 2007.
wholesale power alliance. This alliance        bership change.
makes up approximately 43 percent of              In his message, Smith called the
LCRA’s electric load. Adding to the            choice of CTEC’s future wholesale
alliance’s clout is support from Peder-        power suppliers “the biggest policy deci-
nales Electric Cooperative, one of the         sion since the birth of our co-op in 1947.        BOARD OFFICERS NAMED
largest electric co-ops in the nation             “As a policy direction, it seems clear         Meeting immediately after the annual
that accounts for nearly 30 percent of         that we should have access to more                meeting in an executive session, mem-
LCRA’s total electric load.                    than one supplier, together with the              bers of the current board of directors
    Loth told members that as negotia-         ability to negotiate for the best deal            elected their officers for the coming
tions for future wholesale power con-          that may be available in the deregu-              year. Chosen by their peers to repeat as
tinue, members’ best interests will be         lated marketplace,” Smith said. “As               officers of the board, were: David D.
uppermost and members will be kept             always, we will put our members first.”           Smith, president, Gillespie County;
apprised of the situation. “If we are             Nearly 40 door prizes were                     Michael Randolph, vice president,
really going to put the members first,”        awarded to lucky CTEC members.                    San Saba County; and Gerald Kaspar,
Loth said, “we have to provide our             Winner of the grand prize, an elec-               secretary-treasurer, Llano County.
service the way they want it to be pro-        tric credit of $250, was Desmond




Bob Loth, CEO, gives election committee member Marty Gray              Lynda Randolph and Madeline Sagebiel, both directors’ wives,
instructions for the evening’s schedule.                              “catch up” with other members.

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                                                 Board President David D. Smith welcomes      Pam Durst accepts recognition for her hus-
                                                 the members and introduces the special       band’s service to CTEC from Board Presi-
CEO Bob Loth addresses members.                  video presentation.                          dent David D. Smith.


   Following the annual meeting, CTEC received this note:
      We are new members in Llano and attended your annual meeting
   last night. We were very favorably impressed and so glad we went.
   Registration went smoothly, the meeting started right on time, moved
   right along and was over in an hour. Kudos!
      All the directors looked spiffy in their Sunday best as directed. We
   especially appreciated the explanation of why Stanley Keese couldn’t
   be there. We assumed he had a good reason but didn’t know he
   recently had surgery.
      The pre-meeting visual program was entertaining, and the program
   video was very well done. The slides on the screen were easy to see
   and kept us informed of what was going on. We were surprised at the
                                                                              Members volunteer for co-op’s Operation Round Up program.
   number of door prizes given.
      Thank you for the gifts we brought home, which we will certainly
   use. I can’t think of any possible thing you could do to improve the
   meeting—but we may have to attend next year just to see.
   Thank you for the kind note and we hope all CTEC members will
   attend next year’s annual meeting.




                                                                              Members examine the Annual Report before the meeting.




Autumn Wilson and Natalie Sanders were on hand to thank co-op represen-
tatives for sponsoring the essay contest that won them a trip to Washing-
ton, D.C.                                                                     Help was easily found from anyone with a red shirt!

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Desmond Sagebiel of Willow City took home the grand prize, a $250
electric bill credit.                                                                              One of many happy door prize winners.




                                                                                                                     Neal and Iris Burrer are happy with their new Mr.
Members in this section show off their prizes.                                                                       Coffee and HEB gift card.



2006 Membership Meeting Prize Winners
Gift                                                                             Winner           Gift                                                                      Winner
 1. $250 Bill Credit.................................................Desmond Sagebiel             17. $50 Savings Bond and CTEC Bag .................................A. Collings
 2. Char-Broil Grill .........................................................Arthur Reeh Jr.     18. Rival Electric Fryer and 48-Quart
 3. $100 Bill Credit ....................................................Janet E. Sedwick              Gatorade Ice Chest ...............................................Nell Hoffmann
 4. $100 Bill Credit................................................................Iline Flint   19. Four Camo Camp Chairs................................Monroe A. Behrends
 5. Garden Bench .................................................Dennis K. Robertson             20. $50 Wal-Mart Gift Card and CTEC Bag................Nancy Etheredge
 6. Fishing Pole, Tackle Box and                                                                  21. $50 Wal-Mart Gift Card and CTEC Bag....................Marlene Deike
     Leatherman Tool ...............................................Harvey M. Boerner             22. $50 Wal-Mart Gift Card and CTEC Bag..................Douglas Ahrens
 7. Rolling Ice Chest and Camo Camp Chair.........Dennis R. Crenwelge                             23. $50 Wal-Mart Gift Card and CTEC Bag .....................Rosie Meurer
 8. Laser Tool Kit, Insulated Screw Driver Set                                                    24. 5-Gallon Water Cooler, Socket Set
     and CTEC bag.....................................................Theodore Bartlett                Leatherman Tool ..................................Lawerence R. Suddendorf
 9. 120-Quart Igloo Ice Chest ......................................Pamela L. Durst               25. 48-Quart Ice Chest and 5-Gallon Water Cooler .....Tadlock Leifeste
10. Mr. Coffee Coffee Pot and $25 HEB Card ......................Neal Burrer                      26. Three $25 HEB Gift Cards ...........................................John Naylor
11. Large Rival Crock Pot, Leatherman Tool                                                        27. Sutherlands Gift Card..................................................Martin Gray
     and CTEC Bag.........................................Pastor Marvin O. Ottmers                28. Sutherlands Gift Card ..........................................Charles Andrews
12. $100 Wal-Mart Card ..............................Behrends Feed & Fertilizer                   29. $50 Wal-Mart Gift Card.............................................W.H. Cowden
13. $100 Wal-Mart Card ................................................Walter Franklin            30. $50 Wal-Mart Gift Card ..............................................Victor Meier
14. Cabela’s $50 Gift Card ..............................................James Britton            31. $50 Wal-Mart Gift Card............................................Alton C. Ernst
15. Charmglow Electric Turkey Fryer .............................David W. Buchen                  32. $50 Wal-Mart Gift Card............................................David Burkart
16. $50 Savings Bond and CTEC Bag.....................Billy Bob Schneider                         33. $50 Wal-Mart Gift Card ...........................................Clarence Voigt

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Employees Recognized at Annual Meeting
For a Combined 465 Years of Service to CTEC!


A      combination of almost 500
       years of faithful service from 28
tenured employees was recognized at
the annual meeting in Llano. CTEC
employees celebrating employment
anniversaries this year are:
   Two Llano employees now have 40
years of service to the co-op! They are
ALLEN PFISTER, serviceman, and L.C.
SCHNEIDER, dispatcher.
   Recognized for 30 years of service
were ROSIE MEURER, receptionist, and
TERRY MCWILLIAMS, right-of-way fore-            Allen Pfister                           L.C. Schneider
man, both in the headquarters office            Serviceman, 40 years                    Dispatcher, 40 years
in Fredericksburg; GARY GARNER, dis-
trict operations supervisor in Mason;           lineman, STEPHEN RANSLEBEN, meter       tative, and RICKY BAKER, lineman.
and JAMES TINSLEY, meter technician             technician, HENRY SAGEBIEL, service-    From Mason, and reaching five years
in Llano. Recognized for 25 years of            man, JANICE DURST, member service       of service, were SAMUEL MARTINEZ and
service was KEVIN WOOD, meter techni-           representative, and PAUL RALEIGH,       BOBBY TATSCH, both linemen.
cian in Fredericksburg.                         manager—human resources/safety,            These employees work very hard to
   Receiving recognition for 20-year            for five years in the Fredericksburg    make your co-op run smoothly, and
anniversaries were ADOLF GOLD, equip-           office. Attaining five years in Llano   when you happen to run into them at
ment operator, KENNETH PETERSON,                were: JUSTIN LEEDS, meter technician,   a community event, give them a well-
staking technician, MAX MORENO,                 WYNONA LOW, branch office represen-     deserved pat on the back!
mapping technician, RANDALL STAHL,
equipment operator, and ARTHUR WUN-
DERLICH, foreman, all in the Freder-
icksburg office; and BILLY WINN, meter
technician, and WAYNE SMITH, equip-
ment operator in the Llano office.
   Noted for 15 years of service were
JO ED SMITH, serviceman, TAMMY
FELLER, member service representa-
tive, and JANET HERBER, CFO, all in
the Fredericksburg office.
   Others acknowledged were GARY                Rosie Meurer                            Terry McWilliams
WEHMEYER, mechanic, CHAD ECKHARDT,              Receptionist, 30 years                  Right-of-Way Foreman, 30 years




Gary Garner                                     James Tinsley                           Kevin Wood
District Operations Supervisor, 30 years        Meter Technician,, 30 years             Meter Technician, 25 years

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 Names Drawn
 In Proxy Contest                                                               Ownership.
 A   fter the annual meeting, a random drawing
     was held from the 1,338 members who sub-
 mitted their proxy cards to the auditor’s office
                                                                                Would you trust a business more if you owned it?

                                                                                Cooperative businesses are owned by more than
 by the August 11 deadline.
    Members whose names were drawn to                                           130 million Americans, including:
 receive a $50 electric bill credit were:
    Patricia A. Pfister of Llano                                                • 86 million who own their credit union
    Leon Stath of Kerrville
    William E. Kirkman of Kingsland                                             • 37 million who own their electric co-op
    Allen M. Klein of Fredericksburg
    Kenneth W. Tate of Austin                                                   • 3 million who own their housing co-op
    CTEC appreciates the cooperation of all
 members who participated in the voting process                                 Maybe that’s why we’re more trusted than businesses
 of the annual membership meeting, making it a                                  owned by Wall Street investors.
 success once again. Congratulations to these
 lucky winners!

                                                                                                              Cooperatives.
                                                                                                              Owned by Our Members,
                                                                                                              Committed to Our Communities.




Emergencies                                       CTEC Directors                                            CTEC Offices
To report electric service interrup-              Bryan Bierschwale . . . . . . .Gillespie County               Fredericksburg (Headquarters)
tions, please call the Central Texas              Joe A. Sagebiel . . . . . . . . . .Gillespie County
                                                                                                                     386 Friendship Lane
Electric Cooperative office in your area          David D. Smith . . . . . . . . . .Gillespie County
                                                                                                                  Fredericksburg, TX 78624
at the numbers listed below:                      Sue Whitworth . . . . . . . . . . .Kendall County
                                                  Temple Henderson . . . . . . . . . .Kerr County
                                                                                                                              Llano
                                                  Gerald Kaspar . . . . . . . . . . . . .Llano County
         Fredericksburg area                                                                                       1410 East State Highway 29
                                                  Stanley Keese . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Llano County
           (830) 997-2126                                                                                               Llano, TX 78643
                                                  Sylvan (Sy) Schiffman . . . . . . .Llano County
       1-800-900-CTEC (2832)                      Roger Jordan . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mason County
   including Gillespie, Kendall, Kerr, Blanco,                                                                            Kingsland
                                                  Bert Nesloney . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mason County
           Real and Kimble counties                                                                                   Nob Hill Subdivision
                                                  Michael Randolph . . . . . . .San Saba County
                                                                                                                     706 Cottonwood Street
      Llano and San Saba areas                                                                                        Kingsland, TX 78639
           (325) 247-4191                         CTEC Officers
                                                                                                                            Mason
               The Lakes area                     President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . David D. Smith           983 North U.S. Highway 87
      8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (325) 388-4542                             Gillespie County                                      Mason, TX 78656
   After business hours (325) 247-4191            Vice President . . . . . . . . Michael Randolph
                                                                San Saba County
               Mason area                         Secretary-Treasurer . . . . . . . Gerald Kaspar           Office Hours
             (325) 347-6314                                        Llano County
including McCulloch, Menard and Kimble counties   Chief Executive Officer . . Robert A. Loth III             8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday



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