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31 Years of Smiles & Laughter


31 Years of Smiles & Laughter 


If you’ve ever called our office with a need for a specific electrical service, chances are you’ve probably spoken to our Dispatcher, Ms. Wanda Elix. 


Her unmistakable laugh, her loud and clear voice and her cheery disposition are all reasons why we love Wanda.


Wanda Elix began working at Southwest Rural Electric in 1987 as a Clerk. A few years later she began in Dispatch and has remained in this position ever since.  Through two major snow storms, countless outages, and multiple tornadoes, she’s been the woman behind the operations at Southwest Rural Electric. 


“The biggest outage I ever worked was the winter of 2010.  I will never, ever forget that storm,” says Elix.  She went on to explain that the co-op had poles out in both states and it took nearly a month torestore power to all of the members.  


“We all worked for weeks straight without going home. Eventually, we had to rotate shifts on the weekends so some of us could get a rest.  It was just too much.”


During every major storm, Wanda is one of the first to arrive at the office in the middle of the night to begin monitoring the locations of the lineman and taking service calls from the members.  She’s the link between what’s happening and what needs to get done!


As a co-worker, Wanda makes the days go by quickly.  She’s been known to pull a prank or two and she’s also everyone’s voluntary health coach, making sure to encourage participation in weigh-in Thursday and watch what snacks are kept at the desks.  Ironically, when she shares her “homemade” desserts, the cupcakes and pastries seem to look suspiciously like Little Debbie snacks.


2018 marks Elix’s 31st year with the co-op and unfortunately her last.  While we will all miss Wanda’s voice booming over the radios, we are excited for her retirement and all the new adventures it will bring.  Join us in celebrating Wanda Elix’s time with SWRE on December 6, 2018 from 4:00 -5:30 p.m. at our Tipton office, located at 700 N. Broadway.  If you know Wanda, you know it will be a blast! 


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