REC Hosts Member Appreciation Event to Connect with Clarke and Frederick Communities

April 20, 2016

Over 500 people attended REC's "Get Connected" night at the Clarke County Fairgrounds on Tuesday, April 19. REC hosted the event to provide its members an opportunity to interact with their Cooperative. The member-focused night featured free entertainment, family activities and food.

"Get Connected allows us to get to know our members, and our members to get to know their Cooperative, all through a fun and informative event right in their community," said Robbie Beard, REC's western region manager. "This is a great way for our members to learn more about REC and to meet our employees who work every day to serve them, whether working on the lines or helping with a bill."

REC employees provided information about electrical safety, energy efficiency, understanding energy use, vegetation management, and REC's charitable program - Operation Round Up. Members visited numerous interactive booths, which included several local community programs and a children's area with a moon bounce, face painting and a balloon animal station. A popular feature was seeing up close the tools and equipment used to work on power lines, from insulated rubber gloves to off-road vehicles for accessing remote lines. Many of REC's youngest members enjoyed the opportunity to climb into the cab of one of REC's bright yellow trucks.

Other displays included an electric safety demonstration and information about how outages are restored. Hamburgers and hot dogs were prepared by the Clarke County Ruritans, who partnered with REC's management team to serve the food. Cabot Cheese, a dairy cooperative from Vermont, joined REC to provide members with free, homemade macaroni and cheese.

"We all need electricity, and we send in the money to pay our bill every month," said Kim Scott, an REC member. "But for you to organize this type of outreach for us, your members, it just makes us feel like we�re a part of an even bigger REC community. And that's important."

A highlight of the event was the distribution of over 125 trees as part of REC's participation in the National Arbor Day Foundation's Energy Saving Trees program. Members were who visited an interactive website prior to the event received site-specific advice regarding where to plant the tree to reduce their energy use. Those members were able to pick up their free tree at "Get Connected."

"Serving our members and their communities is central to REC's mission," added Beard. "Events like Get Connected demonstrate that commitment, because members see us in a casual environment, and we get to meet face-to-face the people who depend on us to provide safe and reliable electric service."

REC provides electric service to over 161,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 16,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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Get Connected OverviewREC members enjoy a night at REC's 'Get Connected' event.

Get Connected Member NightAn REC member shows his appreciation for the Cooperative.

Get Connected - LinemanGary Garrett, REC lead lineman, speaks with members about how linemen help maintain REC's distribution system.