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NEWS FROM RAPPAHANNOCK ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE


The Power of Change imageREC Members Provide
The Power of Change

Over 14,000 members of REC voluntarily participate in The Power of Change, a program where the Cooperative rounds up electric bills to the nearest whole dollar, with the extra change used to support community efforts.

 

Kent Farmer pictureFarmer Selected as
Secretary-Treasurer for National
Rural Utilities Cooperative
Finance Corporation

During its Annual Meeting in San Diego on Feb. 27, National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC) selected REC CEO and president Kent Farmer as its secretary-treasurer of the CFC Board of Directors.

 

 

 

REC member wins award
REC member receives
Unsung Virginian Award

A local retiree's volunteer community-improvement efforts, including work to improve trails within our nation's historic battlefields, has earned him a statewide honor bestowed by Virginia's electric cooperatives. REC member and Lake Wilderness resident Dorse Counts received the Unsung Virginian Award in a ceremony in Spotsylvania.

 

 

Snow PictureREC Nears Completion
of Restoration Effort

REC crews are nearing completion of their restoration effort from the effects of winter storm Stella. Over 5,500 members were without service at the height of the storm, and as of 4:30 p.m. 125 members remain without electricity.

 

 


LEARN Grant Applications
Are Now Available

REC will award $16,000 in grants to emergency service agencies, community non-profits, and educators in 2017.

 

William Alphin PictureWilliam ''Bill" Alphin:
REC Director 1976 to 2017

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of REC Board member William "Bill" Alphin. Bill passed away Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017.

 

 



Youth Tour PictureREC Opens
Youth Tour Applications

Picture this: a free trip to Washington D.C., meeting over 1,000 other students, a tour of Capitol Hill, meeting a congressional representative, and so much more! All of this is available through REC's Youth Tour Program and open to high school students in REC's service territory.



LEARN Scholarship PictureLet REC Help You
Pay for College

REC is now accepting applications for its 2016 LEARN (Literacy, Education, and Rural Networking) Scholarship program. To be eligible, a student must be a current high school senior and be enrolled or plan to enroll in an accredited educational or training institution.

 

 

 

REC Reduces Power Costs

As a result of a combination of efforts by Cooperatives members to reduce demand for electricity and changes in the wholesale power market, members will soon see an average bill credit of more than $5 on their monthly electric bills.


ORU photoApply for Funds
from REC's ORU

REC is excited to announce Operation Round Up funds are now available. Non-profit organizations and charities are encouraged to apply.


 

Kent Farmer PictureREC's Kent Farmer Honored
by Caroline County Chamber

Kent Farmer was recently named the 2016 Business Person of the Year by the Caroline County Chamber of Commerce. Farmer accepted the honor at the Chamber’s annual holiday gala held in Ladysmith.

 

 

 

Gift of Electricity ImageGive the Gift of
Electricity with REC

This holiday season, give your friends and loved ones the gift of electricity. REC offers gift certificates to help members during one of the most expensive times of the year.

 

 

Capital Credits imageREC Returns Over
$3 Million to Members

REC returned over $3 million in capital credits to members noted as a credit on their November electric bills.

 

The Power of Change graphicREC Members Provide
The Power of Change

Each month, over 11,000 members of REC voluntarily allow the Cooperative to round up their electric payment to the nearest dollar with the extra change donated to Operation Round Up.

 

REC Supports Local ClinicREC Supports Local Clinic

With help from a LEARN (Literacy, Education and Rural Networking) grant provided by REC, the Free Medical Clinic of Northern Shenandoah Valley will be able to expand their Project FIRST program. The program provides free screenings for risk factors of certain chronic conditions.

 


Storm Preparation PhotoREC Monitors Weather
in Advance of Matthew

REC crews are preparing for the possibility of power outages due to Hurricane Matthew. Although the projected course has shifted direction, wind and rain are still in the forecast for Saturday.

 

 

LEARN Grant photoREC Donates to Caroline Emergency Services

With a grant from the LEARN (Literacy, Education and Rural Networking) program at REC, the Caroline County Department of Emergency Services has been able to purchase quick-clot bandages and chest seals.


Hunting pictureREC Urges Safe Hunting

Hunting season is underway, and REC has important tips for hunters to ensure their safety and the safety of others. "We want all of our members, as well as employees, to have a safe and enjoyable hunting season," said Maxie Rozell, manager of safety, security and risk management at REC.

 

Kent Farmer PictureFarmer Returns for Second
Term on National Board

At the Sept. 8 National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC) District 1 Meeting in Grand Rapids, Michigan, delegates re-elected Kent Farmer to a second, three-year term on the CFC Board of Directors. Farmer is president and CEO of REC.

 

 

Tosh Bowe REC Names New Director of Procurement, Facilities Management

Bruce "Tosh" Bowe Jr. has recently been promoted to director of procurement and facilities management for REC.







 

REC CEO Kent D. Farmer speaks at the 2016 REC Annual MeetingSustaining the Success of Your
Cooperative: 2016 Annual Meeting

REC's Annual Meeting took place Aug. 11 at the Fredericksburg Conference Center. Over 6,300 Cooperative members participated either in person or by proxy. Those present received, from REC's leadership, a review of the past year, updates about the Cooperative's financial strength, and a preview of plans for the future.

 

Tips for Understanding Your BillCooperative Offers Tips
for Understanding Your Bill

July 27, 2016
With heat indexes topping 105 this week, REC wants to ensure that members understand their energy usage and how it translates to their electricity bill.

 



LEARN Grants AwardedREC's LEARN Grant Program
Awards Funds to Local Groups

July 26, 2016
REC recently awarded $16,000 in grants to emergency service agencies, non-profits and local schools. The grants are made possible through REC's LEARN (Literacy, Education, and Rural Networking) program.


REC wins communications awardsREC Recognized
for Keeping Members Informed

July 7, 2016
REC was recently recognized with national awards for communication excellence. REC has always recognized the importance of connecting with member-owners in ways to keep them educated, engaged and informed.

 

REC's 2016  Youth Tour StudentsLocal Students Discover
D.C. and Cooperatives

June 30, 2016
What do you get when you add seven students to a mix of 1,700 of their peers from across the United States? You get the National Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour! This year seven students from REC service territory were awarded this opportunity.

 

 

Casey HollinsCommunications Specialist
Receives National Recognition

June 21, 2016
Casey Hollins, REC's (REC) communications specialist, recently received national recognition from her peers at the Cooperative Communicators Association (CCA) at the CCA Institute in Omaha, Neb.

 

 

Photo: REC Crews Complete Power RestorationREC Crews Complete
Power Restoration

June 20, 2016
REC crews worked nonstop through Saturday night to restore power to more than 18,000 members who lost electric service in Thursday night's storm. By Saturday morning, that number was down to under 500. All outages were restored by about 9 p.m. Saturday evening.

 

 

REC crews work to restore power after storm.REC Continues Power
Restoration Efforts

June 17, 2016
As of 4:30 p.m.,REC crews have restored power to approximately 85 percent of the members who lost electricity during last night's powerful storms. About 1,700 members remain without electricity. More than 145 separate outage locations are yet to be repaired. Crews will continue to work around the clock in 16 hour shifts until all power is restored.

 

 

Storm Damage PhotoREC Aggressively Working
to Restore Power for Members

June 17, 2016
Damage is extensive and widespread with several broken poles and trees on the lines, throughout REC's 22-county service territory. REC's restoration efforts are well under way as crews worked through the night to repair damaged lines and equipment from the storms.



2016 LEARN Scholarship imageREC Rewards Outstanding
Student Achievement

June 13, 2016
REC recently awarded $16,000 in LEARN scholarships to recognize outstanding student achievement. "LEARN" is an acronym for Learning, Education, And Rural Networking. The scholarships are awarded to select graduating high school seniors from the communities served by REC.

 

Gaff-n-Go 2016REC Linemen Showcase Skills
at Gaff-n-Go Lineman's Rodeo

June 6, 2016
Linemen from REC participated in the 14th Annual Gaff-n-Go Lineman's Rodeo, held June 3-4 at Meadow Event Park in Doswell, Va. This event gets its name from the gaff - or metal spike - that linemen attach to their boots to assist in climbing wooden utility poles.

 

Larry AndrewsREC Names New Manager
of Administrative Services/Controller

June 1, 2016
Lawrence G. "Larry" Andrews has recently been promoted to Manager of Administrative Services/Controller for REC. Prior to assuming his new position, Andrews was director of finance and accounting. In that role, he oversaw and monitored controls, policies, and procedures to maintain the financial integrity of REC.

 



Gaff 'N' Go Rodeo Electric Linemen to Show
Skills at Gaff-n-Go Rodeo

May 31, 2016
The public can get a closer look at the skills and equipment used by electric utility linemen on June 3-4 when teams from Virginia and surrounding states compete in the 14th annual Gaff-n-Go Lineman's Rodeo and the Terex® Equipment Operator's Rodeo at the Meadow Event Park in Doswell, Virginia.



REC Earns Tree Line USA RecognitionREC Earns Distinguished
Tree Line USA Recognition

May 20, 2016
For the fourteenth consecutive year, REC has been named a Tree Line USA utility by The National Arbor Day Foundation. This national recognition of excellence has only been earned by approximately 4% of electric utilities, and only 3 in Virginia.

 

 

 

Frayed electrical cordNational Electric Safety Month

May 19, 2016
May is National Electrical Safety Month and REC is teaming up with the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) to raise awareness of potential home electrical hazards and the importance of electrical safety.

 

 

 

Get Connected 2016REC Hosts Member Appreciation Event
to Connect with Clarke and Frederick

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.

 

National Lineman Appreciation DayThank a Lineman on April 11

April 11, 2016
America's electric cooperatives have designated the second Monday of April as National Lineman Appreciation Day.

 

 


Operation Round UpREC Members Improve Their Communities Through ORU

March 25, 2016
Several local charities were awarded funding this month from Operation Round Up dollars, including The disAbility Resource Center of the Rappahannock Area to purchase medical equipment and Friends of the Rappahannock to support educational programs.

 

LEARN Grant Applications Available for 2016REC's LEARN Grant
application is available

March 7, 2016
REC will award $16,000 in grants to emergency service agencies, non-profits and local educators in 2016. The grants are made possible through REC's LEARN (Literacy, Education and Rural Networking) program. Completed applications must be returned to one of REC's offices or be postmarked by April 15, 2016.

 

Downed Power LinesRestoration Efforts Continue
After Devastating Storm

Feb. 25, 2016
REC crews worked through the night to restore power to more than 8,000 members who lost electricity during last night’s powerful storms. With the exception of about 300 outages in Essex - where the storms caused devastating damage - all other outages have been restored.



Essex County Storm DamageREC Crews Restoring Service

Feb. 24, 2016
Restoration efforts are underway, but with the significant damage that we are uncovering, we are expecting power will not be restored until Thursday afternoon. REC urges its members and the public to stay safe in these hazardous conditions.




Co-op Connections ProgramMembers Save $2 Million
on Prescriptions with Co-op Connections

Feb. 17, 2016
With Co-op Connections, REC members save 10 to 85 percent on prescriptions at over 60,000 participating pharmacies including CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Target and many more.




REC Wins Community Impact AwardREC CEO Kent Farmer accepts award from Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce

Feb. 3, 2016
At the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet and Gala, REC received the Chamber's Community Impact Award, given to a business or organization that expands opportunities to improve lives in the local community.


 


JonasHave You Checked On Your Heat Pump?

Jan. 25, 2016
Don't let a heat pump covered in ice or snow become the cause of your higher than normal electric bill. Do something about it now, so you don't end up paying for it later.

 





Youth TourYouth Tour Applications Now Available

Jan. 18, 2016
To participate, students must be a high school junior with a parent or guardian who is a member-owner of REC. Completed applications must contain a sample letter to an elected official.

 



 

Kent D. FarmerREC CEO Receives
National Recognition

Jan. 18, 2015
Kent D. Farmer, REC's president and CEO, recently received the 2016 J.C. Brown CEO Communication Leadership Award from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA).

 

 


LEARNHow Will You Pay for College?
Let REC Help

Jan. 13, 2016
REC is accepting applications for its 2016 LEARN (Literacy, Education, and Rural Networking) Scholarship program.

 





ORUFunds Available from REC's Operation Round Up

Jan. 4, 2016
REC's Operation Round Up program could fund your next project. Applications are available beginning January 4. Non-profit organizations and charities are encouraged to apply.




Bowling Green Project Big HeartREC Delivers Gifts
for Area Children

Dec. 23, 2015
The Cooperative's employee service organization, called Project Big Heart, worked with social services departments
to identify families in need.

 

 

 

Project Big Heart Blue RidgeREC Employees in Blue Ridge
Donate Gifts to Families in Need

Dec. 22, 2015
Donated money was used to purchase clothes, toys, games, gift cards, shoes, diapers, blankets, toiletries, and other items for children and seniors who might not otherwise be able to afford them during the holiday season.

 



Project Big Heart FredericksburgFredericksburg Employees Support
Salvation Army Angel Tree


Dec. 22, 2015
This holiday season employees from REC's Fredericksburg corporate headquarters took time out to give back to those in need in their communities.

 



REC Employees in Culpeper Give Back to Community

Dec. 22, 2015
Through Project Big Heart (PBH), the employee service organization, employees donated more than $7,000 to community non-profit agencies and food banks.

 

 


Stay Alert for Electric Safety Hazards
Safety

Dec. 16, 2015
Accidents happen all the time and can cost you your life. Using proper safety precautions is a matter of life and death. Follow these tips to stay safe.

 

 

 

Gift CertificateGive the Gift
of Electricity This Year

Dec. 8, 2015
If you're searching for the perfect gift, REC has a great solution. Give the gift of electricity when you purchase a gift certificate for a friend or family member this holiday season.

 



REC Gives Back $3 MillionKorbini family
to Co-op Members


Nov. 16, 2015
"Capital Credits remind me that I'm not just a customer, I am a member and if they have more money than they need, they give a portion back to me. Money back in my pocket is always nice," said Tom Korbini, an REC member residing in Berryville, Va.



REC Offers Valuable Hunting
Hunting Safety Tips

Nov. 13, 2015
With fall hunting season in Virginia under way, REC urges hunters to be aware of their surroundings and be extra careful around powerlines.

 

 


New Director of System Planning John Arp
and Engineering Design Named

Oct. 27, 2015
John Arp has recently been promoted to director of system planning and engineering design for REC.







REC Celebrates Co-op Month
'the Cooperative Difference'

Oct. 20, 2015

This month, REC joins co-ops across the country in celebrating National Cooperative Month, highlighting the benefits and values cooperatives provide their members and communities.

 



REC Members Round Up BillsOperation Round Up
to Lift Up Their Communities

Oct. 18, 2015
Each month, over 6,500 members of REC voluntarily allow the Cooperative to round up their electric payment to the nearest dollar with the extra change donated to Operation Round Up®.

 

 


Emergency Coordinators REC Hosts Emergency
Coordinators Meeting

Oct. 7, 2015
Organizations from the Cooperative's territory sent representatives.
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To Prepare or Not to PreparePrepare

Sept. 29, 2015
REC Says Prepare Before Tropical Storm Becomes Reality in Virginia.

 

 

 



REC Promotes BrockLee Brock
to Key Leadership Position

Aug. 31, 2015
Lee Brock has recently been promoted to manager of engineering and power supply for REC. Brock most recently held the position of director of system planning and engineering design.


 

 

Beware of scammers demanding immediate payment

Aug. 25, 2015
REC strongly urges members to beware of anyone calling to demand immediate payment for services from the Cooperative.

 

 

Electric Industry Changes Kent Farmer
are on the Horizon

Aug. 14, 2015
The second year of REC's streamlined Annual Meeting took place on Aug. 13 at the Fredericksburg Conference Center.

 

 


Attorney General Herring WarnsAttorney General Herring
of Continuing Utility Scam

July 31, 2015
Scammers are banking on separating you from your money using phone calls threatening immediate disconnection of your electrical service if payment is not made on the spot.

 



Alphin ReceivesBill Alphin
Leadership Award

July 30, 2015
William M. (Bill) Alphin has been honored by the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives (VMDAEC) with the 2015 Electric Cooperative Leadership Award. Alphin became the first board chairman of REC when it was formed in 1980.

 

REC Earns DistinguishedTree Line USA
Tree Line USA Recognition

July 27, 2015
For the thirteenth consecutive year, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) has received national recognition for excellence from The Arbor Day Foundation.

 

 

 

Funds Available From Operation Round Up
Operation Round Up

July 21, 2015
ORU could fund your nonprofit organization. REC announces the application period to apply for ORU funding is now open. Nonprofit organizations and charities are encouraged to apply.




LEARN Grant Program AwardsLearn Grants
$14,500 To Local Organizations

July 7, 2015
REC recently awarded grants to emergency service agencies, non-profits and local schools. The grants are made possible through REC's LEARN (Literacy, Education, and Rural Networking) program.




Ron HarrisREC Promotes Ron Harris
to Key Leadership Position

July 7, 2015
REC recently announced the promotion of Ron Harris to the position of vice president of engineering and district operations. Harris had been serving as manager of engineering and power supply at the Cooperative.



REC Rewards Outstanding Student Achievement

July 6, 2015
REC has rewarded outstanding student achievement in the communities it serves by providing scholarships to graduating high school seniors. This year 16 students received a $1,000 LEARN Scholarship in recognition of their scholastic achievement and community involvement.


Youth-Tour-2015National Electric Cooperative
Youth Tour Develops Future Leaders

June 22, 2015
Seven local high school students who live in the REC service territory enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience during the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour in Washington, D.C.

 

REC Crews Continue to Restore Power

June 21, 2015
Intense thunderstorms moved through REC's service territory Saturday evening causing more than 10,000 power outages throughout the service territory.

Severe Storms Cause Damage and Outages

June 21, 2015
As of 9:00 a.m. more than 1,700 REC members remain without power as a result of last evenin's intense thunderstorms that moved through the area.

Service Interruption to
Improve Reliability in Warren County
Pole Replacement

June 19, 2015
REC is conducting a planned outage for a pole replacement on Monday, June 22 beginning at 9 a.m.

 

 

ORU logo

REC Members Round Up
to Boost Their Communities

June 15, 2015
Over 6,000 REC members voluntarily round up their electric payment to the nearest dollar with the extra change donated to Operation Round Up (ORU).

 

Casey HollinsCasey Hollins Elected
to Communications Board

June 10, 2015
REC communications specialist is elected to serve on the Certified Cooperative Communicators Board of Directors.

 


Get Connected 2015REC Connects With Members
in Their Community

June 4, 2015
Nearly 300 members joined REC at the Germanna Community College Daniel Technology Center in Culpeper for Get Connected: REC Member Night.


REC Celebrates 2015 Lineman Appreciation Day
Lineman Appreciation Day

April 13, 2015
To honor all the linemen, REC is celebrating National Lineman Appreciation Day for the entire month of April.





2015 Gaff-n-Go PictureREC Line Workers Take Top Honors

in Regional Equipment Operator's Rodeo

March 31, 2015
Linemen and other employees from REC competed in and helped judge events at the 13th Annual Terex Gaff-n-Go Equipment & Lineman's Rodeo.



Gaff-N-Go-2015Linemen Set to Compete
at Gaff-n-Go Rodeo

March 24, 2015
The public can get a closer look at the skills and equipment used by electric utility linemen.

 

Scam Targets REC MembersBill scam targets REC members
in Berryville area

March 24, 2015
Posing as representatives from REC, potential thieves have attempted to scam members by calling to demand immediate payment.


 

REC Learn Grant Application LEARN grant applications available

March 2, 2015
REC will award $16,000 in grants to emergency service agencies, non-profits and local educators in 2015.

 

 



Home Safety

Don't Just Change Your Clocks

March 1, 2015

As spring approaches, do not just reset your clocks. Do a thorough checkup of your home for electric safety.

 

 

Ice On Power LineReduce energy use during
frigid temperatures

Feb. 19, 2015
REC has taken the necessary steps to be prepared for record cold temperatures and encourages its members to do the same.



Safety REC Recognized for Commitment to Safety

Dec. 30, 2014
Keeping safety as a top priority has earned REC national recognition for safety in the workplace.

 


Capital Credits ImageREC Returned $3 million to Members

Dec. 15, 2014
When members-owners of REC received their electric bills in November, they were met with a pleasant surprise.



Scammers continue to target members
Scammers Video Image
Nov. 12, 2014
All of REC's members should be aware of the possibility of being scammed.
Here's what to watch out for and how to protect yourself from being a victim..


 

 

Safe Hunting PictureREC Urges Safe Hunting

Oct. 1, 2014
As hunting season in Virginia gets under way REC urges hunters to take all necessary safety precautions..

 



Solar Dedication Picture REC Holds Dedication Ceremony for its Community Solar Learning Project


Sept. 17, 2014
REC welcomed guests to the dedication of its Community Solar Learning Project, a 10 kilowatt solar photovoltaic generation system.

 

Annual Meeting PictureValue of Membership Focus of Annual Meeting

Aug. 11, 2014
Members voted for candidates on the board of directors and received reports on REC's accomplishments.

 


Scammers PictureScammers continue to target REC members

July 17, 2014
Posing as representatives from REC, potential thieves have attempted to scam members by calling to demand immediate payment of bills.



REC Rewards Outstanding Student Achievement
July 7, 2014
REC has rewarded outstanding student achievement in the communities it serves by providing scholarships to graduating high school seniors.