October - REC employees spent their time volunteering with Friends of the Rappahannock to pick up trash along the Rappahannock River. Along with other volunteers, they collected nearly two tons of trash, helping the environment and improving the community.
Brandy Station Car Show
October - REC sponsored a tool box which was used for a fund raising raffle at the Brandy Station Volunteer Fire Station Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show and provided information about REC to attendees and personally presented the tool box to the winner who was an REC member.
Calvary Baptist Church Fall Festival
October - It was a beautiful day for the Fall Festival at Calvary Baptist Church in Orange. Employees spent the afternoon chatting with members of all ages. They provided REC's ever popular electric safety demo and gave electric safety tips to attendees.
Bowling Green Harvest Festival
October - REC attended the Bowling Green Harvest Festival. They were able to educate members about their cooperative and show them REC’s electric vehicle. The hundreds of visitors loved learning about the electric car and REC!
Louisa Friday Night Football
October - REC employees showed their team spirit at the Louisa County High School football game. Lots of members stopped by to talk with REC and get their spirit gear for the football game!
Clarke County STEM Festival
October - REC employees attended Clarke County High School’s annual STEM Festival with REC's electric vehicle. Many local residents, students and teachers attended and loved seeing how the car works. The information for this event was focused on an area related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
Culpeper Air Fest STEM Event
October - REC joined many other local businesses at the second annual Culpeper Air Fest STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) REC employees used the Live Line trailer for safety demonstrations and spoke to 5th grade students from Culpeper County's elementary schools about their careers and electric safety.
Festival of Leaves
October - REC participated in the Front Royal Festival of Leaves in downtown Front Royal. The annual popular event celebrates the beginning of the fall season. REC employees visited with festival goers by showing off REC's Green Together electric vehicle. There was a lot of interest in the car and how it works.
Madison County Farmer's Market
October - Many members of the Madison community came out to be a part of the Madison County Farmers Market. Employees from REC's Culpeper office attended the event chatting with members and handing out REC's popular blue thermal bags, which are perfect for carrying groceries.
Art of Aging Expo
October - Hundreds flocked to the Art of Aging Expo at the Germanna Daniel Technology Center in Culpeper. REC employees focused on talking about the new upgraded Co-op Connections website and the Healthy Savings discounts but they also had plenty of opportunities to answer specific questions from the attendees.
Quad County Business Summit
October - The 3rd Annual Quad County Business Summit at the Blue Ridge School in Greene County. The event is a networking and educational opportunity hosted by the Economic Development Offices and Chambers from Greene, Fluvanna, Louisa and Orange Counties.
Car Truck and Motorcycle Show
September - The REC electric vehicle was one of nearly 100 cars at the Virginia Legends Fast Pitch 3rd Annual Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show on Sunday, September 30 in Madison. REC employees spent the day talking with members about the Chevy Bolt and the cooperative at the fundraising event.
Aylett Country Day School Touch-a-Truck
September - REC attended the Aylett Country Day School's annual Touch-a-Truck on Sunday, Sept. 30. Community members from Essex, King and Queen and King William visited this fun event. Lots of children came to see the bright yellow REC bucket truck.
Macedonia Community Baptist Church Community Day
September - Many members of the Caroline community came out to be a part of Macedonia Community Baptist Church’s Community Day. Employees attended the event with a bucket truck and information on The Power of Change and SmartHub programs. They had a great time engaging with many REC members!
Greene County Farmer's Market
September - REC was the main attraction at the Greene County Farmer’s Market recently. REC Culpeper office employees brought a bucket truck, the Chevy Bolt and the REC trailer.
Winchester Safety Day
September - REC employees from the Blue Ridge office participated in the Winchester Community Safety Day, sponsored by the Winchester Police Department and Valley Health Hospital. Michelle and Jennifer shared information about how to stay safe around electricity.
Taste of the Mountains
September - Employees from REC's Culpeper office talked with members about the electric vehicle at the 26th annual Taste of the Mountains event in Madison County.
Orange Street Festival
September - Employees from REC's Culpeper office attended the 43rd Annual Orange Street Festival,where they shared information about the electric vehicle.
Live-Line Trailer Demo
September - Employees from REC's Bowling Green office took the live-line trailer to Barlett Tree Experts to provide an up-close look at the dangers surrounding tree trimming and cutting near power lines.
Mangohick Car Show and Community Day
September - On Saturday, Sept. 22 REC visited with members in the King William area at the annual Mangohick Car Show and Community Day at the Mangohick Volunteer Fire Department. REC's Green Together electric vehicle. Members were very interested in the car and asked a lot of questions about its use.
United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley Day of Caring
September - REC’s Blue Ridge office combined its United Way Day of Caring effort into one team this year to help at St. Stephens Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Winchester. REC’s volunteers painted two restrooms and set carpet in the church hallway.
New Teacher Reception
August - Jeff Hinson, Ted Webster and Toni Decker from REC's Blue Ridge office participated in the Front Royal/Warren County Chamber of Commerce New Teacher Reception. As the chairman of the education committee, Jeff acted as Master of Ceremonies for the event.
August - Camp Fantastic has become an
REC tradition. Every year, linemen from the Culpeper office join other community service groups and provide a day of adventure for children with cancer during
their weeklong camp.
Agriculture Safety Day
August - This event was held at the
Tappahannock-Essex Volunteer Fire
Department. Stuart Schools and Ray Seip from REC's Bowling Green office, educated children about electrical safety.
Ladysmith & Montpelier Farmers Markets
August - Employees from the REC Bowling Green office participated in the Ladysmith and Montpelier farmers markets. They shared information on the new Cooperative Solar program called Cooperative Sun Share. They also showcased REC’s electric vehicle.
REC Attends Blue Ridge Area Fairs
August - REC attended the Frederick, Warren, and Clarke county fairs where they got to interact with members and share information about the cooperative, MyREC SmartHub, and programs like the Power of Change.
National Night Out
August - REC joined local police and fire departments at five different locations for National Night Out. Employees talked to members in Beaverdam, Front Royal, Berryville, Stanardsville, and King William. Sharing information about REC, safety, community involvement and the Power of Change.
Fauquier County Fair
July - REC partnered with NOVEC at the Fauquier County Fair. Employees from the REC Culpeper office spent the day mingling with members from both cooperatives.
Caroline Fire and Rescue Camp
July - REC employees, Stuart Schools and Amelia Wright from the Bowling Green office, spoke with children at the Caroline County Fire and Rescue Camp about being safe around electricity.They shared the electric safety demonstration and answered questions from the children.
Stanardsville Fourth of July Parade
July -The Stanardsville July 4th Parade was a walking parade due to area construction so REC had to get creative. Stephanie Culpeper employees proudly pulled a patriotic wagon full of candy.
Electric Vehicle Shines in Parades
July - REC’s Chevy Bolt attracted attention in two July parades. REC Employees drove the Bolt in Culpeper’s July Fourth parade and in the Madison parade.
REC Lights Up Children's Faces at
Theraputic Adventure Camp of Orange
July - The 4-H-sponsored camp, known as TACO, is run entirely by volunteers seeking to provide a safe, empowering and joyful experience for children with disabilities. This year, three employees from REC's Culpeper office stopped by to act as sidewalkers, strolling on each side of the horse to keep the children balanced and safe as another volunteer led the horse around a small ring at Rounton Farm.
Greene County Fair
June - Local members enjoyed meeting REC employees at the Greene County Fair and Touch a Truck event in June. Both events were well attended by local families despite the soggy conditions.
REC Returns to CulpeperFest
June -The 37th annual CulpeperFest was held at Eastern View High School, where a crowd of nearly 2,500 gathered. REC joined over 130 businesses at the event. REC employees provided energyefficiency
tips and Cooperative information.
Madison County Business Expo
May - Madison County Chamber of Commerce held its 12th annual Madison County Business Expo on Thursday, May 24.REC joined many other local businesses at the expo. REC Employees greeted members and provided information on saving energy and cooperative programs like SmartHub and The Power of Change.
Connecting with the Community
May - More than 500 REC members turned out for this year’s Get Connected Member Day, which was held at Lydia’s Barn at Evermore Farm in Stanardsville. This year’s focus: Connect with the community REC is fortunate to serve. Members were treated to a barbecue dinner from Blue Ridge Café. The Hi-Horse Cloggers of Stanardsville and the jazz band from William Monroe High School in Greene County provided entertainment.
REC Employees Read to Students
April - Rappahannock United Way recently held a drive to collect books to donate to Head Start pre-school students at elementary schools. In conjunction with delivering the books, they coordinated volunteers to read to the students, help them with a coloring activity and provide them with a book to take home. REC employees read to Head Start students at Madison and Lewis and Clark Elementary Schools in Caroline County.
REC Helps with Race
to Raise Funds for Education
April - The 2nd annual 5K Run for Education was held at the Dominion Raceway in Thornburg. REC employees welcomed participants and handled the registration. Nearly 200 runners/walkers participated in the Spotsylvania Education Foundation fundraiser, which raises money for student, teacher and community programs in Spotsylvania.
REC Celebrates Earth Day
with Students at Fort A.P. Hill
April - More than 1,800 students traveled to Fort A.P. Hill to participate in the base’s annual Earth Day celebration. The students from Caroline, Spotsylvania, Essex and King George counties learned about environmental topics. REC showcased its electric vehicle and coordinated a leaf identification activity.
Draw a Crowd
April - REC recently participated in three Touch-a-Truck events. Employees attended the ARC of Northern Shenandoah, which benefits people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Other touch-a-truck events were held at Culpeper Baptist Church and at the Apple Blossom Fire Truck Rodeo Touch-a-Truck.
REC Shares Energy-Efficiency
Tips, Information with Members
April - REC employees joined other local businesses at the GE Health and Safety Day. They shared energy efficiency tips using the light comparison and insulation displays.
REC Visits with Students
in Louisa County
March - REC employees visited with students at Trevilians Elementary School in Louisa County for their career day. REC's yellow bucket truck was once again a big hit with the students as they learned about REC linemen and how they work their jobs. The students were even able to climb in and out of the bucket and try on some gear.
Caroline High Students
Try Out Linemen Gear
March - REC employees visited with students at Caroline County High School for their Career Day. The students had a lot of fun learning about REC and linemen and even got to try out some linemen gear and tools.
Bucket Truck is a Hit
with Rappahannock students
March - REC was at the Rappahannock Intermediate School career day. A bucket truck was on-hand and the students had an amazing experience learning about lineman as the students explored the truck and tried out some of the lineman gear.
REC Participates in Culpeper
Home and Garden Expo
March - Cooperative employees were excited to visit with members at the 2018 Culpeper Home and Garden Expo. The show, held annually at the Germanna Daniel Technology Center in Culpeper, gave visitors from the surrounding area the opportunity to meet with businesses specializing in various products and services related to homes.
For additional information about community programs contact:
• Brian Wolfe, REC's public relations specialist
1-800-552-3904 ext. 5914
• Lindsey Edwards, REC's public relations specialist
1-800-552-3904 ext. 5899
• Terri Bevers, REC's member engagement specialist
1-800-552-3904 ext. 5912