Community event allows members to connect with REC

What did REC employees and the Board of Directors do Wednesday night? They hosted the "Get Connected" event for hundreds of their members.

On May 17, 2017, at Paynefield Farm in Essex County, REC’s bucket trucks were on display, electric safety demonstrations were conducted and important information was provided to the Cooperative’s members from the community of Tappahannock and surrounding counties. This was the fifth “Get Connected” event since 2012. REC hosts the event in a different community each year.

"In the over 20 years we’ve been REC members, we’ve never been to an REC event, but since this event was taking place just a few minutes away from home we decided to come," explained Judy Allen, an REC member. "It's just wonderful! We've been able to learn more about our co-op, we’ve enjoyed seeing our friends and neighbors, and we’re very grateful to REC for organizing this event in our community."

"Get Connected is an opportunity for our members to learn more about who we are and what we do," said Kent Farmer, REC's president and CEO. "This event is a fun, interactive way for our members to connect with us face-to-face right in their own community. Our employees are here for you, whether it’s answering questions about your electric bill, providing energy-saving tips or restoring service after storms."

REC employees provided information about electrical safety, energy efficiency, understanding energy use, power lines, vegetation management, and REC’s charitable program - The Power of Change through Operation Round Up®. A fun zone area with a moon bounce, face painting and a balloon animal station was also available for families. A popular display was a close-up demonstrtation of REC’s electric safety trailer, which shows members how the system works and how to be safe around electricity.

Hamburgers and hot dogs were prepared by a local caterer, who partnered with REC to serve our members. Cabot Cheese, a dairy cooperative from Vermont, joined REC with their Gratitude Grille to provide members with free, homemade macaroni and cheese.