REC Connects With Members in Their Community

On May 28, nearly 300 members joined REC at the Germanna Community College Daniel Technology Center in Culpeper for Get Connected: REC Member Night. The member-focused event provided REC members hours of interaction with REC employees, entertainment, family activities and a free meal.

"Our Get Connected member event gives us the opportunity to bring a fun and informative evening right in our member’s community," said Robbie Beard, REC’s Culpeper district manager. "Members have an opportunity to meet REC employees and learn more about their Cooperative during face-to-face interactions. In addition, we provide information to help them manage energy and use electricity safely."

REC employees answered questions on energy efficiency, understanding their energy use, as well as the Cooperative’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. REC's utility trucks, used for field work and repairing outages, were parked outside for a unique, up-close view, and many of REC’s youngest members were able to climb into the cabs of the trucks. Popular stations were the Co-op Connections table with a prize wheel and the photo booth, where members took pictures with REC-themed props.

Other booths included an interactive safety demonstration and information about how outages are restored. Victoria, an REC member said, “We came out to show support to REC and our community, and to enjoy the entertainment and dinner as a family. Everybody is very polite and kind, there are a lot of hands on activities for the kid’s, and the information they have here for us will be very useful.”

In the past, REC’s Annual Meeting, held the second week in August, has been the Cooperative’s primary member event. The annual meeting now focuses more on the business session, and Get Connected events will be held in a different community each year.

Beard added, "Having local events will benefit REC members by being more convenient and will provide greater opportunities for them to interact with the Cooperative's employees."

REC provides electric service to nearly 160,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, the Cooperative manages 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.