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March - REC presented at the Virginia Cooperative Council’s annual Virginia Institute of Cooperative Education on Friday, March 29. We provided an Electric Cooperatives 101 seminar to the more than 50 students from across Virginia in attendance. Students were also able to participate in the program, “Who’s Minding the Store,” and learned how to operate their own farm supply cooperative.


Career Day

Career Day

March - Friday, March 29 was a busy day for career fairs. Eastern View High Schools' career fair was held that day as well. REC employees were on hand to share information about their careers at REC. The students enjoyed seeing REC's yellow truck and all of the line gear!



Career Day

Career day

March - Friday, March 29 REC employees shared information with students at Post Oak Middle School’s Career Day. The seventh graders were able to try on some of the line worker’s gear and ask questions about the type of jobs REC has to offer.The students really enjoyed the hands-on learning and the line gear!


Caroline County HS Career Day 2019

Career Day

January - Friday, March 29 REC employees participated in the Caroline High School Career Day. They were able to speak with hundreds of students about their career goals and the many opportunities that are available at REC. The students enjoyed the interaction with REC and learned a lot about the Cooperative!


Reality Store

Reality Store

March - REC participated in Lord Fairfax Community College's reality store event for Clarke County students on Friday, March 29. During this event, we shared information with students about how paying your utility bills impacts your budget.The students enjoyed this fun and interactive activity.

Career Day

Career Day

March - On Friday, March 22 REC employees showed students at Bowling Green Elementary School’s Career Day REC's bucket truck and spoke with them about the different types of jobs the Co-op has to offer. The children enjoyed the hands-on learning and were excited to see the yellow truck that they all love!


Reality Store

Reality Store

March - REC employees participated in the King and Queen County School’s reality store on Thursday, March 21. During this hour long event, Faye and Jason were able to share information with seventh graders about electricity usage and how it impacts your bill and budget.The students enjoyed this fun and interactive activity.

VA Home Show

Virginia Home Show

January - Showcasing REC’s electric vehicle at the Virginia Home Show, Held at Meadow Event Park on January 26 and 27, crowds of people were able to see the inside of the electric car and learn about REC’s Community Solar program,


Guest Professionals

Guest Professionals

January - REC employees visited Powhatan School in Clarke County on Thursday, Jan. 17. The school runs a Guest Professionals program and REC participated by visiting a fifth grade classroom to share practical safety tips, explain the way electricity travels from power stations to our homes, and answer students’ questions.

Family Night

Family Night

January - Wednesday, Jan. 16 marked the first Community Family Night at Waverly Yowell Elementary School in Madison. REC employees had the opportunity to speak with parents on topics like outage preparation, power restoration and safety.

Bowling Green Christmas Parade

Bowling Green Christmas Parade

December - On Saturday, Dec. 8 the Bowling Green office participated in the annual Bowling Green Christmas Parade.REC employees were on hand for this very popular, annual holiday celebration. REC's truck won first place in its division!


Toy Lift

Toy Lift

December - Friday, Dec 7 REC supplied generators to light up the parking lot of the Greene County Walmart while the community came together to donate toys for area children and entertainment.



Madsion Christmas Parade

Madison Christmas Parade

December - On Friday, December 7 the Culpeper office participated in the Madison Christmas Parade. REC employees helped spread Holiday cheer and handed out candy to those in attendance.


Reality Store

Reality Store

December -On Tuesday, Dec. 4 employees from REC's Blue ridge office assisted the Warren County Cooperative Extension with its Reality Store, a real-world money management simulation designed to assist teens with learning personal financial skills. Jeff and Josh were able to talk to participants at Skyline High School about the impact of utility bills on a household budget.

Orange Christmas Parade

Orange Christmas Parade

December -Sunday, Dec. 2 the Culpeper office participated in the Orange Christmas Parade. Employees greeted the community with the decked out bucket truck and handed out candy to those in attendance. REC's truck was a huge hit!.


Blue Ridge parades

Christmas Parades Abound

December - On Sunday, Dec. 2 the Blue Ridge office participated in three Christmas parades! REC employees adjusted their schedules because of rain the day before and handed out candy in the Berryville, Middletown and Front Royal parades. REC tied for first place in their category in the Middletown parade!

Greene parade

Greene Christmas Parade

December - Saturday, Dec. 1 the Culpeper office participated in the Greene County Parade of Lights. Employees greeted parade goers for this annual festive event.



Louisa Christmas Parade

Louisa Christmas Parade

December -REC employees had a great time participating in the Louisa Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 1. They handed out candy to excited children who lined the street. REC won third place in their category!

elementary career day

Elementary Career Day

November - Friday, Nov. 16 REC visited Lewis and Clark Elementary School in Caroline County to participate in the school’s annual career day. REC employees spoke with the school's 5th grade students highlighting the importance of electrical safety, demonstrating several tools that linemen use in their jobs and answered questions from students and teachers.

Caroline middle

Middle School Career Day

November -On Friday, Nov. 16 REC was at the annual Caroline County Middle School Career Day. Hundreds of students were able to visit with Lindsey and Amelia to learn about careers at the Cooperative, both inside and outside. Students had a great time while asking many questions about how REC keeps the power on for its members.

elementary Career day

Elementary Career Day

November - REC had a great time visiting with students at Madison Elementary School in Caroline on Wednesday, Nov. 14. The children were able to see the bucket truck, all the tools linemen use on a daily basis and how linemen stay safe while working with and near electricity. 


Ethics workshop

Ethics Workshop

November - REC attended an Ethics Workshop for Warren County High School students on Nov. 13 and 14. This event was for seniors at both Warren County and Skyline High Schools. Local business representatives provided students with valuable exercises in decision making and critical thinking about various topics they may face.

Career Day

Career Day

November -On Thursday, Nov. 8 REC participated in Rappahannock County High School's annual career day. The event featured area businesses in Rappahannock and surrounding communities. Students from every grade level attended and had a wonderful time.


Front Royal Halloween

Front Royal Halloween

October - In Front Royal, REC employees had a great time handing out candy and hard hats to children and families at the town's annual Hometown Halloween event. Held downtown at the gazebo, many families from Front Royal and Warren County were in attendance. The children loved Jeff and Rosa's costumes and a great time was had by all!

Madison Halloween

Trick or Trunk

October - On Wednesday night, Oct. 31, REC participated in the Madison County Trick or Trunk at Madison County High School. Everyone loved REC's costumes and climbing on REC's big yellow bucket truck. Many other employees and family stopped by to say hello as well.


Trunk or Treat

Trunk or Treat

October - REC employees attended Trunk or Treat at St. Ephesus Baptist Church on Sunday, Oct. 28. Children were able to see the bucket truck and enjoy some candy from REC at this event in Essex County.



Frog Level

Fall Festival

October - REC's fall festival season continued on Saturday, October 27 when employees drove the electric vehicle in the Frog Level parade and visited with members during the fall festival. After the parade they were able to talk with many members about REC’s electric vehicle and show them how it works.

Trunk or Treat

Trunk or Treat

October - REC employees had a great time handing out candy and hard hats to children at Bowling Green Elementary school’s Trunk or Treat event on Friday, Oct. 26. Despite the rainy weather, many children and their parents came out to enjoy the night in their Halloween costumes.

career expo

Career Expo

October - Wednesday, Oct. 24 and Thursday, Oct. 25, REC employees visited with hundreds of middle school students from Clarke, Frederick, Shenandoah, Warren and Rappahannock Counties at the annual World of Works Career Expo in Winchester.

River Cleanup

River Cleanup

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.


Car Show

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.


Harvest Festival

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

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

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

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.

Busines Summit

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

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

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

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

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

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.


car show

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.


Day of Caring

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

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.



Camp Fantastic

Camp Fantastic

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.




Montpelier Farmers Market

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.



Blue Ridge Fairs

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.




Night Out

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

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

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

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 Business Expo

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.


Get Connected

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.


United Way Reading Days Picture 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.


Run for Education PictureREC 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.


AP Hill Earth Day Photo from 2018REC 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.


Touch a Truck photoTouch-a-Truck Events
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.

GE Safety Day Picture 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.





2018 Trevilians Elementary School Career Day in Louisa CountyREC 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 School Career Day - 2018Caroline 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.



Rappahannock Intermediate SchoolBucket 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.




2018 Culepper Home and Garden ShowREC 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.


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• Brian Wolfe
Senior Public Relations Specialist
1-800-552-3904 ext. 5914

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Member Engagement Specialist
1-800-552-3904 ext. 5912

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