May - The Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office and Rappahannock County Elementary School teamed up again this year for their annual D.A.R.E. Day event on Friday, May 24. REC's electric safety demonstration taught children about electrical safety. The students enjoyed learning from this entertaining and educational tool.
May - It was a busy day at the Madison County Volunteer Fire Company where the 13th Annual Madison Business Expo was held on Thursday, May 23. REC employees enjoyed sharing information on how REC is helping Virginia go green and the advantages of signing up for Smart Hub.
Electric Vehicle on the Move
May - On Tuesday, May 21 REC’s Chevy Bolt was at the Emerson Safety & Health Fair in Albemarle County. Many curious Emerson employees appreciated the opportunity to get up close to an electric vehicle and have their questions answered and learn more about how electric vehicles operate.
May - Saturday, May 4 REC employees talked with members at the Caroline Spring Festival, formerly known as Ladysmith Day. This event held at the agricultural fairgrounds in Caroline drew a crowd who were eager to take a photo with the Sunshare photo prop and spin the REC prize wheel.
Apple Blossom Festival
May -Employees from REC's Blue Ridge office attended the Apple Blossom Festival's annual fire truck rodeo on Friday, May 3 in Frederick County. REC's safety demo was presented and children were able to learn about the job of a lineman. The children really enjoyed climbing in and out of the bucket of the big yellow line truck!
May - On Thursday, May 2 REC visited D.G. Cooley Elementary School in Berryville. Employees spoke with the students and teachers about the role trees play in keeping our environment healthy and about how REC works to trim trees near power lines. Two trees were planted on the school grounds, helping to beautify the school's campus.
April - REC attended Sperryville's annual SperryFest in Rappahannock County on Saturday, April 27. The ever popular duck race on the Thornton River was also a huge hit. REC participated by sponsoring ducks in the race, which is a fundraiser for the Sperryville Business Committee, the host for the event.
April - Earth Day festivities were held at Old Mill Park in Fredericksburg on Saturday, April 27. Lots of people came out to enjoy the beautiful weather and learn about being better stewards of the environment. REC employees talked with members about Cooperative Sunshare and everyone had a great time spinning the REC's prize wheel.
Culpeper Baptist Church Touch-a-Truck
April - REC employees participated in the Culpeper Baptist Church Touch a Truck in Culpeper on Saturday, April 27. They greeted children of all ages and talked with them about the job of a lineman and the importance of safety.
Community Earth Day
April - Employees from REC's Blue Ridge office participated in Skyline High School's Community Earth Day on Saturday, April 27. This annual event in Warren County offers the public the opportunity to interact with area agencies and businesses on how to recycle and protect the environment
April - REC attended the Celebration of the Young Child hosted by Caroline’s Promise in Caroline on Friday, April 26. Children from toddlers to Pre-K students were able to see some of the gear that linemen use and everyone enjoyed wearing their REC hard hat and learning about REC.
April - On Thursday, April 25 REC employees participated in King and Queen Elementary School’s career day. The students were able to see one of REC’s bucket trucks and talk about different career opportunities both indoors and outdoors at REC.
Everyone had a great time learning about REC and seeing the big yellow bucket truck!
School Earth Day
April -Tappahannock Elementary School in Essex County celebrated Earth Day on Monday, April 22. REC employees, along with the local Department of Forestry, spoke with the school's third graders about Earth Day and the benefits of protecting the environment. Students learned about REC’s electric vehicle, and planted Dogwood trees
April - On Saturday, April 20, REC employees ran in the annual Co-op 5K held by the Fredericksburg Food Co-op in downtown Fredericksburg. REC sponsored the fundraising event, assisting a fellow cooperative raising funds to open a food cooperative.
Tappahannock Farmers Market
April -On Saturday, April 20, Over 400 people came out to the first Tappahannock Farmers Market of the season. REC was able to speak with members about how they can go green and show them REC’s electric vehicle. REC's reusable insulated bags were also a big hit with the shoppers!
April - REC participated in A.G. Richardson Elementary School's career day on Friday April 19. The students from Culpeper County learned all about what a lineman does. The students really enjoyed seeing the tools of the job and also trying on the personal protective gear.
United Way Fundraiser
April - REC's Fredericksburg office's United Way committee held a breakfast fundraiser, "Waffles by Wanda," on Thursday, April 18. Committee members donated all the supplies needed to make the breakfast and served it up to hungry employees. $470 was raised in this first-ever spring fundraiser for Fredericksburg. All proceeds will go to the office's United Way fundraising campaign.
A.P. Hill Earth Day
April - On Thursday, April 18 REC employeescelebrated Earth Day at Fort A.P. Hill with elementary and middle school students from multiple surrounding counties. With over 1,000 students and teachers in attendance, many future and current members were able to learn about plant and tree identification and see first-hand the damage that invasive species such as the Ash Tree Beetle has caused in our area.
April - REC's second career day of the week was held on Friday, April 12 at Waverly Yowell Elementary School in Madison County. Employees visited with the many students in attendance to teach them about careers at Rappahannock Electric. The students really enjoyed trying on the personal protective gear and seeing all of the tools linemen use on a daily basis.
April - REC employees attended Trevilians Elementary School's career day on Friday, April 12 in Louisa. They visited with the students and provided them information about careers at REC. The children were able to see the tools that linemen use every day, including a bucket truck, along with learning about the different careers available at the Co-op.
Home & Garden Show
April -On Sunday, April 7 REC participated in the 2018 Culpeper Home Show. The annual event held 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. REC provided information about SmartHub and Cooperative Sunshare to the many members in attendance.
Little League Opening Day
April - REC attended Spotsylvania County Little League's opening day ceremonies on Saturday, April 6, providing information about the Power of Change and MyREC SmartHub. The hundreds of players, parents and family members really enjoyed spinning the wheel and lined up for their chance at a prize!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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,
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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
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!.
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 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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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!
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Senior Public Relations Specialist
1-800-552-3904 ext. 5914
• Lindsey Edwards
Public Relations Specialist
1-800-552-3904 ext. 5899
• Terri Bevers
Member Engagement Specialist
1-800-552-3904 ext. 5912