REC’S ANNUAL MEETING IS COMING IN AUGUST
REC President and CEO Kent Farmer addresses members at the 2008 Annual Meeting.
All REC member-owners are invited to attend REC’s Annual
Meeting on Aug. 8, 2009, at Courtland High School in
Spotsylvania County. Annual Meeting registration will be
open from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and breakfast will be served from 8:30 to 10
a.m. There will be community displays and exhibits of many
Cooperative products and services, and entertainment will be
provided in the auditorium from 9:45 to 10:20 a.m.
The Annual Meeting is one of the benefits of your Cooperative
membership. It has something for everyone and is a chance to
meet with your directors and Cooperative employees. The
business session will be called to order at 10:30 a.m. Four
directors are to be elected, and you will learn about REC’s
achievements during 2008 and our exciting plans for the future.
In addition, you will have the opportunity to vote on REC’s
restated Articles of Incorporation.
Remember, REC is your Cooperative. Take this important
opportunity to participate in the business by attending your Annual
Meeting. We hope to see you there, but if you are unable to attend,
we encourage you to return the Designation of Proxy Card attached
to the outside of this issue of Cooperative Living as soon as possible.
All valid Designation of Proxy Cards will automatically be entered
into a drawing for a Grand Prize of $500. Designation of Proxy
Cards must be received by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009. For
detailed directions, visit www.myrec.coop. ■
In honor of Independence Day, our offices will be closed on Friday, July 3. If you
experience an outage or power emergency during this time, our dispatch department is
always available 24 hours a day to take your call.
Rappahannock Electric Cooperative
NOTICE OF RECOMMENDATION OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS
At the Rappahannock Electric Cooperative Annual Membership Meeting on Saturday, August 8, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. at Courtland High School,
Spotsylvania County, Virginia, the board of directors (the “Board”) will submit to the members by ballot the question of whether to restate the
Cooperative’s articles of incorporation. A copy of the proposed restated articles of incorporation is printed below this notice. The Board recommends
that the members approve the amendments and restatement as proposed.
The amendment is necessary because of the Cooperative’s purchase of territory and assets of Allegheny Energy Incorporated’s Virginia holdings. State
law requires that the articles of incorporation include a reasonable designation of the territory in which operations of the cooperative are principally
conducted. The current certificate of consolidation designates the Counties of Albemarle, Caroline, Culpeper, Essex, Fauquier, Goochland, Greene,
Hanover, King and Queen, King William, Louisa, Madison, Orange, Rappahannock, Spotsylvania, and Stafford, Virginia. The Board recommends that
the articles of incorporation be restated; to expand the designation of territory to include all of the territory that could be acquired in the purchase from
Allegheny Energy Inc., being the additional counties of Clarke, Frederick, Highland, Page, Rockingham, Shenandoah, and Warren, and the City of
Winchester in the Commonwealth of Virginia; and to decrease the maximum number of directors of the Cooperative as set forth in the articles of
incorporation from 19 to 13; and to increase the minimum number of directors from 5 to 9.
An amendment to the Cooperative’s articles of incorporation requires the approval of more than two-thirds of the members who are voting, whether in
person or by proxy.
RESTATED ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION
OF RAPPAHANNOCK ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE
Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, pursuant to the provisions of the Utility Consumer Services Cooperatives Act, Title 56, Title 9.1, Code of Virginia, 1950, as
amended, does hereby amend its Certificate of Consolidation, which was originally made on December 19, 1979, and accepted by the Virginia State Corporation
Commission on January 1, 1980, by deleting the entire contents of the Certificate of Consolidation and substituting in the place thereof, this preamble and the
1. The name of the Cooperative is Rappahannock Electric Cooperative.
2. The territory in which the regulated electric distribution operations of the Cooperative are principally to be conducted is the Counties of Albemarle, Caroline,
Clarke, Culpeper, Essex, Fauquier, Frederick, Goochland, Greene, Hanover, Highland, King and Queen, King William, Louisa, Madison, Orange, Page,
Rappahannock, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Warren, and the City of Winchester in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
3. The location of the principal office of the Cooperative and the post office address thereof is P.O. Box 7388, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22404-7388.
4. The number of directors shall be determined as provided in the Bylaws, but the number shall not be less than nine or more than thirteen. The Board
of Directors shall have the power to adopt and amend Bylaws for the management and regulation of the affairs of the Cooperative, subject to the right
of the members to alter or repeal such Bylaws. The directors shall be elected by the members, provided, however, that any vacancy may be filled by
the Board of Directors if so provided in the Bylaws.
5. The period for the duration of the Cooperative shall be unlimited.
6. The terms and conditions upon which persons shall be admitted to membership in the Cooperative are that any natural person, firm, association,
cooperative, corporation, limited liability company, business trust, partnership or body politic or other legal entity which is able to enter into a legally
binding contract shall be eligible for membership, provided that he or it shall agree to use utility services supplied by the Cooperative and shall comply
with and be bound by the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative.
7. The Cooperative shall be a public service company and shall have the principal purpose of making energy, energy services, and other utility services available at the
lowest cost consistent with sound economy and prudent management of the business of the Cooperative and such other purposes as its membership shall approve. The
Cooperative may engage in any lawful activities and enterprises and shall have the power to do any and all lawful acts or things.
INCLUDE HOME ENERGY SAVINGS IN
SUMMER VACATION PLANS
f you are going on vacation this summer, REC advises you to make sure your home’s energy use takes a vacation as well.
ISimple tips can help you control your energy usage while you are away.
Set the thermostat to 85 degrees. If it is a
programmable thermostat, use the “hold”
or the “vacation” setting to keep it at
Computers, CD/DVD players, TVs, and
VCRs — these and other electronic
appliances use electricity, even when
they are not turned on. Unplug them
You can improve your energy savings,
and your home's security, by using timers
to operate lights each night. And by
installing CFLs in those lamps, you will
be saving more energy, up to 66 percent
less in each lamp, and the bulb will last
approximately 10 times longer than a
regular incandescent bulb.
Turn the water heater’s temperature
down to the lowest setting. Many water
heaters have a “vacation” setting for this
purpose. Leave a reminder to turn it back
up upon returning home.
Waterbed owners should
unplug the heater, or
at least lower the
Pool owners should
shorten the operating time
for the pool filter and
automatic cleaning sweep (if
applicable). A pool cover
can save energy too.
According to the U.S.
Department of Energy, up to
70 percent of pool heat loss is
Adjust the refrigerator control to a
warmer setting. If going on an extended
trip, consider emptying the fridge and
turning it off. Remember to leave the
door open to prevent mildew. ■
GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY:
ROUND UP YOUR ELECTRIC BILL
A great way to help those in need in your community is to sign up for Operation Round Up ®
(ORU). By allowing REC to automatically round up your bill to the next whole dollar, the extra
change goes to ORU and then back into the community. For more information and how you
can sign up, please visit www.myrec.coop or call 800-552-3904.
Rappahannock Electric Cooperative
KEEP ELECTRICITY AFFORDABLE
START TALKING NOW
Our Energy, Our Future is a national grassroots campaign to engage
consumer/members in a conversation with elected officials about how we meet
climate change goals while keeping electricity reliable and affordable. Together
we can keep your electric bill as low as possible. E-mail your elected officials today
and let them know we need answers now!
Visit www.ourenergy.coop to send an e-mail.
PROTECT YOUR ELECTRONICS WITH HOMEGUARD ®
Consumer Reports calls surge suppressors like the HomeGuard ® system a sensible
form of insurance. That’s because extreme power bursts are tough on today’s
sensitive electronic equipment such as your DVD player, stereo, TV and
computer. HomeGuard offers a unique two-stage system that protects your electronic
equipment from transient surges both at the meter and at the outlet. Like any insurance
policy, you need to know the terms of coverage.
There are two different types of disturbances that require two different technologies for
protection. An “overvoltage” is defined as an increase in the AC voltage, at the power
frequency, for durations greater than a few seconds. Your home’s circuit breaker or fuse
protects against that type of disturbance.
REC’s HomeGuard system is effective against the other power disturbance known as a
“transient” — a very brief but extreme burst of extra energy. It can occur on AC power
lines, signal, and telephone or data lines. A transient can also be referred to as a “spike” or
a “surge.” Transients are a natural result of any electrical activity. They are generated every
time wires, motors or electrical elements are energized or de-energized.
Should a transient surge damage any of your properly connected equipment, HomeGuard
offers a repair-or-replace warranty. To ensure that your appliances and electronics are covered by the warranty, make certain that all
of your devices and the HomeGuard system are installed correctly and you have filed your equipment registration. The diagram, to
the left, illustrates how to install a surge protector properly.
Please note that HomeGuard protects against transient voltages only. The HomeGuard Surge Protection System cannot protect against
sustained overvoltage situations. For more information on HomeGuard or any of REC’s products and services, visit www.myrec.coop
and click on the services tab or contact us at 800-851-3275. ■
UNDERSTANDING YOUR NEW REC BILL
1. Your Account Information
name, address &
REC account #
2. Due Date
8. Budget summary
(optional payment program)
this section appears when
your account is signed up
for average monthly billing
important monthly messages
from your Cooperative
4. Account Summary
activity since last statement
and previous balance
9. Total Account Balance
5. Electricity Consumption
includes the current and
previous meter reading
dates, current and previous
meter readings, the total
kWh used, the number of
days in the meter reading
cycle, the meter multiplier
and whether the reading
is regular or estimated
6. Regulated Charges
tariffs approved by the State Corporation Commission
a. Distribution Delivery – cost of
delivering electricity over REC’s lines
b. Electricity Supply Service – cost
of generating electricity
c. Wholesale Power Cost Adj. – fluctuation in
wholesale power costs for fuels
used to generate electricity
7. Unregulated Charges
charges for products and
11. Usage History
a great tool to compare
with your current usage
Rappahannock Electric Cooperative
The following pages explain the changes and how to read your REC bill. If you have
any questions upon receiving your monthly bill, please contact a customer services
representative at 800-552-3904.
13. On the Back
a. Change of Address
b. Request More Information
c. Operation Round up
d. Contact Information
e. Current Rate Schedule
f. Glossary of Terms
g. New Programs/Services
Available for Members
12. Amount Due
a unique number that
identifies the account
number and location of
the meter where the
energy use occurred
REC EARNS TOP HONORS
(Left to right) Penni Curtis, public
relations coordinator, Karen Combs
(CREC) and Ann Lewis, director of
the 2009 “Spotlight on
sponsored by the
Council of Rural Electric
(CREC) and the
National Rural Electric
received three Awards of
Excellence and five
Awards of Merit.
REC competed with electric cooperatives of similar sizes in 19
categories. Electric cooperative communicators and marketing
professionals submitted more than 744 entries in the Spotlight
on Excellence program, now in its 21st year. Faculty members
from the University of Missouri–Columbia and the University
of North Carolina–Chapel Hill judged the entries.
REC’s Spotlight on Excellence Awards:
Award of Excellence / Best Marketing Communications Program
Co-op Connections Card Launch
Award of Excellence / Best Video/DVD
“It’s Better to Ask for Help Than Call
for a Doctor”
Award of Excellence / Best Web site
Award of Merit / Best Newsletter
Incorporated as a Part of Another
Award of Merit / Best Special
“70 Years Later and the Light Still
Award of Merit / Best Application of
The 2008 October Lobby Presentation
5 FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW
CAN’T AFFORD A
Police reports indicate significant
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Homes without systems are 3 times
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In rural areas, the risk of home
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Award of Merit / Best Annual Report
Looking Out For You
Award of Merit / Best Computer
70th Anniversary Seal
Todd Jordan, director of market
development, and Martha
Crimmins, marketing specialist
SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED BY
LOCAL STUDENTS RECOGNIZED FOR OUTSTANDING
ACHIEVEMENT AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Chief Executive Officer:
Kent D. Farmer
Board of Directors:
As a local cooperative, REC recognizes the importance of community involvement
and student achievement. With the creation of its Literacy Education and Rural
Networking (LEARN) scholarship program in 1996, the Cooperative began
rewarding students who excelled in these two areas.
This spring REC has awarded twelve $1,000 LEARN scholarships to students who are
seeking to advance their education beyond the high school level.
A. Nash Johnston
Richard C. Oliver
“The LEARN program recognizes students for their many years of academic pursuit,”
said Ann M. Lewis, REC’s director of public relations. “As a member-owned
cooperative, REC strives to be an integral part of the communities it serves. Investing in
the future of local high school seniors is just one more example of how the Cooperative
accomplishes that goal.”
The 2009 LEARN Scholarship recipients were selected from a competitive group of
applications received from nearly 20 high schools throughout REC’s service territory.
The applications were reviewed by a committee and evaluated based on scholastic
achievement, extracurricular activities, community involvement, financial need and
interest in rural affairs.
“Since its inception, the LEARN program has helped many students pursue their career
goals,” added Lewis. “This year’s recipients will be attending colleges and universities
across the country to receive a higher education.” ■
The twelve 2009 LEARN Scholarship recipients are:
Frank B. Boxley, Jr.
Linda R. Gray
William M. Alphin
Lee S. Estes
William E. Lane
Darlene H. Carpenter
William C. Frazier
Wickham B. Coleman
Local Pages Editor ~ Ann M. Lewis
Staff Writer ~ Casey M. Hollins
P.O. Box 7388
Fredericksburg, VA 22404
540.898.8500 / 800.552.3904