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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. ■

OFFICE CLOSING

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.

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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

following articles:

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.

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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.

AIR CONDITIONING

Set the thermostat to 85 degrees. If it is a

programmable thermostat, use the “hold”

or the “vacation” setting to keep it at

that temperature.

ELECTRONICS

Computers, CD/DVD players, TVs, and

VCRs — these and other electronic

appliances use electricity, even when

they are not turned on. Unplug them

before leaving.

LIGHTING

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.

WATER HEATING

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

temperature 10

degrees.

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

by evaporation.

REFRIGERATOR

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.

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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. ■

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UNDERSTANDING YOUR NEW REC BILL

1. Your Account Information

name, address &

REC account #

1

2

12

2. Due Date

1

8. Budget summary

(optional payment program)

this section appears when

your account is signed up

for average monthly billing

3. Messages

important monthly messages

from your Cooperative

4. Account Summary

activity since last statement

and previous balance

3

4

8

12

2

9. Total Account Balance

9

5

10

7

11

6 a

bc

5. Electricity Consumption

Data

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

services purchased

11. Usage History

a great tool to compare

with your current usage

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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.

a

13

b

c

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

d

e

g

12. Amount Due

10. SDID#

a unique number that

identifies the account

number and location of

the meter where the

energy use occurred

f

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REC EARNS TOP HONORS

(Left to right) Penni Curtis, public

relations coordinator, Karen Combs

(CREC) and Ann Lewis, director of

public relations

REC recently

received

recognition in

the 2009 “Spotlight on

Excellence” national

awards program,

sponsored by the

Council of Rural Electric

Communicators

(CREC) and the

National Rural Electric

Cooperative Association

(NRECA). REC

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

www.myrec.coop

Award of Merit / Best Newsletter

Incorporated as a Part of Another

Publication

Rappahannock Currents

Award of Merit / Best Special

Publication

“70 Years Later and the Light Still

Shines”

Award of Merit / Best Application of

Electronic Communications

The 2008 October Lobby Presentation

5 FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW

500-033

CAN’T AFFORD A

GOOD SECURITY

SYSTEM?

Police reports indicate significant

increases in burglaries during a

mortgage crisis.

Homes without systems are 3 times

more likely to be burglarized.

In rural areas, the risk of home

intrusion is 6 times greater for

unalarmed homes.

90% of police believe a security system

deters burglars.

Install a security system and save an

average of 15% on your

homeowner’s insurance.

THINK AGAIN.

Call today 800-392-2666 or visit our web site

www.RappahannockSecurity.com

Award of Merit / Best Annual Report

to Members

Looking Out For You

Award of Merit / Best Computer

Graphic Design

70th Anniversary Seal

Todd Jordan, director of market

development, and Martha

Crimmins, marketing specialist





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SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED BY

YOUR COOPERATIVE

LOCAL STUDENTS RECOGNIZED FOR OUTSTANDING

ACHIEVEMENT AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

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President &

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.

Chairman

A. Nash Johnston

Region IV

Vice Chairman

Richard C. Oliver

Region VII

“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:

Name

Jessica Arbogast

Kristin Barklund

Bailey Bierhuizen

John Callahan

Jacob Diehl

Wangoi Gichane

Rachel Graf

Anna Heacock

Tyler Hechler

Caroline Massie

Samuel Osterhout

Katelyn Quinn

High School

Wilson Memorial

Eastern View

Homeschooled

Orange County

Patrick Henry

Orange County

Patrick Henry

Essex

Patrick Henry

Rappahannock County

Orange County

Mountain View

Secretary

Frank B. Boxley, Jr.

Region V

Treasurer

Linda R. Gray

Region VIII

William M. Alphin

Region I

Lee S. Estes

Region III

William E. Lane

Region IX

Darlene H. Carpenter

Director-at-Large

William C. Frazier

Region VI

Wickham B. Coleman

Director-at-Large

Rappahannock Currents:

Local Pages Editor ~ Ann M. Lewis

Staff Writer ~ Casey M. Hollins

Contact Info:

P.O. Box 7388

Fredericksburg, VA 22404

540.898.8500 / 800.552.3904

office@myrec.coop

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