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November 2022 CEO Message

Thankful for Our Members

During this season of giving thanks, I think it’s important to let you and other consumer-members of Orange County REMC know just what an impact you have on our co-op and the greater community, likely in ways you may not even realize.

As part of the cooperative business model, one of our core principles is “Concern for Community.” While our priority is always to provide safe, reliable and affordable energy, we view our role in the community as a catalyst for good.

We are purposeful in partnering with local groups through our Operation Round Up program, and we are thankful for the work we see being done in our community by non-profit organizations and programs. We also work closely with our local schools to provide scholarships and educational opportunities. Orange County REMC participates in an annual Youth Tour where we take our community’s brightest young people to Washington, D.C. for a week-long immersion to experience democracy in action. We also sponsor younger students to attend Camp Kilowatt, which is a three-day camp with a well-rounded schedule that strikes a balance between education and fun. You empower the co-op through your membership and through your participation in, and support of these programs.

When you attend co-op events, alert us to problems, provide suggestions online or to our employees, you help us improve operations and thereby better serve the larger co-op membership.

Because we are locally governed by members of our community, we are able to get a first-hand perspective on community priorities, thereby enabling us to make more informed decisions on long-term investments, such as high-speed broadband internet, community solar programs, equipment and technology upgrades and electric vehicle programs.

We are thankful that our co-op board members carve out time to attend important training sessions, participate in planning meetings and keep abreast of industry trends. This investment in time results in better informed advisors that serve the co-op’s interests in a way that our consumer-members expect and deserve.

On a more personal note, we appreciate the countless acts of kindness our lineworkers and other employees receive when they are working in severe weather and dangerous conditions. Our employees are thankful for your patience and consideration when we are trying to restore power during challenging situations and prolonged periods.

Orange County REMC was originally established more than 80 years ago to bring electricity to our area when no one else would. The cooperative is a reflection of our local community and its evolving needs. Together, let’s continue making our corner of the world a better place. We can’t do it without you, and for that, we’re thankful for your membership.


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