Over the years,
Rayle EMC’s commitment to the
community we serve, has been expressed in many ways. Currently,
Rayle EMC participates with other
co-ops, or sponsors on its own, the following programs:
Career Development Contest (formerly called FFA Wiring Contest)
- FFA youth travel to district venues to compete in a contest that tests
their skills and knowledge of electrical wiring. Winners at the district
level move on to state competition.
Young Co-op Couple – Each year a
husband and wife couple is chosen by Rayle EMC to attend a conference
where they meet with other Young Co-op Couples from the EMC's around the
state to learn about cooperatives so they may take what they learn back
to their communities.
Washington Youth Tour – What
young high school sophomore or junior wouldn’t want to spend a week of
their summer vacation representing their EMC, touring our nation’s
capital, and meeting with a couple hundred other Tour participants their
age? There will be no expenses to the students! The Tour is educational as well as loads of fun. The
festivities begin in Atlanta with a kick-off banquet. The next day, the
participants board a plane headed for Washington, D.C. There, a week
packed with fun and excitement begins, as they get to meet their peers
from all over the State of Georgia. They will get to see our Government
in action, as they visit the halls of Congress and witness the process
of lawmaking firsthand.
for the Washington Youth Tour is done by an independent judge who
reviews essays submitted by the students. Two students are selected each
year for the Washington Youth Tour.
Washington Area Steer Show
– Rayle EMC
participates in this very worthwhile endeavor by pledging to
buy the Grand Champion Steer raised by FFA and 4-H youth.
GEMC Walter Harrison Scholarship
– Each year the Georgia Electric Membership Corporation awards seven
academic scholarships to deserving, hard working high school seniors.
The $1,000.00 scholarships are awarded in honor of Walter Harrison, an
early leader of the electric cooperative movement in Georgia. Students
from each electric co-op submit applications and an essay, which is
judged by an impartial panel. The seven statewide winners are announced
Rayle EMC Scholarships
– Each year,
Rayle EMC awards five $1,000.00
scholarships (one from each district of the co-op’s territory).
Applicants write an essay, which is judged by the staff at
Rayle EMC. Winners are announced in
Rayle EMC Lineman of the Week
– Each week during the high school
football season, Rayle EMC selects a
football lineman whose superior athleticism on the gridiron is worthy of
special mention. A plaque, engraved with the player’s name and school,
is awarded to the athlete, and his achievement is written up in the
local newspaper and broadcast on the radio.
Rayle EMC Student of the Month –
Every month during the school year, an elementary student is selected by
their school to receive this award. A tee shirt is presented to the
student to commemorate the child’s academic success, and his/her picture
appears in the local newspaper, along with a short write-up about the
Touchstone Energy/GEMC GHSAA Playoff Sponsorships – Rayle EMC,
through its brand partner, Touchstone Energy, and several other EMC’s
throughout the state, help sponsor state-level playoff competition. A
number of these state championship playoffs are carried live on GPTV.
The EMC’s help out by sponsoring the Coach’s Corner, a place where team
coaches can go to relax and unwind before or after their teams compete.
Dad’s Day at Oglethorpe County Elementary School
– Each year, a number of male
employees volunteer to be at the school for the Dad’s Day event. They
serve as surrogate Dad’s for those children without fathers in the home.
It is a truly rewarding experience for our employees, who get a chance
to share some of their time with a child who may really need the
attention and caring of these men at this point in their young lives.
Little League Team Sponsorship – Rayle EMC
sponsors a local Little League team. We believe that athleticism and
academics go hand-in-hand in developing a well-rounded child. That’s why
we support both equally.
The Georgia Cooperative Youth Conference - Rayle EMC
sponsors three high-schoolers each year to this three-day event held in
Covington. Attendees are nominated by a local cooperative manager,
county extension agent, agricultural education instructor or home
economics teacher. Those selected to attend will be educated on the
cooperative way of doing business and provided with ample opportunities
to display and sharpen their leadership abilities.
pays the registration fees for this affair, and has received rave
reviews from recent attendees.
Other community efforts which
contributes to each year include: Relay for Life, Heart Association, and
Yearbook ads for all the schools in our service territory.
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