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Proposed Bylaw Revisions

At the 2019 Annual Meeting of Members, the Board of Directors will present several Proposed Bylaw Revisions for your consideration. You may download a brief summary of each of the changes and each of the Bylaw sections to be revised at the link below.

Vote YES on Senate Bill 2

We are aware that many Georgians living in EMC service areas have begun to receive robocalls, suggesting SB 2 is bad for co-op members, will cost them money and lead to cross subsidization. This is a FALSE, misleading message, funded by a group of cable and small telecom companies lobbying for increased costs and regulations on EMCs, which only erect more barriers to the expansion of rural broadband.

The TRUTH is that SB 2 PROHIBITS cross subsidization to PROTECT EMC members and to ensure fair competition between providers, while also including strong consumer protections.

Your trusted local EMC has the FACTS about SB 2, and we encourage you to contact them if you have questions. Take action NOW by urging your State Representative to Vote YES: https://action.georgiaemc.com/actionalerts/

Outage Text Notifications

Rayle EMC’s new outage text alert program, TextPower, provides a convenient way to stay connected during a power outage.

Receiving text notifications from Rayle EMC puts information about power outages in the palm of your hand. Using the everyday convenience of text messaging, you can quickly and easily text us to report an outage. Once we’ve assessed the situation, we’ll text you to let you know when your power has been restored.

All consumers who have cell numbers currently in our database will be automatically opted-in.  At any time you can text STOP to 85700 to opt-out.

Set up text alerts

Use your mobile phone to text RAYLE to 85700. Follow the on-screen steps, and you will be registered in no time.

Alternatively, you can sign up online at  http://www.rayleemc.com/index.php/customer-service/rayle-texting/, or contact your local office. This program is available without charge to all members. Please note that standard message and data rates may apply through your carrier.

What messages will I get? You will receive two different outage messages. One will notify you when we have enough reports of the outage to start the repair process. The other will notify you when power has been restored.

Rayle EMC Accepting Scholarship Applications

Rayle EMC is once again accepting applications for the prestigious Walter Harrison Scholarship. This year, 10 scholarships will be awarded to students throughout Georgia, and Rayle EMC can submit two applications for consideration of these scholarships.

Sponsored by Georgia’s 41 electric cooperatives, including Rayle EMC, the $1,000 Walter Harrison Scholarship can be used for academic expenses at any accredited two- or four-year university, college or technical institute in Georgia.

“We’re proud to offer financial assistance where possible, and the Walter Harrison Scholarship can help families offset the rising cost of college,” says Rayle EMC General Manager Tony Griffin. “To be a good community citizen, we have an obligation to help young people. Whether it’s through the Washington Youth Tour, wiring contests or scholarships, this is how we do it.”

Walter Harrison scholarships are awarded annually to students with exemplary academic records. Grade point average, SAT scores, academic standing, scholastic honors and financial need are considered when determining a student’s eligibility. A scholarship committee comprised of directors, managers, key staff, or others as appropriate at Georgia’s 41 EMCs seeks to award scholarships to remarkable students who otherwise may be unable to afford college.

The application process is currently underway, and students applying for the scholarship must be accepted or enrolled in an accredited undergraduate degree program, must complete a two-page application and write a two-page autobiographical sketch which includes future plans. The scholarship is available to any college-level student regardless of age.

Finally, to be eligible for the scholarship, students and their families must be members of Rayle EMC and reside within the co-op’s service area.

Created in 1985 by Georgia EMC, a trade association representing the electric cooperatives in Georgia, the Walter Harrison Scholarship program pays tribute to the late Harrison, a pioneer in the rural electric movement and a leader at local, state and national levels.

Rayle EMC recognizes that not all applicants can receive the Walter Harrison Scholarship, so its board of directors implemented a local scholarship program that has grown from two $500 annual scholarships to seven $1,000 annual scholarships. Rayle EMC scholarships of $1,000 each are awarded annually to students from each of the five Directorate Districts and two at-large, using the same criteria used for selection of the two Walter Harrison Scholarship nominations.

Entries for the Rayle EMC scholarships are reviewed by volunteer educational professionals not employed by the cooperative.

To request a scholarship application, contact any Rayle EMC office or call (706) 678-2116. Applications may be submitted to the nearest co-op office or mailed to Rayle EMC, Walter Harrison Scholarship, P.O. Box 1090, Washington, GA 30673. Deadline for submitting applications is Jan. 18, 2019.

Rayle EMC is a member-owned cooperative providing electricity to more than 14,000 members in Wilkes, Lincoln, Greene, Morgan, Taliaferro, Hancock, Oglethorpe, Clarke, Madison and Oconee counties.

Georgia EMC is the statewide trade association representing the state’s 41 EMCs, Oglethorpe Power Corp., Georgia Transmission Corp. and Georgia System Operations Corp.

Walter Harrison Scholarship Application

Rayle EMC awards scholarships to seven local students

Rayle EMC prides itself in giving back to its members in various ways throughout the year.  One of the ways Rayle EMC chose to give back in 2018 was by awarding scholarships to students in its service area.  General Manager Tony Griffin is proud to announce that Rayle EMC awarded seven students in Rayle EMC’s service area each a $1,000 scholarship at the Annual Meeting on June 21, 2018, at the Pope Center in Washington.  Students receiving the scholarships were Diamond Burley, Greene County; Savannah Cliatt, Lincoln County; Jake Echols, Wilkes County; Zachary Hill, Wilkes County; William LeRoy, Lincoln County; Jose Olalde Palacios, Wilkes County; and McKenzie Spooner, Oglethorpe County.

Diamond Burley

Diamond Burley, daughter of Gregory Burley of Greensboro, graduated from Greene County High School with a 4.0 grade point average (GPA). She was a member of Interact Club, Beta Club and Future Farmers of America (FFA) and served for two years as FFA Vice President and also as Treasurer for two years. Her honors include “A” honor roll from 2014 to 2017; Greenhand, Chapter, and State degrees in FFA; chosen as a participant in Youth Leadership Greene and Rotary Student of the Month, February 2017. Following graduation, Diamond plans to attend Georgia College and State University where she will study psychology with a focus in art therapy. Her goal is to work in a children’s hospital in Augusta or Atlanta because she feels that children can express themselves through art.

Savannah Cliatt

Savannah Cliatt graduated salutatorian from Lincoln County High School with a 4.0 GPA. She is the daughter of Cory and Bridgett Cliatt of Lincolnton. While in high school, Savannah was a member of Senior Beta Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), varsity cheerleading, track, varsity soccer, Border Bowl V Cheerleading and musical theater. Savannah’s honors and recognitions include Cheerleading MVP and Leadership Award; Homecoming Court, four years; Graduation Honor Usher; and University of Georgia Certificate of Merit. She will be attending the University of Georgia in the fall with plans to major in pharmaceutical sciences.

 

Jake Echols

Jake Echols, son of Chris and Amy Echols of Washington, graduated from Nathanael Greene Academy with a 3.91 GPA. He was a member of Beta Club and served as President. He participated in basketball and served as Captain. He also participated in baseball, tennis, football, One-Act Play, spring musical, student government, literary competitions, Youth Leadership Greene, student life and quiz bowl. He served as President of the junior and senior classes. Jake’s honors and recognitions included headmaster’s list, grades 9 through 12; Rotary Student of the Month, November 2017; and was voted most creative. Following graduation, Jake plans to attend the University of North Georgia to pursue a career in the medical field with hopes of one day becoming a physician’s assistant.

Zachary Hill

Zachary Hill, son of Bob and Julie Hill of Crawfordville, graduated from Briarwood Academy with a 4.0 GPA. While in high school, Zachary was a member of 4-H, FCA, National Honor Society, football, basketball, baseball and National Society of High School Scholars. His honors and recognitions included class Vice President 2014 through 2017; Wilkes County Council reporter; Wilkes County Council Vice President; 2015-2016 state track champion; 2016 football state runnerup; 2014 Outstanding Junior 4-H’er; 2015 Gold Clover Award; 2016 football, all-state; 2017 football, all-state honorable mention; 2015 baseball coach’s award; and 2017 baseball defensive MVP. Zachary plans to attend the University of Georgia in the fall to obtain a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science.

William LeRoy

William LeRoy graduated valedictorian from Lincoln County High School with a 4.0 GPA. He is the son of Jason and Cindy LeRoy of Lincolnton. While in high school he was a member of student council, senior beta, FCA, varsity football, soccer, and Y Club and served as its President. His honors and recognitions include UGA Certificate of Merit, Lincoln-Wilkes Retired Educators Association (LWREA) Award for Academic Excellence and AP Scholar with honor. LeRoy will be attending Georgia Institute of Technology in the fall pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Jose Olalde Palacios

Jose Olalde Palacios, son of Heriberto Olalde Palacios and Florentino Olalde of Rayle, graduated from Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School (WWCHS) with a 4.0 GPA. While in high school, he was a member of FFA, Interact Club, Key Club, WWCHS soccer and WWCHS football. His honors and recognitions include Georgia Certificate of Merit; GREA Academic Award in 9th, 10th and 11th grades; WWCHS soccer and football varsity letter award in 9th, 10th and 11th grades; 2017 junior fellow scholar; and National Honor Society. Following graduation, Olalde Palacios plans to attend Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College to become a doctor of veterinarian medicine.

McKenzie Spooner

McKenzie Spooner graduated from Oglethorpe County High School with a 3.36 GPA. She is the daughter of Liz Spooner of Washington and Ken Spooner of Crawfordville. While in high school she was a member of FFA and served as its Junior Vice President, Senior Vice President and reporter. She was also a member of Key Club and student council and served as its Secretary and President. Her honors and recognitions include Rotary Student of the Month, A/B honor roll, most outstanding junior, FFA Greenhand degree, FFA chapter degree and FFA state degree. She also represented Rayle EMC on the 2016 Washington Youth Tour. Spooner plans to attend the University of North Georgia and pursue a bachelor’s degree in natural resource management.

Cold Weather

Bitter cold temperatures have entered our area this week. With temperatures hovering around freezing all day and dipping into the 20s and teens at night, heating systems are continually running. We are asking our members to be more aware of their heating systems and understand they will be working overtime to keep up with the cold conditions outside. Your electric bill will also likely increase this month because the lower temperatures will result in you using more kilowatt hours. When your bill arrives please remember that when temperatures are well below freezing you use more energy to maintain the same amount of comfort.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

All of us at Rayle EMC wish you a Merry Christmas and extend our best wishes for a Happy New Year. It is our sincere hope that 2018 will bring you peace and prosperity.

Our offices will be closed on Monday, Dec. 25, and Tuesday, Dec. 26, for the Christmas holidays; and Monday, Jan. 1, in observance of New Year’s Day.

Scam Alert

It has been brought to our attention that several Rayle EMC members were contacted by phone and informed that they need to make a payment on their account. THIS IS A SCAM! Please be aware that Rayle EMC does not solicit payment by phone or in person. If you have questions about your account, please call a Customer Service Representative at (706) 678-2116.

Rayle EMC Accepting Scholarship Applications

Rayle EMC is once again accepting applications for the prestigious Walter Harrison Scholarship. This year, 10 scholarships will be awarded to students throughout Georgia, and Rayle EMC can submit two applications for consideration of these scholarships.

Sponsored by Georgia’s 41 electric cooperatives, including Rayle EMC, the $1,000 Walter Harrison Scholarship can be used for academic expenses at any accredited two- or four-year university, college or technical institute in Georgia.

“Commitment to community is one of the cornerstones of the cooperative business model,” says Rayle EMC General Manager Tony Griffin. “We think it is important to ‘walk the walk’ and give a hand up to deserving students in our own areas.”

The scholarship program pays tribute to the late Walter Harrison, a pioneer in the rural electric movement and a leader at local, state and national levels in the electric cooperative program. Since its inception in 1985, Georgia’s electric cooperatives have awarded more than $181,000 to students through the Walter Harrison Scholarship program.

Factors for consideration for the Walter Harrison Scholarship and Rayle EMC Scholarship include gradepoint average, SAT scores, academic standing, scholastic honors, community involvement and financial need. To apply for the scholarship, students must be accepted or enrolled in an accredited undergraduate degree program. They also must complete an application and submit a biographical sketch which includes a preview of his or her future plans.

Finally, to be eligible for the scholarship, students and their families must be members of Rayle EMC and reside within the co-op’s service area.

Rayle EMC recognizes that not all applicants can receive the Walter Harrison Scholarship, so its Board of Directors implemented a local scholarship program that has grown from two $500 annual scholarships to seven $1,000 annual scholarships. Rayle EMC scholarships of $1,000 each are awarded annually to students from each of the five Directorate Districts and two at-large, using the same criteria used for selection of the two Walter Harrison Scholarship nominations.

Entries for the Walter Harrison Scholarship are reviewed by a scholarship committee consisting of EMC directors and managers from across Georgia.

Entries for the Rayle EMC Scholarship are reviewed by volunteer educational professionals not employed by the cooperative.

To request a scholarship application, contact any Rayle EMC office or call (706) 678-2116 or click on the PDF link below. Applications may be submitted to the nearest co-op office, or mailed to Rayle EMC, Walter Harrison Scholarship, P.O. Box 1090, Washington, GA 30673. Deadline for submitting applications is Jan. 19, 2018.

Rayle EMC is a member-owned cooperative providing electricity to more than 14,000 members in Wilkes, Lincoln, Greene, Morgan, Taliaferro, Hancock, Oglethorpe, Clarke, Madison and Oconee counties.

Georgia EMC is the statewide trade association representing the state’s 41 EMCs, Oglethorpe Power Corp., Georgia Transmission Corp. and Georgia System Operations Corp.

Walter Harrison Scholarship Application

Georgia Agriculture Tax Exemption expires Dec. 31

The Georgia Department of Agriculture offers exemptions to qualified producers for agriculture equipment and production inputs, including an exemption for certain uses of electricity. All members who are eligible and currently have a Georgia Agriculture Tax Exemption (GATE) card must renew their certification annually.

To continue having the qualifying agricultural exemption status applied to Rayle EMC electric accounts, members should submit their 2018 GATE card and the addendum listing all accounts requiring exemption to Rayle EMC by Dec. 29, 2017.

Any accounts that do not have a 2018 card on file at the time of their January billing cycle will be charged sales tax. This sales tax is refundable only from the Georgia Department of Revenue.