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.
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/
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, 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 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, 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, 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Rayle EMC greatly appreciates it’s members patience during this storm. We have been hit hard and have approx. 175 outages impacting over 11,000 of our nearly 16,000 members. We have our crews working to restore power as quickly and as safely as possible. We will also be bringing in additional help as soon as it becomes available to help with these efforts. Currently many members are being affected by several of our substations being down because of de-energized transmission lines which are also being repaired as quickly as possible. Thanks again for your patience and understanding.
Update 10:30 PM 9/11/2017: Rayle EMC is ceasing restoration efforts tonight to ensure the safety of our employees and the general public. Work is, however, continuing on the transmission system. We will resume at daylight and we expect extra crews to be here some time in the morning.
Update 7:30 AM 9/12/2017: Rayle EMC has resumed restoration efforts. Phone lines are down in our Greensboro District, to report outages please use our main office number at 706-678-2116. Much better weather today will help with these efforts. We currently have 193 outages impacting 11,507 of our approx. 16,000 members. We are expecting crews from other Co-Ops to arrive today to help out in all 3 districts. Please remember to stay away from all down power lines and wait on our trained crews to take care of them. We also have our entire office staff answering calls and helping our members as quickly as possible so please continue to be patient as we all work together to get through this. Thanks.
Update 4:30 PM 9/12/2017: Despite working long, hard hours yesterday and through the night, the linemen are still hard at work today. There are still 8,592 members without power as of this update, down from 11,507 from this morning’s update. Rest assured that our men are doing all they can to get your power back on, however the damage is extensive. We serve parts of 10 counties which is a lot of area to cover, especially when you have over 150 lines down. We were expecting 6 crews in to help us today, but unfortunately those coming to help were hit hard by hurricane Irma last night as well. We will have crews here tomorrow to help us get our remaining downed lines and poles back up and your power back on. Due to the extent of the damage system wide we are not able to provide estimations of restoration times. As patience grows thin over not having electricity, please remember how powerful this storm was and how much damage it caused. Damage this extensive takes time to repair – PLEASE BE PATIENT.
Update 2:10 PM 9/13/2017: We have 21 men who arrived this morning from Blue Ridge Energy in North Carolina currently helping us restore power. We are expecting more crews from Surry-Yadkin EMC in North Carolina and Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative in Virginia late this afternoon. Once again due to the extent of the damage system wide we are not able to provide estimations of restoration times. Please remember how powerful this storm was and how much damage it caused. Damage this extensive takes time to repair. PLEASE BE PATIENT – don’t take your frustrations out on our office staff when you call to report that your power is still out. Our linemen have worked diligently since Monday, even in 50 mph winds, and are doing everything they can to get your power back on. We know it has been a long three days, but they have been just as long for us as they have for you.
Update 10:00 AM 9/14/2017: Rayle EMC still has approximately 148 outages affecting 2,200 members. We have crews from Blue Ridge Energy and Surry-Yadkin EMC in North Carolina and Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative in Virginia currently helping us restore power. We are expecting a crew to arrive this morning from West Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative. For those who still have no power we thank you for your patience and understanding.
If you have a medical emergency, please call 911 or go to your local emergency room.
Thank a Lineman in April
Georgia’s electric cooperatives, including Rayle EMC, have designated April as Lineman Appreciation Month, extending what is currently a one-day national observance of National Lineman Day scheduled this year on April 11.
During the month of April, Rayle EMC and other electric co-ops across the state will honor the dedicated men and women who work with thousands of volts of electricity high atop power poles and power lines 365 days a year to keep the lights on.
“Our line workers are the first responders of our electric distribution system, and they are on-call 24/7 to respond and restore power to members when they experience a service interruption,” said Tony Griffin Rayle EMC’s General Manager. “Conditions can be dangerous, but they power through to ensure service is restored at the earliest possible time while utilizing safe work practices to protect themselves and our members.”
In addition, a statewide Lineman Appreciation ceremony is planned this year on April 19 at the state Capitol in Atlanta.
To show your appreciation, and as a sign of respect and support, please take a moment and thank a lineman for the work they do by visiting Rayle EMC’s Facebook page.
Use #ThankALineman to show your support for the men and women who light up our lives and dedicate themselves to getting the job done regardless of the conditions.
At Rayle EMC, line workers maintain 3,246 miles of distribution line in Wilkes, Lincoln, Oglethorpe, Greene, Taliaferro, Hancock, Morgan, Clarke, Madison and Oconee counties.