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.
Cream of the crop. The best and brightest. Upper echelon. High achievers. Just about any superlative fits each year’s group of Georgia delegates for the Washington Youth Tour (WYT), sponsored by the state’s electric membership corporations, including Rayle EMC.
Every delegate’s accomplishments and interests are highlighted during the kickoff banquet each year, before the high school students begin their whirlwind week of team building, traveling, sightseeing, learning and bonding. There are some common themes: Not only are these young people very smart—and polite—but they also do a lot. Active in their churches. Busy with volunteer work. Gifted athletes. Beta Club. National Honor Society. Eagle Scouts. The list goes on and on.
Considering the rigorous application process (which varies by EMC), it’s not surprising that the students chosen as WYT delegates have such impressive backgrounds. Some EMCs test applicants on their knowledge of electric cooperative history. Others receive recommendations from school counselors. Many co-ops conduct in-person interviews with the best candidates.
A big reason why these delegates—who begin Washington Youth Tour week as strangers—bond so quickly and develop lasting friendships is that they are all driven to succeed. Those biographies shown at the kickoff banquet list the delegates’ college plans and career aspirations, and it’s clear that all set the bar high for themselves.
Ready to count yourself among the success stories? The 2016 Washington Youth Tour will be held June 9-16. Rayle EMC will sponsor three rising high school seniors or juniors from schools in its service area to attend the tour. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity only costs the time it takes to write an essay of 500 to 1,000 words about the factors that make an electric cooperative different from other electric utilities and how it benefits the community. Students interested in this opportunity can obtain additional information by contacting Member Services Representative Richard Heard at (706) 678-2116. All essays should be postmarked by March 11, 2016, and mailed to: Richard Heard, Rayle EMC, PO Box 1090, Washington, GA 30673.
The application may be download from the PDF link below.