Our History 2017-04-20T22:50:04+00:00

We’re Here to Serve You

Okefenoke REMC serves 35k+ commercial, industrial and residential customers in southeast Georgia and northeast Florida. Our mission is to provide our members with power that is both highly reliable and cost-effective as well as improve the quality of life for our members and our employees. We aim to promote our resources in the communities we serve through our involvement with area leaders and educators.

In addition to providing services for members, OREMC employees are involved in a wide variety of activities that include coaching Little League, volunteering in local schools, and working to attract new business and jobs to the community. Each year we sponsor the Washington Youth Tour by sending four high-school students from our service area to our nation’s capital for leadership training. We award scholarships to ten deserving students in our service area to assist with their educational expenses. All of these young people represent our future, and we expect to see dividends from our efforts as previous winners assume leadership roles in our communities.

About Cooperatives

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The Seven Cooperative Principles

  1. Voluntary and Open Membership – Cooperatives are voluntary organizations, open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political, or religious discrimination.
  2. Democratic Member Control – Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions. The elected representatives are accountable to the membership. In primary cooperatives, members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote) and cooperatives at other levels are organized in a democratic manner.
  3. Members’ Economic Participation – Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their cooperative. At least part of that capital is usually the common property of the cooperative. Members usually receive limited compensation, if any, on capital subscribed as a condition of membership. Members allocate surpluses for any or all of the following purposes: developing the cooperative, possibly by setting up reserves, part of which at least would be indivisible; benefiting members in proportion to their transactions with the cooperative; and supporting other activities approved by the membership.
  4. Autonomy and Independence – Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members. If they enter into agreements with other organizations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control by their members and maintain their cooperative autonomy.
  5. Education, Training, and Information – Cooperatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers, and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperatives. They inform the general public, particularly young people and opinion leaders, about the nature and benefits of cooperation.
  6. Cooperation Among Cooperatives – Cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, national, regional, and international structures.
  7. Concern for Community – While focusing on member needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies accepted by their members.

Hurricane Irma

Assessing the damage. A lineman's perspective