19 Mar, 2019

OREMC Coloring Contest for Kids 12 and Under

By |2019-03-19T15:13:04-04:00March 19, 2019 3:13 pm|Tags: , , , , , |

OREMC is celebrating 80 years of service to residents of southeast Georgia and northeast Florida, and want our youngest members to join in the fun with a coloring contest. Prizes will be awarded in three age categories—5 and under, 6 to 9 and 10 to 12—with the winning art featured in our July/August newsletter, on Facebook and at our annual meeting in September. An announcement about the winners will also be sent to the media. Download the drawing or stop in our offices in Nahunta, Kingsland or Hilliard to ask [...]

5 Mar, 2019

Fellowship of Christian Athletes Appreciative of OREMC Donation

By |2019-03-05T12:17:21-04:00March 5, 2019 12:17 pm|Tags: , , , , , |

The Okefenoke REMC Board of Directors made a $1,500 donation to the Okefenokee Area Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) at their February board meeting. Accepting the check on behalf of FCA was Toby Crews, area director. OREMC Board of Directors present Okefenokee Area FCA with a $1,500 donation. Pictured l-r: Steve Rawl Sr., first vice president; Wayne Combs, president; Craig Morgan; Cristi Koncz; Jimmy Woodard; Bobby Sports, second vice president; Toby Crews, area director, Okefenokee FCA; Clyde Mizell; Jamie Giddens; Tavis Page, OREMC operations manager and FCA board member; [...]

5 Mar, 2019

CPTC Foundation Receives OREMC Donation

By |2019-03-05T10:13:23-04:00March 5, 2019 10:13 am|

The Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC) Foundation had a Trustee meeting at the Jesup Instructional site on Wednesday, February 27, 2019. After the meeting Wayne Combs, OREMC board president, and Craig Morgan, OREMC board director presented a $2,000 check to the CPTC Foundation. Stephanie Roberts, director of Institutional Advancement, Dr. Glenn Deibert, president of CPTC, and members of the Board of Trustees were present to receive the check. “Donations such as this are made possible to qualifying organizations using funds from OREMC’s unclaimed capital credits. “Our ongoing support of the [...]

27 Feb, 2019

A Familiar Face Bids Adieu: Brenda Rowell Retiring

By |2019-02-28T08:25:34-04:00February 27, 2019 10:49 am|Tags: , , , |

Un poco de todo. It means “a bit of everything” and best describes Brenda Rowell’s work history that spans five decades, including 13+ years here at Okefenoke REMC.  A St. Marys, Georgia, native, Brenda, senior customer service representative in OREMC’s Kingsland office, is a familiar face around Camden County with her easy smile and cheery “hello.” But at age 69, she has decided it is time to retire so she can do other things. Brenda’s work life began at Wright-Evans Hardware Store after she married her husband and they had [...]

26 Feb, 2019

Inspecting & Updating Our Metering System

By |2019-02-26T09:07:19-04:00February 26, 2019 9:04 am|Tags: , , |

The “meter reader” once was as much of an electric utility icon as the lineman, but changes and upgrades in metering technology over the years have minimized human interaction in day-to-day meter reading and power connection/disconnection. The same is true at OREMC. In 2003, we first began transitioning to electronic meters equipped with a two-way automated communication system utilizing our power lines. The first step was to Meter Technician Wayne Altman changes out a meter, replacing the old mechanical one with one of the new electronic meters. retrofit [...]

7 Feb, 2019

OREMC Gives to Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind

By |2019-02-07T14:22:08-04:00February 7, 2019 2:22 pm|Tags: , , , , , , |

Helping to further the “vision for a brighter tomorrow” for the visually impaired, Okefenoke REMC has donated $2,000 to the Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind in Waycross. “We are very appreciative and thankful for OREMC’s donation,” says Mike Williams, camp director. “All of the money goes to the campers and because of donations like this, how we survive. The funds offset the cost of food, supplies and transportation.” Williams explains they provide transportation to and from camp for many of their campers from North Georgia. Macon Academy for the [...]

1 Feb, 2019

OREMC Makes Donation to Coastal Pines Electrical Lineworker Program

By |2019-02-01T14:41:16-04:00February 1, 2019 2:41 pm|Tags: , , , , , |

Okefenoke REMC recently donated $2,500 and a bucket truck to Coastal Pines Technical College’s Electrical Lineworker program. The funds, as well as the vehicle, are intended to help provide students the necessary tools to support their training and successful completion of the program. “Education in the community is one of our cooperative core principles,” notes Travis Page, manager, OREMC Distribution Services, “so this donation not only helps the students, but us as well. By investing in our students who live and work in the communities we serve, helps develop and [...]

29 Jan, 2019

OREMC Lineworker Earns Journeyman Lineman Certification

By |2019-01-29T15:21:44-04:00January 29, 2019 3:21 pm|Tags: , , , , , , |

Brian Drury of Folkston joined Okefenoke REMC as an apprentice II lineworker in March of 2015, and works out of the co-op’s Hilliard office. After hours of bookwork, nearly four years of on-the-job training and laboratory testing, Drury is celebrating the completion of Northwest Lineman College’s Lineworker Certification Program and his designation as a journeyman lineman. Presenting Drury his certificate of completion and a commemorative statue of Willie Wiredhand, the national mascot of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s member co-ops, was OREMC’s Human Resources Manager and Safety Coordinator David [...]

28 Jan, 2019

Pam Harper: Beginning a New Chapter

By |2019-01-29T08:46:07-04:00January 28, 2019 4:22 pm|Tags: , , , , , |

Ringing in 2019 Pam Harper, plant accountant at Okefenoke REMC, is closing the book on her OREMC career on Jan. 31 after 44 years of service, and stepping confidently into the next chapter of her life—retirement. “The only thing I haven’t done is climb a pole,” Pam chuckled as she reflected on her OREMC experiences. Her story began in 1974 when she first came to OREMC as part of the Vocational Office Training program at Brantley County High School. Back then she, along with Ronnie Crews, used to feed the [...]

17 Jan, 2019

OREMC Makes Donation to Kingdom Care, Inc.

By |2019-01-21T09:55:10-04:00January 17, 2019 3:45 pm|Tags: , , , , |

Concern for the community, one of the seven cooperative principles, is a shared mission of Kingdom Care, Inc. and Okefenoke REMC, and the basis for OREMC’s recent donation of $1,000 to Kingdom Care using unclaimed capital credits. “Kingdom Care is a perfect example of how OREMC can give back and make a difference in the lives of our members and the communities we serve,” notes Dewayne Johns, OREMC member service representative. “Being of service is what cooperatives are about, and we applaud our board of directors’ commitment to supporting the [...]