For Pam Curtis it is not just a job, it is personal.
“My favorite thing to do is serve the employees,” Pam says with a hint of emotion in her voice. “As my job evolved and I was able to put myself into my work, I learned what I was best at—being an employee advocate. I like serving other people.”
Since joining OREMC nearly 30 years ago, Pam has had the opportunity to work with just about every employee. She started out as a personnel assistant filing insurance claims. Then she moved on to payroll, assisted employees with savings withdrawals, car loans, insurance questions/claims/bills and ran interference regarding long term, short term and workers’ compensation claims. In short, she became the “go to girl” for questions and information as the employees trusted her and knew she would work to resolve their issues.
It has been nearly 35 years since Byron “Birdie” Smith was part of a construction crew remolding OREMC’s headquarters building in Nahunta, when OREMC Construction Superintendent Culbert Johns approached him about working for the co-op. The rest, as they say, is history.
The OREMC Foundation is once again accepting applications for its quarterly grant awards program. All applications must be received by Monday, April 4, 2022. Qualified organizations are invited to submit grant applications outlining their project plans and related funding requests.
Congratulations to Marcele Gillum, winner of the handmade, queen-sized quilt raffled off by Okefenoke REMC, raising $1,571.91 for the Pinky Promise Foundation in Callahan, Florida.
Two years ago, just as the pandemic was starting to set in, the March/April 2020 issue of our newsletter came out. The cover story was Keeping the Lights On: System Integrity, Capacity and Reliability. Little did we know at the time, how significant those efforts were in ensuring the functionality of critical infrastructure as the nation shut down, dining rooms became offices, kitchen counters became classrooms and being at home 24/7 became the norm. Since then, the pandemic has amplified the importance of our nationwide power grid. It has also revealed the expanded role electricity plays in our everyday lives.
Okefenoke REMC Board Directors Jimmy Woodard and Craig Morgan were pleased to present a $2,500 donation to Kingdom Care, Inc., to assist their operations in providing healthcare to the working uninsured. Case Manager Lisa Mathis, APRN, and Dr. George Thomas gratefully accepted the donation, noting it would help as they ramp up services to new patients now that COVID infection rates were on the decline.
Okefenoke REMC is holding a quilt raffle through the month of February. All proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Pinky Promise Foundation in Callahan, Florida, a cancer resource center for women. Raffle tickets are $5 each the queen-size quilt featuring shades of pink with white and moss green accents. Tickets are available at each of OREMC’s offices in Nahunta, Kingsland and Hilliard, Florida, as well as Westside Journal and Pinky Promise Foundation, housed in Harper Rose Cottage, both in Callahan. Winner will be drawn on February 28.
Working with JJ Kane Auctioneers, Okefenoke REMC is auctioning off retired fleet vehicles including two bucket trucks, two digger derrick trucks and two trenchers. The auction will take place online and bidding begins on Wednesday, February 16.
OREMC is accepting applications from high school juniors attending school in the OREMC service area—Brantley, Camden, Charlton, Glynn, Ware and Wayne counties in Georgia, and Baker and Nassau counties in Florida—to compete for an all-expenses-paid trip on the 2022 Washington Youth Tour. This inspiring, week-long leadership trip offers participants the opportunity to experience U.S government and U.S. history first-hand while having fun, making new friends, and developing leadership skills.