The OREMC Foundation is a community development initiative of Okefenoke REMC supporting education, community health and economic development in the six Georgia and two Florida counties the co-op serves. Since its inception in August 2021, the OREMC Foundation has awarded over $171,000 to 48 organizations in OREMC’s service area
Despite the pandemic still being a backdrop to our daily lives, “living with it” has become norm and the motivation for OREMC to once again return to an in-person annual meeting, with a few adjustments based on lessons learned from our drive-in meetings the past two years. The 2022 OREMC Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, September 10.
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.