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- The mission of our cooperative family is to provide safe, reliable and affordable electricity, while enhancing the quality of life in the diverse communities we serve.
One of the most important dates in rural America's history is May 21, 1936
On this date President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Rural Electrification Act that spurred the organization of rural electric cooperatives nationwide. These cooperatives were able to borrow funds from the newly formed Rural Electrification Administration (REA) which is known today as the Rural Utility Service (RUS). The funds borrowed enabled construction of electric distribution lines that brought electricity to rural Americans who wanted electricity just like their urban friends.
L. Weeks Anderson was named the first manager of Roanoke Electric Cooperative on March 21, 1939 after the cooperative was chartered on September 30, 1938. There were 317 members when Roanoke Electric first energized its original 56 miles of line on May 29, 1939. Since that time the system has expanded to over 2,000 miles of line serving more than 14,500 members in Bertie, Halifax, Hertford, Northampton, Gates, Perquimans and Chowan Counties.
The cooperative has had three other general managers since it was first formed. Vernon Taylor set the first pole in late 1938 and was later named general manager of Roanoke Electric on March 20, 1944. Taylor remained general manager until his retirement on February 27, 1981.
Eugene W. Brown Jr. who began service for the cooperative on August 17, 1970 as the director of Member Services was then named as general manager of Roanoke Electric Cooperative on March 1, 1981. On October 15, 1997 Brown relinquished his duties as general manager and retired.
On October 13 1997, a new era of leadership began under the direction of Curtis Wynn. Under his leadership, many awards have been given to the co-op and his accomplishments have helped us become one of the most progressive co-ops today. Wynn continues to expand on the cooperative priniciples: voluntary and open membership, democratic member control, member economic participation, autonomy and independence, education, training and information, and concern for community.
Though originally organized to provide light and power to farms, REC has kept pace with changing times and now serves a wide variety of industrial, recreational, educational, community and other interests in addition to farms.
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