Message for You...

Over the last month, I attended a couple of events that reminded me just how important Lumbee River EMC’s role is in our community.

Last week I sat in on the LREMC Loan Committee meeting.  This committee is made up of cooperative Directors and Community leaders in business and economic development.  The meeting provided the new committee members with an update on the various business / economic loans we have access to as an electric cooperative.  We used one of these programs recently to help the Puppy Creek Fire Department in Hoke County purchase a ladder truck that enables them to reach multi-storied buildings.  As a result, everyone that lives in their fire district is able to save money on their homeowners insurance with an estimated savings of$700,000 per year!

Following this meeting, I had the opportunity to attend a luncheon celebration with some of the most energetic people I have seen in quite some time… some of our area teachers.  Lumbee River EMC distributed over $22,000 in classroom grants to a dozen of the educators across all four counties we serve.  These educators are working incredibly hard under some challenging circumstances to provide the education and training that our children need.  I encourage you to read about their very creative grants elsewhere in this newsletter.  In this ever changing world, we need enthusiastic teachers to help shape the young minds of our future leaders.

Speaking of education, there are still a few days left to get in an application for our scholarship program.  Lumbee River EMC is once again providing five (5) $8,000 scholarships to any four year institution and one (1) $2,000 scholarship to any two year institution.  If you know someone that has been accepted to a college and needs some financial help, tell them to hurry and apply!  Deadline for application submissions is March 2nd!

Safety remains #1 at Lumbee River EMC and May is Electrical Safety Month. That means it is time once again for our Safety Billboard Contest!!  All 4th grade classes in our service territory are eligible to submit posters demonstrating some aspect of electric safety.  Our safety committee will review these posters and select up to 4 winners.  Winners will see their poster converted into an actual billboard and displayed within our area in the month of May. Deadline for submissions is also March 2nd!

Business and economic development loans.  Classroom grants for teachers.  Scholarships for high school graduates.  Safety billboard contests for our fourth graders. These are just a few of the programs that Lumbee River EMC has developed over the years to enhance the quality of life for our members and the communities we serve.  We are hard at work on adding even more programs and services that will continue to focus us on our mission.

SHunt_sign.png Carmen E. Dietrich, President & CEO