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MEC Employees Re-Energize Camp Concord

 

CLARKSVILLE—One of Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative’s (MEC) goals is to “Energize the Communities it Serves,” and this past weekend MEC volunteers did just that.  A group of MEC employees gathered to replace underground electric cable providing electricity to all of Camp Concord, a nonprofit facility operated by the State Line Baptist Assembly on Buggs Island Lake near the Virginia-North Carolina border. This group volunteered their free time on Friday night and Saturday to get the job done.  


Two years ago members of the State Line board of directors approached MEC staff about the aging condition of this essential part of their electrical facilities. The Camp’s 7,200-volt underground cable that provided power to the cabins, the dining hall, the multi-purpose building and the entire campground was over 40 years old. Because of the natural degradation of time, cable failures were denying the camp of the reliable power its campers needed. Camp activities had been interrupted several times as varying portions of the cable failed time and time again.

John Alford, president of State Line board of directors, states, “The cable needed to be replaced, but we knew it was beneath a lot of rocks and that the cost would be phenomenal. Being a small, charitable entity, we did not have sufficient funds. The life of our campground depended on whether we could replace that cable or not.”

Discussions ensued between State Line and MEC staffers to come up with a solution to the dilemma. “MEC proposed to let employees volunteer their time to perform the work if the camp agreed to cover the cost of cable,” states MEC President & CEO John C. Lee, Jr. “State Line agreed, and MEC’s volunteer- minded employees jumped into action.”

The group of workers gathered at Camp Concord on Friday afternoon, after their MEC work day was finished, and then resumed work early Saturday morning to complete the buried cable installation by lunchtime. In all, fifteen (15) employees worked to “re-energize” Camp Concord; those who assisted were Mike Mills, Brad Clark, Clint Card, Chris Brame, Ray DeJarnette, Anthony Lenhart, Randy Whirley, Mark Towery, Todd Carey, Evan Stembridge, B.J. Seamans, John Lee, Ronnie Long, Dustin Foley, and Robert Lankford.

Several of the volunteers remembered their fun times while attending the camp during their youth, including Anthony Lenhart, Randy Whirley, Clint Card and Robert Lankford. Lankford, who is Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative’s director of operations, remarks, “I remember having a great time with the other children at this camp back in the ‘70s, especially having an opportunity to shoot a bow and arrow.  Most importantly, I learned Christian values that are part of my ethics and principles today. I feel privileged to be able to give back to Camp Concord as a way of saying “thanks” for the services that they provided for me and for being available for kids for over 50 years.”


Alford expresses gratitude for the work that was done, “On behalf of the State Line Baptist Assembly and Camp Concord board of directors, I would like to give my deepest, deepest appreciation to Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative construction crews and staff members for all their help in replacing the power cable for the campground.  With the new cable we will be able to continue providing opportunities for children for many, many years to come. We truly appreciate everything these volunteers did to make this possible so we can continue the ministry.”


Ken Brown, another member of the State Line board of directors, says, “We gratefully appreciate the employees who gave a major portion of their weekend to replace the 43-year-old underground wiring service. . . As a result of this effort, hundreds of people will be able to find, or refresh their faith, enjoy nature, and better understand each other. The Association can now look forward to decades of reliable, dependable service to the camp site.”


Speaking of the Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative volunteers, Lee states, “MEC commends these employees who gave their time to this worthwhile organization. Camp Concord is a valued member of our community and our Cooperative and is a sanctuary where children learn about faith in God and are taught values that will serve them for a lifetime.”


This is just one instance of MEC employees going above and beyond the call of duty for the sake of its members—those who receive electric power from the Cooperative.  MEC’s line personnel give so much of themselves—they are on the job eight hours each day Monday thru Friday and, in addition, are on call 24/7 outside of the normal work day. They make themselves readily available at night . . . on weekends . . . and during every holiday in case electrical emergencies or outages occur. So, “How much are MEC line personnel willing to give in providing service for the members of the Cooperative?”


The answer is . . . they give their all.


About Camp Concord: Camp Concord has been in operation since 1959 and offers training and activities for preschoolers ages 4 through students in 12th grade.  Its purpose is to lead campers in the deepening of their faith in Jesus Christ. This year over 260 children attended the camp.


About Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative: Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative is the not-for-profit consumer-owned energy provider to over 31,000 homes, farms and businesses located in portions of the Virginia counties of Brunswick, Charlotte, Greensville, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Pittsylvania, Southampton and Sussex  and the North Carolina counties of Granville, Person, Northampton, Vance and Warren. It is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, headquartered in Chase City with district offices in Gretna, Emporia and Chase City.

 
 

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