By John Peters
February 2, 2014
A work order clerk for Surry-Yadkin Electric Membership Coop was recently given the Touchstone Energy Power & Hope Award.
Rhonda Hill received the award at the coop’s recent annual membership meeting. The Touchstone Energy Power & Hope Employee Recognition Program honors co-op employees “who have gone the extra mile to help those in need,” according to a written statement from the company. “Recipients of these awards exemplify commitment to community and the cooperative spirit. Since the program began in 2009, approximately 30 awards have been given out across the entire nation.”
Hill has been employed by the cooperative since 2001. In addition, she assists as a fund agent for for the coop Member’s Round Up Fund.
What led to her award was when she came into contact with a family going through “an extreme medical need and was able to get funding approved to help the family through our Round Up program. The family’s need was significant, and Rhonda was inspired by their story. Since the family was in need of food, she enlisted the help of her fellow employees, and personally made a large donation to meet this need. Rhonda spent personal time to shop and deliver groceries to the family over the weekend,” the company said.
“When speaking with the family on what their child would like, the mother mentioned that he loved bananas. It’s hard to imagine a child only wanting bananas,” Hill mentioned.
Greg Puckett, general manager of Surry-Yadkin EMC, said he is thankful to have employees like Rhonda within the organization. “Rhonda went above and beyond the call of duty; that’s just the type of employee she is,” he said. He encourages all of the co-op’s employees to go the extra mile for our members and the community we serve. Hill was nominated for this award by her fellow employees.