Three decades of memories

July 2011| Alabama Living

Reflecting on scores of friends made over the years that will never be forgotten, Bobby Farish named “people” as the most satisfying part of his career. Memories of those people enliven the stories of Bobby Farish who has worked at Clarke-Washington Electric Membership Corporation for more than 33 years.

He began his utility career in 1972 at Alabama Power in Jackson, AL. He joined Clarke-Washington EMC in 1978, as Manager of Member Services and has served in this position since. His responsibilities encompass monthly EMC safety and job training meetings, safety inspections, and safety accreditation. With one year under his belt as Manager of Member Services, Clarke-Washington EMC received the AREA Energy Conservation Award in 1979. Since 1980, CWEMC has received 11 consecutive safety accreditations from National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

Farish has attended advanced accreditation related training and expanded his accreditation experience and expertise allowing him to inform the service area of safety awareness and energy conservation. He has received numerous awards in the community, including the First Annual Bear Booster Award in 2002, for his dedication and contributions to the betterment of Leroy High School Athletics. He is a lifelong member of the Leroy Quarterback Club, and has served each position in the club since his membership in 1973.

In 1972, Farish organized the Mack Outlaw Lion’s Club East – West All-star Game, which is sponsored in partnership with the Lion’s Club and the Alabama High School Athletic Association.

Farish earned his B.S. Degree from Livingston University in 1972 and his M.S. Degree in 1975. Farish and his wife, Vicki, reside in Leroy, AL. They have three daughters and four grandchildren. He is a lifelong member of the Pine Grove United Methodist Church in which he served as Youth Sunday School Teacher and original organizer of the Pine Grove United Methodist Men’s Club and has served as Sec./Treasurer since 1998.

In April, Bobby was recognized during the Alabama Rural Electric Association Annual Meeting as the recipient of the Jack Jenkins Cooperative Employee Citizenship Award of 2011. This award honors and pays tribute to a cooperative employee who has made an outstanding contribution to his cooperative, community and/or state. The Jack Jenkins Award also seeks to recognize the employee who has gone above and beyond the normal routine call of duty and has made a significant improvement to the human condition of their community or state.

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