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GEORGIA Magazine readers have loved Paul Wood’s monthly most 15 years; response columns for alto the magazine points of every issue. After numerous readers suggestedto this being the most-read page columns in a book, that Wood put his “Viewpoint he did. This book is ” the result. What readers say about “Viewpoint,” the monthly column of Paul Wood: “A new decade begins” was just chock-full of wisdom that many on both sides of the of our leaders aisle seem to lack. I’d like to shake your hand tell you how much I think of you.” one day and —Dave K., Townsend,
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PAUL WOOD is the president and CEO of Georgia Electric Membership Corp., headquartere d in Tucker. Georgia EMC represents Georgia’s 42 electric membership corporations (EMCs), Oglethorpe Power Corp., Georgia Transmission Corp. and Georgia System Operations Corp., providing electricity to more than 4.5 million residents and businesses in Georgia.
Prior to his move to Georgia, Wood was executive director of the Association of Louisiana Electric Cooperatives . Today, he has become one of Georgia’s most fervent promoters through his service to the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Georgia Chamber of Commerce, 4-H Foundation, FDR Warm Springs Memorial Advisory Committee and KidsPeace. In 2004, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue tapped Wood to serve as co-chairman of the Governor’s Conference on Tourism, and, in 2007, Perdue also asked Wood to chair the Commission for a New Georgia Service Delivery Taskforce. Not long after Gov. Nathan Deal was inaugurated in 2011, he appointed Wood to serve on his newly formed Georgia Competitiven ess Initiative. During his nearly half-century of service to electric membership cooperatives, Wood has held many leadership positions, including president of the Rural Electric Statewide Managers’ Association.
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A collection of readers ’ favorite ‘Viewpoint’ columns from GEOR GIA Magazine
By Paul Wood
hen Paul Wood writes about in his monthly “Viewpoint” modern life column for GEORGIA Magazine, his plainspoken reflections are often laced with references to lessons he learned while growing up in the small town of Natchitoches , La. One has only to read a couple of columns gain an appreciation to for a life grounded in family, faith and education. Small towns in the 1950s had one distinction: The character of the town’s youth was often shaped by adults who accepted, as their mission in life, putting every child on a path to responsible and successful citizenship. It was a time when “Remember who you are” was the mantra of every small-town mother, a cautionary warning to be on your best behavior when you walked out the door to meet the world. A teenager never forgot that anyone in the community could “put you on report.” In Wood’s column, “Good vibrations,” you’ll remember growing up when rock ‘n’ roll was born, perhaps with parents who did not always understand it. In “My mother says I should get a raise,” you’ll discover Paul’s purposeful sense of humor. In “The parade of our time” and “What’s it all about,” he waxes philosophical about the meaning of life. In “Good friends and tough times,” you’ll think of someone who stood by you when the going was rough. He also has plenty of advice for graduates looking for a job, patriots celebrating the Fourth of July and families seeking a more meaningful Christmas for their children. There is also considerable comment on how elected officials could make government work better at all levels. Hardly any subject escapes the considered opinion of Paul Wood. This collection of readers’ favorite columns is more than a nostalgic look at the past; it is a reminder that many of those learned are just as applicable early lessons Wood today as they were in mid-20th-century America. Wood believes every person possesses a unique gift that, when discovered and cultivated, has the capacity to change the world. At the very least, the reader is apt to find Wood’s insights a helpful light for understanding the problems that vex our complicated world in early 21st-century America.
Tribute to Jacob Dennis
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or me, the Fourth of July has always meant going to the Marietta parade, eating barbecue and homemade ice cream with friends, visiting the swimming pool to cool off and watching ﬁreworks (at least two nights in a row). July 4, 2010, was different. I woke up to read an email that said a young man I had known since he was a toddler had died the day before from injuries sustained while serving in Afghanistan. How could this be? Jacob Dennis was only 22 years old, had been on active duty just six months and been married a little more than a year. How could he now be gone from his loving family? Emotions began ﬂooding my heart and mind—sadness, anger, compassion, pride, patriotism. All were there to follow me as I went through the motions of that July Fourth. The Fourth fell on a Sunday that year. Our service at Roswell Street Baptist Church in Marietta was a huge patriotic extravaganza of music, ﬂagwaving and a tribute to our armed services. Jacob used to run down the halls of that church as a child, and now I remembered him as a fallen soldier, as men in military uniforms from all branches marched to the stage and saluted. I left that service with immense pride, yet great sadness. Those feelings continued as, in the days ahead, Jacob’s body was ﬂown back to Georgia to his family. We lifted them up in prayer as arrangements were made
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia Magazine - July 2012
Georgia Magazine - July 2012
Calendar of Events
Georgia’s Energy Outlook
Unveiling a Healthier Georgia
A Soldier’s Wish
Georgia Magazine - July 2012