Georgia Magazine - November 2012 - (Page 16)

Compiled by ViCtoria SCharf deCaStro GreyStone receives Seven Seals Award GreyStone Power in Douglasville received the prestigious Seven Seals Award in August for the cooperative’s meritorious leadership and initiative in support of the men and women in the National Guard and Reserve. Ret. Brig. Gen. Thomas L. McCullough presented the award on behalf of the Georgia Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). The ESGR promotes a culture in which all American employers support and value their employees’ military service. Last June, GreyStone Power received the Patriot Award after sponsoring a deployment ceremony for a unit of the Army National Guard. Members of the Family Readiness Group, an organization that supports a unit of deployed soldiers by taking care of their families at home, nominated GreyStone for that honor. McCullough called the award “very significant,” since typically the award is given to indiASHLEY KRAMER / GREYSTONE POWER GreyStone Power President and CEO Gary Miller, left, accepts the Seven Seals Award from Brig. Gen. Thomas L. McCullough as the co-op’s veterans look on. viduals, not corporations. GreyStone Power’s Patriot Award information was passed on to a board that selects the Seven Seals award recipients. McCullough said the board looks at who goes “above and beyond” in support of men and women in uniform. GreyStone Power President/CEO Gary Miller accepted the award. “GreyStone has always been very proud and appreciative of those who serve in our armed forces. It’s an honor for us, first of all, to be able to support the Guard and their families. We don’t do it for the recognition. We think they ought to be treated as the heroes they are,” Miller said. GreyStone Power employees who have served in the armed forces and were in attendance included Freddy Boyd, Stephen Bragg, Abby Frasier, Angie Pagan, Jarred Stevens, Dennis Maxwell, Rudy Echols, Ken Statham, Glenn Purcell, Jim Hunter, Jerry Tucker and Don Fischel. Other GreyStone veterans include Flint Weathers, Butch Harper, Rodger Martin and Brian Mills. emC crews help in aftermath of isaac Approximately 150 line crews and a large contingent of equipment from 12 electric membership corporations (EMCs) in Georgia headed to South Mississippi on or before Aug. 30 in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac. “We were in contact with Mississippi and Louisiana’s EMC disaster-response officials before and immediately following the storm,” says Georgia EMC’s Jim Wright, vice president of training, education and safety. GreyStone Power crew members work to restore power in Mississippi. More online at “It took time for them to refine their plans and conduct damage assessments after the storm moved through.” Workers headed to Kiln and Picayune, Miss., where they spent several days working alongside crews with Coast EPA and Southern Pine EPA electric cooperatives. According to reports in Electric Co-op Today magazine, more than 145,000 electric power association members lost power during the storm. By 7 a.m., Sept. 3, that number was down to 974, and nine hours later, only 379 outages remained. GEORGIA MAGAZINE 16 JoSh Kirby / GreyStoNe poWer

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia Magazine - November 2012

Georgia Magazine - November 2012
Picture This?
Liberty Notes
Georgia News
Calendar of Events
Festival Guide
Homes for the Holidays
Flip-Flops and Caviar: Winning Georgia Products
More Great Georgia Products
Around Georgia
Lodging and Dining on the North Georgia Art Ramble
My Georgia
Statement of Ownership
Georgia Gardens
Georgia Cooks
More Snapshot Submissions
Second Helping: More Holiday Side Dishes
Plant of the Month
November Online Trivia Contest

Georgia Magazine - November 2012