Georgia Magazine - August 2013 - (Page 14)

COMPILED BY VICTORIA SCHARF DeCASTRO BRANCH CARTER PHOTOGRAPHY Georgia FFA Convention news CHRISTINA BAILEY Georgia FFA 2013-14 State Officer Team, from left, Levi Davis, Jaky Cervantes, Abbey Gretsch, Justin Rectenwald, Ashton Lovett, Andy Paul, Makinzie Hoover and Addie Thomason Georgia EMC President/CEO Paul Wood cuts a ribbon to officially open the renovated EMC cabin at the state FFA/FCCLA Center in Covington. Joining him are, front row, from left, FCCLA President Shivani Dihr and FFA Vice President Sierra Milligan; second row, Family and Consumer Sciences, Culinary and Education Program Specialist Laura Ergle and Georgia FCCLA Executive Director Vickie Rundbaken; third row, Irwin County Family and Consumer Sciences teacher Pam Haire, Georgia Department of Education Agricultural Education Director John “Chip” Bridges and Georgia FFA Director of Development and Leadership Todd Teasley; back row, Georgia FFA Executive Secretary Ben Lastly and Laurens County Young Farmer teacher Terry Brown. Renovation complete on EMC cabin Georgia’s electric membership corporations (EMCs) were recognized during the May 3 dedication of the new EMC Cabin at the Georgia FFAFCCLA Center in Covington at a lunch held prior to the cabin’s ribbon-cutting ceremony. Formerly known as the REA Cabin, the structure represents a three-year undertaking to renovate the original cabin built in 1957 with funds donated by EMCs. “Nearly 60 years ago, the EMCs helped fund one of the first of many cabins built along the shores of Lake Jackson. The updated cabin will continue to host generations of campers who are learning to better themselves and our communities through FFA for years to come,” said Georgia EMC 14 President/CEO Paul Wood. Georgia FCCLA State President Shivani Dhir welcomed guests to the event. Attendees heard from Sierra Milligan, 2012–2013 Georgia FFA state vice president; John “Chip” Bridges, program director of agricultural education, Georgia Department of Education; and Todd Teasley, Georgia FFA director of development and leadership. Also in attendance were Laura Ergle, FCCLA state adviser, and Ben Lastly, Georgia FFA executive secretary. For more information on the FFA-FFCLA Center in Covington, visit www.georgia More online at Georgia’s EMCs were well represented at the April 25-27 Georgia FFA Convention in Macon, which had a record attendance of nearly 5,000 students, teachers and guests. Many EMC representatives assisted with judging career development events and other FFA statewide competitions or attended the kickoff banquet, which was co-sponsored by Tucker-based Georgia EMC. Tri-County EMC in Gray provided a bucket truck, and Rayle EMC in Washington coordinated Power Town safety demonstrations during the convention’s Career and Trade Show. Those who staffed the EMC exhibit include Claire Guined, of Jackson EMC in Jefferson; Tim Coulter, Jeff Paul and Paul Wright, of Rayle EMC; Ken Ellington, of Snapping Shoals EMC in Covington; Kim Bonner, Bruce Carroll and Ray Comer, of Tri-County EMC; and Gale Cutler, of Georgia EMC. During the convention, new FFA student state officers were announced. Andy Paul, son of Rayle EMC’s Jeff Paul, was elected state president. Andy was a Washington Youth Tour delegate in 2011. He graduated from high school this year and begins classes this fall at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton. GEORGIA MAGAZINE

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia Magazine - August 2013

Georgia Magazine - August 2013
Georgia News
Picture This?
Liberty Notes
Calendar of Events
Sweet Success
Tracking the Bottlenose Dolphins
Saving Wilma; Dolphin Facts
Around Georgia
While Visiting Lake Oconee
My Georgia
Georgia Cooks
Second Helping: We All Scream for More Ice Cream!
More Snapshot Photos
Plant of the Month
August’s Online Trivia Contest
Georgia Grown Spotlight

Georgia Magazine - August 2013