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SHORTTakes

GreyStone Power
initiatives honor veterans

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Green leaders: Green Power Electric Membership Corp. (EMC) in Tucker received the
2019 Green Power Leadership Award in the
category of Green Power Market Development from the Center for Resource Solutions
(CRS). Green Power EMC was selected for
its positive influence in the marketplace
and its proactive, progressive approach to
renewable-energy procurement, along with
promoting the use of clean, renewable
energy. The CRS co-presented the awards
with the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency's Clean Power Partnership on
Sept. 5 at the Renewable Energy Markets
2019 Conference in San Diego, Calif.

COURTESY CANOOCHEE EMC

COURTESY GREYSTONE POWER CORP.

eorgia's electric membership cooperatives have a long tradition of supporting
veterans. As part of an official veterans program launched in 2016, GreyStone
Power Corp. in Douglasville has implemented a host of initiatives to honor
those who have served in the nation's military.
"Veterans have done so much for this country, and we wanted to ensure that our
employees, retirees and members know how much we value the many sacrifices made
by our nation's veterans," said James Wright, vice president of corporate services at
GreyStone.
The cooperative endowed the GreyStone Power Corps of Cadets Scholarship at
Safety at the forefront: The National Safety
the University of North Georgia with a $28,000 donation in 2017. The scholarship gives
Council (NSC) recently named Tucker-based
preference to residents of the eight counties served by GreyStone and was awarded for
Georgia EMC as a 2018 Training Center of the
the first time in the fall 2018 semester. The University of North Georgia-which
Year award winner for its defensive driving
has campuses in Blue Ridge,
course. Georgia EMC's driver training helps
Cumming, Dahlonega,
advance progress on the Road to Zero, a
Gainesville and Watkinsville-is
national coalition managed by the NSC with
one of six senior military colleges
a mission to end roadway deaths in the
designated by the Department of
United States by 2050.
the Army in the United States.
Each year, GreyStone holds
Patrons of the arts: The City of Oglethorpe
a breakfast at which employees
received the inaugural grant in Flint Energies'
and retirees who served in the
new Rural Murals program. The program
military are recognized, and it
supports one-of-a-kind murals that become
makes a strong effort to continue
focal points and improve the aesthetics and
hiring veterans. The cooperative
economic marketability of rural communiis a member of the national Serve
From left, Vietnam veteran Jerry Tucker stands by
ties. With the $12,500 grant from the electric
as GreyStone employees Zachary Puckett and Chris
Our Co-ops; Serve Our Country
cooperative in Reynolds, the city will fund a
Foust install a sign designating a parking space for
initiative, through which co-ops
mural on the side of a building at
disabled veterans. Tucker was injured while serving in
work together to employ veterans
100 N. Sumter St. Artist Jackie Fontenot
Vietnam and recently retired from GreyStone after
and military spouses.
of Montezuma will create the mural,
50 years of service.
"We have found that vetwhich will have an agricultural theme.
erans make great employees,"
said Jarred Stevens, Army veteran and director of safety and loss control at GreyStone.
Feeding neighbors: In recognition of
"Many of the skills acquired through military training-such as attention to detail,
National Food Bank Day on the first Friday
proper planning, stress management, ability to take orders and ability to work as a
of September each year, Sandersville-based
team-are skills that translate well in the workplace."
Washington EMC held a summertime food
Service members who become part of GreyStone's lineman apprenticeship prodrive. The cooperative's offices gathered
gram can use their education benefits from the GI Bill toward their housing as they go
food donations that were given to local food
through the program.
banks.
GreyStone also has made its support for
veterans clear in the community. In addition
Show of honor: When the remains of Cpl.
to designating parking spaces for wounded
William Silas Smith passed through Reidsville
warriors at its office, GreyStone was a gold
on Aug. 15 on the way to his hometown of
sponsor of the Douglasville Military Honor
Vidalia, Canoochee EMC paid its respects by
Garden at Hunter Park in Douglasville. And in
lining Highway 280 with bucket trucks bearing
November 2018, GreyStone volunteers helped
American flags. Smith, a member of the U.S.
with landscaping at a Habitat for Humanity
Army, was reported missing in action during
house built for retired U.S. Navy Engineman
the Korean War in 1950. His remains only
Chief Petty Officer Marilyn Clark in the 4-acre
recently were identified and returned home.
Veterans Place subdivision in Douglas County.
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