Georgia Magazine - February 2020 - 15

PAWS-some generosity: In conjunction with
its employee holiday luncheon on Dec. 6,
Tucker-based Georgia EMC held a voluntary
donation drive of pet food, treats, toys and
supplies to support PAWS Atlanta, a no-kill
shelter in Decatur. Kaleb Frady, below,
marketing specialist at Georgia EMC, loaded
up his pickup truck with the employees'
contributions and delivered them to PAWS
Atlanta that afternoon.

AFTER

Sprucing up

W

ith a $1,500 grant from the
Tri-County Electric Membership Corp. (EMC) Foundation in Gray, the Lockerly Arboretum in
Milledgeville was able to paint its geology
pavilion and install new educational
displays. The funds came from Operation
Round Up, in which EMC members opt to
round their monthly bills up to the next
dollar, and the difference goes into a fund
for charitable causes in the community.

Did you know?
Electric membership cooperatives
(EMCs) operate according to a set
of seven core principles that were
adopted by the International Cooperative Alliance and trace back to
the first modern cooperative, founded
in Rochdale, England, in 1844.
Source: National Rural Electric Cooperative
Association, electric.coop

program also has received support from Flint
Energies in Reynolds; Gas South, a subsidiary
of Marietta-based Cobb EMC; and Walton Gas,
a division of Monroe-based Walton EMC.

BLAIR BROWN

COURTESY SUMTER EMC

BEFORE

New leader: Rene Smith, formerly senior
vice president of operations at Americusbased Sumter Electric Membership Corp.
(EMC), took the reins
as president and CEO
of the cooperative
on Jan. 6. Retiring
President/CEO Ted
McMillan had worked
at Sumter EMC for 42
years and will work
with Smith for a few
months to ensure a
smooth transition.

HARRIET RIBBONS

COURTESY LOCKERLY ARBORETUM

COURTESY LOCKERLY ARBORETUM

SHORTTakes

Reaching out to seniors: Flint Energies
held a Senior Citizen Appreciation Day on
Aug. 15. Nearly 100 members 62 and older
went to either the Reynolds headquarters or
the Warner Robins Member Center to learn
tips on how to save energy and how to use
the Flint Energies mobile app, talk with energy assistance counselors and get prizes and
small appreciation gifts.
Grass is greener: Oglethorpe Power Corp.
donated $5,000 to the Murphy-Harpst
Children's Center in Cedartown for an
irrigation system for a therapeutic recreation
field, which will be used to help children
with physical or emotional delays caused by
traumas they have experienced.
Cart wheels: Jefferson Energy Cooperative
in Wrens donated $8,000 each to Harlem
Middle School and Harlem High School for
the schools to purchase laptop carts.

Beautiful partnership: Georgia EMC,
representing the state's 41 electric cooperatives, accepted the Corporate Partner Award
from the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation
in December. The award recognizes the
state's EMCs as key supporters of the
foundation and its 70 local affiliates at the
county and city levels. The organization
works to promote sustainability and
beautification efforts throughout the state.
The heat is on: Tucker-based Oglethorpe
Power Corp. and Georgia EMC continued
their support of the Heating Energy Assistance Team (H.E.A.T.) program for the 201920 winter. The program assists Georgians
in need with their electric, natural gas and
propane bills. During the 2018-19 winter,
H.E.A.T. provided nearly $83,000 to 240 members of 29 Georgia electric cooperatives. The

Fired up: Thomson High School opened a
new welding facility on Oct. 9, thanks in part
to a $10,000 grant from Jefferson Energy
Cooperative. Students in the program have
the opportunity to graduate with a certification and move directly into high-paying,
in-demand careers as welders.
Extension of friendship: Georgia EMC
received the 2019 National Friend of Extension Award for a business/organization from
Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP) during an Oct. 16
ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colo. ESP
is a professional association for Extension
employees, and the award is the highest
recognition that it presents to non-Extension
organizations or individuals for their outstanding, ongoing support of and involvement with Extension efforts.
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