Georgia Magazine - March 2020 - 14

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News from Georgia's electric co-ops * Compiled by Amy Schneider

Coweta-Fayette EMC to host charity
sporting clay event

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COURTESY COWETAFAYETTE EMC

T

he Take Aim at Progress (TAAP) charity sporting clay
event, organized by Coweta-Fayette Electric Membership Corp. (EMC) in Palmetto, will take place
April 24 at the Big Red Oak Plantation in Gay. Teams will
compete in clay shooting to raise funds for National Rural
Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) International.
NRECA International works to bring electricity to rural
areas in Latin America, South Asia and other parts of the
developing world. The Arlington, Va.-based organization
works through both government and private partnerships
in these countries to develop their electrical infrastructure,
such as energy grids, to reach underserved communities.
"Reliable electricity lifts communities out of poverty. It
encourages economic growth, better education, health care
and everything else that comes with power," says Chris
Stephens, Coweta-Fayette EMC president and CEO. "What
we do is not a handout; it's a hand up. We provide the
citizens of these communities the tools they need to
improve their lives."
The first TAAP competition, held in 2003, helped to
fund electrification efforts in Costa Rica. In 2018, proceeds
from the event were used to help fund a trip by more than a
dozen volunteers from Coweta-Fayette EMC, Carroll EMC
in Carrollton, Jackson EMC in Jefferson and Cobb EMC in
Marietta to Bolivia to electrify several rural communities in
the state of Cochabamba.
Teams from EMCs throughout the state participate in
the annual event. Last year, 43 six-person teams competed. A
team from Grady EMC in Cairo was the winner, with a team

A competitor fires off shots at last year's Take Aim at Progress event,
which raised more than $23,000 for NRECA International.

from Cobb EMC placing second and a team from Walton
EMC in Monroe placing third. The event raised more than
$23,000 for NRECA International trips.
For more information about Take Aim at Progress,
visit bit.ly/taapcf. For more information about NRECA
International, visit nrecainternational.coop.
-Zach Ball

Oglethorpe mural debuts

A

MARIAN MCLEMORE

new agriculture-themed mural made its official debut in downtown
Oglethorpe during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Jan. 10. The
artwork by Jackie Fontenot of Montezuma is the first to be funded
through the Rural Murals program launched by Flint Energies in Reynolds.
The mural was funded with a $12,500 grant and is painted on the side
of a building at 100 N. Sumter St.
In a Facebook post thanking the cooperative and sharing photos from
the event, Oglethorpe officials wrote: "This program has done exactly what
we have all hoped! It has sparked life in our small town again and changed
the atmosphere for all involved."

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The Oglethorpe mural depicts an agricultural scene. Four medallions (above the
black door at the bottom right) highlight the prominent crops in the area: corn,
peaches, peanuts and pecans.


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