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SHORTTakes

WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH

EMC women are
high achievers in,
out of office

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* Chellie Phillips, vice president of communications and
public relations at Palmettobased Coweta-Fayette EMC,
earned the 2019 Author Academy Award in the self-help
category for her book "When
In Doubt, Delete It!" She was
honored at a ceremony in Columbus,
Ohio, on Oct. 25.
* April Sorrow, director of
public relations and communication at Jackson EMC
in Jefferson, was named 2019
Woman of the Year by the
Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce on Nov. 20.
She was honored in part for
her work with the Empower College &
Career Center, a new educational partnership with businesses in the area. She
also received the Unsung Hero award
from Jackson County Community Outreach on Oct. 26.
* Cindy Haddon, marketing
specialist in the community
and public relations department of Monroe-based
Walton EMC, received the
Diamond Award from the
Oconee County Chamber of
Commerce on Jan. 24. The
Diamond Award recognizes women
who have excelled in their profession
and made a significant impact in their
community. In 2019, she received the
Shining Star Award from the Home
Builders Association of Georgia and the
Athens Area Home Builders Association (AAHBA) and the Henry E. Wages
Associate of the Year from the AAHBA.

Spreading the warmth: In December,
Cumming-based Sawnee Electric Membership Corp. (EMC) participated in the Love
Your Neighbor Winter Blanket Drive, which
provides blankets to low-income senior citizens in Forsyth and Dawson counties. In just
five days, the co-op's employees collected
$140 in donations, providing 36 blankets.
Trying on for size: Joe Morrison of Habersham EMC in Clarkesville visited Mt. Yonah
Elementary School in Sautee Nacoochee on
Sept. 20 to talk about electrical safety and
being a lineman. Below, he helps a kindergartner try on protective sleeves.

COURTESY HABERSHAM EMC

COURTESY COWETAFAYETTE EMC

arch is Women's History
Month, when the achievements of women, past and
present, are celebrated. Here are a few
women at Georgia's electric membership cooperatives (EMCs) who have
been honored recently.

The shoe fits: The Central Georgia EMC
Foundation in Jackson gave $2,500 to Shoes
for God's Children, which provides shoes to
children in need. The funds came from Operation Round Up, in which members round
their monthly bills to the nearest dollar and
the difference goes into a charitable fund.
Trend-ing topic: Georgia Trend magazine
published a story about rural broadband on
Dec. 31, and representatives from Tuckerbased Georgia EMC and Young Harris-based
Blue Ridge Mountain EMC were interviewed.
The article also mentioned rural broadband
efforts by Altamaha EMC in Lyons, Sumter
EMC in Americus and Georgia Transmission
Corp. in Tucker. To read the story, go to
bit.ly/gtbroadband.

COURTESY OKEFENOKE REMC

School partners: Flint Energies in Reynolds
donated $2,800 to the Griffin- and Thomaston-based Southern Crescent Technical
College to fund General Educational Development (GED) scholarships for students in
Flint's service area, primarily Upson County.

Accessories included: Okefenoke REMC
in Nahunta previously donated a bucket truck
that had been retired from its fleet to the
electrical lineworker program at Coastal Pines
Technical College in Waycross. The co-op
also pledged $2,500 in tools and equipment.
Above, Michael Hickox, left, purchasing coordinator at the co-op, delivers the requested
items to John Kennedy, program instructor.
National hero: After local news affiliates
covered the story of Palmetto-based CowetaFayette EMC lineman Dustin Arrington's
heroic rescue of a drowning man, the story
went on to find a national audience. The
Arlington, Va.-based National Rural Electric
Cooperative Association (NRECA) published
a story about how Arrington dove into the
ocean at Panama City Beach, Fla., in June
to assist Steve Ellison, a firefighter from
Murfreesboro, Tenn. Arrington's selfless act
earned him a Life Saving Award from Georgia
EMC. Read the NRECA story about the
"brothers for life" at bit.ly/nrecarescue.
Environmental champions: Monroe-based
Walton EMC was named to Rome-based
water-protection coalition Coosa River Basin
Initiative's 2019 Clean 13 report. The report
lists individuals, businesses, agencies and
organizations that have made efforts to improve the health of the state's rivers. Walton
EMC was honored for its increased commitment to solar power.
Admirable work: The Atlanta Business
Chronicle recently named Tucker-based
Oglethorpe Power Corp.'s Mike Smith to its list
of Atlanta's Most Admired CEOs for 2019. The
distinction is given to Atlanta-based CEOs
with a strong record of innovation, outstanding financial performance, a commitment to
diversity in the workplace and significant contributions to the metro community. A total of
44 executives in 22 categories were recognized at an Aug. 22 awards dinner in Atlanta.
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