Georgia Magazine - January 2021 - 22B

KATHRYN GREEN

Retiring Youth Tour director
shares two decades of memories

22B

Georgia Magazine

January 2021

more than a year in advance.
" Because of our size group, we are not
easy to squeeze in at the last minute, "
she says. " Airline tickets are booked
in October to be sure we have enough
seats on two concurrent flights. Hotel
and riverboat cruise contracts are
negotiated several years out, and the
rest of the stops as soon as you can
request admission. "
But even with the Georgia delegation's schedule painstakingly mapped out, sometimes
there are curveballs. During the 2017 trip, on the morning of
Hill Day (when the delegates meet with their legislators at
the U.S. Capitol), a gunman opened fire on several Republican members of Congress, wounding one, at a baseball
practice just outside Washington, D.C.
" Georgia EMC's Government Relations team helped us
navigate that morning, " Cutler recalls. " While security was
heightened, we had an official meeting on the books, so we
DANIEL PECK PHOTOGRAPHY

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or Gale Cutler, the night before
the Washington Youth Tour
(WYT) begins each June is like Christmas Eve. " I know the next day there
will be so many 'presents to open' as
I get the chance to meet a new set of
amazing people, " she says.
Serving as senior director of the
Georgia WYT is only one of the hats
that Cutler wears as senior public
relations coordinator at Tucker-based
Georgia Electric Membership Corp. (EMC). She'll hang up all
those hats when she retires June 30.
Cutler has been going on the weeklong Washington
Youth Tour since 2000. A lot about the tour has changed,
perhaps nothing more so than the size of the Georgia delegation-from 81 (69 delegates and 12 adults) in 2000 to 131
(115 delegates and 16 adults) in 2019. The 2020 WYT was
canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Another big change involves accessibility.
" Before 9/11/01 happened, we could just walk up to
any building, including the Capitol or the House and Senate
office buildings, and go right in, " Cutler says. " Our buses
could drop us beside the Supreme Court. Now, large vehicles
are not allowed within a certain perimeter of streets, there
is security at every entry point and touring the Capitol is by
reserved guided tour. "
Cutler begins planning for each Washington Youth Tour

By Kevin Braun

Top left: Posing with the U.S. Capitol as a backdrop are, from left,
Tour Coordinators Kaleb Frady and Beth McMillan and Senior Tour
Director Gale Cutler. Top right: Gale Cutler, center, enjoys a stroll and
chat with a group of 2011 Washington Youth Tour delegates. Top
center: Georgia EMC's Monica Heath, left, and Gale Cutler, right, flank
U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) during the 2012 Washington Youth Tour.
Lewis died last year.



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