Georgia Magazine - February 2021 - 13

SHORTTakes

Habersham EMC in Clarkesville decorated a bucket truck for local nighttime parades during
the holiday season.

E

lectric membership cooperatives (EMCs) are active in their communities
all year, but their efforts to spread cheer in a variety of ways at the end of a
challenging 2020 were especially welcome.
Some EMCs boosted spirits by participating in community festivities.
Among the local businesses participating in the Jones County/Gray Chamber
of Commerce's inaugural Parade of Trees was Gray-based Tri-County EMC,
which constructed a wooden tree strung with lights and topped with a lineman's
hard hat.
Clarkesville-based Habersham EMC's decorated bucket truck won first place
in Clarkesville's lighted parade on Dec. 1 as well as the evening parade in Rabun
County on Dec. 5. Habersham EMC's fiber subsidiary, Trailwave Fiber, decorated
a small bucket truck for a nighttime parade in Cleveland.
Walton EMC in Monroe recognized the area's best holiday-light displays.
The third annual Merry & Bright poll invited members to nominate their favorite
outdoor light displays, and the winner for 2020 was Wilson's Wonderland, the
festive work of Joe Wilson of Good Hope. The EMC awarded a $25 gift card to one
randomly selected member who left a Facebook comment to nominate a light
display.
Many EMCs and their foundations make generous donations to organizations
and groups in the community during the holiday season, and sometimes co-op
employees themselves organize additional giving.
For example, at Cobb EMC in Marietta, the employees celebrated Christmas
by gathering wish lists and buying gifts for local families in need. And Habersham
EMC employees donated $3,600 to provide Christmas to local families, including
one whose home was lost to a fire the week before Christmas.

New president/CEO: Barbara Hampton
succeeded Jerry Donovan as president and
CEO of Georgia Transmission Corp. in Tucker
after Donovan's retirement on Jan. 15.
Hampton has
served as senior
vice president
and chief financial
officer since 2005
and has more
than 34 years of
experience in the
energy industry
in the areas of
finance, accounting, auditing,
budgeting, strategic planning, procurement,
information technology and rate design.
She served as vice president of Georgia
Transmission Corp.'s finance and administration department when the company was
formed in 1997.
COURTESY GEORGIA TRANSMISSION CORP.

ROB MOORE

EMCs brighten holidays
for communities

H.E.A.T. it up: Tucker-based Georgia Electric
Membership Corp. (EMC) and Oglethorpe
Power Corp. joined forces once again to
sponsor the Georgia Heating Energy Assistance Team (H.E.A.T.) program. H.E.A.T. is a
nonprofit organization that helps low-income
households meet their energy needs through
partnerships with concerned residents, energy
companies, state government, community
action agencies, corporations and other organizations. During winter 2019-20, H.E.A.T.
provided more than $110,000 in assistance to
648 households served by 30 EMCs. Walton
EMC Gas (based in Monroe), Flint Energies
(Reynolds) and Gas South (a subsidiary of
Marietta-based Cobb EMC) also support
H.E.A.T. through direct contributions or
donation options on consumer bills.

Auditorium aid: The Sandersville-based
Washington EMC Foundation donated
$7,500 in Operation Round Up funds to the
Sandersville School Building Authority for
repairs and upgrades to the school building's
auditorium. The project, which is converting
the school into a civic and cultural center,
has received support from several fundraisers and grants, including $46,060
from the Fox Theatre Institute in Atlanta.
In Operation Round Up, EMC members opt to
round their monthly bills to the next dollar,
and the difference goes into a fund for
charitable causes in the community.
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