Energizer A statewide newsletter for Citizens of Georgia Power and Company Management November 2012 State President’s Message Annual Meeting – November 10 Ashley Koby Charter Members Recognized Wow! I can hardly believe this year is almost over. The Annual Meeting in Macon this past weekend was awesome! We had a total attendance of 340 to celebrate our Fiftieth Anniversary. We would have had many, many more but we had one state board member, ten chapter presidents, and fourteen delegates on storm duty in the NE. In addition, we had delegates who could not attend because they had to hold down the fort for those who were away. A special thanks to all of our employees who helped with this massive effort. And thanks to everyone who took care of things back home. We had nineteen past state presidents in attendance and it’s always good to be around this group of established leaders. Their dedication and loyalty made the organization what it is today. It’s not too long before I’ll be an “official” member of the PSP Club. They sort of let me hang out with them this year. They even let me in the group picture! I look forward to supporting Josh Stallings next year as he leads our efforts. Josh is a very honorable, dedicated and TALL leader. Margaret Cagle, Faye Gray, June Hemby, Eugenie Rogers Four of the five charter members identified during the year were able to attend and be recognized. These ladies have been active members of Women/Citizens for fifty years! Congratulations! •Margaret Cagle belongs to the Augusta Chapter. She was a charter member in 1962 in Rome. She served as State President in 1981/82. Thanks to Paul Bowers and all of the executives and •Faye Gray of the Tallulah Falls Chapter is a charter managers who attended the meeting and continue to support member of that chapter and active since 1962. our efforts. Thanks to this year’s state board with whom it has been an honor to serve. Most of all, thanks to each of YOU. This is your organization and I have been honored to represent you during our celebration of “Lighting Up Lives for Fifty Years.” Best wishes for a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving! •June Hemby of the H L Thomas chapter is a charter member. She was Waycross Charter President in 1962. •Eugenie Rogers of the Tifton Chapter has been a member of that chapter since 1962. •Jackie Whitehead, also of Tifton, was not able to attend. She began in Waycross prior to moving to Tifton. Executive Support Greatly Appreciated State President Ashley Koby and the State Board thanked executives who took time from their busy schedules to attend the business meeting on Saturday morning. Those attending: •Paul Bowers – President & CEO •Ronnie Labrato – EVP, CFO and Treasurer •Anthony Wilson – EVP, Customer Service & Operations •Mike Anderson – SVP Charitable Giving •Tom Bishop – SVP General Counsel •Walter Dukes – SVP Metro Regions •John Pemberton, SVP Power Generation •Moanica Caston – Diversity & Inclusion Vice President •Lenn Chandler – Northeast Region Vice President •Mike Clanton – Land Vice President •Truitt Eavenson – East Region Vice President •Cathy Hill – Coastal Region Vice President •Gerald Johnson – Customer Service Vice President •Anne Kaiser – Northwest Region Vice President •Jacki Lowe – West Region Vice President •Terri Lupo – South Region Vice President •Greg Roberts – Pricing & Planning Vice President •Ron Shipman – Environmental Affairs Vice President •Thomas Wicker – Central Region Vice President •James Wynn – Corporate Service Vice President •Many plant, area and corporate managers who are chapter sponsors were also in attendance. They were recognized during the Chapter Relationship Chair reports. Ashley Koby, Karen Bowers, Paul Bowers Company Executives congratulated chapters on their successful year. Mamie K. Taylor Service Award Winners The Mamie K. Taylor Service Award is given to recognize chapter members who best exemplify the ideals of the organization. The Award is named in honor of Mamie K. Taylor who was the founder of Women of Georgia Power. Congratulations to the 2012 winners! Albany Sidney Johnson Americus Staci Prickett Athens Jayson Summers Augusta Brenda Wolfe Bainbridge Bill Powell Brunswick Annabelle Beasley Carrollton April Hale Cartersville Vickie Adcock Clayton Ryan Walls Columbus Verlon Quessenberry Conyers Gail Ward Customer Care Center Farrah Brewster Dublin Charlie Scarbrough Effingham Amy Anderson Forest Park Terry Bloodworth Gainesville Allison Zafft General Office Debbie Blackwell Gwinnett Tony Chow H L Thomas Jon Balkcom Heart of GA/Macon Karla Worthy Hinesville/Jesup Rebecca Cason Jefferson Street Annetta Fugate Kingsland Regina Adkins Metro South Tosha Morell Metro West Cherrise Benham Milledgeville/Plant Branch Jan Womack North Fulton Area Jennifer Simon Northwest Mountain Jimmy Thompson Plant Bowen Drew Blankenship Plant Hammond Rachel Scogin Plant Scherer Krystal Reeves Plant Vogtle Cecilia Dykes Plant Wansley George Walker Plant Yates Dempsey Long Rome Bob Clark Savannah Ryan Poole Savannah Generation Angela Noles South Cobb Kay Farner Statesboro Gail Johnson Tallulah Falls Barry Brookshire Thomson Carla Cole Tifton Mike Thomas Valdosta Tiffany Thomas Vidalia Pat Taylor Waynesboro Diedra Sims Relay For Life Awards Presented By Executive Vice President Anthony Wilson This year we had 42 teams, 1120 participants, and raised $215,414 First Place Plant Bowen $23,000 Second Place Customer Care $22,115 Third Place Plant Scherer $18,589 Fourth Place Gwinnett $10,520 Fifth Place Savannah $8782 CARES Awards Presented Membership Awards State First Vice President Josh Stallings recognized the State Second Vice President Krista Pierce recognized the top three chapters with the largest increase in service top three chapters with the largest increase in membership hours reported over the previous year. The winners were: since last year. She also recognized the largest chapters. Largest Chapters Customer Care Center General Office Metro South Forest Park Gwinnett 363 265 191 155 154 Increase in Membership First Place - $300 - Cartersville First Place – Plant Hammond Second Place - $200 – Plant Hatch Second Place – Gainesville Third Place - $100 – Plant Hammond Third Place – Plant Scherer Two Chapters – Forest Park and Metro South were recognized for having posted over 5000 hours! CARES goal for this year is 70,000 As of October 31, we had posted 65,448 Remember to post hours through the end of the year. Help us meet our goal! Total Number of Paid Members Oct. 31 3635 Some of the General Office Hosts Awards This year our teams at 13 locations raised $76,056 First Place Plant Hammond $23,522 Second Place Plant Wansley $14,819 Milledgeville/Plant Branch Delegates Third Place Plant Bowen $11,100 Host Chapters were General Office, Heart of Georgia/Macon, Milledgeville/Plant Branch, Thomson Delegates from the Heart of GA/Macon Host Chapter Central Region Vice President Thomas Wicker issued the official welcome. (Front row, left to right) Mary Norris, Cheryl Davis, Josh Stallings, Krista Pierce, Allison Dickson (Middle) Peggy Grubb, Leah Burch, Zann Hayes, Daundra Fletcher, Amy Anderson, Lisa Stone, Edie Scales, Sherri King, Rachel Bailey (Back) Gerardo Morales, Ashley Koby, Todd McCawley, Chris D’Andrea, Shane Ammons 2013 State Board President 1st Vice President 2nd Vice President Recording Secretary Corresponding Secretary Treasurer Assistant Treasurer Chapter Relationship I Chapter Relationship II Chapter Relationship III Chapter Relationship IV Educational Loan Fund Electric Kids Family House Leadership Development Marketing Operations Special Events Special Projects Parliamentarian State Coordinator Josh Krista Cheryl Mary Allison Sherri Edie Gerardo Shane Rachel Todd John Daundra Chris Ashley Amy Lisa Leah Bo Zann Peggy Stallings Pierce Davis Norris Dickson King Scales Morales Ammons Bailey McCawley Cornelius Fletcher D’Andrea Koby Anderson Stone Burch Braswell Hayes Grubb 2013 Theme Past State President Jason Manley, Division Manager of Mississippi Power, installed the 2013 State Officers Past State Presidents Gloria Mize and Peggy Grubb assisted with the installation using a “movie” theme for 2013.Here State 2nd V.P. Cheryl Davis is dressed up as a talent scout (looking for members!) State Presidents In Attendance For Fiftieth Anniversary Seated (left to right): Mary Ann Beckham, Lucy Harris, Ashley Koby, Delores Lindsey, Margaret Cagle, Carolyn Wynens Standing (left to right): Suellen Waddell, Bill Maddox, Angela Gillis, Gloria Mize, Donice Wood, Jason Manley, Zann Hayes, Margaret Logan, Frances McClung, Angie Barnette, Anne Dodson, Eva Suggs, Peggy Grubb, Mamie Mobley Past State Presidents’ Friday Night On Friday night, the past state presidents got together for dinner “on their own”. A great time was had by all. Special thanks to the State Office for their hard work on a successful meeting. (left to right) Zann Hayes, Peggy Grubb, Edie Scales, Sherri King The State Board took an opportunity to thank Robert Purcell of the H L Thomas Chapter for his work at the Family House. Robert and Wanda Purcell (left to right) Mary Ann Beckham Peggy Grubb Margaret Cagle (left to right) Angela Gillis Peggy Grubb Margaret Logan More Scenes From Annual Meeting Rome Chapter Raises $3677 for Shrine Club’s Transportation Program Plant Vogtle Chapter Supports United Way With Fundraising The 6TH Annual PowerSHOT Sporting Clays Tournament of the Rome Chapter to benefit the Rome Shrine Clubs Past Presidents Transportation Program was a success and raised $3677! This will help fund the gas and other expenses needed to transport needy children for medical care. Bob Clark chaired the project. Christine Johnson of the Plant Vogtle Chapter presented Sonya Hughey, units 3 & 4 Human Resources, a check for $2065 for United Way. The money was raised from a chili cook-off, selling hot dogs, sausage dogs and Chickfil-A biscuits and sandwiches. Clayton Chapter Ten members of the Clayton Chapter manned the Habersham Central High School concession stand for their Homecoming game on Friday October 12. Shown left to right: Sharon Goodson, Flint McCullough, Brent Edwards, Mike Van Winkle and Tommy Jordan South Cobb Chapter Donates $2500 To Educational Loan Fund Milledgeville/Plant Branch The Milledgeville/Plant Branch chapter presented a $500 check to Putnam County Middle School to assist them with various projects. PCMS assists with the “Get Into Energy” camps conducted by Plant Branch which are held in June for rising 8th graders. Pictured left to right are Alicia Meadows, Jan Womack, CGP officers, Susan Usry, Principal and Fanicia Harris, Assistant Principal. Northwest Mountain Chapter The new South Cobb Chapter and their sponsor Tony Tramonte, Plant McDonough Manager, secured a $2500 donation to the Educational Loan Fund from site rental for a movie. In lieu of rental, Mr. Tramonte requested a donation to ELF. Thanks to him and the chapter for thinking of our charity. Tallulah Falls Chapter Supports North Georgia Hydro’s Annual Barbecue Members of the Tallulah Falls Chapter volunteered 191 hours working on preparation and the actual event on October 20. Members conducted games, assembled goodie bags, cooked and handled clean-up for the annual event. Below are the comments from the plant manager: “I want to take a moment to express my heartfelt gratitude to all the members of the Tallulah Falls Chapter, Citizens of Georgia Power, for their valuable contribution to our annual BBQ. Your participation and assistance was instrumental in making this the best event in my memory. The spirit of cooperation and genuine caring were the fuel that ignited all of our employees to participate. You are all truly “Citizens Wherever You Serve” and we are all better for your efforts. The employees of North Georgia Hydro thank you and I thank you!” Barry Brookshire, Plant Manager Members of the Northwest Mountain Chapter spent two weekends volunteering at the Annual Apple Festival in Ellijay. The attendance this year was around 60,000. The chapter distributed 4,000 CFL’s along with Energy Efficiency literature. General Office – Chili Cook-Off Plant Bowen’s CAN Hunger Drive For the October meeting, the General Office Chapter held the First Annual Chili Cook-Off at Corporate Headquarters on October 24. It was a beautiful, crisp fall day, and over 130 employees enjoyed the event held outside in the pavilion. There were twelve entries. Judges for the event were: • Mike Anderson, Sr. Vice President, Charitable Giving • Moanica Caston, Diversity & Inclusion Vice President • Mike Clanton, Land Vice President The admission ticket entitled you to a varsity hotdog, tasting of as many chilies as you liked, chips, cookie, and drink. All proceeds will be donated to the Lighthouse Retreat which provides summer beach outings for children with cancer and their families. Past State President Angela Gillis (Ms. Red Hot Chili Pepper) served as the Mistress of Ceremonies. Plant Bowen kicked off their CAN Hunger Drive on Oct. 31. The drive will last through Nov. 16. On the first day, they collected $700 in cash along with a large box of canned food. Tari Whiteman as “The CAN” North Fulton Area Chapter Mike Clanton judges People’s Choice Award was won by John Frost – shown with Angela Third Place Winner Zac Williams Second Place Jennifer Horton First Place Jennifer Swann-Moody with Angela As part of the World Hunger Month, the North Fulton Area Chapter collected over 130 lbs of food to help CAN HUNGER! Brian Kenady and William Canady delivered a barrel of supplies to the North Fulton Community Charities in Roswell and Chris D'Andrea delivered a box full of supplies to the Community Assistance Center in Sandy Springs. North Fulton Community Charities is a leader in North Fulton offering assistance to over 5,000 families annually. The Community Assistance Center responds to requests for emergency assistance from neighbors in need and provides assistance to individuals and families in the North Fulton area. Both charities were very pleased and thankful for the generosity shown by the North Fulton Area Chapter! Gwinnett Chapter Collects 2194 Pounds of Food as they work to “CAN” Hunger 28 volunteers from the Gwinnett Chapter worked a total of 86 hours to collect 2194 pounds of food for their donation to Lawrenceville Cooperative Ministry, a food co-op which serves the Lawrenceville and Dacula areas. Four events were held by the chapter, two food drives at the Kroger at River Exchange, employee food drives at the Duluth and Lawrenceville offices, and a Can Hunger service project held in conjunction with the October 16 membership meeting. The Lawrenceville Co-Op is very appreciative of Georgia Power’s support and donations. Plant Hatch Chapter Supports the Shriners’ Hospital for Children Milledgeville/Plant Branch Chapter Supports Plant Branch for the Renew Our Rivers Project Members of the Milledgeville/Plant Branch Chapter joined Plant Branch employees for the Renew Our Rivers project on October 17. The chapter purchased and provided T-shirts for all participants and the local Ambassadors chapter cooked lunch. The group also had participation from middle school students of John Milledge Academy. There were 125 volunteers. Heart of GA/Macon Collected 2821 Lbs. for CAN Hunger The Heart of Ga/Macon Chapter coordinated a friendly competition among departments which will benefit the local food bank by collecting 2821 pounds of canned food (some shown below). Tonia Williams of the Plant Hatch Chapter presents a check for $2500 from the chapter’s matching funds to Potentate Mike Stanley for the Shriners’ Hospital for Children.