A statewide newsletter for Citizens of Georgia Power and Company Management
June 2012
State President’s Message
Lighting Up Lives Awards
Ashley Koby
United Way has a national DAY OF ACTION planned on
June 21. This is a national strategic effort on the longest
day of the year to advance the common good. More than
74,000 individuals participated nationwide last year.
Georgia Power encourages you to participate either as an
individual or as part of a group.
To celebrate United Way's 125th anniversary, United Way
of Atlanta has created 125 volunteer opportunities in the
Metro Area. If you are in the metropolitan area, you can
get information at their website:
No matter where you are in the state, you can participate
by doing something in your local community. Here are a
few suggestions:
•Eat at Chick-fil-A in the metropolitan area. On June 21,
10% of the cost of your meal will be donated to United Way
•Donate canned food to a local food pantry
•Donate blood – save a life. Schedule a donation at your
local Red Cross
•Encourage friends to join you for a workout to help
promote healthy living
•Gather personal care items including soap, toothbrush,
shampoo, underwear, socks for people at local shelters
•Help an older neighbor with a chore around their house
•Offer free babysitting to a single mom or family in need
•Volunteer at a local shelter to help prepare and serve
dinner to the homeless
Whatever you choose to do in service to others will give
you great satisfaction. This is a core value of our company
and employees. You do these things all year long, but try
to make a special effort to participate on June 21.
Thank you!
Four times during the year, we will recognize chapters
chosen by the State Board for doing a GREAT job with
projects, fundraising, membership drives, inputting
information into CHARITY and CARES, and exemplifying
what it means to be “A Citizen Wherever We Serve.”
Nominations come from local management, state board
members, and information submitted for the monthly
Energizer. Chosen by the State Board for the second
quarter and receiving $500 each are:
Customer Care Center
Metro South
We are pleased to announce the State
Nominating Committee for 2013 as follows:
Gloria Mize, Past State President, Chair
Michael Olajubutu, Columbus President
Alicia Meadows, M’ville/Plant Branch President
Jeff Gilbert, Rome President
Parker Land, Thomson President
Annual Meeting Host Chapters:
General Office
Heart of GA/Macon
Milledgeville/Plant Branch
Important Date in Our History
•Summer State Board is July 19 & 20.
•Past State Presidents’ Luncheon is July 27.
On June 11, 1994, the name of the organization was
changed from Women of Georgia Power to Citizens of
Georgia Power. The historic meeting was held in Rome
at the Annual Meeting with State President Audrey
Wimberly presiding.
•Plant Bowen’s Relay For Life Golf Classic is Aug. 13.
•North Fulton’s 2nd Annual Kylan Warren Golf
Tournament is August 27.
•Customer Care Center’s Motorcycle Ride is Sept. 15
•Metro West 2nd Annual Tennis Tournament is Sept. 29.
•Gwinnett’s Mary Ann Manley Electric Kids Golf
tournament is October 3.
The State Bylaws Committee made the proposal after
months of surveying and discussions with all chapters.
Members of the committee:
•Past State President Peggy Grubb, Chair
•Delores Lindsey
•Suzanne Ginn
•Agnes Doster
Many name suggestions were considered but the one
receiving overwhelming support was “Citizens” to go
with the mission to be “A Citizen Wherever We Serve”.
•20th Annual Metro East Classic Golf Tournament is
October 22.
•Annual Meeting is November 10 in Macon.
Win a 2013 Kia Sorento LXI4
And Support Electric Kids
Mary Ann Manley
Lucy Harris
Scene from historic meeting in Rome. Past State
Presidents on the stage are indicated on the photo.
Citizens chapters began selling raffle tickets on June 1
for a chance to win a 2013 Kia Sorento (actual vehicle
shown above as it arrived at the LaGrange dealership).
Kia Sorento is the Top Safety Pick in its class by the
Institute of Highway Safety. It features Third Row
Seating, Blue Tooth Technology, IPOD/USB
Connection, Audio and Cruise Control, 17-inch
Alloy Wheels, Wood Grain Dash and more. The
color is Satin Metal. Tickets are $5.00 each or 3 for
$10.00. All proceeds benefit Electric Kids, Inc., a
501(C)(3) Charity of Citizens of Georgia Power
benefitting the children of deceased & disabled
employees. The drawing will be September 6 in
Atlanta. You must be eighteen to purchase a ticket.
You do not have to be present to win. All taxes are
the responsibility of the winner.
Please contact your local chapter to purchase
tickets…and thanks for supporting Electric Kids, Inc.
Athens Chapter Supports
March of Dimes Team
The Athens Chapter helped sponsor a March of Dimes
Team organized in memory of Hadley, 2011 Chapter
President Jason Brown’s niece. Hadley was born earlier
this year and sadly died.
General Office, H L Thomas and
Jefferson Street Join Forces at
Adams Stadium Relay For Life
Total $11,885
Changes to 2012 State Board
Johnny Powell has found it necessary to resign from the
Citizens of Georgia Power State Board. We appreciate his
dedication for the past two years as a board member and
also as a chapter president in Brunswick and Jefferson
Street in recent years.
Cheryl Davis, Marketing Chair and current Athens Chapter
president, has agreed to chair the Chapter Relationship III
Group (Northeast, East and Coastal Region Chapters)
and Amy Anderson has joined the board as Marketing
Chair. Amy served as Effingham Chapter President in
2010 and 2011. She was instrumental in the organization
of the Effingham Chapter.
There was a large group at the Adams Stadium Relay as
three chapters joined forces.
Chapter Totals:
General Office
Jefferson Street
H L Thomas
Cheryl Davis
Athens Chapter
Amy Anderson
Effingham Chapter
The team was a Silver Sponsor at the Adams Relay.
Pictured are Jon Balkcom, H L Thomas President; Debbie
Baker, General Office Team Captain; Billie Jo Driggers,
Jefferson Street Chapter President
How are we doing toward
our Service Hour Goal?
Terri Sapp models
Jefferson Street’s
WINNER in the
Road to Recovery
Car Contest!
Hours reported in CARES
as of June 10
Willie Martin, Jr.
is shown
with the
Jefferson Street
Chapter cooking
and selling
funnel cakes
Third Annual PowerClays
Earns $34,000 To
Benefit Electric Kids
The Annual Jim Simmons PowerClays Tournament was
held on May 11. Metro South Chapter and GPC Forestry
and Right of Way Services teamed up to put on a
successful event. All proceeds raised will benefit Electric
Kids, our registered charity that supports the children of
deceased or disabled Georgia Power or Southern
Company employees based in Georgia. We have
experienced several losses in our Georgia Power family
in recent years and this charity touches the lives of many
people we know and care about greatly. Matt Goff served
as event chair. The team was excited to earn $34,000 for
Electric Kids.
CVI Board of Trustees Presents
Helping Hand Award to
General Office Chapter
On Tuesday, May 15, the Center for Visually Impaired
presented a Helping Hand Award to the General Office
Chapter for the outstanding support given to CVI
during the year and especially for the support of the
True Blue Do (major fundraiser). State President Ashley
Koby serves on the Board of Trustees for CVI.
For 50 years, the Center for the Visually Impaired has
empowered people with vision loss to live with
independence and dignity. As Georgia’s largest
comprehensive, fully accredited organization providing
rehabilitation services, they serve people of all ages who
are blind or visually impaired.
Thanks to
30 teams &
120 shooters!
Each year, more than 5,000
people from Atlanta and all
over Georgia turn to CVI to
help them adjust to – or
improve – a life with limited
or no sight. CVI is
Georgia’s largest
comprehensive, fully
accredited private facility
providing rehabilitation
services for the blind and
visually impaired.
Angela Gillis, Ashley Koby, Peggy Grubb
Gwinnett Chapter’s Relay
The chapter received great response to their site design …
“Lighting the Way to a Cure with Georgia Power”. Above,
(left to right) Steve Moon: Charlotte (Charlie) Moon, Team
Captain; and Shannon Moon, Site Designer. The team had
a lot of involvement this year from the entire chapter as
well as had Executive Vice President Anthony Wilson make
a visit to their Relay and site! In addition, they had several
members of the Jefferson Street Chapter participate.
Rachel Bailey did an incredible job as chair again of the
Gwinnett Luminaries. She had help from several chapter
North Fulton Area Chapter
At Alpharetta Relay For Life
They raised $3970.
They painted
Team Total - $11,084
Luminary & Torch Coordination - $19,614
Grand Total for Gwinnett - $30,698
They were recognized
as a Bronze Sponsor…
Carrollton Relay
They cooked and
sold hotdogs…
The Carrollton Chapter participated in the event at the
University of West Georgia. There were 30 volunteers and
the team raised $1080.
The Forest Park Chapter is making a
$5000 donation to Relay For Life
from golf tournament proceeds!
They (Joal Dennis)
painted their beards!
Ryan Poole, Relay Team Captain, and Chapter President,
Steven Bradl, reinvented the team strategy and fundraising
efforts. Three methods were used for this year’s team: online fundraising accounts, an iPad 3 raffle (2 given away),
and a Cake Bake raffle (headed up by Chapter Secretary,
Kate Bathe). The Savannah Citizen’s Chapter took First
Place among 119 teams with total donations of
Savannah’s most successful team member, Kim Hankins,
raised $3,262 from online donations alone. She is currently
battling Breast Cancer and Primary Peritoneal Carcinoma.
The Savannah Chapter has pulled together to provide Kim
support and motivation in her second battle against cancer.
Kim was the top overall fundraiser out of 1,107 volunteers
in the Chatham County event with donations of $3,262.
The Thomson CGP chapter participated in the McDuffie
County Relay for Life on May. They helped host a joint
Chapter golf tournament, raffled off a cow, and cooked
“Tornado Potatoes” during the event for fundraisers. In
all, they raised approximately $7,300 for cancer
research which was a record amount for their chapter.
Metro South at
Fayette County Relay
Metro South team at the Fayette County Relay on May 18.
The team raised $4,602. In addition, the team made a
$250 donation to the Coweta County Relay.
The Athens Chapter of Citizens of Georgia Power
participated in the Athens Relay For Life on May 11. 31
volunteers walked and manned a vendor booth selling
grilled cheese sandwiches, chips and drinks to walkers to
raise funds for the American Cancer Society. The team
raised $4,579!
Julie Munnicha and
daughter helped with
sales. The group sold
cotton candy, glow sticks,
bottled water, and raffled a
set of Braves tickets.
The Columbus
team raised
The Dublin Chapter had 39 participants and raised $750
which included a dunking booth! George Dobbins
(Dublin-Vidalia Engineering Supervisor) and Charlie
Scarbrough (Dublin Lineman) were in the dunking booth.
The Columbus Chapter logged over 350 service hours in
support of 5 fundraising events. The list of events that
were held this year and the project chairs were:
•Golf Tournament (Cleve Fann, Amy Evans & Gary Miller)
•Popcorn Sales (David Griffin)
•Fishing Tournament (Verlon Quesenberry & Jason Perez)
•Yard Sale (Rhonda Blanchard)
•Relay for Life Muscogee County (Michael Olajubutu &
Kelly Brinkley)
The chapter’s 4th annual golf tournament on May 12th,
benefiting the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life,
was a big success, raising over $5,500 and providing lots
of fun for the participants and volunteers.
The Hinesville/Jesup Chapter had 33 participants and
raised $3887 for the American Cancer Society. The major
part of the total came from their softball tournament.
At the Relay, the
team sold various
snacks and
Metro South’s Golf Tournament
Customer Care Center
The Customer Care Center participated in the annual
Henry County Relay for Life event in support of the
American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer. The
event was held at Ola High School in Henry
County. Over 150 CCC employees and their families
attended the event with a boxing theme titled, KNOCK
Employees at the Customer Care Center have currently
raised $22,055.19 in the fight against cancer. The
CCC’s 2012 Relay for Life was chaired by Kaprena
Seymore and Anita Carden.
The project created great excitement around the center
and allowed them to raise more dollars for the event
than ever before. Every department at the center
participated and the team was the second largest
contributor in the county and had the largest team
presence at the event.
Metro South Chapter’s Golf Tournament on June 4 earned
for four chosen charities:
•Stepping Stones
•Clayton Family Care
•Haven House
The 5th Annual Hee Haw Motorcycle Ride
sponsored by the Clayton Chapter involved
75 motorcycles and 101 riders. Seventeen
Volunteers worked on the event which raised
$6203 for American Cancer Society.
Athens Chapter
Supports Athens
Regional Medical Center
Guest House
Athens Chapter members logged 40 hours in service on
Saturday, June 9. The group of volunteers painted four
bedrooms, four baths, and an office at the Athens
Regional Medical Center’s guest house.
Clayton Chapter’s Community Garden
Project Began on Earth Day
Tallulah Falls Participates in Relay
The Tallulah Falls team had 25 walkers participate in the
Relay For Life on June 8. The team raised $345.
The fruits of their labor...or
should we say vegetables“
of their labor...are starting
to come in! It looks like
Clayton Chapter is going to
have a lot of squash and
cucumbers in their
community garden. The
tomatoes are still green but
should start ripening soon. The peppers, okra and
eggplants still have some growing to do. It is exciting to
see their project which began on Earth Day starting to
produce! The vegetables will be donated
to the local needy in the community.
Gwinnett Chapter – March of Dimes
The chapter had 13 adults and 10 children walk 4.1 miles
for March of Dimes in Suwanee. They raised $2,005 for
this cause online and enjoyed a great day. The March of
Dimes team captain was Tony Chow.
Gwinnett Chapter
Rescheduled Earth Day Project
One of Gwinnett Chapter’s Earth Day Projects was
rescheduled for May 19. The group partnered with APA
(Asian Pacific Americans Employee Resource Group) to
work with the 2012 Good Neighbor Community Days for
Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful. Chapter member and
Metro North Region Manager Fran Forehand was recently
elected to the board of GC&B.
Carrollton’s March of Dimes
The Carrollton March of Dimes team had 13 volunteers and
donated $1000.
Statesboro Chapter Partners With
Ambassadors at Boys & Girls Club
Plant Yates Team
March of Dimes in Newnan
(left to right) Kesha Ward, Robert Keel, “Eddie Olliff” and
Norman Olliff serving
Members of the Statesboro Chapter partnered with the
local Ambassadors to serve an afternoon meal to the
children at the Statesboro Boys and Girls Club.