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State Presidents Message Josh Stallings Earlier this month, Citizens leaders from across the state gathered on a Saturday for our 2013 Officers Training.

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1 State Presidents Message Josh Stallings Earlier this month, Citizens leaders from across the state gathered on a Saturday for our 2013 Officers Training. Every year, this meeting gives local officers the chance to hear success stories from around the state, collaborate on common challenges, and forge new friendships that can help our organization be more successful. This year, when I asked the group how many first time officers were with us, almost half the room raised their hands. That excites me because it means that we have a lot of energetic people stepping up to take leadership roles this year. When I reflected on the number of first year officers we have, I thought of the 1993 film Rudy, which depicts the story of a young man committed to overcoming numerous odds to play football at Notre Dame. If you are a new officer, you probably have ideas and goals of your own for this year. You will face obstacles along the way – fundraising challenges, finding causes that your members can relate to, and motivating more of your members to get involved just to name a few. In the movie, Rudy does not have a great academic record, does not come from a wealthy family, is diagnosed with a learning disability, and does not have the physical stature of a college football player. Because he is committed to his overall goal, Rudy overcomes each of these obstacles to realize his ultimate dream. Let me encourage you to guard the enthusiasm you have about the year ahead. Remain committed to the goals that your chapter sets for the year. By working with your local teammates, I know we can deepen the impact we make in our communities. The State Board has set our membership goal at 3,655 this year, which would match last years total. Our service hour goal is 80,000 hours, which is just above what we achieved in We will reach both of these goals by finding new ways for adjacent chapters to partner with each other, by effectively communicating to others the great things we are doing, and by identifying and supporting new projects that touch the hearts of more of our members. Many of the chapter officers have heard me talk about this already. Let me speak now to those of you who are not officers. For most of you, there is a charitable cause out there that captures your heart. Just as Relay for Life motivates us because of our brushes with cancer, there is an organization working in your community on issues that you are passionate about. Whether it is hunger, sickness, homelessness, education, or finding a cure for an illness, your chapter stands ready to get behind you to find new ways to support that cause. I encourage you to share your ideas with others in your chapter. You will be amazed at the impact you can make. Our Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. day of service was a resounding success again this year. In total, you organized 58 projects across the state and involved 990 volunteers in those projects. You did this despite the fact that over 250 employees were serving on storm duty that day and many of your members were affected by illness. This is exceptional. Please take the time to read about the many great projects that are highlighted in this newsletter. We are off to a great start to the year and are well on our way to meeting our goals.

2 March 25 – Athens Golf Tournament April 20 – Valdostas Tennis Tournament for Relay April 29 – East Region Golf Tournament for Relay (Augusta, Thomson, Waynesboro & Plant Vogtle Chapters) May 3 – Forest Park Golf Tournament May 4 – Plant Vogtle Chapter Motorcycle Ride for Relay May 10 – 5 th Annual Power Clays Event for Electric Kids May 24 – Customer Care Center Golf Tournament August 19 –Third Annual Kylan Warren Golf Tournament November 1 & 2 – Annual Meeting – Classic Center - Athens Coming Attractions Thanks to everyone who participated in the 58 projects throughout the state involving 998 volunteers!

3 2013 Officers Training Saturday, February 9 Arkwright Auditorium On Saturday, February 9, 125 state and chapter officers attended the Annual Officers Training held at the Corporate Headquarters. RegistrationEveryone attending received a T-shirt! State President Josh Stallings welcomed everyone and discussed his Goals & Vision for 2013 Membership Goal – Maintain 3655 Service Hours Goal – 80,000 Partnerships – partnering with other groups and chapters Effective Communications Increasing involvement by letting members have input on service projects Our Executive Sponsors Anthony Wilson Executive Vice President CS&O Mike Anderson Sr. Vice President Charitable Giving Mike Anderson thanked the leaders on behalf of Paul Bowers and company management.

4 2013 Officers Training Continued Fellowship Motivation & Inspiration from Taneisha Holliday, daughter of Connie Stroud of the General Office Chapter. Taneisha, who is a past Educational Loan Fund participant has published a book of inspirational poems. Learning & Sharing of Best Practices Throughout the day, a Movie Quote Trivia game was played with many happy winners! Vice Presidents Breakout led by Krista Pierce, Cheryl Davis & Zann Hayes State Treasurer Sherri King conducts the Treasurers Breakout Session assisted by Assistant State Treasurer Edie Scales State Board Members Lisa Stone, Allison Dickson, and Daundra Fletcher conducted the training session for secretaries.

5 2013 Officers Training Continued Chapter Presidents worked together sharing best practices and going over rules and regulations. There were breakout sessions by Chapter Relationship Groups There were breakout groups by chapter size Rachel Bailey leads Northeast, East & Coastal Region Chapters Todd McCawley leads West, Central & South Regions Gerardo Morales & Power Generation Amy Anderson leads workshop for chapters with 40 – 69 members Ashley Koby led chapters with members Cheryl Davis led chapters with 70 – 120 members Bo Braswell with the 121 – 365 member chapters Shane Ammons coordinates the Northwest and Metro Region Chapters There was a panel discussion on the registered charities moderated by Past State President Ashley Koby. Panelists were: John Cornelius, Educational Loan Fund Daundra Fletcher, Electric Kids Chris DAndrea, Family House Cheryl Davis, State 2 nd Vice President Zann Hayes, State Parliamentarian

6 The North Fulton Area Chapter was out in the community on Saturday, February 2, serving and giving of their time to help others get needed food. The chapter helped the St. Malachis Storehouse at the St Patrick Church in Dunwoody. A lot of food was distributed and a lot of fun was had working together. North Fulton Area Chapter in the Community Milledgeville/Plant Branch Chili Cook Off Membership Drive February 4 1 st Place – Jeff Rentz 2 nd Place – Taron Durden 3 rd Place – Steve Williamson Milledgeville /Plant Branch Chapter hosted a chili cook off contest. It was very successful – rejoining that day were 17 members and 9 new members joined. In addition to the membership drive, $266 was raised from chili/cake sales. Twenty-one employees entered the contest and one member donated dessert. While all the chili was excellent, the panel of judges selected the three winners shown above. Gwinnett Chapter The Gwinnet Chapter held a Valentines Event after their membership cook-out in Lawrenceville. They filled bags and Frisbees with candy and delivered them to the Gwinnett Childrens Shelter. These were given to the 40 boys and girls residing in the shelter. The chapter has built a partnership with the shelter for several years. This was a successful project which involved many of the covered employees.

7 Milledgeville-Plant Branch Chapter has a huge focus on education initiatives for the community. The chapter purchased educational supplies including a Sensory Edge Rug for this Creekside Elementary classroom. Featured are the students who are enjoying the rug and new supplies as well as teacher, Kendall Castillo. The Brunswick chapter raised $400 for Angel Flight. Angel Flight arranges free air transportation for any legitimate, charitable, medically related need. This service is available to individuals, and health care organizations. Angel Flight will also arrange transportation of those people who are financially distressed, or who are in a time-critical, non-emergency situation due to their medical condition. Chapter President Leah Beasley Hall (right) presented Jerry Latvala (left), Coastal Key Account Manager and volunteer with Angel Flight, with the donation. BrunswickForest Park Recognizes Partners Forest Park Chapter took an opportunity to recognize the businesses who partner with them in service to their community. Everyone enjoys being appreciated! Milledgeville/Plant Branch Chapter President Diana Chow presents Nickey Gregory a plaque of appreciation. Mr. Gregory donates the food each week that the chapter delivers to shelters. The chapter recognized Blanchards Bakery for their Donation of cakes and pastries for events throughout the year. The chapter recognized Darbi Lynn and Keystone Financial who volunteers on projects with the group.

8 Brunswick Left to Right; Felicia Fuller, Kingsland Nurse; Lisa Crosby, Administrator; Ronnie Highsmith, Chapter Treasurer; Leah Beasley, Chapter President; Leo Geer, Chapter 2 nd VP; Patrick Eades, Executive Director; Belinda Thornton, Jesup Center Director; Cyndie Casey, Director of Pregnancy Resources; Diana McDonald, Kingsland Center Director; Peggy Keithcart, Director of Medical Services; Myra Jones, Jesup Nurse Brunswick Chapter made a $950 year-end donation to CareNet Pregnancy Center of Coastal Georgia Plant Vogtle 2013 Chapter Officers at Plant Vogtle (left to right) Treasurer Ella Jordan, Corr. Secretary Pam Lambert, Recording Secretary Sylvia Lessington; First V.P. Rabiyyah Malik-Jones, President Bob Brinkman – not pictured is Second V.P. Jessie Coley Plant Vogtles new officers are kicking off multiple membership drives beginning at the end of January and running through February. Units 3 & 4 are being targeted for the drives and excitement about Citizens of Georgia Power is growing at Vogtle! Plant Scherer Chapter Match $2500 to Methodist Childrens Home in Macon $2500 to Jays Hope In Forsyth Gwinnett Chapters Annual Bring One for the Chipper On Saturday, January 26, 12 volunteers spent 3 hours each hauling Christmas trees to the chipper trucks to make mulch for walking trails in the park.

9 The Citizens of Georgia Power Chapters in East Region (Augusta, Thomson, Waynesboro, Plant Vogtle,) along with the Augusta Ambassadors are partnering to visit and provide goodie bags to employees, retirees, and their immediate families who are sent to Augusta Area hospitals. The chapters will rotate months on call and send a representative to visit the family, taking along a bag of items useful when staying at the hospital along with contact numbers for questions and information on local facilities, restaurants, hotels, transportation, etc. In order to participate, the family should live at least 50 miles one way from the Augusta hospital. If you know any employee, retiree, or immediate family member sent to Augusta for hospitalization, please call East Region Hospitality Project Now Showing Volunteers began at 9:30 a.m. when16 members reported to the Macon City Auditorium to decorate 65 tables. At 6:00 p.m., 19 members reported to the City Auditorium to work as Greeters/Ushers and stayed for cleanup and collecting the table decorations provided by the chapter. Live at the Cardiac Café Saturday, February 9 Chapter Supports Annual Fundraiser for American Heart Association for 23 rd consecutive year! This is the most successful fundraiser for the Heart Association in Macon! Heart of GA/Macon Valentine Fundraisers Flowers & Bears The chapter sold roses and stuffed bears with candy. Proceeds will go to the childrens holiday project.

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