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Central Dispatch CGEMC Newsletter | September 2020

Concern for community is at the heart of Central Georgia EMC's cooperative values. We love nothing more than visiting our area schools! From bucket truck events to solar car racing, involvement in energy education is one of our top priorities.

Like all educational programs, the coronavirus pandemic has challenged us to find new ways to engage with our mini-members. We are in the process of creating virtual options to support all back-to-school options. We have also been assembling digital assets, available for teacher and parent use.

We are developing new programs, such as “All About Linemen.” Early elementary students will enjoy a virtual linemen career-themed book reading followed by live questions and answers with a lineman.

Other programs range from career presentations for all grades to solar energy resources for middle school and high school. Virtual engagement is a new venture for us, and we would love to work with your curriculum to best tailor our energy-based educational resources.

For information on educational resources, or to share your ideas about how we can plug into your special program needs, contact Christy Chewning, Member Engagement Coordinator, at cchewning@cgemc.com or 770-504-7917.

Everything in our power

Creativity, ingenuity, and teamwork delivered an exceptional Annual Meeting experience for members.

Central Georgia Electric Membership Corporation (CGEMC) held its 83rd Annual Meeting of Members at the Central Georgia EMC Annex Building in Butts County, at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 5, 2020.

Because of the COVID-19 restrictions, this year's meeting was held in a drive-thru format. The five hundred ninety seven (597) members in attendance remained in their vehicles for the duration of their visit to the CGEMC campus.

Members in attendance received the much-anticipated Annual Meeting bucket, stocked with car care accessories, a hot dog lunch, and a $20 bill credit.

At 10 a.m., Mr. D.T. Hamil, Chairman of the Board, called the meeting to order. He then announced the required quorum of members were registered to conduct business and signaled the closure of registration.

CGEMC President/CEO George Weaver presented the consent agenda and expressed his appreciation for members' participation in the revised meeting format.

Mr. D. A. Robinson, III, representing Spalding, Pike and Lamar counties (Post No. 2), and Mr. Arthur White Jr., representing "at-large" (Post No. 2), were re-elected for a three-year term, both of whom were unopposed.

Upon the meeting's conclusion, there was one grand-prize drawing for a $1,500 Amazon gift card. The winner was Mr. Earl Garland, of Locust Grove.

co-op kids

Our mini members make the BEST energy explorers! We have downloadable resources that are fun and free!

CGEMC & AMAZON

Energy-Savings Delivered!

Part of our commitment to you, as a customer-owner, is helping you receive the most from your energy dollars.

CGEMC is happy to have partnered with Amazon to suggest great energy-saving options for your home!

Looking for a smart home device? PEV charger? DIY energy efficiency products? Visit the CGEMC Amazon Store to shop for Adam's suggested products.

Annual Meeting Grand Prize Winner!

Mr. Earl Garland, of Locust Grove, was our Grand Prize winner at annual meeting. He received a gift card for $1,500 to use in our Amazon Store. Congratulations!

Holiday Closing

The Central Georgia EMC office will be closed on Monday, September, 7, 2020. In the event of a power outage, please call our 24-hour automated system at 770-775-7857 or 1-800-222-4877 for an immediate response. System operators are on duty to assist you.

Go Green with Cooperative Solar!

Did you hear the great news? We've expanded our Cooperative Solar program to include solar fields across the state. This growth comes with an increase in capacity, enhanced performance reliability, and no waiting list!

Commit to a smaller carbon footprint in 2020 without installing or maintaining any equipment. Call 770-775-7857 or 1-800-222-4877 to learn more about adding solar energy to your monthly energy mix.

Service Charge Adjustment Effective October 1, 2020

Effective with October 1, 2020, billings, Central Georgia EMC’s monthly service charge for residential accounts will change from $31 to $34. The monthly charge for general service and commercial accounts will also increase by $3. This change is part of a continuous effort to align charges with operational and wholesale power costs.

The service charge covers portions of costs associated with account administration, power distribution, capacity, and other related expenses. Despite this adjustment, Central Georgia EMC remains one of the lowest-cost electric providers in all of Georgia.

Customer-owners may compare current residential rates online at Georgia Public Service Commission.

In July, the Central Georgia EMC Foundation awarded $13,000 in grants to charitable organizations in our territory.

  • People Help Exchange - $2,000 - To support a pop-up food pantry and school supply giveaway.
  • Christians Women’s Center - $1,500 - To purchase a lawnmower.
  • Friends of the Monroe County Library, Inc. - $2,500 - For the summer reading program that will be extended into Fall 2020 due to COVID-19.
  • Wheelchair 4 Kids - $4,000 - To purchase equipment for children with physical disabilities in CGEMC’s service territory.
  • Reconciliation House, Inc. - $2,500 - To assist with the Fun in the Son Youth Camp.
  • Red Cross of Metropolitan Atlanta - $500 - To fund the Disaster Recovery Fund.

Spotlight On Wheelchairs 4 Kids

Wheelchairs 4 Kids is a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of children with physical disabilities by providing wheelchairs, home, and vehicle modifications as well as other assistive equipment at no charge to the families.

Thanks to the generosity of our contributing members, $4,000 Operation Round Up dollars were granted to help children in need.

Qualifying 501(c)(3) organizations in our service territory are invited to submit an application to the Central Georgia EMC Foundation.

Through Operation Round Up, our members support local organizations with a mission to make our communities even better places to live, work, and dream big. By simply rounding up your monthly electric bill to the next dollar, you can join in! Our pennies add up to make BIG CHANGE!

Co-op Connections Card

Welcome to our newest local Co-op Connections partners!

Blasingame Pest Management - 20% off initial pest or mosquito service $50 off any termite treatment. 770-914-1036.

Data Forms & Out Sourcing - 50% off initial typeset or artwork fee on first order.  770-517-2627.

Bethany Franks, Beauty Consultant Mary Kay - Free facial or makeover consult. 770-885-3345.

J's Custom AV, our GotW3 reseller, is offering $10 off of the setup fee for Central Georgia EMC customers. 706-816-9210.

Mensah Finance Group, LLC. - 10% off services. 678-821-2950.

Waterworks Pressure Cleaning - 10% off all services. 678-408-1338.

*Deals are subject to change.

Are you a local business who would like to be included in Co-op Connections? Click the link below. It is simple and free!

ENERGY savings TIPs

Energy tip

Clothes dryers make up a large portion of your appliance energy consumption. Clean the lint filter after each cycle, and scrub the filter with a toothbrush once a month to remove film and increase air circulation. - energy.gov

We love a great energy saving resource, and it's hard to beat Find 101 Easy Ways to Save Energy and Money. Download your free copy.

Safety meets style

Our partners at EMC Security have merged personal security with style in their new mobile watch. Give the gift of peace of mind to the active, independent adults in your life.

RECIPE OF THE MONTH

Recipe of the Month

Want a $20 bill credit? Submit your favorite recipe to vjolley@cgemc.com. Include your active account number. Published recipes receive a $20 bill credit!

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