Central Dispatch CGEMC Newsletter | May 2021

powering the future 2021 scholarship winners

The Powering the Future Award is a $500 scholarship presented to two outstanding students in the Central Georgia EMC (CGEMC) territory. Meet the 2021 award winners!

Shemetria "Peachy" Risper attends Westside High School. She has already earned more than 60 college credits through dual enrollment. She will be the first student in school history to graduate with both an associate degree and a high school diploma. Peachy holds a part-time job, has volunteered more than 400 hours to her community, and participates in extracurricular activities. She plans to earn a master's degree at Georgia Southern University in physical education.

Luke Vaughn, a senior at Jasper County High School, is an exceptional student who literally lights up the stage. He has been the lighting designer for four theatre productions at Jasper County High School and has played many different roles during his high school career. Luke is Student Body President and the band's drum major. When Luke attends college this fall, he hopes to wear the University of Georgia's Redcoat Band uniform.

CGEMC wishes these incredible students the best in all of their future endeavors! Congratulations! For more information about scholarship opportunities, visit cgemc.com/scholarships.


2021 annual meeting

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Summary of Bylaws on Annual Meeting; Membership; Nomination and Election of Board Members; and Board Representation

The Bylaws of the Cooperative require that the Annual Meeting be held each year at such date, time, and place in one of the counties in Georgia within which the Cooperative serves, and beginning at such hour, as the Board of Directors shall from year to year designate. The purpose of the meeting is to elect directors, to pass upon reports covering the previous fiscal year, and to transact such other business as may come before the meeting. The Board of Directors has set the Annual Meeting for Wednesday, August 4, 2021, at 10 a.m. at the Central Georgia EMC Annex, 1083 S. Mulberry St., Jackson, 30233.

Cooperative Membership

Each member who is not in a status of suspension, as provided for in Section 2.01 of the Bylaws, shall be entitled to only one vote upon each matter submitted to a vote at any meeting of the members. Any person, firm, or corporation may become a member of the Cooperative by filing an application for membership; paying a membership fee; and agreeing to purchase electric power and energy from the Cooperative. The applicant further agrees to be bound by and comply with the Cooperative’s Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws, and all rules, regulations, rate classifications, and rate schedules as exist or may thereafter be adopted or amended.

Committee On Nominations

The Board of Directors of the Central Georgia Electric Membership Corporation has appointed an eight-member Committee on Nominations consisting of:

  • Ms. Janice Brooks, 44 Briarcliff Road, Griffin 30223
  • Mr. Robert Christopher Brown, 225 N. Unity Grove Road, Locust Grove 30248
  • Mr. Harry Clark, 2161A Brownlee Road, Jackson 30233
  • Mr. Randy Dougherty, 100 Cabin Creek Circle, Griffin 30223
  • Mr. Charles Dumas, 1239 Juliette Road, Forsyth 31029
  • Mr. Dan Jordan, 1726 Jordan Road, Monticello 31064
  • Mr. John Donald Kicklighter, 5301 Seven Islands Road, Madison 30650
  • Mr. Richard Lewis, 172 Ridgeway Road, Jackson 30233

Committee On Nominations Meeting

The date set for the meeting of the Nominating Committee is Friday, May 7, 2021, at 9 a.m. The Nominating Committee is required by the Bylaws of the Corporation to post at the Cooperative office in Jackson the names of nominees to the Board of Directors, at least, forty-five (45) days prior to the Annual Meeting, which will be held on Wednesday, August 4, 2021.

Other Nominations

Any fifteen (15) or more members of the Cooperative may nominate a Cooperative member for director by filing a petition with the Secretary of the Cooperative, who is D.A. Robinson III, 923 S. Mulberry St., Jackson, GA 30233, not less than forty-five (45) days prior to the Annual Meeting. (That is, no later than Friday, June 18, 2021, by the close of business at 5 p.m.) The nominations are to be posted at the office of the Cooperative. Nominations may also be made from the floor at the Annual Meeting, provided that written notice of the full name of such nominee shall have been given to the Secretary of the Cooperative at least forty-five (45) days prior to the Annual Meeting. (That is, no later than Friday, June 18, 2021, by the close of business at 5 p.m.)

Three Directors To Be Elected At Annual Meeting

Three directors will be elected at the Annual Meeting for three-year terms each:

  • Butts County, currently Incumbent Rod Mangham
  • Monroe and Bibb counties, currently Incumbent Phillip B. Ham, Jr.
  • Spalding-Lamar-Pike counties (Post 1) currently Incumbent D. T. Hamil
Left to right: Rod Mangham, Phillip B. Ham, Jr., and D.T. Hamil

Share your thoughts on electric vehicles with us

Do you drive an electric vehicle? Or, do you have plans to in the future? We'd like to know! Please take a moment to respond to our short CGEMC Electric Vehicle survey.

broadband update

fiber-to-the-home update

Make ready work is well underway in Monroe County, preparing the path for fiber through right-of-way clearing. Many thanks to local photographer John Belknap for these incredible before and after photos!

Join the ev conversation

In the United States, dozens of exciting electric vehicle (EV) launches are scheduled for 2021. Consumers can now choose from a wide range of affordable and reliable models. New cars, SUVs, and trucks will unplug to hit the road.

Understanding the power demands and infrastructure needs of the growing EV consumer population is essential to serving it best. That is why we created a new Facebook group, Central Georgia EV Enthusiasts, to serve as a platform for listening, learning, and productive discussion. Whether you drive an EV now or plan to in the future, we invite you to join the group and become part of the conversation.

Co-op kids

Looking for a fun STEM activity for the kids? Check out The Fuel Lab from our friends at Fuel Georgia! In this episode, they make a self-propelled boat with items from the kitchen.

virtual career day

CGEMC was glad to be back in the classroom, even if it was virtually. We have missed connecting with our mini-members, and we were delighted to be invited to Daughtry Elementary School's Virtual Career Day. Over 200 students in grades 2 and 3 were able to visit our transformer yard, learn about electrical safety, and talk about careers in the electrical industry.

Their favorite part was visiting with our Supervisor of Construction, Nathan Eddy, and his bucket truck. Nathan shared his experiences as a lineworker and demonstrated the tools of the trade. The students wanted to know:

  1. What type of schooling do you need to be a lineworker? There are lineworker schools available, but most of the training is on the job.
  2. Do you like your job? Yes, I love my job!
  3. How many hours do you have to work? All of them.
  4. How much money do you make? Lineworkers make a good living.
  5. Have you ever made anything explode? Not on purpose.

Levelized billing

Nobody likes a surprise when it comes to their electric bill. That's why we offer Levelized Billing.

Our Levelized Billing Plan is available to all residential customers who have a good payment record. The monthly levelized bill is a rolling average amount based on actual use for the current month and the previous eleven months.

The bill amount will vary slightly to reflect changes in monthly usage. The convenience of a level monthly payment allows you to better plan your monthly budget.

If you think a Levelized Billing Plan might be right for you, contact us, and a customer representative will be glad to assist you. 770-775-7857.

Holiday closing

Central Georgia EMC's office will be closed on Monday, May 31, 2021, in observance of Memorial Day.

Our remote self-service account options and the on-site payment kiosk will be available. In case 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.

Community blood drive

Save the Date!

Join CGEMC and Fuel Georgia on June 17, 2021, as we host another Community Red Cross Blood Drive on the CGEMC campus.

let the sun shine!

Cooperative Solar block sales are on the rise! The longer days of spring provide longer production hours, and our solar field additions offer increased reliability. Cooperative Solar allows you to reap the benefits of clean energy by adding affordable and renewable solar power to your monthly energy mix. Even renters can participate!

Cooperative Solar is available in 1-kilowatt (kW) blocks at an affordable $19 per month, per block. Best of all, you will receive a credit on your monthly bill for kilowatt-hours (kWh) generated by your solar energy block(s). Request your blocks today!

Call 770-775-7857 or 1-800-222-4877 to learn more about adding solar energy to your monthly energy mix.

In April, the Central Georgia EMC Foundation awarded $26,990 in grants to charitable organizations in our territory.

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!

Qualifying organizations are invited to submit an application to the Operation Round Up Foundation. The Foundation Board will review grant requests and administer the funds, based on the merit of each grant application and available funds.

May co-op connections deals*

Spring into Fun with Co-op Connections Deals!

Atlanta Movie Tours - Enjoy one free Best of Atlanta Tour when a second of equal or greater value is purchased. Maximum discount $55. 855-255-3458

BiPlane Rides Over Atlanta, Inc. - 50% off the regular price of a single passenger rate up to four passengers. Maximum discount $350. 770-457-5757

Cannon Ball House - $1 off adult/senior tickets. 856 Mulberry Street, Macon, GA. 478-745-2862

Georgia Aquarium - Ticket discount will be applied at check-out. www.georgiaaquarium.org/emcmembers.

Six Flags Over Georgia - One-day pass discount. Visit sixflags.com and use code GSPOWER to claim. 

Tubman African American Museum - Buy one, get one admission. 340 Walnut St., Macon, GA. 478-743-8544

We’re excited to provide you with this exclusive, free membership that has countless benefits. You can access Co-op Connections directly from the CGEMC website at www.cgemc.com.

*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

Avoid placing items like lamps and televisions near your thermostat.

The thermostat senses heat from these appliances, which can cause your air conditioner to run longer than necessary.


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