July 2011 - A Publication for Georgia Power Retirees
Value of Volunteer Time
The estimated dollar value of volunteer time for 2010 is $21.36 per hour.
That’s up from $20.85 in 2009. This dollar value is updated each spring by the
Independent Sector, the national leadership forum for charities, foundations,
and corporate giving programs. It is very difficult to put a dollar value on
volunteer time. Volunteers provide many intangibles that can not be easily
quantified. For example, volunteers demonstrate the amount of support an
organization has within a community, provide work for short periods of time,
and provide support on a wide range of projects. Statistics also show that
those people who volunteer generally give more personal financial support to
the charities where they volunteer. The new numbers are always released
prior to National Volunteer Week when all volunteers are recognized for the
great value they provide to their communities and the nation. Of course the
Ambassadors don’t wait for National Volunteer Week to make a difference in
their communities. Ambassadors are out helping others all year long. Listed
below are the community service hours for our organization this year.
Ambassador Service Hours
2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Statesboro Chapter Columbus Chapter
Keel Receives The Columbus Ambassadors
partnered with the Citizens to raise
Double Awards over $600 in sales during the 3 days
Robert Keel, a lifelong selling popcorn and drinks during
resident of Statesboro the Relay for Life campaign. This
and the youngest of seven children was a great way to let customers
born to the late George and Anna know that we support the American
Bell Keel, received double awards Cancer Society and it also gave us
from Mount Zion African Methodist the opportunity to connect with
Episcopal Church. He received individuals in our community who
both the Annual Steward Award as have been affected by cancer.
well as the Steward of the month of Volunteers from the Ambassadors
January Award. Keel graduated were Sandra Rowan, Marie Lee,
from William James High School Gene & Marie Pearre, Bob & Judy
and is married to Louise Keel. McCrory, Suzanne Corley, Jim & Joan
They have three children and two Johnson, Martha & Richard Ward,
grandchildren. Keel is retired from Betty Pugh and Debbie Lee.
Georgia Power and remains active
in the community. He is a member
of the Georgia Power Ambassador
Organization, Bulloch County
Equalization Board and is an active
member of the Mount Zion A.M.E.
Church. He works with the area
Food Bank and serves as a
volunteer for the local Boys and
The World According to Mister
When I was a boy I used to think that strong
meant having big muscles, great physical
power; but the longer I live, the more I realize
that real strength has much more to do with
what is not seen. Real strength has to do with
West Georgia Ronnie Pate, First Vice President,
presented a check in the amount of
Chapter $670.00 as a donation to the Harvey’s
House of Books from the West Georgia
Chapter. This is for a landscaping project
for the new library in Whitesburg. A
plaque honoring the chapter for the
donation is at the location in Whitesburg.
The picture below shows the letter of
thanks that was presented to Ronnie for
Charles “Sut” Smith and his brother-
in-law, Jack, raced in the Randolph
County Cardboard Boat Regatta
Races, Saturday, May 14th. They
represented the Lake Wedowee
Property Owners Association. This
charity event for the Randolph County
Animal Shelter had 34 boats with 83 West Georgia Ambassadors teamed
rowers and raised $11,000! The start up with Plant Yates Citizens to
was rough and crowded, but Sut and participate in Relay for Life
Jack used their paddles to move
ahead of the other boats and raced to
the end. Another boat was closing in
on the last lap, but thank goodness
the race ended when it did!! Yes, they
won their race over four other boats!
The announcer commented “those
guys in the red comet will surely need
oxygen when this race is over”!
Pretty good for two guys in their 70s!
Altamaha Chapter members are very
involved in building ramps in the community
through Open Doors to the Handicapped. A
recent edition of Toombs County Magazine
featured a 6 page article on this
organization. There were many pictures of
ramp builds by the Altamaha Ambassadors.
To see more ramps built by Open Doors to
the Handicapped visit
Mary Lou Stovall and Linda Dawson
working table at blood drive
Altamaha Chapter members
working blood drive
Participants of the ramp build pictured with the grateful recipient
Jerry Dawson working the front desk at blood drive
The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the
Please send your recipes to the State Office for publication in the Senior Citizen.
2 cups butter Crisco or 1 cup regular Crisco and 1 cup
2 ⅔ cups sugar
3 ½ cups Swans Down Cake Flour
½ cup sweet milk
Dash of salt
1 ½ tbsp. flavor – rum, lemon, vanilla or coconut
Cream sugar and Crisco together until well mixed.
Alternate eggs and flour, mixing well.
Mix flavor and milk and add.
Mix approximately 10 minutes, scraping side of bowl well.
Bake in large round pound cake pan OR 16”L x 5”W x 4”
Place in cold oven at 320o for 35 minutes then turn to 300o
for another 30-35 minutes. Leave in oven another 15-20
minutes after turning oven off. Take out of oven and let it
sit in pan another 15-20 minutes. Turn out and when
cooled you can ice if desired, but it is delicious plain.
Oriental Vegetable Dip
1 cup mayo
4 teaspoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon ginger
1 tablespoon grated onion
West Georgia 1 teaspoon vinegar
Rum Balls Mix and enjoy with vegetables.
4 cups crushed vanilla wafers
1 cup chopped pecans
1 can sweetened condensed milk
¼ cup rum
Mix well and roll into 1” balls. Then
roll balls in ½ cup of confection
(powdered) sugar. Refrigerate.
This poem was written by W. Mike Roper, a local manger in Vienna, Ga., in the
aftermath of the April 27 tornadoes that caused severe damage in Alabama and
We Have A Part
Storms will come, tornados and hurricanes will rage
As Mother nature places her stamp on another page
For people will suffer and many lives will be lost
To which no amount of money could cover the cost
It’s during this time of sadness, desperation and woe
That we must focus and with our strength bestow
For we have a part and a role we must play
As we continue working both night and day
So let’s remember the task we have at hand
And care for each other, yes every woman and man
Then when we return from points far and away
Let’s then give thanks for another productive and safe day
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Sept 9 Executive Committee Meeting
Nov 20 Annual State Board Meeting