July 2012 - A Publication for Georgia Power Retirees
Ambassadors, Citizens of Georgia Power and Georgia Power active employees recently teamed
up with Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity to work on a project at Tara Oaks Senior Living
Community in Riverdale. The sponsorship of five single story, 2-bedroom attached homes gave
an opportunity to make a real difference in the community and have a lasting impact on families
through our service. The build was a five week effort that utilized fifty volunteers each day
including the families that will purchase the homes. Shown below are pictures of the build and
members of the Metro South Ambassadors that provided
workers the entire five weeks.
First FFA director honored as he nears 100
T. D. (Dick) Brown, Metro East Ambassador, was recently honored by Gov. Nathan
Deal and the Georgia Senate for his service in the field of agriculture education.
Brown helped build the FFA Center, a six year project beginning in 1939, and was
director of the facility. In 1945, he became the first state executive secretary of the
Future Farmers of America, a position he held until 1960. From 1960 to 1974 he
was assistant state supervisor of agricultural education for District IV. He is a
member of the Georgia Agriculture Education Hall of Fame. Deal’s commendations
states that Brown “has played a vital role in our state’s agricultural industry, has
been a perennial leader in the field, has long held a deep, personal commitment to
those in agricultural education.” The Georgia Senate also recently passed a
resolution in honor of Brown, recognizing his “effective, efficient, unselfish and
dedicated service to the state of Georgia” along with his “significant organizational
and leadership talents, remarkable patience and diplomacy, his keen sensitivity to
the needs of the citizens of this state.” Brown will turn 100 on November 11. His
secret to longevity? “Trying to live right, trying to live by the Bible and trying to
treat everybody right,” he said. His wife, Margaret, was a company employee from
1966 until 1988.
Batton was leader in basketball
William “Moe” Batton was inducted as a member of the ABAC Athletics Hall of Fame on March 3 at the fifth annual
Hall of Fame induction ceremony in the Grand Lobby of ABAC Lakeside. He averaged 24 points per game at ABAC
where he was a freshman starter on the state and regional championship team in 1949. The Montezuma native was
captain of the 1950 ABAC team and a unanimous all-state selection. While at ABAC, Batton was also selected Most
Athletic, Friendliest, and Best All-Around by the student body. He was also named Mr. Baldwin.
In 1950 Coach Bruce Gressett wrote, “Batton was one of the best athletes to ever play at our college. He is a clean
Christian gentleman. In two seasons of basketball, I never saw him pull a dirty trick.”
“I remember the closeness of that team,” Batton said of the 1949 ABAC
squad. “We all got along really good. Coach Gressett was one of the
best men I have ever known. He was a fantastic coach.”
Batton wound up working for the Georgia Power Company for 33 years
before his retirement. He and his wife of 60 years, Betty Grace, have
lived in Columbus for the past 30 years.
Gwinnett Council for Seniors honors 55 volunteers for service
provided to senior clubs and nonprofit organizations
throughout the county
For the second year in a row, Wanna Philpot was honored at a luncheon in Gwinnett
County for her service to the community. She was nominated by Steve Kimbro of
Seniors Are Special through Mount Park United Methodist Church. The luncheon and
presentation of a certificate took place at the Senior Award Luncheon at Bethesda
Senior Center. Wanna and her husband Ed are members of the Metro East chapter,
but many of you may remember Wanna as part of the State Staff for many years.
Jim Benton, Rome Ambassador,
enjoys spending time flying his
plane and shared these photos of
Georgia Power facilities.
Tallulah Falls Dam
And Hwy. 441 Terrora
Statesboro Ambassadors volunteer at the
Boys and Girls Club
Statesboro Ambassadors partnered with the Statesboro Chapter of
Citizens of Georgia Power to serve an afternoon meal to the children at the
Statesboro Boys and Girls Club. Volunteering were CGP member Kesha
Ward, Ambassadors Norman and “Eddie” Olliff, Robert Keel, Louis and
Bettye Harper, and Ambassadors Coordinator Gail Johnson.
Serving the first group of children are (left to right) Kesha
Ward, Robert Keel, “Eddie” Olliff and Norman Olliff.
Kindness is more than deeds. It is an attitude, an expression, a look, a touch. It is
anything that lifts another person. C. Neil Strait
The Metro South Ambassadors Annual Low Country Boil was held on Thursday, May 24.
Fifty members enjoyed a great meal, lots of home-made desserts and a wonderful time of
food and fellowship. This was also an occasion when the veterans in the group were
recognized for their service and time was dedicated for a Memorial Day observance. The
group meets the second Monday of each month at the Transmission Building at the General
Services Headquarters in Forest Park. The coordinator of the event was Dot Houston and
her “crew” included Ken and Frances Bray, Dot and Emory Pearce and chief cook Harold
2012 Important Dates
Aug 26-Sept 1 Mackinac Island/Northern Michigan – State Trip
September 14 Executive Committee – Macon
Sept 23-30 Agawa Canyon/Mackinac Isle - Golden Isles
November 16 Annual State Board – Atlanta
Nov 26-30 Nashville Show Trip - Metro South
April 23-26, 2013 23rd Annual Retreat – Epworth by the Sea
Rome Chapter collecting items for the military
The Rome Chapter is
participating in the Adopt-
A-Soldier program by
collecting items to send to
soldiers. They have
adopted a soldier that is
the Captain over 151 men
in Afghanistan and he
shares what he gets with
Have you checked out YOUR recipe book on the retiree
for instant access to all your favorite
Treats from Retreat!
Cheese & Fruit Ball
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
1 large can crushed pineapple, drained
1 cup chopped raisins
1 cup chopped dates
1 tsp. coconut flavor
Mix all ingredients and roll in chopped
pecans. Refrigerate. Serve with
7 UP Pound Cake
2 sticks oleo
½ cup Crisco
3 cups sugar
3 cups plain flour
1 7oz 7 UP
1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
Cream oleo, sugar and Crisco together well.
Add eggs one at a time, beating after each
egg. Add flour and 7 UP, alternating
beating well. Bake at 325o for 1 hour in
greased tube pan.
Support the Citizens of Georgia Power by purchasing a
ticket for a chance to win a new car!!!
Take a Chance for Electric Kids
Win a 2013 Kia Sorento LX14
The Kia Sorento is the Top Safety Pick in its class by the Institute of Highway Safety. This model
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. The winner
has the option to upgrade to another model by paying the difference.
$5.00 each or 3 for $10.00.
Proceeds to benefit Electric Kids, Inc.
501(C)(3) Charity of Citizens of Georgia Power benefitting the children of deceased & disabled employees.
The car was purchased from Kia of LaGrange
Drawing will be September 6, 2012
You do not have to be present to win.
All taxes are responsibility of the winner.
Cost of the ticket is not tax deductible as charitable contribution.