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October 2008

October Is National Cooperative Month
Each October, cooperatives all across America celebrate the the vast expanse of rural America to bring electric power to role, accomplishments, and contributions of our nation’s businesses and communities willing to organize cooperacooperatives. Observing National Cotively and accept responsibility for op Month gives Central Georgia the provision of safe, affordable, and EMC yet another reason to tell our reliable electric power. members that they are part of something special. Today more than 900 electric cooperatives power Alaskan fishing villages, Electric cooperatives are private, dairy farms in Vermont, and the subindependent electric utilities, owned by the members they urbs in between. They provide reliable and technologically serve. Electric cooperatives are democratically governed advanced service to 40 million Americans while maintainand organized under the Cooperative Principles, anchoring ing a unique consumer-focused approach to business. them firmly in the communities they serve and ensuring that they are closely regulated by their consumers. In the United States, alone, there are 130 million people who are members of cooperatives. That is almost one of every Electric cooperatives began to spread across rural America two residents of the U.S. population. Cooperatives range in after President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Rural size from large enterprises, including U.S. Fortune 500 comElectrif ication Administration (REA) in 1935. The panies, to small local storefronts. They operate in every part Executive Order establishing the REA, and the passage of of the global economy. Cooperatives have a rich internathe REA Act a year later, marked the first steps in a public- tional and domestic history, with their core principles being private partnership that has, over the last 70 years, bridged the bond between them.

Seven Guiding Principles of a Cooperative Business
1. Voluntary and open membership. Cooperatives are voluntary organizations, open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership. 2. Democratic member control. Because you are a member of a cooperative, you are eligible to run for a seat on the board of directors. 3. Members’ economic participation. When paying your electric bill, you are doing more than buying electricity. You are contributing to the financial health of Central Georgia EMC. In return, Patronage Capital is refunded at the discretion of the Board of Directors whenever the Board determines that the financial condition of the coop will not be impaired. 4. Autonomy and independence. Central Georgia EMC does not sell stock to Wall Street investors. We are owned and controlled by our members. 5. Education, training, and information. You are reading this publication because Central Georgia EMC is committed to keeping members up-to-date, trained, and knowledgeable about the business of the cooperative. We also provide education and training for members, elected representatives, managers, and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of the cooperative. 6. Cooperation among cooperatives. If you have ever seen an out-of-town bucket truck after inclement weather, it is likely from a neighboring electric cooperative, which helped out during an emergency. Likewise, Central Georgia EMC assists when other cooperatives are in need of help. 7. Concern for community. While focusing on member needs, Central Georgia EMC works for the sustainable development of our communities.

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24 hours a day, 365 days a year 770-775-7857 • 1-800-222-4877 923 Mulberry Street Jackson, GA 30233 www.cgemc.com Report an Outage 770-775-7857 1-800-222-4877 Office Hours 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday Closed Saturday, Sunday and Posted Holidays Board of Directors Chairman D.T. Hamil Vice Chairman Warren E. Holder Sec.-Treas. D.A. Robinson III J.O. Colwell Phillip B. Ham, Jr. Linda H. Jordan Arthur White, Jr. J. Everett Williams Staff President George Weaver Chief Operating Officer John Fish Vice President Distribution Services Jerry Greer Vice President of Engineering Services Herschel Arant Vice President of Energy Services Jeff Greeson Director of Human Resources Marilyn Webb Director of Corporate Services Chuck Griggers Executive Assistant Lori Henson Central Georgia EMC is an equal opportunity employer M/F/WH and a drug free workplace. News & Views is published monthly and is mailed to all members and customers of Central Georgia EMC. Editorial Staff

2008 Washington Youth Tour
The 2008 Washington Youth Tour (WYT) challenged 105 high school students from across Georgia (representing 38 electric cooperatives) to step into a new world. The student delegates traveled on a weeklong journey to Atlanta, the Little White House in Warm Springs, and Washington, D.C. Upon their arrival in D.C., the students joined almost 1,400 other student delegates representing electric cooperatives from 44 states on the 2008 WYT. The 2008 Central Georgia EMC delegates, Jessica Haskins from Mary Persons High School and Clem Bell, Jr., from Griffin High School, were chosen on their merits as stu- Clem Bell, Jr., of Griffin, left, and dents and citizens through an Jessica Haskins of Forsyth repreinterview process. Each sented Central Georgia EMC on year, the students quickly the 2008 Washington Youth Tour. discover that the WYT is not just a trip; it is a leadership experience. Delegates learn not only about the electric cooperative movement, but also 2008 about American history and how their government works. They meet with their representatives in the House and Senate, and participate in National Youth Day. Delegates visit the national monuments, including the Jefferson, Lincoln, and FDR memorials, where they contemplate the words of leaders who helped define and uphold our nation’s guiding principles. At the Smithsonian Institution, they explore art, science, nature, and American history. Delegates learn the true price of freedom while visiting the memorials for World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam veterans, as well as Arlington National Cemetery. Since 1964, electric cooperatives nationwide have sent more than 40,000 student delegates on the WYT, providing them with the opportunity to develop

Delegates enjoy a break from sightseeing in front of the Washington National Cathedral. Christy Chewning Rodney E. Christopher, CCC Rachael Browning


Washington Youth Tour Highlights
their leadership abilities for the benefit of themselves, their communities, and the hope of a better future. Today, WYT alumni, prospective participants, and other interested parties can visit the Youth Tour Web site, www.youth tour.coop, to see the week’s activities, learn about the tour’s history, or reconnect with fellow WYT alumni.

If you have central air conditioning, do not close vents in unused rooms since doing so could increase pressure and cause leaks in your ducts. This does not apply to homes or apartments with window units where closing off unused rooms will reduce cooling costs and increase comfort.

Delegates had the chance to speak with their state representatives. Clem meets with Rep. Lynn Westmoreland.


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Jessica, third from left, and friends pose for a photo after touring Mount Vernon.


Central Georgia EMC Communications Specialist Rodney Christopher, center, and other Washington Youth Tour coordinators show the delegates how to work together during team-building exercises.

October 2008

Security Lights Add Safety
Don’t continue to be in the dark every time you get out of your car at night or leave for work early in the morning. Security lighting from Central Georgia EMC is an inexpensive way to give you convenience, safety, and security. Advantages of having a security light installed include: • No added electric use. The power for the light does not go through your meter. Your monthly charge includes all electricity for operation. • Free maintenance of the security light. If the light is not working, call us to repair your light. • No light switch to remember. An automatic eye tells your light to come on at dusk and go off at dawn. • Low cost. For just a few pennies a day, you can receive this valuable service. Pricing* • 100 watts (shines a radius of 60 feet): Underground Wiring, $12 per month; Overhead Wiring, $8 per month. • 250 watts (shines a radius of 110 feet): Underground Wiring, $14.50 per month; Overhead Wiring, $11 per month. • Lamp pole (if needed for lighting area): $2 per month. *Additional decorative and higher-wattage lights are also available. Call today: 770-775-7857 or 800-222-4877.

TESCO 240 MSA Watt Hour Meter Base Surge Arrester
Get plugged into whole-house surge protection! The Tesco 240 MSA™ device plugs into the meter base protecting your home’s electronic and electro-mechanical equipment from a down line surge. This residential surge protection system warranty covers electromechanical (i.e., washers, dryers, refrigerators, and other motor-driven appliances) devices. Key Benefits 10-year/$15,000 per incident warranty. Best in the business! Installed and maintained by Central Georgia EMC. Price is $5.75 per month. In order to protect your computer, telephone, fax, or other inhome equipment, we offer additional surge-protection devices through Panamax.

Winter Rates
From the kitchen of Ms. Evelyn Salter Ingredients: 1 (1-pound) package ground beef 1/2 cup onion, chopped 1/2 cup bell pepper, chopped 1 tablespoon chili powder 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce 1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, undrained 1 (16-ounce) can tomatoes, diced or whole, squeezed to smaller pieces Salt and pepper, to taste Directions: Brown ground beef, onion, and bell pepper, and drain. Add remaining ingredients and simmer.

The hot days of summer are ending, and cooler temperatures are arriving. With this seasonal transition come some energy-related changes. Beginning November 1, our winter rate structure will take effect. The residential changes are as follows: Winter Rates (November – April)* First 700 kilowatt-hours (kWh) More than 700 kWh Summer Rates (May – October)* All kWh used $0.0764 per kWh $0.0454 per kWh $0.0764 per kWh

*Rates do not include an Energy Cost Adjustment, which will vary each month.
October 2008

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