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Can it be that another year has passed so quickly? I always look forward to the new year; the past is history, but the future is a blank slate, ready to be written upon! It's an opportunity to make changes (exercise more?), do something you haven't done or discover new ways to do old things.

Yes, a whole new year lies ahead, and a new chapter for GEORGIA Magazine -- and for me. This issue, January 2015, is my 248th edition as editor -- and the last press deadline as I retire. Not including all the pages our staff also produces for co-op newsletters as part of the magazine, a quick estimate tells me it's been at least 10,000 magazine pages of production! (Can anyone calculate how many printed copies that timeframe represents? My guess is more than 100,000,000 copies!)

The coming year also holds anniversaries. Begun in 1945, the magazine celebrates its 70th year of publishing, while its parent company, Georgia Electric Membership Corp. (EMC), marks 75 years. Predating the electric co-ops, the University of Georgia Extension just celebrated its 100th birthday! (See pages 18 and 42 for more.)

This January issue also presents numerous Washington Youth Tour delegates on 28 of the Georgia co-ops' covers. Each is a localized version brought to you by your electric cooperatives. Georgia EMC's 50th annual Youth Tour heads for Washington, D.C., on June 11, 2015, and more than 100 delegates will see why so many past participants have said, "It's a life-changing experience!"

Being editor of this great publication has been life-changing too. And as Sen. Saxby Chambliss said at his retirement, "It's been a great ride!"

Thank you!

Ann Orowski


Be sure to check out January's BONUS Web exclusive content, including:

(These links will take you directly to the flippable edition where the bonus content appears.)


Georgia's electric membership corporations sent 109 high school delegates to the 2014 Washington Youth Tour, June 11-18, to learn about our nation's history and government. Standing in front between Sens. Saxby Chambliss, left, and Johnny Isakson is Michael Smith, a delegate from Jackson EMC, who was elected Youth Leadership Council representative from Georgia. On this tour, 1,644 delegates from 43 states represented their electric co-ops, a record number! (Photo by Daniel Peck Studios.)


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