September 2016 Powerlines

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PowerSouth's 75th anniversary celebrations centered on one thing—people whose lives have connected to make PowerSouth great. Retirees joined current PowerSouth employees at headquarters, Lowman, McIntosh and Central Generation in July and August to celebrate the cooperative's 75 years of growth, service and beating the odds. "All of you have a circle of life," said President and CEO Gary Smith, "and it intersects right here today. It intersects because you are part of something bigger than you. You are part of PowerSouth. "Today, we're here to congratulate and recognize the people who brought their circles together to make PowerSouth what it is. The story of PowerSouth is not about a company, and it's not about accomplishments. It's about people and their accomplishments." During each celebration, Vice President of Member Services and Communications Leigh Grantham revealed a time capsule to be opened on June 24, 2041, PowerSouth's 100th anniversary. Employees and trustees submitted ideas for the time capsule's contents, including examples of today's technology, documents illustrating the current climate of the utility industry, information about PowerSouth's operations and the number one suggestion—a lump of coal. Smith closed his comments with a quote from Banks Ferris, a long-time Alabama Power employee: "'The three most redeeming things you can do in life are preach the gospel, till the soil and work for the power company,'" he said. "I'm fortunate I've had a power company to work for. With that, thank you for all you've done. Better yet, thank you for all that you will do." g It Changed Everything: PowerSouth celebrates 75 years September 2016 | Volume 29 • Number 9 | www.powersouth.com/powerlines | info@powersouth.com Retirees may pick up their commemorative 75th anniversary skillets and copies of the new coffee table book, It Changed Everything, at the locations where they were previously employed. For more information, contact Lisa Haney at (334) 427-3712 or lisa.haney@powersouth.com. Powerlines

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