Vice Chairman Jarrell resigned after more than ten years of service on the Foundation Board. Mr. Wainwright’s appointment of Mrs. Doty was unanimously confirmed by the Flint Energies Board of Directors.
Eloise Doty is a former teacher and real estate broker. She is married to William H. “Bill” Doty of Butler and has two adult children, Cler D. Watkins and Chris Doty. A 1968 graduate of the University of Georgia, Doty also earned a master degree in 1976 from the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Doty is a frequent reader/storyteller at Taylor County Primary School and is a member of the Butler Garden Club, Taylor County Historical-Genealogical Society and Middle Georgia Master Gardeners. She also serves as the financial secretary for Wesley UMC where she is a member. In addition, Doty is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, the UGA Board of Visitors for Libraries and a life member of the UGA National Alumni Association.
In 2001, Flint Energies adopted this uniquely simple and rewarding way to enable members to raise money for local charities and service organizations - Operation Round Up®. The electric cooperative’s members contribute nearly $300,000 annually to the Flint Energies Foundation, which supports worthy causes in the 17 counties it serves. Operation Roundup® is a way for members to add voluntarily to those funds in their own unique way.
Participating members allow Flint Energies to “round-up” their bill to the nearest dollar. For example, if a bill is $92.71, a member will pay $93, with all 29 cents going directly to the Flint Energies Foundation. On average, a member will contribute $6 a year, but never more than $11.88. If a member decides not to participate or chooses to discontinue contributions at any time, they may simply contact Flint Energies. Nearly 80% of Flint’s members have chosen to participate. Donations to Operation Round Up® are tax deductible and members receive a summary of contributions in future January and February bills.
The Flint Energies Foundation Board of Directors disburses all contributions to approved, worthy projects. Member contributions are not used for administration costs. The Foundation is a state-chartered, non-profit, 501© foundation. Foundation Board members include Chairman Kathy Waites, Fort Valley; Secretary Joanne Hamlin, Lizella; Treasurer Jane Hobbs, Oglethorpe; Sara Mitchem, Kathleen; Charles Harrison, Grovania; Connie McCutchen, Midland; Pat Bartness, Warner Robins; George West, Kathleen; Susan Melvin, Warner Robins, Rudy Killingsworth, Buena Vista and Eloise Doty, Butler.
Palmetto Electric Cooperative in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, began Operation Round Up, in 1989. Since that time, more than 200 other electric membership cooperatives nationwide have chosen to adopt the program. Funding applications are available by contacting Flint Energies at 1.800.342.3616 or visiting the My Community section of flintenergies.com/.