New beginnings

By David Bailey, General Manager

As we begin another new year, I find myself wishing someone could answer a question that haunts me more each time the holidays wrap up: How is it that time seems to move by so much faster the older I get? I feel like I could blink and it will be 2020. 

Unfortunately, we start 2019 on a somber note. The hearts of everyone in our South Alabama Electric Cooperative family are saddened by the passing late last year of District 4 Trustee Ben Norman. It was a privilege to have him on the SAEC board for the last 18 years, and he will be sorely missed.

Mr. Norman was always a strong advocate for the cooperative, and he represented his district and the whole membership very well.

Some of you may know that he was also an accomplished writer, having written numerous articles for outdoor magazines. 

On a personal level, I always enjoyed sharing stories of deer hunting with Mr. Norman as a fellow outdoorsman. Before one of my bow hunting expeditions in southern Illinois, he told me that if I killed a deer worthy of the Boone and Crockett record book he could write a feature story about it that would make me sound like the greatest deer hunter who ever lived. I have no doubt that he would have been able to hold up his end of the bargain if I had lived up to mine.

So as we start out this new year, I would ask that each of you please remember the service of Mr. Norman to this community. And please keep his family in your prayers as they mourn the loss of a great husband, father and friend. 

For the cooperative as a whole, January also tends to be a time for recovery. We’re beginning to come out of two months of wonderful holiday food and more time spent indoors with friends and family. Now, we look ahead to a fresh new year ahead of us.

I, for one, have never been much for New Year’s resolutions. More often than not, they turn out to be a letdown. But if you’re looking to scale back this year, I encourage all of our members to take a close look at their power usage.

Historically, January is the coldest month on our calendar. As a result, it also sees the highest energy bills of the year for many
members. Last year proved to be an exception to that rule, as cold temperatures stuck around even longer and created more highbill months for SAEC members.

But it is possible to stay comfortable this winter without breaking the bank. If you need some ideas, check out the winter energy tips in this magazine. Speaking for myself, I know that scaling back my electric usage is probably a much more attainable resolution than scaling back my waistline. 

In this issue, you can also read the second part of our series on the Pike County Schools Academic Academy. This month’s story focuses on the First in Flight program, which gives high school students the opportunity to earn their pilot’s license to pursue a career in aviation. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to learn about this impressive program that is setting an example for other school systems in our state. 

Finally, I hope that this year is a blessing to you, your family and our entire cooperative as SAEC continues to pursue new avenues to better serve our members. And seriously, if anyone finds an answer to why time moves so quickly, please let me know.

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