Sawnee EMC recently announced that Mr. Jonathan Pittman and Mr. Anish Bikmal, both of Cumming, have been chosen to represent Sawnee on the 53rd annual Washington Youth Tour, a leadership experience sponsored by electric membership cooperatives (EMCs) from Georgia and across the nation.  

These two (2) young men have demonstrated strong leadership qualities, exemplary social skills, and they both desire to learn more about the electric cooperative business model, their government, and their nation.  EMC leaders and past Washington Youth Tour participants all agree, to be chosen for the experience is a distinct honor.

According to Mrs. Cindy Badgett, Sawnee’s Director of External Affairs, “the Youth Tour was established with one thought in mind – to inspire the next generation of leaders.” This year’s tour, which takes place June 7-14, 2018, exposes participants to the fast-paced world of politics, leadership, team building and the rich history of electric co-ops.

“These students represent the next generation of educated, engaged citizens in our communities and country,” says Mrs. Badgett. “It’s important for them to experience the nation’s capital, to see monuments and memorials honoring those who made sacrifices so that we can live and worship in a free society.

They get to experience this with other students who share similar hopes and dreams, but also come from a variety of backgrounds and different parts of the state and country.”

Participants will have a unique opportunity to meet with their elected officials and discuss the issues that are important back home.  Georgia’s delegation will convene with more than 1,700 youth representing electric cooperatives from across the nation and they will have the opportunity to mingle with peers from other states and exchange views concerning local and national issues.

Since 1965, the Washington Youth Tour has given over 3,000 Georgia students, and more than 50,000 students nationwide, the opportunity to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime experience.  The program was implemented at the request of President Lyndon Johnson to “send youngsters to the nation’s capital where they can actually see what the flag stands for and represents.”


About Sawnee EMC

Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation is an electric distribution cooperative headquartered in Cumming, Georgia. Sawnee serves electricity to approximately 174,800 accounts in seven (7) counties of greater north Georgia. Sawnee’s assets exceed $642 million, with energy sales of 3.7 billion kWh and annual revenue of $313 million. With a team of approximately 330 dedicated professionals and over 10,896 miles of distribution line, Sawnee stands ready at all times to meet the needs of its members/owners. SEMC strives daily to live up to their motto…

“At Sawnee EMC, We’re More Than Electricity, We’re Service”.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer