Graznak Award

CCA instituted the Michael Graznak Award as a memorial to an outstanding member who met an untimely death. It honors members age 35 or under who have made superior contributions to cooperative communications and who give promise of having a brilliant and successful future.

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Emmalee Tingle receives Michael Gaznak Award.

Claiborne Electric Cooperative’s Communications and Marketing Specialist was awarded the 2019 Michael Graznak Award at the Institue in Savannah, Georgia.

CCA instituted the Michael Graznak Award in 1977 as a memorial to an outstanding member who met an untimely death. It honors members under the age of 36 who have made superior contributions to cooperative communications and who give promise of having a brilliant and prosperous future.

Working for a small, rural electric cooperative, EmmaLee wears many hats beyond the list of responsibilities in her job description. She perfectly demonstrated the spirit of cooperation by volunteering to pitch in and help.

“Despite juggling a very demanding career and full home life (wife and mother of three young children), EmmaLee is always willing to take on more duties to help other cooperatives, as demonstrated by her role as Vice President of the Louisiana Member Services Association,” says Joey White, Manager of Member Relations and Marketing at Claiborne.

In her 12 years of membership, Tingle has served CCA in the following roles:

  • Regional ambassador (Ambassador of the Year in 2015)
  • Institute planning committee member
  • Workshop planning committee member
  • Finance committee member
  • Education committee member
  • Membership committee member

In early 2008, Tingle earned her Certified Cooperative Communicator (CCC) designation from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. This designation required extensive study of the cooperative business model and the electric utility industry. She has now maintained the CCC for more than ten years.

CCA members gushed about Tingle’s friendly nature and strong work ethic in their nomination letters. Allison Jenkins said, “This person is a breath of fresh air on any committee, always offering creative ideas and bringing an upbeat, positive attitude to the table. Her work ethic is unparalleled, and her enthusiasm is contagious. With her friendly, never-met-a-stranger personality, she welcomes new members into the organization and makes veteran members — like me — feel as if they’ve known her all their lives.”

“On a purely personal level, I believe that he or she is a wonderful person. They are thoughtful, caring, and respectful of others. She radiates kindness and positivity that is infectious. Maybe it’s just her southern hospitality, but whatever it is, she is the kind of person everyone wants as a friend, ” says Mitch Styles.

Please help us all in congratulating EmmaLee on this career-defining achievement!

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