Mike McDonald


District 1

Mike McDonald Loves to FishMike McDonald loves to fish. His passion for the sport is one of the many reasons he helps outdoor enthusiasts enjoy angling and other activities through his involvement with Friends of Hamburg State Park.

Mike McDonald was appointed in March 2008 to fill the unexpired term of District 1 Director Gilbert Smith. He was reelected to a term on the board of directors in October 2011. “I am grateful for the opportunity to be able to share the views of members from District 1 about Washington EMC,” says Mike. He has served as Secretary-Treasurer on the Washington EMC Board of Directors since October 2013.

Mike was appointed to serve on the Georgia EMC Board of Directors on Oct. 21, 2010. Georgia EMC is the statewide trade association that serves 42 electric membership corporations in Georgia, Oglethorpe Power Corp., Georgia Transmission Corp. and Georgia Systems Operations Corp.

Mike has always lived in Warren County and has been a member of the Beall Springs community since 2000. He is married to Lynn Johnson McDonald, whose family has lived in the Beall Springs area for three generations. He is an active member of the Long Creek Baptist Church. A Briarwood Academy graduate, Mike attended Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville.

An avid sportsman, Mike is a regular on many area lakes. He particularly enjoys bass fishing and spends much of his free time on the water. “There’s nothing like being out on the water in your bass boat on a crisp, clear morning,” says Mike. “There’s something about seeing the sun rise over the still water and being able to enjoy nature that instills an awakening in you like no other sensation.”

Mike has served on the Board of Directors for Friends of Hamburg State Park since its beginning in 2008.

The mission of Friends is to partner with, promote and preserve Georgia state parks and historic sites. “We work with state and community leaders to help make sure that our natural and cultural resources are well protected, well maintained and well preserved for generations to come,” adds Mike.

With a strong sense of community involvement, Mike serves as president of the Tennille Rotary Club. He also served as the secretary/treasurer of the Washington Electric Foundation before being appointed to his current position as director for Washington EMC.

A believer in the spirit of cooperation, Mike enjoys helping where he is needed. He welcomes the opportunity to serve others and help make a difference.

“Washington EMC doesn’t live in the past. Instead, it’s always pushing the envelope, finding new ways to meet the members’ needs while providing safe, reliable and affordable electricity. Efficient innovation—that’s why my co-op matters to me,” he says.

As the Service Manager for Childre Ford in Sandersville for more than 20 years, Mike understands the value of good customer service.

“Please let me know whenever I can be of service to you as a member of the cooperative,” he says. “I appreciate the members electing me to serve their needs as a director of Washington EMC. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome.”

To contact Mike McDonald, send mailed communications to 4698 Mitchell Road SW, Warrenton, GA 30828, or call (706) 465-9414.