The Southern Style Excellence Award for Total Commitment is given three times a year in conjunction with Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Independence Day and Memorial Day for Georgia Power employees that have shown a commitment to community service.
Through roles in various nonprofit organizations, Queen has given tirelessly to Bartow County March of Dimes, United Way of Bartow County, and the Bartow County College and Career Academy. Other community involvements include volunteering with the Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce and efforts to encourage young women in the pursuit of technical education. She also is a member of the 2012 class of Leadership Bartow.
“I’m really honored and quite humbled,” Queen said. “There are a lot of people in our company that do a lot of things and there are a lot of deserving people, but I don’t think there’s anyone that appreciates it more than I do. I’m just honored they would select me for this award.”
In addition to the award, Georgia Power will make a $1,500 donation in Queen’s name to the charity of her choice. For Queen, the decision was easy. Her donation will be made to Bartow County March of Dimes, an organization that has made a personal impact in Queen’s own family.
“March of Dimes works with our hospitals very, very closely,” Queen said. “When my grandson was born, he was transported to Egleston Hospital by Angel 2. That’s the neo-natal ambulance that transports all critically ill babies to facilities.
“And then my nephew was born prematurely and he weighed just a little over 2 pounds when he was born, and March of Dimes stepped in and followed him all the way through. So March of Dimes has been very good to my family and we have been very blessed. I could never thank them enough.”
March of Dimes also advocates for children’s health and Queen emphasized the implementation of a PKU test for all newborns in Georgia, which was championed by March of Dimes. For their efforts in protecting children, Queen has supported March of Dimes for about 25 years through walks and fundraisers. She currently serves as co-chair for the Bartow County March of Dimes.
Queen also is on the Executive Board of the United Way of Bartow County and is chair of the board of directors over the Bartow County College and Career Academy.
A proponent of quality technical education for Bartow’s youth, Queen served as chair for the college and career academy’s steering committee before the project gained final approval. She also helped bring a girl’s summer camp to Bartow last year — Mentor A Girl In Construction. MAGIC Camp made its local debut in 2012 thanks to Queen’s efforts and will return with two camps this summer at Cass and Adairsville high schools. The camp was developed to introduce young women to the construction field and various trades connected to construction, including carpentry, welding, plumbing and electrical.
After 11 years at Plant Bowen, currently serving as project relocation manager, Queen’s community service has not gone unnoticed by her co-workers. In a release, her supervisor Stephanie Swindle, Plant Bowen maintenance supervisor, commented on Queen’s commitment.
“Janet exemplifies Southern Style Total Commitment by facing all situations with confidence and ensuring that all projects, whether at the plant or in the community, are successfully completed,” Swindle said.
Queen has a dedication to serving others and believes in the proverb of reaping what is sown. She praises Bartow County and its leaders, past and present, for the resources afforded its residents — a luxury she hopes to never take for granted.
“I just want to serve,” Queen said. “I want to give back to Bartow County what Bartow County has given to me. ... We’re very, very blessed in this community in the resources we have, just look at our recreation department as one example. The blessings we’re able to enjoy in this community — a lot of communities don’t have those luxuries.
“I’m a firm believer in paying it forward, because anything you put into these organizations, you’re going to get back tenfold.”