This week Thursday, our first luncheon program will be our Waycross Youth of the Year presentation by Robbie Winn, secondly, Terri Jenkins of American Red Cross will speak.
Next week Monday, from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., we will host the American Red Cross for Blood Donations at our Ellie Royal Conference Room. Donate if you are able and bring a guest neighbor, relative or friend.
Later next week, Thursday, at 12:30 p.m. at our luncheon, Robbie Winn will present our winning high school senior annual Youth of the Year Award of $500 scholarship. Next, weekly program will be a speaker for the Crossroads Christian our Schools following the award program. Prior to our luncheon, President Roger Collins will conduct board meetings first for our Okefenokee Agricultural Fair at 11:00 a.m. and second our Waycross Exchange Club at 11:30 a.m. in our Board Room.
Dues statements have been mailed or sent as reported by President Roger Collins. Check your mail or email to make a response to Bill Deason or Larry Paulk as needed.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Waycross and Ware County. Our Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Project was started in 1979 by National Exchange Club President Dr. Edward North in 1979 and has grown to establishing the CAP Foundation which has expanded in local and national foundations. In April wear blue on first Monday’s to show abuse awareness.
At last week’s meeting a signed proclamation by Mayor John Knox and County Chairman Jimmy Brown making April Child Abuse – Sexual Assault Awareness Month in the city and county was read and presented to our club. Our club participates in collecting monies for this important life saving program.
Executive Director Terry Anderson reported Satilla Advocacy Services (SAS) is an affiliate of our Exchange Club with the right to promote awareness as our sister agency on the child abuse – sexual assault awareness program. We assist SAS and SAS assists our club. SAS assists sex crime and abuse victims get justice and some comfort and all kinds of support.
Growth in number of cases and office/service space needs have stressed the agency in providing room for volunteers and staff.
Victims are interviewed as soon as possible only once to prevent/reduce trauma of recalling details which cause weeping and painful memories of the incident. A drive for ideas and volunteers is underway, searching for a new building or complex to continue meeting the victim’s needs for recuperation and healing.
SAS is a non-profit and has grown from a very small one person/part office agency to a larger life-saving crowded facility. They had to move out of the hospital due to hospital’s change in ownership from not-for-profit to a profit business. Terry Anderson director of SAS, reported at a recent meeting, that she has completed 1,500 rape victim examinations here for the eight-county region. Also, Zina Ponsell of SAS works with children who have been abused or victimized. Latoshia Kirksey, SAS Child Advocacy Coordinator, attended the meeting with Ms. Anderson. This program is very serious for our youth and adults to experience. More volunteers are needed whether it’s money, time, space or other assistance needed. Thanks Ginger for arranging this needed program!
EXCHANGE OFFICER NOMINATIONS
President Roger Collins reminded members to submit names for club officer election this week. President-Elect and three year board members are needed. Voting is today!
WARE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLERS
Ginger Peagler is Programs Chairman for April. The Ware County High School Wrestling Program was explained by Coach Joe Eichfeld and two high school wrestlers. Coach Eichfeld has been coach here for nine years since he brought the program to the school. He explained that wrestling is a winter sport as it is performed in the gym room. Wrestlers get in shape all year long by distance running and performing exercises to strengthen muscles and maintain agility. Cross-country running is important to building their bodies for the rigor and movements. There are three styles of wrestling the school uses but primarily the free style-olympics style. Coach Eichfeld is very committed and dedicated to lead his kids to future school, life and personal success.
Hard work, sacrifice and discipline is required to develop into a winning wrestler. This leads students to develop values necessary to be successful in future life. The program is successful in state competition winning state titles seven out of the nine years especially as in it’s infancy. The wrestling students are top in their academics and “placed” in State to earn scholarships. They have to be certified in weight one hour before competition. This requires them to have nutritious food, vitamins, protein in the right balance. A calculation program guides weight management every day. They must be aggressive.
Ware County’s team carries 31 players. Varsity team has 14.
State regs allow dual tournament and a single tournament level.
Practice starts at 6:00 a.m. for hours and at 3:30 p.m. for hours everyday!
Wrestlers are required maximum of 76-6 minute periods a year to compete. Two second back-down is counted by referee to win match. Very impressive coach and program for students!