This Thursday, our noon luncheon speaker will be Clay Thomas for the “Tough Mudder Race”. Next week Jake Strickland, April Programs Chairman and Immediate Past President, brings himself for the Army National Guard. On the previous Monday, April 24th from 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., our club sponsors space for the Redcross Blood Drive. Check your iron level and consider donating!
The National Exchange Club’s Freedom Shrine is an impressive display of a collection of historic document replicas that serves to remind all of us of the great efforts to ensure our freedom. The Freedom Shrine originated with the Freedom Train that toured the nation in 1947 carrying an exhibit of historic documents. It serves as an educational tool in schools and as a motivational display in public areas.
It’s available in two sizes: a small 19 plaque display and a large 29 plaque display. It’s cost range is $600 to $900. Fortunately or club has a set of 29 documents that were removed from our conference room before its painting. Club members are asked to help by calling Jimmy White offering assistance in installing the documents in the foyer. After that, our club will hold a ceremony to dedicate the documents followed by a public relations effort for the community to recognize the event.
TERRY ANDERSON SATILLA ADVOCACY SERVICES
Jake Strickland, Immediate Past President and April Pro- grams Chairman introduced Ms. Terry Anderson, Executive Di- rector Satilla Advocacy Services as an auxiliary service to our Local Exchange Club Child Abuse Prevention Program. It is a non-profit organization formed to provide services for sexual assault survivors in Ware, Pierce, and surrounding counties. Staff and volunteers are trained in the local and medical aspects of rape crisis intervention for survivors of all ages. They provide counseling and emotional support, evidence exams, emergency assistance, and accompaniment and advocacy for survivors and their families. Specialized services for children are also available which support our Exchange Child Abuse Prevention Program. In addition to providing these services to survivors and their families, it is their mission to educate the public on how to recognize and prevent sexual assaults.
Brochures are available for educational events on Advocacy Services, Child Advocacy, and Personal Safety Awareness.
They are currently housed in Mayo Clinic which has been to move sold to a “for profit medical business”. Funding now has to be rearranged to be “for profit” as the agency pursues its purpose and mission. A “Team” approach is hooked up with the police department and medical volunteers, school education, SANE NURSE for exams, and D.A. A 24-hour crisis line is available. Only one interview is conducted with the victim instead of eight times as done in the past. Child Advocacy handled 560 cases last year! They will be on their own, May 1st. Donations, grants, fines and fees from bad guys will fund the reconstituted agency. Jake, this is an informative program our club to move up or obtain the next medal. They follow a leadership manual. Medals are earned following ten speeches given for a Comm., Medal, Silver Medal, Advisory Comm., Gold Medal. To become a Area Director, member must also have been a director in the club. Toastmaster of the Day introduces two to three speakers for 5-7 minute speeches. Oral evaluations are made for each speech to correct ah’s and uh’s. They have 22 members in their club. Ribbons are earned for Best Speaker and Best Table Speaker. Members are encouraged to – attend!
WAYNE CAFFAREL, OKEFENOKEE TOASTMASTERS
Jake Strickland, April Programs Chairman, introduced Wayne Caffarel, President of Okefenokee Toastmasters Club.
NEW EXCHANGE CLUB MEMBER
President Michale Ray introduced Chris Robinson member of club and given a certificate of membership.