This week Thursday, April 6th, has been set by President Michael Ray for our Okefenokee Agricultural Fair Board Meeting at 11:00 a.m. at our Exchange Club Board Room. Then, at 11:30 a.m., the Waycross Exchange Club Board will meet. Our regular luncheon meeting speaker at 12:30 p.m. will be Ms. Terry Anderson of Satilla Advocacy Services, our Exchange Club Affiliate serving in support of our Exchange Club Child Abuse Prevention Program.
Next week Thursday, Immediate Past Club President and April Programs Chairman Jake Strickland has arranged for Wayne Capherel to speak on Toastmasters. Wayne, also, is an auctioneer. Invite a guest to join our luncheon and o er an application to join our Exchange Club.
President Michael Ray reminded members that dues statements have been sent out to members. Please respond soon.
HAROLD MCCLAIN WARE COUNTY LEARNING CENTER
On Thursday, March 23rd, March Programs Chairman, introduced Harold McClain, Principal of the Ware County Learning Center on New Mexico Avenue, which was originally designed for Emerson Park Elementary School. Mr. McClain earned an Administration Degree and became an Assistant Principal in 2012. The “alternative” school has five staff of great teachers to lead children who can’t behave in regular school. He says he is in the place where he needs to be to love kids as their father, corrective officer, policeman, counselor and Dad, if needed. They apply firm, fair, and consistent actions in teaching and correction. Rather than sending a misbehaving child home, they go into “isolation”. Kids get discipline, require proper dressing – no part of the bare body, correction showing love. They learn to live, learn how to adapt and overcome the situation that is a challenge. McClain loves what he does. When kids come back who are successful, it’s his paycheck. They have 60 in the school with 6 in elementary.
Chris Tatum commented that he lives near the school and he has observed kids in the past who were creating trouble years ago. He now, has not observed any troubling children in the school yard. He commended Mr. McClain and staff for their success. It is very satisfying to learn that a break through to discipline has been created here in our school system. Great program, Priscilla.
AMY BALDWIN SOUTHERN GEORGIA REGIONAL COMMISSION
Tony Tanner, Past President Waycross Exchange Club, filled in for Priscilla Christopher, March Programs Chairman and introduced Ms. Amy Baldwin to speak on SGRC activities. Ms. Baldwin is Business Service Coordinator for the RC which serves 18 counties in South Georgia including Atkinson, Bacon, Ben Hill, Berrien, Brantley, Brooks, Charlton, Clinch, Coffee, Cook, Echols, Irwin, Lanier, Lownds, Pierce, Tift, Turner and Ware. The agency administers regional planning and intergovernmental coordination programs that assist local governmental members in their area to implement, administer programs and activities and to manage area resources in an effective and efficient manner. The regional commission has an office in Waycross and Valdosta.
Ms. Baldwin is traveling throughout Southeast Georgia to learn what employers need to help their business grow. This is a new federal program funded through the 2014 enacted Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA). The Act helps create business services coordinations for the 18 counties and 45 cities in its area. The job training program gives job skills and independence to the applicants through furthering education which allows them, for example, to pursue college RN degrees.
The funds will allow loans to be made to buy land and equipment. It also allows Information Technical Services support for business and community developments. They focus assistance for 45 cities and 18 counties.
The RC is Region II in Georgia’s 12 environmental regions. Federal and State grants go through the agency for transportation, bike paths connected to Georgia’s plan, and the Agency on Aging helps residents with issues like Alzheimer’s and long term care.
The mapping division maps resources. The On the Job Training Program reimburses businesses for 75% of the cost to train. Ms. Baldwin is writing policies now for businesses’ customized training in specific areas of training. A productive program! This should help our area!
APRIL IS CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. I hope our Club is working hard to raise awareness in our community. Safe Sleep is a prevention education program promoted by the State of Georgia and may fit into our future CAP Efforts. The Safe Sleep Initiative is aimed at preventing child deaths that occur when infants co-sleep with parents to the Safe Sleep Website. If you are interested in a way to partner with our local hospital, pediatricians, or DFCS, helping promote Safe Sleep might be a good project.
- Research of threat in Ware County
- Volunteer to help educate parents
- Provide cribs, bassinets, or other safe sleep equipment for parents who may not be able to afford them.