Our Thursday luncheon speaker today is Mike Ranew, Club Manager of Okefenokee Golf Club. Next week our 12:30 luncheon speaker will be Ola Smith, McKinney Community Health Center Executive Director that is located in several counties and cities surrounding Waycross. Also, next week Thursday, February 2, 2017, our Okefenokee Agricultural Fair Board will meet at 11:00 a.m. Our Waycross Exchange Club Board will meet later at 11:30 a.m. Chris Tatum is February Programs Chairman. Our Public Safety Banquet, Wear Red coats and spouses invited to be held at 7:00 p.m. will be Thursday, February 23rd.


President Michael Ray announced our last week’s Okefenokee Agricultural Fair and Exchange Club Board Meetings would be cancelled in January and held another time at a called meeting. Note: the meet- ings, now have been set by President Ray for Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Our monthly Blood Drive, held the 4th Monday of the Month, has been productive. We now are in rst place in Georgia and 39th in the U.S.
Our newest Exchange Club member approved by the Board is Craig Head, Attorney at Waycross Circuit Probate Court, 605 Church Street, Ste. D, Waycross. His telephone is 287-4360. Welcome, Craig, to America’s service club.


Robbie Winn, Chairman of the Youth of the Month Committee introduced Cassie McCarty as January 2017 Youth of the Month winner at our last week’s meeting.
Cassie is the daughter of Nick and Sherry McCarty. She is ranked in the top 25% of her graduating class. Cassie’s Activities/Honors at
WCHS include:

  • Beta Club
  • Academic Honor Roll
  • Member of the Drama Club
  • Member of Chorus
  • A part in the 1 Act Play “ Tracks”
  • A part in the Musical “ Hello Dolly”
  • A Part in the 1 Act Play “ Making Nice”
  • A Part in the Musical “ The Little Mermaid”
  • A Part in the 1 Act Play “Murder Well-Rehearsed”
  • Soprano II Section Leader
  • Made a video on special needs children that was shown at the Ware County School Opening Session 11th & 12th Grade

Cassie has been involved in a number of community activities including:

  • Beta Club “ Adopt a Grandparent” Program
  • Personal Care Assistant for a child with special needs
  • Ware County Board of Education volunteer
  • Gathered and donated supplies for foster children, Magnolia House, and victims of house res.

After graduation from Ware County High School, Cassie plans to attend South Georgia State College then transfer to the University of Florida and obtain a Bachelor’s degree in a Rehabilitative Science eld. She plans to continue her education and obtain a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. Congratulations, Cassie McCarty, January 2017 Youth of the Month. Cassie competes for our $500 Scholarship in
April 2017 essay competition.


Will Higginson, January Programs Chariman, introduced Jim Hull of American Egg Products, Incorporated located in Pierce County/Black- shear, Georgia. Jim and his wife have four children and eight grand- children. He thanked Carrie Benson, IT technician in his company, for attending and handling photo graphics of his presentation. American Egg Products is a subsidiary of Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. They are the largest producer and marketer of shell eggs in the U.S. Historically in the 1970’s many families had chickens in back yard or small farms. They had 400 hens and were impacted by predators and diseases. A family then consumed an average of 150 eggs per year. Mortality was 40% per year. Cages were introduced in the 1950’s and chickens were fed water and protein which yielded 250 eggs per year per hen with only 5% loss.
In the 1980’s, cholesterol was a concern and egg consumption went to 233.5 eggs per family per year after a high of 400 eggs per family during World War II.
Now in 2016, 167.4 eggs per family is consumed. An egg has 70 calories and every vitamin and mineral a person needs. Large eggs have 6 grams of protein. You can eat as many egg yolks as you want.
In 2016, the business sold 1,053.6 million eggs which equals 23% of all domestic eggs consumed in the U.S. They classify specialty eggs as nutritionally enhanced, cage free, organic and brown eggs. All others are classi ed as non-specialty eggs. The business is a leader in consolidation with 18 acquisitions from 600,000 layers to 2.5 million layers. The ten largest producers own approximately 50% of total industry layers. Informative and economic asset for our region, Will.


Will Higginson, introduced Keith Douglas and Kit Carson owners of Sky Blue Videography. The equipment used to y and video land or whatever is contracted, is only done if permission is granted by the land owner. They moved from radio-controlled airplanes with camera to drones with micro video camera. The cost of a professional drone is $2,000. The owners, each, bought one to try out and found they ew very impressively. It started out as a part time business and now it is working into a lot of work now. They have a lot of technology in the U.S. to use.
When they fly over land taking pictures and videos, they have to have asked permission from the owners so that they don’t invade privacy. Many less expensive drones cost $50 and can y anywhere. They must be FAA registered but not own in airports. They are GPS controlled and use satellites to “hook” on to. The professional drones have huge capabilities like the D61 Phantom, for professionals, with features such as obstacle controls which allow it to sense obstacles ahead and around it. It can go backward. A micro camera taking pictures with 20 pixels, is mounted on the drones.
The industry is evolving as shown at a big convention in Las Vegas such as marketing, golf course inspections, law enforcement soon, where it is unsafe to walk, real estate for sales (66% higher price using drone pictures), roof inspections, and cell tower inspections. Very interesting program, Will.

Unity for Service

Our Motto - Unity for Service
The motto was adopted in 1917.
Its originator, Charles Berkey,
said the motto was inspired
by the 133rd Psalm, which says
“Behold how good and pleasant
it is for brethren to dwell
together in unity.”

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