This week, July Programs Chairman, Jim Stapleton, has scheduled a representative from the YMCA to speak on the Y’s Camp Reveille summer program. Next week on August 3rd, August Program Chairman Neil Skeratt will bring Don Berryhill speaking on Okefenokee Swamp and his course.
On Saturday, August 5 the Georgia District Exchange Leader- ship Training Session will be held at the Main Coliseum start- ing at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 2:00 p.m. Officers are urged to attend by District President Sidney Blanton. Fee is $20 and include lunch.


Several members went to 4th of July Festivities and passed out 300 American flags and 100’s of balloons in ated by Dean Cook. Burton Carter, John Carrano, Mary Barnes, and
Jim Strickland took turns handing out and walking into the groups giving these flags and balloons. Thanks Exchangites for your dedication and show of Americanism for our Give A Kid A Flag To Wave program.


The 1976 Freedom Shrine, formerly dedicated in November 1976, was rededicated recently to South Georgia State College’s Waycross campus. President Michael Ray, Taylor Hereford director of SGSC’s Waycross Campus, Robbie Hart, Waycross Campus physical campus physical plant coordinator, Daniel Warren, director of facilities for SGSC, and Bill Deason, Exchange Club of Waycross Treasurer attended the event.


President Roger Collins announced three new members are approved for joining when dues are paid: Bryan Barnes, Harry Booth, and Jason Drew. Welcome to America’s Service Club!


Speaker Connie Oliver, Way-Green Volunteer Market Manager from the Okefenokee Heritage Center began her talk about a project of their OHC Homestead Guild. The Market began as a way to become aware of buying and eating locally grown foods. Venders are from a 100 mile radius of Ware County only. A long variety of local food products include: honey, fruits, vegetables, eggs, meats, olive oil products, artesian oils, jams and jellies, crepes, cheeses and macaroons.

Also, available are arts and crafts projects including jewelry, books, paintings, photographs, bird houses, furniture and gardening plants. The market began with 17 vendors and an average of 300 attendees. Now, there are 30 vendors and 650 average attendance. AgSouth is a sponsor of the Market as a gathering place where neighbors meet and visit in a safe and inviting space, like old town squares. Plus the market has a positive economic impact. They sponsored a Farm to Market dinner, Farm to School, and built a raised bed for patients to grow their own food and held community workshops with agricultural professionals. All Exchangites were invited to the next market August 5th, Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


Dr. Griner introduced by July Programs Chairman, Jim Stapleton as a graduate in 2015 of Athens Veterinarian School (UGA). Dr. Griner said pets need to be given careful care. Heat strokes are common when temperatures reach 103 degrees and more, especially 106-109. It occurs when weather is hot and humidity is high. When pets pant they are cooling. Two major effects occur: enclothelial damage: cells line up in vessels and organs – they become damaged and lead to leaking and hurt cells in organs. That leads to decreased blood volume: vascular resistance declines Carbon Oxide declines and less coding of blood (disorders of blood-forming organs including the immune system). They need to get in a river and get to cooler climates. High temperatures lead to Sequlae of events (sequence of ): GI (bleeding) renal, hepatic (confusion, coma as result of liver failure), CNS (Central Nervous System), coagulation (clotting). Also effects occur in kidneys, liver, central nervous system, clotting, and septic blood.

Dogs are at risk when heat/humidity reach and exceed 150 (ei. 80° and 80%), poorly ventilated air in a car (never), over-weight (old), short-nosed and certain diseases. If they have “heat stroke” spend time cooling and get to vet. Dr. Griner treats as follows: cooling, fluids, drugs as needed, blood work, monitor urine output, blood plasma, and blood pressure.

This is a dangerous condition for dogs. So keep them cool with adequate water, small pool, etc. Get to vet. Thanks Jim for the program!

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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