Come hear this week’s program speaker, a representative from Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Fisheries Division. Next week, Mike Myers, Pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church, will speak on “America: Our Responsibility and our Commitment.”


Larry Paulk and Daniel Warren attended the 92nd Georgia District Exchange Club Convention in Valdsota, June 1-3 and played in the Golf Tournament. They were good enough to win 4th place and bring $3,000 back to our Satilla Advocacy Services agency which is an affiliate for our National Exchange Club Child Abuse Prevention Program. Congratulations, Larry and Daniel. Next years District Convention will be in Sea Palms!


This Thursday morning, 10:30 a.m., June 15th, our club members and college dignitaries will attend our club’s and the college’s dedication of the Freedom Shrine that was installed in South Georgia State College, Building “A”. The Shrine is exact copies of the original 29 documents that express some of our country’s significant actions of defense of freedom. Plan to attend.


President Michael Ray introduced YMCA CEO, Rusty Hall who reported on increased YMCA members, new programs and number of “Y” participants. Starting June 1, at 9:00 a.m., 72 pool participants began learning to swim and enjoying the pool. Camp Reveille had 200 children for two weeks at Laura Walker State Park along with 145 kids playing T-ball on Tuesday. He said membership has grown to 6,500 members. 785 adults daily are using the Plant Avenue facilities. Sixty-five childrenwere served in Pre-School at the “Y”. The “Y” is working with the Board of Education to share facilities. Their soccer activities were moved to former school property on Gorman Road. They had 305 registered this year which is 86 players more than last year. Center Elementary School is hosting 160 kids from 3-6 p.m. Buses are carrying kids from Midway and Patterson and hoping Pierce County will host all activities next year including busing.
A new food program will be started in the hut behind Plant Avenue Wal-Mart next school year. One in 3½ children go home hungry. One in six go after school with no meal. They will serve 500 meals a day. They will feed dinner and lunch. Volunteers are needed to help.
Buddy Hersey is helping. A new “Safety Around Water” program around Bailey Street Pool will have 50 kids swim free with 5 hours of training.
They also will purchase the old veterinarian building, nearby on Plant Avenue. The engineer is designing a master plan of 47,000 s.f. and 16,000 vacant space. The site will be a small “water park” like “St. Marys” with a river, slides, splash down soaking, for 2.5 million federal grant based upon recreation space built called “stackable” grants.
Quite an amazing plan being created by Jim Brun Superintendent and Board of Education directors, badly needed for social improvements. Thanks President Michael Ray for scheduling this program in Waycross Ware County.


Roger Collins introduced Chief Ranger Thomas Whitley who explained that the West Mims Fire has consumed 153,000 acres of timber in the Okefenokee Swamp. Fifty land owners outside the Refuge had land; losing 30,000-40,000 acres of timber land near Fort George. Eight inches of rain (and more recently!) has reduced fire and allowed lifting of the burn ban. Fire threat has been lowered to 485 out of 0-800 index.
They are trying to keep fire south of the Suwanne Canal. There are a few hot spots but more rain is coming, he said. A few campers vehicles were burned. One fire employee remained in Ware County Fire office while all other employees worked the fire with several surrounding counties’ fire departments and some from all across the state. Call -877-OK2-BURN for fire burn permits.
Thanks for arranging the program, Roger.


  • Kathy Smith, guest of Rod Langevin.
  • Ryan Barnes, Executive Director of Boy Scouts, guest of Michael Beker.

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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