This Thursday, at 12:30 p.m., our luncheon program is our Annual Officer Installation Banquet for the upcoming 2017-2018 year. President Michael Ray asked all directors and officers to be installed to be in attendance and wear red coats. All members are asked to wear red coats to the event. Spouses are invited to attend, also. Hazel Hendrix, District Exchange Clubs Secretary will conduct installation.
Don’t forget to attend our city and county’s 4th of July Independence Day celebration: one at Laura Walker State Park in the morning and the evening at Bit Tanner Field next to Memorial Stadium on Satilla Blvd. Burton Carter and members will be handing out flags to children (and maybe balloons).
Next week, our July 6 luncheon meeting will be held at 12:30 p.m. to hear a great program.
FOURTH MONDAY BLOOD DRIVE
Every very fourth Monday of Month a Blood Drive is held at our Exchange Club Center Building. Please Donate!
WARE COUNTY EXCHANGE CLUB
New members are encouraged to join the Exchange Club of Ware County now having 13 members before club has to be dissolved in 2 months. Let Ginger Peagler or Bill Deason know of any persons you know would be interested in joining.
COASTAL PINES TECHNICAL COLLEGE ASSISTED
President Michael Ray presented Cindy Tanner representing Coastal Pines Technical College with a check for $500 to help sustain scholarships for deserving students. Larry Paulk is an officer of the college.
SOUTH GEORGIA STATE COLLEGE STUDENTS ASSISTED
President Michael Ray presented a $500 check from our club to Taylor Hereford representing South George State College James Dye Foundation for Scholarships as an endowment or scholarship to a deserving student. Mr. Hereford thanked the club for the donation.
GEORGIA FARM BUREAU THANKS CLUB
President Michael Ray read a letter from the Women’s Georgia Farm Bureau group thanking our club for donating time and research for the Forestry Commission to provide agricultural teaching to 500 students (kindergarten) at the fairgrounds last year.
DON HARRISON DNR FISHERIES DIVISION
President Michael Ray introduced Don Harrison, Senior Biologist, Georgia DNR, Fisheries Division to inform our club about the Division’s licensing changes. Bert Deener of DNR assisted Mr. Harrison with the projector. Mr. Harrison warned members that license costs are changing and that the costs have not changed since 1992. Lifetime hunting/ shing li- cense are to be raised to $250-$300 on July 1. Regular annual hunting/fishing license are being raised from $17 to $30. The increased revenue will be used to employ 40 game wardens in order to have one game warden per county in the state.
Hatcheries for trout, bass and blue gill are being renovated. They furnish 10 million per year to the public. Several public shing areas (PFA’s) are managed including Packard Paradise having several small ponds, Dodge with 144 acres; Hugh Gillis (Dublin) with hunting, archery and gun for turkey; and Ocmulgee in Hawkinsville with 106 acre lake having female only bass being rebuilt. No Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) stamps will be required. Good information for members!
AMERICA: OUR RESPONSIBILITY AND COMMITMENT!
Wayne Kilmark introduced Pastor Mike Myers of Trinity United Methodist Church who challenged members to be aware of changes in our country’s population and attitude toward our nation. Life, liberty, personal freedom and pursuit of happiness has been at the heart of our nation. Our nations’s history and geography has changed. We are becoming a nation of dominating migrants by proper document or illegal undocumented efforts. When leaders and the people with the churches work together to make a city and county a decent and desirable place to live, it is great again. He said, “Responsibility and Commitment is the cross that a free people must bear.”
We cannot be great again with a critical news media, disrespect for the flag (flag burning), president protests, impeachment rumblings, political and congressional hearings. Pastor Myers said as a pastor he believes the Lord Jesus Christ is the overall answer to our problems. On the 4th of July, we need to have individual responsibility, commitment and ultimate Thursday, June 29, 2017 Vol. 32, No. 13 prayer to have, hope and greatness about America.
EXCHANGE PRESENTS CITIZENSHIP AWARDS
Memorial Drive Elementary School students Alicia Allen and Demetrius Baldwin are each presented with the club’s Citizen- ship Award for having a great attitude and a strong work ethic, also being respectful to teachers, parents and peers. Daniel Warren represents the Exchange Club of Waycross during the presentation.