President Michael Ray has scheduled a business meeting for this week’s luncheon meeting at 12:30 a.m. after lunch. Members are reminded to not have guests at this meeting so that our Exchange Club business can be handled.

At last week’s meeting, Tony Tanner, Chairman of the Nominating Committee, announced the following Nominating Committee Report: President, Roger Collins; President-Elect, Chris Tatum; Daniel Warren 1 year Board Member, replacing Chris Tatum’s position; 1 year Board Member, Clarence Billups; 1 year Board Member, Priscilla Christopher; 2 year Board Members, Billy Dowling, Je Jones, and Robbie Roberson; Secretary, Ginger Peagler; Treasurer, Bill Deason; Assistant Treasurer, Larry Paulk; Immediate Past Club President, Michael Ray; and Vice-President of Fairgrounds, Jimmy White. Nominations for officers can be made by members from the floor, also, at the election meeting.


Our newest club members: Cleveland “Sarge” B. Moore Retired U.S. Army; Mary Fogle – Magnolia House Shelter Manager; Taylor Luciano – Detective, Waycross Police Department. Welcome!


Robbie Winn, Chairman of Youth of the Month committee, introduced Ali Lopez as February Youth of the Month, on March 16th. Ali is the daughter of Juan and Geno Lopez. She is ranked in the top 5% of her graduating class.
Ali’s Activities/Honors at Ware County High School include:

  • National Honor Society – 11th – 12th Grade
  • Academic Honor Roll – 9th – 12th Grade
  • Key Club – 11th Grade
  • FFA – 11th & 12th Grade
  • Varsity Soccer – 9th Grade
  • Governor’s Honors Program Nominee – 11th Grade

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

  • Volunteered at Autism Awareness Day
  • WayGreen Market Volunteer
  • Assisted with special projects through NHS for Magnolia House & Hospice
  • Assisted with 9th grade open house
  • Volunteered at Academic Quiz bowl and Tech Fair
  • Served at youth sponsored Valentine’s dinner at church
  • Served as a mat girl for the wrestling team

After graduation from Ware County High School Ali plans to attend South Georgia State College and major in Business/Marketing.
Robbie Winn introduced Denise Delgadillo as Waycross Exchange Club’s March Youth of the Month on March 16. Denise is the daughter of Amanda Reyes. She is ranked in the top 5% of her graduating class.
Denise’s Activities/Honors at Ware County High School include:

  • National Honor Society – 11th & 12th Grade
  • BETA Club 11th & 12th Grade – 11th – 12th Grade
  • Academic Honor Roll – 9th – 12th Grade
  • Key Club – 10th – 12th Grade
  • FBLA – 9th – 12th Grade
  • Student Council – 9th – 12th Grade
  • Model UN – 11th – 12th Grade
  • Marching Band – 9th – 12th Grade
  • Flute Section Leader – 11th – 12th Grade
  • UGA Merit Scholar – 11th Grade
  • Okefenokee Lion’s Club Academic Honor Society – 11th Grade
  • Waycross Bank & Trust Jr. Board of Directors – 12th Grade

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

  • Have read to students at Daffodil preschool
  • Service project through BETA that visits residents in the nursing homes
  • Collected money for March of Dimes at Megan’s House
  • Helped Salvation Army during Christmas time
  • Volunteered at the Sound of Gold Marching Band Competition Assisted with church clean up days

After graduation from Ware County High School Denise plans to attend the University of Georgia and major in accounting and finance.
Congratulations, Ali and Denise


Priscilla Christopher, March Programs Chairman, introduced Jim LeBrun, Ware County Schools Superintendent. Mr. LeBrun reported major recent storm created 33 impassible roads for students, teachers, parents and others. The roads are all passable again, repaired by county road department. The City’s and County’s ESPLOST Education. Special Local Option Sales Tax is voted on March 31, 2017. Early voting is underway at old Sun Trust Bank Building. Short lines are available for voters. The penny tax continues current collections and does not add a new 1¢ tax. 100% of the tax collected goes to education and school improvements. He has met with several civic groups to explain the tax. 6,200 students are enrolled now. Education here gets State assistance because the 9 Title I Schools in Ware County have high percentage of students under the poverty line. Teachers are doing a great job getting students to excel. Tax cannot be used for salaries. All schools will receive improvements. Over twenty construction projects are eligible for funding. Thanks Priscilla for bringing this program to the club!


Priscilla Christopher introduced Craig Kubik to speak on colon cancer screening month. Dr. Kubik recommended screenings start at age 50 without symptoms. Usually one in three screened has one or more polyps. They need to be removed by “clipping” with a noose to prevent future tumors if they remain in the colon. Now, there is no cost to screenings due to the health system we have – no out of pocket cost! African Americans are urged to start screenings at age 45. They reduce the age to start based upon race and history. Sedation is used as a “gold” standard – sleep is immediate! Get screening every 5 years if had polyps. Ten years, if none. Countries with high rate red meat consumption have citizens with more polyps. Fiber is helper used with meat. Great informative program, Priscilla!


Al Jacobson announced that he and Ann have been married 65 years. Their anniversary was March 16, 2017. Congratulations Al and Ann!


Emily, daughter and guest of Craig Kubik.
Sandy Kubik, wife of Craig Kubik.
Felton Baker, II, City of Wayross Benefits Specialist guest of Trinija Martin.
Grandmother (from out of town) of Denise Delgadillo, March Youth of the Month.
Juan and Geno Lopez, father and mother of Ali Lopez, February Youth of the Month.
Amanda Reyes, mother of Denise Delgadillo, March Youth of the Month.

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.”

Click the Red Coater icon directly to the right to get an on-line copy of our Red Coater newsletter