This week Thursday, March Programs Chairman Mary Barnes brings Jennifer Weis from the Ware County Code Enforcement Department to speak at our 12:30 p.m. luncheon. Next week Thursday, March 15th, Mary brings Sergeant Josh Taylor from the Georgia State Patrol to speak! Bring a guest!
Bonnie Sanders, former member, has been approved to be reinstated as a club member.
Sondra Crews has been approved as a new member President Collins will oversee you being appointed for a member of a club committee. Welcome back Bonnie and welcome both Sondra and Bonnie to America’s Service Club!
BLOOD DRIVE SUCCEEDS LAST MONTH
Chairman Al Jacobson reported our blood drive exceeded our goal of 154 pints with 164 pints donated February 26th. Congratulations Ware County and Waycross. Let’s continue the record in the future.
FEBRUARY YOUTH OF THE MONTH
On February 22, Robbie Winn introduced Hanna Grace Simmons to our club luncheon members. Hanna is the daughter of Mickey and Angie Simmons and the granddaughter of Barbara Thomas and G. C. and Elaine Simmons. She has one sister, Mylee. Hanna is ranked 28th of 362 Ware County High School seniors. When asked what she attributes her academic success, Hanna stated: “I attribute my success to my gracious God and loving family. The Lord has enabled me to focus on what is important and put me on a path of good choices for my future; I am thankful for God’s great plan for me. My loving family provided me with a solid foundation of love and encouragement that helps me strive to meet goals, go out of my comfort zone and not be afraid of failure.” Hanna’s Honors and Activities at WCHS include: (Just to name a few)
- All “A” Honor Roll (K-12)
- All-American Cheerleader (9th, 10th, 11th & 12th grade)
- Varsity Sideline and Competition Cheerleader (9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th grade)
- Health Occupations Students of America-Ware Chapter President (11th & 12th grade)
- BETA member (10th -12th grade)
- NHS member(11th & 12th grade)
- Student Council member (9th -12th grade)
- Leadership member (10th -12th grade)
- Waycross Bank & Trust Junior Board 2017-2018
- Homecoming Representative for WCHS
- Rookie-of-the-Year for WCHS Competition Cheerleading
- WCMS Homecoming Queen
- Certified EKG Tech.
- Miss Ware County High School Hanna has been involved in a number of community activities including Volunteering
- Camp Hope
- Williams Heights, and Waresboro Elementary
- Angel Tree project
- Special Olympics
- Disney character at Princess, Pirates, and Pals breakfast for Waycross Service League
- Jim Blackburn Senior Safety Day
- Waycross Police Department -stuffed animal drive-by
- T-Shirt drive for Mattie’s Mission
- Sold bracelets for Breast Cancer Awareness
- “Pennies for Patients” for Leukemia and Lymphoma patients
- PHIS kickoff
- Donated school supplies and food
- Bought Christmas clothes for 3 children that were adopted by BETA
- Donated clothes for the victims of the tornado in Adel and Albany
- Donated to multiple churches & Waycross Middle during Hurricane Matthew
On a personal note, Hanna has always loved helping people, and being able to make a difference within another’s life is something she is very passionate about. She was given the opportunity to become an intern at Unison Behavioral Health and has enjoyed working with elementary school-aged students. Because of her intern experience, she is certain that being a school social worker will allow her to fulfill her passion of helping others.
After graduation from Ware County High School, Hanna plans to further her education at Georgia Southern University majoring in Sociology with the intent to eventually become a school social worker. Congratulations Hanna Simmons as our club’s February Youth of the Month!
CONGRESSMAN EARL “BUDDY” CARTER WELCOMED
March Programs Chairman Carl Jones introduced Congressman Buddy Carter at a recent club luncheon meeting. He began by citing President Trump’s cuts in taxes for citizens, businesses and industries under the Tax and Jobs Act recently passed by Congress. He pointed out that no such action has been done for Americans in the last 30 years. January tax revenues collected were highest ever recorded for one month He said jobs are returning to America due to President Trump’s leadership. Economic growth may exceed 4 percent this year. Businesses have lower tax rates. This is due to Democrats and Republicans working together to get the bill passed.
Mortgage interest, and 401k’s were not touched. Deduction limit amounts were increased. Standard deduction was increased. The Family Child tax credits was increased. To eliminate debt, our country needs to increase economic growth. Alternate energy sources are to be explored by taking a look at oil in offshore areas along the east to build our inventory if needed. Informative program for citizens, business and industry!
MATT GOURLEY GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
Matt Gourley, Georgia Department of Corrections, Canine Unit was introduced as a 24 Year Department of Corrections employee. He coordinates animal control in South Georgia having twelve kennels throughout the state. Their number one priority is catching run away inmates.
Inmates working on the road are not very dangerous and are not going to run. They average about 8-10 escapees per year and they are all caught usually within 24 hours. They have 24 dog handlers now. They are opening up 3-4 more positions in Ware County.
Handlers follow blood hounds and retire early from work as constant running hurts their ACL’s. Repairs and other injuries influence leaving their jobs. Their full-time job is to search for contraband in the prison. They prevent inception and work to get it out. Dogs can find cellphones easily.
Handlers answer calls from any response – mostly missing person or felon. Other calls are for: murders, armed robberies, with one caught by DNA on jacket. Two persons are needed to do shakedowns in prisons, dogs help with nose.
Drug dogs come from Europe. Blood hounds are raised in U.S. in each state with training. Dogs retire to handlers or they find them a home.