This week’s program arranged by March Programs Chairman, Priscilla Christopher, is Tim LeBrun, Ware County superintendent of Schools and Joe Meadows, Ware County Schools Director of Transportation.
Next week, Priscilla brings Dr. Craig Kubik to speak at our luncheon meeting.
NEW EXCHANGE CLUB MEMBER
At last week’s luncheon meeting, President-Elect Roger Collins announced that members have one week to write their objection (if any) to Robb Joiner’s membership request for acceptance in our Exchange Club. Robb works at Bailey Monument Company.
PLAN TO ATTEND GEORGIA DISTRICT EXCHANGE CLUBS CONVENTION JUNE 1-3
Georgia District Exchange Club President-Elect Sidney Blanton visited our club meeting last week to invite all members’ attendance at the 92nd District Convention June 1st – 3rd in Valdosta. Festivities will be held in Hampton Inn on Thursday with an evening reception. Friday will host educational and business meetings and events. Saturday brings the evening black tie Banquet and installation of new district officers. Blanton pleaded for new members to attend and o er for district director election. Director duties during the year are to visit each club in the division once a quarter. An Exchange University course must be taken and test passed. President- elect Blanton said the district needs young members to o er their leadership skills. Cost of convention is $114 covering noon meals and meetings. We have several new young members in our club!!
PUBLIC SAFETY AWARDS BANQUET
Our annual Public Safety Awards Banquet was held Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. on February 23, 2017. President Michael Ray led the welcome and invocation, Secretary Ginger Peagler led the Pledge of Allegiance, Committee Chairman Chris Tatum recognized guests and presented 2017 awards. He reminded members and guests that the awards are given for honorees’ services at times of day and night events when the public is not aware they are being performed and asleep.
WARE COUNTY EMERGENCY SERVICES (EMS)
Honoree, Perry Blackburn carries out Paramedic and Office Manager services for the public and Dr. Bill Parham, Director EMS, Medical Director. Perry has worked the office for 39 years, moving up in responsibilities. He knows how to find any contact needed and was Paramedic of the Year in 2017.
WAYCROSS POLICE DEPARTMENT
Honoree, Sgt. Martin Davis, began as a patrolman o ce and educated himself as police officer and abilities. He is Senior patrol officer, has 400 hours of training SWAT member, dragnet training, Supervisor CRT Team (citizens needs). Three hundred drug arrests.
WARE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
Honoree, Brian Newman, keeps all records updated including sex o ender registration He exhibits an ambitious approach.
WAYCROSS FIRE DEPARTMENT
Honoree, Kyle Daniell, worked on 2011 emergencies in the department. He has GSPC training and handles pumper hydraulics with hydrants, Jaws of Life, other tracts, an apparatus in the department. Promoted to Lieutenant in 2017, promoted to Rescue Team. Has four hundred hours of training.
WARE COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT, VOLUNTEER
Honoree, Johnny Johnston, is a Ware County Fire Fighter volunteer. Handled res OTC (CPTC) and Wells Cargo Rail Car. Assists in emergencies. Promoted to Lieutenant in 2016.
WARE COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT
Honoree, Andrew McCarthy, serves as a paid member who handled at OTC (CPTC) and Wells Cargo Rail Car res and emergencies. He assists in res and emergencies and is a certified EMT. Promoted to Lieutenant in 2016. He fills in where needed. He is getting married to Laura Sweat in May.
WARE COUNTY 911
Honoree, Christopher Campbell, Dispatch Communications Officer started in 911 on March 7, 2015. He brought experience from another location to the o ce. Has dispatch- ing skills. A 911 caller accidentally shot himself and Campbell remained on the phone and counseled caller and dispatched help. He is skilled, professional, understanding and compassionate.
MIRACLE LEAGUE OF THE OKEFENOKEE
Priscilla Christopher, March Program Chairman introduced Jimmie Rae Roberts, President of the Miracle League of the Okefenokee, Kathy Riggins, Treasurer of the League and Ashton Riggins, daughter of Kathy Riggins and one of the players in the league. The Miracle League, nationally, has 300 Miracle League Organizations. Player rosters have grown to over 225,000 children and adults who have physical and mental disabilities which are overcome locally when they play base- ball at the Trembling Earth Sports Complex. The league serves players in seven surrounding counties. The Miracle League builds specially equipped fields for the players. It has cushioned rubberized turf that allows wheelchairs and walkers to glide unrestricted without fear of injury. They can hit, run and catch as they envision in their dreams. The “buddy” program has volunteers to assist and encourage players. More are needed to serve and build common ground and friendships. So, they are seeking sponsors to join. Funding program to pay for building of the eld is underway, too, for the $250,000 cost of building and supplies and equipment. They encourage you to join for a heart warming adventure.