This week’s luncheon program leader is speaking on our local Okefenokee Heritage Center with Director Elizabeth Welch.
Next week Thursday’s program at 12:30 p.m. will be a great program brought to us by Burton Carter.
Before the luncheon begins next week, at 11:00 a.m. our Okefenokee Agricultural Fair Board will meet to discuss Fair business and issues.
At 11:30 a.m., our Exchange club Board will meet in the Board Room to handle business led by President Michael Ray.
DISTRICT CONVENTION REMINDERS
Our Club’s Award Packages were due May 15, 2017 according to Hazel Hendrix, 720 Brookwood Drive, Statesboro, Georgia 30461, Georgia District Exchange Secretary. Also, the Silent Auction for Child Abuse Prevention will have a “Gift Card” board. Please bring any unused gift cards you have or buy a couple for this cause. The silent auction is the main sources of income for our CAP Foundation and several items are needed.
(Each one of us could send a card or two to Hazel.)
Also, if you signed up to play golf at the Convention, this event helps fund the Georgia District Exchange Child Abuse Prevention Foundation.
CENTER ELEMENTARY CHORAL CHORUS
Burton Carter, May Programs Chairman introduced Mrs. Barbara Patterson, Director of the Center Elementary Choral Chorus. Mrs. Patterson thanked our club and said she appreciated the opportunity to sing and play music for our club members. She said the group was supported all year by the parents. They attended all events and provided food and helped move props.
The chorus sang several rock and roll songs and danced jitterbug and other performances. Some songs used were Splish-Splash, Rockin Robin, Twiddle Dee, Happy Days are Yours and Mine, This Day Is Ours, Let’s Go To The Hop, and Rock Around the Clock Tonight. Small tables were set up with service provided by males and females.
Mrs. Patterson thanked Principal Tyler Bennett for his support of the Arts in school as part of student’s experience in addition to academics and athletics. Many schools do not allow arts as part of student’s curriculum. The Chorus members were very talented singing and dancing. Thanks Burton for bringing this program.
GEORGIA LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION
Burton Carter introduced Georgia Representative Jason Spencer, Representative John Corbitt and Seventh District Senator, Tyler Harper as the legislative delegation representing our area at our May 11 luncheon meeting. Also, not able to attend, Representative Jason Shaw was attending an ABAC Recognition Award Program in Tifton in honor of Jason’s father, Jay Shaw for his service to Tifton and their South Georgia region.
Representative Jason Spencer reported that they completed Georgia Budget process in 37 or 38 days which is their main constitutional requirement to pass. It consists of policy decisions and State control of 25 billion dollars. Georgia is the 8th largest budget and population in the U.S. It covers schools, safety and courts. Now our spending level is equal to 1997-98 level. They have raised their rainy day fund from $1.2 billion to $2 billion. Raises were given to all school personnel.
His priority is HB1 Space Act for Southeast Georgia. A commercial space port is knocking on our doors.
Schools should be motivated to provide S.T.E.P. for children to have education for jobs in the future. Also, deepening the Port of Savannah is providing future job potential.
Representative John Corbitt reported that money was provided for rehabilitation of old buildings (HB73), business investments receiving tax credits (HB314) and the creation of Rural Economic Development Council (HB389) to study ways to solve rural problems. Military, Veterans and safety issues related to driverless vehicles also received increases. Senator Tyler Harper of the Seventh Senatorial District reported he is on five committees and Law Enforcement Task Force. More money is being channelled to rural Georgia issues. Ware County Schools Superintendent Jim LeBrun thanked the delegation for helping increase monies for his school system’s 900 employees, no furloughs now, and all employees pay raised. The highway overpass of US1 and CSX Railroad has money to do “scoping” of the project. Thanks Burton for bringing this informative program.