This week, Burton Carter May Programs Chairman brings to our noon 12:30 p.m. luncheon meeting a special speaker.
Next week, Calvin Bennett, June Programs Chairman, brings a great speaker to our June 7 luncheon meeting at 12:30 p.m.
Our May 214 speaker was unable to attend last luncheon’s meeting so President Roger Collins presented updates on our club projects. The Board of Directors and Legal Advisor Chairman Vince Settle, Jr., III are working on our club’s model contract for management of Fairgrounds and buildings including events and activities by users. They will have a draft soon.
Members were invited to attend a Boy Scouts Dinner honoring Mayor John Knox for his many years’ devotion and support of the boy Scouts programs here on May 17, Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. Hospitality started at 6:00 p.m.
Georgia District Exchange Clubs President Sidney Blanton letter was read by President Roger Collins thanking our club’s involvement in Exchange Programs of Service.
Specifically, he notified us that our District Youth of the Year nominee, Victoria Teresa-Ann Highsmith has been selected as Georgia District Exchange Clubs Youth of the Year for 2017-2018! Robert Lindsey Youth of the Year Chairman for Georgia District reported by letter, received on May 17, 2018. Congratulations Victoria! District President Blanton encouraged club members to go to National Convention in Reno, Nevada, July 12-14 where Victoria will compete with other District Youth of the Year representatives. The convention will be held at Nugget Casino Resort. This is a big deal, members!
Burton Carter introduced three of our four legislative delegation on May 17th at our luncheon meeting.
Representative John Corbitt started by stating he would speak on money matters. Georgia’s budget this year is $22.6 billion, a 1.7% increase but still less than our budget 17 years ago. Income tax provides 70% and sales tax provides 12%. Need to reduce / eliminate income tax and replace with reductions in spending and other taxes. 85% of State spending for education is 1.2 billion.
Agriculture HB876 prohibits State from banning wood for construction provided construction meets codes.
Georgia has 10 million population with 5 million around Atlanta. They have not updated codes since 1970’s. HB65 medical PTSD use helps prevent veteran suicide rate increase (22 vets a day!). July 1 enforcing law preventing cell phones use while driving.
Representative Jason Spencer stated they are developing comprehensive plan on use of broadband on public lands to rural parts of state. Also, starting to place cell towers in rural areas. HB769 will allow money for medical school in Moultrie. A study committee HB1414 in North Georgia is set to listen to school districts. Not banning guns. “It’s the heart, not the gun!” SB339 requires colleges to not oppose free speech, need competing ideas.
Senator Tyler Harper said he has moved to Natural Resource and Environment Committee and Vice-Chairman on Public Safety Committee. Look at developing Rape Centers. Space Port in Camden looks good as rockets will be getting smaller and more powerful. HB951 is Rural Prosperity Act for Rural School at ABAC and for Rural Economic Development on how to prosper. HB871 is tax credit for manufactured homes industry as we are a low tax burden state. Many more economic stimulus legislation was discussed. Very informative program from legislative delegation! Thanks Burton for the program.