This week, May Programs Chairman Burton Carter bring the Choral Chorus from Center Elementary School to perform their super music works for our luncheon members and guests.
Next week, Burton brings our legislative delegation to our club for a luncheon program to explain changes in laws coming from the Georgia General Assembly this year.


Betty J. Lindsey, Secretary Georgia District Exchange clubs reminded members by email that May 1 is the deadline for registering to seek District office and also to play golf at our District convention in June. Necessary paperwork should have been sent to IPP Barney Knighton or Ms. Lindsey. FYI.
Blood donations on April 24th set a record at 177 pints. Our next drive is scheduled for May 22 at our Exchange Club Center building. Encourage others to visit and donate if they can.


Jake Strickland, April Program Chairman scheduled himself to present our April 20th program. Dressed in his Army clothing, Jake began a serious explanation of events leading him to expend 15 years in the U. S. Army National Guard. He joined the Guard in 2002 serving one weekend per month and two weeks in the summer each year. His job title is Combat Engineer with the responsibility of getting obstacles out of the way of convoys and handling demolitions. After one year of basic training, his unit was eventually deployed in 2005 to Iraq.
His faith was described as being in a bubble of safety no matter what happened. His unit’s job was to go looking for IED’s (improvised explosive devices) everyday. Once found, they dismantled it, blew it up to save lives. He was blown up three times and came out of it okay. Unfortunately, three soldiers were lost during that time (from Douglas). He spent six months in Iraq, next in Supply to protect convoys going to bases. He married in 2006 and became an Army recruiter for seven years. He said he loved it all! Thank you for your service, Jake.


Jake Strickland, introduced Mitch Howell and Clay Thomas as “Tough Mudders”. Clay was born and raised here and has been (is) a church pastor, banker, Mayo Clinic employee, City Commissioner and is now a real estate salesman. He explained his life attitude is to “grab life by the horns”.
Tough Mudder Races are usually a 13 mile obstacle course held in rural areas in horse barn property and speedway areas.
The goal is not to be first but to “complete” the course of obstacles by teams or single individuals. Goal is to complete 10 events during life time. The fastest growing outdoor sport on this planet now is Outdoor Obstacle Courses. Obstacles are swimming in ice water garbage (long) dumpsters, crawling
through mud bogs with electric wires hanging overhead (do not raise up!), climbing “Mt. Everest” wall while muddy, swinging on monkey bars over cold water, do push ups, carry other team members long distances. Thanks for this program, Jake.


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
  • 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.

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.”

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