This Thursday’s luncheon speaker is Ware County Assistant Fire Chief, Jesse Jordan brought to us by October Programs Chairman Santo Nino. Following this Saturday, October 7, we have a Fairground Work Day to get ready for the Fair’s opening Tuesday, November 4 at 5:00 p.m.
Next week Thursday, Santo brings luncheon speaker to explain TSPLOST referendum. This is a one cent sales tax to be used for transportation improvements in Waycross and Ware County.
On Thursday, October 19 we will not have a luncheon meeting as the Center’s renter wants to use it for the entire week. We will have two more work days on Saturday, October 21 and Saturday, November 4.
President Roger Collins asks members to pay their dues owed. The National Exchange Club’s Fall 2017 issue of “Exchange Today” should be read by all club members. It provides a recap of its 99th convention in Jacksonville, Florida, July 13-15, 2017. Pictures of our club’s Freedom Shrine Rededication this year at South Georgia State College (formerly Waycross College) were displayed on page 10. Our club was also listed as the recipient of the National Service Award with twenty other Georgia clubs (page 21). Everyone should read the Youth of the Year, Volunteer of the Year statements. The Dublin club was “spotlighted” for the Exchange events. Let’s put all members to work this year for services to community, youth, Americanism and Youth.
Our last blood drive yielded 155 pints. We are still 76 short of our goal.
President Roger Collins asked all members eating at our luncheon meetings to wear our name badge. If your name is called for peanut winner, have your badge on please.
SEPTEMBER YOUTH OF THE MONTH
Victoria T. Highsmith was introduced to our club on September 21, 2017 by Robbie Winn as our club’s September 2017 Youth of the Month. Not all of her accomplishments are listed from the school.
Victoria’s parents are Wes and Tami Highsmith. Her grandparents are Dot Hipps and the late Francis Hipps (a former club member for over 40 years) and Carol Highsmith, and the late Wesley Highsmith. Ms. Highsmith’s school and community accomplishments are many with some not listed by the school. Her honors at Ware County High School include, National Honor Society, First Southern Bank, Junior board of directors, PR Director, Ware County Marching Band, Dance Line Captain, High School Drama Club, Advanced Band and Chorus, Georgia Governors Honors Program Nominee – Finalist, Georgia and University of Georgia Certificate of Merit, PBLS Leadership Team, Lions Club Academic Honor Society, performed in the Wizard of Oz spring Musical, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, Microsoft Office Specialist, Concert/Symphonic Band Award, and Tennis Team.
She had many Community Activities including church, hurricanes, hunger, nursing homes, Hospice and Magnolia House, Mary Street Mission, festivals and Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Ministry and more. Victoria plans to attend the University of Georgia and major in Music Therapy with a minor in Theatre. Congratulations, Victoria Highsmith, September Youth of the Month.
SOUTH GA STATE COLLEGE PRESIDENT INGRID THOMPSON SELLERS
Jimmy Brown, September Program Chairman introduced Ingrid Thompson-Sellers, South Georgia State College to our club luncheon members on September 21, 2017. She said she became passionate about SGSC growing and its future when she visited here a year ago. The University System Vice-Chancellor asked to assign her to the school. Then Chancellor Huckeby “sold” her on accepting the position. She was welcomed to the community and never looked back. 2013 was the lowest enrollment in the college that has been growing ever since changes in student population age from older and early college groups have resulted in the average age now, in the 18’s – 20’s. Dual enrollment in high school and college credit courses has increased. This has changed the structure of courses to more full-time credit courses. Students have financial needs now and many more programs available to allow students to go to work when they graduate. Nursing program is #2 in Georgia. Funding professionals are working across all levels. Transportation problem will be solved soon as the college acquires new buses to move students across the two campuses – Douglas and Waycross. Industrial engineering is added and applied medical pathways established. Enrollment now totals 3,437 with 650 enrolled in Waycross campus. This is encouraging event for Waycross – Ware County. Thanks for bringing this program, Jimmy!
COASTAL PINES TECHNICAL COLLEGE CAMPUSES GROWING
Jimmy Brown September Programs Chairman, introduced Eva Byrd Project Manager at CPTC who in turn introduced Amanda Morris, Vice President of Academic Affairs at the college. As Vice-President, she is over all the instructional programs and staff at CPTC. A product of Waycross-Ware Tech, then Waycross College followed by Jacksonville University, Valdosta State University, Georgia South Western State University, Full Sail University where she earned several Bachelor and Masters degrees in computer and technologies.
CPTC covers 13 counties and 7 campuses. This semester enrollment is the highest increase due to dual enrollment. Allied Health has most enrollees including nursing, respiratory, massage, computer, marketing, and five other skills, they are growing technology and industrial engineering including auto, air-conditioning, forestry and electrical. New programs are construction worker, education teachers, and other programs in Kingsland and Sea Island. Dual enrollment gives College credit and no cost. Great program for Waycross-Ware County and all 13 counties!