This week’s program will bring Henry McLauglin Director of Satilla Regional Water & Sewer Authority. Next week, the Executive Director of the Waycross-Ware County Development Authority, Jana Dyke, will speak to our club about their activities in bringing industry and jobs to our area. The following Monday, September 18, our Exchange Club sponsored Blood Drive will be held in our Ellie Royal Room from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Get your iron level raised and come for food and raffle prizes at our club center! Al Jacobson is leading this effort and seeking over 200 pints donated. Our total over all goal is 1940 pints, we have been 65 pints short each time!
President Roger Collins announced club member dues are due! Karl Franz and James Grant have been approved for membership of our club. Your dues are due!
Welcome to America’s Service Club, Karl and James. President Roger Collins reported that Johnny Wildes and Garrett Ganas arranged for collecting donations of Sundries, paper towels, soaps, under clothes and other needed items needed for flood victims in Louisiana. A location for collecting the donations is next to Conley Sheet Metal, which are to be sent to Johnny and Garrett who are near the flood victims.
JUDGE CLARENCE BLOUNT HONORED
Judge Clarence Blount was honored recently in Jekyll Island for 67 years of service on the bench by the State Bar of Georgia. Judge Blount has been a Waycross Exchange member for almost the same length of time, serving in many Exchange chairmanships and as President. Congratulations Judge Blount! Well deserved award!
REQUEST FOR M. L. KING HELP IN JANUARY
President Roger Collins read a letter request for contributions and or a sponsorship for float rides in January 12 – 15, 2018 parade, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Deadline for sponsors is November 27th.
SATILLA ADVOCACY SERVICES
Terry Anderson, Satilla Advocacy Service director introduced Kevin Rodgers, Division of Developmental Disability Services, Unison Behavioral Health, and Brittany Prescott, D. D. Supportive Employment, Program Manager. Unison B. H. has a contract with the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health which started in 1974 at Department of Public Health. In 1994, it changed to Satilla Community Health Services. In 2013, the name changed to Unison Behavioral Health. Seven board members include Carlos Nelson and Patrick Simmons and including Atkinson, Bacon, Brantley, Charlton, Clinch, Coffee, Pierce, and Ware members. The agency serves disabled people in the 8 – county area. Last year they served 210 clients. Total children served were 1,153. The total adults in mental illness addictions are 3,859. Total clients served are 5,212. Employment in Ware County is 205, of all chronic illnesses 4.1% need counseling, 5.1% have diabetes, 11.00% need mental health services. The agency has six outpatient clinics, four group homes and now a child/adolescent building on Mary-Folks Street. They have trained all Police Department Officials in crisis intervention which is first in the state. Judge Boggs leads Accountability Courts (Drug) with Unison as a treatment component. Brittany handles supportive employment at office on Harris Road. They have jobs for people who want to work and job coaches that help. There are entry level positions. This is a needed service for our communities! Thanks Neil Skerratt for bringing it!
MEMORIAL SATILLA HEALTH DOCTOR
Neil Skerratt August Programs Chairman, introduced Dr. Sigismund Lee, M.D. as a graduate of medicine from Illinois. Toni (Alisa) Nelson of the hospital followed stating he has been here eight years as a veteran doctor providing advanced surgical services in biopsies, breast biopsy and mastectomy, colorectal surgery, hernia repair, wound care, lung surgery, pericardial window, skin cancer, thoracotomy, thyroid biopsies, thyroidectomy, laparoscopic surgeries (basic and advanced) and chronic reflux/anti flux procedures.
Dr. Lee said he came to Waycross to work with Dr. David Wykstra, M.D. from Atlanta because he likes Waycross people and Southeast Georgia residents. When questioned as to what is his recommendation for keeping well, Dr. Lee recommended everyone to exercise daily and eat a healthy diet.
He welcomed everyone to come to an open house at the rehab facility near the airport on September 12th. The facility works on strokes and critical cases.
An important surgery service for our Ware County and regional populations, Neil!