Exchange Club of Waycross

& including the

Okefenokee Fairgrounds

Annual Music Events

The Annual Gram Parsons Guitar Pull is held at the Okefenokee Fairgrounds & the Exchange Club of Waycross.

Agricultural Fair

The Okefenokee Fairgrounds Association & the Exchange Club of Waycross host an annual Agricultural Fair.

Prevention of Child Abuse

On a more serious note – The prevention of Child Abuse is our main project at the Exchange Club of Waycross.

RED CROSS Blood Drives

Regular Blood Drives are held at the Waycross Exchange Club, so make a difference, donate some blood, next time.

COVID-19 & CLUB MEETING UPDATE as of 07.06.20 our club will restart meetings AUG 6, 2020 subject to any new developments.

The Board of Directors has decided that it’s time to resume our weekly meetings. We will begin meeting again on Thursday, August 6, 2020, at 12 noon. Because of State mandated rules, we must continue to take precautions to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus. We ask that all members wear a face mask during the meet and greet time at the beginning of the meeting and until you have gone through the serving line. Personnel will fix your plate for you according to your wishes. Seating will be spaced our more than usual. Hand sanitizer will be available and temperature checks (non-contact) may be conducted.
Precaution is the key to our re-opening, so please help in this regard.
Please help spread the word to members who do not have email.
I look forward to seeing you on August 6th.


Jim Stapleton
President of Exchange Club of Waycross

Welcome to our bimonthly News update

These articles are taken from our Red Coater bimonthly newsletter, for more information, please click the Red Coater icon to the right for the pdf file.

April 16, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

There are 13,315 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Georgia and 464 deaths, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. This makes Georgia 11th in the list of states with the most US coronavirus cases. Georgia governor Brian Kemp issued a stay-at-home order on April 1. Georgia’s first two cases of COVID-19 were residents of Fulton County who lived in the same household. We are still under the SHELTER-IN-PLACE QUARANTINE; people are to STAY SAFE, WEAR MASK, USE GLOVES and STAY 6 FEET APART in order to gain control of this virus. Most people are taking these precautions seriously, to those who are not SHAME ON YOU!
We can only gain ground on this virus if everyone does as they are supposed to do. Most importantly PRAY! ONE FOR ANOTHER.

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April 2, 2020


We will have NO Thursday Meetings/or board meetings until further notice from the Georgia Department of Public Safety and president Burton Carter.

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March 18, 2020


We will have NO Thursday Meetings or board meetings until further notice from the Georgia Department of Public Safety and Emergency Management.

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March 5, 2020


This Thursday, March 5th, March Programs Chairman Mary Barnes brings her first program of March to our March 5th meeting at 12:30 p.m. luncheon. Tom Cribb of Project Search is her program.
February 27, 2020, was our 2020 Public Safety Banquet at 7:00 p.m.
It had been switched a week from February 20 due to a dangerous weather forecast for that evening.
Next week on March 12th, Mary brings a program to be announced (TBA).

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February 20, 2020


Carl James, February Programs Chairman this year is also Public Safety Banquet Chairman for this February 20th evening festivities. We will honor our city and county Public Safety employees who have excelled in their official duties and dedication during 2019. Recognition will be given to all who have achieved high goals, life-saving acts, and other public services. No luncheon meeting will be held.
On Monday, February 24, our fairgrounds and Ellie Royal Conference Center room will be used by the American Red Cross and the Blood Drive Committee from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. for blood donations. Our last blood drive on January 27 had 148 pints of blood given. Go, and invite a guest! Next week before our luncheon, our Okefenokee Agricultural Fair Board Directors will meet at 10:45 a.m. Following at 11:30 a.m., our Exchange Club of Waycross board meeting will be held led by President Burton Carter. Reminder board members are required to attend.
Later at 12:30 p.m., our club’s luncheon will be spread out for our delight with Greg Taylor of the Georgia Pardon and Parole office speaking to us.

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Exchange Club Members & Officers:
Left to Right: Tony Tanner, Michael Ray, Larry Paulk, Bill Deason, Summer Stipe, Jake Strickland, Rod Langevin, Ginger Peagler, Harbin Farr, Jimmy White, Roger Collins, Burton Carter, Vince Settle.

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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