Exchange Club of Waycross

& including the

Okefenokee Fairgrounds

Annual Music Events

The Okefenokee Fairgrounds & the Exchange Club of Waycross host events like the Annual Gram Parsons Guitar Pull

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 – Prevention of Child Abuse is our main project at the Exchange Club of Waycross

RED CROSS Blood Drives

We hold regular Blood Drives at the Waycross Exchange Club, so make a difference and donate some blood, next time

As President of our Exchange Club of Waycross I am writing to express my concern about the health of our club’s members and our need to work forward for our community. I feel obligated to let you know I have a serious illness that requires me to fight it out at home. I have missed recent meetings, unfortunately (and untimely) due to the recent war on the COVID-19 virus which has caused us to cancel our luncheon and board meetings.
I have asked President-Elect Jim Stapleton to be in charge of all actions needed to complete our club’s 2019-2020 year, so that I may concentrate on treating my illness to recover to good health. Prayerfully, I will respond well to the treatments and be back at our club meetings. I love our club and every Exchangite so much that I want to encourage each of you to live on and to carry out our club’s Covenant of Service responsibilities.
So I am asking you, the members to show concern for our club and our community’s citizens who would be worthy of our Exchange membership. If each member looks around for those who are helping our community, offer them an opportunity to join our club’s fellowship and community services. They would help us achieve our clubs, Community Service, American Citizenship, and Service to Youth projects. Also, they would help us to keep growing our Child Abuse Prevention fund-raising programs.
Our club is a leader type organization that allows every new member to sharpen and grow their leadership skills while serving our community and American goals. Please ask and try to bring in one new member this year to help strengthen our club’s programs of service. Counting April, we have only six weeks left to do this! And members, “Understand”, we have lost a half-year’s rent of our facility that could have helped support our maintenance of facilities and donations given to our programs of service. A very worthwhile service.
Finally (and not to be last) please prayerfully consider God’s support of our efforts to be responsible to God, our Country, our community, and our families.
I am encouraging you to press on without club although, due to reasons beyond our control, we cannot meet for a while. I want also to thank President-Elect Jim Stapleton for his devotion to the club and his acting in my place. Please remember to ask those in our vast community who desire to become an Exchangite to come on and join us.
We are America’s Service Club. Let everyone know you are glad and proud to have been asked to join. Each one of us has been sponsored and asked to join by another club member. Ask even if they are a member of another club.

We stand for the American Flag, We pray to God with thankfulness
We support our military, We support our public safety and law enforcement
We help support Magnolia House, Satilla Advocacy Services and Elementary School Counselors
So, keep up the good work! Thanks!
Burton Carter
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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