This week, April Programs Chairman Ginger Peagler brings Gail Seifert of the Ware County Children’s Initiative. Next week, Al Jacobson on Monday, April 22, brings our Exchange Club/American Red Cross Blood Drive from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. in our Ellie Royal Conference Room. Bring a guest. Next week, Thursday, our Luncheon Program will be Magnolia House-Anti Bullying Efforts and RAD KIDS Safety Program. Prior to the luncheon our Fair Association and Exchange Club Boards will meet at 11:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. respectively.


Ginger Peagler asked Club members to answer a question at the next luncheon meeting: Why do Exchangites wear blue on Mondays in April? Of course someone yelled out the answer to spoil Ginger’s program for next week! Answer: Blue represents the color of children’s bruises from abuse. Every member in the club needs to consider donating to our National Child Abuse Prevention Program in our club and at National Exchange Club CAP office. Mayor John Knox and Ware County Commission Chairman Jimmy Brown presented a Joint resolution to the club designating April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, signed April 4, 2019. Members and the public are to wear blue every Monday in April to show awareness of needs to prevent Child Abuse.


Robbie Winn introduced former Youth of the Month winners attending our last luncheon as follows: September – Bhumi Patel; October – Collen Shepard; November – Mia Daniel; December – Randy Smith; January – Melea Morton; February – Colt Henderson; and March – Clay Bennett. Each monthly winner received a plaque and a $50 Scholarship from our club. Robbie, then, introduced Ware County High School, senior Bhumi Bhadresh Patel as Waycross Exchange Club Youth of the Year, 2018-2019. Bhumi received a $500 scholarship and will represent the Waycross Exchange Club at Georgia District Exchange Competition. Bhumi is the daughter of Bhadresh and Vanita Patel. Bhumi is currently ranked 10 out of 342 Ware County High School seniors. Bhumi’s Activities/Honors at WCHS include:
  • Lion’s Club … 11th
  • All A Honor Roll … 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Beta Club
  • National Honor Society Dual Enrollment – Coastal Pines Technical College (10th, 11th) – South Georgia State College (12th)
  • Presbyterian College Junior Fellow Scholar Award 11th
  • Baseball Team 9th, 10th, 11th,12th
Bhumi has been involved in a number of community activities including:
  • Volunteering through National Honor Society
  • Volunteering through Beta Club
  • Volunteering through Key Club
  • Volunteering with the local animal shelter to work with displaced pets during the last two hurricane seasons
After graduation from Ware County High School, Bhumi plans to attend Mercer University and possibly pursue something in liberal arts with a focus in business. Congratulations Bhumi Patel!


Virginia Peagler introduced Terry Anderson, Executive Director of Satilla Advocacy Services formed in 1998 to help sexual assault survivors in Ware, Pierce and surrounding counties. Legal and medical services are provided to the survivors of all ages. SAS is committed to promote community awareness and education to organizations and agencies that will provide supportive services for victims of sexual assault. Mrs. Anderson said five persons die everyday from Child Abuse. Community is asked to know the facts and report every hint of child abuse. Drugs, child left behind for foster parents and grandparents have to do the work. Children are being lost and need help. Call in to SAS 24 hours crisis line 912-283-0987 or 800- 656-4373. Get counseling and emotional support, SAS Services and evidence exams. Victims should know it was snot their fault! Be aware of those around you. They need your attention! Listen! Take them to church with you. Society has forgotten to ask children to go to church. Their program of “Dark to Light” helps educate children. Their Unison Unit helps in counseling. They get many rape cases everyday. A program for safe training for ladies who may feel something is wrong with an association – they must get away fast!


Virginia Peagler introduced Zina Ponsell commenting that April is not only Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month, but Sexual Assault Awareness Month as well. The Waycross Area Shelter for Abused Persons, Inc. Magnolia House provides shelter to victims of domestic violence with 14 beds for women. They have 243 new victim cases, 4,000 have provided with beds. They have handled 401 crisis calls and provided 14,000 services to clients. They help them get I.D.’s, pay rent for days, food and safe place to stay. Also, clothing, shoes, furniture (donations) free to clients if burned out. August 10 will be Dancing with the Stars to raise money. Mary Fogle is Director, Lisa Patrowicz is a Legal Advocate, Kimberly Frazier is Ware County Schools, Inner School Social Worker to provide services of comfort and assurance to victims. She teaches classes to churches, kids, adults, and relationships. Worthwhile program, Virginia!

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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