This week’s program at our 12:30 p.m. luncheon meeting is Ms. Terry Anderson, speaker for Satilla Advocacy Services. Terry’s goal is to carry out the agency’s mission of serving needs of crime victim’s in Waycross, Terry is brought to us by Programs Chairman, Ginger Peagler.
Next week, Ginger Peagler will have a programs speaker brought to us to speak on “Stewards of Children”.
CLUB OFFICER ELECTION
President Chris Tatum continued his appeal to members to use their leadership skills and offer to serve on our Club’s Executive Board of Directors. Written offers are to be taken to President Chris and his nominating committee as soon as possible. Openings to fill are one/1 year Director for retiring Steve Smoak and three/2 year directors formerly served by Mary Barnes, Connie Sanders, and Steve Smoak. Mary Barnes and Bonnie Sanders are moving to 1-year directors. Also, President-Elect position is open for a three year position.
Jim Stapleton was offered for President-Elect, Chris Tatum will automatically accede to Immediate Past Club President, Burton Carter will accede to President, two-year director nominees are Michael-Angelo James, Sondra Crews, and Tommy Moore. One-year Director will be offered by David Johnson. Treasurer Bill Deason and Larry Paulk, Assistant Treasurer, will continue their duties. A motion to elect all nominees was moved and passed. All nominees were elected as nominated.
Sadly, we are losing Sharon Deal who has tendered her resignation as “food chef” for the last several decades, to be effective after the Installation Banquet in June (27th?). Much more, can be and will be said about this loss, later!
ASSISTANT SPECIAL AGENT-IN-CHARGE GBI REGION 4
(by Ken Carroll)
Carl James introduced, Jason Seachrist at our last meeting. Before beginning his prepared remarks, Officer Seachrist thanked our Exchange Club for being a Blood Drive location. His personal story involved his daughter being diagnosed with childhood cancer, some seven years ago. In treatment, she had 30 Blood Transfusions and is now doing great! So all blood drives have a special place in his heart and he thanked all who participated.
Officer Seachrist began with a brief history of the GBI and overview of the mission is related to violent crime and crimes against children. The Region 4 officer covers 11 counties in S. E. Georgia. The GBI must be requested to, by an approved agency, for the GBI to be involved and to investigate. A lot of work is requested by smaller law enforcement agencies in counties with limited resources.
The major position of his presentation informed the club regarding Cyber Crime and Identity Theft. In 2017, the loss to businesses was reported at $131 million dollars but the actual losses may have been 7 times that amount. Computer and Internet crimes fall into areas of stalking, terrorism and hacking. Ninety two % of the crimes occur by the actions of the victims. Scams and skimming are prevalent traps being used.
Many tips and do’s/don’t’s were covered:
- PC up to date, apps and installation with virus/internet protection;
- strengthen passwords;
- favor credit cards over debit cards;
- be aware of scams that ask for money or information about your identity and banking;
- monitor your financial accounts for surprises or unusual activity
- check your credit reports (free annually) offered as a service from credit cards.
Report any crime or loss and get a report from law enforcement!
Very important and relevant! Thanks Carl and Ken for your report.
MARCH YOUTH OF THE MONTH
Robbie Winn introduced Waycross Exchange Club’s Youth of the Month nominee as Senior, Clayton Lamar Bennett. Clay is the son of Larmar and Penny Bennett. Clay is currently ranked 21st out of 338 Ware County High School Seniors.
Clay’s Activities/Honors at WCHS include:
- Lion’s Club – 11th
- All A Honor Roll – 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
- Beta Club – 10th, 11th, 12th
- National Honor Society – 11th, 12th
- Dual Enrollment – 10th, 11th,12th
- Coastal Pines Technical College (10th, 11th)
- South Georgia State College (12th)
- Presbyterian College Junior Fellow Scholar Award – 11th
- Baseball Team 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Clay has been involved in a number of community activities including:
• Volunteering as a YMCA Camp Reveille counselor, Miracle League baseball volunteer, parking assistant for the Okefenokee Fair, Center Elementary Field Day volunteer, and American Red Cross Hurricane Shelter volunteer.
• Attending Pineview Baptist Church, serving as an usher, Vacation Bible School worker, and teaching Sunday School as an assistant teacher.
After graduation from Ware County High School, Clay plans to attend South Georgia State College for one year and transfer to Georgia College & State University where he will major in Biology. Congratulations Clayton Lamar Bennett, March Youth of the Month winner!
MARY STREET MISSION
Phillip Barnes, son of Mary Barnes was introduced by Ms. Barnes! As Director of Mary Street Mission, Mr. Barnes revealed some of our members who gave much of their time and fortune to serving the residents on special occasions, some over 15 years like Bill Day. Also, Larry Paulk and Bill Higginson were on the Board of Directors for years. The Mission address is 517 Mary Street. They help the community by supplying some of their monetary needs. Over 24,000 persons have been helped with over 1,700 accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord & Savior. Their telephone number is 912.338.8940 for information and charity work. It is a privately held company in Waycross formed in 2002 and incorporated in Georgia. Staff employed range from 1-4. It is a Christian Social Business.
Johnny Ware operated it for 17 years and was a very humble man. Now people need help on utilities, as most of their funds have been used. Generally churches are down on funding. On Thanksgiving. The Mission served Thanksgiving Dinner, for 15 years, delivering to homes to those who could not get out. Bad weather has hurt their efforts. They have 140 at dinner being served full meal. The largest food drive was 13,000 cans of food dropped off to the site. Cash has been put in their mailbox! Some business (restaurants) deliver to them. They are going to bring kids in with a Waycross Bible School. He urged members to help as they can. (We can help as we can!) Thanks for bringing the program, Carl and Mary Barnes.