EXCITING NEWS FROM THE NATIONAL EXCHANGE
2022 Court of Honor Inductees
The Court of Honor, formed by the three wings of the National Headquarters building, was established in 1957 to help pay tribute to the great men and women of Exchange.
A lasting tribute and the highest and most lasting recognition an Exchangite can receive is to be forever honored by induction into the Court of Honor. The 2022 Court of Honor is WILLIAM E. DEASON, Vickie Ketchie, and Thomas Williams, Sr.
Congratulations and thank you for your dedication to the Exchange.
WARE COUNTY GOVERNMENT ATTORNEY ANTHONY “TONY” ROWELL
Program Chairman Danny Bartlett introduced attorney “Tony” Rowell to the August 4th meeting. He said that the best government is on the local level. Local governments such as Ware County are most transparent, have a balanced budget, open public hearings, and open records. Our local government provides public safety, water and sewer services, and 911 access.
He believes that as a country everyone should have a voice and that the cornerstone of our country is freedom.
During his college years and years as an attorney, he formed the “Five F’s”: Free Market, Faith, Family, Firearms, and Freedom. He believes we are presently in danger of losing these values the Founding Fathers fought for.
WARE COUNTY FOOTBALL COACH JASON STRICKLAND
After an introduction by Program Chairman Danny Bartlett, Coach Strickland said that coaches filter throughout the school and are visible to all the students every day. They are mentors for the students, not just the athletes who play football. The weight room is a place for up to four hundred young people to visit, exercise, and socialize each week. Not only football, but basketball, soccer, baseball, softball, cheerleaders, band members, and others use the facility and equipment. He called it a place of love. He tells his students; that team sports help them not to be defined by their circumstances outside the field but give them an opportunity to be successful. The first football game of the season is at Appling County on Friday, August 19th. Some of this year’s regional opponents have changed due to a restructuring of the high school regions. Warner Robins is no longer in the region, Coffee is still in the region and Statesboro has been added.
After coaching at WCHS he is impressed by the character and quality of the players that he has had the opportunity to work with. Linebacker Trey Hargrove is in his third year and carries a 3.7 GPA. He is receiving numerous offers from colleges. He also praised returning players, Goble, Hall, and Watson among other standouts.
When questioned about the starting quarterback position, Coach Strickland said that he had several promising candidates. Niko Smith is a transfer from Yulee who is a scholar athlete and has had considerable interest from Notre Dame and Yale. Also, returning Gators Cole Cox and Luke Hooks are looking good. On defense, ten of last season’s starters are returning this year. It looks to be an exciting Fall! Go Gators!!