This week’s Thursday, August 22, 2019 Program Chairman, Tommy Moore brings Captain Neil T. Skerratt (former member) Ware County Sheriff’s Department to speak on Ware County Drug Enforcement. Next week Monday, August 25 our club’s monthly Blood Drive will be held from 9:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. led by Chairman Al Jacobson. Invite a friend, associate or relative to come and help the American Red Cross reach its goal.
Next week Thursday, August 29, our noon luncheon speaker will ask, “Are you up-to-date with your immunizations? Connie Barefield, Nurse Manager at the Ware County Health Department will give you answers. Invite a guest to come to the meeting with you and hopefully, fill out an application to join America’s Service Club.
Again, President Burton Carter asked each member to ask a friend, business associate or relative to join our noon luncheons and fellowship. He or she will meet and fellowship with other members of our community leaders and businesses. They can exchange business, religious, and civic service ideas for many who have served and/or are learning to lead and serve others.
President Burton received two letters of thanks sent to our club. One is from Stephanie Roberts for their use of our club foundation money to cover part of students expense at Coastal Pines Technical College. Ms. Roberts thanked our club. The second letter from
the James M. Dye Foundation at South Georgia State College gave our club thanks for our contributions. Letter was signed by Taylor Hereford of SGSC.
New member approved by our Exchange Club Board is Mickey Mullis with Vita Mart on Plant Avenue, Flanders Shopping Center.
STEM FOCUSING ON COMMUNITY FACILITIES
Carl Franz reported on a change in focus for students to be learning about problems and issues in public areas. Research is going into robotics. Also, problems in cities and counties will be studied for solutions and how to get the community involved. Problems expected to be resolved will be downtown development, city engineering and renovation of Bunn Building. Carl said he is excited to be able to introduce these issues to our club.
VETERANS FORUM SET 09/03/19
Emmett Nolan, field Representative for Buddy Carter, U.S. House of Representatives, First District of Georgia, reported that the Veterans Forum set for Waycross, will be held at the City Auditorium, September 3rd from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Veterans are to bring their papers and certificates regarding issues they wish resolved to the meeting.
BRIAN ROBBINS RAILROAD SAFETY
Tommy Moore, August Program Chairman, introduced his friend, CSX Railroad employee, Brian Robbins (former club member), to speak on crimes against the railroad. As Special Agent of CSX Railroad, Brian investigates acts or offenses against the Railroad, especially involving Railroad Crossing Safety violations in Southeast Georgia area extending from Alabama to Savannah and then south along I-75/Cordele southern area. Trains cannot be “handled” like a car can swerve or stop quickly. Trains run in several directions in Waycross. There are always mechanical issues, they may not always be on time. He goes to accidents, working with local law officials. Trains have a 4,000 pound to (1) one weight advantage in accidents! So be careful!
He warns the public to stay away from tracks that are owned by railroad private corporations. STAY OFF! STAY AWAY! STAY ALIVE! Breeze off the train’s movement can carry rocks or pull or move a person toward the train! Stay 15 to 50 feet away! Put NO rocks or cans on tracks. Respect crossings. Double tracks are dangerous to cross without looking both ways after train passes. Mile markers have phone and help phone number to call if know of an unsafe situation. Video’s of train crossing accidents showed cars and trucks crushed beyond recognition! Inform young drivers of how to have a lifetime of safety by heeding warnings! Thanks for the safety information, Tommy.
BRIAN BOOTH CSX RAILROAD ENVIRONMENTAL SUPERVISOR
August Program Chairman, Tommy Moore, introduced Brian Booth, Manager Environmental Field Services, CSX Railroad, speak- ing on Environmental Issues with CSX Railroad. Mr. Booth began saying we need to have respect for our environment. When something happens to injure the environment, we need to take up solutions to prevent more and to restore, within the laws. He is in charge of overseeing remedies or restoration of the systems of the environment being damaged according to following plans!
- SPCC PLAN look for leaking
- SWP Plan – non-storm water plan
- Hazard Water Protection Plan – training employees important -Solid Waste Plan – Monitor equipment used in collecting solid waste and disposal.
- SPECIAL PROJECTS PLANS
- FUEL REUSED FROM TRUCKS TO BE RECYCLED
- VEHICLE RECOVERY PLAN
The West Hamilton Street & Waste Water Treatment Plant #3 handles paint etc. products from the Car Shop. They will have a new remediation treatment plant in two weeks, operating at “state of the art” quality and quantity. Finally, he said that CSX is very conscientious of what they are doing. They send notices to violators to correct problems. Very good program, Tommy, on improvements to our railroad environment!
AL JACOBSON & PARTNER WINS DANCING WITH THE STARS
Al Jacobson and his partner Heather Minshew won first place at the local “Dancing With the Stars” program to raise funds for our Magnolia House! They collected $188,000 for the wonderful services they provide to our citizens. Well done, Al!