Neil Skerratt, August Programs Chairman has arranged for Julie Stewart and Ivy Kratzer leaders of the LAMBS Charity to present their program at this Thursday’s luncheon at 12:30 p.m.
Next Monday, Al Jacobson leads our monthly Exchange/Red Cross Blood Drive from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Invite a friend or associate to come with you and enjoy the spirit of giving life.
Next Thursday, August 30th, we will listen to Neil’s guest, Bill McCullogh, CEO of Memorial Satilla Hospital describe the hospital’s operations and success serving local health needs.


Club President Chris Tatum gave a brief summary of our Exchange Club board meeting last Thursday. Improvements and upgrades to the campground in the back of the fairgrounds have been completed! All of our Program Chairs have been filled and all Committee Chairs have been filled.


President Chris Tatum announced two new members have been approved and met one-week waiting period test. Bryan Carter Smith of the Public Defenders Office and Constantine Daniels, both sponsored by Craig Head of Public Defenders Office. Welcome members, Check with President Chris Tatum for your choice of committee to serve on. Your leader- ship skills are always sought by the club to carry out duties of our Exchange Covenant of Service and our several Programs of Service. Welcome to America’s Service Club, Bryan and Constantine!


Our Okefenokee Agricultural Fair Board Meeting held August 16th at 11:00 a.m. considered and approved a change in our Fair Ticket Sales procedures. Flash Food Stores will not have Fair presale tickets to sell. Instead, our Ticket Booth will be open November 3,4,5 to sell the tickets. Questions? Call or contact President Chris Tatum, Burton Carter or this Red Coater for information.


Neil Skerratt introduced our noon luncheon speaker Dr. Franklin Stephens, Head Coach of the Ware County High School Gators. He started by summarizing the team as “young and skilled with talent and speed.” Beginning his fifth year, he is getting closer to having “guys that can run”. It has been a busy summer with 7 on 7 camps in Gainesville, Florida and at Valdosta State plus hosting a camp here. Camps are a great place to work on decisionmaking and discipline. He said it is important to begin each day determined to “control an attitude”. The senior players are challenging the team to be hardworking and prepare for their moment of excellence.
He talked about the lessons contained in the words “Mind- set” such as Motivation, Inclusion-Caring about Others, No Excuses, Discipline and Details, Sense of Urgency, Enthusiasm, Effort and Endurance, and Toughness along with Trust.
He said they didn’t get it done last year in their region. He said this year, “they are going to find a way to get it done.” Our high school athletes are getting good football training and good life skills to win in the future.
He is definitely encouraged about the season and filled with high expectations. Let’s join the coach and the team with great club and community support! GO GATORS! Thanks Neil for the program. (Thanks Ken Carroll for taking notes!)


Detective Neil Skerratt August Programs Chairman introduced Virginia Miller of Georgia Division of Family and Children Services located on Plant Avenue near other social service organizations for Ware County and Pierce County DFCS offices.
The Ware County office of DFCS reported 589 child abuse cases under investigation or support. They have two workers in the office and are hiring two more to make four workers. Process is: reports come in by telephone or walk-ins. A new state law requires a central intake form be completed about the case either on line, telephone or in office. They do not wait. A 1-800-hotline is available to call. They need good employees and volunteers to handle the load of care, treatment, coaching and support of abused child and family. Need is analyzed for 2 hour, 24 hour or 72 hour treatments. All members of family care are contacted, check body for abuses. Response time to help is as soon as possible to determine type of case, do investigation and provide support.
They had 41 sex/contact abuse cases done by physical, (intentional, accidental harm), neglect, child endangerment (in home investigation), by care giver. Handle prenatal cases.
85% of children are meth-exposed which affects their minds forever. They have a non-public child registry with child abuser names on it for future referrals. They need foster homes. She thanked partners and Ware County has best partner relationships, Satilla Advocacy Services, Exchange Club and Law Enforcement.

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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