REPORTS FROM THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
NEW MEMBER APPLICATIONS
President Craig Head announced the Board of Directors received and approved three membership applications in July. If there is no objection from the current members, we will welcome Wanda James, Hannah Grant, and King Goree to our club.
OKEFENOKEE AGRICULTURAL FAIR UPDATE
Treasurer Bill Deason has exciting news about new and updated methods for the fair goers to buy tickets. For the upcoming Okefenokee Agricultural Fair IN ADDITION TO cash sales, tickets will be available online (E-Tickets), by a QR Code and the fair will have a social media presence. (If any of that is Greek to you, ask your grandchildren for clarity, Ha-Ha). Even better news, there will be no cost to the Waycross Exchange Club for these services.
CASA PROGRAM DIRECTOR ANNA WALL
On July 21st Program Chair Mike Thrift introduced Anna Wall to the club. Anna is the Program Director of Southeast Georgia for Court Appointed Special Advocates.
Anna has been a social worker for more than twenty years. She began in 1998 as a Crisis Line Operator and has worked for the Department of Family and Children Services as well as the Juvenile Justice Office.
CASA works under ACTION PACT. Looking out for the best interests of children who are living in foster care.
In March of this year, there were 601 children in foster care within the counties of Bacon, Brantley, Charlton, Coffee, Pierce and Ware. Children range in age from birth to 18 years old. Once a child turns 18, he or she is no longer eligible for the service. CASA volunteers strive to help those who age out of the program to find housing, employment, and/or schools. The children who are placed in foster care move an average of five times a year. They need more volunteers. Currently, 24 volunteers are working, far less than the 100 needed. Training for volunteers is available through CASA or the Department of Family and Children Services. A volunteer must be age 21 or older.
CASA accepts donations and works closely with local community organizations such as the Magnolia House, Call to Care and others.
For more information contact Anna Wall at 912-283- 6083 or on-line http://www.gacasa.org
HENDERICA ROBINSON 90WORKS
Henderica Robinson was the guest speaker at Waycross Exchange Club’s weekly meeting on July 28th. She is an Eligibility/Rapid Resolution Specialist at 90Works in Valdosta. 90WORKS is a Veterans support group whose 90-day program is designed to get homeless or near homeless veterans back on their feet and self-sufficient.
90WORKS is comprised of five major service programs aimed at meeting the needs of in crisis and vulnerable populations throughout Northwest Florida and fifty-two counties in South Georgia.
In the community, 90WORKS will conduct an annual homelessness count, collaborate with community partners and help veterans and their families move from poverty and homelessness to self-sufficiency. The programs provided are Emergency Shelter Grant, Family Support Team, and Supportive Services for Veteran Families.
They can be contacted at 1-855-90works, their website at www.90works.org, or via email [email protected].
RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE
Linda Hayes announced that the Al Jacobson Red Cross Blood Drive collected eighty-eight pints of good blood on July 25th. One hundred and six donors showed up, but eighteen were deferred for assorted reasons.