Neil Skerratt is August Programs Chairman again this year for August! Jim Stapleton however, had a carry-over pro- gram from July and secured the August 2nd speaker, Heather Gonzalas of the Waycross YMCA at 1634 Plant Avenue.
This week’s speaker is Regina Miller / Cathy Cason or both from the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services.
Next week’s program is Ware County High School Gators Football Coach Franklin Stephens. Invite a guest to come!
NEW MEMBERS APPROVED
The Exchange Club of Waycross Board of Directors approved two new members subject to one week for any correspondence otherwise: Constantine Daniels and Bryan Carter Smith of Ware County Public Defenders Office brought to us by Craig Head. Comments if any, are to be given in writing to President Chris Tatum by August 9, 2018.
One member, Brock Joiner, resigned membership due to his travel required every week for his job driving for Bailey Monument. Come back when you can, Brock.
SGSC LETTER OF THANKS
President Chris Tatum read a letter from Taylor Hereford of South Georgia State College thanking our club for donating to the college’s James Dye foundation. The monies help individuals in their quest for education at the college.
EXCHANGE CLUB IMPROVEMENTS
Club President Chris Tatum reported at our recent luncheon meeting that $5,500 was spent on our finalized work on restrooms on fair grounds. Our club meeting building kitchen dishwasher was received last week and hot water connection done. Need for a used commercial refrigerator was expressed for $2,000-3,000.
Several club committee chairmanships are needed for 2018-2019 year. Please consider your skills and volunteer to get involved and serve your community. Read our Covenant of Service. Appointments by President Chris Tatum will be made after August 31st if volunteers are not available. So choose, now!
Members with advertising experience are needed to handle promotion of the Fair advertising during the year. November 6-11, 2018 is Fair date. Clean-up days will be set soon.
RUSTY BELL AND RABBITEYE BLUEBERRIES
Jim Stapleton introduced Rusty Bell of Rabbiteye Winery & Market in Bristol, Georgia on Highway 32. Address is 4331 Highway 32, Bristol, Georgia 31518. One million pints of blueberries are delivered to Brunswick market a year. Blueberry season is June 1 – August 31. Rabbiteye Wine has 100% of blueberries in the wine. This wine is sweet. Also, they are doing wholesaling. Wine prices range from $13.99 – 14.25 per bottle. Blackberry wine cost $15.50 per bottle. Very interest- ing and profitable industry here in our region!
WAYCROSS YMCA SERVICES
Jim Stapleton introduced Heather Gonzalas, Marketing Director and Development for the Waycross YMCA. Ms. Gonzalas said she is passionate about “Y” programs because they are guided to help our area’s 56% of children in poverty. They give evening snacks to children involved in their programs. Ms. Gonzalas thanked our club for our donation every year to help fund Camp Reveille for 200 kids. One week, they treat 100 under privileged kids to play during day and take trips to interesting sites and activities. Snacks and meals are given all day. Kids in school playing sports use a lot of energy and represent the school during competitions in the region.
“Super sacks” include enough food for a meal which is given to kids in summer feeding programs. Breakfast is given from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. and at dinner time. 56% of our population lives under poverty line. Nationally, 1 out of 6 children go hungry each day. Georgia has 1 out of 3 who are hungry each day until the next morning. Our community saves kids with “Y” enrichment programs which allow them to meet their full potential. Great program, Jim.