President Jim Stapleton called on June Program Chair, George Barnhill, to introduce this week’s speaker. He introduce Assistant District Attorney Ian Sanscot, a lawyer in the D.A,’s Office for the past 10 years with the claim to fame being that he is married to Gary Griffin’s daughter. He thanked George for the introduction and was certainly glad to be here to speak even though he was “volun-told” to be here.
Waycross Club President Jim Stapleton and Bill Deason welcomed current Georgia State District of National Exchange Club President, Fussell Hughes, and President-Elect Thad Paulk. President Hughes is a member of the Exchange Club of Albany and once lived in Waycross during the year his family moved four times. His remarks were directed toward the upcoming State Convention to be held at Callaway Gardens this year. The agenda calls for a little bit of business and a whole lot of fun utilizing the full amenities of the Gardens.
CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION APRIL 15, 2021
President Jim Stapleton called on Chairperson Michael Ray for this week’s program. Michael then introduced Heather Flowers, the Family Justice Center Site Coordinator. In conjunction with Magnolia House, a 4-year grant has been awarded for the development of a Family Justice Center in Waycross and two other Georgia locations (Cobb and Macon).
CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION
President Jim Stapleton called on Chairperson Michael Ray for this week’s program. Michael then introduced Zina Ponsell, the Children’s Coordinator and Community Awareness and Education Coordinator for Magnolia House, Waycross Area Shelter for Abused Persons, Inc. Ms. Ponsell began with a definition of “child abuse” as any behavior directed toward a child by a parent, guardian, caregiver, other family member or another adult that endangers or impairs a child’s physical or emotional health and/or development.
PUBLIC DEFENDERS OFFICE
President Jim Stapleton and Chairperson Mary Barnes turned the podium over to Craig Head, Chief Assistant of the Public Defender’s Office of the Waycross Judicial Circuit. About 40% of his cases are in Ware County. There are nine attorneys, one investigator, and administrative staff for the six counties in the circuit handling all felonies and felonies and misdemeanor cases in Brantley County.