ASHLEY WILLIAMS CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER
President Jim Stapleton called on Chairperson Michael Ray for this week’s program. Michael introduced Ashley Williams denoting her educational accomplishments and experience as a licensed clinical social worker and her position as the Zone Leader for Behavioral Services for the 34 counties and the Georgia Crisis & Access Line 800-715-4225 of Southeast Georgia.
President Jim Stapleton called on January Program Chairman Miranda Whitley to introduce David Jordan, Manager of Laura S. Walker State Park. Do you know what happened on February 28, 1861?
Laura S. Walker was born and it was the beginning of a life that was recognized in the naming of what is now Laura S. Walker State Park. In 1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt had named the National Park after Laura S. Walker which was exceptional by being the First woman and a living person to be so honored.
President Jim Stapleton called on January Program Chairman Miranda Whitley to introduce Marianne Graf-Thomas of Blackshear, a vendor at the Exchange Club Flea Market. She is the owner of Sand Hill Farm, a “from my farm to your table” small business. She is a “return to her roots” person that started with ten chickens and realized that she needed to be able to do more than just eat eggs. Her home has now become her factory! As her business card and display proved, she has gone from country fresh farm eggs to local wildflower honey, jams, jellies, syrups, cakes, pies (especially pecan) into hand-poured soaps and candles, potpourris, and sachets.
Program Chair and President of the day, Ken Carroll declared December 17, 2020 – Salvation Army Day! This is usually the club meeting before our day of ringing the bell, but not 2020. The podium was turned over to Captain Jim Dillingham of the Salvation Army.
This week Thursday, we will have no luncheon speaker as we have no meeting due to celebrating our Thanksgiving holiday on November 26th. European England Patriots started living here after sailing from England to our country’s eastern Maryland shore for freedom from religious and governmental regulations. In 1498, early European explorers sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to our Maryland shore to settle on land granted to them through Sir George Calvert, a recently converted catholic, by King Charles!