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.
EXCHANGE ORIENTATION PART ONE
President Jim Stapleton and Chairperson Mary Barnes turned the podium over to Ken Carroll for this week’s program.
Mr. Ken began his Orientation presentation with “the Challenge” from remarks he used when serving as District 10 Director of the Georgia Exchange Club District as part of the New Members Induction Ceremony.“ From this day forward, you will have many challenging opportunities to serve your community through Exchange, so be prepared to freely share with us your own particular talents and resources. As an Exchangite, you are expected to “aid in our continuing expansion and progress by inviting others to be part of Exchange for personal growth and service to the community.”