April 1, 2021

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.

March 11, 2021

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.”

March 4, 2021

DEE MEADOWS FIRE CHIEF OF WARE COUNTY

President Jim Stapleton called on Chairperson Michael Ray for this week’s program. Michael introduced Dee Meadows, Fire Chief of Ware County. Chief Meadows has thirty-one total years with 25 years with the City of Waycross and now completing three years as Chief of the County. He was recently appointed by the Governor to serve on the State Public Safety Board over all aspects of law enforcement and public safety as one of two fire chiefs. If nothing else, he has gained an appreciation for their jobs and more than ever supports the work done.

February 11, 2021

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.

January 14, 2021

PROGRAMS

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.