This week we have no meeting on December 27th! Next week on Thursday, January 3rd, Judge Nathan Grantham brings Post Commander GSP, Chad Woods to speak as our first January Program.
On Tuesday, January 1, we wish you a Happy and Prosperous New Year, 2019.
On December 21, our club manned red kettles at several
commercial retail sites facing Plant Avenue and Memorial Drive, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. members stood by their kettle greeting public with “Merry Christmas” as they placed donations in the kettles. At Wal-Mart on Memorial Drive citi- zens rich and poor observed, gave their donations. Especially children happily learned to place money in the kettle for the underprivileged and sick. Great service to our communities.
President Chris Tatum reminded members the police (FOP) have donations to raise money for families having kids in Elementary Schools needing help and recommended by D.F.A.C.S.
Blood Drive was held on December 24 from 9:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m. to give the gift of life.
Ken Carroll introduced Captain Jim Dillingham of the local Salvation Army Corp. He said he came to speak to our club especially because we like to help them do so much for our community. Even though the city is losing population he said we continue to give so much per person. In 2017, the Salva- tion Army received $89,000 from us with 82% staying here. Staff has no big salary as well as the captain. They love God and their fellow man. Disaster Services are given to persons damaged by storms Matthew, Irma, Michael and Florence. These people have nothing and no where to go or have other help. They have a big pantry and pay some of their utilities. They feed anyone who is hungry. They get services and food from local restaurants! Pizza Hut and Olive Garden, too! Also food comes from Douglas and Alma. As the Bible says to “Feed My Sheep” to show love to a broken world. Captain Jim said, he is proud and likes to work with Exchange Club. Give physical help first and then lunch and the Holy Spirit to meet their spiritual needs.
He said he was proud to work with us and is in awe of us and wants to Thank You! He has a feasibility study underway to build a “family” shelter for women, men, and children. Then, a capital campaign! They expect a large endowment from a large donor. He wants to thank Priscilla Christopher for her work with them! Great Service! Thank you Priscilla!
YOUTH OF THE MONTH RANDY WILLIAM SMITH
Robbie Winn introduced Youth of the Month Randy William Smith. Randy is the son of Ricky and Amanda Bridges. Randy is currently ranked 27th out of 340 Ware County High School seniors.
Randy’s Activities/Honors ar WCHS include:
- Golden Gator Marching Band 9th, 10th
- Concert Band 9th, 10th
- District Honor Band 9th, 10th
- WCHS Concert/Symphonic Band Directors Award 9th
- BETA Club 9th, 10th, 12th
Vice President 12th;
- National Honor Society 11th, 12th
Vice President 12th;
- VFW Voice of Democracy Essay Contest 3rd Place
- Academic Quiz Bowl Captain 11th, 12th
- All A Honor Roll
- Regional Science Fair 3rd Place
- State Science Fair Participant
- Ted Ed Club
- Waycross Bank and Trust Junior Board
- STEM Summer Internship 2018
- Math Team 9th, 11th
Randy has been involved in a number of community activities including:
Volunteering for Silent Santa, Autism Awareness Day, Beta
Club’s Fall Festival & Trunk or Treat, a church Trunk or Treat, Campground Ministries Camp’s Birthday Race, A Night to Re- member Prom, Sound of Gold Band Festival, Nutcracker Ballet backstage & props, Open Mic Night, Beta/NHS Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive, Beta Club’s Magnolia House Adopt a Fam- ily for Christmas, NHS School Supply Drive, Waycross Service League Character Breakfast, Wacona Elementary’s Quiz Bowl Tournament, and Center Elementary’s Quiz Bowl Tournament. After graduation from Ware County High School, Randy plans to attend Mercer University and major in Biochemistry.
K-12 STEM SUPPORT COACH
Millie Price STEM Coach for K-12 elementary schools who explained why Ware County schools have “STEM”. We are members of Spaceport Camden Education & Workforce Subcommittee formed July 3, 2018. STEM teaching combines instruction content with two or more content areas thereby teaching skills connected to real life. Students can learn skills and upon graduation or continued education get hired in local businesses. Students are exposed to every subject area connected to other areas to understand the value of math and service skills thereby planting seeds for future ca- reer options as early as Pre-K! Competitions have proficiency at Regional, National, and State levels. Students become aware of a future role in NASA for example. Collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking are encouraged in every class. This is a great service to our students!
President Chris Tatum and Robbie Winn present Youth of the Month Randy William Smith with a plaque.
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