This Thursday, the day after Christmas Holiday, we will not have a meeting due to the previous day holiday. Next Thursday is New Year’s Eve. Wednesday is January 1, 2020, New Years’ day Holiday. We will meet Thursday, January 2, 2020, 12:30 p.m. for our luncheon program.
Our Georgia Association of Agricultural Fair Convention with The South Carolina (SCAF) will be held January 30 – February 1, 2020 at Embassy Suites, Greenville, South Carolina for our members: Jonathan Daniell, Burton Carter and others will attend.
EXCHANGE CLUB CHRISTMAS BANQUET
On Thursday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m. our club met at our Ellie Royal Conference Room for a delicious prime rib meal and accompaniments of vegetables and desserts! Music was delightfully provided by Rose Touch Harps Amiee Marie, Harpist from Screven, Georgia. She does special events, memorials, private lessons, and concerts. Her phone if you are interested is (912) 283.3429.
Sharon Deal, Kim Pimental and helpers did a magnificent job with providing food, decorations and service. Thank you, Sharon and Kim.
SYDNEY ELIZABETH BOKOR DECEMBER YOUTH OF THE MONTH
Robbie Winn, Youth of the Month/Year Committee Chairman introduced with much enthusiasm Sydney Elizabeth Bokor as our December Youth of the Month. Sydney is the daughter of Micky and Suzanne Bokor. She is currently ranked 12th out of 340 Ware County High School seniors.
Sydney’s Activities/Honors at WCHS include:
- Beta Club 10th, 11th, 12th
- National Honor Society 10th, 11th, 12th
- “A” Honor Roll 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
- University Of Georgia Certificate of Merit 11th
- Presbyterian College Fellows Award 11th
- Varsity Swimming 11th
- JV Tennis 9th, 10th (JV Player of the year)
- Varsity Tennis 11th (Coach’s Award) , 12th
- Waycross Bank & Trust Junior Board 12th
- Okefenokee Lions Club Academic Honor Society 11th
- Voice of Democracy Writing Competition 10th
- Stage Crew for school musical 10th
- Advanced Band 10th, 11th, 12th
- Intermediate Band 9th
- Marching Band-Color Guard 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
- Color Guard Captain 11th, 12th
- Marching Band Leadership Team 11th, 12thSydney has been involved in a number of community activities including:
- Volunteers with Waycross Animal Services on the weekends
- Volunteered and donated supplies with the Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia during recent hurricanes
- Donated presents to children in need for Christmas
- Volunteered at Center Elementary open house
- Worked at Fall Festival at First Baptist of Downtown Waycross
- Volunteered at Center Elementary Field Day
- Volunteered at church camp working with children from local youth centers
- Donated school supplies for students in need
- Volunteered at Rebuilding Together
- Volunteered with Miracle League
- Dressed as Princess Anna for Pirates and Princess Luncheon for Waycross Service League
- Volunteered at Special Olympics
After graduation from Ware County High School, Sydney plans to attend the University of Georgia. She plans to pursue a degree in Biology so she can fulfill her dream of becoming a Physician’s Assistant specializing in Pediatrics. Congratulations Sydney Bokor, December Youth of the Month! Our Youth of the Month winners (7) compete and the winning Youth of the Year receives $500 scholarship. If a student wins District Youth of the Year receives $1,500 and then has a chance to compete for National Exchange Youth of the Year, the winner will receive a $10,000 scholarship.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY CRETIA DOWLING
Billy announced his wife’s birthday at our last meeting being one half of her age. Members recognized her birthday by not discussing age!
Blood Drive at our Exchange Ellie Royal Conference Room is set for December 23rd from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. A second drive is set for December 30th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in order to add extra pints for holiday weekend accidents which unfortunately can happen. Al Jacobson is our chairman for blood drives in conjunction with American Red Cross volunteers.
ED RYNDERS GEORGIA VOTING EDUCATION
Ken Carroll, December Program Chairman introduced ED Rynders, Voter Education Coordinator for Georgia governments and citizens. A large effort is underway by the Governor to make sure Voters correctly record their votes with new voting equipment purchased for $107 million and are completely educated on how to use machines. The voter machines allow the voter to press the button for their choice and recorded on the screen. When completed, a paper drops into the machine showing voter’s choice which voters can review.
Voters have one long year to learn the process by attending information locations with the machine and helpers to assist.
Local governments have to pay for the cost of voting but state buys machines (3,000) that go to voting precincts. Training will be given to churches, Democratic and Republican parties to practice on.
When voter’s ballot drops into the machine it is scanned. Voter can look at a copy of the ballot coming from bottom of machine to verify accurate choice.
March voting for early voting will be time to try out the machines if you want to. Experience with the machines shows that not one has been hacked! Machines may go in to library for voters to try out. Go to SecureVoteGA.com for more information. Thanks, Ken.