This Thursday’s December 28th luncheon meeting has been cancelled!
Next week Monday, January 1st is New Years Holiday.
Jim Blackburn is January, 2018 Programs Chairman. He is Battalion Chief, Waycross Fire Department and a member of GSAR TASK FORCE 8 (GEORGIA SEARCH AND RESCUE) which is part of the National Urban Search and Rescue Response System. His first speaker on Thursday, January 4 is Executive Director of the Ware County Emergency Management Agency, Jonathon Daniell. Invite a friend, associate or relative to eat and fellowship with our members. Come and Enjoy!


President Roger Collins reported that Guy Steed a new club member applicant, has been approved by the Board and will become a member after his dues are paid. Guy will become a committee member of a selected service that we support and the Fair. Our Exchange/Red Cross Blood Drive was held all day December 18th.
Our Christmas Banquet was held December 21st at 7:00 p.m. Our Salvation Army Bell Ringing was held during the day of December 22nd.


Robbie Winn Chairman of our Youth of the Month and Year introduced Rebecca Ashton Taylor at our luncheon meeting December 14. 2017.
Ashton is the daughter of Carlos and Becky Taylor and the granddaughter of Jim and Judy Taylor, Agnes Hickox, and the late Eugene Hickox. She is the sister and sister in-law of newlyweds, Austin and Madison Taylor. Ashton is ranked in the top 5 percent of the Ware County High School Seniors. When asked what she attributes her academic success, Ashton stated “Although I have not ultimately reached my goals at this point in my life, I attribute my success thus far to my family, my educators, my friends, and most importantly, God, who has given me guidance and strength from day one. All of these important people in my life, along with my community, have shaped who I am today – debt I can never repay.”
Some of Ashton’s activities and honors include:

  • 2017 Questbridge College Prep Scholar
  • Georgia Retired Educators Association Academic Award
  • President’s Award for Academic Excellence
  • Academic Honors List for South Georgia State College
  • 2017 Presbyterian College Junior Fellow Scholar
  • Georgia Certificate of Merit
  • Waycross Okefenokee Lions Club Academic honor Society
  • Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition Winner
  • Nomination for the National Youth Leadership Summit: Medicine & Engineering
  • AP Scholar with Honors Award
  • $20,000 Merit Based Scholarship through Mercer University
  • President of Beta Club
  • Secretary of National Honor Society
  • Chairman of First Southern Bank Junior Board of Directors
  • Okefenokee Lions Club Academic Honor Society
  • National Society of High School Scholars
  • Health Occupational Students of America
  • Student Council
  • Key Club
  • All “A” Honor Roll STEM Summer Internship Program
  • Microsoft Office Specialist

Ashton has also been involved in a number of community activities some of which include:

  • Stop Hunger Now
  • Sponsors needy children at Christmas
  • Helped organize community-wide home good drives for Magnolia House for battered women
  • Helped organize and participated in Fall festival to benefit the Magnolia House for abused and battered women
  • Tutoring struggling peers
  • Planned/created floats for various clubs in local parades
  • Volunteers at Ruskin Elementary School
  • Collected/donated school supplies for local families in need
  • Angel Tree Project
  • Volunteers through Okefenokee Swamp Park
  • Volunteers at Center Elementary
  • PBIS Student Leader
  • Mary Street Missions
  • Trick or Treat for UNICEF

After graduation Ashton plans to attend Mercer University and major in Neuroscience on a premedical track. Her goal is to seek a Bachelor’s Degree, a Master’s Degree and a Doctorate Degree in medicine at Mercer University. Ashton’s future goal is to become a physician.
On a personal note, Ashton is passionate about helping others whether it is through medicine, community service, or leadership. Even as I go off to college, I know that aside from academics, community service and involvement will be a priority of mine. I feel as if the purpose of life is not necessarily to be happy, but instead to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, and to have made a difference that you lived and lived well. Ashton, a well deserved recognition!


Chris Tatum, Waycross Exchange Club President-Elect, introduced Ray King of the Heartland Hospice in Brunswick, GA. The agency provides marketing advice, religious support, social work, health care services that are available to patients at no cost. Also provided to terminally ill Medicare patients at not cost including medications, supplies and equipment. All other patients have access to insurance benefits. However, not all patients are taking the benefits. He said their mission is for God. People without support have pain but they are not required to take it. The workers go to the patient’s homes but they are not provoked to go. Bill Deason’s daughter, Katie is case manager for the Waycross area to provide social, financial, social and family support, walkers, oxygen to those who do not need prescriptions. King wrote and sang a song for one patient having six months to live. He sang it to our members. They remove prescriptions not needed and pay for those who have no ability to pay. Quite a responsible service for those needing help!


Our Thursday, December 21, 2017 Christmas Banquet was held at 7:00 p.m. in our Ellie Royal Room with spouses invited, and members wearing red coats. A concert of Christmas music was sung by the Ware County high School A Cappella Choir of freshmen, sophomore, junior and senior students before food was served. Nine songs were presented including, Jesus, Glory to the Newborn King; Mary Sat Rocking Her Baby; Christmas Tree; Up On The House Top; Why That’s Christmas to Me; Christmas Bells; Oh’ Holy Night; and Sleigh Ride.
Sharon Deal and her staff served prime rib, baked potato, dessert and supplied decorations. Poinsettia’s were given away by a drawing to members. Sharon was thanked by President Roger for her excellent food and service.

Unity for Service

Our Motto - Unity for Service
The motto was adopted in 1917.
Its originator, Charles Berkey,
said the motto was inspired
by the 133rd Psalm, which says
“Behold how good and pleasant
it is for brethren to dwell
together in unity.”

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