Carl James, February Programs Chairman this year is also Public Safety Banquet Chairman for this February 20th evening festivities. We will honor our city and county Public Safety employees who have excelled in their official duties and dedication during 2019. Recognition will be given to all who have achieved high goals, life-saving acts, and other public services. No luncheon meeting will be held.
On Monday, February 24, our fairgrounds and Ellie Royal Conference Center room will be used by the American Red Cross and the Blood Drive Committee from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. for blood donations. Our last blood drive on January 27 had 148 pints of blood given. Go, and invite a guest! Next week before our luncheon, our Okefenokee Agricultural Fair Board Directors will meet at 10:45 a.m. Following at 11:30 a.m., our Exchange Club of Waycross board meeting will be held led by President Burton Carter. Reminder board members are required to attend.
Later at 12:30 p.m., our club’s luncheon will be spread out for our delight with Greg Taylor of the Georgia Pardon and Parole office speaking to us.
HARLAN PROVEAUX GEORGIA HOMELAND SECURITY
Carl James, February Programs Chairman introduced Harlan Proveaux, Georgia Emergency Management Agency, Homeland Security Deputy Director to speak to the club about activities of Homeland Security. Harlan is Past-President of our club 2000-2001. After major homeland attacks (9/11/2001) the Homeland Security Act of November 25, 2002, was passed and created the National Homeland Security Council. DHS placed a number of existing agencies beneath the larger DHS umbrella. Their responsibilities included infrastructure protection and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and related terrorism protection measures.
DHS is also responsible for establishing strategies to combat human trafficking, the importation of goods produced with forced labor and child sexual exploitation. Homeland Security has 230,000 employees. Their expectation of attacks is one per month! Current bills are being concerned with border security and looking at rolls of all agencies including local agencies to fill in the gaps.
Ways to deal with gang problems have started with a complete survey to all local police, sheriff, EMA, Public Safety agencies in Georgia. There are 71,000 gang members reported in Georgia. Large gangs in large cities are proportional to the population in cities. They are looking for human trafficking of children as their number one priority. Young girls walking near airports other high traffic areas are at risk.
The number two problem is opioid deaths. Number three is a plain crime as has been since time began. Number four priority is individual crimes perpetrated on the elderly, etc. Number five priority child suicide due to lack of parenting.
Number six priority is school threats increasing on children by other children. Mothers with violent history record.
Attacks with handguns are increasing. Need to see Something, Say Something. Telephone calls are increasing with cell phone availability. A new division of a State Department of Health is being formed for Mental Health.
Thanks, Carl for the information.
CAROL CASSETTA GOSPEL CELEBRATION
Carl James introduced Carol Cassetta, founder/president of Inspirational Promotions, Inc. Her business desire is to partner with our local businesses and community to bring Christ events to Southeast and Northeast Florida.
Two special events are to be presented to our area. The first is “Gospel Celebration” on June 26, 2020, featuring the Hoppers, Cindy Gibbs (pianist/singer/songwriter) and Rev. William Reister as a Master of Ceremonies;/Harpist. The second is the “Waycross Gospel Awaking” on August 21, 2020, featuring six incredible artists. To help with this effort Ms. Cassetta listed four opportunities:
- Premier Corp. Sponsorship – $2,500 gives radio exposure, business logo on website, advertising, and two meet and greet artist circle tickets to Waycross Gospel Awakening Event.
- Corporate Sponsorship – $1,200 including business logo on website and advertising venue.
- Independent Business Owner Sponsorship – $600 with a business logo on website and advertising at the venue.
- Individual Sponsorship of any amount – Includes your name on the brochure at the event of your choice. (optional)
Their intent is to bring Christ to the center of our community.
They are a 501 (c) 3 organization. They accept donations as a part of their financial ministry. Send /forward checks to Inspirational Promotions, Inc., 5891 Palisade Drive, Suite 60, Brunswick, GA 31523 or use Pay Pal. Carol C. Cassetta, Founder/President. Cell # 912-602-9319; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Her organization provides benefits to children, mentally challenged in Brunswick and will accept clothes, tv’s, socks and clothes. (A little bit like Salvation Army’s services).
Thanks, Carl for the opportunities to serve.