This week Carl James, February Programs Chairman brings Thursday’s program U.S. Representative Earl Leroy “Buddy” Carter for Georgia’s 1st congressional district. He has been a member of the Georgia State Senate, first elected as senator in 2009 general election. He was elected as a Georgia Republican of the 1st U.S. Congressional District in 2015. Also, Robbie Winn conducts presentation of our February 2018 Youth of the Month award.
Monday, February 26th from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. will be a drive for blood donations with the Red Cross in our Ellie Royal Conference Room. Ask a friend to give a pint with you, here.
Next week, March 1st, Mary Barnes, March Programs Chairman brings Matt Gourley with the canine unit of Georgia Department of Corrections as our luncheon speaker.
EXCHANGE CLUB NEWS
President Roger Collins reminded members of Megan’s House Raffle Drawing April 9. First ticket pulled wins $10,000.
Three hundred (300) tickets to be sold at $100 each. Sondra Crews has applied for club membership. Mary Barnes is her sponsor.
HARLAN PROVEAUX DEPUTY DIRECTOR GEMA
Ware County Emergency Management Director Jonathan Daniell introduced former club member Harlan Proveaux, Deputy Director of Georgia Emergency Management/Homeland Security Agency (GEMA) to our luncheon meeting members and guests on February 8th. Carl James is February Programs Chairman. President Roger Collins called the meeting to order following singing and the invocation by Pastor Freddie Smith.
Harlan moved to Savannah several years ago to lead Homeland Security which is now merged with GEMA. The agency had been engaged in local emergency protection services of minor disasters and terrorism threats annually. But recently over two years, he has dealt with eight natural disasters. The disasters cost almost $300 million in property damages.
Atlanta had traffic gridlock, snow and ice storm conditions requiring new brine delivery trucks to keep roads open. They now have weather forecaster to warn officials and the public of unusual weather events and organized strike teams to respond.
He said large sports events now require considerable planning and manpower forces to protect the public and players with more training sessions. The actions of violators usually can be mitigated without the spectators’ knowledge. They now have 45 trained explosive ordinance disposal (EOD) dogs to sweep around the stadium. They have x-ray, EOD dogs, chemical agents working with the FBI. We are proud of Harlan moving up in GEMA/Homeland Security in such an important law enforcement position. Welcome back, Harlan!
2018 PUBLIC SAFETY AWARDS BANQUET
On February 15, 2018 at 7:00 p.m., President Roger Collins welcomed members and guests to our 2018 annual Public Safety Awards Banquet in our Exchange Club Ellie Royal Conference Room. After an invocation by Ken Carroll and pledge of allegiance to our flag, dinner prepared by Sharon Deal and her staff was enjoyed. Then, Carl James, Chairman of the Banquet Committee, presented the following Waycross and
Ware County 2018 Honorees:
Ware County Fire Department Firefighter Evan Dixon
Ware County Fire Department Vol. Firefighter Joseph Carl Lupo
Ware County EMS EMT/Deione Payne
Waycross Fire Department Driver/Engineer Chad Mathis
Ware County 911 Communications Officer-Austin Brewster Waycross Police Department Officer Stephanie R. Hunt Sergeant Stephanie Hunt, School Resource Officer was honored also as the Waycross Ware Public Safety Officer of the Year.
Ware County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Michael D. Thrift
Each honoree was presented a plaque signifying the honoree’s recognition of award after Carl James read their nomination. Many members wore their red coats. Spouses and guests were welcomed and added to the festive occasion.