January Programs Chairman, Nathan Grantham, brings January 10th program speaker, Steve Howard, MPA, ICMA-CM, CPM, CPPO, Camden County Award Government, Georgia County Administrator! Mr. Howard will brief our club on the progress and activities underway to establish a working spacesport in Camden County.
Next week, January 17th, Thursday at 12:30 p.m. Judge Nathan Grantham will bring Susan Hohenstein, Bethesda House to present their new programs.
GEORGIA/SOUTH CAROLINA ASSOCIATION OF AGRICULTURAL FAIRS
Following next week, January 24-26th, Fair Club Officers Jonathan Daniell, Harbin Farr, Burton Carter, Daniel Warren and Roger Collins will attend the Georgia/South Carolina Joint Agricultural Fair convention at Emory Conference Center Hotel at 1615 Clifton Road, NE, Atlanta, GA. Certified Fair Executive Jen Puente of Wisconsin State Fair and humorist Wayne Ates of Jesup, GA will inspire our delegates to do better fairs. Educational workshops, Insurance (yes), and grounds entertainment will be focused. A great trade show of entertainment and acts, networking, tasty meals and reminiscences with new and longtime friends will be possible. We need good clean family entertainment and local business highlighted at our fairs.
EXCHANGE/RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE
Al Jacobson, Chairman of the club’s blood drive reported the last blood drive December 24, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. netted 90 pints of life giving donations. Not bad for shortened period of time to donate! Thanks Al for your dedication and to the donors! Next month’s date is Monday, January 28th, 9:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Suggest a friend, relative or associate be asked to come with you.
SALVATION ARMY KETTLE DONATIONS
Chairman Craig Kubik reported last month’s December 21, 2018 Club Salvation Army Bell Ringing and Kettle donations received by our members netted $4,254.14 which was a little lower than in the past. Maybe the cold weather had something to do with it. Anyway, we may still be in the running for winning non-profit clubs contest this year. If not, we need to make up for it next year! All kettles were manned and none were unattended! That may be a record, too. Thanks mem- bers for standing up.
Dr. Kubik congratulated Priscilla Christopher again for her actions in getting every kettle signed up by a member and volunteer. Thank you, Priscilla, again!
CHAD WOODS WAYCROSS POST 22 GSP COMMANDER ON DISTRACTED DRIVING
January Programs Chairman Nathan Grantham introduced Georgia State Patrol Commander, Post 22, Sergeant First Class Chad Woods at our last luncheon meeting to update members on safe driving in their six counties. Commander Woods began by recognizing Sheriff Randy Royal’s extraordinary job skills in performing his job. He said he came here to thank Sheriff Royal for all that he has done in working with the GSP in the past.
He further introduced GSP Corporal Dustin Rozier, who pointed out their coverage in six counties of Bacon, Brantley, Charlton, Clinch, Pierce and Ware. The area of coverage for this post measured by acres and highway mileage to cover, is exponentially larger than many posts serving only one or two counties. However, Corporal Rozier also pointed out through slides that distraction is caused by reading ipads, newspaper, facebook, instagram and other communication devices. Motor vehicles nationwide, resulted in distracted driving being leading cause of 18 deaths per day, one crash every 13 minutes, of those 9 injured and 5 die.
Myths of drivers are: “I am a good driver”, or “nothing will happen to me”. However, the truth is your mind-set should not be “if” but “when”. Accidents occur most with-in 25 miles from home. Woman was killed 2 miles from home. Some accidents occur “out of your control” from other vehicles out of control. Research shows 65% of crashes are distracted driving. Cost to society and economy totals $148 billion. Insurance cost is going up. Cell Phones explosion is 206 million users now.
Many more reasons for accidents increasing are:
– new technologies of navigation systems
– greater complexity of old technologies peace and wellness.
– People spending more time in car
– cell phones used on the road get our minds off driving when we get bored driving.
“No texting while driving” is needed to get safer driving habits, like “Hands Free Driving”. However, cell phones are an important part of life. Last year there were 1.5 billion messages sent on communication devices.
The law is, Cell phone in no hands, no body and not in lap. Blue Tooth is okay. If you want to save you and your families’ lives, follow or ‘hands free driving’ habits. Thanks for the program, Judge Grantham.