Our first meeting in 2018 is scheduled for Thursday, January 11 with Luncheon Speaker Millie Price STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Coordinator in the Ware County School System. Ms. Price will speak on the school’s successful STEM education policy and curriculum. STEM gives choices in schools to improve competitiveness in Science and technology development in our nation’s and local social and economic systems. Students graduate high school eligible for college courses and soon graduate college with degrees, ready to go to work in our society. Ware County is a leader in the country using this system.
Our next meeting is January 18, 2018, 12:30 p.m. in our Ellie Royal Room with Ware County High School’s Athletic Director, David Shields presenting the program. Jim Blackburn is January Programs Chairman.


Members with late dues need to see Treasurer, Bill Deason to bring them up-to-date, says President Roger Collins.
Monday, January 22 is Exchange/Red Cross Blood Drive day in our Ellie Royal Room. Plan to check your iron and other levels to see if you can give a pint.
National Exchange Club Convention is July 12-14, 2018 at Nugget Casino Resort in Reno, Nevada. Complimentary 100th National Convention commemorative T-shirt and convention Mug with your $100 deposit to attend, will be applied to the convention package. The deadline to reserve was December 31, 2017 to reserve T-shirt and mug, soooo…hurry to the web site: and squeeze in.
2016-2017 NEC expenses totaled $2,097,228 with 82% going to Programs. Cost of National Convention (8%) spent) was almost covered by convention dues paid). General Administration spent 10%.
In NEC’s Exchange Today winter issue, the National Exchange Club has a section on membership retention which can be seen on its website, “Members Resources”.
Information is provided on each club’s member growth and retention percentages. Four ways to improve retention are itemized which leads to #4, developing a plan of action for clubs. The “reasons” could give us an understanding of why they leave the club. Maybe all new members are not brought into our club committees and are not asked and encouraged to participate with mentors not following up on their actions.


Our NEC Foundation was formed many years ago by our then NEC President, Dr. North to develop resources for Spending on “Prevention of Child Abuse”. 2016-2017 Revenue was $786,572 which $647,690 was spent for uses. Programs used 80%, Administration used 11% and 9% was used for fund-raising.
Seems like a “National” foundation like ours could have a larger base of revenue. Details on National Exchange finances and services can be found on our website at “”.
Also, check the winter issue of Exchange Today, our excellent NEC magazine.


No Club meetings was held, Thursday December 28 due to safety concerns with snow and ice on roads.
Our Christmas Banquet was the week before Thursday, December 21 with Sharon Deal’s excellent food, service and decorations. Poinsettias decorated the tables and walls of the club room. Red Coats sported by members and friends added to the Christmas spirit. We regret many members did not join in Christ’s birthday party with Exchange friends. Ware County High School’s A CAPELLA chorus provided music for our entertainment as we sang Christmas songs. Maybe next time all will be with us!


On January 18, 11:00 a.m., our Okefenokee Fair Association Board meeting will be held in the Board Room. Next, at 11:30 a.m., our Exchange Club of Waycross Board Meeting will start with Roger Collins presiding.

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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