This week’s luncheon meeting program speaker at 12:30 p.m. will be Coordinating Chief Greg Taylor, Georgia State Probation and Parole Office of the Georgia Department of Community Supervision located in Douglas, Georgia. This will b e preceded by a 10:45 a.m. Okefenokee Agricultural Fair Association Board Meeting and then, at 11:30 a.m. Waycross Exchange Club Board Meeting.
Next week’s luncheon speaker on January 30 at 12:30 p.m. will be Waycross Circuit of First Superior Court District Georgia Judge Andrew C. Spivey.
Magistrate Court Judge Nathan Grantham and Charles Brown are January 2020 Program Chairmen.
President Burton Carter reminds officers and members, our club board meeting at 10:45 a.m. on the fourth Thursday of each monthly meeting.


Our annual Public Safety Banquet is scheduled to meet February 20, Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in our Ellie Royal Conference Room. Carl James is Chairman of our Public Safety Committee. Sign up sheet will be placed for our attendance members in a few weeks.


Charlie Brown, January Program Chairman introduced our first program in 2020 as Julie and Ella Griner with Diamond G Products. This is a family owned business in Patterson, Georgia. Julie and her husband, Chip, are partners in the industry of harvesting pine trees for turpentine and resin which are distilled into products which are combined with others and sold to retailers. Such products are turpentine for healing, medium for paints, fragrances, arts, chemists, to be taken as a medicine. Turpentine in drops can and have killed parasitic infestation like in South American Indians deep in the Amazon Forest after which missionaries can spread the gospel and the Word of God!
These products are also sold world wide. Resin turns into very usable products. Heated, the resin turns into a liquid. It turns into solid products and is grounded into a powder. Products made are adhesives, sticky notes, pesticides that stick on plants leaves, pesticides, emulsifier in drinks. It is mixed with beeswax and oils for wax. Pine salve helps heal Scratches and burns.
The original resin is drained from the pine tree near its bottom by drilling 1″ hole for installation of a 1″ pipe and extraction of raw gum into a bag. Bag holds about three pounds of gum from each tree.
Turpentine soap smells like pine tree and heals inflamed, itchy, red cracked rough skin and eczema conditions. Much more could be said about this local industry which could make increased income for local farmers, timber owners and future economic growth here.
Thanks for this program, Charlie Brown!


Judge Charlie Brown, January Programs Chairman introduced Chief Tommy Cox, Waycross Police Chief. Chief Cox began his remarks with information in the category of “it can’t be happening here!”
He was speaking of the call to the police of an active shooter at Walmart. Shots were fired outside by a gun man inside the store. One of the Chief’s first investigation duties was to review the store’s video tapes of the ‘situation’. In the investigation, one of the things that jumped out to him was the lack of situational awareness. Customers were acting s if nothing out of the ordinary was going on. One customer was so intent on checking out at the self check out that he had to push by the shooter to get to his register. So, he wanted club members to concentrate on an “situational awareness”;

  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Observe in context
  • Prepare for Action; What are you going to do?
  • Find the deviations from the man; run the situation through your mind and act.

Chief Cox also recalled an older training video of an officer investigating a robbery at a residence. When he arrived on the scene two individuals were walking away from the scene. He called to them and when they turned around they had weapons and began to fire at him.
He was not prepared and had not fully processed the situation. His gut instinct had not put him on alert. Another example is the church shooting at Freeway Church of Christ in Texas. This time Jack Wilson a trained and prepared person with outstanding situational awareness resolved the situation n six seconds!
It can’t happen here, but it can!
The Police Department is in the process of preparing for Church Security Workshops to help prepare the community for what we hope will not happen here.
Thanks for providing this important knowledge on SELF protection, Judge Brown.


Chairman Robbie Winn introduced the Youth of the Month Spencer McQuaig Johnson, Senior at Ware County High School as our January winner. He is better known to everyone as “Mac”. Mac is the son of Andy and Marci Johnson. He is currently ranked 11th out of 340 Ware County High School seniors.
Mac’s Activities/Honors at WCHS include:

  • Beta Club 10th, 11th, 12th
  • National Honor Society 11th, 12th
  • “A” Honor Roll 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Student of the Month 9th, 10th , 11th
  • University of Georgia Certificate of Merit 11th
  • Presbyterian College Junior Fellows Award 11th
  • Dual Enrollment 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Varsity Football 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    1. Served as Team Captain
    2. Named Scholar Athlete (student for each grade with highest GPA)
  • Varsity Baseball 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    1. Named Scholar Athlete (Student for each grade with highest GPA)
  • Waycross Bank & Trust Junior Board 12th Mac has been involved in a number of community activities including:
    – Church and youth activities at Trinity United Methodist Church including things such as volunteering at Vacation Bible School, Rebuilding Together and Salvation Army Angel Tree Project.
    – Volunteered at various elementary schools Field Day.
    – Volunteered with National Honor Society by adopting families at Christmas and collecting food and hygiene items for those in need.
    – Volunteered with BETA Club doing service projects throughout the community.
    – Volunteered at Special Olympics.

After graduation from Ware County High School, Mac is not sure of which college he will attend at this time. He does want to pursue a degree in Nursing and become a Nurse Anesthetist. Congratulations to Spencer McQuaig Johnson, January, 2020 Club Youth of the Month.

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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