This week, January Programs Chairman Judge Nathan Grantham brings Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) program to our January 24 Luncheon meeting at 12:30 p.m. The GOAL program in 2018 celebrated its 47th year that Technical College instructors identify their most promising students and nominate them to com- pete against students across Georgia for GOAL based on academic achievement and personal leadership.
Before then, at 11:00 a.m. our Okefenokee Agricultural Fair Board meets in the Board Room. Next, at 11:30 a.m., our Exchange Club Board meets to handle business.
On the same day, our five Fair Officials begin a three-day meeting at the joint Georgia/South Carolina Fair Convention in Atlanta.
Next week Monday January 28, our Exchange/Red Cross Blood Drive opens from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. for blood donors to give the gift
of life. Invite a friend, associate or relative to come with you and/or display a notice of the drive in the iv business.
Also, next week, our 12:30 p.m. speaker will be Ware County Board of Commissioners Manager, Scott Moye. Mr. Moye will be updating our club members on Ware County’s road projects.
STEVE HOWARD SPACE PORT CAMDEN
January Program Chairman Nathan Grantham introduced our Janu- ary 10 luncheon speaker Steve Howard by first introducing Carl Franz Exchange Club member who recommended the Spaceport Camden project for our program. Carl also is an experienced spaceport engi- neer in the aerospace field and now a volunteer for Spaceport Cam- den. This may be something that would interest our area’s high school and college students in space exploration and local industrial space growth. It also could help build careers and a four-year pathway to achieve an education in spaceport work.
Carl worked at Grumman Air Products which produced a variety of air products in Savannah, GA with the computer industry along with com- puter aided drafting technology. The industry makes technical engi- neered products which can remove minute foreign particles from eyes. It also has a spaceport subsidy for education in Georgia. Students in science education and agricultural programs could benefit. Parts of our STEM program illustrate the spaceport program.
Camden was an option for the moonshot, 48 years ago. The gateway to space is to be in the 21st century, Georgia Tech, Military need to be kept in the state of Georgia. Mr. Howard built his presentation on 6 reasons for Georgia’s Gateway to commercial space. They are (1) aero- space expertise; (2) ideal location; (3) transition military; (4) talent pos- sibility; (5) redeveloping a standard asset; and (6) rural development. Kindergarten students are doing projects in space. Keep the workforce in Georgia. There is a $1.1 trillion economy in the space market by 2040. A $100 billion market can be in Georgia. We have a launching site, landing site, reuse of rockets, welcome center, research and inno- vation park, mission possible for Camden. We can co-exist with na- ture’s habitat as “mother nature and technology can exist.”
Last week’s luncheon, President Chris Tatum introduced Susan Ho- henstein, Executive Director (volunteer) and Administrative Assistant of Bethesda Recovery at 1010 Mary Street which teaches long-term recovery to clients with addictive behaviors. Susan introduced Cathy Sweat with a personal story of recovery from a terrible addiction. She said recovery does work and you can work it out. The disease
is hidden from friends. She said a pastor is believed to not have a “past”. But, we live in the “present” or in the “past.” If recovery last two
years, 66% are not going back into addiction behavior. If recovery is done for one year, 33% change for permanent behavior. If you go to a hospital, opioid users can have withdrawal after seven days. She said we need to “talk” about recovery to get a new day of relief.
January 23rd at Memorial Satilla Health hospital, the Georgia Council on Recovery will present a program on “recovery” for anyone who wants to succeed. Susan said they are working to get Cathy’s story of recovery out into the community in sort of a “coming out” because everyone has an addiction of some sort. The local recovery program is C-3 non-profit supported. A new golf tournament and a “Mom’s Prom” is set for March 3rd at the City Auditorium for women in Way- cross to come out. Matt Thompson will MC a “Queen” contest. Some of the contestants include Pam Taylor, Renee Sellers and Marilyn Con- way. Susan also said they want to make a difference for the commu- nity and “turn things around”. They are a faith-based non-profit based on spiritual and tools to help make a success of life. Good program,
Chris! We all need “Recovery”.
YOUTH OF THE MONTH
Robbie Winn introduced Meleah Elisabeth Morton as January
Youth of the Month. Meleah is the daughter of Alan and Kelly Morton. Meleah is currently ranked 4th out of 343 Ware County High School Seniors. Meleah’s Activities/Honors at WCHS include:
• Varsity Soccer (Co-Captain 10th & 11th) 9th, 10th, 11th
• Young Georgia Author’s School & District Winner 10th
• RESA Writing Competition Winner 10th
• BETA Club 10th, 11th, 12th
• National Honor’s Society 11th, 12th
• Key Club (Treasurer 11th) 10th, 11th
• Varsity Cross Country 9th, 10th
• 2nd Team All Region Soccer 10th
• 1st Team All Region Soccer 11th
• Most Valuable Player Varsity Soccer 11th
Meleah has been involfed in a number of community activities including:
Volunteering with the Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia during recent hurricanes; providing supplies to the Magnolia House; coaching kiddie soccer camps; working fall festivals; packing back- pakcs for school children; handing out lunches during the summer with “Feed the Gap”; and participating in school community service activities.
After graduation from Ware County High School, Meleah plans to attend college (still undecided at the moment) and major in Biology. Congratulations, Meleah for winning our club’s January Youth of the Month award.
MEMBERS ATTENDING JOINT FAIR CONFERENCE
On January 24-26, five members will attend a joint Georgia/South Carolina Fair Conference. Ways to improve our fair will be studied by Jonathan Daniell, Harbin Farr, Daniel Warren, Roger Collins, and Burton Carter.
President Chris Tatum presented GiGi Goble a $500 check for use by Maddies’ Mission to fight children’s disease of cancer in America and in other countries.