President Jim Stapleton, also July Programs Chairman, brings Dr. Lee Hlad, Podiatrist of Ankle & Foot, Waycross to speak at our July 11 luncheon, members and guests. Next week, Jim brings Mickie Mullis to tell us about Vita Mart products and business. Invite a guest to eat with us and listen to programs. Introduce your guest to all of our members and ask them what interests they have and make them welcome. Also, explain what our club’s major committee projects are being pursued. Also, mention that we are an American Service Club funding support of several American community services and Child Abuse Prevention Services. And of course, our major fundraising project is the Okefenokee Agricultural Fair in November.


On June 27, 2019 our noon luncheon was converted to our 2019 Annual Installation of Officers and Awards Ceremony. President Chris Tatum officiated by opening the meeting with a welcome followed by the Pledge of Allegiance led by President-Elect Burton Carter. Ken Carroll gave Memorial comments about what is important in our organization concerning characteristics of those especially who have died: They did more than what was required to get by with!. It was followed by Ken Bennett/Ken Carroll’s prayer for them and for the club members who were left behind. We honor them!!! Next new members approved in 2018-2019 were recognized. Those who were present were inducted and presented membership pin and certifications by Tyron Spearman. Quienice Giles, Richard Puleo, Cindy Altman, James Burchett, Constantine Daniells, Mary Snyder, Steven Jef- fords, Gina Lee, and Christine Oliver.


Mr. Spearman began saying how he loves Exchange and its message to communities and counties. Now, Nine Exchange Clubs are in Georgia. They are managed Exchange Strong by 1,894 members. Nationwide membership is 19,000.


President Chris Tatum presented club awards to the following excelling members: – M.C. Thomas Outstanding Fair Worker Award: Jimmy White, Vice-President of Fairgrounds, was picked even though all members have worked somewhat on projects. But, Jimmy completed jobs no one else saw. Unseen repairs, ribbon cutting, deadlines kept him working to get the job done. – Erin Johnson, Outstanding Community Service Award: Tony Tanner, thirty-three years Waycross Police Department, rising from a police officer, detective, sergeant, lieutenant, captain to Chief of Police. As Chief he had achieved graduation from F.B.I. National Academy. Law Enforcement Command College and had (MPA) and (B.A.S.C.). He also started several kids programs involving kids with law officers, and other achievements. He was dedicated to duty, gave up personal sacrifices and achieved accreditation for the department several years, among other successes. Tony is retiring on July 8, 2019. He said it was an honor to be a member of this club and thanked members for their friendship and ideas. Congratulations,Tony. – Exchangite of the Year Award Roger Collins represented a member who carried out the ideals of Exchange locally and in the district.


Past Georgia District President Tyron Spearman installed the following club leaders: Two Year Directors: Michael Angelo-James, Sondra Crews and Tommy Moore; One Year Directors: Mary Barnes, Bonnie Sanders, and David Johnson; President: Burton Carter; President-Elect: Jim Stapleton; Secretary: Mary Fogle; Treasurer: Bill Deason; Assistant-Treasurer: Larry Paulk; and Vice-President of Fairgrounds: Jimmy White. Congratulations!


President Chris reported club’s membership last year was 126. This year it is 118. Lost eight (8). Fair revenue was the largest of all Fair seasons. Excellent work! President Burton Carter asked each member to bring in one new member.


GAKAFTW Committee Chairman Burton Carter handed out American Flags to kids at Laura Walker State Park during their Independence Day Celebration fireworks display from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. If enough flags remain, they will go to the Stadium and hand out flags to kids in the evening during the fireworks display. Thanks to President Burton Carter for leading this service to our family community along with Mary Barnes, Jim Strickland, and Harry Booth. And Dean Cook handing out balloons to the children.

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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