Jim Stapleton, July Programs Chairman brings this weeks’s program speaker to us on July 26th after our Okefenokee Fair Association Board Meeting at 11:00 a.m. and our Exchange Club Board Meeting at 11:30 a.m. presided over by President Chris Tatum.
At our luncheon meeting at 12;30 p.m. next week our August Program Chairman, Neil Skerratt, will bring a representative from the YMCA, as speaker to our August 2nd luncheon meet- ing. Bring a friend and ask them to join!
GAKAFTW COMMITTEE DISTRIBUTES FLAGS
Burton Carter, Chairman of the Give A Kid A Flag to Wave Committee reported that the members gave 400 flags to wave to children at Bit Tanner Field (200) and Laura Walker State Park (200) at their 4th of July celebrations. Dean Cook wore his clown attire and did a good job with the kids. Every year, the committee extends our club’s support of American- ism to our youth. Good job!
NEW MEMBERS RECOGNIZED
President Chris Tatum listed the following members join- ing our club last year 2017-2018: Wayne Coleman, Mark Hawkins, and Jerry Pope.
Also, President Tatum presented Robbie Roberson with our Most Congenial member award ” for 2017-2018 year. Sev- eral club members recognized for years of membership by National Exchange Club President were: Jimmy Strickland, Clarence Blount, W. Harold Wilson, Larry Mathison, Phil Wysong, Jim Blackburn, Jr., Frank Eldridge, Jr., Bill Fender, and John Middleton.
SATILLA ADVOCACY SERVICES
Tess Aldridge, a member of Satilla Advocacy Services spoke about the SAS’ support of our Prevention of Child Abuse Foundation program. SAS is an auxiliary agency of our “Ex- change Club of Waycross in support of C.A.P. President Christ Tatum gave Ms. Aldridge a check for $3,413.14 from Georgia District Exchange, Okefenokee Fair Association and Waycross Exchange Club for SAS’ support of Child Abuse Prevention.
Jim Stapleton introduced Jason Christmas manager of the local neighborhood Wal-Mart Store. Jason said the average store salary is $12.57/hour. The store has 110 associates and expects to add 27 more. In the past, the average was $10.60/ hour. The store sponsors several charities with money dona- tions and merchandise gifts. Also, “Toys for Tots” and the Marine Service League are supported. In addition, Okefeno- kee Heritage Center, Police, Fire Department, Churches, YMCA, Schools, Referrals of Friends are helped.
Wal-Mart does $500 million in stores under 59 companies. It is the largest employer in the U. S. Associates receive health insurance, are offered fund-raising of a college degree for ex- pansion of knowledge for the store. Amazon stores are their big box competition. Great program, Jim.
CONNIE OLIVER AT WAYGREEN
Jim Stapleton introduced Connie Oliver, Director of Way- Green a Fare Market that emphasizes socializing. She said if you go one time you will come back. Connie is married to Dr. Rick Oliver. They have one child and two grandchildren.
WayGreen started 5 years ago as a Homestead Guild that sup- ports sufficiency living including bees, gardening, fresh foods, volunteer, no chemicals, no steroids or chemicals with animals. No third persons are allowed to sell products. Customers need to know where, what is grown at every farm behind the counter and the owner must sell it. They sell eggs, yellow yolk, pig sausage, smoked salmon, and microgreens. Their products are sold to St. Simons Island stores. Many kinds of food are sold every first Saturday of the month at the Heritage Center.