The program was opened by outgoing President Carl James who acknowledged that the past year was very challenging, but ultimately a successful year for himself and Waycross Exchange Club. He thanked all the officers, club members, and the wonderful
Mrs. Deal and her staff for their unwavering support.
Ken Carroll let the attendees in prayer, thanking the Lord for our blessings and safely guiding everyone through the past year.
Incoming President Craig Head lead the fellowship in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.


In remembrance of the club members who have passed away during 2021-2022, Ken Carroll lit a Memorial Candle for each.
Calling the names of each one as he lit the candle. We remember:

  • STEVE SMOAK, member since January 29, 1989
  • BILL PFAENDER, member since May 8, 1989
  • CHARLES “BUDDY” JENKINS, member since February 21, 2003
  • JOHN HODGES, member since July 18, 2008
  • ERICK SCHWARTZ, member since November 7, 2020
  • AL JACOBSON was an early member of the club and President in 1954. Al rejoined the club on June 9, 2009. He was the driving force for hosting the monthly Red Cross Blood at the Waycross Exchange Club Building.


After a delicious meal served by Mrs. Sharon Deal and her kind staff, President James presented the awards to recognize outstanding Exchange Club members. The recipients are chosen each year by the outgoing club president.

  • Ben Thornton Congeniality Award – JOHN McDERMOTT
  • M. C. Thomas Award for Outstanding Fair Worker – CRAIG HEAD
  • Erin W. Johnson Award for Outstanding Exchangite – KENNETH CARROLL
  • Exchangite of the Year – DAVID JOHNSON


“After twenty-five years, I have many good memories working with the Waycross Exchange Club. It has been a blessing to my life, ” says Sharon Deal. As she thanked the members of her kitchen staff, she remarked that this is a bittersweet time. She has worked tirelessly with the club to ensure the members have the best meals served by the best in Ware County. Her service, patience, and devotion to our club have kept members coming back year after year, knowing that we have been very lucky to have her. We will miss her so much, but happy that she will have time to do the things she needs and wants to do. She hopes to have time to work in her garden and have time with her grandchildren.


William Deason, Past National Exchange Club President was called on to administer the oath of office to the new slate of officers and directors for 2022-2023:

  • President – Craig Head
  • President-Elect – George Barnhill
  • Past President – Carl James
  • Secretary – Mary Fogle
  • Treasurer – William Deason
  • Treasurer – Larry Paulk
  • Vice-President of Facilities – Jimmy White

    One Year Directors 

  • Kevin Taft
  • Michael Thrift
  • David Johnson

    Two Year Directors

  • Louise Snyder
  • Heather Gonzales
  • Marilyn Bennett

After the installation of officers, President Craig Head thanked Past-President Carl James for his “time” and steady guidance by presenting him with a handsome wall clock. President Head acknowledged that the past two to two and a half years had been most disruptive and challenging to everyone. He pledged to attempt to return to normal. He praised Ken Carroll for arranging the Installation Banquet and hopes we can return to having three evening celebrations/banquets during the coming year (Public Safety, Christmas, and Awards & Officer Installation). He and William Deason are arranging for a representative from the National Exchange Club to come to Waycross and train the officers and board members to help better serve the club.
Remembering “fondly” his five years of parking cars at the Okefenokee Agricultural Fair, he found it fun and challenging.
Reminding the group of the importance of our annual fair to the young people in Ware and surrounding communities. President Head said that at one time, he was one of those children and now he is living the American Dream—married with two kids, attended college and law school and his children are living that dream. President Craig believes as we all should, that the Exchange Club’s Covenant of Service means something:

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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