This week’s Thursday luncheon program brought to us by Judge Calvin Bennett will be a great speaker. Invite a guest to eat and hear the program.
Next week our National and Georgia top leaders will visit us to install our 2018-2019 Exchange Officers and Board Members. Scott Warren National Exchange Club President-Elect coming from his home in Illinois and Georgia District Exchange Club President-Elect, Hazel Hendrix of Statesboro, Georgia will join in conducting our new officers and board installation. Bring a friend or relative and sign in number of attendees at our meeting this week. Members are reminded to wear red coats to the June 21st meeting at 12:30 p.m.
BLOOD DRIVE MEETS GOAL
Al Jacobson, Exchange and Red Cross Blood Drive Coordinator reported the last Drive netted 166 pints of blood, exceeding our goal by nine pints! Congratulations members who contributed! Keep up the good work.
JIMMY BROWN RECEIVES CERTIFICATE
President Roger Collins presented James “Jimmy” Brown with a certificate from the Georgia District of Exchange Clubs for sponsoring a new member this year. Members are encouraged to seek new members who support America and our Exchange goals and themes in our Covenant of Service. We are the only “American” service club. Congratulations Jimmy Brown. Also, watch your driving skills as schools are out!
The Red Coater had mistakenly listed the Georgia District Exchange Convention in Sea Palms, St. Simons this year rather than Columbus, Georgia. (I apologize for the error. Verify two or three times before writing!)
WARE TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS DESCRIBED
Burton Carter May Programs Chairman introduced GDOT Area Engineer, Kyle Copeland, to our club on May 31st. Their motto continues this year: “Drive Alert and Arrive Alive”
Safety is the word to follow while driving. US 84 highway widening will be completed by the end of 2018 if weather allows. Three contractors are working on the construction including Littlefield, Scruggs, and East Coast Asphalt of Douglas, costing $34.1 million.
GA Highway 158 will be closed for repairs with traffic being rerouted through Pearson for Douglas. Copeland advised public to reduce speed. Project will take 120 days of construction with trucks using the highways. Give them access to the road.
The bridge to Pierce County will be replaced. It had been constructed and widened in several contracts over the several decades it has been widened with three substructures using epoxy compounds in the widening. They are getting substructure movement which must be corrected by replacement of the bridge. (Talk about an inconvenience for traveling public and businesses!) But, it’s for SAFETY!
Hatcher Point Road widening project is to start with construction in early 2019. (What a happy surprise for shoppers and development in that area with the goal also for improved Safety.) Good news from GDOT and engineer Kyle Copeland on all of the projects.
JUDGE KIGHT ON PARENTAL ACCOUNTABILITY
Judge Jeffrey Howard Kight of Blackshear, Georgia, appointed by Governor Nathan Deal in 2012 to fill the seat left by Michael Boggs’ appointment to the Georgia Court of Appeals, spoke to our club June 7th on the new parental accountability program. The program gives parents a second chance by removing the underlying issues that cause noncustodial parents, and the parent without custody, to miss child support and not take responsibility of the child. The Parental Accountability Court can give/correct lack of responsibility through various actions with the parent. Two other GDHS programs
are having such success are Georgia Fatherhood Program and Prison Outreach Program.
The programs are so successful that they are now known as the “Best Prison of the Program in the United States.” Congratulations John Strickland, Heather Miller of Georgia Division of Support Services, GDHS! Calvin Bennett is June Programs Chairman. Thanks Judge.