President Jim Stapleton called on June Program Chair, George Barnhill, to introduce this week’s speaker. He introduce Assistant District Attorney Ian Sanscot, a lawyer in the D.A,’s Office for the past 10 years with the claim to fame being that he is married to Gary Griffin’s daughter. He thanked George for the introduction and was certainly glad to be here to speak even though he was “volun-told” to be here. Of course, he was going to talk about work. He mainly handles cases in the Douglas Office and he was going to tell us about a murder case from over there. Speaking generally and without revealing certain details and actual names, he said this case is mostly about intelligence and trust. It involves the relationship of a police officer and an offender that is willing to solve the murder case that at first had no evidence and no suspect but just talk on the street. There was a lot of intelligence on the part of the officer and the informant, called “T” which meant “Trouble”. One side is smart about the law and its enforcement and the other with so-called “street smarts”. “T” came to the officer and only this officer because of a sense of trust developed over years of contact. The officer wanted T to be wired and testify at trial about the case. T agreed with the statement of “I will help you, if you help me”. They had built trust over previous contacts with elements of Ethos-credibility, integrity and competency, pathos-empathy, character and emotion, logos-logic, validity and reasoning. With both sides communicating and the foundation of trust, the case came to a successful conclusion. A story well told and lessons to be learned!
ROD LANGEVIN / MOVING
Rod Langevin attended his last meeting today with his family as guests. He is moving to upstate New York to live with his daughter. A fond farewell was given and huge thank you for all he has done for Exchange, especially on the Parking Committee. We wish Rod the best in this next chapter of life.
The flea market reports earnings of $14,000.00.
Always the Fourth Monday, June 28th, “Happy 91st Birthday, Al Jacobson!”
FOOD AND SHELTER
President Jim Stapleton called on June Program Chair George Barnhill to introduce Nikki Spivey. She was originally from Savannah and has lived in Waycross for twenty years, married to James Spivey (retired EMT) and has three children.
She can be seen in the ticket booth at Waycross Community Theater Productions. She currently works for two local organizations: Coordinator for DC Downtown Food Ministry and Navigator for Okefenokee Alliance for the Homeless (OATH). She began with “homelessness” is different in a small town. It is not seen like a big city but is hidden in out of the way places. Her typical client is a single parent earning about $14 per hour, paying rent and power bills, car payment $250, insurance $100 and other expenses. An income of $1600 is to cover $1500 worth of expenses. If something goes wrong either in expenses or income that leads to failure or nonpayment of rent then comes eviction. The cycle goes quickly downhill when they also lose transportation. In Waycross, the waiting list for affordable housing is from six months to two years. She then moved on to her own testimony and firsthand experience with this kind of crisis.
As a single parent who chose drugs over her children, she went to the School of Hard knocks and passed the test for her testimony. Her experience has filled her with a compassion for others and the wisdom to discern the circumstances that have become problems and together they can seek solutions.
“The DC Downtown Food Ministry exists to help meet the needs of people in our community by fighting hunger through the efficient collection and distribution of food and reach these people with the love of Christ by meeting both physical and spiritual needs”. This joins nicely with her work for the homeless as a Navigator, pointing folks in the right direction. OATH has existed since 2016 trying to “to fill the service gap that exists for homeless families”. It is her goal and life’s mission to remove the worry and stress of not having enough food to eat and/or a safe place to call home. Thanks to you and all the volunteers and supporters for working so diligently for our community!