Waycross Club President Jim Stapleton and Bill Deason welcomed current Georgia State District of National Exchange Club President, Fussell Hughes, and President-Elect Thad Paulk. President Hughes is a member of the Exchange Club of Albany and once lived in Waycross during the year his family moved four times. His remarks were directed toward the upcoming State Convention to be held at Callaway Gardens this year. The agenda calls for a little bit of business and a whole lot of fun utilizing the full amenities of the Gardens. From the Golf Tournament on Thursday to the closing banquet on Saturday night, it is a great opportunity to enjoy it all for the bargain rate of $121 per night in the newest accommodations. He invited all members to consider making a reservation quickly and join other Exchange members at a great time. He concluded by saying he likes what he sees and hears about the Waycross Club and as a friend says, “If you know someone, invite someone!” President-elect Paulk wanted to say he is looking forward to a great comeback year as we all try put past times behind us. Thanks to the state officers for a wonderful visit and stop by anytime.
CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH/APRIL
Child Abuse Prevention Month of April raised $596 from the 50/50 weekly drawings for Magnolia House and other projects. Good job! FLEA MARKET The flea market now has seven (7) vendors, with $315 in space rental. Total earnings to date are $12,720.
MAY 13, 2021 PUBLIC SAFETY BANQUET
The annual Public Safety Banquet and Awards Ceremony to honor one person from each department were held on the evening of May 13th. President Jim Stapleton presided over the program with the assistance of Carl James and Michael Ray. Stapleton stated in his opening remarks that each law enforcement and public safety worker deserves to be honored and is needed in today’s society. Thank you for your service to our community! “Each of these first responders had a chilling episode where they were tasked with saving a life, the job they signed on to do. Each of them showed bravery and fortitude, perseverance and courage as they worked to bring a challenging incident to a successful conclusion.” Myra Thrift reported the details in her article in the May 19th edition of the Waycross Journal-Herald. The honorees for this year were Jodi Thrift of the Ware County Fire Department, Firefighter Gavin Reynolds of the Ware County Volunteer Fire Department, Captain Mark Williams of the Ware County EMS, Fire Fighter Danny Dileo of the Waycross Fire Department, Communications Officer Christal Ferguson of Ware County 911, Officer Jason McQuaig and Corporal Craig Colley of the Ware County Sheriff’s Department.
President-Elect Carl James introduced Dr. Lee Hlad of Ankle & Foot Associates of Waycross. Dr. Hlad stated that he has completed two years here in Waycross and he and his family have enjoyed the experience. This was his second visit to the Exchange Club of Waycross and he thanked everyone for the opportunity to update the group on what is happening in the field of podiatric medicine. Ankle & Foot, LLC has now spread to nineteen locations in Southeast Georgia and South Carolina with plans for a Florida location coming soon. Dr. David Murphy began his Ankle & Foot office here in Waycross and is the founder and main developer for the company’s business development into the other locations. Dr. Hlad is the Director of the Fellowship Program for the company. With over 400 surgeries and over 1000 other procedures, the group emphasizes training and surgical experience. The program mentors students involve them in the community and provide courses for current and future staff. The practice provides comprehensive care necessary to treat the full list of lower extremity illnesses, injuries, and conditions. We are thankful for the doctors in our community and proud of the expansion of treatment to other places. I look forward to the continued treatment of my feet by the skilled professionals here in the Waycross community!