June Program Chair George Barnhill introduced Denise Lloyd of Obadiah’s Okefenok. She and her husband David purchased the event venue with help of their families and are making some major updates while keeping the integrity of the existing old buildings. Mrs. Lloyd shared that her joyous “growing up memories” of visits to Obediah’s made her feel like going back in time and wanting to physically share those memories with her family and friends. She and her husband decided to make it happen.
After purchasing the property from previous owner Billy Brantley, they began updating the old buildings and expanding the venue to rent for occasions such as weddings, birthday parties, family reunions, and corporate events, among others. Some of the updates are a pavilion that can seat two hundred and converted one of the buildings to accommodate dressing rooms and facilities for members of a wedding party. Guest cottages have been added and will be available for rent. The old barn has been converted into “The Watering Hole” where the men can meet and enjoy refreshments and fellowship. When the property was acquired all the animals that had once been part of the experience were gone.
The Lloyds are currently in the process of adding new animals.
Already, they have piney woods cattle, chickens, and rabbits.
Adding a playground is in the plan for the near future. They are hoping to partner with the public schools to allow student tours.
Obadiah’s Okefenok is open on Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The price is $6.50 per person. You may find Obadiah’s Okefenok on Facebook. There is also a website that is being updated but will be ready very soon.


On May 26th, Ken Carroll shared the difference between friendly and welcoming. “Friendly means you smile when we meet, probably say hello.
After this, the guest may be ignored while previous conversations are resumed. If introductions are made, just names are given. To make it even more difficult, many organizations don’t have name tags for their members. “Guests will hesitate to start conversations with someone whose name they have forgotten.
Welcoming means a connection is made. A welcoming member is friendly and acts as a host when welcoming members. A welcoming members may:

  • Ask about the guest’s day
  • Show interest
  • With visitors, focus on finding out more about them so the person can be introduced to others
  • After finding out more, introduce the guest to other members who may share common interests

If Waycross Exchange Club wants to grow, members should treat all visitors (and members) this way.
Each year the outgoing President with input from the Club Board of Directors awarded the following honors:
ERIN W. JOHNSON TROPHY – Presented to a member of the Exchange Club of Waycross for outstanding service to the community.
BEN THORTON TROPHY – Presented to the most congenial (friendly and welcoming) club member.
M.C. THOMAS AWARD – Presented to the most outstanding fair worker.
EXCHANGITE OF THE YEAR AWARD – Presented to the club member who most supports the ideals of the Exchange Club at the local/district/and national levels.


Linda Hayes announced that the Al Jacobson Red Cross Blood Drive Collected 95 pints of good blood on May 23rd. It was short of the goal of 105 to 110. One hundred-five donors showed up, but some were not eligible to give at that time.


Congratulations to Marilyn Bennett, for easily winning the Republican nomination for District Attorney of the Waycross Judicial Circuit. She will be unopposed in the November general election.


  • Please remember to sign up to attend the Officer Installation Banquet on June 30th. Reservation signup sheets will be available at the June 9th, 16th, and 23rd meetings. If you are unable to attend those meetings, you may contact Ken Carroll @ 912-281-1513 to make a reservation.
  • The club members are asked to voice their opinion on whether to meet on July 7th. Independence Day is on Monday this year and many people are out of town during that week. If you would like to offer a suggestion, please contact Craig Head at the next meeting or @ 912-337-0140.
  • If you are interested in serving as a program chair for a month during the 2022-2023, please contact President-Elect George Barnhill @ 912-337-9025 or

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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