We will have NO Thursday Meetings or board meetings until further notice from the Georgia Department of Public Safety and Emergency Management.


Mary Barnes introduced our March 5 luncheon speaker, Carla King, Director of the Okefenokee Heritage Center. Ms. King introduced her assistant who is interested in history also and, no relation, Nancy King. She began saying the Center will have a Run & Walk Color Run later this spring. Applications are available to you. Boy and Girl Scouts are creating a Golden award for participation n the Center. 1830’s Garden Center is set up to see what one looked like then. Colonial Dames organization set up a room to look like what our Courthouse had including tables and chairs. Also, a country store recreated and set-up is created for Graham Parsons Exhibit with sound. A local Sacred Harp group is Exhibited. A Black Heritage exhibit shows a lot of what our local community was like. She went on a tour bus showing Black history scenes in the community. An Art exhibit shows what local artists have created. A new student children’s (of all ages) art exhibit is coming up in April. The Center is focusing on the youth because that will help them have a feeling for the community.
They are located near RESA and Southern Forest World. Joe Ballentine’s work was very instrumental in the history of Waycross and Ware County with many pictures on the walls of the Center. Any ideas a citizen has to give to the OHC is welcome to come out and discuss it with the staff. The Army/Air Force exhibit is being constructed now with the B-29 crash site years ago. Pogo exhibit is available with others that teachers can take out to present to their class. President Carter said it is a treasure Trove to see of our past.
They have “Ol Nine train repainted for kids to ring a bell. The site is twenty acres in size and with an old printing shop. Good place for a rustic wedding. A lot of retirees are helping spruce up all buildings and grounds. The Waycross Fair Market will open soon. Over 600 people attended last year’s market. Writers and Quilting Guilds use the display areas. The 40-acre former pond area across the street is being planned for walking trails and parking for the neighborhood. Thanks, Mary for bringing this information to the club members.


Mary Barnes introduced Tom Cribb with the Ware County High School and Director of Project Search. Mr. Cribb began by saying Project Search is a special program and a well-kept secret throughout the community. His school assistant Dennis Wainwright set up a video screen to show this transition program for mental health students needing help in high school. The jobs training program is for 18-21 years old students with mental health issues needing job skills. Students selected must also have good behavior, good hygiene and be good listeners who can take or follow instructions. They have drug screening and must be able to work 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Health Department or other trained businesses and be seeking permanent employment. Program is recognized nationally and gives them opportunities for disabled kids to apply for jobs. Students currently in the program testified how they love their jobs and work hard. Parents appreciate treatment/teaching their kids how to do a job successfully and operate with others in the community. Very good program Mary that needs to be exploited nationally. Thank you for bringing it to us!


Robbie Winn, Youth of the Month/Year Committee Chairman introduced Joseph Allister Robertson as February 2020 Youth of the Month.
Joseph is the son of Lee and Patricia Robertson. He is currently ranked 30th out of 340 Ware County High School seniors.

  • “A” Honor Roll 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Beta Club 10th, 11th 12th
  • National Honor Society 11th, 12th
  • Presbyterian College Fellows Award 11th
  • WCHS Swim Team 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th (Competed at state finals 11th and 12th grade)
  • WCHS Swim Team Coaches Award 10th, 11th
  • OAC/GRPA State Swim Team 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th (Placed 8th in the state for individual and 6th in the relay team event)
  • WCHS Tennis Team 10th, 11th (holds the record of most wins as a singles player)
  • First Southern Bank Junior Board 12th
  • Eagle Scout 11th
  • Boy Scouts of America-Senior Patrol Leader 10th

Joseph has been involved in a number of community activities including:

  • Volunteering at Satilla River Clean-Up.
  • Working at General Coffee State Park-Blacksmithing and working as a children’s volunteer.
  • Clean up at Okefenokee State Park.
  • Volunteered at Special needs Triathlon at Laura Walker State Park.
  • Volunteered at middle school swim meets.
  • Volunteered at WCHS Tennis Camp.
  • Volunteered at Boy Scouts doing Eagle Projects.
  • Volunteered at Autism Awareness Day Parking Cars.
  • Cleaned up the Friendship Garden at Waresboro Elementary.
  • Assisted teachers at the beginning of the year by helping move furniture.
  • Assisted Marine Troop 1333 in parades, placing flags at cemeteries, and family day.
  • Dressed up as “Wes the Eagle” at Waresboro Open House.
  • Waited tables for the Plug and Play event at the City Auditorium.
  • Assisted with the game room at Waresboro Elementary dances.

After graduation from Ware County High School, Joseph plans to attend South Georgia State College on a swimming scholarship. He then hopes to transfer to Georgia Southern and pursue a degree in Electrical Engineering. Jabari Zabre’ Stephenson


It is with much enthusiasm that I introduce to you Jabari Zabre’ Stephenson. Jabari is the son of Jamaya and Yavonda Stephenson. He is currently ranked 11th out of 340 Ware County High School seniors. Jabari’s Activities/Honors at WCHS include:

  • Beta Club 11th, 12th ( Convention Committee)
  • National Honor Society 11th, 12th
  • “A” Honor Roll 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
  • University Of Georgia Certificate of Merit 11th
  • Presbyterian College Fellows Award 11th
  • Soccer 9th
  • Wrestling 9th
  • Advanced Chorus 11th, 12th
  • Drama Club 10th, 11th 12th
  • First Southern Bank Jr. Board of Directors 12th ( Vice-Chairman)
  • Football Team Mascot 10th, 11th, 12th
  • HOSA 10th
  • Governor’s Honors Nominee (Theatre) 11th
  • Kudos 10th, 11th 12th
  • RIVERS Foundation Leadership Program and Beautillion (Chaplain) 10th, 11th, 12th
  • Waycross Okefenokee Lion’s Club Academic Honor Society 11th
  • Literary Team
  • One-Act Play

Jabari has been involved in a number of community activities including:

  • Volunteering at American Red Cross
  • Volunteering at Harbor View Nursing Home
  • Volunteering at Hooves to Freedom
  • Volunteering with Rebuilding Together
  • Volunteering at Veteran’s Day Flag Distribution
  • Volunteering at Wacona Field Day
  • Volunteering at Wacona Quiz Bowl
  • Volunteering at Waycross Health and Rehab

After graduation from Ware County High School, Jabari plans to attend
FAMU (Florida A&M University) and pursue a degree in Nursing.

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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