Mary Barnes, March Programs Chairman, has scheduled Warden James Deal of the Ware State Prison to speak this week Thursday, at 12:30 p.m. luncheon. Also, Robbie Winn will present our March Youth of the month winner from Ware County High School Seniors.
Next week on Monday, March 26, our Exchange red Cross Blood Drive will he held from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Then on Thursday, March 29, our speaker will be Elizabeth Welch of the Okefenokee Heritage Center.


On Sunday, February 25, 2018, Past Club President Tony Tanner, his wife Cindy, several police officers and relatives attended the annual Morris Jacobson Brotherhood Award Ceremony at the Waycross Hebrew Center. Tony was surprised to hear his name winning the award and humbly accepted it by giving credit to all organizations he worked with and his staff. As stated in the February 26, 2018 Waycross Journal-Herald article by Myra Thrift he “was moved to tears as he was called to accept the award,” for his heart for children, the elderly and those less fortunate.
Tony has served in many leadership positions in this club, his career in the Georgia Chiefs Association community services and other high traffic events. Congratulations Tony Tanner for an award well deserved, in the Exchange tradition.


Mary Barnes, March Program Chairman introduced Jennifer Weiss, Ware County Code Enforcement. she is primarily responsible for animal control in the unincorporated Ware County area. Formally, the animal service was provided by a joint animal control agency which recently dropped the service county-wide. The county quickly began setting up animal control service to cover the unincorporated area.
Therefore, their budget is smaller than what is needed and staffing is very shallow, that being Ms. Jennifer Weiss. She said she is doing the best she can with these conditions which will need to be improved in the future. They have room for 10 animals but pick up 40 animals a month of which an aggressive program of adoption is promoted on facebook, Ware County Animal Service. A new larger facility is to be built at the Waycross-Ware County Industrial Park.
A much needed animal program is needed with sensitivity in handling the animals which usually includes someone’s former pet in the numbers! Education of the public and licensing, unfortunately of animals may be needed. A great program was discussed and obviously more help is needed.


Robbie Winn introduced Sara Jane Hitt as our club’s March Youth of the Month. Sara is the daughter of David and Cindy Hitt. Sara is ranked 2nd of 362 Ware County High School Seniors. When asked what she attributes her academic success, Sara stated: “I attribute my success to my parents and family for always realizing my potential and pushing me to reach my goals, to my teachers for pointing me outside my academic comfort zone and to my peers who have helped me along the way and pushed me to be a better student.”
Sara’s Honors and Activities at WCHS include: (Just to name a few)

  • Vanderbilt University Program for Talented Youth Summer Academy, Med School 101, Vanderbilt University, summer 2017
  • Duke University TIP Summer Study Program for Gifted and Talented Students
  • Sports Medicine, University of Georgia, summer, 2016
  • Cryptography, Code-breaking, and the Mathematics of Spying, University of Georgia, summer, 2015
  • Mathematical Problem Solving, Appalachian State University, summer, 2014
  • All “A” Honor Roll (9-12)
  • University of Georgia Certificate of Merit, 2017
  • Presbyterian College Junior Fellow, 2017
  • Okefenokee Lions Club National Honor Society, 2017
  • Governor’s Honors Program School Nominee, 2017
  • Waycross Bank & Trust Junior Board of Directors, 2017
  • Rotary Youth Leadership Award Recipient, 2017
  • National Honor Society, President
  • HOSA
  • Varsity Soccer, 2015- present
  • Captain, 2016- present
  • Offensive Player of the Year, 2017
  • Most Valuable Player, 2016
  • Scholar Athlete, 2016, 2017
  • Varsity Cross Country, 2014- present
  • Scholar Athlete, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Student Council, 2014-2015
  • National Honor Society, President, 2017-2018
  • Beta Club, 2015- present

Sara has been involved in a number of community activities including Volunteering

  • Mayo Clinic Health System,
  • First Baptist Church
  • Baptist Village
  • Megan’s House
  • Special Olympics
  • Waycross/Ware County Humane Society
  • American Red Cross Hurricane Relief

Sara work history includes:

  • Southeast Georgia Pediatrics, Assistant, June 2017 – current *
  • Ellianos Coffee Company, Barista, December, 2015 – November, 2016
  • Coastal Pines Technical College, Allied Health Department, Intern, summer 2016
  • Baby sitter, 2015 – present

On a personal note, Sara is passionate about a love for learning. It has been her greatest tool all four years and has allowed her to accomplish all the things she has done. Because of it, she has never been bored of school or class.
After graduation from Ware County High Schools Sara plans to attend UGA, with a double major in Biology and French, on the pre-med track.


Mary Barnes March Programs Chairman introduced Sgt. Josh Taylor of the Georgia State Patrol of Post 22 in Waycross. The Patrol has six counties to monitor with 8 troopers covering the area. New troopers are needed to fill 140 positions retiring in 2019. Their shortage is due to medical, modest incomes. GSP raise starters over time from $34,392 to $46,422 pay. The agency created in 1937 was only for traffic. Now GSP assists federal, state and local enforcement agencies with several laws including crashes, drugs, sheriff office requests, schools, large traffic events, interstate super-speeders ($200 extra fine over local limit exceeded), and natural disasters. Workers need to have a “willingness to work”, a GED, age 18 – 21 to become a cadet for training.
This is also a much overworked profession with very important safety outcome needed. Great information!

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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