This week’s luncheon meeting on Thursday, May 3rd at 12:30 p.m. noon is scheduled by Burton Carter, May Programs Chairman, for Georgia’s First District U. S. Congress Representative Earl “Buddy” Carter to speak.
Next week, May 10th, Center Elementary School’s Choral Chorus is to be at our luncheon for a superlative exhibition of music and action.
Invite a friend, relative or associate to come and experience an Exchange friendly luncheon and program.


President Roger Collins reported the club’s Nominating Committee report of new officers for 2018-2019 year had been announced April 19 and properly elected. Congratulations to members filling positions of offices and board members for 2018-2019.
President: Chris Tatum
President-Elect: Burton Carter
Secretary: Mary Fogle
Treasurer: Bill Deason
Assistant Treasurer: Larry Paulk
Immediate Past President: Roger Collins
One-Year Board of Directors:
Robbie Roberson; Billy Dowling; Jeff Jones
Two-Year Board of Directors:
Bonnie Sanders; Steve Smoak; Mary Barnes
Vice-President of Fairgrounds: Jimmy White


Al Jacobson Chairman of our local Exchange Club Blood Drive with the American Red Cross reported our club collected 167 usable pints of blood. Thanks to all the donating businesses and agencies we exceeded 155 pints target by 12 pints! Let’s strive for another successful group of donations this month, Monday, May 28th 9:30 am to 7:30 p.m.


President Roger Collins announced the BSA will be honoring Mayor John Knox and Chairman Jimmy Brown at the City Auditorium on May 17th, 6:15 p.m. reception and dinner at 7:00 p.m. Call Roger Collins at 284-4305 or Vince Settle 283-0026 if you want a chair to attend. Two tables, seating eight each are available. Call Vince or Roger if you can attend.


On April 19th Robbie Winn introduced our seven exceptional monthly Youths of the Month for 2017-2018 to our members as follows: September, Victoria Highsmith; October, Abrianna Goolsby; November, Lauren Elise Callahan; December, Rebecca Ashton Taylor; January, Jordan Turner; February, Hanna Simmons; March, Sara Hitt.
Each winner was presented a $50 scholarship and plaque. September Youth of the Month winner, Victoria-Teresa Ann Highsmith, was announced as our club’s Youth of the Year and presented with a $500 check and an opportunity to compete at our Georgia District Exchange Clubs Convention May 31 – June 1,2 at Sea Palms Resort, St. Simons Island, GA. The District Winner will go to National Exchange Club Convention July 12-14, 2018 in Reno, Nevada at Nugget Casino Resort competition for a $10,000 Scholarship. Congratulations Victoria Teresa-Ann Highsmith.


Ginger Peagler introduced Terri Jenkins Executive Director of American Red Cross Chapter, over 20 counties with a population of 445,000 persons. She has been in Valdosta, GA 11 years handling public relations. Red Cross provides four major services.
(1) Disaster Response – Temporary Shelter, food, emotional support health services, relief supplies and other support each year;
(2) Blood Services to The Armed Forces – Assistance to members, families – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, visiting patients and their families;
(3) Preparedness and Health and Safety Programs – First Aid/CPR/ AED training of volunteers, AED Program providing program maintenance and service management of devices, Lifeline medical alert service 24/7 where needed, self paced membership program helping businesses.
(4) International Services – trace missing loved ones, send emergency messages. The Red Cross needs volunteers who are willing to be trained. Twelve apps are available to put on your phone. A very important service to our citizens.


Ginger Peagler introduced Tim Gilgore, Director for a new Crossroads Christian Academy that will occupy part of Crawford Street Baptist School for K-10 classes. Tuition is $3,800 for Kindergarten, $4,200 for 1-5, $4,500 for 6-8 plus $500, and $4,800 for 9-10 classes.
Needs of the school are if you know someone wants to be part of school, call Mr. Gilgore. Christian Baptist Church Academic standards will govern the school. They are now working on becoming compliant 501 (c) 3 to be a partner with families. Other sources of grants and aids will be sought. Partnership with Brewton Parker College will allow students to graduate with an Associates degree. Coastal Pines Technical School and South Georgia College will work with the school also. They are hiring teachers now. A teacher from Perry Georgia is interested. Graduating students will be able to move on to Georgia Tech and University of Georgia. Accreditation will be from GACS and HOPE grants will be available.
Athletes will come for tennis, cross-country and other sports to compete with existing surrounding Christian Schools. School week will be four-days to give Friday open for work and other opportunities. There will be a tuition-multi child discount for larger families to benefit.
Although other Christian Schools are localized, they believe demand will be large enough for the schools. Interesting program, Ginger.


Steven Stipe was reported to be approved for membership as reported by President Roger Collins. Dues are to be paid and appointment to committees made. Welcome, Steven to America’s Service Club.

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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