2022-2023 OFFICER INSTALLATION BANQUET
It will be a Red Coat Event on June 30 – 7:00 p.m.
President – Craig Head
President-elect – George Barnhill
Past President – Carl James
Secretary – Mary Fogle
Treasurer – William Deason
Treasurer – Larry Paulk
Two Year Directors
GEORGIA STATE REPRESENTATIVE JAMES BURCHETT
Georgia State Representative James Burchett thanked Ware County voters for honoring him with their trust to put him in office and that building an overpass on State Street is his number one priority.
On the issue of the trains and CSX, Burchett said, “We are a victim of our own success.” He added, “Sixty to one hundred twenty trains a day go through the Waycross Rice Yard. This is my number one issue. I promise to do this.”
We have more traffic and more trains. Government should push for this overpass. Currently a preliminary design, a footprint, is in the works.
Hopefully, it will be ready for letting in the first quarter of 2024. Burchett emphasized, “This should have been done 40 years ago.”
It is beneficial for us to have more than one person representing Ware County especially when we ask for money. It is more effective. Working for the interests of South Georgia, Burchett was joined in the 2021 – 2022 Legislature by Senator Tyler Harper and Representative John Corbett. Senator Harper is running for Georgia Secretary of Agriculture.
He added that he takes as much pride in getting a bill killed as he does to have one passed.
Addressing the fact that the gambling issue was defeated. “We stand in the gap for you to make sure things like this do not pass” said Burchett.
Speaking on the issue of making mental health problems on the same status as a physical injury so parents can have help with their children who are suffering from mental health issues. He stated “In his circle over the last session, three teens ages 12, 15 and 19, took their own lives. The state must help with this silent pandemic. It is a big problem.”
The importance of support for Georgia’s Agricultural business was never more at the forefront than it is in the world today. District 176 State Representative James Burchett commended the South Georgia delegation saying they speak with one voice and support each other, giving Ware County a stronger presence in the capital. (Excerpts from WJH article “Legislators stress agriculture at annual chamber luncheon”)
WHAT IS YOUR COMMITMENT TO WAYCROSS EXCHANGE CLUB?
Perception is reality:
Is Waycross Exchange Club welcoming?
- Name badges make people more relaxed and approachable
- Prospects, members, and guests need to be welcomed
Why did YOU join Exchange?
- What motivated you?
- What keeps you coming back?
- What is your testimonial?
Who are prospective members?
- People new to the community
- People moving into a new stage of life and looking to build and make new relationships
- Grad students
- Young professionals
- Startup entrepreneurs
- Empty nesters
- Relocated families
- New community leaders