PROGRAMS

This week we will have a Great Program planned for Thursday’s, November first noon luncheon.
Next week’s speaker will be Amusements of America Midway representative for our 2018 Okefenokee Agricultural Fair November 6-11.

MEMBER FAIR PASSES AND MEALS

Jonathan Daniel, Okefenokee Fair Manager reminds members, especially new members that Fair entrance and ride passes are available for children of working members at the fair. Bring 1″x 1″ picture of each child with name on the back and $5.00 to Jonathan this week. Jonathan will prepare pass for you. Also, he has Exchange Club attire you should buy to put on while working: cap, jacket, shirt at cost. See Jonathan soon if you wish to buy them.

FAIR EVENING DESSERTS

Cretia Dowling, Chairmen of evening desserts, asks spouses of members to please call her at 283-8315 for dates and types of desserts to bring to club on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday during the Fair.

GEORGIA CONSERVANCY

On October 18th, the treasurer and secretary of the Georgia Conservancy located t 230 Peachtree Street NW, Suite 1250, Atlanta, Georgia 30303. (404) 876-2900, was introduced by Jim Arnold for October Monthly Program Chairman filling in for Daniel Warren who was out of town and not able to attend. Robert Ramsey officer representing the Conservancy, thanked our club for inviting him to the club to speak on Amendment One and vote “Yes” on November 6. The amendment proposes to amend the Georgia budget for 2019 of sales and use taxes on sporting goods and other sports services. It would provide funds to protect lands, clean drinking water, lakes, rivers and streams in Georgia.
Unfortunately, our Georgia interstates and four-lane highways allow residents and visitors to pass many of our state’s resources. The conservancy is trying to let all residents and visitors know about resources and go to them, then they will care about them, too. He said they want all users to take care of their environment. He also said Georgia Conservancy is trusted because they look for solutions to problems, that work.
A new program is the land conservation program. Most of the state is privately owned and the conservancy is a big supporter of private lands. They work with land owners all over the state to help them know of opportunities for federal tax reductions and at the state level. They have 38 million acres in Georgia to look after. They have 71,000 miles of streets to maintain in Georgia. Also, 4.5 million acres of wet lands, 100,000 acres of lakes. In 1987, Georgia had 4.7 million people.
Now, Georgia has 11 million people and will continue to grow.
The Heritage Fund is to protect land by a transfer of land tax.
Amendment 1 to be voted on November 6 will give them $20/22 million devoted to land and water conservation. Very interesting program, Daniel.

DR INGRID-THOMPSON SELLERS PRESIDENT SOUTH GEORGIA STATE COLLEGE

Bill Deason, introduced Dr. Ingrid Thompson-Sellers, President South Georgia State College who was inaugurated President, September 17-21, 2018 with a week-long inauguration celebration as the eighth permanent president of the college.
On September 21, 2018, 9:30 a.m. at McGouirk Auditorium in Patterson Hall, 100 West College Park Drive, Douglas, GA, PHD Ingrid Thompson-Sellers received an investiture ceremony by University Systems of Georgia Chancellor Steve Wrigley.
South Georgia State College is a state college focused on a core of strong teaching and personalized academic advising.
Students pursue associate degrees in 20 programs of study which transfer to other institutions or careers in a variety of fields.
Dr. Sellers holds a bachelors degree in Physics, a Master’s degree in Telecommunications and a doctorate in Instructional Technology. Dr. Sellers said she is excited to be in our city and thanked Mayor Knox for being in her inauguration ceremony. SGSC has a new leadership to achieve future goals and to share a Vision for the Institution. Many have shared their vision in the college’s strategic plan of direction starting in January 1. 2019. Relevant programs for young people are presented in a “rolling” 5 year plan to 2024 and updated each year in where to invest their money and spending efficiencies. Taylor Hereford of SGSC reminded members of our Exchange Club Scholarship in 1986. Our donations have resulted in a $12,500 scholarship balance. a golf tournament here will be used to help fill in students gap to complete graduation.
New degrees are being formed so there will be: 1) Nursing; 2) Science; 3) Art; 4) Management; 5) Professional Writing; 6) A new one to be announced soon! Tuitions will be kept at a flat rate. Great program, Daniel of benefits to Waycross students! Thanks Dr. Sellers!

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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