This week, our Thursday, November 14 speaker will be our Fair Midway, Amusements of America owner, Dominic Vivona, Jr.
Also, Mike Inman, Waycross native, and fellow Fair Midway worker/helper will probably be present to explain new equipment operations and other featured acts. Members having fair passes made for children will need to meet with Jonathan Daniell to pick them up. The fair midway will open at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, with a ribbon-cutting. Wear Red Coats.
Hopefully, you were able to recognize our veterans on Monday the day before. We all should be working our spots at the Fair as it gets underway on the 12th and helping visitors doing the photographs for their business get what they want. Be friendly to all!
Next week our Fair Board meets Thursday at 10:45 a.m. Then the Exchange Club board meets at 11:30 a.m. to handle business.
At our regular club meeting at 12:30 p.m., we will have a presentation of our November Youth of the Month winner with Robbie Winn. Then, also, our club meeting speaker guest, Judge James Kelly Brooks of Ware Superior Court, will speak at our luncheon meeting.
Monday, November 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. our monthly blood donation drive with the American Red Cross will take place. Please donate if you can and bring a guest!
EXCHANGE / FAIR VOLUNTEERS
President Burton Carter read the Exchange Club Covenant of Service to emphasize to members who joined the club our mission is to SERVE. He asked all to consider in days to come how many volunteers are needed to carry out our club mission of serving. We have many places to serve by signing up as members of Exchange and our Okefenokee Fair Committees. We are one of the largest clubs in membership in the United States! He asked also each member to make a commitment to recruit one new member this year ending June 30, 2020.
DANNY CHRISTMAS, SRO CHIEF WARE COUNTY SCHOOLS
Daniel Warren, October Programs Chairman introduced Danny Christmas, SRO Chief, School Resources Officer and welcomed him back home since 2014. Chief Christmas asked everyone to get ready for a school system police department, just for the school system. It’s independent of the state of Georgia and has arrest powers as does the City and County. He has vehicles, uniforms, patch, twelve officers hired and green uniforms.
Officers hired are experienced and “want to do this job.” He has eleven schools, one high school, and one Chief. Schools will have one entrance – all others are locked to keep teachers, students, and visitors safe. Keep the bad out. They keep moving to look for problems, if necessary to handle. This gives good experiences for children. It is a fully functional police department for school property, only. They do travel to schools for games and work with city and county departments. They are 34th in the state to do this. A camera system is ordered. I want to build rapport with students. State money is used for each school to choose protection needed ($30,000 each). Chief Christmas feels we have the best Board of Education in the state! Sounds like what is needed. Good!
MIKE STONE PASTOR EMMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH, BLACKSHEAR
Freddie Smith, Programs Chairman, introduced Mike Stone, Pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Blackshear, GA as our speaker for the “Nation Under God” Program. Pastor Mike explained America has the best economy with jobs and is the best country in the world. It’s exceptional because it is based upon the way it is governed, “by the people.” Even with our 23 killings, 6 rapes and 60 robberies and citizen’s suicides and views of sex over virginity, we should look at sin and “pray for the people”. Pray for God’s help and strength to bring us through to success as expressed in the Bible, II Timothy, Chapter 1. In his life, Pastor Mike said he knows Jesus Christ helps him live a life for good and acceptance. We have an obligation to pray for our governmental leadership from the President on down to local leaders. Pray for God and Country, even civic prayers. He said “prayerlessness” is a sin. Failure is a sign of not praying as described in the Bible that it should be “First of all”, and praying is a priority to be lifted up prayer. Prayer with supplication or request is desired by God. And, worship by thanking God for your blessings. Be thankful for your leaders and term limits! Reverse dangerous trends and reflect on the best of our country. Rely on prayer for successful results. Be a good example for others. Be responsible and respectful of God.
Regularly pray for government leaders. “Sincere prayer avails much.” Outcomes are God’s choices.
Freddie, this was a well-deserved prayer for our club members to remember and execute!