This week Saturday, is November 4! Our last work day before our Fair. November Programs Chairman Daniel Warren, brings Cory Baldwin, Basketball Coach at South Georgia State College in Waycross, Georgia, to our luncheon meeting November 2nd. Two days later on Saturday November 4, 8:00 a.m. until noon, President Roger Collins has called a work meeting for all members to help clean up the fairgrounds.
Two work days have been held. Did you work? Fair Manager Jimmy White needs you for a couple of hours of work.
Bakers – Call Linda Paulk to register your dessert(s) for fair. Five are needed every night, 912-282-8662 or 912-283-3530.
Next week, Daniel brings a Fair Midway owner or representative to speak to us about the rides and fair business.
Don’t forget to bring 1” x 1” pictures of your children and grandchildren who want to ride free and $5.00 per picture with their names on the back of the picture to Jonathan Daniell to get free rides and entrance badge to this meeting. Santo Nino is Chairman of our Fair Parking Committee. He needs members to sign up to help park cars and install the posts to guide cars. Sign up this Thursday. Thank You!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY EARL TAPLEY (91)
Last Thursday, it was reported in our meeting that Earl Tapley was to be 91 years old on Saturday, October 28, 2017.
Past Happy Birthday Wishes and Kudos to Mr. Earl from our club members!
DFCS DIRECTOR CATHERINE CASON
Santo Nino introduced Ware County’s Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) Office, County Director, Cathy Cason of 1200 Plant Avenue, Waycross, Georgia. Ms. Cason has a degree in Sociology and related certificates with emphasis toward children protection. She has been an employee of the agency for 12 years. The agency doesn’t just “take kids”. Rather, they evaluate the conditions and relationships of adults with the children. Their economic impact here of $13 million being issued – food stamps to families in 2016. They work with 5,000 families here. They have 17 workers who work the benefits for families. One hundred forty are in foster homes in the region. There are 15 foster homes in Ware County which are not enough! The agency needs to push for more foster homes. More children die each year without homes.
The staff visits usually are concerned with injured or dead children. Some are accidentally smothered when parents roll over while sleeping. So agency gives bassinets, educational videos to make parents aware of various safety routines. ABC’s of child safety are: “A” Always put children in crib; “B” Child sleeps alone on back; and “C” Put child in crib. Sources of information are: Navigator – provides help for DFCS clients; web site dhs.georgia.gov; and telephone 912-285-6264.
Last year DFCS worked 659 cases mostly due to drugs. Six hundred fifty nine pinwheels representing cases of child abuse cases are put up in front of Quality Inn on US1. Ninety percent of children removed from homes are due to drug and related uses in the home. Their campaign slogan is “Don’t use drugs.” Ms. Cason said she loves her job and her Ware County area here in Georgia. They are collecting donations now for “Santa’s Fire Brigade” to fund assisting one family and education to citizens of “awareness of needs”. Various stores collect money and gifts. Check Wal-Mart on Plant, Family dollar and Big Lots on Harris Road. Help if you can.
BLOOD DONATION OBJECTIVE MET
Al Jacobson gave one pint of blood at Monday’s, October 3rd blood drive… a mere drop in the bucket. In his long blood donating career. Monday’s unit brought the grand total to 30 gallons! His friends among the Waycross Area Blood Drive Volunteers (of which he is chairman) surprised him with a banner at the drive.
Through the efforts of Jacobson and others, Waycross-Ware has become a viral blood-giving community. Signing in at our Waycross Exchange Club drive were 154 citizens! The goal of 152 units of blood was not realized, but 140 good units were given. Among donors were 12 first timers!
HIGGINSON ACCEPTS EXCHANGE SCHOLARSHIP
Hannah Elizabeth Higginson of Pierce County has been named our first recipient of the Exchange Club of Waycross Scholarship. Higginson is a 2017 homeschool graduate and has chosen business management as her program of study at South Georgia State College’s (SGSC) Waycross campus.