Daniel Warren October Luncheon Program Chairman has scheduled South Georgia State Colleges’ permanent President, Dr. Ingrid-Thompson Sellers, to speak to our club on October 1st. Please, members, plan on coming to our socially distanced conference room this Thursday. Wear your mask and sit where chairs and utensils are placed.


President Jim Stapleton introduced names of three new member proposals: Helen Morgan, wife of former member Harry Morgan deceased; Ralph Pittman, Ware County Jail Manager; and Erick Swhoartz retired plastics producer entrepreneur. One week of written comments, if any, due one week.


It is with much enthusiasm that Robbie Winn introduces to you Maria Manabat, Exchange Club of Waycross September 2020 Youth of the Month. Maria is the daughter of Victor and Katherine Manabat. She is currently ranked 2nd out of 346 Ware County High School seniors.

Maria’s Activities/Honors at WCHS include:
• Future Business Leaders of America 9th – 12th Grade; Local Chapter Officer – 10th- 12th Grade
• Georgia FBLA Region 2 President 11th Grade
• FBLA National President’s Executive 10th Grade Director of Communications
• FBLA National President’s Chief of Staff 11th Grade
• GA. FBLA State Vice President for SE Area 12th Grade
• FBLA National Southern Region VP 12th Grade
• Model UN 9th – 12th Grade
• Model UN Co-President 10th – 12th Grade
• Beta Club 10th, 11th, 12th
• BETA Local Chapter Reporter 11th Grade
• Beta Regional Leadership Rep. 11th Grade
• Beta-Local Chapter Secretary 12th Grade
• First Southern Bank Jr. Board of Directors 12th Grade
• Elected Chairman of the Jr. Board 12th
• Georgia Certificate of Merit recipient 11th Grade Maria has been involved in a number of community activities including
• Volunteered with the Waycross-Ware County Public Library (Designed graphics, posters, and other promotional materials for events)
• Conducted the International Book Box Program ( an initiative to provide schools abroad with textual resources for students)
• Established Project Period (an initiative that provides local middle schools with free female products and also educates middle school females on proper hygienic care)
• Freelance Graphic Design for Ware County CTAE Dept. and created a brand identity for the Yale Undergraduate Mindfulness Organization
• Participated in various other community services associated with FBLA and BETA in our local community. After graduation from Ware County High School, Maria plans to attend the University of Georgia Terry College of Business. Congratulations, Maria.


Michael Ray introduced four Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Law Enforcement Division Rangers as our luncheon program. Rangers Jason Shipes and Tim Hutto presented a K-9 German Shepherd tracking and recovery program. The dog was their second one that was acquired in 2008. K-9 Officer must purchase the dog which is usually paid off and reimbursed to officer by gifts and special donations. This one cost $6,500 as a puppy. It was paid by $22,000 which goes to the county for maintenance expenses over the years. Rangers’ most recent case involved illegal sales of sea turtle eggs which are a natural resource. Obviously, eggs are a natural public resource and are considered stollen when removed from the shore of the ocean. The K-9 is trained to point or otherwise indicate where the eggs are hidden in suitcases, etc and other carrying cases. The Dog stays at home with the officer and lives in a kennel. The owner owns a dog for life and until its retirement. These officers work for DNR in the area from Savannah to Florida and westerly to Swainsboro and I-75. Occasionally they go to Rome if needed. They operate to find anything lost or stolen including knives, guns, and getting an average of twenty calls a month including murder weapons. They can track lost persons and those needed to provide answers to apprehensions regarding serious violations of law. Obedience is required to take the track of a successful find like a child in the woods. Thanks, DNR for providing your expert experience and services to members of our club!


Michael Ray introduced Jesse Jordan from the Ware County government as Assistant Manager for James E. Blackburn, Sr., Public Safety Training Center, Training Tower, and Burn Building located at the old training center site. A groundbreaking will be later in the year in cooler weather. The facility is designed to provide training facilities for Law Enforcement and other fire personnel. It has a four-story training lower with interior and external training facilities. A repelling tower, roof with handrails provide versatile functions to train for different functions or activities; changeable inconstant changing conditions while fighting fires and keeping safe. A two-story building with a balcony will have live training in fire conditions. A burn room will have several exterior and interior doors to move out when safer conditions are needed for personnel. K-9 will train with officers going upstairs and out windows safely. Ladders for training to get over to fires and over the house will be provided. Burn room will be controlled by gas burning. A shooting range for all law enforcement agency personnel will be available and controlled by computer for qualifying. A bullet trap will collect recovered rounds, handling 307,000 max which saves money for ammunition and travel to distant training facilities. The County is counting on advertising regional centers for other governments to save money for overnight sleeping and eating. SPLOST funds 60-40 were used to fund the facility. A pond for fire truck refilling exists. Personnel can be certified here and not travel to Forsyth. It will save #1,000 per person. A training event for women will be held this month. Great investment by City-Counties SPLOST funds, Jesse! Thanks.

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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