ANNOUNCEMENTS

REMINDER: Workdays for the Fair will be on Saturdays October 22nd and November 5th.
Visit our website: exchangeclubofwaycross.com/tickets/ for more information and to buy tickets. Like and share FACEBOOK Ticket sales posts.
SIGN-UP SHEETS for Members’ Fair assignments will be available at
the October 13th meeting. Consider where you want to work and your schedule.
Yard signs are available to post around the community. Please HELP!

ERIN LANEY MEEKS-SEPTEMBER YOUTH OF THE MONTH

It is with much enthusiasm that I introduce to you, Erin Laney Meeks. Erin is the daughter of Everett and Alana Meeks. She is also joined by her brother, Aidan. Erin is ranked 1st among 307 Ware County High School seniors. When asked what she attributes to her academic success. Erin stated, “First and foremost, I attribute the entirety of my success to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I know that without Him at the center of my life, I would have nothing and would be nothing. His unwavering grace has gotten me through the good times and the bad times and has led me to where I am today. After Jesus Christ, I would definitely attribute my success to my mother.
She is my mother, coach, biggest supporter, and very best friend, and without her love and sacrifice, I wouldn’t be in the position I am in today.
I am also extremely grateful to her for being a great example to me and for always teaching me to give 100% in all that I do.”
Erin’s Clubs Activities and community services.

• Beta Club, President
• Student Council, Class Vice President
• Varsity Softball, Starter (4 years)
• Bridge to Success, Director of Student Affairs
• Waycross Bank and Trust Junior Board of Directors, Chairman
• National Honor Society, Member
• Math Team, Member
• BenchMark Physical Therapy, Volunteer
• Called to Care (Waycross), Volunteer
• Indian Mound Baptist Church Youth, Preschool Children’s Church Teacher
• Ware County Baseball, Announcer

She has received numerous awards:

• Georgia certificate of Merit (11th grade)
• AP Scholar with Honor Platinum Senior (12th grade)
• Region Pitcher of the Year, Varsity Softball (11th grade)
• Most Valuable Player, Varsity Softball (11th grade)
• 2nd Team All-Region, Varsity Softball (9th, 10th grade)
• Defensive Player of the Year, Varsity Softball (10th grade)
• 2019 Mathcounts Regional Runner-Up (9th grade)
• English State Champion, Beta (9th grade)
• English National 3rd Place, Beta (9th grade)
• English State Runner-up, Beta (10th, 11th grade)
• Marketing/Communications State Champion, Beta (11th grade)
• Lead Outside the Box State Champion, Beta (11th grade)
• Regional Business Communication Champion, FBLA (10th grade)

Erin is passionate about spreading the Gospel by teaching children’s classes at church and witnessing to others in conversation.
After graduation, Erin plans to attend Mercer University to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, then join Mercer’s Physician Assistant program and become a PA specializing in Orthopedics. She is also very passionate about the field of Orthopedics. In February of this year, she had shoulder surgery. She went through physical therapy until July and currently volunteers every morning at Bench-Mark Physical Therapy. This entire process made her fall in love with the field of Orthopedics, and it made her realize that this is what she wants to do for the rest of her life.

2022 SPLOST REFERENDUM

October Program Chair Daniel Warren introduced Ware County Manager Scott Moye. Mr. Moye told those present that this is the third time that this has been before the voters. He explained that the first two tries reflected the impact of the T-SPLOST (Transportation
Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) which increase the county’s sales tax to nine cents at the time it was put in place. Waycross and Ware County have been without SPLOST funds since June 30, 2021.
However, the T-SPLOST will end on March 31, 2022. If passed the new SPLOST will begin on April 1, 2022.
Forty-three percent of SPLOST proceeds are paid by those from outside Ware County. The use of SPLOST funds is limited to capital outlay projects such as building parks, school roads, and other public
facilities. It allows for equipment and vehicles for public safety and public works. Without the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, the burden to fund these critical needs will most certainly result in higher property taxes throughout Ware County. There were/will be two Information meetings for the public. One meeting was on October 10th and the second will be on Monday, October 24th at 5:30 p.m. in the City Commission chambers at City Hall.

SHERRY TANNER WAYCROSS/WARE COUNTY LIBRARY

Linda Hayes introduced Branch Manager Sherry Tanner to the Waycross-Ware County Public Library. Ms. Tanner shared updates and happenings at the library.
She began by saying that the library also benefits when SPLOST funds are available. Currently, the library has applied for a one-million-dollar grant from the state. To qualify for the grant our library must have ten percent matching funds ($100,000) and local money available.
The library is more than just a place to “check out a book.” Our modern library is a community destination. There are youth and adult groups that meet to play games such as Lego Club, Dungeons & Dragons, ten different book clubs, knit, and research genealogy. A library is a safe place for children (there is Yoga for Children!). Teens and young adults need a space to play computer games, do academic research, and share interests with each other. Each day ten to twenty young people “hang out” there. The library offers computer classes, Toddler Time in the mornings, and Reading Rainbow after school. And don’t forget Belly Dancing!!
Outside the building, the library staff visits Festivals, Way Green, and other events throughout the region when invited. They also offer remote Wi-Fi, at the location. The library is located at 401 Lee Avenue and opens at 10:00 a.m. Monday -Saturday. Hours vary. Closed on Sunday. For more information call 912-287-4978 or visit the website: okrls.org.

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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