This week’s program speaker will be brought to us by October Programs Chairman, Daniel Warren. Information on Ware County High School Football will be provided by Coach Jason Strickland. Also, this Saturday, October 19 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. all of our members will work at our Fairgrounds to get it ready for our Fair November 12-16. Another workday will be November 2, 2019.
The following week’s speaker for our luncheon at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 24 will be Ware County Basketball men’s and women’s coaches. Preceding lunch, at 10:45 a.m., our Okefenokee Agricultural Fair Association Board will meet then the Waycross Exchange Club Board will meet at 11:30 a.m.
Fair ride passes for member’s children will be prepared by Jonathan Daniel. Give him a 1″x1″ picture for each with name on the back along with $5.00. A short board meeting was held after our last luncheon meeting at 1:15 p.m. President Burton Carter and Board members passed a motion made by Chris Tatum and seconded by Bill Deason and Tommy Moore, to hire overnight security personnel during our Fair days. Fair manager Jonathan Daniel was made responsible and to have the authority to hire properly certified personnel as needed. Also, Briana Chapman was approved as a new member. Ticket-Taking Committee is seeking volunteers to sign up for days and times. Parking committee members are needed to sign up also. Bill Deason is seeking volunteers to sell Advanced Tickets in days just before the Fair opening.
THAD WRIGHT ON 2020 CENSUS
Daniel Warren introduced Thad Wright, a local 2020 Census Partnership Specialist with the U.S. Census. Mr. Wright began speaking about the U.S. Census beginning in 1790. April 1, 2020, is the date all residents in the U.S. must be counted. He said about 33,000 persons reside now in Ware County (and, if true, is 2,000 less than in 2010). About 1 in 5 persons in the U.S. will not respond! The Census is the biggest event we have collecting social, economic information for use by all governments in developing programs and to justify the number of congressional representatives each state, county, and the city has based upon the population for representation and grants. Federal assistance delivered to residents determines by the counts for school lunches, hospitals’ assistance and 155 grant programs in the U.S. Usually, elderly respond more than the young. The data is safe, secure, confidential and non-disclosured. If not, the penalty is $25,000 and five years in jail. Information is locked down for ninety years!
Census is looking for 2020 census partners and to be paid $18.50/hr. for helping create ways to increase public participation; host a workshop to find solutions to community challenges; invite Census Bureau officials to speak to audiences; and to encourage people to work for the census and share: 2020 census.gov/jobs. Contact census at firstname.lastname@example.org to share how to work together. Great information, Daniel.
OCTOBER YOUTH OF THE MONTH
It was with much enthusiasm that Robbie Winn introduced Daniel Brantley Good as October Youth of the Month. Brantley is the son of Dan and Wendy Good. He is currently ranked 2nd out of 340 Ware County High School seniors.
Brantley’s Activities/Honors at WCHS include:
- Beta Club 9th, 10th, 11th (Vice-president), 12th (Treasurer)
- National Honor Society 10th, 11th, 12th
- “A” Honor Roll 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
- Lion’s Club Academic Honor Society 11th
- University Of Georgia Certificate of Merit 11th
- Presbyterian College Fellows Award 11th
- Varsity Swimming 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
- Swimming Academic Athlete 9th, 10th
- JV Soccer 9th
- Varsity Soccer 10th, 11th, 12th
- Waycross Bank & Trust Junior Board 11th, 12th (Chairman)
- Duke Tip 9th
- NSHSS Scholar 10th, 11th, 12th
- South Georgia State Academic Honors 11th
- Youth Assembly Delegate 11th (President) 12th
- Model UN 11th, 12th
- Satilla REMC Washington Youth Tour 11th
- AP Scholar with Distinction 11th
- Math Team 12th
- HOSA Member 12th
Brantley has been involved in a number of community activities including:
- Running the video and sound at First United Methodist Church.
- Participating in a summer mission trip to Memphis, Tennessee.
- Building an observation deck at Okefenokee Swamp Park.
- Volunteering at the Satilla Hospice Gala.
- Volunteering to help clean up after the hurricanes.
- Volunteering to help with trail maintenance and clean up at Laura Walker State Park.
- Volunteering at a community fall festival, Operation Christmas Child, canned food drive, toiletry supply drive and school supply drive.
- Timer for the elementary Academic Quiz Bowl
After graduation from Ware County High School, Brantley is not sure of which college he will attend at this time. He does want to pursue a degree in Biology and then go on to medical school. Congratulations, Daniel Good! Quite a goal!
CARRIE VANDERVER COUNTY AGENT FAMILY & CONSUMER SCIENCES
Daniel Warren introduced Carrie Vanderver, Ware County Agent-Family and Consumer Sciences of UGA – Ware County Cooperative Extension located on Harris Road in the Waycross-Ware County Industrial Park Ms. Vanderver said the 4-H teaches young people of Georgia leadership, citizenship and communication skills for life.
Ware County 4-H provides 4th through 12th-grade students leadership experiences, content mastery through experimental learning and areas of interest. Content is aligned to the Georgia Department of Education standards. All 159 counties in Georgia have a 4-H delivery system.
Our 65th Annual Okefenokee Agricultural Fair’s Okefenokee Craft Exhibit for Adult and Youth Divisions, Canned Goods, and crafts competitions will provide ribbons and cash prizes and judging items at our club’s Fairgrounds Educational Building on Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. the November 6th to Saturday, November 9th. Scout Carter the new Agricultural Agent has been working nine months with the Service.
He has Bachelors’s and Master’s degrees. He has been working with removing predators from the fish population in the Red Breast areas of our rivers. James Jacob is helping him learn the ropes and techniques as well as trees and bushes of pecans, blueberries, plus peanut harvesting and cotton. Also, he is taking a landscaping course now. Great information for parents and youth to learn 4-H skills. Thanks, Daniel for information.