PROGRAMS

This week Thursday, Daniel Warren October Programs Chairman, brings a great program.
Next week, on October 11th our speaker will also be spectacular.
Then, Saturday October 13 is Fair work day, from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Bring tools to help do minor construction/repairs. Twelve worked last work day. Let’s be helpful and on time.

NEW MEMBERS APPROVED

President Chris Tatum announced our club’s board approved three new members: Scott Ray (NY Life), Justin Steinwalt (NY Life), and Mary Louise Snyder, (retired nursing superintendent). When dues
are paid, they will become members of our club and be assigned to committee membership. Welcome to America’s Service Club, Scott, Justin, and Mary Louise.

EXCHANGE/RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE

On Monday, September 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. our club helped have a Red Cross/Exchange Blood Donation Drive. Public donated 127 pints with 118 good pints. We missed our goal of 150 pints. Two/$100, four/$50, fifteen/$20, ten/$10 cash prizes, One Captain Joe’s coupon, one Southern Bells Salon coupon, and one Basilee Fraley Spa coupon were won by donors.

BHUMI BHADRESH PATEL SEPTEMBER YOUTH OF THE MONTH

Ware County High School senior Bhumi Bhadresh Patel has been named the Waycross Exchange Club’s “Youth of the Month” for September.
She is the daughter of Bhadresh and Vanita Patel and is currently ranked 10th out of 342 Ware County High School seniors.
Her Activities and Honors at WCHS include:

  • Chorus, 9-12
  • Merit Keeper, 9-12, Secretary, 11
  • Drama, 9-12
  • Stage Crew, 9-10, Stage Manager, 11-12
  • Beta Club, 9-12, Vice-President/Secretary, 11,
  • Community Service Coordinator, 12
  • National Honor Society, 11, 12, President, 12
  • Key Club, 9, 10,11, Secretary, 10, 11
  • PBIS Team, 11, 12
  • Ted Ed Club, 12
  • Math Team, 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Academic Quiz Bowl Team, 9, 10, 11
  • Math Tutor, 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Waycross Bank and Trust Junior Bank Board, 12
  • 1st Place in Veterans of Foreign Wars Post Competition at the local level, 12
  • Top Merit Award in Chorus, 10, 11
  • Director’s Award in Chorus, 9, 10, 11
  • Music Festivals USA Grand Champions Choir, 10
  • One Act Play Competition Region Grand Champions, 11
  • SGSC Academic Honors List, 11
  • UGA Georgia Certificate of Merit, 11
  • Presbyterian College Junior Fellow Scholar Award, 11
  • Waycross Okefenokee Lions Club Academic Honor Society, 11

She has been involved in a number of community activities including:

  • Volunteering through National Honor Society
  • Volunteering through Beta Club
  • Volunteering through Key Club
  • Volunteering with the local animal shelter to work with displaced pets during the last two hurricane seasons.

After graduation from Ware County High School, Miss Patel plans
to attend Mercer University and possibly pursue something in liberal arts with a focus in business. Congratulations Bhumi Bhadresh Patel.

EXCHANGE/FAIR BUILDINGS GROUNDS & NEWS

President Chris Tatum reported Christmas Banquet is December 6th at 7:00 p.m. Water heater is getting adjustments. 4-H Food Booth is worked on to get cooker relocated safely. Electrical being worked on. Cretia Dowling is scheduling desserts for 1 cake, 2 pies each day at the Fair. Call Cretia at 283.8315. Board meetings set for 3rd Thursday, October 18th, 11:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
National Exchange has asked for an article from our club to feature our club successes, pictures, member quotes, signature club project, awards, why members chose club and written by October 19th. Mary Fogle and Wayne Kilmark are to compose 600 words. We will call members for input! Be forthcoming!

Fair pre-sale/advance tickets are for sale Saturday, Sunday and Monday, November 3,4 & 5 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Volunteers
are needed for ticket sale committee, and other members and family members can volunteer for this and parking committee. Sign up with parking and ticket sales chairmen.

DEE MEADOWS WARE COUNTY FIRE CHIEF

Jimmy Brown introduced Dee Meadows as Ware County Fire Chief by giving his background in 1970’s and rise to Chief on March 18, 2018. He also is Board of Education member and traveller to Israel as a Christian Missionary by himself and others to help citizens. He has a Honduran daughter who is now a US citizen, high school graduate, VSU graduate now working for the Board of Education! Thanks Dee!
They have eleven volunteer fire stations to cover Ware County, 912 square miles (including swamp). New station on 250 Vickers Road now takes 11⁄2 minutes to a fire rather than 17 minutes from Industrial Park. In 2017, the department made 870 emergency calls. In 2018, they have had 570 calls through September. Their effort will be to get out in the community so we see them and learn fire safety rules.
Really informative program, Jimmy, I know you are proud of and looking to grow economically and safely in the future.

BILL PARHAM DIRECTOR MEDICAL SERVICES

Jimmy Brown introduced Bill Parham, Director of Ware County’s Emergency Medical Services. Mr. Parham introduced Perry Blackburn and Steve Lovett his officers at 3395 Harris Road, #300 in the Way- cross-Ware County Industrial Park. City and County purchased Code RED Weather Warning to alert citizens in the path of severe weather.

Although Georgia is rated #1 State in U.S. for doing business, it has an opioid future of public health crisis due to the opioid receptors that produce morphine like effects. Medically, they are primarily used for pain relief along with other suppression effects that need regulation. Potent opioids are used for euphoric effect made from poppy resin. There are also Synthetics or natural products, semi-synthetics and pure opioid.
In 2015, 33,000 died per year. In 2018, 42,000 died per year from opioid use. The cost of our economy was $18.5 billion. In the Midwest there was 70% increase in use in 2016. The critical mass increase started in 2015 due to their previously mistaken belief that opioids were not addictive. The opioids have a legitimate use for pain. Hypnosis can be used to do surgery, meaning the brain can be tricked to not realize pain! Now an Atlanta portal knows how many drugs you are buying and monitoring use. Governments are suing drug companies for the cost of misuse and treatment required to eliminate addictive effects of the dugs. Informative program, but sounds scary for the future of our population, Jimmy.

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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