Exchange Club of Waycross

& including the

Okefenokee Fairgrounds

Annual Music Events

The Annual Gram Parsons Guitar Pull is held at the Okefenokee Fairgrounds & the Exchange Club of Waycross.

Agricultural Fair

The Okefenokee Fairgrounds Association & the Exchange Club of Waycross host an annual Agricultural Fair.

Prevention of Child Abuse

On a more serious note – The prevention of Child Abuse is our main project at the Exchange Club of Waycross.

RED CROSS Blood Drives

Regular Blood Drives are held at the Waycross Exchange Club, so make a difference, donate some blood, next time.

COVID-19 & CLUB MEETING UPDATE as of 07.06.20 our club will restart meetings AUG 6, 2020 subject to any new developments.

As President of our Exchange Club of Waycross I am writing to express my concern about the health of our club’s members and our need to work forward for our community. I feel obligated to let you know I have a serious illness that requires me to fight it out at home. I have missed recent meetings, unfortunately (and untimely) due to the recent war on the COVID-19 virus which has caused us to cancel our luncheon and board meetings.
I have asked President-Elect Jim Stapleton to be in charge of all actions needed to complete our club’s 2019-2020 year, so that I may concentrate on treating my illness to recover to good health. Prayerfully, I will respond well to the treatments and be back at our club meetings. I love our club and every Exchangite so much that I want to encourage each of you to live on and to carry out our club’s Covenant of Service responsibilities.
So I am asking you, the members to show concern for our club and our community’s citizens who would be worthy of our Exchange membership. If each member looks around for those who are helping our community, offer them an opportunity to join our club’s fellowship and community services. They would help us achieve our clubs, Community Service, American Citizenship, and Service to Youth projects. Also, they would help us to keep growing our Child Abuse Prevention fund-raising programs.
Our club is a leader type organization that allows every new member to sharpen and grow their leadership skills while serving our community and American goals. Please ask and try to bring in one new member this year to help strengthen our club’s programs of service. Counting April, we have only six weeks left to do this! And members, “Understand”, we have lost a half-year’s rent of our facility that could have helped support our maintenance of facilities and donations given to our programs of service. A very worthwhile service.
Finally (and not to be last) please prayerfully consider God’s support of our efforts to be responsible to God, our Country, our community, and our families.
I am encouraging you to press on without club although, due to reasons beyond our control, we cannot meet for a while. I want also to thank President-Elect Jim Stapleton for his devotion to the club and his acting in my place. Please remember to ask those in our vast community who desire to become an Exchangite to come on and join us.
We are America’s Service Club. Let everyone know you are glad and proud to have been asked to join. Each one of us has been sponsored and asked to join by another club member. Ask even if they are a member of another club.

We stand for the American Flag, We pray to God with thankfulness
We support our military, We support our public safety and law enforcement
We help support Magnolia House, Satilla Advocacy Services and Elementary School Counselors
So, keep up the good work! Thanks!
Burton Carter
President of Exchange Club of Waycross

Welcome to our bimonthly News update

These articles are taken from our Red Coater bimonthly newsletter, for more information, please click the Red Coater icon to the right for the pdf file.

February 6, 2020


This week’s January 6th Program speaker will be Harlan Proveaux, Deputy Director of Homeland Security of the Georgia Emergency Management System. Also, Thursday through Saturday our Okefenokee Fair Association officers, Jonathan Daniell, Harbin Farr, and President Burton Carter will be attending the Georgia/South Carolina Association of Fairs at Embassy Suites in Greenville, South Carolina to learn updated fair business activities to make our fair better. Remember Thursday, February 20th, program is our annual Public Safety Banquet held at 7:00 p.m. Members are to wear red coats if you have it. Spouses are invited.
February Programs Chairman Carl James, is bringing program speaker to us on Thursday, February 6th.

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January 23, 2020


This week’s luncheon meeting program speaker at 12:30 p.m. will be Coordinating Chief Greg Taylor, Georgia State Probation and Parole Office of the Georgia Department of Community Supervision located in Douglas, Georgia. This will b e preceded by a 10:45 a.m. Okefenokee Agricultural Fair Association Board Meeting and then, at 11:30 a.m. Waycross Exchange Club Board Meeting.
Next week’s luncheon speaker on January 30 at 12:30 p.m. will be Waycross Circuit of First Superior Court District Georgia Judge Andrew C. Spivey.
Magistrate Court Judge Nathan Grantham and Charles Brown are January 2020 Program Chairmen.
President Burton Carter reminds officers and members, our club board meeting at 10:45 a.m. on the fourth Thursday of each monthly meeting.

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January 9, 2020


Our January 9, 2020 program to be brought to us by Programs Chairman Nathan Grantham and Judge Charlie Brown, is Julie and Ella Griner from Diamond G. Forest Products in Patterson, Georgia. “You all will enjoy these ladies”, says, Charlie Brown. Our next week’s meeting on Thursday, January 16th, at 12:30 p.m. will be, Waycross Chief of Police, Tommy Cox.

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December 26, 2019


This Thursday, the day after Christmas Holiday, we will not have a meeting due to the previous day holiday. Next Thursday is New Year’s Eve. Wednesday is January 1, 2020, New Years’ day Holiday. We will meet Thursday, January 2, 2020, 12:30 p.m. for our luncheon program.

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December 12, 2019


Tonight, our club celebrates our Fair’s success and Programs of Service Completed during the last six months, with our Christmas Banquet and the birthday of Jesus Christ. At 7:00 p.m. in our Ellie Royal Room, we will express our love for our brothers and sisters by feasting on the prime rib & trimmings that Kim Pimentel and Sharon Deal bring to us.
Make sure you are signed up on the list with the total number of your family attending. Attendance is required if you signed up so President Burton Carter can get an accurate account of servings.
Next week, at 10:45 a.m., our Okefenokee Agricultural Fair Association Board of Directors will meet to review successes and needed adjustments to next year’s activities of the Fair. At 11:30 a.m. the Exchange Club of Waycross Board of Directors will meet to assess the success and improvements needed in the business of the club. Then at 12:30 p.m., our club luncheon will be held in our conference room. Ken Carroll brings Kristen McCarthy, Director “Called to Care” and Robbie Winn will introduce our December Youth of the Month Winner.

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Exchange Club Members & Officers:
Left to Right: Tony Tanner, Michael Ray, Larry Paulk, Bill Deason, Summer Stipe, Jake Strickland, Rod Langevin, Ginger Peagler, Harbin Farr, Jimmy White, Roger Collins, Burton Carter, Vince Settle.

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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