On August 18th, President Craig Head opened the meeting by presenting two new members, Chris Wysong and Danny Bartlett, with their membership certificates and officially welcoming them to the Exchange Club of Waycross.
The official opening for the club meetings is 12:00 p.m. Members will have time to socialize, eat and visit with guests and each other until 12:30 p.m. The meeting will begin at that time. Replacement of the lettering on the sign above the building has been ordered.
A Board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 1st. Board members will discuss preparations for the upcoming Okefenokee Agricultural Fair which will begin Tuesday, November 8th.
Linda Hayes reported that the August Al Jacobson Memorial American Red Cross Blood Drive netted 122 donors with 8 deferred. She challenged all members who can donate blood as often as they can.
GENERAL ELECTION ABSENTEE BALLOTS ARE AVAILABLE
Program Chair Danny Bartlett introduced Supervisor of Elections Carlos Nelson. Mr. Nelson alerted members that the absentee ballots for the general election will be available from Monday, August 22nd until Friday, October 28th. Voters can request ballots online at www.mvp.sos.ga.gov or by calling the Ware County Board of Elections and Registration at 912-287-4363 or visiting the office at 408 Tebeau Street.
Ballots will be mailed out Monday, October 17th, and must be returned by the 7 p.m. close of polls on Election Day, November 8th. They can be returned through the mail or hand-delivered to the drop box inside the board office. Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. All ballots must have a signature on the oath envelope and the voter identification section completed.
Using the website (see above) or phoning the board office a voter can confirm their registration status, Election day polling site, and ensure residential and mailing addresses are updated. The last day to register to vote is OCTOBER 10TH.
Early voting polls are open from October 17th through November 4th at the board office and the Ware County Administration Building.
Supervisor Nelson talked about the shortage of poll workers and currently, there are just enough poll workers to serve only eleven precincts in the city and county.
He explained what it takes to become a certified poll worker. He distributed handouts and letters for members to take and share with others about the need for poll workers.
BOOK OF GOLDEN DEEDS
The Book of Golden Deeds is the longest-running program of service of the National Exchange Club. The award was first made in 1919. The purpose of the award is to recognize and call attention to a citizen of our community whose self-sacrifices, responses to duty, and other praiseworthy actions may pass unnoticed and unremembered by the general public.
We have the opportunity to call attention to one of our community’s true heroes who began his efforts to aid and improve our community over 70 years ago and did so until his death on August 7, 2022, at the age of 96.
The Exchange Club of Waycross’s 2022 Book of Golden Deeds Award recipient is Judge Clarence D. Blount. Judge Blount was a member of our club for 70 years, joining on June 1, 1952.
We were pleased to have members of the Blount family in attendance. His son Brian and Brian’s wife Rhonda accepted the award for him.
In presenting the award, Awards Chair Vince Settle said, “It would be impossible for me to cover all of Judge Blount’s acts and deeds that made him so worthy of this Award.” He then read the Proclamation that was signed by Waycross Mayor Michael-Angelo James and Chair of the Ware County Board of Commissioners Elmer Thrift proclaiming Thursday, August 25, 2022, as “Clarence Blount Day” in Waycross and Ware County.
Vince said, “As stated in the Proclamation, Judge Blount constantly volunteered his time to improve the lives of our communities children and disabled.” He went on to say, “Judge Blount was a person who worked behind the scenes, without calling attention to himself, to make our community a better place….he will be forever missed.”