This week’s Thursday, program will be Department of Natural Resources Rangers, Jason Shipes, and Tim Hutto.
Next week Thursday, September 24 at 12:30 we will have Jesse Jordan, Ware County Department of Public Safety, Training Center update.


President Jim Stapleton reports at a recent luncheon meeting, September 3rd, that in addition to our Okefenokee Agricultural Fair Association, we would accept a traditional fund-raising project for our club. New club members Horace and Miranda Whitley have unselfishly offered their time and experience in holding an Exchange Club of Waycross Flea Market at the fairgrounds to raise money for our club to help fund our Exchange Covenant of Service (printed on this bulletin) including “Community of Service”, “American Citizenship”, “Service to Youth” and “supporting Exchange Sponsored programs of Child Abuse Prevention Efforts and many other Community Service Programs subject to profits. Details required. The name of the event would be the Exchange Club of Waycross Flea Market and become a committee of the club. Chairman Co-Chairman will be Miranda & Horace Whitley.
A $15 fee for a 10’x15′ ground square, adjusted if more squares are needed and possibly discounted slightly. The fee is weekly. Vendors can bring a table and or tent. Market will be extended northerly to the fence (and more) if needed. Parking vehicles will be required in an area in front of the Fair Exhibit Building.
Telephone for Miranda Whitley and Horace Whitley: (912) 288-9461. Dates of Market: Friday and Saturday every week and from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. A review by our Board (or a committee) to analyze and recommend any needed changes. Everyone (Vendor) sets up and pays for their one space 10’x15′ or more space needed. The Committee Chairman collects rentals deposits money with Club Treasurer Bill Deason. Cash Only. Derek Harrison designs club advertising on our website. Chairman reports to club board weekly with a written statement of income and expenses.
Restroom space to be determined by location on fairgrounds and approved by the club board. This money would help cover lights and other incidentals for our club.


Michael Ray introduced Bert Smith Superintendant of Ware County Public Schools after our September 10th luncheon. Mr. Smith said teachers are really stressing to work with a shutdown. March is shut down date. He said it’s hard for teachers to work through the conditions of internet and school room teaching. August 5th was the original opening date that had to be moved back. Families in rural areas have a hard time of doing what’s required due to the lack of Wifi in their area. There are 6,163 students in the County School System. Two thousand (2,000) are digital students.
Center Elementary students are 50% in digital schooling. Ruskin Elementary is 25%. The difference is home or “other” schooling. Changes for these school systems are different logistically to handle all items properly. The schools serve lunch to be considered. Recess for the students must be shared differently at times. Some for physical ed., and the weight room. Buses run on a tier system that must be planned for. Some students are under quarantine and many quarantines are changed. It is difficult to arrange schedules of buses and routes.
Schools are cleaned every day in various times and facilities arrangement. The school sprays every room every week.
COVID student cases reported were: 3,625 traditional cases (22 positives); 366 in school district quarantined; 961 employee cases (4 positives, 45 quarantined); it’s a new day, every day!
ED SPLOST schools will be improved or new schools built based upon their need to serve all students with new facilities. Students must be enrolled before getting a driver’s license. Federal Funding will follow each student.

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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