This week’s luncheon speaker, to be brought to the club by September Program Chairman, Jimmy Brown is Keith Stone, South Georgia Office Manager, Georgia Secretary of State. Next week’s noon speaker, September 12th will be Michelle Shaw, Assistant Director of Georgia Department of Economic Development. A very important person.


Set your calendar for October 19 and November 2 from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. to work here at the Waycross Exchange Club Fairground to clean out the buildings and weed eat the grounds along with other jobs necessary to brighten up facilities for our Okefenokee Agricultural Fair, November 12-16, 2019, Tuesday – Saturday. Bring your tools!
New members approved at Club Board Meeting are Dr. Lee Hlad – Podiatrist; Mickey Mullis – Vita-Mart; Vickie Gillis – Administrative Assistant District Attorney.
Community Announcement – Federal Express is moving to a new location in the industrial park because it is expanding its regional operations here in Waycross.


Jim Stapleton, August Programs Chairman introduced Captain Neil Skerratt, Ware County Sheriff’s Department to speak on drug enforcement in Ware County. Drug search warrants can be issued to search homes where narcotics may be sold.
This creates problems in neighborhoods in various locations in the community. His objective is to combat drug trades as a whole. They need informants to give info on drug dealer locations. Then, search warrants are issued to investigate homes. Surveillance requires multiple hours for drug enforcers to observe operations. Ware County Sheriff’s office works with the FBI and Waycross Police Department leading to arresting of a high level of drug users. The department invests long hours in investigating these crimes. Arrests are made for methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl (seven times or fifty times stronger than the others). Tips can be given to 287TIPS (8477) for the locations of suspected drug dealers.
Sheriff Randy Royal said it is good now that whole neighborhoods are rid of dealers. Citizens are good for reporting suspicions.
There is a good trend now in neighborhoods so drugs have to be imported – no labs in neighborhoods. Heroin is not pervasive as it once was. They are closing down on opioid pills and street narcotics. Crack Cocaine is not prevalent. Drug addiction occurs from smoking first, then injecting, taking 50-100 grams over 2-3 days to get addicted.
Advice? Don’t take the first smoke or injection to get high!
Thanks for the program, Tommy.


Larry Paulk substituting for Tommy Moore introduced the program of Connie Barefield, Nurse Manager of Ware County Health Department. Connie is married and has three grown sons. She has been a Public Health Nurse for over 30 years with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Her program today is about the current information regarding immunizations in the field of Public Health.
The Ware County Health Department is your destination for immunization including those vaccines needed for travel abroad as always. A source for the flu vaccine that is new and more effective for this flu season costs $30 a shot. She reminded everyone that it can take 20 days to develop the necessary immunity.
Ms. Barefield shared a handout of the various vaccines and current recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
She highlighted the need for an up-to-date Tetanus vaccine within the last 10 years and less if required by an active lifestyle. A new vaccine specifically directed for pregnant women is the Tdap vaccine – Tetanus plus other preventive vaccines.
Other vaccines of interest begin with the Shingles vaccine for older adults. Consult with your physician on the Health Department handout regarding the need for vaccine. Nurse Manager Barefield commented that the measles outbreak has reached all states. In the year 2000, the U.S. was considered measles free, but in 2019 there are 1,125 cases of confirmed measles.
People from other countries or their beliefs have not included immunization and have brought measles back to our country.
Another serious rise in cases of Hepatitis is threatening people everywhere.
There are currently over 500 cases in Georgia although not as serious to health as Hepatitis B, it is a cause for concern and risky. Of the 500 cases, there have been four (4) deaths and 400 hospitalizations. Four cities in Georgia have the highest rise in Hepatitis A cases: Rome, Augusta, Dalton, and Atlanta. Georgia is fortunate to have the GRITS system statewide. It is a registry of all immunizations in the state that follows citizens and is available through the health department for use statewide. Immunizations for children begin with school at age four (4), then updated at age six (6). Don’t wait, Vaccinate.
The drawing of prizes by Ms. Barefield resulted in wins by William Denton, Bo Altman, Jack Williams, and Quintessa Hayes. Thanks for the info.
For more information on vaccines or to take an adult vaccine quiz to find out which vaccines you might need, visit Thanks for the program, Tommy.

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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