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Vision: A strong America, safe communities, and unified people.
Mission: Exchange, inspiring communities to become better places to live.
Motto: Unity for Service
November 2020
Georgia Needs Exchange NOW More Than Ever
If You Have Not
Done So Already...
November Is One Nation Under God Month
Are YOU Participating?
Created as a National Exchange Club project in 1964 to emphasize the rich religious heritage of our country, the phrase was taken from our Pledge of Allegiance. Your club can adopt a number of projects under this theme such as organizing community-wide prayer breakfasts, distributing pamphlets describing the American Flag's history and proper flag etiquette, sponsoring One Nation Under God essay or poster contests in schools and encouraging attendance at religious services. The aims of the program are to:

  • Build greater respect for the Pledge of Allegiance;

  • Promote increased use of the Pledge in schools and at public gatherings;

  • Combat all efforts to remove the words "under God" from the Pledge;

  • Encourage and promote religious services by local churches on Thanksgiving Day or Thanksgiving eve;

  • Promote attendance at such services to members and nonmembers alike;

  • Prayerfully thank God for the blessings of liberty bestowed on America.
Be sure and let us know what activity your club does to participate in this National project so we may feature you in next month's The Georgia Exchange.
In Memory
Fred Holt
District President
The Georgia District is sad to announce the death of former District President Fred Holt of Columbus on October 26th. He was 84 years old. For a complete obituary, please click on the link below:

Fussell's Footnotes
Fussell Hughes
President, Georgia District
Hello fellow Members. I hope October was good for you. I hope you are all safe and healthy. I am seeing a good number of clubs starting back to meeting person to person, which is great. The clubs that aren’t just keep staying in touch with your members by virtual or whatever way possible. Don’t forget your District can assist if you need help with a virtual/zoom meeting. Remember your communities still need Exchange now more than ever so keep those projects going.

Along with November comes Thanksgiving. We know a lot of families are still having problems with COVID as some businesses are still shut down and struggling to get back to some sort or normal.

A good project might be to adopt a family or families that are down and maybe furnish them with a Thanksgiving dinner. Maybe get with some local merchants to donate and give those needy families a reason to celebrate Thanksgiving.
I know you Exchange members can always think of ways to serve your communities.
Let me also remind you to spread the good word about Exchange and all the good we do. Have you asked someone to join Exchange? Go ahead and brag about Exchange.
If you have something going on and would like to share with others just post it on your District Facebook Page, Rhonda Busby is the administrator for the District Facebook Page. Also available to you are the District Newsletter and the District Website. Use these tools to spread the word of Exchange. Also if your club has an event coming up I would like to attend just get with me with a date and time, I love visiting our wonderful clubs.

Stay safe, stay strong and spread the word of Exchange.
Here's Some Simple And Safe Ways To Help
  • Food for a family(s) for Thanksgiving. You don't have to cook a meal, unless you want to, and many grocery stores will deliver the order for you...SAFE.
  • Help a local family impacted by the loss of jobs because of the pandemic with a cash donation to help pay rent, purchase food, or other necessities. Remember every little bit helps,
  • Donate some "gently worn" warm coats for both children and adults. If your club is not doing this as a project, contact your local DFCS office for a drop-off point...SAFE
  • Consider joining in on, or starting a local toy donation program to make sure children are not forgotten at Christmas. Children forgotten at Christmas is child abuse too.
District Board Nominates Mike Elliott
For Appointment As VFR

Volunteer Field Representatives (VFR) are intentionally recruited Exchange volunteers. They are endorsed by their district and trained by National to improve the capabilities of members, clubs, and districts. Mike, Past District President and Past President of the Exchange Club of Rome. His primary duties are: conduct Club Opening Event procedures for new clubs, including officer training, implement leadership seminars at district educational conferences and conventions, assist in the implementation of leadership training for club and district officers, facilitate new club building seminars, serve as interim district director in areas of vacancy, and assist as part of the New Club Building Committee. 

Upon approval of National, Mike will join Barney Knighton (Albany) and Rollin Middlebrooks (Macon) as the Georgia VFR team.
Rome Club "Adopts" Voting Precinct
Voters in Georgia are setting records this year in terms of turnout and the Exchange Club of Rome is collaborating with civic clubs in the area to adopt a voting precinct and provide the poll workers with both a hot lunch and dinner to make their long day of work a bit easier. According to Bill King, the club's Community Service Chair, boxed hot lunch from the club's regular caterer will be provided and a boxed hot supper will be brought to them for their evening meal.

King urges other Exchange Clubs to contact their local voting agencies to see if they can do the same for their local precincts as a Community Service project for their club.
2020-2021 Georgia District Directory Ready
For You To Download
Thanks to District Secretary Betty Lindsey for the huge effort, we now have the Georgia District Club Directory ready for you to download. Just click on the picture and it will open up.
On The Road Again...
Georgia District President Fussell Hughes stays on the road visiting Exchange Clubs in Georgia. On a recent trip to Macon he was able to participate in the presentation of Police Officers of the year to Macon/Bibb County Sheriffs Deputy
Gene Lebeuf who was accompanied by Sheriff David Davis. Also honored was Sergeant Robbie Joiner who was presented his award by the Club's Board Chair Bobby George.

The Exchange Officer of the Year is part of the Americanism Program of Service. Download the Americanism POS Guide by clicking below:
District President visits South Augusta to participate in their Annual
First Responders Recognition Program
The Exchange Club of South Augusta annually recognizes first responders to show the club's support of their efforts on behalf of their community.

Helping lead this year's ceremony was Colonel Shaw S. Pick Garrison Commander, of Fort Gordon.

Also on hand to help honor those in public safety was Georgia District President Fussell Hughes.

National CEO Tracey Edwards has announced a new Exchange program to honor club members who served in the military. In the announcement she said, "I'm excited to share with you a much deserving honor that we will unveil in partnership with Veterans Matter at the upcoming virtual 11/11@7 event, this Veterans Day - an Honor Wall to recognize the many U.S. Military Veterans among our membership."

Email digital photos of these heroes to Include their name, branch of service and rank, and Exchange Club name. Visit the Facebook virtual event page for more information.
It's Entirely Up To You,
But Do You Want To
Take The Chance?
BIG Changes For 2021 Convention
Callaway Upgrades Accommodations

Our convention is moving to “The Lodge” at Callaway Gardens June 3-6, 2021.
“The Lodge” is a luxury venue that we normally could not afford. Their room rate would be over $200 per night. The meal prices would be equally as high....but not for us. The good news is that we will be paying the same room rate as we would have paid at the Mountain Creek Inn - $121 per night. And there's more...there are standard rooms and two-bedroom, two- bath cottages. The rate for the cottages is $121 per bedroom. The rate for one person or couple would be $242 per night. The rate for two persons or couples would be $121 each. Insure the type of accommodations you want by making your room or cottage reservation by calling the special Georgia Exchange reservation number on the hotel flyer found on our website where we have full details.

For you golfers, there is a 36-hole course that will test your skill and we encourage you to play in the 18-hole golf tournament on Thursday, June 3 that benefits the Georgia District Exchange Foundation for the Prevention of Child Abuse.
Forget about the pandemic and you and your family come back to the Georgia District Convention.
Please call or email me if you have any questions about the convention.

Yours in Exchange,
Jess Lucas
Georgia District Convention Chairman

Business Retirement Means A
To Albany Club's Yard Sale
The retirement of the owners of a local Albany furniture store is proving to be a tremendous asset to the Exchange Club of Albany's yard sale. The club continues to add fundraising projects to help make up for the cancellation of their annual fair. Several club members knew the owners of the store and prevailed upon them to donate stock that was left to the club for it's yard sale. Approximate 40 Exchange Club Members, some spouses, and older children loaded about 15 trailers and they have filled up a 15,000 square foot building for our sale.
This Is What We Do...Georgia's Service Club
Waynesboro Takes To The Beach (Music That Is)

The Exchange Club of Waynesboro partnered with a local Ford dealer to bring the beach to Waynesboro at the 10th Annual Music Fest. E 10TH ANNUAL MUSIC FEST. The event featured the beach music band, Thw Swinging Medallions and the Hushpuppies Dance Band under the stars. Attendees could dance on a huge dance floor and celebrate Fall...with plenty of room for social distancing.

The concert meant more than ever to the club this year since the concessionaire for their fair canceled the event which was the primary fundraiser for the club's community activities.
Milledgeville Honors Firefighter

The Exchange Exchange Club of Milledgeville honored Lt. Ronnie Faulk of The Milledgeville Fire Department on Thursday, October 8th, as part of its annual observance of Fire Safety Month. Lt. Faulk has served for 39 years. Pictured are MFD Chief William Collier, Lt. Ronnie Faulk, and Milledgeville Exchange Club President Dr. Jeff Wells.
Milledgeville Helps Purchase Car Seats

The Exchange Club of Milledgeville presented a check for $500.00 to The Milledgeville Police Department to help defray costs of purchasing baby car safety seats to donate to The Pregnancy Center in honor of Baby Safety Month this past September 2020. Pictured left to right are Lt. Thompson, Major Davis, and Major Gray with MPD and Jeff Wells of MEC.
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Macon Club Honors Fire Fighter Of The Year

The Exchanger Club of Macon met at the Fire Department’s “Station # 109 celebrate the Fire Department’s candidate for
“Fire Fighter of the Year” - Lt. Takella Gooch. Lt. Gooch joined the Department in April of 2008. She has recently been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Lt. Gooch balances married life and “7” children with her career and has
done so very well. She never misses a call, and has always been available when needed for extra duties.
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Albany Hosts Golf Tournament For CAP

The Exchange Club of Albany held it Fall Deputy Dawg Bill Banks Golf Classic October 9th at Stonebridge Country Club. We had approximately 20 teams and a number of hole Sponsors for each hole. We were Honored to have Bill Banks Family join us at the Tournament. Bill Banks was a long time member of The Exchange Club of Albany, the Secretary for many years and totally dedicated to the Programs of Service of Exchange: Prevention of Child Abuse, Americanism, Youth and Community Service.

After expenses, many of them donated by local business, all proceeds go for the Prevention of Child Abuse.
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Statesboro And "Teddy" Work For Baby Safety

To help bring awareness to Baby Safety Month, the Exchange Club of Statesboro's CAP mascot and special friend, Time-Out-Teddy visited Bulloch Pediatrics Group. He donated brochures with safety and parenting tips while bringing lots of fun and smiles along the way.
Cartersville Presents Check To Boys And Girls Club

Gordon Gilley of the Boys and Girls Club receives a donation of $13,498.02 from the Exchange Club in Cartersville. This represents one of thirty years of continuous annual support. The donation included the proportional amount allocated to this local charity from the 2019 Christmas Parade and the 2020 Reverse Raffle.
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Macon Club Takes To The Links For CAP

The Exchange of Macon's 23rd Annual Lamar Taylor Memorial Golf Tournament. The day was near perfect and the tournament a success.

The club uses the proceeds, over $10,000, of this tournament to fund their Annual Child Abuse Prevention Symposium that has trained hundreds of workers in various fields from throughout the state to recognize and help prevent child abuse.

Lamar Taylor was a long time member of the Macon Exchange Club until his death at 94 in 2009. He can be credited with starting the Club’s Golf Tournament around 1997 and was “THE DRIVING FORCE” for the tournament throughout the years until his death. He was a retired (22 years) Naval commander, and Pearl Harbor survivor.
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Rome Partners With EMS To Place Toy Boxes
The Exchange Club of Rome has partnered once again with the EMS staff of Floyd Medical Center to distribute hundreds of boxes to collect new toys for the club's annual Toys For Tots program. Ambulances out of service drop off the boxes and will pick them up just prior to Christmas to make sure children in need will have a Merry Christmas.
Adapt Is The Word In Cedartown

With COVID forcing the cancellation of the Cedartown Clubs annual fair, it was back to the drawing board to come up with another event to take it's place and provide funding for the club's Programs of Service. They covered all of their community's bases with a car show, rummage sale, and cattle show wrapped up into one event. (Don't you just love the cow in the tutu?)
Help Is Just A Mouse Click Away