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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
May 2021
Buzz Wachsteter (Rome)
Editor
Georgia Needs Exchange NOW More Than Ever
Attention Local Club Secretaries
Have You Gone Online And Submitted Your Club Officer Election Report?
THE DEADLINE WAS APRIL 30th!
Fussell's Footnotes
Click The Video To The Right News...News From Our Georgia District President Fussell Hughes
Natl CAP Prgm
Let's See What Happened
Around The
Georgia District For
Child Abuse Prevention Month
Past District President Mike Elliott (far right) helps plant the blue pinwheels in the lawn of the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce
Members of the Exchange Club, staff of the Exchange Club Family Resource Center, and other community agencies kick off CAP month.
Rome Club Kicks Off Child Abuse
Prevention Month With Pinwheels

The Exchange Club of Rome kicked off Child Abuse Prevention Month on April 1 with the placement of over 100 blue pinwheels. Each pinwheel signified a confirmed case that was handled by Rome's Exchange Club Family Resource Center, the Georgia Districts only fully accredited CAP center, and other partners in child abuse prevention in Rome and Floyd County. The pinwheel placement kicked off a month of programs throughout the community focusing attention on child abuse prevention.
Rome Club Presents Additional $15,000 To Their CAP Center
The members of the Exchange Club of Rome presented it's CAP Center, the Family Resource Center (FRC), with an additional check for $15,000 for continued work in Child Abuse Prevention. Pictured L to R are Lee Roberts, Club Pres-elect, Larry Walker, Club Pres, Tina Bartleson FRC Ex. Dir, Hugh Bonner, Pres of the FRC and Kelly Sanker, FRC Vice Pres.
Rome FRC Check
"Collaboration" Emphasized At Rome Club CAP Meeting
Exchange Club of Rome members spotlighted "The Light of Prevention" at the annual Child Abuse Prevention month meeting. Not only did the club hear about the accomplishments of Rome's Family Resource Center, but they heard from LaDonna Collins, Director of the Rome/Floyd Commission on Children and Youth with a powerful message. Click on the video link to the right to watch.
Tifton club members attend pinwheel ceremony
Cindy Shaw and Kristi Gilley with Coastal Plain Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) updated the club
Some Exchange Club of Tifton members attended the Voice for all Children Pinwheel Ceremony on April 1, kicking off April as Child Abuse Prevention month. April 1 was also Wear Blue Day , so club members showed off their blue shirts! The club also featured a special program at its meeting. When a child enters the foster care system, it can be a confusing, scary time. They need someone on their side. That’s where a CASA volunteer enters the picture. Cindy Shaw and Kristi Gilley with Coastal Plain Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) updated the club.
Tifton Continued CAP Theme
With Juvenile Court Judge

Judge Render Heard continued Tifton's CAP month theme. Judge Heard shared the experiences of holding juvenile court during the pandemic. Currently court is
being held about 90% virtually, but that hasn't been all bad.

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Bikers Against Child Abuse Present Program
To Statesboro

With a loud rumble of the engines, these bikers have a big heart and like Exchange, want to do all they can to eliminate child abuse. Members of B.A.C.A. (Bikers Against Child Abuse) explained their mission to the exchange Club of Statesboro during CAP month.
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Macon Club Kicks Off CAP Month With Local Affiliate Center Director

Crescent House is an Affiliate Child Abuse Prevention center of the National Exchange Club CAP program in Macon. The Exchange Club of Macon began its observance of CAP month with Kemberlie Sanderson, a Macon Club member and the manager of Crescent House, speaking to its members. She likened treatment of abused children to the planting of flowers. Flowers need to be planted in fertile soil, treated with nutrients, given nutrients, and plenty of sunlight. Abused children need a fertile & safe environment filled with nutrients of love, hope, and acceptance. Just as the flowers, children need the sunlight and water to grow and heal. All of this presents us with the positive theme of “Growing Children Together” as people come together to help the abused children.
Tifton Club Members Hear About Child Advocacy And Sexual Assault Centers

Members of the Exchange Club of Tifton learned about two programs in their community that fit right in to the CAP theme. Patticake House is a child advocacy center and Ruth’s Cottage is a sexual assault advocacy, domestic violence prevention and emergency shelter.
It Was Wear Blue Day In Honor Of CAP Month for Cartersville/Bartow County Meeting
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Columbus Kicks Off Cap Month With Big Brothers/Big Sisters

Erica Lee brought a message of her program, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and educated the Exchange Club of Columbus on indicators of child and sexual abuse.

Juvenile Court Judge Kicks Off
Savannah's CAP Month

Juvenile Court Judge Thomas L. Cole began a list of prominent speakers for the Exchange Club of Savannah's list of CAP month speakers. Watch the video by clicking on picture above to hear the judge's comments.
Waycross Club Hears From Shelter Head

The Exchange Club of Waycross hosted Zina Ponsell, the Children’s Coordinator and Community Awareness and Education Coordinator for Magnolia House, Waycross Area Shelter for Abused Persons, Inc. Ms. Ponsell began with a definition of “child abuse” as any behavior directed toward a child by a parent, guardian, caregiver...
It's Time For Round 2 In Awards Program
And The Clock Is Ticking
Toward The Deadline
The deadline has past for Club Bulletins, A.C.E., and Youth of the Year. The deadline for the rest of the Georgia District Awards in May 15th, and this is what you need to know.
  • If your club is entering for any of the remaining awards, all of your material for your club's award package MUST BE SUBMITTED ELECTRONICALLY to Awards Chair Kay Griffin and be received by May 15th. Any received after that date will not be judged.
  • Your club must be current in District and National dues at the deadline or the entries can not be judged.
  • For officer award entries, a copy of their Exchange University certificate must be included or the award nomination cannot be judged.
  • Please read over the forms carefully. If a resolution from your club is required, it must be included or the award nomination cannot be judged.
  • PLEASE NOTE THIS CHANGE: If you club plans to enter the Harold N. McMillon Club History Book competition, the entries will be judged AT THE CONVENTION. You must indicate on line 8 of the competition entry form that your club will be entering this category and this form must be received by May 15th with your other award entry forms. Bring the club history books to convention and do not send them in for judging. Books must be at the convention by 10 AM June 4th for judging.
Be safe, download the Georgia Awards Program Book from the link below, as well as the message from chair Kay Griffin and follow all instructions.

Email your awards package to kaygriffin1965@gmail.com AND NOT MAIL IT. As always, if you have a question you can call Kay at 229-881-1234.
Read the latest from Kay to make sure your entries are submitted correctly:
The Theme For This Year's Convention At Callaway!
Make The Decision NOW
Georgia District Convention
June 3-6
Callaway Gardens - Pine Mountain, GA
It Will Be FUN...FUN...FUN
At Callaway This June
Don't Miss It!
If You Don't Have A Blast...It's Your Own Fault
Terrific speakers, expanded free time for you to enjoy plus much much more. This year's convention has so much wrapped up into it you won't want to miss it.

The schedule is shaping up and it is packed with excitement that starts with the annual District Golf Tournament on Thursday along with our traditional member mixer picnic, which includes your chance to meet our National Exchange President Kathy Mize, and keeps going from there.

You Will Not Believe Your Housing Choices At Callaway
For The Convention
Luxury Accommodations At A Budget Price...But Just For Exchange

That's right...we are not kidding...this year you have a choice of first class accommodations at Callaway Gardens. Some of you have already made your reservations and some say they are going to, but don't miss out on this very special deal. You can stay at The Lodge, the convention headquarters hotel, or you may choose a fully equipped 2-BR 2-BA cottage to share with other club members or bring your family. The rate per bedroom is identical, $121 per night.

Golfers, You And/or Your Club Can Help Support The Georgia District's Program Of
Child Abuse Prevention
Your club's participation as a hole sponsor or a team sponsor is a valid Child Abuse Prevention activity since all funds go to the Georgia CAP Foundation to be distributed to our state's accredited CAP Center The Family Resource Center in Rome as well as Exchange affiliate programs around the state including Open Arms in Albany, The Coastal Empire Child Abuse Prevention Foundation in Savannah, Satilla Advocacy Services in Waycross. Children's Tree House in Columbus, and The Cresent House in Macon.
And We Need Items For The Silent And Live Auctions That Benefit CAP
Is Your Calendar Set For Memphis
And the 103rd National Exchange Convention?
September 8 - 11
Peabody Hotel
Memphis, TN
It will be exciting for Georgia Exchange members to be together once again with others from around the National as we learn and share the experience of Exchange. Watch for more details.
Bill King, of the Exchange Club of Rome, briefs Exchange leaders in Memphis on this year's One Nation Under God program plans for the convention.
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Congratulations To Georgia's National Service Award Winners...So Far
Hey...Why Isn't Your Club Listed?

These clubs, in spite of the pandemic situation have achieved the National Service Award for working in their communities.
(Our newest in red)
National Exchange awards the National Service Award and patch to those clubs who have completed and reported one project each in the Programs of Service areas of Americanism, Youth, Community Service, and our National Project the Prevention of Child Abuse, plus two other projects from any of the POS categories including fundraising.

Curious what YOUR club has reported? Click the link below to see the National Headquarters report by club.
This Is What We Do...Georgia's Service Club
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Albany Club Creates New Use For Fairground Land

The Exchange Club of Albany is now providing a needed service for their community by creating a year round motor home/travel trailer park. The club utilizes a portion of their property which also is home of the Southwest Georgia Regional Fair. This newly created area has 30 and 50 AMP Breakers, sewer and water hookup.
Albany Honors Local Law Enforcement And Remembers Fallen Officers

At the Exchange Club of Albany, this annual program is designed to honor the women and men who serve as law enforcement officers. Exchange honors these dedicated Officers for handling each emergency with uncompromised competence and integrity, for being the steady voice in a storm, for using courage and compassion, and for providing such a meaningful service to the citizens of the community.
LISTEN To The Winner Of Rome's CAP Center Poetry Contest
(Click On Above Photo)

Rome's Family Resource Center to increase awareness of it's work in the community sponsored a Poetry Contest and listen to April Edgeworth, the winner selected for her family oriented category poem, "Though she didn't have his name."
State DAR Leaders Visit Rome To View And Learn About 100th Anniversary Of The Tomb Of The Unknown
State leaders of the Daughters of the American Revolution visited Rome to learn about the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown in Arlington Cemetery and view the 1/2 sized replica project of the Exchange Club of Rome. DAR chapters throughout the country are requesting the Rome Club to bring the exhibit to their city.
Macon A.C.E.
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Macon Club Presents A.C.E. Award

Pictured at left are June O’Neal, Club President Ron Raleigh, and Alivia Johnson. June O’Neal with the Club’s “Friend of Exchange Award”. Alivia Johnson with the Club’s “2021 ACE Award”. Alivia also received a $50.00 stipend and will receive a
$500.00 scholarship to the college of her choice. She will be attending Fort Valley State College in the Fall, working
toward an Engineering degree. June gave a brief update on the Mentors project.
Dublin Club Is
"Cookin" It Up With Unique Twist

Innovation is the key word in these times of uncertainty, and the Dublin Club is not letting the pandemic area keep them from raising dollars for their community projects. Members will be flipping pancakes for area residents as their fundraiser, but with a drive thru approach.
Brunswick Hears From Coast Guard About Salvage Effort

It made the national news months ago when a large cargo ship ran aground off the coast of St. Simons Island and the Exchange Club of Brunswick was briefed by U.S. Coast Guard officers on the status of the situation today and the whole salvage process. Pictured from left to right Pres. Gary Wise, LCDR Danial Donovan, LT Patrick Frain, Pres. Elect Bill Foster and past Pres. Kevin Higgins.
Tifton Club Raises Funds With Sporting Clay Tournament To Fight Abuse

The Exchange Club of Tifton sponsored the recent Ruth’s Cottage/Patticake House Champions of Hope Sporting Clays Tournament. It was held at the new Big Creek Plantation in Irwinville, GA. The club also had a team participate in the tournament.
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Columbus Club Sponsors
Golfs4 Kids Tournament

April is Prevention of Child Abuse Month and that means time for Golf 4 Kids Golf Tournament. They met at Bull Creek Golf Course and WOW - did they have fun! 22 fun golf teams, great weather, a super volunteer workforce, lunch snacks and prizes. All monies raised stay in our community.
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