Friday, May 26th
At our last meeting, Exchangite Doug Crumbley presented a passionate plea for the end of sex trafficking and slavery in Georgia. Doug is the CEO of End Slavery Georgia, an organization whose mission is to Rescue, Rebuild and Restore Survivors of sex-trafficking, and to combat slavery in our state. Their main project right now is to build a shelter for women who have been held in slavery to escape to and rebuild their lives.
|Exchangite Buzz Wachsteter, Phil Franssen, and his wife Jane man the sign in table….|
|This years chairman, Exchangite Ben Levy, directs traffic and makes sure everyone is having a great time.|
Lamborghini or more often a HumVee, has converted his gun dealer business into a museum. The Duke Museum of Military History has an impressive collection of military equipment dating all the way back to Civil War. He has taken his former business location and now has all this equipment arranged chronologically by period with a space for Civil War, WW I, WW II, Korean War, and so on to produce an impressive exhibit.
His museum was recently featured in the Rome News (see article) .
The museum includes not only the equipment shown here( and this is just one corner of the museum), but also an impressive assortment of military vehicles.
|The most recent addition to his hardware is a 1966 M151-A1 Jeep that was used by the late ( and former Exchangite) Brig. Gen. William Wigley of Rome while he was the commanding officer of the Georgia Army National Guard.|
So far, Leslie has spent mostly his own money to create the display area. Recently the museum was granted 501c3 status as a non-profit. Leslie wants to add about 25 more display cases like shown in the photo above and is accepting $200 donations to purchase additional display cases like the one shown above. If you want to contribute, Leslie will place a 3×5 placard in the display case with your name to show your support. The donation will be fully tax deductible.
The museum is located at 110 E. Eighth Ave. (most of us would call this Glen Milner Blvd.) You are welcome to stop by. As Leslie says, he’s there about 26 hours a day.
An excellent story in Rome News about Tina Bartleson and our Rome Exchange Family Resource Center.
Blue Monday winner named and rewarded —
Last week, Tina Bartleson, Stacey Brown (PR Chair of the Family Resource Center Board), and Tonya Davis (Honeymoon Bakery) delivered breakfast for the Sources of Strength group at Coosa High School. This group of kids made educating their school on child abuse prevention their project. We had fun visiting with an energetic group of kids!