The newly refreshed 7th Mile Farm playground Credit: Statesboro Exchange Club

Members of the Exchange Club of Statesboro spent their Saturday morning revamping the playground at Fostering Bulloch’s 7th Mile Farm.

The club routinely partners with Fostering Bulloch, and they previously put in both the fence and mulch around the existing playground. They maintain the playground throughout the year, and they spent this work day replacing mulch around the play equipment.

The Exchange Club’s current president, Tony Crosby, explained that the club’s platform is Americanism, with a focus on supporting veterans, law enforcement officers, and first responders. Citizens may be familiar with club members passing out American flags at community events, as well.

The playground initiative and the overall partnership with Fostering Bulloch, Crosby said, speak to the club’s focus on community service, youth programming, and, in particular, the prevention of child abuse.

Fundraiser planned for August 25

The Statesboro club holds an annual bowling tournament fundraiser, Strike Out Child Abuse, to support those efforts. The funds allow the club to host an annual community picnic event at 7th Mile the weekend before Easter.

“Last year, we raised a record amount of money,” Crosby said. “We were able to host 250 kids and parents.”

This year’s 5th annual Strike Out Child Abuse event will be held August 25 at The Clubhouse. Opportunities are available to have a bowling team, sponsor a lane, or even sponsor a table in the social area. There will also be a raffle for a Blackstone grill during the event.

Community members and businesses can sponsor teams, lanes, or tables at the event (Photo Courtesy Statesboro Exchange Club)

“We would love to get some more local support behind this event,” Crosby said.

Those interested in sponsoring the Strike Out Child Abuse event should get in touch with Tony Crosby or Shelley Stringer via email or through the Club’s Facebook page.

The Statesboro Exchange Club meets the first and third Tuesday of each month and welcomes new members.

“We’re always looking for new members who love our community and want to make a change,” Crosby said.  

Whitney Lavoie

Whitney Turner Lavoie is a Statesboro native and freelance writer/editor. She is an active volunteer with her children’s school PTO and Girl Scouts of America. Whitney previously worked in health communications...