Stephen James, Previous Club President, passed the gavel to this year's Exchange Club President, Chris Shimkus. Chris has been in the Exchange Club for 8 years now and a Board Member for 7 years. She is a home loan mortgage originator with AgSouth Mortgages, A division of AgSouth Farm Credit, here in Blackshear, also for 8 years and has been in the mortgage industry for 20 years. The club goals for this year is to focus on the "national program of service" which is the "prevention of child abuse" and to maximize fundraisers which include "The Pecan Fest" (Nov 5th) and food booth at the Exchange Club Fair (Nov 8-12). She also plans to continue to grow the club with new membership and continue to support the local community as much as possible.