Former Village Inn owners Elias and Simon Joubran prepared lunch for the Exchangites for the last time. The restaurant was recently sold in an auction.
The Joubran brothers were recognized for their years of serving lunch for the Exchange Club meetings.
Mayor Johnny Smith read a proclamation from the city, and K. L. Brown presented them a resolution signed by members of the House of Representatives. Martha Dobson presented them with Exchange Club mugs that contained checks. Jacksonville State University president Dr. Bill Meehan presented them with a plaque. Exchange Club president Mike Hindman introduced the speaker, JSU’s offensive coordinator John Grass.
Grass graduated from JSU in 1990. While coaching at Ashville High School in 1999, the school had its first undefeated season. He has been named Alabama High School Coach of the Years twice.
He expressed his pleasure in being in Jacksonville.
“It’s great to be back home,” he said. “It’s good to see a lot of familiar faces. It’s a good community, and it’s an exciting time.”
Grass said the current JSU Gamecock football beam is “kind of a work in progress. I think we’re coming into our own.”
Grass complimented head coach Bill Clark for his work with the team and the coaches.
“We have great leadership in Coach Clark,” he said.
Grass compared a successful football team to a successful company.
“You have to have a plan,” he said. “You have to study and have goals and standards that everybody has to live by. It goes back to having accountability to rules. People who are able to take basic tasks and improve those tasks daily, that’s when improvement comes, that where greatness comes from. You look at people who fail; they don’t do the little things daily. You have to stay with that plan”
Grass said he thinks the Gamecocks have something good going on right now.
“It starts at the top, and I think we have somebody who whose leadership helps in so many different ways,” he said. “The foundation is being laid right now for great success. Everybody’s gotta be pulling the rope the same way. If you’ve got somebody that’s not pulling the right way, they gotta be removed.”
He said once a person finds a plan that works, he needs to believe in it and follow it.
Grass introduced JSU quarterback Jayce Barber, who spoke on a Maxout Movement conference coming to JSU in January. Barber expects the conference to attract about 5000 individuals to the city and campus.
Barber founded the nondenominational movement when he was a freshman at JSU and serving at a Fellowship of Christian Athletes camp. He believes that his athletic abilities are his platform for Christ and the message of the gospel, teaching students and college students to Maxout for Jesus.
“The goal is to equip youth from eighth grade and up to Maxout for the Lord in everything they do,” said Barber. Anyone who would like more information can call Barber at 386-288-5613.
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