Exchangeis an all-volunteer, national service organization for men and woman who want to serve their community, develop leadership skills and enjoy new friendships. Exchangeis made up of nearly 1,000 clubs and 33,000 members throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.
Exchangeis known to millions as America's Service Club, and with good reason, from our organizations earliest days; Exchange Clubs have been unselfishly serving their communities and improving the quality of life. The diverse array of Exchange-sponsored programs has made a considerable impact on America thus enhancing the lives of countless men, woman, andchildren across the nation
To help build a better America and in tobring out the best in yourself. Exchange helps members to develop leadership, networking and organization skills that contribute to success in business, family, andpersonal endeavors. More importantly, Exchange provides members with the opportunity to share their time and talents to help others whether by reaching out to an abused child who needs love and affection....helping to organize a community project or chairing a fundraisingevent to continue the positive work of Exchange. Through these and many other positive public-spiritedprojects, Exchangites are making a difference in cities and towns across America.
The first local Exchange Club was formed in Detroit Michigan in 1911. Charles A. Berkey is the man who is credited with the founding of this great organization. The second was the exchange of Toledo Ohio formed in 1913. Subsequently, two others were organized in Grand Rapids, Michigan, andCleveland, Ohio. These four clubs were the first to be charted by the National Exchange Club after it was organized as a nonprofit, educational organization in 1917. Since then hundreds of clubs have been chartedin the United States and Puerto Rico. The National exchange club headquarters is located in Toledo, 0hio. Our chief objective is to help Exchange realize their full potential of community service.
Clubs sponsor a wide range of activities to improve our communities, help the disadvantaged and encourage good American citizenship. The principal areas of Exchange's National Program of service are Youth, Americanism and CommunityService with Child Abuse Prevention emphasized as the National Project. Members also initiate activities to meet unique local needs. This may be anything raising funds for Exchange's many programs to support our community with their many needs.
1896 A group of business and professional men began to meet for lunch in Detroit to share ideas they called themselves the " Booster's Club"
1911 One of their members Charles Berkey a wholesale jeweler organized the Boostersinto the first exchange Club. They chose the name because they exchanged ideas and philosophies.
1917 Exchange Club becomes a national organization with itsheadquarters in Toledo Ohio whereit still is today.
1946 The Lawrence Exchange Club is formed and continues to be very active in the community we are also celebrating our 71st Anniversary on February 10th.
2018There arenearly 1,000 local Exchange Clubs throughout the USA and Puerto Rico with some 32,000 members.
The first national project adopted by the National Exchange was the aviation industry The present national project is the prevention of child abuse which was adopted in 1979.