Exchange History

THE NATIONAL EXCHANGE CLUB HISTORY

Charles A. Berkey is credited with the founding of this great organization. At his suggestion, the name “Exchange” was selected because the group wanted to exchange ideas and information with like-minded individuals about how to better serve their communities.

The first local Exchange Club was formed in Detroit, Michigan, in 1911. The second was the Exchange Club of Toledo, Ohio, formed in 1913. Subsequently, two others were organized in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Cleveland, Ohio. These four clubs were the first to be chartered by The National Exchange Club after it was organized as a nonprofit, educational organization in 1917.

Exchange Clubs sponsor activities under the organization’s Programs of Service – Americanism, Youth Programs and Community Service – as well as its National Project, the prevention of child abuse. Each year, communities benefit from the promotion of pride in our great country, college scholarships, youth mentoring, service to the underprivileged, and other services tailored to serve the needs of its citizens.

In addition to these programs, The National Exchange Club has been at the forefront of significant developments in American history, including the early days of aviation progress. The spirit of patriotism, along with a desire to heighten awareness of our rich religious heritage, placed Exchange in a position of leadership with other organizations that led to the addition of the words “Under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954.

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Today we welcomed Daniel P Dwyer, Maryland circuit court judge. Daniel is the county administrative...
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Congratulations to Lillian Leckron for being chosen for the Exchange Club's Young Citizen Award for ...
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There are times when we’re all at a loss for words, but that doesn’t imply a lack of emotion. As we ...
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Drawing for our Taste of the Community Raffle!...
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The Phantoms are Coming! the Phantoms are Coming! Members of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms Street Tea...
Northampton XC's event.
Large craft fair with dozens of crafters and direct sales vendors--plus a tricky tray raffle. The...
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Thinking about making a trip to Reno, NV, in July? Why not see some of America’s beautiful countrysi...
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The Exchange Club, which is one of the oldest service organizations in the country, is looking to fo...
Greencastle XC's post.
Congratulations to Shaemus Toomey on receiving the Greencastle Exchange Club’s Young Citizenship Awa...
Northampton XC's post.
The Phantoms are Coming! the Phantoms are Coming! Members of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms Street Tea...
Erie-Niagara Sunrise XC's event.
It’s the 14th Annual Nite at the Races Saturday, March 24th held at Knights Of Columbus in North ...
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CEO Tracey Edwards presents to your eager group of district presidents-elect. If you've never had th...
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Bob Chant was named "Exchangite of the Decade" at the Exchange Christmas dinner. President Bob Tayl...
XC of Hanover's event.
66th Builder's Home and Garden Show Location: Former Weis Market Building, 1047 Baltimore St. Hanove...
Greencastle XC's post.
Congratulations to Gavin Davidson on receiving the Greencastle Exchange Club’s Young Citizenship Awa...
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Last night, January 2nd the club recognized Youth of the Month (YOM) Award recipients for the Month ...
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Mid-Atlantic District XCs updated their cover photo.
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Mid-Atlantic District XCs updated their cover photo.
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Mid-Atlantic District XCs added 2 new photos.
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XC of Hanover's event.
66th Builder's Home and Garden Show Location: Former Weis Market Building, 1047 Baltimore St. Hanove...
XC of Hanover's event.
Raises money for the Club's efforts to prevent child abuse....
Andrea Niehoff Goodson's post.
Such a wonderful event for Hanover. So many in attendance, And I was able to wish a 95 year old Vet...