History

THE NATIONAL EXCHANGE CLUB HISTORY

CharlesBerkeyCharles 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.

EXCHANGE'S NATIONAL PROJECT

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The National Exchange Club’s National Project, the prevention of child abuse, was adopted in 1979 with the encouragement of National President Dr. Edward North, Jr., a physician from Jackson, Mississippi, who observed increased incidences of abuse through his medical practice.

WOMEN IN EXCHANGE

From a handful of members in Detroit, Michigan, at the turn of the 20th century, Exchange has developed into a progressive national service organization comprised of tens of thousands of dedicated men and women serving their local communities and advancing the motto of “Unity for Service.”

Exchange is “America’s Service Club”. From the organization’s earliest days, Exchange Clubs have been selflessly serving their communities. The diverse array of Exchange-sponsored programs and projects has made a considerable impact on America, enhancing the lives of countless men, women, and children across the nation.

Exchange Headquarters buildingExchange’s National Headquarters is located in Toledo, Ohio, where the staff’s primary objective is to help Exchange Clubs realize their full potential of community service.

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On Tuesday, March 6th, the club presented Young Citizenship Awards for the 2nd Quarter of the school...
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On Tuesday, March 6th, the club recognized 3 outstanding students as March Youths of the Month (YOM)...
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Last Thursday we held one of our favorite youth programs, the 2018 Citizenship Awards. This year's...
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Proclamation by The Borough of Hanover Mayor Ben Adams declaring April 2018 as Child Abuse Preventio...
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Child abuse is more than numbers and statistics - it is a problem that impacts children and families...
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Justine Trucksess, Manager, Main Street Hanover, presented a plaque to Ray and Janet Black at a rece...
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The Fairchance Exchange Club with friends & family helped Steve Greathouse (PADOT) & his wife clean ...
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We're raising funds throughout Child Abuse Prevention Month to benefit Exchange's work in the awaren...
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We are excited to announce the 7th new club of the year - the Exchange Club of West Billings, MT! ...
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Congratulations to Angela Munjone, who was recognized by the Exchange Club for her outstanding contr...
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Representatives from Habitat for Humanity where our guest speakers this morning. Executive Director ...
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The Exchange Club was pleased to honor 3 outstanding faculty members of the Northampton Area High Sc...
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The Exchange Club would like to welcome its two newest members, LeAnn Hoch and Ralston Coleman. Are...
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Today is the first #BlueMondays of 2018 ... show your support for efforts to #preventchildabuse!...
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107 years ago, the founding leaders of Exchange assembled in Detroit, MI. Today, Exchange's next Nat...
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Congratulations to Emma Witmer on receiving the Greencastle Exchange Club’s Young Citizenship Award ...
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This morning we welcomed our newest member Jason Morton. Welcome aboard. If anyone is interested i...