(A weekly publication of The Exchange Club of Albany, Georgia)
What is Exchange?
The National Exchange Club is a network spanning the United States and Puerto Rico. A dynamic organization comprised of more than 20,000 members and nearly 650 clubs, all striving together to fulfill Exchange’s Mission– “Working together to make our communities better places to live.”
If you are looking to help others in your community, Exchange is for you!
Exchange is building leaders for today and tomorrow: If you are looking for ways to develop leadership skills and a network of contacts across the community and the country, Exchange if for you. Exchange provides leadership training for its members and opportunities to apply this leadership in local club, district and national officer positions.
Exchange is America’s Service Club: The Exchange Club of Albany is comprised of some of the most active citizen leaders in Southwest Georgia, dedicated to helping one another and addressing the needs of others.
Our Mission: Exchange, America’s Premier Service Club, working to make our communities better places to live.
Our Motto: Unity For Service.
Founded on March 27, 1911, in Detroit, Michigan, the organization is headquartered in Toledo, Ohio and employs a staff of approximately 20 individuals dedicated to helping members and clubs achieve their goals. The community level clubs and National Headquarters support three Programs of Service: Americanism, Community Service and Youth Programs as well as Exchange’s National Project, the Prevention of Child Abuse. These Programs of Service serve as categories to help clubs organize the activities that benefit their communities. The National Project is the one specific initiative that Exchange encourages clubs to champion. Child Abuse Prevention awareness is encouraged through events such as “Blue Monday”, when members are encouraged to spread awareness by wearing the color blue every Monday throughout Child Abuse Prevention Month in April. Additionally, a dedicated Child Abuse Prevention Services staff supports Exchange Child Abuse Prevention Centers across America and helps guide the educational and prevention efforts of Exchange Clubs.
Exchange’s Core Values:
Each member of Exchange upholds three core values– Family, Community and Country.
Commitment ton Family is interpreted not only as one’s own family but those of all American Families. Strengthening Families with a focus on Youth is addressed in many ways through Exchange’s Programs of Service.
Commitment to the Community where an Exchangite resides is the focal point for each club’s efforts. Exchange is unique as clubs have the flexibility to structure projects targeting needs of their communities rather than being tied to a certain cause.
Commitment to Country was born in the aftermath of World War II, a time of unquenchable patriotism. Exchangites are proud to join veterans and other civic groups in promoting Americanism as the rich blessing of democracy and freedom. Members also actively educate today’s youth to cherish these values.
Second Year Directors:
Keith Griffin, Wes Sadler & Mike Trull
First Year Directors:
Mickey Banks, Pearce Long & Melissa Bullard
(Song: (1:40) Lyrics by Beth Banks. Music by Mark Willard)
Home Club for:
District President-Elect for 2014–15 Barney Knighton
District Treasurer Jeff Sheffield 2014–2015 (Also past District President 1999)
Past District President Jack Roberts (2013)
District Large Club History Book Winner 2013–14
District Large Club Winner for Outstanding Club President Wallace Bonner 2013–14
District Large Club Winner for Outstanding Exchange Club 2013–14
District Large Club winner for Outstanding Club Secretary (Bill Banks) 2013–14
District Large Club winner for Outstanding Club Treasurer (Ray Hinman) 2013–14
National Large Club winner for Distinguished Club President (Wallace Bonner) 2013–14
National Big “E” Award 2013–14
National Service Award 2013–14
50 years + of Membership: Marvin Lorig (59) & Pete Peters (50)
40 years + of Membership: Glenn Creech (45); Bridges Simmons (45); Bucky Brookshier (43); Bill Burger (43); Jack Bryant (42); Larry Griffin (42); Carroll Moore (42) & Jack Powell (40).
30 years + of Membership: Buddy Rentz (39); Bill Alford (38); Joe Brown (38); Mike Johnston (38); Eddie Mirick (38); Shelly Davis (37); Ed Hughes (37); Gary Graves (36); Billy Jackson (36); Larry Sculley (36); Dennis Hester (34); Clayton Smith (34); Skip Nichols (32); Rusty Russell (32); Jeff Sheffield (32): David Hall (31); Jerry Clack (30): Randy Foster (30); A. J. Nobles (30); Bob Pollock (30).
25 years + of Membership: Ben Adler (29); Mel Allen (29); Bill Chambers (29); Charlie Freeman (29); Jeff Hall (29); Howard “Buddy” Haynes (29); Bobby Johnston (29); Don Bryan (28); Ray Hinman (28); Nelson Rushton (28); Aaron Todd (28); Ricky Hughes (27); Kent Simmons (27): Tom Marshall (26); Bill Banks (25); Phillip Henry (25); Bobby Hinman (25); Carlisle Metts (25); Billy Shipley (25).
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