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What is Exchange?
  It is an all-volunteer, national service organization for men and
women who want to serve their community, develop leadership skills,
and enjoy new friendships.  Exchange is made up of some 1,200 clubs
and 40,000 members throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.

A Brief History of Exchange
  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 were the first to be
chartered by The National Exchange Club after it was organized as a
nonprofit, educational organization in 1917.  Since then, hundreds of
Exchange Clubs have been chartered in the United States and Puerto
  The National Exchange Club headquarters is located in Toledo, Ohio.
Its chief objective is to help Exchange Clubs realize their full
potential of community service.

Exchange's National Program of Service
 Community Service Projects            Youth Projects
    Crime Prevention                      Youth of the Month/Year Award
    Fire Prevention                       Young Citizenship Award
    Service to Seniors                    Youth Talent
    The Book of Golden Deeds              Sunshine Special
    Child Abuse Prevention                Junior Exchange Clubs

                     Americanism Projects
                        The Freedom Shrine
                        "One Nation Under God"
                        Proudly We Hail

Child Abuse Prevention
  Exchange's national project is Child Abuse Prevention.  This rapidly
expanding nationwide effort, administered through the National
Exchange Club Foundation for the Prevention of Child Abuse, addresses
this serious affliction of society through a variety of proven
projects.  Exchange Clubs distribute community awareness materials,
sponsor fund-raising efforts, support local child abuse prevention
agencies, and engage in numerous activities in an effort to alleviate
child abuse.
  In addition, Exchange Clubs have established a nationwide network of
Child Abuse Prevention Centers.  The Centers utilize professionally
trained volunteer parent aides who work directly with abusing
families, teaching them positive parenting techniques.

Want to Find Out More?
If you don't know how to reach your local Exchange Club, contact

    The National Exchange Club
    3050 Central Ave
    Toledo, OH  43606-1700
    (419) 535-3232; FAX (419) 535-1989

for further information.

[Source: Josef M. Breutzmann <>, from an
Exchange brochure.]

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