Community service is the lifeline of Exchange.
Exchange Clubs across the country spend countless hours and dollars improving their communities each year. In fact, many of the projects within the Program of Service have a common goal of serving and benefiting our communities. Then why a separate category called Community Service? Because while the programs listed under Child Abuse Prevention, Youth and Americanism focus on specific areas within the community, the following projects are more broad in scope and are designed to benefit every community member.
The history of Exchange’s community service projects is quite impressive. Since the first group of Exchangites convened in 1911 in Detroit, Mich., Exchange has been dedicated to serving its communities through various projects. Throughout the years, Exchange Clubs have been responsible for community improvements of all types such as: cleaning up highways; sponsoring cultural programs, air, art and industrial shows, state and county fairs, festivals, rodeos and athletic events. These clubs have also provided millions of dollars for scholarships, gifts, equipment, sponsorships, educational endeavors and other causes.
Our Jacksonville Exchange Club participates in the following Community Service projects:
LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER OF THE YEAR
and FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR
– we recognize public servants in the law enforcement and fire fighting arena who have delivered meritorious service to our community in the past year.
BOOK OF GOLDEN DEEDS AWARD
– this award recognizes a volunteer (or organization) in the community who, though often unnoticed, has made a significant contribution to our community’s well-being.
– members of the Exchange Club participate in efforts to clean and beautify the St. Johns River, including “Exchange Island” (the parcel of land adjacent to the western end of the Matthews Bridge).
JULIAN JOHNSON CLOTHING DRIVE
– named for a prominent past Exchange Club member, this annual clothing drive is designed to assist local homeless shelters and organizations serving the disadvantaged.