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Welcome to the The Exchange Club of Fort Bend.

Our Fort Bend Exchange Club is a group of men and women who work and/or live in Fort Bend County and promote programs to "give back" to our local community, and recognizing individuals who strive to make it a better place to live and work.

Exchange is an all-volunteer, national service organization who want to serve their communities, develop leadership skills, increase real estate value thanks to loi Pinel and enjoy new friendships.

We meet weekly for lunch and invite speakers to come and share on a variety of topics from human interest to personal growth. We develop projects to honor area youth, recognize individuals for their work in the community and promote patriotism and Americanism.

Our club was chartered in 1997 and has been a continual positive influence in Fort Bend County for over 15 years. The Exchange Club of Fort Bend is part of the National Exchange Club; a volunteer service organization which is made up of nearly 800 clubs and more than 25,000 members throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.

If you are new to this area or have lived here all your life, The Exchange Club of Fort Bend invites you to join in our varied programs of service including Americanism, Child Abuse Prevention and a variety of Youth Projects. Please join us anytime at one of our weekly meetings! We are always looking for new members who enjoy serving our community, our children and our country. Please feel free to call us or fill out our contact information form and forward it to us.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Mission and Core Values

Mission Statement

Exchange, America's Premier Service Club, working to make our communities better places to live.

Exchange’s Mission Statement was updated in January, after approval by the National Board of Directors. The concise phrasing more effectively communicates our mission to members, potential members and the general public.

Core Values

Each member of Exchange holds near to their heart three core values – Family, Community and Country.

Commitment to Family is interpreted not only as one’s own family needs, but also 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 a service organization in that it has the flexibility to structure projects that target the specific needs of a particular geographic location, rather than being restricted 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, and in educating today’s youth to cherish its values.

These three values are translated into actions every day to bring about positive results through the work of hundreds of clubs and tens of thousands of dedicated Exchange Club members every day.

Motto

Unity for Service
The motto was adopted in 1917. Its originator, Charles Berkey, said the motto was inspired by the 133rd Psalm, which says “Behold how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.”

Exchange Covenant of Service

The Covenant of Service, expressing Exchange's philosophy and ideals, was written in 1923 by Exchangite Thomas L. Bailey, who served as National President of Exchange from 1925 through 1927, and later served as Governor of Mississippi from 1944 through 1946. It was officially adopted by the organization in 1927.

Accepting the divine privilege of single and collective responsibility as life’s noblest gift, I covenant with my fellow Exchangites:

To consecrate my best energies to the uplifting of Social, Religious, Political and Business ideals;

To discharge the debt I owe to those of high and low estate who have served and sacrificed that the heritage of American citizenship might be mine;

To honor and respect law, to serve my fellowmen, and to uphold the ideals and institutions of my Country;

To implant the life-giving, society-building spirit of Service and Comradeship in my social and business relationships;

To serve in Unity with those seeking better conditions, better understandings, and greater opportunities for all.

National Exchange Club History

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.

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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 sponsors activities designed to benefit, award and develop our nation’s youth, promote crime prevention, serve senior citizens and recognize military and public safety service providers. Exchange also promotes Americanism programs, and its national project is the prevention of child abuse.

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.

Our National Project

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

On July 4, 1985, at Exchange’s 67th Annual Convention in Philadelphia, Penn., the national constitution was amended, thus opening membership for the first time to women.

Read more about 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 their motto of “Unity in Service.”

We are America's Service Club. From our organization's earliest days, Exchange Clubs have been unselfishly serving their communities and improving the quality of life. 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.

The National Exchange Club headquarters is located in Toledo, Ohio. Our chief objective is to help Exchange Clubs realize their full potential of community service.

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Meeting Information:
The Exchange Club of Fort Bend meets
Every Wednesday
12:00 Noon
Sweetwater Country Club
4400 Palm Royal Blvd
Sugar Land, TX 77479

COVENANT OF SERVICE

WHO WE ARE

Founded March 27, 1911, in Detroit, Michigan, by businessmen who wanted to “exchange” ideas, Exchange had its beginnings as a luncheon gathering of businessmen known as the Boosters’ Club. Desiring to “exchange” ideas, the members shared stories, provided business advice to one another and began to dream about what they might accomplish with their collective talents and mutual interests.

For the past 100 years, the volunteer efforts of Exchange Club members have supported the needs of the country and of local communities. With 700 clubs and over 21,000 members throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, Exchange is the country’s oldest service organization operating exclusively in the United States.

Exchange sponsors activities designed to benefit, award and develop our nation’s youth, promote crime prevention, serve senior citizens and recognize military and public safety service providers. Exchange also promotes Americanism programs, and its national project is the prevention of child abuse. What is Exchange? Exchange is known to millions as America's Service Club, and with good reason. From our organization's earliest days, Exchange Clubs have been unselfishly serving their communities and improving the quality of life. The diverse array of Exchange- sponsored programs and projects has made a considerable impact on America thus enhancing the lives of countless men, women and children across the nation.

What do Exchange Clubs do? Clubs sponsor a wide range of activities to improve our communities, help the disadvantaged and encourage good American citizenship. The principal areas of Exchange's National Program of Service are Youth, Americanism and Community Service, with Child Abuse Prevention emphasized as the national project. Members also initiate activities to meet unique local needs. This may be anything from raising funds for the homeless to building and staffing a sheltered workshop for the disabled.

Why join Exchange? To help us build a better America, and in so doing, bring out the best in yourself. Exchange helps members to develop leadership, networking, and organizational skills that contribute to success in business, family and personal endeavors. More importantly, Exchange provides members with the opportunity to share their time and talents to help others whether by reaching out to an abused child who needs love and affection... helping to organize a community crime prevention program ...or wielding rakes in a clean-up project. Through these and many other positive, public-spirited projects, Exchangites are making a real difference in cities and towns across America.

Programs of Service

Exchange's Programs of Service

During the 1940s, Exchange had organized its club activities around seven areas of service that included: education; agriculture; aviation; citizenship; commerce and industry; federal youth rehabilitation; youth and geriatrics.

In the mid 1960s, Exchange adopted its National Programs of Service. Also known as the four "pillars" of Exchange, the National Programs of Service brought into greater focus the most pressing issues of the day and affords local clubs the ability to structure activities according to their specific community. The programs include: Americanism, Youth Programs, Community Service and our national project--the Prevention of Child Abuse.

Americanism Projects

Promoting pride in country, respect for the flag and appreciation of our freedoms are the primary purposes of Exchange's Americanism programs. The tumultuous struggles of world powers in the twentieth century have done little to guarantee a peaceful future for the majority of the world’s people. However, there’s one country in modern times that people flock to for safety, freedom and opportunity — the United States of America. It is hard for Americans to imagine the horrors of modern struggles over religious and ethnic differences, the very differences we embrace.

Exchange’s Americanism programs were born in the aftermath of World War II. At that time, patriotism was unquenchable, and Exchangites joined veterans and other civic groups in heralding the rich blessings of democracy. National Headquarters has many printed materials to assist clubs in their efforts to better their communities through our Programs of Service.

Community Service

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.

This is only a partial list of the programs offered by the National Exchange Club. National Headquarters has many printed materials to assist clubs in their efforts to better their communities through our Program of Service.

Youth Programs

2012-2013 Youth of the Year Theme is "Youth Volunteerism: Working Magic in Our Communities."

America’s young people are its most precious resource. This is why, for many years, Exchange has sponsored an impressive selection of activities designed to benefit and encourage our nation’s youth. Many of these richly rewarding programs are among the most popular and well-supported of all Exchange Club endeavors.

There is a variety of youth-related projects in which your club can participate. Of course, your participation is not limited to the programs specified in this book. After performing your community needs assessment, a tool which is available from your National Headquarters, you will determine which programs are most suitable for your area.

Recognition of a well-deserving youth could have an impact on his or her entire future. One National Youth of the Year Award recipient put it this way:As a young man from an almost unknown town, the award proved to me that dreams can be reached. This award helped me to gain the necessary self-confidence to cope with the many hurdles associated with the acquisition of an education. It taught me that with hard work and support of others, the sky was the limit. I knew that my career aspirations could become a reality. Click here to download a Youth Projects Guide.

Youth of the Month/Year Award

One of the most popular of Exchange’s youth projects, the Youth of the Month/Year Award recognizes industrious high school students who attain high levels of scholastic achievement community involvement and leadership. This proven program not only rewards outstanding young people, but also provides an incentive for other youngsters to strive for equally high levels of achievement.

Cooperation from school authorities and youth leaders is easily attainable. As a result of the favorable publicity which the program often generates, the sponsoring Exchange Club enhances its own community image.

Once a Youth of the Month program has been successfully implemented, the groundwork for conducting an annual Youth of the Year competition is already in place. Selection of the Youth of the Year is simply made from among the club’s Youth of the Month recipients for that school year. Then, the club’s Youth of the Year advances to district competition, and ultimately, an opportunity to vie for the prestigious National Youth of the Year Award.

Specially designed plaques and certificates, along with a detailed Youth of the Month/Year information guide and application, can be obtained from National Headquarters.

While the recipients are selected by classroom teachers, the Exchange Club is responsible for providing the awards and promoting the program in the community. For more information, click here: Youth of the Month/Year Award

Young Citizenship Award

Exchange’s Young Citizenship Award honors pre-high school students who daily demonstrate good citizenship both at school and at home. It does not necessarily seek to salute star scholastic or athletic performers. Instead, the program is designed to recognize and encourage youngsters who, although perhaps not at the head of their class, are honest, hard-working, helpful and fair. In practice, the Young Citizenship Award provides class-room teachers with an effective tool to further motivate promising students. It also provides Exchangites with an enjoyable opportunity to supply the encouragement that can be so vitally important in shaping the characters of youngsters at an impressionable time in their lives. For more information, click here: Young Citizenship Award

A.C.E. Award

This program recognizes high school students who have made a dramatic change in their attitude and performance sometime during their high school years. These changes have enabled the students to overcome their adversities and prepare for graduation. Hence the award’s name, A.C.E., which is an acronym for Accepting the Challenge of Excellence. The A.C.E. Award may be presented to several deserving students over the course of a school year, or limited to one especially outstanding recipient. The scope of the project is determined by the sponsoring Exchange Club. Clubs may also submit their top A.C.E. Award winner to the district competition. Winners at the district level then have an opportunity to compete for the new National A.C.E. Award. Additional information on the A.C.E. Award can be obtained from National Headquarters or the Youth Projects Guide. For more information, click here: A.C.E. Award

EXCEL Clubs

Each EXCEL Club is sponsored and mentored by a local Exchange Club. All high school students are welcome to get involved. EXCEL Clubs can be formed in any secondary school, including public, private, parochial and vocational schools. The two basic requirements are to recruit young people who are willing to take on the challenge of becoming charter members of a youth organization, and the sponsoring Exchange Club must have the dedication to advise and guide the EXCEL Club to fruition.

EXCEL Clubs are groups of high school students dedicated to improving their schools, communities and country through volunteerism. As members of EXCEL Clubs serve their communities, they also develop valuable leadership and networking skills. EXCEL Club members learn by doing. The students, with the help of a school advisor, lead the club, decide on how to serve their school and community and then get actively involved in doing just that. For more information on how to start an EXCEL Club, see EXCEL CLUBS on the National site.

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Winner of the 2012 National Exchange Club "Child Abuse Reduction Effort", CARE, Award.

Citizens of Fort Bend will soon notice a sea of white stakes with blue ribbons in the northeast lawn of the old courthouse, located on Highway 90 in Richmond. Each of the 1,350 ribbons represents a child served by Child Advocates of Fort Bend last year. April is Child Abuse Awareness month and each stake will provide a visual reminder for all parents and community members that the well being of our children is the responsibility of our community as a whole.

On April 2, 2012, the Exchange Club of Fort Bend, Exchange Club of Rosenberg, and the Lone Star Exchange Club of Richmond along with the District Attorney, the County Judge’s office, and other elected officials from Richmond and Rosenberg will be present to officially proclaim April as Child Abuse Awareness Month. A brief dedication ceremony will begin at 5:15 p.m. and the National Exchange Club will be distributing “tip sheets” for parents. The greater community and all county employees are invited to attend

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ESCAPE

Founded in 1983 by local Exchange Clubs, the ESCAPE Family Resource Center works to prevent child abuse and neglect in Fort Bend County and the Houston area. Last year, about 3,500 parents and children learned how to live together safely and supportively through ESCAPE programs. ESCAPE programs are unique for being:

Parent Aide Program

Professionally trained club members help parents learn to build their self-confidence, self-esteem and improve their coping skills. Parents benefit by understanding the developmental needs of their children better, while learning how to manage their home environment more effectively. The long-term supportive relationship, which develops between the parent aide and family, helps to break the cycle of abuse.

Teacher Aides

Club members act as aides for the classroom based training programs given to parents and children. Most programs occur in evening based two hour sessions and range from two to seven sessions.

Raising cash for programs

A substantial portion of the funds from our annual fund raising “Spaghetti Supper” go to the ESCAPE center. Smaller fund raisers occur throughout the year and members volunteer at Gulf Coast District Exchange Clubs’ events such as the annual Rib Fest in Old Town Spring at the end of October.

Service to Seniors

As this segment of society continues to grow, so does the need for programs that assist older Americans, enabling them to continue leading productive lives. It is the responsibility of all Americans to ensure that seniors are able to enjoy not only longer life, but an enhanced quality of life.

Exchange Clubs, as part of their overall commitment to community service, should welcome the opportunity to reach out to older Americans, helping them remain in the mainstream of society and assisting them in meeting their special needs in whatever ways possible.

That is the positive purpose of the activities that comprise Exchange’s Service to Seniors program. Exchange Clubs can choose from projects such as Adopt-a-Grandparent, the Golden Key Latchkey program, the Senior Citizen of the Year Award, Meals on Wheels, Home Safety Check program, Sunshine Special and other programs. These activities that clubs develop to address specific needs, can help make a lasting difference in the lives of a community’s senior citizens.

Monthly Senior Birthday Celebration

The FIRST Friday of every month, we bring and serve cake and ice cream to the Emeritus Seniors Assisted Living Center.

Please join us if you can, from 12:15-12:50pm as we celebrate the month's birthdays.

Emeritus at Sugar Land
151 Commerce Green Boulevard
Sugar Land, TX 77478