April is Child Abuse Prevention Month so we are packed full of activities. Our first lunch program featured Ms Bobbi Starr, Executive Director of Micah’s Promise and one of her Board members, Dr. Brett Murphy-Dawson. Ms Starr gave us an overview of Micah’s Promise which is an organization dedicated to providing transformational life-change to survivors of domestic minor sex trafficking and building a supportive community for reintegration. She gave us facts and figures that were not easy to hear. This is a growing problem in our community. But with organizations such as Micah’s Promise, one person at a time can help make a difference. They recommended everyone review the documentary...
the Exchange club of columbus has been serving the tri-county area since 1946!
We are an organization that believes in a strong America, safe communities and unified people. To uphold these beliefs, the Exchange Club of Columbus is dedicated to serving the local community through various service and fundraising projects. Our organization has been in service to our community for more than 70 years. We are part of the National Exchange Club, an organization serving the United States of America for nearly 100 years.
We meet most Thursdays at St. Luke's Ministry Center for lunch or Dinner Diva's on 13th Street for Dinner. We'd love for you to join us.
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Projects & Community Outreach
The Exchange Club of Columbus, Inc. was established and chartered on April 27th, 1946. It operates within the Georgia District, Region 10, as a non-profit 501(c)(4) organization. From its inception, our club has been actively and significantly involved in community service projects in the Columbus Metropolitan area.
Anyone who has ever bought a foot-long hot dog at the former Chattahoochee Valley Fair (now at the Shrine Club) in the Fall, or ate breakfast at our annual Pancake Jamboree in February, is familiar with our major fundraising efforts. In more recent years, we have been serving breakfast at Callaway Garden's Hot Air Balloon Festival, and hosting an annual Golf Tournament. We appreciate your continued support of our fundraisers and invite you to become a member!
I have been a member of the Exchange Club for many years. As a retired educator, one of the things I like about the Exchange Club is our connection with students. It's reassuring to see our young students succeed.
I love the Exchange Club. I enjoy our projects and I really enjoy the guest speakers and being kept up to date on the community.
In President Peggy's own words, it was an honor for our Club to be presented with a Proclamation recognizing April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. This is our most important project and we work hard to support local agencies in Columbus who fight this ugly problem. We were thrilled to have our CAP Chair, Margarete Koepfer present the many Time Out Teddies purchased by our friends to the Columbus Police Department. She asked that the CPD carry these in their patrol cars and give to children who are involved in their cases and that hopefully the teddies will give some comfort. Time Out Teddy was present and played with kids before the ceremony and then hob-nobbed with the Mayor and Council...
It is with extreme pleasure that The Exchange Club of Columbus announces that Ritika Chandra, Columbus High School was awarded the Youth of the Year Award, presented to the outstanding student selected from all the Exchange Club’s Youth of the Month recipients. The selection is made based on high levels of scholastic achievement, community involvement and leadership. The Youth of the Month winners are asked to write an essay entitled “Social Responsibility in our Community” and the overall selection is based in part on the essay. Also recognized were other Youth of the month winners, Jerimiah Jones from Carver, Derek Huell from Columbus, and Julia Aquirre form Northside....
Sandra Nearhoof introduced us to Shane Larkin, the Muscogee Country School District Teacher of the Year. By his own words, he was happy to speak to us as his passion is speaking to students. He told us of his life as a child and then later in the Army. What he loved most about serving in the Army was the lessons of giving back and of leadership – tenents still with him. He talked to the student about the principles and characteristics of good citizenship and also about learning how to effectively disagree and to belong without assimilating. He urged all the students to strive to give back and be involved. He challenged the students to...
Jennifer Allen introduced us to Scott Ressemeyer. Scott, vice president of Country’s Barbecue, turned 50 in 2009. In honor of this monumental occasion, he rode all contiguous 48 states on his Harley Davidson motorcycle, along with some close friends. . Because Scott has such a philanthropic heart and had been a supporter of Children’s Miracle Network at The Medical Center for many years, he made his trip into an occasion that would benefit the sick and injured children at The Medical Center. His goal was that donations in support of his 21-day motorcycle journey could purchase a new GE Omni Giraffe Bed for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, which cost approximately $35,000. ...
The Columbus Exchange Club held their annual Pancake Jamboree on Saturday, February 17. It was a great day to eat pancakes, come to a car show, and hang out with Time Out Teddy. Hundreds of pancakes were consumed and it was another successful event!
Jennifer Allen introduced us to Dawnell Jacobs today. Dawn, as her friends call her, is a teacher, author, mother, sister, business owner, public speaker, and just a positive, amazing person. She is a teacher at the Early College, Academy – actually, she is their Teacher of the Year! She talked to us today about her journey to where she is now.
Dawn had a rough childhood, but in her own words, instead of recanting her entire youth, she starts her story when she was 17, homeless and a high school dropout, who saw her three brothers get taken away and placed in foster care. In her senior year of high school when she should be focused on parties and proms and fun things,...
Today’s program was presentation of the “Accepting the Challenge of Excellence” award. The award, also known as A.C.E., recognizes high school seniors who have overcome physical, emotional or social obstacles and are now eligible for graduation.
Today we met an recognized two A.C.E. students. Both of these strong young ladies have overcome enormous obstacles, and both have dreams and aspirations to continue their education. Both girls were presented with a certificate and check. Congratulations and best wishes to Audrey Kernodie from Columbus High School and Iyanna Bryan, from Hardaway
We also had a guest speaker today, local teacher and author, Dawnell Jacobs,...
Our February 1st meeting focused on Fire Prevention. Chief Ricky Shores visited and reminded us this was his 7th year of introducing the Firefighter of the Year. Before introducing his honoree, he gave us a few helpful reminders. Most of their fire calls are home fires, and most fires start in the kitchen. Remain alert!! And it is so important for all of us to plan ahead for two ways to get out of our homes in the event of an emergency. Take heed to keep pathways and doorways free and clear, and replace that battery in your smoke detector every year. He was also proud to announce that Columbus has been updated to an ISO Class I rating —which is the best...
Mrs. Myers, principal of Rothschild Leadership Academy, spoke to us on January 25th. She was born and raised in Columbus, Georgia. She attended pubic schools and graduated from Columbus State University. She hopes to “grow” students like herself who return to the community in which they live and give back to make it a better place to live. Mrs. Myers believes in the motto “I rise; You rise; We Rise.”
She spoke about Luke chapter 5 where Simon Peter had fished all day to no avail but when Jesus told him to cast his net again he caught so many fish he had to call others to help him.
This is the same with Partnerships. It cannot be done alone; you must put...
A message from Peggy Lambert, our current Club President...
Welcome to the Exchange Club of Columbus’ web site. Our non-profit Club was established locally in 1946 and for 71 years we have been serving our community. We are a group of volunteers who are civic minded; service oriented and we are committed to making Columbus a better place to live.
We are a part of the National Exchange Club that was established in 1911 and has over 650 clubs and 20,000 members nationwide to include Puerto Rico.
Through our Programs of Service – Americanism, Community Service, and Youth Programs – members support activities that benefit youth, promote pride in our country, and honor military and public service providers, to name a few. Exchange’s National Project is the prevention of child abuse. Locally, we are a Partner in Education with Rothschild Leadership Academy. Our Service to Youth programs include, High School Student of the Month and Student of the Year Awards, and the ACE Award program, which recognizes students who have overcome major obstacles while achieving an education. Our “winners” (to us they are all winners) can compete for scholarship funding at the Georgia District and National level.
We also actively participate in National Exchange’s Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) project, raising thousands of dollars every year for this worthy cause. The dollars we raise are distributed locally to ensure we do our part to stop child abuse.
How do we do all that we do? By conducting various fund-raising projects. These consist of our annual Pancake Sale at Callaway Gardens over the Labor Day Weekend in conjunction with the Hot Air Balloon Festival. Of course, we have our annual Foot Long Hot Dog Sale in October; our Pancake Jamboree in February; and our Golf Tournament in April. We also have other fund raisers like the Silent Auction and quilt raffle.
Boy we are busy! But all for a good cause and all funds raised go back into our local community! We pay it forward and we are committed to making a difference.
Why don’t you come join us? You can be my guest at your first meeting! We meet on Thursdays at noon at the St Luke Ministry Center and offer a once a month nightly meeting. Cost to join is only $45.00 a quarter. Visit our Facebook Page for more information! I’ll be looking for you!
President, Exchange Club of Columbus
2017-2018 Administrative Year