Our History


Nationally -

The roots of the Exchange Club go back to the late 1800’s, with Detroit businessman Charles A. Berkey meeting regularly with other businessmen to exchange ideas and information about improving their community and their leadership roles within it.

In 1911, Mr. Berkey and his colleagues formalized their association by establishing the first Exchange Club. Two years later, businessmen in the nearby city of Toledo, Ohio founded a similar club. Two more groups of businessmen, in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Cleveland, Ohio subsequently formed their own clubs with the same basic goals and principles.

In 1917, these four clubs were the first to be chartered when the National Exchange Club was founded as a non-profit educational organization. As it grew over the years, the National Exchange Club has established Regions, Districts, and Divisions, within which many hundreds of clubs have been chartered in the United States and Puerto Rico, with well over 22,000 members, all making a powerful and positive difference.

Locally -

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 in the Fall, or ate breakfast at our annual Pancake Jamboree at the FOP Lodge 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 even more involved by considering membership in our club!