Exchange is made up of nearly 1,000 clubs and 33,000 members throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Exchange Clubs are made up of volunteers, men and women who want to serve their community, develop leadership skills and enjoy new friendships. 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.
Exchange Club of Sebastian
Our Exchange Club here in Sebastian holds the Blue Water Open Fishing Tournament each year at the Sebastian Inlet. The funds we raise from the tournament allow us to offer scholarships to local students, to contribute to various school programs here in Indian River County. We donate funds
to non-profit organizations whose goals are to prevent child abuse, support our local youth and make a positive difference in our community of Sebastian, FL.
This year we also dedicated the Freedom Shrine to the Sebastian Charter Junior High. The Shrine is a display of historical documents photographically reproduced from the originals. It is used by teachers, students, study groups and other clubs to further study American history. 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. Each and every member of our Exchange Club of Sebastian is heavily involved in the community of Sebastian, serving our community and giving back in order to meet unique local needs.
The first local Exchange Club was formed in Detroit, Michigan in 1911. Charles A. Berkey is the man who is credited with the founding of this great organization. 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. Since then hundreds of clubs have been chartered in the United States and Puerto Rico. 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.
Why Join Exchange of Sebastian
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. Our Exchange Club is pleased to be able to support the values of the National Exchange Organization and contribute to the worthy causes here in our own community of Sebastian, FL.