Category Archives: Events

The Healing Field

Flags going UpThe Jacksonville Exchange Club, The Jacksonville Beaches Exchange Club and the National Exchange Club Foundation will host a temporary flag memorial “Planting the Seed of Awareness” Child Abuse Prevention Healing Field® Flag Display from July 15 – 18, 2009, at beautiful Metropolitan Park.

More than 1530 large American flags will fly on a field of green in perfect rows similar to Arlington National Cemetery, one flag for each child who lost their life at the hands of abuse or neglect in our country in 2007. Leaders and volunteers are taking on this project to express the enormity of child abuse related deaths in our country and to recognize the 30 year anniversary of the National Exchange Club Foundation’s child abuse prevention programs.  All funds raised will benefit programs that strengthen families through the Exchange Club Family Center and the National Exchange Club Foundation.

Help us raise funds by sponsoring a flag for $100, or visit the website below to learn more about corporate sponsorship levels.

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Stand Up America!


Stand Up America and Say the Pledge

All across the country, at the same time and on the same day, thousands of Americans will stand together to say The Pledge of Allegiance.

On Jan. 9, at 2 p.m., everyone is invited to join the leaders of the National Exchange Club, the oldest service club, to Stand Up and Say the Pledge.
The national, regional and district leaders of the club will be meeting for their Mid-Winter Conference in Jacksonville, FL  The national saying of the Pledge will kick off their Stand Up America! membership drive campaign.

Announced today is that Stand Up America and Say the Pledge, our 90-day trial membership program, will be conducted January 1 through March 31. This has become Exchange’s most successful membership recruitment program.  Guests can join us for lunch, free of charge, to see what we’re all about.  Contact us for more information:


GiveAKidAFlagToWave: Veteran’s Day Parade

flag-child-11The Jacksonville Exchange Club handed out free flags to children at the November 11th, 2008 Veteran’s Day Parade!

As part of our Americanism Service Project, we hope to promote a deeper sense of patriotism, and to heighten young Americans’ appreciation and admiration for our country’s flag.



Blast From the Past! Installation Banquet 1995

1995 Installation Banquet pictures!

Incoming President Lake Ray III and outgoing President John Blois:scan0025

Jack Dew Award recipient Robert Hazard and Past President James Shivler:scan0030

The new Board installed by Past President and District Director Steve King (middle):scan0029

Gary Watson:scan0026

Betty and Art Yeager:scan0031

Steve King and Nancy King enjoying dinner with everyone:scan0027

More great dinner:scan0028

Jacksonville Beaches Exchange Club Masquerade Ball 2008

The third annual Masquerade Ball benefiting the Exchange Club Family Center, a child abuse prevention center, was held at the Selva Marina Country Club on September 6th. Guests were treated to the sounds of the Retrokats blues band, a buffet dinner, and a silent and live auction. 
Prizes were awarded for best mask male, best mask female and best mask couple. Best mask couple Glenn Smith and his wife, Cindy Smith:


The event was emceed by Channel 4 Morning Show Team’s Nikki Preede, and was sponsored by local accounting firm Masters, Smith & Wisby, Merrill Lynch, and Dunn Wellness Center.


Suns Baseball Concession Stand!

baseball-4The Jacksonville Exchange Club worked the baseball concession stand at the Jacksonville Suns game to raise money for our youth projects. We served hotdogs, drinks, chips and beer all day long, and raised $225! Thanks to everyone who volunteered!baseball-2

2008 Installation Banquet

Our club inducted new officers and board members on June 26th, 2008 at Maggiano’s Restaurant. Past President and long-time Exchange Club member Larry Rolfe performed the ceremony for us.  install-2008-1

Congratualtions to Steve King, winner of the Julian E. Johnson Award! The Julian Johnson Award was established in 1998 in honor of Julian Johnson, along time Exchange Club member dedicated to our programs of Service.  The Julian Johnson Award recognizes the Exchangite who exemplifies the Exchange spirit of service through his or her participation in Exchange’s Americanism, Youth, Child Abuse Prevention and/or community service programs.installation-banquet-2008_page_3

Congratulations to Doyle Varnes, winner of the Jack Dew Memorial Award! The Jack Dew Memorial Award was established in 1967 and is presented annually by the The Exchange Club of Jacksonville to one of its members for meritorious service to the club and to the community.  Fittingly, this selective recognition is made not only to honor the recipient, but to memorialize an outstanding and unforgettable Exchangite, Jack Dew.  Jack was a favorite of virtually every Jacksonville grade school youngster during the 1930’s.  He was the Master of Ceremonies for a Saturday matinee at the Florida Theatre and conducted weekly talent contests as the public relations director for a large dairy corporation.  Literally thousands of kids, many who were later to become civic leaders themselves, fondly remembered Jack (and his company’s ice cream) for a lifetime.scandoyle0003

Let the celebration begin…