Category Archives: Service Projects

Sixteenth Annual Child Abuse Prevention Luncheon and Conference

cap-luncheon-april-8-2009-copyApril is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and the 16th Annual Child Abuse Prevention Luncheon and Conference is here!

On Wednesday, April 8th, 2009 at the Jacksonville Marriott  we held our one day conference, dedicated to the prevention of child abuse. The event includes Continuing Education Credits, and an Awards luncheon recognizing individuals and organizations in the community for outstanding contributions in the area of Child Abuse Prevention.

Our Keynote Speaker was Justice H. Mark Kennedy, and he spoke to a packed house about child abuse prevention:camera-download-010609-089

Sylvia Burgess, Family Support Services of North Florida
Annie Williams, The Bridge of Northeast Florida
Andrea Trzcinski, Department of Children and Families
Lucy Farley, Jacksonville Children’s Commission
The Honorable Judge Dorothy Pate (retired), Daniel Memorial

The 2009 Awardees with keynote speaker Justice H. Mark Kennedy: camera-download-010609-090








Our Program: Parent Aide
Parent aides are professionall trained individuals who become a friend adn role model to parents who need help in dealing with life’s daily challenges. Parent Aides provide support and encouragement and address the special needs of the family. They help parents build confidence, self-esteem and coping skills. Many parents benefit by understanding the developmental needs of their children, while learning how to manage their home environment more effectively. Parent aides alo teach parents how to make social contacts and to use community resources.
As supportive, caring individuals, parent aides often make the critical difference  in enabling parents to succeed.  

On behalf of The Exchange Club Family Center and our local Exchange Clubs, we thank each of you, and all of the organizations and companies who attended, for your efforts to prevent child abuse.Exchange members from the downtown and beaches clubs working hard to check all of our guests in:camera-download-010609-0881









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Exchange Island Clean Up

The Jacksonville Exchange Club participated in the city’s 14th Annual St. Johns River Celebration clean up event. Our club actually has its own island that we cleaned – Exchange Club Island!  We took a boat full of volunteers over on Saturday morning of March 21st, and collected about 36 bags of garbage. 

Some of our volunteers gathered around our island’s marker stone: exch-island

 Our volunteers did such a great job, we even recieved a letter of thanks from the Mayor, John Peyton:island-clean-up-letter

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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Annual Julian Johnson Clothing Drive

October 25th is Exchange’s National Day of Service.

clothing-donationIt’s time for our Annual Julian Johnson Clothing Drive! Throughout the month of October, we collected donations of clothing and housewares, all to be delivered to the Downtown Ecumenical Council on October 25th, 2008. The items will be distributed to needy families, the homeless and to the disabled.

Community Service is the lifeline of Exchange. We spend countless hours and dollars improving our communities each year. We thank everyone who donates and helps with our efforts, especially Glenn Wright, our club member that leads this program and makes it all possible.

October 9th, 2008 Luncheon: Guest Speaker Sheriff John Rutherford, Crime Prevention Program and Officer of the Year Award Presentation

This week’s guest speaker: John Rutherford, Sheriff of Jacksonville, FL who spoke to our club in support of our Crime Prevention Program. Our special guest was Detective James Davis, the Officer of the Year, his wife Darla and official JSO photographer Ron Bales.

Congratulations to our Officer of the Year recipient  Detective James Davis, with Sheriff Rutherford:scan0013

Detective Davis and his wife, Darla:scan0014

Jay Severance, Detective Davis and host Charles Rowland:scan0009

Host Charles Rowland presents Detective Davis the Officer of the Year Award, while President Peyton and Mollie look on: scan0010

Old pals Lem Sharpe and John Rutherford:scan0012

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.


National Outstanding Service Project Award


Our club has won the National Outstanding Service Project Award for our Annual Julian Johnson Clothing Drive! Congratulations to everyone who participated, and a huge thank you to the man who makes it all possible, Glenn Wright! Keep up the good work!