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:



Exchange Club Family Center

blueribboncarmagnet1The Exchange Club Family center is a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of child abuse in Northeast Florida. The center was formed in 1992 by a joint effort between the Jacksonville Exchange Club and the Jacksonville Beaches Exchange Club. Formerly named the First Coast Family Center, the organization was recently renamed to better reflect the origins of the program.

The Exchange Club Family Center’s primary program is Parent Aide, a model of success created by the National Exchange Club, and implemented by our Child Abuse Prevention Center since 1992. The ultimate goal of the Parent Aide program is to replace patterns of abusive behavior with effective skills for non-violent, nurturing parenting.

Visit the website for more information:

January 8th, 2009 Luncheon: Guest Speaker Jennifer Bradshaw, students from Forrest High School and guests from National

This week’s guest speaker: Jennifer Bradshaw, Supervisor U.S. Customs Public Affairs Liaison


Congratulations to our Forrest High School Student of the Year Award recipients:

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Ryan Schmittling with his proud mother camera-download-010609-050

We were joined by special guests from our National & District Exchange Club:


District President John Messel, Past District President Paul McShane, National President Floyd Culver and his wife Ann, and our very own Doug Klippel

December 18th, 2008 Luncheon: Guest Speaker Dr. Laura Bailet, students from Andrew Jackson High School and the Exchange Award Presentation

This week’s guest speaker: Dr. Laura Bailet, Director of Nemours Bright Start Dyslexia Program and Odette Stroys with Nemoursscan0004-copy

Congratulations to our Andrew Jackson High School Student of the Year recipients, Melanie Rivera and Alexander Mitchell.

Congratulations to Steve King, winner of the Exchange Award, presented by Doug Klippel:

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Albert Marchant, Steve King, Peyton Rowland and Doug Klippel

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.



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

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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