Jackie Meers, Executive Director of the Bowling Green/Wood County WIC program was our guest speaker today. She told us about all the assistance available through their office for low income women, infants and children in our community. Thanks, Jackie, for the information.
Welcome to the bowling Green exchange club!
The concept of the National Exchange Club originated in Detroit, Michigan, in 1896 as a luncheon group which met for fellowship and to exchange ideas. The name “Exchange Club” was adopted in March, 1911. Subsequently, three additional Clubs were formed in Toledo, Cleveland, and Grand Rapids, Michigan. The National Exchange Club was formed in 1917, with headquarters in Toledo, OH, where it remains today. The Exchange Club of Bowling Green was formed in 1946.
the bowling green exchange club has been serving our community since 1946!
Each member of Exchange holds near to their heart three core values - Family, Community and Country.
Commitment to Family is interpreted not only as one's own family needs, but also those of all American families. Strengthening families, with a focus on youth, is addressed in many ways through Exchange's Programs of Service.
Commitment to the Community where an Exchangite resides is the focal point for each club's efforts. Exchange is unique as a service organization in that it has the flexibility to structure projects that target the needs of a particular geographic location, rather than being restricted to a certain cause.
Commitment to Country was born in the aftermath of World War II, a time of unquenchable patriotism. Exchangites are proud to join veterans and other civic groups in promoting Americanism as the rich blessing of democracy and freedom, and in educating today's youth to cherish its values.
These three values are translated into actions every day to bring about positive results through the work of hundreds of clubs and tens of thousands of dedicated Exchange Club members every day.
We'd love for you to come join us at one of our meetings or a service project.
We meet every Tuesday at 12:00 noon at Stone Ridge Golf Club.
Projects & Community Outreach
Various fund-raisers support the following programs:
- Student-of-the-Month Award to a Bowling Green High School Senior
- Student-of-the-Month Award to deserving Penta Vocational Senior
- Five Annual $1000.00 Scholarships to BGHS Seniors
- Positive Start, a youth appreciation program for Bowling Green 7th & 8th Graders.
- Team sponsorship of an Exchange Club Pee Wee Softball Team
- Other worthy causes as requested and approved by The Board
Colin Fausnaugh was honored as the Penta Student of the Month at today's Exchange Club meeting. Colin wants to be a videographer or director. He will be attending the University of Toledo next fall. Congratulations, Colin!!
Toghrul Alakbarov was our speaker today. Toghrul is an international student and Fulbright scholar at BGSU. He has been an honorary member of the club since January and he graduates this coming Friday. Today he spoke about who he is, where he has been and where he is going. After a 3 month internship in Pennsylvania this summer, he will be returning to his home country of Azerbaijan. Thank you, Toghrul, for sharing your stories and culture with us and we wish you all the success possible in the future! Toghrul's name means "falcon", so, once a Falcon, always a Falcon!!!
On April 25, the Bowling Green Exchange Club was honored to present 5 BGHS seniors with our Award of Excellence Scholarship. Each student received a $1000 award. The program recognizes students who demonstrate initiative and leadership in their school activities and in the greater BG community, and students who have overcome some type of challenge or adversity during their high school years while maintaining high academic standards. The committee considered 15 applicants and the winners were: Jared Bechstein, Meg Carmen, Kelly Hayden, Joey Sadowski and Emily Wittig. Congratulations to all five and good luck in college!!!
The Bowling Green Exchange Club recognized Gabriel Sayer as its April Student of the Month at its weekly lunch meeting at the Stone Ridge Golf Club.
One of the top students in this year’s Bowling Green High School senior class, Sayer has earned a 4.35 grade point average and will be attending Bowling Green state University in the fall to pursue a major in business and finance....Read more
On March 27, 2018, the Exchange Club of Bowling Green honored Xandria Eaken, as its March 2018 Penta Student of the Month. Xandria is enrolled in Penta's Early Childhood Education program, and carries a 3.867 GPA. Watch this space for a link to more details about her many accomplishments and talents. See more photos HERE.
On March 10, 2018, the Exchange Club of Bowling Green honored 7th and 8th graders from all Bowling Green schools with a pizza and softdrink luncheon. The students were accompanied by family members, who joined them in the feast. You can see a photo album of the event HERE. The photos are all 4x6 high resolution, and you can download any of them by right-clicking on a photo and saving it to your computer.
The Exchange Club's annual pancake breakfast was a flipping success! We had a larger than expected turnout that kept our cooks and servers very busy all morning. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our community and the sponsors who supported this event -- a successful and profitable event means that we can continue to offer our scholarships every year and also allows us more ways to support our mission of prevention of child abuse. Thanks to everyone who helped out! Saturday was the best day of the week! See more photos HERE.
There's an old Russian joke about a horserace that describes the 2018 Chili Cookoff. Long story short, Exchange came in third, but Kiwanis came in next to last. The joke is that there were only three horses in the race! Yes, Kiwanis beat us, but we're told the vote was close.
You can see photos from the event HERE.
Our own member, Sylvia Chandler, presented today at Exchange on charitable giving and using a life insurance policy a charitable gift. Sylvia works at Western-Southern Life.