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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Exchange Happenings — 25 years of Exchange


Members of the Naperville Exchange Club celebrated their 25th Anniversary last month. Chartered on September 25, 1987, with 50 members, the service club’s mission is the prevention of child abuse and domestic violence.

Now 25 years later, the Exchange Club of Naperville is pleased to have more than 140 members strong, and is known to be one of the leading Exchange Clubs across the nation, with one of the largest fundraising festival events in the Midwest.

The Naperville Exchange Club gives back to the community in a variety of ways. Financially, we support over 40 local social service agencies in the prevention of child abuse.

During our first 25 years, we have donated over $12 million to support many organizations.

Yet, our mission includes so much more, including to promote Americanism; to strengthen the education of our children; and give to our community in service.

In 1992 the Exchange Club launched Project H.E.L.P. (Healthy Environment for Little People) that provides mentoring and educational support services to well over 1,000 parents and children. Project H.E.L.P. continues to play an active role in the community

One of the projects that the Exchange Club has taken over is the September 11th Memorial Ceremony. Under the leadership of Marty Walker with the assistance of the Americanism Committee and the City of Naperville, this year’s event was very memorable. I would like to give a special thank you to all those who took part in this wonderful ceremony. Naperville is blessed with outstanding volunteers. As a side note, last year’s 10th Anniversary Ceremony won the National Exchange Club’s Outstanding Service Project Award.

Happy Anniversary Naperville Exchange Club!

For more information about the Exchange Club, membership opportunities or meetings, visit www.ExchangeClub.org or call (630) 779-2702.


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Emy Trotz
Emy Trotz
Emy Trotz is the Exchange Club’s Immediate Past President. For more information about the Exchange Club of Naperville or to attend a meeting, contact me at EmyTrotz@gmail.com.