October is Fire Prevention month. Because of this, the Exchange Club of Naperville honors the Firefighter of the Year in October. We do the same in June for the Police Officer of the Year.

Last year’s Firefighter of the Year was Jim Perkovich and the Police Officer of the Year was Ken Parcel. These dedicated individuals were chosen by the Americanism Committee for what they do that fits into the mission of Exchange which is a group of men and women working together to make our communities better places to live through programs of service in Americanism, Community Service, Youth Activities, and its national program – The Prevention of Child Abuse.

In being named, Firefighter of the Year, Jim and Ken, as Police Officer of the Year had some specific duties that they performed as part of this recognition. They were Rib Judges at the 2018 Ribfest and they accompanied Mrs. Shanower in laying of the wreath at her son Dan’s memorial at the September 11th program. These gentlemen carried out the duties with professionalism and grace. They are two dedicated public safety employees.

This month, the Exchange Club will name a new Firefighter of the Year. Then the Police Officer of the Year will be named in June.

The Firefighter of the Year presentation will be December 7 at Hugo’s Frog Pond. 

The Exchange Club meets on the first Friday of the month at 11:45AM at Hugo’s Frog Pond and the third Thursday at 6:15PM at Traverso’s.

Did you know? Scot Warren, featured on the cover of the current issue of Exchange Today, recently was installed as The National Exchange Club’s National President at the organization’s 100th National Convention in Reno, NV. A second-generation Exchange Club member, Warren joined the Exchange Club of Naperville in 2002 and has served in many leadership positions, at all membership levels. At the national level, Warren participated on the 100th Anniversary and Convention Site Selection Committees and has chaired the Programs of Service and Exchange University Committees. Professionally, Warren serves as Senior Project Manager for Veolia Water Technologies. He has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois.