THE NATIONAL EXCHANGE CLUB HISTORY
[CharlesBerkey] Charles A. Berkey is credited with the founding of this great organization. At his suggestion, the name “Exchange” was selected because the group wanted to exchange ideas and information with like-minded individuals about how to better serve their communities.
The first local Exchange Club was formed in Detroit, Michigan, in 1911. The second was the Exchange Club of Toledo, Ohio, formed in 1913. Subsequently, two others were organized in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Cleveland, Ohio. These four clubs were the first to be chartered by The National Exchange Club after it was organized as a nonprofit, educational organization in 1917.
Exchange Clubs sponsor activities under the organization’s Programs of Service – Americanism, Youth Programs and Community Service – as well as its National Project, the prevention of child abuse. Each year, communities benefit from the promotion of pride in our great country, college scholarships, youth mentoring, service to the underprivileged, and other services tailored to serve the needs of its citizens.
In addition to these programs, The National Exchange Club has been at the forefront of significant developments in American history, including the early days of aviation progress. The spirit of patriotism, along with a desire to heighten awareness of our rich religious heritage, placed Exchange in a position of leadership with other organizations that led to the addition of the words “Under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954.
The Pacific Coast Exchange Club was the first Club installed for the National Exchange Club's Millennium Birthday. They are a 501(c)4 Non -Profit Organization. They are part of Region 1 California/Nevada District of the National Exchange Club a 501(c)3.
The Pacific Coast Exchange Clubs Programs and Projects of Service Include:
Proudly We Hail
Supporting our Veterans
A.C.E - Accepting the Challenge of Excellence
Youth of the Year
Donating to local charities
Honoring our Firefighters and Local Law Enforcement
One Nation Under God
Prevention of Child Abuse:
Holiday Family Adoption
Back Back Programs
Supporting our Child Abuse Centers
If you or someone you know needs a non - profit to help you with your program contact the Pacific Coast Exchange Club on joining them so they can help you.
Our Covenant of Service
The Covenant of Service, expressing Exchange’s philosophy and ideals, was written in 1923 by Exchangite Thomas L. Bailey, who served as National President of Exchange from 1925 through 1927, and later served as Governor of Mississippi from 1944 through 1946. It was officially adopted by the organization in 1927.
Accepting the divine privilege of single and collective responsibility as life’s noblest gift, I covenant with my fellow Exchangites:
To consecrate my best energies to the uplifting of Social, Religious, Political and Business ideals;
To discharge the debt I owe to those of high and low estate who have served and sacrificed that the heritage of American citizenship might be mine;