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Exchange Club will honor Lazarus House director

The Exchange Club of Lawrence is set to present Lazarus House Executive Director Bridget Shaheen with its Book of Golden Deeds Award on Tuesday for her “outstanding service” to the greater Lawrence community.

The Book of Golden Deeds Award is presented to individuals who have given themselves for the benefit of their communities, and whose efforts often go unrecognized, according to the Exchange Club.

Shaheen became involved with the Lazarus House when it was founded as a 5-bed emergency shelter in 1983. She has served as its executive director since 1993.

Under her leadership, the shelter has grown to provide more than 40 beds. It now provides care including a soup kitchen, food pantry, advocacy services, transitional housing programs, ESOL, education, and work preparation programs such as office and industrial cleaning, and a culinary program with on-the-job training. Read more.


Students earn A.C.E. awards

Each year, the Troy Exchange Club presents the A.C.E. (Accepting the Challenge of Excellence) Award to a senior who is selected from the nominees from the high schools in Pike County.

At its May meeting, this year’s nominees, Morgan Grissette, Pike County High School, and Jacquerean Marshall, Charles Henderson High School, were presented to the club membership. Mary Pettway, Goshen High School was nominated but not in attendance.

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Columbus novelist talks new book

As a writer, Michael Farris Smith is not one to get ahead of himself.

“I’m not the kind of writer that works with an outline or a plot,” Smith said during his visit to the Columbus Exchange Club on Tuesday at Lion Hills Center. “Each day, I just write down a sentence or two about what I think needs to happen next and pick up from there. What I want to do is find a character and follow him around, go where he goes. To me, once you outline the story, you’ve robbed the characters of their free will. As I write, I am excited to find out what happens next, so I am discovering the story along the way. I figure it’s the same with the readers.”

It’s hard to argue with Smith’s approach.

His first full-length novel, “Rivers,” was published in September 2013 to glowing reviews. Now in paperback, the novel landed Smith with a handful of literary awards, as well as a new contract with publisher Little Brown.


Exchange Club adds students to Book of Golden Deeds, names Rachel Garland Youth of the Year

Abiding by the notion that no good deed should go unnoticed, the Exchange Club of Rome’s Book of Golden Deeds Awards were presented to local high school and college students Friday.

Berry College senior Julie Joardan (left) and freshman Jake Hager shared the Rome Exchange Club collegiate Book of Golden Deeds Award on Friday, March 20, 2015. Jordan has done a lot of work with Habitat for Humanity of Rome, while Hager has been a big volunteer with Summit Quest. Read more.


Christmas Bike Give-Away

The Exchange Club of Brunswick, GA, members gathered for a picture behind some of the bicycles they gave away for Christmas this year. The club is very proud of this tradition that was started by Powell McDonald many years ago. This year the Exchange Club of Brunswick donated over 70 bikes to underprivileged children in our community.


Santa’s Exchange distributed over 15,000 Toys for Tots!

The Exchange Club of Sugar Land, Sugar Land Rotary and The Exchange Club of Fort Bend partnered with Toys for Tots to provide over 15,000 toys to Fort Bend families on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at First Colony Church of Christ.

Santa’s Exchange has been providing toys for needy families since 1995. Parents were sent invitations to visit Santa’s Exchange and “shop” for three new toys for each child in their family. The kids got to sit on Santa’s lap and were entertained with movies, crafts and games by high school students. Wide-eyed children will have a Merry Christmas because Toys for Tots, Fort Bend ISD, local community service clubs, businesses, and churches collected toys and volunteered the day of the event.