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Vision: A strong America, safe communities, and unified people.

Mission: Exchange, inspiring communities to become better places to live.

Core Values: Family, Community, Country

Motto: Unity for Service



The National Exchange Club is the only service organization exclusively serving communities in the United States. More than 650 local clubs throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico provide individuals with opportunities to use their time and talents to benefit their local communities and the country as a whole. Exchange’s Core Values are family, community, and country.

Through the Programs of Service – Americanism, Community Service, and Youth Programs – members support activities that benefit youth, promote pride in our country, and honor military and public service providers, to name a few. Exchange’s National Project is the prevention of child abuse.

Exchange was founded March 27, 1911, in Detroit, MI, by a group of business executives who wanted simply to exchange ideas. Those ideas grew and were shared, and have resulted in innumerable benefits to the nation.

Currently, Exchange has nearly 20,000 members in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The organization’s National Headquarters, located in Toledo, OH, acts as a resource to local-level clubs and its members.


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;
  • To honor and respect law, to serve my fellowmen, and to uphold the ideals and institutions of my Country;
  • To implant the life-giving, society-building spirit of Service and Comradeship in my social and business relationships;
  • To serve in Unity with those seeking better conditions, better understandings, and greater opportunities for all.

Written in 1923 by Thomas L. Bailey,  Exchange’s National President (1925-1927) and Governor of Mississippi (1944-1946). Adopted in 1927.


Member with old Exchange airplane aviation

In the years following World War I, The National Exchange Club was a foremost advocate of adequate national military preparedness and played an important role in promoting the growth of military and commercial aviation. Through leadership in these fields, Exchange’s first leader, Harold M. Harter, earned the friendship of many of the United States’ top military figures.

Harter was one of the first to recognize a great future in aviation and urged Exchange to participate in its growth. He rode in the earliest Ford tri-motor commercial planes and knew leading aviators of the day, including Amelia Earhart, who was at the controls of Mr. Harter’s first autogiro ride.  Ms. Earhart was also a special guest at Exchange’s 12th National Convention in Toledo, OH, on July 23, 1928.


The National Exchange Club was established on March 27, 1911, in Detroit, MI. Since that time, Exchange has grown to become “America’s Oldest Service” organization with more than 650 local-level clubs comprised of nearly 20,000 members across the United States and in Puerto Rico.

The National Exchange Club Programs of Service – Americanism, Community Service, and Youth programs – and its National Project, the prevention of child abuse, is supported by the National Exchange Club Foundation, a 501c(3) entity.

Local-level clubs identify the needs of their communities and, in most cases, provide for those needs through projects falling under the Programs of Service and National Project. Local Exchange Clubs are supported by their own officers, boards of directors, self-raised funds and, in some cases, foundations.Clubs also develop valuable community partnerships with like-minded individuals and organizations working toward common goals.

District and regional leadership is comprised of Exchange Club members who have served their clubs and communities in a most dedicated capacity and have been elected by fellow members. Members of Exchange’s leadership receive training from National Headquarters and function to help strengthen Exchange Clubs assigned by geographic location. Leadership develops and maintains interclub relationships, helps districts and clubs achieve growth, serves as mentors for members and clubs, and ensures valuable communication is maintained between National Headquarters and the clubs within their districts/regions.

National Headquarters is located in Toledo, OH, and employs a dedicated staff committed to helping clubs carry out Exchange’s Mission of making communities better places to live. With staff assigned to growth, finance, marketing and public relations, child abuse prevention services, and member services, National Headquarters strives to continually exceed the expectations of its membership and provide membership value.

Meet Exchange’s Chief Executive Officer

Tracey Edwards small 2014





Tracey Edwards joined the staff of The National Exchange Club in 2004. Prior to her appointment to the position of Chief Executive Officer in January, 2012, Tracey served as Senior Finance Director, Finance and Membership, and was responsible for all fiscal functions of The National Exchange Club and The National Exchange Club Foundation. As CEO, she serves as a member of the National Board of Directors and is the active managing employee of The National Exchange Club.Tracey oversees National Headquarters Staff in providing professional and technical assistance to the organization’s members in developing specific and comprehensive plans for increasing members,establishing new clubs, and enhancing the national image of Exchange. She is Secretary of the Corporation in all matters delegated to the CEO by the National Board of Directors.Tracey is also a member of the Exchange Club of Greater Maumee Bay, OH.

Tracey also provides knowledge and assistance to The National Exchange Club Foundation in all of its fundraising efforts and serves as Secretary on NEC Foundation’s Board of Trustees. She is a Berkey Fellow.

Active in her community, Tracey has earned the Distinguished Club President and Exchangite of the Year awards, and works with many nonprofit groups to promote collaboration between Exchange and other agencies and groups. She is President of the Old Newsboys Goodfellow Association.

Tracey graduated from The University of Toledo and is a member of The Ohio Society of CPAs, The American Society of Association Executives, The Association of Fundraising Professionals, The Society of Human Resource Management, Chi Omega Fraternity, and Leadership Toledo.

Meet Exchange’s National President

G. Phil Howard, Nashville, TN, was installed as The National Exchange Club’s National President at the organization’s 99th National Convention in Jacksonville, FL, in July 2017. Prior to his election as National President-Elect in 2016, Phil served as Exchange’s Region 6 Vice President.

Phil has been a member of the Exchange Club of Donelson-Hermitage Area, TN, since 1993. In the ensuing years, he served in all club offices, including twice as president. At the district level, Phil has acted as Awards Chair, Club Building Chair, and Membership Chair. He has held all district level offices, serving as District President in 1999-2000, and again in 2004-2005.

On the national level, Phil served a term as National Exchange Club Foundation Trustee and chaired Exchange’s Awards Committee for the three years. He was on the club building team for three new Tennessee District Exchange Clubs, and assisted with the building of two other clubs. Phil served on the local Exchange Club Family Center for Child Abuse Prevention Board of Directors for 10 years, including two terms as Board President.

Phil retired in 2014 from the Kroger Company, where he worked for 32 of his 52 years in the grocery business. During those years, his experiences included everything from bagging groceries to store management, merchandising, pricing, risk management, and fuel center set-up and operations. He was awarded both the B.H. Kroger Award (1991) and the Mid-South President’s Award (2005) for outstanding community service. He also served as the 2013 President of the Tennessee Retail Association.

Phil has twice served as President of the Board of The Friends of Two Rivers Mansion. He and Sharon, his wife and fellow Exchange Club member, are involved in their church and other community endeavors. They have been married for more than 35 years, and have four children – two girls and two boys – and eleven grandchildren. When time permits, Phil enjoys spending time outdoors, watching football and baseball, going to the beach, and reading.


Exchange partnered with Veterans Matter in 2015. Veterans Matter is solely dedicated to providing deposits/first month rent for ready, waiting veterans who can use can use HUD-VASH vouchers to cross the threshold into safe, permanent housing. Veterans Matter has a 100% success rate in getting veterans housed in a government program that has a 91% success rate in keeping veterans housed. At the time the partnership was forged, 50,000 veterans (and families) were reported homeless. Exchange Clubs across the country are encouraged to host events, such as walks and rallies, to help raise funds for veterans waiting to be housed. These events, appropriately named “11/11@7”, will be held on Veterans Day at 7 p.m., eastern. 

Learn more about the impact of Veterans Matter,  and how important Exchange is to the organization’s success.

Darkness to Light and The National Exchange Club partnered at Exchange’s 93rd National Convention, held in Detroit, MI, in July 2011. Exchange’s relationship with Darkness to Light officially joined the two organizations in their common goal of preventing child abuse. Through this partnership, local Exchange Clubs utilize Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children program as an Exchange Club Program of Service project.

The American Red Cross partnered with The National Exchange Club to collaborate on projects for the benefit of local communities at Exchange’s 92nd National Convention, held in La Quinta, CA, in July 2010.

The Healing Field Project was unanimously endorsed by the National Exchange Club Foundation Board of Trustees and the National Exchange Club Board of Directors at Exchange’s 85th National Convention, held in Birmingham, Al, in July 2003. A resolution was passed in support of the project, can be utilized to honor any number of people, including abused children and war veterans.

Exchange Club Child Abuse Prevention Centers are the product of child abuse prevention being adopted as The National Exchange Club’s National Project in 1979. Exchange Club CAP Centers receive varying degrees of support from local Exchange Clubs under the National Project, including establishing the centers and supporting affiliate programs (agencies providing child abuse prevention services, but not complying with the program or organizational requirements for an Exchange Club CAP Center). Exchange Club Child Abuse Prevention Centers provide Exchange’s Parent Aide services and comply with national accreditation standards.


The National Exchange Clubs continually strives to enhance the service it provides to clubs, members and communities. The following awards and recognitions offer a snapshot of Exchange’s national accolades.


BBB NEC Torch Award











  • 2013 and 2014 Torch Award for Ethics, The Better Business Bureau of Northwestern Ohio and Southeastern Michigan, finalist – recognizes businesses and nonprofits for exemplary and ethical business practices
  • A+ Rating by the Better Business Bureau


  • Proprietary Exchange Parent Aide Program listed on the California Evidence-Based Website with a “High” Child Welfare System Relevance Level and a scientific rating of 3.
  • Countless Child Abuse Prevention proclamations issued by Federal, state and local governments


  • Elizabeth Grantham 2016-2017 “Exchange Strong”
  • Daniel S. McQueeney 2015-2016 “Exchange Strong”
  • Thomas Karnes 2014-2015 “Investigating the Possibilities”
  • Don Wright 2013-2014 “Parading the Spirit of Exchange”
  • Lou Molitor 2012-2013 “Celebrate the Magic of Exchange”
  • Sid Mobley 2011-2012 “All Aboard – Conducting the Business of Exchange”
  • Margaret “Margie” Miller 2010-2011 “Shining the Light of Exchange”
  • Claude W. Carmack 2009-2010 “The Power of Exchange – Be Inspired”
  • Floyd Culver 2008-2009 “Changing the Beat: Stepping Forward in Exchange”
  • Rob Davidson 2007-2008 “Expanding Our Horizons”
  • S. Kim Hodges 2006-2007 “Ignite the Fire Within”
  • Steven Douglas 2005-2006 “Building Exchange for a Stronger America”
  • Jerry J. DeFeo 2004-2005 “Exchange USA – The Spirit of America”
  • Pamela M. Sudlow 2003-2004 “Together… We Will Grow Exchange”
  • Augustus M. Parker 2002-2003 “Believing and Achieving – It Can Be Done”
  • McKenzie C. “Ken” Roberts 2001-2002 “Proud of Our Past… Focused on the Future”
  • Gerald Franklin 2000-2001 “Ignite the Excitement”
  • Robert D. Harb 1999-2000 “Exchange – Thundering to Action”
  • William E. Deason 1998-1999 “Soaring to Success”
  • Robert E. Hinske 1997-1998 “T.E.A.M. Together – For Growth – Achieves More”
  • Kerry W. Mazoch 1997-1997 “Exchange – the Pride of America”
  • William F. Ketron, Jr. 1995-1996 “See the Need… Meet the Challenge”
  • Herbert A. Taylor 1994-1995 “A New Vision – A New Direction”
  • Charles F. Braddock 1993-1994 “Let’s Build for the Future: Together Toward Tomorrow”
  • Robert E. Maddox 1992-1993 “Dare to Make a Difference”
  • Max G. Halliday 1991-1992 “Share the Spirit”
  • BIlly Joe Sills 1990-1991 “Catch the New Spirit”
  • W. James Brown, Jr. 1989-1990 “Win One for Exchange”
  • Harold R. Acres 1988-1989 “Soar to New Heights”
  • Frank J. Sego 1987-1988 “Builders of Pride”
  • William C. Wodtke, Jr. 1986-1987 “Forward in Unity”
  • George Ow 1985-1986 “Turning Point”
  • Fred Harron 1984-1985 “Challenge of Change”
  • Harold E. Warren 1983-1984 “Expanding Horizons”
  • Larry M. Street 1982-1983 “Dare to Care”
  • M.H. “Bud” Edell 1981-1982 “Commitment to Growth”
  • John D. Hood 1980-1981 “New Decade – New Challenge”
  • Dr. Edward R. North, Jr. 1979-1980 “Rededication to Purpose”
  • Albert Solomon 1978-1978 “Explore, Expand, Enrich”
  • Robert C. Garland 1977-1978 “Harvest of Accomplishment”
  • Leaborne L. Eads 1976-1977 “Fertilize with Fun”
  • Jack A. Pirrie 1975-1976 “Duty to Destiny”
  • Dr. Porter L. Fortune, Jr. 1974-1975 “Challenge of Concern”
  • Fred L. Cronk 1973-1974 “Discover Exchange”
  • William P. “Bill” Miller 1972-1973 “Build Up – Reach Out”
  • Charles T. Ensor 1971-1972 “Target Achievement”
  • Arturo L. Carrion, Jr. 1970-1971 “Power Up With Pride”
  • Robert B. Scarborough 1969-1970 “Go and Grow”
  • Dr. B.H. Amstead 1968-1969
  • Jay W. Whitney 1967-1968
  • Wilson H. “Wils” Rutherford 1966-1967
  • James M. “Bud” Beckett 1965-1966
  • J. Herbert Grimsey 1964-1965
  • Jefferson D. Dickey 1963-1964
  • Norman E. Parkhurst 1962-1963
  • Judge Fredrick W. Howell 1961-1962
  • B. Edward Wood 1960-1961
  • Clarence L. McDorman 1959-1960
  • T.W Dawson 1958-1959
  • Paul D. Dail 1957-1958
  • Millard A. Beckum 1956-1957
  • Harold E. Mott 1955-1956
  • Grant McFarlane 1954-1955
  • J. Benjamin Brick 1953-1954
  • W. Harry Jack 1952-1953
  • Harold A. Petit 1951-1952
  • D. Russell Bontrager 1950-1951
  • W. Burg Anstine 1949-1950
  • M. Allen Barth 1948-1949
  • Myers Y. Cooper 1947-1948
  • William P. Spear 1946-1947
  • Dr. Stewart W. McClelland 1944-1946
  • Theron Hall 1943-1944
  • A. Earl Washburn 1941-1942
  • Leland D. McCormac 1940-1941
  • Newman R. Thurston 1939-1940
  • W.J Eilerts 1938-1939
  • E.W. Sprague 1937-1938
  • Kuno H. Struck 1936-1937
  • William H. Beck, Jr. 1935-1936
  • Bert Beasley 1934-1935
  • Col. John H. Awtry 1932-1934
  • Dr. Alfred A. Jenkins 1931-1932
  • Thomas C. Imeson 1930-1931
  • J. P. Muller 1929-1930
  • George S. Greene 1928-1929
  • Clinton G. Nichols 1927-1928
  • Thomas L. Bailey 1925-1927
  • Dr. George C. Sabichi 1924-1925
  • Guy K. Jeffries 1923-1924
  • Ray L. Lange 1922-1923
  • Lewis C. Harris 1921-1922
  • Horatio S. Earle 1919-1921
  • Dr. Charles M. Harpster 1918-1919
  • Charles D. Sharrow 1917-1918
  • Charles Berkey 1917


Alabama District ● President ● Donna McLaney
Alabama District ● President- Elect ● Joyce Franklin
California-Nevada District ● President ● William (Bill) Bechtel
California-Nevada District ● President-Elect ● VACANT
Colonial District ● President ● Margaret Moore
Colonial District ● President-Elect ● VACANT
Connecticut District ● President ● Clifford (Cliff) Kiernan
Connecticut District ● President-Elect ● Lloyd McClean
Dakota Territory District ● President ● Jim Ragatz
Dakota Territory District ● President-Elect ● Donald Peck
Florida District ● President ● Mark E. Dayton
Florida District ● President-Elect ● Kim Prado
Georgia District ● President ● Sidney A. Blanton
Georgia District ● President-Elect ● Hazel Hendrix
Indiana District ● President ● Bradley (Brad) A. Clapp
Indiana District ● President-Elect ● Roy Crabill
Lakes and Prairies District ● President ● Larry K. Shollenbarger
Lakes and Prairies District ● President-Elect ● Randolph Sobrack
Lincolnland District ● President ● Emy Trotz
Lincolnland District ● President-Elect ● Troy Jayroe
Michigan District ● President ● Jennifer Sweney
Michigan District ● President-Elect ● Michael J. Kearly
Mid-America District ● President ● Michelle Edstrom
Mid-America District ● President-Elect ● Rachel S. Morris
Mid-Atlantic District ● President ● George Hubbard, Jr.
Mid-Atlantic District ● President-Elect ● Anne Marie Logue
Mississippi District ● President ● Margaret E. King
Mississippi District ● President-Elect ● Michael Brownlee
New England District ● President ● John T. Reid
New England District ● President-Elect ● John T. Reid
New Jersey-New York District ● President ● Stu Sirott
New Jersey-New York District ● President-Elect ● Ronald Chaffee
North Carolina District ● President ● Dan Wakeley
North Carolina District ● President-Elect ● George Bryan
Northwest District ● President ● Bonnie Johnson
Northwest District ● President-Elect ● Barbara Lockard
Ohio-West Virginia District ● President ● Beverly (Bev) A. Sewell
Ohio-West Virginia District ● President-Elect ● Virginia Williams
Puerto Rico District ● President ● Robert (Bobby) Quintero-Negron
Puerto Rico District ● President-Elect ● Aida Ojeda
Rocky Mountain District ● President ● Albert Hokins
Rocky Mountain District ● President-Elect ● Grant Sumsion
Sierra Pacific District ● President ● Randy Reed
Sierra Pacific District ● President-Elect ● Greg Meadows
South Carolina District ● President ● W. David Johnson
South Carolina District ● President-Elect ● Sheryl Bidwell
Southwest District ● President ● Jerry Saniec
Southwest District ● President-Elect ● Jack Ruzic
Tennessee District ● President ● Ashley G. Wright
Tennessee District ● President-Elect ● Judi Hartman
Texas District ● President ● Rita Kipp
Texas District ● President-Elect ● Lawrence Holly
Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast District ● President ● James (Jim) E. Kij
Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast District ● President-Elect ● Kevin Barker
Wisconsin-Upper Peninsula District ● President ● Rick E. Olig
Wisconsin-Upper Peninsula District ● President-Elect ● Patricia Molitor
Yellowstone District ● President ● Leif Welhaven
Yellowstone District ● President-Elect ● Leslie (Les) Grigg


● Alabama District ● Vol Field Rep ● Thomas Holliman
● Alabama District ● Vol Field Rep ● John Schoen
● Alabama District ● Vol Field Rep ● Howard Tinsley
● California-Nevada District ● Vol Field Rep ● William Deacy
● California-Nevada District ● Vol Field Rep ● Richard Gordon
● Colonial District ● Vol Field Rep ● Susan Z. Brewer
● Colonial District ● Vol Field Rep ● Claude Carmack
● Colonial District ● Vol Field Rep ● Robert Moore
● Connecticut District ● Vol Field Rep ● Dunnith Heenan
● Connecticut District ● Vol Field Rep ● Christian Miller
● Dakota Territory District ● Vol Field Rep ● Deborah Fuglie
● Florida District ● Vol Field Rep ● W. James Brown
● Florida District ● Vol Field Rep ● William Moomaw
● Georgia District ● Vol Field Rep ● William H. Bailey
● Georgia District ● Vol Field Rep ● Thomas (Barney) Knighton
● Georgia District ● Vol Field Rep ● Rollin Middlebrooks, Jr.
● Georgia District ● Vol Field Rep ● Augustus Parker
● Indiana District ● Vol Field Rep ● Charlie Braddock
● Indiana District ● Vol Field Rep ● Kathleen Cox
● Lakes and Prairies District ● Vol Field Rep ● Sharon Droste
● Lakes and Prairies District ● Vol Field Rep ● Annette Frank
● Lakes and Prairies District ● Vol Field Rep ● Kathleen Smith
● Lincolnland District ● Vol Field Rep ● Frank Alberico
● Lincolnland District ● Vol Field Rep ● Dennis Koch
● Lincolnland District ● Vol Field Rep ● Lou Molitor
● Lincolnland District ● Vol Field Rep ● Dawn Portner
● Lincolnland District ● Vol Field Rep ● James Ruzon
● Lincolnland District ● Vol Field Rep ● Scot Warren
● Michigan District ● Vol Field Rep ● Gregory Harrant
● Michigan District ● Vol Field Rep ● Margaret Sharlow
● Mid-Atlantic District ● Vol Field Rep ● Steven Douglas
● Mid-Atlantic District ● Vol Field Rep ● Anne Marie Logue
● Mid-Atlantic District ● Vol Field Rep ● Cora M. Martin
● Mississippi District ● Vol Field Rep ● Denise Strub
● Mississippi District ● Vol Field Rep ● Kenneth Sullivan
● New England District ● Vol Field Rep ● Bruce T. Baril
● New England District ● Vol Field Rep ● Robert Harb
● New England District ● Vol Field Rep ● Eric LaFleur
● New Jersey-New York District ● Vol Field Rep ● Robert Sharp
● North Carolina District ● Vol Field Rep ● Vickie Ketchie
● North Carolina District ● Vol Field Rep ● Barbara Orr
● North Carolina District ● Vol Field Rep ● Paul T. Summerville
● North Carolina District ● Vol Field Rep ● Dan Wakeley
● Northwest District ● Vol Field Rep ● Russell Hayashi
● Northwest District ● Vol Field Rep ● Gerald Thompson
● Ohio-West Virginia District ● Vol Field Rep ● Floyd Culver
● Ohio-West Virginia District ● Vol Field Rep ● Russell Finney
● Rocky Mountain District ● Vol Field Rep ● Carolyn Geisert
● Rocky Mountain District ● Vol Field Rep ● Mark C. Loosli
● Rocky Mountain District ● Vol Field Rep ● Renee Sorensen
● Sierra Pacific District ● Vol Field Rep ● Ray Carlson
● Sierra Pacific District ● Vol Field Rep ● Joe Nickels
● South Carolina District ● Vol Field Rep ● Ronald Basile
● South Carolina District ● Vol Field Rep ● Angel Flewelling
● South Carolina District ● Vol Field Rep ● Elizabeth Grantham
● South Carolina District ● Vol Field Rep ● Dan McQueeney
● Southwest District ● Vol Field Rep ● Judy Bippus
● Southwest District ● Vol Field Rep ● Bonita Gibson
● Southwest District ● Vol Field Rep ● Pam Sudlow
● Southwest District ● Vol Field Rep ● Michael Whitaker
● Tennessee District ● Vol Field Rep ● McKenzie Roberts
● Tennessee District ● Vol Field Rep ● Don Wright
● Texas District ● Vol Field Rep ● Jerry DeFeo
● Texas District ● Vol Field Rep ● Kipley B. Miller
● Texas District ● Vol Field Rep ● Sandra J. Neely
● Texas District ● Vol Field Rep ● Earnest Remedies
● Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast District ● Vol Field Rep ● Debra L. Hebert
● Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast District ● Vol Field Rep ● Brenda Robinson
● Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast District ● Vol Field Rep ● Steve Wells

2017-2018 NEW CLUBS

1 – Exchange Excel Boys and Girls Club of Oxford, MS
2 – Exchange Junior Excel Club of Bayou Academy, Cleveland, MS
3 – Exchange Excel Club of Harborside Academy, Kenosha, WI
4 – Exchange Excel Club of Western Heights High School, Oklahoma City, OK
5 – Exchange Club of Tulsa, OK