99th National Convention
July 13-15, 2017
Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront
225 E. Coastline Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32202
2017 Registration and Reservations
*Hotel room reservations for Exchange’s National Convention can conveniently be made online by visiting:
Single room cost = $120.00
Double room cost = $120.00
All reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card. Reservations must be received by June 22, 2017.
Cancellation policy is no later than 24 hours, (EST) prior to 3 p.m. day of arrival. Room rates quoted are subject to a 13% tax and 1% city surcharge per room, per night.
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Convention Speakers and Featured Guests
Kaitlin M. Roig-DeBellis is the Founder and Executive Director of Classes 4 Classes, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization. Kaitlin founded Classes 4 Classes knowing that positive social change was needed, and that this needed to begin with the youngest members of our society, our K-8 students. Classes 4 Classes is a social networking tool, for every student in the United States to learn: compassion, caring, kindness, empathy, consideration, through active engagement. Classes 4 Classes has worked with more than1,000 students in 10 states. In 2016 they are expanding to all 50 states. Kaitlin was selected as a Top 50 Teacher by The Global Teacher Prize, out of more than 8,500 teachers in 155 countries.
Kaitlin speaks to school boards, administrators, teachers, and students around the world as a keynote and commencement speaker. Kaitlin serves on the NEAG Alumni Association Board of Directors and also serves on the awards selection committee. Kaitlin is the author of Choosing Hope: Moving Forward From Life’s Darkest Hours published by G.P. Putnam & Penguin. Choosing Hope is a finalist in the category of memoir for The Books For a Better Life Award. Kaitlin teaches education courses at Bay Path University as an Adjunct Professor.
In October 2014, Kaitlin received the alumni association’s Humanitarian Award from her alma mater, The University of Connecticut. In May 2014, Kaitlin received two honorary doctorates; one of Humane Letters from Bay Path College, and the other of Public Service from Luzerne College. Kaitlin delivered a TED x talk at UMass Amherst in April 2014. Kaitlin and her non-profit have been featured in People, Glamour, Marie Claire, and Cosmopolitan; as well as, on World News with Diane Sawyer, Anderson Cooper, Katie Couric, Extra, and Yahoo News!
In 2013, Kaitlin received the Dedicated Teacher Award from The Chicago International Conference on Education. Kaitlin writes educational blog posts for the Huffington Post weekly. Kaitlin also contributed to the book Teaching From the Heart volume 2, published in May 2014. Kaitlin ran the NYC marathon, in honor of 12/14/12, and the lives lost.
In 2013 Kaitlin was honored as one of Glamour Magazine‘s Women of the Year alongside Nobel Prize nominee Malala Yousafzai, congresswoman and shooting survivor Gabby Giffords, and Emmy nominated actress Kerry Washington, among others. Previous Glamour Women of the year include former First Lady and teacher, Laura Bush, and former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.
Also in 2013, Kaitlin was honored by L’Oreal Paris one of its “L’Oreal Paris Women of Worth”, of which she was one of “10 Inspiring Women Making Beautiful Differences in their Communities”. Through Women of Worth, L’Oreal Paris is committed to recognizing women who are true to themselves and their passion of making a difference in their communities. L’Oreal Paris supports these inspiring women through a donation for their charity and by raising awareness for their causes.
In 2007, Kaitlin began teaching first grade at Sandy Hook Elementary School. There she served on the Math Committee, Language Arts Committee, Action Research Committee, and Social Committee. She also began Marathon Mondays, a running club for third and fourth grade students.
Kaitlin began her teaching career as a reading specialist in Westport, CT, in 2006. While there, she worked with first and second grade struggling readers. Kaitlin worked closely with teachers and administration to implement strategies and action plans for these readers.
Kaitlin attended UCONN and was accepted to the NEAG School of Education, where she completed her Masters of Education with honors in 2006. She was a member of Order of Omega Honor Society, The Historical Honor Society, and the NEAG Honor Society, and, in 2005, was named a New England Scholar. Kaitlin served as the Historian for the NEAG Student Association and was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, where she served as Membership Chair, Recording Secretary, and on the Scholarship Committee. She worked as an intercollegiate athlete tutor to refine study skills and plan essays, as well as a study hall monitor for the UCONN men’s soccer team.
One Nation Under God Luncheon Speaker
Chad Schiel was born and raised in a small farming community in Northeastern Colorado. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at the age of 17, serving five honorable years and completing one combat tour of duty to Iraq in 2003. Upon returning, he married his wife of 13 years Jacqueline, and they have two children, Madeleine and Benjamin. After getting out of the Marine Corps in 2005, he double-enrolled at Regis University, earning both a bachelors and masters in finance in only three years. While attending school, he worked full time as a social worker, issuing food stamps and Medicaid to those less fortunate. Upon graduating from Regis in 2009, he started working in his current role as a financial planner, and is the CEO/founder of Schiel Wealth Management, a boutique investment firm located in Orange County, CA. Although having never smoked or done drugs, in 2010 he was diagnosed with a rare type of lung cancer, and has been in remission for more than six years. He is currently serving as the club president of the Exchange Club San Clemente, CA, and has a passion for helping children, young military families, and veterans. His story has been featured in several publications and he has been a guest pundit on CNBC’s Power Lunch with Brian Sullivan. At the young age of only 34, his story is a testament to God’s grace and loving humorous nature.
National Project Luncheon and Symposium Keynote Speaker
Detective Richard Wistocki had been with the Naperville Police Department for 27 years. In his last 20 years as an Internet Crimes Investigator with the Naperville Police Department, he has forged numerous partnerships with the community and other law enforcement agencies. He has been a SWAT sniper for the past 22 years. He is one of the founding members and an affiliate member of the Illinois Attorney Generals High Tech Crimes Bureau (ICAC). Rich’s passion is concentrated in teaching parents how to parent their children while online. He takes his juvenile investigations experience and applies it to teaching parents how to be better parents. He is an instructor for NCJTC and NEMRT. He is also the creator of many laws in the State of Illinois, such as the Sexting Law, SWATTING legislation, Sexual Exploitation of a Child, and the ability to use seizure funds to financially support public drug abuse events in order to empower parents against drug abuse of teens. Recently, Detective Rich Wistocki has developed a FREE online tool for SROs and school officials to use in cases of sexting, cyber-bullying, and the new SB100 legislation. This tool is JuvenileJusticeOnline.org and it is not only a case management system, but a free training site for school administrators, SROs, juvenile officers, probation, and states attornies. Detective Rich Wistocki has produced the “Keeping Our Kids Safe Online” parents presentation for the past 12 years in cooperation with the Exchange Club Naperville and its Americanism initiative.
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Exchange: Past National Conventions
1st Convention Toledo, OH Sept. 18, 1917
2nd Convention Cleveland, OH Sept. 26, 1918
3rd Convention Detroit, MI Sept. 22, 1919
4th Convention Columbus, OH Sept. 28 1920
5th Convention Grand Rapids, MI Sept. 27, 1921
6th Convention Louisville, KY Sept. 26-27, 1922
7th Convention Springfield, MA Sept. 25-26, 1923
8th Convention Nashville, TN Sept. 22-24, 1924
9th Convention Detroit, MI Sept. 14-15, 1925
10th Convention Atlantic City, NJ Sept. 20-22, 1926
11th Convention San Francisco, CA Sept. 12-16, 1927
12th Convention Toledo, OH July 23-27, 1928
13th Convention Jacksonville, FL Oct. 7-9, 1929
14th Convention Indianapolis, IN Aug. 25-28, 1930
15th Convention Memphis, TN Sept. 21-23, 1931
16th Convention Syracuse, NY Sept. 12-14, 1932
17th Convention Milwaukee, WI Sept. 5-7, 1933
18th Convention Cincinnati, OH Sept. 24-26, 1934
19th Convention Dallas, TX Sept. 23-25, 1935
20th Convention Detroit, MI Aug. 31-Sept.2, 1936
21st Convention Tampa, FL Oct. 18-20, 1937
22nd Convention Salt Lake City, UT Aug. 22-24, 1938
23rd Convention Atlantic City, NJ Sept. 5-8, 1939
24th Convention San Francisco, CA Aug. 19-22, 1940
25th Convention Richmond, VA Sept. 7-10, 1941
26th Convention Toledo, OH Feb. 21-22, 1943
27th Convention Toledo, OH Oct. 15-16, 1944
28th Convention Atlantic City, NJ Oct. 12-15, 1946
29th Convention Cincinnati, OH Sept. 27-29, 1947
30th Convention Wichita, KS Sept. 25-27, 1948
31st Convention Minneapolis, MN Sept. 17-19, 1949
32nd Convention Washington, DC Aug. 3-Sept. 4, 1950
33rd Convention Miami Beach, FL Oct. 4-8, 1951
34th Convention Atlantic City, NJ Sept. 5-9, 1952
35th Convention Colorado Springs, CO Sept. 24-29, 1953
36th Convention Louisville, KY Sept. 29-Oct. 4,1954
37th Convention San Juan, PR Oct. 5-10, 1955
38th Convention Dallas, TX Sept. 12-17, 1956
39th Convention Atlantic City, NJ Sept. 4-7, 1957
40th Convention Los Angeles, CA Sept. 20-25, 1958
41st Convention Minneapolis, MN Sept. 26-Oct. 1, 1959
42nd Convention Birmingham, AL Sept. 10-15, 1960
43rd Convention Toledo, OH Sept. 9-14, 1961
44th Convention Atlantic City, NJ Sept. 4-7, 1962
45th Convention San Juan, PR Oct. 6-12, 1963
46th Convention Las Vegas, NV July 26-30, 1964
47th Convention Hartford, CT Aug. 8-12, 1965
48th Convention New Orleans, LA July 31-Aug. 4, 1966
49th Convention Bal Harbour, FL July 30-Aug. 3, 1967
50th Convention Kansas City, MO July 28-31,1968
51st Convention Los Angeles, CA July 27-30, 1969
52nd Convention Atlanta, GA July 26-29, 1970
53rd Convention Salt Lake City, UT July 25-28, 1971
54th Convention San Juan, PR July 16-20, 1972
55th Convention Houston, TX July 22-25, 1973
56th Convention Boston, MA July 21-24, 1974
57th Convention Honolulu, HI July 20-24, 1975
58th Convention Washington, DC July 11-14, 1976
59th Convention New Orleans, LA July 23-28, 1977
60th Convention San Diego, CA July 9-12, 1978
61st Convention St. Louis, MO July 8-11, 1979
62nd Convention Orlando, FL July 20-23, 1980
63rd Convention Las Vegas, NV July 8-11, 1981
64th Convention Seattle, WA July 11-14, 1982
65th Convention Nashville, TN July 13-16, 1983
66th Convention Dallas, TX June 27-30, 1984
67th Convention Philadelphia, PA July 3-6, 1985
68th Convention Detroit, MI July 9-12, 1986
69th Convention Orlando, FL July 15-18, 1987
70th Convention Louisville, KY July 13-16, 1988
71st Convention San Francisco, CA July 12-15, 1989
72nd Convention Washington, DC July 18-21, 1990
73rd Convention Kansas City, MO July 17-20, 1991
74th Convention Atlanta, GA July 22-25, 1992
75th Convention San Antonio, TX July 28-31, 1993
76th Convention Boston, MA July 20-23, 1994
77th Convention Nashville, TN July 19-22, 1995
78th Convention San Diego, CA July 10-13, 1996
79th Convention New Orleans, LA July 16-19, 1997
80th Convention Chicago, IL July 8-11, 1998
81st Convention Las Croabas, PR July 14-17, 1999
82nd Convention Phoenix, AZ July 12-15, 2000
83rd Convention Greensboro, NC July 11-14, 2001
84th Convention Minneapolis, MN July 31-Aug. 3, 2002
85th Convention Birmingham, AL July 16-19, 2003
86th Convention Dallas, TX July 14-17, 2004
87th Convention Salt Lake City, UT July 13-16, 2005
88th Convention Orlando, FL July 26-29, 2006
89th Convention Portland, OR July 18-21, 2007
90th Convention St. Louis, MO July 9-12, 2008
91st Convention Jacksonville, FL July 15-18 2009
92nd Convention La Quinta, CA July 21-24, 2010
Exchange’s 100th anniversary
93rd Convention Detroit, MI July 6-9, 2011
94th Convention Chandler, AZ July 11-14, 2012
95th Convention Greensboro, NC July 10-13, 2013
96th Convention New Orleans, LA July 9-12, 2014
97th Convention Columbus, OH July 29-Aug. 1, 2015
98th Convention Houston, TX July 14-16, 2016