Every year, Exchange Clubs across the nation gather to celebrate our exceptional volunteers at a District Convention. Our 2019 SC District Convention was held last month at the Isle of Palms Exchange Club Building.
This year's convention included a Friday night Social where outgoing Director, Pual Grantham was roasted and toasted and a great time was had by all. Saturday events included elections of new District Officers and Directors, Youth Awards Luncheon, and our annual Awards Banquet. We were excited to honor our volunteers and clubs who make us one of the best Districts in the Nation! We hope to garner more recognition at the National Convention next month as our youth, Exchangite and All American award winners will vie for National titles. We also honored clubs who have earned the National Service Award and those with the highest growth and retention for the year.
The National Service Award recognizes those clubs that take part in Community Service, Youth, Fundraising and Child Abuse Prevention and two extra projects. Congratulations to the Midlands Club! They are the first in our state to win this award.
Several clubs are still not reporting their projects. If you need help reporting your projects, please click here,
contact your District Director or call National at 1-800-924-2643. It’s very important that our events are reported because National uses this information to track volunteer hours in order to qualify for grants and donations to promote our programs of service. “It drastically improves our chances of successfully attracting foundation grants if we are able to prove the value of our volunteers” says Elizabeth Grantham, Past National President. We know you are doing great work, don’t sell your club short, report!
The IOP Exchange Club hosted a luncheon at the VA Hospital recently. Hundreds were served an outstanding BBQ feast by volunteers from this club. It was a very rewarding day for everyone who gave their time. Last month, members wrote hundreds of "thank you notes" to Veterans and staff. As attendees got their desserts, they also received a handwritten "thank you". Jim Thompson, the chairman of the Americanism Committee said, "For me, the most fulfilling thing was to push some of the guys in wheelchairs or hold their food while someone else helped get them back to their rooms. That tandem of the old Veteran with the motorized wheelchair towing another Veteran in his non motorized was one of the most touching things I have ever seen....a Veteran taking care of a Veteran".
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