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A MESSAGE FROM THE DISTRICT PRESIDENT
Dorian is in the rearview mirror. I hope everyone emerged unscathed and without major damage. It’s time to look forward to cooler weather and an increase in club project activity. (I promise, there will be an October.)
The Charleston Club opened the post-summer season with their first-ever Trucks, Taps and Tunes Festival. The food was delightful, the brews quite good and the bands over the top. What I love to call “ear candy” came from Black Water and Too Much Sylvia, the bands that closed the evenings.
Armed with a gracious offer of space from our hosts, District had a tent (thanks, Ken Battle) at the Fairgrounds. We gave kids a flag to wave and were delighted to have an appearance by Timeout Teddy, causing smiles and giggles from the younger set (thank you, VFR Angel Flewelling). Thanks are also in order for the Exchangites who helped staff the tent and promote Exchange: Stacey Fell (Evening and Lowcountry Ladies), Michael Gaston (Berkeley County), past national president Elizabeth Grantham with past first gentleman Paul (IOP and Evening) and Angus Smith (Folly Beach).
South Carolina Clubs support a vast array of nonprofits that work with youth, veterans and neighborhood associations, fulfilling our national project of Preventing Child Abuse and our programs of service: Americanism, Youth and Community Service. Some of our clubs are always looking for new beneficiaries, and I’d like to highlight three of them.
Charleston Acceleration Academy: This organization works with at-risk youth to achieve high school diplomas. They now have two school facilities, one in North Charleston and another on James Island. The kids are in need transportation to get to school. Gifts of gas cards and bus tickets are very helpful. Please contact Ken Battle (Mentor, Charleston), who heads this organization, for details email@example.com .
Bumper T Caring Clowns: This group, wearing clown costumes, visits hospitals and creates smiles on patients’ faces. Great therapy! They especially visit VA and Children’s hospitals. A You Tube video tells their story far better than I can. Please click on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90Z1eI7Sp-w . If you’d like to support this worthwhile organization, please call or text Bob Mason at 843 243-0113.
Wreaths Across America: The Midlands Exchange Club participates with the Fort Jackson National Cemetery to make sure a wreath is placed on every tombstone. This year, the program takes place December 14 at the National Cemetery in Columbia and they need over 7,000 wreaths. Please click on the pdf attachment below for the full story. You will also find purchase forms with various options. This can be a club program or simply a way for individual members to participate in this tribute to our vets. You may contact Bill Walker of the Midlands Exchange Club if you need further information: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Have a great Exchange September! I’ll have more news next month.
Yours, in Exchange,
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