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Working Towards a Better Tomorrow

Our History

Exchange is an all-volunteer, national service organization for men and women who want to serve their community, develop leadership skills and enjoy new friendships. Exchange is made up of 665 clubs with 19,000 members throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.

Exchange Clubs were started in Detroit in 1901 and differ little from Kiwanis, Optimists, Lions, Soroptimists, or Jaycees as service clubs. The first club in Billings began in 1954 and made its mark selling beer at horseraces and developing the Par 3 Golf Course. They spawned this club on April 1, 1967. The Heights and Big Sky Exchange Clubs were subsequently started by the Billings and Breakfast Exchange Clubs and we all work together on projects.

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Working Towards a Better Tomorrow

The National Exchange Club was founded in Detroit, MI, in 1911. To date, Exchange is the only service organization exclusively serving communities in the United States. More than 650 local clubs, and nearly 20,0000 members, 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. Exchange’s Core Values are family, community, and country. Adopted in 1917, and inspired by the 133rd Psalm, the organization’s Motto is, “Unity for Service”.

Through three Programs of Service – Americanism, Community Service, and Youth Programs –and Exchange’s National Project, the prevention of child abuse, local-level clubs fulfill important needs in their communities every day.

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The Americanism Program of Service promotes pride in our country, appreciation for the freedoms granted to American citizens, and gratitude to the men and women who serve/have served in the Armed Forces. Americanism celebrates the country’s rich, unique heritage and inspires unity from coast-to-coast.

Community Service

Community service is the lifeline of Exchange, with local-level clubs devoting countless hours and dollars to serving their neighbors every year. Community Service is the Program of Service that most allows clubs to identify opportunities within their communities and offer assistance to fill gaps in services. Since the first group of Exchange Club members convened, Exchange has set the bar high for community service involvement! 

Youth Programs

America’s young people are its most precious resource. For many years, Exchange Clubs and National Headquarters have sponsored an impressive selection of activities designed to benefit and encourage our nation’s youth. Through college scholarships, mentoring and guidance, and service recognition, Exchange is making a difference for America’s youngest generations.

National Project

The prevention of child abuse became Exchange’s National Project in 1979. To uphold its National Project, Exchange provides a variety of public awareness materials designed to help inform and increase awareness of child abuse and how it can be prevented. Such projects are implemented through Exchange Clubs and Exchange Club Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Centers across the country. Through the scholarly-reviewed Exchange Parent Aide home visitation model, child abuse prevention experts work directly with at-risk families. Learn more about Exchange’s National Project and the Exchange Parent Aide model at

National Support

Exchange’s National Headquarters, located in Toledo, OH, employs a full-time staff dedicated to helping Exchange Clubs and members uphold the organization’s Vision – a strong America, safe communities, and unified people – and Mission – Exchange, inspiring communities to become better places to live.

Experts in club and member management, finances and club insurance, public relations and marketing, club and member development, child abuse prevention efforts, and various forms of administrative practices are always available to answer questions and provide guidance.

National Headquarters also provides local-level Exchange Clubs:

  • Brochures to supplement marketing, growth, and project-related efforts

  • Sample press releases and PSAs (public service announcements)

  • Billboard and other promotional artwork

  • Recruitment videos

  • Exchange Today – a quarterly magazine

  • Social media and website assistance

  • Programs of Service and fundraising project guides

  • Leadership training and support

National Exchange Club Foundation

The National Exchange Club Foundation provides support for the Programs of Service and the National Project. Through funding by the NEC Foundation, Exchange Club Child Abuse Prevention Centers directors obtain annual training, deserving students receive continuing education scholarships, and so many more resources are made available to help Exchange Clubs achieve the organization’s Mission in their own communities. 

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