Exchange, America's Service Club, is an all volunteer group of men and women working together to make our communities better places to live through programs of service in Americanism, Community Service, Youth Activities, and its national project, the Prevention of Child Abuse. Our motto is "Unity for Service".
Exchange is a group of men and women working to make America a better place to live through one national project, the Prevention of Child Abuse, and other community service projects.
Since 1924, the Exchange Club of Austin has worked to improve our community, help the disadvantaged and encourage good citizenship. Membership is open to everyone. Join us and be a part of this vital organization. Together we can make a difference in Central Texas! Exchange helps members to develop leadership, networking, and organizational skills that contribute to success in business, family and personal endeavors.
More importantly, Exchange provides members the opportunity to share their talents to help others whether by reaching out to an abused child who needs love and affection, helping to organize a community crime prevention program, or wielding rakes in a clean-up project. Through these and many other positive public-spirited projects, Exchangites are making a real difference in cities and towns across America.
We meet for an hour each week to share lunch and exchange ideas with an informative speaker. Drawn from the community, our speakers are a diverse group. Recent speakers have included local novelists, actors, and even acupuncturists!
What Do We Do?
Your local Exchange Club sponsors and participates in community service projects in Austin and throughout Central Texas.
Child Abuse Prevention:
Every year, the Exchange Club of Austin raises money to help support the Pebble Project, Rainbow Room, provide Baby Think it Over dolls to area schools and various other projects.
We honor high school students who have overcome extra-ordinary circumstances to complete high school. These students receive a scholarship and plaque. One of these students is named Youth of the Year@ and receives an additional scholarship and plaque for a job well done. The Exchange Club has been a sponsor of Boy Scouts Troop 10 since 1924.
Promoting respect for the flag and appreciation of our freedoms are the primary purposes of Exchange's Americanism programs. We promote greater community awareness of the privileges of American citizenship by installing Freedom Shrines, framed documents such as the Constitution, Gettysburg Address, and Declaration of Independence. Exchange members distribute American flags at patriotic parades as a part of our Giveakidaflagtowave program. We also honor local individuals and businesses that properly display Old Glory in public with our Proudly We Hail project.
For over seventy-five years we have sponsored the Zilker Park Kite Festival every March. The Festival's original mission was to promote creativity in children. We carry that mission into the 21st century by sponsoring kite making workshops with recreation centers and other groups.