Exchange Club of Springfield to celebrate 100th anniversary

The Exchange Club of Springfield will celebrate their 100th anniversary on Oct. 5. The club's signature project “Kid’s Day at the Clark County Fair" celebrated its 72nd year in July where kids participated in Youth Day games. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
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The Exchange Club of Springfield will celebrate their 100th anniversary on Oct. 5. The club's signature project “Kid’s Day at the Clark County Fair" celebrated its 72nd year in July where kids participated in Youth Day games. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

Credit: Bill Lackey

Credit: Bill Lackey

Manufacturing scholarship to be presented as gift to community.

The Exchange Club of Springfield has something special to celebrate.

The club will mark the 100th anniversary of its charter in the National Exchange Club on Tuesday. The Century of Service Banquet event starts at 6 p.m. at Simon Kenton Inn in Springfield. The keynote address will be presented by Russ Finney, immediate past president of the National Exchange Club.

“We are tremendously excited to reach such a milestone, and eager to continue our legacy of service,” said Secretary Beverly Sewell. “Our club’s programs of service provide different segments of the community with tangible help, encouragement and hope for the future.”

In honor of the anniversary and as a gift to the community, the Springfield Exchange Club Foundation will present the inaugural Fred Dillon Endowed Scholarship in Manufacturing through the Clark State Foundation.

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The first recipient will be Shane Kouns.

The scholarship will be awarded each year by the foundation to a student in the four-year manufacturing course, Sewell said. The amount donated is $15,000 and the club intends to add to that total each year. Sewell said the amount of the award will vary each year since it is determined by the interest on the endowment.

The club’s foundation has donated over $500,000 to local organizations supporting programs for youth, Americanism, community service and the prevention of child abuse.

Each year, the club awards a $1,000 scholarship from amongst 12 local high schools with the Youth of the Year and the Accepting the Challenge of Excellence Award contests. District winners receive an additional $1,000 college scholarship and are submitted to the national competition where the winners receive a $15,000 college scholarship.

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The club has done many things in the community over the years, including its signature project “Kid’s Day at the Clark County Fair,” which celebrated its 72nd year in July.

Also, there have been youth projects such as Project DARE, Salvation Army Trailblazers, Junior Achievement, Boy Scout Tecumseh Council, Dolly Parton Imagination Library and On-the-Rise; Americanism projects including Freedom Shine, Give-A-Kid-A-Flag to Wave, Proudly We Hail, National Night Out, Armed Forces Day, Honor Flight and Adopt-A-Military Family; community services projects such as the Salvation Army Red Kettles, Project Woman, Springfield Soup Kitchen, Second Harvest Food Bank, Clark County Literacy Center and Adopt-A-Highway.

The club also supports the local Ohio National Guard units through several programs including the Flat Daddy Pillowcase Project.

Various agencies partner with the club, including the Clark County Child Advocacy Center, Oesterlen Services for Youth, Project Jericho-Juvenile Court and Clark State, Court Appointed Special Advocates and the Clark County Department of Job & Family Services.

“Our hope is to continue this legacy of service to Springfield and Clark County for at least another century of service,” Sewell said.

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