Lincolnland District Exchange Clubs
Lincolnland District Exchange Clubs maintain 11 divisions throughout the state of Illinois comprised of 26 clubs. Exchange Clubs willingly serve their communities and improve the quality of life. The diverse array of Exchange-sponsored programs and projects impacts life in America and enhances the lives of countless men, women and children across the nation.
The mission of Lincolnland District is
making Lincolnland communities better
places to live, one Exchange club at a
Each member of Exchange holds near to their heart three core values- Family, Community and Country.
Commitment to FAMILY is interpreted not only as one's own family needs, but also those of all American families. Strengthening families, with a focus on youth, is addressed in many ways through Exchange's Programs of Service.
Commitment to the COMMUNITY where an Exchangite resides is the focal point for each club's efforts. Exchange is unique as a service organization in that it has the flexibility to structure projects that target the specific needs of a particular geographic location, rather than being restricted to a certain cause.
Commitment to COUNTRY was born in the aftermath of World War II, a time of unquenchable patriotism. Exchangites are proud to join veterans and other civic groups in promoting Americanism as the rich blessing of democracy and freedom, and in educating today's youth to cherish its values.
These three values are translated into actions every day to bring about positive results through the work of hundreds of clubs and tens of thousands of dedicated Exchangites.
Unity for Service
The motto was adopted in 1917. Its originator, Charles Berkey, said the motto was inspired by the 133rd Psalm, which says "Behold how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity."
Charles A. Berkey is credited with the founding of this great organization. At his suggestion, the name “Exchange” was selected because the group wanted to exchange ideas and information with like-minded individuals about how to better serve their communities.
The first local Exchange Club was founded in Detroit, Michigan in 1911. Since then, hundreds of clubs have been chartered in the United States and Puerto Rico, with more than 21,000 members making a positive difference in their own communities everyday.
Our National Exchange Club headquarters is located in Toledo, Ohio. The chief objective is to help Exchange Clubs realize their full potential of community service.
Exchange, inspiring communities to become better places to live.
National Vision Statement
A strong America, safe communities, a unified people.
Foundation Board Member Dennis Koch, ACE Recipient Katherine Moore, and Past President Tom Karnes
The National Exchange Club Foundation was established in 1966 to help advance the National Exchange Club's Programs of Service, and its national project, the Prevention of Child Abuse. The NEC Foundation, through its network of 75 Exchange child abuse prevention centers, has helped more than 1.8 million children and 778,400 families break the cycle of child abuse.