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  Exchange's National Programs of Service

During the 1940s, Exchange had organized its club activities around seven areas of service that included: education; agriculture; aviation; citizenship; commerce and industry; federal youth rehabilitation; youth and geriatrics.

In the mid 1960s, Exchange adopted its National Programs of Service. Also known as the four "pillars" of Exchange, the National Programs of Service brought into greater focus the most pressing issues of the day and affords local clubs the ability to structure activities according of their specific community. The programs include: Americanism, Youth Programs, Community Service and our national project -- the Prevention of Child Abuse.

  • Americanism:
    Promoting pride in country, respect for the flag and appreciation of our freedoms are the primary purposes of Exchange's Americanism programs. The tumultuous struggles of world powers in the twentieth century have done little to guarantee a peaceful future for the majority of the world’s people. However, there’s one country in modern times that people flock to for safety, freedom and opportunity — the United States of America. It is hard for Americans to imagine the horrors of modern struggles over religious and ethnic differences, the very differences we embrace.

    Exchange’s Americanism programs were born in the aftermath of World War II. At that time, patriotism was unquenchable, and Exchangites joined veterans and other civic groups in heralding the rich blessings of democracy.

  • Youth Programs:
    America’s young people are its most precious resource. This is why, for many years, Exchange has sponsored an impressive selection of activities designed to benefit and encourage our nation’s youth. Many of these richly rewarding programs are among the most popular and well-supported of all Exchange Club endeavors.

  • Community Service:
    Community service is the lifeline of Exchange. Exchange Clubs across the country spend countless hours and dollars improving their communities each year. In fact, many of the projects within the Program of Service have a common goal of serving and benefiting our communities. Then why a separate category called Community Service? Because while the programs listed under Child Abuse Prevention, Youth and Americanism focus on specific areas within the community, these projects are more broad in scope and are designed to benefit every community member.

  • The Prevention of Child Abuse:
    This project guide was designed so that Exchange Clubs all across America could reach out to their communities to prevent child abuse.

    Click here to download a Child Abuse Prevention Projects Guide. Please call 800-XCHANGE or
    e-mail info@nationalexchangeclub.org for more information.

    Exchange's Local Programs of Service

    The men and women of The Exchange club of Middletown reach out to recognize and support:

    1. Youth of our community
    2. Military Veterans
    3. Firefighters, and Police Officers.

    The Middletown Exchange Club’s major fund raising event is sponsoring a terrific Annual Holiday Concert featuring the outstanding A Cappella singers from: Middletown High School, Mercy High School, Xavier High School, Coginchaug Regionial High School and Portland High School.

    Some of the ways we reach out to the community are listed below:

    • Promote Americanism and Patriotism by giving out thousands of American Flags to kids at the Memorial Day Parade each year
    • Exchange Freedom Shine, replicates of 30 historical documents of the greatest moments in the birth and history of our nation is purchased and given to the local schools and courts as an educational tool and reminder of the sacrifices our forefathers paid to preserve freedom .
    • Exchange salutes, “Connecticut’s Bravest”” honoring selected firefighters each October
    • Exchange salutes, “Connecticut’s Finest” honoring selected police officers that have distinguished themselves every May
    • Exchange presents,” The Book of Golden Deeds Award” to individuals who spend a lifetime making significant contributions to our community.
    • Exchange provides “Scholarships to graduating seniors”
    • Exchange acknowledges a “Student of the Month”
    • Exchange provides financial support to the Rockville Children’s Crisis Center
    • Exchange sponsors “YMCA Summer Camperships”
    • Exchange provides financial support for the Child Advocacy Program at Middlesex Hospital.
    • Exchange provides financial support for the Hospice Unit at Middlesex Hospital.