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"Having fun while helping others," says Jan Runbeck, immediate past president, is one of the reasons she joined The Exchange Club of Tacoma. "It's a way of giving back to the city I grew up in," says Jack Falskow, Past President, "We also learn more about Tacoma and the surrounding area through the programs and speakers we have." "It is a great way to get to get involved in your community and to meet super people," says Chuck Foster, a retired nuclear physicist, who moved to Tacoma from Indiana where he joined Exchange.

Please, watch the following clip from the feature film 12 Years a Slave, and then consider helping The Exchange Club of Tacoma and our efforts to improve our community. This film is about struggle and despair and working for a better day. This clip is from the movie is entitled "Let Me Weep."

Scene Setup: Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner), as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. He admonishes a fellow slave who is crying over being separated from her children, and tells her not to fall into despair.

Pierce County Auditor talking about voter accessibility.The Tacoma Exchange Club gets together at least once a week. Each gathering is a time for fun and laughter. Sometimes we have the usual faces and sometimes we have returning members who are greeted warming with hugs and stories of times gone past.

At a recent meeting Jan Peterson returned after a long absence, but it was as if she had never left.

Pierce County Auditor talking about voter accessibility.Some things change and some things remain the same. Chuck Abernathy used to tell us all about the Exchange District and what we should be doing. Now, it's Todd Bogardus and the message is the same. The only difference is that Todd wears Husky gear.

Tacoma Exchange Club Annual Salmon Dinner.Sometimes our own members become the program. Past President Pete Lancaster held our attention with a program on nanotechnology and the lumber industry.

The program was interesting and informative. He did a great job. Eventhough he had a lot of material to cover it was well received. There were many questions afterwards.

Tacoma Exchange Club Love Boxes.The Tacoma Exchange Club is deeply involved in Love Boxes For Our Troops (Be sure to watch the video). We invite you to join us. What we do is send flat rate boxes of goodies from home to our troops overseas. Each box is individual. There are simple guidelines. Take a look at our Love Boxes flyer. We encourage you to help us or do one on your own . . . or better yet send a love box each month to someone you don't know who is protecting us all and establishing world peace and understanding. We are starting with a soldier with roots here in Tacoma and his unit. You can help us or find an address from the link above. Thank you.

Roger Falk recipiant of the Proudly We Hail Award.
Roger Falk recipiant of the Proudly We Hail Award for flying the American flag.

The Exchange Club of Tacoma is a non-profit, service organization that provides hands-on opportunity for volunteers in the local area. The club also assists other worthwhile programs with grants. The Exchange Club of Tacoma is active on the local level, the district level (check out our district newsletter), and the national level as well.

Weekly meetings are generally held each Thursday morning starting at 8:00 a.m. There is usually a community speaker as a program. The meetings are lively and enjoyable. There is virtually no ceremony. The meetings are over by 9:00 a.m. or shortly thereafter. Guests are always welcome. We meet at The Villas on Union Park, 2010 So. Union Avenue.

Come and join us for breakfast!

Some of the members at the Believe in the Blue event.
Some of the Tacoma Exchange Club members at the Believe in the Blue event.

A group of Tacoma Exchange Club members.
Some of the members at a recent meeting.

Raising money and having fun at the Exchange Club Salmon Bake.

Fun at the Annual Salmon Bake.

Jack takes his friends to school.

Raising money and having fun at the Exchange Club Salmon Bake.

Chuck takes a moment to smile . . . well, almost smile.

Raising money and having fun at the Exchange Club Salmon Bake.

Dorothy and Jan take a breather.

Working at The ShowPlex in Puyallup for Woodstick.
Rubbing shoulders with the famous at Woodstick.
Working and rubbing shoulders with celebrities at Woodstick.

A Sampling Of Tacoma Exchange Club Projects

PAINT TACOMA BEAUTIFUL - The Exchange Club of Tacoma was one of the founding organizations of this wonderful project. Each year community organizations volunteer to paint houses in disrepair throughout Pierce County.

HOME START - This project helps families in need of furniture for their homes. Jim Ofelt, project creator and chairman, scours the community for donations of furniture and house-ware items. Household donations are eagerly accepted. Check out our Home Start flyer.

ACCEPTING THE CHALLENGE OF EXCELLENCE - The program (called the A. C. E. program) recognizes high school students who have made a dramatic change in their attitude and performance sometime during their high school years. These changes have enabled the students to overcome their adversities and prepare for graduation. The Exchange Club of Tacoma gives cash awards to about 12 local area high school students each year as part of this program.

Antwonett Atkins of Mount Tahoma High School.These students, their counselors, friends and family are invited for breakfast at a meeting of the Exchange Club of Tacoma. At these meetings, the students receive the cash award, a plaque and the counselor receives a brass name plate with the students name to go on a permanent plaque on display at the high school. The students are asked to write a paper as part of the selection process and to present themselves to the Club orally at these meetings. One of these students is nominated each year to compete for a District Exchange Award and if chosen at the District level is given the opportunity to compete for the National Exchange Club A. C. E. Award.

The 2008 A.C.E. winner for the twelve Tacoma area highs schools was Antwonett Atkins of Mount Tahoma High School. Antwonett was also the Northwest District winner and was one of over two dozen nominees for the National award which will be announced in July at the Exchange National Convention in Saint Louis, MO.

Other Tacoma Exchange Club recipients of the A.C.E. award for 2008 are: Destinee Richardson, Stadium High School; Amy Adsero, Curtis High School; Jessica Schatz, Wilson High School; Janelle Moritz, Gates High School; Kristina Yates, Foss High School; Jessica McLean,.Lincoln High School; David Delin, Henderson Bay High School; Jascent-Jamal Warren, Oakland and Melissa Brewer, Challenger.

BANTRY BAY - The Exchange Club of Tacoma supports Sea Scouts as they compete around the world in their self-built seaworthy gig.

PROUDLY WE HAIL - This patriotic project encourages the display of the American flag. Selected citizens who regularly fly Old Glory are recognized and presented with certificates and/or plaques at a very special meeting.

BOOK OF GOLDEN DEEDS - This award recognizes dedicated volunteers who give endless hours of their time and talents toward making their communities better places to live. The 2007 award went to Betty Johnson, retired teacher and long time community activist for the retired and elderly. She has an exceptional track record of continued, unselfish giving and enjoys volunteering to help others.

Tacoma Exchange Club members having a great time as they Paint Tacoma Beautiful.
Tacoma Exchange Club members having a great time as they Paint Tacoma Beautiful.

Click Here for a more complete list of community projects where you could be helping.

Areas Of Interest For The Exhange Club

Promoting pride in country, respect for the flag and appreciation of our freedoms are the primary purposes of Exchange's Americanism programs. These time-tested activities afford every Exchange Club the opportunity to create greater community awareness of the privileges of American citizenship, and all clubs are urged to actively participate in them.

Community Service
All the activities that make up the Program of Service have a common goal of serving and benefiting our communities. Why then 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, the following projects are more broad in scope and are designed to benefit every community member.

The Center of Excellence
The Center of Excellence vision is two fold, first to eliminate risks related to high OPTEMPO & multiple deployments required of today's soldiers; and second, to identify & resource infrastructure and activities to proactively assist & further develop soldiers and families.

The Center of Excellence website/forum is one of the programs designed by the Center of Excellence to assist in this endeavor. The website not only provides a valuable resource center for information on the Fort Lewis Community, but also an easy way of collaboration and sharing of knowledge through an on-line forum. From this website you can find many local resources such as the Army Community Services (ACS), Chapel programs, Medical information, etc. For example ACS can do everything from finding a spouse a job, to lending household items, such as pots and pans. The website has the resources needed to allow the Soldier and family members to settle in and make the Fort Lewis Community their home. The site has also been beneficial for family members not stationed with the Soldier (Moms/Dads/Significant Others/etc.). It can answer questions like information about the area and who they can contact to get in touch with the Soldier.

Youth Activities
America's young people are its most precious natural resource. This is why, for many years, Exchange has sponsored an impressive selection of activities designed to benefit and encourage our nation's youth. Not surprising, many of these richly rewarding programs are among the most popular and well supported of all Exchange Club endeavors.

Child Abuse Prevention
Child abuse is any mistreatment or neglect of a child that results in non-accidental harm or injury and which cannot be reasonably explained . Child abuse can include: physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse and neglect.

"The Period of Purple Crying" is a collaborative effort between the National Exchange Club, the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome, and the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation. It is a program designed to get some basic information to new parents on why some babies seem to never stop crying. It is a brief DVD and pamphlet that simply explains the inconsolable crying that some babies experience in the first few months.

MultiCare Health System uses Bates Technical School to provide basic parent education to their new parents. On Feb. 15, the Exchange Club of Tacoma sent them 230 DVDs and pamphlets free to distribute in their parenting classes. The goal is to reduce the incidence of shaken baby syndrome. The hope is for a brighter future for our children.

The Exchange Club Of Tacoma Needs You!

We meet each Thursday morning at 8:00 a.m. at The Villas, 2010 So. Union Avenue. You don't need a reservation. Please, call our voice-mail: 253-752-1381 or call our Bulletin Editor Chuck Foster at 253-565-2574. Our doors are always open for a breakfast guest.

Exchange Clubs in the Tacoma Area

The Northwest Exchange Club Midwinter Conference is being held on Saturday, November 3rd at the Hood River Hotel. Contact Chuck Foster (fosterchc@nventure.com) for registration information

Exchange Club of Tacoma, a community service club, meets at 7:00 am every Thursday at The Villas, 2010 S. Union Avenue for breakfast. Contact # 253-752-1381

Exchange Club of Lakewood, a community service club, meets at 5:30 pm on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month at King Oscar's Restaurant, 8820 S. Hosmer, Tacoma, WA for dinner. Contact # 253-752-7123

The Business Masters Exchange Club of Tacoma, a business networking club with a strong community service interest, meets at 7:00 pm on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at EMR Bldg., 1105 S 10th in Tacoma. Contact # 253-572-9241

The Business Masters Exchange Club of Pierce County, a business networking club with a strong community service interest, meets at 7:00 pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at the President's home. Contact # 253-582-7984

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