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Vision: A strong America, safe communities, and unified people.
Mission: Exchange, inspiring communities to become better places to live.
Motto: Unity for Service
October 2020
Georgia Needs Exchange NOW More Than Ever
Your Call To Action By National President
Cathy Mize - Click On The Picture Below
It's A New Day...But In A Different Way For
Georgia District Exchange Clubs
Click The Picture Below
And Let
Louise Kachmarik
Director Of Membership Development For National Exchange Explain To You
The Options Open To Your Club
For Both Holding Your Meetings AND
Expanding Your Membership
You will learn how clubs have embraced projects as "different...but not difficult" and adding the words "adapting and improvising" into their planning vocabulary.
Fussell's Footnotes
Fussell Hughes
President, Georgia District

We are almost thru the first quarter of this Exchange year. Are you where you thought you would be? Have you accomplished what you thought you would? Are you meeting live, virtually, both or not at all?

I hope you have positive answers to these questions. If not let’s get to work and fix these problems. Your District leadership team is ready to help. Each club has a district director that should visit or call your club. In situations where we have a vacancy of a district director I am always available to answer your questions or help with your concerns.

In these times of the COVID virus many clubs aren’t meeting as regularly as in the past or not at all. I ask you to not lose contact with your membership call each other and just talk about Exchange. 

Your District Leadership can help put together a virtual meeting if need be. We need to retain our members and also add new members. When was the last time you bragged about your club and the great things Exchange does in the communities? The next person you speak with is a potential member, you just have to ask.

All this said, I hope you have a great first quarter and a better second quarter. Remember this #ExchangeFitsCommunities.

Thank you
Fussell Hughes
secure the vote
October 5th is the last day you can register to vote for the General Election.
Click the button to register online or request an absentee(anyone can request one this year) ballot.
October Is The Optimum Month To Get Your Flu Shot
This Year It Is More Important Than Ever!
Now is the time to get your "regular" Flu Shot to protect yourself. What's the difference between COVID-19 and the regular flu? Click on the picture and read the CDC explanation. We need YOU as an Exchange member!

Do You Or Your Club Plan To
Do Something For Halloween?
Read the recommendation of the CDC.
"The CDC recommends completely avoiding what their experts classify as high-risk activities. Traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating can be risky, as can trunk-or-treats, especially when children are handed treats directly from another person."

Provided to help you in making your decisions. You may want to read the CDC guidelines to keep your family and others SAFE.
This is OUR day to shine as we ALL work together on a project in our communities.
Canvas Your Community And Pick A Project YOU And Your Club Can Accomplish

We can do it safely, as a club, and provide one special service to our community on this one special day that Exchange Clubs all over the country show that we are America's Service Club.

Plan ahead now on what you want to do on this special day. Because of safety restrictions, you may want to do several small projects if you will be inside, or one larger outside project keeping your distance, wearing your masks,..but getting it done in the name of Exchange.
A High School Senior From YOUR Community Could Win $15,000 Scholarship From Exchange As A Youth Program Winner
America's young people are its most precious resource. For many years, Exchange has sponsored an impressive selection of activities designed to benefit and encourage our nation's youth. These two wonderful programs should be a part of every Georgia Club.
Meet Ginger Larrabee
New A.C.E. Award Chair

Ginger Larrabee has recently been chosen as the Georgia District's Chair of the A.C.E. Award youth program. Ginger is a member and immediate Past President of the Statesboro Exchange Club. She has chaired both the Youth of the Year and A.C.E. Award programs for her club for several years. She considers it an absolute honor to be entrusted with the task of working with your club to make a true difference in the life of our country's greatest resource, our youth.

In addition to her passion for making a difference by volunteering, she can be found running her State Farm agency for over 3 decades. Ginger and her husband, David recently celebrated their 37th year of marriage and enjoy spending time with their 2 adult daughters and son-in-laws.

You can reach out to Ginger by email at or by phone at 912-237-2512 to schedule a time she can meet with your club. She is excited to share ideas and information with the goal of finding at least one deserving High School Senior from each club who has Accepted the Challenge of Excellence.
Robert Lindsey Again Heads Youth Of The Year Competition

Robert Lindsey of the Exchange Club of Columbus is once again spearheading our District Youth Of The Year competition. Lindsey emphasized that the selection from nominations received from local Exchange Club competitions and submitted to the District. In addition to judging criteria based on academics, community involvement, the young contestants will have to submit an essay based on the theme “I recognize my responsibility in shaping America’s future. I have stepped out of my comfort zone during uncertain times and made a difference. I am part of history and here is where it started.”

Local clubs should be on the lookout for contest package to distribute to your local school(s). The Georgia District winner will win a $1500 scholarship. Their nomination will be forwarded as the District winner to National Exchange who will award a $15,000 to the national winner in July, 2021.

To contact Robert Lindsey,
No Fair...but Rome Club Donates Fairgrounds
For COVID-19 Testing Center
"Falls Finest Festival" may have been a casualty of COVID-19 for this year, but Exchange Club of Rome members have thrown open the gates to the community as another location for health department staffers to administer COVID testing. The terraced expansive parking lot is perfect to stage cars in line awaiting their turn for the testing. Another great Community Service Project for Rome in this era of "new normal". (Photos courtesy of Rome News-Tribune)
National And District Officers Visit Milledgeville For Installation Of Officers
Fussell Hughes, Georgia District President and David Johnson, Region 10 Vice President joined together for the Installation of the Officers and Board Members for the Exchange Club of Milledgeville, GA on September 3rd, 2020. Also in attendance was Michael Elliott, Immediate Past District President from the Rome Club and Gary Knight from the Albany Club. 

The Officers and Board that were installed are as follows: President-Dr. Jeff Wells,President Elect-Mr. Billy Griner, Immediate Past President-Major John Davis, Secretary-Melissa Fort,
Treasurer-Todd Young, New Board Members-Tori Allen, Lynde Schubert, and Kara Lassiter..

This is a small Club but very dynamic and one that I expect to continue to grow and thrive. They are well organized are focused on Exchange and what we stand for.  They have 20 Member and 14 were in attendance and two brought visitors. They have their Projects set up through the rest of the year (of course depending on Covid-19) and include all the major Projects recommended by National. 

As David Johnson pointed out they are celebrating their 35 Anniversary and had one of their Charter Members, Mr. Billy Griner, in attendance.

They have a Facebook Page. Please take a moment to Congratulate them on their dedication to Exchange and our motto, Unity for Service".
On the road again...this time to Richmond Hill.
Georgia District President Fussell Hughes stays on the road visiting and talking Exchange. A recent stop was the Exchange Club of Richmond Hill for their installation of Pres-Jason Bryant, IPP-Chet Gregg, Pres Elect-Chris Raiford, Sec-Laura Evans, Tres-Jerry Cohen, Ast. Tres-Nikki Palmer, BOD-Holly Barnidge, Keith Spitznogel, Bonnie Proctor, and David Aspenwall. District Director Rhonda Busby conducted the induction.
You Don't Have To Reinvent The Wheel
If you have chaired or participated in a successful Exchange Programs of Service project, let's exchange with other Exchange clubs.

In September, Macon conducted a "Clay Shoot" that raised $5,000 for the club's Child Abuse Prevention Program. Want to know how they did it? Just get in touch with their chair Walter Arnett ( or (478) 258-0446). He will go over all the details with you. It may work for your club too.

Please send some details to us and we will include them in future issues of The Georgia Exchange along with contact information so other clubs can benefit from your research and planning. Just email details to and lets get the wheel rolling.
Welcome George Barnhill As Newest
District Director
Georgia District President Fussell Hughes announces the appointment of George Barnhill, Exchange Club of Brunswick, as the new District Director of Division 10 (Blackshear, Brantley County, Brunswick, Waycross, and Wayne County).

George, an Assistant District Attorney for the Brunswick Judicial Circuit, has just finished his term as club president although his roots with Exchange go back to when he was a student in Waycross taking part in Exchange events and was selected as the club's Student of the Month one time. After moving to Brunswick George's father suggested he get in touch with local Judge Stephen Kelly who invited him to an Exchange meeting and the rest is history.

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Have You Seen The New Members Page On Facebook?
It's the latest way for you, a member of National Exchange, can keep up with what's going on around the country with other members and clubs.

See how clubs are embracing this era of "new normal" brought upon us by the COVID virus. This page is constantly being update by Exchange members like yourself who are members of clubs just like yours. Here you can find ideas your club can easily adapt for your own community.

Things in our world are changing, but that is not stopping the dedicated members of America's Service Club.
District Convention Golf Chairman NEEDED
The Georgia District is looking for a person to head up our district convention golf tournament in Callaway Gardens in June of 2021. He, or she, will work with both the golf pro and district convention chair Jess Lucas to produce this successful event that raises funds that are distributed to Georgia accredited and affiliated Child Abuse Prevention Centers. Interested in talking about it? Contact Fussell Hughes, (229) 881-8092.
Happy 74th Anniversary to the members of
The Exchange Club
of Thomasville.
The Club was chartered in October 1946.
This Is Who We Are...Georgia's Service Club
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Time Out Teddy A Regular Face In Statesboro
Time Out Teddy is the "National Spokes Bear" for Exchange's Child Abuse Prevention Program. Statesboro is determined to spread the word about Exchange and CAP by making their Teddy a well known personality by his appearance at both public and private events
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Child Abuse leading To PTSD

Members heard from a valuable resource. Dr. Rachael Templeton of New Life Chiropractic & Functional Neurology
delivered both an informative and compelling visualization of how a victim of child abuse can demonstrate the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She described children who live in a constant state of "duck and cover" due to their anxiety driven and highly stressful environment. She cited research comparing a victim of child abuse to that of a soldier who has experienced war.
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Savannah Club Works On Habitat Project

Members of the Savannah Exchange Club are getting down and dirty demolishing a home soon to be restored for a new home owner thanks to the local Habitat for humanity branch. “Well, we see so many things, negative going on around the world but what we can do is just change the world one family, one life at a time,” says David DeWitt of the Exchange Club.
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Albany Presents Book of Golden Deeds
Michele Bates, is the club's Golden Deeds Award Winner for 2020. Due to the COVID-19 her award was presented to her several months ago at the office
where she works but wanted to officially recognize her at their Club Meeting. "Thank you Michele for all you do (and believe me it is a lot)!!
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Macon Sport Shooters
Child Abuse Prevention
Five of the 25 participants in the Exchange Club of Macon’s “Annual Walter Arnett Sporting Clay Shoot” held on August 22nd. The day was a success with prizes awarded in “3” classes of “shooters” - Adult “1”, Adult “2”, and Youth. Tommy Sadler, owner of “Tommy’s Bakery & Cafe’” catered the luncheon.
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Macon Presents
Proudly We Hail Award
Annually the Exchange Club of Macon selects an individual, an organization, a company, or other entity that
properly displays the American Flag in accordance to National guidelines. This year George Codone, Sr., Director of Operations for two locations was on hand to receive the Award for two Chick-fil-A locations. The plaque was presented by Macon Club President Ron Raleigh.
(If your club doesn't do Proudly We Hail, learn all about the program by downloading the Americanism Guide from National)
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Macon "Friend Of Exchange" Recognition

Macon's club recognizes people in the community who support the club's efforts as America's Service Club. Chairman Bobby George presented the Club’s “Friend of Exchange”
award to past member, and Club President for 1998/1999 Club Year.
"Mark has been a constant supporter of the Exchange Club’s events and
activities over the ensuing years as a leader in our community."
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Douglas Presents Book Of Golden Deeds

The Douglas Club presented their Book of Golden Deeds annual award to an individual in the community who puts others before themselves. Gentry Colson exemplifies this description. Her work with Called to Care of Coffee County has made such a difference in our community.
Tifton Awards Book Of Golden Deeds

The Exchange Club of Tifton surprised Becky Langenfeld with the 67th awarding of the Golden Deeds Award. given to a community member who gives of their time and talents to make their community a better place.
The Club received lots of letters nominating Becky, noting all of the many things she is and has been involved in. Anytime there is a need, people call Becky. She will do all she can to raise funds or gather materials to meet a need. She finds her purpose in serving others.
50/50 Raffle Raises Big $

The Cartersville/Bartow Club just raffled off a $10,000 grand prize in their annual 50/50 "reverse" raffle. Tickets were sold for $100 each with the proceeds benefiting the Christmas Coalition, Advocates for Children, and the Boys and Girls Club. Since this was a a reverse raffle, as tickets were pulled you could hear the moans if you were watching on Facebook live until there were only five left to be pulled and those people agreed to split the pot.

Columbia County Hosts Leadership Training

The Columbia County Exchange Club sponsored the Leadership Columbia County Class of 2021 Community Support & Diversification Day.
Presenting on behalf of CCEC was Ben Dukes LCC 2014 & Darrell Byrd LCC 2014. The day class encourages each member to explore ways to make a positive impact in the community.
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Albany Donates To Abused Children & Women Program
The Albany club presented a donation to Mary Martinez Allen with the Lilly Pad. The
Lily Pad SANE Center is an umbrella organization that houses the Firefly
House Children's Advocacy Center, the Boren Center for Sexual Violence,
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Program, Parents Accessing
Visitation and Education Services (PAVES), and System of Care Dougherty.
Even more important during the COVID-19 period.
Mark Your Calendars For District Convention
June 10-13, 2021

It was disappointing that the 2020 Georgia District Convention at Callaway Gardens had to be cancelled. Well cheer up! Barring more bad pandemic news, the 2021 Georgia District Convention will, once again, be held at the Mountain Creek Inn at Callaway Gardens June 10-13, 2021.

It will be a terrific weekend. There will be great food, outstanding speakers, and important Exchange education. Also, you will have free access to the gardens. There you will find the butterfly center, the birds of prey shows, the gardens themselves with their azaleas, hydrangeas, and other woodland wonders. You can swim, play golf, and have the time of your life. After that, you can relax at the District hospitality suite.

For you golfers, there is a 36-hole course that will test your skill. We encourage you to play in the 18-hole golf tournament on Thursday, June 10. This will be your opportunity to forget about the pandemic and for you and your family to, once again, come back to the Georgia District Convention, Have fun, see old friends, and learn more about Exchange.
Please click on the links below for more information, or call or email me if you have any questions about the convention.

Yours in Exchange,
Jess Lucas
Georgia District Convention Chairman
  • If you shop on line after trying local stores FIRST, you may help raise dollars for a local program of YOUR club. On line stores, like Amazon, have programs that donate a portion of your purchase to a local charity that your club supports. For details, go to Amazon Smile Charity List to see if your clubs selection is listed or how to be added. But remember, try and shop your local stores first because it is the local merchants who support your Exchange Club.
  • November is "One Nation Under God Month"? A powerful "must" for every Georgia District Club as part of its Americanism program that heralds the founding of our country and our religious freedom. Read and plan for this in the Americanism Programs Of Service Guide. Download Americanism Guide
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