National Exchange Club
Founded in 1911 in Toledo, Ohio, Exchange is the oldest service club operating within the United States and Puerto Rico.
Exchange is known as America’s Service Club, because of its commitment to improving our communities. Its programs of service fall into three areas, Americanism, Community Service and Youth, with Child Abuse Prevention emphasized as our national program.
Texas Louisiana Gulf Coast District
The Gulf Coast District was established in 1985 as an association of the individual Exchange clubs located on the upper Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast. Exchange Clubs stretching from Katy, Texas to New Orleans, Louisiana make up the District. The organization permits the member Clubs to combine their financial and volunteer resources to better support and promote Exchange programs.
Memorial Exchange Club
Chartered in 1970, the Memorial Exchange Club has a long history of serving Houston and the surrounding community. As one of the oldest clubs in the District, it helped to found the ESCAPE Family Resource Center, the Police Activities League, the Firefighters Museum and Crimestoppers. It meets every Tuesday for lunch at 7am at The Egg & I, 9778 Katy Freeway.
Annually at the Villages Independence Festival and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Club members hand out flags along the parade route before the start of the parade.
Veterans Matter Partnership, raising funds to pay deposits on housing for homeless vets. The HUD VA partnership can cover the rent, job training, medical aid and counseling, but not the upfront deposits.
Child Abuse Prevention
ESCAPE Family Resource Center
Adopted as Exchange’s National Project in 1979, Exchange has now founded 130 Child Abuse Prevention centers and programs across the country. In Houston, we founded the ESCAPE Family Resource Center in 1983. In addition to ESCAPE, we provide training on Shaken Baby Syndrome as well as Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
National Exchange Club Foundation
The Exchange Club of Memorial that all of its members participate in the Campaign For Kids to raise money for the NEC Foundation in support of its Child Abuse Prevention and other national programs. Exchange child abuse prevention centers and programs spend approximately $65 million a year combating child abuse and neglect. In additon to over 130 CAP centers and programs, the Foundation supports our Shaken Baby and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome training programs.
Mission Centers of Houston
Every year club members cook and provide a barbeque lunch for from 150 to 250 senior citizens at Mission Centers of Houston Gano Street Center in near East Houston. Besides lunch, Mrs. Santa (aka member Arnette Shafer) appears to hand out holiday gifts and wishes.
Located in Brookshire, Texas, just outside of Houston, the Brookwood Community provides a home, medical care, work and physical therapy for severely disabled adults. Once accepted into the Community, no one is ever sent away. The Memorial Club adopts residents whose fiancial support has been expended and provides them with simple necessities, takes them on field trips and visits with them.
Service to Youth
Accepting The Challenge of Excellence
A.C.E. recognizes graduating high school seniors who have overcome tremendous obstacles in order to reach this goal. Our A.C.E. winner this year is Megan Guidry who had to recover from the trauma of sexual abuse in order to turn her life around and graduate.
Using miniature horses to provide physical therapy to special needs children. Riding works the same muscles as does walking.
A.C.E. winner Megan Guidry accepts her scholarship from President Elect Pat Patterson and member Rick Wrabel.