What is Exchange?
The Exchange Club of Waterbury, CT Inc. was chartered on April 12, 1948.
Exchange is a progressive service organization, which focuses on personal and professional development, building a healthy society and aiding America’s families and children.
Nearly 1,000 Exchange Clubs throughout the United States are affiliated with the National Exchange Clubs, founded on March 27, 1911 and headquartered in Toledo, Ohio.
As a part of the nation’s most respected service organization, Exchange Club members improve their communities by participating in child abuse prevention, community service, youth, and Americanism projects.
Exchange is “America’s Service Club”. From the organization’s earliest days, Exchange Clubs have been selflessly serving their communities. The diverse array of Exchange-sponsored programs and projects has made a considerable impact on America, enhancing the lives of countless men, women, and children across the nation.
Highlights of Club Activities and Events
Dr. Lawrence Shea Awards Banquet
This gala event is named in honor of our club’s first president. It is held to honor the heroes in our community who by their actions make our city special and also the club presents scholarships to area students. Awards given are:
Book of Golden Deeds: Given to a special person who by selfless acts has made our community a better place.
Police Officer of the Year
Fire Fighter of the Year
Dr. Lawrence Shea Scholarship: Presented to students attending the local colleges.
Youths of the Year: Presented to high school students who have excelled in their studies.
A.C.E. Scholarship: Accepting the Challenge of Excellence award recipient is a local high school student who has met and overcome special circumstances or tragedy in their lives.
Other Club Activities:
Contributions for our U.S. troops
Blue Ribbon Campaign to combat child abuse
Waterbury service clubs’ holiday party
Fried Dough Booth
This fundraiser is held at the Bethlehem Fair. The club makes, prepares, fries and sells fried dough to fair attendees. Beginning with the set-up of our trailer on Thursday and ending with its breakdown on Sunday night, this club activity demands all the hard work our club members can provide. But when all is said and done this event raises the funds necessary for our club to continue presenting scholarships and funding for the good causes that make our community so special.