The Exchange Club of Naperville is about people helping people in the belief that hope for tomorrow happens today. We are about giving back a little of ourselves to our community. We are about growing within ourselves through our efforts to help others. We are about developing close personal relationships with newly found friends.
We come together in order to eliminate child abuse in all forms, to foster the health and growth of a strong family unit, to promote Americanism, to strengthen the education of our children and to give ourselves in service to our community.
Our Membership is open to anyone who is willing to accept these goals as their own.
General Information about Our Club
General Membership Meetings/Luncheons
Meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month with registration starting at 11:45 a.m. and lunch served at noon. Meetings are held at Hugo’s Frog House & Fish House on Main Street. Each prospective member may attend one lunch as a guest of our club.
You will be contacted regarding new member orientation and installation; however, a new member can attend any club function prior to going through orientation and induction.
Board of Directors Meetings
Board meetings are held the 2nd Friday of each month beginning at 7:00 a.m. at the Naperville Municipal Building, 400 S. Eagle Street, Naperville. All members are invited and encouraged to attend these meetings.
New members join by completing an Exchange Membership Certification form and returning it to the club Secretary with the required $35.00 registration fee. Additionally, a VISA or MasterCard number is required in order to complete the membership application. The membership is subject to approval by the Board of Directors.
Billing / Dues
Club dues are as follows:
- $35.00 initial registration fee
- $45.00 per quarter, or $176.00 annually, payable upon receipt of statement sent by the club accountant (members can pay dues online)
In addition to the club dues, the cost for lunches (approximately $13.50/meal) will be billed quarterly and paid for by each individual member. If you are not able to attend a general membership meeting/luncheon, please email the club accountant by noon on the Wednesday prior to the meeting; otherwise, you will be billed for the lunch (email subject must reflect Exchange Club lunch billing to be processed). If you are planning to bring a guest, please call and let us know by the Wednesday before.
There is an option for those who cannot attend meetings regularly. The member can request to be added to the “no attendance list”. There is a maintenance fee of $9 quarterly. However, if at any time you are able to attend, please do so. Attendance is taken at each meeting and your billing would be adjusted accordingly
All members of the Exchange Club of Naperville are encouraged to become involved by participating on committees. Below is a list of opportunities to get involved.
- Review donation requests for recommendations to the Board of Directors and Membership for fund disbursement.
- Plan and supervise patriotic and Americanism projects:
- GIVE A KID A FLAG TO WAVE - Distribution of thousands of American flags at the annual Last Fling Parade
- Freedom Shrine - Historic documents displayed in schools and public places
- One Nation Under God project - A breakfast, lunch, or dinner meeting open to the public with the purpose of highlighting our pride in our country and faith
- Firefighter and Police Officer of the Year Award ceremonies
- Proudly We Hail – Recognize members of the community who proudly display the American Flag
- American Patriot Award – Recognize individuals who have provided outstanding service for our community or country
- Annual 9/11 ceremony held at the Shanower Memorial in downtown Naperville
- The Awards Committee determines submission for Lincolnland District, National Exchange Club Awards and the National Exchange Club Foundation CARE Award.
- Committee members compose and submit the applications for awards not tracked by the National Exchange Club.
- Our club in the past has received many National awards and has been recognized at National Conventions for the following: National Outstanding Fundraiser Award for RIBFEST; National Outstanding Service Project Award in Community Service for our Adopt A Family Project and also in the area of Community Service our Exchange Club Memories Fountain Project; in the area of Americanism for our 10th year Memorial Event for 911 and the CARE Award for our Keeping Kids Safe Program.
- District Award recipients have been recognized at the Lincolnland District Convention and we have had many outstanding recipients receive awards from our club.
- Awards and criteria are located on the Lincolnland District and National Exchange Club websites. The award recipients are recognized on the Awards & Honors page.
- Reaches out to members with concern for health and bereavement
COMMUNITY SERVICE COMMITTEE:
- Plan and supervise projects servicing our community
- Adopt A Family Project, Keeping Kids Safe Program, October National Day of Service
- P.A.D.S. Project, Book of Golden Deeds, CARE Award
- Summer School Lunch Project, School Supply Project
- Support of Meals on Wheels Program, Happy Days Project for Seniors in nursing centers
- Provide service to Seniors with support of the Smoke Detector Program through the fire department
- Donate Time Out Teddy stuffed animals as part of our National Child Abuse Prevention Program.
- Support Naperville Fire and Police Department run programs or projects
- Assist the Treasurer and Accountant in review and oversight of the finances of the club and projects.
- Plan and execute a year round program to acquire new members and increase attendance at club meetings.
- Develop a membership recognition and retention program.
- Greet members and guests at meetings.
- Plan social gatherings outside of monthly meetings.
PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMITTEE:
- Develop and conduct a year round program to increase exposure of the Exchange Club.
- Proofread and help determine stories for publication for local, District and National publications.
- Develop and conduct year round social programs
- Responsible for Installation Dinner
STRATEGIC PLANNING COMMITTEE:
- Develop strategy for initiatives that affect the long-term success of the club
- Oversee projects developed by the Jr. Exchange Club. Jr. Exchange Club is an auxiliary club - its membership is comprised of junior high and/or high school aged youth who are interested in giving back to the community.
- Coordinate scholarship opportunities for high school level youth
- A.C.E. and YOUTH Awards
- Young Citizenship Awards for Jr. High students for excellence in citizenship.
- Support the Cub Scout Pack 988. Cub Scout Pack 988 is a group of 1st-5th grade boys who meet at Kendall Elementary School chartered by The Naperville Exchange Club.
Our Fundraising Event
RIBFEST - "It’s About Kids" - http://www.Ribfest.net
- This festival is held on the July 4th weekend, and focuses on ribs, music and family fun. All proceeds are donated to local agencies providing assistance to families in need. You can participate as a volunteer during the festival itself and/or as a chairperson/member for one of the many committees. For more information about Ribfest sponsorship, volunteer opportunites, entertainment, food, and schedules, visit us at our Ribfest website.
Our Associated Project
Project HELP - http://www.projecthelpdupage.org/
Support our programs and organizations through the Exchange Club Charitable Organization, our non-profit 501c(3) organization. Please use our secure payment system by clicking on our Donate Online button.
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