Exchange Club hosts state convention

Courtesy Photo Among those attending the recently held 99th Annual Exchange Club of Michigan State Convention were, from left, Tony Suszek and Stacee Martin, Merit Award recipients; Andrew Tarkington, Exchangite of the Year; and Ken Rhoads, Merit Award recipient.

The Exchange Club of Alpena recently hosted Exchange Club members from across the state at the 99th Annual Exchange Club of Michigan State Convention. During the weekend, club members conducted business meetings, held educational sessions, planned projects, hosted a memorial service, installed state officers and networked.

Outgoing president Jennifer Sweeney of Saginaw presented incoming president Michael Kearly from the Alpena club with the president’s pin. Other Exchange Club of Alpena members fulfilling a state position include Lee Szczesniak, secretary, and Raymond Reynolds, president-elect.

During the convention, Merit Awards were presented to Alpena club members Kevin Brown, Stacee Martin, Gary Rondeau, Ken Rhoads and Tony Suszek. Merit Awards are presented to someone who has made a significant contribution to their club within the last year and are held in high esteem by their peers for their outstanding service to the Exchange Club.

In addition, Andrew Tarkington, president, Exchange Club of Alpena, was named the Exchangite of the Year. The Michigan District Exchange Clubs established the award to honor an Exchangite of the Michigan district for their unselfish effort to promote Exchange and the goals for which Exchange stands over a long period of time.

Wayne Tucker, Region 6 vice president of the National Exchange Club, from Tennessee was the keynote speaker.

Exchange is America’s oldest service club with more than 650 clubs and nearly 20,000 members throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. The organization’s mission, working to make America’s communities better places to live, is carried out through its programs of service – Americanism, youth programs and community service – as well as the national project, the prevention of child abuse. Founded in 1911 in Detroit, and headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, Exchange celebrated its 107th anniversary in March 2018.