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District president touts importance of club mission
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With its national mission being the prevention of child abuse, Exchange Club district president Chris Ramey recently addressed a joint session of McMinnville Exchange, reminding members of the help they and other Exchange Clubs provide.
“We are making a difference in our nation,” Ramey said of Exchange Club support of nearly 100 child abuse prevention centers across the country. “We have a unique opportunity in Exchange as we are the only club whose mission is the prevention of child abuse.”
Ramey, who traveled from his home in Jackson to meet with McMinnville Noon, McMinnville Evening, and Lake Tansi clubs, solemnly reminded them there were 40 children who died from child abuse last year in Tennessee alone.
“This was right here in Tennessee,” Ramey said. “But, I think that without the work Exchange does to support child abuse centers, that number would be even higher.”
Along with reminding members about the importance of Exchange in the prevention of child abuse, Ramey said it is important to bring new members into the fold to help.
“Every organization in the nation, that’s every service club out there, is seeing declining membership,” Ramey revealed. “People are leaving service organizations at an alarming rate at a time when they are needed. Volunteerism is so important.”
Locally, the Exchange Clubs coordinate to offer assistance to the Children’s Advocacy Center. The closest Child Abuse Prevention Center is in Murfreesboro.
For more information about how to get involved in Exchange, contact Duane Sherrill at 473-2191.
Noon Exchange meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the TSU Nursery Crop Research Station. Evening Exchange meets the first and third Tuesday nights of each month at McMinnville Country Club.