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Wright set to take helm of Tennessee District
National Exchange Club president-elect Phil Howard presents a gavel to Ashley Wright during her induction as president-elect for the Tennessee District of Exchange Clubs. Wright will lead the contingent of nearly 40 clubs in 2017. Three of the clubs she will oversee are in McMinnville and include McMinnville Noon and Evening Exchange and the Warren County High School Excel Club.

McMinnville resident and Southern Standard employee Ashley G. Wright has taken the oath of office to become the next president of the Tennessee District of the National Exchange Club.
The National Exchange Club recently held its 2016 Leadership Summit in Detroit, Mich., where Exchange leaders from across the United States and Puerto Rico gathered for an in-depth look at the operations of the organization and to attend training sessions.
McMinnville Noon Exchange Club member and incoming Tennessee District president Ashley Gillentine Wright attended the summit and was recognized during a celebration banquet and gavel ceremony.
“I am so honored to have been asked to be a part of our Tennessee Exchange Club leadership and to be serving on the national board,” Wright said. “The Exchange organization is truly America’s service club and we make a real difference in the communities we serve. I look forward to leading my district in the coming year.”
Wright, a native of McMinnville, began her Exchange involvement in 2012 and has since served three years on the McMinnville Noon Exchange Club board, two terms as McMinnville Noon Exchange president and two years on the Tennessee District Exchange Board.
Wright is employed as the digital media coordinator for the Southern Standard, an organization that is very supportive of the endeavors of Exchange. Standard publisher Pat Zechman served as the first president of the McMinnville Noon Exchange Club, which was chartered in 1992 and will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017.
The National Exchange Club was founded in 1917, to advocate Americanism, family and community.