EXCHANGE CLUB OF MATTOON, ILLINOIS
"Exchange, America's Premier Service Club, working to make our communities better places to live."
Where We Meet
(in-person gathering again suspended for the time being)
The Mattoon Exchange Club's weekly breakfast meeting and program begins promptly at 7:00 AM and concludes by 8:00 AM each Wednesday morning at the American Legion, 1903 Maple Avenue. We welcome you to attend one of our meetings or contact us for more information.
Who We Are
Affiliated with the National Exchange Club of America and the Lincolnland District of Exchange, the Exchange Club of Mattoon is one of more than 630 local clubs throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico providing individuals with opportunities to use their time and talents to benefit their local communities and the country as a whole. Exchange’s Core Values are family, community, and country.
Through our Programs of Service – Americanism, Community Service, and Youth Programs – members support activities that benefit youth, promote pride in our country, and honor military and public service providers, to name a few. Exchange’s National Project is the prevention of child abuse.
Our motto: "Unity for Service"
History of Exchange
Charles A. Berkey is credited with the founding of this great organization. At his suggestion, the name "Exchange" was selected because the group wanted to exchange ideas and information with like-minded individuals about how to better serve their communities.
The first local Exchange Club was founded in Detroit, Michigan in 1911. Since then, hundreds of clubs have been chartered in the United States and Puerto Rico, with more than 21,000 members making a positive difference in their own communities every day
Exchange Covenant of Service
Accepting the divine privilege of single and collective responsibility as life's noblest gift, I covenant with my fellow Exhangites:
To consecrate my best energies of the uplifting of Social, Religious, Political and Business ideals;
To discharge the debt I owe to those of high and low estate who have served and sacrificed that the heritage of American Citizenship might be mine;
To honor and respect law, to serve my fellowmen, and to uphold the ideals and institutions of my country;
To implant the life-giving, society-building spirit of Service and Comradeship in my social and business relationships;
To serve in Unity with those seeking better conditions, better understandings, and greater opportunities for all.
-Written by Thomas L. Bailey, National President 1925-1927