Lincolnland District Exchange Clubs Volume MMXI, Number 3
INSIDE 2013 District Convention
by Scot Warren separate banquet facilities capable of seating
a minimum of 200 attendees for meal
As you may know, next year’s Lincolnland
events, and at least two breakout rooms for
District Convention will be held in
board and committee meetings.
Springfield on June 21st – 24th, 2012. So,
where will our 2013 District Convention be Lincolnland has a fine history of having
held, you ask? Well, you can help determine informative, entertaining, and fun district
the site. We are looking for Lincolnland conventions, and we’d like your club to
North Chicago’s Swap-O- clubs who are interested in hosting our consider being our 2013 host. If you’re
Rama and Farmer’s Market 2013 convention. According to our district interested, please contact Lincolnland
open for business by-laws, proposed convention sites must Immediate Past President Scot Warren at
Page 11 have a minimum of 100 guest rooms, a (630) 527-9130 or firstname.lastname@example.org by July
convention room that can seat a minimum 31st. Thanks for all you do in the Spirit of
of 150 attendees for general sessions, Exchange!
Find out what outstanding
awards at the District
National Exchange Convention
Detroit GM Renaissance Center
This should be one of the best and most
exciting National Conventions ever! I don't
MISSION know how you can top the chance to attend
Exchange, American the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the
Premium Service Club, founding of the National Exchange Club.
working to make our The headquarters has a wonderful
community a better convention planned and every Exchangite
place to live. should make plans to attend if at all
New core values - Continued on page 4
and Country Celebrating 2011-2012 100th Anniversary Issue
We will continue our fun at the District and National Conventions
INDEX by Mike Oster
President’s Letter . . . . . 2
New Members . . . . . . .4 The National Exchange Club Convention at
Around the District . . . 6 Detroit is just around the corner. Make your
ABF Auction . . . . . . . .10 plans now.
Visit www.lincolnlandexchange.com for the
latest news and happeings in the
Lincolnland District and to get a hard copy.
Visit www.lincolnlandexchange.com for the latest news and happeings in the Lincolnland District
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President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kathy Johnson
If You Don’t Go After What You
President-elect . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Helen Cook
Secretary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Donna Givens
Want, You’ll Never Have It
Treasurer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Patti Molitor One person, one idea, that’s all it Have you shared in activities and
Immediate Past President . . . . . . . . . . Scot Warren takes. One person, gathering others Programs of Service that made you
Division 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mike Oster
to the cause, brought Exchange into feel really, really good? You bet!
Division 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cynthia Lee
making the Prevention of Child So, where are those people you
Division 3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Janet Jocobs
Division 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John B. Hughes Abuse our National Project. One know would benefit both
Division 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Susan Murphy person, one club, cared themselves and us by
Division 6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joe Johnson enough to make joining Exchange? We all
Division 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Hummel GIVEAKIDDAFLAGTO know tens of people who
Division 8. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Smith WAVE a National would be good
Division 9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . William VanKeuren Program of Service. Exchangites. Do yourself,
Division 10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dennis Koch Community Service
Division 11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Teresia Mueller
your club, your District,
happens because one and National the very good
FOUNDATION FOR YOUTH person sees the need deed of bringing ONE into
Youth of the Year Award . . . . . . . . . . . Paul Zollner and brings in others to Kathy Johnson
Exchange before June 30th.
ACE Award Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Teresia Mueller help meet it. District President
The District has a goal of
Treasurer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Patti Molitor
If you don’t step forward, three new members per
Trustee Chairman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jim Ruzon
Trustee. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dennis Koch
you’re always in the same place. club. What a statement if we have
Trustee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lou Molitor As individual Exchangites and as 1000, 1200, or 1400 new members
Trustee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Calvin Wright Exchange Clubs, we cannot rest on to celebrate.
District President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kathy Johnson its laurels. No matter how great we Can we do it? You bet.
AWARD COMMITTEE CHAIRS have been in the past, we must step YOU CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN!
5As . . . . . . . . . . . . Janet Jacobs/Sandy Southworth forward with hope and faith that JUST ASK.
ACE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Teresia Mueller the decisions we make and the
All-American Volunteer . . Marge Keenan-Denniston actions we take will benefit our If you don’t ask, the answer is
Best Club Bulletin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mike Oster communities, our youth, and those always no.
DSA/CSA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lou Molitor children so in need. If we don’t do Come to Lincolnland District
Exchangeite of the Year . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jim Ruzon it, who will?
Kremer-CLarkson-Krause . . . . . . . . . . . Mike Oster Convention June 24-26, 2011 at
Rookie of the Year . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joe Johnson If you don’t ask, the answer is the Holiday Inn in Rock Island.
always no. Renew old friendships, make new
COMMITTEE CHAIRS friends, and enjoy the fun and
District Convention . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stan Rochush Who did you talk with today?
camaraderie of celebrating our 100
Exchange Education . . . . . . . . . . . . Kathy Johnson Would he or she make a good
Exchangite? Did you invite him or Years of Service by Shining the
Finance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Patti Molitor
Inter-Club Fellowship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Max Jaeger her to a meeting? What? No? Light of Exchange.
Membership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lisa Alsip Opportunity lost! It is every Come to our National Convention
New Club Building . . . . . . . . . . . . . Frank Alberico Exchangite’s responsibility, duty, in Detroit July 6-10, 2011. The
Past District President Support Group Dennis Koch and PRIVILEDGE to Share the programs, the educational
Public Relations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dennis Koch Exchange Experience. opportunities, the meeting, the
Save Abandoned Babies . . . . . . Dr. Michael Oster
Someone gave you the opportunity meals, and the entertainment will
Strategic Planning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kathy Johnson
Website . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dr. Michael Oster to become part of America’s be first class. Take the opportunity
Service Club. to vote for Lou Molitor, VFR, past
LINCOLNLAND LINK Lincolnland President and District
Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mike Oster Do you benefit from membership?
Secretary, and past Region 3 Vice
34555 North Red Oak Lane, Gurnee, IL 60031 You bet!
President to be National President-
email@example.com (847) 244-0678
Have you learned and grown as an Elect.
Reporter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pat (Fergal) Gallagher
individual? You bet!
2404 Stallion Drive, Grayslake, IL 60030 CELEBRATE 100 YEARS OF
firstname.lastname@example.org Have you made new friends? You SERVICE BY SHINING THE LIGHT
Next Link Deadline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9/1/11 bet! OF EXCHANGE.
District Information 3
From Region 3 VP
As I sit here and reflect on what history of our country." Not only that, look how our National
Exchange means to me and how In 1941 Exchange backed the war effort Anthem is being song, how we no longer
Exchange, over these past 100 years, has and supported the U.S. Savings Bond stand when our Flag passes, or have the
affected the lives of our Members, our Program. In 1949 The Freedom Shrine courtesy to take off our hats and place
Communities and even our Nation, one project, which originated from the 1947 our hand on our hearts. Look how we
thought continually comes to mind, Freedom Train, was adopted. The purpose have to fight to ALLOW our children to
GOD, COUNTRY & COMMUNITY. of the Freedom Shrine was to show proof say our Pledge of Allegiance or offer a
Our Exchange organization may to our young Americans, that prayer in our schools. Our Nation's
have started as a group of men the freedom and greatness we Capital is not allowing tour guides to
forming a booster club to enjoy in our country today reference the religious significance of the
exchange Business ideas, but we were not purchased easily and national symbols on our government
have grown to be so much more reminds them that these gifts buildings.
then that. Our Covenant of must be cherished and Folks, we do have strict guidelines for
Service spells out our deep protected. We lobbied hard flying our flags, saying our Pledge of
seeded principles. Our projects along with the Knight of Allegiance and yes addressing (whether
and programs spell out our Regional VP
Columbus and the Boy Scouts listening to, or singing,) our National
intent and our slogan "Unity for of America in 1954 to have the Anthem. But we have run-a-muck.
Service" indicates how we apply words "UNDER GOD"
our principles. Principles inspired by the included in our Pledge of Allegiance. We need to start respecting our country
133 Psalm. Then in 1964 Exchange adopted the One and our nation's symbols again. I would
Nation under God project, once again love for Exchange to once again take a
My burning question is...who is minding stand as we have in the past. We need to
the store? If we as Exchangites really committing our allegiance to both God
and Country. focus on America. Focus on what made
believe these American principles, then us an American Nation; focus on what
why are we not raising our voices in In 1972 came the Milestones of Freedom has kept us an American Nation.
unison once again to support these to be used as an adjunct of the Freedom
principles? I am not implying that our Shrine project. In 1976, in celebration of I think we would all agree that when we
clubs and members are NOT doing this, our Nation's Bicentennial Year, we are in a room where there are a large
but it is time that we as a National adopted the Proudly We Hail program. number of Exchangites and we all say
(American) organization step forward We wanted to encourage the proper the Pledge, how it makes us feel
and instill the passion in America we display of our American flag, and to overwhelmingly emotional and proud.
once had. recognize those who regularly fly it. Proud of what it stands for and proud
that we are among a group who support
In the early 20's Exchange worked closed Project GIVEAKIDAFLAGTOWAVE was
these principles and beliefs.
with the government in the development adopted in 1981. Again encouraging our
of our country's air transportation. We youth to be proud to wave our American We still have many young men and
were the pioneers in establishing flag with respect and honor and remind women fighting for these beliefs, we
permanent and emergency landing fields them it is part of being a good citizen, can't let them down. We can never
and flight direction indicators. We were thus in 1983 The Young Citizenship forget that Freedom is not Free and the
also the first to advocate the use of air Award. We have encouraged citizens to principles that this nation was founded
transportation for mail, freight and vote with our Get Out the Vote project. on are still more relevant today then ever
passengers. And more recently, September 11, 2001. before.
In 1933 Exchange was called upon by Out of this national tragedy, came our Take a stand fellow Exchangites, take a
President Franklin Roosevelt to help fight Healing Field project. How can we ever stand. Then let's take it to the rest of the
the Depression, thus the National forget how we felt during this sad time in nation just as those fellow Exchangites
Recovery Crusade. In the words of our Nation? There was a resurgence of before us. Now is the Time for Exchange.
Exchange's 1933-34 National President, Americanism across the country. Let's go into our next century waving our
John H Awtry, The Recovery Crusade was American flags were flying again and Nation's Flag high putting Americanism
"one of the greatest accomplishments in people were rallying around our Country back in America.
the history of Exchange...The Exchange and the Freedoms we are so fortunate to
Yours in the American Spirit of Exchange,
Clubs of America have met in true enjoy. And then...a complacency once
American style the greatest crisis in the more. Katie
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Presidents-Elect Planning Process
As part of the planning process for the activities to help enhance public
2011-2012 administrative year, awareness of Exchange.
Presidents-Elect should be having their
For additional information on
Club Program Development Meetings
publicity, refer to the National
this month. To prepare for that meeting,
Exchange Club’s Public Relations
the incoming Presidents should be
consulting with his or her committee
chairs to develop the strategy for a If you’ve been following along for the
Attention Region 3 successful new year. In addition to other past year or so, you’ve got your
suggested and required committees, the marketing plan in place, have been
Members that are National Exchange Club recommends making adjustments along the way, and
that each club and District have a your PR committee is now putting the
Attending the Public Relations and marketing finishing touches on next year’s plan. If
Committee that focuses on Publicity. An
National Convention excerpt from the Club Leader’s Monthly
you’re a new club, or new to the PR and
Marketing aspects of promoting the
in Detroit! Planner reads: great things your club does, check out
Each club should have an ongoing our archive of past issues and the PR
We’ve developed a Region 3 shirt to Guide for the basics of putting together
public relations program, regularly
show our Unity for Service at the a marketing plan. Either way, be sure to
sending news releases to area
Convention. The shirts will be your include the marketing of Exchange in
media on service and fund-raising
choice of a Tee-Shirt ($12.00), projects, and engaging in other your planning for a great 2011-12.
Inexpensive polo shirt ($17.00), or a
better quality polo shirt ($28.00) with
this design on a royal blue shirt. Here’s
the catch - I need your order this week
in order to have them by the
convention. Send your order to me and
tell me the size and quantity that you
would like. I’ll bring the shirts to the
convention and they will be available
in the Region 3 hospitality room.
Payment can be made at the time you
pick up your shirt. We need at least 24
shirts to be ordered to make this
happen, though, so don’t delay!
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possible. The convention will be a lot
less expensive than last year's in Palm
Springs and a lot easier to get to also.
Rooms are $122 for a single, double or
triple. The central tower is 73 stories
with magnificent views of Detroit,
Windsor, Canada and the Detroit River.
here are four movie theatres in the
Renaissance Center along with a GM This summer with all the parades and holidays, be sure to share
Showroom and Shopping Mall. Mark your Americanism by giving kids their flags. The kids are your
your calendar now and plan to attend. most important future Exchangites.
District Information 5
Lou Molitor for National President
To all my Lincolnland District Exchange
My Name is Lou Molitor and I want to be
Exchange’s Next President Elect!
It’s official! I am a candidate for President-
Elect of the National Exchange Club
(NEC). The NEC is America’s service club
celebrating 100 years of making
communities a better place to live. I have
been an Exchangite since 1989...it is an
organization that is part of my soul! I
hope that many Exchangites will make it
to Detroit for the convention in July and I
hope that they will vote for me for NPE!
Today is a great day to be an Exchangite! I
firmly believe this and have spread this
message throughout the country as a Membership Growth and Club Building. Executive Director of a Chamber of
Regional Vice President, Volunteer Field Should I be successful in being the next Commerce, a member-based business
Representative and Leadership Excellence President of the National Exchange Club, association, I know a lot about providing
Trainer. Our best days lie ahead. Every I will set specific goals for both in all of value to members. I am and will continue
community is made better with the the Districts and Regions, and hold to use this knowledge to help Exchange
service provided by its Exchange Club. District Presidents and Regional Vice realize that we need to provide value to
And if a community does not have an Presidents (and National Presidents) all of our members to keep them as
Exchange Club in it...we can remedy that accountable for these goals. lifetime Exchangites.
situation! The second “magic wand” that you will Last, but certainly not least, the fourth
Many people know that I am a big wield as you R.S.V.P. to my invitation to “magic wand” that you will wield as you
Mickey the Sorcerer fan; in fact, I collect be a part of the Magic of Exchange Club R.S.V.P. to my invitation to be a part of
Sorcerer items and have them on display is Service. Exchange Club is all about the Magic of Exchange Club is Passion. I
at my house. I advocate Disney’s Magic service second to none. Our four pillars am a passionate person, often wearing my
as well as the Magic of Exchange. In fact, of service (Americanism, Youth Projects, emotions on my sleeve. I firmly believe
I will promote the theme of “Celebrate Community Service and Child Abuse that no child should ever be abused and
the Magic of Exchange” across the Prevention) are critical and fundamental that we must rid this scourge from our
country because wonderful and awesome components of our Exchange society. I firmly believe that America is
things happen when Exchange Clubs are Renaissance. Our exceptional service the greatest country on earth, despite its
working their magic! projects help us grow as long as we flaws. I have experienced and heard
spread the word and let everyone know about the alternatives...there is no
And today, I ask each one of you to about the awesome and wonderful things alternative to the freedom that we have in
R.S.V.P. to my invitation to be a part of that we do for our communities. American!
the Magic of Exchange Club. Your R.S.V.P.
will allow you to wield my four “magic The third “magic wand” that you will I firmly believe that Exchange is a family
wands” for Exchange Club: Renaissance, wield as you R.S.V.P. to my invitation to affair. My wife Patti is an Exchangite, my
Service, Value and Passion. be a part of the Magic of Exchange Club son Andy was an Exchangite and will be
is Value. We (local Clubs) are doing a again as a charter member of the new
As more and more Exchangites R.S.V.P. to poor job in retaining our members. This Exchange Club of Kenosha that I am
my invitation, we will experience an has to improve as retention is also a building. My daughter Samantha is 14
Exchange Renaissance, a rebirth of critical and fundamental component of years old and has been to 15 National
Exchange in numbers and stature. our Exchange Renaissance. As an
Exchange needs a Renaissance in Continued on page 6
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Short History of the National Exchange Clubs
The first half of Exchange’s history In the latter half of the century, Exchange The first Exchange Club was formed in
concentrated on promoting the new became more heavily involved with Detroit, Michigan in 1911. The second
technology of aviation and supporting women, children and family. Exchange was the Exchange Club of Toledo, Ohio
America through patriotic programs focused on promoting strong families for formed in 1913. Subsequently, two
during the Great Depression and World a stronger America. others were organized in Grand Rapids,
War II. Michigan and Cleveland, Ohio. These
In 1979, the National Exchange Club
In 1929, The National Exchange Club four clubs were the first to be chartered
adopted Child Abuse Prevention as a
sponsored the National Women’s Air by the National Exchange Club after it
national project at the urging of Dr.
Derby, the first transcontinental race ever was organized as a nonprofit,
Edward R. North, national president. educational organization in 1917 and its
held for women. Exchange sponsored Lt. Subsequently, The National Exchange
Walter Hinton for a year-long national air headquarters established in Toledo,
Club Foundation is established. Ohio.
tour in 1930 to promote aviation.
The first Exchange Club Center for the Founder Charles Berkey was elected as
In 1933, Exchange is called upon by
Prevention of Child Abuse opens in Fort the first national president and Harold
President Franklin D. Roosevelt to help
Pierce, Fla., on March 22, 1981. On July Harter was named national secretary.
fight the Great Depression. Harter
4, 1985, delegates voted to allow women Harter held this position until 1961.
traveled 40,650 miles on the National
membership in Exchange. Exchange was Exchange is the oldest exclusively
one of the first service club organizations American service club organization.
Starting in 1941, Exchange strongly to do so. Assisted by Exchange Clubs, the
backed the war effort and the U.S. National Exchange Club Foundation Famous Exchangites: Former President
Savings Bond program. Exchange George H. W. Bush, Former President
reached its goal of distributing 1,000,000
adopted the Freedom Shrine project in Calvin Coolidge, Former President
Shaken Baby Syndrome brochures in
1949. The first Freedom Shrine is Warren G. Harding, Former President
dedicated on May 26, 1950 at Santa Franklin D. Roosevelt, Former President
Monica High School in California. To Exchange launched Believe in the Blue Harry Truman, Rear Admiral Richard E.
date more than 12,000 Freedom Shrines in April 2007 during Child Abuse Byrd, Chief Justice Earl, Warren Aviator
have been presented to schools and Prevention Month. This popular project Orville Wright, Aviator James “Jimmy”
other public locations around the promotes strong, healthy families through Doolittle, Aviator Amelia Earhart, Dr.
country. positive parenting. Norman Vincent Peal.
Continued from page 5
Conventions starting as a six-week old in over 50,000 men and women working to for-National-Exchange-Club-President-
San Diego. Exchange is a family affair for make our communities better for our Elect/115975618468980. My blog can be
the Molitor family! children. This is the Renaissance of accessed athttp://www.lou4necnpe.blog
Exchange that I have in my mind. It will spot.com/. My email address for my
I firmly believe in the Magic of Exchange.
take a lot of work, with many hands and campaign as a candidate for National
I celebrate this magic with others as I
heads, and will need years to accomplish. Exchange Club President-Elect is
already have my 25-member pin and am My goal is to take the first steps. My goal
working towards my 50-member pin. As I email@example.com.
is to have all Exchangites R.S.V.P. to my
have travelled across the country I have invitation to be a part of the Magic of I ask that you R.S.V.P. I ask that you
seen the Magic of Exchange celebrated in Exchange. My goal is to have all support my campaign to be the next
many different ways-some similar, some Exchangites wield the “magic wands” of President-Elect of the National Exchange
different-but always with the same end in Renaissance, Value, Service and Passion Club. And I ask for your vote in Detroit in
mind: Exchange Club is making a as we grow our organization. My promise July at the 100th Anniversary Convention.
difference in our country! is to model the way! Thank you and God bless.
My vision of the National Exchange Club I have a Facebook page for Lou Molitor
is a thriving, growing organization of over for NEC NPE that is at http://www.face
1,000 local Exchange Clubs comprised of book.com/home.php#!/pages/Lou-Molitor- Lou
District Information 7
All About Joe Johnson, District Director
I have been asked to tell about me and are many knowledgeable Exchangites out As I moved on in my life I wanted to do
what I am made of. there that can help you every step of the something for me and give back to the
Let’s start at the beginning and tell you way. Community.So for the next 18 years I
that I joined my local Exchange Club in Moving right along after my three years was an Election Judge and felt very good
1993 and 2 years later I became in office I stayed on the board as an about it.
President-Elect and then on to the officer of the Board for the Lincolnland Finally, for the biggest part of my life I
position of President. From that Foundation. Three years later I
have wondered why there are people
point on my experience with took over as Director of
homeless in this rich Country of ours. So
Exchange just kept getting better. Division 6 because my wife
After my three year commitment became President in 2010 and not being able to wave a magic wand
I became District Director of that is where we stand at the and solve the homeless problem I did the
Division 6 which was my first present time. next best thing I joined Habitat For
experience on the Lincolnland Humanity and for 10 years I helped build
Exchange has been my life and
District board of Directors. It homes in the Quad Cities. I was also on
my passion for the past 18
took me some time to learn how Joe Johnson years and I hope it will be for the Habitat Board of Directors for 6
things on the board were run. District Director many years to come. years. I must say that if it were not for
Once I became more what I learned through the Exchange
Aside from spending time working with
comfortable as District Director of Club I would not have been able to
Exchange I have been involved in many
Division 6 and became much more handle being on the Habitat Board. I
things in my Community. To begin we
familiar with how the District Board was have to go all the way back to my high worked for 6 more years and then my
run I felt it I was ready to take on bigger school days. I helped form a Teens For health slowed me down and I had to
and better tasks. In 2005 I put my name Crippled Children’s Organization and in give up many of the things I loved doing
in the ring as President-Elect and then one fund raiser we raised $22,000 to for our Community.
District President and finally Past District help buy wheel chairs and other things
President. Now you come to the present time. I am
for the handy capped.
still very involved in Exchange but, all
I must say that I had a lot of fun and Moving on in my life I then became an the other things I was involved in well,
learned even more about Exchange. I not adult and was in the Army for 6 years
only learned more about Exchange but, I someone else has taken over.
and the Illinois National Guard for 10
learned how to type, how to write a years. After all that I spent 5 years That is it in a nut shell and I hope you
speech and last but, not least how to involved with the Knights of Columbus have enjoyed the beginning and the
speak better in public. through my church. At about the same almost end of my life story. Thanks so
Bottom line you just walk away feeling time I joined the J C,s chapter of young much for all you do for Exchange and
very good about yourself. So if to want to people. After becoming an exhausted your Communities.
move on and take the next step these are rooster I then joined the local chapter of
SHINNING THE LIGHT OF EXCHANGE
just some of the things you can learn by the Moose Lodge in Davenport. I was a
taking the next step. Remember, there very active member for 11 years. Joe
Lincolnland District Trading Pins
What better way for Ol' Abe to are available by contacting based on the response we get. If you are
go to National Convention in Dennis at planning on attending the Centennial
Motown than driving a 1940 firstname.lastname@example.org at last Convention in Detroit, get in on the pin
Lincoln convertible? year's prices - 20 pins for trading action!
The pin committee has $25. Reserve your pins Let Dennis know how many pins you'ld
selected this design for the today! like; you may pay him and collect your
2011 convention pin and they We'll place the order soon pins at the District convention.
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Presented at District Convention in Rock Island
All American Volunteer Nancy Schreiber, Breakfast Gurnee Honorable Mention
Sandra Southworth, Naperville Amanda Brady, Breakfast Gurnee
Ron Hoenes, Beardstown
Koren Cooper, Gurnee
Honorable Mention Contributing Service (CSA) Forrest Erickson, ALL
Art Awerkamp, Quincy James Blockinger, Breakfast Erin Gehn, Quad Cities
James Cook, Belleville Michael Harris, Waukegan
Richard “Dick” Meyers, Mattoon
Raven S. Jackson, Round Lake
Barb Richardson, Breakfast Gurnee Honorable Mention Cole Johnson, Beardstown
James Hermetet, Beardstown Timothy Laurenzo, Naperville
Best Club Bulletin Teresa (Teri) Koch, Quincy Kevin Miko, Belleville
(Less Than 50 Members) Rosalee Myers, Mattoon Kyle Miller, Mattoon
Champaign, The Champaign Michelle Rocush, Naperville Samuel Porter, Alton
Exchanger, Editor Tom Claire Sculley, Quincy
Exchangite of the Year Brett Trefren, Rantoul
Dr. Michael Oster, LMV
Honorable Mention (Libertyville, Mundelein, Youth of the Year
Beardstown, River Rat Chat,
Editor Mary Ella Hermetet
Vernon Hills) Emily Pritchett, nominated by
Quad Cities, Exchangeitems, Honorable Mention Belleville
Editors Lois Dixon and Carol Murphy Jerry Beaumont, Mattoon Honorable Mention
Waukegan, The Waukegan Jim Cerbie, Alton Blair Baugher, Aledo
Exchangite, Editor Kathy Fontana Gerald “Sonny” Christner, Quincy Adrianne Bishop, Rantoul
Faye Hoenes, Beardstown Kelly Callen, Waukegan
Best Club Bulletin Millie Lang, ALL Rex Colgrove, Mattoon
(50 or More Members) Emy Trotz, Naperville Samantha Danguillan, Round Lake
Quincy, Exchangite, Grace Holthaus, Quincy
Editor Rick Gengenbacher Kremer-Clarkson-Krause Ryan Hulet, Naperville
Roberta Pfeiffer, Gurnee Rebecca Miller, Quad Cities
Belleville, Belleville Newsletter,
Breakfast Maya Patterson, Urbana
William Remmes, Galesburg
Editor Phil Ballas
Grayslake, Grayslake Newsletter,
Rookie of the Year Jolene Stoller, Gurnee
Craig Richardson, ALL (Antioch, Jessica Trone, Beardstown
Editor Wendy Petera Zach Turner, Joliet
Mattoon, Newsviews, Lake Villa, Lindenhurst)
Editor Keith Lynch Honorable Mention Membership Net
Naperville, Naperville Newsletter, John Gehlhausen, Belleville
Editor Mary Howenstein Doug Morris, Beardstown
Bill Saunders, Mattoon
(6/1/10 – 5/31/11)
Distinguished Service (DSA) James (Jim) Totsch, Quincy Grayslake, +5
Dr. George Stone, Mattoon Other Clubs Positive
Honorable Mention ACE North Chicago, +4
Donna Givens, Beardstown Alexandria Hoehn, nominated Champaign, +2
Dennis Koch, Quincy by Aurora Aledo, +1
District Information 9
Percentage Increase Dear Mike,
(6/1/10 – 5/31/11)
North Chicago, +15.4% Congratulations! I am please to inform you that the Lincolnland
Other Clubs Positive District Exchange Clubs’ bulletin, Linconland Link, has won the
Champaign, +14.3%, 2011 Edit Award for Best District Bulletin in the category of
(not eligible, 25 member minimum) districts with 800 or more members.
(not eligible, numerical winner)
Aledo, +2.3% Sincerely,
Best Percentage Attendance Editor, Exchange Today
Others above 50%
Beardstown, 61.3% District Convention Website Winners
Quincy, 53.3% Spirit Award The Exchange Club of
Quad Cities, 52.1% To Be Determined Martinsville, VA
Mattoon, 50.3% (martinsvilleexchangeclub.org) in the
National Service Award category of clubs with 49 or fewer
100 % Award (As of 5/31/11) members.
To Be Determined Alton The Exchange Club of West
Beardstown, Mattoon, Naperville, Beardstown
and Quincy meet critieria c and d.
Potential winners are dependent on
Belleville (exchangeclubofwc.org) in the
attendance at district events Champaign category of clubs with 50 or more
5AS LMV The Florida District Exchange
Level I: Champaign Mattoon Clubs
Level II: Beardstown Naperville (floridadistrictexchange.com/default.
Belleville Quad Cities aspx) in the district category.
Quad Cities Quincy
Level III: Grayslake Urbana
Mattoon West DuPage County
Level IV: Naperville
Quincy Individual Membership
Thanks for Sumittal 10 Member Pin
Waukegan Mike Oster, LMV (Libertyville,
Mundelein, Vernon Hills)
Millie Lang, ALL
10 Lincolnland LINK
Save Abandoned Babies
by Dawn Geras • President of Save Abandoned Babies Foundation
The holiday weekend over
and it seems summer has
Changes to arrived! It is also time to
think of summer parties
especially our fund raiser. If
Illinois' Safe you haven’t yet made your
reservations, do it now. Also
be sure to send the
One Pair of Tickets (two) to Attend
The Richard H. Driehaus Summer Party
Haven Law invitation to all your
contacts. Remind them that
it is a fun event and for a
July 30th, 2011
You are cordially invited to participate in a
very special auction to benefit the Save
House Bill 106 amends the Abandoned Abandoned Babies Foundation — and get your
Newborn Infant Protection Act to It’s a chance to win great hands on a set of two (2) tickets to a
include campus police and Illinois State prizes and help save lives of legendary summer party that’s the social event
Police stations as safe havens! The Bill innocent newborn babies! of the year! Go to:
passed. Compete in the Texas http://www.ubid.com/charity/?hp=L1
Hold’em Tournament for
This is the 10th Anniversary of the SAB This is your once in a lifetime opportunity to
great prizes like 2 American
Safe Haven Law. We have saved 66 get the hottest ticket in town! This renowned
Airline round trip tickets to
babies since then. summer party is attended by a long list of
anywhere in the continental
Thanks for your support! Chicago’s “Who’s Who’ and Lake Geneva’s
elite — you too can be a part of the exclusive
Need help? Or come to have fun even if invitation list. Join Richard H. Driehaus,
Call (888) 510-BABY you don’t play poker! Magic businessman and generous philanthropist, for
Dave will be there to his annual summer celebration this hear hosted
For more information, call the Save entertain, Victoria the at his Lake Geneva Estate. In 1998, Richard H.
Abandoned Babies Foundation at 312- Psychic to tell you your Driehaus purchased the century old estate and
440-0229 (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. future, and Cash Dash from restored the mansion, its garden and grounds
Central Time). the Secretary of State’s to their original elegance. Resting on over 35
office to help you recover acres on the Lake Geneva lakefront, this
money you didn’t know you historic estate is an experience unto itself.
In years past, this glorious estate has been
It’s a causal summer’s transformed to the likes of an authentic circus
evening under the stars fair, the Emerald City, a docking station for a
(actually a LARGE tent). pirate ship, Route 66 and so much more! Each
Enjoy the great food and year this exclusive party had featured and
drinks. Buy something fun evening of thematic adventures including a
at the Silent Auction. And cocktail reception, a gourmet dinner, a
you will be helping to fireworks display to rival that of Chicago’s 4th
prevent another baby from of July, and entertainment into the wee hours
needlessly being abandoned of the night.
by increasing awareness of
Don’t miss the opportunity for you and a guest
the Save Haven law. Saving
to attend this spectacular summer party and
babies AND having fun. A
support the Save Abandoned Babies
win-win evening! What
could be better than that?
District Information 11
Food flows fast at new
North Chicago bazaar
by Judy Masterson • News Sun Correspondent
NORTH CHICAGO — In the middle of her first name, was
the food desert that is North Chicago, the selling what might be
sun beats down on a big parking lot found at any garage
outside the city’s last and long-vacant sale: clothes, books,
grocery store. A predicted thunderstorm VHS tapes, some
has not materialized, and Manny Hanna, barely worn shoes.
organizer of the North Chicago Swap-O- Selling at the swap
Rama and Farmer’s Market, is grateful. site was less hassle
The market, held at the corner of 14th than doing it at Jose Bonilla of Kenosha
weighs some vegetables
home, she said. Green Acres booth durin at the
Street and Lewis Avenue, which first g Saturday’s Swap-O-R
Farmers Market in North
opened on a rainy May 21 and again on “I’ve been waiting for Chicago. | Brian
a rainy May 28, will run every Saturday something like this for imes Media
through Oct. 29 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 30 years,” she said.
“This location’s been dead for years,” Members of Light of the World Church in
Hanna told a crowd gathered for the Waukegan rushed about under a large
grand opening on June 4. “We’ve got tent preparing steak tacos and rice and
109 spaces. That’s 109 people who can elotes — grilled corn — to raise money
make some extra income. Anybody who to help pay off the mortgage.
thinks this isn’t a good idea — they need “He’s got a good idea here,” said North
their head examined.” Chicago 7th Ward Ald. Charles January,
About 40 vendors arrived to do business who was eating a cup of creamy corn
at the most recent market. Green Acre and who urged vendors to “invite 10”
Farms in Kenosha County and Kap Farms people.
in Algonquin brought fresh produce, Officials including state Rep Rita
including lettuce, melons, green beans Angel Cruze of Waukegan serves tacos
Mayfield, D-Waukegan, and North at the Light of the World Church booth
and asparagus, and sold out early. Chicago Mayor Leon Rockingham spoke during Saturday’s Swap-O-Rama and
But other vendors — candle sellers, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Farmers Market in North Chicago.
jewelry sellers, people hawking “Let’s start tweeting and texting and
everything from flowing cotton dresses to letting people know this is a positive for “It’s getting both Hispanics and African-
tacos to massages — stayed through the North Chicago,” Rockingham said. Americans together and understanding
afternoon as new shoppers continued to
“By the end of summer, this place will be that we live in this community —
packed!” Mayfield told a crowd that first together,” she said.
Denise Allen of North Chicago, gathered in a circle to pray that God “We just need more people to come out
proprietor of Jewels 4 Life, a handmade would send more bargain hunters their and support us,” Hanna said.
beaded jewelry business, said she way. “We’re going to bring the small-
appreciates the opportunity to sell close If you go ...Admission to the North
business community back, and vendors
to home and at an affordable fee. She Chicago Swap-O-Rama and Farmer’s
like you are going to help.”
paid $15 for a space. Market is free. For more information, call
North Chicago Exchange Club President Manny Hanna at (847) 322-9317 or visit
“You pay $50 on Maxwell Street,” Allen Paula Carballido, who praised Hanna for www.ncswaporama.com.
said, referring to an outdoor market in “doing something positive,” said the
Chicago. “And the drive is so long.” Swap-O-Rama was having another effect.
Mary from Zion, who would only give
12 Lincolnland LINK
Call for Exchange Investing in America’s Future
Club volunteers for Campaign Meets $3 Million Challenge!
Naperville Ribfest We have met the challenge! This $5.5
campaign was launched with five
The first phase of Investing in America's
Future supports our national project,
by Regina Rogers, LCPC, NCC individuals posing a $1 million with four specific goals:
Executive Director of Project H.E.L.P. challenge: NECF must raise an
additional $2 million by spring of 2011. 1. Sustain child abuse prevention
I want to personally thank you for your efforts through perpetual
Today we celebrate the courage and
commitment to the mission of the endowment
leadership of those first five individuals
Exchange Club and your volunteerism.
who believed these unprecedented 2. Establish proactive leadership role
Nationwide, there were 3.2 million
campaign goals for the prevention of in contributing to the prevention
reports of suspected child abuse
involving more than 5.8 million children child abuse could be achieved. We
made to Child also thank the 49 others who gave
generously in the past 24 months, to 3. Evaluate and research programs
Service help us raise just over $3 million in and impact
agencies in cash, pledges, and estate gifts.
4. Restore and expand network
2007. That same year, there were Our next challenge: Raise another $2.5 resources
approximately 794,000 substantiated million to meet the $5.5 million overall
cases of child abuse or neglect. Over goal for Phase One, which will put The We know there are others who care
73% of perpetrators of child abuse were National Exchange Club on the map as about NEC's national project, child
parents (National Exchange Club not only the premier service club, but abuse prevention and want to see the
Foundation,http://preventchildabuse.com also the leader in this effort to prevent goals of this campaign met.
/abuse.shtml). child abuse. NEC is the only service For more information, please contact:
Nurturing and effective parenting is organization in the nation that has this
essential to the health and well-being of type of hands-on project, and this The National Exchange Club
children. Your hard work allows Project campaign will reinforce our position for Foundation 800-924-2643
H.E.L.P. to strengthen and support years to come. email@example.com
families in DuPage County by providing
mentoring and educational support
services to parents. We are all dedicated
to the belief that strong families are the
basis of healthy and safe homes and the
foundation of strong communities.
That being said, please email me the
dates and specific shifts (e.g., family
area, beer tent; 1st or 2nd shift) you
wish to volunteer for the 2011 Exchange
Note: Only Naperville club members
can order shirts.
If ordering shirts, please email me your
preferred shirt size;
• Men - sm, md, lrg, xlrg
• Women - short sleeves or sleeveless,
sm, md, lrg, xlrg
District Information 13
Support Exchange Believe in
Know that your Charleston The Blue Ribbon
support is needed James Painter Child Abuse
for the National Prevention
Foundation, the Campaign had
Roberta Thomas Cynthia Lee
Lincolnland its early
Mitchell Jones Judy Haga
Foundation and beginnings
Dave Oberg Bob Wegge
your local following the
Sara Bott Michael Pruitt
foundations that all support prevention of death of a very young child.
child abuse and community programs of Joliet In spring 1989, Bonnie
service. Marc Reid Jim McFarland Finney, a Virginia
Understand that you God given blessings LMV grandmother, received the
comes with responsibility. We each have a Diane Oster Mike Oster devastating news that her
responsibility for the communities, the Sandra Riordan Mike Oster beloved grandson had died of
country, our neighbors, friends and families injuries inflicted by his
as well as our national project of service; Gary Hurst Michael Craig
"the prevention of child abuse". Carol Jean Dudley Laura Sells In an expression of her grief
NEC has bult a strong reputation over the Tad Dudley Laura Sells and outrage, this
past 100 years for "passing it on." grandmother did something
Naperville that has given us a symbol,
Ann Vincent Emy Trotz around which we rally for the
Monica Schlieszler Emy Trotz
Welcome our new members: Mark Thurow Kenn Miller
cause of child abuse
prevention. She tied a blue
Aledo Lynne Wolfe Emy Trotz ribbon to the antenna of her
William Taylor Bryan Murdock Patrick Wolfe Emy Trotz van as a way to remember
ALL Omar Habeeb Emy Trotz "the bruised and battered
Joyce Dever Millie Lang Theresa Stone Sandra Southworth body of her grandson" and to
Tiffany Letcher Dawn Portner alert her community to the
Aurora Raymond Adkins
Kelleen Mortenson Marva Cross tragedy of child abuse.
Mike Lhotka Emy Trotz
Tim Rater Christine Weber John Krummen Emy Trotz In Bonnie's own words: "The
Beardstown Michele Cutala Matthew OKaley blue ribbon serves as a
Melody Foley-Glidden Sally Moore Daniel Cutula Matthew OKaley constant reminder to fight for
Deanne Roegge Ron Hoenes protection of our children.
North Chicago Please wear a blue ribbon.
Belleville Antoinette Weatherspoon Yvonne Evans Put one on your car. Give
Diane Megahy Helen Cook Mary Henderson Robette Williams one to your friends. Tell them
Joann Syzdek Helen Cook Quad Cities what it means. You may save
Bloomington Karl Adlon Ralph Wilshusen a child's life!"
William Schulz Earl Kingman Quincy The act of one grandmother
Russel Nutt Curtis Moore thousands of miles away
Breakfast Gurnee leads us to this day. Just think
John Bright Curtis Moore
Lisa Jazdzewski Yvette Brandes what could happen if each
Champaign Rantoul one of us helped spread the
Kevin Kellogg John Vasquez word to a few of the people
Robert Decker Tom Williams
Susan Connelly Nancy Williams West DuPage we come in contact with
Donald Trulock Tom Williams Cheryl Weber Linda Johnson each day.
14 Lincolnland LINK
First Row (left to
Al Volk (U.S.
Bank), and Rev.
and Laura Seils.
))) Around the District ) ) )
ALEDO: The club is preparing State at noon on the 1st & 3rd DeKalb & Sycamore City were given to 6 students
for the annual Dr. Charles Thursday of each month. ) Councils acknowledged the from five schools plus
Ford / Exchange Club Frog BELLVILLE: Helen Cook is club’s 100th birthday with 4 students of the year from
Races on July 4th in Central soon to be President.The proclamations this March. The two high schools. )
Park, Aledo. ) Belleville Club gave the Book club held a successful GURNEE BREAKFAST: The
ALL: The club postponed their of Golden Deeds to Mark fundraiser in April at a local club had a successful soup
Freedom Shrine until the fall Kern, St. Clair County pizza parlor. Portions of and Salad in May, and will do
on Veteran’s day. They also Chairmen. We also had a very dollars spent one day went to our version of Ribfest in
rolled over the officers since successful Gold Tournament the Club. The pizza fundraiser August. With Gurnee Noon,
they were only in place for 7 with the proceeds for the dollars were used for this the clubs are in a 3 year
months. Similar to Herman’s Quarters for Kids Foundation. year’s ACE Award. Our transition to turning in a
Hermits “Henry the VIII”, ) Proudly We Hail Award was charter and becoming one
“2nd Verse same as the first. given to Parkway Restaurant in club for Gurnee. This year’s
CHAMPAIGN: Tour de
Sycamore in June. ) President Elect will be the
ALTON: The club sponsored a Exchange April 30th Interclub
baseball team for Godfrey event. They have a new GALESBURG: The club President of the new single
Park and Recreationand held a website disbanded as the longest entity club. )
candy sale. ) www.champaignexchangeclu surviving IL Exchange Club. ) GURNEE NOON: Just had
BEARDSTOWN: The b.com. They have a new GRAYSLAKE: Our Book of their Annual Golf Outing with
Exchange Club of Beardstown president replacing Tom Golden Deed Dinner had 99 52 golfers in attendance.
#2559 has changed the place Williams....Thomas Williams in attendance. We gave out Beginning July 1st the two
of meetings. We now meet at Jr. ) 12 awards with some being Clubs in Gurnee are going to
the Methodist Church at 5th & DEKALB/SYCAMORE: Both very surprised. Youth awards form one Club. This will take
District Information 15
a period of 3 years to QUINCY: Planting of the East
complete. Stay tuned for more Moline Garden. )
information. ) ROUND LAKE: The annual
LMV: Mike O gave a talk on Roses delivered were 176
the huge increase in heroin dozen for Administrative Day.
overdoses and deaths in Lake The Hometown Heroes
County. The club is rebuilding program is well received in
due to many lost members. the community and they
We are co promoting with honor parents with a plaque
several area groups including and send out a box a
Mundelein community month. )
connections. We will march URBANA: Had a seminar on
in the Libertyville Parade Oil and gas, geologic
again, do a Freedom shrine in microphones and fractures in
the fall and work with the the earth. Also updated on
other 7 Lake County Clubs on periodic cicadas. )
projects of service until we
grow bigger. We did our first WAUKEGAN: The club will
student of the year and first have a golf outing on June
ACE award. ) 28th with installation dinner.
The club had a successful
MATTOON: Exchange Club bowlathon this spring. )
of Mattoon participated in
NOTE FROM PAT
pool tournament. They made
GALLAGHER who does what
$2,700 in a football pool
he can to help with Around
fundraiser. $5,500 made in
the District column. If the
May 31 golf
Presidents and Secretaries
tournaments. Their membershi
would write to their district
p has grown by 3 members
director what they want in President: Tom Williams; President-Elect: Thomas Williams,Jr.
with the addition of Carol
and if they then write the Secretary/Treasurer: Nancy Williams; Directors: Richard
Jean Dudley, Anthony
material and send it to the Adkins, Wally Lehman; Directors: Bill Dieker, Dottie Mikucki;
Dudley, andGary Hurst to
editor; the 8-10 hours that it Directors: Anne Johnston, Frank Scantlebury
their club. George Stone is the
takes to read all the
District winner of the DSA. )
newsletters, decide what
NAPERVILLE: Exchange should go in and write it
Club of Naperville is planning instead of editing it would
for their ribfest. This club will make the process a lot more
once again have one of the tolerable. Most Issues, Mike
best 5 A’s reports. ) O does not have an entire day
to sift through all the
NORTH CHICAGO: Swap-O-
information and write just one
Rama Indoor/Outdoor Swap
of the items in the newsletter.
Meet in North Chicago and
If everyone would help. Each
anti-bullying program has kept
issue would not take 20-30
them busy. Their +4 ties them
hours to produce. If your club
with Grayslake for 1st in the
does not put out a bulletin,
District in growth and is #1 in
please send me a copy of your
percentage growth. )
monthly secretaries report of
QUAD CITIES: February your board meetings. That will On hand for the dedication of the Freedom Shrine are from
Hobo Chili night. Tour de give me info on all clubs for left: Andy Richmond, Superintendent of Eagle Ridge School,
Exchange April 30th Interclub the column. Thanks, Mike Marissa Troche, Student Council President, Ralph Wilshusen,
event. May 6th Plant Sale. ) Oster ) and Jon Schweppe, from Representative Bobby Shillings’ office.
Postmaster: Please send address corrections and returns to:
National Exchange Club
3050 Central Ave.
Toledo, OH 43606-1700
Calendar of Events
July 1 Administrative Year Begins
July 15 Program Development Meeting & Training Report Due to National
July 31 Club President Distinguished Club Secretary & Treasurer Forms Due
Aug 5 District President Report Due National
Aug 15 District Director Report A due Lincolnland
Aug 18 Save Abandoned Babies 10 yr Illinois Region
Aug 30 Plan Ahead Patriot Day, National Day of Service,
National Crime Prevention, Fire Prevention Week Lincolnland
Sept 1 Link Deadline
Sept 11 Patriot Day
Sept 15 District President’s Report
Sept 29 Rosh Hashanah
October 2011 - National Crime Prevention Month
Oct 5 District President Report
Oct 9 National Fire Prevention Week
Oct 22 National Day of Service
Oct 31 District Director Club Report B Welcome to 2010-2011!