Exchange Club is committed to making our communities better places to live through programs of service in Americanism, community service, youth activities and our national service project, the prevention of child abuse.
Accepting the Challenge of Excellence (A.C.E.) Award Program They are the unlikely heroes. The ones that you might think just wouldn't make it in school or in life, those that have had circumstances in their lives that have made it hard for them to succeed. Despite the odds somehow, somewhere they catch a glimpse of light that changes the trajectory of their lives. This program honors these students. Once a year the A.C.E program awards students from local high schools that have exhibited excellence in turning their academic and personal lives around after being faced with significant challenges. The winner at the club level has a chance to be recognized further at both the district and national Exchange levels with increasing monetary scholarships. Administering this program requires contacting local high school by phone and mail, receiving and evaluating applications and selecting and presenting winners.
Youth of the Month/Year Program These are the heroes, the movers and shakers of tomorrow that we are recognizing today. This program highlights outstanding local students. Awards and plaques are presented monthly with the Youth of the Year being selected from the monthly winners. The club also submits two individuals for recognition at the district level. These students have the opportunity to be selected as winners at the national Exchange Club level. As in the A.C.E. award there are scholarships given at each level. Administering this program require contacting local high schools, evaluating application, and arranging presentations for the winners.
Children’s Easter Egg Hunt 600 pounds of chocolate eggs, a green lawn, and 1000 screaming kids. It's one of the longest standing community events in Walla Walla and it's the Walla Walla Exchange Club's Children's Easter Egg Hunt. It's like clockwork. It happens on the Saturday before Easter every year. Community children ages 1-10 turn out in droves to gather the illusive eggs. Special guest include Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny, members of the Walla Walla Fire Department, KUJ Radio and the Community Bank Ducky Derby Duck.
Girls’ Softball Sponsor
Babe Ruth Baseball Sponsor The Exchange Club is as American as baseball and apple pie. That is why we sponsor several baseball teams through the summer playing season. It's tradition, it's community, and it's important to use to develop our youth.
Exchange believes in promoting pride in country, respect for the flag and appreciation of our freedoms. Our Americanism projects include:
Give-A-Kid-A-Flag-To-Wave: Hand out flags at 4th of July in the Park
Proudly We Hail: Recognizes citizens who fly our flag consistently & correctly. We honor these citizens with a plaque.
Freedom Shrine: Photographic reproduction of historic american documents. Currently there are two displays available - a 19 document display and a 28 document display.
Veterans’ Appreciation: On Veteran's Day we have a special luncheon to honor veterans and this usually includes a speaker or information about our veterans and their contribution to our freedoms.
Volunteering at the Frontier Days, volunteering at the All-City Golf tournament, officer of the Year, and volunteering at National Night Out
Prevention of Child Abuse
The pillar of Preventing Child Abuse is the overarching pillar that is the purpose and undertone of every function of the club.