The Donelson Hermitage Exchange Club is a member of the oldest service organization exclusively in the United States. We serve our community through our three programs of service: Americanism, Community Service and Youth Programs. Our national project is child abuse prevention.
Exchange began in 1911 with a group of businessmen who wanted to exchange ideas. Today there are more than 650 local clubs, with almost 20,000 members.
Our clubs meets every Tuesday morning at McKendree Village on Lebanon Road in Hermitage. Meetings begin at 7:30 and end at 8:30. Meetings include breakfast, prayer, Pledge of Allegiance, brag jar, club business and guest speaker. Guest are welcome to come any time. No prior notice has to be given.
Our Covenant of Service:
Accepting the divine privilege of single and collective responsibility as life’s noblest gift, I covenant with my fellow Exchangites:
To consecrate my best energies to 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.
Exchange’s ongoing efforts for the promotion of Americanism focus on the education and enlightenment of our Nation’s youth and fellow citizens that the freedom and greatness we enjoy today were hard-won and must be cherished and protected.
Some examples include: Establishment of Freedom Shrines, an impressive presentation of replica documents highlighting our nation’s history, installed at public sites across the country; GiveAKidAFlagToWave, where members distribute small American Flags at parades and other civic events; Proudly We Hail, which encourages and recognizes the regular and proper display of the American Flag; and One Nation Under God (ONUG), celebrated in November to honor the precious freedom Americans have to worship as they choose.
The Exchange Club spends countless hours and resources to improve the lives of people in our community.
We have been responsible for community improvements such as: providing relief efforts to victims of disasters, sponsoring cultural programs, car shows, honoring spectacular police officers and fire fighters, and have also provided money for scholarships, gifts, equipment, sponsorships, and educational endeavors. The Exchange Club targets crime and fire prevention programs as well as service to senior citizens. Whatever the community’s need, Exchange Club members are there to help.
Exchange believes that recognition of well-deserving youth can have an impact on his or her entire future.
The most popular recognition awards are: The Youth of the Month/Youth of the Year Award, the A.C.E. (Accepting the Challenge of Excellence) Award, and the Young Citizenship Award. They include speech and essay contests, reading projects and more. Exchange Excel Clubs, in middle schools, and Collegiate Clubs, in colleges, have been established and are designed to provide mentoring as a means to teaching leadership and civic responsibility to up-and-coming youth.