Walk to End Alzheimers subject of this week’s program

The Annual Walk to End Alzheimers is set for September 5th at Clat Adams Park and Jamie Foster of the Alzheimer’s Association will have all the details for us at Friday’s meeting. Remember, the Club is getting a “walking” team together for this event.

Travis Brown is still looking for walkers for the Exchange Club’s Walking Team for the upcoming Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimers on September 5th at 5pm. That event will be held with walkers going from Clat Adams Park to The Dock and back.  Contact Travis at (217) 228-8696 if you are interested.

Two New Members Inducted

Ken Rieffer Eric FreseTwo new members have recently been inducted into the Finest Hour Bunch. Eric Frese, a partner with Cason, Huff & Schlueter Insurance and Kenneth Rieffer, owner of Riverside Barbeque were recently inducted into the club. Eric is married with two children Ken is also married with two children. Welcome to the club Eric and Ken!

Exchangite named Best Club Bulletin in Lincolnland

Joel Koch  Jeff DorseyThe Exchangite, the Exchange Club of Quincy’s weekly bulletin edited by Jeff Dorsey, received the Best Club Bulletin Award for clubs with 50 or more members at the Lincolnland District Exchange Clubs District Convention held in Gurnee, Illinois. Also at the convention, The Club received the 5A’s award for achievement and Club Member Dennis Koch received the Kremer-Clarkson-Krause Communication Award. This award is named (in part) after long-time Quincy Bulletin Editor Paul Clarkson.

Club announces major allocations for the Year

Barb Chapin  Perry TerwelpPresident Perry Terwelp presented Barb Chapin of Transitions a $5,000 check from the Exchange Club.  Barb thanked the Club and announced that the money will be going to purchase an automatic door opener for the disabled who have had difficulty in entering their own living facility.

Clarice Hetzler  Perry TerwelpClarice Hetzler of the Children’s Advocacy Network was also presented a check for $5,000 from the Club.  Clarice thanked the Club and recognized the Exchange Club for actually providing seed monies for their program years ago in their fight to protect sexually abused children in the area.

Exchangite of the Year and Distinguished Service Award Winners named

Mel Dillman  Curt MooreCurt Moore has been announced as the recipient of the Bill Hageman Exchangite of the Year Award for 2012-13 at the Club’s June 28 meeting. Curt has been involved in nearly all aspects of the Club since the day he joined.  He has been involved in the Club’s activities, sponsored new members, and is eager to help out when asked.  He has chaired or co-chaired Gus Macker and Smoke on the River.  He has also served on the Board of Directors for the past three years and is now the Vice President of our Club. Congratulations Curt.  You are deserving of the honor of being this year’s Exchangite of the Year.  Curt’s lovely bride, Charlotte, was in attendance to see Curt receive his award.

The recipient of the John Tripp Distinguished Service Award is Mel Dillman.  Mel has been in the Club since 1986 and was President in 1991-1992.   He is a former Exchangite of the Year recipient and has served as Chairman for both Gus Macker and Smoke on the River and is chairing both this year. Mel has been instrumental in bringing in new members to our Club and is a Veteran, having served two tours of duty in Vietnam. We are sure that John Tripp would agree that Mel is deserving of being this year’s recipient of the DSA.  Congratulations Mel and thanks for all that you do for the Exchange Club. Mel’s lovely bride, Linda, was also in attendance to see Mel receive his award.

Believe in the Blue Event nets $1,500 Donation to First Steps Program

Believe in the Blue CheckWith the help of Hy-Vee and their many customers who purchased Blue Ribbons last month, the Exchange Club was honored to present a check for $1,500 to Barb Chapin of Transitions for their First Steps Program. First Steps is one of the services offered by Transitions of Western Illinois to educate new moms and/or dads to help them be better parents. Pictured from left to right are Barb Chapin, Development Director at Transitions, Perry Terwelp, President of the Exchange Club and Steve Labs, manager of the Harrison Street Hy-Vee store.

Proudly We Hail plaques awarded to 6 Quincy organizations

Proudly We Hail 2013The Exchange Club of Quincy used Flag Day to bring back a program that recognizes businesses and residences for properly flying the American Flag. The Proudly We Hail program is a Americanism Service Project of the National Exchange Club that encourages regular display of the flag by individuals, commercial establishments and industries. Recipients this year were farmers Bank of Liberty, represented by Mark Field and Brad Essington, The Good Samaritan Home, Represented by Judy Graham, The Quincy Humane Society, represented by Sally Westerhoff, Transitions, represented by Barb Chapin, First Bankers Trust Company, represented by Daron Duke and Town and Country Inn & Suites, represented by David Griffin.

The club intends to make this an annual event centered around Flag Day each year.

Freedom Shrine Dedicated at Quincy Mall

The Exchange Club of Quincy met at the Quincy Mall on June 7, 2013 for the dedication of the newest Freedom Shrine which was constructed in conjunction with an Eagle Scout project of Stephen Coy of Boy Scout Troop 22 of Quincy. Freedon Shrine Wall

Michael Jenkins of the Quincy Mall complemented Stephen for his Eagle Scout Project and thanked the Exchange Club for providing the Freedom Shrine. Dave Gilbert, Eagle Ridge District Executive for the Boy Scouts informed the club that there are just over 8,500 young people eligible to be scouts in the 12 county area of the Mississippi Valley Council of the BSA and some 15% of them are in a scouting program – nearly double the national average.

The Boy Scouts mission is “to prepare young people to make moral and ethical choices in life.” For a Scout to become an Eagle Scout they must go through 7 different ranks. They must also earn 21 Merit Badges, hold a position of leadership, do community service and must have an Eagle Scout project that leaves a lasting effect on a community. That is exactly what this Freedom Shrine has done thanks to Eagle Scout Stephen Coy. According to Mr. Gilbert, the first Eagle Scout award was presented in 1912 and only 2 million people have earned the right to be called an Eagle Scout.

Eagle Scout Stephen Coy Troop 22Our honoree Stephen Coy then took the opportunity to thank the Exchange Club, his family and his fellow scouts for their assistance with the project. Stephen is a senior at Quincy Notre Dame High school and has been in scouting since the first grade.

Developed by the National Exchange Club, the Freedom Shrine originated from the Freedom Train that toured the nation in 1947 carrying an exhibit of historic documents. The purpose of the Freedom Shrine is twofold. It puts before young Americans proof that the freedom and greatness we enjoy today were not purchased easily and reminds them that these gifts must be cherished and protected. Painstakingly researched to guarantee absolute authenticity, the 28 historical American documents that comprise the Shrine were carefully chosen to exemplify the beginnings of our nation and those subsequent turning points of importance which shaped our national character and eminence. The documents of the Shrine, although culled from the past, represent foundation stones which permit the present, as we know it, to exist and the future, as we dream it, to be attainable.

Thousands of Shrines have been dedicated throughout the United States and Puerto Rico in universities, libraries, schools, state capitals, city halls and at American outposts scattered throughout the world.

The Shrine is a display of historical documents photographically reproduced from the originals and permanently laminated to individual non-warping plaques. It is used by teachers, students, study groups and other clubs to further study American history. Exchange prints a study tool called the Freedom Shrine Documents Textbook which contains the texts of the documents of the Shrine. It can be used to inspire essay and speech contests, and to prepare for the Milestones of Freedom quiz. For more information on Freedom Shrines, request a free kit from your National Headquarters.

JoAnn Witte Named 61st Recipient of Book of Golden Deeds

2013 Book of Golden Deeds recipient, JoAnn Witte with her family

2013 Book of Golden Deeds recipient, JoAnn Witte with her family

Mrs. JoAnn Witte became the 61st recipient of the Book of Golden Deeds Award. Mrs. Witte, the wife of Fred and daughter-in-law of former long-time Exchangite Buck Witte, was recognized for her work with the Gene Grawe Fund. Mrs. Witte began the fund eight years ago to assist families with tuition assistance at St. Anthony’s School. The fund was named in memory of her father. After two years of providing assistance with those in St. Anthony’s, the program was expanded city-wide to provide tuition assistance for families at all four primary Catholic schools as well as Quincy Notre Dame High School. In those eight years, over $600,000 has been raised and distributed for tuition assistance. Hundreds of families, including many Exchangite families, have benefited from a simple program where people buy gift cards at businesses that they were already going to spend money with. In return for the cards, the businesses donate a percentage of each card sold back o the program. The percentage ranges from 2% all the way up to close to 20%.

Jared Haugh, who delivered his seventh Golden Deeds address estimated over $12 million worth of cards have been sold during this time! Accompanying our recipient was her aforementioned husband, Fred, their son, Andrew, her mother,
Mary Ann Grawe, in-laws, Al and Mary Witte, and one of JoAnn’s best friends, Nancy Boone. Fred and JoAnn’s other two children, Matthew and Hannah were unable to attend

Alexis Bonebrake named Bud Willer A.C.E. Award Winner

Alexis GroupA.C.E. is a National Exchange Club Program which stands for Accepting the Challenge of Excellence. This program recognizes high school students who have made a dramatic change in their attitude and performance during their high school years. These changes have enabled the students to overcome adversities and prepare for graduation. Locally, the award is named after former club member Bud Willer, who, after playing football in the 1940’s at the University of Iowa came back to Quincy and began working at the Department of Rehabilitation. After seeing some of his students overcome adversity he brought the idea to the club and it has been an annual award presented every year since the early 1970’s.

Our winner, Alexis Bonebrake of Quincy, was introduced by her Quincy Senior High School Counselor Mike Llewellyn and was presented the award by the Bud Willer Chairman John Johannes.

Alexis is suffering from Myelodysplastic Syndrome or MDS. MDS is a disease that affects the bone marrow and blood. In MDS, the bone marrow does not make enough normal blood cells for the body. Despite having MDS, Alexis has taken on the challenge of dealing with it and in her own words “hopes to inspire others to be thankful for their health and to help them to grow to become a better person”. Now you can see why she is the Bud Willer Award winner. Good luck Alexis, you are very much deserving of this award and the $1,000 scholarship that goes with it.

Alexis is now entered in the Lincolnland District A.C.E. competition and perhaps can go on to the National ACE competition as well where a $10,000 scholarship awaits the winner. Alexis’ parents, Kate and Dan Nuessen were in attendance along with Quincy Senior High School Principal Danielle Edgar.