Wearing their traditional orange colors, members of the Exchange Club of Albany chow down at their Friday lunch meeting before hearing from Sid Mobley, the club’s national president, to celebrate the local club’s 75th anniversary.
ALBANY, Ga. — In celebration of its 75-year quest to eradicate child abuse, Exchange Club of Albany members wore their orange shirts to the club’s Friday luncheon meeting.
Sid Mobley, the president of the national club, spoke at the luncheon to thank the local chapter for its dedication to the children’s cause, its support of the national organization and its hospitality.
“We are trying to break the cycle of child abuse. We are the only organization that deals with child abuse prevention,” Mobley said. “We go in the house and mentor children and mothers. That is a big part of stopping terrorism. I call it terrorism whenever a child is abused.”
In addition to national and state Exchange Club programs to prevent child abuse, the local Exchange Club chapter supports:
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
The Lily Pad
The Lord’s Pantry
Open Arms Inc.
Dougherty County Sheriff’s Youth Program
Vashti Center for Children & Families
Adult Literacy Program
The Exchange Club supports Open Arms Inc. locally. It gave $11,000 last year to the organization for its intervention efforts on behalf of children and their families who suffered as a result of child abuse in all its forms.
A state child abuse foundation received $2,000, and the National Exchange Club Foundation against child abuse was given $10,000. The rest of the more than $32,000 raised specifically for the community’s betterment was dispersed as scholarships and aid to other community organizations.
Exchangites didn’t get any cash at the meeting, but those with more than 25-year memberships were recognized by the national club with an honorary citation.
“This club means a lot to me. During 48 years, I watched it grow from a small club doing small service to a big club doing big service,” said Pete Peters. “Regardless of your status in life — doctor, lawyer, truck driver — you are a member, not a doctor or anything else. As a member, you help stop child abuse.”