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Gilroy Exchange Club Raises Funds For Community T he Exchange Club was founded in Detroit in 1911, making it the oldest National Club in the United States. The name was derived from the desire to “Exchange” ideas on how to better their communities. Exchange is “America’s Service Club”. From the organization’s earliest days, Exchange Clubs have been unselfishly serving their communities and improving the quality of life. The diverse array of Exchange-sponsored programs and projects has made a considerable impact on America, enhancing the lives of countless men, women and children across the nation. Fast forward to 1990 when the Gilroy charter was formulated. The mission of the Gilroy Exchange Club has always been to support local needy causes. The Gilroy Exchange Club is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The 2014 Exchange Dinner & Auction, a sold out event, focused on: 1 2 3 4 • School clothes for children in need • Classroom supplies • Teddy bears for children in crisis • Blue & Gold Luncheon honoring Public Safety Officers • Christmas shopping for families in need • Senior citizens social event • Local veterans events The 2015 Annual Exchange Club Dinner & Auction is scheduled for November 14, 2015 at the IFDES Hall. For more information or sponsorship opportunities contact Denise Turner at or 408.510.9327. 5 PHOTOS: 1) Member Kathy Laursen, Loretta Ventura 2) Board members; Rita Quintero, Joyce Kludt and Denise Turner 3) Guests browsing the raffle items. 4) Jane Howard enjoying the prime rib carving station. 5) Members Debbie Shrull, Evelia Rosso and Lori Head-Hawk with Pete Fleming and Al Pinheiro, 6) Members Barbara Boggs, Tony Marandos and Lily Kawafuchi. 46 G M H T O D A Y M A G A Z I N E 6 MARCH / APRIL 2015