The 102nd National Exchange Club Convention was held virtually on Friday and Saturday, July 24th and 25th, with the virtual Child Abuse Symposium held concurrently. Tracey Edwards, National Executive Director, kicked off the convention with virtual toasts on FB Live, while Exchange Club members from across the nation joined in with comments throughout the evening.

The Opening Session was held at 2pm on Friday with an inspirational keynote address by Melissa Stockwell, Veteran and US Paralympian. Melissa became the first female to lose a limb in the Gulf War when her Humvee hit a land mine in Iraq. She went on to participate in two Olympic Games, winning a bronze medal in the Triathlon. Her message of being a team player, believing you can achieve what you want, and focusing on the positive was both inspirational and challenging and a great way to kick off the convention.

Throughout the next two days there were presentations on Child Abuse Prevention, Youth, Community Service, and One Nation Under God, as well as Awards, Officer Installation, and Business Meetings. In addition, there were also breakout sessions throughout the weekend, including one by our own Americanism Committee on the Tomb of the Unknowns.

All of the sessions were recorded and are available for 30 days to Exchange Club members who pre-registered for the convention. Next year’s convention will be held close to home in Memphis, TN. Start making plans now to attend!