It all started in 1896, when a cross-section of Detroit’s business and professional community first met for no other purpose than to eat lunch. The group, known as the Boosters’ Club, took on the attributes of a luncheon club over a periods of time. One of the energetic members, Charles A. Berkley, organized the group into the formal organization of the first Exchange Club on March 11, 1911.  A second club was organized in Toledo, Ohio in 1913 followed by two other clubs in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Cleveland, Ohio. These four clubs were the first to be chartered by The National Exchange Club after it was organized as not-for-profit, educational organizations in 1917. Since then hundreds of clubs have been chartered in the United States and Puerto Rico. In the 1980's the club membership was expanded to include ladies.

On April 13, 1921, at 7:30 P.M. in the main dining room of the Exchange Hotel, two brothers from Selma, Alabama assisted in the organization of Exchange Club of Montgomery. The Montgomery Club, along with three other Alabama clubs in Birmingham, Florence and Selma, were chartered on June 1, 1921.  This makes our club one of the 25 oldest clubs in the nation.  Our Club was chartered with 58 members who comprised many prominent business and professional men, which included the father of Tonie Tennille of Captain and Tennille fame.  Some of the businesses of these charter members are still in existence today
HISTORY OF THE EXCHANGE CLUB OF MONTGOMERY
-Built Exchange club ballpark.
-Paid salary of a Speech Therapist for Montgomery School System.
-Built an addition to the Boy's Dorm at Brantwood Children's Home.
-construction of Educational TV (channel 26)
-Provided playground equipment at Children's Center.
-Provided Camp Exchange for underprivileged kids.
-Grants given to various charitable organizations.
-Provided Care Bears for the Montgomery Fire Department  for traumitized children.
-Provided blankets for Department of Human Resources for children.
-Bought four heart resuscitators for the Montgomery Zoo.
-Provided funds to buy Shaken Baby Syndrome Doll for The Family Guidance Center
-Donate money for the past several years to Exchange Family Centers in Mobile and       
  Birmingham
Some of the Club's Projects
2012 - 2013 Accomplishments
Law Officers of the Year
Social Worker of the Year
Firefighters of the Year
Youth of the Year
Fingerprinting In the Mall
Day of Service at the Family Sunshine Center
Furnished an American flag to Brantwood
Furnished the following to Brantwood Children's Home
100 report card inserts
25  junior police card handbooks
12 activities for kids booklets
15 Learning the Crying Cycle brochures
15 Fetal Alcohol Syndrome brochures
50 4X6 flags
50 One Nation Under God Brochures
Constitution Day Kit with Extra DVD & CD & 20 extra Constitution booklets
Voice of Freedom Plaque

1942 diapers & 2100 diaper wipes given to Montgomery Department of Human Resources
Material bought for St. Paul Lutheran Church Sit-N-Sew to make pillows
and blankets for the Family Sunshine Center
101 Stuffed bears were given to Pike Road Fire Department
Family Sunshine Center was given 110 Prevent Child Abuse Brochures,  25 Report Card inserts and Believe in  the Blue materials

$500 was given to AGAPE of Central Alabama
Exchange Club Family  Skills Center in Dothan was given $750
$1200 was given to the Family Sunshine Center
Exchange Center for Prevention of Child Abuse in Birmingham was given $750
Exchange Club Family Center in Mobile was given $750
A $500 check was given to the National Exchange Club Foundation
$500 was given to AGAPE of Central Alabama

Exchange Club Family  Skills Center in Dothan was given $750
$1200 was given to the Family Sunshine Center
Exchange Center for Prevention of Child Abuse in Birmingham was given $750

Exchange Club Family Center in Mobile was given $750
A $500 check was given to the National Exchange Club Foundation
Following was given to COPE in December 2012
1202 Diapers & 4040 diaper wipes
100 Time Out brochures
100 Learn Crying Code
100 Report card inserts
250 Refrigerator magnets
400 Believe in the Blue Materials