Exchange Club Auction Set for Nov. 18
by Paul Manke
A Giles County tradition, the Pulaski Exchange Club’s annual reverse drawing for a grand prize of a new automobile will continue Monday, Nov. 18.
Tickets are still available for the 38th annual event from any Exchange Club member.
A catered meal will be served in the Giles County High School cafeteria at 5:30 p.m., followed by the 6:30 p.m. drawing and an auction of items collected by club members for the event in the GCHS auditorium.
Some proceeds from the event will go to an ambitious project undertaken by the club — replacing light poles and lights at Exchange Park, where Cal Ripken league baseball games are played.
The approximately $23,000 project will be done with plenty of help from Pulaski Electric System and help and cooperation of the Giles County Cal Ripken League.
This is the second year of the project to replace lights and poles at Exchange Park, which was built in the 1950s to fill another need in Pulaski and Giles County — a place to play organized baseball for youth.
Other proceeds also go to help organizations and meet numerous needs.
The Pulaski Exchange Club awards two $1,000 scholarships to students of the year annually and also recognizes a student with a scholarship through the National Exchange Club’s A.C.E. (Accepting the Challenge of Excellence) Award.
Also recognized annually by the local club are a Law Enforcement Officer of the Year and Book of Golden Deeds Award, which recognizes community service.
The local club also sponsors a baseball team in and supports or has supported the Giles County Cal Ripken League, New Canaan Ranch, American Legion Boys State and Girls State delegates, scholarship campaigns at Martin Methodist College, Giles County Public Library, the annual WKSR Radio Auction, among others and has made numerous one-time donations.
The Pulaski Exchange Club has won the National Service Award from the National Exchange Club for the last several years.
Through the Pulaski Exchange Club, an Excel Club has been formed at Giles County High School. The Excel Club marks its fifth anniversary in 2019.
Douglas Wong is president of the Pulaski Exchange Club. Attorney Robert Massey is vice president, with Debbie Gordon, secretary, and Tish Lochridge, treasurer. Dewitt Booth is the immediate past club president.
The club meets at noon, each Tuesday, except the first week of the month, at Hickory House Restaurant.