America’s young people are its most precious resource. This is why, for many years, Exchange has sponsored an impressive selection of activities designed to benefit and encourage our nation’s youth.
Captains: Betsy Rispens, John Harrington, Kelly Axtman, Mike Wong, Ryan O’Connell, Tanner Woodward
Co-Captains: Dan Mazurek, Jeff Springer, Tyler Armstrong, Justin Mosness
The ACE Award recognizes High School students who have made a dramatic change in attitude and/or performance in school, or have overcome a great physical or social obstacle. The ACE Award is a positive program designed to help encourage students to overcome problems and obstacles, while getting back on track towards a High School Diploma and beyond. The committee will coordinate with school counselors and honor up to three students with a special program and presentation of cash or merchandise awards.
Dates: April or May
Each year, the Helena Exchange Club sponsors a baseball and football team in the community youth leagues. Historically, our teams do well. Our support includes paying sponsorship fee and providing needed equipment and uniforms. The committee’s responsibilities include coordinating with the coaches of our teams, arranging for payment of fees and expenses and inviting coaches once or twice a season to attend a meeting to update the membership on team activities.
Dates: As needed
This committee as formed during the summer of 1998 to work closely with the Babe Ruth Baseball Association to improve the conditions at the Exchange/Ryan Baseball Fields. Through the committees efforts, donations, grants and other means of raising money will be considered and implemented for improvements on fields 1&2 both in short and long term goals.
Dates: As needed
LYLE OLSON SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION
Lyle Olson joined the Helena Exchange Club in December 1975. Of his many accomplishments Lyle made a tremendous one in our club. He designed and implemented a check and balance system of controlling our Beer sales and the operations at the Fairgrounds. While most us remember him as a very pungently witty and comic story teller, Lyle had a deeply serious side that was almost shy and very humble. This was the side that was revealed in his deep feelings about religion and his devoted work in behalf of his church. This scholarship is given in his memory.
YOUTH OF THE MONTH/YEAR
The youth of the Month program provides a means to recognize and publicize the worthy achievements of upstanding, law-abiding young people. The project’s principal objective is to provide proper incentives to our youth by recognizing leadership, scholarship, athletic ability and industry. The Youth of the Month program culminates in April with a banquet (or reception) when we present a scholarship to the Youth of the Year winner from among the monthly winners. The responsibility of the committee is to visit our two high schools and present the criteria for selection to the designated guidance counselors from each school. Each school then selects three Youth of the Month candidates five times each school year. The committee is also responsive to see that proper selection procedures and reports are filed for selecting the Youth of the Year and entering our candidate in District coordinating the Annual Banquet (or reception) where outstanding youth and their families are honored.
Dates: October through February, one meeting per month