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Dover Exchange Club celebrates 65 years of giving back

| May 15, 2024
Dover Exchange Club sign featuring seasonal messages at the corner of Front St. and Wooster Ave.

DOVER (WJER) (May 15, 2024) – Dover Exchange Club members are reflecting on 65 years of existence.

Treasurer Terry Auman says area business leaders founded the civic organization’s local chapter on May 15th, 1959.

“I’ve heard that they used to wear suits,” said Auman. “It was kind of like a top-shelf thing in the beginning,” he said.

President Kevin Korns says the purpose has always been to make this a better place to live.

“Our mission is to improve our community, improve our country, and then improve the lives of people who live in our community,” said Korns. “We also take a big stance to help prevent child abuse.”

Korns says the local club has awarded more than $1.2 million – just since 2009 –  for the various causes it supports including scholarships, the Noah’s Hope Child Advocacy Center, the Greater Dover-New Philadelphia Food Pantry, the Tornado Club, and many others.

“Wherever we can help, we give back,” said Korns.

Auman says it is something they are proud of.

“Yeah, it feels good, and we’re definitely glad to help the community,” Auman said.

Korns says the Exchange Club is able to do this through yearly fundraisers such as the Canal Dover Festival coming up Memorial Day weekend.

Korns says the club currently has 35 members and is always looking for more.  He says to join, you can contact any current member or message the club on Facebook. The club typically meets at the Dover Buehler’s community room Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.

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