The San Clemente Exchange Club is a chapter of the National Exchange Club organization. Our chapter was founded in 1965 by a group of local business men to build an organization that would improve the local community by assisting local charities. We are a philanthropic organization, we raise money via charity events throughout the year, and all proceeds are donated to local charities. We are also a tight social group that enjoy working and playing together to do good for our community. The friendships you build at the San Clemente Exchange Club will last you your entire life.
We welcome new members that share our common values of community service and support for local charities.
The membership of our club includes, local civic leaders, city council members, and business owners, as well as people from all walks of life, some working and some (many) retired. Each week the club meets for lunch with a guest speaker covering a wide variety of interesting topics and useful local information. Guests are invited to come and experience the club's camaraderie and see the workings of the best service club in San Clemente. Membership is granted by invitation only.
Our club calendar has included these social events and fund raising programs. See the current year Calendar for this years events.
- St. Patrick's Day Dinner & Dance (fund raising) - all club members engage in decorating the San Clemente Community Center and in serving a traditional Irish corned beef and cabbage dinner to community residence and guests. Music and Irish dancers make this our largest event each year, servicing more than 600+ people, and supporting more that 50 local businesses.
- Memorial Day (social) - Club members support and attend the yearly San Clemente Memorial Day Service at the Community Center, and Semper Fi Memorial facing the ocean pier.
- Prebahalo Golf Championship Tournament (social) - club members compete in paired golf teams to determine the club champion.
- Installation Dinner (social) - club members welcome newly elected officers.
- Fishing Derby (social) - club members, family and guests enjoy an ocean fishing event.
- Summer Picnic (social) - club members, family and guests enjoy outdoor games and a picnic.
- Life Guard Award (social) - club recognizes a local beach life guard with our Life Guard of the Year Award.
- Semper Fi Golf Tournament (fund raising) - Club sponsored community wide golf event honoring active duty Marines from Camp Pendleton. Each foursome includes an active duty Marine. Dinner and prizes follow the golf.
- Police and Fire Award (social) - club recognizes outstanding local members of the police department and fire department.
- Christmas Party Dinner (social) - club members celebrate with an annual Christmas dinner and local music.
This is a partial list of the organizations that we support or have supported in the past 50 years. We continue to evaluate new ways to support our community and welcome inquiries about our club and its goals.
- Boys & Girls Club of South Coast Area
- Marine Corps Community Services, Camp Pendleton
- Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center
- Family Assistance Ministries
- San Clemente High School Madrigal Singers
- San Clemente Chamber of Commerce
- Saddleback Memorial Hospital
- Beach Cities YMCA
- Armed Services YMCA, Camp Pendleton
- Laura's House of San Clemente
- Sheriff's Officer of the Year
- Fireman of the Year
- Life Guard of the Year
- Freedom Shrine for Youth
- Christmas Gifts for Kids
- Toys for Tots
- Be a Hero, Be a Donor
- San Clemente High School Triton Golf
- San Clemente High School Automotive Program
- San Clemente High School Avid Program
- San Clemente High School Cross Country
- San Clemente High School Dance
- San Clemente High School Back to School Night