NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

Local News

November 13, 2013

Exchange Club receives community service award

NEWBURYPORT — The Exchange Club of Greater Newburyport was awarded the 2013 “Best Community Service Project” at the New England District Fall Education Conference at the Merrimack Valley Golf Course in Methuen on Saturday.

The Exchange Club received this recognition for its efforts to bring together various strands of the community to participate in its September “Field of Honor” on the Bartlet Mall. The Field of Honor recognizes those who serve and sacrifice — the military, fire, police, EMTs — and those who have been lost, especially the victims of the terrorist attacks in 2001.

The efforts and resources from throughout the community were recognized, including institutional sponsorships, volunteers who assisted with flag sales, preparations and set-up by the DPW, fire and police, and the Essex County Sheriff’s Department, local restaurants providing food for volunteers and promotional supplies from local retail establishments, and the hard work by the Exchange Club members who volunteered throughout the event.

Also, the Chamber of Commerce participated in the Field of Honor ceremony, as well as local and state political figures, a U.S. Coast Guard color guard, the city’s Veterans Affairs office, invocations and keynote addresses by Salvation Army officers.

The sound system was provided by a local entertainer, stage decorations from a local florist, seating from a local church and two volunteer bagpipers.

“It was a true community effort,” said presenter Corrine Corso of Haverhill, the immediate-past president of the New England District Exchange Clubs.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints

Port Pics
AP Video
US Mission to Rescue Hostages in Syria Failed Manfred, Torre and MLB Take Ice Bucket Challenge Bank of America Reaches Record $17B Settlement Holder Reassures Ferguson Community With Visit GlobalPost CEO Remembers Foley As a Brave Man Seth Meyers Rolls Out Emmy Red Carpet Obama: World Is Appalled by Murder of Journalist Israel, Militants Trade Fire After Talks Fail Pres. George W. Bush Takes Ice Bucket Challenge Pierce Brosnan's Call to Join the Expendables Changes Coming to No-Fly List Raw: IDF Footage Said to Show Airstrikes Police: Ferguson More Peaceful Raw: Aftermath of Airstrike in Gaza Raw: Thousands March on Pakistani Parliament Raw: World's Oldest Man Lives in Japan Fire Crews Tame Yosemite Fire Raw: Police Weapon Drawn Near Protesters, Media Raw: Explosions in Gaza As Airstrikes Resume Charter Schools Alter Post-Katrina Landscape
Special Features