Post Commander Lewis Hendricks recently visited the Hillsborough Exchange Club. We were asked to provide a speaker to share their thoughts and experiences of Iraq.
Commander Hendricks’ topic was Carolina on My Mind. He share his experiences before going overseas, the experiences of his spouse and children, his mid-tour visit home, and the final months of his tour. Carolina was always on his mind. Lewis took some photos of the family and compiled a video that was a composite of life in Iraq and at home.
The Exchange Club had about 30 members in attendance and seemed in awe as they watched the video. It brought the conflict home and many remembered their own experiences as a family member or serviceman. Commander Hendricks held an open mike questions and answer session. Lots of interesting questions came up and his frank, honest, and sincere impressions were very welcome.
We made new friends at the Exchange Club. We shared experiences and compared our post to the club. Our challenges were much the same as were our goals. The Exchange Club Covenant of Service says it all:
Accepting the divine privilege of single and collective responsibility as life’s
Noblest gift, I covenant with my fellow Exchangites:
To consecrate my best energies to the uplifting of Social, Religious, Political and
To discharge the debt I owe to those of high and low estate who have served and
sacrificed that the heritage of American citizenship might be mine;
To honor and respect law, to serve my fellowmen, and to uphold the ideals and
institutions of my Country;
To implant the life‐giving, society‐building spirit of Service and Comradeship in
my social and business relationships;
To serve in Unity with those seeking better conditions, better understandings,
and greater opportunities for all.
The Hillsborough Exchange Club has some very interesting accomplishments. They include a 20 acre park area near downtown, they were the first Hillsborough Town Park, they provide space for scouting and DMV training, and are very active in the community with community service projects. We appreciated the invitation to speak and to learn more about our local civilian non-profit groups.
If you need a speaker for your event, let us know. Just check our Speakers’ Bureau page for details.