Exchange Club of Mooresville-Lake Norman Part 1 of 2

Leading Through Adversity: Providing Community Support During COVID-19

How do you navigate to support the community you serve when multiple restrictions exist requiring: masks, social distancing of at least six feet, group meetings of 10-25 or less when your membership is close to 100, and you lose the comfort and speed of “how you used to do it”?

The answer is — you need a strong leadership team and a commitment to serve.

 

A strong leader and a great team

Beth Packard, President of the Exchange Club of Mooresville-Lake Norman, is just one strong leader with a team of extraordinary officers supported by an amazing membership. When asked how the club continued to thrive and support the community, she stated:

 

“We just put our heads together and let the creativity flow. Our members are really good at that.”

 

Members of the club include local businessmen and women, first responders, healthcare professionals, veterans, retirees and more. Each bringing unique perspectives and gifts to contribute.

 

“The Club grew by 22 members in 2020. 13 of those members joined after the COVID restrictions began.”

 

Their mission is:

“Exchange, inspiring communities to become better places to live,” with their core values of “family, community and country”.

This lays the foundation for the programs of service provided to the community: Americanism, Community Service, Youth, and a national project on Prevention of Child Abuse. Each program of service networks within the club community as well as with various external organizations that are in need of support. Below are just a few examples of how the club adapted to support the community this year during COVID-19.

 

MEETINGS:

Zoom Meetings became the norm to keep the regular bi-monthly connections instead of meeting in person. However, small committees continued to meet honoring the restrictions. Recently, there were three in-person meetings (with special considerations for masks and social distancing): one of which was outside at the Band Shell in Liberty Park Promenade thanks to the Mayor Miles Atkins. We are now back to Zoom.

 

 

AMERICANISM:

“One Nation Under God,” a Veterans Day Celebration, used to be a sit-down luncheon. This year, it was held at Richard’s Coffee Shop parking lot and offered a ‘drive-through’ boxed lunch service featuring live music and local BBQ provided by Big Tiny’s BBQ with 200 meals to local Veterans and their families. Each Veteran went home with a gift bag filled with local offerings including gift cards from: Duckworths, Big Tiny’s BBQ, Famous Toastery, Blu Star Grill, Brooklyn Brothers, Lancasters BBQ and Choplins. Top of the Lake Rotary Club partnered this event enriching the outcome. Gratitude to club members, other sponsors, Pine Lake Prep and Mooresville High School Excel Club students who participated honoring our Veterans for their service.

 

 

More in Part 2 on January 14th

Read more about Community Service, Youth, and a national project on Prevention of Child Abuse. In addition, LKNConnect’s Director of Non-profits Margi Kyle interviews Beth Packard on what the Exchange Club will be doing in 2021.

 

How to JOIN the club and support your community.

There are more opportunities to support the Mooresville Lake Norman community than those above. If you or anyone you know has been looking for a way to connect and give back, come join us.

Go to our website at https://mooresvillelknexchange.org/ for more information. Select “join our club” under the ‘menu’ section for an application to get you started, leave an email on the ‘contact us’ menu selection or call the number posted.

 

Feature and Banner images courtesy of Pixabay.com

 

Cheryl A. Barrett, RN, MSN, NC-BC, is a retired nurse with 30-plus years in a variety of settings: clinical bedside in ICU, staff educator, academic instructor both didactic and clinical, supervisor, home care education, editorial director of a nursing magazine and is a board certified integrative nurse coach.

 

 

 

 

In 2018 she published Good Grief: Strategies for Building Resilience and Supporting Transformation, inspired by the death of her husband. She won the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year, 2018 in the category of Palliative Care and Hospice for her book. She is currently creating a companion workbook for those experiencing grief and loss.

 

 

 

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