The Exchange Club of Hendricks County encourages patriotism with a new project.
“Our goal is to make Hendricks County the most patriotic county in the country,” said Rick Bowman, Exchange Club member and fundraising chair.
“We’ve allowed America to take a back seat to everything else,” Bowman said. “We need to step up and show our patriotism.”
The Exchange Club of Hendricks County has been meeting for more than a year and is about to celebrate its first year as a chartered club. The club’s main focuses are patriotism and preventing child abuse.
Recently, the club membership decided to try to make patriotism a top priority for Hendricks County residents.
“When 9/11 occurred we saw people flying their flags, but since then it has began to dwindle,” Bowman said. “We want to revive that by setting a good example.”
One way the club is trying to push patriotism is by selling Patriot Paks, which range in cost from $25 to $50. In each pak there are items that residents can use to show how much pride they have in America.
“The project was divine inspiration really,” Bowman said. “I was praying one morning about Exchange Club.”
Bowman had just taken over as the fundraising chair for the club.
“I was praying about what Exchange stands for and I thought of Americanism and patriotism,” he said. “That’s when I thought of the idea of the Patriot Paks and started putting the pieces together.”
The Gold Patriot Pak includes a nylon embroidered U.S. flag, Indiana flag, flag pole with mounting bracket, a “We support the Exchange Club” static window cling, a “Hendricks County Patriot” static window cling, a magnetic “Support Our Troops” ribbon, and deluxe Exchange Club pen set. Cost is $50.
The Silver Patriot Pak includes a nylon U.S. flag, flag pole with mounting bracket, a “We support the Exchange Club” static window cling, and a magnetic “Support Our Troops” ribbon. Cost is $35.