About District 8 Exchange Glubs

Business Networking with a Heart for the Community

The Exchange Clubs in Manatee and Sarasota Counties are civic-minded business networking groups. Together, the Manatee River Business Exchange Club and the Sarasota Business Exchange Club are hosting the 7th Annual Sangarita Showdown to benefit Parenting Matters. Join us at one of our weekly meetings to connect with likeminded people and be part of a group that gives back to the community through various projects.

Manatee River Business Exchange
Weekly Meetings

Tuesday 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lunch at Popi Place IV
3911 US-301
Ellenton, FL 34222

Sarasota Business Exchange Club
Weekly Meetings

Contact Veronica Huzzard - (941)-720-2778
Wednesday 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Happy Hour at Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern
257 N Cattleman Road # 81
Sarasota, FL 34243


Our weekly meetings including networking and referral sharing where we support each other with business development.  These meetings often include guest speakers from the region and Exchange family who present new information which is educational, entertaining and/or enlightening.  Most importantly, these meetings allow us to plan and implement our on-going community service activities, which provide support to families in need, veterans, students and others  We are THE business networking club with a community heart!.  

The organization’s most significant and successful method of countering child abuse is by working directly with at-risk parents through its signature program, the Exchange Parent Aide home visitation model. Through coordination with a nationwide network of community-based Exchange Club Centers for the Prevention of Child Abuse, the program has helped more than 691,120 families break the cycle of violence, thus creating safer homes for more than 1,727,800 children.

Exchange Parent Aide evolved from the knowledge and experience of the dynamics surrounding child abuse and neglect. It is based on the work of Sharon Pallone in Little Rock, Arkansas, as well as research and concepts first introduced by Drs. Ray Helfer and Henry Kempe, 1960s pioneers in the field. Their leading research on the battered child syndrome expressed belief that most parents who abuse their children are not psychotic and were likely to have been abused themselves as children. Most abusive parents grew up without positive role models for good parenting and often have difficulty developing healthy and trusting relationships.

If you’re looking for opportunities to make a difference in your community and for your country, The National Exchange Club is for YOU!

You’ll also unite with members throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico who, through their Exchange memberships, are sharing their time and talents in their communities.