The Isle of Palms Exchange Club


2017-2018 Officers

President – Ms. Barbara Harrington –

President Elect – Ms. Christina Summers –

Treasurer – Mr. Tom Donohoe –

Secretary – Ms. Deb Barr –

Immediate Past President – Mr. Dimi Matouchev, CFP® –

Board Members:

Janice Ashley   Chip Stehmeier   Jennifer Gordon   Tom Vandenberg   Brad Dwelle   Pat Gillespie

The Exchange Club is a national service club of men and women who perform service projects in their community through programs of service for youth, Americanism, and our National service project, the Prevention of Child Abuse.

Programs of Service

Dear Members,

Community Service, as one of our four “Programs of Service”, has no formal committee or chair.  It is a goal for this year to establish this Committee.  Although the committee is an ongoing endeavor, we have two immediate needs that you will see below:  Front Beach Eclipse Party Chair, and WIC Liaison.

One purpose of a Community Service Committee is to assess needs in our community proactively, and to assess new ones as they are presented.  There is money in our budget to be spent on Community Service.  So the committee would also create a budget to be approved by the Board.

Current Community Service activities   – which would fall under this umbrella:
Chair    Open
Beach Sweep   Stacey Johnson
Front Beach Festivals  – Open
Easter Breakfast –  John Bushong
Halloween carnival – Open
Movies on the Creek – Chad Woods
New requests:

Front Beach Eclipse Part
y:  We have had a request to sell water at the IOP Eclipse Party Aug 21.       
**** The Board agreed to do this, but only if we can find a chair to organize it. ****



Farmers Market participation needed!!!


WIC Liaison:  This Community Service Committee member would work as a resource to the Waterfront Improvement Committee in their efforts to assure construction meets our community needs.

If you are a new member looking for a ‘Home committee”, or established member looking for something new, please contact me by email or phone 843-452-8076.

Thank you!

Barby Harrington, President

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Raise Your Hand for Community Service

From Left: Jim Sheehe; Jan Stair; Janice Ashley; Tom Donohoe; Angel Flewelling; Pamela Marsh; Sandra Russell; Jonathan Sullivan

From Left: Jim Sheehe; Jan Stair; Janice Ashley; Tom Donohoe; Angel Flewelling; Pamela Marsh; Sandra Russell; Jonathan Sullivan

Once again, at the summer Installation of Officers ceremony, newly elected Isle of Palms Exchange Club officers and board members raised their hands for service to the to the Club, the community, and the children of the Lowcountry. Dimi Matouchev , a financial advisor for Edward Jones Advisors, is serving as president for the second time. Dimi is a resident of the Isle of Palms and is well respected by the Club and the community for his service, not only as president, but also for his spirit of volunteerism on numerous other projects and committees. He takes over for now Past President, Pamela Marsh. Jonathan Sullivan, an attorney with Sullivan Law Firm in Mt. Pleasant, will serve as President Elect. Sandra Russell, a retired school administrator, will assume the role of Secretary. She will be using her organizational skills to keep Club records and correspondence. Tom Donohoe, the retired owner of Donohoe Lumber and Hardware, has raised his hand to serve again as Treasurer for the sixth consecutive year.

Members of the Board of Directors are elected for three years. First year board members are Deb Barr, who has coordinated the yearly yard sale as well as serving in other capacities and Janice Ashley, a Sullivan’s Island resident who is also President of the Isle of Palms’ Garden Club. Jean Holst, a retired civil servant who has previously served on the Board of Directors for the University Exchange Club, as well as Leila Holmes, an Isle of Palms’ resident, are second year board members serving 2015-2017 . Both Jim Sheehy of Mount Pleasant and Jan Stair, an IOP resident and relatively new member of the club, have stepped to the table to serve 2015-to 2016. Angel Flewelling, President of the SC District of Exchange, inducted the new members and installed the new officers and directors. 

New officers and board members immediately went to work organizing promoting and conducting activities to raise money to award scholarships to local students and to provide support to other community organizations dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse. Plans are underway for the IOP Connector Run for the Child—the best 5K/10K walk/run in the Lowcountry— scheduled for October 3, 2015. Members are also feverishly working on the Bud Stack Memorial Oyster Roast, which will take place in January 2016. In addition, you will find these community leaders involved in other projects and activities, sharing their time and talents, to help neighbors and especially the children of the Lowcountry.

Isle of Palms Honors Volunteer and Exchangite of the Year

From Left to Right: Ms. Pamela Marsh ; Mr. Tom Donohoe; Ms. Janice Ashley

From Left to Right: Ms. Pamela Marsh ; Mr. Tom Donohoe; Ms. Janice Ashley

In every organization, large or small, there are certain people that you can always count-on to

give of their time, talent and treasure. These are the people who often work quietly in the

background, and without a lot of fanfare, they keep things running and offer a touch of class

and beauty to the organization. And so it is with two members of the Isle of Palms Exchange

Club, Janice Ashley and Tom Donohoe, who received awards for outstanding service to the

Exchange Club, the children of the Lowcountry, and the community.

Janice Ashley received the Isle of Palms (IOP) Exchange Club Volunteer of the Year award. She

has been a member of the Club for more than five years and has served on numerous

committees including acting as coordinator of the annual Isle of Palms Yard Sale. Ashley, who

also serves as President of the Isle of Palms Garden Club, quietly assumes the responsibility of

beautifying the club, decorating the tables at the monthly meeting with seasonal flowers,

candles, and other creative center pieces. The Christmas wreath sale, headed-up by Janice, is

always a success due to her sense of organization and hard work. She spent 20-years as a high

school English teacher and another 27-years as a top selling realtor in the Lowcountry. She lives

on Sullivan’s Island where she also operates a small business creating centerpieces,

arrangements and custom wedding decorations.

Tom Donohoe, a long time member of the Exchange Club, received the Isle of Palms Exchangite

of the Year award for his service as Treasurer, not for one year, but for six consecutive years. As

treasurer, Tom participates in almost all aspects of the Club. He keeps the financial records,

pays bills, studies pricing, issues checks, and in general ensures that the financial aspects of

every committee and project of the organization are running smoothly. In addition to all this

responsibility, he also volunteers to serve on other Exchange projects. Tom is the retired owner

of Donohoe Lumber and Hardware, and lives with his wife, Judy (also an active Club member)

on the Isle of Palms.

Janice Ashley and Tom Donohoe have contributed much to the Isle of Palms Exchange Club, an

organization that provides scholarships through their youth programs to Lowcountry students

and is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse. If you wish to donate your

time, talent and/or treasure to the children of the Lowcountry, please join today. For more

information, visit the Exchange Club on Facebook at 

2014 – 2015 Club Officers Installed at the IOP Exchange Club


2014/2015 Officers of the Isle of Palms Exchange Club From Left to Right President Elect-Mr. Dimi Matouchev AAMS® CFP® President – Ms. Pamela Marsh Secretary – Ms. Elizabeth Grantham Treasurer – Mr. Tommy Donohoe

22nd Annual Isle of Palms Connector Run and Walk for the Child

 Register Today for the Best 5k/10k Run/Walk in the Lowcountry

The race begins at the foot of the Isle of Palms Connector at Palm Blvd. and continues across the connector into Mount Pleasant. 5K runners and walkers will loop on the connector to return back to the Isle of Palms. 10K runners will continue across the connector, turning around just before Rifle Rage Rd., then return back across the connector. The finish line will be at J.C. Long Blvd. on the Isle of Palms, where participants will be able to enjoy a post-race festival featuring family-friendly fun.


Complete the application, then return with check or money order to: Isle of Palms Connector Run and Walk for the Child, Inc – P.O. Box 1976, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29465

We need your help! Find information about volunteering here!

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Oysters Give $10,000 in Scholarships to Students East of the Cooper

The Isle of Palms Exchange Club once again gave $10,000 in scholarships to students east of the cooper from their Annual Oyster Roast held on the last Saturday in January. Click on the picture to be taken to our Scholarship page for full details!


Group photo left to right:
Luke Varadi, Megan McCants, Reilly Evans, Rachel Whitbeck, Kishan Patel

16th Annual IOP Exchange Club Oyster Roast – a HUGE Success

2014 IOP XC Oyster Roast


The Isle of Palms Exchange Club held their 16th Annual Oyster Roast and silent auction on January 25. Approximately 350 people enjoyed oysters, chili, and hot dogs on the patio with the sun setting over beautiful Hamlin Creek.  Local DJ , Eddie Lukow, of Mobile Boogie provided the music.  Generous businesses donated items for the silent auction and raffle. Proceeds from the oyster roast support the IOP Exchange student scholarship program. Scholarships are awarded to local high school seniors and current college students. These students and their parents will be recognized at the Student Scholarship dinner on April 24, 2014. Last year the IOP Exchange Club awarded over $10,000 worth of student scholarships.


Get your oyster knife and gloves ready!


January 25, 2014


4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.


Oysters / Shaggin / Music / Silent Auction

All you can eat Chili and Hot Dogs

Tickets: $30 in advance / $35 at the door

For Tickets Call 886.9887 or your local Exchangite

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