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.
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 www.facebook.com/iopexchangeclub