The A.C.E. (Accepting the Challenge of Excellence) Award recognizes high school students who have had to overcome great physical, emotional, or social obstacles and are now eligible for high school graduation.

This is a positive program with two key objectives. First, it helps encourage students to overcome their hardships and get back on track toward a high school diploma. Second, the award recognizes those students who are often overlooked for their accomplishments. This special recognition serves as a powerful example to all students that hard work and perseverance really do pay.

This grassroots program begins at the club level as each club chooses its own A.C.E. of the Year from their A.C.E. of the Month winners. Those club winners are then submitted to the district A.C.E. of the Year chairperson for the district competition. All district A.C.E. of the Year winners are then submitted to National for a final competition and the selection of the National A.C.E. of the Year. The winner will be presented the A.C.E. Award and a $15,000 scholarship at the National Convention. Travel and accommodations will be provided to the winner and his/her parents/guardians.

The submission deadline for the National A.C.E. Award is June 1. Application: Complete application on Member Resources page. All district entries for the National A.C.E. of the Year must be submitted to National Headquarters by June 1.


We meet from noon–1PM on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at the Richmond Hill City Center. Visitors and prospective new members are always welcome.

Membership is a great way to get involved in making Bryan County a better place to live, stay up to date on current area events, network with others of similar interests, and develop your own leadership skills.

Help us make a difference with fundraising, too. Here's just a few things we do:

  • Annual School Calendar
  • Casino Night to Prevent Child Abuse
  • Pinwheel and CAP Pin Sales

Our operating expenses are paid by member dues, so all net proceeds from fundraising events go to support various community projects. Dues are currently $100 per quarter, one of the best bargains available among all civic and service organizations. Learn more about the benefits:

The Value of Exchange Club Membership Informational Flyer (PDF)