Name: Janet Horton
Organization: Exchange Club of Beaufort
Involved for: 14 years
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Service club. The Exchange Club is a national service club. We have basically four pillars -- child abuse prevention, youth and community service and Americanism. We do a lot of projects with Child Abuse Prevention Association in town. If you've ever been in Beaufort and seen the flags downtown, those are probably our flags.
Small club, big work. I volunteer with the ghost tours. I help put up the flags. I've done trash pickup. We've had a Halloween party for Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse. I try to do everything the club does, only because I like doing it. We have an annual auction to raise money for child abuse prevention and we sponsor the ghost tours. We are also a sponsor of Kidfest, which is held every April. We go to different places to hand out brochures for shaken baby syndrome. We've held blood drives. We recognize a firefighter, a police officer and emergency medical service worker every year. We recognize a student of the month and have an annual scholarship that we give to an outstanding high school senior. It's a small club, but we do a lot.
Like family. I started volunteering through church when my children were little. I started with the PTO at their school. It was fun being with others who like to do the same things I like to do. I tell everybody, "It's like my family, but I like to be with them." They have the same interests as I do. I've always had it instilled in me to do for others.
Passing it on to the next generation. In a lot of cases, I've taken my children with me when I volunteered. One of my daughters said to me one time she was very proud of me for all I do. I think if you've made an impression on one person and help somebody else to give, then you've accomplished something.
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