After 42 years of serving the Battle Creek and Pennfield communities, the Pennfield Exchange Club will be calling it quits.

Pennfield realtor Bruce Phillips was a guest on the 95.3 WBCK Morning Show with Tim Collins and make the announcement.

“Unfortunately, like a lot of other organizations, our club has voted to dissolve at the end of June.  We’re down to about ten members, we meet at seven in the morning.  It’s not a real popular time of day for a lot of younger folks.  Of the ten, 8 of us are over 70 years of age, “ says Phillips.   He said they decided a month ago to “fold up the tent.”   Phillips says they started in 1977.  “We don’t want to do this, but it’s just obvious that we can’t continue.”

Phillips says the challenge, as with many other similar service organizations, is to recruit new and younger members to sustain the club and spread the workload for projects.


Recent projects have seen donations for school trips, cheerleader squads, and the Bronson Cancer Care Center.

Phillips says they’re proud of what the Pennfield Exchange Club has accomplished over those 42 years, and they have one final project coming up.

He says they’re reviving the geranium sale this weekend at Oak Hill Cemetery.  The event was once sponsored by the downtown Battle Creek Exchange Club that dissolved a few years ago.  Phillips says they’ll be selling 10 inch pots of white, pink, and red geraniums for $25.00.

  • Who: The Pennfield Exchange Club
  • What: Geranium Sale
  • When: This Friday and Saturday, May 24th and 25th, 2019 from 10am-4pm.
  • Where: At Oak Hill Cemetery, 255 South Avenue, right by the big flag as you drive in.  Look for the canape.
  • Why: To support the Brass Band of Battle Creek.  
  • How: Bring cash or a check!

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