Exchange Club welcomes well-known community members to the ranks

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WAPPINGERS FALLS – The Exchange Club of Dutchess County has welcomed Dutchess County Director of Veterans Services Adam Roche, Kimberly Haight, and Village of Wappingers Falls Village Clerk John Karge to the club. 

Roche, Haight, the Director of the Dutchess-based Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse, and Karge are now part of what is known as “America’s Service Club, and join a group of nearly 20,000 members

Dutchess County Director of Veterans Services, Adam Roche.

throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.  Exchange Club members across the country are dedicated to serving their communities through projects fulfilling three Programs of Service – Americanism, Youth Programs, and Community Projects – as well as its National Project, the prevention of child abuse. President Lori Jiava offered the following statement regarding the new appointments:

“Adam, Kim, and John are proud additions to the club.  They all embody the mission of the National Exchange. Their passion and dedication to helping our community can be seen both through their professions and the volunteer work they do” remarked Jiava.  “Adam is a pillar of our community with deep roots in helping Veterans after completing his service in the United States Marines.  “We thank Adam for his service and look forward to working with him to support our local Veterans through our Club”.

Joe Dudek, National Exchange Club Regional Vice President, is also a member of the Exchange Club of Dutchess County.  In addition to his role with Exchange, Mr. Dudek is the Executive Director of Stanford, Connecticut-based Help For Kids, a nonprofit protecting children from child and abuse. He stated “Kimberly has done an exceptional job of transforming The Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse from a small nonprofit to a community asset serving up to 25,000 children and families on an annual basis. We look forward to deepening our partnership as we work together on our national project of preventing child abuse”

John Karge is a retired US Army Staff Sergeant, Vice Commander of the American Legion Post 472, and has served as Wappingers Falls  Village Clerk for the past 16 years.  John Karge truly embodies the term

Wappingers Falls Village Clerk John Karge.

‘Americanism’, according to Jiava.  Karge has already rolled his sleeves up and gotten to work on helping to identify Veterans in need of support for the club’s National Day of Service.  Together with the Dutchess County Department of Veterans Services, headed by Adam Roche, The Exchange aims to identify two deserving Veterans in need of support this November.  “At our roots, our club is about Service to others; and we can think of no one more deserving than our local American Heroes,” said Jiava.