The Exchange Club of Richmond Hill recently named Hollie Barnidge, vice president of Lesley Francis Public Relations, to its board of directors.
Barnidge, who has been a member of the club for two years, earned a Bachelor’s of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri. She joined LFPR as social media manager and copywriter in 2015. Barnidge has worked at a number of publications, including daily newspapers and lifestyle magazines, and served as a regional editor for Morris Multimedia Inc. for seven years.
Through her time spent as Main Street Program manager, Barnidge amassed experience in small business and economic development, marketing, planning and preservation, design, and volunteer management. She previously served on the Hinesville Veterans Memorial Walk Board of Directors and enjoys volunteering with several area nonprofits.
As a member of the Exchange Club’s board, Barnidge will participate in the club’s four primary directions of service – Community, Americanism, Youth and the Prevention of Child Abuse – through their many service activities and outreach programs. Some of these programs include a parents and kids fishing derby, student of the month recognitions, military memorial bricks, public safety officer recognition and YMCA support.
“I'm honored to serve as an officer on the Richmond Hill Exchange Club's board of directors. The club already does a lot of wonderful things for the community, including hosting our annual Kids' Fishing Derby and providing monthly scholarships for outstanding local students,” said Barnidge. “Our fundraisers allow us to support our main philanthropy, which is child abuse prevention. Now that I'm part of the leadership, I look forward to more actively participating in those efforts and lending more of a hand when it comes to planning.”
The Exchange Club of Richmond Hill is one of the oldest service clubs in Richmond Hill. Exchange was originally founded in 1911, in Detroit, by a group of business executives who wanted simply to exchange ideas. More than 630 local clubs throughout the United States and Puerto Rico provide individuals with opportunities to use their time and talents to benefit their local communities and the country as a whole. Exchange’s core values are family, community, and country.