VERO BEACH — Melinda Branand is Exchange Club of Indian River’s newest member. Elected to membership December 15, she was installed by Paul Pickel, the club’s membership chair, on January 6 at the Club’s weekly lunch meeting at Culinary Capers. She is the broker/owner of Branand McKee Realty, Vero Beach, a full-service realty brokerage. Peter Armfield was her sponsor for membership.
Exchange Club of Indian River provides the community with programs in youth activities, service, and Americanism. Through participation in its national project, the Prevention of Child Abuse, it supports a number of local youth-related charities. Club members are busy planning the upcoming Merry Christmas “Winner-Fest” Raffle to be held December 19 at the 6th Annual Winterfest at Pointe West. Prizes to be raffled include four hard-to-find Zhu Zhu hamster pets and a Wii with exciting games.
The Club meets for lunch at Culinary Capers each Wednesday at noon. Meetings feature programs on a wide range of business, government and civic, charity, personal, and professional topics.
Exchange Club of Indian River Foundation’s fundraisers, including the 34th Annual Exchange Club Blue Water Open “Dolphin Mania” Charity Fishing Tournament to be held May 22, support club projects.
Further information about the Club is available from Ed Kay, Exchange Club president, at 772-234-5149 and at the club’s websites, www.exchangeclubofindianriver.org and www.bluewateropen.org. Persons interested in learning more about Exchange Club membership, working for the prevention of child abuse, or donating to the Foundation’s Child Abuse Prevention Fund may seek further information from any member of the club.