Exchange Club of Newport Harbor – their community contributions and how you can help

As one of Newport Beach’s first service clubs, the Exchange Club of Newport Harbor is a cornerstone in our city’s history. Today, it is the oldest remaining club of its type in Newport Beach.

The Exchange Club of Newport Harbor began on December 16, 1926 as a business luncheon club. Members of the charter club were the city’s most influential entrepreneurs, professionals and political leaders.

Over the years, they have grown into one of the premier service clubs in Newport Beach. Today’s membership is a hard-working group of women and men dedicated to Americanism, patriotism, community outreach including those less fortunate and youth projects including scholarships, supporting military families and children and their national project – child abuse prevention.

Each year, Exchange Club of Newport Harbor presents Field of Honor recognizing the service of men and women of the American military forces and first responders. The field consists of 1,776 large American flags proudly displayed along the pathways of Castaways Park, Dover Drive and 16th Street in Newport Beach, overlooking Newport Back Bay, Newport Harbor and the Pacific Ocean. Flag dedications are $50 per honoree.

Exchange Club Field of Honor flags

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Photo by Ken Dufour

American Flags displayed in Castaways Park during Field of Honor

What do they do with the funds raised through Field of Honor?

They dedicate 50% of the net funds received to military-related charities. These include the Newport Beach 1st Battalion 1st Marines Foundation (1/1), Coastline Community College military programs, U.S. Marines Scholarship Fund, the Navy League, Furnishing Hope, American Post 291 Veterans Emergency Assistance Fund (VEAF) and the Military Housing Initiative – these are their major recipients.

They also provide numerous scholarships annually to NMUSD students, to the NMUSD Teacher’s Foundation, Balboa Island Museum of Newport Beach, Newport Mesa ProLiteracy, Newport Beach Police Foundation, Share Ourselves and Someone Cares Soup Kitchen, among others.

They are significantly involved with the Prevention of Child Abuse. They annually fund the Exchange Club Family Support Center, The Priority Center formerly (Child Abuse Prevention Center of Orange County) and Human Options.

All net proceeds from the event are distributed to organizations focused on the prevention of child abuse and those providing financial assistance to our military personnel, first responders and their families, in addition to scholarships awarded to college-bound students.

How can you help the Exchange Club of Newport Harbor help the community and support Field of Honor?

First, be thankful and grateful for your freedoms and opportunities of living in this community. Take time to remember why we celebrate Memorial Day – to honor our nation’s military members who gave it all. Visit the Field of Honor at Castaways Park to view the American flags, be inspired by Newport Beach’s coastal beauty and hopefully dedicate a flag to one of our military and first responders who are family or friends. Visit the website at to dedicate a flag or make a donation. A special patriotic program will be presented on Memorial Day - Monday, May 30 beginning at 12 p.m. at the Castaways Park Memorial Statue and Flag Plaza. Park entry and the patriotic program are free of charge.