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The Rome Exchange Club was chartered in 1936 and is still going strong today serving the community through many service projects including child abuse prevention.


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Sept 25th

Family Resource Center Night
SweetFrog Premium Yogurt

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Exchange Club of Rome
 Meetings Held Friday At Noon
The Palladium
Coosa Valley Fairgrounds
1400 Martin Luther King Blvd 
Rome, GA
Club Anniversaries
Club Anniversaries  
67 years !!
    Randolph Green     
50 years!!
Scott Henson

35 years
Stephen Patton
Frank Shropshire

27 years
Jim Talley
23 years
Carol Wade
10 years
Buzz Wachsteter

9 years 
  Jim Loyd
Mike Mathews

4 years 
Roger Duncan
Holly Kelly 
Grant Magness

3 years
Sue Lee
Milton Slack

2 years
Lee Smolar

1 year 
Richard Flanigan 
Dean Oswalt 
Joel Megginson



ECOR Officers



Rome Exchange Club
2014-2015 Officers
President - Bryan Shealy
Past President - Tony Daniel
President Elect - J P Cooper
Secretary - Ronnie Wallace
Treasurer -Noah Simon
Ex-Officio - Kirk Milam

Term Ending 6/30/2015
Brenda Gail Baldwin
Debbie Burnett
Leslie Duke
Michael Elliott
Cathy Kerce
Jackie Moreland

Term Ending 6/30/2016

Louise Branham
Giles Chapman
Greg Fricks
John Hine
Nan Winkelman
John Upton
District President- Tyron Spearman

Program of Service
Committee Chairperson
Americanism- Leslie Duke
Youth - John Upton
Community Service - Cathy Kerce
Child Abuse Prev -Nan Winkelman
P/R - Jackie Moreland
Social - Tony Daniel
Awards - Michael Elliott
Programs - J. P. Cooper

Fellowship -Rhonda Wallace & Steve White
New Member Support - Tony Daniel


Contact one of these Chairpersons and volunteer for a committee.

CVFA Officers
Coosa Valley Fair Association Officers
Pres - Kirk Milam
1st VP - Bill Irmscher
2nd VP - John Garner
Tres - Joe Wade
Sect - Paul Smith
Ex Officio - Tony Daniel
Past Pres - Jim Talley

Term Expires 11/2014
Bud Owens
Tom Bennett
Cathy Kerce
Jim Loyd
Stan Rogers
Term Expires 11/2015
Holly Kelly
Gigi Binion
Steve White
Frank Shropshire
Phil Burkhalter
Term Expires 11/2016
Jack Carter
Don Chambers
Sam Reeder
Gene Richardson
New Brochure
New Help To Seal The Deal...

Join Exchange Brochure   

Tell Your Prospects About Exchange
When you bring a prospective new member guest, give them one of the new brochures and let them read all about Exchange.  National's latest "Join Exchange" is available from the President at each meeting and will help you seal the deal.

Rome's #1 Service Club For Over 78 Years

September, 2014

Winner of the Leonard Grace Best Club Bulletin 2013-2014

Greg Gaston, Editor

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$200 Additional Dollars Needed
In Blue Cups At Business Meeting
September 5 To Provide
One Ton Of Food
(Food to be distributed through Rome Action Ministries Food Bank)

September 19: Tina Bartelson, Family Resource Center

Next Meeting

Tina BartlesonFriday, September 19th

Tina Bartelson
Executive Director
Family Resource Center

Tina will be speaking this week about ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) study and how it impacts our work at the Center.
Menu: Ham, Baked Chicken, Sweet Potatoes, Mixed Veggies, Coleslaw, Rolls, Salad, Peach & Cherry Cobblers, Ice Cream



Our Star Spangled Banner now has a permanent home

This past Sunday, September 14,  about 30 Exchangites as well as about 500 people from the community gathered for a program to dedicate and fly for the first time, the massive Star Spangled Banner flag that our Exchange Club purchased and donated to the City of Rome.   It was a fitting date, September 14, the 200th anniversary of the great battle at Fort McHenry in Baltimore during which Francis Scott Key was moved to write a poem which he titled “The Star Spangled Banner”,  which later became our National Anthem.  Exchangite Giles Chapman, as well as many others,  have worked tirelessly on providing a truly memorable event to honor this occasion.

The 30-foot tall, 42-foot wide, 73-pound flag, one fourth the size of a basketball court, makes its first appearance as it is raised to the top the 100-foot flagpole

The two hour program  was

filled with community youth with selected members of the high school bands from Armuchee, Coosa, Model, Pepperell and Rome coming together to form the Star-Spangled Banner Band with the talented Grand Illusion from Rome Middle School singing. A number of City officials and others were present to view the raising of the flag

Daniel S. McQueeney, National President-Elect of the Exchange Club from Charleston SC was on hand to participate in our program.

Boy Scout Troop 118 and the Rome High School Air Force Junior ROTC demonstrated the proper retirement and disposal of a 15 star and 15 stripe flag that flew at numerous patriotic events in Rome and the surrounding area from 1989 to 2010, and is no longer suitable for display.

Read the Rome News Tribune coverage of this event  click here

Give a Kid a Flag to Wave

Exchangites are out in force this week,  visiting every 4th grade in Rome and Floyd County and distributing a small American flag to each student  as well as giving a history lesson on the origins our flags, and even a lecture on proper flag etiquette.  For years now, the Rome Exchange Club has distributed flags to all the 4th grades in Rome and Floyd County  as one  of our Americanism projects.  Thanks to all the Exchangites that are working on this project this week and to Exchangite Bill King for all his work in organizing this event this year.

This year we are fortunate to have examples of many of the flags we have had thru the years as the United States grew from 13 states to 50 states.   Here Exchangites Harry Wise and Sherrie Thompson display a flag, commonly known as the  Betsy Ross flag, to the 4th grade students at East Central Elementary.
Exchangite Ronnie Wallace with a 4th grade class from West End.

Club Builders Look For Exchange Legacies For Rome High Excel Club

 Members of the growth team working on the next Excel Club at Rome High School are looking for legacies, children, grandchildren, or other family members of Exchange members, who attend RHS.  These students should already have some connection with Exchange through the family connection and would be great prospects for the initial charter members of the club.

The club builders will meet after our Exchange meeting on Friday for a short meeting, but you are asked to drop an email to buzzrome@comcast.net and let him know about any of your family members who would fit this category. 

Excel is the high school arm of the National Exchange Club and works with students to achieve community service, patriotism, the prevention of child abuse, and service to our youth.

News from the President

Fellow Exchangites:

We are well into our new Exchange year and things are going well. We have just completed our dedication ceremonies for the Star Spangled Banner flag which we donated to the City of Rome. This culminated a three year effort to get the project going and completed by our Americanism Committee with the help of the whole Exchange Club. Giles Chapman ran point on this entire project and I continue to get kudos about how well it was planned and executed. Regardless of any obstacle which presented itself the coordinators wasted no time in overcoming and moving forward with the project. We are now in the process of our GAKAFTW program. Fourth graders from all over Rome and Floyd County are now waving flags thanks to the efforts of our fellow Exchange members. All of the classrooms in our area are being visited, whether public or private, and our American flag history as well as flag etiquette are being passed to a new generation.

What’s next? The Coosa Valley Fair!!!   Yes it is time to Share The Fun! Preparations are well underway and cleanup days have been scheduled. This year’s fair has new entertainment selected by Kirk Milam and his crew which is sure to be a delight to both young and old. Please remember this is a giant undertaking and every single member is needed to insure the success of this enormous undertaking. Please be there to work on your assigned committee and if you have extra time we have plenty of places you are welcome to assist with during the week.

Don Wright, our National President has issued a challenge for all Exchangites to send $11.00 to the National Exchange Club Foundation. In light of the ALS ice bucket challenges Don has brought forth this challenge to us. If all 20,000 Exchangites were to give $11 we could raise $220,000 for the Foundation. These funds are used for the ACE Scholarships, National Exchange Club Youth of the Year as well as funding the CAP Services. Will you please join me and add your donation? We will collect checks and cash through the October and send them all together to National. Certainly 100% participation would make us elite among all the Clubs in America. Please be mindful this is a separate donation than our own Family Resource Center pledge drive. John Hine is heading that campaign it he is in full swing with the endeavor. So far our Club is at 57% participation and I feel this should be our priority. Remember this is OUR Center. We having the only surviving Center in Georgia and we should certainly be proud of that fact! At the same time it does take all of us helping to keep the doors open and fund this very worthwhile project. Please contact John immediately with your pledge so this too can reach 100% participation.

I look forward to seeing you at lunch on Friday ….

Bryan Shealy

Save this date

Spirit Night at Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt

477 Turner McCall Blvd. NE

next to Publix

Thursday, September 25th

6 – 9 PM

Bring in the flyer or just tell the cashier you want to support the Rome Exchange Club Family Resource Center and a portion of your purchase price will go to the FRC!!

Flyer -click here to print the flyer





Highlights of Last Weeks Meeting…

Kirk Milam“The Fair is coming, the fair is coming” was the report of CVFA President Kirk Milam.  Milam announced work days will be on the two Saturdays before the fair, Sept. 20 and 27 starting at 8 am with biscuits and coffee.

Exchangites Buzz  Wachsteter and Harry Wise were recognized and presented  plaques from Exchange Past President Tony Daniel for their efforts in starting a new Collegiate Chapter of Exchange at Berry College

Chris Carey, Founder and Chairman of the Global Cardboard Challenge in Rome explained about the  Global Cardboard Challenge, an exciting  fundraiser that brings together science, math, and a bit of creativity while benefiting the Community and helps local schools acquire their STEM certification.  This years competition will be held at the CVF grounds.  Click on the image below to watch a video about  the Cardboard Challenge.

The Cardboard Challenge
The Cardboard Challenge

Where Does The “Blue Cup” Money Go?

Rhonda WallaceEach meeting you will find a blue cup in the center of each table.  Each member is asked to make a donation to the cup.  But what is is for and where does it go?

Fellowship Chair Rhonda Wallace gave an explanation and  an accounting at our last meeting of the “Blue Cup” donation fund.

If a member has been ill or has lost someone, the Exchange Club of Rome makes a donation to the Family Resource Center in honor or in memory of an individual.

To date, Rhonda reports:

“This year we have collected $573.25 from the Blue cups and have given $725.00 to FRC. Our current balance is $850.04. This is as of the end of August.”

The exception to this is the business meeting “Blue Cup” money that is designated to a special designated community service project.

Each week before you leave your table, please remember to place something in the blue cups because now you know the

rest of the story.

Nobel Laureate To Visit Rome

Nobel prize Winner Dr Muhammad Yunus will be in Rome on Sunday afternoon, September 28th for a lecture at 4pm at the Rome City Auditorium.  Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Greater Rome Chamber website at http://www.romega.com/ using the community calendar.

Dr. Yunus  will discuss what he calls “social business” or social enterprise, in which corporations, entrepreneurs, and outreach organizations establish for-profit commercial enterprises that generate economic impact and direct profits toward solutions that fulfill human needs.  He sounds like the kind of person who would be an excellent Exchangite!  Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear Dr. Yunus.  Click here for more information.
Rome Exchange Club
 Meetings Held Friday At Noon
The Palladium
Coosa Valley Fairgrounds
1400 Martin Luther King Blvd 
Rome, GA

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Meal Policy Of The Exchange Club Of Rome

Members are encouraged to bring prospective member guests to all regular meetings.  The club is most happy to pay for the meals of prospects the first two times they visit, more then that you are required to pay for your guest's meal.  If you bring a non-prospect guest, someone to just join you for lunch, or if you take out a lunch for anyone that is not a member, you are required to pay for your guest's or takeout meal.  The cost of the meal is $7 per meal and must be paid to the Treasurer at the time of the meeting.