The Rome Exchange Clu 

Recipient of Exchange National Service Award 2016-2017  

Rome’s #1 Service Club For Over 80 Years

Exchange, inspiring communities to become better places to live. 




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.

 Meetings Held Friday At Noon
The Palladium

Coosa Valley Fairgrounds
1400 Martin Luther King Blvd
Rome, GA


Winner of the National Exchange Club
Best Bulletin Award 2015-2016
Best Club Website Award 2016

Winner of the Georgia District
Greg Gaston – Editor

Our Latest News…


March 16: Youth Speech Contest

Next Meeting

March 16th


Speech Contest

    We are looking forward to our annual Speech Contest this Friday and greatly appreciate the students who have stepped forward to participate and the schools they represent.  Our contestants will represent Rome High, Armuchee High and Pepperell High.  The speeches will be from 5 to 8 minutes long.  Two minutes additional time will be allowed each contestant to substantiate the presentation by answering a question from one of the judges.  
     The speech subject is chosen by each contestant but must carry a positive theme of patriotism related to the American way of life or encourage continuance of the American form of government.  The speech should inspire interest, and it’s effectiveness, as well as patriotic theme, will be considered by the judges.  
     The winner in our contest will represent the Rome Exchange Club in the Georgia District Contest (state wide at our annual convention) which is sponsored by and under the auspices of the Georgia District Exchange Clubs. 
Our judges will be:

* Dr. JoAnn Moss, Principal of Elm Street School
* Tina Bartleson, Director of the Family Resource           Center
* Teresa Patterson, Instructor at Georgia Northwestern Technical College.

Our prompter will be Exchangite Gail Johnson and our timekeeper will be Exchangite Hal Gosnell.


BBQ pork, Fried fish, English peas, Mac & cheese, Mashed potatoes, Salad, Rolls,  & Apple cobbler

At Our Last Meeting

Our last meeting was one of our Youth focused meetings with the A.C.E. awards.   A.C.E. contestants recognizes Rome and Floyd County  high school seniors who have overcome physical, emotional or social obstacles and are now eligible for graduation.  In this program, each student described  their own obstacles and how they overcame it.  Christopher Dean, a senior at Armuchee High School, who was diagnosed at a young age with a form of autism known as Asperger’s Syndrome, was named our A.C.E. Award winner.  Dean received $500 for winning the competition while the other five each received $100.
Exchange Youth Chairman Frank Shropshire congratulates Christopher Dean.
The other contestants in the competition Friday included Jasmine Johnson from Unity Christian School, Destiny Paris-Cartwright from Coosa High, Hannah Newberry from Pepperell, Xharia Ware from Rome High and Tristan Cox from Model.

It’s Time To Register For District Convention

The Clock Is Ticking Away On Your Chance To Save On BOTH District Convention And Hotel Registrations

You must make your convention and hotel registration by April 30th.  After that date, you no longer can save up to $25 on the convention event package or receive the $124 a night Exchange rate at the Marriott.

Our Club encourages members to attend the District Convention in Columbus.  The club plans to offset some of your expenses depending on how many members go and the availability of funds. 

May 31, June 1-2

 Columbus Marriott Hotel & The Columbus

Convention And Trade Center

Rome always has a large delegation at the Convention and we need to again this year to support Bryan Shealy in his run for re-election as Georgia District Treasurer.
To insure you get the special Exchange group rate of $124 a night…
Special “Early Bird” Convention Registrationthat saves up  to $25 Off Event Registration
Go To The Convention Site:

Take Me To The Convention Site


What To Do In Columbus?  Plenty!!!

Family Resource Center News

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. A calendar of all activities for the month will soon be published. For now, please mark your calendar and plan to join us on April 2nd at 11 AM at Floyd County DFCS (450 Riverside Parkway) for our annual placement of the pinwheels. (Note: This is a different location than usual). This year, we will place 127 pinwheels to represent the 127 families in which abuse and neglect was confirmed in 2017. After the pinwheels are in place, we’ll have a brief program and take a group picture to symbolize our commitment to keeping children in Rome/Floyd County safer in 2018. Wear blue in honor of the month and dress comfortably. 

The FRC is currently soliciting nominations for the 2018 Katie Dempsey Star Volunteer Award.  We are looking for past or present outstanding volunteers whose work has made a difference to the Exchange Club Family Resource Center and has strengthened our mission.  
Past recipients are:
2003 – Katie Dempsey
2004 – Jim Bishop
2005 – Sam Evans
2006 – Stephen Patton
2007-  John Hine
2008 – Lynn Maddox
2009 – Gail Johnson
2010 – Lisa Stuenkel
2011 – Phyllis Pemerton
2012 – Dr. Gary Smith
2013 – George Kastanias
2014–Jason Sanker
2015–Gin Gunther
2016–Robin Hice
2017–Terry Clift
Please submit the form to or drop it by the office at 5 Professional Court.  Entries must be received by 5 pm on March 16th.

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Warm regards—-Tina Bartleson, Executive Director
Thanks Exchange for your support!

Upcoming Events

ambassador pin

All Aboard! 

Who will wear the limited edition pin signifying membership in the Georgia District Conductors Club?  There is only way to become a member of the club and receive this lapel pin and that is for recruiting a new member?  Let's fill this space with sponsor names as Rome continues

Exchange Strong! 

Giles Chapman(3)

Bill King

Buzz Wachsteter 

Don Black(2)

Charles Long

Charles Norris

Stephen Patton

Lynn Brandon

Bob Williams

Diane Warner



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Club Anniversaries

Club Anniversaries
172 years of
combined  service
27 years!!! 
Dan Pate
21 years!!!
Dan Caesar
17 years
LuGina Brown
16 years
Gail Johnson
Renva Watterson
15 years
Charles Stevens
13 years
Ann Arnold
Hal Gosnell, Jr.
8 years
Meredith Brown
7 years
Debbie Burnett
6 years
Sherri Beideck
3 years
Wesley Henderson
1 year
Chris Hewlett

ECOR Officers


Rome Exchange Club

2017-2018 Officers

President - Charles Long
President Elect - Charles Norris
Secretary - Giles Chapman
Treasurer - Bob Steinbruegge
Past President - Mike Elliott
Term Ending 6/30/2018
Phil Burkhalter Patrick Eidson Bob Evans Ronnie Farmer Steve White
Terry Simmons
Term Ending 6/30/2019
George Fricks
Linda Hatcher
John Fortune
Larry Walker
Frank Shropshire
Jim Belzer
District President 
Sidney Blanton

Programs of Service

Committee Chairperson 

Americanism- John Fortune
Youth - Frank Shropshire  
Community Service -George Fricks
Child Abuse Prev - Larry Walker
P/R -Phil Burkhalter
Social -  J.P. Cooper
Awards - Steve White
Programs -  Charles Norris
Fellowship - Rhonda Wallace & Steve White
New Member Support -  Mike Elliott
Contact one of these Chairpersons and volunteer for a committee. 

CVFA Officers

2018 Coosa Valley Fair Association Officers
President - Barbara Carter 
1st VP - Mike Elliott
2nd VP - JP Cooper
Treasurer - Joe Wade
Secretary- Bryan Shealy
Past Pres - Bryan Shealy
Ex-Officio - Charles Long
Emeritus -  Paul Smith

Term ending 12-2018
Jason Sanker
Jim Kelley
Bob Babcock
Dave Shelton
Len Woodward
Term ending 12-2019
Phil Burkhalter
Cathy Kerce
Gail Johnson
George Bosworth
JC Grimes
Term ending 12-2020
Kathi Watson
Wanda Whitten
Joe Wade III
Ben Rigas
Robert Smyth


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 three times they visit, more than that you are required to pay for your guest's meal unless they have submitted an application for membership, in which case the meals will remain at no charge.
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 $10 per meal and must be paid to the Treasurer or other officer 
at the time of the meeting.  Money can also be placed in the Dues Box in the lobby.