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…


At our last meeting….

President Charles Long recognized  Marie Brinson,  who has catered our meals for many years.  Marie was presented a gift and we wish her the very best as she leaves us.


At our last meeting we honored our Veterans.  Our speaker was Lt.Gen. Willie J. Williams, USMC (Ret).  Gen Williams is an Alabama native and served in the US Marine Corp for 39 years,  his last 13  years as a General Officer.   Gen Williams spoke about what it means to be in the military and why people serve.   After his prepared remarks,  Gen Williams took questions from the audience.  Questions about women in  military combat, how we as Exchange Club can do more for our veterans, and the place of LBGT persons in our services.  
At the conclusion of our meeting,  Dempsey Auction invited members to view all the items that are in the Community Bldg to be auctioned on Friday and Saturday, 
Nov 17 and 18.  
Our Christmas Party will be on Friday evening, December 1st.  Please be on the watch for an email with the details and RSVP info. 

Veterans Day…..

A ceremony at Myrtle Hill Cemetery and a daylong event at Coosa Valley Fairgrounds on Saturday are among the locale events that took place on Veterans Day.

Howard Cothran, a Vietnam War veteran and member of Rome Exchange Club, gets his eyes examined by Lions Club member Holly Hodge. The exams were part of a Veterans Day event at the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. This was the first year for the event, which included a Cruise for the Kids, that was put on by the Exchange Club of Rome and Old School Cruisers. In addition to eye care, veterans could get their hair cut and teeth checked during the event.


Several military vehicles were on display at this event courtesy of Exchangite Leslie Duke and the Rome Military History Museum. 
Exchangite Ralph White was one of several veterans selected to lay a wreath at Myrtle Hill Cemetery during a Veterans Day ceremony. 

Strike Out Child Abuse


This years STRIKE Out Child Abuse bowling tournament was held Tuesday, November 14th.  This years event was sold out and raised over $7000 for the Family Resource Center. 
We also extend warm thanks to our incredible event sponsor, Vargo Orthodontics.
Highest Team Score prize went to the team from Heritage Bank of Rome
Best Team name went to the team sponsored by Exchangite Terry Clift – his team was 
 “We Don’t Give A Split”
Vargo Orthodontics not only was our Presenting Sponsor, but they also fielded a team that won Best Costume – pictured here are Tina, Dr. Joseph Vargo,  and his “Pink Ladies”. 
Exchangite Joe Wade coaxes his ball down the lane.


Exchangite Linda Hatcher is zoned in on making that Spare.

Thanks to Gail Johnson and Ronnie Farmer for the great pictures…


Toys for Tots

Toys For Tots Train
Toys For Tots Client Registration
We concluded registration for Toys for Tots last week.  Exchangites worked Monday – Friday from 1P to 5P, interviewing families that are applying for toys for their family.   A makeup session is scheduled for Saturday, Dec 2 from 9:00-4:00.  Over 20 Exchangites worked on this.  Through your hard work, you were able to capture the names of 1684 children so we can make their Christmas special this year through our program.  In addition, we were able to register about 20 families for the First Baptist Church Program so that both the younger and older children would be included in the gift process.  Thanks to everyone..
Exchangites Joyce Gaston  and Barbara Carter interview and record the children’s name,gender,  and age for each family.  Toys for Tots then uses this information to gather toys appropriate for each family. 
Other T4T Volunteer Opportunities:
  • Monday & Tuesday,  Nov 27 & 28,  9 A – 12 N  – Move toys from warehouse to CVF
  • Friday, Dec 1 – Toys for Tots training – details to follow
  • Saturday, Dec 2 – make up session for registration of families
  • December 4 – 16,  9A – until?   Sorting, bagging and distribution – details to follow
Linda Hatcher –
George Fricks –

Santa Helpers




  We will again be Santa’s Helper’s this year.  If you are willing to adopt a senior adult who has no family or gifts for the holidays, please let Wanda Whitten or George Fricks know.
     You will be given an information sheet with their needs and wants. The Exchange Club adopted 18 seniors last year.  


Thanks to the 26 members who have adopted our Santa for Seniors.  Information for those adopted seniors will be available first part of next week. Forms  will be mailed to those who adopted seniors. Gifts will be needed for delivery Dec 15. Thanks again for helping to support this special program. 

Family Resource Center News

Check out the FRC’s 4th quarter report.   Some very good information here.
A success story….
I was recently reminded about how important our services are to families.  Last week, I met a mom who was graduating from our program.  She enthusiastically described some of the things she learned through her Parent Aide, Maxine.  She told me that she better understands the needs of her toddler, she is involved with her 6 year old in his school (a feat as she dropped out of school when a teen), she reads to her children daily, she doesn’t scream but has rules, she knows more about taking care of herself, she uses a budget with her husband, and uses a calendar to track bills and appointments.  These seem like small things but for this 23 year old, they are new skills and foundational pieces to a better life with her family.  For us, it was a special thrill to see her graduate as she declined our services just a few years ago (after the birth of her first child).  The mom says, “I was younger and didn’t know what was good for me.”  This mom was a little nervous about graduating as  Maxine will no longer visit her each week but we were able to assure her that she could stop in anytime and that Maxine is just a phone call away.



Upcoming Events

Convenience Fee of $3.20 applies

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

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Club Anniversaries



Club Anniversaries

376 years of
combined  service

44 years!!!

Rocky Huffman
Stephen Stutts

42 years!!!

Ray Cox

40 years!!!

Charles White

37 years!!!

Skip Howse

29 years

Steve Cox

27 years

J C Grimes
Howie Lowden

23 years

Terry Simmons
18 years
Chris Twyman
8 years
Phil Burkhalter
Robert Smyth
Harry Wise
 7 years
Paula Wachsteter
6 years
Brian Johnson
3 years
Joel Megginson, Jr
2 years
Kimberly Hall
Anthony Pucillo
1 year
Susi Edwards

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

2017 Coosa Valley Fair Association Officers
Pres - Bryan Shealy
1st VP - Barbara Carter
2nd VP - Mike Elliott
Treas - Joe Wade
Sect - Paul Smith
Past Pres - John Garner

Term Expires 12/2017
Sherri Beidek
Jordan Knight
Bobby Padgett
Robert Smyth
Joe Wade, III
Term Expires 12/2018
Jason Sanker
Jim Kelley
Bob Babcock
Dave Shelton
Len Woodward
Term Expires 12/2019
Phil Burkhalter
Cathy Kerce
Gail Johnson
George Bosworth
JC Grimes


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.