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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.

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
31 years !!
  Joe Wade Jr.
27 years!!
Ken Cormany
20 years!!
Ted Noe
15 years
Cathy Kerce
11 years
   David Estes
7 years
Ward Daugherty
Scottie Edwards
Jack Smith
6 years
JP Cooper
Tony Daniel
Julia Dent
Greg Gaston
5 years
Richard Franklin
4 years
Ben Levy
3 years
Wayne Rush
Len Woodward
2 years
Clay Burkhalter
Tom Caldwell
Bradley Smith
Allen Stephens
Shaun Wilbanks
1 year
Anthony Daniel
Ronnie Farmer
Phil Franssen
Jeffrey Putnam
Dixie Sorrow
Diane Warner
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!

Recipient of Exchange National Service Award 2014-2015

Winner of the
Leonard Grace Best Club Bulletin 2013-2014

Greg Gaston - Editor

February 27: Book of Golden Deeds Youth of the Year Award

Next Meeting

Friday, February 27th

Book of Golden Deeds

Book of Golden Deeds will recognize high school and college students for their community service.

Youth of the Year

The Exchange Club’s Youth of the Year program provides the club and the community with the opportunity to honor outstanding students in the community who have exhibited excellence in academics and leadership.  This program not only enhances opportunities for those honored, it also promotes good citizenship, a desire for greater scholastic achievement, and the development well-rounded personalities to other young adults in the community.

Chicken Tenders, Beef Stroganoff, Broccoli Casserole, Fried Okra, Coleslaw, Salad, Cobbler, Cake & Ice Cream

April Is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
See How Our Club

Believes In The Blue

With These Projects
YOU can Participate In



Time To Tee Off Against Child Abuse!

  OK golfers…this is your call to reserve your space for our Annual Jim Bishop Memorial Golf Tournament that benefits the Exchange Club Family Resource Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse.  Beside the great day of fun, lunch with be provided by WOW Wingery, you favorite cold beverage, and great gift bags and prizes.  Still not enough?  How about a $10,000 hole in one contest with 50% to the winner and 50% to the FRC sponsored by the Babcock Agency.

Put together your team and click to download the registration form:

 Golf Registration Form

Not a golfer?  Don’t worry we still have have a way for you to participate.  You can be an event sponsor, a hole sponsor, or a putting green or driving range sponsor.  Click below to see all of the opportunities available to you:

Show Me The Sponsorships Available

Party On To “Believe In The Blue”

Here’s what YOU can do to help:

  1. Put the date of April 17th on your calendar and plan to be at the Brewhouse for a fantastic night of live entertainment.  Three big acts starting at 8 PM – Scott Thompson, followed by a reunion of Jay Shell and KnecKDown, and finishing up with the Trailer Park Cowboys.  By the way…all three acts are doing this as a benefit for our FRC and Jay Shell is turning over
    the Brewhouse to us on a Friday night at NO CHARGE

    .  The cover at the door is only $10 per person and 100% goes to the center.

  2. BE A SPONSOR for the party.  Sponsorships are $100 and can be  YOU as an individual, you and your spouse, your company, or your friends.  If you have not been contacted by a member of the committee and want to be included, download a form here:Get A Jump On Child Abuse Sponsor Form

The committee is trying to stay away from existing Family Resource Center event sponsors, so if you have a question about calling on someone please contact Kathy at the FRC and she can help you.


Wanted: Mattresses, Box Springs, and Frames…

If you have a mattress(s), box spring(s), or bed frame(s) in your home you want to get rid of, we have a special need in our community.

Exchangite Louise Branham, who is at the Habitat ReStore, has issued an appeal for the bedding.  “We work with Good Neighbors and we get a lot of their clients that need theses as well as our customers and we just are not getting these donated.”

What you plan to discard may give someone a new start, so please contact Louise at 706-  and your donation will be picked up and given new life with someone in need.

Planning for Memorial Day Celebration


The Memorial Day Committee met Monday Night and elected
Leslie Duke as the chairman. There was a very good turnout with a lot
participation and information shared.  A very good start for Leslie and the Memorial Day Committee.
The Committee will meet at 5:30 every two weeks on Monday nights at the CVF office.

At our last meeting……

Julie Smith of the TREDs organization spoke to the club about the Trails system in and around Rome and Floyd County.  Plans for future development of biking and hiking trails were outlined including the possibility of connecting Cave Spring to the Silver Comet Trail which presently run from Smyrna to Cedartown
Proudly We Hail
At our last meeting we also announced the recipients of our Proudly We Hail Awards.
Business winners: Checkers (Cheryl Gann & Pete Kasonovitch)
Residential winners: The Village at Maplewood ( Bill Trimble, Anne Trimble & Ralph White) and not pictured Steve and Sue Jones of Hermitage Road
School winners: Model Middle School (Duncan Blankenship), East Central Elementary, and Pepperell Elementary.
Government winners: Floyd County Forum (Brent Poplin) and Rome City Public Works (Stephen Foy) for the Jackson Hill Flag
East Central Elementary and Pepperell Elementary were presented their awards at a ceremony at their school.
Pictured above are (l-r)  Bill Trimble, Ralph White, Duncan Blankenship, Anne Trimble, Pete Kasonovitch, Cheryl Gann, Stephen Foy, Jim Lawrence, Vivian Richmeier, and Bill Kelly. Not pictured are Steve and Sue Jones.


Commendation For Exchange


Exchangite Wanda Whitten honored by Heart of the Community

An exciting announcement was made at the Heart of the Community Awards of Honor Saturday night.  The Heart of Community Board of Governors unanimously voted to re-name the Heart House as:  The Wanda J. Whitten Heart of the Community Guest House.  Exchangite Wanda Whitten has worked at Redmond nearly 43 years (literally, before the hospital officially opened its doors).  She has also coordinated the Heart of the Community event and Board activities for nearly 10 years.  The Heart House was built by funds raised through the Heart of the Community Foundation. 

As you see Wanda, please congratulate her on this honor.  Saturday night was a complete surprise to her and to most everyone in attendance.  An official Dedication Ceremony will be held  later in the Spring.  More details to come!


 Congratulations again…. Wanda!!!

Invite That Special Someone You Know To Join Exchange…


Do YOU know someone that shares our core values of Family. Community, and Country?  Invite them to share Exchange.

Do You know people that still feel that special spirit of American pride when our flag passes or we recite the Pledge of Allegiance?  Invite them to share Exchange.

Do YOU know people who have community service in their blood and want to make Rome and Floyd County an even better place to live?  Invite them to share Exchange.

This is our time…this is your time to find those special people who are right for the Exchange Club of Rome.  Tell them about our programs of Americanism, Support of Youth, Community Service, and our National program the Prevention of Child Abuse… and invite them to be your guest at a meeting.  (There is no meal charge for prospective member guests.)

Our Board of Directors has adopted a revised membership application that can be found by a link below and each week in the links in the right column of the newsletter.

It is club policy that before a prospect can be voted on by the Board:

  • The prospect must attend three meetings as a guest.
  • The written application must be submitted with the $35 application fee attached, the dates listed of the visits by the prospect, and the necessary information and signatures.

Remember, in submitting this application as the sponsor, you are agreeing to be the mentor for this new member for their first year to insure they get fully involved into the club.


Time To Plan For Conventions

Augusta Marriott
Augusta Marriott At Convention Center
Join Your Fellow
Exchangites In Augusta
June 4-6
For The Georgia District Convention
This is your invitation to join with your fellow Rome Exchangites at the Augusta Marriott for the 2015 Georgia District Convention.The festivities begin on Thursday at noon for the golfers, and yes we would like to put in a golf team, and Thursday night will be a free welcome party and a big live auction for the Georgia CAP Foundation.  Friday and Saturday will be filled with business meetings and great educational seminars culminating with the Installation Banquet for our new District President.

If you want to be part of the delegates from Rome (and we hope you will),  please print the form below and give it to our Treasurer Meredith Brown or leave it in the payment box at the Palladium.

Rome Exchange Club

 Meetings Held Friday At Noon
The Palladium
Coosa Valley Fairgrounds

1400 Martin Luther King Blvd 
Rome, GA

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Get Behind The "Force"

2014-15 Natl Campaign







Again this year,  we will be recording the names of members who bring in a new member.  Members who recruit a new member will receive a badge pin like this from National. 

JP Cooper
Terry Simmons
Kirk Milam
Leslie Duke
Paula Wachsteter

Ben Levy

Cathy Kerce

Diane Warner

Harry Wise

Joel Megginson, Sr

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Prestigious List



Augusta Marriott
The Georgia District of Exchange Convention will be held
June 4-6
Augusta Marriott

The National Exchange Club
Convention will be held
July 29-Aug 1
Hyatt Columbus (OH)


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.