The Rome Exchange Clu 

Recipient of Exchange National Service Award 2017-2018  

Rome’s #1 Service Club For Over 80 Years

2018 Georgia District Exchange 
Club Of The Year For Large Clubs


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


Our Latest News…


June 15: Rome Police – Hands Free Law

Next Meeting

June 15th

New Hands Free Law

PFC Chase Burnes

Rome Police Dept.

Starting July 1, Georgia drivers can no longer hold phones while they drive.  Hear all about this new law at Friday’s meeting.  Our speaker will PFC Chase Burnes of the Rome Police Dept. 
Chase was born and raised in Rome GA. He  was hired by the Rome Police Dept in December 2004, and assigned to patrol in January 2005 (when he had reached 21 years of age). Chase worked in the Patrol Division on various shifts. In 2010 he transferred to the Floyd County Police Department where he was a Sergeant in the Patrol Division. In 2016 He returned to Rome PD and in  February of this year was assigned to the Selective Enforcement Unit as a motor officer.  PFC Chase Burnes was Officer of the Year for 2017 for his arrest of the suspect firing shots at the air show
From the above job description, sounds like Chase will be the one on the road enforcing this new law  – so listen carefully. 

Meatloaf, Baked chicken, Pinto beans, Mashed potatoes, Steamed cabbage, Rolls & Salad


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At our last meeting…

Our last meeting was a Business Meeting.  In addition to the normal committee reports, Linda Hatcher,  Toys for Tots Chair,  presented a number of awards for the volunteers from the last Holiday Season.   Linda also received an award herself, The Wanda Whitten Volunteer Of The Year For Large Clubs for the Georgia District.  Congratulations  Linda…


Buzz Wachsteter presents Linda with a memorable memento to honor her work this year. 
Congratulations and thanks to all the people who volunteered and contributed so much to make Toys for Tots such a success. 


District Convention!


The Excitement Kicked Off In

Columbus And It Was Spelled


Buzz Wachsteter
District Recognition For
District Newsletter & Website
Bryan Shealy
Presidential Recognition For District Treasurer
Charles Long
Accepting Envelope Of 
District Award Patches
Wanda J. Whitten
Exchangite Of The Year
For Large Clubs
Charles Long
Accepting Club of The Year
For Large Clubs
Bryan Shealy/ JP Cooper
Conduct Training For
Local Club Treasurers
Shemika Roberts, Rome FRC Parent Aid And Time Out Teddy.  Shemika Addressed The CAP Breakfast
Kaylee Mansell
Rome Contestant
All American Speech Contest
District Director JP Cooper Accompanied By Diane Warner At Installation Banquet
District Treasurer
and Mrs. Bryan Shealy 
At Installation Banquet
Georgia District 
Mike Elliott and Barbara
At Installation Banquet
Georgia District Director Of The Year
JP Cooper
Presented Award By President
Sidney Blanton
It was quite a weekend in Columbus for Rome Exchangites.

Exchange Club Of Rome Named 

Exchange Club Of The Year

For Large Clubs




For Large Clubs

Exchange Club Of Rome

Coosa Valley Fair

Rome Exchangite 

Mike Elliott 


District President-Elect


Rome Exchangite

Bryan Shealy 


Georgia District Treasurer


Rome Exchangite 

Wanda Whitten 


Exchangite Of The Year

For Large Clubs


Rome Exchangite

 Linda Hatcher 


Wanda Whitten Volunteer Of The Year

For Large Clubs


Rome Exchangite

JP Cooper 


Georgia District Director Of The Year

Rome Exchangite

Buzz Wachsteter

Honored With Special District Recognition Plaque

As He Retires As District Newsletter/Webpage Editor

The weekend in pictures can be found at

Mark your Calendar!

The Rome Exchange Club will be holding our annual Installation of Officers at a dinner scheduled for June 22. National Exchange Immediate Past President Elizabeth Grantham will be our guest and she will perform the installation ceremony. There will be a board retreat scheduled for the next morning. 
Deadline for reservations has passed.  If you want to be added to a waiting list,  please notify Mike Elliott,  our Club Social Committee Chair.
Put these dates on your calendar:
  •    Rome Exchange Officer Installation Dinner – June 22
  •    Rome Exchange Board Retreat – June 23


All POS forms need to be in by June 30th.  Please send yours as soon as possible……
For the remainder of this year, ending June 30th, please submit all Programs Of Service forms to Gail Johnson at immediately following the completion of project for which you are the lead organizer.  Submit POS forms for a completed project ONLY, not for individual modules that make up that project.  For example, an event, such as Night at the Movies, a presentation of the Tomb of the Unknowns, or the ACE Awards, is one project.  Individual planning sessions or work leading up to the event should not be submitted as individual projects.   A blank POS form is available by clicking  HERE . 


Upcoming Events

What’s Going on at the Fairgrounds

What's Going On At
The  Coosa Valley Fairgrounds?

August 10-11, 2018
Southern Rodeo Company
October 2-6, 2018
Coosa Valley Fair
October 13, 2018
Georgia Premier Wrestling


Fairground rentals handled by
Charles Long - 706-252-0610
Palladium rentals handled by
Sweet P's at the Palladium
Tyler Buice - 706-859-8965 
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! 

Bill King

Buzz Wachsteter 

Don Black(2)

Charles Long

Charles Norris

Stephen Patton

Lynn Brandon

Bob Williams

Diane Warner

Joan Crumbly

Joel Megginson Sr.



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Club Anniversaries


Club Anniversaries


242 years of combined

64 years!!!

Paul Smith

25 years!!!

Bob Babcock
Mike Littlejohn

24 years!!!

Bryan Shealy

23 Years

Jackie Moreland
16 years
Wanda Whitten
12 years
Ron Kiefer
8 years
Jimmy Dupuy
Bud Owens
7 years
Bill Reeder
Gene Richardson
4 years
Bill King
Charles Norris
Gary Smith
3 years
John Fortune
Amy Patterson
Larry Walker
2 years
Hugh Bonner

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. 

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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 Kelly
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.