July 25: National Convention Report & Update on Gary Tillman Clocktower Race
Friday, July 25th
Menu: Fried Fish; cilantro/lime chicken; mac and cheese; green beans; tossed salad; coleslaw; fried okra; chocolate cake; cobbler and ice cream.
Rome's #1 Service Club For Over 78 Years
Winner of the Leonard Grace Best Club Bulletin 2013-2014
Friday, July 25th
Welcome to a brand new Exchange year! Just returning from the National Convention it is impossible to not be “pumped up”. The learning and networking possibilities are unlimited there. The National Exchange Club, of which you are a proud part, has accomplished a goal we have not obtained in twenty-six years. For the first time since 1988 we have had positive growth at the National level. Exchange is like every other service club worldwide in that membership has dwindled for the past two decades. Exchange however has stopped the “bleeding” and is now moving in a positive direction. To continue the momentum National is once again pushing their “Each One – Reach One” member drive. They are asking each member to bring in one new member this year to help Exchange continue to flourish.
On a local level I am asking for seven! Now before your faint … my goal is to increase our membership a total of seven members for the year. Each year we add many more than this number but with transfers, work schedules and, unfortunately, deaths, we do not grow by seven members annually. Not many of us would drive across town if someone offered us a 3% discount. We would say it isn’t enough. Well that is all I am asking for … a 3% increase in our membership, from 203 to 210. As I previously said, we all think 3% is nothing! Surely everyone will see this as a very achievable goal and do their part to help.
Exchange is moving forward and our Rome Club is something to be proud of both in our community, for all the positive things we do, as well as on a National level with most other Clubs being very envious!!!
I look forward to seeing you at lunch on Friday ….
Hal reminds us that all proceeds with go to Toys For Tots that we are so involved with, so please buy tickets when you come to the meeting.
The Exchange Club of Rome is sponsoring a Yard Sale on the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds August 2, 7:30-noon, to help support a great community group in Rome, DIGS (Developing Independence, Growth, and Security for adults with developmental challenges).
The sale is headed up by “Mr. Yard Sale”, Scottie Edwards and Scottie wants everything you have of value to sell at the sale. What’s even better, if you give him a call (706-346-5998), he will bring over his truck and trailer and pick it up from you. It couldn’t be any easier.
Also, if you know someone that would like to have their own yard sale at the fairgrounds at the same time, space is available from Scottie for just $25.
|Our program was presented by Ballard Betz, Business Consultant with the University of Ga Smail Business Development Center in Rome His topic…
Why You Can’t Ignore Social Media in Your Marketing Plan
|How many of these do you have a presence on???|
Gary Miller of the Rome Shrine Club presented a check to
Exchangite Tina Bartleson, Executive Director, Family Resource Center to help with school supplies. Shriner Clowns also were on hand at the Family Day hosted by the Exchange Club at the ECO Center last Saturday. Many thanks to the Rome Shriners…..
The Big News From National:
A rather large delegation from Rome attended the National Exchange Club convention held last week in New Orleans. Representing our club were Exchangites Ted Noe, Bryan Shealy, Tony Daniel, Paula and Buzz Wachsteter, Jimmye and JC Grimes, Tina Bartelson, Dr. Bob Williams, and Michael Elliott.
Highlights of the convention included recognition of our Rome Club for building a new club (Berry Collegiate) and achieving the National Service Award. Our delegates participated in a number of different seminars to benefit our club and heard speakers on the best ways to present our clubs to the public, Miss America 2013 speaking on child abuse prevention, plus a spirited election for National President-Elect that saw active participation for the winning candidate…Region 10 VP Dan McQueenie who was just in Rome.
As our Executive Director of our local CAP Center, Tina was also an active participant in the Symposium for the CAP directors and parent aides.
Another highlight was the installation of our new National President Tom Carnes who will lead his class of district presidents, “the force”, in this new Exchange Year. Tom is a retired Police Chief so the theme…”Investigating The Possibilities”.
If you gather school supplies for 105 children, how much space do you need? If you are members of the Exchange Club of Rome, it takes all the space in the Rome-Floyd E.C.O. Center.
Members of the Exchange Club of Rome hosted a Family Day at the E.C.O. Center on Saturday July 19th for needy families. “We want children to start their school year off strong,” according to event chairperson Exchangite Nan Winkelman, who also serves on the Board of Directors of the Exchange Club Family Resource Center. “So many families are struggling just to provide basic necessities and purchasing school supplies can be difficult. Providing supplies…and a day of fun…is a way we as a Club can give back and help children start their school year off in a strong way,” says Winkelman.
The Family Day featured clowns from the Rome Shriners, rides on the Roman Holiday and a military truck, presentations at the E.C.O. Center, and lunch. “The Exchange Club Family Resource Center is fortunate to have the wide support of many businesses and individuals in this community,” according to Tina Bartleson, Executive Director. “We appreciate their generosity in providing food and school supplies to families needing an extra hand this year.” The Exchange Club Family Resource Center is a non-profit agency that provides in-home parent education and support to families through its evidenced-based Exchange Parent Aide program. According to Bartleson, “Children who grow up in safe and secure homes and who experience solid family support-without abuse–are more likely to succeed in school. Children who succeed in school are more likely to complete their education and be positioned to have enriching careers and stable families themselves. The Family Resource Center can help families learn ways to provide safe and nurturing homes.
Even with rain, 23 families and more than 64 children attended Saturday’s event. In addition, Family Resource Center staff distributed another 40 backpacks on Monday to families who were unable to attend the Family Day event. While the school supplies available through the Center are now exhausted, staff invite parents to contact them for information about how the Exchange Club Family Resource Center can help them create stronger families.
203 Total Membership
100 Members participating so far
$23,695 Total from Exchange Members
49% participation rate
Federal Award: $92,607.75
Required Match: $30,869.25
Total Program Cost: $123,477.00
Federal Award: $30,430.50
Required Match: $10,143.50
Total Program Cost: $40,574.00