The Rome Exchange Clu 

Recipient of Exchange National Service Award 2018-2019 

Rome’s #1 Service Club For Over 80 Years

2018 Georgia District Exchange 
Club Of The Year For Large Clubs




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…


November 9: Veterans Day Program, Colonel Seaborn J Whatley III

Next Meeting

November 9th, 2018


Veterans Day Program

Colonel Seaborn J Whatley III

Colonel Seaborn J Whatley III serves as the Senior Aerospace Instructor (SASI)at Rome High School’s Air Force ROTC unit. Colonel Whatley retired as the Division Chief for the Strategic Planning Division in the Directorate of Strategic Plans, Programs and Requirements, Headquarters Air Mobility Command , Scott Air Force Base, IL. He has held key positions at Squadron, Wing, Major Command and Joint Headquarters levels. Most recently, he was the Commander, 715th Air Mobility Operations Group, providing forward-deployed command and control, aerial port, and aircraft maintenance support throughout the Pacific Theater. 
Col. Whatley is a master navigator with over 2,700 hours in both the KC-135R and C-141B. During his career, he has participated in various operations and exercises to include Operations DESERT CALM, PROVIDE COMFORT,RESTORE HOPE,DENY FLIGHT, and North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission in Afghanistan. 
Col. Whatley  graduated in 1985 from Model High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Military Institute and master’s degrees from American Military University, Air Command and Staff College, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.  He also attended the Kennedy School of Government,  Harvard University.

Meatloaf, Ham, Mashed potatoes, Broccoli casserole, Green beans, Salad, Rolls, Apple cobbler

At Our Last Meeting

Our last meeting was a Business Meeting.  Past Exchange President Jackie Moreland led an induction ceremony to induct four new members. 

(l-r) Past President Jackie Moreland, Jane Tate sponsored by JP Cooper, Leslie Schoonover sponsored by Billy Brown, Brittany Sorrells sponsored by Marti Robles, John Bailey sponsored by Scotty Hancock, and Exchange President Charles Norris.

Coosa Valley Fair President Barbara Carter received a framed copy of the Good News magazine that featured the CVF officers on the front cover and a great write up about our fair.

Veterans Day Event


The Americanism Committee of the Rome Exchange Club has planned a Veterans Day Event for Saturday, November 10 at the Village Building on the grounds of the Coosa Valley Fair.   It will be held rain or shine and is free and open to the public.  The event will feature military equipment and displays from the Duke Military Museum and various other local collectors and historians.  Other exhibits include local EMS, SWAT, and EMA vehicles, a Vintage Car Show and over 20 vendors and agencies.  This event is to show appreciation for our Veterans who have proudly served and protected our country.   

Toys for Tots

Toys For Tots Train
The Rome Exchange Club, as the local sponsor for Toys for Tots, continues with our effort to provide a toy for every needy child this Christmas.  This week our attention turns to registering all the children that we will need to serve.  Registration continues all this week,  Monday – Friday at the Wilder Center, First United Methodist Church.  Buzz has done a great job at organizing this. 


Exchangites Bob Evans and Wayne Rush work as Interviewers to take down information about children who need toys for Christmas.
A Toys For Tots family member is welcomed by Exchangite Louise Schroeder and “Sarg” Cathy Herrah


After this week,  focus will turn to purchasing, picking up the toys from the various collection boxes, and organizing them in the Community Bldg at the Fair Grounds for distribution.  Toys for Tots Chair Linda Hatcher says she can use  volunteers from Dec 3-Dec 14, sorting and packing toys, also putting in batteries.  No sign up necessary, just show up, generally each morning.  If you have questions,  contact  Linda  at

Exchangites in the News!


Congratulations to Exchangite John Upton. Floyd County Sheriff Tim Burkhalter announced the appointment of Upton as the agency’s Scam and Prevention Officer.  In this position,  John will maintain online resources to “inform the public regarding current scam schemes” in our area.   John was formerly the Director of Campus Security at Georgia Highlands before his retirement.  


Also congratulations to Exchangites Rhonda Wallace and Scotty Hancock who were re-elected to their County Commission posts this week!

Guess Who???

I failed to include this in last week’s Halloween issue…



Who is this?  ….. 
hint – both are Past Presidents of Rome Exchange Club.


Exchange club members reply to this email with your answer.  First correct answer gets a free lunch at the next Exchange Club Meeting.  😉

New Exchange Club Shirts…Ordered Yours Yet?

Shirt Order Form Illus

The Board of Directors has approved a new club shirt design that incorporates our proper Exchange Symbol logo with our name under it and they are now available for you to order.  


All new members will receive a new club shirt that is covered by their application fee, but all members are encouraged obtain one of the new designs.


The shirts are being secured for us by Carol and Red Abrams at a very low cost and they even go to the company in Alabama to pick them up which saves you shipping costs being added to the price.


You have a choice:
  • Men’s and Women’s Polo type for $21 (S-M-L-XL.  XXl and XXXl $2 more)
  • Men’s and Women’s button up type shirts for $28 (Same sizing as above
Click below to download the order form, fill it out, and return it with your check to Carol and Red and you will be added to the next order.

Strike Out Child Abuse

strikeout logo 2015


Chair of this years Strike Out Child Abuse, FRC Board Member Tiffany Bowerman,  was on hand to greet arriving bowlers.  Tiffany and her husband, Exchangite Dr. Scott Bowerman,  also contributed the grand prize,  a weeks stay at Amelia Island at their townhouse.  
The My Fair Ladies team was selected as having the best costume in the first session.  A bunch of familiar Exchange Club members. 
A full house for Strike Out Child Abuse. 
This  year we added a 2nd session so that we could increase the number of teams that could participate since we had sold out in previous years.  This year we were able to accommodate 8 more teams by going to two time slots.

The raffle for Amelia Island was won by local professor, Terry Morris.  The raffle itself generated almost $1850 for the FRC!  Thank you Tiffany and Scott Bowerman!!!
Preliminary figures show that in 2017, we had 24 teams participating and netted $6802 for the event. This year, we had 31 teams participating and netted $9280! 

Volunteer Opportunities….

Exchangite Wanda Whitten  will be accepting volunteers for the Annual Santa For Seniors program our Club does every year. This is the program we do in conjunction with the Sheriff’s Department.  Each Exchangite that volunteers gets a name of a senior who has no local family, a small modest wish list from that person, and they shop for them to let them know they are remembered at the holiday period.

Also the FRC is now accepting sponsors for the Adopt A Family Christmas Project.  Last year, with your help, we sponsored 18 families which included 46 children.  If you would like to sponsor a family, please contact Kathy Phillips or Susan Little at 706-290-0764.  We have families of all sizes. You can choose to do the shopping or just make a monetary donation and the Parent Aide can take the parent(s) shopping.  Our families really appreciate this project each year as it makes the holidays a lot less stressful for many of them.  We appreciate all you do for our families.

Upcoming Events

What’s Going on at the Fairgrounds

What's Going On At
The  Coosa Valley Fairgrounds?

Teen Maze
This is an recurring event that uses several of
our fairground buildings.

Toys for Tots 
 This is the annual toys for Tots event  scheduled for the community building beginning 10/26 through toy
distribution day.

 American Cancer Society 
Bark for Life.
This is a first time event scheduled for one of the livestock barns.

Americanism Committee 

 In preparation for and observance  of Veterans Day, The Exchange Club Americanism Committee has the Village building reserved.

Jr. Service League 
Poinsetta Sale 

 Village Building

Salvation Army 
Special Events Building
New Event!

Fairground rentals handled by 
Charles Long - 706-252-0610

Palladium rentals handled by
Sweet P's at the Palladium
Tyler Buice - 706-859-8965 

Share The 


Of Exchange

This is a listing of fellow members who have offered to Experience The Excitement of Exchange to a new member.  Add your name to the list and let's make it Grow!

Phil Burkhalter

Scotty Hancock (2)

Lee Niedrach

Frank Redwine

Bryan Shealy

Terry Simmons

Heather Wachsteter

Larry Walker

Bob Williams

Paula Wachsteter

Buzz Wachsteter

Linda Hatcher

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Club Anniversaries


Club Anniversaries

399 years of combined  service

45 years!!!

Rocky Huffman
Stephen Stutts

43 years!!!

Ray Cox

41 years!!!

Charles White

38 years!!!

Skip Howse
Howie Lowden

30 years!!!

Steve Cox

28 years

J C Grimes

24 years

Terry Simmons
19  years
Chris Twyman
9 years
Phil Burkhalter
Robert Smyth
Harry Wise
8 years
Paula Wachsteter
7 years
Brian Johnson
4 year
Joel Megginson, Jr.
2 years
Susi Edwards

ECOR Officers


Rome Exchange Club

Rome Exchange Club

2018-2019 Officers

President - Charles Norris
President Elect - Patrick Eidson
Secretary - Robert Smyth 
Treasurer - Buzz Wachsteter 
Past President - Charles Long


Term Ending 6/30/2019
Jim Belzer
George Fricks
John Fortune
Linda Hatcher
Frank Shropshire
Terry Simmons
Larry Walker
Term Ending 6/30/20120
Carol Abrams
Scotty Hancock
Bud Owens
  Amy Patterson
Diane Warner
Ralph White
District President

Program of Service

Committee Chairperson

Americanism- John Fortune
Youth - Frank Shropshire
Community Service - George Fricks
Child Abuse Prev - Larry Walker
P/R - Scotty Hancock
Social - Charles Long
Awards - Jim Belzer
Programs - Patrick Eidson
Finance - Buzz Wachsteter
Fellowship -
Rhonda Wallace  & Steve White New Member Support- Charles Long
New Member Expansion & Retention - Carol Abrams & Mike Nichols
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.