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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
July Anniversaries
Club Anniversaries 
38 years !!
    Tom Bennett    
23 years
Bill Wigley

18 years
Rhonda Wallace

8 years
Tom Sills
Clarence Trammell 
5 years
Jimmye Grimes
Ben James
Justin Hight

4 years
Ronnie Wallace

3 years 
  Brian Hampton

1 year
Bob Evans
George Fricks
WIll Byington
Barbara Penson 



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- Debbie Burnett
Youth - George Bosworth
Community Service - Charles Long
Child Abuse Prev -Nan Langford
P/R - Branda Gail Baldwin
Social - Gail Johnson
Awards - Michael Elliott
Programs - Chip Nimmons

Fellowship -Rhonda Wallace & Steve White
Member Support - Gail Johnson


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
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Rome's #1 Service Club  For Over 78 Years

July, 2014

Winner of the Leonard Grace Best Club Bulletin 2013-2014

July 25: National Convention Report & Update on Gary Tillman Clocktower Race

Next Meeting

Friday, July 25th

Update on Gary Tillman Clocktower Race


enu:  Fried Fish; cilantro/lime chicken; mac and cheese; green beans; tossed salad; coleslaw; fried okra; chocolate cake; cobbler and ice cream.  

News from the President

Fellow Exchangites:

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 ….

Bryan Shealy

Toys For Tots Raffle Tickets In Lobby On Friday

Toys For Tots Train
Hal Gosnell reports the Citizens of Georgia Power have chosen Toys For Tots as their beneficiary of their annual fund raising this year.

The fundraiser this year is in the form of a raffle.  The lucky winner will win a $500 gift certificate from Cabela’s and three lucky second prize winners will receive $100 gift certificates from Cabela’s.Tickets are only $5 each and members of the Georgia Power group will be in our lobby before the meeting on Friday.  The drawing will be in late September which is perfect for fall outdoor activity needs or early Christmas shopping.

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.

ECOR Yard Sale August 2nd!

It’s Time To Clean Out The Garage, The Attic, And The Closets Because It’s…


yard sale

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.

At Our July 18th Meeting

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…..

Large Delegation Attends National Convention

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.

National Conven 1
Natl Conven 2
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”.

2014-15 Natl Campaign


Volunteer Opportunities …Dates to remember….

August 16th – Gary Tillman Clocktower 5K race – benefiting the Family Resource Center.  Exchangite Gail Johnson is race director and she will be needing volunteers to help.  If you want to participate as a runner, registration is now open online.    Clocktower race website

FRC Family Day at the Rome-Floyd E.C.O. Center…..

    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.

     We are thankful to have the support of others in helping children start the school year off with supplies they need.”

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.



Family Resource Center News….

Exchange Club member participation in Family Resource Center Campaign….

203  Total Membership

100 Members participating so far 

$23,695   Total from Exchange Members

49% participation rate

Thanks for all the support from the Rome Exchange Club so far and its not too late to participate.  Please make your contribution now!!  If you read below, you will see that
a dollar donated to the FRC can result in an additional three dollars from the Federal grants.

 The FRC has received confirmation that they are getting both 2015 Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSSF) contracts  applied for and have been awarded the entire amount requested on both contracts!  Here’s what was requested:


Supervised Visitation

Federal Award: $92,607.75

Required Match:  $30,869.25

Total Program Cost:  $123,477.00

Parent Aide

Federal Award:  $30,430.50

Required Match:  $10,143.50

Total Program Cost:  $40,574.00


Rome Exchange Club
 Meetings Held Friday At Noon
The Palladium
Coosa Valley Fairgrounds
1400 Martin Luther King Blvd 
Rome, GA

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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.