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…


July 13: UW of Rome/Floyd Co.

Our Next Meeting

Friday, July 13th


United Way

Rich Lampkin

Executive Director

After completing a 27 year career with the United States Army, Rich has served for over 15 years within the United Way system. 
He began as a Loaned Executive for the Principle Financial Group with the United Way of Central Iowa.
He continued his career as the Executive Director of the United Way of Story County and Vice President of Resource Development for the Washtenaw United Way and finally serving as the Executive Director of the United Way of Rome & Floyd County, Inc. since 2000.
Rich is married to Alison and has three son Chris, Zach, Matthew, and a dog named Bell.

Beef and rice, Fried chicken tenders, Mashed potatoes, Cream corn, Collard greens, Rolls,  Salad, Blueberry cobbler


Have You Paid Your Dues? 
We Don’t Want To Have To Hound Anyone…

Invoices for the first quarter of our fiscal year were mailed, or emailed, to all members the third week in June and were payable upon receipt.
If you haven’t paid yours yet, please bring a check to the meeting, drop it in the box or give it to Buzz.
If you have a question about your dues billing status, please call Buzz at 706-252-4690 and let him know your questions so it can be researched.
The easiest way for your to stay current is to utilize your bank’s online bill pay service and just enter an automatic check to be sent to the club on your behalf at the beginning for each quarter.  That way you can be sure you are current and you don’t have anything to worry about.
A reminder, Exchange Bylaws state that any member that is 60 days past due, and that is from the date of the invoice, is considered “Not In Good Standing” and is subject to being dropped for nonpayment. 

FRC and ECOR Projects

Club Projects On Tap Designed To Help Children


School is right around the corner. The Parent Aids at our Family Resource Center need YOUR help to make sure our center’s client children have school supplies. 


Donate Gift Cards…The Easiest Way To Help
It’s hard to believe, but in about a month children will be making their way back to school and our Exchange Club’s CAP committee wants your help.  Committee Chair Larry Walker points out we have Family Resource Center client families who need our help preparing children to start a new year.
The easiest and best way you can help is to donate a gift card from stores like Walmart or Staples and let the Parent Aids help the families shop for what the child really needs.
You can either drop your gift off at the Family Resource Center, 5 Professional Court, and bring them on Friday to our meeting and give them to Larry or Tina.  Questions?  Larry-706-676-1207.

At our last meeting…

Our last meeting was our first Business Meeting of our new club year.   

First order of business was the cutting of our Birthday Cake.  July 9th marks the 82nd anniversary of Rome Exchange Club.   Our caterer, Sweet P’s, provided this beautiful birthday cake in our honor.  Thanks.. Sweet P’s.  

Exchange President Charles Norris and President-elect Patrick Eidson prepare to serve the cake.

Also at this meeting we inducted 2 new members… 

Pictured above are our two newest members, inducted at our last meeting….. (l-r) Bradley Pierson and Kevin Tobin.
Bradley is a coach with Darlington Schools and was sponsored by Lee Niedrach.  Kevin was sponsored by Phil Burkhalter and is with United Rentals. It was also announced that Vivian Richmeier is rejoining the club. Vivian is with the Rome Floyd Rec Dept.   6 new applications were approved by the board and read to the club at this meeting.   They will be inducted next business meeting.  Past President Charles Long conducted the induction ceremony which concluded with member reciting the Covenant of Service.
Exchange Treasurer Buzz Wachsteter announced a new voucher  form to be used to request reimbursement for club expenses.  The Club is moving to this new type of form which will insure that we have complete records in case anyone questions our expenses.   A PDF copy of the form can be obtained here.  You can also enter your expenses directly in an Excel spreadsheet which may downloaded here  if you prefer.
FRC President Lee Niedrach annouced that in September, the FRC will be moving from it’s present location at 5 Professional Court to a new location in the First United Methodist Church complex on E. 3rd Ave.  The church is making space available for several non profits.  Entry will be from E. 3rd Ave side.  See FRC article in this newsletter with more information.

Exchangite Gail Johnson announced the upcoming Clocktower Race which will be held August 18 at Heritage Park.  There is a separate article about the race in this newsletter, along with registration forms.   Gail will begin soliciting volunteers to work the race at the next meeting. If you have a place to publicly display a poster like the one Gail is holding,  get with Gail at our next meeting to get one.

FRC News……

Hal Gosnell recently shared this “wish list” with me…something he found while wandering around Facebook.  Its author is reported to be an elementary age child in foster care.  While I can’t validate the age of the author, I can validate that the Exchange Club Family Resource Center is able to address the needs described in the wish list.  
Through our Exchange Parent Aide services, we help parents learn the skills they need to provide stable homes, to discipline without abuse, to nurture and support their children…and to give their children safe homes. THANK YOU Exchange Club for your recent donation of $6429 toward the Parent Aide program.  We’ll use that money well….and help children have safer childhoods.
The FRC is moving soon!
At last week’s Exchange Club meeting, Lee Niedrach, FRC Board President, announced that the FRC will move into the new “Serve Rome” building at Rome First United Methodist Church (RFUMC) in September.    
The information below hopefully answers any questions you have.  Feel free to reach out to Jason Sanker, Lee Niedrach, or Tina Bartleson if you have other questions.
What is “Serve Rome” and why did RFUMC create it? RFUMC recently realized that space in their “Admin Building”  is used only a few hours each week.  The church spent a number of months exploring the possibility of creating space that nonprofits could use to “serve” Rome.    The 3-story Admin building (located between the Sanctuary and the building that houses the pre-school program) will continue to house several church staff offices but the third floor will be used by the Exchange Club Family Resource Center.  Hospitality House will have an outreach office on site and we understand that other current partner agencies with whom we work are also considering the move.  Our expense will be a pro-rated share of building expenses (utilities, housekeeping, etc.). 
What keeps the church from changing its mind?  We believe this to be a stable situation as the church has spent months exploring this option, has entered into an Agreement with the FRC, and is establishing a special board composed of church members as well as representatives from each agency that will reside in the building.  The church is also investing money into updating the building.  “Serve Rome” also seems to in keeping with past history of RFUMC, which has provided the building for Good Neighbors Ministries for 25 years and has housed various other non-profits in other space on campus.   The FRC Board appointed a special committee, headed by Jason Sanker, to weigh the pros and cons of this move.    Other members of the committee included Ronnie Farmer, Phil Franssen, Greg Gaston, Gail Johnson, and Buzz Wachesteter.  After very careful consideration, all agreed that the move appears to be a good one for our Center.
Why did FRC elect to move?  The space at 5 Professional Court has worked well for us for the last 17 years, especially when we were operating the Supervised Visitation program.  However, as we have phased out that program, we find that we now have underutilized space.   Our current lease expires at the end of September. The move to the Serve Rome Building will save us money and our close proximity to the bus station, Good Neighbors Ministries, and the other agencies who will reside in the building will allow us to deepen our services and reach more families over time.
Will the Center become a faith-based program or a program of the church?  No.  Our program, our philosophies, and our practices will remain the same.    We are not coming under the umbrella of the Church and will operate as we have for the last 27 years, as YOUR Exchange Club Family Resource Center.
What about branding and parking?  FRC will have signs outside and inside the building.  We believe visibility for both the FRC and Exchange Club will increase.  Staff will park in the Wilder Center parking lot typically.
How do staff feel about the move?  Our staff are so excited that several have already started packing!
What can I do to help?  We need help packing items into boxes in preparation for movers.  We also need help painting our new offices in August and in getting the space clean and “move-in ready”.  If you are able to help, please let Larry Walker or Tina Bartleson know.  If you have some paint supplies we can borrow, that will be helpful as well.
We look forward to this next phase of our growth…and will host an Open House once we are in the new space!

Tina Bartleson

Exec Director
Family Resource Center

And Don’t Forget, We Need Your “Stuff” For The Yard Sale For

Child Safety

We Need Your Donations NOW!
Here we go again and do we have a GREAT cause.  On Saturday, August 4th, the Exchange Club of Rome will have the Hot Summer Daze Sale at the Fairgrounds.  What will we sell, anything you donate to us to sell.  What will be use the money for?
  1. Children’s safety car seats for use by the Family Resource Center and to help fill in the inventory of the Rome Police Department. Since one size DOES NOT fill all, and our Parent Aids need from new born up, we will work to fIll the needs as far as the funds will go for both agencies.

  2. A supply of TIME OUT TEDDY BEARS, the official “Spokes-Bear” for Exchange’s Child Abuse Prevention Program. These bears will be distributed to our local police department to be used by officers when they come upon a situation involving a small child or a car wreck where there is child that needs to be comforted by cuddling Time Out Teddy and be reassured that they are OK.

We need merchandise from YOU.  Pots, pans, tv’s, radios, toys, books, small electrical appliances, luggage, clean comforters, furniture of any kind, lawn mowers, washers, dryers, boats, trailers, knives, any type of collectibles, fresh vegetables, outdoor furniture, vacuum cleaners, doll houses, handmade crafts, pictures, paintings, ladders, office furniture and supplies, and on and on and on.  We need anything you have to sell and if you are sure you don’t have anything, which is hard to believe, we will take a donation to the bottom line.
Need to have it picked up?  Call Scottie, 706-346-5988, or Buzz, 706-252-4690, and let’s see what we can arrange for you.

Clocktower Race is coming……

Tell All Your Friends that
for the
33rd Annual
Gary Tillman Memorial
Clocktower 5k Road Race &
2-Mile Health Walk
August 18, 2018
The Exchange Club Family Resource Center
Early Registration Closes July 27th
To download registration form click  HERE 
For online registration click HERE
To visit our website for the latest information, click HERE
More details to come in future weeks…..
Our Sponsors….
Coosa Valley Fair Association
Exchange Club of Rome
Owens Financial
Floyd Medical Center
Redmond Regional Medical Center
Regions Bank
Rome Orthopaedic Center
Advance Rehabilitation
Garner & Glover
Georgia Northwestern Technical College
Heritage Auto Group
McRae Smith Peek Harman & Monroe, LLP
Performance Physical Therapy
Pridemore Cox Orthodontics
Scott Logistics
State Mutual Insurance
Benjamin F. Edwards
Healing Arts Center
Heritage First Bank
KC Homes
Pro Performance
River City Bank

New Committee Chairs Announced

President Charles Norris has announced the appointment of the 2018-2019 Exchange Club of Rome Committee Chairs.

John Fortune
Jim Belzer
Child Abuse Prevention
Larry Walker
Community Service
George Fricks
New Member Support
Charles Long
Patrick Eidson
Public Relations
Scotty Hancock
Frank Shropshire
Wanda Whitten
Buzz Wachsteter
Charles Long
New Member Retention & Expansion
Mike Nichols
Carol Abrams
Rhonda Wallace
Steve White



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 

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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

Lee Niedrach

Bryan Shealy

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Club Anniversaries


Club Anniversaries


126 years of combined  service

42 years!!!

Tom Bennett

22 years!!!

Rhonda Wallace
12 years
Clarence Trammell
9 years
Jimmye Grimes
Justin Hight
Ben Janes
5 years
Will Byington
Bob Evans
George Fricks
Barbara Penson
1 year
Wain Bates
Lee Roberts
Heather Wachsteter

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.