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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.


Save the Date


Sept 25th

Family Resource Center Night
SweetFrog Premium Yogurt

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Exchange Club of Rome
 Meetings Held Friday At Noon
The Palladium
Coosa Valley Fairgrounds
1400 Martin Luther King Blvd 
Rome, GA
Club Anniversaries
Club Anniversaries  
67 years !!
    Randolph Green     
50 years!!
Scott Henson

35 years
Stephen Patton
Frank Shropshire

27 years
Jim Talley
23 years
Carol Wade
10 years
Buzz Wachsteter

9 years 
  Jim Loyd
Mike Mathews

4 years 
Roger Duncan
Holly Kelly 
Grant Magness

3 years
Sue Lee
Milton Slack

2 years
Lee Smolar

1 year 
Richard Flanigan 
Dean Oswalt 
Joel Megginson



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- Leslie Duke
Youth - John Upton
Community Service - Cathy Kerce
Child Abuse Prev -Nan Winkelman
P/R - Jackie Moreland
Social - Tony Daniel
Awards - Michael Elliott
Programs - J. P. Cooper

Fellowship -Rhonda Wallace & Steve White
New Member Support - Tony Daniel


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
New Brochure
New Help To Seal The Deal...

Join Exchange Brochure   

Tell Your Prospects About Exchange
When you bring a prospective new member guest, give them one of the new brochures and let them read all about Exchange.  National's latest "Join Exchange" is available from the President at each meeting and will help you seal the deal.

Rome's #1 Service Club  For Over 78 Years

Sept. 2014

Winner of the
Leonard Grace Best Club Bulletin 2013-2014

Greg Gaston - Editor

September 26: Family Medicine Res, Baby Safety Month

 Next Meeting

Friday, September 26th

Baby Safety

Dr William Erick Anderson

Floyd Medical Residency Program

September is Exchange Club Baby Safety Month.  This week we are proud to welcome Dr Anderson who will speak about baby and child safety and the new recommendations.

   Dr. Anderson is a 3rd year Resident with the Floyd Family Medicine Residency program. He received his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine, Roseau, Commonwealth of Dominica. He earned a degree in biology from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. He, his wife Leslie and three children moved to Rome from Scottsdale, Ariz. He will be practicing medicine in the new Polk County Medical Center next year.


After Friday’s meeting,  we need everyone to help clear out the meeting room and load everything onto a trailer because   The Fair is Coming to Town!!!!


Menu:  Fish, Baked Chicken, hash brown casserole, fried okra, coleslaw, salad, rolls, cobbler, ice cream, cake 

Are you ready? … to SHARE THE FUN!

Everything is on Go and Full Steam Ahead as we enter the final week of preparations for the 2014 Coosa Valley Fair. The forecast is for great fun, entertainment, Fair food that you have come to know and love, and vendors excited to have our guests visit their booths.  


We need everyone’s help in the days ahead to help make our Fair a success! After our meeting on Friday all able bodied souls will be asked to help load the chairs and tables from the Palladium into a trailer provided by Jim Loyd to make space for the Flower Show exhibit space.  


On Saturday morning from 8am-noon we will have our final work day to prepare the grounds and buildings. We will have biscuits, juice and coffee in the Fair Office and if you haven’t picked-up this year’s Fair T-shirt you can do that as well.  


Finally, on Monday evening beginning at 6:00pm we will have our annual Fair Kick-Off Picnic in the Livestock arena.


The Fair is Coming to Town!


Highlights of Last Weeks Meeting…

Tina Bartleson Tina Bartleson,  Executive Director of our Family Resource Center described the results of an ongoing and long-term study that correlates the health of people 40-60 years old and their experience with child abuse, neglect, or family problems years before.  She reported strong correlation, thus giving us even more reason to renew our efforts to eliminate Child Abuse.

Club Builders Look For Exchange Legacies For Rome High Excel Club

 Members of the growth team working on the next Excel Club at Rome High School are looking for legacies, children, grandchildren, or other family members of Exchange members, who attend RHS.  These students should already have some connection with Exchange through the family connection and would be great prospects for the initial charter members of the club.

The club builders will meet after our Exchange meeting on Friday for a short meeting, but you are asked to drop an email to buzzrome@comcast.net and let him know about any of your family members who would fit this category. 

Excel is the high school arm of the National Exchange Club and works with students to achieve community service, patriotism, the prevention of child abuse, and service to our youth.

News from the President

Fellow Exchangites:

We are well into our new Exchange year and things are going well. We have just completed our dedication ceremonies for the Star Spangled Banner flag which we donated to the City of Rome. This culminated a three year effort to get the project going and completed by our Americanism Committee with the help of the whole Exchange Club. Giles Chapman ran point on this entire project and I continue to get kudos about how well it was planned and executed. Regardless of any obstacle which presented itself the coordinators wasted no time in overcoming and moving forward with the project. We are now in the process of our GAKAFTW program. Fourth graders from all over Rome and Floyd County are now waving flags thanks to the efforts of our fellow Exchange members. All of the classrooms in our area are being visited, whether public or private, and our American flag history as well as flag etiquette are being passed to a new generation.

What’s next? The Coosa Valley Fair!!!   Yes it is time to Share The Fun! Preparations are well underway and cleanup days have been scheduled. This year’s fair has new entertainment selected by Kirk Milam and his crew which is sure to be a delight to both young and old. Please remember this is a giant undertaking and every single member is needed to insure the success of this enormous undertaking. Please be there to work on your assigned committee and if you have extra time we have plenty of places you are welcome to assist with during the week.

Don Wright, our National President has issued a challenge for all Exchangites to send $11.00 to the National Exchange Club Foundation. In light of the ALS ice bucket challenges Don has brought forth this challenge to us. If all 20,000 Exchangites were to give $11 we could raise $220,000 for the Foundation. These funds are used for the ACE Scholarships, National Exchange Club Youth of the Year as well as funding the CAP Services. Will you please join me and add your donation? We will collect checks and cash through the October and send them all together to National. Certainly 100% participation would make us elite among all the Clubs in America. Please be mindful this is a separate donation than our own Family Resource Center pledge drive. John Hine is heading that campaign it he is in full swing with the endeavor. So far our Club is at 57% participation and I feel this should be our priority. Remember this is OUR Center. We having the only surviving Center in Georgia and we should certainly be proud of that fact! At the same time it does take all of us helping to keep the doors open and fund this very worthwhile project. Please contact John immediately with your pledge so this too can reach 100% participation.

I look forward to seeing you at lunch on Friday ….

Bryan Shealy

Save this date

Spirit Night at Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt

477 Turner McCall Blvd. NE
next to Publix

Thursday, September 25th

6 – 9 PM

Bring in the flyer or just tell the cashier you want to support the Rome Exchange Club Family Resource Center and a portion of your purchase price will go to the FRC!!

Flyer -click here to print the flyer





Nobel Laureate To Visit Rome

Nobel prize Winner Dr Muhammad Yunus will be in Rome on Sunday afternoon, September 28th for a lecture at 4pm at the Rome City Auditorium.  Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Greater Rome Chamber website at http://www.romega.com/ using the community calendar.

Dr. Yunus  will discuss what he calls “social business” or social enterprise, in which corporations, entrepreneurs, and outreach organizations establish for-profit commercial enterprises that generate economic impact and direct profits toward solutions that fulfill human needs.  He sounds like the kind of person who would be an excellent Exchangite!  Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear Dr. Yunus.  Click here for more information.
Rome Exchange Club
 Meetings Held Friday At Noon
The Palladium
Coosa Valley Fairgrounds
1400 Martin Luther King Blvd 
Rome, GA

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Again this year,  we will be recording the names of members who bring in a new member.  Members who recruit a new member will receive a badge pin like this from National. 


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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.