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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
Club Anniversaries
Club Anniversaries 
22 years !!
    Leonard White     
18 years
Joan Crumley

15 years
Sherry Thompson

13 years
Robin Burk
Rick Sheerin  
5 years
George Bosworth
Charles Long    
4 years
Eric Haney

3 years 
  Tina Bartleson
Leslie Duke
Tobie Peck



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

August, 2014

 Winner of the Leonard Grace Best Club Bulletin 2013-2014

August 15: Blood Assurance

Next Meeting

Friday, August 15th

Blood Assurance

Charlie Callari

Charlie Callari, Vice President Marketing and Recruitment will give a presentation on Blood Assurance, their donation process, and the importance of blood donation.

Brian Cross, Blood Assurance’s Rome recruiter, will also be present along with Floyd Medical Center’s lab director.

Blood Assurance Blood Bank is a non-profit, full-service regional blood center serving more than 50 health care facilities in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and North Carolina.

Currently, there are 11 locations and 10 bloodmobiles to collect life-saving blood products, used by area patients.

Blood Assurance is a member of the American Association of Blood Banks, America’s Blood Centers, the Tennessee Association of Blood Banks, the Tennessee Hospital Association, and the Chattanooga Area Hospital Council.



Here We Grow Again…


The Exchange Club of Rome would like to grow Exchange once again and this time we are looking at Rome High School for an Excel Club.

Excel is the high school equivalent of a regular Exchange Club but with students making up the membership.  They do their own projects and generate their own funds, although we would hope the students would work with us on things like the Coosa Valley Fair and our Family Resource Center.  There will be a faculty adviser to work with the students, but we need several Rome Exchangites who can work with them in organizing and getting their club up and running.  After that, several of us will stay on as  advisers to show the club how Exchange works and how they can get involved in the Programs of Service area.

Community Service is now required by most schools of their students and who else would be the best source of programming but America’s Service Club…Exchange.

If you have a connection with any students at Rome High and have some time to devote to helping build this club, please let me know by clicking on the link below and letting me know you want to be a new club builder.  We already have the blessings of Rome High Principal Tygar Evans, so it’s all up to us right now.


Gary Tillman Clocktower 5K Road Race and 2K Walk

Gail Johnson, Race Director,  will be on hand at Exchange this Friday to hand out tee shirts to volunteers and give last minute instructions.  The race begins Saturday at 8 AM at Heritage Park.If you want to participate in the race as a runner/walker, you can still register at the site on Saturday morning.

questions??-   email Gail at gailj1@bellsouth.net



At Our August 8th Meeting…

It’s not just for relaxation any more…..Amy Mayberry, a Licensed Massage Therapist and Sole Proprietor of Touch of Serenity, LLC
presented an interesting program on the many types of massages that are available at her studio.
Amy demonstrates on Exchangite Bill King that his lack of range of motion can be helped through massage.

Dates to Remember…

August 16th – Gary Tillman Clocktower 5K race – benefiting the Family Resource Center.      Clocktower race websiteSeptember 11th – Patriots Day

September 14th – Ceremony to raise the Star Spangled Banner flag atop Jackon Hill.


Exchange Club of Rome named top National Toys for Tots campaign for 2013

Toys For Tots Train Major Brian Murray, USMC (Ret), the Vice President of Operations for The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation announced this week that the top National Toys for Tots campaign for 2013 is the Greater Rome Toys for Tots.

The Local Community Organization (LCO) that is the sponsor for the Greater Rome Toys for Tots is The Exchange Club of Rome.

Happy Hal Exchangite Hal Gosnell has headed the local campaign the last two years after the local Marine Corps Reserve outfit in Rome was disbanded. Although the Exchange Club provides the core management group of the campaign, the Greater Rome Toys for Tots organization, which covers Chattooga, Floyd, and Polk Counties, has over 300 volunteers each year who gather toys and funds, sort, distribute, and perform the myriad of administrative tasks required to account for and report the contributions and distribution. In addition, without the cooperation and use of the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds, the preparation for and actual distribution would not be possible.

Last year, the Greater Rome Toys for Tots distributed toys to over 2,500 children between the ages of newborn and 12 years. Through donations of toys and the funds to buy them from individuals and organizations, there were over 8,000 toys and 8,000 stocking stuffers given to children on Christmas who would have been disappointed without the thoughtfulness and concern of our area citizens.

In addition, our area received 48,000 donated books that were distributed to local schools, the Boys and Girls Club, and Head Start. Our thanks go to Apollo Marketing for the use of their warehouse space to receive, sort, and distribute those books.

The Toys for Tots Foundation’s mission is to provide at least one new toy or gift at Christmas for each child who otherwise would be faced with a bleak Christmas morning. Through these gifts, it is hoped that these children will see hope for a brighter future and, in years to come, become volunteers to Toys for Tots in their communities.

The Toys for Tots Collection Boxes will start being placed in early October. For those who wish to make cash donations on-line now, they can do so through www.ToysForTots.org.

Toys for Tots relies on localities without Marine Reserve units to conduct the Toys for Tots campaign through organizations such as The Exchange Club of Rome and utilizing only volunteers. In fact, no donations to Toys for Tots are used to pay salaries. All donations of toys and money that are donated locally remain locally for the purchase and distribution of toys in our greater Rome area.

Community Service

Help Exchange Donate 1-Ton Of Food
To Food Pantry

Blue Cup Money From Next Two
Business Meetings For Community Service

Your club needs your help in our next Community Service Project, to help re-stock the shelves at the Community Food Bank.

President Bryan Shealy has asked that we dig down especially deep into our pockets for donations to the “Blue Cups” on our tables at this Friday’s business meeting and next month’s business meeting to help purchase 1-ton of groceries to be distributed to those in need in our community.

The food bank is able to purchase food from the Georgia Food Bank at a very low price and we need at least $350 to meet our goal.  This is a ridiculous amount for all of this food, so please Exchangites, LET’S MAKE IT HAPPEN!

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

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.