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…


It Was Child Safety Donations At Our Last Meeting

It was a special time at our last meeting as our Exchange Club made special presentations from the proceeds of the big yard sale held several months ago for child safety.  Checks of $500 each were presented to the Exchange Family Resource Center to purchase child car safety seats for client families, the Floyd County Police Department for the purchase of child car safety seats, and to the Rome City Police Department to be used in their child safety education program.  Also, the club presented a supply of Time Out Teddy Bears, the official Spokes Bear of National Exchange’s Child Abuse Prevention Program.  The bears were given to the Floyd County District Attorney’s Victim Witness Program to be distributed to small children who are called upon to testify in court to help ease their anxieties, as well as both the Rome City and Floyd County Police Departments to be used when officers come upon either an abusive situation or accident to help calm the small child by giving them something to hug and cuddle. 

Bear Presentation
Accepting the donations from Hot Summer Daze Yard Sale Chair Scottie Edwards were Sandy Finton of the District Attorney’s Victim Witness Program, Investigator Amy Nails of the Floyd County Police Department, Major Rodney Bailey of the City of Rome Police Department, and our Family Resource Center’s Executive Director Tina Bartleson.


Jail Doesn’t End Drug Addiction…But There Is Another Option

Starting with a very personal story of having to bury her own brother as a result of a drug overdose, retiring Floyd County Superior Court Chief Judge Tami Colston laid out a very serious story of drug addiction in Floyd County.  She said drugs are prevalent…even in the jails so incarceration isn’t the answer to the problem.  But Judge Colston was quick to explain there is now a light at the end of the tunnel for those who are brought before our local judges through a 2-year program in the county’s relatively new drug court.  Convicted parties who qualify are given a choice…drug rehabilitation or jail.  As the Judge that oversees this program, she said those who have accepted, entered the 2-year program, and are working and completing the requirements are having their lives turned around.  The judge explained that the process of the program retrains the minds of the offenders so the tugs of their addiction no longer control their lives.  Judge Colston will retire from the bench at the end of the year. 

Toys For Tots Registration Volunteers Needed

Toys For Tots Train

Forms to allow you to volunteer to participate in this years Toys For Tots family registration program will be on the tables again this week.  This year, registration will be November 5 thru 9 from 10 am until 3 pm.  We will be operating out of a new location this year, the Wilder Center at Rome’s First United Methodist Church, right next door to our old location Good Neighbors.  Each day we will have two different shifts, 10 am to 12:30 pm, and 12:30 pm to 3 pm.


If you have already signed up last week, you do not need to do it again.


Our new location will give us much more room to register families, keep them out of the weather, and let us organize ourselves in a better manner.  


Volunteer sign up sheets will be on your luncheon table on Friday. 
Thank Your Volunteers For Helping Get Collection Boxes Ready
To Be Distributed By Floyd Medical Personnel Throughout Floyd County
And Helping To Pack Up Toys At The Warehouse
To Be Ready To Move To The Fairgrounds


National Day of Service



Again this year,  Rome Exchange will be participating in the our National Day of

Service, Saturday,  October 27th.   This year’s project will be at the new Ruth and Naomi Project : A Homeless Shelter for Women and Children   located at 2007 North Broad St NE .   You may remember that Devon Smyth spoke to our club several months ago and described this project. 
As many of us that can help with carpentry, simple construction, clearing yard debris, and landscaping will meet at the Shelter at 9 am and stay as long  we can. Lots of work left to do.  Contact George Fricks for further details. 

10th Annual “Strike” Out Child Abuse Annual Bowling Tournament set for November 6th

strikeout logo 2015

Bowlers (and people who wish they could bowl) will join forces on November 6that Classic Lanes Bowling in West Rome to “Strike” out Child Abuse.  Sponsored by Vargo Orthodontics, “Strike” outChild Abuse is a popular event with many individuals and businesses in theRome/Floyd community.  “The event has beenso popular in past years”, says event chair Tiffany Bowerman, “that we typically sell out of team spots before we can even advertise.”

The Center is expanding the event this year to allow more participation by offering teams two time options.  Teams can choose to bowl at either 5:30-7:30 pm or 8-10 pm.  Both sessions will be held on November 6th and all proceeds benefit the Family Resource Center and their child abuse prevention programs.  According to Bowerman, “This event is a fun way to support the good work that the Exchange Club Family Resource Center is doing with children and families.  Children are our most precious resource and deserve to have safe homes in which to grow. The FRC helps families grow stronger and I believe in their program.”

Registration forms are available at or at the Exchange Club Family Resource Center (located on the 3rd floor of the Serve Rome building at 202 East Third Avenue). Team registration fees are $250 per team (5 bowlers per team) and include two games, shoe rental and a t-shirt.  Additional opportunities include lane sponsorship ($100) as well as a combination package ($300 for lane sponsorship and a team).   Prizes are awarded in good fun to teams with the highest score, best team costume and best team name.

Registrationsare accepted until November 6th but must be received by October 22ndto guarantee t-shirts. Questions can be directed to Tina Bartleson, ExecutiveDirector of the Exchange Club Family Resource Center, at (706) 290-0764.

****  As a part of our event this year, we are excited to offer a chance to win a 6 night, 5 day stay at Amelia Island. You can check out the beautiful 3 bedroom, 3 bath property on VRBO at Tickets are $20 each or 3 for $50. Drawing will be held on November 6, 2018 at 10 pm (you do not need to be present to win). Tickets will be available at Exchange Club meetings each week, beginning October 19th. ***

Download flyer and registration forms

Have You Forgotten Us? Dues Payment That is.



The second quarter dues billing has been sent to all members on a quarterly payment plan.  If you want to pay annually, or pay ahead, remember we are on a fiscal year (July 1 – June 30th), not a calendar year.  


If you have not received your invoice for October-November-December, please contact our Treasurer Buzz Wachsteter at once. 

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

Scotty Hancock

Lee Niedrach

Frank Redwine

Bryan Shealy

Terry Simmons

Heather Wachsteter

Larry Walker

Bob Williams

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Club Anniversaries


Club Anniversaries

160 years of combined  service

51 years!!! 

John Hine

37 years!!!

Sam Evans

32 years!!!

Johnny Rogers
15 years
Bobby Padgett
8 years
Michele Randall
6 years
Lee Smollar
4 years
Lee Fletcher
2 years
Carol Abrams
Barbara Elliott
Kathi Watson
I year
Mike Nichols

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.