The Rome Exchange Clu 

Recipient of Exchange National Service Award 2018-2019 

Rome’s #1 Service Club For Over 82 Years



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


2018 Georgia District Exchange 
Club Of The Year For Large Clubs

Our Latest News…


January 18: American Speech Contest

January 18, 2019

Speech Contest

This is our annual speech contest which is one of the ways Exchange recognizes and honors not only our Youth, but also supports our Americanism program of service.

Three schools will be participating in our annual Speech Contest – Armuchee, Pepperell and Rome High. Students will be delivering a 5-8 minute speech with a Patriotism or Americanism theme. The student will be asked a question relating to their speech at the end by our judges who will also score the student. The winner and the other students will receive cash awards.



Menu: Sliced turkey, Ham, Sweet potato soufflé, Collard greens, Mac and cheese, Salad, Rolls, Strawberry cobbler


At Our Last Meeting

Our program last week was presented by Jeff & Mary Margret Mauer, co-founders of Restoration Rome. This organization’s primary focus is to provide support and services to those people who step forward to foster children who have been removed from their natural parents. Rome has a real shortage of foster families, resulting in many children from this area being fostered in other areas or housed in state run organizations.
You can see the Rome News story about our meeting by clicking here.

Got a great idea for a program?

The Rome Exchange Club endeavors to provide interesting and important programs each week that support our Programs of Service – Youth, Americanism, and Community Service, and of course, the Prevention of Child Abuse.

While most of our meetings already have a program scheduled, we do have the following dates available. If you have an idea for a program, please contact Patrick Eidson at

Available dates: March 15th, March 22nd, April 12th, May 17th, May 31st, June 14th, June 28th


Rome’s Mike Elliott Attends National Training

Norfolk Convention Logo As the Georgia District’s President-Elect our club’s own Mike Elliott attended the National Exchange Mid-Year Leadership Conference in Norfolk, VA. Mike, along with other new District Presidents will make up the 2020Squadron under the leadership of National President-Elect Russ Finney.
Mike reports they received intensive training from the National Staff, and are pledged to New Club Building, New Members, and Retention.


 Exchangite Lee Niedrach was recently named a Partner in the law firm of McRae, Smith, Peek, Harman & Monroe, LLP. Lee has also served the last two years as President of the Family Resource Center.






Family Resource Center News


Join us on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, at the 19 th  annual  Night at the Movies! 
With over 400 business professionals and community leaders in attendance, this event promises an evening of great fun and fellowship. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and blockbuster movies in a party-like atmosphere at Rome Cinemas. 
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April Is

Child Abuse Prevention Month

And YOU Are Invited To Help Plan

Our Clubs Activities

24 Board members gave up their Saturday morning to plan our 2019 focus and begin work on our Strategic Plan updates. Our focus this year will center around increasing community awareness of the Exchange Club Family Resource Center and, of course, continuing to strengthen our funding streams so that we can serve more families. 
Child Abuse Prevention Committee: Terry Jones, Stacy Walker, John Fortune, and Louise Branham were able to join Larry Walker this past week to start planning child abuse prevention month activities for April. The next meeting is set for 2-1-19 at 11 AM at the Palladium. Please contact Larry to get involved and remember—-Many hands make light work!
Lisa Swardenski and Gail Johnson are working hard to secure our 2019 sponsors for all events. This is a great way to market your business with a mission in mind! We’d love to have your partnership—and there are some “perks” for your business as well. If you are interested in sponsoring one or more of our signature fundraisers, please see Gail, Lisa, or Tina. Our annual events include:

Night at the Movies

Join us on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, at the 19th annual Night at the Movies!  With over 400 business professionals and community leaders in attendance, this event promises an evening of great fun and fellowship. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and blockbuster movies in a party-like atmosphere at Rome Cinemas. 


 Jim Bishop Memorial Tee Off Against Child Abuse Golf Tournament

An annual event since 2011, the Jim Bishop Memorial Tee Off Against Child Abuse Golf Tournament will be played at Stonebridge Golf Course on May 10, 2019.  Since its inception the tournament has brought together over 100 business professionals and community leaders each year.


 Gary Tillman Memorial Clocktower 5K Road Race and 2 Mile Health Walk 

The Clocktower Road Race is a long standing event that will celebrate its 34th running on August 17, 2019.  Since 2006 the 5K and its companion 2 mile health walk have been run in memory of Exchangite Gary Tillman.  The oldest road race in Rome, the Tillman Clocktower 5K & 2-Mile Health Walk is a runner favorite across the Southeast.  Participants comprise a variety of ages and skill levels, from children to senior citizens, novice to elite athlete.  On average over 500 walkers and runners and 75 volunteers participate in this annual event. 



 Strike Out Child Abuse Bowling Tournament             

The participants in our annual Strike Out Child Abuse Bowling Tournament represent a wide cross section of our community in fun and friendly competition.  Bowling teams typically comprise business professionals and their office staffs or customers, churches, other community leaders, or groups of friends.  Participants range in age from young adult to senior citizens, and bowling skill is completely secondary to the party atmosphere of the evening! The 11th annual event will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2019.  Teams can elect to bowl from either 5:30-7:30 pm or 8-10 pm.  The tournament typically includes over 150 participants. 




District Convention News!

2019 Macon Convention

Plan Ahead For

District Convention

Celebrate our own club’s Mike Elliott being installed as the 2019-2020 Georgia District Exchange Clubs President in Macon. Rome needs a large delegation to share in this great honor and show the rest of the state we are behind him. It’s not too early to make your hotel reservations at the Downtown Marriott by just clicking on this link:

New Exchange Club Shirts…Ordered Yours Yet?

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New Design Club Shirts

Now Available

The new Exchange Club of Rome club shirts have arrived and they look GREAT. ALL members are encouraged to order a new shirt to wear at all club events. Polo shirts for both men and women are only $21, and other styles are available as well.
Just click on the picture above to download the order blank with complete details.

Upcoming Events

What’s Going on at the Fairgrounds

What's Going On At
The  Coosa Valley Fairgrounds?

Twice As Nice Consignment Sale
March 1
Nine O'Clock Cotillion
If you know of rental opportunities -
Charles Long

Fairground rentals handled by 
Charles Long - 706-252-0610

Palladium rentals handled by
Sweet P's at the Palladium
Tyler Buice - 706-859-8965 

Share The 


Of Exchange

This is a listing of fellow members who have shared The Excitement of Exchange to a new member.  Do your part to build our club-- add your name to the list and let's make it Grow! 

Jim Belzer

Patrick Eidson

Phil Burkhalter

Scotty Hancock (2)

Lee Niedrach

Frank Redwine

Bryan Shealy

Terry Simmons

Heather Wachsteter

Larry Walker

Bob Williams

Paula Wachsteter

Buzz Wachsteter

Linda Hatcher

Add Your Name To This Prestigious List
Invite A prospective New Member and SPONSOR THEM.

Club Anniversaries


Club Anniversaries

183 years of combined  service

45 Years

Lynn Dempsey

34 Years

Bob Steinbruegge

33 Years

Richard Grant

16 Years

Terry Clift

14 Years

Tim Burkhalter

Nan Winkelman

13 Years

Joe Wade III

12 Years

Barbara Carter

2 Years

Ben Rigas

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 then 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.