Upcoming Events



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



Convenience Fee of $3.20 applies

Club Anniversaries


Club Anniversaries

49 years !!

   John Hine

35 years !!

Sam Evans

30 years!!

Johnny Rogers

13 years

Bobby Padgett

6 years

Michele Randall
5 years
Sue Jones
2 years
Robert Fletcher
Dan Lewis
Shane Walley
ECOR Officers

Rome Exchange Club

2016-2017 Officers

President - Mike Elliott
Past President -  J P Cooper
President Elect - Charles Long
Secretary - Charles Norris
Treasurer - Bob Steinbruegge
Term Ending 6/30/2017
Robin Burk
Tom Caldwell
Barbara Carter
Bill King
Charles Stevens
Wanda Whitten
Term Ending 6/30/2018
Louise Branham Phil Burkhalter Patrick Eidson Bob Evans Ronnie Farmer Steve White
District President Barney Knighton

Programs of Service

Committee Chairperson

Americanism- Bill King
Youth - Wanda Whitten
Community Service - Tom Caldwell
Child Abuse Prev - Louise Branham
P/R -Phil Burkhalter
Social - J.P. Cooper
Awards -Steve White
Programs -Charles Long
Fellowship -Rhonda Wallace & Steve White
New Member Support -J.P. Cooper
Contact one of these Chairpersons and volunteer for a committee. 
CVFA Officers
Coosa Valley Fair Association Officers
Pres - John Garner
1st VP - Gene Richardson
2nd VP - Jason Sanker
Treas - Joe Wade
Sect - Paul Smith
Ex Officio - J P Coooper
Past Pres - Bill Irmscher
Term Expires 12/2016
Phil Burkhalter
Cathy Kerce
Charles Long
Sam Reeder
Milton Slack
Term Expires 12/2017
Sherri Beidek
Jordan Knight
Bobby Padgett
Robert Smyth
Joe Wade, III
Term Expires 12/2018
Barbara Carter
Jim Kelly
Bob Babcock
Dave Shelton
Len Woodward


Rome Exchange Club
Exchange, inspiring communities to become better places to live.
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The Rome Exchange Clu 
Recipient of Exchange National Service Award 2015-2016

Rome's #1 Service Club For Over 78 Years

October 21: DIGS Louise Branham

Next Meeting

October 21

Exchangites Louise Branham & Charlie Schroeder will be presenting a program on DIGS.

DIGS is a group of parents, caregivers and concerned citizens who formed a 501C3 nonprofit corporation to Develop Independence, Growth and Security for the adults in our community with developmental challenges. They will be talking about DIGS and the upcoming “Boogey Down Broad” to help raise money for another home. 

Menu:  Baked Ham, Country Fried Steak and Gravy, Cream Potatoes, Green Beans, Fried Okra, Salad, Bread, Cobbler, Cake and Ice Cream.


National Day of Service!


Our National Day of Service is this Saturday, October 22nd from 9:00 Am until Noon. We will be removing the playground from the Family Resource Center. The FRC is located at 5 Professional Court.

Please plan on helping with this project. More details at our meeting on Friday.


At our last meeting….

At our last meeting,  we inducted two new members into the club. Pictured above(l-r)  Gil Espy, sponsored by Bill King,  Joel Thornton, sponsored by Buzz Wachsteter,  Exchange President Mike Elliott, and Bryan Shealy, Past President who conducted the Induction Ceremony.


FRC 25th Anniversary

The Celebration of the
25th Anniversary of the founding of The
Exchange Club Family Resource Center

October 27th
5:30 – 7:30P
Hawthorne Suites
Please register for this event using the separate email you received.

Downtown Trick or Treat Crossing Guards

Once again this year, Rome’s Downtown Development Authority is asking the Exchange Club of Rome to protect the children during the annual Downtown Trick or Treat on

Monday, October 31.

Exchangites will be crossing guards at several intersections and crosswalks to insure the thousands of children make it across Broad and the side streets safely.

Please hold this date and watch for the signup sheets to participate in this Community Service and Youth Program of Service.

First Call For Bowlers!

Strike Out
Child Abuse
Bowling Tournament

Benefiting The Exchange Club
Family Resource Center
November 15th

Once again this year the Exchange Club will be sponsoring a bowling team in the Strike Out Child Abuse Bowling Tournament. If you are a bowler,
or possibly just think you are a bowler, and want to join the Exchange Club team, please get in touch with President Mike Elliott.  We guarentee a great time will be had by all as dollars are raised for the FRC.

Fill In The Form On Friday

T4T signup
We Need You To Register The Children For Toys For Tots
On Friday this form will be on every table and we need YOU to volunteer to help register families for our Toys For Tots program.
Registration will be held at Good Neighbor Ministries as usual on November 7-8-9-10-11 from the hours of 1pm to 4 or 5pm each day,  depending on the demand.

  • We can use you for one day…or multiple days.
  • Please be there by 12:30 on your first day for a bit of training, but it is an easy assignment.
  • We expect there will be an English/Spanish interpreters available to assist you with the process if necessary.

If you will not be at the meeting on Friday, just click below and send an email as to the time you are available.  Remember…the kids are depending on us to make their Christmas a merry one.


Attention All Members

Coosa Valley Fair Logo

A nominating committee has been established by the Coosa Valley Fair Association for the purpose of presenting a slate of Directors at a special meeting to be held at the conclusion of the Exchange Club business meeting on November 4, 2016.  Those elected will assume office on January 1, 2017.

The committee is comprised of Past Presidents Jackie Moreland, Chair, Bill Irmscher, member, and Ted Noe, member.

All members of the Exchange Club of Rome are members of the Coosa Valley Fair Association.  Members may submit names for consideration to any member of the committee.


John Garner
Coosa Valley Fair Association

Toys for Tots

Toys For Tots Train
You may think of Toys for Tots as being a Christmas time event, but work goes on all  year round.  Again this year,  the Rome Exchange Club is the local coordinator for this project.
Exchangite Marti Robles is the chair and she and several others have been working behind the scenes all year long.  Soon it will be time for you to help out!! 
Dates to remember are:

  • Distribution of boxes to businesses as Drop off points
    • Starting Oct 3rd – Floyd EMTs
  • Registration for children to receive toys for Christmas
    • Nov 7-11th At Good Neighbor Ministry, INC 100 E 1st St
    • ** Exchangites needed **
  • Sorting of the toys
    • Dec 5-16th 8:00 am
    • ** Exchangites needed **
  • Pick up day of the boxes/toys Floyd EMTs
    • Dec 12th
  • Distribution day for toys
    • Dec 17th 8:00am – At Coosa Valley Fair
    • ** Exchangites needed **
Please put these dates on your calendars.  As we get closer to these times, signup sheets will be available.


From OUR Family Resource Center Director

12ac8857-eda5-412f-8c38-b0a6a7bb4ffaLast week, we introduced you to a family involved in our Exchange Parent Aide program.  The family has a lot of stressors—young first time parents, financial strain (only one parent working at low wage job), an infant child who cries a lot, and lack of reliable support systems.  After 3 months of service, we’ve been able to decrease our home visits from twice weekly to once week, with support calls in between as needed.

At the beginning of service, our agency asks parents to complete a standardized assessment.  It’s a great tool for identifying information gaps that can increase risk to a child.  For this set of parents, we discovered there is much they don’t understand about how children grow and develop.  This goes beyond basic child care to a belief that a young child has cognitive abilities and “reasoning” that they don’t yet possess.  Though our young parents love their son very much, this rigid belief carries danger of over-expecting and over-reacting to common toddler challenges….and this can lead to abuse.
Our job as an agency is to help parents fill in their knowledge gaps and equip parents to help their child not only thrive now but be prepared for the future. With this in mind, the Parent Aide and parents regularly watch and discuss a short DVD clip on such topics as bedtimes and creating nurturing routines.  We supplement with information on child-proofing and offer behavior management tips that will come in handy when this little one throws his first tantrum. The Parent Aide checks in with mom in particular on self-care and help identify (and connect with) positive support systems.  Though these parents are very much invested in our program, it isn’t always smooth sailing.  Our life challenge this quarter was Dad’s layoff from a job he has had for a couple of years.   Naturally, stress increased as they faced bills they couldn’t pay and it took a short amount of time for the heat to be cut off.  The Parent Aide shared common sense tips for managing expenses that were new for parents (e.g. heating only a couple of rooms while shutting up the rest of the house). She also helped the family connect with some emergency community funds provided by another agency to help pay the past due gas bill and get the heat back on.  Parents found some odd jobs to help meet some of their bills and Dad kept looking until he found another job. The family faced challenges and stress, but with their Parent Aide, they learned how to meet that challenge in a healthy way, to lean on each other, and still take good care of their child.

Save The Date!


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Friday Night
December 2nd
Exchange Club of Rome
Annual Members Christmas Party

The Palladium
Dinner Buffet
(More details to follow)


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 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.