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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
34 years !!
 John Liverett
33 years !!
Rick Sargent
31 years !!
Darrell Lowery
25 years
Steve White
24 years
   Ben Harrison
21 years
Bob Williams
11 years
Mark Harrison
10 years

Dave Schreiber

Lisa Stuenkel


9 years

Kirk Milam

7 years 
Jim Kelly
Jordan Knight
Jason Saner
1 year
Charles Schroeder


ECOR Officers

Rome Exchange Club
2014-2015 Officers

President - Bryan Shealy

Past President -  Tony Daniel
President Elect -  J P Cooper
Secretary - Ronnie Wallace
Treasurer - Meredith Brown
Ex-Officio - Bill Irmscher
Term Ending 6/30/2015
Debbie Burnett
Leslie Duke
 Michael Elliott
Cathy Kerce
Jackie Moreland 
Lee Niedrach
Term Ending 6/30/2016
Louise Branham
Giles Chapman
Greg Fricks
Greg Gaston
Nan Langford
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 - JP 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 - Bill Irmscher
1st VP - John Garner
2nd VP - Gene Richardson
Treas - Joe Wade
Sect - Paul Smith
Ex Officio - Bryan Shealy
Past Pres - Kirk Milam
Term Expires 12/2015

Holly Kelly

Gigi Binion

Steve White

Frank Shropshire

Phil Burkhalter

Term Expires 12/2016
Don Chambers

Charles Long

Sam Reeder

Cathy Kerce

Milton Slack

Term Expires 12/2017

Sherri Beideck

Jordan Knight

Bobby Padgett

Jason Sanker

Joe Wade III


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!

Recipient of Exchange National Service Award 2014-2015

Winner of the
Leonard Grace Best Club Bulletin 2013-2014

Greg Gaston - Editor

Blue Monday Button

Remember...April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Wear Blue On Mondays To
Show YOUR Support.

April 17: NO MEETING

No Meeting This Week!!
Golf Tournament Postponed!
Due to recent, current and forecasted rain, it is in the players’ and course’s best interest to postpone the event. The field of play is just too saturated for an enjoyable experience. Our rain date is May 1st at 9:30 am at the Cherokee Country Club in Cedartown GA.
 Friday night is the Get A Jump on Child Abuse Pre-Steeplechase Party at the Brewhouse.  The $10 cover charge all goes to the Family Resource Center.  3 great bands provide music all evening starting at 8 P….
Hope to see you there !!

Save The Date To Party & “Believe In The Blue”



Berry Collegiate Club joins the Winners Circle

 The Collegiate

Exchange Club Of

Berry College


Into The

Winner’s Circle – Winner of the National Service Award!

Georgia’s newest Exchange Club, the “Mighty Vikings” of the Collegiate Exchange Club of Berry College have planted their feet firmly in the winner’s circle for the National Service Award as the 19th club of the Georgia District for 2014-2015.


At our last meeting…..

Meet our newest members…
Exchange Past President Terry Simmons inducted 2 new members into the Rome Exchange Club at our last meeting.
Pictured (l-r) are Bud Ware,  sponsored by Dr Bob Williams, and Wesley  Henderson sponsored by Don Chambers, with Terry Simmons at the podium.  
At our last meeting we also elected new officers for the upcoming 2015-2016 term.  Congratulations to the following: 
President – JP Cooper
President Elect – Mike Elliott
Secretary -
Treasurer – Meredith Brown

Board of Directors 
Term Ending 6/30/2016
Louise Branham
Giles Chapman
Greg Fricks
Greg Gaston
John Upton
Nan Winkelman

Term Ending 6/30/2017 

Al Bonnyman
Robin Burk
Tom Caldwell
Barbara Carter
Charles Stevens
Wanda Whitten

Immediate Past President – Bryan Shealy
Coosa Valley Fair President(Ex-Officio) – Bill Irmscher 

Help Bryan Become The Next District Treasurer…

We Need YOU At District Convention!

Be In Augusta
June 4-6
For The
Georgia District
Convention To Work For Bryan
Our President Bryan Shealy has filed papers with the Georgia District of Exchange Clubs to run for the office of District Treasurer. There will be no incumbent running but it appears there will be a contested race so our club will need as many as possible to be in Augusta to support Bryan in his candidacy and bring the win to Bryan.

Bryan’s run for Treasurer will open the seat for District Director of Division One on the District Board.  If you are interested in filling that position, please see Bryan as quickly as possible so our Board can take action on a recommendation.

The convention festivities begin on Thursday at noon for the golfers, and Thursday night for the free welcome party.  Friday and Saturday will be filled with business meetings and great educational seminars.  The election will be held on Saturday morning.

Update on how to register:  A certain number of rooms have been blocked out at the special Exchange Club rate.  When those are gone, reservations will be on a space available basis are regular rates.  To insure you have your room at the special rate, click on the Marriott Hotel Exchange Convention Reservation link and reserve your room.  You make your own room reservations.

To register for the convention itself, use the link below and download the registration form, fill it out and give it to JP Cooper who will handle all convention activity registrations for the club.

2015 Convention Registration Form

April Is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April Is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
See How Our Club Believes In The Blue
With These Projects YOU can Participate In
CAP Month Off To Big Start

Balloons of Hope Fill The Sky On April 1

2015 CAP Month

Balloons of hope filled the sky on April 1st as we kicked off Child Abuse Prevention Month at the corner of Turner McCall Blvd and Broad Street.  337 pinwheels were placed in the soil to represent each case of documented child abuse in Floyd County.  Watch the by Ronnie Farmer by clicking this link:

CAP Month Launch 2015
CAP Month Launch 2015

Exchange Club of Rome—Panel Presentation—

April 24, 2015 at 12 PM

Join the Exchange Club of Rome for a panel presentation featuring Judge Greg Price (Floyd County Juvenile Court), Lindsey Howerton (Floyd DFCS), Carol Willis (Rome/Floyd Commission on Children & Youth), and Tina Bartleson (Exchange Club Family Resource Center). They will discuss Floyd County’s child abuse rates, prevention efforts, community needs, and trends.

Child Abuse Prevention Sundays in April

Churches are asked to select one Sunday in April to designate as “Child Abuse Prevention Sunday”. On this day, we ask that congregations pray for families and children as well as the wisdom/resources to decrease abuse issues confronting our community. Call 706-290-0764 to learn more about our community needs and to book a speaker from a local agency

Join With Collegiate Club For Program

April 9th – 7:30 PM 

The Collegiate Exchange Club of Berry College invites all Exchange members to attend a panel program, Scars: All Wounds Heal as part of their observance of Child Abuse Prevention Month.  The panel will feature top notch speakers and will be held Thursday, April 9th at 7:30 PM in room 217 of Krannert Center.  


Child Abuse Prevention March Down Broad-

April 27, 2015 at 6:30 PM 

Wear blue and gather on the Town Green as early as 6 PM. We’ll march down Broad Street at 6:30 PM to demonstrate our support of safe childhoods. If you are not able to participate in the March, wait for us on the steps of the City Auditorium. We will join you there to “Stand Up for Children” and make our pledge to LEARN-REACH OUT-GET INVOLVED and reduce child abuse in 2015!

For a calendar of all events plus ways you can participate as well statistics regarding Child Abuse, click here for a brochure.

How Blue is Your Monday?

BMonday Contest Header

Blue was the color of the day on Monday for FRC staffers Shemika Roberts, Mariah Hickman, & Maxine Clark for the first Blue Monday in April..Are

you ready for BlueMonday?  This year our club and the Family Resource Center are coming up with a number of new things.

National Exchange has designed a custom poster for us to use to enBlue Monday.Romecourage wearing blue on Mondays and we will have a supply at the meeting on Friday for you to take to your office or favorite eatery to get folks in the swing of things.

Both the Rome and Floyd Commissions have proclaimed Mondays in April as Blue Mondays and are calling upon citizens to show support of Child Abuse Prevention programs, like the FRC.

Here Come’s The Fun…

New this year is a fun contest for individuals, organizations, and companies to show their support for Blue Monday…How Blue Is Your Monday?

…Do something special, dress up, decorate, etc. and take a picture of you and your group.
…Post that picture to the Facebook page of the Family Resource Center.  Plan something different each Monday and resubmit.
…The very best Blue Monday picture for theHardees logo

month will win biscuit breakfast combo meals from Hardees for all those who participated in the picture, maximum of 25.
…All entries will be judged by a panel of celebrity judges from Rome who will be sequestered in a secure secret location???  (Such drama)Now, which hospital department will be the bluest?  Which bank department will bring out their best blue assets?  Which office will show off their blue madness?Organize your group, take your pictures, and post them on the Family Resource Center Facebook page to enter.

Time To Tee Off Against Child Abuse!


 Note: The Golf Tournament Postposed until May 1st due to rain and soggy course!!

The number of teams continues to grow and the slots a filling up fast so if you want to play in this prestigious golf tournament you need to go ahead and sign up.

Hole Sponsors are still needed too and forms can be downloaded from the links below.

Golf Registration Form

Not a golfer?  Don’t worry we still have have a way for you to participate.  You can be an event sponsor, a hole sponsor, or a putting green or driving range sponsor.  Click below to see all of the opportunities available to you:

Save The Date To Party & “Believe In The Blue”


From President Bryan Shealy

Bryan Shealy

It is hard to believe this fiscal year for our Club is two thirds completed. The year has really flown. JP is making wonderful plans for next year and we are very excited about the upcoming year.

We have a number of Youth programs coming up this month. After this week’s business meeting we will have the Star Student program presented by the Chamber of Commerce on the 13th, followed by the Book of Golden Deeds and Youth of the Year on the 20th. We will wind up the month with the Speech Contest on the 27th. As you know, our Youth are a priority with Exchange and we hope to see you at these Programs. I can assure you the time will be well spent.


The Georgia District Exchange Convention is coming up June 4th through 7th in Augusta.   We hope to have a large delegation from the Rome Club. We have budgeted to help our members attend the Convention. The host hotel is the Marriott. We are asking you to make your own hotel reservations depending on the type of room you may need.  There is a link to the special hotel website for Exchange in the article about the convention in this newsletter.


Let JP know you are going and he will make the convention registration for all the Club members together. I am sure our District treasurer will appreciate this gesture. JP will need to know which events you would like to attend in order to register you. The District website has a link which will help you see the available meetings. We feel like we will have enough in our budget, depending on the number of attendees, to pay for all of the registration fees for our members and if funds are available we will reimburse a portion of your accommodations. If you are going to put a golf team in the tournament there is also a link from the District website.


We have two upcoming events which I am sure will provide entertainment regardless of your taste. Both happen to be on April 17th and a number of members are excited about attending both. In the morning you have the opportunity to join us for the “TEE OFF AGAINST CHILD ABUSE” Golf Tournament and later that evening join your friends at the Brewhouse for the “GET A JUMP ON CHILD ABUSE” Pre-Steeplechase Party. Have dinner and join with other members for an evening featuring three live bands. It promises to be an exciting day which offers something for everyone … and the proceeds go to help our own Family Resource Center.


While I am on the subject of special events. I know many of you joined us for the NIGHT AT THE MOVIES. We raised approximately $19,000 for our Center and had a great time doing it. Please take note of the sponsors and food vendors listed in this newsletter and patronize them.


I look forward to seeing you on Fridays at noon.


Rome Exchange Club

 Meetings Held Friday At Noon
The Palladium
Coosa Valley Fairgrounds

1400 Martin Luther King Blvd 
Rome, GA

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Get Behind The "Force"

2014-15 Natl Campaign







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. 

JP Cooper
Terry Simmons
Kirk Milam
Leslie Duke
Paula Wachsteter

Ben Levy

Cathy Kerce

Diane Warner

Harry Wise

Joel Megginson, Sr

Jordan Knight

Buzz Wachsteter

Bob Williams

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Augusta Marriott
The Georgia District of Exchange Convention will be held
June 4-6
Augusta Marriott

The National Exchange Club
Convention will be held
July 29-Aug 1
Hyatt Columbus (OH)


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.