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…


August 17: Rome Braves Jim Bishop, General Manager

Our Next Meeting

Friday, Aug 17th


Rome Braves

Jim Bishop

General Manager

Jim Bishop, 47, was named Vice President and General Manager of the Rome Braves in October 2017. The 2018 season marks his 26th season with the Braves organization, having served the past 25 years with the Double-A Braves.

    Bishop spent his first 12 years (1992-2004) with the Greenville Braves in Greenville, SC, before the Double-A Braves relocated. In 2005, the club moved to Pearl, MS, where Bishop spent the past 13 years (2005-17) with the Mississippi Braves before moving to Rome in October.

    Bishop’s tenure began in 1992 as a trainee. He was promoted to Food and Beverage Manager in 1993 and then became Ticket Manager for the club in 1994. After serving as Ticket Manager for two seasons, Bishop was named Assistant General Manager in the fall of 1996.
    A 1992 graduate of the University of South Carolina, Bishop holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Administration. He also worked for the USC Athletic Department during his college years, serving as student equipment manager with the Gamecock football team. During his tenure, Bishop worked under head coaches Joe Morrison and Sparky Woods, with the highlight of his college years being the Gamecocks facing Indiana in the 1988 Liberty Bowl.

    Jim, his wife Krista and their two sons, Jack (20) and Davis (18), reside in Rome. When not at the ballpark, “Bish”, as he is known to friends around the park, enjoys spending time with his family, an occasional round of golf and cheering on the Braves and Gamecocks.

Fried fish, Baked chicken, Hash brown casserole, Baked beans, California blend vegetables, Rolls, Salad, Strawberry cobbler

At our last meeting…


Our program last week was presented by members of the Americanism Committee of the Rome Exchange Club.   Chairman John Fortune explained that this year the format of the GiveaKidaFlagtoWave presentation to all fourth grade classes in Rome and Floyd county will be slightly different from past years.  During the program various members presented the flag as it has changed over the years as new states were added.  The presentation was a preview of the program to be presented to the schools.  John is still looking for a “few good men and women” to help with this years presentations.   Please contact John if you can help. 

Exchangite Bob Williams explained the past history of how GiveaKidaFlagtoWave got started in Rome.  Originally the local Marine Detachment headquartered in Rome started the program in our schools. Eventually, as the Marine Detachment was closed,  the Rome Exchange Club stepped forward to continue the tradition. 

This is a flag that most Exchangites have not seen before.  It was the flag used by the English Colonies prior to declaring our Independence.   The Union Jack in the corner signifies that we were part of the British Empire, and the 13 stripes represent the 13 colonies. 


This flag,  also know, as the Betsy Ross flag, is the first official flag after the United States was formed. 

Our flag has changed many times as new states were admitted to the Union.

Exchangite Harry Wise and Bob Williams demostrated the correct folding of the flag. 


Clocktower Race is coming……


Tell All Your Friends that




for the

33rd Annual

Gary Tillman Memorial

Clocktower 5k Road Race &

2-Mile Health Walk

August 18, 2018


The Exchange Club Family Resource Center

THANK YOU for your tremendous response to our call for Volunteers!  All volunteer slots have been filled.  
Volunteers will receive an email from with instructions.  Watch for it!
Pre-Registration is Closed, but you can still register to walk or run on race morning from 6:30 until 7:30.
To download registration form click  HERE 
For online registration click HERE
To visit our website for the latest information, click HERE
Our Sponsors…please thank and support them for their support of Exchange’s Child Abuse Prevention efforts.
Coosa Valley Fair Association
Club Of Rome
Owens Financial
Floyd Medical Center
Redmond Regional Medical Center
Rome Orthopaedic Center
Advanced Rehabilitation
Garner & Glover
Georgia Northwestern
Technical College
 Auto Group
McRae Smith Peek Harman & Monroe, LPP
Physical Therapy
Pridemore Cox Orthodontics
Scott Logistics
State Mutual Insurance

Benjamin F. Edwards
Healing Arts Center
Heritage First Bank
River City
Beaudry Engraving
Ridgeline Events

FRC News……

Eighteen Exchange Club members and friends showed up at 202 East Third
Avenue this Tuesday to start painting and refreshing our new space. Gone
are walls with smudges and marks! We painted five rooms and the reception
area. We think we can finish trim and the halls in another half day of
work, which will soon be scheduled! Thank you John Hine for doing the prep
work in the space (i.e. repairing sheetrock), gathering supplies, and
organizing our work. We also thank Habitat for Humanity for allowing us to
borrow so many tools and supplies. In addition to these fine folks, Kathi
Watson and Larry Walker have been making steady progress with packing.

Thanks to all who are helping—from painting to packing. We are making
steady progress. Give Tina a call at 706-290-0764 if you would like to help
in some way.

Tina Bartleson

Exec Director
Family Resource Center

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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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
143 years of combined  service

26 years!!!

Leonard White

22 years!!!

Joan Crumley

19 years

Sherri Thompson
17 years
Robin Burk
Rick Sherrin
10 years
Charles Long
9 years
George Bosworth
7 years
Tina Bartleson
Leslie Duke
4 years
Stephen Smith
3 years
Ralph White
1 year
Dee Boylan
Howard Cothran, Jr.

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.