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…


September 21: Heart of the Community

Next Meeting

September 21, 2018


Heart of the Community Program

Our meeting this week will be presented by Exchangite Wanda Whitten, Event Planner;  Chris Kerr, Chairman of the Heart of the Community Foundation;  and Andrea Pitts, Marketing Director at Redmond Regional Medical Center.
They will discuss the history, mission, projects, and nomination process for the annual Awards of Honor “Loving Heart, Helping Hands” event which will be held on Saturday. February 9, 2019. 
A great meeting to bring a guest.


Baked chicken, Meatloaf, Green beans, Squash casserole, Mashed potatoes, Salad, Rolls, Peach cobbler

At our last meeting….

Our last meeting featured PFC Don Davis, a training officer with the Rome Police Department and an expert on combating Active Shooters.   While this is a very timely topic,  the actual number of cases that really qualify as Active Shooter is fairly small.  The focus of the presentation was how you, if ever in this situation, can protect yourself and survive.  Good advice to share with your children as well. 



It was good to have John Bailey of the Rome News attending our meeting.  
Read his story about our meeting….


Quarterly Dues Billing Sent


The second quarter dues billing has been sent to all members on a quarterly payment plan.
If you have not received your invoice for October-November-December, please contact our Treasurer Buzz Wachsteter at once. 

Volunteers Needed

The Photography Committee is in need of helpers on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 30th from 1-5 pm in the Photography/Art Bldg.  


From 1-4 pm photographers bring in their photos.  Info must be recorded about each print and photographer,  then the photo is passed on to Scottie Edwards and his crew who lay them out and sort them into class (novice, amateur, advanced amateur), Black and white or color,  and Lots (subjects).  When we have a good idea of what kind of space is needed for each section, pictures will begin to be hung so they can be judged later that afternoon.  There’s lots to do in a short period of time, but we really have a great time reveling in the talent of Rome’s photographers!  Please let co-chairs Barbara Elliott (706/506-2499) or Susi Edwards (706/235-5898) know if you are available to help.  They will be grateful for your assistance!

Our newest member….

At our last Business Meeting, we inducted a new member. 


Past President Mike Elliott led our induction ceremony and welcomed and inducted Stacy Walker into our club.  Stacy is the wife of Exchangite Larry Walker.   It is great to have another husband/wife couple in our club. 



New PR Chairperson – Holly Kelly

It is a pleasure to announce that Exchangite Holly Kelly will assume the job of PR Chair for the Rome Exchange Club.   Holly, who already is our webmaster for the Rome Exchange website, will be handling our Public Relations (PR) activities.  


While it is reward in itself in helping others with the good things that our club does, it is important that others in our community understand and know what we are doing.  


If you have news that you think should be made public,  like our many worthwhile activities, such as our National Day of Service,  our Give a Kid a Child a Flag to Wave,  Tomb Replica events, Toys for Tots activities, etc.,  please let Holly know about it so she can publicize our projects  in local publications. 


Holly Kelly,  email

The Fair is Coming!


 The 70th Coosa Valley Fair is on the way.   The CVF is Rome Exchange’s main event for raising money to support all the many worthwhile projects that we sponsor.


While Fair President Barbara Carter, and the entire  Fair Board,  and many others have been working year-round,  it is now time for all the rest of us to pitch in and help get everything ready for the Fair. 
Work Days
Work Days have been tenatively scheduled for:
  • Saturday,  September 22
  • Saturday,  September 29
  • Please save these dates…. We will have Biscuits and coffee for breakfast from 7:30 AM until 8:00 AM.  Plan is to end around noon each day.


FRC News……


From The Family Resource Center…
“We Are Moved,We Are  Almost  Settled, AND WE LOVE IT!!!

The New Reception Area
(Volunteer Station)
Parent Aide Office #1

(3 Parent Aides)

Parent Aide Office #2
(2 Parent Aides)
Office Manager & File Room
(Kathy Phillips)
Supervisor Parent Aide’s Office
(Shemika Roberts)
Executive Director’s Office
(Tina Bartleson)

The FRC’s move to the Serve Rome Building on East Third Avenue is finally complete and the staff is operating full speed out of the new location and loving the new location.  All Exchangites are invited to come to the ribbon cutting for the Serve Room building on September 24th at 3:30 pm to celebrate with all the agencies and take a tour.  You will be impressed. 


Board Of Directors Increases Application Fee To $50 Increased Fee To Include Club Polo Shirt For New Members

Rome Symbol logo

The Board of Directors voted at their last meeting to increase the application fee for new members to $50.  But…this action was taken by the Board so every new member would be presented with an Exchange Club of Rome knit polo type shirt after they are accepted for membership.
The new club shirts will feature the approved National Exchange registered logo for our club.  The move came after a study by the club’s New Member Expansion and Retention Committee.  The committee felt this move would help integrate new members into quicker involvement in the programs coming up and give them a greater feeling of being a part of our Exchange Club.

According to Carol Abrams, co-chair of the committee, current members will also be offered the new club shirts at cost and hopefully all members will adopt wearing the new shirts at all club meetings and events. Both ladies and men’s styles will be available. 
Full pricing for the shirts and possible other apparel will be presented to the club shortly after a full presentation to the Board for final selections.

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. 


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

Add Your Name To This Prestigious List

Club Anniversaries


Club Anniversaries

253 years of combined  service

54 years!!!

Scott Henson

39 years!!!

Stephen Patton
Frank Shropshire

31 years!!!

Jim Talley

27 years!!!

Carol Wade
14 years
Buzz Wachsteter
13 years
Jim Loyd
8 years
Holly Kelly
7 years
Milton Slack, III
5 years
Joel Megginson, Sr
4 years
Chris Jenkins
Jun Noble
2 years
Gil Espy
Joel Thornton
I year
Beth Hughes
Terry Hughes
Terry Jones
Ken Ruff

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.