The Rome Exchange Clu 

Recipient of Exchange National Service Award 2016-2017  

Rome’s #1 Service Club For Over 80 Years

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


Winner of the National Exchange Club
Best Bulletin Award 2015-2016
Best Club Website Award 2016

Winner of the Georgia District
Greg Gaston – Editor

Our Latest News…



A Call to Honor

During the week of January 15 – the 19th, the Exchange Club of Rome will host an exhibit honoring our military’s service to this country. 

This year marks the 100th anniversary of America’s involvement in World War I and the 96th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Memorial Day.  Rome has the unique opportunity the week of January 15th of having the Rome Exchange Club’s Tomb of the Unknown replica, a 50% scale detailed replica of the one in Arlington National Cemetery,an extensive collection of World War I, World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War uniforms from all branches of service, as well as thousands of military objects used by the soldiers, sailors, and airmen during those conflicts, all on display.  We will also have the Georgia Wall of Honor remembering those who have given their lives for our freedoms in conflict that were from Georgia since 2003.

This display will be free of charge, although donations will be accepted, in the heated Community Building at the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds beginning Monday, January 15th through Friday January 19th from 10 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. 

Parking is free and parking will be in the Fairgrounds using the back (Church Street) entrance to the fairgrounds.



January 19: Lou Byars, Rome City Schools Supt.and John Reid, Rome High Football Coach

Next Meeting

January 19th


Lou Byars

Rome City Schools Supt.

John Reid

Rome High School Football Coach

Mr. Louis C. Byars was named the Superintendent for Rome City Schools on February 21, 2017. Prior to taking on the responsibilities of Superintendent, Mr. Byars was the Chief Operations Officer for Rome City Schools from February of 2015 through September of 2016. He stepped up to serve as Interim Superintendent in October of 2016. He previously served as the Director of Financial Review at the Georgia Department of Education and Finance Director at Rome City Schools. He is a graduate of West Rome High School and earned his B.S. in Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point. While serving in the military, he earned his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Northern Colorado. Mr. Byars has a beautiful wife, Gina, two daughters, Rebekah and Leah, and three granddaughters, Micah, Addilyn, and Lydia.

 John Reid is in his fourth season as the head football coach at Rome High. This is his 12th season in Georgia and he has compiled a record of 
110-38-0 including 2 AAAAA state championships while at Rome High.
     In 2017, he was also named Athletic Director for the Rome CIty Schools. Says Supt. Lou  Byars…. “Our reasoning is this,. Our letterhead proclaims that we have quality academics, athletics and arts. We want to fulfill that motto. We saw what can happen when a football team succeeds this year and we want to have that success in all of our programs.”

BBQ pulled pork,BBQ baked chicken,Hash brown casserole, Fried okra, Turnip greens, Salad, Rolls, Hot fudge cake, Strawberry cake
Our caterer, Sweet P’s, now has a new  Facebook page.  Be sure to check it out and like them on Facebook.

At our last meeting

Our program was presented by Herb Smith, who was an Honor Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown at Arlington National Cemetery,  In addition to describing what is like to be an Honor Guard, Herb also presented a multimedia slide show and outlined the history of Arlington National Cemetery.  Arlington was originally Arlington Plantation and was owned by the family of Robert E Lee.  During the Civil War while Lee was commanding the Confederate Army,  his plantation was confiscated by the US government because Lee was unable to show up in person to pay the taxes.  Later the family was successful in the getting the plantation back but later sold it back to the US government to use as a National Cemetery.

Exchangites also responded to a plea for warm clothes by Exchangite Amy Patterson.  Amy, who works for the Y, then  distributed the clothes to needy families through the Y program the past weekend.   Thanks to all who brought in warm clothes!!



More Activity In The Community Building

Call To Honor…Remembering Our Military History

For Local Middle And High School Students 
January 15-19, 2018
The Rome Exchange Club, led by the Americanism Committee,  hosted a gigantic Military History Program in the Community Building this week.  
The exhibit  honors the sacrifices made for our freedom by the members of our armed forces as this year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.  The exhibit includes the huge Military Collectibles from McDonough Ga. featuring over 60 mannequins dressed in the different branches of our military, both men and women that have been worn since the Spanish American War all the way through the Viet Nam War.  It also includes eve4ry day articles that were used during those time periods. 

There is also a display of several military vehicles from the Duke Museum of Military History from right here in Rome.
Also featured is the Georgia’s Fallen Heroes Exhibit which features the names of all Georgians that made the supreme sacrifice of their lives for us and our freedoms in the Iraq War between the years of 2003 and 2011.  This comes to us from Manchester, Ga.

Family Resource Center News

The Family Resource Center Board of Directors met this past Saturday at St. Peters Episcopal Church for their annual planning session.   
The Exchange Club reaches many families in our community each year through the work of the Exchange Club Family Resource Center.  In 2017:
  • 137 families (including 192 adults and 275 children) received in-home Exchange Parent Aide services
  • 6 families participated in Supervised Visitation services (program phased out in 10-2017)
  • 303 adults participated in Parent Education groups
  • 88 families exited the program in 2017, with 56 of these families successfully graduating our program
For a full report, see 2017 report
Thanks Exchange for your support!

District Convention moves to Columbus

District Convention moves to Columbus!!

May 31 – June 2, 2018

Last week Mike Elliott announced not to make room reservations yet for the District Convention… here’s why……
Damages to the Sea Palms Resort on St. Simons Island after the last hurricane were found out to be much more extensive than first thought when the construction crews began removing wall coverings and they had to cancel the arrangements for the Georgia District Convention for this year.
The convention has been rescheduled on the same dates, May 31, June 1-2, 2018 but moved to the Marriott Hotel in Columbus.  District Convention Chair Jess Lucas is nailing down the final details and the reservation link for the hotel and convention registration should be available shortly.

Upcoming Events

ambassador pin

All Aboard! 

Who will wear the limited edition pin signifying membership in the Georgia District Conductors Club?  There is only way to become a member of the club and receive this lapel pin and that is for recruiting a new member?  Let's fill this space with sponsor names as Rome continues

Exchange Strong! 

Giles Chapman(3)

Bill King

Buzz Wachsteter 

Don Black(2)

Charles Long

Charles Norris

Stephen Patton

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Club Anniversaries


Club Anniversaries

176 years of
combined  service

44 years!!!

Lynn Dempsey

33 years!!!

Bob Steinbruegge

32 years!!!

Richard Grant
15 years
Terry Clift
13 years
Tim Burkhalter
Nan Winkelman
12 years
Joe Wade, III
11 years
Barbara Carter
1 year
Raymond Jones
Arvis Jones
Ben Rigas

ECOR Officers


Rome Exchange Club

2017-2018 Officers

President - Charles Long
President Elect - Charles Norris
Secretary - Giles Chapman
Treasurer - Bob Steinbruegge
Past President - Mike Elliott
Term Ending 6/30/2018
Phil Burkhalter Patrick Eidson Bob Evans Ronnie Farmer Steve White
Terry Simmons
Term Ending 6/30/2019
George Fricks
Linda Hatcher
John Fortune
Larry Walker
Frank Shropshire
Jim Belzer
District President 
Sidney Blanton

Programs of Service

Committee Chairperson 

Americanism- John Fortune
Youth - Frank Shropshire  
Community Service -George Fricks
Child Abuse Prev - Larry Walker
P/R -Phil Burkhalter
Social -  J.P. Cooper
Awards - Steve White
Programs -  Charles Norris
Fellowship - Rhonda Wallace & Steve White
New Member Support -  Mike Elliott
Contact one of these Chairpersons and volunteer for a committee. 

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 Kelley
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.