September 19: Tina Bartelson, Family Resource Center
Friday, September 19th
Rome's #1 Service Club For Over 78 Years
Winner of the Leonard Grace Best Club Bulletin 2013-2014
Greg Gaston, Editor
$200 Additional Dollars Needed
In Blue Cups At Business Meeting
September 5 To Provide
One Ton Of Food
(Food to be distributed through Rome Action Ministries Food Bank)
Friday, September 19th
|The 30-foot tall, 42-foot wide, 73-pound flag, one fourth the size of a basketball court, makes its first appearance as it is raised to the top the 100-foot flagpole|
The two hour program was
Daniel S. McQueeney, National President-Elect of the Exchange Club from Charleston SC was on hand to participate in our program.
Boy Scout Troop 118 and the Rome High School Air Force Junior ROTC demonstrated the proper retirement and disposal of a 15 star and 15 stripe flag that flew at numerous patriotic events in Rome and the surrounding area from 1989 to 2010, and is no longer suitable for display.
Read the Rome News Tribune coverage of this event click here
|This year we are fortunate to have examples of many of the flags we have had thru the years as the United States grew from 13 states to 50 states. Here Exchangites Harry Wise and Sherrie Thompson display a flag, commonly known as the Betsy Ross flag, to the 4th grade students at East Central Elementary.|
|Exchangite Ronnie Wallace with a 4th grade class from West End.|
Members of the growth team working on the next Excel Club at Rome High School are looking for legacies, children, grandchildren, or other family members of Exchange members, who attend RHS. These students should already have some connection with Exchange through the family connection and would be great prospects for the initial charter members of the club.
The club builders will meet after our Exchange meeting on Friday for a short meeting, but you are asked to drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let him know about any of your family members who would fit this category.
Excel is the high school arm of the National Exchange Club and works with students to achieve community service, patriotism, the prevention of child abuse, and service to our youth.
We are well into our new Exchange year and things are going well. We have just completed our dedication ceremonies for the Star Spangled Banner flag which we donated to the City of Rome. This culminated a three year effort to get the project going and completed by our Americanism Committee with the help of the whole Exchange Club. Giles Chapman ran point on this entire project and I continue to get kudos about how well it was planned and executed. Regardless of any obstacle which presented itself the coordinators wasted no time in overcoming and moving forward with the project. We are now in the process of our GAKAFTW program. Fourth graders from all over Rome and Floyd County are now waving flags thanks to the efforts of our fellow Exchange members. All of the classrooms in our area are being visited, whether public or private, and our American flag history as well as flag etiquette are being passed to a new generation.
What’s next? The Coosa Valley Fair!!! Yes it is time to Share The Fun! Preparations are well underway and cleanup days have been scheduled. This year’s fair has new entertainment selected by Kirk Milam and his crew which is sure to be a delight to both young and old. Please remember this is a giant undertaking and every single member is needed to insure the success of this enormous undertaking. Please be there to work on your assigned committee and if you have extra time we have plenty of places you are welcome to assist with during the week.
Don Wright, our National President has issued a challenge for all Exchangites to send $11.00 to the National Exchange Club Foundation. In light of the ALS ice bucket challenges Don has brought forth this challenge to us. If all 20,000 Exchangites were to give $11 we could raise $220,000 for the Foundation. These funds are used for the ACE Scholarships, National Exchange Club Youth of the Year as well as funding the CAP Services. Will you please join me and add your donation? We will collect checks and cash through the October and send them all together to National. Certainly 100% participation would make us elite among all the Clubs in America. Please be mindful this is a separate donation than our own Family Resource Center pledge drive. John Hine is heading that campaign it he is in full swing with the endeavor. So far our Club is at 57% participation and I feel this should be our priority. Remember this is OUR Center. We having the only surviving Center in Georgia and we should certainly be proud of that fact! At the same time it does take all of us helping to keep the doors open and fund this very worthwhile project. Please contact John immediately with your pledge so this too can reach 100% participation.
I look forward to seeing you at lunch on Friday ….
Spirit Night at Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt
next to Publix
Thursday, September 25th
Bring in the flyer or just tell the cashier you want to support the Rome Exchange Club Family Resource Center and a portion of your purchase price will go to the FRC!!
Flyer -click here to print the flyer
Exchangites Buzz Wachsteter and Harry Wise were recognized and presented plaques from Exchange Past President Tony Daniel for their efforts in starting a new Collegiate Chapter of Exchange at Berry College
|Chris Carey, Founder and Chairman of the Global Cardboard Challenge in Rome explained about the Global Cardboard Challenge, an exciting fundraiser that brings together science, math, and a bit of creativity while benefiting the Community and helps local schools acquire their STEM certification. This years competition will be held at the CVF grounds. Click on the image below to watch a video about the Cardboard Challenge.
Each meeting you will find a blue cup in the center of each table. Each member is asked to make a donation to the cup. But what is is for and where does it go?
Fellowship Chair Rhonda Wallace gave an explanation and an accounting at our last meeting of the “Blue Cup” donation fund.
If a member has been ill or has lost someone, the Exchange Club of Rome makes a donation to the Family Resource Center in honor or in memory of an individual.
To date, Rhonda reports:
“This year we have collected $573.25 from the Blue cups and have given $725.00 to FRC. Our current balance is $850.04. This is as of the end of August.”
The exception to this is the business meeting “Blue Cup” money that is designated to a special designated community service project.
Each week before you leave your table, please remember to place something in the blue cups because now you know the
rest of the story.
Nobel prize Winner Dr Muhammad Yunus will be in Rome on Sunday afternoon, September 28th for a lecture at 4pm at the Rome City Auditorium. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Greater Rome Chamber website at http://www.romega.com/ using the community calendar.