The Rome Exchange Clu 

Recipient of Exchange National Service Award 2018-2019 

Rome’s #1 Service Club For Over 82 Years



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


2018 Georgia District Exchange 
Club Of The Year For Large Clubs

Upcoming Events

  1. Star Student – Rome/Floyd Chamber

    February 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST
  2. Business Meeting

    March 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST
  3. Elder Abuse

    March 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
  4. Chieftans Museum

    March 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
  5. State of the City – Tentative

    March 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

What’s Going on at the Fairgrounds

What's Going On At
The  Coosa Valley Fairgrounds?

Twice As Nice Consignment Sale
March 1
Nine O'Clock Cotillion
April 14
Zerbini Family Circus 
April 27
Rome High Prom
If you know of rental opportunities -
Charles Long

Fairground rentals handled by 
Charles Long - 706-252-0610

Palladium rentals handled by
Sweet P's at the Palladium
Tyler Buice - 706-859-8965 

Our Latest News…


February 15: Sweetheart’s Luncheon

February 15, 2019

Exchange Club

Sweethearts Luncheon


Get Ready For The Fun

Entertainment – our Club Secretary Robert Smyth will host our version of
“The Newlywed Game” 
You may recall that this was an event we had several years ago that seemed to be very well received. Panel participants are Club President Charles Norris and his better half Meredith, Our President Elect Patrick Eidsen and his unsuspecting wife April, Past President and soon to be District President Mike Elliott with his bride and fellow Exchangite Barbara, and Past President of the Coosa Valley Fair Nan Winkelman with her boss Ben.
Our winning couple will receive 2 free tickets to the Night at the Movies…..

Beef roast and gravy, Garlic baked chicken breast, Mashed potatoes, Green beans, Steamed broccoli, Salad, Rolls, Apple cobbler, Red velvet cake

At Our Last Meeting

Holly Amerman, CEO of the Rome City Schools College and Career Academy, presented our program last week. Holly explained how the College and Career Academy is organized and how it fits into the overall Rome City School mission and how it benefits the community.



FRC Night at the Movies Feb. 26th


Join us on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, at the 19 th  annual  Night at the Movies ! With over 400 business professionals and community leaders in attendance, this event promises an evening of great fun and fellowship. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and blockbuster movies in a party-like atmosphere at Rome Cinemas. 
We hope to list the movies here next week!!!
Tickets are $55 each; 2 for $100
Purchase 10+ for $45 each
Call 706-290-0764 for more information
Tickets available online  here

Bohemian Rhapsody

The Mule

A Star is  Born

The Favourite

Green Book

The Wife


A grateful THANK YOU to this year’s sponsors:


Tomb News


Greetings all:
Listed below you will see the current Feb. – May 2019 appearance schedule for our Tomb presentations. Please let me know if you are interested in going with us on any of these. Some of these already have volunteers, but more are needed and certainly will be as the schedule for June thru August. The Fall season of Sept – Nov schedule is close to full now and as those become firm, and I am sure they will, we will need more volunteers. Thank you for your support thus far and I look forward to working with you in the future. 
12Feb19 – Formal presentation to the seniors’ luncheon at Pleasant Valley South Baptist Church at 11:30 a.m. This would be a great opportunity for first time volunteers to learn the process. Lunch will be provided.
5&6 Apr19 – Truett McConnell University for their 2nd annual Faith and Freedom Banquet with Gov. Mike Huckabee speaking. We did this program last year and were invited back for this year. Meals and housing (NOT KOA) will be provided for up to 4 people.
  • 26 – 28 April 2019 – Oklahoma City, Ok.
  • 29 – 30 April 2019 – Ft. Smith, Ark.
  • 1 – 2 May 2019 – Tulsa, Ok.
  • 3 – 5 May 2019 – Muskogee, Ok.
(Omaha, Ne. Exchange Club and Ivins, Ut. Exchange Club working to set dates ahead of or following the above dates.) We will hopefully have two teams to split these dates. Need 3 to 4 for each team. Transportation, meals, and housing (NOT KOA) provided and paid for by hosts in transit and at site location.
25May19 – Georgia National Cemetery at Canton, Ga. for pre-Memorial Day ceremony. (All Day) Need at least 3.
27May19- Memorial Day activities at Coosa Valley Fairgrounds
Numerous inquiries are coming in for repeat appearances as well as new ones from North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Florida, and Kentucky. As they arrive I immediately send them the application, Hosting Guidelines, and Contract forms and wait for replies. We already have a number of tentative dates for repeat Fall activities such as Fairs and Fields of Honor.
Thanks Bill King – email

District Convention News!

2019 Macon Convention

Plan Ahead For
District Convention

Celebrate our own club’s Mike Elliott being installed as the 2019-2020 Georgia District Exchange Clubs President in Macon. Rome needs a large delegation to share in this great honor and show the rest of the state we are behind him. It’s not too early to make your hotel reservations at the Downtown Marriott by just clicking on this link:

Reserve My Room At The Macon Marriott City Center



Share The 


Of Exchange

This is a listing of fellow members who have shared The Excitement of Exchange to a new member.  Do your part to build our club-- add your name to the list and let's make it Grow! 

Jim Belzer

Patrick Eidson

Phil Burkhalter

Scotty Hancock (2)

Lee Niedrach

Frank Redwine

Bryan Shealy

Terry Simmons

Heather Wachsteter

Larry Walker

Bob Williams

Paula Wachsteter

Buzz Wachsteter

Linda Hatcher

Add Your Name To This Prestigious List
Invite A prospective New Member and SPONSOR THEM.

Club Anniversaries


Club Anniversaries

228 years of combined  service

35 Years

Joe Wade Jr.

24 Years

Ted Noe

19 Years

Cathy Kerce

15 Years

David Estes

11 Years

Ward Daugherty
Scottie Edwards
Jack Smith

10 Years

J P Cooper
Greg Gaston

7 Years

Wayne Rush
Len Woodard

6 Years

Clay Burkhalter
Tom Caldwell
Shaun Wilbanks

5 Years

Ronnie Farmer
Phil Franssen
Diane Warner
Joe Watters

4 Years

Patrick Eidson
Vann Knight

3 Years

Glenda Almand
Jim Belzer
Lynn Brandon
Joyce Gaston
Linda Hatcher

2 Years

Lori Hess
David Seabolt

1 Year

Mike Jackson
Bill Kerlin
John Massey


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 then 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.

ECOR Officers

2019 Exchange Club Officers
Charles Norris
President Elect
Patrick Eidson
Robert Smyth
Buzz Wachsteter
Past President
Charles Long
Ex Officio
Mike Elliott
( Ending 6/30/2019 )
Jim Belzer
George Fricks
John Fortune
Linda Hatcher
Frank Shropshire
Larry Walker
( Ending 6/30/2020)
Carol Abrams
Scotty Hancock
Bud Owens
 Amy Patterson
Diane Warner
Ralph White

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

Coosa Valley Fair Association

Mike Elliott
First Vice President
J P Cooper
Second Vice President
Phil Burkhalter
Joe Wade
Brian Shealy
Ex Officio
Charles Norris
Immediate Past President
Barbara Carter
( Ending 12/31/2019 )
Cathy Kerce
Gail Johnson
George Bosworth
JC Grimes
( Ending 12/31/20 )
Kathi Watson
Wanda Whitten
Joe Wade III
Ben Rigas
Robert Smyth
(Ending 12/31/21)
Joan Crumley
Sam Evans
John Fortune
Ted Noe
Dave Shelton
Emeritus Member
Paul Smith