The Rome Exchange Clu

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


Winner Of the Exchange Club

Winner of Constant Contact


Upcoming Events

  1. Chieftans Museum

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

    March 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
  3. Business Meeting

    April 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
  4. Toastmaster’s

    April 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
  5. Good Friday Holiday

    April 19 @ 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…


March 22: Chieftains Museum, Heather Shores


March 22, 2019


Chieftains Museum

Heather Shores

Exec. Director


Heather Shores is in her sixth year as the Executive Director of Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home. She is a native of Rome who attended the University of West Georgia for both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in History. She has been part of the museum field for twenty years with prior experience at institutions such as the Atlanta History Center, Booth Western Art Museum, Kennesaw State University, and Dalton State College. She also teaches U.S. History courses as a part-time faculty member at Georgia Highland College.

Menu: Fried fish, Baked chicken, Collard greens, Mashed potatoes, California blend vegetables, Salad, Apple cobbler

At Our Last Meeting

At our last meeting, Exchangite Louise Branham , along with Barbara Monday, Founding Member, and Executive Director of DIGS presented our program.

Developing Independence, Growth and Security, (DIGS) was founded to help provide safe housing, work and leisure opportunities for adults with developmental challenges. Barbara provided a short history of DIGS and then talked about the activities being provided for their clients. A high point of DIGS accomplishments is the Barbara and Lamar Paul Home which was completed in 2014 and houses 4 men. Barbara announced that their next effort will be to provide a home for women that are in the same situation.


Some Reminders…

Be Prepared To Vote For New Officers

And Board Members On April 5th

Also at this meeting, we heard the first reading of the slate of officers and board members from the Nominating Committee. They are:
  • President – Patrick Eidson
  • President-Elect – Larry Walker
  • Secretary – George Fricks
  • Treasurer – Carol Abrams
  • Past President – Charles Norris
  • Directors for the term ending June 30, 2021
  • Jordan Knight
  • Linda Hatcher
  • John Fortune
  • Kirk Milam
  • Mike Jackson
  • JC Grimes
The slate will be presented again at the Business Meeting on April 5 for approval. Nominations will also be allowed from the floor.

Yard Sale Time
August 13th

The date is set. The proceeds will be used for the upkeep of our club’s Tomb project. Now, all we need is good merchandise of every kind to sell.

Remember, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure so give Scottie Edwards a call, 706-346-5998 and a member of the club will come to your house to pick it up.

We need it all…furniture (inside and outside), appliances (from small kitchen to refrigerators and freezers), tools, books, collectibles, antiques, jewelry…just anything!


Remember The Club’s
Meal Policy


You are encouraged to bring potential member guests to meetings at no charge, except business meetings. If you bring a guest who is not a potential member, you are responsible for a $10 extra meal charge to be paid at that time. The money may be paid to the Treasurer or place it in the lobby payment box with your name on it.

Quarterly Dues Invoices Have Been Sent Out

Depending on your preferences, you should have received an invoice by email or mail. If you are a quarterly payer, and have NOT received an invoice, please let out Treasurer know,
Invoices are Due Upon Receipt.

FRC News…

FRC Logo


2014 Pinwheels Exchangite Larry Walker will be posting a daily segment on the FRC Facebook page leading up to April and Child Abuse Prevention….. Here is the first post…..

Today “Let’s Talk About” Pinwheels – Our kick-off for Child Abuse Prevention month will take place on Monday April 1st 11:00 A.M. at the Dempsey Building on Turner McCall Blvd. Each pinwheel represents one confirmed case of abuse/neglect in a Floyd County family for the year 2018. The good news is that number is decreasing. This year we will be placing 91 pinwheels at the Dempsey Building. The FRC and many other agencies in Rome/Floyd County are working together to prevent child abuse in our communities. Please join us on April 1st. Wear your BLUE in honor of the month, dress comfortably and come be a part of the move to keep our children safe.

Next “Let’s Talk About” a Blue Monday contest for Exchange Club members and a local restaurant that will be contributing 10% of their proceeds on one of our Blue Monday’s this year. We are – “Working Together To Decrease Child Abuse” Join us.



The FRC is now accepting nominations for the annual Katie Dempsey Star Volunteer Award. Nominations are due March 31 st .  For details about this award and for a nomination form, please click here .


Dear Friends:
Thank you for your contribution to our community. Together, we desire for everyone to live well and find satisfaction in life. You have been identified as someone who is interested in addressing poverty in Rome and Floyd County. You may have heard Dr. Ruby Payne’s introduction to the Bridges Out of Poverty concepts this past August. The second workshop with Dr. Ruby Payne’s organization,  Aha!Process  is the next step. During the  Bridges Out of Poverty workshop , Dr. Payne’s organization will provide more specific and intensive training. It will prepare us to engage this initiative across all of Rome and Floyd County. 
Treasure McKenzie, Executive Director of the Muskogee Bridges Out of Poverty in Muskogee, Oklahoma will be our facilitator. Treasure will outline the complexities of poverty, review specific techniques for addressing poverty, and share practical experience on how her community is working shoulder-to-shoulder to reduce barriers that keep individuals in poverty.
Our unified goal is to improve the lives of those living in poverty in Rome and Floyd County using the Bridges out of Poverty process. This process works! It will take  ALL  of us working together to make this happen. The Bridges Out of Poverty Workshop will prepare each participant to determine their specific role in this initiative. If we all work together as a community, we can change the face of poverty in Rome and Floyd County.
First Baptist Church of Rome, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and The Community Foundation of Rome, are excited to host this community-changing event. Please join us! Prepare to be challenged! Expect to see notable outcomes!
Date: Saturday, April 6, 2019
Place: Fellowship Hall, First Baptist Church of Rome, 100 E. 4th Avenue 
Time: 8:00 – Gathering and coffee
8:30 – 3:30 – Workshop with Lunch Provided
Free Childcare provided for attendees by reservation only.
To Register for the workshop click  HERE .  (Please note any allergies in your lunch and childcare reservations.)
For more information, please contact:  or call the church offices of First Baptist Church at 706-291-6850.
With expectation,
The Bridges out of Poverty Team

 Jeremy Smith gifted the FRC with one of his creations the weekend before Night at the Movies. It is a beautiful piece and is a 4 ½ foot sculpture. Jeremy just wanted to do something that would benefit children and families. Tickets are $10 each or 3/$20. We’ll draw for this on 4-1-19 at our annual Placement of the Pinwheels (11 AM in front of the Dempsey Building on Turner-McCall) and kick off our Child Abuse Prevention month with a bang! Help us spread the word by  sharing our Facebook post (and while you are there, please “like” us if you have not already done so).

Make Plans for District Convention NOW


YOU Need To Be In Macon June 6-9 To Support Mike Elliott AsAs He Is Installed
As Georgia District President




JP Cooper
Candidate For
District 2nd Vice President

Bryan Shealy

Bryan Shealy
Candidate For
District Treasurer

Charles Long
Candidate For
District Director Div One

Make Your Hotel Registrations Now!

Make reservations NOW to reserve your room at the Macon Marriott City Center Hotel at the special Exchange rate of $109, which is 1/2 of their published standard rate.
The district only has so many rooms at this rate so secure yours now. Use the link below to make the reservation.

Complete Your Convention

Registration NOW!

Please Note: The District has made some changes in the convention registration process for 2019. There will be NO online registration permitted and you will not be allowed to use credit cards for payment. Here is what to do…

• Just click on the convention registration form picture to download and print off a copy.
• Fill it out and mail it with your check to District Treasurer Bryan Shealy at the address on the Form.

IMPORTANT…So we know you are attending and can keep up with our club’s delegate count, please send an email to when you make your registration(s) .

Member Challenge


Be A Rome Club Builder by
Sponsoring A New Member

Add your name to the list:
Jim Belzer – Phil Burkhalter – Billy Brown – JP Cooper – Patrick Eidson – Scotty Hancock (2) -Charles Norris (4) – Lee Niedrach – Frank Redwine – Marti Robles – Bryan Shealy – Frank Shropshire – Terry Simmons – Buzz Wachsteter – Heather Wachsteter – Paula Wachsteter – Larry Walker – Bob Williams


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.

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 
Phil Burkhalter 
Billy Brown 
JP Cooper 
Patrick Eidson -
Scotty Hancock (2) 
Charles Norris (2) 
Lee Niedrach 
Frank Redwine 
Marti Robles 
Bryan Shealy 
Terry Simmons 
Buzz Wachsteter 
Heather Wachsteter 
Paula Wachsteter 
Larry Walker 
Bob Williams

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

Club Anniversaries


Club Anniversaries

157 years of combined  service

28 Years

Dan Pate

22 Years

Dan Caesar

18 Years

Lu Gina Brown

17 Years

Gail Johnson

16 Years

Charles Stevens

14 Years

Ann Arnold
Hal Gosnell, Jr

9 Years

Meredith Brown

8 Years

Debbie Burnett

7 Years

Sherri Beideck

4 Years

Wesley Henderson

2 Years

Chris Hewitt


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