Upcoming Events



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




Convenience Fee of $3.20 applies

Club Anniversaries


Club Anniversaries

244 years of
combined  service
244 years of combined  service

33 years!!! 

Ed Kolodzej

30 years!!! 

Fred Dent

29 years!!!

Tim Pape

28 years!!!

Jack Niedrach

22 years!!!

Vivian Richmeier
19 years
Chris Mauer
17 years
Mike Pender
12 years
Gigi Binion
Steve Van Meter
11 years
Elizabeth Davis
7 years
Sherry Peace
6 years
Mike Elliott
David Shelton
5 years
Don Black
Louse Branham
Greg Fricks
Beth Summer
John Upton
4 years
Scott Bowerman
2 years
Tom Couch


ECOR Officers

Rome Exchange Club

2016-2017 Officers

President - Mike Elliott
Past President -  J P Cooper
President Elect - Charles Long
Secretary - Charles Norris
Treasurer - Bob Steinbruegge
Term Ending 6/30/2017
Robin Burk
Tom Caldwell
Barbara Carter
Bill King
Charles Stevens
Wanda Whitten
Term Ending 6/30/2018
Louise Branham Phil Burkhalter Patrick Eidson Bob Evans Ronnie Farmer Steve White
District President Barney Knighton

Programs of Service

Committee Chairperson

Americanism- Bill King
Youth - Wanda Whitten
Community Service - Tom Caldwell
Child Abuse Prev - Louise Branham
P/R -Phil Burkhalter
Social - J.P. Cooper
Awards -Steve White
Programs -Charles Long
Fellowship -Rhonda Wallace & Steve White
New Member Support -J.P. Cooper
Contact one of these Chairpersons and volunteer for a committee. 
CVFA Officers
2017 Coosa Valley Fair Association Officers
Pres - Bryan Shealy
1st VP - Barbara Carter
2nd VP - Mike Elliott
Treas - Joe Wade
Sect - Paul Smith
Past Pres - John Garner

Term Expires 12/2017
Sherri Beidek
Jordan Knight
Bobby Padgett
Robert Smyth
Joe Wade, III
Term Expires 12/2018
Jason Sanker
Jim Kelley
Bob Babcock
Dave Shelton
Len Woodward
Term Expires 12/2019
Phil Burkhalter
Cathy Kerce
Gail Johnson
George Bosworth
JC Grimes


Rome Exchange Club
Exchange, inspiring communities to become better places to live.
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The Rome Exchange Clu 
Recipient of Exchange National Service Award 2016-2017

Rome's #1 Service Club For Over 78 Years


May 26: Miss Rome with Wanda Whitten


Next Meeting

Friday, May 26th


Miss Rome 


Wanda Whitten

Miss Rome is Sydney Hillman.  She is a student at Shorter College.  Sydney will share her experiences over this past year as Miss Rome, her preparation for Miss Georgia in June,  and her platform on Volunteerism.

BBQ Boston Butts, BBQ Chicken, Potato Salad, Baked Beans, Coleslaw, Bread, Garden Salad, Cobbler, Cake , and Ice Cream. 

At Our Last Meeting…


At our last meeting,  Exchangite Doug Crumbley presented a passionate plea for the end of sex trafficking and slavery in Georgia. Doug is the CEO of End Slavery Georgia, an organization whose mission is to Rescue, Rebuild and Restore Survivors of sex-trafficking, and to combat slavery in our state.  Their main project right now is to build a shelter for women who have been held in slavery to escape to and rebuild their lives.


Memorial Day Observance

(from Bill King) 
Anyone that can help Wednesday afternoon after 1 p.m. please come to the Community Building as exhibitors will be setting up for Thursday – Monday.  We can’t have too much help then and again on Monday after 2 p.m. when everything is over at 2 pm.  
We could use a few more workers each day Thursday thru Monday during the hours listed below.
Wednesday, May 24th – 1:00 p.m. until set up is complete.  We will need as many as possible, especially for the Military Collectibles display as it is quite large and will cover up half of the Community Building.  This collection has up to 75 mannequins and the same number of display cases of materials and there are only two retired marines that bring this exhibit.  
Thursday through Saturday, May 25th – May 27 – 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 28 – 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday, Memorial Day, May 29 – 8:30 a.m. until all is clear, especially until  the Military Collectibles display is loaded.  Closing time on this day is 2:00 p.m. Tear down and clean up begins immediately at 2:00.
To quote the old Uncle Sam poster...I WANT YOU!!! so, please help us whenever you can on both the parking and display set up and take down.  This is going to be the biggest Memorial Day celebration Rome and the area has seen in a long, long time and those that made the supreme sacrifice to enable us to do this deserve every bit of our effort!!  volunteers for parking from 25 May through 29 May for the memorial Day event.  

Secure Shredding

Exchangite Ben Levy will be on hand at our meeting on Friday, June 2nd and again on the following Friday, June 9th to take care of your document shredding needs.  


Georgia Secure Shred will bring one of the trucks to shred Exchange Club members’ confidential records at no charge. 
There will be a five bankers box limit per person. Or three trash bags. 
No 3-ring binders or digital media please. 

Jim Bishop Memorial Golf Tournament

The Jim Bishop Memorial Tee Off Against Child Abuse Golf Tournament was held on Friday, May 12th..  It was a fabulous day for a golf tournament!  Seventeen teams joined us at Stonebridge Golf Club.  Though some revenue and expenses are still outstanding, we think it is safe to report that over $13,000 was raised to help prevent child abuse! This is an INCREASE over 2016 revenue!  Special thanks to Ben Levy for chairing this event.  We appreciate all who volunteered, played, and contributed.    
Exchangite Buzz Wachsteter, Phil Franssen, and his wife Jane man the sign in table….


This years chairman, Exchangite  Ben Levy, directs traffic and makes sure everyone is having a great time. 
We give a special shout out to our sponsors……
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Exchangites in the news……

Exchangite Leslie Duke, often known to come to our meetings in a
Lamborghini or more often a HumVee,  has converted his gun dealer business into a museum. The Duke Museum of Military History has an impressive collection of military equipment dating all the way back to Civil War.  He has taken his former business location and now has all this equipment arranged chronologically by period with a space for Civil War, WW I, WW II, Korean War, and so on to produce an impressive exhibit.

His museum was recently featured in the Rome News (see article) .

The museum includes not only the equipment shown here( and this is just one corner of the museum),  but also an impressive assortment of military vehicles. 

The most recent addition to his hardware is a 1966 M151-A1 Jeep that was used by the late ( and former Exchangite)  Brig. Gen. William Wigley  of Rome while he was the commanding officer of the Georgia Army National Guard.

So far, Leslie has spent mostly his own money to create the display area. Recently the museum was granted  501c3 status as a non-profit. Leslie wants to add about 25 more display cases like shown in the photo above  and is accepting $200 donations to purchase additional  display cases like the one shown above.  If you want to contribute, Leslie will place a 3×5 placard in the display case with your name to show your support. The donation will be fully tax deductible.

The museum is located at 110 E. Eighth Ave. (most of us would call this Glen Milner Blvd.)  You are welcome to stop by.  As Leslie says,  he’s there about 26 hours a day.  


FRC News…..


An excellent story in Rome News about Tina Bartleson and our Rome Exchange Family Resource Center.

Read story online

Blue Monday winner named and rewarded —
Last week, Tina Bartleson, Stacey Brown (PR Chair of the Family Resource Center Board), and Tonya Davis (Honeymoon Bakery) delivered breakfast for the Sources of Strength group at Coosa High School.  This group of kids made educating their school on child abuse prevention their project.  We had fun visiting with an energetic group of kids!

Thank YOU Exchange Club for making our work possible!
Rome Exchange Club
 Meetings Held Friday At Noon
The Palladium
Coosa Valley Fairgrounds
1400 Martin Luther King Blvd 
Rome, GA

Who will wear the special Exchange Strong lapel pin for recruiting a new member?  Let's fill this space with sponsor names as Rome becomes

Exchange Strong! 

Mike Elliott(2)
Bill King
Marti Robles(2)
Bryan Shealy
Terry Simmons(2)
Buzz Wachsteter
Bob Steinbruegge
Bud Owens
Bob Williams(2)
George Fricks
Jim Talley
Scottie Edwards


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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.