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…


December 8: Business Meeting


i wanted all of you to know that our business meeting is on for today as scheduled.  Our District President Sidney Blanton is in town and will be with us at the meeting to make some special presentations.


We are asking each of you to assess your own individual situations and make your decisions accordingly. We don’t want any of you to put yourselves in danger if there is any driving problems in your area.


Be safe, and we will see those of you who can be with us at Exchange today.


Yours in Exchange,

Charles Long


Our Next Meeting will be 

December 8th


Business Meeting

Remember – no guests at business meeting

Please review the November Minutes
Please note that our PayPal account has been closed.  You can no longer pay your dues via PayPal.   Please send your dues to PO Box 1184 , Rome GA 30162 or you can leave your check in the payment box in the foyer of the Palladium.   Thanks
The nominations committee is seeking names of those people interested in serving in leadership positions or board members.   Please let Charles Long know if you are interested.
The winner of the raffle drawing for the Tractor Rocker was Troy Bolt, a 
member of the Cedartown XC. Troy donated it back to the Marine Corps 
League for auction at the meeting this week  with proceeds to go to Toys 
for Tots so come prepared to make a bid.
Friday’s lunch will be marinated pork loin, meatloaf, green beans, Mac-n-cheese, mashed potatoes, rolls, salad, and apple cobbler.

Christmas Party

If you missed our December 1st meeting at the Palladium you missed a number of things.
First, you missed the Club’s Christmas party and your introduction to Sweet P’s at the Palladium, our new caterers.  Tyler Buice and his crew put it on for us and we all look forward to a “delicious” future together.  Sweet P’s is ready and anxious to handle anyone’s catering needs so be sure and recommend them.  If you were not there…eat your hearts out because you missed five different home made cakes to choose from…heh heh.
Next, you missed an exciting presentation by the Coosa Valley Fair Association that rewarded all of us who worked on this year’s fair with a $25 Thousand-dollar contribution to our programs and activities account.  Remember, the fair is our only real fundraising project for our community activities.  The club itself is run off of our dues. 
Third, you missed the Exchange Club Ensemble, less one, leading us in songs of the season.  Thank you so much Barbara Elliott our coordinator of music for putting together the program.  It was fun to sing together with other Exchangites, but the solos by Harry Wise, Scottie Edwards, Susi Edwards, and of course Barbara Elliott were so special.



Georgia District News

A great article from our District President……
Remember Georgia Exchangites, It is Your LOCAL Merchants Who Support YOUR Local Club. During This Holiday Period, Give Them Your Support Back.
If you have read or listened to the newscasts about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, you heard that shoppers are turning to Internet shopping in droves. Most folks don’t give this a second thought because it is so easy to just get on the computer or your hand held device and shop away without having to go anywhere and often with free shipping and maybe at a reduced price. But, most of us have never given a second thought to the fact that by not supporting our local brick and mortar merchants we are cutting off the hands that are helping Exchange Clubs in our communities?
If your club is typical, it is so common for your local merchants to give you door prizes for different events at club meetings, or purchase advertisements in your calendars, or purchase banner adds on the fences of your fairgrounds or your ball fields. In some cases they are actually paying the dues for some of your members…aren’t they?
On the other hand, when was the last time you received any donation from Amazon or any of those other huge Internet folks? Bet you haven’t cause I know we haven’t. And how much in property taxes are those Internet companies paying to your cities and counties to support you local government and your schools?
My fellow Exchangites, I am not trying to tell you what you should or should not do, I am just suggesting that you give those local merchants, the ones that support YOUR activities in Exchange a shot first. If that doesn’t work out…you tried.
Sidney Blanton
Georgia District President

Santa’s Helpers



We will again be Santa’s Helper’s this year.  
Thanks to the 26 members who have adopted our Santa for Seniors.  Information for those adopted seniors has been distributed to the “Santas”. Gifts will be needed for delivery by Dec 15.  They can be dropped off at the Senior Center on Kingston Rd or brought to meeting on Dec 15.

Thanks again for helping to support this special program. 

BBQ Lunch to benefit Mental Health Court…..

Keith Maddox,  our CVF caretaker, is selling tickets at the fairgrounds for a BBQ lunch to be held 

Saturday,  Dec 9th, 12Noon – 2P

 Restoration Rome 

1400 Crane Street 


You can find Keith in the house next to the Palladium near the Tower Gate.  
The plate will consist of BBQ chicken, baked beans, cole slaw, rolls and a drink for $10.00
All proceeds from this lunch will go to Judge Niedrach’s Rome Circuit Mental Health Court.

Family Resource Center News

Check out the FRC’s 4th quarter report.   Some very good information here.
  • Our 2017 “Partners in Prevention” campaign goal is $120,000. To date, we have raised over $90,200! Thank you Exchange members for your generous contributions. Even though we are close to goal, we still need your support.
  • As you make end-of-the-year contributions, please continue to remember the FRC. The $120,000 goal is important to the FRC- it ensures that 45 families can receive 50 weeks of in-home Parent Aide services during the year.
  • Gifts to the FRC are lasting ways to remember friends and family. Contributions can be mailed to the Family Resource Center at P.O. Box 168, Rome, GA 30162 or log onto our website to make your donation. 
During the holiday season, our community is very generous to those we serve:

During Thanksgiving, 12 families were gifted with groceries enough to make a full Thanksgiving dinner courtesy of McFall Baptist Church. For Christmas, McFall will provide groceries enough for Christmas breakfast for 20 of our families. 

In addition, other individuals and church groups have “adopted” 18 families, including 46 children. 

Community support means these kids will wake up to a wonderful Christmas morning. How much difference does it really make? To understand this, consider one of our young

A Mom who recently had to choose between purchasing medication she needs or paying her electricity bill. She choose electricity to meet the needs of her children. She told us that without this extra support for Christmas, her children would have had very little. There are no other funds for presents. She was tearful in thanking her Parent Aide for the generosity that is coming her way while she navigates through an extra difficult year.

· Laptop update: Recently a call-to-action went out to our Exchange Club to help the FRC purchase laptops for our staff to use during home visits. As most of the homes in which we work have neither internet nor computers, these have become great tools for completing online applications (necessary for everything these days—from jobs to housing) and for sharing parenting resources. With grants and donations, we are able to purchase 2 new laptops and 2 “jetpacks” to provide internet access. In addition, we had a Blackberry and older laptop donated that will also be used. 

Thanks Exchange!


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

Add Your Name To This Prestigious List



Club Anniversaries


Club Anniversaries

347 years of
combined  service

44 years!!! 

Bob Berry

42 years!!!

Richard Dixon

41 years!!! 

Lydell Hunt

37 years!!!

Frank Redwine

35 years!!!

Tom Richardson

33 years!!!

Lynn Whatley

30 years!!!

Rhett Butler

27 years

John Garner

22 years

Bill Irmscher

16 years

Red Abrams
8 years
Stan Rogers
 5 years
Lee Niedrach
Cyndi Westmoreland
2 years
Ryan Leonard

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

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


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.