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…


May 25: Miss Rome & “The Exchange Court”

Next Meeting

May 25th

Miss Rome 2018


Taylor Burrell, Miss Rome 2018, is a student at the University of West Georgia with a major in biology and a pre-vet focus.  Her love of animals is also the focus of her platform, Awareness and Prevention of Animal Abuse and Cruelty.  
Taylor has been very active in the Rome community including assisting with the Pop Up Dog Park in the fall and filming a PSA for PAWS to promote National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day.  Taylor will be speaking about her experiences as Miss Rome and her platform
At this meeting we will also have our annual crowning of a deserving Exchangite member.  Past recipients will be in attendance to welcome the newest member to OUR royal family.  (formerly referred to as the  PITA award) 

Meatloaf, Ham, Collard greens, Mac & cheese, Mashed potatoes, Salad, Rolls, Apple cobbler

Rome Exchangites lay wreath at Tomb of the Unknown

On Friday, May 18 at 1:15, 4 members of the Rome Exchange Club placed a wreath at the Tomb in honor of the Unknown Soldiers of World War II and the Korean War  These soldiers were laid to rest 60 years ago.. 

The members placing the wreath were selected by the Tomb Replica project manager, Bill King.  They were Army veteran and Exchange Club President Charles Long, Air Force Veteran Gil Espy, Civil Air Patrol veteran Jim Belzer, and Georgia District Volunteer of the Year,  Scottie Edwards.

Tomb project manager Bill King  and past National Exchange President, Dan McQueeney were in attendance in support of the occasion.

At our last meeting…

At our last meeting,  David Kay,  a retired Captain of the Rome Floyd Fire Department present a great program.  He outlined the history of the Rome Fire Department and the plans to construct an memorial to those who have served the department over the years.  At the end of the presentation, David, along with another retiree,  Battalion Chief Phil Langston, answered questions from the club.   At the conclusion of the presentation,  President-Elect Charles Norris presented a check for $500 to go towards the completion of the memorial.    

Jim Bishop Memorial Golf Tournament


This year’s Jim Bishop Memorial “Tee Off Against Child Abuse” Golf Tournament was one of our best with 19 teams competing on a hot but beautiful day!  We are still in process of reconciling our books but anticipate a successful event!  Special thanks to our chair, Ben Levy, and all our Exchange Volunteers who worked on this event:  Louise Branham, Gail Johnson, Stephen Patton, Lisa Swardenski, and Len Woodward.  We also appreciate FRC Board Members Jane Franssen (wife of Phil Franssen) and Tiffany Bowerman (wife of Dr. Scott Bowerman) for making all our work easier!
At our last meeting,  FRC Board President Lee Neidrach reported that the event had raised about $11,000 for the FRC.  Next year, we expect even better!!!

Mark your Calendar!

The Rome Exchange Club will be holding our annual Installation of Officers at a dinner scheduled for June 22. National Exchange Immediate Past President Elizabeth Grantham will be our guest and she will perform the installation ceremony. There will be a board retreat scheduled for the next morning. Please put this date on your calendar and watch for an email for making your reservations.


Put this on your calendar:
  •    Rome Exchange Officer Installation Dinner – June 22
  •    Rome Exchange Board Retreat – June 23


For the remainder of this year, ending June 30th, please submit all Programs Of Service forms to Gail Johnson at immediately following the completion of project for which you are the lead organizer.  Submit POS forms for a completed project ONLY, not for individual modules that make up that project.  For example, an event, such as Night at the Movies, a presentation of the Tomb of the Unknowns, or the ACE Awards, is one project.  Individual planning sessions or work leading up to the event should not be submitted as individual projects.   A blank POS form is available by clicking  HERE . 


Rome Exchange Club Family Resource Center

Did you know that the Exchange Club Family Resource Center helps to provide the Divorcing Parents Seminar through Floyd County Superior Court?  This 4-hour class focuses on co-parenting issues and also features some great information on child development and the impact of divorce on children.  It is required for couples who are divorcing when they have minor children.  The class is facilitated by two Master level facilitators and they offer a high-quality program using a well-respected curriculum.  I recently had the privilege of sitting in on a Saturday workshop and found it to be informative and useful.  Based on the surveys, those completing the course agree with my assessment!  In 2017, 256 parents participated in the workshop. 

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! 

Bill King

Buzz Wachsteter 

Don Black(2)

Charles Long

Charles Norris

Stephen Patton

Lynn Brandon

Bob Williams

Diane Warner

Joan Crumbly

Joel Megginson Sr.



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Club Anniversaries


Club Anniversaries

257 years of
combined  service

34 years!!!

Ed Kozodzej

31 years!!!

Fred Dent

30 years!!!

Tim Pape

29 Years

Jack Niedrach

27 years

Ben Harrison
20 years
Chris Mauer
18 years
Mike Pender
17 years
David Shelton
12 years
Elizabeth Davis
7 years
Mike Elliott
6 years
Don Black
Louise Schroeder Branham
Greg Fricks
John Upton
5 years
Scott Bowerman
3 years
Tom Couch

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

2018 Coosa Valley Fair Association Officers
President - Barbara Carter 
1st VP - Mike Elliott
2nd VP - JP Cooper
Treasurer - Joe Wade
Secretary- Bryan Shealy
Past Pres - Bryan Shealy
Ex-Officio - Charles Long
Emeritus -  Paul Smith

Term ending 12-2018
Jason Sanker
Jim Kelley
Bob Babcock
Dave Shelton
Len Woodward
Term ending 12-2019
Phil Burkhalter
Cathy Kerce
Gail Johnson
George Bosworth
JC Grimes
Term ending 12-2020
Kathi Watson
Wanda Whitten
Joe Wade III
Ben Rigas
Robert Smyth


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.