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…


At our last meeting

At our last meeting, the Rome Exchange Club was honored to have Dr Emir Caner,  President of Truett McConnell University as our speaker.  Dr Caner explained his Muslim family background and his conversion to Christianity.  He  highlighted differences between Christianity and Islam while touting the benefits of getting a higher education at a Biblically-oriented college.  He also pointed out  –  “There were only 100 mosques in the United States in the 1960s, now there are 3,000 mosques in America. Nobody is paying  much attention to that,  but they should be”. 

For more details, see the Rome New Tribune article.
Thanks to Doug Walker for covering our meeting and program.



Upcoming Events…


Orientation for New (and not so new) Exchangites

 Tuesday, February 20th beginning at 5:30 PM we will have an orientation for all new members and those who have not attended an orientation.  We will provide Pizza and soft drinks and it will last no longer than an hour.  Past President Mike Elliott is conducting this meeting along with other Club Officers. 

Americanism Committee

The Exchange Club of Rome Americanism Committee is proud to update the schedule for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Replica.  While some other exhibits are still being finalized for March, April, and May, the following schedule is certain.

Wednesday, Feb. 14 – 11:00 a.m. at the Palladium for Fidelis Beta Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa
Monday, Feb. 19 – Macon, Ga. for the Macon Exchange Club at the Macon Terminal Station at the end of Cherry Street in downtown Macon.  The exhibit is open to the public from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Donations respectfully accepted for the Tomb Replica.
Friday,  Feb. 23 – 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. at Mortimer Jordan High School, located at 1920 Blue Devil Dr., Kimberly, Ala.
Feb. 23 – 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. at North Jefferson Middle School, located at 8350 Warrior – Kimberly Rd., Kimberly, Ala.
Sat., Feb. 24 – Exhibit for a Military Ball hosted at Stonebridge Farms located at 281 County Road 717 in Cullman, Ala. that evening.
Fri., April 20 – Truett McConnell University with times and location TBA in support of a presentation by Lt. Col. Oliver North, USMC, Ret.  The exhibit will be on display throughout the day.  Times and location TBA later.
At least 4 other presentations are currently in the works for April and May and will be announced when more details are available.

FRC Night at the Movies!

Join us for Night at the Movies 2018. Hors d’oeuvres and libations provided. You will have a choice of six blockbuster movies! 
Movies begin at 7:00PM. 
To purchase tickets please call ​(706) 290-0764


If you have not yet received your Night at the Movies invitation, consider yourself invited.  This fun event benefits the Family Resource Center and will be held for the 18th year at Rome Cinemas on Shorter Avenue.  Tickets make a great Valentine’s gift and can be purchased from Tina at Friday’s Exchange meeting or at the Family Resource Center (5 Professional Court, , 706-290-0764). 


Special thanks to the following sponsors:


Presenting Sponsor


Oscar Level Sponsors



Representative Katie Dempsey


Guild Mortgage—Blaine Kirby


Exchangite Ralph White



 If you don’t see your company name here please contact Tina asap to join us as a 2018 sponsor! 


It’s Time To Register For District Convention

The Dates Are The Same

May 31, June 1-2

 But The Location Is Now

Columbus Marriott Hotel & The Columbus

Convention And Trade Center

Rome always has a large delegation at the Convention and we need to again this year to support Bryan Shealy in his run for re-election as Georgia District Treasurer.
Georgia Exchange has a very special rate of $124 per night (advertised rate is $195) and rooms must be reserved by April 30.
To reserve now click the link below:

Reserve At Georgia Exchange Group Rate

Special “Early Bird” Convention Registration Now Open.  Register By April 30th and Save Up to $25 Off Event Registration
For complete convention registration information and online registration click the link below:

Georgia District Early Bird Convention Registration


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

Stephen Patton

Add Your Name To This Prestigious List



Club Anniversaries


Club Anniversaries

247 years of
combined  service

34 years!!! 

Joe Wade, Jr.

30 years!!!

Ken Cormany

23 years!!! 

Ted Noe
18 years
Cathy Kerce
15 years
Allen Stephens
14 years
David Estes
10 years
Ward Daugherty
Scottie Edward
Jack Smith
9 years
J P Cooper
Greg Gaston
6 years
Wayne Rush
Len Woodard
5 years
Clay Burkhalter
Tom Caldwell
Shaun Wilbanks
4 years
Ronnie Farmer
Phil Franssen
Diane Warner
Joe Walters
3 years
Patrick Eidson
Vann Knight
2 years
Glenda Almand
Jim Belzer
Lynn Brandon
Doug Crumbly
Joyce Gaston
Linda Hatcher
Bud Ware
1 year
Lori Hess
David Seaboltt

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.