24 Board members gave up their Saturday morning to plan our 2019 focus and begin work on our Strategic Plan updates. Our focus this year will center around increasing community awareness of the Exchange Club Family Resource Center and, of course, continuing to strengthen our funding streams so that we can serve more families.
Child Abuse Prevention Committee: Terry Jones, Stacy Walker, John Fortune, and Louise Branham were able to join Larry Walker this past week to start planning child abuse prevention month activities for April. The next meeting is set for 2-1-19 at 11 AM at the Palladium. Please contact Larry to get involved and remember—-Many hands make light work!
Lisa Swardenski and Gail Johnson are working hard to secure our 2019 sponsors for all events. This is a great way to market your business with a mission in mind! We’d love to have your partnership—and there are some “perks” for your business as well. If you are interested in sponsoring one or more of our signature fundraisers, please see Gail, Lisa, or Tina. Our annual events include:
Night at the Movies
Join us on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, at the 19th annual Night at the Movies! With over 400 business professionals and community leaders in attendance, this event promises an evening of great fun and fellowship. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and blockbuster movies in a party-like atmosphere at Rome Cinemas.
Jim Bishop Memorial Tee Off Against Child Abuse Golf Tournament
An annual event since 2011, the Jim Bishop Memorial Tee Off Against Child Abuse Golf Tournament will be played at Stonebridge Golf Course on May 10, 2019. Since its inception the tournament has brought together over 100 business professionals and community leaders each year.
Gary Tillman Memorial Clocktower 5K Road Race and 2 Mile Health Walk
The Clocktower Road Race is a long standing event that will celebrate its 34th running on August 17, 2019. Since 2006 the 5K and its companion 2 mile health walk have been run in memory of Exchangite Gary Tillman. The oldest road race in Rome, the Tillman Clocktower 5K & 2-Mile Health Walk is a runner favorite across the Southeast. Participants comprise a variety of ages and skill levels, from children to senior citizens, novice to elite athlete. On average over 500 walkers and runners and 75 volunteers participate in this annual event.
Strike Out Child Abuse Bowling Tournament
The participants in our annual Strike Out Child Abuse Bowling Tournament represent a wide cross section of our community in fun and friendly competition. Bowling teams typically comprise business professionals and their office staffs or customers, churches, other community leaders, or groups of friends. Participants range in age from young adult to senior citizens, and bowling skill is completely secondary to the party atmosphere of the evening! The 11th annual event will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Teams can elect to bowl from either 5:30-7:30 pm or 8-10 pm. The tournament typically includes over 150 participants.