July 15, 2021

This Week's Meeting (7/16): Poetry Reading

Exchange Club Poetry Presentation         

July 16, 2021
Len Woodward background information:
Immigrant from London, United Kingdom. Naturalized U. S. citizen.
Royal Air Force veteran.
Degree in Forest Resource Management from the University of Georgia.
Career in the Pulp & Paper industry. Forest resource management and International product marketing with United States and Canadian companies.
Retired to Rome with family from Quebec, Canada in 1995.

The poets making presentations are the two contest winners of the 2021 Family Resource Center Poetry Competition.
Diana Lynn Davis West winner of the General competition. A native of Wyoming who        
has lived in Rome for more than 30 years. She is a teacher of ESOL students, whose
first language is not English, at Main Elementary.
Emma Breithaupt winner of the High School competition. A Junior at Rome High
High School.

Baked Chicken
Mashed Potatoes
Mac and Cheese
Collard Greens
Squash Casserole
Apple Cobbler
Save the Date!!! Registration is now open for the Clocktower 5K Road Race & 2 Mile Health Walk. Register now at www.tillmanclocktowerrace.org
Exchange Club of Rome celebrates 85 years of service
XC 85th Birthday
The Exchange Club of Rome celebrated 85 years of service to our community at our business meeting last Friday with the cutting of a special birthday cake by President Lee Roberts and former Georgia House Representative Paul Smith. Mr. Smith is the olders member of the club at 93 years young, and has the longest tenure with 67 years.

Past president Buzz Wachsteter presented a short program outlining the history of the club and highlighting some of our achievements, including the creation of the Coosa Valley Fair in 1949 and the Family Resource Center in 1991. Mr. Wachsteter recognized members who have led the club as president, board member, district president, and other district officers.

The club was chartered in July 1936 with 25 male members. Women were not allowed in National Exchange Club until the 1980s. Since becoming members of the Exchange club of Rome, women have served in every capacity of leadership, including all offices. board of directors, committee chairs. The Rome club was sponsored by the Exchange Club of Cedartown, which is also still active.
Family Resource Center
The state of Georgia recently released an updated State Child Abuse Prevention Plan and the FRC has been asked to help translate this plan to meet local needs in DFCS Region 3 (Bartow, Douglas, Floyd, Haralson, Paulding, and Polk counties). We've had our first meeting (with 35 people in attendance!) and identified some initial priorities. Our next step is to develop action items. If you want to be a part of the conversation, please join the next virtual meeting on 7/16 at 9:30am. Register at https://forms.gle/RgPzUHfjGfF9M8WVA

Exchange members - Be on the lookout for grant opportunities that come your way through utility companies or your work place. Those grants can support our work! Buzz Wachsteter recently submitted a grant as a customer of Constellation and secured $500 that we can use to purchase educational/therapy items for the FRC. Our Parent Aides will use these tools with families to assist children with their development. Thanks Buzz!

Help with the Public Safety Expo
This group is in the food booth preparing the food to be sold.
Left to Right: Len Woodward, Charles Long, John Fortune, Amy Patterson, Susi Edwards, and Al Robles
Our current President Lee Roberts cooking burgers.
Bruce Jones (left) and Len Woodward (right) setting up the table to sell
Here are some photos from our involvement in the Public Safety Expo, which was held last Saturday from 10am until 2pm. The Coosa Valley Fair Association donated the fairgrounds, and the Exchange Club of Rome cooked and sold hamburgers and hotdogs. Proceeds from the sale were donated back to the Floyd County Police Department to help defray the cost of producing a recruitment video for the Public Safety agencies.
Please reach out to Carol Abrams to make sure you are caught up on your dues.
Jim Belzer - Jim Belzer, 72, or Rome, GA died Thursday , July 8, 2021. He was born in Rome, GA on September 21, 1948. A graveside service will be held Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at East View Cemetary in Rome, GA at 12:00pm with Deacon Stuart L. Neslin officiating. was placed on palliative care. He can have up to four visitors at one time, and the hospital visitation times do not have to be observed. He is in Room 3204 at Floyd Medical Center. Please keep Jim and his medical team in your prayers.

Former Exchange member Vaudry Sartin's memorial service will be July 17, 2021 11:00AM at the First United Methodist Church.
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Please contact Sean Moriarity
July Birthdays
07/01 Lisa Stuenkel
07/01 Diane Warner
07/02 Cathy Kerce
07/03 Joe Watters
07/08 J. Ronald Kiefer
07/12 Jimmye Grimes
07/14 Glenda Almand
07/15 Dan Caesar
07/16 Will Byington
07/19 David Estes
07/19 Imani Welch
07/20 Wain Bates
07/21 Ward Daugherty
07/22 Robert Smyth
07/23 Jim Loyd
07/24 Scott Rogers Henson
07/24 Paula Wachsteter
07/27 Vivian Richmeier
07/28 Robert Evans
07/29 Sam Evans
07/29 Charles Long
July Anniversaries
45 years Thomas Bennett
25 years Rhonda Wallace
12 years Jimmye Grimes
12 years Benjamin Janes
8 years Will Byington
8 years Robert Evans
4 years Wain Bates
4 years Lee Roberts
3 years Bonny Askew
3 years Billy Brown
3 years William Goff
3 years David Prusakowski
3 years Lonnie Roberson
3 years Imani Welch
Exchange Club Committees Need You!
Watch for a Special Survey this week regarding Committees. We are Rome's Service Club, and we get things done best when we work together. Be thinking now about where you want to plug in, and let us know by responding to the survey. You will hear more about this at Friday's meeting.