Exchange Club, Coosa Valley Credit Union donate 19 American flags to RFPRA

(From left) Rome City Commissioner and RFPRA Board member Milton Slack III and his grandson Tramel Slack, RFPRA Recreation Manager Betsy Hampson, RFPRA Chairwoman Caroline Blaylock, Exchange Club Americanism Committee Co-Chairman Giles Chapman, AVP of Marketing and Business Development at CVCU Robert Smyth, CVCU CEO Andy Harris and RFPRA Vice Chairman David Mathis.

Because of two generous organizations, brand new American flags will wave over each Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority facility starting this summer.

The Americanism Committee of the Exchange Club of Rome along with Coosa Valley Credit Union donated 19 flags to RFPRA on Tuesday, May 26 at the RFPRA Administrative Headquarters at 1 Shorter Ave.

“We’re pleased and honored to work with the Rec Department,” said Giles Chapman, co-chairman of the Americanism Committee of the Exchange Club. “Giving these flags to you has been a token of our appreciation.”

The flags that currently fly at each RFPRA facility have become worse for the wear, said Recreation Services Manager Betsy Hampson. Hampson approached Chapman about the Americanism Committee helping to replace the flags and Chapman, in turn, approached Andy Harris and Robert Smyth of Coosa Valley Credit Union.

“We enjoy giving back to the community in which we serve,” said Harris CEO of CVCU. “It’s a great way to honor our veterans and our community members.”

Smyth, AVP of Marketing and Business Development at CVCU, said the Credit Union replaces worn flags during the summer as a part of their American Flag Project, an initiative in its second year.

“Giles approached us and we thought, ‘What a great kick-off to our project by helping the Exchange Club replace flags for the Rec Department,’” Smyth said. “That way, our kids who are playing baseball or the folks using our playgrounds have a great, new American flag to see and be proud of.”

Hampson said the most worn flags flying at Parks and Recreation facilities will be replaced first, and the rest will gradually be swapped out over the summer.

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