The Noon Exchange Club of Copperas Cove and the Exchange Club of Copperas Cove attended the 2014 Texas District Convention in Killeen on May 16-18.

The Copperas Cove High School Junior ROTC opened the ceremony with the posting of the colors. Exchange Club National Representative Dan McQueeny, who served as commander on then Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf’s aircraft during Desert Storm, followed with a brief presentation. McQueeney shared updated Exchange Club information pertaining to Texas clubs.

“Currently we have 1,009 members in the Exchange Texas Districts,” he said, adding that with 29 clubs, Texas is fifth in the nation. “There are over 100 Exchangites in Copperas Cove, which includes both the Noon Exchange Club and the Exchange Club of Copperas Cove.”

The 2014 Texas District Convention guest speaker was retired Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, who commanded III Corps at Fort Hood during his military service and authored the book “Adapt or Die: Leadership Principles from an American General.”

Lynch offered his insight into the tragedies of war and gave an overview of his book that illustrates principles based on both his military combat career and business leadership.

Lynch also described his passion of serving as an advocate for the Wounded Warrior Project. He shared details and stories about soldiers who benefited from the program saying, “The Wounded Warrior Project helps soldiers become independent.”

During the award ceremony, the Excel Club of Copperas Cove High School was recognized. Noon Exchange Club President Dennis Ayres and Noon Exchange past president Mike Blount came forward to receive the Excel Club Builder’s Award. Although Excel Club of Copperas Cove High School Student Adviser Melissa Ramsey and Excel Club of CCHS Student Adviser Kellie Dalrymple were not present to receive their award, Ayres accepted the award on their behalf.

Both the Noon Exchange Club and the Exchange Club received several 2014 club awards given for demonstration of Americanism, community service, child abuse prevention, youth of the year application submissions and more.

The elections of Excel Club officers and district officers followed the awards ceremony. Past president Kipp Miller was elected as Division 8 director for the Texas District. Ayres was appointed Division 11 director for the Texas District. Blount was reinstated as 2014-2015 Texas district vice president for the National Exchange.

The convention closed with a “One Nation Under God” prayer breakfast. Following the invocation and Pledge of Allegiance, a memorial service was held to acknowledge the loss of Exchange Club of Copperas Cove member Jim Rudd and Exchange Club of Killeen member Teresa Young.

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