The Noon Exchange Club of Copperas Cove celebrated the 103rd birthday of the National Exchange Club by watching a video about the history of Exchange Clubs.

The movie reiterated the club’s focus on the welfare of youths, recognition of first responders and promotion of Americanism. Following the video presentation, Past President Bill Minton discussed the “exchanging of ideas concept” that originated with the Exchange founder Charles A. Berkey. Exchange Clubs need to work together and give back to the community, and the Quad Cities Ride for a Child demonstrates that premise, Minton said.

The Noon Exchange Club, Exchange Club of Gatesville and Exchange Club of Killeen organized the event and collected funds toward the prevention of child abuse in our communities.

Past President Mike Blount led the 2014-2015 club election. Lynn Gibson was elected president elect. Azeita Taylor was elected vice president of awards. Secretary Patricia Thomas, Treasurer Sandy Blount, Vice President of Communication Susan Ayres and Vice President of Fund Raising Inez Faison agreed to remain in their current positions.

During the awards ceremony, Secretary Pat Thomas introduced Youth of the Quarter Emily Kimbro. Kimbro is a member of many clubs and activities, including the National Honor Society, FCCLA and Honor Guard.

“She is very active in community service,” Thomas said. “Emily Kimbro has helped clean up the Copperas Cove cemetery and visited residents.”

Board member J.T. Tatum presented Adale Helms the Quarterly Ace Award. Despite her many medical issues she has maintained a positive attitude, he said. Helms raised her academic averages and plans to graduate this summer. “I am not sure what route I will take, either a nursing program or photography,” Helms said of her future plans.

President-elect Sandor Vegh introduced Firefighter of the Quarter Capt. Willie McGuffey of the Kempner Fire Department. He was nominated by Fire Chief Dewey Owen.

“McGuffey helps make repairs and he helps keep us ready,” Owen said. “McGuffey trains new firefighters and shares his talent in welding and mechanics.”

Two Easter egg hunts are scheduled for April 17 at the Headstart facilities near the senior center and Sunshine Home.

Volunteers and plastic-filled Easter eggs are needed. Eggs can be dropped off at the Housing Authority on Casa Drive before the hunt.

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