Attendance at the Copperas Cove Noon Exchange Club meeting Friday was less than normal because of the National Exchange Club Convention in Greensboro, N.C.
Past President Bill Minton stepped in to lead the meeting for President Dennis Ayres, who was attending the convention along with several members.
Minton introduced Ronnie Viss, the new district director who will oversee the Noon and Morning Exchange clubs in the Midland region.
Viss has been a member of the Exchange Club for 10 years and was twice appointed club president of the Gatesville Exchange Club.
“I wanted to come by and visit you all and have some lunch,” Viss said. “I’m here to help you guys and support you in any way. You can always get hold of me.”
Viss said the Exchange Club is a great opportunity for people to give back to their community.
“We serve in areas such as child abuse prevention, service to seniors, and we recognize individuals who do exceptional work in the community.”
The day’s topic of discussion was proper flag etiquette.
Ayres was disturbed by the mishandling of the nation’s flag at the national convention and requested that the topic be addressed, Minton said.
“This represents our country and we need to show proper respect,” said Minton, pointing at the American flag.
“You are not supposed to desecrate it in any way, shape or form.”
Minton, an Army veteran, talked about the significance of the Pledge of Allegiance, proper flag-bearing practices and flag codes.