The Copperas Cove Morning Exchange passed the reins to its newest officers June 26.

Local member Kipp Miller performed the ceremony as the National Exchange Club’s field representative with a light mood and good-hearted roasting of the new officers.

“Had I known that dressing appropriate was a requirement of being a (Volunteer Field Representative),” Miller said. “I would have thought differently.”

New officers include President Mary Derrick, President-elect Mark Peterson, Secretary Deanna Thompson and Treasurer John Hull. Board members were also sworn into their positions.

After inducting the new officers, Miller presented outgoing president Malcolm Dickinson with his past president pin.

“Leadership of the Exchange is a three-legged stool — past president, president, president-elect,” Miller said. “You need all three to function properly.”

Dickinson agreed that even though he is now the former president, he will continue to serve a vital role in the club.

“Praise the Lord, I will wear this with honor,” Dickinson said.

Miller, speaking for the National Exchange, stressed recruitment to current members, telling them each to get “just one” new member.

Membership is key to maintaining the Exchange and insuring the good work that the organization does will remain going strong, he said.

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