Guest speaker Mike Wilburn talks to members of the Copperas Cove Noon Exchange Club during their semi-monthly meeting Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, at Lil Tex Restaurant in Copperas Cove.

One thing about Copperas Cove Noon Exchange Club members is they are passionate about children and the prevention of child abuse.

In fact, their national project and one of the four pillars of the club is the prevention of child abuse.

They are hosting the upcoming fourth annual Quad Cities Ride for a Child Motorcycle Rally on March 29 in Gatesville to raise funds for child-abuse prevention.

“Copperas Cove, Gatesville, Temple and the Killeen exchange clubs are partnering with Aware Central Texas to highlight the issue,” said Dennis Ayres, the Cove club president. “Over the past three years we’ve raised more than $80,000 and this year we want to continue that trend. We expect more than 300 riders too, which is great.”

T-shirts, banners, ad souvenir booklets, pins and sponsorship categories vary from the friends level, which costs $100, to the title sponsor level, which costs $10,000.

“One of the great benefits of this club is helping this worthy cause and saving lives in our community,” said James Glowinski, a club member. “Children are our future, and if we can’t help them, we can’t help ourselves.”

Since its establishment in 1979, the national Exchange Club foundation has helped more than 1.8 million children and more than 750,000 families break the cycle of child abuse.

Unfortunately, the state of Texas and Central Texas rank No. 2 in reported child-abuse cases.

The event in March is open to the public and is a 501(c)3 charity. There will be music, drawings and lunch.

The ride will begin in Gatesville, stop in Cove and end in Nolanville.

To preregister and for more information go to or call 254-247-6263 and email

Corinne Lincoln-Pinheiro | Herald

A journalist by trade, Corinne has written for both the military and civilian populations. She has a Master's in Writing and Bachelor's in English. She is also a military spouse and her family is currently stationed at Fort Hood.

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