The Noon Exchange Club of Copperas Cove met June 13 at Lil’ Tex Restaurant in Copperas Cove.
During the meeting, Past President Mike Blount invited members to the Annual Officers and Board of Directors Installation Dinner, which took place at Texas Land & Cattle last month. District President Dick Young installed the elected officers and board members. Following the installation, newly elected President Sandor Vegh distributed checks to three organizations that support the National Exchange Club’s mission of Child Abuse Prevention.
Clubs receiving the checks include Hope Pregnancy Center of Copperas Cove, Community in Schools and AWARE Central Texas.
The money for the checks came from two different sources, according to Vice President of Fundraising Inez Faison.
Ride for a Child
“The big money comes from the Ride for a Child,” she said, referring to the 74-mile Quad Cities Ride for a Child event held March 29.
A small portion of the donated funds also came from the monthly Noon Exchange Club raffles.
Faison said last year, the club raised additional money from other sources, including the 5-kilometer Volksmarch for Child Abuse Prevention in May 2013.
Other club news
In other club business, Faison conducted the cumulative auction at the end of the meeting.
Club members were given an opportunity to bid on an item with profits going toward scholarships for selected Copperas Cove High School seniors.
“Typically we have one auction item per month, and the item is donated by an individual from the club,” she said.
Scholarship funds collected from the auctions are divided between the Youth and Accepting the Challenge of Excellence of the Year winners.
Scholarship Committee Member James Tatum explained that Youth of the Year winners are involved in community service and extracurricular activities and must be in good academic standing and show leadership traits.
“ACE students are selected by the senior counselor,” Tatum said, “These students face severe hardships, but continue to excel academically.”