Noon Exchange Club honors senior citizen of quarter
Fri, 2015-03-06 05:00 News Staff
By SUSAN AYRES
The Noon Exchange Club of Copperas Cove met on February 27 at Lil Tex Restaurant. President Sandor Vegh opened the meeting and Dr. Parker Bogue followed with the invocation. Past President Dennis Ayres asked everyone to join in the pledge of allegiance. Texas District Vice President Mike Blount reminded members the Stand Up America Campaign would be ending at the end of next month, which is a campaign to gain new members. Board Member Angela Fields presented the Noon Exchange Club of Copperas Cove Senior Citizen of the Third Quarter Award to Exchange Sunshine Apartments resident Michael Quick. Quick was selected because of his volunteer work. As she presented the award she stated,“He never shies away from helping anyone” within the Sunshine Home Apartments. Then she continued saying not only does he help by walking the dogs, “He also makes sure if there is a smoke alarm that goes off, he makes sure his neighbors are guided to safety.” After the awards presentation Vice President of Fund Raising Inez Faison introduced the guest speaker President of Copperas Cove Education Foundation Etta Kay Kirkpatrick. During her presentation, Kirkpatrick shared the foundation’s mission of “providing better resources to serve our kids.” Also, Kirkpatrick shared the history of the foundation. She said the foundation was formed in 2008 by a group of citizens that were concerned students weren’t getting those little extra things needed for a good educational experience. “Our sole purpose for existence is to encourage teachers to think outside the box and incorporate innovative ideas.” She closed her presentation by describing the foundation’s grant program. Teachers can submit a grant proposal every year at the end of September. “A committee reads them, evaluates them and ranks them.” Last year 37 teachers applied for grants. Kirkpatrick said,” We gave away grants to every grant that met the criteria. This year we gave $30,551.” Following the presentation, Vice President of Fund Raising Inez Faison presented a check of $500 to the Copperas Cove Education Foundation on behalf of the Noon Exchange Club of Copperas Cove. Finally, Sandor Vegh asked for additional remarks. Past President Dennis Ayres reminded members of the March 4 planning meeting for the May Fest 5K Color Run and Volksmarch scheduled for May 23. The planning meeting will take place at 11:30 at Clear creek Meadows. Committee members need to finalize flyers, T-shirt design and an advertising plan. Texas District Vice President Mike Blount closed the meeting by asking members to join in the Covenant of Service. The Noon Exchange Club of Copperas Cove meets the second and fourth Friday of each month.