Special honors were also given by the club on the occasion.
Brown, who has served as president elect for the past year, took the oath of office from Jim Haston. A past lieutenant governor, Haston stepped in for the current lieutenant governor who encountered scheduling difficulties.
As a professional working on expanding resources for children, Brown said the work of the Kiwanis Club naturally attracted him. From the Christmas party for under-privileged children to sending high school students to Boys State, he was pleased to engage in the Kiwanis mission.
"We're all involved," Brown said. "There's a feeling of satisfaction we get serving others, a gift we get from being involved. I look forward to taking the things we've done and going forward. We've started a ton of things in the last few years, and restarted or re-energized others. I want to be open to ideas and have you join me. Thank you for your good work."
Eric Kean, the club's outgoing president, discussed some of the club's successes in the past year. The Peanut Day fundraiser netted $2,500 to use on scholarships and other projects. A duck race was introduced at the Strawberry Festival and raised $1,000 on its first attempt. The night golf tournament was reintroduced and raised $1,300 for an October activity.
Kean thanked the club members for their willingness to work and for joining in on efforts like serving at the Community Kitchen. The Current Events Day at Monett High School continued to introduce students to topics.
"Leadership is about service," Kean said. "Leadership experiences in Kiwanis is different. It's totally selfless. That's what I've noticed in the work done by this club."
Kean received a past president's pin and a round of applause from club members.
Frank Washburn, who served as club president a year ago, was named Kiwanian of the Year. Washburn was credited for introducing the duck race project. Randy Henderson also received a plaque for his service as Peanut Day chairman.
Dayton Mackey received a special plaque for more than 41 years of perfect attendance with the club.