It was the passing of the torch over at the Laredo Chamber of Commerce. Chairman of the board, Jose Palacios Jr., officially handed over the reins of the organization to his successor, Javier Moctezuma. As is customary, the outgoing chairman presided over the luncheon meeting and delivered the state of the chamber report. It’s all part of the 2013 recognition of volunteer’s awards ceremony. As one of his final official acts, Palacios presented awards and recognitions to volunteers who helped the past year.