Sincox speaks to Noon Optimist Club

The Noon Optimist Club of Marshalltown met at the Best Western Regency Inn on Thursday with President John Danielson presiding. Pastor Mike Herschberger provided the invocation and the club followed with the Pledge of Allegiance.  

Greg DeSaulniers presented the community calendar of events.

Jim Robinson noted the club’s polo shirt order has been picked up. Shirts are available for pick-up at upcoming Thursday noon lunch meetings or by contacting Robinson or DeSaulniers to make a special pick-up arrangement.

Danielson referenced Chris Jones email sent out to club members earlier in the week and noted the Holiday Lights project take-down was a success on Dec. 31. The lights were taken down in less than two hours. Thanks to all club members and community volunteers who came out to help take-down the lights. Some ground stakes still need to be removed when the ground thaws out come spring, so if you are walking in the Courthouse Square courtyard, be cautious of the stakes, which are marked with caution ribbons.

Larry provided an update on the MOBI project.

The Girls’ MOBI is scheduled for Jan. 21. He believes 10-12 teams, ranging across three grades, will be represented in the Girls’ MOBI.

The Boys’ MOBI is scheduled for Feb. 4. Currently 20 teams are signed up for the tournament; entry deadline for the Boys’ MOBI is Jan. 23.

Danielson noted there is currently an Optimist International new member special running from Dec. 1, 2016 to Jan. 31. All new members installed between those dates will have their $15 new member registration fee waived.

Danielson informed the Club the Iowa District Optimist Awards Reception will be held on March 25 at the Ramada Inn and Wasserbahn Waterpark in Williamsburg. He noted the club will be receiving an award for reaching “Distinguished Club status” during the 2015/16 Optimist calendar year.

Danielson informed the club a recent donation by the club was made to Optimist International and the Childhood Cancer Campaign. $135.26 was donated to Optimist International and $76.25 to the Childhood Cancer Campaign. Donation funds came from the jars passed around at weekly Thursday noon lunch meetings.

Jim Grimmius introduced the club’s guest speaker, Steve Sincox, general manager of the Marshalltown Water Works. Sincox has been in his current position at the Marshalltown Water Works for eight years. He noted the Marshalltown Water Works currently has 20 full-time employees and a 3-member Board of Trustees. The Marshalltown Water Works provides 4.3 million gallons of water per day to the Marshalltown community from nine wells located throughout the Iowa River Floodplain. Currently, the Marshalltown Water Works has a 162-mile long water main. Hydrant flushing is done every spring and around 10,000 water meters are located throughout the Marshalltown community; read on an every other month basis.

The Marshalltown Water Works is beginning to address some repairs and maintenance projects throughout their facilities.

The treatment plant, originally built in 1977, underwent a $3 million renovation in 1997 which increased capacity by 20 percent and now will undergo another renovation within the next few years. Quite a few pieces of equipment will be replaced within the next few years as well; a few to note include the lime feed and the Marshalltown Water Works computer system. A new back-up generator will be added to the Marshalltown Water Works in the near future as well.

The meeting concluded with the Optimist Creed.

Please join us and find out how you can help enrich the youth in our community. Guests are always welcomed. Lunch meetings take place every Thursday at noon at the Best Western Regency Inn. Visit the website www.noonoptimist.org.