Convention and Visitors Bureau the topic at Noon Optimist

The Noon Optimist Club of Marshalltown met at the Best Western Regency Inn on Thursday with President John Danielson presiding. Rev. Mike Herschberger provided the invocation and the club followed with the Pledge of Allegiance. One guest was in attendance; Charissa Bassett, administrator at Southridge Specialty Care in Marshalltown.

Danielson provided a summary of the Club’s recent NOW Meeting, held on March 2 at Zeno’s. Danielson noted there were nine guests and/or prospective members in attendance, six Marshalltown Optimist Basketball Invitational project volunteers and 15 club members. Danielson also provided a financial summary of the Girls’ and Boys’ MOBI, held recently throughout Marshalltown. The MOBI committee held a meeting on March 7 to discuss the 2017 MOBI and to look ahead to the 2018 MOBI. The MOBI committee plans to distribute proceeds from the 2017 MOBI to Lenihan Intermediate School, Miller Middle School and Marshalltown High School Booster Club within the next month.

Greg DeSaulniers presented the club with the community calendar of events taking place over the next week throughout Marshall County. Danielson reminded the club of the upcoming Central Iowa Regional Special Olympics Championship on April 8 at Marshalltown High School. He also noted the club’s Youth Appreciation Luncheon program will be held on May 11 at the Marshalltown Public Library.

Jim Grimmius introduced the club’s guest speakers, Val Ruff, executive director of the Marshalltown Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. Ruff has been in her current position for a few years but held the same position previously in her career. Ruff explained the current partnership the MCVB has with the Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce and the Marshall County Economic Development Association. She noted the services offered by the MCVB, including assisting with group planning meetings, area conventions, tournaments and local events. The MCVB is operational through the funding received from a percentage of the Marshalltown Motel and Hotel tax. The business office is located in the Fisher Community Center. To conclude her presentation, Ruff passed around some collateral to the club.

The meeting concluded with the Optimist Creed. Join the group and find out how you can help enrich the youth in the community. Guests are always welcome. Lunch meetings take place every Thursday at noon at the Best Western Regency Inn. Visit the club website at