Gold Star Museum program presented at Noon Optimist

The Noon Optimist Club of Marshalltown met at the Best Western Regency Inn on April 20 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.

Greg DeSaulniers presented the club with the community calendar of events taking place over the next week throughout Marshall County. Danielson presented a thank you note the club recently received from the Lenihan Intermediate School art students.

Danielson performed a new member induction ceremony for the club’s newest member, Jason Ohlfest. Ohlfest is a commodity manager at Emerson Process Management in Marshalltown.

Danielson provided a summary of the Noon Optimist Club April Board Meeting held on April 18. The board approved the club’s work contract for the Avenue of Flags Project, sponsored by the Morning Optimist Club of Marshalltown. The club will work two flag routes during 2017 and will install and remove flags on the five flag holidays throughout the year. A summary of the Central Regional Special Olympics Championship, held recently on April 8 was provided by Danielson. He noted some equipment will need to be replaced prior to the 2018 event. The board approved the club to take responsibility for cleaning up the Optimist Park in Marshalltown on a weekly basis during the months of May, July and September 2017. The club will split duties during 2017 with the Morning Optimist Club. The Morning Optimist Club will be responsible for the months of June, August and October.

Danielson discussed the Avenue of Flags Project, with emphasis on details for the upcoming first flag holiday of the year, Memorial Day. Flag route #1 will require two volunteer workers for both the AM and PM shift while flag route #2 will require three volunteer workers for each shift. One pick-up truck or van is recommended for each shift per route. A volunteer sign-up sheet was passed around for the project. If you would like to sign-up as a volunteer to help with the project on one or all of the flag holidays in 2017, contact Randy Bishop at 641-751-2778 or Herschberger at 515-338-0287. The volunteer sigh-up sheet will also be passed around at upcoming Thursday lunch meetings as well.

Danielson reminded the club of the upcoming Youth Appreciation Luncheon program, which will be held on May 11 at the Marshalltown Public Library. The Thursday noon lunch meeting will not take place at the Best Western Regency Inn on May 11 due to the Youth Appreciation Luncheon. Danielson also reminded the club of the Avenue of Flags project on May 29. He mentioned the Optimist International Junior Golf Iowa State Championship on June 8 at Elmwood Country Club and the American Legion Memorial Golf Course.

Jim Grimmius introduced the club’s guest speaker, Michael Musel, LTC retired and historian for the Gold Star military museum in Johnston. Musel provided the club with a detailed presentation on the contribution of Iowa veterans in state and national defense from the early 19th century to the present. Musel provided pictures from the Gold Star military museum and explained the details within each exhibit at the museum. He noted the museum is open to the public on weekdays and Saturdays, while closing for Sundays and most holidays. Musel noted if you plan to visit the museum bring a photo ID and vehicle registration certificate.

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