Morning Optimists present Stanley Scholarship to Megan Messina

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Megan Messina, center, accepts the Tom Stanley Memorial Scholarship from the Morning Optimist Club at the Tuesday club meeting. Todd Stanley and Wendi Stanley, children of the deceased Tom Stanley, for whom the scholarship was named, congratulate Messina. Messina is a senior at West Marshall High School who plans to attend Iowa State University in the fall.

The Marshalltown Morning Optimist Club held its weekly meeting Tuesday at The Brew House. Co-President Linda Moore opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of reflection.

In a matter of club business, Dorothy McHone passed around the times of sunrises and sunsets for the holidays on which flags will be raised, so members can plan for picking up and dropping off flags. Members volunteered to raise and lower 50 flags for the Blessing of the Bikes event on May 13.

A sign-up sheet was passed for members to volunteer for Optimist Park clean-up during June and August, with the Noon Optimists taking responsibility during May, July and September.

Program chair Wendi Stanley turned the program over to McHone, who presented a Tom Stanley Memorial Scholarship award to Megan Messina, who was present with her parents, Pete and Vicki Messina. The other scholarship winner, Alejandro Reynolds, was not present to accept his award.

Messina is a senior at West Marshall High School. She stated that she plans to attend Iowa State University to study at the percussion studio. Reynolds is a senior at Marshalltown High School.

McHone reviewed the history of the Tom Stanley Memorial Scholarship award, which is named after her deceased husband. He was a charter member of the Morning Optimist Club, which began in 1974. McHone described Tom as a “behind the scenes” member who was always willing to serve on the Board of Directors, but not wanting to be in leadership positions. She stated, “I am pleased to give a scholarship to Megan.”

Moore closed the meeting by leading the recitation of the Optimist Creed. The Marshalltown Morning Optimist Club meets Tuesdays at 6:30 a.m. at The Brew House. Guests are welcome. The club’s website is at