Noon Optimists Club hears about Primary Health Care

The Noon Optimist Club of Marshalltown met at the Best Western Regency Inn on May 18 with President John Danielson presiding. Rev. Michael Herschberger provided the invocation and the club followed with the Pledge of Allegiance. Guests in attendance were Tracy Mentor and the guest speaker for the meeting, Huntsman.

Danielson provided a brief summary of action taken at the Noon Optimist Club May board meeting held on May 9. A motion was generated by the Board of Directors to elect Club Officers for the 2017-18 Optimist calendar year and a vote be held on May 18 at the Club’s Thursday lunch meeting. The MCC scholarship committee presented the Board of Directors with the 2017 MCC scholarship recipients. The recipients are Sarah Taylor (Marshalltown High School), Isabella Pederson (MHS), Autumn Rutledge (East Marshall High School) and Bridgett Carroll (MHS). The alternate is Ross Randall (West Marshall High School). Each student will receive a $750 scholarship from the Noon Optimist Club of Marshalltown.

Danielson performed a Noon Optimist Club of Marshalltown Officer Election for the 2017-18 Optimist calendar year. A motion, generated by the Board of Directors at the May board meeting held on May 9 was presented to elect the following club members for the officer position of: President, Chris Jones; Vice President, Damon Morrison; 2nd Vice President, Tyler Peschong; Treasurer, Nathan Minkel; Secretary, Amy Pieper; Club Foundation Representative, Roger Heatwole. Danielson presented the club with a unanimous consent vote; no objections were held and all club members favored aye.

Danielson provided a brief summary from the Club’s Youth Appreciation Luncheon program, held on May 11 at the Marshalltown Public Library. He thanked the club for their attendance at the program and for volunteering to help run the event. The Avenue of Flags Project’s first holiday is coming up on Memorial Day. All volunteer spots for the Memorial Day holiday are currently filled, but the second holiday, Flag Day, June 14, is still in need of volunteers. If you would like to sign-up to fill this open volunteer spot on Flag Day or if you want to sign-up for one or all of the remaining 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. Mark Rohde provided a brief update on the Optimist International Junior Golf Iowa State Championship project, which will be held at Elmwood Country Club and the American Legion Golf Course in Marshalltown on June 8. Danielson noted the regularly scheduled Thursday noon lunch meeting will be held at Elmwood Country Club on June 8 instead of the Best Western Regency Inn. There will be no guest speaker program as the program for the meeting will be watching junior golfers finish on the 18th hole at Elmwood Country Club.

Allen Dale introduced the club’s guest speaker, Huntsman, CEO at Primary Health Care. Huntsman began her presentation by noting Primary Health Care is a Federal Qualified Health Center and has locations in Des Moines, Ames and Marshalltown. The strategy of a FQHC is to serve an underserved area. FQHC’s are asked by the community to provide health and dental needs to an underserved group within that specific community. She noted Primary Health Care is open to all, regardless of income status or whether or not health insurance is available.

Primary Health Care is a full service facility, which includes providing services to tailor and fit specific health and dental needs. The services include medical, dental and behavioral health services. In 2016, Primary Health Care served 6,200 patients in the city of Marshalltown, split between Primary Health Care’s medical and dental facility. Primary Health Care currently employs 60 full time employees in Marshalltown.

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 welcomed. Lunch meetings take place every Thursday at noon at the Best Western Regency Inn. Visit the website at