Coach Bacon talks MHS boys’ track at Optimists

The Noon Optimist Club of Marshalltown met at the Best Western Regency Inn on June 1 with President John Danielson presiding. Danielson provided the invocation and the club followed with the Pledge of Allegiance. One guests was in attendance, Lincon Guerra. Greg DeSaulniers presented the community calendar of events to the club.

Mark Rohde provided an update on the Optimist International Junior Golf Iowa State Championship taking place at Elmwood Country Club and the American Legion Memorial Golf Course on June 8. The Club will meet at Elmwood Country Club at noon on Thursday for the regularly scheduled Thursday lunch meeting instead of meeting at the Best Western Regency Inn.

Danielson said the club will help sponsor the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Fishing Derby on June 13. The derby is scheduled for 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Pam Lake in Marshalltown. The derby will include fishing, grilling and a picnic.

He provided a summary of the Avenue of Flags project Memorial Day holiday. The set-up and take-down of flags went well. A special thanks to Randy Bishop for re-marking the flag decals on the curbs of the flag subscriptions. The club will work the project next on Flag Day, June 14.

Jim Grimmius introduced the club’s guest speaker, Doug Bacon, Marshalltown High School Boys’ Track Coach. Bacon noted he began his MHS track coaching career in the fall of 1995, then took time off from 2012-16 before returning as the track coach in 2016. He mentioned the last four years have been tough for the track team at MHS, but the 2017 season brought success to the program again. Bacon believes the success gained during the second half of the 2017 season will continue into the 2018 season. The team lost four seniors to graduation after the 2017 season, so many key team contributors will be returning for the 2018 season.

Bacon noted during the 2017 season, the team built quite a lot of competitive spirit and he believes the team now has the attitude to buckle down and compete each and every day in the CIML. He plans to put together a very competitive class 4A schedule for the 2018 season, which he hopes prepares the team well for a run at qualifying many events for the 2018 State Tournament. Bacon concluded by stating he is very proud of his team’s academic success during the 2017 season and noted academic success is emphasized within the Boys’ track program each and every year.

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, however June 8 meeting will take place at Elmwood Country Club. Visit the website www.noonoptimist.org.