Storytellers Project presented to Noon Optimist; Avenue of Flags discussed

The Noon Optimist Club of Marshalltown met at the Best Western Regency Inn on July 13 with President John Danielson presiding. Rev. Michael Herschberger provided the invocation and the club followed with the Pledge of Allegiance. Greg DeSaulniers presented the community calendar of events to the club.

Danielson provided a brief summary of key details decided at the club’s most recent board meeting held on July 11 at the Fisher Community Center. He noted the Holiday Lights Project committee plans to meet with the Marshalltown Central Business District at the next Holiday Stroll committee meeting to discuss increased publicity for the club with regards to the lighting of the courthouse square.

Danielson provided an update on the Avenue of Flags project. Volunteer spots are still open for the Labor Day, Columbus Day and Veteran’s Day holidays. Contact Randy Bishop, Herschberger or Danielson for information regarding signing up to volunteer at one of the remaining holidays.

An update on the Iowa State Pedal Tractor Pull Championship project was provided. The Championship will be held on Sept. 9 at the Marshalltown Veterans Coliseum. More information, including volunteer information, will be presented to the club in the upcoming weeks.

Danielson introduced the club’s guest speaker, Theresa Walton. Walton provided a presentation on the Des Moines Storytellers Project. A large event took place recently on May 11 at Living History Farms in Urbandale. Walton met a lot of different people from many different backgrounds at the event. She was one of the storytellers at the event. A notable storyteller at the event was Teri Johnson, mother of Olympic Gymnast Shawn Johnson. Walton ended her presentation by sharing her story with the club.

The meeting concluded with the Optimist Creed. Join the Noon Optimist 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 club website at www.noonoptimist.org.