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Morning Optimists present scholarships at meeting

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Morning Optimists President Dorothy McHone, right, presents Tom Stanley Memorial Scholarships to Bennett O’Hare and Olivia Stone.

The Marshalltown Morning Optimist Club met Tuesday at Doo Dah’s Café for its regular meeting. President Doug Noid opened the meeting leading the Pledge of Allegiance.

Guests were Olivia Stone, Marnie Stone, Rebekah Stone, Bennett O’Hare, Kevin O’Hare and Stacy O’Hare.

After the brief business meeting, Dorothy McHone related the background story of the annual Tom Stanley Memorial Scholarship Award. It was named to honor McHone’s deceased husband, Tom Stanley, who was a charter member of the Morning Optimist Club when it began in 1971. According to McHone, Stanley was supportive of everything the club did. Chuck Bailey, also a charter member of the club, agreed that Stanley was a “great behind the scenes guy.”

McHone explained that funds for the scholarship come from the club’s Avenues of Red, White and Blue flag project, from the annual Citizen of the Year Roast, as well as contributions from Stanley’s brother and children.

McHone then presented scholarship checks to Marshalltown High School seniors Olivia Stone and Bennett O’Hare, followed by each recipient introducing their family members and discussing college plans.

Stone will attend Marshalltown Community College for two years and then transfer to the University of Norther Iowa. She intends to major in music education. She listed French Honor Society, National Honor Society and Junior Rotarian as highlights of her high school years.

O’Hare will attend Iowa State University and is uncertain about his major. Throughout high school he has participated in football, track, basketball, Freshman Mentoring Program, National Honor Society and Student Senate.

President Noid closed the meeting by leading the recitation of the Optimist Creed.

The Morning Optimist Club meets at 6:30 a.m. on the first and third Tuesdays monthly at Doo Dah’s Café. Information about the club can be found on Facebook and at www.morningoptimists.com.