Morning Optimists learn about Splash 4 Life

The Morning Optimist Club of Marshalltown held its weekly meeting July 29 at the Hy-Vee Dining Room. President John Hall opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and an invocation.

Hall passed a sign-up sheet for those who wish to volunteer to either set up or clean up at the September 7 N.O.W. (New Optimists Wanted) picnic. He also reminded members to bring gently used books and games to donate to The Tallcorn recreation area during the month of August.

Sharon Mckimpson announced that the date of the officer installation banquet will be Sept. 30 at Mama Digrado’s, at 6 p.m.

Member Leigh Bauder was the speaker for the day. She presented updated information regarding the Splash 4 Life splash pad project for which she and Misty Smith have taken leadership. They had entered the project into competition to compete for major funding along with the guest assistance of “Extreme Makeover” star Ty Pennington. The project reached the top five in the semi-final voting during the competition, but was not selected to be among the finalists.

In spite of that setback, Bauder and Smith are still seeking funding for the project. The 501 (c) 3 application is in process. According to Bauder, the Community Y will be the disburser of funds and the Marshalltown Community Foundation will be the receiver of funds. In addition to financial donations, Bauder and Smith are also seeking in-kind donations for electrical and plumbing work. Bauder is encouraged that they has received publicity from the KCCI and WHO television stations whose reporters have aired stories about the project.

The project calls for an initial memorial splash pad to be built at Anson Park, with the hope of building more pads in several areas of town to serve many neighborhoods. Bauder is optimistically hoping to break ground in April or May of 2015.

Hall closed the meeting by leading the recitation of the Optimist Creed. The Morning Optimist Club of Marshalltown meets at 6:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the Hy-Vee Dining Room. Guests are welcome. The club’s website is at