Meeting Recap, 10/20/2015

Posted By Scott Jones

Happy Tuesday, Rotarians.

Need to Know:

  1. Thank you to Don Stockton, Tom Houston and Brian Drane for their work in Rotary Park last Tuesday. They were joined by 30 Boy Scouts to spread mulch around the trees. Thanks, guys!
  2. Here are a few community events you may be interested in: the Lions Club is looking for organizations interested in participating in a Halloween trick or treat event. Contact Kevin Cantrell for more info. On October 30th, the Webster County Extension Office will be having a fish fry fundraiser at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church from 5-7 PM. Also on October 30th: the Niangua Fall Carnival at the Niangua school gym from 6-9 PM.
  3. Change of date since our last newsletter: Our next board meeting will be at noon on Thursday, October 29th at DD Hamilton. All members are welcome.
  4. Upcoming presentations: On October 27th Leslie Thomas will be doing a presentation on organ and tissue donation. We will be having a club assembly on November 3rd. On November 10th, Stella Harrison will be talking about Legal Shield.
  5. Go ahead and put this on your calendar now: our 3rd Annual Romance Raffle will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2016.
  6. Go ahead and put this on your calendar now: the Marshfield Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2016, with a rain date of March 19th.

Meeting Recap

We had several guests today. Our speaker, T.J. Bransfield, brought Ken Williams, Niangua special education teacher and Interact faculty sponsor. Jim Mayes brought his good friends Randy and Rick Hyder. All three have birthdays this month so we serenaded them, as well as Leslie Thomas. Danny O’Neal introduced Mary Bransfield from Central Bank. Mrs. Bransfield is also the mother of today’s speaker.

Our speaker today was T.J. Bransfield. Mr. Bransfield is the superintendent of Niangua Schools and has been an active partner with our club in starting and fostering the Niangua Interact Club. Niangua School District has approximately 275 children in grades K-12. Mr. Bransfield has been superintendent there for nine years. The district has experienced growth in the past few years and there will be a tax levy increase on the ballot in April to build additional classrooms, to build enclosed hallways to connect the school’s buildings, etc.

For the past three years, Mr. Bransfield has worked with our club as a sponsor for the Niangua Interact Club. This year he has recruited Ken Williams to assist as faculty sponsor. Niangua Interact Club has 21 members who actively participate in a variety of community service projects and are passionate about their club. Niangua Interact has participated in Rotary Park workday projects; as well as a number of projects around Niangua. The club has recently started a clothes closet to go along with a community food pantry. Donations would be greatly appreciated.

Final Thoughts

“America’s future will be determined by the home and the school. The child becomes largely what he is taught; hence we must watch what we teach, and how we live.”

Jane Addams (1860-1935)

Marshfield Rotary Club: Raising the bar through leadership, giving and education.
Yours in Rotary Service,

Kristin Grace Krebs

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