Meeting Recap, 5/10/2016

Posted By Scott Jones

Happy Tuesday, Rotarians.

Need to Know:

  1. We will be doing Marshfield’s first “Color Run” as a joint project with Marshfield Schools on May 21, 2016. Please encourage people to sign up to participate in the Color Run through a link through the club website. All paid entrants to the event will receive a t-shirt and goodie bag. Contact Adam Blanch with any questions about the event.
  2. Upcoming speakers include: On May 17th, Stan Whitehurst will give a presentation on the Rotary Foundation; on May 24th there will be a presentation by the Marshfield Community Foundation. May 31st is a fifth Tuesday, so there will be no meeting on that date.
  3. Our next board meeting will be on noon on Thursday, May 12th at Southern Missouri Bank.
  4. Rotary Leadership Training will be on May 14th from 9:30 AM-3:30 PM at the Relics Event Center in Springfield. If you are interested in attending, please contact Scott or Amy.
  5. Rotary District 6080 annual conference will be in Branson this October.

Meeting Recap

We had several guests today, including the new Administrator for Marshfield Care Center, Katie Phillips, and Nikki Burrel, who will be warming up runners for the Color Run with Zumba. Our speaker, Roye Cole, brought several guests, including his wife and daughter, Deputy Forrest, Omar Bernin and John Everett.

Our speaker today was Webster County Sheriff Roye Cole. Sheriff Cole reported on the progress of the new jail, which is finally starting to pick up steam. The current jail is located on the 3rd floor of the courthouse, which was built from 1938-1941. Sheriffs and other interested parties have been trying to get a new jail for nearly four decades. Voters finally approved ballot issues a couple of years ago, so ground should be breaking on phase 1 of the new facility, located off the north-east corner of the square, around August of this year. Phase 1 will include a new jail with at least 150 beds, offices for the Sheriff and staff, and one courtroom. Construction on phase 1 will take approximately 16-24 months. Current costs on housing inmates are $45.00 per day. Costs per inmate with the new facility will be less, but there will be more inmates. Phase 2 of the new justice center, which will include additional courtrooms, offices for court clerk and staff, and offices for the prosecutor and staff, has been designed but has no specific date for completion. Thinking ahead for decades in the future, there will also be space set aside for a Phase 3 expansion of the jail to increase the jail size to 278 beds. Anyone who is interested in learning more about the jail project is welcome at the public meetings held every Tuesday at 1:30 PM.

Final Thoughts

“It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.”

Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

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

Yours in Rotary Service,

Kristin Grace Krebs

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