Mary Anne Sims was the guest speaker at the regular meeting of the Rotary Club of West Polk County. Mary Anne is the Executive Director at City Voices, a non-profit organization she founded to serve a need in Des Moines.
The organization provides voice lessons, free of charge, to secondary students who have talent and interest but no financial means to study privately. Moreso in the Des Moines Public Schools than some of the suburbs, kids to not have as much access to these types of services, which puts them at a disadvantage when they do have the opportunity to compete.
The organization is growing fast. It was founded by Sims in 2013. She came up with the idea while taking classes at The Ohio State University, when one of her class assignments was to create a non-profit that would “do some good”. As a longtime vocal music instructor at Des Moines Roosevelt High School, she had some inspiration and insight into this particular need in the community.
Mary Anne was joined by a former student whom she had the opportunity to mentor. Napoleon Douglas was a former student of hers, whom she immediately recognized as being very talented. With some assistance and hard work, Napoleon earned a scholarship to attend Drake University, where he earned a degree in theater.
The members of West Polk County Rotary were treated to a great performance from Sims and Douglas. We would like to thank them for presenting at the meeting and encourage all to support the wonderful cause of City Voices in the future. Learn more about the organization by visiting their website at https://cityvoicesdesmoines.org/.
Thank you to Rotarian Michael K. Thibodeau, Attorney at Simpson, Jensen, Abels, Fischer & Bouslog, P.C. for inviting Mary Anne Sims to present.