Welcome to Centerville Noon Optimist! “It’s not what we do…it’s why we do it.”

Watch our three-minute video presentation that explains how bringing out best in ourselves brings out the best in others.


The Noon Optimist Club of Centerville is a fellowship of people who get things done. We set examples and embrace an optimistic mindset for the community to see. We display leadership skills and working relationships locally, regionally and nationally. Whether you are searching for an outlet to give back and help your community or are looking for personal development, you will find what you are looking for in our club.


Optimist 2.0 Meeting News – March 15, 2018 – Steve Van Gorder – Founder, SVG Motors


CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was “Heavier than Air Brewing Company”. Thank you to the team of Nick Sr, Chris, Ben and Nick Jr. for allowing us to take over their bar during March Madness. There was a 50/50 drawing won by Dave Garel and he graciously donated the winnings back to the club.

Michael Mershad, the owner of Ultimate Leadership Martial Arts, was inducted into the CNO 2.0 club.

We had 49 members and guests in attendance.


Photos from the Meeting are Here

Tonight’s Guests

Bruce Barger
Andrew Cain
Steve Clark
Dave Garel
Cindy Harris
Jill Parrett
Beth Phillips
Dave Phillips
Cheryl Probst
Craig Scanlon
Nick Tarkanay
Frank Weikel
Jeff Zaret

Tonight’s Speaker

Greg Fay introduced our speaker, Steve Van Gorder, the president of SVG Motors / SVG Chevrolet / SVG Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram / SVG Urbana.

Steve gave us an uplifting story of how he came to be the successful owner of several automobile dealerships in the extended Dayton area.

When Steve was in his late teens in the 90’s he had the opportunity to sell cars and he liked it. He became bored and decided to sell jeans at a department store. He soon realized that there was not nearly as much reward in selling jeans. It didn’t seem to matter how much he sold, his pay check was always the same. He complained to a customer that he wished he were selling cars. This person knew the store manager and the manager called Steve in for a little chat. He said if you would prefer to sell cars then that is what you should do.

This time Steve went back into car business with much more enthusiasm and quickly gained skills that would help him two decades later when he started purchasing his own dealerships.

He explained to us that without being optimistic about his endeavor to own that first dealership it would never have happened. It was very scary, but he told us you have to go for it sometime. Opening additional stores was not simple either, but it was much easier than the first one.

He reminded us of a saying in commissioned sales, “You eat what you kill.” If you don’t sell something you aren’t getting paid. Learn how to do it. Go the extra mile, be kind to your customers. If you become successful give back to the community.

He has volunteer experience with:

  • Dayton Campaign Fundraiser for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
  • Dayton CF Walk Sponsor for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • Fundraiser and volunteer for Habitat for Humanity International.

His LinkedIn page has a comforting quote for the sales buying experience, “We have taken the confrontation out of the sales transaction.”

We watched Steve’s current commercial and also received a sneak preview of his new commercial. When you meet Steve in “real life”, you will enjoy being around him and realize he isn’t quite the goofball he may appear to be on TV. He is having fun and he hopes you will have some fun working with his friendly dealerships.


Upcoming Optimist 2.0 Meetings

Thursday April 19, 2018 – Ollie’s Place Centerville – 5:30PM – Ryan Hawk, Guest Speaker

Thursday May 17, 2018 – Nelly’s Centerville – 5:30PM – David Ball, TJ’s Place of Hope, Guest Speaker

Thursday June 21, 2018 – Ollie’s Place Centerville – 5:30PM – Mike Schwartz, Owner of Ollie’s Place and Optimist 2.0 Club Member



Noon Meeting News – March 13, 2018 – Mark Metzger – Washington Township Rec Center

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father. A hug gives us the feeling of appreciation, to be liked and to know we have a friend. What a simple way to recycle Your love. We all have the ability to do this. To be an encourager. An easy smile, a firm hand shake or a pat on the back are all motivational. We never know the cause of frown, a downcast disposition or what’s going on in another person’s world. We thank You for the Ten Commandments to guide our lives. For Christian Larson’s tenants to guide us as Optimists. May we experience the joy of one of our encouragements that has traveled around the world and is returned to us by a stranger.  Amen!

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Mark Metzger Speaker
Nick Tarkany Greg Fay
Jeff Spring Vince Reidy
Governor Tom Kendo Optimist Ohio District Governor


Attempted Blizzard

In spite of the frigid temperatures and the snow squall our meeting went on as normal. Many members leaving today’s meeting could be seen scraping snow off of the vehicles. Welcome to Ohio people. Where Christmas is only white with snow about half the time and Saint Patrick’s Day has about a 30% chance each year, which is the same chance as Alaska.

Like true optimists, everyone scraping snow was smiling for the additional opportunity this year to touch the cold stuff.


Ohio Optimist International (OI) governor Tom Kendo came to our club today. He presented the “Builder of Excellence” award to Greg Fay and Jack Anderson. They each received a pin and certificate for their work in creating our club within a club, CNO 2.0. OI really likes when clubs are able to create clubs within a club. There are other clubs in Ohio using CNO 2.0 as a blueprint for creating their own club within a club. Remember every CNO standard member is also a member of CNO 2.0 and encouraged to come to the third Thursday of the month meetings.

Kendo assured Greg and Jack that the certificate is suitable for framing.

Greg and Jack wanted us to also recognize the rest of the team involved with managing CNO 2.0. These members include: Ron Tinnerman, Jesse Gaither, Greg Griffin, Jean Pummill, Melissa Lucas, Laura Franklin and Pam Miller.

Kendo also mentioned that on a Saturday in August this year that there is an OI meeting in Fairborn. It will be attended by the OI president and his wife. As the second largest Optimist club in the world, he encourages us to come out in record numbers to this meeting.

Dime a Day Foundation

Bill Stone, our representative to the OI charitable foundation, went over the “Dime a Day” program. This is a chance for all of us to donate to the charitable arm of OI. His goal is for 50% or more of us to donate ten cents per day or $36.50. All of your contributions are tracked and as you reach the $1000.00 level you become a benefactor. For contributions of $100, $250, or $500 in a single year you also achieve additional recognition. A donation of $250 includes a beautiful bowl that is changed every year. For a donation of $500 a framed optimist painting is given.

Bill went over the top 10 things that are possible because of the donations to this program. Please give if you can.

Today’s Speaker

Jesse Lightle introduced Mark Metzger, the Director of the Washington Township Recreational Center (WTRC). A motto of WTRC is “Discover your potential”. Mark has been the director for 1.5 years and his kids say he has the greatest job ever because of his direct relationship with Santa Claus himself.

The rec center is now 30 years old and was created when the township purchased the building from the YMCA. Rec West was created 3 years ago when the township purchased the former Centerville Theater building directly to the west of the rec center.

The rec center is currently 40% funded by community taxes and 60% from user fees charged to the users of the facility. The WTRC is the most efficiently run rec center in Ohio.


There are 26 acres of grounds around the WTRC. All of the trails were recently paved and are now accessible for persons with disabilities. Each year approximately 25,000 people tour “Woodland Lights” in December for the holidays.

Other statistics and programs:

  • The main pool has 220,000 gallons of water.
  • Approximately 9000 people each year watch shows at the Town Hall Theater.
  • The enrichment center is new and actively request donations.
  • Their youth day camps are some of the cheapest options for summer day camps anywhere.
  • There are classes including art, introduction to belly dance, lunch and learns.
  • The pool is rented by the High School and the WTRC Sharks swim and dive teams.

There are numerous volunteer opportunities. Examples of volunteers needed are for Town Hall Theater and Woodland Lights. They also accept monetary donations and donations of in kind services. Contacts and phone numbers are available at http://www.washingtontwp.org/contact

After Mark was done speaking Don Kelley spoke to us about the renewal levy for the rec center that will be on the ballot 5/8/2018. He hopes we will all vote yes. The expiring levy was 0.7 mills, the new one is 1.0 mills, which will cost $1.14/month per 100K of home worth. They explained the funds were needed to pay for necessary maintenance and upgrades to the buildings and other items.

Detailed information about programs and calendars are available at: http://www.washingtontwp.org/recreation


Member Birthday
Vida McDowell March 15
Brian Nolan March 16
Robert Foster March 16
David Brookman March 18
Joseph Willhoite March 19

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Shane Wilken March 14 03/14/2003 15
Stephen Kohls March 14 03/14/2003 15

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Amy Wang Patrick Arehart 3rd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Chris McAlpine Lost bell and gavel
All OSU fans Being a  fan of THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
Bob Lawson Did not remember who his partner was for Sergeant-at-Arms next quarter

Happy Bucks!

No time for Happy Bucks this week.



Noon Meeting News – March 6, 2018 – Centerville High School B.O.L.D (Bulding Our Lives Drug Free)Program

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, our Optimist membership is a 24/7 affair. Make our every action, every attitude a statement to the world that there is a better way to live thru Optimism. Am I bragging – probably. Am I being prideful – not for me but of all the members. This is not an activity we do at our leisure. Optimism is truly an activity of giving of time ,talent and treasure. Not for ribbons or bows nor accolades but for the joy we feel in fulfilling our reason for being. We pray our joy reflects on You and the blessings You have given us for being Optimists. Amen

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Kate Bowling Dr. Tom Henderson
Danielle Meyer Speaker
Beth Mires Dr. Tom Henderson
Dave Phillips Greg Fay
Jake Rankey Speaker
David Roer Dr. Tom Henderson
Kadijah Taylor Roberta Taylor
Amy Wang Patrick Arehart
Andrea White Jim Long

Plaque for our president, Chris McAlpine

Beth Duncan took the February 8, 2018 Q&A article in Dayton Biz Journal of the interview they did with Chris McAlpine about Centerville Noon Optimists and made a beautiful plaque he can proudly display.


Today’s Speakers

Thomas Henderson, PhD., introduced his guest Centerville school board President, David Roer, MD. He is the co-chair of South Suburban Coalition United for Alcohol and Drug Free Youth. Their goal is to reduce drinking and drug use by finding healthy alternatives. In attendance today was Beth Mires, the CHS Advisor to BOLD Student Group and intervention counselor at CHS. Also, in attendance today was Andrea White, the co-chair of South Suburban Coalition. Henderson informed, “Andrea interfaces with all of the student leaders form the South Suburban School Districts on a regular basis. She has a passion for working with our youth promoting good decision-making and health lifestyles.”

David Roer, MD, introduced today’s speakers, members of the Centerville High School (CHS) senior class of 2018 and student members of the South Suburban Coalition, Danielle Meyer and Jake Rankey They are influential seniors and came to us to talk about the BOLD (Building Our Lives Drug-Free) organization at CHS.

What is BOLD? “A student led organization whose members have committed to being 100% drug and alcohol free and whose purpose is to promote positive messages on the importance of committing to a drug-free lifestyle”- Beth Mires-CHS Advisor to BOLD Student Group.

BOLD currently has about 30 members. They put on middle school programs to explain early to kids before they hit high school that not only is drug and alcohol use unhealthy, but you can still be one of the “cool” kids by just saying no.

One of the ways they have gotten the word out when they first started the group was to have trifold boards set up at parent-teacher conferences and explain to parents the problems that exist and tactics to combat these issues. Now they also have put up banners around Centerville sports fields asking everyone to be bold and to join BOLD.

Their mission statement for this year is, “To be known so that we can educate students, parents, community members in order to break down stereotypes about teen drinking and drug use.” Their core values are, “Integrity, grit, commitment, and willpower.”

A question was asked of them by our group if they think the legalization of marijuana has made their job more difficult. They said, maybe but then pointed out that just because it is legal in no way makes it safe. Jake also communicated his recent culture shock experience in Denver. There were numerous marijuana stores with customers who obviously have drug and money problems. Additionally, he saw large amounts of homelessness in the area.

Phone numbers listed in the BOLD pamphlet were: Suicide hotline 800-273-8265, National Helpline 800-662-4357, Student Safety Hotline 866-547-8362.

Additionally, BOLD uses social media to get the word out. Follow them on Twitter @CentervilleBOLD, https://twitter.com/CentervilleBOLD


Member Birthday
Mark Casey March 10
Tony Lombardo March 12

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Barbara Santo March 9 03/09/1999 19
Diane Mescher March 9 03/09/1999 19
Bob Glavin March 12 03/12/1993 25

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Amy Wang Patrick Arehart 2nd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Every male with a beard Having a beard
Everyone wearing red. Wearing red
Greg Fay Not going to be able to share the stage with Steve VanGorder next week at CNO 2.0 and no microphones will be needed.
Beth Duncan Mistaking April for March when announcing the Euchre party
Chris McAlpine Getting the plaque from Beth Duncan
Barbara Santo Losing her name badge – Again
Greg Griffin Throwing away Barbara Santo’s spare name badge right before she needed it

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Tom Novak Glad flag season is here. Flag Assembly this Saturday 3/10/18.
Jay McAlpine Finally can prove he has good parenting skills since his son received a plaque honoring his good deeds.
Donna Huss Optimistic her husband will pull through soon his recent bout of bad luck: gash on head, root canal, skin cancer removal, and now pneumonia.
Bill Stone Great weekend in Colorado
Bill Stone Kelly’s step dad doing well after pacemaker implant
Bill Stone Nice to have his plane back in Dayton after its yearly service in Muncie
Joe Madden Since Chris McAlpine got a plaque, he thought Dr. Dan should also get an award for dental plaque.



Noon Meeting News – February 20, 2018 – Gary Minyard – Victoria Theatre Association

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father You know we in Optimist are dedicated to bringing out thebest in kids. What is happening in our society today that causes the killingsof so many of our youths in schools. If ever we need divine intervention, it
is now! Infuse us with Your love to find the answer to those who take up a gun to solve their problems. Anger toward those who miss behave only deepens their anger. Lincoln said,” when I makes friends with my enemy have I not defeated him.” As a friend to youth, helps us extend that motto to include all young people and help us seek out those who really need a friend. Amen!

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Pam McGill The Green Club
Gary Minyard Speaker
Pat Neer South Metro Club
Brian Nolan Beth Duncan
Amy Wang Patrick Arehart

Intense Auction

Fred Polizzi today generously offered for auction 2 tickets for very nice seats and a parking pass to the UD Flyer basketball game this evening. An exciting and tense auction ensued. Larry Lynde ran the auction. Larry was almost able to get the auction back up to his opening bid suggestion of $50. Brian Nolan won the auction after an edge of your seat moment when he went all the way up to $45 for the ticket package.

Today’s Speaker

Mike Bevis introduced today’s speaker, Gary Minyard, the vice-president of Education and Engagement at Victoria Theatre Association (VTA). They have many kid focused programs at the VTA.

The Discovery Series, started in 1991, has had over 1 million participants so far. Around 27,000 kids experience the series annually.

VTA is currently building an Art Annex with 250 seats to allow even more opportunities for children.

VTA has started special sensory-friendly presentations. These are geared for kids that are on the autism spectrum and their families. This provides a safe, judgement-free zone for these children and their families to enjoy shows they would have stayed away from in the past. What a wonderful thing to do for these children and families. There was one show last year, 2 this year, and Gary is hoping to have 3 next year. The first show last year was “The Cat and the Hat”. Victoria Theater expected around 100 people and instead about 500 came. Future shows are “Go Dog Go” and “Journey to Oz” which will feature audience participation.

Other programs include:

  • Camps and Theater Intensives (a recent camp affiliated with the show Circus 1903 featured students in front of the Schuster utilizing 180 cans of shaving cream to throw pies in the face.)
  • National Geographic Live show coming up is astronaut Terry Virts in “View From Above” (he has taken more photos from space than any astronaut before him) and Mireya Mayor brought her show “Pink Boots and a Machete” in January 2018. She has been nominated for an Emmy Award twice.

Schools are encouraged to send kids to these shows. Gary asks parents to push administrators to have more trips like this. High schools have a hard time letting kids leave the school grounds and need a push (he said it is much easier for kindergarten students to get permission.) The limit in ticket price is $5.00 to keep it affordable. Through these performances over 30,000 kids get involved each year and with participation outside these special showings, about 40,000 youth see a show produced by VTA each year.

A Teen Usher or Ambassador program is offered for high school youth. Last year 75 students applied and 50 were accepted. As ushers these students shadow other employees and as Ambassadors they get to experience many of the behind-the-scene activities that are necessary to make VTA shows happen.



Happy Birthday Performance Review

Led by Charlies Tapp, we sang our traditional specialized version of Happy Birthday today for Stan Fronzaglia.

Mr. Minyard said we will not be receiving any call backs based on our performance. Not for any current or future performances at VTA.

We must be OPTIMISTIC and keep practicing and find some other critics to review us.


Member Birthday
Julie Walling Noeth February 20
Stanley Fronzaglia February 20
Michael Bevis February 21
John Thompson February 24
Blanca Ortiz February 26
John Sherman February 26
Pat Behn February 26

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
David Gaines February 20 02/20/2013 5
Russell Hulbert February 20 02/20/2013 5
Robert Collins February 21 02/21/2014 4
Erin Belangia-Sanchez February 23 02/23/2006 12
Chris Ziehler February 26 02/26/2017 1
Chris Ziehler February 26 02/26/2017 1

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Brian Nolan Beth Duncan Induction

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Jay McAlpine Poor parenting; his son Chris lost the bell and gavel
Chris McAlpine Did not wear Optimist pin when photographed for article in Dayton Business Journal
Jean Pummill Left Bag at previous meeting
Phather Phil Left Mug at previous meeting
Carol Burkman Lost earring at Optimist 2.0
Bob Duffy Sat at birthday table when it was not his birthday
Myron Rheaume Sat at birthday table when it was not his birthday
Dan Beck Cell phone use during a meeting
Art Hung Late
Scott Langer Late
Jerry Stahley For not greeting his guest upon her arrival

Happy Bucks!

No time for Happy Bucks this week.


Optimist 2.0 Meeting News – February 15, 2018 – Jason Johnson – BOGG Minsitries

Meeting Location

Ollie’s Place in Centerville Hosted our second monthly Optimist 2.0 meeting of 2018 – providing excellent appetizers, beverages and service. There were a total of 39 members and guests in attendance.  We inducted five new club members and listened to an inspiring speaker – details on both are below.

Our next Optimist 2.0 Meeting will be Thursday, March 15th at 5:30PM at Heavier Than Air Brewing Company. Our guest speaker will be non other than Steve “did someone say something about buying a car?” Van Gorder – founder of SVG Motors. Do you know someone who needs a lift or enjoys being part of an award-winning world class local service club? – Invite them to come and see what Centerville Noon Optimist 2.0 is all about.

Photos from the Meeting are Here

Today’s Guests

Andrew Cain
Kevin Cross
Brendan Cunningham
Janice Fidishun
Jill Parrett

Today’s Speakers

Greg Fay welcomed everyone and gave a brief overview of what the Centerville Noon Optimist Club is as a service organization and invited folks interested in helping kids to come and join us as a Friend of Youth.  Greg Griffin then gave a short description of our upcoming Easter Egg Hunt to be held on Saturday March 31, 2018 at Forest Field Park.  Nancy Lehren, Chairperson of the Childhood Cancer Committee, gave a brief overview of one of the club’s most meaningful events – the Free Build-a-Bear Event hosted three times a year at Dayton Children’s Hospital for Kids battling cancer.

Jason Johnson our guest speaker then gave a very inspiring talk on BOGG Ministries and how they are helping feed families – many with kids in the local area. The work they do is life-changing for the families they serve.  More information on BOGG (Because Of God’s Grace) Ministries and the wonderful work they do can be found here: http://www.thebogg.org/

50/50 Drawing Winner

Ryan Coble – a brand new club member – won the 50/50 drawing.

Optimist 2.0 and Club Calendar

Download (PDF, 1.11MB)

New Member Inductions

Three new Optimist Club Members were inducted by Club President Chris McAlpine: Suzanne Werts, Jonathan Werts, Clint Freese, Brent Richburg, and Ryan Coble were welcomed into the club as “Friends of Youth” to help us help local kids.




Noon Meeting News – February 13, 2018 – Girls Oratorical Contest

Phather Phil’s Prayer

I look up and I see God
I look down and see dog
Simple spelling G-O-D
Same word backwards D-O-G
They would stay with me all day
I’m the one who walks away
But both of them just wait for me
And dance with joy at my return with glee
Both love me no matter what
Divine God and canine mutt
I take it hard when I fail
But God forgives, dog wags his tail
God thought up and made the dog
Dog reflects a part of God
I’ve seen love from both sides now
It’s everywhere…AMEN… Bow-Wow
I look up and I see God
I look down and I see my dog
In my human fragility
I can’t match their love for me.

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Janet Barrows Art Hung
Jennifer Cass Speaker’s Family
Roger Cass Speaker’s Family
Sarah Claiborne Speaker
Tracy Claiborne Speaker’s Mom
Erika Dunn Speaker’s Mom
Faith-Rosalie Dunn Speaker
Robert Harvey Kelly George
Rory Johnson Speaker
Drew Mosher Kelly George
Brian Nolan Beth Duncan
Greg Pfander Mike Bevis
Lynn Webb Speaker’s Mom
Mike Webb Speaker’s Dad
Reagan Webb Speaker
Adam Woeste Gary Miller

Today’s Speaker

Margaret Barclay Memorial Oratorical Contest

Today we had 4 oratorical contestants give their speeches.

The contest was started in 1928, which means this year, 2018, is the 90th anniversary.

We have named our contest the “Margaret Barclay Memorial Oratorical Contest”. Margaret Barclay was the committee chair of the contest for many years and a past president of our club. Margaret was a longtime teacher and the principal of Magsig Middle School.

Her husband, Roy Barclay, still generously sponsors the financial awards for our contestants. He spoke to us for a few minutes and it was great to hear about his wife and her service to kids, Centerville and the CNO.  Margaret was an integral part of creating new Alpha and Junior Optimist Clubs in our schools and an active member in both the CNO and Springboro Optimist Club. Margaret valued this community as well, serving as an Elder at Southminster Presbyterian Church and a Charter member of the Centerville Education Foundation.

Liz Fultz, the chair of the Margaret Barclay Oratorical Contest, was the master of ceremony for the four female contestants today. This year’s topic is, “Where Are My Roots of Optimism?”

Speaker A, roots of optimism are: Attitude, Associations and Action. She referred to them as her triple A’s. Remember, be positive, those you associate with are important and actions are more important than ideas.

Speaker B, roots of optimism are: confidence, positivity and hope. She reminds us to give others you might typically disregard a chance.

Speaker C, roots of optimism come down to choices; you can choose to be positive, happy, and friendly. You can also choose to forgive, exercise and reduce stress.

Speaker D, roots of optimism are being goal oriented, having faith (she tries to pray every day), and to keep a good attitude.

All four ladies did an amazing job in both content and presentation. Only one moves forward and that is speaker C. You are welcome to go and see the next round at the Centerville library soon.



Monty Zinck February 13
Ken Peacock February 16
Patricia Kuhlman February 19

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Jack Anderson February 16 02/16/2016 2
Harry Bossey February 17 02/17/1994 24
John Horner February 17 02/17/2010 8
Louis Brinkman February 17 02/17/1995 23
Mark Casey February 17 02/17/2010 8
Bob Lawson February 17 02/17/2016 2
Sandy Stevens February 17 02/17/2010 8
Sarah Umbreit February 17 02/17/2016 2
Laura Caschera February 18 02/18/1997 21

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Laurie Westheimer Jesse Gaither Induction
June Bosworth Julie Noeth Induction
Michael Mershad Greg Fay 3rd Reading
Ryan Coble Greg Fay 3rd Reading
Brian Nolan Beth Duncan 3rd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

No time for Sergeants this week.

Happy Bucks!

No time for Happy Bucks this week.


Noon Meeting News – February 6, 2018 – Boys Oratorical Contest

Phather Phil’s Prayer

“Humble Pie”

If you can start the day without caffeine,
If you can get going without pep pills,
If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
If you can eat the same food every day and be thankful for it,
If you can understand why your loved ones are too busy to give you time,
If you can overlook it when those you love take it out on you, because through no fault of yours something goes wrong,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
If you can face the world without lies and deceit,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without liquor,
If you can sleep without drugs,
If you can honestly say that deep in your heart you have no prejudice against creed, color, religion, or politics,

then my friend…
You are almost as good as your dog!

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Janet Barrows Art Hung
Corey Flanders Speaker
Roseanne Flanders Speaker’s Family
Tom Flanders Speaker’s Family
Ed Goschinski Art Hung
Brydgett Lair Speaker’s Family
Joe Lair Speaker
Nick Lair Speaker’s Family
Karen McLain Speaker’s Family
Sam McLain Speaker
Michael Mershad Greg Fay
Brian Nolan Beth Duncan

Today’s Speaker

Optimist Oratorical Contest

Today we had 3 speakers instead of the usual 1.

The contest was started in 1928, which means this year, 2018, is the 90th anniversary.

We have named our contest the Margaret Barclay Memorial Oratorical Contest. Margaret Barclay was the committee chair of the contest for many years and a past president of our club. Margaret was a longtime teacher and the principal of Magsig Middle School.

Her husband Roy Barclay still generously sponsors the financial awards for our contestants.

Liz Fultz, the chair of the Margaret Barclay Oratorical Contest, was the master of ceremony for the three male contestants today. This year’s topic is, “Where Are My Roots of Optimism?”

Speaker A, roots of optimism are academics, participation in high school theater, life’s challenges.

Speaker B, roots of optimism are family (mom, dad and Izzy the dog), faith in God, school.

Speaker C, roots of optimism are perseverance, sports, father’s perseverance to overcome a negative job situation and start a brand-new career.

All three gentlemen did a fantastic job in both content and presentation. Only one moves forward and that is speaker C. You are welcome to go and see the next round at the library in a week.

Next week at our club will be the female contestants.



Member Birthday
Shelby DiPasquale February 06
Donald Kelley February 08
Ron Tinnerman February 11
Daniel Samiec February 12
John Horner February 12

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Eleanor Parker February 8 02/08/2011 7
Patricia Kuhlman February 8 02/08/2011 7
Wayne Botkin February 10 02/10/2009 9

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Mike Schwartz Jesse Gaither 3rd Reading
Clint Freese Ron Tinnerman 3rd Reading
Laurie Westheimer Jesse Gaither 3rd Reading
Suzanne Werts Jayne Weikel 3rd Reading
Jonathan Werts Jayne Weikel 3rd Reading
Brent Richburg Fred Polizzi 3rd Reading
June Bosworth Julie Noeth 3rd Reading
Michael Mershad Greg Fay 2nd Reading
Ryan Coble Greg Fay 2nd Reading
Brian Nolan Beth Duncan 2nd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Charlie Tapp Leaving bag behind the previous week.

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Dan Beck First granddaughter arrived last week.
Dan Beck Phather Phil starting to take piano lessons.
Larry Lynde New granddaughter arrived and for his daughter doing well after the emergency C-Section.
John Kalaman His wife Paula just finished her last radiation treatment.
Debe Dockins Loves that we do the oratorical contest each year.
Bill Stone Happy about Kelly’s ear surgery even though she can’t hear.
Wayne Christie Happy about visit with Gary and Gail Aiken in Hawaii and happy the recent missile alert in Hawaii was really just a test.


Noon Meeting News – January 30, 2018 – Jeff Sorrell – Dayton Life Enrichment Center

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father recycling is not just for tin cans and paper. To live the good life we need to throw out our bad thoughts and inclinations. You have a junk yard big enough to take all of them. If our attitude needs to be
recycled, we can either put up with the knowledge that rose bushes have thorns or be thankful that thorn bushes have roses. We were made to live in harmony with You and your word. You know if we are on the right tract.
If we know we are not, maybe it’s our time to recycle. Help us to be environmental strong and see life thru gospel glasses.  Amen!

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
June Bosworth
Wayne Botkin Myron Rheaume
Scott Jenkins Bill Powell
Anika Jividen Greg Fay
Brian Nolan Beth Duncan
Mike Schwartz Jean Pummill
Randy Snyder David Ladd
Jeff Sorrell Speaker
John Temple Kelly Stone

Today’s Speaker

Trick or Treat

Today we mixed it up! As we walked in to today’s meeting we grabbed a piece of candy and it directed us to a table of other people with matching candy. What a great way to meet someone new and increase fellowship.

ATTENTION NEW (and old) MEMBERS: Remember you can sit at any table each week. You will be greeted warmly and find yourself getting to know a new friend. Change tables once in a while, you just might like it!

Today’s Speaker

Debe Dockins introduced Jeff Sorrel, the Executive Director for 16 years of Dayton’s “Life Enrichment Center”, a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization. Jeff has been involved in outreach to the underserved for approximately 26 years. Each week 600-800 clients come through the facility. They are located at 425 N. Findlay St. and can be reached at 937-252-5700.

The Life Enrichment Center (LEC) serves lots of people – from the homeless to those with fixed incomes and everything in between. There are 5 paid staff members and a group of 60 volunteers that keep it running. Their goal for incoming clients is to help them navigate through LEC and until eventually they no longer need the facility. The homeless can receive showers, mailboxes, clothing and access to a salon.

The 4 most pressing problems in the Dayton area are: Housing, Hunger, Addiction, Workplace Stabilization. The LEC helps a lot in these areas.

There is a syringe exchange program. Of those asking for new syringes, 25% get referred for treatment. A major effort is put forth to help with opioid and other drug addictions. They make clients better and then help with moving forward.

The bicycle program helps with transportation and is also used to incentivize students to do well at school. The police and others bring in used bikes. The Huffy corporation provides many new bikes. They currently have about 1500 bikes.

The have an Oasis house that helps with issues such as human trafficking and prostitution.

Many other organizations help utilize the 57,000 square feet space inside the LEC. There is an area called the “Recovery Cafe”. They are always looking for other groups to join them in their quest to help their clients.

You can support them by eating at the Findlay Street Café. Hours are Tuesday – Friday 11 am to 2 PM. They serve sandwiches, soups and salads. Carry out is available by calling 937-222-7211.

The LEC gets a lot of volunteer help from nursing students from surrounding colleges. The main source of funding is private donations.

LEC is always looking for volunteers for general help and to teach classes. Come to them with an idea.

Services provided by this wonderful organization are:

  • Meals and Supplemental Groceries
  • Building Community (Bible Class, Craft Class, Relationship Topics)
  • Education Offerings (GED, Computer Learning Lab, Jobs Seminar, English as a Second Language)
  •  Health and Wellness (Fitness Center, Health Programs, Culinary and Nutrition Classes, Health Screenings, Mobile Mammogram, Cholesterol Screenings)
  • Resources and Referrals (Contact is made with clients to assess needs)
  • Financial services (Prepare Tax Returns)
  • The Bike Shoppe and Safety Village.

The culinary curriculum was designed by a professor at Sinclair.

More information is available at http://www.daytonlec.org/ .

 “Above and Beyond” Awards

Kelly Stone presented three “Above and Beyond” awards today. First, she presented the award to Sue Brubaker because for years she has been willing to contribute countless hours to the club and she is always willing to help when asked. Second, she presented the award to husband and wife Diane and Patrick Arehart for contributing time in numerous CNO related activities early in their CNO memberships. Remember, if you want to volunteer your time to various areas and fundraisers and don’t know how to get started, just reach out to any veteran member and they will be happy to point you in the right direction.


Member Birthday
Karen Sirmans January 31
David Ladd February 01
Donna Huss February 01
Gary Miller February 02
Greg Crabtree February 05

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Todd Kelchner January 30 01/30/1992 26
Erin Belangia-Sanchez January 31 01/31/2006 12
Rachel Goetz January 31 01/31/2013 5
Renee Glenn February 5 02/05/2014 4

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Mike Schwartz Jesse Gaither 2nd Reading
Clint Freese Ron Tinnerman 2nd Reading
Laurie Westheimer Jesse Gaither 2nd Reading
Suzanne Werts Jayne Weikel 2nd Reading
Jonathan Werts Jayne Weikel 2nd Reading
Brent Richburg Fred Polizzi 2nd Reading
June Bosworth Julie Noeth 2nd Reading
Michael Mershad Greg Fay 1st Reading
Ryan Coble Greg Fay 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Greg Fay Didn’t return 50/50 tickets from CNO 2.0 meeting last week.
Beth Duncan Eating the extra candy when she claimed there was no extra candy.
All Previous CNO Presidents For being a past CNO president.
Kelly Stone Breaking a jar (she said this didn’t happen).
David Ladd Bringing his own private pastor.
Wayne Botkin For being a guest when he used to be a CNO member, yet he is a Springboro Optimist member.
Jean Pummill Claiming that “I don’t know” is a name.
John Thompson Took a phone call while at the sergeant’s table.

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Bob Bargmeyer Happy to be home after 2 ER visits. Doubly happy that wife was able to drive after 6 months of no driving because of a concussion.
Joan Cordonnier Come see the wonderful play “The Curious Savage” at Centerville H.S. 2/1/18-2/3/18.
Debe Dockins Thank you to CNO for donating $25,000 to the Washington-Centerville Public Library.
Bill Powell First grandchild is expected in August 2018.
Beth Duncan Thank you to Dr. Dan Passidomo for reminding her to turn off her phone.


Noon Meeting News – January 23, 2018 – Dr. Greg Ramey – Dayton Children’s and Major Gifts Presented to The Library and Park District

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father when we ask our hearts,”how little can I do and remain in Your grace,” we become guilty of lazy sin. This is not different from ” how little can I produce and keep my job.” We should not want to be the big fish
in the little pond all the time. We need to tempt a venture out to deeper waters to build on the purpose we were meant to do with the gift of life you gave us. Grant us the courage to volunteer to do something we have been
hesitant to do because we are afraid of failing. Let us remember that the caterpillar was about to give up when it turned into a butterfly. Life without play is dull, without service it is meaningless. Amen!

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Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Arnie Biondo Donation Recipient
Adam Blanchard Speaker
June Bosworth Julie Noeth
Ken Carter Donation Recipient
Barbara Denison Donation Recipient
Dana Jackson Robby Johnson
Stephanie Llacuna Speaker’s Guest
Dave Markham Bill DeFries
Nick Meyer Donation Recipient
Jeff Perretta Bill DeFries
Dr. Greg Ramey Speaker
Marianne Requarth Donation Recipient
Kim Senft-Paras Donation Recipient
Jonathan Werts Greg Griffin
Suzanne Werts Greg Griffin

Today’s Speaker

Thank you to all who came to lunch today.

Despite the massive U.S. government shutdown, optimism triumphed and we still had a successful Centerville Noon Optimist meeting. We were even able to overcome not having official 50/50 raffle tickets. A fine for the missing tickets is pretty much guaranteed.

Today’s Speakers

We had multiple speakers and topics today.

Our own Don Kelley discussed the long-range planning committee’s plans for celebrating our club’s 50th anniversary.  The celebration includes the following.

  • Building a float for the Americana Festival parade 7/4/2018
  • An extra special social event to be held in May or June 2018
  • $25,000 donation to the park district
  • $25,000 donation to the library

Library director, Kim Senft-Paras, accepted the check for the Washington-Centerville public library. She explained this donation allowed the library to add back their plans at the new Woodbourne library for an outdoor children’s garden with shade structures. The children’s garden was originally cut due to budget constraints.

Executive director, Arnie Biondo, accepted the check for the Centerville-Washington Park District. He explained this donation will be used to build a new playground area at Forest Field park and include a nature area. It will use the latest materials and designs to make it safer and very accessible for kids with special needs.

Our next speaker was, Dr. Ramey PhD, a pediatric psychologist and the executive director for the Center for Pediatric Mental Health Resources at Dayton Children’s. He has been at Children’s for 38 years.

One in 3 kids has a major mental health problem at some point in their childhood. We need to do more earlier for mental health to help raise kids into adults that are caring and moral. Over the past 25 years there has been a 33% increase in issues caused by the need for perfection as a child. This shows up as anxiety, depression, or suicide attempts. There has been an additional noticeable rise in issues related to Social Media. Social Media should not be demonized, we have to find a way to help children and adults to manage social media experiences because they are not going away. In our area 8.6 percent of kids have attempted or seriously contemplated suicide. We need mental help to be easily accessible. Ramey says Children’s is working on it. Children’s hospital now will have 3 psychologists and 13 psychiatrists to help kids. In a year Children’s will open up a new 24 bed crisis center.  This should eliminate the need for Children’s on a regular basis to find an appropriate facility somewhere in the state to accept children in need.



Member Birthday
Todd Kelchner January 24
Martha Jackson January 25
Dr. Dan Passidomo January 26
Gary Hansen January 28
Scott Langer January 29

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Greg Wasmund January 25 01/25/2007 11
Chris McAlpine January 27 01/27/2009 9
Todd Kelchner January 30 01/30/1992 26

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
June Bosworth Julie Noeth 1st Reading
ke Schwartz Jesse Gaither 1st Reading
Clint Freese Ron Tinnerman 1st Reading
Laurie Westheimer Jesse Gaither 1st Reading
Suzanne Werts Jayne Weikel 1st Reading
Jonathan Werts Jayne Weikel 1st Reading
Brent Richburg Fred Polizzi 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Cherie Gentry Snitching to the Sergeants about Tim Clemmer being absent too often when he was a Sergeant.
Carrie Million Telling her sister Marge Back that she could not find her badge even though it was in the right place.
Greg Griffin Overheard saying, “I am very comfortable with my masculinity.”
Bill DeFries Just now bringing a good friend as a guest that he has known for 20 years.


Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Bill Stone Kelly Stone’s minor ear surgery went well.
Julie Noeth Will have 1st grandchild beginning of July 2018.
Myron Rheaume Thanks everyone in the club for what we do.
Tom Novak Thanks to Mike Brubaker for handling 1800 flag renewals
Jane Fiehrer Son, Evan Fiehrer,  is playing “An Evening of Music for Voice and Guitar” at Trinity Church of Miamisburg at 7:30 PM on 1/26/2018. Details at tinyurl.com/y729wxx5