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.

 

CNOtes – Optimist 2.0 January 16, 2020 – Eric Soller – Old Scratch Pizza @ Nelly’s A Taste of Bolivia

Guests and Members in Attendance

Dawn Bunger
Jason Bunger
Ashley McGuire
Debbie Parks
Bill Shisler
Julie Shisler
Eric Soller
Vicki Thompson
Brenda Weller
Jack Anderson
Nancy Anderson
Diane Arehart
Patrick Arehart
Brandon Barrett
Joan Cordonnier
Mike Cordonnier
Abby Davis
Gary DeMarco
Judy DeMarco
Shelby DiPasquale
Emily Duke
Greg Fay
Stan Fronzaglia
Jesse Gaither
Greg Griffin
Gary Hansen
Bryan Miller
Brian Nolan
Lacy Owens
Laurie Poeppelman
Fred Polizzi
Jean Pummill
Rafael Santillan
Ashley Simeone
Bill Stone
Ron Thompson
Ron Tinnerman
Jon Werts
Suzanne Werts

All Photos are Here

CNO 2.0 Meeting Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was Nelly’s Taste of Bolivia at 79 S. Main St Centerville, Ohio. Thank you to the owner of Nelly’s, Rafael Santillan and his fine team, for the great food and the space.

There was a 50/50 drawing won by Emily Duke.

There were 39 people at the meeting (30 members and 9 guests).

Greg Griffin announced that the net proceeds from the Christmas Tree lot fundraiser for 2019 was $45,000.

Eric Soller Old Scratch Pizza

Greg Fay introduced tonight’s speaker, Eric Soller, the owner of Old Scratch Pizza. He and his wife Stephanie opened the restaurant in October, 2016 after a year of hard work. He has been involved in the restaurant sector his whole life, either with restaurants or businesses that supplied equipment to restaurants.

The first location is at 812 S Patterson Blvd and the second one opened in 2019 at 440 Miamisburg Centerville Rd.

Eric’s first job when he was just 15 years old was at Subway. At that time, they cut meat and vegetables themselves at the restaurant. He earned an associate degree in culinary arts right out of High School. Later, he went back to school to learn food and beverage management.

At the end of 1999 he took a job for a food service company serving at grocery stores. They trained grocery stores how to cook for their customers. In 2006 he started a job at Hobart selling restaurant equipment because of his experience in training groceries. He learned a lot of principles from the corporate world that he applies to his restaurants.

While working at Hobart, he couldn’t get the idea out of his head for a pizza restaurant. He wrote business plans for his ideas as a hobby. He loves pizza. While traveling for Hobart he would do research for his ideas. He would go to 4 different pizza places in one night while traveling. With all of these business plans he referred to himself for a long time as a “wantrepreneur”.

The recurring ideas included that his restaurant should have big, long communal tables, like a “Neapolitan Pizza Beer Hall”, and be in a class B business location.

His restaurants are about simplicity. They will always have a simple menu. There might be different items at times, but never more items.

Their service is about kindness and nicety. New employees don’t need restaurant experience, but they need to be nice people. They can train them how to do the work, but it is hard to train someone how to be nice

Old Scratch makes Artisan Pizzas. They make the most complicated pizza in the fastest possible way. Everything in the restaurants, including the sauces and dressings, is made from scratch. He explained how the name of the restaurant came about. Pizza is an old recipe dating back to 900 A.D. and they make everything from scratch, so you get “Old” + “Scratch”.

 

They receive very high marks for service. Part of the reason for this is how the restaurant works. You still get the services you want while helping yourself with the simple things. You walk in and place your order, pickup your drinks and wait a short time for your food to be delivered to your table.

Hobart was very cooperative when he told them he planned to leave their employment and open a restaurant. He figured out when to let them know. A local news report was about to be published about his plans to open a restaurant. They called him for comment because they saw the application for a liquor license.

Eric and Stephanie love giving back to the community. They have a program called, “Cones for a Cause”. At each restaurant you can have free ice cream. They have a place for you to donate for your treat. They give this money to a local organization or cause each month. They look for small ones where $4000 can make a real difference. In 2019, they raised $50,000 and since 2016 they have raised a total of $140,000. Giving back helps them relate to the community and adds to the culture of their employees. An example of a cause is the Adaptive Color Guard. It is a color guard club for special needs teens and adults.

He said they have had good success. It took a while, but the lines to order started and they have stayed.

Eric owns the buildings where his restaurants are located. He is now in the commercial real estate business since his restaurants do not occupy the entire space in the buildings. He is looking for other restaurants or businesses to occupy the unused space in the buildings with his restaurants.

Thank you, Eric Soller, for sharing your story with us this evening.

About CNO 2.0

CNO 2.0 is a club within a club of the Centerville Noon Optimist club. CNO (and CNO 2.0) is a world class service organization. Our CNO 2.0 club within a club has become the model for Optimist clubs around the world. At regional, national and international meetings we are asked all the time about how our CNO 2.0 club and its meetings work.

Being a member of either club allows their members all the same opportunities to participate in fundraising and club activities. CNO 2.0 started in 2016 and is very much a part of the 52-year-old Centerville Noon Optimist Club. CNO has given away over $2 million during its history. CNO is a group of like-minded members that are passionate about helping youth and having fun in the process.

The speaker at each 2.0 meeting is someone with a local business success story.

The Centerville Noon Optimist and its clubs within a club have annual fundraisers and community activities.

Annual Fundraisers

  • Christmas Tree Lot, located behind the Centerville BMV
  • Avenue of Flags
  • Golf Outing

Major Activities for the youth in our community

  • Build-a-Bear at Children’s Hospital, 3 times a year
  • Fishing Derby in June
  • Kid’s Day in the Park in August
  • Easter Egg Hunt

CNO Donations 2013 through September 2019

Click this link to see a summary of the donations our club has made.

Over 50 years, we have donated close to $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $700,000.

CNOtes – January 14, 2020 – CLUB DAY – Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Committee Presentation

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Phather Phil did not provide a copy of his prayer this week – he said to tell all club members to come to lunch at noon and hear it in person!

Today’s Guests – WELCOME!

Guest Guest Of
Corky Katz Kristine Balsan
Mike Kistler Dave Kaye
Kristen Marks Gary DeMarco
Mary Stahley Jerry Stahley
Kate Trangenstein Jessie Lightle
Ralph Young Charlie Tapp

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Committee Announcements

Judy DeMarco announced that last week’s speaker Jenell Ross sent CNO a thank you note and a donation to the CNO scholarship fund.

Cherie Gentry announced that the quarterly Great Ohio District meeting in Columbus will be 2/15/2020. CNO will be receiving several awards. There is still time to sign up. Contact Cherie for forms to attend. The deadline for early bird pricing is January 23, 2020. CNO will pay the fee for you to attend. Send completed forms to Roland Rapp.

Jean Pummill will be taking over the PDP and PGI programs from Myron. Check with her for updated passport books and for help using this program to help your personal growth and to enhance your value to the club and community.

Gary Hansen, the Will Cale scholarship chair, said that the committee has just received the next batch of candidates for this scholarship. The scholarship is given to students overcoming a significant disadvantage. CNO provides 3-year scholarships to Sinclair Community College. The next meeting will be before lunch at 11:15 AM on 1/21/2020 at Yankee Trace before the CNO lunch meeting. Come and learn more about how you can help. There will be information about becoming a mentor or helping in other ways.

Katie Calloway, the  social media chair, asked if you would please like CNO on Facebook. Contact her if you would like to join the committee. She said if you are a committee chair and have announcements contact her and she will get them on Facebook.

Bob Lawson announced that the Fishing Derby will be June 6, 2020. The website has the latest information and the 2020 registration form and can be found here.

Committee Meetings

  • 1/21/2020, 6 PM, Monthly board meeting at Woodbourne Library
  • 2/12/2020, 6 PM, Golf Committee at Buckeye Home Health Care on Paragon Rd. Future meetings will be 3/18/2020, 4/15/2020, 5/13/2020, 6/17/2020, 7/8/2020

Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf 2020 Volunteer Opportunities

Today was CNO “Club Day”. Instead of an outside speaker, Mike Bevis and Judy DeMarco presented information about last year’s golf outing and how you can help with the 2020 outing. The 2020 golf outing will be 6 months from now on Monday, July 13, 2020. This will the 29th golf fundraiser for CNO.

The CNO Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf fundraiser is the premier golf outing of Dayton. If you would like to play in the tournament be sure to register early as it sells out every year. You can get a registration form here.

The golf committee is comprised of about 25 members and they help produce the best golf outing in the Dayton area. Starting in January, the committee meets once a month. Any member can join the committee. The meetings are fun as well as functional.

Net proceeds from the 2019 fundraiser was $50,000. A third of the money each year is donated to Dayton Children’s Hospital. They use the funds to help disadvantaged families afford the travel expenses to get their children to and from the hospital for their childhood cancer treatments.

The outing is held at Sycamore Country Club. Mike is often asked why the outing is held at a private country club. He said it was because there is more flexibility in bringing in our own supplies, such as food, drinks, ice, etc.

Several committee members spoke today about areas where you can help:

  • Pat Behn runs the golfer registration process on the day of the outing.
  • Barbara Santo, Val Huff and Vida McDowell organize the silent auction. All items are donated for the 60 baskets they make. The silent auction typically raises about $8000. They need donations of items for the baskets. Gift cards make excellent donations.
  • Donna Huss handles the various mailings and coordinates ice and beer delivery.
  • Golfers are presented with gift bags with goodies in them from sponsors. This process needs a new person to be in charge. Let Mike Bevis know if you would like to be that person. Thank you to Ellie Parker for handling this for several years.
  • Wendy Hattan takes care of posting updates on Facebook.
  • Denise O’Neill and her family cook the food donated by Dorothy Lane Market.
  • Vince Reidy works on getting donations from area automobile dealers.
  • Chris Ziehler works on getting donations of gift certificates from local area golf courses for foursomes with carts.
  • Gary DeMarco is the coordinator of the day. His team uses golf carts to make sure things are setup for the day. This includes tables, drink stations, beverage stations, and people to monitor the hole in one prize station. Volunteers work 3 hours shifts. They can always use more volunteers. You do not need to know how to play golf to help.

Scroll down to the bottom of this blog entry to read he full report about the 2019 golf outing.

Thank Notes sent to CNO

You can read recent thank you notes here.

CNO Donations 2013 through September 2019

Click this link to see a summary of the donations our club has made.

Over 50 years, we have donated close to $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $700,000.community.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Bob Duffy January 15
Barbara Santo January 17
Myron Rheaume January 20

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Susan Thomsen January 14 1/14/1997 23
Deb Ulrich January 18 1/18/2017 3
Dick Lee January 18 1/18/2017 3
Lynne Reilly January 18 1/18/2017 3
Pam Miller January 18 1/18/2017 3
Shawn Thacker January 18 1/18/2017 3
Gary DeMarco January 20 1/20/2016 4

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
D Ralph Young Charlie Tapp 2nd Reading
Michael Kistler Dave Kay 1st Reading
Kristen Marks Gary De Marco 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Gentlemen that did not stand when given these instructions. If you are the best looking guy at each table please stand up.
Chris McAlpine Buying a Tesla
Jerry Stahley Don Kelley claimed Mary Stahley as his guest today, even though Mary was sitting right next to Jerry. Jerry was therefore fined for not bringing a guest today.
Fred Polizzi Stealing the bell
Scott Langer Didn’t think lunch was special enough.

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Bob Duffy LSU won the NCAA National Football Championship.
Donna Huss Grandson married a wonderful girl last Saturday. David Ladd officiated the ceremony.
Jay McAlpine Attended the Lady Gaga show recently in Las Vegas.
Lynne Reilly Attending today’s lunch meeting.

CNOtes – January 7, 2020 – Community Champion Award Presentation

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Phather Phil did not provide a copy of his prayer this week – he said to tell all club members to come to lunch at noon and hear it in person!

Today’s Guests – WELCOME!

Sue Bicknell
Ann Christie
Jeff Danner
Brian Hogarth
Mike Kistler
Sybil Martin
Yvonne Petty
Jenell Ross
Andrea White
Ralph Young

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Social Events

1/19/2020, 2 PM – Sunday, U.D.  Women’s basketball game followed by a group meal at the Spaghetti Warehouse. Tickets are $5.00 for the game and dinner at Spaghetti Warehouse is on your own. Sign up at lunch or contact Beth Duncan.

Optimist Community Champion 2019, Jenell Ross

Mike Bevis and Judy DeMarco discussed our annual Optimist Community Champion award.

Mike Bevis notes

Five years ago, we started our Optimist Community Champion recognition. If you are new to the club, you probably are asking what is a community champion?

It is the goal of your club and your committee to honor unsung and unrecognized citizens who have gone over and above to make a difference in our community.

These community leaders can be from any walks of life. They could be a coach, a neighbor, a mentor, a teacher, a businessperson, a doctor or even a member of our club.

Over the past years we have received numerous recommendations and have spoken with many worthy citizens in our community. We have found so many who are worthy of such awards, so we always have our work cut out for us.

Why do we recognize these worthy individuals? Well that is up to you…on your tables, you have forms where you can nominate the next honoree or pass it on to someone else. Make sure you check this out or go to the website and download one. There are many unsung heroes out there.

We are always searching for people who have given back. Ones who have touched someone. Someone who has gone over and above. A person who has provided hope and a positive vision to bring out the best in our community. We were looking for people who have dedicated their life or career to encourage friendship among all people or have encouraged the development of youth to advance the well-being of life in our community.

Judy DeMarco notes

We have been honored to find that there are a few special unsung members in our community who have been recognized as Community Champions.

In the past few years, we have honored the following community champions:

  • Lisa Elam Tucker, owner of Bill’s Donuts
  • Randy Eldridge, former manager of the Kroger Market Place
  • Marc Colclasure of Synergy Family Therapy
  • Karen Chatman, a special education teacher
  • Greg and Tiffany Moehl who started the First Dawn food pantry in Centerville.
  • Dean & Mindy Heyne foster parents for more than 35 special needs children
  • Tonya Johns who started Operation Prom Dress
  • Jani Rice a 35-year veteran nurse at Dayton Children’s Hospital

 

It is the goal of your club and your committee to continue to honor these unsung and unrecognized citizens who have gone over and above to make a difference in our community.

Tom Novak’s nomination of today’s recipient

This Club’s “Community Champion” Award is our way of reaching out into our community to recognize those who have stepped forward to also “give back” in their own special way.  Today, we recognize Jenell Ross as our Community Champion of 2019.

As the President of the Bob Ross Auto Group in Centerville since 2010, we might assume that this role may prevent her from actively involving herself in giving back to our larger community.  Those of us who had the opportunity to hear from her as our featured speaker at our 2.0 meeting in August of last year, know differently.

My introduction to Jenell’s generosity came thru her support of our Avenue of Flags program as one of our earliest subscribers, and the first of all the auto dealerships on Loop Road; then, at the beginning of last year, in a time of explosive growth of flags, (but still in need of additional flag-carrying vehicles), she responded to us with the use of a vehicle from her dealership – all 5 holidays.

I learned that she has been active in many community groups and community causes – too many for me to mention at this time, but they are best illustrated when, in 2018, the Presidents Club of Dayton presented her the Citizen Legion of Honor Award for her outstanding volunteer leadership. 

In 2010, she formed the Norma Ross Foundation to honor her mother after her mother lost her battle to breast cancer.  I hope she will share some thoughts on the efforts of that foundation which has raised over $300,000.

This past summer, when the tornado devastated our Dayton community, she partnered with the Red Cross and was at the forefront collecting and delivering items for those in immediate need. 

Jenell’s spirit of “giving back” continues to make a difference in the lives of many in our community – please give her a warm welcome.

Jenell Ross Acceptance Speech

Jenell Ross is President of Bob Ross Auto Group which celebrated 45 years of business in 2019.

She feels she was chosen for this award because of her parents. Her parents always had everyone in her family giving back to the community. She grew up thinking this is what everyone did.  Giving back and being involved in the community is part of life. She appreciates that she and her team can give back. The 100 employees of her company make it possible for her to have the time to give back.

She lost her mother Norma J Ross to breast cancer in 2010. Jenell started the Norma J. Ross Memorial Foundation. Their website is pinkribbondriven.org. To date they have raised $350,000 for the American Cancer Society. The foundation also helps make breast cancer screening available for those who are under served.

She thanked CNO for the honor and she looks forward to working with CNO and the community.

Thank Notes sent to CNO

You can read recent thank you notes here.

CNO Donations 2013 through September 2019

Click this link to see a summary of the donations our club has made.

Over 50 years, we have donated close to $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $700,000.community.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Ted Humphrey January 7
Laura Caschera January 8
Wilma Quarin January 8
Don Massie January 10
Bill Williams January 11
Jesse Gaither January 11
Jordan Feldkamp January 11
Candace Rinke January 11
Joe Soucy January 12
Rob Jones January 13

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Greg McAfee January 7 1/7/2008 12
John Speers January 7 1/7/2008 12

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
D Ralph Young Charlie Tapp 1st Reading
Jay Schindler Mike Bevis Induction

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Gary Smiga Picture in the paper at UD basketball game under the basket
Brandon Barrett For trying to pardon himself from future fines on last day of being a sergeant
Donna Huss For trying to pardon herself from future fines on last day of being a sergeant
Judge Long For helping Donna Huss and Brandon Barrett try to exempt themselves from fines on their last day of being  sergeants
Christine Balsan and Wes Cleaves For showing up at the lunch meeting 12/10/2019 when it was cancelled since the holiday party was that night
Chris McAlpine Letting his wife and children run out of gasoline
Art Hung Accusing sergeant Jay McAlpine of wearing a clip on tie
Gary Anderson For never inviting Jay McAlpine to a CNO lunch meeting
Doug Reno Left CNO holiday party early

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Dr. Dan Passidomo Welcomed a new grandson
Doug Reno Welcomed a new grandchild; He celebrated by buying a truck from today’s speaker Jenell Ross from Ross Auto Group
Cherie Gentry The Toys for Tots organization that she chairs went from helping 500 kids in 2018 to 2300 for 2019
Gary Hansen Finished Master Bedroom remodel after starting the project in April 2018
Gary Hansen 45th wedding anniversary
Jack Anderson Minnesota Vikings won their playoff game
Bob Burkman 57th wedding anniversary
Myron Rheaume Thankful for the Optimist Creed helping him through many relatives health challenges over the holiday season
Myron Rheaume Thankful for how much CNO gets to give away from happy bucks and fines
Myron Rheaume This spring at the original site of the first Optimist Club, the Great Lakes region will have their first regional meeting (CNO is part of this region)

CNOtes – December 17, 2019 – Anne Sheehan – “Acts of Kindness”

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Friendship Prayer

I asked the Lord to bless you
As I prayed for you today
To guide you and protect you
As you go along your way
His love “is always with you”
His promises are true
And when we give Him all our cares
You know He will see us through
So when the road your traveling on
Seems difficult at best
Just remember I’m here praying –
And God will do the rest.

Today’s Guests – WELCOME!

Guest Guest Of
Colin Kroger Ron Tinnerman
Anne Sheehan Speaker
Vicki Thompson Ron Thompson

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Holiday Break

Remember that there will be no lunch meeting on 12/24/2019 and 12/31/2019. The next CNO lunch meeting will be 1/7/2020. If you do show up on 12/24/2019 or 12/31/2019, be sure to let the new sergeants know for the 1/7/2020 meeting.

Announcements

Nancy Lehren announced that the 2 parties on the for the USO Build-a-Bear event went great. She gave special thanks to Diane Arehart for overseeing the afternoon event in her absence.

Christy Gariety thanked everyone who took part in making Adopt-a-Family another huge success this year.

Happy Birthday to Several Members

There are people that we never get to experience singing Happy Birthday to because their birthday lands during our holiday break. Bob Duffy led us in singing a special holiday version for these individuals that was just as bad as usual.

Happy Birthday was sung to Liz Fultz, Jeff Brown, Cindy Gaboury, Paul Boeckman, Debe Dockins, Steve Mock, Jeff Papanek, Dave Kay, Molly Petsch, Christine Balsan, Kelly Stone, Sonny Singhvi, Rafael Santillan, and Joe Madden.

Thanks, Stan Fronzaglia, for suggesting the idea!

50/50 Drawing

Gary Smiga won $64.00 in today’s 50/50 drawing. He donated it to today’s speaker, Anne Sheehan, so she could buy more Acknowledging Acts of Kindness cards.

Anne Sheehan from Acknowledge Acts of Kindness Club

Jean Pummill introduced Anne Sheehan who started the Acknowledge Acts of Kindness Club (AAOK) in our area. She has been spreading the word by passing out cards and is hoping to speak to more people about spreading the word. More information can be found at aaokdayton.org. There is also a Facebook page.

Anne and her husband moved to the Dayton area because her kids all went to UD and they have 10 grandchildren that all live around here.

In March 2019, Anne and her husband visited the Villages in Florida, which is a 55 and over community. It was here that she read an article in The Villages Daily Sun about AAOK founded by Joe Santoro and Lindsay Collier in February 2019. She met with them. She asked if she could take the program and logo to Dayton and they immediately agreed.

Anne believes strongly in this program and its message. The point of the program is to acknowledge when you notice an act of kindness by giving a business card with a special message and thanking the person who performed the act of kindness. Anne will give a stack of business cards to anyone who requests them so they also can acknowledge acts of kindness. Anne’s hope is by giving these cards to anyone who asks for them, more people will think about being kind to others. She makes no money off of this program.

Anne put a box of business cards on each of the lunch tables today and they were taken by members in attendance. You can use her website to ask for more cards for free to hand out.

Anne has met with several individuals and schools in the area. These meetings have led to many more cards being distributed. They have included:

  • Centerville HS and many other local and Dayton schools
  • Centerville Mayor Brooks Compton
  • Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley

She assures us we will enjoy giving out the cards when we witness an act of kindness. She said we will get more back than the effort it takes giving the cards.

Anne shared three personal stories about handing out AAOK cards.

She told us the story about her recent interaction with a local Hallmark store employee. Anne gave her a card because of the help the employee gave her. The employee said she had received 6 cards in the last 2 weeks.

Another example Anne gave occurred at Kroger’s recently. She was putting groceries in her car. A young woman was coming towards the store with her own cart ready to shop. She noticed that Anne was almost finished emptying her cart and smiled and said, “I will return your cart to the store for you.” Anne thought that was so nice of her and handed her a card. She got a huge smile on her face and thanked Anne.

Another instance was a friend of Anne’s forgetting a golf club in the pro shop at our golf club. This friend already had AAOK cards from Anne. It was a very hot day. One of the young men in the pro shop spotted the golf club she had forgotten to take. The young man from the pro shop went out into the crowded parking lot and tracked her down to return the club to her. She was so thankful and handed him an AAOK card as well. He was so surprised and loved its message as well.

She thanked CNO for letting us speak and looks forward to us spreading the word about Acknowledging Acts of Kindness.

Suggestions from AAOK Website for Handing Out Cards

  • Give then a warm smile. Look for a return smile.
  • Compliment and thank them for what they did (everyone likes compliments).
  • Tell them a bit about the club and its purpose.
  • Offer them a couple of cards to pass on.
  • Tell them to keep up the good work and end with a Thumbs Up (universal sign) and a smile.

Example conversation, “Hi, I couldn’t help but notice that you have a great attitude (or just did something very kind, etc) and when I see that, I always like to recognize these efforts by giving you two of these cards – one to recognize you for what you’ve just done and the other for you to give to someone else. That way we can help spread a culture of kindness together. Thank you again for your attitude/kindness.”

New CNO Sergeant’s Decree of Immunity

Judge Jim long read the new “Decree of Immunity”. This decree is in the hope of sparing the current sergeants Donna Huss and Brandon Barrett from future pain and suffering in retribution from the incoming and future sergeants. This was just in time as this is their last time to be in charge for this quarter.

You can read the decree here.

Thank Notes sent to CNO

You can read recent thank you notes here.

CNO Donations 2013 through June 2019

Click this link to see a summary of the donations our club has made.

Over 50 years, we have donated close to $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $700,000.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Liz Fultz December 18
Jeff Brown December 19
Cindy Gaboury December 19
Paul Boeckman December 22
Debe Dockins December 22
Steve Mock December 25
Jeff Papanek December 26
Dave Kay December 27
Molly Petsch December 28
Christine Balsan December 28
Kelly Stone December 29
Sonny Singhvi January 1
Rafael Santillan January 1
Joe Madden January 3

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Scott Langer December 30 12/30/1997 22
Bill Stone January 1 1/1/1977 43
Bob Duffy January 1 1/1/1988 32
Jim Rumford January 1 1/1/1990 30
Paul Stull January 1 1/1/1970 50
Will Cale January 1 1/1/1976 44
John Carroll January 3 1/3/2012 8

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Stephen Rau Tom Novak Induction
JoAnne Rau Tom Novak Induction
Debbie Parks Beth Duncan 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Evelyn Griffin and Gail Aiken Singing Christmas songs before the December 3rd meeting.
Louise Haun Missing 3 meetings in a row.
Joan Cordonnier, Gail Aiken, Roy Barclay Being humble about receiving the Christian D. Larson award last week at the Holiday party.
Myron Rheaume Calling in sick for a tree lot shift.
John Kalaman Balancing a cup of chili on top of 4 cup soup holder on tree delivery day.
Carolyn Taylor Senior moment saying she was part of the Rotary Club.
Stan Fronzaglia Standing too close to a sergeant and getting wine spilled on himself.
Greg Griffin, Beth Duncan, Diane Arehart Typo on name cards at holiday party for Gary and Nancy Hansen.
Martin Huffstutler Misprounouncing Center Stage’s name.
Steve Linder Lost his hat.

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Deb Saunders $5 for her Uncle TW Saunders, a WWII veteran who was honored at the Charleston WV Veteran’s Day Celebration.  He will be 103 years old next week!
David Duncombe Grandson finishing 3 years of residency, he just turned 29, is a graduate of CHS, Miami University and Toledo.
Tim Clemmer Glad there was no test fitting of the unclaimed underwear from the tree lot.
Roy Barclay Honored to receive Christian D. Larson award last week at the Holiday party.
Dan Beck Two grand kids were born in October.
Sue Brubaker A soldier she met at the USO party where she helped with Build-a-Bear said that today, the CNO volunteers were the heroes.
Myron Rheaume Thank you for the cards and condolences for the loss of his brother.
Gail Aiken Honored to receive Christian D. Larson award last week at the Holiday party.

CNOtes – December 10, 2019 – HOLIDAY PARTY – Yankee Trace

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father as always, when we celebrate we pray for Your presence. You have been the power behind all of our undertakings and we celebrate tonight for another great year. Our success depends on all members wanting to do the best for kids. It’s easy to yell ole! Ole! From the stands but another thing to get in the ring with the bull. May we always volunteer to help and for some volunteer to lead. When you lead It’s like pulling a dogsled, you’ll have a much better view of where we are going. Amen!

All Photos from the Party are Here

CNO 2019 Holiday Party

Tonight, we celebrated the holiday season. After checking in everyone got their pictures taken by the holiday tree. Thank you to CNO member Martin Huffstutler for being tonight’s photographer.

We had an hour of socialization with appetizers. Before eating dinner, Phather Phil gave a prayer and we said the pledge of allegiance. Then we had a buffet dinner with more socializing getting us all into the holiday spirit.

After dinner we were entertained by “Center Stage,” a 9-lady chorus. Members of the choir included CNO member/spouse Lynn Reilly, Charla Rheaume and Anna Bargmeyer.

After dinner we closed with the Optimist Creed.

There was a poinsettia as the centerpiece on each table. A prize ticket taped to the bottom of one chair at each table determined who got to take the poinsettia home.

Special thanks to the social committee Beth Duncan, Diane Arehart, Val Huff, Sue Jessee and anyone else that helped make tonight happen. The room decorations were beautiful, and it was a festive night!

Happy Birthday to Patrick Arehart

Today was Patrick Arehart’s birthday. Before the choir began, Greg Griffin summoned Patrick up to the front of the room and Bob Burkman led us in singing Happy Birthday to Patrick. The singing was horrible, but there were hints of being on key. Patrick really appreciated the love and effort put forward by all the members. He had a great day. What a way to have a birthday!

Christian D. Larsen Awards

Stan Fronzaglia and Karl Frydryk, the winners of the Christian D. Larsen awards from last year, introduced the three recipients for this year. Tom Frazier posthumously received the award in 2018.  This year’s recipients are:

Roy Barclay, who joined on 7/1/1986

Joan Cordonnier, who joined on 3/22/2008

Gail Aiken, who joined on 9/8/1993

Roy Barclay

(notes from Karl Frydryk)

Roy Barclay has been a club member for over 30 years.

Roy Barclay has contributed to the club in many ways, with both time and financial support of Optimist activities.

He has hosted many club meetings and socials in his home.

He has hoisted many American flags for both our club and the Springboro Optimist club.

In addition to tipping a few beers with many club members, our recipient has dipped many root beer floats at our Club’s root beer float stand at the Americana festival.

Over the years, our recipient has provided funding for the zone Oratorical contests.

Our recipient has made the Christmas tree lot a year-round project by contributing countless hours of work, many spent behind the scenes in the summer, to ensure our tree trailers are pristine and the set-up of our lot goes off without a hitch.

Joan Cordonnier

(notes from Stan Fronzaglia)

Joan Cordonnier is very active in our community and our club.  Her community involvement includes:

  • Being a daisy/brownie/girl scout leader for 6 years
  • A Driscoll PTO board member and treasurer for 6 years
  • A member of the Centerville high school marching band Dresser and Refreshment Committee for 7 years
  • A team in training athlete / mentor / coach to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma society for many years
  • Then she joined our club in 2008, never pausing to catch her breath
  • Since then she served as a Director on our board for 2 years
  • Was a Vice President for 2 years
  • Chaired the Holiday Adopt-A-Child committee for 6 years
  • Chaired and continues to chair, for 10 years, the Americana 5K Run Committee

Joan has also volunteered countless hours with many other club activities. This is not just a list of all of our club’s activities, rather, it’s the ones in which she has been an active participant.

  • Avenue of Flags
  • Build-A-Bear
  • Christmas Tree Lot
  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • Fishing Derby
  • Haunted Trail
  • Kids Day at the Park
  • Our 50th anniversary float in the Americana Parade.
  • Safety on Wheels
  • Tri Star Basketball
  • And More!

And saving the best for last until now, she was also the recipient of our Club’s Optimist of the Year Award in 2014.

Gail Aiken

(notes from Karl Frydryk)

Gail Aiken has been an Optimist for over 25 years.

Gail has been involved with numerous club activities including Avenue of flags, the Frazier golf outing, Build-a Bear program, Americana 5K run, and the Americana root beer float stand, to just name a few.

Gail supports these and many other club programs without looking for recognition or accolades.

In addition to being a regular meeting attendee, our recipient has served on our club’s board and as an Optimist club president.

Our recipient has served on scholarship committees and, at the tree lot, is very visible each year, performing key responsibilities on delivery day plus many behind-the-scenes tasks to ensure our tree lot is a success.

Our recipient has opened their home to optimists for board meetings and rose to the occasion when hosting many socials.

However, there IS a dark side to our recipient, as they have, for many years, co-chaired the club’s annual efforts to scare the heck out of young children every Halloween at the Haunted Trail.

In addition to Optimist activities, our recipient eagerly jumps into the pool to help in other community activities, including the Kalaman golf outing.

Details about the Christian D. Larson Award

(notes from Stan Fronzaglia)

The Christian D. Larson award is Optimist International’s most prestigious award. This award is a lifetime achievement recognition given to a person who has exemplified outstanding service to both our community as a whole and The Centerville Noon Optimist Club in particular.

The award was named in honor of Mr. Larson because he was the author of the well-known Optimist Creed which was written in 1912 and is what we Optimists live by every day. In the one hundred years of Optimist International, with hundreds of thousands of members, less than 800 individuals worldwide have been accorded this honor, 27 of whom are from our club.

Each year, our club, donates half the proceeds of the tickets purchased for the 50/50 drawing along with all of the money raised through the Sergeant at Arms fines and Happy Bucks during our Noon meetings. This money goes to the Optimist International Foundation for the purpose of supporting its charitable, literary, and educational activities. In return, for each one thousand dollars donated, the Optimist International Foundation grants our club the privilege of presenting a Christian D. Larson Award.

In 2007 our Board of Directors voted to present the Christian D. Larson award to our club members in order to recognize their positive contributions over a long period of time. Our Optimist Board had selected all of the recipients from 2007 – 2012. But in 2013 they decided that going forward it would best be decided by our growing group of past Larson Award recipients.

Each new honoree must have a minimum of ten years in the club, have held leadership positions, contributed greatly to both the community and our club, exhibited a positive optimistic attitude, and volunteered consistently over many years actively enhancing the club’s formula for success. As I mentioned, there are 27 previous Larson Award honorees from Centerville Noon. Last year, Karl Frydryk and Stan Fronzaglia were two of the three recipients of the award.  The third recipient, Tom Frazier, posthumously received the ward. Tom passed away in 1994.  You may recognize his name because our golf fundraiser is named after him.

CNO Donations 2013 through June 2019

Click this link to see a summary of the donations our club has made.

Over 50 years, we have donated close to $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $700,000.

CNOtes – December 3, 2019 – Beth Gully – “The Other Side of Christmas”

Phather Phil’s Prayer

I DREAMED I HAD AN INTERVIEW WITH GOD!l
So you want to interview me?
If You have the time.
My time is eternity.
What surprises You most about humankind?
They get bored with childhood. They grow up and then long to be a
child again. They lose their health in search of riches and lose their
riches to restore their health. That thinking only about the future, they
forget the present. That they live as if they will never die and die as if
they never lived. To learn that they cannot make any one love them.
To learn that it only takes a second to destroy a person we love and
years to repair it.
As a parent, what life lessons do You want them to learn?
That it is not good to compare themselves to others. To learn that a
Rich person doesn’t have the most. They want the least!
To learn that two people can see the same thing and see it differently.
To learn to forgive others but learn to forgive themselves.
Is there anything else You want them to know?
I am here. ALWAYS!

Today’s Guests – WELCOME!

Guest Guest Of
Allen Abbey Mike Bevis
Brandi Abbey Mike Bevis
Nikki Dice Gail Aiken
Jane Dickerson Erin Dickerson
Beth Gully Speaker
Jennifer Lemaster Gail Aiken
Debbie Parks Beth Duncan

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Special Announcement

There will be no lunch meeting on 12/10/2019. That evening is the Holiday Party.

We will have our regularly scheduled lunch on 12/17/2019. This will be the last meeting of 2019.

There will be no meetings on 12/24/2019 and 12/31/2019. Please enjoy your holiday traditions with your families. We will gather again for our first lunch meeting of 2020 on 1/7/2019.

Social Events

12/10/2019 – 6 – 8:45 PM, Tuesday, Holiday Party at Yankee Trace. There will not be a lunch meeting that day.

Announcements

Nancy Lehren announced that there will be two Build-a-Bear events for the USO at WPAFB on December 7, 2019. In addition to volunteers, she needs drivers with easy access credentials to get on the base.

Donna Huss announced that on December 7 from 9:30 to 11:30 in the morning at the St. Leonard center, the St. Leonard Optimist Club will be making blankets. Let her know if you would like to help. If you come, please bring a good pair of scissors to use to cut the thick material.

The Other Side of Christmas, by Beth Gully

Jean Pummill introduced author and graphics artist Beth Gully, the author of “The Other Side of Christmas” and “The Other Side of Easter”. She is known as the upside-down book speaker. Beth is one of 100 ambigram artists in the world. She has created over 400 logos, has set marketing trends and has won many prestigious awards for her creations.

She started by asking us if we knew what an ambigram was. She showed us what an ambigram was by creating two drawings during our meeting on 2’ x 3’ poster boards on the easels.

First, she drew a picture of Santa Clause on the first board. Then she turned it 180 degrees and it was a picture of Jesus.

Second, she wrote out the word Santa in stylized cursive and turned it 180 degrees and it said Jesus.

You can read about ambigrams on Wikipedia. From Wikipedia, “An ambigram is a word, art form or other symbolic representation whose elements retain meaning when viewed or interpreted from a different direction, perspective, or orientation.”

She read to us her first book, “The Other Side of Christmas”. The book is a Christmas story of the children of a family waiting for Santa and of Santa putting his checklist together. It follows the kid’s imagination of Santa heading their way.

After finishing the Santa Clause story, Beth turned the book upside down and read a different story with the same pictures in reverse order. The second story in the book is now of the travels of Mary and Joseph and the story of Jesus being born on the first Christmas Day. The angels instructed the shepherds to share the good news with the world. It told of King Herod’s defeat. The three wise men were at the end.

Each page of the book had an illustration, and each was an ambigram.

The book took 8 years to finish. She discussed why it took so many years to finish her first book. She said, “If you have a job and you don’t have a deadline, it is hard to get it done.” To get her over the procrastination, she committed to working on the project at least some each day, even if for just 3 minutes. Some days it would be just 3 minutes and others it would be longer. Staying connected with a project made it seem like the task was less daunting.

Soon after finishing her first book in 2014, she was asked to do an Easter story. It, too, has taken quite a while to finish. The book cover is a drawing of an Easter Bunny and when flipped over it is a picture of Jesus.

She discussed how she learned to draw ambigrams. As a Graphics Designer, she makes sure every line and shape in a logo have meaning. This skill made it possible for her to see how to draw an ambigram.

For the past 30 years Gully has created a new ambigram Christmas card each year.

Besides creating Christmas cards, books and being a graphics designer, she is developing church curriculums for the 4 weeks of Advent and the 6 weeks of Lent.

She also teaches kids how to create ambigrams.

To learn more about what Beth Gully does and about her books, click here.

Thank you, Beth Gully, for reading us your book today and drawing live for us a couple of ambigrams.

Thank You Notes Sent to CNO This Week

Click here to see the Thank You Notes we received this week

CNO Donations 2013 through June 2019

Click this link to see a summary of the donations our club has made.

Over 50 years, we have donated close to $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $700,000.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Paul Bowell December 3
Nancy Lehren December 5
Bill DeShurko December 6
Marilyn Abbott December 6
Matt Somerlot December 7
Sarah Umbreit December 7
Jeff Umbreit December 8
Jay Schindler December 10
Patrick Arehart December 10
Penny Culhane December 11
Erin Dickerson December 12
Pete Rife December 13
Kyle Bergsman December 13
Cheryl Dowd December 16
Bill Stone December 16

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Roberta Taylor December 6 12/6/1995 24
Paul Boeckman December 9 12/9/1994 25
Roland Rapp December 10 12/10/2002 17
Tom Novak December 13 12/13/1990 29

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Debbie Parks Beth Duncan 1st Reading
JoAnne Rau Tom Novak 3rd Reading
Steve Rau Tom Novak 3rd Reading
James Reinhard Andy Dickerson Induction
Christopher Wysong Debe Dockins Induction

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Art Hung Trying to look busy with a little tree at the tree lot.
Don Kelley Told Sergeant Donna at the tree lot that her broom was ready to take her home.
Karin Gilstrap Snitched on a Sergeant to a Sergeant, what are you thinking?
Charlie Tapp Missing a lunch meeting.
Judy McFadden Staying warm in the heated tent while taking attendance and guarding the donuts on tree delivery day.
Bill Fritz Sitting down on the job and keeping warm at the tree lot on delivery day.
Bev Fritz Sitting down on the job and keeping warm at the tree lot on delivery day.
David Duncombe Buying 1 raffle ticket with a twenty dollar bill. This makes the sergeants nuts!
Christy Gariety Paying for 50/50 with loose change.
Tom Novak Paying for 50/50 with loose change.
Sue Jesse Paying for 50/50 with loose change.
Diane Arehart Making Beth Duncan think she was losing her mind by hiding her beers. [Note – Beth’s mind has long been lost before this]
Greg Griffin Mixing up the days of the week.
Beth Duncan Received a bag of suckers for impersonating Kojak during a ride along with Dayton PD.

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Will Cale Thanks to Brian Nolan and Beth Duncan for bringing him soup after his recent fall. He had no appetite before they brought this to him-  he stated “their soup quickly fixed my appetite problem”.
Charlie Goodwin Great trip to Nepal with his 16 year old grandson. They saw Mt Everest, Temples, and got to ride a mile long zip line.
Jim Mogan Bob Burkman bringing a ladder to help tie Christmas trees on cars.
Gary Hansen Since he is a Michigan fan he is glad it is finally basketball season.
Cindy Gaboury Her first grand baby arrived and she is glad she was able to make it to todays meeting.
Barbara Santo On behalf of Judy DeMarco, Judy is happy her brother has made it home after open heart surgery and rehabilitation.
Nancy Lehren Her 8th grandchild was just born.
Nancy Lehren Proud to be a member of the CNO club for 25 years.
Bob Bargmeyer For Mike Fanelli singing so well at the Boy Scout Holiday Party.
Bob Bargmeyer For Ohio State being ranked number one
Bob Bargmeyer Indiana University beat Purdue to win Indiana football’s, “The Old Oaken Bucket”

CNOtes – Optimist 2.0 November 21, 2019 – Vail Miller – Heidelberg Distributing – Chappy’s Social House

Guests and Members in Attendance

Steve Bennett
Lauren Delong
Rocky Matthews
David Mcgowan
Leslie Miller
Vail Miller
Mary Stahley
Mike Vallo
Gail Aiken
Jack Anderson
Diane Arehart
Brandon Barrett
Mike Cordonnier
Abby Davis
Kelly Davis
Gary DeMarco
Judy DeMarco
Emily Duke
Beth Duncan
Greg Fay
Stan Fronzaglia
Karin Gilstrap
Greg Griffin
Cindy Harris
Ken Hattan
  Hattan
Vida McDowell
Bryan Miller
Brian Nolan
Jean Pummill
Jack Quinlan
Ruthy Quinlan
Vince Reidy
Brent Richburg
Ashley Simeone
Michelle Tagliamonte
Nick Tarkany
Jayne Weikel

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CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was Chappys Social House at 880 Washington Village Drive. Thank you to the team at Chappys for hosting us.

There was a 50/50 drawing won by Ruthy Quinlan.

There were 38 people at the meeting (30 members and 8 guests).

Quarterly Teacher Recognition Awards

Nick Tarkany announced tonight that this quarter we are recognizing two outstanding Centerville Elementary School teachers, Sarah Storer from Normandy Elementary and Lauren Delong from Cline Elementary. Teachers are selected by administrators for going above and beyond to help educate the youth in our community. Each received a $25 gift certificates courtesy of Chappys.

New CNO 2.0 Member Induction

Greg Griffin inducted Abby Davis. She is sponsored by Vince Reidy.

Social Events

12/10/2019 – 6 – 8:45 PM, Tuesday, Holiday Party at Yankee Trace. Any member of CNO, CNO 2.0 or CNO St Leonard can sign up to attend the party.

CNO 2.0 Introduction

Greg Fay, the chair of CNO 2.0, said he was so thankful for all the guests and members that came to tonight’s meeting.

Greg Fay said that CNO 2.0 is a club within a club of the Centerville Noon Optimist club. CNO (and CNO 2.0) is a world class service organization. Being a member of either club allows their members all the same opportunities to participate in fundraising and club activities. CNO 2.0 was created nearly 3 years ago and is very much a part of the 51-year-old Centerville Noon Optimist Club. CNO has given away over $2 million during its history. CNO is a group of like-minded members that are passionate about helping youth and having fun in the process.

The speaker at each 2.0 meeting is someone with a local business success story.

Annual Fundraisers

  • Christmas Tree Lot, located behind the Centerville BMV
  • Avenue of Flags
  • Golf Outing

 

Major Activities for the youth in our community

  • Build-a-Bear at Children’s Hospital, 3 times a year
  • Fishing Derby in June
  • Kid’s day in the park in August
  • Easter Egg hunt

Vail Miller Jr – Heidelberg Distributing

Greg Fay introduced tonight’s speaker, Vail Miller Jr., the CEO of Heidelberg Distributing. Born in 1971, Vail Miller Jr. is a native of Kettering. He became the CEO in 2010. The owners of the business are his mother and uncle.

Vail’ wife Leslie Miller and their daughter were able to attend tonight’s meeting.

Heidelberg was started by Vail’s grandfather 80 years ago in 1909 by Albert W. Vontz, a 22-year-old German immigrant, who arrived in Cincinnati in 1907. Vontz’s only son, Albert Vontz Jr, returned from World War II and earned a degree in economics from the University of Cincinnati.

In 1959 Vontz Jr. purchased the Anheuser-Busch branch in Cincinnati for $25,000. In 1961 he purchased the Dayton Budweiser distributorship from another wholesaler. Vontz Jr. passed away in 2002, but not before the company had grown substantially through mergers, acquisitions and industry consolidation.

Miller Jr. started working for the company in 1982 at the age of 12. He took the bus downtown to fill vending machines.

Miller Jr. studied organizational behavior at Miami University. He met his future wife, Leslie, and worked for another distributor in Missouri. Then he went to work for Ernest and Julio Gallo.

Other family members work for Heidelberg as well. Miller Jr.’s sister manages contracts with brands and teamsters. His 7-year younger brother works in sales. Recently, his cousin joined the team.

Heidelberg is comprised of nine warehouse and office facilities located in Cincinnati (two companies), Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Lorain, Toledo, Youngstown and Northern Kentucky.

Statistics about Heidelberg

  • 1,600 associates
  • 2800 people are covered under their health insurance
  • 18,000 beverages
  • 740 suppliers
  • Two million square feet of warehouse
  • 300,000 square feet of cooler space
  • Serving 26,000 retailers throughout Ohio and Kentucky

For 15 years Miller Jr, has had the Optimist Creed hanging in his office. His family follow the creed. Beth Duncan asked if he would fill out an application to join and he did.

Vail uses “Mind Hacking” to constantly improve himself. He is mindful to return calls quickly. He believes respecting who you are engaging with and “Be where your feet are”. He gets at least 3 hours of exercise per week. He makes sure he is showing his enthusiasm for everyone he has contact with.

Their business is about continuous improvement. He believes there is no failure, only results. Remember to be curious. He asks himself and others do we have grit. We are building brands.

It is important to do what is right, and not who is right. He wants to make great decisions each day for their employees and their customers.

He said there is an awesomeness when employees of the company leave and then return to Heidelberg. He did the same and it benefits the employee and the company.

When his kids were young, he traveled 180 days per year. His business is about making friends. It helps that his wife’s family also has a large business and understands the sacrifices necessary for success.

His grandfather loved the community. The company has been a big supporter of the Schuster Center and the Victoria Theater Association.

Vail Miller Jr, his wife Leslie and their children currently live in the house that Miller Jr. was raised in. It had been owned by other families, but he was able to purchase it.

Thank you, Vail Miller Jr., for taking the time to tell us about your experience growing up and working with the Heidelberg company.

CNO Donations 2013 through June 2019

Click this link to see a summary of the donations our club has made.

Over 50 years, we have donated close to $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $700,000.

CNOtes – November 26, 2019 – Judge Walter Rice

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Click here to read Phather Phil’s Thanksgiving Poem that he read at lunch this week.

Today’s Guests – WELCOME!

Guest Guest Of
Vance Gilstrap Karin Gilstrap
Debbie Parks Beth Duncan
Julie Rado Beth Duncan
Nate Smiga Gary Smiga
Bill Taylor Carolyn Trylor
Judge Walter Rice Speaker
Kirk Wasmund Greg Wasmund

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

District Awards

  • Myron Rheaume reported about and distributed awards from the Great Ohio District.
  • CNO received a Club 365 Banner Patch representing at least $1/day raised from 50/50, fines and happy bucks and given to the OI Foundation.
  • Mike Bevis received his Dime-a-Day Pin for donating $36.50 to the OI Foundation Dime-A-Day program.
  • Andrew Dickerson achieved level 2 for the Professional Development Program (PDP).
  • New Members Recruited Pins were given to: Greg Griffin for 10 members, Jesse Gaither for 5 members and Judy McFadden for 1 member.

Community Event

Chris McAlpine announced that CNO will have a booth at Winterfest at Primary Village South on 12/7/2019 from 9 AM to 1 PM. The game is super easy. We challenge the kids to balance a bean bag on their foot and walk from a starting line and drop it in a box.  If they can do one bag, we add a bean bag to both feet.  Then add bags to hands, forehead, shoulder, or anything that’s funny.  While the kids are playing, we talk to their parents about the Optimist club.  Chris is looking for volunteers.

Social Events

12/10/2019 – 6 – 8:45 PM, Tuesday, Holiday Party at Yankee Trace. There will not be a lunch meeting that day.

Announcements

  • Nancy Lehren announced that there will be two Build-a-Bear events for the USO at WPAFB on December 7, 2019. In addition to volunteers, she needs drivers with easy access credentials to get on the base.
  • Donna Huss announced that on December 7 from 9:30 to 11:30 in the morning at the St. Leonard center, the St. Leonard Optimist Club will be making blankets. Let her know if you would like to help.
  • Christy Gariety announced that all of the children have been adopted for the Adopt-A-Family program. She is looking for the person that took the child coded 77D to record their name for that spot.
  • Bob Glavin announced that the Partners Optimist Club (adults with special needs) is still selling poinsettias as a fundraiser. The program has been a huge success. They have sold over 150 poinsettias and their goal was about 30.
  • Greg Griffin reminded everyone to please show up for your shifts on the Christmas tree lot.

A Blueprint for Reducing Recidivism by Judge Walter H. Rice

Donna Huss introduced federal Judge Walter H. Rice. She said his reputation precedes him, so he needs no introduction.

His biographical sketch from the Southern District Court Website is here.

His Wikipedia entry is here.

From the above two links:

On June 4, 1980, Judge Rice was sworn in as Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, at Dayton, having been appointed to that position by President Carter. On December 13, 2018, President Donald Trump signed legislation naming the federal building in Dayton the Walter H. Rice Federal Building and United States Courthouse. On September 6, 2019, The Walter H. Rice Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse was officially named at a ceremony, with Rice calling the event and the building’s naming “the honor of a lifetime.”

Rice is a fantastic, funny and interesting speaker.

Rice said, “I have an hour-long speech prepared. The good news is I left it at the office. The bad news is that I have memorized it.” For the record, the speech lasted about 23 minutes.

He said, “I was going to thank everyone for the introduction, but since it was short, I will not.”

You can read a document he wrote along with Debbie A. Lieberman, produced in 2010 named, “A Blueprint for Reducing Recidivism in Montgomery County, Ohio”.

Rice said, “What if I could offer to each of you the opportunity to be involved in an initiative to reduce criminal recidivism by 50%? It would save children, family, neighborhoods and communities, while freeing up money to be used in other areas of the community. We could enhance our infrastructure. Fix our streets. It will maximize the public-school system to educate kids for the tasks of tomorrow.”

“It addresses the common beliefs of all religions, to see that no person is beyond redemption If I offered this would anyone disagree? It is about helping those who want to help themselves after having been involved in the prison system. The initiative is spreading, and it is working in our own community.”

“Every year 1500 people come home from prison in our area. Men and woman who come home and want to do the right thing. They have done their time. They suddenly realized that the debt is not paid. The debt follows them to the grave and beyond. Try as most of them do, doors are slammed in their faces. They are greeted with hostility from friends, family. The opportunity for employment and social services are denied. Why are we surprised that they return to crime?”

“Of any developed country we have the most of any western developed country. Half to a third, nationwide end up back to prison within the next three years.”

“For those that do stay out of prison, they find themselves living on the margins of society.”

“There are two other issues that also accelerate the recidivism rates. It used to be 100% of those released were on supervised parole. They were helped to find a place to live and work. This is no longer true. More than half of them have no parole and it is being reduced. Fewer and fewer are supervised. Our prisons are 40% over capacity. Released men and women come home with the same baggage they have in prison. Issues with drugs, alcoholism, mental issues.

“The second thing that we should all know is that there are very few lengthy prison sentences. A typical sentence is about 2 years. Most are 12-18 months. The prisons have less programming as their resources are stretched.”

Rice got involved in re-entry about 15 years ago. He realized that he was sentencing the grand and great grandchildren of those he had sentenced before. The second and third generations are being sentenced.

Having served their time, ex-offenders would ask him for help and he would try to help find a place for them to live and to get their driver’s license back. He would try but fail.

Starting in 2004, Rice along with Debbie A. Lieberman, studied the issue. The “office of Ex-Offender Reentry Welcome One-stop Reentry Center was opened in Montgomery county 9 years ago. Thousands have received help that was previously unavailable. They are working with other counties to change legislation to avoid collateral consequences. There are odd laws. If you have a felony record, you could not be a barber and can’t own a construction company. Most of these laws have no relationship to the crime that was committed.

They offer a “Certificate for Qualification for Employment”. You can apply to the court for a document that warrants that they have been good and are safe. Most employers hesitate to hire felons. They are afraid their insurance rates will go high. They could be sued for negligent hiring. The law says if an employer has this certificate and if something goes wrong, they can no longer be sued for negligent hiring.

Recently the center has hired someone to be an in-reach specialist. They will meet with every person coming out of prison in the next 6-12 months and will work with ex-prisoners to create a re-entry plan. The plan will involve solutions for housing, employment, substance abuse programs, mental issue programs and to help them get back in good terms with their family.

There is something in the reentry program for all ex-offenders. First, it is the right thing to do. This is a country of second chances. All religions stress this concept. Secondly, this is not a hug a thug program. They don’t work with people that don’t demonstrate that they are willing to do the hard work to be successful. Third, this will save communities massive sums of money. An incredibly high percentage of the Montgomery County discretionary budget goes to law enforcement. There are constitutional rules mandating what that they must supply for prisoners and law enforcement and if the recidivism goes down the budget will go down.

The program provides the best public safety measures. If a person is on the right track, then they are working, paying taxes and serving as a role model.

The statistics for the last 9 years show that re-entry works. The recidivism rate in Montgomery County was 40%, now it is 30%. For those that have gone through the program the recidivism rate is less than 5%.

Rice said the program needs our support. He is not asking for money and time. He wants us to realize that most ex-offenders coming home don’t want to go back to prison. Talk openly about the subject with others when the subject comes up. Most of them are not bad people. They want to be judged not by what they were in the past but what they are today and what their future might be.

Thank you, Judge Walter H. Rice, for taking the time to explain your excellent program to us.

Perfect Attendance Awards

Perfect attendance awards were given out today. Not to be confused with the “Perfect Attendance Awards” that you received while in grade school, CNO Perfect Attendance is based on a measurement of continuous club involvement behind the scenes or in plain view of others. Small key tabs are awarded to Members for 5, 10, 15, and 20 years on up.

The 2018-2019 recipients are:

Consecutive Years Member(s)
40 Charlie Tapp
38 Dan Beck
37 Don Kelley, Joe Madden
36 Gary Aiken
32 Bob Duffy
30 Gail Aiken
26 Wayne Christie
22 Scott Langer, Phil Robinson
19 Stan Fronzaglia, Nancy Lehren, Jerry Stahley
18 Tim Clemmer, Barbara Santo
17 Mike Bevis, Tom Novak
16 Mary Madden
15 Bob Burkman
14 Pat Behn, Kelly Stone
11 Gary Smiga, Dick Stevens
10 Debe Dockins, Chris McAlpine
9 Joan Cordonnier, Sandy Stevens
8 Will Cale, Roland Rapp, Myron Rheaume, Dav Bremer
7 Ken Irwin, David Ladd, Larry Lynde, Jean Pummill, Dan Passidomo, Laurie Poeppelman
6 Pete Rife, Donna Huss, Art Hung, Bill Stone
5 Bob Bargmeyer, Bob Collins, Greg Griffin
4 Sue Brubaker, Cherie Gentry, Evelyn Griffin, Gary Hansen, Carrie Million
3 Diane Arehart, Marjorie Back, Mike Brubaker, Vince Reidy, Liz Fultz, Jesse Gaither, Bob Lawson, Beth Duncan, Vida McDowell
2 Patrick Arehart, Jane Fiehrer, John Kalaman, Jay McAlpine
1 Rick Altvater, June Bosworth, Gary DeMarco, Judy DeMarco, Andy Dickerson, Erin Dickerson, David Duncombe, Larry England, Susan Jessee, Paula Kalaman, Joe Kronenberger, Ron Kuker, Steve Linder, Jim Long, Brian Nolan, Carolyn Taylor

Thank You Notes Sent to CNO This Week

Click here to see the Thank You Notes we received this week

CNO Donations 2013 through June 2019

Click this link to see a summary of the donations our club has made.

Over 50 years, we have donated close to $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $700,000.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Denny Cottle November 29
Tom Beery November 29
Nancy Anderson November 30

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined
Cindy Gaboury November 27 11/27/2017
Jay McAlpine November 27 11/27/2017
Jayne Weikel November 27 11/27/2017
Nancy Anderson November 27 11/27/2017
Patrick Arehart November 27 11/27/2017
Rhonda Meeker November 27 11/27/2017
Rick Talda November 27 11/27/2017
Robby Johnson November 27 11/27/2017
Ryan Fay November 27 11/27/2017
Sharon Silverberg November 27 11/27/2017
Shelby DiPasquale November 27 11/27/2017
Sonny Singhvi November 27 11/27/2017
Jesse Lightle November 28 11/28/2006
Liz Fultz November 29 11/29/2015
Ted Humphrey November 29 11/29/2001
Dan Beck December 1 12/1/1981
Gary Smiga December 1 12/1/1985

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Stephen Rau Tom Novak 2nd Reading
JoAnne Rau Tom Novak 2nd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

No time for Sergeants this week

 Happy Bucks! 

No time for Happy Bucks this week.

CNOtes – November 19, 2019 – Youth Appreciation Awards Presented

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Phather Phil was under the weather this week , so Bob Burkman filled in and read a prayer from Phather Phil’s Prayer Book – published a few years ago – we also prayed fro Phather Phil’s speedy recovery.

Today’s Guests – WELCOME!

Guest Guest Of
Adeola Adelekan Honoree
Tahira Adelekan Honoree’s Family
Greg Bell Tom Henderson
Kristen Bell Honoree
Rosemary Bell Honoree’s Family
Nancy Ciramella Tom Novak
Tony Ciramella Tom Novak
Chuck Cowgill Tom Henderson
Jack Durnbaugh Tom Henderson
Andrea Fleischman Tom Henderson
Larry Holland Tom Novak
Nance Holland Tom Novak
Kim Janky Mike Bevis
Sung Jeon Honoree
Meghan Leiker Tom Henderson
Stella McCrory Tom Henderson
Joanne Rau Tom Novak
Steve Rau Tom Novak
Yoon Sun Shin Shin Honoree’s Family
Pam Splawinski Greg Griffin
Jeff Wolff Tom Henderson
Chris Wysong Debe Dockins

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Community Event

Chris McAlpine announced that CNO will have a booth at Winterfest at Primary Village South on 12/7/2019 from 9 AM to 1 PM. The game is super easy. We challenge the kids to balance a bean bag on their foot and walk from a starting line and drop it in a box.  If they can do one bag, we add a bean bag to both feet.  Then add bags to hands, forehead, shoulder, or anything that’s funny.  While the kids are playing, we talk to their parents about the Optimist club.  Chris is looking for volunteers.

Social Events

  • 12/10/2019 – 6 – 8:45 PM, Tuesday, Holiday Party at Yankee Trace. There will not be a lunch meeting that day.

Announcements

Christy Gariety announced that all of the children have been adopted for the Adopt-A-Family program.  She is looking for the person that took the child coded 77D to record their name for that spot.

Bob Glavin announced that the Partners Optimist Club (adults with special needs) is selling Poinsettias as a fundraiser. Also, thank you to Beth Duncan for donating shirts to all 26 members of the Partners Optimist Club.

Youth Appreciation Awards

Greg Griffin introduced Dr. Tom Henderson, the superintendent of Centerville Schools and member of CNO. Tom presented three guidance counselors from CHS who introduced the students they chose to receive recognition with the 2019 CNO Youth Appreciation Award. The award honors outstanding students who will be great ambassadors of Centerville High School. Since each of them is a star, they received a “Star” plaque.

Besides Dr. Henderson and the guidance counselors, there were several staff members from CHS in attendance. Coordinating principal John Carroll, East unit principal Jack Durnbaugh, West unit principal Jeff Wolff, South unit principal Chuck Cowgill and communications relations specialist Sarah Swan.

Dr. Henderson and the counselors discussed the students who received this honor. Dr. Henderson was also able to spend some time with each of the recipients after they were selected.

Kristen Bell

East unit guidance counselor Meghan Leiker introduced CHS senior Kristen Bell.

From Megan Leiker:

In trying to select a nominee for this program, I found it easy to settle on one student, Kristen Bell, and not just because we live in the same neighborhood or she shares the same name as one of my favorite actresses… or that her dad is a teacher at the high school. I picked Kristen because she focuses on making a difference in the lives of everyone she touches.

With a 4.6 GPA, it is obvious Kristen puts a lot of work into her academics. Outside of the school is no exception. I found it interesting that of the 13 clubs she has been involved in, eight of them are volunteer and community service organizations. Girl Scouts, Octagon Club, Key Club, BOLD (Building Our Lives Drug and Alcohol Free), East Unit Assembly, volunteering at nursing homes and study buddies are just a few of the ways Kristen puts effort back into her community and volunteers her time to help others.

Society has coined Kristen’s generation as the “Me Me Me” generation. With social media, everything is about “how many likes can I get” and “look how good I am doing”. When I talked with Kristen about what drives her to be different, her response was “I strive to be a part of the population that does not fit into this category. The reward for me comes from the faces of the people I help or directly affect. I know I am making a difference by helping and brightening their day. That’s why I do what I do.”

If everyone was as humble and serving as Kristen, the world would look much different. She is a rare kind, which I believe is a direct representation of her upbringing. I want to thank Kristen’s parents, Greg and Rosemary, for instilling these values into your daughter. And Kristen, my hope for you would be to never lose this drive and continue to brighten everyone’s day in your next stage in life.

Kristen thanked CNO, her parents Greg and Rosemary Bell (who were guests today), and principal Jack Durnbaugh for all the support she has received. She said her parents have always encouraged her to try new things.

Sung Jun Jeon

South unit guidance counselor Andrea Fleischman introduced Sung Jun Jeon

From Andrea Fleischman:

It is my pleasure to nominate Sung Jeon for the Youth Appreciation Award this year. Academically, Sung is extremely talented. He takes some of the most challenging courses we offer in every subject at the high school and exceeds expectations. In addition to intelligence, one of the most impressive things about Sung is his personality, which is the main reason why I nominated him. Sung is one of the most kind, caring, and personable teenagers I know. He carries on positive, engaging, and intelligent conversations with teachers, as well as with his peers, and he asks good questions. I don’t think I’ve had a conversation with Sung where I didn’t see him smile. Sung’s volunteer work and extracurricular involvement are second to none. He is a member of the National Honor Society, DECA (an association for marketing students), manages finances for the Hole-In-The-Wall (the spirit shop at the high school), is a 3-year member of Student Council and is heavily involved in fundraising for Spirit Chain, was elected Senior Class Business Manager, is an award-winning member of Speech & Debate, is the President and Founder of the CHS Investment Club, AND plays violin!!!  

Teachers and peers alike have endless positive things to say about Sung. I asked a couple of his teachers about what it’s like to have Sung as a student in class. One of his teachers said that Sung works awesome in groups, is tremendously reliable, and genuinely raises the energy and mood of a room. I definitely agree and am always excited to talk with Sung whenever he comes to chat about something. Another teacher said that he contributes regularly in classroom discussions, and that his maturity and professionalism in the classroom is exceptional. They both said, word for word, “I freaking love this kid!”

Sung has many gifts to share with his future campus and career communities, and I’m excited and happy for him because I know there are great things coming his way in return for all that he has worked for and given to others throughout his high school career. Congratulations, Sung!

Sung thanked CNO for recognizing youth in the community which is important. Without the support of CHS he wouldn’t be here. His mother, Yoon Sun Shin, was able to attend today’s lunch. His father is currently in Korea. Sung said, “Thanks to God for guiding his family on this wonderful path!”

Adeola Adelekan

West unit guidance counselor Stella McCrory introduced Adeola Adelekan.

From Stella McCrory:

I am pleased to introduce Adeola Adelekan to you.  She is an amazing young lady and it’s my honor and privilege to tell you a little bit about her.

I reached out to Adeola’s teachers to get some scoop on her.  It all came back clean.  Here’s some of what I received:  I LOVE ADEOLA-all caps, exclamation point. “She has a way of listening that makes you feel heard.  Her friendly attitude brightens my day.”  Another says, Adeola is “one of the most charismatic and memorable students of my career…she demonstrates an admirable work ethic, integrity and an eagerness to truly understand the material.”  Another says, she is “a wonderful student …a joy to have in class: she participates, helps others, and is always attentive.”  Another- “Dynamic thinker on complex issues, extremely well-written…Outstanding young person.”  Her advisor says, “Adeola is so much fun to have in advisory!  She always comes to class with a bright smile to start our day!”  Her peers in advisory say that she is very driven and that she has a great sense of style” (always a plus). 

Adeola is an excellent student.  She is ranked 72 out of 693 students with a 4.3 GPA.  She is a member of National Honor Society and French Honor Society and holds an office for both.  Adeola is an officer of Interact Club as well.  Her club sponsor shared that Adeola “is super energetic and always willing to help.  She is caring, thoughtful, and hardworking.”  Adeola participates in HOSA, Model UN, and Poetry Club where she serves as president.  She volunteers for Study Buddies, which is a selective program where upper-class students mentor our elementary students during lunch hour and for Chem Buddies as well.  She plays on our softball team and serves as captain.

Outside of school, Adeola volunteers at House of Bread and Saint Vincent DePaul.  She also volunteers with NHS at Bethany Village to tutor the residents with technology.  I’m told the residents love it! 

Adeola is also devoted to her church-Tabernacle Baptist, where her father serves as pastor, and mother as first lady.  Adeola is active in her church youth group, the liturgical dance team, Tabernacle Guild Girls, and as her father’s assistant. 

Adeola is a remarkable young lady with a bright future.  Congratulations for all your hard work, your successes, and for being such an awesome addition to our class of 2020!

Adeola said, “Good afternoon everyone. Thanks to God. Thanks to my parents! Thanks to my counselors and Mr. Carrol. Thanks to the Optimists and to my fellow recipients.” Her mother Tahira Adelekan was able to attend today’s meeting. Her father Tokunbo Adelekan, unfortunately, was not able to attend.

After the presentations, Dr. Henderson thanked CNO for this award opportunity. Next, there was a group photo of the recipients, the counselors, principals and Dr. Henderson.

Annual Christmas Tree Lot Presentation

Greg Griffin presented a slide show about our Christmas Tree lot fundraiser. He wants to make sure especially new members get briefed on how the Christmas Tree Lot works and why. The why is simple, “We do it for the kids.” First Greg showed us a great video about the tree lot and then he stepped us through his slide deck.

You can see the slides here.

The tree lot is co-chaired by Greg Griffin, Karl Frydryk, and Gary Aiken. Thank you to everyone who helps. The tree lot fundraiser is a success because of all the generous time of our members! Be sure to sign up for shifts with your team captain and attend your shifts on the tree lot.

Thank You Notes Sent to CNO This Week

Click here to see the Thank You Notes we received this week

CNO Donations 2013 through June 2019

Click this link to see a summary of the donations our club has made.

Over 50 years, we have donated close to $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $700,000.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Russell Hulbert November 19
Brendan Cunningham November 22
Jayne Weikel November 22
Natalie King Dunlevey November 24

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Julie Cochran November 19 11/19/2009 10
Beth Duncan November 20 11/20/2016 3
John Kalaman November 20 11/20/2016 3
Jon Fox November 20 11/20/2000 19
Marilyn Becht November 20 11/20/2016 3
Paula Kalaman November 20 11/20/2016 3
Christine Balsan November 21 11/21/2013 6
Dave Klein November 21 11/21/2013 6
Kristina Rainer November 21 11/21/2012 7
Martha Jackson November 21 11/21/2013 6
Bill DeFries November 23 11/23/2004 15
Andy Dickerson November 24 11/24/2018 1
Erin Dickerson November 24 11/24/2018 1
Gareth Dickey November 24 11/24/2018 1
Mariah Vogelgesang November 24 11/24/2018 1
Rick Altvater November 24 11/24/2018 1
Ron Kuker November 24 11/24/2018 1
Sue Zammit November 24 11/24/2018 1

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Christopher Wysong Debe Dockins 3rd Reading
Jay Schindler Mike Bevis 3rd Reading
Stephen Rau Tom Novak 1st Reading
JoAnne Rau Tom Novak 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Charlie Tapp For not sharing the money when he won the Euchre tournament and the bonus for being the last one to win a round by going alone
Rachel Goetz Buying a 50/50 ticket with 4 quarters
Roland Rapp Complaining that someone bought a 50/50 ticket with quarters
Tom Novak Not wearing his glasses when he had a hard time finding his badge
Cherie Gentry Phone went off at last week’s meeting while sitting with both sergeants
Beth Duncan Telling the sergeants there was a reason to fine Diane Arehart from the Euchre party, but not remembering what the reason was
Gary Aiken Wasn’t at previous meeting and therefore didn’t introduce the speaker he arranged
Debe Dockins Being able to sit comfortably in a child’s chair at a recent meeting at Children’s Hospital
Gail Aiken Telling a sergeant Marilyn Abbot took her out of first place in the badge box
Debe Dockins Not being at lunch last week for the big announcement about closing the tree lot at 8 PM each evening instead of 9 PM
Everyone who missed last weeks meeting For not braving the cold last week to come to the meeting

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Debe Dockines The 2019 Dottie Yeck Good Life writing contest winners were announced. $4 happy bucks because the top 4 winners were all from Centerville schools.
Bob Bargmeyer Had a great time at the Boy Scout Thanksgiving at Woodland Trails.
Bob Bargmeyer For making it home after getting lost coming back from Woodland Trails.
Gary Smiga Tom Henderson does a great job as superindentent of Centerville City Schools.
Jesse Lightle Thanks to Tom Novak and the Avenue of Flags for making 80 flags available to line the route for Detective Del Rio.
Tom Novak Thanks to the Washington Township road crew for putting out the 80 flags for Detective Del Rio.
Myron Rheaume Hearing about the wonderful students receiving Youth Appreciation awards today.
Myron Rheaume Thanks for everyone giving happy bucks and fines which support Optimist International’s scholarship programs.
Gary Anderson Grandson, who is a frehsmen trombone player in the Mason marching band, placed 7th out of 91 bands at the Grand National competition in Indanapolis.
Bob Burkman All Avenue of Flags activity is done until next April!
Judy DeMarco Build-a-Bear was a great success. There were about 60 kids participating. Thank you to Bill’s donuts and Chick-Fil-A for their donations of food.
Judy DeMarco Thank you to Bill’s Donuts and Chick-Fil-A for supporting the Caregiver Breakfast for the doctor’s and nurses at Children’s Hospital each year.
Rachel Goetz Gladly gave 4 happy quarters because there were seats available at the birthday table and it wasn’t her birthday!

CNOtes – November 12, 2019 – Lance Detrick – President, Goodwill Easterseals

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Phather Phil was under the weather this week , so David Ladd, our Chaplain, filled in with one of his patented extemporaneous prayers – as only he can deliver them. We also prayed for Phather Phil’s speedy recovery.

Today’s Guests – WELCOME!

Guest Guest Of
Kristin de Fasselle ???
Joanne Detrick Speaker’s Guest
Lance Detrick Speaker
Kristen Marks Liz Fultz
JoAnne Rau Tom Novak
Steve Rau Tom Novak

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Community Event

The Christmas tree lot tree delivery day is Saturday 11/23/2019, 8 AM. Donuts and coffee will be available. After we are done there will be many soups and chili to enjoy. No need to sign up. Just show up. We need everyone who can to show up please. There are jobs that do not require lifting.

Social Events

  • 12/10/2019 – 6 PM, Tuesday, Holiday Party at Yankee Trace

Announcements

Bob Glavin announced that the Partners Optimist Club (adults with special needs) is selling Poinsettia’ as a fundraiser. Thank you to Beth Duncan for donating shirts to all 26 members of the Partners Optimist Club.

Greg Griffin announced that the Christmas Tree Lot opens on 11/29/2019. Closing time this year will be 8 PM instead of 9 PM.

Christy Gariety announced that you can be a part of Adopt a Child for Christmas. The budget for the gifts is $75, contact her to participate.

Terri Leputa announced that on December 20th, 2019 the United Way is raffling off a 2019 Chevy Blazer or you can choose $20,000 cash. Details are here.

Happy Birthday Kelly George

Kelly George attended today’s meeting and it was her birthday! Our chorus was led by Bob Duffy. It was excruciating. Every time we do this, I hear this screech from someone with powerful pipes and I have been trying to find out who this is for years. Be careful what you wish for! This week I sat very close to this birthday basher. It was none other than 18-year member Tim Clemmer. I’m glad he is enthusiastic, but it is dangerous to sit near him when we sing! Ha! 😊

Lance Detrich – Goodwill Easterseals Miami Valley

Greg Griffin introduced Lance Detrich, the president of Goodwill Easterseals Miami Valley.

This is a copy of the flyer on the tables at lunch about Goodwill Easterseals Miami Valley.

There is a lot of useful information on their website. You can reach a service navigator by calling 937-461-4800. People in need do not need an appointment to go to the community service center at 660 S Main St, Dayton OH 45402.

Lance’s presentation includes this slide deck. It has more information than is covered here.

SLIDE DECK FROM PRESENTATION IS HERE.

Both Goodwill and Easterseals are national organizations. They each target different and shared groups. Easterseals focuses only on those with disabilities and helps them be independent in all areas of their lives. Goodwill helps those with additional challenges that might not just be physical or mental. Goodwill, for example, helps those with economic disadvantages. Goodwill’s mission is to find or provide employment for its clients and their families.

Goodwill Easterseals Miami Valley has been empowering people with disabilities and other needs for more than 80 years. Last year they served 17,164 people in 23 counties, with a team of 1,200 dedicated employees and nearly 900 volunteers.

Their vision statement is, “Our Vision is to make it possible for all people to live, learn, work, and play with full inclusion in their communities.”

Their mission statement is, “Our Mission is to empower people with disabilities and other disadvantages to achieve independence and improve their quality of life.”

Statistics of those in need in the Miami Valley

  • 1 in 6 in Ohio live in poverty
  • 1 in 5 self-identify as having a disability
  • In the 23-county area 14% of working age (9381) have a disability
  • 1 in 3 are unemployed
  • 1 in 5 have only worked full time for a full year
  • 1 in 4 have an income below poverty rate – he noted that the poverty income is really low
  • 1 in 15 or about 1500 in Centerville live at or below the poverty level
  • In Montgomery County 1 in 6 or 94,000 live at or below the poverty level
  • Half of children in the city of Dayton live in poverty

Impact of living in poverty

  • Adverse health outcomes
  • Increase in crime rates
  • Reduced participation in the labor market

Some ways they help

  • Develop relationships and partnerships with others (Businesses, Foundations, Government)
  • Recycle 700,000 pounds of computer equipment – it reduces landfills and provides jobs for people they serve
  • Radio Reading service, which is audio recording of the newspaper for those with vision issues
  • Adult Day Programs
  • Providing employment (48% of Goodwill store employees are disabled)
  • They often hire graduates of their training programs

Goodwill Easterseals receive funding from private and government entities. They also have business services. They provide janitorial and other services to businesses and at the Airforce base. These businesses have strong systems that can support these ventures. This includes safety programs and OSHA certifications.

Their core belief is that people want to support themselves. Even if they need help with some things, they want to do as much as they can for themselves. People want to have choices and make their own decisions. Goodwill Easterseals help people with disabilities to fully participate in their communities.

Helping children with disabilities

  • Screening for developmental delays
  • Car safety seats for families who can’t afford them

Helping veterans

  • Over 2200 veterans live in Centerville
  • They help connect veterans with employers

Lance told us the story of Vic Ketring. He was in a very bad accident and he suffers permanent issues with short term memory loss. Goodwill was able to teach him how to use things like post-it notes and other tools to overcome his issues. He is a true success story as he is now able to live independently.

How the community can help

  • Volunteers
  • Monetary donations
  • Used goods donations
  • Shopping at their stores
  • Employers hiring graduates of their training programs

Thank you, Lance Detrich, for taking the time today to give us a better understanding of what Goodwill Easterseals Miami Valley does and how we can help.

Thank You Notes Sent to CNO This Week

No Thank You Notes received this week.

CNO Donations 2013 through June 2019

Click this link to see a summary of the donations our club has made.

Over 50 years, we have donated close to $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $700,000.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Kelly George November 12
Becky Keegan November 12

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Art Hung November 16 11/16/2001 18
Tim Clemmer November 16 11/16/2001 18
Larry England November 17 11/17/1994 25
Nancy Lehren November 17 11/17/1994 25

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Lacy Owens Stan Fronzaglia Induction
Beverly Dunnington Bob Lawson Induction
James Reinhard Andy Dickerson 3rd Reading
Jay Schindler Mike Bevis 2nd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Carrie Million Finding Mike Bevis’ name badge after losing it.
Ellie Parker Wearing her cat outfit at lunch right before Halloween.
Charlie Tapp Leading people to sing when you can’t lead, but they can’t sing either!
Bob Duffy Leading people to sing when you can’t lead, but they can’t sing either!
Mary Madden Didn’t tell anyone she was not coming to lunch last week. We missed you.
Joe Madden Didn’t tell anyone he was not coming to lunch last week. No one missed you.
Joe Kronenberger Not sharing a choclate dessert with a sergeant at lunch.
Laurie Poeppelman Wearing jeans instead of fancy work attire when selling Optigear.
Beth Duncan Forgot details about social events when announcing them.
Brian Nolan Impersonating Beth Duncan.
Gary Anderson Hogging the microphone last week and taking up so much time that Gary Smiga didn’t get to speak.
Paul Stull Whining that he never wins the 50/50 drawing anymore.
Greg Griffin Giving Bell and Gavel to Jean Pummill for safe keeping.
Jean Pummill Accepted the bell and gavel for safe keeping when she knew she would get fined since she was sitting next to a sergeant.
Patrick Arehart Late to last week’s meeting. He asked for a ride from Diane Arehart when his battery died so that he could attend the lunch.
Anyone who as been a member for less than 6 months Fined for being a new member in case you have not been fined yet.

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Bob Collins Winning the Wright Patterson Air Force Base half maraton for the the 75-79 age group.
Don Kelley Gary Smiga winning the election for Fiscal Officer for Washington Township.
Beth Duncan Thanks to Bob Glavin and Greg Wasmund for inviting her to the Partners Optimist Club meeting.
Terry Leputa 5th grandchild was born last Saturday.
Jane Fiehrer TJ’s Place of Hope is holding a silent auction and 50/50 raffle on November 21-24, 2019. Details are a https://tjsplaceofhope.org/hopeanchorsthesoul/
Christine Balsan Thanked Tom Novak for adding metal detectors as a tool for finding sleeves for the Avenue of Flags.