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 June 20, 2019 – Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon L. Kennedy

Guests and Members in Attendance

Michelle Apolito
Denise Christie
Amelia Cordonnier
Colton Dickerson
Gwen Dickerson
Nora Dickerson
Jerry Gehards
Sharon Kennedy
Joe Poelking
Courtney Taylor
Miles Taylor
Frank Weikel
Dan Apolito
Diane Arehart
Pat Arehart
Marge Back
Harry Bossey
Alan Brown
Jeff Brown
Wayne Christie
Joan Cordonnier
Mike Cordonnier
Brendan Cunningham
Andy Dickerson
Erin Dickerson
Emily Duke
Greg Fay
Stan Fronzaglia
Jesse Gaither
Evelyn Griffin
Greg Griffin
Mark Karns
Scott Langer
Vida McDowell
Brian Nolan
Jean Pummill
Brent Richburg
Ashley Simeone
Gary Smiga
Jayne Weikel
Jerry Stahley

All Photos from the Meeting are here

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was at Poelking Lanes South in Miami Township, Ohio. Thank you to Joe Poelking, the owner of the venue, for donating the VIP Bowling Lounge for our meeting with complimentary bowling and for obtaining and introducing tonight’s speaker, Ohio Supreme Court Judge Sharon L. Kennedy.

There was a 50/50 drawing won by Greg Fay who donated it back to the Optimist International Foundation.

There were 41 people at the meeting (29 members and 12 guests).

Greg Fay, the chair of CNO 2.0, thanked everyone for attending tonight. He introduced and thanked tonight’s host, Joe Poelking.

New Member Induction

President-elect Greg Griffin inducted CNO 2.0’s newest member, Alan Brown.

Speaker tonight was Ohio Supreme Court Judge Sharon L. Kennedy

Tonight’s venue host Joe Poelking introduced our speaker, Ohio Supreme Court Judge Sharon L. Kennedy. Prior to serving on the Ohio Supreme Court she served as a Judge at the Butler County Court of Common Pleas Domestic Relations Division since 1999. From 2005 until December of 2012 she served as the administrative judge of the Division.

Judge Kennedy came to speak to us tonight about The Ohio Judicial System and how it impacts your life. She handed out her booklet “The Ohio Judicial System & You”.

Part of the checks and balances of power in the U.S. and Ohio is the judicial system.

There are several types of courts with varying purposes in Ohio.

Mayor’s courts handle things like traffic tickets and misdemeanors. They don’t have trials. The cases they can’t hear are transferred to other courts.

Municipal courts are the worker bees, hearing as many as 3 million cases per year in Ohio.

The Court of Claims hears cases of civil actions filed against the state.

The Court of Common Pleas includes the Probate court. She called the Probate Court the Happy and Sad court. They handle adoptions as well as handling estates.

There are 12 Appeals Courts. There are as many as 3 million cases heard in the Ohio courts system. Only about 7000 to 9000 are appealed. The court system is nowhere near perfect. The number of appeals cases should be higher. The number is as low as it is because it is very expensive to appeal a case.

The Ohio Supreme Court hears about 2200 cases per year.

A detailed description and chart of the Ohio Judicial Structure can be read here.

Elected Judges in Ohio

Ohio in 1851 was unstable and essentially bankrupt. Until 1851, Ohio judges could be fired, and they were every time new leadership was elected. Judge Kennedy said we should read about the great debates of 1851. She found these debates to be very exciting. The debates led to 6-year terms for Ohio Supreme Court judges and helped stabilize Ohio.

Judge Kennedy told us that as citizens of Ohio, we are the judicial system since we choose the judges. She said we should know our judges. Judges now are more accessible than ever. She said we should know who all of our government representatives are. You should have them on your speed dial and call them when you want them to do something or to do something different.

There are no term limits for a judge, but you cannot run for judge if you will be 70 or older before your term begins.

Thank you, Judge Kennedy, for taking the time to come and speak to us today.

CNOtes – June 18, 2019 – Eric Van Vlyman – Alzheimer’s Association

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father there are too many people out there praying for rain. Please ask them to stop. Be with us and all the tornado victims and make the world go away. It’s beyond our imagination to have all our worth taken away in one felt swoop. If we claim to be one of Your children, help us show it by our actions, with prayers, food and money The misery that came from this storm is not a one day happening. It will take a long time to heal and our duty to help will seem never ending. Help us stay the course in giving a helping hand. If ever there was time for Optimism, it is now. May we show those in need the
power of Optimism and love to see them thru this ordeal. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Tom Brozich Mike Bevis
Joe Demarco Gary Demarco
Norma Demarco Gary Demarco
Bill Duffy Carolyn Taylor
Yvette Duffy Carolyn Taylor
Daniela Kaissieh Awardee’s Family
Jamie Kaissieh Awardee’s Family
Johnny Kaissieh Awardee’s Family
Joseph Kaissieh Awardee’s Family
Tonja Kaissieh Scholarship Awardee
Kathy Linder Steve Linder
Meg McFarland Speaker
Chris Smith Greg Griffin
R.J. Snider Kelly Davis
Giovani Taylor Roberta Taylor
Max Valentine Stan Fronzaglia
Eric VanVlyman Speaker

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Upcoming Social Events

Beth Duncan, social committee, announced social activities for the rest of 2019 so that you can save the dates.

  • 6/28/2019 – 6:30 PM, Friday, Dinner at Valley Vineyard
  • 7/19/2019 – 6:30 PM, Friday, Euchre party at TBD
  • 8/10/2019 – 5:30 PM, Saturday, Cookout, Outdoor games, Monte Carlo Night at Lion’s Club, Bellbrook
  • 9/24/2019 – 6 PM?, Tuesday, Presidential Installation Dinner at the Presidential Banquet Center
  • October 2019, ALL DAY, Keeneland Horse Racing, there will be a chartered bus
  • 11/8/2019 – 6:30 PM?, Friday, Euchre party at TBD
  • 12/10/2019 – 6 PM?, Tuesday, Holiday Party at Yankee Trace

Committee Announcements

Joan Cordonnier, chair of the Americana 5K race, said she needs more volunteers. On race day a lot more help is needed starting at 6:30am. Many of the jobs will be done by about 7:30am.  Jobs include registration, parking, and refreshments.

Mike Bevis, chair of the golf committee, said the Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf Tournament is in less than 4 weeks. Next week please bring in gift certificates and wine for the gift baskets. It will be held on Monday, July 15, 2019. They are still accepting volunteers and donations.

Kelly George, essay chair, said the essay committee needs a new chair. She is moving up to the district level. Please let her know if you would like to chair this committee.

Myron Rheaume, OI Ohio Governor elect, said if you have not signed up for the international convention in Louisville, Kentucky, there is still time to sign up. You should go even if you can only make it for one day. There have been 44 signups from Ohio so far. Michigan has 50. He said to please support the governor elect.

Myron Rheaume, chair of PGI and PDP Development programs, announced he is always happy to explain and help with PDP and PGI. He is available after lunch to start/update your PGI/PDP passports. See him next week after lunch for help.

Greg Griffin announced that instead of our normal lunch format on June 25, 2019, from 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM a “New Optimists Wanted” (NOW) event will be held at Yankee Trace. Committee chairs will present what they do to new and prospective new members. There will be a picnic buffet of hot dogs and hamburgers served at lunch that day.

Greg Griffin announced that there is NO lunch meeting on Tuesday July 2, 2019. Enjoy your Independence Day Celebrations.

Education Assistance Award

Gary Smiga introduced Education Assistance Award recipient Tonja Kaissieh who couldn’t make it 2 weeks ago because she was visiting Ohio State University. Since Tonja’s family was not here with the other 3 recipients 2 weeks ago, he briefly discussed the award and its purpose. You can read the previous article here.

Tonja brought her mother Jamie, her father Johnny, her sister Daniela, and her grandfather Joseph Kaissieh who is visiting from Israel.

Tonja attended Centerville High School and is ranked 31st in a senior class of 647 students with a GPA of 4.5432.

Tonja’s Extracurricular and Community Service Activities include:

  • Octagon Club
  • National Honor Society
  • Spanish Club and the Spanish National Honor Society
  • Investment Club
  • Diversity Club
  • Lunch Buddies
  • Circle of Friends
  • Study Buddies
  • Elks for Seniors
  • Elk Connectors
  • Greek Dancing
  • Greek Orthodox Youth Association
  • Adopt a Family
  • Hannah’s Treasure Chest
  • St Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen

Tonja works as a pet sitter and summer camp counselor. This fall, she will be attending The Ohio State University. After completing her bachelor’s degree, she plans to attend a physician assistant school and have a career in health care.

Gary asked her to speak about her participation in the Circle of Friends Club. Her first statement was that she was so happy Gary chose that club because it is her favorite. It is a club that works with special needs students. Activities they share with each other include lunch, drawing, taking them to football games and spending time in general. It is an amazing experience for the special needs student and for the student volunteers. They become friends with each other and are good friends to have.

Excerpts from Tonya’s essay:

Since my early childhood, service has been a part of my life. Youth must be taught and trained early to help others and to be a part of our community. Teach youth by being good role models. Through activities she tries to show how she is a good role model.

We need to be kind and help one another so that we youth become involved adults that better society.

Alzheimer’s Associaton of Dayton Presentation

PLEASE NOTE: If you have any questions about Alzheimer’s or need help 24/7 you can call (800) 272-3900 any time.

Mike Bevis introduced Eric VanVlymen, the Executive Director of the Miami Valley chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. He has worked for the association for 18 years.

Eric told us about a phone call he received last night. He said, “Last night I was sitting at home and my phone rang. A friend called. The doctor just told her and her sister that her mother has Alzheimer’s. They kind of knew it already but hearing it for sure is really difficult to hear.”

Eric explained that as we grow older, our memory capabilities change. This typical aging is not the same as what happens if you have Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is a brain disease. It is fatal and one of the symptoms is progressive memory loss. This is memory loss that affects day to day activities. Those affected suddenly might forget where Kroger’s is or forget to pay their bills. It can be detected now as early as 20 years before symptoms appear. In the past, patients were not treated until dementia occurred. At this point you are treating people after significant brain loss. Unfortunately, the only way right now to detect it this early is with a $4000 brain scan that few can afford. Without the scan Doctors are pretty much guessing that a patient might have Alzheimer’s. Insurance argues that if there is no treatment, why spend for detection. Many doctors often won’t tell patients that their diagnosis is Alzheimer’s.

There is hope in research. The FDA is close to approving a blood test to detect Alzheimer’s early. We may be able to slow and possibly stop the progression of the disease. The FDA periodically tests using existing drugs to see if they help in anyway.

Support for research has increased in recent years from $400 million per year to $2.3 billion per year. The Alzheimer’s Association is passionate about research.

Alzheimer’s is a public health crisis. Nationwide 5.8 Million are afflicted. In the Miami Valley, 30,000 are afflicted and over 90,000 family and friends are providing. The disease is more expensive than heart disease and cancer. Part of the reason is because of how long people live with the disease.

Compared with 10 years ago when he spoke to us there is way more good news to share.

An exciting study called the A4 Study looks promising. From the A4 Study website, “The purpose of the Anti-Amyloid Treatment in Asymptomatic Alzheimer’s study (the “A4 Study” for short) is to test whether a new investigational treatment, called an anti-amyloid antibody, can slow memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s disease.”

The number one thing you can do for your brain now is to walk. Additionally, he said, engage your brain. Learn new things. Participate with others. Social interaction like being a member of Centerville Noon Optimist is great for your brain. Additionally, control your blood pressure, they can now say there is a causal relationship between having high blood pressure and getting Alzheimer’s.

The Alzheimer’s Association has a passion to support those with the disease and to support their families. They need more volunteers for numerous activities. The current staff of 14 can’t do it all on their own. They want to end this disease. Reach out if you would like to donate your time or money.

He ended with re-iterating “The Hope of Research”. He said he connected his friend from the phone call with one of his staff. They will be given information about support groups and will be educated about handling the disease and helping their mother.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Ron Kuker June 19
Deb Ulrich June 22
Carrie Million June 23
Dick Lee June 23
Gary DeMarco June 23
Will Pace June 23
Cherie Gentry June 24
Jay McAlpine June 24

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Denise Green June 19 6/19/2013 6
Wes Cleaves June 22 6/22/1993 26

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Wasfi Samaan Patrick Arehart Induction
Karin Gilstrap Cindy Harris 3rd Reading
Michelle Tagliamonte Mike Bevis 2nd Reading
Bill Duffy Carolyn Taylor 1st Reading
Yvette Donahue-Duffy Carolyn Taylor 1st Reading
Kathy Linder Sue Brubaker 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

No time for Sergeants this week.

 Happy Bucks! 

No time for Happy Bucks this Week.

CNOtes – June 11, 2019 – Erma Bombeck – Presented by Debe Dockins

Phather Phil’s Prayer

David Ladd , our Ohio Optimist District Chaplain, offered the prayer today in the absence of Phather Phil. David delivers beautiful extemporaneous prayers and this week was no exception.

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Bill Duffy Carolyn Taylor
Yvette Duffy Carolyn Taylor
Louise Haun Mike Bevis
Kathy Linder Sue Brubaker
Chris Smith Greg Griffin

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Caregiver Award Presentation

Paul Stull presented the “Caregiver Award” today. The recipient did not know he was going to receive the award. Paul told us more about the recipient. Like himself, the recipient has been a Boy Scout Master for several decades. Paul noted the similarities of the Boy Scout Oath or Promise to the Optimist Creed.

Boy Scout Oath

  • On my honor, I will do my best
  • To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law;
  • To help other people at all times;
  • To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.

It is fitting that the recipient is a Scout Master as well as being a member of the Centerville Noon Optimist club. The Optimist slogan is “Friend of Youth” and of course the Boy Scouts are all about helping the youth in our world become better adults.

Paul announced that the recipient is Charles Goodwin, who we know as Charlie. His Boy Scout troop calls him “Doc”. Charlie has been a member of CNO since October, 2008.

As a pediatric surgeon, Charlie has healed countless children. He has received all kinds of awards as a doctor.

Thank you, Charlie, for all you do for children.

Committee Announcements

Joan Cordonnier, chair of the Americana 5K race, said she needs more volunteers. There is easy work handing out packets for 2 days before.  On race day, help is needed starting at about 6:30am and many of the jobs will be done by about 7:30am.  We even have quite a few club members who come and help with registration and then run the 5K!

Mike Bevis, chair of the golf committee, said the Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf Tournament is in less than 5 weeks. It will be held on Monday, July 15, 2019. We are still accepting volunteers and donations.

Jesse Gaither announced that the next Optimist 2.0 meeting will be June 20, 2019 at Poelking Lanes South. It will be a family fun night and teacher appreciation day. The speaker will be Ohio Supreme Court Judge Sharon L. Kennedy. The following meeting will be July 18, 2019 at Chappy’s and the guest speaker will be Jenell Ross, the president of Bob Ross Auto Group.

Myron Rheaume, chair of PGI and PDP Development programs, announced he is always happy to explain and help with PDP and PGI. He is available after lunch to start/update the PGI/PDP passports. See him next week after lunch for help.

Greg Griffin announced that instead of our normal lunch format on June 25, 2019, from 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM a “New Optimist Wanted” (NOW) event will be held at Yankee Trace. Committee chairs will present what they do to new and prospective new members. There will be a buffet lunch served that day.

Myron Rheaume announced that the Long Range Planning Committee will meet next week.

Upcoming Social Events

Beth Duncan, social committee, announced social activities for the rest of 2019 so that you can save the dates.

  • 6/28/2019 – 6:30 PM, Friday, Dinner at Valley Vineyard
  • 7/19/2019 – 6:30 PM, Friday, Euchre party at TBD
  • 8/10/2019 – 5:30 PM, Saturday, Cookout, Outdoor games, Monte Carlo Night at the Bellbrook Lions Club
  • 9/24/2019 – 6 PM?, Tuesday, Presidential Installation Dinner at the Presidential Banquet Center
  • October 2019, ALL DAY, Keeneland Horse Racing; there will be a chartered bus
  • 11/8/2019 – 6:30 PM?, Friday, Euchre party at TBD
  • 12/10/2019 – 6 PM?, Tuesday, Holiday Party at Yankee Trace

Today’s Presentation

President elect Greg Griffin ran today’s meeting. Greg introduced CNO member Debe Dockins.

Debe Dockins gave us a touching and hilarious presentation about Erma Bombeck who was born in Bellbrook, Ohio on February 21, 1927.

Debe said that when the world lost Erma Bombeck in 1996, we lost one of the best comedic writers ever. Erma is interred in Woodland Cemetery in Dayton, OH. She was also a Television personality for over a decade on ABC’s Good Morning America.

If you get a chance to see Debe’s presentation, take it. It was heartwarming to hear about a person who started with nothing and touched the lives of millions and put smiles on their faces.

Until you get a chance to see the presentation, you can read many details about Erma Bombeck on Wikipedia.

Thank you Debe for making us smile today.

CNO Lunch Speaker for June 18, 2019

The speaker will be Eric Van Vlyman from the Dayton Alzheimer’s Association.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Mike Wall June 12
Charla Rheaume June 16

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Cherie Gentry June 17 6/17/2015 4
Sam Pfabe June 17 6/17/2015 4

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Michelle Tagliamonte Mike Bevis 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

No time for Sergeants this week.

 Happy Bucks! 

No time for Happy Bucks this Week.

CNOtes – June 4, 2019 – Educator of the Year and Memorial Scholarships Presented

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father at times we act like a silly goose. We labor over how and what to say in our prayers. We hesitate because It just doesn’t sound right or it doesn’t sound pretty. We should know by now, You do not judge based on the words we use nor the folly of our tongues. When we come to You in earnest prayer, You already know what our hearts want to convey. Your children just want You to know how much we love You and need your love and guidance. Thanks for all of our blessings. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Tom Brozich Mike Bevis
Chuck Doran Jane Fiehrer
Martin Huffstutler Brandon Barret
Karen Mills Awardee’s Family
Madeline Mills Scholarship Winner
Lisa Reibly Awardee’s Family
Nick Reibly Scholarship Winner
Jonathan Rich Mike Bevis
Sarah Schaade Erin Belangia-Sanchez
Sarah Swan EOTY Peer
Matt Szozda Educator of the Year
Dan Tarpey EOTY Peer
Angela Whitehead Awardee’s Family
Chris Whitehead Awardee’s Family
Emily Whitehead Scholarship Winner
Kevin Whitehead Awardee’s Family
Rachel Whitehead Awardee’s Family

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Committee Announcements

Brent Richburg, Americana Booth committee, asked people to please sign up to help with the information booth on July 4, 2019 to share with perspective members what we do for the community and how they can join and help.

Bob Burkman, flag committee, said volunteers are needed for flag delivery and assembly.

Bob Lawson thanked all the volunteers that helped make the Fishing Derby a success last weekend.

Jerry Stahley reported that at the Junior Golf tournament yesterday, 94 kids played golf and Jerry thanked everyone who volunteered.

Upcoming Social Events

Beth Duncan, social committee, announced social activities for the rest of 2019 so that you can save the dates.

  • 6/28/2019 – 6:30 PM, Friday, Dinner at Valley Vineyard
  • 7/19/2019 – 6:30 PM, Friday, Euchre party at TBD
  • 8/10/2019 – 5:30 PM, Saturday, Cookout, Outdoor games, Monte Carlo Night at TBD
  • 9/24/2019 – 6 PM?, Tuesday, Presidential Installation Dinner at the Presidential Banquet Center
  • October 2019, ALL DAY, Keeneland Horse Racing, there will be a chartered bus
  • 11/8/2019 – 6:30 PM?, Friday, Euchre party at TBD
  • 12/10/2019 – 6 PM?, Tuesday, Holiday Party at Yankee Trace

Bringing out the Best in Kids Award

Gary Smiga discussed the history of the “Bringing out the Best in Kids Award”.     Begun as an “Achievement in Education” Award in 2003, it became the “Bringing out the Best in Kids'” Award to honor Margaret Barclay’s theme for her year as Ohio District Governor.  We have had 18 recipients, including public and private school administrators, principals, and teachers from elementary, middle, and high school. Since 2018, our selection process has been to use the CCS Teacher of the Year nominee for Ohio’s Teacher of the Year program as our recipient.

Matt Szozda is the 2019 recipient of the award. Matt is an outstanding, young and successful Art teacher. He currently works at Cline Elementary. He has been with the district for 8 years. Matt is the Centerville City School nominee for Ohio’s Teacher of the Year.

Shirley Kurtz, the principal of Cline, nominated him. She said to us, “Matt Szozda is the teacher you want your students to have. He teaches from the heart and uses self-reflection. He gets students to use creativity to solve complex world problems. Remember these are 2nd through 5th graders. The students become civic minded problem solvers.”

Matt thanked the Centerville Noon Optimist club. He said this is not the crowd he normally speaks to. He mentioned our audience is a just a little bit older than his students. He scanned the room earlier and noticed the Optimist Creed on the wall. He noted one of the key ideas of the creed is believing in yourself and believing in others. These are the key things he tries to teach his students. He said, “Thank you so much for the honor you have given me today.”

Gary Smiga gave the name plate with Matt Szozda’s name to Superintendent Tom Henderson. The plate will be added to the permanent plaque on display in the front foyer at the Central office for Centerville Schools’ on Virginia Avenue.

Additional guests to witness the award presentation today from Centerville Schools were Dan Tarpey (Directory of Human Resources) and Sarah Swan (Community Relations Specialist).

Educational Assistance Awards

Gary Smiga presented the 2019 Educational Assistance Awards. Most of this article comes from the notes Gary prepared for this presentation.

From Gary:

It is my pleasure to be able to introduce this year’s Centerville Noon Optimist Club’s Memorial Educational Assistance Award winners.  The award is given in the memory of the individuals that have passed away while active members of our club.  The following individuals exemplified what it meant to give back to your community with their service and character:

  • Tom Frazier- 1994
  • Tom Craig- 1994
  • Denise Goeckel- 1998
  • Dick Lewin- 2002
  • Corwin Robinson- 2005
  • Steve Fisher- 2007
  • Dave Petree- 2007
  • Jim Hawley- 2010
  • Margaret Barclay- 2010
  • Tom Gravlin- 2013
  • Terry Blair-2014
  • Dave Milam- 2014
  • Ken Bluhm- 2015
  • John Hughes- 2015
  • Mike Hayes- 2015
  • Wes Hamdan- 2016
  • Tim Gibson- 2017
  • Linda Fisher- 2017
  • Brent Moore- 2018
  • Chuck Dickerson- 2018

Please join me in a moment of silence as we remember these fine individuals.

The qualifications for our Educational Assistance award are as follows:

  1. Be a graduating high school senior that will be attending a college/university offering a two/four-year degree upon the completion of an accredited program;
  2. Be a resident of Centerville/Washington Township;
  3. Have a strong record of participation in community service activities; and
  4. Possess a financial need as affirmed by the FAFSA.

Before I introduce this year’s winners, I would like to recognize the committee who read the applications and made this year’s selections: Gail Aiken, Will Cale, Bob Duffy, and Roberta Taylor.

I would also like to thank the CNO Board of Directors for budgeting funds to support this scholarship program, as well as the entire Centerville Noon Optimist Club membership for having worked in the various fundraising activities to allow for this program and many of the others that we do to be a reality.

This year we have 4 award recipients, 3 of them were with us today.

Madeline Mills

Madeline brought her Mother, Karen Mills.

Madeline attended Centerville High School and she is ranked 28th in a senior class of 647 students with a GPA of 4.56.

Madeline’s Extracurricular and Community Service Activities include:

  • Tennis
  • Speech and Debate
  • French Club
  • Model UN
  • Poetry Club
  • Chem Buddies
  • Key Club
  • Lunch Buddies
  • Church Youth Group
  • National Honor Society

Madeline currently works at Mathnasium of Centerville. She will be attending Purdue University and her major is Chemical Engineering.

She told us about Chem Buddies. If you are taking AP chemistry, you can volunteer to participate. They go to Centerville elementary and middle schools and present experiments to students and explain the science.

Excerpts form Madeline’s essay:

Youth is the future of society. It will be the youths who make the decisions of the future. Providing youth services is necessary to make sure they are capable of being our future leaders. She is member of Lunch Buddies and she said one of the rolls of a high school student is to improve the community.

Nicholas Reibly

Nicholas brought his mother, Lisa Reibly.

Nicholas attended Centerville High School and he is ranked 293rd in a senior class of 647 students with a GPA of 3.6082.

Nicholas’s Extracurricular and Community Service Activities include:

  • Varsity Football
  • Senior Captain
  • 2018 Sonny Unger Award
  • Elk Pride Award
  • Lunch Buddies
  • Leadership Academy
  • Centerville Baseball Umpire
  • Centerville 7th grade Football Assistant Coach
  • Centerville Kids Football Camp

Nicholas currently works at Home Depot. He will be attending the University of Findlay. He will continue to play football at college. After college he would like to teach in a high school.

Nicholas is a 2018 recipient of the Sonny Unger award, which is presented to a CHS outstanding football athlete. The Sonny Unger Foundation was established in 1966 to honor the memory of a true American hero, Lester E. “Sonny” Unger. He was killed in Vietnam. The Sonny Unger Foundation keeps alive the memory of Sonny by awarding two scholarships to Seniors on Centerville High School’s Football Team. The recipients are deemed most like the character and dedication of Sonny.

Excerpts from Nicholas’ essay:

The youth of the today will be the leaders of tomorrow. Services for youth are important. The future of a town is dependent on its youth. Employment, volunteering, and sports give students a since of purpose.

Emily Whitehead

Emily brought her mother, Angela, her father, Chris, her brother, Kevin and her sister, Rachel.

Emily attended Centerville High School and she is ranked 4th in a senior class of 647 students with a GPA of 4.9455.

Emily’s Extracurricular and Community Service Activities include:

  • Varsity Soccer
  • Scholar Athlete
  • Student Council
  • Piano Instructor
  • Band- Alto Saxophonist and Pianist
  • Model UN
  • Elk Connectors
  • Junior Leadership Dayton
  • TOP Soccer
  • Safetyville Square
  • Elks for Seniors

Emily currently works at Mathnasium in Centerville. She will be attending the University of North Carolina.  She would like to go to graduate school to study International Business or attend Law School.

Emily discussed Elks for Seniors. It was recently created by students at CHS. They volunteer at St Leonard’s once a week.

Excerpts from Emily’s essay:

Her mother taught her to take care of your mind, body and soul each day. We need to help youth be properly clothed, fed and given opportunities to help the community. High school students can be significant role models for younger students. She set a good example for young students and talked to the student councils at all the Centerville City elementary and middle schools. Give youth a chance to help make the future better for the community.

Tonja Kaissieh

Tonja Kaissieh was not able to join us today and she will be introduced to the club at an upcoming meeting.

Award Presentation and Summary

Gary introduced CNO President Donna Huss who presented the awards to the recipients. Each of our recipients will receive a $1500 check that they can use towards the cost of attendance at the university they have chosen.

This award is renewable for a second year with a continued financial need, continued involvement in school, community or faith-based activities, and a freshman grade point average of at least a 3.0.

We often hear a lot of negative stories about today’s youth that you might begin to wonder if there is any hope for their future and our future.  Today these young individuals have hopefully dispelled those concerns, as they exemplify the qualities that will allow them to move forward and be the leaders and shakers of tomorrow.

Madeline, Nicholas and Emily, we are all very proud of you and we wish you the best at the schools you have chosen to attend.

Fellow Optimists, please join me in a round of applause for these fine individuals.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Jim Marker May 23
Don Skelton May 25
Cristlyn Johnston May 26
Casey Wyckoff May 30
Mike Witt June 01
Shawna Hatton June 01

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
James Schumacher May 22 5/22/1991 28
Pete Rife May 22 5/22/2013 6
Bob Clements May 25 5/25/2005 14
Paulette Novak May 25 5/25/2005 14
Amy Barker May 26 5/26/2008 11
Cheryl Reichel May 26 5/26/2008 11
Debe Dockins May 26 5/26/2009 10
Bob Burkman May 31 5/31/2003 16
Carol Burkman May 31 5/31/2003 16
Gary Aiken June 1 6/1/1982 37
Wayne Christie June 1 6/1/1988 31

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Mary Ann MacKenzie
Carolyn Taylor Induction
Karin Gilstrap Cindy Harris 2nd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

No time for Sergeants this week.

 Happy Bucks! 

No time for Happy Bucks this Week.

CNOtes – Optimist 2.0 May 16, 2019 – Dan Apolito – Co-Owner Archer’s (and Club Member)

Guests and Members in Attendance

Michelle Apolito
Abbe Devore
Logan Fay
Karin Gilstrap
Gary Poeppelman
Dan Apolito
Diane Arehart
Pat Arehart
Marge Back
Katie Calloway
Bob Crawford
Brendan Cunningham
Judy DeMarco
Emily Duke
Beth Duncan
Greg Fay
Evelyn Griffin
Greg Griffin
Gary Hansen
Cindy Harris
Donna Huss
John Kalaman
Mark Karns
Brian Nolan
Tom Novak
Laurie Poeppelman
Jean Pummill
Brent Richburg
Ashley Simeone
Nick Tarkany
Ron Tinnerman
Jayne Weikel

All Photos from the Meeting are here

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was Heavier than Air Brewing Company. Thank you to CNO member Nick Tarkany and his team for allowing us to take over their bar tonight.

There was a 50/50 drawing won by CNO member Judy DeMarco. With the raffle, $45 was raised for Optimist International.

We had 27 members and 5 guests in attendance.

Awards

President Donna Huss presented award pins for sponsoring new members to CNO 2.0 members Cindy Harris, Emily Duke and Nick Tarkany.

New Member Inductions

Donna Huss inducted Mark Karns and Bob Crawford as the two newest members of CNO 2.0. That makes them part of CNO with all the same rights and privileges. Regardless of which CNO club you are in, you are welcome to volunteer for all fundraisers, community events and to participate on any committee.

CNO 2.0 Introduction and Announcements

Greg Fay, CNO 2.0 committee chair, gave us a summary about the club. He thanked everyone for coming tonight. He said it is great to be part of a club with some members who have over 30 years of service experience with the club.

Beth Duncan, co-chair of the Social Committee, said the Social Committee is looking for new members. Remember that CNO 2.0 members can join any committee that a standard CNO member can.

Dan Apolito Co-Owner of Archer’s Tavern Restaurants

Greg Fay introduced Dan Apolito, the co-owner of 2 Archer’s Tavern Restaurants (Centerville and Kettering) and The Stone House Tavern in Waynesville. Dan is a member of CNO 2.0.

Dan told us about the path that led him to owning three popular restaurants.

Dan was born in Bellbrook where his father was a police officer. At age 6 he moved to Centerville. His father taught at CHS and UD and had the Optimist Creed hanging in his home office. Dan attended CHS and worked at J.Alexander’s to help pay for his Bachelor’s degree in Management from the University of Dayton.

Dan was involved from the beginning of the restaurant at Yankee Trace golf course.

He interned at Disney World and learned a lot about great customer service from that experience.

Years after leaving J.Alexander’s, they invited him back to be involved in the management of their restaurants. The company moved him to Memphis, Louisville, Cleveland and finally back to Centerville where he and his wife Michelle wanted to raise their family. It was going pretty well except the manager of the Centerville J.Alexander’s had no plans to retire any time soon and he wanted that job.

Applebee’s reached out to him. He spent 8.5 years with the Applebee’s, the first 2 years at the Springfield restaurant and the last 6.5 years as the area director over several restaurants.

After Applebee’s he tried being a financial advisor, but he loved the service industry. He and Mike Fullenkamp (Dan’s partner in the restaurants) had discussions while he was a financial advisor about opening a restaurant together. They thought Centerville could support another restaurant. The idea was to blend the menu of Applebee’s with the same focus on great customer service that J.Alexander’s had.

Dan said he is often asked where they got the name Archer’s Tavern. They were about to open the first restaurant and they still didn’t have a name. They started with around 100 names and narrowed to 15 and still couldn’t decide. Dan decided to go to the Centerville Library and read a book written by the Centerville Historical Society titled, “Sense of Place”. There was a restaurant a long time ago in Centerville called, “Sign of the Cross King’s Tavern”. The owner of the restaurant’s last name was Archer. The restaurant was better known as “Archer’s Place”.

Dan and Mike always try to support the community. If you come in and say you live in the area and need a donation, they almost always help with gift cards or some other way.

Another question Dan is often asked is about the origin of the hamburger with peanut butter called, “Sticky Burger”. Dan is the food guy of the partnership, his partner heads up other areas. However, Mike suggested why don’t we put something weird on the menu. Let’s put peanut butter on a burger and see what happens. They sell tons of “Sticky Burgers”.

Dan credits great customer service for their success. They train their servers to help each other. Someone will greet you within 15-20 seconds of being seated. The goal is to keep customers coming back. If ever there is a problem with food or service, any employee has the authority to make it right without having to go and get approval.

Thanks Dan Apolito for sharing your story with us today!

CNOtes – May 21, 2019 – Avenue of Flags 2019 Season Kickoff Presentation

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father we stand before You in thankful praise even when we unaware of all You do for us. It’s comforting to converse with You. You put us at ease by listening to us and bolstering our faith, mind and soul. Help us not to worry about anything and come to You in prayer and ask for every thing we need. Let us be mindful that You are always with us even when all we say is “Thanks”. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Karin Gilstrap Cindy Harris
Nina Vasiliu Tom Novak

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Special Notice

There is no lunch meeting on 5/28/2019.

Upcoming Community Events

June 1, 2019, 9AM to 11:30 AM, the Fishing Derby, Bob Lawson said to let those planning on attend know they need to fill out the registration form and bring it to the derby. Spread the word on Facebook! Registration is between 8:00 – 9:00AM. We supply free worms however you are permitted to bring your own bait and lures. We stock the ponds with approximately 400 pounds of Catfish for the Derby. There are other fish also in the ponds – mainly Bluegills. Prizes and trophies for all.  Children ages 5-15 are encouraged to participate and try this event. The event is held at Washington Township Rec Center, in two ponds. Click here for registration form.

2019 Fishing Derby Registration Form

August 10, 2019, St Leonard BoomerFest. We had members from our club within a club from St Leonard at today’s lunch. St Leonard wants everyone to save the date, August 10, 2019 for their Annual BoomerFest. Click for details.

Upcoming Social Events

5/29/2019, 6:30 at Heather’s Café in Springboro, “Dining in the Dark”. There will be a nice meal, but you will be blindfolded during it. The event includes meal, music and silent auction. The cost is $65 per person. The event is a fundraiser and raises awareness about the issues facing the blind community. This is being arranged by Bob Collins’ daughter.

Committee Announcements

Bob Lawson announced that for the upcoming Fishing Derby on June 1, 2019 he needs someone with a pickup to help transfer items to and from the event.

June 25, 2019, 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM a “New Optimist Wanted” (NOW) event will be held at Yankee Trace instead of our traditional lunch. Committee chairs will present what they do to new and prospective new members. There will be a buffet lunch served that day.

Awards

President Donna Huss presented two awards today:

  • Scott Langer received a pin for sponsoring 10 new members.
  • Jesse Gaither received the 100-year pin for earning the “Promise Yourself” member award. Donna also mentioned that Jesse’s business Minute Man Press received a business of the year award last week from the City of Centerville.

Avenue of Flags Fundraiser

Donna Huss introduced the three chairs of the CNO Avenue of Flags (AOF) Committee. They are Tom Novak, Mike Brubaker and Bob Burkman. Each spoke to us about our fundraiser.

Flags are delivered on

  • Memorial Day
  • Flag Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Veterans Day

Especially this time of year, the three committee chairs spend a lot of time away from home. Tom thanked their wives Paulette Novak, Sue Brubaker, and Carol Burkman for their patience with their husbands.

In 2003 to test the fundraiser, they put out 30 flags for free in Quail Run. If Chuck Dickerson had not put up the initial $3000 in funding, the program probably would never have started.

Back in 2005, the first year Avenue of Flags was a fundraiser, they did skits at CNO lunch to educate members about the concept. One of the skits was the Tom and Jerry show played by “Tom” Novak and “Jerry” Stahley. Then there were American Historical characters. Charlie Tapp dressed up as Paul Revere. You need someone to plant the flags, so Ken Peacock played Johnny Appleseed. Benjamin Franklin was played by Chuck Dickerson.

In 2005, the program earned about $1500. As of the end of 2018, net income was $77,750 with 2141 flags being placed on Veterans Day 2018.

The 2019 Avenue of Flags fundraiser is being dedicated to its founder Chuck Dickerson, who left his earthly life in 2018.

Statistics and facts about the program this year from Mike

  • 2001 flags will be delivered for Memorial Day.
  • More subscriptions will be added before each flag delivery day.
  • There are currently 6.6% more subscriptions now than this time last year.
  • For Memorial Day there will be 100 helpers delivering flags, with 30 of them being subscriber helpers that are not members of CNO.
  • Most flags will be delivered on May 23, 2019.
  • Each Flag Route is designed to take about 1.5 hours.
  • The largest route is 160 flags.
  • AOF volunteers build the flags themselves from purchased parts and kits.

Tom explained some more about AOF. Neighbors telling their neighbors about the Avenue of Flags is a large source of new subscribers and it was the only way it worked the first few years.

Helpers go out as 2 person Teams. They are always looking for volunteers. They are very excited to get volunteers that have flag friendly vehicles like mini-vans, SUV’s and pickup trucks.

Bob explained some history about Memorial Day. Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day started on May 30, 1865, to honor the 620,000 people who died in the Civil War. May 30th was chosen because there were no battles on that day. Memorial Day got its current official name in 1967. Currently Memorial Day is on the last Monday of May each year because of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. Signed into law on June 28, 1968, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act took effect on January 1, 1971. Bob mentioned that Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May as a tribute to the men and women currently serving in the Armed Forces.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Jim Marker May 23
Don Skelton May 25
Cristlyn Johnston May 26
Casey Wyckoff May 30
Mike Witt June 01
Shawna Hatton June 01

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
James Schumacher May 22 5/22/1991 28
Pete Rife May 22 5/22/2013 6
Bob Clements May 25 5/25/2005 14
Paulette Novak May 25 5/25/2005 14
Amy Barker May 26 5/26/2008 11
Cheryl Reichel May 26 5/26/2008 11
Debe Dockins May 26 5/26/2009 10
Bob Burkman May 31 5/31/2003 16
Carol Burkman May 31 5/31/2003 16
Gary Aiken June 1 6/1/1982 37
Wayne Christie June 1 6/1/1988 31

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Karin Gilstrap Cindy Harris 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Anyone wearing shorts Wearing shorts when it is cold, even though it is past the middle of May!
Tom Novak At recent CNO 2.0 meeting spilled beer on new member Mark Karns
Mike Yoder Couldn’t find name badge
Jesse Gaither Late to meeting

 Happy Bucks! 

No time for Happy Bucks this Week.

CNOtes – May 14, 2019 – Dr. Tom Henderson – Centerville City Schools Presentation

Awards

Greg Griffin, Jesse Gaither and Jean Pummill all received the 100-year pin for the “Promise Yourself” award.

Bill Stone received PGI (Personal Growth and Involvement) level 7.

Upcoming Community Events

June 1, 2019, 9AM to 11:30 AM is the Fishing Derby. Bob Lawson said to let those planning to attend know they need to fill out the registration form and bring it to the derby. Spread the word on Facebook! Registration is between 8:00 – 9:00AM. We supply free worms however you are permitted to bring your own bait and lures. We stock the ponds with approximately 400 pounds of Catfish for the Derby. There are other fish also in the ponds – mainly Bluegills. Prizes and trophies for all.  Children ages 5-15 are encouraged to participate and try this event. The event is held at Washington Township Rec Center, in two ponds.

Click here for Fishing Derby registration form

Upcoming Social Events

5/29/2019, 6:30 at Heather’s Café in Springboro, “Dining in the Dark”. There will be a nice meal, but you will be blindfolded during it. The event includes meal, music and silent auction. The cost is $65 per person. The event is a fundraiser and raises awareness about the issues facing the blind community. This is being arranged by Bob Collins’ daughter.

Committee Announcements

Nancy Lehren, chair of Childhood Cancer Build-a-Bear, reported on the May 10, 2019 event. Patients and their family members assembled 83 bears. Volunteers assembled another 57 bears for a total of 140 bears. The extra bears are either for cancer patients unable to attend or are sent up to the nurses in the cancer unit and are handed out when a child needs a smile. Nancy thanked Bill and Kelly Stone for their $3000 sponsorship of the event. She thanked Ann McKenzie for her $1000 gift. The Adopt-a-Bear fundraiser raised another $1300.

Mike Bevis, golf chair, reported that there are only 60 days until the golf event. They are almost sold out. They are looking for donors and volunteers.

Tom Novak, flag chair, announced flag delivery day is on 5/23/2019 and 5/24/2019.

Katie Calloway announced that a new committee for Social Media has been created. Contact her if you are interested in participating.

Beth Duncan, social committee, announced that the next social committee meeting is on May 22, 2019 at 5:30 at Lizard Apparel and Promotions. The committee is actively seeking new members. Any CNO related member can participate. You can be a member of CNO 2.0, CNO, or CNO St Leonard.

Centerville City Schools Report

Gary Smiga introduced Dr. Thomas J. Henderson, who since 2009 has been the Superintendent of Centerville City Schools (CCS). He is a graduate of the University Dayton and received a Ph D in Educational Leadership from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He has been a member of the Centerville Noon Optimist club since October of 2009.

Dr. Henderson spoke to us today about our local school system. He said he enjoys the relationship he has with the school board. Recently students have formed their own version of the board and it has been positive. Today those students are representing Centerville at a State Board meeting in Columbus.

Many of Dr. Henderson’s presentation points are reported below.

To see all points he went over, you can view his slide show here

CCS has many curriculum department services and programs. There are 32 different languages spoken by students in the district. There are 991 students in special education programs, many of these students have sessions with speech and language therapists.

Teachers continue to learn. To follow new legislative adjustments for gifted programming teachers will take 15 hours/year of continuing education in this area for the next 4 years.

He discussed CCS facilities. There are 14 facilities that have a total 1,279,709 square feet of space and 278 acres of grounds to take care of. All clinics are staffed by RN’s.

Technology upgrades and uses

  • Future Projects include replacing lights with LED lights in Primary Village North.
  • There is a new handheld communications system that works between all buildings. This increases security in the case of an emergency.
  • A lot more surveillance cameras have been added in all facilities.
  • All school busses now have 3 surveillance cameras.
  • There are 5500 student computer devices (computers, tablets, etc) in circulation. That is approximately 2 students per device. The goal is to have 1 device per student.
  • Middle school student groups have been learning at lunch time how to use 3D modeling and 3D printing of real parts needed to repair things such as chairs.

Budget Challenges

He reviewed information about the budget. From State funds, CCS is the lowest funded district per student in Montgomery County. Only 14% of their budget is covered by the state. They get $1,799/student, while some districts receive as much as $8,600/student. The state then deducts a total of $692,000 for students in the CCS district that attend charter schools. The state deducts $8000/student, not just the $1799/student.

Goals for 2019 and beyond

  • Retain Highly Qualified Staff
  • Handle the increase in enrollment, they may be asking voters for an increase in property tax rates
  • Safety and Security upgrades
  • The district is considering having all day Kindergarten instruction
  • Community surveys and focus groups help set these goals

Quick Facts

  • School busses travel over 1 million miles per year
  • 7 to 9 busses are replaced per year; some are sold, some are kept as backups
  • Carpet at CHS is being replaced
  • For 2 years now there have been mental health therapists in every building
  • CCS website is accessed by an average of 27,000 users per month

Thank you notes received by CNO

We received thank you notes from Junior Golf and Centerville Band Boosters.

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Brandy Mariani Debe Dockins
Ben Werley Bob Bargmeyer

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Tim Bemis May 15
Kristina Rainer May 16
Carolyn Taylor May 17
Jim Long May 17
Jack Anderson May 18
Amy Barker May 19
Amy Blakeman May 19
Mike Brubaker May 19
Jim Marker May 23
Don Skelton May 25
Cristlyn Johnston May 26
Casey Wyckoff May 30
Mike Witt June 01
Shawna Hatton June 01

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Brendan Cunningham May 15 5/15/2018 1
Jay Hoffman May 15 5/15/2017 2
Wendy Hattan May 15 5/15/2018 1
David Ladd May 16 5/16/2012 7
Natalie King Dunlevey May 16 5/16/2012 7
Bill DeShurko May 18 5/18/2011 8
Jim Marker May 18 5/18/2011 8
Rafael Santillan May 18 5/18/2016 3
Heather Kuth May 19 5/19/2010 9
Jeff Rolf May 20 5/20/2015 4
Kelly George May 20 5/20/2015 4
Tony Lombardo May 20 5/20/2015 4
James Schumacher May 22 5/22/1991 28
Pete Rife May 22 5/22/2013 6
Bob Clements May 25 5/25/2005 14
Paulette Novak May 25 5/25/2005 14
Amy Barker May 26 5/26/2008 11
Cheryl Reichel May 26 5/26/2008 11
Debe Dockins May 26 5/26/2009 10
Bob Burkman May 31 5/31/2003 16
Carol Burkman May 31 5/31/2003 16
Gary Aiken June 1 6/1/1982 37
Wayne Christie June 1 6/1/1988 31

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Laura Mercer Debe Dockins Induction
Kelly Davis Beth Duncan Induction

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Erin Dickerson Taking Charlie Tapp’s golf cart ride
Jerry Stahley Junior golf sign up sheet had typo, it said brink instead of bring a chair
Brooks Compton Late to meeting
Anyone who graduated from Miami University in Oxford Graduating from Miami University

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Craig Dring Thank you to Roy Barclay for the vehicle used for transporting balloons to the Build-a-Bear
Fred Polizzi Robin Golden was able to attend lunch today!
Scott Langer 29 year wedding anniversary with wife Julie
Scott Langer Son graduated from Butler University
Carolyn Taylor Now has Medicare insurance

CNOtes – May 7, 2019 – Respect for Law Awards Presentation

Phather Phil’s Prayer

In Phather Phil’s absence, Gary Anderson offered a prayer and blessing of the meal we were about to enjoy giving Glory to God in his Son’s name.  AMEN!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Dawn Arrowood Donna Huss
Matt Brown with Awardee
Chief Matt Brown with Awardee
Jennifer Gibbs Donna Huss
Ruth O’Toole Special Guest
Heather Papanek Awardee’s Family
Wasfi Samaan Pat Arehart
Anna Sommers Awardee’s Family
Brian Sommers Awardee’s Family
Sheriff Rob Streck with Awardee
Lt. Tyler Wilson with Awardee

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Upcoming Community Events

May 18, 2019, 9 AM to Noon, The Safety on Wheels (AKA Bike Rodeo) will be held on Saturday May 18th, from 9 AM to 12 Noon at Miami Valley South Hospital (RAIN or SHINE). The event is done in conjunction with the Centerville Police Department. Local police officers will be doing the bicycle checks. There will be a raffle, bicycle-based games, prizes, free helmets and gifts available. All ages of children are invited to join in for the safety and fun. They could use more volunteers. Paul Boeckman is the chair of the event. Volunteers are requested to arrive at 8:15am for assignments and remain until 12:30 for clean-up.

June 1, 2019, 9AM to 11:30 AM, the Fishing Derby, Bob Lawson said to let those planning on attend know they need to fill out the registration form and bring it to the derby. Spread the word on Facebook! Registration is between 8:00 – 9:00AM. We supply free worms however you are permitted to bring your own bait and lures. We stock the ponds with approximately 400 pounds of Catfish for the Derby. There are other fish also in the ponds – mainly Bluegills. Prizes and trophies for all.  Children ages 5-15 are encouraged to participate and try this event. The event is held at Washington Township Rec Center, in two ponds. Click here for registration form.

2019 Fishing Derby Registration Form

August 10, 2019, St Leonard BoomerFest. We had members from our club within a club from St Leonard at today’s lunch. St Leonard wants everyone to save the date, August 10, 2019 for their Annual BoomerFest. Click for details.

Upcoming Social Events

5/29/2019, 6:30 at Heather’s Café in Springboro, “Dining in the Dark”. There will be a nice meal, but you will be blindfolded during it. The event includes meal, music and silent auction. The cost is $65 per person. The event is a fundraiser and raises awareness about the issues facing the blind community. This is being arranged by Bob Collins’ daughter.

Committee Announcements

Bob Lawson announced that for the upcoming Fishing Derby on June 1, 2019 he needs someone with a pickup to help transfer items to and from the event.

Mike Bevis, chair of the golf committee, said we are 60 days until the Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf Tournament. It will be held on Monday, July 15, 2019. Meetings will be held at Buckeye Home Health Care on Paragon Rd at 6 PM: 5/15/2019, 6/12/2019, 7/102019.

Jerry Stahley, chair of the OI Junior Golf Championship, is selling raffle tickets for the event. The price is 6 Tickets for $5 and the prize is a case of wine. Tickets will be available for the next few weeks.

Jerry Stahley said that on May 31, 2019 there will be a Dayton Area Optimist Club Dayton Dragon’s night for $10/ticket.

John P. Kalaman Respect for Law Awards

Gary Anderson kicked off this year’s John P. Kalaman Respect for Law Award. We honor one law enforcement person from the Centerville Police Department and one from the Washington Township Sheriff’s Department each year.  Gary introduced the honorees and their guests.

At the Centerville Police Department honoree table for Tracy A. Sommers’ were her husband Brian and daughter Anna, Lt Tyler Wilson, Lt Mike Yoder, Chief Matt Brown, John Kalaman, and Paula Kalaman.

At the Washington Township Sheriff’s department honoree table for Captain Jeff Papanek were his wife Heather, Fiscal Officer Gary Smiga, Township. Administrator Jesse Lightle, Chief Matt Brown, Sheriff Rob Streck, and Ruth O’Toole.

Bob Burkman spoke to us. He thanked Gary Anderson and Jesse Gaither for producing the brochure on our tables showcasing the two award recipients. You can read the brochure here. The brochure details the accomplishments of the honorees and the history of the John P. Kalaman Respect for Law award.

Bob Burkman discussed the history of the award

From Bob Burkman:

In July 1965, a discussion between Past Optimist International President Carl Bowen and former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover resulted in the birth of the Respect for Law program. This is the fourth most popular international program with more than 1,500 Clubs participating last year.

After the tragic events of January 12, 1998, Centerville Noon Optimist member and then township trustee, the late, Terry Blair became the driving force to name our club’s Respect for Law Award in honor of John Kalaman. 

The John P. Kalaman Respect for Law Award and the Robert J. O’Toole EMT/Firefighter of the Year Award, given in October, are the results of Terry Blair’s efforts.

The Kalaman family pushed for the passage of Ohio’s Move Over/ Slow Down Law, adopted in 1999, requiring motorists to change lanes or slow when approaching stopped emergency vehicles. 

There are many reminders of John Kalaman within our community.  There is a John P Kalaman Memorial Golf Tournament held here at Yankee Trace Golf Course, which funds a scholarship in John’s name and a yearly blood drive is held in his name.  The City of Centerville named a street for him.

Officer Tracy A. Sommers

Gary Anderson introduced Centerville Police Chief Matt Brown who spoke to us about honoree Officer Tracy A. Sommers. Sommers is being honored for 20-years of serving her community. She has held positions as an ALICE Instructor, School Resources Officer, and an advisor to the Centerville Police Department Explorer Program and has taken part in Honor Guard. Tracy also is very active in coaching and mentoring the youth of the community both on and off duty.

Each year the department asks employees to nominate one of their own for this award. It is something to look forward to each year and they all appreciate CNO for sponsoring this recognition award for excellence. Chief Brown told us that Officer Sommers is always willing to help with anything she can. She works with kids in schools in Centerville. She has made several trips to Columbus with kids in the Explorer Club for competitions.

Officer Tracy A. Sommers spoke to us and thanked us for this award. She also thanked her fellow nominees and coworkers. She said the other nominees were just as deserving of this award as she is.

She is from Youngstown, Ohio. She visited Centerville and was very impressed with the culture of Centerville and its Police Department. In 1988 she was unsuccessful in obtaining a job with the Centerville Police Department. She instead applied and became police dispatcher. She was promoted soon after to police officer.

Officer S

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Beth Duncan May 09
Jon Fox May 10
Jessica King May 11
Marge Back May 11

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Craig Dring May 7 5/7/1997 22
Dave Kay May 8 5/8/1992 27
Paul Bowell May 8 5/8/2000 19

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Jack Grady Mike Bevis Induction
Laura Mercer Debe Dockins 3rd Reading
Wasfi Samaan Patrick Arehart 3rd Reading
Mary Ann MacKenzie Carolyn Taylor 3rd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

No time for Sergeants this week.

 Happy Bucks! 

No time for Happy Bucks this week.

April 30, 2019 – Kim Senft-Paras, Washington-Centerville Library Director

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father why is the grass in the other fellow’s yard greener than ours? We need to turn from envy by counting our blessings! If we really could walk in another’s shoes, we would probably have corns and blisters and break out in a sweat. Whatever we are envious of didn’t arrive by luck or happenstance. It was love, persistence, Optimism and dedication that were the driving force that got us where we are today. Help us to realize that wherever we are it took time effort and the best driving force our thoughts could muster, it was You Lord and we should thank You every day! Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Michelle Brown Mike Bevis
Joe Cantrell Wayne Christie
Mary Ann MacKenzie Carolyn Taylor
Rocky Matthews Brandon Barrett
Wasfi Samaan Pat Arehart
Kim Senft-Paras Speaker

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Ohio District Conference was held 4/26/2019-4/28/2019.

Donna Huss told us about The President’s Third Quarter Recognition award which is based on an individual who is a champion of our work for and with kids. This quarter CNO member Greg Griffin received this award. Greg chairs the Tree Lot and Co-chairs the Easter Egg Hunt. He sets up the sound system and projector for speaker slide shows. He prints name tags for all guests. He is the photographer each week at lunch and at the District Convention. Greg helps with maintaining membership data, established the coded badge system and sends club e-mail communications. There are other items not listed here. Thank you, Greg Griffin, for all you do for our club!

Myron Rheaume, Ohio Governor Elect, announced at the District meeting that 71 of our members have earned new PGI/PDP awards, which represented several levels of achievement. He handed out the awards to the members that were present.

Myron also announced today that the Optimist International President is planning to attend our Ohio State District Convention in August, 2019.

Upcoming Social Events

  • 5/11/2019, Dayton Dragons game with a luxury box, food, drinks and hat. Contact the Dragons at (937) 228-2287 ext 134 for tickets or email dla@arehart.com with questions.
  • 5/29/2019, 6:30 at Heather’s Café in Springboro, “Dining in the Dark”. There will be a nice meal, but you will be blindfolded during it. The event includes meal, music and silent auction. The cost is $65 per person. The event is a fundraiser and raises awareness about the issues facing the blind community. This is being arranged by Bob Collins’ daughter.

Committee Announcements

Donna Huss announced that Safety on Wheels (AKA Bike Rodeo) will be held on Saturday May 18th, 2019, from 9 AM to 12 Noon at Miami Valley South Hospital (RAIN or SHINE). The event is done in conjunction with the Centerville Police Department. Local police officers will be doing the bicycle checks. There will be a raffle, bicycle-based games, prizes, free helmets and gifts available. All ages of children are invited to join in for the safety and fun. They could use more volunteers. Paul Boeckman is the chair of the event.

Nancy Lehren announced that the next Build-A-Bear event will be on Friday, May 10th, at Children’s Medical Center. The event could use a few more volunteers.

Bob Lawson announced that for the upcoming Fishing Derby on June 1, 2019 he needs someone with a pickup to help transfer items to and from the event.

Jerry Stahley, chair of the OI Junior Golf Championship, is selling raffle tickets for the event. The price is 6 Tickets for $5 and the prize is a case of wine. Tickets will be available for the next few weeks.

Gary Anderson announced that the Respect for Law Awards will be presented at the meeting next week.

Laurie Poeppelman and Evelyn Griffin announced they are taking orders for embroidered Opti-Gear spring items for the next few weeks at lunch. Last lunch to order is May 7, 2019.

Jerry Stahley said that on May 31, 2019 there will be a Dayton Area Optimist Club Dayton Dragon’s night for $10/ticket.

Donna Huss announced that on Monday, May 6th at 5:30PM, CNO will be featured on the William Pace Show on Spectrum Cable Channels 991 & 995. CNO member Mike Bevis is interviewed on the show.

Kim Senft-Paras, Washington-Centerville Library Director

Gary Smiga introduced Kim Senft-Paras, who since 2009 is the Washington-Centerville Public Library Director. Kim has created a vibrant Friends of the Library group, expanded library programming and planned and led the renovation and expansion of Woodbourne Library.

Kim holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Miami University and a Master of Library Science from Kent State University. She is also a Certified Public Librarian. Kim feels privileged to work in such a fine library system, located in a warm and welcoming community. Kim came to us to discuss our library.

She explained that librarians don’t just “shush” people and read books. They do many other things to help the community. The library asked the community to, “Envision the library of the future” and asked, “What do you hope to see?”

Patrons wanted:

  • Well maintained, comfortable and welcoming environment.
  • Keep up with technology no matter how much it changes.

Their mission statement is, “The library is our community’s connection to diverse opportunities for education enrichment and engagement.”

There are many programs available at the library:

  • Fixit Clinic
  • Soldering 101
  • Full STEAM Ahead – featuring Maker Kits, some use 3D Pens.
  • Noon Year’s Eve Party
  • Family Trivia Nights
  • And more…

She showed us a slide of the Children’s Gardens that CNO donated $25,000 for last year, and thanked us for our generosity.

The library’s sources of income are:

  • 64% Local Operating Levy
  • 29% from the State of Ohio Public Library Fund
  • 7% from fines, passports, and sales of miscellaneous items such as ear buds.

There is a board of advisors guiding how to spend their money.

The library’s expenditures are:

  • 59% Salaries and Benefits
  • 15% Purchase/Contract Services
  • 17% Library Materials
  • 7% Capital Outlay
  • 2% Supplies

When asked about the parking lot situation at the Centerville location of our library system, she said that they know it needs major repair, but they could not close the lot and the library until Woodbourne was renovated. The contractor began surveys of the parking lot and it will be renovated soon.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Brandon Barrett April 30
Lynne Reilly May 01
Melissa DeShurko May 04
Lou Brinkman May 06
Mary Madden May 06
Pam Miller May 06
Dr. Tom Henderson May 06

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Charlie Tapp May 1 5/1/1978 41
Joe Madden May 1 5/1/1982 37
Tim Stull May 1 5/1/1987 32

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Wasfi Samaan Patrick Arehart 2nd Reading
Laura Mercer Debe Dockins 2nd Reading
Mary Ann MacKenzie Carolyn Taylor 2nd Reading
Mark Karns Jean Pummill 3rd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

No time for sergeants this week.

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
John Kalaman At the blood drive on Monday honoring his son John P. Kalaman, 67 units were collected.
John Kalaman Thank you to all the Centerville Noon Optimist who donated.
John Kalaman Special thanks to Brian Nolan for helping all day with the blood drive.
Rachel Goetz The CHS show “Fiddler on the Roof” is fantastic!
Rachel Goetz Her daughter signed a letter of intent to attend Miami University to study art this fall. This is the first signing ceremony of this type for Art at CHS. She received three scholarships: Redhawk Excellence, College of Creative Arts, and Creative Arts Scholars.
Ken Irwin Has earned his associates degree in robotics and starts work using his degree in two weeks at Yaskawa.
Dan Beck Two new grandchildren are expected this year.
Joan Cordonnier Ran into one of our Will Cale recipients at “Fiddler on the Roof” last week.  After a rough start, he is excelling in school, and made the Dean’s List!
Charlie Goodwin Recently visited Edwards Air force Base with his son, who was born there.
Rhonda Meeker Had a great vacation in Cancun paid for by her franchiser N2 Publishing.
John Speers For spending two weeks on a Holy Land trip with our church.

April 23, 2019 – CHS Theatre – “Fiddler on the Roof”

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father the desirability rating for tangible stuff is never ending, it is always more. Yet, if we are honest with ourselves, an accounting of what we have, tells us we have enough stuff. What we need is more dedication, gratification, kindness, dependability, compassion, energy and of course to be more humble and more love. So Lord help us with all of these and make us as good as our dogs think we are! Amen

Today’s Guests

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Upcoming Social Events

  • 5/4/2019, Kentucky Derby Party at Remodeling Designs in Miamisburg. Bring a dish to share. Cost is $10. Bring quarters for a horse race game and other cash for betting.
  • 5/11/2019, Dayton Dragons game with a luxury box, food, drinks and hat. Contact the Dragons at (937) 228-2287 ext 134 for tickets or email dla@arehart.com with questions.
  • 5/29/2019, 6:30 at Heather’s Café in Springboro, “Dining in the Dark”. There will be a nice meal, but you will be blindfolded during it. The event includes meal, music and silent auction. The cost is $65 per person. The event is a fundraiser and raises awareness about the issues facing the blind community. This is being arranged by Bob Collins daughter.

Committee Announcements

Tom Novak announced he needs volunteers to do the annual flag sleeve checkup. You do not need a flag compatible car and the schedule is flexible. You can sign up to meet at 9 AM or 10 AM on 5/4/2019 at Turf Nerd, 75 Westpark Rd, Centerville OH 45459. At that time, you will be part of a 2-member team to check flag sites on one of the flag routes. If you want to help but can’t make it on 5/4/2019, contact Tom Novak and he will arrange for you to receive a set of tools. Tom’s goal is that you complete your sleeve checkup within a week of 5/4/2019.

Laurie Poeppelman and Evelyn Griffin announced they are taking orders for embroidered Opti-Gear spring items for the next few weeks at lunch. Last lunch to order is May 7, 2019.

Myron Rheaume, chair of PGP and PDP, announced that at the district conference this weekend the CNO club will receive 71 awards. He also announced the international president is planning to attend our Ohio State District Convention in August 2019.

Pat Behn announced the that the Easter egg hunt was a success. It took about 5 minutes for the children to collect the 6000 eggs. Thank you to the volunteers.

Mary Madden announced she is ready to retire from her Easter Bunny duties. Donna Huss will be the new Easter Bunny.

Cindy Harris announced that the next Build-A-Bear event will be on Friday, May 10th, at Children’s Medical Center. Remember that CNO 2.0 members participate in all the same volunteer opportunities and fundraising events as CNO members. Each child attending will receive a stuffed animal and an outfit of their choice along with other festivities. CNO members are invited to sponsor a child at the Build-a-Bear for $25.  Each sponsor will receive a picture of the child sponsored holding their new stuffed animal.  To sponsor a bear, mail your check payable to Centerville Noon Optimist, c/o Nancy Lehren, 6857 Cedar Cove Dr., Centerville, OH 45459.

Mike Bevis, chair of the golf committee, said we are less than 90 days until the Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf Tournament. It will be held on Monday, July 15, 2019. Meetings will be held at Buckeye Home Health Care on Paragon Rd at 6 PM: 4/17/2019, 5/15/2019, 6/12/2019, 7/102019.

Centerville High School Theatre – Fiddler on the Roof.

Jason Hamen the Theatre Instructor and Director of Theatre Programming at CHS brought several student performers with him today.

We were treated to 4 songs from the musical “Fiddler on the Roof”.

  • “If I Were a Rich Man”
  • “Matchmaker”
  • “Miracle of Miracles”
  • “Sunrise, Sunset”

The students did a great job! Thanks to all of them for sharing their talents with us!

Link to details about the performance at CHS

The performances are at 7:30 PM on Friday and Saturday on these dates 4/26/2019, 4/27/2019, 5/3/2019 and 5/4/2019.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Keith Meyer April 23
Jeff Busch April 29

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Donna Huss April 24 4/24/2012 7
Dan Passidomo April 25 4/25/2007 12
Mike Witt April 26 4/26/1994 25

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Jack Grady Mike Bevis 3rd Reading
Kelly Davis Beth Duncan 3rd Reading
Mark Karns Jean Pummill 2nd Reading
Laura Mercer Debe Dockins 1st Reading
Wasfi Samaan Patrick Arehart 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Bob Burkman Parked over a drainage ditch.
Jerry Stahley Only thorn among all the roses.
Gary Anderson First one to show up in shorts this year.
Suzanne Werts Did not meet guest at the door.
Beth Duncan Appearing in a recent TV Commercial, but she did have her Optimist PIN on.
Donna Huss Mary Madden left her Easter basket at the hunt, but she has retired, and now Donna Huss is the bunny – so Donna got fined.

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Brian Nolan For the CHS performance today.
Jesse Gaither Daughter pitches for Lebanon High School and her team has 57 runs vs 12 runs in total vs Centerville and Springboro.
Joan Cordonnier She also wanted to thank CHS, but since Brian Nolan already did, she had a happy buck for how nice of a happy buck he gave.
Joe Madden For the CHS performance today. He and Mary often go and see the plays at CHS and really enjoy them.
David Duncombe His son who is 68 caught his shingles early and was able to take a new drug that got rid of it in a week. You have to start taking it within 72 hours of the first symptoms.
Paul Stull Happy for 7 years of Mary Madden being our Easter Bunny.
Maha Kashani Happy about being back at lunch
Fred Polizzi Happy about being back at lunch. Thanks everyone for your support.
Melissa DeShurko Daughter is turning 30 years old.
Myron Rheaume Keara Hatton, a Freshman at UC and his  granddaughter is captain of the UC intercollegiate film competition. They were 12th of 47 films from 27 colleges. The faculty chose her to direct and produce their entry.
Gary Smiga Son is engaged to be married.