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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 11/23/21: Bill Nance, Local Broadcaster and Co-Founder of Faith and Friends Radio

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

Lord our God,

Marcus Aurelius is credited with saying, “When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive, to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” Lord, as we approach Thanksgiving, the beginning of Hanukkah, and the start of the Advent season, help us not to become so overwhelmed or wrapped up in the busyness of this time of year that we fail to notice the multitude of blessings surrounding us.  Let us give You thanks God, not only for momentous events in our lives, but let us also give You gratitude for the simple blessings in each and every day.

Amen.

Announcements

  • Gary Hansen announced that the TOP Optimist Club is selling Poinsettia’s for $15 as a fundraiser. Delivery will be December 7, 2021 at the noon lunch meeting.
  • Christy Gariety, Adopt-a-Family co-chair, announced that the program has been a huge success. So far, they have received 67, $50 gift cards. The cards need to be received by 11/29/2021. You may also mail the gift cards with the activation receipts and a note stating, “From Centerville Noon Optimist Member”, to Centerville Schools, Adopt A Family Program, 111 Virginia Ave, Centerville OH 45458. Email her if you send a donation.
  • Chris McAlpine, chair of the long-range planning committee, said the committee is looking for ideas which are typically for long-term physical construction projects in the community. They welcome any ideas you have for a big project for our community.
  • Greg Griffin announced the tree lot will open 11/26/2021. The shifts all end by 8 PM each evening. Please show up for your assigned shifts to help with one of your club’s major fundraisers.
  • Brian Nolan held an auction today to raise money for Veterans in memory of Zach Hollingsworth, who spoke at the CNO 2.0 meeting on August 19, 2021. The item was a specially engraved bottle of Freedom Whiskey saying, “Thank you Centerville Noon Optimist Club.” It was sold to Beth Duncan for $200. Hollingsworth founded and ran Freedom Whiskey. All the profits went to veterans causes and he took no money for himself. At a fundraiser two weeks ago, they raised $33,000 for veterans causes.

Dates to Remember

  • 12/14/2021, 6 PM to 9PM, CNO Holiday Party at Moraine Country Club. The price is $35 per person and includes appetizers, dinner, desert, and valet parking. You must pay ahead of time. There will be a cash bar available. Deadline to RSVP is December 3, 2021.
  • 12/14/2021, there is not lunch meeting at Yankee Trace.
  • 11/26/2021, The Tree Lot opens for sales to the public. Your Team captain will let you know when they can use your help.

Bill Nance, Faith and Friends Radio

Debe Dockins introduced Bill Nance, a long time Miami Valley Radio and TV broadcaster. Nance has worked in local broadcasting for more than 53 years. During his 15 years at WING radio he received more than 50 awards for journalistic broadcast excellence. He was inducted into the Dayton Area Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2007. Bill and his wife Carol reside in Bellbrook, Ohio. They have two grown children and seven grandchildren. Today, Bill shared some highlights of those 53 years.

You can view the slide deck “From the Microphone of Bill Nance, From Disc to Digital” here.

With Nance today at lunch was Melody Morris, his colleague for decades and co-founder of Faith and Friends Radio.com.

Nance served three separate stints at WING. After first starting in 1968, he left for a short time to work at WAVI-WDAO. Then in 1969. he returned to WING for two years and worked in the Continuity Department, writing and helping to produce commercials. Next, Nance spent five years in Xenia at WGIC hosting a morning show and it was there that he reported on the Xenia tornadoes. In 1976, he went back to WING and reported news for 13 years.

Nance produced several documentaries and special reports. He dabbled in TV a little bit including filling in for Joe Smith on Clubhouse 22 in the 1970’s.

How Bill Nance Got Started in Broadcasting

Bill Nance attended second and third grade in the same building where the Wright Brothers went to High School.

In the early 1960’s, Nance was hit by a car and nearly bled to death. If his mother took him home from the hospital the same day he was brought in, he would have died. God was watching over him. His mother insisted there was more wrong with him than the doctors realized. While in the hospital he had a transistor radio and he tuned to Top 40 Station WING. He heard the songs “Let’s Get Together” by Hayley Mills from the hit movie “The Parent Trap” and the theme song to the TV show, “My Three Sons.” It was then he realized he wanted to be a disc jockey.

At age 14, he and a friend built a one tenth watt transmitter radio station called WIBI, Radio 102, in the basement of his friend’s home. There were electric trolley lines above his friend’s home. Because of the trolley lines the station could be heard for miles as long as you weren’t very far from the lines. They were not legally allowed to have more than one tenth of a watt of power.

Nance learned radio by doing. In high school at Patterson Co-Op, he spent 3 years at a Junior Achievement radio station.

As a high school senior, Nance interviewed with two radio stations. On April 18, 1968 James Bennet from Wing Radio 1410 offered him a job first and he took it. It was here that he met his mentors and friends, Gene Berry. Bob Braun and Steve Kirk. As the youngest and most recent hire, they did not always use him on the radio. Often, they dressed him up in costumes for various promotions. One of those times was as a lion that Steve Kirk wrestled.

Program Director for WFCJ

Bill Nance worked as program director for 22 years at WFCJ where he started his long work relationship that exists today with co-host Melody Morris. They did a roller coaster promotion for the Millennium Force coaster at Cedar Point by recording his screams. Melody loved roller coasters, Nance did not!

Another time a magician juggled real daggers over him while he lay on the ground for 10 seconds. Melody was asking him questions during the act. It was only after the event that he realized the daggers were real and not props.

Celebrities Nance Interviewed Include

  • Johnny Bench, while he was a huge star with the Cincinnati Reds
  • Johnny Olsen, famous for announcing for the Price is Right, “Come on down!”
  • Andy Williams
  • Henry Winkler
  • Dick Clark
  • Rick Stanley (stepbrother of Elvis Presley)
  • Minnie Pearl
  • Mark Lowry
  • Chonda Pierce
  • Tiny Tim, who played and sang an old obscure song about Ohio from the 1930’s
  • Franklin Graham (Billy Graham’s son)

Faith and Friends Radio

Bill Nance, along with longtime colleague Melody Morris, are the co-founders of listener supported, internet radio station Faith and Friends Radio.com. The station harnesses the world’s technology. As of 6 years ago, they have been heard in all 196 countries in the world. They are community focused and have a global reach.

FaithandFriendsRadio.com launched on May 16, 2011. Their slogan is, “Music that hits the heart.” In 2014, Faith and Friends Radio became the first Internet-based radio station to be accepted on the iHeart Radio Network platform. By 2015, industry analysts found that more people listen to radio online than listen through a standard radio receiver, proving accurate the forward thinking of those who so diligently worked to establish Faith and Friends Radio.

About Faith and Friends Radio

  • They have a state-of-the-art studio
  • Their internet broadcaster is in Canada, and can track where and how long people listen
  • There is no transmitter, which saves thousands of dollars in operational expense
  • The format is a 50-50 blend of contemporary and traditional Christian music

Ways to Listen to Faith and Friends Radio

You can listen to Faith and Friends on numerous devices including SmartPhones, Computers and internet connected devices such as Amazon Echo, Apple HomePod and Google Home.

Friends and Family Radio is carried on iHeart Radio at http://www.iheart.com/live/6650/ and on iTunes at https://ffradio.streamon.fm/listen.m3u .

There is also a link on their website that links to https://ffradio.streamon.fm/.

Thank You

Thank you, Bill Nance, for talking about your career and your current work at Faith and Friends Radio.com.

Thanks to all CNO members for helping with one of our very successful fundraisers. We cannot do it without the generous time of our members.

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Kent LooseJean Pummill1st Reading
Mark PolingStan Franzaglia3rd Reading

Welcome Guests!

GuestGuest Of
Andrew CrosbyTOP Optimist Club Member
Ashley SchmittMike Bevis
Bill NanceSpeaker
Carol KennardDebe Dockins
Patti Jo VoreDebe Dockins
Melody Morriswith Speaker

Happy Bucks

No Happy Bucks this week.

Sergeants at Arms

MemberInfraction
Everyone that is not hosting Thanksgving DinnerBeing a freeloader for not hosting a Thanksgiving dinner.
Greg GriffinKeeps playing Bad Boys when sergeants Diane Arehart and Jane Fiehrer are clearly girls. [Greg’s rebuttal] – “Bad Boys” theme refers to the offenders as it does in the TV Show “Cops” – not the men and women of law enforcement. “All suspects are innocent until proven guilty.”
Gail AikenWearing an Ohio University Bobcat jacket, which is not Miami University.
Art HungLetting all the younger guys do all the hard work at the tree lot.
Brian NolanNot helping to lift trees onto the drill at the tree lot.
Bob Duffy and Chris McAlpineSitting at the birthday table when it was not their birthday.
Scott LangerLate to today’s meeting.
Gary HansenThere was no American flag at the meeting and Gary did not notice during the Pledge of Allegiance.

Membership Anniversaries

MemberJoinedYears
Andy DickersonNovember 24, 20183
Erin DickersonNovember 24, 20183
Gareth DickeyNovember 24, 20183
Mariah VogelgesangNovember 24, 20183
Rick AltvaterNovember 24, 20183
Ron KukerNovember 24, 20183
Sue ZammitNovember 24, 20183
Cindy GabouryNovember 27, 20174
Jay McAlpineNovember 27, 20174
Jayne WeikelNovember 27, 20174
Nancy AndersonNovember 27, 20174
Patrick ArehartNovember 27, 20174
Rick TaldaNovember 27, 20174
Robby JohnsonNovember 27, 20174
Sharon SilverbergNovember 27, 20174
Shelby DiPasqualeNovember 27, 20174
Sonny SinghviNovember 27, 20174
Liz FultzNovember 29, 20156
Jesse LightleNovember 28, 200615
Bill DeFriesNovember 23, 200417
Ted HumphreyNovember 29, 200120

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Mike KistlerNovember 23
Tom BeeryNovember 29
Denny CottleNovember 29

CNO Donations – 2013 through November 2021

Click here to see a summary of donations the club has made since 2013

Thank You Notes Received

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

Links to PowerPoint and Pictures

A Copy of this Week’s Meeting PowerPoint Slide Deck is here

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.

CNO 2.0 Meeting Recap 11/18/21: Shoes 4 the Shoeless, Kris Horlacher

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was Loose Ends Brewing, 890 S Main St, Centerville, OH. Thank you to the team at Loose Ends Brewing for the great beer, food and space.

There were 26 attendees at the meeting (21 members and 5 guests).

Jesse Gaither, CNO 2.0 Committee, said he was so thankful for all the guests and members that came to tonight’s meeting.

Shoes for the Shoeless, Kris Horlacher

Jesse Gaither introduced Kris Horlacher, the Founder and Executive Director of Shoes 4 the Shoeless (S4TS) that she founded in 2010. Over 125,000 children have been served. They are a mobile shoe store with 2 trucks. In 2016, S4TS received the BBB Eclipse Integrity Award. Prior to starting S4TS, Kris was a nurse.

Kris has 12 siblings and grew up learning what poor is. She said that poverty is not the same as it was decades ago. What people go without now is much worse.

You can view Kris’s slide deck here.

CNO gave Kris the 2021 Community Champion Award. You can read more about S4TS in the article about that award here.

About Shoeless for the Shoeless

Their mission is, “To provide new, properly fitting gym shoes and socks to local children in need.”

Their vision is, “Relentlessly pursue our mission so that no child endures the unnecessary physical and emotional distress that results from wearing socks/shoes that are grossly inadequate. We will strive to become a valued organization in our community, known for our devoted and caring volunteers along with our faith-in-action.”

Each month, 500+ volunteers help to make shoe deliveries possible. Some school districts send high school students to serve as volunteers.

Properly fitting shoes and socks is the biggest unmet need for a child in poverty. Deformed toes do not correct themselves unless corrected before high school.

S4TS provides shoes and socks to children in desperate need. Many have worn shoes that were ill-fitting for a long period of time. Growth deformities occur due to shoes being too tight, too large, or falling apart.

For many of the children they help, S4TS provides the first pair of shoes that was purchased specifically for them.

Socks are also a huge need for the children served. They see many socks that are falling part or children who are not even wearing socks with their shoes.

Dayton Tornadoes

After the Dayton tornadoes, there was not much for some children to be joyful about. S4TS went out in the midst of the rubble and provided hope. She started working in the early morning hours the day after 21 tornadoes hit the Dayton area on Memorial Day 2019, because she knew a lot of help would be needed.

Children’s Hospital Partnerships

Shoes 4 the Shoeless partners with both Dayton Children’s and Cincinnati Children’s Hospitals.

Dayton Children’s Hospital asked S4TS if there is a way to help get shoes for their needy patients. The solution S4TS created was to have a fully stocked shoe closet at both Children’s Hospitals. There are now 12 shoe closets in the community. Some patients are in the hospital so long that their feet grow enough that their shoes no longer fit. This is a huge expense for many families who are already struggling with their child’s treatments.

S4TS Stories About Schools They Have Helped

Kris said they continue to see the absolute BEST of America and Americans. They have seriously met some of the most incredible people in our country.

  • A school S4TS did shoe delivery at collected goods for them to take on a relief trip to North Carolina after it was decimated by a hurricane. The school had a thank you parade of students for the S4TS volunteers. The NC Kids of impoverished families put several boxes of supplies that were needed in Texas when it was decimated by a hurricane.
  • A local principal rallied her school building to collect backpacks for S4TS to take to Texas after a hurricane ripped through the greater Houston area. They even filled the backpacks with supplies for the school-age children in that part of the country.
  • A principal in Texas and her staff saved many school supplies from flood waters. The S4TS team was able to come down and help provide additional supplies and manpower to help get their building operational again. Only one school stayed dry because it was high enough on a hill. They were stacking laptops on top of each other to try and keep them dry. During this Kris and her team were sleeping in a church with no running water. Kris and her team were invited back to the principal’s home to sleep and he then wrote a $10,000 personal check to S4TS.

Food 4 the People Project

At the height of the COVID pandemic, we pivoted and created the Food 4 the People project. A week before the COVID shutdown occurred, she knew people were going to starve. Food banks and St Vincent de Paul called her to ask if S4TS could help.

People, organizations, and companies gathered food. The food was collected at church partners and organized for distribution.

Volunteers stepped up to drive and hand-deliver bags of food to people in need around our community. CHS football players helped load vehicles and then asked to help deliver.

From March 2020 to June 2020 they delivered 110,000 meals helping 3000 families. Check out this video, Food 4 the People Donates 6,800 boxes of Food.

Thank You Kris Horlacher

Thank you, Kris Horlacher and your organization. We have all been enlightened to the issue of shoes for the youth in need in our communities.

Club Announcements

  • Christy Gariety, Adopt-a-Family co-chair, announced that she and Sue Jessee are accepting $50 gift cards at CNO lunches and on Christmas Tree Delivery Day (Nov 20) with activation code receipts from Kohl’s, Target, or Walmart to be given to families this holiday season. The cards need to be received by 11/29/2021. You may also mail the gift cards with the activation receipts and a note stating, “From Centerville Noon Optimist Member”, to Centerville Schools, Adopt A Family Program, 111 Virginia Ave, Centerville OH 45458. Email her if you send a donation.
  • Gary Hansen announced that the TOP Optimist Club is selling Poinsettias for $15 as a fundraiser. Delivery will be December 7, 2021 at the noon lunch meeting.
  • Greg Griffin announced the tree lot will be open 11/26/2021. The shifts all end by 8 PM each evening. Please show up for your assigned shifts to help with one of your club’s major fundraisers.

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. 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 about 5 years ago and is very much a part of the 53-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
  • 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

CNOtes 11/16/21 Zoom Meeting: Optimist International President, Patsy Garner

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer read by Jean Pummill

Lord our God,

As we grow closer to Thanksgiving, help us to look upon the changes in our seasons with gratitude.  When we look outside in the evening and see the dark, help us to be grateful for time to rest.  When we walk outside and hear the crunching of the leaves under our feet, help us to be grateful for our time here on earth no matter the length.  When we see our breath in the cold air, help us to be grateful for the life you have breathed into us.  When we look out at the fresh fallen snow, help us to be grateful for our uniqueness and to rejoice in the amazing things we can accomplish when we stick together.

Amen.

Announcements

  • Gary Hansen announced that the TOP Optimist Club is selling Poinsettias for $15 as a fundraiser. Delivery will be December 7, 2021 at the noon lunch meeting.
  • Christy Gariety, Adopt-a-Family co-chair, announced that she and Sue Jessee are accepting $50 gift cards at CNO lunches and on Christmas Tree Delivery Day (Nov 20) with activation code receipts from Kohl’s, Target, or Walmart to be given to families this holiday season. The cards need to be received by 11/29/2021. You may also mail the gift cards with the activation receipts and a note stating, “From Centerville Noon Optimist Member”, to Centerville Schools, Adopt A Family Program, 111 Virginia Ave, Centerville OH 45458. Email her if you send a donation.
  • Greg Griffin announced the tree lot will be open 11/26/2021. The shifts all end by 8 PM each evening. Please show up for your assigned shifts to help with one of your club’s major fundraisers.
  • Gary Hansen announced that there is a great article in the Dayton Daily News about CNO member D. Ralph Young and his WWII presentation to CNO on 11/9/2021.
  • Gary Hansen said that we received a nice thank you note for the $3000 donation we recently sent to the Optimist International Foundation. This makes our total donations to OIF just short of $127,000.

Dates to Remember

  • 12/14/2021, 6 PM to 9PM, CNO Holiday Party at Moraine Country Club. The price is $35 per person and includes appetizers, dinner, desert, and valet parking. You must pay ahead of time. There will be a cash bar available. Deadline to RSVP is December 3, 2021.
  • 11/26/2021, The Tree Lot opens for sales to the public. Your Team captain will let you know when they can use your help.

There is a Video of Today’s Meeting

Since Yankee Trace was installing carpet in the ballroom, today’s meeting was on Zoom. If you did not attend today’s meeting, you may want to watch a video of it.  CLICK HERE to watch the Zoom Recording.

Patsy Garner, Optimist International President

Gary Hansen introduced Patsy Garner, the 2021-2022 President of Optimist International.

Gary Hansen’s Introduction:

A couple of weekends ago I had the opportunity to hear from our OI President via Zoom at the District meeting and I found that her thoughts on what we should be doing “One Degree More”, fit very nicely with my idea for CNO, doing “Even More,” so I invited her to join us. Patsy Garner has been an Optimist since 1989 and is currently a member of the Breakfast Optimist Club of East Fort Worth. By way of introduction, she asked me to just say “Patsy is an Optimist” so with no further introduction, please welcome Optimist International President, Patsy Garner.

Patsy said her husband was OI president 2014-2015. They are the only couple in the history of OI to have both been the President of Optimist International.

Similarities between Breakfast Optimist Club of East Fort Worth and CNO

  • CNO is the current reigning Optimist Club of the Year and Breakfast Optimist Club of East Fort Worth is the previous Optimist Club of the Year.
  • Both clubs are over 50 years old. CNO was started 53 years ago and Breakfast Optimist Club of East Fort Worth was started 58 years ago.
  • Both clubs support Junior Optimist Clubs (JOI).
  • Both clubs eat together at their meetings.

One Degree More

Patsy’s theme for the 2021-2022 year is “One Degree More.” Each quarter will have an emphasis:

  • 1st quarter: Be an Optimist
  • 2nd quarter: Optimism – A Philosophy of Life (Purposes)
  • 3rd Quarter: Optimism – Promise Yourself (Creed)
  • 4th Quarter: Optimism – Better Together

She showed a video about 212 Degrees and 1 Degree More of Optimism. It is time to turn up the heat! You can view the video here.

By one degree more, she is saying go one more level in what you have been doing. If you have been helping one child, now try to help two. If you volunteer for two activities per year now, try and volunteer for three. Last year, if you volunteered one day at a multi-day fundraiser, this year try and volunteer for two days.

2021-2022 Goals for Optimist International

The boiling point of water is 212 degrees Fahrenheit. Patsy said, “The entire OI team commits to achieving a growth goal of +212 by increasing our brand awareness, membership growth, leadership development, and growth by giving of ourselves to our community, our programs, and our projects.”

Her goals for 2021-2022 are:

  • Increase net membership by 212
  • Charter 100 New Clubs
  • Increase net JOI membership by 212
  • Increase JOI Districts by 12

Incentive Awards Available to Members and Clubs

There are new incentives for achievement by individual members and clubs. For example, gift cards will be awarded to members who sponsor 2+ new members.

View all the awards here.

2022 Optimist International Convention in Reno

At the end of June, 2022, the OI International Convention will be held in Reno, Nevada. Reno is the biggest little city in the world. Patsy said she recommends that you plan to go, especially if you have never been to Reno. This year the host hotel is not requiring all the meals to be on their site so there will be a lot of offsite activities and meals.

OI Marketing Efforts

OI has hired a new marketing director and she has shown them how to think bigger. They have seven marketing employees all of which have marketing backgrounds. They are putting together a complete marketing plan. There will be a new video created each week for social media. Podcasts will launch in January, 2022.

The marketing team is focusing on getting retiring Baby Boomers to join Optimist clubs. Most of the time everyone thinks we need younger members and we do. However, they are forgetting that a huge number of Baby Boomers are retiring and looking for something to do.

Thank You

Thank you, Patsy Garner, for speaking to us today about your plans as president of Optimist International and for explaining “One Degree More.”

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Mark PolingStan Franzaglia3rd Reading

Welcome Guests!

Zoom Meeting this week.

Happy Bucks

No Happy Bucks this week.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Membership Anniversaries

MemberJoinedYears
Beth DuncanNovember 20, 20165
John KalamanNovember 20, 20165
Marilyn BechtNovember 20, 20165
Paula KalamanNovember 20, 20165
Christine BalsanNovember 21, 20138
Martha JacksonNovember 21, 20138
Kristina RainerNovember 21, 20129
Julie CochranNovember 19, 200912
Art HungNovember 16, 200120
Tim ClemmerNovember 16, 200120
Jon FoxNovember 20, 200021
Larry EnglandNovember 17, 199427
Nancy LehrenNovember 17, 199427

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Russell HulbertNovember 19
Brendan CunninghamNovember 22
Jayne WeikelNovember 22

CNO Donations – 2013 through September 2021

Click here to see a summary of donations the club has made since 2013

Thank You Notes Received

Read the Thank You notes the club received this week here

Links to PowerPoint and Pictures

A Copy of this Week’s Meeting PowerPoint Slide Deck is here

The Zoom Meeting Video is here

CNOtes 11/9/21: In Memory of Phather Phil Robinson and All About Our Christmas Tree Lot Fundraiser

In Loving Memory of Phil Robinson

Our own Phil Robinson died on November 4, 2021 at the age of 96. He joined the Centerville Noon Optimist Club on April 1, 1982. Many knew him by his other name, “Phather Phil.” He wrote and gave the prayer each week to start CNO lunch meetings for decades. His prayers often had a fun twist or play on words with a good message. He started each meeting with, “Good afternoon Nooners!” I find it very interesting that his join date was April Fool’s Day. He was always so happy and had a grin that seemed to say, “I just told a joke that might have crossed the line and would you like to hear another one?”

Stories Shared about Phather Phil

Kelly Stone said for years Phil loved helping with the Christmas Jars. He would be so excited to buy lots of rolls of quarters, with his own money, and then going to her office to fill the jars. The jars were distributed anonymously to those who might benefit from a little boost at Christmas.

Don Kelley said that for good luck, Phil always had green life savers in his pocket when playing golf. Phil never took a penalty shot for a lost ball because, “Losing the ball is penalty enough!”

Gail Aiken said she, Gary, Phil and Tom Fraizer often played golf together. Phil and Tom had a lot of bets with each other. The last time Phil played with Tom at Yankee Trace, Tom had parred the first 2 holes. After Tom had passed away Phil was playing with her and Gary, and Phil parred the first 2 holes. On the third hole, Phil hit the green on his drive. As they approached the green a hailstorm came up so they could not finish the hole. Phil looked towards the sky and said, “Damn you Frazier – you just couldn’t let me beat you!”

Ted Humphrey remembers Phil’s last round of golf. Phil only played 6 holes. On a par 5, Phil hit a good shot off the tee. When his swing should have been complete, his body kept rotating with the club, and he fell over backwards. Smiling, Phil requested to be dragged back to the cart. He went on to par the hole.

In Loving Memory of Philip Edward Robinson

Phil wrote his own obituary.

Philip E. Robinson aka Phather Phil

I left you all on 11-4-2021. I’ve had a good long life since 07-26-25. I’ve seen the passing of my parents, Philip & Gladys, my wife, Eileen, and our son, Dan. But I’ve had the good fortune of still having our daughter, Terry Burns and her husband, Dick, and our son, Douglas “Skip” Robinson. Four granddaughters, Tammy Hyman and her husband, Dan, Tiffany Gardner and her husband, Ryan, Heather Brom and Sarah Criscola and her husband, Paul, and one grandson, Tim Collins. Each of the girls knew they were my favorite. Lol. One of the joys of having a long life are seeing your great grandchildren. I had seven! Aaron, Zachary, and Sarah Hyman, Jaxon and Blake Gardner, and Weston and Finley Criscola.

I’ve enjoyed many friends, in particular those of my church, the church without walls, and Centerville Noon Optimist who bring out the best in kids and yourself and, of course, Lynne Reilly. Having been blessed so richly, I hope I was a blessing to all who knew me. My parting advice is if you want to live the good life, be the kind of person that when your feet hit the floor in the morning, the devil says “Oh crap they are up.”

Donations to the Memory of Phil Robinson

In lieu of flowers, please donate in his name to:

  • Restoration Church Re: Mortgage Fund or
  • Noon Optimist Club of Centerville Re: Long Term Planning (PO Box 750492, Centerville, OH 45475).

Announcements

  • Debe Dockins announced that she is looking for volunteers to do face painting at the Centerville Hometown Holiday Walk on Sunday, 11/21/2021 from 2-4 PM. The event is put on by the Heart of Centerville and Washington Township organization (of which CNO is a member).
  • Christy Gariety, Adopt-a-Family co-chair, announced that she and Sue Jessee are accepting $50 gift cards at CNO lunches and on Christmas Tree Delivery Day (Nov 20) with activation code receipts from Kohl’s, Target, or Walmart to be given to families this holiday season. The cards need to be received by 11/29/2021. You may also mail the gift cards with the activation receipts and a note stating, “From Centerville Noon Optimist Member”, to Centerville Schools, Adopt A Family Program, 111 Virginia Ave, Centerville OH 45458. Email her if you send a donation.
  • Debe Dockins said we need volunteers to bring soups and chilis for tree delivery day at the tree lot on November 20th, 2021. She is looking for 17 slow cookers hot and ready to go with soup. You can also sign up to bring corn muffins, cookies, or brownies.
  • Jesse Gaither announced the next CNO 2.0 event is on 11/18/2021 at Loose Ends Brewing Company at Spring Valley and Route 48.
  • Greg Griffin announced the tree lot will be open 11/26/2021. The shifts all end by 8 PM each evening. Please show up for your assigned shifts to help with one of your club’s major fundraisers.
  • Craig Dring announced that the TOP Optimist Club is selling Poinsettia’s for $15 as a fundraiser. Delivery will be December 7, 2021 at the noon lunch meeting.
  • Bill Stone, the Ohio district chair for the OI Foundation (OIF) last year, said donations to the OIF were way up last year. CNO’s generosity is also really up. The newest CNO members of the President’s Club, donating $250 or more to OIF, are: Gary Aiken, Diane Arehart, Christine Balsan, Mike Bevis, Greg Fay, Gary Smiga, and Bill Williams. The Optimist International Foundation was established in 1971 exclusively for the charitable, literary, and educational purposes of Optimist International. Thanks to all that donated. Giving to OIF increased by $1 million over the previous year to $2.4 million.
  • Greg Griffin announced that last weekend was the Great Ohio District Conference. There were 51 attendees. Debe Dockins is the newest Lieutenant Governor for Zone 3. There was a service project making journals for Crayons to Classroom which earns us the right to give a “shop” at Crayons to Classroom to a teacher in one of our schools. Fundraiser ideas were shared between clubs. If you have not been to a district meeting before, you should consider going. They are fun and you will learn a lot as well

Dates to Remember

  • 11/18/2021, 5:30 PM, CNO 2.0 Meeting at Loose Ends Brewing Company
  • 11/20/2021, 8 AM to 11 AM, Tree Delivery Day, no need to sign up, please just show up
  • 11/26/2021, The Tree Lot opens for sales to the public. Your Team captain will let you know when you are scheduled to volunteer.

CNO Christmas Tree Lot Fundraiser

Gary Hansen introduced Greg Griffin, a co-chair for the Christmas Tree lot. Greg went over our annual Christmas Tree Fundraiser. Karl Frydryk is the other co-chair. This is the 53rd time we have held the Christmas Tree Lot Fundraiser.

You can view the tree lot presentation slide deck here

The tree lot opens on November 26, 2021 and we should be closed by December 11, 2021. Every evening the tree lot will close at 8 PM.

The tree lot is located behind the Centerville BMV and City Hall, at 104 W. Spring Valley Rd. Remember that the BMV is open during the week and Saturdays, so please do not park there or at city hall. Park at Walgreens or over by The Famous restaurant.

Everyone in the club is assigned to a team and each team has been assigned shifts to work. By now, you should have been contacted by your tree lot team captain. Please show up for your shifts to help share the work with your fellow club members to raise money for our community youth scholarships, contests, programs and other community youth related donations!

Tree Delivery Day

Two trucks with 840 trees need to be unloaded on November 20th, 2021, from 8 AM to 11 AM. Donuts and coffee will be available. After we are done there will be several hot soups and chilis to enjoy. No need to sign up, just show up. We need everyone who can to help please. There are jobs that do not require lifting.

Normally we purchase 990 trees, but there is a severe shortage of Christmas Trees and we are lucky to be getting 840 trees. It helped that we have a long history of purchasing from our 2 suppliers.

What is the Christmas Tree Lot?

  • Major CNO Club Fundraiser
  • Club Showcase Opportunity
  • Social Opportunity
  • A tradition for our Customers

Tips for the Tree Lot

  • Wear layered clothes to keep you warm
  • Bring gloves that can get dirty with tree sap
  • Wear boots that you don’t mind getting muddy or getting tree sap on them
  • When you arrive at the lot for a sales shift, go into the sales trailer, mark that you were there and grab your name tag

Tree Lot Services Members Provide

  • Sales
  • Taking Trees off Stands
  • Spinning Trees Around
  • Carrying Trees
  • Fresh cut off the bottom of trees
  • Load trees in trucks or tying them to the tops of cars
  • Delivery within 7 miles for $10 – we do not take the trees inside of homes

Items Sold at the Tree Lot

  • Frazier and Balsam Firs
  • Douglas Fir
  • Scotch Pine
  • Door Sprays
  • Pine Roping
  • Tree Stands
  • Wreaths and Hangers
  • Bags for tree disposal
  • Bottles of Prolong Christmas Tree Preservative
  • Optimist Ornament

Additional Information

  • We accept Cash, Check or Credit Cards.
  • Ask parents before you offer their kids a candy cane.
  • Do not negotiate the price of a tree. Remind customers if they ask for a discount that our trees are of the highest quality and we are fundraising to support youth in their community.
  • We have occasionally agreed to donate a tree for a few needy causes. There is a form to fill out and someone will investigate that the request is legitimate.
  • CNO members that volunteer for sales shifts get a discount on trees they purchase.
  • Do Not Park at the BMV or the City Hall when they are open. Park at the Famous or Walgreens instead.
  • There is a Port-o-Potty on site.
  • We may close early in bad weather.
  • We have a truck we borrow from Voss for tree delivery. It is very important that before you drive the truck you must make a copy of your drivers license and sign the driver log.

Thank You

Thank you, Greg Griffin, for telling us about our annual Christmas Tree Lot fundraiser.

Thanks to all CNO members for helping with one of our very successful fundraisers. We cannot do it without the generous time of our members.

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Mark PolingStan Franzaglia2nd Reading

Welcome Guests!

GuestGuest Of
Caroline LieblBob Duffy

Happy Bucks

No Happy Bucks this week.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Membership Anniversaries

No club anniversaries this week (this is RARE)

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Ken IrwinNovember 9
Dean HeyneNovember 10
Becky KeeganNovember 12
Kelly GeorgeNovember 12

CNO Donations – 2013 through September 2021

Click here to see a summary of donations the club has made since 2013

Thank You Notes Received

No Thank You Notes were received this week.

Links to PowerPoint and Pictures

A Copy of this Week’s Meeting PowerPoint Slide Deck is here

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.

CNOtes 11/2/21: World War II Veteran, D. Ralph Young

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

God in heaven,

November is a time of falling leaves, trees becoming bare, browning grass and less sunlight in our day.  Just as in our lives here on earth, it is but a season.  And a season that includes a holiday designed around giving thanks.  While we know we have days with less light in our future, help us not to focus on the dark, but instead to have grateful hearts, focusing on our cherished memories and looking optimistically into the future.

Amen.

Announcements

  • Tom Novak announced that Avenue of Flags will be putting out flags for Veteran’s Day on November 9 and retrieving them on November 15. Please contact Tom Novak if you can help with either of these days. They need a lot more volunteers.
  • Debe Dockins said we need volunteers to bring soups and chilis in slow cookers hot and ready to go for tree delivery day at the tree lot on November 20th, 2021. You can also bring corn muffins, cookies, or brownies.
  • Jesse Gaither announced the next CNO 2.0 event is on 11/18/2021 at Loose Ends Brewery located at Spring Valley and 48.
  • Carol Smerz and Mike Bevis reported that on Halloween afternoon 60 kids came through the St. Leonard Haunted Halloween Trick or Treat Drive through. A big CNO thank-you to those who volunteered.
  • Christy Gariety, Adopt-a-Family co-chair, announced that she and Sue Jessee are accepting $50 gift cards at CNO lunches and on Christmas Tree Delivery Day (Nov 20) with activation code receipts from Kohl’s, Target, or Walmart to be given to families this holiday season. The cards need to be received by 11/29/2021. You may also mail the gift cards with the activation receipts and a note stating, “From Centerville Noon Optimist Member”, to Centerville Schools, Adopt A Family Program, 111 Virginia Ave, Centerville OH 45458. Email her if you send a donation.
  • Greg Griffin announced the tree lot will be open 11/26/2021. The shifts all end by 8 PM each evening. Please show up for your assigned shifts to help with one of your club’s major fundraisers.

Dates to Remember

  • 11/15/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting
  • 11/18/2021, 5:30 PM, CNO 2.0 Meeting at Loose Ends Brewery
  • 11/20/2021, 8 AM to 11 AM, Tree Delivery Day, no need to sign up, please show up if available
  • 11/26/2021, The Tree Lot opens for sales to the public. Your Team captain will let you know when they can use your help

World War II Veteran D. Ralph Young

Debe Dockins introduced World War II Veteran, D. Ralph Young. Ralph is an engineer, author and has been a CNO Member since 1/23/2020.

From Debe Dockins:

In honor of Veterans Day, it’s only fitting that we welcome one of our own to tell his story. David Ralph Young was born in Kentucky in 1925. He volunteered for the Navy after his 17th birthday and was assigned in February 1944 to the U.S.S. J. Franklin Bell, surviving four D-Day invasions in the Pacific Theatres of Saipan, Tinian, Leyte, and Okinawa. He was discharged in 1946 (almost 3 years), graduated from the University of Kentucky, and went on to develop electrical power projects throughout the US, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. He was subsequently inducted into UK’s College of Engineering Hall of Distinction in 2006. That same year he lost his first wife Charlotte after nearly 60 years of marriage. In 2007 he married Janice and he credits her for the encouragement and help to author three books. Please give a warm welcome to fellow Optimist member and Veteran D. Ralph Young.

Presentation, World War II: The War in the Pacific

D.Ralph Young’s presentation was titled World War II: The War in the Pacific. You can view his presentation slides here.

Before he stated his presentation, Ralph asked for all WWII vets to stand up. There were three men standing in the room: CNO member David Duncombe, Ralph’s friend Francis Underwood and, of course, D. Ralph Young. Then he asked for all veterans to stand and we all clapped and cheered for the numerous CNO members who have served our country.

Ralph said he has had the most fantastic life anyone could hope for. He served with many brave and courageous soldiers. During the war, his mother constantly prayed for him. He has felt protected by God his whole life.

Ralph has two passions in life:  engineering and telling the world about what his fellow soldiers did to win the war in the Pacific.

Amphibious Personnel Attack Ships (APA)

Ralph served nearly three years on the USS J Franklin Bell (APA 16). An APA has 3 major roles:

  • Pick up troops at their base and land them on the island to be invaded.
  • Supply troops with material and equipment needed to meet battle conditions.
  • To accomplish the above, each APA would send in with the troops a group called “Beach Party” to make repairs to boats/guns and to move supplies and equipment away from the beach.

The Pacific Theater in WWII

Ralph showed a map from 1942 of everything Japan occupied after Pearl Harbor, which was an amazing amount of land in the Pacific. Japan’s plan was to continue to conquer. Japan was ominous in their aggression with 400,000 battle hardened soldiers and another 800,000 soldiers ready for battle. The struggle was figuring out how to fight the Japanese. FDR did not want to start a war with Japan until after the Germans were defeated but this changed after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.  America decided to liberate the countries Japan was occupying.

The Pacific theater was 20 times as large as Normandy. The freezing weather causing frostbite killed almost as many soldiers as enemy fire did. In total, 104,000 men were killed, 200,000 were wounded and 6600 were missing in action (MIA). The war claimed 96,466,660 civilian lives.

Killed to Wounded Ratio

Japanese soldiers believed dying in battle for the emperor would give them immortality. The killed to wounded ratio shows how vicious and ferocious Japanese soldiers could be. They would rather die than retreat. For American Troops in Europe/Pacific there was 1 killed for every 3 wounded. For Japanese Troops in the Pacific there was 18 killed for every 1 wounded.

Soldier Outcomes in the European Theater Compared to the Pacific

A soldier in the Pacific theater was 5 times more likely to be killed than in the European theater, 3 times more likely to be wounded and 2 times more likely to become a POW. The rate of death in POW camps in Europe was 1%, while in the Pacific it was 40%.

Coastwatcher Sir Jacob Vouza of Guadalcanal

Coastwatcher Sir Jacob Vouza was a native of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. He and other coastal residents such as area farmers would watch the coasts for war activities and report over short wave radios to the Allies.

On August 7, 1942 Sir Jacob Vouza rescued a pilot of a USS Wasp that was shot down and landed in Japanese-held territory, where he met the Marines for the first time.

On August 20, 1942 Japanese soldiers captured Vouza and found a small American flag in Vouza’s loincloth. The Japanese tied him to a tree and tortured him for information about the Allied forces. He was tortured for hours but refused to talk. When the Japanese gave up, to reduce the chance of being heard by the Allies they bayonetted him and left them to die. He was stabbed in both arms, his throat, shoulder, face and stomach. Sir Vouza escaped by chewing through his ropes and made his way through miles of jungle to American lines. He was crawling at the end of his trek. He would not accept medical attention until he relayed that an estimated 250 to 500 Japanese soldiers were coming in less than 30 minutes. Sir Vouza received 16 pints of blood and spent 12 days in the hospital. Within a few weeks, Sir Vouza was back to coast watching. He was knighted by the Queen of England and there is a memorial statue of Sir Jacob Vouza in Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands. The U.S. awarded him a Silver Star.

William O’Brien, a hero from the Battle of Saipan

William O’Brien from Troy, New York figured out American tanks were about to fire on their own troops. Radio contact failed, so O’Brien ran across an open battlefield under enemy fire. He used his .45 caliber pistol to bang on the turret to get the attention of the soldiers inside. He stayed on top of the tank until they were redirected. He came down from the tank, picked up a wounded soldier and carried him to safety.

This happened during Japan’s last effort with a banzai charge that involved 5000 men. O’Brien was fired up and running up and down the front-line shooting and shouting, “Don’t give them a darn inch.” He used all the ammo in his 2, .45 caliber pistols and he next picked up a rifle from a wounded comrade. After the rifle was empty, he ran to a jeep with a .50 Caliber Browning Machine Gun. After the battle they found O’Brien dead, but with dozens of dead Japanese troops around him.

Runway Able on North Field on Tinian in the Mariana Islands

After faking landings to confuse the enemy, the USS J Franklin Bell landed on Tinian. Coral on the coast made a normal landing impossible. It was Ralph’s job to position a barge over the coral so that men and jeeps could get to land.

The battle on Tinian started on July 24, 1944, and 8 days later 8000 of the 8800 Japanese troops on the island were dead.

Four months after the 8-day battle, Seabees build the busiest airfield in WWII on Tinian.

Runway Able on the island of Tinian should be the most historical airstrip on Earth. On August 6, 1945, the island of Tinian made history when the first of two planes took off from Runway Able, piloted by Colonel Tibbets, carrying an atomic weapon that was dropped on Hiroshima. On August 9, 1945, Major Sweeney left the same runway for Kokura but, finding clouds over Kokura, he went on to Nagasaki and dropped the second atomic weapon.

Ralph and his wife, Janice, visited Tinian Island in December, 2017 and found this historic airstrip covered in grass.

Currently Surviving World War II Veterans

There were 16 million American veterans of WWII immediately after the war. Currently, there are 170,000 veterans still alive.

Ralph thought for a while that he wanted to be the last vet standing from World War II. There are estimates from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs that there may be WWII vets alive until 2045. Ralph is currently 96 years old and no longer believes he will be the last man standing nor does he want to be.

Japanese Surrender

The surrender of Imperial Japan was formerly signed on September 2, 1945 aboard the United States Navy battleship USS Missouri.

Ralph described General MacArthur as a great General and a showman. Gun turrets on the USS Missouri were turned toward the signing table to make it feel that the surrender was done “under the gun.” It was already humiliating to have to sign a surrender on an enemy’s ship. MacArthur also made sure all the troops the Japanese walked by on the way to the signing table were over 6 feet tall.

Right after the signing, 400 – B-29’s and 400 – Hellcat and fighting planes all flew over the USS Missouri.

Sinking of the USS Indianapolis

The USS Indianapolis was FDR’s favorite ship to sail on and FDR toured South America on it. The USS Indianapolis delivered vital parts to Tinian to assemble 2 atomic bombs that were dropped on Japan. Soon after it left the island of Tinian the Japanese found the ship and fired torpedoes. There were direct hits to the fuel tanks. The ship sunk in 12 minutes and took 300 men with it. The remaining 900 sailors were left in shark infested water for days. The sharks claimed the lives of 150 sailors in the deadliest shark attack ever. Many of the surviving sailors eventually became desperately thirsty and started drinking the saltwater causing them to die from saltwater poisoning. Only 317 of the 900 who made it into the water survived. It was very sad since it all happened right before the end of the war.

Among the survivors was the captain of the Indianapolis, Charles B. McVay III. McVay was charged with failing to zigzag and failure to order abandon ship in a timely manner. He was convicted on the former charge.  The guilt of the loss haunted him for the rest of his life. On November 6th, 1968, McVay took his own life by shooting himself with his service pistol at his home in Litchfield, Connecticut. Following years of efforts by some survivors and others, McVay was posthumously exonerated in 2000.

On August 19, 2017, the ruins of the USS Indianapolis were located at a depth of 18,000 ft by the USS Indianapolis Project aboard the RV Petrel – a research vessel funded by American business magnate Paul Allen.

Thomas A. Baker, Troy New York

Another story of bravery is about Thomas A. Baker from Troy, New York. At a battle in Saipan there was a banzai charge and Baker was severely wounded and knew he was going to die. Baker had a medic prop him against a tree with a loaded pistol and a cigarette.  When the medic found Baker the next morning, he and 8 Japanese soldiers around him were dead and a cigarette butt was clinging to his lip.

Thank You D. Ralph Young

Thank you, D. Ralph Young, for sharing your experiences and stories from World War II and presenting, “World War II: The War in the Pacific” You can read about Ralph’s previous presentation to CNO on 11/5/2019 here.

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Tom YoungDebe DockinsInduction

Welcome Guests!

GuestGuest Of
Janet DixonRalph Young
Alan ElovitzRalph Young
Frank GillandRalph Young
Sally GillandRalph Young
Debbie PenceRalph Young
Fred PenceRalph Young
Mark PolingStan Fronzaglia
Dennis SmithBob Collins
Brian ThomasRalph Young
Danielle ThomasRalph Young
Francis UnderwoodRalph Young
Tim UnderwoodRalph Young
Janice YoungRalph Young

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Jesse GaitherDaughter at OU is finalist for the Margaret Boyd Scholar Program.

Sergeants at Arms

MemberInfraction
Tom NovakWhen he announced the Veterans Day Flag delivery Tom said it was in 2 weeks instead of 1 week.
Bob BurkmanPaying for a raffle ticket with quarters, The sergeants hate that!
Ellie ParkerTook two lanyards at first for her name tag.
Jerry StahleyAt a recent UD basketball game he sat in the wrong seat for the first half.
Scott LangerScott tried to fine someone when his term was up.
Don MassieShowed everyone up at the Haunted Trail by taking 5 laps each night.
Jesse GaitherAll papers were printed double sided so the sergeant did not have a blank piece of paper to write on.
Patrick ArehartHe did not return his name tag to the box after last week’s meeting.
Anyone who did not graduate from Miami UNot being a graduate of Miami U of OH. Current sergeants Diane Arehart and Jane Fiehrer are both MU grads.

Membership Anniversaries

MemberJoinedYears
Bob VogtNovember 8, 200516

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Wendy HattanNovember 2
Robin GoldenNovember 4
Judy McFaddenNovember 6
Drew MckenzieNovember 6
Charlie TappNovember 6
JoAnne RauNovember 7

CNO Donations – 2013 through September 2021

Click here to see a summary of donations the club has made since 2013

Thank You Notes Received

CLICK HERE to see the Thank You Notes the Club Received this Week

Links to PowerPoint and Pictures

A Copy of this Week’s Meeting PowerPoint Slide Deck is here

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.

CNOtes 10/26/21: Washington Centerville Public Library, Liz Fultz and Bill Menker

Announcements

  • Gary Hansen announced that Avenue of Flags will be putting out flags for Veteran’s Day on November 9 and retrieving on November 15. Please contact Tom Novak if you can help with either of these days. They need a lot more volunteers.
  • Christy Gariety, Adopt-a-Family co-chair, announced that she and Sue Jessee are accepting $50 gift cards at CNO lunches and on Christmas Tree Delivery Day (Nov 20) with activation code receipts from Kohl’s, Target, or Walmart to be given to families this holiday season. The cards need to be received by 11/29/2021. You may also mail the gift cards with the activation receipts and a note stating, “From Centerville Noon Optimist Member”, to Centerville Schools, Adopt A Family Program, 111 Virginia Ave, Centerville OH 45458. Email her if you send a donation.
  • Greg Griffin announced the tree lot will be open November 26. The shifts all end by 8 PM each evening. Please show up for your assigned shifts to help with one of your club’s major fundraisers.
  • Greg Griffin said we need lots of help on Saturday, November 6, to unload trailers and set up the Christmas Tree Lot in preparation for Saturday, November 20, when we need all hands on deck for tree delivery day!
  • Debe Dockins said thank you to Patrick and Diane Arehart for hosting the Wine and Beer Tasting last Saturday night. There were 32 at the party enjoying drinks, cabbage rolls, cherry cake, and cheesecake (all the C foods). It was delicious. Special thanks to Jerry Stahley for setting out the tables and chairs. It was a great event!
  • Mark Metzger, the Recreation director at the RecPlex, said that they had a great time helping with the Haunted Trail event a couple of weeks ago. He thanked CNO for choosing RecPlex for the event and for putting on the Fishing Derby each year.

Committee Meetings

  • 11/15/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting

Paul Stull honored by Centerville-Washington Foundation Community Founders Event

Debe Dockins, a board member of the Centerville-Washington Foundation (CWF), announced, that CWF honored Dr. Stull at their annual Founders Event on 10/7/2021. As part of that recognition, CNO is presenting Dr. Paul Stull the Optimist International President’s Citation for member achievement. Thank you, Paul, for your service to the Centerville Noon Optimists!

About Dr. Stull

Dr. Stull has been a community volunteer for more than 50 years, primarily known as a loving veterinarian with the Suburban Veterinary Clinic. Besides CNO, Paul has volunteered his time to the Washington-Centerville Public Library as a board member, Centerville-Washington Park District, Centerville Police and Montgomery County Sheriff’s office, Aullwood Audubon Center, Homeland Security Advisory Committee and the Miami Valley Council Boy Scouts of America.

Dr. Stull has been a member of the Centerville Noon Optimist Club since January 1, 1970 and he is the longest currently serving member of CNO.

You can watch the video Debe Dockins and others made to honor Dr. Stull that was shown today and at the CWF Founders Event here. The video is interesting and funny. Be sure to watch it through the big finale at the end.

Washington-Centerville Public Library

Debe Dockins introduced Liz Fultz and Bill Menker from the Washington-Centerville Public Library. Their presentation was called, “Building on the Past, Preparing for the Future.”

About Liz Fultz

Liz Fultz is the Director at the Washington-Centerville Public Library. Liz Fultz began her career at the library in 1996 in the Reference Department. She has held various roles before becoming the Director in 2019.

Liz has a Master of Library Science degree from the University of Kentucky and a Bachelor of Business degree from Morehead State University. She is the Oratorical Contest co-chair for the Centerville Noon Optimists. She and her husband Mark have two children and reside in Washington Township.

About Bill Menker

Bill Menker is the Patron Services Manager at Washington-Centerville Public Library. Born and raised in the Dayton area, Bill earned his Bachelor’s in Business Economics from Wright State University and has a Masters in Library & Information Science from Kent State University. He started at WCPL in 1999 as a Reference Librarian, eventually becoming the Adult Services Team Leader and then assuming his current role in 2019. Bill lives in Clayton with his wife, Mindy, two kids, Emily and Justin, three dogs and two cats. He is an avid maker (blacksmithing is his latest passion) and outdoorsman. Bill is a volunteer search and rescue technician and wilderness first responder with Ohio Special Response Team. He is also a Centerville Rotarian, but please do not hold that against him.

About Washington-Centerville Public Library

The library is a School District Library tracing its roots back to 1810, seven years after Ohio became a state.

The support of the local community is a key part of the library’s success. It is the 15th most used library in Ohio. Adjusted for population it serves the library is the second most used.

Over its 211 years the buildings, like the collection, have evolved. The 2018 renovation and expansion of Woodbourne Library was paid for by saving money for the previous 20 years. The meeting rooms have been used more than expected because of COVID, so the renovation being complete was great timing.

With more use of the digital collection, there are fewer in person visitors. However, the in-person usage of the library is now different, the patrons that come to the library stay longer.

Read more about library statistics here.

You can view their presentation slides here.

Robust Collections

  • 1.3 million items are checked out annually
  • More than 30,000 new items are added each year
  • The collection reflects patron wants and needs: This has expanded to electronic books and services; In 2016, 12% of checked out items were digital and in 2020, 30% of checked out items were digital

Patron testimonial, “Thank you for your part in my children’s love of reading. Every week I have the joy of bringing them a bag full of gifts for them to dive into. You provide these gifts, which has helped to ignite their love for reading.”

-S. Puckett

Engaging Programs

  • Multiple programming formats are now available
  • Programming supports job seekers; this includes personal networking
  • STEAM/Early literacy focus supports formal learning

Patron testimonial, “We moved here from Vietnam about a year ago and my son and I are still learning how to speak English. We’ve been attending the virtual story times, and it’s really helped my son learn the language. Now his English is better than mine!”

–Mom attending virtual story times

Responsive Services and Helpful Staff

  • Contactless services appreciated by patrons include self-checkout and curb-side pickup
  • Mobile app provides convenience: you can check out items with your phone, renew and reserve items
  • Remote learning support continues

Patron testimonial, “I just found out that you now have a new machine called EZScan. I used it to scan 35 pages and was amazed you charge nothing to scan documents. Staples charges $1/page. This is a great service you offer. Thank you for your great staff that are always so helpful and kind.”

-David W.

Outstanding Facilities

  • COVID-19 has changed visiting habits
  • Patron and Staff safety are a priority
  • Facilities adapted to meet changing needs

5-Star Library

  • Consistently high rankings among libraries nationwide
  • 15th busiest library in Ohio
  • 95% of local residents believe the library adds to quality of life

Patron testimonial, “I am just constantly impressed by your staff and the selection and variety of books and media you carry. Thank you so much!”

-Heidi L.

Patron testimonial, “Thanks again for all you do. Said it before and will say it again. We have THE BEST libraries here in Centerville.”

-Wendy G.

Library Funding

  • Current 3.0 mills operating levy expires in 2022
  • A levy renewal request is on the November 2, 2021 ballot – it does not ask for new taxes
  • Private funding/grants fund special projects
  • Since 2011 they have secured more than $750,000 in grants and private donations

Responsible Library Spending

From 2016 to 2020, library spending has remained flat. Savings have come from more self-check machines and the outsourcing of the processing of new materials. Cumulative operating expenditures over the previous 10 years are just under $65 million. If library spending kept up with inflation the amount would have been $69.5 million.

Sources of Library Funding

  • 66%, Local Tax Levy
  • 31%, Ohio Public Library Fund (PLF) – the PLF amount is volatile due to budget cuts and periodic downturns in the economy
  • 3%, Other (donations, grants, late fines)

Various Collections

The library’s collections have evolved over time. Besides things you expect like books, and magazines there are many other items.

Additional collections include:

  • Maker Kits (Each kit comes with everything you need to get started with your new skill and taking them home is completely FREE)
  • Launchpads for Kids (tablet computers preloaded with learning apps and games)
  • Read Alongs (These unique audiobooks for kids are professionally narrated and include speakers, headphone jack and audio controls permanently attached to the inside of a hardcover book)
  • Educational Audiovisual
  • Audiobooks
  • Movies and Music

Thank You

Thank you, Liz Fultz and Bill Menker, for talking about our community library.

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Dennis DockinsDebe DockinsInduction
Tom YoungDebe Dockins2nd Reading

Welcome Guests!

GuestGuest Of
Bill MenkerProgram
Mark MetzgerDebe Dockins

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Joe MaddenExtremely happy that Paul Stull owns a suit.

Sergeants at Arms

MemberInfraction
Gary HansenLast week’s meeting ran late by 5 minutes.
Roberta TaylorPaid for a 50/50 ticket with a dollar bill that was obviously laundered.
Christy GarietyWearng a Christmas themed headband to lunch before Halloween.
Gary AndersonNo  one knew he was missing from the previous week’s meeting.

Membership Anniversaries

MemberJoinedYears
Charlie GoodwinOctober 28, 200813
Jessica KingOctober 28, 200813
Karen SirmansOctober 28, 200813
Mike BrubakerOctober 28, 200813

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Brent RichburgOctober 28
Bob BargmeyerOctober 29
Suzanne WertsOctober 30
Cheryl ReichelNovember 1
Deb SaundersNovember 1

CNO Donations – 2013 through August 2021

Click here to see a summary of donations the club has made since 2013

Thank You Notes Received

CLICK HERE to see the Thank You Notes the Club Received this Week

Links to PowerPoint and Pictures

A Copy of this Week’s Meeting PowerPoint Slide Deck is here

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.

CNO 2.0 Meeting Recap 10/21/21: Flyin’ to the Hoop, Eric Horstman

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was Bock Family Brewing, located at 8150 Washington Village Dr, Centerville, OH 45458. Thank you to the team at Bock’s for the space and service.

There were 30 people at the meeting (26 members and 4 guests).

New Member Induction

Greg Griffin inducted new member McKenzie Morin as the newest member of CNO 2.0. McKenzie’s sponsor is Bill Stone. McKenzie was the founding president of the original University of Dayton Optimist Club 16 years ago. Currently, McKenzie is the Senior Associate Director for Alumni Constituent Programs at UD and is the co-advisor this year for the new UD Optimist Club with Kelly Stone.

Flyin’ to the Hoop, Eric Horstman

Greg Fay introduced Eric Horstman, the founder and president of Flyin’ to the Hoop. The Flyin’ to the Hoop Invitational is an annual tournament of 34 high school teams playing 19 games at the James S. Trent Arena in Kettering, Ohio. Outstanding teams with future NBA stars are invited from all over the U.S. The tournament runs for 4 days each year. The 19th annual event will be January 14-17, 2022. As of June 2021, 87 participants in Flyin’ to the Hoop have played for the NBA. This year, 10 of the 34 teams playing are from the Dayton area. The economic impact for the Dayton area is $1.9 Million each year.

Eric was raised in Troy and currently resides in Springboro. He earned his Master’s in Environmental Engineering. He was making good money at the Mound Laboratory, but 25 years ago he switched to Sports Marketing. The tournament got started because Dayton area basketball coaches challenged Eric to start an invitational basketball tournament.

Flyin’ to the Hoop is the second biggest high school tournament in the world. The only one ahead of it is the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Massachusetts near the NBA Hall of Fame where there are a lot more people. Both annual tournaments are held over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. The two tournaments cooperate each year so that some of the teams can compete in both tournaments.

Tickets are only $20/day. You can see 2 games on Friday, 6 games on Saturday or Sunday, and 5 on Monday.

The high school coaches that have gone to both tournaments always say that the accommodations and ease of access is much better in Dayton. Flyin’ to the Hoop’s venue at Kettering’s Trent Arena holds twice as many people as the Blake Arena where the Hoophall Classic is held.

There have been international teams from Canada invited and one from Finland. The international teams are very excited for the chance to be seen by American college recruiters.

Flyin’ to the Hoop pays all the expenses for the teams and coaches. This includes flights, lodging and food. They did, however, tell Finland they would need to cover their flights.

Each year, 150 teams contact the organization to try and get an invitation to the tournament. Each year there are about 5, 5-star players and 40, 4-star players among the teams. The only team that gets to be in the tournament every year is Kettering, since it is the home team. Some teams think they should be invited every year, but the organization spreads invitations around.

Each year there are several kids that get offered scholarships to college based solely on their performance in a game in this tournament. Eric said that the exposure works.

Many ask why the University of Dayton or Wright State University with their larger stadiums have not been chosen to host the event. Eric is very happy with Trent Arena, but even if he wasn’t there are NCAA rules that don’t allow private high school tournaments to be hosted by colleges as this might create an unfair recruitment advantage for the college.

Thank You Eric Horstman

Thank you, Eric Horstman, for telling us about the annual Flyin’ to the Hoop basketball tournament.

Announcements

  • Greg Griffin announced that 840 Christmas trees will be delivered on 11/20/2021 at 8 AM. We need as many members as possible to help unload the trees, drill a hole in the bottom and stack them in the correct bins. Numerous hot soups will be served afterwards. No need to sign up, just show up! Come and be a part of one your club’s biggest fundraisers that help us serve area youth.
  • Denise O’Neil announced that the Haunted Trail was a tremendous success. Thanks to all the volunteers. Special thanks to Mike Cordonnier and the high school students who were a tremendous help in building the sets, delivering them and then tearing them down. Thank you to the corporate sponsors Dorothy Lane Market, Sam’s Club, Bills Donuts and Coldwell Banker. Thanks to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s department for helping with the crowds. The lines had to be shut down early since there was so much interest in the event. We collected 10 Barrels of food donations. Thank you to the RecPlex staff for being very helpful with the event, including helping move the food barrels with their forklift.
  • Christy Gariety, Adopt-a-Family co-chair, announced that she and Sue Jessee are accepting $50 gift cards at CNO lunches and on Christmas Tree Delivery Day (Nov 20) with activation code receipts from Kohl’s, Target, or Walmart to be given to families this holiday season. The cards need to be received by 11/29/2021. You may also mail those gift cards with the activation receipts and a note stating, “From Centerville Noon Optimist Member”, to Centerville Schools, Adopt A Family Program, 111 Virginia Ave, Centerville OH 45458. Email her if you send a donation.
  • Mike Bevis announced that there will be drive through Trick or Treat at the covered entrance of the Franciscan restaurant at St Leonard, from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM a drive through. Feel free to drive through, they will have lots of candy!

About CNO 2.0

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 about 4 years ago and is very much a part of the 53-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
  • 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

CNOtes 10/19/21: Ryan Ernst, Greater Dayton School

President Gary Hansen’s Theme for the Year

Gary’s theme for 2021-2022 is titled, “Even more!”. This means, “Even more of us, doing even more, to help even more kids, even more!” He said we need more members; we need more members participating more. Doing this means we can help more kids by having more events and bigger scholarships. Please share ideas you have with him and others.

Announcements

  • Karl Frydryk announced that he needs lots of volunteers on 11/6/2021 from 9 AM to Noon to help with the initial tree lot setup. There will be high school kids there to help with the heavy lifting.
  • Christy Gariety, Adopt-a-Family co-chair, announced that she and Sue Jessee are accepting $50 gift cards at CNO lunches and on Christmas Tree Delivery Day (Nov 20) with activation code receipts from Kohl’s, Target, or Walmart to be given to families this holiday season. The cards need to be received by 11/29/2021. You may also mail those gift cards with the activation receipts and a note stating, “From Centerville Noon Optimist Member”, to Centerville Schools, Adopt A Family Program, 111 Virginia Ave, Centerville OH 45458. Email her if you send a donation.
  • Mike Bevis announced that on 10/31/2021 there will be a drive through Trick or Treat at the covered entrance of the Franciscan restaurant at St Leonard, from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM. Feel free to drive through, they have lots of candy!
  • Chris McAlpine, chair of Tri-Star Soccer, announced that 230-240 kids went through the activity stations. Thanks to everyone in CNO that helped. Thank you to the CHS soccer players who carried most of the load of working with all the kids.
  • Larry Lynde announced that the Haunted Trail was a tremendous success. Thanks to all the volunteers. Special thanks to Mike Cordonnier and the high school students who were a tremendous help in building the sets, delivering them and then tearing them down. Thank you to the corporate sponsors Dorothy Lane Market, Sam’s Club, and Bills Donuts and Coldwell Banker. Thanks to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s department for helping with the crowds. The lines had to be shut down early since there was so much interest in the event. We collected 10 Barrels of food donations. Thank you to the RecPlex staff for being very helpful with the event, including helping move the food barrels with their forklift.
  • Diane Arehart, chair of Membership Engagement, announced the results of the membership drive. We had 13 members brought in 32 guests resulting in 8 new members. In 3rd place was Donna Huss. Tom Novak and Mike Bevis tied for first place.
  • Jesse Gaither announced that on November 13 the 4th annual Freedom Whiskey Co. Honoring Those Who Served Veterans Day celebration will be held in Miamisburg. The event will also honor Zach Hollingsworth who tragically died recently. He started Freedom Whiskey Co and spoke at CNO 2.0 this summer. All proceeds go to local charities. If you want a poster to place in a public area of your business let Jesse know.

Committee Meetings

  • 11/15/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting

Happy Birthday Greg Griffin

Today was Greg Griffin’s Birthday! He and Evelyn brought a cupcake for everyone at lunch today. Bob Duffy led us in singing Happy Birthday to Greg. The singing was both awful and great. The more we sing it the worse it sounds! Have a great year, Greg! Greg is currently the Governor of the Great Ohio District of Optimist International.

Ryan Ernst, Greater Dayton School

Debe Dockins introduced Ryan Ernst, the director of The Connor Group Kids & Community Partners (CGKCP), which is the non-profit arm of The Connor Group, a real estate investment firm. Over the next decade the organization plans to invest roughly $400 million in programs it believes will pull kids out of generational poverty. CGKCP also starts non-profit programs of its own, including a Bellbrook-based program for young adults with special needs, a summer camp for inner-city youth and the state’s first private non-religious school exclusively for under-served students. Before joining The Connor Group in 2011, Ryan was a sportswriter.

Ryan thanked us for inviting him to speak to CNO today. His organization finds a niche and tries to fill it. They are big investors in kids in Dayton and other districts. They are long time investors in Dayton City Schools.

CGKCP will start the Greater Dayton School next year and will start with grades pre-K-3rd. The first year the new building will not be completed so they will occupy a building in downtown Dayton. The intent is to eventually serve pre-K-8th grade.

Candidates for the school will be selected from families at or below 130% of the federal poverty guidelines that are Medicaid eligible. They are still figuring out the baseline for the school. They want kids with parents that want something better for their kids and that will be involved in their kids’ education.

They will look for a cross section of kids to select. No more than 40% of students will come from Dayton Public Schools. They will also look for candidates in some of the low performing charter schools in the area.

The Greater Dayton School model is the first one in Ohio and among just a few in the nation. CGKCP has studied other schools with similar models.

You can view Ryan’s slide deck here. It includes design plan pictures and maps not included in this article.

The Greater Dayton School

  • Will have a revolutionary model and will be Ohio’s first private, non-religious school for under resourced students
  • Wraparound services to help pull thousands of families from generational poverty
  • Grades pre-K-8
  • 400 students; capability to grow to 600
  • Extended school day, extend school year
  • Students will eat breakfast, lunch and dinner at the school

Goals to achieve by Age 27

They will have a world-class innovative curriculum. The long-term approach will be that as the students become adults they achieve the following:

  • Living lives of character and integrity
  • Financially independent
  • Successful by their own definition
  • Physically and mentally healthy
  • Established in their career

Investment Amounts

  • They estimate it will cost $30,000/year/student
    • They will cover mental and health care including pediatric care, alumni services, family programs, fitness programs, vision, dental and more
  • $35-milllion campus
  • $10-$12 million annual budget

Reasons to Locate at Deeds Point

  • Centrally located
  • Accessible
  • Promotes diversity
  • Safe
  • Greatest potential impact
  • Positive environment
  • Development site

Community Benefits

  • World-class educational experience for kids in adjacent neighborhoods
  • Family services
  • Colonel Deeds Park – 2.5 Acres
  • Public access to outdoor facilities
  • Partner with neighborhood associations
  • Job Creation

Project Supporters

  • City of Dayton
  • Five Rivers Metroparks
  • Miami Conservancy District
  • Downtown Dayton Partnership
  • Dayton Development Coalition
  • Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce
  • University of Dayton
  • Sinclair Community College
  • McCook Field Neighborhood Association
  • Learn to Earn Dayton
  • Old North Dayton Neighborhood Association
  • Various individuals

Thank You

Thank you, Ryan Ernst, for joining us to talk about the plans for the Greater Dayton School.

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Dennis DockinsDebe Dockins3rd reading
Tom YoungDebe Dockins1st Reading

Welcome Guests!

GuestGuest Of
Brandi LuttrellProgram
Brigid PaleyDebe Dockins
Ryan ErnstSpeaker
Scott SchutzmeisterDebe Dockins

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Beth DuncanBill Stone had successful knee surgery this morning.

Sergeants at Arms

MemberInfraction
Gail AikenAt the Haunted Trail there were around 2000 people attending. The trail is over 1 mile and some guides walked it two nights and were tired.
Chris McAlpineApproximately 230 kids were sent away at Tri-Star Soccer without being told who won. It was shut down immediately near the end as lightning was in the area.
Debe DockinsDebe told Sergeant Scott Langer that he was doing it wrong when being a guide at the Haunted Trail.
Vida McDowellSitting at the birthday table when it is not her birthday.
Bob DuffySitting at the birthday table when it is not his birthday.
Gary HansenThe welcome to the club letter was not signed for new member Jackie Powell.
Patrick and Diane ArehartScheduling the Wine and Beer party at their home when Sergeant Ron Tinnerman couldn’t make it.

Membership Anniversaries

MemberJoinedYears
Becky KeeganOctober 12, 20183
Carrie MillionOctober 21, 20156
Evelyn GriffinOctober 21, 20156
Steve BlakeOctober 21, 20156
Keith MeyerOctober 16, 20138
Jean PummillOctober 17, 20129
Aaron CampbellOctober 20, 200912
Monty ZinckOctober 20, 200912
Steve CampbellOctober 20, 200912
Tom HendersonOctober 20, 200912
Bob FosterOctober 22, 200318
Mike FanelliOctober 22, 200318

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Sue JesseeOctober 14
Donna RobinsonOctober 14
Wes CleavesOctober 15
Craig DringOctober 16
Renee GlennOctober 17
Steve RudisillOctober 17
Bill ShislerOctober 18
Greg GriffinOctober 19
Gary AndersonOctober 20

CNO Donations – 2013 through August 2021

Click here to see a summary of donations the club has made since 2013

Thank You Notes Received

CLICK HERE to see the Thank You Notes the Club Received this Week

Links to PowerPoint and Pictures

A Copy of this Week’s Meeting PowerPoint Slide Deck is here

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.

CNOtes 10/5/21: Robert O’Toole EMT/Firefighter of the Year Award Presentation

Prayer for Gary Aiken

At the start of the meeting, David Ladd led us in a prayer for Gary Aiken, who passed away on October 3, 2021. Gary was a great man and a huge inspiration to his fellow members of the Centerville Noon Optimist Club. Gary joined CNO on 6/1/1982. He will be missed but remembered.

Gary Hansen is the 54th CNO President

Gary Hansen was officially sworn in as CNO president by Pat Behn during today’s meeting. We look forward to a great year under your leadership Gary.

Announcements

  • Debe Dockins announced that the next CNO 2.0 meeting will be 10/21/2021 at 5:30 PM at Bock Family Brewing. The speaker will be Eric Horstman, founder, and president of Flyin’ to the Hoop.
  • Christy Gariety, Adopt-a-Family co-chair, announced that she and Sue Jessee are accepting $50 gift cards with activation code receipts from Walmart, Target, and Kohl’s to be given to families this holiday season. The cards need to be received by 11/29/2021.

Dayton Children’s Hospital Donation

Mike Bevis, the chair of the Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf Classic, introduced Adam Blanchard, who came today to accept the $11,000 donation for Dayton Children’s Hospital hematology and oncology department.

Adam said this year’s donation will be used to pay expenses incurred by kids that need highly specialized care at other hospitals. Adam said that CNO’s total donations to Dayton Children’s is now over $200,000.

Committee Meetings

10/18/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting

Social Events

10/23/2021 6 PM to 10 PM, Wine and Beer tasting party at the home of Patrick and Diane Arehart. The cost is $20 which includes all the wine and beer you taste. Everyone is asked to bring a dish to pass. The price is $5 if you will not be having any of the supplied wine and beer and you are BYOB. To register, contact Debe Dockins or Sue Jessee.

Robert J. O’Toole EMT/Firefighter of the Year Award, Mariana Jones

The EMT/Firefighter award honors the memory of Ruth and John’s son Robert J. O’Toole. Robert lost his life on January 12, 1998 while responding to an accident.

This year’s recipient is firefighter and paramedic Mariana Jones. CNO presented Mariana a plaque and her name will be added to a larger plaque at the Washington Township Fire Department headquarters building.

Joining us at lunch today was Ruth O’Toole (Robert J. O’Toole’s mother) and her daughter Ruth DeVan. Also, at today’s meeting were Fire Chief Scott Kujawa, Deputy Fire Chief Nick Bergman and Mariana’s husband Adrian Jones.

Tri-Fold Brochure of the 2021 Robert O’Toole EMT/Firefighter of the Year Award

Bob Burkman introduced Fire Chief Scott Kujawa who presented the award to Mariana Jones.

From Chief Scott Kujawa’s Notes about Mariana Jones

Good afternoon. My name is Scott Kujawa, and I am the Fire Chief for the Washington Township Fire Department. It is my honor to be able to stand before you today to present this award.

On January 12,1998, Firefighter Robert O’Toole and Officer John Kalaman paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving our community. These two men will never be forgotten by the Washington Township Fire Department, Centerville Police Department, or our community. I want to thank the Noon Optimist Club of Centerville and the entire O’Toole family for their continued support and remembrance of Firefighter O’Toole through the Robert J. O’Toole EMT/Firefighter of the Year Award.

Now, to recognize this year’s recipient:

Firefighter/Paramedic Mariana Jones has been a career member of the Washington Township Fire Department since July 2018. She joined our department with several years of experience from the Harrison Twp and Sugarcreek Twp fire departments. In 2014, she received a rookie of the year award and in 2016 a firefighter of the year award, both from the Sugarcreek Twp Fire Department.

Mariana was an outstanding addition to our department. She is an exceptionally competent firefighter and paramedic while continually striving for improvement. She is professional and respectful to the citizens and visitors of our community, as well as every one of her coworkers. Mariana brings a positive attitude which is contagious and reflective of who she truly is as a person. She exemplifies this attitude and encourages others to maintain the same positive outlook.

Mariana has a true passion for the EMS side of our profession. She is part of the team that developed and implemented a new continuous quality improvement program for the review of EMS reports. Not only did she help develop this quality improvement program, but she is also one of the report reviewers. Her passion for the job spills over into her review of the reports. She wants to assure that our paramedics are always providing the best care possible.

Her work on the EMS Committee has created more effective ways of providing service to our community. While EMS reports alone keep her busy, she doesn’t stop there and gives an all-out effort every day she comes to work. Mariana’s work ethic and job performance are second to none and she is truly deserving of the Robert J. O’Toole EMT/Firefighter of the Year Award.

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Dennis DockinsDebe Dockins2nd reading
Jessica WagnerMike BevisInduction
Anne KohlsMike BevisInduction
Jackie PowellTom NovakInduction

Welcome Guests!

GuestGuest Of
Adam BlanchardMike Bevis
Adrian JonesProgram
David HaaseMike Bevis
Dennis DockinsDebe Dockins
Dennis SmithBob Collins
Eric ParsleyMike Bevis
Jackie PowellTom Novak
Mariana JonesProgram
Ruth DevanProgram
Ruth O’TooleProgram
Tom SimmsBob Collins
Tom YoungDebe Dockins

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Ron TinnermanGary Aiken was always excited to see his grandchildren playing basketball.
Gary Smiga$13, Gary Aiken could be superstitious. While playing golf with Gary Aiken in Florida, Gary noticed that his golf cart was number 13. Gary left the cart on the third hole and went and got another cart.
Harry BoseyHarry remembers that Gary Aiken was extremely welcoming to him in 1994 when Harry joined CNO.
Jesse LightleGary Aiken was a true champion of Washington Township. They will also miss him at the RecPlex.
Jesse LightleMarina Jones was the recipeient of the Firefigter/EMT award  today.
Stan FronzagliaVida McDowell;s tennis team won the regional tennis tournament that included Ohio and several surrounding states.
Greg Griffin$4, Remebers meeting Gary Aiken for the first time while working the Christmas Tree lot. Greg plans on making this the best Tree Lot season ever in honor of Gary Aiken who was in charge for several years.
Gary HansenHe remembers that it was after Gary Aiken told him how important member participation is to the community that he started coming to lunch almost every week instead of once or twice a month and participating more in the club.
Gary HansenThank you to CNO member for being so supportive about the loss of his nephew.
Dave KayHe remembers how Gary Aiken got him to join CNO.
Don KelleyHe remembers playing golf with Gary Aiken, when a “friend” put an extra club in Gary’s golf bag. Originally Gary had 12 clubs. When Gary figured out he had 13 clubs he couldn’t throw the unwelcomed club far enough.
Debe DockinsShe remembers that every time she saw Gary Aiken he always asked about her kids.
Debe DockinsHer sons’ birthdays are this weekend.
Beth DuncanBeth appreciated Gary Aiken’s smile.
Beth DuncanDebe Dockins, thank you for your great year as CNO President.
Charlie GoodwinGary Aiken will be missed. Gary and Gail have been Charlie’s neighbor for over 30 years.
Charlie GoodwinCenterville-Washington Foundations celebration of Paul Stull was at their annual Founder’s Event on 10/7/2021.
Bob BurkmanBob remembers Gary Aiken trimming the last tree at the tree lot one year that looked like a Charlie Brown Christmas tree. He got it looking good enough that a family came in at the last minute to buy it.

Sergeants at Arms

Pre the Sergeants – no fines this week in Honor of Gary Aiken

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Carolyn TaylorSeptember269/26/20183
Dana DringSeptember269/26/20183
Mike CordonnierSeptember269/26/20183
Steve LinderSeptember269/26/20183
Steve RudisillSeptember269/26/20183
Ken IrwinOctober210/2/20129
Larry LarrimerOctober210/2/20129
Rick KempferOctober210/2/20129
Christy GarietyOctober310/3/201110
Sue BrubakerSeptember239/23/200813
Pat BehnSeptember299/29/200318
John PowellSeptember299/29/199922
Stephen WalkerSeptember289/28/199823
Mike WallSeptember269/26/199526
Brooks ComptonSeptember309/30/199427
Denise O’NeilSeptember309/30/199427
Karl FrydrykOctober110/1/198833

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Carol SmerzSeptember 22
Harry BosseySeptember 22
Jon WertsSeptember 22
Mark KarnsSeptember 23
Greg SmithSeptember 25
Evelyn GriffinSeptember 26
Diane ArehartSeptember 26
Jeff KujawaSeptember 27
Mike FanelliOctober 1
Roy BarclayOctober 1
Anne KohlsOctober 4

CNO Donations – 2013 through August 2021

Click here to see a summary of donations the club has made since 2013

Thank You Notes Received

CLICK HERE to see the Thank You Notes the Club Received this Week

Links to PowerPoint and Pictures

A Copy of this Week’s Meeting PowerPoint Slide Deck is here

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.

CNOtes 9/28/21: CNO Officer Installation Ceremony and Banquet

Officer Installation and Awards Program for 2021-2022

On Tuesday, September 28, 2021, there was no lunch meeting. Instead, we had a wonderful evening of feast and fellowship at Yankee Trace. This was a great night to celebrate the past year and to look forward to the next year. This is the end of the Centerville Noon Optimist Presidential year for Debe Dockins. New board members and vice-presidents were installed for 2021-2022. Gary Hansen, CNO president for 2021-2022, was out of town at a funeral and he was installed as president on 10/5/2021 at the lunch meeting. Gary Hansen is the 54th CNO President.

The social committee, co-chaired by Sue Jessee and Sarah Umbreit, put on a great party. The centerpieces looked fantastic. Six lucky attendees found a winning ticket under the seat at the end of the evening and were able to take a centerpiece home.

We started with drinks and appetizers, followed by a buffet. The food was great.

Just like a lunch meeting, we started with a prayer by Phather Phil and proudly recited The Pledge of Allegiance.

Thanks to Gary Smiga, the master of ceremonies for the evening. He did a fantastic job and kept us entertained.

For being president, Debe Dockins received from CNO her Past President pin, a Lifetime OI Membership and pin, and a gavel plaque recognizing her year as CNO president.

Optimist Vs Pessimist, Poem by Unknown read by Gary Smiga

How foolish is the pessimist?
Despondent and forlorn,
Who always when he gets a rose?
Goes hunting for a thorn.

The Optimist has better sense:
The charm of life he knows.
He doesn’t mind a scratch or two
If he can get the rose.

So don’t be a pessimist
Bogged down with discontent:
The Optimist has heaps of fun
That doesn’t cost a cent.

-Unknown

Gary noted that he thought it was appropriate to have a poem written by an unknown artist since President Debe Dockins is a librarian.

Officers of CNO 2021-2022

  • President, Gary Hansen
  • Vice President, Greg Wasmund
  • Vice President, Sarah Umbreit
  • Secretary, Jean Pummill
  • Treasurer, Roland Rapp
  • President-Elect, Beth Duncan
  • Immediate Past President, Debe Dockins
  • Past President’s Representative, Chris McAlpine

Newly Elected to the Board of Directors with a Two-Year Term, 2021-2023

  • Diane Arehart
  • Brandon Barrett
  • Katie Calloway
  • Bob Glavin
  • Evelyn Griffin

Continuing Board of Directors with One Year Left, 2021-2022

  • Patrick Arehart
  • Christine Balsan
  • Pat Behn
  • Jim Long
  • Brian Nolan

Officer Installation and Oath

Greg Griffin and Pat Behn swore in the new Club Officers and Board of Directors.

I hereby solemnly promise on my honor as an Optimist that I will carry out the duties of the office to which I have been elected to the best of my ability, in loyalty to my Club, and in harmony with the Bylaws of my Club and Optimist International. So help me God.

Passing of the Gavel

After the new board members were sworn in there was the traditional passing of the gavel. Gary Smiga brought up all the previous presidents to form a line at the front of the room in the order they served as CNO president.

The presidents who were here tonight were:

  • Will Cale
  • Joe Madden
  • Don Kelley
  • Gary Smiga
  • Gary Aiken (represented by Gail Aiken)
  • Brian Nicholas
  • Margaret Barclay (represented by Roy Barclay)
  • Jerry Stahley
  • Stan Fronzaglia
  • Mike Wall
  • Tom Novak
  • Nancy Lehren
  • Mike Bevis
  • Kelly Stone
  • Pat Behn
  • Bob Burkman
  • Myron Rheaume
  • Donna Huss
  • Greg Griffin
  • Debe Dockins
  • Gary Hansen (represented by Katie Calloway)

For a complete list of past presidents refer to your Club Handbook.

CNO Rookie of the Year

The 2020-2021 Rookie of the Year was awarded to Julie Rado. Julie hit the ground running when she became a member in March, 2021. She was integral in making the 1st Annual Centerville/Washington Township Got Talent contest a success.

Debe Dockins, President’s Thank You Gifts

President Debe Dockins handed out gifts to several members with the assistance of Pat Behn. The gifts were given in random order. As Debe handed the gifts she announced some reasons why the gifts were being given to the member. Not all the reasons were captured, and I apologize for leaving anything off.

  • Bob Collins, Club Photographer
  • Roberta Taylor, Memorial scholarship and volunteers for all kinds of things
  • Will Cale, being an inspiration, having a scholarship named after him
  • Myron Rheaume, club builder of excellence
  • Vince Reidy, Board Member, very integral to the golf outing
  • Don Kelley, sergeant at arms
  • Val Huff, Golf Outing among other things
  • Tom Novak, Avenue of Flags
  • Mike Cordonnier, Built the Americana Float which won the President’s Award for Americana 2021; he and his students are building props for fright stations for the Haunted Trail
  • Bob Burkman, Avenue of Flags, Respect for Law
  • Phather Phil, Club Chaplain
  • Sue Brubaker, Birthday Table, Silent Auction for the Golf Outing, Build-a-Bear, Social Committee
  • Gary Aiken, Skilled Trades, Tree Lot
  • Mike Brubaker, Avenue of Flags, Technology Committee
  • Judy DeMarco, Community Champion Award, Silent Auction, Golf Outing
  • Kelly Stone, JOI club advisor, brought UD Optimist Club back to life
  • Christine Balsan, Board Member
  • Joan Cordonnier, Americana 5K
  • Bob Lawson, Fishing Derby, Kids Day in the Park
  • Diane Arehart, Membership Chair, Social Media Co-chair, Build-a-Bear
  • David Ladd, Club Chaplain
  • Carolyn Taylor, Board Member and Speakers Committee
  • Sarah Umbreit, Golf Co-Chair, Social Committee, Build-a-Bear
  • Jerry Stahley, Junior Golf Tournament Chair, District Regional Chair of Oratorial contest, Built the platform for Debe to stand on while behind the lectern
  • Donna Huss, St Leonard, Speakers Committee, Past President
  • Barbara Santo, Birthday Table, Silent Auction for the Golf Outing
  • Sue Jessee, Social Committee, Adopt a Family
  • Gail Aiken, Haunted Trail Chair
  • Julie Rado, CNO Rookie of the Year, Centerville/Washington Township Got Talent
  • Nancy Lehren, Long range planning chair, Childhood Health and Wellness chair (Build-a-Bear), Debe’s Past President’s Representative
  • Roland Rapp, Club Treasurer
  • Beth Duncan, Vice-President, President-Elect
  • Jean Pummill, Club Secretary
  • Mike Bevis, Chair of the Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf Classic, Publicity, Sponsored 75 members
  • Gary Smiga, Chair of Memorial Scholarship, Master of Ceremony
  • Evelyn Griffin, Skilled Trad Scholarships, District Activities,
  • Greg Griffin, inspires Debe with his enthusiasm, Easter Egg Hunt, Technology, Runs tech for meetings
  • Patrick Arehart, CNOtes, Technology Committee, Added Donate Now Button to CNO and District Websites, Helped get the club to use Constant Contact
  • Pat Behn, District VP, Board Member
  • Katie Calloway, Social Media Co-chair
  • Brian Nolan, Board Member, CNO 2.0, Kids Day in the Park

Optimists of the Year 2020-2021

It is the job of the previous year’s winner (Mike Brubaker) to announce the current year recipients of the Centerville Noon Optimist Thomas P. Frazier Optimist of the Year Awards.

Mike’s presentation was very interesting. He slowly revealed what the winners had done for the club and the community, so the names remained a mystery until they were announced.

The 2020-2021 winners are Evelyn Griffin and Bob Lawson. They each received a plaque commemorating their award.

Evelyn Griffin

Evelyn Griffin joined CNO on 10/21/2015 and has participated in multiple events, fundraisers and other volunteer activities:

  • Avenue of Flags, paperwork
  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • Essay Contest
  • Skilled Trades Scholarship Program
  • Photographer
  • Annual Club Handbook
  • Christmas Tree Lot

Bob Lawson

Bob Lawson joined CNO on 2/17/2016 and has participated in multiple events, fundraisers and other volunteer activities:

  • Fishing Derby
  • Kids Day in the Park
  • Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf Tournament
  • Avenue of Flags, deliveries and sleeve installations
  • Numerous Announcements at lunches and passing of clipboards
  • Christmas Tree Lot

Closing Video

A great video Greg Griffin put together of the past year can be viewed here.

After the video was complete, we cheerfully recited the Optimist Creed.

Closing Remarks from Gary Smiga

We have had a great night hearing about all the great things we have accomplished.  I leave you with a final thought that it wouldn’t have been possible without each one of you.  Thank you again for your time and commitment that collectively have allowed us to be known as the top performing Optimist Club in all of Optimist International.

The End of One Year and the Beginning of Another

Thanks to President Debe Dockins for all she has done as president in the last year and we look forward to another great year under the leadership of President Gary Hansen, his team and our members!

Link to Pictures Taken This evening

The photos taken by Julie Walling Noeth are here.