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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 – December 18, 2018 – Taryn Filer – Holiday Traditions

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father we are on the cusp of Your Son’s Birthday. We thank you for our greatest blessing. You taught us that we were put here to love others and do it with compassion and meaning. We find it easy to love those who are close to us, but Your Son told us to show love to all, especially those less fortunately than us. We will be celebrating Christmas with those we love and remembering those You have called home. Though we can no longer hold them, we can still hug them with our prayers and fill the void they have left in our hearts. Be with us this coming year and guide us in making this an Optimistic and loving world for everyone. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Dawn Arrowood Mike Bevis
Terry Bevis Mike Bevis
Judge Fred Dressel Jim Long
Dave Fairs Mike Brubaker
Taryn Filer Speaker
Rob Fortman Pat Behn
Rodrigo Garnica Bob Collins
Beth Harper Mike Bevis
Kim Lopez Mike Bevis
Judy McFadden Mike Bevis
Janet Peasant Donna Huss
Morgan Schiffhauer Diane Arehart
Kelly Smith Mike Bevis
Erin Warfield Casey Wyckoff

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Committee Announcements

Donn Huss announced there will be a “NOW” Event on January 17, 2019 from 5-8 PM at Yankee Trace. She would like to hear back from all committee chairs with an RSVP to share with potential members how you help the club. NOW is an acronym for “New Optimists Welcome”. Read more about it here. It is a program designed to capture the interests of prospective new Optimist Club members. Please tell your family and friends to come check it out.

Donna Huss announced that the Optimist Holiday dinner was a success. The venue, food, silent auction, raffle and entertainment provided by South Dayton School of Dance was excellent. Thank you to all the social committee members.

Casey Wyckoff, chair of Communication Contest for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing (CCDHH), announced that she is looking for participants so please let her know of anyone who is eligible for this opportunity. You can give them her contact information as well. Let teachers, friends and family know about this contest. There were only 8 in the state last year but her goal is to have 8 in our region. The Optimist Ohio District awards a $3500 scholarship to the winner. Additionally, Casey said she can use more volunteers who can communicate with American Sign Language to judge the contest.

Greg Griffin reported on the tree lot. Thank you to everyone that worked on the Christmas tree lot; because of you we had another successful year. We completely sold out of trees last Saturday after 22 days. There was $89,000 in sales with a net profit of $48,000. A special thank you note was sent to the manager of Kroger’s in Centerville since this Kroger location is the only one that does not sell Christmas trees. Other thank you notes were sent to Alan Poole (BMV Manager) and Wayne Davis (Centerville City Manager)  for allowing us to use the BMV parking lot again this year.

Jack Anderson announced there is a CNO 2.0 social event on 12/31/2018 at noon at the Heavier than Air Brewing Company. Food will be provided. Come watch some football as University of Cincinnati plays Virginia Tech and maybe bring a friend to watch and to learn about our Optimist club.

Donna Huss announced that Brent Richburg has agreed to be the chair of the Americana Festival booth again next year. He has already contacted the Americana Festival representative and they are accommodating our request to have a space near Benham’s Grove. Thank you, Brent!

Beth Duncan has requested that if you find out you signed up and can’t attend the Murder Mystery Dinner, let her know as soon as possible. There is a waiting list.

Happy Birthday to Liz Fultz

Guess what? The lunch today was on December 18, 2018 and that is the same exact day of the year that is Liz Fultz’s birthday. Lucky (Unlucky?) for us Liz Fultz was at today’s lunch, so Charlie Tapp graciously led us in singing Happy Birthday to her. I tried to record the “musical” evidence of our singing. On my iPhone, Siri stopped the recording stating “Your microphone has been hacked, rebooting now for your own protection.” President Donna Huss could be heard saying afterwards, “My hearing will never be the same!”

Today’s Presentation

Debe Dockins introduced Taryn Filer who is an Adult Services Specialist with the Washington-Centerville Public Library.  She has worked for the library since December, 2017 and was quickly scooped up into the Speaker’s Bureau.  Taryn researched and put together information about the various winter holidays after getting requests for a seasonal presentation.

Here is a list of the Winter Holiday celebrations Taryn discussed with links to Wikipedia




Saint Stephen’s Day

Boxing Day

Saint Lucia Day

Las Posadas

New Years

Pancha Ganapati (The holiday page redirects to the page of Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, the creator of the holiday.)

You can view the slide presentation here.

The following is information from Taryn’s presentation:

Today 9 out of 10 Americans celebrate Christmas, but there are several other Winter Holidays that are also very important to those who celebrate.

Christmas was banned in the 17th century and became legal again in 1660. St Nicklaus was introduced in the third century.

Hanukkah is 8 days long because there was only enough untainted olive oil to keep the candle lit for 1 day, but by a miracle the candle burned for 8 days, which was enough time to get a new supply of oil.

Kwanza is one of the newest celebrations. Created during 1966 by Maulana Karenga, Kwanza starts on December 26 and goes for 7 days. The number 7 is a recurring theme in this celebration.

St Stephen’s Day is celebrated because he was the first Christian martyr.

Boxing Day is celebrated on December 26. The name comes from the gratuity of a box of money or presents to those who perform services for their employers or receivers of services.

St Lucia Day, celebrated on December 13 in Scandinavian countries, this holiday is celebrated with a buffet feast. Also called St. Lucy, St. Lucia secretly delivered food to prisoners.

Las Posadas is on December 16 and is celebrated by Hispanics and others. It is based on the number 9. It is celebrated for nine days ending on Christmas Eve by celebrators asking for lodging for 9 days in reference to the story of the Virgin Mary and Joseph looking for lodging before the birth of Christ. Each of the 9 days represents one month of the Virgin Mary’s pregnancy with Jesus Christ.

Pancha Ganapati started in 1985 and is celebrated by Hindu families. They celebrate for 5 days, each dedicated to a specific spiritual idea with a distinct color.

New Year’s Day celebrations have not always been on January 1st. In 1582, January 1st became the official beginning of the new year with the widespread adoption of the Gregorian calendar. In New York City, the ball has dropped for over 100 years. Not all countries or cultures celebrate the new year on January 1st. An interesting tradition for some cultures for good luck is to eat 12 grapes at midnight. You eat one grape for each stroke of midnight. If you successfully eat them all by the end of the clock strikes, you will have good luck for the next year. Good luck with this one!


Member Birthday
Liz Fultz December 18
Cindy Gaboury December 19
Jeff Brown December 19
Debe Dockins December 22
Paul Boeckman December 22
Stephen Mock December 25
Jeff Papanek December 26
Dave Gaines December 27
Dave Kay December 27
Christine Balsan December 28
Molly Petsch December 28
Kelly Stone December 29
Mandy Ransdell December 31

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Scott Langer December 30 12/30/1997 21

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Gareth Dickey Roland Rapp Induction

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Anyone who has not been fined this year Not being fined this year
Anyone who cheered the retirement of the current sergeants Cheering the retirement of the current sergeants
Anyone who did not believe “we fine because we love” Not believing, “we fine because we love”

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Donna Huss Grandson got engaged
Ken Irwin Last week as sergeant
Beth Duncan Grandson was just born
Bob Burkman Carol Burkman and his 56th wedding anniversary is on December 29, 2018
Myron Rheaume Happy that the obituary he read in the newspaper was not our Bob Lawson
Gary Aiken Thanks to Kroger’s for being the only one in the area that doesn’t sell Christmas trees
Carolyn Taylor Army beat Navy
Greg Wasmund Donated the last Christmas Tree to a needy family
Jane Fiehrer Her Will Cale scholarship mentee just got a 4.0 GPA
Greg Griffin Christmas Tree Lot had $89,000 sales with $48,000 in profit in 22 Days. Thanks for helping!

CNOtes – December 4, 2018 – Wayne Davis – Centerville City Manager

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father many times we ask You to make us better. The goal seems to point toward perfection. Sometimes we even ask this for someone else. Let us be happy with our imperfect life and realize that perfection is only a goal not an attainment. Besides that position has
already been fulfilled and for that we thank You. Just help us do our best and at the end of each day may we give thanks for whatever comes our way. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Ron Amos Dan Beck
Wayne Davis Speaker
Dennis Egan Mike Fanelli
Bill Hazel Brent Richburg
Candace Rinke Brent Richburg
Morgan Schiffhauer Diane Arehart

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Special Announcement

From Donna Huss, “On behalf of myself, Greg Griffin and Karl Frydryk, I wanted to take a moment today and recognize three folks who are key to our success for the Christmas Tree Lot and those folks are our money counters and depositors. Daily these three people count the Christmas Tree Lot Shift monies and make the bank deposits for us – every day while the Christmas Tree Lot is open. Thank you Gary Hansen, Don Kelley and Donna Robinson – we really appreciate you!”

Committee Announcements

Donn Huss announced there will be a “NOW” Event on January 17, 2019 at Yankee Trace. NOW is an acronym for “New Optimists Welcome”. Read more about it here. It is a program designed to capture the interests of prospective new Optimist Club members.

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

Gary Hansen announced he is looking for mentors for the Will Cale Scholarship; please contact Gary for additional info.

Laurie Poeppelman and Evelyn Griffin, Optigear merchandise sales, announced Optigear merchandise is ready for pick up.

Today’s Presentation

Debe Dockins introduced Wayne Davis. Debe’s intro follows, “Today we welcome Wayne Davis, Centerville’s City Manager since August 2017. For 17 years he worked for the City of Montgomery, five years as city manager, seven years as assistant city manager, and five years as finance director. He guided the city through the purchase of several key parcels to assemble the Gateway Redevelopment Area project; established substantial shared-service partnerships and oversaw successful strategic plans over the years.”

Debe continued, “He began his professional career as a civilian with the United States Air Force, working at the Pentagon. Since moving to Ohio 28 years ago, Davis has worked in local government with the Montgomery County Office of Management and Budget and the Combined Health District of Montgomery County.  He is a graduate of the University of Vermont with a bachelor’s degree in economics and obtained a masters in urban administration from Wright State University. Mr. Davis is also immediate president of the Ohio City/County Management Association. He and his family have lived in the Centerville area for the past 20 years. Let’s give a warm Optimist welcome to Wayne Davis.”

When hired in 2017, the city asked him to put together a strategic plan for Centerville. In producing a strategic plan, you must align your vision and values with the community. You must also match the mission with the resources available.

Davis showed us his Power Point slide deck titled, “City of Centerville Five-Year Strategic Plan 2018-2023.”

The presentation started with a Mission Statement for the City of Centerville, “The City of Centerville delivers exceptional services through thoughtful governance to ensure progress and stability.”

You can view the slide presentation here.


Member Birthday
Liz Fultz December 11
Erin Dickerson December 12
Pete Rife December 13
Bill Stone December 16

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Tom Novak December 13 12/13/1990 28

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Emily Duke Gary DeMarco 1st Reading
Mariah Vogelgesang Mike Bevis Induction
Rick Altvater Greg Wasmund Induction
Sue Zammit Greg Griffin Induction
Erin Dickerson Andy Dickerson Induction

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Tom Henderson Not wearing his Optimist pin on TV
John Kalaman Missed a flag during flag retrieval
Brian Nolan Missed a flag during flag retrieval
Wayne Davis (Today’s Speaker) For being a member of the Rotary Club
Everyone working at the tree lot last Sunday Overwhelming the cashiers at Tree lot last Sunday
Members at Birthday table that do not have a birthday in December Members at Birthday table that do not have a birthday in December
Everyone with an artificial Christmas tree Having an artificial Christmas Tree.

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Gary DeMarco Today is the first day of his retirement
Kelly Stone Bill is doing well after his surgery
Judy DeMarco Lunch was much better today
Joan Cordonnier Lily McAlpine was of great assistance at an event at Kindergarten Village
Donna Huss Grandson just moved into his first new home
Debe Dockins Thanks to Wayne Davis for speaking today
Brian Nolan Mike Yoder was promoted to Lieutenant of Centerville Police Department
Greg Griffin The tree lot was very productive on Sunday 12/2/2018

CNOtes – November 27, 2018 – Terri Oroszi – Terrorism in Ohio

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father this is the time of the year to count our blessings. We just enjoyed the spirit of Thanksgiving with friends or family. Which should have reminded us of all the people that are hungry and those who were alone. In our prayers, let us remember how fortunate we are to have a roof over our heads, food on the table, clothes on our back and all our Optimist friends. We are blessed and give thanks to You. Continue to be with us and may we be a blessing to others – especially the youth. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Terri Oroszi Speaker
Doug Reno Carolyn Taylor

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Committee Announcements

Christy Gariety, chair of Adopt-A-Child, announced that all 36 children have been picked by members and will have a better Christmas.

Myron Rheaume, chair of PGI and PDP Development programs, announced he is always happy to explain and help with PDP and PGI.

Mike Bevis announced that a new Optimist club is being started at St Leonard’s.

Casey Wycoff, chair of Communication Contest for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing, announced that she is looking for participants so please let her know of anyone who is eligible for this opportunity. You can give them her contact information as well. There were only 8 in the state last year but her goal is to have 8 in our region this year. The Optimist Ohio District awards a $3500 scholarship to the winner. Additionally, Casey said she can use more volunteers who can communicate with American Sign Language to judge the contest.

Donna Huss announced that Gary Hansen, chair of the Will Cale Scholarship Committee, is still looking for more mentors so that we can help more students.

Laurie Poeppelman, chair OptiGear merchandise sales, announced that some OptiGear merchandise is here and the rest will be in next week.

Greg Griffin, Christmas tree lot chair, said we have sold 25% of the trees in just 4 days. If you are scheduled for a shift, please show up and if you can’t, try to find a substitute.

Beth Duncan reminded everyone about the December 11th Holiday Party at the Presidential Center (Kettering), and the Dinner and a Mystery on Dec 28th @ 7pm @ the Spaghetti Warehouse.  She also announced that the entertainment for the Holiday Party will be a local dance company performing excerpts of Nutcracker.

Today’s Speaker

Donna Huss introduced Terry L. Oroszi, M.S., Ed.D., Assistant Professor, Pharmacology & Toxicology; Director, MS Graduate Program, P&T, BSOM; Director, CBRN Defense Certificate Program at Wright State University. She is also a faculty member at the medical center. She has authored two books about terrorism so far with another about to be released. She has also published several articles.

Terry spoke at our lunch on July 10, 2018 about worldwide terrorism and terrorists.

She was here today to discuss terrorists in and from Ohio.

The definition of Terrorism is individuals and groups that want to change the way a group lives. A typical American citizen must commit a crime to be arrested. A terrorist can be arrested for showing intent to commit a crime.

Typical Terrorist Profiles

  • Most terrorists are male. Of the few women that are terrorists, their terrorist acts tend to be deadlier.
  • 64% of terrorists have STEM related Educated people with money are more interested in being a terrorist because the poor are too busy trying to earn money for food.
  • A sizable portion of American Terrorists have converted to Islam.

She showed and discussed with us several pictures of terrorists from Ohio. She plans to visit prisons and interview convicted terrorists to see if they are still radicalized. So far there, are 29 male and 3 female terrorists from Ohio.

Very few people are charged with terrorism. More often they are charged with material support. A person can be arrested for trying to join ISIS.

Terrorists often target military installations, public places and bridges.


Member Birthday
Nancy Lehren December 05
Bill DeShurko December 06
Matt Somerlot December 07
Sarah Umbreit December 07
Jeff Umbreit December 08
Pat Arehart December 10

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Roberta Taylor December 6 12/6/1995 23
Paul Boeckman December 9 12/9/1994 24
Roland Rapp December 10 12/10/2002 16

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Ron Kuker Charlie Tapp Induction
Andy Dickerson Andrew McKenzie Induction
Rik Altvater Greg Wasmund 3rd Reading
Gareth Dickey Gary Hansen 3rd Reading
Sue Zammit Greg Griffin 3rd Reading
Erin Dickerson Andy Dickerson 3rd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Donna Huss Auctioning lost and found items from tree lot delivery day
John Speers Showing up for the tree lot at the wrong time – that is OK though, feel free to volunteer for any shift!
Don Wildenhaus Aggressively stealing the gavel out of Donna’s protective bag
Ron Kuker Welcome to the club, this is how fines work
Scott Langer Very suspicious amount of attention from our guest speaker on terrorism
Andy Dickerson Using the CNO meetings as a cheap date with his wife Erin
Donna Huss Mispronounced Ron Kuker’s name (it’s pronounced “Keeker”)

 Happy Bucks!


Member Reason
Bob Duffy OSU beat Michigan last Saturday
Sue Brubaker Ellie Parker is doing better
Mike Bevis Bob Burkman for making special trip to open the tree lot for his team
Beth Duncan Cleveland Browns beat the Cincinnati Bengals last Sunday
Brian Nolan Bill Stone surgery went well
Don Wildenhaus Third granddaughter born 4 months ago, first grandson born a month ago, TOP Soccer just finished our 21st year
Christy Gariety With the bad weather coming for tonight she is glad the tree lot has people to work tonight and it is not her
Art Hung Basketball player Jeremy Lin now has over 5,000 career points
Anne Kessler Glad she wasn’t fined for not making it to a CNO lunch meeting for a year

CNOtes – Optimist 2.0 November 15, 2018 – Heavier than Air Brewing Co. – Anthony Rocco – Dayton Freight Company


Guests and Members in Attendance

Name Member/Guest
Shamus Baker Guest
Jonathon Barrett Guest
Emily Duke Guest
Brett Houseman Guest
Kevin Jackson Guest
Anthony Rocco Guest
Ashley Simeone Guest
Jim Voudris Guest
Adam Westendorf Guest
TR Wise Guest
Jack Anderson Member
Nancy Anderson Member
Diane Arehart Member
Pat Arehart Member
Marge Back Member
Dav Bremer Member
Bob Burkman Member
Jeff Busch Member
Brendan Cunningham Member
Beth Duncan Member
Greg Fay Member
Laura Franklin Member
Stan Fronzaglia Member
Jesse Gaither Member
Greg Griffin Member
Gary Hansen Member
Martha Jackson Member
Becky Keegan Member
Nancy Lehren Member
Pam Miller Member
Brian Nolan Member
Fred Polizzi Member
Myron Rheaume Member
Brent Richburg Member
Gary Smiga Member
Jerry Stahley Member
Carolyn Taylor Member
Ron Tinnerman Member
Jayne Weikel Member

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was Heavier than Air Brewing Company. Thank you to the team of Nick Sr, Chris, Ben and Nick Jr. for allowing us to take over their bar tonight. There was a 50/50 drawing won by Laura Franklin.

We had 29 members and 10 guests in attendance.

Committee Announcements

Greg Fay introduced a few members to discuss programs and fundraisers. The Centerville Noon Optimist club has raised well over a million dollars in the past 50 years. Greg also asked us to get on Facebook and to “like” the CNO and CNO 2.0 Facebook pages.



Gary Hansen, chair of the Will Cale Scholarship committee discussed the program. This committee reviews the applications of kids nominated by school counselors. The committee then chooses four to seven of them to give a scholarship for them to attend Sinclair. Often, they are the first person in their family to ever go to college. We provide up to $750 for up to six semesters for the student to obtain an associate’s degree. $750 per semester. Additionally, we provide the students with two mentors to help them navigate college and the financial aid process.

Myron Rheaume discussed the Professional Development Program (PDP) and the Personal Growth and Involvement (PGI) programs of Optimist International. These programs help you be a better club member and to have more success in life. He also noted that for each member added to an Optimist club, the club can help 35 additional children.

Greg Griffin discussed the Christmas Tree lot and showed us the video showcasing the lot. The full details are in this article.

Greg Griffin discussed the “Outstanding Organization” Award received earlier today by CNO presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Dayton Region. The full details are in this article.

Tonight’s Presentation

Greg Fay introduced Anthony Rocco, the Vice-President of Operations of the Dayton Freight Company founded in 1981 by Thomas L. Cronin, Jr.

Anthony Rocco grew up in Centerville and graduated from Alter High School and Xavier University. He first started working at Dayton Freight during college on the loading dock. After college, he went back and has been there for 26 years.

There are two major types of truck shipments. Full truckload (TL) and less than truckload (LTL). TL shipments account for 400 billion of the 700 billion shipping business each year. Dayton Freight is in the LTL business. Dayton Freight is a regional carrier in the Midwest with sales of about 60 billion annually. The goal of the company is to be the best regional LTL carrier in the Midwest.

Rocco attributes the success and expansion to the technology they have implemented in the company and the trucks. Items such as laser braking automation have greatly reduced their accident rate. Other technology helps reduce the chance of a trailer tipping during a loss of control. Without their technology Rocco said they would be about 25% of their current size. Dayton Freight currently handles 19,100 jobs per day.

Numerous facts about Dayton Freight can be viewed here.

There is a shortage of over 300,000 truck drivers. Dayton Freight trains any dock workers interested in how to drive a truck. The dock workers make about $18/hour and a truck driver makes about $28/hour. He said he believes the chances of automated drivers happening soon is very low. He believes it will be a minimum of 10-15 years and probably longer. Drivers are paid by the mile and they have 19 drivers that made over $100,000 last year. Truck drivers are typically male, but they do have 22 female drivers.

Thank you Anthony Rocco for taking the time to discuss your journey and for the information about a great company headquartered in Dayton, Ohio!

50 / 50 Drawing

Jesse Gaither was the winner of the 50/50 drawing. He won the 50/50 at CNO 2.0 last month as well. Will he win a third time next month? Come to the next CNO 2.0 meeting and find out!

CNOtes – November 20, 2018 – Youth Appreciation Awards Presented

Phather Phil’s Prayer


T’was the nite before Thanksgiving, I felt myself swelling,
But I just couldn’t sleep, So plump and so round,
I tried counting backwards, Till all of a sudden,
I tried counting sheep. I rose off the ground.
The Tom Turkey beckoned, I crashed thru the ceiling,
The dark meat & the white, Floating into the sky,
But I fought the temptation, With a mouthful of pudding
With all of my might. And a handful of pie.
Tossing & turning, But I managed to yell,
With anticipation, As I soared past the trees,
The thought of a snack, Happy eating to all,
Became an infatuation. Pass the cranberries please.
So, I raced to the kitchen, May your stuffing be tasty,
Flung open the door, May your turkey be plump.
And gazed at the fridge, May potatoes and gravy,
With goodies galore. Have nary a lump.
I gobbled up turkey. May your yams be delicious
And buttered potatoes, May your pies take the prize
Pickles and carrots, May your Thanksgiving dinner
Beans and tomatoes. Stay off of your thighs! AMEN!

 Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Beth Buck Educator
Chuck Cowgill Educator
Erin Dickerson Andrew Dickerson
Jack Durnbaugh Educator
Lynn Grubb Erin Dickerson
Kensie Miller Educator
Debbie Round Honoree’s Family
Kevin Round Honoree’s Family
Maddie Round Honoree
Mary Round Honoree’s Family
Annie Shaver Mike Bevis
Nate Smiga Gary Smiga
Bill Taylor Carolyn Taylor
Ron Whitehead Honoree’s Family
Jeff Wolff Educator

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Special Announcement

The Banner Kit was unveiled at the meeting via a PowerPoint presentation. The committee was made up of Donna Huss, Gary Smiga, Jesse Gaither and Greg Griffin. The items will be used at all CNO events and the tent can be rotated to highlight either the golf outing, the Avenue of Flags, the Christmas tree sales or CNO 2.0. The items are very colorful and will be a positive image for our organization. Thanks to Diane Arehart for putting together a “to go” box which will hold event brochures, membership applications, CNO 2.0 information and a list of upcoming events. This box will be stored with the Banner Kit and will be easily available when the Banner Kit is used.

Committee Announcements

Donna Huss announced there is a board meeting tonight 11/2/2018 at 6 PM at Woodbourne Library;

Christy Gariety announced she is handling the Adopt-A-Family program. See her to sign up.

Laurie Poeppelman announced Optigear orders are in and today is the last day for size and color samples. Orders placed will be received in 2 weeks.

Gary Hansen, chair of the Will Cale Scholarship Committee, announced he is still looking for more mentors so that we can help more students.

Beth Duncan reminded everyone about the December 11th Holiday Party at the Presidential, the Dinner and a Mystery on Dec 28th @ 7pm @ the Spaghetti Warehouse and she thanked everyone who brought chili, soups, cookies, corn bread and other food.

Donn Huss announced that Myron Rheaume will be available to discuss PGI/PDP next week. Please meet with Myron next week at lunch to begin filling your passport. Many of you have achieved Level 1 and just need to complete the booklet. You can also touch base with Myron to see what level you might have already achieved.

Youth Appreciation Awards

Donna Huss introduced Tom Henderson, the superintendent of Centerville Schools and member of CNO. Tom presented three Youth Appreciation Awards to honor 3 outstanding students who will be great ambassadors of Centerville High School.

Madison Round

Tom introduced Beth Buck, a CHS South Unit Guidance Counselor, who introduced CHS Senior Madison (Maddie) Round. Maddie has an impressive 4.11 GPA. She is dedicated to the CHS girls golf team and is well-known for her four-year involvement. She works at Yankee Trace Golf Course. She is president of the Centerville Octagon club. She speaks each month at the meeting of 180 of her pears.

Maddie participates in many service activities such as making and sending birthday cards to young kids who are in the hospital, as well as organizing Christmas caroling at a local nursing home with the Watts Middle School Junior Optimist Club.

Maddie spoke briefly. As a member of DECA they were in the top 10 in the State. She plans to major in Marketing at Miami University in Oxford. She thanked CNO for our service to the community and making a difference. She also thanked us for this honor.

Rachel Whitehead

Tom introduced Kinsie Miller, a CHS West Unit Guidance Counselor, who Introduced CHS Senior Sisters Rachel and Emily Whitehead. Rachel and Emily Whitehead both have very impressive high school resumes. They are both involved in volunteer work, athletics, clubs and organizations.

Rachel is a four-year member of the student council. She is also a two-year member of Chemistry Buddies, was chosen from a select group of seniors to be an Elk Connector where she serves as a mentor to ninth grade and new students. She also was chosen to be a lunch buddy where she serves as a mentor to an at-risk elementary aged student. Rachel is also a talented musician, playing in the wind symphony for three years and being a member of United Sound for two years. Rachel is a four-year member of the CHS cross country team and the track and field team.

Rachel is ranked third of 657 students with a 4.9366 GPA. She is a two-year member of National Honor Society and she is also a two-year member of Spanish Honor Society. She has earned the Commended National Merit Scholar. She is expected to receive the Ohio Honors Diploma in May of 2019.

Rachel Whitehead briefly spoke and thanked CHS teachers and counselors. She plans to study Neuroscience, hopefully at Duke University.

Emily Whitehead

Next Kinsie Miller discussed Emily Whitehead on behalf of Samantha Stingley, a CHS East Unit counselor who was ill today. Kinsie used notes from Samantha to introduce Emily.

Emily has taken tough courses at CHS including AP Stats, AP Chemistry II, AP Literature, AP US History, AP Government, and AP Microeconomics.

Emily has been involved with Centerville Women’s Soccer Program and the music program. She is a member of multiple clubs and service groups, including Junior Leadership Dayton. She is a mentor to younger students. As an Elk Connector, Emily helped welcome nearly 700 new freshmen to CHS. In August she “adopted” a group of 20 students to mentor throughout the year. Emily uses her time before and after school to volunteer as a Chem Buddy, tutoring Chemistry I students.

Emily is ranked fourth of 657 students with a 4.9186 GPA. She is a two-year member of National Honor Society and she is also a two-year member of Spanish Honor Society. She is expected to receive the Ohio Honors Diploma in May of 2019.

Emily Whitehead briefly spoke and thanked Mrs. Stingley and CNO for this honor. Her number one college choice is Georgetown University.


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

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Beth Duncan November 20 11/20/2016 2
John Kalaman November 20 11/20/2016 2
Jon Fox November 20 11/20/2000 18
Marilyn Becht November 20 11/20/2016 2
Paula Kalaman November 20 11/20/2016 2
Christine Balsan November 21 11/21/2013 5
Dave Klein November 21 11/21/2013 5
Kristina Rainer November 21 11/21/2012 6
Martha Jackson November 21 11/21/2013 5
Bill DeFries November 23 11/23/2004 14

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Richard Altvater Greg Wasmund 2nd Reading
Gareth Dickey Gary Hansen 2nd Reading
Sue Zammit Greg Griffin 2nd Reading
Erin Dickerson Andy Dickerson 2nd Reading
Andrew Dickerson Andrew McKenzie 3rd Reading
Mariah Vogelgesang Mike Bevis 3rd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Mike Bevis Parking in Pat Behn’s parking spot
Anyone who had a great time at the tree lot Anyone who had a great time at the tree lot
Anyone who doesn’t know exactly where their Optimist Pin is Not knowing exactly where their Optimist Pin is
Chris McAlpine Not wearing a tie
Bob Duffy Eating food off of the Birthday table, AGAIN!
Scott Langer Being late to the meeting

 Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Melissa Deeter Just became an aunt for the first time
Beth Duncan Thanks to everyone who brought soups and food to the Christmas Tree Lot delivery day
Beth Duncan Newest grand baby is  on the way
Joan Cordonnier 4 weeks out from her husband’s surgery and he is doing well (and volunteering on the Christmas Tree Lot!!!)
Joan Cordonnier Daughter Jill has second interview for a job in Cincinnati and Cincinnati is way closer than Utah
Don Kelley His Son-in-law is retiring after 4 years at the Air Force Academy and another  27 years of active duty; is starting 8 weeks of flight training after which he will be pilot for Southwest Airlines
Mary Madden Glad their power is finally restored after the ice storm
John Carroll 5 bucks for the great kids honored today and to a great tree lot season
Bob Burkman For the students with GPAs well above 4.0 and to the ones significantly below 4.0 that he can relate to
Sue Brubaker Thank you to the CHS Track team for helping with Christmas Tree Lot deliver day


CNOtes – SPECIAL EDITION – CNO Wins AFP of the Year Award on National Philanthropy Day

CNO Recognized as “Outstanding Organization” on National Philanthropy Day

National Philanthropy Day was November 15, 2018. On this day, the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Dayton Region held a luncheon event at Sinclair Community College’s Ponitz Center to recognize Dayton Area Philanthropist individuals and organizations.

The Centerville Noon Optimist Club (CNO) received the “Outstanding Organization” Award. We were nominated by Dayton’s Children’s Hospital. CNO donates significant money every year to Dayton’s Children’s hospital. Each year CNO sponsors three Build-A-Bear activities for pediatric patients and their families. CNO provides the funding and the volunteers to give a little joy to the lives affected by childhood cancer and Sickle Cell disease.

Donna Huss, the CNO president accepted the award, a beautiful plaque, on behalf of our club.

CNO helped sponsor the event by purchasing a table of eight. Eight members of our club attended the event.  The event was well done and the facility was top notch. Each recipient took a few moments to speak to the people attending the event.

Here is a list of the individuals and groups recognized.

Everyone who is a member of the Centerville Noon Optimist should be very proud of receiving this award. Recognition like this will help us do even more good for our community.

CNOtes – November 13, 2018 – Christmas Tree Lot Presentation

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father we will never be lonely if we like the person we’re with. It is always true when we are with You. Have us realize that when we are with You we are filling ourselves with Your love. That love is not to be hoarded for our own consumption, but is to be spread to all we encounter. Love and hate are two emotions that we harbor. Have us whistle a happy tune for being happy there is no room for hate.Amen!

 Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Shawn Collins Tom Novak
Andrew Dickerson Andrew McKenzie
Erin Dickerson Andrew Dickerson
Gareth Dickey Gary Hansen
Ron Kuker Charlie Tapp
Sue Zammit Dana Dring

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Thank you notes received by CNO

The USO thanked us for our donation of $1000 for their holiday party.

The Victoria Theater Association thanked us for our donation to their National Geographic Program.

Committee Announcements

Gary Hansen, chair of the Will Cale Scholarship Committee, announced he is still looking for more mentors so that we can help more students.

Beth, social committee, announced that 60 people have signed up so far for the Dinner and a Mystery. You can still sign up. They can handle up to 90. The event is December 28, 2018 at the Spaghetti Warehouse. Beth also announced sign-ups for the CNO Holiday Party on December 11 at Presidential Banquet Center.

Greg Fay, CNO 2.0 chair, announced there will be no CNO 2.0 meeting for December 2018, but he plans to have a football viewing party some time.

Annual Christmas Tree Lot Presentation

Donna Huss introduced Greg Griffin, the co-chair of the Christmas Tree Lot. Greg wants to make sure especially new members get briefed on how the Christmas Tree Lot works and why. The why is simple, “We do it for the kids.” First Greg showed us a great video about the tree lot and then he stepped us through his Power Point deck. Please review the slide deck here for additional information not included in the rest of this article.

Quick Facts about the Lot

  • 2018 is the 51st year of our tree lot.
  • Greg Griffin and Karl Frydryk are the co-chairs of the Christmas Tree Lot.
  • It is one of our 3 major fundraisers.
  • We will unload and sell 1,000 trees in about 15 days.
  • It is a great club showcase opportunity to be involved with the community.
  • Customers mention over and over that it isn’t Christmas until they buy a tree from us.
  • We have a new storage trailer this year with LED lighting and power and new wreath hangers.
  • We will have student volunteers from Centerville High School and the University of Dayton.

Important Information

  • We cannot park in the Centerville BMV parking lots when BMV is open.
  • Park at the Famous Restaurant, the Bank or the Walgreen’s. Please avoid parking near the front entrance of these businesses.
  • Ask parents before you give their kids a candy cane.
  • The only person allowed to change the price on a tree are Greg or Karl.
  • Don’t negotiate the price. Remind customers if they ask for a discount that our trees are of the highest quality and we are fundraising to support youth in the 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.

Schedule and Steps

  • Tree Delivery Day is Saturday November 17, 2018 at 8 AM. We need all hands on deck. We are usually done by 11AM. We have jobs for everyone. You will be rewarded with donuts, coffee, hot chocolate and about 15 types of hot soups.
  • Lot opens the day after Thanksgiving.
  • We are scheduled to be open through December 15th. History shows that we will sell out in 15 days.
  • When you arrive at the lot, go into the sales trailer, mark that you were there and grab your name tag.
  • If you can’t make your shift, try and find a substitute or trade with someone else.

Quick Information

  • You do not sign up for the tree lot. You have been automatically signed up for a team. Each team has 6 shifts, except one has 7 shifts, but the lot should be closed before that. Please show up for your shift. You will receive emails telling about your shifts. There are 9 evening teams and 1 day shift team. There are 10 Team captains.
  • Wear proper clothing. You should bring Gloves and Boots. Please be aware that you will get tree sap on your gloves, clothes and shoes.
  • We do provide tree delivery. It is available within 7 miles for $10. We do not take the trees inside homes.
  • Remember to push the Tree Sprays because we make them out of tree scraps so it is pure profit.
  • There is a Christmas Tree Ornament for sale at the lot as well.
  • Tell your friends to come early to buy a tree. We will sell out early. Our trees are of the highest quality. There is a Christmas Tree shortage again this year.
  • If you work enough shifts you can get a discount off the purchase of a tree.
  • We have a truck we borrow from Voss for tree delivery. It is very important though that before you drive the truck you must make a copy of your license and sign the driver log.

Thank You

Thanks for being a member and helping with one of our very successful fundraisers. We can’t do it without the generous time of our members.


Member Birthday
Bryan Link November 14
Russell Hulbert November 19

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Art Hung November 16 11/16/2001 17
Tim Clemmer November 16 11/16/2001 17
Larry England November 17 11/17/1994 24
Nancy Lehren November 17 11/17/1994 24
Julie Cochran November 19 11/19/2009 9

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Richard Altvater Greg Wasmund 1st Reading
Gareth Dickey Gary Hansen 1st Reading
Sue Zammit Greg Griffin 1st Reading
Erin Dickerson Andy Dickerson 1st Reading
Andrew Dickerson Andrew McKenzie 2nd Reading
Mariah Vogelgesang Mike Bevis 2nd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

No time for sergeants this week.

Happy Bucks!

No time for happy bucks this week.

CNOtes – November 6, 2018 – Phil Parker – President – Dayton Chamber of Commerce

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father we will never be lonely if we like the person we’re with. It is always true when we are with You. Have us realize that when we are with You we are filling ourselves with Your love. That love is not to be hoarded for our own consumption, but is to be spread to all we encounter. Love and hate are two emotions that we harbor. Have us whistle a happy tune for being happy there is no room for hate.Amen!

 Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Rick Altvater Greg Wasmund
Kevin Bargmeyer Bob Bargmeyer
Craig Boring Optimist Foundation
John Chapman Ron Tinnerman
Gareth Dickey Gary Hansen
Amy Dryden Mike Bevis
Franz Hoge John Speers
Tom Kendo Ohio District
Ron Kuker Charlie Tapp
Gaby Neal Tom Kendo
Phil Parker Speaker
Annie Shaver Mike Bevis

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

In Honor of Veteran’s Day

Carolyn Taylor asked all veteran’s present to come to the front of the room. She gave each veteran a “Veterans Service Flag Pin” with the following text attached to the pin:

The Veterans Service Flag pin was created to distinguish and honor persons who have faithfully served in the Armed Forces of the United State of America.  The red background of the Veterans Service Flag represents valor, hardiness and the blood spilled by Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom; the blue rectangular field represents justice, vigilance and perseverance; and the white star represents purity, liberty and freedom.

Wear the Veterans Service Flag Pin Proudly!

President’s Flippin’ Awesome Awards

President Donna Huss bestowed the Flippin’ Awesome Award along with a bag of Flipz pretzels to Gary Aiken, Debe Dockins and Chris McAlpine for the great speakers they arranged for our October meetings and to Larry Lynde for assembling a great speaker committee.

Committee Announcements

Gary Hansen, chair of the Will Cale Scholarship Committee, announced its next meeting will be at 5:30pm on Wednesday, November 13 at Gary Hansen’s house. All current and prospective committee members/mentors are encouraged to attend. We will be discussing the status of our current scholars as well as reviewing our candidates for the 2019 scholarships. The committee is looking for a few new committee members/mentors. If you are interested, please contact Gary Hansen for further information.

Gary Hansen also announced that the wreaths for this year’s tree lot will be picked up in Bath Township on Wednesday, November 20 at 9:00am. He is looking for 2-3 pickup trucks (or a commercial box truck or trailer) along with a few helpers to pick up the wreaths and bring them to the tree lot. Please contact Gary Hansen if you can help.

Beth, social committee, announced that 50 people have signed up so far for the Dinner and a Mystery. You can still sign up. They can handle up to 90. The event is December 28, 2018 at the Spaghetti Warehouse.

Jack Anderson, CNO 2.0 Committee, announce that the next 2.0 meeting will be held November 15, 2018 at 5:30 at Heavier the Air Brewery.  Our speaker will be Anthony Rocco, Dayton Freight Lines, Inc. VP of Operations.

Greg Griffin, chair of the Tree Lot, announced that the trees will be delivered by 2 semi-trucks on November 17, 2018 at 8:30 AM. We need anyone that can come that day to come help unload the trees and get the bottom drilled. The tree lot opens on Friday November 23, 2018 at 9 AM. Hours of operation are 1 PM – 9 PM Weekdays and 9 AM to 9 PM Weekends. The tree lot tear down will be Sunday December 16, 2018 at 11 AM.

Happy Birthday to Charlie Tapp

Today, November 6, 2018, is Charlie Tapp’s birthday. Charlie showed up for today’s meeting knowing the intensity of the situation.  Bob Duffy led us in singing an excruciating rendition of Happy Birthday to Charlie Tapp.

Presentation from the Dayton Chamber of Commerce

Gary Aiken introduced Phil Parker, the President of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce. He shared with us his thoughts on the local economy. The Dayton Chamber is a regional chamber. It is the 25th largest in the U.S. It has members in 9 counties: Montgomery, Champaign, Greene, Warren, Butler, Clarke, Darke, Shelby, and Miami.

The unemployment rate in our area is 4.7%. That is the lowest in decades, though slightly higher than the national average.  Low unemployment is a double-edged sword. The number one concern for area employers is the availability of skilled workers. He said we should continue to watch what is going on north of town for the distribution centers being built, including for pet supplier Chewy.com. Dayton has created a niche market for distribution. North Dayton is great for distribution because of the access to highways and the airport. The next biggest concerns for area employers is health costs and opioid addiction.

Phil also discussed downtown Dayton. The University of Dayton is going to take control of the old Montgomery County Fairground’s 37 acres. This is just to the south of the downtown business district.

Care Source is a great employer for the downtown area. They have taken over several buildings and are now taking over the former Elder-Beerman building and others. At some point Care Source plans to consolidate their employees into a single building.

He is seeing some growth downtown from smaller employees. A lot of younger entrepreneurs are looking for non-traditional locations for their businesses and are choosing renovated buildings downtown.

The Dayton Convention Center is owned and operated by the city. Normally this would be run by the county. Phil thinks the building needs some repair. It has slipped over the last 10-15 years. A group has looked at it recently to try and fix it, but the city alone may not have the funds. A combination of County, City and port authority may work together to improve the facility. It is a regional asset not just benefitting the city and more entities should share in the cost to renovate the building.

Two new hotels have been announced for downtown. This creates more opportunity for new businesses to locate downtown and will increase the use of the Dayton Convention Center.

Residential housing continues to grow downtown. Charlie Simms plans on building 12 or more units costing more than $600,000. A lot of people are looking to move downtown. Empty nesters don’t have the same concerns about schools as younger people and are more willing to move into Dayton. There are still several cheaper places to purchase downtown as well.

Presentation from Optimist International Foundation

Myron Rheaume introduced Craig Boring, the Executive Director of the Optimist International Foundation.  Craig told us that the Optimist International Foundation is the fundraising arm of Optimist International and works to develop funds to support the endeavors of Optimist International and its mission.

Craig also spoke to us about the Optimist Oratorical contest.  Optimist International has held the Oratorical contest since 1928. The foundation helps to organize and fund this contest. This year the finals were held in St Louis. One of the contestants in recent years, Dominic, has a speech impediment. Her therapist told her to get into some oratorical contests and one of them was ours. Overcoming her disability, she recently won second place and that came with a $17,500 scholarship. He wants us to know that by donating to Dime-a-Day you are not just getting a certificate, you are truly helping youth.

Would YOU like to participate in Dime-a-Day?  It’s easy and very inexpensive – the donation form is here.

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Member Birthday
Andrew Mckenzie November 06
Charles Tapp November 06
Laurie Poeppelman November 07
Paul Webendorfer November 07
Ken Irwin November 09
Dean Heyne November 10
Stephanie Catanzaro November 10
Gary Aiken November 11
Becky Keegan November 12
Kelly George November 12

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Bob Vogt November 8 11/8/2005 13

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Mariah Vogelgesang Mike Bevis 2nd Reading
Ronald Kuker Charlie Tapp 3rd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Donna Huss When leading the creed for the last 2 weeks she started with “I pledge” instead of “Promise yourself”
Jerry Stahley Interesting clothing at the tree lot setup.
Tim Clemmer Late to meeting

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Joan Cordonnier Husband doing well after his 5 bypass surgery. Has been walking up to 3 miles in the neighborhood each day. Thanks for all the cards, texts and well wishes.

CNOtes – October 30, 2018 – Ickey Woods – Former Cincinnati Bengal

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, from time to time I think we all have been at loss when we kneel to pray. The static of the day still is rattling around in our head. We have focused so much on our own agenda that we ignored all outside distractions or thoughts. Lord, put in our mind all those we love and love us. Have us single out a member that
we neglected to encourage. Then when we bend our head, have us pray they grow in their love and get better every day and don’t let us forget to include ourselves. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Rick Altvater Greg Wasmund
Dan Apolito Scott Langer
Matt Brown Mike Yoder
Mariah Butler Vogelgesang Mike Bevis
Andrew Dickerson Andrew Mackenzie
Amy Dryden Mike Bevis
Ron Kuker Charlie Tapp
Jim Weaver Greg Wasmund
Ickey Woods Speaker

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Committee Announcements

Bill Stone, chair for Dime-a-Day, will be accepting checks and forms for Dime-a-Day donations this week.  You can also send the form and your check in yourself or give them to Bill on a later date. Get the form here. Optimist International and Optimist International Foundation coexist as two separate organizations that support each other. Optimist International Foundation is the fundraising arm of Optimist International, and works to develop funds to support the endeavors of Optimist International and its mission.

Nancy Lehren, Childhood cancer chair, thanked everyone for the successful Build-a-Bear on October 25, 2018.

Myron Rheaume, Personal Growth chair, will offer PDP and PGP instructions before and after next week’s meeting.

Beth Duncan, social chair, announced there will be a Dinner and a Mystery on December 28, 2018. It will be at the Spaghetti Warehouse.

Today’s Speaker

Chris McAlpine introduced Ickey Woods, former star fullback of the Cincinnati Bengals. Chris’s introduction was the briefest this reporter has ever witnessed. Chris simply said, “Everyone, this is Ickey Woods.”

Ickey came today to tell us about the foundation named after his son, the Jovante Woods Foundation. The foundation concentrates its efforts in the areas of treatment and education for Asthma and Organ Donation.

Ickey shared some stories about his life and football career. He was born in Fresno CA. He received a full ride scholarship at UNLV. The first 3 years were difficult, but John Montgomery, his coach, treated him as a person. Ickey said that John told him, “Give me 110% and I’ll get you into the NFL. Just do everything I say.” Ickey did what John said. Ickey was the first player drafted in the second round. He was not a great student, but he loved football. He was part of the most explosive offense in the league and made it to Super Bowl XXIII in January 1989 with quarterback Boomer Esiason.

During that great year, Ickey created the famous Ickey Shuffle. His career ended quickly after 4 years because of injuries. Luckily, he had the gift of gab and went into sales doing whatever it took to put clothes on his kid’s backs.

Ickey’s son, Jovante Woods, was an extremely bright student with a 3.8 GPA. He was athletic, caring and was going to have a great academic career. On August 14 2010, Jovante Woods passed away from a severe asthma attack at 16 years of age. Ickey remembers getting the worst phone call a parent could ever get that his son couldn’t breathe. By the time Ickey got home, his son was in the ambulance. They were trying to resuscitate him. They decided to airlift him to Cincinnati Children’s hospital. His son had lost a half hour of oxygen to the brain. They waited to see if the brain swelled, since there was nothing they could do if it did.  The brain scans were completely black instead of showing the folds of the brain in a normal scan which indicated there was severe swelling of the brain.

They told Ickey his son was brain dead. He said “It is hard to explain, it is excruciating. I had to be tough because everyone was depending on me. The first three months were extremely rough, and I considered taking my own life. I realized how selfish that would be and that people were depending on me.”

He said, “I had no idea that asthma could kill. I have asthma myself, but I had never heard of anyone dying of asthma.”

Shortly after Jovante was pronounced brain dead, two ladies showed up from “Life Center”. They explained that Jovante had chosen to give away his organs on his driver’s license in the event of death. This was very upsetting to Ickey and Chandra (Jovante’s mother) at first.  After giving their condolences, the ladies asked them how they felt about Jovante being an organ donor since parents of minors have the ultimate decision. After calming down, Ickey and Chandra decided to honor Jovante’s wishes. Jovante Woods’ organs saved four lives and helped countless others using tissue donations.

Ickey and Chandra decided to create the Jovante Woods Foundation. The mission of the foundation is three-fold. From the website:

Asthma:  We strive to increase asthma awareness, screening locations, education to families in need and efforts to find a cure. As we continue our ongoing endowment in Jovante’s name, we help fund the critical work within the Cincinnati Children’s Asthma Research Division.

Organ Donation:  By working with LifeCenter Organ Donor Network, we are able to continue education efforts on the importance of the gift of life.

Education:  Our “3.8 to be Great” scholarship fund awards two scholarships to a male and female athlete with a 3.8 or greater GPA.

Proceeds from the fundraising events, programs and donations are shared between these three important goals unless otherwise specified.

Asthma is the fasted growing disease. Since 1980 asthma has grown 80%. Every day 11 people die from asthma.

So far, the foundation has donated over $100,000 to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital asthma division.

You can help the Jovante Woods Foundation in many ways. On the website, you can donate, buy gifts, offer to volunteer, participate in fundraisers and contribute to a sponsorship. If you like the Bengals check out the JWF shop where there are lots of Bengals related items.  All of the items are autographed by Ickey Woods.

The foundation also has fundraising golf outings. The one in Dayton is the second Monday in May each year at NCR Country Club.

After Ickey was done speaking, the CNO golf committee gave him a gift with a reminder on it that they expect him to participate again in our golf outing next year on July 15, 2019.

You can contact the foundation by calling 859-JOV-ANTE (859-568-2683) or sending an email to mailto:ickey@jovantewoodsfoundation.org.

Additional Information from the Ickey Woods Foundation

Ickey’s personal assistant, Erika Bacon, sent a nice email with a lot of information after our meeting. What follows is the email from Erika about Ickey and the Jovante Woods Foundation:


It was such a pleasure meeting with you today. I appreciate you writing about the Foundation in your newsletter, that is very exciting. I want to cover our mission, which has three components as described below.

Ickey has poured his heart and soul into trying to ensure not one more parent or family has to lose a child due to complications with Asthma. The passion and intensity you were able to witness today during Ickey’s time speaking is the same passion and intensity that inspires everyone involved with the Jovante Woods Foundation. We are looking to make Jovante the recognizable face of Asthma, in doing this it also means Asthma is at the forefront in people’s minds and discussions. JWF wants to push forward research to find a cure, or at a minimum a better way to treat the disease. We are working toward funding an early detection program, which will allow families to catch the disease early and provide education to families, communities and schools.

Jovante ensured that he left a legacy, which at his tender young age he may not have fully grasped he was doing by simply selecting organ donation on his license. WOW! What a gift he chose to provide to someone in the event the unthinkable happened. As we now know on August 14, 2010 Jovante did pass away from complications of Asthma. Literally minutes after his parents, Ickey and Chandra, found out they had just lost their child, they also found out he selflessly chose to be an organ donor. Jovante was able to save four lives through organ donation and countless others with his tissue donation. Ickey devotes a good portion of his time speaking to High School students about Organ Donation. If there is a school you are involved with please let us know and we will be happy to set up a time for Ickey to go and speak with the students and faculty.

In addition to Jovante “JoJo” being a selfless young man, he was also a straight “A” student athlete. Another portion of JWF is our “3.8 to be Great” Scholarship Program.  Each applicant applying for a Scholarship must have a 3.8 or higher GPA and be a student athlete. We have been fortunate enough in the last 3 years alone to give away over $14,000.00 in scholarships to young men and women who meet the criteria.

Ultimately eradication of Asthma is the end goal. In the meantime, we will continue our mission to fund research, early detection, better treatments and education of Asthma; Organ Donation; and our 3.8 to be Great Scholarship program. All in honor of one amazing young man, Jovante Woods.

Thank you for your time.


Erika Bacon


Member Birthday
Suzanne Werts October 30
Cheryl Reichel November 01
Deborah Saunders November 01
Wendy Hattan November 2
Robin Golden November 04

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Bob Vogt November 8 11/8/2005 13

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Ronald Kuker (pronounced “KEEKER”) Charlie Tapp 2nd Reading
Andrew Dickerson Andrew McKenzie 1st Reading
Mariah Vogelgesang Mike Bevis 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Blanca Ortiz Not wearing Optimist pin in her picture for her bank
Pat Behn Reckless driving at the front door last week as she almost hit another person
Carrie Million Attempted to fire herself from putting up the CNO Podium Sign each week
Beth Duncan Coffee mug lost again

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Joe Madden Recently installed carbon monoxide detector and it may have saved his and Mary’s life. Everyone should get one or check the ones they have. He says to get one that talks.
Greg Griffin The new storage trailer has been delivered and setup for the Christmas Tree lot. Thanks to Roy Barclay, Jerry Stahley and Bill Stone for their amazing work in customizing the new trailer with LED lighting.
Kelly Stone Mike Cordonnier is doing well after his 5 bypass surgery. Sleeping is difficult.
Myron Rheaume Paid $5 because he is very happy that today’s speaker, Ickey Woods, has agreed to be a speaker at an Optimist state conference soon.
Charlie Goodwin Survived his Africa vacation even though he was bitten by a baby lion and and chased by a full sized hippo.
Charlie Goodwin This weekend he will be going to Philly for granddaughter’s second birthday.

CNOtes – October 23, 2018 – Coach Don Donoher

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father many times when we are in quiet time with You, we run through happy memories that make us smile. But, lurking in the shadows come the thoughts of our transgressions which make us frown. Let us not dwell on our transgressions with a frown, rather help us accept them with a smile. If it were not for our errors we would not have had a successful life. Mistakes are what made us adjust our goal, our attitude, our direction. We thank You Lord for giving us the nudge to rethink our actions and do what You created us to do. This makes us smile and we pray You smile in turn. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Celia Agnew Ellie Parker
Rick Altvater Greg Wasmund
Dave Borchers Greg Griffin
Coach Donoher Speaker
Ron Kuker Charlie Tapp
Gary Miller Donna Huss
Criss Somerlot Joe Madden
Carol Weiland Jay McAlpine

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Today’s Speaker

Gary Aiken introduced Don Donoher, who from 1964 to 1989 was the head men’s basketball coach at the University of Dayton. He compiled a record of 437-275. In 1968 they won the NIT championship and in 1967 they were the runners-up in the NCAA. Donoher was the athletic director from 1976 to 1980. Donoher became coach after Tom Blackburn lost his battle with cancer in 1964. Blackburn was head coach from 1947 to 1964.

Donoher started off by thanking Gary and wondering why Gary asked him to speak. He said, “I am 86 years old and I can’t remember what I had for breakfast.”

He informed us that the UD Arena renovation is in phase 2 of 3 of a 3-year project. This year, the walk way around the concourse will be moved to the outside walls of the arena. UD thinks they can get another 40-50 years of use out of the original structure with these modifications and save a lot on the way.

Basketball was created in 1891 and 10 years later the UD Flyers started in 1901. He said, “People think I was the first coach. But actually, for the first several years there was no coach at UD.”

Donohor played the first game at the UD Fieldhouse when he was a freshman in 1950 under coach Blackburn. It held about 5800 fans. World War II delayed the building of the Fieldhouse.

Most colleges years ago were independent and not in conferences. The tournament that existed only served to benefit Madison Square Gardens. The NCAA was created, and they created their own tournament.

As a freshman, Donoher mainly sat the bench. His second year he was mostly sitting on the bench, but he still got to go to the NCAA tournament in Chicago. It was the last year a team could play in both the NIT and the NCAA tournament. During this game UD set a record for the most personal fouls in the NCAA tournament with 41 fouls – a record that still stands today.

Thomas J. Frericks, athletic director, made the decision to participate in the NCAA instead of the NIT. There was much more money in the NCAA. The UD Fieldhouse has been renamed to the Thomas J. Frericks Center. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_J._Frericks_Center

At one-point, Frerick’s was able to create 36 extra seats on both sides of the Fieldhouse by moving both teams benches closer together, but he knew they needed another facility. Frericks had the dream and plans for the facility that he finally got built, UD Arena. Having the UD Arena in our community is huge. The updates facility, which includes air conditioning, will help keep the NCAA First Four. The NCAA knows Dayton knows how to host a tournament and how to do it very well.

Questions and Answers

Who is a player you coached that stands out in your memory?

One player is 7 ft Center Henry Finckel. To afford school, Finckel took a job at a shipyard as a sandblaster. Twice Finckel was drafted by the NBA after his Sophomore and Junior year but Finckel chose to continue to play for the UD Flyers. This happened just as Donoher became head coach. UD made it to the Sweet Sixteen and the next year to the Final Four. Donoher said, “Thank goodness he came back his Senior year or we would have been one and done.” The first year without Finckel they still made the finals and that made it big enough to get the UD arena built

What are your thoughts on Anthony Grant as head coach of basketball at UD?

Anthony Grant is Quality from top to bottom and he is going to do well. As a sophomore player he shined. Anthony’s father was 6 foot 2 and a big guy who had 6 kids and he knew how to run a family with discipline. Grant and his team right now are recruiting.

Could you tell us about your relationship with Bobby Knight?

At the NIT tournament in 1968, Knight was coaching Army. Some rep from the NIT came into the locker room with nice watches to give out. Knight threw the rep and his watches out into the hallway. Donohor asked Knight for some help in preparing for a game in which UD was playing against the team Knight had just beaten and Knight said OK, send someone. The information helped. Donohor asked again after Knight’s Army had been knocked out of the NIT tournament and again Knight said to send someone up. This time he got their insights and tapes on Notre Dame, who had just knocked Army out of the tournament and UD won. Before the next round in the tournament. Knight sent a letter that said, “Congrats, I know nothing about Kansas, I assume UD pays you a salary, so maybe you can figure this one out on your own.” Donohor said, ”If you are his friend that is good, if you were his enemy, well that isn’t as good.”

If there were 10 seconds left in a game, you were down by one point, and you could pick any player you coached to get the ball, who would you pick?

Donald Smith


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