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

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

 

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

 

January 12, 2021 – Terry Welker – Big Art

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

Heavenly Father,

We look at the world around us, shake our heads, and wonder what has become of us.  You tell us to “love your neighbor as yourself” yet we judge and condemn our neighbors based on the bumper sticker on their car, the flag they fly, or the sign in their yard.  We fail to look past these things and truly get to know one another.  Help us Lord to be the example.  Help us to bridge the gap that seems to just grow larger and larger.  Help us to spread love, peace, and optimism for a better world wherever we go.

Amen.

Committee Meetings

  • 2/17/2021, 6 PM, Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf 2021, Zoom hosted by Mike Bevis. Meetings in 2021 will be on Wednesdays on 2/17, 3/17, 4/14, 5/12, 6/16, 7/7. Additional volunteers are always welcome. The golf outing will be held on 7/12/2021.
  • 1/19/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting, Zoom hosted by President Debe Dockins.

Terry Welker, Architect/Sculptor from Dayton, Ohio

Carolyn Taylor introduced Terry Welker, FAIA. He is an architect/sculptor from Dayton, Ohio. He received his Master of Architecture from the University of Cincinnati. He makes large scale suspended public art and temporary installations across the United States. As an arts advocate and frequent Pecha Kucha presenter, he challenges audiences to ‘see’ the world in new ways.

In 2012, he led a group of 30 artists to create the temporary “YOU ARE HERE” project. In 2018, he installed his permanent largest work to date, “FRACTAL RAIN,” at the downtown Dayton Metro Library, and “CONSTELLATION’ at Dayton Children’s Hospital. A more complete list of his projects are on this page.

As an architect, Welker serves as the Chief Building Official for the cities of Kettering and Oakwood and represents the Ohio Valley Region on the AIA Strategic Councilor. He also volunteers his time serving on Kettering’s public art commission.

His website, welkerstudio.com, is titled “Kinetic, Animating Space with Sculpture”. The site has a lot of pictures and videos of his work.

His presentation was called, “Big Art and other musings of Terry Welker, FAIA.”

Welker’s art is massive. His work is influenced by Alexander Calder’s work with hanging and standing mobile art. An example of big art that he really likes is the Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C.

Welker said, “For art, size and scale matters a lot.” He likes to make art that you sense with your whole being, not just your eyes.

Welker said he learns by trial and error as there are no books on creating large art. Part of his approach to art is that it be engaging to the community. He likes to create art for a building that makes it difficult to imagine the building without it. His art takes a lot of research and experimentation.  He creates to- scale models and full-scale sections before starting the final product.

Welker said he really likes the shape of the leaves of the Ginkgo tree and he has created multiple pieces using the leaf’s shape. The Ginkgo tree is interesting because when it loses it leaves, they all drop within a couple of days as if all the leaves agree to go at the same time.

Thank you, Terry Welker, for sharing your passion for art and showing us many of your creations.

New Member Readings and Inductions

No readings or inductions this week.

Welcome Guests!

Welcome Doug Flanders – now in new member readings – sponsored by Joe Madden.

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Greg GriffinGave $10 as Evelyn is back after being gone for 10 days.
Myron RheaumeGlad to be out of the hospital and on the Zoom meeting today.
Debe DockinsLaurie Brenner was her guest today.
Jean PummillYoungest grandaughter just turned 2 years old.
Sue BrubakerShe and Mike just saw their son and wife for first time in a year.

Memership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Susan ThomsenJanuary141/14/199724
Deb UlrichJanuary181/18/20174
Dick LeeJanuary181/18/20174
Lynne ReillyJanuary181/18/20174
Pam MillerJanuary181/18/20174
Shawn ThackerJanuary181/18/20174

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Rob JonesJanuary 13
Bob DuffyJanuary 15
Barbara SantoJanuary 17

CNO Donations – 2013 through December 2020

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

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Zoom Meeting This Week

We had another meeting using Zoom. We will continue our weekly meetings via computer, cell phone or tablet for at least the next several weeks. Please join us and keep inviting guests.

Who can Attend Zoom Meetings?

Any member of any type of Centerville Noon Optimist can attend Zoom meetings. CNO 2.0, St Leonard’s and CNO full members or CNO monthly members can ALL attend.

Guests are also welcome. Please invite guests and introduce them if you like. Just share the Zoom link with them for that week.

COVID-19 UPDATE

In keeping with social distancing requirements – our CNO Meetings have transitioned temporarily to a online format using ZOOM.

Club Member Joe Madden was inspired to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.

Links to Recorded Meeting and PowerPoint

This week’s Zoom meeting video is here

This week’s Zoom meeting podcast is here

January 5, 2021 – Amy Moeder – Community Tissue Services

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

Gracious and Holy Lord,

The new year brings with it 365 new possibilities, a hope for the future, inspiration for what may be and anticipation for what You have in store for us.  As we look forward to this year ahead of us, we give You thanks for what we have learned and for how we have grown over the past year.  Help us to move forward into 2021 with a sense of joy and optimism for this life and these opportunities you have granted us.

Amen.

Announcements

Gary Hansen, chair of the Will Cale Scholarship, announced the committee is reviewing the 3 students CHS gave them in December, 2020. He will be reaching out to CHS for more students. If you are interested in being a mentor, let Gary Hansen know as they are looking for more mentors.

Committee Meetings

  • 1/13/2021, 6 PM, Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf 2021, Zoom hosted by golf committee chair Mike Bevis. Meetings in 2021 will be on Wednesdays on 1/13, 2/17, 3/17, 4/14, 5/12, 6/16, and  7/7. Additional volunteers are always welcome. The golf outing will be held on 7/12/2021.
  • 1/19/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting, Zoom hosted by President Debe Dockins

Social Events

Debe Dockins announced that January 14, 2021 is national dress up your pet day. The Social Committee is holding a dress up your pet photo contest. Dress up your pets and send photos to Debe Dockins or Greg Griffin. The winner will win some opti-gear. The winner will be chosen by a vote of CNO members. On a personal note, the author of this blog (Patrick Arehart) voting preference will be for participants that dress up their goldfish or other pets that live in water.

Amy Moeder, Community Tissue Services

Debe Dockins introduced Amy Moeder, the marketing and Public Relations Coordinator for Community Tissue Services where she has worked for 17 years.

Amy Moeder grew up in the Miami Valley region and is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she majored in marketing and worked at a local manufacturing company in marketing. Moeder has previously served on the Ohio Department of Health’s Second Chance Trust Fund Committee and is currently serving as secretary of Donate Life Ohio and serves on the Communications Committee of the American Association of Tissue Banks.

Amy Moeder came today to share what Community Tissue Services is and what they do for the world.

There are details in her slide deck, not in this article, which you can view here.

About Community Tissue Services

  • Non-profit, community-focused provider of a wide variety of human tissue grafts for transplant
  • Full-service tissue bank, providing authorization, donor eligibility, recovery, processing, storage, labeling, and distribution services
  • Began operations in Dayton, Ohio in 1986 with the recovery of tissue from four donors at the request of area surgeons
  • They distribute to 23 countries worldwide
  • They operate 3 shifts a day, plus a weekend shift

Mission

Extraordinary people transforming “the gift” to save and enhance lives.

Vision

The leading ethical and innovative partner of choice for quality and customer-focused biologic solutions.

Why is the website 125Lives.org?

From their website 125lives.org.

We each carry within us gifts enough to give life and hope to as many as 125 other people. Through tissue donation and Community Tissue Services, one life given makes renewed life possible for dozens nationwide and internationally. In the restored lives of these grateful recipients, the life and memory of donors lives on.

  • Injured athletes run again.
  • Bodies and lives ravaged by fire are mended and given hope.
  • Men and women bent with pain stand straight again and return to their lives.

Facilities

They have 10 tissue centers in the U.S. and 5 of these locations are tissue recovery locations. Additionally, they have 20+ partners across the U.S.

The current Kettering, Ohio facility is 94,000 square feet with 14 class 100 clean rooms with laminar air flow. It includes a 5,000 square foot engineering and development wing.

Their network keeps a strategic level of skin grafts on hand for disasters.

All locations are registered with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks. The Center for Tissue, Innovation and Research is certified to ISO 13485.

In Kettering, Ohio, Community Tissue Services are in the final phases of an expansion project. Over 200 new jobs will be created. They will more than double the current area footprint and add another 16 class 100 clean rooms. This will further their mission of providing lifesaving and life enhancing tissue grafts across the country and around the world. They expect to be in the new building in March of 2021.

They normally offer facility tours, but not during COVID. High Schools bring groups of students through. These tours often lead to future employees for Community Tissue Services.

Tissue Donations

The donation process begins when a death or imminent death is reported to a call center. They determine if organs could be donated and contact Life Connection of Ohio. Next, if tissues can be used, they check the Ohio Donor Registry and contact the next of kin and offer the opportunity to donate.

Approved donors are transported to the Dayton Facility. Tissue recovery takes 4-6 hours. After recovery they reconstruct the body and suture the incision sites. Next, the donor is transported to a funeral home. The process does not prevent families from having an open casket funeral.

The tissue is quarantined until all testing is complete. After testing, a medical director evaluates all donor medical records and test results to determine eligibility.

Types of Processing Sessions

  • Traditional
  • CNC
  • Cellular
  • Specialty including Dental and Birth Tissue

Bubba the Bear Program

  • Provides comfort for children with severe burns
  • Available in English and Spanish
  • The kit given to kids include:
  • Interactive reading and coloring book
  • Plush bear
  • Cinch bag
  • Set of crayons

Tissue Examples

Heart Valves can be lifesaving to children born with absent or damaged heart valves and to adults with life-threatening cardiac defects

Veins are used for vascular disease surgeries such as heart by-pass. For those who have lost circulation in their legs, donated veins can help avoid leg amputation.

Ligaments and tendons are most often used to repair athletic related injuries, such as knee and joint surgery.

Bone grafts are used to repair or replace bone after serious injury, bone cancer or crippling disease. Other uses are for spine surgery, joint reconstruction and trauma.

Skin grafts are typically used to treat patients with severe burns. It is a temporary cover which decreases pain, lowers the risk of infection and controls fluid loss while a patient’s own skin heals.

Q and A

Q. Hos is Community Tissue Services funded?

A. They are a non-profit. They charge a processing fee based on their actual costs.

Q. Are skin grafts typed and matched for blood type like organ transplants?

A. Blood type matching is not necessary. Tissues go through lots of sterilization. The length or size of the graft is important.

Thank You

Thank you, Amy Moeder, for joining us to educate CNO about Community Tissue Services.

Zoom Meeting This Week

We had another meeting using Zoom. We will continue our weekly meetings via computer, cell phone or tablet for at least the next several weeks. Please join us and keep inviting guests.

Who can Attend Zoom Meetings?

Any member of any type of Centerville Noon Optimist can attend Zoom meetings. CNO 2.0, St Leonard’s and CNO full members or CNO monthly members can ALL attend.

Guests are also welcome. Please invite guests and introduce them if you like. Just share the Zoom link with them for that week.

COVID-19 UPDATE

In keeping with social distancing requirements – our CNO Meetings have transitioned temporarily to a online format using ZOOM.

Club Member Joe Madden was inspired to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.

Welcome Guests!

Welcome Doug Flanders – now in new member readings – sponsored by Joe Madden.

CNO Donations – 2013 through December 2020

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

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Ted HumphreyJanuary 7
Wilma QuarinJanuary 8
Laura CascheraJanuary 8
Don MassieJanuary 10
Bill WilliamsJanuary 11
Jordan FeldkampJanuary 11
Jesse GaitherJanuary 11
Candace RinkeJanuary 11

Club Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Greg McAfeeJanuary71/7/200813
John SpeersJanuary71/7/200813

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Doug FlandersJoe Madden3rd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Debe DockinsHappy Myron Rheaume was on the Zoom meeting today.
Gary HansenHe and Nancy are celebrating their 46th wedding anniversary.
Roberta TaylorOn 12/12/2020 her granddaughter graduated in electrical engineering from Wright State.
Roberta TaylorToday is the second day on the job for her granddaughter who just received her electrical engineering degree.
Carolyn TaylorHer mother will be receiving a COVID vaccine on 1/19/2020.
Beth DuncanHappy it is now 2021.

Links to Recorded Meeting and PowerPoint

This week’s Zoom meeting video is here

This week’s Zoom meeting podcast is here

December 22, 2020 – Erik Oberg – USO – Wright Patterson AFB

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

In honor of the Christmas Star and Christmas, I chose to share adapted prayers from Mary Had a Baby by Cheryl Kirk-Duggan and Marilyn E. Thornton.

Dear God,

Lead us and guide us with the bright light of your teachings. Give us the wisdom of the three kings and the faith of the shepherds and let us rise from our complacency and follow you.  Give us the ears to hear, the insight to understand, the desire to share, and the obedience to go.  Instill in us the desire to spread your message wherever you may lead us.

Amen.

Special Announcement

There is no Zoom meeting on 12/29/2020.

Announcements

Debe Dockins appreciated seeing members that were able to pick up their handbooks at Yankee Trace last week. If you did not pick yours up, it will be mailed to you.

Happy Birthday President Debe Dockins!

Today was Debe Dockin’s birthday. I wonder if a sitting CNO president has been serenaded by her constituents in the past!

Oh, and in case you were wondering, Debe was hoping that the singing today would be horrible! We did not disappoint. Tom Novak led our “choir” in the singing of Happy Birthday.

She had a huge smile on her face that kept getting bigger as the song went on. The singing was so bad that after today’s meeting I quickly put on some 80’s music to recalibrate my ears!

Happy Birthday, Debe, and thanks for your excellent work as CNO president 2020-2021!

Erik Oberg, USO

Debe Dockins introduced Erik Oberg, the Center Operations and Programs Manager of Wright-Patterson United Service Organization (USO) of Central and Southern Ohio.

He began his employment with the USO in September, 2019. As Programs Manager, he oversees the operation of the facility and the delivery of programs which seek to boost the morale of service members and their families stationed at Wright-Patterson AFB and around the Miami Valley. In this role, he also engages dozens of USO volunteers and maintains the USO relationship with the base and community leaders. He helps raise funds to support USO activities.

Erik is an Air Force veteran. He grew up in an Air Force family, served five years in the Air Force and spent an additional nineteen years as an Air Force spouse until his wife retired in August, 2019. He is enjoying his job supporting our next generation of service members very much.

The USO is celebrating 80 years and the WPAFB USO is celebrating 5 years.

Erik thanked CNO for its donation for the USO annual Christmas party. Stations included Candy Cane Lane, Hot Chocolate and Crafts! He said the Candy Cane Lane was a huge success. Cars were circling around the building to get their goodies on their way to see Santa and Mrs. Claus. There were over 20 volunteers in costumes of snowmen, elves and reindeers.

The weather was not cooperative the day of the party, so they consolidated the stations into one station under the shelter at the front of the building. The bags they handed out included hot chocolate and a craft kit, which included kits to make a scarf and reindeer antlers.

The USO had 180 families sign up for the event on 12/12/2020. They had to limit it to 100 families. On 12/22/2020, they will hold it again for the rest of the families.

In the evening after the event, they had 63 families log in to Zoom with Santa for 25 minutes. There was a soldier playing a saxophone and the participants sang Christmas carols. They read letters to Santa that the kids had sent in. One of the mothers sent a video of her very excited child hearing his letter read aloud on the Zoom meeting.

Testimonials about Candy Cane Lane

  • Thanks USO! We really appreciate our meal and bag of goodies! Can’t wait for zoom with Santa!
  • My children had an amazing time at Candy Cane Lane. Thank you.
  • Thank you for the amazing gifts and story with Santa!
  • We had such a great time and dinner, really appreciate you and the team!!! Merry Christmas.

Operating During COVID

WPAFB USO center suspended normal operations March 15, 2020 but they never stopped serving. One of the first changes they made was to allow puzzles to be reserved and borrowed for use at home. Since the base and the members of the service didn’t shut down, the Wright-Patt USO didn’t want to shut down.

They have received generous (multiple pallets) donations of Girl Scout Cookies and Monster Energy Drink.

They re-opened the building on 10/19/2020 after changing the floor plan to comply with COVID safety protocols. The furniture was moved to the auditorium and spread out.

Donors have been helping as much as in previous years. No employees of the Wright-Patt USO have had to be laid off.

2020 Accomplishments

Despite COVID they made a lot of repairs and upgrades to their building:

  • New air conditioning system was installed
  • New flooring was installed in the auditorium
  • New signage was installed
  • The food buffet had new sneeze guards installed
  • They added more computers and better WiFi
  • Numerous walls were painted
  • New drains were installed
  • Flowers were planted

WPAFB USO Center programming

Care Packages are assembled and sent. They are trying to push some USO joy out of the building since they can’t have too many people in. They send care packages to the hospital and to those quarantined.

Before going overseas, 200 soldiers at a time are spending 2-3 weeks in isolation at WPAFB. The USO has been working to keep their morale up.

They are impacting more families during COVID than before. The building can handle 35 families at a time for an event. Now they can have 100 families sign up for drive through events. They have had 8 drive through events so far.

The USO building houses the airmen’s attic, which is a thrift store that does not charge its customers. During the closure, they re-organized the space. They accept donations of clothing, uniforms, small housewares and toys. Service families can take anything they need for free and they have 50-80 airmen visiting per week. It is available for service families getting started, so usually age 35 and under. They can pick up to 10 items per week. Erik believes WPAFB USO is the only USO Center in the world that has an airmen’s attic service.

Odds and ends

Operation Birthday Cake is in place, which means they deliver birthday cakes.

The USO had their normal Holiday Cookie drive, but his year it was a candy drive instead. Each visitor received a bag of candy.

For Thanksgiving, volunteers assembled over 100 meals that were picked up or delivered.

Global USO COVID effects

  • COVID has caused the largest National Guard Deployment Since WWII
  • 167 centers are open and 70 still closed
  • Programs worldwide have adapted for COVID
  • The organization is strong going into 2021

Virtual Entertainment Programming has taken off during COVID

Entertainers and sports celebrities have been meeting virtually in small groups with service personnel. Entertainers have included Bill Nye, Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans. There have been NASCAR drivers and pro WWE wrestlers as well as other sports celebrities.

Closing

Erik said thank you again to the Centerville Noon Optimist Club for our continued support!

Thank you, Erik Oberg, for joining us today. It was great to see the happy faces of kids at the parties. Thanks for all the work WPAFB USO does.

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Casey Dixon Jeff Umbreit Induction
Doug Flanders Joe Madden 2nd Reading

Happy Bucks

Member Reason
Bob Burkman His 58th wedding anniversary with Carol Burkman will be 12/29/2020.
Debe Dockins Thanks to CNO for singing Happy Birthday to her today.
Debe Dockins Thanks to Erik Oberg of Wright-Patt USO for presenting today.
Jesse Lightle Thank you to CNO for installing several flags in front of the rec center for the funeral processional for firefighter Lt. Jeff Guernsey who died Dec 3. 2020 at age 52 due to complications of COVID.

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Scott Langer December 30 12/30/1997 23
Bill Stone January 1 1/1/1977 44
Bob Duffy January 1 1/1/1988 33
Jim Rumford January 1 1/1/1990 31
Paul Stull January 1 1/1/1970 31
Will Cale January 1 1/1/1976 45
John Carroll January 3 1/3/2012 9

Birthdays

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

CNO Donations 2013 through October 2020

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

Over the past 53 years, we donated over $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $712,000.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Welcome Guests!

Doug Flanders – Guest of Joe Madden – WELCOME Doug!

Zoom Meeting This Week

We had another meeting using Zoom. We will continue our weekly meetings via computer, cell phone or tablet for at least the next several weeks. Please join us and keep inviting guests.

Who can Attend Zoom Meetings?

Any member of any type of Centerville Noon Optimist can attend Zoom meetings. CNO 2.0, St Leonard’s and CNO full members or CNO monthly members can ALL attend.

Guests are also welcome. Please invite guests and introduce them if you like. Just share the Zoom link with them for that week.

COVID-19 UPDATE

In keeping with social distancing requirements – our CNO Meetings have transitioned temporarily to a online format using ZOOM.

Club Member Joe Madden was inspired to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.

Meeting Links

  • The Meeting Pod cast is here
  • Due to WPAFB USO Security Policies – we are not providing a copy of the PowerPoint nor Zoom Video on the website this week since men and women serving in the military are pictured in many of the images included in the presentation

December 11, 2020 – Holiday Party and Christian D. Larson Awards

2020 Christian D. Larson Awards and Holiday Party

Tonight, we celebrated the holiday season on Zoom. Social committee co-chairs Sarah Umbreit and Sue Jessee organized a great evening.

We started off with a half hour of socializing. Additionally, during this half hour was modelling for the ugly sweater contest. Sue Brubaker took first place in the ugly sweater contest and received gift cards to DLM ($20) and Arrow Wine ($20). Gary Hansen took second place in the ugly sweater contest and received gift cards to DLM ($10), Archers ($10) and Arrow Wine ($10).

Next, the 2020 Christian D. Larson awards were presented. Sarah Umbreit introduced the previous year’s Christian D. Larson award winners and they each introduced a winner from this year. Each award was delivered in person to the home of the new recipient by last year’s recipient. Each was caught on video and it was really great to see the surprise on the winner’s faces. Thank you to last year’s recipients for their great job presenting this year’s winners and the effort it took to pre-record the remarks and deliver the awards in person.

After the awards were presented, Sue Jessee presented a Holiday Trivia Contest. There were 10 holiday-based questions. 1st and 2nd place all received $20 gift cards. The winners were Will and Sylvia Cale. Tied for second were The DeMarcos, The Linders, The Aikens, Karl Frydryk, and Larry Lynde.

Congratulations to the three 2020-2021 Christian D. Larson Award recipients: Barbara Santo, Larry Lynde and Vida McDowell!

Barbara Santo Christian D. Larson Award Recipient 2020

(notes from Roy Barclay, last year’s winner)

And now I have the honor of presenting the first of this year’s honorees.

This award winner joined our club over twenty years ago.

Since then, she has been a consistent attendee at noon meetings.

She has faithfully served on the Tree Lot, as a worker, soup provider, and as a co-captain.

She has been highly involved with the Build-A-Bear, Adopt-A-Child, and Childhood Cancer projects.

She has both attended and hosted many CNO social events, and in fact, has served as the Adult Social Chairperson many years.

She has organized the Birthday Table many years with outstanding and clever arrangements.

She has served on the Board of Directors.

And the best of all (maybe before tonight’s award) she has been named Optimist of The Year.

Congratulations to Barbara Santo!

Barbara Santo has been a member of CNO since 3/9/1999.

Larry Lynde Christian D. Larson Award Recipient 2020

(notes from Gail Aiken, last year’s winner)

This person has been a longtime member of our club. I have known and worked with this person on many projects and events.

This person has helped with Avenue of flags, tree lot delivery day as well as captain of a tree lot team.

This person helped with the golf outing even though their golf skills are in question?

This person is Prather Phil’s best organizer for birthday celebrations.

This person helped with the Haunted Trail and did whatever was needed when asked. This person has an optimistic attitude not only when participating in our club activities but at meetings and beyond.

This person is a former President of our club and made everyone smile with his wit and crazy sense of humor.

I’m sure you’ve guessed by now who it is.

And the winner is Larry Lynde!

Larry Lynde has been a member of CNO since 9/1/1988.

Vida McDowell Christian D. Larson Award Recipient 2020

(notes from Joan Cordonnier, last year’s winner)

Our next recipient has been an active member with the club since she joined over 21 years ago. 

She has consistently volunteered over the years in many of the club’s regular activities such as:

Americana Festival 5K Race

Americana Root Beer Float Stand

Christmas Tree Lot

Haunted Trail Guide

Social committee

Avenue of Flags – not only active with delivery and retrieval on the flag holidays but has helped since the very beginning of the program in her neighborhood, which was the first LARGE neighborhood for our club.  She continues to contact new neighbors as they move in and helps every Spring in contacting neighbors to make sure they have re-enrolled.

But there are 2 specific committees that our club has been extremely lucky to have this person’s talents for:  the Golf Outing raffle baskets and the Holiday Silent Auction.  This person works tirelessly collecting items all year long for these events, then helps to group items and put together baskets that are beautiful and bring in thousands of dollars each year and she has done this for just about as long as she has been in the club!

On top of being active in the committees mentioned above, this person has also served in the leadership of this club as a member of the Board of Directors and the Long-Range Planning committee.

And in the tradition of saving the best for last: this person was awarded Optimist of the Year in 2007.

Congratulations to Vida McDowell!

Vida McDowell has been a member of CNO since 4/19/1999.

Details about the Christian D. Larson Award

In return for each $1000/year donated to the Optimist Foundation from each OI club, a club can select a recipient of the prestigious Christian D. Larson award.

The following was presented by Roy Barclay

Good evening.

I am Roy Barclay and tonight, along with Joan Cordonnier and Gail Aiken, we will be presenting this year’s Christian D. Larson Award winners.

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

The award was named in honor of Mr. Larson because he was the author of the well-known Optimist Creed, which was written in 1912 and is what we Optimists live by each day. In the over one hundred years of Optimist International, with hundreds of thousands of members, fewer than 800 individuals worldwide have been accorded this honor, 30 of whom are from our club, including four “couples” winners – the Maddens, Stones, Aikens, and Barclays.

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

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

Each new honoree must have a minimum of ten years in the club, have held leadership positions, contributed greatly to both the community and our club, exhibited a positive optimistic attitude, and volunteered consistently over many years actively enhancing the club’s formula for success.

Because of the unfortunate situations we all have to deal with this year, I cannot really ask our past winners to “stand”. But I will quickly read through the names (in order of winning the award) and ask that these folks give a wave as your name is read.

They are:

Steve Fisher, Margaret Barclay, Phil Robinson, Joe Madden, Jerry Stahley, Chuck Dickerson, Jim Hawley, Bill Stone, Gary Aiken, Judy DeMarco, Dan Beck, Gary Smiga, Kelly Stone, Mike Bevis, Tom Novak, Gary Anderson, Will Cale, Don Kelley, Charlie Tapp, Bob Burkman, Nancy Lehren, Pat Behn, Mary Madden, Myron Rheaume, Tom Frazier, Stan Fronzaglia,  Karl Frydryk, Joan Cordonnier, Gail Aiken, and Roy Barclay.

Thank you all!

December 8, 2020 – Youth Appreciation Awards Presentations

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

1 Timothy 4:12 – “Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young.  Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.”

Heavenly Father,

Throughout the Bible, we have examples of young people doing amazing things.  David was a boy when he killed Goliath.  Jeremiah was around 14 when you called him and Samuel was 12.  Josiah was only 8 when he became king of Jerusalem.  Today, as we award our Annual Youth Appreciation Awards, help us to remember the amazing things our children and youth are capable of and never to doubt their abilities. 

Amen.

Special Announcement

There is no meeting on 12/15/2020. Our next meeting will be 12/22/2020 at noon.

Announcements

Patrick Arehart, technology committee, announced that there is now a donation page on the CNO website. Click here to view the page. Donors can choose any amount they wish to donate.

Debe Dockins announced the Fire Stick winners for the Dime-A-Day contest are Beth Duncan and Wendy Hattan.

Christy Gariety, Adopt-a-Family committee, announced that CNO members donated 46 $50 gift cards for Adopt-a-Family.

Happy Birthday Jeff Umbreit

Today was Jeff Umbreit ’s birthday. Patrick Arehart led the singing today for the first time and he failed miserably. Even Zoom’s audio optimizers could not reduce the awful screeching version of the song Happy Birthday to You. It was, however, sung with love. Happy Birthday Jeff, and may you have a great year.

Tom Henderson, Youth Appreciation Awards

Debe Dockins introduced Dr. Tom Henderson, the superintendent of Centerville City Schools. Seniors Jade Eilers, Abigail Lachman and Emma Schutter were honored for their leadership, service and involvement in high school and community activities.

Henderson said thank you to CNO for the opportunity to recognize these students. He introduced the principles of CHS.

CHS Principals

  • East Unit Principle, Mr. Jack Durnbaugh
  • South Unit, Mr. Chuck Cowgill
  • West Unit, Mr. Jeff Wolff
  • Coordinating Principle, Mr. John Caroll

Henderson shared some information for the benefit of our numerous honorees and visitors today about what CNO is and what we do for the youth of our community

All three recipients will receive a “Star” plaque and a gift card for lunch. Normally, they receive lunch in person at our weekly, in-person, CNO meetings.

Henderson introduced Guidance Counselor from each Unit who then introduced each student.

Abigail Lachman

CHS East Unit Guidance Counselor Samantha Stingley presented Abigail Lachman.

Lachman was nominated for the award for her academic record and commitment to service.

“Abby’s character truly sets her apart from her peers and speaks to the high level of intellectual and personal maturity that she exudes,” said Stingley. “Simply put, students at Centerville look to Abby as a role model and a person to emulate while our staff respects her and praises her ability to serve from the front.”

Lachman serves as president of the CHS Key Club and a deacon of her church, Westminster Presbyterian, and works as a server at Bethany Village, which has been particularly challenging as she has been serving one of our community’s most vulnerable populations amid an international pandemic.

Lachman is excited for the future and she is certain the preparation that CHS has given her has prepared her for college.

Emma Schutter

CHS South Unit Guidance Counselor Beth Buck presented Emma Schutter.

Schutter is seen as a leader at school and in the community.

“Emma’s exceptional work ethic and community-minded attitude is inspiring,” said Buck. “She is a thoughtful, talented young woman, who will undoubtedly continue to contribute to the world in a positive way.”

Schutter has exceled in honors and advanced placement level coursework, in addition to being a captain of the CHS varsity softball team and a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions, Building Our Lives Drug Free and Lunch Buddies.

Schutter said she is honored to be considered for this award since there are so many other students in her class.

Schutter is grateful to CNO and remembers participating in CNO’s Tri-Star basketball events.

Jade Eilers

CHS West Unit Guidance Counselor Kensie Miller presented Jade Eilers.

Eilers was nominated because of her impressive devotion to service and committing to a drug free life and spreading that message. She has accumulated more than 1,000 hours of community service, has spoken at the United Nations, has her own Ted Talk and has been in numerous theatre productions.

“With such an impressive resume, Jade remains a humble, kind and passionate young woman,” Miller said. “She has an impressive 4.2 GPA and will receive an honors diploma upon graduation. She has overcome obstacles that have been placed before her and has come out on top. I am so excited to see what Jade does next!”

Eilers thanked CNO. Her community service is centered around drug prevention. She enjoys giving talks that encourage kids to lead a drug-free life.

Closing

Henderson went on to say that there are a lot of outstanding students at CHS and these are three exemplary examples.

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Casey Dixon Jeff Umbreit 3rd Reading
Doug Flanders Joe Madden 1st Reading

Happy Bucks

Member Reason
Debe Dockins Her Christmas Tree is up
Debe Dockins 3 happy bucks for today’s three honorees
Debe Dockins Tom Henderson for doing a difficult job well
Greg Griffin 3 happy bucks for today’s three honorees
Jeff Umbreit 50 happy bucks for his and wife Sarah Umbreit’s 50th birthdays today and yesterday

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Paul Boeckman December 9 12/9/1994 26
Roland Rapp December 10 12/10/2002 18
Tom Novak December 13 12/13/1990 30

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Jeff Umbreit December 8
Patrick Arehart December 10
Jay Schindler December 10
Penny Culhane December 11
Erin Dickerson December 12
Pete Rife December 13
Cheryl Dowd December 16
Bill Stone December 16
Liz Fultz December 18

CNO Donations 2013 through October 2020

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

Over the past 53 years, we donated over $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $712,000.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Welcome Guests!

Casey Dixon – Guest of Jeff Umbreit – WELCOME Casey and Doug Flanders – Guest of Joe Madden – WELCOME Doug!

Zoom Meeting This Week

We had another meeting using Zoom. We will continue our weekly meetings via computer, cell phone or tablet for at least the next several weeks. Please join us and keep inviting guests.

Who can Attend Zoom Meetings?

Any member of any type of Centerville Noon Optimist can attend Zoom meetings. CNO 2.0, St Leonard’s and CNO full members or CNO monthly members can ALL attend.

Guests are also welcome. Please invite guests and introduce them if you like. Just share the Zoom link with them for that week.

COVID-19 UPDATE

In keeping with social distancing requirements – our CNO Meetings have transitioned temporarily to a online format using ZOOM.

Club Member Joe Madden was inspired to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.

December 1, 2020 – Dennis Grant – United Rehabilitation Services

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

Heavenly Father,

As we look outside our windows on this first day of December, we see a fresh blanket of snow. How appropriate a symbol to remind us of your love and the grace you give us as we prepare for important religious holidays in both the Jewish and Christian faiths.  Hanukkah, in the Jewish faith, celebrating freedom from oppression and of religious expression.  The eight days and candles symbolizing the miracle of the last bit of oil lasting for eight nights.  Christmas, in the Christian faith, celebrating the birth of Your son, Jesus Christ and the miracle of the virgin birth.  Both holidays honoring You and the miracles You have granted.  During this time of preparation, help guide us body, mind, and spirit to prepare our hearts for You.

Amen.

Announcements

Tom Novak, Avenue of Flags, announced that it was an awesome year for Avenue of Flags. Thanks to everyone who volunteered.

Committee Meetings

Nancy Lehren announced that the annual nominating committee meeting will be held on December 9, 2020 at 6 PM via Zoom. Those involved will be emailed soon.

Social Events

The annual Holiday Party will be virtual this year. It will be on Friday, December 11, 2020 at 6:30PM. Everyone is invited and there is no cost to attend. Christian D. Larsen Awards for lifetime achievement will be awarded to members of CNO. The ugly holiday sweater contest will begin at 6:30 with prizes for originality. At 7 PM will be the Award Presentation. At 7:30, there will be a Holiday Trivia contest.

Dennis Grant, United Rehabilitation Services

Debe Dockins introduced Dennis Grant, the Executive Director of United Rehabilitation Services of Greater Dayton at the Charles D. Berry Center (URS), an organization that protects the rights of individuals with disabilities. Dennis has worked with children and adults with disabilities and their families since 1976 and has been with URS over 19 years.

Under his leadership, URS has dramatically expanded the scope of services offered and tripled the number of clients and families serviced. URS has dropped the combined administrative and fundraising costs from a high of over 32% in 2001 to below 10% since 2012.

Click this for the URS Facebook page.

You can view the slide deck here.

Look through his slide deck to see several great pictures of their clients and the facility. There are inside and outside pictures. Included are pictures of the wooden gateway that CNO donated.

Grant thanked CNO for our financial and moral support.

Because of COVID-19, they created a Virtual Tour of URS which is included in the slide deck. No guests are being allowed inside the building. Studies have shown that people with disabilities have twice the chance of getting COVID-19 and as much as 10 times higher chance of it resulting in death. URS has been very careful. When Ohio fully reopens you are encouraged to come for an in-person tour.

URS has been meeting the needs of children and adults with disabilities and their families since 1956.

Services

  • Childcare Services with 5-Star Rated Early Childhood Education and School-Age Programs for children with and without special needs, ages 6 weeks through 17 years; They offer these services for siblings without special needs so parents only have to drop off one place each day; Pre-school services are through a partnership with Head Start Services and it provides “Get Set for Schools” programming
  • Socially Engaging Programs for adults and seniors with art, music, gardening, fitness, cultural and community-inclusion opportunities
  • Vocational Training and work experiences including a “2nd Shift” Option
  • Employment Services with career exploration, work site assessment and training, as well as job coaching and placement services to help everyone achieve their personal employment goals
  • Senior Daycare Program
  • On-site Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy Clinic
  • On-site Nursing Services
  • Full kitchen providing hot nutritious meals with both breakfast and lunch available

During COVID Services

  • They have had to get creative for both onsite and virtual services
  • Onsite therapies are happening
  • The adult day program normally can serve 135 clients, but it has been reduced to 60
  • In 2020 they found employment for 75 clients, which is good for any year
  • They are offering virtual performances for dance, ballet and opera through partnerships with Muse Machine and the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance.

Funding Information

  • The CARES Act provided funds for purchasing technology that helped with being able to provide virtual services during COVID-19
  • They receive funding from donors and grants
  • They received $800K in state funds for 2020, but with expected state cuts they expect it to only be $150K for 2021
  • They expect a $400K budget shortfall in funds for 2021

Questions and Answers

Q. Could URS use additional volunteers during and after COVID?
A. URS has restricted volunteer access and it is limited mostly to outdoors. Volunteers have been putting together instructional packets and lesson plans for remote learning. Once COVID-19 restrictions are gone, they would be interested in volunteers from CNO.


Q. Where do you get clients from geographically?
A. URS has a lot of unique capabilities. They have the only pediatric facility of their type among the counties of Montgomery, Miami, Clark, and Shelby and this is where most clients come from.

Q. Has URS received grants from The Dayton Foundation?
A. Yes, the Dayton Foundation has been very good to URS. They gave $50,000 to URS in 2020.

Additional information about Dennis Grant

Dennis Grant is a Licensed Counselor in the State of Ohio and holds an MA in Rehabilitation Counseling and a BS in Special Education both from the University of Cincinnati.

Grant has served

  • Four terms on the Board of Directors of the Ohio Provider Resource Association (PTRA) for organizations serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Three terms on the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
  • Four terms on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Greater Dayton Area ending in September 2017
  • Five terms as President of the Alliance of Executives, which represents Dayton area social service agencies

Thank you, Dennis Grant, for joining us to educate CNO about United Rehabilitation Services (URS).

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Casey Dixon Jeff Umbreit 2nd Reading

Happy Bucks

Member Reason
Debe Dockins CNO member Jesse Lightle received the Administrator of the Year award from the Montgomery County Township Association.
Nancy Lehren Thanks to Dennis Grant of URS for speaking to CNO today.
Beth Duncan Thanks to Dennis Grant of URS for speaking to us today, plus she just feels good to be part of CNO and the work we do.

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Dan Beck December 1 12/1/1981 39
Gary Smiga December 1 12/1/1985 35
Roberta Taylor December 6 12/6/1995 25

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Paul Bowell December 3
Nancy Lehren December 5
Marilyn Abbott December 6
Bill DeShurko December 6
Sarah Umbreit December 7
Matt Somerlot December 7

CNO Donations 2013 through October 2020

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

Over the past 53 years, we donated over $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $712,000.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Welcome Guests!

Casey Dixon – Guest of Jeff Umbreit – WELCOME Casey!

Zoom Meeting This Week

We had another meeting using Zoom. We will continue our weekly meetings via computer, cell phone or tablet for at least the next several weeks. Please join us and keep inviting guests.

Who can Attend Zoom Meetings?

Any member of any type of Centerville Noon Optimist can attend Zoom meetings. CNO 2.0, St Leonard’s and CNO full members or CNO monthly members can ALL attend.

Guests are also welcome. Please invite guests and introduce them if you like. Just share the Zoom link with them for that week.

COVID-19 UPDATE

In keeping with social distancing requirements – our CNO Meetings have transitioned temporarily to a online format using ZOOM.

Club Member Joe Madden was inspired to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.

November 24, 2020 – Nick Scrimenti – Muralist

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Though this year has been tough, and our holidays will look different, Lord, we have so much to be thankful for.  We are thankful for technology and the ability to still meet with our friends and family.  We are thankful for a slower pace of life and time to connect with those near us.  We are thankful for roofs over our heads and food to nourish our bodies.  Above all Lord, we are thankful for You and this life you have blessed us with. 

Amen.

Gary Hansen was today’s host

Debe Dockins was unable to be at today’s meeting. President-Elect Gary Hansen stepped in to run today’s meeting and he did a fine job.

Announcements

Gary Hansen reported on behalf of Christy Gariety about the 2020 Adopt-a-Family program. The program was very successful. We have collected more than 40 $50 gift cards to help children in need in our schools. Thanks to all that donated to this annual fundraiser.

Kristen Marks, Essay Contest Chair, announced that there have been two essay submissions so far. She will reach out to the teachers in the schools again to get more kids interested. The winner of the essay contest receives a scholarship. The essays are due in February. Way to go becoming a committee chair Kristen! She was inducted into CNO 2/18/2020 and is already making a difference!

Social Events

The annual Holiday Party will be virtual this year. It will be on Friday, December 11, 2020 at 6:30PM. Everyone is invited and there is no cost to attend. Christian D. Larsen Awards for lifetime achievement will be awarded to members of CNO. The ugly holiday sweater contest will begin at 6:30 with prizes for originality. At 7 PM will be the Award Presentation. At 7:30, there will be a Holiday Trivia contest.

Nick Scrimenti, Muralist

Greg Griffin introduced Nick Scrimenti, an artist and muralist originally from Dayton, Ohio and now residing in Cincinnati. He holds a bachelor’s in fine arts from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and a master’s degree in fine arts from the University of Cincinnati.

As a classically trained painter, visual artist, and experienced muralist, Nick has significant experience translating drawn or painted imagery into large-scale public art, as well as teaching.

Nick has been an adjunct professor at the University of Dayton, Miami University, and the University of Cincinnati. He is also one of a select few artists who are part of the Winsor & Newton Artist Outreach Program. The Artists Outreach Program travels to universities and art academies, demonstrating Winsor & Newtons paints, mediums, and techniques.

Scrimenti has many notable high-profile murals he worked on including the Kroger Corporate Headquarters Mural, the Samuel Adams Brewery Mural and many more. His personal work has been exhibited throughout the country and he’s been invited as a visiting artist to many well-known art schools including The Ohio State University, Michigan University, Cleveland Institute of Art, Herron College of Art and Design, Kansas City Art Institute, University of Wisconsin, The Art Academy of Cincinnati and many others.

For the last 11 years Scrimenti has made his living by creating large scale art and teaching.

His mural and sign painting website is here. There are dozens of pictures on this site of his work.

The slide deck has a lot of great pictures of finished and in process murals. You can view the slide deck here.   

Nick credits his mural career to and continues to work with Art Works Cincinnati, a nonprofit that transforms people and places through investments in creativity. The organization provides youth, ages 14-21, with the majority from underserved households, with competitive 21st century career readiness skills through mentorship by professional artists. He instructs apprentices and they get paid.

Besides murals he also paints old fashioned style signs that are hung in front of businesses. This type of art was almost extinct, but recently has seen a resurgence. Conventional plastic and vinyl signs do not offer the human look that hand painted signs have.

Nick really likes painting large scale murals. It can be challenging since painting an 8-foot orange is very different than a 3-inch orange.

There are several steps to go from mural design to the wall. He first starts with a grid over the design and the wall. He factors in the proportions available on the target wall. His grid system usually is 4’ x 4’ squares and occasionally 2’ x 2’ squares. The initial painting is filled in with large areas of blocked color, like a coloring book.

Notable Mural Projects

  • Kroger Corporate Headquarters
  • Samuel Adams Brewery
  • Rhinegiest Brewery
  • Kenner Toy Mural
  • Miami Beach Art Basel
  • Aurora Indiana Mural River Stage Mural
  • Hamilton, Ohio Mural
  • Cobblers Apprentice Mural
  • Dayton Mall (inside the mall)

Nick’s Hamilton mural was featured in the movie “Dark Waters,” and he was listed in the end credits. The movie stars Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins and Bill Pullman.

Scrimenti said, “The Kroger Mural was like his baby. It took a long time to create, but it came out great. It looks 3D and might be the largest still life ever painted.”

Scrimenti mixes his own paint out of special acrylic outdoor paint that holds up to the effects of the sun so it doesn’t fade.

Question and Answer

Q. How do you begin to price a project?

A. He starts with the square footage of the wall and then combines that with the time it has taken in the past per square foot.

Q. How long will your murals last on the side of a building?

A. If it is clean, primed, and uses the right paint, Nova Color products, it will last at least 20 years. He puts a clear coat on top of it that will extend that time and make it easier to clean. His first project was done 11 years ago, and he can’t see any changes in the color for that project.

Q. How do you apply the paint?

A. He prefers to use a brush. If there is a large giant area, he will use spray. Sometimes he can roll a large area, but most of the buildings are old and beat up, so you end up using a brush anyway.

Q. What project took the longest?

A. The Kenner Toy Mural took from June to November. The Art Works organization finds a lot of donors that give generously to allow these projects to happen.

Q. How does the weather affect your work?

A. The weather is a concern. They paint projects from the top to bottom so if it does rain, it doesn’t mess up parts that are finished. There have been some mistakes made by interns that have cost a lot of time because of rain.

Q. Do you have safety concerns?

A. Workers overheating is the primary concern. If the project is not shaded it is very uncomfortable, especially while wearing the required hard hat. Nick can easily drink 2 gallons of water in a day. He typically loses 15 pounds per summer. The scaffolding and height do not bother him.

Q. Do college students help you and receive college credit?

A. In a way. Students don’t get credit necessarily, but the job can count as a required internship.

 

Thank you, Nick Scrimenti, for joining the CNO meeting today to show us your work and give us a perspective of how challenging creating murals on a large scale is.

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Casey Dixon Jeff Umbreit 1st Reading

Happy Bucks

Member Reason
Myron Rheaume Happy that Charla is using a positive attitude and recovering from her broken leg.
Greg Griffin Gary Hansen did a great job running today’s meeting.

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Andy Dickerson November 24 11/24/2018 2
Erin Dickerson November 24 11/24/2018 2
Gareth Dickey November 24 11/24/2018 2
Mariah Vogelgesang November 24 11/24/2018 2
Rick Altvater November 24 11/24/2018 2
Ron Kuker November 24 11/24/2018 2
Jay McAlpine November 27 11/27/2017 3
Jayne Weikel November 27 11/27/2017 3
Nancy Anderson November 27 11/27/2017 3
Patrick Arehart November 27 11/27/2017 3
Rhonda Meeker November 27 11/27/2017 3
Rick Talda November 27 11/27/2017 3
Robby Johnson November 27 11/27/2017 3
Ryan Fay November 27 11/27/2017 3
Sharon Silverberg November 27 11/27/2017 3
Shelby DiPasquale November 27 11/27/2017 3
Sonny Singhvi November 27 11/27/2017 3
Jesse Lightle November 28 11/28/2006 14
Liz Fultz November 29 11/29/2015 5
Ted Humphrey November 29 11/29/2001 19

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Natalie King Dunlevey November 24
Tom Beery November 29
Denny Cottle November 29
Nancy Anderson November 30

CNO Donations 2013 through October 2020

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

Over the past 53 years, we donated over $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $712,000.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Welcome Guests!

Casey Dixon – Guest of Jeff Umbreit – WELCOME Casey!

Zoom Meeting This Week

We had another meeting using Zoom. We will continue our weekly meetings via computer, cell phone or tablet for at least the next several weeks. Please join us and keep inviting guests.

Who can Attend Zoom Meetings?

Any member of any type of Centerville Noon Optimist can attend Zoom meetings. CNO 2.0, St Leonard’s and CNO full members or CNO monthly members can ALL attend.

Guests are also welcome. Please invite guests and introduce them if you like. Just share the Zoom link with them for that week.

COVID-19 UPDATE

In keeping with social distancing requirements – our CNO Meetings have transitioned temporarily to a online format using ZOOM.

Club Member Joe Madden was inspired to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.

November 17, 2020 – Cynthia Moon – About Sickle Cell Disease

Announcements

Katie Calloway, Social Media, announced that on LinkedIn she has created a company page for the Centerville Noon Optimist Club. She invites you to add your volunteer experience to your profile. The CNO logo will then show on your LinkedIn profile page. If you previously linked to CNO, link again to refresh the CNO logo.

Social Events

The annual Holiday Party will be virtual this year. It will be on Friday, December 11, 2020 at 6:30PM. Everyone is invited and there is no cost to attend. Christian D. Larsen Awards for lifetime achievement will be awarded to members of CNO. There is no cost to attend. The ugly holiday sweater contest will begin at 6:30 with prizes for originality. At 7 PM will be the Award Presentation. At 7:30, there will be a Holiday Trivia contest.

Cynthia L. Moon, Sickle Cell Project Director at Dayton Children’s Hospital

Nancy Lehren introduced Cynthia L. Moon, MSE, the Region 2 Sickle Cell Project Director at Dayton Children’s Hospital (DCH). The state of Ohio notifies Moon each time a child in the West Ohio region has an abnormal hemoglobin result after a newborn screening. The primary care physician is notified as well. At this point, the doctor can provide the confirmatory testing and follow-up education or they can refer the family to Dayton Children’s Hospital.

CNO’s Childhood Health and Wellness committee annually hosts a Build-A-Bear for Sickle Cell patients through DCH. Moon thanked CNO for having this fun event each year; the kids love it.

Her presentation is titled, “West Central Ohio Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center/Ohio Newborn Screening Program for Hemoglobinopathies.”

You can view the slide deck here

Check the slide deck for additional details not listed in the article.

In Ohio, about 100 kids a year are born with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD).

Sickle Cell Disease is the most common inherited blood disorder in the U.S. Sickle Cell Disease is a term used to describe a group of disorders that affect the hemoglobin in red blood cells. The abnormal blood cells are shaped like a sickle. It is a life-long condition, characterized by pain and the disease does not have a universal cure. The abnormal cells are jagged, stiff, sticky and they tend to clump together and occlude blood flow. This then causes damage to tissue, blood vessels, organs and bone.

Sickle cell disease is an invisible disease. Many patients look normal but are experiencing severe pain and organ damage. They also deal with stigmas and stereotypes. To understand the pain of the disease, imagine having pieces of broken glass flowing through your body.

In the United States, 100,000 Americans are affected by SCD and it affects millions of people worldwide. Anyone can get SCD, although it is more common in people with heritage from Africa, Asia, Europe, Mediterranean areas (Turkey, Greece, Italy), Middle East and Central and South America.

Ohio’s 88 counties are served by six regional sickle cell projects (ORSCP). Each ORSCP is funded by a grant from the Ohio Department of Health Sickle Cell Services Program.

Moon’s region includes 17 counties. Her counties with the highest concentration of cases are Allen, Clark, Greene, and Montgomery. The headquarters for her region is the Hematology and Oncology Department at Dayton Children’s Hospital.

The Goals of ORSCP

  • Early identification of children with sickle cell disease and related hemoglobinopathies
  • Increase awareness, knowledge and skill level of Ohio’s health care professionals
  • Expand community awareness of the disorders

Hemoglobinopathies include sickle cell disease and sickle cell trait. These diseases can vary in the number and severity of symptoms. Some are life-threatening while others show no signs of the condition. Severe cases that are left untreated can cause a shortage of red blood cells, organ damage or other serious complications.

All babies born in Ohio have been tested for sickle cell traits since March of 1990. It is part of over 40 genetic disorders tested for in newborns.

It is important for parents to know if they have the disease or are a carrier. If both parents have the sickle cell trait there is a 25% chance with each pregnancy of having a baby born with sickle cell disease.

Doctors must let parents know if there are abnormal results, so the child is careful with family planning in the future. It is very important for couples to know their hemoglobin type before having children.

Common Complications of Sickle Cell

  • Pain crises episodes
  • Infection/fever
  • Acute chest syndrome
  • Anemia
  • Gallbladder issues
  • Splenic sequestration
  • Stroke
  • Priapism
  • Avascular necrosis (AVN)
  • Leg/ankle ulcers (mostly in adults)
  • Delayed growth and development
  • Psychosocial issues

The only cure known for the disease is a bone marrow transplant and is not available to many patients. The process is very expensive and very risky. It requires a matching bone marrow donor, usually a sibling. Most patients are treated their entire lives with drugs to reduce the effects of the disease and to help control the pain.

There are currently experimental cures using gene therapy being tried where no donor is needed.

Thank you, Cynthia L. Moon, for joining us to educate CNO about Sickle Cell Disease and the Ohio Sickle Cell Project at Dayton Children’s Hospital.

New Member Readings and Inductions

No readings nor inductions this week.

Happy Bucks

Member Reason
Casey Dixon (Guest)Yesterday was her child’s 8th birthday.
Judy DeMarcoHappy for all the friends they have added through the Centerville Noon Optimist Club.

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Larry England November 17 11/17/1994 16
Nancy Lehren November 17 11/17/1994 16
Julie Cochran November 19 11/19/2009 11
Beth Duncan November 20 11/20/2016 4
John Kalaman November 20 11/20/2016 4
Jon Fox November 20 11/20/2000 20
Marilyn Becht November 20 11/20/2016 4
Paula Kalaman November 20 11/20/2016 4
Christine Balsan November 21 11/21/2013 7
Dave Klein November 21 11/21/2013 7
Kristina Rainer November 21 11/21/2012 8
Martha Jackson November 21 11/21/2013 7
Bill DeFries November 23 11/23/2004 16

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Russell Hulbert November 19
Maureen Ruff November 20
Brendan Cunningham November 22
Jayne Weikel November 22
Mike Kistler November 23

CNO Donations 2013 through October 2020

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

Over the past 53 years, we have donated over $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $712,000.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Welcome Guests!

Casey Dixon – Guest of Jeff Umbreit – WELCOME Casey!

Zoom Meeting This Week

We had another meeting using Zoom. We will continue our weekly meetings via computer, cell phone or tablet for at least the next several weeks. Please join us and keep inviting guests.

Who can Attend Zoom Meetings?

Any member of any type of Centerville Noon Optimist can attend Zoom meetings. CNO 2.0, St Leonard’s and CNO full members or CNO monthly members can ALL attend.

Guests are also welcome. Please invite guests and introduce them if you like. Just share the Zoom link with them for that week.

COVID-19 UPDATE

In keeping with social distancing requirements – our CNO Meetings have transitioned temporarily to a online format using ZOOM.

Club Member Joe Madden was inspired to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.

November 10, 2020 – Vicki Giambrone – Child Wellness and Advocacy in Ohio

Announcements

Debe Dockins announced that 2,965 flags were distributed for Veteran’s Day. Thanks to all the volunteers. A special thanks to the Avenue of Flags committee members, Mike Brubaker, Bob Burkman, and Tom Novak for a very successful year.

Debe Dockins announced that two new committees have chairs, and each needs a co-chair. If you would like to volunteer contact the new chairs. For the Photography Contest committee contact Julie Noeth. For the Visual Arts Contest committee contact Deb Saunders.

Christy Gariety, Adopt-A-Family chair, announced that she is looking for 15 more participants for the holiday program. The deadline is 11/23/2020. Contact Christy if you would like to participate this year. It is easier than ever to get involved; you just purchase gift cards for children in need. If $50 is more than you want to spend, team up with another member to purchase a card together.

Social Media Announcement

Katie Calloway, Social Media chair, updated us about the Social Media Committee. Her co-chair is Diane Arehart. Katie said the Facebook page now has over 1000 followers. The committee posts about fundraisers and donations made by CNO. They tag organizations receiving the donations and tag the organizations of the CNO guest speakers.

How can you help with Social Media? Like the CNO Facebook page. Please also tag the club in your posts.

If you are a committee chair, please reach out to Katie or Diane to get them to place posts for your fundraiser or community event. They are working on having consistent branding of CNO across all social media platforms.

Annual Holiday Party on Zoom

The annual Holiday Party will be virtual this year. It will be Friday, December 11, 2020 at 6:30 PM. Everyone is invited and there is no cost to attend. The Christian D. Larsen Awards for lifetime achievement will be awarded to members of CNO. The ugly holiday sweater contest with prizes for originality will begin at 6:30. At 7 PM will be the Award Presentation. At 7:30 PM, there will be a Holiday Trivia contest.

Vicki Giambrone, CBD Advisors

Nancy Lehren introduced Vicki Giambrone a partner with CBD Advisors. Vicki is passionate about serving the needs of children. She spent nearly 24 years as VP for Strategic Partnerships and Business Development for Dayton Children’s Hospital (DCH).

Some have described Vicki’s work at DCH as legendary. Simply put, she can be described as an advocate and champion of kids.

Giambrone is a former mayor of Beavercreek, Ohio.

Some of the Awards Giambrone has received for her work

  • Woman of the Year for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Southwestern Ohio
  • Dayton Business Journal Power 50 (2015)
  • Top 10 Women (Dayton Daily News) (2000)

Giambrone’s presentation today was titled, “Optimists can make a profound difference for Ohio’s children through advocacy! Bringing about the best for kids.”

A statement Giambrone mentioned several times today was, “Who’s for kids and who’s just kidding?”

You can view the slide deck here.

Giambrone was disappointed that during the recent election there was very little discussion about advocating for children. She was happy with the previous Ohio governor’s election because both candidates signed promises to support policies for kids.

To be a Champion for kids we need to learn, speak up and act.

How are the 546,000 kids aged 0-5 years faring in Ohio?

  • 46th in the nation in overall health value in the nation
  • 1 in 4 living in poverty
  • 1 in 3 Appalachian children living in poverty
  • More than 1 in 2 African American babies living in poverty

Early Adversity has Lasting Impacts

One in seven Ohio children have experienced three or more Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES). This has a lasting impact. It leads to more injuries, mental health issues, HIV and STDs, chronic disease, alcohol and drug abuse, unsafe sex and reduced income opportunities.

Ohio’s Workforce crisis starts with kids not ready for school

  • Only 41% of kids come to kindergarten ready to learn
  • Only 44% of Ohio’s workforce has a degree or credential for available jobs
  • Ohio needs to give all Ohioans an opportunity to succeed by supporting kids in their earliest years

How are kids aged 0-5 faring in Montgomery County?

  • 33.6% live in poverty
  • 61.9% of African American kids live in poverty
  • 34% demonstrate readiness for Kindergarten
  • 19% of African American kids demonstrate readiness for Kindergarten
  • 22% of Hispanic kids demonstrate readiness for Kindergarten

How can you help Bring about the Best for Kids?

  • Speak up for kids
  • Become a Citizen Lobbyist and Child Advocate
    • Be Registered to vote and then vote for candidates who support policies for kids
    • Know who your legislators are
    • Be vocal with and contact legislators and other public officials about the issues that matter for kids
    • Write Op-Eds
    • Put information in your newsletters
  • Join Advocacy groups or coalitions

Vote for Ohio Kids

Vote for Ohio Kids is a statewide effort started in partnership by Groundwork Ohio and the Ohio Children’s Hospitals Association – dedicated to advocating for policies and investments to improve child health and wellbeing so that we create opportunities for all Ohio children to thrive.

Vote for Ohio kids is driving a powerful policy agenda that puts Ohio kids front and center. We know Ohio children are best positioned for lifelong success if they are healthy, safe, connected, and ready to learn. See slide 17 for further details.

Ohio is about to create their next state budget. When its budget cutting time, they always start with the easiest targets. And kids are the easiest target because they do not vote, which is why kids need advocates.

Giambrone’s favorite quote is from Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world, indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Giambrone said she is thrilled about what CNO and Optimist International does for kids.

Comments after the presentation

CNO member Christy Gariety, a retired Kindergarten Teacher from Dayton City Schools, had a comment. There are resources in our area but getting access to these services and resources is very difficult for a lot of families. We need to think differently. Giambrone agreed that transportation is a huge issue. Giambrone then said she worries that with kids at home because of COVID-19 instead of school that abuse is still occurring but not being reported.

Giambrone said that Montgomery Count recently donated $2 Million for free internet for the next 3 years. This will assist 2000 families.

Thank you, Vicki Giambrone, for speaking to us today about child advocacy and children’s wellness in Ohio and Montgomery County.

New Member Readings and Inductions

Np readings nor inductions this week.

Happy Bucks

Member Reason
Debe Dockins Thanks to Vicki Giambrone for speaking to us today.
Debe Dockins Debe wanted to mention that Vicki Giambrone received honorable mention for the 2018 Erma Bombeck writing contest.
Jeff Umbreit CHS Girls Division 1 Cross Country team are 2020 state champions. The team helps CNO with tree delivery each year at the tree lot. ($5)
Jean Pummill Highly recommends the book, “Power of the Creed” by James M Rankin.
Carolyn Taylor Happy she was rescued from being locked in the bathroom at flag headquarters.
Greg Griffin Roy Barclay and Jerry Stahley did nice work installing a sign behind the Centerville BMV explaining that the 2020 tree lot is cancelled.

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined
Bob Vogt November 8 11/8/2005
Art Hung November 16 11/16/2001
Tim Clemmer November 16 11/16/2001

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Robin Golden November 4
Judy McFadden November 6
Drew Mckenzie November 6
Charlie Tapp November 6
JoAnne Rau November 7
Laurie Poeppelman November 7
Dan Apolito November 8
Ken Irwin November 9
Dean Heyne November 10
Gary Aiken November 11
Becky Keegan November 12
Kelly George November 12

CNO Donations 2013 through October 2020

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

Over the past 53 years, we have donated over $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $712,000.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Welcome Guests!

Casey Dixon – Guest of Jeff Umbreit – WELCOME Casey!

Zoom Meeting This Week

We had another meeting using Zoom. We will continue our weekly meetings via computer, cell phone or tablet for at least the next several weeks. Please join us and keep inviting guests.

Who can Attend Zoom Meetings?

Any member of any type of Centerville Noon Optimist can attend Zoom meetings. CNO 2.0, St Leonard’s and CNO full members or CNO monthly members can ALL attend.

Guests are also welcome. Please invite guests and introduce them if you like. Just share the Zoom link with them for that week.

COVID-19 UPDATE

In keeping with social distancing requirements – our CNO Meetings have transitioned temporarily to a online format using ZOOM.

Club Member Joe Madden was inspired to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.

October 27, 2020 – John Zimkus – Warren County Historical Society and Golden Lamb

Special Announcement

There is no meeting on Election Day 11/3/2020. The next meeting will be on Zoom on 11/10/2020 at noon.

Announcements

Tom Novak, Avenue of flags, said that AOF will deliver over 2900 flags for Veterans Day. They need a lot more volunteers for both delivery and pickup. You do not have to commit to both tasks. This time of the year it gets dark early and this reduces the pool of available volunteers who can deliver while it is light outside. Please let Tom know if you can help.

Christy Gariety, Adopt-A-Family chair, announced that she is looking for another 15 participants for this holiday program. Contact her if you would like to participate this year. It is easier than ever to get involved; you just purchase gift cards for children in need.

Debe Dockins announced that there is still time to donate to the Optimist International Foundation’s Dime-a-Day program. This is the 50th anniversary of the OI Foundation.

Debe Dockins said the investigation into what it will take to resume in person meetings at Yankee Trace is being worked on.

John Zimkus, Warren County Historical Society and Golden Lamb

Debe Dockins introduced John Zimkus, a historian at the Warren County Historical Society. He has been with the Society since 1990 and he has been the house historian at the Golden Lamb for 12 years. COVID restrictions have meant that he has not worked at the Golden Lamb since March, 2020. Zimkus is a retired teacher who taught history in Lebanon for 35 years. He is a graduate of Centerville High School.

Mike and Terry Bevis invited him to speak to CNO after hearing him tell these stories at the Golden Lamb. He came today to share some ghost stories about the Golden Lamb restaurant in Lebanon, Ohio.

John said that ghost stories are very popular. Many people believe in an afterlife in heaven or hell. Part of the reason ghost stories are popular is that they seem believable because the stories have similarities to other beliefs you have, like an afterlife. Instead of a heaven off earth, spirits stick around where they existed in life. There are many more theories.

Books with Golden Lamb Ghost Stories

  • Ghost Hunters Guide to Haunted Ohio, by Chris Woodyard
  • Haunted Miami Valley, by Jennifer Eblin

Different Experiences of a Spirit

  • Seeing a ghost in human form
  • Strange things happening, like objects (such as chairs) moving on their own
  • Orbs or dots of lights flying around a room

People interested in Ghosts come to the Golden Lamb to

  • Hear Stories
  • Sense Ghosts
  • Talk to ghosts
  • Investigate paranormal activity

Paranormal Activity at the Golden Lamb

Zimkus said, “Some say the Golden Lamb is one of the most haunted places in Ohio.”

Almost all the paranormal stories about the Golden Lamb involve ghosts of a little girl or a gaunt looking man.

One of the stories about the little girl is that she is the ghost of Sarah Stubbs. Her grandfather bought the Golden Lamb in 1843. Documents tell us she got married in 1909. So, she can’t be the ghost of the Golden Lamb because she didn’t die as a little girl.

However, there is a theory called the imprint theory. If something traumatic happens in your lifetime your spirit can return at the age you were when the even occurred. Sarah Stubbs was 5 years old when her father died. Under that theory, she could be the little girl that haunts the Golden Lamb.

Zimkus said he likes hearing personal stories from people that claim experience with the ghosts of the Golden Lamb. The ones he does not care as much for are the ones that are obviously false because they get the history or other facts incorrect. One person told a story about an experience in the Bill Clinton room in the Golden Lamb. There is no Bill Clinton room, but there is, however, a George W. Bush room at the Inn. Stories that get facts wrong appear on the internet and once there the story never dies no matter how wrong it is.

Stories about the Little Girl

Full Length Fur Coat Lady

There was a woman wearing a rabbit fur coat at the Golden Lamb. Someone swears they saw a little girl petting the coat. Then the little girl suddenly disappears.

Dress Missing from Photo

There was a dress on the bed in one of the rooms. A woman took a picture with her digital camera. The photo shows the bed, but there is no dress on it.

Drunk Guy Trips

There was a couple that likes to stay at the Golden Lamb. During one of their stays, the man had way too much to drink. Upstairs the occupied guest rooms are blocked by a rope. Instead of removing the rope when going to his room, he decides to jump over the rope. He tripped before completing the task. The woman swears she could hear a little girl laughing at his mishap, only there is no little girl to be found.

Bored 6-year-old Boy

A family came to dine at the Golden Lamb and had a long wait to be seated. The 6-year-old boy asks while they wait if he can he go play with the little girl at the other side of the room. The parents could not see this girl. Supposedly, children have a much easier time seeing paranormal entities.

Who is the Ghost of the Gaunt Man?

Many people have died at the Golden Lamb, which means there are several possible men that are the ghost of the gaunt man. Zimkus mentioned two of the possibilities.

In 1829, Charles R. Sherman, an Ohio Supreme Court justice, died at the age of 41 at the Golden Lamb

In 1871, Clement Vallandigham, a renowned U.S. congressman from Ohio and criminal defense attorney, died at the age of 50 in the Golden Lamb. He accidentally shot himself in the abdomen with a pistol when trying to demonstrate that his client, Thomas McGehean, was innocent. He died the next day. He is buried in Woodland Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio.

Study for Paranormal Activity at Golden Lamb

In 2008, the Cincinnati Ohio Paranormal group studied the Golden Lamb. They brought some fancy and sensitive equipment. Their equipment could record sound beyond the frequencies of human hearing. No one was staying at the Inn that day. When the recordings were played back, the first sound was a woman screaming. The group claimed they could hear someone saying, “Stop Them” and then, “Go away”. Zimkus was able to listen to this recording.

Fabricated Stories and Tricks

Joe Nickell, an investigator of the paranormal, travels around to disprove that places are haunted. When Nickell stayed at the Golden Lamb, the desk clerk admitted moving things around in rooms to scare the cleaning crews. 

There have been mystery messages on mirrors. This can be done with the oil on your fingers. When the mirror gets steamed by a shower, mystery messages appear.

Thank you

Thank you, John Zimkus, for entertaining us with stories of paranormal activities at the Golden Lamb. Definitely timely being the meeting right before Halloween!

New Member Readings and Inductions

No readings nor inductions this week.

Happy Bucks

Member Reason
Bob Vogt Happy to be at today’s meeting.
Myron Rheaume Thanks for the well wishes after his back surgery.
Myron Rheaume Nice showing of CNO members at the State conference in Columbus this past weekend.

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Charlie Goodwin October 28 10/28/2008 12
Jessica King October 28 10/28/2008 12
Karen Sirmans October 28 10/28/2008 12
Mike Brubaker October 28 10/28/2008 12

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Brent Richburg October 28
Shawn Thacker October 28
Bob Bargmeyer October 29
Suzanne Werts October 30
Cheryl Reichel November 1
Deb Saunders November 1
Wendy Hattan November 2

CNO Donations 2013 through September 2020

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

Over 50 years, we have donated over $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $796,000.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Welcome Guests!

No Guests this week.

Zoom Meeting This Week

We had another meeting using Zoom. We will continue our weekly meetings via computer, cell phone or tablet for at least the next several weeks. Please join us and keep inviting guests.

Who can Attend Zoom Meetings?

Any member of any type of Centerville Noon Optimist can attend Zoom meetings. CNO 2.0, St Leonard’s and CNO full members or CNO monthly members can ALL attend.

Guests are also welcome. Please invite guests and introduce them if you like. Just share the Zoom link with them for that week.

COVID-19 UPDATE

In keeping with social distancing requirements – our CNO Meetings have transitioned temporarily to a online format using ZOOM.

Club Member Joe Madden was inspired to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.