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.

 

September 22, 2020 – Dr. Tom Henderson – Superintendent of Centerville City Schools

Thanks to President Greg Griffin

Today was the last regular noon meeting for Greg Griffin as President of CNO. We know it was not an easy year being president with COVID-19 in the world for half of his term. Thanks, Greg, for your leadership for the 2019-2020 year.

Community Events

Nancy Lehren, the chair of Childhood Health and Wellness, announced that 58 bears were handed out for TOP Soccer at the Build-A-Bear event on 9/20/2020 at Oak Grove Park. Many of the parents communicated that the kids were very excited to be able to receive their bears.

Debe Dockins announced that she is looking for volunteers for the Halloween Hop and Howl. CNO is partnering with the Centerville-Washington Park District. The events will be 10/29/2020 and 10/30/2020 from 3 PM to 5 PM at Forest Field Park. Contact Debe Dockins if you would like to volunteer. Volunteers should arrive no later than 2:30 PM.  We need 12 Optimist volunteers each day (10 treat stations and two people at a Welcome/CNO Tent/Table). CNO volunteers are welcome to decorate the treat stations. Volunteers will be handing out bouncy balls, Halloween candy, tops, spider rings, etc. Children dressed in costume will walk between treat stations. At each station a sign will direct children to perform a challenge like “howl at the moon”, “walk like Frankenstein”, “cackle like a witch”, “hop like a bunny” or something else. Adults and children aged 10+ are required to wear a mask or facial covering.

Ohio District Convention and Conference

Greg Griffin announced that the Ohio District Conference and Annual Convention will be 10/23/2020 at Embassy Suites in Dublin Ohio. If you plan to attend send Roland Rapp your completed registration by Friday 9/25/2020 to qualify for early bird pricing so he can send the check and completed forms. The two meetings were combined since the Annual Convention in August was postponed. CNO will reimburse you for your registration fees if you sign up for early bird pricing and attend the convention.

Dr. Tom Henderson, Centerville City Schools

Greg Griffin introduced Dr. Tom Henderson, the Superintendent of Centerville City Schools (CCS). He has been a member of CNO since 2009

You can view the slide deck here

His presentation was titled “Elks Back to School, Centerville City Schools 2020-2021”.

He remembered on 3/11/2020 he was at a convention and the participants watched the Governor’s announcement on TV that K-12 schools would be closed for 4 weeks.

  • On 3/16/2020, CCS started classes again using Google Classroom and the Zoom platform
  • They deployed 125 wireless hotspots and approximately 2000 Chrome Books
  • They continued to support families who qualify for free and reduced lunch and breakfast
  • They were assisted by Centerville Police Department and Washington Township Sheriff’s Office

It became evident the online classes would be longer than 4 weeks and that the school’s buildings would be shut down.

  • Buildings were shut down until the end of June and all staff worked remotely from home
  • All Spring activities were cancelled
  • There was a remote Graduation
  • There was a very popular Class of 2020 Parade that took place

There were a few people in each building making sure the buildings had no issues and to make sure maintenance issues were handled. Large buildings are meant to be occupied. The water systems need to be periodically used as an example of maintenance chores that need to be done.

Input from Community & Experts

  • More than 5000 surveys from students, parents, and teachers were completed
  • Collected input from building principals and teacher advisory teams
  • Collaboration with area school districts and Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County
  • Guidance and considerations from ODE Ohio Department of Health, American Academy of Pediatrics and more

Guiding Principals

  • Safeguarding the health and safety of our school community
  • Ensuring effective and equitable teaching and learning opportunities
  • Supporting the emotional well-being of students and staff
  • Providing an essential service to our community

Learning Options

The district decided to provide students with two learning options.

Option 1 would be some combination of In-Person, 50/50 blended or Fully Remote.

Option 2 would be a 100% online learning model. Even when in person learning is offered, some families have issues with students and their families not wanting their kids to be in school with other students. There can be several types of concerns; health conditions of the student or family members is common.

There are several slides in the slide presentation that detail the expectations and steps for the students, educators and administrators with each option. Most of those details are not in this blog article.

You can view the slide deck here

With either option the district needed to provide every student with a Chromebook. To purchase most of the additional Chromebooks required, they were able to use a federal grant. The school already owned enough Chromebooks to share, but that is an issue with a pandemic and for access outside of school properties.

The 2020-2021 school year started online only for students on 8/24/2020. Staff and teachers reported on 8/17/2020. Staff and teachers spent the initial week receiving training to handle the new year. Currently 80% of the teachers are teaching from their classrooms at their respective schools.

Quarter 2

  • Beginning on 10/19/2020 they are recommending an in person teaching model
  • Continue to balance educational options with health and safety protocols
  • During remote learning we have had some students attend in person including special needs students and some Career Education and Elementary students for MAP Assessments
  • Total remote learning will still be an option for Quarter 2 for those families who still desire this mode of instruction
  • Additional details will be released by the district the week of 9/28/2020

The district has spent almost $3 million on cleaning machines and supplies. They hope to get $2 million back in federal grants.

Henderson was asked how the community could help by volunteering. He said school looks different right now and in person volunteering is currently limited. If you have an idea, feel free to contact him to discuss volunteer opportunities. Financial donations are welcome to help provide reduced price or free lunches and to offset some of the extra expenses the district has had and will have.

Henderson said, “It has definitely been a journey. Trying to figure out the right answer has been challenging.”

Thank you, Tom Henderson, for joining us to educate CNO about how Centerville City Schools is coping with the challenges caused by the COVID crisis.

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Colleen AlbertsonBecky Keegan1st Reading
Katy ParkerCarol Smerz1st Reading

Happy Bucks

Member Reason
Judy DeMarco Thanks to Greg Griffin for doing an excellent job as CNO president for the past year.

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Bill Williams September 20 9/20/1993 27
Denny Cottle September 20 9/20/2015 5
Sue Brubaker September 23 9/23/2008 12
Bryan Miller September 26 9/26/2018 2
Carolyn Taylor September 26 9/26/2018 2
Dana Dring September 26 9/26/2018 2
Mike Cordonnier September 26 9/26/2018 2
Mike Wall September 26 9/26/1995 25
Steve Linder September 26 9/26/2018 2
Steve Rudisill September 26 9/26/2018 2
Stephen Walker September 28 9/28/1998 22
John Powell September 29 9/29/1999 21
Pat Behn September 29 9/29/2003 17
Bill Gaul September 30 9/30/2016 4
Brooks Compton September 30 9/30/1994 26
Denise O’Neil September 30 9/30/1994 26
Don Wildenhaus September 30 9/30/1997 23
Karl Frydryk October 1 10/1/1988 32
Ken Irwin October 2 10/2/2012 8
Larry Larrimer October 2 10/2/2012 8
Rick Kempfer October 2 10/2/2012 8
Christy Gariety October 3 10/3/2011 9
Cristlyn Johnston October 4 10/4/2010 10

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Terri Leputa September 19
Bill DeFries September 19
Will Cale September 20
Carol Smerz September 22
Harry Bossey September 22
Jon Werts September 22
Mark Karns September 23
Greg Smith September 25
Don Wildenhaus September 25
Evelyn Griffin September 26
Diane Arehart September 26
Jeff Kujawa September 27
Mike Fanelli October 1
Roy Barclay October 1
Tom Brozich October 3
Chris Smith October 3

CNO Donations 2013 through August 2020

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

Over 50 years, we have donated close to $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $753,000.

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.

September 15, 2020 – N.O.W. (New Optimists Welcome) Event – our first-ever via Zoom

Special Announcement

Beth Duncan announced there will be no Zoom meeting on 9/29/2020 at noon. Instead, join us that evening at 6:30 PM on Zoom for the annual Officer Installation and Awards Ceremony. All members and spouses are invited to see the installation of Debe Dockins as president and of the new board members. Beth promises it will be fun.

NOW Event this week

The normal weekly lunch meeting was not held this week.

Instead, we had a special version of our weekly Zoom meeting. It was a NOW (New Optimists Welcome) event.

Committee chairs provided slides and presented what each committee does for the club. They presented about the community events, fundraisers, social events, scholarships and behind the scenes operations.

New and perspective members learned about volunteer opportunities with our club through these events.

Thank you to all the committee chairs for helping make this a successful event.

You can view the slide deck here

Beth Duncan announced there will be no Zoom meeting on 9/29/2020 at noon. Instead, join us that evening at 6:30 PM on Zoom for the annual Officer Installation and Awards Ceremony. All members and spouses are invited to see the installation of Debe Dockins as president and of the new board members. Beth promises it will be fun.

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.

September 8, 2020 – Craig Boring – Optimist International Foundation Executive Director

Special Announcement

Beth Duncan announced there will be no Zoom meeting on 9/29/2020 at noon. Instead, join us that evening at 6:30 PM on Zoom for the annual Officer Installation and Awards Ceremony. All members and spouses are invited to see the installation of Debe Dockins as president and of the new board members. Beth promises it will be fun.

Announcements

Nancy Lehren, the chair of the Childhood Health and Wellness committee, announced that a drive through Build-A-Bear for TOPSoccer will be held on 9/20/2020. They expect 75 to 100 kids to show up.

Community Events

9/15/2020, 12 PM, a special version of our weekly Zoom meeting will be held. It will be a NOW (New Optimists Welcome) event. Please invite friends, family, and other contacts to attend the meeting. There will be presentations about our fundraisers and community events.

Announcing the CNO Dime-A-Day Lottery

Dime-A-Day is a program where members are asked if they can contribute $36.50 to the Optimist International Foundation (OIF). Greg Wasmund is the CNO Club Foundation Representative (CFR) for the OIF and he said there is a prize for two lucky participants in the 2020 Dime-A-Day program.

Here are the details

  • The lottery ends October 31, 2020.
  • Every person who signs up for the Dime-A-Day program through Greg Wasmund will have an entry in the lottery.
  • Mail completed applications with your check to Greg Wasmund, 9569 Whispering Stream Ct, Dayton OH 45458. Put club #24403 on the form.
  • There will be two winners – each receiving a Kindle Firestick!
  • This is a PDF of the form you can print

Happy Birthday Doug Reno and Karl Frydryk

Today, 9/8/2020, is a shared birthday for Doug Reno and Karl Frydryk. Mark Meeker played happy birthday on his guitar while the rest of us sang.  Something amazing happened – we sang almost in tune!

Craig Boring, Optimist International Foundation

Greg Griffin introduced Craig Boring, the Executive Director of Optimist International Foundation. OIF is the charitable side of Optimist International and it is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization. The foundation is about helping Optimists help kids.

His presentation was titled, “What the Foundation Can Do for You!”

You can view the slide deck here. 

Boring said that the contestants for the Oratorical contest adapted to the challenges of COVID and did great over Zoom.

He showed us a video titled, “Oratorical – Dominique’s Story”. You can watch the video by going to this page. The video is an example of the support OIF gives to the world. Dominique needed speech therapy growing up. The Oratorical contest gave her confidence and $17,500 in scholarships.

The OIF was Founded on February 18, 1971 and will celebrate 50 years in 2021. The idea for OIF came from a long-term strategic planning committee of OI that began in 1969. Charles Campbell, the President of OI, signed the incorporation papers and the Optimist International Foundation became a 501 (c) (3) organization.

OIF gives support to local Optimist Clubs. They also support other youth related charitable organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House and Johns Hopkins Pediatric Hospital.

With COVID in 2020, revenue is down 17%. They foundation knew it would be a difficult year but they decided to provide the same support to Optimist International Clubs so they can support kids.

OIF Vision

We envision a Foundation that can provide significant funding for Optimist International’s youth and service programs and is proudly supported by individual Optimists, their Clubs and the community at large.

OIF Mission

Seeking, receiving, and managing funds and real personal property for the benefit of Optimist International and its member clubs for charitable, literary and educational activities.

How Does OIF Support Optimist International?

OIF supports the funding and prize money for OI districts

  • Scholarships
  • World Oratorical Championship
  • Fundraising from Outside Organizations
  • Reel Optimism Video Contest
  • New Club Building Grants
  • JOI clubs – 45% of the operating budget for Junior Optimists Clubs is provided by OIF

OIF Provides Grants to local Optimist Clubs

  • Club Matching Fund
  • Childhood Health and Wellness/Childhood Cancer Campaign (CCC)
  • Disaster Relief (this started with Hurricane Harvey)

How Does OIF Fund Ongoing Projects?

  • Member Donations
  • Club Donations
  • Endowments and Sponsorships
  • Outside Revenue
  • Investment Resources (which consistently have good returns, including for 2020)

Giving Programs for Clubs

  • Dollar-A-Day
  • Club Campaign Fund
  • Pass Through Program (they charge no fees for this service)

The pass-through program allows people and organizations to give tax deductible donations to OIF, which then transfers the funds back to clubs that may not be setup as a 501 (c) (3) organization.

Programs for Individuals

  • Dime-A-Day ($36.50/yr)
  • President’s club
  • Friends of Today
  • Friends of Tomorrow
  • Christian D. Larson
  • William H. Harrison Society
  • Women’s Philanthropy Council

The Role of a Club Foundation Representative (CFR)

  • Communication
  • Contributions
  • Send contributions to OIF

Contacting OIF for more information

Craig Boring thanked us for everything CNO does for kids and the support for OIF.

Thank you, Craig Boring, for joining us to educate CNO about the Optimist International Foundation.

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Gail Aiken September 8 9/8/1993 27
Dean Heyne September 14 9/14/2016 4
Melissa DeShurko September 14 9/14/2016 4

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Doug Reno September 8
Karl Frydryk September 8
Sam Pfabe September 11
Dawn Arrowood September 14

Happy Bucks

Member Reason
Carolyn Taylor Celebrating her and Bill’s 40th wedding anniversary
Cherie Gentry New granddaughter was born on June 15, 2020 and grandson was born August 26, 2020
Chris McAlpine Thanks to the club for donating $1000 to his daughter’s project raising money for nurses to give them restaurant gift cards
Scott Rheaume Happy to attend today’s meeting

CNO Donations 2013 through August 2020

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

Over 50 years, we have donated close to $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $753,000.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Welcome Guests!

No Guests this week.

New Member Readings and Inductions

No Readings or Inductions 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.

September 1, 2020 – Brady Kress – Dayton Historical Society and Carillon Park

Special Announcement

There will be no Zoom meeting on 9/29/2020 at noon. Instead, join us that evening on Zoom for the annual Officer Installation and Awards Ceremony. All members and spouses are invited to see the installation of Debe Dockins as president and of the new board members.

Announcements

Mike Brubaker announced that there will be 2889 flags delivered for Labor Day delivery.

Community Events

9/15/2020, 12 PM, a special version of our weekly Zoom meeting will be held. It will be a NOW (New Optimists Welcome) event. Please invite friends, family and other contacts to attend the meeting. There will be presentations about our fundraisers and community events.

Brady Kress – Dayton History Organization – Carillon Park

Greg Griffin introduced Brady Kress, the President and CEO of Dayton History, which owns the 65 acre Carillon Park and several other buildings and historical attractions in the Dayton area.

From the Dayton History website: In 2005, Carillon Historical Park merged with the Montgomery County Historical Society to create a new umbrella organization known as Dayton History. The private non-profit (501c3) organization was established to preserve, share, and celebrate our region’s history. Carillon Historical Park is home to over 30 historic structures and cares for over three million artifacts.

Dayton History is funded by gifts and money generated from the properties they own.

In addition to the Carillon Historical Park, the following sites rest under Dayton History’s care:

  • Carillon Brewing Company
  • Hawthorn Hill
  • The Paul Laurence Dunbar House Historic Site
  • Patterson Homestead
  • The Old Court House
  • Memorial Hall
  • The Archive Center
  • The Mound Cold War Discovery Center

This page on the Dayton History website contains descriptions of the above locations and has links to specific pages for the sites.

Kress showed us several pictures of their properties.

You can view the slides he presented here.

Dayton has a rich history of industry. NCR started in Dayton. In the 1970’s Huffy produced more bicycle’s than any other brand.

Colonel Deeds

The Deeds Carillon is named for Colonel Edward Deeds and it is the largest carillon in Ohio. It has 57 bells and is 151 feet tall.

Colonel Deeds oversaw all aircraft acquisitions for the U.S. during World War I. Along with Charles Kettering, Deeds is the co-founder of Delco.

Deeds built Old River Park, which was the largest pool east of the Mississippi and could accommodate 5000 swimmers. It was originally built for the recreational use of NCR employees.

Carillon Park

Colonel Deeds was inspired to build Carillon Park after Henry Ford built Greenfield Village in Michigan. Ford had obtained the Wright Brother’s bicycle shop and their original home. Henry worked with Orville Wright to move the two buildings to Michigan. At that time, no one was interested in keeping the buildings in Dayton.

Carillon Park is the home of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park which includes the Wright Brothers section and it is part of the National Park Service. There you can see the restored 1905 Wright Flyer III, which is the plane that the Wright’s used to really learn how to fly.

The WinSupply Center of Leadership at Carillon park opened in 2019. Part of it is the Eichelberger Pavilion which is a 32,000-square-foot multi-level banquet hall that can accommodate 700 people.

During 2019, a new Dayton Leaders’ exhibit opened in the free area of Carillon Park. It includes exhibits featuring entrepreneurs and famous entertainers that are from the Dayton, Ohio region.

The new and larger Culp’s Cafe is now at the front of the park and is open year-round for breakfast and lunch. The Café and the Brewery restaurant are open for business after the temporary shutdown from the COVID crisis. You do not need to pay admission fees to visit restaurants at the park.

Callahan Clock

A few years ago, Dayton History recovered and refurbished the Callahan Clock, which is known by several other names including the Gem City Bank clock. They built a tower for it and it is visible from I-75. Visitors to the tower and clock are welcome to climb the stairs to see great views of Dayton.

Current Plans of the Dayton History Organization

  • After the University of Dayton and Miami Valley hospital bought the Montgomery Fairgrounds, Dayton history worked with them to relocate the famous stables from the fairgrounds to Carillon Park
  • A new complex is being planned and funding is being obtained for an exhibit of regional sports. It will include an exhibit of the 1920 Triangle Football Team.
  • Ohio’s largest tree of light will be created again on the Deeds Carillon for the holiday season by running long strings of light from the carillon to the ground.

Thank you, Brady Kress, for joining us to educate CNO on Carillon Park and the other buildings Dayton History makes possible.

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.

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Don Skelton September 1 9/1/1987 33
Drew Mckenzie September 1 9/1/1987 33
Frank DePalma September 1 9/1/1979 41
Gary Anderson September 1 9/1/1979 41
Jerry Stahley September 1 9/1/1986 34
Larry Lynde September 1 9/1/1988 32

Birthdays

Member Birthday
CeAnn Chalker September 3
Bob Collins September 4
Beverly Dunnington September 6
Roberta Taylor September 7

Happy Bucks

Member Reason
Carolyn Taylor Celebrating her and Bill’s 40th wedding anniversary
Cherie Gentry New granddaughter was born on June 15, 2020 and grandson was born August 26, 2020
Chris McAlpine Thanks to the club for donating $1000 to his daughter’s project raising money for nurses to give them restaurant gift cards
Scott Rheaume Happy to attend today’s meeting

CNO Donations 2013 through August 2020

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

Over 50 years, we have donated close to $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $753,000.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Welcome Guests!

No Guests this week.

New Member Readings and Inductions

No Readings or Inductions 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.

August 25, 2020 – Pamela Gregg – UDRI (University of Dayton Research Institute)

Announcements

Tom Novak, co-chair of Avenue of Flags, announced that starting 9/2/2020, 2,884 flags will be delivered for Labor Day. Last week, Diane Arehart posted on the CNO Facebook page and 20 new subscriptions were received just before the cut off for Labor Day. We have seen a large increase in subscriptions in 2020. For comparison to the current 2,884 flags for Labor Day, on Veterans Day 2019 we had 2,411 flags.

Pamela Gregg, University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI)

Greg Griffin introduced Pamela Gregg, the Communication Administrator at the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI).

Pam has been at UD for more than 20 years, the last 17 as communication administrator for the University of Dayton Research Institute, where she manages internal and external communication and media relations. She was a writer and photographer for the Dayton Daily News for 12 years before joining UD. Pam loves getting to know people and telling stories about them and their work, especially research stories, which involve a bit of “foreign language translation”—science to non-science.

If you would like to contact Pamela Gregg click here.

Gregg said she enjoys being the communication administrator at UDRI since the researchers do all the work and she gets to brag about it. She came today to talk about various areas of research and projects that UDRI engages in. They are a very busy research facility and because of security and time constraints, she only covered a subset of all the projects.

Testing Silkies for Harness Racing

UDRI does a lot of research and work that is not done anywhere else. UDRI is the only place on the planet that certifies the safety of newly designed silkies for harness racing. A silkie is the cart that sits behind the horse that the jockey rides in. UDRI was asked to create a machine to test silkies 30 years ago. The industry was concerned about the composite materials being used to make the silkies lighter and they wanted to make sure the designs were safe.

The machine tests the silkie with pressures and stress that is higher than they will receive during a race. Until a prototype is approved by UDRI, a manufacturer cannot produce their silkie for sale.

Printing 3D Spare Parts for Airplanes

There is a C130 airplane in the UDRI parking lot. It did not land there. It was taken apart in Florida and sent up to UD via several flatbed trucks. Once all the parts arrived in the UDRI parking lot, it was reassembled and is now a working laboratory.

The U.S. Air Force wants to find ways to maintain aging airplanes. Parts are not being made anymore for several old but still useable models. UDRI is working on 3D printing methods for replacement parts. It is very expensive to have parts made one at a time by hand by machine shops.

Before printing a part, they first scan it using a sophisticated 3D scanner. After the parts are printed, UDRI tests if a part can be used in actual flights. It is not that hard to produce parts, what is difficult is to produce parts that can handle the stress of real-world flight.

Robotic Painting and Drag Reduction

UDRI is researching the use of robots for complicated painting. Industrial processes can be very dangerous for humans.

UD Students help with several of their projects. One research project involves attaching 4 ft strips to airplanes to reduce the drag caused by the air turbulence airplanes create by flying.

Researching Bird and Debris Strikes on Airplanes

UDRI has done bird strike research for 40 years. Their facility is very tall and they have the largest test facility in the world for this research. They shoot various materials in various ways. Various parts of the plane are tested including wings and windscreen. They test various debris including hail, but mainly they shoot artificial or pre-deceased birds at airplanes.

Researching Drone Strikes on Airplanes

The number of drones in the air has dramatically increased in use in the past few years. UDRI wanted to know if a drone strike would result in different damage to an airplane than that from other debris.

UDRI ran an experiment. They shot a bird with the same mass as a drone. It did almost no damage. Then the drone without its battery was shot at a wing and the damage was extensive and affected the control wires in the wing. UDRI funded this initial test on their own, hoping there would be interest in further testing. They received interest almost immediately after the release of the video. They would like to see drones built to be more frangible. If an object is more frangible it means it is better at breaking into smaller parts on impact, which should reduce the effects of impact.

Watch this video of a drone hitting an airplane wing at high speed.

NASA Research

UDRI is testing materials that will be used to build space vehicles for NASA. To test the materials, they are simulating space debris by shooting small aluminum pellets at high speeds. UDRI has the fastest light-gas gun in the world.

NASA will land its next rover mission Perseverance in February, 2021. NASA wants to land the rover closer to the Martian equator than on previous missions and it will be warmer. UDRI was asked to analyze the effects of the higher temperature on the plutonium powered electric generator (RTG). Just a few degrees increase in outside temperature when combined with the heat of other rover systems can make a large difference and reduce the integrity of the RTG. UDRI was able to show that the RTG should be ok.

Artificial Intelligence

UDRI does a lot of work in AI. They are trying to understand how AI works. There are a lot of rapid medical diagnosis methods powered by AI. Even though AI works, the medical industry does not trust it because so far no one can accurately explain how the AI is coming up with its results. AI can accurately help with lung disease diagnosis by evaluating lung x-rays. This may help with the COVID pandemic.

Other UDRI Information

  • More material research is done at UDRI than anywhere else.
  • Their 2-story steel frame structure allows them to accurately test C130 landing gear.
  • The do sensor research.
  • They do energy research.
  • They are the FAA clearinghouse for alternative fuels and they coordinate the approval of new fuels.

Thank you, Pamela Gregg, for joining us to educate CNO on some of the research done at UDRI.

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.

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Mary Madden August 26 8/26/1998 22
Anne Kessler August 29 8/29/2002 18
Jeff Busch August 31 8/31/2001 19
Ken Peacock August 31 8/31/2001 19

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Debbie Parks August 25
Rick Altvater August 25
Sharon Silverberg August 25
Rick Kempfer August 28
Scott Rheaume August 28
Joe Cantrell August 30
Julie Cochran August 31
Jesse Lightle August 31
Chris McAlpine August 31
Jim Mogan August 31

Happy Bucks

Member Reason
Beth Duncan $90 in Happy Bucks for her father celebrating his 90th birthday. We recorded Happy Birthday as a group for Beth to play for him while they roast him on his birthday.
Vida McDowell Her son recently earned his MBA from Ohio State that adds to his pharmacy related degrees while working full time. He graduated Magna Cum Laude and Ohio State gave him a full scholarship to earn the MBA.
Julie Noeth Grandson took a long nap so she was able to be on the Zoom meeting today. In 2016, Pam Gregg (today’s speaker) hired Julie to photograph the UDRI 60th Anniversary which consisted of hundreds of employees on bleachers in front of the Curran Place building.

Thank You Notes sent to CNO

No Thank You Notes received this week.

CNO Donations 2013 through July 2020

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

Over 50 years, we have donated close to $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $753,000.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Welcome Guests!

No Guests this week.

New Member Readings and Inductions

No Readings or Inductions 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.

August 18, 2020 – WHIO Radio Personality Larry Hansgen

Announcements

Nancy Lehren, chair of the Childhood Health and Wellness committee, announced that last Saturday there was a free drive through Build-a-Bear event for children with Sickle Cell and their siblings. To limit contact, we pre-dressed the bears and put them in plastic bags. We had 38 kids stop by to get a bear. Another 26 bears were left with Dayton Children’s Sickle Cell department to give to the children who were not able to attend. An additional 32 bears were given to the hematology and oncology department at Dayton Children’s for the nurses to give to patients when they receive their treatments.

Tom Novak, co-chair of the Avenue of Flags Committee, announced that they need several more volunteers before Labor Day. They especially need help loading flags into vehicles. The CHS wrestling team players are not available like they were in May since they will be back in school.

Larry Hansgen, The Voice of the UD Flyers

Ron Tinnerman introduced, Larry Hansgen, the WHIO Radio host of Miami Valley’s Morning News since 2003.  He joined the staff of WHIO Radio in 1981 as an overnight board operator and quickly rose through the ranks.  He became the Sports Director that year and in 1982 became the play-by-play voice of the University of Dayton Flyers basketball.  In 1988 he also added Flyers football announcing.

He started off saying to us, “This is how we are going to get through this (the pandemic). Clubs like CNO through cooperation are able to accomplish things.”

Pre-pandemic, he would be excited when his alarm goes off at 2:20 AM. His job has been more enjoyable in previous years. Now on the radio he often must announce unhappy news: a concert or festival has been cancelled. Still, he is an optimist. He may not start off each day as excited, but by the time his drive to the station is complete, he finds ways to believe everything will be OK. He thinks of something interesting or funny to say to his listeners instead of just the long list of woes everyone is experiencing.

In 2019, things were not going well for Dayton through August with the Memorial Day tornadoes and the Oregon mass shooting. Then the UD Flyer basketball season started, and the rest of the year was great. He remembers predicting very early in the season how fantastic this team was going to be.

He described the experience of the sudden end of post season play as being like you start falling, then realize your falling and you don’t have any control or choice but to fall. Once the COVID crisis hit, the sports world just halted.

He remembers it was a Wednesday and the team flew to New York to play in the Atlantic 10 championship. All the sudden at the stadium there was an announcement that the A10 tournament has been cancelled. The Flyers were on their way to a number one seed in the March Madness tournament. Event after event occurred in quick succession over 24 hours. First, they announced March Madness would play with no fans, and in the end the tournament was cancelled and the season ended abruptly.

Hansgen said that the reaction of head coach Anthony Grant was noteworthy. Grant gave a message of gratitude for the great season. This made sense because the team ends every practice with everyone gathering in a circle holding hands. Coach Grant then says, “Let us be grateful”. By everyone, Hansgen said it really is everyone around. The circle includes coaches, Hansgen and any others that are at a practice. Hangsen describes the after-practice ritual as being very similar to CNO Happy Bucks. It is a time players or coaches say something they are grateful about. Typically, what they say will be about something outside of the world of basketball.

A cancelled post season is particularly tough when your team has a great year. History associates the best memories of great teams with how they performed in the post season. Even with no post season, Hansgen said that UD fans have reason to be grateful for the 2019-2020 season. The team was the greatest ever and they have the potential to have another spectacular year for 2020-2021.

UD Flyers in 2019 – 2020

  • Had their greatest season finishing 29-2.
  • Had a 20-game winning streak
  • Were ranked 3rd in the nation
  • They were 18-0 in the A10
  • Had the national player of the year, Obi Toppin
  • Had the national coach of the year, Anthony Grant

Hansgen was asked about recruiting this season for Flyer basketball. He said “Success begets success. They are getting high quality kids that want to be better people.” The coaching staff at UD want their players to be better people, not just better players. The word has gotten out that the coaching team will teach and treat the players well. Parents know their son will be a better person not just a better player.

Hansgen was asked if there will be a NCAA season this fall. He said, “The decision will be made in September. I know there will be some kind of basketball season.” NCAA basketball has a central leadership. The NCAA is building contingency plans to make sure the season happens somehow. There is no nationwide structure for college football, which is why some conferences have been cancelled and others have not been.

In closing, Hansgen said that history will be made this fall. Obi Toppin will be drafted into the NBA. The New Orleans Saints recently drafted UD football player Adam Trautman. This is the first time that UD players in the same year were drafted into both the NFL and NBA.

When the season was cut short and with his newly found free time, Hansgen decided to write a book detailing the fantastic 2019-2020 UD team and coach. The book will be released soon.

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.

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Don Massie August 20 8/20/1991 29
Julie Walling Noeth August 20 8/20/2008 12
Fred Pfeiffer August 21 8/21/2013 7
Matt Somerlot August 21 8/21/2013 7
Shawna Hatton August 23 8/23/2016 4

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Susan Thomsen August 20
Stephen Walker August 21
Marilyn Becht August 21

Happy Bucks

Member Reason
Beth Duncan Appreciated Larry Hansgen speaking to us today
Evelyn Griffin Happy to be home after visiting son’s family in Las Vegas where it was 111 degrees
Myron Rheaume Daughter Shawna Hatton just opened Chasing Light Art Studio and Gallery in Springboro Ohio, customers can take art classes and purchase art

CNO Donations 2013 through July 2020

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

Over 50 years, we have donated close to $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $753,000.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Welcome Guests!

No Guests this week.

New Member Readings and Inductions

No Readings or Inductions 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.

August 11, 2020 – Dr. Kent Harshbarger – Montgomery County Coroner

Announcements

CNO received a note from the Chuck Dickerson Memorial Scholarship that they just awarded a student $1,000. Chuck was a 41-year member of the Centerville Noon Optimist Club. Anyone interested in donating to the scholarship may use Fund # 1485 at the DaytonFoundation.org.

Dr. Kent E. Harshbarger, Montgomery County Coroner

Greg Griffin introduced Dr. Kent E. Harshbarger, M.D., J.D, B.B.A, the Montgomery County Coroner and he also works for the Miami Valley Regional Crime Laboratory. He became coroner in 2011 and became an employee of the coroner’s office in 2002.

You can view his slide deck here.

Overview of the Coroner’s Office

The job of a coroner is to determine the cause and manner of deaths. They cooperate with law enforcement personnel. It is the job of law enforcement to determine who did it. Not every death is handled or reported to the coroner’s office.

The law states, “Anyone Who Obtains Knowledge thereof Arising from His Duties, Shall Immediately Notify the Office of the Coroner.”

The coroner is contacted for deaths that are:

  • Homicides/Suicides
  • Accidents
  • Suspicious or Unusual
  • Involve someone who appeared in good health
  • Children under the age of two

Death Investigation goals are:

  • Reduction in crime
  • Impartial justice, civil lawsuits, and family rights protection
  • Vehicle, home, and work accident reduction
  • Understand and reduce unexpected adult and infant deaths
  • Track public health, terrorism, and infectious diseases

2019 Investigations Summary:

  • Montgomery County has the busiest Coroner’s office in Ohio, covering 40 Ohio counties
  • 6289 Deaths reported
  • 2657 Accepted cases
  • 2144 Accepted for autopsy
  • 191 External exams
  • 322 Records review

2019 Types of death breakdown:

  • 4335 Natural
  • 1439 Accident
  • 290 Suicides
  • 124 Homicides
  • ??? Undetermined (typically it is 3%)

States in the U.S. use different systems for handling deaths. Coroners are elected while medical examiners are appointed. Ohio uses the coroner system. Ohio is the only coroner-based state to require its coroners to have a medical degree. The medical examiner system is much more expensive as the medical examiner is generally a forensic pathologist.

Harshbarger defined evidence as, “Something legally obtained as a means of ascertaining the truth of any alleged matter of fact under investigation before the court.” Evidence establishes a crime has been committed and is used to link things together. Sometimes evidence can be lost during the organ and tissue donation process.

Evidence Procurement Issues

  • Loss of Trace Evidence (trace evidence is anything found in small quantities)
  • Medical device removal
  • Unknown medical diagnosis
    • Wrong diagnosis
    • Unsuspected cardiac findings
  • Unusual findings
    • Airway insertion errors
    • Bullet pathway
  • Chain of custody
  • Potential for missing patterns of injury
    • Child abuse
    • Wounds altered
    • Internal findings not documented
  • Blood sample problems
  • Criminal prosecution – cause and manner of death

Organ and Tissue Donation

Harshbarger discussed when organs and tissues can be donated.

  • Organ donation:
    • After brain death, medical staff and donation staff do not overlap
    • The removal of life support with immediate cardiac decline
  • Tissue donation:
    • After death, usually up to 24 hours with refrigeration
    • Pre or Post autopsy

There is no conflict of interest between medical personal and the organ and tissue donation retrieval team. Only after the coroner’s office declares death is the retrieval team notified of a potential donor. It is at this point the family members are contacted about the donation.

The opioid epidemic issue is increasing again in our area. Per capita, Dayton has 4 times the rate of opioid overdoses compared with Columbus This has increased the pool of eligible donors.

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.

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Maha KashaniAugust158/15/200614
Kristen PassidomoAugust168/16/20173

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Paul StullAugust 11
Larry LyndeAugust 12
Fred PolizziAugust 13
Julie ShislerAugust 13
Bill DuffyAugust 13
Vince ReidyAugust 14
Martin HuffstutlerAugust 14
Rhonda MeekerAugust 15
Greg WasmundAugust 15
Gail AikenAugust 17

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Carolyn TaylorMother had her 101st birthday on 8/10/2020.
Sue JesseeGrandson was able to receive his boy scout merit badges over Zoom.

CNO Donations 2013 through July 2020

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

Over 50 years, we have donated close to $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $753,000.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Welcome Guests!

No Guests this week.

New Member Readings and Inductions

No Readings or Inductions 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.

August 4, 2020 – Dave Williams – All about the Restoration of The Arcade in Dayton

Will Cale Scholarship Winners

Gary Hansen, the Will Cale Scholarship committee chair, introduced the recipients of this year’s Will Cale Scholarships.

The CNO Will Cale Scholarship award was first given in 2010 and is named after long-time educator Will Cale. Will Cale is a current member of CNO and joined CNO in January, 1976.

These scholarships are awarded to students who have obstacles to overcome to attend college. Each year we ask High School guidance counselors to recommend students they believe will be successful at Sinclair Community College if they were to receive some financial help and personal mentorship. The selection criteria are based on financial need and potential rather than academics or class standing. The student must attend Sinclair College to receive the scholarship.

The scholarship provides up to $4500, up to $750 per semester for up to six semesters. This is enough funding for an associate degree or a certificate. The money can also be used to purchase needed equipment or supplies such as a computer or books. The goal is for the recipient to graduate from Sinclair with an Associate Degree. The hope is that some of them will continue their schooling and earn 4-year degrees. If they choose not to continue school, they should still have enough education and training for a successful career. Not every student accepts the award. They may not want to go to Sinclair or they choose a different career path.

In addition to the funding, each winner is assigned two volunteer mentors that are CNO members. These mentors advise the students throughout their Sinclair career.

2020 Will Cale Scholarship Winners and Mentors

  • Carter Heys, Steve Rau & Diane Arehart
  • Katelyn Leslie, Roberta Taylor and Jayne Weikel
  • Kristopher Leslie, Bob Collins and Joan Cordonnier
  • Ayan Siyr, Gary Hansen and Jesse Lightle
  • Lizzie Sparks, Joanne Rau and Jane Fiehrer

Zoe Pirslin the 2018 Will Cale Scholarship Winner

We congratulated Zoe Pirslin, who was on the Zoom meeting today. She is a 2018 Will Cale scholarship winner. She just graduated from Sinclair with a 4.0 GPA and earned a degree in graphics design. Her mentors are Gary Hansen and Jane Fiehrer. She was very shy when they met her. At that time, her brother was helping to take care of her. During the meeting she thanked all of us and said that she is still using all the equipment we helped her purchase so she could attend college successfully. She is currently looking for a job in graphics design.

David Williams discusses the Dayton Arcade

Greg Griffin introduced David Williams, the Senior Development Director at Cross Street Partners. He manages The Dayton Arcade adaptive reuse and historic preservation project in Dayton, Ohio. He oversees the design, construction, leasing, and financing for the project.

His presentation was titled The Arcade, “History Made Here”. View his slide deck here.

Williams is part of the task force created to figure out what to do with the Dayton Arcade and surrounding buildings in Downtown Dayton. Tearing it down was the first thought. Historical buildings downtown, however, are important to the character and appeal of a downtown you are trying to revitalize. They realized that for the good of the Dayton community, they needed to preserve buildings like the Dayton Arcade.

Williams said that the development team is a very seasoned group that understand how to turn old buildings into useful structures again.

Businesses on the team

  • Cross Street Partners
  • McCormack Baron Salazar
  • Model Group
  • Structural Technologies

The main challenge of the renovation was figuring out what was possible with the building type and its age. The building has been empty since 1991. They have chosen to return the building to its original 1902 design. They are returning it to its original mixed-use property of housing, office, and retail. It will be a place to live, shop, eat and to host events. They say it will “engage, sustain, entertain” and have a sense of “place.”

The Arcade has gotten national attention. There is an article by Bruce Katz titled, The Most Transformative Project in America in the November 21, 2019 issue of New Localism magazine. It is called by many The Most emotional building in Dayton Ohio.

Comprised of 9 square blocks in downtown Dayton Ohio, The Arcade and surrounding properties were purchased in 2017 with construction starting in 2018. The arcade sits at the northeast corner of the nine blocks with proximity to the Levitt Pavilion, the Dayton Convention Center and the Oregon District. To make it very accessible when complete there will be 5000 parking spots scattered throughout the area.

There will be 110 affordable housing units, art galleries, studios, restaurants, and a grocery at the Arcade. Through a partnership with the University of Dayton, there will also be classrooms. There will be 100,000 square feet of innovation space and private offices. Below the main floor, they dug the basement deeper and it will now hold a high-tech presentation theater.

The project is being financed with over 100 million in funding. Sources of funds include tax credits, grants, and loans. The City of Dayton has lent them $10 million.

Dayton Arcade Social Media Links

Dayton Children’s Donation accepted by Adam Blanchard

Adam Blanchard from Dayton Children’s hospital was on the Zoom meeting today. The Centerville Noon Optimist Club donated $15,000 to Dayton Children’s Hospital this summer. Traditionally, our donation is funded from the golf outing. The 2020 CNO golf outing was cancelled, but our board of director’s decided to still make a major donation to the hospital.

The money we donate to the hospital is put into the patient assistance fund for oncology and hematology. Money is given to the families of patients to help with the costs of transportation and lodging incurred when bringing their children to the hospital for treatment. Some families must travel a great distance to get the amazing treatment available in our community.

Adam Blanchard thanked us for our continued support. He said that brings our total donations over the last 18 years to just short of $190,000.

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.

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Andrew CainAugust 4
Art HungAugust 10
Judy DeMarcoAugust 10

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Kathy KleinAugust58/5/20164
Fred PolizziAugust98/9/200515

Happy Bucks

No Happy Bucks this week.

CNO Donations 2013 through July 2020

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

Over 50 years, we have donated close to $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $753,000.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Welcome Guests!

No Guests this week.

New Member Readings and Inductions

No Readings or Inductions 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.

July 28, 2020 – Stevie Ann Kremer, Author of Miracle of Miracles, a Holocaust Survival Story PLUS Memorial Education Assistance Awards Presented – WOW!

Greg Griffin introduced Stevie Ann Kremer, the author of Miracle of Miracles: A Dayton, Ohio Man’s Story of Holocaust Survival.

Kremer is a long-time Centerville resident and a graduate of Wright State University and Indiana University. She served as a long-term substitute teacher at Centerville High School.

View Kremer’s slide deck here

Click on this article for more details about Kremer’s presentation.

In early 2018, Kremer began working with Samuel Heider to document his survival of the Holocaust. She was able to finish the book before he died in November 2019 at 95 years of age. Kremer said, “Heider is Dayton’s last death camp Holocaust survivor. Sam, ever the optimist, was both delighted and relieved that his story was finally in print.”

The book is based on stories told to Kremer by her subject, Samuel Heider. Kremer said, “Heider was adamant that there would be no embellishments in the book, only the truths of his life as a Jewish farmer in Poland who survived five different concentration camps, two of which were death camps.”

Sam was born in 1924 in the tiny town of Biejkow, Poland, the third of six children. At the age of 17, his entire family perished in the gas chambers of Treblinka.

The 5 concentration camps Samuel Heider survived

  • Radom
  • Auschwitz (where Heider faced Dr. Josef Mengele)
  • Vaihingen
  • Hessental
  • Dachau

On April 30, 1945, while weighing just 74 pounds, Samuel Heider was freed as American tanks arrived. In December 1949, the American Consulate told him as a displaced person he could go anywhere. He chose America, the “Land of Freedom.” He arrived in America on December 13, 1949, and made his way to Dayton where he spent the rest of his long life.

If you Google “Samuel Heider” you will find several articles and speeches he presented at Wright State University and the Air Force Museum as well as his surprise Bar Mitzvah at the age of 94 that was broadcast all over the world via ABC News!

Zachor!

Kremer promised Heider that she would continue to tell his story. She left us with one word, “Zachor,” a Hebrew word that means “remember,” especially pertaining to the Holocaust.

Ways to obtain the book

  • Email me writer@gmail.com
  • Purchase it on Amazon, search for ‘Sam Heider”
  • Buy it at any of Kremer’s book signings

2020 Educational Assistance Awards

The following are notes from Gary Smiga.

The qualifications for our Educational Assistance award are as follows:

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

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

I would also like to thank the Board of Directors for budgeting funds to support this scholarship program, as well as our 314 Centerville Noon Optimist Club members for having worked in the various fund raising activities to allow for this program and many of the others that we do to be a reality.

This year we have 3 award winners.  They are Elizabeth Sparks, Madison Earnest, and Kristen Bell.

At this time, I would like to tell you somethings about each one of them.

Elizabeth Sparks

Elizabeth attended Centerville High School and she is ranked 100th in a senior class of 680 students with a GPA of 4.18.

Elizabeth’s Extracurricular and Community Service Activities include:

  • French Club
  • Poetry Club serving as Vice President for 2 years
  • Eclipse Art and Literary Magazine
  • Theatre/STAGE Club
  • Diversity Council
  • By His Hands Hot Meal Ministry

Elizabeth will be attending either Flagler College or Sinclair Community College.

Madison Earnest

Madison attended Centerville High School and she is ranked 70th in a senior class of 680 students with a GPA of 4.3667.

Madison’s Extracurricular and Community Service Activities include:

  • National Honor Society
  • Cross Country where she earned a sportsmanship and most dedicated awards
  • Centerville Orchestra where she earned a most spirited award
  • Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra
  • Student Council
  • The Student Rep to the Centerville Board of Education
  • Lunch Buddies
  • Spirit Chain

Madison also worked McDonalds, Kings NY Pizzeria and Outback Steakhouse.

Madison will be attending the Ohio State University.  After college she would like to serve the United States in the State Department or the United Nations.

Kristen Bell

Kristen attended Centerville High School and she is ranked 26th in a senior class of 680 students with a GPA of 4.6177.

Kristen’s Extracurricular and Community Service Activities include:

  • National Honor Society where she served as an officer
  • Swim Team where she earned most improved honors in 2020
  • Spanish Honor Society
  • SADD where she served as President
  • Elk Connectors
  • BOLD
  • Pie Club
  • Girl Scouts
  • Octagon Club
  • Study Buddies

Kristen also worked at the Goldfish Swim School and Black Oak Swim Club.

Kristen will be attending the Ohio State University and will major in Psychology.

Summary

Each of our recipients will be receiving a $1500 check that they can use towards the cost of attendance at the university they have chosen.

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

Elizabeth, Madison and Kristen, we are all very proud of you and we wish the best as you continue your studies.

About the CNO Educational Assistance Awards

The following are notes from Gary Smiga.

The award is given in the memory of the individuals that have passed away while active members of our club.  The following individuals exemplified what it meant to give back to your community with their service and character.

  • Tom Frazier- 1994
  • Tom Craig- 1994
  • Denise Goeckel- 1998
  • Dick Lewin- 2002
  • Corwin Robinson- 2005
  • Steve Fisher- 2007
  • Dave Petree- 2007
  • Jim Hawley- 2010
  • Margaret Barclay- 2010
  • Tom Gravlin- 2013
  • Terry Blair-2014
  • Dave Milam- 2014
  • Ken Bluhm- 2015
  • John Hughes- 2015
  • Mike Hayes- 2015
  • Wes Hamdan- 2016
  • Tim Gibson- 2017
  • Linda Fisher- 2017
  • Brent Moore- 2018
  • Chuck Dickerson- 2018
  • Ed Case- 2019
  • Jeff Brown- 2020

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

2020 Educational Assistance Awards Renewals

The following are notes from Gary Smiga.

I am pleased to be able to reintroduce to you 3 Memorial Educational Assistance Award recipients from last year.

To be eligible for a second award the students submitted a completed FAFSA to substantiate a continued financial need; an official transcript from their college or university that shows an end of freshman year GPA of 3.0 or higher; and a short outline of their continued participation and involvement in school, community or faith-based activities.

Our 3 students are:

Nicholas Reibly

Nicholas completed his freshman year at University of Findlay with a GPA of 3.62.  Nicholas played on Findlay’s Football team; volunteered for Dayton Strong, organizing and collecting donations for the victims of the Oregon District Shooting; participated in a University of Findlay community service project moving boxes and equipment at a local YMCA; provided classroom readings to elementary school students; assisted with the University Helping Hands Food Drive; and assisted neighbors during the Covid-19 pandemic with their landscaping needs and grocery shopping.  Nicholas is majoring in education.

Madeline Mills

Madeline completed her freshman year at Purdue University with a GPA of 3.78.  Madeline joined A Cause for Paws, a service organization that assists local animal shelters; joined a Bible Study and maintained involvement in a local church; was involved in Purdue’s Women in Engineering; and the chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, where she serves as a member of their Outreach Committee where she led an effort to hold events at local elementary schools, conducting experiments and activities to teach kids what chemical engineering is all about.

Tonja Kaissieh

Tonja completed her freshman year at Ohio State University with a GPA of 4.0.  Tonja has participated in the Honors Program; joined the Buckeye Student Nurses Association; joined Circle K which provided leadership training for campus and community members; joined College Mentors for Kids; and joined Sigma Epsilon Phi, a Greek Orthodox Christian based organization that supports various church events and local communities that includes sandwich making nights for soup kitchens.

Tonja is majoring in Nursing with the goal of becoming a physician’s assistant or a nurse practitioner.

Each of the students have received a $1500 check made out to their universities for them to submit toward tuition, fees, or book expenses that they will have this coming academic year.

Please join me in a warm round of applause for the outstanding students.

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Jack QuinlanJuly 28
Sandy StevensJuly 28
Dan BeckJuly 29
Steve LinderJuly 30
James SchumacherJuly 30
John PowellJuly 30

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Donna RobinsonJuly287/28/199723
Kathy McAlpineJuly317/31/20182
Myron RheaumeAugust18/1/198733

Happy Bucks

No Happy Bucks this week.

Thank You Notes sent to CNO

No Thank You Notes received this week.

CNO Donations 2013 through June 2020

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

Over 50 years, we have donated close to $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $753,000.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Welcome Guests!

No Guests this week.

New Member Readings and Inductions

No Readings or Inductions 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.

July 21, 2020 – Our Special Guest – Optimist International President Adrian Elcock!

Announcements

Tom Novak thanked Tom McBride of State Farm Insurance in Kettering for choosing the Centerville Noon Optimist Club’s Avenue of Flags program to receive a $500 grant from State Farm.

Happy Birthday Sue Brubaker

Sue Brubaker’s 70th birthday was on 7/16/2020. We all celebrated her seven-decade milestone by singing “Happy Birthday” to her. If I told you that we sang beautifully would you believe me? It would be a lie, but I just wondered! Even with the low quality of singing Sue still seemed to enjoy it. Thank you, Sue Brubaker, for everything you have done for the youth in our community and our club.

Adrian Elcock, 2019-2020 President of Optimist International

Greg Griffin introduced Adrian Elcock, the 2019-2020 President of Optimist International. He spoke to us today from his home in Barbados.

Adrian has met many CNO members before. He attended the Great Ohio District convention in August, 2019, which was right after the Oregon District shootings. He was impressed how well Daytonian’s were doing and helping each after the tragedy. He really enjoyed the trip where he was treated and fed very well. He said his trip to Dayton was one of the best trips he has taken on Optimist business.

None of us expected what 2020 has brought to the world. He is impressed how well CNO has adapted. He is impressed with the legacy of the Centerville Noon Optimist. He mentioned he is impressed with the CNO 2.0 club within a club that CNO created.

He said we have done well, but there is always room for improvement. He asked that we set benchmarks of achievement as a club.

Questions clubs should ask themselves

  • How many people can we serve?
  • How can we improve the community?
  • How many members can we add and retain?

Adrian’s theme for the Optimist 2019-2020 year is “iMagine”. He and his team have been re-imagining all aspects of Optimist International and its local clubs. They are working on improvements and innovations, including digital, financial (including money raised and money given), and marketing. They are working to create a stronger, more resilient organization that is responsive to its members and the work we do. Up until recently, 98% of the revenue for OI is dues received from local clubs and this is not sustainable. OI recently was able to raise a million dollars that they will invest to help the long-term financial health of OI.

He is continuing to work with initiatives from previous presidents (RUSO) that is looking at the organizational structure of OI. They have started a pilot program to create a federation structure, allowing major geographical areas to be more autonomous. This will facilitate an expansion into Europe. Currently worldwide, out of 49 districts, only 19 districts have a strong or moderate chance of continuing successfully. Not every district has done as well as the Great Ohio District. At some level, the current district structure is failing. The OI board is trying to solve how to improve failing districts

Optimist International Initiatives and Programs

  • OI has hired a full-time social media strategist. Social media engagements have doubled, and they have a written social media strategy.
  • Member retention is a focus. Retention has been improved from the typical 84% to 90% in the last year. How can you attract new members if you do not make current members happy?
  • On the website a learning management system is accessible worldwide.
  • Ongoing digital transformation projects are happening. Projects include a new website, mobile apps, video conferencing and learning management webinar modules. They are trying to use technology to be more accessible and to improve efficiency.
  • A new method of joining an Optimist club has been created called “Members at Large.” Social media is reaching those that do not have a local club nearby. Anyone can now become an Optimist by signing up directly with Optimist International.

Optimist clubs do great work. We raise 78 million per year through 2500 clubs and 65,000 members.

He said that without imagination, we are incapable of dreaming. We are people that can overcome obstacles. If humans create a problem, then humans can overcome it. We must continue to make a difference to the children in our community. Millions of children live better because of the work of Optimist Clubs.

Adrian concluded his speech with a quote from Edward Everett Hale, “I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything; but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”

Comments from CNO Members after the presentation

Beth Duncan told Adrian that she thought the recent international virtual meeting went really well. If it had not been virtual, she would not have been able to attend.

Judy DeMarco said that some of her and Gary’s best friends have come through their CNO membership. Adrian said he too has built lifetime friendships through being an Optimist. He said his local Barbados club has not been gathering as much as we have. He will try and use our social distancing committee model to improve connections between members.

Cherie Gentry said that recordings of training classes are great. The bonus is they can be used over and over. Adrian said technology is important to the future of Optimist International and its local clubs.

Myron Rheaume said thanks to Adrian for his “iMagine” theme. He appreciates that “iMagine” is embodied into Myron’s them of “iMagine the Power of You.” Adrian said he knows of CNO’s work with adding clubs with members with disabilities. Optimist international has been given a grant to be used in its efforts to help those with autism.

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Steve RauJuly 23
Mike YoderJuly 24
Phil RobinsonJuly 26
Kathy KleinJuly 26
Jerry StahleyJuly 27
David DuncombeJuly 27
Katie CallowayJuly 27

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
John ShermanJuly247/24/200911
David BrookmanJuly277/27/20119
Jim LongJuly277/27/20155
Donna RobinsonJuly287/28/199723
Kathy McAlpineJuly317/31/20182
Myron RheaumeAugust18/1/198733
Sue JesseeJuly187/18/20182
Steve MockJuly197/19/199624
Tom LakesJuly197/19/20173
Marge BackJuly207/20/20164

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Bob Bargmeyer$6 for his 6th anniversary of being a member of the Centerville Noon Optimist club.
Greg GriffinThanks to current Optimist International President, Adrian Elcock, for speaking to us today.

Thank You Notes sent to CNO

No Thank You Notes received this week.

CNO Donations 2013 through June 2020

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

Over 50 years, we have donated close to $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $753,000.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Welcome Guests!

No Guests this week.

New Member Readings and Inductions

No Readings or Inductions 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.