CNOtes – October 8, 2019 – Montgomery County Prosecutor – Mat Heck

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, everyone has a computer now, even 5 yr. olds. Some of us are 3 generations behind the 5 yr. olds and are happy justto know where the delete key is. You see, we know that Adam and Eve were the first people that didn’t read the apples terms and conditions. Mistakes are our best learning tool and at the same time our most embarrassing moments. When we make a faux pas, Optimism tells us to press on to greater achievements in the future. We don’t need a computer to do that. Amen!


Today’s Guests – WELCOME!

Guest Guest Of
Darrel Basford Myron Rheaume
Amy Bromberg Mike Bevis
Brian Chastain Joe Cantrell
Marie Glaser John Horner
Mat Heck Speaker
Stephanie McKenzie Christy Gariety
Pam Tipps Mike Bevis
Andrea White Jim Long

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Special Announcement

Two students from CHS, Nikhil Desai and Jacob Myers, attended today’s meeting on behalf of Centerville High School Spirit Chain.

Money raised during this year’s Spirit Chain activities will benefit BOGG Ministries, Shoes 4 the Shoeless and Cooperative for Education. Spirit Chain is a friendly, annual competition between CHS and Fairmont High School to raise money for charity.

Our members today donated $905 and the club agreed to match it for a total for $1810.

Congratulations Liz Fultz!

Liz Fultz has been appointed as director of the Washington-Centerville Public Library. Liz has been an awesome member of CNO since November 2015. She just completed 2 years as a CNO board member. Congratulations Liz! The library and our community are lucky to have you take over as director.

Upcoming Community Events

10/15/2019 and 10/16/2019 – Haunted Trail at Forest Field Park.

Info for Volunteers for Haunted Trail

Gail Aiken said to please show up early and that she still needs more volunteers.

Social Events

  • 11/8/2019 – 6 PM, Friday, Euchre party at TBD
  • 12/10/2019 – 6 PM, Tuesday, Holiday Party at Yankee Trace

Committee Meetings

  • 10/10/2019 – 6 PM, The next committee meeting for Child Health and Wellness will be at Panera in Centerville. Nancy Lehren is the chair. All are welcome to come and/or join the committee. Meetings are generally held the second Thursday of each month.

Committee Announcements

Myron Rheaume announced the next Great Ohio District quarterly meeting is November 2, 2019 in Dublin, OH. The keynote speaker will be Ickey Woods.

Mat Heck, Montgomery County Prosecuting Attorney

Gary Aiken introduced Montgomery County Prosecuting Attorney Mathias H. Heck Jr. He has held this elected position  since 1992. He graduated from Chaminade High School in 1965. He was a law clerk for the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office from 1966-1972. He graduated from Georgetown University Law Center, Washington D.C. in 1972. Between 1972 and 1992 he served as Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Montgomery County.

He told us that if the prosecutor’s office was a law firm, it would be the largest law firm in Montgomery County. They have 70 lawyers and 70 support staff.

They process 5000 felony cases per year. They do not handle misdemeanor cases as they are handled at the municipal cities and townships. They also handle thousands of juvenile related felonies.

Mat explained that their job is to use evidence to determine if a case should be prosecuted. His team abides by the policy of you are innocent until proven guilty. If they don’t think a suspect can be proven guilty then they don’t bring the case.

As a prosecutor, he has a specific purpose and follows a code of ethics. They are seeking the truth. They don’t charge people until there is enough evidence. This can take a long period of time. Once they have gathered the evidence and there is enough to charge someone with a crime, they let the public know who is charged and why. If they charge someone, they truly believe they are guilty and will be found guilty. Once charged the person must either plead guilty or there be a trial.

They have a diversion program to help those who may never cause a problem again. For offenders of non-violent crimes that also have no prior convictions they will check with the victim. If the victim agrees to the diversion and the offender makes full restitution, then they are potentially eligible for the diversion program and won’t be prosecuted. The offender will do community service. They also must stay out of trouble for the next three years. If they don’t satisfy any of these requirements, they will be prosecuted for the crime.

If a person is 14 years or older then the prosecutor’s office can choose to try them as an adult. They consider many things when determining if a juvenile will be tried as an adult. Currently a juvenile is being tried as an adult for the “Alter Fest” homicide in 2016.  On August 31, 2019 a juvenile Dunbar high school football player head-butted a game official causing a concussion and they want him tried as an adult.

In recent years there have been many more offenses committed by juveniles. More kids now have no respect for parents, schools, or authorities. Juveniles need to be held responsible for their actions.

Because of the “Alter Fest” homicide the office was inspired to start some programs to prevent crimes by juveniles.

They have started going to the homes of children who are absent from school. Often grade schoolers answer the door. The reason they give for not being in school is that they must stay home to watch their younger siblings. They don’t want to jail the parents. They want to solve the problem. Every day kids are removed from homes because of neglect. Some 16 year olds are having their second or third child.

The prosecutor’s office wants to help so they are offering free services. They are teaching parents how to be parents. They offer transportation to and from school. They want the kids in school. We need kids to get an education. It is when the juveniles are not in school and not busy that they get into trouble.

Part of the prosecutor office job is to provide victim advocates. Services are offered during and after the case is complete. His advocates were down at the Oregon District very soon after the shooting. They are still helping victim’s families deal with the situation.

They handle cases where the county is being sued or needs to sue and they have an appellate division that handles appeals.

Mat is one of the founders of Care House. It is a local child advocacy group located next to Children’s hospital. They help protect the kids and prevent future abuse.

Mat said the job can be difficult for him and his team. He tells his lawyers that there is life after law. He tries to get them involved in the community so they can see some good.

Mat said he and his team are here to help.

Thank you, Mat, for speaking to us today.

Phone Numbers and Contacts at the Prosecutors Office

  • Main number is 937-225-5757
  • Elder Abuse Unit is 937-225-5603 (to report elder abuse or neglect)
  • Consumer Fraud Unit is 937-225-4747 (to report fraud, such as contractors that don’t complete paid for projects, etc.)
  • Victim/Witness Division is 937-225-5623 (for victims of rape, this is a 24-hour crisis line. They also provide services for victims of crime, especially violent crimes)
  • Child Abuse Bureau is 937-641-4545 (to report child abuse or neglect. You can also call 937-225-KIDS to report suspected abuse or neglect)

General email address for all inquiries is

CNO Donations 2013 through June 2019

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 $700,000.


Member Birthday
Christy Gariety October 09
Laurie Westheimer October 9
Paula Kalaman October 09
Dav Bremer October 11
Steve Campbell October 11
Donna Robinson October 14
Sue Jessee October 14

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Deb Saunders October 8 10/8/2016 3
Jesse Gaither October 8 10/8/2016 3
Jim Mogan October 8 10/8/2016 3
Rachel Selby October 8 10/8/2016 3
Becky Keegan October 12 10/12/2018 1

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Will Pace Evelyn Griffin  Induction
Louise Haun Mike Bevis Second Reading
Andy Higgins Mike Brubaker Second Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Jay McAlpine In Dayton Daily News photo about the Greek Festival he was incognito with his hat shading his face and for not bringing us sample sweets from the Greek Festival
Chris McAlpline Not in family photo in the Dayton Daily News about the Greek Festival
Charlie Tapp Calling Sgt Donna “old” and trying to cover it up by calling Sgt Brandon “young”
Jean Pummill In absentia fined while on vacation and missing first two meetings of the new optimist year; The Sgts consulted with Judge Long for the vocabulary and to make sure it was okie dokie
Liz Fultz Being an “Overachiever” for becoming the Library’s new Director
Liz Fultz Maintaining a youthful look after a 25 year career at the library and only looking 24
Joe Kronenberger Fined for never doing anything to be fined for
Myron Rheaume Mispronounced Roland Rapp’s first name (correct pronunciation is “RAWLand”)

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Charlie Tapp Celebrating 50th wedding anniversary with Wanda
Don Kelley Celebrating 36th wedding anniversary with Sandy
Don Kelley Great round of golf, he finally scored his age
Mary Madden Joe Madden has been wonderful taking care of her
Charlie Goodwin Had a great week with his three year old granddaughter, his son and daughter-in-law; It is an extra treat to see them since they live in Philadelphia
Bill Stone Glad to be back home after a great vacation with Kelly
Joan Cordonnier You can donate shoes at Up and Running or Bill’s Donuts
Myron Rheaume Carolyn Taylor was able to eat spaghetti without getting it on her clothes
Myron Rheaume His guest wasn’t fined when his phone rang during the meeting.
John Carroll Proud of the 2 students that came today asking for donations; He is positive they will be Optimists one day
Gary Smiga CNO matched the member donations of $905 for a total of $1810 to CHS Spirit Chain
Erin Dickerson 4 CNO members were present for the chartering of a new JOI club at 5 Points Elementary school with 42 members

CNOtes – October 1, 2019 – Club Day

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father practicing is an important part of life. It is in every aspect of our life. A goal towards perfection may never be attained but what we do, can be made better by practicing. All our efforts, physical, mental or whatever requires practice. I read that two minutes of laughing is equal to twenty minuets of jogging. So now I sit on the park bench and laugh at all the joggers. Thanks for having us practice Lord, and I pray everyone will enjoy laughing instead of jogging Amen!

Today’s Guests – WELCOME!

Guest Guest Of
Karrie Coggeshall Judy DeMarco
Tammie Ellerbe Marge Back
Ian Galbraith Pat Arehart
Andy Higgins Mike Brubaker
Dawayne Kirkman Debe Dockins
Marcia Tarkany Nick Tarkany

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Welcome to the New 2019-2020 Optimist Year

Today was Greg Griffin’s first meeting as president of the Centerville Noon Optimist Club. He showed us a two minute video posted today on YouTube called, “Happy New Optimist Year from International President Adrian Elcock”.

The meeting felt alive today. Great job Greg!

Upcoming Community Events

10/15/2019 and 10/16/2019 – Haunted Trail at Forest Field Park.

Upcoming Social Events

  • 10/10/2019 – ALL DAY, Keeneland Horse Racing, there will be a chartered bus
  • 11/8/2019 – 6 PM, Friday, Euchre party at TBD
  • 12/10/2019 – 6 PM, Tuesday, Holiday Party at Yankee Trace

Club Day

Greg Griffin said that once a month during his term will be “Club Day”. Instead of a normal speaker the meeting will concentrate on internal club activities and information.

Greg said that if you add up the years of service from current members of CNO you get 3,034 years!

Myron Rheaume, long term CNO member and the Governor of the Great Ohio District of Optimist International briefly spoke to us about his slogan, “iMagine the Power of YOU!”. Our club members use imagination and the power of you. The power of you individually and collectively enables our club to do all the good that it does for the youth of our community.

Happy Birthday Roy Barclay

Today is Roy Barclay’s birthday. Charlie Tapp led us in an outstandingly awful rendition of Happy Birthday. We really need to bring some earplugs to our meetings.

Shoe Donation Opportunity

Judy DeMarco introduced Karrie Coggeshall, a local Girl Scout leader. She is looking for donations of shoes to help offset the cost of being a member of Girl Scouts, Daisies and Brownies. If they collect at least 2500 pairs of shoes, her troop will receive funds from which is a leading shoe drive fundraising social enterprise in the U.S. Donations will help others and her troop at the same time.

Here is a copy of the flyer Karrie had on the tables at lunch. The fundraiser ends October 31, 2019.

Reading of the New Sergeant’s Disclaimer

The members serving as Sergeant at Arms for the quarter starting 10/1/2019 are Brandon Barrett and Donna Huss. The sergeants handed out numerous fines during today’s lunch and it was hilarious.

At the start of each quarter of the year a new pair of Sergeant’s at Arms come to power. Well this pair of sergeants is apparently paranoid about the shenanigans they will report on. They have a written disclaimer. To make sure we all knew about it, they had Kettering Municipal Court Judge and CNO member Jim Long read the disclaimer to the crowd at today’s lunch.

What follows is the complete disclaimer as read by Judge Long:


The Sergeants shall not be held liable for inaccurate, insensitive, defaming, or profane statements.

The Sergeants assume no responsibility or liability for any errors, omissions or incorrect opinions contained in the information supplied to the Sergeants by other Club members.

Furthermore, the Sergeants assume no responsibility for the truth or accuracy of any information which is offered to the Sergeants by other Club members.

Responsibility for the truth or accuracy of the information given to the Sergeants lies solely with the “SNITCH” who ratted you out to the Sergeants.

No money exchanged hands, except for the fined party making restitution by offering a dollar.

Statements made by the Sergeants are probably fictional – but on rare occasions something a Sergeant says might be true.  In either case, the Statements are in no way intended to do harm to the reputation of any fellow Club member.

Finally, the Sergeants are not responsible for any misinterpretation of the information offered to support a fine — which may differ from the meaning the Sergeant intended.

The information contained in this disclaimer is provided res ipsa loquitur, caveat emptor, de minimis non curat lex and pro se.

There is no guarantee of accuracy or even of usefulness …

Well, there is one guarantee:  All fine money paid to the Sergeants will be used to support the good work of Optimist International.


Next Week’s Speaker

Montgomery County Prosecuting attorney Matt Heck will be next week’s guest speaker.

CNO Donations 2013 through June 2019

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 $700,000.


Member Birthday
Mike Fanelli October 01
Roy Barclay October 01
Chris Smith October 3
Tom Brozich October 3
Jack Grady October 6
Jane Orr October 6
Rachel Selby October 07

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Karl Frydryk October 1 10/1/1988 31
Ken Irwin October 2 10/2/2012 7
Larry Larrimer October 2 10/2/2012 7
Rick Kempfer October 2 10/2/2012 7
Christy Gariety October 3 10/3/2011 8
Cristlyn Johnston October 4 10/4/2010 9
Valorie Huff October 7 10/7/2004 15

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
JC Jones Mike Bevis Induction
Carol Smerz Wendy Hattan Induction
Louise Haun Mike Bevis First Reading
Andy Higgins Mike Brubaker First Reading
Dawayne Kirkman Debe Dockins Second Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Brian Nolan Failure to portray a tall, dark and extremely handsome image as most models do. Do you not use By the Blade for your haircuts?
Pat Behn Mixing up gifts at the installation dinner.
Gary Smiga Not arriving early to the installation dinner with the credit card machine.
Gary Smiga Being pictured for SICSA with a “Pooper Scooper” when you were supposed to be breaking ground.
Gary Smiga Being pictured with the Dayton Food Bank where the caption read “Rotary Club”.
Roland Rapp Failure to remind Gary Smiga to get to the installation dinner early with the credit card machine.
Greg Griffin No gift for outgoing president’s husband.
Greg Griffin Forgetting to bring the “big” check to the installation dinner for the photo opportunity with Hannah’s Treasure Chest.
Myron Rheaume Advising Wendy Hattan to stick a pin through her name badge.
Wendy Hattan Defacing her name badge per Myron’s advice. Back of her badge won’t scan now.
Tom Novak Playing the senior citizen card to steal the piece of pie he wanted from Brandon Barrett at the installation dinner.
Beth Duncan For not attending installation dinner while chair of the Social Committee.
Paula Kalaman Because John Kalaman was walking with a cane.
John Kalaman For thinking you were the boss at home.
Rick Altvater Showed up for lunch last week when it was cancelled because the installation dinner was that evening.

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Joan Cordonnier Worried that she sells running shoes and Phather Phil has given people holy reasons to laugh instead of run.
Myron Rheaume $3, $1 each for today being his First Day of Governor, in 365 days he will be the past governor, and for being cancer free for 23 years. He said, “get a colonoscopy!”
Jesse Gaither For being able to attend today’s meeting after having to miss several weeks while healing.
Brian Nolan Jesse Gaither attended meeting after absence.
Kelly George She is going to be District Chair of the essay contest. She needs someone to take over for the CNO essay contest.
Carolyn Taylor $10 for Jessie Gaither being at today’s meeting and for Sue Armstrong’s hospitality at Kettering Noon Optimist bingo fundraiser last Saturday that allowed her to win $10 by swapping cards.
Liz Fultz $6, $1 each for Diane Arehart, Patrick Arehart, Gary Smiga, Jesse Lightle, Craig Dring and David Ladd for going to the recent town hall meeting at Woodbourne library supporting Liz to be the new library director. She and two other candidates each gave slide presentations with commentary on why they would be the best candidate.
Julie Noeth To JC Jones, a new member who agreed to be the new CNO photographer.
Guest, Karrie Coggeshall  Appreciated being able to present information about her shoe fundraiser for Girl Scouts.
Beth Duncan Thanks for choosing her as Optimist of the Year.
Beth Duncan Diane Arehart and the rest of the Social Committee for putting on a great installation dinner when Beth was out of town.

CNOtes – Optimist 2.0 September 19, 2019 – UD Men’s Basketball Coach Anthony Grant – JD Legends

Guests and Members in Attendance

Katie Boeckman
Bob Burckle
Abby Davis
Donnie Evege
Anthony Grant
Christina Grant
Andy Higgins
Sarah Johnston
Ed Long
Lily McAlpine
Robert Moore
Ray Snedegar
Jill Tinnerman
Carol Weiland
Jack Anderson
Dan Apolito
Diane Arehart
Patrick Arehart
Tim Bemis
Paul Boeckman
Bob Collins
Shelby DiPasquale
Jeff Dundon
Greg Fay
Stan Fronzaglia
Evelyn Griffin
Greg Griffin
Cindy Harris
Mark Karns
Don Kelley
Scott Langer
Nancy Lehren
Chris McAlpine
Jay McAlpine
Kathy McAlpine
Jim Mogan
Denise O’Neil
Laurie Poeppelman
Jean Pummill
Vince Reidy
Wasfi Samman
Jerry Stahley
Bill Stone
Kelly Stone
Ron Tinnerman
Bob Foster
Cherie Gentry
Cheryl Probst
Brent Richburg

All Photos are Here

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

Tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was hosted by CNO member Wasfi Samaan at his establishment, JD Legends Entertainment complex, located 65 Millard Drive, Franklin OH. Thank you to the team at JD Legends for hosting us.

There was a 50/50 drawing won by Stan Fronzaglia.

There were 49 people at the meeting (35 members and 14 guests).

Greg Fay, the chair of CNO 2.0, thanked everyone for attending tonight. He also thanked CNO member Bill Stone for arranging tonight’s speaker, Anthony Grant.

CNO 2.0 Introduction

Greg Fay said that CNO 2.0 is a club within a club of the Centerville Noon Optimist club. We are a world class service organization. Being a member of either club allows their members all the same opportunities to participate in fundraising and club activities. CNO 2.0 was created nearly 3 years ago and is very much a part of the 51-year-old Centerville Noon Optimist Club. CNO has given away over $2 million during its history. CNO is a group of like-minded members that are passionate about helping youth and having fun in the process.

The speaker at each 2.0 meeting is someone with a local business success story.

Future meetings will be at Old Scratch Pizza in October or November and at Zink’s again soon.

Annual Fundraisers

  • Christmas Tree Lot
  • Avenue of Flags
  • Golf Outing

Major Activities for the youth in our community

  • Build-a-Bear at Children’s Hospital, 3 times a year
  • Fishing Derby in June
  • Kid’s day in the park in August
  • Easter Egg hunt

Upcoming Community Events

Denise O’Neil, chair of the Haunted trail event, said that the Haunted Trail event will be at Forest Field Park on 10/15/2019 and 10/16/2019. It is about a 1-mile walk and we need more volunteers for trail guides. There are also other volunteers needed to help with parking, refreshments and many other activities to pull this event off.

UD Flyers Coach Anthony Grant

Bill Stone introduced the 20th head coach of the University of Dayton’s Men’s Basketball team, Anthony Grant. Christina Grant, his wife, accompanied him to our meeting tonight.

Coach Grant thanked us for having him here to speak today. He said he was asked to talk about the path his life took to get to where he is now as head coach of UD’s Basketball team since 2017.

Anthony graduated from Miami Senior High School in Miami, Florida in 1983. At the age of 17, Anthony somehow convinced his parents he would be well taken care of in Dayton while attending the University of Dayton. This was not simple because they valued education way more than sports. He was a business major at UD. Don Donoher was his coach at UD and Anthony knows coach Donoher has been there for him.

Coach Grant tells his players that education is the most important thing. He said, “Eventually the ball stops bouncing.”

After graduating from UD, he played semi-pro basketball for a while. Soon, he got a call from a friend to be an assistant coach for JV at his former H.S., Miami Senior High School.

He liked the opportunity to coach because it was a way to still stay involved in basketball and see kids benefit from playing. For a lot of kids their best chance to succeed in school was to learn structure and discipline and to dream. His aim is to show them what a difference college can make to their future. He enjoys making a difference in their lives.

He coached at his high school until he was 26. He left when he was offered a head coach at another local high school. He credits numerous relationships for creating the paths he has taken to get coaching opportunities.

He was assistant coach at Marshall from 1994 to 1996.

He was assistant to Billy Donovan at the University of Florida for 10 years. The Gators won the 2006 NCAA title.

His first college head coach opportunity was a at VCU for 3 years. Then he was head coach at Alabama for 6 years. After that ended, he and his family had resolved to move back to Gainesville. Before they moved though, he got an opportunity to be assistant coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

After hearing that Archie Miller left UD in 2017, he had not thought at all about being the new coach. However, he got a phone call from Neil Sullivan, the UD Director of Athletics, to discuss the possibility. After a couple more days he was offered the job. Anthony had concerns that too much of the reason he was being offered the job was for being a UD Alumni. He asked Neil to be sure they were basing their decision on what is best for the Flyers, not what is best for himself. Neil assured Anthony that he is the best choice.

Anthony said he has seen many areas of our country. He says what we have here in Dayton is truly special. The Dayton fans are the difference he said.

He discussed sporting events. He said at the end of the day, winning matters. He said, “Everyone wants to win.” Beyond winning though sports are important for the community. It is something that gets people to come together. There is joy in watching a kid see a game for the first time.

Sporting events can be a great escape. Watching a game can distract you for a few hours from having to deal with issues you might be having. He tells his players that they are making a difference in people’s lives.

At UD this coming season, Anthony said that there are 11 players who are on scholarship at UD. He thinks they now have some depth. They have the option to have 13 scholarship players, but they made a conscience choice to only have 11. He said it is hard to play more than 11 guys and it is also difficult to keep 11 guys happy, let alone 13.

Practice will start on October 1, 2019. Before October 1st, players are limited to 8 hours per week. They spend an hour a day for 4 days a week in the weight room and they also spend 2 hours for 2 days a week on the court.

Anthony and Christina’s two oldest children are currently students at UD. His family is happy here and he plans to stay with UD for quite a while.

He said that team culture is very important. If you have a great game plan it won’t work if the culture is not right. There must be integrity, commitment, and teamwork for a team to succeed.

Anthony’s goal is to have championship caliber teams. It is important to get into the NCAA tournament as often as possible. The more times you are in it, the better the chance of winning it. You just might get the right matchups and the right games and win it.

He was asked who the team captains will be this year. He said the guys get to vote on this.

Anthony said the players know what the standards are and what we want to achieve. All the players must sacrifice and realize they are better when working together. Good teams become great teams when the players do what the coach requests which can mean giving up court time.

He noted that this year is the only year he will have this team. Every year the team needs dynamic changes, so adjustments are made every season.

Jack Anderson asked coach Grant which players were the most difficult to deal with as their coach. Anthony said some players came to mind, but he declined to share those thoughts.

After Anthony was done, Bill Stone spoke again and thanked Anthony for the great talk and for taking the time. Bill also said that after 3 years of construction, the newly remodeled University of Dayton Stadium will be rededicated on November 9, 2019. It is the 50th anniversary of the UD Stadium.

CNO Donations 2013 through June 2019

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 $700,000.

CNOtes – September 24, 2019 – Installation of 2019-20 Club Officers & Board of Directors

Board and President Installation Dinner for 2019-2020 Year

On Tuesday, September 24, 2018, there was no lunch meeting. Instead we had a wonderful evening of feast and fellowship at The Presidential Banquet Center. This was a great night to celebrate the past year and to look forward to the next year. This is the end of the Centerville Noon Optimist Presidential year for Donna Huss and we welcomed 2019-2020 President Greg Griffin! He is the 52nd CNO President. New board members and vice-presidents were also installed this evening.

The social committee, co-chaired by Beth Duncan and Diane Arehart, put on a great party. The centerpieces looked fantastic and the room just looked coordinated. We started with appetizers then we had food catered by Kohler Catering. The food was great. Just like a lunch meeting, we started with a prayer and proudly recited The Pledge of Allegiance.

Bob Burkman was the Emcee for the evening. Bob did a fantastic job!

Phather Phil’s Prayer

This is the night we celebrate the successes of the year. We had another great year. All of our fundraisers were over the top in effort and results. The double bonus of all this has been the great feeling of being blessed by what we do and the relationship we have with one another.

Every year we have had a great leader to carve the way. This year it was the good witch that waved her magic over us and made us feel it was all our idea. Donna Huss rode the horse side saddle when she took over. She did it with grace but had a firm hand on the reins and let’s not forget her humor and her smile. You’ve earned our kudos, Donna, and we are proudly putting you out to pasture. Neighing not a thing you did for the kids and for us. We know you can still cut the mustard. You’re just tired from spreading it around.

Fortunately, we have another rider to lead us onward and upward, Greg Griffin. Greg is a talented Optimist and has all the experience needed. He excelled in all the positions that brought him to this point. May the good Lord bless you and increase your spirit of Optimism for our mission for the kids. May your neighs be nil and far between. Amen!

Tonight’s Guests – WELCOME!

Dan Arrowood
Anna Bargmeyer
Terry Bevis
Sylvia Cale
Jenny Davis
Nancy Hansen
Patrick MacKenzie
Pam  Merl
Stuart Merl
Steve O’Neil
Tom  Stauffer
Bev Reno
Pam  Smiga
Sheila Wasmund
Karen Collins
Bill Taylor

All Photos from the Evening are Here

Happy Birthday Bill Taylor

Today was Carolyn Taylor’s husband Bill’s birthday. Charlie Tapp graciously volunteered to lead our choir in the painful, non-melodic mess it always is. Based on Bill’s expression and the look of wondering what was happening to his ears, I’m pretty sure Bill had never heard about how this birthday treat goes.

After the completion of the song, Bill said, “You as a group sang better than I do. And if you don’t believe me, ask my wife.” I hope I never hear him sing.

Tonight’s Installation Program

The emcee for tonight was Bob Burkman. He said, “Studies show that Optimists live 18% longer than pessimists. An example of long-lived Optimism is Phather Phil Robinson who will deliver our invocation.”

Next, Bob invited Donna up to tell a joke. She hasn’t had as much time as she would have liked each week to tell a joke, but this one was very funny!

Bob put on some Groucho Marx novelty glasses and said, “The late comedian Groucho Marx once commented ‘I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member.’ Perhaps Groucho would not have cared to join ‘The best Optimist Club in the World’. No great loss. We’ve got Joe Madden”

Bob went over some statistics from Donna’s year

  • Net gain of 26 members and 4 Friends of Optimist
  • Optimist 2.0 grew by 17 new members
  • The St Leonard Club has 15 members
  • We have started a special needs Optimist club, Partners, where Scott Rheaume is both Treasurer and Secretary

Each of the three major fundraisers have produced record revenues

  • Christmas Tree lot income was $109,000. It is led by Karl Frydryk and Greg Griffin with a lot of help from Gary Aiken who supposedly retired from the event.
  • Avenue of Flags, led by Tom Novak, Mike Brubaker and Bob Burkman, now delivers 2,400+ flags.
  • The Golf outing raised $45,000. It is chaired by Mike Bevis, Sarah Umbreit, Vince Reidy, Steve Kohls and Deb Ulrich

To date, CNO has contributed over $2 million to our community. Bob said, “It is important to note that none of these accomplishments would be possible without the thousands of hours that you and I volunteer to pull off these fundraisers and conduct our youth activities.”

Bob Burkman introduced incoming Great Ohio District governor, our very own Myron Rheaume. Myron discussed how our club uses its imagination and the “Power of You.” The power of you individually and collectively enables our club to do all the good that it does for the youth of our community.

His slogan as Governor of the Great Ohio District is “Imagine the Power of You!”

Great Ohio District Governor Designate Myron Rheaume and Ohio Zone 14 Lt. Governor Pat Behn swore in and installed the officers and board of directors for the 2019-2020 Optimist year.

  • President, Greg Griffin
  • Vice Presidents, Diane Arehart and Gary Hansen
  • Secretary, Jean Pummill
  • Treasurer, Roland Rapp
  • President Elect, Debe Dockins
  • Immediate past president, Donna Huss
  • Past Presidents’ Representative, Myron Rheaume

Newly elected to the board of directors are Amy Barker, James Long, Denise O’Neil, Vince Reidy, Carolyn Taylor and Greg Wasmund.

Board of director members with one year left in the position are Beth Duncan, Jane Fiehrer, Jesse Gaither and Sarah Umbreit.

Passing of the Gavel and Pinning the New President

After the introduction of the new board members and before inducting Greg Griffin as the 52nd President of CNO, there was the traditional passing of the gavel. Bob brought up all the previous presidents to form a line at the front of the room in the order they served.

The gavel was passed from one previous president to another, ending with Donna Huss passing the gavel to new President Greg Griffin for Optimist year 2019-2020. Then Myron pinned Greg Griffin to officially make him president of our club.

Greg Griffin said, “What an honor it is to be picked as president of the largest Optimist Club in the world out of 2500 clubs.” Greg thanked his wife Evelyn Griffin for all the help and support. Greg told us what he told Chuck Dickerson when Chuck was very sick, “You know when you get to heaven you will be shown every kid that you have helped.” Greg has a slogan for his year, “Live the WOW life”. WOW is an acronym for “Why Optimism Works.” He said, “We think optimistically and encourage kids to think optimistically.” We need to think even bigger than we already do.  Greg said, “Thank you all. You, the members, are the stars.”

Greg’s first official act was to present a check to Hannah’s Treasure Chest. He presented a ceremonial check for $5100. The actual check was given during the summer as it was needed immediately to help after the 2019 Memorial Day tornados. The Interim Executive Director, Dr. Stuart Merl accepted the check on behalf of Hannah’s Treasure Chest. Their mission is to enrich children and he said clubs like ours are truly working together for similar purposes. Part of HTC’s mission is to help alleviate poverty in our community.

Over the course of a year they help over 5000 children. One in three families in our area needs help. Money goes for purchasing diapers, car seats and cribs. Statistics show that children who don’t have to live in poverty lead better lives as adults.

Next, Donna Huss took the microphone. She told some masterful jokes. She thanked her husband, Ray Huss, for putting up with her extra duties for the last year.

The outgoing president gets to choose recipients of the “Rookie of the Year Award”. Donna chose Carolyn Taylor and Andy Dickerson. To earn this award in your first year as a member, you must participate on a committee, a community activity and sponsor a new member.

Next, she gave a Presidents Citation award to Gary Smiga who has been the CNO club treasurer since 2010 and is now retiring from this post. Roland Rapp is taking over for the 2019-2020 year.

The recipient of the Optimist of the Year award is Beth Duncan. Beth was given this award a week early since she should could not attend tonight’s celebration. Donna read the beautiful thank you note Beth sent to her thanking everyone for the honor of being chosen as Optimist of the Year.

Next, Donna Huss recognized her board of directors and officers. She thanked them with some gifts as gratitude for their help with her year as president.

  • Treasurer, Gary Smiga.
  • Club Secretary, Jean Pummill
  • Vice-presidents, Debe Dockins and Jack Anderson
  • Past Presidents’ Representative, Myron Rheaume
  • Immediate past president, Chris McAlpine

Board of Directors: Liz Fultz, Gary Hansen, Bob Lawson, Don Massie, Roland Rapp, Diane Arehart, Beth Duncan, Jane Fiehrer, Jesse Gaither and Sarah Umbreit.

Donna also recognized and presented gifts to all committee chairs and co-chairs.

Special Recognition

Donna gave special recognition to Mike Bevis for helping her with building the St Leonard Club.

Donna also had a special presentation for 2019-2020 president, Greg Griffin.


In closing, Donna said there is current song out there called, “Hey Look Ma I Made It.” It inspired her to say, “Look ma I didn’t destroy the club!”

After Donna was done, Greg Griffin showed a video he produced as a tribute to Donna. The background music was the song “Donna” by Ritchie Valens. It was a great tribute and the perfect song.

After the video, Myron Rheaume said, “But wait, there’s more.” He presented Donna a plaque for outstanding leadership. He also presented her with a lifetime membership to Optimist International.

Bob Burkman’s closing remark was a quote from Groucho Marx. “I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.”

Then we cheerfully recited the Optimist Creed.

It was a great evening. Thank you to everyone who made it great. Thanks to everyone in our club that makes it possible to do the good we do. Thank you, Donna Huss, and we look forward to another great year under the leadership of Greg Griffin, his team and our members!

CNO Donations 2013 through June 2019

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 $700,000.


CNOtes – September 17, 2019 – Dr. Rob Lober – Dayton Children’s Hospital – Beth Duncan – Optimist of the Year

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father bless us sinners as we eat our dinners.  Amen!

Today’s Guests – WELCOME!

Guest Guest Of
Vickie Catron June Bosworth
Faye Duncan Brian Nolan
Ron Duncan Brian Nolan
Jeff Garnica Golf Sponsor
Andy Higgins Mike Brubaker
Tom Kennedy Myron Rheaume
Dawayne Kirkman Debe Dockins
Dr. Rob Lober Speaker
Mark Morris Golf Sponsor

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Thank You 2018-2019 President Donna Huss

Today’s lunch was the last lunch of Donna Huss’s year as president of the awesome Centerville Noon Optimist Club. Thank you, Donna, for a great year. CNO is now the largest Optimist club in the world and arguably the best. Please accept our gratitude and enjoy your semi-retirement.

Optimist of the Year Presentation

During lunch today, the Optimist of the Year was presented. Last year’s recipients, Diane Arehart and Greg Fay, presented the award.

The 2018-2019 Optimist of the Year recipient is Beth Duncan. Congratulations Beth, you are more than deserving of this award.

The Optimist of the Year Award is chosen at a special meeting arranged and hosted by the previous year’s recipients. The voting group is composed of previous recipients of the award.

Beth joined CNO in 2016. Since then, some of the activities she has volunteered for are Avenue of Flags, Build a Bear, Easter Egg Hunt and the Fishing Derby.

She is the Chair of the Social Committee and she is a Christmas Tree Lot Captain.

Beth has served on our Board of Directors and has been involved with the Golf Committee, the Junior Golf Committee and the 2.0 Committee.

Beth and her company Lizard Apparel and Promotions have been generous in donating apparel for different club functions including our golf outings.

Upcoming Community Events

10/15/2019 and 10/16/2019 – Haunted Trail at Forest Field Park.

Upcoming Social Events

  • 10/10/2019 – ALL DAY, Keeneland Horse Racing, there will be a chartered bus
  • 11/8/2019 – 6 PM, Friday, Euchre party at TBD
  • 12/10/2019 – 6 PM, Tuesday, Holiday Party at Yankee Trace

Dayton Children’s Hospital Presentation

Mike Bevis introduced pediatric neurosurgeon Rob Lober, MD, PhD and Rachel Selby, Philanthropy Officer from Dayton Children’s Hospital. Rachel is also a member of CNO. Dr. Lober and Rachel were here today to accept two checks from CNO, one check for $14,500 from the proceeds of the golf outing and another check for $5000 which was the fifth check we pledged to give over five years in 2015.

Dr. Lober served his residency at Stanford Hospitals and Clinics in Stanford, California. He earned his medical degree and a PhD in Biomedical science at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Georgia. Dr. Lober is a member of the Scientific Committee for The Children’s Brain Tumor Tissue Consortium.

Read Dr. Lober’s complete bio on Dayton Children’s Hospital website.

Dayton Children’s Hospital is on the front lines of Brain Tumor research. Some of the major research for pediatric brain tumors is happening right here in Dayton and contributing internationally.

You can view the slide presentation here 

Dayton Children’s Hospital (DCH) is unique in the world. When Dr. Lober was hired about 30 other experts in their fields were also hired. DCH is a model for hospitals that can help kids locally.

The occurrence of pediatric cancer is rarer than adult cancers, but the successful cure rate for many types of pediatric cancer is now much higher. Because of research, pediatric treatments of pediatric leukemias are very successful. The rarer brain tumors now kill more children than leukemia. Research has helped, but we need more research into pediatric brain tumors.  Unfortunately, there has not been significant breakthroughs in decades. He wants to change this.

Dr. Lober’s plan starts with wasting nothing. Instead of disposing of removed tumors, they keep every bit of tissues and fluid’s and make them available to any research facilities for free. The policy is free and open access to the saved materials. Several other organizations have joined this effort. This project is called the Living Biobank at Dayton Children’s.

Every patient and their families so far have agreed to the removed materials. Most of the time there is no direct benefit to the donating patient. One child called his tumor a “Growbot” and he knew he was going to die from his tumor. But he knew his “Growbot” would one day help many other children. Donating a “Growbot” will not help him, but it may help another child and family one day. Dr. Lober’s group has become experienced at culturing and growing the tumors after removal for sharing with other researchers. They are 100% supported by philanthropy. This is all great because in the past there was a financial opportunity that was holding back research.

Dr. Lober has a 20-year plan of establishing a pipeline for the tissue specimen transfers. Other hospitals have started sending their removed tissues. He wants to improve the science of tissue culture and banking. He wants to expand the application of culture tissues. They are in preliminary talks with the Broad Institute that can culture samples in up to 60 different environments. He wants to find numerous chemotherapies to cure children with these tumors.

Dr. Lober explained some things that makes DCH great. DCH has 2 full pediatric surgeons. DCH provides the greatest care a child can get. They have the latest in advanced robotics. Soon they are getting the latest tissue diagnostic equipment. This will enable results in 3 minutes instead of 5 days. This increases the safety and the accuracy of tumor removal.

The government is not running this research. It is because of donations form groups like CNO that allows Dayton Children’s to make the progress it has. He said he truly thanks us.


Article about 12-year-old boy helping Dayton Children’s effort to cure brain cancer

4.5-minute Video about Dayton Children’s tumor tissue bank

Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf 2019 Report

Donna introduced Mike Bevis, the chair of the golf committee. Mike mentioned that 2019 marks the 28th year this CNO fundraiser has been held. Mike has been the chair for 16 years.

Mike started by thanking all members of the Centerville Noon Optimist club. It is not just a committee project. The whole club is asked and steps up by donating gift cards, wines, and time. He also thanked his committee members.

Additionally, Mike thanked members who purchased foursomes. CNO Member Don Kelley has participated in the event all 28 years.

Following are notes Mike Bevis used when presenting his 2019 report

Good afternoon and thank you Donna for the time today to thank everyone for their efforts on the 28th annual 2019 Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf Classic. This is a fun day to celebrate and recognize those who work so hard especially during this record year.

It has been two months since that hot day in July. We’ve had some time to reflect on our success. Every year we spend more than six months planning this event and of course, we spend the same amount of time asking you to volunteer, golf, sponsor and donate. So, as you can see, this is a total club project. Thank you to everyone for working so hard to help with this effort. With more than 1,000 golf outings each year it seems to get tougher each year.  But with your help and Sycamore Creek CC, we had another excellent year.

We brought in 148 golfers and delivered almost $45,000 (Last year was $36,000) in revenue for our club.

Committee Members

Co-Chairs – Sarah Umbreit, Vince Reidy, Steve Kohls, Deb Ulrich

Team leaders – Pat Behn, Val Huff, Ellie Parker, Bob Burkman, Gary DeMarco

Denise O’Neill and Fred of Dorothy Lane Market, Woeber’s , Mike-Sells Potato Chips, Montgomery Inn and Pepsi

Judy DeMarco, Barbara Santo, Sue Brubaker and Vida McDowell   

Chris Ziehler, June Bosworth, Charlie Tapp, Beth Duncan, Bob Foster, Wendy Hatton, Jean Pummill, and Deb Saunders and more than 50 other volunteers who gave their talent and time to help on July 15.

While our committee steers the success of this event, our sponsors are the people who provide the dollars to help drive our programs and our support for Dayton Children’s annually.

Five Star and Master’s sponsors

  • 1-800-GOT-Junk and You Move Me
  • McAfee Heating and Air
  • Bill’s Donuts                
  • Remodeling Designs                
  • WesBanco
  • Secure Future Advisors – Mark Morris
  • Dorothy Lane Market
  • First Financial Bank
  • Montgomery Inn
  • Monica Stomps CPA

Hole in One Sponsors

  • James Free Jewelers
  • Matt Castrucci Auto Mall
  • Performance Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram

Cart Sponsors

  • Mike Houser of Houser Asphalt and Concrete
  • Infiniti of Dayton
  • State Farm Jim Slatt
  • Parallel Advisors
  • Tinnerman Insurance

Goody bag sponsors

  • Dayton Children’s Hospital
  • Woeber’s Mustard
  • Mike-Sells Potato Chips
  • Montgomery Inn BBQ

Masters and Double Eagle Sponsors

  • Voss Auto Network
  • Abbey Credit Union
  • Woeber’s Mustard – Wally Miller
  • Star Cartage – Joe Collins

Eagle and Other Sponsors

  • Allstate Insurance – Andy Harmon
  • A-Abel
  • Bar Codes Unlimited – Craig
  • Brixey and Meyer
  • Buckeye Eco Care
  • Buckeye Home Health Care – Denise
  • Buckeye Senior Care
  • Buckeye Pools – Gary
  • Barker, Beck, Collins and Kronauge Insurance – Dan
  • Brendan Cunningham – Morgan Stanley
  • The Carpet Store
  • Mike’s Car Wash
  • Centerville Insurance
  • Coldwell Banker – Heritage Realtors- Vince and Wendy and Tim
  • Copp Integrated Systems
  • Dan Passidomo
  • DayAir Credit Union
  • Dayton Children’s Hospital – Rachel
  • Ethan Allen
  • Elliott Tool
  • Essential Irrigation and Landscaping
  • Famous Restaurant
  • Graceworks – Bethany Village
  • Home City Ice
  • Incarnation Catholic School
  • Robert Jensen DDS
  • Landmark Title
  • Liberty Self Storage
  • LCNB Bank – J.C. Jones
  • Mercedes Benz of Centerville
  • Turf Nerd
  • Jack Anderson– Merrill Lynch
  • Miami Valley School
  • Mike’s Car Wash
  • Mike Sells Potato Chips
  • Minute Man Press
  • William Ward – Morgan Stanley – Centerville
  • Brian Lampton Agency
  • Lizard Apparel
  • Morgan Stanley Keith Meyer
  • Ohio Eagle Distributing (beer)
  • Parallel Advisors
  • Parts Express
  • PE Systems – Jack
  • Pepsi
  • Molly Petsch
  • P & R Specialty
  • Prime Controls
  • Rooted Grounds Coffee
  • Routsong Funeral Home
  • Rumpke Waste and Recycling
  • Saint Leonard
  • Secure Futures
  • Sign Connection
  • Silfex
  • Southtown Heating & Air
  • Sunbelt Advisors
  • Triple M Consulting
  • Turf Nerd
  • Sarah and Jeff Umbreit

Thank you to all our valued sponsors for making the 28th Annual Tee Off for Youth such a tremendous success. Fundraisers like this make it possible for us to bring out the best in kids. From Children’s Hospital Donations to Build-a-Bears to scholarships, it is why we do what we do.

Save the Date

The 29th Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf Outing will be held on July 13, 2020.

CNO Donations 2013 through June 2019

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 $700,000.


Member Birthday
Bill DeFries September 19
Terri Leputa September 19
Will Cale September 20
Carol Smerz September 22
Harry Bossey September 22
Jon Werts September 22
Mark Karns September 23
Don Wildenhaus September 25
Greg Smith September 25
Diane Arehart September 26
Evelyn Griffin September 26
Jeff Kujawa September 27

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Bill Williams September 20 9/20/1993 26
Denny Cottle September 20 9/20/2015 4
Sue Brubaker September 23 9/23/2008 11
Bryan Miller September 26 9/26/2018 1
Carolyn Taylor September 26 9/26/2018 1
Dana Dring September 26 9/26/2018 1
Mike Cordonnier September 26 9/26/2018 1
Mike Wall September 26 9/26/1995 24
Steve Linder September 26 9/26/2018 1
Steve Rudisill September 26 9/26/2018 1
Stephen Walker September 28 9/28/1998 21
John Powell September 29 9/29/1999 20
Pat Behn September 29 9/29/2003 16
Bill Gaul September 30 9/30/2016 3
Brooks Compton September 30 9/30/1994 25
Denise O’Neil September 30 9/30/1994 25
Don Wildenhaus September 30 9/30/1997 22

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Carol Smerz Wendy Hattan 3rd Reading
Bill Fritz Tom Novak Induction
Bev Fritz Tom Novak Induction
Dawn Arrowood Mike Bevis Induction
Penny Culhane Greg Griffin Induction
Jane Orr Greg Griffin Induction
Chris Abratowski Donna Huss Induction
Betty Olfky Jean Pummill Induction

Sergeants at Arms

No time for Sergeants this week.

 Happy Bucks! 

No time for Happy Bucks this week.