CNOtes – August 13, 2019 – TEDxDayton

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father prayer is a simple way to unlock the door to visit You.
We have so many questions we will never know the answer. Why are
we Optimists? Why us and not our neighbors? Was it in our genes or
did You do Your magic just for us? We could go on and on and be no
closer to an answer so let us just be thankful. This is an exercise we
should do every morning, but be careful. It is said that exercise
makes us look better naked, but so does wine. You better help us
with our choices Lord! Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Diane Farrell Speaker
Ron Rollins Speaker
Alex Simon Bob Duffy
Ralph Young Charlie Tapp

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Upcoming Social Events

  • 9/24/2019 – 6 PM, Tuesday, Presidential Installation Dinner at the Presidential Banquet Center
  • 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

Committee Announcements

Gary Smiga announced there will be two openings for the finance committee. Contact the new chair, Roland Rapp, if interested.

Don Wildenhaus announced that TOP Soccer registration will be August 18, 2019 at 3:00. They need volunteers to help with registration and handing out t-shirts. Centerville Noon Optimist club has been a sponsor for this program for several years. Players and coaches can sign up here.

Chris McAlpine announced that Tri-Star Soccer will be held early evening on Friday September 6, 2019. Volunteers are needed to host this fun, annual event.

Beth Duncan recapped the Monte Carlo Night held on August 10, 2019. The big winner of the night was Dick Stevens. The winner of the raffle was Don Kelley. Everyone had a great time.

Donna Huss recapped the St. Leonard  Boomer Fest booth that CNO hosted on August 10th, 2019. We received contact information from 9 individuals who are interested in joining CNO as part of the Optimist Club at St. Leonard. Thanks to everyone who volunteered to work the booth.

Beth Duncan announced that the Keeneland Horse racing event is coming up. There are still several spots open and it is a blast, so sign up.

Donna Huss announced that Beth is going to remain as social committee chair for the next year.

TEDxDayton Presentation

Don Wildenhaus introduced today’s speakers. They are both founding members of TEDxDayton, formed 7 years ago. TED created TEDx as a program of local, self-organized events that brings people together to share a TED-like experience.

Diane Farrell is the Director of External Relations and Development for the Dayton Metro Library. Previously she was the Vice President of External Relations at the Dayton Society of Natural History.

Ron Rollins is the Content Director of Community Engagement and Associate Editor at the Cox Media Group of Ohio. He oversees the Ideas and Voices pages for The Dayton Daily News, the Springfield News-Sun, the Middletown Journal and the Hamilton Journal-News.

They took turns discussing the slide show they presented.

What are TED talks?

  • TED is a nonprofit group devoted to spreading ideas worth spreading.
  • They are short, powerful talks that are 18 minutes or less. Fellowships are sometimes created if “Big Ted” thinks your idea deserves more than 18 minutes.
  • It is a memorized and rehearsed live talk.
  • TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged.
  • Today TED covers almost all topics – from science to business to global issues.
  • 3100 “talks” exist in more than 100 languages.
  • Most talks from the Dayton group are 10 to 12 minutes long.
  • There are usually 2 global conferences per year; One in the U.S. and another elsewhere in the world.
  • TED groups bring very talented and diverse people together.
  • The subject matter is never religion or politics.
  • TED speakers are not compensated and need to rehearse a lot.

TED Talk playlists are customizable. For example, Diane said she only subscribes to talks under 6 minutes. A lot of people challenge themselves to watch one TED talk per day.

TEDxDayton takes a lot of effort. You must have a license to host TEDx events. The license are good for one year. Only after reviewing your uploaded edited videos of your event may you get renewed for another year. If you stray outside of the rules, they will advise you to follow the rules. You might get renewed if you broke some rules, but they will let you know where you strayed.

A new TEDx event is limited to 100 attendees until a board member attends a global TED conference. TEDxDayton didn’t have this initial limitation because they were able to have attendees at the global conference before their first local conference.

The idea of starting TEDxDayton was created by Marylyn and Larry Klaben, the owners of Morris Home Furnishings, in January 2013.

Each year there are three TEDxDayton groups

  • TEDxDayton Signature
  • TEDxYouth@Dayton
  • TEDXDaytonSalon

When a local TEDX commits to the Salon format, you must commit to having 3 events. Each Salon event focuses on a singular topic. The first year for the Salon event was 2019. Salons are limited to 200 attendees. Unlike typical events, salons allow for follow up questions and answers.

There is an application process for the Signature Event. TEDxDayton gets about 200 applications per year.  They give first preference to speakers with ties to Dayton (i.e. people who work, are educated, or have lived in Dayton). Of the 200 applicants, 50 are invited to the live auditions. Those selected get a Coach/Mentor. It takes a lot of work over several months. Typically, the minimum about of effort is 100 hours.

What makes a good TED Talk?

  • Must be an original idea or concept
  • Must be an idea worth spreading
  • Cannot be commercial or self-promoting
  • Must be humble
  • Must commit at least 100 hours to the process of memorizing, editing, and practicing

Getting involved with TEDxDayton

  • Consider becoming a monetary partner
  • Join an event committee
  • Volunteers for events
  • Become a board member

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Fred Polizzi August 13
Martin Hufstutler August 14
Vince Reidy August 14
Greg Wasmund August 15
Rhonda Meeker August 15
Gail Aiken August 17

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Maha Kashani August 15 8/15/2006 13
Kristen Passidomo August 16 8/16/2017 2

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Chris Smith Greg Griffin Induction
Joe Cantrell Wayne Christie 3rd Reading
Jack Quinlan Gary DeMarco 2nd Reading
Ruthy Quinlan Judy DeMarco 2nd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Charlie Tapp Left part of a bottle of wine at the Monte Carlo night.
Julie Noeth Parallel parking failure at lunch.
Don Kelley For leaving Monte Carlo night early and still winning the raffle.
Chris Smith Late to meeting on his induction day no less!
Brian Nolan Left CNO booth early at the Centerville second Friday Event to do something fun.
Kelly Davis Bringing gambling equipment to today’s meeting.
Beth Duncan Accepting gambling equipment at today’s meeting.

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Myron Rheaume Granddaughter Kira placed 2nd out of 19 teams for creating a complete short film in 72 hours. Also, she is captain of UC Film team and at a recent intercollegiate contest her team placed 4th out of 47 teams.
Don Wildenhaus Celebrating 36th wedding anniversary.
Dick Stevens Great time playing blackjack at the Monte Carlo Night.
Myron Rheaume Four happy bucks for 54th wedding anniversary.
Sue Brubaker Ben Arehart for being a funny and great Black Jack dealer at the Monte Carlo night. His parents are Diane and Patrick.
Laura Caschera For Wendy Hattan for selling her house in one day.

CNOtes – August 6, 2019 – Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Phather Phil did not submit a written copy of his prayer this week for publication – I think he said the “dog ate it” – God Bless the Dog!

Today’s Guests

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Upcoming Social Events

  • 9/24/2019 – 6 PM, Tuesday, Presidential Installation Dinner at the Presidential Banquet Center
  • 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

Committee Announcements

Don Wildenhaus announced that TOP Soccer registration will be August 18, 2019 at 3:00. They need volunteers to help with registration and handing out t-shirts. Centerville Noon Optimist club has been a sponsor for this program for several years. Players and coaches can sign up here.

Jesse Gaither announced that the next CNO 2.0 meeting is on August 15, 2019 and it will be at Heavier than Air Brewing Company and the speaker will be the owner and CNO member Nick Tarkany.

Bob Lawson, chair of the Optimist Kid’s Day in the Park, said it was really busy!. Over 400 kids visited the CNO booth and they gave away over 800 prizes. He thanked everyone who volunteered. Instead of the helium balloons we have given away in the past we offered balloon animals. Several members have now been trained by CNO member Jerry Gerhards on how to make balloon animals.

Beth Duncan announced that signups are now available for the Keeneland Horse Racing event. There is a maximum of 56 people for this event. We last had this event two years ago. Ask others that attended, it was a lot of fun.

Cherie Gentry announced that the Great Ohio Optimist District Convention will be August 15-17, 2019 in Fairborn. Attending is an opportunity to meet, be inspired by and trained by incoming Optimist International President Adrian Elcock. He has a new plan for running Optimist International when he becomes president on October 1, 2019. It is not too late to sign up and the club pays for your attendance fees.

Mike Bevis, golf chair, announced that at lunch on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 we will celebrate the success of this year’s golf outing. Speaking will be Robert Lober,a Pediatric Surgeon from Dayton Children’s Hospital.

Sue Brubaker reported on the Build-A-Bear for children with Sickle cell anemia at the Kroc Center on August 3, 2019, We gave away 80 bears. The kids loved it, it went well and thank you to all the volunteers for your help. We made another 20 bears for nurses at Children’s Hospital to give away to patients having a bad day.

Bob Burkman thanked Erin and Andy Dickerson for representing the Centerville Noon Optimists at the Washington Township Park District’s “Big Back Yard Party” on August 3, 2019. The two of them set up a fishing poll casting booth. CNO normally has a bigger presence at this event, but the Park District moved the date up a month this year and it conflicted with the Optimist Kid’s Day in the Park that was the same day.

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

Bill Williams introduced today’s speaker Dawn Kirchner, the Vice President of Education at Boonshoft Museum of Discovery. The Boonshoft Museum is a children’s museum, science and technology center and zoo in Dayton, Ohio. It focuses on science and natural history. SunWatch Indian Village and Fort Ancient are the sister sites to the museum.

The slide show she presented is available here

The following is a summary of the presentation written by the presenter, Dawn Kirchner.

Dawn Kirchner, Vice President of Education, holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Biological Science, as well as a Master’s of Science in Biology with a core emphasis in Environmental Science, both from Wright State University. Dawn has been a part of the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery for over eight years, with positions in the Discovery Zoo as well as several positions in the Education Department before taking on her current role in 2015.  Prior to working for the Boonshoft Museum, she worked for the University of Kansas Natural History Museum. Dawn has more than 15 years of experience in the design, management and implementation of a variety of programs, exhibits, and activities for children and adults of all ages in museum settings.

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery has a variety of programs available for children of all ages, as well as for general visitors to the museum. Starting in 1893 as an annex in the Dayton Metro Library, expanding to the first standalone building in 1953 as the Dayton Museum of Natural History, and then continuing to grow onto DeWeese Parkway and becoming the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in the 1990’s, the Museum’s collections have soared to approximately 1.8 million items, and continue to grow.

  • A diverse range of exhibits appeals to visitors of all ages. From the Hall of the Universe, to animals from around the world featured in the Discovery Zoo, to areas for pretend play like the Pizza Kitchen for the youngest of visitors.
  • A variety of programs are available each day and are included with general admission, ranging from hands-on science activities, to live animal encounters and planetarium shows. Four times each year, the Museum has Super Science Saturdays, which allow anyone in the community to visit FREE of charge all day. The remaining dates in 2019 are August 17 and November 16.
  • The Museum also holds an annual Science Festival in November and invites families to explore hands-on STEM activities and interact with partners and Museum professionals. In addition to the complete Museum experience, guests can also explore the STEM Expo in the Main Exhibit Hall with representatives from 20+ community partners. This day also has FREE admission.
  • Schools from all over the region participate in field trips to supplement science, math, and social science standards. The newly renovated Do Lab and Science Theater will enhance these experiences with expanded opportunities in chemistry, physics, and life science-based programs.
  • For groups unable to travel to the museum, the Exhibits-to-Go program brings unique science experiences directly into the classroom, community center, or library. Or, these same groups can connect with one of our educators live through the Distance Learning program utilizing a computer.
  • Summer Camp experiences run a minimum of 6 weeks each year, with a variety of STEM topics to choose from for children age 4 to 11. New experiences are being planned for children up to age 14.
  • Anyone interested in volunteering their time has a variety of opportunities every day of the week. There are a variety of opportunities such as exhibit interpreters, program facilitators, or tidal pool guides to name a few. Visit http://www.boonshoftmuseum.org/support/volunteer/ for details on how to get involved.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Art Hung August 10
Judy DeMarco August 10
Paul Stull August 11
Larry Lynde August 12

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Fred Polizzi August 9 8/9/2005 14

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Joe Cantrell Wayne Christie 2nd Reading
Jack Quinlan Gary DeMarco 1st Reading
Ruthy Quinlan Judy DeMarco 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Chris McAlpine Instantly took first come first serve offer for Dayton Dragon tickets from Bill Williams during Bill’s introduction of today’s speaker.
Judge James Long For being part of the judicial branch.
Paula Kalaman Told Sgt Clemmer, “I don’t need to buy 7, 50/50 tickets for $5 when I can lose just fine with one.”
Kelly Davis Telling Sgt, “I wish I was somewhere fun.”
Fred Polizzi Attending the Lebanon Blues Fest and helping to drink all of the beer.
Ron Kuker Said someone, “Was old”, but then said, “I wasn’t talking about your age.”

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Carolyn Taylor Will be traveling to Tennessee to celebrate her mother’s 100th birthday!
Bob Lawson Grandson just completed his Eagle Project building a new booster booth at Centerville High School.

CNOtes – July 30, 2019 – Library Grants and Scholarships Awarded

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Phather Phil did not submit a written copy of his prayer this week for publication – I think he said the “dog ate it” – God Bless the Dog!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Alan Bair Recipient’s Family
Allison Ormsby Scholarship Recipient
Ana Bair Scholarship Recipient
Chris Wysong Debe Dockins
Christie Sanderman Recipient’s Family
Chuck Ormsby Recipient’s Family
Colleen Corrigan Suzanne Werts
Danielle Meyer Scholarship Recipient
David Cantrell Gary Aiken
Elizabeth Cleary Mike Bevis
Gabriel Couch Scholarship Recipient
Isabella Fields Scholarship Recipient
JC Jones Mike Bevis
Joann Garrison Recipient’s Family
Kaylob Fields Scholarship Recipient
Ken Kundsen Donna Huss
Leslie Bair Recipient’s Family
Linda Cantrell Gail Aiken
Logan Fay Recipient’s Friend
Lori Ormsby Recipient’s Family
Michelle Garrison Scholarship Recipient
Nicole Couch Recipient’s Family
Robin Brun Suzanne Werts
Susan Strong Mike Bevis
Tom Meyer Recipient’s Family
Zack Beck Gary Hansen

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Special Announcements

Gary Smiga presented $400 checks to help fund local school libraries. Representatives were on hand from Miami Valley School, Spring Valley Academy and Centerville Schools to accept these CNO donations.  Incarnation School will also receive a check for $400.

Thank you to CNO member Wasfi Samaan, owner of JD Legends, who presented a check in the amount of $525 to the Centerville Noon Optimist club from the proceeds JD Legends received from CNO members attending a concert on July 20, 2019.

Myron Rheaume presented the “Promise Yourself” award from Optimist International President Rebecca Butler Mona to Donna Huss.

Upcoming Social Events

  • 8/10/2019 – 5:30 PM, Saturday, Cookout, Outdoor games, Monte Carlo Night at Lion’s Club, Bellbrook
  • 9/24/2019 – 6 PM, Tuesday, Presidential Installation Dinner at the Presidential Banquet Center
  • 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

Happy Birthday Phather Phil!

Phil Robinson (aka the Chaplain of CNO, “Phather Phil”) turned 94 on July 26, 2019. He joined CNO on April 1, 1982. He was presented with many birthday cards. Even though it was not actually his birthday today, we still “sang” happy birthday to him. Not sure you can call it singing. Actually, you should not call it singing, not even close! The ceremony was led by Charlie Tapp and since it was a grand occasion, he was assisted by Bob Duffy. I guess this way neither man takes the full blame for the loss of hearing endured by us from our performance.

Committee Announcements

Donna Huss announced that we will have a booth setup at Boomerfest at St Leonard Center on Saturday, August 10th. We still need volunteers to work 2-hour shifts from noon to 6:00. Please contact Mike Bevis or Donna Huss to volunteer.

Greg Fay, Chair of CNO 2.0, said he would love to have additional members join his committee and bring with them fresh ideas. The next CNO 2.0 event will be at Heavier than Air on August 15, 2019. The meeting after that will be September 19, 2019 at JD Legends in Franklin OH. The speaker will be University of Dayton Men’s Basketball coach, Anthony Grant.

Donna Huss announced that the Ohio District Convention will be held in Fairborn from August 15-17, 2019. Our JOI club is requesting donations of school supplies to be given to Choices, Inc., which is a foster care program, serving 16 Ohio counties. Please bring your donations to lunch and Evelyn Griffin will collect the items.

Skilled Trades Scholarships

Evelyn Griffin, chair of the Skilled Trades committee that started this year, presented the first two students to receive the Skilled Trades Scholarships from the Centerville Noon Optimist club.

Recipient Kaylob Fields will study Unmanned Aerial Systems.

Recipient Gabriel Couch will study Construction Management.

Centerville High School partnered with our club to find students who have a desire and a financial need to pursue a degree in the skilled trades. Skilled trades are in high demand and this is a wonderful opportunity for a good job, to earn good money and have a great future.

Each student will be provided up to $750 per semester for up to 6 semesters at Sinclair. In addition to financial assistance, each student will have two mentors, which they just met today! The mentors are Fred Polizzi, Christine Balsan, Gary Hansen and Evelyn Griffin.

Will Cale Scholarships

Gary Hansen, the Will Cale Scholarship chair, introduced the recipients of this year’s Will Cale Scholarships. The recipients are Keegan Gallant, Max Lightcap and Austin Newell.

The first year of this scholarship was 2010. This scholarship requires a Counselor’s recommendation and the emphasis for selection is on financial need and potential rather than academics or class standing. The scholarship provides up to $750 per semester for up to six semesters ($4,500 total) at Sinclair College. This is sufficient funding for an Associate’s Degree. 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.

In addition to the funding, each winner receives 2 mentors from our membership.

Not every student accepts the award. They may not want to go to Sinclair or they choose a different path. Keegan Gallant is currently considering joining the army.

Nine students are currently active in the Will Cale Scholarship program.

2019 Educational Assistance Renewals

Gary Smiga was pleased to reintroduce last year’s 4 Memorial Educational Assistance Award recipients. Each of the 4 students was presented 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.

The following are notes from Gary Smiga:

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.

Michelle Garrison completed her freshman year at Emory University with a GPA of 3.924.  Michelle has volunteered at Project Shine (Students Helping in Naturalization in English) where she helped refugee students with English acquisition and schoolwork and she was a member of PAWstive Outreach which is an organization that organizes weekly trips to a local animal shelter.  In addition, she attended EMT training sessions, earning her EMT Basic certification.  This summer she is working as a student intern at WPAFB, where she works in a lab analyzing sweat as a biochemical marker of human performance.

Allison Ormsby completed her freshman year at Wittenberg University with a GPA of 3.947. Allison played on Wittenberg’s field hockey and lacrosse teams.  At the end of her first semester she was named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division III National Academic Squad.  She was also inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta, an academic honor society for first year success. Allison volunteered tutoring bilingual students in math, science, and language arts at Catholic Central Elementary and as a teacher in a 3-year-old classroom at the Springfield YMCA Child Center.

Anastasia Bair completed her freshman year at Walsh University with a GPA of 3.76.  Anastasia played on Walsh’s soccer team where she learned how to juggle 8 hours of practice time, 2 games per week, an average of 6 hours of travel, and tournament play that would run from Wednesday afternoon to Sunday evening, along with a demanding academic schedule.  She was very involved in her church, where she joined a community group consisting of other college students and young adults.  Their group volunteered to tear down after each church service since they were meeting in a middle school auditorium.  She also joined Students Helping Honduras, an organization fundraising for a trip to Honduras to build a school for children.  She is also a member of the Walsh University Nursing Club.

Danielle Meyer completed her freshman year at Wright State University with a GPA of 4.0.  Danielle participated in Theater and was cast as the lead actress in Woyzeck and appeared in multiple short films and feature films.  She was awarded Best Supporting Actress for the short film “Our Last Day”. For her high level of academic achievement, she was awarded a place on the Raj Soin College of Business Dean’s List.  She currently works as the manager at Scoops Ice Cream and as a Library Aide at the Washington-Centerville Public Library.

Each student introduced their guests and thanked CNO for our continued support.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
James Schumacher July 30
John Powell July 30
Steve Linder July 30
Melissa Deeter August 03
Andrew Cain August 4

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Kathy McAlpine July 31 7/31/2018 1
Myron Rheaume August 1 8/1/1987 32
Kathy Klein August 5 8/5/2016 3

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Joe Cantrell Wayne Christie 2nd Reading
Jack Quinlan Gary DeMarco 1st Reading
Ruthy Quinlan Judy DeMarco 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Members at Birthday table that do not have a birthday in July Sitting at the birthday table wihtout having a July birthday.
Members not at Birthday table that have a birthday in July Not sitting at the birthday table.
Martin Huffstutler Fined himself because he couldn’t find his car after the meeting last week. [Martin will seriously be considered as a Sergeant at Arms next year]

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Scott Langer Son just got married.
David Ladd 50 year wedding anniversary. He said his wife says 12 really good years out of 50 isn’t bad.
Bob Collins Pray buck for CNO member Ed Case. He is at St Leonards. He encourages members to send him a card or email wishing him well.
Myron Rheaume For those attending the Great Ohio District Convention this month.
Myron Rheaume Granddaughter, Kira, finished Freshman year at UC with 4.0 and was named Freshman of the year.
Gary Anderson Grandson, Jake, is the pitcher for a Mason OH 14 and under team; team just won the state of Ohio Little League Championship and will be playing in the regional tournament in Ft Wayne.
Evelyn Griffin Having so many guests today getting scholarships or accepting donations to their school libraries.

CNOtes – Optimist 2.0 July 18, 2019 – Jenell Ross – President, Bob Ross Auto Group

Guests and Members in Attendance

Renee Arana
Denise Christie
Beth Fowler
Kayleigh Jackson
Gary McDowell
Jack Quinlin
Ruthy Quinlin
Sham Reddy
Jenell Ross
Angie Tilinghast
Nancy Anderson
Diane Arehart
Pat Arehart
Marge Back
Wayne Christie
Brendan Cunningham
Gary DeMarco
Judy DeMarco
Emily Duke
Stan Fronzaglia
Jesse Gaither
Christy Gariety
Jerry Gebhards
Renee Glenn
Evelyn Griffin
Greg Griffin
Gary Hansen
Donna Huss
Martha Jackson
Nancy Lehren
Brian Nolan
Tom Novak
Laurie Poeppelman
Jean Pummill
Vince Reidy
Brent Richburg
Deb Saunders
Ashley Simeone
Bill Stone
Kelly Stone
Ron Tinnerman
Frank Weikel
Jayne Weikel
Jon Werts
Suzanne Werts

All Photos from the Meeting are here

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was Chappy’s Social House at 880 Washington Village Drive. Thank you to the team at Chappy’s for hosting us.

There was a 50/50 drawing won by Kayleigh Jackson.

There were 45 people at the meeting (35 members and 10 guests).

Jesse Gaither, member of CNO 2.0 committee, thanked everyone for attending tonight. Jesse also mentioned our 3 fundraisers. We just finished our golf outing this week. We raise money from the Avenue of Flags program. We also sell Christmas Trees each year behind the Centerville Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

Jenell Ross from Bob Ross Auto Group

Jesse Gaither introduced Jenell Ross, the president of Bob Ross Auto Group. Jenell is a graduate of Emory University and a trustee at U.D. She is a chairperson for the Federal Reserve in Cincinnati. After her mother’s death from breast cancer, she and her daughters started the Norma J. Ross Memorial Foundation funding programs that raise breast cancer awareness, provide patient aid and research, and support local youth education.  The slogan “Pink Ribbon Driven” is also the name of their website. https://pinkribbondriven.org/

Jenell’s father, Bob Ross, purchased his first dealership in Richmond, Indiana 45 years ago. In 1979, he purchased the Mercedes and Buick dealership on Loop Road in Centerville, Ohio. Bob Ross was the first African American to own a Mercedes dealership.

Jenell attended Centerville schools and graduated from the Miami Valley School.

She has always loved automobiles. She would hang around the dealership and would work in various areas. After graduating from Emory University, she became an official employee and was able to work with her father for 5 years before his early passing at the age of 62 in 1997.

Jenell explained that when the owner of a dealership passes it is typically a nervous time at a dealership. There is normally a mass exodus of good employees when the owner passes. This was not the case at Bob Ross. The employees were always treated well and there was a smooth transition. Her mother, Norma J. Ross, became president, and Jenell became the chief operating officer of the company. They have fun sometimes. They dress up for Halloween, Celebrate Christmas and do other fun group outings with employees and their families.

 

While president, Norma added the Hummer Franchise. Then the recession hit and made it very difficult to keep the dealerships running well in Dayton. The loss of NCR and DHL reduced the pool of customers. They spent a lot of energy trying to keep people motivated during this time. Some of their decisions were not perfect. They added dealerships for Alpha Romeo and Fiat, but they didn’t work out and they dropped the brands after about 1.5 years.

They survived the recession and currently have close to 100 employees. Even with the loss of GM manufacturing jobs in Dayton, they continue to be staunch supporters of GMC and Buick.

Dealer ownership statistics

  • There are 18,000 new car dealers in the US
  • 1000 are owned by females
  • 60 are owned by minority females
  • 4 are owned by African American females

Jenell took over day to day operations at the age of 27. She also became the representative of the company at various conventions and meetings held throughout the year. Her first few meetings were a bit interesting. She is not the typical face of the owner of a dealership. Still, 22 years later some attendees make some bad assumptions about who she is. She has a little fun with assumptions and tries to use it for education.

She is proud of the Norma J. Ross Foundation. It has become her side job. Part of the foundation’s purpose is to help pay for mammograms that many women cannot afford. They have trademarked the slogan “Pink Ribbon Drive”.

Jenell shared her view of Keys to Success in any Business

  • Have good people helping you; you need to rely on the fact that someone else can help when you need it
  • No one person can do everything, it is a Team effort
  • Have respect for your fellow workers
  • She doesn’t ask someone to do something she wouldn’t be willing to do herself
  • Just because you’re the boss doesn’t mean you are always right; everyone makes mistakes, so learn from them and try not to repeat them
  • Have self-confidence because not everyone you meet will want you to succeed
  • Be willing to learn more about you’re your area of expertise
  • Always be prepared (something her mother Norma always said)

In her closing she gave some thoughts about her success and her company’s success. No manufacturer is making a bad vehicle anymore. Success is about helping people get a vehicle that they want. There are a lot of choices in the automotive world. Business owners should be ethical and moral in everything they do.  The Centerville community has been great for them and she appreciates her customers and gives back to the community.

She didn’t start her company, however, for many years, she went to many seminars and was constantly learning about the industry and was therefore well prepared to take over at the age of 27.

To be an entrepreneur you need to be a risk taker. Only 13% of the workforce are entrepreneurs. That means 13% of the workforce is doing something the other 87% don’t want to do.

No matter what your career path, continue to challenge yourself to reach new levels of success. The most important thing is to have fun at whatever you choose to do. Remember that only you can make yourself happy.

Thank you, Jenell, for taking the time to come and speak to us today! After her presentation, Tom Novak thanked Jenell for generously donating loaner vehicles to help with Avenue of Flags and the Christmas Tree Lot.

 

 

CNOtes – July 23, 2019 – Club Day

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father when we first started saying our prayers we viewed it
as a duty. I’m sure I’m not alone in this practice. We remember
starting every prayer – “Now I lay me down to sleep.” Growing older
we started with asking for some help. Gradually we realized that
beginning with thanks gave us the most pleasure. Now it’s a
conversation with You, going over the days joys and the problems we
encountered and asking for Your guidance. Thank You Lord for Your
patience with us and helping us grow closer to You. I’m sure that
growing closer to You has given us our Optimism and the desire to
give back. Thanks again Lord. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Greg Blatt Ron Tinnerman
Tyler Blatt Ron Tinnerman
Joe Cantrell Wayne Christie
Faye Elam Donna Huss
Lisa Tucker Donna Huss

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Donations for Trotwood School Uniforms

Lisa Tucker, co-owner of Bill’s Donuts, accepted numerous individual donations today from our members on behalf of school uniforms for Trotwood. The district was hit hard by the Memorial Day tornados. CNO made a monetary contribution as well. Bill’s Donuts is very supportive of causes in our area and of CNO.

Top Ten Reasons to Attend the Ohio Convention

Cherie Gentry announced that the Great Ohio Optimist District Convention will be August 15-17, 2019 in Fairborn (just a short drive from Centerville!). She encourages all of us to sign up. Our club covers your fees to attend. If you can only come one day, the best day is Saturday, August 17. Please support the incoming governor (Myron Rheaume) by attending.

The top ten reasons to attend are:

  1. Opportunity to meet, be inspired by and trained by incoming Optimist International President Adrian Alcock.
  2. Incredible training for President-Elects, Secretary/Treasurer-Elects, Lt. Governor-Elects as well non-officer Optimists.
  3. Obtain new fundraising & project ideas for your club. Share your club activities with fellow Optimists.
  4. Win one of the $25 gift cards being given away as attendance prizes.
  5. Renew old friendships as well as make new optimist friends from all over The Great Ohio District.
  6. See the fantastic Great Ohio Optimist District JOI students in action.
  7. Be inspired to add new members to your club in order to serve more youth in your community.
  8. Celebrate The Great Ohio Optimist District’s success in the “Imagine the Power of You” year.
  9. Get motivated to help Governor-Elect Myron Rheaume lead us to greater achievements in 2019-20.
  10. Enjoy the fun & fellowship of the 72th Annual Convention of the Great Ohio District.

Upcoming Social Events

  • 8/10/2019 – 5:30 PM, Saturday, Cookout, Outdoor games, Monte Carlo Night at Lion’s Club, Bellbrook
  • 9/24/2019 – 6 PM, Tuesday, Presidential Installation Dinner at the Presidential Banquet Center
  • 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

Committee Announcements

Donna Huss announced that the Ohio District Convention will be held in Fairborn from August 15-17, 2019. Our JOI club is requesting donations of school supplies to be given to Choices, Inc., which is a foster care program, serving 16 Ohio counties. Please bring your donations to lunch and Evelyn Griffin will collect the items.

Bob Lawson announced that Kids Day in the Park will be Saturday August 3rd, 2019. Please volunteer if you can. Instead of handing out the helium balloons we normally do new member Jerry Gerards will be making balloon animals. If you volunteer that day, you can get some training to make them.

Barbara Santo announced that the next Build-a-Bear will be Saturday August 3rd, 2019. More volunteers are needed for this very popular event. We did not get to pick the date of this event and it is unfortunate it is the same day as Kids Day in the Park. It is in conjunction with the Sickle Cell Annual Education Day. We need volunteers to show up at 1:30 PM at The Kroc Center, 1000 N Keowee St, Dayton OH. Volunteers are needed for several options: help children dress their bear, help with games, hand out bags or Nancy will find you a job!

Beth Duncan announced that Vida won the Euchre tournament last Friday.

Meet New Club Members

Instead of the usual guest speaker today, we used the time to get to know two of our newest members. We had two recently inducted members come up to the podium and share a little about themselves.

Michelle Tagliamonte

Michelle was inducted into CNO on July 16, 2019.

Before moving to Centerville, she and her family lived In Illinois. In Illinois she was a member of the board for CASA for Children. CASA is a national organization of advocates that have been standing up for children since 1977. When she heard about Centerville Noon Optimist and what we do she instantly wanted to join.

Her family was happy to leave Illinois and return to Centerville.

Professionally she enjoys helping people take control of their health through diet.

Dylan Mellling

Dylan Melling was inducted into CNO on July 23, 2019.

Dylan is the District Direct at Miami Valley Council of Boy Scouts of America.

He has been involved in scouts since grade school when he heard about all the cool things scouts get to use like bows and arrows, BB guns and fire. Dylan’s father has early onset dementia at the age of 56, and Dylan is grateful for the great memories of his father being his scout leader.

Dylan graduated with a class of 81 students from Frankton, Indiana.

He met his wife in Layfayette, Indiana. Their daughter, Sophia, was born 6 weeks early in mid-July, 2019 and she is doing well in the NICU in a hospital in Indianapolis.

Dylan said he will cherish the feeling of holding his little girl for the first for the rest of his life. He looks forward to when his daughter can join scouts.

Getting the word out about scouts to grade schoolers was traditionally through promotional flyers sent home from schools. Centerville has stopped sending flyers home. He has started using social media and geo fencing tools to advertise to potential new scouts.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Mike Yoder July 24
Kathy Klein July 26
Phil Robinson July 26
David Duncombe July 27
Jerry Stahley July 27
Katie Calloway July 27
Sandy Stevens July 28
Dan Beck July 29

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
John Sherman July 24 7/24/2009 10
David Brookman July 27 7/27/2011 8
Jim Long July 27 7/27/2015 4
Donna Robinson July 28 7/28/1997 22

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Yvette Donahue-Duffy Carolyn Taylor Induction
Bill Duffy Carolyn Taylor Induction
Kathy Linder Sue Brubaker Induction
Martin Huffstutler Jesse Gaither Induction
Tom Brozich Mike Bevis Induction
Marilyn Abbott Greg Griffin Induction
Dylan Melling Paul Stull Induction
Joe Cantrell Wayne Christie 1st Reading
Chris Smith Greg Griffin 3rd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Patrick Arehart For not purchasing 50/50 ticket
Beth Duncan Phone ringing during the Pledge of Alligiance
Yvette Donahue-Duffy Bob Duffy fined her for having the same last name as him
Bill Duffy Bob Duffy fined him for having the same last name as him

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Judy McFadden Had a great time at Euchre last Friday and thanked everyone for being patient with her; She had never played cards before let alone Euchre
Lisa Tucker Thank you for all the donations to assist students of Trotwood get much needed school uniforms after the Tornado disaster
Vida McDowell Winning Euchre Tournament
Jerry Gehards Happy he will be making balloons at Kid’s Day at the park on August 3, 2019
Dylan Melling Newborn daughter just took a bottle for the first time; She was born 6 weeks early and is still in the NICU and is doing fine
Beth Duncan Everyong on the social committee for being so helpful with events and for all the help with last week’s Euchre party
Brian Nolan Dick Stevens joining the golf foursome of Nolan, Kalaman and Tapp for Phather Phil’s birthday golf outing next week
Martin Huffstutler Happy to be part of the Centerville Noon Optimist Club
Bob Burkman Grandson Marine Corporal Steven Spencer Burkman is home on leave
Bob Burkman Granddaughter Briana Burkman is engaged after three years of dating
Bob Burkman Briana Burkman has completed her masters degree and is now employeed at the Coffman YMCA

CNOtes – July 16, 2019 – Jack Blosser – Fort Ancient

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father the worlds desires are constantly before us. We are
offered everything from A to Z to make us skinnier, prettier, healthier,
happier, smarter and whatever. Too often we succumb to our vanities.
We always think, wouldn’t it be nice if we could put ourselves into a
machine for 10 minutes and come out wrinkle free and two sizes smaller. Thank You for putting Your spirit within each one of us to
combat the urge to give into our vanities. Stay with us Lord as we give
thanks for Our many blessings. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Jan Ammer Kettering Noon
Sue Armstrong Kettering Noon
Linda Barton Kettering Noon
Jerry Gebhards Marge Back
Lynn Grubb Erin Dickerson
Sue Labatzky Kettering Noon
Judy Martinson Kettering Noon
Bev McCurdy Kettering Noon
Ashley McGuire Brandon Barrett
Krista Miller Kettering Noon
Christy Montavon Kettering Noon
Dottie Spatz Kettering Noon
Fred Swaisgood Myron Rheaume
Karen Waitzman Kettering Noon
Missy Mae Walters Kettering Noon

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Birthdays

Member Birthday
Sue Brubaker July 16
Mark Petre July 18
Bob Burkman July 19

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Bob Bargmeyer July 17 7/17/2014 5
Jeff Papanek July 17 7/17/2014 5
Tom Beery July 17 7/17/2014 5
Casey Wyckoff July 18 7/18/2018 1
Mike Brem July 18 7/18/2018 1
Sue Jessee July 18 7/18/2018 1
Laura Franklin July 19 7/19/2017 2
Stephen Mock July 19 7/19/1996 23
Tom Lakes July 19 7/19/2017 2
Marge Back July 20 7/20/2016 3

Special Announcement

Donna Huss awarded the “Flippin’ Awesome Award” to Andy and Erin Dickerson for securing grant money for fishing rods. They are working on some other grants as well.

Upcoming Social Events

  • 8/10/2019 – 5:30 PM, Saturday, Cookout, Outdoor games, Monte Carlo Night at Lion’s Club, Bellbrook
  • 9/24/2019 – 6 PM, Tuesday, Presidential Installation Dinner at the Presidential Banquet Center
  • 10/xx/2019, ALL DAY, Keeneland Horse Racing, there will be a chartered bus. Date to be determined.
  • 11/8/2019 – 6:30 PM?, Friday, Euchre party at TBD
  • 12/10/2019 – 6 PM, Tuesday, Holiday Party at Yankee Trace

Committee Announcements

Bob Lawson announced he needs several more volunteers to help on August 3, 2019 with our booth at the Optimist Kids Day in the Park in Kettering.

Mike Bevis, chair of the Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf Tournament, thanked everyone who volunteered, golfed, sponsored or helped in any way to make this year’s event a great success.

Charlie Tapp announced that the annual golf outing to celebrate Phil Robinson’s (“Phather Phil”) birthday will be right after our lunch on 7/30/2019. Anyone is welcome to join. There will be nine holes of golf and immediately following there will be ice cream and cake. If you don’t golf you can still come and celebrate his birthday afterwards with the ice cream and cake.

Myron Rheaume announced that the Great Ohio Optimist District Convention will be August 15-17, 2019. He encourages all of us to sign up. Our club covers your fees to attend. If you can only come one day, the best day is Saturday, August 17. Please support the incoming governor (Myron Rheaume) by attending.

Fort Ancient Presentation

Bill Williams introduced today’s speaker, Jack Blosser, the site manager at Fort Ancient State Memorial.

Fort Ancient is Ohio’s first State Park. The mission of the Dayton Society of Natural History at Fort Ancient is to provide visitor and educational services focused on archaeology, Native American culture, and heritage stewardship as they relate to the site, on behalf of the Ohio History Connection.

The walls and mounds of Fort Ancient were built 2000 years ago by dumping baskets loaded with soil upon one another. There are 553,000 cubic yards of soil. This soil would fill enough dump trucks to stretch 200 miles.

There is an ongoing 11 year effort by a group named World Heritage Ohio to have Fort Ancient designated as a World Heritage site. The hope is to have the designation by 2021. There are currently 1121 sites on the list.

Quick Facts Jack mentioned during his presentation

  • In A.D 500 the site was abandoned. Another group came in 800 A.D. and left.
  • The name comes from the assumption that whoever built it was ancient.
  • There are individual mounds and none of the mounds are burials plots.
  • 4 mounds were placed in a perfect square with dips in the mounds to create a calendar system.
  • Since it was built there has been an erosion of 2-3 feet of soil along the walls.
  • An African American group built picnic areas over 2.5 years.
  • There is a 9000 square foot museum.
  • About 5000 school children come through the park each year. They are taught to throw spears among other things.
  • 183 Eagle projects have been completed at the site.
  • Many Boy Scouts troops perform community service at the site to pay for their camping.

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Michelle Tagliamonte Mike Bevis Induction
Dylan Melling Paul Stull 3rd Reading
Bill Duffy Carolyn Taylor 3rd Reading
Yvette Donahue-Duffy Carolyn Taylor 3rd Reading
Kathy Linder Sue Brubaker 3rd Reading
Martin Huffstutler Jesse Gaither 2nd Reading
Tom Brozich Mike Bevis 2nd Reading
Chris Smith Greg Griffin 2nd Reading
Marilyn Abbott Greg Griffin 2nd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
John Horner Needed change for a twenty to buy 50/50 tickets
Dylan Melling First time wearing his name badge
Mike Bevis Wearing the same colors as his new inductee Michelle Tagliamonte
Michelle Tagliamonte Wearing the same colors as her sponsor Mike Bevis
Dave Kay Earned a Get Out of Fine Free Coupon for pointing out that Art was REALLY late
Dave Kay Not divulging this Anti-Optimistic information sooner to the Sergeants
Art Hung Late to meeting
Tom Novak Because the sergeant was confused by his name watching Novak Djokovic play tennis
Donna Huss and Greg Griffin Taking a break in the bar at the golf outing

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Dan Beck Twin grandchildren were just born
Bob Collins Thanks to those who participated in “Dining in the Dark” – it helped raise money and awareness about the blind
Bob Collins Thanks to everyone who helped him raise $1700 through his participation in “Riding to Fight Kids’ Cancer”
John Horner Doing well after recent surgery
Dylan Melling He and his wife Ashlee welcomed their new baby Sophia 6 weeks early – she will be in the NICU for a few weeks and she is being well taken care of
Paul Stull Happy that Dylan Melling’s new baby and wife Ashlee are all doing well after the early delivery
Debe Dockins Son Stephen Dockins has been accepted at OU Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Brandon Barrett Pat Behn gave him an umbrella to ues at the golf outing to protect him from the sun when she learned he was already sunburnt
Scott Langer Son is engaged
Myron Rheaume $5 for the several guests today from the Kettering Noon Optimist club