CNOtes – April 9, 2019 – Dr. Greg Ramey – Dayton Children’s Hospital

Phather Phil’s Prayer

In Phather Phil’s absence, our District Chaplain – David Ladd – gave us one of his patented extemporaneous prayers to open the meeting.

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Adam Blanchard Speaker Guest
Mason Cammel Mike Bevis
Joe Cantrell Wayne Christie
Kelly Davis Beth Duncan
Jack Grady Mike Bevis
Greg Huff Val Huff
Dr. Greg Ramey Speaker
Amber Wenzler Vince Reidy

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Announcement

Paula and John Kalaman announced that the annual blood drive in honor of their son John P. Kalaman will be held Monday April 29, 2019, from 9 AM until 5 PM at the Centerville Police Department.

Upcoming Social Events

  • 5/4/2019, Kentucky Derby Party – Miamisburg, bring a dish to share.
  • 5/11/2019, Dayton Dragons with a luxury box. Use the sign-up sheet at lunch or email dla@arehart.com.

Happy Birthday Erin Belangia-Sanchez

Today was Erin’s birthday. That means we sing Happy Birthday to one of our own. Bob Duffy crushed it in leading us in being the best of the worst we can be.

Committee Announcements

Mike Bevis, chair of the golf committee, said we are less than 100 days until the Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf Tournament. It will be held on Monday, July 15, 2019.

Pat Behn, chair of the Easter Egg Hunt announced the Easter Egg hunt will be at 10 AM on April 20, 2019, at St. Leonard’s. Volunteers should show up at 8:30 to help spread the eggs in the grass for the kids to find at 10 AM. Coffee and donuts will be provided for volunteers!

Nancy Lehren, chair of the Childhood Cancer Committee announced that the next Build-A-Bear event will be on Friday, May 10th, at Children’s Medical Center. Each child attending will receive a stuffed animal and an outfit of their choice along with other festivities. CNO members are invited to sponsor a child at the Build-a-Bear for $25.  Each sponsor will receive a picture of the child sponsored holding their new stuffed animal.  To sponsor a bear, mail your check payable to Centerville Noon Optimist, c/o Nancy Lehren, 6857 Cedar Cove Dr., Centerville, OH 45459.

Jerry Stahley, chair of the OI Junior Golf Championship, is selling raffle tickets for the event. The price is 6 Tickets for $5 and the prize is a case of wine. Tickets will be available for the next few weeks.

Dr. Greg Ramey

Mike Bevis introduced today’s speaker, Dr. Greg Ramey PhD, a pediatric psychologist and the executive director for the Center for Pediatric Mental Health Resources at Dayton Children’s. He has been at Children’s for 39 years. Dr. Ramey also writes a weekly parenting column in the Dayton Daily News that is distributed through the New York Times wire service and can be found on the Dayton Children’s blog.

Dr. Ramey gave us his thoughts about the effects of too much technology and parenting styles that are dramatically affecting today’s youth. He said of his daily routine, “Everyday there is a WebEx meeting (computer-based video conference call) at 8:45 am about the intake of patients over the last 24 hours. At today’s meeting there were 11 kids seen in the last 24 hours that are at risk for suicide.”

He said, “In general the current generation of children is the most privileged in history.” Yet he explained, “There is a substantial increase in serious mood disorders, anxiety and depression. This has led to an epidemic of kids that would rather die than suffer through these disorders.”

He said, “7.4% of teens attempt suicide. That is over 4000 kids in the local 4 county area.”

He recently moved to the Beavercreek area. He noticed there seemed to be no kids in his neighborhood. Then school started and there were kids everywhere. They just stay indoors and just play with technology. Plus, when it was raining he saw parents holding umbrellas over their kid’s heads. Kid’s are being too coddled and not allowed to fail.

Kids are interacting with technology more than with each other. When tough things happen to them instead of turning to friends, they just go to their phones.

He said, “This is no longer a study, this is a fact, anything beyond one and half and two hours of technology interaction per day increases the occurrence of anxiety and depression. Some kids are at risk at just thirty minutes today.”

As a therapist he has had kids come in and says they wanted to die, “Because my parent took away my phone”. He said, “They don’t have a reality.”

To help patients and their families, Dayton Children’s has a Mental Health Resource Connection. The Mental Health Resource Connection program is a service that connects patients and families to available mental health services in the community.

He was excited to tell us that on July 9, 2019, a new unit for pediatric mental health patients opens at Dayton Children’s. It is a 24-bed private room facility.

He discussed the money issues in treating pediatric mental health patients. He said, “Debbie, my boss has never thanked me for raising so much money. That is because every one of my group’s services loses money.” Health insurance payments are way too low. An insurance company recently paid just 6 cents on the dollar for a huge bill submitted for payment.

He told us we are lucky Dayton Children’s exists for our community. He thanks organizations like the Centerville Noon Optimist club for making a lot of what Dayton Children’s does possible.

He gave us some things to consider about parenting. Too many children are pushed too hard for perfection and believe they need have no choice but to achieve perfection. Perfection is not possible. Constantly trying to reach perfection causes anxiety.

Let your child fail. Let them feel pain. Many of today’s kids have little experience with feeling bad. Their parents get rid of troubling moments for them. When real pain comes they think the suffering will never end. We as normal adults know one thing for sure, no matter how good or bad we feel right now, we know it will end. Children need to know that if they feel bad that this will end, and they will be fine.

Recently he wrote a blog post on Dayton Children’s website called “The important lesson of failure”.

As for the cause of increased mental health issues, he says the number one issue is the current parenting style. The second issue is too much time spent in front of technology screens. When people feel disengaged from other people, that can lead to suicide.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Cheryl Probst April 9
Erin Belangia-Sanchez April 09
Steve Kohls April 12
Rick Talda April 13
Emily Duke April 14
Don Kessler April 15

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Ron Tinnerman April 11 4/11/2005 14

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Pam Truitt Donna Huss 2nd Reading
Judy McFadden Donna Huss 2nd Reading
Jack Grady Mike Bevis 1st Reading
Kelly Davis Beth Duncan 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Tom Novak Making a “short” joke about new Sergeants Carolyn Taylor and Brian Nolan
Everyone taller than Tom Novak Being taller than Tom Novak
Joe Madden April fools joke on Mary pretending he needed to go to the ER for a burst eardrum
Joe Madden Offering $100 to Vida for her March Madness Bracket that was worth $300.
Andy and Erin Dickerson Their son was a recent guest and he won the 50/50 drawing
Candace Rinke Her picture was in the newspaper without wearing her Optimist pin
Larry Lynde Winning his own March Madness pool

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Bob Glavin Retired from Avery Dennison
Rachel Goetz Daughter is starting Miami University at Oxford this  fall
Tom Novak Thanks to the Avenue of Flags renewal team
Mary Madden March Madness is over
Bob Collins Grandson, Noah Garel a senior at CHS, won the area DECA competition, placed at the Ohio level, and as the only CHS senior to do this he continues to the nationals in Orlando.
Bob Collins Son’s girlfriend (a nurse) has been hired to work in the new mental unit announced today by Dr. Greg Ramey.
Erin Belangia-Sanchez Thanks for everyone singing happy birthday to her today
Stan Fronzaglia Several of his grand kids are on vacation together in Greece
John Kalaman Winning the 50/50 today

CNOtes – April 2, 2019 – Centerville Washington Township Park District

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father life is similar to gathering black berries. When there is something we want there is always some sticky deterrent. Some will plunge right in, while others decline because it’s too much trouble. Attitude in our search for anything is paramount to our success and Optimism is the fuel that spurs us on. Attitude and Optimism helps bring out the best in kids. Lord help us double our pleasure and find the best blackberries and bring out the best in kids. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Arnie Biondo Speaker
Ally DeShurko Speaker
Carrie Dittman Speaker
Dave Gould Chris McAlpine
Jeff Kaercher Mike Yoder
Sherri Montgomery Mike Bevis
Melanie Powderly Deb Ulrich
Kat Wright Brandon Barrett

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Thank you notes received

Donna Huss mentioned that we received a thank you note from Alter High School for our $500 donation for their after prom. One of the teachers thanked us for the recognition at the CNO 2.0 event last month.

Upcoming Social Events

  • 5/4/2019, Kentucky Derby Party at Remodeling Designs Miamisburg
  • 5/11/2019, Dayton Dragons with a Luxury Box. Use the sign-up sheet at lunch or email dla@arehart.com

Committee Announcements

Pat Behn gave everyone more information about the Easter Egg hunt. We need volunteers to help stuff 6000 plastic eggs with candy on April 13, 2019 at 9 AM at St. Leonard’s. It sounds like a lot of eggs, but the work is spread out and takes a little over an hour. Please sign up or show up. There will be coffee and donuts for volunteers!

The Easter Egg hunt will be at 10 AM on April 20, 2019, also at St. Leonard’s. Volunteers should show up at 8:30 to help spread the eggs in the grass for the kids to find at 10 AM. Coffee and donuts will be provided for volunteers!

Bob Lawson announced that the fishing Derby will be on June 1, 2019. Let those planning on attend know they need to fill out the registration form and bring it to the derby. Spread the word on Facebook! Registration is between 8:00 – 9:00AM.  The Fishing Derby starts at 9AM and lasts until 11:30AM.  We supply free worms however you are permitted to bring your own bait and lures. We stock the ponds with approximately 400 pounds of Catfish for the Derby. There are other fish also in the ponds – mainly Bluegills. Prizes and trophies for all.  Children ages 5-15 are encouraged to participate and try this event. The event is held at Washington Township Rec Center, in two ponds. Click here for registration form.

Judy DeMarco announced that on Friday, May 10th, the Childhood Cancer Committee will be holding a Build-A-Bear event at Children’s Medical Center. Each child present will receive a stuffed animal and an outfit of their choice along with other festivities. Members are invited to sponsor a child at the Build-a-Bear for $25.  Each sponsor will receive a picture of the child you sponsored holding their new stuffed animal.  To sponsor a bear, mail your check payable to Centerville Noon Optimist, c/o Nancy Lehren, 6857 Cedar Cove Dr., Centerville, OH 45459.

Jerry Stahley is selling raffle tickets for OI Junior Golf Championship. The price is 6 Tickets for $5 and the prize is a case of wine. Tickets will be available for the next few weeks.

Centerville-Washington Park District

Gary Smiga introduced Arnie Biondo the Director of Administration at the Centerville-Washington Park District. The district’s slogan is “Explore your community’s BIG BACKYARD! Fun, healthy, outstanding park experiences connecting the community with the outdoors.”

Arnie discussed what to expect in 2019. A new trail at Pleasant Hill Park (on the previous Zengel property) is opening and so far is about a three quarters of a mile long. Oak Grove Park is getting restrooms. St. Leonard/Bill Yeck Park has received a conservation easement.

Arnie introduced Carrie Dittman, the Marketing and Communications Supervisor.

Carrie first discussed the feedback she has received about Forest Field Park and the playground we donated last year. She is the person that receives firsthand the online reviews and statements about this state-of-the-art park. It is almost all 5-Star reviews and thank you notes about how much families like the park.

You can view the full slide deck here.

The Centerville-Washington Park District (CWPD) is a National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Gold Medal Finalist. To help them win, the CWPD had a video made. We were shown this video. The video mentions that the parks help to get kids away from the video games and out into the sunshine for some exercise.

CWPD does a lot of surveys and focus groups to fine tune the programming and features at the parks. In the past 4 years they have had 2 major surveys. In 2018 there were 7 public meetings. Topics for the surveys include Athletic field ratings and park program participant feedback.

CWPD makes use of social media channels. They have 5000 followers on Facebook. They also have Instagram and Twitter channels.

Carrie introduced Ally DeShurko, the Recreation Coordinator/Summer Recreation Program Coordinator. Ally discussed new programs created based on feedback from the community.

  • Adapted Action Day will be on Saturday June 22, 2019 at Oak Grove Park.
  • Respondents said they want more Summer camps. Camps include Sugar Valley Camp, Nature Art Camp, Youth Archery Camp and additional weeks of Hidden Meadows Day Camp
  • Teen Games and Bonfire will be every Friday this summer for children aged 11-15. They will play dodge ball type games and then have a bonfire cookout.

Others news from CWPD programming included: School outreach, Adventure backpacks, Self-guided interpretive nature hikes and pop-up dog parks.

CWPD is now hiring for summer. Positions include full-time and part-time. Almost all positions are outdoor.

CWPD Upcoming Events

  • Spring Stargazing will be on 4/13/2019 at Bill Yeck Park.
  • The Garlic Mustard Pull information session will be 4/15/2019 at Bill Yeck Park at the Smith house. These weeds need to be removed or they will take over. So far, over 1500 pounds have been removed.
  • World Tai Chi Day is on 4/27/2019 at Grant Park, Kennard Nature Nook.
  • Big Rig Gig is on 5/11/2019 at Oak Grove Park. Over 500 kids will show up at this event.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Daniel Koons April 5
Ira Thomsen April 05
Jim Rumford April 05
Roland Rapp April 05
Andy Harmon April 6
Jeff Rolf April 06
Bob Clements April 07

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Cindy Harris April 2 4/2/2018 1
Nick Tarkany April 2 4/2/2018 1
Greg Fay April 3 4/3/2014 5
Greg Griffin April 3 4/3/2014 5
Ira Thomsen April 5 4/5/1991 28
Vince Reidy April 5 4/5/2016 3
Dan Samiec April 6 4/6/2010 9
Molly Petsch April 6 4/6/2004 15

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Amy Blakeman Ron Tinnerman Induction
William Pace Evelyn Griffin 3rd Reading
Pam Truitt Donna Huss 1st Reading
Judy McFadden Donna Huss 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

No time for sergeants this week.

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Dave Kay Michigan State is in final four.
Melissa DeShurko Thanks to the park district and her daughter Ally DeShurko for being part of the presentation.
Joan Cordonnier Thanks to the park district for their presentation.
Charlie Goodwin Paul Stull is a new member of The Explorers Club. This prestigious organization is  headquartered in New York City.
Joe Madden Mary Madden will be happy today because it is their 26th wedding anniversary.

CNOtes – March 26, 2019 – Sinclair College – Centerville Campus

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, most of the time when we hear the word “give”, we assume it’s money. Yet, there is so much more that giving really means. We can give of our time, talent, patience, encouragement, energy, approval and on and on. It’s our way of telling another that we care and hopefully give them a boost along life’s journey. Whenever we can, help us give, in all of givings aspects. It’ll reestablish the reason we became Optimists. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Jaden Gaither-Hillard Jesse Gaither
Kendal Cooke Barbara Santo
Kerri Smith Joe Kronenburger
Laura Mercer Speaker
Mary Stahley Jerry Stahley
Mason Cammel Mike Bevis
Wasfi Samaan Greg Fay
Zach Beck Speaker

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Committee Announcements

Myron Rheaume informed us about the new OI Presidential incentive award of the Centennial “Promise Yourself” logo pin. The criteria for the award is to sponsor a new member, participate in a club project and submit a testimonial / “Optimist Story” to Optimist International that you have published. Myron has the form required to be filled out.

***** You can download the form here *****

Nancy Lehren announced that on Friday, May 10th, the Childhood Cancer Committee will be holding a Build-A-Bear event at Children’s Medical Center. Each child present will receive a stuffed animal and an outfit of their choice along with other festivities. Members are invited to sponsor a child at the Build-a-Bear for $25.  Each sponsor will receive a picture of the child you sponsored holding their new stuffed animal.  If you choose, there are two ways to sponsor a bear: Visit our table at the April 2nd luncheon to make your contribution by check or cash OR mail your check payable to Centerville Noon Optimist, c/o Nancy Lehren, 6857 Cedar Cove Dr., Centerville, OH 45459.

Sinclair Community College Centerville Location

Debe Dockins introduced Laura Mercer, Executive Director of Sinclair’s new Centerville Campus. Laura Mercer serves as the Executive Director of Sinclair Community College’s new Centerville Campus. She has over 30 years of experience in higher education and has held a wide variety of roles at the college since 1989. She has extensive expertise in higher education administration as well as a strong background in strategic planning, project management, and technology. Laura also served as a loaned executive in the role of Director of Adult Education Initiatives for the State of Ohio and is a 2011 Leadership Dayton Graduate.

In 1887, Dayton YMCA General Secretary David A. Sinclair founded the courses of study to create skilled citizens to succeed in local jobs and life. His idea was “Find the need and endeavor to meet it.” Eventually the institution was named Sinclair College in 1948 and the college is currently celebrating 132 years!

Laura shared updates about the recently opened Sinclair Centerville location. This is the first satellite location for Sinclair that is a magnet school instead of a feeder to the downtown location. It is located at 5800 Clyo Rd on 40 acres of land with a building of nearly 100,000 square feet. The new site will be used as an educational, cultural and community enrichment center. Phase 1 occupying 15,000 sq feet of the building is complete and phase 2 is coming soon. Sinclair Centerville first opened for the spring 2019 semester and had over 400 students. Enrollment for the summer 2019 session has begun.

View Laura’s slide show here.

Academic Program offerings at Centerville are focused in four key areas:

  • Information Technology
  • Health Sciences certificate offerings
  • Elementary Education
  • General education courses that are aligned with university transfer requirements

The Cyber Security program has been moved from downtown to the Centerville campus. The Cybersecurity program is NSA recognized. Other areas taught include Networking and User Support.

There is a free Cyber Showcase for the public on April 24, 2019 from 3 PM to 6 PM. Details are listed here.

In 2017 the state provided conceptual approval for community colleges to offer applied bachelor’s degrees. Final approval is in place for bachelor’s degrees in Aviation and Unmanned Aerial Systems.

There is strong cooperation for completing degrees with the University of Dayton, Wright State University, Ohio University and Indiana Wesleyan. In the past, a student would spend 2 years at Sinclair and the go elsewhere to complete their degree. Now there are many options including a BSN for nurses’ degree where a student spends 1 year at UD, 2 years at Sinclair and the final year at UD. There is projected to be a shortage of more than one million nurses by 2020 nationally. The demand for nurses with a bachelor’s degree is higher than nurses with lower degrees.

Sinclair offers programs beyond college classes. It offers K-12 Enrichment, Recreation, Performances in the main theater, Speakers, Health Sciences, Certificates and Elementary Education.

College for Lifelong Learning

Health & Wellness

  • Vitamins & Supplements
  • Aromatherapy
  • Meditation Investments
  • Stocks
  • Tax-Free Investing
  • Mutual Funds

Technology

  • Intro to iPad
  • Genealogy Search Strategies
  • Cybersecurity

Life Skills & Business

  • Residential Downsizing
  • Saving Yourself from Scams

Sinclair Foundation

Laura introduced Zachary Beck, the Development Officer at the Sinclair Foundation. As of 12/31/2017 net assets of the foundation are $37,805,286. This is a 14% increase from the year before. Scholarships Awarded amounted to $1,128,115. Operating Expenses were $294,568. Investments in Program Support were $1,858,271.

Quick Facts

  • Sinclair now offers 4-year degrees
  • 28,000 college credit students annually
  • More students choose Sinclair than any other institution in the 8-county area
  • 9918 students from Centerville have attended Sinclair College in the past 10 years
  • $10 million in grants/scholarships have been awarded to Centerville residents the past 10 years
  • Any Sinclair student can use services at the Centerville location

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Jane Fiehrer March 27
Bob Crawford March 28
Maha Kashani March 31

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Charla Rheaume March 26 3/26/2018 1
Scott Rheaume March 26 3/26/2018 1
Dav Bremer March 31 3/31/2001 18
Rob Jones March 31 3/31/2001 18
Don Kelley April 1 4/1/1983 36
Ed Case April 1 4/1/2009 10
Phil Robinson April 1 4/1/1982 37

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Brandon Barrett Jesse Gaither Induction
Will Pace Evelyn Griffin 2nd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Jerry Stahley Left cardboard in his ball cap.
Tom Novak Dressed the same as Bob Burkman
Bob Burkman Dressed the same as Tom Novak
Greg Griffin Forgot to bring his camera to lunch, Evelyn had to go home to get it
Gary Smiga Late to last board meeting
Debe Dockins Late to last board meeting
Jane Fiehrer Late to last board meeting

 Happy Bucks! 

No time for happy bucks this week.

CNOtes – Optimist 2.0 March 21, 2019 – Wasfi Samaan – JD Legends Entertainment Complex

Guests and Members in Attendance

Cindy Bowman
Marcie Breese
Steven Brink
Brad Combs
Benita Dorn
Julie Faustman
Christie Garrett
Karin Gilstrap
Jeff Heil
Adam Hess
Nicole Hess
Anne Manning
Mary Mariscalco
Kate Mathay
Alecia McDowell
Jason McDowell
Meg McFarland
Brian Miller
William Pace
Wasfi Samaan
Ashley Simeone
Amy Smith
Amy Smith
Pam Splawinski
Blake Stamm
Melissa Stamm
Lillie Walsh
Anita Yoder
Brenda Young
Diane Arehart
Pat Arehart
Pat Arehart
Pat Behn
Katie Calloway
Steve Campbell
Melissa Deeter
Gary DeMarco
Judy DeMarco
Melissa DeShurko
Cheryl Dowd
Emily Duke
Greg Fay
Clint Freese
Jesse Gaither
Cherie Gentry
Evelyn Griffin
Greg Griffin
Gary Hansen
Cindy Harris
Donna Huss
Tom Kendo
Nancy Lehren
Chris McAlpine
Brian Nolan
Laurie Poeppelman
Bill Powell
Jean Pummill
Myron Rheaume
Brent Richburg
Candace Rinke
Deb Saunders
Gary Smiga
Ron Tinnerman
Jayne Weikel
Sue Zammit

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was Heavier than Air Brewing Company. Thank you to CNO Member Nick Tarkany and his team for allowing us to take over their bar tonight.

There was a 50/50 drawing won by Melissa Stamm, a guest and one of the teachers we recognized tonight.

We had 36 members and 29 guests in attendance.

CNO 2.0 Introduction

Greg Fay, the chair of the CNO 2.0 committee, gave a brief presentation before the speaker. The following may not all be realized by guests, new members or perspective members at the meeting tonight:  CNO 2.0 is a club within a club of the Centerville Noon Optimist club. Being a member of either club allows their members all the same opportunities to participate in fund raising and club activities. CNO 2.0 was created about 2 years ago and is very much a part of the 51-year-old Centerville Optimist Club. CNO has given away over $2 million during its history.

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
  • Easter Egg hunt

Pat Behn gave everyone more information about the Easter Egg hunt. We need volunteers to help stuff 6000 plastic eggs with candy on April 13, 2019 at 9 AM at St. Leonards. It sounds like a lot of eggs, but the work is spread out and takes a little over an hour. Please sign up or show up. There will be coffee and donuts for volunteers!

The Easter Egg hunt will be at 10 AM on April 20, 2019, also at St. Leonards. Volunteers should show up at 8:30 to help spread the eggs in the grass for the kids to find at 10 AM. Coffee and donuts will be provided for volunteers!

Quarterly Teacher Recognition Awards

This quarter CNO 2.0 focused on Centerville Middle Schools. Brian Miller from Watts introduced Lillie Walsh and Marcie Breese. These two amazing teachers helped a struggling student by offering extra support. This child should now go on to a successful high school career starting next year. Each were given a plaque and a $25 gift card to Submarine House.

Clint Freese, the principal at Tower Heights, introduced Nicole Hess. Nicole is a great teacher and she shared a story about a visually impaired student. This student won a raffle to join the teacher’s basketball team for a teacher versus student game held last week. The student came dressed and ready to play just like any other student would. The student team still won the game, as usual. Nicole was given a plaque and a $25 gift card to Submarine House.

From Magsig Cindy Bowman introduced Melissa Stamm. Melissa is fantastic and brings the power of positivity to her students. The kids love and want to be involved in theater. She was given a plaque and a $25 gift card to Submarine House.

Wasfi Samaan, Tonight’s local business success speaker

Greg Fay introduced entrepreneur Wasfi Samaan, owner of JD Legends Media (a social media company) and CEO of JD Legends Entertainment Complex in Franklin Ohio. You can also reach them on Facebook.

Wasfi started off with, “Tonight I will tell you a story about how I reduced my yearly marketing budget by $100,000 while increasing sales by 30% by using social media and Facebook Live.”

At 8 years old he immigrated to the U.S and lived in Kentucky. He spoke no English and was very shy. He credits his participation in high school wrestling and mixed martial arts for giving him great confidence and for finally ending the endless bullying he received as a young boy.

He asked if any of us have hosted Facebook Live. He was in LA at a social media conference when he first learned about Facebook Live. He decided to immediately promote concerts and it was amazing how many people instantly started watching. He said anyone in business can do Facebook live and would benefit from it. Your Facebook page is your own media company and if you want to be successful you need to treat it that way. To be successful in social media the content you create needs to be entertaining, educational and inform your audience and future customers about you or your products.

To promote his businesses on Facebook Live, he uses multiple types of shows. He creates shows about mixed martial arts, cooking, and has had a show about a Bourbon tasting event. He uses social media by first creating a podcast or live show to promote one of his concerts or activities. The information given becomes the ad. It is important to produce content. The content becomes the ad. The old ways of marketing don’t work anymore. He explained that TV, radio and newspapers are all switching to social media.

You don’t have to have thousands of facebook friends for this to work. Your Facebook live creation will get indexed by Google and Facebook and it could get found by anyone. After you create content with your video, copy it to YouTube and Instagram. The description you put is important so give it some thought, because it is used for the indexing.

During his presentation he decided to do a Facebook live video on the spot. He got out a tripod and mounted his smartphone to the tripod sideways (landscape) which he said is important. His video was an interview with Nick Tarkany, the owner of Heavier than Air where tonight’s meeting was held. Wasfi started by asking Nick about his one-and-a-half-year-old company. Nick mentioned that the most popular beer is their New England IPA and their “Golden”. Wasfi asked about the origin of Nick’s company name. The name is based on the Wright Brothers goal of creating a flying machine that was heavier than air. During the interview, Wasfi could instantly see Facebook users were viewing the video. He offered two free tickets to a concert to the third person that said they were watching, which will help with the ranking of the video.

Wasfi took questions from the audience. He was asked how he came to be in the bowling alley business. He and his brother had been buying businesses, improving them and then selling them. A bank that knew the brothers in Kentucky asked if they would run a local bowling alley that was in immediate danger of going bankrupt until a buyer could be found. This benefitted the bank financially and by reputation because there would have been significant fall out from bowlers if it shut down during the middle of league season. After running it for a while they decided to purchase it. His company was on a list of bowling alley owners. He found out about JD Legends bowling alley in Franklin because he was sent an offer to purchase it from the previous owners.

Then he was asked about how he became the owner of a social media marketing company. He said that after purchasing JD Legends he invested 1.5 million and started hosting live music concerts. He figured out he was spending way too much on marketing originally, so he studied social media and compared the ROI. Over time he got better and better at it. He is passionate about his social marketing and decided to offer his services to others.

He said we should try out different things and give things a shot. You never know when you might get a positive response. Go ahead and send that email requesting someone to become a customer, they might just say yes. He was recently offered a trade of products for his services for a new cupcake company. He said yes to them.

Next Meeting

Remember the CNO 2.0 meeting is always the third Thursday of the month at 5:30 PM at a local bar or restaurant. CNO member Cindy Gaboury will be the speaker at the next meeting on April 18, 2019. She and her husband Kirby own Audio Etc, which has provided home entertainment systems in Centerville for over 30 years.