CNOtes 7/20/21: Educational Assistance Awards presented by Gary Smiga

Bob Burkman’s Prayer

Heavenly Father,

We are thankful for this day that you have given us, for its blessings, its opportunities, and its challenges.

As Optimists, we are thankful for today’s opportunity to demonstrate our purpose as a “Friend of Youth”. We pray that all young people will receive your strength and guidance to face each day’s tasks and solve each day’s problems. We pray that you empower all young people with the ability to always give their best effort and face the future with confidence and optimism. We ask this in your name.



  • The 21st season of TOP soccer for special needs kids will start on 8/22/2021. The program needs volunteers, including assistant coaches and on-field buddies assigned to a participant. The kids look forward to the event each year. Volunteers do not need to know anything about soccer to help.
  • Bob Lawson announced that they need volunteers to work at the Kid’s Day in the Park on 8/7/2021 from 9 AM to 1 PM. If you can help during all or a portion of that time let Bob Lawson know. See details below.
  • The President’s Club will honor all member clubs’ Volunteers of the Year. They will honor CNO Optimist of the Year for 2020 Mike Brubaker and for 2019 Beth Duncan. The breakfast will be on August 12, 7:00 AM. There is room for a few more people, let Debe know if you would like to attend.
  • Debe Dockins announced CNO will participate in Party in the Park on Friday, August 13. Volunteers are needed to work the CNO tent.
  • Debe Dockins announced that Optimist 2.0 met last Thursday at Heavier Than Air Brewing Company. Thanks to the committee for setting that up. You can read about the meeting and Uptown Centerville plans here. The next meeting will be 8/19/2021 at Nelly’s with Zach Hollingsworth of Freedom Whiskey speaking.

Committee Meetings

  • 8/17/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting

Community Events                                

  • 8/7/2021, 9 AM to 1 PM, Kid’s Day in the Park event. It will be held at 1700 Delco Park Dr, Kettering OH 45420. Activities are designed for kids aged 5 to 12. Free lunch begins at 11:30.

Social Events

Sue Jessee announced that a Euchre Party will be held on 8/6/2021 at the club house in Beth Duncan’s neighborhood.

About the CNO Educational Assistance Awards

The following are notes from Gary Smiga.

It is my pleasure to be able to introduce this year’s Centerville Noon Optimist Club’s Memorial Educational Assistance Award winners.  The award is given in the memory of the individuals that have passed away while active members of our club.  The following individuals exemplified what it meant to give back to your community with their service and character.

  • Tom Frazier- 1994
  • Tom Craig- 1994
  • Denise Goeckel- 1998
  • Dick Lewin- 2002
  • Corwin Robinson- 2005
  • Steve Fisher- 2007
  • Dave Petree- 2007
  • Jim Hawley- 2010
  • Margaret Barclay- 2010
  • Tom Gravlin- 2013
  • Terry Blair-2014
  • Dave Milam- 2014
  • Ken Bluhm- 2015
  • John Hughes- 2015
  • Mike Hayes- 2015
  • Wes Hamdan- 2016
  • Tim Gibson- 2017
  • Linda Fisher- 2017
  • Brent Moore- 2018
  • Chuck Dickerson- 2018
  • Ed Case- 2019
  • Jeff Brown- 2020
  • Jim Schumacher- 2020
  • Don Wildenhaus- 2020
  • Tom Brozich- 2021

After Gary read the names, we had a moment of silence to honor and remember these fine individuals.

2021 Educational Assistance Awards

The following are notes from Gary Smiga.

The qualifications for our Educational Assistance award are as follows:

  1. Be a graduating high school senior that will be attending a college/university offering a two or four-year degree upon the completion of an accredited program.
  2. Be a resident of Centerville or Washington Township.
  3. Have a strong record of participation in community service activities.
  4. Possess a financial need as affirmed by the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

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

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

This year we have 5 first-year award winners.  They are Grace Barnett, Trent Bollinger, Jayson Hayes, Megan Patel, and Ellie Spiewak.

Each of our first-year recipients will be receiving a $2000 check that they can use towards the cost of attendance at the university they have chosen.

At this time, I would like to tell you some things about each one of them.  Each of them will also share their essay on “Why is it important that community members provide service to youth, and what is the high school student’s role in providing such service?”

Grace Barnett

Grace graduated from Centerville High School.

Grace’s Extracurricular and Community Service Activities include:

  • Working on the Eclipse Literary Magazine
  • Choir
  • Orchestra
  • Serving food at St. Vincent’s
  • Babysitting

Grace has also worked at Olive Garden as a host and at Kroger’s where her jobs include assisting elderly and disabled shoppers, bagger and cart wrangler.

Grace will be attending Marshall University majoring in Education with a career goal of becoming a middle school English teacher.

Trent Bollinger

Trent graduated from Centerville High School.

Trent’s Extracurricular and Community Service Activities include:

  • Volleyball, where he served as team captain
  • SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions)
  • Boy Scouts
  • Member of the Exercise Science Block Program

Trent works at Bollinger Lawn Care, where he is the CEO/CFO.

Trent will be attending the University of Cincinnati.  After college he would like to continue his studies to become a physician’s assistant.

Jayson Hayes

Jayson graduated from Centerville High School.

Jayson’s Extracurricular and Community Service Activities include:

  • Football, where he earned special mention in the GWOC and won the Elk Iron Award for no missed practices
  • Basketball, where he was a member of the State Championship team
  • Track and Field
  • 1st Vice President of the Littlejohn Junior NAACP Youth Council, where he handed out school supplies and participated in other outreach activities for youth

Jayson worked at Flag Football Fanatics, where he served as a referee for youth flag football games.

Jayson will be attending Georgetown College.  After reaching his goal of playing in the NFL, he would like to become a real estate agent and own property.

Megan Patel

Megan graduated from Centerville High School.

Megan’s Extracurricular and Community Service Activities include:

  • BAPS Youth Regional Core Team as a summer camp event lead, responsible for planning, organizing and executing events
  • National and Spanish Honor Societies
  • Engineering, Environmental, Reading and Interact Club
  • Bowling

Megan worked at Walmart serving as a front-end cashier, greeting and assisting customers, as well as restocking.

Megan will be attending the University of Cincinnati studying Aerospace Engineering with the hopes of someday finding more sustainable methods of airborne travel.

Ellie Spiewak

Ellie graduated from Centerville High School.

Ellie’s Extracurricular and Community Service Activities include:

  • Track and Field, where she served as a captain and was All State
  • Cheerleading, where she served as a captain
  • National and Spanish Honor Societies
  • CHS Character Club
  • Chemistry, Study and Lunch Buddies
  • Blood Drive organizer

Ellie worked at Lock 27, Dorothy Lane Market and Compunet Clinical Laboratories.

Ellie will be attending The Ohio State University where she plans to major in Biomedical Engineering and work in a clinical setting to develop new medical technologies.

Educational Assistance Awards Renewals

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

Now we will welcome our two scholarship award recipients from last year who have achieved all 3 of these renewal requirements.

Madison Earnest

While she cannot join us due to a full-time work commitment as a Camp Counselor at the Centerville-Washington Park District Nature Day Camp, Madison successfully completed her freshman year at The Ohio State University with a 3.929 GPA while completing 53 credit hours, 21 of them through advanced placement credits.

Madison served as an Undergraduate Student Government Committee Representative where she participated in the “Breaking Down the Ballot” project, creating a student guide for Columbus ballot issues and candidates.

She was a member of the Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity where she participated in service, fellowship and leadership events.

 She also worked as a Student Office Assistant for the Office of Student Life.

Kristen Bell

Kristen successfully completed her freshman year at The Ohio State University with a 4.0 GPA while completing 59 credit hours, 32 of them through advanced placement credits.

Kristen is involved in the Health Sciences Scholars Program where she will serve as lead peer mentor next year.

As a Psychology Department Student Ambassador, she served as course assistant for the freshman survey class, helping to create and run department events and talk to prospective students and their parents.  She also participated in Swim Club, Psychology Club and on Buckeyethon to actively fundraise for pediatric cancer relief efforts.


We often hear a lot of negative stories about today’s youth that you might begin to wonder if there is any hope for their future and our future.  Today, these young individuals have hopefully dispelled those concerns, as they exemplify the qualities that will allow them to move forward and be the leaders of our tomorrow.

Grace, Trent, Jayson, Megan, Ellie, Madison and Kristen we are all immensely proud of you and we wish you the best at the schools you have chosen to attend.

Fellow Optimists, please join me in a round of applause for these fine individuals.

Thank you.

New Member Readings and Inductions

No readings or inductions this week.

Welcome Guests!

GuestGuest Of
Allison BarnettFamily
Grace BarnettScholarship Winner
Greg BellFamily
Kristen BellScholarship Winner
Rosemary BellFamily
Bronson BollingerFamily
Kayla BollingerFamily
Trent BollingerScholarship Winner
Andrew BolliongerFamily
Colleen BradyMike Bevis
Madison EarnestScholarship Winner
Glenn HayesFamily
Jaylen HayesFamily
Jayson HayesScholarship Winner
Valerie HayesFamily
Tom IoanesFamily
Tammie JohnsonFamily
Megan PatelScholarship Winner
Ellie SpiewakScholarship Winner
Laurie SpiewakFamily
Melanie TaylorFamily
Ricky WestFamily

Happy Bucks

No time for Happy Bucks this week.

Sergeants at Arms

No time for Sergeants this week.

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Marge BackJuly207/20/20165
John ShermanJuly247/24/200912


Steve RauJuly 23
Mike YoderJuly 24
Phil RobinsonJuly 26
Kathy KleinJuly 26

CNO Donations – 2013 through June 2021

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

Thank You Notes Received

Click Here to Read the Thank You Notes we received this week

Links to PowerPoint and Pictures

A Copy of this Week’s Meeting PowerPoint Slide Deck is here

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.

CNO 2.0 Notes 7/15/21: Michael Norton-Smith – UPTOWN Centerville

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

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

There were 25 people at the meeting (20 members and 5 guests). 

Dennis Dockins – Guest
Brian Nicholas – Guest
Michael Norton-Smith – Guest
Andre Tagliamonte – Guest
Vicki Thompson – Guest
Diane Arehart – Member
Patrick Arehart – Member
Abby Branham – Member
Casey Dixon – Member
Debe Dockins – Member
Cheryl Dowd – Member
Emily Duke – Member
Evelyn Griffin – Member
Greg Griffin – Member
Mark Karns – Member
Brian Nolan – Member
Jean Pummill – Member
Ashley Simeone – Member
Michelle Tagliamonte – Member
Nick Tarkany – Member
Ron Thompson – Member
Ron Tinnerman – Member
Jayne Weikel – Member
Jon Werts – Member
Suzanne Werts – Member


Ron Tinnerman announced that the annual Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf Classic was a huge success. The 7/12/2021 event raised $40,000 that our Optimist Club can use for the youth in our community.

Community Event

  • 8/7/2021, 9 AM to 1 PM, Debe Dockins announced that we need volunteers to work at the Kid’s Day in the Park event. It will be held at 1700 Delco Park Dr, Kettering OH 45420. Activities at the event are designed for kids aged 5 to 12. Free lunch begins at 11:30.

Speaker: Michael Norton-Smith, Uptown Centerville Plans

Ron Tinnerman introduced Michael Norton-Smith, the Development Director for the City of Centerville. He came tonight to talk about the Uptown Action Plan started 2 years ago for Uptown Centerville.

Webpage for Uptown Centerville: Unique – Vibrant – Historic

PDF of the Action plan

About Michael Norton-Smith

Michael Norton-Smith grew up in North Canton and he graduated high school in 2004. The town had about 13,000 residents at that time. The largest employer until 2007 in North Canton was the Hoover Vacuum cleaner company. Hoover’s original factory was in North Canton and at its peak employed 1000 people. In 2007, Maytag bought Hoover and moved all the jobs to Mexico.

Michael saw the affects of this loss of jobs on his small town. He decided he wanted to learn how to help with this type of situation. He set out to get a degree or degrees that would show him how to make a difference in towns facing the same issue. He finally found some education that would help him help others.

His wife is a doctor and she was matched to a hospital near Centerville. This is how he came to be in our town. He is using his training and experience to help change Uptown Centerville into a vibrant section of the community.

Previous Presentation to CNO

Michael presented at a weekly lunch on 5/18/2021. You can read the article here. Many of the details from that presentation are not included in this article. This article focused on progress and changes since 5/18/2021.

Uptown Centerville Survey

In 2019, Centerville conducted a door to door survey of businesses asking questions about retail businesses in Uptown Centerville. The consensus is traffic is a problem and parking is a nightmare. This makes greatly reduced pedestrian traffic. Several retail establishments have tried to make it in the area, but they have not been able to last very long.

Uptown Vision Statement

“Uptown Centerville is a vibrant district at the heart of our community. Uptown is a welcoming, walkable destination that is home to our history and a friendly gathering place where local businesses thrive.”

Overall, the City of Centerville wants to make the area a safer, easier place to park, stay and play in Uptown Centerville.

The hope is that there will be 3 construction phases, 1 each year, starting in 2022.

Progress for the Uptown Centerville Changes

Results of the project survey were released in June 2019. Everything was going great and they were ready to start in March 2021. Then the pandemic occurred and deadlines were extended. In September 2021, they decided they had to get something going or they would lose another year, so they let the business community know that plan.

The city is excited by the great responses from businesses. There are current restaurant owners in the Dayton area that have already purchased buildings in the Uptown area even though no construction has begun. The owners feel strongly that this will be a success and are ready to commit.

Just three days ago, on 7/12/2021, the Centerville City Council approved an entertainment district in Uptown Centerville. This is an important step. This will make 15 new liquor licenses available to vendors. All other area liquor licenses are either in use or the price for them is out of reach. The new licenses are $2500 vs $30,000 and to purchase one you must be operating an establishment; you can’t just hoard the licenses to raise the price.

Michael said the project is evolving. They have been asking the public again what they think about the project as it stands now. Some plans have changed as engineers have evaluated the plans and corrected issues with rain runoff and safety issues.

Overall, the majority of feedback is positive, and they believe the project will proceed quicker than expected with the enthusiasm of the retail business community and residents.

Thank You

Thank you, Michael Norton-Smith, for joining us to educate CNO 2.0 about the City of Centerville’s plans for Uptown Centerville.

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.

CNOtes: July 13, 2021 – Jim Charters – Carillon Park

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

Heavenly Father,

When we tee-off in this game called life, we expect to sail smoothly down the fairway onto the green.  We even hope for that magical hole-in-one.  But life is not always smooth sailing.  A gust of wind may blow us off track and we may find ourselves in a rough patch, surrounded by sand, or sinking in water.  Lord, please give us the balls (and the occasional club) we need to move forward, for we have more rounds ahead of us. 



  • Bob Glavin announced that the 21st season of TOP soccer for special needs kids will start on 8/22/2021. The program needs volunteers, including assistant coaches and on-field buddies assigned to a participant. The kids look forward to the event each year. Volunteers do not need to know anything about soccer to help.
  • Mike Bevis, Chair of the Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf Classic, thanked everyone who helped make it a great success on 7/12/2021. Thanks to the 36 committee members and the 50 day of event volunteers. The 128 participants were shown a great time. An additional $13,000 was raised on the day of the event. The total raised is approximately $40,000. The next outing will be held on July 18, 2022.
  • Nancy Lehren announced a club service project for Crayons to Classrooms. CNO has agreed to help Crayons to Classrooms assemble journals consisting of 10 pieces of paper plus a front and back cover. The assembly will occur after the noon meeting on 7/20/2021. If you are available, please stay after lunch and bring a stapler.
  • Donna Huss, club advisor for the CNO St Leonard Club, announced that the St. Leonard club is starting up again. They are looking to grow the members. Contact Donna if you know anyone at St Leonard that might be interested in being a member. They already have plans for community projects and activities for the next year.

Community Events

  • 7/31/2021, 11 AM – 2 PM, Andy Dickerson announced that they need volunteers to work at the Big Backyard Party at Oak Grove Park.
  • 8/7/2021, 9 AM to 1 PM Andy Dickerson announced that they need volunteers to work at the Kid’s Day in the Park event. It will be held at 1700 Delco Park Dr, Kettering OH 45420. Activities are designed for kids aged 5 to 12. Free lunch begins at 11:30.

PGI and PDP Awards

Jean Pummill announced the advancement of members through OI member programs for Personal Growth and Involvement (PGI) and Professional Development Program (PDP) Advancements. There are 10 levels in PGI and 13 levels in PDP


Katie Calloway has achieved level 1 of the PDP program.

For PGI there were numerous advancements

  • Level 1 – 27 Members
  • Level 2 – 30 Members  
  • Level 3 – 8 Members
  • Level 4 – 1 Members
  • Level 5 – 2 Members
  • Level 6 – 2 Members
  • Level 7 – 1 Members

The Optimist International PGI and PDP personal achievement programs will be transferring to an online Learning Management System also known as LMS. More information will be available in weeks ahead.

Committee Meetings

  • 7/20/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting

Jim Charters, Carillon Park

Carol Smerz introduced Jim Charters, a spokesperson for Dayton History who came today to present about Carillon Park. Carillon Historical Park is a 65-acre open-air history museum that serves as the main campus for Dayton History.

Introduction From Carol Smerz:

Jim Charters is a spokesperson for Dayton History and has made presentations to numerous organizations about significant historical events and individuals from the Dayton area.  He volunteers as an interpretive guide at Carillon Park and Hawthorn Hill.  In 2013 he received Carillon Park’s “Volunteer of the Year” award.

Jim was born in Dayton and graduated from Chaminade High School and Ashford University.  After a career with Illinois Tool Works, he returned to the Dayton area (Washington Township) to enjoy retirement, in particular golf and volunteering.

He volunteers as a tutor at Centerville High School and Magsig Middle School.  He also moderates a class at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Dayton and moderates a class at Sinclair Community College.  In addition, he has performed on stage as an actor with the Tipp City Players and Dayton History.

About Carillon Historical Park

From their website: Carillon Historical Park owes its existence to the generosity of Colonel Edward Andrew Deeds (1874–1960) and Edith Walton Deeds (1869–1947). In the 1930s, while traveling in Bruges, Belgium, Edith, an accomplished musician, found inspiration in magnificent carillon music, and she dreamed of sharing this music with the people of Dayton. Edith’s dream became reality through the construction of Deeds Carillon—her most visible legacy to the community she loved.

A renowned engineer, inventor, and industrialist, Colonel Deeds was a close friend and colleague of fellow Dayton luminaries Charles Kettering, John H. Patterson, and Orville Wright. Colonel Deeds co-founded Dayton Engineering Laboratories Company (DELCO), the Dayton-Wright Airplane Company, and the Engineers Club of Dayton, and served as the third CEO of National Cash Register (NCR).

Jim Charters Presentation

Jim Charters presentation was titled, “Carillon Historical Park: Today and Tomorrow”, a “Dayton History Experience.”

Colonel Edward A. Deeds and Edith Walton Deeds created the park in 1942. Edith was the first person to play the Carillon bells

View the slides from his presentation here.

Notable Exhibits at Carillon Park

  • There is a temporary exhibit through the end of 2021, “Bootleggers, Bandits, and Badges: From Dry Times to Hard Times in Dayton Ohio,” including John Dillinger’s pistol and the handcuff’s used on him in Dayton
  • On display is the 1,000,000th Huffy bike that was built in Dayton
  • There are 91 NCR cash registers on display
  • DELCO, Dayton Engineering Laboratories Company is represented

Carillon Park Areas

  • Deeds Carillon
  • Kettering Family Education Center; this is the main entrance and handles admissions, information, check-in, museum store and exhibits
  • Winsupply Center of Leadership
  • Culp’s Café: The Café is ready to re-open as soon as they can find enough employees
  • Eichelberger Pavilion
  • Schear Family Gallery
  • Roger Glass Gallery
  • Heritage Center of Dayton Manufacturing and Entrepreneurship
  • We Progress Through Change Theater
  • Carousel of Innovation
  • Carillon Brewing Co: It is the only brewery making beer the way it was made in 1850
  • The 1901 Horse Barn from the Montgomery County Fairgrounds
  • Old River Park Swimming Pool Tower
  • Callahan Building Clock: It used to be a landmark seen from I-75 and it has been moved to Carillon Park and can still be seen from I-75; great views are available from the top of the tower it is now mounted on

Future Additions at Carillon Historical Park

  • Carillon Park Railway: The train will hold 100 people and have one mile of track and will be stored in the 1901 Horse Barn from the Montgomery County Fairgrounds that is now located at the park
  • Bowling Green Depot
  • Dayton Triangles Locker Room: The first national football team
  • The Old Culp’s Café
  • Culp’s Corner and Dayton Sports and Recreation Heritage Pavilion
  • The Print Shop: The print shop and trade experience area has been greatly expanded and re-opens in Fall of 2021
  • Miami and Erie Canal Lock Experience Center: The canal will have a new experience center below the model ship
  • Nation Road Interpretive Center
  • Funicular: It will be built to transport visitors to the top of the hill with great views of the Miami Valley

Volunteers Are Needed

Do you love history? Then become a Dayton History Volunteer. Contact Kay Locher for more information.

They need help with:

  • Park Interpreters
  • Archives and Collections
  • Special Events
  • Mailings
  • More

Thank You

Thank you, Jim Charters, for joining us to educate CNO on Carillon Park.

Other Parts of the Dayton History Organization

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

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

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

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

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

Link to related article on this website

See previous article from 9/1/2020 for other details about Dayton History.

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Sam HolmesMike Bevis3rd Reading

Welcome Guests!

GuestGuest Of
Ann CrichtonMike Bevis
Chuck DavisTom Novak
David HaaseMike bevis
Eric ParsleyMike Bevis
Jim ChartersSpeaker
Martha SanchezDebe Dockins

Happy Bucks

Eveyln GriffinFor Mike Yoder helping Carrie Million after her recent fall.
Judy DeMarcoGolf outing went great.
Beth Duncan$20, She won Grand Raffle 50/50 at the golf outing yesterday.
Charlie Tapp$2, Thanks to the great efforts of Mike Bevis for the golf outing.
Charlie TappWas bummed when found out that that picture of Debe Dockins was a fake at the golf outing.
Debe DockinsAmy Barker has been elected Chair of the Board of Trustees of Sinclair College.

Sergeants at Arms

Bob LawsonLeft early from last week’s meeting when it was his birthday and therefore we didn’t get to sing to him.
Mike BevisAuthorizing the 2D sign of Debe Dockins for the golf outing. Her face was photshopped to a picture of Britanny Spears with the caption, “Hit me with your best shot.” The golfer who got the closest to the life size picture won a prize.
Mike BevisBorrowed the CNO lunch podium sign for the golf outing and did not return it.
Chris McAlpineBid for and won, but did not pay for, his silent auction gift basket at the golf outing.
Roland RappSaid to Carrie Million, “Behave and stay out of trouble,” just before she fell and injured herself in the parking lot.
Greg GriffinThere are 330 pictures in the CNO member directory and only 1 person has their head turned sideways and it is sergeant Brian Nolan, which is why he fined Greg.

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Bob BargmeyerJuly177/17/20147
Jeff PapanekJuly177/17/20147
Tom BeeryJuly177/17/20147
Mike BremJuly187/18/20183
Sue JesseeJuly187/18/20183
Steve MockJuly197/19/199625
Tom LakesJuly197/19/20174


Denise GreenJuly 15
Sue BrubakerJuly 16
Mark PetreJuly 18
Bob BurkmanJuly 19

CNO Donations – 2013 through June 2021

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

Thank You Notes Received

Click Here to Read the Thank You Notes we received this week

Links to PowerPoint and Pictures

A Copy of this Week’s Meeting PowerPoint Slide Deck is here

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.

CNOtes: July 6, 2021 – Kathy Corbett – Therapeutic Riding Institute

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

Dear God,

We spent the past weekend celebrating our independence.  While independence and self-reliance are things to be celebrated, You created us to be in communion with one another.  Help us to remember we were each created with strengths and weaknesses, we were made to support and help one another, and there is strength in not only offering assistance, but also in asking for and accepting it.


CNO is the Optimist International Club of the Year for 2019-2020

The Centerville Noon Optimist Club is honored to be chosen as the Optimist Club of the Year for 2019-2020 by Optimist International.  This is the highest achievement an Optimist Club can reach in the Optimist International organization. 

Our club was selected out of over 2200 clubs internationally for our community outreach and impact on children throughout the year.

We are the only club in Optimist International’s 100÷ year history to have received this award twice.

Star of the Month Award

Incarnation Junior Optimist Club was awarded the OI “Star of the Month” award.

Kelly Stone, the club advisor for the Alpha Club (elementary), JOI Club (middle school) and Octagon Club (high school) presented the award to Mary Pierce and Carolyn Shocky from Incarnation, who were guests today at lunch.

Kelly Stones’ Presentation

This past year was particularly difficult due to the pandemic and obviously changed the way most clubs have operated. Our Alpha clubs were forced to take a hiatus due to the students being required to learn from home. The only clubs that were able to participate this past school year were Incarnation, Alter and Centerville High school.

I was made aware of an award that OI was giving out called OI Star of the Month – I knew immediately who we needed to nominate!

Kelly then read the full nomination letter that you can read here.

Kelly Continued

As you can see, this club deserves to be recognized for their hard work, creative thinking outside the box and reaching beyond the stars! It is my pleasure to present the Incarnation Cub with the International Star of the Month award!


  • Debe Dockins for Joan Cordonnier announced that the 2021 Americana 5K Race was a great success. Thanks to chair Joan Cordonnier and her team. Joan was very happy with 800 participants. Joan said thanks to all that helped her.
  • Debe Dockins announced that the CNO float in the 2021 Americana Parade received the “Presidents Award”. Special thanks to Mike Cordonnier and his team of CHS Theater students for designing and building the float. Thanks to everyone that helped with the float! Thank you to Centerville Landscape & Irrigation for the loan of the trailer, Common Sense Lawn Care with Casey and Matt Dixon for driving the trailer, the TOP Optimist special needs club for riding on the float and Jane Fiehrer with Sign Connection for all of the signs on the float.
  • Debe Dockins announced that the CNO tent at the 2021 Americana Festival distributed 1200 customized water bottles at the event.

Community Events

  • 8/7/2021 Andy Dickerson announced that they need volunteers to work at the Kid’s Day in the Park event
  • 7/31/2021, 11 AM – 2 PM, Andy Dickerson announced that they need volunteers to work at the Big Backyard Party at Oak Grove Park

Committee Meetings

  • 7/20/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting

Kathy Corbett, Therapeutic Riding Institute

Carol Smerz introduced Kathy Corbett (Program Director & Instructor) and Jen Dean (Development Director) with the Therapeutic Riding Institute (TRI). They provide equine assisted learning services and wereestablished in 1973. They moved to a farm in Spring Valley, Ohio in 2019. Kids who typically attend programs at TRI are those with physical, cognitive and emotional challenges. Higher functioning siblings are encouraged to join in the activities provided at TRI.

Kathy Corbett was the speaker. She thanked CNO for the recent $5000 donation to TRI. Support from organizations like CNO are very important to TRI. Their services require payment and they have numerous payment assistance programs.

She showed us “Chases’s Story,” one of the videos on the home page of their website. Chase’s mother describes that the activities her son participates in at TRI are the only activities that her kids can both do together. The first time her son said “please” was when he was on a horse. Sometimes TRI put kids on a horse backwards and the kids really love it and start laughing.

Kathy said there are all kinds of reasons this type of therapy works. The experience of engaging the whole body enables higher brain functions to kick in.

Services Provided (see website for more details)

The range of ages of those served is from 4 to 89.

  • Horseback Riding Programs – Adaptive Riding and Therapeutic Riding
  • Equine Learning Programs – Wranglers, Barn Buddies and Deputies
  • Summer Camp – Weeklong camps
  • Horses Assisting Heroes-Veterans Programs
  • Equine-Facilitated Mental Health – Offered by Professional Mental Health Providers that utilize their horses
  • Caregiver programs – Offered to those who take care of those with special needs

TRI Website

Their website is a wealth of information. From their site:

Equine Assisted Learning Programs

TRI’s Equine Assisted learning is conducted by PATH International Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructors who are also Certified Equine Specialists in Mental Health and Learning. These programs are both unmounted (on the ground) or mounted (on the horse).

Studies show that Equine Assisted Learning has been helpful for people in the following areas: anxiety, assertiveness, confidence, emotional awareness, empathy, stress tolerance, flexibility, impulse control, problem-solving skills, self-actualization, independence, self-regard, social responsibility, interpersonal relationships, and emotional satisfaction.

Volunteer Opportunities

Donation Opportunities

Thank You

Thank you, Kathy Corbett and Jen Dean, for joining us to educate CNO on the Therapeutic Riding Institute.

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Sam HolmesMike Bevis2nd Reading

Welcome Guests!

GuestGuest Of
Carolyn ShockeyIncarination
Darrick WeeksMike Bevis
David GeersTom Novak
Deanna NesbitMike Bevis
Jen DeanSpeaker
Joe Crachiolo
Kathy CorbettSpeaker
Kendal CookeBarbara Santo
Lauren AikenIncarnation
Mary PierceIncarnation
Patti BooneKristy
Peter AdamsDebe Dockins
Samantha TouheyIncarnation
Stephanie McKenzieChristy Gariety
Tyler BenedictMike Bevis
Wendy Roop

Happy Bucks

Dick StevensKids and grandchildren just visited.
Dick Stevens$5, Celebrated 50th wedding anniversary with Sandy Stevens.
Debe DockinsCNO is OI Optimist Club of the Year for 2019-2020.
Myron RheaumeThanks to every CNO member for helping CNO achieve OI Optimist Club of the Year for 2019-2020.
Bill StoneIncarnation received Star Club of the month.
Gary AikenCelebrated 53rd wedding anniversary to Gail Aiken.
Gary SmigaNext week will be visiting family in Philly and then a week long reunion in Cape May, NJ with sister and brothers.
Gary SmigaMemorial Scholarships will be presented on July 20, 2021. Recipients are 7 students from CHS (5 first year awards and 2 renewals). Each student will receive $2000 to be used toward tuition, fees, room, board and related expenses.
Mike YoderHis wife just got her law degree and has passed the bar.

Sergeants at Arms

Val HuffSelling tickets for baskets.
Sue BrubakerSelling tickets for baskets.
Debe DockinsBrian Nolan almost didn’t get his lunch today.

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
CeAnn ChalkerJuly107/10/200021


Mark ScarpinoJuly 6
Bob LawsonJuly 6
Bob GlavinJuly 9
Joe KronenbergerJuly 9
Greg McAfeeJuly 12

CNO Donations – 2013 through June 2021

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

Thank You Notes Received

Click Here to Read the Thank You Notes we received this week

Links to PowerPoint and Pictures

A Copy of this Week’s Meeting PowerPoint Slide Deck is here

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.

CNOTES: June 22, 2021 – : Bethany Deines, Shriners Children’s Ohio, Specialized Pediatric Care

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

From P. S. God, Can You Fly? by R. Wayne Willis:

“Reality Check”

Thank you Lord, for not letting it be any worse.  I love you.

There are few things like a visit to the hospital for a reality check, for putting life in perspective.

One day I entered the burn unit of our children’s hospital and my eyes immediately fixed on a new patient.  He was seated in his room’s doorway in a wheelchair, bound in gauze from his waist up, with holes in the facial wrap for eyes, nose, mouth, and ears.  I couldn’t tell whether the child was a boy or girl until he told me his name.  His name was Paul.  He was five years old. Paul told me he had been badly burned in a fire at his house the day before.  I noticed on his nightstand a beautiful medal and asked him what it was.  He told me how a uniformed policeman had entered the unit earlier that day to visit someone else.  When his eyes and Paul’s met, Paul attempted a wave with his rigid arm.  The wave attempt stopped the policeman in his tracks.  He turned and left the unit.  He returned a short time later with a Medal of Honor in his hand, a medal he had been awarded two weeks earlier.  He walked into Paul’s room, draped the medal around Paul’s neck, and told him, “You deserve this more than I do.  You’re a hero.  This is for you.”  Then he turned and walked away. 

What happened inside the policeman happens inside many of us who work with sick people.  We find it hard, seeing the world from inside a hospital, to get overwrought at a fender bender, a correction in the stock market, or a rained-out golf game.  Glimpses of a sixteen-year-old girl bald from chemotherapy or a ten-year-old boy with severe cerebral palsy or a five-year-old burned child help us, as it did the policeman, keep a sense of proportion and balance in life.  Exposure to suffering helps us check our urge to complain about what we lack and feel more gratitude for what we have.  It compels us to “cleave ever,” as Tennyson said, “To the sunnier side of doubt.”

Today’s Prayer:

Dear God,

We are in need of a reality check.  Instead of complaining, help us to express gratitude.  Instead of being irritated, help us to have patience.  Instead of jumping to conclusions about others, help us to truly see them.  And God, thank you for not letting it be any worse.



  • Lynne Reilly won today’s 50/50 drawing she donated her winnings back to the club!
  • Mike Bevis, Golf Outing Chair, said that 136 golfers have signed up so participation is SOLD OUT. They need “day of event” volunteers for lots of tasks on Monday, July 12, 2021. There are jobs for all times of the day including early morning, mid-day and at the end of the day. They are hoping someone has some Dayton Dragons tickets to donate for the silent auction. Additionally, they are asking for bottles of wine and gift cards for the silent auction and raffles.
  • Beth Duncan announced that the Americana booth chair Brent Richburg is looking for several volunteers to work the CNO Americana booth on 7/5/2021.
  • Jane Fiehrer announced that the American float has some very heavy pieces to lift onto the trailer. They need some very strong people to lift these pieces between 9AM and Noon on 7/3/2021.
  • Ron Tinnerman reported that CNO 2.0 last week at Poelking Lanes South went great. The speaker, Allan Crasto, Ph.D, was very interesting discussing UDRI.

Committee Meetings

  • 7/20/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting

Bethany Deines, Shriners of Ohio

Mike Bevis introduced Bethany Deines, Director of Development of Shriners Children’s Ohio (SCO). SCO just moved to Dayton from Cincinnati. Their new location is the second floor of Dayton Children’s Hospital (DCH) and their address is One Children’s Plaza – 2 West, Dayton, OH 45404. SCO is a hospital within a hospital. The new space was designed with kids in mind. Administration offices are located at 241 Taylor Street.

Also attending today’s meeting were CEO of Dayton SCO, Randy White, and Associate Director of Development of Dayton SCO, Kari Tucker.

You can view the slide deck titled, “Our New Home – Shriners Children’s Ohio, Hospital Update April 2021”, here.  

Philosophy and Purpose

Built on the philosophy that people can make a positive difference in the lives of others, Shriners Children’s Ohio is committed to the community and welcomes involvement from interested individuals.

With their new home, they have the same purpose, “Be the best at transforming children’s lives by providing exceptional healthcare through innovative research, in a patient and family-centered environment.”

About SCO and the New Space

  • All exam rooms have a magnetic chalkboard. Kids love to draw with chalk and play with the magnets.
  • They see about 3000 patients per year. The vast majority will stay much less than a week. In the past it was often several weeks. Patients have better outcomes by being home sooner.
  • By moving into a smaller space, they are saving a lot of money.
  • They wanted to stay in the Ohio area. The Dayton area with its highways and airports is easy to get into. Bethany Deines said, “There is no more friendly area than Dayton, Ohio.”
  • SCO is the first hospital to be inside another hospital. They share services with DCH, but they have their own board of directors.

Relocating the Hospital to be inside Dayton Children’s Hospital

  • Overall, they don’t need nearly the same number of inpatient hospital beds as before. Relocating to a much smaller space has greatly reduced overhead expense.
  • They have right sized the hospital from 30 inpatient beds to 7.
  • At homes, there are better safety standards for children which results in far fewer burns than in the past.
  • Changing healthcare trends and improved technology means shorter hospital stays which requires fewer beds. For example, there are bandages that can stay on longer requiring less professional nursing care.
  • Children have better outcomes when they can go home sooner. There is an increased focus on outpatient care.
  • They can share services with DCH, including labs, radiology, pharmacy, dietary, EVS and security.
  • SCO has access to world-class physicians at DCH. This allows collaboration on complex medical conditions, providing new care services for children.
  • More opportunities for telemedicine and outreach clinics.
  • Dayton is a great location. They can maintain a burn center presence in Midwest/Mid-Atlantic/Southeast. The access to both I-70 and I-75 Interstates is great. The Dayton airport is very close, but so are several other airports within a 2 hours drive.
  • Dayton is a family-friendly community.

Areas in the Hospital

  • Pharmacy on site which is a great luxury
  • Physical/Occupational Therapy Clinic
  • Donor Recognition Wall
  • Outpatient Corridor
  • Outpatient Clinics with well-designed Nurses Stations
  • Outpatient Clinic Exam Room
  • Inpatient Rooms
  • PICU
  • Nurses Stations
  • Med Stations
  • Charting Stations
  • Nutrition Stations
  • Surgical Suite
  • PACU
  • Playroom, a place for kids to do their number one job which is to play
  • Play Space behind a nurse’s station, where kids are given “important jobs” by the nurses

Family Housing

  • Ronald McDonald House – across the street
  • Ronald McDonald House Hospitality Room on the 4th floor of DCH
  • Hotels in area
  • Fisher Houses for Military families

How You can Help

  • Patient Referrals – help us grow!
  • Road Runners/Transportation
  • Share mission and patient stories
  • Give generously at
  • Attend events
  • Fundraising
  • Naming opportunities
  • Volunteer time and talent

Care Given and Conditions Treated

  • Orthopaedics
  • Burn Care
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Craniofacial (in a new partnership with World Craniofacial Foundation)
  • Cleft Lip/Palate
  • Sports Injury and Factures
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Serious skin conditions
  • Wounds and trauma

Where Patients Come From

  • The entire U.S. – most are from the eastern 26 states of the US.
  • Over 35 Countries around the globe – if a child needs their services, they will find a way to get the child to one of their hospitals
  • Referrals from Doctors
  • Referrals from anyone – Social Media is starting to make a difference

Contacting Shriners

Ways to Give to Shriner Children’s Ohio

  • A one-time or monthly cash donation
  • A gift to honor or remember a loved one
  • A charitable bequest in your will
  • Gifts of appreciated assets or real estate
  • Other planned giving opportunities such as charitable gift annuities or charitable remainder trusts

Thank You

Thank you, Bethany Deines, for joining us to educate CNO about Shriners Hospital for Children in Dayton, Ohio.

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Sam HolmesMike Bevis1st Reading

Welcome Guests!

Guest NameGuest of
Bethany DeinesToday’s Speaker, the Director of Development of Shriners Children’s Ohio
Kari TuckerAssociate Director of Development from Shriners Children’s Ohio
Randy WhiteCEO of Shriners Children’s Ohio
Steve MathisRon Tinnerman

Happy Bucks

Bob CollinsDean and Mindy Heyne have fostered 42 children after raising two children and then adopting 6 of them, all with major life challenges.  Their 2 oldest that are twins who are on the Autism spectrum asked to help with picking up flags last week. They were excited and happy to help.  Bob plans to work to have them help his team retrieve the flags in the future. 
Myron RheaumeHe really apppreciated Erin Dickerson’s story and prayer today.
Jerry StahleyThank you to all that helped with the junior golf tournament. There are 17 kids going to Florida to play at the next level.
Debe DockinsThanks to Jerry Stahley for building the step stool behind the podium for her and others who need it.
Tom NovakThe next flag delivery is next week. There will be a flag assembly party this Friday.  Also thankss to Debe for reminding him about his wife’s birthday.

Sergeants at Arms

Mike BevisNot wearing a name badge when Introducing a new member
Erin DickersonMaking fun of the step stool behind the podium to a Sergeant who is vertically challenged
Louise HahnShe had never been fined before and now she has
Wayne Christie, Roland RappSitting with just 2 people at a table so they can eat extra hamburgers
Gary SmigaEmpyting his cup of water outside before the meeting
Dick StevensComplaining that it was time for Sergeants fines to a Sergeant

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Wes CleavesJune226/22/199328
Gary HansenJune306/30/199922
Joe KronenbergerJuly17/1/20147
Roy BarclayJuly17/1/198635
Sara HemmeterJuly17/1/20147
Andy HarmonJuly27/2/20183
David DuncombeJuly27/2/20183
Greg CrabtreeJuly27/2/200813
Jeff UmbreitJuly27/2/20183
Mark ScarpinoJuly27/2/20183
Robin GoldenJuly47/4/20129
Diane ArehartJuly57/5/20165


Deb UlrichJune 22
Carrie MillionJune 23
Gary DeMarcoJune 23
Dick LeeJune 23
Cherie GentryJune 24
Jay McAlpineJune 24
Paulette NovakJune 25
Charlie GoodwinJune 26
Wayne ChristieJune 26
Robby JohnsonJune 27
Valorie HuffJune 28
Frank DePalmaJune 29
Karin GilstrapJuly 1
John SpeersJuly 4
John CarrollJuly 5

CNO Donations – 2013 through May 2021

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

Thank You Notes Received

Click Here to Read the Thank You Notes we received this week

Links to PowerPoint and Pictures

A Copy of this Week’s Meeting PowerPoint Slide Deck is here

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.

CNO 2.0 Notes 6/18/21: Allan Crasto, PhD, University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI)

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was at Poelking Lanes South in Miami Township, Ohio. Thank you to Joe Poelking, the owner of the venue, for donating the VIP Bowling Lounge for our meeting with complimentary bowling.

The next CNO 2.0 meeting will be on July 15, 2021 at 5:30 PM at Heavier than Air Brewery. It is always on the third Thursday of the month at 5:30 PM. All members of any CNO club are invited to these monthly meetings.

There were 22 people at the meeting (16 members and 6 guests).


Gail Aiken, Americana 5K run on 7/5/2021, announced that they need help passing out packets days before the event and lots of help for the day of the event.

Gail Aiken also announced that the Haunted Trail community event will return this year and be held on October 12th and 13th and it has been moved to the Washington Township RecPlex (formerly named Rec Center). They need volunteers for trail guides. Each group of 30 participants needs 2 trail guides, one in the front and one in the back.

Tom Novak, Avenue of Flags, announced that we now deliver over 3000 flags on each flag holiday and we can always use more volunteers to help deliver/retrieve flags.

Debe Dockins announced that 144 golfers have signed up for the sold-out Tom Fraizer Tee Off for Youth Golf Classic. They need “day of event” volunteers for lots of tasks on Monday, July 12, 2021. There are jobs for all times of the day including early morning, mid-day and at the end of the day. They are also looking for donations and silent auction items like bottles of wine and gift cards.

Allan Crasto, Ph.D, UDRI

Ron Tinnerman introduced tonight’s speaker, Allan Crasto, Ph.D, the recently retired Executive Director of  University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) and former engineer. He joined UDRI in 1988 and worked there for 32 years.

What is UDRI?

The website for UDRI says, “Research for the Common Good”. They deliver innovative practical science and engineering solutions on budget and on time. They serve government, industry and nonprofit customers.

UDRI was created 65 years ago at UD in partnership with Wright-Patterson  Air Force Base (called Wright Field at the time). UDRI is unique in that it has remained an integral part of the University. All other similar research institutes that were part of universities across the nation have been spun off and are no longer part of their original universities.

UDRI is self-supporting and no tuition money from students are used by UDRI. Engineers are hired for their expertise. Engineers are moved around UDRI to help with projects as their expertise is needed. Engineering talents are internally networked at UDRI. When projects end, they find another project for engineers to use their skills.

Dr. Crasto said UDRI is a great place to work. It is not uncommon to hear about employees that retire after 40 or even 45 years.

Major Research Areas

  • Energy and the environment
  • Aero propulsion
  • Structures
  • Mechanical systems
  • Sensors
  • Human factors
  • Lasers and robotics

Software Research Areas

  • Image recognition
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (aka UAV or Drones) guidance
  • Machine learning

Example Projects and Services

  • They keep old Air Force planes flying. This is very profitable while at the same time saving the U.S. Government money.  Techniques used to extend the life of the aircrafts flying include 3D printing or additive manufacturing of parts, corrosion mitigation and testing of existing materials and their interaction with aged metal.
  • A lot of progress is being made in lithium battery technology.
  • Simulation of the effects of weather from various regions of the world are studied. There is a full sized 2 story home fully contained inside a controlled climate building. They study effects on the home’s systems like HVAC under different conditions.
  • Various experiments are run on a complete supermarket setup they have.
  • All Air Force aircraft must be periodically repainted. UDRI has developed a robotic laser process to remove the old paint while vaporizing it. This is a lot safer than the previous process since a lot of dangerous chemicals go airborne during paint removal. Vaporization greatly reduces what needs to be disposed of as well.
  • The insulated Domino’s Pizza containers used for delivery are made with material developed by UDRI.
  • UDRI has a sustainability training program for Air Force personnel.

UDRI is financially good for the Dayton Region

  • UDRI helped get GE to do research for their jet engines here in Ohio. UDRI worked with the State of Ohio to make this happen.
  • $1.1 Billion in projects are waiting to be completed.
  • 80% of revenue comes from the Air Force.
  • UDRI total revenue so far is over $3 billion.


Patents often earn UD money. If UDRI receives a patent, then UD owns it and the Air Force gets to use it for free. UD has the right to sell the patent for use in industries outside of the Air Force.

US Government Security Clearances

UDRI employees need security clearances that can take months to obtain to work on many projects. UD students planning on working for UDRI after graduation start the clearance application process before graduation. This makes them immediately productive right after graduation on secure projects much earlier than possible in the past.

Buildings in the Miami Valley Used by UDRI

  • UDRI occupies the previous NCR headquarters. It took 10 years to complete the renovation and move into the building. They converted it from office space to labs. There is 380,000 square feet of useable area in the building. UDRI occupies 300,000 square feet of this space. The total square footage of the building is 550,000 square feet, but areas such as hallways and mechanical rooms are not considered usable space.
  • UDRI has 30,000 square feet of space at the Greene. The rapid sustainment office, a state-of-the-art facility, is located at the Greene.
  • The DESI building on Wilmington Pike has been converted for use by UDRI.

Quick Facts about UDRI

  • They have 740 full time research staff.
  • There were $170 million in sponsored projects in 2020.
  • Project revenues range from $500 to $350,000,000.

Thank You

Thank you, Allan Crasto, Ph.D, for sharing information about UDRI with us this evening.

More Information about UDRI

On 8/25/2020, Pamela Gregg, the Communication Administrator at the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI), spoke to CNO at a weekly lunch meeting. Click to view the article.

Link to Pictures from the Meeting

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.

CNOTES: June 15, 2021 – Debbie Feldman, President and CEO of Dayton Children’s Hospital

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

Dear God,

Help us to be more like children.  Help us to see the holy in the mundane.  To hold the secular and the sacred in the same breath.  To let nothing stand between us and You.  To know that You are in the helplessness and the hopelessness the same as You are in the faith and the healing.  Children understand that prayer and conversation with You need no frills, nothing fancy, but to simply be an expression of our hearts.



Mike Bevis, Golf Outing Chair, said that 144 golfers have signed up so participation is SOLD OUT. They need “day of event” volunteers for lots of tasks on Monday, July 12, 2021. There are jobs for all times of the day including early morning, mid-day and at the end of the day. They are also looking for donors and silent auction items like bottles of wine and gift cards.

Debe Dockins, Americana Float, said the team is looking for volunteers to help build the float.

Gail Aiken, Americana 5K run on 7/5/2021, announced that they need help passing out packets days before the event and lots of help for the day of the event.

Debe Dockins announced that the CNO tent at last Friday’s Party in the Park was a huge success. She said thanks to Jerry Stahley for bringing the tent over and setting it up, to Jean Pummill for handing out lollipops, Club information, and smiles, and a HUGE thank you to Jerry Gerhards who crafted at least 100 balloon animals well into the night. Jean said we were one of the most popular booths there. The next Party in the Park will be Friday, July 16, 2021. These events feature food trucks, live music, a DJ and booths from various businesses. It is run by The Heart of Centerville and Washington Township.

Beth Duncan brought in Optigear samples to today’s meeting. To purchase Optigear items go to

Committee Meetings

  • 6/24/2021, 6 PM, Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf 2021, in person at Buckeye Home Health Care on Paragon Road. Meetings in 2021 will be on 1/13, 2/17, 3/24, 4/14, 5/12, 6/24, 7/7. Additional volunteers are always welcome. The golf outing will be held on 7/12/2021.
  • 7/20/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting.

Debbie Feldman, President and CEO of Dayton Children’s Hospital

Debe Dockins introduced Adam Blanchard, the Director of Donor Engagement at Dayton Children’s Hospital (DCH). Adam introduced today’s speaker, Debbie Feldman,, the President and CEO of Dayton Children’s Hospital since 2012. Her presentation was titled, “Reinventing the Path to Children’s Health.”

From the DCH website about Debbie Feldman

Deborah Feldman is the fourth president and chief executive officer of Dayton Children’s Hospital. The only pediatric hospital in the region, Dayton Children’s is comprised of over 3,000 employees, a professional staff of over 400 physicians and residents, and 900 volunteers who provide compassionate, expert care for more than 300,000 children every year across 20 Ohio counties and eastern Indiana in a network of care facilities.

Upon joining the organization in 2012, she led the creation of a new strategic roadmap to guide the hospital into the rapidly changing future of health care.  This plan, called Destination 2020, outlines a framework for ensuring that Dayton Children’s continues to grow and thrive while remaining true to the original mission of its founders – to provide the highest quality pediatric care to all children regardless of a family’s ability to pay.  It involves a campus-wide revitalization, services expansion in key areas, recruitment of highly specialized pediatric experts, and the integration of advanced technology; all in a uniquely family-centered setting.


Debbie Feldman thanked the Centerville Noon Optimist club for their generous donation to the Tower at Dayton Children’s.

Patients are now consumers. Influences on the current generation of parents from online retailing such as and other instant online experiences have changed how patients want to receive health care. More and more care will occur in home and be delivered online.

Reinventing the Path to Children’s Health Mission and Vision

Dayton Children’s Hospital Mission is, “The relentless pursuit of optimal health for every child within our reach.”

Dayton Children’s Hospital is, “Reinventing the path to children’s health for families throughout our region and beyond.”

Destination 2020’s Goal

Dayton Children’s Hospital goal is to remain an independent and freestanding children’s hospital, local-governed to advance the health of our region’s children. They want to significantly improve patient and family experiences across all areas. They have reduced wait times, improved communication and doctors’ rounds are now family-centered. They have built a new patient tower with single rooms and engaging technologies and have expanded the south campus providing the right care, close to home for more families.

5 Strategic Focus Areas

  • Consumer Access, Patients are consumers that are looking for convenience and low wait times. They want virtual access. They want the right access for their families at the right time.
  • Total Experience, Taylor the experience to the needs and type of care needed. Provide an exceptional experience for families.
  • Care Innovation, Technology is continuously updated to improve the care and delivery at the hospital and home. Technology will improve the outcome of care.
  • Behavioral Health, There is a behavioral health crisis and a tremendous demand for behavioral health services. At any given time, there is a list of 5-10 children waiting to get a bed. The second leading cause of death of children is now suicide.
  • Health Equity, Different children need help in different ways because of current home situations, transportation and other factors.

DCH Propellers for their Goals

The propellers propel the reinvention of the path to children’s health. They help DCH to take flight to go above and beyond.

  • Inclusive Mindset, They will be more inclusive and equitable. Everyone will feel valued, understood and welcomed.
  • Talent Magnet, They will attract the best talent and teams.
  • Quality Improvement, They will employ techniques for Quality Improvement and to share exceptional experience.
  • Financial Prowess, They have a commitment to strong financial discipline stewardship and philanthropy that will enable them to fulfill their mission.
  • Digital Manifests, They know most of their customers now expect access digitally. The parents of the current children generation do not like to talk on the phone. They want to go online or text to make appointments.
  • Strong Alliances, They will obtain and retain strong partners.
  • Distinguished Brand, They promise above and beyond care and services.

Quick Facts about DCH

  • 181 Beds
  • 24 Behavioral Health beds
  • 6083 Admissions
  • 382,391 Total Visits
  • 3800 Employees
  • 412 Physicians
  • 43 Specialties

Thank You

Thank you, Debbie Feldman, for joining us to present “Reinventing the Path to Children’s Health” at Dayton Children’s Hospital.

New Member Readings and Inductions

None this week.

Welcome Guests!

Guest NameGuest of
Debbie FeldmanToday’s Speaker, Dayton Children’s Hospital President and CEO
Adam BlanchardDayton Children’s Hospital Director of Donor Engagment
Elizabeth JulianDayton Children’s Hospital Donor Engagement Associate
Dan SlouffmanJohn Speers
Barbara LayneMyron Rheaume
Troy YoungBeth Duncan
Fred SwaisgoodBob Collins
Brenda MooreMike Bevis
Essex PhillipsMike Bevis
Joseph and Brenda PolleyMike Bevis
Kevin McDonaldMike Bevis
Adina AngelMike Bevis
Wendy RoopMike Bevis

Happy Bucks

No time for Happy Bucks this week

Sergeants at Arms

No time for Sergeants this week

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Cherie GentryJune176/17/20156
Sam PfabeJune176/17/20156
Denise GreenJune196/19/20138


Charla RheaumeJune 16
Ron KukerJune 19
Kathy McAlpineJune 20

CNO Donations – 2013 through May 2021

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

Thank You Notes Received

Click Here to Read the Thank You Notes we received this week

Links to PowerPoint and Pictures

A Copy of this Week’s Meeting PowerPoint Slide Deck is here

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.