CNOtes – January 28, 2020 – Denise Carter – Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra Youth Strings

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father success is when we can look back on our life and
smile. As Optimist how can we not smile. We are surrounded by
friends and in an activity that makes us proud. With Your help we
have attracted more people to join us and have grown to the largest club Optimist Club in the world. It is said that the best things in life are “postage paid”, “batteries included”, “tax-free”, and “guaranteed forever”. We can add one more – “being an Optimist.” Lord, let us never tire of being Your hands and Your heart in dealing with the young people in our care. Amen

Today’s Guests – WELCOME!

Guest Guest Of
Denise Carter Speaker
Tiffany Kellner Bob Glavin
Mike Kistler Dave Kay
Kristen Marks Gary DeMarco
Rocky Matthews Brandon Barrett
Cheryl Meyer Debe Dockins
Nick Miller Mike Bevis
Matt Spitz Kelly George
Kate Trangenstein Jesse Lightle
Lee Roy Young Art Hung

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Special Announcement

Liz Fultz announced that we will hear participants from the annual Oratorical contest on 2/4/2020 and 2/11/2020. On both of those dates lunch will be served late. Please be on time as the doors will be closed sharply at noon so the participants are not disturbed by latecomers. In between the participant’s speeches, you may be admitted.

Committee Meetings

2/12/2020, 6 PM, Golf Committee at Buckeye Home Health Care on Paragon Rd. Future 2020 meetings will be 3/18, 4/15, 5/13, 6/17, and 7/8.


Beth Duncan, social committee chair, said there will be a Social Committee meeting on Monday, February 3rd at her office on Congress Park.

Mike Bevis announced that the golf committee has started working on donations. If you or someone you know would like to donate money, time or gift cards contact the golf committee.

Happy Birthday Gary Hansen

Today was Gary Hansen’s birthday. Bob Duffy and Charlie Tapp led us in celebrating his birthday today with song. We “sang” Happy Birthday to him. We hope he doesn’t have nightmares. It was the best performance of Happy Birthday we have ever had. Have a great year Gary!

Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra Youth Strings

Jean Pummill introduced Denise Carter, the Youth Strings Director for Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra (MVSO) Youth Strings program. MVSO is a non-profit organization Three years ago the MVSO launched a youth strings program. Denise is a resident of Washington Township and the principle Violinist of MVSO. She also provides private lessons at her studio.

You can view the slide deck here.

Participating musicians represent 17 schools from across the Miami Valley. There is great camaraderie at their rehearsals. High school students sit next to middle schoolers and everyone does their best and helps other, regardless of age.

The orchestra has weekly rehearsals at St Leonard Living Community. They give a monetary donation and perform two goodwill concerts at St. Leonard’s center in exchange for using the rehearsal space. The students interact with the residents after their concerts.

All students with a minimum skill set are welcome to join with no audition. So many kids want to play with an orchestra, but auditions can shut them down. The stress level is very low in this group.

They have very low participation fees to keep this opportunity within reach for all families. Students need only commit to one semester at a time so they can do other activities. They will waive fees with no questions asked if a student says they have a financial hardship.


  • 2016; MVSO asked Denise if she could find a song for the Youth Strings to play with MVSO. She found “The Waltzing Cat”. It was the first side-by-side performance with the MVSO.
  • 2017; The program grew, and they performed their first standalone concert and workshop with Filip Pogody. They performed 3 songs.
  • 2018-2019; The first school-year length program began. They performed “Super Soundtracks” with the MVSO.
  • 2018-2019; They performed the Pre-Show for the MVSO Holiday concert at the Dayton Masonic Center. There were two free shows for audiences of 1600.
  • 2019; They auditioned for the Dayton Dragons to play the National Anthem; they did not get picked. The audition was held at the Dayton Mall. It was an exciting and good experience and the orchestra will try again this year.
  • 2019-2020; They were able to use the Spring Valley Academy’s new performance center. The show was called “Let it B”. All the songs performed were associated with the letter B, such as the name of the song writer or the title of a song.

2020 Concerts Festivals and Community Activities

  • February 2020 – Dayton Dragon National Anthem tryouts
  • May 2020 – Goodwill concert for St Leonard Living Community
  • May 2020 – “Feed Me Music” Concert and Fundraiser
  • May 2020 – Music in the Parks Festival at Kings Island
  • July 2020 – Centerville American Festival Parade

They were honored to be a finalist of the 2019 Best of Dayton.

In 2019, the orchestra received a $2000 Iddings Foundation Grant. She used the money to purchase nice quality music stands with carrying cases. She teaches the students to take pride in music. They purchase original music books instead of photocopies like some orchestras use.

Participant Quotes

  • “MVSO Youth strings helps you improve your musical skills and pushes you to do your best. Plus, it’s really fun!”
  • “It’s a fun experience to get to meet people and play amazing pieces of music and make new friends. It’s an amazing experience. You should join!”
  • “Being in MVSO Youth Strings is fun and helps me grow so much as a musician.”
  • “It has been very enjoyable playing. Playing in a string orchestra is an amazing experience.”

At the end of her slide show, Denise showed us a video of “Blue Tango” by Leroy Anderson performed by the orchestra at the Spring Valley Academy Performing Arts Center during November, 2019.

To put in perspective how difficult it is to make a violin sound good, she brought a few violins to the meeting and invited us to come up and play with them.

Thank you, Denise Carter, for presenting to us today.

Thank You Notes sent to CNO

You can read recent thank you notes here.

CNO Donations 2013 through September 2019

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

Over 50 years, we have donated close to $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $700,000.


Member Birthday
Gary Hansen January 28
Scott Langer January 29
Clint Freese January 29
Karen Sirmans January 31
Donna Huss February 1
David Ladd February 1
Mike Schwartz February 3

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Todd Kelchner January 30 1/30/1992 28
Mike Bevis January 31 1/31/2002 18
Rachel Goetz January 31 1/31/2013 7

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Bill Shisler Bill Stone 2nd Reading
Julie Shisler Joan Cordonnier 2nd Reading
Michael Kistler Dave Kay 3rd Reading
Kristen Marks Gary De Marco 3rd Reading
Kate Trangenstein Jesse Lightle 2nd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Jean Pummill Misspelled Larry Lynde’s name in the board minutes from last week
Everyone with a pin stuck on their name badge For having pins on their name badges

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Bob Lawson Grandson received an Evans Scholarship for college for golf caddies
Donna Huss Judy McFadden is recovering well from recent surgery
Myron Rheaume Grandson Liam Hatton is a sophomore defense-man for Springboro HS Hockey; at a 5 state invitational tournament in Columbus, they were second of 16, winning 5 games in 3 days
Blanca Ortiz $10 for getting engaged on 12/7/2019, and married on 12/26/2019
Brian Nolan In his neighborhood they placed American flags at every home in the cul-de-sac and three in front of the home of a member of the Air Force who was able to return home to visit his family; His father is a Greene County Sheriff and an Air Force vet

CNOtes – January 21, 2020 – Anne Pfeiffer – Big Brothers – Big Sisters

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Phather Phil was not with us this week so David Ladd – our Ohio District Chaplain – delivered one of his patented extemporaneous prayers – enjoyed by all.

Today’s Guests – WELCOME!

Guest Guest Of
Kris Carroll Art Hung
Mike Kistler Dave Kay
Kristen Marks Gary DeMarco
Anne Pfeiffer Speaker
Logan Swafford Speaker
Angie Thompson Gary DeMarco
Mike Vogel David Ladd

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Committee Meetings

2/12/2020, 6 PM, Golf Committee at Buckeye Home Health Care on Paragon Rd. Future 2020 meetings will be 3/18, 4/15, 5/13, 6/17, and 7/8.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Miami Valley

Jean Pummill introduced from Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Miami Valley (BBBS), the CEO Anne Pfeiffer and enrollment specialist, Logan Swafford. Logan is usually the first person who meets a child who is looking for a Big Brother or Big Sister.

BBBS website is

The slide presentation they showed is here.

The flyer they provided is here.

Big Brothers and Big Sisters in New York was started in 1904. They know from data collected from decades of experience that mentoring works. Their mission is “Create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.” Their vision is, “All youth achieve their full potential.”

Mentoring is a cost-effective, data proven intervention to empower, inspire, and lead youth to their optimal physical and emotional health. The data says students with a mentor are 52% more likely to stay in school and 46% more likely to avoid alcohol and drugs.

They Serve

  • Households living at or under the federal poverty level = 83%
  • Single Parent Households = 63%
  • Students Eligible for free or reduced lunch prices = 83%
  • Students with an incarcerated parent = 8%

About BBBS

  • In the Miami valley they serve students at 15 schools and have 3 after school programs
  • The percentages served by age group are: 6-10 = 41%, 11-14 = 46%, 15-18 = 14%.
  • Counties served are Greene, Miami, Montgomery, and Preble
  • 141 new matches were made during 2019

About Littles

  • They enroll ages 6-14
  • All littles and their guardians agree to participate
  • Single parent homes/relatives
  • Low socioeconomical status
  • Struggling in school
  • Low self-esteem
  • History of trauma

They need more mentors

  • 1 in 3 kids are growing up without a mentor
  • Boys wait 2.5 times longer for a mentor than girls
  • Goal is every youth will be matched within 6 months

If you know somebody who might be interested, please share what you have learned today for potential mentors. BBBS offers continuing support for Bigs.

BBBS is Unique

  • One to one meetings are setup between Bigs and Littles
  • 1-year commitment (minimum), expect 4-6 hours per month
  • On-going case management and match support


  • Community Based:, Outings and activities are year-round. See them every other weekend for 2 hours where you eat, walk in a park or some other activity.
  • School Based: Weekly at school during academic year. Meetings once a week for 1 hour at same place.
  • Bigs with Badges: Connecting law enforcement and public safety officials with youth.
  • Trauma-informed care training for mentors and parents.

After a student (little) is matched, the big gets a baseline of their little’s level at school. A common thing is for Bigs to encourage their littles to read and this really works. They come home to their guardians asking for them to read to them.

BBBS collects a lot of data. They need to prove their work is effective. They track each child’s trajectory. There are 3 goals set at the beginning of the mentoring and those are tracked. The weekly activity is not the solution, it is the vehicle to help facilitate the mentoring. It takes time for the littles to get comfortable with their Bigs, then the breakthroughs can happen.


  • 90% report they make better decisions.
  • 93% report their big is important to them.
  • The commitment is 1 year, but the average relationship lasts 36 months.
  • “Griffin and David” from 2004-2016. Griffin’s father left the family. David help with this. Griffin graduated High School. Associates degree. He is a radio board operator at Cox media.

Creating Change

  • $1296 cost per match
  • 31,6810 hours spent with littles
  • 591 hours case management and support
  • Average match length 36 months

They really hope the relationship lasts for over year. After a year the relationships really become strong. The Littles will call their Bigs since they started knowing each other well.

How you can help

  • Share what you have learned today. Kids who need the program typically find BBBS through word of mouth. Often they hear about the program from teachers or church employees.
  • Share the need that they need more big brothers and big sisters.
  • Become a big brother or big sister. 45-50 kids are waiting for a match at any given time. If you are not sure if being a big brother or big siter is right for you, there is an orientation/information meeting you can attend with no commitment.
  • Donate money, their annual Budget is $982,000.
  • Participate in Bowl for Kids’ Sake, which will be held Saturday 3/7/2020, At Poelking Lanes in Kettering
  • Invite them to your business to talk. Contact information is available on the web site

During the question and answer period after their presentation we learned more

  • They do group activities, such as attending a Dayton Dragons game.
  • They try to match siblings at the same time. However, some families have kids that are doing fine or might already be too busy. It is up to the family whether they will try and match all siblings.
  • They do background checks on their big brother and big sister volunteers.
  • There is abuse prevention training of big brothers and big sisters. This helps them know what to do and how to recognize signs of abuse or patterns of behavior in others around kids that might not be appropriate.

Thank you Anne Pfeiffer and Logan Swafford for taking the time to explain BBBS to us today. If you have any questions at all for Anne or Logan you can find phone numbers and emails on their website.

Thank You Notes sent to CNO

You can read recent thank you notes here.

CNO Donations 2013 through September 2019

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

Over 50 years, we have donated close to $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $700,000.


Member Birthday
Gary Smiga January 21
Ruthy Quinlan January 24
Todd Kelchner January 24
Martha Jackson January 25
Dr. Dan Passidomo January 26

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Jeff Kujawa January 22 1/22/2015 5
Mike Yoder January 22 1/22/2014 6
John Thompson January 23 1/23/2018 2
Greg Wasmund January 25 1/25/2007 13
Chris McAlpine January 27 1/27/2009 11

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Bill Shisler Bill Stone 1st Reading
Julie Shisler Joan Cordonnier 1st Reading
Michael Kistler Dave Kay 2nd Reading
Kristen Marks Gary De Marco 2nd Reading
D Ralph Young Charlie Tapp 3rd Reading
Debbie Parks Beth Duncan 3rd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Greg Griffin Mike Yoder’s name was on the birthday list twice on the slide presentation at today’s meeting
Everyone who sat at the birthday table that does not have a birthday this month Sitting at the birthday table when it is not your birthday month
Everyone not wearing CNO pin at MLK breakfast yesterday at Yankee Trace Attended the CNO table for the MLK breakfast and didn’t wear their CNO pin
Jane Fiehrer Late to the Will Cale scholarship committee meeting before lunch today
Charlie Tapp Wearing an OSU sweatshirt and hat and didn’t attend OSU

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Bill Fritz Granddaughter is getting married
Carolyn Taylor Son was just accepted to the 2 year MBA program at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania
Vida McDowell Her tennis team just won the area championship for the year
Beth Duncan Received free pizza at UD Women’s basketball game at the CNO social on 1/19/2020
Joe Madden Mary Madden is recovering well – they thank everyone for all their support

CNOtes – Optimist 2.0 January 16, 2020 – Eric Soller – Old Scratch Pizza @ Nelly’s A Taste of Bolivia

Guests and Members in Attendance

Dawn Bunger
Jason Bunger
Ashley McGuire
Debbie Parks
Bill Shisler
Julie Shisler
Eric Soller
Vicki Thompson
Brenda Weller
Jack Anderson
Nancy Anderson
Diane Arehart
Patrick Arehart
Brandon Barrett
Joan Cordonnier
Mike Cordonnier
Abby Davis
Gary DeMarco
Judy DeMarco
Shelby DiPasquale
Emily Duke
Greg Fay
Stan Fronzaglia
Jesse Gaither
Greg Griffin
Gary Hansen
Bryan Miller
Brian Nolan
Lacy Owens
Laurie Poeppelman
Fred Polizzi
Jean Pummill
Rafael Santillan
Ashley Simeone
Bill Stone
Ron Thompson
Ron Tinnerman
Jon Werts
Suzanne Werts

All Photos are Here

CNO 2.0 Meeting Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was Nelly’s Taste of Bolivia at 79 S. Main St Centerville, Ohio. Thank you to the owner of Nelly’s, Rafael Santillan and his fine team, for the great food and the space.

There was a 50/50 drawing won by Emily Duke.

There were 39 people at the meeting (30 members and 9 guests).

Greg Griffin announced that the net proceeds from the Christmas Tree lot fundraiser for 2019 was $45,000.

Eric Soller Old Scratch Pizza

Greg Fay introduced tonight’s speaker, Eric Soller, the owner of Old Scratch Pizza. He and his wife Stephanie opened the restaurant in October, 2016 after a year of hard work. He has been involved in the restaurant sector his whole life, either with restaurants or businesses that supplied equipment to restaurants.

The first location is at 812 S Patterson Blvd and the second one opened in 2019 at 440 Miamisburg Centerville Rd.

Eric’s first job when he was just 15 years old was at Subway. At that time, they cut meat and vegetables themselves at the restaurant. He earned an associate degree in culinary arts right out of High School. Later, he went back to school to learn food and beverage management.

At the end of 1999 he took a job for a food service company serving at grocery stores. They trained grocery stores how to cook for their customers. In 2006 he started a job at Hobart selling restaurant equipment because of his experience in training groceries. He learned a lot of principles from the corporate world that he applies to his restaurants.

While working at Hobart, he couldn’t get the idea out of his head for a pizza restaurant. He wrote business plans for his ideas as a hobby. He loves pizza. While traveling for Hobart he would do research for his ideas. He would go to 4 different pizza places in one night while traveling. With all of these business plans he referred to himself for a long time as a “wantrepreneur”.

The recurring ideas included that his restaurant should have big, long communal tables, like a “Neapolitan Pizza Beer Hall”, and be in a class B business location.

His restaurants are about simplicity. They will always have a simple menu. There might be different items at times, but never more items.

Their service is about kindness and nicety. New employees don’t need restaurant experience, but they need to be nice people. They can train them how to do the work, but it is hard to train someone how to be nice

Old Scratch makes Artisan Pizzas. They make the most complicated pizza in the fastest possible way. Everything in the restaurants, including the sauces and dressings, is made from scratch. He explained how the name of the restaurant came about. Pizza is an old recipe dating back to 900 A.D. and they make everything from scratch, so you get “Old” + “Scratch”.


They receive very high marks for service. Part of the reason for this is how the restaurant works. You still get the services you want while helping yourself with the simple things. You walk in and place your order, pickup your drinks and wait a short time for your food to be delivered to your table.

Hobart was very cooperative when he told them he planned to leave their employment and open a restaurant. He figured out when to let them know. A local news report was about to be published about his plans to open a restaurant. They called him for comment because they saw the application for a liquor license.

Eric and Stephanie love giving back to the community. They have a program called, “Cones for a Cause”. At each restaurant you can have free ice cream. They have a place for you to donate for your treat. They give this money to a local organization or cause each month. They look for small ones where $4000 can make a real difference. In 2019, they raised $50,000 and since 2016 they have raised a total of $140,000. Giving back helps them relate to the community and adds to the culture of their employees. An example of a cause is the Adaptive Color Guard. It is a color guard club for special needs teens and adults.

He said they have had good success. It took a while, but the lines to order started and they have stayed.

Eric owns the buildings where his restaurants are located. He is now in the commercial real estate business since his restaurants do not occupy the entire space in the buildings. He is looking for other restaurants or businesses to occupy the unused space in the buildings with his restaurants.

Thank you, Eric Soller, for sharing your story with us this evening.

About CNO 2.0

CNO 2.0 is a club within a club of the Centerville Noon Optimist club. CNO (and CNO 2.0) is a world class service organization. Our CNO 2.0 club within a club has become the model for Optimist clubs around the world. At regional, national and international meetings we are asked all the time about how our CNO 2.0 club and its meetings work.

Being a member of either club allows their members all the same opportunities to participate in fundraising and club activities. CNO 2.0 started in 2016 and is very much a part of the 52-year-old Centerville Noon Optimist Club. CNO has given away over $2 million during its history. CNO is a group of like-minded members that are passionate about helping youth and having fun in the process.

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

The Centerville Noon Optimist and its clubs within a club have annual fundraisers and community activities.

Annual Fundraisers

  • Christmas Tree Lot, located behind the Centerville BMV
  • Avenue of Flags
  • Golf Outing

Major Activities for the youth in our community

  • Build-a-Bear at Children’s Hospital, 3 times a year
  • Fishing Derby in June
  • Kid’s Day in the Park in August
  • Easter Egg Hunt

CNO Donations 2013 through September 2019

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

Over 50 years, we have donated close to $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $700,000.

CNOtes – January 14, 2020 – CLUB DAY – Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Committee Presentation

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Phather Phil did not provide a copy of his prayer this week – he said to tell all club members to come to lunch at noon and hear it in person!

Today’s Guests – WELCOME!

Guest Guest Of
Corky Katz Kristine Balsan
Mike Kistler Dave Kaye
Kristen Marks Gary DeMarco
Mary Stahley Jerry Stahley
Kate Trangenstein Jessie Lightle
Ralph Young Charlie Tapp

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Committee Announcements

Judy DeMarco announced that last week’s speaker Jenell Ross sent CNO a thank you note and a donation to the CNO scholarship fund.

Cherie Gentry announced that the quarterly Great Ohio District meeting in Columbus will be 2/15/2020. CNO will be receiving several awards. There is still time to sign up. Contact Cherie for forms to attend. The deadline for early bird pricing is January 23, 2020. CNO will pay the fee for you to attend. Send completed forms to Roland Rapp.

Jean Pummill will be taking over the PDP and PGI programs from Myron. Check with her for updated passport books and for help using this program to help your personal growth and to enhance your value to the club and community.

Gary Hansen, the Will Cale scholarship chair, said that the committee has just received the next batch of candidates for this scholarship. The scholarship is given to students overcoming a significant disadvantage. CNO provides 3-year scholarships to Sinclair Community College. The next meeting will be before lunch at 11:15 AM on 1/21/2020 at Yankee Trace before the CNO lunch meeting. Come and learn more about how you can help. There will be information about becoming a mentor or helping in other ways.

Katie Calloway, the  social media chair, asked if you would please like CNO on Facebook. Contact her if you would like to join the committee. She said if you are a committee chair and have announcements contact her and she will get them on Facebook.

Bob Lawson announced that the Fishing Derby will be June 6, 2020. The website has the latest information and the 2020 registration form and can be found here.

Committee Meetings

  • 1/21/2020, 6 PM, Monthly board meeting at Woodbourne Library
  • 2/12/2020, 6 PM, Golf Committee at Buckeye Home Health Care on Paragon Rd. Future meetings will be 3/18/2020, 4/15/2020, 5/13/2020, 6/17/2020, 7/8/2020

Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf 2020 Volunteer Opportunities

Today was CNO “Club Day”. Instead of an outside speaker, Mike Bevis and Judy DeMarco presented information about last year’s golf outing and how you can help with the 2020 outing. The 2020 golf outing will be 6 months from now on Monday, July 13, 2020. This will the 29th golf fundraiser for CNO.

The CNO Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf fundraiser is the premier golf outing of Dayton. If you would like to play in the tournament be sure to register early as it sells out every year. You can get a registration form here.

The golf committee is comprised of about 25 members and they help produce the best golf outing in the Dayton area. Starting in January, the committee meets once a month. Any member can join the committee. The meetings are fun as well as functional.

Net proceeds from the 2019 fundraiser was $50,000. A third of the money each year is donated to Dayton Children’s Hospital. They use the funds to help disadvantaged families afford the travel expenses to get their children to and from the hospital for their childhood cancer treatments.

The outing is held at Sycamore Country Club. Mike is often asked why the outing is held at a private country club. He said it was because there is more flexibility in bringing in our own supplies, such as food, drinks, ice, etc.

Several committee members spoke today about areas where you can help:

  • Pat Behn runs the golfer registration process on the day of the outing.
  • Barbara Santo, Val Huff and Vida McDowell organize the silent auction. All items are donated for the 60 baskets they make. The silent auction typically raises about $8000. They need donations of items for the baskets. Gift cards make excellent donations.
  • Donna Huss handles the various mailings and coordinates ice and beer delivery.
  • Golfers are presented with gift bags with goodies in them from sponsors. This process needs a new person to be in charge. Let Mike Bevis know if you would like to be that person. Thank you to Ellie Parker for handling this for several years.
  • Wendy Hattan takes care of posting updates on Facebook.
  • Denise O’Neill and her family cook the food donated by Dorothy Lane Market.
  • Vince Reidy works on getting donations from area automobile dealers.
  • Chris Ziehler works on getting donations of gift certificates from local area golf courses for foursomes with carts.
  • Gary DeMarco is the coordinator of the day. His team uses golf carts to make sure things are setup for the day. This includes tables, drink stations, beverage stations, and people to monitor the hole in one prize station. Volunteers work 3 hours shifts. They can always use more volunteers. You do not need to know how to play golf to help.

Scroll down to the bottom of this blog entry to read he full report about the 2019 golf outing.

Thank Notes sent to CNO

You can read recent thank you notes here.

CNO Donations 2013 through September 2019

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

Over 50 years, we have donated close to $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $700,


Member Birthday
Bob Duffy January 15
Barbara Santo January 17
Myron Rheaume January 20

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Susan Thomsen January 14 1/14/1997 23
Deb Ulrich January 18 1/18/2017 3
Dick Lee January 18 1/18/2017 3
Lynne Reilly January 18 1/18/2017 3
Pam Miller January 18 1/18/2017 3
Shawn Thacker January 18 1/18/2017 3
Gary DeMarco January 20 1/20/2016 4

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
D Ralph Young Charlie Tapp 2nd Reading
Michael Kistler Dave Kay 1st Reading
Kristen Marks Gary De Marco 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Gentlemen that did not stand when given these instructions. If you are the best looking guy at each table please stand up.
Chris McAlpine Buying a Tesla
Jerry Stahley Don Kelley claimed Mary Stahley as his guest today, even though Mary was sitting right next to Jerry. Jerry was therefore fined for not bringing a guest today.
Fred Polizzi Stealing the bell
Scott Langer Didn’t think lunch was special enough.

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Bob Duffy LSU won the NCAA National Football Championship.
Donna Huss Grandson married a wonderful girl last Saturday. David Ladd officiated the ceremony.
Jay McAlpine Attended the Lady Gaga show recently in Las Vegas.
Lynne Reilly Attending today’s lunch meeting.

CNOtes – January 7, 2020 – Community Champion Award Presentation

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Phather Phil did not provide a copy of his prayer this week – he said to tell all club members to come to lunch at noon and hear it in person!

Today’s Guests – WELCOME!

Sue Bicknell
Ann Christie
Jeff Danner
Brian Hogarth
Mike Kistler
Sybil Martin
Yvonne Petty
Jenell Ross
Andrea White
Ralph Young

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Social Events

1/19/2020, 2 PM – Sunday, U.D.  Women’s basketball game followed by a group meal at the Spaghetti Warehouse. Tickets are $5.00 for the game and dinner at Spaghetti Warehouse is on your own. Sign up at lunch or contact Beth Duncan.

Optimist Community Champion 2019, Jenell Ross

Mike Bevis and Judy DeMarco discussed our annual Optimist Community Champion award.

Mike Bevis notes

Five years ago, we started our Optimist Community Champion recognition. If you are new to the club, you probably are asking what is a community champion?

It is the goal of your club and your committee to honor unsung and unrecognized citizens who have gone over and above to make a difference in our community.

These community leaders can be from any walks of life. They could be a coach, a neighbor, a mentor, a teacher, a businessperson, a doctor or even a member of our club.

Over the past years we have received numerous recommendations and have spoken with many worthy citizens in our community. We have found so many who are worthy of such awards, so we always have our work cut out for us.

Why do we recognize these worthy individuals? Well that is up to you…on your tables, you have forms where you can nominate the next honoree or pass it on to someone else. Make sure you check this out or go to the website and download one. There are many unsung heroes out there.

We are always searching for people who have given back. Ones who have touched someone. Someone who has gone over and above. A person who has provided hope and a positive vision to bring out the best in our community. We were looking for people who have dedicated their life or career to encourage friendship among all people or have encouraged the development of youth to advance the well-being of life in our community.

Judy DeMarco notes

We have been honored to find that there are a few special unsung members in our community who have been recognized as Community Champions.

In the past few years, we have honored the following community champions:

  • Lisa Elam Tucker, owner of Bill’s Donuts
  • Randy Eldridge, former manager of the Kroger Market Place
  • Marc Colclasure of Synergy Family Therapy
  • Karen Chatman, a special education teacher
  • Greg and Tiffany Moehl who started the First Dawn food pantry in Centerville.
  • Dean & Mindy Heyne foster parents for more than 35 special needs children
  • Tonya Johns who started Operation Prom Dress
  • Jani Rice a 35-year veteran nurse at Dayton Children’s Hospital


It is the goal of your club and your committee to continue to honor these unsung and unrecognized citizens who have gone over and above to make a difference in our community.

Tom Novak’s nomination of today’s recipient

This Club’s “Community Champion” Award is our way of reaching out into our community to recognize those who have stepped forward to also “give back” in their own special way.  Today, we recognize Jenell Ross as our Community Champion of 2019.

As the President of the Bob Ross Auto Group in Centerville since 2010, we might assume that this role may prevent her from actively involving herself in giving back to our larger community.  Those of us who had the opportunity to hear from her as our featured speaker at our 2.0 meeting in August of last year, know differently.

My introduction to Jenell’s generosity came thru her support of our Avenue of Flags program as one of our earliest subscribers, and the first of all the auto dealerships on Loop Road; then, at the beginning of last year, in a time of explosive growth of flags, (but still in need of additional flag-carrying vehicles), she responded to us with the use of a vehicle from her dealership – all 5 holidays.

I learned that she has been active in many community groups and community causes – too many for me to mention at this time, but they are best illustrated when, in 2018, the Presidents Club of Dayton presented her the Citizen Legion of Honor Award for her outstanding volunteer leadership. 

In 2010, she formed the Norma Ross Foundation to honor her mother after her mother lost her battle to breast cancer.  I hope she will share some thoughts on the efforts of that foundation which has raised over $300,000.

This past summer, when the tornado devastated our Dayton community, she partnered with the Red Cross and was at the forefront collecting and delivering items for those in immediate need. 

Jenell’s spirit of “giving back” continues to make a difference in the lives of many in our community – please give her a warm welcome.

Jenell Ross Acceptance Speech

Jenell Ross is President of Bob Ross Auto Group which celebrated 45 years of business in 2019.

She feels she was chosen for this award because of her parents. Her parents always had everyone in her family giving back to the community. She grew up thinking this is what everyone did.  Giving back and being involved in the community is part of life. She appreciates that she and her team can give back. The 100 employees of her company make it possible for her to have the time to give back.

She lost her mother Norma J Ross to breast cancer in 2010. Jenell started the Norma J. Ross Memorial Foundation. Their website is To date they have raised $350,000 for the American Cancer Society. The foundation also helps make breast cancer screening available for those who are under served.

She thanked CNO for the honor and she looks forward to working with CNO and the community.

Thank Notes sent to CNO

You can read recent thank you notes here.

CNO Donations 2013 through September 2019

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

Over 50 years, we have donated close to $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $700,


Member Birthday
Ted Humphrey January 7
Laura Caschera January 8
Wilma Quarin January 8
Don Massie January 10
Bill Williams January 11
Jesse Gaither January 11
Jordan Feldkamp January 11
Candace Rinke January 11
Joe Soucy January 12
Rob Jones January 13

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Greg McAfee January 7 1/7/2008 12
John Speers January 7 1/7/2008 12

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
D Ralph Young Charlie Tapp 1st Reading
Jay Schindler Mike Bevis Induction

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Gary Smiga Picture in the paper at UD basketball game under the basket
Brandon Barrett For trying to pardon himself from future fines on last day of being a sergeant
Donna Huss For trying to pardon herself from future fines on last day of being a sergeant
Judge Long For helping Donna Huss and Brandon Barrett try to exempt themselves from fines on their last day of being  sergeants
Christine Balsan and Wes Cleaves For showing up at the lunch meeting 12/10/2019 when it was cancelled since the holiday party was that night
Chris McAlpine Letting his wife and children run out of gasoline
Art Hung Accusing sergeant Jay McAlpine of wearing a clip on tie
Gary Anderson For never inviting Jay McAlpine to a CNO lunch meeting
Doug Reno Left CNO holiday party early

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Dr. Dan Passidomo Welcomed a new grandson
Doug Reno Welcomed a new grandchild; He celebrated by buying a truck from today’s speaker Jenell Ross from Ross Auto Group
Cherie Gentry The Toys for Tots organization that she chairs went from helping 500 kids in 2018 to 2300 for 2019
Gary Hansen Finished Master Bedroom remodel after starting the project in April 2018
Gary Hansen 45th wedding anniversary
Jack Anderson Minnesota Vikings won their playoff game
Bob Burkman 57th wedding anniversary
Myron Rheaume Thankful for the Optimist Creed helping him through many relatives health challenges over the holiday season
Myron Rheaume Thankful for how much CNO gets to give away from happy bucks and fines
Myron Rheaume This spring at the original site of the first Optimist Club, the Great Lakes region will have their first regional meeting (CNO is part of this region)

CNOtes – December 17, 2019 – Anne Sheehan – “Acts of Kindness”

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Friendship Prayer

I asked the Lord to bless you
As I prayed for you today
To guide you and protect you
As you go along your way
His love “is always with you”
His promises are true
And when we give Him all our cares
You know He will see us through
So when the road your traveling on
Seems difficult at best
Just remember I’m here praying –
And God will do the rest.

Today’s Guests – WELCOME!

Guest Guest Of
Colin Kroger Ron Tinnerman
Anne Sheehan Speaker
Vicki Thompson Ron Thompson

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Holiday Break

Remember that there will be no lunch meeting on 12/24/2019 and 12/31/2019. The next CNO lunch meeting will be 1/7/2020. If you do show up on 12/24/2019 or 12/31/2019, be sure to let the new sergeants know for the 1/7/2020 meeting.


Nancy Lehren announced that the 2 parties on the for the USO Build-a-Bear event went great. She gave special thanks to Diane Arehart for overseeing the afternoon event in her absence.

Christy Gariety thanked everyone who took part in making Adopt-a-Family another huge success this year.

Happy Birthday to Several Members

There are people that we never get to experience singing Happy Birthday to because their birthday lands during our holiday break. Bob Duffy led us in singing a special holiday version for these individuals that was just as bad as usual.

Happy Birthday was sung to Liz Fultz, Jeff Brown, Cindy Gaboury, Paul Boeckman, Debe Dockins, Steve Mock, Jeff Papanek, Dave Kay, Molly Petsch, Christine Balsan, Kelly Stone, Sonny Singhvi, Rafael Santillan, and Joe Madden.

Thanks, Stan Fronzaglia, for suggesting the idea!

50/50 Drawing

Gary Smiga won $64.00 in today’s 50/50 drawing. He donated it to today’s speaker, Anne Sheehan, so she could buy more Acknowledging Acts of Kindness cards.

Anne Sheehan from Acknowledge Acts of Kindness Club

Jean Pummill introduced Anne Sheehan who started the Acknowledge Acts of Kindness Club (AAOK) in our area. She has been spreading the word by passing out cards and is hoping to speak to more people about spreading the word. More information can be found at There is also a Facebook page.

Anne and her husband moved to the Dayton area because her kids all went to UD and they have 10 grandchildren that all live around here.

In March 2019, Anne and her husband visited the Villages in Florida, which is a 55 and over community. It was here that she read an article in The Villages Daily Sun about AAOK founded by Joe Santoro and Lindsay Collier in February 2019. She met with them. She asked if she could take the program and logo to Dayton and they immediately agreed.

Anne believes strongly in this program and its message. The point of the program is to acknowledge when you notice an act of kindness by giving a business card with a special message and thanking the person who performed the act of kindness. Anne will give a stack of business cards to anyone who requests them so they also can acknowledge acts of kindness. Anne’s hope is by giving these cards to anyone who asks for them, more people will think about being kind to others. She makes no money off of this program.

Anne put a box of business cards on each of the lunch tables today and they were taken by members in attendance. You can use her website to ask for more cards for free to hand out.

Anne has met with several individuals and schools in the area. These meetings have led to many more cards being distributed. They have included:

  • Centerville HS and many other local and Dayton schools
  • Centerville Mayor Brooks Compton
  • Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley

She assures us we will enjoy giving out the cards when we witness an act of kindness. She said we will get more back than the effort it takes giving the cards.

Anne shared three personal stories about handing out AAOK cards.

She told us the story about her recent interaction with a local Hallmark store employee. Anne gave her a card because of the help the employee gave her. The employee said she had received 6 cards in the last 2 weeks.

Another example Anne gave occurred at Kroger’s recently. She was putting groceries in her car. A young woman was coming towards the store with her own cart ready to shop. She noticed that Anne was almost finished emptying her cart and smiled and said, “I will return your cart to the store for you.” Anne thought that was so nice of her and handed her a card. She got a huge smile on her face and thanked Anne.

Another instance was a friend of Anne’s forgetting a golf club in the pro shop at our golf club. This friend already had AAOK cards from Anne. It was a very hot day. One of the young men in the pro shop spotted the golf club she had forgotten to take. The young man from the pro shop went out into the crowded parking lot and tracked her down to return the club to her. She was so thankful and handed him an AAOK card as well. He was so surprised and loved its message as well.

She thanked CNO for letting us speak and looks forward to us spreading the word about Acknowledging Acts of Kindness.

Suggestions from AAOK Website for Handing Out Cards

  • Give then a warm smile. Look for a return smile.
  • Compliment and thank them for what they did (everyone likes compliments).
  • Tell them a bit about the club and its purpose.
  • Offer them a couple of cards to pass on.
  • Tell them to keep up the good work and end with a Thumbs Up (universal sign) and a smile.

Example conversation, “Hi, I couldn’t help but notice that you have a great attitude (or just did something very kind, etc) and when I see that, I always like to recognize these efforts by giving you two of these cards – one to recognize you for what you’ve just done and the other for you to give to someone else. That way we can help spread a culture of kindness together. Thank you again for your attitude/kindness.”

New CNO Sergeant’s Decree of Immunity

Judge Jim long read the new “Decree of Immunity”. This decree is in the hope of sparing the current sergeants Donna Huss and Brandon Barrett from future pain and suffering in retribution from the incoming and future sergeants. This was just in time as this is their last time to be in charge for this quarter.

You can read the decree here.

Thank Notes sent to CNO

You can read recent thank you notes here.

CNO Donations 2013 through June 2019

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

Over 50 years, we have donated close to $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $700,000.


Member Birthday
Liz Fultz December 18
Jeff Brown December 19
Cindy Gaboury December 19
Paul Boeckman December 22
Debe Dockins December 22
Steve Mock December 25
Jeff Papanek December 26
Dave Kay December 27
Molly Petsch December 28
Christine Balsan December 28
Kelly Stone December 29
Sonny Singhvi January 1
Rafael Santillan January 1
Joe Madden January 3

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Scott Langer December 30 12/30/1997 22
Bill Stone January 1 1/1/1977 43
Bob Duffy January 1 1/1/1988 32
Jim Rumford January 1 1/1/1990 30
Paul Stull January 1 1/1/1970 50
Will Cale January 1 1/1/1976 44
John Carroll January 3 1/3/2012 8

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Stephen Rau Tom Novak Induction
JoAnne Rau Tom Novak Induction
Debbie Parks Beth Duncan 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Evelyn Griffin and Gail Aiken Singing Christmas songs before the December 3rd meeting.
Louise Haun Missing 3 meetings in a row.
Joan Cordonnier, Gail Aiken, Roy Barclay Being humble about receiving the Christian D. Larson award last week at the Holiday party.
Myron Rheaume Calling in sick for a tree lot shift.
John Kalaman Balancing a cup of chili on top of 4 cup soup holder on tree delivery day.
Carolyn Taylor Senior moment saying she was part of the Rotary Club.
Stan Fronzaglia Standing too close to a sergeant and getting wine spilled on himself.
Greg Griffin, Beth Duncan, Diane Arehart Typo on name cards at holiday party for Gary and Nancy Hansen.
Martin Huffstutler Misprounouncing Center Stage’s name.
Steve Linder Lost his hat.

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Deb Saunders $5 for her Uncle TW Saunders, a WWII veteran who was honored at the Charleston WV Veteran’s Day Celebration.  He will be 103 years old next week!
David Duncombe Grandson finishing 3 years of residency, he just turned 29, is a graduate of CHS, Miami University and Toledo.
Tim Clemmer Glad there was no test fitting of the unclaimed underwear from the tree lot.
Roy Barclay Honored to receive Christian D. Larson award last week at the Holiday party.
Dan Beck Two grand kids were born in October.
Sue Brubaker A soldier she met at the USO party where she helped with Build-a-Bear said that today, the CNO volunteers were the heroes.
Myron Rheaume Thank you for the cards and condolences for the loss of his brother.
Gail Aiken Honored to receive Christian D. Larson award last week at the Holiday party.

CNOtes – December 10, 2019 – HOLIDAY PARTY – Yankee Trace

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father as always, when we celebrate we pray for Your presence. You have been the power behind all of our undertakings and we celebrate tonight for another great year. Our success depends on all members wanting to do the best for kids. It’s easy to yell ole! Ole! From the stands but another thing to get in the ring with the bull. May we always volunteer to help and for some volunteer to lead. When you lead It’s like pulling a dogsled, you’ll have a much better view of where we are going. Amen!

All Photos from the Party are Here

CNO 2019 Holiday Party

Tonight, we celebrated the holiday season. After checking in everyone got their pictures taken by the holiday tree. Thank you to CNO member Martin Huffstutler for being tonight’s photographer.

We had an hour of socialization with appetizers. Before eating dinner, Phather Phil gave a prayer and we said the pledge of allegiance. Then we had a buffet dinner with more socializing getting us all into the holiday spirit.

After dinner we were entertained by “Center Stage,” a 9-lady chorus. Members of the choir included CNO member/spouse Lynn Reilly, Charla Rheaume and Anna Bargmeyer.

After dinner we closed with the Optimist Creed.

There was a poinsettia as the centerpiece on each table. A prize ticket taped to the bottom of one chair at each table determined who got to take the poinsettia home.

Special thanks to the social committee Beth Duncan, Diane Arehart, Val Huff, Sue Jessee and anyone else that helped make tonight happen. The room decorations were beautiful, and it was a festive night!

Happy Birthday to Patrick Arehart

Today was Patrick Arehart’s birthday. Before the choir began, Greg Griffin summoned Patrick up to the front of the room and Bob Burkman led us in singing Happy Birthday to Patrick. The singing was horrible, but there were hints of being on key. Patrick really appreciated the love and effort put forward by all the members. He had a great day. What a way to have a birthday!

Christian D. Larsen Awards

Stan Fronzaglia and Karl Frydryk, the winners of the Christian D. Larsen awards from last year, introduced the three recipients for this year. Tom Frazier posthumously received the award in 2018.  This year’s recipients are:

Roy Barclay, who joined on 7/1/1986

Joan Cordonnier, who joined on 3/22/2008

Gail Aiken, who joined on 9/8/1993

Roy Barclay

(notes from Karl Frydryk)

Roy Barclay has been a club member for over 30 years.

Roy Barclay has contributed to the club in many ways, with both time and financial support of Optimist activities.

He has hosted many club meetings and socials in his home.

He has hoisted many American flags for both our club and the Springboro Optimist club.

In addition to tipping a few beers with many club members, our recipient has dipped many root beer floats at our Club’s root beer float stand at the Americana festival.

Over the years, our recipient has provided funding for the zone Oratorical contests.

Our recipient has made the Christmas tree lot a year-round project by contributing countless hours of work, many spent behind the scenes in the summer, to ensure our tree trailers are pristine and the set-up of our lot goes off without a hitch.

Joan Cordonnier

(notes from Stan Fronzaglia)

Joan Cordonnier is very active in our community and our club.  Her community involvement includes:

  • Being a daisy/brownie/girl scout leader for 6 years
  • A Driscoll PTO board member and treasurer for 6 years
  • A member of the Centerville high school marching band Dresser and Refreshment Committee for 7 years
  • A team in training athlete / mentor / coach to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma society for many years
  • Then she joined our club in 2008, never pausing to catch her breath
  • Since then she served as a Director on our board for 2 years
  • Was a Vice President for 2 years
  • Chaired the Holiday Adopt-A-Child committee for 6 years
  • Chaired and continues to chair, for 10 years, the Americana 5K Run Committee

Joan has also volunteered countless hours with many other club activities. This is not just a list of all of our club’s activities, rather, it’s the ones in which she has been an active participant.

  • Avenue of Flags
  • Build-A-Bear
  • Christmas Tree Lot
  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • Fishing Derby
  • Haunted Trail
  • Kids Day at the Park
  • Our 50th anniversary float in the Americana Parade.
  • Safety on Wheels
  • Tri Star Basketball
  • And More!

And saving the best for last until now, she was also the recipient of our Club’s Optimist of the Year Award in 2014.

Gail Aiken

(notes from Karl Frydryk)

Gail Aiken has been an Optimist for over 25 years.

Gail has been involved with numerous club activities including Avenue of flags, the Frazier golf outing, Build-a Bear program, Americana 5K run, and the Americana root beer float stand, to just name a few.

Gail supports these and many other club programs without looking for recognition or accolades.

In addition to being a regular meeting attendee, our recipient has served on our club’s board and as an Optimist club president.

Our recipient has served on scholarship committees and, at the tree lot, is very visible each year, performing key responsibilities on delivery day plus many behind-the-scenes tasks to ensure our tree lot is a success.

Our recipient has opened their home to optimists for board meetings and rose to the occasion when hosting many socials.

However, there IS a dark side to our recipient, as they have, for many years, co-chaired the club’s annual efforts to scare the heck out of young children every Halloween at the Haunted Trail.

In addition to Optimist activities, our recipient eagerly jumps into the pool to help in other community activities, including the Kalaman golf outing.

Details about the Christian D. Larson Award

(notes from Stan Fronzaglia)

The Christian D. Larson award is Optimist International’s most prestigious award. This award is a lifetime achievement recognition given to a person who has exemplified outstanding service to both our community as a whole and The Centerville Noon Optimist Club in particular.

The award was named in honor of Mr. Larson because he was the author of the well-known Optimist Creed which was written in 1912 and is what we Optimists live by every day. In the one hundred years of Optimist International, with hundreds of thousands of members, less than 800 individuals worldwide have been accorded this honor, 27 of whom are from our club.

Each year, our club, donates half the proceeds of the tickets purchased for the 50/50 drawing along with all of the money raised through the Sergeant at Arms fines and Happy Bucks during our Noon meetings. This money goes to the Optimist International Foundation for the purpose of supporting its charitable, literary, and educational activities. In return, for each one thousand dollars donated, the Optimist International Foundation grants our club the privilege of presenting a Christian D. Larson Award.

In 2007 our Board of Directors voted to present the Christian D. Larson award to our club members in order to recognize their positive contributions over a long period of time. Our Optimist Board had selected all of the recipients from 2007 – 2012. But in 2013 they decided that going forward it would best be decided by our growing group of past Larson Award recipients.

Each new honoree must have a minimum of ten years in the club, have held leadership positions, contributed greatly to both the community and our club, exhibited a positive optimistic attitude, and volunteered consistently over many years actively enhancing the club’s formula for success. As I mentioned, there are 27 previous Larson Award honorees from Centerville Noon. Last year, Karl Frydryk and Stan Fronzaglia were two of the three recipients of the award.  The third recipient, Tom Frazier, posthumously received the ward. Tom passed away in 1994.  You may recognize his name because our golf fundraiser is named after him.

CNO Donations 2013 through June 2019

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

Over 50 years, we have donated close to $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $700,000.

CNOtes – December 3, 2019 – Beth Gully – “The Other Side of Christmas”

Phather Phil’s Prayer

So you want to interview me?
If You have the time.
My time is eternity.
What surprises You most about humankind?
They get bored with childhood. They grow up and then long to be a
child again. They lose their health in search of riches and lose their
riches to restore their health. That thinking only about the future, they
forget the present. That they live as if they will never die and die as if
they never lived. To learn that they cannot make any one love them.
To learn that it only takes a second to destroy a person we love and
years to repair it.
As a parent, what life lessons do You want them to learn?
That it is not good to compare themselves to others. To learn that a
Rich person doesn’t have the most. They want the least!
To learn that two people can see the same thing and see it differently.
To learn to forgive others but learn to forgive themselves.
Is there anything else You want them to know?
I am here. ALWAYS!

Today’s Guests – WELCOME!

Guest Guest Of
Allen Abbey Mike Bevis
Brandi Abbey Mike Bevis
Nikki Dice Gail Aiken
Jane Dickerson Erin Dickerson
Beth Gully Speaker
Jennifer Lemaster Gail Aiken
Debbie Parks Beth Duncan

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Special Announcement

There will be no lunch meeting on 12/10/2019. That evening is the Holiday Party.

We will have our regularly scheduled lunch on 12/17/2019. This will be the last meeting of 2019.

There will be no meetings on 12/24/2019 and 12/31/2019. Please enjoy your holiday traditions with your families. We will gather again for our first lunch meeting of 2020 on 1/7/2019.

Social Events

12/10/2019 – 6 – 8:45 PM, Tuesday, Holiday Party at Yankee Trace. There will not be a lunch meeting that day.


Nancy Lehren announced that there will be two Build-a-Bear events for the USO at WPAFB on December 7, 2019. In addition to volunteers, she needs drivers with easy access credentials to get on the base.

Donna Huss announced that on December 7 from 9:30 to 11:30 in the morning at the St. Leonard center, the St. Leonard Optimist Club will be making blankets. Let her know if you would like to help. If you come, please bring a good pair of scissors to use to cut the thick material.

The Other Side of Christmas, by Beth Gully

Jean Pummill introduced author and graphics artist Beth Gully, the author of “The Other Side of Christmas” and “The Other Side of Easter”. She is known as the upside-down book speaker. Beth is one of 100 ambigram artists in the world. She has created over 400 logos, has set marketing trends and has won many prestigious awards for her creations.

She started by asking us if we knew what an ambigram was. She showed us what an ambigram was by creating two drawings during our meeting on 2’ x 3’ poster boards on the easels.

First, she drew a picture of Santa Clause on the first board. Then she turned it 180 degrees and it was a picture of Jesus.

Second, she wrote out the word Santa in stylized cursive and turned it 180 degrees and it said Jesus.

You can read about ambigrams on Wikipedia. From Wikipedia, “An ambigram is a word, art form or other symbolic representation whose elements retain meaning when viewed or interpreted from a different direction, perspective, or orientation.”

She read to us her first book, “The Other Side of Christmas”. The book is a Christmas story of the children of a family waiting for Santa and of Santa putting his checklist together. It follows the kid’s imagination of Santa heading their way.

After finishing the Santa Clause story, Beth turned the book upside down and read a different story with the same pictures in reverse order. The second story in the book is now of the travels of Mary and Joseph and the story of Jesus being born on the first Christmas Day. The angels instructed the shepherds to share the good news with the world. It told of King Herod’s defeat. The three wise men were at the end.

Each page of the book had an illustration, and each was an ambigram.

The book took 8 years to finish. She discussed why it took so many years to finish her first book. She said, “If you have a job and you don’t have a deadline, it is hard to get it done.” To get her over the procrastination, she committed to working on the project at least some each day, even if for just 3 minutes. Some days it would be just 3 minutes and others it would be longer. Staying connected with a project made it seem like the task was less daunting.

Soon after finishing her first book in 2014, she was asked to do an Easter story. It, too, has taken quite a while to finish. The book cover is a drawing of an Easter Bunny and when flipped over it is a picture of Jesus.

She discussed how she learned to draw ambigrams. As a Graphics Designer, she makes sure every line and shape in a logo have meaning. This skill made it possible for her to see how to draw an ambigram.

For the past 30 years Gully has created a new ambigram Christmas card each year.

Besides creating Christmas cards, books and being a graphics designer, she is developing church curriculums for the 4 weeks of Advent and the 6 weeks of Lent.

She also teaches kids how to create ambigrams.

To learn more about what Beth Gully does and about her books, click here.

Thank you, Beth Gully, for reading us your book today and drawing live for us a couple of ambigrams.

Thank You Notes Sent to CNO This Week

Click here to see the Thank You Notes we received this week

CNO Donations 2013 through June 2019

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

Over 50 years, we have donated close to $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $700,000.


Member Birthday
Paul Bowell December 3
Nancy Lehren December 5
Bill DeShurko December 6
Marilyn Abbott December 6
Matt Somerlot December 7
Sarah Umbreit December 7
Jeff Umbreit December 8
Jay Schindler December 10
Patrick Arehart December 10
Penny Culhane December 11
Erin Dickerson December 12
Pete Rife December 13
Kyle Bergsman December 13
Cheryl Dowd December 16
Bill Stone December 16

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Roberta Taylor December 6 12/6/1995 24
Paul Boeckman December 9 12/9/1994 25
Roland Rapp December 10 12/10/2002 17
Tom Novak December 13 12/13/1990 29

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Debbie Parks Beth Duncan 1st Reading
JoAnne Rau Tom Novak 3rd Reading
Steve Rau Tom Novak 3rd Reading
James Reinhard Andy Dickerson Induction
Christopher Wysong Debe Dockins Induction

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Art Hung Trying to look busy with a little tree at the tree lot.
Don Kelley Told Sergeant Donna at the tree lot that her broom was ready to take her home.
Karin Gilstrap Snitched on a Sergeant to a Sergeant, what are you thinking?
Charlie Tapp Missing a lunch meeting.
Judy McFadden Staying warm in the heated tent while taking attendance and guarding the donuts on tree delivery day.
Bill Fritz Sitting down on the job and keeping warm at the tree lot on delivery day.
Bev Fritz Sitting down on the job and keeping warm at the tree lot on delivery day.
David Duncombe Buying 1 raffle ticket with a twenty dollar bill. This makes the sergeants nuts!
Christy Gariety Paying for 50/50 with loose change.
Tom Novak Paying for 50/50 with loose change.
Sue Jesse Paying for 50/50 with loose change.
Diane Arehart Making Beth Duncan think she was losing her mind by hiding her beers. [Note – Beth’s mind has long been lost before this]
Greg Griffin Mixing up the days of the week.
Beth Duncan Received a bag of suckers for impersonating Kojak during a ride along with Dayton PD.

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Will Cale Thanks to Brian Nolan and Beth Duncan for bringing him soup after his recent fall. He had no appetite before they brought this to him-  he stated “their soup quickly fixed my appetite problem”.
Charlie Goodwin Great trip to Nepal with his 16 year old grandson. They saw Mt Everest, Temples, and got to ride a mile long zip line.
Jim Mogan Bob Burkman bringing a ladder to help tie Christmas trees on cars.
Gary Hansen Since he is a Michigan fan he is glad it is finally basketball season.
Cindy Gaboury Her first grand baby arrived and she is glad she was able to make it to todays meeting.
Barbara Santo On behalf of Judy DeMarco, Judy is happy her brother has made it home after open heart surgery and rehabilitation.
Nancy Lehren Her 8th grandchild was just born.
Nancy Lehren Proud to be a member of the CNO club for 25 years.
Bob Bargmeyer For Mike Fanelli singing so well at the Boy Scout Holiday Party.
Bob Bargmeyer For Ohio State being ranked number one
Bob Bargmeyer Indiana University beat Purdue to win Indiana football’s, “The Old Oaken Bucket”

CNOtes – Optimist 2.0 November 21, 2019 – Vail Miller – Heidelberg Distributing – Chappy’s Social House

Guests and Members in Attendance

Steve Bennett
Lauren Delong
Rocky Matthews
David Mcgowan
Leslie Miller
Vail Miller
Mary Stahley
Mike Vallo
Gail Aiken
Jack Anderson
Diane Arehart
Brandon Barrett
Mike Cordonnier
Abby Davis
Kelly Davis
Gary DeMarco
Judy DeMarco
Emily Duke
Beth Duncan
Greg Fay
Stan Fronzaglia
Karin Gilstrap
Greg Griffin
Cindy Harris
Ken Hattan
Vida McDowell
Bryan Miller
Brian Nolan
Jean Pummill
Jack Quinlan
Ruthy Quinlan
Vince Reidy
Brent Richburg
Ashley Simeone
Michelle Tagliamonte
Nick Tarkany
Jayne Weikel

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CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

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

There was a 50/50 drawing won by Ruthy Quinlan.

There were 38 people at the meeting (30 members and 8 guests).

Quarterly Teacher Recognition Awards

Nick Tarkany announced tonight that this quarter we are recognizing two outstanding Centerville Elementary School teachers, Sarah Storer from Normandy Elementary and Lauren Delong from Cline Elementary. Teachers are selected by administrators for going above and beyond to help educate the youth in our community. Each received a $25 gift certificates courtesy of Chappys.

New CNO 2.0 Member Induction

Greg Griffin inducted Abby Davis. She is sponsored by Vince Reidy.

Social Events

12/10/2019 – 6 – 8:45 PM, Tuesday, Holiday Party at Yankee Trace. Any member of CNO, CNO 2.0 or CNO St Leonard can sign up to attend the party.

CNO 2.0 Introduction

Greg Fay, the chair of CNO 2.0, said he was so thankful for all the guests and members that came to tonight’s meeting.

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

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

Annual Fundraisers

  • Christmas Tree Lot, located behind the Centerville BMV
  • Avenue of Flags
  • Golf Outing


Major Activities for the youth in our community

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

Vail Miller Jr – Heidelberg Distributing

Greg Fay introduced tonight’s speaker, Vail Miller Jr., the CEO of Heidelberg Distributing. Born in 1971, Vail Miller Jr. is a native of Kettering. He became the CEO in 2010. The owners of the business are his mother and uncle.

Vail’ wife Leslie Miller and their daughter were able to attend tonight’s meeting.

Heidelberg was started by Vail’s grandfather 80 years ago in 1909 by Albert W. Vontz, a 22-year-old German immigrant, who arrived in Cincinnati in 1907. Vontz’s only son, Albert Vontz Jr, returned from World War II and earned a degree in economics from the University of Cincinnati.

In 1959 Vontz Jr. purchased the Anheuser-Busch branch in Cincinnati for $25,000. In 1961 he purchased the Dayton Budweiser distributorship from another wholesaler. Vontz Jr. passed away in 2002, but not before the company had grown substantially through mergers, acquisitions and industry consolidation.

Miller Jr. started working for the company in 1982 at the age of 12. He took the bus downtown to fill vending machines.

Miller Jr. studied organizational behavior at Miami University. He met his future wife, Leslie, and worked for another distributor in Missouri. Then he went to work for Ernest and Julio Gallo.

Other family members work for Heidelberg as well. Miller Jr.’s sister manages contracts with brands and teamsters. His 7-year younger brother works in sales. Recently, his cousin joined the team.

Heidelberg is comprised of nine warehouse and office facilities located in Cincinnati (two companies), Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Lorain, Toledo, Youngstown and Northern Kentucky.

Statistics about Heidelberg

  • 1,600 associates
  • 2800 people are covered under their health insurance
  • 18,000 beverages
  • 740 suppliers
  • Two million square feet of warehouse
  • 300,000 square feet of cooler space
  • Serving 26,000 retailers throughout Ohio and Kentucky

For 15 years Miller Jr, has had the Optimist Creed hanging in his office. His family follow the creed. Beth Duncan asked if he would fill out an application to join and he did.

Vail uses “Mind Hacking” to constantly improve himself. He is mindful to return calls quickly. He believes respecting who you are engaging with and “Be where your feet are”. He gets at least 3 hours of exercise per week. He makes sure he is showing his enthusiasm for everyone he has contact with.

Their business is about continuous improvement. He believes there is no failure, only results. Remember to be curious. He asks himself and others do we have grit. We are building brands.

It is important to do what is right, and not who is right. He wants to make great decisions each day for their employees and their customers.

He said there is an awesomeness when employees of the company leave and then return to Heidelberg. He did the same and it benefits the employee and the company.

When his kids were young, he traveled 180 days per year. His business is about making friends. It helps that his wife’s family also has a large business and understands the sacrifices necessary for success.

His grandfather loved the community. The company has been a big supporter of the Schuster Center and the Victoria Theater Association.

Vail Miller Jr, his wife Leslie and their children currently live in the house that Miller Jr. was raised in. It had been owned by other families, but he was able to purchase it.

Thank you, Vail Miller Jr., for taking the time to tell us about your experience growing up and working with the Heidelberg company.

CNO Donations 2013 through June 2019

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

Over 50 years, we have donated close to $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $700,000.