CNOtes: March 23, 2021 – N.O.W. – New Optimists Wanted – Event

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Hebrews 13:2 tells us “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unaware”.  Today we welcome friends, guests, and fellow club members as we share our mission, purpose, and how we strive to serve those around us.  Guide us so that we may see the strangers, the angels, and those whom we can help and help us to recognize any needs which are left unmet.

 Amen.

Announcements

Debe Dockins said that CNO will have a float in the 2021 Americana parade. The committee is looking for a flatbed trailer to borrow. Mike Cordonnier will be helping with a lot of the construction for the float. Let Debe know if you would like to help.

Debe Dockins announced we will use Sign Up Genius to sign up for the in-person meetings hopefully beginning May 4, 2021. You cannot sign up yet, but you will be notified when this is open for registration.

Committee Meetings

  • 4/14/2021, 6 PM, Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf 2021, Zoom hosted by Mike Bevis. Meetings in 2021 will be on Wednesdays on 1/13, 2/17, 3/24, 4/14, 5/12, 6/16, 7/7. Additional volunteers are always welcome. The golf outing will be held on 7/12/2021.
  • 4/20/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting, Zoom hosted by President Debe Dockins

Community Events

Greg Griffin announced that the Easter Egg Drive through will be held on April 3rd, 2021.

Beth Duncan, chair of Centerville’s Got Talent, said she needs more volunteers to help with this committee. The contest will be for kids ages 4-19 that live or go to school in Centerville or Washington Township and will be participating in the event via videos they create of their talent.

Happy Birthday Tom Novak

Today was Tom Novak’s Birthday! Bob Burkman, who was sponsored by Tom Novak, led us in the singing. Bob said since Tom was his sponsor, we need to make this extra special! We certainly tried to sing as loud and off key as possible. Tom said, “That was just wonderful.”

Thanks, Tom Novak, for all you do for the club and to our community. Happy Birthday to you, Tom, and have a great next trip around the sun!

NOW Event this week

Today, instead of a guest speaker, we had a special version of our weekly Zoom meeting. It was a NOW (New Optimists Welcome) event.

New and perspective members learned about volunteer opportunities with our club through these events.

Committee chairs presented what each committee does for the club. There were presentations about awards, community events, fundraisers and scholarships. Due to time limitations, not all of the club’s activities were represented today. Reach out to your club sponsor or another member that has been a member longer than you to learn about all the opportunities to serve your community and club.

Note that all CNO community events are free for all participants and their families. The Americana 5K Run is a City of Centerville event that we help run and donate money to and there is a cost to the runners for this event.

Thank you to all the committee chairs for helping make this a successful event.

You can view the slide deck of the presentation here.

Community Awards

John P. Kalaman Respect for Law Awards, chaired by Gary Anderson and Bob Burkman. Two individuals are given this award each year, one from the Centerville Police Department and the other from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. All employees of the department are eligible, not just police officers. The recipients are nominated by their peers.

Robert J. O’Toole EMT/Firefighter of the Year Award, chaired by Gary Anderson and Bob Burkman. One individual is given this award each year from the Washington Township Firefighter and EMS department. The recipient is nominated by their peers.

Community Events and Support

Adopt-a-Child, chaired by Christy Gariety and Sue Jessee. Club members are given the opportunity to buy gift cards for Centerville School students and their siblings during the holiday season. The teachers and counselors help identify students who have need and will use the gift cards throughout the year to help purchase items students might need.

Americana 5K Run, chaired by Joan Cordonnier and Jeff Busch, this is a community event and a fundraiser for the City of Centerville that helps with costs of the Americana Festival such as paying for the fireworks display. The event will be held this year but may look a little different with possibly a staggered start. This will next be held on 7/5/2021.

Americana Festival Booth, chaired by Brent Richburg. Over 100,000 people attend the downtown Centerville Americana event. CNO sets up a booth at this event to help educate the public about what we do and invite people to join or be a guest at a meeting. This will next be held on 7/5/2021.

Safety on Wheels and Bike Rodeo, chaired by Paul Boeckman. Held at Miami Valley South hospital in conjunction with the Centerville Police department. Bikes and helmets are safety checked including making sure the tire pressures are correct.  We also have fun biking activities for children.

Childhood Health and Wellness, chaired by Nancy Lehren and Sarah Umbreit. Drive through events have been held during COVID. Normally, we have in person Build-a-Bear events for kids with childhood cancer and sickle cell disease.

Fishing Derby, chaired by Bob Lawson and Andy Dickerson. Pond is stocked with lots of fish at the Washington Township Rec Center. Kids earn points based on quantity and weight of fish caught. Prizes such as fishing rods and reels are given away. This will next be heled on 8/28/2021.

Easter Egg Event, Chaired by Pat Behn and Greg Griffin. This event will be Saturday 4/3/2021 from 10-11 AM at Oak Grove Park. This year it will be a drive through event. Hopefully in 2022 we will resume the distribution of 7000 plastic candy filled Easter Eggs for kids to find.

Haunted Trail, chaired by Gail Aiken, Denise O’Neill and Larry Lynde. The event has been held for 30 years. The JOI and Octagon clubs at area middle schools and high school volunteer to help and setup the stations for children to visit. A canned food drive is held during the free event. The event will be held on 10/12/2021 and 10/13/2021 at the Washington Township RecPlex (formerly named the Rec Center). Lots of CNO volunteers are needed each year.

Kids Day in the Park, chaired by Bob Lawson and Brian Nolan. Several Optimist clubs in the area come together to setup activity booths for children at Delco Park in Kettering. It is a fun-filled event for the entire family. This will next be held on 8/7/2021.

Exercise Competitions

Tri-Star Basketball, chaired by Scott Langer and Craig Dring. This event features dribbling, passing and free throw competitions. Trophies are awarded to the winners in each age group along with a free basketball for each child.

Tri-Star Soccer, chaired by Chris McAlpine and Greg Wasmund. Kids earn points at stations for shooting, dribbling, passing, and throwing. They do not need to know how to play soccer to participate. Awards are given and every kid gets a free soccer ball.

Fundraisers

Avenue of Flags, chaired by Tom Novak, Mike Brubaker and Bob Burkman. This is CNO’s biggest fundraiser. The team delivers over 2900 flags on Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Veteran’s Day. The team can always use more volunteers to distribute and pick up flags.

Tom Frazier Tee-Off for Youth Golf Outing, chaired by Donna Huss, Mike Bevis, Vince Reidy, Deb Ulrich, Sarah Umbreit, Chris Ziehler, and Gary DeMarco. The premier Miami Valley Golf Outing will next be held on 7/12/2021. The event raises over $40,000 per year and around $10,000 to $15,000 is given to Dayton Children’s Hospital Hematology and Oncology department to help patient’s families with travel expenses.

Scholarships

Skilled Trades Scholarship, chaired by Evelyn Griffin. Scholarships for trade schools are given away. The first recipient of this scholarship is now completing a program at Sinclair for Construction Management. This year 3 students were given scholarships to the welding program at Hobart Welding School in Troy, Ohio. Students receive $2500 to help pay for programs in skilled trades.

Will Cale Scholarship Program, chaired by Gary Hansen and Joan Cordonnier. We give 3-5 kids per year a scholarship to Sinclair College. Most of these students would not go to college without this CNO scholarship and the 2 mentors assigned to them. Emphasis is on financial need and potential rather than academics or class standing. The mentors help the students find other financial aid as well. There are currently 9 students active in the program right now. Students receive $1000 per semester for up to 6 semesters.

Memorial Scholarships, chaired by Gary Smiga, Will Cale, Gail Aiken, Bob Duffy and Roberta Taylor. To qualify, a student must be a resident of Centerville/Washington Township and have a strong record of participation in community service activities. They must be a graduating senior who will attend an accredited college/university offering a two- or four-year degree and have a financial need. Up to 5 scholarships are awarded each year for $2000.

Special Needs Club

Partners Club chaired by Bob Glavin and Greg Wasmund. This club is for adults with special needs. The focus is on their abilities not their disabilities. They hold fundraisers and donate to various community organizations.

Contests

Visual Arts Contest, chaired by Deb Saunders and Jane Fiehrer. Children 11 and under will submit either a painting or a drawing. Awards will be given in each category.

OI Junior Golf Championship, chaired by Jerry Stahley. Those who qualify from this local event will win an all-expenses paid trip to compete in Florida later this year.

Centerville Washington Township has Got Talent, chaired by Beth Duncan. This is the first year for this new annual event. Kids aged 4-19 may compete. The top 10 videos will be shown at a community event on 5/3/2021 and a winner will be selected.

CNO 2.0

CNO 2.0, chaired by Greg Fay, Jack Anderson, and Brian Nolan. This is the evening version of CNO. In person meetings will be resumed on April 15, 2021. Please RSVP if you will be attending this outdoor event so they can judge how much food and drinks to provide.

New Member Readings and Inductions

None this week.

Welcome Guests!

None this week.

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Greg Griffin$10 for how well the club is doing and for moving forward with COVID restrictions starting to be lifted.
Brian Nolan$5 wishing Paula Kalaman the best for her recovery from cancer treatments.
Jeff Umbreit$5 for CHS taking first place yesterday in the State of Ohio Basketball Tournament.
Gary Hansen$5 for Michigan being the only Big 10 team left in the March Madness college basketball tournament.

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Charla RheaumeMarch263/26/200813
Scott RheaumeMarch263/26/200813

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Tom NovakMarch 23
Steve BlakeMarch 25
John KalamanMarch 25
Kate TrangensteinMarch 26
Jane FiehrerMarch 27
Bob CrawfordMarch 28

CNO Donations – 2013 through January 2021

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

Thank You Notes Received

Click here to see the Thank You Notes our Club received this week.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Zoom Meeting This Week

We had another meeting using Zoom. We will continue our weekly meetings via computer, cell phone or tablet for at least the next several weeks. Please join us and keep inviting guests.

Who can Attend Zoom Meetings?

Any member of any type of Centerville Noon Optimist can attend Zoom meetings. CNO 2.0, St Leonard’s and CNO full members or CNO monthly members can ALL attend.

Guests are also welcome. Please invite guests and introduce them if you like. Just share the Zoom link with them for that week.

COVID-19 UPDATE

In keeping with social distancing requirements – our CNO Meetings have transitioned temporarily to a online format using ZOOM.

Club Member Joe Madden was inspired to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.

Links to Recorded Meeting and PowerPoint

A Video Recording of this Week’s Meeting is here

A Podcast of this Week’s Meeting is here

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

CNOtes: March 16, 2021 – Essay Contest Winners Read Their Essays

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

Today’s prayer is a combination of Irish blessings and prayers in honor of St. Patrick’s Day

May God give you…for every storm, a rainbow; for every tear, a smile; for every care, a promise; and a blessing in each trial.  For every problem life sends, a faithful friend to share.  For every sigh, a sweet song, and an answer to a prayer.  May the dreams you hold dearest be those which come true and the kindness you spread keep returning to you.  May the strength of God pilot us, may the wisdom of God instruct us, may the hand of God protect us, may the salvation, O Lord, be always ours, this day and forevermore, Amen.

Announcements

Debe Dockins announced that CNO members donated over 200 pairs of socks for Shoes for the Shoeless. They were collected when the member appreciation lunches were distributed at Yankee Trace Golf Club last Friday. Thanks to all those who donated socks.

Tom Novak, Avenue of Flags committee, said, “The AOF Optimist Subscription Renewal Team has already received 68% renewals of last year’s total which is ‘normal’ for our ‘Early Bird’ phase. Thanks to the outstanding efforts of the Team.  They continue to receive renewal subscriptions.”

Committee Meetings

  • 3/24/2021, 6 PM, Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf 2021, Zoom hosted by Mike Bevis. Meetings in 2021 will be on Wednesdays on 1/13, 2/17, 3/24, 4/14, 5/12, 6/16, 7/7. Additional volunteers are always welcome. The golf outing will be held on 7/12/2021.
  • 4/20/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting, Zoom hosted by President Debe Dockins

Community Events

Greg Griffin announced that the Easter Egg Drive through will be held on April 3rd, 2021 from 10-11 AM at Oak Grove Park.

Happy Birthday Brian Nolan

Today was Brian Nolan’s Birthday and he was on today’s meeting! Tom Novak led our choir. Tom told the essay contestants that their essays were great and very memorable. Tom warned them that the version of “Happy Birthday” they were about to hear will also be very memorable (and bad).

In response to the singing Brian said, “I had to reach for my air sickness bag!”

Brian and Bob, have a great birthday and a great year!

2021 Essay Contest

Kristen Marks is the chair of the 2021 Essay Contest. Her opening remarks follow:

The Essay Contest is sponsored by Optimist International to give young people the opportunity to write about their own opinions regarding the world in which they live. The approach can encompass a young person’s personal experience, the experience of their country or a more historical perspective and helps in developing their skills in written expression. This year’s theme for the 2020-21 contest was “Reaching your Dreams by Choosing Optimism”

I was enthusiastic about this theme as I reflect on the past year both personally and professionally, and it was wonderful to read about this theme from the perspective of so many youth.

I want to thank this year’s judges, Liz Fultz, Debe Dockins, Evelyn Griffin, and Andy Higgins.

I also want to thank former Essay Contest Chair, Kelly George for her leadership on this committee in the past, and for her guidance in my first year. I had lots of questions and she was very helpful.

This year, we had 17 entries for the local contest. The first-place winner of the local contest moves on to the District competition.

Today, I am happy to say that you all will get to hear the top three writers read their essays! The first, second, and third place winners of the contest have joined us today, as well as some of their special guests, or if they could not attend, they have recorded themselves reading their essay. Greg Griffin, I appreciate your help getting this all ready to go!

First, we will hear from our 3rd place winner, Giovanna.

Next, we will hear from our 2nd place winner, Leah.

And lastly, we will hear from this year’s local contest winner, Meenakshi.

Thank you once again to these young writers and your guests. I hope you continue to express yourself through writing and or speaking and we wish you a wonderful 2021!

Video of the Essay Readings

The winners are listed next with very brief excerpts of the speeches. Watch the video to hear their entire essays. You can watch the essay readings here.

Giovanna, 3rd Place

Giovanna is a Senior at Centerville High School who plans to major in speech therapy in college.

She titled her essay, “The Harp Perspective.” She has been playing the harp for 10 years.

The harp is her passion and an extension of her hands. Practicing can be demanding. Understanding optimism and the role it has in success is important in becoming great at something.

She came up with words for H.A.R.P – Happiness, Ambition, Responsibility and Passion.

Leah, 2nd Place

Leah is a Freshman at Centerville High School.

She titled her essay, “Reaching Your Dreams by Choosing Optimism.”

To overcome a negative outlook, the key is to infuse optimism into your life. Optimism and the willingness to look forward will help you move on and will help you achieve your dreams.

Meenakshi, 1st Place

Meenakshi is a Freshman at Centerville High School.

She titled her essay, “Reaching Your Dreams by Choosing Optimism.”

Life is constant decisions. The most important decision is choosing between optimism and pessimism. Choosing optimism is the first step to achieving your dreams.

Dreams fuel your mind like food fuels your body. Pessimism is like a virus. Imagine you are an inspiring computer engineer that does not have the required math skills to be a computer engineer.  An optimist will continue to learn and add the math skills they need in order to become a computer engineer.

Following your passion will allow you to live a better life.

Thank You

Thank you to all the participants in the 2021 Centerville Noon Optimist Essay contest.

Thank you, Kristen Marks, for chairing the Essay Contest Committee. All three essays we heard today were excellent.

New Member Readings and Inductions

None this week.

Welcome Guests!

None this week.

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Debe DockinsIncarnation and Alter Grad Joe Thuney, an Offensive Guard, just signed a 5 year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs
Kristen MarksThanks for the 17 particpants in the 2021 Essay Contest
Kristen MarksHappy for being named the new executive director of the Centerville-Washington Park District
Myron RheaumeKristen Marks becoming the executive director of the Centerville-Washington Park District

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Joan CordonnierMarch223/22/200813

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Brian NolanMarch 16
Bob FosterMarch 16
David BrookmanMarch 18
Dana DringMarch 20
Larry EnglandMarch 20
Shane WilkenMarch 20
Sara HemmeterMarch 21
Kathy LinderMarch 21
Andy DickersonMarch 21
Bryan MillerMarch 21

CNO Donations – 2013 through January 2021

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

Thank You Notes Received

Click here to see the Thank You Notes our Club received this week.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Zoom Meeting This Week

We had another meeting using Zoom. We will continue our weekly meetings via computer, cell phone or tablet for at least the next several weeks. Please join us and keep inviting guests.

Who can Attend Zoom Meetings?

Any member of any type of Centerville Noon Optimist can attend Zoom meetings. CNO 2.0, St Leonard’s and CNO full members or CNO monthly members can ALL attend.

Guests are also welcome. Please invite guests and introduce them if you like. Just share the Zoom link with them for that week.

COVID-19 UPDATE

In keeping with social distancing requirements – our CNO Meetings have transitioned temporarily to a online format using ZOOM.

Club Member Joe Madden was inspired to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.

Links to Recorded Meeting and PowerPoint

A Video Recording of this Week’s Meeting is here

A Podcast of this Week’s Meeting is here

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

CNOtes: March 9, 2021 – Preschool Promise, Robyn Lightcap and Jane McGee-Rafal

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

Dear Lord Our God,

Charles Dickens is quoted as saying, “Spring is the time of the year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade”.  As the weather warms and spring’s official start grows near, help us to acknowledge that it is okay to visit the winter and the cold and dreary periods in our lives, but that we should not dwell there.  Help us instead to strive to live in the light and the warmth of Your loving embrace and to share that love and light with all we meet.

Amen.

Committee Meetings

  • 3/24/2021, 6 PM, Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf 2021, Zoom hosted by Mike Bevis. Meetings in 2021 will be on Wednesdays on 1/13, 2/17, 3/24, 4/14, 5/12, 6/16, 7/7. Additional volunteers are always welcome. The golf outing will be held on 7/12/2021.
  • 4/20/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting, Zoom hosted by President Debe Dockins

Community Events

Greg Griffin announced that the Easter Egg Drive through will be held on April 3rd, 2021.

Beth Duncan, chair of Centerville’s Got Talent, said she needs more volunteers to help with this committee. The contest will be for kids ages 4-19 that live or go to school in Centerville or Washington Township and will be participating in the event via videos they create of their talent.

Robyn Lightcap and Jane McGee-Rafal, Preschool Promise

Mary Ann MacKenzie introduced Robyn Lightcap and Jane McGee-Rafal with Preschool Promise, a non-profit organization funded by Montgomery County, the City of Dayton and local philanthropists to help 4-year-old children get ready for Kindergarten.

In all its work, Preschool Promise is committed to fostering equity, recognizing that far too many African American and Appalachian young children do not share the same advantages and privileges of many of their middle-class peers. In addition to promoting best practices for all young learners, Preschool Promise targets the Dayton community’s resources to the highest-need young children.

Public School Districts Served

  • Dayton
  • Jefferson Township
  • Kettering
  • Mad River
  • Northridge
  • Trotwood-Madison
  • West Carrollton (starting fall 2021)

Jane McGee-Rafal, Secretary, Treasurer of Preschool Promise

Jane McGee-Rafal has been involved in public education for over 50 years. She began her career in rural Ohio in 1968 and since has served five school districts in Ohio and Arizona. She was the first female superintendent of the Warren City Schools in Trumbull County, Ohio. While in Arizona, Jane was the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction in the Mesa Unified School District. Jane worked for Dayton Public Schools on two separate occasions.  During her last tenure, she served as the Chief Academic Officer for Dayton. Most recently, Jane was a Vice President of Special Projects and a Senior Executive Recruiter for Haskel Thompson & Associates, a recruiting firm serving primarily the oil and gas industry.

Jane said that today they will be speaking on Preschool Promise, the community it serves and why it is important to the larger community. Residents of Montgomery County should be proud of Preschool Promise. She has sat on many boards and the Preschool Promise board is one of the best. Other areas of Ohio and the nation are replicating their model. She introduced the executive Director of Preschool Promise, Robyn Lightcap.

Robyn Lightcap, Executive Director for Dayton-Montgomery County Preschool Promise

Robyn Lightcap is the Executive Director for Dayton-Montgomery County Preschool Promise. Robyn serves on the Governor’s Early Childhood Advisory Council and is Chair of Groundwork, Ohio’s early childhood advocacy organization. She has led complex projects in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors and has a business degree from Wake Forest University. 

You can view Robyn’s slide deck titled, “Preschool Promise, Supporting Preschoolers through COVID-19” here.

Vision

All Montgomery County children are ready for Kindergarten. There is a lot of research showing the years from birth through age 5 are extremely important to the long-term ability of a child to learn through childhood and into adulthood, affecting their ability to earn.

Mission

Preschool Promise ensures that children are ready for Kindergarten by equipping Preschools and families with exceptional support, coaching and education.

Commitment to Equity

Preschool Promise is committed to addressing racial and social inequities in all we do. There is a responsibility to address the gap between the resources for white versus black children especially.

Preschool Promise offers coaching, support and educational resources to teachers and families

  • Tuition Assistance
  • Book of the month
  • 3 text messages a week
  • Monthly Postcards
  • Training and coaching for teachers
  • Funding to improve the quality of Preschool

2019-2020 School Year Outcomes

All schools take assessments about their students’ readiness for Kindergarten. There is a 16% advantage for students enrolled in Preschool Promise for at least 5 months over other students. See the slide deck link above for further statistics.

Helped Families keep working during the stay-at-home orders

Thanks to Montgomery County Human Services Levy funding, Preschool Promise was able to provide $120,000 in tuition assistance on behalf of 100 children who attended 18 childcare sites during the stay-at-home order.

Preschool Promise Plus helps children learn at home with items given to students

  • Play Box each month
  • Videos with Preschools Promise circle time
  • Book of the month in the mail
  • Computer Tablet and 1-year subscription to ABC Mouse

Teachers are committed to continuing their own learning

  • Nearly 300 teachers are in the monthly or intensive Zoom program
  • Teachers have agreed to use swiveling robots to record classroom teaching to use with their coaches

Quick Facts

  • Thanks to Montgomery County’s investment, Star Rated preschools and childcare sites have significantly increased. The number went from 5 in 2008 to 260 in 2020.
  • Their focus is on 4-year old children.
  • Preschool Promise uses community outreach to let people know their services are available. They distribute door hangers, partner with food pantries and put up billboards that encourage families to contact Preschool Promise.

Thank You

Thank you, Robyn Lightcap and Jane McGee-Rafal, for joining us to educate CNO about the good Preschool Promise is doing for preschoolers in our community.

Dayton Daily News Article about Preschool Promise

Read February 26, 2011 article about Preschool Promise here.

New Member Readings and Inductions

None this week.

Welcome Guests!

Guest NameGuest of
Robyn LightcapSpeaker, Executive Director Preschool Promise, Montgomery County
Jane McGee-RafalBoard Member of Preschool Promise, Montgomery County

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Myron RheaumeGrandson Liam, a High School Junior, received his 3rd varsity letter from Springboro HS for Hockey – Liam is also on the All Ohio First Team
Myron RheaumeThe 103rd Optimist International Convention will be in person in Atlanta, June 30, 2021 – July 3, 2021
Julie Rado$10 for her being inducted into CNO
Gary HansenIt is 2 weeks since his second COVID vaccination and he is ready for his new freedom
Debe DockinsReceived her first COVID vaccination
Greg Griffin$2 because he and Eveyln received their first COVID vaccinations

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined
Barbara SantoMarch93/9/1999
Bob GlavinMarch123/12/1993
Shane WilkenMarch143/14/2003
Steve KohlsMarch143/14/2003

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Morgan SchiffhauerMarch 12
Gareth DickeyMarch 14
Vida McDowellMarch 15

CNO Donations – 2013 through January 2021

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

Thank You Notes Received

Click here to see the Thank You Notes our Club received this week.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Zoom Meeting This Week

We had another meeting using Zoom. We will continue our weekly meetings via computer, cell phone or tablet for at least the next several weeks. Please join us and keep inviting guests.

Who can Attend Zoom Meetings?

Any member of any type of Centerville Noon Optimist can attend Zoom meetings. CNO 2.0, St Leonard’s and CNO full members or CNO monthly members can ALL attend.

Guests are also welcome. Please invite guests and introduce them if you like. Just share the Zoom link with them for that week.

COVID-19 UPDATE

In keeping with social distancing requirements – our CNO Meetings have transitioned temporarily to a online format using ZOOM.

Club Member Joe Madden was inspired to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.

Links to Recorded Meeting and PowerPoint

A Video Recording of this Week’s Meeting is here

A Podcast of this Week’s Meeting is here

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

March 2, 2021 – Community Champion Award Presented

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Christopher Morley once said, “If we discovered we only had five minutes left to say all that we wanted to say, every telephone booth would be occupied by people calling other people to stammer that they loved them.”  Lord, help us not to wait until our last five minutes, but instead to spend some amount of time each and every day to tell those around us (family, friends, or strangers) something positive and affirming.  Only You know how much of a difference it may make.

Amen.

Shoes for the Shoeless Needs New Warehouse Space

One of the most important children’s charities in our community, Shoes for the Shoeless, is in desperate need of 1200-1500 square feet of warehouse space that is preferably climate-controlled to store their shoes and socks for children. They additionally need a place to park their two trucks, ideally just outside the warehouse. The space they have been using will soon not be available.

If you know of any space, please let Kris Horlacher and her organization know.

WDTN has a video and article about their need for a new location.

Committee Meetings

  • 3/17/2021, 6 PM, Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf 2021, Zoom hosted by Mike Bevis. Meetings in 2021 will be on Wednesdays on 1/13, 2/17, 3/17, 4/14, 5/12, 6/16, 7/7. Additional volunteers are always welcome. The golf outing will be held on 7/12/2021.
  • 3/16/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting, Zoom hosted by President Debe Dockins

Community Events

Greg Griffin announced that the Easter Egg Drive through will be held on April 3rd, 2021.

Visual Arts Contest chairs Deb Saunders and Jane Fiehrer have sent out the invitation to art teachers at local schools so they can invite their students to participate.

Beth Duncan, chair of Centerville’s Got Talent, said she needs more volunteers to help with this committee. The contest will be for kids ages 4-19 that live or go to school in Centerville or Washington Township and will be participating in the event via videos they create of their talent.

Happy Birthday, Tim Clemmer

Today was Tim Clemmer’s Birthday! Bob Burkman led our choir in singing Happy Birthday to the Birthday Boy. Tim approved of our rendition. He was wearing a birthday hat before, during and after the celebration song! Have a great year Tim!

Our guest of honor today, Kris Horlacher, mentioned she has not been on a Zoom call where anyone sang, and she thought it was cool.

Community Champion Award, Kris Horlacher

Mike Bevis and Judy DeMarco, the co-chairs of the Community Champion Award Committee, presented the 2021 winner, Kris Horlacher. Kris is the Executive Director of the Dayton based non-profit Shoes for the Shoeless (S4TS) that she founded in 2010. Over 125,000 children have been served. They are a mobile shoe store with 2 trucks. Pre-COVID they used 500 volunteers per month.

Their mission is, “To provide new, properly fitting gym shoes and socks to local children in need.”

Their vision is, “Relentlessly pursue our mission so that no child endures the unnecessary physical and emotional distress that results from wearing socks/shoes that are grossly inadequate. We will strive to become a valued organization in our community, known for our devoted and caring volunteers along with our faith-in-action.”

A trauma nurse by trade, she had a passion to help children who did not have shoes and socks of their own.  She left her job as a nurse and started “Shoes for the Shoeless” in 2010.  Kris also provides correct fitting shoes and socks to area children in desperate need, delivering thousands of shoes each year.

Kris spent time with children in all sorts of circumstances but one day she looked at the feet of one of the kids she had been working with for a few months and suddenly realized his shoes were too small for his feet.

She quickly set out and discovered that due to the lack of money, ignorance or neglect, this was a huge problem for many children living in poverty.  She told a story of a boy who walked with a limp but insisted nothing was wrong.  When his feet were exposed, they were raw on the sides and his toes were growing on top of each other from wearing shoes too small all his life.  At that time, he was wearing a hand me down pair of size 12’s when he needed a size 15.

In Montgomery County, 40% of children live in poverty.  Most of them are in desperate need of shoes and socks.  Shoes for the Shoeless focuses mainly on helping local kids right here in our area.  Mad River, Huber Heights, Dayton and many more school systems in the area benefit from this program.  Kris is responsible for establishing an effective system to help children eliminate one of poverty’s most visible stigmas.

View videos about S4TS and their COVID experience here.

Kris Horlacher Remarks

Kris said, “Thank you for the award. It is great to hear about others who care about the need for shoes for children. I’m a nurse, but I started Shoes for the Shoeless as a Mom.  The biggest unmet need for children of poverty is correct fitting shoes and socks.”

When she started Shoes for the Shoeless (S4TS) she did a lot of explaining to people why the need exists. It is an unknown need. The few that understood it knew it is a big problem that no one was trying to solve. She is glad she did not know at the beginning how hard it was going to be or it would have seemed too difficult to get started.

Before starting S4TS she researched for resources to help with this issue and was surprised she could not find any existing resources. Nobody did what S4TS does in the U.S. before them. Now many organizations contact S4TS to learn how to start their own organization in their region.

Pre-COVID she was reaching 2000 kids per month and used 500 volunteers per month. They now use fewer volunteers and are reaching fewer kids, but they are working on getting back to normal levels of service. One method they use during COVID is to prescreen for need and have the children measured before arriving at a school. This is working for schools where there are 60-70 kids in need. However, in Springfield and Middletown, it is more challenging where over 400 students in a school have a need for new shoes.

They have also started setting up drive through services at schools where families have an appointment. This has also been successful. As many as 600 children have been served at a time. The downside to the drive through service is that many families do not have transportation at all, or it may not be available during the service times.

Children’s Hospital asked S4TS if there is a way to help get shoes for their needy patients. The solution S4TS created was to have a fully stocked shoe closet at Children’s. There are now 12 shoe closets in the community. Some patients are in the hospital so long that their feet grow and their shoes no longer fit. This is a huge expense for many families who are already struggling with their child’s treatments.

Food for the People

Shoes for the Shoeless pivoted last year to “Food for the People”.

Kris Horlacher knew last year that COVID was going to shut down schools. For many children, their only source for food is school. She told a school, if you give me 50 of your poorest children then she would figure out how to feed them. She did not know how she was going to pull this off, but she knew that the shoe distribution would be difficult. Within a few days they had a plan and then the COVID shutdown occurred. Not only were school shutdowns an issue, but the COVID shutdown caused all kinds of food distribution networks to shut down overnight because of the lack of volunteers who were staying home to keep safe. Beyond kids, this affects the poor as well as senior citizens. Kris said, “Remember at the very beginning of the lockdown that the message was if you go outside you are going to die. Or you were going to kill a family member if you bring the disease back to your home.”

Food banks and St Vincent de Paul called her to find if S4TS could help.

S4TS ended up helping far more than 50 families. From March 2020 to June 2020 they delivered 110,000 meals helping 3000 families. Check out this video, Food 4 the People Donates 6,800 boxes of Food.

Thank You Kris Horlacher

Thank you Kris Horlacher and your organization. You are very deserving of the Centerville Noon Optimist 2021 Community Champion Award. We have all been enlightened to the issues of shoes for the youth of our communities.

Background on the Optimist Community Champion Award

The “Optimist Community Champion Award” was created to help local citizens in the Dayton area recognize people within our community who play a major role in helping children and their families; they are our “UNSUNG HEROES.”

A person or persons is chosen who have made a difference either in the course of their jobs or in their lives or have had an extraordinary impact on children and their families.  These citizens often can be a public official, volunteer, concerned citizen, health or human service worker, business leader, teacher, coach and others.

Previous Recipients of the Optimist Community Champion Award

  • Lisa Tucker (Bill’s Donuts), the most generous person who is involved with this community and contributes to just about everything including our Build a Bear Events that we do every year at Dayton Children’s and sponsors many of our fundraising events
  • Randy Eldridge – former manager of Kroger’s who, over 30 years, donated to many of our fundraising events
  • Dr. Marc Colclasure, owner of Synergy Family Therapy Specialists, who works with special needs children and their families
  • Karen Chatman, retired Special Education Teacher from Centerville City Schools
  • Dean and Mindy Heyne, fostered more than 35 special needs children and adopted 5 special needs children themselves
  • Greg & Tiffany Moehl, who started the First Dawn Food Pantry in Centerville
  • Tonya Johns, started “Operation Prom Dress”
  • Janie Rice, 35 year Veteran nurse at Dayton Children’s Hospital Hematology/Oncology Dept. making sure parents and families received the highest quality of care and preparing and educating the patient and family for upcoming bone marrow transplants and giving them the emotional support through the process

New Member Readings and Inductions

None this week.

Welcome Guests!

Guest NameGuest of
Kris HorlacherToday’s Speaker
Jonathan HaugeSpeaker’s Guest

Happy Bucks

No time for Happy Bucks this week.

Membership Anniversaries

No membership anniversaries this week.

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Rachel GoetzMarch 2
Tim ClemmerMarch 2
Tim StullMarch 2
Greg FayMarch 3
Ryan FayMarch 4
Ralph YoungMarch 4

CNO Donations – 2013 through January 2021

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

Thank You Notes Received

Click here to see the Thank You Notes our Club received this week.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Zoom Meeting This Week

We had another meeting using Zoom. We will continue our weekly meetings via computer, cell phone or tablet for at least the next several weeks. Please join us and keep inviting guests.

Who can Attend Zoom Meetings?

Any member of any type of Centerville Noon Optimist can attend Zoom meetings. CNO 2.0, St Leonard’s and CNO full members or CNO monthly members can ALL attend.

Guests are also welcome. Please invite guests and introduce them if you like. Just share the Zoom link with them for that week.

COVID-19 UPDATE

In keeping with social distancing requirements – our CNO Meetings have transitioned temporarily to a online format using ZOOM.

Club Member Joe Madden was inspired to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.

Links to Recorded Meeting and PowerPoint

An unfortunate technical difficulty resulted in the loss of this week’s meeting recording.

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

February 23, 2021 – Stephanie Bange – Graphic Novels

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Sometimes we feel it would benefit us to be like a pier, standing strong, being self-reliant, depending only on ourselves, but that would leave us alone, unconnected, and going nowhere.  Help us instead to be like a bridge, connecting to others, aiding their journey, and traveling alongside them, even if only for a brief moment in time.

Amen.

Committee Meetings

  • 3/17/2021, 6 PM, Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf 2021, Zoom hosted by Mike Bevis. Meetings in 2021 will be on Wednesdays on 1/13, 2/17, 3/17, 4/14, 5/12, 6/16, 7/7. Additional volunteers are always welcome. The golf outing will be held on 7/12/2021.
  • 3/16/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting, Zoom hosted by President Debe Dockins.

Community Events

Greg Griffin announced that the Easter Egg Drive through will be held on April 3rd, 2021.

Visual Arts Contest chairs Deb Saunders and Jane Fiehrer have sent out the invitation to art teachers at local schools so they can invite their students to participate.

Beth Duncan, chair of Centerville’s Got Talent, said she needs more volunteers to help with this committee. The contest will be for kids ages 4-19 that live or go to school in Centerville or Washington Township and will be participating in the event via videos they create of their talent. They recently had their first meeting, but they still would like more volunteers.

Social Events

Sue Jesse and Sarah Umbreit, Social Committee, announced the winners of the “Name that Baby” contest, held last Friday. They each received credits to Optigear from Lizard Apparel. Val Huff (most guessed right, $50), Debe Dockins (most interesting facts, $30), Charla Rheaume (cutest baby pic, $30), Carolyn Taylor (baby pic looks most like today, $30).

Stephanie Bange, Graphic Novels

Mary Ann MacKenzie introduced Stephanie Bange. Stephanie has always been a reader, often riding her bike or taking a bus to the base library when growing up.  She cut her teeth on Classics Illustrated, Archie Comics and DC Comics, spending her weekly allowance to read the latest issues of her favorite comic books.  She continues to read comic books today, although now they are referred to as graphic novels.

Stephanie received her Master’s Degree in Library Science from Louisiana State University and worked in all types of libraries – school, public, military/special and academic – over her 38 years in the field, retiring as Director of the Educational Resource Center at Wright State University in 2017. 

She now serves as a children’s literature consultant and recently worked with Mark Siegel, an award-winning graphic novel/author/illustrator and the founder, editor and publisher of First/Second Books (graphic novels).

Check out her presentation titled “Let’s Get Graphic!” here.

Stephanie discussed Comic Books and Graphic Novels for Adults.

The difference between Comic Books and Graphic Novels is that a Graphic Novel has a plot, a story arc and a resolution. A Comic Book is a serial and only has a couple of chapters of the bigger story in a single issue. They are binding some comic books into a complete story as Graphic Novels.

She said that adults read comic books to relax and allow your brain to create and that they are a great way to spend time with your kids and grandchildren. Note that many comics and graphic novels are not meant for children. There are multiple levels of appropriate materials by age groups.

The two major publishers are Marvel and DC, but there are dozens of other independent publishers. It is a big business. There are 528 Million in sales form comic bookstores alone.

Stephanie has a PDF with lots of links and information including the major publishers and lots of recommendations. Stephanie said that Ohio libraries have many of these titles and to check out “Search Ohio” if your local library does not have what you want. The Washington Township-Centerville Public library is part of “Search Ohio” and has a very large local collection of comics and graphic novels available.

Stephanie closed her presentation with “Live long, prosper and read a graphic novel!”

Thank you, Stephanie Bange, for joining us to educate CNO about Comics and Graphic Novels that are not just for kids anymore.

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Julie RadoBeth DuncanInduction

Welcome Guests!

Guest NameGuest of
Stephanie BangeMary Ann MacKenzie and today’s speaker
Andrew MarlattJoe Cantrell
Bernice WillisDebe Dockins
Jean BoyerMary Ann MacKenzie

Happy Bucks

No time for Happy Bucks this week.

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Erin Belangia-SanchezFebruary232/23/200615
Chris ZiehlerFebruary262/26/20174
Jane FiehrerFebruary272/27/199823
Judy DeMarcoFebruary272/27/199823
Dick StevensFebruary282/28/200120
Kelly StoneFebruary282/28/200120

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
John ThompsonFebruary 24
Pat BehnFebruary 26
John ShermanFebruary 26
Ashley SimeoneFebruary 26
Blanca CrinerFebruary 26
Joan CordonnierFebruary 28
Aaron CampbellFebruary 28

CNO Donations – 2013 through December 2020

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

Thank You Notes Received

Click here to see the Thank You Notes our Club received this week.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Zoom Meeting This Week

We had another meeting using Zoom. We will continue our weekly meetings via computer, cell phone or tablet for at least the next several weeks. Please join us and keep inviting guests.

Who can Attend Zoom Meetings?

Any member of any type of Centerville Noon Optimist can attend Zoom meetings. CNO 2.0, St Leonard’s and CNO full members or CNO monthly members can ALL attend.

Guests are also welcome. Please invite guests and introduce them if you like. Just share the Zoom link with them for that week.

COVID-19 UPDATE

In keeping with social distancing requirements – our CNO Meetings have transitioned temporarily to a online format using ZOOM.

Club Member Joe Madden was inspired to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.

Links to Recorded Meeting and PowerPoint

This week’s Zoom Meeting recording is here

This week’s Zoom meeting podcast is here

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

February 16, 2021 – Oratorical Contest – Week #2

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Sometimes we need to change our perspective.  When we look outside today at a fresh blanket of snow, help us to refrain from dreading the shoveling and plowing, the bitter cold, and higher heating bills.  Instead, help us to admire and appreciate its beauty and the uniqueness of each snowflake, much like we need to admire and appreciate the beauty and uniqueness in each of us. 

Amen.

Announcements

Kristen Marks, chair of the Essay Contest, needs more judges to help with the essay contest. There is a judging rubric to follow to help you score the essays.

Greg announced that there will be a member appreciation boxed lunch available on 3/12/2021. Refer to the PDF you have been emailed and send Debe Dockins your choice for lunch if you would like to come and pick up your free lunch.

Greg announced that the Second Quarter Ohio District Conference will be February 26-27, 2021 via Zoom.

Happy Birthday Louise Haun and Ken Peacock

Today was Louise Haun’s and Ken Peacock’s birthday. Louise was on today’s call. Tim Clemmer led those in attendance on the Zoom meeting. First, we warned the Oratorical participants not to be scared and please stay on the call. Second, we warmed up our voices which didn’t help. Then, we sang loudly, proudly, and badly. Have a great birthday and year Louise and Ken!

Committee Meetings

  • 3/17/2021, 6 PM, Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf 2021, Zoom hosted by Mike Bevis. Meetings in 2021 will be on Wednesdays on 1/13, 2/17, 3/17, 4/14, 5/12, 6/16, 7/7. Additional volunteers are always welcome. The golf outing will be held on 7/12/2021.
  • 3/16/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting, Zoom hosted by President Debe Dockins.

Community Events

Greg Griffin and Pat Behn announced that the Easter Egg Drive through will be held on April 3rd, 2021, at Oak Grove Park. They need volunteers to hand out cinch sacks filled with plastic Easter Eggs to children as their parents drive through.

Visual Arts Contest chairs Deb Saunders and Jane Fiehrer have sent out the invitation to art teachers at local schools so they can invite their students to participate.

Beth Duncan, chair of Centerville’s Got Talent, said she needs more volunteers to help with this committee. The contest will be for kids ages 4-19 that live or go to school in Centerville or Washington Township and will be participating in the event via videos they create of their talent.

Margaret Barclay Memorial 2021 Optimist Oratorical Contest – Day 2

Liz Fultz, the chair of the Margaret Barclay Memorial Oratorical contest, introduced the participating students and described this annual event. Public speaking is important. Seventy percent of people say it is an essential skill for success. This is the 5th year for Liz to chair this event. Liz thanked today’s judges who are Beth Duncan, Kristen Marks and Joellen Ulliman. Tom Novak served as timekeeper.

Liz thanked her co-chair Ron Thompson. Additional thanks to Debe Dockins and Greg Griffin for helping to prepare for this meeting.

Liz thanked educators and administrators who support the contest including the Principals at the Centerville middle schools and Thomas Razaukas and Erin Bade, teachers at Incarnation without whom this contest would not be possible.

The speakers today are sharing their perspectives on “Healing the World with Optimism.” 

View the video of today’s participants here.

The winner from each of the 2 days will represent Centerville Noon at the Zone 14 contest, which will be held on Zoon on Wednesday, March 9th, 2021.

About the Oratorical Contest

Since it was established in 1928, the Oratorical Contest has become the longest-running program sponsored by Optimists International. 

Our contest is named in honor of former Optimist member Margaret Barclay.   Margaret chaired this committee for many years.  She cared deeply about bringing out the best in kids and in living the Optimist Creed.  She was a most beloved member of our club, a past president and lived a life dedicated to helping others. Margaret’s accomplishments were vast, including 40 years in public education, the last 27 in the Centerville Schools. She retired in 2000 as Principal at Magsig Middle School. While Margaret passed away in 2010, it is a pleasure to see her memory being recognized in this way.

Mr. Roy Barclay, husband of Margaret, supports the Oratorical contest by making an annual donation.  Thank you, Roy, for your ongoing contributions and support of this contest.

Details about the contest for participants. You can view the flyer here.

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Julie RadoBeth Duncan3rd Reading

Welcome Guests!

Welcome to each of our seven student speakers and their guests this week!

Happy Bucks

No time for Happy Bucks this week.

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Bob LawsonFebruary172/17/20165
Harry BosseyFebruary172/17/199427
John HornerFebruary172/17/201011
Lou BrinkmanFebruary172/17/199526
Sandy StevensFebruary172/17/201011
Sarah UmbreitFebruary172/17/20165
Jack AndersonFebruary182/18/20165
Laura CascheraFebruary182/18/199724
Russell HulbertFebruary202/20/20138
Bob CollinsFebruary212/21/20147

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Ken PeacockFebruary 16
Louise HaunFebruary 16
Julie Walling NoethFebruary 20
Stan FronzagliaFebruary 20
Mike BevisFebruary 21

CNO Donations – 2013 through December 2020

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

Thank You Notes Received

No Thank You Notes received this week.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Zoom Meeting This Week

We had another meeting using Zoom. We will continue our weekly meetings via computer, cell phone or tablet for at least the next several weeks. Please join us and keep inviting guests.

Who can Attend Zoom Meetings?

Any member of any type of Centerville Noon Optimist can attend Zoom meetings. CNO 2.0, St Leonard’s and CNO full members or CNO monthly members can ALL attend.

Guests are also welcome. Please invite guests and introduce them if you like. Just share the Zoom link with them for that week.

COVID-19 UPDATE

In keeping with social distancing requirements – our CNO Meetings have transitioned temporarily to a online format using ZOOM.

Club Member Joe Madden was inspired to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.

Links to Recorded Meeting and PowerPoint

This week’s Zoom Meeting recording is here

This week’s Zoom meeting podcast is here

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

February 9, 2021 – Oratorical Contest – Week #1

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

Dear God in Heaven,

Over this past year, we have felt like a shell in the ocean being tossed around, beaten, battered, broken, and crashed down on by waves of emotions.  Even though we may feel broken and abused, like the shell in the picture, You are molding and shaping us into something new.  Help us to never lose sight of Your love and the knowledge that You are in control and are doing greater things than we could ever imagine.

Amen.

Picture of a hand holding a heart shaped shell.

Announcements

Kristen Marks, chair of the Essay Contest, needs more judges to help with the essay contest. There is a judging rubric to follow to help you score the essays.

Mike Brubaker, Avenue of Flags, stated renewal messages have been sent via 1900 emails and 200 mailings. Renewals started coming in right away.

Committee Meetings

  • 2/17/2021, 6 PM, Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf 2021, Zoom hosted by Mike Bevis. Meetings in 2021 will be on Wednesdays on 1/13, 2/17, 3/17, 4/14, 5/12, 6/16, 7/7. Additional volunteers are always welcome. The golf outing will be held on 7/12/2021.
  • 2/16/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting, Zoom hosted by President Debe Dockins

Community Events

Greg Griffin announced that the Easter Egg Drive through will be held on April 3rd, 2021.

Visual Arts Contest chairs Deb Saunders and Jane Fiehrer have sent out the invitation to art teachers at local schools so they can invite their students to participate.

Beth Duncan, chair of Centerville’s Got Talent, said she needs more volunteers to help with this committee. The contest will be for kids ages 4-19 that live or go to school in Centerville or Washington Township and will be participating in the event via videos they create of their talent.

Social Events

2/19/2021 at 6:30 PM, Sue Jessee and Sara Umbreit said the “Name that Baby” social event contest will be held that evening. Send in your baby pictures and three self-facts to Sue Jessee no later than February 12, 2021.

Margaret Barclay Memorial 2021 Optimist Oratorical Contest – Day 1

Liz Fultz, the chair of the Margaret Barclay Memorial Oratorical contest, introduced the participating students and described this annual event. Public speaking is important. Seventy percent of people say it is an essential skill for success. This is the 5th year for Liz to chair this event. Liz thanked today’s judges who are Beth Duncan, Kristen Marks, and Joellen Ulliman. Tom Novak served as timekeeper.

Liz thanked her co-chair Ron Thompson. Additional thanks to Debe Dockins and Greg Griffin for helping to prepare for this meeting.

Liz thanked educators and administrators who support the contest including the Principals at the Centerville middle schools and Thomas Razaukas and Erin Bade, teachers at Incarnation without whom this contest would not be possible.

The speakers today are sharing their perspectives on “Healing the World with Optimism.” 

View the video of today’s participants here.

The winner from each of the 2 days will represent Centerville Noon at the Zone 14 , which will be held on Zoon on Wednesday, March 9th, 2021.

About the Oratorical Contest

Since it was established in 1928, the Oratorical Contest has become the longest-running program sponsored by Optimists International. 

Our contest is named in honor of former Optimist member Margaret Barclay.   Margaret chaired this committee for many years.  She cared deeply about bringing out the best in kids and in living the Optimist Creed.  She was a most beloved member of our club, a past president and lived a life dedicated to helping others. Margaret’s accomplishments were vast, including 40 years in public education, the last 27 in the Centerville Schools. She retired in 2000 as Principal at Magsig Middle School. While Margaret passed away in 2010, it is a pleasure to see her memory being recognized in this way.

Mr. Roy Barclay, husband of Margaret, supports the Oratorical contest by making an annual donation.  Thank you, Roy, for your ongoing contributions and support of this contest.

Details about the contest for participants. You can view the flyer here.

New Member Readings and Inductions

No New Member Readings this week.

Welcome Guests!

Welcome to each of our seven student speakers and their guests this week!

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Greg Griffin$7 Happy Bucks for the 7 participants in today’s Oratorical Contet
Bob Bargmeyer$2 Happy Bucks because he and his wife Anna have both recived both of their COVID vaccine doses

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Brent RichburgFebruary132/13/20183
Brian NolanFebruary132/13/20183
Clint FreeseFebruary132/13/20183
Jon WertsFebruary132/13/20183
June BosworthFebruary132/13/20183
Laurie WestheimerFebruary132/13/20183
Suzanne WertsFebruary132/13/20183

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Michelle TagliamonteFebruary 9
Mary Ann MacKenzieFebruary 11
Ron TinnermanFebruary 11
John HornerFebruary 12
Dan SamiecFebruary 12
Monty ZinckFebruary 13
Ron ThompsonFebruary 14

CNO Donations – 2013 through December 2020

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

Thank You Notes Received

No Thank You Notes received this week.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Zoom Meeting This Week

We had another meeting using Zoom. We will continue our weekly meetings via computer, cell phone or tablet for at least the next several weeks. Please join us and keep inviting guests.

Who can Attend Zoom Meetings?

Any member of any type of Centerville Noon Optimist can attend Zoom meetings. CNO 2.0, St Leonard’s and CNO full members or CNO monthly members can ALL attend.

Guests are also welcome. Please invite guests and introduce them if you like. Just share the Zoom link with them for that week.

COVID-19 UPDATE

In keeping with social distancing requirements – our CNO Meetings have transitioned temporarily to a online format using ZOOM.

Club Member Joe Madden was inspired to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.

Links to Recorded Meeting and PowerPoint

This week’s Zoom Meeting recording is here

This week’s Zoom meeting podcast is here

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

February 2, 2021 – Ricki Pepin – Your American Heritage – A Patriot’s Primer

Phather Phil’s Prayer from 2/2/2016, Read by Bob Burkman

Heavenly Father,

When we promise ourselves, make it come true. Help us in our contacts with others to always be Optimistic – positive and uplifting be they friend or stranger. Let us be the one that reignites their pilot light when their fire has gone out. In doing so we are living one of the purposes of our lives and honoring You. Optimism is your special gift to us – one that is blessed – only when we give it away. Amen!

Amen.

Announcements

Liz Fultz, chair of the Oratorical Contest, announced that the annual contest will be held during CNO Zoom meetings on February 9, 2021 and February 16, 2021. The committee needs judges. Please contact Liz Fultz or Ron Thompson if you would like to help.

Kristen Marks, chair of the Essay Contest, needs more judges to help with the essay contest. There is a judging rubric to follow to help you score the essays.

Committee Meetings

  • 2/16/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting, Zoom hosted by President Debe Dockins
  • 2/17/2021, 6 PM, Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf 2021, Zoom hosted by Mike Bevis. Meetings in 2021 will be on Wednesdays on 1/13, 2/17, 3/17, 4/14, 5/12, 6/16, 7/7. Additional volunteers are always welcome. The golf outing will be held on 7/12/2021.

Community Events

Greg Griffin announced that the Easter Egg Drive through will be held on April 3rd, 2021. If you would like to help stuff cinch sacks with candy let Greg know. Evelyn Griffin will deliver and pick up the bags and candy.

Beth Duncan, chair of Centerville’s Got Talent, said she needs more volunteers to help with this committee. The contest will be for kids ages 4-19 that live or go to school in Centerville or Washington Township.

Social Events

2/19/2021 at 6:30 PM, Sue Jesse and Sara Umbreit said the “Name that Baby” social event contest will be held that evening. Send in your baby pictures and three self-facts to Sue Jessee no later than February 12, 2021.

Ricki Pepin, U.S. Constitution Teacher

Carolyn Taylor introduced Ricki Pepin, a U.S. Constitution teacher. Ricki Pepin is a former employee of the FBI, published author, columnist and international lecturer who has been teaching Constitution classes for over 20 years. 

You can view the slide deck here.

Your American Heritage – A Patriot’s Primer

Her presentation focused on using primary source documents – the Mayflower Compact, the Declaration of Independence and the U. S. Constitution – to help listeners discover for themselves the heritage our founders gave us when they wrote and established American law and government.  Amazing, eye-opening quotations and definitions from America’s first dictionary, written by Founding Father Noah Webster and published in 1828, will provide new insights and understanding of our American heritage of hope and freedom.

Knowing Your history and heritage is important. History education gives youth their identity. James Madison (founding father and author of the constitution) said, “Conscience is our most sacred property.” Sacred meaning holy or pertaining to God.

Pepin said our American heritage is that our government is based on Christian values. She said the American View of the American Government’s Foundation and Purpose is that there is a God, our rights come from Him, and the purpose of government is to secure these rights.

Pepin said that American Exceptionalism comes from the fact that, “America is the only nation in the world whose government was established for the purpose of advancing the Christian faith. This means the principles for American government were born and built upon the principles within the Bible – inextricably linking God and government.”

The Mayflower Compact written by the Pilgrims was America’s first self-government document. It contained, “In the name of god, Amen…Having undertaken this voyage to America for the glory of God and advancement of the Christian faith…”

The Declaration of Independence contains, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal [and] are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights…life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness [and that] to secure these rights Governments are instituted among men…”. It also contains, “When it becomes necessary to dissolve the political bands which have connected them to another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them…”

Please view the slide deck or watch the video for many more details.

Resources to learn more about American Heritage

Thank you, Ricki Pepin, for your presentation today.

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Julie RadoBeth Duncan2nd Reading

Welcome Guests!

Guest NameGuest of
Joanne FuchsCarolyn Taylor
Gene HartmanCarolyn Taylor
Julie RadoBeth Duncan

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Bob GlavinNew granddaughter was born
Tom NovakCNO member Kristen Marks is the new Executive Director of the Centerville-Washington Park District
Tom NovakNew members in readings
Tom NovakMike Brubaker sent emails for flag renewals and received 200 responses in 6 hours
Greg Griffin$16 happy bucks for the 16 volunteers that have already signed up to prepare cinch candy sacks for the Easter Egg Hunt Drive through
Steve and Joan RauNew granddaughter was born
Carolyn Taylor$2 for her two guests today

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Renee GlennFebruary52/5/20147
Ellie ParkerFebruary82/8/201110

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Wasfi SamaanFebruary 4
Greg CrabtreeFebruary 5
Shelby DiPasqualeFebruary 6
Don KelleyFebruary 8
Mariah VogelgesangFebruary 8

CNO Donations – 2013 through December 2020

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

Thank You Notes Received

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

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Zoom Meeting This Week

We had another meeting using Zoom. We will continue our weekly meetings via computer, cell phone or tablet for at least the next several weeks. Please join us and keep inviting guests.

Who can Attend Zoom Meetings?

Any member of any type of Centerville Noon Optimist can attend Zoom meetings. CNO 2.0, St Leonard’s and CNO full members or CNO monthly members can ALL attend.

Guests are also welcome. Please invite guests and introduce them if you like. Just share the Zoom link with them for that week.

COVID-19 UPDATE

In keeping with social distancing requirements – our CNO Meetings have transitioned temporarily to a online format using ZOOM.

Club Member Joe Madden was inspired to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.

Links to Recorded Meeting and PowerPoint

This week’s Zoom Meeting recording is here

This week’s Zoom meeting podcast is here

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

January 26, 2021 – Chuck Gabringer – Dayton Hockey History

Phather Phil’s Prayer, Read by Bob Burkman

Heavenly Father,

Heavenly Father, sometimes we know what we want to say to you, but have trouble putting all the thoughts in a way that makes sense. We need not worry, You don’t just hear our words. You listen to our hearts. We need to realize that when we try to extol the virtues of Optimism to others, others are not as impressed with our words as they are by what we do and why we do it. We pray that You keep us strong in Your spirit and in Optimism for our sake and our kids.

It’s also good to know we can always add a P.S. Thank you Lord.

Amen!

Announcements

Liz Fultz, chair of the Oratorical Contest, announced that the annual contest will be held during CNO Zoom meetings on February 9, 2021 and February 16, 2021. The committee needs judges. Please contact Liz Fultz or Ron Thompson if you would like to help.

Kristen Marks, chair of the Essay Contest, needs more judges to help with the essay contest. There is a judging rubric to follow to help you score the essays.

Committee Meetings

2/17/2021, 6 PM, Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf 2021, Zoom hosted by Mike Bevis. Meetings in 2021 will be on Wednesdays on 1/13, 2/17, 3/17, 4/14, 5/12, 6/16, 7/7. Additional volunteers are always welcome. The golf outing will be held on 7/12/2021.

Community Events

Beth Duncan announced a new community event will be held soon. It is the Washington Township Centerville’s Got Talent. Kids ages 4-19 that live or go to school in Centerville or Washington Township will be participating in the event via videos they create of their talent. Beth is looking for people to join the new committee to help organize this event.

Social Events

2/19/2021 at 7 PM, Sue Jesse and Sara Umbreit said to save the date for a fun virtual event that evening.

Chuck Gabringer, History of Hockey in Dayton

Mike Bevis introduced Chuck Gabringer, the author of the 2015 book Hockey in Dayton. Gabringer earned a Master’s Degree in Behavioral Sciences and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Media-Journalism-Communications from Wright State University. He is currently the Retail Lending Project Manager at PNC Bank.

His book, Hockey in Dayton is a pictorial history of professional hockey in Dayton beginning with the 1950’s Troy Bruins, continuing through the Dayton Gems of the 1960’s and 1970’s and the Dayton Bombers of the 1990s and 2000’s. Also included are histories of other hockey teams that have called Dayton home.

Gabringer stepped us through dozens of pictures associated with hockey played in Dayton.

The first picture was a recent photo of the abandoned Hara Arena that was destroyed by the Dayton Area Memorial Day 2019 tornado disaster. He said he wanted to start at the end.

Hara Arena was a basic building built in 1953 by the Wampler brothers. It started hosting the original Dayton Gems in 1964. Gabringer’s brother won the contest to name the team. To break the tie of the 39 people who submitted “Dayton Gems”, there was a drawing. Gabringer’s brother’s name was drawn. This happened before Gabringer was born. His family loved hockey and Gabringer also grew up loving the sport.

Hara Arena’s name is a combination of the two brothers who built the facility. It is the combination of the first 2 letters of each of their names of Harold and Ralph Wampler.

Gabringer said that opposing teams hated going to Hara Arena because the boards were made from concrete instead of wooden boards that would give a little. A body check was particularly brutal at Hara.

Hobart Arena was built in Troy, Ohio in 1950 when Troy only had 10,000 residents. It was designed for ice skating and conventions.  A Michigan hockey promoter heard about the building and was able to get an independent hockey team started in Troy. Eventually, the team joined the International Hockey League (IHL). The IHL existed 55 years. The team was named the Miami Valley Bruins from 1951-1959 and then they became the Troy Bruins.

The Wampler brothers were asked if they would be willing to install cooling pipes into Hara Arena. The IHL announced that a franchise would be added to Dayton, Ohio. After raising $40,000 to start the franchise, their first season was 1964-1965. Pat Ruff played for the team from 1964-1968 and he was a member of the US Olympic Hockey team in 1964 and 1968. During this time, Grismer Tire was a sponsor for Dayton Hockey. Grismer awarded players with a set of 4 tires if they earned a “Hat Trick”, for scoring 3 goals in a game.

The 1976 Dayton Gems team was very successful and won the IHL. Ten players from that team went on to the NHL.

The EHCL Dayton Bombers Hockey team played at Hara Arena from 1991 to 1996. During 1996 the team moved to the Ervin J. Nutter Center and played there until 2009.

Thank you, Chuck Gabringer, for joining us today and sharing Dayton’s very interesting history with various hockey teams.

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Julie RadoBeth Duncan1st Reading
Doug FlandersJoe MaddenInduction

Welcome Guests!

No Guests this week – WHO can YOU Invite for a lift every Tuesday?

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Debe Dockins$5 for “Phather” Phil Robinson and Lynn Reilly attending the meeting today
Myron Rheaume$5 for being home after recovering from COVID-19

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Chris McAlpineJanuary271/27/20095
Todd KelchnerJanuary301/30/19926
Mike BevisJanuary311/31/20027
Rachel GoetzJanuary311/31/20137

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Dr. Dan PassidomoJanuary 26
Gary HansenJanuary 28
Scott LangerJanuary 29
Clint FreeseJanuary 29
Karen SirmansJanuary 31
David LaddFebruary 1
Donna HussFebruary 1

CNO Donations – 2013 through December 2020

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

Thank You Notes Received

No Thank You Notes received this week.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Zoom Meeting This Week

We had another meeting using Zoom. We will continue our weekly meetings via computer, cell phone or tablet for at least the next several weeks. Please join us and keep inviting guests.

Who can Attend Zoom Meetings?

Any member of any type of Centerville Noon Optimist can attend Zoom meetings. CNO 2.0, St Leonard’s and CNO full members or CNO monthly members can ALL attend.

Guests are also welcome. Please invite guests and introduce them if you like. Just share the Zoom link with them for that week.

COVID-19 UPDATE

In keeping with social distancing requirements – our CNO Meetings have transitioned temporarily to a online format using ZOOM.

Club Member Joe Madden was inspired to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.

Links to Recorded Meeting and PowerPoint

This week’s Zoom meeting video is here

This week’s Zoom meeting podcast is here

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

January 19, 2021 – Charlotte McGuire – Ohio Board of Education

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world”.   Lord help us to educate ourselves and to use that knowledge to make the world a better place.  Not according to our wants and needs, but according to your will. 

Amen.

Announcements

Debe Dockins announced CHS Spirit Chain has started. It is an annual fundraiser and friendly fundraiser competition between Centerville and Fairmont High Schools. This year, CHS students have chosen three charities to benefit: Miami and Open Arms provide dental and health care to the uninsured and Food2Go provides meals for students in the district throughout the week. The student committee spent a lot of time researching organizations that are often overlooked in our community. You can donate by clicking here and be sure to add a note that your donation is for Spirit Chain.

Debe Dockins announced the Chuck Dickerson Memorial Scholarship is accepting applications for the 2021-2022 year. Long time CNO member Chuck Dickerson lived his life by the Optimist Creed and left us too soon. The scholarship is intended for high school seniors who have been accepted to a two or four-year college or university, have demonstrated a commitment of community service and be the child or grandchild of a past or current member of the Centerville Noon Optimist Club. Interested students can sign up on the Dayton Foundation Scholarship Connect Website.

Deb Saunders and Jane Fiehrer are chairing the new Visual Arts Contest committee in collaboration with Optimist International. They are in the process of contacting the schools about this contest which encourages kids age 11 and under who live or attend school in Centerville or Washington Township to enter either the painting or drawing category. There will be cash awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in both categories.

Winner of the Dress your Pet Contest

January 14, 2021 is national dress up your pet day. Several CNO members sent in pictures of themselves and their dressed up pets. The winner was Sarah Umbreit and her dog Mushu. She wins a $50 gift card for Optigear from Lizard Apparel and Promotions.

Committee Meetings

  • 2/17/2021, 6 PM, Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf 2021, Zoom hosted by Mike Bevis. Meetings in 2021 will be on Wednesdays on 1/13, 2/17, 3/17, 4/14, 5/12, 6/16, 7/7. Additional volunteers are always welcome. The golf outing will be held on 7/12/2021.

Social Events

2/19/2021 at 7 PM, Sue Jesse and Sara Umbreit said to save the date for a fun virtual event that evening.

Charlotte McGuire, Ohio Board of Education

Carolyn Taylor introduced Charlotte McGuire, the representative of Ohio District 3 of the State Board of Education representing the counties of Butler, Darke, Miami, Montgomery and Preble Counties. McGuire brings more than 40 years of government and nonprofit leadership experience to the State Board of Education. You can read more of McGuire’s bio here.

McGuire said, “I am honored and humbled to be here today. Centerville City Schools are one of the best.”

Her campaign has always been about every child has the inherent ability to succeed regardless of zip code or circumstances.

Your V.O.I.C.E. for Our Children’s Success

  • V = Values Children First
  • O = Options unique to every child
  • I = Involves parents and supportive leaders
  • C = Community Vision and Partners
  • E = Excelling Teachers in schools

Ohio Strategic Plan for Education: 2019-2024

She came today to discuss the Ohio Strategic Plan for Education for 2019-2024.

This is a link to the slide she presented.

You can read the complete document here.

This is page that has more information about their plan.

Vision

In Ohio, each child is challenged to discover and learn, prepared to pursue a fulfilling post-high school path, and empowered to become a resilient, lifelong learner who contributes to society.

Their social media hash tag is #EachChildOurFuture.

One Goal

Ohio will increase annually the percentage of its high school graduates who, one year after graduation, are:

  • Enrolled and succeeding in a post-high school learning experience, including an adult career-technical education program, an apprenticeship and/or a two year or four-year college program
  • Serving in a military branch
  • Earning a living wage or
  • Engaged in a meaningful, self-sustaining vocation

Three Core Principles

  • Equity
  • Partnerships
  • Quality Schools

Four Learning Domains

  • Foundational Knowledge and Skills: literacy, numeracy, and technology
  • Well-Rounded Content: social studies, sciences, languages, health arts, physical education etc.
  • Leadership and Reasoning: problem solving, design thinking, creativity, information analytics
  • Social-Emotional Learning: self-awareness and management, social awareness, relationship skills, responsible decision making

10 Priority Strategies

  1. Highly effective teachers and leaders
  2. Principal support
  3. Teacher and instructional support
  4. Standards reflect all learning domains
  5. Assessments gauge all learning domains
  6. Accountability system honors all learning domains
  7. Meet needs of whole child
  8. Expand Quality early learning
  9. Develop literacy skills
  10. Transform high school/provide more paths to graduation

Unity

She said we need unity of purpose. Ohio is a local control state. That is why it is important to be engaged with your local school board. This is the level where you can best see what is happening in your district. She believes that the communication between educators and parents need to be improved.

Students are Different and Need a Portfolio

College is not for everyone. There are high-schools students starting new businesses right after high school.

She is big on mentoring. An extra caring adult in a child’s life makes a world of difference in achievement and lifetime goals for a student.

She suggests that students develop a portfolio of what they have done. The whole student is what is now important. College entrance exams (ACT and SAT) keep having lowered importance and have even been eliminated in some schools, including some Ivy League schools.

Thank You

Thank you, Charlotte McGuire, for joining us to educate CNO about your work on the Ohio Board of Education

New Member Readings and Inductions

No readings or inductions this week.

Welcome Guests!

Welcome Doug Flanders – now in new member readings – sponsored by Joe Madden.

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Carolyn Taylor$10 for today’s speaker, Charlotte McGuire
Jean Pummill$10 because her eBay store has reached number one on Google

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Gary DeMarcoJanuary201/20/20165
Jeff KujawaJanuary221/22/20156
Mike YoderJanuary221/22/20147
Mike YoderJanuary221/22/20147
John ThompsonJanuary231/23/20183
Greg WasmundJanuary251/25/200714

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Myron RheaumeJanuary 20
Gary SmigaJanuary 21
Todd KelchnerJanuary 24
Ruthy QuinlanJanuary 24
Martha JacksonJanuary 25

CNO Donations – 2013 through December 2020

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

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Zoom Meeting This Week

We had another meeting using Zoom. We will continue our weekly meetings via computer, cell phone or tablet for at least the next several weeks. Please join us and keep inviting guests.

Who can Attend Zoom Meetings?

Any member of any type of Centerville Noon Optimist can attend Zoom meetings. CNO 2.0, St Leonard’s and CNO full members or CNO monthly members can ALL attend.

Guests are also welcome. Please invite guests and introduce them if you like. Just share the Zoom link with them for that week.

COVID-19 UPDATE

In keeping with social distancing requirements – our CNO Meetings have transitioned temporarily to a online format using ZOOM.

Club Member Joe Madden was inspired to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.

Links to Recorded Meeting and PowerPoint

This week’s Zoom meeting video is here

This week’s Zoom meeting podcast is here

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