Our own Centerville Noon Optimist Club is featured in the Fall Edition of The Optimist – the worldwide magazine published by Optimist International. Recognized for our award-winning Reel Optimism Video submission in 2016, It’s Not What We Do – It’s Why We Do It our club has gained international attention for our support of Youth in the local community. The three-minute club showcase video can be seen here:
As the first- place award winner, our club earned a $1,500 grant from Optimist International to support our local kids. Our 250 + members all were the stars of the production that highlights our major fundraisers and many activities to “Bring Out the Best In Our Kids and Ourselves” such as scholarships, free youth events and donations to local youth programs.
The Article in The Optimist Magazine can be viewed here:
Miami Valley’s newest Optimist Club is now OFFICIAL – On Wednesday September 28th, the Sinclair College Optimist Club held its charter meeting with thirteen members in attendance. The club is off and running – with officers elected, by-laws approved, future meetings scheduled and ideas for first club projects under consideration. Centerville Noon Optimist’s past President, Myron Rheaume, was in attendance in his new role as Lt. Governor, as well as Darrel Basford, who represented Optimist International during the charter meeting and installed the club officers and board of directors. The charter members of the area’s new Optimist Club are very excited about the formation of their club and anxious to begin serving local youth. The Centerville Noon Optimist Club – who sponsored the Sinclair College Optimist Club extends its hand in support and wishes all of the charter members all of the best as they begin their journey in Optimism for our kids.
Thank you for your interest in the Noon Optimist Club of Centerville. If you are already a member, thank you. You are one of more than 200 members who understand the need to “Bring Out the Best in Kids!” You are involved in many of the club’s activities and events and know the Optimist Creed by heart. Centerville Noon Optimists get things accomplished in our community. We set examples and embrace an optimistic mindset for all to see. We display leadership skills and working relationships locally, regionally and nationally. We reach out and help young people.
Please join us any Tuesday for a free lunch at noon at Yankee Trace Golf Clubhouse. Our meetings are always fun and informative. Having a tough day and need a little “Optimism?” See you next Tuesday! You will be a stranger for all of five seconds.
Unable to join us at Lunch on Tuesdays? Optimist 2.0 is for you. We meet every third Thursday at various local venues to enjoy 60-90 minutes of fun, networking, a guest speaker and an opportunity to join a group of folks dedicated to helping local kids. Information on Optimist 2.0 is here.
Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for the youth in our community – why not have your name listed below, with our current club members, whose combined service to the youth of our community totals over 2,700 years!
The Americana Festival Leadership Team recently expressed their thanks to our club for providing the American Flags for the Parade Grand Marshal’s Reception. “On behalf of the City of Centerville and the Americana Festival, thank you for providing our flags for our Grand Marshal’s Reception. Having the US flags proudly displayed provided the perfect setting for our new program which honors our country’s birth and independence.”stated Maureen Russell Hodgson, Centerville Community Resources Coordinator.
The Centerville Noon Optimist Club’s Avenue of Flags program is a terrific way to show your patriotism on five flag holidays every year, where we place an American Flag at your Centerville or Washington Township home or business. For more Avenue of Flags information:
Our Centerville Noon Optimist Club was recently selected as the GRAND PRIZE WINNER of the Optimist International 2016 “Reel Optimism” Video contest! Our club showcase video entitled It’s Not What We Do It’s Why We Do it was shown to over 1,000 global Optimist International Convention Attendees in Quebec City and took top honors – and a $1,500 Club Grant for our local kids!
Additionally, our club took first place in the “Braggers Hall of Fame” where Optimist clubs are invited to present club projects to the convention attendees, for our presentation that featured information on our fundraisers and community activities.
Our award-winning club showcase video (3 minutes) can be seen here:
The Centerville Noon Optimist Club hosted a free Build a Bear Event on Saturday June 18th for over 90 sickle cell patients at the Ray and Joan Kroc Center in Dayton. Below is a link to the photos from the event.
The Centerville Noon Optimist Club delivered five wagons and five push carts to Dayton Children’s Hospital recently. This was the second donation of wagons and push carts which are used to transport children into and out of the hospital as well as between their rooms and test labs. “The wagons and push carts improve the experience for the kids and make transporting them less frightening” said Myron Rheaume, President of the Centerville Optimist Club. Rheaume commented further, “We have a long history of supporting Dayton Children’s with a previous donation of wagons and carts, hosting Free Build a Bear events, as well as making a $25,000 gift to support a place for kids in the new hospital expansion project that is nearing completion.”
“We are so grateful for this wonderful donation from the Centerville Noon Optimist Club! Your generosity continues to make a positive difference in the lives of the young patients we serve.” stated Jill Lewis, Dayton Children’s Donator Relations Specialist who accepted the gift on behalf of the hospital.
Mr. Rheaume gives the credit to the local community for supporting the club: “We do what we do because we believe our children are our future – without the support of our local community purchasing Christmas Trees at our tree lot, or subscribing to our Avenue of Flags or participating in our Tee Off for Youth Golf Outing, none of this would be possible.”
The Centerville Noon Optimist Club, founded in 1968, is a volunteer service club whose motto is “Friend of Youth”. The Club meets for lunch every Tuesday at twelve noon at Yankee Trace Golf Course Clubhouse for lunch and members of the public are invited to attend to see what the club is all about.
The Centerville Noon Optimist Club hosted a Free Build a Bear Event on Thursday May 26, 2016 at Dayton Children’s Hospital for kids fighting cancer and their families. Our sponsor – BILL’S DONUT SHOP (yes THAT Bill’s Donuts) sponsored the evening. Chik-Fil-A and Mike-Sell’s also helped to make the event possible and the kids had a blast. Photos of the evening can be found here: