CNOtes are blog articles about weekly Tuesday noon lunch meetings and monthly CNO 2.0 evening meetings.

Centerville-Washington Park District, Kristen Marks

Kristen is passionate about creating a Sense of Place in the parks in Centerville and Washington Township. The Park District includes 51 parks in our community, including 34 neighborhood parks, and their goal is that you are always within a 10-minute walk of a CWPD park.

Bar Codes Unlimited, Inc. – Craig and Dana Dring

Long time CNO members Craig and Dana Dring own Bar Codes Unlimited. The company prints millions of barcode labels and tags for customers each year. A barcode is a scannable number than can be looked up in an item database for its description and selling price.

Simwatachela Sustainable Agricultural and Arts Program – Heather Cumming is a food, nutrition, and water sustainability organization. Heather Cumming, the Executive Director and Founder was today’s speaker. Their mission in remote areas of Zambia and Sierra Leone is to alleviate starvation by securing a sustainable water source; to promote sustainable agriculture and nutrition and to promote empowerment through income-generating activities.

Erma Bombeck: A Celebration of Laughter – Presented by Debe Dockins

Erma Bombeck is a cherished American humorist.
Debe started off with the Erma Bombeck quote, “Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth.”
Erma Bombeck raised her family in Centerville, Ohio and lived near Centerville High School, where her husband Bill Bombeck was a teacher.
She published 15 books, had 900 U.S. newspapers publishing her column, and appeared on Good Morning America for 12 years. She wrote over 4000 newspaper columns, mostly about Midwestern suburban housewives.

Bringing Out the Best in Kids Award 2022 – Jackie Vollmer

The award honors long time educator Margaret Barclay who was also a long-time member of the Centerville Noon Optimist Club. The award started in 2003 as the “Achievement in Education” award. Some call it the Teacher of the Year award.

Lee’s Famous Recipe, Chuck Doran and DaRon Holmes II

Chuck Doran and his partner are the owner of 13 Miami Valley area Lee’s Famous Recipe restaurants. UD Basketball Flyer DaRon Holmes II also spoke to us. Holmes is the face of Lee’s Famous Recipe in the Miami Valley as he has a Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) contract with the franchise.

Annual Avenue of Flags Kickoff and Club Day

The AOF is our club’s biggest fundraiser. Avenue of Flags is a win/win program. The community loves it and it helps enable CNO to do what it does. The fundraiser netted $103,000.00 in 2021. Additionally today, we heard about TOP Soccer, Optimist International Foundation and the recent Ohio District Conference.

Hannah’s Treasure Chest, Kelly Kempton

Their mission is to enrich the lives of children in need by providing care packages of clothing, shoes, books, toys, safety equipment and hygiene items. Case workers submit a request, then volunteers complete personalized care packages and then caseworkers pick up and deliver items to children.

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