Noon Meeting News – June 6, 2017 – Bill Lane – The Rose Music Center at the Heights

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, how many times have You heard us say, “Why me Lord?”, when bad things happen. Should we not ask, “Why me Lord?” when good things happen? Most of our problems are of our own making. The severity of the problem is in direct proportion to the stupidity of our act. Then we compound it by asking why me Lord. We mistakenly believe we are the makers of all the good things and feel You have allowed misfortune to cast its shadow on us when bad things happen. Have us know that when we want a good day, all we need to do is to give and not remember or receive and not forget. Amen! 

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Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Bennett Dwenger Chris Dwenger
Bill Lane Speaker

Today’s Speaker

Bill Lane from The Rose Music Center in Dayton was with us on Tuesday’s meeting giving us more insight to the venue.  I know for myself I had never heard of it before, so it was fun to hear about all the different musicians that come through there each year.

Listed is some information regarding The Rose:
– Indoor
– 4,200 seats
– VIP area
– Memberships available

Popular performers coming up:

John Legend – June 12
Gary Allan – June 23
For King & Country – June 24
Trace Adkins – July 7
Willie Nelson & Family – July 11
Rob Zombie – July 12
Huey Lewis and The News – July 21
The Beach Boys – July 29
Goo Goo Dolls – August 2


Member Birthday
Jean Pummill June 06
Bob Vogt June 07
Brooks Compton June 09
Michael Wall June 12

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day # Years
Pete Rife June 11 4

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Ashley Morgan Joe Madden 3rd reading

Sergeants at Arms 

Member Infraction
Dick Stephens Dick was featured with Centerville dispatch on front of the paper but Dick was wearing a Centerville pin, but no Optimist logo or pin was shown
Deb Saunders Great being early but she gave a $20 bill for the 50/50 contest and made Ron have to count on all fingers and toes
Jack Anderson Ron has been waiting a while to fine this guy. He made Jack stand up and he said “Jack, you’re good looking, tall and well dressed; everything I’m not. I’m fining you for making a sergeant jealous.”
Jerry Stahley Took the flowers from Greg Griffin’s Prize from the Junior Golf Outing and gave them away – Greg said he was giving the prize to Evelyn his wife for an early 30th anniversary gift
Chris McAlpine Will Cale saw – in Florida –  that a Chris McAlpine is a assistant produce manager. So apparently Chris is leading a double life Financial Planning and Produce Manager – both occupations focused on lots of “green” (see pic below)
Bob Bargmeyer Did you sleep in that shirt?


Happy Bucks!

Judy DeMarco She is having a surprise 70th anniversary party for her parents, they are flying her mom’s maid of honor out from Lake Placid. Going to be a fun time!
Jean Pummill Closing on her Centerville condo next week
Joan Cordonnier Saw three Optimists on the bike path this past weekend. She said that’s a whole lot of lycra!


Noon Meeting News – May 30, 2017 – Memorial Scholarship and Educator of the Year Awards

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, like the Grinch, I thought of something I never thought of before. Least we continue our complacent ways. Help us to remember that somewhere out there a man died for us today. As long as there is war,
we must ask and answer, “Are we worth dying for?” What did we do to receive this gift of freedom? The soldier didn’t know us nor we him or her How did the word “freedom” become so powerful? Only by losing it could we find out. A lesson we don’t want to learn. Too many of us vote and then sit on our hands and close our mouths. Being a patriot is more than raising the flag or singing the National Anthem. It’s coming together to do what is best for all and preserve the precepts of our founding Fathers. When we value privilege above principal we will lose both! Our elected officials need our input. We can not just think Optimistically. We need to act Optimistically. Lord, help us do our part for that soldier out there that did his part. Amen!

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Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Jessica Barton Award Recipient
Jim Barton Awardee’s Guest
Melissa Barton Awardee’s Guest
Alexandria Bollinger Award Recipient
Bronson Bollinger Awardee’s Guest
Kayla Bollinger Awardee’s Guest
Trent Bollinger Awardee’s Guest
Adrienne Freccero Award Recipient
Brian Freccero Awardee’s Guest
Jessica Freccero Awardee’s Guest
Clint Freese Ron Tinnerman
Clay Schiebrel Awardee’s Guest
Kevin Schiebrel Awardee’s Guest
Melanie Schiebrel Awardee’s Guest
Dan Slouffman John Speers
Tom Stauffer Ellie Parker
Jan Awardee’s Guest
Laurel Awardee’s Guest

Today’s Speaker

First, Gary Anderson explained eligibility for and past recipients of the Outstanding Teacher Award. Glen Freese told the club about Sherry Kim, beloved English teacher at Tower Heights middle school. She spoke briefly thanking CNO for the award.

Second, Gary Smiga  introduced 3 students from CHS as recipients of CNO’s Memorial Scholarships which are awarded to students in honor of deceased club members.

Alexandria Bollinger with a 3.89 GPA, planning to attend Brigham Young University.

Jessica Barton with a 4.496 GPA, planning to attend Cedarville University.

Adrianne Freccero with a 3.91 GPA, planning to attend University of Dayton.

President Larry Lynde presented each student with a $ 1500.00 check, CNO gave a standing ovation to the students.


Member Birthday
Tzuling Kuo May 31
Mike Witt June 01
Shawna Hatton June 01
Mark Kingseed June 03
Larry Larrimer June 04
Dick Stevens June 05

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day # Years
Steve Fenstemaker May 31 16
Gary Aiken June 1 35
Greg Crabtree June 1 9
Wayne Christie June 1 29
Blanca Ortiz June 3 3

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Ashley Morgan Joe Madden 2nd reading
Chris Ziehler Bob Collins Induction

Sergeants at Arms 

No time for sergeants this week.

 Happy Bucks!

Tom Novak For 116 helpers for AOF
Beth Lybrook For her great Social Committee
Don Kelley For icy slush on his car at graduation in Colorado

Dave Kay

For an offspring graduating from Cornell and having a job so they are off the “Kay Payroll “ as of Monday
Vince Reidy For a 7 month old granddaughter coming to visit
John Speers For a 5th grade graduation
Bob Duffy For graduations in Colorado
Myron Rheaume For veterans in CNO and all Veterans
Stan Fronzaglia For driving to DC where his grandson placed a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Ron Tinnerman For being introduced to a neighbor and potential new member


Our Optimist Club Featured on “Centerville Reports Today” Television Show!

Our club was recently featured on the television show Centerville Reports Today.  Mike Bevis and Judy DeMarco served as club ambassadors to discuss our Community Champion Award as well as the many free youth activities and fund raisers that our club holds throughout the year as “Friends of Youth”.

Christmas Tree Lot – Celebrating our 53rd Year in 2020



Black Friday (11/27) – 9:00AM – 8:00PM

Weekdays  – 1:00PM – 8:00PM

Saturday – Sunday  –  9:00AM – 8:00PM

110Days 09Hours 08Minutes 17Seconds

Annually we sell Christmas trees as one of our largest fund raising events.  This event funds many of the youth programs for the year.  Many families make this a special event in order to pick out that perfect tree.  Open Thanksgiving thru Christmas, located behind the Centerville Municipal Building.  Join your neighbors and friends and support our community with this winter tradition since 1968.

Our specialty “Fraser Firs ” up to 12′ tall (delivery service available for all sized trees) – come early in the season for best selection.

Fraser Firs-5′-12′
Douglas Firs- 5′- 10′
Scotch Pines -3′-8′
White Pines -5′-7′
Blue Spruces- 5′-7′

Wreaths -All Sizes -20″- 4′
Roping- Pine and Fraser up to 25yd coils or by the yard

“Come and buy your tree and holiday decor where all proceeds are returned  to the kids in our community!!!!”

CNO’s Avenue of Flags Fundraiser Receives International Optimist Organization Recognition

Our own Centerville Noon Optimist Club Avenue of Flags program – one of our three major fundraisers for our local youth – has received international recognition as a “Benchmark Club Project” by Optimist International.  OI featured our program – which has grown from 30 flags (in 2005) to over 1,500 flags this year – as the kind of fundraiser that other clubs might consider as a program to help support their youth scholarships and free youth events – as our club does.

And a huge THANK YOU to all of our 1,500+ Avenue of Flags Subscribers – your subscriptions provide a major portion of the financial support we receive to help kids in our local community.  We could not do it without you.

Read the article on the Optimist International Website.

To get more information about our Avenue of Flags program or to subscribe.


CNO Featured in International Optimist Magazine

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:

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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:

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Americana Festival Recognizes Optimists for Providing Flags

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:

Centerville Noon Optimist Club Wins Top International Award for Club Showcase Video

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: