CNOtes – June 12, 2018 – Dr. Timothy Melley – Conspiracy Culture and Fake News

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, In my studies I’ve learned that to travel in the country of God’s care is to believe that You give and to receive Your care is an adventure of the soul in the practice of prayer. Prayer is a simple way to unlock the door to visit with You. Our needs and blessings are many so there is no end of the opportunities for prayer. We all have habits, so help us Lord to establish the habit of prayer. But we need to remember that You see to it that the birds have food but You don’t throw the food into the nest. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
David Duncombe David Ladd
Sue Jessee Ellie Parker
Dr. Timothy Melley Speaker
Jeff Plate Mike Bevis
Riley Weisman Speaker

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Committee Announcements

The 50th Anniversary Party is on Tuesday, June 19th at Canopy Creek Farm.

The 70th Annual Ohio Optimist District Convention is August 16-18th. To receive discounted pricing, registration forms need to be to Cherie Gentry or Gary Smiga prior to Friday, June 15th.

Golfing foursomes have been finalized for the golf outing next month. We still need additional sponsors.

There is a Childhood Cancer Committee meeting on Thursday, June 14th at Panera Bread on Main Street at 6:30 pm.

OptiGear is on sale through Laurie Poeppelman. These items will be on sale during the month of June. See Laurie directly to place an order.

Thank you to the 121 helpers with the Avenue of Flags. Teams are distributing over 1900 flags today in honor of Flag Day. Flags will be brought back in Friday. Thanks to all and especially the 70 Optimist members and their families.

Happy Birthday Mike Wall

Today, June 12, 2018 was Mike Wall’s birthday and he was present. Charlie Tapp directed us again today in singing Happy Birthday for the 2nd straight week. I’m pretty sure I don’t know what the actual melody for Happy Birthday is anymore! It should come as a great relief that no one’s birthday is on June 19!

Ohio District’s Oratorical Competition Winner

Debe Dockins introduced Riley Weisman. Debe’s Intro follows, “Today, we welcome the Ohio District’s Oratorical Competition winner, Riley Weisman. Riley receives a $3,500 college scholarship and will represent our District on June 28 in the Great Lakes Regional competition held in St. Louis.”

“Riley is a senior at Springboro High School interested in pursuing a career in diplomacy, public policy, and law. Originally from Thailand before moving to Southwest Ohio, his favorite subjects in school are statistics, government, history, and English, and his hobbies are volunteering, reading, writing, playing baseball with his brother, and making silver jewelry with his grandfather.”

“Once you hear Riley’s speech, I think you will agree that he has a bright future ahead of him, and that the District is well represented. Please welcome Riley Weisman.”

This year’s topic is, “Where Are My Roots of Optimism?”

Riley gave his speech and here are a few statements. His story begins with his early childhood and an early life of poverty. His mother was the only parent providing his existence. She is now a nurse practitioner. The first 7 years of life were difficult, but through optimism and eating a lot of Ramen Noodles he made it through. He said good came through his struggle. Ignore the pessimists who say to not dream big. Set goals and if you fail at reaching your goals, don’t worry, keep trying. Optimism gives hope to our safety providers, not that everything will always go well, but that we will become better people. When asked about his roots of optimism, Riley said his mother, ignoring pessimism and looking toward a brighter future.

There will be a chance to view a live stream of the Optimist Oratorical World Championships on June 27-29, 2018. This link has the details of the event and will have a link to view the live stream.

Today’s Presentation

Mike Bevis introduced Timothy (Tim) Melley, PhD, author, and a professor at Miami University for over 20 years. He and his wife reside in Cincinnati Ohio. He is a Professor of English and Affiliate of American Studies and is the Director of The Miami University Humanities Center.

Tim’s Education: PhD, English and American Literature, Cornell, 1995, MFA, Fiction, Cornell, 1993, MA, English and American Literature, Cornell, 1993, MA, English, University of Cambridge, 1989, BA, Biology and English, Amherst College, 1985.

Tim’s subject today was “Fake News”. It included some of the sources of various conspiracy theories reported as facts.

Brief quote from his talk, “We live in a Post Truth Culture. Objective facts are less important than feelings. Mainstream news is now less important than real news or social media. Deliberate propaganda is being spread. Conspiracy theories are everywhere. One of the biggest is the moon landings were faked. Many conspiracies relate to state secrets.”

If you google, “Tim Melley fake news”, you will find articles and summaries written by or related to Tim’s talk today.

Scroll down in this article to “Tim Melley” and see a synopsis of today’s presentation he gave at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

For the ending theme, he shared, “It is no surprise conspiracy theories thrive in a society where there is so much that is unknowable and with all the constant reminders from our entertainment.”

When Tim gave this speech at Miami University’s Winter College, it was 90 minutes. He did a great job of condensing it down to 30 minutes so it would fit our lunch’s schedule.

Thank you to Tim for taking the time to inform and entertain us.

One example of many where Tim is quoted by an author in their article. This is from the Arab Herald concerning the ‘Deep State’.


Member Birthday
Michael Wall June 12
Charla Rheaume June 16

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Cherie Gentry June 17 06/17/2015 3
Samuel Pfabe June 17 06/17/2015 3

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Jeff Umbreit Sarah Umbreit 3rd Reading
Mark Scarpino Greg Wasmund 2nd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

No time for sergeants this week.

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Debe Dockins Excited and delighted to give $5 and have Riley Weisman here today to hear his speech; our district could win the whole thing!
Carol Burkman Thanks to Bob Burkman for being the best nurse a spouse could have.
Nancy Lehren Riley Weisman’s speech for the contest is the best she has ever heard, and she has heard a lot of them.
Sue Brubaker Happy to return from Vegas trip with the DeMarco’s after virtually no monetary loss!
Cherie Gentry Loved hearing Riley Weisman’s speeach.
Judy DeMarco As they were leaving the last place on their Vegas trip with the Brubaker’s, Gary put 30 cents in a slot machine and won over $50!
Gary Aiken He and Gail are celebrating  their 50th wedding annivesary.
Jerry Stahley Thanks to junior golf helpers. The day went great.
Myron Rheaume Happy to give $6. This is the 6th time to hear Riley Weisman’s speech and it gets better each time.

CNOtes – June 5, 2018 – Bringing Out the Best in Kids Award and Memorial Scholarship Winners

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Alan Bair Honoree’s Family
Anastasia Bair Honoree
Anna Bargmeyer Bob Bargmeyer
Joann Garison Honoree’s Family
Michelle Garison Honoree
Ed Goschinski Art Hung
Danielle Meyer Honoree
Terri Meyer Honoree’s Family
Tom Meyer Honoree’s Family
Matthew Miller Pat Arehart
Evelyn Moyer Honoree’s Family
Geoff Moyer Honore’s Family
Mark Scarpino Greg Wasmund
Dan Tarpey Dr. Tom Henderson
Jason Whited Honoree

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Committee Announcements

Bob Lawson, Fishing Derby chair, said last Saturday’s Fishing Derby was a great day! Thank you to all the helpers, you did a great job. Please bring kids to Cabela’s from 5-7 on 6/7/2018, they will give us free fishing rods if we bring kids.

Beth Duncan, social committee chair, announced that the 50th anniversary party is Tuesday, June 19, 2018. The cost is $15 per person. It is being held at Canopy Creek Farm in Miamisburg. It will be like an upscale picnic with great food and corn hole. There will be guest speakers as well. Remember that our normal lunch at Yankee Trace is cancelled on June 19, 2018.

Mike Bevis, programs co-chair, said be sure to come next week. A professor from Miami University will be our guest speaker and he will discuss “fake news”.

Mike Bevis, golf co-chair, stated we are still accepting donations for the golf outing. Give one of the forms on the table to someone who would like to donate.

Tom Novak, Avenue of Flags co-chair, announced that flags will be delivered on Tuesday, 6/12/2018. They will be picked up on Friday, 6/15/2018.

Jane Cordonnier, Americana 5K Run Chair, said there is less than a month until the Americana celebration. Please consider signing up to help the club with its activities at the Americana Festival.

Happy Birthday Dick Stevens

Today was Dick Stevens’s actual 73rd birthday. You know what that means! He got a special treat of having Happy Birthday sung to him LIVE as only we can. It was so bad it was good!

Friend of Youth Award

Joe Madden announced that the presentation today is one of his favorites. He introduced the Friend of Youth Award. This award is perfect for our club because our slogan friend of youth is a perfect match for the teacher award. The first Friend of Youth Award was awarded in 2003. Joe listed the previous award winners in a most amusing way. We have improved the selection, but we have up years and down years. He did this to politely jab the many, many award recipients that are current members of CNO. It was hysterical!

Congratulations to this year’s winner Jason Whitehead. He was nominated by CHS principal Jack Durnbaugh. Jack’s nomination letter included statements such as, “Jason is a superb social studies teacher.” “He challenges his students to be problem solvers.” “His students love history since being taught by Jason and his style of teaching.”

Jason Whitehead said, “I’m very humbled and honored to be here to accept this award. To hear my name mentioned is wonderful. This club is great because of promoting youth. The current generation of kids is getting a bad rap. The majority of the kids are well behaved and enthusiastic, if you treat them well and make them want to be in class.”

Educational Assistance Awards

Gary Smiga was happy to introduce this year’s Centerville Noon Optimist Club’s Memorial Educational Assistance Award winners.  The award is given in the memory of the individuals that have passed away while active members of our club.  The following individuals exemplified what it meant to give back to your community with their service and character:

  • Tom Frazier- 1994
  • Tom Craig- 1994
  • Denise Goeckel- 1998
  • Dick Lewin- 2002
  • Corwin Robinson- 2005
  • Steve Fisher- 2007
  • Dave Petree- 2007
  • Jim Hawley- 2010
  • Margaret Barclay- 2010
  • Tom Gravlin- 2013
  • Terry Blair-2014
  • Dave Milam- 2014
  • Ken Bluhm- 2015
  • John Hughes- 2015
  • Mike Hayes- 2015
  • Wes Hamdan- 2016
  • Tim Gibson- 2017
  • Linda Fisher- 2017
  • Brent Moore 2018

He asked us to join him in a moment of silence to remember these fine individuals.

The qualifications for our Educational Assistance award are as follows:

  1. Be a graduating high school senior that will be attending a college/university offering a two/four year degree upon the completion of an accredited program;
  2. Be a resident of Centerville/Washington Township;
  3. Have a strong record of participation in community service activities; and
  4. Possess a financial need as affirmed by the FAFSA

He recognized the committee members who read the applications and made this year’s selections: Gail Aiken, Will Cale, Bob Duffy, and Roberta Taylor.

Normally we have 3 awards. This year we had 4. Each will receive $1500 later today. Thank you to the CNO board for the approval of the awards and the entire CNO membership for your fund-raising efforts that make the Educational Assistance awards possible.

This award is renewable for a second year with a continued financial need, continued involvement in school, community or faith-based activities, and a freshman grade point average of at least a 3.0.

Three of the recipients were able to join us today. Each recipient brought family members with them to share lunch with us today.

Anastasia Bair

Anastasia attended Centerville High School and she is ranked 119th in a senior class of 664 students with a GPA of 3.991. Anastasia’s Extracurricular and Community Service Activities include:

  • Varsity Soccer where she served as a captain
  • Club Soccer
  • Varsity Wrestling Stats
  • Young Life
  • Lunch Buddies
  • Elk Connectors
  • Chem Buddies
  • Volunteer at Church watching 2-year olds during the service
  • BOLD (Building our Lives Drug Free)

Anastasia currently works at Bob Evans and also babysits.

Anastasia will be attending Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio.   After graduation she would like to work in a medical field or in criminal justice.

She read us her essay and here are a few statements: Centerville is safe. Centerville is not perfect, but activities and community service that we put on really help. She enjoys Lunch buddies and chemistry buddies and helping younger kids. She loves soccer and loves coaching younger kids.

Michelle Garrison

Michelle attended Centerville High School and she is ranked 1st in a senior class of 664 students with a GPA of 4.9714. Michelle’s Extracurricular and Community Service Activities include:

  • Varsity Soccer
  • Club Soccer
  • HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America)
  • Centerville Concert Orchestra and Centerville Youth Orchestra
  • Scholar Athlete
  • Lunch Buddies
  • BOLD (Building our Lives Drug Free)
  • STAND (Stop Tobacco and Nicotine Dependence)
  • Chem Buddies
  • Volunteer at church as a Kindergarten Sunday School Teacher
  • Volunteer at SISCA Animal Shelter

Michelle currently works at Bob Evans and Mathnasium where she tutors students in math.

Michelle will be attending Emory University in Atlanta.  After college she would like to attend medical school and work in the Medical Corps or as an emergency physician.

She read us her essay and here are a few statements: Having adult positive role models is very important. Community members have helped her go through her high school career. Passions and skills are developed from being around these role models. Good habits will follow us into adulthood.

Danielle Meyer

Danielle attended Centerville High School and she is ranked 50th in a senior class of 664 students with a GPA of 4.3. Danielle’s Extracurricular and Community Service Activities include:

  • National Honor Society
  • Theatre Program (acting, directing, crew and set building) and where she served as President of the S.T.A.G.E Theatre Club
  • Lunch Buddies
  • STAND (Stop Tobacco and Nicotine Dependence)
  • Elk Connector
  • BOLD (Building our Lives Drug Free)
  • Spanish Club
  • Chairperson for the Food for All Food Drive at Incarnation Parish and School
  • Five Minute for Life Student Ambassador
  • Peer Tutoring

Danielle currently works at Maggie Moos Ice Cream Shop and she previously worked as a Youth Drama Camp Counselor at Epiphany Lutheran Church.

Danielle will be attending the Wright State University.  She would like to pursue film acting and the business of the entertainment industry.  She would eventually like to work for the United Nations serving as a Goodwill Ambassador.

She read us her essay and here are a few statements: Young adults must help others. We need adults to help with good influence and encourage kids to give back as well. Volunteering will make you a better person for the rest of your life. Be drug free. Having a food drive reminds everyone that some people do go without food. Community service prepares and teaches. The best students who help the community are not resume builders, they are community builders and leaders.

Allison Ormsby

We will hear from Allison in a few weeks.


Member Birthday
Dick Stevens June 05
Jean Pummill June 06
Bob Vogt June 07
Brooks Compton June 09

Membership Anniversaries

No membership anniversaries this week.

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Brendan Cunningham Mike Bevis Induction
Jeff Umbreit Sarah Umbreit 2nd Reading
Mark Scarpino Greg Wasmund 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Dr.Tom Henderson It is summer again, and he can finally show up to lunch.
Rick Talda It is summer again, and he can finally show up to lunch.
Ken Peacock It is summer again, and he can finally show up to lunch.
Laura Caschera It is summer again, and she can finally show up to lunch.
Mary Madden Left her name badge at home.
Art Hung No show at Saturday’s Fishing Derby.
Myron Rheaume Telling bad jokes, again!
Brendan Cunningham Just inducted to CNO, welcome to the club, pay a $1 fine.
Wendy Hattan Late to today’s meeting.
Beth Duncan Publically announced that for the 50th Anniversary celebration, “DO NOT dress like Don Kelly!”

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Bob Lawson $10 for all the wonderful help from the volunteers for last Saturday’s Fishing Derby.
Vida McDowell $5 because it has been 50 years (June 8, 1968) since she immigrated from Iran to the U.S and it has been nothing but great to be in the USA!
Sandy Stevens Husband Dick Steven’s 73rd birthday was today and she remembers when she thought 73 was old.
Myron Rheaume Cal State Fullerton, his alma mater, defeated Stanford #1 and Baylor #2, in the college world series west regional to move on to the Super regional against Univ. of Washington.
Nancy Lehren Last night’s dinner hosted by Children’s Medical Center’s doctors was informational and enjoyable!
Kelly Stone Will be celebrating with long time friends her 35 year UD graduation reunion and 10 years for daughter Christine Balsan.
Beth Duncan Joe Madden has agreed to be the master of ceremonies at the CNO 50th Anniversary Celebration Dinner on 6/19/2018.

CNOtes – May 29, 2018 – Dr. J Thomas Hardy – Dayton Veteran’s Administration

Today’s Guests

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Guest Guest Of
Rick Altvater Greg Wasmund
Kenzie Baker JOI Club
Dr. J Thomas Hardy Speaker
Karen Havlip JOI Club
Valerie Kronson JOI Club
Faith Ryon JOI Club
Mary Ryon JOI Club
Jeff Umbreit Sarah Umbreit

Memorial Day

Thank you so much to all of our veterans. A special thank you to all the veterans that are members of the Centerville Noon Optimists and for their continuing effort to benefit others after already giving so much of themselves serving our amazing country, The United States of America!

Committee Notes

Joan Cordonnier reminded everyone that July 4th is nearing quickly, so don’t forget to sign up to help or participate in the Americana Festival-5K Race.  The proceeds go to the Centerville Noon Optimists.

Cherie Gentry stated that the OI district convention is August, 17-18, 2018 in Fairborn OH.  The OI international president will be attending and the more of us that show up the better.

Junior Optimist International (JOI) Club Presentation

Kelly Stone introduced Mary Ryon from JOI. Mary brought 4 girls from JOI to discuss what JOI means to them. CNO donated $2000 so these kids can attend the JOI convention in Ottawa, Canada. There are 8 girls and 1 boy that will be attending. The kids from JOI made a beautiful “thank you” poster and presented to us during lunch today.

Valerie Kronson, current governor said each year she goes to the convention she makes new friends. She gets a lot of new perspectives on life and the life other JOI members from all over. She enjoys discussing service activities with new friends.

Faith Ryon, governor elect stated that JOI means a lot to her because she looks forward to each summer and it makes her happy. She loves travelling and meeting people. She likes being around others with similar thoughts. She enjoys visiting new areas and new people. The workshops are amazing. She appreciates how hard the people running these conventions work.

Karen Havlip, secretary, coined the phrase Floriohio for Florida, Iowa and Ohio. The members of her group of friends come from these three states. She wants to make t-shirts with the name. The Leadership workshops are amazing. The boy from Florida will be making a video of the trip and we can watch it.

Kinzie Baker, a newer member, said thank you so much for making it possible for her to attend her first international convention.

Cherie Gentry asked, “Can we donate more money individually now?” Mary replied, “Absolutely you can.”

Today’s Presentation

Mike Bevis introduced, Dr J. Thomas Hardy, DO, a retired Army colonel and Vietnam veteran, the Chief of Staff at the Dayton VA Medical Center. He came today to give us a brief history of veteran’s services and of the Dayton VA Medical Center.

United States Veteran’s services were started during the revolutionary war, however, there was no money to fund the services needed. For all U.S. wars through the Mexican War the states provided Veterans services instead of the federal government. The Mexican War was the inspiration for the opening lines of the Marines’ Hymn, “From the Halls of Montezuma…”. Hardy showed a picture of this epic battle.

The Veterans Administration was not established until 1930 and became the cabinet-level Department of Veterans Affairs in 1989.

The American Civil War made the need for veteran’s services a national need. Huge advances in weaponry occurred at the time of the Civil War. The increase in the number of dead and wounded was well beyond any other U.S. war up to this point. Over 1 million needed treatment, though most from disease. Old war tactics were used, but with amazing weapons. Tens of thousands of disabled veterans resulted from the Civil War.

Artillery canons became much more effective, reaching a 2-mile range. Canister bombs were effective at a 200-yard radius and within 10 yards of explosion victims were vaporized.

Rifle efficiency also increased. The Spencer rifle, the first repeating rifle, was invented. With the Spencer rifle a soldier could shoot 28 rounds per minute. Soldiers described it as, “load it once and shoot all week.” The Confederates also had rifles that were more accurate and used .58 caliber rounds that were very damaging.

The mission of the VA is to fulfill President Lincoln’s promise “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s Veterans.

Nationally at first 3 VA homes were established. The facilities were located in Dayton. Maine, and Milwaukee. The Dayton VA facility opened in 1867, at first with just a log cabin and a barn. Its first hospital was opened in 1870 and was the most modern hospital ever at that time, having running water, steam heat and flush toilets. It had housing for up to 7000 veterans. The VA hospital was a tourist attraction, having over 500,000 visitors per year. Originally the VA was run like a military organization, with routine and discipline. Residents that could work, worked to feed themselves and others and take care of the facility.

The VA’s goal is injury and mental recovery, learning useful job skills and connecting veterans with jobs.

Quick Facts about the Dayton VA Medical Center

  • There was a working farm that met some of the food needs.
  • The chapel has been in continuous use for 150 years.
  • The chapel bell was made out of melted confederate canons.
  • There is a museum supported from donations of items and money from veterans.
  • Stone from the quarry was used to build the Home Chapel and Grotto Gardens.
  • The Brown Hospital was completed in 1930.

Home page of the Dayton VA Medical Center

Virtual Museum of the Dayton VA Medical Center



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

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Carol Burkman May 31 05/31/2003 15
Robert Burkman May 31 05/31/2003 15
Gary Aiken June 1 06/01/1982 36

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Jeff Umbreit Sarah Umbreit 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Bob Burkman Underground marketing for the Avenue of Flags
Charlie Tapp Lost name tag
Tim Clemmer Didn’t return his flag supplies after installing flags
Greg Griffin Todays meeting is not on the online calendar
Bill Stone Falling out of a car when picking up flags because he asked Kelly to drive faster
Greg Griffin Because CNO donated Kelly Stone’s requested amount for JOI to travel to the international conference Greg reminded her that she agreed to do a happy dance – It was perfect!
Jane Fiehrer Late to meeting

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Don Kelley Grandchild just graduated from Notre Dame
Charlie Tapp Celebrating Karl Fydryk’s 3rd hole in one
Bob Bargmeyer 4th birthday of oldest grandduaghter from Connecticut
Bob Bargmeyer Just missed hitting a deer on their trip
Bill Stone 7th Grandchild Francis is doing great in Nashville, saw him just a couple of weeks ago
Greg Griffin Evelyn gets to go and visit their newest grandchild in Vegas
Faith Ryon (guest from JOI) Thank you to the club for the donation to JOI and for the volleyball tournament she will be at this weekend
Valerie Kronson (guest from JOI) Funny seeing so many members of her church today sitting at the bad kids table

Noon Meeting News – May 22, 2018 – Cassie Barlow – SOCHE – Workforce Development with Teen Focus

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father too many times our reason for doing anything is motivated by our own personal problems . We give little thought to the fact that anyone is watching us and are in awe of how we behave. Yet ,Each of us has been watched, observed or mimicked since our year one. Which helps me to realize that it is faith that drives us toward Jesus and to a lesser degree there is a faith that drives others toward us. Jesus will never disappoint us; don’t let us disappoint those who look to us for support by being absent from their life. Amen!

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Optimist International Professional Development Program

Myron Rheaume gave a short presentation on two programs to enhance your growth and participation in your Optimist club. These programs not only help you, the more of us that participate in them the more our club gets recognized in Ohio and Internationally.

  • Personal growth and involvement program (PGI)
  • Personal development program (PDP)

Each program has multiple levels of achievement. Each level requires specific activities. As an example, here are the steps to complete PDP Level 1, Bronze:

  • Participate in a community service activity
  • Learn how to write a communique/Press Release
  • Give a short presentation on “How Optimism Can Make a Better World” or “Optimism as a Way of Life”
  • Learn the 5 purposes of an Optimist Club
  • Introduction of a new Member or a guest at a Club meeting/activity

PGI and PDP are similar but different. The FAQ for PDP says: “The PDP program is meant to provide members a way to develop professionally. Members will have the opportunity to build skills that will help them professionally and enhance their Club, District and Optimist International. Our organization wants to bring in younger professionals. The PDP is a tool to help them do that.”

For PGI, 4 members of our club have reached the highest level. These are Cherie Gentry, Mike Bevis, Joe Madden and Myron Rheaume

Details of PDM and PGI are here.

Committee Notes

Jean Pummill, secretary, CNO is completing its 50th year and we have added 36 members so far this year. Can we reach 50?

Bob Lawson, Fishing Derby chair, reminded us that the Fishing Derby is June 2, 2018. Please remember to show up if you have signed up.

Mike Bevis, golf chair, noted that it is less than 60 days until Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf Outing at Sycamore Creek Country Club on July 16, 2018. The goody bags will be very well stocked. A few foursome spots are still available.

Beth Duncan, social director, mentioned that June 19, 2018 is our 50th Anniversary celebration party. It will be at Canopy Creek in Miamisburg. Food, music and surprises are planned. You must sign up by June 12, 2018.

Laurie Poeppelman, Opti-gear Coordinator, said that summer gear samples are here and will be at lunch each week through the end of June. Embroidery of the Optimist club logo is included on all items.

Tom Novak, Avenue of Flags chair, said we can use 2 last minute helpers to deliver flags for Memorial Day.

Today’s Presentation

Mike Bevis introduced Cassie Barlow, Ph.D., the director of Aerospace Professional Development at SOCHE, (Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education), partners in developing our local workforce. She joined SOCHE in July 2017. She was with the United States Air Force for 26 years. She is the co-author of “Saluting Our Grandmas” (with Sue Norrod), the stories of “Women of World War II”.

Formed in 1967, SOCHE is a regional consortium of 23 colleges and universities in southwest Ohio to promote educated, employed, and engaged citizens.

In particular they help arrange internships for both job providers and job seekers for both College Students and High School Students. Additionally, they help schools setup aerospace learning curriculums for K-12. They are always trying to increase internships. Around two thirds of interns are offered a full-time position. Internships work because each side has an opportunity to try the other side out. This helps keep needed talent in our area. This has always been a good idea, but there is going to be a severe shortage of workers as the baby boomers are retiring on a daily basis. In our area there are 200,000 students in colleges and 100,000 that are juniors and seniors in high school. This is our future workforce and we need to keep it here. SOCHE focuses on creating real intern jobs and the best practice is that a company uses the same hiring standards as for graduates interviewing for permanent positions.

Colleges also help arrange internships, but SOCHE, with 37 years of experience, has a focus on keeping talent in the Southwest Ohio area. The two complement each other, not trying to take away from the other.

Quick Facts

  • SOCHE Engage is a program for high school student-based internships
  • She has a special focus on helping Veterans across our region and State
  • For the interns in addition professional skill matches, they work on soft skills, like being on time and not being too early.
  • All the internships are paid.
  • Greene county is infusing the Taking Flight for the Future program into K-12.
  • They encourage and help kids with going into the trades such as plumbers and electricians.

 Today’s Guests

No guests this week – remember to invite a guest and show off our world class award winning club!


Member Birthday
Jack Anderson May 18
Bill Marker May 23
Don Skelton May 25
Cristlyn Johnston May 26

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Pete Rife May 22 05/22/2013 5
Jim Schumacher May 22 05/22/1991 27
Paulette Novak May 25 05/25/2005 13
Bob Clements May 25 05/25/2005 13
Amy Barker May 26 05/26/2008 10
Cheryl Reichel May 26 05/26/2008 10
Debe Dockins May 26 05/26/2009 9

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Wendy Hattan Robin Golden Induction

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Chris McAlpine His son had shoes on the wrong feet at the bike rodeo.
All Bike Rodeo course marshals except Bob Burkman. All Bike Rodeo course marshals except Bob Burkman. Bob was the only one with shoe laces that matched his safety vest.
Bob Burkman Cones were not well monitored at the Bike Rodeo – they kept “blowing over”.
Greg Griffin Wendy Hattan’s name tag was in the wrong spot in the box.
Jack Anderson and Nancy Anderson Jack’s birthday mix-up – evidently his birthday is on the wrong day.
Kelly Stone Being late to meeting.
Vida McDowell Wearing the wrong name tag.

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Barbara Santo Brighton Collectibles at the Greene is collecting Shoes for Souls. Please bring any spare shoes you have.


Optimist 2.0 Meeting News – May 17, 2018 – David Ball – TJ’s Place of Hope

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was “Nelly’s – a Taste of Bolivia in Centerville”. Thank you to the team at Nelly’s and Rafael Santillan – Owner of Nelly’s and Centerville Noon Optimist Club Member.

A 50/50 drawing was won by Greg Crabtree (founder of TJ’s Place of Hope and also Centerville Noon Optimist Club Member.

We had 31 members and 7 guests in attendance.


Photos from the Meeting Are Here

Tonight’s Presentation

Greg Fay introduced David Ball, a board member from T.J.’s Place of Hope (Hope Beyond Addiction), in Centerville. On November 17th, 2005, at the age of 18, T.J. Whitehead took his own life after battling drug and alcohol addiction for the majority of his adolescent life.

Cheryl Crabtree, his mother, and Greg Crabtree, his step father, started T.J.’s Place of Hope in 2006. After struggling to get the help their family needed with T.J., they started this foundation. They serve teens and young adults ages 12-25 (plus their families).

T.J.’s Place of Hope is an organization of compassionate people to help those with addictions in a safe, confidential, peer-reinforced environment Besides addictions like drug and alcohol, they are one of the few places helping with self-injury (such as cutting), eating disorders and other destructive disorders. They work directly with Centerville High School.

T.J.’s Place of Hope is open Tuesdays and Thursdays for kids to get together and talk. Meetings are at 85 East Franklin Street Centerville, OH 45459.

There are many volunteer opportunities detailed on their website. They are also looking for additional board members. Current board members have direct personal family experience with issues they help with and they would like to expand on this. One priority is to find volunteers to help with financial aspects of the organization. They are also trying to organize formal committees for various areas so they need committee chairs and members.

They are funded through donations.

“Get Help: Drug/alcohol abuse or addiction, Self-injury, Eating disorders, Social anxiety issue, Depression, & Suicidal Thoughts” – From their website,

You can call 937-436-HOPE for assistance; there are confidential meetings each week.

You can also reach them on Facebook.

Tonight’s Guests

Dave Ball
Denise Christie
Greg Crabtree
Cheryl Dowd
Gary McDowell
Jill Parret
David Watkins


Upcoming Optimist 2.0 Meetings

Thursday June 21,  2018 – Ollie’s Place – Centerville – 5:30PM – Mike Schwartz – Founder of Ollie’s Place, Guest Speaker

Thursday July 19, 2018 – Poelking Lanes Dayton Mall – 5:30PM – Joe Poelking, Owner of Poelking Lanes, Guest speaker



Noon Meeting News – May 15, 2018 – Avenue of Flags Season Kickoff

Phather Phil’s Prayer

In Honor Of Mother…
This past Sunday, we celebrated Mother’s Day. Which always brings a smileto my face – twice ! The first smile comes when people find out I was anonly child. Oh! I’ll bet you were spoiled rotten! WRONG. Since I was the
only child I received Mothers full attention. It was like Jonny Cash’s song. I walk the line. If I made a mess or broke something I didn’t have a brother or sister to blame it on. Telling the truth came automatic for the
consequence of a hairbrush or razor strap was readily available. You said yes sir” and “yes mam”. Mother wanted to know what I was doing and whomy friends were, including their last name. I ate breakfast every morning of Quaker Oats or cream of wheat. Had Soup and sandwich for lunch. Supper was meat, potatoes & a vegetable. If you didn’t like the vegetable you could sit there till you did. The radio was turned off during meal time. I didn’t date till I was a Junior in High school. Then had to pick her up and take the bus to wherever and take the bus back home . No time for any sparking or you’d walk 5 miles home cause you missed the bus. Mother raised a square as I didn’t smoke, drink or become a father before I was married. I wasn’t arrested for shoplifting or busted for DUI. And who do I have to thank for this? You’re right – my mean mother ! I raised our children the same way and got tickled when they said I was mean. Our country doesn’t need a good 5-cent cigar. It needs more mean Mothers like mine. Now for the rest of the story! The reason for my second smile. I was a
young man and it was Mothers Day and I asked my father “When is Fathers Day? Without missing a beat my father replied,”9 months prior to Mothers Day. “

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

 Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Darlene Irwin Ken Irwin

Committee Notes

Mike Bevis announced it is 60 days until the golf outing. Time is running out to sign up and play. The 27th Annual Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth to be held Monday July 16, 2018 at Sycamore Creek Golf Club. Forms available at :

Ellie Parker requested donations for the golf outing gift bags from businesses and others. Some examples would be snacks (chips, pretzels), gift cards, and more. She will come to you and pick up your donations.

Jerry Stahley is still looking for OI Junior Golf Championship donations for junior golf. He also has two Dragons tickets for 5/18/2018.

Chris McAlpine reminded everyone that the Safety on Wheels bike Rodeo is this Saturday May 19, 2018 at Miami Valley South.

Myron Rheaume announced he just came back from the OI district meeting in Columbus. They gave him a boxful of Dime-a-Day Pins. He kindly reminded us how to do the math, remember that a dime a day means $36.50 per year. He presented a pin to every club member participating in the Dime-a-Day program.

Chris McAlpine read some recent touching thank you notes, including a recipient of a scholarship and a previous speaker from the BOLD program at CHS.

Today’s Presentation

Tom Novak spoke to us about the Avenue of Flags (AOF). Thanks to Greg Griffin for the Power Point presentation. The program started in 2005. AOF puts flags out 5 times during the year for 3-5 days each on the following flag holidays: Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and Veterans Day.

To test the fundraiser the first year they put out 30 flags for free in Quail Run. If Chuck Dickerson had not put up the initial $3000 in funding, the program probably would not have started.

Thank you to David Watkins of Turf Nerd Lawn Care 75 Westpark for storing our flags free of charge.

Thank to the AOF committee and all the helpers. There are over 100 helpers, not all of them CNO members. There are groups that volunteer together from VFW Teams and Bluestar mothers. The are also 40 subscriber volunteers that are not CNO members.

The Avenue of Flags committee have learned by doing. They offer volunteers flexible delivery times and early flag loading. GPS helps a lot. New routes are added every year. Trucks, vans and SUVs are great flag vehicles, but some routes are handled by cars and convertibles.

There are now 62 Routes. There are a few mega routes with over 100 flags. The largest route, handled by the team consisting of Mike Bevis, Donna Huss and Rhonda Meeker, delivers 129 flags. The average route size is 25-35 flags and only takes 1 – 1 ½ hours to distribute. The smallest route is 4 flags. The routes are designed to be concentrated which speeds distribution.

Neighbors sharing the service idea with neighbors helps increase subscribers each year.

Tom introduced Mike Brubaker, who went over the statistics of revenue. Last year AOF raised over $62,000.

Last year we reached 1831 flags for Veterans day. This year so far AOF has 1846 flags for Memorial Day. This is the first year the flag subscriptions at the beginning of the year exceeded the number of subscriptions at the end of the prior year. New orders are coming in every day and they will continue as the season progresses.

After today’s lunch a group picture in official AOF tee shirts was taken.



Member Birthday
Kristina Rainer May 16
James Long May 17
Amy Barker May 19
Mike Brubaker May 19

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Jay Hoffman May 15 05/15/2017 1
David Ladd May 16 05/16/2012 6
Natalie King Dunlevey May 16 05/16/2012 6
Chris Elrod May 18 05/18/2011 7
Melissa DeShurko May 18 05/18/2011 7
Rafael Santillan May 18 05/18/2016 2
Bill Marker May 18 05/18/2011 7
Heather Kuth May 19 05/19/2010 8
Jeff Rolf May 20 05/20/2015 3
Kelly George May 20 05/20/2015 3
Tony Lombardo May 20 05/20/2015 3

New Member Readings and Inductions

No readings or inductions this week.

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
All those who do not have an avenue of flag subscription Not having Avenue of Flags subscription
Charlie Tapp Told golf cart person to not pick up Don Kelley in the parking lot
Christie Gariety For needing change for a $20 for their 50/50 ticket
Dan Beck For needing change for a $20 for their 50/50 ticket
Bob Bargmeyer Needed change for a $20, waited for it to be counted out then realized he had a dollar after all

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Roland Rapp First Grandson born
Ken Irwin 31st wedding anniversary
Gary Smiga Centerville Optimist’s team won the golf outing at the Airforce Base for the second year in a row
Myron Rheaume In the parking lot today, a young lady with a golf cart gave him a ride. As she dropped him off she said she felt good helping a senior.
Cherie Gentry She and Myron are officially field representatives for OI, they are building clubs
John Spears Please participate or donate to the Blue Star Mothers golf outing on June 14, 2018
Jeff Zaret Glad to be back home from Alaska


Noon Meeting News – May 8, 2018 – Respect for Law Awards Presented

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father let us all take a deep breath and rid ourselves of all the sad things we’ve been holding onto, including the Winter blues. It’s a New Year and a new season lets be thankful for all our blessings. It’s Spring a
time when youth are happiest and age remembers. It’s time to count our blessings and be happy with what we have and thankful we don’t have what we deserve. Have us put on the persona of Optimism, go out and Spread the joy of Optimism to every person we meet and share the love You so generously heap upon us. Amen!

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Committee Notes

Tom Novak thanked those that helped with Avenue of Flags pre-season checkup.

Donna Huss announced that it is only 68 days from the golf outing. Get your forms in soon if you are planning on golfing. Meeting tomorrow night.

Beth Duncan: Derby Party was last Saturday. Thank you to Vida McDowell, Kelly Stone and Diane Arehart. A very special thank you to Cindy and Kirby Gaboury for donating the use of their party room at Audio Etc. Thank you to Charlie Tapp for making and serving the mint Juleps.

Nancy Lehren, “Build a Bear” went great, thanks to all involved. About 80 Children were at build a bear and 9 more children that couldn’t make it had bears made for them. An additional 36 bears were made to send upstairs for later use. A total of 125 bears were made. A special thank you to Lisa Tucker of Bill’s Donuts who donated $3000 for the event. Thanks to Sarah Umbreit for running this event.

Today’s Presentation

Bob Burkman kicked off this year’s John P. Kalaman Respect for Law Award. We honor one law enforcement person from the Centerville Police Department and one from the Washington Township Sheriff’s Department. Bob thanked Gary Anderson and Jesse Gaither for producing the brochure on our tables showcasing the two award recipients.

The honoree from the Centerville Police Department is officer Fauopo Lauofo. He came to the Centerville Police Department on January 2, 1997. He thanked the Optimist Club for giving him the award and for our huge turnout at the blood drive last week in memory of his friend John P. Kalaman. He remembers the day John lost his life serving his community.  He said, “It was a cold morning, I was the last face that John saw. It was a rough time.” He thanked John’s parents John and Paula Kalaman for their support.

After Officer Lauofo spoke, Paula Kalaman made some remarks. She thanked Fauopo for being with John, trying to save his life and comforting him.

The honoree from the Washington Township Sheriff’s Department is Detective Linda Shutts. She has been with law enforcement for 13 years and with Washington Township since the fall of 2014. She has been assigned over 1000 cases. Her case clearance rates are well above national averages and she has recovered thousands of dollars for victims of crime. She comes in early and leaves late. Linda tries hard to recover stolen items. Even if she can’t recover the items she likes giving comfort to victims. Linda thanked the Optimist club for naming award after John P. Kalaman and said she is very honored to receive the award.

John and Paula Kalaman came up to the podium after the honorees spoke. Paula said thank you to the Optimists for doing this every year. It doesn’t feel like it is 20 years, it feels like yesterday. Having this honor every year is a great comfort, thank you to the Centerville Noon Optimists.

 Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Josh Boyle Honoree’s Family
Barb Krizman Tom Novak
Faupo Lauofo Honoree
Matt Lauofo Honoree’s Family
Michael Lauofo Honoree’s Family
Chu Oparah Art Hung
Ruth O’Toole Bob Burkman
Mary Ann Riskus Mary Madden
Linda Shutts Honoree
Alex Simon Bob Duffy
Kate Vriner Jane Fiehrer


Member Birthday
Beth Duncan May 09
Jon Fox May 10
Jessica King May 11
Marge Back May 11

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
David Kay May 8 05/08/1992 26
Paul Bowell May 8 05/08/2000 18

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Wendy Hattan Robin Golden 3rd Reading
Brendan Cunningham Mike Bevis 3rd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
All members voting for Carol Burkman’s hat at the Derby party. She won most festive hat at the Derby party. If you voted for her you owe a buck because it was the fifth year of the same hat and you just now figure out it was the best!
Donna Huss Inappropriate balloon behavior at the Derby Party.
Tom Novak Drinking a mint Julep that wasn’t his.
Mike Yoder The assisted entrance button for the front door didn’t work, fined for missed code violation.
Paul Stull Welcome back to lunch.
Greg Wasmund For showing up and not bringing a guest like last week.
Gary Aiken On Derby Party sign up sheet, signed up as Gary and Gary Aiken.
Roland Rapp Heckling in the badge line.
Brian Nolan Saying he was ready for a fine.
Jane Fiehrer Not meeting guest on time.
Chris McAlpine Starting meeting at 12:01.
Beth Duncan Talking about going to Napa for her brithday.
Joan Cordonnier Sitting at the birthday table when it is not your birthday.
Everyone at birthday table without a birthday Sitting at the birthday table when it is not your birthday.

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Joan Cordonnier Please vote yes for the rec center levy on May 9, 2018 ballot.
David Ladd Birth of first great grandchild
Donna Huss Great Derby party and had a lot of fun not being in charge of it.
Dr Dan Passidomo Daughter graduated from UK over the weekend.
Melissa DeShurko Son graduating from DePaul University.
Nancy Lehren Birth of 7th grand child.
Nancy Lehren Successful build a bear.
Paula Kalaman Successful blood drive, thank you to optimists that came out to support.
Myron Rheaume At Ohio District, 21 CNO members recognized for their Dime a Day donations. He was also nominated for 2019-20 Optimist Governor of Ohio.
Wes Cleaves Grandson graduating college.
Bob Burkman Can finally retire Carol’s hat from the Derby party since she won best hat this year.



Noon Meeting News – May 1, 2018 – Curt Nelson – Triumph of Flight Memorial Project

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, I remember when supper was the time the whole family sat down to eat. There wasn’t a cell phone to text, radio or TV to listen to. It was time to talk with one another. We sat there till we cleaned our plate,
then helped with the dishes. Afterwards we’d listen to Red Skelton, Bob Hope, Fibber McGee and Molly all family ordinated fares. At night we would say our prayers, sleep and look forward to tomorrow. We’ve made fantastic advances since then, but we are sacrificing the joy of a close nit family. Help us stay close to You and our family and have us not let the responsibility of being a parent defeat the joy of being one.  Amen!

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Washington Township Election Briefing

Chris McAlpine introduced Jesse Lightle to tell us about the issues on the ballot May 8, 2018.

She discussed:

  1. Issue 15, The Hithergreen rezoning.
  2. Issue 16, The Rec Center has asked for a 1 mill increase to be used for building improvements.
  3. Issue 17, The Fire Department has asked for a 4.6 mills renewal levy. It keeps getting harder to find part-time firefighters so, like most fire departments, our F.D. will probably have to hire more full-time firefighters that will cost more.

May 8, 2018 Election Information from Montgomery County

Today’s Speaker

Chris McAlpine introduced Curt Nelson, USAF Col. (Ret.). He was a pilot in the USAF. Nelson is the Executive director of the Wright Image Group. The group would like Dayton to have a National Monument, The Triumph of Flight, as recognizable as the Statue of Liberty or the St. Louis Arch.

The monument would be located in the South West corner of where I75 and I70 intersect.

Aviation is now taken for granted. The Wright Brothers finally succeeded in sustained, powered and controlled flight on December 17, 1903. For decades before that thousands of other attempts were made. Before 1903 many people believed that man would never be capable of powered flight.

True, this first flight occurred in North Carolina, but it was just proof of concept. All of the design work occurred in Dayton. After the first flight, the Wright Brothers returned to Dayton and kept perfecting their machine and techniques right here in Dayton at Huffman Prairie. This forever changed history in a dramatic fashion.

The proposed monument would be a hub of information and would increase the value of all the other flight related visitor sites in our area. Everything from the Air Force museum to Huffman Prairie are expected to see an increase in visitors after the new monument opens.

Monument Information

  • Height is 270 feet (Statue of Liberty is 305 feet)
  • Wingspan of the replica of the “Wright Flyer” at the top is 144 feet
  • Only national monument for Nation Aviation Heritage in the U.S.
  • Visitor center will be 10,000 square feet
  • There will be an aviation hall of fame area
  • An Interactive STEAM learning facility will be included (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics)
  • If just 200,000 visitors come a year it would generate $900,000 in taxes, however the Wright Image Group expects many more visitors
  • It is supported by the Dayton Chamber of Commerce as well as 164 other entities
  • Estimated cost is $22 million and 10% of that has been raised
  • Paid full time staff of 3 to be financed by an endowment and the rest of the labor will be volunteers
  • Proposed start date is May 1, 2023

Economic Benefits

Curt showed us a five-minute video at the end of his talk. You can view it on YouTube, Triumph of Flight Monument Video.

Official Project Website (includes an opportunity to donate)

From “The effort to build the Triumph of Flight monument is spearheaded by The Wright Image Group, a non-profit organization comprised of business, government, and philanthropic leaders. Incorporated in April 2005, we are a 501(c)(3) organization. Our purpose is to build a national monument to flight. We welcome your assistance in seeing our vision become reality. Our goal is to raise $21 million through donations, sponsorships, and grants. To date, we have raised over 10% of that amount, and anticipate mounting a major capital campaign within the next 12 months.”

The levels of donation are based on stages of flight: Flight Team, Full Throttle, Take off, Wheels Up, Climbing, Soaring, Triumph.


Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Curt Nelson Speaker
Mary Ann Riskus Mary Madden
Mark Scarpino Greg Wasmond
Pam Thomas Rhonda Meeker


Member Birthday
Lynne Reilly May 01
Melissa DeShurko May 04
Louis Brinkman May 06
Mary Madden May 06
Pam Miller May 06
Dr. Tom Henderson May 06

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Chuck Dickerson May 1 05/01/1977 41
Charlie Tapp May 1 05/01/1978 40
Joe Madden May 1 05/01/1982 36
Tim Stull May 1 05/01/1987 31
Craig Dring May 7 05/07/1997 21

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Wendy Hattan Robin Golden 2nd Reading
Brendan Cunningham Mike Bevis 2nd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Tom Novak Mentioned the need for 2 man teams instead of 2 person teams for flags
Debe Dockins Recently being a speaker at a Rotary Club Meeting
Greg Wasmund Actually showing up at CNO lunch
Beth Duncan Losing control of sign-up clipboard last week for the KY Derby Party (fine paid by Jerry Stahley)
Anyone wearing long sleeves Today finally felt like spring and you were dressed incorrectly

Happy Bucks!

No time for happy bucks this week.


Noon Meeting News – April 24, 2018 – Kristi McAllister – Cystic Fibrosis

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, many of us have thought, why you don’t talk to us like You did to those in the Old Testament . I think You still do but we are too busy to hear You, plus our egos get in the way. Just before Jesus rose to be with You, he sent the Holy Spirit to live within each one of us. It’s Your Spirit that gives us those brilliant ideas to solve our problems. Most of the time we credit those times to our own intellect. Help us grow closer to
You by listening to Your Spirit that speaks to us. May our actions reflect Your love and show that life is better thru Optimism and help us listen to Your still small voice within us. Amen!
All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Today’s Speaker

Scott Langer introduced Kristi McAllister, the development director of the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. During his introduction Scott noted that his grand-nephew has Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and was at the 2018 CNO Easter Hunt.

Kristi asked how many of us had heard of CF. Most of us had heard of the disease but could not accurately describe what it is.

From Wikipedia Entry for Cystic Fibrosis: Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disorder that affects mostly the lungs, but also the pancreas, liver, kidneys, and intestine.

Both parents have to be a carrier of the CF gene variation in order for a child to have the disease. If both parents have gene variation then 25% of children will have the disease, 50 % will be carriers and 25% will not be carriers or have the disease.

If you would like to see how breathing is affected by CF you can simulate it by breathing through a straw for several minutes.

Kristi said the mucus that builds up in the body is similar in consistency to peanut butter. You have a much easier time getting sick in general and recovery from even a simple cold can take a month.

In the U.S. 33,000, have the disease, which is about 0.009% of the population.

Life expectancy in 1955 was 5 years. Now the median age is 47. Over half of all those with CF are over the age of 18.

CF can be hard to understand because it feels odd to know someone is so sick and yet look so normal in appearance.

It is a huge effort to deal with the disease. Treatments have to happen every day, whether they are sick or not. These include breathing treatments and often antibiotics. The affected may have to take as many as 50 pills a day. Many are enzymes to help them process food. It can easily take 2 hours a day for these treatments. The cost can be over $300,000.00 per year in drugs to help those afflicted with CF.

There has been advances in helping your child with Airway Cleaning Techniques (ACTs). A High-Frequency Chest Wall Oscillation (the Vest), has become available that can take the place of a parent having to clap their child’s back or chest with a cupped hand. The goal is to cough up the mucus.

The CF Foundation (CFF) was founded in 1955 by parents of a child with CF. The primary mission of the CFF is to find a cure. Next are advocacy efforts to work with health insurance decision makers. A large effort is in building community. There are many more adults that have the disease than ever before because of the success of CFF efforts.

Parents dealing with CF need to find a doctor with direct expertise and experience with CF. The disease is rare enough that doctors need deep and specific training to help patients living with CF. In Dayton the Dayton Children’s Hospital is a CFF approved location. The CFF foundation reviews each approved location at least once a year.

Parents of children with CF are 2-3 more times likely to have anxiety or depression.

Genetic tests exist to determine if you are a carrier, but they are not perfect as we now know there are several gene variations that cause the disease.

 CFF Fund Raisers near Dayton

From Volunteers are the key to our success and the lifeblood of our organization. We have many opportunities for you to get involved. Your participation in any way will help us achieve our mission – finding a cure for all people with CF. Take a moment to check out our upcoming events and learn more.

Today’s Guests

This was rare – no registered guests today ! Invite a friend and show off our wonderful club!


Member Birthday
Jeff Busch April 29

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Donna Huss April 24 04/24/2012 6
Patrick Swan April 24 04/24/2012 6
Daniel Passidomo April 25 04/25/2007 11
Mike Witt April 26 04/26/1994 24

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Jeff Zaret Amy Barker Induction (Welcome back to the club , Jeff!)

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Bob Foster Wearing shorts and flip flops
Bob Duffy Left front door of Yankee Trace wide open in a blatant attempt to freeze the sergeants
Greg Griffin Being a tattle tale about Chris McAlpine email typo
Mike Yoder Telling a sergeant he was expecting a fine
Mike Bevis Should have brought a guest today since no one else did
Joe Kronenberger Cell phone going off during the meeting
Vince Reidy Cell phone going off during the meeting
Jeff Zaret Welcome back to the club

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Rachel Goetz CHS performing the play “Legally Blonde”
Dr. Dan Passidomo Springboro Jr ROTC took First place in state this year
Jane Fiehrer Stan Fronzaglia spilled his coffee near her, but not on her
Phather Phil Going 8 days without a cigar (he commented that so far the only one who is not happy about this is HIMSELF.)
Debe Dockins Finally finding a 3rd Judge for the district oratorical contest




Optimist 2.0 Meeting News – April 19, 2018 – Becky Edgren – PuroClean of Dayton

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was “Ollie’s Place”. Thank you to the team at Ollie’s.

A 50/50 drawing was won by Suzanne Werts.

We had 5 new CNO 2.0 member inductions. CNO president Chris McAlpine could not make it tonight so Myron Rheaume, the Zone 14 Lt. Governor for Optimist International, stepped up to do the inductions.

We had 35 members and 11 guests in attendance.

Photos from the Meeting Are Here

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Mike Schwartz Jesse Gaither Induction
Cindy Harris Ron Tinnerman Induction
Nick Tarkany Chris McAlpine Induction
Cheryl Probst Christine Balsan Induction
Andrew Cain Stan Fronzaglia Induction

Tonight’s Speaker

Greg Fay introduced our speaker, Becky Edgren, CEO of PuroClean of Dayton. PuroClean is an emergency services company. Core services are water damage restoration, fire damage restoration and mold removal services.

Becky started working when she was young at her father’s tool and die shop with her brothers. After some tough economic events the business ended in 2004 after 60 years. When she decided she wanted her own business to support herself and to involve her daughters she first tried to purchase a local remediation company. That deal fell through and she started the PuroClean location in Moraine. It serves Dayton, Springfield, Cincinnati, Covington, Newport, Hamilton and more.

PuroClean has 25 employees. She started the company 10 years ago in the fall of 2008. It wasn’t planned, but the daughters ended up with the perfect majors in college to take on the roles of accountant, operations, and marketing.

It was not an easy decision to start the business. They had 3 months of organized family meetings. At the end the daughters were asked if they were in. All 3 said yes. By the end of 3 years the business had grown enough that all 3 daughters became full-time employees.

All of Becky’s employees know the Core Values of the business:

  • Do the right thing.
  • Be respectful of people and property.
  • Be passionate about what you do.
  • Give back.

She talked about how sometimes the job is not just the restoration. Sometimes it is to have someone to talk to. Sometimes it is to take out the trash. Sometimes it is to walk the dog.

When the recent hurricane disasters hit Florida and Houston they went down to help.

PuroClean does a lot of ongoing training, including recently participating in a live burn organized by a fire department. They also train others.

She advised us that if you have more than ten square feet of mold in your home you should call them for help. The minor mold around your bathroom tub is not a concern. Mold needs moisture or high humidity to thrive.

She also said we need to check how much water damage insurance we have. If it is just $5000 or even $10,000 it is not enough. Contact your insurance broker and increase your coverage if it is not enough. Approximately 70% of all claims are from water damage, so protect yourself.

Tonight’s Guests

Andrew Cain
Becky Edgren
Bill Hazel
Cindy Harris
Debby Bremer
Gary Poeppelman
Greg Huff
Mike Schwartz
Nick Tarkany
Pam Miske
Ted Santo

Upcoming Optimist 2.0 Meetings

Thursday May 17, 2018 – Nelly’s Centerville – 5:30PM – David Ball, TJ’s Place of Hope, Guest Speaker

Thursday June 21, 2018 – Ollie’s Place Centerville – 5:30PM – Mike Schwartz, Owner of Ollie’s Place and Optimist 2.0 Club Member