Noon Meeting News – April 17, 2018 – Essay Contest

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father we are over joyed to welcome You in our midst.  You are our spiritual leader, our teacher and our motivator.  We pray that we are the extension of Your love here on earth by being Optimist and caring for You kids.  Be with us in our journey to bring out the best in kids and make this a better world  than when we entered it. Make us proud for using our talents for the betterment of others.  We’re drinking from our saucer cause our cup has overflowed.  Amen!
All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Today’s Speakers

Kelly George, head of the essay contest for the CNO, introduced the top three students for this year’s essay contest with CNO. This year’s topic is “Can Society Function Without Respect”. Seventy clubs participate in this in Ohio. One winner from each club will compete at the state level and receive a $2500 scholarship. If the winner is from our club, we add an additional $1000.

All three students presenting are seniors at CHS. Along with medals we gave them each a portable USB battery charger.

Winning a bronze medal for third place was Grace Hemmeter. She will attend Miami University this fall and is a business major. She was inspired to participate because she liked the question and really wanted to do her best to answer it. The fact that there was a possible scholarship also helped. Her take was societies are groups of people and documents like the US Constitution inherently are based on respect. If you don’t like someone else’s view you can and should still respect them or society cannot exist.

Winning a silver medal for second place was Luke Suazo. He will attend Harvard this fall and is an engineering major. From concepts he learned in his CHS philosophy class he was inspired to answer the prompt for this essay. His essay, said it is natural for respect to exist and is seen in apes and monkeys as well as in their evolution into man that the activities such as play and grooming could not happen without respect. Every major religion in the world has many references to respect and are all variations to what we know as the “Golden Rule”.

Winning a gold medal for first place and representing CNO for the state level was Melissa Elias. She will attend Miami University this fall.  She was inspired to write her essay because of how important respect is in all relationships. Respect has helped us overcome racial inequality. Her essay said that because of the works of Martin Luther King in helping reduce racism, respect has taken a bigger hold on society. She believes that entrepreneurs and doctors are learning to respect their customers more now since society is better for it.

Thank you to our three contestants and their families for sharing their essays with our club.

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Carlos Elias Speaker’s Family
Melissa Elias Speaker
Grace Hemmeter Speaker
Krista Suazo Speaker’s Family
Luke Suazo Speaker


Member Birthday
Denise O’Neil April 18
Michael Mershad April 21
E David Klein April 22
Keith Meyer April 23

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Stanley Fronzaglia April 19 04/19/1999 19
Vida McDowell April 19 04/19/1999 19
Mark Petre April 22 04/22/1996 22

New Member Readings and Inductions

No readings or inductions – plan to induct two more members at Optimist 2.0 Thursday April 19th.

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Anyone wearing short sleeve  shirts. Should have realized it was still cold outside and worn long sleeves.
Underdressed CNO Past Presidents Showing up at a CNO lunch and not wearing your pin.

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Sue Brubaker Monte Carlo night went so well, thank you to Beth Duncan and her team.
Myron Rheaume Hearing today’s essays and that the winner of the next level in the speech contest came from Zone 14 which is our zone.
Tom Novak Monte Carlo night went well, thank you to Beth Duncan and her team. Police officer daughter at Sinclair donated 5 tickets she received to anyone who wants it for 4/17/2018 Dayton Dragons game.
Jay McAlpine Niece Alexandra completed Boston Marathon in 3.25 hours.
Rachel Goetz Daughter is in the CHS production of Legally Blonde this weekend. All are welcome to go see it.
Vida McDowell First place overall at the Monte Carlo night and had a lot of fun.
Bob Duffy For April birthdays not sitting at the birthday table – he is eating their dessert.
Stan Franzaglia Found out from second opinion that he does not have a hernia.
Paul Stull $5 worth of happy bucks for Charles Goodwin being inducted into the Explorers Club in New York City.
Joe Madden That his table of all men can barely function with the total absence of respect.




Noon Meeting News – April 10, 2018 – Warren Davidson – Ohio Congressional Representative

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father we are over joyed to welcome You in our midst. You are our spiritual leader, our teacher and our motivator. We pray that we are the extension of Your love here on earth, by being Optimists and caring for Your kids. Be with us in our journey to bring out the best in kids and make this a better world than when we entered it. Help us make You proud For using our talents for the betterment of others. We’re drinking from our
saucer cause our cup of blessings runneth over. Amen!

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

CNO Election Season Week 3

Jean Pummill spoke to us about how the process works. This is the last of the 3 weeks. Two of the nominees got up and spoke for a short time. Summaries follow:

  • Jack Anderson, nominated for Vice-President, was humbled Larry asked. He is so glad that when he moved back to the Dayton area that he was urged to join CNO. Happy CNO 2.0 has gotten the traction with the help from the main club. Looks forward to being even more involved when vice-president.
  • Jess Gaither, nominated for a 2-year term for the board, thrilled that as part of his purchase of Minuteman Press from member Fred Polizzi, that he had to join CNO, obviously would have done it anyway after learning about our club. Enjoys being involved in all the club activities.

CNO Board’s Nominations All Stand

There were no additional nominations from the floor to run against the board’s recommendations. Therefore, we proceeded to confirm the board by acclamation. The voice vote confirmed the following people are elected to the CNO 2018-2019 Officers and Board of Directors:

  • Greg Griffin, President-Elect
  • Jack Anderson, Vice-President
  • Debe Dockins, Vice-President
  • Diane Arehart, Two-Year Member of Board of Directors
  • Beth Duncan, Two-Year Member of Board of Directors
  • Jane Fiehrer, Two-Year Member of Board of Directors
  • Jesse Gaither, Two-Year Member of Board of Directors
  • Sarah Umbreit, Two-Year Member of Board of Directors

Congratulations to all of you.

Special Avenue of Flags Tribute

Tom Novak shared with us what our Avenue of Flags did for the community this week.  Marine Gunnery Sgt. Derik Holley is one of the Marines that died in a helicopter crash in California.  Avenue of flags paid tribute to a fallen serviceman. At every home on Ridings Blvd in Centerville, flags were placed to honor the fallen hero. Pictures of the display are here.

Today’s Speaker

Scott Langer introduced today’s speaker, Warren Davidson, a U.S. Congressman representing the 8th district of Ohio. Born and raised in Ohio, he proudly served in the Army for 12 years.

He explained what the reality is when the news describes congress as being on vacation. This really means you are back in you home district and working there instead of Washington D.C.

He recently voted no to the 2232 page omnibus spending bill. It had several wins for our area especially WPAFB, but there too many things he couldn’t agree with, the biggest being the huge yearly budget deficit that keeps growing out of control. Additionally, the bill continued property seizure actions that he believes to be unconstitutional. The bill passed on 3/23/2018, and the year it applies to ends on 9/30/2018 and the process starts all over again.

He fielded many questions from club members. The rest of this article is based on some of the questions and answers.

In discussing the budget deficit, he mentioned that the theory many have is the U.S. is too big to fail. This may be true, but he pointed out that U.S.S.R essentially did go bankrupt. Now the biggest chunk left of the U.S.S.R, Russia, acts like they are still a big player on the world stage, but economically they are no where near their former place in the world. Unfortunately, they still have a lot of arms. We borrow over a trillion per year. That is more than the 700 Billion the military uses each year. It bothers him that we borrow more than we spend to protect ourselves – if we lost this ability to borrow from essentially enemies how will we defend ourselves?

He hopes someday as a country we find a unified policy on Iran or we’ll be in for another 4 to 5 trillion dollar war.

The Parkland shooting was mentioned. He said that we should govern by law not by emotion. His take on gun control and the second amendment is this: The Constitution and the Bill of Rights do not grant us rights. We inherently have rights. These documents are there to protect our rights. He thinks laws passed to help with school security should be created at a very local level, not even counties should dictate to their entire population, let alone the state. The federal government is providing grants to schools to assist with security. Six states have enacted red flag laws and that seems to help some in being proactive.

The entirety of the spending bill can be read here.

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Judge Erik Blaine Judge Jim Long
Warren Davidson Speaker
Adam Hewitt Speaker’s Guest
Jeffrey Schiavone Charley Goodwin
Kal Tinka Bob Collins


Member Birthday
Steve Kohls April 12
Rick Talda April 13
Anne Kessler April 15
Carol Burkman April 16
Ellie Parker April 16

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Ron Tinnerman April 11 04/11/2005 13
Blanca Ortiz April 16 04/16/2014 4
Joe Soucy April 16 04/16/2014 4
Tzuling Kuo April 16 04/16/2014 4

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Cheryl Probst Christine Balsan 3rd Reading
Andrew Cain Stan Fronzaglia 3rd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Stan Fronzaglia Told Mom at Easter Egg Hunt that 21 month old was too young.
Greg Griffin Easter Egg Hunt minimum age requirement needs adjustment.
Pat Behn Easter Egg Hunt minimum age requirement needs adjustment.
David Ladd Washed car – now it looks like it will rain.

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Mike Brubaker Celebrating 40th Anniversary with his wonderful wife Sue Brubaker.
Greg Fay Daughter receiving her Masters Degree
Julie Noeth Happy that her friend Judge Erik Blaine came as a guest
Dan Beck Kids moving back home
John Madden 25th Wedding anniversary to Mary Madden, he only paid 50 cents [of the Happy Buck] – Mary has to pay the other 50 cents since they share everything!
Beth Duncan Happy she is still a member after her quarterly payment didn’t go through because she didn’t update her credit card information with the club.
Jean Pummill Niece is part of Notre Dame Basketball Team that won the NCAA championship and their coach was named coach of the year.
Paul Stull Amazed that Larry Lynde actually wanted to sit with him at lunch today.
Stan Franzaglia 21 month old child was not turned away from the Easter Egg Hunt.




Noon Meeting News – April 3, 2018 – Larry Hansgen – WHIO Radio Personality

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father darkness can not defeat darkness, only light can do that. Likewise hate will never defeat hate. Only Your love can do that. Lincoln made the point when he said,” if I make a friend of my enemy have I not defeated him?” Shed Your spirit on us to shed Your light on our dark problems. Have us love one another to show others how to live. When we meet a person for the first time, help us to not make a quick judgement, but
remember that there is nothing in a caterpillar that would make us think of a butterfly Amen!

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

CNO Election Season Week 2

Jean Pummill spoke to us about how the process works. Next week is the last of the 3 weeks. Three of the nominees got up and spoke for a short time. Summaries follow:

  • Sarah Umbreit, nominated for a 2-year term for the board, truly enjoys CNO. Proud that we are very focused and here for the children. Involved in Childhood cancer committee, golf and others.
  • Jane Fiehrer, nominated for a 2-year term for the board, likes our club because it makes volunteering fun and has for 20 years. Involved in everything from Tristar sports to being a past board member.
  • Beth Duncan, nominated for a 2-year term for the board, CNO Social Committee chairman likes our club as it has become her social life.

Election Process Speech Notes from Jean Pummill

Record Long Thank You from Pat Behn

In case you missed it, please read the PDF below for the full content of the thank you Pat Behn presented for everyone involved in the 2018 Easter Egg Hunt on 3/31/2018. It was a great event and Pat wanted to make sure people were recognized for their extra efforts.

Pat Behn Thank You to 2018 Easter Volunteers

Jeff Papanek Retirement

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Captain Jeff Papanek after 31 years of service is retiring from his position at the Sheriff’s office. He has been a CNO member since 7/17/2014. He plans on finding a new position with the township soon. He thanked Jess Lightle for being the best boss ever. President McAlpine thanked Jeff for all the wonderful “interactions” he has had with the Sheriff’s Office over the last couple of decades while he has been driving around town. Captain Jeff Papanek received a standing ovation from the 80 members and guests as a way of thanking him for his service to our community.

Today’s Speaker

Scott Langer introduced today’s speaker, Larry Hansgen, long time WHIO Radio Personality, the voice of the UD Flyers and a stand-up comic. Scott first made sure we knew that our original speaker cancelled at the last minute and after just 25 phone calls to others to fill in he came to Hansgen who graciously agreed to speak.

Larry, who has spoken to us in the past, went through the events that led him to become involved in the radio business. He was very funny and there were several entertaining stories.

It was an intricate story how he got into radio and ended up in Dayton. He began with his NSA interviews during his Senior year at Bowling Green University. It involved California and the Farsi language. Fortunately, he was not offered this job.

His radio career started after graduation in 1979 in Bryan, Ohio as a high school sports announcer.

He has been with WHIO radio for 37 years and has been involved in all kinds of jobs. He credits his longevity to being flexible and taking on all kinds of different positions and responsibilities.

To become the voice of the UD Flyer’s, Larry had to jump through several hoops. He and Bucky Bockhorn had to record several auditions on cassette tapes covering the play by play of inner squad scrimmage games.

Larry has seen a lot of places in the world. What he values even more is all of the interesting people he was able to meet along the way.

Thank you Larry for informing and entertaining us today!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Larry Hansgen Speaker
Kal Tinka Bob Collins
Jeff Zaret Amy Barker


Member Birthday
Ira Thomsen April 05
James Rumford April 05
Roland Rapp April 05
Jeff Rolf April 06
Mercdes Franklin April 06
Robert Clements April 07
Erin Belangia-Sanchez April 09


Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Greg Fay April 3 04/03/2014 4
Greg Griffin April 3 04/03/2014 4
Ira Thomsen April 5 04/05/1991 27
Vincent Reidy April 5 04/05/2016 2
Daniel Samiec April 6 04/06/2010 8
Molly Petsch April 6 04/06/2004 14

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Cindy Harris Ron Tinnerman 3rd Reading
Nick Tarkany Chris McAlpine 3rd Reading
Jeff Zaret Amy Barker 3rd Reading
Cheryl Probst Christine Balsan 2nd Reading
Andrew Cain Stan Fronzaglia 2nd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Chris McAlpine Started meeting at 12:01
Christine Balsan Not wearing Optimist pin in photo for Dayton Business Journal
Gary Smiga Not mentioning CNO until the very end of article in Centerville Dispatch
Charlie Tapp Impersonating Colonel Sanders
Miami University Alumni Miami University last place on college Wheel of Fortune
June Bosworth, Scott Langer, and Tim Clemmer For not doing enough to bring on spring even though they dressed in spring colors

Happy Bucks!

No time for Happy Bucks this week.




Noon Meeting News – March 27, 2018 – Dan Patterson – Lafayette Escadrille Film Project

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father we can all profit from how other people look at life. A story tells of a father talking to his son saying,” we all have two wolves residing within us.” One is evil, it is anger, resentment, lies, self pity, greed and no
respect for others. The other is a good wolf full of love, joy, peace, kindness, empathy, compassion, faith and Optimism. The son questioned, “which one wins?” The father replied “the one we feed.” Help us Lord to have the feelings of the good wolf to exhibit our lives. Making it a reflection of Your love for us and the children which we both love. Amen.

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

CNO Election Season Begins

Jean Pummill spoke to us about how the process works. It is today and the next two Tuesdays. Three of the nominees got up and spoke for a short time. Summaries follow:

  •  Greg Griffin, nominated for president elect, was humbled to be chosen and thanks the previous presidents and club members.
  • Debe Dockins, nominated for vice-president, thank you for being such a great club and family.
  •  Diane Arehart, nominated for a 2-year term for the board, is proud to be a part of CNO and enjoys participating in all kinds of activities and wants to help the board in any way she can.

Election Process Speech Notes from Jean Pummill

Last Week for 2018 Quarter One Sergeants

President Chris McAlpine, knowing we were short on time, told our current favorite sergeants Diane Arehart and Larry Lynde to come up quickly to award today’s fines. They both sprinted up to the podium. Then Chris announced, “Sorry we are out of time for fines.” Diane and Larry dug deep into their optimism bucket to keep their heads held high as they walked back to their seats without assessing any fines.

Happy birthday

Bob Duffy was handed the music director’s wand to lead us in a beautifully awful rendition of happy birthday for Jane Fiehrer who was brave enough to show up to a meeting on her actual birthday. It is so fun when we do this!

Today’s Speaker

Julie Walling Noeth introduced today’s speaker, Dan Patterson, one of the foremost experts on aviation history in the world, having published nearly 40 books. Julie has known Dan Patterson since 1980 when she worked for him at his photography studio. Dan is also a photographer and graphic designer in the Dayton area.

The subject today was the Lafayette Escadrille squadron from World War I. The squadron was comprised of 38 American pilots who felt strongly that they wanted to help the French fight the Germans years before the USA joined the war. America has forgotten this story but the French have not. More than 250 American pilots fought with the French Air Service before the USA joined the war.

The story takes place over a century ago from 1914 until 1918. The French are extremely proud of these American pilots who risked their lives to protect France. They built a beautiful and thoughtful memorial monument just outside of Paris. Dan hopes all of us will visit the memorial. The pictures were indeed beautiful.

These brave pilots flew the Nieuport 11 aircraft. The Nieuport 11, nicknamed the Bébé, was a French World War I single seat sesquiplane fighter aircraft. These were the most advanced war fighter planes ever built at that time.

They wore a French uniform and their squadron badge was an American Indian chief in full headdress. We were shown a picture of the rededication ceremony for the 100-year celebration of the event from 2016 in France of John Yellowbird Steele of the Oglala Sioux tribe and he was wearing a full Indian headless. Forty men from the squadron are buried under the memorial.

Some of the pilots learned how to fly at Huffman Prairie in Dayton near WPAFB by flying Wright Flyers.

One of the men who died was buried in the Washington National Cathedral in Washington DC. His father wanted this badly enough that he paid for a chapel in the cathedral to be built to include his son’s tomb.

Dan described WWI as an “industrial” war. In one two-month period over 50,000 American soldiers were killed. That is more than was lost by America in 18 years of the Vietnam war. In one year of WWI as many as 50 million rounds of ammunition was consumed. During this exchange of fire, the battle line would only move a couple of kilometers in either direction.

Dan is working on a movie about the Lafayette Escadrille squadron. He showed us his latest trailer of the movie. The movie is a series of interviews to help answer the question of what compelled these men to come to Europe and risk their lives when at the time they clearly didn’t have to.

His final thought was these brave men made America great over 100 years ago.

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Andrew Cain Stan Franzaglia
Gayle Irwin Ken Irwin
Dan Patterson Speaker
Michelle Tagliamonte Ken Irwin


Member Birthday
Jane Fiehrer March 27
Anna Sexton March 31
Maha Kashani March 31

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Dav Bremer March 31 03/31/2001 17
Robert Jones March 31 03/31/2001 17
Donald Kelley April 1 04/01/1983 35
Edward Case April 1 04/01/2009 9
Philip Robinson April 1 04/01/1982 36
William Stone April 1 04/01/2013 5

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Amy Wang Patrick Arehart Induction
Cindy Harris Ron Tinnerman 2nd Reading
Nick Tarkany Chris McAlpine 2nd Reading
Jeff Zaret Amy Barker 2nd Reading
Cheryl Probst Christine Balsan 1st Reading
Andrew Cain Stan Fronzaglia 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

No time for Sergeants this week.

Happy Bucks!

No time for Happy Bucks this week.




Noon Meeting News – March 20, 2018 – 50th Anniversary Luncheon Celebration and Community Champion Award Presented

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father our brains are our biggest asset and at same time our biggest problem. Sometimes we think so hard about something that we create a problem that wasn’t even there in the first place. Our brains are in
motion constantly even when we sleep. We make ecisions based on knowledge, instincts, and experience. Yet, many times we find out that what we thought was true just ain’t so. All this boils down to, thinking is
something that we must do with tremendous care. Lord help us with our thoughts for they turn Into words, words promote actions, actions led to habits, habits define our character and character becomes our destiny.

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Jack Akerman Dor-Wood Club
Paul Atkinson Dor-Wood Club
Brandon Barrometti Judy DeMarco
Dan Brinkman Bob Collins
Debbie Brinkman Bob Collins
Karen Collins Bob Collins
Noah Garel Bob Collins
Ashley Heyne Dean Heyne
Brody Heyne Dean Heyne
Cody Heyne Dean Heyne
Jackson Heyne Dean Heyne
Joshua Heyne Dean Heyne
Kaden Heyne Dean Heyne
Michael Heyne Dean Heyne
Mindy Heyne Dean Heyne
Wesley Heyne Dean Heyne
Tom Kendo Ohio District
Kendal Koehler Bob Collins
Stephen Koehler Bob Collins
Paxton Kohler Bob Collins
Penelope Kohler Bob Collins
Sharon Larrimer Larry Marrimer
Bryan McCormick Dor-Wood Club
Mike McGrew Dor-Wood Club
George Towsend Rhonda Meeker
Jeff Umbreit Sarah Umbreit
Jeff Zaret Jean Pummill
Nick Dean Heyne
Nicolas Dean Heyne



Member Birthday
Larry England March 20
Shane Wilken March 20
Sara Hemmeter March 21
Tom Novak March 23
John Kalaman March 25

50th Anniversary Lunch

The Centerville Noon Optimist club was started on March 19, 1968. We celebrated the 50 year milestone with an upgraded lunch buffet at Yankee Trace and a beautiful cake. Thank you to the social committee for a wonderful lunch!

50th Anniversary Historical Perspectives

Paul Stull, who was inducted in January 1969, presented to us some of his memories from 50 years ago. No one has been a member of CNO longer than Paul. It amazed him how much the Centerville area has changed and grown since our club started. McEwen road and Route 725 were very lightly travelled. He would go running in that area and not see a single person.

Nancy Lehren was inducted on November 1994 and she gave us some perspective on our club at half of its age. She remembers that there were a lot fewer females in the club in 1994. In 1996, Jackie Corn became the first female president of CNO. Gail Aiken is the longest current female member of our club. Nancy has watched our club add these programs since she joined 25 years ago:

  • Childhood Cancer Program
  • Avenue of Flags
  • Tri-Star Basketball and Soccer

Nancy truly considers the club as family. She is thankful for such a caring group that helped her through her divorce and the loss of her brother.

Today’s Award and Speakers

Today we had the presentation of the 5th Annual Optimist Community Champion Award. It was presented to husband and wife champions, Mindy and Dean Heyne.

Mike Bevis briefly defined the meaning of the award and how the honoree is selected. There were nomination forms available on everyone’s table. The link above also contains the nomination form. Mike introduced Bob Collins, who wrote one of the Heyne’s nomination letters, and described to us the many wonderful things the Heyne’s do for children. Over the past 26 years they have loved and cared for 35 foster children. Bob presented to us what he wrote in his nomination. The text of Bob’s nomination letter and today’s speech is available below.

Bob introduced Brandon Barometti, the CHS band director, who also wrote a nomination letter for the Heyne’s. Many of the kids in the care of the Heyne’s have joined the CHS band. Barometti is thrilled he can be part of helping these children. The kids are succeeding above and beyond expectations. He gave us something to think about, ”If it takes a village to raise a typical family, what does it take to raise 37 kids, many with special needs?”

Judy DeMarco presented the award to the Heyne’s.

Dean Heyne briefly spoke after he and Mindy received the award. From their experiences, Dean and Mindy have learned that they judge much less; you never know what others are dealing with and the levels can be extreme. They appreciate ALL types of diversity, not just the typical diversity associated with race. He gave a big thank you to CNO for feeding the numerous kids we invited today and for the huge amount in savings it was for their budget!

Here is an article about CHS seniors Michael and Cody Heyne and the CHS band:

Related videos:

Full Text of Speech from Bob Collins

Full Text of Nomination from Bob Collins

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Joan Cordonnier March 22 03/22/2008 10
Kris McKee March 22 03/22/2017 1
Jeff Brown March 25 03/25/2015 3

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Cindy Harris Ron Tinnerman 1st Reading
Nick Tarkany Chris McAlpine 1st Reading
Jeff Zaret Amy Barker 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Brian Nolan Leaving CNO 2.0 at Heavier than Air Brewing before paying his tab. Pat Arehart covered it, and Brian paid him back so don’t be too hard on him.
Jean Pummill Misspelling Brian Nolan’s name badge (Noble instead of Nolan).
Members born after 1968 Members born after start of CNO (March 19,1968).
Members living outside of Ohio in 1968 Members not living in Ohio at start of CNO in 1968.

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Joan Cordonnier Thrilled all the balloons for the tables fit in her car.
Joan Cordonnier Don Kelley helping her untangle all the balloons.
Bob Collins CHS Forte a cappella group took 1st in tri-state and moves on to State.
Jay McAlpine Son Matthew McAlpine made the 40 under 40 group in Dayton.
John Kalaman Paula, his wife and adult supervision, was able to make today’s lunch.
Tom Kendo For the many new members we keep adding.
Blanca Ortiz Parents coming for a visit.
Don Kelley Bill Williams setting up Power Point and Greg Griffin for the assist.




Optimist 2.0 Meeting News – March 15, 2018 – Steve Van Gorder – Founder, SVG Motors


CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was “Heavier than Air Brewing Company”. Thank you to the team of Nick Sr, Chris, Ben and Nick Jr. for allowing us to take over their bar during March Madness. There was a 50/50 drawing won by Dave Garel and he graciously donated the winnings back to the club.

Michael Mershad, the owner of Ultimate Leadership Martial Arts, was inducted into the CNO 2.0 club.

We had 49 members and guests in attendance.

Photos from the Meeting are Here

Tonight’s Guests

Bruce Barger
Andrew Cain
Steve Clark
Dave Garel
Cindy Harris
Jill Parrett
Beth Phillips
Dave Phillips
Cheryl Probst
Craig Scanlon
Nick Tarkanay
Frank Weikel
Jeff Zaret

Tonight’s Speaker

Greg Fay introduced our speaker, Steve Van Gorder, the president of SVG Motors / SVG Chevrolet / SVG Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram / SVG Urbana.

Steve gave us an uplifting story of how he came to be the successful owner of several automobile dealerships in the extended Dayton area.

When Steve was in his late teens in the 90’s he had the opportunity to sell cars and he liked it. He became bored and decided to sell jeans at a department store. He soon realized that there was not nearly as much reward in selling jeans. It didn’t seem to matter how much he sold, his pay check was always the same. He complained to a customer that he wished he were selling cars. This person knew the store manager and the manager called Steve in for a little chat. He said if you would prefer to sell cars then that is what you should do.

This time Steve went back into car business with much more enthusiasm and quickly gained skills that would help him two decades later when he started purchasing his own dealerships.

He explained to us that without being optimistic about his endeavor to own that first dealership it would never have happened. It was very scary, but he told us you have to go for it sometime. Opening additional stores was not simple either, but it was much easier than the first one.

He reminded us of a saying in commissioned sales, “You eat what you kill.” If you don’t sell something you aren’t getting paid. Learn how to do it. Go the extra mile, be kind to your customers. If you become successful give back to the community.

He has volunteer experience with:

  • Dayton Campaign Fundraiser for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
  • Dayton CF Walk Sponsor for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • Fundraiser and volunteer for Habitat for Humanity International.

His LinkedIn page has a comforting quote for the sales buying experience, “We have taken the confrontation out of the sales transaction.”

We watched Steve’s current commercial and also received a sneak preview of his new commercial. When you meet Steve in “real life”, you will enjoy being around him and realize he isn’t quite the goofball he may appear to be on TV. He is having fun and he hopes you will have some fun working with his friendly dealerships.

Upcoming Optimist 2.0 Meetings

Thursday April 19, 2018 – Ollie’s Place Centerville – 5:30PM – Ryan Hawk, Guest Speaker

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



Noon Meeting News – March 13, 2018 – Mark Metzger – Washington Township Rec Center

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father. A hug gives us the feeling of appreciation, to be liked and to know we have a friend. What a simple way to recycle Your love. We all have the ability to do this. To be an encourager. An easy smile, a firm hand shake or a pat on the back are all motivational. We never know the cause of frown, a downcast disposition or what’s going on in another person’s world. We thank You for the Ten Commandments to guide our lives. For Christian Larson’s tenants to guide us as Optimists. May we experience the joy of one of our encouragements that has traveled around the world and is returned to us by a stranger.  Amen!

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Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Mark Metzger Speaker
Nick Tarkany Greg Fay
Jeff Spring Vince Reidy
Governor Tom Kendo Optimist Ohio District Governor


Attempted Blizzard

In spite of the frigid temperatures and the snow squall our meeting went on as normal. Many members leaving today’s meeting could be seen scraping snow off of the vehicles. Welcome to Ohio people. Where Christmas is only white with snow about half the time and Saint Patrick’s Day has about a 30% chance each year, which is the same chance as Alaska.

Like true optimists, everyone scraping snow was smiling for the additional opportunity this year to touch the cold stuff.


Ohio Optimist International (OI) governor Tom Kendo came to our club today. He presented the “Builder of Excellence” award to Greg Fay and Jack Anderson. They each received a pin and certificate for their work in creating our club within a club, CNO 2.0. OI really likes when clubs are able to create clubs within a club. There are other clubs in Ohio using CNO 2.0 as a blueprint for creating their own club within a club. Remember every CNO standard member is also a member of CNO 2.0 and encouraged to come to the third Thursday of the month meetings.

Kendo assured Greg and Jack that the certificate is suitable for framing.

Greg and Jack wanted us to also recognize the rest of the team involved with managing CNO 2.0. These members include: Ron Tinnerman, Jesse Gaither, Greg Griffin, Jean Pummill, Melissa Lucas, Laura Franklin and Pam Miller.

Kendo also mentioned that on a Saturday in August this year that there is an OI meeting in Fairborn. It will be attended by the OI president and his wife. As the second largest Optimist club in the world, he encourages us to come out in record numbers to this meeting.

Dime a Day Foundation

Bill Stone, our representative to the OI charitable foundation, went over the “Dime a Day” program. This is a chance for all of us to donate to the charitable arm of OI. His goal is for 50% or more of us to donate ten cents per day or $36.50. All of your contributions are tracked and as you reach the $1000.00 level you become a benefactor. For contributions of $100, $250, or $500 in a single year you also achieve additional recognition. A donation of $250 includes a beautiful bowl that is changed every year. For a donation of $500 a framed optimist painting is given.

Bill went over the top 10 things that are possible because of the donations to this program. Please give if you can.

Today’s Speaker

Jesse Lightle introduced Mark Metzger, the Director of the Washington Township Recreational Center (WTRC). A motto of WTRC is “Discover your potential”. Mark has been the director for 1.5 years and his kids say he has the greatest job ever because of his direct relationship with Santa Claus himself.

The rec center is now 30 years old and was created when the township purchased the building from the YMCA. Rec West was created 3 years ago when the township purchased the former Centerville Theater building directly to the west of the rec center.

The rec center is currently 40% funded by community taxes and 60% from user fees charged to the users of the facility. The WTRC is the most efficiently run rec center in Ohio.


There are 26 acres of grounds around the WTRC. All of the trails were recently paved and are now accessible for persons with disabilities. Each year approximately 25,000 people tour “Woodland Lights” in December for the holidays.

Other statistics and programs:

  • The main pool has 220,000 gallons of water.
  • Approximately 9000 people each year watch shows at the Town Hall Theater.
  • The enrichment center is new and actively request donations.
  • Their youth day camps are some of the cheapest options for summer day camps anywhere.
  • There are classes including art, introduction to belly dance, lunch and learns.
  • The pool is rented by the High School and the WTRC Sharks swim and dive teams.

There are numerous volunteer opportunities. Examples of volunteers needed are for Town Hall Theater and Woodland Lights. They also accept monetary donations and donations of in kind services. Contacts and phone numbers are available at

After Mark was done speaking Don Kelley spoke to us about the renewal levy for the rec center that will be on the ballot 5/8/2018. He hopes we will all vote yes. The expiring levy was 0.7 mills, the new one is 1.0 mills, which will cost $1.14/month per 100K of home worth. They explained the funds were needed to pay for necessary maintenance and upgrades to the buildings and other items.

Detailed information about programs and calendars are available at:


Member Birthday
Vida McDowell March 15
Brian Nolan March 16
Robert Foster March 16
David Brookman March 18
Joseph Willhoite March 19

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Shane Wilken March 14 03/14/2003 15
Stephen Kohls March 14 03/14/2003 15

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Amy Wang Patrick Arehart 3rd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Chris McAlpine Lost bell and gavel
All OSU fans Being a  fan of THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
Bob Lawson Did not remember who his partner was for Sergeant-at-Arms next quarter

Happy Bucks!

No time for Happy Bucks this week.



Noon Meeting News – March 6, 2018 – Centerville High School B.O.L.D (Bulding Our Lives Drug Free)Program

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, our Optimist membership is a 24/7 affair. Make our every action, every attitude a statement to the world that there is a better way to live thru Optimism. Am I bragging – probably. Am I being prideful – not for me but of all the members. This is not an activity we do at our leisure. Optimism is truly an activity of giving of time ,talent and treasure. Not for ribbons or bows nor accolades but for the joy we feel in fulfilling our reason for being. We pray our joy reflects on You and the blessings You have given us for being Optimists. Amen

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Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Kate Bowling Dr. Tom Henderson
Danielle Meyer Speaker
Beth Mires Dr. Tom Henderson
Dave Phillips Greg Fay
Jake Rankey Speaker
David Roer Dr. Tom Henderson
Kadijah Taylor Roberta Taylor
Amy Wang Patrick Arehart
Andrea White Jim Long

Plaque for our president, Chris McAlpine

Beth Duncan took the February 8, 2018 Q&A article in Dayton Biz Journal of the interview they did with Chris McAlpine about Centerville Noon Optimists and made a beautiful plaque he can proudly display.

Today’s Speakers

Thomas Henderson, PhD., introduced his guest Centerville school board President, David Roer, MD. He is the co-chair of South Suburban Coalition United for Alcohol and Drug Free Youth. Their goal is to reduce drinking and drug use by finding healthy alternatives. In attendance today was Beth Mires, the CHS Advisor to BOLD Student Group and intervention counselor at CHS. Also, in attendance today was Andrea White, the co-chair of South Suburban Coalition. Henderson informed, “Andrea interfaces with all of the student leaders form the South Suburban School Districts on a regular basis. She has a passion for working with our youth promoting good decision-making and health lifestyles.”

David Roer, MD, introduced today’s speakers, members of the Centerville High School (CHS) senior class of 2018 and student members of the South Suburban Coalition, Danielle Meyer and Jake Rankey They are influential seniors and came to us to talk about the BOLD (Building Our Lives Drug-Free) organization at CHS.

What is BOLD? “A student led organization whose members have committed to being 100% drug and alcohol free and whose purpose is to promote positive messages on the importance of committing to a drug-free lifestyle”- Beth Mires-CHS Advisor to BOLD Student Group.

BOLD currently has about 30 members. They put on middle school programs to explain early to kids before they hit high school that not only is drug and alcohol use unhealthy, but you can still be one of the “cool” kids by just saying no.

One of the ways they have gotten the word out when they first started the group was to have trifold boards set up at parent-teacher conferences and explain to parents the problems that exist and tactics to combat these issues. Now they also have put up banners around Centerville sports fields asking everyone to be bold and to join BOLD.

Their mission statement for this year is, “To be known so that we can educate students, parents, community members in order to break down stereotypes about teen drinking and drug use.” Their core values are, “Integrity, grit, commitment, and willpower.”

A question was asked of them by our group if they think the legalization of marijuana has made their job more difficult. They said, maybe but then pointed out that just because it is legal in no way makes it safe. Jake also communicated his recent culture shock experience in Denver. There were numerous marijuana stores with customers who obviously have drug and money problems. Additionally, he saw large amounts of homelessness in the area.

Phone numbers listed in the BOLD pamphlet were: Suicide hotline 800-273-8265, National Helpline 800-662-4357, Student Safety Hotline 866-547-8362.

Additionally, BOLD uses social media to get the word out. Follow them on Twitter @CentervilleBOLD,


Member Birthday
Mark Casey March 10
Tony Lombardo March 12

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Barbara Santo March 9 03/09/1999 19
Diane Mescher March 9 03/09/1999 19
Bob Glavin March 12 03/12/1993 25

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Amy Wang Patrick Arehart 2nd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Every male with a beard Having a beard
Everyone wearing red. Wearing red
Greg Fay Not going to be able to share the stage with Steve VanGorder next week at CNO 2.0 and no microphones will be needed.
Beth Duncan Mistaking April for March when announcing the Euchre party
Chris McAlpine Getting the plaque from Beth Duncan
Barbara Santo Losing her name badge – Again
Greg Griffin Throwing away Barbara Santo’s spare name badge right before she needed it

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Tom Novak Glad flag season is here. Flag Assembly this Saturday 3/10/18.
Jay McAlpine Finally can prove he has good parenting skills since his son received a plaque honoring his good deeds.
Donna Huss Optimistic her husband will pull through soon his recent bout of bad luck: gash on head, root canal, skin cancer removal, and now pneumonia.
Bill Stone Great weekend in Colorado
Bill Stone Kelly’s step dad doing well after pacemaker implant
Bill Stone Nice to have his plane back in Dayton after its yearly service in Muncie
Joe Madden Since Chris McAlpine got a plaque, he thought Dr. Dan should also get an award for dental plaque.



Noon Meeting News – February 20, 2018 – Gary Minyard – Victoria Theatre Association

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father You know we in Optimist are dedicated to bringing out thebest in kids. What is happening in our society today that causes the killingsof so many of our youths in schools. If ever we need divine intervention, it
is now! Infuse us with Your love to find the answer to those who take up a gun to solve their problems. Anger toward those who miss behave only deepens their anger. Lincoln said,” when I makes friends with my enemy have I not defeated him.” As a friend to youth, helps us extend that motto to include all young people and help us seek out those who really need a friend. Amen!

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Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Pam McGill The Green Club
Gary Minyard Speaker
Pat Neer South Metro Club
Brian Nolan Beth Duncan
Amy Wang Patrick Arehart

Intense Auction

Fred Polizzi today generously offered for auction 2 tickets for very nice seats and a parking pass to the UD Flyer basketball game this evening. An exciting and tense auction ensued. Larry Lynde ran the auction. Larry was almost able to get the auction back up to his opening bid suggestion of $50. Brian Nolan won the auction after an edge of your seat moment when he went all the way up to $45 for the ticket package.

Today’s Speaker

Mike Bevis introduced today’s speaker, Gary Minyard, the vice-president of Education and Engagement at Victoria Theatre Association (VTA). They have many kid focused programs at the VTA.

The Discovery Series, started in 1991, has had over 1 million participants so far. Around 27,000 kids experience the series annually.

VTA is currently building an Art Annex with 250 seats to allow even more opportunities for children.

VTA has started special sensory-friendly presentations. These are geared for kids that are on the autism spectrum and their families. This provides a safe, judgement-free zone for these children and their families to enjoy shows they would have stayed away from in the past. What a wonderful thing to do for these children and families. There was one show last year, 2 this year, and Gary is hoping to have 3 next year. The first show last year was “The Cat and the Hat”. Victoria Theater expected around 100 people and instead about 500 came. Future shows are “Go Dog Go” and “Journey to Oz” which will feature audience participation.

Other programs include:

  • Camps and Theater Intensives (a recent camp affiliated with the show Circus 1903 featured students in front of the Schuster utilizing 180 cans of shaving cream to throw pies in the face.)
  • National Geographic Live show coming up is astronaut Terry Virts in “View From Above” (he has taken more photos from space than any astronaut before him) and Mireya Mayor brought her show “Pink Boots and a Machete” in January 2018. She has been nominated for an Emmy Award twice.

Schools are encouraged to send kids to these shows. Gary asks parents to push administrators to have more trips like this. High schools have a hard time letting kids leave the school grounds and need a push (he said it is much easier for kindergarten students to get permission.) The limit in ticket price is $5.00 to keep it affordable. Through these performances over 30,000 kids get involved each year and with participation outside these special showings, about 40,000 youth see a show produced by VTA each year.

A Teen Usher or Ambassador program is offered for high school youth. Last year 75 students applied and 50 were accepted. As ushers these students shadow other employees and as Ambassadors they get to experience many of the behind-the-scene activities that are necessary to make VTA shows happen.

Happy Birthday Performance Review

Led by Charlies Tapp, we sang our traditional specialized version of Happy Birthday today for Stan Fronzaglia.

Mr. Minyard said we will not be receiving any call backs based on our performance. Not for any current or future performances at VTA.

We must be OPTIMISTIC and keep practicing and find some other critics to review us.


Member Birthday
Julie Walling Noeth February 20
Stanley Fronzaglia February 20
Michael Bevis February 21
John Thompson February 24
Blanca Ortiz February 26
John Sherman February 26
Pat Behn February 26

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
David Gaines February 20 02/20/2013 5
Russell Hulbert February 20 02/20/2013 5
Robert Collins February 21 02/21/2014 4
Erin Belangia-Sanchez February 23 02/23/2006 12
Chris Ziehler February 26 02/26/2017 1
Chris Ziehler February 26 02/26/2017 1

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Brian Nolan Beth Duncan Induction

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Jay McAlpine Poor parenting; his son Chris lost the bell and gavel
Chris McAlpine Did not wear Optimist pin when photographed for article in Dayton Business Journal
Jean Pummill Left Bag at previous meeting
Phather Phil Left Mug at previous meeting
Carol Burkman Lost earring at Optimist 2.0
Bob Duffy Sat at birthday table when it was not his birthday
Myron Rheaume Sat at birthday table when it was not his birthday
Dan Beck Cell phone use during a meeting
Art Hung Late
Scott Langer Late
Jerry Stahley For not greeting his guest upon her arrival

Happy Bucks!

No time for Happy Bucks this week.