CNOtes: April 13, 2021 – Steve Mays – Bike Centerville

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

Hildegard of Bingen wrote, “Let us keep greenness in our souls so that creation can still unfold in us no matter what the season.  Keep the soil moist so growth can continue.”

Lord, help us to look at the world around us with the innocence and simplicity of children.  Guide us so we may remain creative and continue to grow in the ways you intended.  May we water the soil of those we encounter with words of encouragement, actions of support, and prayers of love and caring so they too may grow, and their creative spirits unfold.

Amen.

2021-2022 Officers and Board of Directors Nominations for CNO

Jean Pummill, CNO Secretary, reported that the nomination committee of the Centerville Noon Optimist Club, comprised of past presidents, the current president and incoming president have nominated the following members for the Optimist Year 2021-2022:

  • President Elect: Beth Duncan
  • Vice Presidents: Sarah Umbreit and Greg Wasmund
  • Board of Directors for 2-year terms: Diane Arehart, Brandon Barrett, Katie Calloway, Bob Glavin, Evelyn Griffin.
  • Board Members with 1 year left to serve: Patrick Arehart, Christine Balsan, Pat Behn, Jim Long, Brian Nolan
  • Gary Hansen is the president for 2021-2022 and has chosen Chris McAlpine as his past president representative. Debe Dockins will serve as the Immediate Past President.
  • The incoming president chooses the Treasurer and Secretary. Gary Hansen has selected Roland Rapp for Treasurer and Jean Pummill for Secretary. They are both currently serving in those positions.

We will hear from each of the nominated board members and officers over the next 3 or 4 weeks.

Announcements

Debe Dockins announced that CNO will have a float in the parade. Debe is looking for a full-sized truck to pull the trailer in the parade. Mike Cordonnier’s students will be getting the trailer ready for the parade.

Debe Dockins announced that CNO is on track to resume in person lunches on 5/4/2021. Signups will begin on April 28, 2021.

Debe Dockins announced that the Bike Rodeo for 2021 has been cancelled. It will return in 2022.

Committee Meetings

  • 5/12/2021, 6 PM, Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf 2021, Zoom hosted by Mike Bevis. Meetings in 2021 will be on Wednesdays on 1/13, 2/17, 3/24, 4/14, 5/12, 6/16, 7/7. Additional volunteers are always welcome. The golf outing will be held on 7/12/2021.
  • 5/18/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting, Zoom hosted by President Debe Dockins.

Community Events

Beth Duncan, chair of Centerville/Washington Township’s Virtual Got Talent contest, said you can send potential contestants to https://centervillenoonoptimist.com/cwt/ for an application and details about the competition. Applications to participate are due by 4/22/2021. Videos must be submitted by 4/29/2021. The contest will be for kids ages 4-19 that live or go to school in Centerville or Washington Township and will be participating in the event via videos they create of their talent.

Social Events

4/30/2021 at 6:30 PM, “Jammin’ in our Jammies” on Zoom, a Name that Tune contest will be held. It will be 5 rounds of 6 challenges.

Steve Mays, Bike Centerville

Mike Bevis introduced Steve Mays, the president of Bike Centerville, a chapter of Bike Miami Valley.  Bike Centerville was started in 2012. Other local chapters include Cycle Kettering, Bike Springfield, Bike Piqua, and Bike Yellow Springs.

Introducing Steve Mays

  • Lived in the Washington Township/Centerville area since 1992
  • He is Vice President and GM at Reynolds Machinery
  • 31 years on the job
  • Started with Delphi
  • Graduate of Purdue – Mechanical Engineering
  • Avid cyclist – rode over 30 miles last Saturday, which was a yucky day outside

You can view the slide deck here.

Bike Centerville’s Community Rides schedule is posted on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/bikecenterville/.

Mission

Create a bicycle friendly community.

Bike Centerville is optimistic that they can make our community safer for bikers

Teach your child about the love of bicycles and they will never have money for drugs.

Bike Centerville knows that not every road can have a bike lane, but they help community planners remember about bike lanes when they are creating or rebuilding roads.

Steve said that bike paths improve the value of homes and that younger generations like living in communities where they can get to things easily without a car.

Successes

  • Established Bike Route 12; 12 is an even number which means it runs East – West. The number 12 keeps it away from numbers used by Kettering Bike Routes.
  • They have helped add local bike parking racks.
  • They have group rides that are 10-15 miles. These rides give safety tips and teach members where the safe routes are.
  • Near I-675, Centerville has decided to make it a little bit easier for bikers. There is a connector to Iron Horse Park and Bigger Road via Hewitt Avenue (see slide deck).

Wish List

  • Add 2 more North-South Bike Routes to Centerville/Washington Township (see slide deck).
  • Connect Centerville routes to routes in Miamisburg, Kettering and Bellbrook.
  • Strategically add more bike parking around the community.
  • Add signage along Bike Route 12 to indicate interest areas such as parks, libraries and historic districts.
  • Get Yankee Trace Golf club to have special “Bike the Cart Path” events to enjoy a 6-mile ride when the paths are closed to golf carts for a few hours.
  • Continuation of the Iron Horse bike trail under or over I-675. He admits that this will be very expensive and not likely to happen.

Bike the Boro

Once a year in Springboro there is a Bike the Boro event. It encourages people to socialize and learn about safety and biking opportunities.

See https://www.cityofspringboro.com/387/Upcoming-Events for details. The 8th Annual Bike the Boro will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021.

Buying a Bicycle

When purchasing a bicycle, Steve suggests using local bike shops. A local bike shop will have higher quality bicycles. Large retailers have bicycles as well, but from his experience, the assembly quality of a department store bike can be “suspect”.  He has seen department store bikes with cross-threaded pedals, loose crank arms and brake levers assembled backwards, even though the quality of each component is good. The local bike shop will fix anything that could go wrong on their bikes, whereas a department store will simply let you return the bike.

Another way to look at it is, if you buy a screwdriver at the grocery, that tool might suffice to use occasionally. If you want a screwdriver to use every day, then you should probably spend a little more money and buy a name brand tool from a hardware store.

There currently is a shortage of quality bicycles. Approximately 90% of bikes come from China so bikes are in short supply. If you order a custom or high-end bike it could take more than 6 months.

Getting Started

If you have not ridden a bicycle for a while Steve suggested that most neighborhoods are a good place to start. The Great Miami trail, Little Miami trail and Creekside trail in Beavercreek are good options as well.

A novice should get a bicycle with a lower number of gears. You do not really need 21 gears. Biking around your neighborhood you are fine with as few as 3 gears. He does recommend getting a bike with at least some gears or even shallow hills will be difficult.

Thank You Steve Mays

Thank you, Steve Mays, for joining us to educate CNO on Bike Centerville. Steve said to feel free to reach out to him if you have any questions about bike riding at stevebikecenterville@gmail.com

New Member Readings and Inductions

None this week.

Welcome Guests!

Guest NameGuest of
Steve MaysToday’s Speaker from Bike Centerville

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Brian NolanSeveral dignitaries will be at the CNO 2.0 event on 4/15/2021, including Ohio District Governor Jennifer Kendo, OI VP Candidate Tom Kendo, previous Ohio District Governor Myron Rheaume, current CNO President Debe Dockins, former CNO president, current Lt. Governor, and Governor elect Greg Griffin, and CNO president elect Gary Hansen.
Tom NovakAvenue of Flags beginning of year renewal process is wrapping up. Thank you to the 70 members that are contacting flag subscribers that have not yet renewed.
Debe DockinsHappy to see Steve Mays, who was today’s speaker.
Gary HansenHe opened his Michigan lakehouse for the season.

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Blanca CrinerApril164/16/20147
Andrew CainApril194/19/20183
Cheryl ProbstApril194/19/20183
Stan FronzagliaApril194/19/199922
Vida McDowellApril194/19/199922

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Rick TaldaApril 13
Emily DukeApril 14
Anne KesslerApril 15
Carol BurkmanApril 16
Ellie ParkerApril 16
Denise O’NeilApril 18

CNO Donations – 2013 through January 2021

Click here to see a summary of donations the club has made since 2013

Thank You Notes Received

No Thank You Notes were received this week.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Zoom Meeting This Week

We had another meeting using Zoom. We will continue our weekly meetings via computer, cell phone or tablet for at least the next several weeks. Please join us and keep inviting guests.

Who can Attend Zoom Meetings?

Any member of any type of Centerville Noon Optimist can attend Zoom meetings. CNO 2.0, St Leonard’s and CNO full members or CNO monthly members can ALL attend.

Guests are also welcome. Please invite guests and introduce them if you like. Just share the Zoom link with them for that week.

COVID-19 UPDATE

In keeping with social distancing requirements – our CNO Meetings have transitioned temporarily to a online format using ZOOM.

Club Member Joe Madden was inspired to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.

Links to Recorded Meeting and PowerPoint

A Video Recording of this Week’s Meeting is here

A Podcast of this Week’s Meeting is here

A Copy of this Week’s Meeting PowerPoint Slide Deck is here

CNOtes: April 6, 2021 – Carlye Rausch – Crayons to Classrooms

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

An excerpt from “Security Blanket,” a story in the book P.S. God, Can You Fly? By R. Wayne Willis:

In a Peanuts cartoon, Charlie Brown explains to Peppermint Patty what security is: “Security is sleeping in the back seat of the car.  When you’re a little kid, and you’ve been somewhere with your mom and dad, and it’s night, and you’re riding home in the car, you can sleep in the back seat.  You don’t have to worry about anything.  Your mom and dad are in the front seat, and they do all the worrying.  They take care of everything.”

Lord, while it is impossible for us to always be in the front seat to alleviate the worrying of others and to take care of everyone and everything, help us to find ways in which we are able to provide a bit of a security blanket to others when we can.

Amen.

Announcements

Greg Griffin, Easter Egg Hunt committee, announced that the Easter Egg drive through was held last Saturday and it went great. Volunteer turnout was huge and community participation was fantastic. Next year the event should be a more traditional Easter Egg hunt.

Mike Bevis, golf committee, announced that it is just over 90 days until the golf event. Donors are returning as usual.

Tom Novak, Avenue of Flags, announced that about 70 Optimist volunteers will be making calls to those who have not renewed their flag subscriptions yet. Let him know if you would like to help make calls or deliver/pickup flags this year.

Committee Meetings

  • 4/14/2021, 6 PM, Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf 2021, Zoom hosted by Mike Bevis. Meetings in 2021 will be on Wednesdays on 1/13, 2/17, 3/24, 4/14, 5/12, 6/16, 7/7. Additional volunteers are always welcome. The golf outing will be held on 7/12/2021.
  • 4/20/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting, Zoom hosted by President Debe Dockins

Community Events

Beth Duncan, chair of Centerville/Washington Township’s Virtual Got Talent contest, said you can send potential contestants to https://centervillenoonoptimist.com/cwt/ for an application and details about the competition. Applications to participate are due by 4/22/2021. Videos must be submitted by 4/29/2021. The contest will be for kids ages 4-19 that live or go to school in Centerville or Washington Township and will be participating in the event via videos they create of their talent.

Social Events

4/30/2021 at 6:30 PM, “Jammin’ in our Jammies” on Zoom, a Name that Tune contest will be held. It will be 5 rounds of 6 challenges.

Carlye Rausch, from Dayton Crayons to Classrooms

Mike Bevis introduced Carlye Rausch, the Program Manager for Dayton Crayons to Classrooms. She joined the team in June of 2018 and became the Program Manager in June 2020.

Introducing Carlye Rausch

  • Graduated Eastern Kentucky University
  • Public Relations major
  • Always welcomes volunteers at their location on Woodman Drive
  • 6 years with Girl Scouts of Kentucky Wilderness Road
  • 3 years with Crayons to Classrooms – program management
  • Spoke at Greene Optimist Club in February
  • Attended CHS
  • Lives in Centerville
  • Loves Avenue of Flags!

From the DC2C Website

What we do
Dayton Crayons to Classrooms (DC2C) is a free store for teachers from under-funded preK-12 schools that serve students living in poverty.

In partnership with local businesses, individual donors, and community volunteers, DC2C lifts at-risk student’s level and love of learning by collecting and distributing donated supplies and surplus products for use in the classroom.

Teachers from eligible schools are invited to shop for what they need in our retail-style free store in a Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley building in Dayton, Ohio.

Our Purpose
To enhance the readiness to learn of all students in the Greater Dayton, Ohio region by providing them with school supplies that are essential to academic success—at no cost to the students’ teachers, schools, or families.

Crayons to Classrooms serves Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Warren (Franklin City Schools and Springboro City Schools) counties.

Our Vision
Ensure every student in need has the tools for success every day, in every way.

Our Mission
Secure and distribute school supplies at no cost to teachers of students in need.

Carlye Rausch’s Presentation

You can view her slide deck here.

Carlye said there is a huge need for school supplies in every school district. She told us to imagine you are a disadvantaged student. You can be faced with trying to paint a picture without paint or struggle in music class because you cannot afford the required musical instrument.

A typical teacher spends about $1000 of their own money each year to buy school supplies for their students.

They serve teachers at schools where 60% or more of the students participate in the free/reduced lunch program. During the 2020-2021 school year they served 111 schools in the Dayton area. That means over 3000 teachers and 40,000 students can benefit from their program. Counties served: Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble and Warren (Franklin City Schools).

Shopping

  • Eligible teachers schedule online to shop in our store.
  • Teachers can shop with us once per semester, twice in a single school year (once in the fall/once in the spring).
  • On average each teacher takes about $800 worth of supplies during a single shop – ALL FOR FREE!

Donations

  • All the supplies within the store are donated or purchased with donated funds.
  • They are one of 42 affiliates of the Kids in Need Foundation – many big supply donations come from this partnership (Joann’s, MEAD, Thirty One, etc.)
  • They are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and all cash contributions to Crayons to Classrooms are tax deductible.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Check in/out and shopping assistants
  • Off-site Projects which include volunteers crafting red felt hearts into Pocket Hugs. This is a way to volunteer from home. Teachers give these Pocket Hugs when a kid could use an actual hug and right now that is not safe to do.

Classroom Solutions

  • This is their biggest need for volunteers. They are consistently behind on products because so many teachers take these supplies.
  • Products include various die cut shapes like thought balloons, hands, or feet that teachers use to decorate their rooms and to convey messages.
  • The costs associated with these products hinder how many products are made. On top of paper, lamination and printing, die cut machines require maintenance and replacement dies.
  • Replacement Die’s cost between $30-$310.
  • Rollers and Trays are $65 each and need to be replaced at least twice a year and they would like to do this quarterly.
  • New die cut machines cost between $395-$575.

Volunteer for a Teacher Program

  • Volunteer 5 hours and you can gift a shop to a teacher! You can work with a friend to combine your hours if you like.
  • Teachers from eligible schools can earn 1 extra shopping visit in a school year.
  • Teachers from ineligible schools can earn 2 total shopping visits per year per teacher.
  • The number of volunteer hours earned or donated is unlimited.

Items Most in Need

  • Pencils
  • Folders
  • Crayons
  • Notebooks
  • Paper
  • Glue/Glue Sticks
  • Markers
  • Art Supplies
  • Scissors
  • Backpacks

Annual Report Card for Fall 2019 Semester

  • 1509 teachers shopped with them
  • Distributed almost $2 Million
  • Distributed almost $300,000 to schools outside of shopping

Teachers and Students are Amazed and Thankful

First time shopping new teachers are often close to tears. Carlye has seen teachers so appreciative that they have broken down and cried for 5-10 minutes.

Crayons to Classrooms has done a lot of work related to Memorial Day 2019 tornado relief. She has seen kids excited about getting Paw Patrol backpacks.

Example Testimonial from a Teacher

“Crayons to Classrooms has given me the freedom as a classroom teacher to have all the supplies needed to make my room fully functional. Prior to the gift of Crayons to Classrooms I was limited in my spending because the bulk of the expenses was used to purchase the day to day supplies. Because of Crayons to Classrooms I now have the freedom to spend my own money on other essential classroom tools to help my students function at their best.”

Thank You

Thank you, Carlye Rausch, for joining us to educate CNO about Crayons to Classrooms.

New Member Readings and Inductions

None this week.

Welcome Guests!

Guest NameGuest of
Carlye RauschGuest speaker from Dayton Crayons to Classrooms

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Carol Smerz$5, she was excited about dropping off excess Easter Egg bags to Cline Elementary that will use the bags as rewards for students.
Brian Nolan$5 for seeing Myron at the Easter Egg Drive through event.

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Dan SamiecApril64/6/201011
Molly PetschApril64/6/200417
Ron TinnermanApril114/11/200516

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Andy HarmonApril 6
Bob ClementsApril 7
Kelly DavisApril 9
Erin Belangia-SanchezApril 9
Cheryl ProbstApril 9
Pam TruittApril 11
Steve KohlsApril 12

CNO Donations – 2013 through January 2021

Click here to see a summary of donations the club has made since 2013

Thank You Notes Received

Click here to see the Thank You Notes our Club received this week.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Zoom Meeting This Week

We had another meeting using Zoom. We will continue our weekly meetings via computer, cell phone or tablet for at least the next several weeks. Please join us and keep inviting guests.

Who can Attend Zoom Meetings?

Any member of any type of Centerville Noon Optimist can attend Zoom meetings. CNO 2.0, St Leonard’s and CNO full members or CNO monthly members can ALL attend.

Guests are also welcome. Please invite guests and introduce them if you like. Just share the Zoom link with them for that week.

COVID-19 UPDATE

In keeping with social distancing requirements – our CNO Meetings have transitioned temporarily to a online format using ZOOM.

Club Member Joe Madden was inspired to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.

Links to Recorded Meeting and PowerPoint

A Video Recording of this Week’s Meeting is here

A Podcast of this Week’s Meeting is here

A Copy of this Week’s Meeting PowerPoint Slide Deck is here

CNOtes: March 30, 2021 – WHIO Radio Personality – Larry Hansgen

Phather Phil’s Prayer Read by Bob Burkman

Heavenly Father, we all have been blessed beyond measure. Of all our blessings friends are our most cherished. They have divided our troubles, multiplied our joys and best of all – like us just the way we are. It is true Lord, when we count our blessings, we find we have enough. Thank you, Lord, and may all friends be blessed as they have been a blessing to others.

Amen!

Congratulations Centerville HS Elks Basketball team

The Centerville Elks won the school’s first-ever Division 1 State Basketball Championship defeating Westerville Central 43-42 on March 22, 2021.

Announcements

Mike Bevis, golf committee, announced they are looking for volunteers for the day of the event. They would appreciate donations of items for the silent auction and goody bags. Gift cards make great donations.

Committee Meetings

  • 4/14/2021, 6 PM, Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf 2021, Zoom hosted by Mike Bevis. Meetings in 2021 will be on Wednesdays on 1/13, 2/17, 3/24, 4/14, 5/12, 6/16, 7/7. Additional volunteers are always welcome. The golf outing will be held on 7/12/2021.
  • 4/20/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting, Zoom hosted by President Debe Dockins

Happy Birthday Andy Higgins

Today was Andy Higgins’ birthday. Debe Dockins led our mess of a rendition of Happy Birthday. Debe did not make us sound any better, but nobody could…nobody! And that is just the way we like it!

Have a great Birthday and Year Andy Higgins!

Larry Hansgen, The Voice of the University of Dayton Flyers

Carolyn Taylor introduced Larry Hansgen, the WHIO Radio host of Miami Valley’s Morning News since 2003. Hansgen is celebrating 40 years at WHIO Radio 1290 AM and 95.7 FM. He joined the staff of WHIO in 1981 as an overnight board operator and quickly rose through the ranks.  He became the Sports Director that year and in 1982 became the play-by-play voice of the University of Dayton Flyers basketball.

Book: Bigger than Basketball

His 2020 book, “Bigger Than Basketball: The Dayton Flyers’ Greatest Season” is available around town and online. He said that sales have been good. Locally it is available at UD Arena, Ashley’s Pastries, Dot’s Market in Bellbrook and other places. Synopsis: The Dayton Flyers were 2020 outright A-10 Champs, were heading to Brooklyn as the number one seed in the A-10 Championship and were projected to be a number one seed in the NCAA Tournament. In less than a week it was all gone—the Flyers’ post-season dreams a casualty of the coronavirus pandemic that soon held the entire world in its grip.

The emotion the 2019-20 team members used most often to describe the cancellation of the 2020 tournament is “grateful”. The 2019-20 season was still UD’s greatest season even though there was no tournament. Larry thought the UD season deserved a book and that is why he wrote one.

Hansgen’s 40 Years (and counting) at WHIO

He said that reaching 40 years with a single employer has as much to do with the employer as with the employee. WHIO is a great place to work. During his time at WHIO, the ownership has only changed once and that was very recently. The culture has remained the same. It is also difficult for any businesses to be around for 40 years. Businesses shut down, are absorbed or have a change in ownership that sours the culture all the time.

For his 40 year and counting career, Hansgen thanked his listeners, WHIO, and the community for making his career possible.

With a 40-year career, people are going to ask you for advice. For kids starting their career he tells them to show up for work on time. At WHIO he started at an entry level as a radio board operator. His shifts were Tuesday through Friday from 11 PM to 5 AM. His duties included waking up the person following his shift. He would start calling him around 2 AM and he was lucky if he showed up by 6 AM so Larry had to work an extra hour. Management noticed this and after just two weeks on the job Larry was promoted to the better morning slot from the nightshift. He tells kids if you want a 40-year career the best advice is to show up on time because someone will notice.

2019-20 UD Flyers

The COVID pandemic turned the sports world upside down. One of things most affected in sports was the outcome of the 2019-2020 UD Flyer men’s basketball team. People ask themselves, “What if the 2020 tournament had not been cancelled?”

In March 2021 within 24 hours, they went from learning the A10 would not have any fans in the seats, to the A10 tournament was cancelled, then the first four was cancelled and finally that the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament was cancelled. Hansgen described the experience like falling down steps and seeing it all in slow motion.

Last year’s UD team was great with a record of 29 wins and 2 losses. That record makes it sound like they just had an easy time of it. That is not the case. The team had to use extreme effort for every game. This was made more challenging as the team was also healing from the 2019 tragedies of the Oregon District mass shooting and the Memorial Day Tornadoes.

Closing

Larry congratulated CNO on the fact that we are truly a service organization not just one where everyone is looking for business.

Myron Rheaume (nicknamed Lazarus by Larry Hansgen) led us in singing “Happy Anniversary” (to the tune of Happy Birthday) to celebrate Larry’s 40 years at WHIO.

This is the second time Larry has been the CNO guest speaker on Zoom. He is sure that Zoom will be around after the pandemic, but he looks forward to doing his next presentation to CNO in person.

Thank you, Larry Hansgen, for joining us to inform and entertain us.

New Member Readings and Inductions

None this week.

Welcome Guests!

Guest NameGuest of
Carol AdamsEvelyn Griffin and Carrie Million
Larry HansgenGuest Speaker

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Jeff Rolf$26 Happy Bucks for the 26 wins this year for the Centerville Elks basketball team – his son was on the team
Tom NovakThat his PC let him get online for today’s meeting
Tom NovakLarry Hansgen was guest speaker today
Tom NovakCHS Elks won the Ohio State Basketball Tournament

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Dav BremerMarch313/31/200120
Rob JonesMarch313/31/200120
Don KelleyApril14/1/198338
Phil RobinsonApril14/1/198239
Cindy HarrisApril24/2/20183
Nick TarkanyApril24/2/20183
Greg FayApril34/3/20147
Greg GriffinApril34/3/20147
Ira ThomsenApril54/5/199130
Vince ReidyApril54/5/20165

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Andy HigginsMarch 30
Maha KashaniMarch 31
Jim RumfordApril 5
Roland RappApril 5
Ira ThomsenApril 5

CNO Donations – 2013 through January 2021

Click here to see a summary of donations the club has made since 2013

Thank You Notes Received

Click here to see the Thank You Notes our Club received this week.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Zoom Meeting This Week

We had another meeting using Zoom. We will continue our weekly meetings via computer, cell phone or tablet for at least the next several weeks. Please join us and keep inviting guests.

Who can Attend Zoom Meetings?

Any member of any type of Centerville Noon Optimist can attend Zoom meetings. CNO 2.0, St Leonard’s and CNO full members or CNO monthly members can ALL attend.

Guests are also welcome. Please invite guests and introduce them if you like. Just share the Zoom link with them for that week.

COVID-19 UPDATE

In keeping with social distancing requirements – our CNO Meetings have transitioned temporarily to a online format using ZOOM.

Club Member Joe Madden was inspired to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.

Links to Recorded Meeting and PowerPoint

A Video Recording of this Week’s Meeting is here

A Podcast of this Week’s Meeting is here

A Copy of this Week’s Meeting PowerPoint Slide Deck is here

CNOtes: March 23, 2021 – N.O.W. – New Optimists Wanted – Event

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Hebrews 13:2 tells us “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unaware”.  Today we welcome friends, guests, and fellow club members as we share our mission, purpose, and how we strive to serve those around us.  Guide us so that we may see the strangers, the angels, and those whom we can help and help us to recognize any needs which are left unmet.

 Amen.

Announcements

Debe Dockins said that CNO will have a float in the 2021 Americana parade. The committee is looking for a flatbed trailer to borrow. Mike Cordonnier will be helping with a lot of the construction for the float. Let Debe know if you would like to help.

Debe Dockins announced we will use Sign Up Genius to sign up for the in-person meetings hopefully beginning May 4, 2021. You cannot sign up yet, but you will be notified when this is open for registration.

Committee Meetings

  • 4/14/2021, 6 PM, Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf 2021, Zoom hosted by Mike Bevis. Meetings in 2021 will be on Wednesdays on 1/13, 2/17, 3/24, 4/14, 5/12, 6/16, 7/7. Additional volunteers are always welcome. The golf outing will be held on 7/12/2021.
  • 4/20/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting, Zoom hosted by President Debe Dockins

Community Events

Greg Griffin announced that the Easter Egg Drive through will be held on April 3rd, 2021.

Beth Duncan, chair of Centerville’s Got Talent, said she needs more volunteers to help with this committee. The contest will be for kids ages 4-19 that live or go to school in Centerville or Washington Township and will be participating in the event via videos they create of their talent.

Happy Birthday Tom Novak

Today was Tom Novak’s Birthday! Bob Burkman, who was sponsored by Tom Novak, led us in the singing. Bob said since Tom was his sponsor, we need to make this extra special! We certainly tried to sing as loud and off key as possible. Tom said, “That was just wonderful.”

Thanks, Tom Novak, for all you do for the club and to our community. Happy Birthday to you, Tom, and have a great next trip around the sun!

NOW Event this week

Today, instead of a guest speaker, we had a special version of our weekly Zoom meeting. It was a NOW (New Optimists Welcome) event.

New and perspective members learned about volunteer opportunities with our club through these events.

Committee chairs presented what each committee does for the club. There were presentations about awards, community events, fundraisers and scholarships. Due to time limitations, not all of the club’s activities were represented today. Reach out to your club sponsor or another member that has been a member longer than you to learn about all the opportunities to serve your community and club.

Note that all CNO community events are free for all participants and their families. The Americana 5K Run is a City of Centerville event that we help run and donate money to and there is a cost to the runners for this event.

Thank you to all the committee chairs for helping make this a successful event.

You can view the slide deck of the presentation here.

Community Awards

John P. Kalaman Respect for Law Awards, chaired by Gary Anderson and Bob Burkman. Two individuals are given this award each year, one from the Centerville Police Department and the other from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. All employees of the department are eligible, not just police officers. The recipients are nominated by their peers.

Robert J. O’Toole EMT/Firefighter of the Year Award, chaired by Gary Anderson and Bob Burkman. One individual is given this award each year from the Washington Township Firefighter and EMS department. The recipient is nominated by their peers.

Community Events and Support

Adopt-a-Child, chaired by Christy Gariety and Sue Jessee. Club members are given the opportunity to buy gift cards for Centerville School students and their siblings during the holiday season. The teachers and counselors help identify students who have need and will use the gift cards throughout the year to help purchase items students might need.

Americana 5K Run, chaired by Joan Cordonnier and Jeff Busch, this is a community event and a fundraiser for the City of Centerville that helps with costs of the Americana Festival such as paying for the fireworks display. The event will be held this year but may look a little different with possibly a staggered start. This will next be held on 7/5/2021.

Americana Festival Booth, chaired by Brent Richburg. Over 100,000 people attend the downtown Centerville Americana event. CNO sets up a booth at this event to help educate the public about what we do and invite people to join or be a guest at a meeting. This will next be held on 7/5/2021.

Safety on Wheels and Bike Rodeo, chaired by Paul Boeckman. Held at Miami Valley South hospital in conjunction with the Centerville Police department. Bikes and helmets are safety checked including making sure the tire pressures are correct.  We also have fun biking activities for children.

Childhood Health and Wellness, chaired by Nancy Lehren and Sarah Umbreit. Drive through events have been held during COVID. Normally, we have in person Build-a-Bear events for kids with childhood cancer and sickle cell disease.

Fishing Derby, chaired by Bob Lawson and Andy Dickerson. Pond is stocked with lots of fish at the Washington Township Rec Center. Kids earn points based on quantity and weight of fish caught. Prizes such as fishing rods and reels are given away. This will next be heled on 8/28/2021.

Easter Egg Event, Chaired by Pat Behn and Greg Griffin. This event will be Saturday 4/3/2021 from 10-11 AM at Oak Grove Park. This year it will be a drive through event. Hopefully in 2022 we will resume the distribution of 7000 plastic candy filled Easter Eggs for kids to find.

Haunted Trail, chaired by Gail Aiken, Denise O’Neill and Larry Lynde. The event has been held for 30 years. The JOI and Octagon clubs at area middle schools and high school volunteer to help and setup the stations for children to visit. A canned food drive is held during the free event. The event will be held on 10/12/2021 and 10/13/2021 at the Washington Township RecPlex (formerly named the Rec Center). Lots of CNO volunteers are needed each year.

Kids Day in the Park, chaired by Bob Lawson and Brian Nolan. Several Optimist clubs in the area come together to setup activity booths for children at Delco Park in Kettering. It is a fun-filled event for the entire family. This will next be held on 8/7/2021.

Exercise Competitions

Tri-Star Basketball, chaired by Scott Langer and Craig Dring. This event features dribbling, passing and free throw competitions. Trophies are awarded to the winners in each age group along with a free basketball for each child.

Tri-Star Soccer, chaired by Chris McAlpine and Greg Wasmund. Kids earn points at stations for shooting, dribbling, passing, and throwing. They do not need to know how to play soccer to participate. Awards are given and every kid gets a free soccer ball.

Fundraisers

Avenue of Flags, chaired by Tom Novak, Mike Brubaker and Bob Burkman. This is CNO’s biggest fundraiser. The team delivers over 2900 flags on Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Veteran’s Day. The team can always use more volunteers to distribute and pick up flags.

Tom Frazier Tee-Off for Youth Golf Outing, chaired by Donna Huss, Mike Bevis, Vince Reidy, Deb Ulrich, Sarah Umbreit, Chris Ziehler, and Gary DeMarco. The premier Miami Valley Golf Outing will next be held on 7/12/2021. The event raises over $40,000 per year and around $10,000 to $15,000 is given to Dayton Children’s Hospital Hematology and Oncology department to help patient’s families with travel expenses.

Scholarships

Skilled Trades Scholarship, chaired by Evelyn Griffin. Scholarships for trade schools are given away. The first recipient of this scholarship is now completing a program at Sinclair for Construction Management. This year 3 students were given scholarships to the welding program at Hobart Welding School in Troy, Ohio. Students receive $2500 to help pay for programs in skilled trades.

Will Cale Scholarship Program, chaired by Gary Hansen and Joan Cordonnier. We give 3-5 kids per year a scholarship to Sinclair College. Most of these students would not go to college without this CNO scholarship and the 2 mentors assigned to them. Emphasis is on financial need and potential rather than academics or class standing. The mentors help the students find other financial aid as well. There are currently 9 students active in the program right now. Students receive $1000 per semester for up to 6 semesters.

Memorial Scholarships, chaired by Gary Smiga, Will Cale, Gail Aiken, Bob Duffy and Roberta Taylor. To qualify, a student must be a resident of Centerville/Washington Township and have a strong record of participation in community service activities. They must be a graduating senior who will attend an accredited college/university offering a two- or four-year degree and have a financial need. Up to 5 scholarships are awarded each year for $2000.

Special Needs Club

Partners Club chaired by Bob Glavin and Greg Wasmund. This club is for adults with special needs. The focus is on their abilities not their disabilities. They hold fundraisers and donate to various community organizations.

Contests

Visual Arts Contest, chaired by Deb Saunders and Jane Fiehrer. Children 11 and under will submit either a painting or a drawing. Awards will be given in each category.

OI Junior Golf Championship, chaired by Jerry Stahley. Those who qualify from this local event will win an all-expenses paid trip to compete in Florida later this year.

Centerville Washington Township has Got Talent, chaired by Beth Duncan. This is the first year for this new annual event. Kids aged 4-19 may compete. The top 10 videos will be shown at a community event on 5/3/2021 and a winner will be selected.

CNO 2.0

CNO 2.0, chaired by Greg Fay, Jack Anderson, and Brian Nolan. This is the evening version of CNO. In person meetings will be resumed on April 15, 2021. Please RSVP if you will be attending this outdoor event so they can judge how much food and drinks to provide.

New Member Readings and Inductions

None this week.

Welcome Guests!

None this week.

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Greg Griffin$10 for how well the club is doing and for moving forward with COVID restrictions starting to be lifted.
Brian Nolan$5 wishing Paula Kalaman the best for her recovery from cancer treatments.
Jeff Umbreit$5 for CHS taking first place yesterday in the State of Ohio Basketball Tournament.
Gary Hansen$5 for Michigan being the only Big 10 team left in the March Madness college basketball tournament.

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Charla RheaumeMarch263/26/200813
Scott RheaumeMarch263/26/200813

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Tom NovakMarch 23
Steve BlakeMarch 25
John KalamanMarch 25
Kate TrangensteinMarch 26
Jane FiehrerMarch 27
Bob CrawfordMarch 28

CNO Donations – 2013 through January 2021

Click here to see a summary of donations the club has made since 2013

Thank You Notes Received

Click here to see the Thank You Notes our Club received this week.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Zoom Meeting This Week

We had another meeting using Zoom. We will continue our weekly meetings via computer, cell phone or tablet for at least the next several weeks. Please join us and keep inviting guests.

Who can Attend Zoom Meetings?

Any member of any type of Centerville Noon Optimist can attend Zoom meetings. CNO 2.0, St Leonard’s and CNO full members or CNO monthly members can ALL attend.

Guests are also welcome. Please invite guests and introduce them if you like. Just share the Zoom link with them for that week.

COVID-19 UPDATE

In keeping with social distancing requirements – our CNO Meetings have transitioned temporarily to a online format using ZOOM.

Club Member Joe Madden was inspired to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.

Links to Recorded Meeting and PowerPoint

A Video Recording of this Week’s Meeting is here

A Podcast of this Week’s Meeting is here

A Copy of this Week’s Meeting PowerPoint Slide Deck is here

CNOtes: March 16, 2021 – Essay Contest Winners Read Their Essays

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

Today’s prayer is a combination of Irish blessings and prayers in honor of St. Patrick’s Day

May God give you…for every storm, a rainbow; for every tear, a smile; for every care, a promise; and a blessing in each trial.  For every problem life sends, a faithful friend to share.  For every sigh, a sweet song, and an answer to a prayer.  May the dreams you hold dearest be those which come true and the kindness you spread keep returning to you.  May the strength of God pilot us, may the wisdom of God instruct us, may the hand of God protect us, may the salvation, O Lord, be always ours, this day and forevermore, Amen.

Announcements

Debe Dockins announced that CNO members donated over 200 pairs of socks for Shoes for the Shoeless. They were collected when the member appreciation lunches were distributed at Yankee Trace Golf Club last Friday. Thanks to all those who donated socks.

Tom Novak, Avenue of Flags committee, said, “The AOF Optimist Subscription Renewal Team has already received 68% renewals of last year’s total which is ‘normal’ for our ‘Early Bird’ phase. Thanks to the outstanding efforts of the Team.  They continue to receive renewal subscriptions.”

Committee Meetings

  • 3/24/2021, 6 PM, Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf 2021, Zoom hosted by Mike Bevis. Meetings in 2021 will be on Wednesdays on 1/13, 2/17, 3/24, 4/14, 5/12, 6/16, 7/7. Additional volunteers are always welcome. The golf outing will be held on 7/12/2021.
  • 4/20/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting, Zoom hosted by President Debe Dockins

Community Events

Greg Griffin announced that the Easter Egg Drive through will be held on April 3rd, 2021 from 10-11 AM at Oak Grove Park.

Happy Birthday Brian Nolan

Today was Brian Nolan’s Birthday and he was on today’s meeting! Tom Novak led our choir. Tom told the essay contestants that their essays were great and very memorable. Tom warned them that the version of “Happy Birthday” they were about to hear will also be very memorable (and bad).

In response to the singing Brian said, “I had to reach for my air sickness bag!”

Brian and Bob, have a great birthday and a great year!

2021 Essay Contest

Kristen Marks is the chair of the 2021 Essay Contest. Her opening remarks follow:

The Essay Contest is sponsored by Optimist International to give young people the opportunity to write about their own opinions regarding the world in which they live. The approach can encompass a young person’s personal experience, the experience of their country or a more historical perspective and helps in developing their skills in written expression. This year’s theme for the 2020-21 contest was “Reaching your Dreams by Choosing Optimism”

I was enthusiastic about this theme as I reflect on the past year both personally and professionally, and it was wonderful to read about this theme from the perspective of so many youth.

I want to thank this year’s judges, Liz Fultz, Debe Dockins, Evelyn Griffin, and Andy Higgins.

I also want to thank former Essay Contest Chair, Kelly George for her leadership on this committee in the past, and for her guidance in my first year. I had lots of questions and she was very helpful.

This year, we had 17 entries for the local contest. The first-place winner of the local contest moves on to the District competition.

Today, I am happy to say that you all will get to hear the top three writers read their essays! The first, second, and third place winners of the contest have joined us today, as well as some of their special guests, or if they could not attend, they have recorded themselves reading their essay. Greg Griffin, I appreciate your help getting this all ready to go!

First, we will hear from our 3rd place winner, Giovanna.

Next, we will hear from our 2nd place winner, Leah.

And lastly, we will hear from this year’s local contest winner, Meenakshi.

Thank you once again to these young writers and your guests. I hope you continue to express yourself through writing and or speaking and we wish you a wonderful 2021!

Video of the Essay Readings

The winners are listed next with very brief excerpts of the speeches. Watch the video to hear their entire essays. You can watch the essay readings here.

Giovanna, 3rd Place

Giovanna is a Senior at Centerville High School who plans to major in speech therapy in college.

She titled her essay, “The Harp Perspective.” She has been playing the harp for 10 years.

The harp is her passion and an extension of her hands. Practicing can be demanding. Understanding optimism and the role it has in success is important in becoming great at something.

She came up with words for H.A.R.P – Happiness, Ambition, Responsibility and Passion.

Leah, 2nd Place

Leah is a Freshman at Centerville High School.

She titled her essay, “Reaching Your Dreams by Choosing Optimism.”

To overcome a negative outlook, the key is to infuse optimism into your life. Optimism and the willingness to look forward will help you move on and will help you achieve your dreams.

Meenakshi, 1st Place

Meenakshi is a Freshman at Centerville High School.

She titled her essay, “Reaching Your Dreams by Choosing Optimism.”

Life is constant decisions. The most important decision is choosing between optimism and pessimism. Choosing optimism is the first step to achieving your dreams.

Dreams fuel your mind like food fuels your body. Pessimism is like a virus. Imagine you are an inspiring computer engineer that does not have the required math skills to be a computer engineer.  An optimist will continue to learn and add the math skills they need in order to become a computer engineer.

Following your passion will allow you to live a better life.

Thank You

Thank you to all the participants in the 2021 Centerville Noon Optimist Essay contest.

Thank you, Kristen Marks, for chairing the Essay Contest Committee. All three essays we heard today were excellent.

New Member Readings and Inductions

None this week.

Welcome Guests!

None this week.

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Debe DockinsIncarnation and Alter Grad Joe Thuney, an Offensive Guard, just signed a 5 year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs
Kristen MarksThanks for the 17 particpants in the 2021 Essay Contest
Kristen MarksHappy for being named the new executive director of the Centerville-Washington Park District
Myron RheaumeKristen Marks becoming the executive director of the Centerville-Washington Park District

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Joan CordonnierMarch223/22/200813

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Brian NolanMarch 16
Bob FosterMarch 16
David BrookmanMarch 18
Dana DringMarch 20
Larry EnglandMarch 20
Shane WilkenMarch 20
Sara HemmeterMarch 21
Kathy LinderMarch 21
Andy DickersonMarch 21
Bryan MillerMarch 21

CNO Donations – 2013 through January 2021

Click here to see a summary of donations the club has made since 2013

Thank You Notes Received

Click here to see the Thank You Notes our Club received this week.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Zoom Meeting This Week

We had another meeting using Zoom. We will continue our weekly meetings via computer, cell phone or tablet for at least the next several weeks. Please join us and keep inviting guests.

Who can Attend Zoom Meetings?

Any member of any type of Centerville Noon Optimist can attend Zoom meetings. CNO 2.0, St Leonard’s and CNO full members or CNO monthly members can ALL attend.

Guests are also welcome. Please invite guests and introduce them if you like. Just share the Zoom link with them for that week.

COVID-19 UPDATE

In keeping with social distancing requirements – our CNO Meetings have transitioned temporarily to a online format using ZOOM.

Club Member Joe Madden was inspired to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.

Links to Recorded Meeting and PowerPoint

A Video Recording of this Week’s Meeting is here

A Podcast of this Week’s Meeting is here

A Copy of this Week’s Meeting PowerPoint Slide Deck is here

CNOtes: March 9, 2021 – Preschool Promise, Robyn Lightcap and Jane McGee-Rafal

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

Dear Lord Our God,

Charles Dickens is quoted as saying, “Spring is the time of the year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade”.  As the weather warms and spring’s official start grows near, help us to acknowledge that it is okay to visit the winter and the cold and dreary periods in our lives, but that we should not dwell there.  Help us instead to strive to live in the light and the warmth of Your loving embrace and to share that love and light with all we meet.

Amen.

Committee Meetings

  • 3/24/2021, 6 PM, Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf 2021, Zoom hosted by Mike Bevis. Meetings in 2021 will be on Wednesdays on 1/13, 2/17, 3/24, 4/14, 5/12, 6/16, 7/7. Additional volunteers are always welcome. The golf outing will be held on 7/12/2021.
  • 4/20/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting, Zoom hosted by President Debe Dockins

Community Events

Greg Griffin announced that the Easter Egg Drive through will be held on April 3rd, 2021.

Beth Duncan, chair of Centerville’s Got Talent, said she needs more volunteers to help with this committee. The contest will be for kids ages 4-19 that live or go to school in Centerville or Washington Township and will be participating in the event via videos they create of their talent.

Robyn Lightcap and Jane McGee-Rafal, Preschool Promise

Mary Ann MacKenzie introduced Robyn Lightcap and Jane McGee-Rafal with Preschool Promise, a non-profit organization funded by Montgomery County, the City of Dayton and local philanthropists to help 4-year-old children get ready for Kindergarten.

In all its work, Preschool Promise is committed to fostering equity, recognizing that far too many African American and Appalachian young children do not share the same advantages and privileges of many of their middle-class peers. In addition to promoting best practices for all young learners, Preschool Promise targets the Dayton community’s resources to the highest-need young children.

Public School Districts Served

  • Dayton
  • Jefferson Township
  • Kettering
  • Mad River
  • Northridge
  • Trotwood-Madison
  • West Carrollton (starting fall 2021)

Jane McGee-Rafal, Secretary, Treasurer of Preschool Promise

Jane McGee-Rafal has been involved in public education for over 50 years. She began her career in rural Ohio in 1968 and since has served five school districts in Ohio and Arizona. She was the first female superintendent of the Warren City Schools in Trumbull County, Ohio. While in Arizona, Jane was the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction in the Mesa Unified School District. Jane worked for Dayton Public Schools on two separate occasions.  During her last tenure, she served as the Chief Academic Officer for Dayton. Most recently, Jane was a Vice President of Special Projects and a Senior Executive Recruiter for Haskel Thompson & Associates, a recruiting firm serving primarily the oil and gas industry.

Jane said that today they will be speaking on Preschool Promise, the community it serves and why it is important to the larger community. Residents of Montgomery County should be proud of Preschool Promise. She has sat on many boards and the Preschool Promise board is one of the best. Other areas of Ohio and the nation are replicating their model. She introduced the executive Director of Preschool Promise, Robyn Lightcap.

Robyn Lightcap, Executive Director for Dayton-Montgomery County Preschool Promise

Robyn Lightcap is the Executive Director for Dayton-Montgomery County Preschool Promise. Robyn serves on the Governor’s Early Childhood Advisory Council and is Chair of Groundwork, Ohio’s early childhood advocacy organization. She has led complex projects in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors and has a business degree from Wake Forest University. 

You can view Robyn’s slide deck titled, “Preschool Promise, Supporting Preschoolers through COVID-19” here.

Vision

All Montgomery County children are ready for Kindergarten. There is a lot of research showing the years from birth through age 5 are extremely important to the long-term ability of a child to learn through childhood and into adulthood, affecting their ability to earn.

Mission

Preschool Promise ensures that children are ready for Kindergarten by equipping Preschools and families with exceptional support, coaching and education.

Commitment to Equity

Preschool Promise is committed to addressing racial and social inequities in all we do. There is a responsibility to address the gap between the resources for white versus black children especially.

Preschool Promise offers coaching, support and educational resources to teachers and families

  • Tuition Assistance
  • Book of the month
  • 3 text messages a week
  • Monthly Postcards
  • Training and coaching for teachers
  • Funding to improve the quality of Preschool

2019-2020 School Year Outcomes

All schools take assessments about their students’ readiness for Kindergarten. There is a 16% advantage for students enrolled in Preschool Promise for at least 5 months over other students. See the slide deck link above for further statistics.

Helped Families keep working during the stay-at-home orders

Thanks to Montgomery County Human Services Levy funding, Preschool Promise was able to provide $120,000 in tuition assistance on behalf of 100 children who attended 18 childcare sites during the stay-at-home order.

Preschool Promise Plus helps children learn at home with items given to students

  • Play Box each month
  • Videos with Preschools Promise circle time
  • Book of the month in the mail
  • Computer Tablet and 1-year subscription to ABC Mouse

Teachers are committed to continuing their own learning

  • Nearly 300 teachers are in the monthly or intensive Zoom program
  • Teachers have agreed to use swiveling robots to record classroom teaching to use with their coaches

Quick Facts

  • Thanks to Montgomery County’s investment, Star Rated preschools and childcare sites have significantly increased. The number went from 5 in 2008 to 260 in 2020.
  • Their focus is on 4-year old children.
  • Preschool Promise uses community outreach to let people know their services are available. They distribute door hangers, partner with food pantries and put up billboards that encourage families to contact Preschool Promise.

Thank You

Thank you, Robyn Lightcap and Jane McGee-Rafal, for joining us to educate CNO about the good Preschool Promise is doing for preschoolers in our community.

Dayton Daily News Article about Preschool Promise

Read February 26, 2011 article about Preschool Promise here.

New Member Readings and Inductions

None this week.

Welcome Guests!

Guest NameGuest of
Robyn LightcapSpeaker, Executive Director Preschool Promise, Montgomery County
Jane McGee-RafalBoard Member of Preschool Promise, Montgomery County

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Myron RheaumeGrandson Liam, a High School Junior, received his 3rd varsity letter from Springboro HS for Hockey – Liam is also on the All Ohio First Team
Myron RheaumeThe 103rd Optimist International Convention will be in person in Atlanta, June 30, 2021 – July 3, 2021
Julie Rado$10 for her being inducted into CNO
Gary HansenIt is 2 weeks since his second COVID vaccination and he is ready for his new freedom
Debe DockinsReceived her first COVID vaccination
Greg Griffin$2 because he and Eveyln received their first COVID vaccinations

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined
Barbara SantoMarch93/9/1999
Bob GlavinMarch123/12/1993
Shane WilkenMarch143/14/2003
Steve KohlsMarch143/14/2003

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Morgan SchiffhauerMarch 12
Gareth DickeyMarch 14
Vida McDowellMarch 15

CNO Donations – 2013 through January 2021

Click here to see a summary of donations the club has made since 2013

Thank You Notes Received

Click here to see the Thank You Notes our Club received this week.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Zoom Meeting This Week

We had another meeting using Zoom. We will continue our weekly meetings via computer, cell phone or tablet for at least the next several weeks. Please join us and keep inviting guests.

Who can Attend Zoom Meetings?

Any member of any type of Centerville Noon Optimist can attend Zoom meetings. CNO 2.0, St Leonard’s and CNO full members or CNO monthly members can ALL attend.

Guests are also welcome. Please invite guests and introduce them if you like. Just share the Zoom link with them for that week.

COVID-19 UPDATE

In keeping with social distancing requirements – our CNO Meetings have transitioned temporarily to a online format using ZOOM.

Club Member Joe Madden was inspired to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.

Links to Recorded Meeting and PowerPoint

A Video Recording of this Week’s Meeting is here

A Podcast of this Week’s Meeting is here

A Copy of this Week’s Meeting PowerPoint Slide Deck is here

March 2, 2021 – Community Champion Award Presented

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Christopher Morley once said, “If we discovered we only had five minutes left to say all that we wanted to say, every telephone booth would be occupied by people calling other people to stammer that they loved them.”  Lord, help us not to wait until our last five minutes, but instead to spend some amount of time each and every day to tell those around us (family, friends, or strangers) something positive and affirming.  Only You know how much of a difference it may make.

Amen.

Shoes for the Shoeless Needs New Warehouse Space

One of the most important children’s charities in our community, Shoes for the Shoeless, is in desperate need of 1200-1500 square feet of warehouse space that is preferably climate-controlled to store their shoes and socks for children. They additionally need a place to park their two trucks, ideally just outside the warehouse. The space they have been using will soon not be available.

If you know of any space, please let Kris Horlacher and her organization know.

WDTN has a video and article about their need for a new location.

Committee Meetings

  • 3/17/2021, 6 PM, Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf 2021, Zoom hosted by Mike Bevis. Meetings in 2021 will be on Wednesdays on 1/13, 2/17, 3/17, 4/14, 5/12, 6/16, 7/7. Additional volunteers are always welcome. The golf outing will be held on 7/12/2021.
  • 3/16/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting, Zoom hosted by President Debe Dockins

Community Events

Greg Griffin announced that the Easter Egg Drive through will be held on April 3rd, 2021.

Visual Arts Contest chairs Deb Saunders and Jane Fiehrer have sent out the invitation to art teachers at local schools so they can invite their students to participate.

Beth Duncan, chair of Centerville’s Got Talent, said she needs more volunteers to help with this committee. The contest will be for kids ages 4-19 that live or go to school in Centerville or Washington Township and will be participating in the event via videos they create of their talent.

Happy Birthday, Tim Clemmer

Today was Tim Clemmer’s Birthday! Bob Burkman led our choir in singing Happy Birthday to the Birthday Boy. Tim approved of our rendition. He was wearing a birthday hat before, during and after the celebration song! Have a great year Tim!

Our guest of honor today, Kris Horlacher, mentioned she has not been on a Zoom call where anyone sang, and she thought it was cool.

Community Champion Award, Kris Horlacher

Mike Bevis and Judy DeMarco, the co-chairs of the Community Champion Award Committee, presented the 2021 winner, Kris Horlacher. Kris is the Executive Director of the Dayton based non-profit Shoes for the Shoeless (S4TS) that she founded in 2010. Over 125,000 children have been served. They are a mobile shoe store with 2 trucks. Pre-COVID they used 500 volunteers per month.

Their mission is, “To provide new, properly fitting gym shoes and socks to local children in need.”

Their vision is, “Relentlessly pursue our mission so that no child endures the unnecessary physical and emotional distress that results from wearing socks/shoes that are grossly inadequate. We will strive to become a valued organization in our community, known for our devoted and caring volunteers along with our faith-in-action.”

A trauma nurse by trade, she had a passion to help children who did not have shoes and socks of their own.  She left her job as a nurse and started “Shoes for the Shoeless” in 2010.  Kris also provides correct fitting shoes and socks to area children in desperate need, delivering thousands of shoes each year.

Kris spent time with children in all sorts of circumstances but one day she looked at the feet of one of the kids she had been working with for a few months and suddenly realized his shoes were too small for his feet.

She quickly set out and discovered that due to the lack of money, ignorance or neglect, this was a huge problem for many children living in poverty.  She told a story of a boy who walked with a limp but insisted nothing was wrong.  When his feet were exposed, they were raw on the sides and his toes were growing on top of each other from wearing shoes too small all his life.  At that time, he was wearing a hand me down pair of size 12’s when he needed a size 15.

In Montgomery County, 40% of children live in poverty.  Most of them are in desperate need of shoes and socks.  Shoes for the Shoeless focuses mainly on helping local kids right here in our area.  Mad River, Huber Heights, Dayton and many more school systems in the area benefit from this program.  Kris is responsible for establishing an effective system to help children eliminate one of poverty’s most visible stigmas.

View videos about S4TS and their COVID experience here.

Kris Horlacher Remarks

Kris said, “Thank you for the award. It is great to hear about others who care about the need for shoes for children. I’m a nurse, but I started Shoes for the Shoeless as a Mom.  The biggest unmet need for children of poverty is correct fitting shoes and socks.”

When she started Shoes for the Shoeless (S4TS) she did a lot of explaining to people why the need exists. It is an unknown need. The few that understood it knew it is a big problem that no one was trying to solve. She is glad she did not know at the beginning how hard it was going to be or it would have seemed too difficult to get started.

Before starting S4TS she researched for resources to help with this issue and was surprised she could not find any existing resources. Nobody did what S4TS does in the U.S. before them. Now many organizations contact S4TS to learn how to start their own organization in their region.

Pre-COVID she was reaching 2000 kids per month and used 500 volunteers per month. They now use fewer volunteers and are reaching fewer kids, but they are working on getting back to normal levels of service. One method they use during COVID is to prescreen for need and have the children measured before arriving at a school. This is working for schools where there are 60-70 kids in need. However, in Springfield and Middletown, it is more challenging where over 400 students in a school have a need for new shoes.

They have also started setting up drive through services at schools where families have an appointment. This has also been successful. As many as 600 children have been served at a time. The downside to the drive through service is that many families do not have transportation at all, or it may not be available during the service times.

Children’s Hospital asked S4TS if there is a way to help get shoes for their needy patients. The solution S4TS created was to have a fully stocked shoe closet at Children’s. There are now 12 shoe closets in the community. Some patients are in the hospital so long that their feet grow and their shoes no longer fit. This is a huge expense for many families who are already struggling with their child’s treatments.

Food for the People

Shoes for the Shoeless pivoted last year to “Food for the People”.

Kris Horlacher knew last year that COVID was going to shut down schools. For many children, their only source for food is school. She told a school, if you give me 50 of your poorest children then she would figure out how to feed them. She did not know how she was going to pull this off, but she knew that the shoe distribution would be difficult. Within a few days they had a plan and then the COVID shutdown occurred. Not only were school shutdowns an issue, but the COVID shutdown caused all kinds of food distribution networks to shut down overnight because of the lack of volunteers who were staying home to keep safe. Beyond kids, this affects the poor as well as senior citizens. Kris said, “Remember at the very beginning of the lockdown that the message was if you go outside you are going to die. Or you were going to kill a family member if you bring the disease back to your home.”

Food banks and St Vincent de Paul called her to find if S4TS could help.

S4TS ended up helping far more than 50 families. From March 2020 to June 2020 they delivered 110,000 meals helping 3000 families. Check out this video, Food 4 the People Donates 6,800 boxes of Food.

Thank You Kris Horlacher

Thank you Kris Horlacher and your organization. You are very deserving of the Centerville Noon Optimist 2021 Community Champion Award. We have all been enlightened to the issues of shoes for the youth of our communities.

Background on the Optimist Community Champion Award

The “Optimist Community Champion Award” was created to help local citizens in the Dayton area recognize people within our community who play a major role in helping children and their families; they are our “UNSUNG HEROES.”

A person or persons is chosen who have made a difference either in the course of their jobs or in their lives or have had an extraordinary impact on children and their families.  These citizens often can be a public official, volunteer, concerned citizen, health or human service worker, business leader, teacher, coach and others.

Previous Recipients of the Optimist Community Champion Award

  • Lisa Tucker (Bill’s Donuts), the most generous person who is involved with this community and contributes to just about everything including our Build a Bear Events that we do every year at Dayton Children’s and sponsors many of our fundraising events
  • Randy Eldridge – former manager of Kroger’s who, over 30 years, donated to many of our fundraising events
  • Dr. Marc Colclasure, owner of Synergy Family Therapy Specialists, who works with special needs children and their families
  • Karen Chatman, retired Special Education Teacher from Centerville City Schools
  • Dean and Mindy Heyne, fostered more than 35 special needs children and adopted 5 special needs children themselves
  • Greg & Tiffany Moehl, who started the First Dawn Food Pantry in Centerville
  • Tonya Johns, started “Operation Prom Dress”
  • Janie Rice, 35 year Veteran nurse at Dayton Children’s Hospital Hematology/Oncology Dept. making sure parents and families received the highest quality of care and preparing and educating the patient and family for upcoming bone marrow transplants and giving them the emotional support through the process

New Member Readings and Inductions

None this week.

Welcome Guests!

Guest NameGuest of
Kris HorlacherToday’s Speaker
Jonathan HaugeSpeaker’s Guest

Happy Bucks

No time for Happy Bucks this week.

Membership Anniversaries

No membership anniversaries this week.

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Rachel GoetzMarch 2
Tim ClemmerMarch 2
Tim StullMarch 2
Greg FayMarch 3
Ryan FayMarch 4
Ralph YoungMarch 4

CNO Donations – 2013 through January 2021

Click here to see a summary of donations the club has made since 2013

Thank You Notes Received

Click here to see the Thank You Notes our Club received this week.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Zoom Meeting This Week

We had another meeting using Zoom. We will continue our weekly meetings via computer, cell phone or tablet for at least the next several weeks. Please join us and keep inviting guests.

Who can Attend Zoom Meetings?

Any member of any type of Centerville Noon Optimist can attend Zoom meetings. CNO 2.0, St Leonard’s and CNO full members or CNO monthly members can ALL attend.

Guests are also welcome. Please invite guests and introduce them if you like. Just share the Zoom link with them for that week.

COVID-19 UPDATE

In keeping with social distancing requirements – our CNO Meetings have transitioned temporarily to a online format using ZOOM.

Club Member Joe Madden was inspired to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.

Links to Recorded Meeting and PowerPoint

An unfortunate technical difficulty resulted in the loss of this week’s meeting recording.

A Copy of this Week’s Meeting PowerPoint Slide Deck is here

February 23, 2021 – Stephanie Bange – Graphic Novels

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Sometimes we feel it would benefit us to be like a pier, standing strong, being self-reliant, depending only on ourselves, but that would leave us alone, unconnected, and going nowhere.  Help us instead to be like a bridge, connecting to others, aiding their journey, and traveling alongside them, even if only for a brief moment in time.

Amen.

Committee Meetings

  • 3/17/2021, 6 PM, Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf 2021, Zoom hosted by Mike Bevis. Meetings in 2021 will be on Wednesdays on 1/13, 2/17, 3/17, 4/14, 5/12, 6/16, 7/7. Additional volunteers are always welcome. The golf outing will be held on 7/12/2021.
  • 3/16/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting, Zoom hosted by President Debe Dockins.

Community Events

Greg Griffin announced that the Easter Egg Drive through will be held on April 3rd, 2021.

Visual Arts Contest chairs Deb Saunders and Jane Fiehrer have sent out the invitation to art teachers at local schools so they can invite their students to participate.

Beth Duncan, chair of Centerville’s Got Talent, said she needs more volunteers to help with this committee. The contest will be for kids ages 4-19 that live or go to school in Centerville or Washington Township and will be participating in the event via videos they create of their talent. They recently had their first meeting, but they still would like more volunteers.

Social Events

Sue Jesse and Sarah Umbreit, Social Committee, announced the winners of the “Name that Baby” contest, held last Friday. They each received credits to Optigear from Lizard Apparel. Val Huff (most guessed right, $50), Debe Dockins (most interesting facts, $30), Charla Rheaume (cutest baby pic, $30), Carolyn Taylor (baby pic looks most like today, $30).

Stephanie Bange, Graphic Novels

Mary Ann MacKenzie introduced Stephanie Bange. Stephanie has always been a reader, often riding her bike or taking a bus to the base library when growing up.  She cut her teeth on Classics Illustrated, Archie Comics and DC Comics, spending her weekly allowance to read the latest issues of her favorite comic books.  She continues to read comic books today, although now they are referred to as graphic novels.

Stephanie received her Master’s Degree in Library Science from Louisiana State University and worked in all types of libraries – school, public, military/special and academic – over her 38 years in the field, retiring as Director of the Educational Resource Center at Wright State University in 2017. 

She now serves as a children’s literature consultant and recently worked with Mark Siegel, an award-winning graphic novel/author/illustrator and the founder, editor and publisher of First/Second Books (graphic novels).

Check out her presentation titled “Let’s Get Graphic!” here.

Stephanie discussed Comic Books and Graphic Novels for Adults.

The difference between Comic Books and Graphic Novels is that a Graphic Novel has a plot, a story arc and a resolution. A Comic Book is a serial and only has a couple of chapters of the bigger story in a single issue. They are binding some comic books into a complete story as Graphic Novels.

She said that adults read comic books to relax and allow your brain to create and that they are a great way to spend time with your kids and grandchildren. Note that many comics and graphic novels are not meant for children. There are multiple levels of appropriate materials by age groups.

The two major publishers are Marvel and DC, but there are dozens of other independent publishers. It is a big business. There are 528 Million in sales form comic bookstores alone.

Stephanie has a PDF with lots of links and information including the major publishers and lots of recommendations. Stephanie said that Ohio libraries have many of these titles and to check out “Search Ohio” if your local library does not have what you want. The Washington Township-Centerville Public library is part of “Search Ohio” and has a very large local collection of comics and graphic novels available.

Stephanie closed her presentation with “Live long, prosper and read a graphic novel!”

Thank you, Stephanie Bange, for joining us to educate CNO about Comics and Graphic Novels that are not just for kids anymore.

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Julie RadoBeth DuncanInduction

Welcome Guests!

Guest NameGuest of
Stephanie BangeMary Ann MacKenzie and today’s speaker
Andrew MarlattJoe Cantrell
Bernice WillisDebe Dockins
Jean BoyerMary Ann MacKenzie

Happy Bucks

No time for Happy Bucks this week.

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Erin Belangia-SanchezFebruary232/23/200615
Chris ZiehlerFebruary262/26/20174
Jane FiehrerFebruary272/27/199823
Judy DeMarcoFebruary272/27/199823
Dick StevensFebruary282/28/200120
Kelly StoneFebruary282/28/200120

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
John ThompsonFebruary 24
Pat BehnFebruary 26
John ShermanFebruary 26
Ashley SimeoneFebruary 26
Blanca CrinerFebruary 26
Joan CordonnierFebruary 28
Aaron CampbellFebruary 28

CNO Donations – 2013 through December 2020

Click here to see a summary of donations the club has made since 2013

Thank You Notes Received

Click here to see the Thank You Notes our Club received this week.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Zoom Meeting This Week

We had another meeting using Zoom. We will continue our weekly meetings via computer, cell phone or tablet for at least the next several weeks. Please join us and keep inviting guests.

Who can Attend Zoom Meetings?

Any member of any type of Centerville Noon Optimist can attend Zoom meetings. CNO 2.0, St Leonard’s and CNO full members or CNO monthly members can ALL attend.

Guests are also welcome. Please invite guests and introduce them if you like. Just share the Zoom link with them for that week.

COVID-19 UPDATE

In keeping with social distancing requirements – our CNO Meetings have transitioned temporarily to a online format using ZOOM.

Club Member Joe Madden was inspired to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.

Links to Recorded Meeting and PowerPoint

This week’s Zoom Meeting recording is here

This week’s Zoom meeting podcast is here

A Copy of this Week’s Meeting PowerPoint Slide Deck is here

February 16, 2021 – Oratorical Contest – Week #2

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Sometimes we need to change our perspective.  When we look outside today at a fresh blanket of snow, help us to refrain from dreading the shoveling and plowing, the bitter cold, and higher heating bills.  Instead, help us to admire and appreciate its beauty and the uniqueness of each snowflake, much like we need to admire and appreciate the beauty and uniqueness in each of us. 

Amen.

Announcements

Kristen Marks, chair of the Essay Contest, needs more judges to help with the essay contest. There is a judging rubric to follow to help you score the essays.

Greg announced that there will be a member appreciation boxed lunch available on 3/12/2021. Refer to the PDF you have been emailed and send Debe Dockins your choice for lunch if you would like to come and pick up your free lunch.

Greg announced that the Second Quarter Ohio District Conference will be February 26-27, 2021 via Zoom.

Happy Birthday Louise Haun and Ken Peacock

Today was Louise Haun’s and Ken Peacock’s birthday. Louise was on today’s call. Tim Clemmer led those in attendance on the Zoom meeting. First, we warned the Oratorical participants not to be scared and please stay on the call. Second, we warmed up our voices which didn’t help. Then, we sang loudly, proudly, and badly. Have a great birthday and year Louise and Ken!

Committee Meetings

  • 3/17/2021, 6 PM, Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf 2021, Zoom hosted by Mike Bevis. Meetings in 2021 will be on Wednesdays on 1/13, 2/17, 3/17, 4/14, 5/12, 6/16, 7/7. Additional volunteers are always welcome. The golf outing will be held on 7/12/2021.
  • 3/16/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting, Zoom hosted by President Debe Dockins.

Community Events

Greg Griffin and Pat Behn announced that the Easter Egg Drive through will be held on April 3rd, 2021, at Oak Grove Park. They need volunteers to hand out cinch sacks filled with plastic Easter Eggs to children as their parents drive through.

Visual Arts Contest chairs Deb Saunders and Jane Fiehrer have sent out the invitation to art teachers at local schools so they can invite their students to participate.

Beth Duncan, chair of Centerville’s Got Talent, said she needs more volunteers to help with this committee. The contest will be for kids ages 4-19 that live or go to school in Centerville or Washington Township and will be participating in the event via videos they create of their talent.

Margaret Barclay Memorial 2021 Optimist Oratorical Contest – Day 2

Liz Fultz, the chair of the Margaret Barclay Memorial Oratorical contest, introduced the participating students and described this annual event. Public speaking is important. Seventy percent of people say it is an essential skill for success. This is the 5th year for Liz to chair this event. Liz thanked today’s judges who are Beth Duncan, Kristen Marks and Joellen Ulliman. Tom Novak served as timekeeper.

Liz thanked her co-chair Ron Thompson. Additional thanks to Debe Dockins and Greg Griffin for helping to prepare for this meeting.

Liz thanked educators and administrators who support the contest including the Principals at the Centerville middle schools and Thomas Razaukas and Erin Bade, teachers at Incarnation without whom this contest would not be possible.

The speakers today are sharing their perspectives on “Healing the World with Optimism.” 

View the video of today’s participants here.

The winner from each of the 2 days will represent Centerville Noon at the Zone 14 contest, which will be held on Zoon on Wednesday, March 9th, 2021.

About the Oratorical Contest

Since it was established in 1928, the Oratorical Contest has become the longest-running program sponsored by Optimists International. 

Our contest is named in honor of former Optimist member Margaret Barclay.   Margaret chaired this committee for many years.  She cared deeply about bringing out the best in kids and in living the Optimist Creed.  She was a most beloved member of our club, a past president and lived a life dedicated to helping others. Margaret’s accomplishments were vast, including 40 years in public education, the last 27 in the Centerville Schools. She retired in 2000 as Principal at Magsig Middle School. While Margaret passed away in 2010, it is a pleasure to see her memory being recognized in this way.

Mr. Roy Barclay, husband of Margaret, supports the Oratorical contest by making an annual donation.  Thank you, Roy, for your ongoing contributions and support of this contest.

Details about the contest for participants. You can view the flyer here.

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Julie RadoBeth Duncan3rd Reading

Welcome Guests!

Welcome to each of our seven student speakers and their guests this week!

Happy Bucks

No time for Happy Bucks this week.

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Bob LawsonFebruary172/17/20165
Harry BosseyFebruary172/17/199427
John HornerFebruary172/17/201011
Lou BrinkmanFebruary172/17/199526
Sandy StevensFebruary172/17/201011
Sarah UmbreitFebruary172/17/20165
Jack AndersonFebruary182/18/20165
Laura CascheraFebruary182/18/199724
Russell HulbertFebruary202/20/20138
Bob CollinsFebruary212/21/20147

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Ken PeacockFebruary 16
Louise HaunFebruary 16
Julie Walling NoethFebruary 20
Stan FronzagliaFebruary 20
Mike BevisFebruary 21

CNO Donations – 2013 through December 2020

Click here to see a summary of donations the club has made since 2013

Thank You Notes Received

No Thank You Notes received this week.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Zoom Meeting This Week

We had another meeting using Zoom. We will continue our weekly meetings via computer, cell phone or tablet for at least the next several weeks. Please join us and keep inviting guests.

Who can Attend Zoom Meetings?

Any member of any type of Centerville Noon Optimist can attend Zoom meetings. CNO 2.0, St Leonard’s and CNO full members or CNO monthly members can ALL attend.

Guests are also welcome. Please invite guests and introduce them if you like. Just share the Zoom link with them for that week.

COVID-19 UPDATE

In keeping with social distancing requirements – our CNO Meetings have transitioned temporarily to a online format using ZOOM.

Club Member Joe Madden was inspired to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.

Links to Recorded Meeting and PowerPoint

This week’s Zoom Meeting recording is here

This week’s Zoom meeting podcast is here

A Copy of this Week’s Meeting PowerPoint Slide Deck is here

February 9, 2021 – Oratorical Contest – Week #1

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

Dear God in Heaven,

Over this past year, we have felt like a shell in the ocean being tossed around, beaten, battered, broken, and crashed down on by waves of emotions.  Even though we may feel broken and abused, like the shell in the picture, You are molding and shaping us into something new.  Help us to never lose sight of Your love and the knowledge that You are in control and are doing greater things than we could ever imagine.

Amen.

Picture of a hand holding a heart shaped shell.

Announcements

Kristen Marks, chair of the Essay Contest, needs more judges to help with the essay contest. There is a judging rubric to follow to help you score the essays.

Mike Brubaker, Avenue of Flags, stated renewal messages have been sent via 1900 emails and 200 mailings. Renewals started coming in right away.

Committee Meetings

  • 2/17/2021, 6 PM, Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf 2021, Zoom hosted by Mike Bevis. Meetings in 2021 will be on Wednesdays on 1/13, 2/17, 3/17, 4/14, 5/12, 6/16, 7/7. Additional volunteers are always welcome. The golf outing will be held on 7/12/2021.
  • 2/16/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting, Zoom hosted by President Debe Dockins

Community Events

Greg Griffin announced that the Easter Egg Drive through will be held on April 3rd, 2021.

Visual Arts Contest chairs Deb Saunders and Jane Fiehrer have sent out the invitation to art teachers at local schools so they can invite their students to participate.

Beth Duncan, chair of Centerville’s Got Talent, said she needs more volunteers to help with this committee. The contest will be for kids ages 4-19 that live or go to school in Centerville or Washington Township and will be participating in the event via videos they create of their talent.

Social Events

2/19/2021 at 6:30 PM, Sue Jessee and Sara Umbreit said the “Name that Baby” social event contest will be held that evening. Send in your baby pictures and three self-facts to Sue Jessee no later than February 12, 2021.

Margaret Barclay Memorial 2021 Optimist Oratorical Contest – Day 1

Liz Fultz, the chair of the Margaret Barclay Memorial Oratorical contest, introduced the participating students and described this annual event. Public speaking is important. Seventy percent of people say it is an essential skill for success. This is the 5th year for Liz to chair this event. Liz thanked today’s judges who are Beth Duncan, Kristen Marks, and Joellen Ulliman. Tom Novak served as timekeeper.

Liz thanked her co-chair Ron Thompson. Additional thanks to Debe Dockins and Greg Griffin for helping to prepare for this meeting.

Liz thanked educators and administrators who support the contest including the Principals at the Centerville middle schools and Thomas Razaukas and Erin Bade, teachers at Incarnation without whom this contest would not be possible.

The speakers today are sharing their perspectives on “Healing the World with Optimism.” 

View the video of today’s participants here.

The winner from each of the 2 days will represent Centerville Noon at the Zone 14 , which will be held on Zoon on Wednesday, March 9th, 2021.

About the Oratorical Contest

Since it was established in 1928, the Oratorical Contest has become the longest-running program sponsored by Optimists International. 

Our contest is named in honor of former Optimist member Margaret Barclay.   Margaret chaired this committee for many years.  She cared deeply about bringing out the best in kids and in living the Optimist Creed.  She was a most beloved member of our club, a past president and lived a life dedicated to helping others. Margaret’s accomplishments were vast, including 40 years in public education, the last 27 in the Centerville Schools. She retired in 2000 as Principal at Magsig Middle School. While Margaret passed away in 2010, it is a pleasure to see her memory being recognized in this way.

Mr. Roy Barclay, husband of Margaret, supports the Oratorical contest by making an annual donation.  Thank you, Roy, for your ongoing contributions and support of this contest.

Details about the contest for participants. You can view the flyer here.

New Member Readings and Inductions

No New Member Readings this week.

Welcome Guests!

Welcome to each of our seven student speakers and their guests this week!

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Greg Griffin$7 Happy Bucks for the 7 participants in today’s Oratorical Contet
Bob Bargmeyer$2 Happy Bucks because he and his wife Anna have both recived both of their COVID vaccine doses

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Brent RichburgFebruary132/13/20183
Brian NolanFebruary132/13/20183
Clint FreeseFebruary132/13/20183
Jon WertsFebruary132/13/20183
June BosworthFebruary132/13/20183
Laurie WestheimerFebruary132/13/20183
Suzanne WertsFebruary132/13/20183

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Michelle TagliamonteFebruary 9
Mary Ann MacKenzieFebruary 11
Ron TinnermanFebruary 11
John HornerFebruary 12
Dan SamiecFebruary 12
Monty ZinckFebruary 13
Ron ThompsonFebruary 14

CNO Donations – 2013 through December 2020

Click here to see a summary of donations the club has made since 2013

Thank You Notes Received

No Thank You Notes received this week.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Zoom Meeting This Week

We had another meeting using Zoom. We will continue our weekly meetings via computer, cell phone or tablet for at least the next several weeks. Please join us and keep inviting guests.

Who can Attend Zoom Meetings?

Any member of any type of Centerville Noon Optimist can attend Zoom meetings. CNO 2.0, St Leonard’s and CNO full members or CNO monthly members can ALL attend.

Guests are also welcome. Please invite guests and introduce them if you like. Just share the Zoom link with them for that week.

COVID-19 UPDATE

In keeping with social distancing requirements – our CNO Meetings have transitioned temporarily to a online format using ZOOM.

Club Member Joe Madden was inspired to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.

Links to Recorded Meeting and PowerPoint

This week’s Zoom Meeting recording is here

This week’s Zoom meeting podcast is here

A Copy of this Week’s Meeting PowerPoint Slide Deck is here