CNOtes – August 6, 2019 – Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Phather Phil did not submit a written copy of his prayer this week for publication – I think he said the “dog ate it” – God Bless the Dog!

Today’s Guests

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Upcoming Social Events

  • 9/24/2019 – 6 PM, Tuesday, Presidential Installation Dinner at the Presidential Banquet Center
  • 10/10/2019 – ALL DAY, Keeneland Horse Racing, there will be a chartered bus
  • 11/8/2019 – 6 PM, Friday, Euchre party at TBD
  • 12/10/2019 – 6 PM, Tuesday, Holiday Party at Yankee Trace

Committee Announcements

Don Wildenhaus announced that TOP Soccer registration will be August 18, 2019 at 3:00. They need volunteers to help with registration and handing out t-shirts. Centerville Noon Optimist club has been a sponsor for this program for several years. Players and coaches can sign up here.

Jesse Gaither announced that the next CNO 2.0 meeting is on August 15, 2019 and it will be at Heavier than Air Brewing Company and the speaker will be the owner and CNO member Nick Tarkany.

Bob Lawson, chair of the Optimist Kid’s Day in the Park, said it was really busy!. Over 400 kids visited the CNO booth and they gave away over 800 prizes. He thanked everyone who volunteered. Instead of the helium balloons we have given away in the past we offered balloon animals. Several members have now been trained by CNO member Jerry Gerhards on how to make balloon animals.

Beth Duncan announced that signups are now available for the Keeneland Horse Racing event. There is a maximum of 56 people for this event. We last had this event two years ago. Ask others that attended, it was a lot of fun.

Cherie Gentry announced that the Great Ohio Optimist District Convention will be August 15-17, 2019 in Fairborn. Attending is an opportunity to meet, be inspired by and trained by incoming Optimist International President Adrian Elcock. He has a new plan for running Optimist International when he becomes president on October 1, 2019. It is not too late to sign up and the club pays for your attendance fees.

Mike Bevis, golf chair, announced that at lunch on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 we will celebrate the success of this year’s golf outing. Speaking will be Robert Lober,a Pediatric Surgeon from Dayton Children’s Hospital.

Sue Brubaker reported on the Build-A-Bear for children with Sickle cell anemia at the Kroc Center on August 3, 2019, We gave away 80 bears. The kids loved it, it went well and thank you to all the volunteers for your help. We made another 20 bears for nurses at Children’s Hospital to give away to patients having a bad day.

Bob Burkman thanked Erin and Andy Dickerson for representing the Centerville Noon Optimists at the Washington Township Park District’s “Big Back Yard Party” on August 3, 2019. The two of them set up a fishing poll casting booth. CNO normally has a bigger presence at this event, but the Park District moved the date up a month this year and it conflicted with the Optimist Kid’s Day in the Park that was the same day.

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

Bill Williams introduced today’s speaker Dawn Kirchner, the Vice President of Education at Boonshoft Museum of Discovery. The Boonshoft Museum is a children’s museum, science and technology center and zoo in Dayton, Ohio. It focuses on science and natural history. SunWatch Indian Village and Fort Ancient are the sister sites to the museum.

The slide show she presented is available here

The following is a summary of the presentation written by the presenter, Dawn Kirchner.

Dawn Kirchner, Vice President of Education, holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Biological Science, as well as a Master’s of Science in Biology with a core emphasis in Environmental Science, both from Wright State University. Dawn has been a part of the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery for over eight years, with positions in the Discovery Zoo as well as several positions in the Education Department before taking on her current role in 2015.  Prior to working for the Boonshoft Museum, she worked for the University of Kansas Natural History Museum. Dawn has more than 15 years of experience in the design, management and implementation of a variety of programs, exhibits, and activities for children and adults of all ages in museum settings.

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery has a variety of programs available for children of all ages, as well as for general visitors to the museum. Starting in 1893 as an annex in the Dayton Metro Library, expanding to the first standalone building in 1953 as the Dayton Museum of Natural History, and then continuing to grow onto DeWeese Parkway and becoming the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in the 1990’s, the Museum’s collections have soared to approximately 1.8 million items, and continue to grow.

  • A diverse range of exhibits appeals to visitors of all ages. From the Hall of the Universe, to animals from around the world featured in the Discovery Zoo, to areas for pretend play like the Pizza Kitchen for the youngest of visitors.
  • A variety of programs are available each day and are included with general admission, ranging from hands-on science activities, to live animal encounters and planetarium shows. Four times each year, the Museum has Super Science Saturdays, which allow anyone in the community to visit FREE of charge all day. The remaining dates in 2019 are August 17 and November 16.
  • The Museum also holds an annual Science Festival in November and invites families to explore hands-on STEM activities and interact with partners and Museum professionals. In addition to the complete Museum experience, guests can also explore the STEM Expo in the Main Exhibit Hall with representatives from 20+ community partners. This day also has FREE admission.
  • Schools from all over the region participate in field trips to supplement science, math, and social science standards. The newly renovated Do Lab and Science Theater will enhance these experiences with expanded opportunities in chemistry, physics, and life science-based programs.
  • For groups unable to travel to the museum, the Exhibits-to-Go program brings unique science experiences directly into the classroom, community center, or library. Or, these same groups can connect with one of our educators live through the Distance Learning program utilizing a computer.
  • Summer Camp experiences run a minimum of 6 weeks each year, with a variety of STEM topics to choose from for children age 4 to 11. New experiences are being planned for children up to age 14.
  • Anyone interested in volunteering their time has a variety of opportunities every day of the week. There are a variety of opportunities such as exhibit interpreters, program facilitators, or tidal pool guides to name a few. Visit http://www.boonshoftmuseum.org/support/volunteer/ for details on how to get involved.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Art Hung August 10
Judy DeMarco August 10
Paul Stull August 11
Larry Lynde August 12

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Fred Polizzi August 9 8/9/2005 14

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Joe Cantrell Wayne Christie 2nd Reading
Jack Quinlan Gary DeMarco 1st Reading
Ruthy Quinlan Judy DeMarco 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Chris McAlpine Instantly took first come first serve offer for Dayton Dragon tickets from Bill Williams during Bill’s introduction of today’s speaker.
Judge James Long For being part of the judicial branch.
Paula Kalaman Told Sgt Clemmer, “I don’t need to buy 7, 50/50 tickets for $5 when I can lose just fine with one.”
Kelly Davis Telling Sgt, “I wish I was somewhere fun.”
Fred Polizzi Attending the Lebanon Blues Fest and helping to drink all of the beer.
Ron Kuker Said someone, “Was old”, but then said, “I wasn’t talking about your age.”

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Carolyn Taylor Will be traveling to Tennessee to celebrate her mother’s 100th birthday!
Bob Lawson Grandson just completed his Eagle Project building a new booster booth at Centerville High School.

CNOtes – July 30, 2019 – Library Grants and Scholarships Awarded

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Phather Phil did not submit a written copy of his prayer this week for publication – I think he said the “dog ate it” – God Bless the Dog!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Alan Bair Recipient’s Family
Allison Ormsby Scholarship Recipient
Ana Bair Scholarship Recipient
Chris Wysong Debe Dockins
Christie Sanderman Recipient’s Family
Chuck Ormsby Recipient’s Family
Colleen Corrigan Suzanne Werts
Danielle Meyer Scholarship Recipient
David Cantrell Gary Aiken
Elizabeth Cleary Mike Bevis
Gabriel Couch Scholarship Recipient
Isabella Fields Scholarship Recipient
JC Jones Mike Bevis
Joann Garrison Recipient’s Family
Kaylob Fields Scholarship Recipient
Ken Kundsen Donna Huss
Leslie Bair Recipient’s Family
Linda Cantrell Gail Aiken
Logan Fay Recipient’s Friend
Lori Ormsby Recipient’s Family
Michelle Garrison Scholarship Recipient
Nicole Couch Recipient’s Family
Robin Brun Suzanne Werts
Susan Strong Mike Bevis
Tom Meyer Recipient’s Family
Zack Beck Gary Hansen

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Special Announcements

Gary Smiga presented $400 checks to help fund local school libraries. Representatives were on hand from Miami Valley School, Spring Valley Academy and Centerville Schools to accept these CNO donations.  Incarnation School will also receive a check for $400.

Thank you to CNO member Wasfi Samaan, owner of JD Legends, who presented a check in the amount of $525 to the Centerville Noon Optimist club from the proceeds JD Legends received from CNO members attending a concert on July 20, 2019.

Myron Rheaume presented the “Promise Yourself” award from Optimist International President Rebecca Butler Mona to Donna Huss.

Upcoming Social Events

  • 8/10/2019 – 5:30 PM, Saturday, Cookout, Outdoor games, Monte Carlo Night at Lion’s Club, Bellbrook
  • 9/24/2019 – 6 PM, Tuesday, Presidential Installation Dinner at the Presidential Banquet Center
  • 10/10/2019 – ALL DAY, Keeneland Horse Racing, there will be a chartered bus.
  • 11/8/2019 – 6 PM, Friday, Euchre party at TBD
  • 12/10/2019 – 6 PM, Tuesday, Holiday Party at Yankee Trace

Happy Birthday Phather Phil!

Phil Robinson (aka the Chaplain of CNO, “Phather Phil”) turned 94 on July 26, 2019. He joined CNO on April 1, 1982. He was presented with many birthday cards. Even though it was not actually his birthday today, we still “sang” happy birthday to him. Not sure you can call it singing. Actually, you should not call it singing, not even close! The ceremony was led by Charlie Tapp and since it was a grand occasion, he was assisted by Bob Duffy. I guess this way neither man takes the full blame for the loss of hearing endured by us from our performance.

Committee Announcements

Donna Huss announced that we will have a booth setup at Boomerfest at St Leonard Center on Saturday, August 10th. We still need volunteers to work 2-hour shifts from noon to 6:00. Please contact Mike Bevis or Donna Huss to volunteer.

Greg Fay, Chair of CNO 2.0, said he would love to have additional members join his committee and bring with them fresh ideas. The next CNO 2.0 event will be at Heavier than Air on August 15, 2019. The meeting after that will be September 19, 2019 at JD Legends in Franklin OH. The speaker will be University of Dayton Men’s Basketball coach, Anthony Grant.

Donna Huss announced that the Ohio District Convention will be held in Fairborn from August 15-17, 2019. Our JOI club is requesting donations of school supplies to be given to Choices, Inc., which is a foster care program, serving 16 Ohio counties. Please bring your donations to lunch and Evelyn Griffin will collect the items.

Skilled Trades Scholarships

Evelyn Griffin, chair of the Skilled Trades committee that started this year, presented the first two students to receive the Skilled Trades Scholarships from the Centerville Noon Optimist club.

Recipient Kaylob Fields will study Unmanned Aerial Systems.

Recipient Gabriel Couch will study Construction Management.

Centerville High School partnered with our club to find students who have a desire and a financial need to pursue a degree in the skilled trades. Skilled trades are in high demand and this is a wonderful opportunity for a good job, to earn good money and have a great future.

Each student will be provided up to $750 per semester for up to 6 semesters at Sinclair. In addition to financial assistance, each student will have two mentors, which they just met today! The mentors are Fred Polizzi, Christine Balsan, Gary Hansen and Evelyn Griffin.

Will Cale Scholarships

Gary Hansen, the Will Cale Scholarship chair, introduced the recipients of this year’s Will Cale Scholarships. The recipients are Keegan Gallant, Max Lightcap and Austin Newell.

The first year of this scholarship was 2010. This scholarship requires a Counselor’s recommendation and the emphasis for selection is on financial need and potential rather than academics or class standing. The scholarship provides up to $750 per semester for up to six semesters ($4,500 total) at Sinclair College. This is sufficient funding for an Associate’s Degree. The goal is for the recipient to graduate from Sinclair with an Associate Degree. The hope is that some of them will continue their schooling and earn 4-year degrees.

In addition to the funding, each winner receives 2 mentors from our membership.

Not every student accepts the award. They may not want to go to Sinclair or they choose a different path. Keegan Gallant is currently considering joining the army.

Nine students are currently active in the Will Cale Scholarship program.

2019 Educational Assistance Renewals

Gary Smiga was pleased to reintroduce last year’s 4 Memorial Educational Assistance Award recipients. Each of the 4 students was presented a $1500 check made out to their universities for them to submit toward tuition, fees or book expenses that they will have this coming academic year.

The following are notes from Gary Smiga:

To be eligible for a second award the students submitted a completed FAFSA to substantiate a continued financial need; an official transcript from their college or university that shows an end of freshman year GPA of 3.0 or higher; and a short outline of their continued participation and involvement in school, community or faith based activities.

Michelle Garrison completed her freshman year at Emory University with a GPA of 3.924.  Michelle has volunteered at Project Shine (Students Helping in Naturalization in English) where she helped refugee students with English acquisition and schoolwork and she was a member of PAWstive Outreach which is an organization that organizes weekly trips to a local animal shelter.  In addition, she attended EMT training sessions, earning her EMT Basic certification.  This summer she is working as a student intern at WPAFB, where she works in a lab analyzing sweat as a biochemical marker of human performance.

Allison Ormsby completed her freshman year at Wittenberg University with a GPA of 3.947. Allison played on Wittenberg’s field hockey and lacrosse teams.  At the end of her first semester she was named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division III National Academic Squad.  She was also inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta, an academic honor society for first year success. Allison volunteered tutoring bilingual students in math, science, and language arts at Catholic Central Elementary and as a teacher in a 3-year-old classroom at the Springfield YMCA Child Center.

Anastasia Bair completed her freshman year at Walsh University with a GPA of 3.76.  Anastasia played on Walsh’s soccer team where she learned how to juggle 8 hours of practice time, 2 games per week, an average of 6 hours of travel, and tournament play that would run from Wednesday afternoon to Sunday evening, along with a demanding academic schedule.  She was very involved in her church, where she joined a community group consisting of other college students and young adults.  Their group volunteered to tear down after each church service since they were meeting in a middle school auditorium.  She also joined Students Helping Honduras, an organization fundraising for a trip to Honduras to build a school for children.  She is also a member of the Walsh University Nursing Club.

Danielle Meyer completed her freshman year at Wright State University with a GPA of 4.0.  Danielle participated in Theater and was cast as the lead actress in Woyzeck and appeared in multiple short films and feature films.  She was awarded Best Supporting Actress for the short film “Our Last Day”. For her high level of academic achievement, she was awarded a place on the Raj Soin College of Business Dean’s List.  She currently works as the manager at Scoops Ice Cream and as a Library Aide at the Washington-Centerville Public Library.

Each student introduced their guests and thanked CNO for our continued support.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
James Schumacher July 30
John Powell July 30
Steve Linder July 30
Melissa Deeter August 03
Andrew Cain August 4

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Kathy McAlpine July 31 7/31/2018 1
Myron Rheaume August 1 8/1/1987 32
Kathy Klein August 5 8/5/2016 3

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Joe Cantrell Wayne Christie 2nd Reading
Jack Quinlan Gary DeMarco 1st Reading
Ruthy Quinlan Judy DeMarco 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Members at Birthday table that do not have a birthday in July Sitting at the birthday table wihtout having a July birthday.
Members not at Birthday table that have a birthday in July Not sitting at the birthday table.
Martin Huffstutler Fined himself because he couldn’t find his car after the meeting last week. [Martin will seriously be considered as a Sergeant at Arms next year]

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Scott Langer Son just got married.
David Ladd 50 year wedding anniversary. He said his wife says 12 really good years out of 50 isn’t bad.
Bob Collins Pray buck for CNO member Ed Case. He is at St Leonards. He encourages members to send him a card or email wishing him well.
Myron Rheaume For those attending the Great Ohio District Convention this month.
Myron Rheaume Granddaughter, Kira, finished Freshman year at UC with 4.0 and was named Freshman of the year.
Gary Anderson Grandson, Jake, is the pitcher for a Mason OH 14 and under team; team just won the state of Ohio Little League Championship and will be playing in the regional tournament in Ft Wayne.
Evelyn Griffin Having so many guests today getting scholarships or accepting donations to their school libraries.

CNOtes – Optimist 2.0 July 18, 2019 – Jenell Ross – President, Bob Ross Auto Group

Guests and Members in Attendance

Renee Arana
Denise Christie
Beth Fowler
Kayleigh Jackson
Gary McDowell
Jack Quinlin
Ruthy Quinlin
Sham Reddy
Jenell Ross
Angie Tilinghast
Nancy Anderson
Diane Arehart
Pat Arehart
Marge Back
Wayne Christie
Brendan Cunningham
Gary DeMarco
Judy DeMarco
Emily Duke
Stan Fronzaglia
Jesse Gaither
Christy Gariety
Jerry Gebhards
Renee Glenn
Evelyn Griffin
Greg Griffin
Gary Hansen
Donna Huss
Martha Jackson
Nancy Lehren
Brian Nolan
Tom Novak
Laurie Poeppelman
Jean Pummill
Vince Reidy
Brent Richburg
Deb Saunders
Ashley Simeone
Bill Stone
Kelly Stone
Ron Tinnerman
Frank Weikel
Jayne Weikel
Jon Werts
Suzanne Werts

All Photos from the Meeting are here

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was Chappy’s Social House at 880 Washington Village Drive. Thank you to the team at Chappy’s for hosting us.

There was a 50/50 drawing won by Kayleigh Jackson.

There were 45 people at the meeting (35 members and 10 guests).

Jesse Gaither, member of CNO 2.0 committee, thanked everyone for attending tonight. Jesse also mentioned our 3 fundraisers. We just finished our golf outing this week. We raise money from the Avenue of Flags program. We also sell Christmas Trees each year behind the Centerville Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

Jenell Ross from Bob Ross Auto Group

Jesse Gaither introduced Jenell Ross, the president of Bob Ross Auto Group. Jenell is a graduate of Emory University and a trustee at U.D. She is a chairperson for the Federal Reserve in Cincinnati. After her mother’s death from breast cancer, she and her daughters started the Norma J. Ross Memorial Foundation funding programs that raise breast cancer awareness, provide patient aid and research, and support local youth education.  The slogan “Pink Ribbon Driven” is also the name of their website. https://pinkribbondriven.org/

Jenell’s father, Bob Ross, purchased his first dealership in Richmond, Indiana 45 years ago. In 1979, he purchased the Mercedes and Buick dealership on Loop Road in Centerville, Ohio. Bob Ross was the first African American to own a Mercedes dealership.

Jenell attended Centerville schools and graduated from the Miami Valley School.

She has always loved automobiles. She would hang around the dealership and would work in various areas. After graduating from Emory University, she became an official employee and was able to work with her father for 5 years before his early passing at the age of 62 in 1997.

Jenell explained that when the owner of a dealership passes it is typically a nervous time at a dealership. There is normally a mass exodus of good employees when the owner passes. This was not the case at Bob Ross. The employees were always treated well and there was a smooth transition. Her mother, Norma J. Ross, became president, and Jenell became the chief operating officer of the company. They have fun sometimes. They dress up for Halloween, Celebrate Christmas and do other fun group outings with employees and their families.

 

While president, Norma added the Hummer Franchise. Then the recession hit and made it very difficult to keep the dealerships running well in Dayton. The loss of NCR and DHL reduced the pool of customers. They spent a lot of energy trying to keep people motivated during this time. Some of their decisions were not perfect. They added dealerships for Alpha Romeo and Fiat, but they didn’t work out and they dropped the brands after about 1.5 years.

They survived the recession and currently have close to 100 employees. Even with the loss of GM manufacturing jobs in Dayton, they continue to be staunch supporters of GMC and Buick.

Dealer ownership statistics

  • There are 18,000 new car dealers in the US
  • 1000 are owned by females
  • 60 are owned by minority females
  • 4 are owned by African American females

Jenell took over day to day operations at the age of 27. She also became the representative of the company at various conventions and meetings held throughout the year. Her first few meetings were a bit interesting. She is not the typical face of the owner of a dealership. Still, 22 years later some attendees make some bad assumptions about who she is. She has a little fun with assumptions and tries to use it for education.

She is proud of the Norma J. Ross Foundation. It has become her side job. Part of the foundation’s purpose is to help pay for mammograms that many women cannot afford. They have trademarked the slogan “Pink Ribbon Drive”.

Jenell shared her view of Keys to Success in any Business

  • Have good people helping you; you need to rely on the fact that someone else can help when you need it
  • No one person can do everything, it is a Team effort
  • Have respect for your fellow workers
  • She doesn’t ask someone to do something she wouldn’t be willing to do herself
  • Just because you’re the boss doesn’t mean you are always right; everyone makes mistakes, so learn from them and try not to repeat them
  • Have self-confidence because not everyone you meet will want you to succeed
  • Be willing to learn more about you’re your area of expertise
  • Always be prepared (something her mother Norma always said)

In her closing she gave some thoughts about her success and her company’s success. No manufacturer is making a bad vehicle anymore. Success is about helping people get a vehicle that they want. There are a lot of choices in the automotive world. Business owners should be ethical and moral in everything they do.  The Centerville community has been great for them and she appreciates her customers and gives back to the community.

She didn’t start her company, however, for many years, she went to many seminars and was constantly learning about the industry and was therefore well prepared to take over at the age of 27.

To be an entrepreneur you need to be a risk taker. Only 13% of the workforce are entrepreneurs. That means 13% of the workforce is doing something the other 87% don’t want to do.

No matter what your career path, continue to challenge yourself to reach new levels of success. The most important thing is to have fun at whatever you choose to do. Remember that only you can make yourself happy.

Thank you, Jenell, for taking the time to come and speak to us today! After her presentation, Tom Novak thanked Jenell for generously donating loaner vehicles to help with Avenue of Flags and the Christmas Tree Lot.

 

 

CNOtes – July 23, 2019 – Club Day

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father when we first started saying our prayers we viewed it
as a duty. I’m sure I’m not alone in this practice. We remember
starting every prayer – “Now I lay me down to sleep.” Growing older
we started with asking for some help. Gradually we realized that
beginning with thanks gave us the most pleasure. Now it’s a
conversation with You, going over the days joys and the problems we
encountered and asking for Your guidance. Thank You Lord for Your
patience with us and helping us grow closer to You. I’m sure that
growing closer to You has given us our Optimism and the desire to
give back. Thanks again Lord. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Greg Blatt Ron Tinnerman
Tyler Blatt Ron Tinnerman
Joe Cantrell Wayne Christie
Faye Elam Donna Huss
Lisa Tucker Donna Huss

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Donations for Trotwood School Uniforms

Lisa Tucker, co-owner of Bill’s Donuts, accepted numerous individual donations today from our members on behalf of school uniforms for Trotwood. The district was hit hard by the Memorial Day tornados. CNO made a monetary contribution as well. Bill’s Donuts is very supportive of causes in our area and of CNO.

Top Ten Reasons to Attend the Ohio Convention

Cherie Gentry announced that the Great Ohio Optimist District Convention will be August 15-17, 2019 in Fairborn (just a short drive from Centerville!). She encourages all of us to sign up. Our club covers your fees to attend. If you can only come one day, the best day is Saturday, August 17. Please support the incoming governor (Myron Rheaume) by attending.

The top ten reasons to attend are:

  1. Opportunity to meet, be inspired by and trained by incoming Optimist International President Adrian Elcock.
  2. Incredible training for President-Elects, Secretary/Treasurer-Elects, Lt. Governor-Elects as well non-officer Optimists.
  3. Obtain new fundraising & project ideas for your club. Share your club activities with fellow Optimists.
  4. Win one of the $25 gift cards being given away as attendance prizes.
  5. Renew old friendships as well as make new optimist friends from all over The Great Ohio District.
  6. See the fantastic Great Ohio Optimist District JOI students in action.
  7. Be inspired to add new members to your club in order to serve more youth in your community.
  8. Celebrate The Great Ohio Optimist District’s success in the “Imagine the Power of You” year.
  9. Get motivated to help Governor-Elect Myron Rheaume lead us to greater achievements in 2019-20.
  10. Enjoy the fun & fellowship of the 72th Annual Convention of the Great Ohio District.

Upcoming Social Events

  • 8/10/2019 – 5:30 PM, Saturday, Cookout, Outdoor games, Monte Carlo Night at Lion’s Club, Bellbrook
  • 9/24/2019 – 6 PM, Tuesday, Presidential Installation Dinner at the Presidential Banquet Center
  • 10/10/2019 – ALL DAY, Keeneland Horse Racing, there will be a chartered bus.
  • 11/8/2019 – 6 PM, Friday, Euchre party at TBD
  • 12/10/2019 – 6 PM, Tuesday, Holiday Party at Yankee Trace

Committee Announcements

Donna Huss announced that the Ohio District Convention will be held in Fairborn from August 15-17, 2019. Our JOI club is requesting donations of school supplies to be given to Choices, Inc., which is a foster care program, serving 16 Ohio counties. Please bring your donations to lunch and Evelyn Griffin will collect the items.

Bob Lawson announced that Kids Day in the Park will be Saturday August 3rd, 2019. Please volunteer if you can. Instead of handing out the helium balloons we normally do new member Jerry Gerards will be making balloon animals. If you volunteer that day, you can get some training to make them.

Barbara Santo announced that the next Build-a-Bear will be Saturday August 3rd, 2019. More volunteers are needed for this very popular event. We did not get to pick the date of this event and it is unfortunate it is the same day as Kids Day in the Park. It is in conjunction with the Sickle Cell Annual Education Day. We need volunteers to show up at 1:30 PM at The Kroc Center, 1000 N Keowee St, Dayton OH. Volunteers are needed for several options: help children dress their bear, help with games, hand out bags or Nancy will find you a job!

Beth Duncan announced that Vida won the Euchre tournament last Friday.

Meet New Club Members

Instead of the usual guest speaker today, we used the time to get to know two of our newest members. We had two recently inducted members come up to the podium and share a little about themselves.

Michelle Tagliamonte

Michelle was inducted into CNO on July 16, 2019.

Before moving to Centerville, she and her family lived In Illinois. In Illinois she was a member of the board for CASA for Children. CASA is a national organization of advocates that have been standing up for children since 1977. When she heard about Centerville Noon Optimist and what we do she instantly wanted to join.

Her family was happy to leave Illinois and return to Centerville.

Professionally she enjoys helping people take control of their health through diet.

Dylan Mellling

Dylan Melling was inducted into CNO on July 23, 2019.

Dylan is the District Direct at Miami Valley Council of Boy Scouts of America.

He has been involved in scouts since grade school when he heard about all the cool things scouts get to use like bows and arrows, BB guns and fire. Dylan’s father has early onset dementia at the age of 56, and Dylan is grateful for the great memories of his father being his scout leader.

Dylan graduated with a class of 81 students from Frankton, Indiana.

He met his wife in Layfayette, Indiana. Their daughter, Sophia, was born 6 weeks early in mid-July, 2019 and she is doing well in the NICU in a hospital in Indianapolis.

Dylan said he will cherish the feeling of holding his little girl for the first for the rest of his life. He looks forward to when his daughter can join scouts.

Getting the word out about scouts to grade schoolers was traditionally through promotional flyers sent home from schools. Centerville has stopped sending flyers home. He has started using social media and geo fencing tools to advertise to potential new scouts.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Mike Yoder July 24
Kathy Klein July 26
Phil Robinson July 26
David Duncombe July 27
Jerry Stahley July 27
Katie Calloway July 27
Sandy Stevens July 28
Dan Beck July 29

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
John Sherman July 24 7/24/2009 10
David Brookman July 27 7/27/2011 8
Jim Long July 27 7/27/2015 4
Donna Robinson July 28 7/28/1997 22

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Yvette Donahue-Duffy Carolyn Taylor Induction
Bill Duffy Carolyn Taylor Induction
Kathy Linder Sue Brubaker Induction
Martin Huffstutler Jesse Gaither Induction
Tom Brozich Mike Bevis Induction
Marilyn Abbott Greg Griffin Induction
Dylan Melling Paul Stull Induction
Joe Cantrell Wayne Christie 1st Reading
Chris Smith Greg Griffin 3rd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Patrick Arehart For not purchasing 50/50 ticket
Beth Duncan Phone ringing during the Pledge of Alligiance
Yvette Donahue-Duffy Bob Duffy fined her for having the same last name as him
Bill Duffy Bob Duffy fined him for having the same last name as him

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Judy McFadden Had a great time at Euchre last Friday and thanked everyone for being patient with her; She had never played cards before let alone Euchre
Lisa Tucker Thank you for all the donations to assist students of Trotwood get much needed school uniforms after the Tornado disaster
Vida McDowell Winning Euchre Tournament
Jerry Gehards Happy he will be making balloons at Kid’s Day at the park on August 3, 2019
Dylan Melling Newborn daughter just took a bottle for the first time; She was born 6 weeks early and is still in the NICU and is doing fine
Beth Duncan Everyong on the social committee for being so helpful with events and for all the help with last week’s Euchre party
Brian Nolan Dick Stevens joining the golf foursome of Nolan, Kalaman and Tapp for Phather Phil’s birthday golf outing next week
Martin Huffstutler Happy to be part of the Centerville Noon Optimist Club
Bob Burkman Grandson Marine Corporal Steven Spencer Burkman is home on leave
Bob Burkman Granddaughter Briana Burkman is engaged after three years of dating
Bob Burkman Briana Burkman has completed her masters degree and is now employeed at the Coffman YMCA

CNOtes – July 16, 2019 – Jack Blosser – Fort Ancient

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father the worlds desires are constantly before us. We are
offered everything from A to Z to make us skinnier, prettier, healthier,
happier, smarter and whatever. Too often we succumb to our vanities.
We always think, wouldn’t it be nice if we could put ourselves into a
machine for 10 minutes and come out wrinkle free and two sizes smaller. Thank You for putting Your spirit within each one of us to
combat the urge to give into our vanities. Stay with us Lord as we give
thanks for Our many blessings. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Jan Ammer Kettering Noon
Sue Armstrong Kettering Noon
Linda Barton Kettering Noon
Jerry Gebhards Marge Back
Lynn Grubb Erin Dickerson
Sue Labatzky Kettering Noon
Judy Martinson Kettering Noon
Bev McCurdy Kettering Noon
Ashley McGuire Brandon Barrett
Krista Miller Kettering Noon
Christy Montavon Kettering Noon
Dottie Spatz Kettering Noon
Fred Swaisgood Myron Rheaume
Karen Waitzman Kettering Noon
Missy Mae Walters Kettering Noon

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Sue Brubaker July 16
Mark Petre July 18
Bob Burkman July 19

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Bob Bargmeyer July 17 7/17/2014 5
Jeff Papanek July 17 7/17/2014 5
Tom Beery July 17 7/17/2014 5
Casey Wyckoff July 18 7/18/2018 1
Mike Brem July 18 7/18/2018 1
Sue Jessee July 18 7/18/2018 1
Laura Franklin July 19 7/19/2017 2
Stephen Mock July 19 7/19/1996 23
Tom Lakes July 19 7/19/2017 2
Marge Back July 20 7/20/2016 3

Special Announcement

Donna Huss awarded the “Flippin’ Awesome Award” to Andy and Erin Dickerson for securing grant money for fishing rods. They are working on some other grants as well.

Upcoming Social Events

  • 8/10/2019 – 5:30 PM, Saturday, Cookout, Outdoor games, Monte Carlo Night at Lion’s Club, Bellbrook
  • 9/24/2019 – 6 PM, Tuesday, Presidential Installation Dinner at the Presidential Banquet Center
  • 10/xx/2019, ALL DAY, Keeneland Horse Racing, there will be a chartered bus. Date to be determined.
  • 11/8/2019 – 6:30 PM?, Friday, Euchre party at TBD
  • 12/10/2019 – 6 PM, Tuesday, Holiday Party at Yankee Trace

Committee Announcements

Bob Lawson announced he needs several more volunteers to help on August 3, 2019 with our booth at the Optimist Kids Day in the Park in Kettering.

Mike Bevis, chair of the Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf Tournament, thanked everyone who volunteered, golfed, sponsored or helped in any way to make this year’s event a great success.

Charlie Tapp announced that the annual golf outing to celebrate Phil Robinson’s (“Phather Phil”) birthday will be right after our lunch on 7/30/2019. Anyone is welcome to join. There will be nine holes of golf and immediately following there will be ice cream and cake. If you don’t golf you can still come and celebrate his birthday afterwards with the ice cream and cake.

Myron Rheaume announced that the Great Ohio Optimist District Convention will be August 15-17, 2019. He encourages all of us to sign up. Our club covers your fees to attend. If you can only come one day, the best day is Saturday, August 17. Please support the incoming governor (Myron Rheaume) by attending.

Fort Ancient Presentation

Bill Williams introduced today’s speaker, Jack Blosser, the site manager at Fort Ancient State Memorial.

Fort Ancient is Ohio’s first State Park. The mission of the Dayton Society of Natural History at Fort Ancient is to provide visitor and educational services focused on archaeology, Native American culture, and heritage stewardship as they relate to the site, on behalf of the Ohio History Connection.

The walls and mounds of Fort Ancient were built 2000 years ago by dumping baskets loaded with soil upon one another. There are 553,000 cubic yards of soil. This soil would fill enough dump trucks to stretch 200 miles.

There is an ongoing 11 year effort by a group named World Heritage Ohio to have Fort Ancient designated as a World Heritage site. The hope is to have the designation by 2021. There are currently 1121 sites on the list.

Quick Facts Jack mentioned during his presentation

  • In A.D 500 the site was abandoned. Another group came in 800 A.D. and left.
  • The name comes from the assumption that whoever built it was ancient.
  • There are individual mounds and none of the mounds are burials plots.
  • 4 mounds were placed in a perfect square with dips in the mounds to create a calendar system.
  • Since it was built there has been an erosion of 2-3 feet of soil along the walls.
  • An African American group built picnic areas over 2.5 years.
  • There is a 9000 square foot museum.
  • About 5000 school children come through the park each year. They are taught to throw spears among other things.
  • 183 Eagle projects have been completed at the site.
  • Many Boy Scouts troops perform community service at the site to pay for their camping.

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Michelle Tagliamonte Mike Bevis Induction
Dylan Melling Paul Stull 3rd Reading
Bill Duffy Carolyn Taylor 3rd Reading
Yvette Donahue-Duffy Carolyn Taylor 3rd Reading
Kathy Linder Sue Brubaker 3rd Reading
Martin Huffstutler Jesse Gaither 2nd Reading
Tom Brozich Mike Bevis 2nd Reading
Chris Smith Greg Griffin 2nd Reading
Marilyn Abbott Greg Griffin 2nd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
John Horner Needed change for a twenty to buy 50/50 tickets
Dylan Melling First time wearing his name badge
Mike Bevis Wearing the same colors as his new inductee Michelle Tagliamonte
Michelle Tagliamonte Wearing the same colors as her sponsor Mike Bevis
Dave Kay Earned a Get Out of Fine Free Coupon for pointing out that Art was REALLY late
Dave Kay Not divulging this Anti-Optimistic information sooner to the Sergeants
Art Hung Late to meeting
Tom Novak Because the sergeant was confused by his name watching Novak Djokovic play tennis
Donna Huss and Greg Griffin Taking a break in the bar at the golf outing

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Dan Beck Twin grandchildren were just born
Bob Collins Thanks to those who participated in “Dining in the Dark” – it helped raise money and awareness about the blind
Bob Collins Thanks to everyone who helped him raise $1700 through his participation in “Riding to Fight Kids’ Cancer”
John Horner Doing well after recent surgery
Dylan Melling He and his wife Ashlee welcomed their new baby Sophia 6 weeks early – she will be in the NICU for a few weeks and she is being well taken care of
Paul Stull Happy that Dylan Melling’s new baby and wife Ashlee are all doing well after the early delivery
Debe Dockins Son Stephen Dockins has been accepted at OU Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Brandon Barrett Pat Behn gave him an umbrella to ues at the golf outing to protect him from the sun when she learned he was already sunburnt
Scott Langer Son is engaged
Myron Rheaume $5 for the several guests today from the Kettering Noon Optimist club

CNOtes – July 9, 2019 – Sheriff Rob Streck – Identity Theft and Scams

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father there are times when I’m reminded of the early
morning prayer that thanks You for being close to me this day. With
Your help I haven’t lost my temper, been grouchy, impatient, judge
mental or envious of anyone.  But, I’ll be getting out of bed in a minute and I think I’ll really need You help then. I think we all have gotten up on the wrong side of the bed at one time or another. Which is only one of the ways, the devil has to sneak into our life. Lord we know our life is going to have some mean bumps along the way. Help us stay close to You, so together, we can iron out some of the meanest ones. We’ve been out of bed now for a while this morning and the day look great. Thank You Lord! Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Marilyn Abbott Carrie Million
Kate Bostdorff Mike Bevis
Bill Brandewie Carolyn Taylor
Joe Cantrell Wayne Christie
Joe Fanelli Mike Fanelli
Laura Filaseta Mike Bevis
Jerry Gebhards Marge Back
Nikki Hammes Donna Huss
Martin Huffstutler Jesse Gaither
Dylan Melling Paul Stull
Christine Sheriff’s Dept Speaker Guest
Sheriff Rob Streck Speaker
Angie Tapogna Renee Glenn
Frank Weikel Jayne Weikel
Sarah Williams Donna Huss

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Donation to Hannah’s Treasure Chest

President Donna Huss presented a check for $5100.00 to Hannah’s Treasure Chest. Accepting the check were Sarah Williams, the Executive Director, and Nikki Hammes, the development director.

Upcoming Social Events

  • 7/19/2019 – 6:30 PM, Friday, Euchre party at St Leonard Center’s Station House Restaurant
  • 8/10/2019 – 5:30 PM, Saturday, Cookout, Outdoor games, Monte Carlo Night at Lion’s Club, Bellbrook
  • 9/24/2019 – 6 PM?, Tuesday, Presidential Installation Dinner at the Presidential Banquet Center
  • 10/xx/2019, ALL DAY, Keeneland Horse Racing, there will be a chartered bus. Date to be determined.
  • 11/8/2019 – 6:30 PM?, Friday, Euchre party at TBD
  • 12/10/2019 – 6 PM?, Tuesday, Holiday Party at Yankee Trace

Happy Birthday to Joe Kronenberger

Today was Joe Kronenberger’s birthday! Charlie Tapp led us in singing Happy Birthday to Joe. The love was genuine, but the singing was genuinely terrible.

Committee Announcements

Joan Cordonnier announced there were 1120 participants in the 5k race on July 4 this year. Thank you to all the volunteers for another successful year.

Mike Bevis, chair of the golf committee, said the Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf Tournament is sold out. It will be held on Monday, July 15, 2019. They are still accepting volunteers and donations.

Jesse Gaither announced that the next Optimist 2.0 meeting will be July 18, 2019 at Chappy’s and the guest speaker will be Jenell Ross, the president of Bob Ross Auto Group.

Bob Lawson announced he needs help on August 3, 2019 with our booth at the Kid’s Optimist Day in the Park in Kettering.

Identity Theft and Scams Presentation by Rob Streck

Donna Huss introduced Montgomery County Sheriff, Rob Streck. Rob’s presentation covered various financial scams and identity theft.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office regional dispatch center took over 2400 calls last year involving financial scams. Over half of scam victims are over 70 years old. Financial scams are also called “Senior Scams”.

There is a difference between Immoral and Illegal scams. About 2/3 of elder fraud cases fall outside of being considered criminal activity. Annually there are over $39 billion in losses.

Example Financial Scams

Lottery and Sweepstakes Scams: You would think no one would fall victim to them. Many people fall for this because they are in a desperate financial position. An example of this scam is when a victim receives a letter saying you have won $5 million, but first they need you to send $10 thousand to cover fees or taxes. It states after they receive the $10 thousand your winnings will be released. Rob reminded us to never wire money to a stranger. No fee would ever be charged for winning a sweepstake or lottery, and taxes would not be charged before you received your winnings.

Grandparent/Guardianship Scam: Scam artists contact an unsuspecting grandparent by phone. They pretend to be a grandchild and they need help getting out of jail or some other emergency. Be wary of unsolicited contacts that request a wire transfer of money. Contact the family member directly.

Government Agency Scam: Letters or emails are sent misrepresenting government agencies such as  Social Security, Medicare, FBI, Local Law Enforcement. They pretend to be law enforcement and might ask for payment in the form of a gift card. Don’t believe the call is legitimate because they spoof the caller ID and it looks like it is coming from the FBI. If you think it could be real, look up the number yourself and call them back.

Internet Fraud: Some of the newer con artists are using the internet. Don’t click links on pages that pop up on your computer warning you that you have been infected. Don’t do your banking in public places.

Real Checks Scam: Don’t cash checks you receive in the mail that don’t make sense. If you don’t know where a check came from, don’t cash it. There is a way that once the check is bounced that you are on the hook for some amount that could be much larger.

Identity Theft

Identity theft is a federal crim. It occurs when someone uses your personal information without your knowledge or permission for financial or other gain.

There are people who do nothing but try and steal identities. Various scams are used to gain access to a person’s personal information. The dark web exists, and they are selling personal information.

A very effective way to protect your identity is to lock your credit. Additionally, check your credit report at least once a year. Shred your mail and personal papers. Contact law enforcement if you are the victim of identity theft.

Telemarketing fraud is big. There are cold call computers looking for live bodies for professional scam artists to call back. Don’t call back an unfamiliar company.

Reporting Scams or Identity Theft

Please report if you have been victimized or know someone who has. Call 937-225-4357.

Thank you, Rob Streck, for taking the time to help educate us on Scams and Identity Theft.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Paulette Novak June 25
Charlie Goodwin June 26
Wayne Christie June 26
Robby Johnson June 27
Valorie Huff June 28
Frank DePalma June 29
Karin Gilstrap July 1
John Speers July 04
John Carroll July 05
Bob Lawson July 06
Mark Scarpino July 6
Bob Glavin July 09
Joe Kronenberger July 09
Ed Case July 12
Greg McAfee July 12
Denise Green July 15

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Gary Hansen June 30 6/30/1999 20
Joe Kronenberger July 1 7/1/2014 5
Roy Barclay July 1 7/1/1986 33
Sara Hemmeter July 1 7/1/2014 5
Andy Harmon July 2 7/2/2018 1
David Duncombe July 2 7/2/2018 1
Greg Crabtree July 2 7/2/2008 11
Jeff Umbreit July 2 7/2/2018 1
Mark Scarpino July 2 7/2/2018 1
Robin Golden July 4 7/4/2012 7
Diane Arehart July 5 7/5/2016 3
Paul Webendorfer July 5 7/5/2016 3
CeAnn Chalker July 10 7/10/2000 19

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Karin Gilstrap Cindy Harris Induction
Michelle Tagliamonte Mike Bevis 3rd Reading
Bill Duffy Carolyn Taylor 2nd Reading
Yvette Donahue-Duffy Carolyn Taylor 2nd Reading
Kathy Linder Sue Brubaker 2nd Reading
Martin Huffstutler Jesse Gaither 1st Reading
Tom Brozich Mike Bevis 1st Reading
Chris Smith Greg Griffin 1st Reading
Marilyn Abbott Greg Griffin 1st Reading
Dylan Melling Paul Stull 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Gary Anderson Riding a bike and was passed by a runner at the 5k
Christy Gariety Had to buy back her lost jacket
Jim Marker Not wearing his name badge (it was lost and has since been replaced for him)
Donna Huss Not greeting guests on their arrival
Bob Duffy Didn’t realize he needed to perform his Sergeant duties starting today
Tom Novak and Blanca Ortiz Trying to retrieve flags after Bob put them out for grandson returning home from the Marines

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Joan Cordonnier She thanked the over 50 volunteers for help with our Americana 5K race
Tom Novak He thanked everyone that helped with Avenue of Flags and who volunteered at the Americana Booth
Bob Burkman Grandson came home from the Marines

CNOtes – Optimist 2.0 June 20, 2019 – Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon L. Kennedy

Guests and Members in Attendance

Michelle Apolito
Denise Christie
Amelia Cordonnier
Colton Dickerson
Gwen Dickerson
Nora Dickerson
Jerry Gehards
Sharon Kennedy
Joe Poelking
Courtney Taylor
Miles Taylor
Frank Weikel
Dan Apolito
Diane Arehart
Pat Arehart
Marge Back
Harry Bossey
Alan Brown
Jeff Brown
Wayne Christie
Joan Cordonnier
Mike Cordonnier
Brendan Cunningham
Andy Dickerson
Erin Dickerson
Emily Duke
Greg Fay
Stan Fronzaglia
Jesse Gaither
Evelyn Griffin
Greg Griffin
Mark Karns
Scott Langer
Vida McDowell
Brian Nolan
Jean Pummill
Brent Richburg
Ashley Simeone
Gary Smiga
Jayne Weikel
Jerry Stahley

All Photos from the Meeting are here

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was at Poelking Lanes South in Miami Township, Ohio. Thank you to Joe Poelking, the owner of the venue, for donating the VIP Bowling Lounge for our meeting with complimentary bowling and for obtaining and introducing tonight’s speaker, Ohio Supreme Court Judge Sharon L. Kennedy.

There was a 50/50 drawing won by Greg Fay who donated it back to the Optimist International Foundation.

There were 41 people at the meeting (29 members and 12 guests).

Greg Fay, the chair of CNO 2.0, thanked everyone for attending tonight. He introduced and thanked tonight’s host, Joe Poelking.

New Member Induction

President-elect Greg Griffin inducted CNO 2.0’s newest member, Alan Brown.

Speaker tonight was Ohio Supreme Court Judge Sharon L. Kennedy

Tonight’s venue host Joe Poelking introduced our speaker, Ohio Supreme Court Judge Sharon L. Kennedy. Prior to serving on the Ohio Supreme Court she served as a Judge at the Butler County Court of Common Pleas Domestic Relations Division since 1999. From 2005 until December of 2012 she served as the administrative judge of the Division.

Judge Kennedy came to speak to us tonight about The Ohio Judicial System and how it impacts your life. She handed out her booklet “The Ohio Judicial System & You”.

Part of the checks and balances of power in the U.S. and Ohio is the judicial system.

There are several types of courts with varying purposes in Ohio.

Mayor’s courts handle things like traffic tickets and misdemeanors. They don’t have trials. The cases they can’t hear are transferred to other courts.

Municipal courts are the worker bees, hearing as many as 3 million cases per year in Ohio.

The Court of Claims hears cases of civil actions filed against the state.

The Court of Common Pleas includes the Probate court. She called the Probate Court the Happy and Sad court. They handle adoptions as well as handling estates.

There are 12 Appeals Courts. There are as many as 3 million cases heard in the Ohio courts system. Only about 7000 to 9000 are appealed. The court system is nowhere near perfect. The number of appeals cases should be higher. The number is as low as it is because it is very expensive to appeal a case.

The Ohio Supreme Court hears about 2200 cases per year.

A detailed description and chart of the Ohio Judicial Structure can be read here.

Elected Judges in Ohio

Ohio in 1851 was unstable and essentially bankrupt. Until 1851, Ohio judges could be fired, and they were every time new leadership was elected. Judge Kennedy said we should read about the great debates of 1851. She found these debates to be very exciting. The debates led to 6-year terms for Ohio Supreme Court judges and helped stabilize Ohio.

Judge Kennedy told us that as citizens of Ohio, we are the judicial system since we choose the judges. She said we should know our judges. Judges now are more accessible than ever. She said we should know who all of our government representatives are. You should have them on your speed dial and call them when you want them to do something or to do something different.

There are no term limits for a judge, but you cannot run for judge if you will be 70 or older before your term begins.

Thank you, Judge Kennedy, for taking the time to come and speak to us today.

CNOtes – June 18, 2019 – Eric Van Vlyman – Alzheimer’s Association

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father there are too many people out there praying for rain. Please ask them to stop. Be with us and all the tornado victims and make the world go away. It’s beyond our imagination to have all our worth taken away in one felt swoop. If we claim to be one of Your children, help us show it by our actions, with prayers, food and money The misery that came from this storm is not a one day happening. It will take a long time to heal and our duty to help will seem never ending. Help us stay the course in giving a helping hand. If ever there was time for Optimism, it is now. May we show those in need the
power of Optimism and love to see them thru this ordeal. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Tom Brozich Mike Bevis
Joe Demarco Gary Demarco
Norma Demarco Gary Demarco
Bill Duffy Carolyn Taylor
Yvette Duffy Carolyn Taylor
Daniela Kaissieh Awardee’s Family
Jamie Kaissieh Awardee’s Family
Johnny Kaissieh Awardee’s Family
Joseph Kaissieh Awardee’s Family
Tonja Kaissieh Scholarship Awardee
Kathy Linder Steve Linder
Meg McFarland Speaker
Chris Smith Greg Griffin
R.J. Snider Kelly Davis
Giovani Taylor Roberta Taylor
Max Valentine Stan Fronzaglia
Eric VanVlyman Speaker

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Upcoming Social Events

Beth Duncan, social committee, announced social activities for the rest of 2019 so that you can save the dates.

  • 6/28/2019 – 6:30 PM, Friday, Dinner at Valley Vineyard
  • 7/19/2019 – 6:30 PM, Friday, Euchre party at TBD
  • 8/10/2019 – 5:30 PM, Saturday, Cookout, Outdoor games, Monte Carlo Night at Lion’s Club, Bellbrook
  • 9/24/2019 – 6 PM?, Tuesday, Presidential Installation Dinner at the Presidential Banquet Center
  • October 2019, ALL DAY, Keeneland Horse Racing, there will be a chartered bus
  • 11/8/2019 – 6:30 PM?, Friday, Euchre party at TBD
  • 12/10/2019 – 6 PM?, Tuesday, Holiday Party at Yankee Trace

Committee Announcements

Joan Cordonnier, chair of the Americana 5K race, said she needs more volunteers. On race day a lot more help is needed starting at 6:30am. Many of the jobs will be done by about 7:30am.  Jobs include registration, parking, and refreshments.

Mike Bevis, chair of the golf committee, said the Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf Tournament is in less than 4 weeks. Next week please bring in gift certificates and wine for the gift baskets. It will be held on Monday, July 15, 2019. They are still accepting volunteers and donations.

Kelly George, essay chair, said the essay committee needs a new chair. She is moving up to the district level. Please let her know if you would like to chair this committee.

Myron Rheaume, OI Ohio Governor elect, said if you have not signed up for the international convention in Louisville, Kentucky, there is still time to sign up. You should go even if you can only make it for one day. There have been 44 signups from Ohio so far. Michigan has 50. He said to please support the governor elect.

Myron Rheaume, chair of PGI and PDP Development programs, announced he is always happy to explain and help with PDP and PGI. He is available after lunch to start/update your PGI/PDP passports. See him next week after lunch for help.

Greg Griffin announced that instead of our normal lunch format on June 25, 2019, from 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM a “New Optimists Wanted” (NOW) event will be held at Yankee Trace. Committee chairs will present what they do to new and prospective new members. There will be a picnic buffet of hot dogs and hamburgers served at lunch that day.

Greg Griffin announced that there is NO lunch meeting on Tuesday July 2, 2019. Enjoy your Independence Day Celebrations.

Education Assistance Award

Gary Smiga introduced Education Assistance Award recipient Tonja Kaissieh who couldn’t make it 2 weeks ago because she was visiting Ohio State University. Since Tonja’s family was not here with the other 3 recipients 2 weeks ago, he briefly discussed the award and its purpose. You can read the previous article here.

Tonja brought her mother Jamie, her father Johnny, her sister Daniela, and her grandfather Joseph Kaissieh who is visiting from Israel.

Tonja attended Centerville High School and is ranked 31st in a senior class of 647 students with a GPA of 4.5432.

Tonja’s Extracurricular and Community Service Activities include:

  • Octagon Club
  • National Honor Society
  • Spanish Club and the Spanish National Honor Society
  • Investment Club
  • Diversity Club
  • Lunch Buddies
  • Circle of Friends
  • Study Buddies
  • Elks for Seniors
  • Elk Connectors
  • Greek Dancing
  • Greek Orthodox Youth Association
  • Adopt a Family
  • Hannah’s Treasure Chest
  • St Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen

Tonja works as a pet sitter and summer camp counselor. This fall, she will be attending The Ohio State University. After completing her bachelor’s degree, she plans to attend a physician assistant school and have a career in health care.

Gary asked her to speak about her participation in the Circle of Friends Club. Her first statement was that she was so happy Gary chose that club because it is her favorite. It is a club that works with special needs students. Activities they share with each other include lunch, drawing, taking them to football games and spending time in general. It is an amazing experience for the special needs student and for the student volunteers. They become friends with each other and are good friends to have.

Excerpts from Tonya’s essay:

Since my early childhood, service has been a part of my life. Youth must be taught and trained early to help others and to be a part of our community. Teach youth by being good role models. Through activities she tries to show how she is a good role model.

We need to be kind and help one another so that we youth become involved adults that better society.

Alzheimer’s Associaton of Dayton Presentation

PLEASE NOTE: If you have any questions about Alzheimer’s or need help 24/7 you can call (800) 272-3900 any time.

Mike Bevis introduced Eric VanVlymen, the Executive Director of the Miami Valley chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. He has worked for the association for 18 years.

Eric told us about a phone call he received last night. He said, “Last night I was sitting at home and my phone rang. A friend called. The doctor just told her and her sister that her mother has Alzheimer’s. They kind of knew it already but hearing it for sure is really difficult to hear.”

Eric explained that as we grow older, our memory capabilities change. This typical aging is not the same as what happens if you have Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is a brain disease. It is fatal and one of the symptoms is progressive memory loss. This is memory loss that affects day to day activities. Those affected suddenly might forget where Kroger’s is or forget to pay their bills. It can be detected now as early as 20 years before symptoms appear. In the past, patients were not treated until dementia occurred. At this point you are treating people after significant brain loss. Unfortunately, the only way right now to detect it this early is with a $4000 brain scan that few can afford. Without the scan Doctors are pretty much guessing that a patient might have Alzheimer’s. Insurance argues that if there is no treatment, why spend for detection. Many doctors often won’t tell patients that their diagnosis is Alzheimer’s.

There is hope in research. The FDA is close to approving a blood test to detect Alzheimer’s early. We may be able to slow and possibly stop the progression of the disease. The FDA periodically tests using existing drugs to see if they help in anyway.

Support for research has increased in recent years from $400 million per year to $2.3 billion per year. The Alzheimer’s Association is passionate about research.

Alzheimer’s is a public health crisis. Nationwide 5.8 Million are afflicted. In the Miami Valley, 30,000 are afflicted and over 90,000 family and friends are providing. The disease is more expensive than heart disease and cancer. Part of the reason is because of how long people live with the disease.

Compared with 10 years ago when he spoke to us there is way more good news to share.

An exciting study called the A4 Study looks promising. From the A4 Study website, “The purpose of the Anti-Amyloid Treatment in Asymptomatic Alzheimer’s study (the “A4 Study” for short) is to test whether a new investigational treatment, called an anti-amyloid antibody, can slow memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s disease.”

The number one thing you can do for your brain now is to walk. Additionally, he said, engage your brain. Learn new things. Participate with others. Social interaction like being a member of Centerville Noon Optimist is great for your brain. Additionally, control your blood pressure, they can now say there is a causal relationship between having high blood pressure and getting Alzheimer’s.

The Alzheimer’s Association has a passion to support those with the disease and to support their families. They need more volunteers for numerous activities. The current staff of 14 can’t do it all on their own. They want to end this disease. Reach out if you would like to donate your time or money.

He ended with re-iterating “The Hope of Research”. He said he connected his friend from the phone call with one of his staff. They will be given information about support groups and will be educated about handling the disease and helping their mother.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Ron Kuker June 19
Deb Ulrich June 22
Carrie Million June 23
Dick Lee June 23
Gary DeMarco June 23
Will Pace June 23
Cherie Gentry June 24
Jay McAlpine June 24

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Denise Green June 19 6/19/2013 6
Wes Cleaves June 22 6/22/1993 26

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Wasfi Samaan Patrick Arehart Induction
Karin Gilstrap Cindy Harris 3rd Reading
Michelle Tagliamonte Mike Bevis 2nd Reading
Bill Duffy Carolyn Taylor 1st Reading
Yvette Donahue-Duffy Carolyn Taylor 1st Reading
Kathy Linder Sue Brubaker 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

No time for Sergeants this week.

 Happy Bucks! 

No time for Happy Bucks this Week.

CNOtes – June 11, 2019 – Erma Bombeck – Presented by Debe Dockins

Phather Phil’s Prayer

David Ladd , our Ohio Optimist District Chaplain, offered the prayer today in the absence of Phather Phil. David delivers beautiful extemporaneous prayers and this week was no exception.

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Bill Duffy Carolyn Taylor
Yvette Duffy Carolyn Taylor
Louise Haun Mike Bevis
Kathy Linder Sue Brubaker
Chris Smith Greg Griffin

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Caregiver Award Presentation

Paul Stull presented the “Caregiver Award” today. The recipient did not know he was going to receive the award. Paul told us more about the recipient. Like himself, the recipient has been a Boy Scout Master for several decades. Paul noted the similarities of the Boy Scout Oath or Promise to the Optimist Creed.

Boy Scout Oath

  • On my honor, I will do my best
  • To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law;
  • To help other people at all times;
  • To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.

It is fitting that the recipient is a Scout Master as well as being a member of the Centerville Noon Optimist club. The Optimist slogan is “Friend of Youth” and of course the Boy Scouts are all about helping the youth in our world become better adults.

Paul announced that the recipient is Charles Goodwin, who we know as Charlie. His Boy Scout troop calls him “Doc”. Charlie has been a member of CNO since October, 2008.

As a pediatric surgeon, Charlie has healed countless children. He has received all kinds of awards as a doctor.

Thank you, Charlie, for all you do for children.

Committee Announcements

Joan Cordonnier, chair of the Americana 5K race, said she needs more volunteers. There is easy work handing out packets for 2 days before.  On race day, help is needed starting at about 6:30am and many of the jobs will be done by about 7:30am.  We even have quite a few club members who come and help with registration and then run the 5K!

Mike Bevis, chair of the golf committee, said the Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf Tournament is in less than 5 weeks. It will be held on Monday, July 15, 2019. We are still accepting volunteers and donations.

Jesse Gaither announced that the next Optimist 2.0 meeting will be June 20, 2019 at Poelking Lanes South. It will be a family fun night and teacher appreciation day. The speaker will be Ohio Supreme Court Judge Sharon L. Kennedy. The following meeting will be July 18, 2019 at Chappy’s and the guest speaker will be Jenell Ross, the president of Bob Ross Auto Group.

Myron Rheaume, chair of PGI and PDP Development programs, announced he is always happy to explain and help with PDP and PGI. He is available after lunch to start/update the PGI/PDP passports. See him next week after lunch for help.

Greg Griffin announced that instead of our normal lunch format on June 25, 2019, from 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM a “New Optimist Wanted” (NOW) event will be held at Yankee Trace. Committee chairs will present what they do to new and prospective new members. There will be a buffet lunch served that day.

Myron Rheaume announced that the Long Range Planning Committee will meet next week.

Upcoming Social Events

Beth Duncan, social committee, announced social activities for the rest of 2019 so that you can save the dates.

  • 6/28/2019 – 6:30 PM, Friday, Dinner at Valley Vineyard
  • 7/19/2019 – 6:30 PM, Friday, Euchre party at TBD
  • 8/10/2019 – 5:30 PM, Saturday, Cookout, Outdoor games, Monte Carlo Night at the Bellbrook Lions Club
  • 9/24/2019 – 6 PM?, Tuesday, Presidential Installation Dinner at the Presidential Banquet Center
  • October 2019, ALL DAY, Keeneland Horse Racing; there will be a chartered bus
  • 11/8/2019 – 6:30 PM?, Friday, Euchre party at TBD
  • 12/10/2019 – 6 PM?, Tuesday, Holiday Party at Yankee Trace

Today’s Presentation

President elect Greg Griffin ran today’s meeting. Greg introduced CNO member Debe Dockins.

Debe Dockins gave us a touching and hilarious presentation about Erma Bombeck who was born in Bellbrook, Ohio on February 21, 1927.

Debe said that when the world lost Erma Bombeck in 1996, we lost one of the best comedic writers ever. Erma is interred in Woodland Cemetery in Dayton, OH. She was also a Television personality for over a decade on ABC’s Good Morning America.

If you get a chance to see Debe’s presentation, take it. It was heartwarming to hear about a person who started with nothing and touched the lives of millions and put smiles on their faces.

Until you get a chance to see the presentation, you can read many details about Erma Bombeck on Wikipedia.

Thank you Debe for making us smile today.

CNO Lunch Speaker for June 18, 2019

The speaker will be Eric Van Vlyman from the Dayton Alzheimer’s Association.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Mike Wall June 12
Charla Rheaume June 16

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Cherie Gentry June 17 6/17/2015 4
Sam Pfabe June 17 6/17/2015 4

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Michelle Tagliamonte Mike Bevis 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

No time for Sergeants this week.

 Happy Bucks! 

No time for Happy Bucks this Week.

CNOtes – June 4, 2019 – Educator of the Year and Memorial Scholarships Presented

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father at times we act like a silly goose. We labor over how and what to say in our prayers. We hesitate because It just doesn’t sound right or it doesn’t sound pretty. We should know by now, You do not judge based on the words we use nor the folly of our tongues. When we come to You in earnest prayer, You already know what our hearts want to convey. Your children just want You to know how much we love You and need your love and guidance. Thanks for all of our blessings. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Tom Brozich Mike Bevis
Chuck Doran Jane Fiehrer
Martin Huffstutler Brandon Barret
Karen Mills Awardee’s Family
Madeline Mills Scholarship Winner
Lisa Reibly Awardee’s Family
Nick Reibly Scholarship Winner
Jonathan Rich Mike Bevis
Sarah Schaade Erin Belangia-Sanchez
Sarah Swan EOTY Peer
Matt Szozda Educator of the Year
Dan Tarpey EOTY Peer
Angela Whitehead Awardee’s Family
Chris Whitehead Awardee’s Family
Emily Whitehead Scholarship Winner
Kevin Whitehead Awardee’s Family
Rachel Whitehead Awardee’s Family

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Committee Announcements

Brent Richburg, Americana Booth committee, asked people to please sign up to help with the information booth on July 4, 2019 to share with perspective members what we do for the community and how they can join and help.

Bob Burkman, flag committee, said volunteers are needed for flag delivery and assembly.

Bob Lawson thanked all the volunteers that helped make the Fishing Derby a success last weekend.

Jerry Stahley reported that at the Junior Golf tournament yesterday, 94 kids played golf and Jerry thanked everyone who volunteered.

Upcoming Social Events

Beth Duncan, social committee, announced social activities for the rest of 2019 so that you can save the dates.

  • 6/28/2019 – 6:30 PM, Friday, Dinner at Valley Vineyard
  • 7/19/2019 – 6:30 PM, Friday, Euchre party at TBD
  • 8/10/2019 – 5:30 PM, Saturday, Cookout, Outdoor games, Monte Carlo Night at TBD
  • 9/24/2019 – 6 PM?, Tuesday, Presidential Installation Dinner at the Presidential Banquet Center
  • October 2019, ALL DAY, Keeneland Horse Racing, there will be a chartered bus
  • 11/8/2019 – 6:30 PM?, Friday, Euchre party at TBD
  • 12/10/2019 – 6 PM?, Tuesday, Holiday Party at Yankee Trace

Bringing out the Best in Kids Award

Gary Smiga discussed the history of the “Bringing out the Best in Kids Award”.     Begun as an “Achievement in Education” Award in 2003, it became the “Bringing out the Best in Kids'” Award to honor Margaret Barclay’s theme for her year as Ohio District Governor.  We have had 18 recipients, including public and private school administrators, principals, and teachers from elementary, middle, and high school. Since 2018, our selection process has been to use the CCS Teacher of the Year nominee for Ohio’s Teacher of the Year program as our recipient.

Matt Szozda is the 2019 recipient of the award. Matt is an outstanding, young and successful Art teacher. He currently works at Cline Elementary. He has been with the district for 8 years. Matt is the Centerville City School nominee for Ohio’s Teacher of the Year.

Shirley Kurtz, the principal of Cline, nominated him. She said to us, “Matt Szozda is the teacher you want your students to have. He teaches from the heart and uses self-reflection. He gets students to use creativity to solve complex world problems. Remember these are 2nd through 5th graders. The students become civic minded problem solvers.”

Matt thanked the Centerville Noon Optimist club. He said this is not the crowd he normally speaks to. He mentioned our audience is a just a little bit older than his students. He scanned the room earlier and noticed the Optimist Creed on the wall. He noted one of the key ideas of the creed is believing in yourself and believing in others. These are the key things he tries to teach his students. He said, “Thank you so much for the honor you have given me today.”

Gary Smiga gave the name plate with Matt Szozda’s name to Superintendent Tom Henderson. The plate will be added to the permanent plaque on display in the front foyer at the Central office for Centerville Schools’ on Virginia Avenue.

Additional guests to witness the award presentation today from Centerville Schools were Dan Tarpey (Directory of Human Resources) and Sarah Swan (Community Relations Specialist).

Educational Assistance Awards

Gary Smiga presented the 2019 Educational Assistance Awards. Most of this article comes from the notes Gary prepared for this presentation.

From Gary:

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

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

Please join me in a moment of silence as we remember these fine individuals.

The qualifications for our Educational Assistance award are as follows:

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

Before I introduce this year’s winners, I would like to recognize the committee who read the applications and made this year’s selections: Gail Aiken, Will Cale, Bob Duffy, and Roberta Taylor.

I would also like to thank the CNO Board of Directors for budgeting funds to support this scholarship program, as well as the entire Centerville Noon Optimist Club membership for having worked in the various fundraising activities to allow for this program and many of the others that we do to be a reality.

This year we have 4 award recipients, 3 of them were with us today.

Madeline Mills

Madeline brought her Mother, Karen Mills.

Madeline attended Centerville High School and she is ranked 28th in a senior class of 647 students with a GPA of 4.56.

Madeline’s Extracurricular and Community Service Activities include:

  • Tennis
  • Speech and Debate
  • French Club
  • Model UN
  • Poetry Club
  • Chem Buddies
  • Key Club
  • Lunch Buddies
  • Church Youth Group
  • National Honor Society

Madeline currently works at Mathnasium of Centerville. She will be attending Purdue University and her major is Chemical Engineering.

She told us about Chem Buddies. If you are taking AP chemistry, you can volunteer to participate. They go to Centerville elementary and middle schools and present experiments to students and explain the science.

Excerpts form Madeline’s essay:

Youth is the future of society. It will be the youths who make the decisions of the future. Providing youth services is necessary to make sure they are capable of being our future leaders. She is member of Lunch Buddies and she said one of the rolls of a high school student is to improve the community.

Nicholas Reibly

Nicholas brought his mother, Lisa Reibly.

Nicholas attended Centerville High School and he is ranked 293rd in a senior class of 647 students with a GPA of 3.6082.

Nicholas’s Extracurricular and Community Service Activities include:

  • Varsity Football
  • Senior Captain
  • 2018 Sonny Unger Award
  • Elk Pride Award
  • Lunch Buddies
  • Leadership Academy
  • Centerville Baseball Umpire
  • Centerville 7th grade Football Assistant Coach
  • Centerville Kids Football Camp

Nicholas currently works at Home Depot. He will be attending the University of Findlay. He will continue to play football at college. After college he would like to teach in a high school.

Nicholas is a 2018 recipient of the Sonny Unger award, which is presented to a CHS outstanding football athlete. The Sonny Unger Foundation was established in 1966 to honor the memory of a true American hero, Lester E. “Sonny” Unger. He was killed in Vietnam. The Sonny Unger Foundation keeps alive the memory of Sonny by awarding two scholarships to Seniors on Centerville High School’s Football Team. The recipients are deemed most like the character and dedication of Sonny.

Excerpts from Nicholas’ essay:

The youth of the today will be the leaders of tomorrow. Services for youth are important. The future of a town is dependent on its youth. Employment, volunteering, and sports give students a since of purpose.

Emily Whitehead

Emily brought her mother, Angela, her father, Chris, her brother, Kevin and her sister, Rachel.

Emily attended Centerville High School and she is ranked 4th in a senior class of 647 students with a GPA of 4.9455.

Emily’s Extracurricular and Community Service Activities include:

  • Varsity Soccer
  • Scholar Athlete
  • Student Council
  • Piano Instructor
  • Band- Alto Saxophonist and Pianist
  • Model UN
  • Elk Connectors
  • Junior Leadership Dayton
  • TOP Soccer
  • Safetyville Square
  • Elks for Seniors

Emily currently works at Mathnasium in Centerville. She will be attending the University of North Carolina.  She would like to go to graduate school to study International Business or attend Law School.

Emily discussed Elks for Seniors. It was recently created by students at CHS. They volunteer at St Leonard’s once a week.

Excerpts from Emily’s essay:

Her mother taught her to take care of your mind, body and soul each day. We need to help youth be properly clothed, fed and given opportunities to help the community. High school students can be significant role models for younger students. She set a good example for young students and talked to the student councils at all the Centerville City elementary and middle schools. Give youth a chance to help make the future better for the community.

Tonja Kaissieh

Tonja Kaissieh was not able to join us today and she will be introduced to the club at an upcoming meeting.

Award Presentation and Summary

Gary introduced CNO President Donna Huss who presented the awards to the recipients. Each of our recipients will receive a $1500 check that they can use towards the cost of attendance at the university they have chosen.

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

We often hear a lot of negative stories about today’s youth that you might begin to wonder if there is any hope for their future and our future.  Today these young individuals have hopefully dispelled those concerns, as they exemplify the qualities that will allow them to move forward and be the leaders and shakers of tomorrow.

Madeline, Nicholas and Emily, we are all very proud of you and we wish you the best at the schools you have chosen to attend.

Fellow Optimists, please join me in a round of applause for these fine individuals.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Jim Marker May 23
Don Skelton May 25
Cristlyn Johnston May 26
Casey Wyckoff May 30
Mike Witt June 01
Shawna Hatton June 01

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
James Schumacher May 22 5/22/1991 28
Pete Rife May 22 5/22/2013 6
Bob Clements May 25 5/25/2005 14
Paulette Novak May 25 5/25/2005 14
Amy Barker May 26 5/26/2008 11
Cheryl Reichel May 26 5/26/2008 11
Debe Dockins May 26 5/26/2009 10
Bob Burkman May 31 5/31/2003 16
Carol Burkman May 31 5/31/2003 16
Gary Aiken June 1 6/1/1982 37
Wayne Christie June 1 6/1/1988 31

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Mary Ann MacKenzie
Carolyn Taylor Induction
Karin Gilstrap Cindy Harris 2nd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

No time for Sergeants this week.

 Happy Bucks! 

No time for Happy Bucks this Week.