CNOtes – February 5, 2019 – Boys and Girls Oratorical Contest

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father each piece of a quilt has its own color, pattern,
texture and design. But when they are put together, they become a
work of art. Just like the people in our Optimist club who have unique
personalities, talents and skills. Our presence blesses one another in
countless ways and helps touch the kids in a reflection of Your love.
We pray that You will hold all the members in Your thoughts and
continue to bless our work. The young people are a very important
part of the fabric of our lives. Help us to continue to make it a
tapestry of love.  Amen!

Today’s Guests

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Flippin’ Awesome Awards Presentation

Donna Huss presented “Flippin’ Awesome” awards to Evelyn Griffin and Tom Novak for their support of the January 17th 2019 NOW event. Evelyn produced a mailing from every individual that had a tree delivered during our tree lot sale. Tom completed a mailing to all of the current AOF (Avenue of Flags) subscribers. Both of these individuals went “Above and Beyond” to assist in making the NOW event the success it was. Thank you, again, to both of you!!

NOW is an acronym for “New Optimists Welcome”. Read more about it here. We will be having more NOW events this year.

Committee Announcements

Golf Committee: Next committee meeting will be Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 at 6:00 pm at Buckeye Home Care located on Paragon Road.

PGI/PDP:  Myron will again be available before and after next week’s lunch meeting to sign-up or update member passports. Please make an effort to see Myron.

Childhood Cancer: Next committee meeting will be Thursday, February 7th, 2019 at the Centerville Panera at 6:30pm. Their next meeting is March 14th, 2019 (same time and location).

Social Committee: there will be a Wine and Beer tasting event on Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 at Diane and Patrick Arehart’s residence. You can try both wine and beer, or just one (or neither, there will be lots of food). More details will follow.

Oratorical Contest was today.

Liz Fultz, the chair of the Oratorical contest, introduced the participating students and described this annual event. This is the third year for Liz to chair this event. She would like to thank the content and timing judges for assisting with the event.

From Liz Fultz:

February 5th 2019 is the first day of the Margaret Barclay Memorial 2019 Optimist Oratorical Contest.  Since it was established in 1928, the Oratorical Contest has become the longest-running program sponsored by Optimists International.  This contest is named in honor of former Optimist member Margaret Barclay who passed away in 2010.   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 Barclay’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. It is a pleasure to see her memory continually being recognized in this way.

The Oratorical Contest is done in collaboration with Centerville Evening and South Metro Optimists, who also sponsor contests.  Mr. Roy Barclay, husband of Margaret, supports the contest by making an annual donation.  Thank you, Roy, for your ongoing contributions and support of this contest.

Contestants deliver a four to five minute speech.  One winner from each contest advances to the zone competition and then can advance to the finals at the district level.  Districts have the opportunity to provide a first place scholarship of $2,500, a second place scholarship of $1,500, and a third place scholarship of $1,000.

The 2019 topic “Is There a Fine Line Between Optimism and Reality?”.

To keep the judging fair, the names of the contestants were kept secret and we were not allowed to applaud the participants until all had presented.

This contest will be held at our lunch this week and next. This week all four students are from Incarnation School. Next week there will be 3 from Centerville middle schools and another from Incarnation School.

Today, the first three participants were female and the final a male.

Speaker A went first. She argued that there is a fine line between optimism and reality. She reflected on fictional characters to demonstrate this line. The daily news has been very negative and she has had many deaths in her family recently. Keeping optimistic helps to get through life’s challenges. “Through the darkness is how we find the light.”

Speaker B was next. Thomas Jefferson said, “Nothing can stop a positive man from doing anything he wants to do.” Navy Seals use active optimism. She said the optimist in her is helping her recover from a recent concussion. The Navy Seals are not successful from luck, but from preparation and a positive optimism. Ghandi, Jefferson and Ben Carson all used a positive mental attitude to reach their goals.

Speaker C was next. She quoted Mary Lou Retton, “Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you.” Being optimistic is a magnet for success. The fine line lies between the meaning of the two terms optimism and reality. The appearance of reality is affected by whether you choose an optimistic or pessimistic outlook. Hope and optimism improves reality. She shared a story of how her sports team stayed optimistic on a very hot day to come back and win a match.

Speaker D was our final speaker. Steve Jobs quoted, “You cannot connect the dots moving forward, only by looking back.” Optimism allows you to work on the future dots with the plan that they will connect. Optimists expect good from reality and live a life being positive. You want your reality to be the best it can be. Optimism is a mindset to make tasks in life easier. There is a fine line and hopefully your dots will be connected in a positive way.

All four students did a fantastic job in both content and presentation. Only one moves forward and that is speaker C. You are welcome to go see her at the next round of the Oratorical contest at the library in a couple of weeks.


Member Birthday
Greg Crabtree February 05
Shelby DiPasquale February 06
Don Kelley February 08
Mariah Vogelgesang February 08
Ron Tinnerman February 11

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Renee Glenn February 5 2/5/2014 5
Ellie Parker February 8 2/8/2011 8
Patricia Kuhlman February 8 2/8/2011 8

New Member Readings and Inductions

Due to the time needed for Boys and Girls Oratorical Contests, we did not do any new reading nor inductions this week.

Sergeants at Arms

No time for sergeants this week.

 Happy Bucks! 

No time for Happy Bucks this week.

CNOtes – January 29, 2019 – Jim Finke – CEO, Crystal Spirits

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father your son ‘s birth was the beginning of 30 odd years
of instructions for us to live by. In faith we try to live our lives
accordingly. But You also gave us a free will which in turn allows us
to put our own spin on Your teachings. Sometimes our spin puts us in
troubled waters. Thankfully You made yourself our bridge to get us
out of our troubled waters. A bridge we probably use too often. So
help us Lord to stay on the path You have set for us and not use You
as our get out of jail free card.  Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Dan Apolito Scott Langer
Charlie Ballinger Dick Stevens
Michelle Brown Mike Bevis
Jim Finke Speaker
Mike Fullenkamp Scott Langer
Julie Langer Scott Langer
Doug Reno Carolyn Taylor
Cindy Sitzman Wendy Hatton
Kerrie Smith Joe Kronenburger
Steve Smith AKA “The Flower Man” Scott Langer
Ron Thompson Jean Pummill

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Happy Birthday to Scott Langer

Today was Scott Langer’s Birthday. Bob Duffy led our infamous group of singers. It was an awful sound as always, but it still makes everyone smile. Happy Birthday to Scott Langer!

Today’s Speaker

Dick Stevens introduced Jim Finke, CEO, and Charlie Ballinger, Regional Sales Manager, from Crystal Spirits, a small distiller of Handcrafted Buckeye Vodka.

Jim Fink spoke to us. He said, “Thanks for having him here today.” He asked, “How many have heard of Buckeye Vodka? How many have tried it? How many of you have made it your brand of choice?” Very few answered yes to the last question, so he said, “I need to work harder to increase that number.”

He discussed how the idea of making vodka came about. He was running the 4th generation of a family business called the “Finke Co” which was started in 1886 and has been in Dayton for over 130 years. It was a wholesale non-foods distributor. This business had gotten much smaller and in 2008, they needed to do something else. This was not a good time in the economy. No one was starting a new business. The housing market burst and in December, 2008, GM closed the Moraine assembly plant. In June of 2009, NCR moved 1400 jobs to Georgia. Every family member, friend, neighbor and business owner he knew suffered from the poor economy and those losses.

He and his younger brother in Texas searched for months to find something to buy. The only businesses available were already distressed.

His brother called one day and asked, “What about if we started making vodka?” Alcohol sales is one business that does well in a down economy. They studied the industry and learned that 33% of liquor sales are Vodka. Craft distillers have expanded greatly. Sales of gallon size vodka had increased. People were willing to sacrifice quality for more quantity at the same price. Small craft distillers were a small but growing group. In 2000 there were 12; by 2010 there were 400; today there are 1600 and growing.

They asked themselves if they could make an ultra-premium vodka and sell it under market value.

It all seemed to come together. They would leverage Jim’s experience in distribution and retail merchandising. Additionally, his brother-in-law, Tom Rambasek, owned the Crystal Water Co and it was also hurting because of the economy. They could use this high-quality, distilled water in making their vodka. Plus, Tom had space that could be converted into a distillery.

To keep costs down they developed the company to operate debt free. It is a family business and all 5 of his siblings have shares in the company.

It is very complicated to make and sell spirits in Ohio. They had to hire a lobbyist to help with the state compliance. Ohio controls every aspect of the liquor business. He noted that retail store owners only earn 5% on the sale of liquor. In February, 2010 they met with state liquor control board. The state controls and can also guarantee distribution. They gave them 210 stores which is half of all the stores in the state.

For a great product you want a great name and a great package. The name Buckeye Vodka came up in the first conversation about the name. There was concern that brand name may not sell very well in Michigan.

The wanted their product to be pure, smooth, handcrafted, using the best ingredients. It is to be made with the best water and grains using efficient technology and create a superior quality product. The distilled water is tested to 10 micro ohms which means it is nearly perfectly pure.

Once they decided on a designer and name in April 2010, they found out that Ohio State University wanted to prevent them from using the brand name which cost them 9 months. This eventually worked out. It took 9 months to settle on the bottle design. During this process the governor of Ohio changed which can disrupt the process because all new people come in on the liquor board.

They were finally granted a federal license in February, 2011.

Quick Facts

  • Their product is distilled 10 times. Depending on how you examine the process, it is technically closer to 30 distillations
  • Each batch is 430 gallons.
  • It takes about 1 week from start to finish to make a batch.
  • The filtering is what is the major influencer of the taste, not the number of distillations.
  • The first year they sold 3500 cases which was a huge success. The state of Ohio almost gave them no distribution because they thought the product wouldn’t sell.
  • In 2012 they sold 5700 cases.
  • In 2016 they sold 10,000 cases.
  • They now sell in Kentucky and West Virginia, and most recently to Illinois. Their plan is to be in 10-15 states in the next few years.
  • In 2012 there were named the Ohio Distillery of the year.
  • In 2014 they were permitted to make 1.75-liter bottles.
  • Their product is gluten free and this is stated on the bottle. Unlike many other brands their vodka is made from corn from Ohio and the Midwest, which grows the best corn in the world.
  • They now have 3 sales reps.

They have just hired Greg Sabatino from Sabatino West advertising agency to do broadcasting and heighten awareness of the brand.

Locally they get some help. They received a lot of publicity from local media such as channel 45 and the Dayton Business Journal.

He said, “We’re looking forward to seeing what the increased awareness will do for sales.”


Member Birthday
Clint Freese January 29
Scott Langer January 29
Karen Sirmans January 31
David Ladd February 01
Donna Huss February 01
Mike Schwartz February 3

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Todd Kelchner January 30 1/30/1992 27
Mike Bevis January 31 1/31/2002 17
Rachel Goetz January 31 1/31/2013 6

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Doug Reno Carolyn Taylor 3rd Reading
Katie Calloway Gary Hansen 2nd Reading
Cheryl Dowd Joan Cordonnier 2nd Reading
Ashley Simeone Emily Duke 2nd Reading
Ron Thompson Jean Pummill 2nd Reading
Dan Apolito Scott Langer 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

No time for sergeants this week.

 Happy Bucks! 

No time for Happy Bucks this week.

CNOtes – January 22, 2019 – Jim McCutcheon – “The Guitar Man”

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Jack Grady Mike Bevis
Sherry Marchal Grey Fay
Jim McCutcheon Speaker
Ron Thompson Jean Pumill

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Substitute MC today

Donna Huss is on vacation. President-elect Greg Griffin was the master of ceremonies for today’s lunch.

Committee Announcements

Greg Griffin discussed the NOW event from last Thursday 1/17/2019. We gained 5 new members. Also, new members found out more about our club. Thank you to everyone who helped at the NOW event.

Beth Duncan, social committee, announced that there is a Dinner/Euchre party on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 6PM at Bennett’s Publical Family Sports Grill in Miamisburg. Cost is only $5/person.

Greg Fay announced that Ron Tinnerman has arranged for Janelle Ross to be a speaker soon for Optimist 2.0.

Greg Fay announced the next several CNO 2.0 events. All are from 5:30 PM to approximately 7 PM.

  • 2/21/2019 Bill Defries, CEO of Copp Integrated Systems, at Nelly’s Taste of Boliva
  • 3/21/2019 John Highley, Owner of Dent Magic John, at Heavier Than Air Brewing
  • 4/18/2019 Cindy Gaboury, Owner of Audio Etc., at OIllie’s Place

Today’s Speaker and Concert

Dick Stevens introduced Jim McCutcheon, who is known as the “Guitar Man”. He owns McCutcheon Music in Centerville on Marco Lane. He started playing the guitar and other instruments when he was 10 years old and he loves them.

Jim shared some of his story and played the guitar for us. He started with a joke. He said, “Hello, I have been Jim McCutcheon for 67 years.”

In his youth he took lessons for 4 years. He went UD to study physics. It was there that he found a private tutor for guitar. The tutor said, “You only have 2 problems. Your left hand and your right hand.” Jim got to study under him for a short time each year for 4 years. He was thankful to find this teacher. He had not improved his playing for several years and this teacher helped him figure out how to get to the next level of playing.

The first song he played for us was “The Entertainer” by Scott Joplin. It was amazing! It sounded like his guitar came alive.

He completed his bachelor’s degree in physics and was accepted into medical school. By now, though, he wasn’t sure if he liked the idea of becoming a doctor more than becoming a musician. His advisor at medical school said, “I’ll give you 2 years to decide what you want to do when you grow up.”

Jim, after college, was playing or practicing music for 65 hours a week. He said, “I lived a life of music. I had more energy at the end of week than he had at the beginning of the week. I truly loved music.”

He was part of a band that was similar in style of the Juthro Tull rock band and they went on tour. Jim played guitar and flute.

He decided to go with music over med school. He became the first graduate with a degree in classical guitar from Wright State University and it was also the first degree of this type in Montgomery County. After graduation, he got a job at Sinclair teaching classical guitar. Eventually, he also received jobs at Wright State and Antioch.

The second song was number one in 1968, which was surprising at the time because there were no lyrics. The song he played was “Classical Gas” by Mason Williams. He got to meet Mason in 1969. Jim really loved how much Mason could do with a guitar. This was also amazing to listen to.

Later, Jim started teaching lessons in his home. His wife was not thrilled with all the students coming into their home. Jim then rented space across from where City Barbecue is. After a few years, he outgrew that space and moved to where he is now on Marco Lane in Centerville.

McCutcheon Music now has 50 teachers and teaches 500 students a week. He has a great staff of 18 people. He keeps expanding into more available space in the building he occupies. He loves the path that his career has taken. When he was younger, he never thought he would own over 500 violins that would be rented out to students.

The last song he played was a famous Spanish song called “Malaguena” by Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona. It was mesmerizing.

Thank you “Guitar Man” for entertaining us today!


Member Birthday
Todd Kelchner January 24
Martha Jackson January 25
Dan Passidomo January 26
Gary Hansen January 28

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Jeff Kujawa January 22 1/22/2015 4
Mike Yoder January 22 1/22/2014 5
John Thompson January 23 1/23/2018 1
Greg Wasmund January 25 1/25/2007 12
Chris McAlpine January 27 1/27/2009 10

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Doug Reno Carolyn Taylor 2nd Reading
Katie Calloway Gary Hansen 1st Reading
Cheryl Dowd Joan Cordonnier 1st Reading
Ashley Simeone Emily Duke 1st Reading
Ron Thompson Jean Pummill 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Anyone who lives where you don’t have to shovel snow. in a condo or aparment For not having to shovel snow
Jane Fiehrer Late to meeting
Charlie Tapp Being the “best” dressed today (he was pretty casual)
Carrie Million Being very specific to the sergeants about which three 50/50 tickets she wants. She wanted one from the beginning, middle, and the end of the row.
Casey Wyckoff Late to meeting
Gary Smiga Picture in the paper without wearing Optimist pin
Diane Arehart Didn’t return badge last week
Greg Griffin Lost the bell and gavel

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Dan Beck Expecting grandbaby twins later this year, a boy and girl.
Art Hung Son cam home last Wednesday from Children’s. Thank you for all the love, cards and notes you sent.
Paul Stull It has been nearly 50 years since he joined CNO and he feels like a kid.
Julie Noeth Having a tractor with a plow so she didn’t have to shovel snow over the weekend.

CNOtes – January 15, 2019 – Community Champion Awards Presented

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father May we realize that life is like a coin – we can spend it any way we want – but we can only spend it once. For us to be Optimist we must look at service as a joy and not a duty. We demonstrate the truest faith when others see You in us. The cost – is the amount of our life we put in it. You have established us as men and women of purpose in Your Kingdom. Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together. Help us be Your hands and heart were ever You my lead us. Amen!
Guest Of
Kate Barrett Honoree’s Guest
Heather Cantrell Honoree’s Guest
Natalie Heimann Honoree’s Guest
Shellie Hembre Honoree’s Guest
Jeff Johns Honoree’s Guest
Tonya Johns Honoree
Bill Kilgore Honoree’s Guest
Jane Lane Honoree’s Guest
Doug Reno Carolyn Taylor
Jani Rice Honoree
Tony Rice Honoree’s Guest
Morgan Schiffhauer Diane Arehart
Amy Staup Honoree’s Guest
Ranae Street Mike Bevis
Abby Watson Honoree’s Guest
Pastor Charlie Woodward Honoree’s Guest

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

New CNO Event Tent Demonstration

Jesse Gaither demonstrated the new and improved CNO tent and banners. This can be set-up by 2 individuals and has a carrying case on wheels. This is such a nice improvement for our club and will be visible at all events.

Chuck Dickerson Memorial Scholarship

The Chuck Dickerson Memorial Scholarship was established in 2018 by the family of Chuck Dickerson. Chuck was an eternal optimist and entrepreneur who believed in service to his family and community. Chuck lived his life by the optimist creed, remaining too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble. The scholarship is for children or grandchildren of current or past members of the Centerville Noon Optimist.

The next deadline for submission is 3/8/2019.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Be a graduating high school senior
  • Be accepted to a two- or four-year college or university
  • Demonstrate a commitment to community service
  • Be the child or grandchild of a current or past member of the Centerville Noon Optimists

Direct link to the scholarship is

A list of other scholarships are at

Committee Announcements

Diane Arehart, social committee, announced that there is a Dinner/Euchre party on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 6PM at Bennett’s Publical Family Sports Grill in Miamisburg. Cost is only $5/person.

President Donna Huss said thanks to Barbara Santo for providing the deserts for the birthday table. She always does a great job.

We sang Happy Birthday to Bob Duffy

Bob Duffy’s birthday is on January 15 and that was today’s date! That means Charlie Tapp was tapped to conduct a loving yet audibly awful rendition of Happy Birthday. Thanks to the everyone who sang today for their extreme efforts of musical embarrassment.

Presentation of 2019 Community Champion Awards

Tonya Johns

Judy DeMarco introduced Tonya Johns, who is a Volunteer at Epiphany Lutheran Church. She started Operation Prom Dress in 2011. This outreach event gives each young woman a dress, shoes, purse, hair styling, make-up, a meal, various door prizes and a bible.  She briefly spoke about this project.

Operation Prom Dress began in 2011 because a youth group member could not afford a prom dress. Tonya researched and found a program from other states where they collect used prom dresses and distribute them to girls who cannot afford to buy a new dress. She and her friend April started Operation Prom Dress to address this need. They have a lunch with an onsite professional photo shoot.

Each year approximately 200 youths are served. They have about 150 volunteers.

Many of those who were served are now dedicated volunteers. Tonya said she was honored to accept this award on behalf of Epiphany church and the volunteers. Epiphany Lutheran Church at 6430 Far Hills Ave accepts donations that help with this project, including dresses, shoes and handbags.

Jani Rice

Mike Bevis introduced Jani Rice, who has been a nurse with Dayton Children’s Hospital for over 30 years. Jani wears many hats in the hematology and oncology department. She is the Long Term Follow Up and Bone Marrow Transplant Nurse coordinator as well as manages an off-site clinic in Middletown.

She helped expand the fertility preservation program, obtaining funds to help offset costs for the patients and created and implemented education sheets for the fertility program. Jani created a binder to educate and ease the minds of the parents of patients.

Jani briefly spoke about her work. She thanked us for recognizing her work. She has worked with fertility preservation since 2000. She never thought she would get an award, she was just doing her job. The fertility preservation service was researched, and it is a huge quality of life enhancement for those who will likely be infertile in the future. She knows 2 ladies so far who have had children that would not have been able to without this fertility preservation program.

Kate Barrett, the nurse manager at Children’s also spoke about the great service Jani does. She is very proud to work with Jani who she said is an amazing nurse.

Future Community Champion Candidates

Please let Mike Bevis or Judy DeMarco of anyone you know who goes above and beyond in helping the youth in our community.

The nomination form is available here.


Member Birthday
Bill Powell January 15
Bob Duffy January 15
Barbara Santo January 17
Myron Rheaume January 20
Gary Smiga January 21

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Deb Ulrich January 18 1/18/2017 2
Dick Lee January 18 1/18/2017 2
Lynne Reilly January 18 1/18/2017 2
Pam Miller January 18 1/18/2017 2
Shawn Thacker January 18 1/18/2017 2
Dennis Glidden January 19 1/19/2018 1
Gary DeMarco January 20 1/20/2016 3

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Emily Duke Gary DeMarco Induction
Candace Rinke Brent Richburg / Gary DeMarco Induction
Morgan Schiffhauer Diane Arehart Induction

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Don Skelton It has been two and half years since he last attended a CNO lunch.
Mike Brubaker Stole 2 of the 7 50/50 Tickets Sue Brubaker bought.
Anyone with a birthday this month Not sitting at the birthday table.
Scott Langer Late to the meeting.
Mike Yoder Since current CNO Sergeant Chris McAlpine gets a speeding ticket every couple of years, he decided to fine Mike as well.
Diane Arehart Asking for change of a $20 in order to buy 50/50 tickets.

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Bob Burkman Carol Burkman is walking around without a cane. She is feeling much better.
Charlie Tapp Thankful for the big goody bag from Childhood cancer committee for his granddaughter Gracie.
Kate Barrett (guest) Thank you to CNO for everything it does for Children’s and the area.
Laurie Poeppelman Thank you for the wonderful flowers sent for her mother-in-law’s funeral.
Sue Brubaker Now has 7 tickets for 50/50 drawing after getting back two of them from Mike Brubaker.
Jean Pummill Was able to attend meeting without her scooter.
Jean Pummill Granddaughter born over the weekend.
Casey Wyckoff Thank you to everyone for helping her with the CCDHH.
Art Hung Thanks to Dayton Children’s for taking great care of his son.
Myron Rheaume Glad his wife Charla could attend today’s meeting.
Myron Rheaume Wife wasn’t fined even though it was not her birthday and she sat at the birthday table.
Donna Huss Thanks to Casey Wyckoff for chairing CCDHH.

CNOtes – January 8, 2019 – Josh Staley – FC Cincinnati

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Charlie Doll Chris McAlpine
Adam George Kelly George
Carol Marinangeli Stan Fronzaglia
Janet Peasant Donna Huss
Jerry Raugh Cheri Gentry
Morgan Schiffhauer Diane Arehart
Josh Staley Speaker

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Happy New Year!

The lunch today at Yankee Trace was great! It has been a few weeks since the Centerville Noon Optimists have gotten together. Have a Happy and Optimistic Year!

Special Announcement

The Dickerson family has started The Chuck Dickerson Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior who is a child or grandchild of a current or former member of the Centerville Noon Optimist Club. The scholarship application is available now for the 2019-2020 school year and is available online at Scholarship Connect on All sections need to be completed on the application for consideration.

Committee Announcements

Donna Huss announced there will be a “NOW” Event on January 17, 2019 from 5-8 PM at Yankee Trace. This is a great time to invite guests (potential new members) to actually have a visual of what we do in giving back to the community. NOW is an acronym for “New Optimists Welcome”. Read more about it here. It is a program designed to capture the interests of prospective new Optimist Club members.

Greg Griffin gave the summary of the tree lot sales. There was just short of $90,000 in sales with a profit of $48,000.

Nancy Lehren announced there will be Childhood Cancer/Build-a-Bear meeting at Panera Bread on January 10, 2019 at 6:30; all are welcome.

Today’s Speaker

Chris McAlpine introduced Josh Staley, the director of premium ticket sales for FC Cincinnati. FC Cincinnati is an MLS soccer club based in Cincinnati, Ohio. The club was started 3 years ago. They will begin play in Major League Soccer in 2019. Josh is a graduate of Centerville High School and Chris McAlpine coached him in soccer when he was age 10 through age 16.

Josh highlighted the accomplishments and growth of FC Cincinnati and showed a video about the club.

Soccer is very popular in the U.S. By popularity, the top five ranked sports in the U.S. are the NFL, MLB, NCAA Football, MLS, and the NBA. Soccer is the 3rd most viewed U.S. Sport.

FC Cincinnati has been labeled “The Hottest club in North America.”

FC is a winning brand that is family friendly, with visibility in the community for the Dayton and Cincinnati area. They have worked to keep the tickets at a family friendly price close to the cost of having a family outing to see a movie. Josh stated a significant difference is at a sporting event, you can still talk with your family unlike at a movie.

FC Cincinnati supports the local community. They support many local youth soccer clubs. Mercy’s Health Training Center in Milford is being built to be open at the end of 2019. The players will train there and youth soccer clubs will also have access to the facility.

Quick Facts

  • First match was April 19, 2016 with 15,000 in attendance.
  • Average attendance is now 24,000.
  • Carl H. Linder III is the majority owner of the club.
  • Home matches are played at Nippert Stadium at the University of Cincinnati.
  • They are building a new stadium in Cincinnati called West End Stadium. The stadium will be located in the West End neighborhood at the current site of Stargel Stadium, on Central Parkway at Wade Street. It is expected to open in 2021.


Member Birthday
Rafael Santillan January 01
Sonny Singhvi January 01
Joe Madden January 03
Ted Humphrey January 07
Laura Caschera January 08
Don Massie January 10
Bill Williams January 11
Jesse Gaither January 11
Ron Weir January 11
Joe Soucy January 12
Rob Jones January 13
Bill Powell January 15
Bob Duffy January 15
Barbara Santo January 17
Myron Rheaume January 20
Gary Smiga January 21

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Bill Stone January 1 1/1/1977 42
Bob Duffy January 1 1/1/1988 31
Jim Rumford January 1 1/1/1990 29
Paul Stull January 1 1/1/1970 49
Will Cale January 1 1/1/1976 43
John Carroll January 3 1/3/2012 7
Greg McAfee January 7 1/7/2008 11
John Speers January 7 1/7/2008 11
Susan Thomsen January 14 1/14/1997 22
Deb Ulrich January 18 1/18/2017 2
Dick Lee January 18 1/18/2017 2
Lynne Reilly January 18 1/18/2017 2
Pam Miller January 18 1/18/2017 2
Shawn Thacker January 18 1/18/2017 2
Dennis Glidden January 19 1/19/2018 1
Gary DeMarco January 20 1/20/2016 3

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Emily Duke Gary DeMarco 2nd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
John Kalaman Raising the bar too high for other men by dropping wife at the door for today’s meeting
Bill Stone Raising the bar too high for other men by dropping wife at the door for today’s meeting
Liz Fultz Library fined Chris McAlpine (a sergeant this quarter) 25 cents for a late book
Debe Dockins Library fined Chris McAlpine (a sergeant this quarter) 25 cents for a late book
Jerry Stahley Critiqued the hanging of the banners today

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Beth Duncan Spaghetti Warehouse, Joan Cordonnier, Kelly wearing her inmate uniform
Mike Bevis Dan Koontz was promoted and will leave CNO
Joan Cordonnier Daughter Jill has started a job in Cincinnati after moving back from Utah
Joan Cordonnier Daughter Jill is moving out of Joan’s house and into her own home
Myron Rheaume Grandson Liam made the starting lineup for varsity hockey at Springboro High School as a Freshman
Jeff Rolf Son just graduated OSU and already has a job
Mary Madden Successfully surprised Joe Madden with a surprise 75th birthday party (Born 1/3/1944)
Jane Fiehrer Thanks to Josh Staley (today’s speaker)   from FC Cincinnati, her son loves soccer and so does she and her husband

CNOtes – December 18, 2018 – Taryn Filer – Holiday Traditions

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father we are on the cusp of Your Son’s Birthday. We thank you for our greatest blessing. You taught us that we were put here to love others and do it with compassion and meaning. We find it easy to love those who are close to us, but Your Son told us to show love to all, especially those less fortunately than us. We will be celebrating Christmas with those we love and remembering those You have called home. Though we can no longer hold them, we can still hug them with our prayers and fill the void they have left in our hearts. Be with us this coming year and guide us in making this an Optimistic and loving world for everyone. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Dawn Arrowood Mike Bevis
Terry Bevis Mike Bevis
Judge Fred Dressel Jim Long
Dave Fairs Mike Brubaker
Taryn Filer Speaker
Rob Fortman Pat Behn
Rodrigo Garnica Bob Collins
Beth Harper Mike Bevis
Kim Lopez Mike Bevis
Judy McFadden Mike Bevis
Janet Peasant Donna Huss
Morgan Schiffhauer Diane Arehart
Kelly Smith Mike Bevis
Erin Warfield Casey Wyckoff

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Committee Announcements

Donn Huss announced there will be a “NOW” Event on January 17, 2019 from 5-8 PM at Yankee Trace. She would like to hear back from all committee chairs with an RSVP to share with potential members how you help the club. NOW is an acronym for “New Optimists Welcome”. Read more about it here. It is a program designed to capture the interests of prospective new Optimist Club members. Please tell your family and friends to come check it out.

Donna Huss announced that the Optimist Holiday dinner was a success. The venue, food, silent auction, raffle and entertainment provided by South Dayton School of Dance was excellent. Thank you to all the social committee members.

Casey Wyckoff, chair of Communication Contest for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing (CCDHH), announced that she is looking for participants so please let her know of anyone who is eligible for this opportunity. You can give them her contact information as well. Let teachers, friends and family know about this contest. There were only 8 in the state last year but her goal is to have 8 in our region. The Optimist Ohio District awards a $3500 scholarship to the winner. Additionally, Casey said she can use more volunteers who can communicate with American Sign Language to judge the contest.

Greg Griffin reported on the tree lot. Thank you to everyone that worked on the Christmas tree lot; because of you we had another successful year. We completely sold out of trees last Saturday after 22 days. There was $89,000 in sales with a net profit of $48,000. A special thank you note was sent to the manager of Kroger’s in Centerville since this Kroger location is the only one that does not sell Christmas trees. Other thank you notes were sent to Alan Poole (BMV Manager) and Wayne Davis (Centerville City Manager)  for allowing us to use the BMV parking lot again this year.

Jack Anderson announced there is a CNO 2.0 social event on 12/31/2018 at noon at the Heavier than Air Brewing Company. Food will be provided. Come watch some football as University of Cincinnati plays Virginia Tech and maybe bring a friend to watch and to learn about our Optimist club.

Donna Huss announced that Brent Richburg has agreed to be the chair of the Americana Festival booth again next year. He has already contacted the Americana Festival representative and they are accommodating our request to have a space near Benham’s Grove. Thank you, Brent!

Beth Duncan has requested that if you find out you signed up and can’t attend the Murder Mystery Dinner, let her know as soon as possible. There is a waiting list.

Happy Birthday to Liz Fultz

Guess what? The lunch today was on December 18, 2018 and that is the same exact day of the year that is Liz Fultz’s birthday. Lucky (Unlucky?) for us Liz Fultz was at today’s lunch, so Charlie Tapp graciously led us in singing Happy Birthday to her. I tried to record the “musical” evidence of our singing. On my iPhone, Siri stopped the recording stating “Your microphone has been hacked, rebooting now for your own protection.” President Donna Huss could be heard saying afterwards, “My hearing will never be the same!”

Today’s Presentation

Debe Dockins introduced Taryn Filer who is an Adult Services Specialist with the Washington-Centerville Public Library.  She has worked for the library since December, 2017 and was quickly scooped up into the Speaker’s Bureau.  Taryn researched and put together information about the various winter holidays after getting requests for a seasonal presentation.

Here is a list of the Winter Holiday celebrations Taryn discussed with links to Wikipedia




Saint Stephen’s Day

Boxing Day

Saint Lucia Day

Las Posadas

New Years

Pancha Ganapati (The holiday page redirects to the page of Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, the creator of the holiday.)

You can view the slide presentation here.

The following is information from Taryn’s presentation:

Today 9 out of 10 Americans celebrate Christmas, but there are several other Winter Holidays that are also very important to those who celebrate.

Christmas was banned in the 17th century and became legal again in 1660. St Nicklaus was introduced in the third century.

Hanukkah is 8 days long because there was only enough untainted olive oil to keep the candle lit for 1 day, but by a miracle the candle burned for 8 days, which was enough time to get a new supply of oil.

Kwanza is one of the newest celebrations. Created during 1966 by Maulana Karenga, Kwanza starts on December 26 and goes for 7 days. The number 7 is a recurring theme in this celebration.

St Stephen’s Day is celebrated because he was the first Christian martyr.

Boxing Day is celebrated on December 26. The name comes from the gratuity of a box of money or presents to those who perform services for their employers or receivers of services.

St Lucia Day, celebrated on December 13 in Scandinavian countries, this holiday is celebrated with a buffet feast. Also called St. Lucy, St. Lucia secretly delivered food to prisoners.

Las Posadas is on December 16 and is celebrated by Hispanics and others. It is based on the number 9. It is celebrated for nine days ending on Christmas Eve by celebrators asking for lodging for 9 days in reference to the story of the Virgin Mary and Joseph looking for lodging before the birth of Christ. Each of the 9 days represents one month of the Virgin Mary’s pregnancy with Jesus Christ.

Pancha Ganapati started in 1985 and is celebrated by Hindu families. They celebrate for 5 days, each dedicated to a specific spiritual idea with a distinct color.

New Year’s Day celebrations have not always been on January 1st. In 1582, January 1st became the official beginning of the new year with the widespread adoption of the Gregorian calendar. In New York City, the ball has dropped for over 100 years. Not all countries or cultures celebrate the new year on January 1st. An interesting tradition for some cultures for good luck is to eat 12 grapes at midnight. You eat one grape for each stroke of midnight. If you successfully eat them all by the end of the clock strikes, you will have good luck for the next year. Good luck with this one!


Member Birthday
Liz Fultz December 18
Cindy Gaboury December 19
Jeff Brown December 19
Debe Dockins December 22
Paul Boeckman December 22
Stephen Mock December 25
Jeff Papanek December 26
Dave Gaines December 27
Dave Kay December 27
Christine Balsan December 28
Molly Petsch December 28
Kelly Stone December 29
Mandy Ransdell December 31

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Scott Langer December 30 12/30/1997 21

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Gareth Dickey Roland Rapp Induction

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Anyone who has not been fined this year Not being fined this year
Anyone who cheered the retirement of the current sergeants Cheering the retirement of the current sergeants
Anyone who did not believe “we fine because we love” Not believing, “we fine because we love”

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Donna Huss Grandson got engaged
Ken Irwin Last week as sergeant
Beth Duncan Grandson was just born
Bob Burkman Carol Burkman and his 56th wedding anniversary is on December 29, 2018
Myron Rheaume Happy that the obituary he read in the newspaper was not our Bob Lawson
Gary Aiken Thanks to Kroger’s for being the only one in the area that doesn’t sell Christmas trees
Carolyn Taylor Army beat Navy
Greg Wasmund Donated the last Christmas Tree to a needy family
Jane Fiehrer Her Will Cale scholarship mentee just got a 4.0 GPA
Greg Griffin Christmas Tree Lot had $89,000 sales with $48,000 in profit in 22 Days. Thanks for helping!

CNOtes – December 4, 2018 – Wayne Davis – Centerville City Manager

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father many times we ask You to make us better. The goal seems to point toward perfection. Sometimes we even ask this for someone else. Let us be happy with our imperfect life and realize that perfection is only a goal not an attainment. Besides that position has
already been fulfilled and for that we thank You. Just help us do our best and at the end of each day may we give thanks for whatever comes our way. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Ron Amos Dan Beck
Wayne Davis Speaker
Dennis Egan Mike Fanelli
Bill Hazel Brent Richburg
Candace Rinke Brent Richburg
Morgan Schiffhauer Diane Arehart

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Special Announcement

From Donna Huss, “On behalf of myself, Greg Griffin and Karl Frydryk, I wanted to take a moment today and recognize three folks who are key to our success for the Christmas Tree Lot and those folks are our money counters and depositors. Daily these three people count the Christmas Tree Lot Shift monies and make the bank deposits for us – every day while the Christmas Tree Lot is open. Thank you Gary Hansen, Don Kelley and Donna Robinson – we really appreciate you!”

Committee Announcements

Donn Huss announced there will be a “NOW” Event on January 17, 2019 at Yankee Trace. NOW is an acronym for “New Optimists Welcome”. Read more about it here. It is a program designed to capture the interests of prospective new Optimist Club members.

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.

Gary Hansen announced he is looking for mentors for the Will Cale Scholarship; please contact Gary for additional info.

Laurie Poeppelman and Evelyn Griffin, Optigear merchandise sales, announced Optigear merchandise is ready for pick up.

Today’s Presentation

Debe Dockins introduced Wayne Davis. Debe’s intro follows, “Today we welcome Wayne Davis, Centerville’s City Manager since August 2017. For 17 years he worked for the City of Montgomery, five years as city manager, seven years as assistant city manager, and five years as finance director. He guided the city through the purchase of several key parcels to assemble the Gateway Redevelopment Area project; established substantial shared-service partnerships and oversaw successful strategic plans over the years.”

Debe continued, “He began his professional career as a civilian with the United States Air Force, working at the Pentagon. Since moving to Ohio 28 years ago, Davis has worked in local government with the Montgomery County Office of Management and Budget and the Combined Health District of Montgomery County.  He is a graduate of the University of Vermont with a bachelor’s degree in economics and obtained a masters in urban administration from Wright State University. Mr. Davis is also immediate president of the Ohio City/County Management Association. He and his family have lived in the Centerville area for the past 20 years. Let’s give a warm Optimist welcome to Wayne Davis.”

When hired in 2017, the city asked him to put together a strategic plan for Centerville. In producing a strategic plan, you must align your vision and values with the community. You must also match the mission with the resources available.

Davis showed us his Power Point slide deck titled, “City of Centerville Five-Year Strategic Plan 2018-2023.”

The presentation started with a Mission Statement for the City of Centerville, “The City of Centerville delivers exceptional services through thoughtful governance to ensure progress and stability.”

You can view the slide presentation here.


Member Birthday
Liz Fultz December 11
Erin Dickerson December 12
Pete Rife December 13
Bill Stone December 16

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Tom Novak December 13 12/13/1990 28

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Emily Duke Gary DeMarco 1st Reading
Mariah Vogelgesang Mike Bevis Induction
Rick Altvater Greg Wasmund Induction
Sue Zammit Greg Griffin Induction
Erin Dickerson Andy Dickerson Induction

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Tom Henderson Not wearing his Optimist pin on TV
John Kalaman Missed a flag during flag retrieval
Brian Nolan Missed a flag during flag retrieval
Wayne Davis (Today’s Speaker) For being a member of the Rotary Club
Everyone working at the tree lot last Sunday Overwhelming the cashiers at Tree lot last Sunday
Members at Birthday table that do not have a birthday in December Members at Birthday table that do not have a birthday in December
Everyone with an artificial Christmas tree Having an artificial Christmas Tree.

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Gary DeMarco Today is the first day of his retirement
Kelly Stone Bill is doing well after his surgery
Judy DeMarco Lunch was much better today
Joan Cordonnier Lily McAlpine was of great assistance at an event at Kindergarten Village
Donna Huss Grandson just moved into his first new home
Debe Dockins Thanks to Wayne Davis for speaking today
Brian Nolan Mike Yoder was promoted to Lieutenant of Centerville Police Department
Greg Griffin The tree lot was very productive on Sunday 12/2/2018

CNOtes – November 27, 2018 – Terri Oroszi – Terrorism in Ohio

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father this is the time of the year to count our blessings. We just enjoyed the spirit of Thanksgiving with friends or family. Which should have reminded us of all the people that are hungry and those who were alone. In our prayers, let us remember how fortunate we are to have a roof over our heads, food on the table, clothes on our back and all our Optimist friends. We are blessed and give thanks to You. Continue to be with us and may we be a blessing to others – especially the youth. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Terri Oroszi Speaker
Doug Reno Carolyn Taylor

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Committee Announcements

Christy Gariety, chair of Adopt-A-Child, announced that all 36 children have been picked by members and will have a better Christmas.

Myron Rheaume, chair of PGI and PDP Development programs, announced he is always happy to explain and help with PDP and PGI.

Mike Bevis announced that a new Optimist club is being started at St Leonard’s.

Casey Wycoff, chair of Communication Contest for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing, announced that she is looking for participants so please let her know of anyone who is eligible for this opportunity. You can give them her contact information as well. There were only 8 in the state last year but her goal is to have 8 in our region this year. The Optimist Ohio District awards a $3500 scholarship to the winner. Additionally, Casey said she can use more volunteers who can communicate with American Sign Language to judge the contest.

Donna Huss announced that Gary Hansen, chair of the Will Cale Scholarship Committee, is still looking for more mentors so that we can help more students.

Laurie Poeppelman, chair OptiGear merchandise sales, announced that some OptiGear merchandise is here and the rest will be in next week.

Greg Griffin, Christmas tree lot chair, said we have sold 25% of the trees in just 4 days. If you are scheduled for a shift, please show up and if you can’t, try to find a substitute.

Beth Duncan reminded everyone about the December 11th Holiday Party at the Presidential Center (Kettering), and the Dinner and a Mystery on Dec 28th @ 7pm @ the Spaghetti Warehouse.  She also announced that the entertainment for the Holiday Party will be a local dance company performing excerpts of Nutcracker.

Today’s Speaker

Donna Huss introduced Terry L. Oroszi, M.S., Ed.D., Assistant Professor, Pharmacology & Toxicology; Director, MS Graduate Program, P&T, BSOM; Director, CBRN Defense Certificate Program at Wright State University. She is also a faculty member at the medical center. She has authored two books about terrorism so far with another about to be released. She has also published several articles.

Terry spoke at our lunch on July 10, 2018 about worldwide terrorism and terrorists.

She was here today to discuss terrorists in and from Ohio.

The definition of Terrorism is individuals and groups that want to change the way a group lives. A typical American citizen must commit a crime to be arrested. A terrorist can be arrested for showing intent to commit a crime.

Typical Terrorist Profiles

  • Most terrorists are male. Of the few women that are terrorists, their terrorist acts tend to be deadlier.
  • 64% of terrorists have STEM related Educated people with money are more interested in being a terrorist because the poor are too busy trying to earn money for food.
  • A sizable portion of American Terrorists have converted to Islam.

She showed and discussed with us several pictures of terrorists from Ohio. She plans to visit prisons and interview convicted terrorists to see if they are still radicalized. So far there, are 29 male and 3 female terrorists from Ohio.

Very few people are charged with terrorism. More often they are charged with material support. A person can be arrested for trying to join ISIS.

Terrorists often target military installations, public places and bridges.


Member Birthday
Nancy Lehren December 05
Bill DeShurko December 06
Matt Somerlot December 07
Sarah Umbreit December 07
Jeff Umbreit December 08
Pat Arehart December 10

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Roberta Taylor December 6 12/6/1995 23
Paul Boeckman December 9 12/9/1994 24
Roland Rapp December 10 12/10/2002 16

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Ron Kuker Charlie Tapp Induction
Andy Dickerson Andrew McKenzie Induction
Rik Altvater Greg Wasmund 3rd Reading
Gareth Dickey Gary Hansen 3rd Reading
Sue Zammit Greg Griffin 3rd Reading
Erin Dickerson Andy Dickerson 3rd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Donna Huss Auctioning lost and found items from tree lot delivery day
John Speers Showing up for the tree lot at the wrong time – that is OK though, feel free to volunteer for any shift!
Don Wildenhaus Aggressively stealing the gavel out of Donna’s protective bag
Ron Kuker Welcome to the club, this is how fines work
Scott Langer Very suspicious amount of attention from our guest speaker on terrorism
Andy Dickerson Using the CNO meetings as a cheap date with his wife Erin
Donna Huss Mispronounced Ron Kuker’s name (it’s pronounced “Keeker”)

 Happy Bucks!


Member Reason
Bob Duffy OSU beat Michigan last Saturday
Sue Brubaker Ellie Parker is doing better
Mike Bevis Bob Burkman for making special trip to open the tree lot for his team
Beth Duncan Cleveland Browns beat the Cincinnati Bengals last Sunday
Brian Nolan Bill Stone surgery went well
Don Wildenhaus Third granddaughter born 4 months ago, first grandson born a month ago, TOP Soccer just finished our 21st year
Christy Gariety With the bad weather coming for tonight she is glad the tree lot has people to work tonight and it is not her
Art Hung Basketball player Jeremy Lin now has over 5,000 career points
Anne Kessler Glad she wasn’t fined for not making it to a CNO lunch meeting for a year

CNOtes – Optimist 2.0 November 15, 2018 – Heavier than Air Brewing Co. – Anthony Rocco – Dayton Freight Company


Guests and Members in Attendance

Name Member/Guest
Shamus Baker Guest
Jonathon Barrett Guest
Emily Duke Guest
Brett Houseman Guest
Kevin Jackson Guest
Anthony Rocco Guest
Ashley Simeone Guest
Jim Voudris Guest
Adam Westendorf Guest
TR Wise Guest
Jack Anderson Member
Nancy Anderson Member
Diane Arehart Member
Pat Arehart Member
Marge Back Member
Dav Bremer Member
Bob Burkman Member
Jeff Busch Member
Brendan Cunningham Member
Beth Duncan Member
Greg Fay Member
Laura Franklin Member
Stan Fronzaglia Member
Jesse Gaither Member
Greg Griffin Member
Gary Hansen Member
Martha Jackson Member
Becky Keegan Member
Nancy Lehren Member
Pam Miller Member
Brian Nolan Member
Fred Polizzi Member
Myron Rheaume Member
Brent Richburg Member
Gary Smiga Member
Jerry Stahley Member
Carolyn Taylor Member
Ron Tinnerman Member
Jayne Weikel Member

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was Heavier than Air Brewing Company. Thank you to the team of Nick Sr, Chris, Ben and Nick Jr. for allowing us to take over their bar tonight. There was a 50/50 drawing won by Laura Franklin.

We had 29 members and 10 guests in attendance.

Committee Announcements

Greg Fay introduced a few members to discuss programs and fundraisers. The Centerville Noon Optimist club has raised well over a million dollars in the past 50 years. Greg also asked us to get on Facebook and to “like” the CNO and CNO 2.0 Facebook pages.

Gary Hansen, chair of the Will Cale Scholarship committee discussed the program. This committee reviews the applications of kids nominated by school counselors. The committee then chooses four to seven of them to give a scholarship for them to attend Sinclair. Often, they are the first person in their family to ever go to college. We provide up to $750 for up to six semesters for the student to obtain an associate’s degree. $750 per semester. Additionally, we provide the students with two mentors to help them navigate college and the financial aid process.

Myron Rheaume discussed the Professional Development Program (PDP) and the Personal Growth and Involvement (PGI) programs of Optimist International. These programs help you be a better club member and to have more success in life. He also noted that for each member added to an Optimist club, the club can help 35 additional children.

Greg Griffin discussed the Christmas Tree lot and showed us the video showcasing the lot. The full details are in this article.

Greg Griffin discussed the “Outstanding Organization” Award received earlier today by CNO presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Dayton Region. The full details are in this article.

Tonight’s Presentation

Greg Fay introduced Anthony Rocco, the Vice-President of Operations of the Dayton Freight Company founded in 1981 by Thomas L. Cronin, Jr.

Anthony Rocco grew up in Centerville and graduated from Alter High School and Xavier University. He first started working at Dayton Freight during college on the loading dock. After college, he went back and has been there for 26 years.

There are two major types of truck shipments. Full truckload (TL) and less than truckload (LTL). TL shipments account for 400 billion of the 700 billion shipping business each year. Dayton Freight is in the LTL business. Dayton Freight is a regional carrier in the Midwest with sales of about 60 billion annually. The goal of the company is to be the best regional LTL carrier in the Midwest.

Rocco attributes the success and expansion to the technology they have implemented in the company and the trucks. Items such as laser braking automation have greatly reduced their accident rate. Other technology helps reduce the chance of a trailer tipping during a loss of control. Without their technology Rocco said they would be about 25% of their current size. Dayton Freight currently handles 19,100 jobs per day.

Numerous facts about Dayton Freight can be viewed here.

There is a shortage of over 300,000 truck drivers. Dayton Freight trains any dock workers interested in how to drive a truck. The dock workers make about $18/hour and a truck driver makes about $28/hour. He said he believes the chances of automated drivers happening soon is very low. He believes it will be a minimum of 10-15 years and probably longer. Drivers are paid by the mile and they have 19 drivers that made over $100,000 last year. Truck drivers are typically male, but they do have 22 female drivers.

Thank you Anthony Rocco for taking the time to discuss your journey and for the information about a great company headquartered in Dayton, Ohio!

50 / 50 Drawing

Jesse Gaither was the winner of the 50/50 drawing. He won the 50/50 at CNO 2.0 last month as well. Will he win a third time next month? Come to the next CNO 2.0 meeting and find out!

CNOtes – November 20, 2018 – Youth Appreciation Awards Presented

Phather Phil’s Prayer


T’was the nite before Thanksgiving, I felt myself swelling,
But I just couldn’t sleep, So plump and so round,
I tried counting backwards, Till all of a sudden,
I tried counting sheep. I rose off the ground.
The Tom Turkey beckoned, I crashed thru the ceiling,
The dark meat & the white, Floating into the sky,
But I fought the temptation, With a mouthful of pudding
With all of my might. And a handful of pie.
Tossing & turning, But I managed to yell,
With anticipation, As I soared past the trees,
The thought of a snack, Happy eating to all,
Became an infatuation. Pass the cranberries please.
So, I raced to the kitchen, May your stuffing be tasty,
Flung open the door, May your turkey be plump.
And gazed at the fridge, May potatoes and gravy,
With goodies galore. Have nary a lump.
I gobbled up turkey. May your yams be delicious
And buttered potatoes, May your pies take the prize
Pickles and carrots, May your Thanksgiving dinner
Beans and tomatoes. Stay off of your thighs! AMEN!

 Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Beth Buck Educator
Chuck Cowgill Educator
Erin Dickerson Andrew Dickerson
Jack Durnbaugh Educator
Lynn Grubb Erin Dickerson
Kensie Miller Educator
Debbie Round Honoree’s Family
Kevin Round Honoree’s Family
Maddie Round Honoree
Mary Round Honoree’s Family
Annie Shaver Mike Bevis
Nate Smiga Gary Smiga
Bill Taylor Carolyn Taylor
Ron Whitehead Honoree’s Family
Jeff Wolff Educator

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Special Announcement

The Banner Kit was unveiled at the meeting via a PowerPoint presentation. The committee was made up of Donna Huss, Gary Smiga, Jesse Gaither and Greg Griffin. The items will be used at all CNO events and the tent can be rotated to highlight either the golf outing, the Avenue of Flags, the Christmas tree sales or CNO 2.0. The items are very colorful and will be a positive image for our organization. Thanks to Diane Arehart for putting together a “to go” box which will hold event brochures, membership applications, CNO 2.0 information and a list of upcoming events. This box will be stored with the Banner Kit and will be easily available when the Banner Kit is used.

Committee Announcements

Donna Huss announced there is a board meeting tonight 11/2/2018 at 6 PM at Woodbourne Library;

Christy Gariety announced she is handling the Adopt-A-Family program. See her to sign up.

Laurie Poeppelman announced Optigear orders are in and today is the last day for size and color samples. Orders placed will be received in 2 weeks.

Gary Hansen, chair of the Will Cale Scholarship Committee, announced he is still looking for more mentors so that we can help more students.

Beth Duncan reminded everyone about the December 11th Holiday Party at the Presidential, the Dinner and a Mystery on Dec 28th @ 7pm @ the Spaghetti Warehouse and she thanked everyone who brought chili, soups, cookies, corn bread and other food.

Donn Huss announced that Myron Rheaume will be available to discuss PGI/PDP next week. Please meet with Myron next week at lunch to begin filling your passport. Many of you have achieved Level 1 and just need to complete the booklet. You can also touch base with Myron to see what level you might have already achieved.

Youth Appreciation Awards

Donna Huss introduced Tom Henderson, the superintendent of Centerville Schools and member of CNO. Tom presented three Youth Appreciation Awards to honor 3 outstanding students who will be great ambassadors of Centerville High School.

Madison Round

Tom introduced Beth Buck, a CHS South Unit Guidance Counselor, who introduced CHS Senior Madison (Maddie) Round. Maddie has an impressive 4.11 GPA. She is dedicated to the CHS girls golf team and is well-known for her four-year involvement. She works at Yankee Trace Golf Course. She is president of the Centerville Octagon club. She speaks each month at the meeting of 180 of her pears.

Maddie participates in many service activities such as making and sending birthday cards to young kids who are in the hospital, as well as organizing Christmas caroling at a local nursing home with the Watts Middle School Junior Optimist Club.

Maddie spoke briefly. As a member of DECA they were in the top 10 in the State. She plans to major in Marketing at Miami University in Oxford. She thanked CNO for our service to the community and making a difference. She also thanked us for this honor.

Rachel Whitehead

Tom introduced Kinsie Miller, a CHS West Unit Guidance Counselor, who Introduced CHS Senior Sisters Rachel and Emily Whitehead. Rachel and Emily Whitehead both have very impressive high school resumes. They are both involved in volunteer work, athletics, clubs and organizations.

Rachel is a four-year member of the student council. She is also a two-year member of Chemistry Buddies, was chosen from a select group of seniors to be an Elk Connector where she serves as a mentor to ninth grade and new students. She also was chosen to be a lunch buddy where she serves as a mentor to an at-risk elementary aged student. Rachel is also a talented musician, playing in the wind symphony for three years and being a member of United Sound for two years. Rachel is a four-year member of the CHS cross country team and the track and field team.

Rachel is ranked third of 657 students with a 4.9366 GPA. She is a two-year member of National Honor Society and she is also a two-year member of Spanish Honor Society. She has earned the Commended National Merit Scholar. She is expected to receive the Ohio Honors Diploma in May of 2019.

Rachel Whitehead briefly spoke and thanked CHS teachers and counselors. She plans to study Neuroscience, hopefully at Duke University.

Emily Whitehead

Next Kinsie Miller discussed Emily Whitehead on behalf of Samantha Stingley, a CHS East Unit counselor who was ill today. Kinsie used notes from Samantha to introduce Emily.

Emily has taken tough courses at CHS including AP Stats, AP Chemistry II, AP Literature, AP US History, AP Government, and AP Microeconomics.

Emily has been involved with Centerville Women’s Soccer Program and the music program. She is a member of multiple clubs and service groups, including Junior Leadership Dayton. She is a mentor to younger students. As an Elk Connector, Emily helped welcome nearly 700 new freshmen to CHS. In August she “adopted” a group of 20 students to mentor throughout the year. Emily uses her time before and after school to volunteer as a Chem Buddy, tutoring Chemistry I students.

Emily is ranked fourth of 657 students with a 4.9186 GPA. She is a two-year member of National Honor Society and she is also a two-year member of Spanish Honor Society. She is expected to receive the Ohio Honors Diploma in May of 2019.

Emily Whitehead briefly spoke and thanked Mrs. Stingley and CNO for this honor. Her number one college choice is Georgetown University.


Member Birthday
Brendan Cunningham November 22
Jayne Weikel November 22
Natalie King Dunlevey November 24

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Beth Duncan November 20 11/20/2016 2
John Kalaman November 20 11/20/2016 2
Jon Fox November 20 11/20/2000 18
Marilyn Becht November 20 11/20/2016 2
Paula Kalaman November 20 11/20/2016 2
Christine Balsan November 21 11/21/2013 5
Dave Klein November 21 11/21/2013 5
Kristina Rainer November 21 11/21/2012 6
Martha Jackson November 21 11/21/2013 5
Bill DeFries November 23 11/23/2004 14

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Richard Altvater Greg Wasmund 2nd Reading
Gareth Dickey Gary Hansen 2nd Reading
Sue Zammit Greg Griffin 2nd Reading
Erin Dickerson Andy Dickerson 2nd Reading
Andrew Dickerson Andrew McKenzie 3rd Reading
Mariah Vogelgesang Mike Bevis 3rd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Mike Bevis Parking in Pat Behn’s parking spot
Anyone who had a great time at the tree lot Anyone who had a great time at the tree lot
Anyone who doesn’t know exactly where their Optimist Pin is Not knowing exactly where their Optimist Pin is
Chris McAlpine Not wearing a tie
Bob Duffy Eating food off of the Birthday table, AGAIN!
Scott Langer Being late to the meeting

 Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Melissa Deeter Just became an aunt for the first time
Beth Duncan Thanks to everyone who brought soups and food to the Christmas Tree Lot delivery day
Beth Duncan Newest grand baby is  on the way
Joan Cordonnier 4 weeks out from her husband’s surgery and he is doing well (and volunteering on the Christmas Tree Lot!!!)
Joan Cordonnier Daughter Jill has second interview for a job in Cincinnati and Cincinnati is way closer than Utah
Don Kelley His Son-in-law is retiring after 4 years at the Air Force Academy and another  27 years of active duty; is starting 8 weeks of flight training after which he will be pilot for Southwest Airlines
Mary Madden Glad their power is finally restored after the ice storm
John Carroll 5 bucks for the great kids honored today and to a great tree lot season
Bob Burkman For the students with GPAs well above 4.0 and to the ones significantly below 4.0 that he can relate to
Sue Brubaker Thank you to the CHS Track team for helping with Christmas Tree Lot deliver day