Jesse Lightle, State of Washington Township Report

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 3/4/2022.

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


  • Jesse Gaither announced that the next CNO 2.0 meeting will be January 20, 2022 at Chappy’s. The speaker will be BMAN, a longtime radio personality at 104.7 WTUE. There are 4 new committee members and they are working on making CNO 2.0 exciting again. The next several meeting dates are 2/17/2022, 3/17/2022 and 4/21/2022. The meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month except December.

Jesse Lightle, Washington Township Administrator

Gary Hansen introduced CNO member Jesse Lightle, the Township Administrator for Washington Township.

Jesse Lightle’s history with the township dates to 2006 when she was named deputy administrator. In 2008 she was hired as administrator, where she oversees the day-to-day administration of all township services and reports directly to Washington Township trustees.

Jesse received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Urban Affairs from Wright State in 1999. She has a Master’s in Urban Administration from Wright State as well, graduating in June 2001.

Jesse has been a member of the Centerville Noon Optimists since 2006 and served on the Board from 2013-2016. Jesse is a recipient of the 40 Under 40 Award from the Dayton Business Journal, was recognized as Administrator of the Year in 2020 from the Montgomery County Township Association and has lived in Washington Township since 2001.

Health Care Workers Could Use Some Kindness

Jesse was in a meeting this morning with leaders of 3 major hospital systems in the Miami Valley. She learned in the meeting that because of COVID, the situation is dire in area hospitals. It is difficult to be a health care worker right now and it is worse than it was a year ago. Jesse said we should all consider if you have time to do something nice for health care workers. They could all use kindness to brighten their day. Even a small kindness like dropping off a dozen donuts will be appreciated.

Washington Township Mission

Provide for and promote the health, safety, and welfare of residents and employees and create an environment focused on building for the future.

State of the Township

The state of Washington Township is strong. You can view Jesse’s slide deck here.

The township:

  • Welcomed several new businesses, even during the pandemic
  • Continues to lead the county in new homes built
  • Had a 14% increase in population since 2010 based on the 2020 census

Community Service Awards 2021

Two community service awards for $1000 scholarships were given to Anjana Peddireddi and Jade Eilers.

Bridges and Roads

In 2021, the township paved 5 miles of roads and replaced two bridges.

In 2022, the first roundabout in Washington Township is being constructed at Mad River and Alex Bell. The area will be closed on April 28th, 2022 and will be closed through the summer.


In 2020, the RecPlex offered summer camps even though no one else did. In 2021 it was still important to have the camps. The RecPlex helps a lot of families with childcare during the summer.

Washington Township held a Family Adventure Day in 2021. One of the activities was to use the pool at the RecPlex to teach people how to Kayak.

Fire Department

The Washington Township Fire Department is celebrating 75 years of service. Jesse said that the township very possibly has the best department in the country. The department is one of only ten accredited fire departments in Ohio and the only one in our county.

With the COVID lockdowns call volumes went down a small amount in 2020. Lockdowns cause reductions in activities such as driving which reduces accidents.

A new fire station is being built on 5 acres of land next to the high school. The land was purchased from Centerville City Schools. When complete, the current Station 41 on Maple Street will be closed and the new facility will become Station 41. Studies of call response times showed the station should be located further east than it is now. Response times will also be improved since the new station will be on a main street versus a subdivision as it is now. Station 41 is the home of the only ladder truck the township owns and it needs to get to places it serves quickly.

Sheriff’s Department

The Sheriff’s department has added a second school resource officer for Centerville City Schools.

The Sheriff’s department now has a crisis team that goes on calls involving mental health issues. During a call, families will have immediate access to the resources they need.

Cruise-in to the Ice Cream Social

The annual Sheriff’s Cruise-in and the Fire Department’s Ice Cream Social were combined in 2021. With over 4000 attending, it was a huge success and they will do it again.

K9 Max

The Sheriff’s Department has a new 2-year-old K9 dog named Max. Max and his handler came to today’s lunch. Max is a well-behaved, well trained, energetic dog. He helps on a lot of calls and he can sniff for drugs.

COVID Relief Funds

Washington Township will receive 3.4 million from federal COVID relief funds. They received 1.7 million in 2021 and another 1.7 million will be received in 2022. They will use 2 million as a revenue replacement for RecPlex fees that have had a huge reduction because of COVID. The remaining 1.4 million will be saved to see what happens in the next one to two years. They have been given a long range of time to spend the money and they will definitely spend it before the deadline arrives.

Thank You

Thank you, Jesse Lightle, for presenting the State of the Township.

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Bob MyersGary Hansen2nd Reading
Karen Gray MyersGary Hansen2nd Reading
Mike CreechGary Hansen2nd Reading
Cindy GabouryJulie Noeth2nd Reading

Welcome Guests!

Happy Bucks

Mary Madden$20, Husband Joe Madden has been an absolute angel for helping her through her health issues.
Tom NovakJoe Madden has been wonderful to Mary during her health issues.
Bill StoneReally enjoyed watching the UD at Pittsburgh basketball game in person last Saturday. It was an awesome game and a fun trip.

Sergeants at Arms

Everyone who didn’t exercise this weekIt is a new year – by now many have broken their new year resolution to exercise.
Beth DUncanForgot to grab her badge when she walked in.
Tom NovakLeft badge in the car.
Judy DeMarcoLeft money for 50/50 tickets on the badges instead of placing it in the basket.
Ellie ParkerAsked sergeant Jane Fiehrer how to get 500 to 1000 participants for the photography contest.
Don MassieGave a sergeant grief.

Membership Anniversaries

Casey DixonJanuary 20, 20211
Doug FlandersJanuary 20, 20211
Mike KistlerJanuary 23, 20202
Kristen MarksJanuary 23, 20202
Debbie ParksJanuary 23, 20202
Bill ShislerJanuary 23, 20202
Julie ShislerJanuary 23, 20202
Ralph YoungJanuary 23, 20202
Morgan SchiffhauerJanuary 18, 20193
John ThompsonJanuary 23, 20184
Dick LeeJanuary 18, 20175
Pam MillerJanuary 18, 20175
Lynne ReillyJanuary 18, 20175
Deb UlrichJanuary 18, 20175
Gary DeMarcoJanuary 20, 20166
Jeff KujawaJanuary 22, 20157
Mike YoderJanuary 22, 20148


Myron RheaumeJanuary 20
Gary SmigaJanuary 21
Todd KelchnerJanuary 24

CNO Donations – 2013 through December 2021

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

Thank You Notes Received

No Thank You Notes were received this week

Links to PowerPoint and Pictures

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

No photos available this week

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