Joey O’Brien, Stubbs Park Plans, Photo Contest Results

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer


We are human and we make mistakes.  While we know and understand this, we often beat ourselves up over the mistakes we make.  Lord, help us “to forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future” as our creed states, and afford ourselves the same grace you so readily show us.



  • Debe Dockins, announced that at the Euchre social last weekend there were 35 members and spouses in attendance. She said she came in 3rd place. There will be a Bunco social during May
  • Beth Duncan announced that the 2nd Annual Washington Centerville’s Got Talent is accepting video submissions until 4/7/2022 from kids aged 4-19. Only the first 30 applicants will be accepted. The prize money for places 1-3 are $500, $250 and $100. An in-person FINALE of the top 10 chosen will be held in the Central Theater at Centerville High School on 5/4/2022 at 6:30 PM. They are looking for judges.
  • Mike Bevis, chair of the Golf Committee, reminded us that the 30th year of the Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf Classic will be held on 7/18/2022. The committee is making progress for sponsorships but could use your help with obtaining additional sponsorships.
  • Nancy Lehren, chair of Childhood Health and Wellness announced volunteers are needed after the meeting on 4/19/2022, to dress 150 Build-a-Bears. The bears will be delivered to:  The Artemis Center, Ronald McDonald House, Care House, Erma’s House
  • Tom Novak announced that the renewal campaign for Avenue of Flags is almost over, and they are looking for more volunteers to help with flag delivery. There are 81 optimist members who have yet to renew their subscriptions, don’t forget to renew for 2022. Contact him or use the website renew.
  • Bob Lawson announced we need volunteers to help with two upcoming fishing events: Family Adventure Day on 5/14/2022 and Castle Fishing Day 5/16/2022. Use the member calendar on the website to sign up to volunteer for the event.

CNO Dime-a-Day Contest

Committee Meetings

  • 4/20/2022, 6 PM, Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf Classic 2022. Meetings in 2022 will be on Wednesdays on 1/26, 2/16, 3/16, 4/20, 5/18, 6/15, 7/13. Additional golf committee members and volunteers are always welcome. The event will be held on 7/18/2022.

Community Events  

  • May 15, 2022, 1 PM – 4 PM, Safety on Wheels at Miami Valley South Hospital parking lot. To volunteer use the member calendar here.
  • June 4, 2022, 8 AM to 12:30 PM, Fishing Derby at RecPlex. To volunteer use the member calendar here.

Social Events

  • May 2022, A Bunco social will be held

Joey O’Brien, Stubbs Park Improvements

Debe Dockins introduced Joey O’Brien, who since 2019 has been the Assistant City Planner for the City of Centerville. Among other city planning and economic development duties Joey acts as the Project Manager for the Stubbs Park Improvements project, managing its funding, design, and forthcoming construction.

O’Brien’s presentation was titled, “Stubbs Park Improvements,” and can be viewed here.

About Stubbs Park

  • Is a 60-acre park dedicated in early 1980s.
  • Amenities include an amphitheater, frisbee golf, in-line skating, walking paths, playgrounds, and cricket pitch.
  • City sponsored events are held in the park and include the Summer Concert Series, Fall Festival, and Memorial Day Commemoration. 

Planning Included Public Opinions

The public was involved in the planning of the project. An online survey with over 500 responses ranked the most important improvements. 1 is the most important.

  1. Community gathering improvements
  2. Amphitheater improvements
  3. Path and trail improvements
  4. Handle issues with “The Bowl”
  5. Park entrance enhancements
  6. Playground improvements
  7. Add signage and wayfinding

Project Timeline

  • Strategic Plan Focus range of 2018-2023
  • Preliminary master plan created in summer of 2019
    • Assisted in funding requests including State Capital Fund
    • High level guidance and collaboration
    • Began critical thinking process
  • State Capital Grant has been received to execute Master plain in early 2020
  • Landscape architecture firm to conduct design and engineering was hired in 2020
  • Began final master planning process from in the summer of 2021
    • In depth comprehensive master planning process
    • Hired Landscape Architect, Civil Engineer, Architect, and MEP Engineering
    • Site analysis & assessment
    • Public engagement
    • Program assessment
    • Several iterations of concept plans
  • Construction out to bid in April 2022

Two Phase Project

Phase 1 construction will begin in the summer of 2022 and end in June 2023 with a budget of $3.9 million. Its focus will be Amphitheater and Plaza Improvements, which include adding a sound system and public restrooms. This will really help improve the quality of acts and how well they can perform.

Phase 2 will be phased in with a five-year capital budget over the next couple of years. Its focus will be the pond and “The Bowl” Improvements.

Improve Vehicular and Pedestrian Circulation

  • Add a loop road
  • Better organize park roads to stop interfering with parking areas
  • Improve the flexibility to close internal roads
  • Add ADA compliant trails

Fix Drainage and Water Quality Issues

  • Prevent stagnant water
  • Fix the Ineffective swales and ditches
  • Get rid of the shallow retention ponds that attract geese
  • Expand and combine two ponds; a third pond will be dredged and made deeper

Add Park Amenities

  • Add and improve ADA accessibility to trails, bathrooms, and seating
  • Add sound systems and lighting
  • Add a defined gathering space especially around the concession stand
  • Add electricity access points which will reduce the need for loud food truck generators
  • Add public restrooms
  • Add a paved walking trail

Thank You

Thank you, Joey O’Brien, for letting us know the plans for improvements at Stubbs Park.

Photography Contest

Ellie Parker, the Chair of the Photography Contest spoke today. She thanked her co-chair Roberta Taylor for her work. She thanked Debe Dockins for her help setting up the photography show at Woodbourne Library. She thanked the contest judge Joanne Janetta who was a guest at today’s lunch.

Ellie gave special thanks to Patrick Arehart. She said she could not have pulled this off without all the support he gave her and the contest. He also created a way to vote for your favorite photograph at the library by scanning a QR code with your phone.

About the Contest

The Centerville Noon Optimist Club conducted a photography contest to assist young people with developing an interest in photography and to expose them to “The Optimist Creed” and our philosophy of Optimism. Students were asked to submit photos that illustrate and exemplify one of the ten tenets of “The Optimist Creed.”

You can view all the photos here.

Contestant Winners were Guests at Lunch

The students were invited to lunch today. After Ellie introduced each student and showed us their photographs on the projects, they each introduced their parents and art teachers that came to today’s lunch.

The contest judge Joanne Janetta told us she was honored to be a judge and encouraged the students to keep pursuing art.

Honorable Mentions

Honorable mention went to Morgan who chose Optimist Creed line 7, “To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future,” and titled the photo “Looking Forward.” The judge said, “I chose Morgan’s photo as honorable mention as I see it as a very inspiring representation of the creed verse chosen. It’s a lovely photo.”

Honorable mention went to Matt who chose Optimist Creed line 7, “To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future,” and titled the photo “Out of Reach.” The judge said, “The photo stands on its own due to its creativity and uniqueness in overcoming the difficulty in capturing his pose. Great job illustrating something being out of reach. High marks for creativity.”

Third Place

Third place ($75) went to Danika who chose Optimist Creed line 10, “To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.” The judge said, “I chose Danika’s photo as the 3rd place winner because I love the carefree happiness and fun that I see in her photo as a unique way to represent the creed verse chosen.”

Second Place

Second place ($150) went to Mahayla, who chose Optimist Creed line 7, “To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.” and titled the photo “Serenity.” The judge said, “I chose Mahayla’s photo as the 2nd place winner. I felt that serenity is what a person would feel when referring to the creed verse chosen. It’s a beautiful waterfall with a rainbow photo.”

First Place

First place ($250) went to Delphine, who chose Optimist Creed line 4, “To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true” and titled the photo “Always look on the bright side of life.” The judge said, “I knew right away that Delphine’s photo would take first place. Her photo showing friends huddled under an umbrella with a double rainbow up above best represents the creed verse chosen. I like the emotion conveyed of the friends sharing an umbrella together, enduring the rain and being rewarded with the beautiful rainbows. It is a bright and colorful photo.”

View and Vote for your Favorite Photograph

Be sure to go to Woodbourne Library between 4/14/2022 and 5/16/2022 to see the photos and vote for your favorite for the “People’s Choice Contest”. No money will be awarded for this part of the contest, just the glory of being voted the best.

2022-2023 Officers and Board of Directors Nominations for CNO

Jean Pummill, CNO Secretary, reported that the nomination committee of the Centerville Noon Optimist Club, comprised of past presidents, the current president and incoming president have nominated the following members for the Optimist Year 2022-2023:

  • President Elect: Joan Cordonnier
  • Vice Presidents: Patrick Arehart and Paul Boeckman
  • Board of Directors for 2-year terms: Mitch Bodenmiller, Andy Dickerson, Rachel Goetz, Art Hung, Carol Smerz
  • Board Members with 1 year left to serve: Diane Arehart, Brandon Barrett, Katie Calloway, Bob Glavin, Evelyn Griffin
  • Past president representative: Mike Bevis
  • Gary Hansen will serve as the Immediate Past President
  • The incoming president chooses the Treasurer and Secretary. Roland Rapp has been chosen for Treasurer and Jean Pummill for Secretary. They are both currently serving in those positions.

Rachel Goetz, Nominated to the Board of Directors

Rachel has been a member of CNO since 1/31/2013

Rachel spoke:

I not only enjoy helping with our mission of serving children, but I also really like the comradery and kidding around with other members.

I enjoy helping with Avenue of Flags, the Tree Lot, and Haunted Trail. Last year I even dressed up as a witch last year for the Haunted Trail. I also like being involved with Build-a-Bear and the Easter Egg Hunt. Thank you for selecting me.

Andy Dickerson, Nominated to the Board of Directors

Andy has been a member of CNO since 11/24/2018

Andy Spoke:

I have been around CNO events and members since I was child.

I went to my first Fishing Derby was when I was 6. I have gotten some other fishing activities started for our community. I help with getting flag supplies to build new flags.It is an honor to be selected to be part of our board of directors.

New Events Calendar is Active on CNO Website

The member calendar which allows volunteers to sign up is active on the website. It works easily on both mobile and desktop devices. There are public and member calendars on the site.

There is a QR code you can use at the bottom to share the calendars with other members and the community.

Things you can do with the calendars

  • View upcoming lunch and CNO 2.0 speakers.
  • Sign up to volunteer for community events like the Easter Egg Hunt and Bike Rodeo. After you sign up the software will offer to add the event to your calendar.
  • Sign up for social events such as Euchre tournaments and soon the annual dinners for officer installation and holiday party.
  • The community can use it to learn about events like the Bike Rodeo, Fishing Derby and Tri-star Soccer. If they sign up we can send reminders of the events.

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Kelly KemptonMike Bevis2nd Reading
Deborah MooreMike Bevis2nd Reading

Welcome Guests!

GuestGuest Of
Angie FisherPhotography Contest
Danika MarquezPhotography Contest
Delphine CampPhotography Contest
Desiree MarquezPhotography Contest
Isaac MarquezPhotography Contest
Joanne JanettaPhotography Contest
Joey O’BrienSpeaker
Julie ArmstrongPhotography Contest
Julie RogersPhotography Contest
Ken CarterKristen Marks
Lana GurievaMike Bevis
Mahayla FisherPhotography Contest
Michael KoveleskiDesign Sleep – NEW
Mr. BrandeberryPhotography Contest
Sofie AmelootPhotography Contest
Steve ZimmerMike Bevis
Todd MuckerheideMike Bevis
Will FisherPhotography Contest

Happy Bucks

No time for Happy Bucks this week.

Sergeants at Arms

No time for Sergeants at Arms this week.

Membership Anniversaries

Blanca CrinerApril 16, 20148
Mark KarnsApril 18, 20193
Judy McFaddenApril 18, 20193
Pam TruittApril 18, 20193


Steve KohlsApril 12
Rick TaldaApril 13
Emily DukeApril 14
Jessica WagnerApril 14
Anne KesslerApril 15
Carol BurkmanApril 16
Ellie ParkerApril 16
Denise O’NeilApril 18

CNO Donations – 2013 through March 2022

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.

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

The Photos taken at this week’s meeting are here

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