CNOtes 8/17/21: Skilled Trades Scholarships 2021

President-Elect Gary Hansen Facilitated Today’s Meeting

President-Elect Gary Hansen facilitated today’s meeting. Debe Dockins was out of town today taking care of her mother. Gary did a fine job and we know we will be in good hands when his presidential year begins on 10/1/2021.


  • Bill Stone, the Ohio District OI Foundation Representative announced he would love to see more participation from the CNO club. The easiest way to donate is to use the OI website. On the website you will be able to sign up for the 50th anniversary Dime-A-Day Pin. Note that you can give any amount you wish to support the OI Foundation, which is the philanthropic side of OI. If you prefer, you can print out and mail this form with your donation.
  • Gary Hansen announced the 21st season of TOP soccer for special needs kids will start on 8/22/2021. The program needs volunteers, including assistant coaches and on-field buddies assigned to a participant. The kids look forward to the event each year. Volunteers do not need to know anything about soccer to help.
  • Tom Novak announced that the Labor Day flags will stay out to include the twentieth anniversary of 9/11. Flag delivery will be on 9/1/2021. Flags retrieval will be 9/14/2021.
  • Gary Hansen announced that CNO 2.0 is looking for additional committee members.
  • Gary Hansen announced that the Haunted Trail committee is looking for a new co-chair to shadow Gail Aiken with the plan of taking over the committee.
  • Andy Dickerson announced the Fishing Derby will be on August 28, 2021. Please contact Bob Lawson or Andy Dickerson if you can volunteer at the event.
  • Gary Hansen announced the CNO officer installation dinner will be on Tuesday September 28, 2021 at Yankee Trace. There will not be a CNO lunch meeting that day.
  • Patrick Arehart announced that CNO is holding a Membership Drive where participating members will share in $400 based on the number of points received.  Receive 1 point for bringing a guest to any meeting, 3 points for a returning guest and 10 points for a guest application.  The contest runs through 9/21/2021.

Committee Meetings

9/21/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting

Community Events

8/28/2021, the annual Fishing Derby will be held at RecPlex                            

Happy Birthday to Gail Aiken

Bob Duffy led us in singing Happy Birthday to Gail Aiken since today was her birthday! Somehow our singing has gotten worse. You would think somehow by accident we would hit a note correctly. Maybe the quality issue is being caused by music director Bob Duffy?!? 🙂

Skilled Trade Scholarships

Gary Hansen introduced Evelyn Griffin, the co-chair of the Skilled Trade Scholarships Committee. Fred Polizzi and Gary Aiken are the other two co-chairs of the skilled trades committee.

Two of the three 2021 Skilled Trade Scholarship recipients were at lunch today and introduced themselves and their family members.

2021 Recipients

  • Reid Almand will be attending the Hobart Institute of Welding. Reid brought his parents Cobey and Scott Almand to lunch today.
  • Connor Dimisa will be majoring in Automotive Technology at Sinclair Community College. Connor brought his mother Christine Dimisa to lunch today.
  • Andrew Bellanca will be attending the Hobart Institute of Welding. Andrew was unable to attend today’s lunch.

2020 Recipient Updates

There were 3 scholarships awarded in 2020 and all 3 attended the Hobart Welding Institute. They are Alexander Weller, Jacob Goetz and Michael Knox. Alexander and Jacob have graduated and have jobs!

2019 Recipient Update

Gabriel Couch will graduate in the spring of 2022 with a degree in construction management from Sinclair Community College. His degree has been delayed because COVID cancelled many of the classes that he needed for his degree.

About CNO Skilled Trades Scholarships

The Skilled Trades Scholarship launched in 2019. This scholarship requires a guidance counselor’s recommendation with an emphasis on financial need and a desire to pursue a degree in the student’s chosen trade. In addition to financial assistance, each student will have two mentors. A scholarship to Sinclair University provides up to $750 per semester for up to six semesters, sufficient for an associate degree. A scholarship to Trade Schools is a one-time payment of $2500.

Businesses are having a really difficult time finding skilled trades workers to fill open positions. This is a link to a YouTube video of a TEDx presentation discussing the issue and how women are being encouraged through grants (not loans) to get skilled trades education to fill some of the 1 million open jobs. In the U.S. compensation is rising for skilled trades jobs.

Hobart Institute of Welding

Several Skilled Trade Scholarship recipients have elected to attend programs at the Hobart Institute of Welding in Troy, Ohio. The courses last 6-12 months depending on the program chosen. The programs are valuable, but not cheap. CNO scholarships help make it affordable. The school was started in 1930 and there have been over 100,000 graduates. It is a nationally recognized program. There is a huge need for workers in the skilled trades. Welders can make over $!00,000/year.

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Jane HenryCarol SmerzInduction on 8/19/2021 at St Leonard
Sally MartinoMike BevisInduction on 8/19/2021 at St Leonard
Jessica WagnerMike Bevis2nd reading
Mitchell BodenmillerTom Novak2nd reading

Welcome Guests!

GuestGuest Of
Christine DimisaHonoree’s Family
Cobey AlmandHonoree’s Family
Connor DimisaHonoree
Logan Stan Fronzaglia
Mitch BodenmillerTom Novak
Reid AlmandHonoree
Scott AlmandHonoree’s Family
Sharon OldhamJulie Noeth
Suzie WolffStan Fronzaglia

Happy Bucks

Bob CollinsMyron Rheaume is recovering well from his back surgery.
Larry LyndeCNO member Tom Berry sang his signature Happy Brithday to his wife Shari at the Sunday concert at Stubbs Park.
Mike BrubakerThank you to all that atteneded the Presidential Club Volunteer of the Year breakfast where he and Beth Duncan were honored last week.
Gary HansenGary has been able to see his son often in the last couple of months after not seeing him for so long because of the pandemic.
Joe MaddenGary Aiken for expertly arranging a birthday lunch for his wife Gail with about 80 CNO members today!  🙂
Don KelleyGranddaughter Molly is ready to start her sophomore year at Miami University.
Erin DickersonAfter 18 months her kids are at school again.
Jim MoganFor the first time in two years, he will soon see his son who lives in Colorado.
Jesse GaitherDaughter startng school at Ohio University. Other daughter started middle school in Springboro.
Bill WilliamsHis son Parker completed a 209 mile timed endurance run “Big Foot 200” from Mt. St. Helens in Oregon to Mt Adams in Washington. His time was 91 hours and he placed 37th out of 220 runners.
Bill WilliamsCelebrating 38th wedding anniversary with his wife Cadance.
Rene GlennJust accepted a new job offer and she gets a couple of weeks to take some trips before starting.
Mike BevisHappy with how well previous skilled trade scholarship recipients are doing.
Mike BevisJesse Gaither delivering the CNO tent to his home very early in the morning, even though his wife thought there was an intruder in the driveway.
Mike BevisHe, Donna Huss and Judy McFadden had great success at Boomerfest with their booth. They believe they have secured 3 new members.
Gail AikenJoe and Mary Madden donating a bunch of halloween items for the Haunted Trail event.
Ron KukerCelebrating 59th weddig anniversary with his wife Fayne.

Sergeants at Arms

Gary SmigaCalled sergeant Scott Langer’s cell phone last week to see if it would ring during the meeting. Gary didn’t realize that Scott was about to be a sergeant!
Bob DuffySitting at the birthday table when it was not his birthday AGAIN!
Kelly StoneLate to today’s meeting.
Guest and previous member Suzie WolfMoved to a different state to avoid a fine.
Paul Stull, Brian Nolan, Charlie GoodwinBeing former sergeants.
Will CaleTrying to take 2 50/50 tickets instead of 1 when he paid for just one.
Gail AikenCouldn’t find her name tag and let Gary Hansen retrieve the presidents bell too soon.
Jesse GaitherGetting a name wrong.
Greg GriffinGreg promissed that during his presidency that Ron Tinnerman would be a sergeant and he never was.
Tom NovakSergeant Ron Tinnerman was not mentioned in a recent article in a local magazine about Avenue of Flags.

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Don MassieAugust208/20/199130
Julie Walling NoethAugust208/20/200813
Matt SomerlotAugust218/21/20138


Gail AikenAugust 17
Susan ThomsenAugust 20
Stephen WalkerAugust 21
Marilyn BechtAugust 21

CNO Donations – 2013 through July 2021

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

Thank You Notes Received

Click here to see the Thank You Notes received this week

Links to PowerPoint and Pictures

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

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.