CNOtes – August 20, 2019 – McCall Vrydaghs – Chief Meteorologist – Storm Center 7

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father direction not desire will indicate where we will end up. In other words we all are going to end up somewhere, so we might as well choose the path that will take us to where we want to end up.. This is a universal truth here as well as the kingdom of God. How much of our life are we willing to exchange for it. In any event we have two problems. One : we lose bragging rights when it looks so easy that no one realizes how hard it was. Two: is that the chance of being seen is in direct proportion to the stupidity of the act. So help us choose
wisely Lord. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Beth Deines Mike Bevis
Beverly Fritz Donna Huss
Bill Fritz Donna Huss
Cade Pantano Jim Mogan
JC Jones Mike Bevis
McCall Vrydaghs Speaker

All Photos from the Meeting are Here


The following were recognized for donating to the Optimist Foundation Dime-A-Day fund: Wayne Christie, Stan Fronzaglia, Liz Fultz, David Ladd, Chris McAlpine, Jean Pummill, Gary Smiga and Bill Stone. Bill Stone received the 2019 Optimist picture and a plate for his contribution.

The fourth quarter President’s award was presented to Pat Behn at the Great Ohio District convention. Our Club was #1 in the Awards and Achievement category with 3310 points. In second place was Kettering Noon. Thank you, Jean Pummill, for keeping track of everything everyone does in our Club.

The following were recognized as having sponsored 5 members: Carolyn Taylor, Sue Brubaker and Beth Duncan.

Evelyn Griffin received recognition for sponsoring her first new member.

Upcoming Community Events

Tri-Star Soccer will be early evening on Friday September 6, 2019. Volunteers are needed to host this fun, annual event. Contact the chair Chris McAlpine.

Special Announcement

There is no meeting at Yankee Trace on Tuesday September 24, 2019. The Presidential Installation dinner will be that evening instead.  Look for information about signing up to attend this event.

Upcoming Social Events

  • 9/24/2019 – 6 PM, Tuesday, Presidential Installation Dinner at the Presidential Banquet Center – There will NOT be a lunch at Yankee Trace that day
  • 10/10/2019 – ALL DAY, Keeneland Horse Racing, there will be a chartered bus
  • 11/8/2019 – 6 PM, Friday, Euchre party at TBD
  • 12/10/2019 – 6 PM, Tuesday, Holiday Party at Yankee Trace

Committee Announcements

Myron Reported on the Great Ohio District convention this past weekend. It went great and he appreciates all the support he has received from our club and others as his Governor year begins on October 1, 2019.

Judy DeMarco announced it is time to accept nominations for the Optimist Community Champion award.  Contact Judy for information regarding this award.

Don Wildenhaus announced that TOP Soccer registration went well. You can still volunteer Players and coaches can sign up here.

Tom Novak announced that after the Labor Day flag delivery, the Avenue of Flags storage facility is moving to Sinclair’s facility on Clyo road. Flags will be picked up at Turf Nerd and when you return the flags, return them to Sinclair.

Greg Griffin announced that the Christmas Tree Lot opens in 101 days. Thanksgiving comes as late as it can this year on November 28, 2019. We have ordered 975 trees and are expecting to sell them in 2 weeks since it is so close to Christmas.

Bob Lawson updated us on the new general storage area for CNO items other than flags. The new location is at the park district headquarters behind Marion’s Pizza on SR 48. There are only going to be 2 sets of keys. We are not allowed to make additional copies. The key holders are Bob Lawson and Jerry Stahley.

Memorial Day Tornado Report

Bill Williams introduced today’s speaker, McCall Vrydaghs, the Chief Meteorologist at Storm Center 7.

McCall showed us a slide show and discussed the storms and the situations leading up to the historic storm system that occurred on May 27, 2019.  The Memorial Tornado “breakout” brought 15 tornadoes to the area. There were 21 tornados covered by the National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio which set a record.

The Enhanced Fujita Scale (EF Scale) classifies tornadoes into the following categories:

  • ..Weak……65 to 85 mph
  • ..Weak……86 to 110 mph
  • ..Strong….111 to 135 mph
  • ..Strong….136 to 165 mph
  • ..Violent…166 to 200 mph
  • ..Violent…>200 mph

On May 27, 2019 in the Miami Valley there were 15 touchdowns broken down by EF scale:

  • 5 were EF0
  • 4 were EF1
  • 2 were EF2
  • 3 were EF3
  • 1 was EF4

As many as 4 tornados touched down at the same time during the outbreak. Tornados can come down, go back up and come down again. One of the tornados was headed straight for Dayton Children’s Hospital. Luckily it raised back in the sky before reaching the hospital.

Earlier in the day, McCall was on social media reporting that there would be thunderstorms and hail coming. By 4:30 PM, she reported that tornados are very possible. By 8:08 PM, she knew devastation was imminent.

At 10:50 PM, a Tornado Emergency was issued. This is the highest level and it is described as “an extremely dangerous tornado with life threatening impacts”. These are the types of warnings that typically only happen in Kansas and Oklahoma.

With the day being a holiday celebrated outside, she said we were lucky that the storms didn’t happen until the time they did, as there could have been a much higher level of human devastation.

Links McCall Vrydagh had in her presentation

CNO Donations 2013 through June 2019

Click this link to see a summary of the donations our club has made.

Over 50 years, we have donated close to $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $700,000.


Member Birthday
Susan Thomsen August 20
Marilyn Becht August 21
Stephen Walker August 21
Rick Altvater August 25
Sharon Silverberg August 25

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Don Massie August 20 8/20/1991 28
Julie Walling Noeth August 20 8/20/2008 11
Fred Pfeiffer August 21 8/21/2013 6
Matt Somerlot August 21 8/21/2013 6
Shawna Hatton August 23 8/23/2016 3
Mary Madden August 26 8/26/1998 21

New Member Readings and Inductions

No readings nor inductions this week.

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Mike Brubaker Hanging a stick without the banner in a failed attempt to help out the sergeants today
Jack Anderson Being too tall while sitting next to Bob Clements
Bob Clements Being too short while sitting next to Jack Anderson
Patrick Arehart Teaching Dickerson children magic tricks at Ohio Convention
Diane Arehart Teaching Dickerson children party tricks at Ohio Convention
Myron Rheaume Teaching Dickerson children how to hang spoons from their nose at Ohio Convention dinner (and coercing teh incoming Optimist International President, Adrian Elcock, into doing so too
Donna Huss Asking Evelyn Griffin to hurry up to the podium while Evelyn is wearing a boot for a broken ankle (which Donna did not realize until Evelyn limped up to the podium)
Vida McDowell Late to meeting
Scott Langer Late to meeting

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Myron Rheaume For the Great Ohio District convention last weekend, $4 of thanks to our club members for supporting him as governor and $1 for Optimist International President Designate for hanging a spoon on his nose at  the dinner on Saturday
Erin Dickerson Happy how well their kids were treated at the Great Ohio District convention, and for the magic and party tricks they were taught
Bill Stone Completed training and testing and is now lIcensed to fly his jet
Cherie Gentry Obligations as former Great Ohio District Governor are complete – She is now done with Saturday leadership development meetings
Vida McDowell Sitting at the birthday table and its not even her birthday
Bob Burkman Thanks for the cards and words of kindness about Carol’s back surgery to install a TENS device to ease her chronic back pain