CNOtes – August 27, 2019 – SICSA Pet Adoption Presentation

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father You know what confuses us more than anything. We
feel we are living a good life and playing foreword the blessings You
have given us. Yet, there is not one of us who hasn’t seen our best
plans fall apart. Although we have spent a lot of time, thought and
effort to bring them to fruition. You never promised us an easy life.
Therefore; It is our belief that our plans fall apart so a better plan can
fall together. After all that’s why you made us Optimists. Thank You
again Lord. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Paul Gibble Jay McAlpine
JC Jones Mike Bevis
Katie Neubert Speaker
Nora Vondrell Speaker

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Special Announcement

There is no meeting at Yankee Trace on Tuesday, September 24, 2019. The Installation Dinner for 2019-2020 Club Officers will be that evening instead.  Look for information about signing up to attend this event.

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. There are various opportunities to help. You can help with registration, scoring or volunteer to man the activity stations. Chris McAlpine can answer any questions.

Paula Kalaman announced that the 22nd Annual John P. Kalaman Memorial Golf Tournament and Pig Roast will be held Monday, September 9, 2019 at Yankee Trace. The John P. Kalaman Memorial Scholarship has given away over $270,000.00 in scholarships. To participate, call 937-438-GOLF.

Jerry Stahley announced there is a sign-up sheet for Dor-wood’s Golf Outing on 9/12/2019 at Jamaica run.

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. Charge is $35 per person. Dress is business casual (no jeans, no shorts).
  • 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

Tom Novak, Avenue of Flags announced for Labor Day we will have 62 routes and they all have volunteers.

Jerry Stahley announced that everything has been moved to the Park District headquarters behind Incarnation Elementary school. Thanks to everyone who has gone and sorted through the items in storage. If you are a committee chair and have stuff in storage, please come and identify and organize your items.

Greg Griffin asked everyone to review their directory entry. Please review your entry for accuracy and send in a new picture if you like.

SICSA Pet Adoption Center Presentation

Bill Williams introduced Nora Vondrell, the President from Dayton’s SICSA Pet Adoption Center. Bill first met Nora when he adopted his dog from SICSA. SICSA has served our area region for over 40 years.

From their website the mission for SICSA is: “Our Mission is to promote the welfare and adoption of companion animals, and nurture loving, lifelong relationships between animals and people. To support our mission, SICSA offers numerous animal-centered programs and services for families and children.”

Nora first explained the correct way to pronounce organizations name. It is “Six”- “Sa”.

The slide show she presented was based on this PDF from their website.

She said they are getting ready to move to a new facility. They will be going from an 11,000 sq ft facility to a 25,000 sq ft. building. The quantity of animals they serve at a time needs this kind of space. Very little of the facility is used for offices.

SICSA serves a lot more cats than dogs. Local government agencies in our area have no mandate or official jurisdiction over cats. If there is a cat population problem in an area, it doesn’t help to just remove all the cats in an area. If you do, cats from surrounding areas will just come in. Plus, before the rebalancing occurs you will have rodent problems in the area without the cats to help contain the population. The right way to handle the cat population is to trap, neuter and return.

They help people choose the pets that are best for them. They match a person’s wants and their capabilities. For example, a frail 75-year-old would not be matched with a St. Bernard.

Other Services Provided

Nora said they are mainly known for Adoption and Placements. What they do, however, is much more. Provided at low cost or free are:

  • Pet Assessments, wellness care
  • Vaccinations
  • Spay and neuter services

Capital Raising

SICSA is currently engaged in a capital campaign to raise $8 million and they are 60% of the way there. Additionally, to have ongoing revenue, on June 1, 2019 they have completed the purchase of a Pet Wants franchise in Dayton. They provide fresh, nutritious pet food made with the best ingredients possible and delivered to your doorstep.

The Cat’s Meow Fundraiser

SICSA’s annual fundraiser, “The Cat’s Meow” is on 9/13/2019 from 6 PM to 10 PM at Canopy Creek Farm in Miamisburg.

2018 SICSA Statistics

  • Ranked in the top 6 in the nation
  • 1688 animals were admitted into the SICSA Adoption program, a 13% increase over 2017
  • 1857 Placements and Adoptions (718 Dogs, 1,139 cats), a 15% increase over 2017
  • 4151 in house vaccinations
  • 1205 in house Spay and Neuter Surgeries
  • 782 Active volunteers gave 23,738 volunteer hours
  • 590 Hours of programming in 266 Programs, 5 weeks of summer camps
  • 6000 follow up calls were made
  • 99,936 bowls of food were served
  • 100 animals diverted from admission to SICSA; this means they offered help to families and prevented them from having to leave the animals
  • Annual budget is $1.862 million

Nora thanked everyone at today’s meeting who has ever adopted a rescue animal. Their website has simple ways to donate one time or monthly. The site also lists ways to volunteer and of course gives information on how to adopt a pet.

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
Rick Kempfer August 28
Scott Rheaume August 28
Chris McAlpine August 31
Jesse Lightle August 31
Jim Mogan August 31
Julie Cochran August 31

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Don Kessler August 29 8/29/2002 17
Jeff Busch August 31 8/31/2001 18
Ken Peacock August 31 8/31/2001 18
Don Skelton September 1 9/1/1987 32
Drew Mckenzie September 1 9/1/1987 32
Frank DePalma September 1 9/1/1979 40
Gary Anderson September 1 9/1/1979 40
Jerry Stahley September 1 9/1/1986 33
Larry Lynde September 1 9/1/1988 31

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
JC Jones Mike Bevis 1st Reading
Joe Cantrell Wayne Christie Induction
Ruthy Quinlan Judy DeMarco Induction
Jack Quinlan Gary DeMarco Induction

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Debe Dockins Put a pin through name tag that covered the barcode on the back rendering it unscannable
Beth Duncan Mixed in a pin from another customer with Myron’s governor pins
Myron Rheame Phone rang during meeting
Carolyn Taylor Phone rang during meeting
Mike Bevis Left a notebook at the closing of the Optimist of the Year meeting
Jay McAlpine Poor parenting of Chris McAlpine since Chris took his CNO badge home the previous week
Bill Duffy Bob Duffy accidentally took Bill’s name badge, but since Bob is a sergeant, Bill was fined

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Bob Bargmeyer Happy to return to Centerville after visiting California for 31 days
Bob Bargmeyer Celebrating 50th wedding anniversary to Anna Belle
Nora Vondrell Happy to be today’s speaker, please consider buyting tickets to Cat’s Meow Fundraiser