CNOtes – December 3, 2019 – Beth Gully – “The Other Side of Christmas”

Phather Phil’s Prayer

So you want to interview me?
If You have the time.
My time is eternity.
What surprises You most about humankind?
They get bored with childhood. They grow up and then long to be a
child again. They lose their health in search of riches and lose their
riches to restore their health. That thinking only about the future, they
forget the present. That they live as if they will never die and die as if
they never lived. To learn that they cannot make any one love them.
To learn that it only takes a second to destroy a person we love and
years to repair it.
As a parent, what life lessons do You want them to learn?
That it is not good to compare themselves to others. To learn that a
Rich person doesn’t have the most. They want the least!
To learn that two people can see the same thing and see it differently.
To learn to forgive others but learn to forgive themselves.
Is there anything else You want them to know?
I am here. ALWAYS!

Today’s Guests – WELCOME!

Guest Guest Of
Allen Abbey Mike Bevis
Brandi Abbey Mike Bevis
Nikki Dice Gail Aiken
Jane Dickerson Erin Dickerson
Beth Gully Speaker
Jennifer Lemaster Gail Aiken
Debbie Parks Beth Duncan

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Special Announcement

There will be no lunch meeting on 12/10/2019. That evening is the Holiday Party.

We will have our regularly scheduled lunch on 12/17/2019. This will be the last meeting of 2019.

There will be no meetings on 12/24/2019 and 12/31/2019. Please enjoy your holiday traditions with your families. We will gather again for our first lunch meeting of 2020 on 1/7/2019.

Social Events

12/10/2019 – 6 – 8:45 PM, Tuesday, Holiday Party at Yankee Trace. There will not be a lunch meeting that day.


Nancy Lehren announced that there will be two Build-a-Bear events for the USO at WPAFB on December 7, 2019. In addition to volunteers, she needs drivers with easy access credentials to get on the base.

Donna Huss announced that on December 7 from 9:30 to 11:30 in the morning at the St. Leonard center, the St. Leonard Optimist Club will be making blankets. Let her know if you would like to help. If you come, please bring a good pair of scissors to use to cut the thick material.

The Other Side of Christmas, by Beth Gully

Jean Pummill introduced author and graphics artist Beth Gully, the author of “The Other Side of Christmas” and “The Other Side of Easter”. She is known as the upside-down book speaker. Beth is one of 100 ambigram artists in the world. She has created over 400 logos, has set marketing trends and has won many prestigious awards for her creations.

She started by asking us if we knew what an ambigram was. She showed us what an ambigram was by creating two drawings during our meeting on 2’ x 3’ poster boards on the easels.

First, she drew a picture of Santa Clause on the first board. Then she turned it 180 degrees and it was a picture of Jesus.

Second, she wrote out the word Santa in stylized cursive and turned it 180 degrees and it said Jesus.

You can read about ambigrams on Wikipedia. From Wikipedia, “An ambigram is a word, art form or other symbolic representation whose elements retain meaning when viewed or interpreted from a different direction, perspective, or orientation.”

She read to us her first book, “The Other Side of Christmas”. The book is a Christmas story of the children of a family waiting for Santa and of Santa putting his checklist together. It follows the kid’s imagination of Santa heading their way.

After finishing the Santa Clause story, Beth turned the book upside down and read a different story with the same pictures in reverse order. The second story in the book is now of the travels of Mary and Joseph and the story of Jesus being born on the first Christmas Day. The angels instructed the shepherds to share the good news with the world. It told of King Herod’s defeat. The three wise men were at the end.

Each page of the book had an illustration, and each was an ambigram.

The book took 8 years to finish. She discussed why it took so many years to finish her first book. She said, “If you have a job and you don’t have a deadline, it is hard to get it done.” To get her over the procrastination, she committed to working on the project at least some each day, even if for just 3 minutes. Some days it would be just 3 minutes and others it would be longer. Staying connected with a project made it seem like the task was less daunting.

Soon after finishing her first book in 2014, she was asked to do an Easter story. It, too, has taken quite a while to finish. The book cover is a drawing of an Easter Bunny and when flipped over it is a picture of Jesus.

She discussed how she learned to draw ambigrams. As a Graphics Designer, she makes sure every line and shape in a logo have meaning. This skill made it possible for her to see how to draw an ambigram.

For the past 30 years Gully has created a new ambigram Christmas card each year.

Besides creating Christmas cards, books and being a graphics designer, she is developing church curriculums for the 4 weeks of Advent and the 6 weeks of Lent.

She also teaches kids how to create ambigrams.

To learn more about what Beth Gully does and about her books, click here.

Thank you, Beth Gully, for reading us your book today and drawing live for us a couple of ambigrams.

Thank You Notes Sent to CNO This Week

Click here to see the Thank You Notes we received this week

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
Paul Bowell December 3
Nancy Lehren December 5
Bill DeShurko December 6
Marilyn Abbott December 6
Matt Somerlot December 7
Sarah Umbreit December 7
Jeff Umbreit December 8
Jay Schindler December 10
Patrick Arehart December 10
Penny Culhane December 11
Erin Dickerson December 12
Pete Rife December 13
Kyle Bergsman December 13
Cheryl Dowd December 16
Bill Stone December 16

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Roberta Taylor December 6 12/6/1995 24
Paul Boeckman December 9 12/9/1994 25
Roland Rapp December 10 12/10/2002 17
Tom Novak December 13 12/13/1990 29

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Debbie Parks Beth Duncan 1st Reading
JoAnne Rau Tom Novak 3rd Reading
Steve Rau Tom Novak 3rd Reading
James Reinhard Andy Dickerson Induction
Christopher Wysong Debe Dockins Induction

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Art Hung Trying to look busy with a little tree at the tree lot.
Don Kelley Told Sergeant Donna at the tree lot that her broom was ready to take her home.
Karin Gilstrap Snitched on a Sergeant to a Sergeant, what are you thinking?
Charlie Tapp Missing a lunch meeting.
Judy McFadden Staying warm in the heated tent while taking attendance and guarding the donuts on tree delivery day.
Bill Fritz Sitting down on the job and keeping warm at the tree lot on delivery day.
Bev Fritz Sitting down on the job and keeping warm at the tree lot on delivery day.
David Duncombe Buying 1 raffle ticket with a twenty dollar bill. This makes the sergeants nuts!
Christy Gariety Paying for 50/50 with loose change.
Tom Novak Paying for 50/50 with loose change.
Sue Jesse Paying for 50/50 with loose change.
Diane Arehart Making Beth Duncan think she was losing her mind by hiding her beers. [Note – Beth’s mind has long been lost before this]
Greg Griffin Mixing up the days of the week.
Beth Duncan Received a bag of suckers for impersonating Kojak during a ride along with Dayton PD.

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Will Cale Thanks to Brian Nolan and Beth Duncan for bringing him soup after his recent fall. He had no appetite before they brought this to him-  he stated “their soup quickly fixed my appetite problem”.
Charlie Goodwin Great trip to Nepal with his 16 year old grandson. They saw Mt Everest, Temples, and got to ride a mile long zip line.
Jim Mogan Bob Burkman bringing a ladder to help tie Christmas trees on cars.
Gary Hansen Since he is a Michigan fan he is glad it is finally basketball season.
Cindy Gaboury Her first grand baby arrived and she is glad she was able to make it to todays meeting.
Barbara Santo On behalf of Judy DeMarco, Judy is happy her brother has made it home after open heart surgery and rehabilitation.
Nancy Lehren Her 8th grandchild was just born.
Nancy Lehren Proud to be a member of the CNO club for 25 years.
Bob Bargmeyer For Mike Fanelli singing so well at the Boy Scout Holiday Party.
Bob Bargmeyer For Ohio State being ranked number one
Bob Bargmeyer Indiana University beat Purdue to win Indiana football’s, “The Old Oaken Bucket”