Shannon Clarke – Brigid’s Path

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father developing good routines and habits allows us to feel free to let our minds soar. The problem is we are the pilot and when the world does it’s tempting we have the propensity to listen. Then we find ourselves in a war without our armor of God. We’ll lose our sense of direction. Fortunately our mind jerks us back by the seat of our pants – to reality. The book we need to read wasn’t written by Hugh Hefner, but by You, Lord. Help us stay in reality for our directions. Amen!

Today’s Guests – WELCOME!

Guest Guest Of
Shannon Clarke Speaker
Jeff Louderback Mike Bevis
Anne Miller Guest
Maureen Ruff Debe Dockins
Laura Thimons Debe Dockins

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Committee Meetings

3/18/2020, 6 PM, Golf Committee at Buckeye Home Health Care on Paragon Rd. Future 2020 meetings will be 4/15, 5/13, 6/17, and 7/8.

3/12/2020, 6:30 PM Childhood Health and Wellness at Panera – downtown Centerville. Future 2020 meetings will be 3/12, 4/9, 5/14, 6/11, 7/9, 8/13, 9/10. All are welcome to attend.

Community Events

3/14/2020, 9:00 – 12:00 at Watts Middle School Gym, Tri Star Basketball.

3/26/2020, 5:30 to 7:30 PM, NOW Event at Yankee Trace Golf Club

Social Events

3/14/2020 at 6 PM, Wine and Beer Tasting at the home of Patrick and Diane Arehart.

4/24/2020, Hunchback of Notre Dame play at CHS followed by dinner at Old Scratch pizza. Times will be provided later.

5/2/2020, Kentucky Derby Party at Remodeling Designs.


Beth Duncan along with her sock models Jerry Stahley and Brian Nolan, announced that Optimist Socks are now available for $15 at

Cherie Gentry Inducted into Ohio Hall of Fame

Pat Behn announced that at the recent district meeting, The Great Ohio District has added Cherie Gentry to its hall of fame. Cherie has devoted several years to multiple Optimist Clubs and is a previous Governor of The Great Ohio District.

Thank you, Cherie, for all that you have done and will do as a Friend of Youth.

Brigid’s Path – Shannon Clarke

Jean Pummill introduced Shannon Clarke, the volunteer coordinator for Brigid’s Path, a newborn recovery center offering grace, support and hope. Since they welcomed their first baby in December 2017, they have cared for 73 babies and families in the crisis of addiction. They are the first facility in Ohio to offer in-patient, home-like treatment. They have kept 61 of the 73 kids helped from having to enter the foster care system.

Their mission: “Brigid’s Path improves the health of newborn babies and mothers impacted by addiction. We offer grace for the past, support for the present, and hope for the future.”

They believe one person can make a difference if there is an army behind them.

They employ the latest therapeutic techniques – both medicinal and nonpharmacological – to help babies be as comfortable as possible while they experience withdrawal.

These babies have Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS). NAS is a group of behavioral and physical conditions a baby experiences when withdrawing from exposure to drugs in the womb. Shannon described it as being 100 times worse than the flu.

They ween the babies off the morphine for 15 days. The symptoms can linger for another 2 years after being weened.

They use a wholistic approach to mom and baby in a non-confrontational way.

They accept donations of money and time. You can get details at their website. Information is available on what it takes to become a cuddler. They are able to give babies comfort 24 x 7, something that a NICU cannot provide. They have a large need for cuddlers between 12 am and 6 am.

Thank You Notes sent to CNO

You can read recent thank you notes here.

CNO Donations 2013 through September 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
Pat Behn February 26
John Sherman February 26
Ashley Simeone February 26
Blanca Criner February 26
Joan Cordonnier February 28
Aaron Campbell February 28
Rachel Goetz March 2
Tim Clemmer March 2
Tim Stull March 2

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Chris Ziehler February 26 2/26/2017 3
Jane Fiehrer February 27 2/27/1998 22
Judy DeMarco February 27 2/27/1998 22
Dick Stevens February 28 2/28/2001 19
Kelly Stone February 28 2/28/2001 19

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Kate Trangenstein Jesse Lightle Induction
D. Ralph Young Charlie Tapp Induction

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Greg Griffin Yankee Trace was short on lunch servers today.
Donna Huss Fined in order to retrieve the tip she received for helping serve lunch today.
Scott Langer Was late and stole someone else’s lunch.
Paul Stull Committed an offense against the sergeants.
Sue Jesse Winning the pot of money for the last “going alone” hand at the recent Euchre party in just the last couple of minutes from Mike Brubaker.
Mike Brubaker Letting Sue Jesse win the pot of money for the last “going alone” hand at the recent Euchre party.
Vida McDowell Larry Lynde went alone twice in Euchre while being Vida’s partner, which made her the winner of Euchre.
Bob Duffy For wearing UD hat instead of Ohio State.
Jerry Stahley Modeling the Optimist socks Beth brought much longer than he had to.
Mike Brem Couldn’t find his name badge last week in a timely manner.

 Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Donna Huss Happy she got a tip for helping to serve our lunches today.
Brian Nolan Paula Kalaman, who is one of the strongest people he knows, has done well with her recent medical procedure. She told him she wants to cuddle babies.
Beth Duncan Today is Kelly and Bill Stone’s 6th wedding anniversary.
Craig Dring Thanked everyone for their donations to Daybreak in memory of his father Jay Dring, who recently passed away.
Beth Duncan Her uncle, a WWII veteran who helped liberate prisoners of the Dauchau concentration camp and spoke to CNO, led a great life and has passed away at age 94.
Beth Duncan Happy she could attend the Euchre tournament last week.
Charlie Tapp Thanks to Beth, Brian and the rest of the social committee for all their hard work.
Myron Rheaume $5, thanks to everyone at CNO for the cards and support.
Myron Rheaume Granddaughter, a sophomore film student at UC will be filming a project in Cincinnati over spring break for a Christian based streaming service. This summer she will intern in Munich Germany on a movie with a major German movie production company.
Cherie Gentry Happy about being added to the Ohio Optimist Hall of Fame. Joining Optimist clubs is one of the best things she has ever done. She is a member of 3 clubs. She really enjoys and appreciates CNO.
Vida McDowell Thanks to all the partners she had at last week’s Euchre tournament that led her to the big win for the night.
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