CNOtes – July 24, 2018 – Carl Gill – Ohio Hospice American Pride Program

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father in faith we come to You and bow our heads in prayer. For we have learned how quickly our problems disappear when we turn them over to You. If for no other reason we need to give thanks for all our blessings. When we give thanks for little we find we have enough. You are with us constantly, teach us to always stay in contact in prayer and duty. You made us for Yourself and our hearts are restless till we rest in thee. Have us know that the tasks before us are never greater than the power behind us. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Carl Gill Speaker
Steve Linder Mike Brubaker
Michele Lucuk Jerry Stahley
Kathy McAlpine Jay McAlpine
Steve Rudisill Mike Bevis
Amy Wagner Speaker

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Committee Announcements

Bob Lawson needs more volunteers on August 4, 2018 for our booth at the Optimist Day in the Park at Delco Park in Kettering.

Diane Arehart, Childhood Cancer Committee, told us the next Build a Bear will be for Sickle cell anemia on August 11th.  It will be from 6:30 to 9:00 at the Boonshoft museum.

Diane Arehart, social committee, announced that there is a Dinner/Euchre party on Friday, July 27, 2018 at 6PM at Bennett’s Publical Family Sports Grill in Miamisburg. Cost is only $5/person.

Chris McAlpine stated that on Wed, August 8, there will be a grand opening celebration for the new playground that CNO donated money for from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM at Forest Field Park.

Chris McAlpine announced that on August 14 we will have an offsite lunch at Forest Field Park.  We’ll celebrate our Will Cale Scholarship Winners and see our new playground.

Don Wildenhaus is looking for volunteers 10 years old and older for Wednesday nights from August 22, 2018 through October 10, 2018. We need about 50-60 volunteers per session.  If students need service hours, it is a great opportunity for them.  Details are at for the schedule, directions and volunteer forms.  If someone can come out for only one session, that would still be appreciated.

Ronda Meeker, N2 publishing for Yankee Trace had an article about the Avenue of Flags.

Today’s Presentation

Debe Dockins introduced Amy Wagner, the Chief Operating Officer of Ohio’s Hospice which is a not-for-profit, community-based organization serving patients and their families in their own communities. Born and raised in Dayton, Amy is a graduate of Wright State, and has more than 20 years’ experience in HR, most recently serving as the organization’s Chief HR and Compliance Officer. She lives in Kettering with her husband and two children. Amy has also rappelled down the side of the Key Bank Tower (27 stories) for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Great Miami Valley.

Carl Gill is Director of Strategic Development and is with us to talk about the American Pride program, which focuses on Veteran Healthcare. Prior to Hospice of Dayton and Ohio’s Hospice, Carl worked for 15 years in Hospice in Florida. AND Carl is a member of the Centerville Rotary Club.

Ohio’s Hospice was formed 5 years ago and serves 40 counties in Ohio. Hospice of Dayton is part of it. Ohio’s Hospice works with not-for-profit hospices in Ohio. Mission: Celebrate the lives of those we have the privilege of serving by providing superior care and services to each patient and family.

Hospice of Dayton can serve 53 inpatients. Ohio’s Hospice assists with approximately 1500 patients at a time. Initially, services are provided at wherever a patient calls home but they may later come to a Hospice location as an inpatient. Providing the assistance for the 1500 patients requires 1230 staff members and over 1200 volunteers.

Of the 29 hospices in the Dayton area, Hospice of Dayton is the only non-profit.

From their website, Ohio’s Hospice is an affiliation of not-for-profit hospice providers committed to:

  • Increasing access, diversifying our care and service offerings to reduce suffering, pain, helplessness and unwanted waiting for people in need of hospice and palliative care in the communities we serve
  • Continuous improvement in the delivery of superior care and superior service to all we have the privilege of serving
  • Improving efficiency and performance to ensure mission sustainability and enhance accountability
  • Creating and maintaining meaningful partnerships and collaborative initiatives with healthcare providers to improve the quality of care and outcomes of our patients
  • Creating and fostering a positive, strong culture that attracts, retains and promotes the very best staff

Hospice Honor’s Veterans

Amy Wagner introduced us to Carl Gill, Ohio’s Hospice Director of Strategic Development.

Carl Gill talked to us about the Ohio Hospice American Pride Partnership. He explained that working to become a veteran centric provider improves the experience of a veteran’s end-of-life care. It was created to honor those who have served in the military. Often there is not much time to honor these patients before they die. Lots of help is needed to be able to honor them so they are always looking for additional veterans to volunteer to help with their efforts.

Currently 680,000 veterans die annually, 25% of all deaths. We had 19 million soldiers who served during WWII and 7.9 million who served in Vietnam. Currently on average 30 Vietnam Veterans die each day. The deaths could be accelerating because of an untracked statistic of how many were exposed to Agent Orange, a herbicide and defoliant chemical used during the Vietnam war.

We also viewed the five-and-a-half-minute video Carl showed us called “Just a Common Soldier”.

When Carl was done with his presentation, he asked all veterans and relatives of veterans to come see him so that he could give them lapel pins to honor them. It is their hope that every veteran be honored with these lapel pins.

Links about the Lapel Pin


Jeff Zaret July 26
Kathy Klein July 26
Philip Robinson July 26
David Duncombe July 27
Jerry Stahley July 27
Sandy Stevens July 28
Daniel Beck July 29
James Schumacher July 30
John Powell July 30

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
David Brookman July 27 7/27/2011 7
James Long July 27 07/27/2015 3
Donna Robinson July 28 07/28/1997 21
Myron Rheaume August 1 08/01/1987 31
Kathy Klein August 5 08/05/2016 2

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Sue Jessee Ellie Parker Induction
Michael Brem Jesse Lightle 3rd Reading
Mike Cordonnier Joan Cordonnier 1st Reading
Stephen Linder Mike Brubaker 1st Reading
Steve Rudisill Mike Bevis 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Everyone Not buying a 50/50 ticket
Dr. Dan Passidomo Leaving umbrella and asking Stan to bring it to the CNO Lunch
Carol Burkman For being too nice, there must be something
Gail Aikan Not liking the lanyard
Judge Jim Long Being Judgemental
Chris McAlpine Left CNO 2.0 meeting after bowling without attending the meeting
Dick Lee Questioning the 50/50 pricing
Greg Griffin Not being at his post
Don Kelley Hung a banner crooked
Tim Clemmer Carrying plates and not getting us our lunch on time

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Jerry Stahley Don Kelley got fined
Donna Huss Phone rang during lunch but was not fined
Blanca Ortiz Taking a family vacation