Sinclair College – Centerville Campus

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, most of the time when we hear the word “give”, we assume it’s money. Yet, there is so much more that giving really means. We can give of our time, talent, patience, encouragement, energy, approval and on and on. It’s our way of telling another that we care and hopefully give them a boost along life’s journey. Whenever we can, help us give, in all of givings aspects. It’ll reestablish the reason we became Optimists. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Jaden Gaither-Hillard Jesse Gaither
Kendal Cooke Barbara Santo
Kerri Smith Joe Kronenburger
Laura Mercer Speaker
Mary Stahley Jerry Stahley
Mason Cammel Mike Bevis
Wasfi Samaan Greg Fay
Zach Beck Speaker

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Committee Announcements

Myron Rheaume informed us about the new OI Presidential incentive award of the Centennial “Promise Yourself” logo pin. The criteria for the award is to sponsor a new member, participate in a club project and submit a testimonial / “Optimist Story” to Optimist International that you have published. Myron has the form required to be filled out.

***** You can download the form here *****

Nancy Lehren announced that on Friday, May 10th, the Childhood Cancer Committee will be holding a Build-A-Bear event at Children’s Medical Center. Each child present will receive a stuffed animal and an outfit of their choice along with other festivities. Members are invited to sponsor a child at the Build-a-Bear for $25.  Each sponsor will receive a picture of the child you sponsored holding their new stuffed animal.  If you choose, there are two ways to sponsor a bear: Visit our table at the April 2nd luncheon to make your contribution by check or cash OR mail your check payable to Centerville Noon Optimist, c/o Nancy Lehren, 6857 Cedar Cove Dr., Centerville, OH 45459.

Sinclair Community College Centerville Location

Debe Dockins introduced Laura Mercer, Executive Director of Sinclair’s new Centerville Campus. Laura Mercer serves as the Executive Director of Sinclair Community College’s new Centerville Campus. She has over 30 years of experience in higher education and has held a wide variety of roles at the college since 1989. She has extensive expertise in higher education administration as well as a strong background in strategic planning, project management, and technology. Laura also served as a loaned executive in the role of Director of Adult Education Initiatives for the State of Ohio and is a 2011 Leadership Dayton Graduate.

In 1887, Dayton YMCA General Secretary David A. Sinclair founded the courses of study to create skilled citizens to succeed in local jobs and life. His idea was “Find the need and endeavor to meet it.” Eventually the institution was named Sinclair College in 1948 and the college is currently celebrating 132 years!

Laura shared updates about the recently opened Sinclair Centerville location. This is the first satellite location for Sinclair that is a magnet school instead of a feeder to the downtown location. It is located at 5800 Clyo Rd on 40 acres of land with a building of nearly 100,000 square feet. The new site will be used as an educational, cultural and community enrichment center. Phase 1 occupying 15,000 sq feet of the building is complete and phase 2 is coming soon. Sinclair Centerville first opened for the spring 2019 semester and had over 400 students. Enrollment for the summer 2019 session has begun.

View Laura’s slide show here.

Academic Program offerings at Centerville are focused in four key areas:

  • Information Technology
  • Health Sciences certificate offerings
  • Elementary Education
  • General education courses that are aligned with university transfer requirements

The Cyber Security program has been moved from downtown to the Centerville campus. The Cybersecurity program is NSA recognized. Other areas taught include Networking and User Support.

There is a free Cyber Showcase for the public on April 24, 2019 from 3 PM to 6 PM. Details are listed here.

In 2017 the state provided conceptual approval for community colleges to offer applied bachelor’s degrees. Final approval is in place for bachelor’s degrees in Aviation and Unmanned Aerial Systems.

There is strong cooperation for completing degrees with the University of Dayton, Wright State University, Ohio University and Indiana Wesleyan. In the past, a student would spend 2 years at Sinclair and the go elsewhere to complete their degree. Now there are many options including a BSN for nurses’ degree where a student spends 1 year at UD, 2 years at Sinclair and the final year at UD. There is projected to be a shortage of more than one million nurses by 2020 nationally. The demand for nurses with a bachelor’s degree is higher than nurses with lower degrees.

Sinclair offers programs beyond college classes. It offers K-12 Enrichment, Recreation, Performances in the main theater, Speakers, Health Sciences, Certificates and Elementary Education.

College for Lifelong Learning

Health & Wellness

  • Vitamins & Supplements
  • Aromatherapy
  • Meditation Investments
  • Stocks
  • Tax-Free Investing
  • Mutual Funds


  • Intro to iPad
  • Genealogy Search Strategies
  • Cybersecurity

Life Skills & Business

  • Residential Downsizing
  • Saving Yourself from Scams

Sinclair Foundation

Laura introduced Zachary Beck, the Development Officer at the Sinclair Foundation. As of 12/31/2017 net assets of the foundation are $37,805,286. This is a 14% increase from the year before. Scholarships Awarded amounted to $1,128,115. Operating Expenses were $294,568. Investments in Program Support were $1,858,271.

Quick Facts

  • Sinclair now offers 4-year degrees
  • 28,000 college credit students annually
  • More students choose Sinclair than any other institution in the 8-county area
  • 9918 students from Centerville have attended Sinclair College in the past 10 years
  • $10 million in grants/scholarships have been awarded to Centerville residents the past 10 years
  • Any Sinclair student can use services at the Centerville location


Member Birthday
Jane Fiehrer March 27
Bob Crawford March 28
Maha Kashani March 31

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Charla Rheaume March 26 3/26/2018 1
Scott Rheaume March 26 3/26/2018 1
Dav Bremer March 31 3/31/2001 18
Rob Jones March 31 3/31/2001 18
Don Kelley April 1 4/1/1983 36
Ed Case April 1 4/1/2009 10
Phil Robinson April 1 4/1/1982 37

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Brandon Barrett Jesse Gaither Induction
Will Pace Evelyn Griffin 2nd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Jerry Stahley Left cardboard in his ball cap.
Tom Novak Dressed the same as Bob Burkman
Bob Burkman Dressed the same as Tom Novak
Greg Griffin Forgot to bring his camera to lunch, Evelyn had to go home to get it
Gary Smiga Late to last board meeting
Debe Dockins Late to last board meeting
Jane Fiehrer Late to last board meeting

 Happy Bucks! 

No time for happy bucks this week.

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