CNOtes – March 3, 2020 – Bill Tschirhart – Five Rivers Metro Parks

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Today’s Guests – WELCOME!

Guest Guest Of
Brooke Amos Greg Fay
Patty Anderson Blanca Criner
Maureen Ruff Debe Dockins
Bill Tschirhart Speaker

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 4/9, 5/14, 6/11, 7/9, 8/13, 9/10. All are welcome to attend.

Community Events

3/14/2020, 9 AM to Noon, Tri-Star Basketball competition will be held. They still need volunteers. Volunteers will be needed in 2 shifts. Contact Scott Langer or Craig Dring. They need 16 volunteers for each shift.

3/26/2020, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM, “New Optimist Wanted” (NOW) event will be held at Yankee Trace. Committee chairs will present what they do to new and prospective new members. If you are a committee chair, please let Donna Huss know if you can work a station for your committee.

Social Events

3/14/2020 at 6 PM – 10 PM, Wine and Beer Tasting at the home of Patrick and Diane Arehart. Contact Beth Duncan or Diane Arehart to sign up.

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.


Greg Wasmund, chair of “Dime-a-Day” (365 times 10 cents is $36.50) announced that for our lunch on 3/24/2020, the executive director from the Optimist Foundation, Craig Boring, will be speaking. You can get the form from here. Please return the form to Greg Wasmund instead of sending direct to the foundation in St. Louis. Our club will get credit if Greg sends the form in for you. You can pay with a check or credit card.

Diane Arehart Won the Scrapbook Contest for Year 2018-2019

At the Great Ohio District conference in February, 2020, Diane won first place for the scrapbook she created chronicling CNO’s speakers and events for Donna Huss’s year as president. She received a nice plaque recognizing her efforts. Congratulations Diane Arehart!

Happy Birthday D Ralph Young

Today we celebrated D Ralph Young’s 95th birthday as well as Greg Fay’s birthday. CNO member Tom Berry sang Ralph a special song. He sang “95 Candles” based on the song “16 Candles”. Lines from the song included, “To blow out the candles, might take all night.”, and “One thing we agree upon is you are over the hill”.  It was funny and beautiful. Great job Tom! Happy Birthday Ralph and have a great year!

Five Rivers MetroParks – Bill Tschirhart

Donna Huss introduced Bill Tschirhart (last name pronounced CHEERHART”), CPRP, the Chief of Administratio for Five Rivers MetroParks, a system of parks throughout Montgomery county.

Bill Tschirhart is an Experienced Administrator with a demonstrated history of working in the recreational facilities and services industry. He has a master’s degree from the University of Dayton that   focused on Public Administration.

Bill was here today to speak about the many opportunities to get out and explore the Five River MetroPark system.

Bill’s slide show is here.

A copy of the English version of the “Get Out & Explore” brochure he put on the lunch tables is here.  The Spanish version is here.

Many of the parks and facilities are recognizable to most of those living in the Dayton community. For example: Cox Arboretum, Huffman, Possum Creek and Sugarcreek are popular parks in the Dayton area. Many don’t know that the 2nd Street Market in downtown Dayton is part of Five Rivers MetroParks. They also manage Riverscape, which is a great hub for all the bike trails in the area. Riverscape hosts popular festivals each year such as the Celtic Festival and Germanfest. Riverscape is truly Dayton’s front porch.

There are over 300,000 participants each year in the Five Rivers MetroParks various programs and educational opportunities. They teach the community to appreciate nature and they teach people how to interact with the environment through things like gardening. They also teach useful skills like canning or how to maintain your bicycle. A large part of our population has never been exposed to these skills.

Five Rivers MetroParks make various recreation activities available that make it fun and easy to live an active and healthy outdoor lifestyle. They will show you how to do these activities and you may borrow their equipment to see if you enjoy an activity before purchasing expensive equipment yourself. Activities include white water boating, fishing, horseback riding, disc golf and mountain biking.  Carriage Hill has an equestrian center where they have horses and ponies available.

Bill gave us additional information about Five Rivers MetroParks. They manage 16,000 acres of ground and 90% of the land is managed as natural areas. They have their own rangers that patrol the parks 24 x 7. They have a dedicated team that builds, enhances and maintains the parks. Also, 80% of their funding comes from a county tax levy.

Thanks Bill, for speaking to us today and letting us know about some of what Five Rivers MetroParks has to offer.

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
Greg Fay March 3
Ryan Fay March 4
Ralph Young March 4

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Barbara Santo March 9 3/9/1999 21

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Anne Miller Evelyn Griffin 1st Reading
Maureen Ruff Debe Dockins 1st Reading
Margie Jones Mike Bevis 2nd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Greg Griffin Lost the bell.
Greg Griffin There was a smell of fresh paint in the dining room at today’s lunch.
Bob Burkman Snitching to the sergeants about a fellow CNO member.
Tom Beery Not sitting next to Larry Lynde at lunch.
Joe Madden Told an unrepeatable joke. Sergeant Lynde said for a buck, he wouldn’t repeat it to the group.
Debe Dockins Delayed payment for 50/50 tickets.

 Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Tom Beery Just had a cancer screening and he is now 3.5 years cancer free.
Tom Beery Thanks to everyone who in November, 2019 donated to the esophageal cancer fund. He had $1,035 donated through Facebook. Tom noted that Facebook does not take a percentage of donations to charities.
John Kalaman Paula Kalaman has appreciated the flowers the club sent and all the cards and notes for her recent successful surgery.
John Kalaman $5 for the good results from Paula’s successful surgery to repair a brain aneurysm and thank you all for your concern and support.
Tim Clemmer Happy he has a new job . He now works out of his home, so he can come to CNO lunch every week.