Phil Parker – President – Dayton Chamber of Commerce

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father we will never be lonely if we like the person we’re with. It is always true when we are with You. Have us realize that when we are with You we are filling ourselves with Your love. That love is not to be hoarded for our own consumption, but is to be spread to all we encounter. Love and hate are two emotions that we harbor. Have us whistle a happy tune for being happy there is no room for hate.Amen!

 Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Rick Altvater Greg Wasmund
Kevin Bargmeyer Bob Bargmeyer
Craig Boring Optimist Foundation
John Chapman Ron Tinnerman
Gareth Dickey Gary Hansen
Amy Dryden Mike Bevis
Franz Hoge John Speers
Tom Kendo Ohio District
Ron Kuker Charlie Tapp
Gaby Neal Tom Kendo
Phil Parker Speaker
Annie Shaver Mike Bevis

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

In Honor of Veteran’s Day

Carolyn Taylor asked all veteran’s present to come to the front of the room. She gave each veteran a “Veterans Service Flag Pin” with the following text attached to the pin:

The Veterans Service Flag pin was created to distinguish and honor persons who have faithfully served in the Armed Forces of the United State of America.  The red background of the Veterans Service Flag represents valor, hardiness and the blood spilled by Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom; the blue rectangular field represents justice, vigilance and perseverance; and the white star represents purity, liberty and freedom.

Wear the Veterans Service Flag Pin Proudly!

President’s Flippin’ Awesome Awards

President Donna Huss bestowed the Flippin’ Awesome Award along with a bag of Flipz pretzels to Gary Aiken, Debe Dockins and Chris McAlpine for the great speakers they arranged for our October meetings and to Larry Lynde for assembling a great speaker committee.

Committee Announcements

Gary Hansen, chair of the Will Cale Scholarship Committee, announced its next meeting will be at 5:30pm on Wednesday, November 13 at Gary Hansen’s house. All current and prospective committee members/mentors are encouraged to attend. We will be discussing the status of our current scholars as well as reviewing our candidates for the 2019 scholarships. The committee is looking for a few new committee members/mentors. If you are interested, please contact Gary Hansen for further information.

Gary Hansen also announced that the wreaths for this year’s tree lot will be picked up in Bath Township on Wednesday, November 20 at 9:00am. He is looking for 2-3 pickup trucks (or a commercial box truck or trailer) along with a few helpers to pick up the wreaths and bring them to the tree lot. Please contact Gary Hansen if you can help.

Beth, social committee, announced that 50 people have signed up so far for the Dinner and a Mystery. You can still sign up. They can handle up to 90. The event is December 28, 2018 at the Spaghetti Warehouse.

Jack Anderson, CNO 2.0 Committee, announce that the next 2.0 meeting will be held November 15, 2018 at 5:30 at Heavier the Air Brewery.  Our speaker will be Anthony Rocco, Dayton Freight Lines, Inc. VP of Operations.

Greg Griffin, chair of the Tree Lot, announced that the trees will be delivered by 2 semi-trucks on November 17, 2018 at 8:30 AM. We need anyone that can come that day to come help unload the trees and get the bottom drilled. The tree lot opens on Friday November 23, 2018 at 9 AM. Hours of operation are 1 PM – 9 PM Weekdays and 9 AM to 9 PM Weekends. The tree lot tear down will be Sunday December 16, 2018 at 11 AM.

Happy Birthday to Charlie Tapp

Today, November 6, 2018, is Charlie Tapp’s birthday. Charlie showed up for today’s meeting knowing the intensity of the situation.  Bob Duffy led us in singing an excruciating rendition of Happy Birthday to Charlie Tapp.

Presentation from the Dayton Chamber of Commerce

Gary Aiken introduced Phil Parker, the President of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce. He shared with us his thoughts on the local economy. The Dayton Chamber is a regional chamber. It is the 25th largest in the U.S. It has members in 9 counties: Montgomery, Champaign, Greene, Warren, Butler, Clarke, Darke, Shelby, and Miami.

The unemployment rate in our area is 4.7%. That is the lowest in decades, though slightly higher than the national average.  Low unemployment is a double-edged sword. The number one concern for area employers is the availability of skilled workers. He said we should continue to watch what is going on north of town for the distribution centers being built, including for pet supplier Dayton has created a niche market for distribution. North Dayton is great for distribution because of the access to highways and the airport. The next biggest concerns for area employers is health costs and opioid addiction.

Phil also discussed downtown Dayton. The University of Dayton is going to take control of the old Montgomery County Fairground’s 37 acres. This is just to the south of the downtown business district.

Care Source is a great employer for the downtown area. They have taken over several buildings and are now taking over the former Elder-Beerman building and others. At some point Care Source plans to consolidate their employees into a single building.

He is seeing some growth downtown from smaller employees. A lot of younger entrepreneurs are looking for non-traditional locations for their businesses and are choosing renovated buildings downtown.

The Dayton Convention Center is owned and operated by the city. Normally this would be run by the county. Phil thinks the building needs some repair. It has slipped over the last 10-15 years. A group has looked at it recently to try and fix it, but the city alone may not have the funds. A combination of County, City and port authority may work together to improve the facility. It is a regional asset not just benefitting the city and more entities should share in the cost to renovate the building.

Two new hotels have been announced for downtown. This creates more opportunity for new businesses to locate downtown and will increase the use of the Dayton Convention Center.

Residential housing continues to grow downtown. Charlie Simms plans on building 12 or more units costing more than $600,000. A lot of people are looking to move downtown. Empty nesters don’t have the same concerns about schools as younger people and are more willing to move into Dayton. There are still several cheaper places to purchase downtown as well.

Presentation from Optimist International Foundation

Myron Rheaume introduced Craig Boring, the Executive Director of the Optimist International Foundation.  Craig told us that the Optimist International Foundation is the fundraising arm of Optimist International and works to develop funds to support the endeavors of Optimist International and its mission.

Craig also spoke to us about the Optimist Oratorical contest.  Optimist International has held the Oratorical contest since 1928. The foundation helps to organize and fund this contest. This year the finals were held in St Louis. One of the contestants in recent years, Dominic, has a speech impediment. Her therapist told her to get into some oratorical contests and one of them was ours. Overcoming her disability, she recently won second place and that came with a $17,500 scholarship. He wants us to know that by donating to Dime-a-Day you are not just getting a certificate, you are truly helping youth.

Would YOU like to participate in Dime-a-Day?  It’s easy and very inexpensive – the donation form is here.

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Member Birthday
Andrew Mckenzie November 06
Charles Tapp November 06
Laurie Poeppelman November 07
Paul Webendorfer November 07
Ken Irwin November 09
Dean Heyne November 10
Stephanie Catanzaro November 10
Gary Aiken November 11
Becky Keegan November 12
Kelly George November 12

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Bob Vogt November 8 11/8/2005 13

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Mariah Vogelgesang Mike Bevis 2nd Reading
Ronald Kuker Charlie Tapp 3rd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Donna Huss When leading the creed for the last 2 weeks she started with “I pledge” instead of “Promise yourself”
Jerry Stahley Interesting clothing at the tree lot setup.
Tim Clemmer Late to meeting

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Joan Cordonnier Husband doing well after his 5 bypass surgery. Has been walking up to 3 miles in the neighborhood each day. Thanks for all the cards, texts and well wishes.
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