John Carroll – Centerville High School Principal

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father the desirability rating for tangible stuff is never ending, it is always more. Yet, if we are honest with ourselves, an accounting of what we have, tells us we have enough stuff. What we need is more dedication, gratification, kindness, dependability, compassion, energy and of course to be more humble and give more. So Lord help us with all of these and make us as good as our dogs think we are! Amen!

Today’s Guests – WELCOME!

Guest Guest Of
Arnie Biondo Greg Griffin
Kevin Dresel Jane Fiehrer
Beverly Dunnington Bob Lawson
Dick Holback Greg Griffin
Jen Osborn Art Hung
Lacy Owens Stan Fronzaglia
Beth Seall Wendy Hatton
Harvey Smith Grer Griffin
Beth Wunsch Martin Hufstutler

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Community Event

11/14/2019, Build-A-Bear for Oncology patients will be at Children’s Hospital. More volunteers are always welcome. Contact Nancy Lehren, the chair of Child Health and Wellness.

Volunteers and Vehicles for Veterans Day Flag Deliveries

11/11/2019 – Avenue of Flags deliveries for Veteran’s day will be on 11/7/2019, 4 PM, 11/8/2019, 10 AM to 1 PM, 11/9/2019, 10 AM. Flag retrieval will be 11/12/2019 10:30 AM to 6 PM. They are very short of volunteers that have a flag compatible truck or van. If you have one of those and can help, that would be fantastic. Contact Tom Novak if you can help as more volunteers are needed.

Social Events

  • 11/8/2019 – 6 PM, Friday, Euchre party at the community building of Wentworth Village in Bellbrook off 725. Food and drinks will be provided. Cost is $10.
  • 12/10/2019 – 6 PM, Tuesday, Holiday Party at Yankee Trace.

Haunted Trail Recap

Gail Aiken, the chair of the Haunted Trail event, thanked everyone who helped. She also thanked Arnie Biondo, the Director of the Centerville-Washington Park District, who was a guest for today’s meeting. The park district created new gravel paths that were wonderful. On the second night, 20 members from the CHS Octagon club volunteered. The Octagon club is the High School Optimist club that CNO sponsors. Gail was happy that they were able to help as she was short on volunteers.

  • 1450 canned goods were collected for the First Dawn Food Pantry.
  • This year, 1275 people went through the trail over two nights.
  • The first Haunted Trail was in 1985 and had 208 people go through.
  • 1300 Donut holes donated by Bill Donuts were consumed.
  • We served 30 gallons of cider. Dorothy Lane donated 10 of the gallons.
  • There were 15 fright stations.
  • 450 Students, mostly from area middle schools and some from high school, manned the stations. There were parent chaperones at each station.


Donn Huss announced there will be a “NOW” Event on February 20, 2020. NOW is an acronym for “New Optimists Welcome”. Read more about it here. It is a program designed to capture the interests of prospective new Optimist Club members.

John Carroll, Coordinating Principal CHS

Gary Aiken introduced Centerville High School Coordinating Principal John Carroll. John has been a member of CNO since 1/3/2012. He has worked in the Centerville School District for 26 years. He has been CHS coordinating principal for the last 4. John originally taught math. He feels blessed and is excited to go to work each day.

John said that the 2018-2019 District’s Quality Profile was just posted. He said if you read it, you will be proud of your schools.

John wants to be accessible to students. Much of the day he tries to stand out at the front desk so that he is accessible to students and staff.

John showed us a slideshow titled, Centerville Creates Change.

John is often asked about what the High School does. He explained that they provide academics, social -emotional learning and career advising.

CHS has a total 720 staff members of which 185 are licensed. There is 490,0000 sq ft of building space. It occupies 60 acres of property.

Centerville High School strives to always grow and improve. The U.S. News and World Report Scorecard ranks CHS nationally #1650 up from #1878. For Ohio Schools, CHS is ranked #57 up from #78. In the Dayton, OH Metra Area, CHS is ranked #4. John says that they have increased their rank, but the U.S. News method of using AP scores is not the only way to judge a school.

John agrees that every student going to college should take at least one AP class and test. He says the impoverished are not fully represented and he wants to raise this. They tend to not take AP classes as they don’t expect to go to college.

CHS uses different ways to help students of all types. There are “Learning in Action” programs. These programs help keep kids engaged and prepare for paid internships and for careers. The “Certified Production Technologists” program was able to get 18 students to graduate that were not on track. Of these graduates, 3 went to Sinclair and 5 obtained internships with a starting pay of $30,000. These partnerships with Sinclair College are at little or no cost to CHS.

CHS Fine and Performing Arts was recognized for “2019 Best Communities for Music Education”.

CHS believes in Service and Leadership. They constantly are putting kids into situations where they can be of service to their community and lead others. With the help of CNO, the 2019 Spirit Chain raised a record $72,500 this year for various charities.

CHS has high expectations for their students and provides high levels of support. They use internal systems that drive improvement and focus on feedback and purpose. They seek to serve all students and graduation requirements are always changing, so they align goals and direct resources. Of those enrolled, 12% have special needs. At least 12% are living with poverty and it is probably higher because this is often not reported.

CHS offers career advising which includes shadowing, pre-internship and pre-apprentice programs.

There are about 60 clubs at CHS. Clubs are added quite often, and John approves most ideas. A kid will come up to John with an idea and it often surprises them when he says yes.

Programs that support the needs of all their students academically and social-emotionally:

  • CORE and Accountability Teams
  • Equal Opportunity Schools (EOS) Partnership
  • HOPE Squad
  • Advisory
  • Elk Connectors
  • Character Club (PBIS)
  • Partnerships with Sinclair
  • Partnerships with local employers

John said no person can reach every kid. He asks his team to use a +1 mentality, which accepts that you cannot reach them all in every situation, but could you reach just one more kid? He uses a quote by Josh Shipp, “Every kid is one caring adult away from being a success story.”

CHS greatly appreciates the support of CNO and he tells kids about the creed daily. He is grateful for the opportunity to lead in our community. His closing slide said EPND which stands for “Elk Pride Never Dies”.

John was asked about CHS safety. He said they have only 2 points of entry and they are monitored by cameras. They have several security guards. Staff is constantly being trained to prepare for emergencies.

Dawn Arrowood, CNO member and Director of Wellness at St. Leonard, thanked him and the students who participate in the Elk’s for Seniors program at St Leonard.

Thank you, John, for presenting about CHS today.

Addendum to Sergeants at Arms Disclaimer

Brandon Barrett announced, “As with any court, not showing up to lunch does NOT release you of any previous fine.  There is no time frame on being GUILTY!”

CNO Donations 2013 through June 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
Fred Pfeiffer October 26
Brent Richburg October 28
Shawn Thacker October 28

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Bob Foster October 22 10/22/2003 16
Laurie Poeppelman October 22 10/22/2003 16
Mike Fanelli October 22 10/22/2003 16
Charlie Goodwin October 28 10/28/2008 11
Jessica King October 28 10/28/2008 11
Karen Sirmans October 28 10/28/2008 11
Mike Brubaker October 28 10/28/2008 11

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Dawayne Kirkman Debe Dockins 3rd Reading
Abby Davis Vince Reidy 1st Reading
Lacy Owens Stan Fronzaglia 1st Reading
Beverly Dunnington Bob Lawson 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Diane Arehart Saying she liked to scare little kids at the Haunted Trail.
Beth Duncan Saying she liked to scare little kids at the Haunted Trail.
Don Kelley Plays too much golf, he obviously must have more time to help kids. If he pays $2 he will receive the game “Toilet Golf” so that he can play even more golf.
Tom Novak Participating in CNO 2.0 demonstration that prevented Brian Nolan from getting a beer.
Gary Smiga Participating in CNO 2.0 demonstration that prevented Brian Nolan from getting a beer.

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Sue Jessee More than 700 lbs of food were donated to the First Dawn Food Pantry from the Haunted Trail event.
Joan Cordonnier That Erich Eggers donates the money to buy tickets to the Rotarian Breakfast Fundraiser each year for the theater technical crew.
Joan Cordonnier The musical “First Date” at CHS will be performed on November 7, 8, 15, 16 at 7:30.
Carolyn Taylor Since our own Myron Rheaume is governor, happy that the new banner that hangs during our meeting says, “Home of the Ohio District Governor”.
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