CNOtes – Optimist 2.0 February 21, 2019 – Bill DeFries – Author of Beyond the Bounds – Explosive Success for Atypical People


Welcome NEW Club Members!

We inducted four new members at tonight’s meeting and we are so happy to have these folks step up to help us help kids!  Welcome to the largest Optimist Club in the world!

Name Sponsor
Katie Calloway Gary Hansen
Cheryl Dowd Joan Cordonnier
Ashley Simeone Emily Duke
Jordan Feldkamp Cindy Harris

Guests and Members in Attendance

Name Member/Guest
Jendaya Herbert Guest
Josh Panczyk Guest
David Stone Guest
Jim Ehrensberger Guest
Walt Harrison Guest
Mark Karns Guest
Joe Poelking Guest
Rafael Santillan Guest
Nan Zanawick Guest
Nicole Zanawick Guest
Paul Zanawick Guest
Nancy Anderson Member
Pat Arehart Member
Pat Behn Member
Katie Calloway Member
Wayne Christie Member
Bob Collins Member
Joan Cordonnier Member
Mike Cordonnier Member
Bill DeFries Member
Judy DeMarco Member
Cheryl Dowd Member
Jordan Feldkamp Member
Stan Fronzaglia Member
Cindy Gaboury Member
Jesse Gaither Member
Rachel Goetz Member
Cindy Harris Member
Brian Miller Member
Valorie Murray Member
Laurie Poeppelman Member
Cheryl Probst Member
Pete Rife Member
Candace Rinke Member
Ashley Simeone Member
Nick Tarkany Member
Ron Tinnerman Member
Jon Werts Member
Laurie Westheimer Member
Bill Williams Member
Sue Zammit Member
Diane Arehart Member
Gary DeMarco Member
Emily Duke Member
Evelyn Griffin Member
Greg Griffin Member
Gary Hansen Member
Donna Huss Member
Jean Pummill Member
Jayne Weikel Member

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was Nelly’s Taste of Bolivia in downtown Centerville.. Thank you to the owner of Nelly’s, Rafael Santillan and his fine team for the great food and the space.

We had 39 members and 11 guests in attendance.

Tonight’s Presentation

Jesse Gaither introduced tonight’s guest speaker, Bill DeFries. Bill recently published his book Impacts Beyond the Bounds – Explosive Success for Atypical People. Bill is a Marine Corp Veteran and has been a member of Centerville Noon Optimist club since November, 2004. He is also the CEO of Copp Integrated Systems, a member of the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame, serial entrepreneur, motivational speaker and author.

Bill started with some of his history. He was born on the South side of Chicago 58 years ago. He was a kid that didn’t like school and was in trouble a lot. He credits doing well to his parents staying together, high school sports and The U.S. Marine Corps.

In 1978, right after high school he had to get his own apartment. He obtained a job with the teamsters loading freight during the Jimmy Hoffa era. He quickly realized manual labor was not for him. He reconsidered college and was amazed he was accepted into Southern Illinois University. It didn’t take long for the university to reconsider and they kicked him out. He decided to enlist into the U.S. Marine Corp. That 4-year experience during the Cold War and the Beirut Embassy bombing crisis formed the basis for the rest of his life.

The book contains 10 simple things that helped him get where is here today, split into “Grenades” or chapters. His favorite is “Your Eighth Grenade: Give, Don’t Give Back.” Being a member of the Centerville Noon Optimist club truly helped him understand the concept of giving to the community. The picture on the cover of book is of him about to throw a live grenade.

He discussed his restaurants. He originally planned to open his first Beef O’Bradys in Chicago, but he fell in love with Dayton and Centerville. His first restaurant opened September 24, 2004. Soon after it was opened Judy DeMarco and Dave Kaye recruited him into the CNO.

He noted that life isn’t always a bowl of cherries. He recommends having friends around you for support. In 2007, he opened a second restaurant and right after in 2008 one of the worst economies in our history started. He thanks the Centerville and Beavercreek communities who helped sustain his restaurants when thousands of restaurants were closing every day during the recession.

He is glad to have been part of Dayton and provide employment. He is especially happy to have provided entry level jobs for youth at his restaurants.

Thank you, Bill DeFries, for sharing your story with us this evening.