Youth Appreciation Awards Presentations

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

1 Timothy 4:12 – “Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young.  Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.”

Heavenly Father,

Throughout the Bible, we have examples of young people doing amazing things.  David was a boy when he killed Goliath.  Jeremiah was around 14 when you called him and Samuel was 12.  Josiah was only 8 when he became king of Jerusalem.  Today, as we award our Annual Youth Appreciation Awards, help us to remember the amazing things our children and youth are capable of and never to doubt their abilities. 


Special Announcement

There is no meeting on 12/15/2020. Our next meeting will be 12/22/2020 at noon.


Patrick Arehart, technology committee, announced that there is now a donation page on the CNO website. Click here to view the page. Donors can choose any amount they wish to donate.

Debe Dockins announced the Fire Stick winners for the Dime-A-Day contest are Beth Duncan and Wendy Hattan.

Christy Gariety, Adopt-a-Family committee, announced that CNO members donated 46 $50 gift cards for Adopt-a-Family.

Happy Birthday Jeff Umbreit

Today was Jeff Umbreit ’s birthday. Patrick Arehart led the singing today for the first time and he failed miserably. Even Zoom’s audio optimizers could not reduce the awful screeching version of the song Happy Birthday to You. It was, however, sung with love. Happy Birthday Jeff, and may you have a great year.

Tom Henderson, Youth Appreciation Awards

Debe Dockins introduced Dr. Tom Henderson, the superintendent of Centerville City Schools. Seniors Jade Eilers, Abigail Lachman and Emma Schutter were honored for their leadership, service and involvement in high school and community activities.

Henderson said thank you to CNO for the opportunity to recognize these students. He introduced the principles of CHS.

CHS Principals

  • East Unit Principle, Mr. Jack Durnbaugh
  • South Unit, Mr. Chuck Cowgill
  • West Unit, Mr. Jeff Wolff
  • Coordinating Principle, Mr. John Caroll

Henderson shared some information for the benefit of our numerous honorees and visitors today about what CNO is and what we do for the youth of our community

All three recipients will receive a “Star” plaque and a gift card for lunch. Normally, they receive lunch in person at our weekly, in-person, CNO meetings.

Henderson introduced Guidance Counselor from each Unit who then introduced each student.

Abigail Lachman

CHS East Unit Guidance Counselor Samantha Stingley presented Abigail Lachman.

Lachman was nominated for the award for her academic record and commitment to service.

“Abby’s character truly sets her apart from her peers and speaks to the high level of intellectual and personal maturity that she exudes,” said Stingley. “Simply put, students at Centerville look to Abby as a role model and a person to emulate while our staff respects her and praises her ability to serve from the front.”

Lachman serves as president of the CHS Key Club and a deacon of her church, Westminster Presbyterian, and works as a server at Bethany Village, which has been particularly challenging as she has been serving one of our community’s most vulnerable populations amid an international pandemic.

Lachman is excited for the future and she is certain the preparation that CHS has given her has prepared her for college.

Emma Schutter

CHS South Unit Guidance Counselor Beth Buck presented Emma Schutter.

Schutter is seen as a leader at school and in the community.

“Emma’s exceptional work ethic and community-minded attitude is inspiring,” said Buck. “She is a thoughtful, talented young woman, who will undoubtedly continue to contribute to the world in a positive way.”

Schutter has exceled in honors and advanced placement level coursework, in addition to being a captain of the CHS varsity softball team and a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions, Building Our Lives Drug Free and Lunch Buddies.

Schutter said she is honored to be considered for this award since there are so many other students in her class.

Schutter is grateful to CNO and remembers participating in CNO’s Tri-Star basketball events.

Jade Eilers

CHS West Unit Guidance Counselor Kensie Miller presented Jade Eilers.

Eilers was nominated because of her impressive devotion to service and committing to a drug free life and spreading that message. She has accumulated more than 1,000 hours of community service, has spoken at the United Nations, has her own Ted Talk and has been in numerous theatre productions.

“With such an impressive resume, Jade remains a humble, kind and passionate young woman,” Miller said. “She has an impressive 4.2 GPA and will receive an honors diploma upon graduation. She has overcome obstacles that have been placed before her and has come out on top. I am so excited to see what Jade does next!”

Eilers thanked CNO. Her community service is centered around drug prevention. She enjoys giving talks that encourage kids to lead a drug-free life.


Henderson went on to say that there are a lot of outstanding students at CHS and these are three exemplary examples.

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Casey Dixon Jeff Umbreit 3rd Reading
Doug Flanders Joe Madden 1st Reading

Happy Bucks

Member Reason
Debe Dockins Her Christmas Tree is up
Debe Dockins 3 happy bucks for today’s three honorees
Debe Dockins Tom Henderson for doing a difficult job well
Greg Griffin 3 happy bucks for today’s three honorees
Jeff Umbreit 50 happy bucks for his and wife Sarah Umbreit’s 50th birthdays today and yesterday

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Paul Boeckman December 9 12/9/1994 26
Roland Rapp December 10 12/10/2002 18
Tom Novak December 13 12/13/1990 30


Member Birthday
Jeff Umbreit December 8
Patrick Arehart December 10
Jay Schindler December 10
Penny Culhane December 11
Erin Dickerson December 12
Pete Rife December 13
Cheryl Dowd December 16
Bill Stone December 16
Liz Fultz December 18

CNO Donations 2013 through October 2020

Click this link to see a summary of the donations our club has made.

Over the past 53 years, we donated over $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $712,000.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Welcome Guests!

Casey Dixon – Guest of Jeff Umbreit – WELCOME Casey and Doug Flanders – Guest of Joe Madden – WELCOME Doug!

Zoom Meeting This Week

We had another meeting using Zoom. We will continue our weekly meetings via computer, cell phone or tablet for at least the next several weeks. Please join us and keep inviting guests.

Who can Attend Zoom Meetings?

Any member of any type of Centerville Noon Optimist can attend Zoom meetings. CNO 2.0, St Leonard’s and CNO full members or CNO monthly members can ALL attend.

Guests are also welcome. Please invite guests and introduce them if you like. Just share the Zoom link with them for that week.


In keeping with social distancing requirements – our CNO Meetings have transitioned temporarily to a online format using ZOOM.

Club Member Joe Madden was inspired to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.

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