Erma Bombeck: A Celebration of Laughter – Presented by Debe Dockins

Bob Burkman’s Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for another day during which we have the opportunity to practice Optimism. 

While taking a walk one day, a man stopped to watch a little league baseball game that was being played in a park near his home.  After he sat down behind the bench on the first base line, he asked one of the boys what the score was. “We’re behind 14 to nothing” the boy answered.

With a smile, “Really” the man said.  “I have to say you don’t look very discouraged.”

“Discouraged?” the boy asked with a puzzled look on his face.  “Why should we be discouraged?  We haven’t been up to bat yet!”

Continued Optimism only requires that we view our lives through a different prism.  Look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.


Volunteer Signups Available Online with the Virtual Clipboard

Did you know that you can now signup to volunteer or to participate in social events using a simple online registration form right from your phone or PC? The Member Calendar has a complete list of upcoming volunteer opportunities and social events.


  • Larry Lynde asked for volunteers for the morning of Saturday July 2, 2022, to help transport and assemble the CNO parade float for the Americana Festival Parade.
  • Vida McDowell announced that the Golf Outing committee is looking for items to fill raffle baskets and for silent auction items. They can still use more sponsorships. If you know a business or an induvial that could help that would be great. Examples of items needed are gift cards and bottles of wine. The event is being held on 7/18/2022.
  • Debe Dockins announced the next social is on 7/10/2022 at Carillon Park. See the entry in Social Events below.
  • Gary Hansen announced that he is looking for chairs, committee members and volunteers for the following events:
    • Big 6 Gaming Table at Party in the Park (July 15); contact Mitch Bodenmiller or Debe Dockins if you are interested
    • CHS Handouts Booth at Party in the Park (July 15)
    • Americana Parade Float (July 4)
  • Jerry Stahley said that at the Junior Golf Tournament yesterday there were 40 golfers and 40 volunteers. Despite a short rain delay it went great. Thank you to all the volunteers.
  • Bob Lawson said that the Fishing Derby went great and almost 100 kids participated. Thank you to all the volunteers.
  • Tom Novak said that in May, Avenue of Flags subscriptions and renewals broke all May records. They also assembled over 250 new flags last week. Thanks to everyone involved in the AOF program.

Committee Meetings

  • 6/15/2022, 6 PM, Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf Classic 2022. Meetings in 2022 will be on Wednesdays on 1/26, 2/16, 3/16, 4/20, 5/18, 6/15, 7/13. Additional golf committee members and volunteers are always welcome. The event will be held on 7/18/2022.

Community Events

  • 7/18/2022, All Day, the 30th year of the Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf Classic will be held on 7/18/2022.  To volunteer use the member calendar here.

Social Events

7/10/2022, 3 PM, Carillon Park guided private tour followed by dinner at the Carillon Brewing Company. Admission (including the tour) is $11 ($9 for those 60+, free if you are a member). Dinner and drinks are on your own. Payment is at the park. Everyone should arrive by 2:45pm for the tour. To attend use the member calendar here.

About Erma Bombeck, Presented by Debe Dockins

Gary Hansen introduced CNO member Debe Dockins, who was CNO president for the year 2020-2021 and joined on 5/26/2009.

Debe Dockins began her career with Washington-Centerville Public Library in 2006 as a Public Services substitute and is currently the Community Outreach Coordinator. She is responsible for running author events and writing workshops, writing contests such as the Dottie Yeck Good Life Award Writing Contest and the Erma Bombeck Writing Competition, coordinating the Speakers Bureau, leading book discussions, and creating special events such as Tea at Two and the Ghost Walk on Main. She holds a B.S. in Journalism and Public Relations from Murray State University in Kentucky and, in her spare time, she enjoys volunteering with the Centerville Noon Optimist Club, Catholic Social Services, and the Centerville-Washington Foundation.


Erma Bombeck is a cherished American humorist.

Erma Bombeck was born on February 21, 1927. She grew up in Bellbrook, Ohio and raised her family in Centerville, Ohio. Their home was near Centerville High School, where her husband Bill Bombeck was a teacher.

Later in life she settled in Phoenix, Arizona and commuted to California for TV appearances. Erma died April 22, 1996, at the age of 69 and is buried in Woodland Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio.

Debe’s presentation is titled, “Erma Bombeck: A Celebration of Laughter.” She started off with the Erma Bombeck quote, “Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth.”

Another favorite Bombeck quote is, “Housework can kill you if done right.”

If you get a chance to see Debe’s presentation, take it. It was heartwarming to hear about a person who started with nothing and touched the lives of millions and put smiles on their faces.

Until you get a chance to see the presentation, you can read many details about Erma Bombeck on Wikipedia.

Success Was Not Easy for Erma Bombeck

Erma grew up poor and for entertainment she and friends would go to church services.

She wanted to go to college and did so by earning money writing obituaries. She went to Ohio University and after one semester, she flunked out. Later she went to the University of Dayton and did well. In her sophomore year a UD Brother told her, “You can write.” This helped motivate her to keep writing and earning money with local Dayton area papers. Eventually she became extremely successful.

About Erma Bombeck

  • By 1978, 900 U.S. newspapers published her column
  • From 1975 until 1986 she appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America
  • Published 15 books, most of which became bestsellers
  • Wrote over 4000 newspaper columns mostly about Midwestern suburban housewives

Thank You

Thank you, Debe Dockins, for your excellent, informative, and FUNNY presentation about Erma Bombeck.

New Events Calendar is Active on CNO Website

The member calendar which allows volunteers to sign up is active on the website. It works easily on both mobile and desktop devices. There are public and member calendars on the site.

There is a QR code you can use at the bottom to share the calendars with other members and the community.

Things you can do with the calendars

  • View upcoming lunch and CNO 2.0 speakers.
  • Sign up to volunteer for community events like the Easter Egg Hunt and Bike Rodeo. After you sign up the software will offer to add the event to your calendar.
  • Sign up for social events such as Euchre tournaments and soon the annual dinners for officer installation and holiday party.
  • The community can use it to learn about events like the Bike Rodeo, Fishing Derby and Tri-star Soccer. If they sign up we can send reminders of the events.

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Dean LundgrenPatrick ArehartInduction
Michael KoveleskiBill StoneInduction
Paula HarrisonJudy JohnsonInduction

Welcome Guests!

GuestGuest Of
Carter HeysSteve Rau
Dean LundgrenPatrick Arehart
Erin BucherGary Anderson
Geoffrey VollmerGary Anderson
Jack PutnamGary Anderson
Jackie VollmerGary Anderson
Jon WesneyGary Anderson
Stephanie Owens PutnamGary Anderson

Happy Bucks

No time for Happy Bucks this week.

Sergeants at Arms

No time for Sergeants this week.

Membership Anniversaries

No Membership Anniversaries this week – (and this is RARE).


Bob VogtJune 7
Brooks ComptonJune 9
Mike WallJune 12

CNO Donations – 2013 through May 2022

Click here to see a summary of donations the club has made since 2013

Thank You Notes Received

Click Here to see read the Thank You Notes we received this week

A Copy of this Week’s Meeting PowerPoint Slide Deck is here

The Photos taken at this week’s meeting are here

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