Oratorical Contest – Week #1

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

Dear God in Heaven,

Over this past year, we have felt like a shell in the ocean being tossed around, beaten, battered, broken, and crashed down on by waves of emotions.  Even though we may feel broken and abused, like the shell in the picture, You are molding and shaping us into something new.  Help us to never lose sight of Your love and the knowledge that You are in control and are doing greater things than we could ever imagine.


Picture of a hand holding a heart shaped shell.


Kristen Marks, chair of the Essay Contest, needs more judges to help with the essay contest. There is a judging rubric to follow to help you score the essays.

Mike Brubaker, Avenue of Flags, stated renewal messages have been sent via 1900 emails and 200 mailings. Renewals started coming in right away.

Committee Meetings

  • 2/17/2021, 6 PM, Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf 2021, Zoom hosted by Mike Bevis. Meetings in 2021 will be on Wednesdays on 1/13, 2/17, 3/17, 4/14, 5/12, 6/16, 7/7. Additional volunteers are always welcome. The golf outing will be held on 7/12/2021.
  • 2/16/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting, Zoom hosted by President Debe Dockins

Community Events

Greg Griffin announced that the Easter Egg Drive through will be held on April 3rd, 2021.

Visual Arts Contest chairs Deb Saunders and Jane Fiehrer have sent out the invitation to art teachers at local schools so they can invite their students to participate.

Beth Duncan, chair of Centerville’s Got Talent, said she needs more volunteers to help with this committee. The contest will be for kids ages 4-19 that live or go to school in Centerville or Washington Township and will be participating in the event via videos they create of their talent.

Social Events

2/19/2021 at 6:30 PM, Sue Jessee and Sara Umbreit said the “Name that Baby” social event contest will be held that evening. Send in your baby pictures and three self-facts to Sue Jessee no later than February 12, 2021.

Margaret Barclay Memorial 2021 Optimist Oratorical Contest – Day 1

Liz Fultz, the chair of the Margaret Barclay Memorial Oratorical contest, introduced the participating students and described this annual event. Public speaking is important. Seventy percent of people say it is an essential skill for success. This is the 5th year for Liz to chair this event. Liz thanked today’s judges who are Beth Duncan, Kristen Marks, and Joellen Ulliman. Tom Novak served as timekeeper.

Liz thanked her co-chair Ron Thompson. Additional thanks to Debe Dockins and Greg Griffin for helping to prepare for this meeting.

Liz thanked educators and administrators who support the contest including the Principals at the Centerville middle schools and Thomas Razaukas and Erin Bade, teachers at Incarnation without whom this contest would not be possible.

The speakers today are sharing their perspectives on “Healing the World with Optimism.” 

View the video of today’s participants here.

The winner from each of the 2 days will represent Centerville Noon at the Zone 14 , which will be held on Zoon on Wednesday, March 9th, 2021.

About the Oratorical Contest

Since it was established in 1928, the Oratorical Contest has become the longest-running program sponsored by Optimists International. 

Our contest is named in honor of former Optimist member Margaret Barclay.   Margaret chaired this committee for many years.  She cared deeply about bringing out the best in kids and in living the Optimist Creed.  She was a most beloved member of our club, a past president and lived a life dedicated to helping others. Margaret’s accomplishments were vast, including 40 years in public education, the last 27 in the Centerville Schools. She retired in 2000 as Principal at Magsig Middle School. While Margaret passed away in 2010, it is a pleasure to see her memory being recognized in this way.

Mr. Roy Barclay, husband of Margaret, supports the Oratorical contest by making an annual donation.  Thank you, Roy, for your ongoing contributions and support of this contest.

Details about the contest for participants. You can view the flyer here.

New Member Readings and Inductions

No New Member Readings this week.

Welcome Guests!

Welcome to each of our seven student speakers and their guests this week!

Happy Bucks

Greg Griffin$7 Happy Bucks for the 7 participants in today’s Oratorical Contet
Bob Bargmeyer$2 Happy Bucks because he and his wife Anna have both recived both of their COVID vaccine doses

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Brent RichburgFebruary132/13/20183
Brian NolanFebruary132/13/20183
Clint FreeseFebruary132/13/20183
Jon WertsFebruary132/13/20183
June BosworthFebruary132/13/20183
Laurie WestheimerFebruary132/13/20183
Suzanne WertsFebruary132/13/20183


Michelle TagliamonteFebruary 9
Mary Ann MacKenzieFebruary 11
Ron TinnermanFebruary 11
John HornerFebruary 12
Dan SamiecFebruary 12
Monty ZinckFebruary 13
Ron ThompsonFebruary 14

CNO Donations – 2013 through December 2020

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

Thank You Notes Received

No Thank You Notes received this week.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

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.

Links to Recorded Meeting and PowerPoint

This week’s Zoom Meeting recording is here

This week’s Zoom meeting podcast is here

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

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