January 19, 2021 – Charlotte McGuire – Ohio Board of Education

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world”.   Lord help us to educate ourselves and to use that knowledge to make the world a better place.  Not according to our wants and needs, but according to your will. 



Debe Dockins announced CHS Spirit Chain has started. It is an annual fundraiser and friendly fundraiser competition between Centerville and Fairmont High Schools. This year, CHS students have chosen three charities to benefit: Miami and Open Arms provide dental and health care to the uninsured and Food2Go provides meals for students in the district throughout the week. The student committee spent a lot of time researching organizations that are often overlooked in our community. You can donate by clicking here and be sure to add a note that your donation is for Spirit Chain.

Debe Dockins announced the Chuck Dickerson Memorial Scholarship is accepting applications for the 2021-2022 year. Long time CNO member Chuck Dickerson lived his life by the Optimist Creed and left us too soon. The scholarship is intended for high school seniors who have been accepted to a two or four-year college or university, have demonstrated a commitment of community service and be the child or grandchild of a past or current member of the Centerville Noon Optimist Club. Interested students can sign up on the Dayton Foundation Scholarship Connect Website.

Deb Saunders and Jane Fiehrer are chairing the new Visual Arts Contest committee in collaboration with Optimist International. They are in the process of contacting the schools about this contest which encourages kids age 11 and under who live or attend school in Centerville or Washington Township to enter either the painting or drawing category. There will be cash awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in both categories.

Winner of the Dress your Pet Contest

January 14, 2021 is national dress up your pet day. Several CNO members sent in pictures of themselves and their dressed up pets. The winner was Sarah Umbreit and her dog Mushu. She wins a $50 gift card for Optigear from Lizard Apparel and Promotions.

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.

Social Events

2/19/2021 at 7 PM, Sue Jesse and Sara Umbreit said to save the date for a fun virtual event that evening.

Charlotte McGuire, Ohio Board of Education

Carolyn Taylor introduced Charlotte McGuire, the representative of Ohio District 3 of the State Board of Education representing the counties of Butler, Darke, Miami, Montgomery and Preble Counties. McGuire brings more than 40 years of government and nonprofit leadership experience to the State Board of Education. You can read more of McGuire’s bio here.

McGuire said, “I am honored and humbled to be here today. Centerville City Schools are one of the best.”

Her campaign has always been about every child has the inherent ability to succeed regardless of zip code or circumstances.

Your V.O.I.C.E. for Our Children’s Success

  • V = Values Children First
  • O = Options unique to every child
  • I = Involves parents and supportive leaders
  • C = Community Vision and Partners
  • E = Excelling Teachers in schools

Ohio Strategic Plan for Education: 2019-2024

She came today to discuss the Ohio Strategic Plan for Education for 2019-2024.

This is a link to the slide she presented.

You can read the complete document here.

This is page that has more information about their plan.


In Ohio, each child is challenged to discover and learn, prepared to pursue a fulfilling post-high school path, and empowered to become a resilient, lifelong learner who contributes to society.

Their social media hash tag is #EachChildOurFuture.

One Goal

Ohio will increase annually the percentage of its high school graduates who, one year after graduation, are:

  • Enrolled and succeeding in a post-high school learning experience, including an adult career-technical education program, an apprenticeship and/or a two year or four-year college program
  • Serving in a military branch
  • Earning a living wage or
  • Engaged in a meaningful, self-sustaining vocation

Three Core Principles

  • Equity
  • Partnerships
  • Quality Schools

Four Learning Domains

  • Foundational Knowledge and Skills: literacy, numeracy, and technology
  • Well-Rounded Content: social studies, sciences, languages, health arts, physical education etc.
  • Leadership and Reasoning: problem solving, design thinking, creativity, information analytics
  • Social-Emotional Learning: self-awareness and management, social awareness, relationship skills, responsible decision making

10 Priority Strategies

  1. Highly effective teachers and leaders
  2. Principal support
  3. Teacher and instructional support
  4. Standards reflect all learning domains
  5. Assessments gauge all learning domains
  6. Accountability system honors all learning domains
  7. Meet needs of whole child
  8. Expand Quality early learning
  9. Develop literacy skills
  10. Transform high school/provide more paths to graduation


She said we need unity of purpose. Ohio is a local control state. That is why it is important to be engaged with your local school board. This is the level where you can best see what is happening in your district. She believes that the communication between educators and parents need to be improved.

Students are Different and Need a Portfolio

College is not for everyone. There are high-schools students starting new businesses right after high school.

She is big on mentoring. An extra caring adult in a child’s life makes a world of difference in achievement and lifetime goals for a student.

She suggests that students develop a portfolio of what they have done. The whole student is what is now important. College entrance exams (ACT and SAT) keep having lowered importance and have even been eliminated in some schools, including some Ivy League schools.

Thank You

Thank you, Charlotte McGuire, for joining us to educate CNO about your work on the Ohio Board of Education

New Member Readings and Inductions

No readings or inductions this week.

Welcome Guests!

Welcome Doug Flanders – now in new member readings – sponsored by Joe Madden.

Happy Bucks

Carolyn Taylor$10 for today’s speaker, Charlotte McGuire
Jean Pummill$10 because her eBay store has reached number one on Google

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Gary DeMarcoJanuary201/20/20165
Jeff KujawaJanuary221/22/20156
Mike YoderJanuary221/22/20147
Mike YoderJanuary221/22/20147
John ThompsonJanuary231/23/20183
Greg WasmundJanuary251/25/200714


Myron RheaumeJanuary 20
Gary SmigaJanuary 21
Todd KelchnerJanuary 24
Ruthy QuinlanJanuary 24
Martha JacksonJanuary 25

CNO Donations – 2013 through December 2020

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

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 video is here

This week’s Zoom meeting podcast is here

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