July 14, 2020 – All About Our Skilled Trades Scholarships Program

A Replay of the ZOOM Meeting is Here

The Meeting PowerPoint Slide Deck is Here


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.

Welcome Guests!

No Guests this week.

New Member Readings and Inductions

No Readings or Inductions 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.


Mike Brubaker, Avenue of Flags, announced that 30 subscriptions have been added since Independence Day 2020. Over 500 subscriptions have been added since Memorial Day 2020.

Gary Smiga reported that the Terry Blair scholarship was awarded last night at the Washington Township meeting to a CHS student. Judy Blair funds this scholarship and CNO gets to give it away.

Evelyn Griffin and Fred Polizzi, Skilled Trades Scholarships

Greg Griffin introduced Evelyn Griffin and Fred Polizzi, the chairs of the Skilled Trades Scholarship committee. This is the third year of the CNO Skilled Trades Scholarship.

Fred Polizzi informed us that this year 3 students have applied and been awarded the scholarship. All three will be attending the Hobart School of Welding in Troy, Ohio. The courses last 6-12 months depending on the program chosen. The programs are expensive. The school was started in 1930 and there have been over 100,000 graduates. It is a nationally recognized program.

There is a huge need for workers in the skilled trades. Welders can make over $!00,000/year.

Businesses are having a really difficult time finding skilled trades workers to fill open positions. This is a link to a YouTube video of a TEDx presentation discussing the issue and how women are being encouraged through grants (not loans) to get skilled trades education to fill some of the 1 million open jobs. In the U.S. compensation is rising for skilled trades jobs.

Evelyn Griffin updated us on Gabriel, a previous recipient of the CNO Skilled Trades Scholarship. He is still attending Sinclair in their Construction Management program. Despite the challenges of the school moving online, he is progressing. He and his mother are very appreciative of the financial help CNO has given him.

Partners Club, CNO Club Within a Club

Greg Griffin updated us on the “Partners” Optimist Club that was started a year ago. It is an Optimist club of special needs adults. At a recent Optimist International training meeting Greg attended he said that CNO was spotlighted for both the “Partners” club and CNO 2.0.

Our “Partners” club is not the first special needs club in Ohio, but Ohio had the first special needs Optimist Club in the world.

Special needs clubs are active in the community. They work together and plan how to serve the community. They focus on their abilities, not disabilities. Special needs clubs have made presentations to police departments on how to handle encounters with those who have special needs. The CNO “Partners” club during the 2019 holidays had a Poinsettia fundraiser. The funds were used to purchase Teddy Bears for Dayton Children’s Hospital.

Scott Rheaume, an adult with special needs and the son of a long time CNO member and current Governor of the Great Ohio District of OI, is both a CNO member and a member of the “Partners” club. He really enjoys being part of both clubs.

There are plans to start special needs Optimist clubs in schools.

Thank You Notes sent to CNO

No Thank You Notes Received this Week

CNO Donations 2013 through May 2020

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

Over 50 years, we have donated close to $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $753,000.


Member Birthday
Denise Green July 15
Sue Brubaker July 16
Mark Petre July 18
Bob Burkman July 19

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Bob Bargmeyer July 17 7/17/2014 6
Jeff Papanek July 17 7/17/2014 6
Tom Beery July 17 7/17/2014 6
Mike Brem July 18 7/18/2018 2
Sue Jessee July 18 7/18/2018 2
Steve Mock July 19 7/19/1996 24
Tom Lakes July 19 7/19/2017 3
Marge Back July 20 7/20/2016 4

 Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week. 

Happy Bucks

Member Reason
Carolyn Taylor Her 101 year old mother has finally agreed to move into an assisted living facility.
Fred Polizzi Thanks to CNO members for supporting the Skilled Trades Scholarship.
Tom Novak Thanks to all the Avenue of Flags helpers, including CNO members, VFW, Blue Star Mothers, CHS Wrestling team and Subscriber helpers.
Greg Griffin Thanks to the Social Media Committee members for the great job they are doing. (Katie Calloway, Diane Arehart, Greg Fay, Emily Duke and Ashley Simeone)
Beth Duncan During the COVID-19 Crisis, thanks to Greg Griffin for doing so well leading us as President of the great Centerville Noon Optimist Club.
Renee Glenn Very happy to be a member of CNO and thinks Greg Griffin is doing a great job with running our meetings on Zoom. She missed working at the Americana booth this year.
Myron Rheaume Granddaughter Kira is starting her Junior year at UC’s film school and has just obtained a job as assistant director for Pureflix. This will also count as her internship credit.