July 7, 2020 – Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley

A Replay of the ZOOM Meeting 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.

Save the Date for a Special Speaker on 7/21/2020

Optimist International President Adrian Elcock will join our Zoom meeting on 7/21/2020 from Barbados.

Social Events

Beth Duncan, Social Distancing Committee, announced there will a Zoom event on 7/16/2020 at 6:30 PM. It will be Bingo with a twist. All members are invited to attend.

Nan Whaley, Mayor of Dayton Ohio

Greg Griffin introduced Nan Whaley, the Mayor of Dayton, Ohio. She was sworn into office on January 4, 2014. She came today to discuss her experience as the Mayor of Dayton and how Dayton has been since the Memorial Day tornados in 2019.

2019 Dayton Disasters

There have been many times in 2019 when it was difficult to be optimistic. She thought 2019 was going to be her most difficult year as mayor. Now, even though 2020 has also been very difficult, she is more optimistic than ever.

Daytonians help each other. After the 2019 Memorial Day tornados, churches and non-profits were overwhelmed with donations. Dozens of non-profits and other groups stepped up to offer shelter to those in need. Daytonians without direction just knew to help each other and how to do it.

She said, “Oregon District is our place.” The shooting was particularly cruel. When she took the stage downtown after the shootings, she saw terrible sorrow. In the days after the shooting homemade memorials went up in the area and musicians were playing all over the area. Neighbors hugged neighbors.

The community is still helping those in need.


The Dayton Foundation has raised millions of dollars to help with the regional effects of COVID-19.

Since schools were shut down, a lot of children lost a major source of food. Non-profits have stepped up to provide them food.

Black Lives Matter

The City of Dayton population is split evenly between white and non-white, but it is very segregated. Mayor Whaley is optimistic that the Black Lives Matters protests will lead to action to improve equality.


In the last 18 months if there is one thing, she has learned, it is that Daytonians are capable of handling any challenge that comes our way.

Questions and Answers

Q. Has construction been impacted by COVID-19?

A. Construction is still happening and not affected that much at this time. There is going to be an issue in August, 2020 if the federal government does not step up. By August, 2020 there will be 10% across the board budget cuts because of COVID-19.

Q. Are there plans to expand I-675 and eventually have it loop around Dayton?

A. No, there are no plans to expand I-675. Dayton traffic is in great shape. Dayton has the fourth least congestive traffic in the nation. There is interest in taking care of existing infrastructure.

Q. What is the status of the Dayton Convention Center?

A. The convention center remains closed since the COVID-19 lockdown. The city is looking for funding that comes from outside the city as well as within. Convention centers do not cover their own costs. It helps the economy around them and they believe the greater community should provide support. The city has planned a tax on lodging fees in the Dayton area. The hotels and motels have agreed with this idea. The city plans to hand control of the convention center to a convention “authority”.

Q. What is the status of the Dayton International Airport?

A. Nationally, mid-sized airports were already suffering before COVID-19. The federal government needs to make airlines fly into mid-sized airports. The federal government has been bailing out airlines and it is only right that there be regulations to have them fly into airports like Dayton International.

Airlines are going to be in a pickle after COVID-19. Companies are finding out that technology removes the need to travel as much.

Before COVID-19, 80% of all airline travel was for business. It will take at least 3 years after the end of COVID-19 before flight traffic returns to the level before COVID-19.

Q. Will there be some recognition of Dayton Police heroes?

A. Dayton’s Chief of Police, Richard S. Biehl, said on the night of recent Black Lives Matter protests that Dayton Police do not deserve these protests. She and Biehl discussed that this is a national issue. The Dayton Police have a good relationship with the community. She is very proud of the Dayton Police. She said they can do better and they are working on reforms and transparency.

Thank You Notes sent to CNO

CLICK HERE to read the Thank You Notes we 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
Karin Gilstrap July 1
John Speers July 4
John Carroll July 5
Mark Scarpino July 6
Bob Lawson July 6
Bob Glavin July 9
Joe Kronenberger July 9
Greg McAfee July 12

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Gary Hansen June 30 6/30/1999 21
Joe Kronenberger July 1 7/1/2014 6
Roy Barclay July 1 7/1/1986 34
Sara Hemmeter July 1 7/1/2014 6
Andy Harmon July 2 7/2/2018 2
David Duncombe July 2 7/2/2018 2
Greg Crabtree July 2 7/2/2008 12
Jeff Umbreit July 2 7/2/2018 2
Mark Scarpino July 2 7/2/2018 2
Robin Golden July 4 7/4/2012 8
Diane Arehart July 5 7/5/2016 4
Paul Webendorfer July 5 7/5/2016 4
CeAnn Chalker July 10 7/10/2000 20

 Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week. 

Happy Bucks

Member Reason
Scott Rheaume Staying with his parents Myron and Charla for a few days. This is the first time he has been out of the group home since the lockdown. (Scott is a member of our club too!)
Jim Mogan For all the great work on the Avenue of Flags committee done by Tom Novak, Bob Burkman, Mike Brubaker.