Respect for Law Awards Presentation

Phather Phil’s Prayer

In Phather Phil’s absence, Gary Anderson offered a prayer and blessing of the meal we were about to enjoy giving Glory to God in his Son’s name.  AMEN!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Dawn Arrowood Donna Huss
Matt Brown with Awardee
Chief Matt Brown with Awardee
Jennifer Gibbs Donna Huss
Ruth O’Toole Special Guest
Heather Papanek Awardee’s Family
Wasfi Samaan Pat Arehart
Anna Sommers Awardee’s Family
Brian Sommers Awardee’s Family
Sheriff Rob Streck with Awardee
Lt. Tyler Wilson with Awardee

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Upcoming Community Events

May 18, 2019, 9 AM to Noon, The Safety on Wheels (AKA Bike Rodeo) will be held on Saturday May 18th, from 9 AM to 12 Noon at Miami Valley South Hospital (RAIN or SHINE). The event is done in conjunction with the Centerville Police Department. Local police officers will be doing the bicycle checks. There will be a raffle, bicycle-based games, prizes, free helmets and gifts available. All ages of children are invited to join in for the safety and fun. They could use more volunteers. Paul Boeckman is the chair of the event. Volunteers are requested to arrive at 8:15am for assignments and remain until 12:30 for clean-up.

June 1, 2019, 9AM to 11:30 AM, the Fishing Derby, Bob Lawson said to let those planning on attend know they need to fill out the registration form and bring it to the derby. Spread the word on Facebook! Registration is between 8:00 – 9:00AM. We supply free worms however you are permitted to bring your own bait and lures. We stock the ponds with approximately 400 pounds of Catfish for the Derby. There are other fish also in the ponds – mainly Bluegills. Prizes and trophies for all.  Children ages 5-15 are encouraged to participate and try this event. The event is held at Washington Township Rec Center, in two ponds. Click here for registration form.

2019 Fishing Derby Registration Form

August 10, 2019, St Leonard BoomerFest. We had members from our club within a club from St Leonard at today’s lunch. St Leonard wants everyone to save the date, August 10, 2019 for their Annual BoomerFest. Click for details.

Upcoming Social Events

5/29/2019, 6:30 at Heather’s Café in Springboro, “Dining in the Dark”. There will be a nice meal, but you will be blindfolded during it. The event includes meal, music and silent auction. The cost is $65 per person. The event is a fundraiser and raises awareness about the issues facing the blind community. This is being arranged by Bob Collins’ daughter.

Committee Announcements

Bob Lawson announced that for the upcoming Fishing Derby on June 1, 2019 he needs someone with a pickup to help transfer items to and from the event.

Mike Bevis, chair of the golf committee, said we are 60 days until the Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf Tournament. It will be held on Monday, July 15, 2019. Meetings will be held at Buckeye Home Health Care on Paragon Rd at 6 PM: 5/15/2019, 6/12/2019, 7/102019.

Jerry Stahley, chair of the OI Junior Golf Championship, is selling raffle tickets for the event. The price is 6 Tickets for $5 and the prize is a case of wine. Tickets will be available for the next few weeks.

Jerry Stahley said that on May 31, 2019 there will be a Dayton Area Optimist Club Dayton Dragon’s night for $10/ticket.

John P. Kalaman Respect for Law Awards

Gary Anderson kicked off this year’s John P. Kalaman Respect for Law Award. We honor one law enforcement person from the Centerville Police Department and one from the Washington Township Sheriff’s Department each year.  Gary introduced the honorees and their guests.

At the Centerville Police Department honoree table for Tracy A. Sommers’ were her husband Brian and daughter Anna, Lt Tyler Wilson, Lt Mike Yoder, Chief Matt Brown, John Kalaman, and Paula Kalaman.

At the Washington Township Sheriff’s department honoree table for Captain Jeff Papanek were his wife Heather, Fiscal Officer Gary Smiga, Township. Administrator Jesse Lightle, Chief Matt Brown, Sheriff Rob Streck, and Ruth O’Toole.

Bob Burkman spoke to us. He thanked Gary Anderson and Jesse Gaither for producing the brochure on our tables showcasing the two award recipients. You can read the brochure here. The brochure details the accomplishments of the honorees and the history of the John P. Kalaman Respect for Law award.

Bob Burkman discussed the history of the award

From Bob Burkman:

In July 1965, a discussion between Past Optimist International President Carl Bowen and former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover resulted in the birth of the Respect for Law program. This is the fourth most popular international program with more than 1,500 Clubs participating last year.

After the tragic events of January 12, 1998, Centerville Noon Optimist member and then township trustee, the late, Terry Blair became the driving force to name our club’s Respect for Law Award in honor of John Kalaman. 

The John P. Kalaman Respect for Law Award and the Robert J. O’Toole EMT/Firefighter of the Year Award, given in October, are the results of Terry Blair’s efforts.

The Kalaman family pushed for the passage of Ohio’s Move Over/ Slow Down Law, adopted in 1999, requiring motorists to change lanes or slow when approaching stopped emergency vehicles. 

There are many reminders of John Kalaman within our community.  There is a John P Kalaman Memorial Golf Tournament held here at Yankee Trace Golf Course, which funds a scholarship in John’s name and a yearly blood drive is held in his name.  The City of Centerville named a street for him.

Officer Tracy A. Sommers

Gary Anderson introduced Centerville Police Chief Matt Brown who spoke to us about honoree Officer Tracy A. Sommers. Sommers is being honored for 20-years of serving her community. She has held positions as an ALICE Instructor, School Resources Officer, and an advisor to the Centerville Police Department Explorer Program and has taken part in Honor Guard. Tracy also is very active in coaching and mentoring the youth of the community both on and off duty.

Each year the department asks employees to nominate one of their own for this award. It is something to look forward to each year and they all appreciate CNO for sponsoring this recognition award for excellence. Chief Brown told us that Officer Sommers is always willing to help with anything she can. She works with kids in schools in Centerville. She has made several trips to Columbus with kids in the Explorer Club for competitions.

Officer Tracy A. Sommers spoke to us and thanked us for this award. She also thanked her fellow nominees and coworkers. She said the other nominees were just as deserving of this award as she is.

She is from Youngstown, Ohio. She visited Centerville and was very impressed with the culture of Centerville and its Police Department. In 1988 she was unsuccessful in obtaining a job with the Centerville Police Department. She instead applied and became police dispatcher. She was promoted soon after to police officer.

Officer S


Member Birthday
Beth Duncan May 09
Jon Fox May 10
Jessica King May 11
Marge Back May 11

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Craig Dring May 7 5/7/1997 22
Dave Kay May 8 5/8/1992 27
Paul Bowell May 8 5/8/2000 19

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Jack Grady Mike Bevis Induction
Laura Mercer Debe Dockins 3rd Reading
Wasfi Samaan Patrick Arehart 3rd Reading
Mary Ann MacKenzie Carolyn Taylor 3rd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

No time for Sergeants this week.

 Happy Bucks! 

No time for Happy Bucks this week.

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