Dr. Greg Ramey – Dayton Children’s and Major Gifts Presented to The Library and Park District

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father when we ask our hearts, “how little can I do and remain in Your grace,” we become guilty of lazy sin. This is not different from ” how little can I produce and keep my job.” We should not want to be the big fish
in the little pond all the time. We need to tempt a venture out to deeper waters to build on the purpose we were meant to do with the gift of life you gave us. Grant us the courage to volunteer to do something we have been
hesitant to do because we are afraid of failing. Let us remember that the caterpillar was about to give up when it turned into a butterfly. Life without play is dull, without service it is meaningless. Amen!

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Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Arnie Biondo Donation Recipient
Adam Blanchard Speaker
June Bosworth Julie Noeth
Ken Carter Donation Recipient
Barbara Denison Donation Recipient
Dana Jackson Robby Johnson
Stephanie Llacuna Speaker’s Guest
Dave Markham Bill DeFries
Nick Meyer Donation Recipient
Jeff Perretta Bill DeFries
Dr. Greg Ramey Speaker
Marianne Requarth Donation Recipient
Kim Senft-Paras Donation Recipient
Jonathan Werts Greg Griffin
Suzanne Werts Greg Griffin

Today’s Speaker

Thank you to all who came to lunch today.

Despite the massive U.S. government shutdown, optimism triumphed and we still had a successful Centerville Noon Optimist meeting. We were even able to overcome not having official 50/50 raffle tickets. A fine for the missing tickets is pretty much guaranteed.

Today’s Speakers

We had multiple speakers and topics today.

Our own Don Kelley discussed the long-range planning committee’s plans for celebrating our club’s 50th anniversary.  The celebration includes the following.

  • Building a float for the Americana Festival parade 7/4/2018
  • An extra special social event to be held in May or June 2018
  • $25,000 donation to the park district
  • $25,000 donation to the library

Library director, Kim Senft-Paras, accepted the check for the Washington-Centerville public library. She explained this donation allowed the library to add back their plans at the new Woodbourne library for an outdoor children’s garden with shade structures. The children’s garden was originally cut due to budget constraints.

Executive director, Arnie Biondo, accepted the check for the Centerville-Washington Park District. He explained this donation will be used to build a new playground area at Forest Field park and include a nature area. It will use the latest materials and designs to make it safer and very accessible for kids with special needs.

Our next speaker was, Dr. Ramey PhD, a pediatric psychologist and the executive director for the Center for Pediatric Mental Health Resources at Dayton Children’s. He has been at Children’s for 38 years.

One in 3 kids has a major mental health problem at some point in their childhood. We need to do more earlier for mental health to help raise kids into adults that are caring and moral. Over the past 25 years there has been a 33% increase in issues caused by the need for perfection as a child. This shows up as anxiety, depression, or suicide attempts. There has been an additional noticeable rise in issues related to Social Media. Social Media should not be demonized, we have to find a way to help children and adults to manage social media experiences because they are not going away. In our area 8.6 percent of kids have attempted or seriously contemplated suicide. We need mental help to be easily accessible. Ramey says Children’s is working on it. Children’s hospital now will have 3 psychologists and 13 psychiatrists to help kids. In a year Children’s will open up a new 24 bed crisis center.  This should eliminate the need for Children’s on a regular basis to find an appropriate facility somewhere in the state to accept children in need.



Member Birthday
Todd Kelchner January 24
Martha Jackson January 25
Dr. Dan Passidomo January 26
Gary Hansen January 28
Scott Langer January 29

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Greg Wasmund January 25 01/25/2007 11
Chris McAlpine January 27 01/27/2009 9
Todd Kelchner January 30 01/30/1992 26

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
June Bosworth Julie Noeth 1st Reading
ke Schwartz Jesse Gaither 1st Reading
Clint Freese Ron Tinnerman 1st Reading
Laurie Westheimer Jesse Gaither 1st Reading
Suzanne Werts Jayne Weikel 1st Reading
Jonathan Werts Jayne Weikel 1st Reading
Brent Richburg Fred Polizzi 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Cherie Gentry Snitching to the Sergeants about Tim Clemmer being absent too often when he was a Sergeant.
Carrie Million Telling her sister Marge Back that she could not find her badge even though it was in the right place.
Greg Griffin Overheard saying, “I am very comfortable with my masculinity.”
Bill DeFries Just now bringing a good friend as a guest that he has known for 20 years.

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Bill Stone Kelly Stone’s minor ear surgery went well.
Julie Noeth Will have 1st grandchild beginning of July 2018.
Myron Rheaume Thanks everyone in the club for what we do.
Tom Novak Thanks to Mike Brubaker for handling 1800 flag renewals
Jane Fiehrer Son, Evan Fiehrer,  is playing “An Evening of Music for Voice and Guitar” at Trinity Church of Miamisburg at 7:30 PM on 1/26/2018. Details at tinyurl.com/y729wxx5
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