CNOtes – February 25, 2020 – Shannon Clarke – Brigid’s Path

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father developing good routines and habits allows us to feel free to let our minds soar. The problem is we are the pilot and when the world does it’s tempting we have the propensity to listen. Then we find ourselves in a war without our armor of God. We’ll lose our sense of direction. Fortunately our mind jerks us back by the seat of our pants – to reality. The book we need to read wasn’t written by Hugh Hefner, but by You, Lord. Help us stay in reality for our directions. Amen!

Today’s Guests – WELCOME!

Guest Guest Of
Shannon Clarke Speaker
Jeff Louderback Mike Bevis
Anne Miller Guest
Maureen Ruff Debe Dockins
Laura Thimons Debe Dockins

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Committee Meetings

3/18/2020, 6 PM, Golf Committee at Buckeye Home Health Care on Paragon Rd. Future 2020 meetings will be 4/15, 5/13, 6/17, and 7/8.

3/12/2020, 6:30 PM Childhood Health and Wellness at Panera – downtown Centerville. Future 2020 meetings will be 3/12, 4/9, 5/14, 6/11, 7/9, 8/13, 9/10. All are welcome to attend.

Community Events

3/14/2020, 9:00 – 12:00 at Watts Middle School Gym, Tri Star Basketball.

3/26/2020, 5:30 to 7:30 PM, NOW Event at Yankee Trace Golf Club

Social Events

3/14/2020 at 6 PM, Wine and Beer Tasting at the home of Patrick and Diane Arehart.

4/24/2020, Hunchback of Notre Dame play at CHS followed by dinner at Old Scratch pizza. Times will be provided later.

5/2/2020, Kentucky Derby Party at Remodeling Designs.

Announcements

Beth Duncan along with her sock models Jerry Stahley and Brian Nolan, announced that Optimist Socks are now available for $15 at www.optimistclubstore.com.

Cherie Gentry Inducted into Ohio Hall of Fame

Pat Behn announced that at the recent district meeting, The Great Ohio District has added Cherie Gentry to its hall of fame. Cherie has devoted several years to multiple Optimist Clubs and is a previous Governor of The Great Ohio District.

Thank you, Cherie, for all that you have done and will do as a Friend of Youth.

Brigid’s Path – Shannon Clarke

Jean Pummill introduced Shannon Clarke, the volunteer coordinator for Brigid’s Path, a newborn recovery center offering grace, support and hope. Since they welcomed their first baby in December 2017, they have cared for 73 babies and families in the crisis of addiction. They are the first facility in Ohio to offer in-patient, home-like treatment. They have kept 61 of the 73 kids helped from having to enter the foster care system.

Their mission: “Brigid’s Path improves the health of newborn babies and mothers impacted by addiction. We offer grace for the past, support for the present, and hope for the future.”

They believe one person can make a difference if there is an army behind them.

They employ the latest therapeutic techniques – both medicinal and nonpharmacological – to help babies be as comfortable as possible while they experience withdrawal.

These babies have Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS). NAS is a group of behavioral and physical conditions a baby experiences when withdrawing from exposure to drugs in the womb. Shannon described it as being 100 times worse than the flu.

They ween the babies off the morphine for 15 days. The symptoms can linger for another 2 years after being weened.

They use a wholistic approach to mom and baby in a non-confrontational way.

They accept donations of money and time. You can get details at their website. Information is available on what it takes to become a cuddler. They are able to give babies comfort 24 x 7, something that a NICU cannot provide. They have a large need for cuddlers between 12 am and 6 am.

Thank You Notes sent to CNO

You can read recent thank you notes here.

CNO Donations 2013 through September 2019

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 $700,000.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Pat Behn February 26
John Sherman February 26
Ashley Simeone February 26
Blanca Criner February 26
Joan Cordonnier February 28
Aaron Campbell February 28
Rachel Goetz March 2
Tim Clemmer March 2
Tim Stull March 2

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Chris Ziehler February 26 2/26/2017 3
Jane Fiehrer February 27 2/27/1998 22
Judy DeMarco February 27 2/27/1998 22
Dick Stevens February 28 2/28/2001 19
Kelly Stone February 28 2/28/2001 19

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Kate Trangenstein Jesse Lightle Induction
D. Ralph Young Charlie Tapp Induction

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Greg Griffin Yankee Trace was short on lunch servers today.
Donna Huss Fined in order to retrieve the tip she received for helping serve lunch today.
Scott Langer Was late and stole someone else’s lunch.
Paul Stull Committed an offense against the sergeants.
Sue Jesse Winning the pot of money for the last “going alone” hand at the recent Euchre party in just the last couple of minutes from Mike Brubaker.
Mike Brubaker Letting Sue Jesse win the pot of money for the last “going alone” hand at the recent Euchre party.
Vida McDowell Larry Lynde went alone twice in Euchre while being Vida’s partner, which made her the winner of Euchre.
Bob Duffy For wearing UD hat instead of Ohio State.
Jerry Stahley Modeling the Optimist socks Beth brought much longer than he had to.
Mike Brem Couldn’t find his name badge last week in a timely manner.

 Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Donna Huss Happy she got a tip for helping to serve our lunches today.
Brian Nolan Paula Kalaman, who is one of the strongest people he knows, has done well with her recent medical procedure. She told him she wants to cuddle babies.
Beth Duncan Today is Kelly and Bill Stone’s 6th wedding anniversary.
Craig Dring Thanked everyone for their donations to Daybreak in memory of his father Jay Dring, who recently passed away.
Beth Duncan Her uncle, a WWII veteran who helped liberate prisoners of the Dauchau concentration camp and spoke to CNO, led a great life and has passed away at age 94.
Beth Duncan Happy she could attend the Euchre tournament last week.
Charlie Tapp Thanks to Beth, Brian and the rest of the social committee for all their hard work.
Myron Rheaume $5, thanks to everyone at CNO for the cards and support.
Myron Rheaume Granddaughter, a sophomore film student at UC will be filming a project in Cincinnati over spring break for a Christian based streaming service. This summer she will intern in Munich Germany on a movie with a major German movie production company.
Cherie Gentry Happy about being added to the Ohio Optimist Hall of Fame. Joining Optimist clubs is one of the best things she has ever done. She is a member of 3 clubs. She really enjoys and appreciates CNO.
Vida McDowell Thanks to all the partners she had at last week’s Euchre tournament that led her to the big win for the night.

CNOtes – February 18, 2020 – CLUB DAY

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, Everything a seed will become is already in it. It just
waits for the right conditions to live up to its potential. We thank You
Lord for helping us set up the the right conditions for the young people. Also give us the wisdom to let them know that God helps those who help themselves. Their destiny lies in their own hands. If they want to go where they have never been, they need to buy a road map. It will show them everything they need to know, except how to fold it up again. Have them know the lessons in Your book. It will teach them how to live a happy and joyful life. Amen!

Today’s Guests – WELCOME!

Guest Guest Of
Brooke Amos Greg Fay
Pete Bales Tim Clemmer
Daniel Covey Springboro Optimist Club
Karen DeRosa Springboro Optimist Club
Dave Erich Springboro Optimist Club
Suzanne Hanlon Springboro Optimist Club
Willy Hanlon Springboro Optimist Club
Jan Kledzik South Metro Optimist Club
Maurice Lamont Springboro Optimist Club
Leon Logothetis Springboro Optimist Club
Angie Thompson Gary DeMarco

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Committee Meetings

3/18/2020, 6 PM, Golf Committee at Buckeye Home Health Care on Paragon Rd. Future 2020 meetings will be 4/15, 5/13, 6/17, and 7/8.

3/12/2020, 6:30 PM Childhood Health and Wellness at Panera – downtown Centerville. Future 2020 meetings will be 3/12, 4/9, 5/14, 6/11, 7/9, 8/13, 9/10. All are welcome to attend.

Community Events

2/26/2020, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM Build-A-Bear at Children’s Hospital private dining room. This will be for Mended Little Hearts patients. Volunteers should arrive at 5:30. Contact Nancy Lehren for more information or to sign up.

3/14/2020, 9:00 – 12:00 at Watts Middle School Gym, Tri Star Basketball.

4/2/2020, Build-A-Bear at Children’s Hospital private dining room. This will be for Oncology patients. Contact Nancy Lehren for more information.

Social Events

3/14/2020 at 6 PM, Wine and Beer Tasting at the home of Patrick and Diane Arehart.

4/24/2020, Hunchback of Notre Dame play at CHS followed by dinner at Old Scratch pizza. Times will be provided later.

5/2/2020, Kentucky Derby Party at Remodeling Designs.

Announcements

Nancy Lehren, chair Childhood Health and Wellness, announced that she has enough volunteers for the 2/26/2020 event, but they can always use more. Let her know if you would like to volunteer.

 Gary Hansen, chair of the Will Cale Scholarship committee, announced that 5 new Will Cale scholars have been chosen and all the students have been assigned mentors. There were more mentor volunteers pairs than students. Those not assigned students this time will be assigned to a student next year.

Junior Optimist International

Kelly Stone, the advisor for CNO Junior Optimist International clubs (JOI clubs), spoke to us. The first JOI club was at CHS in 1988 followed by Magsig in 1991 and nearly all Centerville schools now have JOI clubs. She is also the advisor to the University of Dayton’s Optimist club started in 2015.

All the clubs gave her a list of projects they have participated in. Some of those included: Haunted Trail, Penny’s for Patients, Trunk or Treat, Light the Night for Leukemia. Earth Day Cleanup.

Some of what the UD club helps with is the Haunted Trail, and Christmas Tree lot. They also provide food to local shelters. They offer tutoring for African refugees. UD was the first college club and one of the strongest clubs in the world. UD was recently asked by OI to charter a new club in India which has initially 17 members.

Great Ohio District Awards for 2018-2019

Greg Griffin introduced Lt. Governor of the Great Ohio District Pat Behn. For year 2018-2019, CNO was recognized as an Honor Club and as a Distinguished Club. CNO received a 2018-2019 patch for our banner for being a Distinguished Club.

Pat Behn announced and presented awards received by CNO members for the 2018-2019 year.

  • David Ladd, District Chaplain, Recognized for his dedication as the Chaplain
  • Greg Griffin, Internet Communication Specialist, Recognized for his continued help
  • Donna received an Honor Club President Pin and a Citation of Recognition
  • Gary Smiga received an Honor Club Citation of Recognition
  • Jean Pummill received an Honor Club Citation of Recognition
  • Donna Huss received a Distinguished President OI watch, a Citation of Recognition from the District and OI, and Immediate Past Governor Sue Armstrong’s “Road to Success” glassware and coasters
  • Gary Smiga received a Distinguished Treasurer OI watch, Citation of Recognition from the District and OI, and Immediate Past Governor Sue Armstrong’s “Road to Success” glassware & coasters
  • Jean Pummill received a Distinguished Secretary OI watch, Citation of Recognition from the District and OI, and Immediate Past Governor Sue Armstrong’s “Road to Success” glassware & coasters
  • Pat Behn received a Distinguished Lt. Governor Citation of Recognition from the District and OI

Optimist International Professional Development Program

Jean Pummill gave a presentation on two programs to enhance your growth and participation in your Optimist club. These programs not only help you, the more of us that participate in these programs, the more our club gets recognized in Ohio and Internationally. For the Great Ohio district 2018-2019, CNO earned more points than all other clubs in our district. These programs help with member retention by keeping members involved in helping themselves and the club at the same time.

  • Personal growth and involvement program (PGI)
  • Professional development program (PDP)

Each program has multiple levels of achievement. Each level requires specific activities. As an example, here are the steps to complete PDP Level 1, Bronze:

  • Participate in a community service activity
  • Learn how to write a communique/Press Release
  • Give a short presentation on “How Optimism Can Make a Better World” or “Optimism as a Way of Life”
  • Learn the 5 purposes of an Optimist Club
  • Introduction of a new Member or a guest at a Club meeting/activity

Jean has a new PGI passport booklets to help you track your progress through the levels of PGI.

PGI and PDP are similar but different. The FAQ for PDP says: “The PDP program is meant to provide members a way to develop professionally. Members will have the opportunity to build skills that will help them professionally and enhance their Club, District and Optimist International. Our organization wants to bring in younger professionals. The PDP is a tool to help them do that.”

Details of PDM and PGI are here.

OptiGear Is Now Available All Year Long Online

Beth Duncan explained how anyone can order OptiGear at any time of the year and your order will be delivered to your home. Visit www.optimistclubstore.com to place your orders for apparel with a Centerville Noon Optimist, CNO 2.0 logo, or any other club in Ohio.

Beth’s company Lizard Apparel and Promotions runs the site. You will be supporting The Great Ohio District of Optimist International with your purchases; part of every purchase will be donated to the District.

Thank You Notes sent to CNO

You can read recent thank you notes here.

CNO Donations 2013 through September 2019

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 $700,000.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Julie Walling Noeth February 20
Stan Fronzaglia February 20
Mike Bevis February 21
John Thompson February 24

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Jack Anderson February 18 2/18/2016 4
Laura Caschera February 18 2/18/1997 23
Russell Hulbert February 20 2/20/2013 7
Bob Collins February 21 2/21/2014 6
Erin Belangia-Sanchez February 23 2/23/2006 14

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Kristen Marks Gary DeMarco Induction

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Tim Clemmer Did not buy his guest a raffle ticket
Judy DeMarco Needed help finding her name tag
Jesse Lightle Did not greet her guest today in a timely manner

 Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Tim Clemmer Found and a new job
Joe Madden Gave a buck just because he wanted his name listed in CNOtes
Charlie Tapp Has a new grandchild
Bill Stone UD Flyer Men’s Basketball Team is number one in the A10 and ranked fifth nationally in the AP Top 25 Poll

CNOtes – February 11, 2020 – Oratorical Contest – Second Week

Phather Phil’s Prayer

In Phather Phil’s absence, David Ladd offered the prayer today – David does a superb job in offering an extemporaneous prayer, so you had to be present to experience it.

Today’s Guests – WELCOME!

Guest Guest Of
Katy Barker Carol Smerz
Margie Jones Mike Bevis

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Committee Meetings

3/18/2020, 6 PM, Golf Committee at Buckeye Home Health Care on Paragon Rd. Future 2020 meetings will be 4/15, 5/13, 6/17, and 7/8.

2/13/2020, 6:30 PM Childhood Health and Wellness at Panera – downtown Centerville. Future 2020 meetings will be 3/12, 4/9, 5/14, 6/11, 7/9, 8/13, 9/10. All are welcome to attend.

Community Events

2/26/2020, 6:00 – 7:30 Build-A-Bear at Children’s Hospital private dining room. This will be for Mended Little Hearts patients. Volunteers should arrive at 5:30. Contact Nancy Lehren for more information or to sign up.

3/14/2020, 9:00 – 12:00 at Watts Middle School Gym, Tri Star Basketball.

4/2/2020, Build-A-Bear at Children’s Hospital private dining room. This will be for Oncology patients. Contact Nancy Lehren for more information.

Social Events

2/22/2020, at 6 PM, Euchre tournament, will be held at the Wentworth Village Clubhouse in Bellbrook Ohio. Contact Beth Duncan for details and sign up.

3/14/2020 at 6 PM, Wine and Beer Tasting at the home of Patrick and Diane Arehart.

4/24/2020, Hunchback of Notre Dame play at CHS followed by dinner at Old Scratch pizza. Times will be provided later.

5/2/2020, at 6 PM Kentucky Derby Party at Remodeling Designs.

CNO 2.0 Meeting

2/20/2020, 5:30 PM, CNO 2.0 meeting at Zinks Meats & Fine Wines in Centerville

Happy Birthday Ron Tinnerman

Today is Ron Tinnerman’s birthday. Bob Duffy led us in singing Happy Birthday to Ron while Ron tried to block the sound by putting napkins in his ears. He quickly realized the volume of the chorus along with our complete lack of singing skills cannot be blocked. The volume knows no boundary. Happy Birthday Ron and have a great year.

Margaret Barclay Memorial 2020 Optimist Oratorical Contest – Day 2

Liz Fultz, the chair of the Margaret Barclay Memorial Oratorical contest, introduced the participating students and described this annual event. This is the 4th year for Liz to chair this event. Liz thanked her judges Debe Dockins, David Ladd, and Kelly George. Thanks to Diane Arehart for being the timer. She also thanked Ron Thompson for his help with recruiting and coordinating the speakers.

Details about the contest for participants.

View flyer about the contest.

Contestants deliver a four to five-minute speech.  One winner from each contest advances to the zone competition and can advance to the finals at the district level. 

The Great Ohio District of Optimist international adds $1,000 to the first-place winner. With the Ohio amount the scholarships are $3,500 for first place, $1,500 for second and $1000 for third.

From Liz Fultz:

Day two of the Margaret Barclay Memorial Oratorical Contest was held on February 11th.  Members were impressed with the poise and courage of the middle-school students who prepared speeches and spoke in front of nearly 100 members.  Faith D., Jacob W., Julia O., and Kathryn M. presented their thoughts on the topic “Just iMagine a World without Boundaries.”  The parents who came to support the students had the opportunity to learn about the great things the club does for the community.

The prompt for today’s speeches is, “Just iMagine a World Without Boundaries”.

Contestants went in random order and referred to by letter only until the winner was chosen. We were instructed to not applaud until the end.

Excerpts from the speeches follow

Faith D. (Speaker A)

The key to breaking through boundaries is connectivity and “necessity is the mother of all invention.”

One farmer growing crops is not nearly as good as many farmers. Multiple farmers allow more varieties of food to be available.

Connectivity is provided by transportation. The railway system allowed our country to expand.

Communications by radio, TV and phones have further connected the entire world. With the internet and technology many world problems will go away with ever expanding connectivity.

Accurate weather predictions will increase with more countries sharing observations. This improves public safety and will help farmers increase yields.

Too many people are working individually on diseases. More breakthroughs will happen the more researchers are connected.

Satellite thermal imaging using AI will help prevent poaching.

We can’t continue to be self-serving. Working together we can solve hunger and shelter problems.

Jacob W. (Speaker B)

The world needs boundaries. Imagine the issues if there was no border between North and South Korea. With no boundaries there would be no laws. Robbery and theft would be legal. Nothing to control weapons and no mandate set weapons policies. People would be driving 120 MPH in places where 50 MPH is the safest high speed.

Without laws to force us, we would not pay taxes; this would be very bad for the world if governments had no funding.

Experts set boundaries. The Surgeon General advises us to exercise and eat healthy. If no one followed this advice it would affect everyone’s health.

Without boundaries food laws would not be regulated. Prisoners would escape from prisons.

No physical boundaries would lead to physical injuries. No laws will lead to chaos. No health advice leads to increased disease.

Julia O. (Speaker C)

Boundaries affect everything you do. They are there for a reason. It keeps people and things under control. Boundaries are the best way to keep people going to school and keeping houses safe. It is the law that kids must attend school until 16. If no one went to school, there would be no one to attend college and therefore no doctors.

Getting an education is extremely necessary. Boundaries make this happen.

Without boundaries no one’s house would be safe. Many would be left homeless or all their belongings would be stolen or broken.

Boundaries keep people safe from people who illegally harm others. Kid’s would lose the freedom of leaving their homes because it wouldn’t be safe.

Without boundaries our world would be out of control. Boundaries ensure our safety and keep buildings and belongings safe. We can make the world safer by keeping boundaries. Working together the world can be a safe place.

Kathryn M. (Speaker D)

Without boundaries the world we be out of control. Boundaries keep us safe and keep us on the right path. Literal boundaries like crosswalks, signs and stop lights are important for keeping us safe.

Laws are boundaries. Laws prevent people from harming others. Boundaries between nations like oceans help prevent wars.

Boundaries keep your property safe. The shed that holds your expensive snowblower is a boundary that keeps it from being stolen.

Fences prevent us from falling off a mountain. Even a simple wall keeps items safe. Boundaries help us to stay alive.

Results

Faith was the winner of the second day of the contest.  It was her third year participating and many remember her from previous years.  She will advance to the Zone Contest, which will be held on Wednesday, March 11 at 6:30 in the Woodbourne Library Community Room. You are welcome to attend this event.

About Margaret Barclay

Our contest is named in honor of former Optimist member Margaret Barclay.   Margaret chaired the Oratorical Contest for many years.  She cared deeply about bringing out the best in kids and in living the Optimist Creed.  Margaret spent 40 years in education, with 27 of those in the Centerville City Schools serving in various positions.  She retired in 2000 as the principal at Magsig Middle School.  Margaret was integral in creating the Alpha and Junior Optimist clubs in the schools.  Her accomplishments within the club are vast.  She was the second female president, Lieutenant Governor, Ohio District Governor Honored and the second member to become an International Vice-President.  Margaret passed away in 2010.  It is a pleasure to have her memory recognized in this way.

The oratorical contest is done in collaboration with Centerville Evening and South Metro Optimists, who also sponsor contests at their club meetings. 

Thank you to those who support our contest

  • Jesse Gaither from Minute Man Press for printing the flyer on the tables.
  • Centerville middle school principals: Brian Miller, Stacey Westendorf, and Clint Freese, for allowing us to talk with the kids during their advisory.
  • Thomas Razaukas, a teacher at Incarnation without whom this contest would not be possible.

Event Supporter Roy Barclay

Margaret’s husband Roy Barclay is a big supporter of this event. He has been a member of CNO since July 1986. He personally supports the contest by making an annual donation. Thank you, Roy, for your ongoing contributions and support of this contest. Roy appreciates the honor each year of this event honoring the memory of his wife Margaret Barclay.

Thank You Notes sent to CNO

You can read recent thank you notes here.

CNO Donations 2013 through September 2019

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 $700,000.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Mary Ann MacKenzie February 11
Ron Tinnerman February 11
John Horner February 12
Dan Samiec February 12
Monty Zinck February 13
Ron Thompson February 14
Ken Peacock February 16
Louise Haun February 16

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Brent Richburg February 13 2/13/2018 2
Brian Nolan February 13 2/13/2018 2
Clint Freese February 13 2/13/2018 2
Jon Werts February 13 2/13/2018 2
June Bosworth February 13 2/13/2018 2
Laurie Westheimer February 13 2/13/2018 2
Laurie Westheimer February 13 2/13/2018 2
Mike Schwartz February 13 2/13/2018 2
Suzanne Werts February 13 2/13/2018 2
Suzanne Werts February 13 2/13/2018 2
Bob Lawson February 17 2/17/2016 4
Harry Bossey February 17 2/17/1994 26
John Horner February 17 2/17/2010 10
Lou Brinkman February 17 2/17/1995 25
Sandy Stevens February 17 2/17/2010 10
Sarah Umbreit February 17 2/17/2016 4

New Member Readings and Inductions

No Readings or Inductions this week

Sergeants at Arms

No time for Sergeants this week

 Happy Bucks!

No time for Happy Bucks this week

CNOtes – February 4, 2020 – Oratorical Contest – First Week

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Phather Phil did not provide a copy of his prayer this week – why not join us for lunch and hear him read it in person!

Today’s Guests – WELCOME!

Guest Guest Of
Ashley McGuire Brandon Barrett
Molly Troller Mike Bevis

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Committee Meetings

2/13/2020, 6:30 PM, Childhood Health and Wellness, Panera – downtown Centerville.

2/12/2020, 6 PM, Golf Committee at Buckeye Home Health Care on Paragon Rd. Future 2020 meetings will be 3/18, 4/15, 5/13, 6/17, and 7/8.

Social Events

2/22/2020 at 6 PM, Euchre tournament, place to be determined

3/14/2020 at 6 PM, Wine and Beer Tasting at the home of Patrick and Diane Arehart

4/24/2020, Hunchback of Notre Dame play at CHS followed by dinner at Old Scratch Pizza. Times will be provided later.

5/2/2020 at 4 PM, Kentucky Derby Party at Remodeling Designs

CNO 2.0 Meeting

2/20/2020 at 5:30 PM, CNO 2.0 meeting at Zinks Meats & Fine Wines in Centerville

Margaret Barclay Memorial 2020 Optimist Oratorical Contest – Day 1

Liz Fultz, the chair of the Margaret Barclay Memorial Oratorical contest, introduced the participating students and described this annual event. This is the 4th year for Liz to chair this event. Liz thanked her judges Debe Dockins, David Ladd, and Kelly George. Thanks to Diane Arehart for being the timer.

Details about the contest for participants.

View flyer about the contest.

Contestants deliver a four to five-minute speech.  One winner from each contest advances to the zone competition and then can advance to the finals at the district level.  Districts have the opportunity to provide a first-place scholarship of $2,500, a second-place scholarship of $1,500, and a third-place scholarship of $1,000.

From Liz Fultz:

Tuesday, February 4th was the first of two Oratorical Contests.  Since it was established in 1928, the Oratorical Contest has become the longest-running program sponsored by Optimists International.  Our contest is done in collaboration with the Centerville Evening and South Metro Optimist clubs and is named in honor of former Centerville Noon Optimist member Margaret Barclay.   Margaret chaired the Oratorical committee for many years.  She cared deeply about bringing out the best in kids and in living the Optimist Creed.  She was a most beloved member of our club, a past president and lived a life dedicated to helping others.

The prompt for today’s speeches is, “Just iMagine a World Without Boundaries”.

Contestants went in random order and referred to by letter only until the winner was chosen. All three participants today were female. We were instructed to not applaud until the end.

Caitie B. (Speaker A)

Excerpts of ideas from her speech follow:

There are boundaries in life. Because of physical needs there are boundaries that require that you will need to work and pay taxes. If you walk down a street you will see different nationalities and religions. Not everyone is the same, but we can get along. Boundaries can cause hatred. Humans are so greedy and get pulled into war after war. Humans want so much, yet 1.6 billion are homeless. There are more problems than can be listed. It is a cry for help.

By speaking today, Caitie hopes to repair what is broken and fix this mess by showing more kindness for everyone. All the help the Miami Valley received from its own community and from others during the 2019 tornadoes and the Oregon District mass shooting proved that boundaries can be overcome.

Please, imagine a world without boundaries and make that our reality.

Sara M. (Speaker B)

Excerpts of ideas from her speech follow:

Lack of boundaries causes lack of respect. We need physical boundaries such as the boundary between a mountain and the ground. They are in place to bring beauty to the world and peace between nations. Natural boundaries like rivers and mountains naturally separate nations and states. Boundary rules are important. Without them the world would not be safe.

Rules exist for a reason. If no one had to work, then no one would. We also need simple rules like don’t touch the art in a museum.

There are personal and mental boundaries, like people fear what is dangerous. This is a good thing. Punishments help prevent crime. A large amount of unbearable stress is bad, but a small amount boosts productivity. A healthy amount of insecurity helps to motivate one to work and to be their best self.

A world without boundaries would not be a positive world. It would be a world without respect for other’s property.

Makayla P. (Speaker C)

Excerpts of ideas from her speech follow:

In a world without boundaries, fear would have no relevance. There would be less apprehension. Fear is a giant boulder blocking your way. Without boundaries, basic necessities such as food, water, shelter and clothing would all be free.

In a perfect world everyone would have a 12th grade education. People would suffer less and provide for themselves and improve the quality of life for all mankind.

Results

All three ladies showed courage and poise as they spoke to the crowd. The judges had a really difficult time choosing the winner. Makayla P. took first place and will advance to the Zone Competition on March 11, 2020 at Woodbourne Library. You are welcome to go see her at the next round of the Oratorical contest at the library in a few weeks.

Event Supporter Roy Barclay

Margaret’s husband Roy Barclay is a big supporter of this event. He has been a member of CNO since July 1986. He personally supports the contest by making an annual donation. Thank you, Roy, for your ongoing contributions and support of this contest. Roy was out of town today, so Jerry Stahley said a few words on his behalf. Roy appreciates the honor each year of this event honoring the memory of his wife Margaret Barclay.

Thank you to those who support our contest

  • Jesse Gaither from Minute Man Press for printing the flyer on the tables.
  • Centerville middle school principals: Brian Miller, Stacey Westendorf, and Clint Freese, for allowing us to talk with the kids during their advisory.
  • Thomas Razaukas, a teacher at Incarnation without whom this contest would not be possible.

Thank You Notes sent to CNO

You can read recent thank you notes here.

CNO Donations 2013 through September 2019

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 $700,000.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Wasfi Samaan February 4
Greg Crabtree February 5
Shelby DiPasquale February 6
Mariah Vogelgesang February 8
Don Kelley February 8
Michelle Tagliamonte February 9

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Renee Glenn February 5 2/5/2014 6
Ellie Parker February 8 2/8/2011 9

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Bill Shisler Bill Stone 3rd Reading
Julie Shisler Joan Cordonnier 3rd Reading
Michael Kistler Dave Kay Induction
Kate Trangenstein Jesse Lightle 3rd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

No time for Sergeants this week

 Happy Bucks!

No time for Happy Bucks this week

CNOtes – January 28, 2020 – Denise Carter – Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra Youth Strings

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father success is when we can look back on our life and
smile. As Optimist how can we not smile. We are surrounded by
friends and in an activity that makes us proud. With Your help we
have attracted more people to join us and have grown to the largest club Optimist Club in the world. It is said that the best things in life are “postage paid”, “batteries included”, “tax-free”, and “guaranteed forever”. We can add one more – “being an Optimist.” Lord, let us never tire of being Your hands and Your heart in dealing with the young people in our care. Amen

Today’s Guests – WELCOME!

Guest Guest Of
Denise Carter Speaker
Tiffany Kellner Bob Glavin
Mike Kistler Dave Kay
Kristen Marks Gary DeMarco
Rocky Matthews Brandon Barrett
Cheryl Meyer Debe Dockins
Nick Miller Mike Bevis
Matt Spitz Kelly George
Kate Trangenstein Jesse Lightle
Lee Roy Young Art Hung

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Special Announcement

Liz Fultz announced that we will hear participants from the annual Oratorical contest on 2/4/2020 and 2/11/2020. On both of those dates lunch will be served late. Please be on time as the doors will be closed sharply at noon so the participants are not disturbed by latecomers. In between the participant’s speeches, you may be admitted.

Committee Meetings

2/12/2020, 6 PM, Golf Committee at Buckeye Home Health Care on Paragon Rd. Future 2020 meetings will be 3/18, 4/15, 5/13, 6/17, and 7/8.

Announcements

Beth Duncan, social committee chair, said there will be a Social Committee meeting on Monday, February 3rd at her office on Congress Park.

Mike Bevis announced that the golf committee has started working on donations. If you or someone you know would like to donate money, time or gift cards contact the golf committee.

Happy Birthday Gary Hansen

Today was Gary Hansen’s birthday. Bob Duffy and Charlie Tapp led us in celebrating his birthday today with song. We “sang” Happy Birthday to him. We hope he doesn’t have nightmares. It was the best performance of Happy Birthday we have ever had. Have a great year Gary!

Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra Youth Strings

Jean Pummill introduced Denise Carter, the Youth Strings Director for Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra (MVSO) Youth Strings program. MVSO is a non-profit organization Three years ago the MVSO launched a youth strings program. Denise is a resident of Washington Township and the principle Violinist of MVSO. She also provides private lessons at her studio.

You can view the slide deck here.

Participating musicians represent 17 schools from across the Miami Valley. There is great camaraderie at their rehearsals. High school students sit next to middle schoolers and everyone does their best and helps other, regardless of age.

The orchestra has weekly rehearsals at St Leonard Living Community. They give a monetary donation and perform two goodwill concerts at St. Leonard’s center in exchange for using the rehearsal space. The students interact with the residents after their concerts.

All students with a minimum skill set are welcome to join with no audition. So many kids want to play with an orchestra, but auditions can shut them down. The stress level is very low in this group.

They have very low participation fees to keep this opportunity within reach for all families. Students need only commit to one semester at a time so they can do other activities. They will waive fees with no questions asked if a student says they have a financial hardship.

History

  • 2016; MVSO asked Denise if she could find a song for the Youth Strings to play with MVSO. She found “The Waltzing Cat”. It was the first side-by-side performance with the MVSO.
  • 2017; The program grew, and they performed their first standalone concert and workshop with Filip Pogody. They performed 3 songs.
  • 2018-2019; The first school-year length program began. They performed “Super Soundtracks” with the MVSO.
  • 2018-2019; They performed the Pre-Show for the MVSO Holiday concert at the Dayton Masonic Center. There were two free shows for audiences of 1600.
  • 2019; They auditioned for the Dayton Dragons to play the National Anthem; they did not get picked. The audition was held at the Dayton Mall. It was an exciting and good experience and the orchestra will try again this year.
  • 2019-2020; They were able to use the Spring Valley Academy’s new performance center. The show was called “Let it B”. All the songs performed were associated with the letter B, such as the name of the song writer or the title of a song.

2020 Concerts Festivals and Community Activities

  • February 2020 – Dayton Dragon National Anthem tryouts
  • May 2020 – Goodwill concert for St Leonard Living Community
  • May 2020 – “Feed Me Music” Concert and Fundraiser
  • May 2020 – Music in the Parks Festival at Kings Island
  • July 2020 – Centerville American Festival Parade

They were honored to be a finalist of the 2019 Best of Dayton.

In 2019, the orchestra received a $2000 Iddings Foundation Grant. She used the money to purchase nice quality music stands with carrying cases. She teaches the students to take pride in music. They purchase original music books instead of photocopies like some orchestras use.

Participant Quotes

  • “MVSO Youth strings helps you improve your musical skills and pushes you to do your best. Plus, it’s really fun!”
  • “It’s a fun experience to get to meet people and play amazing pieces of music and make new friends. It’s an amazing experience. You should join!”
  • “Being in MVSO Youth Strings is fun and helps me grow so much as a musician.”
  • “It has been very enjoyable playing. Playing in a string orchestra is an amazing experience.”

At the end of her slide show, Denise showed us a video of “Blue Tango” by Leroy Anderson performed by the orchestra at the Spring Valley Academy Performing Arts Center during November, 2019.

To put in perspective how difficult it is to make a violin sound good, she brought a few violins to the meeting and invited us to come up and play with them.

Thank you, Denise Carter, for presenting to us today.

Thank You Notes sent to CNO

You can read recent thank you notes here.

CNO Donations 2013 through September 2019

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 $700,000.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Gary Hansen January 28
Scott Langer January 29
Clint Freese January 29
Karen Sirmans January 31
Donna Huss February 1
David Ladd February 1
Mike Schwartz February 3

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Todd Kelchner January 30 1/30/1992 28
Mike Bevis January 31 1/31/2002 18
Rachel Goetz January 31 1/31/2013 7

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Bill Shisler Bill Stone 2nd Reading
Julie Shisler Joan Cordonnier 2nd Reading
Michael Kistler Dave Kay 3rd Reading
Kristen Marks Gary De Marco 3rd Reading
Kate Trangenstein Jesse Lightle 2nd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Jean Pummill Misspelled Larry Lynde’s name in the board minutes from last week
Everyone with a pin stuck on their name badge For having pins on their name badges

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Bob Lawson Grandson received an Evans Scholarship for college for golf caddies
Donna Huss Judy McFadden is recovering well from recent surgery
Myron Rheaume Grandson Liam Hatton is a sophomore defense-man for Springboro HS Hockey; at a 5 state invitational tournament in Columbus, they were second of 16, winning 5 games in 3 days
Blanca Ortiz $10 for getting engaged on 12/7/2019, and married on 12/26/2019
Brian Nolan In his neighborhood they placed American flags at every home in the cul-de-sac and three in front of the home of a member of the Air Force who was able to return home to visit his family; His father is a Greene County Sheriff and an Air Force vet

CNOtes – January 21, 2020 – Anne Pfeiffer – Big Brothers – Big Sisters

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Phather Phil was not with us this week so David Ladd – our Ohio District Chaplain – delivered one of his patented extemporaneous prayers – enjoyed by all.

Today’s Guests – WELCOME!

Guest Guest Of
Kris Carroll Art Hung
Mike Kistler Dave Kay
Kristen Marks Gary DeMarco
Anne Pfeiffer Speaker
Logan Swafford Speaker
Angie Thompson Gary DeMarco
Mike Vogel David Ladd

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Committee Meetings

2/12/2020, 6 PM, Golf Committee at Buckeye Home Health Care on Paragon Rd. Future 2020 meetings will be 3/18, 4/15, 5/13, 6/17, and 7/8.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Miami Valley

Jean Pummill introduced from Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Miami Valley (BBBS), the CEO Anne Pfeiffer and enrollment specialist, Logan Swafford. Logan is usually the first person who meets a child who is looking for a Big Brother or Big Sister.

BBBS website is http://www.bbbsmiamivalley.org/

The slide presentation they showed is here.

The flyer they provided is here.

Big Brothers and Big Sisters in New York was started in 1904. They know from data collected from decades of experience that mentoring works. Their mission is “Create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.” Their vision is, “All youth achieve their full potential.”

Mentoring is a cost-effective, data proven intervention to empower, inspire, and lead youth to their optimal physical and emotional health. The data says students with a mentor are 52% more likely to stay in school and 46% more likely to avoid alcohol and drugs.

They Serve

  • Households living at or under the federal poverty level = 83%
  • Single Parent Households = 63%
  • Students Eligible for free or reduced lunch prices = 83%
  • Students with an incarcerated parent = 8%

About BBBS

  • In the Miami valley they serve students at 15 schools and have 3 after school programs
  • The percentages served by age group are: 6-10 = 41%, 11-14 = 46%, 15-18 = 14%.
  • Counties served are Greene, Miami, Montgomery, and Preble
  • 141 new matches were made during 2019

About Littles

  • They enroll ages 6-14
  • All littles and their guardians agree to participate
  • Single parent homes/relatives
  • Low socioeconomical status
  • Struggling in school
  • Low self-esteem
  • History of trauma

They need more mentors

  • 1 in 3 kids are growing up without a mentor
  • Boys wait 2.5 times longer for a mentor than girls
  • Goal is every youth will be matched within 6 months

If you know somebody who might be interested, please share what you have learned today for potential mentors. BBBS offers continuing support for Bigs.

BBBS is Unique

  • One to one meetings are setup between Bigs and Littles
  • 1-year commitment (minimum), expect 4-6 hours per month
  • On-going case management and match support

Programs

  • Community Based:, Outings and activities are year-round. See them every other weekend for 2 hours where you eat, walk in a park or some other activity.
  • School Based: Weekly at school during academic year. Meetings once a week for 1 hour at same place.
  • Bigs with Badges: Connecting law enforcement and public safety officials with youth.
  • Trauma-informed care training for mentors and parents.

After a student (little) is matched, the big gets a baseline of their little’s level at school. A common thing is for Bigs to encourage their littles to read and this really works. They come home to their guardians asking for them to read to them.

BBBS collects a lot of data. They need to prove their work is effective. They track each child’s trajectory. There are 3 goals set at the beginning of the mentoring and those are tracked. The weekly activity is not the solution, it is the vehicle to help facilitate the mentoring. It takes time for the littles to get comfortable with their Bigs, then the breakthroughs can happen.

Results

  • 90% report they make better decisions.
  • 93% report their big is important to them.
  • The commitment is 1 year, but the average relationship lasts 36 months.
  • “Griffin and David” from 2004-2016. Griffin’s father left the family. David help with this. Griffin graduated High School. Associates degree. He is a radio board operator at Cox media.

Creating Change

  • $1296 cost per match
  • 31,6810 hours spent with littles
  • 591 hours case management and support
  • Average match length 36 months

They really hope the relationship lasts for over year. After a year the relationships really become strong. The Littles will call their Bigs since they started knowing each other well.

How you can help

  • Share what you have learned today. Kids who need the program typically find BBBS through word of mouth. Often they hear about the program from teachers or church employees.
  • Share the need that they need more big brothers and big sisters.
  • Become a big brother or big sister. 45-50 kids are waiting for a match at any given time. If you are not sure if being a big brother or big siter is right for you, there is an orientation/information meeting you can attend with no commitment.
  • Donate money, their annual Budget is $982,000.
  • Participate in Bowl for Kids’ Sake, which will be held Saturday 3/7/2020, At Poelking Lanes in Kettering
  • Invite them to your business to talk. Contact information is available on the web site bbbsmiamivalley.org

During the question and answer period after their presentation we learned more

  • They do group activities, such as attending a Dayton Dragons game.
  • They try to match siblings at the same time. However, some families have kids that are doing fine or might already be too busy. It is up to the family whether they will try and match all siblings.
  • They do background checks on their big brother and big sister volunteers.
  • There is abuse prevention training of big brothers and big sisters. This helps them know what to do and how to recognize signs of abuse or patterns of behavior in others around kids that might not be appropriate.

Thank you Anne Pfeiffer and Logan Swafford for taking the time to explain BBBS to us today. If you have any questions at all for Anne or Logan you can find phone numbers and emails on their website.

Thank You Notes sent to CNO

You can read recent thank you notes here.

CNO Donations 2013 through September 2019

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 $700,000.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Gary Smiga January 21
Ruthy Quinlan January 24
Todd Kelchner January 24
Martha Jackson January 25
Dr. Dan Passidomo January 26

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Jeff Kujawa January 22 1/22/2015 5
Mike Yoder January 22 1/22/2014 6
John Thompson January 23 1/23/2018 2
Greg Wasmund January 25 1/25/2007 13
Chris McAlpine January 27 1/27/2009 11

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Bill Shisler Bill Stone 1st Reading
Julie Shisler Joan Cordonnier 1st Reading
Michael Kistler Dave Kay 2nd Reading
Kristen Marks Gary De Marco 2nd Reading
D Ralph Young Charlie Tapp 3rd Reading
Debbie Parks Beth Duncan 3rd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Greg Griffin Mike Yoder’s name was on the birthday list twice on the slide presentation at today’s meeting
Everyone who sat at the birthday table that does not have a birthday this month Sitting at the birthday table when it is not your birthday month
Everyone not wearing CNO pin at MLK breakfast yesterday at Yankee Trace Attended the CNO table for the MLK breakfast and didn’t wear their CNO pin
Jane Fiehrer Late to the Will Cale scholarship committee meeting before lunch today
Charlie Tapp Wearing an OSU sweatshirt and hat and didn’t attend OSU

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Bill Fritz Granddaughter is getting married
Carolyn Taylor Son was just accepted to the 2 year MBA program at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania
Vida McDowell Her tennis team just won the area championship for the year
Beth Duncan Received free pizza at UD Women’s basketball game at the CNO social on 1/19/2020
Joe Madden Mary Madden is recovering well – they thank everyone for all their support

CNOtes – Optimist 2.0 January 16, 2020 – Eric Soller – Old Scratch Pizza @ Nelly’s A Taste of Bolivia

Guests and Members in Attendance

Dawn Bunger
Jason Bunger
Ashley McGuire
Debbie Parks
Bill Shisler
Julie Shisler
Eric Soller
Vicki Thompson
Brenda Weller
Jack Anderson
Nancy Anderson
Diane Arehart
Patrick Arehart
Brandon Barrett
Joan Cordonnier
Mike Cordonnier
Abby Davis
Gary DeMarco
Judy DeMarco
Shelby DiPasquale
Emily Duke
Greg Fay
Stan Fronzaglia
Jesse Gaither
Greg Griffin
Gary Hansen
Bryan Miller
Brian Nolan
Lacy Owens
Laurie Poeppelman
Fred Polizzi
Jean Pummill
Rafael Santillan
Ashley Simeone
Bill Stone
Ron Thompson
Ron Tinnerman
Jon Werts
Suzanne Werts

All Photos are Here

CNO 2.0 Meeting Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was Nelly’s Taste of Bolivia at 79 S. Main St Centerville, Ohio. Thank you to the owner of Nelly’s, Rafael Santillan and his fine team, for the great food and the space.

There was a 50/50 drawing won by Emily Duke.

There were 39 people at the meeting (30 members and 9 guests).

Greg Griffin announced that the net proceeds from the Christmas Tree lot fundraiser for 2019 was $45,000.

Eric Soller Old Scratch Pizza

Greg Fay introduced tonight’s speaker, Eric Soller, the owner of Old Scratch Pizza. He and his wife Stephanie opened the restaurant in October, 2016 after a year of hard work. He has been involved in the restaurant sector his whole life, either with restaurants or businesses that supplied equipment to restaurants.

The first location is at 812 S Patterson Blvd and the second one opened in 2019 at 440 Miamisburg Centerville Rd.

Eric’s first job when he was just 15 years old was at Subway. At that time, they cut meat and vegetables themselves at the restaurant. He earned an associate degree in culinary arts right out of High School. Later, he went back to school to learn food and beverage management.

At the end of 1999 he took a job for a food service company serving at grocery stores. They trained grocery stores how to cook for their customers. In 2006 he started a job at Hobart selling restaurant equipment because of his experience in training groceries. He learned a lot of principles from the corporate world that he applies to his restaurants.

While working at Hobart, he couldn’t get the idea out of his head for a pizza restaurant. He wrote business plans for his ideas as a hobby. He loves pizza. While traveling for Hobart he would do research for his ideas. He would go to 4 different pizza places in one night while traveling. With all of these business plans he referred to himself for a long time as a “wantrepreneur”.

The recurring ideas included that his restaurant should have big, long communal tables, like a “Neapolitan Pizza Beer Hall”, and be in a class B business location.

His restaurants are about simplicity. They will always have a simple menu. There might be different items at times, but never more items.

Their service is about kindness and nicety. New employees don’t need restaurant experience, but they need to be nice people. They can train them how to do the work, but it is hard to train someone how to be nice

Old Scratch makes Artisan Pizzas. They make the most complicated pizza in the fastest possible way. Everything in the restaurants, including the sauces and dressings, is made from scratch. He explained how the name of the restaurant came about. Pizza is an old recipe dating back to 900 A.D. and they make everything from scratch, so you get “Old” + “Scratch”.

 

They receive very high marks for service. Part of the reason for this is how the restaurant works. You still get the services you want while helping yourself with the simple things. You walk in and place your order, pickup your drinks and wait a short time for your food to be delivered to your table.

Hobart was very cooperative when he told them he planned to leave their employment and open a restaurant. He figured out when to let them know. A local news report was about to be published about his plans to open a restaurant. They called him for comment because they saw the application for a liquor license.

Eric and Stephanie love giving back to the community. They have a program called, “Cones for a Cause”. At each restaurant you can have free ice cream. They have a place for you to donate for your treat. They give this money to a local organization or cause each month. They look for small ones where $4000 can make a real difference. In 2019, they raised $50,000 and since 2016 they have raised a total of $140,000. Giving back helps them relate to the community and adds to the culture of their employees. An example of a cause is the Adaptive Color Guard. It is a color guard club for special needs teens and adults.

He said they have had good success. It took a while, but the lines to order started and they have stayed.

Eric owns the buildings where his restaurants are located. He is now in the commercial real estate business since his restaurants do not occupy the entire space in the buildings. He is looking for other restaurants or businesses to occupy the unused space in the buildings with his restaurants.

Thank you, Eric Soller, for sharing your story with us this evening.

About CNO 2.0

CNO 2.0 is a club within a club of the Centerville Noon Optimist club. CNO (and CNO 2.0) is a world class service organization. Our CNO 2.0 club within a club has become the model for Optimist clubs around the world. At regional, national and international meetings we are asked all the time about how our CNO 2.0 club and its meetings work.

Being a member of either club allows their members all the same opportunities to participate in fundraising and club activities. CNO 2.0 started in 2016 and is very much a part of the 52-year-old Centerville Noon Optimist Club. CNO has given away over $2 million during its history. CNO is a group of like-minded members that are passionate about helping youth and having fun in the process.

The speaker at each 2.0 meeting is someone with a local business success story.

The Centerville Noon Optimist and its clubs within a club have annual fundraisers and community activities.

Annual Fundraisers

  • Christmas Tree Lot, located behind the Centerville BMV
  • Avenue of Flags
  • Golf Outing

Major Activities for the youth in our community

  • Build-a-Bear at Children’s Hospital, 3 times a year
  • Fishing Derby in June
  • Kid’s Day in the Park in August
  • Easter Egg Hunt

CNO Donations 2013 through September 2019

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 $700,000.

CNOtes – January 14, 2020 – CLUB DAY – Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Committee Presentation

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Phather Phil did not provide a copy of his prayer this week – he said to tell all club members to come to lunch at noon and hear it in person!

Today’s Guests – WELCOME!

Guest Guest Of
Corky Katz Kristine Balsan
Mike Kistler Dave Kaye
Kristen Marks Gary DeMarco
Mary Stahley Jerry Stahley
Kate Trangenstein Jessie Lightle
Ralph Young Charlie Tapp

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Committee Announcements

Judy DeMarco announced that last week’s speaker Jenell Ross sent CNO a thank you note and a donation to the CNO scholarship fund.

Cherie Gentry announced that the quarterly Great Ohio District meeting in Columbus will be 2/15/2020. CNO will be receiving several awards. There is still time to sign up. Contact Cherie for forms to attend. The deadline for early bird pricing is January 23, 2020. CNO will pay the fee for you to attend. Send completed forms to Roland Rapp.

Jean Pummill will be taking over the PDP and PGI programs from Myron. Check with her for updated passport books and for help using this program to help your personal growth and to enhance your value to the club and community.

Gary Hansen, the Will Cale scholarship chair, said that the committee has just received the next batch of candidates for this scholarship. The scholarship is given to students overcoming a significant disadvantage. CNO provides 3-year scholarships to Sinclair Community College. The next meeting will be before lunch at 11:15 AM on 1/21/2020 at Yankee Trace before the CNO lunch meeting. Come and learn more about how you can help. There will be information about becoming a mentor or helping in other ways.

Katie Calloway, the  social media chair, asked if you would please like CNO on Facebook. Contact her if you would like to join the committee. She said if you are a committee chair and have announcements contact her and she will get them on Facebook.

Bob Lawson announced that the Fishing Derby will be June 6, 2020. The website has the latest information and the 2020 registration form and can be found here.

Committee Meetings

  • 1/21/2020, 6 PM, Monthly board meeting at Woodbourne Library
  • 2/12/2020, 6 PM, Golf Committee at Buckeye Home Health Care on Paragon Rd. Future meetings will be 3/18/2020, 4/15/2020, 5/13/2020, 6/17/2020, 7/8/2020

Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf 2020 Volunteer Opportunities

Today was CNO “Club Day”. Instead of an outside speaker, Mike Bevis and Judy DeMarco presented information about last year’s golf outing and how you can help with the 2020 outing. The 2020 golf outing will be 6 months from now on Monday, July 13, 2020. This will the 29th golf fundraiser for CNO.

The CNO Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf fundraiser is the premier golf outing of Dayton. If you would like to play in the tournament be sure to register early as it sells out every year. You can get a registration form here.

The golf committee is comprised of about 25 members and they help produce the best golf outing in the Dayton area. Starting in January, the committee meets once a month. Any member can join the committee. The meetings are fun as well as functional.

Net proceeds from the 2019 fundraiser was $50,000. A third of the money each year is donated to Dayton Children’s Hospital. They use the funds to help disadvantaged families afford the travel expenses to get their children to and from the hospital for their childhood cancer treatments.

The outing is held at Sycamore Country Club. Mike is often asked why the outing is held at a private country club. He said it was because there is more flexibility in bringing in our own supplies, such as food, drinks, ice, etc.

Several committee members spoke today about areas where you can help:

  • Pat Behn runs the golfer registration process on the day of the outing.
  • Barbara Santo, Val Huff and Vida McDowell organize the silent auction. All items are donated for the 60 baskets they make. The silent auction typically raises about $8000. They need donations of items for the baskets. Gift cards make excellent donations.
  • Donna Huss handles the various mailings and coordinates ice and beer delivery.
  • Golfers are presented with gift bags with goodies in them from sponsors. This process needs a new person to be in charge. Let Mike Bevis know if you would like to be that person. Thank you to Ellie Parker for handling this for several years.
  • Wendy Hattan takes care of posting updates on Facebook.
  • Denise O’Neill and her family cook the food donated by Dorothy Lane Market.
  • Vince Reidy works on getting donations from area automobile dealers.
  • Chris Ziehler works on getting donations of gift certificates from local area golf courses for foursomes with carts.
  • Gary DeMarco is the coordinator of the day. His team uses golf carts to make sure things are setup for the day. This includes tables, drink stations, beverage stations, and people to monitor the hole in one prize station. Volunteers work 3 hours shifts. They can always use more volunteers. You do not need to know how to play golf to help.

Scroll down to the bottom of this blog entry to read he full report about the 2019 golf outing.

Thank Notes sent to CNO

You can read recent thank you notes here.

CNO Donations 2013 through September 2019

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 $700,000.community.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Bob Duffy January 15
Barbara Santo January 17
Myron Rheaume January 20

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Susan Thomsen January 14 1/14/1997 23
Deb Ulrich January 18 1/18/2017 3
Dick Lee January 18 1/18/2017 3
Lynne Reilly January 18 1/18/2017 3
Pam Miller January 18 1/18/2017 3
Shawn Thacker January 18 1/18/2017 3
Gary DeMarco January 20 1/20/2016 4

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
D Ralph Young Charlie Tapp 2nd Reading
Michael Kistler Dave Kay 1st Reading
Kristen Marks Gary De Marco 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Gentlemen that did not stand when given these instructions. If you are the best looking guy at each table please stand up.
Chris McAlpine Buying a Tesla
Jerry Stahley Don Kelley claimed Mary Stahley as his guest today, even though Mary was sitting right next to Jerry. Jerry was therefore fined for not bringing a guest today.
Fred Polizzi Stealing the bell
Scott Langer Didn’t think lunch was special enough.

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Bob Duffy LSU won the NCAA National Football Championship.
Donna Huss Grandson married a wonderful girl last Saturday. David Ladd officiated the ceremony.
Jay McAlpine Attended the Lady Gaga show recently in Las Vegas.
Lynne Reilly Attending today’s lunch meeting.

CNOtes – January 7, 2020 – Community Champion Award Presentation

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Phather Phil did not provide a copy of his prayer this week – he said to tell all club members to come to lunch at noon and hear it in person!

Today’s Guests – WELCOME!

Sue Bicknell
Ann Christie
Jeff Danner
Brian Hogarth
Mike Kistler
Sybil Martin
Yvonne Petty
Jenell Ross
Andrea White
Ralph Young

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Social Events

1/19/2020, 2 PM – Sunday, U.D.  Women’s basketball game followed by a group meal at the Spaghetti Warehouse. Tickets are $5.00 for the game and dinner at Spaghetti Warehouse is on your own. Sign up at lunch or contact Beth Duncan.

Optimist Community Champion 2019, Jenell Ross

Mike Bevis and Judy DeMarco discussed our annual Optimist Community Champion award.

Mike Bevis notes

Five years ago, we started our Optimist Community Champion recognition. If you are new to the club, you probably are asking what is a community champion?

It is the goal of your club and your committee to honor unsung and unrecognized citizens who have gone over and above to make a difference in our community.

These community leaders can be from any walks of life. They could be a coach, a neighbor, a mentor, a teacher, a businessperson, a doctor or even a member of our club.

Over the past years we have received numerous recommendations and have spoken with many worthy citizens in our community. We have found so many who are worthy of such awards, so we always have our work cut out for us.

Why do we recognize these worthy individuals? Well that is up to you…on your tables, you have forms where you can nominate the next honoree or pass it on to someone else. Make sure you check this out or go to the website and download one. There are many unsung heroes out there.

We are always searching for people who have given back. Ones who have touched someone. Someone who has gone over and above. A person who has provided hope and a positive vision to bring out the best in our community. We were looking for people who have dedicated their life or career to encourage friendship among all people or have encouraged the development of youth to advance the well-being of life in our community.

Judy DeMarco notes

We have been honored to find that there are a few special unsung members in our community who have been recognized as Community Champions.

In the past few years, we have honored the following community champions:

  • Lisa Elam Tucker, owner of Bill’s Donuts
  • Randy Eldridge, former manager of the Kroger Market Place
  • Marc Colclasure of Synergy Family Therapy
  • Karen Chatman, a special education teacher
  • Greg and Tiffany Moehl who started the First Dawn food pantry in Centerville.
  • Dean & Mindy Heyne foster parents for more than 35 special needs children
  • Tonya Johns who started Operation Prom Dress
  • Jani Rice a 35-year veteran nurse at Dayton Children’s Hospital

 

It is the goal of your club and your committee to continue to honor these unsung and unrecognized citizens who have gone over and above to make a difference in our community.

Tom Novak’s nomination of today’s recipient

This Club’s “Community Champion” Award is our way of reaching out into our community to recognize those who have stepped forward to also “give back” in their own special way.  Today, we recognize Jenell Ross as our Community Champion of 2019.

As the President of the Bob Ross Auto Group in Centerville since 2010, we might assume that this role may prevent her from actively involving herself in giving back to our larger community.  Those of us who had the opportunity to hear from her as our featured speaker at our 2.0 meeting in August of last year, know differently.

My introduction to Jenell’s generosity came thru her support of our Avenue of Flags program as one of our earliest subscribers, and the first of all the auto dealerships on Loop Road; then, at the beginning of last year, in a time of explosive growth of flags, (but still in need of additional flag-carrying vehicles), she responded to us with the use of a vehicle from her dealership – all 5 holidays.

I learned that she has been active in many community groups and community causes – too many for me to mention at this time, but they are best illustrated when, in 2018, the Presidents Club of Dayton presented her the Citizen Legion of Honor Award for her outstanding volunteer leadership. 

In 2010, she formed the Norma Ross Foundation to honor her mother after her mother lost her battle to breast cancer.  I hope she will share some thoughts on the efforts of that foundation which has raised over $300,000.

This past summer, when the tornado devastated our Dayton community, she partnered with the Red Cross and was at the forefront collecting and delivering items for those in immediate need. 

Jenell’s spirit of “giving back” continues to make a difference in the lives of many in our community – please give her a warm welcome.

Jenell Ross Acceptance Speech

Jenell Ross is President of Bob Ross Auto Group which celebrated 45 years of business in 2019.

She feels she was chosen for this award because of her parents. Her parents always had everyone in her family giving back to the community. She grew up thinking this is what everyone did.  Giving back and being involved in the community is part of life. She appreciates that she and her team can give back. The 100 employees of her company make it possible for her to have the time to give back.

She lost her mother Norma J Ross to breast cancer in 2010. Jenell started the Norma J. Ross Memorial Foundation. Their website is pinkribbondriven.org. To date they have raised $350,000 for the American Cancer Society. The foundation also helps make breast cancer screening available for those who are under served.

She thanked CNO for the honor and she looks forward to working with CNO and the community.

Thank Notes sent to CNO

You can read recent thank you notes here.

CNO Donations 2013 through September 2019

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 $700,000.community.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Ted Humphrey January 7
Laura Caschera January 8
Wilma Quarin January 8
Don Massie January 10
Bill Williams January 11
Jesse Gaither January 11
Jordan Feldkamp January 11
Candace Rinke January 11
Joe Soucy January 12
Rob Jones January 13

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Greg McAfee January 7 1/7/2008 12
John Speers January 7 1/7/2008 12

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
D Ralph Young Charlie Tapp 1st Reading
Jay Schindler Mike Bevis Induction

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Gary Smiga Picture in the paper at UD basketball game under the basket
Brandon Barrett For trying to pardon himself from future fines on last day of being a sergeant
Donna Huss For trying to pardon herself from future fines on last day of being a sergeant
Judge Long For helping Donna Huss and Brandon Barrett try to exempt themselves from fines on their last day of being  sergeants
Christine Balsan and Wes Cleaves For showing up at the lunch meeting 12/10/2019 when it was cancelled since the holiday party was that night
Chris McAlpine Letting his wife and children run out of gasoline
Art Hung Accusing sergeant Jay McAlpine of wearing a clip on tie
Gary Anderson For never inviting Jay McAlpine to a CNO lunch meeting
Doug Reno Left CNO holiday party early

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Dr. Dan Passidomo Welcomed a new grandson
Doug Reno Welcomed a new grandchild; He celebrated by buying a truck from today’s speaker Jenell Ross from Ross Auto Group
Cherie Gentry The Toys for Tots organization that she chairs went from helping 500 kids in 2018 to 2300 for 2019
Gary Hansen Finished Master Bedroom remodel after starting the project in April 2018
Gary Hansen 45th wedding anniversary
Jack Anderson Minnesota Vikings won their playoff game
Bob Burkman 57th wedding anniversary
Myron Rheaume Thankful for the Optimist Creed helping him through many relatives health challenges over the holiday season
Myron Rheaume Thankful for how much CNO gets to give away from happy bucks and fines
Myron Rheaume This spring at the original site of the first Optimist Club, the Great Lakes region will have their first regional meeting (CNO is part of this region)

CNOtes – December 17, 2019 – Anne Sheehan – “Acts of Kindness”

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Friendship Prayer

I asked the Lord to bless you
As I prayed for you today
To guide you and protect you
As you go along your way
His love “is always with you”
His promises are true
And when we give Him all our cares
You know He will see us through
So when the road your traveling on
Seems difficult at best
Just remember I’m here praying –
And God will do the rest.

Today’s Guests – WELCOME!

Guest Guest Of
Colin Kroger Ron Tinnerman
Anne Sheehan Speaker
Vicki Thompson Ron Thompson

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Holiday Break

Remember that there will be no lunch meeting on 12/24/2019 and 12/31/2019. The next CNO lunch meeting will be 1/7/2020. If you do show up on 12/24/2019 or 12/31/2019, be sure to let the new sergeants know for the 1/7/2020 meeting.

Announcements

Nancy Lehren announced that the 2 parties on the for the USO Build-a-Bear event went great. She gave special thanks to Diane Arehart for overseeing the afternoon event in her absence.

Christy Gariety thanked everyone who took part in making Adopt-a-Family another huge success this year.

Happy Birthday to Several Members

There are people that we never get to experience singing Happy Birthday to because their birthday lands during our holiday break. Bob Duffy led us in singing a special holiday version for these individuals that was just as bad as usual.

Happy Birthday was sung to Liz Fultz, Jeff Brown, Cindy Gaboury, Paul Boeckman, Debe Dockins, Steve Mock, Jeff Papanek, Dave Kay, Molly Petsch, Christine Balsan, Kelly Stone, Sonny Singhvi, Rafael Santillan, and Joe Madden.

Thanks, Stan Fronzaglia, for suggesting the idea!

50/50 Drawing

Gary Smiga won $64.00 in today’s 50/50 drawing. He donated it to today’s speaker, Anne Sheehan, so she could buy more Acknowledging Acts of Kindness cards.

Anne Sheehan from Acknowledge Acts of Kindness Club

Jean Pummill introduced Anne Sheehan who started the Acknowledge Acts of Kindness Club (AAOK) in our area. She has been spreading the word by passing out cards and is hoping to speak to more people about spreading the word. More information can be found at aaokdayton.org. There is also a Facebook page.

Anne and her husband moved to the Dayton area because her kids all went to UD and they have 10 grandchildren that all live around here.

In March 2019, Anne and her husband visited the Villages in Florida, which is a 55 and over community. It was here that she read an article in The Villages Daily Sun about AAOK founded by Joe Santoro and Lindsay Collier in February 2019. She met with them. She asked if she could take the program and logo to Dayton and they immediately agreed.

Anne believes strongly in this program and its message. The point of the program is to acknowledge when you notice an act of kindness by giving a business card with a special message and thanking the person who performed the act of kindness. Anne will give a stack of business cards to anyone who requests them so they also can acknowledge acts of kindness. Anne’s hope is by giving these cards to anyone who asks for them, more people will think about being kind to others. She makes no money off of this program.

Anne put a box of business cards on each of the lunch tables today and they were taken by members in attendance. You can use her website to ask for more cards for free to hand out.

Anne has met with several individuals and schools in the area. These meetings have led to many more cards being distributed. They have included:

  • Centerville HS and many other local and Dayton schools
  • Centerville Mayor Brooks Compton
  • Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley

She assures us we will enjoy giving out the cards when we witness an act of kindness. She said we will get more back than the effort it takes giving the cards.

Anne shared three personal stories about handing out AAOK cards.

She told us the story about her recent interaction with a local Hallmark store employee. Anne gave her a card because of the help the employee gave her. The employee said she had received 6 cards in the last 2 weeks.

Another example Anne gave occurred at Kroger’s recently. She was putting groceries in her car. A young woman was coming towards the store with her own cart ready to shop. She noticed that Anne was almost finished emptying her cart and smiled and said, “I will return your cart to the store for you.” Anne thought that was so nice of her and handed her a card. She got a huge smile on her face and thanked Anne.

Another instance was a friend of Anne’s forgetting a golf club in the pro shop at our golf club. This friend already had AAOK cards from Anne. It was a very hot day. One of the young men in the pro shop spotted the golf club she had forgotten to take. The young man from the pro shop went out into the crowded parking lot and tracked her down to return the club to her. She was so thankful and handed him an AAOK card as well. He was so surprised and loved its message as well.

She thanked CNO for letting us speak and looks forward to us spreading the word about Acknowledging Acts of Kindness.

Suggestions from AAOK Website for Handing Out Cards

  • Give then a warm smile. Look for a return smile.
  • Compliment and thank them for what they did (everyone likes compliments).
  • Tell them a bit about the club and its purpose.
  • Offer them a couple of cards to pass on.
  • Tell them to keep up the good work and end with a Thumbs Up (universal sign) and a smile.

Example conversation, “Hi, I couldn’t help but notice that you have a great attitude (or just did something very kind, etc) and when I see that, I always like to recognize these efforts by giving you two of these cards – one to recognize you for what you’ve just done and the other for you to give to someone else. That way we can help spread a culture of kindness together. Thank you again for your attitude/kindness.”

New CNO Sergeant’s Decree of Immunity

Judge Jim long read the new “Decree of Immunity”. This decree is in the hope of sparing the current sergeants Donna Huss and Brandon Barrett from future pain and suffering in retribution from the incoming and future sergeants. This was just in time as this is their last time to be in charge for this quarter.

You can read the decree here.

Thank Notes sent to CNO

You can read recent thank you notes here.

CNO Donations 2013 through June 2019

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 $700,000.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Liz Fultz December 18
Jeff Brown December 19
Cindy Gaboury December 19
Paul Boeckman December 22
Debe Dockins December 22
Steve Mock December 25
Jeff Papanek December 26
Dave Kay December 27
Molly Petsch December 28
Christine Balsan December 28
Kelly Stone December 29
Sonny Singhvi January 1
Rafael Santillan January 1
Joe Madden January 3

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Scott Langer December 30 12/30/1997 22
Bill Stone January 1 1/1/1977 43
Bob Duffy January 1 1/1/1988 32
Jim Rumford January 1 1/1/1990 30
Paul Stull January 1 1/1/1970 50
Will Cale January 1 1/1/1976 44
John Carroll January 3 1/3/2012 8

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Stephen Rau Tom Novak Induction
JoAnne Rau Tom Novak Induction
Debbie Parks Beth Duncan 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Evelyn Griffin and Gail Aiken Singing Christmas songs before the December 3rd meeting.
Louise Haun Missing 3 meetings in a row.
Joan Cordonnier, Gail Aiken, Roy Barclay Being humble about receiving the Christian D. Larson award last week at the Holiday party.
Myron Rheaume Calling in sick for a tree lot shift.
John Kalaman Balancing a cup of chili on top of 4 cup soup holder on tree delivery day.
Carolyn Taylor Senior moment saying she was part of the Rotary Club.
Stan Fronzaglia Standing too close to a sergeant and getting wine spilled on himself.
Greg Griffin, Beth Duncan, Diane Arehart Typo on name cards at holiday party for Gary and Nancy Hansen.
Martin Huffstutler Misprounouncing Center Stage’s name.
Steve Linder Lost his hat.

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Deb Saunders $5 for her Uncle TW Saunders, a WWII veteran who was honored at the Charleston WV Veteran’s Day Celebration.  He will be 103 years old next week!
David Duncombe Grandson finishing 3 years of residency, he just turned 29, is a graduate of CHS, Miami University and Toledo.
Tim Clemmer Glad there was no test fitting of the unclaimed underwear from the tree lot.
Roy Barclay Honored to receive Christian D. Larson award last week at the Holiday party.
Dan Beck Two grand kids were born in October.
Sue Brubaker A soldier she met at the USO party where she helped with Build-a-Bear said that today, the CNO volunteers were the heroes.
Myron Rheaume Thank you for the cards and condolences for the loss of his brother.
Gail Aiken Honored to receive Christian D. Larson award last week at the Holiday party.