CNOtes 11/9/21: In Memory of Phather Phil Robinson and All About Our Christmas Tree Lot Fundraiser

In Loving Memory of Phil Robinson

Our own Phil Robinson died on November 4, 2021 at the age of 96. He joined the Centerville Noon Optimist Club on April 1, 1982. Many knew him by his other name, “Phather Phil.” He wrote and gave the prayer each week to start CNO lunch meetings for decades. His prayers often had a fun twist or play on words with a good message. He started each meeting with, “Good afternoon Nooners!” I find it very interesting that his join date was April Fool’s Day. He was always so happy and had a grin that seemed to say, “I just told a joke that might have crossed the line and would you like to hear another one?”

Stories Shared about Phather Phil

Kelly Stone said for years Phil loved helping with the Christmas Jars. He would be so excited to buy lots of rolls of quarters, with his own money, and then going to her office to fill the jars. The jars were distributed anonymously to those who might benefit from a little boost at Christmas.

Don Kelley said that for good luck, Phil always had green life savers in his pocket when playing golf. Phil never took a penalty shot for a lost ball because, “Losing the ball is penalty enough!”

Gail Aiken said she, Gary, Phil and Tom Fraizer often played golf together. Phil and Tom had a lot of bets with each other. The last time Phil played with Tom at Yankee Trace, Tom had parred the first 2 holes. After Tom had passed away Phil was playing with her and Gary, and Phil parred the first 2 holes. On the third hole, Phil hit the green on his drive. As they approached the green a hailstorm came up so they could not finish the hole. Phil looked towards the sky and said, “Damn you Frazier – you just couldn’t let me beat you!”

Ted Humphrey remembers Phil’s last round of golf. Phil only played 6 holes. On a par 5, Phil hit a good shot off the tee. When his swing should have been complete, his body kept rotating with the club, and he fell over backwards. Smiling, Phil requested to be dragged back to the cart. He went on to par the hole.

In Loving Memory of Philip Edward Robinson

Phil wrote his own obituary.

Philip E. Robinson aka Phather Phil

I left you all on 11-4-2021. I’ve had a good long life since 07-26-25. I’ve seen the passing of my parents, Philip & Gladys, my wife, Eileen, and our son, Dan. But I’ve had the good fortune of still having our daughter, Terry Burns and her husband, Dick, and our son, Douglas “Skip” Robinson. Four granddaughters, Tammy Hyman and her husband, Dan, Tiffany Gardner and her husband, Ryan, Heather Brom and Sarah Criscola and her husband, Paul, and one grandson, Tim Collins. Each of the girls knew they were my favorite. Lol. One of the joys of having a long life are seeing your great grandchildren. I had seven! Aaron, Zachary, and Sarah Hyman, Jaxon and Blake Gardner, and Weston and Finley Criscola.

I’ve enjoyed many friends, in particular those of my church, the church without walls, and Centerville Noon Optimist who bring out the best in kids and yourself and, of course, Lynne Reilly. Having been blessed so richly, I hope I was a blessing to all who knew me. My parting advice is if you want to live the good life, be the kind of person that when your feet hit the floor in the morning, the devil says “Oh crap they are up.”

Donations to the Memory of Phil Robinson

In lieu of flowers, please donate in his name to:

  • Restoration Church Re: Mortgage Fund or
  • Noon Optimist Club of Centerville Re: Long Term Planning (PO Box 750492, Centerville, OH 45475).

Announcements

  • Debe Dockins announced that she is looking for volunteers to do face painting at the Centerville Hometown Holiday Walk on Sunday, 11/21/2021 from 2-4 PM. The event is put on by the Heart of Centerville and Washington Township organization (of which CNO is a member).
  • Christy Gariety, Adopt-a-Family co-chair, announced that she and Sue Jessee are accepting $50 gift cards at CNO lunches and on Christmas Tree Delivery Day (Nov 20) with activation code receipts from Kohl’s, Target, or Walmart to be given to families this holiday season. The cards need to be received by 11/29/2021. You may also mail the gift cards with the activation receipts and a note stating, “From Centerville Noon Optimist Member”, to Centerville Schools, Adopt A Family Program, 111 Virginia Ave, Centerville OH 45458. Email her if you send a donation.
  • Debe Dockins said we need volunteers to bring soups and chilis for tree delivery day at the tree lot on November 20th, 2021. She is looking for 17 slow cookers hot and ready to go with soup. You can also sign up to bring corn muffins, cookies, or brownies.
  • Jesse Gaither announced the next CNO 2.0 event is on 11/18/2021 at Loose Ends Brewing Company at Spring Valley and Route 48.
  • Greg Griffin announced the tree lot will be open 11/26/2021. The shifts all end by 8 PM each evening. Please show up for your assigned shifts to help with one of your club’s major fundraisers.
  • Craig Dring announced that the TOP Optimist Club is selling Poinsettia’s for $15 as a fundraiser. Delivery will be December 7, 2021 at the noon lunch meeting.
  • Bill Stone, the Ohio district chair for the OI Foundation (OIF) last year, said donations to the OIF were way up last year. CNO’s generosity is also really up. The newest CNO members of the President’s Club, donating $250 or more to OIF, are: Gary Aiken, Diane Arehart, Christine Balsan, Mike Bevis, Greg Fay, Gary Smiga, and Bill Williams. The Optimist International Foundation was established in 1971 exclusively for the charitable, literary, and educational purposes of Optimist International. Thanks to all that donated. Giving to OIF increased by $1 million over the previous year to $2.4 million.
  • Greg Griffin announced that last weekend was the Great Ohio District Conference. There were 51 attendees. Debe Dockins is the newest Lieutenant Governor for Zone 3. There was a service project making journals for Crayons to Classroom which earns us the right to give a “shop” at Crayons to Classroom to a teacher in one of our schools. Fundraiser ideas were shared between clubs. If you have not been to a district meeting before, you should consider going. They are fun and you will learn a lot as well

Dates to Remember

  • 11/18/2021, 5:30 PM, CNO 2.0 Meeting at Loose Ends Brewing Company
  • 11/20/2021, 8 AM to 11 AM, Tree Delivery Day, no need to sign up, please just show up
  • 11/26/2021, The Tree Lot opens for sales to the public. Your Team captain will let you know when you are scheduled to volunteer.

CNO Christmas Tree Lot Fundraiser

Gary Hansen introduced Greg Griffin, a co-chair for the Christmas Tree lot. Greg went over our annual Christmas Tree Fundraiser. Karl Frydryk is the other co-chair. This is the 53rd time we have held the Christmas Tree Lot Fundraiser.

You can view the tree lot presentation slide deck here

The tree lot opens on November 26, 2021 and we should be closed by December 11, 2021. Every evening the tree lot will close at 8 PM.

The tree lot is located behind the Centerville BMV and City Hall, at 104 W. Spring Valley Rd. Remember that the BMV is open during the week and Saturdays, so please do not park there or at city hall. Park at Walgreens or over by The Famous restaurant.

Everyone in the club is assigned to a team and each team has been assigned shifts to work. By now, you should have been contacted by your tree lot team captain. Please show up for your shifts to help share the work with your fellow club members to raise money for our community youth scholarships, contests, programs and other community youth related donations!

Tree Delivery Day

Two trucks with 840 trees need to be unloaded on November 20th, 2021, from 8 AM to 11 AM. Donuts and coffee will be available. After we are done there will be several hot soups and chilis to enjoy. No need to sign up, just show up. We need everyone who can to help please. There are jobs that do not require lifting.

Normally we purchase 990 trees, but there is a severe shortage of Christmas Trees and we are lucky to be getting 840 trees. It helped that we have a long history of purchasing from our 2 suppliers.

What is the Christmas Tree Lot?

  • Major CNO Club Fundraiser
  • Club Showcase Opportunity
  • Social Opportunity
  • A tradition for our Customers

Tips for the Tree Lot

  • Wear layered clothes to keep you warm
  • Bring gloves that can get dirty with tree sap
  • Wear boots that you don’t mind getting muddy or getting tree sap on them
  • When you arrive at the lot for a sales shift, go into the sales trailer, mark that you were there and grab your name tag

Tree Lot Services Members Provide

  • Sales
  • Taking Trees off Stands
  • Spinning Trees Around
  • Carrying Trees
  • Fresh cut off the bottom of trees
  • Load trees in trucks or tying them to the tops of cars
  • Delivery within 7 miles for $10 – we do not take the trees inside of homes

Items Sold at the Tree Lot

  • Frazier and Balsam Firs
  • Douglas Fir
  • Scotch Pine
  • Door Sprays
  • Pine Roping
  • Tree Stands
  • Wreaths and Hangers
  • Bags for tree disposal
  • Bottles of Prolong Christmas Tree Preservative
  • Optimist Ornament

Additional Information

  • We accept Cash, Check or Credit Cards.
  • Ask parents before you offer their kids a candy cane.
  • Do not negotiate the price of a tree. Remind customers if they ask for a discount that our trees are of the highest quality and we are fundraising to support youth in their community.
  • We have occasionally agreed to donate a tree for a few needy causes. There is a form to fill out and someone will investigate that the request is legitimate.
  • CNO members that volunteer for sales shifts get a discount on trees they purchase.
  • Do Not Park at the BMV or the City Hall when they are open. Park at the Famous or Walgreens instead.
  • There is a Port-o-Potty on site.
  • We may close early in bad weather.
  • We have a truck we borrow from Voss for tree delivery. It is very important that before you drive the truck you must make a copy of your drivers license and sign the driver log.

Thank You

Thank you, Greg Griffin, for telling us about our annual Christmas Tree Lot fundraiser.

Thanks to all CNO members for helping with one of our very successful fundraisers. We cannot do it without the generous time of our members.

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Mark PolingStan Franzaglia2nd Reading

Welcome Guests!

GuestGuest Of
Caroline LieblBob Duffy

Happy Bucks

No Happy Bucks this week.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Membership Anniversaries

No club anniversaries this week (this is RARE)

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Ken IrwinNovember 9
Dean HeyneNovember 10
Becky KeeganNovember 12
Kelly GeorgeNovember 12

CNO Donations – 2013 through September 2021

Click here to see a summary of donations the club has made since 2013

Thank You Notes Received

No Thank You Notes were received this week.

Links to PowerPoint and Pictures

A Copy of this Week’s Meeting PowerPoint Slide Deck is here

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.

CNOtes 11/2/21: World War II Veteran, D. Ralph Young

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

God in heaven,

November is a time of falling leaves, trees becoming bare, browning grass and less sunlight in our day.  Just as in our lives here on earth, it is but a season.  And a season that includes a holiday designed around giving thanks.  While we know we have days with less light in our future, help us not to focus on the dark, but instead to have grateful hearts, focusing on our cherished memories and looking optimistically into the future.

Amen.

Announcements

  • Tom Novak announced that Avenue of Flags will be putting out flags for Veteran’s Day on November 9 and retrieving them on November 15. Please contact Tom Novak if you can help with either of these days. They need a lot more volunteers.
  • Debe Dockins said we need volunteers to bring soups and chilis in slow cookers hot and ready to go for tree delivery day at the tree lot on November 20th, 2021. You can also bring corn muffins, cookies, or brownies.
  • Jesse Gaither announced the next CNO 2.0 event is on 11/18/2021 at Loose Ends Brewery located at Spring Valley and 48.
  • Carol Smerz and Mike Bevis reported that on Halloween afternoon 60 kids came through the St. Leonard Haunted Halloween Trick or Treat Drive through. A big CNO thank-you to those who volunteered.
  • Christy Gariety, Adopt-a-Family co-chair, announced that she and Sue Jessee are accepting $50 gift cards at CNO lunches and on Christmas Tree Delivery Day (Nov 20) with activation code receipts from Kohl’s, Target, or Walmart to be given to families this holiday season. The cards need to be received by 11/29/2021. You may also mail the gift cards with the activation receipts and a note stating, “From Centerville Noon Optimist Member”, to Centerville Schools, Adopt A Family Program, 111 Virginia Ave, Centerville OH 45458. Email her if you send a donation.
  • Greg Griffin announced the tree lot will be open 11/26/2021. The shifts all end by 8 PM each evening. Please show up for your assigned shifts to help with one of your club’s major fundraisers.

Dates to Remember

  • 11/15/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting
  • 11/18/2021, 5:30 PM, CNO 2.0 Meeting at Loose Ends Brewery
  • 11/20/2021, 8 AM to 11 AM, Tree Delivery Day, no need to sign up, please show up if available
  • 11/26/2021, The Tree Lot opens for sales to the public. Your Team captain will let you know when they can use your help

World War II Veteran D. Ralph Young

Debe Dockins introduced World War II Veteran, D. Ralph Young. Ralph is an engineer, author and has been a CNO Member since 1/23/2020.

From Debe Dockins:

In honor of Veterans Day, it’s only fitting that we welcome one of our own to tell his story. David Ralph Young was born in Kentucky in 1925. He volunteered for the Navy after his 17th birthday and was assigned in February 1944 to the U.S.S. J. Franklin Bell, surviving four D-Day invasions in the Pacific Theatres of Saipan, Tinian, Leyte, and Okinawa. He was discharged in 1946 (almost 3 years), graduated from the University of Kentucky, and went on to develop electrical power projects throughout the US, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. He was subsequently inducted into UK’s College of Engineering Hall of Distinction in 2006. That same year he lost his first wife Charlotte after nearly 60 years of marriage. In 2007 he married Janice and he credits her for the encouragement and help to author three books. Please give a warm welcome to fellow Optimist member and Veteran D. Ralph Young.

Presentation, World War II: The War in the Pacific

D.Ralph Young’s presentation was titled World War II: The War in the Pacific. You can view his presentation slides here.

Before he stated his presentation, Ralph asked for all WWII vets to stand up. There were three men standing in the room: CNO member David Duncombe, Ralph’s friend Francis Underwood and, of course, D. Ralph Young. Then he asked for all veterans to stand and we all clapped and cheered for the numerous CNO members who have served our country.

Ralph said he has had the most fantastic life anyone could hope for. He served with many brave and courageous soldiers. During the war, his mother constantly prayed for him. He has felt protected by God his whole life.

Ralph has two passions in life:  engineering and telling the world about what his fellow soldiers did to win the war in the Pacific.

Amphibious Personnel Attack Ships (APA)

Ralph served nearly three years on the USS J Franklin Bell (APA 16). An APA has 3 major roles:

  • Pick up troops at their base and land them on the island to be invaded.
  • Supply troops with material and equipment needed to meet battle conditions.
  • To accomplish the above, each APA would send in with the troops a group called “Beach Party” to make repairs to boats/guns and to move supplies and equipment away from the beach.

The Pacific Theater in WWII

Ralph showed a map from 1942 of everything Japan occupied after Pearl Harbor, which was an amazing amount of land in the Pacific. Japan’s plan was to continue to conquer. Japan was ominous in their aggression with 400,000 battle hardened soldiers and another 800,000 soldiers ready for battle. The struggle was figuring out how to fight the Japanese. FDR did not want to start a war with Japan until after the Germans were defeated but this changed after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.  America decided to liberate the countries Japan was occupying.

The Pacific theater was 20 times as large as Normandy. The freezing weather causing frostbite killed almost as many soldiers as enemy fire did. In total, 104,000 men were killed, 200,000 were wounded and 6600 were missing in action (MIA). The war claimed 96,466,660 civilian lives.

Killed to Wounded Ratio

Japanese soldiers believed dying in battle for the emperor would give them immortality. The killed to wounded ratio shows how vicious and ferocious Japanese soldiers could be. They would rather die than retreat. For American Troops in Europe/Pacific there was 1 killed for every 3 wounded. For Japanese Troops in the Pacific there was 18 killed for every 1 wounded.

Soldier Outcomes in the European Theater Compared to the Pacific

A soldier in the Pacific theater was 5 times more likely to be killed than in the European theater, 3 times more likely to be wounded and 2 times more likely to become a POW. The rate of death in POW camps in Europe was 1%, while in the Pacific it was 40%.

Coastwatcher Sir Jacob Vouza of Guadalcanal

Coastwatcher Sir Jacob Vouza was a native of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. He and other coastal residents such as area farmers would watch the coasts for war activities and report over short wave radios to the Allies.

On August 7, 1942 Sir Jacob Vouza rescued a pilot of a USS Wasp that was shot down and landed in Japanese-held territory, where he met the Marines for the first time.

On August 20, 1942 Japanese soldiers captured Vouza and found a small American flag in Vouza’s loincloth. The Japanese tied him to a tree and tortured him for information about the Allied forces. He was tortured for hours but refused to talk. When the Japanese gave up, to reduce the chance of being heard by the Allies they bayonetted him and left them to die. He was stabbed in both arms, his throat, shoulder, face and stomach. Sir Vouza escaped by chewing through his ropes and made his way through miles of jungle to American lines. He was crawling at the end of his trek. He would not accept medical attention until he relayed that an estimated 250 to 500 Japanese soldiers were coming in less than 30 minutes. Sir Vouza received 16 pints of blood and spent 12 days in the hospital. Within a few weeks, Sir Vouza was back to coast watching. He was knighted by the Queen of England and there is a memorial statue of Sir Jacob Vouza in Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands. The U.S. awarded him a Silver Star.

William O’Brien, a hero from the Battle of Saipan

William O’Brien from Troy, New York figured out American tanks were about to fire on their own troops. Radio contact failed, so O’Brien ran across an open battlefield under enemy fire. He used his .45 caliber pistol to bang on the turret to get the attention of the soldiers inside. He stayed on top of the tank until they were redirected. He came down from the tank, picked up a wounded soldier and carried him to safety.

This happened during Japan’s last effort with a banzai charge that involved 5000 men. O’Brien was fired up and running up and down the front-line shooting and shouting, “Don’t give them a darn inch.” He used all the ammo in his 2, .45 caliber pistols and he next picked up a rifle from a wounded comrade. After the rifle was empty, he ran to a jeep with a .50 Caliber Browning Machine Gun. After the battle they found O’Brien dead, but with dozens of dead Japanese troops around him.

Runway Able on North Field on Tinian in the Mariana Islands

After faking landings to confuse the enemy, the USS J Franklin Bell landed on Tinian. Coral on the coast made a normal landing impossible. It was Ralph’s job to position a barge over the coral so that men and jeeps could get to land.

The battle on Tinian started on July 24, 1944, and 8 days later 8000 of the 8800 Japanese troops on the island were dead.

Four months after the 8-day battle, Seabees build the busiest airfield in WWII on Tinian.

Runway Able on the island of Tinian should be the most historical airstrip on Earth. On August 6, 1945, the island of Tinian made history when the first of two planes took off from Runway Able, piloted by Colonel Tibbets, carrying an atomic weapon that was dropped on Hiroshima. On August 9, 1945, Major Sweeney left the same runway for Kokura but, finding clouds over Kokura, he went on to Nagasaki and dropped the second atomic weapon.

Ralph and his wife, Janice, visited Tinian Island in December, 2017 and found this historic airstrip covered in grass.

Currently Surviving World War II Veterans

There were 16 million American veterans of WWII immediately after the war. Currently, there are 170,000 veterans still alive.

Ralph thought for a while that he wanted to be the last vet standing from World War II. There are estimates from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs that there may be WWII vets alive until 2045. Ralph is currently 96 years old and no longer believes he will be the last man standing nor does he want to be.

Japanese Surrender

The surrender of Imperial Japan was formerly signed on September 2, 1945 aboard the United States Navy battleship USS Missouri.

Ralph described General MacArthur as a great General and a showman. Gun turrets on the USS Missouri were turned toward the signing table to make it feel that the surrender was done “under the gun.” It was already humiliating to have to sign a surrender on an enemy’s ship. MacArthur also made sure all the troops the Japanese walked by on the way to the signing table were over 6 feet tall.

Right after the signing, 400 – B-29’s and 400 – Hellcat and fighting planes all flew over the USS Missouri.

Sinking of the USS Indianapolis

The USS Indianapolis was FDR’s favorite ship to sail on and FDR toured South America on it. The USS Indianapolis delivered vital parts to Tinian to assemble 2 atomic bombs that were dropped on Japan. Soon after it left the island of Tinian the Japanese found the ship and fired torpedoes. There were direct hits to the fuel tanks. The ship sunk in 12 minutes and took 300 men with it. The remaining 900 sailors were left in shark infested water for days. The sharks claimed the lives of 150 sailors in the deadliest shark attack ever. Many of the surviving sailors eventually became desperately thirsty and started drinking the saltwater causing them to die from saltwater poisoning. Only 317 of the 900 who made it into the water survived. It was very sad since it all happened right before the end of the war.

Among the survivors was the captain of the Indianapolis, Charles B. McVay III. McVay was charged with failing to zigzag and failure to order abandon ship in a timely manner. He was convicted on the former charge.  The guilt of the loss haunted him for the rest of his life. On November 6th, 1968, McVay took his own life by shooting himself with his service pistol at his home in Litchfield, Connecticut. Following years of efforts by some survivors and others, McVay was posthumously exonerated in 2000.

On August 19, 2017, the ruins of the USS Indianapolis were located at a depth of 18,000 ft by the USS Indianapolis Project aboard the RV Petrel – a research vessel funded by American business magnate Paul Allen.

Thomas A. Baker, Troy New York

Another story of bravery is about Thomas A. Baker from Troy, New York. At a battle in Saipan there was a banzai charge and Baker was severely wounded and knew he was going to die. Baker had a medic prop him against a tree with a loaded pistol and a cigarette.  When the medic found Baker the next morning, he and 8 Japanese soldiers around him were dead and a cigarette butt was clinging to his lip.

Thank You D. Ralph Young

Thank you, D. Ralph Young, for sharing your experiences and stories from World War II and presenting, “World War II: The War in the Pacific” You can read about Ralph’s previous presentation to CNO on 11/5/2019 here.

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Tom YoungDebe DockinsInduction

Welcome Guests!

GuestGuest Of
Janet DixonRalph Young
Alan ElovitzRalph Young
Frank GillandRalph Young
Sally GillandRalph Young
Debbie PenceRalph Young
Fred PenceRalph Young
Mark PolingStan Fronzaglia
Dennis SmithBob Collins
Brian ThomasRalph Young
Danielle ThomasRalph Young
Francis UnderwoodRalph Young
Tim UnderwoodRalph Young
Janice YoungRalph Young

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Jesse GaitherDaughter at OU is finalist for the Margaret Boyd Scholar Program.

Sergeants at Arms

MemberInfraction
Tom NovakWhen he announced the Veterans Day Flag delivery Tom said it was in 2 weeks instead of 1 week.
Bob BurkmanPaying for a raffle ticket with quarters, The sergeants hate that!
Ellie ParkerTook two lanyards at first for her name tag.
Jerry StahleyAt a recent UD basketball game he sat in the wrong seat for the first half.
Scott LangerScott tried to fine someone when his term was up.
Don MassieShowed everyone up at the Haunted Trail by taking 5 laps each night.
Jesse GaitherAll papers were printed double sided so the sergeant did not have a blank piece of paper to write on.
Patrick ArehartHe did not return his name tag to the box after last week’s meeting.
Anyone who did not graduate from Miami UNot being a graduate of Miami U of OH. Current sergeants Diane Arehart and Jane Fiehrer are both MU grads.

Membership Anniversaries

MemberJoinedYears
Bob VogtNovember 8, 200516

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Wendy HattanNovember 2
Robin GoldenNovember 4
Judy McFaddenNovember 6
Drew MckenzieNovember 6
Charlie TappNovember 6
JoAnne RauNovember 7

CNO Donations – 2013 through September 2021

Click here to see a summary of donations the club has made since 2013

Thank You Notes Received

CLICK HERE to see the Thank You Notes the Club Received this Week

Links to PowerPoint and Pictures

A Copy of this Week’s Meeting PowerPoint Slide Deck is here

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.

CNOtes 10/26/21: Washington Centerville Public Library, Liz Fultz and Bill Menker

Announcements

  • Gary Hansen announced that Avenue of Flags will be putting out flags for Veteran’s Day on November 9 and retrieving on November 15. Please contact Tom Novak if you can help with either of these days. They need a lot more volunteers.
  • Christy Gariety, Adopt-a-Family co-chair, announced that she and Sue Jessee are accepting $50 gift cards at CNO lunches and on Christmas Tree Delivery Day (Nov 20) with activation code receipts from Kohl’s, Target, or Walmart to be given to families this holiday season. The cards need to be received by 11/29/2021. You may also mail the gift cards with the activation receipts and a note stating, “From Centerville Noon Optimist Member”, to Centerville Schools, Adopt A Family Program, 111 Virginia Ave, Centerville OH 45458. Email her if you send a donation.
  • Greg Griffin announced the tree lot will be open November 26. The shifts all end by 8 PM each evening. Please show up for your assigned shifts to help with one of your club’s major fundraisers.
  • Greg Griffin said we need lots of help on Saturday, November 6, to unload trailers and set up the Christmas Tree Lot in preparation for Saturday, November 20, when we need all hands on deck for tree delivery day!
  • Debe Dockins said thank you to Patrick and Diane Arehart for hosting the Wine and Beer Tasting last Saturday night. There were 32 at the party enjoying drinks, cabbage rolls, cherry cake, and cheesecake (all the C foods). It was delicious. Special thanks to Jerry Stahley for setting out the tables and chairs. It was a great event!
  • Mark Metzger, the Recreation director at the RecPlex, said that they had a great time helping with the Haunted Trail event a couple of weeks ago. He thanked CNO for choosing RecPlex for the event and for putting on the Fishing Derby each year.

Committee Meetings

  • 11/15/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting

Paul Stull honored by Centerville-Washington Foundation Community Founders Event

Debe Dockins, a board member of the Centerville-Washington Foundation (CWF), announced, that CWF honored Dr. Stull at their annual Founders Event on 10/7/2021. As part of that recognition, CNO is presenting Dr. Paul Stull the Optimist International President’s Citation for member achievement. Thank you, Paul, for your service to the Centerville Noon Optimists!

About Dr. Stull

Dr. Stull has been a community volunteer for more than 50 years, primarily known as a loving veterinarian with the Suburban Veterinary Clinic. Besides CNO, Paul has volunteered his time to the Washington-Centerville Public Library as a board member, Centerville-Washington Park District, Centerville Police and Montgomery County Sheriff’s office, Aullwood Audubon Center, Homeland Security Advisory Committee and the Miami Valley Council Boy Scouts of America.

Dr. Stull has been a member of the Centerville Noon Optimist Club since January 1, 1970 and he is the longest currently serving member of CNO.

You can watch the video Debe Dockins and others made to honor Dr. Stull that was shown today and at the CWF Founders Event here. The video is interesting and funny. Be sure to watch it through the big finale at the end.

Washington-Centerville Public Library

Debe Dockins introduced Liz Fultz and Bill Menker from the Washington-Centerville Public Library. Their presentation was called, “Building on the Past, Preparing for the Future.”

About Liz Fultz

Liz Fultz is the Director at the Washington-Centerville Public Library. Liz Fultz began her career at the library in 1996 in the Reference Department. She has held various roles before becoming the Director in 2019.

Liz has a Master of Library Science degree from the University of Kentucky and a Bachelor of Business degree from Morehead State University. She is the Oratorical Contest co-chair for the Centerville Noon Optimists. She and her husband Mark have two children and reside in Washington Township.

About Bill Menker

Bill Menker is the Patron Services Manager at Washington-Centerville Public Library. Born and raised in the Dayton area, Bill earned his Bachelor’s in Business Economics from Wright State University and has a Masters in Library & Information Science from Kent State University. He started at WCPL in 1999 as a Reference Librarian, eventually becoming the Adult Services Team Leader and then assuming his current role in 2019. Bill lives in Clayton with his wife, Mindy, two kids, Emily and Justin, three dogs and two cats. He is an avid maker (blacksmithing is his latest passion) and outdoorsman. Bill is a volunteer search and rescue technician and wilderness first responder with Ohio Special Response Team. He is also a Centerville Rotarian, but please do not hold that against him.

About Washington-Centerville Public Library

The library is a School District Library tracing its roots back to 1810, seven years after Ohio became a state.

The support of the local community is a key part of the library’s success. It is the 15th most used library in Ohio. Adjusted for population it serves the library is the second most used.

Over its 211 years the buildings, like the collection, have evolved. The 2018 renovation and expansion of Woodbourne Library was paid for by saving money for the previous 20 years. The meeting rooms have been used more than expected because of COVID, so the renovation being complete was great timing.

With more use of the digital collection, there are fewer in person visitors. However, the in-person usage of the library is now different, the patrons that come to the library stay longer.

Read more about library statistics here.

You can view their presentation slides here.

Robust Collections

  • 1.3 million items are checked out annually
  • More than 30,000 new items are added each year
  • The collection reflects patron wants and needs: This has expanded to electronic books and services; In 2016, 12% of checked out items were digital and in 2020, 30% of checked out items were digital

Patron testimonial, “Thank you for your part in my children’s love of reading. Every week I have the joy of bringing them a bag full of gifts for them to dive into. You provide these gifts, which has helped to ignite their love for reading.”

-S. Puckett

Engaging Programs

  • Multiple programming formats are now available
  • Programming supports job seekers; this includes personal networking
  • STEAM/Early literacy focus supports formal learning

Patron testimonial, “We moved here from Vietnam about a year ago and my son and I are still learning how to speak English. We’ve been attending the virtual story times, and it’s really helped my son learn the language. Now his English is better than mine!”

–Mom attending virtual story times

Responsive Services and Helpful Staff

  • Contactless services appreciated by patrons include self-checkout and curb-side pickup
  • Mobile app provides convenience: you can check out items with your phone, renew and reserve items
  • Remote learning support continues

Patron testimonial, “I just found out that you now have a new machine called EZScan. I used it to scan 35 pages and was amazed you charge nothing to scan documents. Staples charges $1/page. This is a great service you offer. Thank you for your great staff that are always so helpful and kind.”

-David W.

Outstanding Facilities

  • COVID-19 has changed visiting habits
  • Patron and Staff safety are a priority
  • Facilities adapted to meet changing needs

5-Star Library

  • Consistently high rankings among libraries nationwide
  • 15th busiest library in Ohio
  • 95% of local residents believe the library adds to quality of life

Patron testimonial, “I am just constantly impressed by your staff and the selection and variety of books and media you carry. Thank you so much!”

-Heidi L.

Patron testimonial, “Thanks again for all you do. Said it before and will say it again. We have THE BEST libraries here in Centerville.”

-Wendy G.

Library Funding

  • Current 3.0 mills operating levy expires in 2022
  • A levy renewal request is on the November 2, 2021 ballot – it does not ask for new taxes
  • Private funding/grants fund special projects
  • Since 2011 they have secured more than $750,000 in grants and private donations

Responsible Library Spending

From 2016 to 2020, library spending has remained flat. Savings have come from more self-check machines and the outsourcing of the processing of new materials. Cumulative operating expenditures over the previous 10 years are just under $65 million. If library spending kept up with inflation the amount would have been $69.5 million.

Sources of Library Funding

  • 66%, Local Tax Levy
  • 31%, Ohio Public Library Fund (PLF) – the PLF amount is volatile due to budget cuts and periodic downturns in the economy
  • 3%, Other (donations, grants, late fines)

Various Collections

The library’s collections have evolved over time. Besides things you expect like books, and magazines there are many other items.

Additional collections include:

  • Maker Kits (Each kit comes with everything you need to get started with your new skill and taking them home is completely FREE)
  • Launchpads for Kids (tablet computers preloaded with learning apps and games)
  • Read Alongs (These unique audiobooks for kids are professionally narrated and include speakers, headphone jack and audio controls permanently attached to the inside of a hardcover book)
  • Educational Audiovisual
  • Audiobooks
  • Movies and Music

Thank You

Thank you, Liz Fultz and Bill Menker, for talking about our community library.

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Dennis DockinsDebe DockinsInduction
Tom YoungDebe Dockins2nd Reading

Welcome Guests!

GuestGuest Of
Bill MenkerProgram
Mark MetzgerDebe Dockins

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Joe MaddenExtremely happy that Paul Stull owns a suit.

Sergeants at Arms

MemberInfraction
Gary HansenLast week’s meeting ran late by 5 minutes.
Roberta TaylorPaid for a 50/50 ticket with a dollar bill that was obviously laundered.
Christy GarietyWearng a Christmas themed headband to lunch before Halloween.
Gary AndersonNo  one knew he was missing from the previous week’s meeting.

Membership Anniversaries

MemberJoinedYears
Charlie GoodwinOctober 28, 200813
Jessica KingOctober 28, 200813
Karen SirmansOctober 28, 200813
Mike BrubakerOctober 28, 200813

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Brent RichburgOctober 28
Bob BargmeyerOctober 29
Suzanne WertsOctober 30
Cheryl ReichelNovember 1
Deb SaundersNovember 1

CNO Donations – 2013 through August 2021

Click here to see a summary of donations the club has made since 2013

Thank You Notes Received

CLICK HERE to see the Thank You Notes the Club Received this Week

Links to PowerPoint and Pictures

A Copy of this Week’s Meeting PowerPoint Slide Deck is here

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.

CNO 2.0 Meeting Recap 10/21/21: Flyin’ to the Hoop, Eric Horstman

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was Bock Family Brewing, located at 8150 Washington Village Dr, Centerville, OH 45458. Thank you to the team at Bock’s for the space and service.

There were 30 people at the meeting (26 members and 4 guests).

New Member Induction

Greg Griffin inducted new member McKenzie Morin as the newest member of CNO 2.0. McKenzie’s sponsor is Bill Stone. McKenzie was the founding president of the original University of Dayton Optimist Club 16 years ago. Currently, McKenzie is the Senior Associate Director for Alumni Constituent Programs at UD and is the co-advisor this year for the new UD Optimist Club with Kelly Stone.

Flyin’ to the Hoop, Eric Horstman

Greg Fay introduced Eric Horstman, the founder and president of Flyin’ to the Hoop. The Flyin’ to the Hoop Invitational is an annual tournament of 34 high school teams playing 19 games at the James S. Trent Arena in Kettering, Ohio. Outstanding teams with future NBA stars are invited from all over the U.S. The tournament runs for 4 days each year. The 19th annual event will be January 14-17, 2022. As of June 2021, 87 participants in Flyin’ to the Hoop have played for the NBA. This year, 10 of the 34 teams playing are from the Dayton area. The economic impact for the Dayton area is $1.9 Million each year.

Eric was raised in Troy and currently resides in Springboro. He earned his Master’s in Environmental Engineering. He was making good money at the Mound Laboratory, but 25 years ago he switched to Sports Marketing. The tournament got started because Dayton area basketball coaches challenged Eric to start an invitational basketball tournament.

Flyin’ to the Hoop is the second biggest high school tournament in the world. The only one ahead of it is the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Massachusetts near the NBA Hall of Fame where there are a lot more people. Both annual tournaments are held over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. The two tournaments cooperate each year so that some of the teams can compete in both tournaments.

Tickets are only $20/day. You can see 2 games on Friday, 6 games on Saturday or Sunday, and 5 on Monday.

The high school coaches that have gone to both tournaments always say that the accommodations and ease of access is much better in Dayton. Flyin’ to the Hoop’s venue at Kettering’s Trent Arena holds twice as many people as the Blake Arena where the Hoophall Classic is held.

There have been international teams from Canada invited and one from Finland. The international teams are very excited for the chance to be seen by American college recruiters.

Flyin’ to the Hoop pays all the expenses for the teams and coaches. This includes flights, lodging and food. They did, however, tell Finland they would need to cover their flights.

Each year, 150 teams contact the organization to try and get an invitation to the tournament. Each year there are about 5, 5-star players and 40, 4-star players among the teams. The only team that gets to be in the tournament every year is Kettering, since it is the home team. Some teams think they should be invited every year, but the organization spreads invitations around.

Each year there are several kids that get offered scholarships to college based solely on their performance in a game in this tournament. Eric said that the exposure works.

Many ask why the University of Dayton or Wright State University with their larger stadiums have not been chosen to host the event. Eric is very happy with Trent Arena, but even if he wasn’t there are NCAA rules that don’t allow private high school tournaments to be hosted by colleges as this might create an unfair recruitment advantage for the college.

Thank You Eric Horstman

Thank you, Eric Horstman, for telling us about the annual Flyin’ to the Hoop basketball tournament.

Announcements

  • Greg Griffin announced that 840 Christmas trees will be delivered on 11/20/2021 at 8 AM. We need as many members as possible to help unload the trees, drill a hole in the bottom and stack them in the correct bins. Numerous hot soups will be served afterwards. No need to sign up, just show up! Come and be a part of one your club’s biggest fundraisers that help us serve area youth.
  • Denise O’Neil announced that the Haunted Trail was a tremendous success. Thanks to all the volunteers. Special thanks to Mike Cordonnier and the high school students who were a tremendous help in building the sets, delivering them and then tearing them down. Thank you to the corporate sponsors Dorothy Lane Market, Sam’s Club, Bills Donuts and Coldwell Banker. Thanks to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s department for helping with the crowds. The lines had to be shut down early since there was so much interest in the event. We collected 10 Barrels of food donations. Thank you to the RecPlex staff for being very helpful with the event, including helping move the food barrels with their forklift.
  • Christy Gariety, Adopt-a-Family co-chair, announced that she and Sue Jessee are accepting $50 gift cards at CNO lunches and on Christmas Tree Delivery Day (Nov 20) with activation code receipts from Kohl’s, Target, or Walmart to be given to families this holiday season. The cards need to be received by 11/29/2021. You may also mail those gift cards with the activation receipts and a note stating, “From Centerville Noon Optimist Member”, to Centerville Schools, Adopt A Family Program, 111 Virginia Ave, Centerville OH 45458. Email her if you send a donation.
  • Mike Bevis announced that there will be drive through Trick or Treat at the covered entrance of the Franciscan restaurant at St Leonard, from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM a drive through. Feel free to drive through, they will have lots of candy!

About CNO 2.0

Greg Fay, the chair of CNO 2.0, said he was so thankful for all the guests and members that came to tonight’s meeting.

Greg Fay said that 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. Being a member of either club allows their members all the same opportunities to participate in fundraising and club activities. CNO 2.0 was created about 4 years ago and is very much a part of the 53-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.

Annual Fundraisers

  • Christmas Tree Lot
  • 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

CNOtes 10/19/21: Ryan Ernst, Greater Dayton School

President Gary Hansen’s Theme for the Year

Gary’s theme for 2021-2022 is titled, “Even more!”. This means, “Even more of us, doing even more, to help even more kids, even more!” He said we need more members; we need more members participating more. Doing this means we can help more kids by having more events and bigger scholarships. Please share ideas you have with him and others.

Announcements

  • Karl Frydryk announced that he needs lots of volunteers on 11/6/2021 from 9 AM to Noon to help with the initial tree lot setup. There will be high school kids there to help with the heavy lifting.
  • Christy Gariety, Adopt-a-Family co-chair, announced that she and Sue Jessee are accepting $50 gift cards at CNO lunches and on Christmas Tree Delivery Day (Nov 20) with activation code receipts from Kohl’s, Target, or Walmart to be given to families this holiday season. The cards need to be received by 11/29/2021. You may also mail those gift cards with the activation receipts and a note stating, “From Centerville Noon Optimist Member”, to Centerville Schools, Adopt A Family Program, 111 Virginia Ave, Centerville OH 45458. Email her if you send a donation.
  • Mike Bevis announced that on 10/31/2021 there will be a drive through Trick or Treat at the covered entrance of the Franciscan restaurant at St Leonard, from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM. Feel free to drive through, they have lots of candy!
  • Chris McAlpine, chair of Tri-Star Soccer, announced that 230-240 kids went through the activity stations. Thanks to everyone in CNO that helped. Thank you to the CHS soccer players who carried most of the load of working with all the kids.
  • Larry Lynde announced that the Haunted Trail was a tremendous success. Thanks to all the volunteers. Special thanks to Mike Cordonnier and the high school students who were a tremendous help in building the sets, delivering them and then tearing them down. Thank you to the corporate sponsors Dorothy Lane Market, Sam’s Club, and Bills Donuts and Coldwell Banker. Thanks to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s department for helping with the crowds. The lines had to be shut down early since there was so much interest in the event. We collected 10 Barrels of food donations. Thank you to the RecPlex staff for being very helpful with the event, including helping move the food barrels with their forklift.
  • Diane Arehart, chair of Membership Engagement, announced the results of the membership drive. We had 13 members brought in 32 guests resulting in 8 new members. In 3rd place was Donna Huss. Tom Novak and Mike Bevis tied for first place.
  • Jesse Gaither announced that on November 13 the 4th annual Freedom Whiskey Co. Honoring Those Who Served Veterans Day celebration will be held in Miamisburg. The event will also honor Zach Hollingsworth who tragically died recently. He started Freedom Whiskey Co and spoke at CNO 2.0 this summer. All proceeds go to local charities. If you want a poster to place in a public area of your business let Jesse know.

Committee Meetings

  • 11/15/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting

Happy Birthday Greg Griffin

Today was Greg Griffin’s Birthday! He and Evelyn brought a cupcake for everyone at lunch today. Bob Duffy led us in singing Happy Birthday to Greg. The singing was both awful and great. The more we sing it the worse it sounds! Have a great year, Greg! Greg is currently the Governor of the Great Ohio District of Optimist International.

Ryan Ernst, Greater Dayton School

Debe Dockins introduced Ryan Ernst, the director of The Connor Group Kids & Community Partners (CGKCP), which is the non-profit arm of The Connor Group, a real estate investment firm. Over the next decade the organization plans to invest roughly $400 million in programs it believes will pull kids out of generational poverty. CGKCP also starts non-profit programs of its own, including a Bellbrook-based program for young adults with special needs, a summer camp for inner-city youth and the state’s first private non-religious school exclusively for under-served students. Before joining The Connor Group in 2011, Ryan was a sportswriter.

Ryan thanked us for inviting him to speak to CNO today. His organization finds a niche and tries to fill it. They are big investors in kids in Dayton and other districts. They are long time investors in Dayton City Schools.

CGKCP will start the Greater Dayton School next year and will start with grades pre-K-3rd. The first year the new building will not be completed so they will occupy a building in downtown Dayton. The intent is to eventually serve pre-K-8th grade.

Candidates for the school will be selected from families at or below 130% of the federal poverty guidelines that are Medicaid eligible. They are still figuring out the baseline for the school. They want kids with parents that want something better for their kids and that will be involved in their kids’ education.

They will look for a cross section of kids to select. No more than 40% of students will come from Dayton Public Schools. They will also look for candidates in some of the low performing charter schools in the area.

The Greater Dayton School model is the first one in Ohio and among just a few in the nation. CGKCP has studied other schools with similar models.

You can view Ryan’s slide deck here. It includes design plan pictures and maps not included in this article.

The Greater Dayton School

  • Will have a revolutionary model and will be Ohio’s first private, non-religious school for under resourced students
  • Wraparound services to help pull thousands of families from generational poverty
  • Grades pre-K-8
  • 400 students; capability to grow to 600
  • Extended school day, extend school year
  • Students will eat breakfast, lunch and dinner at the school

Goals to achieve by Age 27

They will have a world-class innovative curriculum. The long-term approach will be that as the students become adults they achieve the following:

  • Living lives of character and integrity
  • Financially independent
  • Successful by their own definition
  • Physically and mentally healthy
  • Established in their career

Investment Amounts

  • They estimate it will cost $30,000/year/student
    • They will cover mental and health care including pediatric care, alumni services, family programs, fitness programs, vision, dental and more
  • $35-milllion campus
  • $10-$12 million annual budget

Reasons to Locate at Deeds Point

  • Centrally located
  • Accessible
  • Promotes diversity
  • Safe
  • Greatest potential impact
  • Positive environment
  • Development site

Community Benefits

  • World-class educational experience for kids in adjacent neighborhoods
  • Family services
  • Colonel Deeds Park – 2.5 Acres
  • Public access to outdoor facilities
  • Partner with neighborhood associations
  • Job Creation

Project Supporters

  • City of Dayton
  • Five Rivers Metroparks
  • Miami Conservancy District
  • Downtown Dayton Partnership
  • Dayton Development Coalition
  • Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce
  • University of Dayton
  • Sinclair Community College
  • McCook Field Neighborhood Association
  • Learn to Earn Dayton
  • Old North Dayton Neighborhood Association
  • Various individuals

Thank You

Thank you, Ryan Ernst, for joining us to talk about the plans for the Greater Dayton School.

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Dennis DockinsDebe Dockins3rd reading
Tom YoungDebe Dockins1st Reading

Welcome Guests!

GuestGuest Of
Brandi LuttrellProgram
Brigid PaleyDebe Dockins
Ryan ErnstSpeaker
Scott SchutzmeisterDebe Dockins

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Beth DuncanBill Stone had successful knee surgery this morning.

Sergeants at Arms

MemberInfraction
Gail AikenAt the Haunted Trail there were around 2000 people attending. The trail is over 1 mile and some guides walked it two nights and were tired.
Chris McAlpineApproximately 230 kids were sent away at Tri-Star Soccer without being told who won. It was shut down immediately near the end as lightning was in the area.
Debe DockinsDebe told Sergeant Scott Langer that he was doing it wrong when being a guide at the Haunted Trail.
Vida McDowellSitting at the birthday table when it is not her birthday.
Bob DuffySitting at the birthday table when it is not his birthday.
Gary HansenThe welcome to the club letter was not signed for new member Jackie Powell.
Patrick and Diane ArehartScheduling the Wine and Beer party at their home when Sergeant Ron Tinnerman couldn’t make it.

Membership Anniversaries

MemberJoinedYears
Becky KeeganOctober 12, 20183
Carrie MillionOctober 21, 20156
Evelyn GriffinOctober 21, 20156
Steve BlakeOctober 21, 20156
Keith MeyerOctober 16, 20138
Jean PummillOctober 17, 20129
Aaron CampbellOctober 20, 200912
Monty ZinckOctober 20, 200912
Steve CampbellOctober 20, 200912
Tom HendersonOctober 20, 200912
Bob FosterOctober 22, 200318
Mike FanelliOctober 22, 200318

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Sue JesseeOctober 14
Donna RobinsonOctober 14
Wes CleavesOctober 15
Craig DringOctober 16
Renee GlennOctober 17
Steve RudisillOctober 17
Bill ShislerOctober 18
Greg GriffinOctober 19
Gary AndersonOctober 20

CNO Donations – 2013 through August 2021

Click here to see a summary of donations the club has made since 2013

Thank You Notes Received

CLICK HERE to see the Thank You Notes the Club Received this Week

Links to PowerPoint and Pictures

A Copy of this Week’s Meeting PowerPoint Slide Deck is here

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.

CNOtes 10/5/21: Robert O’Toole EMT/Firefighter of the Year Award Presentation

Prayer for Gary Aiken

At the start of the meeting, David Ladd led us in a prayer for Gary Aiken, who passed away on October 3, 2021. Gary was a great man and a huge inspiration to his fellow members of the Centerville Noon Optimist Club. Gary joined CNO on 6/1/1982. He will be missed but remembered.

Gary Hansen is the 54th CNO President

Gary Hansen was officially sworn in as CNO president by Pat Behn during today’s meeting. We look forward to a great year under your leadership Gary.

Announcements

  • Debe Dockins announced that the next CNO 2.0 meeting will be 10/21/2021 at 5:30 PM at Bock Family Brewing. The speaker will be Eric Horstman, founder, and president of Flyin’ to the Hoop.
  • Christy Gariety, Adopt-a-Family co-chair, announced that she and Sue Jessee are accepting $50 gift cards with activation code receipts from Walmart, Target, and Kohl’s to be given to families this holiday season. The cards need to be received by 11/29/2021.

Dayton Children’s Hospital Donation

Mike Bevis, the chair of the Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf Classic, introduced Adam Blanchard, who came today to accept the $11,000 donation for Dayton Children’s Hospital hematology and oncology department.

Adam said this year’s donation will be used to pay expenses incurred by kids that need highly specialized care at other hospitals. Adam said that CNO’s total donations to Dayton Children’s is now over $200,000.

Committee Meetings

10/18/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting

Social Events

10/23/2021 6 PM to 10 PM, Wine and Beer tasting party at the home of Patrick and Diane Arehart. The cost is $20 which includes all the wine and beer you taste. Everyone is asked to bring a dish to pass. The price is $5 if you will not be having any of the supplied wine and beer and you are BYOB. To register, contact Debe Dockins or Sue Jessee.

Robert J. O’Toole EMT/Firefighter of the Year Award, Mariana Jones

The EMT/Firefighter award honors the memory of Ruth and John’s son Robert J. O’Toole. Robert lost his life on January 12, 1998 while responding to an accident.

This year’s recipient is firefighter and paramedic Mariana Jones. CNO presented Mariana a plaque and her name will be added to a larger plaque at the Washington Township Fire Department headquarters building.

Joining us at lunch today was Ruth O’Toole (Robert J. O’Toole’s mother) and her daughter Ruth DeVan. Also, at today’s meeting were Fire Chief Scott Kujawa, Deputy Fire Chief Nick Bergman and Mariana’s husband Adrian Jones.

Tri-Fold Brochure of the 2021 Robert O’Toole EMT/Firefighter of the Year Award

Bob Burkman introduced Fire Chief Scott Kujawa who presented the award to Mariana Jones.

From Chief Scott Kujawa’s Notes about Mariana Jones

Good afternoon. My name is Scott Kujawa, and I am the Fire Chief for the Washington Township Fire Department. It is my honor to be able to stand before you today to present this award.

On January 12,1998, Firefighter Robert O’Toole and Officer John Kalaman paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving our community. These two men will never be forgotten by the Washington Township Fire Department, Centerville Police Department, or our community. I want to thank the Noon Optimist Club of Centerville and the entire O’Toole family for their continued support and remembrance of Firefighter O’Toole through the Robert J. O’Toole EMT/Firefighter of the Year Award.

Now, to recognize this year’s recipient:

Firefighter/Paramedic Mariana Jones has been a career member of the Washington Township Fire Department since July 2018. She joined our department with several years of experience from the Harrison Twp and Sugarcreek Twp fire departments. In 2014, she received a rookie of the year award and in 2016 a firefighter of the year award, both from the Sugarcreek Twp Fire Department.

Mariana was an outstanding addition to our department. She is an exceptionally competent firefighter and paramedic while continually striving for improvement. She is professional and respectful to the citizens and visitors of our community, as well as every one of her coworkers. Mariana brings a positive attitude which is contagious and reflective of who she truly is as a person. She exemplifies this attitude and encourages others to maintain the same positive outlook.

Mariana has a true passion for the EMS side of our profession. She is part of the team that developed and implemented a new continuous quality improvement program for the review of EMS reports. Not only did she help develop this quality improvement program, but she is also one of the report reviewers. Her passion for the job spills over into her review of the reports. She wants to assure that our paramedics are always providing the best care possible.

Her work on the EMS Committee has created more effective ways of providing service to our community. While EMS reports alone keep her busy, she doesn’t stop there and gives an all-out effort every day she comes to work. Mariana’s work ethic and job performance are second to none and she is truly deserving of the Robert J. O’Toole EMT/Firefighter of the Year Award.

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Dennis DockinsDebe Dockins2nd reading
Jessica WagnerMike BevisInduction
Anne KohlsMike BevisInduction
Jackie PowellTom NovakInduction

Welcome Guests!

GuestGuest Of
Adam BlanchardMike Bevis
Adrian JonesProgram
David HaaseMike Bevis
Dennis DockinsDebe Dockins
Dennis SmithBob Collins
Eric ParsleyMike Bevis
Jackie PowellTom Novak
Mariana JonesProgram
Ruth DevanProgram
Ruth O’TooleProgram
Tom SimmsBob Collins
Tom YoungDebe Dockins

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Ron TinnermanGary Aiken was always excited to see his grandchildren playing basketball.
Gary Smiga$13, Gary Aiken could be superstitious. While playing golf with Gary Aiken in Florida, Gary noticed that his golf cart was number 13. Gary left the cart on the third hole and went and got another cart.
Harry BoseyHarry remembers that Gary Aiken was extremely welcoming to him in 1994 when Harry joined CNO.
Jesse LightleGary Aiken was a true champion of Washington Township. They will also miss him at the RecPlex.
Jesse LightleMarina Jones was the recipeient of the Firefigter/EMT award  today.
Stan FronzagliaVida McDowell;s tennis team won the regional tennis tournament that included Ohio and several surrounding states.
Greg Griffin$4, Remebers meeting Gary Aiken for the first time while working the Christmas Tree lot. Greg plans on making this the best Tree Lot season ever in honor of Gary Aiken who was in charge for several years.
Gary HansenHe remembers that it was after Gary Aiken told him how important member participation is to the community that he started coming to lunch almost every week instead of once or twice a month and participating more in the club.
Gary HansenThank you to CNO member for being so supportive about the loss of his nephew.
Dave KayHe remembers how Gary Aiken got him to join CNO.
Don KelleyHe remembers playing golf with Gary Aiken, when a “friend” put an extra club in Gary’s golf bag. Originally Gary had 12 clubs. When Gary figured out he had 13 clubs he couldn’t throw the unwelcomed club far enough.
Debe DockinsShe remembers that every time she saw Gary Aiken he always asked about her kids.
Debe DockinsHer sons’ birthdays are this weekend.
Beth DuncanBeth appreciated Gary Aiken’s smile.
Beth DuncanDebe Dockins, thank you for your great year as CNO President.
Charlie GoodwinGary Aiken will be missed. Gary and Gail have been Charlie’s neighbor for over 30 years.
Charlie GoodwinCenterville-Washington Foundations celebration of Paul Stull was at their annual Founder’s Event on 10/7/2021.
Bob BurkmanBob remembers Gary Aiken trimming the last tree at the tree lot one year that looked like a Charlie Brown Christmas tree. He got it looking good enough that a family came in at the last minute to buy it.

Sergeants at Arms

Pre the Sergeants – no fines this week in Honor of Gary Aiken

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Carolyn TaylorSeptember269/26/20183
Dana DringSeptember269/26/20183
Mike CordonnierSeptember269/26/20183
Steve LinderSeptember269/26/20183
Steve RudisillSeptember269/26/20183
Ken IrwinOctober210/2/20129
Larry LarrimerOctober210/2/20129
Rick KempferOctober210/2/20129
Christy GarietyOctober310/3/201110
Sue BrubakerSeptember239/23/200813
Pat BehnSeptember299/29/200318
John PowellSeptember299/29/199922
Stephen WalkerSeptember289/28/199823
Mike WallSeptember269/26/199526
Brooks ComptonSeptember309/30/199427
Denise O’NeilSeptember309/30/199427
Karl FrydrykOctober110/1/198833

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Carol SmerzSeptember 22
Harry BosseySeptember 22
Jon WertsSeptember 22
Mark KarnsSeptember 23
Greg SmithSeptember 25
Evelyn GriffinSeptember 26
Diane ArehartSeptember 26
Jeff KujawaSeptember 27
Mike FanelliOctober 1
Roy BarclayOctober 1
Anne KohlsOctober 4

CNO Donations – 2013 through August 2021

Click here to see a summary of donations the club has made since 2013

Thank You Notes Received

CLICK HERE to see the Thank You Notes the Club Received this Week

Links to PowerPoint and Pictures

A Copy of this Week’s Meeting PowerPoint Slide Deck is here

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.

CNOtes 9/28/21: CNO Officer Installation Ceremony and Banquet

Officer Installation and Awards Program for 2021-2022

On Tuesday, September 28, 2021, there was no lunch meeting. Instead, we had a wonderful evening of feast and fellowship at Yankee Trace. This was a great night to celebrate the past year and to look forward to the next year. This is the end of the Centerville Noon Optimist Presidential year for Debe Dockins. New board members and vice-presidents were installed for 2021-2022. Gary Hansen, CNO president for 2021-2022, was out of town at a funeral and he was installed as president on 10/5/2021 at the lunch meeting. Gary Hansen is the 54th CNO President.

The social committee, co-chaired by Sue Jessee and Sarah Umbreit, put on a great party. The centerpieces looked fantastic. Six lucky attendees found a winning ticket under the seat at the end of the evening and were able to take a centerpiece home.

We started with drinks and appetizers, followed by a buffet. The food was great.

Just like a lunch meeting, we started with a prayer by Phather Phil and proudly recited The Pledge of Allegiance.

Thanks to Gary Smiga, the master of ceremonies for the evening. He did a fantastic job and kept us entertained.

For being president, Debe Dockins received from CNO her Past President pin, a Lifetime OI Membership and pin, and a gavel plaque recognizing her year as CNO president.

Optimist Vs Pessimist, Poem by Unknown read by Gary Smiga

How foolish is the pessimist?
Despondent and forlorn,
Who always when he gets a rose?
Goes hunting for a thorn.

The Optimist has better sense:
The charm of life he knows.
He doesn’t mind a scratch or two
If he can get the rose.

So don’t be a pessimist
Bogged down with discontent:
The Optimist has heaps of fun
That doesn’t cost a cent.

-Unknown

Gary noted that he thought it was appropriate to have a poem written by an unknown artist since President Debe Dockins is a librarian.

Officers of CNO 2021-2022

  • President, Gary Hansen
  • Vice President, Greg Wasmund
  • Vice President, Sarah Umbreit
  • Secretary, Jean Pummill
  • Treasurer, Roland Rapp
  • President-Elect, Beth Duncan
  • Immediate Past President, Debe Dockins
  • Past President’s Representative, Chris McAlpine

Newly Elected to the Board of Directors with a Two-Year Term, 2021-2023

  • Diane Arehart
  • Brandon Barrett
  • Katie Calloway
  • Bob Glavin
  • Evelyn Griffin

Continuing Board of Directors with One Year Left, 2021-2022

  • Patrick Arehart
  • Christine Balsan
  • Pat Behn
  • Jim Long
  • Brian Nolan

Officer Installation and Oath

Greg Griffin and Pat Behn swore in the new Club Officers and Board of Directors.

I hereby solemnly promise on my honor as an Optimist that I will carry out the duties of the office to which I have been elected to the best of my ability, in loyalty to my Club, and in harmony with the Bylaws of my Club and Optimist International. So help me God.

Passing of the Gavel

After the new board members were sworn in there was the traditional passing of the gavel. Gary Smiga brought up all the previous presidents to form a line at the front of the room in the order they served as CNO president.

The presidents who were here tonight were:

  • Will Cale
  • Joe Madden
  • Don Kelley
  • Gary Smiga
  • Gary Aiken (represented by Gail Aiken)
  • Brian Nicholas
  • Margaret Barclay (represented by Roy Barclay)
  • Jerry Stahley
  • Stan Fronzaglia
  • Mike Wall
  • Tom Novak
  • Nancy Lehren
  • Mike Bevis
  • Kelly Stone
  • Pat Behn
  • Bob Burkman
  • Myron Rheaume
  • Donna Huss
  • Greg Griffin
  • Debe Dockins
  • Gary Hansen (represented by Katie Calloway)

For a complete list of past presidents refer to your Club Handbook.

CNO Rookie of the Year

The 2020-2021 Rookie of the Year was awarded to Julie Rado. Julie hit the ground running when she became a member in March, 2021. She was integral in making the 1st Annual Centerville/Washington Township Got Talent contest a success.

Debe Dockins, President’s Thank You Gifts

President Debe Dockins handed out gifts to several members with the assistance of Pat Behn. The gifts were given in random order. As Debe handed the gifts she announced some reasons why the gifts were being given to the member. Not all the reasons were captured, and I apologize for leaving anything off.

  • Bob Collins, Club Photographer
  • Roberta Taylor, Memorial scholarship and volunteers for all kinds of things
  • Will Cale, being an inspiration, having a scholarship named after him
  • Myron Rheaume, club builder of excellence
  • Vince Reidy, Board Member, very integral to the golf outing
  • Don Kelley, sergeant at arms
  • Val Huff, Golf Outing among other things
  • Tom Novak, Avenue of Flags
  • Mike Cordonnier, Built the Americana Float which won the President’s Award for Americana 2021; he and his students are building props for fright stations for the Haunted Trail
  • Bob Burkman, Avenue of Flags, Respect for Law
  • Phather Phil, Club Chaplain
  • Sue Brubaker, Birthday Table, Silent Auction for the Golf Outing, Build-a-Bear, Social Committee
  • Gary Aiken, Skilled Trades, Tree Lot
  • Mike Brubaker, Avenue of Flags, Technology Committee
  • Judy DeMarco, Community Champion Award, Silent Auction, Golf Outing
  • Kelly Stone, JOI club advisor, brought UD Optimist Club back to life
  • Christine Balsan, Board Member
  • Joan Cordonnier, Americana 5K
  • Bob Lawson, Fishing Derby, Kids Day in the Park
  • Diane Arehart, Membership Chair, Social Media Co-chair, Build-a-Bear
  • David Ladd, Club Chaplain
  • Carolyn Taylor, Board Member and Speakers Committee
  • Sarah Umbreit, Golf Co-Chair, Social Committee, Build-a-Bear
  • Jerry Stahley, Junior Golf Tournament Chair, District Regional Chair of Oratorial contest, Built the platform for Debe to stand on while behind the lectern
  • Donna Huss, St Leonard, Speakers Committee, Past President
  • Barbara Santo, Birthday Table, Silent Auction for the Golf Outing
  • Sue Jessee, Social Committee, Adopt a Family
  • Gail Aiken, Haunted Trail Chair
  • Julie Rado, CNO Rookie of the Year, Centerville/Washington Township Got Talent
  • Nancy Lehren, Long range planning chair, Childhood Health and Wellness chair (Build-a-Bear), Debe’s Past President’s Representative
  • Roland Rapp, Club Treasurer
  • Beth Duncan, Vice-President, President-Elect
  • Jean Pummill, Club Secretary
  • Mike Bevis, Chair of the Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf Classic, Publicity, Sponsored 75 members
  • Gary Smiga, Chair of Memorial Scholarship, Master of Ceremony
  • Evelyn Griffin, Skilled Trad Scholarships, District Activities,
  • Greg Griffin, inspires Debe with his enthusiasm, Easter Egg Hunt, Technology, Runs tech for meetings
  • Patrick Arehart, CNOtes, Technology Committee, Added Donate Now Button to CNO and District Websites, Helped get the club to use Constant Contact
  • Pat Behn, District VP, Board Member
  • Katie Calloway, Social Media Co-chair
  • Brian Nolan, Board Member, CNO 2.0, Kids Day in the Park

Optimists of the Year 2020-2021

It is the job of the previous year’s winner (Mike Brubaker) to announce the current year recipients of the Centerville Noon Optimist Thomas P. Frazier Optimist of the Year Awards.

Mike’s presentation was very interesting. He slowly revealed what the winners had done for the club and the community, so the names remained a mystery until they were announced.

The 2020-2021 winners are Evelyn Griffin and Bob Lawson. They each received a plaque commemorating their award.

Evelyn Griffin

Evelyn Griffin joined CNO on 10/21/2015 and has participated in multiple events, fundraisers and other volunteer activities:

  • Avenue of Flags, paperwork
  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • Essay Contest
  • Skilled Trades Scholarship Program
  • Photographer
  • Annual Club Handbook
  • Christmas Tree Lot

Bob Lawson

Bob Lawson joined CNO on 2/17/2016 and has participated in multiple events, fundraisers and other volunteer activities:

  • Fishing Derby
  • Kids Day in the Park
  • Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf Tournament
  • Avenue of Flags, deliveries and sleeve installations
  • Numerous Announcements at lunches and passing of clipboards
  • Christmas Tree Lot

Closing Video

A great video Greg Griffin put together of the past year can be viewed here.

After the video was complete, we cheerfully recited the Optimist Creed.

Closing Remarks from Gary Smiga

We have had a great night hearing about all the great things we have accomplished.  I leave you with a final thought that it wouldn’t have been possible without each one of you.  Thank you again for your time and commitment that collectively have allowed us to be known as the top performing Optimist Club in all of Optimist International.

The End of One Year and the Beginning of Another

Thanks to President Debe Dockins for all she has done as president in the last year and we look forward to another great year under the leadership of President Gary Hansen, his team and our members!

Link to Pictures Taken This evening

The photos taken by Julie Walling Noeth are here.

CNOtes 9/21/21: Haunted Trail, Gail Aiken

THANK YOU FOR THE LAST YEAR PRESIDENT DEBE DOCKINS!!!

Today was the last lunch meeting presided by Debe Dockins. Debe has done a fantastic job as president of the Centerville Noon Optimist Club. She brings a super happy vibe as soon as she literally steps up to start each meeting. Thanks for all your time, efforts, enthusiasm, smiles and gentle nudges each week to settle down, be quiet and listen as the meeting is about to start.

Announcements

  • Greg Griffin said Debe Dockins has done a great job as CNO president. A large club like CNO needs a great leader. She was a great leader to take us out of COVID.
  • Debe Dockins announced that the next CNO 2.0 meeting will be on 10/21/2021 at 5:30 PM at Bock Family Brewing. The speaker will be Eric Horstman, founder and president of Flying to the Hoop. Last week’s meeting at Tuscany’s Italian Restaurant with DJ Dors E was a great event.
  • Chris McAlpine, chair of Tri-Star Soccer, announced that several volunteers are needed for the October 8 at 6 PM event. Please contact Chris if you can help. It is a fun event for the participants and the volunteers.
  • Jean Pummill announced that if you want to participate in PGI and PDP or want to know your status please contact her.
  • Debe Dockins announced that the Presidents Club of Dayton will recognize Lt. General (retired) Dick Reynolds as its Citizen Legion of Honor Recipient for 2021 at its annual luncheon event at the Dayton Convention Center on Thursday, October 7, 10:30 AM – 1:15 PM. If you would like to sit at the CNO table, please let Debe know.

Community Events                                

  • 10/12/2021 and 10/13/2021, the Haunted Trail event will be held at Countryside Park behind the RecPlex.
  • 10/8/2021, 6 PM, Tri-Star Soccer will be held at the High School Soccer field which is between Magsig and Cline.

Social Event

  • 10/10/2021 at 2 PM there will be a group Corn Maze outing. Valuable prizes will be awarded for the team that finishes the maze puzzle first. Afterwards anyone who wants to can go to dinner at Bennet’s Publical Family Sports Grill in Miamisburg. You can attend just one of the activities or both.

Committee Meetings

  • 10/18/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting

Gail Aiken, Haunted Trail

Debe Dockins introduced the chair of the Haunted Trail event, Gail Aiken. Gail discussed our annual event that will be held on two evenings between 7:30 PM and 9 PM on Tuesday October 12, 2021 and Wednesday October 13, 2021. Several more volunteers are needed both for the evenings of the event and for the day before and the day after for setup and take down. Volunteers are requested to show up at 6:30 PM on the day of the events. Setup and take down times are during the day.

The Haunted Trail is led by Gail Aiken, Denise O’Neil, Larry England and Larry Lynde. A special thanks to Mike Cordonnier and his CHS students who have been building new sets for the fright stations. The fright stations are fun and a little scary that is not meant to be as horrifying as a typical haunted house.

The Haunted Trail community event will be held at Countryside Park behind the RecPlex. It is a 1.2-mile walk. Two volunteer trail guides will accompany each group, one in front and one in back. Trail guides keep groups moving and together as they view the fright stations.

There will be three bonfires to hang out at the end of the trail. Participants can enjoy donut holes and apple ciders.

Middle school and high school students work at the fright stations. The student’s advisors said that the kids are so happy that the event is being held again after being cancelled last year. The event is a rite of passage for these kids. The students also help setup for the event. The dates chosen each year coordinate with Columbus Day, so the kids are not in school the day of setup.

Haunted Trail by the Numbers

  • 1983: 208 people walked the trail in its first year
  • 2013: 442 people walked the trail, 100 food items were donated (first year of request for food donations)
  • 2018: 1510 people walked the trail, 1000 food items donated
  • 2019: 1275 people walked the trail, 1453 food items were donated

Thank you to Business Donors

  • Bills Donuts is donating dozens of donut holes
  • Dorothy Lane Market is donating apple cider
  • Sam’s Club is donating cups for the apple cider
  • Coldwell Banker is donating pumpkins

Volunteers Opportunities

  • Trail Guides
  • People to wear various costumes such as witches, warlocks, the grim reaper, the Gilley suit
  • Chaperones at the fright stations, which does not require much walking; note that there will be 2 sheriffs at the event so if someone gets out of line the Chaperones do not have to handle it themselves
  • People to help the day before and the day after the event for setup, tear down and clean up

Volunteers on event days are asked to be there between 6:30 PM and 9 PM. The event starts at 7:30 PM and ends at 9 PM. Please contact Gail Aiken or Denise O’Neil if you would like to volunteer. They need lots of volunteers for this fun event.

Fright Stations

  1. Zombies
  2. Mad Scientists
  3. Goblin Graveyard
  4. Nursery Nightmare
  5. Witches and Black Cats
  6. Scary School
  7. Spider Tunnel
  8. Werewolves
  9. Death Hospital
  10. Circus of Horror
  11. Radioactive Waste Spill
  12. Execution Inmates
  13. Pirates
  14. Vicious Vampires
  15. Campout Fright

Thank You

Thank you, Gail Aiken, for informing us about the great Haunted Trial event. We really appreciate all the years of hard work you have put in for this great annual community event.

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction  
Dennis Dockins Debe Dockins 1st Reading  
McKenzie Morin Bill Stone 3rd Reading  
Anne Kohls Mike Bevis 3rd Reading  
Jackie Powell Tom Novak 3rd Reading  

Welcome Guests!

GuestGuest Of
Anne KohlsMIke Bevis
Candi SchlamersdorfJulie Noeth
Jackie PowellTom Novak
Tom SimmsBob Collins

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Debe Dockins$10, Thanks for the great year of being CNO president.
Gail AikenCarol Smerz dressed up as the Grim Reaper greeting members as they arrived today. The sergeants then tried to fine her for arriving late because she had to change.
Julie NoethUniversity of Dayton basketball season is starting.
Don KelleyThe John P. Kalaman Memorial Tournament held last week was a great success. All proceeds go to the John P. Kalaman Scholarship Fund.
Bill Stone$5, Kelly Stone is doing great with the Octagon Optimist Club and UD Club Optimist Club. Officers for both will be installed soon.
Beth DuncanThank you for all the love and condolences for the passing of her father.
Beth DuncanFully recoverd from COVID.
Gary Smiga, Julie NoethDebe Dockins did a great job as presdient of CNO.
Gary SmigaCelebrating 41st wedding anniversary with Pam.
Ron TinnermanBarbara Santo helping the sergeants today.

Sergeants at Arms

MemberInfraction
Mike Brubaker and Bob BurkmanAn Avenue of Flags metal detecor used by the wrestling team was returned by Chick-file-A in one of their food warming bags.
Judy DeMarco and Sue BrubakerStole a dessert from the birthday table when not their birthday and they should have at least sat at the birthday table.
Steve KohlsDidn’t tell Anne Kohls who just became a member that she was supposed to get her name badge today from the badge boxes.
Gary HansenEarly bird fine for becoming CNO president on 10/1/2021.
Chris McAlpineDidn’t have a clipboard ready today so volunteers could sign up for  Tri-Star soccer.
Gail AikenDidn’t retrieve the scary helping hand.
Gail AikenDidn’t spell check her document for her presentation today on the Haunted Trail.
Gary SmigaWearing a shirt with Washington Township logo.
Jesse GaitherSaid to sergeants, “You guys are lucky I’m here today.”

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Carolyn TaylorSeptember269/26/20183
Dana DringSeptember269/26/20183
Mike CordonnierSeptember269/26/20183
Steve LinderSeptember269/26/20183
Steve RudisillSeptember269/26/20183
Ken IrwinOctober210/2/20129
Larry LarrimerOctober210/2/20129
Rick KempferOctober210/2/20129
Christy GarietyOctober310/3/201110
Sue BrubakerSeptember239/23/200813
Pat BehnSeptember299/29/200318
John PowellSeptember299/29/199922
Stephen WalkerSeptember289/28/199823
Mike WallSeptember269/26/199526
Brooks ComptonSeptember309/30/199427
Denise O’NeilSeptember309/30/199427
Karl FrydrykOctober110/1/198833

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Carol SmerzSeptember 22
Harry BosseySeptember 22
Jon WertsSeptember 22
Mark KarnsSeptember 23
Greg SmithSeptember 25
Evelyn GriffinSeptember 26
Diane ArehartSeptember 26
Jeff KujawaSeptember 27
Mike FanelliOctober 1
Roy BarclayOctober 1
Anne KohlsOctober 4

CNO Donations – 2013 through August 2021

Click here to see a summary of donations the club has made since 2013

Thank You Notes Received

No Thank You notes received this week.

Links to PowerPoint and Pictures

A Copy of this Week’s Meeting PowerPoint Slide Deck is here

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.

CNO 2.0 Meeting Recap 9/16/21: The story of professional DJ, DJ Dors E

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was Tuscany’s Italian Restaurant located at 881 E. Franklin St, Centerville, OH. Thank you to the owners and their fine team for the great food and the space to have our meeting.

Announcements

  • Denise O’Neil announced that the Haunted Trail Committee needs several volunteers to work as guides for the Haunted Trail community event. She also needs old white sheets and old dolls.
  • Debe Dockins announced that the tree lot will be open on November 26, 2021. Greg Griffin is looking for 3 volunteers to replace 3 tree lot captains stepping down this year.
  • Debe Dockins announced that the next CNO 2.0 meeting will be 10/21/2021 at 5:30 PM at Bock Family Brewing. The speaker will be Eric Horstman, founder and president of Flying to the Hoop.

Social Event

  • 10/10/2021 at 2 PM there will be a group Corn Maze outing. Valuable prizes will be awarded for the team that finishes the maze puzzle first. Afterwards the group will go to dinner together at Bennet’s Publical Family Sports Grill in Miamisburg.

Community Events                                

  • 10/12/2021 and 10/13/2021, the Haunted Trail event will be held at Countryside Park behind the RecPlex.
  • 10/8/2021, 6 PM, Tri-Star Soccer will be held at the High School Soccer field which is between Magsig and Cline.

DJ Terrance Dorsey

Greg Fay introduced Terrance Dorsey, a professional DJ who is known as DJ Dors E and is the self-proclaimed #PartyInstigator. He has been a DJ/Entertainer since November 2009. Additionally, Terrance is an entrepreneur in real estate investing. During the day Terrance is a senior analyst at PNC Bank. Terrance is also the CEO of Great Harvest Publishing LLC which offers Project management for clean/Christian entertainment and DJ services for clean entertainment. He and his wife have two children who attend Centerville Schools.

DJ Dors E’s name is an acronym for Doing our Redeemer Service Excellent.

Terrance worked at a prison ministry and it was there that someone told him if you put out the chairs they will come. He said for his DJ business (especially the first 5 years) he put out a lot of chairs and now the customers have come. He is still putting out the chairs.

You can find him on Facebook.

You can sample DJ Dors E work on Mixcloud.com.

Real Estate Investing

Terrance is a real estate investor. He has owned several investment properties and he is building up his wealth using his gains. In 2015 Terrance and his family moved from Trotwood to Centerville. Real estate during COVID has been very good for his investments including the house he purchased in 2015 that he has since sold. Recently, his family moved into a new house that they built in Centerville.

Terrance is continually learning and improving his investing and entertainment skills.

Terrance tried going to school at Sinclair, but it did not work out and he is very happy to not be strapped with student debt. He said that his generation has been told to go to school, get a great job and retire, but that is not how it works anymore. Terrance is building something that will last for generations, which is something he was never taught.

How he became a DJ

Terrance said he became a DJ by accident. In 2009 at the age of 28, Terrance had his first gig. Initially he did weddings and after 5 years of smaller gigs, he had an opportunity to work at a party for a large church and the person in charge did not accept his first invoice and told him he needed to charge a lot more. This party exposed his services to a lot more people and eventually it led to opportunities with corporate clients. His customers are willing to pay his rates because he works hard at giving his clients’ guests a great time. He does not overcharge. He has learned what a reasonable charge is for the service he is providing.

DJ Dors E clients have included PNC Bank, Wright Patt Credit Union, Real Estate Firms, Care Source and various large churches. He creates play lists monthly for several gyms, who use them for hour long workouts at the gym.

Terrance is close to making enough off being a DJ to not have a day job. He likes his job at PNC and when COVID hit, his entertainment opportunities were lower for a while.

Terrance has been a musical group manager and he liked it except for the travel required that took him away from his family.

A DJs Job

Great DJs do not allow their audience to change what is played with random requests. When you hire a DJ it is their job to get a party going within a few minutes. Playlists must be crafted in a way to keep the flow going. Some songs just cannot be played back-to-back or the whole vibe will come down. DJ Dors E gets his audiences to get up and dance!

Remember that DJ Dors E is the #PartyInstigator!

Thank You Terrance Dorsey

Thank you, DJ Dors E, for speaking at tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting and telling the story of your entertainment career, your real estate career and your day job!

About CNO 2.0

Greg Fay, the chair of CNO 2.0, said he was so thankful for all the guests and members that came to tonight’s meeting.

Greg Fay said that 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. Being a member of either club allows their members all the same opportunities to participate in fundraising and club activities.

Annual Fundraisers

  • Christmas Tree Lot
  • 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

CNOtes 9/14/21: Dennis Turner, Gerrymandering in Ohio

CNO Officer Installation Dinner, No Lunch Meeting that Day

The annual CNO officer installation dinner will be on Tuesday 9/28/2021 at Yankee Trace. There will not be a CNO lunch meeting that day. The cost is $20 per person which includes appetizers, full buffet and dessert. There will be a cash bar. Please send your payment via check or cash to Sarah Umbreit no later than 9/20/2021. There are no sign-ups at the door.

No lunch meeting will be held on 9/28/2021.

Announcements

  • Debe Dockins announced that CNO is holding a Membership Drive where participating members will share in $400 based on the number of points received.  Receive 1 point for bringing a guest to any meeting, 3 points for a returning guest and 10 points for a guest application.  The contest runs through 9/21/2021.
  • Gail Aiken announced she needs volunteers for guides for the Haunted Trail community event. She also needs old white sheets and old dolls.
  • Greg Griffin announced that the tree lot will be open on November 26, 2021. He is looking for 3 volunteers to replace 3 tree lot captains stepping down this year.

Committee Meetings

  • 9/21/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting

Community Events                                

  • Haunted Trail 2021 will be on October 12th and 13th at Countryside Park behind the RecPlex.
  • Debe Dockins announced that Tri-Star soccer will be held late September. It will be held behind Magsig Middle School.

Dennis Turner, Gerrymandering

Carol Smerz introduced Dennis Turner a professor emeritus at the University of Dayton School of Law. He was one of the original 5 faculty members who started the law school in 1974. His family has been in Dayton for 190 years. He and his wife Kathy have 3 children. At the age of 72, Dennis started a new career writing historical fiction. His latest book is titled, “What Did You Do in the War Sister?”

His presentation today was about Gerrymandering. Wikipedia says, “Gerrymandering is a practice intended to establish an unfair political advantage for a particular party or group by manipulating the boundaries of electoral districts, which is most commonly used in first-past-the-post electoral systems.”

Dennis started off by complaining (with a smile) that it was going to be very difficult to hold himself to a 20-minute presentation when he is a former law professor. This presentation normally takes 2 hours.

Gerrymandering and Redistricting

Current voting districts are designed so that incumbents get re-elected, regardless of party affiliation. One party or the other dominates a given location.

A system that re-elects incumbents all the time is not democratic. With Gerrymandering it is very difficult to stop incumbents from being re-elected. Gerrymandering means that the real election takes place in primary elections.

The first instance of Gerrymandering was to re-elect Elbridge Gerry during 1812 in Essex County, Massachusetts. Someone thought the district map looked like a salamander. The name Gerrymander comes from “Gerry” + “mander”. Click here for a picture of the map and more details on where the term Gerrymander comes from.

In the past Gerrymandering was a guessing game. Now, with mega data and computer power, the districts can be precisely drawn to benefit the incumbent.

Principal Tactics Used in Gerrymandering

  • Packing, concentrating the opposing party’s voting power in one district to reduce their voting power in other districts
  • Cracking, diluting the voting power of the opposing party’s supporters across many districts

Ohio Congressional Districts

Sometimes you can see the intent of Gerrymandering by viewing a map, though sometimes you cannot. In a state like Ohio with a lot of rural areas, there are sometimes natural “packing”. When looking at a districting map of Ohio there are some obvious areas where Gerrymandering has been done. Look at Hamilton and Clermont County on this map. Additionally check out the “snake on the lake” along Lake Erie on the map.

Methods of Keeping an Election Fair

The Ohio party break down is 53% Republican and 47% Democrat. The way the Ohio districts are currently drawn, the break down is 70% Republican and 30% Democrat.

Here are some ideas to overcome the Gerrymander influenced districting:

  • Proportionality districting would mean any district would be created as close as possible to the 53/47 breakdown for the entire state.
  • Competitive districting would mean districts would be created to be as close to a 50/50 split so in any given election either party could win in that district.
  • Ranked voting is the system used in Belgium. Instead of voting for one person you rank all the candidates in order of preference.

Thank You

Thank you, Dennis Turner, for joining us to talk about Gerrymandering in general and specifically in Ohio.

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
McKenzie MorinBill Stone2nd Reading
Anne KohlsMike Bevis2nd Reading
Jackie PowellTom Novak2nd Reading

Welcome Guests!

GuestGuest Of
Dennis TurnerSpeaker
Jackie PowellTom Novak
Anne KohlsMike Bevis

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Joe MaddenGlad that CNO does not have Gerrymandering in its election process for club officers.
Tom BeeryCancer free for 5 years.
Gary SmigaYoungest son got married in Atlanta over the weekend.
Don KelleyHe and Sandy are celebrating their 38th wedding anniversary.
Gary HansenGrandkids had COVID recently, but no one else got it.
Renee GlennStarts a new job tomorrow and she has recovered from the COVID Delta variant. She was fully vaccinated.
Sue BrubakerDebe Dockins’ recently gave a great talk about Annie Oakley at St Leonard.
Michael KistlerHe and Kattie are celebrating their 12th wedding anniversary.
Kim Senft-ParasGlad to have been invited to today’s meeting and for the great speaker today, Dennis Turner.

Sergeants at Arms

MemberInfraction
Ron TinnermanHad a great time the last 2 weeks in Switzerland.
Larry LyndeCalled Scott Langer a gentleman.
Patrick ArehartDropped Diane off at the front door of Yankee Trace and then left without opening the door. She had knee surgery last week and was on crutches.
Michael KistlerFor having a beard better than a sergeant can produce.
Joe MaddenNot sitting with his wife at lunch.
Wayne ChristyTook the bell and gavel before the opening ring. Apparently we have rules about how to perform theft appropriately.
Jean PummillHas not yet created a name badge for Kristin Possidomo.
Chris McAlpineSaying to the sergeants today that any two other members could do a way better job than they are doing.
Judy DeMarcoBeen absent from lunch meetings for too long.

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Dean HeyneSeptember149/14/20165
Melissa DeShurkoSeptember149/14/20165
Bill WilliamsSeptember209/20/199328
Denny CottleSeptember209/20/20156

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Dawn ArrowoodSeptember 14
Terri LeputaSeptember 19
Bill DeFriesSeptember 19
Will CaleSeptember 20

CNO Donations – 2013 through August 2021

Click here to see a summary of donations the club has made since 2013

Thank You Notes Received

No Thank You notes received this week.

Links to PowerPoint and Pictures

A Copy of this Week’s Meeting PowerPoint Slide Deck is here

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.