CNOTES: May 11, 2021 – Avenue of Flags 2021 Season Kickoff Presentation

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

Heavenly Father,

When we show our patriotism by pledging allegiance to our flag, help us to truly listen to what we are saying.  Often, we are just going through the motions.  We do not act as “one nation UNDER GOD” and we struggle with “liberty and justice for all”.  We put ourselves and our needs above You, what You expect of us, and what we pledge to be.   Help us Lord to strive to be better and do better.  You and our nation deserve it.

Amen.

Announcements

Debe Dockins said to let her know if you would like to help decorate the 2021 CNO Americana float and/or if you would like to ride on the float with her and wave to the community. They now have a final design for the float.

Mike Bevis, golf outing chair, said that 100 golfers have signed up so far. They need “day of event” volunteers for lots of tasks on Monday, July 12, 2021. There are jobs for all times of the day including early morning, mid-day and at the end of the day. They are also looking for donors and silent auction items like bottles of wine and gift cards.

Beth Duncan announced that the results of the 1st Annual Centerville/Washington Township Got Talent contest are in!  View all 10 finalists and learn the top 3 winners list at the end.

Committee Meetings

  • 6/16/2021, 6 PM, Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf 2021, Zoom hosted by Mike Bevis. Meetings in 2021 will be on Wednesdays on 1/13, 2/17, 3/24, 4/14, 5/12, 6/16, 7/7. Additional volunteers are always welcome. The golf outing will be held on 7/12/2021.
  • 6/15/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting, Zoom hosted by President Debe Dockins.

Avenue of Flags Fundraiser

Debe Dockins introduced the three chairs of the CNO Avenue of Flags (AOF) Committee. They are Tom Novak, Mike Brubaker and Bob Burkman.

Tom Novak presented today. You can view the slide deck here; it has some great pictures, charts, and maps.

Tom said that one of the advantages of having 3 co-chairs is that they back each other up.

Tom gave special thanks to Paulette Novak, Sue Brubaker and Carol Burkman, who are the wives of the committee chairs, for their patience. At this time of year, the co-chairs spend a lot of time away from home helping with the Avenue of Flags.

The AOF not only earns the club money, but it is the reason several people joined the Centerville Noon Optimist Club. Diane Arehart, Dan Samiec and Carolyn Taylor are examples of CNO club members that joined CNO because of what they learned while helping the AOF team.

AOF is a Community Based Fundraiser

Here are the major groups that help and what percentage of flags they deliver and pick up.

  • CNO members, 64%
  • Subscribers, 15.8%
  • CHS Wrestling Team, 9.3%
  • Various VFWs in our area, 7.5%
  • Blue Star Mothers, 3.3%

The CHS wrestling team handles 8 routes. The CHS wrestling coach a couple of years ago came to the AOF chairs with the idea of parent/student teams installing sleeves and delivering/picking up flags. As a thank you, the groups above receive donations for their help. Subscribers and CNO members are offered a discount for their help as well.

Flags are Delivered on the 5 American Flag Holidays

  • Memorial Day
  • Flag Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Veterans Day

The Avenue of Flags (AOF) program delivers to residences and businesses in our community. Flags are displayed for 4-6 days around the 5 American Flag Holidays.

Tom thanked the volunteers on the various Avenue of Flag teams

  • Subscriber renewal team: they enter subscriptions and renewals into the AOF database and follow up with subscribers that have not renewed from the post cards and emails reminding people to renew.
  • Flag site “check-up” teams; they have already gone out this year to make sure the inground sleeves can be easily found and are straight. This greatly speeds up the process of installing the flags.
  • Flag delivery/retrieval teams.
  • Flag Facility Team at Sinclair College.
  • Flag assembly teams.

Thank you to all AOF Helpers. It really is true that many hands working together accomplishes amazing results. New routes are added every year and they always need more volunteers.

Statistics and facts about the program from Mike Brubaker

  • 2020 net profit was $94,684.00
  • 2965 flags were delivered on Veterans Day 2020
  • At least 2831 flags will be delivered for Memorial Day
  • More subscriptions will be added before each flag delivery day
  • AOF volunteers periodically build the flags from purchased parts and kits
    • During the spring of 2020 they assembled 250 flags in just 2 hours
    • High volume purchasing saves us and other local Optimist clubs that we sell our flag supplies to
    • Gross sales to other clubs for supplies in 2020 was $21,000.00.

Route Facts

  • There are 71 routes (2 are new for 2021) with 160 delivery and pickup volunteers
  • Most routes have 30-35 flags
  • Routes are designed to take 1-2 hours to deliver
  • About 3 routes are added each year
  • The largest route has 181 flags

Additional volunteers are always welcome

Let Tom know if you can help with delivery or pickup of flags. Helpers go out as 2 person teams. They are very excited to get volunteers that have flag friendly vehicles like mini-vans, SUV’s and pickup trucks. If you do not own a flag friendly vehicle you can still help; you will be paired with someone who has a compatible vehicle.

Sending Payments

If you receive a payment of cash or check from a new or current subscriber, send them directly to the home of Bob Burkman. It saves a step instead of people sending to the CNO P.O. box. This also increases the chances of late subscribers receiving their flags for Memorial Day or Flag Day.

Note that subscribers can subscribe, renew and pay with a credit card on the CNO website,  https://centervillenoonoptimist.com/avenue-of-flags-sign-up/

Memorial Day and Armed Forces Day History

Memorial Day, was originally named Decoration Day. Memorial Day started on May 30, 1865, to honor the 620,000 people who died in the Civil War. May 30th was chosen because there were no battles on that day. Memorial Day got its current official name in 1967. Currently Memorial Day is on the last Monday of May each year because of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. Signed into law on June 28, 1968, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act took effect on January 1, 1971. Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May as a tribute to the men and women currently serving in the Armed Forces.

AOF Flags History

In 2003 to test the fundraiser, CNO put out 30 flags for free in Quail Run. If Chuck Dickerson had not put up the initial $3000 in funding, the program probably would never have started.

Back in 2005, the first year Avenue of Flags was a fundraiser, they did skits at CNO lunch to educate members about the concept. One of the skits was the Tom and Jerry show played by “Tom” Novak and “Jerry” Stahley. Others played American Historical characters. Charlie Tapp dressed up as Paul Revere. Benjamin Franklin was played by Chuck Dickerson. Ken Peacock played Johnny Appleseed which represented the need to “plant” the flags.

Subscribers Help Us Serve the Community

The Avenue of Flags is about the American Flag. The revenue helps support what CNO does for the youth of our community. Neighbors telling their neighbors about the Avenue of Flags is a large source of new subscribers. This was the only way it worked for the first few years. If you have neighbors that have not subscribed, let them know about the program and how it helps the community.

New Member Readings and Inductions

None this week.

Welcome Guests!

No guests this week.

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Don KellyA grandaughter just graduated from college.
Don KellyA grandaughter finished her first year at Miami University.
Carolyn TaylorGoing to be a a grandmother for the first time around August 23, 2021.  It’s a BOY!
Carolyn TaylorAfter a year of COVID-19 delay, her son (the dad-to-be) is starting graduate studies at the Wharton Business School, at the University of Pennsylvania, May 23, 2021.  A two year program, every other weekend.
David DuncombeHas been cleared by his doctor to drive for at least another 2 years. Ohio makes you get certified by a doctor after you turn 90.
Charlie GoodwinSon has earned his a MD and PhD and is completing his Internal Medicine Residency and Hematology/Oncology fellowship and taking a job in Houghton, Michigan.

Sergeants at Arms

MemberInfraction
CNO Members who helped serve lunchHelping to deliver today’s lunch and putting Yankee Trace jobs at risk
Debe DockinsWinning bets on the Kentucky Derby
Patrick Arehart Wearing shorts on a chilly day

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Brendan CunninghamMay155/15/20183
Jay HoffmanMay155/15/20174
Wendy HattanMay155/15/20183
David LaddMay165/16/20129

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Marge BackMay 11
Jessica KingMay 11
Abby DavisMay 11
Tim BemisMay 15
Kristina RainerMay 16
Carolyn TaylorMay 17
Jim LongMay 17

CNO Donations – 2013 through May 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: May 4, 2021 – Tracy Huxley OI VP Presents “Choose Optimism, Choose Happiness”

Bob Burkman Prayer

Today’s prayer was originally written by Laura Kelley Fanucci. It was then modified by Bob Burkman to fit our meeting and he read it for today’s meeting.

Heavenly Father,

Here we are, Noon Optimists, live and digital for the first time in over a year. We have hope that this long nightmare is nearing an end.

When this is over, may we never again take for granted:

  • A handshake with a stranger
  • Full shelves at the store
  • Conversations with neighbors
  • A crowded theatre
  • Friday night out
  • A Tuesday Noon Optimist meeting
  • A routine checkup
  • The school rush each morning
  • Coffee with a friend
  • The roar of a crowd in a stadium
  • Each deep breath we take
  • A boring weekend
  • Life itself

When this pandemic ends, may we find that we have become more like the people we wanted to be, that you called us to be, that we hoped to be and may we stay that way for the benefit of each other. In your name we pray.

Amen

Special Announcement

Today was the first time the Centerville Noon Optimist Club has met in person in over a year!

Announcements

Mike Bevis, golf outing chair, said the committee is hard at work. They need “day of event” volunteers for lots of tasks on Monday, July 12, 2021. There are jobs for all times of the day including early morning, mid-day and at the end of the day.

Vida McDowell, golf outing, announced that many vendors have had a bad year so if you would like to donate a gift card it would be appreciated.

Debe Dockins announced that there will be an in-person CNO 2.0 evening meeting in June 2021.

Debe Dockins said to let her know if you would like to help decorate the 2021 CNO Americana float and/or if you would like to ride on the float with her and wave to the community.

Debe Dockins announced that the winners of the Visual Arts contests are being forwarded to Optimist International for the final level of the contest. You can view all the entries and the winners here.

Debe Dockins announced that the 3rd quarter Great Ohio District meeting will be in person on May 21-22, 2021. If you are going, register now to get early bird pricing.

Tom Novak, co-chair of Avenue of Flag, announced they have 200 new subscriptions and are up to 72 routes and 160 delivery helpers. So far, there will be 2708 flags delivered on Memorial Day. Contact Mike Brubaker, Bob Burkman or Tom Novak if you can volunteer to help deliver and/or pickup flags for any of the 5 flag holidays.

2021-2022 Officers and Board of Directors Nominations for CNO

Jean Pummill, CNO Secretary, took a vote today and Officers and Board Members have been elected. For Optimist Year 2021-2022 your Officers and Board Members are:

  • President Elect: Beth Duncan
  • Vice Presidents: Sarah Umbreit and Greg Wasmund
  • Board of Directors for 2-year terms: Diane Arehart, Brandon Barrett, Katie Calloway, Bob Glavin, Evelyn Griffin.
  • Board Members with 1 year left to serve: Patrick Arehart, Christine Balsan, Pat Behn, Jim Long, Brian Nolan
  • Gary Hansen is the president for 2021-2022 and has chosen Chris McAlpine as his past president representative. Debe Dockins will serve as the Immediate Past President.
  • The incoming president chooses the Treasurer and Secretary. Gary Hansen has selected Roland Rapp for Treasurer and Jean Pummill for Secretary. They are both currently serving in those positions.

Committee Meetings

  • 5/12/2021, 6 PM, Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf 2021, Zoom hosted by Mike Bevis. Meetings in 2021 will be on Wednesdays on 1/13, 2/17, 3/24, 4/14, 5/12, 6/16, 7/7. Additional volunteers are always welcome. The golf outing will be held on 7/12/2021.
  • 5/18/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting, Zoom hosted by President Debe Dockins.

Community Events

Centerville/Washington Township’s Virtual Got Talent contest will soon finish the video of the finalists and CNO members will be able to vote. You will receive an email.

Social Events

Last Friday the social event, “Jammin’ in our Jammies” was held on Zoom. It was a great success. As reported by Debe Dockins, it was a LOT of fun.

Tracy Huxley, Optimist International Regional VP

Debe Dockins introduced Tracy Huxley, the Optimist International Vice President of the Northeast & Great Lakes Region. Tracy is also an OI Certified International Trainer.

Tracy has been a proud Optimist since 1996, with membership in both the Southwestern Ontario and the Caribbean Districts and is serving multiple roles at the club, district, and international levels. One thing that fills her bucket is the chance to work with Optimists from around the globe as a Certified International Trainer.

Tracy’s training style has been described as interactive, enthusiastic, and motivational.  She’s developed workshops on a wide range of topics not typically found at Optimist Conferences.

Tracy’s extended bio can be read here.

Presentation

Her presentation was titled, “Choose Optimism, Choose Happiness, They’re Choices.”

Current OI president Mark Weinsoff has asked OI members to figure out what makes Optimist clubs different than other services clubs. Optimist clubs are the only club that operate under the banner of Optimism. Optimism is a choice and having optimism creates happiness.

To be optimistic takes practice and intention. You need a lesson in self-awareness. When Tracy was 13 years old and having a bad day, her father told her that having a bad day was her choice. He said she had chosen to have a negative state of mind. No 13-year girl is going to believe this is a choice, but she remembered what he said.

Imagine a day starting with stubbing your toe as you get out of bed, you get toothpaste on your shirt, you spill coffee all over the counter and floor. Does this mean you have to have a bad day? No, it does not. Turn the situation around. Spilling the coffee means you can stop at the coffee shop and get that fancy coffee you love.

There is a part of your brain called the Reticular Activating System (RAS) that brings whatever you are focusing on to the forefront of your awareness. Your brain collects data about your experiences all day. What the RAS of your brain filters to keep is based on your focus. If you focus on positive ideas, then your brain will filter out the bad and keep the good. If you focus on negative ideas, then you are going to have a bad day.

Here is an example. Imagine you are on your way to work and you are late. On your drive if you focus on all the red lights you are hitting, then that is what your brain will filter and remember. You won’t remember all the green lights that you passed through and you probably hit the same number of red lights you always do.

Focus on the Positive

Tracy thinks the point of this quote is so important, she said it twice. From Michelle Gielen, “Practicing happiness starts with being conscious of how we devote our mental resources and continually train our brains to focus on the positive” Side note, Gielen is the keynote speaker in Atlanta at the OI International Conference in June 2021.

Conclusions

Happiness is a choice. It is your choice to choose to be happy and optimistic. It is easy to experience an “I am eating ice-cream right now” happiness. Long term happiness takes practice and training. Be self-aware and choose happiness.

We need goals in our lives. When you are confident the path you are on includes the purpose of finding joy on the way, you will then find happiness.

Focusing on the positive is the key. Focus on long term happiness in your life and keep moving forward. Remember the 7th line of the Optimist creed, “Promise yourself to forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.” Sure, you will have some failures on the way, but they are just minor blips.

Examples of ways to Focus your Brain every Day

  • Write down 3 things you are grateful for.
  • Send an email to someone about doing a great job with something.
  • Get your brain to re-focus. The more you practice the better you get at it, which increases your chances of being truly happy.

Happiness Resources

  • Tracy said we should all try the 30-Day Kindness Challenge created by Shanti Feldhahn.
  • Shawn Achor’s TED talk is a great way to learn about the human potential for happiness. He describes how happiness is based on a positive outlook for the future. He is the author of “The Happiness Advantage.”

Thank You

Thank you, Tracy Huxley, for inspiring us today about choosing happiness and how great it is to be an Optimist.

New Member Readings and Inductions

None this week.

Welcome Guests!

Guest NameGuest of
Tracy HuxleyToday’s Speaker, Optimist International Vice President of the Northeast & Great Lakes Region

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Gary Anderson$10 happy bucks, to Debe Dockins and her board and leadership team for the great job running the club during the pandemic.
Vida McDowell$10 happy bucks, to Debe Dockins and her board and leadership team for the great job running the club during the pandemic.
Donna HussGreat grandson born with the middle name of Wrigley in honor of Chicago Cubs.
Brian NolanCasey Dixon being a brand new member and already has hosted a CNO 2.0 event and her husband’s truck will pull the CNO float during the Americana Parade.
Barbara SantoHer family is happy that her daughter just got engaged to be married.
Charla RheaumeMyron Rheaume was able to attend today’s meeting in person.
Louise HahnShe just became a Great, Great Grandmother and her treatments are going better than any of the doctors had hoped and she will be done soon.
Tom NovakSpecial thanks to these Avenue of Flags volunteers for spending about 11 hours at flag headquarters handing out tools for the annual flag checkup: Bob Burkman, Bob Foster, Carol Smerz, Dav Bremer, Jim Mogan, Judy McFadden, Marge Back, and Tom Novak.

Sergeants at Arms

MemberInfraction
Gary HansenAttending Zoom meetings with a beard and long hair.
Myron RheaumeAttending Zoom meetings while wearing a hospitcal gown.
Bob DuffyGot his name tag from the basement of Yankee Trace even thought we aren’t doing name tags because of the pandemic.
Karl FrydrykGot his name tag from the basement of Yankee Trace even thought we aren’t doing name tags because of the pandemic.
Greg GriffinBecause of the pandemic he never wore long pants all winter long.
Everyone who is a snowbirdIf you spent 2 weeks out of Ohio for 2 weeks in 2021 you are fined.
Everyone who is a snowbird in two statesIf you spent time in two warm states in 2021 without first going home you are fined again.
Gary AndersonAttending a Zoom meeting wihtout a shirt

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Craig DringMay75/7/199724
Dave KayMay85/8/199229
Paul BowellMay85/8/200021

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Chris AbratowskiMay 4
Chris WysongMay 4
Melissa DeShurkoMay 4
Lou BrinkmanMay 6
Pam MillerMay 6
Mary MaddenMay 6
Tom HendersonMay 6
Beth DuncanMay 9
Jon FoxMay 10

CNO Donations – 2013 through March 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 Recorded Meeting and PowerPoint

A Video Recording of this Week’s Meeting is here

A Podcast of this Week’s Meeting is here

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

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.

CNOtes: April 27, 2021 – CHS Basketball Coach Brook Cupps

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

Lord our God,

We miss 100% of the shots we do not take.  When we hear Your call to work together to formulate ways to assist others, help us to remember, that even though some of our shots may be air balls, we should continue to press on.  We never know when one of our ideas will be a slam dunk.

Amen.

Announcements

Tom Novak, Avenue of Flags chair, announced that in less than 30 days the first round of flags will be delivered for Memorial Day using 160 helpers. Next week, the flag checkup process will occur using 90 CNO volunteers. Please reach out to Tom if you can check the inground sleeves to make sure they are uncovered and straight. This process is very important to make the delivery day installations efficient for all but especially new delivery helpers, many of whom are not CNO members.

Mike Bevis, golf outing chair, said the committee is hard at work. They need “day of event” volunteers for lots of tasks on Monday, July 12, 2021. There are jobs for all times of the day including early morning, mid-day and at the end of the day.

Greg Fay, chair of CNO 2.0, announced that there will be an in-person CNO 2.0 meeting in June 2021.

Debe Dockins said to let her know if you would like to help decorate the 2021 CNO Americana float and/or if you would like to ride on the float with her and wave to the community.

Committee Meetings

  • 5/12/2021, 6 PM, Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf 2021, Zoom hosted by Mike Bevis. Meetings in 2021 will be on Wednesdays on 1/13, 2/17, 3/24, 4/14, 5/12, 6/16, 7/7. Additional volunteers are always welcome. The golf outing will be held on 7/12/2021.
  • 5/18/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting, Zoom hosted by President Debe Dockins.

Brook Cupps, Head Coach of CHS Boys Basketball

Mike Bevis introduced Brook Cupps, the Head Coach of Boys Basketball at CHS and the 2021 Ohio Division I High School basketball tournament champions. Cupps is in his 9th year of coaching and teaching at CHS. He earned his undergrad degree from Capitol University and his masters from the University of Dayton.

Cupps’ personal statement of values he lives by and instills in his players is, “Tough, Passionate, Unified and Thankful.”

The coaches work on instilling core values in the team. Cupps has attended coaching clinics to learn how to be a better coach. He wants the players to leave with great values even when they do not win. One of the best compliments Cupps said he can receive is when someone can tell by watching his team play that they are following core values. Even when faced with losing, players keep it together, keep trying and keep overcoming. They play as a team and the players know the old Chinese proverb, “When you drink the water, don’t forget who helped you dig the well.”

This season CHS had a really special group of kids. Team members bought in to really doing their job. They talk about how the guys that score and get rebounds are no more important than the guys on the bench cheering. The player’s mentality was very important in obtaining wins this season. There were 5 seniors on the team and 3 of them did not get much court time. This is a hard sell to most kids. Those 3 worked hard and were the backbone of the team. There is a bible verse that reflects this team concept, 1 Corinthians 12:21, “The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you!’ And the head cannot say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you!’”

Cupps uses the quote from Rudyard Kipling, “The strength of the wolf is the pack, and the strength of the pack is the wolf.”

Since he started coaching Cupps said, “Each year the team has gotten a little bit better and the community has been very supportive.”

Leadership Philosophy

He teaches two types of leadership classes at the school. The classes are Foundational Leadership which is leading yourself and Transformation Leadership which is leading others. You need to learn how to lead yourself before you can lead others. Sometimes leaders receive too much credit. A great leader also needs followers who listen and care about what is going on and want to achieve common goals. He shares values with the team that are more important than basketball. He defines personal success as always doing your best and continually trying to improve. It is not about being the best, it is about trying the most you can and improving at the best of your ability.

Cupps Parents

His mother was a bus driver and his father was a teacher. His parents gave him his core values, including serving the community. His mother would quiz kids on their spelling words while waiting for kids to board her bus. The leader of a group needs to share and spread core values.

Thank You

Thank you, Brook Cupps, for discussing your coaching philosophy with CNO today. Congratulations to the team and you for being the Ohio Division I High School Basketball Champions for 2021.

New Member Readings and Inductions

None this week.

Welcome Guests!

Guest NameGuest of
Brook CuppsToday’s Speaker, CHS teacher and head boys basketball coach of the winning team of the Ohio Division I 2021 tournament.

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Tom NovakThanks to the Avenue of Flags renewal team of Mike Brubaker, Bob & Carol Burkman, Ken Irwin, Karen Sirmans, Evelyn Griffin, Dick Lee, and Diane Arehart
Tom NovakHis wife Paulette received a beautiful bouqet of flowers from the CNO Sunshine Committee today. She has had two recent surgeries.
Debe DockinsHer parents are celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary.

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Charlie TappMay15/1/197843
Joe MaddenMay15/1/198239
Tim StullMay15/1/198734

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Jeff BuschApril 29
Ray HussApril 29
Brandon BarrettApril 30
Lynne ReillyMay 1
Dawayne KirkmanMay 2

CNO Donations – 2013 through March 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.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week. Sergeants RETURN (in person) next week!

Zoom Meeting This Week

We had another meeting using Zoom. We will continue our weekly meetings via computer, cell phone or tablet for at least the next several weeks. Please join us and keep inviting guests.

Who can Attend Zoom Meetings?

Any member of any type of Centerville Noon Optimist can attend Zoom meetings. CNO 2.0, St Leonard’s and CNO full members or CNO monthly members can ALL attend.

Guests are also welcome. Please invite guests and introduce them if you like. Just share the Zoom link with them for that week.

COVID-19 UPDATE

In keeping with social distancing requirements – our CNO Meetings have transitioned temporarily to a online format using ZOOM.

Club Member Joe Madden was inspired to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.

Links to Recorded Meeting and PowerPoint

A Video Recording of this Week’s Meeting is here

A Podcast of this Week’s Meeting is here

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

CNOtes: April 20, 2021 – Dean Jenny Darroch – Miami University

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

Gracious and Holy Lord,

We are imperfect people living in an imperfect world.  When we see glimpses of things, we jump to conclusions, make judgments, and think we know the truth.  We want instant gratification, instant answers, and instant results.  We throw fits when we do not get our way or what we want.  Help us to have the patience and strength to seek Your truth, Your path, and most importantly, to trust in Your timing. 

Amen.

Visual Arts Contest

The 2021 winners have been selected. You can view all the entries and the winners here.

Deb Saunders and Jane Fiehrer, the chairs of the Visual Arts Contest, thanked all the judges. Additionally, they thanked Patrick Arehart for his work in the background for the webpage form to accept the entries and permission forms. They also thanked Diane Arehart for the social media boost that added many more participants in the contest.

Announcements

Barb Layne, the 2000-2001 Optimist International Ohio District Governor, announced that the President’s Club will be holding a golf outing on May 7, 2021 at Beavercreek Golf Club. They still have slots left for participation.

Debe Dockins announced that Matt and Casey Dixon have volunteered to pull the CNO Americana parade trailer with their truck.

Mike Bevis, golf outing chair, said the committee is hard at work getting donations. Half of the previous donors have signed up already. They need “day of event” volunteers for lots of tasks on Monday, July 12, 2021. There are jobs for all times of the day starting early morning, during the day and the end of the day.

Committee Meetings

  • 5/12/2021, 6 PM, Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf 2021, Zoom hosted by Mike Bevis. Meetings in 2021 will be on Wednesdays on 1/13, 2/17, 3/24, 4/14, 5/12, 6/16, 7/7. Additional volunteers are always welcome. The golf outing will be held on 7/12/2021.
  • 5/18/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting, Zoom hosted by President Debe Dockins.

Social Events

4/30/2021 at 6:30 PM, “Jammin’ in our Jammies” on Zoom, a Name that Tune contest will be held. It will be 5 rounds of 6 challenges.

Jenny Darroch, Dean of Miami University’s Farmer School of Business

Mike Bevis introduced Jenny Darroch. In March of 2020, Darroch became the Dean, Professor of Marketing, and Mitchell P. Rales Chair in Business Leadership of the Farmer School of Business at Miami University. We are honored to welcome Jenny Darroch as our speaker today.

The Miami University business degree ranks #10 in ROI. The program is rated a top ten value for undergraduate business schools for 2021. In 2020, U.S. News and World Report ranked Miami in the top 10 in the Nation for Best Undergraduate Teaching.

Introducing Jenny Darroch

Before coming to Miami University, Jenny Darroch was the Dean of the Drucker School of Management at Claremont University in California. She received her Masters of Commerce degree from the University of Auckland, New Zealand and she graduated from the University of Otago, New Zealand with a Ph.D. in marketing. She taught at New Zealand’s Massey University.

Her presentation is titled, “Welcome to the Farmer School of Business” – “The Farmer School of Business: where Beyond Ready Leaders Learn and Grow”

You can view her slide deck here.

Vision Statement

We will offer the best student curricular and co-curricular experiences in the nation for ambitious students who seek a meaningful career that will allow them to constantly learn, grow and make a positive impact in the world, both today and in the future.

Mission Statement

We are here to support our students’ success. We do this by engaging all of our stakeholders in an ecosystem that connects teaching, research and practice, and provides extraordinary experiences for all.

Results Drive Education, Miami’s Rankings

  • #4 Undergraduate Accounting Program (Public Accounting Report) among schools without doctoral programs
  • #1 Undergraduate Supply Chain Program (SCM Journal) among public universities without a PhD program
  • Top 10 Schools for Entrepreneurship Studies for 12 years in a row (The Princeton review) among public schools
  • Top 10 List for CEOs of Fortune 500 Companies (Money Magazine) and only school in top 10 with 2 female Fortune 500 CEOs to its credit
  • Top 20 Undergraduate Marketing Programs (US News and World Report)

Return on Investment

  • #10 Undergraduate Business Schools in the U.S. & the Top in Ohio (Poets and Quants)
  • #2 in Ohio for Salary Potential after Graduation (Payscale.com)
  • #2 in Ohio for Return on Tuition Investment (Payscale.com)
  • Named a “Best Buy” College (Princeton Review)

The First-Year Integrated Core Experience

Students are immersed into the business world as Freshmen. Students all take:

  • BUS 101: Foundations of Business
  • BUS 102: Foundations of Business Communications
  • ESP 103: Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurial Thinking
  • BUS 104: Introduction to Computation Thinking for Business

These courses teach Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Creative Thinking, Ethical Thinking, Communication, and Computational Thinking and Coding.

Hands-On Learning

  • Study Abroad, 65% of students participate in study abroad
  • Curricular and co-curricular Client Projects with major businesses
  • Student Organizations (41+ Business Organizations, Fraternities and Honor Societies)
  • Internships (89% of students complete at least one internship and 56% complete multiple)

Graduating Seniors Job Placement

Over 50% of graduates receive an average signing bonus of $5,543. There are Career Fairs and Networking events that help secure Jobs and Internships. See this article for more job placement data for the class of 2020.

Quick Facts About the Farmer School of Business (FSB)

  • For the last 3 years there have been 1200 students per year enrolled in FSB
  • There are 4500 total students in FSB
  • The average ACT score of FSB students is 28.8
  • There are 18,000 students at Miami University

Pandemic Related Information

  • Just under 50% of classes have some face to face teaching component. The 6-foot distancing rule has made it difficult for this percentage to be higher.
  • Half of the FSB faculty have gone back to school to learn how to be more effective at remote teaching.
  • The number and quality of guest speakers has been greatly improved because of virtual learning. The elimination of travel for guests makes the pool much larger.
  • A survey of graduating seniors in January 2021 showed that about half had jobs which normally would be two thirds by now.
  • Many internships for students are now remotely based.

Thank You

Thank you, Jenny Darroch, for informing CNO about the Miami University Farmer School of Business.

New Member Readings and Inductions

None this week.

Welcome Guests!

Guest NameGuest of
Jenny DarrochToday’s Speaker, Miami University Dean of The Farmer School of Business
Barb LayneFormer Optimist International Ohio District Governor
Benjamin ArehartPatrick Arehart

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Carolyn TaylorShe is going to be a grandmother around August 23, 2021.
Debe DockinsDeb Saunders, Jane Fiehrer and Patrick Arehart for their hard work with the Visual Arts contest.

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Mark PetreApril224/22/199625
Donna HussApril244/24/20129
Dr. Dan PassidomoApril254/25/200714
Mike WittApril264/26/199427

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Sue ZammitApril 21
Mike BremApril 22
Dave KleinApril 22
Keith MeyerApril 23

CNO Donations – 2013 through March 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.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Zoom Meeting This Week

We had another meeting using Zoom. We will continue our weekly meetings via computer, cell phone or tablet for at least the next several weeks. Please join us and keep inviting guests.

Who can Attend Zoom Meetings?

Any member of any type of Centerville Noon Optimist can attend Zoom meetings. CNO 2.0, St Leonard’s and CNO full members or CNO monthly members can ALL attend.

Guests are also welcome. Please invite guests and introduce them if you like. Just share the Zoom link with them for that week.

COVID-19 UPDATE

In keeping with social distancing requirements – our CNO Meetings have transitioned temporarily to a online format using ZOOM.

Club Member Joe Madden was inspired to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.

Links to Recorded Meeting and PowerPoint

A Video Recording of this Week’s Meeting is here

A Podcast of this Week’s Meeting is here

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

CNOtes: April 13, 2021 – Steve Mays – Bike Centerville

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

Hildegard of Bingen wrote, “Let us keep greenness in our souls so that creation can still unfold in us no matter what the season.  Keep the soil moist so growth can continue.”

Lord, help us to look at the world around us with the innocence and simplicity of children.  Guide us so we may remain creative and continue to grow in the ways you intended.  May we water the soil of those we encounter with words of encouragement, actions of support, and prayers of love and caring so they too may grow, and their creative spirits unfold.

Amen.

2021-2022 Officers and Board of Directors Nominations for CNO

Jean Pummill, CNO Secretary, reported that the nomination committee of the Centerville Noon Optimist Club, comprised of past presidents, the current president and incoming president have nominated the following members for the Optimist Year 2021-2022:

  • President Elect: Beth Duncan
  • Vice Presidents: Sarah Umbreit and Greg Wasmund
  • Board of Directors for 2-year terms: Diane Arehart, Brandon Barrett, Katie Calloway, Bob Glavin, Evelyn Griffin.
  • Board Members with 1 year left to serve: Patrick Arehart, Christine Balsan, Pat Behn, Jim Long, Brian Nolan
  • Gary Hansen is the president for 2021-2022 and has chosen Chris McAlpine as his past president representative. Debe Dockins will serve as the Immediate Past President.
  • The incoming president chooses the Treasurer and Secretary. Gary Hansen has selected Roland Rapp for Treasurer and Jean Pummill for Secretary. They are both currently serving in those positions.

We will hear from each of the nominated board members and officers over the next 3 or 4 weeks.

Announcements

Debe Dockins announced that CNO will have a float in the parade. Debe is looking for a full-sized truck to pull the trailer in the parade. Mike Cordonnier’s students will be getting the trailer ready for the parade.

Debe Dockins announced that CNO is on track to resume in person lunches on 5/4/2021. Signups will begin on April 28, 2021.

Debe Dockins announced that the Bike Rodeo for 2021 has been cancelled. It will return in 2022.

Committee Meetings

  • 5/12/2021, 6 PM, Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf 2021, Zoom hosted by Mike Bevis. Meetings in 2021 will be on Wednesdays on 1/13, 2/17, 3/24, 4/14, 5/12, 6/16, 7/7. Additional volunteers are always welcome. The golf outing will be held on 7/12/2021.
  • 5/18/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting, Zoom hosted by President Debe Dockins.

Community Events

Beth Duncan, chair of Centerville/Washington Township’s Virtual Got Talent contest, said you can send potential contestants to https://centervillenoonoptimist.com/cwt/ for an application and details about the competition. Applications to participate are due by 4/22/2021. Videos must be submitted by 4/29/2021. The contest will be for kids ages 4-19 that live or go to school in Centerville or Washington Township and will be participating in the event via videos they create of their talent.

Social Events

4/30/2021 at 6:30 PM, “Jammin’ in our Jammies” on Zoom, a Name that Tune contest will be held. It will be 5 rounds of 6 challenges.

Steve Mays, Bike Centerville

Mike Bevis introduced Steve Mays, the president of Bike Centerville, a chapter of Bike Miami Valley.  Bike Centerville was started in 2012. Other local chapters include Cycle Kettering, Bike Springfield, Bike Piqua, and Bike Yellow Springs.

Introducing Steve Mays

  • Lived in the Washington Township/Centerville area since 1992
  • He is Vice President and GM at Reynolds Machinery
  • 31 years on the job
  • Started with Delphi
  • Graduate of Purdue – Mechanical Engineering
  • Avid cyclist – rode over 30 miles last Saturday, which was a yucky day outside

You can view the slide deck here.

Bike Centerville’s Community Rides schedule is posted on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/bikecenterville/.

Mission

Create a bicycle friendly community.

Bike Centerville is optimistic that they can make our community safer for bikers

Teach your child about the love of bicycles and they will never have money for drugs.

Bike Centerville knows that not every road can have a bike lane, but they help community planners remember about bike lanes when they are creating or rebuilding roads.

Steve said that bike paths improve the value of homes and that younger generations like living in communities where they can get to things easily without a car.

Successes

  • Established Bike Route 12; 12 is an even number which means it runs East – West. The number 12 keeps it away from numbers used by Kettering Bike Routes.
  • They have helped add local bike parking racks.
  • They have group rides that are 10-15 miles. These rides give safety tips and teach members where the safe routes are.
  • Near I-675, Centerville has decided to make it a little bit easier for bikers. There is a connector to Iron Horse Park and Bigger Road via Hewitt Avenue (see slide deck).

Wish List

  • Add 2 more North-South Bike Routes to Centerville/Washington Township (see slide deck).
  • Connect Centerville routes to routes in Miamisburg, Kettering and Bellbrook.
  • Strategically add more bike parking around the community.
  • Add signage along Bike Route 12 to indicate interest areas such as parks, libraries and historic districts.
  • Get Yankee Trace Golf club to have special “Bike the Cart Path” events to enjoy a 6-mile ride when the paths are closed to golf carts for a few hours.
  • Continuation of the Iron Horse bike trail under or over I-675. He admits that this will be very expensive and not likely to happen.

Bike the Boro

Once a year in Springboro there is a Bike the Boro event. It encourages people to socialize and learn about safety and biking opportunities.

See https://www.cityofspringboro.com/387/Upcoming-Events for details. The 8th Annual Bike the Boro will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021.

Buying a Bicycle

When purchasing a bicycle, Steve suggests using local bike shops. A local bike shop will have higher quality bicycles. Large retailers have bicycles as well, but from his experience, the assembly quality of a department store bike can be “suspect”.  He has seen department store bikes with cross-threaded pedals, loose crank arms and brake levers assembled backwards, even though the quality of each component is good. The local bike shop will fix anything that could go wrong on their bikes, whereas a department store will simply let you return the bike.

Another way to look at it is, if you buy a screwdriver at the grocery, that tool might suffice to use occasionally. If you want a screwdriver to use every day, then you should probably spend a little more money and buy a name brand tool from a hardware store.

There currently is a shortage of quality bicycles. Approximately 90% of bikes come from China so bikes are in short supply. If you order a custom or high-end bike it could take more than 6 months.

Getting Started

If you have not ridden a bicycle for a while Steve suggested that most neighborhoods are a good place to start. The Great Miami trail, Little Miami trail and Creekside trail in Beavercreek are good options as well.

A novice should get a bicycle with a lower number of gears. You do not really need 21 gears. Biking around your neighborhood you are fine with as few as 3 gears. He does recommend getting a bike with at least some gears or even shallow hills will be difficult.

Thank You Steve Mays

Thank you, Steve Mays, for joining us to educate CNO on Bike Centerville. Steve said to feel free to reach out to him if you have any questions about bike riding at stevebikecenterville@gmail.com

New Member Readings and Inductions

None this week.

Welcome Guests!

Guest NameGuest of
Steve MaysToday’s Speaker from Bike Centerville

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Brian NolanSeveral dignitaries will be at the CNO 2.0 event on 4/15/2021, including Ohio District Governor Jennifer Kendo, OI VP Candidate Tom Kendo, previous Ohio District Governor Myron Rheaume, current CNO President Debe Dockins, former CNO president, current Lt. Governor, and Governor elect Greg Griffin, and CNO president elect Gary Hansen.
Tom NovakAvenue of Flags beginning of year renewal process is wrapping up. Thank you to the 70 members that are contacting flag subscribers that have not yet renewed.
Debe DockinsHappy to see Steve Mays, who was today’s speaker.
Gary HansenHe opened his Michigan lakehouse for the season.

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Blanca CrinerApril164/16/20147
Andrew CainApril194/19/20183
Cheryl ProbstApril194/19/20183
Stan FronzagliaApril194/19/199922
Vida McDowellApril194/19/199922

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Rick TaldaApril 13
Emily DukeApril 14
Anne KesslerApril 15
Carol BurkmanApril 16
Ellie ParkerApril 16
Denise O’NeilApril 18

CNO Donations – 2013 through January 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.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Zoom Meeting This Week

We had another meeting using Zoom. We will continue our weekly meetings via computer, cell phone or tablet for at least the next several weeks. Please join us and keep inviting guests.

Who can Attend Zoom Meetings?

Any member of any type of Centerville Noon Optimist can attend Zoom meetings. CNO 2.0, St Leonard’s and CNO full members or CNO monthly members can ALL attend.

Guests are also welcome. Please invite guests and introduce them if you like. Just share the Zoom link with them for that week.

COVID-19 UPDATE

In keeping with social distancing requirements – our CNO Meetings have transitioned temporarily to a online format using ZOOM.

Club Member Joe Madden was inspired to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.

Links to Recorded Meeting and PowerPoint

A Video Recording of this Week’s Meeting is here

A Podcast of this Week’s Meeting is here

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

CNOtes: April 6, 2021 – Carlye Rausch – Crayons to Classrooms

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

An excerpt from “Security Blanket,” a story in the book P.S. God, Can You Fly? By R. Wayne Willis:

In a Peanuts cartoon, Charlie Brown explains to Peppermint Patty what security is: “Security is sleeping in the back seat of the car.  When you’re a little kid, and you’ve been somewhere with your mom and dad, and it’s night, and you’re riding home in the car, you can sleep in the back seat.  You don’t have to worry about anything.  Your mom and dad are in the front seat, and they do all the worrying.  They take care of everything.”

Lord, while it is impossible for us to always be in the front seat to alleviate the worrying of others and to take care of everyone and everything, help us to find ways in which we are able to provide a bit of a security blanket to others when we can.

Amen.

Announcements

Greg Griffin, Easter Egg Hunt committee, announced that the Easter Egg drive through was held last Saturday and it went great. Volunteer turnout was huge and community participation was fantastic. Next year the event should be a more traditional Easter Egg hunt.

Mike Bevis, golf committee, announced that it is just over 90 days until the golf event. Donors are returning as usual.

Tom Novak, Avenue of Flags, announced that about 70 Optimist volunteers will be making calls to those who have not renewed their flag subscriptions yet. Let him know if you would like to help make calls or deliver/pickup flags this year.

Committee Meetings

  • 4/14/2021, 6 PM, Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf 2021, Zoom hosted by Mike Bevis. Meetings in 2021 will be on Wednesdays on 1/13, 2/17, 3/24, 4/14, 5/12, 6/16, 7/7. Additional volunteers are always welcome. The golf outing will be held on 7/12/2021.
  • 4/20/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting, Zoom hosted by President Debe Dockins

Community Events

Beth Duncan, chair of Centerville/Washington Township’s Virtual Got Talent contest, said you can send potential contestants to https://centervillenoonoptimist.com/cwt/ for an application and details about the competition. Applications to participate are due by 4/22/2021. Videos must be submitted by 4/29/2021. The contest will be for kids ages 4-19 that live or go to school in Centerville or Washington Township and will be participating in the event via videos they create of their talent.

Social Events

4/30/2021 at 6:30 PM, “Jammin’ in our Jammies” on Zoom, a Name that Tune contest will be held. It will be 5 rounds of 6 challenges.

Carlye Rausch, from Dayton Crayons to Classrooms

Mike Bevis introduced Carlye Rausch, the Program Manager for Dayton Crayons to Classrooms. She joined the team in June of 2018 and became the Program Manager in June 2020.

Introducing Carlye Rausch

  • Graduated Eastern Kentucky University
  • Public Relations major
  • Always welcomes volunteers at their location on Woodman Drive
  • 6 years with Girl Scouts of Kentucky Wilderness Road
  • 3 years with Crayons to Classrooms – program management
  • Spoke at Greene Optimist Club in February
  • Attended CHS
  • Lives in Centerville
  • Loves Avenue of Flags!

From the DC2C Website

What we do
Dayton Crayons to Classrooms (DC2C) is a free store for teachers from under-funded preK-12 schools that serve students living in poverty.

In partnership with local businesses, individual donors, and community volunteers, DC2C lifts at-risk student’s level and love of learning by collecting and distributing donated supplies and surplus products for use in the classroom.

Teachers from eligible schools are invited to shop for what they need in our retail-style free store in a Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley building in Dayton, Ohio.

Our Purpose
To enhance the readiness to learn of all students in the Greater Dayton, Ohio region by providing them with school supplies that are essential to academic success—at no cost to the students’ teachers, schools, or families.

Crayons to Classrooms serves Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Warren (Franklin City Schools and Springboro City Schools) counties.

Our Vision
Ensure every student in need has the tools for success every day, in every way.

Our Mission
Secure and distribute school supplies at no cost to teachers of students in need.

Carlye Rausch’s Presentation

You can view her slide deck here.

Carlye said there is a huge need for school supplies in every school district. She told us to imagine you are a disadvantaged student. You can be faced with trying to paint a picture without paint or struggle in music class because you cannot afford the required musical instrument.

A typical teacher spends about $1000 of their own money each year to buy school supplies for their students.

They serve teachers at schools where 60% or more of the students participate in the free/reduced lunch program. During the 2020-2021 school year they served 111 schools in the Dayton area. That means over 3000 teachers and 40,000 students can benefit from their program. Counties served: Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble and Warren (Franklin City Schools).

Shopping

  • Eligible teachers schedule online to shop in our store.
  • Teachers can shop with us once per semester, twice in a single school year (once in the fall/once in the spring).
  • On average each teacher takes about $800 worth of supplies during a single shop – ALL FOR FREE!

Donations

  • All the supplies within the store are donated or purchased with donated funds.
  • They are one of 42 affiliates of the Kids in Need Foundation – many big supply donations come from this partnership (Joann’s, MEAD, Thirty One, etc.)
  • They are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and all cash contributions to Crayons to Classrooms are tax deductible.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Check in/out and shopping assistants
  • Off-site Projects which include volunteers crafting red felt hearts into Pocket Hugs. This is a way to volunteer from home. Teachers give these Pocket Hugs when a kid could use an actual hug and right now that is not safe to do.

Classroom Solutions

  • This is their biggest need for volunteers. They are consistently behind on products because so many teachers take these supplies.
  • Products include various die cut shapes like thought balloons, hands, or feet that teachers use to decorate their rooms and to convey messages.
  • The costs associated with these products hinder how many products are made. On top of paper, lamination and printing, die cut machines require maintenance and replacement dies.
  • Replacement Die’s cost between $30-$310.
  • Rollers and Trays are $65 each and need to be replaced at least twice a year and they would like to do this quarterly.
  • New die cut machines cost between $395-$575.

Volunteer for a Teacher Program

  • Volunteer 5 hours and you can gift a shop to a teacher! You can work with a friend to combine your hours if you like.
  • Teachers from eligible schools can earn 1 extra shopping visit in a school year.
  • Teachers from ineligible schools can earn 2 total shopping visits per year per teacher.
  • The number of volunteer hours earned or donated is unlimited.

Items Most in Need

  • Pencils
  • Folders
  • Crayons
  • Notebooks
  • Paper
  • Glue/Glue Sticks
  • Markers
  • Art Supplies
  • Scissors
  • Backpacks

Annual Report Card for Fall 2019 Semester

  • 1509 teachers shopped with them
  • Distributed almost $2 Million
  • Distributed almost $300,000 to schools outside of shopping

Teachers and Students are Amazed and Thankful

First time shopping new teachers are often close to tears. Carlye has seen teachers so appreciative that they have broken down and cried for 5-10 minutes.

Crayons to Classrooms has done a lot of work related to Memorial Day 2019 tornado relief. She has seen kids excited about getting Paw Patrol backpacks.

Example Testimonial from a Teacher

“Crayons to Classrooms has given me the freedom as a classroom teacher to have all the supplies needed to make my room fully functional. Prior to the gift of Crayons to Classrooms I was limited in my spending because the bulk of the expenses was used to purchase the day to day supplies. Because of Crayons to Classrooms I now have the freedom to spend my own money on other essential classroom tools to help my students function at their best.”

Thank You

Thank you, Carlye Rausch, for joining us to educate CNO about Crayons to Classrooms.

New Member Readings and Inductions

None this week.

Welcome Guests!

Guest NameGuest of
Carlye RauschGuest speaker from Dayton Crayons to Classrooms

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Carol Smerz$5, she was excited about dropping off excess Easter Egg bags to Cline Elementary that will use the bags as rewards for students.
Brian Nolan$5 for seeing Myron at the Easter Egg Drive through event.

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Dan SamiecApril64/6/201011
Molly PetschApril64/6/200417
Ron TinnermanApril114/11/200516

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Andy HarmonApril 6
Bob ClementsApril 7
Kelly DavisApril 9
Erin Belangia-SanchezApril 9
Cheryl ProbstApril 9
Pam TruittApril 11
Steve KohlsApril 12

CNO Donations – 2013 through January 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 our Club received this week.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Zoom Meeting This Week

We had another meeting using Zoom. We will continue our weekly meetings via computer, cell phone or tablet for at least the next several weeks. Please join us and keep inviting guests.

Who can Attend Zoom Meetings?

Any member of any type of Centerville Noon Optimist can attend Zoom meetings. CNO 2.0, St Leonard’s and CNO full members or CNO monthly members can ALL attend.

Guests are also welcome. Please invite guests and introduce them if you like. Just share the Zoom link with them for that week.

COVID-19 UPDATE

In keeping with social distancing requirements – our CNO Meetings have transitioned temporarily to a online format using ZOOM.

Club Member Joe Madden was inspired to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.

Links to Recorded Meeting and PowerPoint

A Video Recording of this Week’s Meeting is here

A Podcast of this Week’s Meeting is here

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

CNOtes: March 30, 2021 – WHIO Radio Personality – Larry Hansgen

Phather Phil’s Prayer Read by Bob Burkman

Heavenly Father, we all have been blessed beyond measure. Of all our blessings friends are our most cherished. They have divided our troubles, multiplied our joys and best of all – like us just the way we are. It is true Lord, when we count our blessings, we find we have enough. Thank you, Lord, and may all friends be blessed as they have been a blessing to others.

Amen!

Congratulations Centerville HS Elks Basketball team

The Centerville Elks won the school’s first-ever Division 1 State Basketball Championship defeating Westerville Central 43-42 on March 22, 2021.

Announcements

Mike Bevis, golf committee, announced they are looking for volunteers for the day of the event. They would appreciate donations of items for the silent auction and goody bags. Gift cards make great donations.

Committee Meetings

  • 4/14/2021, 6 PM, Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf 2021, Zoom hosted by Mike Bevis. Meetings in 2021 will be on Wednesdays on 1/13, 2/17, 3/24, 4/14, 5/12, 6/16, 7/7. Additional volunteers are always welcome. The golf outing will be held on 7/12/2021.
  • 4/20/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting, Zoom hosted by President Debe Dockins

Happy Birthday Andy Higgins

Today was Andy Higgins’ birthday. Debe Dockins led our mess of a rendition of Happy Birthday. Debe did not make us sound any better, but nobody could…nobody! And that is just the way we like it!

Have a great Birthday and Year Andy Higgins!

Larry Hansgen, The Voice of the University of Dayton Flyers

Carolyn Taylor introduced Larry Hansgen, the WHIO Radio host of Miami Valley’s Morning News since 2003. Hansgen is celebrating 40 years at WHIO Radio 1290 AM and 95.7 FM. He joined the staff of WHIO in 1981 as an overnight board operator and quickly rose through the ranks.  He became the Sports Director that year and in 1982 became the play-by-play voice of the University of Dayton Flyers basketball.

Book: Bigger than Basketball

His 2020 book, “Bigger Than Basketball: The Dayton Flyers’ Greatest Season” is available around town and online. He said that sales have been good. Locally it is available at UD Arena, Ashley’s Pastries, Dot’s Market in Bellbrook and other places. Synopsis: The Dayton Flyers were 2020 outright A-10 Champs, were heading to Brooklyn as the number one seed in the A-10 Championship and were projected to be a number one seed in the NCAA Tournament. In less than a week it was all gone—the Flyers’ post-season dreams a casualty of the coronavirus pandemic that soon held the entire world in its grip.

The emotion the 2019-20 team members used most often to describe the cancellation of the 2020 tournament is “grateful”. The 2019-20 season was still UD’s greatest season even though there was no tournament. Larry thought the UD season deserved a book and that is why he wrote one.

Hansgen’s 40 Years (and counting) at WHIO

He said that reaching 40 years with a single employer has as much to do with the employer as with the employee. WHIO is a great place to work. During his time at WHIO, the ownership has only changed once and that was very recently. The culture has remained the same. It is also difficult for any businesses to be around for 40 years. Businesses shut down, are absorbed or have a change in ownership that sours the culture all the time.

For his 40 year and counting career, Hansgen thanked his listeners, WHIO, and the community for making his career possible.

With a 40-year career, people are going to ask you for advice. For kids starting their career he tells them to show up for work on time. At WHIO he started at an entry level as a radio board operator. His shifts were Tuesday through Friday from 11 PM to 5 AM. His duties included waking up the person following his shift. He would start calling him around 2 AM and he was lucky if he showed up by 6 AM so Larry had to work an extra hour. Management noticed this and after just two weeks on the job Larry was promoted to the better morning slot from the nightshift. He tells kids if you want a 40-year career the best advice is to show up on time because someone will notice.

2019-20 UD Flyers

The COVID pandemic turned the sports world upside down. One of things most affected in sports was the outcome of the 2019-2020 UD Flyer men’s basketball team. People ask themselves, “What if the 2020 tournament had not been cancelled?”

In March 2021 within 24 hours, they went from learning the A10 would not have any fans in the seats, to the A10 tournament was cancelled, then the first four was cancelled and finally that the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament was cancelled. Hansgen described the experience like falling down steps and seeing it all in slow motion.

Last year’s UD team was great with a record of 29 wins and 2 losses. That record makes it sound like they just had an easy time of it. That is not the case. The team had to use extreme effort for every game. This was made more challenging as the team was also healing from the 2019 tragedies of the Oregon District mass shooting and the Memorial Day Tornadoes.

Closing

Larry congratulated CNO on the fact that we are truly a service organization not just one where everyone is looking for business.

Myron Rheaume (nicknamed Lazarus by Larry Hansgen) led us in singing “Happy Anniversary” (to the tune of Happy Birthday) to celebrate Larry’s 40 years at WHIO.

This is the second time Larry has been the CNO guest speaker on Zoom. He is sure that Zoom will be around after the pandemic, but he looks forward to doing his next presentation to CNO in person.

Thank you, Larry Hansgen, for joining us to inform and entertain us.

New Member Readings and Inductions

None this week.

Welcome Guests!

Guest NameGuest of
Carol AdamsEvelyn Griffin and Carrie Million
Larry HansgenGuest Speaker

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Jeff Rolf$26 Happy Bucks for the 26 wins this year for the Centerville Elks basketball team – his son was on the team
Tom NovakThat his PC let him get online for today’s meeting
Tom NovakLarry Hansgen was guest speaker today
Tom NovakCHS Elks won the Ohio State Basketball Tournament

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Dav BremerMarch313/31/200120
Rob JonesMarch313/31/200120
Don KelleyApril14/1/198338
Phil RobinsonApril14/1/198239
Cindy HarrisApril24/2/20183
Nick TarkanyApril24/2/20183
Greg FayApril34/3/20147
Greg GriffinApril34/3/20147
Ira ThomsenApril54/5/199130
Vince ReidyApril54/5/20165

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Andy HigginsMarch 30
Maha KashaniMarch 31
Jim RumfordApril 5
Roland RappApril 5
Ira ThomsenApril 5

CNO Donations – 2013 through January 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 our Club received this week.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Zoom Meeting This Week

We had another meeting using Zoom. We will continue our weekly meetings via computer, cell phone or tablet for at least the next several weeks. Please join us and keep inviting guests.

Who can Attend Zoom Meetings?

Any member of any type of Centerville Noon Optimist can attend Zoom meetings. CNO 2.0, St Leonard’s and CNO full members or CNO monthly members can ALL attend.

Guests are also welcome. Please invite guests and introduce them if you like. Just share the Zoom link with them for that week.

COVID-19 UPDATE

In keeping with social distancing requirements – our CNO Meetings have transitioned temporarily to a online format using ZOOM.

Club Member Joe Madden was inspired to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.

Links to Recorded Meeting and PowerPoint

A Video Recording of this Week’s Meeting is here

A Podcast of this Week’s Meeting is here

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

CNOtes: March 23, 2021 – N.O.W. – New Optimists Wanted – Event

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Hebrews 13:2 tells us “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unaware”.  Today we welcome friends, guests, and fellow club members as we share our mission, purpose, and how we strive to serve those around us.  Guide us so that we may see the strangers, the angels, and those whom we can help and help us to recognize any needs which are left unmet.

 Amen.

Announcements

Debe Dockins said that CNO will have a float in the 2021 Americana parade. The committee is looking for a flatbed trailer to borrow. Mike Cordonnier will be helping with a lot of the construction for the float. Let Debe know if you would like to help.

Debe Dockins announced we will use Sign Up Genius to sign up for the in-person meetings hopefully beginning May 4, 2021. You cannot sign up yet, but you will be notified when this is open for registration.

Committee Meetings

  • 4/14/2021, 6 PM, Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf 2021, Zoom hosted by Mike Bevis. Meetings in 2021 will be on Wednesdays on 1/13, 2/17, 3/24, 4/14, 5/12, 6/16, 7/7. Additional volunteers are always welcome. The golf outing will be held on 7/12/2021.
  • 4/20/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting, Zoom hosted by President Debe Dockins

Community Events

Greg Griffin announced that the Easter Egg Drive through will be held on April 3rd, 2021.

Beth Duncan, chair of Centerville’s Got Talent, said she needs more volunteers to help with this committee. The contest will be for kids ages 4-19 that live or go to school in Centerville or Washington Township and will be participating in the event via videos they create of their talent.

Happy Birthday Tom Novak

Today was Tom Novak’s Birthday! Bob Burkman, who was sponsored by Tom Novak, led us in the singing. Bob said since Tom was his sponsor, we need to make this extra special! We certainly tried to sing as loud and off key as possible. Tom said, “That was just wonderful.”

Thanks, Tom Novak, for all you do for the club and to our community. Happy Birthday to you, Tom, and have a great next trip around the sun!

NOW Event this week

Today, instead of a guest speaker, we had a special version of our weekly Zoom meeting. It was a NOW (New Optimists Welcome) event.

New and perspective members learned about volunteer opportunities with our club through these events.

Committee chairs presented what each committee does for the club. There were presentations about awards, community events, fundraisers and scholarships. Due to time limitations, not all of the club’s activities were represented today. Reach out to your club sponsor or another member that has been a member longer than you to learn about all the opportunities to serve your community and club.

Note that all CNO community events are free for all participants and their families. The Americana 5K Run is a City of Centerville event that we help run and donate money to and there is a cost to the runners for this event.

Thank you to all the committee chairs for helping make this a successful event.

You can view the slide deck of the presentation here.

Community Awards

John P. Kalaman Respect for Law Awards, chaired by Gary Anderson and Bob Burkman. Two individuals are given this award each year, one from the Centerville Police Department and the other from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. All employees of the department are eligible, not just police officers. The recipients are nominated by their peers.

Robert J. O’Toole EMT/Firefighter of the Year Award, chaired by Gary Anderson and Bob Burkman. One individual is given this award each year from the Washington Township Firefighter and EMS department. The recipient is nominated by their peers.

Community Events and Support

Adopt-a-Child, chaired by Christy Gariety and Sue Jessee. Club members are given the opportunity to buy gift cards for Centerville School students and their siblings during the holiday season. The teachers and counselors help identify students who have need and will use the gift cards throughout the year to help purchase items students might need.

Americana 5K Run, chaired by Joan Cordonnier and Jeff Busch, this is a community event and a fundraiser for the City of Centerville that helps with costs of the Americana Festival such as paying for the fireworks display. The event will be held this year but may look a little different with possibly a staggered start. This will next be held on 7/5/2021.

Americana Festival Booth, chaired by Brent Richburg. Over 100,000 people attend the downtown Centerville Americana event. CNO sets up a booth at this event to help educate the public about what we do and invite people to join or be a guest at a meeting. This will next be held on 7/5/2021.

Safety on Wheels and Bike Rodeo, chaired by Paul Boeckman. Held at Miami Valley South hospital in conjunction with the Centerville Police department. Bikes and helmets are safety checked including making sure the tire pressures are correct.  We also have fun biking activities for children.

Childhood Health and Wellness, chaired by Nancy Lehren and Sarah Umbreit. Drive through events have been held during COVID. Normally, we have in person Build-a-Bear events for kids with childhood cancer and sickle cell disease.

Fishing Derby, chaired by Bob Lawson and Andy Dickerson. Pond is stocked with lots of fish at the Washington Township Rec Center. Kids earn points based on quantity and weight of fish caught. Prizes such as fishing rods and reels are given away. This will next be heled on 8/28/2021.

Easter Egg Event, Chaired by Pat Behn and Greg Griffin. This event will be Saturday 4/3/2021 from 10-11 AM at Oak Grove Park. This year it will be a drive through event. Hopefully in 2022 we will resume the distribution of 7000 plastic candy filled Easter Eggs for kids to find.

Haunted Trail, chaired by Gail Aiken, Denise O’Neill and Larry Lynde. The event has been held for 30 years. The JOI and Octagon clubs at area middle schools and high school volunteer to help and setup the stations for children to visit. A canned food drive is held during the free event. The event will be held on 10/12/2021 and 10/13/2021 at the Washington Township RecPlex (formerly named the Rec Center). Lots of CNO volunteers are needed each year.

Kids Day in the Park, chaired by Bob Lawson and Brian Nolan. Several Optimist clubs in the area come together to setup activity booths for children at Delco Park in Kettering. It is a fun-filled event for the entire family. This will next be held on 8/7/2021.

Exercise Competitions

Tri-Star Basketball, chaired by Scott Langer and Craig Dring. This event features dribbling, passing and free throw competitions. Trophies are awarded to the winners in each age group along with a free basketball for each child.

Tri-Star Soccer, chaired by Chris McAlpine and Greg Wasmund. Kids earn points at stations for shooting, dribbling, passing, and throwing. They do not need to know how to play soccer to participate. Awards are given and every kid gets a free soccer ball.

Fundraisers

Avenue of Flags, chaired by Tom Novak, Mike Brubaker and Bob Burkman. This is CNO’s biggest fundraiser. The team delivers over 2900 flags on Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Veteran’s Day. The team can always use more volunteers to distribute and pick up flags.

Tom Frazier Tee-Off for Youth Golf Outing, chaired by Donna Huss, Mike Bevis, Vince Reidy, Deb Ulrich, Sarah Umbreit, Chris Ziehler, and Gary DeMarco. The premier Miami Valley Golf Outing will next be held on 7/12/2021. The event raises over $40,000 per year and around $10,000 to $15,000 is given to Dayton Children’s Hospital Hematology and Oncology department to help patient’s families with travel expenses.

Scholarships

Skilled Trades Scholarship, chaired by Evelyn Griffin. Scholarships for trade schools are given away. The first recipient of this scholarship is now completing a program at Sinclair for Construction Management. This year 3 students were given scholarships to the welding program at Hobart Welding School in Troy, Ohio. Students receive $2500 to help pay for programs in skilled trades.

Will Cale Scholarship Program, chaired by Gary Hansen and Joan Cordonnier. We give 3-5 kids per year a scholarship to Sinclair College. Most of these students would not go to college without this CNO scholarship and the 2 mentors assigned to them. Emphasis is on financial need and potential rather than academics or class standing. The mentors help the students find other financial aid as well. There are currently 9 students active in the program right now. Students receive $1000 per semester for up to 6 semesters.

Memorial Scholarships, chaired by Gary Smiga, Will Cale, Gail Aiken, Bob Duffy and Roberta Taylor. To qualify, a student must be a resident of Centerville/Washington Township and have a strong record of participation in community service activities. They must be a graduating senior who will attend an accredited college/university offering a two- or four-year degree and have a financial need. Up to 5 scholarships are awarded each year for $2000.

Special Needs Club

Partners Club chaired by Bob Glavin and Greg Wasmund. This club is for adults with special needs. The focus is on their abilities not their disabilities. They hold fundraisers and donate to various community organizations.

Contests

Visual Arts Contest, chaired by Deb Saunders and Jane Fiehrer. Children 11 and under will submit either a painting or a drawing. Awards will be given in each category.

OI Junior Golf Championship, chaired by Jerry Stahley. Those who qualify from this local event will win an all-expenses paid trip to compete in Florida later this year.

Centerville Washington Township has Got Talent, chaired by Beth Duncan. This is the first year for this new annual event. Kids aged 4-19 may compete. The top 10 videos will be shown at a community event on 5/3/2021 and a winner will be selected.

CNO 2.0

CNO 2.0, chaired by Greg Fay, Jack Anderson, and Brian Nolan. This is the evening version of CNO. In person meetings will be resumed on April 15, 2021. Please RSVP if you will be attending this outdoor event so they can judge how much food and drinks to provide.

New Member Readings and Inductions

None this week.

Welcome Guests!

None this week.

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Greg Griffin$10 for how well the club is doing and for moving forward with COVID restrictions starting to be lifted.
Brian Nolan$5 wishing Paula Kalaman the best for her recovery from cancer treatments.
Jeff Umbreit$5 for CHS taking first place yesterday in the State of Ohio Basketball Tournament.
Gary Hansen$5 for Michigan being the only Big 10 team left in the March Madness college basketball tournament.

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Charla RheaumeMarch263/26/200813
Scott RheaumeMarch263/26/200813

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Tom NovakMarch 23
Steve BlakeMarch 25
John KalamanMarch 25
Kate TrangensteinMarch 26
Jane FiehrerMarch 27
Bob CrawfordMarch 28

CNO Donations – 2013 through January 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 our Club received this week.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Zoom Meeting This Week

We had another meeting using Zoom. We will continue our weekly meetings via computer, cell phone or tablet for at least the next several weeks. Please join us and keep inviting guests.

Who can Attend Zoom Meetings?

Any member of any type of Centerville Noon Optimist can attend Zoom meetings. CNO 2.0, St Leonard’s and CNO full members or CNO monthly members can ALL attend.

Guests are also welcome. Please invite guests and introduce them if you like. Just share the Zoom link with them for that week.

COVID-19 UPDATE

In keeping with social distancing requirements – our CNO Meetings have transitioned temporarily to a online format using ZOOM.

Club Member Joe Madden was inspired to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.

Links to Recorded Meeting and PowerPoint

A Video Recording of this Week’s Meeting is here

A Podcast of this Week’s Meeting is here

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

CNOtes: March 16, 2021 – Essay Contest Winners Read Their Essays

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

Today’s prayer is a combination of Irish blessings and prayers in honor of St. Patrick’s Day

May God give you…for every storm, a rainbow; for every tear, a smile; for every care, a promise; and a blessing in each trial.  For every problem life sends, a faithful friend to share.  For every sigh, a sweet song, and an answer to a prayer.  May the dreams you hold dearest be those which come true and the kindness you spread keep returning to you.  May the strength of God pilot us, may the wisdom of God instruct us, may the hand of God protect us, may the salvation, O Lord, be always ours, this day and forevermore, Amen.

Announcements

Debe Dockins announced that CNO members donated over 200 pairs of socks for Shoes for the Shoeless. They were collected when the member appreciation lunches were distributed at Yankee Trace Golf Club last Friday. Thanks to all those who donated socks.

Tom Novak, Avenue of Flags committee, said, “The AOF Optimist Subscription Renewal Team has already received 68% renewals of last year’s total which is ‘normal’ for our ‘Early Bird’ phase. Thanks to the outstanding efforts of the Team.  They continue to receive renewal subscriptions.”

Committee Meetings

  • 3/24/2021, 6 PM, Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf 2021, Zoom hosted by Mike Bevis. Meetings in 2021 will be on Wednesdays on 1/13, 2/17, 3/24, 4/14, 5/12, 6/16, 7/7. Additional volunteers are always welcome. The golf outing will be held on 7/12/2021.
  • 4/20/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting, Zoom hosted by President Debe Dockins

Community Events

Greg Griffin announced that the Easter Egg Drive through will be held on April 3rd, 2021 from 10-11 AM at Oak Grove Park.

Happy Birthday Brian Nolan

Today was Brian Nolan’s Birthday and he was on today’s meeting! Tom Novak led our choir. Tom told the essay contestants that their essays were great and very memorable. Tom warned them that the version of “Happy Birthday” they were about to hear will also be very memorable (and bad).

In response to the singing Brian said, “I had to reach for my air sickness bag!”

Brian and Bob, have a great birthday and a great year!

2021 Essay Contest

Kristen Marks is the chair of the 2021 Essay Contest. Her opening remarks follow:

The Essay Contest is sponsored by Optimist International to give young people the opportunity to write about their own opinions regarding the world in which they live. The approach can encompass a young person’s personal experience, the experience of their country or a more historical perspective and helps in developing their skills in written expression. This year’s theme for the 2020-21 contest was “Reaching your Dreams by Choosing Optimism”

I was enthusiastic about this theme as I reflect on the past year both personally and professionally, and it was wonderful to read about this theme from the perspective of so many youth.

I want to thank this year’s judges, Liz Fultz, Debe Dockins, Evelyn Griffin, and Andy Higgins.

I also want to thank former Essay Contest Chair, Kelly George for her leadership on this committee in the past, and for her guidance in my first year. I had lots of questions and she was very helpful.

This year, we had 17 entries for the local contest. The first-place winner of the local contest moves on to the District competition.

Today, I am happy to say that you all will get to hear the top three writers read their essays! The first, second, and third place winners of the contest have joined us today, as well as some of their special guests, or if they could not attend, they have recorded themselves reading their essay. Greg Griffin, I appreciate your help getting this all ready to go!

First, we will hear from our 3rd place winner, Giovanna.

Next, we will hear from our 2nd place winner, Leah.

And lastly, we will hear from this year’s local contest winner, Meenakshi.

Thank you once again to these young writers and your guests. I hope you continue to express yourself through writing and or speaking and we wish you a wonderful 2021!

Video of the Essay Readings

The winners are listed next with very brief excerpts of the speeches. Watch the video to hear their entire essays. You can watch the essay readings here.

Giovanna, 3rd Place

Giovanna is a Senior at Centerville High School who plans to major in speech therapy in college.

She titled her essay, “The Harp Perspective.” She has been playing the harp for 10 years.

The harp is her passion and an extension of her hands. Practicing can be demanding. Understanding optimism and the role it has in success is important in becoming great at something.

She came up with words for H.A.R.P – Happiness, Ambition, Responsibility and Passion.

Leah, 2nd Place

Leah is a Freshman at Centerville High School.

She titled her essay, “Reaching Your Dreams by Choosing Optimism.”

To overcome a negative outlook, the key is to infuse optimism into your life. Optimism and the willingness to look forward will help you move on and will help you achieve your dreams.

Meenakshi, 1st Place

Meenakshi is a Freshman at Centerville High School.

She titled her essay, “Reaching Your Dreams by Choosing Optimism.”

Life is constant decisions. The most important decision is choosing between optimism and pessimism. Choosing optimism is the first step to achieving your dreams.

Dreams fuel your mind like food fuels your body. Pessimism is like a virus. Imagine you are an inspiring computer engineer that does not have the required math skills to be a computer engineer.  An optimist will continue to learn and add the math skills they need in order to become a computer engineer.

Following your passion will allow you to live a better life.

Thank You

Thank you to all the participants in the 2021 Centerville Noon Optimist Essay contest.

Thank you, Kristen Marks, for chairing the Essay Contest Committee. All three essays we heard today were excellent.

New Member Readings and Inductions

None this week.

Welcome Guests!

None this week.

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Debe DockinsIncarnation and Alter Grad Joe Thuney, an Offensive Guard, just signed a 5 year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs
Kristen MarksThanks for the 17 particpants in the 2021 Essay Contest
Kristen MarksHappy for being named the new executive director of the Centerville-Washington Park District
Myron RheaumeKristen Marks becoming the executive director of the Centerville-Washington Park District

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Joan CordonnierMarch223/22/200813

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Brian NolanMarch 16
Bob FosterMarch 16
David BrookmanMarch 18
Dana DringMarch 20
Larry EnglandMarch 20
Shane WilkenMarch 20
Sara HemmeterMarch 21
Kathy LinderMarch 21
Andy DickersonMarch 21
Bryan MillerMarch 21

CNO Donations – 2013 through January 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 our Club received this week.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Zoom Meeting This Week

We had another meeting using Zoom. We will continue our weekly meetings via computer, cell phone or tablet for at least the next several weeks. Please join us and keep inviting guests.

Who can Attend Zoom Meetings?

Any member of any type of Centerville Noon Optimist can attend Zoom meetings. CNO 2.0, St Leonard’s and CNO full members or CNO monthly members can ALL attend.

Guests are also welcome. Please invite guests and introduce them if you like. Just share the Zoom link with them for that week.

COVID-19 UPDATE

In keeping with social distancing requirements – our CNO Meetings have transitioned temporarily to a online format using ZOOM.

Club Member Joe Madden was inspired to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.

Links to Recorded Meeting and PowerPoint

A Video Recording of this Week’s Meeting is here

A Podcast of this Week’s Meeting is here

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

CNOtes: March 9, 2021 – Preschool Promise, Robyn Lightcap and Jane McGee-Rafal

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

Dear Lord Our God,

Charles Dickens is quoted as saying, “Spring is the time of the year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade”.  As the weather warms and spring’s official start grows near, help us to acknowledge that it is okay to visit the winter and the cold and dreary periods in our lives, but that we should not dwell there.  Help us instead to strive to live in the light and the warmth of Your loving embrace and to share that love and light with all we meet.

Amen.

Committee Meetings

  • 3/24/2021, 6 PM, Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf 2021, Zoom hosted by Mike Bevis. Meetings in 2021 will be on Wednesdays on 1/13, 2/17, 3/24, 4/14, 5/12, 6/16, 7/7. Additional volunteers are always welcome. The golf outing will be held on 7/12/2021.
  • 4/20/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting, Zoom hosted by President Debe Dockins

Community Events

Greg Griffin announced that the Easter Egg Drive through will be held on April 3rd, 2021.

Beth Duncan, chair of Centerville’s Got Talent, said she needs more volunteers to help with this committee. The contest will be for kids ages 4-19 that live or go to school in Centerville or Washington Township and will be participating in the event via videos they create of their talent.

Robyn Lightcap and Jane McGee-Rafal, Preschool Promise

Mary Ann MacKenzie introduced Robyn Lightcap and Jane McGee-Rafal with Preschool Promise, a non-profit organization funded by Montgomery County, the City of Dayton and local philanthropists to help 4-year-old children get ready for Kindergarten.

In all its work, Preschool Promise is committed to fostering equity, recognizing that far too many African American and Appalachian young children do not share the same advantages and privileges of many of their middle-class peers. In addition to promoting best practices for all young learners, Preschool Promise targets the Dayton community’s resources to the highest-need young children.

Public School Districts Served

  • Dayton
  • Jefferson Township
  • Kettering
  • Mad River
  • Northridge
  • Trotwood-Madison
  • West Carrollton (starting fall 2021)

Jane McGee-Rafal, Secretary, Treasurer of Preschool Promise

Jane McGee-Rafal has been involved in public education for over 50 years. She began her career in rural Ohio in 1968 and since has served five school districts in Ohio and Arizona. She was the first female superintendent of the Warren City Schools in Trumbull County, Ohio. While in Arizona, Jane was the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction in the Mesa Unified School District. Jane worked for Dayton Public Schools on two separate occasions.  During her last tenure, she served as the Chief Academic Officer for Dayton. Most recently, Jane was a Vice President of Special Projects and a Senior Executive Recruiter for Haskel Thompson & Associates, a recruiting firm serving primarily the oil and gas industry.

Jane said that today they will be speaking on Preschool Promise, the community it serves and why it is important to the larger community. Residents of Montgomery County should be proud of Preschool Promise. She has sat on many boards and the Preschool Promise board is one of the best. Other areas of Ohio and the nation are replicating their model. She introduced the executive Director of Preschool Promise, Robyn Lightcap.

Robyn Lightcap, Executive Director for Dayton-Montgomery County Preschool Promise

Robyn Lightcap is the Executive Director for Dayton-Montgomery County Preschool Promise. Robyn serves on the Governor’s Early Childhood Advisory Council and is Chair of Groundwork, Ohio’s early childhood advocacy organization. She has led complex projects in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors and has a business degree from Wake Forest University. 

You can view Robyn’s slide deck titled, “Preschool Promise, Supporting Preschoolers through COVID-19” here.

Vision

All Montgomery County children are ready for Kindergarten. There is a lot of research showing the years from birth through age 5 are extremely important to the long-term ability of a child to learn through childhood and into adulthood, affecting their ability to earn.

Mission

Preschool Promise ensures that children are ready for Kindergarten by equipping Preschools and families with exceptional support, coaching and education.

Commitment to Equity

Preschool Promise is committed to addressing racial and social inequities in all we do. There is a responsibility to address the gap between the resources for white versus black children especially.

Preschool Promise offers coaching, support and educational resources to teachers and families

  • Tuition Assistance
  • Book of the month
  • 3 text messages a week
  • Monthly Postcards
  • Training and coaching for teachers
  • Funding to improve the quality of Preschool

2019-2020 School Year Outcomes

All schools take assessments about their students’ readiness for Kindergarten. There is a 16% advantage for students enrolled in Preschool Promise for at least 5 months over other students. See the slide deck link above for further statistics.

Helped Families keep working during the stay-at-home orders

Thanks to Montgomery County Human Services Levy funding, Preschool Promise was able to provide $120,000 in tuition assistance on behalf of 100 children who attended 18 childcare sites during the stay-at-home order.

Preschool Promise Plus helps children learn at home with items given to students

  • Play Box each month
  • Videos with Preschools Promise circle time
  • Book of the month in the mail
  • Computer Tablet and 1-year subscription to ABC Mouse

Teachers are committed to continuing their own learning

  • Nearly 300 teachers are in the monthly or intensive Zoom program
  • Teachers have agreed to use swiveling robots to record classroom teaching to use with their coaches

Quick Facts

  • Thanks to Montgomery County’s investment, Star Rated preschools and childcare sites have significantly increased. The number went from 5 in 2008 to 260 in 2020.
  • Their focus is on 4-year old children.
  • Preschool Promise uses community outreach to let people know their services are available. They distribute door hangers, partner with food pantries and put up billboards that encourage families to contact Preschool Promise.

Thank You

Thank you, Robyn Lightcap and Jane McGee-Rafal, for joining us to educate CNO about the good Preschool Promise is doing for preschoolers in our community.

Dayton Daily News Article about Preschool Promise

Read February 26, 2011 article about Preschool Promise here.

New Member Readings and Inductions

None this week.

Welcome Guests!

Guest NameGuest of
Robyn LightcapSpeaker, Executive Director Preschool Promise, Montgomery County
Jane McGee-RafalBoard Member of Preschool Promise, Montgomery County

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Myron RheaumeGrandson Liam, a High School Junior, received his 3rd varsity letter from Springboro HS for Hockey – Liam is also on the All Ohio First Team
Myron RheaumeThe 103rd Optimist International Convention will be in person in Atlanta, June 30, 2021 – July 3, 2021
Julie Rado$10 for her being inducted into CNO
Gary HansenIt is 2 weeks since his second COVID vaccination and he is ready for his new freedom
Debe DockinsReceived her first COVID vaccination
Greg Griffin$2 because he and Eveyln received their first COVID vaccinations

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined
Barbara SantoMarch93/9/1999
Bob GlavinMarch123/12/1993
Shane WilkenMarch143/14/2003
Steve KohlsMarch143/14/2003

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Morgan SchiffhauerMarch 12
Gareth DickeyMarch 14
Vida McDowellMarch 15

CNO Donations – 2013 through January 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 our Club received this week.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Zoom Meeting This Week

We had another meeting using Zoom. We will continue our weekly meetings via computer, cell phone or tablet for at least the next several weeks. Please join us and keep inviting guests.

Who can Attend Zoom Meetings?

Any member of any type of Centerville Noon Optimist can attend Zoom meetings. CNO 2.0, St Leonard’s and CNO full members or CNO monthly members can ALL attend.

Guests are also welcome. Please invite guests and introduce them if you like. Just share the Zoom link with them for that week.

COVID-19 UPDATE

In keeping with social distancing requirements – our CNO Meetings have transitioned temporarily to a online format using ZOOM.

Club Member Joe Madden was inspired to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.

Links to Recorded Meeting and PowerPoint

A Video Recording of this Week’s Meeting is here

A Podcast of this Week’s Meeting is here

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