CNOtes – September 11, 2018 – Presentation of Checks to Dayton Children’s from Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf Outing

Phather Phill’s Prayer

Heavenly Father: we all need to have a quiet time every day to be with You. A time to enjoy communicating with You and emptying ourselves of all our concerns. We realize we are blessed. Not as rich as we would like
to be, but not as poor as many. There are more with problems than we think we have and even more that have no solution. Thank You again for us being Optimist; helping youth with consistent love and fellowship. Help
us help everyone by following our Creed, especially to be too strong for lies, too noble for gossip, too strong for the devil and too confused to recognize trouble. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Dr. Mukund Dole Dayton Children’s
Dana Dring Craig Dring
Faye Elam Judy DeMarco
Jim Elam Judy DeMarco
Jeff Garnica Bob Foster
Becky Keegan Carolyn Taylor
Mark Morris Bob Foster
Dave Tellmann James Free Jewelers
Curt Thomas Vince Reidy
Lisa Tucker Judy DeMarco
Sherri Valentine James Free Jewelers
William Ward Judy DeMarco

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Remembering Tuesday 9/11/2001

Bob Duffy, who was CNO president during the 9/11/2001 attacks in New York, told us a memory from that day. September 11, 2001 was a Tuesday and the attacks happened right before the CNO lunch. It was an odd feeling not knowing exactly what has happened and what to think or say about it.

Special Reminder

There will be no lunch on September 25, 2018. Instead we will be having our installation dinner that evening at Canopy Creek Farm.

Committee Announcements

Jesse Gaither, CNO 2.0 committee, announced that the next CNO 2.0 meeting will be on September 20, 2018 at 5:30 PM, Heavier than Air Brewing Company. Speaking will be Sarah Williams from Hannah’s Treasure Chest.

Diane Arehart, social committee, announced that the next social event will be on October 4th, 2018 at Breakout Games in Centerville with pizza after at Donato’s Pizza. Sign up at a meeting or email Diane Arehart at

Gail Aiken announced the Haunted Trail at Forest Field Park will be held on October 16, 2018 and October 17, 2018. It is about a 1-mile walk and we need more volunteers for trail guides.

Chris McAlpine announced the next board meeting will be Monday, September 17, 2018 at 6:30 PM at Audio Etc, and it will focus on budgeting. Note that the meeting is on a Monday this month, not a Tuesday. This meeting will include all current and soon-to-be board members.

Chris McAlpine announced that Tri-Star Soccer still needs volunteers. The event will be on September 21, 2018, from 6 PM to 7:30 PM. Be sure to invite children aged 4-13 to come and participate in this free event.

Today’s Speaker

Mike Bevis introduced Adam Blanchard, the Director of Donor Engagement at Dayton Children’s Hospital (DCH). He thanked CNO for our ongoing donations to DCH.

Mr. Blanchard introduced Dr. Mukund Dole, MD, who has been at DCH for 21 years. He started off thanking us for the quarterly breakfasts we sponsor for he and the team; please keep them coming everyone truly enjoys them.

He stated, “Pediatric cancer is very difficult for the families. Thank you for helping to fund the gigantic floor that lets families stay near their children.”

Donations from CNO have helped fund the patient tower at DCH that opened on June 5, 2017. It has State of the Art technologies and conveniences. In the Dayton area there are 50 new patients each year with childhood cancer. Pediatric cancer is truly bad luck. It is not because of lifestyle, exercise levels or diet which are the causes of a lot of cancers in adults. Pediatric cancers can be cured about 85% of the time. About 42% of adults with cancer are cured. Treatment for pediatric cancer is the same across the U.S. through a nationwide network of doctors and protocols.

Because of DCH, right here in Dayton patients can receive phase 1 and phase 2 procedures without traveling. He thanked us for our support which makes the services possible in our region.

Dr. Dole introduced Kate Barrett. She thanked us for making Children’s the beneficiary of the Golf Outing’s proceeds. The money we raise helps families by making it so they do not have to worry about where to eat or stay while their children get treatment. The money is also used to help educate newly diagnosed patients and to help cover high deductible insurance and co-pays for the drugs patients receive.

She specifically mentioned how much the kids and the families love the Build-a-Bear events.

Additionally, she told us the new patient tower is wonderful! There were 13 new technologies just added recently. Next year stem cell bone marrow transplants will be possible at DCH. This will help even more families stay close to home while their children receive treatment.

Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf 2018 Report

Mike Bevis thanked volunteers and sponsors for the 2018 Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf Outing at Sycamore Creek Country Club that was held 7/16/2018. Thank you, Mike, for today’s report and for chairing the wonder golf fundraiser!

Chris McAlpine presented a check for $12,000 from the event to the representatives from Children’s Hospital. Another check for the patient tower was presented for $5000.00, which is the 4th installment of our $25,000 commitment to the tower.

Next year the 28th annual golf outing will be held on July 15, 2019.

The following are the notes Mike used for his speech:

Good afternoon and thanks Chris for the time today to thank everyone for their efforts on the 2018 Tom Frazier Classic Tee Off for Youth Golf Classic. It is always a fun day to celebrate and recognize those who work so diligently especially during this record year.

It has been two months since that hot steamy day in July. We’ve had some time to reflect on our success. Every year we spend more than six months planning this event and, of course, we spend the same amount of time asking you to volunteer, golf, sponsor and donate. So as you can see, this is a total club project. Thank you to everyone for working so hard to help with this effort. With more than 1,000 golf outings each year it seems to get tougher each year.  But with your help and Sycamore Creek CC, we had another excellent year.

We brought in 140 golfers (a record and 20 more than last year) and delivered $36,000 in revenue for our club. I would like to recognize our committee, starting with co-Chairs, Bob Foster and Donna Huss. Additionally, thank you to committee members Sarah Umbreit, Vince Reidy, Steve Kohls, Pat Behn, Val Huff, Vida McDowell, Sue Brubaker, Charlie Tapp, Ellie Parker, Roberta Taylor, Denise O’Neill, Jean Pummill, Judy DeMarco and Barbara Santo, Deb Ulrich, Kristin Passidomo, Mandy Ransdell, Paul Webendorfer, Deb Saunders, Beth Duncan, June Bosworth, Bob Burkman, John Spears, John Thompson, Chris Ziehler, Julie Walling and Greg Griffin!

There were also more than 50 other volunteers who gave their talent and time to help on July 16.

How about a big applause for your tee off for youth golf committee….25 plus members.

Thank you……

While our committee steers the success of this event, our sponsors are the people who provide the dollars to help drive our programs and our support for Dayton Children’s annually.

Our Five Star and master’s sponsors

1-800-GOT-Junk and You Move Me

McAfee Heating and Air

Bill’s Donuts

Remodeling Designs


Secure Future Advisors – Mark Morris

Hole In One Sponsors

James Free Jewelers

Voss Auto Network

Mercedes Benz of Centerville

Castrucci Auto Group

Cart Sponsor – Mike Houser of House Asphalt and Concrete, St. Leonard’s, Parts Express, Infiniti of Dayton, State Farm Jim Slatt and Parallel Advisors

Goody Bag Stuff – Dayton Children’s Hospital, Woeber’s Mustard, Mike-Sells Potato Chips, Montgomery Inn BBQ and Jaffe Jewelers

Masters and Double Eagle Sponsors

Monica Stomps CPA

Woeber’s Mustard – Wally Miller

Star Cartage – Joe Collins

Shane Wilken – First Financial Bank

Allstate Insurance – Andy Harmon

Morgan Stanley – Keith Meyers

Eagle and other Sponsors

Bar Codes Unlimited

Brixey and Meyer

Buckeye Eco Care

Buckeye Home Health Care

Buckeye Senior Care

Buckeye Pools

Barker, Beck, Collins and Kronauge Insurance

The Carpet Store

Mike’s Car Wash

Centerville Insurance

Centerville Pizza

Copp Integrated Systems

Dr. Dan Passidomo

DayAir Credit Union

Dayton Children’s Hospital

Judy and Gary DeMarco

Ethan Allen

Elliott Tool

Essential Irrigation and Landscaping

Famous Restaurant

Franklin Iron & Metal

Graceworks – Bethany Village

Hammerman, Graf and Hughes

Home City Ice

Incarnation Catholic School

Hamilton Self Storage

Liberty Self Storage


Turf Nerd

Jack Anderson– Merrill Lynch

Miami Valley School

Minute Man Press

William Ward – Morgan Stanley – Centerville

Lizard Apparel

Morgan Stanley Keith Meyer

Ohio Eagle Distributing (beer)

Parallel Advisors


Molly Petsch

P & R Specialty

Prime Controls

Rooted Grounds Coffee

Routsong Funeral Home

Rumpke Waste and Recycling

Saint Leonard

Secure Futures

Sign Connection

Southtown Heating & Air


Tinnerman Insurance


Bill Uhl Insurance

Walling Photography

Woeber’s Mustard

Wow…what a lineup. Thank you to all our valued sponsors for making the 27th Annual Tee Off for Youth such a tremendous success.

And now for the fun stuff……many, many of you volunteer and spend time at Dayton Children’s Hospital. If you have ever visited Dayton Children’s, you know why we all do what we do….we try to bring out the best in kids.

The Centerville Noon Optimist fund works miracles and helps families. And that is the reason that everyone we have just mentioned works so hard to pull off such an extraordinary event.


Member Birthday
Sam Pfabe September 11

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Dean Heyne September 14 9/14/2016 2
William DeShurko September 14 09/14/2016 2

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Bryan Miller Joan Cordonnier 3rd Reading
Daniel Koons Mike Bevis 3rd Reading
Dana Dring Craig Dring 3rd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

No time for Sergeants this week.

Happy Bucks!

No time for Happy Bucks this week.

CNOtes – September 4, 2018 – Pamela Jacques – Epilepsy Foundation

Phather Phill’s Prayer

Heavenly Father: we all need to have a quiet time every day to be with You. A time to enjoy communicating with You and emptying ourselves of all our concerns. We realize we are blessed. Not as rich as we would like
to be, but not as poor as many. There are more with problems than we think we have and even more that have no solution. Thank You again for us being Optimist; helping youth with consistent love and fellowship. Help
us help everyone by following our Creed, especially to be too strong for lies, too noble for gossip, too strong for the devil and too confused to recognize trouble. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Becca Dryden Bill Stone
Gresham Dryden Bill Stone
Nathan Dryden Bill Stone
Pamela Jacques Speaker

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Special Presentation

Dan Beck had a special presentation for Phather Phil. Phil Robinson has been writing and saying our prayers for over 25 years. For several years now, he has used his iPad to help him write these beautiful and funny prayers. Recently, his iPad broke, so we presented him a new inscribed iPad so he can type his prayers again.

God Hears and Answers Prayer

Presented to

“Phather” Phil Robinson

By the Centerville Noon Optimist Club

In Recognition and Appreciation for the Countless Prayers

that You Have Authored and

Offered on Our Behalf for Decades

New Grandbabies

Dave Kay and Bill Stone received an “Optimist” embroidered bib for their recently born grandchildren.

Committee Announcements

Bob Burkman asked members to please sign up for the Big Back Yard Party. This event has combined the Centerville Washington Day in the Park with the National Hunting and Fishing Day. We need volunteers on September 15, 2018. between 1 and 4. You would be signing up for 2-hour shifts.

Greg Griffin, co-chair of the Christmas Tree Lot fundraiser, announced work for the tree lot has started to ramp up. He and Karl Frydryk are the chairs this year. There is another shortage of trees this year, but our suppliers are able to fill our truck order.

Beth Duncan, social chair, stated the annual Installation Dinner is on September 25, 2018 at 6 PM at  Canopy Creek Farm and the cost is $35 per person. There will not be a lunch served that day at Yankee Trace.

Chris McAlpine announced Tri-Star Soccer will be on Friday 9/21/2018 at 5 PM until 7:30 PM at the Rec Center. He still needs volunteers.

Happy Birthday Bob Collins

Today was Bob Collins’ actual birthday. Charlie Tapp led us in another installment of our talentless singing of Happy Birthday, that both makes you smile and brings a tiny tear. My ears still hurt, plus it is stuck in my head.

Today’s Speaker

Beth Duncan introduced today’s speaker, Pamela Jacques, MS, CPW, CHES. Pamela Jacques serves as the Executive Director of the Epilepsy Foundation Ohio.  She believes epilepsy is now in the same place cancer was 25 years ago- a secret no one wants to share, but with strategic communications and programming, that can change. People will realize it is not uncommon and it is not a secret to be hidden away.

Pam received a BA in Communications from Wright State University and a MS in Health Services from California College for Health Sciences.  She is a certified heath education specialist and in professional writing.  Before coming to the Epilepsy Foundation, she spent 21 years at Premier Health, 9 as the Executive Director of Premier Community Health, a subsidiary of Premier Health.

She specializes in disease self-management education and health communications, winning numerous national and state health communication awards.

The New Epilepsy Foundation Ohio was just formed and represents all of Ohio. They are trying to get the word out. One of the major issues with getting the word out is people (and their families) with the disease keep it a secret because a lot of the general population do not understand the disease. Quite a large number of people are afflicted with Epilepsy. More people live with Epilepsy than Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis and Cerebral Palsy combined. You know someone with Epilepsy, but may not know that they have it.

Epilepsy is a brain disease that is an electrical storm or electrical misfiring in the brain, causing a person to have repeated seizures.

We usually don’t know exactly why a person has or gets epilepsy.

Common causes of Epilepsy can be linked to

  • Head injury
  • Brain infection
  • Stroke
  • Brain tumor
  • Brain malformations
  • Alzheimer’s or other dementias
  • Genetic and inherited factors

Who Gets Epilepsy

  • About 140,000 people in Ohio have epilepsy or 1.2% of the population
  • 1 in 26 people will develop epilepsy in their lifetimes
  • Epilepsy does not discriminate- it affects all ages, genders, races, religions and social backgrounds

What to do if you see a person having seizure:

  • Stay calm and speak calmly
  • Protect the person from harm and stay with them until the seizure is over
  • Do not hold the person down
  • If they fall to the ground, put a soft item under their head
  • Roll them to their side, if possible, to keep their airway clear
  • Time the Seizure
  • Do not put anything in their mouth

When to call 911

  • If the person has never had a seizure before
  • If they have trouble breathing or waking after the seizure
  • They have another seizure right after the first one
  • They are hurt during the seizure
  • The seizure happens in water
  • The person has a health condition or is pregnant
  • The seizure lasts 5 minutes longer than the usual seizure the person experiences

Epilepsy Treatments:

  • Medications
  • VNS- Vagal Nerve Stimulation
  • RNS- Responsive Neurostimulation
  • Brain surgery
  • Dietary Therapies

Children who have epilepsy

  • Children can have multiple issues, including issues with academic achievement, behavioral and emotional adjustment and social interactions
  • About ¼ of children cannot be controlled with medicine
  • Epilepsy medicines can cause behavior and mood changes/problems
  • Experience bullying at a higher rate than other students- even by school staff

Adults with Epilepsy

  • Often experience discrimination in jobs or school
  • Often bullied or treated differently
  • Often treated like they cannot do what others can
  • Higher risk of depression, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and other mental health issues
  • Medications can cause fatigue, memory problems and other issues
  • Women with epilepsy have issues around pregnancy and birth control effectiveness


Quick Facts About Epilepsy

  • Epilepsy is not a mental illness it is a brain malfunction
  • You can NOT catch epilepsy from another person
  • There are more than 20 types of seizures, either Generalized or Focal
  • Some seizures can go undiagnosed as it looks like the person is just staring into space

Programs and Services

  • Kid’s Crew
  • Closed Facebook Groups; one for Parents of Children with Epilepsy and one for Adults Living with Epilepsy
  • 24/7 Helpline, available online or by telephone 1-800-332-1000
  • My Seizure Diary, a Free self-management tool records, tracks and helps people manage seizures, see



As of September 5, 2018, the Epilepsy Foundation Greater Dayton Region is expanding to become the        Epilepsy Foundation Ohio. It has expanded from covering 11 counties to all of Ohio.

Additional Links

Contacting the Epilepsy Foundation of Ohio



Epilepsy Foundation of Ohio

11 W. Monument Ave., Suite 101, Dayton, Ohio 45402


Member Birthday
Robert Collins September 04
Roberta Taylor September 07
Karl Frydryk September 08

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Gail Aiken September 8 9/8/1993 25

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Bryan Miller Joan Cordonnier 2nd Reading
Daniel Koons Mike Bevis 3rd Reading
Dana Dring Craig Dring 2nd Reading
Carolyn Taylor Beth Duncan Induction
Steve Linder Mike Brubaker Induction

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Kelly Stone She had last week’s 50/50 winning ticket, but couldn’t find it before the next ticket was called
Don Kelley Dropped a check on the ground which is littering
30+ Year CNO Members Not aging gracefully
Kelly Stone Not all of her grandkids who were guests today said pledge of alligence
Evelyn Griffin Evelyn lost a name tag but since she is so nice Dan Passidomo was asked to pay her fine
Jack Anderson Only showed up today because he was told he won a prize from golf outing
Dave Kay Wearing Michigan State apparel to lunch too often
Carol Burkman Carol did not hug one of the sergeants but since she is so nice Jay McAlpine was asked to pay her fine
Bob Duffy Fined for all of the times he sat at the birthday table when it was not his birthday

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Myron Rheaume Getting a new knee on Thursday
Myron Rheaume His autistic son Scott Rheaume who is a FOO, said, when Myron told him he was coming to lunch today, “Scott not FOO, ‘Scott Optimist'” – PRICELESS
Jay McAlpine Greek Festival is this weekend. Please come out. He and his wife will be working the pastry booth over the weekend. The festival happens every year the weekend after Labor Day.

CNOtes – August 28, 2018 – Georgia Mergler – Sneak Peek – New Woodbourne Library

Phather Phill’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, I think we all have had the feeling of being at the end of our rope. We have lost faith in ourselves and the miraculous things we can do. In times like this have us remember the caterpillar, when it thought the world was over it became a butterfly. Lord You are always there to bring us back from self destruction. We can always turn to You in faith and continue on the road You created for us. Whatever number of days we have left let us use them to bring joy and purpose to the lives of others and turn them
into butterflies. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Dana Dring Craig Dring
Georgia Mergler Speaker
Criss Somerlot Joe Madden

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Committee Announcements

Beth Duncan, Social Committee, announced that the Installation Dinner will be at Canopy Creek Farm on Tuesday, 9/25/18 at 6PM (no lunch that day) and the cost is $35/person. Also, save the date of December 11, 2018 for the Holiday Dinner.

Tom Novak, Avenue of Flags, said that flag pickup for Labor Day will be Thursday 5-7, and Friday 8:30-10 on Friday. There are over 100 helpers and 65 Routes.

Chris McAlpine, Tri-star Soccer Chair, stated that the next event will be Friday evening, 9/21/18, at the Rec Center.

Today’s Presentation or Speaker

Liz Fultz introduced Georgia Mergler.

Liz’s intro: Our speaker is Georgia Mergler, the Community Relations Manager at the Washington-Centerville Public Library.  When I asked what to say for her introduction, she said anything that makes her look fabulous.  After 20 years with the library, there is no shortage of material, but she makes herself look fabulous.  She came to give us a sneak peek of the Woodbourne Library renovation and expansion.  Woodbourne Library has been closed for just over a year and half and it is now gearing up to reopen.  Georgia will whet our appetites with details about the library and the upcoming events.

Her presentation was titled, “Woodbourne Library Grand Re-opening. Renovation and Expansion”

Originally the building the library is in was the Hunter Savings and Loan in the 1960’s and was designed in the mid 1900’s by famous designer, Wood Garber. His design features and history of the building will be discussed at a meeting on November 3, 2018.

In 2016 the Woodbourne library was closed for renovation. The new expansion takes the size of the library from 21,000 sq. ft to 30,000 sq ft, which is approximately the same size now as the Centerville library. She showed us pictures of tensile shade structures funded by CNO for the Children’s Garden. We also saw pictures of the two signature sunscreens on the sides of the building designed by Harry Botier that were restored to look how they did originally.

Some features of the renovated library:

  • There is a new drive through material drop off.
  • Parking has been increased and there is a new exit at North Village Drive. You can no longer turn left out on to 48 from the library.
  • For the new Teen Room, artists have created some original works of art.
  • There is a Marketplace Area for browsing audio visual material and to pickup your holds.
  • The new Children’s Room includes a story time area and includes special details to be small child friendly. It is within the Children’s library.
  • The new non-fiction area shows a good example of the new patterned carpet.
  • There are some nice new lighting fixtures. Between natural lighting and new lighting features the library is much brighter than before.
  • Seven public meeting rooms were added. These can be reserved by the public for free with a WCPL library card. The tables in these rooms include electrical outlets and USB outlets. There are also TV’s with HDMI connections for computer presentations.

The library will be hosting the “Rediscovering Woodbourne: Fundraising Gala” on September 20, 2018 from 6 PM until 9 PM. The cost is $60.60 (6060 is the address of the library). This event is for adults 21 and over. Proceeds from this event will support projects to enhance the Library experience for all ages.

The grand opening will be September 23, 2018. There will be a Flag dedication at 12:30 followed by the Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening from 1 PM until 3 PM. This is a free event for all ages. There will be live music, strolling performers and mascots, demonstrations of new Library features, raffles and light refreshments!  The library is open as normal on this day and will stay open until 5 PM. You can get a special commemorative library card on this day.

Quick Facts about the Woodbourne Library Expansion Project

  • The Woodbourne expansion project was completed on time and on budget.
  • The library’s collection is fluid; Items come and go depending on usage.
  • The WCPL Library System has the highest national rating of 5 stars.
  • Books are the single most circulated item at the library. Last year 2.1 million items were circulated and over half were books.
  • Anyone can get a library card either online or in person. If you live, work or go to school in Ohio you can get a library card at any library in Ohio.


Member Birthday
Rick Kempfer August 28
Scott Rheaume August 28
Chris McAlpine August 31
Jim Mogan August 31
Jesse Lightle August 31
Julie Cochran August 31
CeAnn Chalker September 03

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Anne Kessler August 29 08/29/2002 16
Jeff Busch August 31 08/31/2001 17
Ken Peacock August 31 08/31/2001 17
Andrew Mckenzie September 1 09/01/1987 31
Don Skelton September 1 09/01/1987 31
Frank DePalma September 1 09/01/1979 39
Gary Anderson September 1 09/01/1979 39
Jerry Stahley September 1 09/01/1986 32
Larry Lynde September 1 09/01/1988 30

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Dana Dring Craig Dring 1st Reading
Bryan Miller Joan Cordonnier 1st Reading
Daniel Koons Mike Bevis 2nd Reading
Carolyn Taylor Beth Duncan 3rd Reading
Steve Rudisill Mike Bevis Induction

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Larry England For not riding in the golf cart
Larry Lynde Riding bike without a helmet on the bike path
Craig Dring, Heather Kuth, Patricia Kuhlman, Steve Rudisill Wearing Orange Shirts
Paul Stull Not perfoming a miracle to save Jane Fiehrer’s boa constrictor decades ago
Everyone born in August not at the Birthday table Not sitting at the birthday table
Everyone not born in August sitting at the Birthday table Sitting at the birthday table without having an August birthday
All men in shorts For wearing shorts
Chris McAlpine Late to the last board meeting
Gary Smiga For making Stan Fronzaglia jealous for getting 2 birdies at a golf tournament
Chuck Dickerson Being mean
Paula Kuhlman Donating only half of the proceeds of her book to CNO

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Nick Tarkany Heavier than Air brewing won medals at the Brewers Cup.
Donna Huss Thank you to Evelyn Griffin, Marge Back and Carrie Million for arriving early and handling registration at the Ohio District Convention.
Donna Huss Thanks to everyone who brought school supplies for the Ohio Convention collection effort.
Donna Huss Casey Wyckoff has volunteered to chair the  Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCDHH)
Joan Cordonnier Just took grand daughter to Forest Field Park to play on the amazing new equipment. Thanks to CNO for sponsoring it.
Brian Nolan John Horner also got lost at Forrest Field Park.
Tom Novak Thank you to Mike Brubaker for handling the Avenue of Flags database and printing up the route sheets.
Tom Novak Thank you to Patrick Arehart for building smartphone friendly to help with Avenue of Flags delivery.
Patricia Kuhlman Daughter has been promoted to assistant store director for Christian Dior in New York City.
Gary Anderson Geri and he just had their 47th Wedding Anniversary.

CNOtes – Optimist 2.0 August 16, 2018 – Chappy’s Social House – Matt Somerlot CHS Educator and Track Coach

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was Chappy’s Social House at 880 Washington Village Drive. Thank you to the team at Chappy’s for hosting us.


Guests and Members in Attendance

Debby Bremer Guest
Dana Dring Guest
Jim Kigore Guest
Bryan Miller Guest
Kevin Walsh Guest
Jason Whited Guest – Teacher of the Year
Diane Arehart Member
Patrick Arehart Member
Ben Barlow Member
Dav Bremer Member
Wayne Christie Member
Joan Cordonnier Member
Mike Cordonnier Member
Craig Dring Member
Beth Duncan Member
Greg Fay Member
Laura Franklin Member
Clint Freese Member
Stan Fronzaglia Member
Jesse Gaither Member
Cindy Harris Member
Brian Nolan Member
Tom Novak Member
Cheryl Probst Member
Brent Richburg Member
Matt Somerlot Member – Speaker
Ron Tinnerman Member

Fund Raiser and Activities

Craig and Dana Dring, lead volunteers for TOP Soccer for special needs kids, informed us they need several more volunteers every Wednesday 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM and Sunday 4 PM to 5 PM during this time of year. Our group is for 16-18 year olds. The program is held at Oak Grove Park from Aug 19, 2018 to Oct 14, 2018. The full schedule is available on this page.

View a PDF of Details About this Wonderful Program

Tom Novak, Avenue of Flag announced we have surpassed 2100 flags. He needs more help, especially those with trucks, vans or SUVs. He recently lost 2 of his volunteers with delivery capable vehicles.

Teacher of the year recognition

Greg Fay introduced Centerville High School social studies teacher Jason Whited. He is one of just 11 teachers of the year in Ohio. Jason mentioned what he likes about being in education is seeing how the kids are expanding into other areas of life and learning life skills. He has a chance to impact kids everyday and enjoys it. He will cheer up kids that are having a bad day.

Tonight’s Speaker

Greg Fay introduced CNO member and Centerville High School teacher and track coach Matt Somerlot. In his youth he was a former winner of the Optimist speech contest in Bellbrook.

Matt reviewed his story with us. This is his 23rd year to coach track. He values that his sport is a no cut sport at CHS and it is very much needed. Some kids need a chance to interact with other kids, some just need a gym credit, others need to meet a kid to have lunch with. In track there is almost always improvement the kids can see as their times get better sometimes day to day. Track kids learn to compete. He finds what the kids are good at. Each kid gets to compete at least once a week.

Four members of his staff have been around for 12 or more years. The continuity is important.

Recently CHS placed top 5 in the state.

Finding kids to participate has become more and more of an issue. There is more competition with other sports and part time jobs. The rising cost of college has forced many kids to work more hours than before. The team always wants to do well in competition and the shortage of athletes can make it difficult. He said small schools are having a really difficult time. Another reason track suffers is it is often a secondary sport for a kid and they will drop track first if there is a time issue with having to work.

Matt and his coaches try and find a way to connect with kids. The “quarter rewards” program is really popular During this program he walks around with a bunch of quarters and rewards kids who are doing well or helping others. The kids bought their own t-shirts with their reward quarters. The people taking the money for the t-shirts were a little less thrilled about the currency used to purchase the shirts.

Thank you to Matt for taking the time to speak to us tonight.

CNOtes – August 21, 2018 – Paul Helfrich – Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

Opening Prayer

Phather Phil was not present today so Bill Stone offered the opening prayer after thanking the club members for their prayers for he and his family on the recent sudden passing of his brother, Bobby.

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Alexandria Bollinger Gary Smiga
Lisa Couture Beth Duncan
Paul Helfrich Speaker
Daniel Koons Mike Bevis
Melanie Schiebrel Gary Smiga
Carolyn Taylor Beth Duncan

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Committee Announcements

Tom Novak, Avenue of Flags, announced we will be delivering flags on 8/30-31/2018 for Labor Day. Please consider volunteering to help deliver and pickup flags. This team can always use more help!

Donna Huss asked if someone would PLEASE step up and chair the Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCDHH) committee. Donna will help and has contacts. Someone from the Greene Optimist Club has volunteered to partner with us and help the new chair.

Chris McAlpine, President said there will be a board meeting at the Park District headquarters at 7 PM on 8/24/2018. Anyone can attend.

Myron Rheaume reported on the Ohio District OI convention over the weekend held in Fairborn. There were 151 registered delegates from 21 clubs. The International OI President also attended. Ten percent of the attendees were from the Centerville Noon Optimists. With the points from Awards and Achievements, we were ranked number three for the third quarter, but we should be number one by the end of the fourth quarter. Pat Behn received an award at the convention for achieving level 1 in the professional development program (PDP). She has achieved level 9 for Personal Growth & Involvement (PGI) program. She is also the incoming Lt Governor for Zone 14.

Jean Pummill, our secretary, further reported on the Ohio District OI conference. She presented various awards that they gave to her at the convention to distribute.

Chris McAlpine told everyone to thank Ellie Parker for making the trifolds we took to the convention and also encouraged everyone to take a look at the trifolds after the meeting.

Kelly Stone gave out 3 Above and Beyond awards. Brian Nolan, a new member this year has participated in numerous activities. Brent Richburg, a new member, chaired the Americana Booth this year and also signed up for next year. Mike Cordonnier a new member, built our float for the Americana Parade with the aid of his students.

Memorial Scholarship Winner

Gary Smiga introduced Alexandria Bollinger. We have renewed her $1500.00 scholarship at Brigham Young University where she is majoring in International Studies. She started Brigham Young University with 9 Credit Hours through Advanced Placement exams, scoring the highest score of  5 on all the exams. In college she completed 29 hours with a GPA of 3.17 studying Psychology, English Literature/Composition and English Language/Composition.

Alexandra has continued her activities and community service during college, including Promotions Manager at BYU’s Museum of Peoples and Cultures, Presidency of the Peace and Conflict Resolution Society, Model United Nations, Hip Hop Club, International tutoring Korean Women in English, Refugee Service Club, Korean Student Association, HELP International Humanitarian, study abroad/academic internship in Thailand building houses for families, and she is the Co-chair of the Family History/Indexing Committee at her church.

She spoke to us briefly and started off by thanking us for the scholarship. She spent 3 months in Northern Thailand working on sustainable projects. During her work she learned a lot about people. She also took a class that studied how to help reduce human trafficking.

Today’s Presentation or Speaker

Mike Bevis introduced Paul Helfrich, the President & CEO of the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, a position he has held since July 2012.  He received his Bachelor of Music degree (with distinction) from Indiana University – Bloomington in 1984, and a Master’s degree in Arts Administration, also from Indiana University, in 1986.

Mr. Helfrich came to Dayton to serve as President of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra in October 2008.  In four years with the DPO, he oversaw the launch of new programming including the highly successful Rockin’ Orchestra series, the completion of a $1.5 million special fundraising campaign called Protect & Secure, and played a key role in the merger of the Dayton Philharmonic with the Dayton Ballet and Dayton Opera to create the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance.

Prior to his arrival in Dayton, he served 12 years as Executive Director of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra in Charleston, West Virginia.  His time there saw a great expansion of the orchestra’s concert, touring, and education programs. Mr. Helfrich has also served as Executive Director of the Erie Philharmonic and Director of Marketing for the Kalamazoo Symphony.  He resides in Centerville along with his wife, Geanie, and children Donald, a sophomore at The Ohio State University, and Gabby, a senior at Centerville High School.

His presentation was titled, “The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance: An Update”.

From their web page:

In 2012, leadership of the Dayton Opera, Dayton Ballet, and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra created a groundbreaking and innovative merger, forging these three art forms into one organization named the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance. This merger is the first of its kind in the nation—in no other city can performing arts lovers experience the dramatic collaboration with the range and depth of experiences being offered in the Dayton community.

The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, with Dayton Philharmonic, Dayton Ballet, and Dayton Opera as its three crown jewels, has carefully planned for future success by creating a single management structure and business operating unit while preserving and promoting the integrity and identity of each of its three art forms. This alliance, unique in the nation, emulates the model of highly successful European performing arts organizations, taking artistic collaboration to a new level.

Since, 2012, they have served Over 95,000 people. They have also served more than 75,000 children through educational programs.

This season there will be 4 Ballets, 4 operas and 30 concerts from the Philharmonic incorporating several different types of concerts.

New Strategic plan after reflecting on the first 5 years.

  • Vision: Transform lives through the power of music and dance.
  • To be our community’s indispensable source for traditional, diverse and innovative performances..
  • Values: We must be a welcoming force. The performing arts must address and enhance the lives of all people.
  • We must be fearless innovators. Inspired by Dayton’s history.
  • We must be responsible stewards. We must ensure the future of the arts.
  • We must be uncompromising performers.
  • We must be inspiring educators.
  • We must be a dynamic partner.

Their Goals

  • Aspirational Goal: Matter to Dayton. Attract diverse audiences.
  • Functional Goal: Service to the community. Offer new performances.
  • Functional Goal. Leverage Our unique Artistic Structure.
  • Functional Goal. Education for all ages.
  • Foundational Goal. Fiscal Sustainability. Develop financing, balance budget, increase reserves.

A few of the upcoming Performances

  • The season opens 9/15/2018 with Beethoven’s Ninth: Season Opening Spectacular
  • Dracula: Bloodlines
  • Sleeping Beauty: The Story of Briar Rose
  • Rigoletto
  • The Pirates of Penzance
  • Video Games Live
  • There are several others!


  • They will be trying to setup performances at the Levitt Pavilion venue in 2019.
  • Open to discussion to adding other groups to their alliance.

Previous Speaker Update

The presenter to our lunch on July 17, 2018, Gerry Cohen, the president of the Miami Valley Pet Therapy Association (mvPTa), informed us that the venue for their annual major fund raiser The Howl Run / Walk, has been changed to The Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek. It is still on 9/29/2018 from 9 AM to 1 PM. In addition to the run/walk their will be costume contests. police demonstrations and silent auction gift baskets. You can register online. There will be 4 different 5K’s and 4 prizes awarded, 2 for walking and 2 for running, both of these with or without a dog.


Member Birthday
Marilyn Becht August 21
Stephen Walker August 21
Sharon Silverberg August 25

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Frederick Pfeiffer August 21 08/21/2013 5
Matt Somerlot August 21 08/21/2013 5
Gary Miller August 23 08/23/2005 13
Shawna Hatton August 23 8/23/2016 2
Mary Madden August 26 08/26/1998 20

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Carolyn Taylor Beth Duncan 2nd Reading
Daniel Koons Mike Bevis 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

No time for sergeants this week.

Happy Bucks!

No time for Happy Bucks this week.

CNOtes – August 14, 2018 – Off-Site Meeting @ Forest Field Park

Opening Prayer

A special thanks to Dave Kay for offering the opening prayer, a reading from The Old Testament,  before the start of our picnic lunch and meeting.

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Today’s Venue

Today’s meeting was held outside at Forest Field Park. We enjoyed lunch on the picnic tables under the shelter. This was next to the new playground we funded with a $25,000 donation in honor of our 50th anniversary.

Committee Announcements

Nancy Lehren, Childhood Cancer chair, stated that Build a Bear for Sickle cell anemia was held on August 11, 2018. Thank you to everyone who helped participants create 116 bears, making the event a success for participants and volunteers as well.

Pat Behn said thank you to everyone who is donating school supplies for the Ohio Optimist District donation project.

Happy Birthday Vincent Reidy

Today was Vincent’s actual birthday. The singing was exceptionally bad, however, being an optimist, I noticed that because we were outside there weren’t four walls to reflect the sounds back at us.

Will Cale Scholarship Winners

Gary Hansen, the Will Cale Scholarship chair, introduced the recipients of this year’s Will Cale Scholarships. The first year of this scholarship was 2010. Dan Beck was chairmen for the first 8 years. This scholarship requires a Counselor’s recommendation and emphasis is on financial need and potential rather than academics or class standing. The scholarship provides up to $750 per semester for up to six semesters ($4,500 total) at Sinclair College, sufficient funding for an Associate’s Degree.

In addition to the funding each winner receives 2 mentors from our membership.

Zoe PIrslin is being mentored by Jane Fiehrer and Gary Hansen. Zoe brought two friends with whom she is currently living. She will be majoring in Visual Communications.

Victoria Brinkman is being mentored by Joan Cordonnier and Robbie Johnson. She was accompanied by her boyfriend who is also going to Sinclair and will provide her transportation. She wants to be a counselor and will be studying psychology and plans to transition to a 4-year school after Sinclair.

Mya Wehde is being mentored by Jayne Weikel and Rob Tinnerman. She was accompanied by her parents. She will be studying education.

The other 2 winners, Brittney Grant and Allison Salyer, were not able to attend today.  Brittney is being mentored by Tom Novak and Diane Arehart.  Allison is being mentored by Will and Sylvia Cale.

During the meeting today, everyone that was a previous or current mentor was asked to stand and be recognized.

Memorial Scholarship Renewal for Jessica Barton

Gary Smiga introduced Jessica Barton. We have renewed her $1500.00 scholarship at Cedarville University where she is majoring in professional writing. She started Cedarville with 18 Credit Hours through Advanced Placement exams in High School. In college she completed 30.5 hours with a GPA of 3.939 studying: General Psychology, Introduction to Literature, American Government, Statistics, and US History I and II.

She has continued her Community Service including volunteering at the Americana Parade concession stands and with an unpaid summer internship as a Christian writer with a Christian Ministry Internship. She has also started writing her own book.


Vincent Reidy August 14
Greg Wasmund August 15
Rhonda Meeker August 15
Kris McKee August 16
Gail Aiken August 17
Susan Thomsen August 20

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Maha Kashani August 15 08/15/2006 12
Kristen Passidomo August 16 08/16/2017 1
Don Massie August 20 08/20/1991 27
Julie Walling Noeth August 20 08/20/2008 10

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Carolyn Taylor Beth Duncan 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Chris McAlpine Chris lost the gavel and his daughter had to retrieve it.
Will Cale For Phather Phil’s 93rd birthday, missed the time change for cake and ice cream and arrived late.
Brian Nolan Took a hike at the park recently and got lost.

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Myron Rheaume Wife Charla and he celebrating 53 years of marriage, they put in $5!
Bob Duffy Happy Will Cale Scholarship winner, Victoria Brinkman, is studying to be a counselor.
Myron Rheaume Granddaughter showed perseverance trying out for the Springboro HS Tennis team 3 times before making the team.
Myron Rheaume Freshman grandson made the Springboro HS Hockey team.
Melissa DeShurko Son Mitchel is starting his first post-degree job at an investment company.
Deb Saunders Happy Will Cale Scholarship winner, Zoe PIrslin, is studying visual communications.
Charlie Goodwin Nathanial Delong will be the King for the Holiday at Home Parade this year. He is the fourth Eagle Scout from Troop 236 to be recognized for leadership and community service by this parade.
Patricia Kuhlman First book published.
Julie Noeth First grand baby!
Patrick and Diane Arehart Son Benjamin Arehart became an Eagle Scout. Ben’s scout leader is CNO member Charles Goodwin.
Don Kelley Oldest granddaughter Emma just started her 5-year PHD program in chemistry at Vanderbilt.
Ellie Parker Member Rachel Goetz is having surgery on her foot. Please say an extra prayer for her.


CNOtes – August 7, 2018 – Terri Leputa – United Way

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father when You created us You gave us a mind that has allowed us to rule over the world. You also set us free to think for ourselves and we have created the world as it is today. In looking around we have reason to be proud and reason to be sad at our undertakings. We pray Lord that You will led us in the direction of Your teachings and that what we do will be a benefit to all. Thank You for bringing us to Optimism with the purpose of being a benefit to youth; who will inherit what we have done for them. With love and dedication may we make it a better world for them and they in turn will do the same. Amen!

Today’s Guests

All Photos from the Meeting are Here


Member Birthday
Andy Devito August 09
Art Hung August 10
Judy DeMarco August 10
Paul Stull August 11
Larry Lynde August 12
Fred Polizzi August 13
Laura Franklin August 13

Committee Announcements

Stan Fronzaglia stated there will be a Build a Bear meeting on Thursday 8/9/18 at 6:30 PM. The next Build a Bear will be for Sickle cell anemia on August 11th.  It will be from 6:30 to 9:00 at the Boonshoft museum. Volunteers doing setup should arrive at 6:15 and the rest at 6:45. Over 100 kids are signed up.

Tom Novak, Avenue of flags, announced there is a flag assembly party at 9AM on 8/8/2018 at Flag headquarters.

Pat Behn said we are working with the Ohio Optimist District to donate School Supplies to kids that can’t afford them.  All items are welcome.  The best way to donate is to bring any items to our lunch at Forest Field, but you can bring items to the convention as well.

Paula Kalaman announced that the 21st Annual John P. Kalaman Memorial Golf Tournament and Pig Roast will be held Monday, September 10, 2018 at Yankee Trace. The John P. Kalaman Memorial Scholarship has given away over $270,000.00 in scholarships. To participate call 937-438-GOLF.

Jerry Stahley announced there is a golf outing on 8/16/2018 before the Ohio convention, at Yankee Trace for $60 per golfer. To participate call 937-572-5044.

President Chris McAlpine announced that on 8/8/2018 at 4:30 the Forest Field Park playground CNO funded will be dedicated. He will be one of the few people to say a few words. Editor’s note, this version of the CNOtes was completed after the dedication. The dedication speeches were great and Chris did an excellent job as always. Everyone in the club should feel good about how amazing the new playground is. It is accessible for kids of all abilities.

Yearly Donations to Area Libraries

Gary Smiga detailed our donations to area school libraries. Dave Kay suggested we begin donating to school libraries when he was CNO president during 1999-2000. To date we have donated $60,000. The idea is to help promote reading. Representatives from each school were here to receive their donation check. This year Incarnation, Miami Valley and Spring Valley each received $300. The Centerville Schools’ 12 buildings also received $300 each. Total donation to all 4 school systems was $4500.

Memorial Educational Assistance Award for Allison Ormsby

Gary Smiga introduced Allison Ormsby, who was one of the four winners this year of a $1500.00 scholarship from CNO. The other three winners presented their essays back on June 5, 2018. You can see the details of this award in this previous CNOtes article.

Allison attended Centerville High School and she is ranked 54th in a senior class of 664 students with a GPA of 4.2708. Allison’s extracurricular and Community Service Activities include:

  • Religious Teacher
  • Field Hockey Coach
  • Lunch Buddy
  • STAND (Stop Tobacco and Nicotine Dependence)
  • Soccer Buddy for TOP Soccer
  • Field Hockey
  • Indoor Track and Field
  • Soccer
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Lacrosse
  • Young Life
  • Youth Group

Allison’s work Experience includes:

  • Horse Stall Cleaner
  • Cashier
  • Field Hockey Coach
  • Transcriptionist

Allison will be attend Wittenberg University in the fall of 2018.  She plans to work in Nursing and then get her Master’s Degree to become a Nurse Practitioner. The check will be sent directly to Wittenberg and she can use it towards any expenses at Wittenberg.

She read us her essay about the importance of volunteering and here are a few statements. Before 9th grade, she went to summer camp for field hockey. High School seniors were volunteering at the camp. A senior named Kristen befriended her and helped her out a lot during the camp. High School Students owe it to the community to volunteer.

Today’s Speaker

Julie Noeth introduced today’s speaker, Terri Leputa, the Associate Vice President for Resource Development at United Way of the Greater Dayton Area for 10 years. Her work involves engaging people in the work of United Way by supporting the organization with their treasure, talent and time.    Prior to joining the United Way Team, Terri spent 9 years at the University of Dayton where she worked in the President’s Office with both Brother Raymond Fits and Dr. Dan Curran managing the work of the Board of Trustees and other leadership groups on campus. She is a graduate of The University of Georgia and received her Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from UD.

A native of Albany, New York, Terri lived in New York, New Jersey, and Georgia before moving to the Miami Valley region in 1994.  She lives in Miami Township with her husband, Joe, and spoiled rotten dog, Daisy.  Terri has 2 grown sons, a stepdaughter and stepson and 4 beautiful grandchildren.

United Way does so much, she told us today’s presentation would be focused on ways United Way helps children.

United Way fights for the education, health, safety and financial well being of everyone in our community. United Way started 104 years ago in 1914. Even though the economy is doing well in our area there are issues. They try to provide a hand up instead of just a hand out. They help support food pantries because of food insecurity. They try to find what factors are causing the food insecurity in an area or household. Is there a drug issue in the home? Is there a training issue, such as how to prepare proper meals?

There is a service called HelpLink 2-1-1 which is a referral service that is available 24/7/365 for anyone needing information on available services.  This service, supported through donations to the Live United Fund, is free and confidential and could be for anything.

Some services and information about HelpLink 2-1-1:

  • Help with a utility such as DP&L that is going to shut off your electric or other service
  • Finding quality health care near your home
  • Where to find services for aging parents
  • Over 128,000 calls and follow ups for the referrals given last year
  • Provides services in 9 local counties and looking to expand

In November 2018, United Way of the Greater Dayton Area will launch VetsLink, a division of HelpLink, to provide veterans and their families assistance in connecting with the array of health and human services available in our region.

United Way also puts on a summer literacy program called Freedom Schools. This is 6-week summer program focusing on at-risk youth that gives access to quality activities. This year there were 490 students at 7 locations. It is taught by college students.

Some of what they teach and do at Freedom Schools:

  • Why reading is important
  • Why learning is important
  • Field trips to Indianapolis Children’s Museum

The program has been very successful and it reduces the summer slide that a lot of students have during the summer. On average these kids come back to school 4 months ahead of their peers. The program keeps kids on track and teaches them to value academics.

Additional Links for today’s presentation

PDF of the notes Terri used to give today’s presentation

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Fred Polizzi August 9 08/09/2005 13

New Member Readings and Inductions

New Member
Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Stephen Linder Mike Brubaker 3rd Reading
Steve Rudisill Mike Bevis 3rd Reading
Michael Cordonnier Joan Cordonier 3rd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Anyone that brought in an umbrella Being a pessimist about the chance of rain.
Evelyn Griffin You are so nice that you are getting the “We don’t know what you are up to” fine.
Erin Belangia-Sanchez Fined for missing CNO lunch a lot recently.
Anyone who did not buy a 50/50 ticket Not buying a 50/50 ticket.
Anyone that has not been fined this year You are now fined.
Everyone that attended the Euchre party For conduct unbecoming at the recent Euchre party.

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Bob Collins At the end of July, I completed my goal of a 450+ mile ride across Ohio to raise over $1,000.00 for KIDS CANCER research.
Brian Nolan Thank you to all the volunteers for the Optimist Kid’s Day in the Park.
Julie Noeth Her and her Fried Molly Petsch got to hear Debe Dockins sing a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem at the Scleroderma Walk on Saturday, 8/4/2018.


CNOtes – July 31, 2018 – Project READ

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, slow but surly the day light is getting shorter as we head to the darkness of December. Oh! How sad December would be if we had no knowledge of Spring or in life if we had no knowledge of You and
heaven. In life we experience the bright times and the dark times. In the dark times we can turn to You. You are to us like the promise of Spring. We can turn to You to shed Your light on our dark times. We stand in utter
amazement of Your love for us and the certainty of Your word and forever give You praise and honor for what You done for us. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Adil Baguirov Rachel Selby
Elizabeth Cleary Mike Bevis
Dana Dring Craig Dring
Amy Gephart David Ladd
Tiffany Howe Greg Griffin
Daniel Koons Mike Bevis
Steve Linder Mike Brubaker
Laura Mlazovsky Speaker
Susan Strong Mike Bevis
Carolyn Taylor Beth Duncan

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Debe Dockins introduced our speaker today, Laura Mlazovsky, the Executive Director of Project READ.

Laura was born and raised in Cincinnati, graduated from the University of Dayton as an English major and began her career as an AmeriCorps VISTA service member. She’s been a volunteer coordinator, grant writer, and fundraiser, and in 2014 became the Executive Director of Project Read. She is married with two daughters, ages 10 and 12.

Laura has worked with ProjectRead for 19 years. Founded in 1988, ProjectRead is a coalition of more than 100 literacy organizations, schools, and businesses dedicated to increasing the literacy levels of adults, children, and families in the Dayton Area. It is currently based at Sinclair Community College and continues to provide tutoring services, thousands of books to children and families in need, and raising community awareness of literacy.

Laura passed out a short 5-question quiz about literacy in our area . She talked about tutoring programs they offer for children and adults. Laura gave us addresses for book donations in our area. informed us that  the book shop in Antique Village is run by Project READ and thanked CNO for our support.


Member Birthday
Melissa Lucas August 03
Andrew Cain August 4

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Myron Rheaume August 1 08/01/1987 31
Kathy Klein August 5 08/05/2016 2

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Mike Cordonnier Joan Cordonnier 2nd Reading
Stephen Linder Mike Brubaker 2nd Reading
Steve Rudisill Mike Bevis 2nd Reading
Michael Brem Jesse Lightle Induction
Casey Wyckoff David Ladd Induction
Kathy McApline Jay McAlpine Induction
David Duncombe David Ladd Induction
Andy Harmon Mike Bevis Induction

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Bob Collins Won his age category in Americana  Race
Wayne Christie Messed up Sergeants money
David Duncombe No birthday gifts from his table
Gary Smiga No Optimist pin in recent promo photo

Happy Bucks!

No time for happy bucks this week.

CNOtes – July 24, 2018 – Carl Gill – Ohio Hospice American Pride Program

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father in faith we come to You and bow our heads in prayer. For we have learned how quickly our problems disappear when we turn them over to You. If for no other reason we need to give thanks for all our blessings. When we give thanks for little we find we have enough. You are with us constantly, teach us to always stay in contact in prayer and duty. You made us for Yourself and our hearts are restless till we rest in thee. Have us know that the tasks before us are never greater than the power behind us. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Carl Gill Speaker
Steve Linder Mike Brubaker
Michele Lucuk Jerry Stahley
Kathy McAlpine Jay McAlpine
Steve Rudisill Mike Bevis
Amy Wagner Speaker

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Committee Announcements

Bob Lawson needs more volunteers on August 4, 2018 for our booth at the Optimist Day in the Park at Delco Park in Kettering.

Diane Arehart, Childhood Cancer Committee, told us the next Build a Bear will be for Sickle cell anemia on August 11th.  It will be from 6:30 to 9:00 at the Boonshoft museum.

Diane Arehart, social committee, announced that there is a Dinner/Euchre party on Friday, July 27, 2018 at 6PM at Bennett’s Publical Family Sports Grill in Miamisburg. Cost is only $5/person.

Chris McAlpine stated that on Wed, August 8, there will be a grand opening celebration for the new playground that CNO donated money for from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM at Forest Field Park.

Chris McAlpine announced that on August 14 we will have an offsite lunch at Forest Field Park.  We’ll celebrate our Will Cale Scholarship Winners and see our new playground.

Don Wildenhaus is looking for volunteers 10 years old and older for Wednesday nights from August 22, 2018 through October 10, 2018. We need about 50-60 volunteers per session.  If students need service hours, it is a great opportunity for them.  Details are at for the schedule, directions and volunteer forms.  If someone can come out for only one session, that would still be appreciated.

Ronda Meeker, N2 publishing for Yankee Trace had an article about the Avenue of Flags.

Today’s Presentation

Debe Dockins introduced Amy Wagner, the Chief Operating Officer of Ohio’s Hospice which is a not-for-profit, community-based organization serving patients and their families in their own communities. Born and raised in Dayton, Amy is a graduate of Wright State, and has more than 20 years’ experience in HR, most recently serving as the organization’s Chief HR and Compliance Officer. She lives in Kettering with her husband and two children. Amy has also rappelled down the side of the Key Bank Tower (27 stories) for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Great Miami Valley.

Carl Gill is Director of Strategic Development and is with us to talk about the American Pride program, which focuses on Veteran Healthcare. Prior to Hospice of Dayton and Ohio’s Hospice, Carl worked for 15 years in Hospice in Florida. AND Carl is a member of the Centerville Rotary Club.

Ohio’s Hospice was formed 5 years ago and serves 40 counties in Ohio. Hospice of Dayton is part of it. Ohio’s Hospice works with not-for-profit hospices in Ohio. Mission: Celebrate the lives of those we have the privilege of serving by providing superior care and services to each patient and family.

Hospice of Dayton can serve 53 inpatients. Ohio’s Hospice assists with approximately 1500 patients at a time. Initially, services are provided at wherever a patient calls home but they may later come to a Hospice location as an inpatient. Providing the assistance for the 1500 patients requires 1230 staff members and over 1200 volunteers.

Of the 29 hospices in the Dayton area, Hospice of Dayton is the only non-profit.

From their website, Ohio’s Hospice is an affiliation of not-for-profit hospice providers committed to:

  • Increasing access, diversifying our care and service offerings to reduce suffering, pain, helplessness and unwanted waiting for people in need of hospice and palliative care in the communities we serve
  • Continuous improvement in the delivery of superior care and superior service to all we have the privilege of serving
  • Improving efficiency and performance to ensure mission sustainability and enhance accountability
  • Creating and maintaining meaningful partnerships and collaborative initiatives with healthcare providers to improve the quality of care and outcomes of our patients
  • Creating and fostering a positive, strong culture that attracts, retains and promotes the very best staff

Hospice Honor’s Veterans

Amy Wagner introduced us to Carl Gill, Ohio’s Hospice Director of Strategic Development.

Carl Gill talked to us about the Ohio Hospice American Pride Partnership. He explained that working to become a veteran centric provider improves the experience of a veteran’s end-of-life care. It was created to honor those who have served in the military. Often there is not much time to honor these patients before they die. Lots of help is needed to be able to honor them so they are always looking for additional veterans to volunteer to help with their efforts.

Currently 680,000 veterans die annually, 25% of all deaths. We had 19 million soldiers who served during WWII and 7.9 million who served in Vietnam. Currently on average 30 Vietnam Veterans die each day. The deaths could be accelerating because of an untracked statistic of how many were exposed to Agent Orange, a herbicide and defoliant chemical used during the Vietnam war.

We also viewed the five-and-a-half-minute video Carl showed us called “Just a Common Soldier”.

When Carl was done with his presentation, he asked all veterans and relatives of veterans to come see him so that he could give them lapel pins to honor them. It is their hope that every veteran be honored with these lapel pins.

Links about the Lapel Pin


Jeff Zaret July 26
Kathy Klein July 26
Philip Robinson July 26
David Duncombe July 27
Jerry Stahley July 27
Sandy Stevens July 28
Daniel Beck July 29
James Schumacher July 30
John Powell July 30

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
David Brookman July 27 7/27/2011 7
James Long July 27 07/27/2015 3
Donna Robinson July 28 07/28/1997 21
Myron Rheaume August 1 08/01/1987 31
Kathy Klein August 5 08/05/2016 2

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Sue Jessee Ellie Parker Induction
Michael Brem Jesse Lightle 3rd Reading
Mike Cordonnier Joan Cordonnier 1st Reading
Stephen Linder Mike Brubaker 1st Reading
Steve Rudisill Mike Bevis 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Everyone Not buying a 50/50 ticket
Dr. Dan Passidomo Leaving umbrella and asking Stan to bring it to the CNO Lunch
Carol Burkman For being too nice, there must be something
Gail Aikan Not liking the lanyard
Judge Jim Long Being Judgemental
Chris McAlpine Left CNO 2.0 meeting after bowling without attending the meeting
Dick Lee Questioning the 50/50 pricing
Greg Griffin Not being at his post
Don Kelley Hung a banner crooked
Tim Clemmer Carrying plates and not getting us our lunch on time

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Jerry Stahley Don Kelley got fined
Donna Huss Phone rang during lunch but was not fined
Blanca Ortiz Taking a family vacation

CNOtes – Optimist 2.0 July 19, 2018 – Poelking Lanes Dayton Mall – Joe Poelking

All Photos from the Event are Here

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was at Poelking Lanes South in Miami Township Ohio. Thank you to Joe Poelking, the owner of the venue, for donating the VIP Bowling Lounge for our meeting with complimentary bowling and for telling us the history of his family and their bowling businesses.

Greg Fay, the chair of CNO 2.0, introduced today’s guest speaker and gave information about our club to guests attending tonight’s meeting.

There were 38 people at the meeting (27 members and 11 guests).

Joe Poelking, Owner, Poelking Lanes South

Joe and his cousin run Poelking Lanes. The business was started in the 1940s by his grandfather. World War II caused the lanes to close after a few years because there were not enough workers available to work as pinsetters. The Poelking Lanes on Wilmington Avenue started again in the 1950’s. In November of 2012 the VIP suite at Poelking Lanes South was opened and it is a place to have your own private bowling party.

Bowling is a multigenerational activity. The activity helps facilitate family and friend social gatherings. He remembers when bumper bowling first became popular. It allowed even more family members to enjoy bowling. People also use bowling for networking.

The industry changes. He and his partner learn about options and trends in the industry. They check with the public to see what would work the best. Recently Hyper Bowling has started at some bowling venues. It is bumper bowling with sensors and lights on the bumpers and a computer scores your bowl based on hitting the rights spots on the bumpers on the way down the lane. He is considering adding the game to some of their lanes.

High school bowling as a sport has become huge especially in Ohio. Tournaments can have over 4000 kids. It can involve 7 venues at the same time. They are working on trying to be the host of these national tournaments. They are working with the schools to help create feeder programs to continue to make the sport popular.

Bowling events for Charitable Fund Raising

In the 1980’s he got involved with Big Brothers and Big Sisters and he is on the board. They host a bowling fundraiser each year. Typical amounts raised each year are $50,000 – $60,000, but one year it hit $100,000.

Bowling for Hospice has been run 16 years and in total has raised over $800,000.

Example Events Hosted in the VIP Lounge:

  • Birthday Parties, including surprise birthday parties
  • Weddings
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Business Meetings
  • Wakes (lifelong bowling fans)