CNOtes – June 19, 2018 – 50th Anniversary Celebration

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50th Anniversary Celebration

Our club was started in 1968, so for Tuesday, June 19, 2018, there was no lunch meeting. Instead we had a wonderful evening of feast and fellowship at Canopy Creek Farm. This was a great night to celebrate all we have accomplished in being a Friend of Youth for 50 YEARS!

The social committee is chaired by Beth Duncan with members Diane Arehart, Vida McDowell and Jerry Stahley. This team and their crew of assistants put on an amazing party. We started with appetizers then we had food catered by City Barbecue and Nashville Hot Chicken. There was a special anniversary cake for dessert. The committee went above and beyond in the amount of work they had to do for us to have an amazing time. The committed worked before and after the party. The before effort is why it looked so amazing inside the building. It was like a fancy wedding reception yet on a reasonable budget!

President Chris McAlpine started the party/meeting leading us in the pledge and of course before we ate, Phather Phil gave us one of his inspirational prayers.

There was an excellent slide show of pictures running continuously during the evening. It was briefly stopped to show the award-winning video Greg Griffin, Debe Dockins, and Julie Noeth put together a couple of years ago about the club. The stars of the video are the club members. Thank you to Greg Griffin for his great efforts in arranging and setting up the video and PA systems. This was not simple since the venue had nothing in place.

The emcee for the evening was Joe Madden. Joe was wisecracking all the while helping us hear stories and learn about the history of our club. All of the previous presidents present shared stories from their time as president and the interesting things that occurred during their term.

To work off some the delicious food, Joe helped us get some exercise by having everyone stand up and then sit down based on how long you have been a member and then again based on how old you were.

Tom Novak chair of Avenue of Flags, announced we have broken the 2000 subscription barrier and are now at 2025. Tom expects the count to go even higher before the Independence Day deliveries.

There was also an opportunity to browse through the scrapbooks of previous presidents.

Music for the evening was expertly provided by Tom Greenlee.

We will be back to our normal schedule next Tuesday, 6/26/2018 at noon for lunch at Yankee Trace

Happy Birthday Kathy McAlpine

Our President Chris McAlpine had a special surprise for his mother. He called her up to the podium and announced how lucky it was that her birthday is June 20, the day after our party. This qualified her birthday to be close enough to get the Happy Birthday song treatment. Don Kelley directed us in singing Happy Birthday. I have to say this has to be in the top 10 most messed up performances of Happy Birthday in human history. This is now the 3rd straight week we have subjected ourselves and a seemingly innocent bystander to an audibly awful yet nicely intended rendition of Happy Birthday. If there is a fourth week in a row, this reporter will be wearing ear plugs!

Statistics to be proud of during the CNO 50th Anniversary

  • On March 19, 1968 we chartered with 42 members.
  • On October 1, 2017 we began the 2017-18 Optimist Year with 234 members.
  • Membership currently is at 259 members.
  • We have added a net of 25 new members this year!
  • Cumulative donations for previous 6 years was over $500,000.00.
  • For year ending 9/30/2018 donations will be over $140,000.00.


Noon Meeting News – March 20, 2018 – 50th Anniversary Luncheon Celebration and Community Champion Award Presented

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father our brains are our biggest asset and at same time our biggest problem. Sometimes we think so hard about something that we create a problem that wasn’t even there in the first place. Our brains are in
motion constantly even when we sleep. We make ecisions based on knowledge, instincts, and experience. Yet, many times we find out that what we thought was true just ain’t so. All this boils down to, thinking is
something that we must do with tremendous care. Lord help us with our thoughts for they turn Into words, words promote actions, actions led to habits, habits define our character and character becomes our destiny.

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Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Jack Akerman Dor-Wood Club
Paul Atkinson Dor-Wood Club
Brandon Barrometti Judy DeMarco
Dan Brinkman Bob Collins
Debbie Brinkman Bob Collins
Karen Collins Bob Collins
Noah Garel Bob Collins
Ashley Heyne Dean Heyne
Brody Heyne Dean Heyne
Cody Heyne Dean Heyne
Jackson Heyne Dean Heyne
Joshua Heyne Dean Heyne
Kaden Heyne Dean Heyne
Michael Heyne Dean Heyne
Mindy Heyne Dean Heyne
Wesley Heyne Dean Heyne
Tom Kendo Ohio District
Kendal Koehler Bob Collins
Stephen Koehler Bob Collins
Paxton Kohler Bob Collins
Penelope Kohler Bob Collins
Sharon Larrimer Larry Marrimer
Bryan McCormick Dor-Wood Club
Mike McGrew Dor-Wood Club
George Towsend Rhonda Meeker
Jeff Umbreit Sarah Umbreit
Jeff Zaret Jean Pummill
Nick Dean Heyne
Nicolas Dean Heyne



Member Birthday
Larry England March 20
Shane Wilken March 20
Sara Hemmeter March 21
Tom Novak March 23
John Kalaman March 25

50th Anniversary Lunch

The Centerville Noon Optimist club was started on March 19, 1968. We celebrated the 50 year milestone with an upgraded lunch buffet at Yankee Trace and a beautiful cake. Thank you to the social committee for a wonderful lunch!

50th Anniversary Historical Perspectives

Paul Stull, who was inducted in January 1969, presented to us some of his memories from 50 years ago. No one has been a member of CNO longer than Paul. It amazed him how much the Centerville area has changed and grown since our club started. McEwen road and Route 725 were very lightly travelled. He would go running in that area and not see a single person.

Nancy Lehren was inducted on November 1994 and she gave us some perspective on our club at half of its age. She remembers that there were a lot fewer females in the club in 1994. In 1996, Jackie Corn became the first female president of CNO. Gail Aiken is the longest current female member of our club. Nancy has watched our club add these programs since she joined 25 years ago:

  • Childhood Cancer Program
  • Avenue of Flags
  • Tri-Star Basketball and Soccer

Nancy truly considers the club as family. She is thankful for such a caring group that helped her through her divorce and the loss of her brother.

Today’s Award and Speakers

Today we had the presentation of the 5th Annual Optimist Community Champion Award. It was presented to husband and wife champions, Mindy and Dean Heyne.

Mike Bevis briefly defined the meaning of the award and how the honoree is selected. There were nomination forms available on everyone’s table. The link above also contains the nomination form. Mike introduced Bob Collins, who wrote one of the Heyne’s nomination letters, and described to us the many wonderful things the Heyne’s do for children. Over the past 26 years they have loved and cared for 35 foster children. Bob presented to us what he wrote in his nomination. The text of Bob’s nomination letter and today’s speech is available below.

Bob introduced Brandon Barometti, the CHS band director, who also wrote a nomination letter for the Heyne’s. Many of the kids in the care of the Heyne’s have joined the CHS band. Barometti is thrilled he can be part of helping these children. The kids are succeeding above and beyond expectations. He gave us something to think about, ”If it takes a village to raise a typical family, what does it take to raise 37 kids, many with special needs?”

Judy DeMarco presented the award to the Heyne’s.

Dean Heyne briefly spoke after he and Mindy received the award. From their experiences, Dean and Mindy have learned that they judge much less; you never know what others are dealing with and the levels can be extreme. They appreciate ALL types of diversity, not just the typical diversity associated with race. He gave a big thank you to CNO for feeding the numerous kids we invited today and for the huge amount in savings it was for their budget!

Here is an article about CHS seniors Michael and Cody Heyne and the CHS band:

Related videos:

Full Text of Speech from Bob Collins

Full Text of Nomination from Bob Collins

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Joan Cordonnier March 22 03/22/2008 10
Kris McKee March 22 03/22/2017 1
Jeff Brown March 25 03/25/2015 3

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Cindy Harris Ron Tinnerman 1st Reading
Nick Tarkany Chris McAlpine 1st Reading
Jeff Zaret Amy Barker 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Brian Nolan Leaving CNO 2.0 at Heavier than Air Brewing before paying his tab. Pat Arehart covered it, and Brian paid him back so don’t be too hard on him.
Jean Pummill Misspelling Brian Nolan’s name badge (Noble instead of Nolan).
Members born after 1968 Members born after start of CNO (March 19,1968).
Members living outside of Ohio in 1968 Members not living in Ohio at start of CNO in 1968.

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Joan Cordonnier Thrilled all the balloons for the tables fit in her car.
Joan Cordonnier Don Kelley helping her untangle all the balloons.
Bob Collins CHS Forte a cappella group took 1st in tri-state and moves on to State.
Jay McAlpine Son Matthew McAlpine made the 40 under 40 group in Dayton.
John Kalaman Paula, his wife and adult supervision, was able to make today’s lunch.
Tom Kendo For the many new members we keep adding.
Blanca Ortiz Parents coming for a visit.
Don Kelley Bill Williams setting up Power Point and Greg Griffin for the assist.