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

Prayer for Gary Aiken

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

Gary Hansen is the 54th CNO President

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

Announcements

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

Dayton Children’s Hospital Donation

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

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

Committee Meetings

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

Social Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From Chief Scott Kujawa’s Notes about Mariana Jones

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

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

Now, to recognize this year’s recipient:

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

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

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

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

New Member Readings and Inductions

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

Welcome Guests!

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

Happy Bucks

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

Sergeants at Arms

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

Membership Anniversaries

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

Birthdays

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

CNO Donations – 2013 through August 2021

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

Thank You Notes Received

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

Links to PowerPoint and Pictures

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

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.

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

Officer Installation and Awards Program for 2021-2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Optimist Vs Pessimist, Poem by Unknown read by Gary Smiga

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

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

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

-Unknown

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

Officers of CNO 2021-2022

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

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

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

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

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

Officer Installation and Oath

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

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

Passing of the Gavel

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

The presidents who were here tonight were:

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

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

CNO Rookie of the Year

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

Debe Dockins, President’s Thank You Gifts

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

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

Optimists of the Year 2020-2021

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

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

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

Evelyn Griffin

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

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

Bob Lawson

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

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

Closing Video

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

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

Closing Remarks from Gary Smiga

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

The End of One Year and the Beginning of Another

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

Link to Pictures Taken This evening

The photos taken by Julie Walling Noeth are here.

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

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

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

Announcements

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

Community Events                                

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

Social Event

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

Committee Meetings

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

Gail Aiken, Haunted Trail

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

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

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

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

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

Haunted Trail by the Numbers

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

Thank you to Business Donors

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

Volunteers Opportunities

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

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

Fright Stations

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

Thank You

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

New Member Readings and Inductions

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

Welcome Guests!

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

Happy Bucks

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

Sergeants at Arms

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

Membership Anniversaries

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

Birthdays

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

CNO Donations – 2013 through August 2021

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

Thank You Notes Received

No Thank You notes received this week.

Links to PowerPoint and Pictures

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

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.

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

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

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

Announcements

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

Social Event

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

Community Events                                

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

DJ Terrance Dorsey

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

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

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

You can find him on Facebook.

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

Real Estate Investing

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

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

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

How he became a DJ

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

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

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

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

A DJs Job

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

Remember that DJ Dors E is the #PartyInstigator!

Thank You Terrance Dorsey

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

About CNO 2.0

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

Greg Fay said that CNO 2.0 is a club within a club of the Centerville Noon Optimist club. CNO (and CNO 2.0) is a world class service organization. Being a member of either club allows their members all the same opportunities to participate in fundraising and club activities.

Annual Fundraisers

  • Christmas Tree Lot
  • Avenue of Flags
  • Golf Outing

Major Activities for the youth in our community

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

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

CNO Officer Installation Dinner, No Lunch Meeting that Day

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

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

Announcements

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

Committee Meetings

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

Community Events                                

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

Dennis Turner, Gerrymandering

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

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

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

Gerrymandering and Redistricting

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

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

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

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

Principal Tactics Used in Gerrymandering

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

Ohio Congressional Districts

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

Methods of Keeping an Election Fair

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

Here are some ideas to overcome the Gerrymander influenced districting:

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

Thank You

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

New Member Readings and Inductions

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

Welcome Guests!

GuestGuest Of
Dennis TurnerSpeaker
Jackie PowellTom Novak
Anne KohlsMike Bevis

Happy Bucks

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

Sergeants at Arms

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

Membership Anniversaries

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

Birthdays

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

CNO Donations – 2013 through August 2021

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

Thank You Notes Received

No Thank You notes received this week.

Links to PowerPoint and Pictures

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

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.

CNOtes 9/7/21: Brigid’s Path, Liza Fridenmaker

CNO Officer Installation Dinner, No Lunch Meeting that Day

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

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

Announcements

  • Gail Aiken, chair for the Haunted Trail, announced that the event will be held this year on October 12 and October 13. They need a lot of volunteers especially trail guides It will be held behind the RecPlex this year. There are a lot of new scenes being built by Mike Cordonnier and his helpers at the High school. Contact Gail if you can help with this fun community event.
  • Debe Dockins announced that CNO is holding a Membership Drive where participating members will share in $400 based on the number of points received.  Receive 1 point for bringing a guest to any meeting, 3 points for a returning guest and 10 points for a guest application.  The contest runs through 9/21/2021.
  • Debe Dockins announced that the next CNO 2.0 meeting will be 9/16/2021 at 5:30 PM at Tuscany’s Italian Restaurant with speaker DJ Terrance Dorsey. Every member of all CNO related clubs is invited. You are encouraged to bring a guest.

Committee Meetings

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

Community Events

  • 10/12/2021 and 10/13/2021. Haunted Trail at RecPlex. This is a free event that kid’s 14 and under and their families enjoy each year. All ages may attend.

                                                                 

Happy Birthday Roberta Taylor

Today is Roberta Taylor’s Birthday. Bob Burkman led our rag tag choir poorly in singing a version of Happy Birthday to Roberta that was painful to listen to, but it felt great to celebrate a member’s birthday. Roberta, have a great birthday and a great year!

Liza Fridenmaker, Brigid’s Path

Carol Smerz introduced Liza Fridenmaker, the Grants and donations associate at Brigid’s Path, a newborn recovery center offering grace, support and hope. Since they welcomed their first infant in December, 2017, they have cared for 250 babies and families in the crisis of addiction. They are the first facility in Ohio to offer in-patient, home-like treatment. Brigid’s Path offers support for families facing addiction with compassion, care and guidance.

Liza came today to update us on Brigid’s Path and infant mental health. She showed us a video and you can view it on Brigid’s Path.

Brigid’s Path takes care of infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS). NAS is a group of behavioral and physical conditions a baby experiences when withdrawing from exposure to drugs in the womb. Brigid’s Path can keep most of the babies they help from having to enter the foster care system. Over the years research has shown that NAS infants are better off receiving smaller amounts of food per feeding that is given more times each day than would be given to a healthy infant.

View the flyer Liza Fridenmaker put on the tables before lunch.

Mission

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

What They Do

They help infants and mothers. They teach moms how to be successful moms and they help mothers get treatment for their alcohol or drug addictions.

Brigid’s Path employs the latest therapeutic techniques – both medicinal and nonpharmacological – to help babies be as comfortable as possible while they experience withdrawal. They use a wholistic approach to help mom and baby in a non-confrontational way.

They ween the babies off the morphine for 15 days. The symptoms can linger for another 2 years after being weened. It takes a lot of work. At Brigid’s Path, there is a 1 nurse to 2 baby ratio and a 1 volunteer cuddler to 1 baby ratio.

Brigid’s Path Basics

  • 24-hour medical care for baby
  • Safe, comfortable, and homelike setting
  • Private nurseries
  • 24/7 visitation
  • Across from an RTA route 18 stop
  • Showers and meals provided

Services for Mom and Family

  • Family Advocacy Program
  • Non-judgmental support
  • Help with children services
  • Community resources connections
  • Identification of personal strengths
  • Help with setting goals
  • Empowering families
  • Ongoing support

Donations of Time and Money

Brigid’s Path can use your help. Liza asked to please consider helping with time or money to help them deliver services to babies and their families.

You can get details on their website including what it takes to become a cuddler. Note they give babies comfort 24 x 7, something that a NICU cannot provide. They have a large need for cuddlers between 12 am and 6 am.

How Brigid’s Path Started

In 2014 Jill Kingston and her husband were fostering older kids. They wanted to foster an infant. They were told there would be a long wait for an infant. They were lucky and quickly received a call to foster an infant. The challenge however was the infant had NAS. They accepted the challenge and soon they were offered another infant with NAS. Jill thought there had to be a better way than a hospital NICU to help infants and their families handle the crisis of addiction.

This led her to start Brigid’s Path, the first newborn recovery center in Ohio. She went to West Virginia to visit Lily’s Place to learn how they were helping infants with NAS.

Additional Information

  • In 2020 79% of the mothers of treated infants at Brigid’s path were in rehabilitation treatment programs. This will help with a successful life for the babies and the mothers.
  • Unlike after being discharged from a hospital, by coming to Brigid’s path, families can have up to 90 days to get their home ready for the baby.

Funding

They receive money from grants and some support from the state. The state support is not related to Medicaid. They also receive private donations.

Thank You

Thank you, Liza Fridenmaker, for joining us to talk about Brigid’s Path and infant mental health.

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
McKenzie MorinBill Stone1st Reading
Anne KohlsMike Bevis1st Reading

Welcome Guests!

GuestGuest Of
Dennis TurnerSpeaker
Jackie PowellTom Novak
Anne KohlsMike Bevis
McKenzie MorinBill Stone

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Bob CollinsMyron Rheaume is having a good day today and hopes to go out to a dining group with Bob Collins tomorrow night.
Julie NoethHappy to have a guest today and for wearing white after labor day.
Debe Dockins$3, $1 for each of her guests today at lunch.
Debe DockinsKelly George is doing well.
Bill WilliamsWelcomed first grandchild, Theodore James Williams, 9 lbs, 6oz.
Don Kelley$5 for his 5th hole in one, which happened at Yankee Trace golf course.
Louise Haun8th great grandson was born.
Gail Aiken28 years ago Gary Aiken invited her to her first CNO meeting.

Sergeants at Arms

MemberInfraction
Bob Burkman, Tom Novak, Mike BrubakerGreg Fay put a flag through his windshield last Wednesday at AOF headquarters. The sergeants decided somehow it was the AOF committee chairs fault.
Debe DockinsFailure to meet her guest in the lobby when she arrived.
Greg GriffinMaking an inappropriate comment to Pat Behn. Greg’s explanation – “while at the fishing derby I was helping Pat carry her food (hot dogs) and I innocently asked Pat if she needed help with her bun”…

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Gail AikenSeptember89/8/199328

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Roberta TaylorSeptember 7
Doug RenoSeptember 8
Karl FrydrykSeptember 8
Sam PfabeSeptember 11

CNO Donations – 2013 through August 2021

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

Thank You Notes Received

No Thank You notes received this week.

Links to PowerPoint and Pictures

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

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.

CNOtes 8/31/21: Lisa Hansford with The Castle – A safe haven for adults with mental disorders

CNO Officer Installation Dinner, No Lunch Meeting that Day

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

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

Announcements

  • Bob Lawson, Fishing Derby, thanks to all the volunteers who helped on 8/28/2021.
  • Debe Dockins announced that the Avenue of Flags will be delivering flags on Wednesday, September 1 – and we will extend the display in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of 9/11 – retrieval will be Tuesday, September 14th. If you can help, please give Tom Novak a call – they are always looking for more help.
  • Debe Dockins announced that CNO is holding a Membership Drive where participating members will share in $400 based on the number of points received.  Receive 1 point for bringing a guest to any meeting, 3 points for a returning guest and 10 points for a guest application.  The contest runs through 9/21/2021.
  • Debe Dockins announced that the next CNO 2.0 meeting will be 9/16/2021 at 5:30 PM at Tuscany’s Italian Restaurant with speaker DJ Terrance Dorsey. Every member of all CNO related clubs is invited. You are encouraged to bring a guest.

Committee Meetings

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

Happy Birthday Jim Mogan

Bob Duffy led us in singing Happy Birthday to Jim Mogan. Jim generously brought everyone cupcakes for dessert today and they were delicious. You might think we would have sung like a reasonable human since Jim was so generous. Well, you would be wrong. It was probably the worst version of Happy Birthday that has ever been sung in the history of humans. Have a great year, Jim, and thanks for the cupcakes!

Lisa Hansford, The Castle in Centerville

Mike Fanelli introduced Lisa Hansford, the director of “The Castle” for the past 5 years. She has a master’s degree from Antioch College in conflict analysis. Lisa says, “Inner conflict is what keeps us from becoming our best self.” Lisa was in sales for the first 20 years of her work life before switching to social work in 2000.

Overcoming the Stigma of Mental Illness

Lisa said that sometimes the general population have unnecessary concerns about people with mental illness. Lisa wants to overcome the stigma of mental illness. Lisa is here today to spread the word of what The Castle does and the good they do.  The Castle has existed in Centerville since 1993 and they have not caused an issue. The sense of belonging is a basic human need. Their programs help change lives.

About 1 in 4 adults have a mental illness and 5% suffer with a severe mental illness.

About The Castle

The Castle first opened its doors October 11, 1993. It was started by a group of parents and citizens who recognized the scarcity of services for the adult mentally ill population. Read the full history here. The Castle is operated by the Friends of the Castle, a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

Their target members have severe mental issues including: Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder and Anxiety. All members receive disability payments. People with developmental delay are not the main people they help, though some members have both.

The Castle is a haven for adults with mental disorders. It is located at 133 N Main St, Centerville, Ohio. They are open 10-4 Monday to Friday. It is a social club and no one lives there. The Castle offers breakfast and lunch to members, as well as daily activities ranging from creative writing, art projects, movie days and more! Those that cannot get there on their own pay a nominal fee for a bus that picks them up.

Daily activities include peer-to-peer support, games and activities, field trips, crafts, life skills training, companionship, and conversation. There is an activities room, a recreation room, patio, enclosed yard, and garden. In addition to learning, fun and games they also do chores in the house and the garden.

They go to a camp each year where they can zip line. Riding a zip line is very challenging for those with mental illness. After successfully riding the zip line they realize, “If I can do this I can anything!”

Members of the Castle

Since 1993, over 1100 members have signed up. There are 250 active members. On average before COVID, 35-40 members came to The Castle each day. Right now, it is 20 per day which is above the lowest point several months ago.

Members live with their parents, group homes or spouses. A lot of members also work part time. Some have trust funds. Mental illness does not discriminate. Members include artists, college graduates and just about every level of education and financial background.

Requirements to Become a Member of The Castle

  • Over the age of 18
  • Be diagnosed with mental illness
  • Live in Montgomery County

Source of Funds

  • Private donations are what sustains them
  • Art and Wine fundraiser; the next one will be held in October 2021 at Benham’s Grove
  • The Dick Neff and Gene Westendorf Memorial Golf Tournament held at the Golf Course at Yankee Trace
  • Donations from local grocers and churches
  • A portion of their funding comes from the Montgomery County Human Services Levy, but it is not nearly enough

Volunteer and Donation Opportunities

The Castle has a staff of 6 and only one of them is full time. They need a lot of help. Volunteers can help in the house and in the gardens. The Castle welcomes volunteers who come in to play games with members and members love this.

http://friendsatthecastle.com/donate/

http://friendsatthecastle.com/join-us/volunteer-application/

The Castle Strong Optimist Club

The Optimist Strong Club, whose members are members of “The Castle,” was chartered in July 2021. They are a club within the CNO club. Attending today’s lunch from the Optimist Strong Club were club officers: Cathy – President, Beth – Vice President and Mark – Secretary.

Watch the Video

Lisa showed us an 8-minute video. You will see CNO’s own Mike Fanelli many times in this informative video. You can find the video in the bottom left of the home page of their website. http://friendsatthecastle.com/.

Members are interviewed in the video. One member said, “It is a family outside my family.” Another said, “His anxiety just goes away when I go to The Castle and play my guitar.” Another said, “The Castle gives me the chance to socialize and play games.” It was mentioned that they have meetings where they exchange ideas.

Mike Fanelli

CNO member Mike Fanelli volunteers a lot at The Castle. He is drawn to the place. He thinks it is good therapy for him and he gets as much out of volunteering as the members get. Many members live in group homes and they really enjoy having a place like The Castle to go to.

Thank You

Thank you, Lisa Hansford, for speaking today and informing us of all the good that is done at “The Castle” in Centerville, Ohio!

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Mitchell BodenmillerTom NovakInduction
Deanna NesbitMike BevisInduction

Welcome Guests!

GuestGuest Of
Beth WilliamsCastle Strong
Betsie MolinskyJulie Noeth
Cathy WoodCastle Strong
Lisa HansfordSpeaker
Mark ParadiseCastle Strong
Susie HagermanJulie Noeth

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Carolyn TaylorBecame a grandmother for the first time and it is her 41st wedding anniversary
Tom NovakA great article  about  Mike and Terri Bevis is in the latest Centerville-Washington Neighbors publication. They are on the cover as well.
Tom NovakJust had successful surgery on the outside of his ear.
Evelyn GriffinFellow optimist Pete Gabriel (Austintown Club) passed away at the age of 83. Pete had volunteered to be a Lt. Governor starting October 1, what a wonderful example of service and Optimism.
Kelly StoneShe had a successful booth at UD for club day where 95 students said they were interested in joining the restarted UD Optimist Club.
Bob Lawson$5 for all the help with the Fishing Derby.
Brian NolanThe Castle is an amazing place.
Julie NoethTo Kelly stone for getting the UD Optimist Club up and going again.
Jim MoganIs having a great birthday. He was glad to bring the cupcakes today and he had a phone call with his twin brother.

Sergeants at Arms

MemberInfraction
Gary SmigaPublished picture taken of him without his Optimist pin.
Mike FanelliPicture in the paper without his Optimist Pin.
Julie NoethShe was not present to greet her guest at the front door.
Greg GriffinHelped out sergeants today by gathering their items from the basement for them, but he didn’t bring up the bell and the gavel.
Debe Dockins$5 to pay for Bell and Gavel who were graciously returned by Bill and Kelly Stone’s grandkids.
Bob DuffySaid it was way too cold at lunch today. (well he put it another way but we will not quote exactly what he said here)

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Jeff BuschAugust318/31/200120
Ken PeacockAugust318/31/200120
Drew MckenzieSeptember19/1/198734
Frank DePalmaSeptember19/1/197942
Gary AndersonSeptember19/1/197942
Jerry StahleySeptember19/1/198635
Larry LyndeSeptember19/1/198833

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Julie CochranAugust 31
Jesse LightleAugust 31
Chris McAlpineAugust 31
Jim MoganAugust 31
CeAnn ChalkerSeptember 3
Bob CollinsSeptember 4
Beverly DunningtonSeptember 6

CNO Donations – 2013 through August 2021

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

Thank You Notes Received

Click to see this week’s Thank You Notes

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 8/24/21: Children’s Mental Health, Lisa Carter with South Community, Inc.

CNO Officer Installation Dinner, No Lunch Meeting that Day

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

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

Back to School Service Project

On August 23, 2021 Chuck Davis and Evelyn Griffin delivered backpacks and school supplies on behalf of Ohio District Optimist clubs. The “Back to School Project” was the service project at the 73rd Annual Ohio District Convention.

Schools Served

J W Reason Elementary School in Hilliard received 144 backpacks that contained school supplies.

Avery Elementary school and Britton Elementary school, both in Hilliard, received school supplies for 150 students.

All three principals were overjoyed to receive the donations. The principal at J W Reason was especially touched by the cards of encouragement written by JOI (Junior Optimist International) club members.

Donations Received for the Back to School Service Project

The Hilliard Optimist Club kicked off the project by donating 72 backpacks. The Centerville Noon Optimist Club donated $3000 for the project.

Evelyn received monetary donations from individuals and Optimist clubs. Evelyn picked up many supplies from Optimists’ homes. Some clubs, including CNO, collected supplies at their meetings and these were given to Evelyn or taken to the convention. It was a great team effort.

Thank you to all that donated and helped assemble the backpacks

Stuffing the backpacks at the convention was an efficient teamwork process. There were 15 volunteers from all over Ohio. Thanks to the JOI members who wrote the encouragement cards for the backpacks!

Announcements

  • Debe Dockins announced that Bill Stone has been elected as the Governor-elect of the Great Ohio District. His year will start 10/1/2022. It should be noted that CNO is very involved at the district level. Greg Griffin will be governor starting 10/1/2021. Jeff Umbreit is currently the Treasurer of the district and he will continue for Greg Griffin’s year.
  • Debe Dockins announced that at the Ohio District meeting this weekend, Carol Smerz received a pin for bringing in her first member. Several people received their Dime-a-Day 50th Anniversary pins.
  • Debe Dockins announced that CNO is holding a Membership Drive where participating members will share in $400 based on the number of points received.  Receive 1 point for bringing a guest to any meeting, 3 points for a returning guest and 10 points for a guest application.  The contest runs through 9/21/2021.
  • Debe Dockins announced that the Avenue of Flags will be delivering flags on Wednesday, September 1 – and we will extend the display in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of 9/11 – retrieval will be Tuesday, September 14th. If you can help, please give Tom Novak a call – they are always looking for more help.
  • Debe Dockins announced that the next CNO 2.0 meeting will be 9/16/2021 at 5:30 PM at Tuscany’s Italian Restaurant with speaker DJ Terrance Dorsey. Every member of all CNO related clubs is invited. You are encouraged to bring a guest.

Committee Meetings

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

Lisa Carter, South Community, Inc.

Carol Smerz introduced Lisa Carter, the CEO of South Community Positive Health Options, one of the areas multi-service not for profit community agencies. Lisa received a bachelor’s degree from Campbellsville University in Kentucky and a master’s degree from The Ohio State University. She holds a LISW.S license for Social Work. She has expertise in mental health, substance abuse and manages a staff of 300.

Carol Smerz and Lisa Carter have known each other for 30 years and worked together at South Community.

About South Community, Inc.

South Community, Inc. is an innovative, creative and flexible leader with a continuum of care in behavioral health and primary care for children, adults and families. The have partnerships with schools, health care, courts and law enforcement. They are positively impacting lives.

Mission Statement of South Community

South Community is committed to improving the quality of life and mental health status of children, adults and families residing in the Greater Miami Valley. This is achieved by providing a dynamic continuum of behavioral healthcare services and by drawing upon the health-promoting resources of its consumers and the community it serves.

Vision Statement of South Community

To excel at providing community-based mental health services that empower consumers of the Greater Miami Valley to attain optimal quality in their lives.

Children’s Mental Health

Lisa’s topic today is Children’s Mental Health. She asked us to consider how the calendar is perceived by adults and youth. Adult’s perceived calendar is before the pandemic, the surge, the vaccine, the Delta variant. Children’s normal perceived calendar is based on the school calendar of classes, winter break, classes, spring break, classes, and summer break. The pandemic has disturbed children’s view of the calendar.

Lisa gave some statistics based on the pandemic calendar.

Before the pandemic

  • 1 out of 6 youths (ages 2-8 years of age) experience a mental, behavioral, or developmental disorder
  • In Ohio nearly 40% of youths experience psychological distress
  • 24% of youths experience anxiety
  • 17% of youths experience depression
  • 13% of youths considered suicide

During the pandemic

  • 31% of parents said their child’s mental and emotional health was worse
  • 25% of high school students reported their mental and emotional health was worse

How Does Mental Illness Manifest?

Just like other illnesses, there are symptoms of mental illness. Look for symptoms and notice the timeframe:

  • Changes in appearance
  • Changes in routine
  • Changes in feelings
  • Changes in thoughts
  • Changes in behavior
  • Changes in social life, such as going from hanging out with and making friends to isolating themselves

Social Determinants

Where you are born, where you live and other influences impact your life and can present certain risk factors for mental illness. Some social determinants are:

  • Access to Care
  • Healthy Food/Nutrition
  • Education quality
  • Economic influences
  • Environmental influences
  • Opportunity for physical exercise
  • Safety

Most Common Mental Illness Diagnoses Among Children

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Depressive Disorders
  • ADHD
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorders
  • Trauma

What Can Be Done

  • Assessment – looking at the symptoms using a structured assessment to determine diagnosis
  • Treatment – Whole Person Care
  • Engagement and Connection – Relationship is key
  • Normalize the conversation (fight stigma)
  • Hopefulness – plant the seed that is essential to recovery
  • Building from strengths of the child and family
  • Resiliency – the belief youth can and do “bounce back” from adversity and their recovery

Access to Care is Still an Issue

During the pandemic care continued. South Community has added remote help through tele-health. Remember though that some clients do not have access to a phone let alone the internet to support video tele-health. Access to services has been and still is an issue.

Links for Donations and Volunteering

Thank You

Thank you, Lisa Carter, for joining us to talk about Children’s mental health.

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Jessica WagnerMike Bevis3rd Reading
Mitchell BodenmillerTom Novak3rd Reading
Brian NicholasLarry LyndeInduction

Welcome Guests!

GuestGuest Of
Adina AngelMike Bevis
Amy KoppMike Bevis
Colleen KammerJulie Noeth
Deb PolingStan Fronzaglia
Geoff DarrTom Novak
Lisa CarterMember
Mark PolingSpeaker
Mitch BodenmillerStan Fronzaglia
Randy KingTom Novak

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Julie Noeth$3 for Kelly Stone effort getting the UD Optimist Club going.
Tom BeeryHe has a brand new grandaughter.
Debe DockinsKristen Passidomo has switched to be a fulltime CNO member.

Sergeants at Arms

MemberInfraction
Sarah UmbreitComplained she could not find her name badge and she had Jeff pick her 50/50 ticket for her.
Ron KukerToo picky about choosing a badge lanyward that said Optimist on it.
Kelly StoneTold sergeant she has been too busy in retirement to attend meetings. Fine was immediately reduced to $0.00.
Bill StoneFined for being a bad influence on Kelly that has caused her to be too busy in retirement to attend meetings.
Joe MaddenCalling the sergeants “gentlemen.”
Wendy HattanLate to today’s meeting.
Rachel GoetzWarning new member about fines.
Chris McAlpineSaying a sergeant was dumber than a bag of hammers.
Jesse GaitherGiving sergeants grief and for missing the CNO 2.0 meeting last week.
Brian NicholasFor dropping out of CNO in the 90’s.
Steve KohlsToo long between attended meetings.
Karl FrydrykToo long between attended meetings.

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Mary MaddenAugust268/26/199823
Anne KesslerAugust298/29/200219

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Debbie ParksAugust 25
Rick AltvaterAugust 25
Sharon SilverbergAugust 25
Rick KempferAugust 28
Scott RheaumeAugust 28
Joe CantrellAugust 30

CNO Donations – 2013 through July 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 8/17/21: Skilled Trades Scholarships 2021

President-Elect Gary Hansen Facilitated Today’s Meeting

President-Elect Gary Hansen facilitated today’s meeting. Debe Dockins was out of town today taking care of her mother. Gary did a fine job and we know we will be in good hands when his presidential year begins on 10/1/2021.

Announcements

  • Bill Stone, the Ohio District OI Foundation Representative announced he would love to see more participation from the CNO club. The easiest way to donate is to use the OI website. On the website you will be able to sign up for the 50th anniversary Dime-A-Day Pin. Note that you can give any amount you wish to support the OI Foundation, which is the philanthropic side of OI. If you prefer, you can print out and mail this form with your donation.
  • Gary Hansen announced the 21st season of TOP soccer for special needs kids will start on 8/22/2021. The program needs volunteers, including assistant coaches and on-field buddies assigned to a participant. The kids look forward to the event each year. Volunteers do not need to know anything about soccer to help.
  • Tom Novak announced that the Labor Day flags will stay out to include the twentieth anniversary of 9/11. Flag delivery will be on 9/1/2021. Flags retrieval will be 9/14/2021.
  • Gary Hansen announced that CNO 2.0 is looking for additional committee members.
  • Gary Hansen announced that the Haunted Trail committee is looking for a new co-chair to shadow Gail Aiken with the plan of taking over the committee.
  • Andy Dickerson announced the Fishing Derby will be on August 28, 2021. Please contact Bob Lawson or Andy Dickerson if you can volunteer at the event.
  • Gary Hansen announced the CNO officer installation dinner will be on Tuesday September 28, 2021 at Yankee Trace. There will not be a CNO lunch meeting that day.
  • Patrick Arehart announced that CNO is holding a Membership Drive where participating members will share in $400 based on the number of points received.  Receive 1 point for bringing a guest to any meeting, 3 points for a returning guest and 10 points for a guest application.  The contest runs through 9/21/2021.

Committee Meetings

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

Community Events

8/28/2021, the annual Fishing Derby will be held at RecPlex                            

Happy Birthday to Gail Aiken

Bob Duffy led us in singing Happy Birthday to Gail Aiken since today was her birthday! Somehow our singing has gotten worse. You would think somehow by accident we would hit a note correctly. Maybe the quality issue is being caused by music director Bob Duffy?!? 🙂

Skilled Trade Scholarships

Gary Hansen introduced Evelyn Griffin, the co-chair of the Skilled Trade Scholarships Committee. Fred Polizzi and Gary Aiken are the other two co-chairs of the skilled trades committee.

Two of the three 2021 Skilled Trade Scholarship recipients were at lunch today and introduced themselves and their family members.

2021 Recipients

  • Reid Almand will be attending the Hobart Institute of Welding. Reid brought his parents Cobey and Scott Almand to lunch today.
  • Connor Dimisa will be majoring in Automotive Technology at Sinclair Community College. Connor brought his mother Christine Dimisa to lunch today.
  • Andrew Bellanca will be attending the Hobart Institute of Welding. Andrew was unable to attend today’s lunch.

2020 Recipient Updates

There were 3 scholarships awarded in 2020 and all 3 attended the Hobart Welding Institute. They are Alexander Weller, Jacob Goetz and Michael Knox. Alexander and Jacob have graduated and have jobs!

2019 Recipient Update

Gabriel Couch will graduate in the spring of 2022 with a degree in construction management from Sinclair Community College. His degree has been delayed because COVID cancelled many of the classes that he needed for his degree.

About CNO Skilled Trades Scholarships

The Skilled Trades Scholarship launched in 2019. This scholarship requires a guidance counselor’s recommendation with an emphasis on financial need and a desire to pursue a degree in the student’s chosen trade. In addition to financial assistance, each student will have two mentors. A scholarship to Sinclair University provides up to $750 per semester for up to six semesters, sufficient for an associate degree. A scholarship to Trade Schools is a one-time payment of $2500.

Businesses are having a really difficult time finding skilled trades workers to fill open positions. This is a link to a YouTube video of a TEDx presentation discussing the issue and how women are being encouraged through grants (not loans) to get skilled trades education to fill some of the 1 million open jobs. In the U.S. compensation is rising for skilled trades jobs.

Hobart Institute of Welding

Several Skilled Trade Scholarship recipients have elected to attend programs at the Hobart Institute of Welding in Troy, Ohio. The courses last 6-12 months depending on the program chosen. The programs are valuable, but not cheap. CNO scholarships help make it affordable. The school was started in 1930 and there have been over 100,000 graduates. It is a nationally recognized program. There is a huge need for workers in the skilled trades. Welders can make over $!00,000/year.

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Jane HenryCarol SmerzInduction on 8/19/2021 at St Leonard
Sally MartinoMike BevisInduction on 8/19/2021 at St Leonard
Jessica WagnerMike Bevis2nd reading
Mitchell BodenmillerTom Novak2nd reading

Welcome Guests!

GuestGuest Of
Christine DimisaHonoree’s Family
Cobey AlmandHonoree’s Family
Connor DimisaHonoree
Logan Stan Fronzaglia
Mitch BodenmillerTom Novak
Reid AlmandHonoree
Scott AlmandHonoree’s Family
Sharon OldhamJulie Noeth
Suzie WolffStan Fronzaglia

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Bob CollinsMyron Rheaume is recovering well from his back surgery.
Larry LyndeCNO member Tom Berry sang his signature Happy Brithday to his wife Shari at the Sunday concert at Stubbs Park.
Mike BrubakerThank you to all that atteneded the Presidential Club Volunteer of the Year breakfast where he and Beth Duncan were honored last week.
Gary HansenGary has been able to see his son often in the last couple of months after not seeing him for so long because of the pandemic.
Joe MaddenGary Aiken for expertly arranging a birthday lunch for his wife Gail with about 80 CNO members today!  🙂
Don KelleyGranddaughter Molly is ready to start her sophomore year at Miami University.
Erin DickersonAfter 18 months her kids are at school again.
Jim MoganFor the first time in two years, he will soon see his son who lives in Colorado.
Jesse GaitherDaughter startng school at Ohio University. Other daughter started middle school in Springboro.
Bill WilliamsHis son Parker completed a 209 mile timed endurance run “Big Foot 200” from Mt. St. Helens in Oregon to Mt Adams in Washington. His time was 91 hours and he placed 37th out of 220 runners.
Bill WilliamsCelebrating 38th wedding anniversary with his wife Cadance.
Rene GlennJust accepted a new job offer and she gets a couple of weeks to take some trips before starting.
Mike BevisHappy with how well previous skilled trade scholarship recipients are doing.
Mike BevisJesse Gaither delivering the CNO tent to his home very early in the morning, even though his wife thought there was an intruder in the driveway.
Mike BevisHe, Donna Huss and Judy McFadden had great success at Boomerfest with their booth. They believe they have secured 3 new members.
Gail AikenJoe and Mary Madden donating a bunch of halloween items for the Haunted Trail event.
Ron KukerCelebrating 59th weddig anniversary with his wife Fayne.

Sergeants at Arms

MemberInfraction
Gary SmigaCalled sergeant Scott Langer’s cell phone last week to see if it would ring during the meeting. Gary didn’t realize that Scott was about to be a sergeant!
Bob DuffySitting at the birthday table when it was not his birthday AGAIN!
Kelly StoneLate to today’s meeting.
Guest and previous member Suzie WolfMoved to a different state to avoid a fine.
Paul Stull, Brian Nolan, Charlie GoodwinBeing former sergeants.
Will CaleTrying to take 2 50/50 tickets instead of 1 when he paid for just one.
Gail AikenCouldn’t find her name tag and let Gary Hansen retrieve the presidents bell too soon.
Jesse GaitherGetting a name wrong.
Greg GriffinGreg promissed that during his presidency that Ron Tinnerman would be a sergeant and he never was.
Tom NovakSergeant Ron Tinnerman was not mentioned in a recent article in a local magazine about Avenue of Flags.

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Don MassieAugust208/20/199130
Julie Walling NoethAugust208/20/200813
Matt SomerlotAugust218/21/20138

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Gail AikenAugust 17
Susan ThomsenAugust 20
Stephen WalkerAugust 21
Marilyn BechtAugust 21

CNO Donations – 2013 through July 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 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 8/10/21: Bryon Black, Foster Parenting

Announcements

  • Debe Dockins announced that TOP Soccer is looking for volunteers on Sunday, August 22nd from 3 to 4 PM at Oak Grove Park to help with the 2021 Season Registration Check-In Duties. If you can help, please contact Dana Dring.
  • Bob Glavin announced the 21st season of TOP soccer for special needs kids will start on 8/22/2021. The program needs volunteers, including assistant coaches and on-field buddies assigned to a participant. The kids look forward to the event each year. Volunteers do not need to know anything about soccer to help.
  • Bob Lawson announced the Fishing Derby will be on August 28, 2021. Please contact Bob or Andy Dickerson if you can volunteer at the event.
  • Greg Fay announced that the next Optimist 2.0 meeting will be 8/19/2021 at Nelly’s with Zach Hollingsworth of Freedom Whiskey speaking.
  • Debe Dockins announced the CNO officer installation dinner will be on September 28, 2021 at Yankee Trace. There will not be a lunch meeting that day.
  • Debe Dockins announced a service project being worked on by the Great Ohio District of OI. For the August 2021 convention attendees will be stuffing backpacks with school supplies. The stuffed backpacks will be donated to JW Reasons Elementary school in Hilliard, OH. There are two ways to contribute: purchase items from the list and bring them to our meeting or to give money for the purchase of items. Evelyn will be collecting money and supplies every Tuesday until 8/17/2021. Contact Evelyn if you have questions. Read the flyer here.
  • Patrick Arehart announced that CNO is holding a Membership Drive where participating members will share in $400 based on the number of points received.  Receive 1 point for bringing a guest to any meeting, 3 points for a returning guest and 10 points for a guest application.  The contest runs through 9/21/2021.

Community Events

  • 8/28/2021, the annual Fishing Derby will be held at RecPlex

Happy Birthday Art Hung

Charlie Tapp led us in singing happy birthday to Art Hung. Art has been the chair of the sunshine committee for several years. Art spreads sunshine by sending flowers and cards to those that have gotten sick or injured and for relatives that have passed. Charlie said we should sing in the opposite style of how well Art treats members when they need cheering up. It was a success; the singing was very bad and I do mean especially bad.

Note, President Debe Dockins was so happy when she saw that Art Hung was in attendance today. She just loves for us to sing for member birthdays.

Bryon Black, Foster Parenting

Carol Smerz introduced Bryon Black. Bryon is originally from California and moved to Vandalia Ohio at 4 years of age. He and his wife are high school sweethearts and they will be celebrating their 12th anniversary soon. We saw a picture of Bryon wearing a kilt to his wedding. He has his own photography and videography business. Their hearts are with their love of children. His wife Ashley Black has been a third-grade teacher at a charter school. She witnessed firsthand the effects of children growing up in broken families. Nearly every day she would come home from work and cry.

Bryon came today to educate us about foster parenting and to tell us about the foster parent journey he and Ashley have gone through for the past 23 months. They have 2 foster children.

Fertility Issues

In 2018 after 9 years of marriage, Byron and Ashley had not had any children. For a while they were not actively trying to get pregnant. Then after actively trying they were told that they had issues, but no one knew exactly what they were.  More and more of their friends were getting married and having kids. There were a lot of challenging nights. They had discussed adoption and they really wanted to adopt, but it is very expensive and more than they wanted to spend. It can cost as much as $30,000 to adopt each child.

Fostering Children in Order to Adopt a Child

Bryon and Ashley learned more about foster parenting from their church. They learned about the sacrifices that families make to foster kids. Foster parenting can be a path to adoption. Once a child has been removed from their biological parents, foster parents on a temporary basis will take care of a child. At any point, the courts could return children to their biological parents. The process has a lot of bureaucracy, and it is very difficult.

Within the first year 50% of foster parents drop out of the program. It is an emotionally difficult job. Foster parents become very attached to the children they are helping. You must remember that the government’s goal is to return the kids to their biological parents or relatives whenever possible.

You could be fostering a child for years and suddenly have them removed from your home. This can happen even after the parents have been permanently removed from the possibility of recovering their child. Relatives like grandparents, aunts and uncles that have not helped at all might suddenly show up. Relatives get priority over foster parents. The good news though is if these biological connections do not show up wanting the children then the foster parents are first in line to adopt.

Bryon and Ashley are Currently Fostering Siblings

Bryon and Ashley spent 6 months being trained and certified to be foster parents. Not long after being certified they received a phone call that two siblings (a boy and a girl) needed a place to stay. They agreed to foster the kids and they were brought to them that night.

The first night the kids slept for 12 hours. They thought they really hit the jackpot for easy to take care of children. However, the kids never slept that long again. The first week was very challenging for everyone. They survived the first week and learned just how little sleep an adult can survive on. The pandemic has not made it any easier, but they are all still very happy.

Bryon learned the biggest thing the kids needed was just to be loved.

In October, 2021 they will learn if the kids will be permanently placed with them.

Key Things to Remember About Foster Parenting

Society will never have enough foster families.

You can help without becoming a foster parent. Find a foster family to support and offer to babysit or offer financial support. There are many ways to help and to get involved in the fostering process.

Another way to help is to look for ways to get involved with families that are struggling before their kids get removed. Many parents need help overcoming generational cycles of poverty, joblessness, poor parenting, poor diet and more.

Thank You

Thank you, Bryon Black, for joining us to talk about you and your wife’s foster parenting journey and what you have learned.

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Sam HolmesMike BevisInduction
Mitchell BodenmillerTom Novak1st Reading
Jessica WagnerMike Bevis1st Reading
Sally MartinoMike Bevis2nd Reading
Jane HenryCarol Smerz2nd Reading
Deanna NesbitMike Bevis3rd Reading
Brian NicholasLarry Lynde3rd Reading

Welcome Guests!

GuestGuest Of
Bryon BlackSpeaker
Dale BlackSpeaker’s Guest
Mitch BodenmillerTom Novak
Cindy GabouryJulie Noeth
Sue LabatzkyDebe Dockins
Terry SchanatDebe Dockins

Happy Bucks

No time for Happy Bucks this week.

Sergeants at Arms

No time for Sergeants at Arms this week.

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Kristen PassidomoAugust168/16/20174
Maha KashaniAugust158/15/200615

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Art HungAugust 10
Judy DeMarcoAugust 10
Paul StullAugust 11
Larry LyndeAugust 12
Fred PolizziAugust 13
Julie ShislerAugust 13
Vince ReidyAugust 14
Greg WasmundAugust 15

CNO Donations – 2013 through July 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 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.