Centerville Noon

Community Champion Award Presented

Mike Bevis and Judy DeMarco presented the 2021 Community Champion Award winner, Kris Horlacher. Kris is the Executive Director of the Dayton-based nonprofit Shoes for the Shoeless that she founded in 2010. Over 125,000 children have been served. They are a mobile shoe store with 2 trucks. Their mission is, “To provide new, properly fitting gym shoes and socks to local children in need.”

Stephanie Bange – Graphic Novels

The difference between Comic Books and Graphic Novels is that a Graphic Novel has a plot, a story arc, and a resolution. A Comic Book is a serial and only has a couple of chapters of the bigger story in a single issue. Adults read comic books to relax and allow your brain to create and that they are a great way to spend time with kids and grandchildren. “Live long, prosper, and read a graphic novel!”

Oratorical Contest – Week #2

Public speaking is important. Seventy percent of people say it is an essential skill for success. The speakers today are sharing their perspectives on “Healing the World with Optimism.” The winner from each of the 2 days will represent Centerville Noon at the Zone 14 contest, which will be held on Zoom on Wednesday, March 9th, 2021.

Oratorical Contest – Week #1

Since it was established in 1928, the Oratorical Contest has become the longest-running program sponsored by Optimist International. Our contest is named in honor of former Optimist member Margaret Barclay. She cared deeply about bringing out the best in kids and in living the Optimist Creed. She spent 40 years in public education and retired in 2000 as Principal at Magsig Middle School. While Margaret passed away in 2010, it is a pleasure to see her memory being recognized in this way.

Ricki Pepin – Your American Heritage – A Patriot’s Primer

Knowing your history and heritage is important. HIstory education gives youth their identity. James Madison (founding father and author of the constitution) said, “Conscience is our most sacred property.” The presentation focus on using primary source documents to help listeners discover for themselves the heritage our founders gave us when they wrote and established American law and government.

Chuck Gabringer – Dayton Hockey History

His book, Hockey in Dayton , is a pictorial history of professional hockey in Dayton beginning with the 1950’s Troy Bruins continuing through the Dayton Gems of the 1960s and 1970s and the Dayton Bombers of the 1990s and 2000s. Also included are histories of other hockey teams that have called Dayton home.

Charlotte McGuire – Ohio Board of Education

McGuire is the representative of Ohio District 3 of the State Board of Education representing the counties of Butler, Darke, Miami, Montgomery, and Preble counties. She brings more than 40 years of government and nonprofit leadership experience to the State Board of Education. Her campaign has always been about every child has the inherent ability to succeed regardless of zip code or circumstances.

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