CNOtes – January 8, 2019 – Josh Staley – FC Cincinnati

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Charlie Doll Chris McAlpine
Adam George Kelly George
Carol Marinangeli Stan Fronzaglia
Janet Peasant Donna Huss
Jerry Raugh Cheri Gentry
Morgan Schiffhauer Diane Arehart
Josh Staley Speaker

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Happy New Year!

The lunch today at Yankee Trace was great! It has been a few weeks since the Centerville Noon Optimists have gotten together. Have a Happy and Optimistic Year!

Special Announcement

The Dickerson family has started The Chuck Dickerson Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior who is a child or grandchild of a current or former member of the Centerville Noon Optimist Club. The scholarship application is available now for the 2019-2020 school year and is available online at Scholarship Connect on All sections need to be completed on the application for consideration.

Committee Announcements

Donna Huss announced there will be a “NOW” Event on January 17, 2019 from 5-8 PM at Yankee Trace. This is a great time to invite guests (potential new members) to actually have a visual of what we do in giving back to the community. NOW is an acronym for “New Optimists Welcome”. Read more about it here. It is a program designed to capture the interests of prospective new Optimist Club members.

Greg Griffin gave the summary of the tree lot sales. There was just short of $90,000 in sales with a profit of $48,000.

Nancy Lehren announced there will be Childhood Cancer/Build-a-Bear meeting at Panera Bread on January 10, 2019 at 6:30; all are welcome.

Today’s Speaker

Chris McAlpine introduced Josh Staley, the director of premium ticket sales for FC Cincinnati. FC Cincinnati is an MLS soccer club based in Cincinnati, Ohio. The club was started 3 years ago. They will begin play in Major League Soccer in 2019. Josh is a graduate of Centerville High School and Chris McAlpine coached him in soccer when he was age 10 through age 16.

Josh highlighted the accomplishments and growth of FC Cincinnati and showed a video about the club.

Soccer is very popular in the U.S. By popularity, the top five ranked sports in the U.S. are the NFL, MLB, NCAA Football, MLS, and the NBA. Soccer is the 3rd most viewed U.S. Sport.

FC Cincinnati has been labeled “The Hottest club in North America.”

FC is a winning brand that is family friendly, with visibility in the community for the Dayton and Cincinnati area. They have worked to keep the tickets at a family friendly price close to the cost of having a family outing to see a movie. Josh stated a significant difference is at a sporting event, you can still talk with your family unlike at a movie.

FC Cincinnati supports the local community. They support many local youth soccer clubs. Mercy’s Health Training Center in Milford is being built to be open at the end of 2019. The players will train there and youth soccer clubs will also have access to the facility.

Quick Facts

  • First match was April 19, 2016 with 15,000 in attendance.
  • Average attendance is now 24,000.
  • Carl H. Linder III is the majority owner of the club.
  • Home matches are played at Nippert Stadium at the University of Cincinnati.
  • They are building a new stadium in Cincinnati called West End Stadium. The stadium will be located in the West End neighborhood at the current site of Stargel Stadium, on Central Parkway at Wade Street. It is expected to open in 2021.


Member Birthday
Rafael Santillan January 01
Sonny Singhvi January 01
Joe Madden January 03
Ted Humphrey January 07
Laura Caschera January 08
Don Massie January 10
Bill Williams January 11
Jesse Gaither January 11
Ron Weir January 11
Joe Soucy January 12
Rob Jones January 13
Bill Powell January 15
Bob Duffy January 15
Barbara Santo January 17
Myron Rheaume January 20
Gary Smiga January 21

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Bill Stone January 1 1/1/1977 42
Bob Duffy January 1 1/1/1988 31
Jim Rumford January 1 1/1/1990 29
Paul Stull January 1 1/1/1970 49
Will Cale January 1 1/1/1976 43
John Carroll January 3 1/3/2012 7
Greg McAfee January 7 1/7/2008 11
John Speers January 7 1/7/2008 11
Susan Thomsen January 14 1/14/1997 22
Deb Ulrich January 18 1/18/2017 2
Dick Lee January 18 1/18/2017 2
Lynne Reilly January 18 1/18/2017 2
Pam Miller January 18 1/18/2017 2
Shawn Thacker January 18 1/18/2017 2
Dennis Glidden January 19 1/19/2018 1
Gary DeMarco January 20 1/20/2016 3

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Emily Duke Gary DeMarco 2nd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
John Kalaman Raising the bar too high for other men by dropping wife at the door for today’s meeting
Bill Stone Raising the bar too high for other men by dropping wife at the door for today’s meeting
Liz Fultz Library fined Chris McAlpine (a sergeant this quarter) 25 cents for a late book
Debe Dockins Library fined Chris McAlpine (a sergeant this quarter) 25 cents for a late book
Jerry Stahley Critiqued the hanging of the banners today

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Beth Duncan Spaghetti Warehouse, Joan Cordonnier, Kelly wearing her inmate uniform
Mike Bevis Dan Koontz was promoted and will leave CNO
Joan Cordonnier Daughter Jill has started a job in Cincinnati after moving back from Utah
Joan Cordonnier Daughter Jill is moving out of Joan’s house and into her own home
Myron Rheaume Grandson Liam made the starting lineup for varsity hockey at Springboro High School as a Freshman
Jeff Rolf Son just graduated OSU and already has a job
Mary Madden Successfully surprised Joe Madden with a surprise 75th birthday party (Born 1/3/1944)
Jane Fiehrer Thanks to Josh Staley (today’s speaker)   from FC Cincinnati, her son loves soccer and so does she and her husband

CNOtes – December 18, 2018 – Taryn Filer – Holiday Traditions

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father we are on the cusp of Your Son’s Birthday. We thank you for our greatest blessing. You taught us that we were put here to love others and do it with compassion and meaning. We find it easy to love those who are close to us, but Your Son told us to show love to all, especially those less fortunately than us. We will be celebrating Christmas with those we love and remembering those You have called home. Though we can no longer hold them, we can still hug them with our prayers and fill the void they have left in our hearts. Be with us this coming year and guide us in making this an Optimistic and loving world for everyone. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Dawn Arrowood Mike Bevis
Terry Bevis Mike Bevis
Judge Fred Dressel Jim Long
Dave Fairs Mike Brubaker
Taryn Filer Speaker
Rob Fortman Pat Behn
Rodrigo Garnica Bob Collins
Beth Harper Mike Bevis
Kim Lopez Mike Bevis
Judy McFadden Mike Bevis
Janet Peasant Donna Huss
Morgan Schiffhauer Diane Arehart
Kelly Smith Mike Bevis
Erin Warfield Casey Wyckoff

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Committee Announcements

Donn Huss announced there will be a “NOW” Event on January 17, 2019 from 5-8 PM at Yankee Trace. She would like to hear back from all committee chairs with an RSVP to share with potential members how you help the club. NOW is an acronym for “New Optimists Welcome”. Read more about it here. It is a program designed to capture the interests of prospective new Optimist Club members. Please tell your family and friends to come check it out.

Donna Huss announced that the Optimist Holiday dinner was a success. The venue, food, silent auction, raffle and entertainment provided by South Dayton School of Dance was excellent. Thank you to all the social committee members.

Casey Wyckoff, chair of Communication Contest for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing (CCDHH), announced that she is looking for participants so please let her know of anyone who is eligible for this opportunity. You can give them her contact information as well. Let teachers, friends and family know about this contest. There were only 8 in the state last year but her goal is to have 8 in our region. The Optimist Ohio District awards a $3500 scholarship to the winner. Additionally, Casey said she can use more volunteers who can communicate with American Sign Language to judge the contest.

Greg Griffin reported on the tree lot. Thank you to everyone that worked on the Christmas tree lot; because of you we had another successful year. We completely sold out of trees last Saturday after 22 days. There was $89,000 in sales with a net profit of $48,000. A special thank you note was sent to the manager of Kroger’s in Centerville since this Kroger location is the only one that does not sell Christmas trees. Other thank you notes were sent to Alan Poole (BMV Manager) and Wayne Davis (Centerville City Manager)  for allowing us to use the BMV parking lot again this year.

Jack Anderson announced there is a CNO 2.0 social event on 12/31/2018 at noon at the Heavier than Air Brewing Company. Food will be provided. Come watch some football as University of Cincinnati plays Virginia Tech and maybe bring a friend to watch and to learn about our Optimist club.

Donna Huss announced that Brent Richburg has agreed to be the chair of the Americana Festival booth again next year. He has already contacted the Americana Festival representative and they are accommodating our request to have a space near Benham’s Grove. Thank you, Brent!

Beth Duncan has requested that if you find out you signed up and can’t attend the Murder Mystery Dinner, let her know as soon as possible. There is a waiting list.

Happy Birthday to Liz Fultz

Guess what? The lunch today was on December 18, 2018 and that is the same exact day of the year that is Liz Fultz’s birthday. Lucky (Unlucky?) for us Liz Fultz was at today’s lunch, so Charlie Tapp graciously led us in singing Happy Birthday to her. I tried to record the “musical” evidence of our singing. On my iPhone, Siri stopped the recording stating “Your microphone has been hacked, rebooting now for your own protection.” President Donna Huss could be heard saying afterwards, “My hearing will never be the same!”

Today’s Presentation

Debe Dockins introduced Taryn Filer who is an Adult Services Specialist with the Washington-Centerville Public Library.  She has worked for the library since December, 2017 and was quickly scooped up into the Speaker’s Bureau.  Taryn researched and put together information about the various winter holidays after getting requests for a seasonal presentation.

Here is a list of the Winter Holiday celebrations Taryn discussed with links to Wikipedia




Saint Stephen’s Day

Boxing Day

Saint Lucia Day

Las Posadas

New Years

Pancha Ganapati (The holiday page redirects to the page of Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, the creator of the holiday.)

You can view the slide presentation here.

The following is information from Taryn’s presentation:

Today 9 out of 10 Americans celebrate Christmas, but there are several other Winter Holidays that are also very important to those who celebrate.

Christmas was banned in the 17th century and became legal again in 1660. St Nicklaus was introduced in the third century.

Hanukkah is 8 days long because there was only enough untainted olive oil to keep the candle lit for 1 day, but by a miracle the candle burned for 8 days, which was enough time to get a new supply of oil.

Kwanza is one of the newest celebrations. Created during 1966 by Maulana Karenga, Kwanza starts on December 26 and goes for 7 days. The number 7 is a recurring theme in this celebration.

St Stephen’s Day is celebrated because he was the first Christian martyr.

Boxing Day is celebrated on December 26. The name comes from the gratuity of a box of money or presents to those who perform services for their employers or receivers of services.

St Lucia Day, celebrated on December 13 in Scandinavian countries, this holiday is celebrated with a buffet feast. Also called St. Lucy, St. Lucia secretly delivered food to prisoners.

Las Posadas is on December 16 and is celebrated by Hispanics and others. It is based on the number 9. It is celebrated for nine days ending on Christmas Eve by celebrators asking for lodging for 9 days in reference to the story of the Virgin Mary and Joseph looking for lodging before the birth of Christ. Each of the 9 days represents one month of the Virgin Mary’s pregnancy with Jesus Christ.

Pancha Ganapati started in 1985 and is celebrated by Hindu families. They celebrate for 5 days, each dedicated to a specific spiritual idea with a distinct color.

New Year’s Day celebrations have not always been on January 1st. In 1582, January 1st became the official beginning of the new year with the widespread adoption of the Gregorian calendar. In New York City, the ball has dropped for over 100 years. Not all countries or cultures celebrate the new year on January 1st. An interesting tradition for some cultures for good luck is to eat 12 grapes at midnight. You eat one grape for each stroke of midnight. If you successfully eat them all by the end of the clock strikes, you will have good luck for the next year. Good luck with this one!


Member Birthday
Liz Fultz December 18
Cindy Gaboury December 19
Jeff Brown December 19
Debe Dockins December 22
Paul Boeckman December 22
Stephen Mock December 25
Jeff Papanek December 26
Dave Gaines December 27
Dave Kay December 27
Christine Balsan December 28
Molly Petsch December 28
Kelly Stone December 29
Mandy Ransdell December 31

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Scott Langer December 30 12/30/1997 21

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Gareth Dickey Roland Rapp Induction

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Anyone who has not been fined this year Not being fined this year
Anyone who cheered the retirement of the current sergeants Cheering the retirement of the current sergeants
Anyone who did not believe “we fine because we love” Not believing, “we fine because we love”

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Donna Huss Grandson got engaged
Ken Irwin Last week as sergeant
Beth Duncan Grandson was just born
Bob Burkman Carol Burkman and his 56th wedding anniversary is on December 29, 2018
Myron Rheaume Happy that the obituary he read in the newspaper was not our Bob Lawson
Gary Aiken Thanks to Kroger’s for being the only one in the area that doesn’t sell Christmas trees
Carolyn Taylor Army beat Navy
Greg Wasmund Donated the last Christmas Tree to a needy family
Jane Fiehrer Her Will Cale scholarship mentee just got a 4.0 GPA
Greg Griffin Christmas Tree Lot had $89,000 sales with $48,000 in profit in 22 Days. Thanks for helping!

CNOtes – December 4, 2018 – Wayne Davis – Centerville City Manager

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father many times we ask You to make us better. The goal seems to point toward perfection. Sometimes we even ask this for someone else. Let us be happy with our imperfect life and realize that perfection is only a goal not an attainment. Besides that position has
already been fulfilled and for that we thank You. Just help us do our best and at the end of each day may we give thanks for whatever comes our way. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Ron Amos Dan Beck
Wayne Davis Speaker
Dennis Egan Mike Fanelli
Bill Hazel Brent Richburg
Candace Rinke Brent Richburg
Morgan Schiffhauer Diane Arehart

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Special Announcement

From Donna Huss, “On behalf of myself, Greg Griffin and Karl Frydryk, I wanted to take a moment today and recognize three folks who are key to our success for the Christmas Tree Lot and those folks are our money counters and depositors. Daily these three people count the Christmas Tree Lot Shift monies and make the bank deposits for us – every day while the Christmas Tree Lot is open. Thank you Gary Hansen, Don Kelley and Donna Robinson – we really appreciate you!”

Committee Announcements

Donn Huss announced there will be a “NOW” Event on January 17, 2019 at Yankee Trace. NOW is an acronym for “New Optimists Welcome”. Read more about it here. It is a program designed to capture the interests of prospective new Optimist Club members.

Myron Rheaume, chair of PGI and PDP Development programs, announced he is always happy to explain and help with PDP and PGI. He is available after lunch to start/update the PGI/PDP passports.

Gary Hansen announced he is looking for mentors for the Will Cale Scholarship; please contact Gary for additional info.

Laurie Poeppelman and Evelyn Griffin, Optigear merchandise sales, announced Optigear merchandise is ready for pick up.

Today’s Presentation

Debe Dockins introduced Wayne Davis. Debe’s intro follows, “Today we welcome Wayne Davis, Centerville’s City Manager since August 2017. For 17 years he worked for the City of Montgomery, five years as city manager, seven years as assistant city manager, and five years as finance director. He guided the city through the purchase of several key parcels to assemble the Gateway Redevelopment Area project; established substantial shared-service partnerships and oversaw successful strategic plans over the years.”

Debe continued, “He began his professional career as a civilian with the United States Air Force, working at the Pentagon. Since moving to Ohio 28 years ago, Davis has worked in local government with the Montgomery County Office of Management and Budget and the Combined Health District of Montgomery County.  He is a graduate of the University of Vermont with a bachelor’s degree in economics and obtained a masters in urban administration from Wright State University. Mr. Davis is also immediate president of the Ohio City/County Management Association. He and his family have lived in the Centerville area for the past 20 years. Let’s give a warm Optimist welcome to Wayne Davis.”

When hired in 2017, the city asked him to put together a strategic plan for Centerville. In producing a strategic plan, you must align your vision and values with the community. You must also match the mission with the resources available.

Davis showed us his Power Point slide deck titled, “City of Centerville Five-Year Strategic Plan 2018-2023.”

The presentation started with a Mission Statement for the City of Centerville, “The City of Centerville delivers exceptional services through thoughtful governance to ensure progress and stability.”

You can view the slide presentation here.


Member Birthday
Liz Fultz December 11
Erin Dickerson December 12
Pete Rife December 13
Bill Stone December 16

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Tom Novak December 13 12/13/1990 28

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Emily Duke Gary DeMarco 1st Reading
Mariah Vogelgesang Mike Bevis Induction
Rick Altvater Greg Wasmund Induction
Sue Zammit Greg Griffin Induction
Erin Dickerson Andy Dickerson Induction

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Tom Henderson Not wearing his Optimist pin on TV
John Kalaman Missed a flag during flag retrieval
Brian Nolan Missed a flag during flag retrieval
Wayne Davis (Today’s Speaker) For being a member of the Rotary Club
Everyone working at the tree lot last Sunday Overwhelming the cashiers at Tree lot last Sunday
Members at Birthday table that do not have a birthday in December Members at Birthday table that do not have a birthday in December
Everyone with an artificial Christmas tree Having an artificial Christmas Tree.

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Gary DeMarco Today is the first day of his retirement
Kelly Stone Bill is doing well after his surgery
Judy DeMarco Lunch was much better today
Joan Cordonnier Lily McAlpine was of great assistance at an event at Kindergarten Village
Donna Huss Grandson just moved into his first new home
Debe Dockins Thanks to Wayne Davis for speaking today
Brian Nolan Mike Yoder was promoted to Lieutenant of Centerville Police Department
Greg Griffin The tree lot was very productive on Sunday 12/2/2018