CNOtes – January 14, 2020 – CLUB DAY – Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Committee Presentation

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Phather Phil did not provide a copy of his prayer this week – he said to tell all club members to come to lunch at noon and hear it in person!

Today’s Guests – WELCOME!

Guest Guest Of
Corky Katz Kristine Balsan
Mike Kistler Dave Kaye
Kristen Marks Gary DeMarco
Mary Stahley Jerry Stahley
Kate Trangenstein Jessie Lightle
Ralph Young Charlie Tapp

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Committee Announcements

Judy DeMarco announced that last week’s speaker Jenell Ross sent CNO a thank you note and a donation to the CNO scholarship fund.

Cherie Gentry announced that the quarterly Great Ohio District meeting in Columbus will be 2/15/2020. CNO will be receiving several awards. There is still time to sign up. Contact Cherie for forms to attend. The deadline for early bird pricing is January 23, 2020. CNO will pay the fee for you to attend. Send completed forms to Roland Rapp.

Jean Pummill will be taking over the PDP and PGI programs from Myron. Check with her for updated passport books and for help using this program to help your personal growth and to enhance your value to the club and community.

Gary Hansen, the Will Cale scholarship chair, said that the committee has just received the next batch of candidates for this scholarship. The scholarship is given to students overcoming a significant disadvantage. CNO provides 3-year scholarships to Sinclair Community College. The next meeting will be before lunch at 11:15 AM on 1/21/2020 at Yankee Trace before the CNO lunch meeting. Come and learn more about how you can help. There will be information about becoming a mentor or helping in other ways.

Katie Calloway, the  social media chair, asked if you would please like CNO on Facebook. Contact her if you would like to join the committee. She said if you are a committee chair and have announcements contact her and she will get them on Facebook.

Bob Lawson announced that the Fishing Derby will be June 6, 2020. The website has the latest information and the 2020 registration form and can be found here.

Committee Meetings

  • 1/21/2020, 6 PM, Monthly board meeting at Woodbourne Library
  • 2/12/2020, 6 PM, Golf Committee at Buckeye Home Health Care on Paragon Rd. Future meetings will be 3/18/2020, 4/15/2020, 5/13/2020, 6/17/2020, 7/8/2020

Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf 2020 Volunteer Opportunities

Today was CNO “Club Day”. Instead of an outside speaker, Mike Bevis and Judy DeMarco presented information about last year’s golf outing and how you can help with the 2020 outing. The 2020 golf outing will be 6 months from now on Monday, July 13, 2020. This will the 29th golf fundraiser for CNO.

The CNO Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf fundraiser is the premier golf outing of Dayton. If you would like to play in the tournament be sure to register early as it sells out every year. You can get a registration form here.

The golf committee is comprised of about 25 members and they help produce the best golf outing in the Dayton area. Starting in January, the committee meets once a month. Any member can join the committee. The meetings are fun as well as functional.

Net proceeds from the 2019 fundraiser was $50,000. A third of the money each year is donated to Dayton Children’s Hospital. They use the funds to help disadvantaged families afford the travel expenses to get their children to and from the hospital for their childhood cancer treatments.

The outing is held at Sycamore Country Club. Mike is often asked why the outing is held at a private country club. He said it was because there is more flexibility in bringing in our own supplies, such as food, drinks, ice, etc.

Several committee members spoke today about areas where you can help:

  • Pat Behn runs the golfer registration process on the day of the outing.
  • Barbara Santo, Val Huff and Vida McDowell organize the silent auction. All items are donated for the 60 baskets they make. The silent auction typically raises about $8000. They need donations of items for the baskets. Gift cards make excellent donations.
  • Donna Huss handles the various mailings and coordinates ice and beer delivery.
  • Golfers are presented with gift bags with goodies in them from sponsors. This process needs a new person to be in charge. Let Mike Bevis know if you would like to be that person. Thank you to Ellie Parker for handling this for several years.
  • Wendy Hattan takes care of posting updates on Facebook.
  • Denise O’Neill and her family cook the food donated by Dorothy Lane Market.
  • Vince Reidy works on getting donations from area automobile dealers.
  • Chris Ziehler works on getting donations of gift certificates from local area golf courses for foursomes with carts.
  • Gary DeMarco is the coordinator of the day. His team uses golf carts to make sure things are setup for the day. This includes tables, drink stations, beverage stations, and people to monitor the hole in one prize station. Volunteers work 3 hours shifts. They can always use more volunteers. You do not need to know how to play golf to help.

Scroll down to the bottom of this blog entry to read he full report about the 2019 golf outing.

Thank Notes sent to CNO

You can read recent thank you notes here.

CNO Donations 2013 through September 2019

Click this link to see a summary of the donations our club has made.

Over 50 years, we have donated close to $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $700,


Member Birthday
Bob Duffy January 15
Barbara Santo January 17
Myron Rheaume January 20

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Susan Thomsen January 14 1/14/1997 23
Deb Ulrich January 18 1/18/2017 3
Dick Lee January 18 1/18/2017 3
Lynne Reilly January 18 1/18/2017 3
Pam Miller January 18 1/18/2017 3
Shawn Thacker January 18 1/18/2017 3
Gary DeMarco January 20 1/20/2016 4

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
D Ralph Young Charlie Tapp 2nd Reading
Michael Kistler Dave Kay 1st Reading
Kristen Marks Gary De Marco 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Gentlemen that did not stand when given these instructions. If you are the best looking guy at each table please stand up.
Chris McAlpine Buying a Tesla
Jerry Stahley Don Kelley claimed Mary Stahley as his guest today, even though Mary was sitting right next to Jerry. Jerry was therefore fined for not bringing a guest today.
Fred Polizzi Stealing the bell
Scott Langer Didn’t think lunch was special enough.

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Bob Duffy LSU won the NCAA National Football Championship.
Donna Huss Grandson married a wonderful girl last Saturday. David Ladd officiated the ceremony.
Jay McAlpine Attended the Lady Gaga show recently in Las Vegas.
Lynne Reilly Attending today’s lunch meeting.

CNOtes – July 23, 2019 – Club Day

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father when we first started saying our prayers we viewed it
as a duty. I’m sure I’m not alone in this practice. We remember
starting every prayer – “Now I lay me down to sleep.” Growing older
we started with asking for some help. Gradually we realized that
beginning with thanks gave us the most pleasure. Now it’s a
conversation with You, going over the days joys and the problems we
encountered and asking for Your guidance. Thank You Lord for Your
patience with us and helping us grow closer to You. I’m sure that
growing closer to You has given us our Optimism and the desire to
give back. Thanks again Lord. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Greg Blatt Ron Tinnerman
Tyler Blatt Ron Tinnerman
Joe Cantrell Wayne Christie
Faye Elam Donna Huss
Lisa Tucker Donna Huss

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Donations for Trotwood School Uniforms

Lisa Tucker, co-owner of Bill’s Donuts, accepted numerous individual donations today from our members on behalf of school uniforms for Trotwood. The district was hit hard by the Memorial Day tornados. CNO made a monetary contribution as well. Bill’s Donuts is very supportive of causes in our area and of CNO.

Top Ten Reasons to Attend the Ohio Convention

Cherie Gentry announced that the Great Ohio Optimist District Convention will be August 15-17, 2019 in Fairborn (just a short drive from Centerville!). She encourages all of us to sign up. Our club covers your fees to attend. If you can only come one day, the best day is Saturday, August 17. Please support the incoming governor (Myron Rheaume) by attending.

The top ten reasons to attend are:

  1. Opportunity to meet, be inspired by and trained by incoming Optimist International President Adrian Elcock.
  2. Incredible training for President-Elects, Secretary/Treasurer-Elects, Lt. Governor-Elects as well non-officer Optimists.
  3. Obtain new fundraising & project ideas for your club. Share your club activities with fellow Optimists.
  4. Win one of the $25 gift cards being given away as attendance prizes.
  5. Renew old friendships as well as make new optimist friends from all over The Great Ohio District.
  6. See the fantastic Great Ohio Optimist District JOI students in action.
  7. Be inspired to add new members to your club in order to serve more youth in your community.
  8. Celebrate The Great Ohio Optimist District’s success in the “Imagine the Power of You” year.
  9. Get motivated to help Governor-Elect Myron Rheaume lead us to greater achievements in 2019-20.
  10. Enjoy the fun & fellowship of the 72th Annual Convention of the Great Ohio District.

Upcoming Social Events

  • 8/10/2019 – 5:30 PM, Saturday, Cookout, Outdoor games, Monte Carlo Night at Lion’s Club, Bellbrook
  • 9/24/2019 – 6 PM, Tuesday, Presidential Installation Dinner at the Presidential Banquet Center
  • 10/10/2019 – ALL DAY, Keeneland Horse Racing, there will be a chartered bus.
  • 11/8/2019 – 6 PM, Friday, Euchre party at TBD
  • 12/10/2019 – 6 PM, Tuesday, Holiday Party at Yankee Trace

Committee Announcements

Donna Huss announced that the Ohio District Convention will be held in Fairborn from August 15-17, 2019. Our JOI club is requesting donations of school supplies to be given to Choices, Inc., which is a foster care program, serving 16 Ohio counties. Please bring your donations to lunch and Evelyn Griffin will collect the items.

Bob Lawson announced that Kids Day in the Park will be Saturday August 3rd, 2019. Please volunteer if you can. Instead of handing out the helium balloons we normally do new member Jerry Gerards will be making balloon animals. If you volunteer that day, you can get some training to make them.

Barbara Santo announced that the next Build-a-Bear will be Saturday August 3rd, 2019. More volunteers are needed for this very popular event. We did not get to pick the date of this event and it is unfortunate it is the same day as Kids Day in the Park. It is in conjunction with the Sickle Cell Annual Education Day. We need volunteers to show up at 1:30 PM at The Kroc Center, 1000 N Keowee St, Dayton OH. Volunteers are needed for several options: help children dress their bear, help with games, hand out bags or Nancy will find you a job!

Beth Duncan announced that Vida won the Euchre tournament last Friday.

Meet New Club Members

Instead of the usual guest speaker today, we used the time to get to know two of our newest members. We had two recently inducted members come up to the podium and share a little about themselves.

Michelle Tagliamonte

Michelle was inducted into CNO on July 16, 2019.

Before moving to Centerville, she and her family lived In Illinois. In Illinois she was a member of the board for CASA for Children. CASA is a national organization of advocates that have been standing up for children since 1977. When she heard about Centerville Noon Optimist and what we do she instantly wanted to join.

Her family was happy to leave Illinois and return to Centerville.

Professionally she enjoys helping people take control of their health through diet.

Dylan Mellling

Dylan Melling was inducted into CNO on July 23, 2019.

Dylan is the District Direct at Miami Valley Council of Boy Scouts of America.

He has been involved in scouts since grade school when he heard about all the cool things scouts get to use like bows and arrows, BB guns and fire. Dylan’s father has early onset dementia at the age of 56, and Dylan is grateful for the great memories of his father being his scout leader.

Dylan graduated with a class of 81 students from Frankton, Indiana.

He met his wife in Layfayette, Indiana. Their daughter, Sophia, was born 6 weeks early in mid-July, 2019 and she is doing well in the NICU in a hospital in Indianapolis.

Dylan said he will cherish the feeling of holding his little girl for the first for the rest of his life. He looks forward to when his daughter can join scouts.

Getting the word out about scouts to grade schoolers was traditionally through promotional flyers sent home from schools. Centerville has stopped sending flyers home. He has started using social media and geo fencing tools to advertise to potential new scouts.


Member Birthday
Mike Yoder July 24
Kathy Klein July 26
Phil Robinson July 26
David Duncombe July 27
Jerry Stahley July 27
Katie Calloway July 27
Sandy Stevens July 28
Dan Beck July 29

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
John Sherman July 24 7/24/2009 10
David Brookman July 27 7/27/2011 8
Jim Long July 27 7/27/2015 4
Donna Robinson July 28 7/28/1997 22

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Yvette Donahue-Duffy Carolyn Taylor Induction
Bill Duffy Carolyn Taylor Induction
Kathy Linder Sue Brubaker Induction
Martin Huffstutler Jesse Gaither Induction
Tom Brozich Mike Bevis Induction
Marilyn Abbott Greg Griffin Induction
Dylan Melling Paul Stull Induction
Joe Cantrell Wayne Christie 1st Reading
Chris Smith Greg Griffin 3rd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Patrick Arehart For not purchasing 50/50 ticket
Beth Duncan Phone ringing during the Pledge of Alligiance
Yvette Donahue-Duffy Bob Duffy fined her for having the same last name as him
Bill Duffy Bob Duffy fined him for having the same last name as him

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Judy McFadden Had a great time at Euchre last Friday and thanked everyone for being patient with her; She had never played cards before let alone Euchre
Lisa Tucker Thank you for all the donations to assist students of Trotwood get much needed school uniforms after the Tornado disaster
Vida McDowell Winning Euchre Tournament
Jerry Gehards Happy he will be making balloons at Kid’s Day at the park on August 3, 2019
Dylan Melling Newborn daughter just took a bottle for the first time; She was born 6 weeks early and is still in the NICU and is doing fine
Beth Duncan Everyong on the social committee for being so helpful with events and for all the help with last week’s Euchre party
Brian Nolan Dick Stevens joining the golf foursome of Nolan, Kalaman and Tapp for Phather Phil’s birthday golf outing next week
Martin Huffstutler Happy to be part of the Centerville Noon Optimist Club
Bob Burkman Grandson Marine Corporal Steven Spencer Burkman is home on leave
Bob Burkman Granddaughter Briana Burkman is engaged after three years of dating
Bob Burkman Briana Burkman has completed her masters degree and is now employeed at the Coffman YMCA