January 12, 2021 – Terry Welker – Big Art

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

Heavenly Father,

We look at the world around us, shake our heads, and wonder what has become of us.  You tell us to “love your neighbor as yourself” yet we judge and condemn our neighbors based on the bumper sticker on their car, the flag they fly, or the sign in their yard.  We fail to look past these things and truly get to know one another.  Help us Lord to be the example.  Help us to bridge the gap that seems to just grow larger and larger.  Help us to spread love, peace, and optimism for a better world wherever we go.


Committee Meetings

  • 2/17/2021, 6 PM, Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf 2021, Zoom hosted by Mike Bevis. Meetings in 2021 will be on Wednesdays on 2/17, 3/17, 4/14, 5/12, 6/16, 7/7. Additional volunteers are always welcome. The golf outing will be held on 7/12/2021.
  • 1/19/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting, Zoom hosted by President Debe Dockins.

Terry Welker, Architect/Sculptor from Dayton, Ohio

Carolyn Taylor introduced Terry Welker, FAIA. He is an architect/sculptor from Dayton, Ohio. He received his Master of Architecture from the University of Cincinnati. He makes large scale suspended public art and temporary installations across the United States. As an arts advocate and frequent Pecha Kucha presenter, he challenges audiences to ‘see’ the world in new ways.

In 2012, he led a group of 30 artists to create the temporary “YOU ARE HERE” project. In 2018, he installed his permanent largest work to date, “FRACTAL RAIN,” at the downtown Dayton Metro Library, and “CONSTELLATION’ at Dayton Children’s Hospital. A more complete list of his projects are on this page.

As an architect, Welker serves as the Chief Building Official for the cities of Kettering and Oakwood and represents the Ohio Valley Region on the AIA Strategic Councilor. He also volunteers his time serving on Kettering’s public art commission.

His website, welkerstudio.com, is titled “Kinetic, Animating Space with Sculpture”. The site has a lot of pictures and videos of his work.

His presentation was called, “Big Art and other musings of Terry Welker, FAIA.”

Welker’s art is massive. His work is influenced by Alexander Calder’s work with hanging and standing mobile art. An example of big art that he really likes is the Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C.

Welker said, “For art, size and scale matters a lot.” He likes to make art that you sense with your whole being, not just your eyes.

Welker said he learns by trial and error as there are no books on creating large art. Part of his approach to art is that it be engaging to the community. He likes to create art for a building that makes it difficult to imagine the building without it. His art takes a lot of research and experimentation.  He creates to- scale models and full-scale sections before starting the final product.

Welker said he really likes the shape of the leaves of the Ginkgo tree and he has created multiple pieces using the leaf’s shape. The Ginkgo tree is interesting because when it loses it leaves, they all drop within a couple of days as if all the leaves agree to go at the same time.

Thank you, Terry Welker, for sharing your passion for art and showing us many of your creations.

New Member Readings and Inductions

No readings or inductions this week.

Welcome Guests!

Welcome Doug Flanders – now in new member readings – sponsored by Joe Madden.

Happy Bucks

Greg GriffinGave $10 as Evelyn is back after being gone for 10 days.
Myron RheaumeGlad to be out of the hospital and on the Zoom meeting today.
Debe DockinsLaurie Brenner was her guest today.
Jean PummillYoungest grandaughter just turned 2 years old.
Sue BrubakerShe and Mike just saw their son and wife for first time in a year.

Memership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Susan ThomsenJanuary141/14/199724
Deb UlrichJanuary181/18/20174
Dick LeeJanuary181/18/20174
Lynne ReillyJanuary181/18/20174
Pam MillerJanuary181/18/20174
Shawn ThackerJanuary181/18/20174


Rob JonesJanuary 13
Bob DuffyJanuary 15
Barbara SantoJanuary 17

CNO Donations – 2013 through December 2020

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

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Zoom Meeting This Week

We had another meeting using Zoom. We will continue our weekly meetings via computer, cell phone or tablet for at least the next several weeks. Please join us and keep inviting guests.

Who can Attend Zoom Meetings?

Any member of any type of Centerville Noon Optimist can attend Zoom meetings. CNO 2.0, St Leonard’s and CNO full members or CNO monthly members can ALL attend.

Guests are also welcome. Please invite guests and introduce them if you like. Just share the Zoom link with them for that week.


In keeping with social distancing requirements – our CNO Meetings have transitioned temporarily to a online format using ZOOM.

Club Member Joe Madden was inspired to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.

Links to Recorded Meeting and PowerPoint

This week’s Zoom meeting video is here

This week’s Zoom meeting podcast is here