CNOtes – Optimist 2.0 November 21, 2019 – Vail Miller – Heidelberg Distributing – Chappy’s Social House

Guests and Members in Attendance

Steve Bennett
Lauren Delong
Rocky Matthews
David Mcgowan
Leslie Miller
Vail Miller
Mary Stahley
Mike Vallo
Gail Aiken
Jack Anderson
Diane Arehart
Brandon Barrett
Mike Cordonnier
Abby Davis
Kelly Davis
Gary DeMarco
Judy DeMarco
Emily Duke
Beth Duncan
Greg Fay
Stan Fronzaglia
Karin Gilstrap
Greg Griffin
Cindy Harris
Ken Hattan
  Hattan
Vida McDowell
Bryan Miller
Brian Nolan
Jean Pummill
Jack Quinlan
Ruthy Quinlan
Vince Reidy
Brent Richburg
Ashley Simeone
Michelle Tagliamonte
Nick Tarkany
Jayne Weikel

All Photos are Here

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was Chappys Social House at 880 Washington Village Drive. Thank you to the team at Chappys for hosting us.

There was a 50/50 drawing won by Ruthy Quinlan.

There were 38 people at the meeting (30 members and 8 guests).

Quarterly Teacher Recognition Awards

Nick Tarkany announced tonight that this quarter we are recognizing two outstanding Centerville Elementary School teachers, Sarah Storer from Normandy Elementary and Lauren Delong from Cline Elementary. Teachers are selected by administrators for going above and beyond to help educate the youth in our community. Each received a $25 gift certificates courtesy of Chappys.

New CNO 2.0 Member Induction

Greg Griffin inducted Abby Davis. She is sponsored by Vince Reidy.

Social Events

12/10/2019 – 6 – 8:45 PM, Tuesday, Holiday Party at Yankee Trace. Any member of CNO, CNO 2.0 or CNO St Leonard can sign up to attend the party.

CNO 2.0 Introduction

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. CNO 2.0 was created nearly 3 years ago and is very much a part of the 51-year-old Centerville Noon Optimist Club. CNO has given away over $2 million during its history. CNO is a group of like-minded members that are passionate about helping youth and having fun in the process.

The speaker at each 2.0 meeting is someone with a local business success story.

Annual Fundraisers

  • Christmas Tree Lot, located behind the Centerville BMV
  • 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

Vail Miller Jr – Heidelberg Distributing

Greg Fay introduced tonight’s speaker, Vail Miller Jr., the CEO of Heidelberg Distributing. Born in 1971, Vail Miller Jr. is a native of Kettering. He became the CEO in 2010. The owners of the business are his mother and uncle.

Vail’ wife Leslie Miller and their daughter were able to attend tonight’s meeting.

Heidelberg was started by Vail’s grandfather 80 years ago in 1909 by Albert W. Vontz, a 22-year-old German immigrant, who arrived in Cincinnati in 1907. Vontz’s only son, Albert Vontz Jr, returned from World War II and earned a degree in economics from the University of Cincinnati.

In 1959 Vontz Jr. purchased the Anheuser-Busch branch in Cincinnati for $25,000. In 1961 he purchased the Dayton Budweiser distributorship from another wholesaler. Vontz Jr. passed away in 2002, but not before the company had grown substantially through mergers, acquisitions and industry consolidation.

Miller Jr. started working for the company in 1982 at the age of 12. He took the bus downtown to fill vending machines.

Miller Jr. studied organizational behavior at Miami University. He met his future wife, Leslie, and worked for another distributor in Missouri. Then he went to work for Ernest and Julio Gallo.

Other family members work for Heidelberg as well. Miller Jr.’s sister manages contracts with brands and teamsters. His 7-year younger brother works in sales. Recently, his cousin joined the team.

Heidelberg is comprised of nine warehouse and office facilities located in Cincinnati (two companies), Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Lorain, Toledo, Youngstown and Northern Kentucky.

Statistics about Heidelberg

  • 1,600 associates
  • 2800 people are covered under their health insurance
  • 18,000 beverages
  • 740 suppliers
  • Two million square feet of warehouse
  • 300,000 square feet of cooler space
  • Serving 26,000 retailers throughout Ohio and Kentucky

For 15 years Miller Jr, has had the Optimist Creed hanging in his office. His family follow the creed. Beth Duncan asked if he would fill out an application to join and he did.

Vail uses “Mind Hacking” to constantly improve himself. He is mindful to return calls quickly. He believes respecting who you are engaging with and “Be where your feet are”. He gets at least 3 hours of exercise per week. He makes sure he is showing his enthusiasm for everyone he has contact with.

Their business is about continuous improvement. He believes there is no failure, only results. Remember to be curious. He asks himself and others do we have grit. We are building brands.

It is important to do what is right, and not who is right. He wants to make great decisions each day for their employees and their customers.

He said there is an awesomeness when employees of the company leave and then return to Heidelberg. He did the same and it benefits the employee and the company.

When his kids were young, he traveled 180 days per year. His business is about making friends. It helps that his wife’s family also has a large business and understands the sacrifices necessary for success.

His grandfather loved the community. The company has been a big supporter of the Schuster Center and the Victoria Theater Association.

Vail Miller Jr, his wife Leslie and their children currently live in the house that Miller Jr. was raised in. It had been owned by other families, but he was able to purchase it.

Thank you, Vail Miller Jr., for taking the time to tell us about your experience growing up and working with the Heidelberg company.

CNO Donations 2013 through June 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 $700,000.

CNOtes – November 26, 2019 – Judge Walter Rice

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Click here to read Phather Phil’s Thanksgiving Poem that he read at lunch this week.

Today’s Guests – WELCOME!

Guest Guest Of
Vance Gilstrap Karin Gilstrap
Debbie Parks Beth Duncan
Julie Rado Beth Duncan
Nate Smiga Gary Smiga
Bill Taylor Carolyn Trylor
Judge Walter Rice Speaker
Kirk Wasmund Greg Wasmund

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

District Awards

  • Myron Rheaume reported about and distributed awards from the Great Ohio District.
  • CNO received a Club 365 Banner Patch representing at least $1/day raised from 50/50, fines and happy bucks and given to the OI Foundation.
  • Mike Bevis received his Dime-a-Day Pin for donating $36.50 to the OI Foundation Dime-A-Day program.
  • Andrew Dickerson achieved level 2 for the Professional Development Program (PDP).
  • New Members Recruited Pins were given to: Greg Griffin for 10 members, Jesse Gaither for 5 members and Judy McFadden for 1 member.

Community Event

Chris McAlpine announced that CNO will have a booth at Winterfest at Primary Village South on 12/7/2019 from 9 AM to 1 PM. The game is super easy. We challenge the kids to balance a bean bag on their foot and walk from a starting line and drop it in a box.  If they can do one bag, we add a bean bag to both feet.  Then add bags to hands, forehead, shoulder, or anything that’s funny.  While the kids are playing, we talk to their parents about the Optimist club.  Chris is looking for volunteers.

Social Events

12/10/2019 – 6 – 8:45 PM, Tuesday, Holiday Party at Yankee Trace. There will not be a lunch meeting that day.

Announcements

  • Nancy Lehren announced that there will be two Build-a-Bear events for the USO at WPAFB on December 7, 2019. In addition to volunteers, she needs drivers with easy access credentials to get on the base.
  • Donna Huss announced that on December 7 from 9:30 to 11:30 in the morning at the St. Leonard center, the St. Leonard Optimist Club will be making blankets. Let her know if you would like to help.
  • Christy Gariety announced that all of the children have been adopted for the Adopt-A-Family program. She is looking for the person that took the child coded 77D to record their name for that spot.
  • Bob Glavin announced that the Partners Optimist Club (adults with special needs) is still selling poinsettias as a fundraiser. The program has been a huge success. They have sold over 150 poinsettias and their goal was about 30.
  • Greg Griffin reminded everyone to please show up for your shifts on the Christmas tree lot.

A Blueprint for Reducing Recidivism by Judge Walter H. Rice

Donna Huss introduced federal Judge Walter H. Rice. She said his reputation precedes him, so he needs no introduction.

His biographical sketch from the Southern District Court Website is here.

His Wikipedia entry is here.

From the above two links:

On June 4, 1980, Judge Rice was sworn in as Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, at Dayton, having been appointed to that position by President Carter. On December 13, 2018, President Donald Trump signed legislation naming the federal building in Dayton the Walter H. Rice Federal Building and United States Courthouse. On September 6, 2019, The Walter H. Rice Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse was officially named at a ceremony, with Rice calling the event and the building’s naming “the honor of a lifetime.”

Rice is a fantastic, funny and interesting speaker.

Rice said, “I have an hour-long speech prepared. The good news is I left it at the office. The bad news is that I have memorized it.” For the record, the speech lasted about 23 minutes.

He said, “I was going to thank everyone for the introduction, but since it was short, I will not.”

You can read a document he wrote along with Debbie A. Lieberman, produced in 2010 named, “A Blueprint for Reducing Recidivism in Montgomery County, Ohio”.

Rice said, “What if I could offer to each of you the opportunity to be involved in an initiative to reduce criminal recidivism by 50%? It would save children, family, neighborhoods and communities, while freeing up money to be used in other areas of the community. We could enhance our infrastructure. Fix our streets. It will maximize the public-school system to educate kids for the tasks of tomorrow.”

“It addresses the common beliefs of all religions, to see that no person is beyond redemption If I offered this would anyone disagree? It is about helping those who want to help themselves after having been involved in the prison system. The initiative is spreading, and it is working in our own community.”

“Every year 1500 people come home from prison in our area. Men and woman who come home and want to do the right thing. They have done their time. They suddenly realized that the debt is not paid. The debt follows them to the grave and beyond. Try as most of them do, doors are slammed in their faces. They are greeted with hostility from friends, family. The opportunity for employment and social services are denied. Why are we surprised that they return to crime?”

“Of any developed country we have the most of any western developed country. Half to a third, nationwide end up back to prison within the next three years.”

“For those that do stay out of prison, they find themselves living on the margins of society.”

“There are two other issues that also accelerate the recidivism rates. It used to be 100% of those released were on supervised parole. They were helped to find a place to live and work. This is no longer true. More than half of them have no parole and it is being reduced. Fewer and fewer are supervised. Our prisons are 40% over capacity. Released men and women come home with the same baggage they have in prison. Issues with drugs, alcoholism, mental issues.

“The second thing that we should all know is that there are very few lengthy prison sentences. A typical sentence is about 2 years. Most are 12-18 months. The prisons have less programming as their resources are stretched.”

Rice got involved in re-entry about 15 years ago. He realized that he was sentencing the grand and great grandchildren of those he had sentenced before. The second and third generations are being sentenced.

Having served their time, ex-offenders would ask him for help and he would try to help find a place for them to live and to get their driver’s license back. He would try but fail.

Starting in 2004, Rice along with Debbie A. Lieberman, studied the issue. The “office of Ex-Offender Reentry Welcome One-stop Reentry Center was opened in Montgomery county 9 years ago. Thousands have received help that was previously unavailable. They are working with other counties to change legislation to avoid collateral consequences. There are odd laws. If you have a felony record, you could not be a barber and can’t own a construction company. Most of these laws have no relationship to the crime that was committed.

They offer a “Certificate for Qualification for Employment”. You can apply to the court for a document that warrants that they have been good and are safe. Most employers hesitate to hire felons. They are afraid their insurance rates will go high. They could be sued for negligent hiring. The law says if an employer has this certificate and if something goes wrong, they can no longer be sued for negligent hiring.

Recently the center has hired someone to be an in-reach specialist. They will meet with every person coming out of prison in the next 6-12 months and will work with ex-prisoners to create a re-entry plan. The plan will involve solutions for housing, employment, substance abuse programs, mental issue programs and to help them get back in good terms with their family.

There is something in the reentry program for all ex-offenders. First, it is the right thing to do. This is a country of second chances. All religions stress this concept. Secondly, this is not a hug a thug program. They don’t work with people that don’t demonstrate that they are willing to do the hard work to be successful. Third, this will save communities massive sums of money. An incredibly high percentage of the Montgomery County discretionary budget goes to law enforcement. There are constitutional rules mandating what that they must supply for prisoners and law enforcement and if the recidivism goes down the budget will go down.

The program provides the best public safety measures. If a person is on the right track, then they are working, paying taxes and serving as a role model.

The statistics for the last 9 years show that re-entry works. The recidivism rate in Montgomery County was 40%, now it is 30%. For those that have gone through the program the recidivism rate is less than 5%.

Rice said the program needs our support. He is not asking for money and time. He wants us to realize that most ex-offenders coming home don’t want to go back to prison. Talk openly about the subject with others when the subject comes up. Most of them are not bad people. They want to be judged not by what they were in the past but what they are today and what their future might be.

Thank you, Judge Walter H. Rice, for taking the time to explain your excellent program to us.

Perfect Attendance Awards

Perfect attendance awards were given out today. Not to be confused with the “Perfect Attendance Awards” that you received while in grade school, CNO Perfect Attendance is based on a measurement of continuous club involvement behind the scenes or in plain view of others. Small key tabs are awarded to Members for 5, 10, 15, and 20 years on up.

The 2018-2019 recipients are:

Consecutive Years Member(s)
40 Charlie Tapp
38 Dan Beck
37 Don Kelley, Joe Madden
36 Gary Aiken
32 Bob Duffy
30 Gail Aiken
26 Wayne Christie
22 Scott Langer, Phil Robinson
19 Stan Fronzaglia, Nancy Lehren, Jerry Stahley
18 Tim Clemmer, Barbara Santo
17 Mike Bevis, Tom Novak
16 Mary Madden
15 Bob Burkman
14 Pat Behn, Kelly Stone
11 Gary Smiga, Dick Stevens
10 Debe Dockins, Chris McAlpine
9 Joan Cordonnier, Sandy Stevens
8 Will Cale, Roland Rapp, Myron Rheaume, Dav Bremer
7 Ken Irwin, David Ladd, Larry Lynde, Jean Pummill, Dan Passidomo, Laurie Poeppelman
6 Pete Rife, Donna Huss, Art Hung, Bill Stone
5 Bob Bargmeyer, Bob Collins, Greg Griffin
4 Sue Brubaker, Cherie Gentry, Evelyn Griffin, Gary Hansen, Carrie Million
3 Diane Arehart, Marjorie Back, Mike Brubaker, Vince Reidy, Liz Fultz, Jesse Gaither, Bob Lawson, Beth Duncan, Vida McDowell
2 Patrick Arehart, Jane Fiehrer, John Kalaman, Jay McAlpine
1 Rick Altvater, June Bosworth, Gary DeMarco, Judy DeMarco, Andy Dickerson, Erin Dickerson, David Duncombe, Larry England, Susan Jessee, Paula Kalaman, Joe Kronenberger, Ron Kuker, Steve Linder, Jim Long, Brian Nolan, Carolyn Taylor

Thank You Notes Sent to CNO This Week

Click here to see the Thank You Notes we received this week

CNO Donations 2013 through June 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 $700,000.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Denny Cottle November 29
Tom Beery November 29
Nancy Anderson November 30

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined
Cindy Gaboury November 27 11/27/2017
Jay McAlpine November 27 11/27/2017
Jayne Weikel November 27 11/27/2017
Nancy Anderson November 27 11/27/2017
Patrick Arehart November 27 11/27/2017
Rhonda Meeker November 27 11/27/2017
Rick Talda November 27 11/27/2017
Robby Johnson November 27 11/27/2017
Ryan Fay November 27 11/27/2017
Sharon Silverberg November 27 11/27/2017
Shelby DiPasquale November 27 11/27/2017
Sonny Singhvi November 27 11/27/2017
Jesse Lightle November 28 11/28/2006
Liz Fultz November 29 11/29/2015
Ted Humphrey November 29 11/29/2001
Dan Beck December 1 12/1/1981
Gary Smiga December 1 12/1/1985

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Stephen Rau Tom Novak 2nd Reading
JoAnne Rau Tom Novak 2nd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

No time for Sergeants this week

 Happy Bucks! 

No time for Happy Bucks this week.

CNOtes – November 19, 2019 – Youth Appreciation Awards Presented

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Phather Phil was under the weather this week , so Bob Burkman filled in and read a prayer from Phather Phil’s Prayer Book – published a few years ago – we also prayed fro Phather Phil’s speedy recovery.

Today’s Guests – WELCOME!

Guest Guest Of
Adeola Adelekan Honoree
Tahira Adelekan Honoree’s Family
Greg Bell Tom Henderson
Kristen Bell Honoree
Rosemary Bell Honoree’s Family
Nancy Ciramella Tom Novak
Tony Ciramella Tom Novak
Chuck Cowgill Tom Henderson
Jack Durnbaugh Tom Henderson
Andrea Fleischman Tom Henderson
Larry Holland Tom Novak
Nance Holland Tom Novak
Kim Janky Mike Bevis
Sung Jeon Honoree
Meghan Leiker Tom Henderson
Stella McCrory Tom Henderson
Joanne Rau Tom Novak
Steve Rau Tom Novak
Yoon Sun Shin Shin Honoree’s Family
Pam Splawinski Greg Griffin
Jeff Wolff Tom Henderson
Chris Wysong Debe Dockins

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Community Event

Chris McAlpine announced that CNO will have a booth at Winterfest at Primary Village South on 12/7/2019 from 9 AM to 1 PM. The game is super easy. We challenge the kids to balance a bean bag on their foot and walk from a starting line and drop it in a box.  If they can do one bag, we add a bean bag to both feet.  Then add bags to hands, forehead, shoulder, or anything that’s funny.  While the kids are playing, we talk to their parents about the Optimist club.  Chris is looking for volunteers.

Social Events

  • 12/10/2019 – 6 – 8:45 PM, Tuesday, Holiday Party at Yankee Trace. There will not be a lunch meeting that day.

Announcements

Christy Gariety announced that all of the children have been adopted for the Adopt-A-Family program.  She is looking for the person that took the child coded 77D to record their name for that spot.

Bob Glavin announced that the Partners Optimist Club (adults with special needs) is selling Poinsettias as a fundraiser. Also, thank you to Beth Duncan for donating shirts to all 26 members of the Partners Optimist Club.

Youth Appreciation Awards

Greg Griffin introduced Dr. Tom Henderson, the superintendent of Centerville Schools and member of CNO. Tom presented three guidance counselors from CHS who introduced the students they chose to receive recognition with the 2019 CNO Youth Appreciation Award. The award honors outstanding students who will be great ambassadors of Centerville High School. Since each of them is a star, they received a “Star” plaque.

Besides Dr. Henderson and the guidance counselors, there were several staff members from CHS in attendance. Coordinating principal John Carroll, East unit principal Jack Durnbaugh, West unit principal Jeff Wolff, South unit principal Chuck Cowgill and communications relations specialist Sarah Swan.

Dr. Henderson and the counselors discussed the students who received this honor. Dr. Henderson was also able to spend some time with each of the recipients after they were selected.

Kristen Bell

East unit guidance counselor Meghan Leiker introduced CHS senior Kristen Bell.

From Megan Leiker:

In trying to select a nominee for this program, I found it easy to settle on one student, Kristen Bell, and not just because we live in the same neighborhood or she shares the same name as one of my favorite actresses… or that her dad is a teacher at the high school. I picked Kristen because she focuses on making a difference in the lives of everyone she touches.

With a 4.6 GPA, it is obvious Kristen puts a lot of work into her academics. Outside of the school is no exception. I found it interesting that of the 13 clubs she has been involved in, eight of them are volunteer and community service organizations. Girl Scouts, Octagon Club, Key Club, BOLD (Building Our Lives Drug and Alcohol Free), East Unit Assembly, volunteering at nursing homes and study buddies are just a few of the ways Kristen puts effort back into her community and volunteers her time to help others.

Society has coined Kristen’s generation as the “Me Me Me” generation. With social media, everything is about “how many likes can I get” and “look how good I am doing”. When I talked with Kristen about what drives her to be different, her response was “I strive to be a part of the population that does not fit into this category. The reward for me comes from the faces of the people I help or directly affect. I know I am making a difference by helping and brightening their day. That’s why I do what I do.”

If everyone was as humble and serving as Kristen, the world would look much different. She is a rare kind, which I believe is a direct representation of her upbringing. I want to thank Kristen’s parents, Greg and Rosemary, for instilling these values into your daughter. And Kristen, my hope for you would be to never lose this drive and continue to brighten everyone’s day in your next stage in life.

Kristen thanked CNO, her parents Greg and Rosemary Bell (who were guests today), and principal Jack Durnbaugh for all the support she has received. She said her parents have always encouraged her to try new things.

Sung Jun Jeon

South unit guidance counselor Andrea Fleischman introduced Sung Jun Jeon

From Andrea Fleischman:

It is my pleasure to nominate Sung Jeon for the Youth Appreciation Award this year. Academically, Sung is extremely talented. He takes some of the most challenging courses we offer in every subject at the high school and exceeds expectations. In addition to intelligence, one of the most impressive things about Sung is his personality, which is the main reason why I nominated him. Sung is one of the most kind, caring, and personable teenagers I know. He carries on positive, engaging, and intelligent conversations with teachers, as well as with his peers, and he asks good questions. I don’t think I’ve had a conversation with Sung where I didn’t see him smile. Sung’s volunteer work and extracurricular involvement are second to none. He is a member of the National Honor Society, DECA (an association for marketing students), manages finances for the Hole-In-The-Wall (the spirit shop at the high school), is a 3-year member of Student Council and is heavily involved in fundraising for Spirit Chain, was elected Senior Class Business Manager, is an award-winning member of Speech & Debate, is the President and Founder of the CHS Investment Club, AND plays violin!!!  

Teachers and peers alike have endless positive things to say about Sung. I asked a couple of his teachers about what it’s like to have Sung as a student in class. One of his teachers said that Sung works awesome in groups, is tremendously reliable, and genuinely raises the energy and mood of a room. I definitely agree and am always excited to talk with Sung whenever he comes to chat about something. Another teacher said that he contributes regularly in classroom discussions, and that his maturity and professionalism in the classroom is exceptional. They both said, word for word, “I freaking love this kid!”

Sung has many gifts to share with his future campus and career communities, and I’m excited and happy for him because I know there are great things coming his way in return for all that he has worked for and given to others throughout his high school career. Congratulations, Sung!

Sung thanked CNO for recognizing youth in the community which is important. Without the support of CHS he wouldn’t be here. His mother, Yoon Sun Shin, was able to attend today’s lunch. His father is currently in Korea. Sung said, “Thanks to God for guiding his family on this wonderful path!”

Adeola Adelekan

West unit guidance counselor Stella McCrory introduced Adeola Adelekan.

From Stella McCrory:

I am pleased to introduce Adeola Adelekan to you.  She is an amazing young lady and it’s my honor and privilege to tell you a little bit about her.

I reached out to Adeola’s teachers to get some scoop on her.  It all came back clean.  Here’s some of what I received:  I LOVE ADEOLA-all caps, exclamation point. “She has a way of listening that makes you feel heard.  Her friendly attitude brightens my day.”  Another says, Adeola is “one of the most charismatic and memorable students of my career…she demonstrates an admirable work ethic, integrity and an eagerness to truly understand the material.”  Another says, she is “a wonderful student …a joy to have in class: she participates, helps others, and is always attentive.”  Another- “Dynamic thinker on complex issues, extremely well-written…Outstanding young person.”  Her advisor says, “Adeola is so much fun to have in advisory!  She always comes to class with a bright smile to start our day!”  Her peers in advisory say that she is very driven and that she has a great sense of style” (always a plus). 

Adeola is an excellent student.  She is ranked 72 out of 693 students with a 4.3 GPA.  She is a member of National Honor Society and French Honor Society and holds an office for both.  Adeola is an officer of Interact Club as well.  Her club sponsor shared that Adeola “is super energetic and always willing to help.  She is caring, thoughtful, and hardworking.”  Adeola participates in HOSA, Model UN, and Poetry Club where she serves as president.  She volunteers for Study Buddies, which is a selective program where upper-class students mentor our elementary students during lunch hour and for Chem Buddies as well.  She plays on our softball team and serves as captain.

Outside of school, Adeola volunteers at House of Bread and Saint Vincent DePaul.  She also volunteers with NHS at Bethany Village to tutor the residents with technology.  I’m told the residents love it! 

Adeola is also devoted to her church-Tabernacle Baptist, where her father serves as pastor, and mother as first lady.  Adeola is active in her church youth group, the liturgical dance team, Tabernacle Guild Girls, and as her father’s assistant. 

Adeola is a remarkable young lady with a bright future.  Congratulations for all your hard work, your successes, and for being such an awesome addition to our class of 2020!

Adeola said, “Good afternoon everyone. Thanks to God. Thanks to my parents! Thanks to my counselors and Mr. Carrol. Thanks to the Optimists and to my fellow recipients.” Her mother Tahira Adelekan was able to attend today’s meeting. Her father Tokunbo Adelekan, unfortunately, was not able to attend.

After the presentations, Dr. Henderson thanked CNO for this award opportunity. Next, there was a group photo of the recipients, the counselors, principals and Dr. Henderson.

Annual Christmas Tree Lot Presentation

Greg Griffin presented a slide show about our Christmas Tree lot fundraiser. He wants to make sure especially new members get briefed on how the Christmas Tree Lot works and why. The why is simple, “We do it for the kids.” First Greg showed us a great video about the tree lot and then he stepped us through his slide deck.

You can see the slides here.

The tree lot is co-chaired by Greg Griffin, Karl Frydryk, and Gary Aiken. Thank you to everyone who helps. The tree lot fundraiser is a success because of all the generous time of our members! Be sure to sign up for shifts with your team captain and attend your shifts on the tree lot.

Thank You Notes Sent to CNO This Week

Click here to see the Thank You Notes we received this week

CNO Donations 2013 through June 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 $700,000.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Russell Hulbert November 19
Brendan Cunningham November 22
Jayne Weikel November 22
Natalie King Dunlevey November 24

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Julie Cochran November 19 11/19/2009 10
Beth Duncan November 20 11/20/2016 3
John Kalaman November 20 11/20/2016 3
Jon Fox November 20 11/20/2000 19
Marilyn Becht November 20 11/20/2016 3
Paula Kalaman November 20 11/20/2016 3
Christine Balsan November 21 11/21/2013 6
Dave Klein November 21 11/21/2013 6
Kristina Rainer November 21 11/21/2012 7
Martha Jackson November 21 11/21/2013 6
Bill DeFries November 23 11/23/2004 15
Andy Dickerson November 24 11/24/2018 1
Erin Dickerson November 24 11/24/2018 1
Gareth Dickey November 24 11/24/2018 1
Mariah Vogelgesang November 24 11/24/2018 1
Rick Altvater November 24 11/24/2018 1
Ron Kuker November 24 11/24/2018 1
Sue Zammit November 24 11/24/2018 1

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Christopher Wysong Debe Dockins 3rd Reading
Jay Schindler Mike Bevis 3rd Reading
Stephen Rau Tom Novak 1st Reading
JoAnne Rau Tom Novak 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Charlie Tapp For not sharing the money when he won the Euchre tournament and the bonus for being the last one to win a round by going alone
Rachel Goetz Buying a 50/50 ticket with 4 quarters
Roland Rapp Complaining that someone bought a 50/50 ticket with quarters
Tom Novak Not wearing his glasses when he had a hard time finding his badge
Cherie Gentry Phone went off at last week’s meeting while sitting with both sergeants
Beth Duncan Telling the sergeants there was a reason to fine Diane Arehart from the Euchre party, but not remembering what the reason was
Gary Aiken Wasn’t at previous meeting and therefore didn’t introduce the speaker he arranged
Debe Dockins Being able to sit comfortably in a child’s chair at a recent meeting at Children’s Hospital
Gail Aiken Telling a sergeant Marilyn Abbot took her out of first place in the badge box
Debe Dockins Not being at lunch last week for the big announcement about closing the tree lot at 8 PM each evening instead of 9 PM
Everyone who missed last weeks meeting For not braving the cold last week to come to the meeting

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Debe Dockines The 2019 Dottie Yeck Good Life writing contest winners were announced. $4 happy bucks because the top 4 winners were all from Centerville schools.
Bob Bargmeyer Had a great time at the Boy Scout Thanksgiving at Woodland Trails.
Bob Bargmeyer For making it home after getting lost coming back from Woodland Trails.
Gary Smiga Tom Henderson does a great job as superindentent of Centerville City Schools.
Jesse Lightle Thanks to Tom Novak and the Avenue of Flags for making 80 flags available to line the route for Detective Del Rio.
Tom Novak Thanks to the Washington Township road crew for putting out the 80 flags for Detective Del Rio.
Myron Rheaume Hearing about the wonderful students receiving Youth Appreciation awards today.
Myron Rheaume Thanks for everyone giving happy bucks and fines which support Optimist International’s scholarship programs.
Gary Anderson Grandson, who is a frehsmen trombone player in the Mason marching band, placed 7th out of 91 bands at the Grand National competition in Indanapolis.
Bob Burkman All Avenue of Flags activity is done until next April!
Judy DeMarco Build-a-Bear was a great success. There were about 60 kids participating. Thank you to Bill’s donuts and Chick-Fil-A for their donations of food.
Judy DeMarco Thank you to Bill’s Donuts and Chick-Fil-A for supporting the Caregiver Breakfast for the doctor’s and nurses at Children’s Hospital each year.
Rachel Goetz Gladly gave 4 happy quarters because there were seats available at the birthday table and it wasn’t her birthday!

CNOtes – November 12, 2019 – Lance Detrick – President, Goodwill Easterseals

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Phather Phil was under the weather this week , so David Ladd, our Chaplain, filled in with one of his patented extemporaneous prayers – as only he can deliver them. We also prayed for Phather Phil’s speedy recovery.

Today’s Guests – WELCOME!

Guest Guest Of
Kristin de Fasselle ???
Joanne Detrick Speaker’s Guest
Lance Detrick Speaker
Kristen Marks Liz Fultz
JoAnne Rau Tom Novak
Steve Rau Tom Novak

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Community Event

The Christmas tree lot tree delivery day is Saturday 11/23/2019, 8 AM. Donuts and coffee will be available. After we are done there will be many soups and chili to enjoy. No need to sign up. Just show up. We need everyone who can to show up please. There are jobs that do not require lifting.

Social Events

  • 12/10/2019 – 6 PM, Tuesday, Holiday Party at Yankee Trace

Announcements

Bob Glavin announced that the Partners Optimist Club (adults with special needs) is selling Poinsettia’ as a fundraiser. Thank you to Beth Duncan for donating shirts to all 26 members of the Partners Optimist Club.

Greg Griffin announced that the Christmas Tree Lot opens on 11/29/2019. Closing time this year will be 8 PM instead of 9 PM.

Christy Gariety announced that you can be a part of Adopt a Child for Christmas. The budget for the gifts is $75, contact her to participate.

Terri Leputa announced that on December 20th, 2019 the United Way is raffling off a 2019 Chevy Blazer or you can choose $20,000 cash. Details are here.

Happy Birthday Kelly George

Kelly George attended today’s meeting and it was her birthday! Our chorus was led by Bob Duffy. It was excruciating. Every time we do this, I hear this screech from someone with powerful pipes and I have been trying to find out who this is for years. Be careful what you wish for! This week I sat very close to this birthday basher. It was none other than 18-year member Tim Clemmer. I’m glad he is enthusiastic, but it is dangerous to sit near him when we sing! Ha! 😊

Lance Detrich – Goodwill Easterseals Miami Valley

Greg Griffin introduced Lance Detrich, the president of Goodwill Easterseals Miami Valley.

This is a copy of the flyer on the tables at lunch about Goodwill Easterseals Miami Valley.

There is a lot of useful information on their website. You can reach a service navigator by calling 937-461-4800. People in need do not need an appointment to go to the community service center at 660 S Main St, Dayton OH 45402.

Lance’s presentation includes this slide deck. It has more information than is covered here.

SLIDE DECK FROM PRESENTATION IS HERE.

Both Goodwill and Easterseals are national organizations. They each target different and shared groups. Easterseals focuses only on those with disabilities and helps them be independent in all areas of their lives. Goodwill helps those with additional challenges that might not just be physical or mental. Goodwill, for example, helps those with economic disadvantages. Goodwill’s mission is to find or provide employment for its clients and their families.

Goodwill Easterseals Miami Valley has been empowering people with disabilities and other needs for more than 80 years. Last year they served 17,164 people in 23 counties, with a team of 1,200 dedicated employees and nearly 900 volunteers.

Their vision statement is, “Our Vision is to make it possible for all people to live, learn, work, and play with full inclusion in their communities.”

Their mission statement is, “Our Mission is to empower people with disabilities and other disadvantages to achieve independence and improve their quality of life.”

Statistics of those in need in the Miami Valley

  • 1 in 6 in Ohio live in poverty
  • 1 in 5 self-identify as having a disability
  • In the 23-county area 14% of working age (9381) have a disability
  • 1 in 3 are unemployed
  • 1 in 5 have only worked full time for a full year
  • 1 in 4 have an income below poverty rate – he noted that the poverty income is really low
  • 1 in 15 or about 1500 in Centerville live at or below the poverty level
  • In Montgomery County 1 in 6 or 94,000 live at or below the poverty level
  • Half of children in the city of Dayton live in poverty

Impact of living in poverty

  • Adverse health outcomes
  • Increase in crime rates
  • Reduced participation in the labor market

Some ways they help

  • Develop relationships and partnerships with others (Businesses, Foundations, Government)
  • Recycle 700,000 pounds of computer equipment – it reduces landfills and provides jobs for people they serve
  • Radio Reading service, which is audio recording of the newspaper for those with vision issues
  • Adult Day Programs
  • Providing employment (48% of Goodwill store employees are disabled)
  • They often hire graduates of their training programs

Goodwill Easterseals receive funding from private and government entities. They also have business services. They provide janitorial and other services to businesses and at the Airforce base. These businesses have strong systems that can support these ventures. This includes safety programs and OSHA certifications.

Their core belief is that people want to support themselves. Even if they need help with some things, they want to do as much as they can for themselves. People want to have choices and make their own decisions. Goodwill Easterseals help people with disabilities to fully participate in their communities.

Helping children with disabilities

  • Screening for developmental delays
  • Car safety seats for families who can’t afford them

Helping veterans

  • Over 2200 veterans live in Centerville
  • They help connect veterans with employers

Lance told us the story of Vic Ketring. He was in a very bad accident and he suffers permanent issues with short term memory loss. Goodwill was able to teach him how to use things like post-it notes and other tools to overcome his issues. He is a true success story as he is now able to live independently.

How the community can help

  • Volunteers
  • Monetary donations
  • Used goods donations
  • Shopping at their stores
  • Employers hiring graduates of their training programs

Thank you, Lance Detrich, for taking the time today to give us a better understanding of what Goodwill Easterseals Miami Valley does and how we can help.

Thank You Notes Sent to CNO This Week

No Thank You Notes received this week.

CNO Donations 2013 through June 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 $700,000.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Kelly George November 12
Becky Keegan November 12

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Art Hung November 16 11/16/2001 18
Tim Clemmer November 16 11/16/2001 18
Larry England November 17 11/17/1994 25
Nancy Lehren November 17 11/17/1994 25

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Lacy Owens Stan Fronzaglia Induction
Beverly Dunnington Bob Lawson Induction
James Reinhard Andy Dickerson 3rd Reading
Jay Schindler Mike Bevis 2nd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Carrie Million Finding Mike Bevis’ name badge after losing it.
Ellie Parker Wearing her cat outfit at lunch right before Halloween.
Charlie Tapp Leading people to sing when you can’t lead, but they can’t sing either!
Bob Duffy Leading people to sing when you can’t lead, but they can’t sing either!
Mary Madden Didn’t tell anyone she was not coming to lunch last week. We missed you.
Joe Madden Didn’t tell anyone he was not coming to lunch last week. No one missed you.
Joe Kronenberger Not sharing a choclate dessert with a sergeant at lunch.
Laurie Poeppelman Wearing jeans instead of fancy work attire when selling Optigear.
Beth Duncan Forgot details about social events when announcing them.
Brian Nolan Impersonating Beth Duncan.
Gary Anderson Hogging the microphone last week and taking up so much time that Gary Smiga didn’t get to speak.
Paul Stull Whining that he never wins the 50/50 drawing anymore.
Greg Griffin Giving Bell and Gavel to Jean Pummill for safe keeping.
Jean Pummill Accepted the bell and gavel for safe keeping when she knew she would get fined since she was sitting next to a sergeant.
Patrick Arehart Late to last week’s meeting. He asked for a ride from Diane Arehart when his battery died so that he could attend the lunch.
Anyone who as been a member for less than 6 months Fined for being a new member in case you have not been fined yet.

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Bob Collins Winning the Wright Patterson Air Force Base half maraton for the the 75-79 age group.
Don Kelley Gary Smiga winning the election for Fiscal Officer for Washington Township.
Beth Duncan Thanks to Bob Glavin and Greg Wasmund for inviting her to the Partners Optimist Club meeting.
Terry Leputa 5th grandchild was born last Saturday.
Jane Fiehrer TJ’s Place of Hope is holding a silent auction and 50/50 raffle on November 21-24, 2019. Details are a https://tjsplaceofhope.org/hopeanchorsthesoul/
Christine Balsan Thanked Tom Novak for adding metal detectors as a tool for finding sleeves for the Avenue of Flags.

CNOtes – November 5, 2019 – D. Ralph Young – “Forgotten Heroes”

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank you for the blessings of the Optimist spirit. A blessing not just for our self’s, but for those who join us in showcasing Optimism and a helping hand to youth. Let us also be mindful of those who need to know You better. May we show the same enthusiasm for our love for You , so that more will adopt Your loving ways. Thereby enjoying a life of peace and harmony with others as well as within themselves. Amen!

Today’s Guests – WELCOME!

Guest Guest Of
Glenn George Kelly George
Anne Kohls Steve Kohls
D. Ralph Young Speaker
Janice Young Speaker’s Wife

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Community Event

11/14/2019, Build-A-Bear for Oncology patients will be at Children’s Hospital. More volunteers are always welcome. Contact Nancy Lehren, the chair of Child Health and Wellness.

Social Events

  • 12/10/2019 – 6 PM, Tuesday, CNO’s Holiday Party at Yankee Trace. NOTE: there will not be a lunch meeting that Tuesday.

Announcements

Nancy Lehren, chair of Child Health and Wellness, announced that CNO received a $1000 grant from Optimist International for Build-A-Bear.

Laurie Poeppelman, chair of Optigear, said that she and Evelyn Griffin will be taking orders for the next 2 weeks. They have Micro Fleece garments available. You can choose the CNO or CNO 2.0 logo.

Tom Novak announced that for Veteran’s day we will deliver 2420 flags. This is the 15th Veteran’s day that we have delivered flags. The first year we delivered on Veteran’s day there were only 35 flags to deliver.

Chris McAlpine announced that CNO will have a booth at Winterfest at Primary Village South on 12/7/2019 from 9 AM to 1 PM. The game is super easy. We challenge the kids to balance a bean bag on their foot and walk from a starting line and drop it in a box.  If they can do one bag, we add a bean bag to both feet.  Then add bags to hands, forehead, shoulder, or anything that’s funny.  While the kids are playing, we talk to their parents about the Optimist club.  Chris is looking for volunteers.

Greg Fay announced that the last 2.0 of the year will be at Chappy’s Social House in Centerville on November 21, 2019 at 5:30 PM. The speaker will be Vail Miller from Heidelberg Distributing.

Don Wildenhaus reported about the recent banquet for TOPSoccer. There were 150 players at the banquet. There were 7 teams, and this was the 22nd year. There are 300 players total.  It was scheduled for 4:30 PM, but some kids arrived at 3:30PM because they were so excited. The Centerville Noon Optimist Club has been a sponsor for this program for several years.

World War II Veteran D. Ralph Young

Charlie Tapp introduced World War II veteran, engineer, and author D. Ralph Young.

From a bio found on the internet:Ralph Young was born in central Kentucky in 1925 and was raised on a farm in Lincoln County. He served as a Gunner’s Mate on the USS J Franklin Bell for nearly 3 years during WWII.

After military service he obtained an engineering degree from the University of Kentucky. He was involved in developing electric power systems all over the USA as well as the Middle East and Southeast Asia. He retired to his place of birth in Kentucky 3 times before really calling it over from an active engineering career to become an author and write 2 books: The Power of a Mothers Prayer and Forgotten Warriors.

In 2006 he was inducted into the University of Kentucky, College of Engineering Hall of Distinction.

One of his electric systems projects was in Saudi Arabia. At the King’s request, he was instrumental in the success of the King’s consolidated power project.

He thanked us for inviting him to come and speak to us today. His wife Janice Young was able to attend as his guest today as well. Before he started his presentation, in honor of veteran’s day he had all the veteran’s at today’s lunch stand up. It is awesome how many veteran’s give of their time and resources to help the Centerville Noon Optimist Club help the youth of our community.

Ralph presented a slide show he created titled, “World War II: The War in the Pacific”. There are many more slides and stories in his slide deck than are reported here.

He said that D-Day’s 75th anniversary rightly received a huge worldwide commemoration, but just 9 days after D-Day was the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Saipan. This battle was just as important and there were twice the number of casualties. Here is an article from the Saipan Tribune about the commemorating of the battle of 71,000 U.S. Marines and soldiers who landed on the island and to remember the nearly 3500 killed and more than 10,000 wounded.

He made a commitment to himself to write a book about forgotten warriors. “Forgotten Warriors: The Amphibious March Across the Pacific During World War II” was published in 2016 and a second revision will be released in time for Christmas 2019. There were 16 million American WWII soldiers. At the end of 2018 there were 496,777 still living. If he has it his way, Ralph said he plans to be the last man standing.

He showed a slide of the WWII Amphibious March Across the Pacific. Several leaders had different plans and routes across the Pacific.

During World War II, Japanese soldiers were trained to die for their emperor. For the WWII War in the Pacific the weather was the third enemy. The weather killed as many soldiers as did the Japanese.

After Pearl Harbor, Japan had a huge area of land to protect after they attacked. Their pilots were well trained, and their planes were very effective. Japan had 400,000 soldiers trained with another 800,000 on standby.

Worldwide there were 96 million casualties. The war in Europe and the Pacific were very different. Soldiers were five times more likely to be killed while fighting in the Pacific than in Europe. In Europe, only 1% of POW’s died while captive. In the Pacific, 40% of them died.

Ralph said there were many acts of extreme bravery during WWII, more than you can imagine. He showed a picture of Marine Richard Kraus from WWII. During a horrific battle, Kraus and 3 other guys volunteered for stretcher duty to retrieve a wounded soldier. During the trip the enemy threw a grenade at the four of them. Kraus gave his life to save the others by throwing himself on the grenade.

He said the turning point in the war was at Midway. He showed a picture of George Gay, who was not awarded a Medal of Honor but was a hero just the same. He was gunned down over the ocean and survived by hiding under his seat cushion from the plane for 30 hours. He went on to become a TWA pilot for 30 years. After his death, Gay’s ashes were spread over the water at Midway.

The story of Thomas A. Baker from Troy, New York is another example of bravery. He was injured badly during a battle and he knew he was going to die. Baker had a medic prop him against a tree with a pistol.   When the medic found Baker later, he and 8 enemy soldiers around him were dead.

There was a slide about Desmond Doss, a conscientious objector who still wanted to help and became a combat medic. He was twice awarded the Bronze Star Medal for actions in Guam and the Philippines. He refused to carry a gun. He saved 75 men at the battel of Okinawa by lowering wounded soldiers one by one down a cliff. He is the only conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor for his actions during WWII. There is a 2016 movie about him and the battle called Hacksaw Ridge.

Ralph said that Saipan is now an affordable paradise vacation destination for the Japanese. Everything is way too expensive on the mainland of Japan. Ralph and others visited Saipan in December of 2017. Locals found out who he was and there was an award ceremony for valor in the Pacific during WWII and he was given a medal. He said they were treated like royalty for saving their island. Everywhere they went there were hugs and kisses from the local Chamorros, who were mistreated by the Japanese during the war.

Runway Able on the island of Tinian could be the most historical airstrip on Earth. The battle on Tinian started on 7/24/1944, and 8 days later 8000 of the 8800 Japanese troops were dead. The next year the island of Tinian made history when 2 planes took off from Runway Able carrying nuclear weapons that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The war in the Pacific ended with the horrific killing of 120,000 in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Ralph said that using the nuclear bomb on those two cities saved an estimated 500,000 American lives. Just 16 hours after the second bomb hit Nagasaki, the Emperor of Japan, without consulting anyone, decided to end the war. Remember that before these weapons were used surrendering was not an option for the Japanese. The A-Bomb brought Japan out of the barbaric society.

Ralph has two passions in life. Engineering and telling the world about what his fellow soldiers did to win the war in the Pacific.

He has had the most fantastic life anyone could hope for. During the war his mother constantly prayed for him. He has felt protected by God his whole life.

Thank you, D. Ralph Young, for sharing your stories with us today. It was a great presentation and so wonderful to have you speak to us just before Veteran’s Day.

Thank You Notes Sent to CNO

You can read recent thank you notes here.

CNO Donations 2013 through June 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 $700,000.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Charlie Tapp November 6
Drew Mckenzie November 6
Judy McFadden November 6
Laurie Poeppelman November 7
Paul Webendorfer November 7
Dan Apolito November 8
Ken Irwin November 9
Dean Heyne November 10
Gary Aiken November 11

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Bob Vogt November 8 11/8/2005 14

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Dawayne Kirkman Debe Dockins Induction
Andy Higgins Mike Brubaker Induction
Abby Davis Vince Reidy 3rd Reading
Lacy Owens Stan Fronzaglia 3rd Reading
Beverly Dunnington Bob Lawson 3rd Reading
James Reinhard Andy Dickerson 2nd Reading
Christopher Wysong Debe Dockins 2nd Reading
Jay Schindler Mike Bevis 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

No time for Sergeants this week.

 Happy Bucks! 

No time for Sergeants this week.

CNOtes – October 29, 2019 – Robert J. O’Toole Firefighter/EMT Award Presented to Joseph Andrews

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, all of us try to follow Your teachings to led the good life. Yet, all too many of us fall short and are detoured by life’s temptations, which allows hell into our lives. As a loving God, direct us in to the path You have prepared for us. At least motivate us to really study the Bible – It’ll “scare the hell out of us.”  Amen!

Today’s Guests – WELCOME!

Guest Guest Of
Jackie Andrews Gary Anderson
Joseph Andrews Award Recipient
Rick Ashmus Mike Yoder
Scott Kujawa Bob Burkman
Ruth O’Toole Gary Anderson
Mikaela Pellerin Recipient’s Guest
James Reinhard Erin Dickerson
Jay Schindler Mike Bevis
Chris Wysong Debe Dockins

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Announcements

Nancy Lehren, chair of Child Health and Wellness, announced that CNO has received a $1000 grant from Optimist International for Build-A-Bear.

Donna Huss announced that you do not have to be able to sew to help the St Leonard club make blankets. They still have 19 more blankets to make. You just need to be able to cut and tie knots.

Laurie Poeppelman, chair of Optigear, said that she Evelyn Griffin will be taking orders for the next 2 weeks. They have Micro Fleece garments available. You can choose the CNO or CNO 2.0 logo.

Community Event

11/14/2019, Build-A-Bear for Oncology patients will be at Children’s Hospital. More volunteers are always welcome. Contact Nancy Lehren, the chair of Child Health and Wellness. Volunteer should arrive at 5:30.

Volunteers and Vehicles for Veterans Day Flag Deliveries

11/11/2019 – Avenue of Flags deliveries for Veteran’s day will be on 11/7/2019, 4 PM, 11/8/2019, 10 AM to 1 PM, 11/9/2019, 10 AM. Flag retrieval will be 11/12/2019 10:30 AM to 6 PM. They are very short of volunteers that have a flag compatible truck or van. If you have one of those and can help that would be fantastic. Contact Tom Novak if you can help as more volunteers are needed.

Social Events

  • 11/8/2019 – 6 PM, Friday, Euchre party at the community building of Wentworth Village in Bellbrook off 725. Food and drinks will be provided. Cost is $10. 6 PM for dinner and 6:45 for cards, Sequence and Dominos. Please bring a dish to share.
  • 12/10/2019 – 6 PM, Tuesday, Holiday Party at Yankee Trace

Happy Birthday Bob Bargmeyer

Today was Bob Bargmeyer’s birthday. We hope you had a great day Bob despite our singing! Both Charlie Tapp and Bob Duffy led us in singing Happy Birthday to Bob. I thought finally it would sound good with both conducting. It did not.

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

This year’s honoree and recipient of the “Robert J. O’Toole EMT/Firefighter of the Year Award” is Firefighter Joseph (Joe) Andrews. He is the 21st recipient of the award. Joe has been a part-time member of the Washington Township Fire Department since 2017. He is a full-time student studying Early Childhood Education at Clarke State University.

Bob Burkman started the ceremony. This annual award is to honor 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.

Bob Burkman introduced Gary Anderson. Gary Anderson and Jesse Gaither produced the trifold on the tables.

You can read the trifold here.

Gary introduced the honored guests for today’s presentation: Ruth O’Toole; John and Paula Kalaman; Washington Township Fire Chief Scott Kujawa; Washington Township Administrator Jesse Lightle; Washington Township Fiscal Officer Gary Smiga; Montgomery County Deputy Sheriff Captain Mike Brem; the recipient’s mother Jackie Andrews; the recipient’s girlfriend Mikaela Pellerin.

Gary shared his memories and information of Robert J O’Toole. He knew him as Bobby. Bobby was a special boy that he and others couldn’t help but love. He had the good fortune of being Bobby’s principal from Kindergarten through 4th grade and again for 4 years of high school. He was born March 2, 1972 in Teaneck NJ to parents John and Ruth O’Toole. He started Kindergarten at Village South on August 30, 1977. He graduated High School on June 2, 1990.

His first-grade teacher once commented, “Bob is very shy around strangers, is anxious to read, and reads a lot at home.  Because of his short attention span he does not complete most assignments.”

Like so many students identified with a learning disability, Bobby had above average intelligence on School Ability Tests given in 2nd and 5th grades.

His 4th grade teacher once wrote on his report card “Robert needs to pay more attention in class and keep up with his daily assignments.  I feel he is much more capable than his work indicates.  Bob does not do daily assignments and does not know his multiplication tables.  Needs to use class time wisely.”

In November 1986 Bob took the Ohio Interest Survey Profile which showed his best liked career interest was humanitarian/caretaking. His favorite subject was Social Studies.

Bobby O’Toole gave his life in the line of duty doing what he loved and wanted to do. Gary couldn’t believe it has been 21 years already since this tragedy.

Next Gary Anderson introduced Washington Township Fire Chief Scott Kujawa.

Scott Kujawa said, “We have an unbelievable fire department. I am fortunate and thankful for the opportunity to serve in my current role. Every one of our members are committed to providing excellent service to the residents and visitors of our community. Today, we are fortunate to get to recognize one of our outstanding employees.”

He was honored and humbled to present today’s award. Scott and Robert J. O’Toole were in high school at the same time. He thanked the entire O’Toole family and the Optimist club for their continued support and remembrance of Firefighter O’Toole through the Robert J. O’Toole EMT/Firefighter of the Year Award.

Scott noted that today’s lunch was “Sloppy Joes”. He and others at their table wondered if that was on purpose with the recipient being Joe Andrews!

Scott discussed why Joe Andrews was chosen as this year’s recipient.

From Scott’s notes:

While at the firehouse, Joe is known for the compassion, positive attitude and integrity that he brings with him every shift. He recognizes what needs completed, does so without any prompting by his supervisor, and is truly a leader when it comes to accomplishing tasks in a timely fashion. During emergency calls and non-emergency events, Joe genuinely shows concern, compassion and empathy for the residents and visitors of our community. He engages our community members and employees with thought-provoking discussion and has excellent listening and communication skills.

The really cool thing about Joe is that he doesn’t want any recognition for his accomplishments. He simply believes that he is here to serve our community and do what’s right.  Firefighter Joseph Andrews truly embodies what it means to be a public servant.

Award recipient Joe Andrews spoke next.

He thanked Chief Scott Kujawa, the department, the O’Toole family and CNO for the award.

Joe remembers that on his first day at the department they visited the grave of Robert J. O’Toole. He found this moving. Robert must have been very inspirational that this still happens 21 years later which is how old Joe is.

He really likes the job, the people and the community.

Thank You Notes Sent to CNO

You can read recent thank you notes here.

CNO Donations 2013 through June 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 $700,000.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Bob Bargmeyer October 29
Suzanne Werts October 30
Cheryl Reichel November 1
Deb Saunders November 1
Wendy Hattan November 2
Robin Golden November 4

Membership Anniversaries

No membership anniversaries this week.

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
James Reinhard Andy Dickerson 1st Reading
Christopher Wysong Debe Dockins 1st Reading
Abby Davis Vince Reidy 2nd Reading
Lacy Owens Stan Fronzaglia 2nd Reading
Dawayne Kirkman Debe Dockins 3rd Reading
Louise Haun Mike Bevis Induction

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Chris McAlpine Impersonating Abe Lincoln
Kelly Davis Fighting in line when purchasing raffle tickets
Beth Duncan Fighting in line when purchasing raffle tickets
Greg Griffin Having someone protect the bell and gavel
Erin Dickerson Losing Optimist Passport
Andy Dickerson Letting Erin lose her Optimist Passport
Debe Dockins Missing a board meeting
Greg Wasmund Missing a board meeting
Greg Smiga Left board meeting early [as a former educator, he should know that requires a note to the office]
Ron Tinnerman Forgetting who CNO 2.0 speaker was earlier this year
Jean Pummill Keeping a low profile, therefore not being easily fined, so now you are fined
Larry England Keeping a low profile, therefore not being easily fined, so now you are fined
Judy Demarco Keeping a low profile, therefore not being easily fined, so now you are fined
Barbara Santo Keeping a low profile, therefore not being easily fined, so now you are fined
Larry Lynde Keeping a low profile, therefore not being easily fined, so now you are fined
Cherie Gentry Keeping a low profile, therefore not being easily fined, so now you are fined

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Cherie Gentry Happy that the Monroe Optimist club Trunk or Treat went well despite the weather and happy that Erin and Andy Dickerson participated
Martin Huffstutler His guest last week was so impressed that she is looking for an Optimist club to join in Philadelphia
Jay Schindler Happy to be at our meeting, he was a guest of Mike Bevis
Debe Dockins Happy that her guest Christopher Wysong is joining CNO
Gary Anderson Great to be home among freinds and honoring the memory of Bobby O’Toole
Ellie Parker Happy that she can wear her tail and ears with Halloween coming up

CNOtes – October 22, 2019 – John Carroll – Centerville High School Principal

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father the desirability rating for tangible stuff is never ending, it is always more. Yet, if we are honest with ourselves, an accounting of what we have, tells us we have enough stuff. What we need is more dedication, gratification, kindness, dependability, compassion, energy and of course to be more humble and give more. So Lord help us with all of these and make us as good as our dogs think we are! Amen!

Today’s Guests – WELCOME!

Guest Guest Of
Arnie Biondo Greg Griffin
Kevin Dresel Jane Fiehrer
Beverly Dunnington Bob Lawson
Dick Holback Greg Griffin
Jen Osborn Art Hung
Lacy Owens Stan Fronzaglia
Beth Seall Wendy Hatton
Harvey Smith Grer Griffin
Beth Wunsch Martin Hufstutler

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Community Event

11/14/2019, Build-A-Bear for Oncology patients will be at Children’s Hospital. More volunteers are always welcome. Contact Nancy Lehren, the chair of Child Health and Wellness.

Volunteers and Vehicles for Veterans Day Flag Deliveries

11/11/2019 – Avenue of Flags deliveries for Veteran’s day will be on 11/7/2019, 4 PM, 11/8/2019, 10 AM to 1 PM, 11/9/2019, 10 AM. Flag retrieval will be 11/12/2019 10:30 AM to 6 PM. They are very short of volunteers that have a flag compatible truck or van. If you have one of those and can help, that would be fantastic. Contact Tom Novak if you can help as more volunteers are needed.

Social Events

  • 11/8/2019 – 6 PM, Friday, Euchre party at the community building of Wentworth Village in Bellbrook off 725. Food and drinks will be provided. Cost is $10.
  • 12/10/2019 – 6 PM, Tuesday, Holiday Party at Yankee Trace.

Haunted Trail Recap

Gail Aiken, the chair of the Haunted Trail event, thanked everyone who helped. She also thanked Arnie Biondo, the Director of the Centerville-Washington Park District, who was a guest for today’s meeting. The park district created new gravel paths that were wonderful. On the second night, 20 members from the CHS Octagon club volunteered. The Octagon club is the High School Optimist club that CNO sponsors. Gail was happy that they were able to help as she was short on volunteers.

  • 1450 canned goods were collected for the First Dawn Food Pantry.
  • This year, 1275 people went through the trail over two nights.
  • The first Haunted Trail was in 1985 and had 208 people go through.
  • 1300 Donut holes donated by Bill Donuts were consumed.
  • We served 30 gallons of cider. Dorothy Lane donated 10 of the gallons.
  • There were 15 fright stations.
  • 450 Students, mostly from area middle schools and some from high school, manned the stations. There were parent chaperones at each station.

Announcements

Donn Huss announced there will be a “NOW” Event on February 20, 2020. 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.

John Carroll, Coordinating Principal CHS

Gary Aiken introduced Centerville High School Coordinating Principal John Carroll. John has been a member of CNO since 1/3/2012. He has worked in the Centerville School District for 26 years. He has been CHS coordinating principal for the last 4. John originally taught math. He feels blessed and is excited to go to work each day.

John said that the 2018-2019 District’s Quality Profile was just posted. He said if you read it, you will be proud of your schools.

John wants to be accessible to students. Much of the day he tries to stand out at the front desk so that he is accessible to students and staff.

John showed us a slideshow titled, Centerville Creates Change.

John is often asked about what the High School does. He explained that they provide academics, social -emotional learning and career advising.

CHS has a total 720 staff members of which 185 are licensed. There is 490,0000 sq ft of building space. It occupies 60 acres of property.

Centerville High School strives to always grow and improve. The U.S. News and World Report Scorecard ranks CHS nationally #1650 up from #1878. For Ohio Schools, CHS is ranked #57 up from #78. In the Dayton, OH Metra Area, CHS is ranked #4. John says that they have increased their rank, but the U.S. News method of using AP scores is not the only way to judge a school.

John agrees that every student going to college should take at least one AP class and test. He says the impoverished are not fully represented and he wants to raise this. They tend to not take AP classes as they don’t expect to go to college.

CHS uses different ways to help students of all types. There are “Learning in Action” programs. These programs help keep kids engaged and prepare for paid internships and for careers. The “Certified Production Technologists” program was able to get 18 students to graduate that were not on track. Of these graduates, 3 went to Sinclair and 5 obtained internships with a starting pay of $30,000. These partnerships with Sinclair College are at little or no cost to CHS.

CHS Fine and Performing Arts was recognized for “2019 Best Communities for Music Education”.

CHS believes in Service and Leadership. They constantly are putting kids into situations where they can be of service to their community and lead others. With the help of CNO, the 2019 Spirit Chain raised a record $72,500 this year for various charities.

CHS has high expectations for their students and provides high levels of support. They use internal systems that drive improvement and focus on feedback and purpose. They seek to serve all students and graduation requirements are always changing, so they align goals and direct resources. Of those enrolled, 12% have special needs. At least 12% are living with poverty and it is probably higher because this is often not reported.

CHS offers career advising which includes shadowing, pre-internship and pre-apprentice programs.

There are about 60 clubs at CHS. Clubs are added quite often, and John approves most ideas. A kid will come up to John with an idea and it often surprises them when he says yes.

Programs that support the needs of all their students academically and social-emotionally:

  • CORE and Accountability Teams
  • Equal Opportunity Schools (EOS) Partnership
  • HOPE Squad
  • Advisory
  • Elk Connectors
  • Character Club (PBIS)
  • Partnerships with Sinclair
  • Partnerships with local employers

John said no person can reach every kid. He asks his team to use a +1 mentality, which accepts that you cannot reach them all in every situation, but could you reach just one more kid? He uses a quote by Josh Shipp, “Every kid is one caring adult away from being a success story.”

CHS greatly appreciates the support of CNO and he tells kids about the creed daily. He is grateful for the opportunity to lead in our community. His closing slide said EPND which stands for “Elk Pride Never Dies”.

John was asked about CHS safety. He said they have only 2 points of entry and they are monitored by cameras. They have several security guards. Staff is constantly being trained to prepare for emergencies.

Dawn Arrowood, CNO member and Director of Wellness at St. Leonard, thanked him and the students who participate in the Elk’s for Seniors program at St Leonard.

Thank you, John, for presenting about CHS today.

Addendum to Sergeants at Arms Disclaimer

Brandon Barrett announced, “As with any court, not showing up to lunch does NOT release you of any previous fine.  There is no time frame on being GUILTY!”

CNO Donations 2013 through June 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 $700,000.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Fred Pfeiffer October 26
Brent Richburg October 28
Shawn Thacker October 28

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Bob Foster October 22 10/22/2003 16
Laurie Poeppelman October 22 10/22/2003 16
Mike Fanelli October 22 10/22/2003 16
Charlie Goodwin October 28 10/28/2008 11
Jessica King October 28 10/28/2008 11
Karen Sirmans October 28 10/28/2008 11
Mike Brubaker October 28 10/28/2008 11

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Dawayne Kirkman Debe Dockins 3rd Reading
Abby Davis Vince Reidy 1st Reading
Lacy Owens Stan Fronzaglia 1st Reading
Beverly Dunnington Bob Lawson 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Diane Arehart Saying she liked to scare little kids at the Haunted Trail.
Beth Duncan Saying she liked to scare little kids at the Haunted Trail.
Don Kelley Plays too much golf, he obviously must have more time to help kids. If he pays $2 he will receive the game “Toilet Golf” so that he can play even more golf.
Tom Novak Participating in CNO 2.0 demonstration that prevented Brian Nolan from getting a beer.
Gary Smiga Participating in CNO 2.0 demonstration that prevented Brian Nolan from getting a beer.

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Sue Jessee More than 700 lbs of food were donated to the First Dawn Food Pantry from the Haunted Trail event.
Joan Cordonnier That Erich Eggers donates the money to buy tickets to the Rotarian Breakfast Fundraiser each year for the theater technical crew.
Joan Cordonnier The musical “First Date” at CHS will be performed on November 7, 8, 15, 16 at 7:30.
Carolyn Taylor Since our own Myron Rheaume is governor, happy that the new banner that hangs during our meeting says, “Home of the Ohio District Governor”.

CNOtes – Optimist 2.0 October 17, 2019 – Pastor Tony Miltenberger – Heavier Than Air Brewing Company

Guests and Members in Attendance

Hailey Clark
Abby Davis
Andy Higgins
Wayne Kledzik
Tony Miltenberger
Lacy Owens
Stewart Ross
Natalie Salyer
Pam Smiga
Gail Aiken
Jack Anderson
Diane Arehart
Patrick Arehart
Brandon Barrett
Katie Calloway
Mike Cordonnier
Kelly Davis
Gary DeMarco
Judy DeMarco
Cheryl Dowd
Emily Duke
Beth Duncan
Greg Fay
Stan Fronzaglia
Jesse Gaither
Greg Griffin
Cindy Harris
Mark Karns
Bryan Miller
Brian Nolan
Tom Novak
Jean Pummill
Jack Quinlan
Ruthy Quinlan
Vince Reidy
Brent Richburg
Ashley Simeone
Gary Smiga
Nick Tarkany

All Photos are Here

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was Heavier than Air Brewing Company. Thank you to CNO Member Nick Tarkany and his team for allowing us to take over their bar tonight.

There was a 50/50 drawing won by Joan Cordonnier. She donated her winnings to the First Dawn Food Pantry.

There were 39 people at the meeting (30 members and 9 guests).

CNO 2.0 Introduction

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.

He mentioned that he remembers his first CNO lunch 6 years ago. By the end of the lunch he knew he was at home. He said, “Wow everyone was having a great time!” He couldn’t wait to be part of the group.

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. CNO 2.0 was created nearly 3 years ago and is very much a part of the 51-year-old Centerville Noon Optimist Club. CNO has given away over $2 million during its history. CNO is a group of like-minded members that are passionate about helping youth and having fun in the process.

The speaker at each 2.0 meeting is someone with a local business success story.

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

Avenue of Flags Needs Your Help

Tom Novak, the chair of The Avenue of Flags, told the group about one of our major fundraisers. For Veterans day, there are 65 teams to deliver 2400 flags. If you can help it would be great. They are very short of volunteers that have a flag compatible truck or van. If you have one of those and can help that would be fantastic. Contact Tom Novak if you can help.

Avenue of Flags deliveries for Veteran’s day will be on 11/7/2019, 4 PM, 11/8/2019, 10 AM to 1 PM, 11/9/2019, 10 AM. Flag retrieval will be 11/12/2019 10:30 AM to 6 PM.

Haunted Trail Recap

Gail Aiken, the chair of the Haunted Trail event, thanked everyone who helped. She also thanked Arnie Biondo, the Director of the Centerville-Washington Park District, who was at tonight’s meeting. The park district created new gravel paths that were wonderful. Arnie said the real thanks goes to his team at the Park District.

1275 people went through the trail over two nights.

There were 15 fright stations. Students from area middle schools and high schools manned the stations. There were parent chaperones at each station.

On the second night 20 members from the CHS Octagon club volunteered. The Octagon club is the High School Optimist club that CNO sponsors. Gail was happy that they were able to help as she was short on volunteers.

President’s Notes

Greg Griffin, the president of CNO, said we have 307 members and are the largest and best Optimist Club in the World. Our club within a club of CNO 2.0 is seen as the future of service clubs.

He said that the Christmas Tree Lot fundraiser is fast approaching. Every CNO and CNO 2.0 member will be assigned to a team and scheduled to work. We need a lot of help for this fundraiser, so please show up.

Remember that every member of CNO, whether from the Lunch club, CNO 2.0 or the St Leonard club is invited to every community event, volunteer activity, or social event. This includes the holiday party that will be on December 10, 2019.

Lastly, he said, “What can we do with this club, are we thinking big enough?” Invite people to be guests at a CNO Lunch or at a CNO 2.0 meeting. He said, “Let’s grow this club into all that it can be.”

Community Event

  • 11/14/2019, Build-A-Bear for Oncology patients will be at Children’s Hospital. More volunteers are always welcome. Contact Nancy Lehren, the chair of Child Health and Wellness.

Social Events

  • 11/8/2019 – 6 PM, Friday, Euchre party at the community building of Wentworth Village in Bellbrook off 725. Food and drinks will be provided. Cost is $10.
  • 12/10/2019 – 6 PM, Tuesday, Holiday Party at Yankee Trace

Pastor Tony Miltenberger

Greg Fay introduced tonight’s speaker, Pastor Tony Miltenberger. Tony is the head pastor at Restoration Church in Centerville, 63 E. Franklin St in Centerville. He is a 16-year army veteran.

Tony, along with coauthor Charles Causey, published a book in 2014 called, UnBreakable, Forging a Marriage of Contentment and Delight. Their approach has already helped hundreds of military couples who live in perhaps the most challenging marriage context today.

Tony has a blog and podcast, “The Reclamation Podcast is designed to help busy people find good practices of life and faith. Through this interview format we will unpack what other people are doing to stay in healthy relationships with others and with God.”

Tony started by thanking the CNO and Park District hosted Haunted Trail for donating 1300 canned goods to the First Dawn Food Pantry. There is no charge for people to go through the Haunted Trail, but everyone is asked to please donate a canned good, and it was a huge success.

The First Dawn Food Pantry is in Restoration Church. It helps 300 families each month, most of who live in the 45458 and 45459 zip codes. CNO supports this food pantry. He said that the kid’s area is possible because of donations CNO has made. It is a place for kids to be occupied while parents are obtaining the food they need to get through the month. Many families are well off enough to live in our area, but only if everything goes perfect. Unexpected expenses like a water heater needing replaced will disrupt their budget.

The panty is a “Family Choice” pantry. Clients may visit once a month on Thursday evening from 6-7:30pm inside Restoration Church.

At Restoration Church, First Dawn hosts a free community meal on the third Thursday of the month from 6 to 7:30 PM.

Tony’s next topic was relationships. He had to learn how to have good relationships because he is naturally messed up.

Tony married in 2003. In 2004 he got a call while he was at Cedar Point. He was young and ranked as Army Specialist (E-4), which means he knows nothing. His commanding officer called him to say he had been cross leveled and would now be going overseas.

In 2004 and 2005 he ministered to hundreds of soldiers. Every soldier that died came to their base. They prayed over all of them before being sent to Germany.

During his tour he was granted a 2 week leave of absence to come back and spend time with his wife. After returning to duty with 4 months of his tour left, his wife told him they were going to have a baby.

After finishing his deployment, he didn’t know what to do. While on duty he always knew what he needed to do. The world was different as he expected, but not in the way expected. He was not adjusting well.

He remembers the incident when he lost it. His wife asked him to take out the trash. Something snapped. After he calmed down some, he went to his wife and knelt and cried. He said, “I think I need to go back into the service.”

His wife grabbed him by the cheeks and said, “No you aren’t. You better figure out. You have a son who is coming, and he needs his dad.”

We all have expectations. Tony said an expectation is, “An implicit social contract. Something you believe will happen whether the other person knows it or not.” What he learned was that failed expectations leads to bitterness and disappointment. There are stated and unstated expectations.

Everyone has expectations. You, your spouse and your children.

If you can learn to communicate your expectations, you can remove bitterness and disappointment in the relationships. The challenge is to look at your expectations, see why you are fighting and ask for help.

Thank you, Tony Miltenberger, for taking the time to come and speak to us today. We appreciate what we learned, and we appreciate what you and your team are doing for our community.

Links

Tickets to the Musical Comedy “First Date” at Centerville High School

Mike Cordonnier, CNO member and technical theater instructor at CHS, brought 4 tickets to tonight’s meeting. The musical comedy “First Date” performances will be on November 7, 8, 15, 16 at 7:30 PM. Mike said it is a happy, upbeat show. The winner of the free tickets was Cindy Harris. There are still tickets available for purchase.

CNO Donations 2013 through June 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 $700,000.

CNOtes – October 15, 2019 – Mia Walthers & Whitney Armstrong – USO @ WPAFB

Phather Phil’s Prayer

GOD & DOG

I look up and I see my God
I look down and see my dog
Simple spelling G-O-D
Same word backwards D-O-G
They would stay with me all day
I’m the one who walks away
But both of them just wait for me
And dance with joy at my return with glee
Both love me no matter what
Divine God and canine mutt
I take it hard when I fail.
But God forgives, dog wags his tail
God thought up and made the dog
Dog reflects a part of God
I’ve seen love from both sides now
It’s everywhere..AMEN… Bow-Wow
I look up and I see God
I look down and I see my dog
In my human frailty
I can’t match their love for me.

 

Today’s Guests – WELCOME!

Guest Guest Of
Whitney Armstrong Speaker
George Berglund Bob Bargmeyer
Beverly Dunnington Bob Lawson
Julia Johnson Myron Rheaume
Jim Kilgore Greg Fay
Jen Osborn Art Hung
Lacy Owens Stan Fronzaglia
Karl Sparklin Brandon Barrett
Mia Walthers Speaker

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Community Event

11/14/2019, Build-A-Bear for Oncology patients will be at Children’s Hospital. More volunteers are always welcome. Contact Nancy Lehren, the chair of Child Health and Wellness.

Upcoming Volunteer Activities

10/24/2019 – Making blankets for Care House at St Leonard. See Donna Huss for details.

11/11/2019 – Avenue of Flags deliveries for Veteran’s day will be on 11/7/2019, 4 PM, 11/8/2019, 10 AM to 1 PM, 11/9/2019, 10 AM. Flag retrieval will be 11/12/2019 10:30 AM to 6 PM. Contact Tom Novak if you can help as more volunteers are needed.

Social Events

  • 11/8/2019 – 6 PM, Friday, Euchre party at the community building of Wentworth Village in Bellbrook off 725. Food and drinks will be provided. Cost is $10.
  • 12/10/2019 – 6 PM, Tuesday, Holiday Party at Yankee Trace

Happy Birthday Wes Cleaves

Wes Cleaves was at lunch today and it was his birthday. Wes has been a CNO member since 1993.  Bob Duffy, who was Wes’s CNO Sponsor, led us “singing” happy birthday to Wes. I think Bob should have warned us and Wes before starting. Oh boy was it bad! Thanks, Bob, for making Wes’s birthday extra special, and please for the sake of our hearing please watch a YouTube video on how to conduct a choir. Apparently, we all need to find a YouTube video of how the melody for Happy Birthday is supposed to sound.

Today’s Presentation from the USO

Gary Aiken introduced Mia Walthers, the Director of Development for the USO at Wright Patterson AFB and the Airport in Vandalia. She is a retired Air Force Veteran. Her husband was also in the military.

Website for USO Central and Southern Ohio

Facebook Page

From the USO entry Wikipedia:

The United Service Organizations Inc. (USO) is an American nonprofit-charitable corporation that provides live entertainment, such as comedians, actors and musicians, social facilities, and other programs to members of the United States Armed Forces and their families. Since 1941, it has worked in partnership with the Department of War, and later with the Department of Defense (DoD), relying heavily on private contributions and on funds, goods, and services from various corporate and individual donors. Although it is congressionally-chartered, it is not a government agency.

Mia started by saying she lists her hometown as Seoul, South Korea, but she is an American citizen and so American that she bleeds red, white and blue.

Her son is about to redeploy for 12 months, which is another big reason she loves and helps the USO. She appreciates the fact that the USO provides mobile Wi-Fi spots so she can communicate with her son while he is deployed.

Also attending today’s meeting is Whitney Armstrong, who is the assistant director and manager of the WPAFB USO. She is the spouse of a military man.

The WPAFB USO is responsible for 65 counties in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. The worldwide USO is on 220 bases and combat forward areas around the globe.

The USO offers many services for soldiers and their families. They offer activities for children and entertainment as you would expect. You may not realize they offer other services like transition classes for re-entering civilian life. More program services are on their website.

They also field many types of requests. They always answer the phone. She said some of the requests get very interesting, but no matter what they take it seriously and try to be of service.

There is no federal funding for the USO. Each USO is responsible for raising funds for their area since very little comes from USO, Inc. If you donate money directly to the WPAFB USO, then the money stays there. You can earmark the money to events like the Christmas Party or for School supplies, book bags, etc. You can easily donate time or money using their website.

WPAFB does provide them a room for their activities. It is not large, and it was built in 1965, but it works. The USO is generous to other entities. Each year the USO WPAFB facility is used for free for about 160 events per year by other entities.

Annual USA Christmas Party at WPAFB

Each year they have a Christmas Party that CNO helps make happen by the donation we make each year.

She said the donations CNO gives each year makes a huge difference to the children. There are activities, gifts and Santa Claus. There is a waiting list for their event at the base. Food and drinks are donated from places like Chick-Fil-A and nearby cookie companies. She gets as many donations as possible, but it still costs about $2500 to hold the treasured event.

The fire marshal limits the number of people in their room to 150. This means only 50 children can sign up. By the time parents and volunteers are added for the 50 children, they hit the room capacity.

Currently they have to turn away between 50 and 100 children each year. They are considering having 2 parties, but that is not simple. They would need another $2500 and a lot more volunteer time. They are considering having two parties back to back for 2 hours each.

Mia showed us a slide show of pictures from the 2018 Christmas party. She said the volunteer playing Santa Claus looked great and was awesome with the kids. It looked like everyone was having a lot of fun!

CNO Donations 2013 through June 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 $700,000.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Wes Cleaves October 15
Craig Dring October 16
Renee Glenn October 17
Steve Rudisill October 17
Greg Griffin October 19
Gary Anderson October 20

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Keith Meyer October 16 10/16/2013 6
Anita Foster-Polizzi October 17 10/17/2017 2
Greg Smith October 17 10/17/2007 12
Jean Pummill October 17 10/17/2012 7
Aaron Campbell October 20 10/20/2009 10
Monty Zinck October 20 10/20/2009 10
Steve Campbell October 20 10/20/2009 10
Tom Henderson October 20 10/20/2009 10
Carrie Million October 21 10/21/2015 4
Evelyn Griffin October 21 10/21/2015 4
Steve Blake October 21 10/21/2015 4

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Louise Haun Mike Bevis 3rd Reading
Andy Higgins Mike Brubaker 3rd Reading
Dawayne Kirkman Debe Dockins 2nd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Art Hung Caught on camera sitting down during a standing ovation at recent meeting.
Gail Aiken Bragging about “stripping and winning” while buying raffle tickets last Tuesday.
Jerry Stahley Looking better while impersonating the grim reaper.
Roland Rapp Questioning how the Sergeants split money for 50/50, happy bucks and fines, like he thinks he is a Junior Gary Smiga.
Kelly George Thinking Brandon Barrett memorizes his hair salon schedule, he said she is going to have to use the phone.
Mary Madden Having a “senior moment” thanking Joe Madden last week for being so helpful, she must have been delirious.
Mike Bevis Name badge is missing (no one knows why), so it is assumed he lost it.

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Art Hung His fitness trainer Jen Osborn was his guest today.
Joe Madden He feels that Art Hung is not following instructions well with his new trainer.
Tim Clemmer Art has friends.
Sue Brubaker She finally got a copy of her son’s book – the Taxidermist Catalog.
Barbara Santo James Free, always a major sponsor for our golf event, told her that our event is the best that they sponsor.
Tom Novak Thanks to the flag assembly team for their work last week.
Gail Aiken Keeneland trip social was a blast last week.
Bob Burkman Carol Burkman was at today’s meeting.
Martin Huffstutler Fantastic job that USO does for the families of soldiers.

CNOtes – October 8, 2019 – Montgomery County Prosecutor – Mat Heck

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, everyone has a computer now, even 5 yr. olds. Some of us are 3 generations behind the 5 yr. olds and are happy justto know where the delete key is. You see, we know that Adam and Eve were the first people that didn’t read the apples terms and conditions. Mistakes are our best learning tool and at the same time our most embarrassing moments. When we make a faux pas, Optimism tells us to press on to greater achievements in the future. We don’t need a computer to do that. Amen!

 

Today’s Guests – WELCOME!

Guest Guest Of
Darrel Basford Myron Rheaume
Amy Bromberg Mike Bevis
Brian Chastain Joe Cantrell
Marie Glaser John Horner
Mat Heck Speaker
Stephanie McKenzie Christy Gariety
Pam Tipps Mike Bevis
Andrea White Jim Long

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Special Announcement

Two students from CHS, Nikhil Desai and Jacob Myers, attended today’s meeting on behalf of Centerville High School Spirit Chain.

Money raised during this year’s Spirit Chain activities will benefit BOGG Ministries, Shoes 4 the Shoeless and Cooperative for Education. Spirit Chain is a friendly, annual competition between CHS and Fairmont High School to raise money for charity.

Our members today donated $905 and the club agreed to match it for a total for $1810.

Congratulations Liz Fultz!

Liz Fultz has been appointed as director of the Washington-Centerville Public Library. Liz has been an awesome member of CNO since November 2015. She just completed 2 years as a CNO board member. Congratulations Liz! The library and our community are lucky to have you take over as director.

Upcoming Community Events

10/15/2019 and 10/16/2019 – Haunted Trail at Forest Field Park.

Info for Volunteers for Haunted Trail

Gail Aiken said to please show up early and that she still needs more volunteers.

Social Events

  • 11/8/2019 – 6 PM, Friday, Euchre party at TBD
  • 12/10/2019 – 6 PM, Tuesday, Holiday Party at Yankee Trace

Committee Meetings

  • 10/10/2019 – 6 PM, The next committee meeting for Child Health and Wellness will be at Panera in Centerville. Nancy Lehren is the chair. All are welcome to come and/or join the committee. Meetings are generally held the second Thursday of each month.

Committee Announcements

Myron Rheaume announced the next Great Ohio District quarterly meeting is November 2, 2019 in Dublin, OH. The keynote speaker will be Ickey Woods.

Mat Heck, Montgomery County Prosecuting Attorney

Gary Aiken introduced Montgomery County Prosecuting Attorney Mathias H. Heck Jr. He has held this elected position  since 1992. He graduated from Chaminade High School in 1965. He was a law clerk for the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office from 1966-1972. He graduated from Georgetown University Law Center, Washington D.C. in 1972. Between 1972 and 1992 he served as Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Montgomery County.

He told us that if the prosecutor’s office was a law firm, it would be the largest law firm in Montgomery County. They have 70 lawyers and 70 support staff.

They process 5000 felony cases per year. They do not handle misdemeanor cases as they are handled at the municipal cities and townships. They also handle thousands of juvenile related felonies.

Mat explained that their job is to use evidence to determine if a case should be prosecuted. His team abides by the policy of you are innocent until proven guilty. If they don’t think a suspect can be proven guilty then they don’t bring the case.

As a prosecutor, he has a specific purpose and follows a code of ethics. They are seeking the truth. They don’t charge people until there is enough evidence. This can take a long period of time. Once they have gathered the evidence and there is enough to charge someone with a crime, they let the public know who is charged and why. If they charge someone, they truly believe they are guilty and will be found guilty. Once charged the person must either plead guilty or there be a trial.

They have a diversion program to help those who may never cause a problem again. For offenders of non-violent crimes that also have no prior convictions they will check with the victim. If the victim agrees to the diversion and the offender makes full restitution, then they are potentially eligible for the diversion program and won’t be prosecuted. The offender will do community service. They also must stay out of trouble for the next three years. If they don’t satisfy any of these requirements, they will be prosecuted for the crime.

If a person is 14 years or older then the prosecutor’s office can choose to try them as an adult. They consider many things when determining if a juvenile will be tried as an adult. Currently a juvenile is being tried as an adult for the “Alter Fest” homicide in 2016.  On August 31, 2019 a juvenile Dunbar high school football player head-butted a game official causing a concussion and they want him tried as an adult.

In recent years there have been many more offenses committed by juveniles. More kids now have no respect for parents, schools, or authorities. Juveniles need to be held responsible for their actions.

Because of the “Alter Fest” homicide the office was inspired to start some programs to prevent crimes by juveniles.

They have started going to the homes of children who are absent from school. Often grade schoolers answer the door. The reason they give for not being in school is that they must stay home to watch their younger siblings. They don’t want to jail the parents. They want to solve the problem. Every day kids are removed from homes because of neglect. Some 16 year olds are having their second or third child.

The prosecutor’s office wants to help so they are offering free services. They are teaching parents how to be parents. They offer transportation to and from school. They want the kids in school. We need kids to get an education. It is when the juveniles are not in school and not busy that they get into trouble.

Part of the prosecutor office job is to provide victim advocates. Services are offered during and after the case is complete. His advocates were down at the Oregon District very soon after the shooting. They are still helping victim’s families deal with the situation.

They handle cases where the county is being sued or needs to sue and they have an appellate division that handles appeals.

Mat is one of the founders of Care House. It is a local child advocacy group located next to Children’s hospital. They help protect the kids and prevent future abuse.

Mat said the job can be difficult for him and his team. He tells his lawyers that there is life after law. He tries to get them involved in the community so they can see some good.

Mat said he and his team are here to help.

Thank you, Mat, for speaking to us today.

Phone Numbers and Contacts at the Prosecutors Office

  • Main number is 937-225-5757
  • Elder Abuse Unit is 937-225-5603 (to report elder abuse or neglect)
  • Consumer Fraud Unit is 937-225-4747 (to report fraud, such as contractors that don’t complete paid for projects, etc.)
  • Victim/Witness Division is 937-225-5623 (for victims of rape, this is a 24-hour crisis line. They also provide services for victims of crime, especially violent crimes)
  • Child Abuse Bureau is 937-641-4545 (to report child abuse or neglect. You can also call 937-225-KIDS to report suspected abuse or neglect)

General email address for all inquiries is info@mcpo.com

CNO Donations 2013 through June 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 $700,000.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Christy Gariety October 09
Laurie Westheimer October 9
Paula Kalaman October 09
Dav Bremer October 11
Steve Campbell October 11
Donna Robinson October 14
Sue Jessee October 14

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Deb Saunders October 8 10/8/2016 3
Jesse Gaither October 8 10/8/2016 3
Jim Mogan October 8 10/8/2016 3
Rachel Selby October 8 10/8/2016 3
Becky Keegan October 12 10/12/2018 1

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Will Pace Evelyn Griffin  Induction
Louise Haun Mike Bevis Second Reading
Andy Higgins Mike Brubaker Second Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Jay McAlpine In Dayton Daily News photo about the Greek Festival he was incognito with his hat shading his face and for not bringing us sample sweets from the Greek Festival
Chris McAlpline Not in family photo in the Dayton Daily News about the Greek Festival
Charlie Tapp Calling Sgt Donna “old” and trying to cover it up by calling Sgt Brandon “young”
Jean Pummill In absentia fined while on vacation and missing first two meetings of the new optimist year; The Sgts consulted with Judge Long for the vocabulary and to make sure it was okie dokie
Liz Fultz Being an “Overachiever” for becoming the Library’s new Director
Liz Fultz Maintaining a youthful look after a 25 year career at the library and only looking 24
Joe Kronenberger Fined for never doing anything to be fined for
Myron Rheaume Mispronounced Roland Rapp’s first name (correct pronunciation is “RAWLand”)

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Charlie Tapp Celebrating 50th wedding anniversary with Wanda
Don Kelley Celebrating 36th wedding anniversary with Sandy
Don Kelley Great round of golf, he finally scored his age
Mary Madden Joe Madden has been wonderful taking care of her
Charlie Goodwin Had a great week with his three year old granddaughter, his son and daughter-in-law; It is an extra treat to see them since they live in Philadelphia
Bill Stone Glad to be back home after a great vacation with Kelly
Joan Cordonnier You can donate shoes at Up and Running or Bill’s Donuts
Myron Rheaume Carolyn Taylor was able to eat spaghetti without getting it on her clothes
Myron Rheaume His guest wasn’t fined when his phone rang during the meeting.
John Carroll Proud of the 2 students that came today asking for donations; He is positive they will be Optimists one day
Gary Smiga CNO matched the member donations of $905 for a total of $1810 to CHS Spirit Chain
Erin Dickerson 4 CNO members were present for the chartering of a new JOI club at 5 Points Elementary school with 42 members