CNOtes – October 16, 2018 – Robert J. O’Toole EMT/Firefighter of the Year Award

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Paul Conover Honoree
Victoria Conover Honoree’s Mom
Sarah Dolle Honoree’s Fiance
Jackie Hass Carolyn Taylor
Scott Kujawa Deputy Fire Cheif
Ron Kuker Charlie Tapp
Ruth O’Toole Bob Burkman

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Committee Announcements

Stan Fronzaglia announced that the next Build-a-Bear for kids with cancer and their siblings is October 25, 2018 at Children’s Hospital. Volunteers setting up should arrive at 4:30 PM; others should show up at 5:30 PM.

Judy DeMarco stated that Bill’s Donuts is taking donations for relief for people affected by the hurricane in Florida. A semi-truck has been arranged to deliver the donations received to the area.

Melissa Deeter from the CNO 2.0 committee announced that at 5:30 on Thursday 10/18/2018 at the CNO 2.0 meeting at Ollie’s the speaker will be Ryan Hawk and the teacher of the quarter award will be given.

Casey Wycoff announced that Edward’s Jones is collecting Toys for Tots. She will wrap the toys for you and give them away.

Greg Griffin, chair of the Tree Lot, announced that the tree lot setup will be on November 3, 2018 at 8:30 AM. The trees will be delivered by 2 semi-trucks on November 17, 2018 at 8:30 AM. We need anyone that can come that day to come help unload the trees and get the bottom drilled. The tree lot opens on Friday November 23, 2018 at 9 AM. Hours of operation are 1 PM – 9 PM Weekdays and 9 AM to 9 PM Weekends. The tree lot tear down will be Sunday December 16, 2018 at 11 AM.

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 and EMT Paul Conover. Paul joined the department in October of 2016 at the age of 23 and he is a resident of Centerville.

This award is to honor the memory of Ruth and John’s son Robert J. O’Toole. Robert lost his life January 12, 1998 after responding to an accident.

Bob Burkman gave details about the award and introduced Bill Gaul, the Washington Township Fire Chief and fellow CNO member. Bill thanked Gary Anderson for starting this award. He also thanked Ruth O’Toole for joining us today. Bill thanked the Centerville Noon Optimists for having this award each year.

For 28 years there is a firefighter memorial ceremony each year where now 71 names are read of fallen firefighters. The firefighters recognized are those that died in the line of duty since 1857. The ceremony has taken place for 28 years. They read a name and ring a bell and continue the process until all of the names have been read.

Also attending today’s lunch to watch Paul Conover receive his award were: Victoria Conover (mother), Sarah Dolle (fiancé), and Deputy Fire Chief Scott Kujawa.

Firefighter Paul Conover is an outstanding Firefighter/EMT who comes to work each shift with the drive and desire to learn and better himself. He is currently working to complete his paramedic certification while continuing to develop and improve his firefighting and EMS skills. Paul follows orders well, completes tasks promptly and efficiently and is always asking for additional assignments and projects. Paul is positive, upbeat, considerate and professional with his coworkers as well as members of the community. Recently Paul has taken on the responsibility of organizing a fire equipment stockroom and is in the process of cleaning and maintaining the equipment. Paul also assists with maintaining training records and hose records.

Firefighter Conover was awarded the 2018 Washington Township Part Time Employee Award of Excellence. The award is made annually to employees nominated by their peers who have made a valuable contribution to the mission of Washington Township.

Bill explained, “Paul has a true passion for his job. He also exhibits leadership skills. The reward is not just for people who have saved a life. I’m sure he will do something heroic, but at an early age it is great for him to be an asset to the department.”

Bill Gaul introduced Paul Conover and gave him his award.

It was mentioned that Paul Conover received his Eagle Scout rank in 2012. He is currently working on his  EMT paramedic certification.

More information about today’s award from Bob Burkman
Twenty-five year old Bob O’Toole always wanted to be a fireman. He was a part-time Firefighter/EMT with Centerville/Washington Township for four years and had just started part-time with Clearcreek Township in December 1997. With these 2 part-time jobs he considered himself a full timer. He was attending Sinclair Community College for Paramedic Training. His life was taken while in the service of our community, doing the job he loved. Bob O’Toole and John Kalaman’s names are forever linked, as a result of the tragic accident that took their lives.

The Tri-Fold on your table describes the events that lead to the deaths of Bob O’Toole and John Kalaman. It also mentions the late Optimist Terry Blair’s influence in establishing this award in 1998. Special thanks to Gary Anderson and Jesse Gaither at Minuteman Press for producing this tri-fold.

Today’s Washington Township Fire Department provides around the-clock emergency response with personnel who respond directly from five fire stations positioned strategically throughout Centerville/Washington Township. Shifts are supervised by five Battalion Chiefs and are staffed by more than 50 full-time firefighters, part-time emergency responders and part-time volunteers. Full-time firefighters are scheduled for 24-hour work shifts.


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Optimistically Lucky

Today Becky Keegan was inducted into the Centerville Noon Optimists. A few minutes later she won the 50/50 drawing! What a wonderful way to welcome a new member. Hopefully Daniel Koons, who was today’s other inductee, wins a 50/50 drawing soon!


Member Birthday
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 5
Anita Foster-Polizzi October 17 10/17/2017 1
Greg Smith October 17 10/17/2007 11
Jean Pummill October 17 10/17/2012 6
Aaron Campbell October 20 10/20/2009 9
Monty Zinck October 20 10/20/2009 9
Steve Campbell October 20 10/20/2009 9
Dr. Tom Henderson October 20 10/20/2009 9
Carrie Million October 21 10/21/2015 3
Evelyn Griffin October 21 10/21/2015 3
Stephen Blake October 21 10/21/2015 3
Bill Powell October 22 10/22/2014 4
Laurie Poeppelman October 22 10/22/2003 15
Mike Fanelli October 22 10/22/2003 15
Bob Foster October 22 10/22/2003 15

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Becky Keegan Carolyn Taylor Induction
Daniel Koons Mike Bevis Induction

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Jesse Gaither Not showing up to lunch for his first 2 weeks as a sergeant
Paul Stull Trying to rig the 50/50 raffle
Myron Rheaume Turning in his wife Charla for losing her badge at the installation dinner
Scott Langer Being late
Dan Beck For CNO lunch negotiations
Bob Duffy Should not be at the birthday table — AGAIN

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Jay McAlpine Thanks to the Washington Township EMTs that  took him to Kettering Hospital 5 years ago and saved his life
Wes Cleaves Grandson Patrick Cleaves just earned an aeronautical engineering degree from Ohio State and just started his new Job at WPAFB for the defense department
Greg Griffin For the pictures of Chris McAlpine helping him know what to wear as acting president for today’s meeting
Becky Keegan Thank you to Carolyn Taylor for inviting her to CNO Lunch a few weeks ago – it is because of her that she became a member today
Julie Noeth Has decided to be a full time CNO member
Mary Madden Thank you to the EMTs that helped her at the Christmas Tree Lot in 2017

CNOtes – October 9, 2018 – Charles Simms – Dayton Developer

Opening Prayer

In Phather Phil’s absence, our Associate Chaplain, David Ladd, delivered one of his “patented” extemporaneous beautiful prayers to start the meeting.

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Jalen Bobo CHS Spirit Chain
Morgan Colopy CHS Spirit Chain
Charles Simms Speaker
Robey Simms with Speaker
Catherine Stierle CHS Spirit Chain

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Special Announcement

Three students from CHS attended today’s meeting on behalf of CHS Spirit Chain: Jalen Bobo, Morgan Colopy and Kat Stierle. They explained the Spirit Chain fundraiser to us. CHS Spirit chain has a friendly competition to raise the most money each year against Fairmont High School. Money collected this year goes to Angels for Anna and the United Rehabilitation Services of Greater Dayton. We donated $600 as individuals and the club agreed to match it for a total for $1200.

Committee Announcements

Greg Griffin, co-chair Christmas Tree Lot fundraiser, announced that the tree lot set up will be on November 3, 2018 at 8:30 AM. The trees will be delivered on November 17, 2018 at 8:30 AM, and we need anyone that can come that day to come help unload the trees and get the hole drilled in the bottom for the tree stands. There will be soups/chili for all the helpers after unloading the 2 truckloads of trees. The tree lot opens for sales on Friday November 23, 2018 at 9 AM. Hours of operation are 1 PM to 9 PM weekdays and 9 AM to 9 PM weekends. The tree lot tear down will be Sunday December 16, 2018 at 11 AM.

Nancy Lehren, Childhood Cancer chair, stated that there is a Build-a-Bear meeting on October 11, 2018 at 6:30 PM at Panera Bread in downtown Centerville. The next Build-a-Bear event will be October 25, 2018 at Children’s Hospital in downtown Dayton. The event will be sponsored by CNO members Bill and Kelly Stone. She thanked them for their generosity.

Gail Aiken said the “Haunted Trail at Forest Field Park” will be held on October 16, 2018 and October 17, 2018. It is about a 1-mile walk and we need more volunteers for trail guides. She especially needs someone with a loud commanding voice to volunteer so they can announce the rules.

Greg Fay, of CNO 2.0, announced the next CNO 2.0 event will be on October 18, 2018 at 5:30 at Ollie’s Craft Beer. The guest speaker will be Ryan Hawk, who runs the Leadership Advisory team at Brixey & Meyer and who is a trusted advisor to leaders all over the world.

Today’s Speaker

Gary Aiken introduced Charles H. Simms, president of Charles Simms Development, a builder of homes, townhomes, and condos. He came to talk about the revitalization of downtown Dayton. The Simms tradition from their website is: Four generations of homebuilders in the Dayton area have established the Simms Tradition that is recognized throughout the building industry. With nearly a century of developing some of the finest neighborhoods in the Miami Valley, the Simms family has continually met the demands of today’s homebuyers.

Simms purchased his father’s company in 1996.

Several years ago, the City of Dayton asked him to start building downtown. They gave him a piece of land next to a parking garage. After some market research they went for it. There was a new demand for downtown buildings. In the first development they built 18 units on 1 acre. This density is not possible in suburbs because of setback rules, but downtown there is plenty of space without the rules. Infill sites downtown are popular because the infrastructure of electric, gas, water, sewer and pole lights are already there. They sold the first 18 units in 7 months. It was energizing. There was no theft of building materials.

Simms and his company have built 6 developments downtown for a total of 108 units. Downtown Dayton is making a comeback over the past several years. Most of the townhouses are 3 floors. Twelve of them have 4 floors with the top floor being a sitting room with a view of the river. These units have elevators.

He now lives downtown in one of the townhouses he built.

He is often asked about grocery shopping downtown. He said, “There are no major groceries downtown, but downtown Dayton is great because it is only 5 minutes from a Dorothy Lane Market and 10 minutes from a Kroger’s. Plus, there are some smaller stores that are located downtown.”

He addressed a question about crime downtown. He said, “There is almost no crime downtown. The criminals can’t get away quickly. There is a lot more crime in the suburbs. The only crimes that happen are car break-ins of cars left unlocked.”

Simms mentioned that jobs and population drive new housing demand. There is a great market in Dayton and we live in a great area with virtually no traffic issues.

He predicts that for the foreseeable future there will be less development sprawl (suburbs) and more infill (urban/downtown). Inflation in the cost of newly constructed housing has skyrocketed. Construction cost is getting close to $200/sq foot and this makes infill construction more affordable.


Member Birthday
Christy Gariety October 09
Laurie Westheimer October 09
Paula Kalaman October 09
Dav Bremer October 11
Steve Campbell October 11
Donna Robinson October 14
Sue Jessee October 14
Wesley Cleaves October 15

Membership Anniversaries

No membership anniversaries this week.

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Becky Keegan Carolyn Taylor 3rd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Bob Duffy Getting second dessert at the Presidents Club luncheon
Greg Griffin Having a tree lot presentation in October
Art Hung Being late

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Gary Smiga Thanks for the donations to the Centerville HS Spirit Chain from members at today’s CNO lunch
Gary Aiken Next Tuesday Paul Conover will be our speaker
Charles Simms $20 for having him as speaker at today’s CNO lunch
Bill Stone Retirement is great after selling his business 1 year ago
Patrick Arehart Still enjoys his work as president and founder of Arehart Consulting, LLC for 30 years

CNOtes – October 2, 2018 – Lt. Rebecca Esselstein – USAF

Phather Phil’s Prayer

[In Loving Memory of our Dear Friend and 41-Year Centerville Noon Optimist Club Member – Chuck Dickerson]

I’ve read this poem many times and found some solace to my distress when I lost a friend…

If Death my friend and me divide. Thou dost not, Lord, my sorry chide or frown my tears to see; Restrained from passionate excess Thou bidest me to morn in calm distress For them that rest in thee. I feel a strong immortal hope which bears my mournful spirit up
Beneath it’s mountain load. Redeemed from death and grief and pain, I soon shall find my friend again
within the arms of God. Pass a few fleeting moments more and death

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Andy Dickerson Donna Huss
Erin Dickerson Donna Huss
Dr. Brian Esselstein Debe Dockins
Lisa Esselstein Debe Dockins
Lt. Rebecca Esselstein Speaker
Barb Groene Debe Dockins
Becky Keegan Carolyn Taylor

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Celebrating the life of Chuck Dickerson

David Ladd came to the podium before our meeting. We had a moment of silence to celebrate Chuck’s life, a large portion of which he dedicated to our club. Then he told a few stories about Chuck that made us both happy and sad.


Today is the first meeting Donna Huss has presided as President for 2018-2019 of the Centerville Noon Optimist club. We are lucky to have her and she did a great job. We look forward to a great year under her direction.

John Kalaman thanked CNO for being a $250 hole sponsor for the recent 21st Annual John P. Kalaman Memorial Golf Tournament and Pig Roast.

The Haunted Trail at Forest Field Park will be held on October 16, 2018 and October 17, 2018. It is about a 1-mile walk and we need more volunteers for trail guides.

Roland Rapp has been chosen as the new treasurer for the year beginning October, 2019. Thank you to all that applied, it was not an easy decision.

Today’s Speaker

Debe Dockins introduced 1st Lt. Rebecca Esselstein. Debe’s introduction follows:

1st Lt. Rebecca Esselstein, U.S.A.F. is a graduate of Alter High School (Class of 2011 Valedictorian) and the U.S. Air Force Academy (Top Academic Graduate and Top Overall Graduate – 2015) where she studied Astronautical Engineering. She is a native of Washington Township and most recently completed her Ph.D. in Astrophysics at the University of Oxford in England as a Rhodes Scholar. In her spare time, Lt. Esselstein rowed for the Blue Boat at Oxford against Cambridge (2017) She was CoSIDA Women’s Division I Track & Field Academic All-American of the Year in 2015. Her dream is to become an astronaut. Lt. Esselstein’s next assignment is flight school in Texas.

Esselstein told us stories that led her to the Air Force and what motivates her. Her stories were interesting, informative and funny!

Through second grade she wanted to be a paleontologist. In the third grade she had a unit on space and she was hooked. Since then and to this day, she wants to be an astronaut. She told this to a neighbor and they suggested she consider the Air Force as way to achieve her goal. For several years the Air Force did not interest her, however, by the time she reached Alter High School, she knew she wanted to go to the Air Force Military Academy after High School.

Esselstein really appreciated her experience at Alter H.S. She brought with her as a guest today her former Chemistry teacher Barbara Groene who is now Dean of Students at Alter High School. Groene had a big influence on Esslestein. Also able to attend as Esselstein’s guests were her parents, Dr Brian and Lisa Esselstein.

At Alter she ran cross country and they won first or second in state each year and they broke records. Being part of the 4×8 track team taught her a lot about team work and she loved the camaraderie of the team.

When Esselstein attended the Air Force Academy, the new cadets were about 80% male and 20% female. She described Basic Cadet Training as a process where they break everyone down regardless of gender to their core, then they start the process of building you back up, with the discipline you need to make the military work.

Esselstein has always been a perfectionist when it comes to school work. The Academy has a very intense schedule. Your day is pretty full starting with mandatory breakfast. Her only real issue with the discipline of the Academy was the rule for getting 8 hours of sleep. To keep straight A’s she needed extra time to study. Her leader was frustrated with Esselstein’s not getting 8 hours of sleep. They went back and forth many times on her length of sleep. Esselstein was told can you please accept getting some B’s in class and then get 8 hours of sleep? Esselstein was not able comply with this since receiving A’s was very important to her!

Esselstein learned how to parachute. They do not do tandem jumps even for beginners. There is intense training and your 1st jump is solo. For her 2nd jump she had to use the backup parachute. Part of her training before this parachuting had taught her to think under pressure, so the backup parachute incident was not a problem.

After graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy as an Astronautical Engineer, she wanted to earn a masters degree. She obtained a scholarship to study abroad at the University of Oxford in the UK. She obtained a Rhodes scholarship. She got her masters in 2 years, but she wanted her PhD which she found out she could get in just one more year. The military originally only allowed her 2 years for getting her graduate degree, but she was able to convince them to let her stay the extra year.

Esselstein struggled with Oxford not being totally structured like the Academy. She needed some kind of additional physical goal. She found rowing and became addicted. At Oxford there is a strong and long-lasting tradition for the 39 colleges there to compete in rowing against each other.  There was intense competition to make the Blue Boat on the Oxford rowing team. There were only 16 spots in 2 boats available. This was a seven-month process. They were all competing with and working with others at the same time. She did get one of the 16 spots. At the start of the first competition race, she lost control of her oar. The entire team had to stop so she could retrieve and reset her oar. They were still able to finish and not be eliminated that round.

For the last year at Oxford in order to have enough time to get her PhD, Rebecca reluctantly had to leave the team. For her PhD she studied how fast stars spin.

Soon  Esselstein begins flight training in Texas and she plans to become a test pilot. She plans for this to lead to becoming an Astronaut. Her end goal is to the moon and back. She will consider a trip to Mars as long as it is a round trip.


Member Birthday
Ben Barlow October 05
Rachel Selby October 07
Christy Gariety October 09
Laurie Westheimer October 9

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Ken Irwin October 2 10/2/2012 6
Larry Larrimer October 2 10/2/2012 6
Rick Kempfer October 2 10/2/2012 6
Bryan Link October 3 10/3/2017 1
Christy Gariety October 3 10/3/2011 7
Stephanie Catanzaro October 3 10/3/2017 1
Cristlyn Johnston October 4 10/4/2010 8
Valorie Huff October 7 10/7/2004 14
Deb Saunders October 8 10/8/2016 2
James Mogan October 8 10/8/2016 2
Jesse Gaither October 8 10/8/2016 2
Mandy Ransdell October 8 10/8/2016 2
Rachel Selby October 8 10/8/2016 2

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Becky Keegan Carolyn Taylor 2nd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Stan Franzaglia Said the word “fine” to a sergeant when asked how he was today.
Chris McAlpine Fined $6 since that maximum amount of fines he paid in a day when he president.
Donna Huss For being president
Cherie Gentry Buying 50/50 ticket with a silver dollar.
Gary Smiga Being a treasurer elsewhere
Scott Langer Being late

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Bob Burkman Grandson Spencer promoted to Corporal USMC
Bob Burkman Granddaughter Brianna hired by Premier Health as an Athletic Trainer
Liz Fultz Gave $5 becaue she survived the Woodbourne grand reopening
Larry Lynde Thanks to Don Kelley for leading long range planning for the large 50th anniversary donation requests for the park playground and the library outdoor kids area.
Cherie Gentry She and Myron were at the Bearcat optimist club that was just chartered
Greg Wasmund Brother Todd promoted to brigadier general
Vida McDowell Tennis Team will be going to nationals in Orlando
Chris McAlpine Happy to just be an audience member at today’s meeting.
Jay McAlpine Just returned from the trip of a lifetime to South Africa
Jay McAlpine Very proud of son Chris for being president of CNO for the past year
Nancy Lehren Niece, Angelina, is competing in the Fall 2018 Season of Survivor on the Goliath tribe
Pat Behn Along with Myron she charted a new club with 27 members called Greenmount Voices for people with disabilities
Sue Brubaker She and Mike got back from Vegas and did not lose money – they broke even

CNOtes – September 25, 2018 – Installation Dinner – Canopy Creek Farm

All Photos from the Installation Dinner

Board and President Installation Dinner for 2018-2019 Year

On Tuesday, September 25, 2018, there was no lunch meeting. Instead we had a wonderful evening of feast and fellowship at Canopy Creek Farm. This was a great night to celebrate the past year and to look forward to the next year. This is the end of the presidential year for Chris McAlpine and we welcomed 2018-2019 President Donn Huss! New board members were also installed this evening.

The ceremony opened with a moment of silence for Chuck Dickerson who is having a tough battle with cancer. Please remember Chuck in your prayers. Chuck joined CNO on 5/1/1977 and was president for the 1981-1982 year. Editor’s Note: a few days after the installation dinner Chuck Dickerson passed away.  He was an inspiration to all of us and an important mentor and one reason for the success of the Centerville Noon Optimist Club.

The social committee is co-chaired by Beth Duncan and Diane Arehart with members Vida McDowell, Melissa Deeter, Brent Richburg and Jerry Stahley. This team and their crew of assistants put on an amazing party. We started with appetizers then we had food catered by Kohler’s Catering. There were assorted cheesecakes for dessert. The choices and quality of food and drink were amazing.

Gary Smiga was the Emcee for the evening leading us in the pledge and before we ate, Phather Phil gave us one of his inspirational prayers.

Pat Behn, club member and Optimist International representative from the great state of Ohio, introduced the incoming officers and the incoming board. This included the induction of CNO member Donna Huss who will be the 2018-2019 President of the Centerville Noon Optimist’s 51st year.

Elected to the position of Vice President are Jack Anderson and Debe Dockins. Newly elected to the board of directors for a two-year term are: Diane Arehart, Beth Duncan, Jane Fiehrer, Jesse Gaither and Sarah Umbreit. Current board members with a one-year term remaining are Liz Fultz, Gary Hansen, Bob Lawson, Don Massie and Roland Rapp. Jean Pummill will continue as Secretary and Gary Smiga will again be the Treasurer. Congratulations to new board members and thank you to previous and continuing board members for serving our club.

Passing of the Gavel

After the introduction of the new board members and before inducting Donna Huss as the 51st President of CNO, there was the traditional passing of the gavel. The gavel was passed from one previous president to another in the order they served, ending with Chris McAlpine passing the gavel to new President Donna Huss.

Gary Smiga noted that we only have single term Presidents. Out of 51 presidents, 29 are still active in our club.

Words from new President, Donna Huss

A year ago, at the last installation dinner at Cox Arboretum, Donna Huss became president-elect. She said, “I am looking forward to my term, something I didn’t think I would be.”

Donna presented a video with the song, “We are the World”. She then read some of the lyrics:

We are the world.

We are the children;

We are the ones who make a brighter day,

So let’s start giving

There’s a choice we’re making

We’re saving our own lives

It’s true we’ll make a better day

Just you and me

Donna said, “To me, these words represent our club. It’s what we do.”

She also said, “I enjoyed helping to represent our club at the Optimist International meeting In Ottawa. It is an honor being part of the second largest and very successful club and to share our ideas; the other clubs take our ideas and help themselves.”

One of Donna’s goals is that CNO gets designated as a distinguished club for her 2018-2019 year.

She thanked many people for the opportunity to become president:

“Thank you to Chuck Dickerson. He is the reason I am here and that I joined.”

“Thanks to my husband who now is glad for how much time I spend in a non-paying job to make the world a little brighter.”

“Thank you, Beth McAlpine, for loaning us your husband for the year.” She then gave Beth a nice plant and several hundred blank “Chris: Honey Do Lists.”

“Thank you, Chris McAlpine. During the past year I learned he only has one causal outfit.” She showed us pictures to prove it. Then she said, “And I learned that he loves coffee and donuts.” She then presented to Chris a one of a kind Chris McAlpine bobblehead to remind him that despite bobbles presented to him in life he possesses the skills to overcome them. She then presented to Chris and his wife Beth a gift card for dinner so they could celebrate the past year and its end.

Donna closed with, “I am very honored to be your president. We are going to have a heck of a year!”

Chris McAlpine – Final Speech as Club President

Gary Smiga Introduced Chris McAlpine, who reviewed the accomplishments of the previous year. He said, “Besides my family, the experience of being president has been the best experience of his adult life. It was awesome being president for the 50th year. I was the lucky one to be the president during this time. We raised $250,000 for this year and we gave a lot of it away, including a special offering totaling $50K for our 50th anniversary of $25K to the library and $25k to the park district.”

Chris thanked many people:

“To Pat Behn, you have been my biggest supporter. A source of institutional knowledge, thank you so much for believing in me.”

“To Jean Pummill, we accomplished our goal of adding 52 new members during our 50th year. Also, with this being your first year on the job as secretary, thank you so much to for being a rock he could lean on.”

“To Greg Griffin, if I need last minute stuff he showed up and made it happen. Thank you for all your efforts to make me look good.”

“To Gary Smiga, our treasurer, every penny is where it is supposed to be.“

“And lastly, but most importantly, to my wife Beth McAlpine. Remember when I said that it would only take a small bit of time. Thank your for allowing him to be president.” As a thank you he gave her a case of golf balls even though she doesn’t golf. We are sure there is some other gift coming. “Seriously, thank you to Beth McAlpine and my kids for letting him be our president. And thanks to my daughter Lilly who protected the bell and gavel numerous times at lunch meetings.”

He mentioned that we have done things to help the wonderful and underrated kids JOI (Junior Optimist International) club. His daughter is currently involved in JOI.

He ended by saying, “Thank you so much.  It has really been a privilege to be your president.”

Gary Smiga presented to Chris a nice plaque from the club as a thank you with a gavel suitable for hanging in his office or home. He also presented Chris with a Lifetime membership card in Optimist International that we present to all of our presidents.

Rookie of the Year Awards

Each year the outgoing president chooses the Rookie of the year. Chris McAlpine said he couldn’t pick one Rookie of the year, so he picked four:

  • Robbie Johnson, volunteers at many events.
  • June Bosworth, brought in several sponsors and golfers for the golf outing and volunteers at many events.
  • Brian Nolan, volunteers at many events.
  • Patrick Arehart, author of CNOtes, created a flag delivery app, volunteers at many events.

Optimist of the Year Awards

Each year the previous recipients of the Optimist of the Year award vote for Optimist of the Year. There were two recipients this year. Each spoke briefly after being presented.

  • Diane Arehart said, “She was not expecting this and she is humbled by the award.”
    • Volunteers at many events
    • Co-Chair of the Social Committee
    • Mentor for the Will Cale Scholarship
    • Attended the recent District Convention in August 2018
    • And more!
  • Greg Fay said, “Thanks to all the committee members of CNO 2.0.”
    • Volunteers at many events
    • Created and chairs CNO 2.0 club
    • He received Builder of Excellence Award from Optimist International
    • Has served on the membership committee since his induction in 2014
    • And more!

Promise 11 and 12 of the Optimist Creed

We closed the meeting reciting the optimist creed. Originally, Christian D. Larson wrote 12 promises, although our club recites only 10. Donna read us the additional two:

Promise Yourself…

“To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud word, but in great deeds.”

“To live in the faith that the whole world is on your side, so long as you are true to the best that is in you.”

Thank You

Gary closed the meeting and thanked the people helping with tonight’s event:

  • Bill Stone for providing the sound system and the music
  • Kohler’s Catering for the buffet
  • Jodi Piersall for bartending
  • The Social Committee for planning and coordinating the entire event
  • Greg Griffin’s “extended family” (wife and sisters-in-law) Marge Back, Evelyn Griffin, and Carrie Million for handling registration of tonight’s attendees so smoothly.

Returning to our Regular Program Schedule

We will be back to our normal schedule starting Tuesday, 10/2/2018 at noon for lunch at Yankee Trace. Bob Lawson lost his badge during tonight’s meeting – will he be fined at the next meeting?

Copy of the Program

You can view a copy of the program here.

CNOtes – Optimist 2.0 September 20, 2018 – Heavier than Air Brewing Company – Hanah’s Treasure Chest – Aneesa Bhimani-Trimble


Guests and Members in Attendance

Aneesa Bhimani-Trimble Guest (Speaker)
Denise Christie Guest
Sean Evans Guest
Gordon Lowden Guest
Gail Aiken Member
Jack Anderson Member
Nancy Anderson Member
Diane Arehart Member
Pat Arehart Member
Marge Back Member
Wayne Christie Member
Joan Cordonnier Member
Mike Cordonnier Member
Melissa Deeter Member
Shelby DiPasquale Member
Beth Duncan Member
Greg Fay Member
Laura Franklin Member
Cindy Gaboury Member
Jesse Gaither Member
Evelyn Griffin Member
Greg Griffin Member
Gary Hansen Member
Cindy Harris Member
Wendy Hattan Member
Robby Johnson Member
Chris McAlpine Member
Bryan Miller Member
Brian Nolan Member
Tom Novak Member
Laurie Poeppelman Member
Brent Richburg Member
Jerry Stahley Member
Nick Tarkany Member
Jon Werts Member
Suzanne Werts Member

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was Heavier than Air Brewing Company. Thank you to the team of Nick Sr, Chris, Ben and Nick Jr. for allowing us to take over their bar tonight. There was a 50/50 drawing won by Jesse Gaither.

Greg Griffin, President Elect for year 2018-2019, inducted two new members:  Mike Cordonnier (sponsored by Joan Cordonnier) and Bryan Miller (sponsored by Mike Cordonnier).

Remember the CNO 2.0 meeting is always the third Thursday of the month at 5:30 PM at a local bar or restaurant. Ryan Hawk will be the speaker at the next meeting on October 18, 2018 at Ollie’s Place.

We had 32 members and 4 guests in attendance.

Committee Announcements

Gail Aiken announced the Haunted Trail at Forest Field Park will be held on October 16, 2018 and October 17, 2018. It is about a 1-mile walk and we need more volunteers for trail guides.

Beth Duncan, social chair, announced that the next social event will be on October 4th, 2018 at Breakout Games in Centerville with pizza after at Donato’s Pizza. Sign up at a meeting or email Diane Arehart at

Greg Fay, CNO 2.0 chair, announced on October 12, 2018 for the last home game of the year for Centerville Elks Football versus Northmont we are having a tailgate party coordinated with the Centerville Quarterbacks club.

Tonight’s Presentation

Greg Fay introduced Aneesa Bhimani-Trimble from Hannah’s Treasure Chest (HTC). CNO has supported Hannah’s Treasure Chest and they have supported us in our charitable services and donations. The first three years CNO had the Avenue of Flag program, HTC allowed us to store our flags in their facility.

Aneesa Bhimani-Trimble did a great job explaining what HTC is and what they do and how you can help.

Hannah’s Treasure Chest provides basic items for children in need. They are not a direct service organization. A partner such as a counselor or service agency finds people in need and requests to get the items from HTC. Just a few examples of items that can be obtained are clothing, shoes, underwear, diapers, and toys.

HTC has a 100% reliance on donations. In particular right now, they need donations of socks. clothing, and diapers. Aneesa noted they will accept items that are not working or incomplete and will repair them. If you have a toy that is not complete or broken bring it in anyway and they can probably repair it or add the missing pieces.

Quick Facts about HTC

  • They gave away more than a million dollars’ worth of items last year.
  • There are 6 staff members, 1 is full time, and there are 70 volunteers.
  • HTC is a certified diaper bank and is authorized to repackage partial packs of diapers.
  • Hannah was started in 2001 and is named after the daughter of the owner.
  • Recently they had to value their volunteers time for the previous year and it was valued at $500,000.

Upcoming events

  • On September 25, 2018 from 6 PM to 8 PM donate $10 and come hear more about the HTC mission at the Crooked Handle Brewing Co. in Springboro.
  • On September 28, 2018 from 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM there is a Donut Drop In which is a great time to come tour the facility while eating donuts and coffee from Bill’s Donuts.
  • On September 30, 2018 from 7:30 AM to 12:00 PM the 1st Annual Great Diaper Dash 5K will be held at Centerville High School. It is a family-friendly event. Walkers, runners and strollers are all welcome.

Coming up soon is their Giving Angels Program. Last year 651 families were served and so far this year, 790 families have asked to participate.

From the website about the giving Angels program: During November and December, Hannah’s Treasure Chest is proud to host our annual Giving Angels program which helps local families at or below the poverty level.  With the help of local organizations, area donors provide holiday gifts for the children, age newborn through 12 years.

Families must be clients of our selected partners to be eligible for our Giving Angels program. Hannah’s Treasure Chest does not assist families directly through our programs, and cannot accept requests directly from families or non-partner agencies.

Some ways to donate are here.

A description of HTC from their website:

Founded in 2001, Hannah’s Treasure Chest is a nonprofit organization which enriches the lives of children in need by providing care packages of clothes, shoes, books, safety equipment and hygiene items including diapers through a network of nearly 50 partner agencies in Butler, Greene, Montgomery and Warren counties. Hannah’s Treasure Chest is located at 124 Westpark Rd, Centerville, OH 45459

CNOtes – September 18, 2018 – Eric Harmon – Dayton Magazine

Phather Phill’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, You have given us many gifts, of those at the top of the list are those of your spirit within us, healthy minds and bodies. Forgive us Lord when we have damaged any of these gifts. For when we do we suffer. Fortunately You have left Your door open to seek relief and forgiveness. Let us not try to use Your grace as a never ending escape from our own folly. Let us come to You with a humble and forgiving heart to experience the relief that only You can administer. All this we ask in Your son’s name. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Eric Harmon Speaker
Becky Keegan Carolyn Taylor
Beth McAlpine Chris McAlpine
Katie McAlpine Chris McAlpine
Pam McGill Mike Bevis
Katelynn Webb with Speaker

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Special Announcements

Chris McAlpine brought his wife, Beth McAlpine, today.  Beth is a volunteer that coordinates sponsorships for the PVS Winterfest Fundraiser. The board recently approved a donation for $500 to PVS and Chris presented Beth with a check for them at today’s meeting.

Roland Rapp was presented an Optimist bib for his recently born grandson form Houston, TX.

Last Regular Meeting as President for Chris McAlpine

Today was the last regular meeting under Chris McAlpine. To make the moment memorable some of our fine members have upped their game when they pulled a practical joke on Chris. Instead of stealing the gavel or bell they stole his podium. Now you see it, now you don’t! He was happy that this happened on his last meeting as president and not his first! There is always a way to be positive about a situation.

At the end of the meeting, Chris McAlpine said, “Thank you for a delightful year. It is a team effort and thank you to everyone!”

Committee Announcements

Greg Fay, CNO 2.0 Chair, announced that this month’s CNO 2.0 meeting speaker will be Aneesa Bhimani-Trimble from Hannah’s Treasure Chest and it will be held at the Heavier than Air brewing company. Remember the CNO 2.0 meeting is always the third Thursday of the month at 5:30 PM at a local bar or restaurant. Ryan Hawk will be the speaker at the next meeting on October 18, 2018 at Ollie’s.

Greg Fay, CNO 2.0 Chair, also announced that on October 12, 2018 for the last home game of the year for Centerville Elks Football versus Northmont we are having a tailgate party coordinated with the Centerville Quarterbacks club.

Gail Aiken announced the Haunted Trail at Forest Field Park will be held on October 16, 2018 and October 17, 2018. It is about a 1-mile walk and we need more volunteers for trail guides.

Beth Duncan, social committee chair, announced that the next social event will be on October 4th, 2018 at Breakout Games in Centerville with pizza after at Donato’s Pizza. Sign up at a meeting or email Diane Arehart at

Beth Duncan and Joe madden announced special tips about the dress code for the Installation Banquet that will be held on September 25, 2018. The following combinations do not go together: nose ring and, Bi-focal glasses, spiked hair and bald spots, pierced tongue and dentures, miniskirts and support hose, ankle bracelets and corn pads, Speedos and cellulite, belly button ring and gall bladder scars, disco shirts and a heart monitor, bikinis and liver spots, short shorts and varicose veins, and inline skates with a walker. The most important thing is DO NOT dress like Don Kelley.

Chris McAlpine announced that the South Metro Optimist club is celebrating their 30th anniversary. We sponsored this club in 1988 and we are invited to their party on October 1, 2018 at 6 pm.

Chris McAlpine stated that Tri-Star Soccer still needs volunteers. The event will be on September 21, 2018, from 6 PM to 7:30 PM. Be sure to invite children aged 4-13 to come and participate in this free event.

Today’s Presentation

Mike Bevis introduced Eric Harmon, the publisher and president of Cincy Company LLC which publishes The Dayton Magazine every other month as well as other community magazines. It is free to subscribe to the magazine, and always has been. He told us stories of his personal and professional life and his thoughts about the Dayton area.

Eric grew up in Cleveland. His parents launched a magazine in the Cleveland area then moved in Houston because of the military. Eric enjoys coaching and playing sports.

Eric said that sometimes the best advice you are given you shouldn’t take. He asked others for advice on whether he should launce a magazine for Dayton and was advised not to, but he did anyway and it has been successful.

Daytonian’s love history, so they try to remember this when producing the magazine. When the magazine was launched, the creators were nervous about the cover. The month it launched was the anniversary of the great Dayton flood. All pictures of the flood are black and white, which was not ideal for the full color magazine. It worked out and ended up being the best launch ever of one of their local magazines. They have Leo Doluca write a history story for every issue.

The most popular zip code for subscribers is Centerville. The office for Dayton Magazine has been at The Entrepreneur Center since they started. They have 10,000 subscribers.

Daytonian’s have a way of candidly speaking at business meetings. Someone told Eric, “Don’t make this an Ad Rag.” He thinks it is great that businesses in Dayton will tell you the truth versus other cities.

Eric does have concerns about the lack of growth in downtown Dayton, however, he also noted that there is a lot of construction of apartments and condominiums. One of the fascinating things about this construction is that the buildings are full upon opening. They are building these dwellings on a needs basis versus investor/developer basis. He thinks that if we improved the Dayton Convention Center it will greatly help economic development in the area. Don’t worry about the past, make things happen now and for the future.

Lastly, Eric encourages CNO to keep going and he has noticed we are very active in the community. He asked if we would please allow Dayton Magazine to tell our Optimist story with other articles that will help the community. You can find links for article or idea submissions here.


Member Birthday
Bill DeFries September 19
Willard Cale September 20
Harry Bossey September 22
Jonathan Werts September 22
Donald Wildenhaus September 25
Gregory Smith September 25
Diane Arehart September 26
Evelyn Griffin September 26
Heather Kuth September 27
Jeff Kujawa September 27
Jeff Kujawa September 27
Mike Fanelli October 01
Roy Barclay October 01

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Bill Williams September 20 9/20/1993 25
Denver Cottle September 20 9/20/2015 3
Sue Brubaker September 23 9/23/2008 10
Michael Wall September 26 9/26/1995 23
Stephen Walker September 28 9/28/1998 20
John Powell September 29 9/29/1999 19
Pat Behn September 29 9/29/2003 15
Bill Gaul September 30 9/30/2016 2
Brooks Compton September 30 9/30/1994 24
Denise O’Neil September 30 9/30/1994 24
Donald Wildenhaus September 30 9/30/1997 21
Karl Frydryk October 1 10/1/1988 30

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Becky Keegan Carolyn Taylor 1st Reading
Dana Dring Craig Dring Induction

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Scott Langer Late to meeting
Beth Duncan Wearing Lizard Apparel shirt
Dan Beck Having a Suntan and not being retired
Gail Aiken Lost 2 people on the Haunted Trail last year
Chris McAlpine Lost Podium
Dick Lee For being too nice, he must be hiding something
Jean Pummill and Rachel Goetz For not racing their scooters
Mike Yoder Riding golf cart and not picking up elderly ladies in the parking lot

Happy Bucks!

Barbara Santo Brighton Collectibles (where she works) collected 200,000 pairs of shoes for Soles for Souls, thanks to all who donated.
Barbara Santo CNO donated to DPS kindergarten teacher (and Barbara’s friend) Maria to purchase items needed for 75 kindergarten students.
David Duncombe Miracle that his friend,m a Marine Veteran from WWII, is getting back feeling in his hands and feet.

CNOtes – September 11, 2018 – Presentation of Checks to Dayton Children’s from Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf Outing

Phather Phill’s Prayer

Heavenly Father: we all need to have a quiet time every day to be with You. A time to enjoy communicating with You and emptying ourselves of all our concerns. We realize we are blessed. Not as rich as we would like
to be, but not as poor as many. There are more with problems than we think we have and even more that have no solution. Thank You again for us being Optimist; helping youth with consistent love and fellowship. Help
us help everyone by following our Creed, especially to be too strong for lies, too noble for gossip, too strong for the devil and too confused to recognize trouble. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Dr. Mukund Dole Dayton Children’s
Dana Dring Craig Dring
Faye Elam Judy DeMarco
Jim Elam Judy DeMarco
Jeff Garnica Bob Foster
Becky Keegan Carolyn Taylor
Mark Morris Bob Foster
Dave Tellmann James Free Jewelers
Curt Thomas Vince Reidy
Lisa Tucker Judy DeMarco
Sherri Valentine James Free Jewelers
William Ward Judy DeMarco

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Remembering Tuesday 9/11/2001

Bob Duffy, who was CNO president during the 9/11/2001 attacks in New York, told us a memory from that day. September 11, 2001 was a Tuesday and the attacks happened right before the CNO lunch. It was an odd feeling not knowing exactly what has happened and what to think or say about it.

Special Reminder

There will be no lunch on September 25, 2018. Instead we will be having our installation dinner that evening at Canopy Creek Farm.

Committee Announcements

Jesse Gaither, CNO 2.0 committee, announced that the next CNO 2.0 meeting will be on September 20, 2018 at 5:30 PM, Heavier than Air Brewing Company. Speaking will be Sarah Williams from Hannah’s Treasure Chest.

Diane Arehart, social committee, announced that the next social event will be on October 4th, 2018 at Breakout Games in Centerville with pizza after at Donato’s Pizza. Sign up at a meeting or email Diane Arehart at

Gail Aiken announced the Haunted Trail at Forest Field Park will be held on October 16, 2018 and October 17, 2018. It is about a 1-mile walk and we need more volunteers for trail guides.

Chris McAlpine announced the next board meeting will be Monday, September 17, 2018 at 6:30 PM at Audio Etc, and it will focus on budgeting. Note that the meeting is on a Monday this month, not a Tuesday. This meeting will include all current and soon-to-be board members.

Chris McAlpine announced that Tri-Star Soccer still needs volunteers. The event will be on September 21, 2018, from 6 PM to 7:30 PM. Be sure to invite children aged 4-13 to come and participate in this free event.

Today’s Speaker

Mike Bevis introduced Adam Blanchard, the Director of Donor Engagement at Dayton Children’s Hospital (DCH). He thanked CNO for our ongoing donations to DCH.

Mr. Blanchard introduced Dr. Mukund Dole, MD, who has been at DCH for 21 years. He started off thanking us for the quarterly breakfasts we sponsor for he and the team; please keep them coming everyone truly enjoys them.

He stated, “Pediatric cancer is very difficult for the families. Thank you for helping to fund the gigantic floor that lets families stay near their children.”

Donations from CNO have helped fund the patient tower at DCH that opened on June 5, 2017. It has State of the Art technologies and conveniences. In the Dayton area there are 50 new patients each year with childhood cancer. Pediatric cancer is truly bad luck. It is not because of lifestyle, exercise levels or diet which are the causes of a lot of cancers in adults. Pediatric cancers can be cured about 85% of the time. About 42% of adults with cancer are cured. Treatment for pediatric cancer is the same across the U.S. through a nationwide network of doctors and protocols.

Because of DCH, right here in Dayton patients can receive phase 1 and phase 2 procedures without traveling. He thanked us for our support which makes the services possible in our region.

Dr. Dole introduced Kate Barrett. She thanked us for making Children’s the beneficiary of the Golf Outing’s proceeds. The money we raise helps families by making it so they do not have to worry about where to eat or stay while their children get treatment. The money is also used to help educate newly diagnosed patients and to help cover high deductible insurance and co-pays for the drugs patients receive.

She specifically mentioned how much the kids and the families love the Build-a-Bear events.

Additionally, she told us the new patient tower is wonderful! There were 13 new technologies just added recently. Next year stem cell bone marrow transplants will be possible at DCH. This will help even more families stay close to home while their children receive treatment.

Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf 2018 Report

Mike Bevis thanked volunteers and sponsors for the 2018 Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf Outing at Sycamore Creek Country Club that was held 7/16/2018. Thank you, Mike, for today’s report and for chairing the wonder golf fundraiser!

Chris McAlpine presented a check for $12,000 from the event to the representatives from Children’s Hospital. Another check for the patient tower was presented for $5000.00, which is the 4th installment of our $25,000 commitment to the tower.

Next year the 28th annual golf outing will be held on July 15, 2019.

The following are the notes Mike used for his speech:

Good afternoon and thanks Chris for the time today to thank everyone for their efforts on the 2018 Tom Frazier Classic Tee Off for Youth Golf Classic. It is always a fun day to celebrate and recognize those who work so diligently especially during this record year.

It has been two months since that hot steamy day in July. We’ve had some time to reflect on our success. Every year we spend more than six months planning this event and, of course, we spend the same amount of time asking you to volunteer, golf, sponsor and donate. So as you can see, this is a total club project. Thank you to everyone for working so hard to help with this effort. With more than 1,000 golf outings each year it seems to get tougher each year.  But with your help and Sycamore Creek CC, we had another excellent year.

We brought in 140 golfers (a record and 20 more than last year) and delivered $36,000 in revenue for our club. I would like to recognize our committee, starting with co-Chairs, Bob Foster and Donna Huss. Additionally, thank you to committee members Sarah Umbreit, Vince Reidy, Steve Kohls, Pat Behn, Val Huff, Vida McDowell, Sue Brubaker, Charlie Tapp, Ellie Parker, Roberta Taylor, Denise O’Neill, Jean Pummill, Judy DeMarco and Barbara Santo, Deb Ulrich, Kristin Passidomo, Mandy Ransdell, Paul Webendorfer, Deb Saunders, Beth Duncan, June Bosworth, Bob Burkman, John Spears, John Thompson, Chris Ziehler, Julie Walling and Greg Griffin!

There were also more than 50 other volunteers who gave their talent and time to help on July 16.

How about a big applause for your tee off for youth golf committee….25 plus members.

Thank you……

While our committee steers the success of this event, our sponsors are the people who provide the dollars to help drive our programs and our support for Dayton Children’s annually.

Our Five Star and master’s sponsors

1-800-GOT-Junk and You Move Me

McAfee Heating and Air

Bill’s Donuts

Remodeling Designs


Secure Future Advisors – Mark Morris

Hole In One Sponsors

James Free Jewelers

Voss Auto Network

Mercedes Benz of Centerville

Castrucci Auto Group

Cart Sponsor – Mike Houser of House Asphalt and Concrete, St. Leonard’s, Parts Express, Infiniti of Dayton, State Farm Jim Slatt and Parallel Advisors

Goody Bag Stuff – Dayton Children’s Hospital, Woeber’s Mustard, Mike-Sells Potato Chips, Montgomery Inn BBQ and Jaffe Jewelers

Masters and Double Eagle Sponsors

Monica Stomps CPA

Woeber’s Mustard – Wally Miller

Star Cartage – Joe Collins

Shane Wilken – First Financial Bank

Allstate Insurance – Andy Harmon

Morgan Stanley – Keith Meyers

Eagle and other Sponsors

Bar Codes Unlimited

Brixey and Meyer

Buckeye Eco Care

Buckeye Home Health Care

Buckeye Senior Care

Buckeye Pools

Barker, Beck, Collins and Kronauge Insurance

The Carpet Store

Mike’s Car Wash

Centerville Insurance

Centerville Pizza

Copp Integrated Systems

Dr. Dan Passidomo

DayAir Credit Union

Dayton Children’s Hospital

Judy and Gary DeMarco

Ethan Allen

Elliott Tool

Essential Irrigation and Landscaping

Famous Restaurant

Franklin Iron & Metal

Graceworks – Bethany Village

Hammerman, Graf and Hughes

Home City Ice

Incarnation Catholic School

Hamilton Self Storage

Liberty Self Storage


Turf Nerd

Jack Anderson– Merrill Lynch

Miami Valley School

Minute Man Press

William Ward – Morgan Stanley – Centerville

Lizard Apparel

Morgan Stanley Keith Meyer

Ohio Eagle Distributing (beer)

Parallel Advisors


Molly Petsch

P & R Specialty

Prime Controls

Rooted Grounds Coffee

Routsong Funeral Home

Rumpke Waste and Recycling

Saint Leonard

Secure Futures

Sign Connection

Southtown Heating & Air


Tinnerman Insurance


Bill Uhl Insurance

Walling Photography

Woeber’s Mustard

Wow…what a lineup. Thank you to all our valued sponsors for making the 27th Annual Tee Off for Youth such a tremendous success.

And now for the fun stuff……many, many of you volunteer and spend time at Dayton Children’s Hospital. If you have ever visited Dayton Children’s, you know why we all do what we do….we try to bring out the best in kids.

The Centerville Noon Optimist fund works miracles and helps families. And that is the reason that everyone we have just mentioned works so hard to pull off such an extraordinary event.


Member Birthday
Sam Pfabe September 11

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Dean Heyne September 14 9/14/2016 2
William DeShurko September 14 09/14/2016 2

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Bryan Miller Joan Cordonnier 3rd Reading
Daniel Koons Mike Bevis 3rd Reading
Dana Dring Craig Dring 3rd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

No time for Sergeants this week.

Happy Bucks!

No time for Happy Bucks this week.

CNOtes – September 4, 2018 – Pamela Jacques – Epilepsy Foundation

Phather Phill’s Prayer

Heavenly Father: we all need to have a quiet time every day to be with You. A time to enjoy communicating with You and emptying ourselves of all our concerns. We realize we are blessed. Not as rich as we would like
to be, but not as poor as many. There are more with problems than we think we have and even more that have no solution. Thank You again for us being Optimist; helping youth with consistent love and fellowship. Help
us help everyone by following our Creed, especially to be too strong for lies, too noble for gossip, too strong for the devil and too confused to recognize trouble. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Becca Dryden Bill Stone
Gresham Dryden Bill Stone
Nathan Dryden Bill Stone
Pamela Jacques Speaker

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Special Presentation

Dan Beck had a special presentation for Phather Phil. Phil Robinson has been writing and saying our prayers for over 25 years. For several years now, he has used his iPad to help him write these beautiful and funny prayers. Recently, his iPad broke, so we presented him a new inscribed iPad so he can type his prayers again.

God Hears and Answers Prayer

Presented to

“Phather” Phil Robinson

By the Centerville Noon Optimist Club

In Recognition and Appreciation for the Countless Prayers

that You Have Authored and

Offered on Our Behalf for Decades

New Grandbabies

Dave Kay and Bill Stone received an “Optimist” embroidered bib for their recently born grandchildren.

Committee Announcements

Bob Burkman asked members to please sign up for the Big Back Yard Party. This event has combined the Centerville Washington Day in the Park with the National Hunting and Fishing Day. We need volunteers on September 15, 2018. between 1 and 4. You would be signing up for 2-hour shifts.

Greg Griffin, co-chair of the Christmas Tree Lot fundraiser, announced work for the tree lot has started to ramp up. He and Karl Frydryk are the chairs this year. There is another shortage of trees this year, but our suppliers are able to fill our truck order.

Beth Duncan, social chair, stated the annual Installation Dinner is on September 25, 2018 at 6 PM at  Canopy Creek Farm and the cost is $35 per person. There will not be a lunch served that day at Yankee Trace.

Chris McAlpine announced Tri-Star Soccer will be on Friday 9/21/2018 at 5 PM until 7:30 PM at the Rec Center. He still needs volunteers.

Happy Birthday Bob Collins

Today was Bob Collins’ actual birthday. Charlie Tapp led us in another installment of our talentless singing of Happy Birthday, that both makes you smile and brings a tiny tear. My ears still hurt, plus it is stuck in my head.

Today’s Speaker

Beth Duncan introduced today’s speaker, Pamela Jacques, MS, CPW, CHES. Pamela Jacques serves as the Executive Director of the Epilepsy Foundation Ohio.  She believes epilepsy is now in the same place cancer was 25 years ago- a secret no one wants to share, but with strategic communications and programming, that can change. People will realize it is not uncommon and it is not a secret to be hidden away.

Pam received a BA in Communications from Wright State University and a MS in Health Services from California College for Health Sciences.  She is a certified heath education specialist and in professional writing.  Before coming to the Epilepsy Foundation, she spent 21 years at Premier Health, 9 as the Executive Director of Premier Community Health, a subsidiary of Premier Health.

She specializes in disease self-management education and health communications, winning numerous national and state health communication awards.

The New Epilepsy Foundation Ohio was just formed and represents all of Ohio. They are trying to get the word out. One of the major issues with getting the word out is people (and their families) with the disease keep it a secret because a lot of the general population do not understand the disease. Quite a large number of people are afflicted with Epilepsy. More people live with Epilepsy than Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis and Cerebral Palsy combined. You know someone with Epilepsy, but may not know that they have it.

Epilepsy is a brain disease that is an electrical storm or electrical misfiring in the brain, causing a person to have repeated seizures.

We usually don’t know exactly why a person has or gets epilepsy.

Common causes of Epilepsy can be linked to

  • Head injury
  • Brain infection
  • Stroke
  • Brain tumor
  • Brain malformations
  • Alzheimer’s or other dementias
  • Genetic and inherited factors

Who Gets Epilepsy

  • About 140,000 people in Ohio have epilepsy or 1.2% of the population
  • 1 in 26 people will develop epilepsy in their lifetimes
  • Epilepsy does not discriminate- it affects all ages, genders, races, religions and social backgrounds

What to do if you see a person having seizure:

  • Stay calm and speak calmly
  • Protect the person from harm and stay with them until the seizure is over
  • Do not hold the person down
  • If they fall to the ground, put a soft item under their head
  • Roll them to their side, if possible, to keep their airway clear
  • Time the Seizure
  • Do not put anything in their mouth

When to call 911

  • If the person has never had a seizure before
  • If they have trouble breathing or waking after the seizure
  • They have another seizure right after the first one
  • They are hurt during the seizure
  • The seizure happens in water
  • The person has a health condition or is pregnant
  • The seizure lasts 5 minutes longer than the usual seizure the person experiences

Epilepsy Treatments:

  • Medications
  • VNS- Vagal Nerve Stimulation
  • RNS- Responsive Neurostimulation
  • Brain surgery
  • Dietary Therapies

Children who have epilepsy

  • Children can have multiple issues, including issues with academic achievement, behavioral and emotional adjustment and social interactions
  • About ¼ of children cannot be controlled with medicine
  • Epilepsy medicines can cause behavior and mood changes/problems
  • Experience bullying at a higher rate than other students- even by school staff

Adults with Epilepsy

  • Often experience discrimination in jobs or school
  • Often bullied or treated differently
  • Often treated like they cannot do what others can
  • Higher risk of depression, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and other mental health issues
  • Medications can cause fatigue, memory problems and other issues
  • Women with epilepsy have issues around pregnancy and birth control effectiveness


Quick Facts About Epilepsy

  • Epilepsy is not a mental illness it is a brain malfunction
  • You can NOT catch epilepsy from another person
  • There are more than 20 types of seizures, either Generalized or Focal
  • Some seizures can go undiagnosed as it looks like the person is just staring into space

Programs and Services

  • Kid’s Crew
  • Closed Facebook Groups; one for Parents of Children with Epilepsy and one for Adults Living with Epilepsy
  • 24/7 Helpline, available online or by telephone 1-800-332-1000
  • My Seizure Diary, a Free self-management tool records, tracks and helps people manage seizures, see



As of September 5, 2018, the Epilepsy Foundation Greater Dayton Region is expanding to become the        Epilepsy Foundation Ohio. It has expanded from covering 11 counties to all of Ohio.

Additional Links

Contacting the Epilepsy Foundation of Ohio



Epilepsy Foundation of Ohio

11 W. Monument Ave., Suite 101, Dayton, Ohio 45402


Member Birthday
Robert Collins September 04
Roberta Taylor September 07
Karl Frydryk September 08

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Gail Aiken September 8 9/8/1993 25

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Bryan Miller Joan Cordonnier 2nd Reading
Daniel Koons Mike Bevis 3rd Reading
Dana Dring Craig Dring 2nd Reading
Carolyn Taylor Beth Duncan Induction
Steve Linder Mike Brubaker Induction

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Kelly Stone She had last week’s 50/50 winning ticket, but couldn’t find it before the next ticket was called
Don Kelley Dropped a check on the ground which is littering
30+ Year CNO Members Not aging gracefully
Kelly Stone Not all of her grandkids who were guests today said pledge of alligence
Evelyn Griffin Evelyn lost a name tag but since she is so nice Dan Passidomo was asked to pay her fine
Jack Anderson Only showed up today because he was told he won a prize from golf outing
Dave Kay Wearing Michigan State apparel to lunch too often
Carol Burkman Carol did not hug one of the sergeants but since she is so nice Jay McAlpine was asked to pay her fine
Bob Duffy Fined for all of the times he sat at the birthday table when it was not his birthday

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Myron Rheaume Getting a new knee on Thursday
Myron Rheaume His autistic son Scott Rheaume who is a FOO, said, when Myron told him he was coming to lunch today, “Scott not FOO, ‘Scott Optimist'” – PRICELESS
Jay McAlpine Greek Festival is this weekend. Please come out. He and his wife will be working the pastry booth over the weekend. The festival happens every year the weekend after Labor Day.

CNOtes – August 28, 2018 – Georgia Mergler – Sneak Peek – New Woodbourne Library

Phather Phill’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, I think we all have had the feeling of being at the end of our rope. We have lost faith in ourselves and the miraculous things we can do. In times like this have us remember the caterpillar, when it thought the world was over it became a butterfly. Lord You are always there to bring us back from self destruction. We can always turn to You in faith and continue on the road You created for us. Whatever number of days we have left let us use them to bring joy and purpose to the lives of others and turn them
into butterflies. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Dana Dring Craig Dring
Georgia Mergler Speaker
Criss Somerlot Joe Madden

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Committee Announcements

Beth Duncan, Social Committee, announced that the Installation Dinner will be at Canopy Creek Farm on Tuesday, 9/25/18 at 6PM (no lunch that day) and the cost is $35/person. Also, save the date of December 11, 2018 for the Holiday Dinner.

Tom Novak, Avenue of Flags, said that flag pickup for Labor Day will be Thursday 5-7, and Friday 8:30-10 on Friday. There are over 100 helpers and 65 Routes.

Chris McAlpine, Tri-star Soccer Chair, stated that the next event will be Friday evening, 9/21/18, at the Rec Center.

Today’s Presentation or Speaker

Liz Fultz introduced Georgia Mergler.

Liz’s intro: Our speaker is Georgia Mergler, the Community Relations Manager at the Washington-Centerville Public Library.  When I asked what to say for her introduction, she said anything that makes her look fabulous.  After 20 years with the library, there is no shortage of material, but she makes herself look fabulous.  She came to give us a sneak peek of the Woodbourne Library renovation and expansion.  Woodbourne Library has been closed for just over a year and half and it is now gearing up to reopen.  Georgia will whet our appetites with details about the library and the upcoming events.

Her presentation was titled, “Woodbourne Library Grand Re-opening. Renovation and Expansion”

Originally the building the library is in was the Hunter Savings and Loan in the 1960’s and was designed in the mid 1900’s by famous designer, Wood Garber. His design features and history of the building will be discussed at a meeting on November 3, 2018.

In 2016 the Woodbourne library was closed for renovation. The new expansion takes the size of the library from 21,000 sq. ft to 30,000 sq ft, which is approximately the same size now as the Centerville library. She showed us pictures of tensile shade structures funded by CNO for the Children’s Garden. We also saw pictures of the two signature sunscreens on the sides of the building designed by Harry Botier that were restored to look how they did originally.

Some features of the renovated library:

  • There is a new drive through material drop off.
  • Parking has been increased and there is a new exit at North Village Drive. You can no longer turn left out on to 48 from the library.
  • For the new Teen Room, artists have created some original works of art.
  • There is a Marketplace Area for browsing audio visual material and to pickup your holds.
  • The new Children’s Room includes a story time area and includes special details to be small child friendly. It is within the Children’s library.
  • The new non-fiction area shows a good example of the new patterned carpet.
  • There are some nice new lighting fixtures. Between natural lighting and new lighting features the library is much brighter than before.
  • Seven public meeting rooms were added. These can be reserved by the public for free with a WCPL library card. The tables in these rooms include electrical outlets and USB outlets. There are also TV’s with HDMI connections for computer presentations.

The library will be hosting the “Rediscovering Woodbourne: Fundraising Gala” on September 20, 2018 from 6 PM until 9 PM. The cost is $60.60 (6060 is the address of the library). This event is for adults 21 and over. Proceeds from this event will support projects to enhance the Library experience for all ages.

The grand opening will be September 23, 2018. There will be a Flag dedication at 12:30 followed by the Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening from 1 PM until 3 PM. This is a free event for all ages. There will be live music, strolling performers and mascots, demonstrations of new Library features, raffles and light refreshments!  The library is open as normal on this day and will stay open until 5 PM. You can get a special commemorative library card on this day.

Quick Facts about the Woodbourne Library Expansion Project

  • The Woodbourne expansion project was completed on time and on budget.
  • The library’s collection is fluid; Items come and go depending on usage.
  • The WCPL Library System has the highest national rating of 5 stars.
  • Books are the single most circulated item at the library. Last year 2.1 million items were circulated and over half were books.
  • Anyone can get a library card either online or in person. If you live, work or go to school in Ohio you can get a library card at any library in Ohio.


Member Birthday
Rick Kempfer August 28
Scott Rheaume August 28
Chris McAlpine August 31
Jim Mogan August 31
Jesse Lightle August 31
Julie Cochran August 31
CeAnn Chalker September 03

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Anne Kessler August 29 08/29/2002 16
Jeff Busch August 31 08/31/2001 17
Ken Peacock August 31 08/31/2001 17
Andrew Mckenzie September 1 09/01/1987 31
Don Skelton September 1 09/01/1987 31
Frank DePalma September 1 09/01/1979 39
Gary Anderson September 1 09/01/1979 39
Jerry Stahley September 1 09/01/1986 32
Larry Lynde September 1 09/01/1988 30

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Dana Dring Craig Dring 1st Reading
Bryan Miller Joan Cordonnier 1st Reading
Daniel Koons Mike Bevis 2nd Reading
Carolyn Taylor Beth Duncan 3rd Reading
Steve Rudisill Mike Bevis Induction

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Larry England For not riding in the golf cart
Larry Lynde Riding bike without a helmet on the bike path
Craig Dring, Heather Kuth, Patricia Kuhlman, Steve Rudisill Wearing Orange Shirts
Paul Stull Not perfoming a miracle to save Jane Fiehrer’s boa constrictor decades ago
Everyone born in August not at the Birthday table Not sitting at the birthday table
Everyone not born in August sitting at the Birthday table Sitting at the birthday table without having an August birthday
All men in shorts For wearing shorts
Chris McAlpine Late to the last board meeting
Gary Smiga For making Stan Fronzaglia jealous for getting 2 birdies at a golf tournament
Chuck Dickerson Being mean
Paula Kuhlman Donating only half of the proceeds of her book to CNO

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Nick Tarkany Heavier than Air brewing won medals at the Brewers Cup.
Donna Huss Thank you to Evelyn Griffin, Marge Back and Carrie Million for arriving early and handling registration at the Ohio District Convention.
Donna Huss Thanks to everyone who brought school supplies for the Ohio Convention collection effort.
Donna Huss Casey Wyckoff has volunteered to chair the  Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCDHH)
Joan Cordonnier Just took grand daughter to Forest Field Park to play on the amazing new equipment. Thanks to CNO for sponsoring it.
Brian Nolan John Horner also got lost at Forrest Field Park.
Tom Novak Thank you to Mike Brubaker for handling the Avenue of Flags database and printing up the route sheets.
Tom Novak Thank you to Patrick Arehart for building smartphone friendly to help with Avenue of Flags delivery.
Patricia Kuhlman Daughter has been promoted to assistant store director for Christian Dior in New York City.
Gary Anderson Geri and he just had their 47th Wedding Anniversary.

CNOtes – Optimist 2.0 August 16, 2018 – Chappy’s Social House – Matt Somerlot CHS Educator and Track Coach

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

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


Guests and Members in Attendance

Debby Bremer Guest
Dana Dring Guest
Jim Kigore Guest
Bryan Miller Guest
Kevin Walsh Guest
Jason Whited Guest – Teacher of the Year
Diane Arehart Member
Patrick Arehart Member
Ben Barlow Member
Dav Bremer Member
Wayne Christie Member
Joan Cordonnier Member
Mike Cordonnier Member
Craig Dring Member
Beth Duncan Member
Greg Fay Member
Laura Franklin Member
Clint Freese Member
Stan Fronzaglia Member
Jesse Gaither Member
Cindy Harris Member
Brian Nolan Member
Tom Novak Member
Cheryl Probst Member
Brent Richburg Member
Matt Somerlot Member – Speaker
Ron Tinnerman Member

Fund Raiser and Activities

Craig and Dana Dring, lead volunteers for TOP Soccer for special needs kids, informed us they need several more volunteers every Wednesday 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM and Sunday 4 PM to 5 PM during this time of year. Our group is for 16-18 year olds. The program is held at Oak Grove Park from Aug 19, 2018 to Oct 14, 2018. The full schedule is available on this page.

View a PDF of Details About this Wonderful Program

Tom Novak, Avenue of Flag announced we have surpassed 2100 flags. He needs more help, especially those with trucks, vans or SUVs. He recently lost 2 of his volunteers with delivery capable vehicles.

Teacher of the year recognition

Greg Fay introduced Centerville High School social studies teacher Jason Whited. He is one of just 11 teachers of the year in Ohio. Jason mentioned what he likes about being in education is seeing how the kids are expanding into other areas of life and learning life skills. He has a chance to impact kids everyday and enjoys it. He will cheer up kids that are having a bad day.

Tonight’s Speaker

Greg Fay introduced CNO member and Centerville High School teacher and track coach Matt Somerlot. In his youth he was a former winner of the Optimist speech contest in Bellbrook.

Matt reviewed his story with us. This is his 23rd year to coach track. He values that his sport is a no cut sport at CHS and it is very much needed. Some kids need a chance to interact with other kids, some just need a gym credit, others need to meet a kid to have lunch with. In track there is almost always improvement the kids can see as their times get better sometimes day to day. Track kids learn to compete. He finds what the kids are good at. Each kid gets to compete at least once a week.

Four members of his staff have been around for 12 or more years. The continuity is important.

Recently CHS placed top 5 in the state.

Finding kids to participate has become more and more of an issue. There is more competition with other sports and part time jobs. The rising cost of college has forced many kids to work more hours than before. The team always wants to do well in competition and the shortage of athletes can make it difficult. He said small schools are having a really difficult time. Another reason track suffers is it is often a secondary sport for a kid and they will drop track first if there is a time issue with having to work.

Matt and his coaches try and find a way to connect with kids. The “quarter rewards” program is really popular During this program he walks around with a bunch of quarters and rewards kids who are doing well or helping others. The kids bought their own t-shirts with their reward quarters. The people taking the money for the t-shirts were a little less thrilled about the currency used to purchase the shirts.

Thank you to Matt for taking the time to speak to us tonight.