CNOtes – August 21, 2018 – Paul Helfrich – Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

Opening Prayer

Phather Phil was not present today so Bill Stone offered the opening prayer after thanking the club members for their prayers for he and his family on the recent sudden passing of his brother, Bobby.

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Alexandria Bollinger Gary Smiga
Lisa Couture Beth Duncan
Paul Helfrich Speaker
Daniel Koons Mike Bevis
Melanie Schiebrel Gary Smiga
Carolyn Taylor Beth Duncan

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Committee Announcements

Tom Novak, Avenue of Flags, announced we will be delivering flags on 8/30-31/2018 for Labor Day. Please consider volunteering to help deliver and pickup flags. This team can always use more help!

Donna Huss asked if someone would PLEASE step up and chair the Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCDHH) committee. Donna will help and has contacts. Someone from the Greene Optimist Club has volunteered to partner with us and help the new chair.

Chris McAlpine, President said there will be a board meeting at the Park District headquarters at 7 PM on 8/24/2018. Anyone can attend.

Myron Rheaume reported on the Ohio District OI convention over the weekend held in Fairborn. There were 151 registered delegates from 21 clubs. The International OI President also attended. Ten percent of the attendees were from the Centerville Noon Optimists. With the points from Awards and Achievements, we were ranked number three for the third quarter, but we should be number one by the end of the fourth quarter. Pat Behn received an award at the convention for achieving level 1 in the professional development program (PDP). She has achieved level 9 for Personal Growth & Involvement (PGI) program. She is also the incoming Lt Governor for Zone 14.

Jean Pummill, our secretary, further reported on the Ohio District OI conference. She presented various awards that they gave to her at the convention to distribute.

Chris McAlpine told everyone to thank Ellie Parker for making the trifolds we took to the convention and also encouraged everyone to take a look at the trifolds after the meeting.

Kelly Stone gave out 3 Above and Beyond awards. Brian Nolan, a new member this year has participated in numerous activities. Brent Richburg, a new member, chaired the Americana Booth this year and also signed up for next year. Mike Cordonnier a new member, built our float for the Americana Parade with the aid of his students.

Memorial Scholarship Winner

Gary Smiga introduced Alexandria Bollinger. We have renewed her $1500.00 scholarship at Brigham Young University where she is majoring in International Studies. She started Brigham Young University with 9 Credit Hours through Advanced Placement exams, scoring the highest score of  5 on all the exams. In college she completed 29 hours with a GPA of 3.17 studying Psychology, English Literature/Composition and English Language/Composition.

Alexandra has continued her activities and community service during college, including Promotions Manager at BYU’s Museum of Peoples and Cultures, Presidency of the Peace and Conflict Resolution Society, Model United Nations, Hip Hop Club, International tutoring Korean Women in English, Refugee Service Club, Korean Student Association, HELP International Humanitarian, study abroad/academic internship in Thailand building houses for families, and she is the Co-chair of the Family History/Indexing Committee at her church.

She spoke to us briefly and started off by thanking us for the scholarship. She spent 3 months in Northern Thailand working on sustainable projects. During her work she learned a lot about people. She also took a class that studied how to help reduce human trafficking.

Today’s Presentation or Speaker

Mike Bevis introduced Paul Helfrich, the President & CEO of the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, a position he has held since July 2012.  He received his Bachelor of Music degree (with distinction) from Indiana University – Bloomington in 1984, and a Master’s degree in Arts Administration, also from Indiana University, in 1986.

Mr. Helfrich came to Dayton to serve as President of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra in October 2008.  In four years with the DPO, he oversaw the launch of new programming including the highly successful Rockin’ Orchestra series, the completion of a $1.5 million special fundraising campaign called Protect & Secure, and played a key role in the merger of the Dayton Philharmonic with the Dayton Ballet and Dayton Opera to create the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance.

Prior to his arrival in Dayton, he served 12 years as Executive Director of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra in Charleston, West Virginia.  His time there saw a great expansion of the orchestra’s concert, touring, and education programs. Mr. Helfrich has also served as Executive Director of the Erie Philharmonic and Director of Marketing for the Kalamazoo Symphony.  He resides in Centerville along with his wife, Geanie, and children Donald, a sophomore at The Ohio State University, and Gabby, a senior at Centerville High School.

His presentation was titled, “The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance: An Update”.

From their web page:

In 2012, leadership of the Dayton Opera, Dayton Ballet, and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra created a groundbreaking and innovative merger, forging these three art forms into one organization named the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance. This merger is the first of its kind in the nation—in no other city can performing arts lovers experience the dramatic collaboration with the range and depth of experiences being offered in the Dayton community.

The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, with Dayton Philharmonic, Dayton Ballet, and Dayton Opera as its three crown jewels, has carefully planned for future success by creating a single management structure and business operating unit while preserving and promoting the integrity and identity of each of its three art forms. This alliance, unique in the nation, emulates the model of highly successful European performing arts organizations, taking artistic collaboration to a new level.

Since, 2012, they have served Over 95,000 people. They have also served more than 75,000 children through educational programs.

This season there will be 4 Ballets, 4 operas and 30 concerts from the Philharmonic incorporating several different types of concerts.

New Strategic plan after reflecting on the first 5 years.

  • Vision: Transform lives through the power of music and dance.
  • To be our community’s indispensable source for traditional, diverse and innovative performances..
  • Values: We must be a welcoming force. The performing arts must address and enhance the lives of all people.
  • We must be fearless innovators. Inspired by Dayton’s history.
  • We must be responsible stewards. We must ensure the future of the arts.
  • We must be uncompromising performers.
  • We must be inspiring educators.
  • We must be a dynamic partner.

Their Goals

  • Aspirational Goal: Matter to Dayton. Attract diverse audiences.
  • Functional Goal: Service to the community. Offer new performances.
  • Functional Goal. Leverage Our unique Artistic Structure.
  • Functional Goal. Education for all ages.
  • Foundational Goal. Fiscal Sustainability. Develop financing, balance budget, increase reserves.

A few of the upcoming Performances

  • The season opens 9/15/2018 with Beethoven’s Ninth: Season Opening Spectacular
  • Dracula: Bloodlines
  • Sleeping Beauty: The Story of Briar Rose
  • Rigoletto
  • The Pirates of Penzance
  • Video Games Live
  • There are several others!


  • They will be trying to setup performances at the Levitt Pavilion venue in 2019.
  • Open to discussion to adding other groups to their alliance.

Previous Speaker Update

The presenter to our lunch on July 17, 2018, Gerry Cohen, the president of the Miami Valley Pet Therapy Association (mvPTa), informed us that the venue for their annual major fund raiser The Howl Run / Walk, has been changed to The Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek. It is still on 9/29/2018 from 9 AM to 1 PM. In addition to the run/walk their will be costume contests. police demonstrations and silent auction gift baskets. You can register online. There will be 4 different 5K’s and 4 prizes awarded, 2 for walking and 2 for running, both of these with or without a dog.


Member Birthday
Marilyn Becht August 21
Stephen Walker August 21
Sharon Silverberg August 25

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Frederick Pfeiffer August 21 08/21/2013 5
Matt Somerlot August 21 08/21/2013 5
Gary Miller August 23 08/23/2005 13
Shawna Hatton August 23 8/23/2016 2
Mary Madden August 26 08/26/1998 20

New Member Readings and Inductions

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

Sergeants at Arms

No time for sergeants this week.

Happy Bucks!

No time for Happy Bucks this week.

CNOtes – August 14, 2018 – Off-Site Meeting @ Forest Field Park

Opening Prayer

A special thanks to Dave Kay for offering the opening prayer, a reading from The Old Testament,  before the start of our picnic lunch and meeting.

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Today’s Venue

Today’s meeting was held outside at Forest Field Park. We enjoyed lunch on the picnic tables under the shelter. This was next to the new playground we funded with a $25,000 donation in honor of our 50th anniversary.

Committee Announcements

Nancy Lehren, Childhood Cancer chair, stated that Build a Bear for Sickle cell anemia was held on August 11, 2018. Thank you to everyone who helped participants create 116 bears, making the event a success for participants and volunteers as well.

Pat Behn said thank you to everyone who is donating school supplies for the Ohio Optimist District donation project.

Happy Birthday Vincent Reidy

Today was Vincent’s actual birthday. The singing was exceptionally bad, however, being an optimist, I noticed that because we were outside there weren’t four walls to reflect the sounds back at us.

Will Cale Scholarship Winners

Gary Hansen, the Will Cale Scholarship chair, introduced the recipients of this year’s Will Cale Scholarships. The first year of this scholarship was 2010. Dan Beck was chairmen for the first 8 years. This scholarship requires a Counselor’s recommendation and emphasis is on financial need and potential rather than academics or class standing. The scholarship provides up to $750 per semester for up to six semesters ($4,500 total) at Sinclair College, sufficient funding for an Associate’s Degree.

In addition to the funding each winner receives 2 mentors from our membership.

Zoe PIrslin is being mentored by Jane Fiehrer and Gary Hansen. Zoe brought two friends with whom she is currently living. She will be majoring in Visual Communications.

Victoria Brinkman is being mentored by Joan Cordonnier and Robbie Johnson. She was accompanied by her boyfriend who is also going to Sinclair and will provide her transportation. She wants to be a counselor and will be studying psychology and plans to transition to a 4-year school after Sinclair.

Mya Wehde is being mentored by Jayne Weikel and Rob Tinnerman. She was accompanied by her parents. She will be studying education.

The other 2 winners, Brittney Grant and Allison Salyer, were not able to attend today.  Brittney is being mentored by Tom Novak and Diane Arehart.  Allison is being mentored by Will and Sylvia Cale.

During the meeting today, everyone that was a previous or current mentor was asked to stand and be recognized.

Memorial Scholarship Renewal for Jessica Barton

Gary Smiga introduced Jessica Barton. We have renewed her $1500.00 scholarship at Cedarville University where she is majoring in professional writing. She started Cedarville with 18 Credit Hours through Advanced Placement exams in High School. In college she completed 30.5 hours with a GPA of 3.939 studying: General Psychology, Introduction to Literature, American Government, Statistics, and US History I and II.

She has continued her Community Service including volunteering at the Americana Parade concession stands and with an unpaid summer internship as a Christian writer with a Christian Ministry Internship. She has also started writing her own book.


Vincent Reidy August 14
Greg Wasmund August 15
Rhonda Meeker August 15
Kris McKee August 16
Gail Aiken August 17
Susan Thomsen August 20

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Maha Kashani August 15 08/15/2006 12
Kristen Passidomo August 16 08/16/2017 1
Don Massie August 20 08/20/1991 27
Julie Walling Noeth August 20 08/20/2008 10

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Carolyn Taylor Beth Duncan 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Chris McAlpine Chris lost the gavel and his daughter had to retrieve it.
Will Cale For Phather Phil’s 93rd birthday, missed the time change for cake and ice cream and arrived late.
Brian Nolan Took a hike at the park recently and got lost.

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Myron Rheaume Wife Charla and he celebrating 53 years of marriage, they put in $5!
Bob Duffy Happy Will Cale Scholarship winner, Victoria Brinkman, is studying to be a counselor.
Myron Rheaume Granddaughter showed perseverance trying out for the Springboro HS Tennis team 3 times before making the team.
Myron Rheaume Freshman grandson made the Springboro HS Hockey team.
Melissa DeShurko Son Mitchel is starting his first post-degree job at an investment company.
Deb Saunders Happy Will Cale Scholarship winner, Zoe PIrslin, is studying visual communications.
Charlie Goodwin Nathanial Delong will be the King for the Holiday at Home Parade this year. He is the fourth Eagle Scout from Troop 236 to be recognized for leadership and community service by this parade.
Patricia Kuhlman First book published.
Julie Noeth First grand baby!
Patrick and Diane Arehart Son Benjamin Arehart became an Eagle Scout. Ben’s scout leader is CNO member Charles Goodwin.
Don Kelley Oldest granddaughter Emma just started her 5-year PHD program in chemistry at Vanderbilt.
Ellie Parker Member Rachel Goetz is having surgery on her foot. Please say an extra prayer for her.


CNOtes – August 7, 2018 – Terri Leputa – United Way

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father when You created us You gave us a mind that has allowed us to rule over the world. You also set us free to think for ourselves and we have created the world as it is today. In looking around we have reason to be proud and reason to be sad at our undertakings. We pray Lord that You will led us in the direction of Your teachings and that what we do will be a benefit to all. Thank You for bringing us to Optimism with the purpose of being a benefit to youth; who will inherit what we have done for them. With love and dedication may we make it a better world for them and they in turn will do the same. Amen!

Today’s Guests

All Photos from the Meeting are Here


Member Birthday
Andy Devito August 09
Art Hung August 10
Judy DeMarco August 10
Paul Stull August 11
Larry Lynde August 12
Fred Polizzi August 13
Laura Franklin August 13

Committee Announcements

Stan Fronzaglia stated there will be a Build a Bear meeting on Thursday 8/9/18 at 6:30 PM. The next Build a Bear will be for Sickle cell anemia on August 11th.  It will be from 6:30 to 9:00 at the Boonshoft museum. Volunteers doing setup should arrive at 6:15 and the rest at 6:45. Over 100 kids are signed up.

Tom Novak, Avenue of flags, announced there is a flag assembly party at 9AM on 8/8/2018 at Flag headquarters.

Pat Behn said we are working with the Ohio Optimist District to donate School Supplies to kids that can’t afford them.  All items are welcome.  The best way to donate is to bring any items to our lunch at Forest Field, but you can bring items to the convention as well.

Paula Kalaman announced that the 21st Annual John P. Kalaman Memorial Golf Tournament and Pig Roast will be held Monday, September 10, 2018 at Yankee Trace. The John P. Kalaman Memorial Scholarship has given away over $270,000.00 in scholarships. To participate call 937-438-GOLF.

Jerry Stahley announced there is a golf outing on 8/16/2018 before the Ohio convention, at Yankee Trace for $60 per golfer. To participate call 937-572-5044.

President Chris McAlpine announced that on 8/8/2018 at 4:30 the Forest Field Park playground CNO funded will be dedicated. He will be one of the few people to say a few words. Editor’s note, this version of the CNOtes was completed after the dedication. The dedication speeches were great and Chris did an excellent job as always. Everyone in the club should feel good about how amazing the new playground is. It is accessible for kids of all abilities.

Yearly Donations to Area Libraries

Gary Smiga detailed our donations to area school libraries. Dave Kay suggested we begin donating to school libraries when he was CNO president during 1999-2000. To date we have donated $60,000. The idea is to help promote reading. Representatives from each school were here to receive their donation check. This year Incarnation, Miami Valley and Spring Valley each received $300. The Centerville Schools’ 12 buildings also received $300 each. Total donation to all 4 school systems was $4500.

Memorial Educational Assistance Award for Allison Ormsby

Gary Smiga introduced Allison Ormsby, who was one of the four winners this year of a $1500.00 scholarship from CNO. The other three winners presented their essays back on June 5, 2018. You can see the details of this award in this previous CNOtes article.

Allison attended Centerville High School and she is ranked 54th in a senior class of 664 students with a GPA of 4.2708. Allison’s extracurricular and Community Service Activities include:

  • Religious Teacher
  • Field Hockey Coach
  • Lunch Buddy
  • STAND (Stop Tobacco and Nicotine Dependence)
  • Soccer Buddy for TOP Soccer
  • Field Hockey
  • Indoor Track and Field
  • Soccer
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Lacrosse
  • Young Life
  • Youth Group

Allison’s work Experience includes:

  • Horse Stall Cleaner
  • Cashier
  • Field Hockey Coach
  • Transcriptionist

Allison will be attend Wittenberg University in the fall of 2018.  She plans to work in Nursing and then get her Master’s Degree to become a Nurse Practitioner. The check will be sent directly to Wittenberg and she can use it towards any expenses at Wittenberg.

She read us her essay about the importance of volunteering and here are a few statements. Before 9th grade, she went to summer camp for field hockey. High School seniors were volunteering at the camp. A senior named Kristen befriended her and helped her out a lot during the camp. High School Students owe it to the community to volunteer.

Today’s Speaker

Julie Noeth introduced today’s speaker, Terri Leputa, the Associate Vice President for Resource Development at United Way of the Greater Dayton Area for 10 years. Her work involves engaging people in the work of United Way by supporting the organization with their treasure, talent and time.    Prior to joining the United Way Team, Terri spent 9 years at the University of Dayton where she worked in the President’s Office with both Brother Raymond Fits and Dr. Dan Curran managing the work of the Board of Trustees and other leadership groups on campus. She is a graduate of The University of Georgia and received her Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from UD.

A native of Albany, New York, Terri lived in New York, New Jersey, and Georgia before moving to the Miami Valley region in 1994.  She lives in Miami Township with her husband, Joe, and spoiled rotten dog, Daisy.  Terri has 2 grown sons, a stepdaughter and stepson and 4 beautiful grandchildren.

United Way does so much, she told us today’s presentation would be focused on ways United Way helps children.

United Way fights for the education, health, safety and financial well being of everyone in our community. United Way started 104 years ago in 1914. Even though the economy is doing well in our area there are issues. They try to provide a hand up instead of just a hand out. They help support food pantries because of food insecurity. They try to find what factors are causing the food insecurity in an area or household. Is there a drug issue in the home? Is there a training issue, such as how to prepare proper meals?

There is a service called HelpLink 2-1-1 which is a referral service that is available 24/7/365 for anyone needing information on available services.  This service, supported through donations to the Live United Fund, is free and confidential and could be for anything.

Some services and information about HelpLink 2-1-1:

  • Help with a utility such as DP&L that is going to shut off your electric or other service
  • Finding quality health care near your home
  • Where to find services for aging parents
  • Over 128,000 calls and follow ups for the referrals given last year
  • Provides services in 9 local counties and looking to expand

In November 2018, United Way of the Greater Dayton Area will launch VetsLink, a division of HelpLink, to provide veterans and their families assistance in connecting with the array of health and human services available in our region.

United Way also puts on a summer literacy program called Freedom Schools. This is 6-week summer program focusing on at-risk youth that gives access to quality activities. This year there were 490 students at 7 locations. It is taught by college students.

Some of what they teach and do at Freedom Schools:

  • Why reading is important
  • Why learning is important
  • Field trips to Indianapolis Children’s Museum

The program has been very successful and it reduces the summer slide that a lot of students have during the summer. On average these kids come back to school 4 months ahead of their peers. The program keeps kids on track and teaches them to value academics.

Additional Links for today’s presentation

PDF of the notes Terri used to give today’s presentation

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Fred Polizzi August 9 08/09/2005 13

New Member Readings and Inductions

New Member
Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Stephen Linder Mike Brubaker 3rd Reading
Steve Rudisill Mike Bevis 3rd Reading
Michael Cordonnier Joan Cordonier 3rd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Anyone that brought in an umbrella Being a pessimist about the chance of rain.
Evelyn Griffin You are so nice that you are getting the “We don’t know what you are up to” fine.
Erin Belangia-Sanchez Fined for missing CNO lunch a lot recently.
Anyone who did not buy a 50/50 ticket Not buying a 50/50 ticket.
Anyone that has not been fined this year You are now fined.
Everyone that attended the Euchre party For conduct unbecoming at the recent Euchre party.

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Bob Collins At the end of July, I completed my goal of a 450+ mile ride across Ohio to raise over $1,000.00 for KIDS CANCER research.
Brian Nolan Thank you to all the volunteers for the Optimist Kid’s Day in the Park.
Julie Noeth Her and her Fried Molly Petsch got to hear Debe Dockins sing a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem at the Scleroderma Walk on Saturday, 8/4/2018.


CNOtes – July 31, 2018 – Project READ

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, slow but surly the day light is getting shorter as we head to the darkness of December. Oh! How sad December would be if we had no knowledge of Spring or in life if we had no knowledge of You and
heaven. In life we experience the bright times and the dark times. In the dark times we can turn to You. You are to us like the promise of Spring. We can turn to You to shed Your light on our dark times. We stand in utter
amazement of Your love for us and the certainty of Your word and forever give You praise and honor for what You done for us. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Adil Baguirov Rachel Selby
Elizabeth Cleary Mike Bevis
Dana Dring Craig Dring
Amy Gephart David Ladd
Tiffany Howe Greg Griffin
Daniel Koons Mike Bevis
Steve Linder Mike Brubaker
Laura Mlazovsky Speaker
Susan Strong Mike Bevis
Carolyn Taylor Beth Duncan

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Debe Dockins introduced our speaker today, Laura Mlazovsky, the Executive Director of Project READ.

Laura was born and raised in Cincinnati, graduated from the University of Dayton as an English major and began her career as an AmeriCorps VISTA service member. She’s been a volunteer coordinator, grant writer, and fundraiser, and in 2014 became the Executive Director of Project Read. She is married with two daughters, ages 10 and 12.

Laura has worked with ProjectRead for 19 years. Founded in 1988, ProjectRead is a coalition of more than 100 literacy organizations, schools, and businesses dedicated to increasing the literacy levels of adults, children, and families in the Dayton Area. It is currently based at Sinclair Community College and continues to provide tutoring services, thousands of books to children and families in need, and raising community awareness of literacy.

Laura passed out a short 5-question quiz about literacy in our area . She talked about tutoring programs they offer for children and adults. Laura gave us addresses for book donations in our area. informed us that  the book shop in Antique Village is run by Project READ and thanked CNO for our support.


Member Birthday
Melissa Lucas August 03
Andrew Cain August 4

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Myron Rheaume August 1 08/01/1987 31
Kathy Klein August 5 08/05/2016 2

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Mike Cordonnier Joan Cordonnier 2nd Reading
Stephen Linder Mike Brubaker 2nd Reading
Steve Rudisill Mike Bevis 2nd Reading
Michael Brem Jesse Lightle Induction
Casey Wyckoff David Ladd Induction
Kathy McApline Jay McAlpine Induction
David Duncombe David Ladd Induction
Andy Harmon Mike Bevis Induction

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Bob Collins Won his age category in Americana  Race
Wayne Christie Messed up Sergeants money
David Duncombe No birthday gifts from his table
Gary Smiga No Optimist pin in recent promo photo

Happy Bucks!

No time for happy bucks this week.

CNOtes – July 24, 2018 – Carl Gill – Ohio Hospice American Pride Program

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father in faith we come to You and bow our heads in prayer. For we have learned how quickly our problems disappear when we turn them over to You. If for no other reason we need to give thanks for all our blessings. When we give thanks for little we find we have enough. You are with us constantly, teach us to always stay in contact in prayer and duty. You made us for Yourself and our hearts are restless till we rest in thee. Have us know that the tasks before us are never greater than the power behind us. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Carl Gill Speaker
Steve Linder Mike Brubaker
Michele Lucuk Jerry Stahley
Kathy McAlpine Jay McAlpine
Steve Rudisill Mike Bevis
Amy Wagner Speaker

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Committee Announcements

Bob Lawson needs more volunteers on August 4, 2018 for our booth at the Optimist Day in the Park at Delco Park in Kettering.

Diane Arehart, Childhood Cancer Committee, told us the next Build a Bear will be for Sickle cell anemia on August 11th.  It will be from 6:30 to 9:00 at the Boonshoft museum.

Diane Arehart, social committee, announced that there is a Dinner/Euchre party on Friday, July 27, 2018 at 6PM at Bennett’s Publical Family Sports Grill in Miamisburg. Cost is only $5/person.

Chris McAlpine stated that on Wed, August 8, there will be a grand opening celebration for the new playground that CNO donated money for from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM at Forest Field Park.

Chris McAlpine announced that on August 14 we will have an offsite lunch at Forest Field Park.  We’ll celebrate our Will Cale Scholarship Winners and see our new playground.

Don Wildenhaus is looking for volunteers 10 years old and older for Wednesday nights from August 22, 2018 through October 10, 2018. We need about 50-60 volunteers per session.  If students need service hours, it is a great opportunity for them.  Details are at for the schedule, directions and volunteer forms.  If someone can come out for only one session, that would still be appreciated.

Ronda Meeker, N2 publishing for Yankee Trace had an article about the Avenue of Flags.

Today’s Presentation

Debe Dockins introduced Amy Wagner, the Chief Operating Officer of Ohio’s Hospice which is a not-for-profit, community-based organization serving patients and their families in their own communities. Born and raised in Dayton, Amy is a graduate of Wright State, and has more than 20 years’ experience in HR, most recently serving as the organization’s Chief HR and Compliance Officer. She lives in Kettering with her husband and two children. Amy has also rappelled down the side of the Key Bank Tower (27 stories) for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Great Miami Valley.

Carl Gill is Director of Strategic Development and is with us to talk about the American Pride program, which focuses on Veteran Healthcare. Prior to Hospice of Dayton and Ohio’s Hospice, Carl worked for 15 years in Hospice in Florida. AND Carl is a member of the Centerville Rotary Club.

Ohio’s Hospice was formed 5 years ago and serves 40 counties in Ohio. Hospice of Dayton is part of it. Ohio’s Hospice works with not-for-profit hospices in Ohio. Mission: Celebrate the lives of those we have the privilege of serving by providing superior care and services to each patient and family.

Hospice of Dayton can serve 53 inpatients. Ohio’s Hospice assists with approximately 1500 patients at a time. Initially, services are provided at wherever a patient calls home but they may later come to a Hospice location as an inpatient. Providing the assistance for the 1500 patients requires 1230 staff members and over 1200 volunteers.

Of the 29 hospices in the Dayton area, Hospice of Dayton is the only non-profit.

From their website, Ohio’s Hospice is an affiliation of not-for-profit hospice providers committed to:

  • Increasing access, diversifying our care and service offerings to reduce suffering, pain, helplessness and unwanted waiting for people in need of hospice and palliative care in the communities we serve
  • Continuous improvement in the delivery of superior care and superior service to all we have the privilege of serving
  • Improving efficiency and performance to ensure mission sustainability and enhance accountability
  • Creating and maintaining meaningful partnerships and collaborative initiatives with healthcare providers to improve the quality of care and outcomes of our patients
  • Creating and fostering a positive, strong culture that attracts, retains and promotes the very best staff

Hospice Honor’s Veterans

Amy Wagner introduced us to Carl Gill, Ohio’s Hospice Director of Strategic Development.

Carl Gill talked to us about the Ohio Hospice American Pride Partnership. He explained that working to become a veteran centric provider improves the experience of a veteran’s end-of-life care. It was created to honor those who have served in the military. Often there is not much time to honor these patients before they die. Lots of help is needed to be able to honor them so they are always looking for additional veterans to volunteer to help with their efforts.

Currently 680,000 veterans die annually, 25% of all deaths. We had 19 million soldiers who served during WWII and 7.9 million who served in Vietnam. Currently on average 30 Vietnam Veterans die each day. The deaths could be accelerating because of an untracked statistic of how many were exposed to Agent Orange, a herbicide and defoliant chemical used during the Vietnam war.

We also viewed the five-and-a-half-minute video Carl showed us called “Just a Common Soldier”.

When Carl was done with his presentation, he asked all veterans and relatives of veterans to come see him so that he could give them lapel pins to honor them. It is their hope that every veteran be honored with these lapel pins.

Links about the Lapel Pin


Jeff Zaret July 26
Kathy Klein July 26
Philip Robinson July 26
David Duncombe July 27
Jerry Stahley July 27
Sandy Stevens July 28
Daniel Beck July 29
James Schumacher July 30
John Powell July 30

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
David Brookman July 27 7/27/2011 7
James Long July 27 07/27/2015 3
Donna Robinson July 28 07/28/1997 21
Myron Rheaume August 1 08/01/1987 31
Kathy Klein August 5 08/05/2016 2

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Sue Jessee Ellie Parker Induction
Michael Brem Jesse Lightle 3rd Reading
Mike Cordonnier Joan Cordonnier 1st Reading
Stephen Linder Mike Brubaker 1st Reading
Steve Rudisill Mike Bevis 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Everyone Not buying a 50/50 ticket
Dr. Dan Passidomo Leaving umbrella and asking Stan to bring it to the CNO Lunch
Carol Burkman For being too nice, there must be something
Gail Aikan Not liking the lanyard
Judge Jim Long Being Judgemental
Chris McAlpine Left CNO 2.0 meeting after bowling without attending the meeting
Dick Lee Questioning the 50/50 pricing
Greg Griffin Not being at his post
Don Kelley Hung a banner crooked
Tim Clemmer Carrying plates and not getting us our lunch on time

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Jerry Stahley Don Kelley got fined
Donna Huss Phone rang during lunch but was not fined
Blanca Ortiz Taking a family vacation

CNOtes – Optimist 2.0 July 19, 2018 – Poelking Lanes Dayton Mall – Joe Poelking

All Photos from the Event are Here

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was at Poelking Lanes South in Miami Township Ohio. Thank you to Joe Poelking, the owner of the venue, for donating the VIP Bowling Lounge for our meeting with complimentary bowling and for telling us the history of his family and their bowling businesses.

Greg Fay, the chair of CNO 2.0, introduced today’s guest speaker and gave information about our club to guests attending tonight’s meeting.

There were 38 people at the meeting (27 members and 11 guests).

Joe Poelking, Owner, Poelking Lanes South

Joe and his cousin run Poelking Lanes. The business was started in the 1940s by his grandfather. World War II caused the lanes to close after a few years because there were not enough workers available to work as pinsetters. The Poelking Lanes on Wilmington Avenue started again in the 1950’s. In November of 2012 the VIP suite at Poelking Lanes South was opened and it is a place to have your own private bowling party.

Bowling is a multigenerational activity. The activity helps facilitate family and friend social gatherings. He remembers when bumper bowling first became popular. It allowed even more family members to enjoy bowling. People also use bowling for networking.

The industry changes. He and his partner learn about options and trends in the industry. They check with the public to see what would work the best. Recently Hyper Bowling has started at some bowling venues. It is bumper bowling with sensors and lights on the bumpers and a computer scores your bowl based on hitting the rights spots on the bumpers on the way down the lane. He is considering adding the game to some of their lanes.

High school bowling as a sport has become huge especially in Ohio. Tournaments can have over 4000 kids. It can involve 7 venues at the same time. They are working on trying to be the host of these national tournaments. They are working with the schools to help create feeder programs to continue to make the sport popular.

Bowling events for Charitable Fund Raising

In the 1980’s he got involved with Big Brothers and Big Sisters and he is on the board. They host a bowling fundraiser each year. Typical amounts raised each year are $50,000 – $60,000, but one year it hit $100,000.

Bowling for Hospice has been run 16 years and in total has raised over $800,000.

Example Events Hosted in the VIP Lounge:

  • Birthday Parties, including surprise birthday parties
  • Weddings
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Business Meetings
  • Wakes (lifelong bowling fans)

CNOtes – July 17, 2018 – Gerry Coen – Therapy Dogs

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father here we are; standing in the need of prayer. It is with gratitude that we open the doors to You to live life to its fullest. When we develop the habit and routine of daily prayer, we wash our blackboard clean
to fit us to combat whatever faces us today. You have established us as men and women of purpose in Your kingdom. Let Your blessings be on all our work and may diligence, productivity and excellence mark the work of
our hands and heart.  Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Bailey (Dog) Speaker
Rhenn (Dog) Speaker
Sue Armstrong Kettering Noon
Mike Brem Jesse Lightle
Gerry Coen Speaker
Sue Jessee Speaker’s Guest
Beth McAlpine Chris McAlpine
Chase McAlpine Chris McAlpine
Kathy McAlpine Jay McAlpine
Katie McAlpine Chris McAlpine
Lily McApline Chris McAlpine
Brenda Metcalf Speaker’s Guest
Randy Stahley Jerry Stahley
Casey Wyckoff David Ladd
Bunny Chris McAlpine

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Special Announcement

Greg Griffin put together a short video of the building of the CNO Americana float and showed it to us. Nice job Greg!

Committee Announcements

Nancy Lehren, Childhood Cancer Committee, told us the next meeting will be at Panera Bread in Centerville 7/18 at 6:30. The next Build a Bear will be for Sickle cell anemia on August 11th.  It will be from 6:30 to 9:00 at the Boonshoft museum.

Paula Kalaman told us that the John Kalaman Memorial golf outing will be September 10, 2018.

Bob Lawson needs more volunteers on August 4, 2018 for our booth at the Optimist Day in the Park in Kettering.

The Phather Phil golf outing will be on 7/31/18 right after the CNO lunch.

Beth Duncan, social committee, announced that there is a Dinner/Euchre party on Friday July 27, 2018 at 6PM at Bennett’s Publical Family Sports Grill in Miamisburg.

Mike Bevis, chair of Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf Outing, announced there were 140 golfers and a record amount of money was raised. Thank you to everyone that helped. Jessica King won $1040 in the 50/50 drawing.

Today’s Presentation or Speaker

Deb Saunders introduced Gerry Cohen, the president of the Miami Valley Pet Therapy Association (mvPTa). She has worked for the association for 11 years. She brought her specially trained therapy dog, Bailey. Together they work throughout the Miami Valley. Locations include Wright Patterson Airforce Base (WPAFB), schools, libraries, Dayton Children’s Hospital, Hospice, nursing/assisted living facilities and more. Joining Gerry today are Brenda Metcalf and her specially trained therapy dog Rhenn.

Bailey is part Beagle and part Lab. She was rescued when she was 2 years old and, after recovering from being homeless, she spent a couple of years as a therapy dog at a jail.

Gerry supervises the programs at WPAFB base. It is a popular program for the workers there. It took a year to get the hospital to approve the program and it is now spreading to other areas.

At WPAFB is the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC). NASIC is the main intelligence gathering center for the US. Colonel Young asked if mvPTa could help with the employees there who have to stare at computers all day. They are happy to have some downtime playing with the dogs.

All kinds of institutions and people like the therapy dog program. At libraries it encourages kids to read more. The kids read to the dogs who are not judgmental about getting every word correct. Even children that haven’t really learned to read will spend time trying to read to these wonderful animals.

The mission of the mvPTa is to bring love to children and adults. Schools really love it when they come in. They recently received many thank you notes from Trotwood Madison 4th graders.

Quick Notes about the mvPTa

  • Started in 2000.
  • There are over 125 active pet therapy teams in the mvPTa.
  • Teams are typically made up of a pet and their owner, (dogs, rabbits, cats, and hand-held pets).
  • Their tag line is, “The preferred resource for exceptional visits by certified therapy pets.”
  • They teach children how to handle dogs that they don’t know.
  • It is the largest pet therapy program in the Air Force and has been operating for 6 years.
  • Bailey can do tricks and she showed us some.
  • mvPTa helps others get their pet therapy groups running. Recently Virginia asked for help.
  • The dogs are specifically taught not to bark.

The Howl Run / Walk is their annual fund raiser. This year it is on 9/29/2018 from 9 AM to 1 PM at The Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek. In addition to the run/walk their will be costume contests. police demonstrations and silent auction gift baskets. You can register online. There will be 4 different 5K’s and 4 prizes awarded, 2 for walking and 2 for running, both of these with or without a dog.

Therapy Animals Versus Service Animals

mvPTa is about therapy animals, not service animals. The training and purposes are very different. Don’t approach service animals; their training makes the dogs worth over $40,000 and it will make the owner nervous. Therapy dogs are trained to invite people to pet them and trained to give you love and attention. It takes 7 weeks to get certified and the dogs are tested regularly. They get a physical every year and every 2 years they need to be recertified.


WPAFB News Video

Dayton Daily News Article from August 2017

Donations are accepted

You can volunteer with your pet as a team (training required)

You can reach mvPTa by phone at 937-286-0028.


Member Birthday
Mark Petre July 18
Bob Burkman July 19

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Jeff Papanek July 17 07/17/2014 4
Bob Bargmeyer July 17 7/17/2014 4
Tom Beery July 17 7/17/2014 4
Laura Franklin July 19 7/19/2017 1
Steve Mock July 19 07/19/1996 22
Tom Lakes July 19 07/19/2017 1
Marge Back July 20 7/20/2016 2
John Sherman July 24 07/24/2009 9


New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Mark Scarpino Greg Wasmund Induction
Andy Harmon Mike Bevis 3rd Reading
David Duncombe David Ladd 3rd Reading
Susan Jessee Ellie Parker 3rd Reading
MIchael Brem Jesse Lightle 2nd Reading
Casey Wyckoff David Ladd 2nd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Judy DeMarco Striped purse matches her blouse a little too perfectly
Jack Anderson On winning team at the golf outing
Gary Aiken On 2nd place team at the golf outing
Scott Langer Late to meeting
Jay McAlpine Not sitting with grandchildren
Ellie Parker Lost sunglasses
Chris McAlpine Lost gavel
Bob Burkman Didn’t bring tape measure to measure closest putt contest
Vince Reidy Loitering on the course (he had fallen down)
Chris McAlpine Not wearing Optimist pin at the golf outing
All members who joined in 2018 Welcome to the CNO club, now pay a fine
Susan Jessee Having badge without a barcode (she is a new member)
Gail Aiken Complaining that there are no senior women’s tees

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Julie Noeth Had great time picking up items for golf committee and learned how to drive a stick shift truck.
Vince Reidy Coldwell Bankers event at 5th/Third Field
Sue Armstrong (Governor-Elect) Inviting everyone to attend the Annual Ohio District Convention in Fairborn on August 16, 17, 18 of 2018

CNOtes – July 10, 2018 – Terry Oroszci – Study of Terrorism in America since 9/11

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Alan Berman Jesse Gaither
Mike Brem Jesse Lightle
Julie Helmers Kettering Noon Club
Sue Jessee Ellie Parker
Sue Labatzky Kettering Noon Club
Kathy Linder Kettering Noon Club
Judy Martinson Kettering Noon Club
Janet McDonald Kettering Noon Club
Beverly Orf Mccurdy Kettering Noon Club
Terry Oroszi Speaker
Ellen Raichle Kettering Noon Club
Mary Ryon Kettering Noon Club

Committee Announcements

Mike Bevis, Golf committee, announced that the Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf Outing at Sycamore Creek Country Club is on Monday, 7/16/2018. Thanks to everyone on the committee for the last 6 months of efforts. There will be 140 Golfers and it is sold out. The 50/50 raffle tickets are available now and on the day of the event.

Don Wildenhaus said that TOP soccer, with 160 special needs children, will be August 19 from 2:45 to 4:00 at Oak Grove park. We need 10 volunteers for registration.

Pat Behn stated that we donated money to the park district to build a playground and we also get to help build it with some sweat equity as well. Come help on July 21, 8:30 until Noon at Forest Field park. You don’t need to bring tools and professionals will be there to help.

Larry Lynde announced this year’s Phather Phil’s birthday 9-hole golf outing will be on July 31, 2018 after lunch.

Today’s Speaker

Jay McAlpine introduced Terry L. Oroszi, M.S., Ed.D., Assistant Professor, Pharmacology & Toxicology; Director, MS Graduate Program, P&T, BSOM; Director, CBRN Defense Certificate Program at Wright State University.

She has authored 2 books about terrorism so far with another about to be released. She has also published several articles.

Terry spoke to us about her study of terrorism based on data she has collected since 9/11.

Her full presentation can take over 90 minutes and Terry did an excellent job of reducing it to the 20 minutes we were able to offer her at today’s lunch. She shared a lot of interesting information from her research into terrorists

A Few Points Terry Mentioned:

  • Countries can reduce chances of terrorism by feeding the hungry.
  • Spikes in terrorist acts can occur. Often, they are from copy cats of recent terrorist events, new U.S. presidents, and ISIS in general is sponsoring a lot of the World’s terrorism.
  • Of U.S. states, Ohio ranks 3rd highest in the number of American citizens that are terrorists.
  • Men are much more severely sentenced, often getting 21 or more years, while women only get about 4 years.
  • Veterans are often recruited because of their training and that they often feel like they don’t fit in after leaving the service.
  • The main targets for terrorist attacks are bridges, military installations and military personnel.

Online Resources

A great summary of what Terry discussed is available on Wright State’s Site at Included on this page is a typical profile of a terrorist. She went over this profile with us and it was very interesting.

At the bottom of her WSU page is a list of her experience and other qualifications in her curriculum vitae.

Terry Oroszi, Author

Oroszi, T. & Ellis, David (2018). The Profile of an American Terrorist; A Comparison and Compilation of Americans Charged with Terrorism Since 9/11.  (in Press), Greylander Press

James, L. & Oroszi, T., (Eds.), (2015). Weapons of Mass Psychological Destruction and The People That Use Them, Praeger, Santa Barbara, CA Praeger Publishing, 2015


Member Birthday
Ed Case July 12
Greg McAfee July 12
Denise Green July 15
Sue Brubaker July 16

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
CeAnn Chalker July 10 07/10/2000 18
Andy Devito July 16 7/16/2013 5

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Jeff Umbreit Sarah Umbreit Induction
Andy Harmon Mike Bevis 2nd Reading
David Duncombe David Ladd 2nd Reading
Susan Jessee Ellie Parker 2nd Reading
MIchael Brem Jesse Lightle 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Everyone golfing that has golfed ????????????
Everyone at birthday table that does not have a birthday this month. Sitting at the birthday table
Everyone with a birthday this month that was not at the birthday table. Not sitting at the birthday table
David Ladd Didn’t greet his guests in the lobby
Jack Anderson Wearing a tie when it is just too hot!
James Long Wearing a tie when it is just too hot!
Jesse Gaither Wearing a tie when it is just too hot!
Jay McAlpine Wearing a tie when it is just too hot!
Chris McAlpine Banner typo
Brent Richburg Being loud
Vida McDowell Being loud
Blanca Ortiz Didn’t say hello to Tom Novak
Bob Burkman Regifting to us cookies meant for church
Scott Langer Being Late
Chris McAlpine Lost the bell

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Joan Cordonnier $5 for the 5K, special thanks to Scott Langer for his help.
Joan Cordonnier $5 for the 5K, because the weather was great and it went great.
Joan Cordonnier $5 for the 5K, because 5K is over for a year!
Scott Langer Son is getting married.
Don Kelley At Sugar Valley Golf Club, on hole 5, using an 8 iron, he had a hole in one.
Debe Dockins Library won the Grand Marshall’s award for their float in the Americana Parade.
Debe Dockins For Riley Weisman doing a great job representing us at the oratorical contest even though he didn’t win.
Jesse Gaither His wife Shannon won the best booth award at Americana.
Mary Ryan Glad she made it back in one piece from the JOI convention in Ottawa Canada.
Sarah Umbreit Husband Jeff Umbreit inducted today.
Tom Novak Thanks for all the help delivering Independence Day flags.
Paul Stull 49 years as an optimist.

CNOtes – Optimist 2.0 June 21, 2018 – Ollie’s Place – Mike Schwartz & Clayton Hicks – H7

All Photos from the Event are Here

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was “Ollie’s Place”. Thank you to Mike Schwartz, the owner, and the rest of the team at Ollie’s.

Jean Pummill, CNO club secretary, introduced today’s guests and gave information about our club to our guests. Many of today’s guests were members of the networking Group.

There were 52 people at the meeting (29 members and 23 guests). Notable attendee was Sue Armstrong, the OI Ohio District Governor-Elect and a member of the Kettering Noon Optimists.

Mike Schwartz, Ollie’s Place

The first speaker this evening as well as our host was Mike Swartz, the owner of Ollie’s Place, a business he started in 2013. He started his career as an electrical journeyman, however, he decided to buy a carry out store and turn it into a specialty beer store. He had an extra challenge on this quest because during it he was diagnosed with Lymphoma in 1983. Mike was in chemotherapy when Belmont Party Supply store opened in 1984. The doctors designated him disabled for life in 1984. He didn’t accept that diagnosis and is still working today.

Mike also owns Schwartz Beer with beer and wine making supplies and kits next door to Belmont Party Supply. The stores are located on South Smithville Rd, south of Watervliet Ave.

Not long after opening he started bringing in craft beer. His store was ranked 24th in the U.S. and 38th in the world! He started losing his place in the rankings. He figured out that other establishments ranked higher because they served food. He and his team decided they also wanted to go to the next level and that is why Ollie’s Place was created.

Ollie’s Place has thousands of choices of beer and whiskey. The name Ollie’s is in honor of his beloved grandfather.

Ollie’s Place slogan and goal is to provide “Great food, great beer and great cheer!”

Clayton Hicks, H7 Network

The second speaker this evening is the founder and CEO of the H7 Global Network.

Clayton started the business at the age of 29 in 2008 with $200 while he was a single father. The networking business started in Franklin, Ohio where he graduated from high school in 1996. The H7 Network has now spread to a total of 12 different states.

He told us he doesn’t do any standard marketing of his business, he uses personal relationships.

What is H7? H7 is a system for finding people that you want to work with and learning business building techniques. H7 facilitates an individual’s business growth. The structure of a meeting can be described as a group that is like an enlarged one-on-one meeting. A key to successful networking is more about giving than taking at meetings.

Some Quick Facts he mentioned during his presentation.

  • He has had more than 3000 one-on-one meetings beyond group meetings.
  • He has 104 team leads that report to him.
  • He couldn’t have built H7 to where it is without his wife and COO Angel Hicks.
  • You need to build a good reputation to build good relationships.
  • His goal is to have a long lasting positive impact on every person he meets.
  • One of his first locations to hold a meeting was in downtown Centerville at Panera Bread.

Clayton said he is more, Ready, Fire, Aim, instead of Ready, Aim, Fire. Google has several articles about entrepreneurs that work using this concept.

CNOtes – June 26, 2018 – Bryan Suddith – Storytelling

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father I pray we are honest enough to admit our shortcomings. Brilliant enough to accept flattery without being arrogant, Tall enough to tower above deceit, Strong enough to treasure love, Brave enough to welcome criticism, compassionate enough to understand
human frailties, Wise enough to recognize our mistakes,
Staunch enough to stand by our friends and righteous enough to be devoted to Your love. For life without You is like an unsharpened pencil – there’s no point. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Becky Bruce Rhonda Meeker
Jon Heileman Greg Fay
Sue Jessee Ellie Parker
Rob Riddell Pat Arehart
Tom Stauffer Ellie Parker
Bryan Suddith Speaker
Amber Wenzler Mike Bevis
Casey Wyckoff David Ladd

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Special Announcement

PLEASE NOTE!, There is no lunch meeting on Tuesday, 7/3/2018.

Committee Announcements

Tom Novak could use another flag-friendly vehicle for the July 4th holiday to help the 60 teams and 120 volunteers.

Bob Lawson needs help on August 4 for our booth at the Optimist Day in the Park in Kettering.

Bob Lawson stated that the CNO Float for the Americana Festival Parade will be on the CHS East side close to the theater. Decorations will be done on July 3 with a time to be determined.

Joan Cordonnier, Americana 5K chair, reminded us (while wearing all kinds of Red, White and Blue including sunglasses) that the fireworks will be on July 3rd instead of July 4th. Also, she needs more help on July 4th with the 5K.

Greg Fay, chair of Optimist 2.0, said last week’s meeting went well. The CEO of the H7 Network spoke and their various members who showed up as guests wanted to know how to be involved in service projects. Next meeting will be on July 19, 2018 at Poelking Lanes. Joe Poelking will be our speaker.

Beth Duncan, chair of the social committee, said the 50th anniversary party went great. Thank you to Joe Madden for making us laugh. Thanks to social committee members Diane Arehart, Vida McDowell and Jerry Stahley. Thanks to all the various people that helped. This July there will be a Euchre game. She plans for August to be an outing on BB Riverboats. In September will be the new president, officers and board member installation dinner.

Brent Richburg, chair of the Americans Booth still needs volunteers for July 4th, 2018 to help with the booth at the Americana Festival. Ideally he wants 3-4 people per shift.

Mike Bevis stated we still need a few single golfers to join teams that need additional players for the CNO golf outing. It is just 3 weeks until the golf outing. The committee also needs help putting together the baskets.

Chris McAlpine stated that we donated money to the park district to build a playground and we also get to help build it with some sweat equity as well. Come help on July 21, 8:30 until Noon at Forrest Field park.

Chris McAlpine told us the Ohio District Convention in Fairborn is August 17th and 18th. The Dorwood club has 35 members going and Chris knows we can beat them. There is still time and free funding left for you to sign up and go.

Today’s Speaker

Julie Noeth introduced today’s speaker, Bryan Suddith, an accomplished storyteller, aspiring writer and regular performer at The Moth in Louisville.

His parents and grandparents were good at storytelling and told them stories all the time. His message is there is great value in storytelling to the community. He spends his spare time writing stories and telling them. He loves telling stories, especially ones based on personal experience. Stories build empathy, and community. Your story is your story. We are all more alike than different.

Bryan told us a personal story.

After college one year, he went to Bellefontaine, Ohio, which is the highest geographical point in Ohio. Note that it is not really very high. While there is a ski hill there it is not like the ones out west.

He was living the dream because he was a summer camp director. He always wanted to be a lifeguard, but he never in his life had the right body build for this task. Memorial Day weekend is the dry run for summer camp counselors. After 4 days of training the 4th and 5th grader campers show up. You spend the first day explaining to them that they will be safe from raccoons or any wildlife in Bellefontaine. The next morning on the first full day of camp you give the swim test. His first time he gave the test to 65 kids. All the kids are lined up along the side of the lake. When he asked how many could swim, 62 out of 65 kids said they could. This was great news. The test is to swim out to the end of the boardwalk and back. If you pass the test then canoes, boats and other water activities are available. Kid number one steps up to try the test but he does not pass. He went into the water and once he was in over his head, he bobbed a few times. Luckily Bryan’s “comprehensive” 4 days of training kicked in and he grabbed the pole and got the kid to grab it. Turns out once the kids understood that swimming meant staying above water that is over your head the real number of capable swimmers is 4 out of 65, not 62 out of 65.

Story reminds of when he has gotten in over his head during life. Has depended on a pole extended by someone else to help him.

One of the kid’s continued to struggle to pass the swim test. He spent two days giving one-on-one training to this camper. He finally passed the test and enjoyed the water activities at the camp. This kid from Detroit was forever changed by someone reaching out to help him.

Next time someone you see needs help, think about how you can be the lifeguard and help someone that is in over their head.

He recently spoke at the Rotary Club. He said their room was bigger and had better food. When Chris McAlpine handed him our wonderful gift of a portable USB charger, Bryan exuberantly said that our gift was way nicer than what the Rotary Club gave him!

About Bryan Suddith

Dayton’s Story Slam hosted their second annual Grand Slam storytelling event on Tuesday, June 19th, 2018 at Wiley’s Comedy Club in the Oregon District. For more than 10 years Dayton Story Slam has hosted these “Moth” inspired evenings, attracting a wide variety of storytellers and stories. Bryan hosts Story Slam Each month the first 10 names in the basket get to tell their stories. Each month winners are chosen and they advance with a chance to win the Grand Slam title for the whole year.


Member Birthday
Deb Ulrich June 22
Carrie Million June 23
Gary DeMarco June 23
Richard Lee June 23
Cherie Gentry June 24
Jay McAlpine June 24
Paulette Novak June 25
Charles Goodwin June 26
Wayne Christie June 26
Robert Johnson June 27
Val Huff June 28
Frank DePalma June 29
John Speers July 04
John Carroll July 05
Bob Lawson July 06
Joe Kronenberger July 09
Bob Glavin July 09

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Denise Green June 19 06/19/2013 5
Wes Cleaves June 22 06/22/1993 25
Gary Hansen June 30 06/30/1999 19
Joseph Kronenberger July 1 07/01/2014 4
Roy Barclay July 1 07/01/1986 32
Sara Hemmeter July 1 07/01/2014 4
Greg Crabtree July 2 07/02/2008 10
Robin Golden July 4 07/04/2012 6
Diane Arehart July 5 07/05/2016 2
Paul Webendorfer July 5 07/05/2016 2

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Mark Scarpino Greg Wasmund 3rd Reading
Andy Harmon Mike Bevis 1st Reading
David Duncombe David Ladd 1st Reading
Susan Jessee Ellie Parker 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Jane Weikel Lost jacket at the 50th anniversary party.
Mike Wall Lost Scrapbook at the 50th anniversary party.
Don Kelley Did not tell the Sergeants to bring banners to the 50th anniversary party.
Jesse Gaither Some of his drink choices were questionable at the 50th anniversary party.
Bill Williams Phone rang during meeting.
Greg Fay Wearing a hat at lunch – he blamed it on a bad hair day.
David Ladd Did not arrive in time to greet his guest.
Art Hung Name tag was found on the floor.
Larry Lynde Phone went off during the meeting, playing “Bad to the Bone”!

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Tom Novak 49th wedding anniversary with Paulette.
Julie Noeth Happy because Ellie Parker is here today and she brought a guest.