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.

CNOtes – June 19, 2018 – 50th Anniversary Celebration

All Photos from the Event are Here

Nostalgic Slide Show Pics are Here

50th Anniversary Celebration

Our club was started in 1968, so for Tuesday, June 19, 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 all we have accomplished in being a Friend of Youth for 50 YEARS!

The social committee is chaired by Beth Duncan with members Diane Arehart, Vida McDowell 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 City Barbecue and Nashville Hot Chicken. There was a special anniversary cake for dessert. The committee went above and beyond in the amount of work they had to do for us to have an amazing time. The committed worked before and after the party. The before effort is why it looked so amazing inside the building. It was like a fancy wedding reception yet on a reasonable budget!

President Chris McAlpine started the party/meeting leading us in the pledge and of course before we ate, Phather Phil gave us one of his inspirational prayers.

There was an excellent slide show of pictures running continuously during the evening. It was briefly stopped to show the award-winning video Greg Griffin, Debe Dockins, and Julie Noeth put together a couple of years ago about the club. The stars of the video are the club members. Thank you to Greg Griffin for his great efforts in arranging and setting up the video and PA systems. This was not simple since the venue had nothing in place.

The emcee for the evening was Joe Madden. Joe was wisecracking all the while helping us hear stories and learn about the history of our club. All of the previous presidents present shared stories from their time as president and the interesting things that occurred during their term.

To work off some the delicious food, Joe helped us get some exercise by having everyone stand up and then sit down based on how long you have been a member and then again based on how old you were.

Tom Novak chair of Avenue of Flags, announced we have broken the 2000 subscription barrier and are now at 2025. Tom expects the count to go even higher before the Independence Day deliveries.

There was also an opportunity to browse through the scrapbooks of previous presidents.

Music for the evening was expertly provided by Tom Greenlee.

We will be back to our normal schedule next Tuesday, 6/26/2018 at noon for lunch at Yankee Trace

Happy Birthday Kathy McAlpine

Our President Chris McAlpine had a special surprise for his mother. He called her up to the podium and announced how lucky it was that her birthday is June 20, the day after our party. This qualified her birthday to be close enough to get the Happy Birthday song treatment. Don Kelley directed us in singing Happy Birthday. I have to say this has to be in the top 10 most messed up performances of Happy Birthday in human history. This is now the 3rd straight week we have subjected ourselves and a seemingly innocent bystander to an audibly awful yet nicely intended rendition of Happy Birthday. If there is a fourth week in a row, this reporter will be wearing ear plugs!

Statistics to be proud of during the CNO 50th Anniversary

  • On March 19, 1968 we chartered with 42 members.
  • On October 1, 2017 we began the 2017-18 Optimist Year with 234 members.
  • Membership currently is at 259 members.
  • We have added a net of 25 new members this year!
  • Cumulative donations for previous 6 years was over $500,000.00.
  • For year ending 9/30/2018 donations will be over $140,000.00.


CNOtes – June 12, 2018 – Dr. Timothy Melley – Conspiracy Culture and Fake News

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, In my studies I’ve learned that to travel in the country of God’s care is to believe that You give and to receive Your care is an adventure of the soul in the practice of prayer. Prayer is a simple way to unlock the door to visit with You. Our needs and blessings are many so there is no end of the opportunities for prayer. We all have habits, so help us Lord to establish the habit of prayer. But we need to remember that You see to it that the birds have food but You don’t throw the food into the nest. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
David Duncombe David Ladd
Sue Jessee Ellie Parker
Dr. Timothy Melley Speaker
Jeff Plate Mike Bevis
Riley Weisman Speaker

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Committee Announcements

The 50th Anniversary Party is on Tuesday, June 19th at Canopy Creek Farm.

The 70th Annual Ohio Optimist District Convention is August 16-18th. To receive discounted pricing, registration forms need to be to Cherie Gentry or Gary Smiga prior to Friday, June 15th.

Golfing foursomes have been finalized for the golf outing next month. We still need additional sponsors.

There is a Childhood Cancer Committee meeting on Thursday, June 14th at Panera Bread on Main Street at 6:30 pm.

OptiGear is on sale through Laurie Poeppelman. These items will be on sale during the month of June. See Laurie directly to place an order.

Thank you to the 121 helpers with the Avenue of Flags. Teams are distributing over 1900 flags today in honor of Flag Day. Flags will be brought back in Friday. Thanks to all and especially the 70 Optimist members and their families.

Happy Birthday Mike Wall

Today, June 12, 2018 was Mike Wall’s birthday and he was present. Charlie Tapp directed us again today in singing Happy Birthday for the 2nd straight week. I’m pretty sure I don’t know what the actual melody for Happy Birthday is anymore! It should come as a great relief that no one’s birthday is on June 19!

Ohio District’s Oratorical Competition Winner

Debe Dockins introduced Riley Weisman. Debe’s Intro follows, “Today, we welcome the Ohio District’s Oratorical Competition winner, Riley Weisman. Riley receives a $3,500 college scholarship and will represent our District on June 28 in the Great Lakes Regional competition held in St. Louis.”

“Riley is a senior at Springboro High School interested in pursuing a career in diplomacy, public policy, and law. Originally from Thailand before moving to Southwest Ohio, his favorite subjects in school are statistics, government, history, and English, and his hobbies are volunteering, reading, writing, playing baseball with his brother, and making silver jewelry with his grandfather.”

“Once you hear Riley’s speech, I think you will agree that he has a bright future ahead of him, and that the District is well represented. Please welcome Riley Weisman.”

This year’s topic is, “Where Are My Roots of Optimism?”

Riley gave his speech and here are a few statements. His story begins with his early childhood and an early life of poverty. His mother was the only parent providing his existence. She is now a nurse practitioner. The first 7 years of life were difficult, but through optimism and eating a lot of Ramen Noodles he made it through. He said good came through his struggle. Ignore the pessimists who say to not dream big. Set goals and if you fail at reaching your goals, don’t worry, keep trying. Optimism gives hope to our safety providers, not that everything will always go well, but that we will become better people. When asked about his roots of optimism, Riley said his mother, ignoring pessimism and looking toward a brighter future.

There will be a chance to view a live stream of the Optimist Oratorical World Championships on June 27-29, 2018. This link has the details of the event and will have a link to view the live stream.

Today’s Presentation

Mike Bevis introduced Timothy (Tim) Melley, PhD, author, and a professor at Miami University for over 20 years. He and his wife reside in Cincinnati Ohio. He is a Professor of English and Affiliate of American Studies and is the Director of The Miami University Humanities Center.

Tim’s Education: PhD, English and American Literature, Cornell, 1995, MFA, Fiction, Cornell, 1993, MA, English and American Literature, Cornell, 1993, MA, English, University of Cambridge, 1989, BA, Biology and English, Amherst College, 1985.

Tim’s subject today was “Fake News”. It included some of the sources of various conspiracy theories reported as facts.

Brief quote from his talk, “We live in a Post Truth Culture. Objective facts are less important than feelings. Mainstream news is now less important than real news or social media. Deliberate propaganda is being spread. Conspiracy theories are everywhere. One of the biggest is the moon landings were faked. Many conspiracies relate to state secrets.”

If you google, “Tim Melley fake news”, you will find articles and summaries written by or related to Tim’s talk today.

Scroll down in this article to “Tim Melley” and see a synopsis of today’s presentation he gave at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

For the ending theme, he shared, “It is no surprise conspiracy theories thrive in a society where there is so much that is unknowable and with all the constant reminders from our entertainment.”

When Tim gave this speech at Miami University’s Winter College, it was 90 minutes. He did a great job of condensing it down to 30 minutes so it would fit our lunch’s schedule.

Thank you to Tim for taking the time to inform and entertain us.

One example of many where Tim is quoted by an author in their article. This is from the Arab Herald concerning the ‘Deep State’.


Member Birthday
Michael Wall June 12
Charla Rheaume June 16

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Cherie Gentry June 17 06/17/2015 3
Samuel Pfabe June 17 06/17/2015 3

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Jeff Umbreit Sarah Umbreit 3rd Reading
Mark Scarpino Greg Wasmund 2nd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

No time for sergeants this week.

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Debe Dockins Excited and delighted to give $5 and have Riley Weisman here today to hear his speech; our district could win the whole thing!
Carol Burkman Thanks to Bob Burkman for being the best nurse a spouse could have.
Nancy Lehren Riley Weisman’s speech for the contest is the best she has ever heard, and she has heard a lot of them.
Sue Brubaker Happy to return from Vegas trip with the DeMarco’s after virtually no monetary loss!
Cherie Gentry Loved hearing Riley Weisman’s speeach.
Judy DeMarco As they were leaving the last place on their Vegas trip with the Brubaker’s, Gary put 30 cents in a slot machine and won over $50!
Gary Aiken He and Gail are celebrating  their 50th wedding annivesary.
Jerry Stahley Thanks to junior golf helpers. The day went great.
Myron Rheaume Happy to give $6. This is the 6th time to hear Riley Weisman’s speech and it gets better each time.

CNOtes – June 5, 2018 – Bringing Out the Best in Kids Award and Memorial Scholarship Winners

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Alan Bair Honoree’s Family
Anastasia Bair Honoree
Anna Bargmeyer Bob Bargmeyer
Joann Garison Honoree’s Family
Michelle Garison Honoree
Ed Goschinski Art Hung
Danielle Meyer Honoree
Terri Meyer Honoree’s Family
Tom Meyer Honoree’s Family
Matthew Miller Pat Arehart
Evelyn Moyer Honoree’s Family
Geoff Moyer Honore’s Family
Mark Scarpino Greg Wasmund
Dan Tarpey Dr. Tom Henderson
Jason Whited Honoree

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Committee Announcements

Bob Lawson, Fishing Derby chair, said last Saturday’s Fishing Derby was a great day! Thank you to all the helpers, you did a great job. Please bring kids to Cabela’s from 5-7 on 6/7/2018, they will give us free fishing rods if we bring kids.

Beth Duncan, social committee chair, announced that the 50th anniversary party is Tuesday, June 19, 2018. The cost is $15 per person. It is being held at Canopy Creek Farm in Miamisburg. It will be like an upscale picnic with great food and corn hole. There will be guest speakers as well. Remember that our normal lunch at Yankee Trace is cancelled on June 19, 2018.

Mike Bevis, programs co-chair, said be sure to come next week. A professor from Miami University will be our guest speaker and he will discuss “fake news”.

Mike Bevis, golf co-chair, stated we are still accepting donations for the golf outing. Give one of the forms on the table to someone who would like to donate.

Tom Novak, Avenue of Flags co-chair, announced that flags will be delivered on Tuesday, 6/12/2018. They will be picked up on Friday, 6/15/2018.

Jane Cordonnier, Americana 5K Run Chair, said there is less than a month until the Americana celebration. Please consider signing up to help the club with its activities at the Americana Festival.

Happy Birthday Dick Stevens

Today was Dick Stevens’s actual 73rd birthday. You know what that means! He got a special treat of having Happy Birthday sung to him LIVE as only we can. It was so bad it was good!

Friend of Youth Award

Joe Madden announced that the presentation today is one of his favorites. He introduced the Friend of Youth Award. This award is perfect for our club because our slogan friend of youth is a perfect match for the teacher award. The first Friend of Youth Award was awarded in 2003. Joe listed the previous award winners in a most amusing way. We have improved the selection, but we have up years and down years. He did this to politely jab the many, many award recipients that are current members of CNO. It was hysterical!

Congratulations to this year’s winner Jason Whitehead. He was nominated by CHS principal Jack Durnbaugh. Jack’s nomination letter included statements such as, “Jason is a superb social studies teacher.” “He challenges his students to be problem solvers.” “His students love history since being taught by Jason and his style of teaching.”

Jason Whitehead said, “I’m very humbled and honored to be here to accept this award. To hear my name mentioned is wonderful. This club is great because of promoting youth. The current generation of kids is getting a bad rap. The majority of the kids are well behaved and enthusiastic, if you treat them well and make them want to be in class.”

Educational Assistance Awards

Gary Smiga was happy to introduce this year’s Centerville Noon Optimist Club’s Memorial Educational Assistance Award winners.  The award is given in the memory of the individuals that have passed away while active members of our club.  The following individuals exemplified what it meant to give back to your community with their service and character:

  • Tom Frazier- 1994
  • Tom Craig- 1994
  • Denise Goeckel- 1998
  • Dick Lewin- 2002
  • Corwin Robinson- 2005
  • Steve Fisher- 2007
  • Dave Petree- 2007
  • Jim Hawley- 2010
  • Margaret Barclay- 2010
  • Tom Gravlin- 2013
  • Terry Blair-2014
  • Dave Milam- 2014
  • Ken Bluhm- 2015
  • John Hughes- 2015
  • Mike Hayes- 2015
  • Wes Hamdan- 2016
  • Tim Gibson- 2017
  • Linda Fisher- 2017
  • Brent Moore 2018

He asked us to join him in a moment of silence to remember these fine individuals.

The qualifications for our Educational Assistance award are as follows:

  1. Be a graduating high school senior that will be attending a college/university offering a two/four year degree upon the completion of an accredited program;
  2. Be a resident of Centerville/Washington Township;
  3. Have a strong record of participation in community service activities; and
  4. Possess a financial need as affirmed by the FAFSA

He recognized the committee members who read the applications and made this year’s selections: Gail Aiken, Will Cale, Bob Duffy, and Roberta Taylor.

Normally we have 3 awards. This year we had 4. Each will receive $1500 later today. Thank you to the CNO board for the approval of the awards and the entire CNO membership for your fund-raising efforts that make the Educational Assistance awards possible.

This award is renewable for a second year with a continued financial need, continued involvement in school, community or faith-based activities, and a freshman grade point average of at least a 3.0.

Three of the recipients were able to join us today. Each recipient brought family members with them to share lunch with us today.

Anastasia Bair

Anastasia attended Centerville High School and she is ranked 119th in a senior class of 664 students with a GPA of 3.991. Anastasia’s Extracurricular and Community Service Activities include:

  • Varsity Soccer where she served as a captain
  • Club Soccer
  • Varsity Wrestling Stats
  • Young Life
  • Lunch Buddies
  • Elk Connectors
  • Chem Buddies
  • Volunteer at Church watching 2-year olds during the service
  • BOLD (Building our Lives Drug Free)

Anastasia currently works at Bob Evans and also babysits.

Anastasia will be attending Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio.   After graduation she would like to work in a medical field or in criminal justice.

She read us her essay and here are a few statements: Centerville is safe. Centerville is not perfect, but activities and community service that we put on really help. She enjoys Lunch buddies and chemistry buddies and helping younger kids. She loves soccer and loves coaching younger kids.

Michelle Garrison

Michelle attended Centerville High School and she is ranked 1st in a senior class of 664 students with a GPA of 4.9714. Michelle’s Extracurricular and Community Service Activities include:

  • Varsity Soccer
  • Club Soccer
  • HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America)
  • Centerville Concert Orchestra and Centerville Youth Orchestra
  • Scholar Athlete
  • Lunch Buddies
  • BOLD (Building our Lives Drug Free)
  • STAND (Stop Tobacco and Nicotine Dependence)
  • Chem Buddies
  • Volunteer at church as a Kindergarten Sunday School Teacher
  • Volunteer at SISCA Animal Shelter

Michelle currently works at Bob Evans and Mathnasium where she tutors students in math.

Michelle will be attending Emory University in Atlanta.  After college she would like to attend medical school and work in the Medical Corps or as an emergency physician.

She read us her essay and here are a few statements: Having adult positive role models is very important. Community members have helped her go through her high school career. Passions and skills are developed from being around these role models. Good habits will follow us into adulthood.

Danielle Meyer

Danielle attended Centerville High School and she is ranked 50th in a senior class of 664 students with a GPA of 4.3. Danielle’s Extracurricular and Community Service Activities include:

  • National Honor Society
  • Theatre Program (acting, directing, crew and set building) and where she served as President of the S.T.A.G.E Theatre Club
  • Lunch Buddies
  • STAND (Stop Tobacco and Nicotine Dependence)
  • Elk Connector
  • BOLD (Building our Lives Drug Free)
  • Spanish Club
  • Chairperson for the Food for All Food Drive at Incarnation Parish and School
  • Five Minute for Life Student Ambassador
  • Peer Tutoring

Danielle currently works at Maggie Moos Ice Cream Shop and she previously worked as a Youth Drama Camp Counselor at Epiphany Lutheran Church.

Danielle will be attending the Wright State University.  She would like to pursue film acting and the business of the entertainment industry.  She would eventually like to work for the United Nations serving as a Goodwill Ambassador.

She read us her essay and here are a few statements: Young adults must help others. We need adults to help with good influence and encourage kids to give back as well. Volunteering will make you a better person for the rest of your life. Be drug free. Having a food drive reminds everyone that some people do go without food. Community service prepares and teaches. The best students who help the community are not resume builders, they are community builders and leaders.

Allison Ormsby

We will hear from Allison in a few weeks.


Member Birthday
Dick Stevens June 05
Jean Pummill June 06
Bob Vogt June 07
Brooks Compton June 09

Membership Anniversaries

No membership anniversaries this week.

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Brendan Cunningham Mike Bevis Induction
Jeff Umbreit Sarah Umbreit 2nd Reading
Mark Scarpino Greg Wasmund 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Dr.Tom Henderson It is summer again, and he can finally show up to lunch.
Rick Talda It is summer again, and he can finally show up to lunch.
Ken Peacock It is summer again, and he can finally show up to lunch.
Laura Caschera It is summer again, and she can finally show up to lunch.
Mary Madden Left her name badge at home.
Art Hung No show at Saturday’s Fishing Derby.
Myron Rheaume Telling bad jokes, again!
Brendan Cunningham Just inducted to CNO, welcome to the club, pay a $1 fine.
Wendy Hattan Late to today’s meeting.
Beth Duncan Publically announced that for the 50th Anniversary celebration, “DO NOT dress like Don Kelly!”

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Bob Lawson $10 for all the wonderful help from the volunteers for last Saturday’s Fishing Derby.
Vida McDowell $5 because it has been 50 years (June 8, 1968) since she immigrated from Iran to the U.S and it has been nothing but great to be in the USA!
Sandy Stevens Husband Dick Steven’s 73rd birthday was today and she remembers when she thought 73 was old.
Myron Rheaume Cal State Fullerton, his alma mater, defeated Stanford #1 and Baylor #2, in the college world series west regional to move on to the Super regional against Univ. of Washington.
Nancy Lehren Last night’s dinner hosted by Children’s Medical Center’s doctors was informational and enjoyable!
Kelly Stone Will be celebrating with long time friends her 35 year UD graduation reunion and 10 years for daughter Christine Balsan.
Beth Duncan Joe Madden has agreed to be the master of ceremonies at the CNO 50th Anniversary Celebration Dinner on 6/19/2018.

CNOtes – May 29, 2018 – Dr. J Thomas Hardy – Dayton Veteran’s Administration

Today’s Guests

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Guest Guest Of
Rick Altvater Greg Wasmund
Kenzie Baker JOI Club
Dr. J Thomas Hardy Speaker
Karen Havlip JOI Club
Valerie Kronson JOI Club
Faith Ryon JOI Club
Mary Ryon JOI Club
Jeff Umbreit Sarah Umbreit

Memorial Day

Thank you so much to all of our veterans. A special thank you to all the veterans that are members of the Centerville Noon Optimists and for their continuing effort to benefit others after already giving so much of themselves serving our amazing country, The United States of America!

Committee Notes

Joan Cordonnier reminded everyone that July 4th is nearing quickly, so don’t forget to sign up to help or participate in the Americana Festival-5K Race.  The proceeds go to the Centerville Noon Optimists.

Cherie Gentry stated that the OI district convention is August, 17-18, 2018 in Fairborn OH.  The OI international president will be attending and the more of us that show up the better.

Junior Optimist International (JOI) Club Presentation

Kelly Stone introduced Mary Ryon from JOI. Mary brought 4 girls from JOI to discuss what JOI means to them. CNO donated $2000 so these kids can attend the JOI convention in Ottawa, Canada. There are 8 girls and 1 boy that will be attending. The kids from JOI made a beautiful “thank you” poster and presented to us during lunch today.

Valerie Kronson, current governor said each year she goes to the convention she makes new friends. She gets a lot of new perspectives on life and the life other JOI members from all over. She enjoys discussing service activities with new friends.

Faith Ryon, governor elect stated that JOI means a lot to her because she looks forward to each summer and it makes her happy. She loves travelling and meeting people. She likes being around others with similar thoughts. She enjoys visiting new areas and new people. The workshops are amazing. She appreciates how hard the people running these conventions work.

Karen Havlip, secretary, coined the phrase Floriohio for Florida, Iowa and Ohio. The members of her group of friends come from these three states. She wants to make t-shirts with the name. The Leadership workshops are amazing. The boy from Florida will be making a video of the trip and we can watch it.

Kinzie Baker, a newer member, said thank you so much for making it possible for her to attend her first international convention.

Cherie Gentry asked, “Can we donate more money individually now?” Mary replied, “Absolutely you can.”

Today’s Presentation

Mike Bevis introduced, Dr J. Thomas Hardy, DO, a retired Army colonel and Vietnam veteran, the Chief of Staff at the Dayton VA Medical Center. He came today to give us a brief history of veteran’s services and of the Dayton VA Medical Center.

United States Veteran’s services were started during the revolutionary war, however, there was no money to fund the services needed. For all U.S. wars through the Mexican War the states provided Veterans services instead of the federal government. The Mexican War was the inspiration for the opening lines of the Marines’ Hymn, “From the Halls of Montezuma…”. Hardy showed a picture of this epic battle.

The Veterans Administration was not established until 1930 and became the cabinet-level Department of Veterans Affairs in 1989.

The American Civil War made the need for veteran’s services a national need. Huge advances in weaponry occurred at the time of the Civil War. The increase in the number of dead and wounded was well beyond any other U.S. war up to this point. Over 1 million needed treatment, though most from disease. Old war tactics were used, but with amazing weapons. Tens of thousands of disabled veterans resulted from the Civil War.

Artillery canons became much more effective, reaching a 2-mile range. Canister bombs were effective at a 200-yard radius and within 10 yards of explosion victims were vaporized.

Rifle efficiency also increased. The Spencer rifle, the first repeating rifle, was invented. With the Spencer rifle a soldier could shoot 28 rounds per minute. Soldiers described it as, “load it once and shoot all week.” The Confederates also had rifles that were more accurate and used .58 caliber rounds that were very damaging.

The mission of the VA is to fulfill President Lincoln’s promise “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s Veterans.

Nationally at first 3 VA homes were established. The facilities were located in Dayton. Maine, and Milwaukee. The Dayton VA facility opened in 1867, at first with just a log cabin and a barn. Its first hospital was opened in 1870 and was the most modern hospital ever at that time, having running water, steam heat and flush toilets. It had housing for up to 7000 veterans. The VA hospital was a tourist attraction, having over 500,000 visitors per year. Originally the VA was run like a military organization, with routine and discipline. Residents that could work, worked to feed themselves and others and take care of the facility.

The VA’s goal is injury and mental recovery, learning useful job skills and connecting veterans with jobs.

Quick Facts about the Dayton VA Medical Center

  • There was a working farm that met some of the food needs.
  • The chapel has been in continuous use for 150 years.
  • The chapel bell was made out of melted confederate canons.
  • There is a museum supported from donations of items and money from veterans.
  • Stone from the quarry was used to build the Home Chapel and Grotto Gardens.
  • The Brown Hospital was completed in 1930.

Home page of the Dayton VA Medical Center

Virtual Museum of the Dayton VA Medical Center



Member Birthday
Tzuling Kuo May 31
Mike Witt June 01
Shawna Hatton June 01
Mark Kingseed June 03
Larry Larrimer June 04

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Carol Burkman May 31 05/31/2003 15
Robert Burkman May 31 05/31/2003 15
Gary Aiken June 1 06/01/1982 36

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Jeff Umbreit Sarah Umbreit 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Bob Burkman Underground marketing for the Avenue of Flags
Charlie Tapp Lost name tag
Tim Clemmer Didn’t return his flag supplies after installing flags
Greg Griffin Todays meeting is not on the online calendar
Bill Stone Falling out of a car when picking up flags because he asked Kelly to drive faster
Greg Griffin Because CNO donated Kelly Stone’s requested amount for JOI to travel to the international conference Greg reminded her that she agreed to do a happy dance – It was perfect!
Jane Fiehrer Late to meeting

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Don Kelley Grandchild just graduated from Notre Dame
Charlie Tapp Celebrating Karl Fydryk’s 3rd hole in one
Bob Bargmeyer 4th birthday of oldest grandduaghter from Connecticut
Bob Bargmeyer Just missed hitting a deer on their trip
Bill Stone 7th Grandchild Francis is doing great in Nashville, saw him just a couple of weeks ago
Greg Griffin Evelyn gets to go and visit their newest grandchild in Vegas
Faith Ryon (guest from JOI) Thank you to the club for the donation to JOI and for the volleyball tournament she will be at this weekend
Valerie Kronson (guest from JOI) Funny seeing so many members of her church today sitting at the bad kids table