CNOtes – SPECIAL EDITION – CNO Wins AFP of the Year Award on National Philanthropy Day

CNO Recognized as “Outstanding Organization” on National Philanthropy Day

National Philanthropy Day was November 15, 2018. On this day, the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Dayton Region held a luncheon event at Sinclair Community College’s Ponitz Center to recognize Dayton Area Philanthropist individuals and organizations.

The Centerville Noon Optimist Club (CNO) received the “Outstanding Organization” Award. We were nominated by Dayton’s Children’s Hospital. CNO donates significant money every year to Dayton’s Children’s hospital. Each year CNO sponsors three Build-A-Bear activities for pediatric patients and their families. CNO provides the funding and the volunteers to give a little joy to the lives affected by childhood cancer and Sickle Cell disease.

Donna Huss, the CNO president accepted the award, a beautiful plaque, on behalf of our club.

CNO helped sponsor the event by purchasing a table of eight. Eight members of our club attended the event.  The event was well done and the facility was top notch. Each recipient took a few moments to speak to the people attending the event.

Here is a list of the individuals and groups recognized.

Everyone who is a member of the Centerville Noon Optimist should be very proud of receiving this award. Recognition like this will help us do even more good for our community.

CNOtes – November 13, 2018 – Christmas Tree Lot Presentation

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father we will never be lonely if we like the person we’re with. It is always true when we are with You. Have us realize that when we are with You we are filling ourselves with Your love. That love is not to be hoarded for our own consumption, but is to be spread to all we encounter. Love and hate are two emotions that we harbor. Have us whistle a happy tune for being happy there is no room for hate.Amen!

 Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Shawn Collins Tom Novak
Andrew Dickerson Andrew McKenzie
Erin Dickerson Andrew Dickerson
Gareth Dickey Gary Hansen
Ron Kuker Charlie Tapp
Sue Zammit Dana Dring

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Thank you notes received by CNO

The USO thanked us for our donation of $1000 for their holiday party.

The Victoria Theater Association thanked us for our donation to their National Geographic Program.

Committee Announcements

Gary Hansen, chair of the Will Cale Scholarship Committee, announced he is still looking for more mentors so that we can help more students.

Beth, social committee, announced that 60 people have signed up so far for the Dinner and a Mystery. You can still sign up. They can handle up to 90. The event is December 28, 2018 at the Spaghetti Warehouse. Beth also announced sign-ups for the CNO Holiday Party on December 11 at Presidential Banquet Center.

Greg Fay, CNO 2.0 chair, announced there will be no CNO 2.0 meeting for December 2018, but he plans to have a football viewing party some time.

Annual Christmas Tree Lot Presentation

Donna Huss introduced Greg Griffin, the co-chair of the Christmas Tree Lot. Greg wants to make sure especially new members get briefed on how the Christmas Tree Lot works and why. The why is simple, “We do it for the kids.” First Greg showed us a great video about the tree lot and then he stepped us through his Power Point deck. Please review the slide deck here for additional information not included in the rest of this article.

Quick Facts about the Lot

  • 2018 is the 51st year of our tree lot.
  • Greg Griffin and Karl Frydryk are the co-chairs of the Christmas Tree Lot.
  • It is one of our 3 major fundraisers.
  • We will unload and sell 1,000 trees in about 15 days.
  • It is a great club showcase opportunity to be involved with the community.
  • Customers mention over and over that it isn’t Christmas until they buy a tree from us.
  • We have a new storage trailer this year with LED lighting and power and new wreath hangers.
  • We will have student volunteers from Centerville High School and the University of Dayton.

Important Information

  • We cannot park in the Centerville BMV parking lots when BMV is open.
  • Park at the Famous Restaurant, the Bank or the Walgreen’s. Please avoid parking near the front entrance of these businesses.
  • Ask parents before you give their kids a candy cane.
  • The only person allowed to change the price on a tree are Greg or Karl.
  • Don’t negotiate the price. Remind customers if they ask for a discount that our trees are of the highest quality and we are fundraising to support youth in the community.
  • We have occasionally agreed to donate a tree for a few needy causes. There is a form to fill out and someone will investigate that the request is legitimate.

Schedule and Steps

  • Tree Delivery Day is Saturday November 17, 2018 at 8 AM. We need all hands on deck. We are usually done by 11AM. We have jobs for everyone. You will be rewarded with donuts, coffee, hot chocolate and about 15 types of hot soups.
  • Lot opens the day after Thanksgiving.
  • We are scheduled to be open through December 15th. History shows that we will sell out in 15 days.
  • When you arrive at the lot, go into the sales trailer, mark that you were there and grab your name tag.
  • If you can’t make your shift, try and find a substitute or trade with someone else.

Quick Information

  • You do not sign up for the tree lot. You have been automatically signed up for a team. Each team has 6 shifts, except one has 7 shifts, but the lot should be closed before that. Please show up for your shift. You will receive emails telling about your shifts. There are 9 evening teams and 1 day shift team. There are 10 Team captains.
  • Wear proper clothing. You should bring Gloves and Boots. Please be aware that you will get tree sap on your gloves, clothes and shoes.
  • We do provide tree delivery. It is available within 7 miles for $10. We do not take the trees inside homes.
  • Remember to push the Tree Sprays because we make them out of tree scraps so it is pure profit.
  • There is a Christmas Tree Ornament for sale at the lot as well.
  • Tell your friends to come early to buy a tree. We will sell out early. Our trees are of the highest quality. There is a Christmas Tree shortage again this year.
  • If you work enough shifts you can get a discount off the purchase of a tree.
  • We have a truck we borrow from Voss for tree delivery. It is very important though that before you drive the truck you must make a copy of your license and sign the driver log.

Thank You

Thanks for being a member and helping with one of our very successful fundraisers. We can’t do it without the generous time of our members.


Member Birthday
Bryan Link November 14
Russell Hulbert November 19

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Art Hung November 16 11/16/2001 17
Tim Clemmer November 16 11/16/2001 17
Larry England November 17 11/17/1994 24
Nancy Lehren November 17 11/17/1994 24
Julie Cochran November 19 11/19/2009 9

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Richard Altvater Greg Wasmund 1st Reading
Gareth Dickey Gary Hansen 1st Reading
Sue Zammit Greg Griffin 1st Reading
Erin Dickerson Andy Dickerson 1st Reading
Andrew Dickerson Andrew McKenzie 2nd Reading
Mariah Vogelgesang Mike Bevis 2nd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

No time for sergeants this week.

Happy Bucks!

No time for happy bucks this week.

CNOtes – November 6, 2018 – Phil Parker – President – Dayton Chamber of Commerce

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father we will never be lonely if we like the person we’re with. It is always true when we are with You. Have us realize that when we are with You we are filling ourselves with Your love. That love is not to be hoarded for our own consumption, but is to be spread to all we encounter. Love and hate are two emotions that we harbor. Have us whistle a happy tune for being happy there is no room for hate.Amen!

 Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Rick Altvater Greg Wasmund
Kevin Bargmeyer Bob Bargmeyer
Craig Boring Optimist Foundation
John Chapman Ron Tinnerman
Gareth Dickey Gary Hansen
Amy Dryden Mike Bevis
Franz Hoge John Speers
Tom Kendo Ohio District
Ron Kuker Charlie Tapp
Gaby Neal Tom Kendo
Phil Parker Speaker
Annie Shaver Mike Bevis

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

In Honor of Veteran’s Day

Carolyn Taylor asked all veteran’s present to come to the front of the room. She gave each veteran a “Veterans Service Flag Pin” with the following text attached to the pin:

The Veterans Service Flag pin was created to distinguish and honor persons who have faithfully served in the Armed Forces of the United State of America.  The red background of the Veterans Service Flag represents valor, hardiness and the blood spilled by Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom; the blue rectangular field represents justice, vigilance and perseverance; and the white star represents purity, liberty and freedom.

Wear the Veterans Service Flag Pin Proudly!

President’s Flippin’ Awesome Awards

President Donna Huss bestowed the Flippin’ Awesome Award along with a bag of Flipz pretzels to Gary Aiken, Debe Dockins and Chris McAlpine for the great speakers they arranged for our October meetings and to Larry Lynde for assembling a great speaker committee.

Committee Announcements

Gary Hansen, chair of the Will Cale Scholarship Committee, announced its next meeting will be at 5:30pm on Wednesday, November 13 at Gary Hansen’s house. All current and prospective committee members/mentors are encouraged to attend. We will be discussing the status of our current scholars as well as reviewing our candidates for the 2019 scholarships. The committee is looking for a few new committee members/mentors. If you are interested, please contact Gary Hansen for further information.

Gary Hansen also announced that the wreaths for this year’s tree lot will be picked up in Bath Township on Wednesday, November 20 at 9:00am. He is looking for 2-3 pickup trucks (or a commercial box truck or trailer) along with a few helpers to pick up the wreaths and bring them to the tree lot. Please contact Gary Hansen if you can help.

Beth, social committee, announced that 50 people have signed up so far for the Dinner and a Mystery. You can still sign up. They can handle up to 90. The event is December 28, 2018 at the Spaghetti Warehouse.

Jack Anderson, CNO 2.0 Committee, announce that the next 2.0 meeting will be held November 15, 2018 at 5:30 at Heavier the Air Brewery.  Our speaker will be Anthony Rocco, Dayton Freight Lines, Inc. VP of Operations.

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

Happy Birthday to Charlie Tapp

Today, November 6, 2018, is Charlie Tapp’s birthday. Charlie showed up for today’s meeting knowing the intensity of the situation.  Bob Duffy led us in singing an excruciating rendition of Happy Birthday to Charlie Tapp.

Presentation from the Dayton Chamber of Commerce

Gary Aiken introduced Phil Parker, the President of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce. He shared with us his thoughts on the local economy. The Dayton Chamber is a regional chamber. It is the 25th largest in the U.S. It has members in 9 counties: Montgomery, Champaign, Greene, Warren, Butler, Clarke, Darke, Shelby, and Miami.

The unemployment rate in our area is 4.7%. That is the lowest in decades, though slightly higher than the national average.  Low unemployment is a double-edged sword. The number one concern for area employers is the availability of skilled workers. He said we should continue to watch what is going on north of town for the distribution centers being built, including for pet supplier Dayton has created a niche market for distribution. North Dayton is great for distribution because of the access to highways and the airport. The next biggest concerns for area employers is health costs and opioid addiction.

Phil also discussed downtown Dayton. The University of Dayton is going to take control of the old Montgomery County Fairground’s 37 acres. This is just to the south of the downtown business district.

Care Source is a great employer for the downtown area. They have taken over several buildings and are now taking over the former Elder-Beerman building and others. At some point Care Source plans to consolidate their employees into a single building.

He is seeing some growth downtown from smaller employees. A lot of younger entrepreneurs are looking for non-traditional locations for their businesses and are choosing renovated buildings downtown.

The Dayton Convention Center is owned and operated by the city. Normally this would be run by the county. Phil thinks the building needs some repair. It has slipped over the last 10-15 years. A group has looked at it recently to try and fix it, but the city alone may not have the funds. A combination of County, City and port authority may work together to improve the facility. It is a regional asset not just benefitting the city and more entities should share in the cost to renovate the building.

Two new hotels have been announced for downtown. This creates more opportunity for new businesses to locate downtown and will increase the use of the Dayton Convention Center.

Residential housing continues to grow downtown. Charlie Simms plans on building 12 or more units costing more than $600,000. A lot of people are looking to move downtown. Empty nesters don’t have the same concerns about schools as younger people and are more willing to move into Dayton. There are still several cheaper places to purchase downtown as well.

Presentation from Optimist International Foundation

Myron Rheaume introduced Craig Boring, the Executive Director of the Optimist International Foundation.  Craig told us that the Optimist International Foundation is the fundraising arm of Optimist International and works to develop funds to support the endeavors of Optimist International and its mission.

Craig also spoke to us about the Optimist Oratorical contest.  Optimist International has held the Oratorical contest since 1928. The foundation helps to organize and fund this contest. This year the finals were held in St Louis. One of the contestants in recent years, Dominic, has a speech impediment. Her therapist told her to get into some oratorical contests and one of them was ours. Overcoming her disability, she recently won second place and that came with a $17,500 scholarship. He wants us to know that by donating to Dime-a-Day you are not just getting a certificate, you are truly helping youth.

Would YOU like to participate in Dime-a-Day?  It’s easy and very inexpensive – the donation form is here.

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Member Birthday
Andrew Mckenzie November 06
Charles Tapp November 06
Laurie Poeppelman November 07
Paul Webendorfer November 07
Ken Irwin November 09
Dean Heyne November 10
Stephanie Catanzaro November 10
Gary Aiken November 11
Becky Keegan November 12
Kelly George November 12

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Bob Vogt November 8 11/8/2005 13

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Mariah Vogelgesang Mike Bevis 2nd Reading
Ronald Kuker Charlie Tapp 3rd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Donna Huss When leading the creed for the last 2 weeks she started with “I pledge” instead of “Promise yourself”
Jerry Stahley Interesting clothing at the tree lot setup.
Tim Clemmer Late to meeting

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Joan Cordonnier Husband doing well after his 5 bypass surgery. Has been walking up to 3 miles in the neighborhood each day. Thanks for all the cards, texts and well wishes.

CNOtes – October 30, 2018 – Ickey Woods – Former Cincinnati Bengal

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, from time to time I think we all have been at loss when we kneel to pray. The static of the day still is rattling around in our head. We have focused so much on our own agenda that we ignored all outside distractions or thoughts. Lord, put in our mind all those we love and love us. Have us single out a member that
we neglected to encourage. Then when we bend our head, have us pray they grow in their love and get better every day and don’t let us forget to include ourselves. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Rick Altvater Greg Wasmund
Dan Apolito Scott Langer
Matt Brown Mike Yoder
Mariah Butler Vogelgesang Mike Bevis
Andrew Dickerson Andrew Mackenzie
Amy Dryden Mike Bevis
Ron Kuker Charlie Tapp
Jim Weaver Greg Wasmund
Ickey Woods Speaker

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Committee Announcements

Bill Stone, chair for Dime-a-Day, will be accepting checks and forms for Dime-a-Day donations this week.  You can also send the form and your check in yourself or give them to Bill on a later date. Get the form here. Optimist International and Optimist International Foundation coexist as two separate organizations that support each other. Optimist International Foundation is the fundraising arm of Optimist International, and works to develop funds to support the endeavors of Optimist International and its mission.

Nancy Lehren, Childhood cancer chair, thanked everyone for the successful Build-a-Bear on October 25, 2018.

Myron Rheaume, Personal Growth chair, will offer PDP and PGP instructions before and after next week’s meeting.

Beth Duncan, social chair, announced there will be a Dinner and a Mystery on December 28, 2018. It will be at the Spaghetti Warehouse.

Today’s Speaker

Chris McAlpine introduced Ickey Woods, former star fullback of the Cincinnati Bengals. Chris’s introduction was the briefest this reporter has ever witnessed. Chris simply said, “Everyone, this is Ickey Woods.”

Ickey came today to tell us about the foundation named after his son, the Jovante Woods Foundation. The foundation concentrates its efforts in the areas of treatment and education for Asthma and Organ Donation.

Ickey shared some stories about his life and football career. He was born in Fresno CA. He received a full ride scholarship at UNLV. The first 3 years were difficult, but John Montgomery, his coach, treated him as a person. Ickey said that John told him, “Give me 110% and I’ll get you into the NFL. Just do everything I say.” Ickey did what John said. Ickey was the first player drafted in the second round. He was not a great student, but he loved football. He was part of the most explosive offense in the league and made it to Super Bowl XXIII in January 1989 with quarterback Boomer Esiason.

During that great year, Ickey created the famous Ickey Shuffle. His career ended quickly after 4 years because of injuries. Luckily, he had the gift of gab and went into sales doing whatever it took to put clothes on his kid’s backs.

Ickey’s son, Jovante Woods, was an extremely bright student with a 3.8 GPA. He was athletic, caring and was going to have a great academic career. On August 14 2010, Jovante Woods passed away from a severe asthma attack at 16 years of age. Ickey remembers getting the worst phone call a parent could ever get that his son couldn’t breathe. By the time Ickey got home, his son was in the ambulance. They were trying to resuscitate him. They decided to airlift him to Cincinnati Children’s hospital. His son had lost a half hour of oxygen to the brain. They waited to see if the brain swelled, since there was nothing they could do if it did.  The brain scans were completely black instead of showing the folds of the brain in a normal scan which indicated there was severe swelling of the brain.

They told Ickey his son was brain dead. He said “It is hard to explain, it is excruciating. I had to be tough because everyone was depending on me. The first three months were extremely rough, and I considered taking my own life. I realized how selfish that would be and that people were depending on me.”

He said, “I had no idea that asthma could kill. I have asthma myself, but I had never heard of anyone dying of asthma.”

Shortly after Jovante was pronounced brain dead, two ladies showed up from “Life Center”. They explained that Jovante had chosen to give away his organs on his driver’s license in the event of death. This was very upsetting to Ickey and Chandra (Jovante’s mother) at first.  After giving their condolences, the ladies asked them how they felt about Jovante being an organ donor since parents of minors have the ultimate decision. After calming down, Ickey and Chandra decided to honor Jovante’s wishes. Jovante Woods’ organs saved four lives and helped countless others using tissue donations.

Ickey and Chandra decided to create the Jovante Woods Foundation. The mission of the foundation is three-fold. From the website:

Asthma:  We strive to increase asthma awareness, screening locations, education to families in need and efforts to find a cure. As we continue our ongoing endowment in Jovante’s name, we help fund the critical work within the Cincinnati Children’s Asthma Research Division.

Organ Donation:  By working with LifeCenter Organ Donor Network, we are able to continue education efforts on the importance of the gift of life.

Education:  Our “3.8 to be Great” scholarship fund awards two scholarships to a male and female athlete with a 3.8 or greater GPA.

Proceeds from the fundraising events, programs and donations are shared between these three important goals unless otherwise specified.

Asthma is the fasted growing disease. Since 1980 asthma has grown 80%. Every day 11 people die from asthma.

So far, the foundation has donated over $100,000 to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital asthma division.

You can help the Jovante Woods Foundation in many ways. On the website, you can donate, buy gifts, offer to volunteer, participate in fundraisers and contribute to a sponsorship. If you like the Bengals check out the JWF shop where there are lots of Bengals related items.  All of the items are autographed by Ickey Woods.

The foundation also has fundraising golf outings. The one in Dayton is the second Monday in May each year at NCR Country Club.

After Ickey was done speaking, the CNO golf committee gave him a gift with a reminder on it that they expect him to participate again in our golf outing next year on July 15, 2019.

You can contact the foundation by calling 859-JOV-ANTE (859-568-2683) or sending an email to

Additional Information from the Ickey Woods Foundation

Ickey’s personal assistant, Erika Bacon, sent a nice email with a lot of information after our meeting. What follows is the email from Erika about Ickey and the Jovante Woods Foundation:


It was such a pleasure meeting with you today. I appreciate you writing about the Foundation in your newsletter, that is very exciting. I want to cover our mission, which has three components as described below.

Ickey has poured his heart and soul into trying to ensure not one more parent or family has to lose a child due to complications with Asthma. The passion and intensity you were able to witness today during Ickey’s time speaking is the same passion and intensity that inspires everyone involved with the Jovante Woods Foundation. We are looking to make Jovante the recognizable face of Asthma, in doing this it also means Asthma is at the forefront in people’s minds and discussions. JWF wants to push forward research to find a cure, or at a minimum a better way to treat the disease. We are working toward funding an early detection program, which will allow families to catch the disease early and provide education to families, communities and schools.

Jovante ensured that he left a legacy, which at his tender young age he may not have fully grasped he was doing by simply selecting organ donation on his license. WOW! What a gift he chose to provide to someone in the event the unthinkable happened. As we now know on August 14, 2010 Jovante did pass away from complications of Asthma. Literally minutes after his parents, Ickey and Chandra, found out they had just lost their child, they also found out he selflessly chose to be an organ donor. Jovante was able to save four lives through organ donation and countless others with his tissue donation. Ickey devotes a good portion of his time speaking to High School students about Organ Donation. If there is a school you are involved with please let us know and we will be happy to set up a time for Ickey to go and speak with the students and faculty.

In addition to Jovante “JoJo” being a selfless young man, he was also a straight “A” student athlete. Another portion of JWF is our “3.8 to be Great” Scholarship Program.  Each applicant applying for a Scholarship must have a 3.8 or higher GPA and be a student athlete. We have been fortunate enough in the last 3 years alone to give away over $14,000.00 in scholarships to young men and women who meet the criteria.

Ultimately eradication of Asthma is the end goal. In the meantime, we will continue our mission to fund research, early detection, better treatments and education of Asthma; Organ Donation; and our 3.8 to be Great Scholarship program. All in honor of one amazing young man, Jovante Woods.

Thank you for your time.


Erika Bacon


Member Birthday
Suzanne Werts October 30
Cheryl Reichel November 01
Deborah Saunders November 01
Wendy Hattan November 2
Robin Golden November 04

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Bob Vogt November 8 11/8/2005 13

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Ronald Kuker (pronounced “KEEKER”) Charlie Tapp 2nd Reading
Andrew Dickerson Andrew McKenzie 1st Reading
Mariah Vogelgesang Mike Bevis 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Blanca Ortiz Not wearing Optimist pin in her picture for her bank
Pat Behn Reckless driving at the front door last week as she almost hit another person
Carrie Million Attempted to fire herself from putting up the CNO Podium Sign each week
Beth Duncan Coffee mug lost again

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Joe Madden Recently installed carbon monoxide detector and it may have saved his and Mary’s life. Everyone should get one or check the ones they have. He says to get one that talks.
Greg Griffin The new storage trailer has been delivered and setup for the Christmas Tree lot. Thanks to Roy Barclay, Jerry Stahley and Bill Stone for their amazing work in customizing the new trailer with LED lighting.
Kelly Stone Mike Cordonnier is doing well after his 5 bypass surgery. Sleeping is difficult.
Myron Rheaume Paid $5 because he is very happy that today’s speaker, Ickey Woods, has agreed to be a speaker at an Optimist state conference soon.
Charlie Goodwin Survived his Africa vacation even though he was bitten by a baby lion and and chased by a full sized hippo.
Charlie Goodwin This weekend he will be going to Philly for granddaughter’s second birthday.

CNOtes – October 23, 2018 – Coach Don Donoher

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father many times when we are in quiet time with You, we run through happy memories that make us smile. But, lurking in the shadows come the thoughts of our transgressions which make us frown. Let us not dwell on our transgressions with a frown, rather help us accept them with a smile. If it were not for our errors we would not have had a successful life. Mistakes are what made us adjust our goal, our attitude, our direction. We thank You Lord for giving us the nudge to rethink our actions and do what You created us to do. This makes us smile and we pray You smile in turn. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Celia Agnew Ellie Parker
Rick Altvater Greg Wasmund
Dave Borchers Greg Griffin
Coach Donoher Speaker
Ron Kuker Charlie Tapp
Gary Miller Donna Huss
Criss Somerlot Joe Madden
Carol Weiland Jay McAlpine

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Today’s Speaker

Gary Aiken introduced Don Donoher, who from 1964 to 1989 was the head men’s basketball coach at the University of Dayton. He compiled a record of 437-275. In 1968 they won the NIT championship and in 1967 they were the runners-up in the NCAA. Donoher was the athletic director from 1976 to 1980. Donoher became coach after Tom Blackburn lost his battle with cancer in 1964. Blackburn was head coach from 1947 to 1964.

Donoher started off by thanking Gary and wondering why Gary asked him to speak. He said, “I am 86 years old and I can’t remember what I had for breakfast.”

He informed us that the UD Arena renovation is in phase 2 of 3 of a 3-year project. This year, the walk way around the concourse will be moved to the outside walls of the arena. UD thinks they can get another 40-50 years of use out of the original structure with these modifications and save a lot on the way.

Basketball was created in 1891 and 10 years later the UD Flyers started in 1901. He said, “People think I was the first coach. But actually, for the first several years there was no coach at UD.”

Donohor played the first game at the UD Fieldhouse when he was a freshman in 1950 under coach Blackburn. It held about 5800 fans. World War II delayed the building of the Fieldhouse.

Most colleges years ago were independent and not in conferences. The tournament that existed only served to benefit Madison Square Gardens. The NCAA was created, and they created their own tournament.

As a freshman, Donoher mainly sat the bench. His second year he was mostly sitting on the bench, but he still got to go to the NCAA tournament in Chicago. It was the last year a team could play in both the NIT and the NCAA tournament. During this game UD set a record for the most personal fouls in the NCAA tournament with 41 fouls – a record that still stands today.

Thomas J. Frericks, athletic director, made the decision to participate in the NCAA instead of the NIT. There was much more money in the NCAA. The UD Fieldhouse has been renamed to the Thomas J. Frericks Center.

At one-point, Frerick’s was able to create 36 extra seats on both sides of the Fieldhouse by moving both teams benches closer together, but he knew they needed another facility. Frericks had the dream and plans for the facility that he finally got built, UD Arena. Having the UD Arena in our community is huge. The updates facility, which includes air conditioning, will help keep the NCAA First Four. The NCAA knows Dayton knows how to host a tournament and how to do it very well.

Questions and Answers

Who is a player you coached that stands out in your memory?

One player is 7 ft Center Henry Finckel. To afford school, Finckel took a job at a shipyard as a sandblaster. Twice Finckel was drafted by the NBA after his Sophomore and Junior year but Finckel chose to continue to play for the UD Flyers. This happened just as Donoher became head coach. UD made it to the Sweet Sixteen and the next year to the Final Four. Donoher said, “Thank goodness he came back his Senior year or we would have been one and done.” The first year without Finckel they still made the finals and that made it big enough to get the UD arena built

What are your thoughts on Anthony Grant as head coach of basketball at UD?

Anthony Grant is Quality from top to bottom and he is going to do well. As a sophomore player he shined. Anthony’s father was 6 foot 2 and a big guy who had 6 kids and he knew how to run a family with discipline. Grant and his team right now are recruiting.

Could you tell us about your relationship with Bobby Knight?

At the NIT tournament in 1968, Knight was coaching Army. Some rep from the NIT came into the locker room with nice watches to give out. Knight threw the rep and his watches out into the hallway. Donohor asked Knight for some help in preparing for a game in which UD was playing against the team Knight had just beaten and Knight said OK, send someone. The information helped. Donohor asked again after Knight’s Army had been knocked out of the NIT tournament and again Knight said to send someone up. This time he got their insights and tapes on Notre Dame, who had just knocked Army out of the tournament and UD won. Before the next round in the tournament. Knight sent a letter that said, “Congrats, I know nothing about Kansas, I assume UD pays you a salary, so maybe you can figure this one out on your own.” Donohor said, ”If you are his friend that is good, if you were his enemy, well that isn’t as good.”

If there were 10 seconds left in a game, you were down by one point, and you could pick any player you coached to get the ball, who would you pick?

Donald Smith


Member Birthday
Dennis Glidden October 24
Patrick Swan October 24
Fred Pfeiffer October 26
Brent Richburg October 28
Shawn Thacker October 28
Bob Bargmeyer October 29

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Charlie Goodwin October 28 10/28/2008 10
Jessica King October 28 10/28/2008 10
Karen Sirmans October 28 10/28/2008 10
Mike Brubaker October 28 10/28/2008 10

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Ronald Kuker Charlie Tapp 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

No time for Sergeants this week

Happy Bucks!

No time for Happy Bucks this week

CNOtes – Optimist 2.0 October 18, 2018 – Ollie’s Craft Beer and Whiskey – Ryan Hawk – The Learning Leader Podcast


Guests and Members in Attendance

Ann Blackburn Guest
Jeff Bonsteel Guest
Alan Brown Guest
Casey Clark Guest
Jennifer Clark Guest
Courtney Csizma Guest
Mat Dickert Guest
Jennifer Elleman Guest
Sean Evans Guest
Jon Friedl Guest
Branden Geyer Guest
Judy Hawk Guest
Keith Hawk Guest
Ryan Hawk Guest
Kayleigh Jackson Guest
Kevin Jackson Guest
Michelle Kersey Guest
Donna Milam Guest
Dick Newlin Guest
Doris Newlin Guest
Jack Anderson Member
Diane Arehart Member
Pat Arehart Member
Marge Back Member
Dav Bremer Member
Bob Burkman Member
Joan Cordonnier Member
Mike Cordonnier Member
Melissa Deeter Member
Shelby DiPasquale Member
Beth Duncan Member
Greg Fay Member
Stacey Fay Member
Clint Feeese Member
Jane Fiehrer Member
Stan Fronzaglia Member
Cindy Gaboury Member
Jesse Gaither Member
Evelyn Griffin Member
Greg Griffin Member
Gary Hansen Member
Cindy Harris Member
Shawna Hatton Member
Martha Jackson Member
Robby Johnson Member
Jeff Kujawa Member
Jay McAlpine Member
Kathy McAlpine Member
Pam Miller Member
Tom Novak Member
Gary Poeppelman Member
Lauire Poeppelman Member
Cheryl Probst Member
Jean Pummill Member
Mandy Ransdell Member
Brent Richburg Member
Pete Rife Member
Gary Smiga Member
Jerry Stahley Member
Bill Stone Member
Kelly Stone Member
Ron Tinnerman Member

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.

Remember the CNO 2.0 meeting is always the third Thursday of the month at 5:30 PM at a local bar or restaurant. The next meeting will be on November 15, 2018 at Nelly’s Taste of Bolivia.

We had 42 members and 20 guests in attendance.

Describing Centerville Noon Optimist Club to our Guests

Greg Fay gave an overview of the fundraisers we have to raise money to give away to youth-based organizations and individuals.

Greg Griffin discussed the tree lot fundraiser.

Tom Novak and Bob Burkman discussed the Avenue of Flags fundraiser. Tom explained to our visitors that you have the opportunity to volunteer to help deliver flags even if you are not a member.

It was announced that the next Build-a-Bear for kids with cancer and their siblings is October 25, 2018 at Children’s Hospital. Volunteers setting up should arrive at 4:30 PM others should show up at 5:30 PM. The event starts at 6:00 PM.

Teacher of the Quarter Award

Greg Fay discussed that CNO 2.0 wanted to find a way to recognize teachers. The committee came up with the Teacher of the Quarter Award. For this quarter we are recognizing a teacher from Centerville High School. The Centerville High School principals chose this teacher for us. For this quarter, teacher Casey Clark’s name kept coming up. Clark spoke briefly about how great it is to be recognized by groups like the Centerville Noon Optimist.  Next quarter CNO 2.0 will recognize a teacher from one of the Centerville Middle Schools.

Tonight’s Speaker

Greg Fay introduced tonight’s speaker. Ryan Hawk creates podcasts and is a keynote speaker. His company is The Learning Leading Show. Ryan is a graduate of Centerville High School. He played football at both Miami University of Ohio and Ohio University. He had a successful run in sales at Lexis/Nexis. He is closing in on 300 podcast interviews of leaders and his podcasts are heard globally.

Ryan Hawk runs the Leadership Advisory team at the accounting firm of Brixey & Meyer.

Tonight, Ryan first said, “How about a round of applause to Greg Fay for emailing him every month until I said yes. Greg has to be most persistent person that has gotten him to speak at their club.”

Greg asked if Ryan could tell his story from the beginning. Ryan said, “As a high school freshman, I was fortunate to be the Centerville High School starting quarterback.”

During high school Ryan said, “I was recruited by Miami University out of High School. This was at the same time that a certain student named Ben Roethlisberger was also recruited by Miami” Ryan was very driven to succeed at Miami U. He moved to Miami U early, right after the end of high school. The year was 2001 and it was not common for players to do this. He moved in early so he could go around and meet players and coaches and at the very least learn everyone’s name. He wanted to be the best.

During his and Ben’s Freshman year at Miami University, there was a senior who was the starting quarterback. For their Sophomore year, the coaches waited until the last minute to inform Ryan and Ben that they would be rotating the position as QB. Ryan said, “Sometimes you can outwork your competition, but still not win. This is an important lesson to learn early in life. The experience of playing with Ben though was still worth it and it has helped propel him through my successes after football.” After a few games Sophomore year, it became clear that Ben was the better quarterback. Ryan was offered other positions on the team, but he decided to transfer to Ohio University and became their starting quarterback. In order to earn the starting QB job, he used the same technique of moving in early to learn everyone’s name and earn their respect. This was not simple because Ohio University considers Miami University to be its biggest rival.

Ryan had a successful run at Ohio U, but he did not make it into the NFL. He did play for the arena football league for a brief time.

After college, Ryan became a phone sales rep at Lexis/Nexis. As he started this position he asked to be introduced to the best sales rep Lexis/Nexis had and he asked if he could shadow him. This worked and it helped him soon become a manager, then a director, and eventually V.P. of sales at Lexis/Nexis. He earned his MBA along the way. Surrounding yourself with the best people is very important to a person’s success. Ryan said, “Figuring out who you are going to hang out with is more important than what you are going to do; be very intentional about who you spend time with.”

During his success in the sales world he got to meet business leaders like Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban who founded is an internet radio company that was sold to Yahoo! On April 1, 1999 for $5.7 Billion.

Ryan started listening to a lot of Podcasts and figured out he could do podcasts himself. He based his new idea on the idea of sustaining excellence over long periods of time. He sought out to interview business leaders who have long term success. He also noted that many of these leaders he interviews are voracious readers. The best of the best keep learning and improving even when it appears they have reached the top. Ryan said, “We are all climbing this mountain. Enjoy the journey, but you will never reach the top.”

Ryan then held a question and answer period.

Greg Fay asked for interviews that stand out?

#1. Kat Cole, the group president of Focus Brands (think Cinnabon). She started working at a Hooter’s restaurant in Florida. She got experience at every job from waitress to cook to manager. She became indispensable at that restaurant and earned her MBA. She was invited to run the first restaurant in Australia and other countries finally becoming executive vice president of Hooters. Ryan thinks she could one day become president of the U.S.

#2. Poker players are Interesting because they win by using their brains, not because of physical attributes. Most are great communicators and great listeners.

What are characteristics of Productive Achievers?

They are Courageous and Confident. They also have Curiosity and Humility.

How did you get going in the podcast business?

He landed a job as Leadership Advisor at Brixey and Meyer. He started doing podcasts and lost money for the first year. After 60 podcasts he was finally asked to make a paid speech. He now gets paid to do what he loves to do.

Since your brother A.J. Hawk got a lot of attention, did that cause any issues between you?

Ryan replied that he and A.J. both won the parent lottery and they both won the brother lottery. They truly are each other’s biggest fans. Being part of a wonderful family has helped his success.

50 / 50 Drawing

Jesse Gaither was the winner of the 50/50 drawing. He won the 50/50 at CNO 2.0 last month as well. Will he win a third time next month? Come to the next CNO 2.0 meeting and find out!

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

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Today’s Guests

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

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Committee Announcements

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

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

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

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

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

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

This year’s honoree and recipient of the “Robert J. O’Toole EMT/Firefighter of the Year Award” is Firefighter and EMT Paul Conover. Paul joined the department in October of 2016 at the age of 23 and he is a resident of Centerville.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bill Gaul introduced Paul Conover and gave him his award.

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

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

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

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


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Optimistically Lucky

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


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


Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Keith Meyer October 16 10/16/2013 5
Anita Foster-Polizzi October 17 10/17/2017 1
Greg Smith October 17 10/17/2007 11
Jean Pummill October 17 10/17/2012 6
Aaron Campbell October 20 10/20/2009 9
Monty Zinck October 20 10/20/2009 9
Steve Campbell October 20 10/20/2009 9
Dr. Tom Henderson October 20 10/20/2009 9
Carrie Million October 21 10/21/2015 3
Evelyn Griffin October 21 10/21/2015 3
Stephen Blake October 21 10/21/2015 3
Bill Powell October 22 10/22/2014 4
Laurie Poeppelman October 22 10/22/2003 15
Mike Fanelli October 22 10/22/2003 15
Bob Foster October 22 10/22/2003 15

New Member Readings and Inductions

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

Sergeants at Arms

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

Happy Bucks!

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

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

Opening Prayer

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

Today’s Guests

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

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Special Announcement

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

Committee Announcements

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

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

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

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

Today’s Speaker

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

Simms purchased his father’s company in 1996.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Membership Anniversaries

No membership anniversaries this week.

New Member Readings and Inductions

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

Sergeants at Arms

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

Happy Bucks!

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

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

Phather Phil’s Prayer

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

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

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

Today’s Guests

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

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Celebrating the life of Chuck Dickerson

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


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

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

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

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

Today’s Speaker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Membership Anniversaries

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

New Member Readings and Inductions

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

Sergeants at Arms

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

Happy Bucks!

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

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

All Photos from the Installation Dinner

Board and President Installation Dinner for 2018-2019 Year

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

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

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

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

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

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

Passing of the Gavel

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

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

Words from new President, Donna Huss

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

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

We are the world.

We are the children;

We are the ones who make a brighter day,

So let’s start giving

There’s a choice we’re making

We’re saving our own lives

It’s true we’ll make a better day

Just you and me

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

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

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

She thanked many people for the opportunity to become president:

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

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

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

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

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

Chris McAlpine – Final Speech as Club President

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

Chris thanked many people:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rookie of the Year Awards

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

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

Optimist of the Year Awards

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

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

Promise 11 and 12 of the Optimist Creed

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

Promise Yourself…

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

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

Thank You

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

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

Returning to our Regular Program Schedule

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

Copy of the Program

You can view a copy of the program here.