CNOtes – January 15, 2019 – Community Champion Awards Presented

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father May we realize that life is like a coin – we can spend it any way we want – but we can only spend it once. For us to be Optimist we must look at service as a joy and not a duty. We demonstrate the truest faith when others see You in us. The cost – is the amount of our life we put in it. You have established us as men and women of purpose in Your Kingdom. Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together. Help us be Your hands and heart were ever You my lead us. Amen!
Guest Of
Kate Barrett Honoree’s Guest
Heather Cantrell Honoree’s Guest
Natalie Heimann Honoree’s Guest
Shellie Hembre Honoree’s Guest
Jeff Johns Honoree’s Guest
Tonya Johns Honoree
Bill Kilgore Honoree’s Guest
Jane Lane Honoree’s Guest
Doug Reno Carolyn Taylor
Jani Rice Honoree
Tony Rice Honoree’s Guest
Morgan Schiffhauer Diane Arehart
Amy Staup Honoree’s Guest
Ranae Street Mike Bevis
Abby Watson Honoree’s Guest
Pastor Charlie Woodward Honoree’s Guest

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New CNO Event Tent Demonstration

Jesse Gaither demonstrated the new and improved CNO tent and banners. This can be set-up by 2 individuals and has a carrying case on wheels. This is such a nice improvement for our club and will be visible at all events.

Chuck Dickerson Memorial Scholarship

The Chuck Dickerson Memorial Scholarship was established in 2018 by the family of Chuck Dickerson. Chuck was an eternal optimist and entrepreneur who believed in service to his family and community. Chuck lived his life by the optimist creed, remaining too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble. The scholarship is for children or grandchildren of current or past members of the Centerville Noon Optimist.

The next deadline for submission is 3/8/2019.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Be a graduating high school senior
  • Be accepted to a two- or four-year college or university
  • Demonstrate a commitment to community service
  • Be the child or grandchild of a current or past member of the Centerville Noon Optimists

Direct link to the scholarship is

A list of other scholarships are at

Committee Announcements

Diane Arehart, social committee, announced that there is a Dinner/Euchre party on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 6PM at Bennett’s Publical Family Sports Grill in Miamisburg. Cost is only $5/person.

President Donna Huss said thanks to Barbara Santo for providing the deserts for the birthday table. She always does a great job.

We sang Happy Birthday to Bob Duffy

Bob Duffy’s birthday is on January 15 and that was today’s date! That means Charlie Tapp was tapped to conduct a loving yet audibly awful rendition of Happy Birthday. Thanks to the everyone who sang today for their extreme efforts of musical embarrassment.

Presentation of 2019 Community Champion Awards

Tonya Johns

Judy DeMarco introduced Tonya Johns, who is a Volunteer at Epiphany Lutheran Church. She started Operation Prom Dress in 2011. This outreach event gives each young woman a dress, shoes, purse, hair styling, make-up, a meal, various door prizes and a bible.  She briefly spoke about this project.

Operation Prom Dress began in 2011 because a youth group member could not afford a prom dress. Tonya researched and found a program from other states where they collect used prom dresses and distribute them to girls who cannot afford to buy a new dress. She and her friend April started Operation Prom Dress to address this need. They have a lunch with an onsite professional photo shoot.

Each year approximately 200 youths are served. They have about 150 volunteers.

Many of those who were served are now dedicated volunteers. Tonya said she was honored to accept this award on behalf of Epiphany church and the volunteers. Epiphany Lutheran Church at 6430 Far Hills Ave accepts donations that help with this project, including dresses, shoes and handbags.

Jani Rice

Mike Bevis introduced Jani Rice, who has been a nurse with Dayton Children’s Hospital for over 30 years. Jani wears many hats in the hematology and oncology department. She is the Long Term Follow Up and Bone Marrow Transplant Nurse coordinator as well as manages an off-site clinic in Middletown.

She helped expand the fertility preservation program, obtaining funds to help offset costs for the patients and created and implemented education sheets for the fertility program. Jani created a binder to educate and ease the minds of the parents of patients.

Jani briefly spoke about her work. She thanked us for recognizing her work. She has worked with fertility preservation since 2000. She never thought she would get an award, she was just doing her job. The fertility preservation service was researched, and it is a huge quality of life enhancement for those who will likely be infertile in the future. She knows 2 ladies so far who have had children that would not have been able to without this fertility preservation program.

Kate Barrett, the nurse manager at Children’s also spoke about the great service Jani does. She is very proud to work with Jani who she said is an amazing nurse.

Future Community Champion Candidates

Please let Mike Bevis or Judy DeMarco of anyone you know who goes above and beyond in helping the youth in our community.

The nomination form is available here.


Member Birthday
Bill Powell January 15
Bob Duffy January 15
Barbara Santo January 17
Myron Rheaume January 20
Gary Smiga January 21

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Deb Ulrich January 18 1/18/2017 2
Dick Lee January 18 1/18/2017 2
Lynne Reilly January 18 1/18/2017 2
Pam Miller January 18 1/18/2017 2
Shawn Thacker January 18 1/18/2017 2
Dennis Glidden January 19 1/19/2018 1
Gary DeMarco January 20 1/20/2016 3

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Emily Duke Gary DeMarco Induction
Candace Rinke Brent Richburg / Gary DeMarco Induction
Morgan Schiffhauer Diane Arehart Induction

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Don Skelton It has been two and half years since he last attended a CNO lunch.
Mike Brubaker Stole 2 of the 7 50/50 Tickets Sue Brubaker bought.
Anyone with a birthday this month Not sitting at the birthday table.
Scott Langer Late to the meeting.
Mike Yoder Since current CNO Sergeant Chris McAlpine gets a speeding ticket every couple of years, he decided to fine Mike as well.
Diane Arehart Asking for change of a $20 in order to buy 50/50 tickets.

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Bob Burkman Carol Burkman is walking around without a cane. She is feeling much better.
Charlie Tapp Thankful for the big goody bag from Childhood cancer committee for his granddaughter Gracie.
Kate Barrett (guest) Thank you to CNO for everything it does for Children’s and the area.
Laurie Poeppelman Thank you for the wonderful flowers sent for her mother-in-law’s funeral.
Sue Brubaker Now has 7 tickets for 50/50 drawing after getting back two of them from Mike Brubaker.
Jean Pummill Was able to attend meeting without her scooter.
Jean Pummill Granddaughter born over the weekend.
Casey Wyckoff Thank you to everyone for helping her with the CCDHH.
Art Hung Thanks to Dayton Children’s for taking great care of his son.
Myron Rheaume Glad his wife Charla could attend today’s meeting.
Myron Rheaume Wife wasn’t fined even though it was not her birthday and she sat at the birthday table.
Donna Huss Thanks to Casey Wyckoff for chairing CCDHH.

Noon Meeting News – March 20, 2018 – 50th Anniversary Luncheon Celebration and Community Champion Award Presented

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father our brains are our biggest asset and at same time our biggest problem. Sometimes we think so hard about something that we create a problem that wasn’t even there in the first place. Our brains are in
motion constantly even when we sleep. We make ecisions based on knowledge, instincts, and experience. Yet, many times we find out that what we thought was true just ain’t so. All this boils down to, thinking is
something that we must do with tremendous care. Lord help us with our thoughts for they turn Into words, words promote actions, actions led to habits, habits define our character and character becomes our destiny.

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Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Jack Akerman Dor-Wood Club
Paul Atkinson Dor-Wood Club
Brandon Barrometti Judy DeMarco
Dan Brinkman Bob Collins
Debbie Brinkman Bob Collins
Karen Collins Bob Collins
Noah Garel Bob Collins
Ashley Heyne Dean Heyne
Brody Heyne Dean Heyne
Cody Heyne Dean Heyne
Jackson Heyne Dean Heyne
Joshua Heyne Dean Heyne
Kaden Heyne Dean Heyne
Michael Heyne Dean Heyne
Mindy Heyne Dean Heyne
Wesley Heyne Dean Heyne
Tom Kendo Ohio District
Kendal Koehler Bob Collins
Stephen Koehler Bob Collins
Paxton Kohler Bob Collins
Penelope Kohler Bob Collins
Sharon Larrimer Larry Marrimer
Bryan McCormick Dor-Wood Club
Mike McGrew Dor-Wood Club
George Towsend Rhonda Meeker
Jeff Umbreit Sarah Umbreit
Jeff Zaret Jean Pummill
Nick Dean Heyne
Nicolas Dean Heyne



Member Birthday
Larry England March 20
Shane Wilken March 20
Sara Hemmeter March 21
Tom Novak March 23
John Kalaman March 25

50th Anniversary Lunch

The Centerville Noon Optimist club was started on March 19, 1968. We celebrated the 50 year milestone with an upgraded lunch buffet at Yankee Trace and a beautiful cake. Thank you to the social committee for a wonderful lunch!

50th Anniversary Historical Perspectives

Paul Stull, who was inducted in January 1969, presented to us some of his memories from 50 years ago. No one has been a member of CNO longer than Paul. It amazed him how much the Centerville area has changed and grown since our club started. McEwen road and Route 725 were very lightly travelled. He would go running in that area and not see a single person.

Nancy Lehren was inducted on November 1994 and she gave us some perspective on our club at half of its age. She remembers that there were a lot fewer females in the club in 1994. In 1996, Jackie Corn became the first female president of CNO. Gail Aiken is the longest current female member of our club. Nancy has watched our club add these programs since she joined 25 years ago:

  • Childhood Cancer Program
  • Avenue of Flags
  • Tri-Star Basketball and Soccer

Nancy truly considers the club as family. She is thankful for such a caring group that helped her through her divorce and the loss of her brother.

Today’s Award and Speakers

Today we had the presentation of the 5th Annual Optimist Community Champion Award. It was presented to husband and wife champions, Mindy and Dean Heyne.

Mike Bevis briefly defined the meaning of the award and how the honoree is selected. There were nomination forms available on everyone’s table. The link above also contains the nomination form. Mike introduced Bob Collins, who wrote one of the Heyne’s nomination letters, and described to us the many wonderful things the Heyne’s do for children. Over the past 26 years they have loved and cared for 35 foster children. Bob presented to us what he wrote in his nomination. The text of Bob’s nomination letter and today’s speech is available below.

Bob introduced Brandon Barometti, the CHS band director, who also wrote a nomination letter for the Heyne’s. Many of the kids in the care of the Heyne’s have joined the CHS band. Barometti is thrilled he can be part of helping these children. The kids are succeeding above and beyond expectations. He gave us something to think about, ”If it takes a village to raise a typical family, what does it take to raise 37 kids, many with special needs?”

Judy DeMarco presented the award to the Heyne’s.

Dean Heyne briefly spoke after he and Mindy received the award. From their experiences, Dean and Mindy have learned that they judge much less; you never know what others are dealing with and the levels can be extreme. They appreciate ALL types of diversity, not just the typical diversity associated with race. He gave a big thank you to CNO for feeding the numerous kids we invited today and for the huge amount in savings it was for their budget!

Here is an article about CHS seniors Michael and Cody Heyne and the CHS band:

Related videos:

Full Text of Speech from Bob Collins

Full Text of Nomination from Bob Collins

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Joan Cordonnier March 22 03/22/2008 10
Kris McKee March 22 03/22/2017 1
Jeff Brown March 25 03/25/2015 3

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Cindy Harris Ron Tinnerman 1st Reading
Nick Tarkany Chris McAlpine 1st Reading
Jeff Zaret Amy Barker 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Brian Nolan Leaving CNO 2.0 at Heavier than Air Brewing before paying his tab. Pat Arehart covered it, and Brian paid him back so don’t be too hard on him.
Jean Pummill Misspelling Brian Nolan’s name badge (Noble instead of Nolan).
Members born after 1968 Members born after start of CNO (March 19,1968).
Members living outside of Ohio in 1968 Members not living in Ohio at start of CNO in 1968.

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Joan Cordonnier Thrilled all the balloons for the tables fit in her car.
Joan Cordonnier Don Kelley helping her untangle all the balloons.
Bob Collins CHS Forte a cappella group took 1st in tri-state and moves on to State.
Jay McAlpine Son Matthew McAlpine made the 40 under 40 group in Dayton.
John Kalaman Paula, his wife and adult supervision, was able to make today’s lunch.
Tom Kendo For the many new members we keep adding.
Blanca Ortiz Parents coming for a visit.
Don Kelley Bill Williams setting up Power Point and Greg Griffin for the assist.




Noon Meeting News – October 3, 2017 – Community Champion Award Presented to Tiffany and Greg Moehl

Phather Phil’s Prayer

This week – instead of leading our prayer – Phather Phil again is in need of our prayers…  

Phather Phil had a biopsy on his bladder recently and is home resting.  We hope to see him soon with prayers for better days. David Ladd led the club in prayer,  with an addition of a prayer for Phather Phil himself.

Photos from the meeting

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Patty Ackerman Tom Novak
Lisa Hansford Mike Fanelli
Claire Kerr Ron Tinnerman
Michael Laughter Vince Reidy
Tony Miltenberger Judy DeMarco
Greg Moehl Honoree
Judy Moehl Judy DeMarco
Tiffany Moehl Honoree
Anna Sexton Greg Griffin
Sharon Silverberg Robin Golden
Jim Tremlett Pat Behn
Suzanne Werts Ron Tinnerman
Sarah Williams Speaker

Today’s Speaker

Presentation of the 2017 Community Champion Award was introduced by Judy DeMarco who told us that we recognize unsung heroes. Gary Anderson  then introduced Pastor Tony Miltenberger of Centerville United Methodist Church who praised Greg and Tiffany Moehl for the work they have done establishing a food bank at the United Methodist Church. The Food Bank serves over 300 families in our area. Greg and Tiffany received a standing ovation.

Greg Fay introduced our speaker Sarah Williams from Hannah’s Treasure Chest. She told us they have grown and now have 65 core volunteers and serve over 5,600 families. She told us about their new diaper program and in serving basic needs they consider themselves a hand up not a handout. To adopt a child or a family for Christmas visit the Hannah’s Treasure Chest Website.



Member Birthday
Diane Arehart September 26
Evelyn Griffin September 26
Ken Kujawa September 27
Heather Kuth September 27
Roy Barclay October 01
Mike Fanelli October 01
Katie Hurst October 06
Rachel Selby October 07
Christy Gariety October 09
Paula Kalaman October 09


Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Michael Wall September 26 09/26/1995 22
Ronald Weir September 26 09/26/1995 22
Stephen Walker September 28 09/28/1998 19
Anita Foster-Polizzi September 29 09/29/2015 2
John Powell September 29 09/29/1999 18
Steven Burkman September 29 09/29/2015 2
Brooks Compton September 30 09/30/1994 23
Charles Goodwin September 30 09/30/2008 9
Denise O’Neil September 30 09/30/1994 23
Donald Wildenhaus September 30 09/30/1997 20
Karl Frydryk October 1 10/01/1988 29
Mike Fanelli October 2 10/02/2003 14
Christy Gariety October 3 10/03/2011 6
Valorie Huff October 7 10/07/2004 13
Deborah Saunders October 8 10/08/2016 1
James Mogan October 8 10/08/2016 1
Jesse Gaither October 8 10/08/2016 1
Mandy Ransdell October 8 10/08/2016 1

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Bryan Link Jean Pummill Induction

Sergeants at Arms

No time for Sergeants this week 

Happy Bucks!

No time for Happy Bucks this week


Noon Meeting News – December 6, 2016 – Community Champion Awards Presented

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father multitasking is our way of coping with time. As youngins we were told that time was precious or as it was put “time is money.”  Help us to not waste the time saved or the money made in search for just the material things of life. As Optimists, we know the time and money we have saved by multitasking is wisely spent on the kids. We ask for your blessings on our dedication to the kids and keep us multitasking for there are a lot more kids to reach out there. Amen!

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Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Hugh Chatman Judy DeMarco
Karen Chatman Judy DeMarco
Betty Colclasure Mike Bevis
Kim Colclasure Mike Bevis
Marc Colclasure Mike Bevis
Greg Frye Bill Powell
Dick Lee Mike Brubaker
Kimberly Lovings Judy DeMarco
Kerry McIntosh Judy DeMarco
Pam Miller Mike Bevis
John Norkus Bill Powell
Megan Ventura Mike Bevis
Bill Williams Mike Bevis

Today’s Speaker

Mike Bevis explained the CNO Community Hero recognition award. It is given to teachers, doctors, coaches and people who provide hope and a positive influence to our community. Mike then presented the first award to Dr. Mark Colclasure who is a champion for kids – especially with special needs. He is a physical therapist and runs the Synergy Family Clinic for all ages.

Judy DeMarco introduced us to the second recipient, Special Ed teacher, Karen Chatman. Karen was nominated by Kimberly Loving. Karen retired to care for her Mother.

Birthdays This Week

Aaron Campbell December 6
Bill DeShurko December 6
Rose Shulz December 6
Matt Somerlot December 7
Sarah Umbreit December 7

Membership Anniversaries

Name Month Day Year # Years
 Roberta  Taylor December 6 1995 21
 Paul  Boeckman December 9 1994 22
 Roland  Rapp December 10 2002 14

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Dick Lee Mike Brubaker 2nd Reading
Shawn Thacker Chuck Dickerson 1st Reading
Pam Miller Mike Bevis Induction

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Pam Miller For playing with her phone in a meeting
Debe Dockins For bragging that she never gets fined
Beth Lybrook For saying she has no money on her today

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Myron Rheaume $2.00 for Sinclair Optimist Club which had a bake sale and recruited 28 members; and for a contest the club is having to raise funds for the hearing impaired
Dan Beck For the board providing Will Cale scholarships to 5 additional deserving students
Charlie Goodwin For the OSU Michigan challenge
John Speers For a sad but funny (and lengthy) tree lot saga
Roberta Taylor For being a member of the greatest Optimist club, CNO, for 21 years
Mary Madden For Chuck Dickerson fixing her toilet which was broken for 3 weeks
Paula Kalaman For John’s knee replacement surgery, which went well and for getting out of the house today
Beth Lybrook (who managed to find money) For fun at tree lot and a patron referring to us as the “OPTOMOTRISTS”