CNOtes – August 6, 2019 – Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Phather Phil did not submit a written copy of his prayer this week for publication – I think he said the “dog ate it” – God Bless the Dog!

Today’s Guests

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Upcoming Social Events

  • 9/24/2019 – 6 PM, Tuesday, Presidential Installation Dinner at the Presidential Banquet Center
  • 10/10/2019 – ALL DAY, Keeneland Horse Racing, there will be a chartered bus
  • 11/8/2019 – 6 PM, Friday, Euchre party at TBD
  • 12/10/2019 – 6 PM, Tuesday, Holiday Party at Yankee Trace

Committee Announcements

Don Wildenhaus announced that TOP Soccer registration will be August 18, 2019 at 3:00. They need volunteers to help with registration and handing out t-shirts. Centerville Noon Optimist club has been a sponsor for this program for several years. Players and coaches can sign up here.

Jesse Gaither announced that the next CNO 2.0 meeting is on August 15, 2019 and it will be at Heavier than Air Brewing Company and the speaker will be the owner and CNO member Nick Tarkany.

Bob Lawson, chair of the Optimist Kid’s Day in the Park, said it was really busy!. Over 400 kids visited the CNO booth and they gave away over 800 prizes. He thanked everyone who volunteered. Instead of the helium balloons we have given away in the past we offered balloon animals. Several members have now been trained by CNO member Jerry Gerhards on how to make balloon animals.

Beth Duncan announced that signups are now available for the Keeneland Horse Racing event. There is a maximum of 56 people for this event. We last had this event two years ago. Ask others that attended, it was a lot of fun.

Cherie Gentry announced that the Great Ohio Optimist District Convention will be August 15-17, 2019 in Fairborn. Attending is an opportunity to meet, be inspired by and trained by incoming Optimist International President Adrian Elcock. He has a new plan for running Optimist International when he becomes president on October 1, 2019. It is not too late to sign up and the club pays for your attendance fees.

Mike Bevis, golf chair, announced that at lunch on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 we will celebrate the success of this year’s golf outing. Speaking will be Robert Lober,a Pediatric Surgeon from Dayton Children’s Hospital.

Sue Brubaker reported on the Build-A-Bear for children with Sickle cell anemia at the Kroc Center on August 3, 2019, We gave away 80 bears. The kids loved it, it went well and thank you to all the volunteers for your help. We made another 20 bears for nurses at Children’s Hospital to give away to patients having a bad day.

Bob Burkman thanked Erin and Andy Dickerson for representing the Centerville Noon Optimists at the Washington Township Park District’s “Big Back Yard Party” on August 3, 2019. The two of them set up a fishing poll casting booth. CNO normally has a bigger presence at this event, but the Park District moved the date up a month this year and it conflicted with the Optimist Kid’s Day in the Park that was the same day.

Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

Bill Williams introduced today’s speaker Dawn Kirchner, the Vice President of Education at Boonshoft Museum of Discovery. The Boonshoft Museum is a children’s museum, science and technology center and zoo in Dayton, Ohio. It focuses on science and natural history. SunWatch Indian Village and Fort Ancient are the sister sites to the museum.

The slide show she presented is available here

The following is a summary of the presentation written by the presenter, Dawn Kirchner.

Dawn Kirchner, Vice President of Education, holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Biological Science, as well as a Master’s of Science in Biology with a core emphasis in Environmental Science, both from Wright State University. Dawn has been a part of the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery for over eight years, with positions in the Discovery Zoo as well as several positions in the Education Department before taking on her current role in 2015.  Prior to working for the Boonshoft Museum, she worked for the University of Kansas Natural History Museum. Dawn has more than 15 years of experience in the design, management and implementation of a variety of programs, exhibits, and activities for children and adults of all ages in museum settings.

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery has a variety of programs available for children of all ages, as well as for general visitors to the museum. Starting in 1893 as an annex in the Dayton Metro Library, expanding to the first standalone building in 1953 as the Dayton Museum of Natural History, and then continuing to grow onto DeWeese Parkway and becoming the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in the 1990’s, the Museum’s collections have soared to approximately 1.8 million items, and continue to grow.

  • A diverse range of exhibits appeals to visitors of all ages. From the Hall of the Universe, to animals from around the world featured in the Discovery Zoo, to areas for pretend play like the Pizza Kitchen for the youngest of visitors.
  • A variety of programs are available each day and are included with general admission, ranging from hands-on science activities, to live animal encounters and planetarium shows. Four times each year, the Museum has Super Science Saturdays, which allow anyone in the community to visit FREE of charge all day. The remaining dates in 2019 are August 17 and November 16.
  • The Museum also holds an annual Science Festival in November and invites families to explore hands-on STEM activities and interact with partners and Museum professionals. In addition to the complete Museum experience, guests can also explore the STEM Expo in the Main Exhibit Hall with representatives from 20+ community partners. This day also has FREE admission.
  • Schools from all over the region participate in field trips to supplement science, math, and social science standards. The newly renovated Do Lab and Science Theater will enhance these experiences with expanded opportunities in chemistry, physics, and life science-based programs.
  • For groups unable to travel to the museum, the Exhibits-to-Go program brings unique science experiences directly into the classroom, community center, or library. Or, these same groups can connect with one of our educators live through the Distance Learning program utilizing a computer.
  • Summer Camp experiences run a minimum of 6 weeks each year, with a variety of STEM topics to choose from for children age 4 to 11. New experiences are being planned for children up to age 14.
  • Anyone interested in volunteering their time has a variety of opportunities every day of the week. There are a variety of opportunities such as exhibit interpreters, program facilitators, or tidal pool guides to name a few. Visit for details on how to get involved.


Member Birthday
Art Hung August 10
Judy DeMarco August 10
Paul Stull August 11
Larry Lynde August 12

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Fred Polizzi August 9 8/9/2005 14

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Joe Cantrell Wayne Christie 2nd Reading
Jack Quinlan Gary DeMarco 1st Reading
Ruthy Quinlan Judy DeMarco 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Chris McAlpine Instantly took first come first serve offer for Dayton Dragon tickets from Bill Williams during Bill’s introduction of today’s speaker.
Judge James Long For being part of the judicial branch.
Paula Kalaman Told Sgt Clemmer, “I don’t need to buy 7, 50/50 tickets for $5 when I can lose just fine with one.”
Kelly Davis Telling Sgt, “I wish I was somewhere fun.”
Fred Polizzi Attending the Lebanon Blues Fest and helping to drink all of the beer.
Ron Kuker Said someone, “Was old”, but then said, “I wasn’t talking about your age.”

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Carolyn Taylor Will be traveling to Tennessee to celebrate her mother’s 100th birthday!
Bob Lawson Grandson just completed his Eagle Project building a new booster booth at Centerville High School.