Phather Phil’s Prayer
|In Phather Phil’s absence, our District Chaplain – David Ladd – gave us one of his patented extemporaneous prayers to open the meeting.|
|Adam Blanchard||Speaker Guest|
|Mason Cammel||Mike Bevis|
|Joe Cantrell||Wayne Christie|
|Kelly Davis||Beth Duncan|
|Jack Grady||Mike Bevis|
|Greg Huff||Val Huff|
|Dr. Greg Ramey||Speaker|
|Amber Wenzler||Vince Reidy|
Paula and John Kalaman announced that the annual blood drive in honor of their son John P. Kalaman will be held Monday April 29, 2019, from 9 AM until 5 PM at the Centerville Police Department.
Upcoming Social Events
- 5/4/2019, Kentucky Derby Party – Miamisburg, bring a dish to share.
- 5/11/2019, Dayton Dragons with a luxury box. Use the sign-up sheet at lunch or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy Birthday Erin Belangia-Sanchez
Today was Erin’s birthday. That means we sing Happy Birthday to one of our own. Bob Duffy crushed it in leading us in being the best of the worst we can be.
Mike Bevis, chair of the golf committee, said we are less than 100 days until the Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf Tournament. It will be held on Monday, July 15, 2019.
Pat Behn, chair of the Easter Egg Hunt announced the Easter Egg hunt will be at 10 AM on April 20, 2019, at St. Leonard’s. Volunteers should show up at 8:30 to help spread the eggs in the grass for the kids to find at 10 AM. Coffee and donuts will be provided for volunteers!
Nancy Lehren, chair of the Childhood Cancer Committee announced that the next Build-A-Bear event will be on Friday, May 10th, at Children’s Medical Center. Each child attending will receive a stuffed animal and an outfit of their choice along with other festivities. CNO members are invited to sponsor a child at the Build-a-Bear for $25. Each sponsor will receive a picture of the child sponsored holding their new stuffed animal. To sponsor a bear, mail your check payable to Centerville Noon Optimist, c/o Nancy Lehren, 6857 Cedar Cove Dr., Centerville, OH 45459.
Jerry Stahley, chair of the OI Junior Golf Championship, is selling raffle tickets for the event. The price is 6 Tickets for $5 and the prize is a case of wine. Tickets will be available for the next few weeks.
Dr. Greg Ramey
Mike Bevis introduced today’s speaker, Dr. Greg Ramey PhD, a pediatric psychologist and the executive director for the Center for Pediatric Mental Health Resources at Dayton Children’s. He has been at Children’s for 39 years. Dr. Ramey also writes a weekly parenting column in the Dayton Daily News that is distributed through the New York Times wire service and can be found on the Dayton Children’s blog.
Dr. Ramey gave us his thoughts about the effects of too much technology and parenting styles that are dramatically affecting today’s youth. He said of his daily routine, “Everyday there is a WebEx meeting (computer-based video conference call) at 8:45 am about the intake of patients over the last 24 hours. At today’s meeting there were 11 kids seen in the last 24 hours that are at risk for suicide.”
He said, “In general the current generation of children is the most privileged in history.” Yet he explained, “There is a substantial increase in serious mood disorders, anxiety and depression. This has led to an epidemic of kids that would rather die than suffer through these disorders.”
He said, “7.4% of teens attempt suicide. That is over 4000 kids in the local 4 county area.”
He recently moved to the Beavercreek area. He noticed there seemed to be no kids in his neighborhood. Then school started and there were kids everywhere. They just stay indoors and just play with technology. Plus, when it was raining he saw parents holding umbrellas over their kid’s heads. Kid’s are being too coddled and not allowed to fail.
Kids are interacting with technology more than with each other. When tough things happen to them instead of turning to friends, they just go to their phones.
He said, “This is no longer a study, this is a fact, anything beyond one and half and two hours of technology interaction per day increases the occurrence of anxiety and depression. Some kids are at risk at just thirty minutes today.”
As a therapist he has had kids come in and says they wanted to die, “Because my parent took away my phone”. He said, “They don’t have a reality.”
To help patients and their families, Dayton Children’s has a Mental Health Resource Connection. The Mental Health Resource Connection program is a service that connects patients and families to available mental health services in the community.
He was excited to tell us that on July 9, 2019, a new unit for pediatric mental health patients opens at Dayton Children’s. It is a 24-bed private room facility.
He discussed the money issues in treating pediatric mental health patients. He said, “Debbie, my boss has never thanked me for raising so much money. That is because every one of my group’s services loses money.” Health insurance payments are way too low. An insurance company recently paid just 6 cents on the dollar for a huge bill submitted for payment.
He told us we are lucky Dayton Children’s exists for our community. He thanks organizations like the Centerville Noon Optimist club for making a lot of what Dayton Children’s does possible.
He gave us some things to consider about parenting. Too many children are pushed too hard for perfection and believe they need have no choice but to achieve perfection. Perfection is not possible. Constantly trying to reach perfection causes anxiety.
Let your child fail. Let them feel pain. Many of today’s kids have little experience with feeling bad. Their parents get rid of troubling moments for them. When real pain comes they think the suffering will never end. We as normal adults know one thing for sure, no matter how good or bad we feel right now, we know it will end. Children need to know that if they feel bad that this will end, and they will be fine.
Recently he wrote a blog post on Dayton Children’s website called “The important lesson of failure”.
As for the cause of increased mental health issues, he says the number one issue is the current parenting style. The second issue is too much time spent in front of technology screens. When people feel disengaged from other people, that can lead to suicide.
|Cheryl Probst||April 9|
|Erin Belangia-Sanchez||April 09|
|Steve Kohls||April 12|
|Rick Talda||April 13|
|Emily Duke||April 14|
|Don Kessler||April 15|
New Member Readings and Inductions
|Name||Sponsor||1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction|
|Pam Truitt||Donna Huss||2nd Reading|
|Judy McFadden||Donna Huss||2nd Reading|
|Jack Grady||Mike Bevis||1st Reading|
|Kelly Davis||Beth Duncan||1st Reading|
Sergeants at Arms
|Tom Novak||Making a “short” joke about new Sergeants Carolyn Taylor and Brian Nolan|
|Everyone taller than Tom Novak||Being taller than Tom Novak|
|Joe Madden||April fools joke on Mary pretending he needed to go to the ER for a burst eardrum|
|Joe Madden||Offering $100 to Vida for her March Madness Bracket that was worth $300.|
|Andy and Erin Dickerson||Their son was a recent guest and he won the 50/50 drawing|
|Candace Rinke||Her picture was in the newspaper without wearing her Optimist pin|
|Larry Lynde||Winning his own March Madness pool|
|Bob Glavin||Retired from Avery Dennison|
|Rachel Goetz||Daughter is starting Miami University at Oxford this fall|
|Tom Novak||Thanks to the Avenue of Flags renewal team|
|Mary Madden||March Madness is over|
|Bob Collins||Grandson, Noah Garel a senior at CHS, won the area DECA competition, placed at the Ohio level, and as the only CHS senior to do this he continues to the nationals in Orlando.|
|Bob Collins||Son’s girlfriend (a nurse) has been hired to work in the new mental unit announced today by Dr. Greg Ramey.|
|Erin Belangia-Sanchez||Thanks for everyone singing happy birthday to her today|
|Stan Fronzaglia||Several of his grand kids are on vacation together in Greece|
|John Kalaman||Winning the 50/50 today|