CNOtes – April 14, 2020 – Our First ZOOM Meeting

Phather Phil’s Prayer Thought

Excellence is caring more than others think is wise.  Risking more than others think is safe.  Dream more than others think is practical, and expect more than others think is possible.

A Replay of the ZOOM Meeting is Here

NOTE: The actual meeting starts at 24:00 – if you enjoy watching the socializing and member banter, I left it in – some of it is pretty fumy!


In keeping with social distancing requirements – our CNO Meetings have transitioned temporarily to a online format using ZOOM.

Club Member Joe Madden was inspire to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.

Meeting Summary

The last CNO lunch meeting was on 3/10/2020. Today, 4/14/2020, was the first online Zoom-based meeting. Greg Griffin announced we will have online meetings each Tuesday at noon. Next week there will also be a guest speaker at the Zoom meeting. The first Zoom speaker will be the executive director, Heather Dorsten, from the Learning Tree Farm.

President Greg Griffin went through a backlog of birthdays and membership anniversaries.

Greg mentioned that CNO gave a major donation to the local Food to Go program. We gave $5200 as our annual major donation and $4800 from CNO’s rainy day fund.

Greg said we are turning “obstacles into opportunities”. Greg has been working updating the club directory. If your information has changed, please send your updates to Greg Griffin.

Breaking News

Carolyn Taylor is believed to be the first CNO member to bring a dog to a CNO lunch meeting. At the very least she is one of the few to bring a dog to the meeting. I was not at all 51 previous years of meetings, so who knows if my claim is correct. She definitely was the first to bring a dog to a CNO Zoom meeting! Very cool, Carolyn, and keep bringing your buddy to the Zoom meetings.

Committee Announcements

Mike Brubaker, Avenue of Flags, said thanks to all 70 of our members who made contact with our subscribers. This year we achieved a record percentage of renewing subscribers for this time of year in our program’s history. We have over 2200 renewals so far and we ended 2019 with 2400 subscriptions. Greg Griffin announced that the Flags this year will be displayed for a 6 week extended period from prior to Memorial Day thru Flag Day until after Independence Day; we feel our subscribers and our community will see this as a symbol of unity.

Paul Boeckman, Safety on Wheels, announced that the bike rodeo has been cancelled for 2020. It has been scheduled next year for 5/3/2021 from noon to 3 PM.

Andy Dickerson, Fishing Derby, announced that the Fishing Derby is still scheduled for 6/6/2020. If that date is cancelled, they are working on a backup date during August, 2020 with the Washington Township Rec Center.

Kelly George, Essay Contest, announced that the essay contest continued as scheduled and the Ohio winner has been chosen. The winner is not from CNO.

Greg Griffin said there will be two Regional Oratorical online competitions happening on 4/18/2020.

Beth Duncan, Social “Distancing” Committee, announced that on 4/10/2020 approximately 40 members participated in an online Zoom scavenger hunt. Thanks to Beth Duncan and Brian Nolan for putting this event on. Participants in their homes on the Zoom meeting were shown an item to go and find, like a thimble, a dictionary, or an Easter egg coloring kit. The hunt was won by Debe Dockins. Brandon Barrett was second and the team of Greg and Evelyn Griffin won third. Everyone who participates was sent a participation puzzle book award from Beth. Beth is planning another online social distancing event soon. She also said there will be a big, in-person party once the lock down ends.

Thank You Notes

No thank you notes received this week.

CNO Donations 2013 through September 2019

Click this link to see a summary of the donations our club has made.

Over 50 years, we have donated close to $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $700,000.


Member Birthday
Steve Blake March 25
John Kalaman March 25
Kate Trangenstein March 26
Jane Fiehrer March 27
Bob Crawford March 28
Andy Higgins March 30
Maha Kashani March 31
Jim Rumford April 5
Roland Rapp April 5
Ira Thomsen April 5
Jeff Rolf April 6
Andy Harmon April 6
Bob Clements April 7
Kelly Davis April 9
Erin Belangia-Sanchez April 9
Cheryl Probst April 9
Pam Truitt April 11
Steve Kohls April 12
Rick Talda April 13
Emily Duke April 14
Anne Kessler April 15
Carol Burkman April 16
Ellie Parker April 16
Denise O’Neil April 18

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Jeff Brown March 25 3/25/2015 5
Charla Rheaume March 26 3/26/2014 6
Scott Rheaume March 26 3/26/2014 6
Dav Bremer March 31 3/31/2001 19
Rob Jones March 31 3/31/2001 19
Don Kelley April 1 4/1/1983 37
“Phater” Phil Robinson April 1 4/1/1982 38
Cindy Harris April 2 4/2/2018 2
Nick Tarkany April 2 4/2/2018 2
Greg Fay April 3 4/3/2014 6
Greg Griffin April 3 4/3/2014 6
Ira Thomsen April 5 4/5/1991 29
Vince Reidy April 5 4/5/2016 4
Dan Samiec April 6 4/6/2010 10
Molly Petsch April 6 4/6/2004 16
Ron Tinnerman April 11 4/11/2005 15
Blanca Crider April 16 4/16/2014 6
Andrew Cain April 19 4/19/2018 2
Cheryl Probst April 19 4/19/2018 2
Stan Fronzaglia April 19 4/19/1999 21
Vida McDowell April 19 4/19/1999 21

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Anne Miller Evelyn Griffin 3rd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week. 

Happy Bucks

Member Reason
Myron Rheaume Grandson, a Sophomore at Springboro High School, received the Ohio Scholar Athlete for Hockey
Mike and Sue Brubaker Celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on 4/17/2020
Debe Dockins Beth Duncan holding the scavenger hunt
Debe Dockins Jerry Stahley and Greg Griffin for helping with the Kettering Oratorical contest via Zoom
Carolyn Taylor She knows now with the lockdown and her husband home everyday that she she will be OK when he retires
Vida McDowell Being a member of the Great Centerville Noon Optimist Club
Charla Rheaume Myron Rheaume back surgery went well
Jesse Lightle CNO for the donation to Food2Go program
Tom Novak Special thanks to Mike Brubaker, Bob & Carol Burkman, Ken Irwin, Karen Sirmans, Evelyn Griffin, Diane Arehart, and Dick Lee, who have been very generous with their time since February following up on renewals for 2020 Avenue of Flags subscriptions
Beth Duncan Happy that she and Brian Nolan are getting along during the lockdown
Greg Griffin Joe Madden, for writing the “Corona Creed”
Joan Cordonnier President Greg Griffin doing such a great job being creative in continuing club business and meetings