June 2, 2020 – Georgia Mergler – The “Virtual” Library

A Replay of the ZOOM Meeting is Here

NOTE: The actual meeting starts at 21:45 – 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 inspired to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.

Welcome Guests!

No Guests this week.

New Member Readings and Inductions

No reading or inductions this week.

Zoom Meeting This Week

Yankee Trace is still closed. We had another meeting using Zoom. We will continue our weekly meetings via computer, cell phone or tablet for at least the next several weeks. Please join us and keep inviting guests.

Who can Attend Zoom Meetings?

Any member of any type of Centerville Noon Optimist can attend weekly Zoom meetings. CNO 2.0, St Leonard’s and CNO full members or CNO monthly members can ALL attend.

Guests are also welcome. Please invite guests and introduce them if you like. Just share the Zoom link with them for that week.


Greg Griffin showed a video of Adrian Elcock announcing that this year’s Optimist International convention will be a virtual experience. The sessions are on a weekend. 6/27/2020 from 10 AM to 1 PM and on 6/28/2020 from 3 PM to 6 PM. CNO will reimburse the registration fee for any of our members that want to attend. You must actually attend the sessions to be reimbursed.

Georgia Mergler Presents the Virtual Library

Mike Bevis introduced Georgia Mergler, the Community Relations Manager at the Washington Centerville Public Library (WCPL) since 1997.

Her topic today was “The Virtual Library”. View her slide deck here.  

Librarians have been told for years that a good library should have a strong electronic library. Georgia has been given many reasons that support this statement in the past. However, she had never been told that a great reason would be in the case of a global pandemic where you must close the doors to the library.

The eCollection of WCPL is the largest growing collection at the library. Anyone with a library card to WCPL can access the eCollection for free.

The eCollection includes electronic versions of

  • Books (20% of circulated books are electronic)
  • Audiobooks from multiple sources
  • Music, including legal to download songs
  • Videos, including Acorn TV for British TV and Film
  • Magazines, from various sources

Online Learning Services Include

  • com (over 4500 courses to learn software and technology)
  • Treehouse (web, smartphone and computer programming)
  • Creative Bug (instructional videos on drawing, painting, sewing, knitting, crocheting, quilting, baking and more)
  • The Great Courses (lifelong learning and personal enrichment lectures in Science, Health and Wellness and more)
  • See more at https://www.wclibrary.info/education/#online

Online Library Programming

  • Live Virtual Story Time
  • Permanent Marker Coaster
  • Booked for Lunch
  • Fun with Frosting Friday
  • Needle Felting Group
  • Community Video Nights
  • Digital Escape Room Game (this has gone viral)
  • See the calendar at view the calendar online

Pandemic Update

The “Ask the Librarian” feature of the library has been working during the pandemic. You can get help on the phone or online.

Library staff are now working at the library instead of home. They work at staggered times during the day to reduce the number of people exposed to each other.

The library has plenty of PPE supplies. All staff members are given a daily health screening which includes checking their temperature. All staff members wear masks. All visitors will be strongly encouraged to wear masks.

Physical materials can now be checked out. Select items online and then set an appointment to pick them up curbside. The Centerville location is having their parking redone, so this service is currently only available at the Woodbourne location.

There is no immediate need to return materials you have checked out. WCPL would be overwhelmed if everyone brought back everything at once. There are over 50,000 items out in circulation. All due dates have been extended and no fines are being assessed.

Thank You Notes sent to CNO

You can read recent thank you notes here.

CNO Donations 2013 through May 2020

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 $753,000.


Member Birthday
Kristen Marks June 2
Larry Larrimer June 4
Mike Cordonnier June 4
Dick Stevens June 5
Cindy Harris June 5
Jean Pummill June 6
Bob Vogt June 7

Membership Anniversaries

No membership anniversaries this week.

 Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week. 

Happy Bucks

Member Reason
Sue Jessee Happy her library book is not overdue.
Bob Collins Today’s presentation from Georgia Mergler was fantastic.
Dick Stevens Larry Lynde’s newest grandson was born today.

CNOtes – August 28, 2018 – Georgia Mergler – Sneak Peek – New Woodbourne Library

Phather Phill’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, I think we all have had the feeling of being at the end of our rope. We have lost faith in ourselves and the miraculous things we can do. In times like this have us remember the caterpillar, when it thought the world was over it became a butterfly. Lord You are always there to bring us back from self destruction. We can always turn to You in faith and continue on the road You created for us. Whatever number of days we have left let us use them to bring joy and purpose to the lives of others and turn them
into butterflies. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Dana Dring Craig Dring
Georgia Mergler Speaker
Criss Somerlot Joe Madden

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Committee Announcements

Beth Duncan, Social Committee, announced that the Installation Dinner will be at Canopy Creek Farm on Tuesday, 9/25/18 at 6PM (no lunch that day) and the cost is $35/person. Also, save the date of December 11, 2018 for the Holiday Dinner.

Tom Novak, Avenue of Flags, said that flag pickup for Labor Day will be Thursday 5-7, and Friday 8:30-10 on Friday. There are over 100 helpers and 65 Routes.

Chris McAlpine, Tri-star Soccer Chair, stated that the next event will be Friday evening, 9/21/18, at the Rec Center.

Today’s Presentation or Speaker

Liz Fultz introduced Georgia Mergler.

Liz’s intro: Our speaker is Georgia Mergler, the Community Relations Manager at the Washington-Centerville Public Library.  When I asked what to say for her introduction, she said anything that makes her look fabulous.  After 20 years with the library, there is no shortage of material, but she makes herself look fabulous.  She came to give us a sneak peek of the Woodbourne Library renovation and expansion.  Woodbourne Library has been closed for just over a year and half and it is now gearing up to reopen.  Georgia will whet our appetites with details about the library and the upcoming events.

Her presentation was titled, “Woodbourne Library Grand Re-opening. Renovation and Expansion”

Originally the building the library is in was the Hunter Savings and Loan in the 1960’s and was designed in the mid 1900’s by famous designer, Wood Garber. His design features and history of the building will be discussed at a meeting on November 3, 2018.

In 2016 the Woodbourne library was closed for renovation. The new expansion takes the size of the library from 21,000 sq. ft to 30,000 sq ft, which is approximately the same size now as the Centerville library. She showed us pictures of tensile shade structures funded by CNO for the Children’s Garden. We also saw pictures of the two signature sunscreens on the sides of the building designed by Harry Botier that were restored to look how they did originally.

Some features of the renovated library:

  • There is a new drive through material drop off.
  • Parking has been increased and there is a new exit at North Village Drive. You can no longer turn left out on to 48 from the library.
  • For the new Teen Room, artists have created some original works of art.
  • There is a Marketplace Area for browsing audio visual material and to pickup your holds.
  • The new Children’s Room includes a story time area and includes special details to be small child friendly. It is within the Children’s library.
  • The new non-fiction area shows a good example of the new patterned carpet.
  • There are some nice new lighting fixtures. Between natural lighting and new lighting features the library is much brighter than before.
  • Seven public meeting rooms were added. These can be reserved by the public for free with a WCPL library card. The tables in these rooms include electrical outlets and USB outlets. There are also TV’s with HDMI connections for computer presentations.

The library will be hosting the “Rediscovering Woodbourne: Fundraising Gala” on September 20, 2018 from 6 PM until 9 PM. The cost is $60.60 (6060 is the address of the library). This event is for adults 21 and over. Proceeds from this event will support projects to enhance the Library experience for all ages.

The grand opening will be September 23, 2018. There will be a Flag dedication at 12:30 followed by the Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening from 1 PM until 3 PM. This is a free event for all ages. There will be live music, strolling performers and mascots, demonstrations of new Library features, raffles and light refreshments!  The library is open as normal on this day and will stay open until 5 PM. You can get a special commemorative library card on this day.

Quick Facts about the Woodbourne Library Expansion Project

  • The Woodbourne expansion project was completed on time and on budget.
  • The library’s collection is fluid; Items come and go depending on usage.
  • The WCPL Library System has the highest national rating of 5 stars.
  • Books are the single most circulated item at the library. Last year 2.1 million items were circulated and over half were books.
  • Anyone can get a library card either online or in person. If you live, work or go to school in Ohio you can get a library card at any library in Ohio.


Member Birthday
Rick Kempfer August 28
Scott Rheaume August 28
Chris McAlpine August 31
Jim Mogan August 31
Jesse Lightle August 31
Julie Cochran August 31
CeAnn Chalker September 03

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Anne Kessler August 29 08/29/2002 16
Jeff Busch August 31 08/31/2001 17
Ken Peacock August 31 08/31/2001 17
Andrew Mckenzie September 1 09/01/1987 31
Don Skelton September 1 09/01/1987 31
Frank DePalma September 1 09/01/1979 39
Gary Anderson September 1 09/01/1979 39
Jerry Stahley September 1 09/01/1986 32
Larry Lynde September 1 09/01/1988 30

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Dana Dring Craig Dring 1st Reading
Bryan Miller Joan Cordonnier 1st Reading
Daniel Koons Mike Bevis 2nd Reading
Carolyn Taylor Beth Duncan 3rd Reading
Steve Rudisill Mike Bevis Induction

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Larry England For not riding in the golf cart
Larry Lynde Riding bike without a helmet on the bike path
Craig Dring, Heather Kuth, Patricia Kuhlman, Steve Rudisill Wearing Orange Shirts
Paul Stull Not perfoming a miracle to save Jane Fiehrer’s boa constrictor decades ago
Everyone born in August not at the Birthday table Not sitting at the birthday table
Everyone not born in August sitting at the Birthday table Sitting at the birthday table without having an August birthday
All men in shorts For wearing shorts
Chris McAlpine Late to the last board meeting
Gary Smiga For making Stan Fronzaglia jealous for getting 2 birdies at a golf tournament
Chuck Dickerson Being mean
Paula Kuhlman Donating only half of the proceeds of her book to CNO

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Nick Tarkany Heavier than Air brewing won medals at the Brewers Cup.
Donna Huss Thank you to Evelyn Griffin, Marge Back and Carrie Million for arriving early and handling registration at the Ohio District Convention.
Donna Huss Thanks to everyone who brought school supplies for the Ohio Convention collection effort.
Donna Huss Casey Wyckoff has volunteered to chair the  Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCDHH)
Joan Cordonnier Just took grand daughter to Forest Field Park to play on the amazing new equipment. Thanks to CNO for sponsoring it.
Brian Nolan John Horner also got lost at Forrest Field Park.
Tom Novak Thank you to Mike Brubaker for handling the Avenue of Flags database and printing up the route sheets.
Tom Novak Thank you to Patrick Arehart for building smartphone friendly https://oflags.org/ to help with Avenue of Flags delivery.
Patricia Kuhlman Daughter has been promoted to assistant store director for Christian Dior in New York City.
Gary Anderson Geri and he just had their 47th Wedding Anniversary.