Noon Meeting News – February 13, 2018 – Girls Oratorical Contest

Phather Phil’s Prayer

I look up and I see God
I look down and see dog
Simple spelling G-O-D
Same word backwards D-O-G
They would stay with me all day
I’m the one who walks away
But both of them just wait for me
And dance with joy at my return with glee
Both love me no matter what
Divine God and canine mutt
I take it hard when I fail
But God forgives, dog wags his tail
God thought up and made the dog
Dog reflects a part of God
I’ve seen love from both sides now
It’s everywhere…AMEN… Bow-Wow
I look up and I see God
I look down and I see my dog
In my human fragility
I can’t match their love for me.

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Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Janet Barrows Art Hung
Jennifer Cass Speaker’s Family
Roger Cass Speaker’s Family
Sarah Claiborne Speaker
Tracy Claiborne Speaker’s Mom
Erika Dunn Speaker’s Mom
Faith-Rosalie Dunn Speaker
Robert Harvey Kelly George
Rory Johnson Speaker
Drew Mosher Kelly George
Brian Nolan Beth Duncan
Greg Pfander Mike Bevis
Lynn Webb Speaker’s Mom
Mike Webb Speaker’s Dad
Reagan Webb Speaker
Adam Woeste Gary Miller

Today’s Speaker

Margaret Barclay Memorial Oratorical Contest

Today we had 4 oratorical contestants give their speeches.

The contest was started in 1928, which means this year, 2018, is the 90th anniversary.

We have named our contest the “Margaret Barclay Memorial Oratorical Contest”. Margaret Barclay was the committee chair of the contest for many years and a past president of our club. Margaret was a longtime teacher and the principal of Magsig Middle School.

Her husband, Roy Barclay, still generously sponsors the financial awards for our contestants. He spoke to us for a few minutes and it was great to hear about his wife and her service to kids, Centerville and the CNO.  Margaret was an integral part of creating new Alpha and Junior Optimist Clubs in our schools and an active member in both the CNO and Springboro Optimist Club. Margaret valued this community as well, serving as an Elder at Southminster Presbyterian Church and a Charter member of the Centerville Education Foundation.

Liz Fultz, the chair of the Margaret Barclay Oratorical Contest, was the master of ceremony for the four female contestants today. This year’s topic is, “Where Are My Roots of Optimism?”

Speaker A, roots of optimism are: Attitude, Associations and Action. She referred to them as her triple A’s. Remember, be positive, those you associate with are important and actions are more important than ideas.

Speaker B, roots of optimism are: confidence, positivity and hope. She reminds us to give others you might typically disregard a chance.

Speaker C, roots of optimism come down to choices; you can choose to be positive, happy, and friendly. You can also choose to forgive, exercise and reduce stress.

Speaker D, roots of optimism are being goal oriented, having faith (she tries to pray every day), and to keep a good attitude.

All four ladies did an amazing job in both content and presentation. Only one moves forward and that is speaker C. You are welcome to go and see the next round at the Centerville library soon.


Monty Zinck February 13
Ken Peacock February 16
Patricia Kuhlman February 19

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Jack Anderson February 16 02/16/2016 2
Harry Bossey February 17 02/17/1994 24
John Horner February 17 02/17/2010 8
Louis Brinkman February 17 02/17/1995 23
Mark Casey February 17 02/17/2010 8
Bob Lawson February 17 02/17/2016 2
Sandy Stevens February 17 02/17/2010 8
Sarah Umbreit February 17 02/17/2016 2
Laura Caschera February 18 02/18/1997 21

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Laurie Westheimer Jesse Gaither Induction
June Bosworth Julie Noeth Induction
Michael Mershad Greg Fay 3rd Reading
Ryan Coble Greg Fay 3rd Reading
Brian Nolan Beth Duncan 3rd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

No time for Sergeants this week.

Happy Bucks!

No time for Happy Bucks this week.


Noon Meeting News – February 14, 2017 – Girls Oratorical

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, I’m all in! That’s fun to say if we were playing poker, but with head held at waist height, hands on knees you say that and everyone knows you’re spent, pooped, you gave it your all. Help us put the two together Lord. Help us want to come to you and say “I’m All In” every morning and repeat it at night with head bent over, with our hands on our knees, saying: “Thank you Lord — same time tomorrow?”  Amen!

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Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Jeremy Galyon Bob Bargmeyer
Anna Lechleiter Speaker
Annette Leichleiter Speakers Mother
Audrey Miller Speakers Teacher
Sue Miller Speakers Grandmother
Narayan Peddanna Speakers Father
Sudha Peddanna Speaker
Jacquie Powell Speakers Mother
Jim Powell Speakers Grandfather
June Powell Speaker
Mark Powell Speakers Father
Chandini Sudha Speaker

Today’s Speaker

The girl’s had their turn with the oratorical contest today and all proved to be quite amazing speakers. Student “A” , Anna Lechleiter from Alter High School, stated that “each person should have a stamp of optimism on their heart and when they go through rough times, they are resilient and they push through”. She further stated “a true optimist is a altruist – void of selfishness” . Student “B”, Chandini Peddanna from Watts Middle School, reminded us that “not everybody can automatically be an optimist, because it’s like a muscle – the more you use it, the stronger it becomes”. Student “C”, June Powell from Watts Middle School, said “optimism is critical for healing and is good for the immune system; while everyone gets down on themselves, remember to have positive thoughts because one good optimistic thought can change the situation”.

 We want to thank all of the girls for their wonderful speeches on “What The World Gains From Optimism”, though a big congratulations goes out to Chandini on her win! She will compete with Benjamin Arehart in the final contest.


Birthdays This Week 

Member Birthday
Ken Peacock February 16
Patricia Kuhlman February 19
Julie Walling Noeth February 20
Stan Fronzaglia February 20

Membership Anniversaries

Name Month Day Year # Years
 Jack  Anderson February 16 2016 1
 Bob  Lawson February 16 2016 1
 Sarah  Umbreit February 16 2016 1
 Harry  Bossey February 17 1994 23
 Louis  Brinkman February 17 1995 22
 Mark  Casey February 17 2010 7
 John  Horner February 17 2010 7
 Sandy  Stevens February 17 2010 7
 Laura  Caschera February 18 1997 20
 Wayne  Botkin February 18 2009 8
 David  Gaines February 20 2013 4
 Russell  Hulbert February 20 2013 4

New Member Readings and Inductions

None this week.

Sergeants at Arms

Though there were no happy bucks or sergeantsBat arms today, there was a battle between the Gary’s (Smiga and Hansen) over a pair of UD basketball Tickets – donated to the club by Vince Reidy. The heated, yet short lived auction ended with Gary Hansen being the winner and paying the $30 to the club.  

 Happy Bucks!

None this week due to Girl’s Oratorical