CNOtes – November 13, 2018 – Christmas Tree Lot Presentation

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father we will never be lonely if we like the person we’re with. It is always true when we are with You. Have us realize that when we are with You we are filling ourselves with Your love. That love is not to be hoarded for our own consumption, but is to be spread to all we encounter. Love and hate are two emotions that we harbor. Have us whistle a happy tune for being happy there is no room for hate.Amen!

 Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Shawn Collins Tom Novak
Andrew Dickerson Andrew McKenzie
Erin Dickerson Andrew Dickerson
Gareth Dickey Gary Hansen
Ron Kuker Charlie Tapp
Sue Zammit Dana Dring

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Thank you notes received by CNO

The USO thanked us for our donation of $1000 for their holiday party.

The Victoria Theater Association thanked us for our donation to their National Geographic Program.

Committee Announcements

Gary Hansen, chair of the Will Cale Scholarship Committee, announced he is still looking for more mentors so that we can help more students.

Beth, social committee, announced that 60 people have signed up so far for the Dinner and a Mystery. You can still sign up. They can handle up to 90. The event is December 28, 2018 at the Spaghetti Warehouse. Beth also announced sign-ups for the CNO Holiday Party on December 11 at Presidential Banquet Center.

Greg Fay, CNO 2.0 chair, announced there will be no CNO 2.0 meeting for December 2018, but he plans to have a football viewing party some time.

Annual Christmas Tree Lot Presentation

Donna Huss introduced Greg Griffin, the co-chair of the Christmas Tree Lot. Greg wants to make sure especially new members get briefed on how the Christmas Tree Lot works and why. The why is simple, “We do it for the kids.” First Greg showed us a great video about the tree lot and then he stepped us through his Power Point deck. Please review the slide deck here for additional information not included in the rest of this article.

Quick Facts about the Lot

  • 2018 is the 51st year of our tree lot.
  • Greg Griffin and Karl Frydryk are the co-chairs of the Christmas Tree Lot.
  • It is one of our 3 major fundraisers.
  • We will unload and sell 1,000 trees in about 15 days.
  • It is a great club showcase opportunity to be involved with the community.
  • Customers mention over and over that it isn’t Christmas until they buy a tree from us.
  • We have a new storage trailer this year with LED lighting and power and new wreath hangers.
  • We will have student volunteers from Centerville High School and the University of Dayton.

Important Information

  • We cannot park in the Centerville BMV parking lots when BMV is open.
  • Park at the Famous Restaurant, the Bank or the Walgreen’s. Please avoid parking near the front entrance of these businesses.
  • Ask parents before you give their kids a candy cane.
  • The only person allowed to change the price on a tree are Greg or Karl.
  • Don’t negotiate the price. Remind customers if they ask for a discount that our trees are of the highest quality and we are fundraising to support youth in the community.
  • We have occasionally agreed to donate a tree for a few needy causes. There is a form to fill out and someone will investigate that the request is legitimate.

Schedule and Steps

  • Tree Delivery Day is Saturday November 17, 2018 at 8 AM. We need all hands on deck. We are usually done by 11AM. We have jobs for everyone. You will be rewarded with donuts, coffee, hot chocolate and about 15 types of hot soups.
  • Lot opens the day after Thanksgiving.
  • We are scheduled to be open through December 15th. History shows that we will sell out in 15 days.
  • When you arrive at the lot, go into the sales trailer, mark that you were there and grab your name tag.
  • If you can’t make your shift, try and find a substitute or trade with someone else.

Quick Information

  • You do not sign up for the tree lot. You have been automatically signed up for a team. Each team has 6 shifts, except one has 7 shifts, but the lot should be closed before that. Please show up for your shift. You will receive emails telling about your shifts. There are 9 evening teams and 1 day shift team. There are 10 Team captains.
  • Wear proper clothing. You should bring Gloves and Boots. Please be aware that you will get tree sap on your gloves, clothes and shoes.
  • We do provide tree delivery. It is available within 7 miles for $10. We do not take the trees inside homes.
  • Remember to push the Tree Sprays because we make them out of tree scraps so it is pure profit.
  • There is a Christmas Tree Ornament for sale at the lot as well.
  • Tell your friends to come early to buy a tree. We will sell out early. Our trees are of the highest quality. There is a Christmas Tree shortage again this year.
  • If you work enough shifts you can get a discount off the purchase of a tree.
  • We have a truck we borrow from Voss for tree delivery. It is very important though that before you drive the truck you must make a copy of your license and sign the driver log.

Thank You

Thanks for being a member and helping with one of our very successful fundraisers. We can’t do it without the generous time of our members.


Member Birthday
Bryan Link November 14
Russell Hulbert November 19

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Art Hung November 16 11/16/2001 17
Tim Clemmer November 16 11/16/2001 17
Larry England November 17 11/17/1994 24
Nancy Lehren November 17 11/17/1994 24
Julie Cochran November 19 11/19/2009 9

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Richard Altvater Greg Wasmund 1st Reading
Gareth Dickey Gary Hansen 1st Reading
Sue Zammit Greg Griffin 1st Reading
Erin Dickerson Andy Dickerson 1st Reading
Andrew Dickerson Andrew McKenzie 2nd Reading
Mariah Vogelgesang Mike Bevis 2nd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

No time for sergeants this week.

Happy Bucks!

No time for happy bucks this week.

Noon Meeting News – November 14, 2017 – Christmas Tree Lot Presentation

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, some of us are like tea bags , we have to be put in hot water to see how strong we are. So thank You for friends and companions who offer a hand when we are in need. Comfort when we are sad and words of encouragement when we mess up. As Optimist we are blessed with such friends. Since we have no gold to give and love must make amends. Please ,Lord makes us worthy of our friends. Amen!

Photos from the meeting

Today’s Guests

Today’s Speaker

Vice President Greg Griffin talked to CNO about the upcoming tree lot. He showed a Christmas Tree lot video, and spoke about how our tree lot has become a family tradition for many of our customers. This Saturday, November 18th, 8AM, ALL HANDS ON DECK, we will unload nearly 1,000 trees. Last year we sold out in 16 days, this year it is believed we will sell out even more quickly. EVERYONE is assigned to work the tree lot, so show up for as many shifts as possible. We are looking forward to another great season. MERRY CHRISTMAS.


Member Birthday
Bryan Link November 14
Diane Mescher November 16
Russell Hulbert November 19

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Katie Hurst November 14 11/14/2013 4
Reba Hurst November 14 11/14/2013 4
Art Hung November 16 11/16/2001 16
Tim Clemmer November 16 11/16/2001 16
Larry England November 17 11/17/1994 23
Nancy Lehren November 17 11/17/1994 23
Julie Cochran November 19 11/19/2009 8
Beth Lybrook November 20 11/20/2016 1
John Kalaman November 20 11/20/2016 1
Jon Fox November 20 11/20/2000 17
Marilyn Becht November 20 11/20/2016 1
Paula Kalaman November 20 11/20/2016 1

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Rick Talda Beth Lybrook 1st Reading
Rhonda Meeker Mike Bevis 1st Reading
Nancy Anderson Jack Anderson 3rd reading
Sonny Singhvi Greg Fay 3rd reading
Mercedes Franklin Jesse Gaither 3rd reading
Shelby DiPasquale Jack Anderson 3rd reading
Ryan Fay Greg Fay 3rd reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Steve Campbell Welcome back
Ted Humphrey Scott Langer award

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Nancy Lehren Member of great CNO club for 23 years and scholarship awardee doing well at OSU
Greg Griffin THANKS Tim Clemmer and Mike Fanelli for helping to put away badges after scanning last week
Laurie Poeppelman Thanks for cards and sympathy
Blanca Ortiz Will be with family in Mexico for 2 weeks and Abbey Credit Union offering free meals to veterans
Jesse Gaither 8 year old daughter announced shes now all grown up
Debe Dockins Thanks to judges, over 675 essays judged
 Art Hung For winning the 50/50 last week
Patricia Kuhlman Daughter Jordan’s wedding was beautiful
Joan Cordonnier Play at CHS and cards of sympathy
Beth Lybrook Her newClub Inductee (Rick Talda) and great Social Committee
Judy DeMarco Took grand kids and kids to Disney World, had a great time.