CNOtes – September 24, 2019 – Installation of 2019-20 Club Officers & Board of Directors

Board and President Installation Dinner for 2019-2020 Year

On Tuesday, September 24, 2018, there was no lunch meeting. Instead we had a wonderful evening of feast and fellowship at The Presidential Banquet Center. This was a great night to celebrate the past year and to look forward to the next year. This is the end of the Centerville Noon Optimist Presidential year for Donna Huss and we welcomed 2019-2020 President Greg Griffin! He is the 52nd CNO President. New board members and vice-presidents were also installed this evening.

The social committee, co-chaired by Beth Duncan and Diane Arehart, put on a great party. The centerpieces looked fantastic and the room just looked coordinated. We started with appetizers then we had food catered by Kohler Catering. The food was great. Just like a lunch meeting, we started with a prayer and proudly recited The Pledge of Allegiance.

Bob Burkman was the Emcee for the evening. Bob did a fantastic job!

Phather Phil’s Prayer

This is the night we celebrate the successes of the year. We had another great year. All of our fundraisers were over the top in effort and results. The double bonus of all this has been the great feeling of being blessed by what we do and the relationship we have with one another.

Every year we have had a great leader to carve the way. This year it was the good witch that waved her magic over us and made us feel it was all our idea. Donna Huss rode the horse side saddle when she took over. She did it with grace but had a firm hand on the reins and let’s not forget her humor and her smile. You’ve earned our kudos, Donna, and we are proudly putting you out to pasture. Neighing not a thing you did for the kids and for us. We know you can still cut the mustard. You’re just tired from spreading it around.

Fortunately, we have another rider to lead us onward and upward, Greg Griffin. Greg is a talented Optimist and has all the experience needed. He excelled in all the positions that brought him to this point. May the good Lord bless you and increase your spirit of Optimism for our mission for the kids. May your neighs be nil and far between. Amen!

Tonight’s Guests – WELCOME!

Dan Arrowood
Anna Bargmeyer
Terry Bevis
Sylvia Cale
Jenny Davis
Nancy Hansen
Patrick MacKenzie
Pam  Merl
Stuart Merl
Steve O’Neil
Tom  Stauffer
Bev Reno
Pam  Smiga
Sheila Wasmund
Karen Collins
Bill Taylor

All Photos from the Evening are Here

Happy Birthday Bill Taylor

Today was Carolyn Taylor’s husband Bill’s birthday. Charlie Tapp graciously volunteered to lead our choir in the painful, non-melodic mess it always is. Based on Bill’s expression and the look of wondering what was happening to his ears, I’m pretty sure Bill had never heard about how this birthday treat goes.

After the completion of the song, Bill said, “You as a group sang better than I do. And if you don’t believe me, ask my wife.” I hope I never hear him sing.

Tonight’s Installation Program

The emcee for tonight was Bob Burkman. He said, “Studies show that Optimists live 18% longer than pessimists. An example of long-lived Optimism is Phather Phil Robinson who will deliver our invocation.”

Next, Bob invited Donna up to tell a joke. She hasn’t had as much time as she would have liked each week to tell a joke, but this one was very funny!

Bob put on some Groucho Marx novelty glasses and said, “The late comedian Groucho Marx once commented ‘I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member.’ Perhaps Groucho would not have cared to join ‘The best Optimist Club in the World’. No great loss. We’ve got Joe Madden”

Bob went over some statistics from Donna’s year

  • Net gain of 26 members and 4 Friends of Optimist
  • Optimist 2.0 grew by 17 new members
  • The St Leonard Club has 15 members
  • We have started a special needs Optimist club, Partners, where Scott Rheaume is both Treasurer and Secretary

Each of the three major fundraisers have produced record revenues

  • Christmas Tree lot income was $109,000. It is led by Karl Frydryk and Greg Griffin with a lot of help from Gary Aiken who supposedly retired from the event.
  • Avenue of Flags, led by Tom Novak, Mike Brubaker and Bob Burkman, now delivers 2,400+ flags.
  • The Golf outing raised $45,000. It is chaired by Mike Bevis, Sarah Umbreit, Vince Reidy, Steve Kohls and Deb Ulrich

To date, CNO has contributed over $2 million to our community. Bob said, “It is important to note that none of these accomplishments would be possible without the thousands of hours that you and I volunteer to pull off these fundraisers and conduct our youth activities.”

Bob Burkman introduced incoming Great Ohio District governor, our very own Myron Rheaume. Myron discussed how our club uses its imagination and the “Power of You.” The power of you individually and collectively enables our club to do all the good that it does for the youth of our community.

His slogan as Governor of the Great Ohio District is “Imagine the Power of You!”

Great Ohio District Governor Designate Myron Rheaume and Ohio Zone 14 Lt. Governor Pat Behn swore in and installed the officers and board of directors for the 2019-2020 Optimist year.

  • President, Greg Griffin
  • Vice Presidents, Diane Arehart and Gary Hansen
  • Secretary, Jean Pummill
  • Treasurer, Roland Rapp
  • President Elect, Debe Dockins
  • Immediate past president, Donna Huss
  • Past Presidents’ Representative, Myron Rheaume

Newly elected to the board of directors are Amy Barker, James Long, Denise O’Neil, Vince Reidy, Carolyn Taylor and Greg Wasmund.

Board of director members with one year left in the position are Beth Duncan, Jane Fiehrer, Jesse Gaither and Sarah Umbreit.

Passing of the Gavel and Pinning the New President

After the introduction of the new board members and before inducting Greg Griffin as the 52nd President of CNO, there was the traditional passing of the gavel. Bob brought up all the previous presidents to form a line at the front of the room in the order they served.

The gavel was passed from one previous president to another, ending with Donna Huss passing the gavel to new President Greg Griffin for Optimist year 2019-2020. Then Myron pinned Greg Griffin to officially make him president of our club.

Greg Griffin said, “What an honor it is to be picked as president of the largest Optimist Club in the world out of 2500 clubs.” Greg thanked his wife Evelyn Griffin for all the help and support. Greg told us what he told Chuck Dickerson when Chuck was very sick, “You know when you get to heaven you will be shown every kid that you have helped.” Greg has a slogan for his year, “Live the WOW life”. WOW is an acronym for “Why Optimism Works.” He said, “We think optimistically and encourage kids to think optimistically.” We need to think even bigger than we already do.  Greg said, “Thank you all. You, the members, are the stars.”

Greg’s first official act was to present a check to Hannah’s Treasure Chest. He presented a ceremonial check for $5100. The actual check was given during the summer as it was needed immediately to help after the 2019 Memorial Day tornados. The Interim Executive Director, Dr. Stuart Merl accepted the check on behalf of Hannah’s Treasure Chest. Their mission is to enrich children and he said clubs like ours are truly working together for similar purposes. Part of HTC’s mission is to help alleviate poverty in our community.

Over the course of a year they help over 5000 children. One in three families in our area needs help. Money goes for purchasing diapers, car seats and cribs. Statistics show that children who don’t have to live in poverty lead better lives as adults.

Next, Donna Huss took the microphone. She told some masterful jokes. She thanked her husband, Ray Huss, for putting up with her extra duties for the last year.

The outgoing president gets to choose recipients of the “Rookie of the Year Award”. Donna chose Carolyn Taylor and Andy Dickerson. To earn this award in your first year as a member, you must participate on a committee, a community activity and sponsor a new member.

Next, she gave a Presidents Citation award to Gary Smiga who has been the CNO club treasurer since 2010 and is now retiring from this post. Roland Rapp is taking over for the 2019-2020 year.

The recipient of the Optimist of the Year award is Beth Duncan. Beth was given this award a week early since she should could not attend tonight’s celebration. Donna read the beautiful thank you note Beth sent to her thanking everyone for the honor of being chosen as Optimist of the Year.

Next, Donna Huss recognized her board of directors and officers. She thanked them with some gifts as gratitude for their help with her year as president.

  • Treasurer, Gary Smiga.
  • Club Secretary, Jean Pummill
  • Vice-presidents, Debe Dockins and Jack Anderson
  • Past Presidents’ Representative, Myron Rheaume
  • Immediate past president, Chris McAlpine

Board of Directors: Liz Fultz, Gary Hansen, Bob Lawson, Don Massie, Roland Rapp, Diane Arehart, Beth Duncan, Jane Fiehrer, Jesse Gaither and Sarah Umbreit.

Donna also recognized and presented gifts to all committee chairs and co-chairs.

Special Recognition

Donna gave special recognition to Mike Bevis for helping her with building the St Leonard Club.

Donna also had a special presentation for 2019-2020 president, Greg Griffin.

Closing

In closing, Donna said there is current song out there called, “Hey Look Ma I Made It.” It inspired her to say, “Look ma I didn’t destroy the club!”

After Donna was done, Greg Griffin showed a video he produced as a tribute to Donna. The background music was the song “Donna” by Ritchie Valens. It was a great tribute and the perfect song.

After the video, Myron Rheaume said, “But wait, there’s more.” He presented Donna a plaque for outstanding leadership. He also presented her with a lifetime membership to Optimist International.

Bob Burkman’s closing remark was a quote from Groucho Marx. “I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.”

Then we cheerfully recited the Optimist Creed.

It was a great evening. Thank you to everyone who made it great. Thanks to everyone in our club that makes it possible to do the good we do. Thank you, Donna Huss, and we look forward to another great year under the leadership of Greg Griffin, his team and our members!

CNO Donations 2013 through June 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.

 

CNOtes – September 25, 2018 – Installation Dinner – Canopy Creek Farm

All Photos from the Installation Dinner

Board and President Installation Dinner for 2018-2019 Year

On Tuesday, September 25, 2018, there was no lunch meeting. Instead we had a wonderful evening of feast and fellowship at Canopy Creek Farm. This was a great night to celebrate the past year and to look forward to the next year. This is the end of the presidential year for Chris McAlpine and we welcomed 2018-2019 President Donn Huss! New board members were also installed this evening.

The ceremony opened with a moment of silence for Chuck Dickerson who is having a tough battle with cancer. Please remember Chuck in your prayers. Chuck joined CNO on 5/1/1977 and was president for the 1981-1982 year. Editor’s Note: a few days after the installation dinner Chuck Dickerson passed away.  He was an inspiration to all of us and an important mentor and one reason for the success of the Centerville Noon Optimist Club.

The social committee is co-chaired by Beth Duncan and Diane Arehart with members Vida McDowell, Melissa Deeter, Brent Richburg and Jerry Stahley. This team and their crew of assistants put on an amazing party. We started with appetizers then we had food catered by Kohler’s Catering. There were assorted cheesecakes for dessert. The choices and quality of food and drink were amazing.

Gary Smiga was the Emcee for the evening leading us in the pledge and before we ate, Phather Phil gave us one of his inspirational prayers.

Pat Behn, club member and Optimist International representative from the great state of Ohio, introduced the incoming officers and the incoming board. This included the induction of CNO member Donna Huss who will be the 2018-2019 President of the Centerville Noon Optimist’s 51st year.

Elected to the position of Vice President are Jack Anderson and Debe Dockins. Newly elected to the board of directors for a two-year term are: Diane Arehart, Beth Duncan, Jane Fiehrer, Jesse Gaither and Sarah Umbreit. Current board members with a one-year term remaining are Liz Fultz, Gary Hansen, Bob Lawson, Don Massie and Roland Rapp. Jean Pummill will continue as Secretary and Gary Smiga will again be the Treasurer. Congratulations to new board members and thank you to previous and continuing board members for serving our club.

Passing of the Gavel

After the introduction of the new board members and before inducting Donna Huss as the 51st President of CNO, there was the traditional passing of the gavel. The gavel was passed from one previous president to another in the order they served, ending with Chris McAlpine passing the gavel to new President Donna Huss.

Gary Smiga noted that we only have single term Presidents. Out of 51 presidents, 29 are still active in our club.

Words from new President, Donna Huss

A year ago, at the last installation dinner at Cox Arboretum, Donna Huss became president-elect. She said, “I am looking forward to my term, something I didn’t think I would be.”

Donna presented a video with the song, “We are the World”. She then read some of the lyrics:

We are the world.

We are the children;

We are the ones who make a brighter day,

So let’s start giving

There’s a choice we’re making

We’re saving our own lives

It’s true we’ll make a better day

Just you and me

Donna said, “To me, these words represent our club. It’s what we do.”

She also said, “I enjoyed helping to represent our club at the Optimist International meeting In Ottawa. It is an honor being part of the second largest and very successful club and to share our ideas; the other clubs take our ideas and help themselves.”

One of Donna’s goals is that CNO gets designated as a distinguished club for her 2018-2019 year.

She thanked many people for the opportunity to become president:

“Thank you to Chuck Dickerson. He is the reason I am here and that I joined.”

“Thanks to my husband who now is glad for how much time I spend in a non-paying job to make the world a little brighter.”

“Thank you, Beth McAlpine, for loaning us your husband for the year.” She then gave Beth a nice plant and several hundred blank “Chris: Honey Do Lists.”

“Thank you, Chris McAlpine. During the past year I learned he only has one causal outfit.” She showed us pictures to prove it. Then she said, “And I learned that he loves coffee and donuts.” She then presented to Chris a one of a kind Chris McAlpine bobblehead to remind him that despite bobbles presented to him in life he possesses the skills to overcome them. She then presented to Chris and his wife Beth a gift card for dinner so they could celebrate the past year and its end.

Donna closed with, “I am very honored to be your president. We are going to have a heck of a year!”

Chris McAlpine – Final Speech as Club President

Gary Smiga Introduced Chris McAlpine, who reviewed the accomplishments of the previous year. He said, “Besides my family, the experience of being president has been the best experience of his adult life. It was awesome being president for the 50th year. I was the lucky one to be the president during this time. We raised $250,000 for this year and we gave a lot of it away, including a special offering totaling $50K for our 50th anniversary of $25K to the library and $25k to the park district.”

Chris thanked many people:

“To Pat Behn, you have been my biggest supporter. A source of institutional knowledge, thank you so much for believing in me.”

“To Jean Pummill, we accomplished our goal of adding 52 new members during our 50th year. Also, with this being your first year on the job as secretary, thank you so much to for being a rock he could lean on.”

“To Greg Griffin, if I need last minute stuff he showed up and made it happen. Thank you for all your efforts to make me look good.”

“To Gary Smiga, our treasurer, every penny is where it is supposed to be.“

“And lastly, but most importantly, to my wife Beth McAlpine. Remember when I said that it would only take a small bit of time. Thank your for allowing him to be president.” As a thank you he gave her a case of golf balls even though she doesn’t golf. We are sure there is some other gift coming. “Seriously, thank you to Beth McAlpine and my kids for letting him be our president. And thanks to my daughter Lilly who protected the bell and gavel numerous times at lunch meetings.”

He mentioned that we have done things to help the wonderful and underrated kids JOI (Junior Optimist International) club. His daughter is currently involved in JOI.

He ended by saying, “Thank you so much.  It has really been a privilege to be your president.”

Gary Smiga presented to Chris a nice plaque from the club as a thank you with a gavel suitable for hanging in his office or home. He also presented Chris with a Lifetime membership card in Optimist International that we present to all of our presidents.

Rookie of the Year Awards

Each year the outgoing president chooses the Rookie of the year. Chris McAlpine said he couldn’t pick one Rookie of the year, so he picked four:

  • Robbie Johnson, volunteers at many events.
  • June Bosworth, brought in several sponsors and golfers for the golf outing and volunteers at many events.
  • Brian Nolan, volunteers at many events.
  • Patrick Arehart, author of CNOtes, created a flag delivery app, volunteers at many events.

Optimist of the Year Awards

Each year the previous recipients of the Optimist of the Year award vote for Optimist of the Year. There were two recipients this year. Each spoke briefly after being presented.

  • Diane Arehart said, “She was not expecting this and she is humbled by the award.”
    • Volunteers at many events
    • Co-Chair of the Social Committee
    • Mentor for the Will Cale Scholarship
    • Attended the recent District Convention in August 2018
    • And more!
  • Greg Fay said, “Thanks to all the committee members of CNO 2.0.”
    • Volunteers at many events
    • Created and chairs CNO 2.0 club
    • He received Builder of Excellence Award from Optimist International
    • Has served on the membership committee since his induction in 2014
    • And more!

Promise 11 and 12 of the Optimist Creed

We closed the meeting reciting the optimist creed. Originally, Christian D. Larson wrote 12 promises, although our club recites only 10. Donna read us the additional two:

Promise Yourself…

“To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud word, but in great deeds.”

“To live in the faith that the whole world is on your side, so long as you are true to the best that is in you.”

Thank You

Gary closed the meeting and thanked the people helping with tonight’s event:

  • Bill Stone for providing the sound system and the music
  • Kohler’s Catering for the buffet
  • Jodi Piersall for bartending
  • The Social Committee for planning and coordinating the entire event
  • Greg Griffin’s “extended family” (wife and sisters-in-law) Marge Back, Evelyn Griffin, and Carrie Million for handling registration of tonight’s attendees so smoothly.

Returning to our Regular Program Schedule

We will be back to our normal schedule starting Tuesday, 10/2/2018 at noon for lunch at Yankee Trace. Bob Lawson lost his badge during tonight’s meeting – will he be fined at the next meeting?

Copy of the Program

You can view a copy of the program here.