October 20, 2020 – Janet Piechocki – Hobart Welding


Tom Novak, Avenue of flags, said that AOF will deliver over 2900 flags for Veterans Day. They need a lot more volunteers for both delivery and pickup. You do not have to commit to both tasks. This time of the year it gets dark early and this reduces the pool of available volunteers who can deliver while it is light outside. Please let Tom know if you can help.

Christy Gariety, Adopt-A-Family chair, announced that 13 members have already said they will participate in this holiday program. Contact her if you would like to participate this year.

Mike Bevis announced there is a press release going out that explains the tree lot fundraiser cancellation for 2020.

Committee Meetings

Sue Jesse, co-chair of the Social Distancing Committee, announced there will be a committee meeting 10/28/2020 at 6 PM at Beth Duncan’s offices for Lizard Apparel and Promotions. You can also connect by Zoom. They are accepting new committee members and they could use additional help.

Janet Piechocki, Hobart Institute of Welding Technology

Nancy Lehren introduced Janet Piechocki, the head of marketing and career development for the Hobart Institute of Welding Technology (HIWT). The ACCSC accredited institute was started by the Hobart company in the 1940’s. HIWT is a nonprofit school located in Troy, Ohio. Janet has been at HIWT for 21 years.

You can view Janet’s slide deck here

The facility has 345 welding stations and in 2016 a new corporate training facility was added. Over 100,000 welders have been trained.

HIWT is recognized as a global leader. Their books and supplies are sold all around the world.

HIWT has a test facility. Besides testing their student’s work, they test welds for the military and other welding schools.

Requirements for Admission to the Institute

  • Applicants must be 16 or older
  • Submit $125 fee at the time of registration
  • Must present proof high school graduation or G.E.D. prior to start date
  • There are no ACT/SAT or GPA requirements

Students can choose between 6-month and 10-month programs.

6 Month Structural

  • Tuition $11,400
  • Books $430
  • Supplies $356
  • Registration $125

10 Month Combination Structural and Pipe

  • Tuition $19,000
  • Books $520
  • Supplies $356
  • Registration $125

Students in both programs can earn certifications

  • FCAW Vertical/Overhead (X-Ray)
  • GMAW (Short Circuit) (X-Ray)
  • 4 AWS QC7 Certifications
  • Titanium (X-Ray)

Additional certifications possible with the 10 Month program

  • 1 additional AWS QC7 Certification
  • 2 inch Pipe 2G & 5G (X-Ray)
  • 6 inch Pipe 6010/7018 6G (X-Ray)

Technical Classes Offered

  • Visual Inspection
  • Welding for the Non-Welder
  • Liquid Penetrant and Magnetic Particle Inspections

Numerous Financial Aid and Scholarship opportunities are available. See slide deck for details. The Centerville Noon Optimist club has been awarding scholarships to this school as part of our Skilled Trades Scholarships.

The longer 10-month program is the most popular. Graduates with the extra certifications have higher salaries, even when doing the same work.

For those that must travel to attend the institute they have a list of affordable housing in the Troy, Ohio area.

Welding is a great career path. There is currently a huge shortage of welders and it is getting worse. It is estimated that 200,000 to 400,00 jobs in welding are currently unfilled. HIWT helps graduates find jobs. They hold 3 job fairs each year. The ROI for attending HIWT is higher than even the most prestigious of colleges. A recent study lists HIWT as 19th in ROI out of 4500 post high school learning institutions. The slide deck has further statistics.

HIWT has been open during COVID. Students work in every other welding booth. HIWT was recognized as an essential business and was not shut down by the government.

Thank you, Janet Piechocki, for joining us to educate CNO about the Hobart Institute of Welding Technology

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Dan Thalheimer Joan Cordonnier 3rd Reading
Colleen Albertson Becky Keegan Induction
Katy Parker Carol Smerz Induction

Happy Bucks

Member Reason
Carol Smerz Happy to have sponsored her first new CNO member, Katy Barker
Nancy Lehren Officially retired
Evelyn Griffin Janet Piechocki speaking to us from the Hobart Institute of Welding Technology

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Aaron Campbell October 20 10/20/2009 11
Monty Zinck October 20 10/20/2009 11
Steve Campbell October 20 10/20/2009 11
Tom Henderson October 20 10/20/2009 11
Carrie Million October 21 10/21/2015 5
Evelyn Griffin October 21 10/21/2015 5
Steve Blake October 21 10/21/2015 5
Bob Foster October 22 10/22/2003 17
Laurie Poeppelman October 22 10/22/2003 17
Mike Fanelli October 22 10/22/2003 17


Member Birthday
Gary Anderson October 20

CNO Donations 2013 through September 2020

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

Over 50 years, we have donated over $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $796,000.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Welcome Guests!

No Guests this week.

Zoom Meeting This Week

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 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.


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.