Phather Phil’s Prayer
Heavenly Father let us all take a deep breath and rid ourselves of all the sad things we’ve been holding onto, including the Winter blues. It’s a New Year and a new season lets be thankful for all our blessings. It’s Spring a
time when youth are happiest and age remembers. It’s time to count our blessings and be happy with what we have and thankful we don’t have what we deserve. Have us put on the persona of Optimism, go out and Spread the joy of Optimism to every person we meet and share the love You so generously heap upon us. Amen!
Tom Novak thanked those that helped with Avenue of Flags pre-season checkup.
Donna Huss announced that it is only 68 days from the golf outing. Get your forms in soon if you are planning on golfing. Meeting tomorrow night.
Beth Duncan: Derby Party was last Saturday. Thank you to Vida McDowell, Kelly Stone and Diane Arehart. A very special thank you to Cindy and Kirby Gaboury for donating the use of their party room at Audio Etc. Thank you to Charlie Tapp for making and serving the mint Juleps.
Nancy Lehren, “Build a Bear” went great, thanks to all involved. About 80 Children were at build a bear and 9 more children that couldn’t make it had bears made for them. An additional 36 bears were made to send upstairs for later use. A total of 125 bears were made. A special thank you to Lisa Tucker of Bill’s Donuts who donated $3000 for the event. Thanks to Sarah Umbreit for running this event.
Bob Burkman kicked off this year’s John P. Kalaman Respect for Law Award. We honor one law enforcement person from the Centerville Police Department and one from the Washington Township Sheriff’s Department. Bob thanked Gary Anderson and Jesse Gaither for producing the brochure on our tables showcasing the two award recipients.
The honoree from the Centerville Police Department is officer Fauopo Lauofo. He came to the Centerville Police Department on January 2, 1997. He thanked the Optimist Club for giving him the award and for our huge turnout at the blood drive last week in memory of his friend John P. Kalaman. He remembers the day John lost his life serving his community. He said, “It was a cold morning, I was the last face that John saw. It was a rough time.” He thanked John’s parents John and Paula Kalaman for their support.
After Officer Lauofo spoke, Paula Kalaman made some remarks. She thanked Fauopo for being with John, trying to save his life and comforting him.
The honoree from the Washington Township Sheriff’s Department is Detective Linda Shutts. She has been with law enforcement for 13 years and with Washington Township since the fall of 2014. She has been assigned over 1000 cases. Her case clearance rates are well above national averages and she has recovered thousands of dollars for victims of crime. She comes in early and leaves late. Linda tries hard to recover stolen items. Even if she can’t recover the items she likes giving comfort to victims. Linda thanked the Optimist club for naming award after John P. Kalaman and said she is very honored to receive the award.
John and Paula Kalaman came up to the podium after the honorees spoke. Paula said thank you to the Optimists for doing this every year. It doesn’t feel like it is 20 years, it feels like yesterday. Having this honor every year is a great comfort, thank you to the Centerville Noon Optimists.
|Josh Boyle||Honoree’s Family|
|Barb Krizman||Tom Novak|
|Matt Lauofo||Honoree’s Family|
|Michael Lauofo||Honoree’s Family|
|Chu Oparah||Art Hung|
|Ruth O’Toole||Bob Burkman|
|Mary Ann Riskus||Mary Madden|
|Alex Simon||Bob Duffy|
|Kate Vriner||Jane Fiehrer|
|Beth Duncan||May 09|
|Jon Fox||May 10|
|Jessica King||May 11|
|Marge Back||May 11|
New Member Readings and Inductions
|Name||Sponsor||1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction|
|Wendy Hattan||Robin Golden||3rd Reading|
|Brendan Cunningham||Mike Bevis||3rd Reading|
Sergeants at Arms
|All members voting for Carol Burkman’s hat at the Derby party.||She won most festive hat at the Derby party. If you voted for her you owe a buck because it was the fifth year of the same hat and you just now figure out it was the best!|
|Donna Huss||Inappropriate balloon behavior at the Derby Party.|
|Tom Novak||Drinking a mint Julep that wasn’t his.|
|Mike Yoder||The assisted entrance button for the front door didn’t work, fined for missed code violation.|
|Paul Stull||Welcome back to lunch.|
|Greg Wasmund||For showing up and not bringing a guest like last week.|
|Gary Aiken||On Derby Party sign up sheet, signed up as Gary and Gary Aiken.|
|Roland Rapp||Heckling in the badge line.|
|Brian Nolan||Saying he was ready for a fine.|
|Jane Fiehrer||Not meeting guest on time.|
|Chris McAlpine||Starting meeting at 12:01.|
|Beth Duncan||Talking about going to Napa for her brithday.|
|Joan Cordonnier||Sitting at the birthday table when it is not your birthday.|
|Everyone at birthday table without a birthday||Sitting at the birthday table when it is not your birthday.|
|Joan Cordonnier||Please vote yes for the rec center levy on May 9, 2018 ballot.|
|David Ladd||Birth of first great grandchild|
|Donna Huss||Great Derby party and had a lot of fun not being in charge of it.|
|Dr Dan Passidomo||Daughter graduated from UK over the weekend.|
|Melissa DeShurko||Son graduating from DePaul University.|
|Nancy Lehren||Birth of 7th grand child.|
|Nancy Lehren||Successful build a bear.|
|Paula Kalaman||Successful blood drive, thank you to optimists that came out to support.|
|Myron Rheaume||At Ohio District, 21 CNO members recognized for their Dime a Day donations. He was also nominated for 2019-20 Optimist Governor of Ohio.|
|Wes Cleaves||Grandson graduating college.|
|Bob Burkman||Can finally retire Carol’s hat from the Derby party since she won best hat this year.|