Noon Meeting News – October 24, 2017 – Lela Klein – Gem City Market Project

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father for most of our adult life our minds are drawn to the noise of life. On a beautiful day we rarely start the day with a “Thank you Lord.” The news tells us all the bad things that have happened while we slept.
Our minds grasp the ugly and holds on  to it. We become our own worst enemy. You have blest us as Optimist to sluff off the ugly noise of life and hold on to the good. So thank you Lord for this great day and the opportunity to give, especially to the kids .  Amen!

Photos from the meeting

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Pat Arehart Diane Arehart
Graham Balsan Kelly Stone
Parker Balsan Kelly Stone
Bonnie Benge Ellie Parker
Robby Johnson Greg Griffin
Lela Klein Speaker
Michael Laughter Vince Reidy
Jay McAlpine Chris McAlpine
Steve Miller David Ladd
Bob Niehoff Ellie Parker
Linda Niehoff Ellie Parker
Lucy O’Hare Jesse Gaither
Anna Sexton Jesse Gaither
Sharon Silverberg Robin Golden
Harvey Smith Speaker
Jim Tremlett Pat Behn

Today’s Speaker

Debe Dockins introduced our speaker, Lela Klein,  a Harvard Law school grad and executive director of the Greater Dayton Union Cooperative Initiative. Lela spoke to us about the proposed Gem City market and the food crisis that exists in the West Dayton community. Currently funds are being raised as the 15,000 sq ft market will cost about $4 million to build. Shares are being sold at $100 each and the goal is to have the market employee and community owned.  Over 5,300 children live in the area that Gem City market will serve. Nutritional and cooking classes will be offered and the hope is that the market will become a community gathering place.


Member Birthday
Dennis Glidden October 24
Patrick Swan October 24
Fred Pfeiffer October 26
Shawn Thacker October 28
Bob Bargmeyer October 29

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Bill Powell October 24 10/24/2014 3
Dick Stevens October 24 10/24/2000 17
Mike Brubaker October 28 10/28/2008 9
Marilyn Becht October 29 10/29/2016 1
Jean Pummill October 30 10/30/2012 5

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Jay McAlpine Chris McAlpine 3rd Reading
Anna Sexton Jesse Gaither 1st Reading
Robby Johnson Greg Griffin 1st Reading
Sharon Silverberg Robin Golden 1st Reading
Patrick Arehart Diane Arehart 1st Reading
Michael Laughter Vince Reidy 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

No time for sergeants this week.

Happy Bucks!

No time for happy bucks this week.