Meeting Notes

UD Men’s Basketball Coach Anthony Grant – JD Legends

Coach Grant thanked us for having him here to speak today. He said he was asked to talk about the path his life took to get to where he is now as head coach of UD’s Basketball team since 2017, He graduated from Miami Senior High School in Miami, Florida in 1983. At the age of 17, Anthony came to Dayton to attend the University of Dayton. He was a business major at UD. Don Donoher was his coach and Anthony knows coach Donoher has been there for him.

Nick Tarkany – Heavier Than Air Brewing Co.

Nick told us the story of his journey to open his beer brewing company and tap room. Opening a brewery is not for the faint of heart. He got into it by accident when his college age son wanted to brew beer. The process made a complete mess of the household stove, but they kept trying. Friends and local business owners like Doubledays wanted him to brew larger quantities and sell it.

Jenell Ross – President, Bob Ross Auto Group

Jenell is a graduate of Emory University and a trustee at U.D. She is a chairperson for the Federal Reserve in Cincinnati. After her mother’s death from breast cancer, she and her daughters started the Norma J. Ross Memorial Foundation funding programs that raise breast cancer awareness, provide patient aid and research, and support local youth education. The slogan “Pink Ribbon Driven” is also the name of their website.

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon L. Kennedy

Judge Kennedy came to speak to us tonight about The Ohio Judicial System and how it impacts your life. She handed out her booklet “The Ohio Judicial System & You.” Part of the checks and balances of power in the U.S. and Ohio is the judicial system. There are several types of courts with varying purposes in Ohio. Find a link to the detailed description and chart of the Ohio Judicial Structure.

Educator of the Year and Memorial Scholarships Presented

This year’s winner of the “Bringing out the Best in Kids Award” is Matt Szozda. Matt is an outstanding, young, and successful Art teacher. he currently works at Cline Elementary. He has been with the district for 8 years. The Educational Assistance Awards were also presented today in memory of the individuals that have passed away while active members of our club. This year’s winners are: Madeline Mills, Nicholas Reibly, Emily Whitehead, and Tonja Kaissieh.

Avenue of Flags 2019 Season Kickoff Presentation

In 2003 to test the fundraiser, they put out 30 flags for free in Quail Run. If Chuck Dickerson had not put up the initial $3000 in funding, the program probably would never have started. In 2005, the first year AOF was a fundraiser, they did skits at CNO lunch to education members about the concept. That year, the program earned about $1500. As of the end of 2018, net income was $77,750 with 2141 being placed on Veteran’s Day 2018. The 2019 AOF fundraiser is being dedicated to its founder Chuck Dickerson, who left his earthly life in 2018.

Dan Apolito – Co-Owner Archer’s (and Club Member)

Dan told us about the path that led him to owning three popular restaurants: Archer’s Tavern in Centerville and Kettering and The Stone House Tavern in Waynesville. Dan credits great customer service for their success. They train their servers to help each other. Someone will greet you within 15-20 seconds of being seated. The goal is to keep customers coming back. If ever there is a problem with food or service, any employee has the authority to make it right without having to go and get approval.

Dr. Tom Henderson – Centerville City Schools Presentation

Dr. Henderson spoke to us today about our local school system. He said he enjoys the relationship he has with the school board. Recently students have formed their own version of the board and it has been positive. Today those students are representing Centerville at a State Board meeting in Columbus.

Respect for Law Awards Presentation

In July 1965, a discussion between Past Optimist International President Carl Bowen and former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover resulted in the birth of the Respect for Law program. This is the fourth most popular international program with more than 1,500 Clubs participating last year. After the tragic events of January 12, 1998, Centerville Noon Optimist member and then township trustee, the late Terry Blair became the driving force to name our club’s Respect for Law Award in honor of John Kalaman.

Kim Senft-Paras, Washington-Centerville Library Director

Kim has created a vibrant Friends of the Library group, expanded library programming and planned and led the renovation and expansion of Woodbourne Library. She feels privileged to work in such a fine library system, located in a warm and welcoming community. She explained that librarians do many other things to help the community. The library asked the community to “Envision the library of the future” and asked, “What do you hope to see?”

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