CNOtes – Optimist 2.0 July 18, 2019 – Jenell Ross – President, Bob Ross Auto Group

Guests and Members in Attendance

Renee Arana
Denise Christie
Beth Fowler
Kayleigh Jackson
Gary McDowell
Jack Quinlin
Ruthy Quinlin
Sham Reddy
Jenell Ross
Angie Tilinghast
Nancy Anderson
Diane Arehart
Pat Arehart
Marge Back
Wayne Christie
Brendan Cunningham
Gary DeMarco
Judy DeMarco
Emily Duke
Stan Fronzaglia
Jesse Gaither
Christy Gariety
Jerry Gebhards
Renee Glenn
Evelyn Griffin
Greg Griffin
Gary Hansen
Donna Huss
Martha Jackson
Nancy Lehren
Brian Nolan
Tom Novak
Laurie Poeppelman
Jean Pummill
Vince Reidy
Brent Richburg
Deb Saunders
Ashley Simeone
Bill Stone
Kelly Stone
Ron Tinnerman
Frank Weikel
Jayne Weikel
Jon Werts
Suzanne Werts

All Photos from the Meeting are here

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was Chappy’s Social House at 880 Washington Village Drive. Thank you to the team at Chappy’s for hosting us.

There was a 50/50 drawing won by Kayleigh Jackson.

There were 45 people at the meeting (35 members and 10 guests).

Jesse Gaither, member of CNO 2.0 committee, thanked everyone for attending tonight. Jesse also mentioned our 3 fundraisers. We just finished our golf outing this week. We raise money from the Avenue of Flags program. We also sell Christmas Trees each year behind the Centerville Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

Jenell Ross from Bob Ross Auto Group

Jesse Gaither introduced Jenell Ross, the president of 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. https://pinkribbondriven.org/

Jenell’s father, Bob Ross, purchased his first dealership in Richmond, Indiana 45 years ago. In 1979, he purchased the Mercedes and Buick dealership on Loop Road in Centerville, Ohio. Bob Ross was the first African American to own a Mercedes dealership.

Jenell attended Centerville schools and graduated from the Miami Valley School.

She has always loved automobiles. She would hang around the dealership and would work in various areas. After graduating from Emory University, she became an official employee and was able to work with her father for 5 years before his early passing at the age of 62 in 1997.

Jenell explained that when the owner of a dealership passes it is typically a nervous time at a dealership. There is normally a mass exodus of good employees when the owner passes. This was not the case at Bob Ross. The employees were always treated well and there was a smooth transition. Her mother, Norma J. Ross, became president, and Jenell became the chief operating officer of the company. They have fun sometimes. They dress up for Halloween, Celebrate Christmas and do other fun group outings with employees and their families.

 

While president, Norma added the Hummer Franchise. Then the recession hit and made it very difficult to keep the dealerships running well in Dayton. The loss of NCR and DHL reduced the pool of customers. They spent a lot of energy trying to keep people motivated during this time. Some of their decisions were not perfect. They added dealerships for Alpha Romeo and Fiat, but they didn’t work out and they dropped the brands after about 1.5 years.

They survived the recession and currently have close to 100 employees. Even with the loss of GM manufacturing jobs in Dayton, they continue to be staunch supporters of GMC and Buick.

Dealer ownership statistics

  • There are 18,000 new car dealers in the US
  • 1000 are owned by females
  • 60 are owned by minority females
  • 4 are owned by African American females

Jenell took over day to day operations at the age of 27. She also became the representative of the company at various conventions and meetings held throughout the year. Her first few meetings were a bit interesting. She is not the typical face of the owner of a dealership. Still, 22 years later some attendees make some bad assumptions about who she is. She has a little fun with assumptions and tries to use it for education.

She is proud of the Norma J. Ross Foundation. It has become her side job. Part of the foundation’s purpose is to help pay for mammograms that many women cannot afford. They have trademarked the slogan “Pink Ribbon Drive”.

Jenell shared her view of Keys to Success in any Business

  • Have good people helping you; you need to rely on the fact that someone else can help when you need it
  • No one person can do everything, it is a Team effort
  • Have respect for your fellow workers
  • She doesn’t ask someone to do something she wouldn’t be willing to do herself
  • Just because you’re the boss doesn’t mean you are always right; everyone makes mistakes, so learn from them and try not to repeat them
  • Have self-confidence because not everyone you meet will want you to succeed
  • Be willing to learn more about you’re your area of expertise
  • Always be prepared (something her mother Norma always said)

In her closing she gave some thoughts about her success and her company’s success. No manufacturer is making a bad vehicle anymore. Success is about helping people get a vehicle that they want. There are a lot of choices in the automotive world. Business owners should be ethical and moral in everything they do.  The Centerville community has been great for them and she appreciates her customers and gives back to the community.

She didn’t start her company, however, for many years, she went to many seminars and was constantly learning about the industry and was therefore well prepared to take over at the age of 27.

To be an entrepreneur you need to be a risk taker. Only 13% of the workforce are entrepreneurs. That means 13% of the workforce is doing something the other 87% don’t want to do.

No matter what your career path, continue to challenge yourself to reach new levels of success. The most important thing is to have fun at whatever you choose to do. Remember that only you can make yourself happy.

Thank you, Jenell, for taking the time to come and speak to us today! After her presentation, Tom Novak thanked Jenell for generously donating loaner vehicles to help with Avenue of Flags and the Christmas Tree Lot.

 

 

CNOtes – Optimist 2.0 June 20, 2019 – Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon L. Kennedy

Guests and Members in Attendance

Michelle Apolito
Denise Christie
Amelia Cordonnier
Colton Dickerson
Gwen Dickerson
Nora Dickerson
Jerry Gehards
Sharon Kennedy
Joe Poelking
Courtney Taylor
Miles Taylor
Frank Weikel
Dan Apolito
Diane Arehart
Pat Arehart
Marge Back
Harry Bossey
Alan Brown
Jeff Brown
Wayne Christie
Joan Cordonnier
Mike Cordonnier
Brendan Cunningham
Andy Dickerson
Erin Dickerson
Emily Duke
Greg Fay
Stan Fronzaglia
Jesse Gaither
Evelyn Griffin
Greg Griffin
Mark Karns
Scott Langer
Vida McDowell
Brian Nolan
Jean Pummill
Brent Richburg
Ashley Simeone
Gary Smiga
Jayne Weikel
Jerry Stahley

All Photos from the Meeting are here

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was at Poelking Lanes South in Miami Township, Ohio. Thank you to Joe Poelking, the owner of the venue, for donating the VIP Bowling Lounge for our meeting with complimentary bowling and for obtaining and introducing tonight’s speaker, Ohio Supreme Court Judge Sharon L. Kennedy.

There was a 50/50 drawing won by Greg Fay who donated it back to the Optimist International Foundation.

There were 41 people at the meeting (29 members and 12 guests).

Greg Fay, the chair of CNO 2.0, thanked everyone for attending tonight. He introduced and thanked tonight’s host, Joe Poelking.

New Member Induction

President-elect Greg Griffin inducted CNO 2.0’s newest member, Alan Brown.

Speaker tonight was Ohio Supreme Court Judge Sharon L. Kennedy

Tonight’s venue host Joe Poelking introduced our speaker, Ohio Supreme Court Judge Sharon L. Kennedy. Prior to serving on the Ohio Supreme Court she served as a Judge at the Butler County Court of Common Pleas Domestic Relations Division since 1999. From 2005 until December of 2012 she served as the administrative judge of the Division.

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.

Mayor’s courts handle things like traffic tickets and misdemeanors. They don’t have trials. The cases they can’t hear are transferred to other courts.

Municipal courts are the worker bees, hearing as many as 3 million cases per year in Ohio.

The Court of Claims hears cases of civil actions filed against the state.

The Court of Common Pleas includes the Probate court. She called the Probate Court the Happy and Sad court. They handle adoptions as well as handling estates.

There are 12 Appeals Courts. There are as many as 3 million cases heard in the Ohio courts system. Only about 7000 to 9000 are appealed. The court system is nowhere near perfect. The number of appeals cases should be higher. The number is as low as it is because it is very expensive to appeal a case.

The Ohio Supreme Court hears about 2200 cases per year.

A detailed description and chart of the Ohio Judicial Structure can be read here.

Elected Judges in Ohio

Ohio in 1851 was unstable and essentially bankrupt. Until 1851, Ohio judges could be fired, and they were every time new leadership was elected. Judge Kennedy said we should read about the great debates of 1851. She found these debates to be very exciting. The debates led to 6-year terms for Ohio Supreme Court judges and helped stabilize Ohio.

Judge Kennedy told us that as citizens of Ohio, we are the judicial system since we choose the judges. She said we should know our judges. Judges now are more accessible than ever. She said we should know who all of our government representatives are. You should have them on your speed dial and call them when you want them to do something or to do something different.

There are no term limits for a judge, but you cannot run for judge if you will be 70 or older before your term begins.

Thank you, Judge Kennedy, for taking the time to come and speak to us today.

CNOtes – June 4, 2019 – Educator of the Year and Memorial Scholarships Presented

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father at times we act like a silly goose. We labor over how and what to say in our prayers. We hesitate because It just doesn’t sound right or it doesn’t sound pretty. We should know by now, You do not judge based on the words we use nor the folly of our tongues. When we come to You in earnest prayer, You already know what our hearts want to convey. Your children just want You to know how much we love You and need your love and guidance. Thanks for all of our blessings. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Tom Brozich Mike Bevis
Chuck Doran Jane Fiehrer
Martin Huffstutler Brandon Barret
Karen Mills Awardee’s Family
Madeline Mills Scholarship Winner
Lisa Reibly Awardee’s Family
Nick Reibly Scholarship Winner
Jonathan Rich Mike Bevis
Sarah Schaade Erin Belangia-Sanchez
Sarah Swan EOTY Peer
Matt Szozda Educator of the Year
Dan Tarpey EOTY Peer
Angela Whitehead Awardee’s Family
Chris Whitehead Awardee’s Family
Emily Whitehead Scholarship Winner
Kevin Whitehead Awardee’s Family
Rachel Whitehead Awardee’s Family

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Committee Announcements

Brent Richburg, Americana Booth committee, asked people to please sign up to help with the information booth on July 4, 2019 to share with perspective members what we do for the community and how they can join and help.

Bob Burkman, flag committee, said volunteers are needed for flag delivery and assembly.

Bob Lawson thanked all the volunteers that helped make the Fishing Derby a success last weekend.

Jerry Stahley reported that at the Junior Golf tournament yesterday, 94 kids played golf and Jerry thanked everyone who volunteered.

Upcoming Social Events

Beth Duncan, social committee, announced social activities for the rest of 2019 so that you can save the dates.

  • 6/28/2019 – 6:30 PM, Friday, Dinner at Valley Vineyard
  • 7/19/2019 – 6:30 PM, Friday, Euchre party at TBD
  • 8/10/2019 – 5:30 PM, Saturday, Cookout, Outdoor games, Monte Carlo Night at TBD
  • 9/24/2019 – 6 PM?, Tuesday, Presidential Installation Dinner at the Presidential Banquet Center
  • October 2019, ALL DAY, Keeneland Horse Racing, there will be a chartered bus
  • 11/8/2019 – 6:30 PM?, Friday, Euchre party at TBD
  • 12/10/2019 – 6 PM?, Tuesday, Holiday Party at Yankee Trace

Bringing out the Best in Kids Award

Gary Smiga discussed the history of the “Bringing out the Best in Kids Award”.     Begun as an “Achievement in Education” Award in 2003, it became the “Bringing out the Best in Kids'” Award to honor Margaret Barclay’s theme for her year as Ohio District Governor.  We have had 18 recipients, including public and private school administrators, principals, and teachers from elementary, middle, and high school. Since 2018, our selection process has been to use the CCS Teacher of the Year nominee for Ohio’s Teacher of the Year program as our recipient.

Matt Szozda is the 2019 recipient of the award. Matt is an outstanding, young and successful Art teacher. He currently works at Cline Elementary. He has been with the district for 8 years. Matt is the Centerville City School nominee for Ohio’s Teacher of the Year.

Shirley Kurtz, the principal of Cline, nominated him. She said to us, “Matt Szozda is the teacher you want your students to have. He teaches from the heart and uses self-reflection. He gets students to use creativity to solve complex world problems. Remember these are 2nd through 5th graders. The students become civic minded problem solvers.”

Matt thanked the Centerville Noon Optimist club. He said this is not the crowd he normally speaks to. He mentioned our audience is a just a little bit older than his students. He scanned the room earlier and noticed the Optimist Creed on the wall. He noted one of the key ideas of the creed is believing in yourself and believing in others. These are the key things he tries to teach his students. He said, “Thank you so much for the honor you have given me today.”

Gary Smiga gave the name plate with Matt Szozda’s name to Superintendent Tom Henderson. The plate will be added to the permanent plaque on display in the front foyer at the Central office for Centerville Schools’ on Virginia Avenue.

Additional guests to witness the award presentation today from Centerville Schools were Dan Tarpey (Directory of Human Resources) and Sarah Swan (Community Relations Specialist).

Educational Assistance Awards

Gary Smiga presented the 2019 Educational Assistance Awards. Most of this article comes from the notes Gary prepared for this presentation.

From Gary:

It is my pleasure to be able to introduce this year’s Centerville Noon Optimist Club’s Memorial Educational Assistance Award winners.  The award is given in the memory of the individuals that have passed away while active members of our club.  The following individuals exemplified what it meant to give back to your community with their service and character:

  • Tom Frazier- 1994
  • Tom Craig- 1994
  • Denise Goeckel- 1998
  • Dick Lewin- 2002
  • Corwin Robinson- 2005
  • Steve Fisher- 2007
  • Dave Petree- 2007
  • Jim Hawley- 2010
  • Margaret Barclay- 2010
  • Tom Gravlin- 2013
  • Terry Blair-2014
  • Dave Milam- 2014
  • Ken Bluhm- 2015
  • John Hughes- 2015
  • Mike Hayes- 2015
  • Wes Hamdan- 2016
  • Tim Gibson- 2017
  • Linda Fisher- 2017
  • Brent Moore- 2018
  • Chuck Dickerson- 2018

Please join me in a moment of silence as we remember these fine individuals.

The qualifications for our Educational Assistance award are as follows:

  1. Be a graduating high school senior that will be attending a college/university offering a two/four-year degree upon the completion of an accredited program;
  2. Be a resident of Centerville/Washington Township;
  3. Have a strong record of participation in community service activities; and
  4. Possess a financial need as affirmed by the FAFSA.

Before I introduce this year’s winners, I would like to recognize the committee who read the applications and made this year’s selections: Gail Aiken, Will Cale, Bob Duffy, and Roberta Taylor.

I would also like to thank the CNO Board of Directors for budgeting funds to support this scholarship program, as well as the entire Centerville Noon Optimist Club membership for having worked in the various fundraising activities to allow for this program and many of the others that we do to be a reality.

This year we have 4 award recipients, 3 of them were with us today.

Madeline Mills

Madeline brought her Mother, Karen Mills.

Madeline attended Centerville High School and she is ranked 28th in a senior class of 647 students with a GPA of 4.56.

Madeline’s Extracurricular and Community Service Activities include:

  • Tennis
  • Speech and Debate
  • French Club
  • Model UN
  • Poetry Club
  • Chem Buddies
  • Key Club
  • Lunch Buddies
  • Church Youth Group
  • National Honor Society

Madeline currently works at Mathnasium of Centerville. She will be attending Purdue University and her major is Chemical Engineering.

She told us about Chem Buddies. If you are taking AP chemistry, you can volunteer to participate. They go to Centerville elementary and middle schools and present experiments to students and explain the science.

Excerpts form Madeline’s essay:

Youth is the future of society. It will be the youths who make the decisions of the future. Providing youth services is necessary to make sure they are capable of being our future leaders. She is member of Lunch Buddies and she said one of the rolls of a high school student is to improve the community.

Nicholas Reibly

Nicholas brought his mother, Lisa Reibly.

Nicholas attended Centerville High School and he is ranked 293rd in a senior class of 647 students with a GPA of 3.6082.

Nicholas’s Extracurricular and Community Service Activities include:

  • Varsity Football
  • Senior Captain
  • 2018 Sonny Unger Award
  • Elk Pride Award
  • Lunch Buddies
  • Leadership Academy
  • Centerville Baseball Umpire
  • Centerville 7th grade Football Assistant Coach
  • Centerville Kids Football Camp

Nicholas currently works at Home Depot. He will be attending the University of Findlay. He will continue to play football at college. After college he would like to teach in a high school.

Nicholas is a 2018 recipient of the Sonny Unger award, which is presented to a CHS outstanding football athlete. The Sonny Unger Foundation was established in 1966 to honor the memory of a true American hero, Lester E. “Sonny” Unger. He was killed in Vietnam. The Sonny Unger Foundation keeps alive the memory of Sonny by awarding two scholarships to Seniors on Centerville High School’s Football Team. The recipients are deemed most like the character and dedication of Sonny.

Excerpts from Nicholas’ essay:

The youth of the today will be the leaders of tomorrow. Services for youth are important. The future of a town is dependent on its youth. Employment, volunteering, and sports give students a since of purpose.

Emily Whitehead

Emily brought her mother, Angela, her father, Chris, her brother, Kevin and her sister, Rachel.

Emily attended Centerville High School and she is ranked 4th in a senior class of 647 students with a GPA of 4.9455.

Emily’s Extracurricular and Community Service Activities include:

  • Varsity Soccer
  • Scholar Athlete
  • Student Council
  • Piano Instructor
  • Band- Alto Saxophonist and Pianist
  • Model UN
  • Elk Connectors
  • Junior Leadership Dayton
  • TOP Soccer
  • Safetyville Square
  • Elks for Seniors

Emily currently works at Mathnasium in Centerville. She will be attending the University of North Carolina.  She would like to go to graduate school to study International Business or attend Law School.

Emily discussed Elks for Seniors. It was recently created by students at CHS. They volunteer at St Leonard’s once a week.

Excerpts from Emily’s essay:

Her mother taught her to take care of your mind, body and soul each day. We need to help youth be properly clothed, fed and given opportunities to help the community. High school students can be significant role models for younger students. She set a good example for young students and talked to the student councils at all the Centerville City elementary and middle schools. Give youth a chance to help make the future better for the community.

Tonja Kaissieh

Tonja Kaissieh was not able to join us today and she will be introduced to the club at an upcoming meeting.

Award Presentation and Summary

Gary introduced CNO President Donna Huss who presented the awards to the recipients. Each of our recipients will receive a $1500 check that they can use towards the cost of attendance at the university they have chosen.

This award is renewable for a second year with a continued financial need, continued involvement in school, community or faith-based activities, and a freshman grade point average of at least a 3.0.

We often hear a lot of negative stories about today’s youth that you might begin to wonder if there is any hope for their future and our future.  Today these young individuals have hopefully dispelled those concerns, as they exemplify the qualities that will allow them to move forward and be the leaders and shakers of tomorrow.

Madeline, Nicholas and Emily, we are all very proud of you and we wish you the best at the schools you have chosen to attend.

Fellow Optimists, please join me in a round of applause for these fine individuals.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Jim Marker May 23
Don Skelton May 25
Cristlyn Johnston May 26
Casey Wyckoff May 30
Mike Witt June 01
Shawna Hatton June 01

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
James Schumacher May 22 5/22/1991 28
Pete Rife May 22 5/22/2013 6
Bob Clements May 25 5/25/2005 14
Paulette Novak May 25 5/25/2005 14
Amy Barker May 26 5/26/2008 11
Cheryl Reichel May 26 5/26/2008 11
Debe Dockins May 26 5/26/2009 10
Bob Burkman May 31 5/31/2003 16
Carol Burkman May 31 5/31/2003 16
Gary Aiken June 1 6/1/1982 37
Wayne Christie June 1 6/1/1988 31

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Mary Ann MacKenzie
Carolyn Taylor Induction
Karin Gilstrap Cindy Harris 2nd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

No time for Sergeants this week.

 Happy Bucks! 

No time for Happy Bucks this Week.

CNOtes – Optimist 2.0 May 16, 2019 – Dan Apolito – Co-Owner Archer’s (and Club Member)

Guests and Members in Attendance

Michelle Apolito
Abbe Devore
Logan Fay
Karin Gilstrap
Gary Poeppelman
Dan Apolito
Diane Arehart
Pat Arehart
Marge Back
Katie Calloway
Bob Crawford
Brendan Cunningham
Judy DeMarco
Emily Duke
Beth Duncan
Greg Fay
Evelyn Griffin
Greg Griffin
Gary Hansen
Cindy Harris
Donna Huss
John Kalaman
Mark Karns
Brian Nolan
Tom Novak
Laurie Poeppelman
Jean Pummill
Brent Richburg
Ashley Simeone
Nick Tarkany
Ron Tinnerman
Jayne Weikel

All Photos from the Meeting are here

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was Heavier than Air Brewing Company. Thank you to CNO member Nick Tarkany and his team for allowing us to take over their bar tonight.

There was a 50/50 drawing won by CNO member Judy DeMarco. With the raffle, $45 was raised for Optimist International.

We had 27 members and 5 guests in attendance.

Awards

President Donna Huss presented award pins for sponsoring new members to CNO 2.0 members Cindy Harris, Emily Duke and Nick Tarkany.

New Member Inductions

Donna Huss inducted Mark Karns and Bob Crawford as the two newest members of CNO 2.0. That makes them part of CNO with all the same rights and privileges. Regardless of which CNO club you are in, you are welcome to volunteer for all fundraisers, community events and to participate on any committee.

CNO 2.0 Introduction and Announcements

Greg Fay, CNO 2.0 committee chair, gave us a summary about the club. He thanked everyone for coming tonight. He said it is great to be part of a club with some members who have over 30 years of service experience with the club.

Beth Duncan, co-chair of the Social Committee, said the Social Committee is looking for new members. Remember that CNO 2.0 members can join any committee that a standard CNO member can.

Dan Apolito Co-Owner of Archer’s Tavern Restaurants

Greg Fay introduced Dan Apolito, the co-owner of 2 Archer’s Tavern Restaurants (Centerville and Kettering) and The Stone House Tavern in Waynesville. Dan is a member of CNO 2.0.

Dan told us about the path that led him to owning three popular restaurants.

Dan was born in Bellbrook where his father was a police officer. At age 6 he moved to Centerville. His father taught at CHS and UD and had the Optimist Creed hanging in his home office. Dan attended CHS and worked at J.Alexander’s to help pay for his Bachelor’s degree in Management from the University of Dayton.

Dan was involved from the beginning of the restaurant at Yankee Trace golf course.

He interned at Disney World and learned a lot about great customer service from that experience.

Years after leaving J.Alexander’s, they invited him back to be involved in the management of their restaurants. The company moved him to Memphis, Louisville, Cleveland and finally back to Centerville where he and his wife Michelle wanted to raise their family. It was going pretty well except the manager of the Centerville J.Alexander’s had no plans to retire any time soon and he wanted that job.

Applebee’s reached out to him. He spent 8.5 years with the Applebee’s, the first 2 years at the Springfield restaurant and the last 6.5 years as the area director over several restaurants.

After Applebee’s he tried being a financial advisor, but he loved the service industry. He and Mike Fullenkamp (Dan’s partner in the restaurants) had discussions while he was a financial advisor about opening a restaurant together. They thought Centerville could support another restaurant. The idea was to blend the menu of Applebee’s with the same focus on great customer service that J.Alexander’s had.

Dan said he is often asked where they got the name Archer’s Tavern. They were about to open the first restaurant and they still didn’t have a name. They started with around 100 names and narrowed to 15 and still couldn’t decide. Dan decided to go to the Centerville Library and read a book written by the Centerville Historical Society titled, “Sense of Place”. There was a restaurant a long time ago in Centerville called, “Sign of the Cross King’s Tavern”. The owner of the restaurant’s last name was Archer. The restaurant was better known as “Archer’s Place”.

Dan and Mike always try to support the community. If you come in and say you live in the area and need a donation, they almost always help with gift cards or some other way.

Another question Dan is often asked is about the origin of the hamburger with peanut butter called, “Sticky Burger”. Dan is the food guy of the partnership, his partner heads up other areas. However, Mike suggested why don’t we put something weird on the menu. Let’s put peanut butter on a burger and see what happens. They sell tons of “Sticky Burgers”.

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.

Thanks Dan Apolito for sharing your story with us today!

CNOtes – May 21, 2019 – Avenue of Flags 2019 Season Kickoff Presentation

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father we stand before You in thankful praise even when we unaware of all You do for us. It’s comforting to converse with You. You put us at ease by listening to us and bolstering our faith, mind and soul. Help us not to worry about anything and come to You in prayer and ask for every thing we need. Let us be mindful that You are always with us even when all we say is “Thanks”. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Karin Gilstrap Cindy Harris
Nina Vasiliu Tom Novak

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Special Notice

There is no lunch meeting on 5/28/2019.

Upcoming Community Events

June 1, 2019, 9AM to 11:30 AM, the Fishing Derby, Bob Lawson said to let those planning on attend know they need to fill out the registration form and bring it to the derby. Spread the word on Facebook! Registration is between 8:00 – 9:00AM. We supply free worms however you are permitted to bring your own bait and lures. We stock the ponds with approximately 400 pounds of Catfish for the Derby. There are other fish also in the ponds – mainly Bluegills. Prizes and trophies for all.  Children ages 5-15 are encouraged to participate and try this event. The event is held at Washington Township Rec Center, in two ponds. Click here for registration form.

2019 Fishing Derby Registration Form

August 10, 2019, St Leonard BoomerFest. We had members from our club within a club from St Leonard at today’s lunch. St Leonard wants everyone to save the date, August 10, 2019 for their Annual BoomerFest. Click for details.

Upcoming Social Events

5/29/2019, 6:30 at Heather’s Café in Springboro, “Dining in the Dark”. There will be a nice meal, but you will be blindfolded during it. The event includes meal, music and silent auction. The cost is $65 per person. The event is a fundraiser and raises awareness about the issues facing the blind community. This is being arranged by Bob Collins’ daughter.

Committee Announcements

Bob Lawson announced that for the upcoming Fishing Derby on June 1, 2019 he needs someone with a pickup to help transfer items to and from the event.

June 25, 2019, 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM a “New Optimist Wanted” (NOW) event will be held at Yankee Trace instead of our traditional lunch. Committee chairs will present what they do to new and prospective new members. There will be a buffet lunch served that day.

Awards

President Donna Huss presented two awards today:

  • Scott Langer received a pin for sponsoring 10 new members.
  • Jesse Gaither received the 100-year pin for earning the “Promise Yourself” member award. Donna also mentioned that Jesse’s business Minute Man Press received a business of the year award last week from the City of Centerville.

Avenue of Flags Fundraiser

Donna Huss introduced the three chairs of the CNO Avenue of Flags (AOF) Committee. They are Tom Novak, Mike Brubaker and Bob Burkman. Each spoke to us about our fundraiser.

Flags are delivered on

  • Memorial Day
  • Flag Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Veterans Day

Especially this time of year, the three committee chairs spend a lot of time away from home. Tom thanked their wives Paulette Novak, Sue Brubaker, and Carol Burkman for their patience with their husbands.

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.

Back in 2005, the first year Avenue of Flags was a fundraiser, they did skits at CNO lunch to educate members about the concept. One of the skits was the Tom and Jerry show played by “Tom” Novak and “Jerry” Stahley. Then there were American Historical characters. Charlie Tapp dressed up as Paul Revere. You need someone to plant the flags, so Ken Peacock played Johnny Appleseed. Benjamin Franklin was played by Chuck Dickerson.

In 2005, the program earned about $1500. As of the end of 2018, net income was $77,750 with 2141 flags being placed on Veterans Day 2018.

The 2019 Avenue of Flags fundraiser is being dedicated to its founder Chuck Dickerson, who left his earthly life in 2018.

Statistics and facts about the program this year from Mike

  • 2001 flags will be delivered for Memorial Day.
  • More subscriptions will be added before each flag delivery day.
  • There are currently 6.6% more subscriptions now than this time last year.
  • For Memorial Day there will be 100 helpers delivering flags, with 30 of them being subscriber helpers that are not members of CNO.
  • Most flags will be delivered on May 23, 2019.
  • Each Flag Route is designed to take about 1.5 hours.
  • The largest route is 160 flags.
  • AOF volunteers build the flags themselves from purchased parts and kits.

Tom explained some more about AOF. Neighbors telling their neighbors about the Avenue of Flags is a large source of new subscribers and it was the only way it worked the first few years.

Helpers go out as 2 person Teams. They are always looking for volunteers. They are very excited to get volunteers that have flag friendly vehicles like mini-vans, SUV’s and pickup trucks.

Bob explained some history about Memorial Day. Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day started on May 30, 1865, to honor the 620,000 people who died in the Civil War. May 30th was chosen because there were no battles on that day. Memorial Day got its current official name in 1967. Currently Memorial Day is on the last Monday of May each year because of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. Signed into law on June 28, 1968, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act took effect on January 1, 1971. Bob mentioned that Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May as a tribute to the men and women currently serving in the Armed Forces.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Jim Marker May 23
Don Skelton May 25
Cristlyn Johnston May 26
Casey Wyckoff May 30
Mike Witt June 01
Shawna Hatton June 01

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
James Schumacher May 22 5/22/1991 28
Pete Rife May 22 5/22/2013 6
Bob Clements May 25 5/25/2005 14
Paulette Novak May 25 5/25/2005 14
Amy Barker May 26 5/26/2008 11
Cheryl Reichel May 26 5/26/2008 11
Debe Dockins May 26 5/26/2009 10
Bob Burkman May 31 5/31/2003 16
Carol Burkman May 31 5/31/2003 16
Gary Aiken June 1 6/1/1982 37
Wayne Christie June 1 6/1/1988 31

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Karin Gilstrap Cindy Harris 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Anyone wearing shorts Wearing shorts when it is cold, even though it is past the middle of May!
Tom Novak At recent CNO 2.0 meeting spilled beer on new member Mark Karns
Mike Yoder Couldn’t find name badge
Jesse Gaither Late to meeting

 Happy Bucks! 

No time for Happy Bucks this Week.

CNOtes – May 14, 2019 – Dr. Tom Henderson – Centerville City Schools Presentation

Awards

Greg Griffin, Jesse Gaither and Jean Pummill all received the 100-year pin for the “Promise Yourself” award.

Bill Stone received PGI (Personal Growth and Involvement) level 7.

Upcoming Community Events

June 1, 2019, 9AM to 11:30 AM is the Fishing Derby. Bob Lawson said to let those planning to attend know they need to fill out the registration form and bring it to the derby. Spread the word on Facebook! Registration is between 8:00 – 9:00AM. We supply free worms however you are permitted to bring your own bait and lures. We stock the ponds with approximately 400 pounds of Catfish for the Derby. There are other fish also in the ponds – mainly Bluegills. Prizes and trophies for all.  Children ages 5-15 are encouraged to participate and try this event. The event is held at Washington Township Rec Center, in two ponds.

Click here for Fishing Derby registration form

Upcoming Social Events

5/29/2019, 6:30 at Heather’s Café in Springboro, “Dining in the Dark”. There will be a nice meal, but you will be blindfolded during it. The event includes meal, music and silent auction. The cost is $65 per person. The event is a fundraiser and raises awareness about the issues facing the blind community. This is being arranged by Bob Collins’ daughter.

Committee Announcements

Nancy Lehren, chair of Childhood Cancer Build-a-Bear, reported on the May 10, 2019 event. Patients and their family members assembled 83 bears. Volunteers assembled another 57 bears for a total of 140 bears. The extra bears are either for cancer patients unable to attend or are sent up to the nurses in the cancer unit and are handed out when a child needs a smile. Nancy thanked Bill and Kelly Stone for their $3000 sponsorship of the event. She thanked Ann McKenzie for her $1000 gift. The Adopt-a-Bear fundraiser raised another $1300.

Mike Bevis, golf chair, reported that there are only 60 days until the golf event. They are almost sold out. They are looking for donors and volunteers.

Tom Novak, flag chair, announced flag delivery day is on 5/23/2019 and 5/24/2019.

Katie Calloway announced that a new committee for Social Media has been created. Contact her if you are interested in participating.

Beth Duncan, social committee, announced that the next social committee meeting is on May 22, 2019 at 5:30 at Lizard Apparel and Promotions. The committee is actively seeking new members. Any CNO related member can participate. You can be a member of CNO 2.0, CNO, or CNO St Leonard.

Centerville City Schools Report

Gary Smiga introduced Dr. Thomas J. Henderson, who since 2009 has been the Superintendent of Centerville City Schools (CCS). He is a graduate of the University Dayton and received a Ph D in Educational Leadership from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He has been a member of the Centerville Noon Optimist club since October of 2009.

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.

Many of Dr. Henderson’s presentation points are reported below.

To see all points he went over, you can view his slide show here

CCS has many curriculum department services and programs. There are 32 different languages spoken by students in the district. There are 991 students in special education programs, many of these students have sessions with speech and language therapists.

Teachers continue to learn. To follow new legislative adjustments for gifted programming teachers will take 15 hours/year of continuing education in this area for the next 4 years.

He discussed CCS facilities. There are 14 facilities that have a total 1,279,709 square feet of space and 278 acres of grounds to take care of. All clinics are staffed by RN’s.

Technology upgrades and uses

  • Future Projects include replacing lights with LED lights in Primary Village North.
  • There is a new handheld communications system that works between all buildings. This increases security in the case of an emergency.
  • A lot more surveillance cameras have been added in all facilities.
  • All school busses now have 3 surveillance cameras.
  • There are 5500 student computer devices (computers, tablets, etc) in circulation. That is approximately 2 students per device. The goal is to have 1 device per student.
  • Middle school student groups have been learning at lunch time how to use 3D modeling and 3D printing of real parts needed to repair things such as chairs.

Budget Challenges

He reviewed information about the budget. From State funds, CCS is the lowest funded district per student in Montgomery County. Only 14% of their budget is covered by the state. They get $1,799/student, while some districts receive as much as $8,600/student. The state then deducts a total of $692,000 for students in the CCS district that attend charter schools. The state deducts $8000/student, not just the $1799/student.

Goals for 2019 and beyond

  • Retain Highly Qualified Staff
  • Handle the increase in enrollment, they may be asking voters for an increase in property tax rates
  • Safety and Security upgrades
  • The district is considering having all day Kindergarten instruction
  • Community surveys and focus groups help set these goals

Quick Facts

  • School busses travel over 1 million miles per year
  • 7 to 9 busses are replaced per year; some are sold, some are kept as backups
  • Carpet at CHS is being replaced
  • For 2 years now there have been mental health therapists in every building
  • CCS website is accessed by an average of 27,000 users per month

Thank you notes received by CNO

We received thank you notes from Junior Golf and Centerville Band Boosters.

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Brandy Mariani Debe Dockins
Ben Werley Bob Bargmeyer

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Tim Bemis May 15
Kristina Rainer May 16
Carolyn Taylor May 17
Jim Long May 17
Jack Anderson May 18
Amy Barker May 19
Amy Blakeman May 19
Mike Brubaker May 19
Jim Marker May 23
Don Skelton May 25
Cristlyn Johnston May 26
Casey Wyckoff May 30
Mike Witt June 01
Shawna Hatton June 01

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Brendan Cunningham May 15 5/15/2018 1
Jay Hoffman May 15 5/15/2017 2
Wendy Hattan May 15 5/15/2018 1
David Ladd May 16 5/16/2012 7
Natalie King Dunlevey May 16 5/16/2012 7
Bill DeShurko May 18 5/18/2011 8
Jim Marker May 18 5/18/2011 8
Rafael Santillan May 18 5/18/2016 3
Heather Kuth May 19 5/19/2010 9
Jeff Rolf May 20 5/20/2015 4
Kelly George May 20 5/20/2015 4
Tony Lombardo May 20 5/20/2015 4
James Schumacher May 22 5/22/1991 28
Pete Rife May 22 5/22/2013 6
Bob Clements May 25 5/25/2005 14
Paulette Novak May 25 5/25/2005 14
Amy Barker May 26 5/26/2008 11
Cheryl Reichel May 26 5/26/2008 11
Debe Dockins May 26 5/26/2009 10
Bob Burkman May 31 5/31/2003 16
Carol Burkman May 31 5/31/2003 16
Gary Aiken June 1 6/1/1982 37
Wayne Christie June 1 6/1/1988 31

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Laura Mercer Debe Dockins Induction
Kelly Davis Beth Duncan Induction

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Erin Dickerson Taking Charlie Tapp’s golf cart ride
Jerry Stahley Junior golf sign up sheet had typo, it said brink instead of bring a chair
Brooks Compton Late to meeting
Anyone who graduated from Miami University in Oxford Graduating from Miami University

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Craig Dring Thank you to Roy Barclay for the vehicle used for transporting balloons to the Build-a-Bear
Fred Polizzi Robin Golden was able to attend lunch today!
Scott Langer 29 year wedding anniversary with wife Julie
Scott Langer Son graduated from Butler University
Carolyn Taylor Now has Medicare insurance

CNOtes – May 7, 2019 – Respect for Law Awards Presentation

Phather Phil’s Prayer

In Phather Phil’s absence, Gary Anderson offered a prayer and blessing of the meal we were about to enjoy giving Glory to God in his Son’s name.  AMEN!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Dawn Arrowood Donna Huss
Matt Brown with Awardee
Chief Matt Brown with Awardee
Jennifer Gibbs Donna Huss
Ruth O’Toole Special Guest
Heather Papanek Awardee’s Family
Wasfi Samaan Pat Arehart
Anna Sommers Awardee’s Family
Brian Sommers Awardee’s Family
Sheriff Rob Streck with Awardee
Lt. Tyler Wilson with Awardee

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Upcoming Community Events

May 18, 2019, 9 AM to Noon, The Safety on Wheels (AKA Bike Rodeo) will be held on Saturday May 18th, from 9 AM to 12 Noon at Miami Valley South Hospital (RAIN or SHINE). The event is done in conjunction with the Centerville Police Department. Local police officers will be doing the bicycle checks. There will be a raffle, bicycle-based games, prizes, free helmets and gifts available. All ages of children are invited to join in for the safety and fun. They could use more volunteers. Paul Boeckman is the chair of the event. Volunteers are requested to arrive at 8:15am for assignments and remain until 12:30 for clean-up.

June 1, 2019, 9AM to 11:30 AM, the Fishing Derby, Bob Lawson said to let those planning on attend know they need to fill out the registration form and bring it to the derby. Spread the word on Facebook! Registration is between 8:00 – 9:00AM. We supply free worms however you are permitted to bring your own bait and lures. We stock the ponds with approximately 400 pounds of Catfish for the Derby. There are other fish also in the ponds – mainly Bluegills. Prizes and trophies for all.  Children ages 5-15 are encouraged to participate and try this event. The event is held at Washington Township Rec Center, in two ponds. Click here for registration form.

2019 Fishing Derby Registration Form

August 10, 2019, St Leonard BoomerFest. We had members from our club within a club from St Leonard at today’s lunch. St Leonard wants everyone to save the date, August 10, 2019 for their Annual BoomerFest. Click for details.

Upcoming Social Events

5/29/2019, 6:30 at Heather’s Café in Springboro, “Dining in the Dark”. There will be a nice meal, but you will be blindfolded during it. The event includes meal, music and silent auction. The cost is $65 per person. The event is a fundraiser and raises awareness about the issues facing the blind community. This is being arranged by Bob Collins’ daughter.

Committee Announcements

Bob Lawson announced that for the upcoming Fishing Derby on June 1, 2019 he needs someone with a pickup to help transfer items to and from the event.

Mike Bevis, chair of the golf committee, said we are 60 days until the Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf Tournament. It will be held on Monday, July 15, 2019. Meetings will be held at Buckeye Home Health Care on Paragon Rd at 6 PM: 5/15/2019, 6/12/2019, 7/102019.

Jerry Stahley, chair of the OI Junior Golf Championship, is selling raffle tickets for the event. The price is 6 Tickets for $5 and the prize is a case of wine. Tickets will be available for the next few weeks.

Jerry Stahley said that on May 31, 2019 there will be a Dayton Area Optimist Club Dayton Dragon’s night for $10/ticket.

John P. Kalaman Respect for Law Awards

Gary Anderson 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 each year.  Gary introduced the honorees and their guests.

At the Centerville Police Department honoree table for Tracy A. Sommers’ were her husband Brian and daughter Anna, Lt Tyler Wilson, Lt Mike Yoder, Chief Matt Brown, John Kalaman, and Paula Kalaman.

At the Washington Township Sheriff’s department honoree table for Captain Jeff Papanek were his wife Heather, Fiscal Officer Gary Smiga, Township. Administrator Jesse Lightle, Chief Matt Brown, Sheriff Rob Streck, and Ruth O’Toole.

Bob Burkman spoke to us. He thanked Gary Anderson and Jesse Gaither for producing the brochure on our tables showcasing the two award recipients. You can read the brochure here. The brochure details the accomplishments of the honorees and the history of the John P. Kalaman Respect for Law award.

Bob Burkman discussed the history of the award

From Bob Burkman:

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. 

The John P. Kalaman Respect for Law Award and the Robert J. O’Toole EMT/Firefighter of the Year Award, given in October, are the results of Terry Blair’s efforts.

The Kalaman family pushed for the passage of Ohio’s Move Over/ Slow Down Law, adopted in 1999, requiring motorists to change lanes or slow when approaching stopped emergency vehicles. 

There are many reminders of John Kalaman within our community.  There is a John P Kalaman Memorial Golf Tournament held here at Yankee Trace Golf Course, which funds a scholarship in John’s name and a yearly blood drive is held in his name.  The City of Centerville named a street for him.

Officer Tracy A. Sommers

Gary Anderson introduced Centerville Police Chief Matt Brown who spoke to us about honoree Officer Tracy A. Sommers. Sommers is being honored for 20-years of serving her community. She has held positions as an ALICE Instructor, School Resources Officer, and an advisor to the Centerville Police Department Explorer Program and has taken part in Honor Guard. Tracy also is very active in coaching and mentoring the youth of the community both on and off duty.

Each year the department asks employees to nominate one of their own for this award. It is something to look forward to each year and they all appreciate CNO for sponsoring this recognition award for excellence. Chief Brown told us that Officer Sommers is always willing to help with anything she can. She works with kids in schools in Centerville. She has made several trips to Columbus with kids in the Explorer Club for competitions.

Officer Tracy A. Sommers spoke to us and thanked us for this award. She also thanked her fellow nominees and coworkers. She said the other nominees were just as deserving of this award as she is.

She is from Youngstown, Ohio. She visited Centerville and was very impressed with the culture of Centerville and its Police Department. In 1988 she was unsuccessful in obtaining a job with the Centerville Police Department. She instead applied and became police dispatcher. She was promoted soon after to police officer.

Officer S

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Beth Duncan May 09
Jon Fox May 10
Jessica King May 11
Marge Back May 11

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Craig Dring May 7 5/7/1997 22
Dave Kay May 8 5/8/1992 27
Paul Bowell May 8 5/8/2000 19

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Jack Grady Mike Bevis Induction
Laura Mercer Debe Dockins 3rd Reading
Wasfi Samaan Patrick Arehart 3rd Reading
Mary Ann MacKenzie Carolyn Taylor 3rd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

No time for Sergeants this week.

 Happy Bucks! 

No time for Happy Bucks this week.

April 30, 2019 – Kim Senft-Paras, Washington-Centerville Library Director

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father why is the grass in the other fellow’s yard greener than ours? We need to turn from envy by counting our blessings! If we really could walk in another’s shoes, we would probably have corns and blisters and break out in a sweat. Whatever we are envious of didn’t arrive by luck or happenstance. It was love, persistence, Optimism and dedication that were the driving force that got us where we are today. Help us to realize that wherever we are it took time effort and the best driving force our thoughts could muster, it was You Lord and we should thank You every day! Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Michelle Brown Mike Bevis
Joe Cantrell Wayne Christie
Mary Ann MacKenzie Carolyn Taylor
Rocky Matthews Brandon Barrett
Wasfi Samaan Pat Arehart
Kim Senft-Paras Speaker

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Ohio District Conference was held 4/26/2019-4/28/2019.

Donna Huss told us about The President’s Third Quarter Recognition award which is based on an individual who is a champion of our work for and with kids. This quarter CNO member Greg Griffin received this award. Greg chairs the Tree Lot and Co-chairs the Easter Egg Hunt. He sets up the sound system and projector for speaker slide shows. He prints name tags for all guests. He is the photographer each week at lunch and at the District Convention. Greg helps with maintaining membership data, established the coded badge system and sends club e-mail communications. There are other items not listed here. Thank you, Greg Griffin, for all you do for our club!

Myron Rheaume, Ohio Governor Elect, announced at the District meeting that 71 of our members have earned new PGI/PDP awards, which represented several levels of achievement. He handed out the awards to the members that were present.

Myron also announced today that the Optimist International President is planning to attend our Ohio State District Convention in August, 2019.

Upcoming Social Events

  • 5/11/2019, Dayton Dragons game with a luxury box, food, drinks and hat. Contact the Dragons at (937) 228-2287 ext 134 for tickets or email dla@arehart.com with questions.
  • 5/29/2019, 6:30 at Heather’s Café in Springboro, “Dining in the Dark”. There will be a nice meal, but you will be blindfolded during it. The event includes meal, music and silent auction. The cost is $65 per person. The event is a fundraiser and raises awareness about the issues facing the blind community. This is being arranged by Bob Collins’ daughter.

Committee Announcements

Donna Huss announced that Safety on Wheels (AKA Bike Rodeo) will be held on Saturday May 18th, 2019, from 9 AM to 12 Noon at Miami Valley South Hospital (RAIN or SHINE). The event is done in conjunction with the Centerville Police Department. Local police officers will be doing the bicycle checks. There will be a raffle, bicycle-based games, prizes, free helmets and gifts available. All ages of children are invited to join in for the safety and fun. They could use more volunteers. Paul Boeckman is the chair of the event.

Nancy Lehren announced that the next Build-A-Bear event will be on Friday, May 10th, at Children’s Medical Center. The event could use a few more volunteers.

Bob Lawson announced that for the upcoming Fishing Derby on June 1, 2019 he needs someone with a pickup to help transfer items to and from the event.

Jerry Stahley, chair of the OI Junior Golf Championship, is selling raffle tickets for the event. The price is 6 Tickets for $5 and the prize is a case of wine. Tickets will be available for the next few weeks.

Gary Anderson announced that the Respect for Law Awards will be presented at the meeting next week.

Laurie Poeppelman and Evelyn Griffin announced they are taking orders for embroidered Opti-Gear spring items for the next few weeks at lunch. Last lunch to order is May 7, 2019.

Jerry Stahley said that on May 31, 2019 there will be a Dayton Area Optimist Club Dayton Dragon’s night for $10/ticket.

Donna Huss announced that on Monday, May 6th at 5:30PM, CNO will be featured on the William Pace Show on Spectrum Cable Channels 991 & 995. CNO member Mike Bevis is interviewed on the show.

Kim Senft-Paras, Washington-Centerville Library Director

Gary Smiga introduced Kim Senft-Paras, who since 2009 is the Washington-Centerville Public 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.

Kim holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Miami University and a Master of Library Science from Kent State University. She is also a Certified Public Librarian. Kim feels privileged to work in such a fine library system, located in a warm and welcoming community. Kim came to us to discuss our library.

She explained that librarians don’t just “shush” people and read books. They 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?”

Patrons wanted:

  • Well maintained, comfortable and welcoming environment.
  • Keep up with technology no matter how much it changes.

Their mission statement is, “The library is our community’s connection to diverse opportunities for education enrichment and engagement.”

There are many programs available at the library:

  • Fixit Clinic
  • Soldering 101
  • Full STEAM Ahead – featuring Maker Kits, some use 3D Pens.
  • Noon Year’s Eve Party
  • Family Trivia Nights
  • And more…

She showed us a slide of the Children’s Gardens that CNO donated $25,000 for last year, and thanked us for our generosity.

The library’s sources of income are:

  • 64% Local Operating Levy
  • 29% from the State of Ohio Public Library Fund
  • 7% from fines, passports, and sales of miscellaneous items such as ear buds.

There is a board of advisors guiding how to spend their money.

The library’s expenditures are:

  • 59% Salaries and Benefits
  • 15% Purchase/Contract Services
  • 17% Library Materials
  • 7% Capital Outlay
  • 2% Supplies

When asked about the parking lot situation at the Centerville location of our library system, she said that they know it needs major repair, but they could not close the lot and the library until Woodbourne was renovated. The contractor began surveys of the parking lot and it will be renovated soon.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Brandon Barrett April 30
Lynne Reilly May 01
Melissa DeShurko May 04
Lou Brinkman May 06
Mary Madden May 06
Pam Miller May 06
Dr. Tom Henderson May 06

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Charlie Tapp May 1 5/1/1978 41
Joe Madden May 1 5/1/1982 37
Tim Stull May 1 5/1/1987 32

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Wasfi Samaan Patrick Arehart 2nd Reading
Laura Mercer Debe Dockins 2nd Reading
Mary Ann MacKenzie Carolyn Taylor 2nd Reading
Mark Karns Jean Pummill 3rd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

No time for sergeants this week.

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
John Kalaman At the blood drive on Monday honoring his son John P. Kalaman, 67 units were collected.
John Kalaman Thank you to all the Centerville Noon Optimist who donated.
John Kalaman Special thanks to Brian Nolan for helping all day with the blood drive.
Rachel Goetz The CHS show “Fiddler on the Roof” is fantastic!
Rachel Goetz Her daughter signed a letter of intent to attend Miami University to study art this fall. This is the first signing ceremony of this type for Art at CHS. She received three scholarships: Redhawk Excellence, College of Creative Arts, and Creative Arts Scholars.
Ken Irwin Has earned his associates degree in robotics and starts work using his degree in two weeks at Yaskawa.
Dan Beck Two new grandchildren are expected this year.
Joan Cordonnier Ran into one of our Will Cale recipients at “Fiddler on the Roof” last week.  After a rough start, he is excelling in school, and made the Dean’s List!
Charlie Goodwin Recently visited Edwards Air force Base with his son, who was born there.
Rhonda Meeker Had a great vacation in Cancun paid for by her franchiser N2 Publishing.
John Speers For spending two weeks on a Holy Land trip with our church.

April 23, 2019 – CHS Theatre – “Fiddler on the Roof”

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father the desirability rating for tangible stuff is never ending, it is always more. Yet, if we are honest with ourselves, an accounting of what we have, tells us we have enough stuff. What we need is more dedication, gratification, kindness, dependability, compassion, energy and of course to be more humble and more love. So Lord help us with all of these and make us as good as our dogs think we are! Amen

Today’s Guests

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Upcoming Social Events

  • 5/4/2019, Kentucky Derby Party at Remodeling Designs in Miamisburg. Bring a dish to share. Cost is $10. Bring quarters for a horse race game and other cash for betting.
  • 5/11/2019, Dayton Dragons game with a luxury box, food, drinks and hat. Contact the Dragons at (937) 228-2287 ext 134 for tickets or email dla@arehart.com with questions.
  • 5/29/2019, 6:30 at Heather’s Café in Springboro, “Dining in the Dark”. There will be a nice meal, but you will be blindfolded during it. The event includes meal, music and silent auction. The cost is $65 per person. The event is a fundraiser and raises awareness about the issues facing the blind community. This is being arranged by Bob Collins daughter.

Committee Announcements

Tom Novak announced he needs volunteers to do the annual flag sleeve checkup. You do not need a flag compatible car and the schedule is flexible. You can sign up to meet at 9 AM or 10 AM on 5/4/2019 at Turf Nerd, 75 Westpark Rd, Centerville OH 45459. At that time, you will be part of a 2-member team to check flag sites on one of the flag routes. If you want to help but can’t make it on 5/4/2019, contact Tom Novak and he will arrange for you to receive a set of tools. Tom’s goal is that you complete your sleeve checkup within a week of 5/4/2019.

Laurie Poeppelman and Evelyn Griffin announced they are taking orders for embroidered Opti-Gear spring items for the next few weeks at lunch. Last lunch to order is May 7, 2019.

Myron Rheaume, chair of PGP and PDP, announced that at the district conference this weekend the CNO club will receive 71 awards. He also announced the international president is planning to attend our Ohio State District Convention in August 2019.

Pat Behn announced the that the Easter egg hunt was a success. It took about 5 minutes for the children to collect the 6000 eggs. Thank you to the volunteers.

Mary Madden announced she is ready to retire from her Easter Bunny duties. Donna Huss will be the new Easter Bunny.

Cindy Harris announced that the next Build-A-Bear event will be on Friday, May 10th, at Children’s Medical Center. Remember that CNO 2.0 members participate in all the same volunteer opportunities and fundraising events as CNO members. Each child attending will receive a stuffed animal and an outfit of their choice along with other festivities. CNO members are invited to sponsor a child at the Build-a-Bear for $25.  Each sponsor will receive a picture of the child sponsored holding their new stuffed animal.  To sponsor a bear, mail your check payable to Centerville Noon Optimist, c/o Nancy Lehren, 6857 Cedar Cove Dr., Centerville, OH 45459.

Mike Bevis, chair of the golf committee, said we are less than 90 days until the Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf Tournament. It will be held on Monday, July 15, 2019. Meetings will be held at Buckeye Home Health Care on Paragon Rd at 6 PM: 4/17/2019, 5/15/2019, 6/12/2019, 7/102019.

Centerville High School Theatre – Fiddler on the Roof.

Jason Hamen the Theatre Instructor and Director of Theatre Programming at CHS brought several student performers with him today.

We were treated to 4 songs from the musical “Fiddler on the Roof”.

  • “If I Were a Rich Man”
  • “Matchmaker”
  • “Miracle of Miracles”
  • “Sunrise, Sunset”

The students did a great job! Thanks to all of them for sharing their talents with us!

Link to details about the performance at CHS

The performances are at 7:30 PM on Friday and Saturday on these dates 4/26/2019, 4/27/2019, 5/3/2019 and 5/4/2019.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Keith Meyer April 23
Jeff Busch April 29

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Donna Huss April 24 4/24/2012 7
Dan Passidomo April 25 4/25/2007 12
Mike Witt April 26 4/26/1994 25

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Jack Grady Mike Bevis 3rd Reading
Kelly Davis Beth Duncan 3rd Reading
Mark Karns Jean Pummill 2nd Reading
Laura Mercer Debe Dockins 1st Reading
Wasfi Samaan Patrick Arehart 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Bob Burkman Parked over a drainage ditch.
Jerry Stahley Only thorn among all the roses.
Gary Anderson First one to show up in shorts this year.
Suzanne Werts Did not meet guest at the door.
Beth Duncan Appearing in a recent TV Commercial, but she did have her Optimist PIN on.
Donna Huss Mary Madden left her Easter basket at the hunt, but she has retired, and now Donna Huss is the bunny – so Donna got fined.

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Brian Nolan For the CHS performance today.
Jesse Gaither Daughter pitches for Lebanon High School and her team has 57 runs vs 12 runs in total vs Centerville and Springboro.
Joan Cordonnier She also wanted to thank CHS, but since Brian Nolan already did, she had a happy buck for how nice of a happy buck he gave.
Joe Madden For the CHS performance today. He and Mary often go and see the plays at CHS and really enjoy them.
David Duncombe His son who is 68 caught his shingles early and was able to take a new drug that got rid of it in a week. You have to start taking it within 72 hours of the first symptoms.
Paul Stull Happy for 7 years of Mary Madden being our Easter Bunny.
Maha Kashani Happy about being back at lunch
Fred Polizzi Happy about being back at lunch. Thanks everyone for your support.
Melissa DeShurko Daughter is turning 30 years old.
Myron Rheaume Keara Hatton, a Freshman at UC and his  granddaughter is captain of the UC intercollegiate film competition. They were 12th of 47 films from 27 colleges. The faculty chose her to direct and produce their entry.
Gary Smiga Son is engaged to be married.

CNOtes – Optimist 2.0 April 18, 2019 – Cindy Gaboury – Audio Etc. (and Club Member)

Guests and Members in Attendance

Katie Boeckman
Megan Boeckman
Butch Brown
Karin Gilstrap
Mark Karns
Baby Abram (infant)
Jack Anderson
Pat Arehart
Denise Christie
Wayne Christie
Judy DeMarco
Shelby DiPasquale
Beth Duncan
Cindy Gaboury
Jesse Gaither
Evelyn Griffin
Greg Griffin
Cindy Harris
Donna Huss
Brian Nolan
Tom Novak
Laurie Poeppelman
Fred Polizzi
Cheryl Probst
Jean Pummill
Brent Richburg

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was Chappy’s Social House at 880 Washington Village Drive. Thank you to the team at Chappy’s for hosting us.

We had 22 members and 6 guests in attendance.

CNO 2.0 Introduction

Jack Anderson, CNO 2.0 committee, welcomed everyone to tonight’s gathering. He introduced Cindy Harris, Kate Boeckman, Megan Boeckman, and tonight’s speaker, Cindy Gaboury.

Cindy Harris announced that the next Build-A-Bear event will be on Friday, May 10th, at Children’s Medical Center. Remember that CNO 2.0 members participate in all the same volunteer opportunities and fundraising events as CNO members. Each child attending will receive a stuffed animal and an outfit of their choice along with other festivities. CNO members are invited to sponsor a child at the Build-a-Bear for $25.  Each sponsor will receive a picture of the child sponsored holding their new stuffed animal.  To sponsor a bear, mail your check payable to Centerville Noon Optimist, c/o Nancy Lehren, 6857 Cedar Cove Dr., Centerville, OH 45459.

Katie Boeckman and Megan Boeckman, the daughters of long time CNO member and Safety on Wheels committee chair Paul Boeckman, told us about the Safety on Wheels event (AKA Bike Rodeo). They have volunteered for many years for this event and before that they participated in it many times. It will be held on Saturday May 18th 2019, from 9 AM to 12 Noon at Miami Valley South Hospital (RAIN or SHINE). The event is done in conjunction with the Centerville Police Department. Local police officers will be doing the bicycle checks. There will be a raffle, bicycle-based games, prizes, free helmets and gifts available. All ages of children are invited to join in for the safety and fun.

Tonight’s Speaker: Cindy Gaboury

Jack Anderson introduced CNO member, local business leader and entrepreneur Cindy Gaboury. She and her husband Kirby own Audio Etc at 551 Congress Park Dr, Dayton OH 45459. They provide commercial and home A/V, home automation, entertainment systems and more. They service all areas surrounding Dayton and have customers within a few hours of Centerville including Kentucky and Indiana. They have been in business for 35 years. Their current facility is 17,000 square feet and has several rooms setup as working models of the work they can do for business and consumers.

Cindy said, “I was an Air Force brat. I lived in 16 places before I was 18 years old.”

In 1984, Kirby and Cindy got married and launched Audio Etc in its first location, which was only 1000 square feet.

She switched subjects from talking about her business success to how you can be a successful person and help others, by being an Optimist club member and learning and living the promises in the Optimist Creed.

She asked us, “Think about who has influenced you the most.”

She asked us to recite the creed with her and we did. She highly recommended that we all take the time to memorize the creed. It will inevitably help you or someone else one day. It has helped her and people she has helped several times.

She focused on the second promise which is, “Promise yourself to talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.” She said, “Doesn’t that sound like mentoring to you? I do a lot of mentoring through the organizations I belong to.”

She had a great mentor in her life, Jeanne Porter, and she asked Cindy a few years ago to be the chairperson of Women in Business (WiBN), which is part of the Dayton BBB organization. She was very bashful and was uncomfortable speaking in front of groups. With Jeanne Porter’s mentoring help, she was able to overcome her fears and be a productive chairperson for WiBN.

Cindy pointed out that Jean Pummill (a CNO member in attendance tonight and dear friend) is a great example of a person who helps many people through mentoring.

Cindy explained, “This is the first time in the history of humanity that four generations of people are working together. This is a perfect opportunity to mentor and to be mentored.” People are retiring at a much older age. There is often more than 50+ years difference in age. The young and the older need to mentor each other so they can communicate better and learn how each views the past, present and future. Be available for people.

She said, “Mentoring is important. You will see things in people that they don’t see in themselves. Impacting even one person can change the direction of their entire life. Character and identity can be completely transformed. Every conversation is an opportunity to elevate someone.”

She then said, “You may be thinking, ‘Ok Cindy, how do I do that?’ ”

She answered by saying, “Have you considered helping others that are going through what you’ve overcome?”

She gave some examples:

  • Have you suffered a significant loss? You can volunteer at Hospice.
  • Have you or a close family member or friend had an addiction? You can help others going through an addiction related issue. Volunteers of America might be a fit.
  • Have you had issues involving the criminal justice system? You can check out the Victory Project in Dayton.
  • Have you adopted a child or been adopted? Are you interested in fostering a child or have experience? Volunteer to help the Agape for Youth organization that helps Southwest Ohio.

She asked us, “Think about that person that made a difference in your life. How can you emulate and honor them for mentoring you? If they are still with us, thank them.”

Cindy closed with the second line of the creed, encouraging all of us to “Talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet!”

Thank you, Cindy Gaboury, for your inspiring presentation tonight!

Remember the CNO 2.0 meeting is always the third Thursday of the month at 5:30 PM at a local bar or restaurant. The next meeting will be on May 16, 2019 at Heavier Than Air Brewinc Co. in Centerville – Dan Apolito – Owner of Archers Tavern will be our Speaker.