Noon Meeting News – June 6, 2017 – Bill Lane – The Rose Music Center at the Heights

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, how many times have You heard us say, “Why me Lord?”, when bad things happen. Should we not ask, “Why me Lord?” when good things happen? Most of our problems are of our own making. The severity of the problem is in direct proportion to the stupidity of our act. Then we compound it by asking why me Lord. We mistakenly believe we are the makers of all the good things and feel You have allowed misfortune to cast its shadow on us when bad things happen. Have us know that when we want a good day, all we need to do is to give and not remember or receive and not forget. Amen! 

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Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Bennett Dwenger Chris Dwenger
Bill Lane Speaker

Today’s Speaker

Bill Lane from The Rose Music Center in Dayton was with us on Tuesday’s meeting giving us more insight to the venue.  I know for myself I had never heard of it before, so it was fun to hear about all the different musicians that come through there each year.

Listed is some information regarding The Rose:
– Indoor
– 4,200 seats
– VIP area
– Memberships available

Popular performers coming up:

John Legend – June 12
Gary Allan – June 23
For King & Country – June 24
Trace Adkins – July 7
Willie Nelson & Family – July 11
Rob Zombie – July 12
Huey Lewis and The News – July 21
The Beach Boys – July 29
Goo Goo Dolls – August 2

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Jean Pummill June 06
Bob Vogt June 07
Brooks Compton June 09
Michael Wall June 12

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day # Years
Pete Rife June 11 4

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Ashley Morgan Joe Madden 3rd reading

Sergeants at Arms 

Member Infraction
Dick Stephens Dick was featured with Centerville dispatch on front of the paper but Dick was wearing a Centerville pin, but no Optimist logo or pin was shown
Deb Saunders Great being early but she gave a $20 bill for the 50/50 contest and made Ron have to count on all fingers and toes
Jack Anderson Ron has been waiting a while to fine this guy. He made Jack stand up and he said “Jack, you’re good looking, tall and well dressed; everything I’m not. I’m fining you for making a sergeant jealous.”
Jerry Stahley Took the flowers from Greg Griffin’s Prize from the Junior Golf Outing and gave them away – Greg said he was giving the prize to Evelyn his wife for an early 30th anniversary gift
Chris McAlpine Will Cale saw – in Florida –  that a Chris McAlpine is a assistant produce manager. So apparently Chris is leading a double life Financial Planning and Produce Manager – both occupations focused on lots of “green” (see pic below)
Bob Bargmeyer Did you sleep in that shirt?

 

Happy Bucks!

Judy DeMarco She is having a surprise 70th anniversary party for her parents, they are flying her mom’s maid of honor out from Lake Placid. Going to be a fun time!
Jean Pummill Closing on her Centerville condo next week
Joan Cordonnier Saw three Optimists on the bike path this past weekend. She said that’s a whole lot of lycra!

 

Noon Meeting News – May 30, 2017 – Memorial Scholarship and Educator of the Year Awards

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, like the Grinch, I thought of something I never thought of before. Least we continue our complacent ways. Help us to remember that somewhere out there a man died for us today. As long as there is war,
we must ask and answer, “Are we worth dying for?” What did we do to receive this gift of freedom? The soldier didn’t know us nor we him or her How did the word “freedom” become so powerful? Only by losing it could we find out. A lesson we don’t want to learn. Too many of us vote and then sit on our hands and close our mouths. Being a patriot is more than raising the flag or singing the National Anthem. It’s coming together to do what is best for all and preserve the precepts of our founding Fathers. When we value privilege above principal we will lose both! Our elected officials need our input. We can not just think Optimistically. We need to act Optimistically. Lord, help us do our part for that soldier out there that did his part. Amen!

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Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Jessica Barton Award Recipient
Jim Barton Awardee’s Guest
Melissa Barton Awardee’s Guest
Alexandria Bollinger Award Recipient
Bronson Bollinger Awardee’s Guest
Kayla Bollinger Awardee’s Guest
Trent Bollinger Awardee’s Guest
Adrienne Freccero Award Recipient
Brian Freccero Awardee’s Guest
Jessica Freccero Awardee’s Guest
Clint Freese Ron Tinnerman
Clay Schiebrel Awardee’s Guest
Kevin Schiebrel Awardee’s Guest
Melanie Schiebrel Awardee’s Guest
Dan Slouffman John Speers
Tom Stauffer Ellie Parker
Jan Awardee’s Guest
Laurel Awardee’s Guest

Today’s Speaker

First, Gary Anderson explained eligibility for and past recipients of the Outstanding Teacher Award. Glen Freese told the club about Sherry Kim, beloved English teacher at Tower Heights middle school. She spoke briefly thanking CNO for the award.

Second, Gary Smiga  introduced 3 students from CHS as recipients of CNO’s Memorial Scholarships which are awarded to students in honor of deceased club members.

Alexandria Bollinger with a 3.89 GPA, planning to attend Brigham Young University.

Jessica Barton with a 4.496 GPA, planning to attend Cedarville University.

Adrianne Freccero with a 3.91 GPA, planning to attend University of Dayton.

President Larry Lynde presented each student with a $ 1500.00 check, CNO gave a standing ovation to the students.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Tzuling Kuo May 31
Mike Witt June 01
Shawna Hatton June 01
Mark Kingseed June 03
Larry Larrimer June 04
Dick Stevens June 05

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day # Years
Steve Fenstemaker May 31 16
Gary Aiken June 1 35
Greg Crabtree June 1 9
Wayne Christie June 1 29
Blanca Ortiz June 3 3

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Ashley Morgan Joe Madden 2nd reading
Chris Ziehler Bob Collins Induction

Sergeants at Arms 

No time for sergeants this week.

 Happy Bucks!

Tom Novak For 116 helpers for AOF
Beth Lybrook For her great Social Committee
Don Kelley For icy slush on his car at graduation in Colorado
 

Dave Kay

For an offspring graduating from Cornell and having a job so they are off the “Kay Payroll “ as of Monday
Vince Reidy For a 7 month old granddaughter coming to visit
John Speers For a 5th grade graduation
Bob Duffy For graduations in Colorado
Myron Rheaume For veterans in CNO and all Veterans
Stan Fronzaglia For driving to DC where his grandson placed a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Ron Tinnerman For being introduced to a neighbor and potential new member

 

Noon Meeting News – May 23, 2017 – Bryn Mooth – Food and Wellness

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, to be a good driver we must watch our speed and keep an assured clear distance. The same applies to our speed thru life. We are all going somewhere, slow down and enjoy the view and it will also provide you with the assured clear distance to make the right decisions. Your good book provides us with all the rules for a happy life. Help us
focus on them in our travel thru life. The decisions we make are all up to us and sooner or later those decisions will determine if we are put in the Smoking or non smoking sections. Amen!

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Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Bryn Mooth Speaker

Today’s Speaker

Bryn Mooth spoke about the joys and benefits of eating locally and seasonally. Bryn is  journalist who writes about food and wellness. She extolled the virtues of Cincinnati’s Findlay Market (in the Over the Rhine neighborhood) and is author of Findlay Market Cookbook. Findlay Market is the oldest in Ohio and Ohio ranks #5 in farmers markets in the USA. She explained that eating seasonally means consuming  asparagus and strawberries in spring, tomatoes, corn and zucchini in  summer and squash and apples in fall. She quoted Mark Bitman saying if you want to make a difference in health, community, connection, use locally sourced markets. She gave everyone a copy of Edible Ohio Valley.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Jim Marker May 23
Don Skelton May 25
Cristlyn Johnston May 26
John Anderson May 28

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day # Years
Paulette Novak May 25 12
Robert Clements May 25 12

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Ashley Morgan Joe Madden 1st reading

Sergeants at Arms 

Member Infraction
Larry Lynde For not allowing time for Sergeants for 2 weeks and his comment about Laurie Poeppelman’s rack. (Clothes rack was what he meant – LOL)
Bob Duffy Sitting at birthday table inappropriately (as usual)
Greg Fay No sign in sheet at Optimist 2.0
Greg Griffin For extreme efficiency at Optimist 2.0 – and this is a fine because…?
Bob Collins For phone ringing during Phather Phil’s prayer
Lisa Tucker Not here often enough
Debe Dockins Late
Larry Larrimer and Ed Case Late
Mike Fanelli and Christine Balsan Late 2 weeks ago
Bob Lawson Going to the wrong place pizza after  Build a Bear.

 Happy Bucks!

Tom Novak Donuts and coffee
Rachel Goetz For support and flowers after her surgery
Dave Kay For a donut “pig out” (he drove by Bill’s Donuts last night and could not resit stopping)  and more donuts (THANKS Lisa Tucker) today at lunch

 

Noon Meeting News – May 16, 2017 – Respect for Law Award & Avenue of Flags Kickoff

Phather Phil’s Prayer

With Spring in full swing and the memory of the cold winter gradually fading, I’ve often thought it would have been great if you made us to go to sleep at the start of winter and wake up in the Spring, just like You do for Mother Nature. Was that in Your plan and Adam and Eve changed that too. Too bad You don’t grant Mulligans or what some call “do overs”. I’m sure that by not getting what we want is a stroke of luck. For we have learned that the upside of painful knowledge is far better than blissful ignorance. Your promises are golden for how dismal November would be if we had no knowledge of Spring. Just rambling Lord, we pray that when this life is over, we all want reservations in the non-smoking section. Amen!

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Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Lisa Allan Mike Bevis
Marissa Buckles Mike Bevis
Eliza Mallue Sheri Howard
Gary Ridgeway Honoree
Joel Timmons Beth Lybrook

Today’s Speaker

Tom Novak spoke to the club about our Avenue of Flags program. We are rapidly expanding with 1,493 subscriptions before the season officially begins. AOF is one of the top three fund raisers for CNO, in each of the last three years, we have earned over $50,000 for the club. We get volunteers from our membership as well as VFW and Blue Star Mothers for flag distribution and pick up. Memorial Day will kick off the 2017 AOF season.

The second part of today’s program included the Kalaman Respect for Law award. Bob Burkman spoke about the CNO creation of this award nearly 20 years ago. Next, Gary Anderson introduced Captain Jeff Papanek who praised our 2017 recipient, Gary Ridgeway, and explained his career and responsibilities. Detective Ridgeway then spoke, after accepting the award from President Larry, about what a great honor it is and amused us with an interesting anecdote about shoe polish in the brim of a cowboy hat. Paula and John Kalaman spoke briefly about keeping their son John’s memory alive. We are all proud to have the Kalamans and Captain Papanek be a part of the CNO family and congratulations again to our award recipient Detective Gary Ridgeway!

Birthdays

Kristina Rainer May 16
James Long May 17
Amy Barker May 19
Mike Brubaker May 19

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Natalie King Dunlevey May 16 05/16/2012 5
Cheryl Reichel May 20 05/20/2008 9
Jeff Rolf May 20 05/20/2015 2
Kelly George May 20 05/20/2015 2
Carol Burkman May 21 05/21/2003 14
Robert Burkman May 21 05/21/2003 14
Dennis Fisher May 22 05/22/2006 11
James Schumacher May 22 05/22/1991 26

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Sheri Howard Mike Bevis Induction

Sergeants at Arms 

No time for Sergeants this week (Hey – isn’t that the title of a movie?)

 Happy Bucks!

No time for Happy Bucks this week.

 

Noon Meeting News – May 9, 2017 – Respect for Law Award

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father I wonder how many of us ever think if You get any pleasure out of the way we are living our lives. We all make mistakes, it’s the way we learn. We have learned that mistakes can be very costly, especially if we don’t learn from them. So help us Lord to always conduct ourselves with the sole purpose to make You smile. Then we will know how great it is to look at the sunny side of everything and make our Optimism come true. Amen!

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Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Jan Eisenhauer Honoree’s Family
Rachel Elkins Will Cale
Linda Glass Shawna Hatton
Tom Stauffer Ellie Parker
Jim Stephenson Honoree
Katie Stephenson Honoree’s Family

Today’s Speaker

Member Gary Anderson introduced officer Mike Yoder who introduced and presented for the John R. Kalaman Award, Officer Jim Stephenson. Officer Stephenson’s duties include serving as our school resource officer from the Centerville Police Department. Officer Stephenson sees himself as a peace officer rather than as a police officer.  Officer Stephenson received several standing ovations throughout the presentation.

Birthdays

Beth Lybrook May 09
Brent Moore May 09
Jon Fox May 10
Jessica King May 11
Marge Back May 11
Sheri Howard May 11

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Joe Soucy May 13 05/13/2014 3
Joseph Kronenberger May 13 05/13/2014 3
Thomas Riley May 13 05/13/2014 3

New Member Readings and Inductions

None this week

Sergeants at Arms 

No time for Sergeants this week (Hey – isn’t that the title of a movie?)

 Happy Bucks!

Tom Novak Help with Avenue of Flags
Scott Langer 27th  anniversary with wife Julie
Donna Huss Success of the Derby Party
Pat Behn Granddaughter’s 12th birthday
Julie Noeth Winnings at the Derby Party
Debe Dockins Acknowledging guests Jim Stephenson and Jan Eisenhauer
Myron Rheaume District meeting involvement especially Heather Kuth and Debe Dockins
Shawna Hatton, Myron and Charla’s daughter Being with parents and her daughter’s 15th birthday
Bob Bargmeyer Disastrous flying episodes and glad to be home
Greg Fay Support and clapping for Optimist 2.0
Cheri Gentry District support
Nancy Lehren Her guest and mentored student Rachel and her graduation
Phather Phil Good time at Derby Party

 

Noon Meeting News – May 2, 2017 – Tim Bockhorn – Kentucky Derby

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, little do we realize that it is direction not desire that will determine where we will end up. In other words we’re all going to end up somewhere, so we might as well pick the path that will get us there. This is a universal truth of life, as well as the kingdom of God. Lord help us discover the joy found in what You want for our life. Touch us Lord so that our first thoughts are about the needs of others. Help us recognize the silent, unseen work of our fellow Optimist and others in our life. Then give them a pat on the back, a warm hand shake or a friendly hug. The reward – “What goes around comes around.” – Amen!

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Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Judy Bockhorn Speaker’s Family
Terry Bockhorn Speaker’s Family
Tim Bockhorn Speaker
Meghan Hollabaugh Mike Bevis
Karen Posey Bill Powell
Shannon Sellers Mike Bevis
Tammy Wilhelm Marge Back

2017-2018 Club Officer Election Results

President Elect Donna Huss
Vice President Greg Griffin
Vice President David Ladd
Two-Year Board Member Liz Fulz
Two-Year Board Member Gary Hansen
Two-Year Board Member Bob Lawson
Two-Year Board Member Don Massie
Two-Year Board Member Roland Rapp
One-Year Board Member Jack Anderson

Today’s Speaker

Tim Bockhorn shared some very helpful information with us about the 2017 Kentucky Derby, the longest lasting sporting event. This is the first year the horses will be racing the farthest they have ever raced at the Derby: 1 ¼ miles. There will be 20 horses racing and there is said to be no dominant favored to win, though Classic Empire, Irish War Cry, and Gunnevera are in the top 5.

The slideshow Tim put together for us was emailed to the group on May 2nd and that shares some information about what happened in the 2016 race, trends on how to win, and some facts about each of the twenty horses that are racing.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Mary Madden May 06
Pamela Miller May 06
Louis Brinkman May 06
Tom Henderson May 06

Membership Anniversaries

Name Month Day Year # Years
 Craig  Dring May 7 1997 20
 Dave  Kay May 8 1992 25
 Paul  Bowell May 8 2000 17

New Member Readings and Inductions

None this week

Sergeants at Arms 

Member Infraction
Joe Madden The elections took too long so the sergeants weren’t able to fine anyone last week
Bob Burkman No money for Carol Burkman, so she wasn’t able to participate in the 50/50 raffle drawing
Dick Stevens Stuffed his hat in his wife’s purse (Sandy Stevens)
Greg Griffin Did not have his camera to take photos of the WWII Vet (in his defense, he did have his Smart Phone)
Jerry Staley There was no mention of the Optimist Club in the article he posted about the Jr. Golf Outing in the newspaper
Dan Beck Poor Ron Tinnerman was passing out ballets for the board and so he didn’t get a lunch, well he did get a dollop of something and some fruit. Dan was to blame for this!
Bill Powell Bill’s guest is Ron’s neighbor, he stole her
Beth Lybrook Beth didn’t wear her badge and she forgot to state there would be “hearty appetizers” (Donna’s famous line) at the Derby event May 6th
Pam Miller She was a little late
Ellie Parker and Gary/Gail Aiken Welcome back! Pay $1

 Happy Bucks!

Jesse Lightle Election day for Washington Township was Tuesday
Joan Cordonnier Happy to be a part of Optimist and put in $5 for her anniversary with her husband
Paula Kalaman The Kalaman blood drive, which honors her son, collected 10 gallons of blood and thank you  to all the Optimists that came out to donate
Ellie Parker Glad to be home

 

Noon Meeting News – April 25, 2017 – Dick Dutro WWII Veteran

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father I’m sure I’m not alone when I thought how nice it would be if we could talk like the people at Hallmark. Not all the time but especially when coming to you in prayer. There is some solace in knowing You can read our hearts and pretty words arranged just so are not necessary. We’re also a little scared too, as our hearts may not be where you want them to be. So help us Lord to center down in faith filled silence before we divulge our thoughts to You in thankful praise and the desires of our hearts.  – Amen!

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And Now for Something REALLY Different…

Roland Rapp decide given his last name – he should prepare a “Rap” when Joe introduced him as a Officer Candidate – a little of it is here – mercifuly very little.  When Roland was finished Joe Madden proclaimed – “well that’s a Rapp folks….”

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Brendan Cunningham Mike Bevis
Kelly Davis Beth Lybrook
Faye Duncan Beth Lybrook
Ron Duncan Beth Lybrook
Dick Dutro Speaker
Courtney Lybrook Beth Lybrook

2017-2018 Club Officer Nominations

President Elect Donna Huss
Vice President Greg Griffin
Vice President David Ladd
Two-Year Board Member Liz Fulz
Two-Year Board Member Gary Hansen
Two-Year Board Member Bob Lawson
Two-Year Board Member Don Massie
Two-Year Board Member Roland Rapp
One-Year Board Member Jack Anderson
One-Year Board Member Bob Foster – Nominated by Judy DeMarco – seconded by Sue Brubaker – Nomination accepted by Bob Foster

Today’s Speaker

Dick Dutro, Beth Lybrook’s uncle and a World War II veteran, was our Tuesday speaker. He shared with the group several photos, taken with a Brownie camera, of the concentration camp he was at in Dachau, Germany some 72 years ago. He was made a guard of the camp at it’s liberation and spent 5 days helping identify those held hostage. Dutro is a retired teacher and shares a lot of his time with kids in the school system in hopes to pass his story on to the next generation. He stressed to us the importance that all of us must know and never forget – “yes it  [The Holocaust] did happen…”

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Jeff Busch April 29
Lynne Reilly May 01

Membership Anniversaries

Name Month Day Year # Years
Dr. Dan Passidomo April 25 2007 10
Tina Hamdan April 25 2012 5
Mike Witt April 26 1994 23
Chuck Dickerson May 1 1977 40
Charlie Tapp May 1 1978 39
Joe Madden May 1 1982 35
Tim Stull May 1 1987 30

New Member Readings and Inductions

None this week

Sergeants at Arms 

None this week.

 Happy Bucks!

None this week.

 

Noon Meeting News – April 18, 2017 – Centerville High School Theatre Group

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father we pray that the Lenten days have brought us closer to You. Thank You for the many blessings we have received, especially those that our egos have claimed. May we have greater appreciation of Your love and grace by Your Son’s death on the cross. May we have the courage to
pass on Your love to others and be truly Your disciples. For those who don’t know, if they don’t like Jesus, be rest assured the devil will always take them back. Amen! 

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Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Carol Erisman Mike Bevis
C J Guarasci Mike Bevis
Dan Neer Jerry Stahley
Pat Neer Jerry Stahley
Tim Rieger Mike Bevis

Congratulations to our Sinclair Club

Our Sinclair College Optimist Club received this Thank You letter for their recent project of providing Easter Baskets for the CHOICES Child Foster Care Organization – congratulations for being such terrific Friends of Youth!

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2017-2018 Club Officer Nominations

President Elect Donna Huss
Vice President Greg Griffin
Vice President David Ladd
Two-Year Board Member Liz Fulz
Two-Year Board Member Gary Hansen
Two-Year Board Member Bob Lawson
Two-Year Board Member Don Massie
Two-Year Board Member Roland Rapp
One-Year Board Member Jack Anderson
One-Year Board Member Bob Foster – Nominated by Judy DeMarco – seconded by Sue Brubaker – Nomination accepted by Bob Foster

Today’s Speaker

Several wonderful senior students from Centerville High School put on a wonderful presentation reflecting what their spring musical, Anything Goes, is about. They sang us a couple of the songs such as “I Get A Kick Out of You” and “It’s De-Lovely”. The show looks like it could be a fun way to spend a Friday or Saturday evening, so if you’re interested in going to see it there will be four performances:

April 21 & 22 @ 7:30 pm April 28 & 29 @ 7:30 pm.

Tickets can be purchased during the high school’s lunch hours, on the CHS website with PayPal, or there are cash sales at the door the night of the performance.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Denise O’Neil April 18
Wayne Botkin April 21
Dave Klein April 22
Keith Meyer April 23

Membership Anniversaries

Name Month Day Year # Years
 Stan  Fronzaglia April 19 1999 18
 Vida  McDowell April 19 1999 18
 Mark  Petre April 22 1996 21
 Donna  Huss April 24 2012 5
 Patrick  Swan April 24 2012 5

New Member Readings and Inductions

None this week

Sergeants at Arms 

Member Infraction
Bob Foster Fined for wearing flip flops to lunch
Bill Stone Delivered his bride to the front door and then just drove off
Dr. Dan Passidomo Too bad, he left early – so he wasn’t fined. (we’ll catch up with him next week)
Jane Fiehrer Grabbing a piece of candy at the door was ok, but then you went back for more and claimed it was for the people at your table. Table probably never saw that candy
Bob Burkman There was Avenue of Flags mail returned to the club’s PO box. Tisk tisk.
Jerry Stahley Jerry’s phone must have auto dial problems because some members received calls from him and no one was there; he claimed he has a bad phone
Paul Stull It must be an age thing, because usually you sit near the entrance and today he is on the opposite side of the room
Chris McAlpine Must know his guest pretty well if he has to ask her how to pronounce her name
Judy DeMarco Is Bob Foster here or not?  (She nominated him for the Board and he was nowhere to be found to accept said nomination)

 Happy Bucks!

No Happy Bucks this week so the CHS Theatre Group had time to entertain us – and did they ever!

 

Noon Meeting News – April 11, 2017 – Scott Halasz – Sportswriter

Phather Phil’s Prayer – through Mary’s Eyes

Won’t You Let Me Pass – I’m Looking For My Child:
My eyes behold a dream. It cannot be as I perceive.
Yet many times he’s hinted thusly, hinted our hearts soon would grieve. There is a chance they won’t condemn him. Condemn him? Why? What has he done? Surely ’twas a parable he told us. Oh, my handsome son. What has happened? I hear voices screaming. Shouting. “Crucify” Oh Father, No! Not that. I beg you! Did I raise him just to die? Wait. he’s gone! Oh no, where is he? Have you seen my precious son? Closed my eyes a second: now I don’t know what they have done. “Won’t you let me thru? I’m looking for my child. Please let me pass.” Up ahead, oh no, there’s soldiers marching in a muddled mass. Whose that man I see? It can’t be. No, it cannot be my child! Bent and burdened – now he’s fallen. bloody, dirty, cursed, defiled! Almost there – I cannot look. My God! My God! It is my Boy!
My little one, what have they done? How could they? Oh! My life my joy! Your little tousled locks, now scarlet. Your knees are torn. Your back is bleeding.
“Don’t hold me back! Let me go to him. It’s his mother now he’s needing.” “Yes, you’re right. I’ll dry my tears.” His pain could not endure my sadness. Yet, how much can I control before I pass to utter sadness. He’s almost here. I must stay back; I cannot help him now, I know Oh, broken mothers heart, be silent! I must be strong. It must not show. His eyes are searching- now he has found me. What’s that I See? A little smile? He thinks of me thru all His torment. Only God could bear this trial. Yet, I must bear it too, my Jesus, for I know twas meant to be.
Only, You, my dearest Son could pay the price to set men free. Amen!

by Mrs. James Ross – Kettering, Ohio

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Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Scott Halasz Speaker
Ron Duncan Beth Lybrook
Cheryl Probst Christine Balsan

2017-2018 Club Officer Nominations

President Elect Donna Huss
Vice President Greg Griffin
Vice President David Ladd
Two-Year Board Member Liz Fulz
Two-Year Board Member Gary Hansen
Two-Year Board Member Bob Lawson
Two-Year Board Member Don Massie
Two-Year Board Member Roland Rapp
One-Year Board Member Jack Anderson

Today’s Speaker

Scott Halasz joined us on Tuesday’s meeting to brush us all up on our knowledge of Dayton’s sports teams. He works a lot with the Greene County newspapers dealing with both sports and other local stories. He believes Dayton is one of the best areas for sports and says they wouldn’t thrive as well if we had a pro sports team in the area.

A few neat facts that Scott presented:

  • UD arena has hosted 117 NCA sports games
  • Dayton has the top 30 in attendance in the country
  • Wright State University has 4-5,000 that attend every game

A couple other quick tidbits Scott shared were:

  • CHS and other area high schools have great fan support
  • Luke Kennard is ready for the NBA and he will probably be a late round pick
  • He assumes if the Cincinnati Reds rebuild and change personnel they have the possibility to be a great team in a few years

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Stephen Kohls April 12
Casey Howard April 15
Anne Kessler April 15
Elie Parker April 16
Carol Burkman April 16

Membership Anniversaries

 Ron  Tinnerman April 11 2005 12
 Sue  Kuo April 16 2014 3
 Blanca  Ortiz April 16 2014 3
 Joe  Soucy April 16 2014 3

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Kris McKee Greg Griffin Induction
Sheri Howard Mike Bevis 3rd Reading

Sergeants at Arms 

Member Infraction
Charlie Tapp Fined for inconvenient scheduling
Larry Lynde Giving a future member a hard time
Kris McKee and Kelly George Fined for being late
Pat Behn “Pat you can’t count on weather report 4 days out? That isn’t very Optimistic”
Dan Beck Disrupting a sergeant’s vacation last week
Joe Madden Fined for wearing short and subjecting us to “those” legs
Barbara Santos Her “lost” badge that was replaced with club funds, was found just as the new badge arrived
David Ladd Fined for the wearing a Hawaiian shirt
Bob Duffy Fined for eating dessert and it wasn’t his birthday

 Happy Bucks!

Tom Novak DayAir holds 30 people for AOF
Pam Miller Dad is out of the hospital
Dan Beck Finally moving to Columbus to be closer to family, but will be commuting to Optimist and work for a while
Joe Madden Happy he doesn’t shop for shirts where “they” do. (Two members had the same shirt on)
Mike Bevis Knows Dan Beck’s neighbor and said he’s happy he’s moving!
Tom Beery Celebrating his recovery from esophageal cancer – this resulted in a huge ovation from fellow Optimists

Noon Meeting News – April 4, 2017 – Doug Barry – Miami Township Trustee

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, we have gathered together as Optimist for 49 years and thru the years I have enjoyed many circles of friends. We have an abundance of talent that is used to further our mission – ” Friend of Youth.” So encourage all of the new members to jump in one of our many circles.
Only with new labor, new enthusiasm and new ideas can we explore new ground for our youth to feast upon. May we never let the obligations of Optimism dim the joy of being one. Help us to get involved, stay involved and enjoy the doing beyond expectations and enjoy the satisfaction of a meaningful life. Amen!

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Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Doug Barry Scott Langer
Jill Delaney-Shai Mike Bevis
Sheri Howard Mike Bevis
Nicole Jeyaratnam Jane Fiehrer

Today’s Speaker

Doug Berry from Miami Township came out to talk to us Tuesday about the township. He spoke about the main difference between cities and townships: townships are covered by the Ohio Revised Code which determines what they can and can’t do. Sometimes, cities will annex townships to take advantage of the tax advantages, such as property tax.

Doug mentioned a few quick updates that the Dayton Mall area is being renamed “Miami Crossing” and that the Miami Township police department will be certified by fall.

He answered many questions from the group:
-The movie theatre at Austin Landing should open in the fall and will contain reclining chairs and offer dinner
-The Dayton Mall is doing well despite Sears leaving, the capacity is currently around 90%
-We won
t be fixing any roads soon due to 2 levies failing for road repairs; it costs $800k to fix 1 mile of road but the budget only allows for $360k/year
-Be sure to attend zoning meetings, because the trustees take note of resident
s opinions before going into their board meetings

Birthdays

Member

Birthday

Ira Thomsen April 05
Roland Rapp April 05
James Rumford April 05
Jeff Rolf April 06
Robert Clements April 07
Erin Belangia-Sanchez April 09

Membership Anniversaries

Name Month Day Year # Years
 Ira  Thomsen April 5 1991 26
 Molly  Petsch April 6 2004 13
 Dan  Samiec April 6 2010 7
 Ron  Tinnerman April 11 2005 12

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Kris McKee Greg Griffin 3rd Reading
Sheri Howard Mike Bevis 2nd Reading

Sergeants at Arms 

Member Infraction
Scott Langer asked everyone with a vowel in their name to stand – then he said, “sit down, there’s no more of that!”
Ron Tinnerman decided he would do fines remotely from the Caribbean
Sandy and Dick Stevens were fined for matching animal outfits
Matt Somerlot was fined because he is finally attending a meeting.

 Happy Bucks!

Bob Burkman We helped Springboro Avenue of Flags change out 450 flag clips – special kudos to Bob Lawson who stayed the entire day to help – 8 hrs!
Myron Rheaume Says he has 3 vowels in a row in his name – so he narrowly escaped a $3 fine today
Sue Brubaker $1 for Mike Bevis because he can pick up ladies at Panera