CNOtes 9/14/21: Dennis Turner, Gerrymandering in Ohio

CNO Officer Installation Dinner, No Lunch Meeting that Day

The annual CNO officer installation dinner will be on Tuesday 9/28/2021 at Yankee Trace. There will not be a CNO lunch meeting that day. The cost is $20 per person which includes appetizers, full buffet and dessert. There will be a cash bar. Please send your payment via check or cash to Sarah Umbreit no later than 9/20/2021. There are no sign-ups at the door.

No lunch meeting will be held on 9/28/2021.

Announcements

  • Debe Dockins announced that CNO is holding a Membership Drive where participating members will share in $400 based on the number of points received.  Receive 1 point for bringing a guest to any meeting, 3 points for a returning guest and 10 points for a guest application.  The contest runs through 9/21/2021.
  • Gail Aiken announced she needs volunteers for guides for the Haunted Trail community event. She also needs old white sheets and old dolls.
  • Greg Griffin announced that the tree lot will be open on November 26, 2021. He is looking for 3 volunteers to replace 3 tree lot captains stepping down this year.

Committee Meetings

  • 9/21/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting

Community Events                                

  • Haunted Trail 2021 will be on October 12th and 13th at Countryside Park behind the RecPlex.
  • Debe Dockins announced that Tri-Star soccer will be held late September. It will be held behind Magsig Middle School.

Dennis Turner, Gerrymandering

Carol Smerz introduced Dennis Turner a professor emeritus at the University of Dayton School of Law. He was one of the original 5 faculty members who started the law school in 1974. His family has been in Dayton for 190 years. He and his wife Kathy have 3 children. At the age of 72, Dennis started a new career writing historical fiction. His latest book is titled, “What Did You Do in the War Sister?”

His presentation today was about Gerrymandering. Wikipedia says, “Gerrymandering is a practice intended to establish an unfair political advantage for a particular party or group by manipulating the boundaries of electoral districts, which is most commonly used in first-past-the-post electoral systems.”

Dennis started off by complaining (with a smile) that it was going to be very difficult to hold himself to a 20-minute presentation when he is a former law professor. This presentation normally takes 2 hours.

Gerrymandering and Redistricting

Current voting districts are designed so that incumbents get re-elected, regardless of party affiliation. One party or the other dominates a given location.

A system that re-elects incumbents all the time is not democratic. With Gerrymandering it is very difficult to stop incumbents from being re-elected. Gerrymandering means that the real election takes place in primary elections.

The first instance of Gerrymandering was to re-elect Elbridge Gerry during 1812 in Essex County, Massachusetts. Someone thought the district map looked like a salamander. The name Gerrymander comes from “Gerry” + “mander”. Click here for a picture of the map and more details on where the term Gerrymander comes from.

In the past Gerrymandering was a guessing game. Now, with mega data and computer power, the districts can be precisely drawn to benefit the incumbent.

Principal Tactics Used in Gerrymandering

  • Packing, concentrating the opposing party’s voting power in one district to reduce their voting power in other districts
  • Cracking, diluting the voting power of the opposing party’s supporters across many districts

Ohio Congressional Districts

Sometimes you can see the intent of Gerrymandering by viewing a map, though sometimes you cannot. In a state like Ohio with a lot of rural areas, there are sometimes natural “packing”. When looking at a districting map of Ohio there are some obvious areas where Gerrymandering has been done. Look at Hamilton and Clermont County on this map. Additionally check out the “snake on the lake” along Lake Erie on the map.

Methods of Keeping an Election Fair

The Ohio party break down is 53% Republican and 47% Democrat. The way the Ohio districts are currently drawn, the break down is 70% Republican and 30% Democrat.

Here are some ideas to overcome the Gerrymander influenced districting:

  • Proportionality districting would mean any district would be created as close as possible to the 53/47 breakdown for the entire state.
  • Competitive districting would mean districts would be created to be as close to a 50/50 split so in any given election either party could win in that district.
  • Ranked voting is the system used in Belgium. Instead of voting for one person you rank all the candidates in order of preference.

Thank You

Thank you, Dennis Turner, for joining us to talk about Gerrymandering in general and specifically in Ohio.

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
McKenzie MorinBill Stone2nd Reading
Anne KohlsMike Bevis2nd Reading
Jackie PowellTom Novak2nd Reading

Welcome Guests!

GuestGuest Of
Dennis TurnerSpeaker
Jackie PowellTom Novak
Anne KohlsMike Bevis

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Joe MaddenGlad that CNO does not have Gerrymandering in its election process for club officers.
Tom BeeryCancer free for 5 years.
Gary SmigaYoungest son got married in Atlanta over the weekend.
Don KelleyHe and Sandy are celebrating their 38th wedding anniversary.
Gary HansenGrandkids had COVID recently, but no one else got it.
Renee GlennStarts a new job tomorrow and she has recovered from the COVID Delta variant. She was fully vaccinated.
Sue BrubakerDebe Dockins’ recently gave a great talk about Annie Oakley at St Leonard.
Michael KistlerHe and Kattie are celebrating their 12th wedding anniversary.
Kim Senft-ParasGlad to have been invited to today’s meeting and for the great speaker today, Dennis Turner.

Sergeants at Arms

MemberInfraction
Ron TinnermanHad a great time the last 2 weeks in Switzerland.
Larry LyndeCalled Scott Langer a gentleman.
Patrick ArehartDropped Diane off at the front door of Yankee Trace and then left without opening the door. She had knee surgery last week and was on crutches.
Michael KistlerFor having a beard better than a sergeant can produce.
Joe MaddenNot sitting with his wife at lunch.
Wayne ChristyTook the bell and gavel before the opening ring. Apparently we have rules about how to perform theft appropriately.
Jean PummillHas not yet created a name badge for Kristin Possidomo.
Chris McAlpineSaying to the sergeants today that any two other members could do a way better job than they are doing.
Judy DeMarcoBeen absent from lunch meetings for too long.

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Dean HeyneSeptember149/14/20165
Melissa DeShurkoSeptember149/14/20165
Bill WilliamsSeptember209/20/199328
Denny CottleSeptember209/20/20156

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Dawn ArrowoodSeptember 14
Terri LeputaSeptember 19
Bill DeFriesSeptember 19
Will CaleSeptember 20

CNO Donations – 2013 through August 2021

Click here to see a summary of donations the club has made since 2013

Thank You Notes Received

No Thank You notes received this week.

Links to PowerPoint and Pictures

A Copy of this Week’s Meeting PowerPoint Slide Deck is here

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.

CNOtes 9/7/21: Brigid’s Path, Liza Fridenmaker

CNO Officer Installation Dinner, No Lunch Meeting that Day

The annual CNO officer installation dinner will be on Tuesday 9/28/2021 at Yankee Trace. There will not be a CNO lunch meeting that day. The cost is $20 per person which includes appetizers, full buffet and dessert. There will be a cash bar. Please send your payment via check or cash to Sarah Umbreit no later than 9/20/2021. There are no sign-ups at the door.

No lunch meeting will be held on 9/28/2021.

Announcements

  • Gail Aiken, chair for the Haunted Trail, announced that the event will be held this year on October 12 and October 13. They need a lot of volunteers especially trail guides It will be held behind the RecPlex this year. There are a lot of new scenes being built by Mike Cordonnier and his helpers at the High school. Contact Gail if you can help with this fun community event.
  • Debe Dockins announced that CNO is holding a Membership Drive where participating members will share in $400 based on the number of points received.  Receive 1 point for bringing a guest to any meeting, 3 points for a returning guest and 10 points for a guest application.  The contest runs through 9/21/2021.
  • Debe Dockins announced that the next CNO 2.0 meeting will be 9/16/2021 at 5:30 PM at Tuscany’s Italian Restaurant with speaker DJ Terrance Dorsey. Every member of all CNO related clubs is invited. You are encouraged to bring a guest.

Committee Meetings

  • 9/21/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting

Community Events

  • 10/12/2021 and 10/13/2021. Haunted Trail at RecPlex. This is a free event that kid’s 14 and under and their families enjoy each year. All ages may attend.

                                                                 

Happy Birthday Roberta Taylor

Today is Roberta Taylor’s Birthday. Bob Burkman led our rag tag choir poorly in singing a version of Happy Birthday to Roberta that was painful to listen to, but it felt great to celebrate a member’s birthday. Roberta, have a great birthday and a great year!

Liza Fridenmaker, Brigid’s Path

Carol Smerz introduced Liza Fridenmaker, the Grants and donations associate at Brigid’s Path, a newborn recovery center offering grace, support and hope. Since they welcomed their first infant in December, 2017, they have cared for 250 babies and families in the crisis of addiction. They are the first facility in Ohio to offer in-patient, home-like treatment. Brigid’s Path offers support for families facing addiction with compassion, care and guidance.

Liza came today to update us on Brigid’s Path and infant mental health. She showed us a video and you can view it on Brigid’s Path.

Brigid’s Path takes care of infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS). NAS is a group of behavioral and physical conditions a baby experiences when withdrawing from exposure to drugs in the womb. Brigid’s Path can keep most of the babies they help from having to enter the foster care system. Over the years research has shown that NAS infants are better off receiving smaller amounts of food per feeding that is given more times each day than would be given to a healthy infant.

View the flyer Liza Fridenmaker put on the tables before lunch.

Mission

 “Brigid’s Path improves the health of newborn babies and mothers impacted by addiction. We offer grace for the past, support for the present, and hope for the future.”

What They Do

They help infants and mothers. They teach moms how to be successful moms and they help mothers get treatment for their alcohol or drug addictions.

Brigid’s Path employs the latest therapeutic techniques – both medicinal and nonpharmacological – to help babies be as comfortable as possible while they experience withdrawal. They use a wholistic approach to help mom and baby in a non-confrontational way.

They ween the babies off the morphine for 15 days. The symptoms can linger for another 2 years after being weened. It takes a lot of work. At Brigid’s Path, there is a 1 nurse to 2 baby ratio and a 1 volunteer cuddler to 1 baby ratio.

Brigid’s Path Basics

  • 24-hour medical care for baby
  • Safe, comfortable, and homelike setting
  • Private nurseries
  • 24/7 visitation
  • Across from an RTA route 18 stop
  • Showers and meals provided

Services for Mom and Family

  • Family Advocacy Program
  • Non-judgmental support
  • Help with children services
  • Community resources connections
  • Identification of personal strengths
  • Help with setting goals
  • Empowering families
  • Ongoing support

Donations of Time and Money

Brigid’s Path can use your help. Liza asked to please consider helping with time or money to help them deliver services to babies and their families.

You can get details on their website including what it takes to become a cuddler. Note they give babies comfort 24 x 7, something that a NICU cannot provide. They have a large need for cuddlers between 12 am and 6 am.

How Brigid’s Path Started

In 2014 Jill Kingston and her husband were fostering older kids. They wanted to foster an infant. They were told there would be a long wait for an infant. They were lucky and quickly received a call to foster an infant. The challenge however was the infant had NAS. They accepted the challenge and soon they were offered another infant with NAS. Jill thought there had to be a better way than a hospital NICU to help infants and their families handle the crisis of addiction.

This led her to start Brigid’s Path, the first newborn recovery center in Ohio. She went to West Virginia to visit Lily’s Place to learn how they were helping infants with NAS.

Additional Information

  • In 2020 79% of the mothers of treated infants at Brigid’s path were in rehabilitation treatment programs. This will help with a successful life for the babies and the mothers.
  • Unlike after being discharged from a hospital, by coming to Brigid’s path, families can have up to 90 days to get their home ready for the baby.

Funding

They receive money from grants and some support from the state. The state support is not related to Medicaid. They also receive private donations.

Thank You

Thank you, Liza Fridenmaker, for joining us to talk about Brigid’s Path and infant mental health.

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
McKenzie MorinBill Stone1st Reading
Anne KohlsMike Bevis1st Reading

Welcome Guests!

GuestGuest Of
Dennis TurnerSpeaker
Jackie PowellTom Novak
Anne KohlsMike Bevis
McKenzie MorinBill Stone

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Bob CollinsMyron Rheaume is having a good day today and hopes to go out to a dining group with Bob Collins tomorrow night.
Julie NoethHappy to have a guest today and for wearing white after labor day.
Debe Dockins$3, $1 for each of her guests today at lunch.
Debe DockinsKelly George is doing well.
Bill WilliamsWelcomed first grandchild, Theodore James Williams, 9 lbs, 6oz.
Don Kelley$5 for his 5th hole in one, which happened at Yankee Trace golf course.
Louise Haun8th great grandson was born.
Gail Aiken28 years ago Gary Aiken invited her to her first CNO meeting.

Sergeants at Arms

MemberInfraction
Bob Burkman, Tom Novak, Mike BrubakerGreg Fay put a flag through his windshield last Wednesday at AOF headquarters. The sergeants decided somehow it was the AOF committee chairs fault.
Debe DockinsFailure to meet her guest in the lobby when she arrived.
Greg GriffinMaking an inappropriate comment to Pat Behn. Greg’s explanation – “while at the fishing derby I was helping Pat carry her food (hot dogs) and I innocently asked Pat if she needed help with her bun”…

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Gail AikenSeptember89/8/199328

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Roberta TaylorSeptember 7
Doug RenoSeptember 8
Karl FrydrykSeptember 8
Sam PfabeSeptember 11

CNO Donations – 2013 through August 2021

Click here to see a summary of donations the club has made since 2013

Thank You Notes Received

No Thank You notes received this week.

Links to PowerPoint and Pictures

A Copy of this Week’s Meeting PowerPoint Slide Deck is here

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.

CNOtes 8/31/21: Lisa Hansford with The Castle – A safe haven for adults with mental disorders

CNO Officer Installation Dinner, No Lunch Meeting that Day

The annual CNO officer installation dinner will be on Tuesday 9/28/2021 at Yankee Trace. There will not be a CNO lunch meeting that day. The cost is $20 per person which includes appetizers, full buffet, and dessert. There will be a cash bar. Please send your payment via check or cash to Sarah Umbreit no later than 9/20/2021. There are no sign-ups at the door.

No lunch meeting will be held on 9/28/2021.

Announcements

  • Bob Lawson, Fishing Derby, thanks to all the volunteers who helped on 8/28/2021.
  • Debe Dockins announced that the Avenue of Flags will be delivering flags on Wednesday, September 1 – and we will extend the display in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of 9/11 – retrieval will be Tuesday, September 14th. If you can help, please give Tom Novak a call – they are always looking for more help.
  • Debe Dockins announced that CNO is holding a Membership Drive where participating members will share in $400 based on the number of points received.  Receive 1 point for bringing a guest to any meeting, 3 points for a returning guest and 10 points for a guest application.  The contest runs through 9/21/2021.
  • Debe Dockins announced that the next CNO 2.0 meeting will be 9/16/2021 at 5:30 PM at Tuscany’s Italian Restaurant with speaker DJ Terrance Dorsey. Every member of all CNO related clubs is invited. You are encouraged to bring a guest.

Committee Meetings

  • 9/21/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting

Happy Birthday Jim Mogan

Bob Duffy led us in singing Happy Birthday to Jim Mogan. Jim generously brought everyone cupcakes for dessert today and they were delicious. You might think we would have sung like a reasonable human since Jim was so generous. Well, you would be wrong. It was probably the worst version of Happy Birthday that has ever been sung in the history of humans. Have a great year, Jim, and thanks for the cupcakes!

Lisa Hansford, The Castle in Centerville

Mike Fanelli introduced Lisa Hansford, the director of “The Castle” for the past 5 years. She has a master’s degree from Antioch College in conflict analysis. Lisa says, “Inner conflict is what keeps us from becoming our best self.” Lisa was in sales for the first 20 years of her work life before switching to social work in 2000.

Overcoming the Stigma of Mental Illness

Lisa said that sometimes the general population have unnecessary concerns about people with mental illness. Lisa wants to overcome the stigma of mental illness. Lisa is here today to spread the word of what The Castle does and the good they do.  The Castle has existed in Centerville since 1993 and they have not caused an issue. The sense of belonging is a basic human need. Their programs help change lives.

About 1 in 4 adults have a mental illness and 5% suffer with a severe mental illness.

About The Castle

The Castle first opened its doors October 11, 1993. It was started by a group of parents and citizens who recognized the scarcity of services for the adult mentally ill population. Read the full history here. The Castle is operated by the Friends of the Castle, a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

Their target members have severe mental issues including: Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder and Anxiety. All members receive disability payments. People with developmental delay are not the main people they help, though some members have both.

The Castle is a haven for adults with mental disorders. It is located at 133 N Main St, Centerville, Ohio. They are open 10-4 Monday to Friday. It is a social club and no one lives there. The Castle offers breakfast and lunch to members, as well as daily activities ranging from creative writing, art projects, movie days and more! Those that cannot get there on their own pay a nominal fee for a bus that picks them up.

Daily activities include peer-to-peer support, games and activities, field trips, crafts, life skills training, companionship, and conversation. There is an activities room, a recreation room, patio, enclosed yard, and garden. In addition to learning, fun and games they also do chores in the house and the garden.

They go to a camp each year where they can zip line. Riding a zip line is very challenging for those with mental illness. After successfully riding the zip line they realize, “If I can do this I can anything!”

Members of the Castle

Since 1993, over 1100 members have signed up. There are 250 active members. On average before COVID, 35-40 members came to The Castle each day. Right now, it is 20 per day which is above the lowest point several months ago.

Members live with their parents, group homes or spouses. A lot of members also work part time. Some have trust funds. Mental illness does not discriminate. Members include artists, college graduates and just about every level of education and financial background.

Requirements to Become a Member of The Castle

  • Over the age of 18
  • Be diagnosed with mental illness
  • Live in Montgomery County

Source of Funds

  • Private donations are what sustains them
  • Art and Wine fundraiser; the next one will be held in October 2021 at Benham’s Grove
  • The Dick Neff and Gene Westendorf Memorial Golf Tournament held at the Golf Course at Yankee Trace
  • Donations from local grocers and churches
  • A portion of their funding comes from the Montgomery County Human Services Levy, but it is not nearly enough

Volunteer and Donation Opportunities

The Castle has a staff of 6 and only one of them is full time. They need a lot of help. Volunteers can help in the house and in the gardens. The Castle welcomes volunteers who come in to play games with members and members love this.

http://friendsatthecastle.com/donate/

http://friendsatthecastle.com/join-us/volunteer-application/

The Castle Strong Optimist Club

The Optimist Strong Club, whose members are members of “The Castle,” was chartered in July 2021. They are a club within the CNO club. Attending today’s lunch from the Optimist Strong Club were club officers: Cathy – President, Beth – Vice President and Mark – Secretary.

Watch the Video

Lisa showed us an 8-minute video. You will see CNO’s own Mike Fanelli many times in this informative video. You can find the video in the bottom left of the home page of their website. http://friendsatthecastle.com/.

Members are interviewed in the video. One member said, “It is a family outside my family.” Another said, “His anxiety just goes away when I go to The Castle and play my guitar.” Another said, “The Castle gives me the chance to socialize and play games.” It was mentioned that they have meetings where they exchange ideas.

Mike Fanelli

CNO member Mike Fanelli volunteers a lot at The Castle. He is drawn to the place. He thinks it is good therapy for him and he gets as much out of volunteering as the members get. Many members live in group homes and they really enjoy having a place like The Castle to go to.

Thank You

Thank you, Lisa Hansford, for speaking today and informing us of all the good that is done at “The Castle” in Centerville, Ohio!

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Mitchell BodenmillerTom NovakInduction
Deanna NesbitMike BevisInduction

Welcome Guests!

GuestGuest Of
Beth WilliamsCastle Strong
Betsie MolinskyJulie Noeth
Cathy WoodCastle Strong
Lisa HansfordSpeaker
Mark ParadiseCastle Strong
Susie HagermanJulie Noeth

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Carolyn TaylorBecame a grandmother for the first time and it is her 41st wedding anniversary
Tom NovakA great article  about  Mike and Terri Bevis is in the latest Centerville-Washington Neighbors publication. They are on the cover as well.
Tom NovakJust had successful surgery on the outside of his ear.
Evelyn GriffinFellow optimist Pete Gabriel (Austintown Club) passed away at the age of 83. Pete had volunteered to be a Lt. Governor starting October 1, what a wonderful example of service and Optimism.
Kelly StoneShe had a successful booth at UD for club day where 95 students said they were interested in joining the restarted UD Optimist Club.
Bob Lawson$5 for all the help with the Fishing Derby.
Brian NolanThe Castle is an amazing place.
Julie NoethTo Kelly stone for getting the UD Optimist Club up and going again.
Jim MoganIs having a great birthday. He was glad to bring the cupcakes today and he had a phone call with his twin brother.

Sergeants at Arms

MemberInfraction
Gary SmigaPublished picture taken of him without his Optimist pin.
Mike FanelliPicture in the paper without his Optimist Pin.
Julie NoethShe was not present to greet her guest at the front door.
Greg GriffinHelped out sergeants today by gathering their items from the basement for them, but he didn’t bring up the bell and the gavel.
Debe Dockins$5 to pay for Bell and Gavel who were graciously returned by Bill and Kelly Stone’s grandkids.
Bob DuffySaid it was way too cold at lunch today. (well he put it another way but we will not quote exactly what he said here)

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Jeff BuschAugust318/31/200120
Ken PeacockAugust318/31/200120
Drew MckenzieSeptember19/1/198734
Frank DePalmaSeptember19/1/197942
Gary AndersonSeptember19/1/197942
Jerry StahleySeptember19/1/198635
Larry LyndeSeptember19/1/198833

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Julie CochranAugust 31
Jesse LightleAugust 31
Chris McAlpineAugust 31
Jim MoganAugust 31
CeAnn ChalkerSeptember 3
Bob CollinsSeptember 4
Beverly DunningtonSeptember 6

CNO Donations – 2013 through August 2021

Click here to see a summary of donations the club has made since 2013

Thank You Notes Received

Click to see this week’s Thank You Notes

Links to PowerPoint and Pictures

A Copy of this Week’s Meeting PowerPoint Slide Deck is here

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.

CNOtes 8/24/21: Children’s Mental Health, Lisa Carter with South Community, Inc.

CNO Officer Installation Dinner, No Lunch Meeting that Day

The annual CNO officer installation dinner will be on Tuesday 9/28/2021 at Yankee Trace. There will not be a CNO lunch meeting that day. The cost is $20 per person which includes appetizers, full buffet and dessert. There will be a cash bar. Please send your payment via check or cash to Sarah Umbreit no later than 9/20/2021. There are no sign-ups at the door.

No lunch meeting will be held on 9/28/2021.

Back to School Service Project

On August 23, 2021 Chuck Davis and Evelyn Griffin delivered backpacks and school supplies on behalf of Ohio District Optimist clubs. The “Back to School Project” was the service project at the 73rd Annual Ohio District Convention.

Schools Served

J W Reason Elementary School in Hilliard received 144 backpacks that contained school supplies.

Avery Elementary school and Britton Elementary school, both in Hilliard, received school supplies for 150 students.

All three principals were overjoyed to receive the donations. The principal at J W Reason was especially touched by the cards of encouragement written by JOI (Junior Optimist International) club members.

Donations Received for the Back to School Service Project

The Hilliard Optimist Club kicked off the project by donating 72 backpacks. The Centerville Noon Optimist Club donated $3000 for the project.

Evelyn received monetary donations from individuals and Optimist clubs. Evelyn picked up many supplies from Optimists’ homes. Some clubs, including CNO, collected supplies at their meetings and these were given to Evelyn or taken to the convention. It was a great team effort.

Thank you to all that donated and helped assemble the backpacks

Stuffing the backpacks at the convention was an efficient teamwork process. There were 15 volunteers from all over Ohio. Thanks to the JOI members who wrote the encouragement cards for the backpacks!

Announcements

  • Debe Dockins announced that Bill Stone has been elected as the Governor-elect of the Great Ohio District. His year will start 10/1/2022. It should be noted that CNO is very involved at the district level. Greg Griffin will be governor starting 10/1/2021. Jeff Umbreit is currently the Treasurer of the district and he will continue for Greg Griffin’s year.
  • Debe Dockins announced that at the Ohio District meeting this weekend, Carol Smerz received a pin for bringing in her first member. Several people received their Dime-a-Day 50th Anniversary pins.
  • Debe Dockins announced that CNO is holding a Membership Drive where participating members will share in $400 based on the number of points received.  Receive 1 point for bringing a guest to any meeting, 3 points for a returning guest and 10 points for a guest application.  The contest runs through 9/21/2021.
  • Debe Dockins announced that the Avenue of Flags will be delivering flags on Wednesday, September 1 – and we will extend the display in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of 9/11 – retrieval will be Tuesday, September 14th. If you can help, please give Tom Novak a call – they are always looking for more help.
  • Debe Dockins announced that the next CNO 2.0 meeting will be 9/16/2021 at 5:30 PM at Tuscany’s Italian Restaurant with speaker DJ Terrance Dorsey. Every member of all CNO related clubs is invited. You are encouraged to bring a guest.

Committee Meetings

  • 9/21/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting

Lisa Carter, South Community, Inc.

Carol Smerz introduced Lisa Carter, the CEO of South Community Positive Health Options, one of the areas multi-service not for profit community agencies. Lisa received a bachelor’s degree from Campbellsville University in Kentucky and a master’s degree from The Ohio State University. She holds a LISW.S license for Social Work. She has expertise in mental health, substance abuse and manages a staff of 300.

Carol Smerz and Lisa Carter have known each other for 30 years and worked together at South Community.

About South Community, Inc.

South Community, Inc. is an innovative, creative and flexible leader with a continuum of care in behavioral health and primary care for children, adults and families. The have partnerships with schools, health care, courts and law enforcement. They are positively impacting lives.

Mission Statement of South Community

South Community is committed to improving the quality of life and mental health status of children, adults and families residing in the Greater Miami Valley. This is achieved by providing a dynamic continuum of behavioral healthcare services and by drawing upon the health-promoting resources of its consumers and the community it serves.

Vision Statement of South Community

To excel at providing community-based mental health services that empower consumers of the Greater Miami Valley to attain optimal quality in their lives.

Children’s Mental Health

Lisa’s topic today is Children’s Mental Health. She asked us to consider how the calendar is perceived by adults and youth. Adult’s perceived calendar is before the pandemic, the surge, the vaccine, the Delta variant. Children’s normal perceived calendar is based on the school calendar of classes, winter break, classes, spring break, classes, and summer break. The pandemic has disturbed children’s view of the calendar.

Lisa gave some statistics based on the pandemic calendar.

Before the pandemic

  • 1 out of 6 youths (ages 2-8 years of age) experience a mental, behavioral, or developmental disorder
  • In Ohio nearly 40% of youths experience psychological distress
  • 24% of youths experience anxiety
  • 17% of youths experience depression
  • 13% of youths considered suicide

During the pandemic

  • 31% of parents said their child’s mental and emotional health was worse
  • 25% of high school students reported their mental and emotional health was worse

How Does Mental Illness Manifest?

Just like other illnesses, there are symptoms of mental illness. Look for symptoms and notice the timeframe:

  • Changes in appearance
  • Changes in routine
  • Changes in feelings
  • Changes in thoughts
  • Changes in behavior
  • Changes in social life, such as going from hanging out with and making friends to isolating themselves

Social Determinants

Where you are born, where you live and other influences impact your life and can present certain risk factors for mental illness. Some social determinants are:

  • Access to Care
  • Healthy Food/Nutrition
  • Education quality
  • Economic influences
  • Environmental influences
  • Opportunity for physical exercise
  • Safety

Most Common Mental Illness Diagnoses Among Children

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Depressive Disorders
  • ADHD
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorders
  • Trauma

What Can Be Done

  • Assessment – looking at the symptoms using a structured assessment to determine diagnosis
  • Treatment – Whole Person Care
  • Engagement and Connection – Relationship is key
  • Normalize the conversation (fight stigma)
  • Hopefulness – plant the seed that is essential to recovery
  • Building from strengths of the child and family
  • Resiliency – the belief youth can and do “bounce back” from adversity and their recovery

Access to Care is Still an Issue

During the pandemic care continued. South Community has added remote help through tele-health. Remember though that some clients do not have access to a phone let alone the internet to support video tele-health. Access to services has been and still is an issue.

Links for Donations and Volunteering

Thank You

Thank you, Lisa Carter, for joining us to talk about Children’s mental health.

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Jessica WagnerMike Bevis3rd Reading
Mitchell BodenmillerTom Novak3rd Reading
Brian NicholasLarry LyndeInduction

Welcome Guests!

GuestGuest Of
Adina AngelMike Bevis
Amy KoppMike Bevis
Colleen KammerJulie Noeth
Deb PolingStan Fronzaglia
Geoff DarrTom Novak
Lisa CarterMember
Mark PolingSpeaker
Mitch BodenmillerStan Fronzaglia
Randy KingTom Novak

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Julie Noeth$3 for Kelly Stone effort getting the UD Optimist Club going.
Tom BeeryHe has a brand new grandaughter.
Debe DockinsKristen Passidomo has switched to be a fulltime CNO member.

Sergeants at Arms

MemberInfraction
Sarah UmbreitComplained she could not find her name badge and she had Jeff pick her 50/50 ticket for her.
Ron KukerToo picky about choosing a badge lanyward that said Optimist on it.
Kelly StoneTold sergeant she has been too busy in retirement to attend meetings. Fine was immediately reduced to $0.00.
Bill StoneFined for being a bad influence on Kelly that has caused her to be too busy in retirement to attend meetings.
Joe MaddenCalling the sergeants “gentlemen.”
Wendy HattanLate to today’s meeting.
Rachel GoetzWarning new member about fines.
Chris McAlpineSaying a sergeant was dumber than a bag of hammers.
Jesse GaitherGiving sergeants grief and for missing the CNO 2.0 meeting last week.
Brian NicholasFor dropping out of CNO in the 90’s.
Steve KohlsToo long between attended meetings.
Karl FrydrykToo long between attended meetings.

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Mary MaddenAugust268/26/199823
Anne KesslerAugust298/29/200219

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Debbie ParksAugust 25
Rick AltvaterAugust 25
Sharon SilverbergAugust 25
Rick KempferAugust 28
Scott RheaumeAugust 28
Joe CantrellAugust 30

CNO Donations – 2013 through July 2021

Click here to see a summary of donations the club has made since 2013

Thank You Notes Received

No Thank You Notes were received this week.

Links to PowerPoint and Pictures

A Copy of this Week’s Meeting PowerPoint Slide Deck is here

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.

CNOtes 8/17/21: Skilled Trades Scholarships 2021

President-Elect Gary Hansen Facilitated Today’s Meeting

President-Elect Gary Hansen facilitated today’s meeting. Debe Dockins was out of town today taking care of her mother. Gary did a fine job and we know we will be in good hands when his presidential year begins on 10/1/2021.

Announcements

  • Bill Stone, the Ohio District OI Foundation Representative announced he would love to see more participation from the CNO club. The easiest way to donate is to use the OI website. On the website you will be able to sign up for the 50th anniversary Dime-A-Day Pin. Note that you can give any amount you wish to support the OI Foundation, which is the philanthropic side of OI. If you prefer, you can print out and mail this form with your donation.
  • Gary Hansen announced the 21st season of TOP soccer for special needs kids will start on 8/22/2021. The program needs volunteers, including assistant coaches and on-field buddies assigned to a participant. The kids look forward to the event each year. Volunteers do not need to know anything about soccer to help.
  • Tom Novak announced that the Labor Day flags will stay out to include the twentieth anniversary of 9/11. Flag delivery will be on 9/1/2021. Flags retrieval will be 9/14/2021.
  • Gary Hansen announced that CNO 2.0 is looking for additional committee members.
  • Gary Hansen announced that the Haunted Trail committee is looking for a new co-chair to shadow Gail Aiken with the plan of taking over the committee.
  • Andy Dickerson announced the Fishing Derby will be on August 28, 2021. Please contact Bob Lawson or Andy Dickerson if you can volunteer at the event.
  • Gary Hansen announced the CNO officer installation dinner will be on Tuesday September 28, 2021 at Yankee Trace. There will not be a CNO lunch meeting that day.
  • Patrick Arehart announced that CNO is holding a Membership Drive where participating members will share in $400 based on the number of points received.  Receive 1 point for bringing a guest to any meeting, 3 points for a returning guest and 10 points for a guest application.  The contest runs through 9/21/2021.

Committee Meetings

9/21/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting

Community Events

8/28/2021, the annual Fishing Derby will be held at RecPlex                            

Happy Birthday to Gail Aiken

Bob Duffy led us in singing Happy Birthday to Gail Aiken since today was her birthday! Somehow our singing has gotten worse. You would think somehow by accident we would hit a note correctly. Maybe the quality issue is being caused by music director Bob Duffy?!? 🙂

Skilled Trade Scholarships

Gary Hansen introduced Evelyn Griffin, the co-chair of the Skilled Trade Scholarships Committee. Fred Polizzi and Gary Aiken are the other two co-chairs of the skilled trades committee.

Two of the three 2021 Skilled Trade Scholarship recipients were at lunch today and introduced themselves and their family members.

2021 Recipients

  • Reid Almand will be attending the Hobart Institute of Welding. Reid brought his parents Cobey and Scott Almand to lunch today.
  • Connor Dimisa will be majoring in Automotive Technology at Sinclair Community College. Connor brought his mother Christine Dimisa to lunch today.
  • Andrew Bellanca will be attending the Hobart Institute of Welding. Andrew was unable to attend today’s lunch.

2020 Recipient Updates

There were 3 scholarships awarded in 2020 and all 3 attended the Hobart Welding Institute. They are Alexander Weller, Jacob Goetz and Michael Knox. Alexander and Jacob have graduated and have jobs!

2019 Recipient Update

Gabriel Couch will graduate in the spring of 2022 with a degree in construction management from Sinclair Community College. His degree has been delayed because COVID cancelled many of the classes that he needed for his degree.

About CNO Skilled Trades Scholarships

The Skilled Trades Scholarship launched in 2019. This scholarship requires a guidance counselor’s recommendation with an emphasis on financial need and a desire to pursue a degree in the student’s chosen trade. In addition to financial assistance, each student will have two mentors. A scholarship to Sinclair University provides up to $750 per semester for up to six semesters, sufficient for an associate degree. A scholarship to Trade Schools is a one-time payment of $2500.

Businesses are having a really difficult time finding skilled trades workers to fill open positions. This is a link to a YouTube video of a TEDx presentation discussing the issue and how women are being encouraged through grants (not loans) to get skilled trades education to fill some of the 1 million open jobs. In the U.S. compensation is rising for skilled trades jobs.

Hobart Institute of Welding

Several Skilled Trade Scholarship recipients have elected to attend programs at the Hobart Institute of Welding in Troy, Ohio. The courses last 6-12 months depending on the program chosen. The programs are valuable, but not cheap. CNO scholarships help make it affordable. The school was started in 1930 and there have been over 100,000 graduates. It is a nationally recognized program. There is a huge need for workers in the skilled trades. Welders can make over $!00,000/year.

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Jane HenryCarol SmerzInduction on 8/19/2021 at St Leonard
Sally MartinoMike BevisInduction on 8/19/2021 at St Leonard
Jessica WagnerMike Bevis2nd reading
Mitchell BodenmillerTom Novak2nd reading

Welcome Guests!

GuestGuest Of
Christine DimisaHonoree’s Family
Cobey AlmandHonoree’s Family
Connor DimisaHonoree
Logan Stan Fronzaglia
Mitch BodenmillerTom Novak
Reid AlmandHonoree
Scott AlmandHonoree’s Family
Sharon OldhamJulie Noeth
Suzie WolffStan Fronzaglia

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Bob CollinsMyron Rheaume is recovering well from his back surgery.
Larry LyndeCNO member Tom Berry sang his signature Happy Brithday to his wife Shari at the Sunday concert at Stubbs Park.
Mike BrubakerThank you to all that atteneded the Presidential Club Volunteer of the Year breakfast where he and Beth Duncan were honored last week.
Gary HansenGary has been able to see his son often in the last couple of months after not seeing him for so long because of the pandemic.
Joe MaddenGary Aiken for expertly arranging a birthday lunch for his wife Gail with about 80 CNO members today!  🙂
Don KelleyGranddaughter Molly is ready to start her sophomore year at Miami University.
Erin DickersonAfter 18 months her kids are at school again.
Jim MoganFor the first time in two years, he will soon see his son who lives in Colorado.
Jesse GaitherDaughter startng school at Ohio University. Other daughter started middle school in Springboro.
Bill WilliamsHis son Parker completed a 209 mile timed endurance run “Big Foot 200” from Mt. St. Helens in Oregon to Mt Adams in Washington. His time was 91 hours and he placed 37th out of 220 runners.
Bill WilliamsCelebrating 38th wedding anniversary with his wife Cadance.
Rene GlennJust accepted a new job offer and she gets a couple of weeks to take some trips before starting.
Mike BevisHappy with how well previous skilled trade scholarship recipients are doing.
Mike BevisJesse Gaither delivering the CNO tent to his home very early in the morning, even though his wife thought there was an intruder in the driveway.
Mike BevisHe, Donna Huss and Judy McFadden had great success at Boomerfest with their booth. They believe they have secured 3 new members.
Gail AikenJoe and Mary Madden donating a bunch of halloween items for the Haunted Trail event.
Ron KukerCelebrating 59th weddig anniversary with his wife Fayne.

Sergeants at Arms

MemberInfraction
Gary SmigaCalled sergeant Scott Langer’s cell phone last week to see if it would ring during the meeting. Gary didn’t realize that Scott was about to be a sergeant!
Bob DuffySitting at the birthday table when it was not his birthday AGAIN!
Kelly StoneLate to today’s meeting.
Guest and previous member Suzie WolfMoved to a different state to avoid a fine.
Paul Stull, Brian Nolan, Charlie GoodwinBeing former sergeants.
Will CaleTrying to take 2 50/50 tickets instead of 1 when he paid for just one.
Gail AikenCouldn’t find her name tag and let Gary Hansen retrieve the presidents bell too soon.
Jesse GaitherGetting a name wrong.
Greg GriffinGreg promissed that during his presidency that Ron Tinnerman would be a sergeant and he never was.
Tom NovakSergeant Ron Tinnerman was not mentioned in a recent article in a local magazine about Avenue of Flags.

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Don MassieAugust208/20/199130
Julie Walling NoethAugust208/20/200813
Matt SomerlotAugust218/21/20138

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Gail AikenAugust 17
Susan ThomsenAugust 20
Stephen WalkerAugust 21
Marilyn BechtAugust 21

CNO Donations – 2013 through July 2021

Click here to see a summary of donations the club has made since 2013

Thank You Notes Received

Click here to see the Thank You Notes received this week

Links to PowerPoint and Pictures

A Copy of this Week’s Meeting PowerPoint Slide Deck is here

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.

CNOtes 8/10/21: Bryon Black, Foster Parenting

Announcements

  • Debe Dockins announced that TOP Soccer is looking for volunteers on Sunday, August 22nd from 3 to 4 PM at Oak Grove Park to help with the 2021 Season Registration Check-In Duties. If you can help, please contact Dana Dring.
  • Bob Glavin announced the 21st season of TOP soccer for special needs kids will start on 8/22/2021. The program needs volunteers, including assistant coaches and on-field buddies assigned to a participant. The kids look forward to the event each year. Volunteers do not need to know anything about soccer to help.
  • Bob Lawson announced the Fishing Derby will be on August 28, 2021. Please contact Bob or Andy Dickerson if you can volunteer at the event.
  • Greg Fay announced that the next Optimist 2.0 meeting will be 8/19/2021 at Nelly’s with Zach Hollingsworth of Freedom Whiskey speaking.
  • Debe Dockins announced the CNO officer installation dinner will be on September 28, 2021 at Yankee Trace. There will not be a lunch meeting that day.
  • Debe Dockins announced a service project being worked on by the Great Ohio District of OI. For the August 2021 convention attendees will be stuffing backpacks with school supplies. The stuffed backpacks will be donated to JW Reasons Elementary school in Hilliard, OH. There are two ways to contribute: purchase items from the list and bring them to our meeting or to give money for the purchase of items. Evelyn will be collecting money and supplies every Tuesday until 8/17/2021. Contact Evelyn if you have questions. Read the flyer here.
  • Patrick Arehart announced that CNO is holding a Membership Drive where participating members will share in $400 based on the number of points received.  Receive 1 point for bringing a guest to any meeting, 3 points for a returning guest and 10 points for a guest application.  The contest runs through 9/21/2021.

Community Events

  • 8/28/2021, the annual Fishing Derby will be held at RecPlex

Happy Birthday Art Hung

Charlie Tapp led us in singing happy birthday to Art Hung. Art has been the chair of the sunshine committee for several years. Art spreads sunshine by sending flowers and cards to those that have gotten sick or injured and for relatives that have passed. Charlie said we should sing in the opposite style of how well Art treats members when they need cheering up. It was a success; the singing was very bad and I do mean especially bad.

Note, President Debe Dockins was so happy when she saw that Art Hung was in attendance today. She just loves for us to sing for member birthdays.

Bryon Black, Foster Parenting

Carol Smerz introduced Bryon Black. Bryon is originally from California and moved to Vandalia Ohio at 4 years of age. He and his wife are high school sweethearts and they will be celebrating their 12th anniversary soon. We saw a picture of Bryon wearing a kilt to his wedding. He has his own photography and videography business. Their hearts are with their love of children. His wife Ashley Black has been a third-grade teacher at a charter school. She witnessed firsthand the effects of children growing up in broken families. Nearly every day she would come home from work and cry.

Bryon came today to educate us about foster parenting and to tell us about the foster parent journey he and Ashley have gone through for the past 23 months. They have 2 foster children.

Fertility Issues

In 2018 after 9 years of marriage, Byron and Ashley had not had any children. For a while they were not actively trying to get pregnant. Then after actively trying they were told that they had issues, but no one knew exactly what they were.  More and more of their friends were getting married and having kids. There were a lot of challenging nights. They had discussed adoption and they really wanted to adopt, but it is very expensive and more than they wanted to spend. It can cost as much as $30,000 to adopt each child.

Fostering Children in Order to Adopt a Child

Bryon and Ashley learned more about foster parenting from their church. They learned about the sacrifices that families make to foster kids. Foster parenting can be a path to adoption. Once a child has been removed from their biological parents, foster parents on a temporary basis will take care of a child. At any point, the courts could return children to their biological parents. The process has a lot of bureaucracy, and it is very difficult.

Within the first year 50% of foster parents drop out of the program. It is an emotionally difficult job. Foster parents become very attached to the children they are helping. You must remember that the government’s goal is to return the kids to their biological parents or relatives whenever possible.

You could be fostering a child for years and suddenly have them removed from your home. This can happen even after the parents have been permanently removed from the possibility of recovering their child. Relatives like grandparents, aunts and uncles that have not helped at all might suddenly show up. Relatives get priority over foster parents. The good news though is if these biological connections do not show up wanting the children then the foster parents are first in line to adopt.

Bryon and Ashley are Currently Fostering Siblings

Bryon and Ashley spent 6 months being trained and certified to be foster parents. Not long after being certified they received a phone call that two siblings (a boy and a girl) needed a place to stay. They agreed to foster the kids and they were brought to them that night.

The first night the kids slept for 12 hours. They thought they really hit the jackpot for easy to take care of children. However, the kids never slept that long again. The first week was very challenging for everyone. They survived the first week and learned just how little sleep an adult can survive on. The pandemic has not made it any easier, but they are all still very happy.

Bryon learned the biggest thing the kids needed was just to be loved.

In October, 2021 they will learn if the kids will be permanently placed with them.

Key Things to Remember About Foster Parenting

Society will never have enough foster families.

You can help without becoming a foster parent. Find a foster family to support and offer to babysit or offer financial support. There are many ways to help and to get involved in the fostering process.

Another way to help is to look for ways to get involved with families that are struggling before their kids get removed. Many parents need help overcoming generational cycles of poverty, joblessness, poor parenting, poor diet and more.

Thank You

Thank you, Bryon Black, for joining us to talk about you and your wife’s foster parenting journey and what you have learned.

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Sam HolmesMike BevisInduction
Mitchell BodenmillerTom Novak1st Reading
Jessica WagnerMike Bevis1st Reading
Sally MartinoMike Bevis2nd Reading
Jane HenryCarol Smerz2nd Reading
Deanna NesbitMike Bevis3rd Reading
Brian NicholasLarry Lynde3rd Reading

Welcome Guests!

GuestGuest Of
Bryon BlackSpeaker
Dale BlackSpeaker’s Guest
Mitch BodenmillerTom Novak
Cindy GabouryJulie Noeth
Sue LabatzkyDebe Dockins
Terry SchanatDebe Dockins

Happy Bucks

No time for Happy Bucks this week.

Sergeants at Arms

No time for Sergeants at Arms this week.

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Kristen PassidomoAugust168/16/20174
Maha KashaniAugust158/15/200615

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Art HungAugust 10
Judy DeMarcoAugust 10
Paul StullAugust 11
Larry LyndeAugust 12
Fred PolizziAugust 13
Julie ShislerAugust 13
Vince ReidyAugust 14
Greg WasmundAugust 15

CNO Donations – 2013 through July 2021

Click here to see a summary of donations the club has made since 2013

Thank You Notes Received

Click here to see the Thank You Notes received this week

Links to PowerPoint and Pictures

A Copy of this Week’s Meeting PowerPoint Slide Deck is here

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.

CNOtes 8/3/21: John P. Kalaman Respect for Law Awards 2021

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

Lord our God,

When we see a “Thin Blue Line” flag flying in support of our brothers and sisters in law enforcement, we do not necessarily know what the lines symbolize.  The blue stripe stands for law enforcement.  The black stripe above symbolizes society, order, and peace.  The black stripe below symbolizes crime, anarchy, and chaos.  Those in law enforcement stand between the two.

It takes a special kind of person to put on a uniform day in and day out to protect and defend us all; those who support them and those who question their every move and decision.  Lord, please give our sisters and brothers in blue wisdom in every situation they face, peace of mind that they did their very best in every situation and surround them in Your everlasting love and protection.

Amen.

Announcements

  • Debe Dockins announced the 21st season of TOP soccer for special needs kids will start on 8/22/2021. The program needs volunteers, including assistant coaches and on-field buddies assigned to a participant. The kids look forward to the event each year. Volunteers do not need to know anything about soccer to help.
  • Bob Lawson announced that the Fishing Derby will be on August 28, 2021.
  • The President’s Club will honor all member clubs’ Volunteers of the Year. They will honor CNO Optimist of the Year for 2020 Mike Brubaker and for 2019 Beth Duncan. The breakfast will be on August 12, 7:00 AM. There is room for a few more people so let Debe know if you would like to attend.
  • Debe Dockins announced CNO will participate in Party in the Park on Friday, August 13, 2021. Volunteers are needed to work the CNO tent.
  • Debe Dockins announced that the next Optimist 2.0 meeting will be 8/19/2021 at Nelly’s with Zach Hollingsworth of Freedom Whiskey speaking.
  • Debe Dockins announced that a service project of the OI Great Ohio District. For the August 2021 convention attendees will be stuffing backpacks with school supplies. The stuffed backpacks will be donated to JW Reasons Elementary school in Hilliard, OH. There are two ways to contribute: purchase items from the list and bring them to our meeting or to give money for the purchase of items. Evelyn will be collecting money and supplies every Tuesday until 8/17/2021. Contact Evelyn if you have questions. Read the flyer here.
  • Patrick Arehart announced that CNO is holding a Membership Drive where participating members will share in $400 based on the number of points received.  Receive 1 point for bringing a guest to any meeting, 3 points for a returning guest and 10 points for a guest application.   Contest runs through 9/21/2021.

Committee Meetings

  • 8/17/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting

Community Events                                

  • 8/28/2021, Fishing Derby

John P. Kalaman Respect for Law Awards 2021

The emcee for today’s awards was Bob Burkman. John and Paula Kalaman were present today for the awards. Paula spoke at the end of the ceremony and reminded us how wonderful she and John think CNO and the community is to them and the memory of their son. She said that the award winners today should be especially proud since they were chosen by their peers.

Each year one award is selected for the City of Centerville Police Department and one award is selected for the Washington Township Substation of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. Nominations are accepted from the peers of those eligible. All employees of the department are eligible, not just police officers.

Those nominated are typically employees who have exhibited excellence through special accomplishment or a daily commitment to the mission and values of the department. This commitment is typically exhibited through the employee’s outstanding work product, attention to detail, exemplary treatment of the public and cheerful and cooperative attitude with co-workers.

You can view the Tri-Fold Brochure for the 2021 John P. Kalaman Respect for Law Awards here.

Detective Sergeant Jeffrey K. Kaercher, City of Centerville Police Department

Chief Matt Brown presented the award to Sergeant Jeffrey K. Kaercher.

Kaercher was unanimously nominated for the John F. Kalaman Respect for Law Award by his peers based on his devotion to duty, knowledge and tireless dedication to his profession. He began his career with the Centerville Police Department as a patrol officer on July 28, 2008. Some of Det. Sgt. Kaercher’s many roles have included patrol officer, detective, physical fitness coordinator and sergeant. After months of research and testing, he implemented a new software program that has streamlined the department’s scheduling and payroll process. Det. Sgt. Kaercher is generous in mentoring fellow officers (notably younger ones) in patrol tactics and assisting with investigations. He has received numerous awards and letters of recognition and has brought credit and pride to this department.

Coworker Excerpts of Recommendations for Kaercher

Throughout my time working with Sgt. Kaercher, 1 have known him to be one of the most knowledgeable and dedicated officers we have in our ranks. Sgt. Kaercher is routinely willing to aid fellow officers (notably younger officers) with investigations and patrol tactics/advice. I can personally attest that he has been of great help regarding OVI enforcement.

Sgt. Kaercher was contacted by the Versailles KY Police Department to assist with a homicide investigation in their jurisdiction. He took the lead and obtained search warrants for property within the city limits and evidence collection leading to indictments in Kentucky, based upon information from that investigation, he is investigating similar acts involving the suspect which may lead to additional charges. 

Sgt. Kaercher also played a major role in solving many vandalism complaints throughout the city where businesses and a religious building were damaged. Sgt. Kaercher was able to research the vehicle owned by the suspect, obtain photos, and a confession leading to an arrest and the clearance of many cases. It should be noted Kaercher performed this investigation while assigned as the staff sergeant and not the primary investigator, this showed his initiative in working a case.

Deputy Jonathan Petry, Washington Township Substation of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office

Rob Streck, the Montgomery County Sheriff, could not come to today’s ceremony. In his place Chief Deputy Daryl Wilson presented the award to Deputy Jonathan Petry.

Petry began his law enforcement career in 2013 with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and was promoted to deputy sheriff in 2015, serving in Jefferson Township, Harrison Township and Washington Township. Since November 2020, Jon has been WTs Community Oriented Policing deputy.

During the pandemic Jon took the initiative to build relationships with hotels and motels in the Township. From this relationship MCSO deputies were able to quickly and strategically address trespassing issues and loitering concerns that had the potential to become detrimental to the business community.

Working with all the neighborhood watch groups in the Township, Jon has not only grown the size of these neighborhood watch groups, but the number of them as well. He has started additional social media talk groups, participated in platforms such as Ring, Next Door and Facebook, assisted residents with locating missing pets, addressed speeding concerns and provided assistance in solving thefts and burglaries. Using the Community Resource Trailer, Jon has assisted with feeding hundreds of Centerville School students during the COVID-19 pandemic and dropped off supplies to residents in need. Jon is the epitome of the team player who is always willing to help where needed. His selfless leadership to the community along with his dedication and passion to the residents of the Township are exemplary.

About the CNO Awards 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.

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Deanna NesbitMike Bevis2nd Reading
Brian NicholasLarry Lynde2nd Reading

Welcome Guests!

GuestGuest Of
Amanda HollandHonoree’s Guest
Ashton MillerHonoree’s Guest
Cathy HerbenickDonna Huss
Darlene BraunschweigerDebe Dockins
Jane HenryDonna Huss
Jeff PetryHonoree’s Guest
Jeffrey KaercherHonoree
Jonathan PetryHonoree
Marge PetryHonoree’s Guest
Mitch BodenmillerBob Montavan
Ruth O’TooleHonoree
Sally MartinoDonna Huss

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Joan Cordonnoer$5 for being able to attend today’s meeting after a long while.
Charlie GoodwinVacation soon to see classmates from the class of 1960 and visiting family including his brother’s lakehouse.
Joan CordonnoerNeed to really find a storage space soon for the Americana Float.
Debe DockinsSally Martino attended today’s meeting and is going to join Centerville Noon Optimist Club.
David LaddHe and Sherry are celebrating their 52nd wedding anniversary.
Paula Kalaman$5 for all the love CNO members have shown her in the last year during her cancer treatments.
Jane FiehrerReceived a warning intead of a ticket when recently pulled over by a Centerville police officer.

Sergeants at Arms

Our Sergeants at Arms decided this week to suspend fines out of reverence for John. Kalaman and Robert O’Toole.

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Kathy KleinAugust58/5/20165
Fred PolizziAugust98/9/200516

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Andrew CainAugust 4

CNO Donations – 2013 through July 2021

Click here to see a summary of donations the club has made since 2013

Thank You Notes Received

No Thank You Notes received this week.

Links to PowerPoint and Pictures

A Copy of this Week’s Meeting PowerPoint Slide Deck is here

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.

CNOtes 7/27/21: Rob Dement, Athletic Director at CHS

Announcements

  • Bob Glavin announced the 21st season of TOP soccer for special needs kids will start on 8/22/2021. The program needs volunteers, including assistant coaches and on-field buddies assigned to a participant. The kids look forward to the event each year. Volunteers do not need to know anything about soccer to help.
  • Bob Lawson announced that the Fishing Derby will be on 8/28/2021.
  • Bob Lawson announced that they need volunteers to work at the Kid’s Day in the Park on 8/7/2021 from 9 AM to 1 PM. If you can help during all or a portion of that time let Bob Lawson know. See details below.
  • Debe Dockins announced CNO will participate in Party in the Park on Friday, August 13. Volunteers are needed to work the CNO tent.
  • Ron Tinnerman announced that the next Optimist 2.0 meeting will be 8/19/2021 at Nelly’s with Zach Hollingsworth of Freedom Whiskey speaking.
  • Evelyn Griffin announced a service project of the OI Great Ohio District. For the August 2021 convention, attendees will be stuffing backpacks with school supplies. The stuffed backpacks will be donated to JW Reasons Elementary school in Hilliard, Ohio. There are two ways to contribute: purchase items from the list and bring them to our meeting or give money for the purchase of items. Evelyn will be collecting supplies and money every Tuesday at CNO lunch until 8/17/2021. Contact Evelyn if you have questions. Read the flyer here.

Committee Meetings

  • 8/17/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting

Community Events                                

  • 8/7/2021, 9 AM to 1 PM, Kid’s Day in the Park event. It will be held at 1700 Delco Park Dr, Kettering OH 45420. Activities are designed for kids aged 5 to 12. Free lunch begins at 11:30.
  • 8/28/2021, Fishing Derby

Social Events

Sue Jessee announced that a Euchre Party will be held on 8/6/2021 at 6 PM. Contact Sue Jesse to sign up and for details. Pizza will be provided. The cost to attend is $10.

Happy Birthday to Katie Calloway, David Duncombe, and Phil Robinson

Today was the birthday of several members in attendance at today’s lunch. Which meant we got to sing. Debe Dockins gets very excited when this happens!

Bob Duffy led us in singing an especially awful version of Happy Birthday for Katie Calloway, David Duncombe (90+), and Phil Robinson (96). This might be a record number of people to sing to at our lunch meetings. I hope everyone has a great year!

Rob Dement, Centerville High School Athletic Director

Carol Smerz introduced Rob Dement, the Athletic Director of Centerville High School. Rob’s experience as a teacher and coach prepared him to lead CHS athletics to tremendous success. He brings so much energy and enthusiasm to CHS. Originally a math teacher, this is his 30th year as an educator and his 10th year at Centerville.

He and his wife have been married 33 years. He first taught school in southern Ohio. When they started having kids, they knew they wanted to return to the Dayton area, so they moved to Kettering. He taught and coached at Kettering and West Carrolton. In 2011, he was offered the athletic director job at CHS. He knew that Centerville is a community that embraces excellence. The athletes work hard. He was excited to join the excellent program at CHS. He knew CHS was good because his kids who grew up in Kettering lost often to teams from Centerville.

The Last 15 Months

All sports for the spring of 2020 were cancelled and the seniors lost their last season. For the 2020 seniors that only played spring sports, it was especially heartbreaking. Getting through the end of that school year was challenging.

CHS decided in the summer of 2020 to resume athletics. They received criticism for this decision, but he felt strongly it was necessary to resume sports for the young athletes. Dement said if he had not had sports available as a kid he would not be where he is today.

For the fall of 2020 sports, they decided to only play with other Greater Western Ohio Conference (GWOC) teams. It was tough for the athletes because they did not get to play against the bigger, tougher teams that they used to get experience with outside the GWOC.

Dement is very proud of how the coaches and athletes have handled changes caused by COVID.

Starting with the winter of 2020, the schedule went back to normal. Unfortunately, fan attendance was still restricted. In the spring of 2021 attendance restrictions were lifted. They hope that for the fall of 2021 that the schedule and attendance will be normal.

Digital Ticketing

For the 2020-2021 school year they decided they would not go to digital ticketing like most schools did. They knew the first versions of digital systems would have issues. Additionally, they knew ticket prices would go up at least a dollar to handle the fees charged by providers.

For the 2021-2022 school year and beyond they will use an electronic ticket provider called TicketSpicket.com. They have secured sponsors to absorb the fees, so fans will not have to pay more for tickets. There will be ads on the tickets. The school is also saving money and hassle because it now takes fewer workers to handle tickets and no worker deals directly with money.

To use TicketSpicket.com, go to the site and search for Centerville, Ohio. If you or someone you know struggles using the site, Dement and others at the high school will help people use the site.

Free Tickets for residents 62 years and older

Golden Elk passes are available for any Centerville/Washington Township resident 62 years of age or older. The pass is good for FREE admission to all regular season, home sporting events and to all theatre productions. There is no cost for the pass and they do not expire.

The pass admits the pass holder and a guest. There is no need to use the new online ticket site. There is a special entrance to use to scan the Golden Elk pass for entry into games.

Sports Related Upgrades at Centerville High School

  • A new track is being installed around the football field
  • The soccer field is getting new energy efficient lights
  • There is a new video recording system that will save a lot of hours for scouting relating activities

Lasting Effects of the COVID Shutdown on High School Students

The NCAA has changed rules for college seniors. College senior athletes are coming back for another year. This means that those graduating with the high school class 2022 will struggle for scholarships because the 5th year college seniors will still be using their scholarships and there will be less money available for incoming freshmen.

Thank You

Thank you, Rob Dement, for joining us to talk about your career and the CHS athletic department.

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Deanna NesbitMike Bevis1st Reading
Brian NicholasLarry Lynde1st Reading

Welcome Guests!

GuestGuest Of
Alex SimonBob Duffy
Brian NicholasLarry  Lynde
Carolyn DeGrootLouise Haun
Deanna NesbitMike Bevis
Deb PolingStan Franzolia
Lisa HansfordDebe Dockins
Mark PolingStan Franzolia
Rob DementSpeaker 

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Gary AndersonCelebrating his 50th wedding anniversary to his wife Geri. They had a great time with the family for a week celebrating the milestone.
Roland RappSecond grandson was just born and they visited him in Texas.
Ron TinnermanToday’s speaker, Ron Dement, helped his son receive a college scholarship.
Kristen MarksFor $25,000 donation from CNO to the Yankee Park project

Sergeants at Arms

MemberInfraction
Bob DuffyCalling sergeants gentlemen, which is clearly bad judgement.
Bob GlavinCalled sergeant Brian, “Mr. Nolan”, which confused Brian as he thought Bob was calling for his dad.
Scott LangerNot only was he on time, he showed up early to today’s meeting. I’m not sure why this is a fine. I am just reporting what the fine was!
Brian NicholasMoving Brian Nolan’s name in the name badge box since he will now come after him.
Charlie TappFailed to find a replacement sergeant for Brian Nolan when Brian thought he was done.
Everyone not wearing their Optimist pin at today’s lunch.Failure to wear your Optimist pin.

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Kathy McAlpineJuly317/31/20183
Jim LongJuly277/27/20156
David BrookmanJuly277/27/201110
Donna RobinsonJuly287/28/199724
Myron RheaumeAugust18/1/198734

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Jerry StahleyJuly 27
David DuncombeJuly 27
Katie CallowayJuly 27
Sandy StevensJuly 28
Dan BeckJuly 29
Steve LinderJuly 30
John PowellJuly 30

CNO Donations – 2013 through July 2021

Click here to see a summary of donations the club has made since 2013

Thank You Notes Received

No Thank You Notes received this week.

Links to PowerPoint and Pictures

A Copy of this Week’s Meeting PowerPoint Slide Deck is here

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.

CNOtes 7/20/21: Educational Assistance Awards presented by Gary Smiga

Bob Burkman’s Prayer

Heavenly Father,

We are thankful for this day that you have given us, for its blessings, its opportunities, and its challenges.

As Optimists, we are thankful for today’s opportunity to demonstrate our purpose as a “Friend of Youth”. We pray that all young people will receive your strength and guidance to face each day’s tasks and solve each day’s problems. We pray that you empower all young people with the ability to always give their best effort and face the future with confidence and optimism. We ask this in your name.

Amen

Announcements

  • The 21st season of TOP soccer for special needs kids will start on 8/22/2021. The program needs volunteers, including assistant coaches and on-field buddies assigned to a participant. The kids look forward to the event each year. Volunteers do not need to know anything about soccer to help.
  • Bob Lawson announced that they need volunteers to work at the Kid’s Day in the Park on 8/7/2021 from 9 AM to 1 PM. If you can help during all or a portion of that time let Bob Lawson know. See details below.
  • The President’s Club will honor all member clubs’ Volunteers of the Year. They will honor CNO Optimist of the Year for 2020 Mike Brubaker and for 2019 Beth Duncan. The breakfast will be on August 12, 7:00 AM. There is room for a few more people, let Debe know if you would like to attend.
  • Debe Dockins announced CNO will participate in Party in the Park on Friday, August 13. Volunteers are needed to work the CNO tent.
  • Debe Dockins announced that Optimist 2.0 met last Thursday at Heavier Than Air Brewing Company. Thanks to the committee for setting that up. You can read about the meeting and Uptown Centerville plans here. The next meeting will be 8/19/2021 at Nelly’s with Zach Hollingsworth of Freedom Whiskey speaking.

Committee Meetings

  • 8/17/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting

Community Events                                

  • 8/7/2021, 9 AM to 1 PM, Kid’s Day in the Park event. It will be held at 1700 Delco Park Dr, Kettering OH 45420. Activities are designed for kids aged 5 to 12. Free lunch begins at 11:30.

Social Events

Sue Jessee announced that a Euchre Party will be held on 8/6/2021 at the club house in Beth Duncan’s neighborhood.

About the CNO Educational Assistance Awards

The following are notes from Gary Smiga.

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
  • Ed Case- 2019
  • Jeff Brown- 2020
  • Jim Schumacher- 2020
  • Don Wildenhaus- 2020
  • Tom Brozich- 2021

After Gary read the names, we had a moment of silence to honor and remember these fine individuals.

2021 Educational Assistance Awards

The following are notes from Gary Smiga.

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 or four-year degree upon the completion of an accredited program.
  2. Be a resident of Centerville or Washington Township.
  3. Have a strong record of participation in community service activities.
  4. Possess a financial need as affirmed by the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

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 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 fund-raising activities to allow for this program and many of the others that we do to be a reality.

This year we have 5 first-year award winners.  They are Grace Barnett, Trent Bollinger, Jayson Hayes, Megan Patel, and Ellie Spiewak.

Each of our first-year recipients will be receiving a $2000 check that they can use towards the cost of attendance at the university they have chosen.

At this time, I would like to tell you some things about each one of them.  Each of them will also share their essay on “Why is it important that community members provide service to youth, and what is the high school student’s role in providing such service?”

Grace Barnett

Grace graduated from Centerville High School.

Grace’s Extracurricular and Community Service Activities include:

  • Working on the Eclipse Literary Magazine
  • Choir
  • Orchestra
  • Serving food at St. Vincent’s
  • Babysitting

Grace has also worked at Olive Garden as a host and at Kroger’s where her jobs include assisting elderly and disabled shoppers, bagger and cart wrangler.

Grace will be attending Marshall University majoring in Education with a career goal of becoming a middle school English teacher.

Trent Bollinger

Trent graduated from Centerville High School.

Trent’s Extracurricular and Community Service Activities include:

  • Volleyball, where he served as team captain
  • SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions)
  • Boy Scouts
  • Member of the Exercise Science Block Program

Trent works at Bollinger Lawn Care, where he is the CEO/CFO.

Trent will be attending the University of Cincinnati.  After college he would like to continue his studies to become a physician’s assistant.

Jayson Hayes

Jayson graduated from Centerville High School.

Jayson’s Extracurricular and Community Service Activities include:

  • Football, where he earned special mention in the GWOC and won the Elk Iron Award for no missed practices
  • Basketball, where he was a member of the State Championship team
  • Track and Field
  • 1st Vice President of the Littlejohn Junior NAACP Youth Council, where he handed out school supplies and participated in other outreach activities for youth

Jayson worked at Flag Football Fanatics, where he served as a referee for youth flag football games.

Jayson will be attending Georgetown College.  After reaching his goal of playing in the NFL, he would like to become a real estate agent and own property.

Megan Patel

Megan graduated from Centerville High School.

Megan’s Extracurricular and Community Service Activities include:

  • BAPS Youth Regional Core Team as a summer camp event lead, responsible for planning, organizing and executing events
  • National and Spanish Honor Societies
  • Engineering, Environmental, Reading and Interact Club
  • Bowling

Megan worked at Walmart serving as a front-end cashier, greeting and assisting customers, as well as restocking.

Megan will be attending the University of Cincinnati studying Aerospace Engineering with the hopes of someday finding more sustainable methods of airborne travel.

Ellie Spiewak

Ellie graduated from Centerville High School.

Ellie’s Extracurricular and Community Service Activities include:

  • Track and Field, where she served as a captain and was All State
  • Cheerleading, where she served as a captain
  • National and Spanish Honor Societies
  • CHS Character Club
  • Chemistry, Study and Lunch Buddies
  • Blood Drive organizer

Ellie worked at Lock 27, Dorothy Lane Market and Compunet Clinical Laboratories.

Ellie will be attending The Ohio State University where she plans to major in Biomedical Engineering and work in a clinical setting to develop new medical technologies.

Educational Assistance Awards Renewals

These first-year awards are 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.

Now we will welcome our two scholarship award recipients from last year who have achieved all 3 of these renewal requirements.

Madison Earnest

While she cannot join us due to a full-time work commitment as a Camp Counselor at the Centerville-Washington Park District Nature Day Camp, Madison successfully completed her freshman year at The Ohio State University with a 3.929 GPA while completing 53 credit hours, 21 of them through advanced placement credits.

Madison served as an Undergraduate Student Government Committee Representative where she participated in the “Breaking Down the Ballot” project, creating a student guide for Columbus ballot issues and candidates.

She was a member of the Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity where she participated in service, fellowship and leadership events.

 She also worked as a Student Office Assistant for the Office of Student Life.

Kristen Bell

Kristen successfully completed her freshman year at The Ohio State University with a 4.0 GPA while completing 59 credit hours, 32 of them through advanced placement credits.

Kristen is involved in the Health Sciences Scholars Program where she will serve as lead peer mentor next year.

As a Psychology Department Student Ambassador, she served as course assistant for the freshman survey class, helping to create and run department events and talk to prospective students and their parents.  She also participated in Swim Club, Psychology Club and on Buckeyethon to actively fundraise for pediatric cancer relief efforts.

Closing

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 of our tomorrow.

Grace, Trent, Jayson, Megan, Ellie, Madison and Kristen we are all immensely 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.

Thank you.

New Member Readings and Inductions

No readings or inductions this week.

Welcome Guests!

GuestGuest Of
Allison BarnettFamily
Grace BarnettScholarship Winner
Greg BellFamily
Kristen BellScholarship Winner
Rosemary BellFamily
Bronson BollingerFamily
Kayla BollingerFamily
Trent BollingerScholarship Winner
Andrew BolliongerFamily
Colleen BradyMike Bevis
Madison EarnestScholarship Winner
Glenn HayesFamily
Jaylen HayesFamily
Jayson HayesScholarship Winner
Valerie HayesFamily
Tom IoanesFamily
Tammie JohnsonFamily
Megan PatelScholarship Winner
Ellie SpiewakScholarship Winner
Laurie SpiewakFamily
Melanie TaylorFamily
Ricky WestFamily

Happy Bucks

No time for Happy Bucks this week.

Sergeants at Arms

No time for Sergeants this week.

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Marge BackJuly207/20/20165
John ShermanJuly247/24/200912

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Steve RauJuly 23
Mike YoderJuly 24
Phil RobinsonJuly 26
Kathy KleinJuly 26

CNO Donations – 2013 through June 2021

Click here to see a summary of donations the club has made since 2013

Thank You Notes Received

Click Here to Read the Thank You Notes we received this week

Links to PowerPoint and Pictures

A Copy of this Week’s Meeting PowerPoint Slide Deck is here

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.

CNO 2.0 Notes 7/15/21: Michael Norton-Smith – UPTOWN Centerville

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

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

There were 25 people at the meeting (20 members and 5 guests). 

Dennis Dockins – Guest
Brian Nicholas – Guest
Michael Norton-Smith – Guest
Andre Tagliamonte – Guest
Vicki Thompson – Guest
Diane Arehart – Member
Patrick Arehart – Member
Abby Branham – Member
Casey Dixon – Member
Debe Dockins – Member
Cheryl Dowd – Member
Emily Duke – Member
Evelyn Griffin – Member
Greg Griffin – Member
Mark Karns – Member
Brian Nolan – Member
Jean Pummill – Member
Ashley Simeone – Member
Michelle Tagliamonte – Member
Nick Tarkany – Member
Ron Thompson – Member
Ron Tinnerman – Member
Jayne Weikel – Member
Jon Werts – Member
Suzanne Werts – Member

Announcement

Ron Tinnerman announced that the annual Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf Classic was a huge success. The 7/12/2021 event raised $40,000 that our Optimist Club can use for the youth in our community.

Community Event

  • 8/7/2021, 9 AM to 1 PM, Debe Dockins announced that we need volunteers to work at the Kid’s Day in the Park event. It will be held at 1700 Delco Park Dr, Kettering OH 45420. Activities at the event are designed for kids aged 5 to 12. Free lunch begins at 11:30.

Speaker: Michael Norton-Smith, Uptown Centerville Plans

Ron Tinnerman introduced Michael Norton-Smith, the Development Director for the City of Centerville. He came tonight to talk about the Uptown Action Plan started 2 years ago for Uptown Centerville.

Webpage for Uptown Centerville: Unique – Vibrant – Historic

PDF of the Action plan

About Michael Norton-Smith

Michael Norton-Smith grew up in North Canton and he graduated high school in 2004. The town had about 13,000 residents at that time. The largest employer until 2007 in North Canton was the Hoover Vacuum cleaner company. Hoover’s original factory was in North Canton and at its peak employed 1000 people. In 2007, Maytag bought Hoover and moved all the jobs to Mexico.

Michael saw the affects of this loss of jobs on his small town. He decided he wanted to learn how to help with this type of situation. He set out to get a degree or degrees that would show him how to make a difference in towns facing the same issue. He finally found some education that would help him help others.

His wife is a doctor and she was matched to a hospital near Centerville. This is how he came to be in our town. He is using his training and experience to help change Uptown Centerville into a vibrant section of the community.

Previous Presentation to CNO

Michael presented at a weekly lunch on 5/18/2021. You can read the article here. Many of the details from that presentation are not included in this article. This article focused on progress and changes since 5/18/2021.

Uptown Centerville Survey

In 2019, Centerville conducted a door to door survey of businesses asking questions about retail businesses in Uptown Centerville. The consensus is traffic is a problem and parking is a nightmare. This makes greatly reduced pedestrian traffic. Several retail establishments have tried to make it in the area, but they have not been able to last very long.

Uptown Vision Statement

“Uptown Centerville is a vibrant district at the heart of our community. Uptown is a welcoming, walkable destination that is home to our history and a friendly gathering place where local businesses thrive.”

Overall, the City of Centerville wants to make the area a safer, easier place to park, stay and play in Uptown Centerville.

The hope is that there will be 3 construction phases, 1 each year, starting in 2022.

Progress for the Uptown Centerville Changes

Results of the project survey were released in June 2019. Everything was going great and they were ready to start in March 2021. Then the pandemic occurred and deadlines were extended. In September 2021, they decided they had to get something going or they would lose another year, so they let the business community know that plan.

The city is excited by the great responses from businesses. There are current restaurant owners in the Dayton area that have already purchased buildings in the Uptown area even though no construction has begun. The owners feel strongly that this will be a success and are ready to commit.

Just three days ago, on 7/12/2021, the Centerville City Council approved an entertainment district in Uptown Centerville. This is an important step. This will make 15 new liquor licenses available to vendors. All other area liquor licenses are either in use or the price for them is out of reach. The new licenses are $2500 vs $30,000 and to purchase one you must be operating an establishment; you can’t just hoard the licenses to raise the price.

Michael said the project is evolving. They have been asking the public again what they think about the project as it stands now. Some plans have changed as engineers have evaluated the plans and corrected issues with rain runoff and safety issues.

Overall, the majority of feedback is positive, and they believe the project will proceed quicker than expected with the enthusiasm of the retail business community and residents.

Thank You

Thank you, Michael Norton-Smith, for joining us to educate CNO 2.0 about the City of Centerville’s plans for Uptown Centerville.

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.