June 23, 2020 – Dr. M. Cameron Hay-Rollins – “Social Circle Disease”

A Replay of the ZOOM Meeting is Here

COVID-19 UPDATE

In keeping with social distancing requirements – our CNO Meetings have transitioned temporarily to a online format using ZOOM.

Club Member Joe Madden was inspired to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.

Welcome Guests!

No Guests this week.

New Member Readings and Inductions

No Readings or Inductions this week.

Zoom Meeting This Week

We had another meeting using Zoom. We will continue our weekly meetings via computer, cell phone or tablet for at least the next several weeks. Please join us and keep inviting guests.

Who can Attend Zoom Meetings?

Any member of any type of Centerville Noon Optimist can attend Zoom meetings. CNO 2.0, St Leonard’s and CNO full members or CNO monthly members can ALL attend.

Guests are also welcome. Please invite guests and introduce them if you like. Just share the Zoom link with them for that week.

Special Announcement

There is no meeting on 6/30/2020. Our next meeting will be 7/7/2020 at noon on Zoom.

Save the Date for a Special Speaker on 7/21/2020

Optimist International President Adrian Elcock will join our Zoom meeting on 7/21/2020 from Barbados.

Announcements

Mike Bevis, chair of the Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf Event fundraiser, announced that the golf fundraiser for 2020 has been cancelled. This would have been the 29th year of this fundraiser. They are looking forward to holding next year on July 12, 2021. The current situation does not make it possible to guarantee a perfectly healthy and safe event for our 140 golfers and 50 volunteers. It is with great sadness that the committee made the tough decision to cancel this year’s Tee Off for Youth Golf classic.

Tom Novak, flag committee, announced that since Memorial Day there has been an explosion of subscriptions. The flag committee has added 7 new routes to help handle the additional 424 flags. They can use more volunteers to help with delivery and pickup. Volunteer to help with our biggest fundraiser! Also, Mike Brubaker announced that there is a direct URL to the Avenue of Flags sign up page on our website. You can direct people to CentervilleFlags.com. This link will take them to https://centervillenoonoptimist.com/avenue-of-flags/.

Social Event

Beth Duncan announced that the Social distancing committee will have a Zoom event on Thursday, July 9th at 6:30 PM. More details to come.

Happy Birthday Gary DeMarco and Carrie Million

Today was Gary DeMarco’s and Carrie Million’s birthday. The signing was terrible as usual. I thought we could at least rhyme Gary and Carrie, but I was wrong. We wish you two a very happy birthday and thank you for all you do for our club and community.

Dr. M. Cameron Hay-Rollins – Professor of Anthropology, Miami University

Mike Bevis introduced Dr. M. Cameron Hay-Rollins – Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Miami University. She is also the Director of the Global Health Research Innovation Center. Additionally, she is an Associate Research Anthropologist for the Center for Culture and Health, for the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA. She has expertise in both medical and psychological anthropology. She is committed to challenging students to question their own assumptions. Her students call her Dr. Hay. One of her studies had her living for 2 years at the base of a volcano.

View her slide deck here. 

Her presentation was titled, “Can your Social Circle Kill You?”

Medical anthropology is the study of how people understand, experience and cope with disease. Disease doesn’t act alone, it is more complex.

Dr. Hay studies global health. She asks, “Through collaboration, how can we ameliorate health inquires?”

Anthropological data tells us

  • Humans are inherently social beings
  • We need others to learn, survive and reproduce
  • We value getting along with others

The Fore people of Papua New Guinea

In Papua New Guinea, there was a study from 1957-1968 of how the Fore people dealt with constant disease and death.

There was an epidemic of otherwise healthy women and children. There was clearly an epidemic of the disease Kuru. Studying just the reported facts can mislead scientists. They were trying to find out why the Fore were so much more likely to die of Kuru. The Fore people had only at 10% chance of survival while surrounding groups had an 84% chance of survival. Over a decade, there were many hypotheses that didn’t stand.

Shirley Lindenbaum, a medical anthropologist, and her team finally figured out that the disease was spreading through cannibalism. Cannibalism was outlawed, but the men of the Fore ate almost all the animal meat. Mothers knew while pregnant that they needed the added nutrition of meat for themselves and young children and they resorted to cannibalism.

Cultural Assumptions and Infant Mortality Rates

Anthropology uses empirical evidence to examine our cultural assumptions about the way the world works. Assumptions are important to humans as they enable us to quickly figure out how to act in the world.

Many might first assume that the genetics of race is why black babies are twice as likely to die as white babies. Ohio’s black infant mortality rate is among the highest in the U.S. In Ohio’s Butler county, the infant mortality rate of African American babies is consistently at least twice as high as other groups. Genetics and race have nothing to do with the difference. The difference is the amount of health care expectant mothers receive.

The main reason given by non-white women for not going to their health care providers is that they do not trust health care workers. When they do choose to get health care, they struggle just to make it to an appointment.

Cameron showed us a video produced by several mothers with struggles asking what people are assuming based on how they look. Nearly everyone has a struggle. There is often some unknown that explains why choices are made that are not ideal. A young high school student can have a 4.0 GPA but end up not going to college because they had to help their parents provide for the family. They worry that they will be judged poorly because their insurance provider is Medicaid. They do not choose to be in the situations. They want to be good mothers and they make good health choices.

Mothers want you to see them as mothers who want to do the right thing. They ask us not to make assumptions based on the color of their skin or the insurance type they have.

How Emerging Adults Interpret Sensations During an Epidemic

Salient Symptoms are often not understood by everyone, but especially young adults.

When deciding if they have a fever, young adults will make the wrong call either way. They will go to the health center because they think 99 is a fever because, “my normal temperature is low”. Or they will have a fever and say, “I haven’t had a fever or anything serious.”. Or they might say, “I didn’t have a fever, I like had a 99.8”.

Students will go to the health center when they, “felt like crap”. When they are run down and basically cannot function, they will do self-care. They may in fact be sick, but they cannot tell the difference. Students are used to not getting enough sleep to get projects done. They believe they are invincible. Their mothers tell them to get enough sleep and to drink plenty of liquids even when they feel fine, but many do not listen. Parenting experience tells us that telling someone to do something does not necessarily result in the desired behavior.

COVID-19 Death Rates

The demographics of an area affects the death rate for COVID-19. The rate varies by country and even counties in a U.S. state. The age and habits of people affect the outcome. Italy’s death rate is 14% of those that get the virus, while in the U.S. it is 5%. Italy’s population is much older, and there are a lot more smokers. Italy’s health care system is not as good as the U.S. system.

Knowledge does NOT always equal action. Humans are social. Many social aspects affect the spread of this disease. People will be weighing what they should do against what matters to them. This year people still gathered for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day even though it has been recommended to reduce gatherings. Some will wear masks and social distance. Dr. Hay asks, “How far will they social distance?”

Dr. Hay’s Summary

Whether we are talking about Kuru disease, infant mortality or coronavirus, the ways we think and what we value and what we trust influences our outcomes.

The answer to, “Can your social circle kill you?”, is, “Yes.”

As social beings, our social circle also gives our lives meaning and thus saves us.

Thank You Notes sent to CNO

No Thank You Notes this week.

CNO Donations 2013 through May 2020

Click this link to see a summary of the donations our club has made.

Over 50 years, we have donated close to $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $753,000.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Carrie Million June 23
Gary DeMarco June 23
Dick Lee June 23
Cherie Gentry June 24
Jay McAlpine June 24
Paulette Novak June 25
Charlie Goodwin June 26
Wayne Christie June 26
Robby Johnson June 27
Valorie Huff June 28
Frank DePalma June 29

Membership Anniversaries

No Membership Anniversaries this week.

 Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week. 

Happy Bucks

No Happy Bucks this week.

June 16, 2020 – Dr. Jonathan Thackeray – Dayton Children’s

A Replay of the ZOOM Meeting is Here

NOTE: Technical Difficulties this week so now Zoom Meeting Replay is available.

COVID-19 UPDATE

In keeping with social distancing requirements – our CNO Meetings have transitioned temporarily to a online format using ZOOM.

Club Member Joe Madden was inspired to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.

Welcome Guests!

No Guests this week.

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Laura Thimons Debe Dockins Induction

Zoom Meeting This Week

We had another meeting using Zoom. We will continue our weekly meetings via computer, cell phone or tablet for at least the next several weeks. Please join us and keep inviting guests.

Who can Attend Zoom Meetings?

Any member of any type of Centerville Noon Optimist can attend Zoom meetings. CNO 2.0, St Leonard’s and CNO full members or CNO monthly members can ALL attend.

Guests are also welcome. Please invite guests and introduce them if you like. Just share the Zoom link with them for that week.

Announcements

Greg Griffin, president of CNO, reminds members if you want to be more involved with various committees contact the committee chairs which you can find in the CNO handbook. Contact Greg if you need a PDF copy of the handbook.

Mike Brubaker, Avenue of Flags, announced that the AOF subscribers have paid for 2745 to be displayed at their homes or businesses. There were 415 new subscriptions since Memorial Day this year. Several routes have been added. The AOF can use several more volunteers for flag delivery and pickup. Contact Tom Novak if you can help. If you have a flag friendly vehicle such as Van, SUV or Truck that would be great. Do not worry if you do not have a flag friendly vehicle. they still want you; you will be paired with someone who does.

Mike Bevis, golf committee, announced the golf outing fundraiser is still scheduled for 9/28/2020.  The golf committee is discussing how the golf outing will look this year recognizing it will not be as large as in past years.

Happy Birthday Charla Rheaume

Today was Charla Rheaume’s birthday. Tradition had us singing to her through our Zoom meeting. I am surprised that Zoom’s servers didn’t explode under the stress of processing the audio!

After we finished Charla exclaimed, “You all have NOT improved over the years!”

Adam Blanchard, Dayton Children’s Hospital

Greg Griffin introduced Adam Blanchard, the director of Donor Engagement at Dayton Children’s Hospital (DCH).

He thanked CNO for its continued support and for having donated $173,000 to Dayton Children’s over the years.

5 ways Dayton Children’s is keeping your family safe:

  • Screenings, masks, and hand sanitizer
  • Clean, clean, and clean again
  • The right tools for the right care in the right spaces
  • Social distancing made easy
  • Limiting people on site

DCH needs community support. The COVID-19 crisis is affecting revenue at DCH. The weekly average of kids needing care is down this year. The cause is social distancing. Kids are not around each other and are not participating in sports. Less disease is being spread and fewer injuries are occurring. This causes stress on the finances of the hospital. They are not hoping for more injuries or infections, but it is an indicator of the financial health of the region. They do not expect “normal” to come back until January 2021 at the earliest. Adam said DCH losses so far are $25 million.

Jonathan Thackeray, MD, Dayton Children’s Hospital

Adam Blanchard introduced Jonathan Thackeray, MD, FAAP, the chief medical community health officer at Dayton Children’s Hospital (DCH).

He thanked CNO for what it does for DCH and for the community at large. He truly appreciates it.

View his slide deck here.

His presentation was titled “Improving the Health of Our Community.”

The DCH Mission is, “The relentless pursuit of optimal health for every child within our reach.”

The DCH Vision is, “Reinventing the path to children’s health for families throughout our region and beyond.”

Over time Ohio is now spending more money on healthcare and getting less quality of care.

Health Value in Ohio as of 2019

Compared to other states Ohio is number:

  • 43 in population health
  • 28 in healthcare spending
  • 46 in health value

Montgomery County is one of the worst counties in the state

  • 81st out of 88 Counties in health outcomes
  • 26 percent of children live in poverty
  • 50 percent of kids 0-11 are overweight or obese
  • Infant mortality rate is 6.8 per 10000, 43rd in the nation
  • Only 34 % of students are ready to start kindergarten
  • 25,000 children, or 1 in 5 have food insecurity

Mental Health in Montgomery County

  • 1 in 5 families need help for a mental and behavioral problem with a child
  • 6 % of high schoolers have made a suicide plan
  • 4% of high school students have attempted suicide

Disparities in Montgomery County

  • Of children aged 0-5 living in poverty
    • 3% are White
    • 9% are black
  • The infant mortality rate is
    • 5 per 1000 white children
    • 5 per 1000 black children

Improving Health Beyond Medical Treatments

The Child Health Pavilion of Dayton Children’s located at 1010 Valley St, Dayton OH, opened a year ago to provide health care differently for the community. They have done very well medically, but they want to help with health care outside of the hospital. They have launched a team of community workers.

Services of the Pavilion

  • Dayton Children’s Pediatrics, which has expanded clinical space
  • A comprehensive medical home for children in foster care or kinship care, with specially trained staff
  • Food “pharm” and teaching kitchen
  • Services for children with complex medical conditions
  • Dayton Children’s community engagement programs, including the Dayton Asthma Alliance, injury prevention, and healthy lifestyles programs
  • Families of patients can also be screened and referred to outside community resources through the Family Resource Connection on site

When a family visits the Pavilion, care workers ask, “Do you have enough food?” If the answer is no, they can send them down the hall where they will be given enough food for 72 hours. That gives enough time to connect the family to other food resources. So far, 587 families have been helped with 1000 boxes of food.

The Pavilion opened April 30, 2019. Just one week later, the Dayton tornado disaster occurred. The building was spared and only had minor roof damage. They were ready and available to help with issues caused by the disaster. The word got out that they were there to help, and they received huge amounts of donations.  They received many items, especially items like water, diapers, and shoes were brought to the facility and they had the space to store the items.

The extra space was also useful for the federal disaster relief workers that were sent to the area to help with the tornado disaster. They set up their command center at the Pavilion.

Then, just a few months later, the Dayton Oregon district shootings occurred. They prepared editorials and blog statements about firearms safety. They have partnered with AAP to distribute lockboxes for firearms. They have also integrated a firearms safety question into the questions they ask caregivers of children using their services.

Jonathan said he will personally give any of us a tour of the Pavilion facility.

Responding to COVID-19

The Pavilion has been:

  • Addressing increased food insecurity needs of the neighborhood by delivering food
  • Providing health visits over video and phone
  • Informing local state and government officials on how COVID-19 effects children’s health, welfare, and the community as a whole
  • Finding ways to connect with our community

Looking Ahead

In the past year, their first year, they have mainly been reacting to the Dayton 2019 disasters and COVID-19. They have plans for the next year to continue to improve their strategy:

  • Integrated behavioral health services at the Pavilion
  • Taking health care out of the building and into homes and schools
  • Developing a research/data infrastructure to “tell our story”
  • Utilizing primary care / community collaboratives to identify outcomes-based strategies related to:
    • Preventative care
    • Behavioral health
    • Violence reduction
    • Healthier lifestyles
    • Educational success

Thank you Adam Blanchard and Jonathan Thackeray for speaking to our members today.

Thank You Notes sent to CNO

No Thank You Notes this week.

CNO Donations 2013 through May 2020

Click this link to see a summary of the donations our club has made.

Over 50 years, we have donated close to $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $753,000.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Charla Rheaume June 16
Ron Kuker June 19
Kathy McAlpine June 20
Deb Ulrich June 22

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Cherie Gentry June 17 6/17/2015 5
Sam Pfabe June 17 6/17/2015 5
Denise Green June 19 6/19/2013 7
Wes Cleaves June 22 6/22/1993 27

 Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week. 

Happy Bucks

No Happy Bucks this week.

June 9, 2020 – Pastor Wayne Botkin – “Reflections on 2020”

A Replay of the ZOOM Meeting is Here

NOTE: The actual meeting starts at 15:09 – if you enjoy watching the socializing and member banter, I left it in – some of it is pretty fumy!

COVID-19 UPDATE

In keeping with social distancing requirements – our CNO Meetings have transitioned temporarily to a online format using ZOOM.

Club Member Joe Madden was inspired to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.

Welcome Guests!

No Guests this week.

New Member Readings and Inductions

No reading or inductions this week.

Zoom Meeting This Week

We had another meeting using Zoom. We will continue our weekly meetings via computer, cell phone or tablet for at least the next several weeks. Please join us and keep inviting guests.

Who can Attend Zoom Meetings?

Any member of any type of Centerville Noon Optimist can attend weekly Zoom meetings. CNO 2.0, St Leonard’s and CNO full members or CNO monthly members can ALL attend.

Guests are also welcome. Please invite guests and introduce them if you like. Just share the Zoom link with them for that week.

Announcements

Mike Brubaker, Avenue of Flags, announced that 322 new flag subscriptions have been added since Memorial Day. immediately after a local television news report about the Dor-Wood Optimist Club’s Avenue of Flags program, we received 59 new flag orders.

Myron Rheaume, Special Needs Committee, said they just had their first Special Needs Clubs Committee meeting. The committee will be reaching out to chairs of other committees to find ways special needs members can participate and be helpful with our club and its work for the youth of our community.

Committee Meetings

Mike Bevis, Golf Committee, announced that they will be allowed to have 2 golfers per cart at the golf outing. There will a Zoom meeting on the evening of 6/17/2020. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Social Events

Beth Duncan, Social “Distancing” Committee, said that Sue Jessee has a way to arrange an online Euchre party and that they plan for it to be scheduled soon.

Wayne Botkin, Pastor, The Mosaic Church

Mike Bevis introduced Wayne Botkin, the co-pastor at Mosaic Church in Beavercreek Ohio. Wayne was a former member of Centerville Noon Optimist Club and Springboro Optimist Club. He is a current member of the Green Optimist Club.

View his slide deck here.

Wayne Botkin and Rox Picardo are co-pastors of Mosaic Church that they started in the fall of 2017. Mosaic was started as a decidedly multi-ethnic church. Their mission statement is, “We exist to become a dynamic Mosaic of Jesus followers.” Their vision statement is, “We can’t experience God’s love to its fullness until we love others. We live this by being fully present, listening deeply, and helping each other grow to be more like Jesus each day.”

Mosaic Church produces a video of their services each week. The videos are available on their website, Facebook and their mobile app.

Wayne quoted the first line of the Optimist creed, “Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind”. He asked if any of us are having a harder time with the racial issues and COVID-19 happening in our society. He said he is having a difficult time.

Wayne showed pictures of the Dayton area tornado disaster and the Oregon District shootings from 2019. He thought this was as bad as it is going to get around here and the world. Then, on March 14, 2020 he thought he had COVID-19, but it was Flu A. He was relieved to find out that he just had Flu A. Again, he thought everything had gotten as bad as it can get, but then George Floyd was killed while in police custody.

In the last 5 years he has made many friends with people of color. He said the world is still stressful for people of color. His friends must give their kids “the talk” about how to behave when having an interaction with the police.

Wayne showed us videos of racial incidents. See the slide deck for his links.

One of the videos he presented was scenes of positive interactions between the police and protesters.

Wayne believes 99% of all the protesting is peaceful. He said, “There are riots, and riots may not be acceptable, but they are understandable.”

One of his slides was titled “What can we do?”

  • Cultural Humility…
  • Educate yourself – Develop a Stronger CQ, or Cultural Quotient (see slide deck for the CQ continuum)
  • Cultivate deep friendships with people from a different ethnic background

Movies Wayne Recommends

  • The Help
  • The Green Book
  • Hidden Figures
  • Just Mercy
  • American Son
  • The Hate You Give

Wayne closed by saying that he is still suffering and grieving.

Thank You Notes sent to CNO

No Thank You Notes this week.

CNO Donations 2013 through May 2020

Click this link to see a summary of the donations our club has made.

Over 50 years, we have donated close to $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $753,000.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Brooks Compton June 9
Mike Wall June 12

Membership Anniversaries

No membership anniversaries this week – this is RARE!

 Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week. 

Happy Bucks

Member Reason
Debe Dockins While wearing her mask to Yankee Street Market, an employee told her that she sees so many people wearing the mask with the CNO logo. That gave Debe the chance to invite her to one of our meetings.
Beth Duncan Today is her parent’s 69th wedding anniversary.
Jim Mogan Grandson graduated UD and has a job.
Myron Rheaume His daughter, Shawna Hatton, a studio art instructor at DAI, recently was a top award winner at a regional art contest.

June 2, 2020 – Georgia Mergler – The “Virtual” Library

A Replay of the ZOOM Meeting is Here

NOTE: The actual meeting starts at 21:45 – if you enjoy watching the socializing and member banter, I left it in – some of it is pretty fumy!

COVID-19 UPDATE

In keeping with social distancing requirements – our CNO Meetings have transitioned temporarily to a online format using ZOOM.

Club Member Joe Madden was inspired to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.

Welcome Guests!

No Guests this week.

New Member Readings and Inductions

No reading or inductions this week.

Zoom Meeting This Week

Yankee Trace is still closed. We had another meeting using Zoom. We will continue our weekly meetings via computer, cell phone or tablet for at least the next several weeks. Please join us and keep inviting guests.

Who can Attend Zoom Meetings?

Any member of any type of Centerville Noon Optimist can attend weekly Zoom meetings. CNO 2.0, St Leonard’s and CNO full members or CNO monthly members can ALL attend.

Guests are also welcome. Please invite guests and introduce them if you like. Just share the Zoom link with them for that week.

Announcements

Greg Griffin showed a video of Adrian Elcock announcing that this year’s Optimist International convention will be a virtual experience. The sessions are on a weekend. 6/27/2020 from 10 AM to 1 PM and on 6/28/2020 from 3 PM to 6 PM. CNO will reimburse the registration fee for any of our members that want to attend. You must actually attend the sessions to be reimbursed.

Georgia Mergler Presents the Virtual Library

Mike Bevis introduced Georgia Mergler, the Community Relations Manager at the Washington Centerville Public Library (WCPL) since 1997.

Her topic today was “The Virtual Library”. View her slide deck here.  

Librarians have been told for years that a good library should have a strong electronic library. Georgia has been given many reasons that support this statement in the past. However, she had never been told that a great reason would be in the case of a global pandemic where you must close the doors to the library.

The eCollection of WCPL is the largest growing collection at the library. Anyone with a library card to WCPL can access the eCollection for free.

The eCollection includes electronic versions of

  • Books (20% of circulated books are electronic)
  • Audiobooks from multiple sources
  • Music, including legal to download songs
  • Videos, including Acorn TV for British TV and Film
  • Magazines, from various sources

Online Learning Services Include

  • com (over 4500 courses to learn software and technology)
  • Treehouse (web, smartphone and computer programming)
  • Creative Bug (instructional videos on drawing, painting, sewing, knitting, crocheting, quilting, baking and more)
  • The Great Courses (lifelong learning and personal enrichment lectures in Science, Health and Wellness and more)
  • See more at https://www.wclibrary.info/education/#online

Online Library Programming

  • Live Virtual Story Time
  • Permanent Marker Coaster
  • Booked for Lunch
  • Fun with Frosting Friday
  • Needle Felting Group
  • Community Video Nights
  • Digital Escape Room Game (this has gone viral)
  • See the calendar at view the calendar online

Pandemic Update

The “Ask the Librarian” feature of the library has been working during the pandemic. You can get help on the phone or online.

Library staff are now working at the library instead of home. They work at staggered times during the day to reduce the number of people exposed to each other.

The library has plenty of PPE supplies. All staff members are given a daily health screening which includes checking their temperature. All staff members wear masks. All visitors will be strongly encouraged to wear masks.

Physical materials can now be checked out. Select items online and then set an appointment to pick them up curbside. The Centerville location is having their parking redone, so this service is currently only available at the Woodbourne location.

There is no immediate need to return materials you have checked out. WCPL would be overwhelmed if everyone brought back everything at once. There are over 50,000 items out in circulation. All due dates have been extended and no fines are being assessed.

Thank You Notes sent to CNO

You can read recent thank you notes here.

CNO Donations 2013 through May 2020

Click this link to see a summary of the donations our club has made.

Over 50 years, we have donated close to $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $753,000.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Kristen Marks June 2
Larry Larrimer June 4
Mike Cordonnier June 4
Dick Stevens June 5
Cindy Harris June 5
Jean Pummill June 6
Bob Vogt June 7

Membership Anniversaries

No membership anniversaries this week.

 Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week. 

Happy Bucks

Member Reason
Sue Jessee Happy her library book is not overdue.
Bob Collins Today’s presentation from Georgia Mergler was fantastic.
Dick Stevens Larry Lynde’s newest grandson was born today.

May 19, 2020 – Scott Dust – Mindfulness at Work

A Replay of the ZOOM Meeting is Here

NOTE: The actual meeting starts at 28:29 – if you enjoy watching the socializing and member banter, I left it in – some of it is pretty fumy!

COVID-19 UPDATE

In keeping with social distancing requirements – our CNO Meetings have transitioned temporarily to a online format using ZOOM.

Club Member Joe Madden was inspire to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.

Welcome Guests!

No Guests this week.

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Laura Thimons Debe Dockins Third Reading

Zoom Meeting This Week

Yankee Trace is still closed. We had another meeting using Zoom. We will continue our weekly meetings via computer, cell phone or tablet for at least the next several weeks. Please join us and keep inviting guests.

Special Announcement! No Zoom Meeting on 5/26/2020

There will be no meeting on the Tuesday after Memorial Day. We will be back for a Zoom meeting on 6/2/2020 at noon.

Who can Attend Zoom Meetings?

Any member of any type of Centerville Noon Optimist can attend weekly Zoom meetings. CNO 2.0, St Leonard’s and CNO full members or CNO monthly members can ALL attend.

Guests are also welcome. Please invite guests and introduce them if you like. Just share the Zoom link with them for that week.

Announcements

Tom Novak, Avenue of Flags, announced that the flag delivery volunteers are ready to deliver 2330 flags, starting Wednesday 5/20/2020 for Memorial Day. The flags will stay installed until after Independence Day.

Happy Birthday Mike Brubaker

Today was Mike Brubaker’s 70th Birthday. On the Zoom meeting we all sang Happy Birthday to him. On Zoom it was not as loud and painful as usual. I’m not saying it was good, because it was not as we can’t sing. It was, however, delivered with love for a fellow Optimist! Kind of unbelievable that children born in the fifties are starting to turn 70. You are looking great Mike! Thanks for everything you do for the club.

Mindfulness at Work by Scott Dust

Mike Bevis introduced Scott Dust Ph.D., the Dr. John F. Mee Endowed Assistant Professor of Management in the Farmer School of Business at Miami University. He is a professor, author and consultant of “Evidence-Based Perspectives on Leading Yourself and Others”.

Prior to his position at Miami University, Dr. Dust was an Assistant Professor of Management at Eastern Kentucky University (2013-2015). Prior to academia, Dr. Dust participated in a variety of entrepreneurial ventures in market research, brokerage, and actuarial consulting.

Scott’s topic today was “Mindfulness at Work”. View his slide deck here

From Wikipedia:
Mindfulness is the psychological process of purposely bringing one’s attention to experiences occurring in the present moment without judgment which one develops through the practice of meditation and through other training.

The science of Psychology was once only applied to those having mental issues. In today’s world psychology is being used to help everyone stay healthy. Psychology knows optimism has a lot do with keeping your mind and body healthy.

With respect to happiness the activity doesn’t matter…but presence does. You are happier if you focus on the task at hand. We are more likely to be mindless instead of mindful in almost all activities. It takes effort and meditation to overcome this.

Large companies are using mindfulness at work including Google, General Mills, Apple, P&G and the U.S. Army.

In his research, Scott found that using mindfulness while multitasking with presence helps your wellbeing.

Being highly mindfulness during the work week will increase your motivational control and stop the typical decline in productivity that occurs with low mindfulness workers as the week progresses from Monday to Friday.

Meditation increases your ability to use mindfulness. Mindfulness is focused attention. No one can stop their brains from wandering while concentrating on your breathing during meditation. While following your breath, after a distraction, the goal is to notice the distraction and reorient your attention to breathing and follow your breath again. It is a cycle.

Each time you can reorient your brain to go back to concentrating on your breath, it is like doing a bicep curl for your brain.

The brain continually reorganizes itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. This phenomenon is known as neuroplasticity. MRI’s of Buddhist monks who have been meditating for years proves this practice works to increase neuroplasticity.

When facing danger, human brains were designed for fight or flight, and this cannot be removed from our brains. Mindfulness can help you accept a danger (or work situation) you are facing and help you logically and calmly deal with it. In our modern society we rarely face the physical dangers our ancestors did. The more mindfulness you can apply, the better you can emotionally regulate.

Scientists are starting to realize just how much our brain and body is connected. Studies show that emotional states and body temperature are clearly connected. With mindfulness and proactive intention, you can choose your responses and help yourself mentally and physically.

Viktor Frankl, an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor wrote the book “Man’s Search for Meaning” in 9 days based on his experiences in various Nazi concentration camps. He was able to test many of his theories on reactions to negative stimulus during his incarceration. He said, “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom”. He is the founder of logotherapy which means healing through meaning.

Mindfulness will help you go from the existential, “I am angry!” to the experiential, “I am experiencing anger in my body,” where you can then have a calmer response to a bad situation.

The cycle of meditation can be remembered with the acronym SBNRR. To remember those letters, remember, “Siberian North Rail Road”.

  • STOP
  • BREATH
  • NOTICE
  • REFLECT
  • RESPOND

From Wikipedia,
Equanimity, is a state of psychological stability and composure which is undisturbed by experience of or exposure to emotions, pain, or other phenomena that may cause others to lose the balance of their mind.

Mindfulness is starting to spread at work. At work (and life) you often have little control on what is happening around you. However, you can control your reactions to situations. Recognize that everyone has their own challenges and that can cause them to do something that angers you. When there are more people controlling their anger, it will lead to more productive debates.

Scott Dust was asked by a CNO member if mindfulness training helps with dementia. He said that once you have been diagnosed with dementia that it does not seem to help much because it is a physical condition. Some, however, believe that before a physical issue has started it can help maintain the health of the brain.

Thank You Notes sent to CNO

View this week’s Thank You Notes here

CNO Donations 2013 through September 2019

Click this link to see a summary of the donations our club has made.

Over 50 years, we have donated close to $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $700,000.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Amy Barker May 19
Mike Brubaker May 19
Jim Marker May 23
Don Skelton May 25
Cristlyn Johnston May 26
Bill Fritz May 30
Casey Wyckoff May 30
Mike Witt June 1
Shawna Hatton June 1

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Jeff Rolf May 20 5/20/2015 5
Kelly George May 20 5/20/2015 5
James Schumacher May 22 5/22/1991 29
Pete Rife May 22 5/22/2013 7
Bob Clements May 25 5/25/2005 15
Paulette Novak May 25 5/25/2005 15
Amy Barker May 26 5/26/2008 12
Cheryl Reichel May 26 5/26/2008 12
Debe Dockins May 26 5/26/2009 11
Bob Burkman May 31 5/31/2003 17
Carol Burkman May 31 5/31/2003 17
Gary Aiken June 1 6/1/1982 38
Wayne Christie June 1 6/1/1988 32

 Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week. 

Happy Bucks

Member Reason
Tom Novak Tim and Christy Clemmer for always be willing to have their Avenue of Flags route expanded.
Tom Novak Knocked on a door to tell the resident he was there to install the sleeve for their new flag subscription. The woman said she had not ordered a flag, but she would like to and she subscribed.
Greg Griffin All the efforts of the Avenue of Flag co-chairs, Tom Novak, Mike Brubaker and Bob Burkman.

CNOtes – May 12, 2020 – Avenue of Flags 2020 Season Kickoff

A Replay of the ZOOM Meeting is Here

NOTE: The actual meeting starts at 23:44 – if you enjoy watching the socializing and member banter, I left it in – some of it is pretty fumy!

COVID-19 UPDATE

In keeping with social distancing requirements – our CNO Meetings have transitioned temporarily to a online format using ZOOM.

Club Member Joe Madden was inspire to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.

Welcome Guests!

Guest Guest of
Laura Thimons Debe Dockins

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Laura Thimons Debe Dockins Second Reading
Margie Jones Mike Bevis Induction

Zoom Meeting This Week

Yankee Trace is still closed. We had another meeting using Zoom. We will continue our weekly meetings via computer, cell phone or tablet for at least the next several weeks. Please join us and keep inviting guests.

2020-2021 Officers and Board of Directors Elections

The nomination committee of the Centerville Noon Optimist Club, comprised of past presidents, the current president and incoming president have nominated the following people for Optimist Year 2020-2021:

  • President Elect, Gary Hansen
  • Vice Presidents, Beth Duncan and Bill Williams
  • Board of Directors nominated for 2-year terms are Christine Balsan, Pat Behn, Bob Glavin, Jim Long, and Brian Nolan
  • Board Members with a year left to serve are Amy Barker, Denise O’Neil, Vince Reidy, Carolyn Taylor, and Greg Wasmund
  • Debe Dockins is the president for 2020-2021 and she has chosen Nancy Lehren as her past president representative. Greg Griffin will serve as the Immediate Past President.
  • The incoming president chooses the Treasurer and Secretary. Debe Dockins has selected Roland Rapp for Treasurer and Jean Pummill for Secretary. They are both currently serving in those positions.

CNO Secretary Jean Pummill asked everyone to raise their hand if they wanted to accept the nominations as recommended by the nomination board and they did with no one opposing the motion. Congratulations to all the new board members and officers. Their terms begin on 10/1/2020.

Committee Meetings

Mike Bevis, chair of the golf committee, announced that the golf committee will hold a relaunch meeting on Zoom on 5/13/2020 from 6 PM to 7 PM to start working out how the golf outing will work this year. The golf outing is scheduled for 9/28/2020.

Social Events

5/21/2020, 4:30 PM, Thursday, Trivia Contest via Zoom video conferencing.

Avenue of Flags Fundraiser

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

You can view the slide deck here. The slide deck has some great charts, graphs, and maps.

Flags normally are delivered for these flag holidays

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

This year flags will be delivered starting the Wednesday before Memorial Day weekend and will be picked up after Independence Day, which is approximately 6 weeks. This is being done to help with social distancing and at the request of the governor for everyone to display flags in support of our patriotism during the COVID crisis.

The flags will be redeployed for Labor Day and Veterans Day as in normal years.

After the flags go up for Memorial Day, many more subscription requests are expected as neighbors notice the flags. They plan to deliver to new subscribers during the 6 weeks.

Tom thanked the volunteers on the various Avenue of Flag teams

  • Subscriber renewal team; they follow up with subscribers that initially ignore the post cards and emails sent out reminding people to renew.
  • Flag site “check-up” teams; they have already gone out to make sure the inground sleeves can be found and are straight.
  • Flag delivery/retrieval teams.
  • Flag Facility Team at Sinclair College.

Tom gave special thanks to Paulette Novak, Sue Brubaker and Carol Burkman, who are the wives of the committee chairs, for their patience. At this time of year, the chairs spend a lot of time away from home helping with the Avenue of Flags.

Statistics and facts about the program from Mike Brubaker

  • 2019 net profit was $92,874
  • 2019 ended with 2410 flags delivered
  • At least 2286 flags will be delivered for Memorial Day
    • This is a 94.9% renewal rate, typically at this time of year it is only 85%
  • More subscriptions will be added before each flag delivery day
  • AOF volunteers periodically build the flags from purchased parts and kits
    • During the spring of 2020 they assembled 250 flags in just 2 hours
    • High volume purchasing saves us and other local Optimist clubs that we sell our flag supplies to

Delivery Facts

  • There are 64 routes with 128 delivery and pickup volunteers
  • Most routes have 30-35 flags
  • Routes are designed to take 1-2 hours to deliver
  • About 3 routes are added each year
  • The largest route has 181 flags

Groups providing pickup and delivery volunteers include

  • CNO members
  • AOF Subscribers
  • Blue Star Mothers
  • Various VFWs
  • CHS Wrestling Program (7 Parent/Son Teams, new for 2020)

Additional volunteers are always welcome

Let Tom know if you can help with delivery or pickup of flags. Helpers go out as 2 person teams. They are very excited to get volunteers that have flag friendly vehicles like mini-vans, SUV’s and pickup trucks. Don’t worry if you don’t have such a vehicle, you will be paired with someone who does.

COVID Crisis considerations and the AOF delivery process

Delivery volunteers go out in pairs. They should consider taking two vehicles this year to help with social distancing.

Sinclair College is currently closed. Special arrangements must be made each time we need access to our storage facilities at their Centerville campus. Delivery volunteers should be very careful about making sure they have all the equipment and flags they need. You may not be able to get back into the facility if you forget something.

Sending Payments

If you receive a payment of cash or check from a new or current subscriber, send them directly to the home of Bob Burkman. It saves a step instead of people sending to the CNO P.O. box. This increases the chances of late subscribers receiving their flags for Memorial Day or Flag Day.

Note that subscribers can subscribe, renew and pay with a credit card on the CNO website,  https://centervillenoonoptimist.com/avenue-of-flags-sign-up/

Memorial Day and Armed Forces Day History

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

AOF Flags History

In 2003 to test the fundraiser, CNO put out 30 flags for free in Quail Run. If Chuck Dickerson had not put up the initial $3000 in funding, the program probably would never have started.

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

Subscribers Help Us Serve the Community

The Avenue of Flags is about the American Flag. The revenue helps support what CNO does for the youth of our community. Neighbors telling their neighbors about the Avenue of Flags is a large source of new subscribers. This was the only way it worked for the first few years. If you have neighbors that have not subscribed, let them know about the program and how it helps the community.

Thank You Notes sent to CNO

No Thank Notes received this week.

CNO Donations 2013 through September 2019

Click this link to see a summary of the donations our club has made.

Over 50 years, we have donated close to $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $700,000.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Tim Bemis May 15
Kristina Rainer May 16
Carolyn Taylor May 17
Jim Long May 17
Jack Anderson May 18

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Brendan Cunningham May 15 5/15/2018 2
Jay Hoffman May 15 5/15/2017 3
Wendy Hattan May 15 5/15/2018 2

 Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week. 

Happy Bucks

Member Reason
Myron Rheaume Able to drive a car for the first time in 3 months
Tom Novak For the newest Avenue of Flag delivery team of Debe Dockins, Laura Thimons, and Maureen Ruff
Gary Hansen Thanks to CNO for electing him as President for the 2021-2022 OI year

CNOtes – May 5, 2020 – Rose Marie Ward – Miami University

A Replay of the ZOOM Meeting is Here

NOTE: The actual meeting starts at 26:30 – if you enjoy watching the socializing and member banter, I left it in – some of it is pretty fumy!

COVID-19 UPDATE

In keeping with social distancing requirements – our CNO Meetings have transitioned temporarily to a online format using ZOOM.

Club Member Joe Madden was inspire to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.

Welcome Guests!

Guest Guest of
Laura Thimons Debe Dockins

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Laura Thimons Debe Dockins First Reading

Zoom Meeting This Week

Yankee Trace is still closed. We had another meeting using Zoom. We will continue our weekly meetings via computer, cell phone or tablet for at least the next several weeks. Please join us and keep inviting guests.

Social Events

5/21/2020, 4:30 PM, Thursday, Trivia Contest via Zoom video conferencing.

2020-2021 Officers and Board of Directors Nominations

The nomination committee of the Centerville Noon Optimist Club, comprised of past presidents, the current president and incoming president have nominated the following people for Optimist Year 2020-2021:

  • President Elect, Gary Hansen
  • Vice Presidents, Beth Duncan and Bill Williams
  • Board of Directors nominated for 2-year terms are Christine Balsan, Pat Behn, Bob Glavin, Jim Long, and Brian Nolan
  • Board Members with a year left to serve are Amy Barker, Denise O’Neil, Vince Reidy, Carolyn Taylor, and Greg Wasmund
  • Debe Dockins is the president for 2020-2021 and she has chosen Nancy Lehren as her past president representative. Greg Griffin will serve as the Immediate Past President.
  • The incoming president chooses the Treasurer and Secretary. Debe Dockins has selected Roland Rapp for Treasurer and Jean Pummill for Secretary. They are both currently serving in those positions.

The terms begin on 10/1/2020.

If anyone would like to nominate themselves for a position let Jean Pummill know. If there are additional nominations, then CNO will hold an election.

Christine Balsan, nominated to be a board member, spoke to us. She has been a member of CNO since 2013. She thanked Debe Dockins and the nomination board for nominating her. She is looking forward to being on the board and serving CNO and doing everything she can to help the club reach its full potential.

Pat Behn, nominated to be a board member, spoke to us. She has been a member of CNO since 2003. She has served on the board of directors in the past and is honored to have the opportunity to serve on the board again. She is currently a Lt Governor for the Great Ohio District of Optimist International.

Announcements

Tom Novak, Avenue of Flags, announced the flags will be delivered May 20-21, 2020.

Kelly Stone, JOI club advisor, has asked area JOI clubs for reports from the advisors. The UD club president is moving out of UD housing this week and has turned everything over to McKenzie. Officers have been chosen for the next year.

Nancy Lehren, Health and Wellness committee, announced that CNO will be restocking the “shot box” at Dayton Children’s soon. CNO is also taking food to nurses.

Mike Bevis, chair golf committee, had great news. He said that since the golf outing has been delayed to September 28, 2020, the committee called about 10 event sponsors about returning their sponsorship money. All of them believe in what CNO does and said to keep the money. They said they will still donate the money even if the event is cancelled.

Rose Marie Ward, Miami University

Mike Bevis introduced Rose Marie Ward. She is a Professor and Associate Dean of the Graduate School at Miami University. She has a PHD in Kinesiology and Health from the University of Rhode Island.

From her page on miamioh.edu:

Dr. Ward’s research interests are in the area of college student health, with a focus on both addictive/harmful behaviors (alcohol use, disordered eating, unsafe and unwanted sexual behavior) and prosocial activities (women’s leadership, life satisfaction, scholastic achievement, exercise, and athleticism). She is currently serving as the Associate Dean of the Graduate School. She actively supports and engages students in the research process and brings students to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

At Miami University she teaches EHS 668 Behavioral Statistics II, KNH 125 Introduction to Public Health, KNH 329 Health Psychology and KNH 621 Research Methods.

Her slide deck was titled, “Drunk, Drunker, and Drunkest: Recent Trends and Insights on College Students and Alcohol.” A copy of the deck is here.

Information about Drinking in the U.S.

Binge Drinking is defined as having 5 or more drinks in 2 hours or less time for men and 4 drinks for women. Heavy drinking is having had 5 or more binge days in the past 30 days.

In the U.S, $223.5 billion ($1.90/drink) is spent annually on drinks, which are empty calories.

In the slide deck is a slide listing numerous effects that alcohol abuse may have on the human body’s systems. The list includes addiction, anxiety and Cirrhosis.

Motives for people to drink (Cooper, 1994) include Social, Coping (stress), Enhancement (celebrating an event) and Conformity (Peer Pressure).

There is a new trendy category of “Hard Seltzers”, with their colorful containers, people are drinking to conform because of the popularity. They are called beer, but they really are just fermented sugar drinks.

With the stay at home orders many more people are drinking every day. Some people have panicked that they might run out of alcohol and are purchasing more than usual. This hoarding behavior is something not normally seen.

Recently, the percentage of those 55 and up drinking regularly has been increasing faster than other age groups.

Miami University is Known to be a Party School

Some of the off-campus houses rented to Miami University students are named based on alcohol. Example house names include “Absolut Angels”, “Cosmopolitan”, “Wine Down” and “Rendebooze”. These names are even in the contracts the students sign.

Rose Marie offers, and many students accept, breathalyzer tests while they are drinking in the Oxford bar district. Numerous students’ tests show extreme levels of alcohol and yet they can sound normal. They have built up a tolerance which can lead to higher levels of drinking. Our society has us think it is good to be able to hold our liquor. Parents will also ask for these tests.

Which days do students most commonly consume alcohol? Some students drink every day. Most are drinking on Friday and Saturday. Another group drink on Thursday as well as Friday and Saturday. The Thursday drinkers often choose classes on Fridays that are easier or taken pass/fail.

Miami University Annual Student Health Survey

  • 87% have had alcohol in their life
  • 30% of college students do not drink at all during their 4 years
  • On average students drink 1.5 to 2 days per week
  • In Season athletes drink almost nothing, but they drink more than the average in the off season
  • Students in Sororities and Fraternities drink 2-3 days per week
  • Freshman students are drinking less
  • Miami University students drink 5-6 drinks on an occasion which is higher than the national average of 3-4 drinks for college age people

There are two types of being blackout drunk

Alcohol-Induced blackouts or episodes of amnesia are periods when a person can participate in salient, emotionally charged events (as well as more mundane events) that they can no longer remember. (Goodwin, 1995). Statistics show that 50% of students have experienced blackouts in the past year.

With an “En Bloc” blackout, the subject is unable to recall any details from an event that occurred while they were intoxicated.

With a “Fragmentary Blackout”, subjects have a partial blocking of the formation of memories.

Instead of orally consuming alcohol some people have started getting their alcohol through more dangerous methods with less automatic body control. Some consume alcohol through inhalation which some refer to as a vaportini. A vaportini involves heating alcohol and inhaling the vapors. Talk shows have had demonstrations of inhaling a vaportini. Some are snorting dried alcohol. These alternative methods of putting alcohol in a body are hard on your lungs. The body with alcohol ingested orally has a natural ability to reverse the process if a person consumes too much too quickly, but this is not the case with alcohol in the lungs. People are at a much higher risk of an alcohol overdose when inhaling and snorting alcohol as the body cannot get rid of the excess before it is dangerous.

Questions and Answers

Q: When is someone addicted to alcohol?

A: An addict is a person that needs more and more alcohol to get the same effects. People that are addicted will suffer withdrawal symptoms when they do not consume alcohol.

Q: Are there differences in the effects of alcohol from wine, beer, or liquor?

A: Most agree that there really is no difference. There are different amounts of alcohol in all the types which can make you think the effects are different. Many believe that fermented sugar drinks with their artificial sweeteners probably cause some additional effect.

Q: What about students mixing energy drinks and alcohol?

A:  This is happening. People are wide awake while drunk. There are even products that have alcohol and caffeine premixed. This is not good, but it is not completely new. This behavior has been popular in the past when people would mix alcohol with caffeinated soda.

Q: What about Marijuana use at Miami University?

A: About 35% of students use Marijuana and some are using alcohol and marijuana at the same time.

Thank you, Rose Marie Ward, for speaking to us today!

Thank You Notes sent to CNO

You can read recent thank you notes here.

CNO Donations 2013 through September 2019

Click this link to see a summary of the donations our club has made.

Over 50 years, we have donated close to $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $700,000.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Lou Brinkman May 6
Pam Miller May 6
Mary Madden May 6
Tom Henderson May 6
Beth Duncan May 9
Jon Fox May 10
Marge Back May 11
Jessica King May 11
Abby Davis May 11

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Craig Dring May 7 5/7/1997 23
Dave Kay May 8 5/8/1992 28
Paul Bowell May 8 5/8/2000 20

 Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week. 

Happy Bucks

Member Reason
Nancy Lehren New grandson was just born, this is her 9th grandchild.
Tom Novak Bob Bargmeyer has reported 100% of the flag subscribers on his route have renewed their subscriptions.
Debe Dockins District Oratorical was last Saturday, there were several really good speakers. The winner from the Van Wert club will do really well representing the Great Ohio District nationally.

CNOtes – April 28, 2020 – Dave Ball – TJ’s Place of Hope

A Replay of the ZOOM Meeting is Here

NOTE: The actual meeting starts at 16:22 – if you enjoy watching the socializing and member banter, I left it in – some of it is pretty fumy!

COVID-19 UPDATE

In keeping with social distancing requirements – our CNO Meetings have transitioned temporarily to a online format using ZOOM.

Club Member Joe Madden was inspire to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.

Zoom Meeting This Week

Yankee Trace is still closed. We had another meeting using Zoom. We will continue our weekly meetings via computer, cell phone or tablet for at least the next several weeks. Please join us and keep inviting guests.

Welcome Guests!

Guest Guest of
Laura Thimons Debe Dockins

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Maureen Ruff Debe Dockins Induction

2020-2021 Officers and Board of Directors Nominations

The nomination committee of the Centerville Noon Optimist Club, comprised of past presidents, the current president and incoming president have nominated the following people for Optimist Year 2020-2021:

  • President Elect, Gary Hansen
  • Vice Presidents, Beth Duncan and Bill Williams
  • Board of Directors for 2-year terms: Christine Balsan, Pat Behn, Bob Glavin, Jim Long, and Brian Nolan
  • Board Members with a year left to serve: Amy Barker, Denise O’Neil, Vince Reidy, Carolyn Taylor, and Greg Wasmund
  • Debe Dockins is the president for 2020-2021 and she has chosen Nancy Lehren as her past president representative. Greg Griffin will serve as the Immediate Past President.
  • The incoming president chooses the Treasurer and Secretary. Debe Dockins has selected Roland Rapp for Treasurer and Jean Pummill for Secretary. They are both currently serving in those positions.

We will hear from each of the nominated board members and officers over the next 2 or 3 weeks. The terms begin on 10/1/2020.

If anyone would like to nominate themselves for a position let Jean Pummill know. If there are additional nominations, then CNO will hold an election.

Bill Williams, nominated for vice-president, spoke to us today. He has been a member of CNO since 1993. He has chaired several committees and been a member of the board. He retired last year and he looks forward to recommitting himself to CNO.

Bob Glavin, nominated to be a board member, spoke to us. He has been a member of CNO since 1993. He and his wife created Tops Soccer for special needs children. He participates in various activities and has served on the board previously. He has recently retired. He and Greg Wasmund are working on the Partners Special Needs Optimist Club. He is proud to be a member and is happy to serve on the board.

Brian Nolan, nominated to be a board member, spoke to us. Brian has a lifelong history with Optimist Clubs. He has been a member of CNO since 2018. As a child, he attended his first national convention with his grandfather in 1964. He later became a member of the Indianapolis, Indiana Optimist Club, which was the first charted Optimist Club in the world.

Announcements

Andy Dickerson announced that our annual Fishing Derby has been rescheduled to 8/15/2020.

David Ball, TJ’s Place of Hope

Mike Bevis introduced David Ball, the President and board member of T.J.’s Place of Hope, “Hope Beyond Addiction”, in Centerville. They are a 501(c)(3) organization and 100% funded through donations. Unlike similar organizations, they do not charge those they serve or their insurance companies.

You can view David’s slide deck here

On November 17th, 2005, at the age of 18, CHS 2005 graduate T.J. Whitehead took his own life after battling drug and alcohol addiction for most of his adolescent life. Cheryl Crabtree, his mother, and Greg Crabtree, his stepfather, started T.J.’s Place of Hope in 2006. After struggling to get the help their family needed with T.J., they started this foundation. They serve teens and young adults ages 12-25 (plus their families). Most kids they help are middle school and high school students.

T.J.’s Place of Hope is an organization of compassionate people to help those with addictions in a safe, confidential, peer-reinforced environment Besides addictions like drug and alcohol, they are one of the few places helping with self-injury (such as cutting), eating disorders, social anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts and other destructive disorders.

David said that they do not treat for heroine. Addiction to heroine is beyond their scope, so they refer youths to other rehab centers and may help pay for the treatment.

If you or someone you know needs help with addictions or is struggling with other issues and is not between the ages of 12 and 25, they will take your phone call and will have suggestions of where you can find help.

T.J.’s Place of Hope website FAQ list has very useful information about who and how they can help.

Before the Covid-19 crisis, T.J.’s Place of Hope was normally open Tuesdays and Thursdays for kids to get together and talk. Meetings are at 85 East Franklin Street Centerville, OH 45459. Please call them for other options during the crisis at 937.436.HOPE. Their Facebook page is a resource as well to find scheduled meetings and activities.

How They Help

  • Gathering place to meet with others dealing with similar issues – it is a safe, confidential and nurturing environment where recovery is encouraged
  • Weekly meetings to facilitate recovery
  • Peer Encouragement and re-enforcement
  • Financial Assistance
  • Resource Center of youth and their families to educate themselves and seek treatment
  • Make donations to other groups in need of funding, such as Brigid’s Path

Funding Comes From

  • Donations
  • Golf Outing
  • Dinner Outings
  • Christmas Fundraiser

What They Need

  • Referrals of youths with issues they can help with
  • Facilitators
  • Board Members – they are wanting to add several board members; They prefer board members that have directly had family experiences with issues they help with.
  • Donations of time, materials, supplies and cash are accepted with enormous gratitude

Contact Information

Thank You Notes sent to CNO

No Thank You Notes were received this week.

CNO Donations 2013 through September 2019

Click this link to see a summary of the donations our club has made.

Over 50 years, we have donated close to $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $700,000.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Jeff Busch April 29
Ray Huss April 29
Brandon Barrett April 30
Lynne Reilly May 1
Dawayne Kirkman May 2
Chris Abratowski May 4
Chris Wysong May 4
Melissa DeShurko May 4

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Charlie Tapp May 1 5/1/1978 42
Joe Madden May 1 5/1/1982 38
Tim Stull May 1 5/1/1987 33

 Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week. 

Happy Bucks

Member Reason
Debe Dockins Laura Thimons being her guest today
Debe Dockins Maureen Ruff was inducted today – Debe is Maureen’s sponsor
Debe Dockins Ohio District Oratorical contest is being held on Saturday 5/2/2020
Debe Dockins Very excited about the make up of the board of directors – Debe will be president on 10/1/2020
Debe Dockins Parents 65th wedding anniversary was yesterday
Debe Dockins Greg Griffin for doing a great job during the crisis and being a Zoom host master
Stan Fronzaglia Grandson is graduating from high school as the Salutatorian
Beth Duncan Her business received crisis PPP funding
Sue Jessee Her daughter, a single mom and a hair stylist, finally is finally receiving her unemployment money
Tom Novak Thankful for guest Darrel Basford from the Monroe Optimist Club for their help with our Avenue of Flags

CNOtes – April 21, 2020 – Heather Dorsten -The Learning Tree Farm

A Replay of the ZOOM Meeting is Here

NOTE: The actual meeting starts at 19:35 – if you enjoy watching the socializing and member banter, I left it in – some of it is pretty fumy!

COVID-19 UPDATE

In keeping with social distancing requirements – our CNO Meetings have transitioned temporarily to a online format using ZOOM.

Club Member Joe Madden was inspire to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.

Zoom Meeting This Week

Yankee Trace is still closed. We had another meeting using Zoom. We will continue our weekly meetings via computer, cell phone or tablet for at least the next several weeks. Please join us and keep inviting guests.

2020-2021 Officers and Board of Directors Nominations for CNO

The nomination committee of the Centerville Noon Optimist Club, comprised of past presidents, the current president and incoming president have nominated the following people for Optimist Year 2020-2021:

  • President Elect, Gary Hansen
  • Vice Presidents, Beth Duncan and Bill Williams
  • Board of Directors for 2-year terms: Christine Balsan, Pat Behn, Bob Glavin, Jim Long, and Brian Nolan
  • Board Members with a year left to serve: Amy Barker, Denise O’Neil, Vince Reidy, Carolyn Taylor, and Greg Wasmund
  • Debe Dockins is the president for 2020-2021 and she has chosen Nancy Lehren as her past president representative. Greg Griffin will serve as the Immediate Past President.
  • The incoming president chooses the Treasurer and Secretary. Debe Dockins has selected Roland Rapp for Treasurer and Jean Pummill for Secretary. They are both currently serving in those positions.

We will hear from each of the nominated board members and officers over the next 3 or 4 weeks.

Announcements

Evelyn Griffin, Skilled Trade Scholarships, announced the committee has received student applications and they will meet soon via Zoom.

Mike Bevis, golf committee, announced the committee had a good meeting last week deciding how to handle the golf outing this year with social distancing. Options discussed included staged flights of golfers and not hosting a dinner. They are trying to be prepared in case social distancing is still in effect when the tournament is held this fall.

Tom Novak, Avenue of Flags, announced he needs volunteers for the annual flag checkups before the first flag deliveries. The checkups are scheduled for May 1st from 10am – 5pm and May 2nd from 10am – 12pm. We will also build 200 new flags that day. Every subscriber’s in ground flag sleeve needs to be checked that it is exposed and is still straight. This saves a lot of time during flag delivery.

Mike Brubaker, Avenue of Flags, announced that close to 90% of last year subscribers have renewed so far.

Heather Dorsten, the Learning Tree Farm

Mike Bevis introduced today’s speaker, Heather Dorsten, the executive director of the Learning Tree Farm. Heather is originally from Vandalia, Ohio and was raised with a love of the outdoors and the heart of a volunteer through her parents who worked and volunteered at Aullwood Nature Center and took the family camping on a regular basis. She is the former director of the Troy Strawberry Festival. She became the executive director of the Learning Tree Farm during the spring of 2019.

They have a Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/learningtreefarm/.

You can view the slide deck Heather presented here.

Their mission statement is to engage people in hands-on, nature-based learning in a timeless farm setting. More details are available at https://www.learningtreefarm.org/who-we-are/

Learning Tree Farm was founded by teachers Sally Keyes and Jean Ryan in 1973. In the 1970’s the ladies noticed that not all kids learn the same way and many had not been exposed to nature. In 1973 they began hosting small student groups at the farm. The first kids were from Dayton’s inner city and they were excited to be there. It amazed them to see so many trees in one place. Since its small beginning it has grown to host 14,000 people per year.

They are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, located in West Dayton on 85 acres of protected farmyard, field and forest. Most visitors come from the numerous school field trips they host. In 2015, the farm began expanding its programming to include families and preschoolers. Drop in visitors are welcome and have a suggested donation of $3/person or $12/family. Their actual cost to host each visitor is $13/person/visit.

Spring and Fall are the busiest times of the year. Summer is typically field trips from child daycare centers.

Learning Tree Farm Facilities

  • 2 Barns
  • Shelter House
  • Fire Ring
  • Playground (currently being expanded)
  • Living tasting gardens with several raised beds of various vegetables
  • Woods for exploring, complete with a tire swing

Kids can pull vegetables directly from the tasting gardens and try the vegetables. Heather said she likes to see the look on kid’s faces when they taste radishes for the first time. Kid’s learn about planting, weeding and experience new flavors.

There is a nature preschool. The kids go outside everyday regardless of the weather. Getting kids away from screens and back to nature is a very popular idea right now.

Fitness is built into their programs with hiking, a tire swing, an obstacle course, goat yoga and plenty of space to run around.

They have several animal pens. Unlike most facilities with animals they let kids in the pens and they are free to pet and hold them. Spring is popular because of the new baby animals.

Additional Activities and Programs

  • Centerville Washington Foundation is sponsoring Saturday Fun Days
  • Various summer camps
  • Autumn Fest is held each fall; it is currently scheduled for 9/26/2020 from 10 AM to 4 PM
  • Scholarships are given to low income families to make it affordable for all children
  • Businesses have team building activities at the farm; often it is volunteering to help with chores and projects the farm needs

Current Projects:

  • Increasing security on the property
  • Adding city water access
  • Adding hand-wash stations and water fountains
  • Adding a Garden Washing Station

Current Needs:

  • Funding for education signage to be placed on various pens and areas
  • Funding to fix the tasting garden boxes
  • Funding to expand the playground
  • Funding to increase accessibility for the disabled
  • Donations to their capital campaign

Response to Covid-19 Restrictions

In response to current Covid-19 restrictions, they are offering virtual learning and engagement. For example, they have pictures and videos of the latest baby animals on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/learningtreefarm/

 

Thank You Notes sent to CNO

You can read recent thank you notes here.

CNO Donations 2013 through June 2019

Click this link to see a summary of the donations our club has made.

Over 50 years, we have donated close to $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $700,000.

Thank You Notes

No thank you notes received this week.

CNO Donations 2013 through September 2019

Click this link to see a summary of the donations our club has made.

Over 50 years, we have donated close to $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $700,000.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Sue Zammit April 21
Mike Brem April 22
Dave Klein April 22
Keith Meyer April 23

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Mark Petre April 22 4/22/1996 24
Donna Huss April 24 4/24/2012 8
Dr. Dan Passidomo April 25 4/25/2007 13
Mike Witt April 26 4/26/1994 26

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Maureen Ruff Debe Dockins 3rd Reading
Anne Miller Evelyn Griffin Induction

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week. 

Happy Bucks

No Happy Bucks this week.

CNOtes – April 14, 2020 – Our First ZOOM Meeting

Phather Phil’s Prayer Thought

Excellence is caring more than others think is wise.  Risking more than others think is safe.  Dream more than others think is practical, and expect more than others think is possible.

A Replay of the ZOOM Meeting is Here

NOTE: The actual meeting starts at 24:00 – if you enjoy watching the socializing and member banter, I left it in – some of it is pretty fumy!

COVID-19 UPDATE

In keeping with social distancing requirements – our CNO Meetings have transitioned temporarily to a online format using ZOOM.

Club Member Joe Madden was inspire to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.

Meeting Summary

The last CNO lunch meeting was on 3/10/2020. Today, 4/14/2020, was the first online Zoom-based meeting. Greg Griffin announced we will have online meetings each Tuesday at noon. Next week there will also be a guest speaker at the Zoom meeting. The first Zoom speaker will be the executive director, Heather Dorsten, from the Learning Tree Farm.

President Greg Griffin went through a backlog of birthdays and membership anniversaries.

Greg mentioned that CNO gave a major donation to the local Food to Go program. We gave $5200 as our annual major donation and $4800 from CNO’s rainy day fund.

Greg said we are turning “obstacles into opportunities”. Greg has been working updating the club directory. If your information has changed, please send your updates to Greg Griffin.

Breaking News

Carolyn Taylor is believed to be the first CNO member to bring a dog to a CNO lunch meeting. At the very least she is one of the few to bring a dog to the meeting. I was not at all 51 previous years of meetings, so who knows if my claim is correct. She definitely was the first to bring a dog to a CNO Zoom meeting! Very cool, Carolyn, and keep bringing your buddy to the Zoom meetings.

Committee Announcements

Mike Brubaker, Avenue of Flags, said thanks to all 70 of our members who made contact with our subscribers. This year we achieved a record percentage of renewing subscribers for this time of year in our program’s history. We have over 2200 renewals so far and we ended 2019 with 2400 subscriptions. Greg Griffin announced that the Flags this year will be displayed for a 6 week extended period from prior to Memorial Day thru Flag Day until after Independence Day; we feel our subscribers and our community will see this as a symbol of unity.

Paul Boeckman, Safety on Wheels, announced that the bike rodeo has been cancelled for 2020. It has been scheduled next year for 5/3/2021 from noon to 3 PM.

Andy Dickerson, Fishing Derby, announced that the Fishing Derby is still scheduled for 6/6/2020. If that date is cancelled, they are working on a backup date during August, 2020 with the Washington Township Rec Center.

Kelly George, Essay Contest, announced that the essay contest continued as scheduled and the Ohio winner has been chosen. The winner is not from CNO.

Greg Griffin said there will be two Regional Oratorical online competitions happening on 4/18/2020.

Beth Duncan, Social “Distancing” Committee, announced that on 4/10/2020 approximately 40 members participated in an online Zoom scavenger hunt. Thanks to Beth Duncan and Brian Nolan for putting this event on. Participants in their homes on the Zoom meeting were shown an item to go and find, like a thimble, a dictionary, or an Easter egg coloring kit. The hunt was won by Debe Dockins. Brandon Barrett was second and the team of Greg and Evelyn Griffin won third. Everyone who participates was sent a participation puzzle book award from Beth. Beth is planning another online social distancing event soon. She also said there will be a big, in-person party once the lock down ends.

Thank You Notes

No thank you notes received this week.

CNO Donations 2013 through September 2019

Click this link to see a summary of the donations our club has made.

Over 50 years, we have donated close to $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $700,000.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Steve Blake March 25
John Kalaman March 25
Kate Trangenstein March 26
Jane Fiehrer March 27
Bob Crawford March 28
Andy Higgins March 30
Maha Kashani March 31
Jim Rumford April 5
Roland Rapp April 5
Ira Thomsen April 5
Jeff Rolf April 6
Andy Harmon April 6
Bob Clements April 7
Kelly Davis April 9
Erin Belangia-Sanchez April 9
Cheryl Probst April 9
Pam Truitt April 11
Steve Kohls April 12
Rick Talda April 13
Emily Duke April 14
Anne Kessler April 15
Carol Burkman April 16
Ellie Parker April 16
Denise O’Neil April 18

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Jeff Brown March 25 3/25/2015 5
Charla Rheaume March 26 3/26/2014 6
Scott Rheaume March 26 3/26/2014 6
Dav Bremer March 31 3/31/2001 19
Rob Jones March 31 3/31/2001 19
Don Kelley April 1 4/1/1983 37
“Phater” Phil Robinson April 1 4/1/1982 38
Cindy Harris April 2 4/2/2018 2
Nick Tarkany April 2 4/2/2018 2
Greg Fay April 3 4/3/2014 6
Greg Griffin April 3 4/3/2014 6
Ira Thomsen April 5 4/5/1991 29
Vince Reidy April 5 4/5/2016 4
Dan Samiec April 6 4/6/2010 10
Molly Petsch April 6 4/6/2004 16
Ron Tinnerman April 11 4/11/2005 15
Blanca Crider April 16 4/16/2014 6
Andrew Cain April 19 4/19/2018 2
Cheryl Probst April 19 4/19/2018 2
Stan Fronzaglia April 19 4/19/1999 21
Vida McDowell April 19 4/19/1999 21

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Anne Miller Evelyn Griffin 3rd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week. 

Happy Bucks

Member Reason
Myron Rheaume Grandson, a Sophomore at Springboro High School, received the Ohio Scholar Athlete for Hockey
Mike and Sue Brubaker Celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on 4/17/2020
Debe Dockins Beth Duncan holding the scavenger hunt
Debe Dockins Jerry Stahley and Greg Griffin for helping with the Kettering Oratorical contest via Zoom
Carolyn Taylor She knows now with the lockdown and her husband home everyday that she she will be OK when he retires
Vida McDowell Being a member of the Great Centerville Noon Optimist Club
Charla Rheaume Myron Rheaume back surgery went well
Jesse Lightle CNO for the donation to Food2Go program
Tom Novak Special thanks to Mike Brubaker, Bob & Carol Burkman, Ken Irwin, Karen Sirmans, Evelyn Griffin, Diane Arehart, and Dick Lee, who have been very generous with their time since February following up on renewals for 2020 Avenue of Flags subscriptions
Beth Duncan Happy that she and Brian Nolan are getting along during the lockdown
Greg Griffin Joe Madden, for writing the “Corona Creed”
Joan Cordonnier President Greg Griffin doing such a great job being creative in continuing club business and meetings