November 24, 2020 – Nick Scrimenti – Muralist

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Though this year has been tough, and our holidays will look different, Lord, we have so much to be thankful for.  We are thankful for technology and the ability to still meet with our friends and family.  We are thankful for a slower pace of life and time to connect with those near us.  We are thankful for roofs over our heads and food to nourish our bodies.  Above all Lord, we are thankful for You and this life you have blessed us with. 

Amen.

Gary Hansen was today’s host

Debe Dockins was unable to be at today’s meeting. President-Elect Gary Hansen stepped in to run today’s meeting and he did a fine job.

Announcements

Gary Hansen reported on behalf of Christy Gariety about the 2020 Adopt-a-Family program. The program was very successful. We have collected more than 40 $50 gift cards to help children in need in our schools. Thanks to all that donated to this annual fundraiser.

Kristen Marks, Essay Contest Chair, announced that there have been two essay submissions so far. She will reach out to the teachers in the schools again to get more kids interested. The winner of the essay contest receives a scholarship. The essays are due in February. Way to go becoming a committee chair Kristen! She was inducted into CNO 2/18/2020 and is already making a difference!

Social Events

The annual Holiday Party will be virtual this year. It will be on Friday, December 11, 2020 at 6:30PM. Everyone is invited and there is no cost to attend. Christian D. Larsen Awards for lifetime achievement will be awarded to members of CNO. The ugly holiday sweater contest will begin at 6:30 with prizes for originality. At 7 PM will be the Award Presentation. At 7:30, there will be a Holiday Trivia contest.

Nick Scrimenti, Muralist

Greg Griffin introduced Nick Scrimenti, an artist and muralist originally from Dayton, Ohio and now residing in Cincinnati. He holds a bachelor’s in fine arts from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and a master’s degree in fine arts from the University of Cincinnati.

As a classically trained painter, visual artist, and experienced muralist, Nick has significant experience translating drawn or painted imagery into large-scale public art, as well as teaching.

Nick has been an adjunct professor at the University of Dayton, Miami University, and the University of Cincinnati. He is also one of a select few artists who are part of the Winsor & Newton Artist Outreach Program. The Artists Outreach Program travels to universities and art academies, demonstrating Winsor & Newtons paints, mediums, and techniques.

Scrimenti has many notable high-profile murals he worked on including the Kroger Corporate Headquarters Mural, the Samuel Adams Brewery Mural and many more. His personal work has been exhibited throughout the country and he’s been invited as a visiting artist to many well-known art schools including The Ohio State University, Michigan University, Cleveland Institute of Art, Herron College of Art and Design, Kansas City Art Institute, University of Wisconsin, The Art Academy of Cincinnati and many others.

For the last 11 years Scrimenti has made his living by creating large scale art and teaching.

His mural and sign painting website is here. There are dozens of pictures on this site of his work.

The slide deck has a lot of great pictures of finished and in process murals. You can view the slide deck here.   

Nick credits his mural career to and continues to work with Art Works Cincinnati, a nonprofit that transforms people and places through investments in creativity. The organization provides youth, ages 14-21, with the majority from underserved households, with competitive 21st century career readiness skills through mentorship by professional artists. He instructs apprentices and they get paid.

Besides murals he also paints old fashioned style signs that are hung in front of businesses. This type of art was almost extinct, but recently has seen a resurgence. Conventional plastic and vinyl signs do not offer the human look that hand painted signs have.

Nick really likes painting large scale murals. It can be challenging since painting an 8-foot orange is very different than a 3-inch orange.

There are several steps to go from mural design to the wall. He first starts with a grid over the design and the wall. He factors in the proportions available on the target wall. His grid system usually is 4’ x 4’ squares and occasionally 2’ x 2’ squares. The initial painting is filled in with large areas of blocked color, like a coloring book.

Notable Mural Projects

  • Kroger Corporate Headquarters
  • Samuel Adams Brewery
  • Rhinegiest Brewery
  • Kenner Toy Mural
  • Miami Beach Art Basel
  • Aurora Indiana Mural River Stage Mural
  • Hamilton, Ohio Mural
  • Cobblers Apprentice Mural
  • Dayton Mall (inside the mall)

Nick’s Hamilton mural was featured in the movie “Dark Waters,” and he was listed in the end credits. The movie stars Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins and Bill Pullman.

Scrimenti said, “The Kroger Mural was like his baby. It took a long time to create, but it came out great. It looks 3D and might be the largest still life ever painted.”

Scrimenti mixes his own paint out of special acrylic outdoor paint that holds up to the effects of the sun so it doesn’t fade.

Question and Answer

Q. How do you begin to price a project?

A. He starts with the square footage of the wall and then combines that with the time it has taken in the past per square foot.

Q. How long will your murals last on the side of a building?

A. If it is clean, primed, and uses the right paint, Nova Color products, it will last at least 20 years. He puts a clear coat on top of it that will extend that time and make it easier to clean. His first project was done 11 years ago, and he can’t see any changes in the color for that project.

Q. How do you apply the paint?

A. He prefers to use a brush. If there is a large giant area, he will use spray. Sometimes he can roll a large area, but most of the buildings are old and beat up, so you end up using a brush anyway.

Q. What project took the longest?

A. The Kenner Toy Mural took from June to November. The Art Works organization finds a lot of donors that give generously to allow these projects to happen.

Q. How does the weather affect your work?

A. The weather is a concern. They paint projects from the top to bottom so if it does rain, it doesn’t mess up parts that are finished. There have been some mistakes made by interns that have cost a lot of time because of rain.

Q. Do you have safety concerns?

A. Workers overheating is the primary concern. If the project is not shaded it is very uncomfortable, especially while wearing the required hard hat. Nick can easily drink 2 gallons of water in a day. He typically loses 15 pounds per summer. The scaffolding and height do not bother him.

Q. Do college students help you and receive college credit?

A. In a way. Students don’t get credit necessarily, but the job can count as a required internship.

 

Thank you, Nick Scrimenti, for joining the CNO meeting today to show us your work and give us a perspective of how challenging creating murals on a large scale is.

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Casey Dixon Jeff Umbreit 1st Reading

Happy Bucks

Member Reason
Myron Rheaume Happy that Charla is using a positive attitude and recovering from her broken leg.
Greg Griffin Gary Hansen did a great job running today’s meeting.

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Andy Dickerson November 24 11/24/2018 2
Erin Dickerson November 24 11/24/2018 2
Gareth Dickey November 24 11/24/2018 2
Mariah Vogelgesang November 24 11/24/2018 2
Rick Altvater November 24 11/24/2018 2
Ron Kuker November 24 11/24/2018 2
Jay McAlpine November 27 11/27/2017 3
Jayne Weikel November 27 11/27/2017 3
Nancy Anderson November 27 11/27/2017 3
Patrick Arehart November 27 11/27/2017 3
Rhonda Meeker November 27 11/27/2017 3
Rick Talda November 27 11/27/2017 3
Robby Johnson November 27 11/27/2017 3
Ryan Fay November 27 11/27/2017 3
Sharon Silverberg November 27 11/27/2017 3
Shelby DiPasquale November 27 11/27/2017 3
Sonny Singhvi November 27 11/27/2017 3
Jesse Lightle November 28 11/28/2006 14
Liz Fultz November 29 11/29/2015 5
Ted Humphrey November 29 11/29/2001 19

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Natalie King Dunlevey November 24
Tom Beery November 29
Denny Cottle November 29
Nancy Anderson November 30

CNO Donations 2013 through October 2020

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

Over the past 53 years, we donated over $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $712,000.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Welcome Guests!

Casey Dixon – Guest of Jeff Umbreit – WELCOME Casey!

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.

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.

November 17, 2020 – Cynthia Moon – About Sickle Cell Disease

Announcements

Katie Calloway, Social Media, announced that on LinkedIn she has created a company page for the Centerville Noon Optimist Club. She invites you to add your volunteer experience to your profile. The CNO logo will then show on your LinkedIn profile page. If you previously linked to CNO, link again to refresh the CNO logo.

Social Events

The annual Holiday Party will be virtual this year. It will be on Friday, December 11, 2020 at 6:30PM. Everyone is invited and there is no cost to attend. Christian D. Larsen Awards for lifetime achievement will be awarded to members of CNO. There is no cost to attend. The ugly holiday sweater contest will begin at 6:30 with prizes for originality. At 7 PM will be the Award Presentation. At 7:30, there will be a Holiday Trivia contest.

Cynthia L. Moon, Sickle Cell Project Director at Dayton Children’s Hospital

Nancy Lehren introduced Cynthia L. Moon, MSE, the Region 2 Sickle Cell Project Director at Dayton Children’s Hospital (DCH). The state of Ohio notifies Moon each time a child in the West Ohio region has an abnormal hemoglobin result after a newborn screening. The primary care physician is notified as well. At this point, the doctor can provide the confirmatory testing and follow-up education or they can refer the family to Dayton Children’s Hospital.

CNO’s Childhood Health and Wellness committee annually hosts a Build-A-Bear for Sickle Cell patients through DCH. Moon thanked CNO for having this fun event each year; the kids love it.

Her presentation is titled, “West Central Ohio Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center/Ohio Newborn Screening Program for Hemoglobinopathies.”

You can view the slide deck here

Check the slide deck for additional details not listed in the article.

In Ohio, about 100 kids a year are born with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD).

Sickle Cell Disease is the most common inherited blood disorder in the U.S. Sickle Cell Disease is a term used to describe a group of disorders that affect the hemoglobin in red blood cells. The abnormal blood cells are shaped like a sickle. It is a life-long condition, characterized by pain and the disease does not have a universal cure. The abnormal cells are jagged, stiff, sticky and they tend to clump together and occlude blood flow. This then causes damage to tissue, blood vessels, organs and bone.

Sickle cell disease is an invisible disease. Many patients look normal but are experiencing severe pain and organ damage. They also deal with stigmas and stereotypes. To understand the pain of the disease, imagine having pieces of broken glass flowing through your body.

In the United States, 100,000 Americans are affected by SCD and it affects millions of people worldwide. Anyone can get SCD, although it is more common in people with heritage from Africa, Asia, Europe, Mediterranean areas (Turkey, Greece, Italy), Middle East and Central and South America.

Ohio’s 88 counties are served by six regional sickle cell projects (ORSCP). Each ORSCP is funded by a grant from the Ohio Department of Health Sickle Cell Services Program.

Moon’s region includes 17 counties. Her counties with the highest concentration of cases are Allen, Clark, Greene, and Montgomery. The headquarters for her region is the Hematology and Oncology Department at Dayton Children’s Hospital.

The Goals of ORSCP

  • Early identification of children with sickle cell disease and related hemoglobinopathies
  • Increase awareness, knowledge and skill level of Ohio’s health care professionals
  • Expand community awareness of the disorders

Hemoglobinopathies include sickle cell disease and sickle cell trait. These diseases can vary in the number and severity of symptoms. Some are life-threatening while others show no signs of the condition. Severe cases that are left untreated can cause a shortage of red blood cells, organ damage or other serious complications.

All babies born in Ohio have been tested for sickle cell traits since March of 1990. It is part of over 40 genetic disorders tested for in newborns.

It is important for parents to know if they have the disease or are a carrier. If both parents have the sickle cell trait there is a 25% chance with each pregnancy of having a baby born with sickle cell disease.

Doctors must let parents know if there are abnormal results, so the child is careful with family planning in the future. It is very important for couples to know their hemoglobin type before having children.

Common Complications of Sickle Cell

  • Pain crises episodes
  • Infection/fever
  • Acute chest syndrome
  • Anemia
  • Gallbladder issues
  • Splenic sequestration
  • Stroke
  • Priapism
  • Avascular necrosis (AVN)
  • Leg/ankle ulcers (mostly in adults)
  • Delayed growth and development
  • Psychosocial issues

The only cure known for the disease is a bone marrow transplant and is not available to many patients. The process is very expensive and very risky. It requires a matching bone marrow donor, usually a sibling. Most patients are treated their entire lives with drugs to reduce the effects of the disease and to help control the pain.

There are currently experimental cures using gene therapy being tried where no donor is needed.

Thank you, Cynthia L. Moon, for joining us to educate CNO about Sickle Cell Disease and the Ohio Sickle Cell Project at Dayton Children’s Hospital.

New Member Readings and Inductions

No readings nor inductions this week.

Happy Bucks

Member Reason
Casey Dixon (Guest)Yesterday was her child’s 8th birthday.
Judy DeMarcoHappy for all the friends they have added through the Centerville Noon Optimist Club.

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Larry England November 17 11/17/1994 16
Nancy Lehren November 17 11/17/1994 16
Julie Cochran November 19 11/19/2009 11
Beth Duncan November 20 11/20/2016 4
John Kalaman November 20 11/20/2016 4
Jon Fox November 20 11/20/2000 20
Marilyn Becht November 20 11/20/2016 4
Paula Kalaman November 20 11/20/2016 4
Christine Balsan November 21 11/21/2013 7
Dave Klein November 21 11/21/2013 7
Kristina Rainer November 21 11/21/2012 8
Martha Jackson November 21 11/21/2013 7
Bill DeFries November 23 11/23/2004 16

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Russell Hulbert November 19
Maureen Ruff November 20
Brendan Cunningham November 22
Jayne Weikel November 22
Mike Kistler November 23

CNO Donations 2013 through October 2020

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

Over the past 53 years, we have donated over $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $712,000.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Welcome Guests!

Casey Dixon – Guest of Jeff Umbreit – WELCOME Casey!

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.

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.

November 10, 2020 – Vicki Giambrone – Child Wellness and Advocacy in Ohio

Announcements

Debe Dockins announced that 2,965 flags were distributed for Veteran’s Day. Thanks to all the volunteers. A special thanks to the Avenue of Flags committee members, Mike Brubaker, Bob Burkman, and Tom Novak for a very successful year.

Debe Dockins announced that two new committees have chairs, and each needs a co-chair. If you would like to volunteer contact the new chairs. For the Photography Contest committee contact Julie Noeth. For the Visual Arts Contest committee contact Deb Saunders.

Christy Gariety, Adopt-A-Family chair, announced that she is looking for 15 more participants for the holiday program. The deadline is 11/23/2020. Contact Christy if you would like to participate this year. It is easier than ever to get involved; you just purchase gift cards for children in need. If $50 is more than you want to spend, team up with another member to purchase a card together.

Social Media Announcement

Katie Calloway, Social Media chair, updated us about the Social Media Committee. Her co-chair is Diane Arehart. Katie said the Facebook page now has over 1000 followers. The committee posts about fundraisers and donations made by CNO. They tag organizations receiving the donations and tag the organizations of the CNO guest speakers.

How can you help with Social Media? Like the CNO Facebook page. Please also tag the club in your posts.

If you are a committee chair, please reach out to Katie or Diane to get them to place posts for your fundraiser or community event. They are working on having consistent branding of CNO across all social media platforms.

Annual Holiday Party on Zoom

The annual Holiday Party will be virtual this year. It will be Friday, December 11, 2020 at 6:30 PM. Everyone is invited and there is no cost to attend. The Christian D. Larsen Awards for lifetime achievement will be awarded to members of CNO. The ugly holiday sweater contest with prizes for originality will begin at 6:30. At 7 PM will be the Award Presentation. At 7:30 PM, there will be a Holiday Trivia contest.

Vicki Giambrone, CBD Advisors

Nancy Lehren introduced Vicki Giambrone a partner with CBD Advisors. Vicki is passionate about serving the needs of children. She spent nearly 24 years as VP for Strategic Partnerships and Business Development for Dayton Children’s Hospital (DCH).

Some have described Vicki’s work at DCH as legendary. Simply put, she can be described as an advocate and champion of kids.

Giambrone is a former mayor of Beavercreek, Ohio.

Some of the Awards Giambrone has received for her work

  • Woman of the Year for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Southwestern Ohio
  • Dayton Business Journal Power 50 (2015)
  • Top 10 Women (Dayton Daily News) (2000)

Giambrone’s presentation today was titled, “Optimists can make a profound difference for Ohio’s children through advocacy! Bringing about the best for kids.”

A statement Giambrone mentioned several times today was, “Who’s for kids and who’s just kidding?”

You can view the slide deck here.

Giambrone was disappointed that during the recent election there was very little discussion about advocating for children. She was happy with the previous Ohio governor’s election because both candidates signed promises to support policies for kids.

To be a Champion for kids we need to learn, speak up and act.

How are the 546,000 kids aged 0-5 years faring in Ohio?

  • 46th in the nation in overall health value in the nation
  • 1 in 4 living in poverty
  • 1 in 3 Appalachian children living in poverty
  • More than 1 in 2 African American babies living in poverty

Early Adversity has Lasting Impacts

One in seven Ohio children have experienced three or more Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES). This has a lasting impact. It leads to more injuries, mental health issues, HIV and STDs, chronic disease, alcohol and drug abuse, unsafe sex and reduced income opportunities.

Ohio’s Workforce crisis starts with kids not ready for school

  • Only 41% of kids come to kindergarten ready to learn
  • Only 44% of Ohio’s workforce has a degree or credential for available jobs
  • Ohio needs to give all Ohioans an opportunity to succeed by supporting kids in their earliest years

How are kids aged 0-5 faring in Montgomery County?

  • 33.6% live in poverty
  • 61.9% of African American kids live in poverty
  • 34% demonstrate readiness for Kindergarten
  • 19% of African American kids demonstrate readiness for Kindergarten
  • 22% of Hispanic kids demonstrate readiness for Kindergarten

How can you help Bring about the Best for Kids?

  • Speak up for kids
  • Become a Citizen Lobbyist and Child Advocate
    • Be Registered to vote and then vote for candidates who support policies for kids
    • Know who your legislators are
    • Be vocal with and contact legislators and other public officials about the issues that matter for kids
    • Write Op-Eds
    • Put information in your newsletters
  • Join Advocacy groups or coalitions

Vote for Ohio Kids

Vote for Ohio Kids is a statewide effort started in partnership by Groundwork Ohio and the Ohio Children’s Hospitals Association – dedicated to advocating for policies and investments to improve child health and wellbeing so that we create opportunities for all Ohio children to thrive.

Vote for Ohio kids is driving a powerful policy agenda that puts Ohio kids front and center. We know Ohio children are best positioned for lifelong success if they are healthy, safe, connected, and ready to learn. See slide 17 for further details.

Ohio is about to create their next state budget. When its budget cutting time, they always start with the easiest targets. And kids are the easiest target because they do not vote, which is why kids need advocates.

Giambrone’s favorite quote is from Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world, indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Giambrone said she is thrilled about what CNO and Optimist International does for kids.

Comments after the presentation

CNO member Christy Gariety, a retired Kindergarten Teacher from Dayton City Schools, had a comment. There are resources in our area but getting access to these services and resources is very difficult for a lot of families. We need to think differently. Giambrone agreed that transportation is a huge issue. Giambrone then said she worries that with kids at home because of COVID-19 instead of school that abuse is still occurring but not being reported.

Giambrone said that Montgomery Count recently donated $2 Million for free internet for the next 3 years. This will assist 2000 families.

Thank you, Vicki Giambrone, for speaking to us today about child advocacy and children’s wellness in Ohio and Montgomery County.

New Member Readings and Inductions

Np readings nor inductions this week.

Happy Bucks

Member Reason
Debe Dockins Thanks to Vicki Giambrone for speaking to us today.
Debe Dockins Debe wanted to mention that Vicki Giambrone received honorable mention for the 2018 Erma Bombeck writing contest.
Jeff Umbreit CHS Girls Division 1 Cross Country team are 2020 state champions. The team helps CNO with tree delivery each year at the tree lot. ($5)
Jean Pummill Highly recommends the book, “Power of the Creed” by James M Rankin.
Carolyn Taylor Happy she was rescued from being locked in the bathroom at flag headquarters.
Greg Griffin Roy Barclay and Jerry Stahley did nice work installing a sign behind the Centerville BMV explaining that the 2020 tree lot is cancelled.

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined
Bob Vogt November 8 11/8/2005
Art Hung November 16 11/16/2001
Tim Clemmer November 16 11/16/2001

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Robin Golden November 4
Judy McFadden November 6
Drew Mckenzie November 6
Charlie Tapp November 6
JoAnne Rau November 7
Laurie Poeppelman November 7
Dan Apolito November 8
Ken Irwin November 9
Dean Heyne November 10
Gary Aiken November 11
Becky Keegan November 12
Kelly George November 12

CNO Donations 2013 through October 2020

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

Over the past 53 years, we have donated over $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $712,000.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Welcome Guests!

Casey Dixon – Guest of Jeff Umbreit – WELCOME Casey!

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.

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.

October 27, 2020 – John Zimkus – Warren County Historical Society and Golden Lamb

Special Announcement

There is no meeting on Election Day 11/3/2020. The next meeting will be on Zoom on 11/10/2020 at noon.

Announcements

Tom Novak, Avenue of flags, said that AOF will deliver over 2900 flags for Veterans Day. They need a lot more volunteers for both delivery and pickup. You do not have to commit to both tasks. This time of the year it gets dark early and this reduces the pool of available volunteers who can deliver while it is light outside. Please let Tom know if you can help.

Christy Gariety, Adopt-A-Family chair, announced that she is looking for another 15 participants for this holiday program. Contact her if you would like to participate this year. It is easier than ever to get involved; you just purchase gift cards for children in need.

Debe Dockins announced that there is still time to donate to the Optimist International Foundation’s Dime-a-Day program. This is the 50th anniversary of the OI Foundation.

Debe Dockins said the investigation into what it will take to resume in person meetings at Yankee Trace is being worked on.

John Zimkus, Warren County Historical Society and Golden Lamb

Debe Dockins introduced John Zimkus, a historian at the Warren County Historical Society. He has been with the Society since 1990 and he has been the house historian at the Golden Lamb for 12 years. COVID restrictions have meant that he has not worked at the Golden Lamb since March, 2020. Zimkus is a retired teacher who taught history in Lebanon for 35 years. He is a graduate of Centerville High School.

Mike and Terry Bevis invited him to speak to CNO after hearing him tell these stories at the Golden Lamb. He came today to share some ghost stories about the Golden Lamb restaurant in Lebanon, Ohio.

John said that ghost stories are very popular. Many people believe in an afterlife in heaven or hell. Part of the reason ghost stories are popular is that they seem believable because the stories have similarities to other beliefs you have, like an afterlife. Instead of a heaven off earth, spirits stick around where they existed in life. There are many more theories.

Books with Golden Lamb Ghost Stories

  • Ghost Hunters Guide to Haunted Ohio, by Chris Woodyard
  • Haunted Miami Valley, by Jennifer Eblin

Different Experiences of a Spirit

  • Seeing a ghost in human form
  • Strange things happening, like objects (such as chairs) moving on their own
  • Orbs or dots of lights flying around a room

People interested in Ghosts come to the Golden Lamb to

  • Hear Stories
  • Sense Ghosts
  • Talk to ghosts
  • Investigate paranormal activity

Paranormal Activity at the Golden Lamb

Zimkus said, “Some say the Golden Lamb is one of the most haunted places in Ohio.”

Almost all the paranormal stories about the Golden Lamb involve ghosts of a little girl or a gaunt looking man.

One of the stories about the little girl is that she is the ghost of Sarah Stubbs. Her grandfather bought the Golden Lamb in 1843. Documents tell us she got married in 1909. So, she can’t be the ghost of the Golden Lamb because she didn’t die as a little girl.

However, there is a theory called the imprint theory. If something traumatic happens in your lifetime your spirit can return at the age you were when the even occurred. Sarah Stubbs was 5 years old when her father died. Under that theory, she could be the little girl that haunts the Golden Lamb.

Zimkus said he likes hearing personal stories from people that claim experience with the ghosts of the Golden Lamb. The ones he does not care as much for are the ones that are obviously false because they get the history or other facts incorrect. One person told a story about an experience in the Bill Clinton room in the Golden Lamb. There is no Bill Clinton room, but there is, however, a George W. Bush room at the Inn. Stories that get facts wrong appear on the internet and once there the story never dies no matter how wrong it is.

Stories about the Little Girl

Full Length Fur Coat Lady

There was a woman wearing a rabbit fur coat at the Golden Lamb. Someone swears they saw a little girl petting the coat. Then the little girl suddenly disappears.

Dress Missing from Photo

There was a dress on the bed in one of the rooms. A woman took a picture with her digital camera. The photo shows the bed, but there is no dress on it.

Drunk Guy Trips

There was a couple that likes to stay at the Golden Lamb. During one of their stays, the man had way too much to drink. Upstairs the occupied guest rooms are blocked by a rope. Instead of removing the rope when going to his room, he decides to jump over the rope. He tripped before completing the task. The woman swears she could hear a little girl laughing at his mishap, only there is no little girl to be found.

Bored 6-year-old Boy

A family came to dine at the Golden Lamb and had a long wait to be seated. The 6-year-old boy asks while they wait if he can he go play with the little girl at the other side of the room. The parents could not see this girl. Supposedly, children have a much easier time seeing paranormal entities.

Who is the Ghost of the Gaunt Man?

Many people have died at the Golden Lamb, which means there are several possible men that are the ghost of the gaunt man. Zimkus mentioned two of the possibilities.

In 1829, Charles R. Sherman, an Ohio Supreme Court justice, died at the age of 41 at the Golden Lamb

In 1871, Clement Vallandigham, a renowned U.S. congressman from Ohio and criminal defense attorney, died at the age of 50 in the Golden Lamb. He accidentally shot himself in the abdomen with a pistol when trying to demonstrate that his client, Thomas McGehean, was innocent. He died the next day. He is buried in Woodland Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio.

Study for Paranormal Activity at Golden Lamb

In 2008, the Cincinnati Ohio Paranormal group studied the Golden Lamb. They brought some fancy and sensitive equipment. Their equipment could record sound beyond the frequencies of human hearing. No one was staying at the Inn that day. When the recordings were played back, the first sound was a woman screaming. The group claimed they could hear someone saying, “Stop Them” and then, “Go away”. Zimkus was able to listen to this recording.

Fabricated Stories and Tricks

Joe Nickell, an investigator of the paranormal, travels around to disprove that places are haunted. When Nickell stayed at the Golden Lamb, the desk clerk admitted moving things around in rooms to scare the cleaning crews. 

There have been mystery messages on mirrors. This can be done with the oil on your fingers. When the mirror gets steamed by a shower, mystery messages appear.

Thank you

Thank you, John Zimkus, for entertaining us with stories of paranormal activities at the Golden Lamb. Definitely timely being the meeting right before Halloween!

New Member Readings and Inductions

No readings nor inductions this week.

Happy Bucks

Member Reason
Bob Vogt Happy to be at today’s meeting.
Myron Rheaume Thanks for the well wishes after his back surgery.
Myron Rheaume Nice showing of CNO members at the State conference in Columbus this past weekend.

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Charlie Goodwin October 28 10/28/2008 12
Jessica King October 28 10/28/2008 12
Karen Sirmans October 28 10/28/2008 12
Mike Brubaker October 28 10/28/2008 12

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Brent Richburg October 28
Shawn Thacker October 28
Bob Bargmeyer October 29
Suzanne Werts October 30
Cheryl Reichel November 1
Deb Saunders November 1
Wendy Hattan November 2

CNO Donations 2013 through September 2020

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

Over 50 years, we have donated over $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $796,000.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Welcome Guests!

No Guests 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.

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.

October 20, 2020 – Janet Piechocki – Hobart Welding

Announcements

Tom Novak, Avenue of flags, said that AOF will deliver over 2900 flags for Veterans Day. They need a lot more volunteers for both delivery and pickup. You do not have to commit to both tasks. This time of the year it gets dark early and this reduces the pool of available volunteers who can deliver while it is light outside. Please let Tom know if you can help.

Christy Gariety, Adopt-A-Family chair, announced that 13 members have already said they will participate in this holiday program. Contact her if you would like to participate this year.

Mike Bevis announced there is a press release going out that explains the tree lot fundraiser cancellation for 2020.

Committee Meetings

Sue Jesse, co-chair of the Social Distancing Committee, announced there will be a committee meeting 10/28/2020 at 6 PM at Beth Duncan’s offices for Lizard Apparel and Promotions. You can also connect by Zoom. They are accepting new committee members and they could use additional help.

Janet Piechocki, Hobart Institute of Welding Technology

Nancy Lehren introduced Janet Piechocki, the head of marketing and career development for the Hobart Institute of Welding Technology (HIWT). The ACCSC accredited institute was started by the Hobart company in the 1940’s. HIWT is a nonprofit school located in Troy, Ohio. Janet has been at HIWT for 21 years.

You can view Janet’s slide deck here

The facility has 345 welding stations and in 2016 a new corporate training facility was added. Over 100,000 welders have been trained.

HIWT is recognized as a global leader. Their books and supplies are sold all around the world.

HIWT has a test facility. Besides testing their student’s work, they test welds for the military and other welding schools.

Requirements for Admission to the Institute

  • Applicants must be 16 or older
  • Submit $125 fee at the time of registration
  • Must present proof high school graduation or G.E.D. prior to start date
  • There are no ACT/SAT or GPA requirements

Students can choose between 6-month and 10-month programs.

6 Month Structural

  • Tuition $11,400
  • Books $430
  • Supplies $356
  • Registration $125

10 Month Combination Structural and Pipe

  • Tuition $19,000
  • Books $520
  • Supplies $356
  • Registration $125

Students in both programs can earn certifications

  • FCAW Vertical/Overhead (X-Ray)
  • GMAW (Short Circuit) (X-Ray)
  • 4 AWS QC7 Certifications
  • Titanium (X-Ray)

Additional certifications possible with the 10 Month program

  • 1 additional AWS QC7 Certification
  • 2 inch Pipe 2G & 5G (X-Ray)
  • 6 inch Pipe 6010/7018 6G (X-Ray)

Technical Classes Offered

  • CWi/CWE/CWS
  • Visual Inspection
  • Welding for the Non-Welder
  • Liquid Penetrant and Magnetic Particle Inspections

Numerous Financial Aid and Scholarship opportunities are available. See slide deck for details. The Centerville Noon Optimist club has been awarding scholarships to this school as part of our Skilled Trades Scholarships.

The longer 10-month program is the most popular. Graduates with the extra certifications have higher salaries, even when doing the same work.

For those that must travel to attend the institute they have a list of affordable housing in the Troy, Ohio area.

Welding is a great career path. There is currently a huge shortage of welders and it is getting worse. It is estimated that 200,000 to 400,00 jobs in welding are currently unfilled. HIWT helps graduates find jobs. They hold 3 job fairs each year. The ROI for attending HIWT is higher than even the most prestigious of colleges. A recent study lists HIWT as 19th in ROI out of 4500 post high school learning institutions. The slide deck has further statistics.

HIWT has been open during COVID. Students work in every other welding booth. HIWT was recognized as an essential business and was not shut down by the government.

Thank you, Janet Piechocki, for joining us to educate CNO about the Hobart Institute of Welding Technology

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Dan Thalheimer Joan Cordonnier 3rd Reading
Colleen Albertson Becky Keegan Induction
Katy Parker Carol Smerz Induction

Happy Bucks

Member Reason
Carol Smerz Happy to have sponsored her first new CNO member, Katy Barker
Nancy Lehren Officially retired
Evelyn Griffin Janet Piechocki speaking to us from the Hobart Institute of Welding Technology

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Aaron Campbell October 20 10/20/2009 11
Monty Zinck October 20 10/20/2009 11
Steve Campbell October 20 10/20/2009 11
Tom Henderson October 20 10/20/2009 11
Carrie Million October 21 10/21/2015 5
Evelyn Griffin October 21 10/21/2015 5
Steve Blake October 21 10/21/2015 5
Bob Foster October 22 10/22/2003 17
Laurie Poeppelman October 22 10/22/2003 17
Mike Fanelli October 22 10/22/2003 17

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Gary Anderson October 20

CNO Donations 2013 through September 2020

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

Over 50 years, we have donated over $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $796,000.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Welcome Guests!

No Guests 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.

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.

October 13, 2020 – Club Day

2020 Awards Presentations Recap

President Debe Dockins and immediate Past President Greg Griffin discussed and shared videos about the 2019-2020 year.

Today’s meeting was a review of the activities from the Installation and Awards Presentation that was held 9/29/2020 in the evening.

Highlights of the recap were

  • Passing of the Gavel Video that ends with a SNL parody of Debe receiving the gavel
  • Awards Presentation for 2019-2020 year
  • Highlights of the previous year video

Greg Griffin’s President Awards

Greg recognized several CNO members with awards:

  • Rookie of the year award, Joanne Rau; has volunteered at many events and arranged a TV interview of Greg Griffin
  • Rooke of the year award, Steve Rau; among many other things he helped at Stingley school where CNO volunteered at Winterfest
  • Rookie of the year award, Carol Smerz; did a wonderful job this year and participated in many events
  • Key Person Award, Diane Arehart; for her work with Social Media
  • Key Person Award, Katie Calloway; for her work with Social Media
  • Key Person Award, Roland Rapp; for doing a great job in his first year as Club Treasurer
  • Key Person Award, Jean Pummill; for doing a great job as Club Secretary
  • Humble Scribe Award, Patrick Arehart; for his work on writing the CNOtes each week
  • Imagine 2020 Award, Beth Duncan; for re-inventing social events as social distancing committee; her idea has been borrowed by Optimist International and spread to other clubs

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Dan Thalheimer Joan Cordonnier 2nd Reading
Colleen Albertson Becky Keegan 3rd Reading
Katy Parker Carol Smerz 3rd Reading

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Beth DuncanThanks for everyone praying for her father after his accident last falling off a curb.
Myron RheaumeThankful he had a successful surgery. Thanks to everyone for all the cards, letters and emails.
Christy GarietyThankful for a successful foot surgery.
Carolyn TaylorHappy to be at the meeting and in one piece after she fell recently.
Vida McDowellSon just got engaged.
Debe Dockins$10 for immediate past president Greg Griffin and his board of directors.
Debe DockinsBirthday of son Stephen
Debe DockinsBirthday of son Michael

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Keith Meyer October 16 10/16/2013 7
Greg Smith October 17 10/17/2007 13
Jean Pummill October 17 10/17/2012 8

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Sue Jessee October 14
Donna Robinson October 14
Wes Cleaves October 15
Craig Dring October 16
Renee Glenn October 17
Steve Rudisill October 17
Bill Shisler October 18
James Reinhard October 19
Greg Griffin October 19

CNO Donations 2013 through September 2020

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

Over 50 years, we have donated over $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $796,000.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Welcome Guests!

No Guests 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.

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.

October 6, 2020 – Officer John P. Kalaman and Robert J. O’Toole Awards Presented to Our First Responders

Debe Dockins, President of Centerville Noon Optimist Club

Today is the first meeting with our new president, Debe Dockins. Thank you, Debe, for taking on the extra duties to serve our great club. You are perfect for the job.

President Dockins announced that she plans to work with committees to re-imagine during COVID restrictions how our club can continue to have community events and fundraisers to continue our mission as “Friend of Youth.”

Optimist International Foundation 50th Anniversary

Bill Stone, the district rep for the OI Foundation, announced that this year there is a special Dime-A-Day pin for the 50th anniversary of the Optimist International Foundation. The Foundation has decided in honor of its 50th anniversary that the donation amount is $50 for this year. Their vision statement is, “We envision a Foundation that can provide significant funding for Optimist International’s youth and service programs and is proudly supported by individual Optimists, their Clubs and the community at large.” Please consider donating to this outstanding non-profit organization. Please send your donations to the CNO OI rep Greg Wasmund, then our club gets credit for your donation.

Announcements

Debe Dockins announced that the Ohio District Conference and Convention will be October 23rd and 24th, 2020, at Embassy Suites in Dublin Ohio.

Mike Brubaker, Optimist of the Year

The 2019-2020 winner of the Centerville Noon Optimist Thomas P. Frazier Optimist of the Year Award is Mike Brubaker.  He is more than deserving of this recognition. Mike joined CNO on 10/28/2008.

It is the job of the previous year’s winner to announce the current year winner. Beth Duncan stopped by the Brubaker home and gave the award in person during the Zoom President and Officer Installation meeting on 9/29/2020.

You can read the full article in the 2020-2021 Installation Dinner CNOtes.

A video of Beth presenting the award to Mike is available here. 

Community Events

Debe Dockins announced that she is looking for volunteers for the Halloween Hop and Howl. CNO is partnering with the Centerville-Washington Park District. The events will be 10/29/2020 and 10/30/2020 from 4 PM to 6 PM at Forest Field Park. Contact Debe Dockins if you would like to volunteer. Volunteers should arrive no later than 3:30 PM.  We need 12 Optimist volunteers each day (10 treat stations and two people at a Welcome/CNO Tent/Table). CNO volunteers are welcome to decorate the treat stations. Volunteers will be handing out bouncy balls, Halloween candy, tops, spider rings, etc. Children dressed in costume will walk between treat stations. At each station, a sign will direct children to perform a challenge like “howl at the moon”, “walk like Frankenstein”, “cackle like a witch”, “hop like a bunny” or something else. Adults and children aged 10+ are required to wear a mask or facial covering.

Virtual Awards Ceremonies – Respect for Law and Firefighter/EMT awards

CNO members Bob Burkman, Gary Anderson and Debe Dockins were on hand to facilitate our annual awards for the John P. Kalaman Respect for Law Award and Robert J. O’Toole EMT/Firefighter of the Year Award. Also on hand were CNO members and Centerville Police Department Captain Mike Brem and Township Administrator Jesse Lightle.

The families of the gentlemen the awards are named after were represented at the ceremonies by John Kalaman and Ruth O’Toole.

One Recipient is Selected From each of these organizations

  • City of Centerville Police Department
  • Washington Township Substation of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office
  • Washington Township Firefighter and EMT

The ceremonies were recorded on 10/2/2020.

Links to Brochures and videos of the ceremonies

John P. Kalaman Respect for Law Awards

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.

City of Centerville Police Department

This year’s recipient is Records/Communications Specialist Amanda L. Holland. She was nominated by a fellow R/C specialist at the City of Centerville Police Department.

Amanda Holland spoke. She thanked the Kalaman and O’Toole families and she appreciates that the awards are still happening during this chaotic year.

She said, “Everything we do in dispatch is a team effort.” Being selected for this award is a big deal to her. She understands the sacrifices of officers and their families. Her husband is an officer for the City of Franklin. She helps new Records/Communications (dispatchers) employees understand how important their job is.

Holland introduced her husband and her 3-year-old daughter, Ella. Also attending were her Mother, her Mother and Father-in-law and some friends.

Washington Township Substation of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office

This year’s recipient is Deputy Shane Carter.

Deputy Carter has been assigned to the Washington Township sub-station as the Community Engagement Officer since 2019. Deputy Carter turned an old, unused trailer in the parking lot into a community resource trailer with plans to provide food & drinks at neighborhood events. Within months, the trailer served a much greater purpose after tornadoes devastated the Miami Valley Region. Deputy Carter mobilized the trailer as a resource to serve hot food and cold drinks to the areas most affected. He was later awarded a $10,000 grant to purchase and outfit a new trailer.  Deputy Carter has worked tirelessly to strengthen the relationship between the township and police as he took it upon himself to develop a Facebook page for residents to assist in setting up neighborhood watch groups.  He also participates in Super Saturday events and conducts security surveys for businesses and residents.

Deputy Carter spoke. He thanked his family and said that without his wife’s support he would not have been able serve his community at the level he has been able to. He also thanked Township Administrator Jesse Lightle and Sheriff Streck for their support.

Robert J. O’Toole EMT/Firefighter of the Year Award

This year’s recipient is Fire Lieutenant Jeff Joseph.

An active member of the Washington Township Fire Department for 31 years, Jeff now works part time for the department and is also a full-time employee at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. His positive attitude, energy, and passion make an enormous impact on the department, along with his broad range of skills accumulated over decades of experience. Jeff is constantly looking for ways to lighten the load of others, working a variety of assignments as needed and even bringing dinner for crews that he has cooked himself. According to Fire Chief Scott Kujawa, “Lt. Jeff Joseph exemplifies what it means to be a Washington Township firefighter.”

Lieutenant Joseph spoke. He remembers the awful day when the Robert O’Toole and John P. Kalaman were lost in the line of duty. For him personally, the experience of a line of duty death is something you never forget. It is an honor to receive this award and he thanked CNO and the department for honoring him.

Ruth O’Toole made a few comments after the group picture was taken. She said, “Thanks to the Optimist Club for keeping Bob’s memory alive. Thanks to everyone for being here today.”

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.

The Firefighter/EMT award honors the memory of Ruth and John’s son Robert J. O’Toole. Robert who lost his life on January 12, 1998 while responding to an accident.

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Dan Thalheimer Joan Cordonnier 1st Reading
Colleen Albertson Becky Keegan 2nd Reading
Katy Parker Carol Smerz 2nd Reading

Happy Bucks

No time for Happy Bucks this week.

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Valorie Huff October 7 10/7/2004 16
Deb Saunders October 8 10/8/2016 4
Jesse Gaither October 8 10/8/2016 4
Jim Mogan October 8 10/8/2016 4
Rachel Selby October 8 10/8/2016 4
Becky Keegan October 12 10/12/2018 2

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Jack Grady October 6
Jane Orr October 6
Rachel Selby October 7
Christy Gariety October 9
Laurie Westheimer October 9
Paula Kalaman October 9
Lacy Owens October 10
Dav Bremer October 11
Steve Campbell October 11

CNO Donations 2013 through September 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.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Welcome Guests!

No Guests 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.

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.

September 22, 2020 – Dr. Tom Henderson – Superintendent of Centerville City Schools

Thanks to President Greg Griffin

Today was the last regular noon meeting for Greg Griffin as President of CNO. We know it was not an easy year being president with COVID-19 in the world for half of his term. Thanks, Greg, for your leadership for the 2019-2020 year.

Community Events

Nancy Lehren, the chair of Childhood Health and Wellness, announced that 58 bears were handed out for TOP Soccer at the Build-A-Bear event on 9/20/2020 at Oak Grove Park. Many of the parents communicated that the kids were very excited to be able to receive their bears.

Debe Dockins announced that she is looking for volunteers for the Halloween Hop and Howl. CNO is partnering with the Centerville-Washington Park District. The events will be 10/29/2020 and 10/30/2020 from 3 PM to 5 PM at Forest Field Park. Contact Debe Dockins if you would like to volunteer. Volunteers should arrive no later than 2:30 PM.  We need 12 Optimist volunteers each day (10 treat stations and two people at a Welcome/CNO Tent/Table). CNO volunteers are welcome to decorate the treat stations. Volunteers will be handing out bouncy balls, Halloween candy, tops, spider rings, etc. Children dressed in costume will walk between treat stations. At each station a sign will direct children to perform a challenge like “howl at the moon”, “walk like Frankenstein”, “cackle like a witch”, “hop like a bunny” or something else. Adults and children aged 10+ are required to wear a mask or facial covering.

Ohio District Convention and Conference

Greg Griffin announced that the Ohio District Conference and Annual Convention will be 10/23/2020 at Embassy Suites in Dublin Ohio. If you plan to attend send Roland Rapp your completed registration by Friday 9/25/2020 to qualify for early bird pricing so he can send the check and completed forms. The two meetings were combined since the Annual Convention in August was postponed. CNO will reimburse you for your registration fees if you sign up for early bird pricing and attend the convention.

Dr. Tom Henderson, Centerville City Schools

Greg Griffin introduced Dr. Tom Henderson, the Superintendent of Centerville City Schools (CCS). He has been a member of CNO since 2009

You can view the slide deck here

His presentation was titled “Elks Back to School, Centerville City Schools 2020-2021”.

He remembered on 3/11/2020 he was at a convention and the participants watched the Governor’s announcement on TV that K-12 schools would be closed for 4 weeks.

  • On 3/16/2020, CCS started classes again using Google Classroom and the Zoom platform
  • They deployed 125 wireless hotspots and approximately 2000 Chrome Books
  • They continued to support families who qualify for free and reduced lunch and breakfast
  • They were assisted by Centerville Police Department and Washington Township Sheriff’s Office

It became evident the online classes would be longer than 4 weeks and that the school’s buildings would be shut down.

  • Buildings were shut down until the end of June and all staff worked remotely from home
  • All Spring activities were cancelled
  • There was a remote Graduation
  • There was a very popular Class of 2020 Parade that took place

There were a few people in each building making sure the buildings had no issues and to make sure maintenance issues were handled. Large buildings are meant to be occupied. The water systems need to be periodically used as an example of maintenance chores that need to be done.

Input from Community & Experts

  • More than 5000 surveys from students, parents, and teachers were completed
  • Collected input from building principals and teacher advisory teams
  • Collaboration with area school districts and Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County
  • Guidance and considerations from ODE Ohio Department of Health, American Academy of Pediatrics and more

Guiding Principals

  • Safeguarding the health and safety of our school community
  • Ensuring effective and equitable teaching and learning opportunities
  • Supporting the emotional well-being of students and staff
  • Providing an essential service to our community

Learning Options

The district decided to provide students with two learning options.

Option 1 would be some combination of In-Person, 50/50 blended or Fully Remote.

Option 2 would be a 100% online learning model. Even when in person learning is offered, some families have issues with students and their families not wanting their kids to be in school with other students. There can be several types of concerns; health conditions of the student or family members is common.

There are several slides in the slide presentation that detail the expectations and steps for the students, educators and administrators with each option. Most of those details are not in this blog article.

You can view the slide deck here

With either option the district needed to provide every student with a Chromebook. To purchase most of the additional Chromebooks required, they were able to use a federal grant. The school already owned enough Chromebooks to share, but that is an issue with a pandemic and for access outside of school properties.

The 2020-2021 school year started online only for students on 8/24/2020. Staff and teachers reported on 8/17/2020. Staff and teachers spent the initial week receiving training to handle the new year. Currently 80% of the teachers are teaching from their classrooms at their respective schools.

Quarter 2

  • Beginning on 10/19/2020 they are recommending an in person teaching model
  • Continue to balance educational options with health and safety protocols
  • During remote learning we have had some students attend in person including special needs students and some Career Education and Elementary students for MAP Assessments
  • Total remote learning will still be an option for Quarter 2 for those families who still desire this mode of instruction
  • Additional details will be released by the district the week of 9/28/2020

The district has spent almost $3 million on cleaning machines and supplies. They hope to get $2 million back in federal grants.

Henderson was asked how the community could help by volunteering. He said school looks different right now and in person volunteering is currently limited. If you have an idea, feel free to contact him to discuss volunteer opportunities. Financial donations are welcome to help provide reduced price or free lunches and to offset some of the extra expenses the district has had and will have.

Henderson said, “It has definitely been a journey. Trying to figure out the right answer has been challenging.”

Thank you, Tom Henderson, for joining us to educate CNO about how Centerville City Schools is coping with the challenges caused by the COVID crisis.

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Colleen AlbertsonBecky Keegan1st Reading
Katy ParkerCarol Smerz1st Reading

Happy Bucks

Member Reason
Judy DeMarco Thanks to Greg Griffin for doing an excellent job as CNO president for the past year.

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Bill Williams September 20 9/20/1993 27
Denny Cottle September 20 9/20/2015 5
Sue Brubaker September 23 9/23/2008 12
Bryan Miller September 26 9/26/2018 2
Carolyn Taylor September 26 9/26/2018 2
Dana Dring September 26 9/26/2018 2
Mike Cordonnier September 26 9/26/2018 2
Mike Wall September 26 9/26/1995 25
Steve Linder September 26 9/26/2018 2
Steve Rudisill September 26 9/26/2018 2
Stephen Walker September 28 9/28/1998 22
John Powell September 29 9/29/1999 21
Pat Behn September 29 9/29/2003 17
Bill Gaul September 30 9/30/2016 4
Brooks Compton September 30 9/30/1994 26
Denise O’Neil September 30 9/30/1994 26
Don Wildenhaus September 30 9/30/1997 23
Karl Frydryk October 1 10/1/1988 32
Ken Irwin October 2 10/2/2012 8
Larry Larrimer October 2 10/2/2012 8
Rick Kempfer October 2 10/2/2012 8
Christy Gariety October 3 10/3/2011 9
Cristlyn Johnston October 4 10/4/2010 10

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Terri Leputa September 19
Bill DeFries September 19
Will Cale September 20
Carol Smerz September 22
Harry Bossey September 22
Jon Werts September 22
Mark Karns September 23
Greg Smith September 25
Don Wildenhaus September 25
Evelyn Griffin September 26
Diane Arehart September 26
Jeff Kujawa September 27
Mike Fanelli October 1
Roy Barclay October 1
Tom Brozich October 3
Chris Smith October 3

CNO Donations 2013 through August 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.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Welcome Guests!

No Guests 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.

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.

September 15, 2020 – N.O.W. (New Optimists Welcome) Event – our first-ever via Zoom

Special Announcement

Beth Duncan announced there will be no Zoom meeting on 9/29/2020 at noon. Instead, join us that evening at 6:30 PM on Zoom for the annual Officer Installation and Awards Ceremony. All members and spouses are invited to see the installation of Debe Dockins as president and of the new board members. Beth promises it will be fun.

NOW Event this week

The normal weekly lunch meeting was not held this week.

Instead, we had a special version of our weekly Zoom meeting. It was a NOW (New Optimists Welcome) event.

Committee chairs provided slides and presented what each committee does for the club. They presented about the community events, fundraisers, social events, scholarships and behind the scenes operations.

New and perspective members learned about volunteer opportunities with our club through these events.

Thank you to all the committee chairs for helping make this a successful event.

You can view the slide deck here

Beth Duncan announced there will be no Zoom meeting on 9/29/2020 at noon. Instead, join us that evening at 6:30 PM on Zoom for the annual Officer Installation and Awards Ceremony. All members and spouses are invited to see the installation of Debe Dockins as president and of the new board members. Beth promises it will be fun.

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.

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.

September 8, 2020 – Craig Boring – Optimist International Foundation Executive Director

Special Announcement

Beth Duncan announced there will be no Zoom meeting on 9/29/2020 at noon. Instead, join us that evening at 6:30 PM on Zoom for the annual Officer Installation and Awards Ceremony. All members and spouses are invited to see the installation of Debe Dockins as president and of the new board members. Beth promises it will be fun.

Announcements

Nancy Lehren, the chair of the Childhood Health and Wellness committee, announced that a drive through Build-A-Bear for TOPSoccer will be held on 9/20/2020. They expect 75 to 100 kids to show up.

Community Events

9/15/2020, 12 PM, a special version of our weekly Zoom meeting will be held. It will be a NOW (New Optimists Welcome) event. Please invite friends, family, and other contacts to attend the meeting. There will be presentations about our fundraisers and community events.

Announcing the CNO Dime-A-Day Lottery

Dime-A-Day is a program where members are asked if they can contribute $36.50 to the Optimist International Foundation (OIF). Greg Wasmund is the CNO Club Foundation Representative (CFR) for the OIF and he said there is a prize for two lucky participants in the 2020 Dime-A-Day program.

Here are the details

  • The lottery ends October 31, 2020.
  • Every person who signs up for the Dime-A-Day program through Greg Wasmund will have an entry in the lottery.
  • Mail completed applications with your check to Greg Wasmund, 9569 Whispering Stream Ct, Dayton OH 45458. Put club #24403 on the form.
  • There will be two winners – each receiving a Kindle Firestick!
  • This is a PDF of the form you can print

Happy Birthday Doug Reno and Karl Frydryk

Today, 9/8/2020, is a shared birthday for Doug Reno and Karl Frydryk. Mark Meeker played happy birthday on his guitar while the rest of us sang.  Something amazing happened – we sang almost in tune!

Craig Boring, Optimist International Foundation

Greg Griffin introduced Craig Boring, the Executive Director of Optimist International Foundation. OIF is the charitable side of Optimist International and it is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization. The foundation is about helping Optimists help kids.

His presentation was titled, “What the Foundation Can Do for You!”

You can view the slide deck here. 

Boring said that the contestants for the Oratorical contest adapted to the challenges of COVID and did great over Zoom.

He showed us a video titled, “Oratorical – Dominique’s Story”. You can watch the video by going to this page. The video is an example of the support OIF gives to the world. Dominique needed speech therapy growing up. The Oratorical contest gave her confidence and $17,500 in scholarships.

The OIF was Founded on February 18, 1971 and will celebrate 50 years in 2021. The idea for OIF came from a long-term strategic planning committee of OI that began in 1969. Charles Campbell, the President of OI, signed the incorporation papers and the Optimist International Foundation became a 501 (c) (3) organization.

OIF gives support to local Optimist Clubs. They also support other youth related charitable organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House and Johns Hopkins Pediatric Hospital.

With COVID in 2020, revenue is down 17%. They foundation knew it would be a difficult year but they decided to provide the same support to Optimist International Clubs so they can support kids.

OIF Vision

We envision a Foundation that can provide significant funding for Optimist International’s youth and service programs and is proudly supported by individual Optimists, their Clubs and the community at large.

OIF Mission

Seeking, receiving, and managing funds and real personal property for the benefit of Optimist International and its member clubs for charitable, literary and educational activities.

How Does OIF Support Optimist International?

OIF supports the funding and prize money for OI districts

  • Scholarships
  • World Oratorical Championship
  • Fundraising from Outside Organizations
  • Reel Optimism Video Contest
  • New Club Building Grants
  • JOI clubs – 45% of the operating budget for Junior Optimists Clubs is provided by OIF

OIF Provides Grants to local Optimist Clubs

  • Club Matching Fund
  • Childhood Health and Wellness/Childhood Cancer Campaign (CCC)
  • Disaster Relief (this started with Hurricane Harvey)

How Does OIF Fund Ongoing Projects?

  • Member Donations
  • Club Donations
  • Endowments and Sponsorships
  • Outside Revenue
  • Investment Resources (which consistently have good returns, including for 2020)

Giving Programs for Clubs

  • Dollar-A-Day
  • Club Campaign Fund
  • Pass Through Program (they charge no fees for this service)

The pass-through program allows people and organizations to give tax deductible donations to OIF, which then transfers the funds back to clubs that may not be setup as a 501 (c) (3) organization.

Programs for Individuals

  • Dime-A-Day ($36.50/yr)
  • President’s club
  • Friends of Today
  • Friends of Tomorrow
  • Christian D. Larson
  • William H. Harrison Society
  • Women’s Philanthropy Council

The Role of a Club Foundation Representative (CFR)

  • Communication
  • Contributions
  • Send contributions to OIF

Contacting OIF for more information

Craig Boring thanked us for everything CNO does for kids and the support for OIF.

Thank you, Craig Boring, for joining us to educate CNO about the Optimist International Foundation.

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Gail Aiken September 8 9/8/1993 27
Dean Heyne September 14 9/14/2016 4
Melissa DeShurko September 14 9/14/2016 4

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Doug Reno September 8
Karl Frydryk September 8
Sam Pfabe September 11
Dawn Arrowood September 14

Happy Bucks

Member Reason
Carolyn Taylor Celebrating her and Bill’s 40th wedding anniversary
Cherie Gentry New granddaughter was born on June 15, 2020 and grandson was born August 26, 2020
Chris McAlpine Thanks to the club for donating $1000 to his daughter’s project raising money for nurses to give them restaurant gift cards
Scott Rheaume Happy to attend today’s meeting

CNO Donations 2013 through August 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.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

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.

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.