CNOtes 1/18/22: Jesse Lightle, State of Washington Township Report

Chuck Dickerson Memorial Scholarship

The Chuck Dickerson Memorial Scholarship was established in 2018 by the family of Chuck Dickerson. Chuck was an eternal optimist and entrepreneur who believed in service to his family and community. Chuck lived his life by the optimist creed, remaining too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble. The scholarship is for children or grandchildren of current or past members of the Centerville Noon Optimist.

The next deadline for submission is 3/4/2022.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Be a graduating high school senior
  • Be accepted to a two- or four-year college or university
  • Demonstrate a commitment to community service
  • Be the child or grandchild of a current or past member of the Centerville Noon Optimists

Direct link to the scholarship is https://daytonfoundation.academicworks.com/opportunities/5624

A list of other scholarships are at https://daytonfoundation.academicworks.com/opportunities

Announcements

  • Jesse Gaither announced that the next CNO 2.0 meeting will be January 20, 2022 at Chappy’s. The speaker will be BMAN, a longtime radio personality at 104.7 WTUE. There are 4 new committee members and they are working on making CNO 2.0 exciting again. The next several meeting dates are 2/17/2022, 3/17/2022 and 4/21/2022. The meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month except December.

Jesse Lightle, Washington Township Administrator

Gary Hansen introduced CNO member Jesse Lightle, the Township Administrator for Washington Township.

Jesse Lightle’s history with the township dates to 2006 when she was named deputy administrator. In 2008 she was hired as administrator, where she oversees the day-to-day administration of all township services and reports directly to Washington Township trustees.

Jesse received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Urban Affairs from Wright State in 1999. She has a Master’s in Urban Administration from Wright State as well, graduating in June 2001.

Jesse has been a member of the Centerville Noon Optimists since 2006 and served on the Board from 2013-2016. Jesse is a recipient of the 40 Under 40 Award from the Dayton Business Journal, was recognized as Administrator of the Year in 2020 from the Montgomery County Township Association and has lived in Washington Township since 2001.

Health Care Workers Could Use Some Kindness

Jesse was in a meeting this morning with leaders of 3 major hospital systems in the Miami Valley. She learned in the meeting that because of COVID, the situation is dire in area hospitals. It is difficult to be a health care worker right now and it is worse than it was a year ago. Jesse said we should all consider if you have time to do something nice for health care workers. They could all use kindness to brighten their day. Even a small kindness like dropping off a dozen donuts will be appreciated.

Washington Township Mission

Provide for and promote the health, safety, and welfare of residents and employees and create an environment focused on building for the future.

State of the Township

The state of Washington Township is strong. You can view Jesse’s slide deck here.

The township:

  • Welcomed several new businesses, even during the pandemic
  • Continues to lead the county in new homes built
  • Had a 14% increase in population since 2010 based on the 2020 census

Community Service Awards 2021

Two community service awards for $1000 scholarships were given to Anjana Peddireddi and Jade Eilers.

Bridges and Roads

In 2021, the township paved 5 miles of roads and replaced two bridges.

In 2022, the first roundabout in Washington Township is being constructed at Mad River and Alex Bell. The area will be closed on April 28th, 2022 and will be closed through the summer.

RecPlex

In 2020, the RecPlex offered summer camps even though no one else did. In 2021 it was still important to have the camps. The RecPlex helps a lot of families with childcare during the summer.

Washington Township held a Family Adventure Day in 2021. One of the activities was to use the pool at the RecPlex to teach people how to Kayak.

Fire Department

The Washington Township Fire Department is celebrating 75 years of service. Jesse said that the township very possibly has the best department in the country. The department is one of only ten accredited fire departments in Ohio and the only one in our county.

With the COVID lockdowns call volumes went down a small amount in 2020. Lockdowns cause reductions in activities such as driving which reduces accidents.

A new fire station is being built on 5 acres of land next to the high school. The land was purchased from Centerville City Schools. When complete, the current Station 41 on Maple Street will be closed and the new facility will become Station 41. Studies of call response times showed the station should be located further east than it is now. Response times will also be improved since the new station will be on a main street versus a subdivision as it is now. Station 41 is the home of the only ladder truck the township owns and it needs to get to places it serves quickly.

Sheriff’s Department

The Sheriff’s department has added a second school resource officer for Centerville City Schools.

The Sheriff’s department now has a crisis team that goes on calls involving mental health issues. During a call, families will have immediate access to the resources they need.

Cruise-in to the Ice Cream Social

The annual Sheriff’s Cruise-in and the Fire Department’s Ice Cream Social were combined in 2021. With over 4000 attending, it was a huge success and they will do it again.

K9 Max

The Sheriff’s Department has a new 2-year-old K9 dog named Max. Max and his handler came to today’s lunch. Max is a well-behaved, well trained, energetic dog. He helps on a lot of calls and he can sniff for drugs.

COVID Relief Funds

Washington Township will receive 3.4 million from federal COVID relief funds. They received 1.7 million in 2021 and another 1.7 million will be received in 2022. They will use 2 million as a revenue replacement for RecPlex fees that have had a huge reduction because of COVID. The remaining 1.4 million will be saved to see what happens in the next one to two years. They have been given a long range of time to spend the money and they will definitely spend it before the deadline arrives.

Thank You

Thank you, Jesse Lightle, for presenting the State of the Township.

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Bob MyersGary Hansen2nd Reading
Karen Gray MyersGary Hansen2nd Reading
Mike CreechGary Hansen2nd Reading
Cindy GabouryJulie Noeth2nd Reading

Welcome Guests!

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Mary Madden$20, Husband Joe Madden has been an absolute angel for helping her through her health issues.
Tom NovakJoe Madden has been wonderful to Mary during her health issues.
Bill StoneReally enjoyed watching the UD at Pittsburgh basketball game in person last Saturday. It was an awesome game and a fun trip.

Sergeants at Arms

MemberInfraction
Everyone who didn’t exercise this weekIt is a new year – by now many have broken their new year resolution to exercise.
Beth DUncanForgot to grab her badge when she walked in.
Tom NovakLeft badge in the car.
Judy DeMarcoLeft money for 50/50 tickets on the badges instead of placing it in the basket.
Ellie ParkerAsked sergeant Jane Fiehrer how to get 500 to 1000 participants for the photography contest.
Don MassieGave a sergeant grief.

Membership Anniversaries

MemberJoinedYears
Casey DixonJanuary 20, 20211
Doug FlandersJanuary 20, 20211
Mike KistlerJanuary 23, 20202
Kristen MarksJanuary 23, 20202
Debbie ParksJanuary 23, 20202
Bill ShislerJanuary 23, 20202
Julie ShislerJanuary 23, 20202
Ralph YoungJanuary 23, 20202
Morgan SchiffhauerJanuary 18, 20193
John ThompsonJanuary 23, 20184
Dick LeeJanuary 18, 20175
Pam MillerJanuary 18, 20175
Lynne ReillyJanuary 18, 20175
Deb UlrichJanuary 18, 20175
Gary DeMarcoJanuary 20, 20166
Jeff KujawaJanuary 22, 20157
Mike YoderJanuary 22, 20148

Birthdays

Myron RheaumeJanuary 20
Gary SmigaJanuary 21
Todd KelchnerJanuary 24

CNO Donations – 2013 through December 2021

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

Thank You Notes Received

No Thank You Notes were received this week

Links to PowerPoint and Pictures

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

No photos available this week

CNOtes 1/11/22: Robotic Surgeon, Christopher Schneider M.D., FACS

Announcements

  • Nancy Lehren, chair of Childhood Health and Wellness, announced that the committee will meet at Panera on Wilmington at 6 PM on Thursday 1/13/2022. Any member is welcome to this and future meetings.
  • Beth Duncan, chair of the Got Talent Contest, announced their first meeting will be on 1/18/2022 at 5:30 PM at her offices on Congress Park. You can just show up if you want to help.
  • Jesse Gaither announced that the next CNO 2.0 meeting will be January 20, 2022 at Chappy’s. The speaker will be BMAN, a longtime radio personality at 104.7 WTUE. There are 4 new committee members and they are working on making CNO 2.0 exciting again.
  • Bob Lawson announced that the deadline is the end of January to get your event announced in the Park District Newsletter.

Social Event

Debe Dockins announced that a euchre party is planned for February.

Happy Birthday Jesse Gaither

Today was Jesse Gaither’s Birthday. That meant we unleased Charlie Tapp as master music director on the gatherers at lunch today. He warmed up the 55-person choir, but it didn’t help. We sounded horrible, but that is HOW WE LIKE IT!!! Have a great year Jesse!

Chris Schneider M.D., Robotic Surgeon

Amy Barker introduced Christopher Schneider, M.D., FACS, a general and trauma surgeon with Wright State Physicians. Dr. Schneider’s specialties include robotic and laparoscopic surgery, simple and complex hernia repair, colon and rectal surgery, hiatal/paraesophageal hernia repair, anti-reflux surgery and surgery of the stomach, gallbladder and foregut.

Dr. Schneider was just recently recognized as a “Dayton’s Best Doctor” for 2021 by Dayton Magazine. He has a five-star MedStatix patient review rating.

Dr. Schneider grew up in Dayton and lives in the area with wife his Katie and his two children. He is active with the Dayton Foundation, helping grow the Daryl Jones Memorial Scholarship for the late soccer coach at Carroll High School.

Dr. Schneider’s medical degree is from the University of Cincinnati and he completed residency in general surgery at Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center, South Carolina.

Dr. Schneider is currently accepting new patients. He sees patients in Dayton, Centerville and Fairborn.

Robotic Surgery

Robotic surgery can be described as Robot-Assisted surgery. The robot is under the control of the surgeon for the whole surgery.

In 1924 Gynecologists were the first doctors to pioneer minimally invasive surgeries using an optical scope. In 1982 they added solid-state (or chip) video cameras.

The first minimally invasive procedures just used straight sticks. With robotic controls the ends of the sticks have devices that mimic two fingers and can cauterize.

For the surgeon, surgery is ergonomically overall better and allows for longer procedures with less fatigue. Robotic surgeries cause less pain and have better outcomes for the patient.

Robotically assisted surgery overcame the limitations of pre-existing minimally invasive surgical procedures. Instead of directly moving the ends of the instruments, the surgeon uses controls with their hands and feet that guides the machine to move inside the body. The controls can be fine-tuned to adjust how much the device moves when the doctor moves. The controls do not yet have haptic feedback, but they are working on it.

The initially learning curve to operate the controls is very quick. The entire training takes a little while because how surgeries are done is different than open surgeries.

There are 3 cameras inside the body while the surgery is done and the surgeon gets a 3D view. Typically, there are 4 small incisions that are less than 5mm in size.

Because the surgeries have a lot less risk of infections and of long-lasting pain surgeons now fix issues that many people chose to treat with medication. For example, they can fix many heartburn issues that used to require a long incision. After robotic surgery patients might even go home the same day and almost always by the next day.

Thank You

Thank you, Christopher Schneider M.D., FACS, for educating us today about how much you and robotic surgery are helping others have better outcomes and less pain after surgeries.

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Bob MyersGary Hansen1st Reading
Mike CreechGary Hansen1st Reading
Karen Gray MyersGary Hansen1st Reading
Cindy GabouryJulie Noeth1st Reading

Welcome Guests!

GuestGuest Of
Bob MyersGary Hansen
Dr. Chris SchneiderSpeaker
Jeffery PowellJackie Powell
Luke BarhorstArt Hung
Mike CreechGary Hansen

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Nancy LehrenGeorgia Bulldogs won the College Football Championship game
Art HungLoves being chair of the Sunshine committee and spreading sunshine to members who can use it
Ellie ParkerHappy the prize money for the photography contest she and Roberta Taylor are chairing  was approved by the board
Jesse GaitherHappy to be blessed with his life and another birthday
Louise HaunSon is running the Boston marathon in April 2022
Jim MoganHe and his wife Mary Lynn are celebrating their 54th wedding anniversary
Gary HansenHappy he was not fined today – he has been fined every week as president!

Sergeants at Arms

MemberInfraction
Everyone that did not buy a 50/50 ticket todayNot buying a 50/50 raffle ticket
Charlie TappBrining Larry England into the football pool who then won the pool
Don Kelley, Don MassieTook two pieces of candy off the table the name badges were on
Stan FronzagliaNot properly training the member you sponsored on how to retrieve their badge
Greg GriffinSpelling a guest name incorrectly even after the name was spelled for him
Kelly StoneLate to meeting

Membership Anniversaries

MemberJoinedYears
Emily DukeJanuary 16, 20193
Candace RinkeJanuary 16, 20193
Susan ThomsenJanuary 14, 199725

Birthdays

Bill WilliamsJanuary 11
Jesse GaitherJanuary 11
Candace RinkeJanuary 11
Rob JonesJanuary 13
Bob DuffyJanuary 15
Barbara SantoJanuary 17

CNO Donations – 2013 through December 2021

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

Thank You Notes Received

CLICK HERE to see this Week’s Thank You Notes

Links to PowerPoint and Pictures

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

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.

CNOtes 1/4/22: Dr. Steve Johnson, the President of Sinclair College

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

Gracious and Holy Lord,

The new year brings with it 365 new possibilities, a hope for the future, inspiration for what may be, and anticipation for what You have in store for us.  As we look forward to this year ahead of us, we give You thanks for what we have learned and for how we have grown over the past year.  Help us to move forward into 2022 with a sense of joy and optimism for this life and these opportunities you have granted us.

Amen.

Chuck Dickerson Memorial Scholarship

The Chuck Dickerson Memorial Scholarship was established in 2018 by the family of Chuck Dickerson. Chuck was an eternal optimist and entrepreneur who believed in service to his family and community. Chuck lived his life by the optimist creed, remaining too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble. The scholarship is for children or grandchildren of current or past members of the Centerville Noon Optimist.

The next deadline for submission is 3/4/2022.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Be a graduating high school senior
  • Be accepted to a two- or four-year college or university
  • Demonstrate a commitment to community service
  • Be the child or grandchild of a current or past member of the Centerville Noon Optimists

Direct link to the scholarship is https://daytonfoundation.academicworks.com/opportunities/5624

A list of other scholarships are at https://daytonfoundation.academicworks.com/opportunities

Announcements

  • Christy Gariety announced that the Adopt-a-Family for the holidays was very successful. We donated 52 gift cards and $1,140.00 in checks. CNO members really opened their hearts and wallets for this project. She is happy to be a part of this program.

Social Event

1/16/2022 at Noon, University of Dayton Flyers vs St Louis Billikens, women’s basketball game. The price is $4.00 per ticket. Details are here. Participants will gather between 11;30 and 11:45 in the lobby ahead of the game.

Dr. Steve Johnson, President of Sinclair College

CNO member Amy Barker, the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Sinclair Community College,  introduced Dr. Steve Johnson, the President and CEO of Sinclair Community College for the last 18 years. Dr. Johnson has been honored as Humanitarian of the Year by the National Conference for Community and Justice.  President Johnson serves on the board executive committees of the Ohio Association of Community Colleges, the League for Innovation in the Community College, the Sinclair Foundation, and the Dayton Development Coalition. Dr. Johnson holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas-Austin.

Sinclair has over 3000 employees and $160 million in annual operations. It is the 15th largest employer in the region and has been voted the best place to work in the area for several years.

Dr. Johnson’s slide deck was titled, “Sinclair Overview 2022.” You can view the slides here. There are many details in the slide deck not included in this article.

Sinclair Community College is celebrating its 135th year. It was established as a private college in 1887 by David A. Sinclair. Sinclair’s plan was, “Find the need and endeavor to meet it.” The purpose of the college was to create skilled citizens to succeed in local jobs and life. In 1966 the college became a publicly supported community college.

The college enables thousands of people a year to access a college education that they would have otherwise not have been able to.

The Centerville Campus of Sinclair is valued highly by local health care providers. It is becoming very important for health care education in the Dayton region.

Tremendous Growth

Since 2010 students earning a Sinclair Degree or College Credit Certificate has increased 138% to 7822 students in 2021. Students dual enrolled as High School Students have gone from 700 to 8218 students in the last 10 years.

Enrolment of prisoners has gone from 87 to 5500 students in the last 10 years. They earn certificates that make them job ready. It is much cheaper to educate prisoners than to support them in prisons at $35,000/year.

Sinclair Community College offers 300 majors while the average college has 100. Sinclair is one of the largest community colleges in the U.S. Key categories offered include Healthcare, Business, Engineering Technology and First Responders. See the slide deck for the number of students in these categories and sub-categories.

Accolades for Sinclair Community College

  • “Best Online Community College in Ohio” -Premium Schools, a Higher Education Ranking and Research Institution. This group of 900 schools of which Sinclair is a founding member ranks schools on their ability to graduate students, not just accept them.
  • “2021 Best Places to Work” -Dayton Business Journal
  • “Sinclair is recognized again by Forbes as one of Ohio’s Best Employers” -Forbes
  • “Storm Ready” -National Weather Services. Sinclair has achieved Storm Ready status for preparedness for major storms for the 10th year
  • “Voter Friendly Campus” -Campus Vote Project, received for innovative efforts to engage students
  • “Best for Vets Colleges” -2021 Military Times
  • “Achieving the Dream Leader College of Distinction”

FAA Drone Study

Sinclair College is the first community college in the nation selected for the FAA’s unmanned Aircraft Systems (aka drones) Center of Excellence Core Research team. The FAA is researching how airspace is shared between manned and unmanned aircraft. Sinclair is one of 25 schools participating in this research. Sinclair has 300 UAS devices.

Finances

Sinclair has no debt. Dr Johnson has no memory of Sinclair ever having debt. Sinclair’s Financial Viability Index Score is 5.0 (the highest mark) while the average is 3.7 for other institutions for higher learning. Sinclair has never been below a 4.

Sinclair’s share of the Ohio Community College Funding Pool is increasing. The share each school receives is performance based.

Helping other Colleges

Sinclair has 106 partnership agreements with Wright State University.

Numerous colleges in the nation and other countries come to study how and why Sinclair is so successful.

Thank You

Thank you, Dr. Steven Johnson for updating us about Sinclair Community College.

New Member Readings and Inductions

No New Member readings this week.

Welcome Guests!

GuestGuest Of
Adam MurkaSpeaker Guest
Bob MyersGary Hansen
Dean LundgrenAt-Large (AOF)
Dr. Steve JohnsonSpeaker
Mike CreechGary Hansen

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Sue BrubakerThe food today was really good.
Tom NovakLet Steve Johnson know we appreciate the space Sinclair donates for CNO to store all the flags.
Deanna NesbitBengals are going to the playoffs.
Deanna NesbitLeaving for a trip to Hawaii with her husband this weekend.
Mitchell BodenmillerThe Ohio State Buckeyes won the Rose Bowl.
Roberta TaylorLet Steve Johnson know she has been a happy employee of Sinclair for 20 years.
Stan FronzagliaWinning the partners club 50/50.
Gary SmigaSinclair was the first to sign up for college promise.
Charlie GoodwinSon Charles passed his boards in hematology and oncology.

Sergeants at Arms

MemberInfraction
Jerry StahleyTrouble finding his badge. It was not in the exact same place, but it was still in the correct place alphabetically.
Gary HansenDidn’t greet his guests at the door.
Amy BarkerForgot to turn in badge last week.
Mike BevisAnalyzing food choices of others at his table.
Stan FronzagliaDidn’t buy a 50/50 today. He should have since he won the Partners Club 50/50 drawing.
Charlie TappCharlie won a betting pool based on the score of Monday Night Football. The Steelers scored in the last seconds and knocked Sergeant Larry England out of the winnings.

Membership Anniversaries

MemberJoinedYears
John CarrollJanuary 3, 201210
Greg McAfeeJanuary 7, 200814
John SpeersJanuary 7, 200814
Jim RumfordJanuary 1, 199032
Bob DuffyJanuary 1, 198834
Will CaleJanuary 1, 197646
Paul StullJanuary 1, 197052

Birthdays

Bill WilliamsJanuary 11
Jesse GaitherJanuary 11
Candace RinkeJanuary 11
Rob JonesJanuary 13
Bob DuffyJanuary 15
Barbara SantoJanuary 17

CNO Donations – 2013 through December 2021

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

Thank You Notes Received

CLICK HERE to see this Week’s Thank You Notes

Links to PowerPoint and Pictures

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

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.

CNOtes 12/21/21: Madelyn Dailey, a Tuner’s Syndrome Advocate and 8th grade student at Magsig Middle School

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

Lord,

In this, the last week in the Christian season of Advent, may we all take time to reflect on Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love.  May we never lose hope that we have the power to make the world a better place, one small act at a time.  May we find peace within our hearts each day knowing we did our very best.  May we find joy, not only in big moments and grand gestures, but also in the everyday little ones.  May we feel Your love surround us and share that same love with all those we meet.  And may we live this, not only during the season of Advent, but in every season of our lives.

Amen.

Announcements

  • Gary Hansen gave a huge thank you to the social committee for all the work they did for the Holiday Party last week. Thank you to Debe Dockins, Sarah Umbreit and Sue Jessee and their team and anyone who helped make the evening a great success.
  • Debe Dockins announced there will be a social event on 1/16/2022. See Social Events section below.

Dates to Remember                       

  • 12/28/2021, there is no lunch meeting at Yankee Trace.
  • 1/4/2022, First CNO meeting of 2022. Happy New Year!

Social Event

1/16/2022 at Noon, University of Dayton Flyers vs St Louis Billikens, women’s basketball game. The price is $4.00 per ticket.

Madelyn Dailey – Turner’s Syndrome

Liz Fultz introduced Madelyn Dailey, a 13-year-old 8th grade student at Magsig Middle School who has Turner’s Syndrome. The goal of her presentation is to raise awareness of and to be an advocate for Turner’s Syndrome.

Joining Madelyn at today’s lunch were her parents, Eric and Amber Dailey. Less than 2% of babies conceived with Turner’s Syndrome survive to birth. Madelyn’s mother says Madelyn is her butterfly miracle daughter.

Madelyn’s presentation is titled, “My Turner Syndrome Journey”. View the slide deck here.

Madelyn said she plays the violin and she loves to play soccer. She has 2 younger sisters, a dog, and 2 cats.

What is Turner’s Syndrome?

Turner syndrome (TS), also known as 45,X, or 45,X0, is a genetic condition in which a female is partially or completely missing an X chromosome.

  • TS Affects 1 in 2000 girls and women
  • TS is not inherited but is a random event that occurs in the second X chromosome
  • Diagnosis of TS happens at an average age of 9 years old, although diagnosis can occur at any age
  • A blood test called a karyotype is used to diagnose TS
  • The effects of TS vary, but most common characteristics are short stature, infertility, irregular kidney function, cognitive difficulty, hearing loss, thyroid problems, and heart issues, although some have few symptoms

Madelyn’s Early life

  • She was born 4 weeks premature, due to HELLP Syndrome
  • At birth she weighed 4lbs. 11oz and was 17.5 inches tall
  • She spent 2 weeks in the NICU

Madelyn’s TS Diagnosis

  • She was diagnosed at 4 years of age
  • Her Karyotype is 45x/46xy
  • She had a Gonadectomy at age 4 to reduce her elevated chance of cancer

Madelyn’s TS Characteristics

  • Short Stature (GH) (Madelyn is taking growth hormone shots 6 days a week; she hopes to make it to 5 feet tall, but if she doesn’t, she said she will buy tall boots)
  • Bicuspid aortic valve
  • Aortic valvar stenosis
  • Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism
  • Estrogen Replacement Therapy

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

  • Not all Children’s hospitals have Turner Syndrome Clinics
  • Grateful for the Cincinnati TS Clinic, Doctors and Specialists!
  • Her doctor is Dr. Iris Gutmark-Little
  • Her family participates in the Greater Cincinnati TS Family Group
    • There is an Annual TS Meeting
    • They have TS Family Picnics
    • There hold Cincy Walks for Kids

Donations to Support those with Turner’s Syndrome

To donate to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital that helps local people with TS click here.

You can also donate to. https://www.turnersyndrome.org/ways-to-give

Thank You

Thank you, Madelyn Dailey, for educating us today about Turner’s Syndrome and sharing your experiences with the syndrome.

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Ray DaleyStan Franzaglia2nd Reading

Welcome Guests!

GuestGuest Of
Kim BautzMike Bevis
Amber DaileyProgram
Eric DaileyProgram
Madelyn DaileySpeaker
Jacob DiceGail Aiken
Colton DickersonErin Dickerson
Nora DickersonErin Dickerson
Cooper LeMasterGail Aiken
Lily McAlpineChris McAlpine

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Gary HansenWill celebrate 47th wedding anniversary with Nancy next week.
Myron RheaumeHappy to be out for today’s lunch meeting.
Myron RheaumeGrandaughter Kiera graduated December 10, 2021 after three years from UC. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and was #1 in her class.
Myron RheaumeGrandson Liam is a captain of the Springboro High School hockey team.
Kelly GeorgeDaughter just finished her first college semester with straight A’s.
Larry LyndeCongratulations to the 2021 Christian D. Larson award winners: Craig Dring, Chris McAlpine and Don Wildenhaus.
Larry LyndeSocial Committee did a fantastic job with the Holiday Party last week.
Bob BurkmanWill celebrate 59th wedding anniverary with Carol next week.
Joe MaddenAppreciates all the concern for his health issue that happened at the end of the Holiday Party last week.
Joe MaddenGlad the emergency medical team showed up before Gary Smiga used the paddles on him.
Donna HussGlad she lived to see the day Larry Lynde was wearing a tie.

Sergeants at Arms

MemberInfraction
Gary HansenHad a typo in the email distributed to CNO membership.
Larry LyndeDropped an award and broke it at the Holiday Party,
Don MassieHosted a party with a lot of Optimists and had an artificial tree.
Gary HansenThere was never a December Birthday table this month.
Paul StullAfter many weeks of wearing a suit, Paul was dressed casual today.
Tim ClemmerSaid he never buys a 50/50 ticket because it is gambling – the sergeants believe it is a donation.
Scott LangerPhone went off during the prayer.

Membership Anniversaries

MemberJoinedYears
Scott LangerDecember 30, 199724

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Paul BoeckmanDecember 22
Debe DockinsDecember 22
Steve MockDecember 25
Jeff PapanekDecember 26
Dave KayDecember 27
Molly PetschDecember 28
Christine BalsanDecember 28
Kelly StoneDecember 29

CNO Donations – 2013 through November 2021

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

Thank You Notes Received

No Thank You Notes received this week.

Links to PowerPoint and Pictures

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

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.

CNOtes 12/7/21: Dr, Tom Henderson presents annual Youth Appreciation Awards

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

Lord,

1 Timothy 4:12 tells us “Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young.  Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.”

Throughout the Bible, we have examples of young people doing amazing things.  David was a boy when he defeated Goliath.  Jeremiah was 14 when You called him and Samuel was 12.  Josiah was only 8 when he became king.  Today, as we celebrate our youth, help us to remember the amazing things our children and youth are capable of and never to doubt their abilities. 

Amen.

Announcements

  • Tom Henderson said thanks to everyone who donated to the Adopt-a-Family program. He said that CNO member donations make up a major impact on this program that will help 340 children and 150 families this year.
  • Jerry Stahley announced the tree lot completely sold out on 12/5/2021. Thanks to everyone who volunteered at the tree lot.
  • Ron Thompson, chair of the Oratorical contest, announced the students will present between 1/24/2021 through 2/21/2021. He needs volunteers to help judge and time the participants, so please contact him if you would like to help.
  • Gary Hansen announced that we need new chairs or co-chairs for the following committees:
    • Got Talent
    • Photography
    • Essay Contest
    • Haunted trail
    • Safety on Wheels

Dates to Remember                       

  • 12/14/2021, 6 PM to 9PM, CNO Holiday Party at Moraine Country Club. The price is $35 per person and includes appetizers, dinner, desert, and valet parking. You must pay ahead of time. There will be a cash bar available. No Jeans.
  • 12/14/2021, there is no lunch meeting at Yankee Trace due to the evening Holiday Party.

Happy Birthday Sarah Umbreit

Today was Sarah Umbreit’s birthday. Charlie Tapp led us in singing Happy Birthday to Sarah. Gary Hansen warned the audience, which included several High School seniors, that they better cover their ears. They probably didn’t cover their ears and now they wish they did! Have a great trip around the Sun Sarah!

Youth Appreciation Awards

Debe Dockins introduced Dr. Tom Henderson, the superintendent of Centerville City Schools. Dr. Henderson said thank you to CNO for the opportunity to recognize these students. He introduced the principles of CHS.

CHS Principals

  • East Unit Principle, Mr. Jack Durnbaugh
  • South Unit, Mr. Chuck Cowgill
  • West Unit, Mr. Jeff Wolff
  • Coordinating Principle, Mr. John Caroll

About the Awards

From Dr. Henderson:

Since 1957, Optimist Clubs have recognized youth for their talents in the arts, athletics, academics, and for contributions to community. Today, I have the honor of introducing three outstanding students from Centerville High School who have been nominated for this year’s Youth Appreciation Award.

All three of these young adults have an extremely strong commitment to and an enthusiasm about their work both in school and in the community. All three of these students demonstrate leadership in a variety of ways. This includes trying to change the world by starting with their own community first and by nurturing the strengths and talents of others building teams committed to achieving commons goals.

The motto of all Optimist Clubs is “Friend of Youth” and this club strives to uphold that motto by providing numerous activities for the youth of our community. Some examples include the Halloween Haunted Trail, Fishing Derby, Oratorical Contests, Sponsorship of Youth Clubs like Jr. Optimist and Octagon Club and many other activities.

So, in keeping with this motto, each year the Centerville Noon Optimist Club recognizes young people who are outstanding citizens and actively involved in their schools, places of worship and communities.

So, let’s meet some of these outstanding young citizens. I am going to ask the Guidance Counselor from each Unit to introduce each student.

Braden Balser

Braden Balser was presented by CHS East Unit Guidance Counselor Megan Leiker.

From Megan Leiker:

My first memory of Braden was shortly after his junior conference last year, my husband and I went to Archers for breakfast. Low and behold, a familiar face greeted us at the door. “I think I just met with you the other day….” He said. And right then and there, I knew Braden Balser was special because he actually acknowledged me, his dorky school counselor, in public. He instantly became my new favorite student. And here we are today….

I’m just kidding… that situation was only icing on the cake for him.

Braden is the East unit pick for the Centerville Noon Optimist Youth Appreciation Program because of his academics, character and involvement throughout the community. Academically, Braden is one of my top seniors with an outstanding 4.3 GPA. He is involved in National Honor Society, BOLD, Peer Tutoring, baseball and serves as an Elk Connector. But, to me, academics aren’t everything and involvement can be superficial… Character is what counts. And Braden’s character is what sets him apart from his peers.

As a member of CHS BOLD, which stands for Building Our Lives Drug Free, advisor Beth Mires had this to say, “Braden is the kind of kid who does the right thing even when no one is looking…”. His baseball coach, Jason Whited commented, “Braden is the most genuine young man I have ever coached.  He is incredibly kind, loyal, and hard working.  He cares about those around him and always finds a way to make those around him better.  He is the ultimate servant leader and helps guide our program towards our “Why” of Best Day Last.  I love every second of coaching him.”

As a counselor and mom myself, this is the ultimate win in life; not the GPA, not the class rank, not the future plans, but to raise and foster a young man who sees the value in being a good person. So, thank you to Braden for being who you are and thank you to Braden’s parents, Brad & Diana, for raising a son you can truly be proud of.

Neveah Haskins

Neveah Haskins was presented by CHS South Unit Guidance Counselor Andrea Fleischman.

From Andrea Felischman

I am thrilled to nominate Neveah Haskins, an outstanding member of the Class of 2022 at Centerville High School, for a Youth Appreciation Award this year.

Neveah has many excellent skills and talents, but her personality is one of the most amazing things about her. She is one of the most thoughtful and considerate people I know. She goes about life with an intention to consider how she will impact others. She’s the type of person who works hard academically so that she can have a chance to earn a scholarship to take the financial burden of paying for college off of her parents. She involves herself in service-oriented activities such as using her strengths to mentor others. Inclusivity is very important to her, and she spends her time as a member of United Sound, helping to make a positive impact on the lives of students with disabilities through music.

Speaking of music, Neveah is a very talented musician, but even more, she has leadership skills and characteristics that have earned her the elite title of Drum Major for the Centerville Marching Band. She had an amazing Thanksgiving Holiday as she led the band through the streets of Manhattan during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year! The amount of dedication, connection with peers, work and time put into preparing for this event is truly inspiring, and I’m in awe of Neveah and her peers for what they have given to be able to have that experience.

In all that she does, she looks for ways to elevate the experience of others whether it’s through music as a Clarinet Mentor or a Rookie Help Sessions Coordinator where she helps underclassmen continue to grow in their marching abilities, or through the AP Mentor program where she helps students who are new to rigorous AP classes feel good about how they’re handling them.

I’m so excited to see how Neveah shares her gifts with others in her future.

Jae-Hee Bae

Jae-Hee Bae was presented by CHS West Unit Guidance Counselor Stella McCrory.

From Stella McCrory

Jae-Hee Bae is a remarkable young woman.  Although she is an outstanding student, what makes her a standout has far more to do with her heart and her vision.  As a middle school student Jae Hee organized a group of musicians, Lyricares that traveled to nursing homes to entertain the residents.  She continued this into high school, but then Covid and all the restrictions hit.  Jae-Hee came up with a way to virtually entertain with recorded video performances.  She called them “Quarantunes!”  She’s smart, caring, and has an awesome sense of humor!

Jae-Hee is the founder of the Do Something Unconventional Project.  She describes this as a “locally grown grassroots movement created to empower and effectuate youth as agents of change in a social ecosystem.”  Using social media, she has connected with around 200 teens in 44 countries.  They have accomplished so many things, but I’d like to highlight the school supply drive for Kosovan orphans where they collected and shipped over 400 euros worth of supplies.  They also created and delivered over 600 Caring Cards for essential workers-handmade cards expressing gratitude and thanks for hard work in difficult circumstances.

Jae-Hee is a member of Civics Unplugged’s Steering Committee-part of an international cohort working in a civic leadership program dedicated to progressing the future of democracy.  She is co-founder of Rhizome, which is a national nonpartisan network that trains and encourages young people in lifelong leadership. 

This past summer, Jae-Hee was accepted as a Wright State Scholar Research Assistant.  She also serves as a teen ambassador on General Attorney Dave Yost’s Teen Ambassador Board.  She is a student leader for University of Cincinnati’s College Credit Plus program.

Jae-Hee is the founder and president of Arts Ascending.  Through this, she reinstated a charity art auction and raised $756 in its virtual debut. 

Jae-Hee is an accomplished violinist.  In addition to CHS’s Honors Philharmonic Orchestra, she is co-concertmaster with Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and she participated with the University of Cincinnati’s Starling Preparatory String Project.  She is also a member of Centerville Chamber Orchestra. 

Jae-Hee has volunteered with Dayton Boys and Girls Club and worked at Bethany Village as a student server.

I’m just scratching the surface of what this young lady does, but did I mention she also has a GPA above a 5.0?  I’m still trying to figure out when she has time to study!  She could do that before school, but she co-founded Jazz Club instead.  What is Jazz Club you ask?  I’ll use Jae-Hee’s words, “An oasis to start the day on a high note; meets in the morning before advisory for jazzy jam sessions.”

Jae-Hee is truly one of the most remarkable young ladies I have ever met.  I’ve read your Optimist Creed.  As a matter of fact, I have it hanging on a bulletin board in my office.  I think Jae-Hee lives out your creed.  “To make all your friends feel that there is something in them…to think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.”  That’s Jae-Hee Bae! 

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Ray DaleyStan Franzaglia1st Reading
Kent LooseJean Pummill3rd Reading

Welcome Guests!

GuestGuest Of
Jae-Hee BaeProgram
Brad BalserProgram
Braden BalserProgram
Diana BalserProgram
Min Suk ChunProgram
Chuck CowgillProgram
Ray DaleyStan Fronzaglia
Nevaeh HaskinsProgram
Sam HaskinsProgram
Sam (Sr.) HaskinsProgram
Samona HaskinsProgram
Meghnan LeikerProgram
Stella McCroryProgram
Vickie PitrofSarah Umbreit
Jeff WolffProgram

Happy Bucks

No time for Happy Bucks this week.

Sergeants at Arms

MemberInfraction
Greg GriffinThe sergeants are not boys so quit playing the Bad Boys song.
Gary HansenLeft his drivers license in the copier at the tree lot and so was driving without a license.
Gary SmigaSold a tree to someone that was already sold at the tree lot.
John KalamanDidn’t share his 50/50 winnings with his wife.
Chris McAlpineSaid Bonjour to sergeant Jane Fiehrer when he should have said Hola since she understands Spanish but not French.
Evelyn GriffinUSO has complained they have not seen her for a while.

Membership Anniversaries

MemberJoinedYears
Paul BoeckmanDecember 9, 199427
Roland RappDecember 10, 200219
Tom NovakDecember 13, 199031

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Sarah UmbreitDecember 7
Matt SomerlotDecember 7
Jeff UmbreitDecember 8
Patrick ArehartDecember 10
Jay SchindlerDecember 10
Penny CulhaneDecember 11
Erin DickersonDecember 12
Cheryl DowdDecember 16
Bill StoneDecember 16
Liz FultzDecember 18

CNO Donations – 2013 through November 2021

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

Thank You Notes Received

No Thank You Notes received this week.

Links to PowerPoint and Pictures

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

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.

CNOtes 11/30/21: Michelle Littlejohn, Fast Forward Re-Engagement Center at Sinclair College Place

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

Lord,

This week marked the beginning of Hanukkah, Advent, and the busiest shopping season of the year.  As we try to discern the “perfect” gift for our loved ones, help us to remember some of the greatest gifts we can give cost us nothing monetarily.  This season, and always, help us to give:

  • the gift gratitude for the people in our lives and the blessings they provide us,
  • the gift of our attention, to be present in the moment free of distraction,
  • the gifts of grace, forgiveness, and non-judgment for we are all human and make mistakes,
  • the gift of a compliment for we never know how much a kind word can mean to someone,
  • the gift of time to be with and serve those with needs both big and small, and
  • the gift of love, a true and unconditional love, for people as You created them, not as we wish for them to be.

Amen.

Announcements

Dates to Remember                       

  • 12/14/2021, 6 PM to 9PM, CNO Holiday Party at Moraine Country Club. The price is $35 per person and includes appetizers, dinner, desert, and valet parking. You must pay ahead of time. There will be a cash bar available. Deadline to RSVP is December 3, 2021. So far, 119 people have signed up.
  • 12/14/2021, there is no lunch meeting at Yankee Trace.

Michelle Littlejohn, Fast Forward Re-Engagement Center at Sinclair College Place

Debe Dockins introduced Michelle Littlejohn, manager of the Fast Forward Re-Engagement Center at Sinclair College Place. At the Re-Engagement Center, she oversees the Montgomery County grant funded Out-of-School Youth Initiative.  A former Intervention Specialist with Vandalia Butler High School for 7 years, she has also developed and led college & career readiness, mentoring and self-wellness programs for non-profits during her professional journey.

Michelle L. Littlejohn has 30 years professional experience in education and youth program services.   A graduate of Ohio University and Antioch School of McGregor, where she earned her Master of Education, she is passionate about community service and access to quality education for all.

Her passion to serve the community fuels her energy to provide advocacy, best practices strategies, and support to non-traditional and traditional schools, educational programs and community organizations in the pursuit to increase high school completion and transition to post-secondary education, career, and/or military for ALL students. A certified dropout prevention specialist and trauma skilled specialist, she feels her purpose in this life is to empower and help shift mindsets of those in need of seeking their full potential to live their best life. She is a wife and proud mother of her 14-year-old daughter.

Sue Phelps, the academic coach for the Fast Forward Re-Engagement Center, was also at today’s meeting.

Michelle thanked CNO for inviting her and her colleague Sue Phelps. She also thanked CNO member Deb Saunders for introducing her to CNO. Deb recently did some excellent graphic design work for the Fast Forward Re-Engagement Center.

Presentation

The Fast Forward Re-Engagment Center (FFRC) is a movement to reconnect Youth for High School Completion. The center is celebrating its 20th anniversary, having started in 2001 at Sinclair Community College. The center is grant funded, but they are still part of Sinclair College.

You can view Michelle’s slide deck here.

She showed us a motivational video of “The Truth Behind, Fake It Till You Make It”. The video is of Jeremy, who tricked his mother into thinking he got all A’s on his report card. His mother had previously told Jeremy that he was not High School material, so she was very excited he was doing much better. He liked how happy his mother was when she thought he got straight A’s. He remembered his teachers were telling him that they believed in him. He started trying and was able to succeed. Jeremy said the worst thing is to go into a corner instead of asking for help.

Mission

To guide the future of disconnected youth in Montgomery County by increasing the high school completion rate and facilitating successful transition beyond high school.

Goals

  • Increase Montgomery County high school graduation rate through dropout outreach and re-engagement of students ages 15-24.
  • Advocate for out-of-school youth and affiliate recovery schools/educational programs via resource referrals and collaborative initiatives.
  • Provide professional development and technical assistance for community organizations, educators, and credit recovery schools or programs.
  • Assist students’ transition to post-secondary education.
  • “The Fast Forward Re-Engagement Center makes a significant contribution to the State of Ohio. The Goal of which is to increase annually the percentage of its high school graduates.” – Charlotte McGuire, President-Elect State Board of Education

Quick History

  • In 1998 there was a huge epidemic dropout rate of 25%. Several business leaders formed a task force to address the problem. They created the Fast Forward Re-Engagement center.
  • Between 2002-2010 they reduced the dropout rate to 12%.
  • In 2020 the dropout rate was 10%
  • Financial aid packages and scholarships are available to go to Sinclair college for 3 years.

20 Year Outcomes of the Center

  • 7780 out-of-school youth students have been assessed and coached for high school re-engagement between 2001-2021.
  • Over 4000 disconnected youth have earned a high school diploma from partner schools and educational programs.
  • 636 FFRC partner school graduates have matriculated to Sinclair and then transferred and/or earned a post-secondary credential between 2001-2021.

Services Available

Academic Coaching

Provide holistic coaching/advising and recommend interventions to assist ‘opportunity youth’ toward the completion of their education/career and personal goals.

Resources

Connect students to resources that include support for pregnant/parenting youth, homeless youth, youth job readiness, remediation/tutoring/test prep, ESL learners, and adult learners.

Case Management

Maintain contact with clients via monthly check-ins and follow-ups with schools. Provide post-completion transitional support.

Access

Resource referral and coaching services provided in-person, virtual or by phone appointments.

Collaborative Initiatives

  • Community Cafe with MC Mentoring Collaborative
  • Parent & Family Engagement Forum with Young Scholars Program
  • Extended Learning Hubs with DECS, East End Community Services, and Ahali Academy

5 Year Outlook: Outcome 2016 – 2021

  • 1,705 youth & families received referral and resource services
  • 1,114 students provided coaching, re-enrollment services and access to best fit alternative school/program for high school completion
  • 68% of FFRC serviced students successfully re-engaged
  • 16 school and community collaborative partnerships
  • 358 matriculated to Sinclair

How can you help?

  • Be a Mentor
  • Tutor Volunteer
  • Pay it Forward
  • Speak Up

Questions and Answers

Q. How do Students find out about FFRC Services?

A. FFRC does community outreach including radio ads and billboards. Teachers are informed about the programs and let students know.

Q. Are services offered outside Montgomery County?

A. FFRC also helps Greene County students.

Q. What about Older Students

A. There are opportunities for adult students 22 and over. There are 3 different programs to help older students. They help students decide if a diploma or GED is the right path.

Q. How do I become a Tutor?

A. Contact FFRC and they will find a good fit for you to help. Areas include GED, pre-SAT Preparation, and English as a Second Language (ESL).

Thank You

Thank you, Michelle Littlejohn, for educating us about the opportunities available at the Fast Forward Re-Engagement Center at Sinclair College Place.

Thanks to all CNO members for helping with one of our very successful fundraisers. We cannot do it without the generous time of our members.

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Kent LooseJean Pummill2nd Reading
Mark PolingStan FranzagliaInduction

Welcome Guests!

GuestGuest Of
Chris SchwingDon Massie
Dennis SmithBob Collins
Michelle LittlejohnSpeaker
Sue PhelpsProgram

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Debe DockinsChristy Gariety is wearing awesome shoes.
Jesse GaitherDaughter was selected as one of 20 recipeints out of 80 candidates into the Margaret Boyd Program at Ohio University.
Kelly GeorgeJust finished her last treatment for breast cancer and she is doing great.
Bob LawsonGranddaughter is a CHS band member who plays the tuba had a great time being in this years Macy’s Thanksgiving parade.
Deb SaundersThanks to Michelle Littlejohn for her presentation today about Sinclair’s Fast Forward Re-Engagement program.
Christy GarietyExceeded her goal for the Adopt-a-Family program this year. She and Centerville schools thank all that have donated.
Karl FrydrykGlad that Gary Hansen was finally able to wear his Michigan shirt after 9 years.

Sergeants at Arms

MemberInfraction
Brian NolanBrian melted the back of his jacket at the tree lot by standing too close to the heater. He must have been trying to stay warm instead of working.
Greg GriffinDid not return the chainsaw after taking it to a customer to cut the bottom of their delivered tree. Greg’s rebuttal was that technically speaking, he did return the chainsaw to the Tree Lot – however he left it in the back seat floor of the delivery truck, and no one knew it was there.
Beth DuncanDenise O’Neil’s car was backed into by someone on the tree lot. Beth is a team captain and her team was on duty, so obviously that makes it Beth’s fault.
Roland RappDidn’t provide enough dollar bills to make change for customers at the tree lot. One lady was forced into a $2 tip since they could not make change.
Larry EnglandDiscouraged others from buying 50-50 tickets because he said he had the winning ticket.
Bob DuffyTried to come in the back door from the patio at Yankee Trace but the door was locked so the sergeants had to let him in.
Everyone that tried to fix the heater at the tree lot on Sunday night.A lot of guys tried to restart the heater on Sunday night at the tree lot but failed. Erin Dickerson went over and fixed it.

Membership Anniversaries

MemberJoinedYears
Dan BeckDecember 1, 198140
Gary SmigaDecember 1, 198536
Roberta TaylorDecember 6, 199526

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Nancy AndersonNovember 30
Paul BowellDecember 3
Nancy LehrenDecember 5
Bill DeShurkoDecember 6
Kent LooseDecember 6

CNO Donations – 2013 through November 2021

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

Thank You Notes Received

Click here to see the Thank You Notes we received this week.

Links to PowerPoint and Pictures

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

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.

CNOtes 11/23/21: Bill Nance, Local Broadcaster and Co-Founder of Faith and Friends Radio

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

Lord our God,

Marcus Aurelius is credited with saying, “When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive, to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” Lord, as we approach Thanksgiving, the beginning of Hanukkah, and the start of the Advent season, help us not to become so overwhelmed or wrapped up in the busyness of this time of year that we fail to notice the multitude of blessings surrounding us.  Let us give You thanks God, not only for momentous events in our lives, but let us also give You gratitude for the simple blessings in each and every day.

Amen.

Announcements

  • Gary Hansen announced that the TOP Optimist Club is selling Poinsettia’s for $15 as a fundraiser. Delivery will be December 7, 2021 at the noon lunch meeting.
  • Christy Gariety, Adopt-a-Family co-chair, announced that the program has been a huge success. So far, they have received 67, $50 gift cards. The cards need to be received by 11/29/2021. You may also mail the gift cards with the activation receipts and a note stating, “From Centerville Noon Optimist Member”, to Centerville Schools, Adopt A Family Program, 111 Virginia Ave, Centerville OH 45458. Email her if you send a donation.
  • Chris McAlpine, chair of the long-range planning committee, said the committee is looking for ideas which are typically for long-term physical construction projects in the community. They welcome any ideas you have for a big project for our community.
  • Greg Griffin announced the tree lot will open 11/26/2021. The shifts all end by 8 PM each evening. Please show up for your assigned shifts to help with one of your club’s major fundraisers.
  • Brian Nolan held an auction today to raise money for Veterans in memory of Zach Hollingsworth, who spoke at the CNO 2.0 meeting on August 19, 2021. The item was a specially engraved bottle of Freedom Whiskey saying, “Thank you Centerville Noon Optimist Club.” It was sold to Beth Duncan for $200. Hollingsworth founded and ran Freedom Whiskey. All the profits went to veterans causes and he took no money for himself. At a fundraiser two weeks ago, they raised $33,000 for veterans causes.

Dates to Remember

  • 12/14/2021, 6 PM to 9PM, CNO Holiday Party at Moraine Country Club. The price is $35 per person and includes appetizers, dinner, desert, and valet parking. You must pay ahead of time. There will be a cash bar available. Deadline to RSVP is December 3, 2021.
  • 12/14/2021, there is not lunch meeting at Yankee Trace.
  • 11/26/2021, The Tree Lot opens for sales to the public. Your Team captain will let you know when they can use your help.

Bill Nance, Faith and Friends Radio

Debe Dockins introduced Bill Nance, a long time Miami Valley Radio and TV broadcaster. Nance has worked in local broadcasting for more than 53 years. During his 15 years at WING radio he received more than 50 awards for journalistic broadcast excellence. He was inducted into the Dayton Area Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2007. Bill and his wife Carol reside in Bellbrook, Ohio. They have two grown children and seven grandchildren. Today, Bill shared some highlights of those 53 years.

You can view the slide deck “From the Microphone of Bill Nance, From Disc to Digital” here.

With Nance today at lunch was Melody Morris, his colleague for decades and co-founder of Faith and Friends Radio.com.

Nance served three separate stints at WING. After first starting in 1968, he left for a short time to work at WAVI-WDAO. Then in 1969. he returned to WING for two years and worked in the Continuity Department, writing and helping to produce commercials. Next, Nance spent five years in Xenia at WGIC hosting a morning show and it was there that he reported on the Xenia tornadoes. In 1976, he went back to WING and reported news for 13 years.

Nance produced several documentaries and special reports. He dabbled in TV a little bit including filling in for Joe Smith on Clubhouse 22 in the 1970’s.

How Bill Nance Got Started in Broadcasting

Bill Nance attended second and third grade in the same building where the Wright Brothers went to High School.

In the early 1960’s, Nance was hit by a car and nearly bled to death. If his mother took him home from the hospital the same day he was brought in, he would have died. God was watching over him. His mother insisted there was more wrong with him than the doctors realized. While in the hospital he had a transistor radio and he tuned to Top 40 Station WING. He heard the songs “Let’s Get Together” by Hayley Mills from the hit movie “The Parent Trap” and the theme song to the TV show, “My Three Sons.” It was then he realized he wanted to be a disc jockey.

At age 14, he and a friend built a one tenth watt transmitter radio station called WIBI, Radio 102, in the basement of his friend’s home. There were electric trolley lines above his friend’s home. Because of the trolley lines the station could be heard for miles as long as you weren’t very far from the lines. They were not legally allowed to have more than one tenth of a watt of power.

Nance learned radio by doing. In high school at Patterson Co-Op, he spent 3 years at a Junior Achievement radio station.

As a high school senior, Nance interviewed with two radio stations. On April 18, 1968 James Bennet from Wing Radio 1410 offered him a job first and he took it. It was here that he met his mentors and friends, Gene Berry. Bob Braun and Steve Kirk. As the youngest and most recent hire, they did not always use him on the radio. Often, they dressed him up in costumes for various promotions. One of those times was as a lion that Steve Kirk wrestled.

Program Director for WFCJ

Bill Nance worked as program director for 22 years at WFCJ where he started his long work relationship that exists today with co-host Melody Morris. They did a roller coaster promotion for the Millennium Force coaster at Cedar Point by recording his screams. Melody loved roller coasters, Nance did not!

Another time a magician juggled real daggers over him while he lay on the ground for 10 seconds. Melody was asking him questions during the act. It was only after the event that he realized the daggers were real and not props.

Celebrities Nance Interviewed Include

  • Johnny Bench, while he was a huge star with the Cincinnati Reds
  • Johnny Olsen, famous for announcing for the Price is Right, “Come on down!”
  • Andy Williams
  • Henry Winkler
  • Dick Clark
  • Rick Stanley (stepbrother of Elvis Presley)
  • Minnie Pearl
  • Mark Lowry
  • Chonda Pierce
  • Tiny Tim, who played and sang an old obscure song about Ohio from the 1930’s
  • Franklin Graham (Billy Graham’s son)

Faith and Friends Radio

Bill Nance, along with longtime colleague Melody Morris, are the co-founders of listener supported, internet radio station Faith and Friends Radio.com. The station harnesses the world’s technology. As of 6 years ago, they have been heard in all 196 countries in the world. They are community focused and have a global reach.

FaithandFriendsRadio.com launched on May 16, 2011. Their slogan is, “Music that hits the heart.” In 2014, Faith and Friends Radio became the first Internet-based radio station to be accepted on the iHeart Radio Network platform. By 2015, industry analysts found that more people listen to radio online than listen through a standard radio receiver, proving accurate the forward thinking of those who so diligently worked to establish Faith and Friends Radio.

About Faith and Friends Radio

  • They have a state-of-the-art studio
  • Their internet broadcaster is in Canada, and can track where and how long people listen
  • There is no transmitter, which saves thousands of dollars in operational expense
  • The format is a 50-50 blend of contemporary and traditional Christian music

Ways to Listen to Faith and Friends Radio

You can listen to Faith and Friends on numerous devices including SmartPhones, Computers and internet connected devices such as Amazon Echo, Apple HomePod and Google Home.

Friends and Family Radio is carried on iHeart Radio at http://www.iheart.com/live/6650/ and on iTunes at https://ffradio.streamon.fm/listen.m3u .

There is also a link on their website that links to https://ffradio.streamon.fm/.

Thank You

Thank you, Bill Nance, for talking about your career and your current work at Faith and Friends Radio.com.

Thanks to all CNO members for helping with one of our very successful fundraisers. We cannot do it without the generous time of our members.

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Kent LooseJean Pummill1st Reading
Mark PolingStan Franzaglia3rd Reading

Welcome Guests!

GuestGuest Of
Andrew CrosbyTOP Optimist Club Member
Ashley SchmittMike Bevis
Bill NanceSpeaker
Carol KennardDebe Dockins
Patti Jo VoreDebe Dockins
Melody Morriswith Speaker

Happy Bucks

No Happy Bucks this week.

Sergeants at Arms

MemberInfraction
Everyone that is not hosting Thanksgving DinnerBeing a freeloader for not hosting a Thanksgiving dinner.
Greg GriffinKeeps playing Bad Boys when sergeants Diane Arehart and Jane Fiehrer are clearly girls. [Greg’s rebuttal] – “Bad Boys” theme refers to the offenders as it does in the TV Show “Cops” – not the men and women of law enforcement. “All suspects are innocent until proven guilty.”
Gail AikenWearing an Ohio University Bobcat jacket, which is not Miami University.
Art HungLetting all the younger guys do all the hard work at the tree lot.
Brian NolanNot helping to lift trees onto the drill at the tree lot.
Bob Duffy and Chris McAlpineSitting at the birthday table when it was not their birthday.
Scott LangerLate to today’s meeting.
Gary HansenThere was no American flag at the meeting and Gary did not notice during the Pledge of Allegiance.

Membership Anniversaries

MemberJoinedYears
Andy DickersonNovember 24, 20183
Erin DickersonNovember 24, 20183
Gareth DickeyNovember 24, 20183
Mariah VogelgesangNovember 24, 20183
Rick AltvaterNovember 24, 20183
Ron KukerNovember 24, 20183
Sue ZammitNovember 24, 20183
Cindy GabouryNovember 27, 20174
Jay McAlpineNovember 27, 20174
Jayne WeikelNovember 27, 20174
Nancy AndersonNovember 27, 20174
Patrick ArehartNovember 27, 20174
Rick TaldaNovember 27, 20174
Robby JohnsonNovember 27, 20174
Sharon SilverbergNovember 27, 20174
Shelby DiPasqualeNovember 27, 20174
Sonny SinghviNovember 27, 20174
Liz FultzNovember 29, 20156
Jesse LightleNovember 28, 200615
Bill DeFriesNovember 23, 200417
Ted HumphreyNovember 29, 200120

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Mike KistlerNovember 23
Tom BeeryNovember 29
Denny CottleNovember 29

CNO Donations – 2013 through November 2021

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

Thank You Notes Received

Click here to see the Thank You Notes we received this week.

Links to PowerPoint and Pictures

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

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.

CNOtes 11/16/21 Zoom Meeting: Optimist International President, Patsy Garner

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer read by Jean Pummill

Lord our God,

As we grow closer to Thanksgiving, help us to look upon the changes in our seasons with gratitude.  When we look outside in the evening and see the dark, help us to be grateful for time to rest.  When we walk outside and hear the crunching of the leaves under our feet, help us to be grateful for our time here on earth no matter the length.  When we see our breath in the cold air, help us to be grateful for the life you have breathed into us.  When we look out at the fresh fallen snow, help us to be grateful for our uniqueness and to rejoice in the amazing things we can accomplish when we stick together.

Amen.

Announcements

  • Gary Hansen announced that the TOP Optimist Club is selling Poinsettias for $15 as a fundraiser. Delivery will be December 7, 2021 at the noon lunch meeting.
  • Christy Gariety, Adopt-a-Family co-chair, announced that she and Sue Jessee are accepting $50 gift cards at CNO lunches and on Christmas Tree Delivery Day (Nov 20) with activation code receipts from Kohl’s, Target, or Walmart to be given to families this holiday season. The cards need to be received by 11/29/2021. You may also mail the gift cards with the activation receipts and a note stating, “From Centerville Noon Optimist Member”, to Centerville Schools, Adopt A Family Program, 111 Virginia Ave, Centerville OH 45458. Email her if you send a donation.
  • Greg Griffin announced the tree lot will be open 11/26/2021. The shifts all end by 8 PM each evening. Please show up for your assigned shifts to help with one of your club’s major fundraisers.
  • Gary Hansen announced that there is a great article in the Dayton Daily News about CNO member D. Ralph Young and his WWII presentation to CNO on 11/9/2021.
  • Gary Hansen said that we received a nice thank you note for the $3000 donation we recently sent to the Optimist International Foundation. This makes our total donations to OIF just short of $127,000.

Dates to Remember

  • 12/14/2021, 6 PM to 9PM, CNO Holiday Party at Moraine Country Club. The price is $35 per person and includes appetizers, dinner, desert, and valet parking. You must pay ahead of time. There will be a cash bar available. Deadline to RSVP is December 3, 2021.
  • 11/26/2021, The Tree Lot opens for sales to the public. Your Team captain will let you know when they can use your help.

There is a Video of Today’s Meeting

Since Yankee Trace was installing carpet in the ballroom, today’s meeting was on Zoom. If you did not attend today’s meeting, you may want to watch a video of it.  CLICK HERE to watch the Zoom Recording.

Patsy Garner, Optimist International President

Gary Hansen introduced Patsy Garner, the 2021-2022 President of Optimist International.

Gary Hansen’s Introduction:

A couple of weekends ago I had the opportunity to hear from our OI President via Zoom at the District meeting and I found that her thoughts on what we should be doing “One Degree More”, fit very nicely with my idea for CNO, doing “Even More,” so I invited her to join us. Patsy Garner has been an Optimist since 1989 and is currently a member of the Breakfast Optimist Club of East Fort Worth. By way of introduction, she asked me to just say “Patsy is an Optimist” so with no further introduction, please welcome Optimist International President, Patsy Garner.

Patsy said her husband was OI president 2014-2015. They are the only couple in the history of OI to have both been the President of Optimist International.

Similarities between Breakfast Optimist Club of East Fort Worth and CNO

  • CNO is the current reigning Optimist Club of the Year and Breakfast Optimist Club of East Fort Worth is the previous Optimist Club of the Year.
  • Both clubs are over 50 years old. CNO was started 53 years ago and Breakfast Optimist Club of East Fort Worth was started 58 years ago.
  • Both clubs support Junior Optimist Clubs (JOI).
  • Both clubs eat together at their meetings.

One Degree More

Patsy’s theme for the 2021-2022 year is “One Degree More.” Each quarter will have an emphasis:

  • 1st quarter: Be an Optimist
  • 2nd quarter: Optimism – A Philosophy of Life (Purposes)
  • 3rd Quarter: Optimism – Promise Yourself (Creed)
  • 4th Quarter: Optimism – Better Together

She showed a video about 212 Degrees and 1 Degree More of Optimism. It is time to turn up the heat! You can view the video here.

By one degree more, she is saying go one more level in what you have been doing. If you have been helping one child, now try to help two. If you volunteer for two activities per year now, try and volunteer for three. Last year, if you volunteered one day at a multi-day fundraiser, this year try and volunteer for two days.

2021-2022 Goals for Optimist International

The boiling point of water is 212 degrees Fahrenheit. Patsy said, “The entire OI team commits to achieving a growth goal of +212 by increasing our brand awareness, membership growth, leadership development, and growth by giving of ourselves to our community, our programs, and our projects.”

Her goals for 2021-2022 are:

  • Increase net membership by 212
  • Charter 100 New Clubs
  • Increase net JOI membership by 212
  • Increase JOI Districts by 12

Incentive Awards Available to Members and Clubs

There are new incentives for achievement by individual members and clubs. For example, gift cards will be awarded to members who sponsor 2+ new members.

View all the awards here.

2022 Optimist International Convention in Reno

At the end of June, 2022, the OI International Convention will be held in Reno, Nevada. Reno is the biggest little city in the world. Patsy said she recommends that you plan to go, especially if you have never been to Reno. This year the host hotel is not requiring all the meals to be on their site so there will be a lot of offsite activities and meals.

OI Marketing Efforts

OI has hired a new marketing director and she has shown them how to think bigger. They have seven marketing employees all of which have marketing backgrounds. They are putting together a complete marketing plan. There will be a new video created each week for social media. Podcasts will launch in January, 2022.

The marketing team is focusing on getting retiring Baby Boomers to join Optimist clubs. Most of the time everyone thinks we need younger members and we do. However, they are forgetting that a huge number of Baby Boomers are retiring and looking for something to do.

Thank You

Thank you, Patsy Garner, for speaking to us today about your plans as president of Optimist International and for explaining “One Degree More.”

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Mark PolingStan Franzaglia3rd Reading

Welcome Guests!

Zoom Meeting this week.

Happy Bucks

No Happy Bucks this week.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Membership Anniversaries

MemberJoinedYears
Beth DuncanNovember 20, 20165
John KalamanNovember 20, 20165
Marilyn BechtNovember 20, 20165
Paula KalamanNovember 20, 20165
Christine BalsanNovember 21, 20138
Martha JacksonNovember 21, 20138
Kristina RainerNovember 21, 20129
Julie CochranNovember 19, 200912
Art HungNovember 16, 200120
Tim ClemmerNovember 16, 200120
Jon FoxNovember 20, 200021
Larry EnglandNovember 17, 199427
Nancy LehrenNovember 17, 199427

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Russell HulbertNovember 19
Brendan CunninghamNovember 22
Jayne WeikelNovember 22

CNO Donations – 2013 through September 2021

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

Thank You Notes Received

Read the Thank You notes the club received this week here

Links to PowerPoint and Pictures

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

The Zoom Meeting Video is here

CNOtes 11/9/21: In Memory of Phather Phil Robinson and All About Our Christmas Tree Lot Fundraiser

In Loving Memory of Phil Robinson

Our own Phil Robinson died on November 4, 2021 at the age of 96. He joined the Centerville Noon Optimist Club on April 1, 1982. Many knew him by his other name, “Phather Phil.” He wrote and gave the prayer each week to start CNO lunch meetings for decades. His prayers often had a fun twist or play on words with a good message. He started each meeting with, “Good afternoon Nooners!” I find it very interesting that his join date was April Fool’s Day. He was always so happy and had a grin that seemed to say, “I just told a joke that might have crossed the line and would you like to hear another one?”

Stories Shared about Phather Phil

Kelly Stone said for years Phil loved helping with the Christmas Jars. He would be so excited to buy lots of rolls of quarters, with his own money, and then going to her office to fill the jars. The jars were distributed anonymously to those who might benefit from a little boost at Christmas.

Don Kelley said that for good luck, Phil always had green life savers in his pocket when playing golf. Phil never took a penalty shot for a lost ball because, “Losing the ball is penalty enough!”

Gail Aiken said she, Gary, Phil and Tom Fraizer often played golf together. Phil and Tom had a lot of bets with each other. The last time Phil played with Tom at Yankee Trace, Tom had parred the first 2 holes. After Tom had passed away Phil was playing with her and Gary, and Phil parred the first 2 holes. On the third hole, Phil hit the green on his drive. As they approached the green a hailstorm came up so they could not finish the hole. Phil looked towards the sky and said, “Damn you Frazier – you just couldn’t let me beat you!”

Ted Humphrey remembers Phil’s last round of golf. Phil only played 6 holes. On a par 5, Phil hit a good shot off the tee. When his swing should have been complete, his body kept rotating with the club, and he fell over backwards. Smiling, Phil requested to be dragged back to the cart. He went on to par the hole.

In Loving Memory of Philip Edward Robinson

Phil wrote his own obituary.

Philip E. Robinson aka Phather Phil

I left you all on 11-4-2021. I’ve had a good long life since 07-26-25. I’ve seen the passing of my parents, Philip & Gladys, my wife, Eileen, and our son, Dan. But I’ve had the good fortune of still having our daughter, Terry Burns and her husband, Dick, and our son, Douglas “Skip” Robinson. Four granddaughters, Tammy Hyman and her husband, Dan, Tiffany Gardner and her husband, Ryan, Heather Brom and Sarah Criscola and her husband, Paul, and one grandson, Tim Collins. Each of the girls knew they were my favorite. Lol. One of the joys of having a long life are seeing your great grandchildren. I had seven! Aaron, Zachary, and Sarah Hyman, Jaxon and Blake Gardner, and Weston and Finley Criscola.

I’ve enjoyed many friends, in particular those of my church, the church without walls, and Centerville Noon Optimist who bring out the best in kids and yourself and, of course, Lynne Reilly. Having been blessed so richly, I hope I was a blessing to all who knew me. My parting advice is if you want to live the good life, be the kind of person that when your feet hit the floor in the morning, the devil says “Oh crap they are up.”

Donations to the Memory of Phil Robinson

In lieu of flowers, please donate in his name to:

  • Restoration Church Re: Mortgage Fund or
  • Noon Optimist Club of Centerville Re: Long Term Planning (PO Box 750492, Centerville, OH 45475).

Announcements

  • Debe Dockins announced that she is looking for volunteers to do face painting at the Centerville Hometown Holiday Walk on Sunday, 11/21/2021 from 2-4 PM. The event is put on by the Heart of Centerville and Washington Township organization (of which CNO is a member).
  • Christy Gariety, Adopt-a-Family co-chair, announced that she and Sue Jessee are accepting $50 gift cards at CNO lunches and on Christmas Tree Delivery Day (Nov 20) with activation code receipts from Kohl’s, Target, or Walmart to be given to families this holiday season. The cards need to be received by 11/29/2021. You may also mail the gift cards with the activation receipts and a note stating, “From Centerville Noon Optimist Member”, to Centerville Schools, Adopt A Family Program, 111 Virginia Ave, Centerville OH 45458. Email her if you send a donation.
  • Debe Dockins said we need volunteers to bring soups and chilis for tree delivery day at the tree lot on November 20th, 2021. She is looking for 17 slow cookers hot and ready to go with soup. You can also sign up to bring corn muffins, cookies, or brownies.
  • Jesse Gaither announced the next CNO 2.0 event is on 11/18/2021 at Loose Ends Brewing Company at Spring Valley and Route 48.
  • Greg Griffin announced the tree lot will be open 11/26/2021. The shifts all end by 8 PM each evening. Please show up for your assigned shifts to help with one of your club’s major fundraisers.
  • Craig Dring announced that the TOP Optimist Club is selling Poinsettia’s for $15 as a fundraiser. Delivery will be December 7, 2021 at the noon lunch meeting.
  • Bill Stone, the Ohio district chair for the OI Foundation (OIF) last year, said donations to the OIF were way up last year. CNO’s generosity is also really up. The newest CNO members of the President’s Club, donating $250 or more to OIF, are: Gary Aiken, Diane Arehart, Christine Balsan, Mike Bevis, Greg Fay, Gary Smiga, and Bill Williams. The Optimist International Foundation was established in 1971 exclusively for the charitable, literary, and educational purposes of Optimist International. Thanks to all that donated. Giving to OIF increased by $1 million over the previous year to $2.4 million.
  • Greg Griffin announced that last weekend was the Great Ohio District Conference. There were 51 attendees. Debe Dockins is the newest Lieutenant Governor for Zone 3. There was a service project making journals for Crayons to Classroom which earns us the right to give a “shop” at Crayons to Classroom to a teacher in one of our schools. Fundraiser ideas were shared between clubs. If you have not been to a district meeting before, you should consider going. They are fun and you will learn a lot as well

Dates to Remember

  • 11/18/2021, 5:30 PM, CNO 2.0 Meeting at Loose Ends Brewing Company
  • 11/20/2021, 8 AM to 11 AM, Tree Delivery Day, no need to sign up, please just show up
  • 11/26/2021, The Tree Lot opens for sales to the public. Your Team captain will let you know when you are scheduled to volunteer.

CNO Christmas Tree Lot Fundraiser

Gary Hansen introduced Greg Griffin, a co-chair for the Christmas Tree lot. Greg went over our annual Christmas Tree Fundraiser. Karl Frydryk is the other co-chair. This is the 53rd time we have held the Christmas Tree Lot Fundraiser.

You can view the tree lot presentation slide deck here

The tree lot opens on November 26, 2021 and we should be closed by December 11, 2021. Every evening the tree lot will close at 8 PM.

The tree lot is located behind the Centerville BMV and City Hall, at 104 W. Spring Valley Rd. Remember that the BMV is open during the week and Saturdays, so please do not park there or at city hall. Park at Walgreens or over by The Famous restaurant.

Everyone in the club is assigned to a team and each team has been assigned shifts to work. By now, you should have been contacted by your tree lot team captain. Please show up for your shifts to help share the work with your fellow club members to raise money for our community youth scholarships, contests, programs and other community youth related donations!

Tree Delivery Day

Two trucks with 840 trees need to be unloaded on November 20th, 2021, from 8 AM to 11 AM. Donuts and coffee will be available. After we are done there will be several hot soups and chilis to enjoy. No need to sign up, just show up. We need everyone who can to help please. There are jobs that do not require lifting.

Normally we purchase 990 trees, but there is a severe shortage of Christmas Trees and we are lucky to be getting 840 trees. It helped that we have a long history of purchasing from our 2 suppliers.

What is the Christmas Tree Lot?

  • Major CNO Club Fundraiser
  • Club Showcase Opportunity
  • Social Opportunity
  • A tradition for our Customers

Tips for the Tree Lot

  • Wear layered clothes to keep you warm
  • Bring gloves that can get dirty with tree sap
  • Wear boots that you don’t mind getting muddy or getting tree sap on them
  • When you arrive at the lot for a sales shift, go into the sales trailer, mark that you were there and grab your name tag

Tree Lot Services Members Provide

  • Sales
  • Taking Trees off Stands
  • Spinning Trees Around
  • Carrying Trees
  • Fresh cut off the bottom of trees
  • Load trees in trucks or tying them to the tops of cars
  • Delivery within 7 miles for $10 – we do not take the trees inside of homes

Items Sold at the Tree Lot

  • Frazier and Balsam Firs
  • Douglas Fir
  • Scotch Pine
  • Door Sprays
  • Pine Roping
  • Tree Stands
  • Wreaths and Hangers
  • Bags for tree disposal
  • Bottles of Prolong Christmas Tree Preservative
  • Optimist Ornament

Additional Information

  • We accept Cash, Check or Credit Cards.
  • Ask parents before you offer their kids a candy cane.
  • Do not negotiate the price of a tree. Remind customers if they ask for a discount that our trees are of the highest quality and we are fundraising to support youth in their community.
  • We have occasionally agreed to donate a tree for a few needy causes. There is a form to fill out and someone will investigate that the request is legitimate.
  • CNO members that volunteer for sales shifts get a discount on trees they purchase.
  • Do Not Park at the BMV or the City Hall when they are open. Park at the Famous or Walgreens instead.
  • There is a Port-o-Potty on site.
  • We may close early in bad weather.
  • We have a truck we borrow from Voss for tree delivery. It is very important that before you drive the truck you must make a copy of your drivers license and sign the driver log.

Thank You

Thank you, Greg Griffin, for telling us about our annual Christmas Tree Lot fundraiser.

Thanks to all CNO members for helping with one of our very successful fundraisers. We cannot do it without the generous time of our members.

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Mark PolingStan Franzaglia2nd Reading

Welcome Guests!

GuestGuest Of
Caroline LieblBob Duffy

Happy Bucks

No Happy Bucks this week.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Membership Anniversaries

No club anniversaries this week (this is RARE)

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Ken IrwinNovember 9
Dean HeyneNovember 10
Becky KeeganNovember 12
Kelly GeorgeNovember 12

CNO Donations – 2013 through September 2021

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

Thank You Notes Received

No Thank You Notes were received this week.

Links to PowerPoint and Pictures

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

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.

CNOtes 11/2/21: World War II Veteran, D. Ralph Young

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

God in heaven,

November is a time of falling leaves, trees becoming bare, browning grass and less sunlight in our day.  Just as in our lives here on earth, it is but a season.  And a season that includes a holiday designed around giving thanks.  While we know we have days with less light in our future, help us not to focus on the dark, but instead to have grateful hearts, focusing on our cherished memories and looking optimistically into the future.

Amen.

Announcements

  • Tom Novak announced that Avenue of Flags will be putting out flags for Veteran’s Day on November 9 and retrieving them on November 15. Please contact Tom Novak if you can help with either of these days. They need a lot more volunteers.
  • Debe Dockins said we need volunteers to bring soups and chilis in slow cookers hot and ready to go for tree delivery day at the tree lot on November 20th, 2021. You can also bring corn muffins, cookies, or brownies.
  • Jesse Gaither announced the next CNO 2.0 event is on 11/18/2021 at Loose Ends Brewery located at Spring Valley and 48.
  • Carol Smerz and Mike Bevis reported that on Halloween afternoon 60 kids came through the St. Leonard Haunted Halloween Trick or Treat Drive through. A big CNO thank-you to those who volunteered.
  • Christy Gariety, Adopt-a-Family co-chair, announced that she and Sue Jessee are accepting $50 gift cards at CNO lunches and on Christmas Tree Delivery Day (Nov 20) with activation code receipts from Kohl’s, Target, or Walmart to be given to families this holiday season. The cards need to be received by 11/29/2021. You may also mail the gift cards with the activation receipts and a note stating, “From Centerville Noon Optimist Member”, to Centerville Schools, Adopt A Family Program, 111 Virginia Ave, Centerville OH 45458. Email her if you send a donation.
  • Greg Griffin announced the tree lot will be open 11/26/2021. The shifts all end by 8 PM each evening. Please show up for your assigned shifts to help with one of your club’s major fundraisers.

Dates to Remember

  • 11/15/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting
  • 11/18/2021, 5:30 PM, CNO 2.0 Meeting at Loose Ends Brewery
  • 11/20/2021, 8 AM to 11 AM, Tree Delivery Day, no need to sign up, please show up if available
  • 11/26/2021, The Tree Lot opens for sales to the public. Your Team captain will let you know when they can use your help

World War II Veteran D. Ralph Young

Debe Dockins introduced World War II Veteran, D. Ralph Young. Ralph is an engineer, author and has been a CNO Member since 1/23/2020.

From Debe Dockins:

In honor of Veterans Day, it’s only fitting that we welcome one of our own to tell his story. David Ralph Young was born in Kentucky in 1925. He volunteered for the Navy after his 17th birthday and was assigned in February 1944 to the U.S.S. J. Franklin Bell, surviving four D-Day invasions in the Pacific Theatres of Saipan, Tinian, Leyte, and Okinawa. He was discharged in 1946 (almost 3 years), graduated from the University of Kentucky, and went on to develop electrical power projects throughout the US, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. He was subsequently inducted into UK’s College of Engineering Hall of Distinction in 2006. That same year he lost his first wife Charlotte after nearly 60 years of marriage. In 2007 he married Janice and he credits her for the encouragement and help to author three books. Please give a warm welcome to fellow Optimist member and Veteran D. Ralph Young.

Presentation, World War II: The War in the Pacific

D.Ralph Young’s presentation was titled World War II: The War in the Pacific. You can view his presentation slides here.

Before he stated his presentation, Ralph asked for all WWII vets to stand up. There were three men standing in the room: CNO member David Duncombe, Ralph’s friend Francis Underwood and, of course, D. Ralph Young. Then he asked for all veterans to stand and we all clapped and cheered for the numerous CNO members who have served our country.

Ralph said he has had the most fantastic life anyone could hope for. He served with many brave and courageous soldiers. During the war, his mother constantly prayed for him. He has felt protected by God his whole life.

Ralph has two passions in life:  engineering and telling the world about what his fellow soldiers did to win the war in the Pacific.

Amphibious Personnel Attack Ships (APA)

Ralph served nearly three years on the USS J Franklin Bell (APA 16). An APA has 3 major roles:

  • Pick up troops at their base and land them on the island to be invaded.
  • Supply troops with material and equipment needed to meet battle conditions.
  • To accomplish the above, each APA would send in with the troops a group called “Beach Party” to make repairs to boats/guns and to move supplies and equipment away from the beach.

The Pacific Theater in WWII

Ralph showed a map from 1942 of everything Japan occupied after Pearl Harbor, which was an amazing amount of land in the Pacific. Japan’s plan was to continue to conquer. Japan was ominous in their aggression with 400,000 battle hardened soldiers and another 800,000 soldiers ready for battle. The struggle was figuring out how to fight the Japanese. FDR did not want to start a war with Japan until after the Germans were defeated but this changed after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.  America decided to liberate the countries Japan was occupying.

The Pacific theater was 20 times as large as Normandy. The freezing weather causing frostbite killed almost as many soldiers as enemy fire did. In total, 104,000 men were killed, 200,000 were wounded and 6600 were missing in action (MIA). The war claimed 96,466,660 civilian lives.

Killed to Wounded Ratio

Japanese soldiers believed dying in battle for the emperor would give them immortality. The killed to wounded ratio shows how vicious and ferocious Japanese soldiers could be. They would rather die than retreat. For American Troops in Europe/Pacific there was 1 killed for every 3 wounded. For Japanese Troops in the Pacific there was 18 killed for every 1 wounded.

Soldier Outcomes in the European Theater Compared to the Pacific

A soldier in the Pacific theater was 5 times more likely to be killed than in the European theater, 3 times more likely to be wounded and 2 times more likely to become a POW. The rate of death in POW camps in Europe was 1%, while in the Pacific it was 40%.

Coastwatcher Sir Jacob Vouza of Guadalcanal

Coastwatcher Sir Jacob Vouza was a native of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. He and other coastal residents such as area farmers would watch the coasts for war activities and report over short wave radios to the Allies.

On August 7, 1942 Sir Jacob Vouza rescued a pilot of a USS Wasp that was shot down and landed in Japanese-held territory, where he met the Marines for the first time.

On August 20, 1942 Japanese soldiers captured Vouza and found a small American flag in Vouza’s loincloth. The Japanese tied him to a tree and tortured him for information about the Allied forces. He was tortured for hours but refused to talk. When the Japanese gave up, to reduce the chance of being heard by the Allies they bayonetted him and left them to die. He was stabbed in both arms, his throat, shoulder, face and stomach. Sir Vouza escaped by chewing through his ropes and made his way through miles of jungle to American lines. He was crawling at the end of his trek. He would not accept medical attention until he relayed that an estimated 250 to 500 Japanese soldiers were coming in less than 30 minutes. Sir Vouza received 16 pints of blood and spent 12 days in the hospital. Within a few weeks, Sir Vouza was back to coast watching. He was knighted by the Queen of England and there is a memorial statue of Sir Jacob Vouza in Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands. The U.S. awarded him a Silver Star.

William O’Brien, a hero from the Battle of Saipan

William O’Brien from Troy, New York figured out American tanks were about to fire on their own troops. Radio contact failed, so O’Brien ran across an open battlefield under enemy fire. He used his .45 caliber pistol to bang on the turret to get the attention of the soldiers inside. He stayed on top of the tank until they were redirected. He came down from the tank, picked up a wounded soldier and carried him to safety.

This happened during Japan’s last effort with a banzai charge that involved 5000 men. O’Brien was fired up and running up and down the front-line shooting and shouting, “Don’t give them a darn inch.” He used all the ammo in his 2, .45 caliber pistols and he next picked up a rifle from a wounded comrade. After the rifle was empty, he ran to a jeep with a .50 Caliber Browning Machine Gun. After the battle they found O’Brien dead, but with dozens of dead Japanese troops around him.

Runway Able on North Field on Tinian in the Mariana Islands

After faking landings to confuse the enemy, the USS J Franklin Bell landed on Tinian. Coral on the coast made a normal landing impossible. It was Ralph’s job to position a barge over the coral so that men and jeeps could get to land.

The battle on Tinian started on July 24, 1944, and 8 days later 8000 of the 8800 Japanese troops on the island were dead.

Four months after the 8-day battle, Seabees build the busiest airfield in WWII on Tinian.

Runway Able on the island of Tinian should be the most historical airstrip on Earth. On August 6, 1945, the island of Tinian made history when the first of two planes took off from Runway Able, piloted by Colonel Tibbets, carrying an atomic weapon that was dropped on Hiroshima. On August 9, 1945, Major Sweeney left the same runway for Kokura but, finding clouds over Kokura, he went on to Nagasaki and dropped the second atomic weapon.

Ralph and his wife, Janice, visited Tinian Island in December, 2017 and found this historic airstrip covered in grass.

Currently Surviving World War II Veterans

There were 16 million American veterans of WWII immediately after the war. Currently, there are 170,000 veterans still alive.

Ralph thought for a while that he wanted to be the last vet standing from World War II. There are estimates from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs that there may be WWII vets alive until 2045. Ralph is currently 96 years old and no longer believes he will be the last man standing nor does he want to be.

Japanese Surrender

The surrender of Imperial Japan was formerly signed on September 2, 1945 aboard the United States Navy battleship USS Missouri.

Ralph described General MacArthur as a great General and a showman. Gun turrets on the USS Missouri were turned toward the signing table to make it feel that the surrender was done “under the gun.” It was already humiliating to have to sign a surrender on an enemy’s ship. MacArthur also made sure all the troops the Japanese walked by on the way to the signing table were over 6 feet tall.

Right after the signing, 400 – B-29’s and 400 – Hellcat and fighting planes all flew over the USS Missouri.

Sinking of the USS Indianapolis

The USS Indianapolis was FDR’s favorite ship to sail on and FDR toured South America on it. The USS Indianapolis delivered vital parts to Tinian to assemble 2 atomic bombs that were dropped on Japan. Soon after it left the island of Tinian the Japanese found the ship and fired torpedoes. There were direct hits to the fuel tanks. The ship sunk in 12 minutes and took 300 men with it. The remaining 900 sailors were left in shark infested water for days. The sharks claimed the lives of 150 sailors in the deadliest shark attack ever. Many of the surviving sailors eventually became desperately thirsty and started drinking the saltwater causing them to die from saltwater poisoning. Only 317 of the 900 who made it into the water survived. It was very sad since it all happened right before the end of the war.

Among the survivors was the captain of the Indianapolis, Charles B. McVay III. McVay was charged with failing to zigzag and failure to order abandon ship in a timely manner. He was convicted on the former charge.  The guilt of the loss haunted him for the rest of his life. On November 6th, 1968, McVay took his own life by shooting himself with his service pistol at his home in Litchfield, Connecticut. Following years of efforts by some survivors and others, McVay was posthumously exonerated in 2000.

On August 19, 2017, the ruins of the USS Indianapolis were located at a depth of 18,000 ft by the USS Indianapolis Project aboard the RV Petrel – a research vessel funded by American business magnate Paul Allen.

Thomas A. Baker, Troy New York

Another story of bravery is about Thomas A. Baker from Troy, New York. At a battle in Saipan there was a banzai charge and Baker was severely wounded and knew he was going to die. Baker had a medic prop him against a tree with a loaded pistol and a cigarette.  When the medic found Baker the next morning, he and 8 Japanese soldiers around him were dead and a cigarette butt was clinging to his lip.

Thank You D. Ralph Young

Thank you, D. Ralph Young, for sharing your experiences and stories from World War II and presenting, “World War II: The War in the Pacific” You can read about Ralph’s previous presentation to CNO on 11/5/2019 here.

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Tom YoungDebe DockinsInduction

Welcome Guests!

GuestGuest Of
Janet DixonRalph Young
Alan ElovitzRalph Young
Frank GillandRalph Young
Sally GillandRalph Young
Debbie PenceRalph Young
Fred PenceRalph Young
Mark PolingStan Fronzaglia
Dennis SmithBob Collins
Brian ThomasRalph Young
Danielle ThomasRalph Young
Francis UnderwoodRalph Young
Tim UnderwoodRalph Young
Janice YoungRalph Young

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Jesse GaitherDaughter at OU is finalist for the Margaret Boyd Scholar Program.

Sergeants at Arms

MemberInfraction
Tom NovakWhen he announced the Veterans Day Flag delivery Tom said it was in 2 weeks instead of 1 week.
Bob BurkmanPaying for a raffle ticket with quarters, The sergeants hate that!
Ellie ParkerTook two lanyards at first for her name tag.
Jerry StahleyAt a recent UD basketball game he sat in the wrong seat for the first half.
Scott LangerScott tried to fine someone when his term was up.
Don MassieShowed everyone up at the Haunted Trail by taking 5 laps each night.
Jesse GaitherAll papers were printed double sided so the sergeant did not have a blank piece of paper to write on.
Patrick ArehartHe did not return his name tag to the box after last week’s meeting.
Anyone who did not graduate from Miami UNot being a graduate of Miami U of OH. Current sergeants Diane Arehart and Jane Fiehrer are both MU grads.

Membership Anniversaries

MemberJoinedYears
Bob VogtNovember 8, 200516

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Wendy HattanNovember 2
Robin GoldenNovember 4
Judy McFaddenNovember 6
Drew MckenzieNovember 6
Charlie TappNovember 6
JoAnne RauNovember 7

CNO Donations – 2013 through September 2021

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

Thank You Notes Received

CLICK HERE to see the Thank You Notes the Club Received this Week

Links to PowerPoint and Pictures

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

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.