CNOtes: July 13, 2021 – Jim Charters – Carillon Park

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

Heavenly Father,

When we tee-off in this game called life, we expect to sail smoothly down the fairway onto the green.  We even hope for that magical hole-in-one.  But life is not always smooth sailing.  A gust of wind may blow us off track and we may find ourselves in a rough patch, surrounded by sand, or sinking in water.  Lord, please give us the balls (and the occasional club) we need to move forward, for we have more rounds ahead of us. 

Amen.

Announcements

  • Bob Glavin announced that the 21st season of TOP soccer for special needs kids will start on 8/22/2021. The program needs volunteers, including assistant coaches and on-field buddies assigned to a participant. The kids look forward to the event each year. Volunteers do not need to know anything about soccer to help.
  • Mike Bevis, Chair of the Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf Classic, thanked everyone who helped make it a great success on 7/12/2021. Thanks to the 36 committee members and the 50 day of event volunteers. The 128 participants were shown a great time. An additional $13,000 was raised on the day of the event. The total raised is approximately $40,000. The next outing will be held on July 18, 2022.
  • Nancy Lehren announced a club service project for Crayons to Classrooms. CNO has agreed to help Crayons to Classrooms assemble journals consisting of 10 pieces of paper plus a front and back cover. The assembly will occur after the noon meeting on 7/20/2021. If you are available, please stay after lunch and bring a stapler.
  • Donna Huss, club advisor for the CNO St Leonard Club, announced that the St. Leonard club is starting up again. They are looking to grow the members. Contact Donna if you know anyone at St Leonard that might be interested in being a member. They already have plans for community projects and activities for the next year.

Community Events

  • 7/31/2021, 11 AM – 2 PM, Andy Dickerson announced that they need volunteers to work at the Big Backyard Party at Oak Grove Park.
  • 8/7/2021, 9 AM to 1 PM Andy Dickerson announced that they need volunteers to work at the Kid’s Day in the Park event. It will be held at 1700 Delco Park Dr, Kettering OH 45420. Activities are designed for kids aged 5 to 12. Free lunch begins at 11:30.

PGI and PDP Awards

Jean Pummill announced the advancement of members through OI member programs for Personal Growth and Involvement (PGI) and Professional Development Program (PDP) Advancements. There are 10 levels in PGI and 13 levels in PDP

For PDP

Katie Calloway has achieved level 1 of the PDP program.

For PGI there were numerous advancements

  • Level 1 – 27 Members
  • Level 2 – 30 Members  
  • Level 3 – 8 Members
  • Level 4 – 1 Members
  • Level 5 – 2 Members
  • Level 6 – 2 Members
  • Level 7 – 1 Members

The Optimist International PGI and PDP personal achievement programs will be transferring to an online Learning Management System also known as LMS. More information will be available in weeks ahead.

Committee Meetings

  • 7/20/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting

Jim Charters, Carillon Park

Carol Smerz introduced Jim Charters, a spokesperson for Dayton History who came today to present about Carillon Park. Carillon Historical Park is a 65-acre open-air history museum that serves as the main campus for Dayton History.

Introduction From Carol Smerz:

Jim Charters is a spokesperson for Dayton History and has made presentations to numerous organizations about significant historical events and individuals from the Dayton area.  He volunteers as an interpretive guide at Carillon Park and Hawthorn Hill.  In 2013 he received Carillon Park’s “Volunteer of the Year” award.

Jim was born in Dayton and graduated from Chaminade High School and Ashford University.  After a career with Illinois Tool Works, he returned to the Dayton area (Washington Township) to enjoy retirement, in particular golf and volunteering.

He volunteers as a tutor at Centerville High School and Magsig Middle School.  He also moderates a class at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Dayton and moderates a class at Sinclair Community College.  In addition, he has performed on stage as an actor with the Tipp City Players and Dayton History.

About Carillon Historical Park

From their website: Carillon Historical Park owes its existence to the generosity of Colonel Edward Andrew Deeds (1874–1960) and Edith Walton Deeds (1869–1947). In the 1930s, while traveling in Bruges, Belgium, Edith, an accomplished musician, found inspiration in magnificent carillon music, and she dreamed of sharing this music with the people of Dayton. Edith’s dream became reality through the construction of Deeds Carillon—her most visible legacy to the community she loved.

A renowned engineer, inventor, and industrialist, Colonel Deeds was a close friend and colleague of fellow Dayton luminaries Charles Kettering, John H. Patterson, and Orville Wright. Colonel Deeds co-founded Dayton Engineering Laboratories Company (DELCO), the Dayton-Wright Airplane Company, and the Engineers Club of Dayton, and served as the third CEO of National Cash Register (NCR).

Jim Charters Presentation

Jim Charters presentation was titled, “Carillon Historical Park: Today and Tomorrow”, a “Dayton History Experience.”

Colonel Edward A. Deeds and Edith Walton Deeds created the park in 1942. Edith was the first person to play the Carillon bells

View the slides from his presentation here.

Notable Exhibits at Carillon Park

  • There is a temporary exhibit through the end of 2021, “Bootleggers, Bandits, and Badges: From Dry Times to Hard Times in Dayton Ohio,” including John Dillinger’s pistol and the handcuff’s used on him in Dayton
  • On display is the 1,000,000th Huffy bike that was built in Dayton
  • There are 91 NCR cash registers on display
  • DELCO, Dayton Engineering Laboratories Company is represented

Carillon Park Areas

  • Deeds Carillon
  • Kettering Family Education Center; this is the main entrance and handles admissions, information, check-in, museum store and exhibits
  • Winsupply Center of Leadership
  • Culp’s Café: The Café is ready to re-open as soon as they can find enough employees
  • Eichelberger Pavilion
  • Schear Family Gallery
  • Roger Glass Gallery
  • Heritage Center of Dayton Manufacturing and Entrepreneurship
  • We Progress Through Change Theater
  • Carousel of Innovation
  • Carillon Brewing Co: It is the only brewery making beer the way it was made in 1850
  • The 1901 Horse Barn from the Montgomery County Fairgrounds
  • Old River Park Swimming Pool Tower
  • Callahan Building Clock: It used to be a landmark seen from I-75 and it has been moved to Carillon Park and can still be seen from I-75; great views are available from the top of the tower it is now mounted on

Future Additions at Carillon Historical Park

  • Carillon Park Railway: The train will hold 100 people and have one mile of track and will be stored in the 1901 Horse Barn from the Montgomery County Fairgrounds that is now located at the park
  • Bowling Green Depot
  • Dayton Triangles Locker Room: The first national football team
  • The Old Culp’s Café
  • Culp’s Corner and Dayton Sports and Recreation Heritage Pavilion
  • The Print Shop: The print shop and trade experience area has been greatly expanded and re-opens in Fall of 2021
  • Miami and Erie Canal Lock Experience Center: The canal will have a new experience center below the model ship
  • Nation Road Interpretive Center
  • Funicular: It will be built to transport visitors to the top of the hill with great views of the Miami Valley

Volunteers Are Needed

Do you love history? Then become a Dayton History Volunteer. Contact Kay Locher for more information.

They need help with:

  • Park Interpreters
  • Archives and Collections
  • Special Events
  • Mailings
  • More

Thank You

Thank you, Jim Charters, for joining us to educate CNO on Carillon Park.

Other Parts of the Dayton History Organization

In 2005, Carillon Historical Park merged with the Montgomery County Historical Society to create a new umbrella organization known as Dayton History. The private, non-profit (501c3) organization was established to preserve, share and celebrate our region’s history. Carillon Historical Park is home to over 30 historic structures and cares for over three million artifacts.

Dayton History is funded by gifts and money generated from the properties they own.

In addition to the Carillon Historical Park, the following sites rest under Dayton History’s care:

  • Carillon Brewing Company
  • Hawthorn Hill
  • The Paul Laurence Dunbar House Historic Site
  • Patterson Homestead
  • The Old Court House
  • Memorial Hall
  • The Archive Center
  • The Mound Cold War Discovery Center

This page on the Dayton History website contains descriptions of the above locations and has links to specific pages for the sites.

Link to related article on this website

See previous article from 9/1/2020 for other details about Dayton History.

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Sam HolmesMike Bevis3rd Reading

Welcome Guests!

GuestGuest Of
Ann CrichtonMike Bevis
Chuck DavisTom Novak
David HaaseMike bevis
Eric ParsleyMike Bevis
Jim ChartersSpeaker
Martha SanchezDebe Dockins

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Eveyln GriffinFor Mike Yoder helping Carrie Million after her recent fall.
Judy DeMarcoGolf outing went great.
Beth Duncan$20, She won Grand Raffle 50/50 at the golf outing yesterday.
Charlie Tapp$2, Thanks to the great efforts of Mike Bevis for the golf outing.
Charlie TappWas bummed when found out that that picture of Debe Dockins was a fake at the golf outing.
Debe DockinsAmy Barker has been elected Chair of the Board of Trustees of Sinclair College.

Sergeants at Arms

MemberInfraction
Bob LawsonLeft early from last week’s meeting when it was his birthday and therefore we didn’t get to sing to him.
Mike BevisAuthorizing the 2D sign of Debe Dockins for the golf outing. Her face was photshopped to a picture of Britanny Spears with the caption, “Hit me with your best shot.” The golfer who got the closest to the life size picture won a prize.
Mike BevisBorrowed the CNO lunch podium sign for the golf outing and did not return it.
Chris McAlpineBid for and won, but did not pay for, his silent auction gift basket at the golf outing.
Roland RappSaid to Carrie Million, “Behave and stay out of trouble,” just before she fell and injured herself in the parking lot.
Greg GriffinThere are 330 pictures in the CNO member directory and only 1 person has their head turned sideways and it is sergeant Brian Nolan, which is why he fined Greg.

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Bob BargmeyerJuly177/17/20147
Jeff PapanekJuly177/17/20147
Tom BeeryJuly177/17/20147
Mike BremJuly187/18/20183
Sue JesseeJuly187/18/20183
Steve MockJuly197/19/199625
Tom LakesJuly197/19/20174

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Denise GreenJuly 15
Sue BrubakerJuly 16
Mark PetreJuly 18
Bob BurkmanJuly 19

CNO Donations – 2013 through June 2021

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

Thank You Notes Received

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

Links to PowerPoint and Pictures

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

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.

CNOtes: July 6, 2021 – Kathy Corbett – Therapeutic Riding Institute

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

Dear God,

We spent the past weekend celebrating our independence.  While independence and self-reliance are things to be celebrated, You created us to be in communion with one another.  Help us to remember we were each created with strengths and weaknesses, we were made to support and help one another, and there is strength in not only offering assistance, but also in asking for and accepting it.

Amen.

CNO is the Optimist International Club of the Year for 2019-2020

The Centerville Noon Optimist Club is honored to be chosen as the Optimist Club of the Year for 2019-2020 by Optimist International.  This is the highest achievement an Optimist Club can reach in the Optimist International organization. 

Our club was selected out of over 2200 clubs internationally for our community outreach and impact on children throughout the year.

We are the only club in Optimist International’s 100÷ year history to have received this award twice.

Star of the Month Award

Incarnation Junior Optimist Club was awarded the OI “Star of the Month” award.

Kelly Stone, the club advisor for the Alpha Club (elementary), JOI Club (middle school) and Octagon Club (high school) presented the award to Mary Pierce and Carolyn Shocky from Incarnation, who were guests today at lunch.

Kelly Stones’ Presentation

This past year was particularly difficult due to the pandemic and obviously changed the way most clubs have operated. Our Alpha clubs were forced to take a hiatus due to the students being required to learn from home. The only clubs that were able to participate this past school year were Incarnation, Alter and Centerville High school.

I was made aware of an award that OI was giving out called OI Star of the Month – I knew immediately who we needed to nominate!

Kelly then read the full nomination letter that you can read here.

Kelly Continued

As you can see, this club deserves to be recognized for their hard work, creative thinking outside the box and reaching beyond the stars! It is my pleasure to present the Incarnation Cub with the International Star of the Month award!

Announcements

  • Debe Dockins for Joan Cordonnier announced that the 2021 Americana 5K Race was a great success. Thanks to chair Joan Cordonnier and her team. Joan was very happy with 800 participants. Joan said thanks to all that helped her.
  • Debe Dockins announced that the CNO float in the 2021 Americana Parade received the “Presidents Award”. Special thanks to Mike Cordonnier and his team of CHS Theater students for designing and building the float. Thanks to everyone that helped with the float! Thank you to Centerville Landscape & Irrigation for the loan of the trailer, Common Sense Lawn Care with Casey and Matt Dixon for driving the trailer, the TOP Optimist special needs club for riding on the float and Jane Fiehrer with Sign Connection for all of the signs on the float.
  • Debe Dockins announced that the CNO tent at the 2021 Americana Festival distributed 1200 customized water bottles at the event.

Community Events

  • 8/7/2021 Andy Dickerson announced that they need volunteers to work at the Kid’s Day in the Park event
  • 7/31/2021, 11 AM – 2 PM, Andy Dickerson announced that they need volunteers to work at the Big Backyard Party at Oak Grove Park

Committee Meetings

  • 7/20/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting

Kathy Corbett, Therapeutic Riding Institute

Carol Smerz introduced Kathy Corbett (Program Director & Instructor) and Jen Dean (Development Director) with the Therapeutic Riding Institute (TRI). They provide equine assisted learning services and wereestablished in 1973. They moved to a farm in Spring Valley, Ohio in 2019. Kids who typically attend programs at TRI are those with physical, cognitive and emotional challenges. Higher functioning siblings are encouraged to join in the activities provided at TRI.

Kathy Corbett was the speaker. She thanked CNO for the recent $5000 donation to TRI. Support from organizations like CNO are very important to TRI. Their services require payment and they have numerous payment assistance programs.

She showed us “Chases’s Story,” one of the videos on the home page of their website. Chase’s mother describes that the activities her son participates in at TRI are the only activities that her kids can both do together. The first time her son said “please” was when he was on a horse. Sometimes TRI put kids on a horse backwards and the kids really love it and start laughing.

Kathy said there are all kinds of reasons this type of therapy works. The experience of engaging the whole body enables higher brain functions to kick in.

Services Provided (see website for more details)

The range of ages of those served is from 4 to 89.

  • Horseback Riding Programs – Adaptive Riding and Therapeutic Riding
  • Equine Learning Programs – Wranglers, Barn Buddies and Deputies
  • Summer Camp – Weeklong camps
  • Horses Assisting Heroes-Veterans Programs
  • Equine-Facilitated Mental Health – Offered by Professional Mental Health Providers that utilize their horses
  • Caregiver programs – Offered to those who take care of those with special needs

TRI Website

Their website is a wealth of information. From their site:

Equine Assisted Learning Programs

TRI’s Equine Assisted learning is conducted by PATH International Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructors who are also Certified Equine Specialists in Mental Health and Learning. These programs are both unmounted (on the ground) or mounted (on the horse).

Studies show that Equine Assisted Learning has been helpful for people in the following areas: anxiety, assertiveness, confidence, emotional awareness, empathy, stress tolerance, flexibility, impulse control, problem-solving skills, self-actualization, independence, self-regard, social responsibility, interpersonal relationships, and emotional satisfaction.

Volunteer Opportunities

Donation Opportunities

Thank You

Thank you, Kathy Corbett and Jen Dean, for joining us to educate CNO on the Therapeutic Riding Institute.

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Sam HolmesMike Bevis2nd Reading

Welcome Guests!

GuestGuest Of
Carolyn ShockeyIncarination
Darrick WeeksMike Bevis
David GeersTom Novak
Deanna NesbitMike Bevis
Jen DeanSpeaker
Joe Crachiolo
Kathy CorbettSpeaker
Kendal CookeBarbara Santo
Lauren AikenIncarnation
Mary PierceIncarnation
Patti BooneKristy
Peter AdamsDebe Dockins
Samantha TouheyIncarnation
Stephanie McKenzieChristy Gariety
Tyler BenedictMike Bevis
Wendy Roop

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Dick StevensKids and grandchildren just visited.
Dick Stevens$5, Celebrated 50th wedding anniversary with Sandy Stevens.
Debe DockinsCNO is OI Optimist Club of the Year for 2019-2020.
Myron RheaumeThanks to every CNO member for helping CNO achieve OI Optimist Club of the Year for 2019-2020.
Bill StoneIncarnation received Star Club of the month.
Gary AikenCelebrated 53rd wedding anniversary to Gail Aiken.
Gary SmigaNext week will be visiting family in Philly and then a week long reunion in Cape May, NJ with sister and brothers.
Gary SmigaMemorial Scholarships will be presented on July 20, 2021. Recipients are 7 students from CHS (5 first year awards and 2 renewals). Each student will receive $2000 to be used toward tuition, fees, room, board and related expenses.
Mike YoderHis wife just got her law degree and has passed the bar.

Sergeants at Arms

MemberInfraction
Val HuffSelling tickets for baskets.
Sue BrubakerSelling tickets for baskets.
Debe DockinsBrian Nolan almost didn’t get his lunch today.

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
CeAnn ChalkerJuly107/10/200021

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Mark ScarpinoJuly 6
Bob LawsonJuly 6
Bob GlavinJuly 9
Joe KronenbergerJuly 9
Greg McAfeeJuly 12

CNO Donations – 2013 through June 2021

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

Thank You Notes Received

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

Links to PowerPoint and Pictures

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

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.

CNOTES: June 22, 2021 – : Bethany Deines, Shriners Children’s Ohio, Specialized Pediatric Care

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

From P. S. God, Can You Fly? by R. Wayne Willis:

“Reality Check”

Thank you Lord, for not letting it be any worse.  I love you.

There are few things like a visit to the hospital for a reality check, for putting life in perspective.

One day I entered the burn unit of our children’s hospital and my eyes immediately fixed on a new patient.  He was seated in his room’s doorway in a wheelchair, bound in gauze from his waist up, with holes in the facial wrap for eyes, nose, mouth, and ears.  I couldn’t tell whether the child was a boy or girl until he told me his name.  His name was Paul.  He was five years old. Paul told me he had been badly burned in a fire at his house the day before.  I noticed on his nightstand a beautiful medal and asked him what it was.  He told me how a uniformed policeman had entered the unit earlier that day to visit someone else.  When his eyes and Paul’s met, Paul attempted a wave with his rigid arm.  The wave attempt stopped the policeman in his tracks.  He turned and left the unit.  He returned a short time later with a Medal of Honor in his hand, a medal he had been awarded two weeks earlier.  He walked into Paul’s room, draped the medal around Paul’s neck, and told him, “You deserve this more than I do.  You’re a hero.  This is for you.”  Then he turned and walked away. 

What happened inside the policeman happens inside many of us who work with sick people.  We find it hard, seeing the world from inside a hospital, to get overwrought at a fender bender, a correction in the stock market, or a rained-out golf game.  Glimpses of a sixteen-year-old girl bald from chemotherapy or a ten-year-old boy with severe cerebral palsy or a five-year-old burned child help us, as it did the policeman, keep a sense of proportion and balance in life.  Exposure to suffering helps us check our urge to complain about what we lack and feel more gratitude for what we have.  It compels us to “cleave ever,” as Tennyson said, “To the sunnier side of doubt.”

Today’s Prayer:

Dear God,

We are in need of a reality check.  Instead of complaining, help us to express gratitude.  Instead of being irritated, help us to have patience.  Instead of jumping to conclusions about others, help us to truly see them.  And God, thank you for not letting it be any worse.

Amen.

Announcements

  • Lynne Reilly won today’s 50/50 drawing she donated her winnings back to the club!
  • Mike Bevis, Golf Outing Chair, said that 136 golfers have signed up so participation is SOLD OUT. They need “day of event” volunteers for lots of tasks on Monday, July 12, 2021. There are jobs for all times of the day including early morning, mid-day and at the end of the day. They are hoping someone has some Dayton Dragons tickets to donate for the silent auction. Additionally, they are asking for bottles of wine and gift cards for the silent auction and raffles.
  • Beth Duncan announced that the Americana booth chair Brent Richburg is looking for several volunteers to work the CNO Americana booth on 7/5/2021.
  • Jane Fiehrer announced that the American float has some very heavy pieces to lift onto the trailer. They need some very strong people to lift these pieces between 9AM and Noon on 7/3/2021.
  • Ron Tinnerman reported that CNO 2.0 last week at Poelking Lanes South went great. The speaker, Allan Crasto, Ph.D, was very interesting discussing UDRI.

Committee Meetings

  • 7/20/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting

Bethany Deines, Shriners of Ohio

Mike Bevis introduced Bethany Deines, Director of Development of Shriners Children’s Ohio (SCO). SCO just moved to Dayton from Cincinnati. Their new location is the second floor of Dayton Children’s Hospital (DCH) and their address is One Children’s Plaza – 2 West, Dayton, OH 45404. SCO is a hospital within a hospital. The new space was designed with kids in mind. Administration offices are located at 241 Taylor Street.

Also attending today’s meeting were CEO of Dayton SCO, Randy White, and Associate Director of Development of Dayton SCO, Kari Tucker.

You can view the slide deck titled, “Our New Home – Shriners Children’s Ohio, Hospital Update April 2021”, here.  

Philosophy and Purpose

Built on the philosophy that people can make a positive difference in the lives of others, Shriners Children’s Ohio is committed to the community and welcomes involvement from interested individuals.

With their new home, they have the same purpose, “Be the best at transforming children’s lives by providing exceptional healthcare through innovative research, in a patient and family-centered environment.”

About SCO and the New Space

  • All exam rooms have a magnetic chalkboard. Kids love to draw with chalk and play with the magnets.
  • They see about 3000 patients per year. The vast majority will stay much less than a week. In the past it was often several weeks. Patients have better outcomes by being home sooner.
  • By moving into a smaller space, they are saving a lot of money.
  • They wanted to stay in the Ohio area. The Dayton area with its highways and airports is easy to get into. Bethany Deines said, “There is no more friendly area than Dayton, Ohio.”
  • SCO is the first hospital to be inside another hospital. They share services with DCH, but they have their own board of directors.

Relocating the Hospital to be inside Dayton Children’s Hospital

  • Overall, they don’t need nearly the same number of inpatient hospital beds as before. Relocating to a much smaller space has greatly reduced overhead expense.
  • They have right sized the hospital from 30 inpatient beds to 7.
  • At homes, there are better safety standards for children which results in far fewer burns than in the past.
  • Changing healthcare trends and improved technology means shorter hospital stays which requires fewer beds. For example, there are bandages that can stay on longer requiring less professional nursing care.
  • Children have better outcomes when they can go home sooner. There is an increased focus on outpatient care.
  • They can share services with DCH, including labs, radiology, pharmacy, dietary, EVS and security.
  • SCO has access to world-class physicians at DCH. This allows collaboration on complex medical conditions, providing new care services for children.
  • More opportunities for telemedicine and outreach clinics.
  • Dayton is a great location. They can maintain a burn center presence in Midwest/Mid-Atlantic/Southeast. The access to both I-70 and I-75 Interstates is great. The Dayton airport is very close, but so are several other airports within a 2 hours drive.
  • Dayton is a family-friendly community.

Areas in the Hospital

  • Pharmacy on site which is a great luxury
  • Physical/Occupational Therapy Clinic
  • Donor Recognition Wall
  • Outpatient Corridor
  • Outpatient Clinics with well-designed Nurses Stations
  • Outpatient Clinic Exam Room
  • Inpatient Rooms
  • PICU
  • Nurses Stations
  • Med Stations
  • Charting Stations
  • Nutrition Stations
  • Surgical Suite
  • PACU
  • Playroom, a place for kids to do their number one job which is to play
  • Play Space behind a nurse’s station, where kids are given “important jobs” by the nurses

Family Housing

  • Ronald McDonald House – across the street
  • Ronald McDonald House Hospitality Room on the 4th floor of DCH
  • Hotels in area
  • Fisher Houses for Military families

How You can Help

  • Patient Referrals – help us grow!
  • Road Runners/Transportation
  • Share mission and patient stories
  • Give generously at shrinersohio.org
  • Attend events
  • Fundraising
  • Naming opportunities
  • Volunteer time and talent

Care Given and Conditions Treated

  • Orthopaedics
  • Burn Care
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Craniofacial (in a new partnership with World Craniofacial Foundation)
  • Cleft Lip/Palate
  • Sports Injury and Factures
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Serious skin conditions
  • Wounds and trauma

Where Patients Come From

  • The entire U.S. – most are from the eastern 26 states of the US.
  • Over 35 Countries around the globe – if a child needs their services, they will find a way to get the child to one of their hospitals
  • Referrals from Doctors
  • Referrals from anyone – Social Media is starting to make a difference

Contacting Shriners

Ways to Give to Shriner Children’s Ohio

  • https://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/ohio/ways-to-give
  • A one-time or monthly cash donation
  • A gift to honor or remember a loved one
  • A charitable bequest in your will
  • Gifts of appreciated assets or real estate
  • Other planned giving opportunities such as charitable gift annuities or charitable remainder trusts

Thank You

Thank you, Bethany Deines, for joining us to educate CNO about Shriners Hospital for Children in Dayton, Ohio.

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Sam HolmesMike Bevis1st Reading

Welcome Guests!

Guest NameGuest of
Bethany DeinesToday’s Speaker, the Director of Development of Shriners Children’s Ohio
Kari TuckerAssociate Director of Development from Shriners Children’s Ohio
Randy WhiteCEO of Shriners Children’s Ohio
Steve MathisRon Tinnerman

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Bob CollinsDean and Mindy Heyne have fostered 42 children after raising two children and then adopting 6 of them, all with major life challenges.  Their 2 oldest that are twins who are on the Autism spectrum asked to help with picking up flags last week. They were excited and happy to help.  Bob plans to work to have them help his team retrieve the flags in the future. 
Myron RheaumeHe really apppreciated Erin Dickerson’s story and prayer today.
Jerry StahleyThank you to all that helped with the junior golf tournament. There are 17 kids going to Florida to play at the next level.
Debe DockinsThanks to Jerry Stahley for building the step stool behind the podium for her and others who need it.
Tom NovakThe next flag delivery is next week. There will be a flag assembly party this Friday.  Also thankss to Debe for reminding him about his wife’s birthday.

Sergeants at Arms

MemberInfraction
Mike BevisNot wearing a name badge when Introducing a new member
Erin DickersonMaking fun of the step stool behind the podium to a Sergeant who is vertically challenged
Louise HahnShe had never been fined before and now she has
Wayne Christie, Roland RappSitting with just 2 people at a table so they can eat extra hamburgers
Gary SmigaEmpyting his cup of water outside before the meeting
Dick StevensComplaining that it was time for Sergeants fines to a Sergeant

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Wes CleavesJune226/22/199328
Gary HansenJune306/30/199922
Joe KronenbergerJuly17/1/20147
Roy BarclayJuly17/1/198635
Sara HemmeterJuly17/1/20147
Andy HarmonJuly27/2/20183
David DuncombeJuly27/2/20183
Greg CrabtreeJuly27/2/200813
Jeff UmbreitJuly27/2/20183
Mark ScarpinoJuly27/2/20183
Robin GoldenJuly47/4/20129
Diane ArehartJuly57/5/20165

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Deb UlrichJune 22
Carrie MillionJune 23
Gary DeMarcoJune 23
Dick LeeJune 23
Cherie GentryJune 24
Jay McAlpineJune 24
Paulette NovakJune 25
Charlie GoodwinJune 26
Wayne ChristieJune 26
Robby JohnsonJune 27
Valorie HuffJune 28
Frank DePalmaJune 29
Karin GilstrapJuly 1
John SpeersJuly 4
John CarrollJuly 5

CNO Donations – 2013 through May 2021

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

Thank You Notes Received

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

Links to PowerPoint and Pictures

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

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.

CNO 2.0 Notes 6/18/21: Allan Crasto, PhD, University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI)

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was at Poelking Lanes South in Miami Township, Ohio. Thank you to Joe Poelking, the owner of the venue, for donating the VIP Bowling Lounge for our meeting with complimentary bowling.

The next CNO 2.0 meeting will be on July 15, 2021 at 5:30 PM at Heavier than Air Brewery. It is always on the third Thursday of the month at 5:30 PM. All members of any CNO club are invited to these monthly meetings.

There were 22 people at the meeting (16 members and 6 guests).

Announcements

Gail Aiken, Americana 5K run on 7/5/2021, announced that they need help passing out packets days before the event and lots of help for the day of the event.

Gail Aiken also announced that the Haunted Trail community event will return this year and be held on October 12th and 13th and it has been moved to the Washington Township RecPlex (formerly named Rec Center). They need volunteers for trail guides. Each group of 30 participants needs 2 trail guides, one in the front and one in the back.

Tom Novak, Avenue of Flags, announced that we now deliver over 3000 flags on each flag holiday and we can always use more volunteers to help deliver/retrieve flags.

Debe Dockins announced that 144 golfers have signed up for the sold-out Tom Fraizer Tee Off for Youth Golf Classic. They need “day of event” volunteers for lots of tasks on Monday, July 12, 2021. There are jobs for all times of the day including early morning, mid-day and at the end of the day. They are also looking for donations and silent auction items like bottles of wine and gift cards.

Allan Crasto, Ph.D, UDRI

Ron Tinnerman introduced tonight’s speaker, Allan Crasto, Ph.D, the recently retired Executive Director of  University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) and former engineer. He joined UDRI in 1988 and worked there for 32 years.

What is UDRI?

The website for UDRI says, “Research for the Common Good”. They deliver innovative practical science and engineering solutions on budget and on time. They serve government, industry and nonprofit customers.

UDRI was created 65 years ago at UD in partnership with Wright-Patterson  Air Force Base (called Wright Field at the time). UDRI is unique in that it has remained an integral part of the University. All other similar research institutes that were part of universities across the nation have been spun off and are no longer part of their original universities.

UDRI is self-supporting and no tuition money from students are used by UDRI. Engineers are hired for their expertise. Engineers are moved around UDRI to help with projects as their expertise is needed. Engineering talents are internally networked at UDRI. When projects end, they find another project for engineers to use their skills.

Dr. Crasto said UDRI is a great place to work. It is not uncommon to hear about employees that retire after 40 or even 45 years.

Major Research Areas

  • Energy and the environment
  • Aero propulsion
  • Structures
  • Mechanical systems
  • Sensors
  • Human factors
  • Lasers and robotics

Software Research Areas

  • Image recognition
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (aka UAV or Drones) guidance
  • Machine learning

Example Projects and Services

  • They keep old Air Force planes flying. This is very profitable while at the same time saving the U.S. Government money.  Techniques used to extend the life of the aircrafts flying include 3D printing or additive manufacturing of parts, corrosion mitigation and testing of existing materials and their interaction with aged metal.
  • A lot of progress is being made in lithium battery technology.
  • Simulation of the effects of weather from various regions of the world are studied. There is a full sized 2 story home fully contained inside a controlled climate building. They study effects on the home’s systems like HVAC under different conditions.
  • Various experiments are run on a complete supermarket setup they have.
  • All Air Force aircraft must be periodically repainted. UDRI has developed a robotic laser process to remove the old paint while vaporizing it. This is a lot safer than the previous process since a lot of dangerous chemicals go airborne during paint removal. Vaporization greatly reduces what needs to be disposed of as well.
  • The insulated Domino’s Pizza containers used for delivery are made with material developed by UDRI.
  • UDRI has a sustainability training program for Air Force personnel.

UDRI is financially good for the Dayton Region

  • UDRI helped get GE to do research for their jet engines here in Ohio. UDRI worked with the State of Ohio to make this happen.
  • $1.1 Billion in projects are waiting to be completed.
  • 80% of revenue comes from the Air Force.
  • UDRI total revenue so far is over $3 billion.

Patents

Patents often earn UD money. If UDRI receives a patent, then UD owns it and the Air Force gets to use it for free. UD has the right to sell the patent for use in industries outside of the Air Force.

US Government Security Clearances

UDRI employees need security clearances that can take months to obtain to work on many projects. UD students planning on working for UDRI after graduation start the clearance application process before graduation. This makes them immediately productive right after graduation on secure projects much earlier than possible in the past.

Buildings in the Miami Valley Used by UDRI

  • UDRI occupies the previous NCR headquarters. It took 10 years to complete the renovation and move into the building. They converted it from office space to labs. There is 380,000 square feet of useable area in the building. UDRI occupies 300,000 square feet of this space. The total square footage of the building is 550,000 square feet, but areas such as hallways and mechanical rooms are not considered usable space.
  • UDRI has 30,000 square feet of space at the Greene. The rapid sustainment office, a state-of-the-art facility, is located at the Greene.
  • The DESI building on Wilmington Pike has been converted for use by UDRI.

Quick Facts about UDRI

  • They have 740 full time research staff.
  • There were $170 million in sponsored projects in 2020.
  • Project revenues range from $500 to $350,000,000.

Thank You

Thank you, Allan Crasto, Ph.D, for sharing information about UDRI with us this evening.

More Information about UDRI

On 8/25/2020, Pamela Gregg, the Communication Administrator at the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI), spoke to CNO at a weekly lunch meeting. Click to view the article.

Link to Pictures from the Meeting

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.

CNOTES: June 15, 2021 – Debbie Feldman, President and CEO of Dayton Children’s Hospital

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

Dear God,

Help us to be more like children.  Help us to see the holy in the mundane.  To hold the secular and the sacred in the same breath.  To let nothing stand between us and You.  To know that You are in the helplessness and the hopelessness the same as You are in the faith and the healing.  Children understand that prayer and conversation with You need no frills, nothing fancy, but to simply be an expression of our hearts.

Amen.

Announcements

Mike Bevis, Golf Outing Chair, said that 144 golfers have signed up so participation is SOLD OUT. They need “day of event” volunteers for lots of tasks on Monday, July 12, 2021. There are jobs for all times of the day including early morning, mid-day and at the end of the day. They are also looking for donors and silent auction items like bottles of wine and gift cards.

Debe Dockins, Americana Float, said the team is looking for volunteers to help build the float.

Gail Aiken, Americana 5K run on 7/5/2021, announced that they need help passing out packets days before the event and lots of help for the day of the event.

Debe Dockins announced that the CNO tent at last Friday’s Party in the Park was a huge success. She said thanks to Jerry Stahley for bringing the tent over and setting it up, to Jean Pummill for handing out lollipops, Club information, and smiles, and a HUGE thank you to Jerry Gerhards who crafted at least 100 balloon animals well into the night. Jean said we were one of the most popular booths there. The next Party in the Park will be Friday, July 16, 2021. These events feature food trucks, live music, a DJ and booths from various businesses. It is run by The Heart of Centerville and Washington Township.

Beth Duncan brought in Optigear samples to today’s meeting. To purchase Optigear items go to https://optimistclubstore.com/

Committee Meetings

  • 6/24/2021, 6 PM, Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf 2021, in person at Buckeye Home Health Care on Paragon Road. Meetings in 2021 will be on 1/13, 2/17, 3/24, 4/14, 5/12, 6/24, 7/7. Additional volunteers are always welcome. The golf outing will be held on 7/12/2021.
  • 7/20/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting.

Debbie Feldman, President and CEO of Dayton Children’s Hospital

Debe Dockins introduced Adam Blanchard, the Director of Donor Engagement at Dayton Children’s Hospital (DCH). Adam introduced today’s speaker, Debbie Feldman,, the President and CEO of Dayton Children’s Hospital since 2012. Her presentation was titled, “Reinventing the Path to Children’s Health.”

From the DCH website about Debbie Feldman

Deborah Feldman is the fourth president and chief executive officer of Dayton Children’s Hospital. The only pediatric hospital in the region, Dayton Children’s is comprised of over 3,000 employees, a professional staff of over 400 physicians and residents, and 900 volunteers who provide compassionate, expert care for more than 300,000 children every year across 20 Ohio counties and eastern Indiana in a network of care facilities.

Upon joining the organization in 2012, she led the creation of a new strategic roadmap to guide the hospital into the rapidly changing future of health care.  This plan, called Destination 2020, outlines a framework for ensuring that Dayton Children’s continues to grow and thrive while remaining true to the original mission of its founders – to provide the highest quality pediatric care to all children regardless of a family’s ability to pay.  It involves a campus-wide revitalization, services expansion in key areas, recruitment of highly specialized pediatric experts, and the integration of advanced technology; all in a uniquely family-centered setting.

Presentation

Debbie Feldman thanked the Centerville Noon Optimist club for their generous donation to the Tower at Dayton Children’s.

Patients are now consumers. Influences on the current generation of parents from online retailing such as Amazon.com and other instant online experiences have changed how patients want to receive health care. More and more care will occur in home and be delivered online.

Reinventing the Path to Children’s Health Mission and Vision

Dayton Children’s Hospital Mission is, “The relentless pursuit of optimal health for every child within our reach.”

Dayton Children’s Hospital is, “Reinventing the path to children’s health for families throughout our region and beyond.”

Destination 2020’s Goal

Dayton Children’s Hospital goal is to remain an independent and freestanding children’s hospital, local-governed to advance the health of our region’s children. They want to significantly improve patient and family experiences across all areas. They have reduced wait times, improved communication and doctors’ rounds are now family-centered. They have built a new patient tower with single rooms and engaging technologies and have expanded the south campus providing the right care, close to home for more families.

5 Strategic Focus Areas

  • Consumer Access, Patients are consumers that are looking for convenience and low wait times. They want virtual access. They want the right access for their families at the right time.
  • Total Experience, Taylor the experience to the needs and type of care needed. Provide an exceptional experience for families.
  • Care Innovation, Technology is continuously updated to improve the care and delivery at the hospital and home. Technology will improve the outcome of care.
  • Behavioral Health, There is a behavioral health crisis and a tremendous demand for behavioral health services. At any given time, there is a list of 5-10 children waiting to get a bed. The second leading cause of death of children is now suicide.
  • Health Equity, Different children need help in different ways because of current home situations, transportation and other factors.

DCH Propellers for their Goals

The propellers propel the reinvention of the path to children’s health. They help DCH to take flight to go above and beyond.

  • Inclusive Mindset, They will be more inclusive and equitable. Everyone will feel valued, understood and welcomed.
  • Talent Magnet, They will attract the best talent and teams.
  • Quality Improvement, They will employ techniques for Quality Improvement and to share exceptional experience.
  • Financial Prowess, They have a commitment to strong financial discipline stewardship and philanthropy that will enable them to fulfill their mission.
  • Digital Manifests, They know most of their customers now expect access digitally. The parents of the current children generation do not like to talk on the phone. They want to go online or text to make appointments.
  • Strong Alliances, They will obtain and retain strong partners.
  • Distinguished Brand, They promise above and beyond care and services.

Quick Facts about DCH

  • 181 Beds
  • 24 Behavioral Health beds
  • 6083 Admissions
  • 382,391 Total Visits
  • 3800 Employees
  • 412 Physicians
  • 43 Specialties

Thank You

Thank you, Debbie Feldman, for joining us to present “Reinventing the Path to Children’s Health” at Dayton Children’s Hospital.

New Member Readings and Inductions

None this week.

Welcome Guests!

Guest NameGuest of
Debbie FeldmanToday’s Speaker, Dayton Children’s Hospital President and CEO
Adam BlanchardDayton Children’s Hospital Director of Donor Engagment
Elizabeth JulianDayton Children’s Hospital Donor Engagement Associate
Dan SlouffmanJohn Speers
Barbara LayneMyron Rheaume
Troy YoungBeth Duncan
Fred SwaisgoodBob Collins
Brenda MooreMike Bevis
Essex PhillipsMike Bevis
Joseph and Brenda PolleyMike Bevis
Kevin McDonaldMike Bevis
Adina AngelMike Bevis
Wendy RoopMike Bevis

Happy Bucks

No time for Happy Bucks this week

Sergeants at Arms

No time for Sergeants this week

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Cherie GentryJune176/17/20156
Sam PfabeJune176/17/20156
Denise GreenJune196/19/20138

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Charla RheaumeJune 16
Ron KukerJune 19
Kathy McAlpineJune 20

CNO Donations – 2013 through May 2021

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

Thank You Notes Received

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

Links to PowerPoint and Pictures

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

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.

CNOTES: June 8, 2021 – Ed Domsitz, Head Football Coach at Alter High School

Announcements

Tom Novak, Avenue of Flags, announced that 186 new subscriptions have come in since Memorial Day. He needs volunteers to help handle two new routes.

CNO 2.0 will have a meeting on 6/17/2021 at 5:30 PM in the VIP Suite at Poelking Lanes South on Kingsridge Drive. All members of CNO 2.0 and CNO are invited as always.

Mike Bevis, Golf Outing Chair, said they need “day of event” volunteers for lots of tasks on Monday, July 12, 2021. There are jobs for all times of the day including early morning, mid-day and at the end of the day. They are also looking for donors and silent auction items like bottles of wine and gift cards.

Committee Meetings

  • 6/24/2021, 6 PM, Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf 2021, in person at Buckeye Home Health Care on Paragon Road. Meetings in 2021 will be on 1/13, 2/17, 3/24, 4/14, 5/12, 6/24, 7/7. Additional volunteers are always welcome. The golf outing will be held on 7/12/2021.
  • 7/20/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting

Ed Domsitz, Head Football Coach at Alter High School.

Gary Hansen introduced Ed Domsitz, the Head Football Coach at Alter High School since 1999.

From Gary Hansen:
Ed Domsitz is a local boy who did well. He went to Trotwood Madison High School, the University of Dayton and Ohio State University. In his 45 years of coaching high school football at Trotwood Madison, Alter, Northwood and then Alter again, Ed has amassed a 355-155 win loss record. His teams have been in the playoffs 25 times, winning 12 regional championships, and 16 of the last 18 Greater Catholic League championships.

Ed Domsitz said, “When is the last time you had a speaker who has lost 155 games? I have had to cross the field 155 times to congratulate the other coach.” He also said, “Over the last 20 some years we have been blessed to win a lot of games.” In his younger years he did not win as many games as he does now.

He first became a head football coach at Trotwood High School at the age of 25. His first year they went 0 and 10. The next year they lost the first 2 games after which his mother called him after the Trotwood newspaper asked if the victory bell will ever be rung again. The third game of the second season they beat Piqua.

After 2 years at Trotwood he was 2 and 18. One day, Domsitz and Tina Combs, the principal of Trotwood, who he described as a great high school principal and a sweet but tough woman, were walking and talking in a hallway. Principal Combs said, “Coach, you have to win a few more games next year or we sure are going to miss you around here.” The third year they went 5 and 5.

Early in his career, before every game he would pray that everyone is healthy before the game, that there are no injuries during the game and that the best team should win. Eventually with his bad records, he dropped the third part.

In his first year at Alter he went 2 and 8. The next year they went 4 and 5. Domsitz asked the principal about getting some money to enhance the training and weight room. The principal said, “We are not going to turn this school into a football factory!”. The team improved quickly and he has really enjoyed his time at Alter High School.

Domsitz said that at Alter, they have a process. Coaches explain that the players must adapt to the program and meet a list of expectations. If players are going to perform at a top level, then these expectations must be met.

More Playing Time

Every player has a right in a respectful way to ask, “Coach, what do I need to do to get more playing time?”  There are 5 factors coaches consider when responding to the player’s question.

  • Attitude: If there is an attitude problem, then your effort will be affected.
  • Effort: You must put in the effort at practice, the weight room and games.
  • Skills: You must keep improving your skills.
  • Performance: Your performance is graded on every play of every game.
  • Intensity: Coaches expect that you will always play with intensity.
  • Other Teammates: Another player may be playing much better than you. You will need to wait your turn. When the better player leaves and you get better you may get your chance.

Handling Player Issues

If there are problems with a player’s actions or behaviors, there are three considerations involved in deciding what to do about it.

  • What is best for the player?
  • How will the decision affect the team this year?
  • What is best for the reputation of the program?

Summer Camp

Alter football players attend a rigorous camp at Wittenberg University during the summer.

Thank You

Thank you, Ed Domsitz, for joining us to talk about your career and your long tenure as head football coach at Alter High School.

New Member Readings and Inductions

None this week.

Welcome Guests!

Guest NameGuest of
Ed DomsitzToday’s Speaker, Head Football Coach at Alter High School

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Julie Noeth$5, Husband went to Chaminade Julienne High School and so did her two daughters! Today’s speaker mentioned Alter Football’s team playing CJ High School.
Gail AikenWent to high school with today’s speaker, Ed Domsitz.
Carol SmerzThe article in the Centerille Washington Neighbors about the Avenue of Flags was really great.
Blanca CrinerHer son really liked having today’s speaker, Ed Domsitz as a teacher.
Tom NovakThank you for building 250 flags on 6/7/2021 to: Dav Bremer, Tom Novak, Carol Smerz, Mike Brubaker, Dick Stevens
Tom Novak (cont.)(building 250 flags cont.) Jim Mogan, Marge Back, Steve Rau, Ralph Young, Diane Arehart, Brian Nolan, Charlie Tapp

Sergeants at Arms

MemberInfraction
Mike BrubakerThe sergeants did not appreciate the way he purchased raffle tickets today.
Bob DuffyImpersonating a ball player and arguing with today’s speaker.
Chris McAlplineChris was not wearing a tie – he was unrecognizable. 

Membership Anniversaries

This is very rare – no membership anniversaries this week!

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Brooks ComptonJune 9
Mike WallJune 12

CNO Donations – 2013 through May 2021

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

Thank You Notes Received

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

Links to PowerPoint and Pictures

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

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.

CNOTES: June 1, 2021 – Educator of the Year Awards Presented for 2020 and 2021

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

Almighty God,

As the school year is coming to an end, a school year that required flexibility, creativity, and grace like none other, we are gathering to recognize two exceptional teachers.  Our educators take on a higher calling and are often taken for granted, overlooked, and underappreciated.  We thank you for this opportunity to show our love, support, and appreciation for those in our presence.

Amen.

Optimist International District Awards

CNO member and Great Ohio District Governor for 2019-2020 Myron Rheaume presented the awards received by CNO members in the last year. He also went over how well the CNO club is ranked worldwide.

CNO Club Heritage

  • For year 2015-2016 CNO was the Optimist Club of the Year (Myron Rheaume, President)
  • For year 2017-2018 CNO was the runner up for Optimist Club of the Year (Chris McAlpine, President)
  • For year 2019-2020 CNO is in the running for the Optimist Club of the Year (Greg Griffin, President)
  • For year 2019-2020 CNO was number one in awards and achievements in the Great Ohio District

Great Ohio District Positions Held by CNO Members

  • David Ladd, District Chaplain
  • Pat Behn, Lt Governor
  • Jeff Umbreit, Treasurer
  • Brian Nolan, Sergeant of Arms

Committee Chairs

  • Debe Dockins, Oratorical Contest
  • Kelly George, Essay Contest
  • Beth Duncan, Evelyn Griffin, Carrie Million, Hospitality
  • Greg Griffin, Webmaster and Technology Chair
  • Jean Pummill, Achievements and Awards
  • Charla Rheaume, Childhood Health and Wellness
  • Beth Duncan, Optigear Supplier
  • Jerry Stahley, OI Junior Golf Tournament

Honored and Distinguished Development of Clubs

  • 16 clubs in the Great Ohio District would have been honored status, unfortunately only 1 club sent in paperwork.
  • For 2019-2020 CNO achieved distinguished status with Greg Griffin, President, Jean Pummill Secretary, and Roland Rapp, Treasurer. Note that out of 2800 clubs less than 1% achieved distinguished status.

Governor’s Award

  • Greg Griffin, Award of Excellence

Announcements

CNO 2.0 will have a meeting 6/17/2021 at 5:30 PM in the VIP Suite at Poelking Lanes on Kingsridge Drive. All members of CNO 2.0 and CNO are invited as always.

Mike Bevis, golf outing chair, said that 100 golfers have signed up so far. They need “day of event” volunteers for lots of tasks on Monday, July 12, 2021. There are jobs for all times of the day including early morning, mid-day and at the end of the day. They are also looking for donors and silent auction items like bottles of wine and gift cards.

Committee Meetings

  • 6/24/2021, 6 PM, Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf 2021, in person at Buckeye Home Health Care on Paragon Rd. Meetings in 2021 will be on 1/13, 2/17, 3/24, 4/14, 5/12, 6/24, 7/7. Additional volunteers are always welcome. The golf outing will be held on 7/12/2021.
  • 6/15/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting, Zoom hosted by President Debe Dockins.

CNO’s “Bringing out the Best in Kids Award”

Debe Dockins introduced CNO member Joe Madden (a former longtime teacher in the City of Centerville School District) who presented the CNO “Bringing out the Best in Kids” award for educators for 2020 and 2021.

Criteria for the Award

  • Candidates should have a minimum of ten years involvement in community service with youth in the Centerville-Washington Township community.
  • Candidates should currently work in, or be retired from, or work in the field of education.
  • it is preferred that candidates have direct experience with Centerville Noon Optimist Club projects.

History of the Award

The award started in 2003 as the “Achievement in Education” Award. It is now known as the “Bringing out the Best in Kids” Award to honor Margaret Barclay. Her theme for her year as Ohio District Governor was, “Bringing out the Best in Kids”. There have been 20 recipients, including public and private school administrators, principals and teachers from elementary, middle and high school. Since 2018 the selection process has been to use the City of Centerville School District Teacher of the Year nominee for Ohio’s Teacher of the Year program as the recipient. 

Kim Crasto, 2020 Recipient

Kim Crasto is a teacher of English Language Arts at Magsig Middle School.

Stacey Westendorf, the principal of Magsig Middle School, spoke about Kim Crasto. She said, “After 14 years of teaching she makes it look natural.”

Kim Crasto said, “Thank you so much for the recognition today. I absolutely love teaching. Getting an award for something you love is just wonderful. I love to teach kids and to learn from them as well.”

Attending from Kim Crasto’s family today were her husband, Josh Crasto, her mother, Myra Burr, her son, Xander Crasto, and her in-laws, Allan and Elsie Crasto.

Theresa Replogle, 2021 recipient

Theresa Replogle has been an intervention specialist for 26 years.

John Carroll, the principal at CHS, spoke about Theresa Replogle. He said that he and others affectionately refer to Theresa Replogle as, “Mother Theresa.” It is a blessing to see a class she is teaching. She has a belief that every kid can learn. On a day-to-day basis he hears good things about Theresa. She is very deserving of this award and she has a big effect on the staff at CHS.

Theresa Replogle said, “This is an honor I take very seriously. My husband, Tom and I have raised 4 kids who all attended the great Centerville City School District for all their education through 12th grade.”

Theresa has taught for 21 years as an intervention specialist at Centerville City Schools. The kids have their own ideas on what they want to learn. She realized that she needed to learn how to reach struggling kids. Every day is a challenge.

Theresa likes this paraphrased quote from Jodi Picoult, “If you aren’t worrying about if you are a good teacher, chances are things are not going very well.”

Attending from Theresa Replogle’s family today was her husband Tom Replogle.

Complete List of the Bringing out the Best in Kids Award Recipients

A permanent plaque is on display in the front foyer at Centerville City Schools Central Office on Virginia Avenue with the names of all the recipients:

  • 2003, Gary Anderson                    
  • 2004, Frank DePalma                                                
  • 2005, Eileen Booher & Mary Stahley
  • 2006, Joe Madden
  • 2007, Paula Paprocki
  • 2008, Margaret Barclay
  • 2009, Gary Smiga                                                            
  • 2010, Will Cale                                                 
  • 2011, Pat Kinzig
  • 2012, Sandy Vogt
  • 2013, Deb Crump
  • 2014, Kathy Beck
  • 2015, Matt Somerlot
  • 2016, Michael Dalton
  • 2017, Sherry Kim
  • 2018, Jason Whited
  • 2019, Matt Szozda
  • 2020, Kim Crasto
  • 2021, Theresa Replogle

New Member Readings and Inductions

None this week.

Welcome Guests!

Guest NameGuest of
Kim Crasto2020 recipient of the CNO “Bringing out the Best in Kids Award”. She teaches at Magsig.
Josh CrastoKim Crasto’s husband
Zander CrastoKim Crasto’s son
Myra BurrKim Crasto’s mother
Allan CrastoKim Crasto’s father-in-law
Elsie CrastoKim Crasto’s mother-in-law
Theresa Replogle2021 recipient of the CNO “Bringing out the Best in Kids Award”. She teaches at CHS.
Tom ReplogleTheresa Replogle’s husband
Stacey WestendorfPrincipal at Magsig
Dan TarpeyJohn Carroll
Wendy RoopMike Bevis
Deanna NesbitMike Bevis

Happy Bucks

No time for Happy Bucks this week.

Sergeants at Arms

No time for Sergeants this week.

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Bob ClementsMay255/25/200516
Paulette NovakMay255/25/200516
Amy BarkerMay265/26/200813
Cheryl ReichelMay265/26/200813
Debe DockinsMay265/26/200912
Bob BurkmanMay315/31/200318
Carol BurkmanMay315/31/200318
Gary AikenJune16/1/198239
Wayne ChristieJune16/1/198833

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Don SkeltonMay 25
Bill FritzMay 30
Mike WittJune 1
Kristen MarksJune 2
Larry LarrimerJune 4
Mike CordonnierJune 4
Dick StevensJune 5
Cindy HarrisJune 5
Jean PummillJune 6
Bob VogtJune 7

CNO Donations – 2013 through May 2021

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

Thank You Notes Received

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

Links to PowerPoint and Pictures

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

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.

CNOTES: May 18, 2021 – Kate Bostdorff and Michael Norton-Smith – Centerville Uptown Action Plan

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

Dear God,

As we begin to reemerge into a sense of our pre-pandemic normal, I cannot help but relate it to the emergence of the Brood X Cicadas.  We too have felt as if it has been a long 17 years.  We look forward to shedding our masks much like the cicadas shed their exoskeletons.  We want to make as much noise shouting in rejoice!  While we are busy making our racket of joy, help us not to drown out the voices of those who have yet to have the opportunity or the option of making a choice to be fully vaccinated.  Those children and youth are the very reason we are here and who we are working so hard to support.

Amen.

Special Announcement

There is no lunch meeting on 5/24/2021 for Memorial Day Break. The next meeting will be on 6/1/2021 and will be held at Yankee Trace Golf Club.

CNO 2.0 Meeting

The next Optimist 2.0 will be on June 17, 2021, in the VIP room at Poelking Lanes. Remember that CNO 2.0 meetings are always the evening of the 3rd Thursday of the month.

Announcements

Debe Dockins announced that CHS teacher and CNO member Mike Cordonnier was just inducted into the Centerville Educators Hall of Fame.

Debe Dockins said to let her know if you would like to help decorate the 2021 CNO Americana float and/or if you would like to ride on the float with her and wave to the community.

Mike Bevis, golf outing chair, said that 100 golfers have signed up so far. They need “day of event” volunteers for lots of tasks on Monday, July 12, 2021. There are jobs for all times of the day including early morning, mid-day and at the end of the day. They are also looking for donors and silent auction items like bottles of wine and gift cards.

Tom Novak, Avenue of Flags co-chair, announced that Avenue of Flags needs a lot of volunteers on Wednesday 5/26/2021 at Flag headquarters at Sinclair on Clyo Rd. The CHS wresting team cannot help because they are still in school.

Bob Lawson announced that there were 120 kids at the Family Adventure Day held at the RecPlex last weekend and was a great success. Half of the kids had never caught a fish before.

Committee Meetings

  • 6/16/2021, 6 PM, Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf 2021, Zoom hosted by Mike Bevis. Meetings in 2021 will be on Wednesdays on 1/13, 2/17, 3/24, 4/14, 5/12, 6/16, 7/7. Additional volunteers are always welcome. The golf outing will be held on 7/12/2021.
  • 6/15/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting, Zoom hosted by President Debe Dockins.

Kate Bostdorff and Michael Norton-Smith, Uptown Centerville Plans

Mike Bevis introduced two speakers from the City of Centerville. Kate Bostdorff is the Communications Director and Michael Norton-Smith is the Development Director. They were at our meeting to talk about the Uptown Action Plan started 2 years ago for Uptown Centerville.

Webpage for Uptown Centerville: Unique – Vibrant – Historic

PDF of the Action plan

You can view the slide deck they presented here.  

Conceptual pictures are in the slide deck. There are slides at the end of the deck that explain the design of the new logo and some examples where it could be used.

Vision Statement

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

The area being re-imagined and rebranded has been known as the Architectural Preservation District (APD).  The term APD is part of the issue they want to solve. There are parking spots labeled APD and people think it is just for police parking. One of the first goals is to make it clear it is free parking for anyone.

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

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

Visioning Process

  • Unofficial Start: 2018 Business Walk
  • APD Visioning Committee (15 members)
  • Process identified 6 strategies for enhancements
    • Walkability, Parking, Events, Business Development, Branding, Greenspace
  • Uptown Action Plan released in June 2019
  • Approved as an amendment to the City’s Comprehensive plan in August 2019

Working the Plan

  • Strategic Acquisition
    • Laundromat, 39 N. Main, 32 W Ridgeway, 54 W. Franklin
  • Uptown Concept Mater Plan
  • Preliminary planning and engineering (MKSK/LJB) engineering firms
  • Create a communication plan to keep community informed
  • Release of the Uptown logo and brand
  • Launch of Uptown Upgrades façade improvement grant program
  • “Centerpieces” mural program
  • Meeting with property owners about shared parking
  • Redesigned parking signage
  • New business investment

The city started putting together a vision for an uptown project. The business community has already started working on helping with the plan.

Master Plan

  • Released in September 2020 to begin conversations with the community
  • Depicts a vision for enhancements to Uptown consistent with the six (6) focus areas of the Uptown Action Plan
  • City then hired LJB/MKSK to begin preliminary planning and engineering work in February 2021
  • Anticipate construction in Spring 2022 (Phase 1)
  • The plans are fluid and will be adjusted as it progresses

Key Enhancements

  • Redesigns existing parking areas to improve flow and connectivity
  • Increases parking capacity
  • Reduces the number of access drives and creates common drives
  • Envisions opportunities for targeted infill development (commercial and residential)
  • Creates activated outdoor greenspaces, vias, and alleys
  • Focuses on four-sided architecture for existing buildings

Vias and Alleys

  • To improve the walkability of Uptown, the concept master plan proposes creation of activated outdoor spaces
  • These include closing and repurposing existing access drives
  • Examples include outdoor patios, decks, alleys, seating areas, etc.

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

New Member Readings and Inductions

None this week.

Welcome Guests!

Guest NameGuest of
Kate Bostdorff Today’s co-speaker from the City of Centerville
Michael Norton-Smith Today’s co-speaker from the City of Centerville

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Tom NovakFor the City of Centerville purchasing 15 Avenue of Flag subscriptions each year.
Bill WilliamsFirst grandson is expected this fall.
Joe MaddenPaid a happy buck so he could make another wisecrack that is not appropriate to list here. Nothing new about that.
Paul StullFirst official day as a Sergeant. He strongly recommends that for future meetings you wear your Optimist pin.
Charlie GoodwinPaul Stull will be the recipient of the Centerville Washington Foundation’s Founders award on 10/7/2021.

Sergeants at Arms

MemberInfraction
Anyone with facial hairHaving facial hair
David LaddWearing a “loud” shirt
Charla RheaumeCreative parking at Yankee Trace
Anyone who is from Northern OhioBeing from Northern Ohio
Gary Anderson, Bob Foster, Larry England, Bill Stone, John HornerWearing shorts today
Joe MaddenBorrowed a dollar to pay a debt

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Bill DeShurkoMay185/18/201110
Jim MarkerMay185/18/201110
Rafael SantillanMay185/18/20165
Jeff RolfMay205/20/20156
Kelly GeorgeMay205/20/20156
Pete RifeMay225/22/20138

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Jack AndersonMay 18
Amy BarkerMay 19
Mike BrubakerMay 19
Jim MarkerMay 23

CNO Donations – 2013 through May 2021

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

Thank You Notes Received

Click Here to Red 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: May 11, 2021 – Avenue of Flags 2021 Season Kickoff Presentation

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

Heavenly Father,

When we show our patriotism by pledging allegiance to our flag, help us to truly listen to what we are saying.  Often, we are just going through the motions.  We do not act as “one nation UNDER GOD” and we struggle with “liberty and justice for all”.  We put ourselves and our needs above You, what You expect of us, and what we pledge to be.   Help us Lord to strive to be better and do better.  You and our nation deserve it.

Amen.

Announcements

Debe Dockins said to let her know if you would like to help decorate the 2021 CNO Americana float and/or if you would like to ride on the float with her and wave to the community. They now have a final design for the float.

Mike Bevis, golf outing chair, said that 100 golfers have signed up so far. They need “day of event” volunteers for lots of tasks on Monday, July 12, 2021. There are jobs for all times of the day including early morning, mid-day and at the end of the day. They are also looking for donors and silent auction items like bottles of wine and gift cards.

Beth Duncan announced that the results of the 1st Annual Centerville/Washington Township Got Talent contest are in!  View all 10 finalists and learn the top 3 winners list at the end.

Committee Meetings

  • 6/16/2021, 6 PM, Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf 2021, Zoom hosted by Mike Bevis. Meetings in 2021 will be on Wednesdays on 1/13, 2/17, 3/24, 4/14, 5/12, 6/16, 7/7. Additional volunteers are always welcome. The golf outing will be held on 7/12/2021.
  • 6/15/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting, Zoom hosted by President Debe Dockins.

Avenue of Flags Fundraiser

Debe Dockins introduced the three chairs of the CNO Avenue of Flags (AOF) Committee. They are Tom Novak, Mike Brubaker and Bob Burkman.

Tom Novak presented today. You can view the slide deck here; it has some great pictures, charts, and maps.

Tom said that one of the advantages of having 3 co-chairs is that they back each other up.

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

The AOF not only earns the club money, but it is the reason several people joined the Centerville Noon Optimist Club. Diane Arehart, Dan Samiec and Carolyn Taylor are examples of CNO club members that joined CNO because of what they learned while helping the AOF team.

AOF is a Community Based Fundraiser

Here are the major groups that help and what percentage of flags they deliver and pick up.

  • CNO members, 64%
  • Subscribers, 15.8%
  • CHS Wrestling Team, 9.3%
  • Various VFWs in our area, 7.5%
  • Blue Star Mothers, 3.3%

The CHS wrestling team handles 8 routes. The CHS wrestling coach a couple of years ago came to the AOF chairs with the idea of parent/student teams installing sleeves and delivering/picking up flags. As a thank you, the groups above receive donations for their help. Subscribers and CNO members are offered a discount for their help as well.

Flags are Delivered on the 5 American Flag Holidays

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

The Avenue of Flags (AOF) program delivers to residences and businesses in our community. Flags are displayed for 4-6 days around the 5 American Flag Holidays.

Tom thanked the volunteers on the various Avenue of Flag teams

  • Subscriber renewal team: they enter subscriptions and renewals into the AOF database and follow up with subscribers that have not renewed from the post cards and emails reminding people to renew.
  • Flag site “check-up” teams; they have already gone out this year to make sure the inground sleeves can be easily found and are straight. This greatly speeds up the process of installing the flags.
  • Flag delivery/retrieval teams.
  • Flag Facility Team at Sinclair College.
  • Flag assembly teams.

Thank you to all AOF Helpers. It really is true that many hands working together accomplishes amazing results. New routes are added every year and they always need more volunteers.

Statistics and facts about the program from Mike Brubaker

  • 2020 net profit was $94,684.00
  • 2965 flags were delivered on Veterans Day 2020
  • At least 2831 flags will be delivered for Memorial Day
  • More subscriptions will be added before each flag delivery day
  • AOF volunteers periodically build the flags from purchased parts and kits
    • During the spring of 2020 they assembled 250 flags in just 2 hours
    • High volume purchasing saves us and other local Optimist clubs that we sell our flag supplies to
    • Gross sales to other clubs for supplies in 2020 was $21,000.00.

Route Facts

  • There are 71 routes (2 are new for 2021) with 160 delivery and pickup volunteers
  • Most routes have 30-35 flags
  • Routes are designed to take 1-2 hours to deliver
  • About 3 routes are added each year
  • The largest route has 181 flags

Additional volunteers are always welcome

Let Tom know if you can help with delivery or pickup of flags. Helpers go out as 2 person teams. They are very excited to get volunteers that have flag friendly vehicles like mini-vans, SUV’s and pickup trucks. If you do not own a flag friendly vehicle you can still help; you will be paired with someone who has a compatible vehicle.

Sending Payments

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

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

Memorial Day and Armed Forces Day History

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

AOF Flags History

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

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

Subscribers Help Us Serve the Community

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

New Member Readings and Inductions

None this week.

Welcome Guests!

No guests this week.

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Don KellyA grandaughter just graduated from college.
Don KellyA grandaughter finished her first year at Miami University.
Carolyn TaylorGoing to be a a grandmother for the first time around August 23, 2021.  It’s a BOY!
Carolyn TaylorAfter a year of COVID-19 delay, her son (the dad-to-be) is starting graduate studies at the Wharton Business School, at the University of Pennsylvania, May 23, 2021.  A two year program, every other weekend.
David DuncombeHas been cleared by his doctor to drive for at least another 2 years. Ohio makes you get certified by a doctor after you turn 90.
Charlie GoodwinSon has earned his a MD and PhD and is completing his Internal Medicine Residency and Hematology/Oncology fellowship and taking a job in Houghton, Michigan.

Sergeants at Arms

MemberInfraction
CNO Members who helped serve lunchHelping to deliver today’s lunch and putting Yankee Trace jobs at risk
Debe DockinsWinning bets on the Kentucky Derby
Patrick Arehart Wearing shorts on a chilly day

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Brendan CunninghamMay155/15/20183
Jay HoffmanMay155/15/20174
Wendy HattanMay155/15/20183
David LaddMay165/16/20129

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Marge BackMay 11
Jessica KingMay 11
Abby DavisMay 11
Tim BemisMay 15
Kristina RainerMay 16
Carolyn TaylorMay 17
Jim LongMay 17

CNO Donations – 2013 through May 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: May 4, 2021 – Tracy Huxley OI VP Presents “Choose Optimism, Choose Happiness”

Bob Burkman Prayer

Today’s prayer was originally written by Laura Kelley Fanucci. It was then modified by Bob Burkman to fit our meeting and he read it for today’s meeting.

Heavenly Father,

Here we are, Noon Optimists, live and digital for the first time in over a year. We have hope that this long nightmare is nearing an end.

When this is over, may we never again take for granted:

  • A handshake with a stranger
  • Full shelves at the store
  • Conversations with neighbors
  • A crowded theatre
  • Friday night out
  • A Tuesday Noon Optimist meeting
  • A routine checkup
  • The school rush each morning
  • Coffee with a friend
  • The roar of a crowd in a stadium
  • Each deep breath we take
  • A boring weekend
  • Life itself

When this pandemic ends, may we find that we have become more like the people we wanted to be, that you called us to be, that we hoped to be and may we stay that way for the benefit of each other. In your name we pray.

Amen

Special Announcement

Today was the first time the Centerville Noon Optimist Club has met in person in over a year!

Announcements

Mike Bevis, golf outing chair, said the committee is hard at work. They need “day of event” volunteers for lots of tasks on Monday, July 12, 2021. There are jobs for all times of the day including early morning, mid-day and at the end of the day.

Vida McDowell, golf outing, announced that many vendors have had a bad year so if you would like to donate a gift card it would be appreciated.

Debe Dockins announced that there will be an in-person CNO 2.0 evening meeting in June 2021.

Debe Dockins said to let her know if you would like to help decorate the 2021 CNO Americana float and/or if you would like to ride on the float with her and wave to the community.

Debe Dockins announced that the winners of the Visual Arts contests are being forwarded to Optimist International for the final level of the contest. You can view all the entries and the winners here.

Debe Dockins announced that the 3rd quarter Great Ohio District meeting will be in person on May 21-22, 2021. If you are going, register now to get early bird pricing.

Tom Novak, co-chair of Avenue of Flag, announced they have 200 new subscriptions and are up to 72 routes and 160 delivery helpers. So far, there will be 2708 flags delivered on Memorial Day. Contact Mike Brubaker, Bob Burkman or Tom Novak if you can volunteer to help deliver and/or pickup flags for any of the 5 flag holidays.

2021-2022 Officers and Board of Directors Nominations for CNO

Jean Pummill, CNO Secretary, took a vote today and Officers and Board Members have been elected. For Optimist Year 2021-2022 your Officers and Board Members are:

  • President Elect: Beth Duncan
  • Vice Presidents: Sarah Umbreit and Greg Wasmund
  • Board of Directors for 2-year terms: Diane Arehart, Brandon Barrett, Katie Calloway, Bob Glavin, Evelyn Griffin.
  • Board Members with 1 year left to serve: Patrick Arehart, Christine Balsan, Pat Behn, Jim Long, Brian Nolan
  • Gary Hansen is the president for 2021-2022 and has chosen Chris McAlpine as his past president representative. Debe Dockins will serve as the Immediate Past President.
  • The incoming president chooses the Treasurer and Secretary. Gary Hansen has selected Roland Rapp for Treasurer and Jean Pummill for Secretary. They are both currently serving in those positions.

Committee Meetings

  • 5/12/2021, 6 PM, Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf 2021, Zoom hosted by Mike Bevis. Meetings in 2021 will be on Wednesdays on 1/13, 2/17, 3/24, 4/14, 5/12, 6/16, 7/7. Additional volunteers are always welcome. The golf outing will be held on 7/12/2021.
  • 5/18/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting, Zoom hosted by President Debe Dockins.

Community Events

Centerville/Washington Township’s Virtual Got Talent contest will soon finish the video of the finalists and CNO members will be able to vote. You will receive an email.

Social Events

Last Friday the social event, “Jammin’ in our Jammies” was held on Zoom. It was a great success. As reported by Debe Dockins, it was a LOT of fun.

Tracy Huxley, Optimist International Regional VP

Debe Dockins introduced Tracy Huxley, the Optimist International Vice President of the Northeast & Great Lakes Region. Tracy is also an OI Certified International Trainer.

Tracy has been a proud Optimist since 1996, with membership in both the Southwestern Ontario and the Caribbean Districts and is serving multiple roles at the club, district, and international levels. One thing that fills her bucket is the chance to work with Optimists from around the globe as a Certified International Trainer.

Tracy’s training style has been described as interactive, enthusiastic, and motivational.  She’s developed workshops on a wide range of topics not typically found at Optimist Conferences.

Tracy’s extended bio can be read here.

Presentation

Her presentation was titled, “Choose Optimism, Choose Happiness, They’re Choices.”

Current OI president Mark Weinsoff has asked OI members to figure out what makes Optimist clubs different than other services clubs. Optimist clubs are the only club that operate under the banner of Optimism. Optimism is a choice and having optimism creates happiness.

To be optimistic takes practice and intention. You need a lesson in self-awareness. When Tracy was 13 years old and having a bad day, her father told her that having a bad day was her choice. He said she had chosen to have a negative state of mind. No 13-year girl is going to believe this is a choice, but she remembered what he said.

Imagine a day starting with stubbing your toe as you get out of bed, you get toothpaste on your shirt, you spill coffee all over the counter and floor. Does this mean you have to have a bad day? No, it does not. Turn the situation around. Spilling the coffee means you can stop at the coffee shop and get that fancy coffee you love.

There is a part of your brain called the Reticular Activating System (RAS) that brings whatever you are focusing on to the forefront of your awareness. Your brain collects data about your experiences all day. What the RAS of your brain filters to keep is based on your focus. If you focus on positive ideas, then your brain will filter out the bad and keep the good. If you focus on negative ideas, then you are going to have a bad day.

Here is an example. Imagine you are on your way to work and you are late. On your drive if you focus on all the red lights you are hitting, then that is what your brain will filter and remember. You won’t remember all the green lights that you passed through and you probably hit the same number of red lights you always do.

Focus on the Positive

Tracy thinks the point of this quote is so important, she said it twice. From Michelle Gielen, “Practicing happiness starts with being conscious of how we devote our mental resources and continually train our brains to focus on the positive” Side note, Gielen is the keynote speaker in Atlanta at the OI International Conference in June 2021.

Conclusions

Happiness is a choice. It is your choice to choose to be happy and optimistic. It is easy to experience an “I am eating ice-cream right now” happiness. Long term happiness takes practice and training. Be self-aware and choose happiness.

We need goals in our lives. When you are confident the path you are on includes the purpose of finding joy on the way, you will then find happiness.

Focusing on the positive is the key. Focus on long term happiness in your life and keep moving forward. Remember the 7th line of the Optimist creed, “Promise yourself to forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.” Sure, you will have some failures on the way, but they are just minor blips.

Examples of ways to Focus your Brain every Day

  • Write down 3 things you are grateful for.
  • Send an email to someone about doing a great job with something.
  • Get your brain to re-focus. The more you practice the better you get at it, which increases your chances of being truly happy.

Happiness Resources

  • Tracy said we should all try the 30-Day Kindness Challenge created by Shanti Feldhahn.
  • Shawn Achor’s TED talk is a great way to learn about the human potential for happiness. He describes how happiness is based on a positive outlook for the future. He is the author of “The Happiness Advantage.”

Thank You

Thank you, Tracy Huxley, for inspiring us today about choosing happiness and how great it is to be an Optimist.

New Member Readings and Inductions

None this week.

Welcome Guests!

Guest NameGuest of
Tracy HuxleyToday’s Speaker, Optimist International Vice President of the Northeast & Great Lakes Region

Happy Bucks

MemberReason
Gary Anderson$10 happy bucks, to Debe Dockins and her board and leadership team for the great job running the club during the pandemic.
Vida McDowell$10 happy bucks, to Debe Dockins and her board and leadership team for the great job running the club during the pandemic.
Donna HussGreat grandson born with the middle name of Wrigley in honor of Chicago Cubs.
Brian NolanCasey Dixon being a brand new member and already has hosted a CNO 2.0 event and her husband’s truck will pull the CNO float during the Americana Parade.
Barbara SantoHer family is happy that her daughter just got engaged to be married.
Charla RheaumeMyron Rheaume was able to attend today’s meeting in person.
Louise HahnShe just became a Great, Great Grandmother and her treatments are going better than any of the doctors had hoped and she will be done soon.
Tom NovakSpecial thanks to these Avenue of Flags volunteers for spending about 11 hours at flag headquarters handing out tools for the annual flag checkup: Bob Burkman, Bob Foster, Carol Smerz, Dav Bremer, Jim Mogan, Judy McFadden, Marge Back, and Tom Novak.

Sergeants at Arms

MemberInfraction
Gary HansenAttending Zoom meetings with a beard and long hair.
Myron RheaumeAttending Zoom meetings while wearing a hospitcal gown.
Bob DuffyGot his name tag from the basement of Yankee Trace even thought we aren’t doing name tags because of the pandemic.
Karl FrydrykGot his name tag from the basement of Yankee Trace even thought we aren’t doing name tags because of the pandemic.
Greg GriffinBecause of the pandemic he never wore long pants all winter long.
Everyone who is a snowbirdIf you spent 2 weeks out of Ohio for 2 weeks in 2021 you are fined.
Everyone who is a snowbird in two statesIf you spent time in two warm states in 2021 without first going home you are fined again.
Gary AndersonAttending a Zoom meeting wihtout a shirt

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Craig DringMay75/7/199724
Dave KayMay85/8/199229
Paul BowellMay85/8/200021

Birthdays

MemberBirthday
Chris AbratowskiMay 4
Chris WysongMay 4
Melissa DeShurkoMay 4
Lou BrinkmanMay 6
Pam MillerMay 6
Mary MaddenMay 6
Tom HendersonMay 6
Beth DuncanMay 9
Jon FoxMay 10

CNO Donations – 2013 through March 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 Recorded Meeting and PowerPoint

A Video Recording of this Week’s Meeting is here

A Podcast of this Week’s Meeting is here

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

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.