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

A Replay of the ZOOM Meeting is Here

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

COVID-19 UPDATE

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

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

Zoom Meeting This Week

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

Welcome Guests!

Guest Guest of
Laura Thimons Debe Dockins

New Member Readings and Inductions

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

2020-2021 Officers and Board of Directors Nominations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Announcements

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

David Ball, TJ’s Place of Hope

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

You can view David’s slide deck here

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

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

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

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

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

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

How They Help

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

Funding Comes From

  • Donations
  • Golf Outing
  • Dinner Outings
  • Christmas Fundraiser

What They Need

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

Contact Information

Thank You Notes sent to CNO

No Thank You Notes were received this week.

CNO Donations 2013 through September 2019

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

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

Birthdays

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

Membership Anniversaries

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

 Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week. 

Happy Bucks

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

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

A Replay of the ZOOM Meeting is Here

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

COVID-19 UPDATE

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

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

Zoom Meeting This Week

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

2020-2021 Officers and Board of Directors Nominations for CNO

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

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

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

Announcements

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

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

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

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

Heather Dorsten, the Learning Tree Farm

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

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

You can view the slide deck Heather presented here.

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

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

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

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

Learning Tree Farm Facilities

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

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

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

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

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

Additional Activities and Programs

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

Current Projects:

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

Current Needs:

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

Response to Covid-19 Restrictions

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

 

Thank You Notes sent to CNO

You can read recent thank you notes here.

CNO Donations 2013 through June 2019

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

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

Thank You Notes

No thank you notes received this week.

CNO Donations 2013 through September 2019

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

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

Birthdays

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

Membership Anniversaries

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

New Member Readings and Inductions

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

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week. 

Happy Bucks

No Happy Bucks this week.

CNOtes – April 14, 2020 – Our First ZOOM Meeting

Phather Phil’s Prayer Thought

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

A Replay of the ZOOM Meeting is Here

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

COVID-19 UPDATE

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

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

Meeting Summary

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

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

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

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

Breaking News

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

Committee Announcements

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank You Notes

No thank you notes received this week.

CNO Donations 2013 through September 2019

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

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

Birthdays

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

Membership Anniversaries

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

New Member Readings and Inductions

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

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week. 

Happy Bucks

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