CNOtes – October 29, 2019 – Robert J. O’Toole Firefighter/EMT Award Presented to Joseph Andrews

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, all of us try to follow Your teachings to led the good life. Yet, all too many of us fall short and are detoured by life’s temptations, which allows hell into our lives. As a loving God, direct us in to the path You have prepared for us. At least motivate us to really study the Bible – It’ll “scare the hell out of us.”  Amen!

Today’s Guests – WELCOME!

Guest Guest Of
Jackie Andrews Gary Anderson
Joseph Andrews Award Recipient
Rick Ashmus Mike Yoder
Scott Kujawa Bob Burkman
Ruth O’Toole Gary Anderson
Mikaela Pellerin Recipient’s Guest
James Reinhard Erin Dickerson
Jay Schindler Mike Bevis
Chris Wysong Debe Dockins

All Photos from the Meeting are Here


Nancy Lehren, chair of Child Health and Wellness, announced that CNO has received a $1000 grant from Optimist International for Build-A-Bear.

Donna Huss announced that you do not have to be able to sew to help the St Leonard club make blankets. They still have 19 more blankets to make. You just need to be able to cut and tie knots.

Laurie Poeppelman, chair of Optigear, said that she Evelyn Griffin will be taking orders for the next 2 weeks. They have Micro Fleece garments available. You can choose the CNO or CNO 2.0 logo.

Community Event

11/14/2019, Build-A-Bear for Oncology patients will be at Children’s Hospital. More volunteers are always welcome. Contact Nancy Lehren, the chair of Child Health and Wellness. Volunteer should arrive at 5:30.

Volunteers and Vehicles for Veterans Day Flag Deliveries

11/11/2019 – Avenue of Flags deliveries for Veteran’s day will be on 11/7/2019, 4 PM, 11/8/2019, 10 AM to 1 PM, 11/9/2019, 10 AM. Flag retrieval will be 11/12/2019 10:30 AM to 6 PM. They are very short of volunteers that have a flag compatible truck or van. If you have one of those and can help that would be fantastic. Contact Tom Novak if you can help as more volunteers are needed.

Social Events

  • 11/8/2019 – 6 PM, Friday, Euchre party at the community building of Wentworth Village in Bellbrook off 725. Food and drinks will be provided. Cost is $10. 6 PM for dinner and 6:45 for cards, Sequence and Dominos. Please bring a dish to share.
  • 12/10/2019 – 6 PM, Tuesday, Holiday Party at Yankee Trace

Happy Birthday Bob Bargmeyer

Today was Bob Bargmeyer’s birthday. We hope you had a great day Bob despite our singing! Both Charlie Tapp and Bob Duffy led us in singing Happy Birthday to Bob. I thought finally it would sound good with both conducting. It did not.

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

This year’s honoree and recipient of the “Robert J. O’Toole EMT/Firefighter of the Year Award” is Firefighter Joseph (Joe) Andrews. He is the 21st recipient of the award. Joe has been a part-time member of the Washington Township Fire Department since 2017. He is a full-time student studying Early Childhood Education at Clarke State University.

Bob Burkman started the ceremony. This annual award is to honor the memory of Ruth and John’s son Robert J. O’Toole. Robert lost his life on January 12, 1998 while responding to an accident.

Bob Burkman introduced Gary Anderson. Gary Anderson and Jesse Gaither produced the trifold on the tables.

You can read the trifold here.

Gary introduced the honored guests for today’s presentation: Ruth O’Toole; John and Paula Kalaman; Washington Township Fire Chief Scott Kujawa; Washington Township Administrator Jesse Lightle; Washington Township Fiscal Officer Gary Smiga; Montgomery County Deputy Sheriff Captain Mike Brem; the recipient’s mother Jackie Andrews; the recipient’s girlfriend Mikaela Pellerin.

Gary shared his memories and information of Robert J O’Toole. He knew him as Bobby. Bobby was a special boy that he and others couldn’t help but love. He had the good fortune of being Bobby’s principal from Kindergarten through 4th grade and again for 4 years of high school. He was born March 2, 1972 in Teaneck NJ to parents John and Ruth O’Toole. He started Kindergarten at Village South on August 30, 1977. He graduated High School on June 2, 1990.

His first-grade teacher once commented, “Bob is very shy around strangers, is anxious to read, and reads a lot at home.  Because of his short attention span he does not complete most assignments.”

Like so many students identified with a learning disability, Bobby had above average intelligence on School Ability Tests given in 2nd and 5th grades.

His 4th grade teacher once wrote on his report card “Robert needs to pay more attention in class and keep up with his daily assignments.  I feel he is much more capable than his work indicates.  Bob does not do daily assignments and does not know his multiplication tables.  Needs to use class time wisely.”

In November 1986 Bob took the Ohio Interest Survey Profile which showed his best liked career interest was humanitarian/caretaking. His favorite subject was Social Studies.

Bobby O’Toole gave his life in the line of duty doing what he loved and wanted to do. Gary couldn’t believe it has been 21 years already since this tragedy.

Next Gary Anderson introduced Washington Township Fire Chief Scott Kujawa.

Scott Kujawa said, “We have an unbelievable fire department. I am fortunate and thankful for the opportunity to serve in my current role. Every one of our members are committed to providing excellent service to the residents and visitors of our community. Today, we are fortunate to get to recognize one of our outstanding employees.”

He was honored and humbled to present today’s award. Scott and Robert J. O’Toole were in high school at the same time. He thanked the entire O’Toole family and the Optimist club for their continued support and remembrance of Firefighter O’Toole through the Robert J. O’Toole EMT/Firefighter of the Year Award.

Scott noted that today’s lunch was “Sloppy Joes”. He and others at their table wondered if that was on purpose with the recipient being Joe Andrews!

Scott discussed why Joe Andrews was chosen as this year’s recipient.

From Scott’s notes:

While at the firehouse, Joe is known for the compassion, positive attitude and integrity that he brings with him every shift. He recognizes what needs completed, does so without any prompting by his supervisor, and is truly a leader when it comes to accomplishing tasks in a timely fashion. During emergency calls and non-emergency events, Joe genuinely shows concern, compassion and empathy for the residents and visitors of our community. He engages our community members and employees with thought-provoking discussion and has excellent listening and communication skills.

The really cool thing about Joe is that he doesn’t want any recognition for his accomplishments. He simply believes that he is here to serve our community and do what’s right.  Firefighter Joseph Andrews truly embodies what it means to be a public servant.

Award recipient Joe Andrews spoke next.

He thanked Chief Scott Kujawa, the department, the O’Toole family and CNO for the award.

Joe remembers that on his first day at the department they visited the grave of Robert J. O’Toole. He found this moving. Robert must have been very inspirational that this still happens 21 years later which is how old Joe is.

He really likes the job, the people and the community.

Thank 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.


Member Birthday
Bob Bargmeyer October 29
Suzanne Werts October 30
Cheryl Reichel November 1
Deb Saunders November 1
Wendy Hattan November 2
Robin Golden November 4

Membership Anniversaries

No membership anniversaries this week.

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
James Reinhard Andy Dickerson 1st Reading
Christopher Wysong Debe Dockins 1st Reading
Abby Davis Vince Reidy 2nd Reading
Lacy Owens Stan Fronzaglia 2nd Reading
Dawayne Kirkman Debe Dockins 3rd Reading
Louise Haun Mike Bevis Induction

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Chris McAlpine Impersonating Abe Lincoln
Kelly Davis Fighting in line when purchasing raffle tickets
Beth Duncan Fighting in line when purchasing raffle tickets
Greg Griffin Having someone protect the bell and gavel
Erin Dickerson Losing Optimist Passport
Andy Dickerson Letting Erin lose her Optimist Passport
Debe Dockins Missing a board meeting
Greg Wasmund Missing a board meeting
Greg Smiga Left board meeting early [as a former educator, he should know that requires a note to the office]
Ron Tinnerman Forgetting who CNO 2.0 speaker was earlier this year
Jean Pummill Keeping a low profile, therefore not being easily fined, so now you are fined
Larry England Keeping a low profile, therefore not being easily fined, so now you are fined
Judy Demarco Keeping a low profile, therefore not being easily fined, so now you are fined
Barbara Santo Keeping a low profile, therefore not being easily fined, so now you are fined
Larry Lynde Keeping a low profile, therefore not being easily fined, so now you are fined
Cherie Gentry Keeping a low profile, therefore not being easily fined, so now you are fined

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Cherie Gentry Happy that the Monroe Optimist club Trunk or Treat went well despite the weather and happy that Erin and Andy Dickerson participated
Martin Huffstutler His guest last week was so impressed that she is looking for an Optimist club to join in Philadelphia
Jay Schindler Happy to be at our meeting, he was a guest of Mike Bevis
Debe Dockins Happy that her guest Christopher Wysong is joining CNO
Gary Anderson Great to be home among freinds and honoring the memory of Bobby O’Toole
Ellie Parker Happy that she can wear her tail and ears with Halloween coming up

CNOtes – October 22, 2019 – John Carroll – Centerville High School Principal

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father the desirability rating for tangible stuff is never ending, it is always more. Yet, if we are honest with ourselves, an accounting of what we have, tells us we have enough stuff. What we need is more dedication, gratification, kindness, dependability, compassion, energy and of course to be more humble and give more. So Lord help us with all of these and make us as good as our dogs think we are! Amen!

Today’s Guests – WELCOME!

Guest Guest Of
Arnie Biondo Greg Griffin
Kevin Dresel Jane Fiehrer
Beverly Dunnington Bob Lawson
Dick Holback Greg Griffin
Jen Osborn Art Hung
Lacy Owens Stan Fronzaglia
Beth Seall Wendy Hatton
Harvey Smith Grer Griffin
Beth Wunsch Martin Hufstutler

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Community Event

11/14/2019, Build-A-Bear for Oncology patients will be at Children’s Hospital. More volunteers are always welcome. Contact Nancy Lehren, the chair of Child Health and Wellness.

Volunteers and Vehicles for Veterans Day Flag Deliveries

11/11/2019 – Avenue of Flags deliveries for Veteran’s day will be on 11/7/2019, 4 PM, 11/8/2019, 10 AM to 1 PM, 11/9/2019, 10 AM. Flag retrieval will be 11/12/2019 10:30 AM to 6 PM. They are very short of volunteers that have a flag compatible truck or van. If you have one of those and can help, that would be fantastic. Contact Tom Novak if you can help as more volunteers are needed.

Social Events

  • 11/8/2019 – 6 PM, Friday, Euchre party at the community building of Wentworth Village in Bellbrook off 725. Food and drinks will be provided. Cost is $10.
  • 12/10/2019 – 6 PM, Tuesday, Holiday Party at Yankee Trace.

Haunted Trail Recap

Gail Aiken, the chair of the Haunted Trail event, thanked everyone who helped. She also thanked Arnie Biondo, the Director of the Centerville-Washington Park District, who was a guest for today’s meeting. The park district created new gravel paths that were wonderful. On the second night, 20 members from the CHS Octagon club volunteered. The Octagon club is the High School Optimist club that CNO sponsors. Gail was happy that they were able to help as she was short on volunteers.

  • 1450 canned goods were collected for the First Dawn Food Pantry.
  • This year, 1275 people went through the trail over two nights.
  • The first Haunted Trail was in 1985 and had 208 people go through.
  • 1300 Donut holes donated by Bill Donuts were consumed.
  • We served 30 gallons of cider. Dorothy Lane donated 10 of the gallons.
  • There were 15 fright stations.
  • 450 Students, mostly from area middle schools and some from high school, manned the stations. There were parent chaperones at each station.


Donn Huss announced there will be a “NOW” Event on February 20, 2020. NOW is an acronym for “New Optimists Welcome”. Read more about it here. It is a program designed to capture the interests of prospective new Optimist Club members.

John Carroll, Coordinating Principal CHS

Gary Aiken introduced Centerville High School Coordinating Principal John Carroll. John has been a member of CNO since 1/3/2012. He has worked in the Centerville School District for 26 years. He has been CHS coordinating principal for the last 4. John originally taught math. He feels blessed and is excited to go to work each day.

John said that the 2018-2019 District’s Quality Profile was just posted. He said if you read it, you will be proud of your schools.

John wants to be accessible to students. Much of the day he tries to stand out at the front desk so that he is accessible to students and staff.

John showed us a slideshow titled, Centerville Creates Change.

John is often asked about what the High School does. He explained that they provide academics, social -emotional learning and career advising.

CHS has a total 720 staff members of which 185 are licensed. There is 490,0000 sq ft of building space. It occupies 60 acres of property.

Centerville High School strives to always grow and improve. The U.S. News and World Report Scorecard ranks CHS nationally #1650 up from #1878. For Ohio Schools, CHS is ranked #57 up from #78. In the Dayton, OH Metra Area, CHS is ranked #4. John says that they have increased their rank, but the U.S. News method of using AP scores is not the only way to judge a school.

John agrees that every student going to college should take at least one AP class and test. He says the impoverished are not fully represented and he wants to raise this. They tend to not take AP classes as they don’t expect to go to college.

CHS uses different ways to help students of all types. There are “Learning in Action” programs. These programs help keep kids engaged and prepare for paid internships and for careers. The “Certified Production Technologists” program was able to get 18 students to graduate that were not on track. Of these graduates, 3 went to Sinclair and 5 obtained internships with a starting pay of $30,000. These partnerships with Sinclair College are at little or no cost to CHS.

CHS Fine and Performing Arts was recognized for “2019 Best Communities for Music Education”.

CHS believes in Service and Leadership. They constantly are putting kids into situations where they can be of service to their community and lead others. With the help of CNO, the 2019 Spirit Chain raised a record $72,500 this year for various charities.

CHS has high expectations for their students and provides high levels of support. They use internal systems that drive improvement and focus on feedback and purpose. They seek to serve all students and graduation requirements are always changing, so they align goals and direct resources. Of those enrolled, 12% have special needs. At least 12% are living with poverty and it is probably higher because this is often not reported.

CHS offers career advising which includes shadowing, pre-internship and pre-apprentice programs.

There are about 60 clubs at CHS. Clubs are added quite often, and John approves most ideas. A kid will come up to John with an idea and it often surprises them when he says yes.

Programs that support the needs of all their students academically and social-emotionally:

  • CORE and Accountability Teams
  • Equal Opportunity Schools (EOS) Partnership
  • HOPE Squad
  • Advisory
  • Elk Connectors
  • Character Club (PBIS)
  • Partnerships with Sinclair
  • Partnerships with local employers

John said no person can reach every kid. He asks his team to use a +1 mentality, which accepts that you cannot reach them all in every situation, but could you reach just one more kid? He uses a quote by Josh Shipp, “Every kid is one caring adult away from being a success story.”

CHS greatly appreciates the support of CNO and he tells kids about the creed daily. He is grateful for the opportunity to lead in our community. His closing slide said EPND which stands for “Elk Pride Never Dies”.

John was asked about CHS safety. He said they have only 2 points of entry and they are monitored by cameras. They have several security guards. Staff is constantly being trained to prepare for emergencies.

Dawn Arrowood, CNO member and Director of Wellness at St. Leonard, thanked him and the students who participate in the Elk’s for Seniors program at St Leonard.

Thank you, John, for presenting about CHS today.

Addendum to Sergeants at Arms Disclaimer

Brandon Barrett announced, “As with any court, not showing up to lunch does NOT release you of any previous fine.  There is no time frame on being GUILTY!”

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.


Member Birthday
Fred Pfeiffer October 26
Brent Richburg October 28
Shawn Thacker October 28

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Bob Foster October 22 10/22/2003 16
Laurie Poeppelman October 22 10/22/2003 16
Mike Fanelli October 22 10/22/2003 16
Charlie Goodwin October 28 10/28/2008 11
Jessica King October 28 10/28/2008 11
Karen Sirmans October 28 10/28/2008 11
Mike Brubaker October 28 10/28/2008 11

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Dawayne Kirkman Debe Dockins 3rd Reading
Abby Davis Vince Reidy 1st Reading
Lacy Owens Stan Fronzaglia 1st Reading
Beverly Dunnington Bob Lawson 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Diane Arehart Saying she liked to scare little kids at the Haunted Trail.
Beth Duncan Saying she liked to scare little kids at the Haunted Trail.
Don Kelley Plays too much golf, he obviously must have more time to help kids. If he pays $2 he will receive the game “Toilet Golf” so that he can play even more golf.
Tom Novak Participating in CNO 2.0 demonstration that prevented Brian Nolan from getting a beer.
Gary Smiga Participating in CNO 2.0 demonstration that prevented Brian Nolan from getting a beer.

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Sue Jessee More than 700 lbs of food were donated to the First Dawn Food Pantry from the Haunted Trail event.
Joan Cordonnier That Erich Eggers donates the money to buy tickets to the Rotarian Breakfast Fundraiser each year for the theater technical crew.
Joan Cordonnier The musical “First Date” at CHS will be performed on November 7, 8, 15, 16 at 7:30.
Carolyn Taylor Since our own Myron Rheaume is governor, happy that the new banner that hangs during our meeting says, “Home of the Ohio District Governor”.

CNOtes – October 15, 2019 – Mia Walthers & Whitney Armstrong – USO @ WPAFB

Phather Phil’s Prayer


I look up and I see my God
I look down and see my dog
Simple spelling G-O-D
Same word backwards D-O-G
They would stay with me all day
I’m the one who walks away
But both of them just wait for me
And dance with joy at my return with glee
Both love me no matter what
Divine God and canine mutt
I take it hard when I fail.
But God forgives, dog wags his tail
God thought up and made the dog
Dog reflects a part of God
I’ve seen love from both sides now
It’s everywhere..AMEN… Bow-Wow
I look up and I see God
I look down and I see my dog
In my human frailty
I can’t match their love for me.


Today’s Guests – WELCOME!

Guest Guest Of
Whitney Armstrong Speaker
George Berglund Bob Bargmeyer
Beverly Dunnington Bob Lawson
Julia Johnson Myron Rheaume
Jim Kilgore Greg Fay
Jen Osborn Art Hung
Lacy Owens Stan Fronzaglia
Karl Sparklin Brandon Barrett
Mia Walthers Speaker

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Community Event

11/14/2019, Build-A-Bear for Oncology patients will be at Children’s Hospital. More volunteers are always welcome. Contact Nancy Lehren, the chair of Child Health and Wellness.

Upcoming Volunteer Activities

10/24/2019 – Making blankets for Care House at St Leonard. See Donna Huss for details.

11/11/2019 – Avenue of Flags deliveries for Veteran’s day will be on 11/7/2019, 4 PM, 11/8/2019, 10 AM to 1 PM, 11/9/2019, 10 AM. Flag retrieval will be 11/12/2019 10:30 AM to 6 PM. Contact Tom Novak if you can help as more volunteers are needed.

Social Events

  • 11/8/2019 – 6 PM, Friday, Euchre party at the community building of Wentworth Village in Bellbrook off 725. Food and drinks will be provided. Cost is $10.
  • 12/10/2019 – 6 PM, Tuesday, Holiday Party at Yankee Trace

Happy Birthday Wes Cleaves

Wes Cleaves was at lunch today and it was his birthday. Wes has been a CNO member since 1993.  Bob Duffy, who was Wes’s CNO Sponsor, led us “singing” happy birthday to Wes. I think Bob should have warned us and Wes before starting. Oh boy was it bad! Thanks, Bob, for making Wes’s birthday extra special, and please for the sake of our hearing please watch a YouTube video on how to conduct a choir. Apparently, we all need to find a YouTube video of how the melody for Happy Birthday is supposed to sound.

Today’s Presentation from the USO

Gary Aiken introduced Mia Walthers, the Director of Development for the USO at Wright Patterson AFB and the Airport in Vandalia. She is a retired Air Force Veteran. Her husband was also in the military.

Website for USO Central and Southern Ohio

Facebook Page

From the USO entry Wikipedia:

The United Service Organizations Inc. (USO) is an American nonprofit-charitable corporation that provides live entertainment, such as comedians, actors and musicians, social facilities, and other programs to members of the United States Armed Forces and their families. Since 1941, it has worked in partnership with the Department of War, and later with the Department of Defense (DoD), relying heavily on private contributions and on funds, goods, and services from various corporate and individual donors. Although it is congressionally-chartered, it is not a government agency.

Mia started by saying she lists her hometown as Seoul, South Korea, but she is an American citizen and so American that she bleeds red, white and blue.

Her son is about to redeploy for 12 months, which is another big reason she loves and helps the USO. She appreciates the fact that the USO provides mobile Wi-Fi spots so she can communicate with her son while he is deployed.

Also attending today’s meeting is Whitney Armstrong, who is the assistant director and manager of the WPAFB USO. She is the spouse of a military man.

The WPAFB USO is responsible for 65 counties in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. The worldwide USO is on 220 bases and combat forward areas around the globe.

The USO offers many services for soldiers and their families. They offer activities for children and entertainment as you would expect. You may not realize they offer other services like transition classes for re-entering civilian life. More program services are on their website.

They also field many types of requests. They always answer the phone. She said some of the requests get very interesting, but no matter what they take it seriously and try to be of service.

There is no federal funding for the USO. Each USO is responsible for raising funds for their area since very little comes from USO, Inc. If you donate money directly to the WPAFB USO, then the money stays there. You can earmark the money to events like the Christmas Party or for School supplies, book bags, etc. You can easily donate time or money using their website.

WPAFB does provide them a room for their activities. It is not large, and it was built in 1965, but it works. The USO is generous to other entities. Each year the USO WPAFB facility is used for free for about 160 events per year by other entities.

Annual USA Christmas Party at WPAFB

Each year they have a Christmas Party that CNO helps make happen by the donation we make each year.

She said the donations CNO gives each year makes a huge difference to the children. There are activities, gifts and Santa Claus. There is a waiting list for their event at the base. Food and drinks are donated from places like Chick-Fil-A and nearby cookie companies. She gets as many donations as possible, but it still costs about $2500 to hold the treasured event.

The fire marshal limits the number of people in their room to 150. This means only 50 children can sign up. By the time parents and volunteers are added for the 50 children, they hit the room capacity.

Currently they have to turn away between 50 and 100 children each year. They are considering having 2 parties, but that is not simple. They would need another $2500 and a lot more volunteer time. They are considering having two parties back to back for 2 hours each.

Mia showed us a slide show of pictures from the 2018 Christmas party. She said the volunteer playing Santa Claus looked great and was awesome with the kids. It looked like everyone was having a lot of fun!

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.


Member Birthday
Wes Cleaves October 15
Craig Dring October 16
Renee Glenn October 17
Steve Rudisill October 17
Greg Griffin October 19
Gary Anderson October 20

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Keith Meyer October 16 10/16/2013 6
Anita Foster-Polizzi October 17 10/17/2017 2
Greg Smith October 17 10/17/2007 12
Jean Pummill October 17 10/17/2012 7
Aaron Campbell October 20 10/20/2009 10
Monty Zinck October 20 10/20/2009 10
Steve Campbell October 20 10/20/2009 10
Tom Henderson October 20 10/20/2009 10
Carrie Million October 21 10/21/2015 4
Evelyn Griffin October 21 10/21/2015 4
Steve Blake October 21 10/21/2015 4

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Louise Haun Mike Bevis 3rd Reading
Andy Higgins Mike Brubaker 3rd Reading
Dawayne Kirkman Debe Dockins 2nd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Art Hung Caught on camera sitting down during a standing ovation at recent meeting.
Gail Aiken Bragging about “stripping and winning” while buying raffle tickets last Tuesday.
Jerry Stahley Looking better while impersonating the grim reaper.
Roland Rapp Questioning how the Sergeants split money for 50/50, happy bucks and fines, like he thinks he is a Junior Gary Smiga.
Kelly George Thinking Brandon Barrett memorizes his hair salon schedule, he said she is going to have to use the phone.
Mary Madden Having a “senior moment” thanking Joe Madden last week for being so helpful, she must have been delirious.
Mike Bevis Name badge is missing (no one knows why), so it is assumed he lost it.

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Art Hung His fitness trainer Jen Osborn was his guest today.
Joe Madden He feels that Art Hung is not following instructions well with his new trainer.
Tim Clemmer Art has friends.
Sue Brubaker She finally got a copy of her son’s book – the Taxidermist Catalog.
Barbara Santo James Free, always a major sponsor for our golf event, told her that our event is the best that they sponsor.
Tom Novak Thanks to the flag assembly team for their work last week.
Gail Aiken Keeneland trip social was a blast last week.
Bob Burkman Carol Burkman was at today’s meeting.
Martin Huffstutler Fantastic job that USO does for the families of soldiers.

CNOtes – October 8, 2019 – Montgomery County Prosecutor – Mat Heck

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, everyone has a computer now, even 5 yr. olds. Some of us are 3 generations behind the 5 yr. olds and are happy justto know where the delete key is. You see, we know that Adam and Eve were the first people that didn’t read the apples terms and conditions. Mistakes are our best learning tool and at the same time our most embarrassing moments. When we make a faux pas, Optimism tells us to press on to greater achievements in the future. We don’t need a computer to do that. Amen!


Today’s Guests – WELCOME!

Guest Guest Of
Darrel Basford Myron Rheaume
Amy Bromberg Mike Bevis
Brian Chastain Joe Cantrell
Marie Glaser John Horner
Mat Heck Speaker
Stephanie McKenzie Christy Gariety
Pam Tipps Mike Bevis
Andrea White Jim Long

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Special Announcement

Two students from CHS, Nikhil Desai and Jacob Myers, attended today’s meeting on behalf of Centerville High School Spirit Chain.

Money raised during this year’s Spirit Chain activities will benefit BOGG Ministries, Shoes 4 the Shoeless and Cooperative for Education. Spirit Chain is a friendly, annual competition between CHS and Fairmont High School to raise money for charity.

Our members today donated $905 and the club agreed to match it for a total for $1810.

Congratulations Liz Fultz!

Liz Fultz has been appointed as director of the Washington-Centerville Public Library. Liz has been an awesome member of CNO since November 2015. She just completed 2 years as a CNO board member. Congratulations Liz! The library and our community are lucky to have you take over as director.

Upcoming Community Events

10/15/2019 and 10/16/2019 – Haunted Trail at Forest Field Park.

Info for Volunteers for Haunted Trail

Gail Aiken said to please show up early and that she still needs more volunteers.

Social Events

  • 11/8/2019 – 6 PM, Friday, Euchre party at TBD
  • 12/10/2019 – 6 PM, Tuesday, Holiday Party at Yankee Trace

Committee Meetings

  • 10/10/2019 – 6 PM, The next committee meeting for Child Health and Wellness will be at Panera in Centerville. Nancy Lehren is the chair. All are welcome to come and/or join the committee. Meetings are generally held the second Thursday of each month.

Committee Announcements

Myron Rheaume announced the next Great Ohio District quarterly meeting is November 2, 2019 in Dublin, OH. The keynote speaker will be Ickey Woods.

Mat Heck, Montgomery County Prosecuting Attorney

Gary Aiken introduced Montgomery County Prosecuting Attorney Mathias H. Heck Jr. He has held this elected position  since 1992. He graduated from Chaminade High School in 1965. He was a law clerk for the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office from 1966-1972. He graduated from Georgetown University Law Center, Washington D.C. in 1972. Between 1972 and 1992 he served as Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Montgomery County.

He told us that if the prosecutor’s office was a law firm, it would be the largest law firm in Montgomery County. They have 70 lawyers and 70 support staff.

They process 5000 felony cases per year. They do not handle misdemeanor cases as they are handled at the municipal cities and townships. They also handle thousands of juvenile related felonies.

Mat explained that their job is to use evidence to determine if a case should be prosecuted. His team abides by the policy of you are innocent until proven guilty. If they don’t think a suspect can be proven guilty then they don’t bring the case.

As a prosecutor, he has a specific purpose and follows a code of ethics. They are seeking the truth. They don’t charge people until there is enough evidence. This can take a long period of time. Once they have gathered the evidence and there is enough to charge someone with a crime, they let the public know who is charged and why. If they charge someone, they truly believe they are guilty and will be found guilty. Once charged the person must either plead guilty or there be a trial.

They have a diversion program to help those who may never cause a problem again. For offenders of non-violent crimes that also have no prior convictions they will check with the victim. If the victim agrees to the diversion and the offender makes full restitution, then they are potentially eligible for the diversion program and won’t be prosecuted. The offender will do community service. They also must stay out of trouble for the next three years. If they don’t satisfy any of these requirements, they will be prosecuted for the crime.

If a person is 14 years or older then the prosecutor’s office can choose to try them as an adult. They consider many things when determining if a juvenile will be tried as an adult. Currently a juvenile is being tried as an adult for the “Alter Fest” homicide in 2016.  On August 31, 2019 a juvenile Dunbar high school football player head-butted a game official causing a concussion and they want him tried as an adult.

In recent years there have been many more offenses committed by juveniles. More kids now have no respect for parents, schools, or authorities. Juveniles need to be held responsible for their actions.

Because of the “Alter Fest” homicide the office was inspired to start some programs to prevent crimes by juveniles.

They have started going to the homes of children who are absent from school. Often grade schoolers answer the door. The reason they give for not being in school is that they must stay home to watch their younger siblings. They don’t want to jail the parents. They want to solve the problem. Every day kids are removed from homes because of neglect. Some 16 year olds are having their second or third child.

The prosecutor’s office wants to help so they are offering free services. They are teaching parents how to be parents. They offer transportation to and from school. They want the kids in school. We need kids to get an education. It is when the juveniles are not in school and not busy that they get into trouble.

Part of the prosecutor office job is to provide victim advocates. Services are offered during and after the case is complete. His advocates were down at the Oregon District very soon after the shooting. They are still helping victim’s families deal with the situation.

They handle cases where the county is being sued or needs to sue and they have an appellate division that handles appeals.

Mat is one of the founders of Care House. It is a local child advocacy group located next to Children’s hospital. They help protect the kids and prevent future abuse.

Mat said the job can be difficult for him and his team. He tells his lawyers that there is life after law. He tries to get them involved in the community so they can see some good.

Mat said he and his team are here to help.

Thank you, Mat, for speaking to us today.

Phone Numbers and Contacts at the Prosecutors Office

  • Main number is 937-225-5757
  • Elder Abuse Unit is 937-225-5603 (to report elder abuse or neglect)
  • Consumer Fraud Unit is 937-225-4747 (to report fraud, such as contractors that don’t complete paid for projects, etc.)
  • Victim/Witness Division is 937-225-5623 (for victims of rape, this is a 24-hour crisis line. They also provide services for victims of crime, especially violent crimes)
  • Child Abuse Bureau is 937-641-4545 (to report child abuse or neglect. You can also call 937-225-KIDS to report suspected abuse or neglect)

General email address for all inquiries is

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.


Member Birthday
Christy Gariety October 09
Laurie Westheimer October 9
Paula Kalaman October 09
Dav Bremer October 11
Steve Campbell October 11
Donna Robinson October 14
Sue Jessee October 14

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Deb Saunders October 8 10/8/2016 3
Jesse Gaither October 8 10/8/2016 3
Jim Mogan October 8 10/8/2016 3
Rachel Selby October 8 10/8/2016 3
Becky Keegan October 12 10/12/2018 1

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Will Pace Evelyn Griffin  Induction
Louise Haun Mike Bevis Second Reading
Andy Higgins Mike Brubaker Second Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Jay McAlpine In Dayton Daily News photo about the Greek Festival he was incognito with his hat shading his face and for not bringing us sample sweets from the Greek Festival
Chris McAlpline Not in family photo in the Dayton Daily News about the Greek Festival
Charlie Tapp Calling Sgt Donna “old” and trying to cover it up by calling Sgt Brandon “young”
Jean Pummill In absentia fined while on vacation and missing first two meetings of the new optimist year; The Sgts consulted with Judge Long for the vocabulary and to make sure it was okie dokie
Liz Fultz Being an “Overachiever” for becoming the Library’s new Director
Liz Fultz Maintaining a youthful look after a 25 year career at the library and only looking 24
Joe Kronenberger Fined for never doing anything to be fined for
Myron Rheaume Mispronounced Roland Rapp’s first name (correct pronunciation is “RAWLand”)

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Charlie Tapp Celebrating 50th wedding anniversary with Wanda
Don Kelley Celebrating 36th wedding anniversary with Sandy
Don Kelley Great round of golf, he finally scored his age
Mary Madden Joe Madden has been wonderful taking care of her
Charlie Goodwin Had a great week with his three year old granddaughter, his son and daughter-in-law; It is an extra treat to see them since they live in Philadelphia
Bill Stone Glad to be back home after a great vacation with Kelly
Joan Cordonnier You can donate shoes at Up and Running or Bill’s Donuts
Myron Rheaume Carolyn Taylor was able to eat spaghetti without getting it on her clothes
Myron Rheaume His guest wasn’t fined when his phone rang during the meeting.
John Carroll Proud of the 2 students that came today asking for donations; He is positive they will be Optimists one day
Gary Smiga CNO matched the member donations of $905 for a total of $1810 to CHS Spirit Chain
Erin Dickerson 4 CNO members were present for the chartering of a new JOI club at 5 Points Elementary school with 42 members

CNOtes – October 1, 2019 – Club Day

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father practicing is an important part of life. It is in every aspect of our life. A goal towards perfection may never be attained but what we do, can be made better by practicing. All our efforts, physical, mental or whatever requires practice. I read that two minutes of laughing is equal to twenty minuets of jogging. So now I sit on the park bench and laugh at all the joggers. Thanks for having us practice Lord, and I pray everyone will enjoy laughing instead of jogging Amen!

Today’s Guests – WELCOME!

Guest Guest Of
Karrie Coggeshall Judy DeMarco
Tammie Ellerbe Marge Back
Ian Galbraith Pat Arehart
Andy Higgins Mike Brubaker
Dawayne Kirkman Debe Dockins
Marcia Tarkany Nick Tarkany

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Welcome to the New 2019-2020 Optimist Year

Today was Greg Griffin’s first meeting as president of the Centerville Noon Optimist Club. He showed us a two minute video posted today on YouTube called, “Happy New Optimist Year from International President Adrian Elcock”.

The meeting felt alive today. Great job Greg!

Upcoming Community Events

10/15/2019 and 10/16/2019 – Haunted Trail at Forest Field Park.

Upcoming Social Events

  • 10/10/2019 – ALL DAY, Keeneland Horse Racing, there will be a chartered bus
  • 11/8/2019 – 6 PM, Friday, Euchre party at TBD
  • 12/10/2019 – 6 PM, Tuesday, Holiday Party at Yankee Trace

Club Day

Greg Griffin said that once a month during his term will be “Club Day”. Instead of a normal speaker the meeting will concentrate on internal club activities and information.

Greg said that if you add up the years of service from current members of CNO you get 3,034 years!

Myron Rheaume, long term CNO member and the Governor of the Great Ohio District of Optimist International briefly spoke to us about his slogan, “iMagine the Power of YOU!”. Our club members use imagination and the power of you. The power of you individually and collectively enables our club to do all the good that it does for the youth of our community.

Happy Birthday Roy Barclay

Today is Roy Barclay’s birthday. Charlie Tapp led us in an outstandingly awful rendition of Happy Birthday. We really need to bring some earplugs to our meetings.

Shoe Donation Opportunity

Judy DeMarco introduced Karrie Coggeshall, a local Girl Scout leader. She is looking for donations of shoes to help offset the cost of being a member of Girl Scouts, Daisies and Brownies. If they collect at least 2500 pairs of shoes, her troop will receive funds from which is a leading shoe drive fundraising social enterprise in the U.S. Donations will help others and her troop at the same time.

Here is a copy of the flyer Karrie had on the tables at lunch. The fundraiser ends October 31, 2019.

Reading of the New Sergeant’s Disclaimer

The members serving as Sergeant at Arms for the quarter starting 10/1/2019 are Brandon Barrett and Donna Huss. The sergeants handed out numerous fines during today’s lunch and it was hilarious.

At the start of each quarter of the year a new pair of Sergeant’s at Arms come to power. Well this pair of sergeants is apparently paranoid about the shenanigans they will report on. They have a written disclaimer. To make sure we all knew about it, they had Kettering Municipal Court Judge and CNO member Jim Long read the disclaimer to the crowd at today’s lunch.

What follows is the complete disclaimer as read by Judge Long:


The Sergeants shall not be held liable for inaccurate, insensitive, defaming, or profane statements.

The Sergeants assume no responsibility or liability for any errors, omissions or incorrect opinions contained in the information supplied to the Sergeants by other Club members.

Furthermore, the Sergeants assume no responsibility for the truth or accuracy of any information which is offered to the Sergeants by other Club members.

Responsibility for the truth or accuracy of the information given to the Sergeants lies solely with the “SNITCH” who ratted you out to the Sergeants.

No money exchanged hands, except for the fined party making restitution by offering a dollar.

Statements made by the Sergeants are probably fictional – but on rare occasions something a Sergeant says might be true.  In either case, the Statements are in no way intended to do harm to the reputation of any fellow Club member.

Finally, the Sergeants are not responsible for any misinterpretation of the information offered to support a fine — which may differ from the meaning the Sergeant intended.

The information contained in this disclaimer is provided res ipsa loquitur, caveat emptor, de minimis non curat lex and pro se.

There is no guarantee of accuracy or even of usefulness …

Well, there is one guarantee:  All fine money paid to the Sergeants will be used to support the good work of Optimist International.


Next Week’s Speaker

Montgomery County Prosecuting attorney Matt Heck will be next week’s guest speaker.

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.


Member Birthday
Mike Fanelli October 01
Roy Barclay October 01
Chris Smith October 3
Tom Brozich October 3
Jack Grady October 6
Jane Orr October 6
Rachel Selby October 07

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Karl Frydryk October 1 10/1/1988 31
Ken Irwin October 2 10/2/2012 7
Larry Larrimer October 2 10/2/2012 7
Rick Kempfer October 2 10/2/2012 7
Christy Gariety October 3 10/3/2011 8
Cristlyn Johnston October 4 10/4/2010 9
Valorie Huff October 7 10/7/2004 15

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
JC Jones Mike Bevis Induction
Carol Smerz Wendy Hattan Induction
Louise Haun Mike Bevis First Reading
Andy Higgins Mike Brubaker First Reading
Dawayne Kirkman Debe Dockins Second Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Brian Nolan Failure to portray a tall, dark and extremely handsome image as most models do. Do you not use By the Blade for your haircuts?
Pat Behn Mixing up gifts at the installation dinner.
Gary Smiga Not arriving early to the installation dinner with the credit card machine.
Gary Smiga Being pictured for SICSA with a “Pooper Scooper” when you were supposed to be breaking ground.
Gary Smiga Being pictured with the Dayton Food Bank where the caption read “Rotary Club”.
Roland Rapp Failure to remind Gary Smiga to get to the installation dinner early with the credit card machine.
Greg Griffin No gift for outgoing president’s husband.
Greg Griffin Forgetting to bring the “big” check to the installation dinner for the photo opportunity with Hannah’s Treasure Chest.
Myron Rheaume Advising Wendy Hattan to stick a pin through her name badge.
Wendy Hattan Defacing her name badge per Myron’s advice. Back of her badge won’t scan now.
Tom Novak Playing the senior citizen card to steal the piece of pie he wanted from Brandon Barrett at the installation dinner.
Beth Duncan For not attending installation dinner while chair of the Social Committee.
Paula Kalaman Because John Kalaman was walking with a cane.
John Kalaman For thinking you were the boss at home.
Rick Altvater Showed up for lunch last week when it was cancelled because the installation dinner was that evening.

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Joan Cordonnier Worried that she sells running shoes and Phather Phil has given people holy reasons to laugh instead of run.
Myron Rheaume $3, $1 each for today being his First Day of Governor, in 365 days he will be the past governor, and for being cancer free for 23 years. He said, “get a colonoscopy!”
Jesse Gaither For being able to attend today’s meeting after having to miss several weeks while healing.
Brian Nolan Jesse Gaither attended meeting after absence.
Kelly George She is going to be District Chair of the essay contest. She needs someone to take over for the CNO essay contest.
Carolyn Taylor $10 for Jessie Gaither being at today’s meeting and for Sue Armstrong’s hospitality at Kettering Noon Optimist bingo fundraiser last Saturday that allowed her to win $10 by swapping cards.
Liz Fultz $6, $1 each for Diane Arehart, Patrick Arehart, Gary Smiga, Jesse Lightle, Craig Dring and David Ladd for going to the recent town hall meeting at Woodbourne library supporting Liz to be the new library director. She and two other candidates each gave slide presentations with commentary on why they would be the best candidate.
Julie Noeth To JC Jones, a new member who agreed to be the new CNO photographer.
Guest, Karrie Coggeshall  Appreciated being able to present information about her shoe fundraiser for Girl Scouts.
Beth Duncan Thanks for choosing her as Optimist of the Year.
Beth Duncan Diane Arehart and the rest of the Social Committee for putting on a great installation dinner when Beth was out of town.

CNOtes – September 24, 2019 – Installation of 2019-20 Club Officers & Board of Directors

Board and President Installation Dinner for 2019-2020 Year

On Tuesday, September 24, 2018, there was no lunch meeting. Instead we had a wonderful evening of feast and fellowship at The Presidential Banquet Center. This was a great night to celebrate the past year and to look forward to the next year. This is the end of the Centerville Noon Optimist Presidential year for Donna Huss and we welcomed 2019-2020 President Greg Griffin! He is the 52nd CNO President. New board members and vice-presidents were also installed this evening.

The social committee, co-chaired by Beth Duncan and Diane Arehart, put on a great party. The centerpieces looked fantastic and the room just looked coordinated. We started with appetizers then we had food catered by Kohler Catering. The food was great. Just like a lunch meeting, we started with a prayer and proudly recited The Pledge of Allegiance.

Bob Burkman was the Emcee for the evening. Bob did a fantastic job!

Phather Phil’s Prayer

This is the night we celebrate the successes of the year. We had another great year. All of our fundraisers were over the top in effort and results. The double bonus of all this has been the great feeling of being blessed by what we do and the relationship we have with one another.

Every year we have had a great leader to carve the way. This year it was the good witch that waved her magic over us and made us feel it was all our idea. Donna Huss rode the horse side saddle when she took over. She did it with grace but had a firm hand on the reins and let’s not forget her humor and her smile. You’ve earned our kudos, Donna, and we are proudly putting you out to pasture. Neighing not a thing you did for the kids and for us. We know you can still cut the mustard. You’re just tired from spreading it around.

Fortunately, we have another rider to lead us onward and upward, Greg Griffin. Greg is a talented Optimist and has all the experience needed. He excelled in all the positions that brought him to this point. May the good Lord bless you and increase your spirit of Optimism for our mission for the kids. May your neighs be nil and far between. Amen!

Tonight’s Guests – WELCOME!

Dan Arrowood
Anna Bargmeyer
Terry Bevis
Sylvia Cale
Jenny Davis
Nancy Hansen
Patrick MacKenzie
Pam  Merl
Stuart Merl
Steve O’Neil
Tom  Stauffer
Bev Reno
Pam  Smiga
Sheila Wasmund
Karen Collins
Bill Taylor

All Photos from the Evening are Here

Happy Birthday Bill Taylor

Today was Carolyn Taylor’s husband Bill’s birthday. Charlie Tapp graciously volunteered to lead our choir in the painful, non-melodic mess it always is. Based on Bill’s expression and the look of wondering what was happening to his ears, I’m pretty sure Bill had never heard about how this birthday treat goes.

After the completion of the song, Bill said, “You as a group sang better than I do. And if you don’t believe me, ask my wife.” I hope I never hear him sing.

Tonight’s Installation Program

The emcee for tonight was Bob Burkman. He said, “Studies show that Optimists live 18% longer than pessimists. An example of long-lived Optimism is Phather Phil Robinson who will deliver our invocation.”

Next, Bob invited Donna up to tell a joke. She hasn’t had as much time as she would have liked each week to tell a joke, but this one was very funny!

Bob put on some Groucho Marx novelty glasses and said, “The late comedian Groucho Marx once commented ‘I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member.’ Perhaps Groucho would not have cared to join ‘The best Optimist Club in the World’. No great loss. We’ve got Joe Madden”

Bob went over some statistics from Donna’s year

  • Net gain of 26 members and 4 Friends of Optimist
  • Optimist 2.0 grew by 17 new members
  • The St Leonard Club has 15 members
  • We have started a special needs Optimist club, Partners, where Scott Rheaume is both Treasurer and Secretary

Each of the three major fundraisers have produced record revenues

  • Christmas Tree lot income was $109,000. It is led by Karl Frydryk and Greg Griffin with a lot of help from Gary Aiken who supposedly retired from the event.
  • Avenue of Flags, led by Tom Novak, Mike Brubaker and Bob Burkman, now delivers 2,400+ flags.
  • The Golf outing raised $45,000. It is chaired by Mike Bevis, Sarah Umbreit, Vince Reidy, Steve Kohls and Deb Ulrich

To date, CNO has contributed over $2 million to our community. Bob said, “It is important to note that none of these accomplishments would be possible without the thousands of hours that you and I volunteer to pull off these fundraisers and conduct our youth activities.”

Bob Burkman introduced incoming Great Ohio District governor, our very own Myron Rheaume. Myron discussed how our club uses its imagination and the “Power of You.” The power of you individually and collectively enables our club to do all the good that it does for the youth of our community.

His slogan as Governor of the Great Ohio District is “Imagine the Power of You!”

Great Ohio District Governor Designate Myron Rheaume and Ohio Zone 14 Lt. Governor Pat Behn swore in and installed the officers and board of directors for the 2019-2020 Optimist year.

  • President, Greg Griffin
  • Vice Presidents, Diane Arehart and Gary Hansen
  • Secretary, Jean Pummill
  • Treasurer, Roland Rapp
  • President Elect, Debe Dockins
  • Immediate past president, Donna Huss
  • Past Presidents’ Representative, Myron Rheaume

Newly elected to the board of directors are Amy Barker, James Long, Denise O’Neil, Vince Reidy, Carolyn Taylor and Greg Wasmund.

Board of director members with one year left in the position are Beth Duncan, Jane Fiehrer, Jesse Gaither and Sarah Umbreit.

Passing of the Gavel and Pinning the New President

After the introduction of the new board members and before inducting Greg Griffin as the 52nd President of CNO, there was the traditional passing of the gavel. Bob brought up all the previous presidents to form a line at the front of the room in the order they served.

The gavel was passed from one previous president to another, ending with Donna Huss passing the gavel to new President Greg Griffin for Optimist year 2019-2020. Then Myron pinned Greg Griffin to officially make him president of our club.

Greg Griffin said, “What an honor it is to be picked as president of the largest Optimist Club in the world out of 2500 clubs.” Greg thanked his wife Evelyn Griffin for all the help and support. Greg told us what he told Chuck Dickerson when Chuck was very sick, “You know when you get to heaven you will be shown every kid that you have helped.” Greg has a slogan for his year, “Live the WOW life”. WOW is an acronym for “Why Optimism Works.” He said, “We think optimistically and encourage kids to think optimistically.” We need to think even bigger than we already do.  Greg said, “Thank you all. You, the members, are the stars.”

Greg’s first official act was to present a check to Hannah’s Treasure Chest. He presented a ceremonial check for $5100. The actual check was given during the summer as it was needed immediately to help after the 2019 Memorial Day tornados. The Interim Executive Director, Dr. Stuart Merl accepted the check on behalf of Hannah’s Treasure Chest. Their mission is to enrich children and he said clubs like ours are truly working together for similar purposes. Part of HTC’s mission is to help alleviate poverty in our community.

Over the course of a year they help over 5000 children. One in three families in our area needs help. Money goes for purchasing diapers, car seats and cribs. Statistics show that children who don’t have to live in poverty lead better lives as adults.

Next, Donna Huss took the microphone. She told some masterful jokes. She thanked her husband, Ray Huss, for putting up with her extra duties for the last year.

The outgoing president gets to choose recipients of the “Rookie of the Year Award”. Donna chose Carolyn Taylor and Andy Dickerson. To earn this award in your first year as a member, you must participate on a committee, a community activity and sponsor a new member.

Next, she gave a Presidents Citation award to Gary Smiga who has been the CNO club treasurer since 2010 and is now retiring from this post. Roland Rapp is taking over for the 2019-2020 year.

The recipient of the Optimist of the Year award is Beth Duncan. Beth was given this award a week early since she should could not attend tonight’s celebration. Donna read the beautiful thank you note Beth sent to her thanking everyone for the honor of being chosen as Optimist of the Year.

Next, Donna Huss recognized her board of directors and officers. She thanked them with some gifts as gratitude for their help with her year as president.

  • Treasurer, Gary Smiga.
  • Club Secretary, Jean Pummill
  • Vice-presidents, Debe Dockins and Jack Anderson
  • Past Presidents’ Representative, Myron Rheaume
  • Immediate past president, Chris McAlpine

Board of Directors: Liz Fultz, Gary Hansen, Bob Lawson, Don Massie, Roland Rapp, Diane Arehart, Beth Duncan, Jane Fiehrer, Jesse Gaither and Sarah Umbreit.

Donna also recognized and presented gifts to all committee chairs and co-chairs.

Special Recognition

Donna gave special recognition to Mike Bevis for helping her with building the St Leonard Club.

Donna also had a special presentation for 2019-2020 president, Greg Griffin.


In closing, Donna said there is current song out there called, “Hey Look Ma I Made It.” It inspired her to say, “Look ma I didn’t destroy the club!”

After Donna was done, Greg Griffin showed a video he produced as a tribute to Donna. The background music was the song “Donna” by Ritchie Valens. It was a great tribute and the perfect song.

After the video, Myron Rheaume said, “But wait, there’s more.” He presented Donna a plaque for outstanding leadership. He also presented her with a lifetime membership to Optimist International.

Bob Burkman’s closing remark was a quote from Groucho Marx. “I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.”

Then we cheerfully recited the Optimist Creed.

It was a great evening. Thank you to everyone who made it great. Thanks to everyone in our club that makes it possible to do the good we do. Thank you, Donna Huss, and we look forward to another great year under the leadership of Greg Griffin, his team and our members!

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.


CNOtes – September 17, 2019 – Dr. Rob Lober – Dayton Children’s Hospital – Beth Duncan – Optimist of the Year

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father bless us sinners as we eat our dinners.  Amen!

Today’s Guests – WELCOME!

Guest Guest Of
Vickie Catron June Bosworth
Faye Duncan Brian Nolan
Ron Duncan Brian Nolan
Jeff Garnica Golf Sponsor
Andy Higgins Mike Brubaker
Tom Kennedy Myron Rheaume
Dawayne Kirkman Debe Dockins
Dr. Rob Lober Speaker
Mark Morris Golf Sponsor

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Thank You 2018-2019 President Donna Huss

Today’s lunch was the last lunch of Donna Huss’s year as president of the awesome Centerville Noon Optimist Club. Thank you, Donna, for a great year. CNO is now the largest Optimist club in the world and arguably the best. Please accept our gratitude and enjoy your semi-retirement.

Optimist of the Year Presentation

During lunch today, the Optimist of the Year was presented. Last year’s recipients, Diane Arehart and Greg Fay, presented the award.

The 2018-2019 Optimist of the Year recipient is Beth Duncan. Congratulations Beth, you are more than deserving of this award.

The Optimist of the Year Award is chosen at a special meeting arranged and hosted by the previous year’s recipients. The voting group is composed of previous recipients of the award.

Beth joined CNO in 2016. Since then, some of the activities she has volunteered for are Avenue of Flags, Build a Bear, Easter Egg Hunt and the Fishing Derby.

She is the Chair of the Social Committee and she is a Christmas Tree Lot Captain.

Beth has served on our Board of Directors and has been involved with the Golf Committee, the Junior Golf Committee and the 2.0 Committee.

Beth and her company Lizard Apparel and Promotions have been generous in donating apparel for different club functions including our golf outings.

Upcoming Community Events

10/15/2019 and 10/16/2019 – Haunted Trail at Forest Field Park.

Upcoming Social Events

  • 10/10/2019 – ALL DAY, Keeneland Horse Racing, there will be a chartered bus
  • 11/8/2019 – 6 PM, Friday, Euchre party at TBD
  • 12/10/2019 – 6 PM, Tuesday, Holiday Party at Yankee Trace

Dayton Children’s Hospital Presentation

Mike Bevis introduced pediatric neurosurgeon Rob Lober, MD, PhD and Rachel Selby, Philanthropy Officer from Dayton Children’s Hospital. Rachel is also a member of CNO. Dr. Lober and Rachel were here today to accept two checks from CNO, one check for $14,500 from the proceeds of the golf outing and another check for $5000 which was the fifth check we pledged to give over five years in 2015.

Dr. Lober served his residency at Stanford Hospitals and Clinics in Stanford, California. He earned his medical degree and a PhD in Biomedical science at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Georgia. Dr. Lober is a member of the Scientific Committee for The Children’s Brain Tumor Tissue Consortium.

Read Dr. Lober’s complete bio on Dayton Children’s Hospital website.

Dayton Children’s Hospital is on the front lines of Brain Tumor research. Some of the major research for pediatric brain tumors is happening right here in Dayton and contributing internationally.

You can view the slide presentation here 

Dayton Children’s Hospital (DCH) is unique in the world. When Dr. Lober was hired about 30 other experts in their fields were also hired. DCH is a model for hospitals that can help kids locally.

The occurrence of pediatric cancer is rarer than adult cancers, but the successful cure rate for many types of pediatric cancer is now much higher. Because of research, pediatric treatments of pediatric leukemias are very successful. The rarer brain tumors now kill more children than leukemia. Research has helped, but we need more research into pediatric brain tumors.  Unfortunately, there has not been significant breakthroughs in decades. He wants to change this.

Dr. Lober’s plan starts with wasting nothing. Instead of disposing of removed tumors, they keep every bit of tissues and fluid’s and make them available to any research facilities for free. The policy is free and open access to the saved materials. Several other organizations have joined this effort. This project is called the Living Biobank at Dayton Children’s.

Every patient and their families so far have agreed to the removed materials. Most of the time there is no direct benefit to the donating patient. One child called his tumor a “Growbot” and he knew he was going to die from his tumor. But he knew his “Growbot” would one day help many other children. Donating a “Growbot” will not help him, but it may help another child and family one day. Dr. Lober’s group has become experienced at culturing and growing the tumors after removal for sharing with other researchers. They are 100% supported by philanthropy. This is all great because in the past there was a financial opportunity that was holding back research.

Dr. Lober has a 20-year plan of establishing a pipeline for the tissue specimen transfers. Other hospitals have started sending their removed tissues. He wants to improve the science of tissue culture and banking. He wants to expand the application of culture tissues. They are in preliminary talks with the Broad Institute that can culture samples in up to 60 different environments. He wants to find numerous chemotherapies to cure children with these tumors.

Dr. Lober explained some things that makes DCH great. DCH has 2 full pediatric surgeons. DCH provides the greatest care a child can get. They have the latest in advanced robotics. Soon they are getting the latest tissue diagnostic equipment. This will enable results in 3 minutes instead of 5 days. This increases the safety and the accuracy of tumor removal.

The government is not running this research. It is because of donations form groups like CNO that allows Dayton Children’s to make the progress it has. He said he truly thanks us.


Article about 12-year-old boy helping Dayton Children’s effort to cure brain cancer

4.5-minute Video about Dayton Children’s tumor tissue bank

Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf 2019 Report

Donna introduced Mike Bevis, the chair of the golf committee. Mike mentioned that 2019 marks the 28th year this CNO fundraiser has been held. Mike has been the chair for 16 years.

Mike started by thanking all members of the Centerville Noon Optimist club. It is not just a committee project. The whole club is asked and steps up by donating gift cards, wines, and time. He also thanked his committee members.

Additionally, Mike thanked members who purchased foursomes. CNO Member Don Kelley has participated in the event all 28 years.

Following are notes Mike Bevis used when presenting his 2019 report

Good afternoon and thank you Donna for the time today to thank everyone for their efforts on the 28th annual 2019 Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf Classic. This is a fun day to celebrate and recognize those who work so hard especially during this record year.

It has been two months since that hot day in July. We’ve had some time to reflect on our success. Every year we spend more than six months planning this event and of course, we spend the same amount of time asking you to volunteer, golf, sponsor and donate. So, as you can see, this is a total club project. Thank you to everyone for working so hard to help with this effort. With more than 1,000 golf outings each year it seems to get tougher each year.  But with your help and Sycamore Creek CC, we had another excellent year.

We brought in 148 golfers and delivered almost $45,000 (Last year was $36,000) in revenue for our club.

Committee Members

Co-Chairs – Sarah Umbreit, Vince Reidy, Steve Kohls, Deb Ulrich

Team leaders – Pat Behn, Val Huff, Ellie Parker, Bob Burkman, Gary DeMarco

Denise O’Neill and Fred of Dorothy Lane Market, Woeber’s , Mike-Sells Potato Chips, Montgomery Inn and Pepsi

Judy DeMarco, Barbara Santo, Sue Brubaker and Vida McDowell   

Chris Ziehler, June Bosworth, Charlie Tapp, Beth Duncan, Bob Foster, Wendy Hatton, Jean Pummill, and Deb Saunders and more than 50 other volunteers who gave their talent and time to help on July 15.

While our committee steers the success of this event, our sponsors are the people who provide the dollars to help drive our programs and our support for Dayton Children’s annually.

Five Star and Master’s sponsors

  • 1-800-GOT-Junk and You Move Me
  • McAfee Heating and Air
  • Bill’s Donuts                
  • Remodeling Designs                
  • WesBanco
  • Secure Future Advisors – Mark Morris
  • Dorothy Lane Market
  • First Financial Bank
  • Montgomery Inn
  • Monica Stomps CPA

Hole in One Sponsors

  • James Free Jewelers
  • Matt Castrucci Auto Mall
  • Performance Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram

Cart Sponsors

  • Mike Houser of Houser Asphalt and Concrete
  • Infiniti of Dayton
  • State Farm Jim Slatt
  • Parallel Advisors
  • Tinnerman Insurance

Goody bag sponsors

  • Dayton Children’s Hospital
  • Woeber’s Mustard
  • Mike-Sells Potato Chips
  • Montgomery Inn BBQ

Masters and Double Eagle Sponsors

  • Voss Auto Network
  • Abbey Credit Union
  • Woeber’s Mustard – Wally Miller
  • Star Cartage – Joe Collins

Eagle and Other Sponsors

  • Allstate Insurance – Andy Harmon
  • A-Abel
  • Bar Codes Unlimited – Craig
  • Brixey and Meyer
  • Buckeye Eco Care
  • Buckeye Home Health Care – Denise
  • Buckeye Senior Care
  • Buckeye Pools – Gary
  • Barker, Beck, Collins and Kronauge Insurance – Dan
  • Brendan Cunningham – Morgan Stanley
  • The Carpet Store
  • Mike’s Car Wash
  • Centerville Insurance
  • Coldwell Banker – Heritage Realtors- Vince and Wendy and Tim
  • Copp Integrated Systems
  • Dan Passidomo
  • DayAir Credit Union
  • Dayton Children’s Hospital – Rachel
  • Ethan Allen
  • Elliott Tool
  • Essential Irrigation and Landscaping
  • Famous Restaurant
  • Graceworks – Bethany Village
  • Home City Ice
  • Incarnation Catholic School
  • Robert Jensen DDS
  • Landmark Title
  • Liberty Self Storage
  • LCNB Bank – J.C. Jones
  • Mercedes Benz of Centerville
  • Turf Nerd
  • Jack Anderson– Merrill Lynch
  • Miami Valley School
  • Mike’s Car Wash
  • Mike Sells Potato Chips
  • Minute Man Press
  • William Ward – Morgan Stanley – Centerville
  • Brian Lampton Agency
  • Lizard Apparel
  • Morgan Stanley Keith Meyer
  • Ohio Eagle Distributing (beer)
  • Parallel Advisors
  • Parts Express
  • PE Systems – Jack
  • Pepsi
  • Molly Petsch
  • P & R Specialty
  • Prime Controls
  • Rooted Grounds Coffee
  • Routsong Funeral Home
  • Rumpke Waste and Recycling
  • Saint Leonard
  • Secure Futures
  • Sign Connection
  • Silfex
  • Southtown Heating & Air
  • Sunbelt Advisors
  • Triple M Consulting
  • Turf Nerd
  • Sarah and Jeff Umbreit

Thank you to all our valued sponsors for making the 28th Annual Tee Off for Youth such a tremendous success. Fundraisers like this make it possible for us to bring out the best in kids. From Children’s Hospital Donations to Build-a-Bears to scholarships, it is why we do what we do.

Save the Date

The 29th Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf Outing will be held on July 13, 2020.

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.


Member Birthday
Bill DeFries September 19
Terri Leputa September 19
Will Cale September 20
Carol Smerz September 22
Harry Bossey September 22
Jon Werts September 22
Mark Karns September 23
Don Wildenhaus September 25
Greg Smith September 25
Diane Arehart September 26
Evelyn Griffin September 26
Jeff Kujawa September 27

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Bill Williams September 20 9/20/1993 26
Denny Cottle September 20 9/20/2015 4
Sue Brubaker September 23 9/23/2008 11
Bryan Miller September 26 9/26/2018 1
Carolyn Taylor September 26 9/26/2018 1
Dana Dring September 26 9/26/2018 1
Mike Cordonnier September 26 9/26/2018 1
Mike Wall September 26 9/26/1995 24
Steve Linder September 26 9/26/2018 1
Steve Rudisill September 26 9/26/2018 1
Stephen Walker September 28 9/28/1998 21
John Powell September 29 9/29/1999 20
Pat Behn September 29 9/29/2003 16
Bill Gaul September 30 9/30/2016 3
Brooks Compton September 30 9/30/1994 25
Denise O’Neil September 30 9/30/1994 25
Don Wildenhaus September 30 9/30/1997 22

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Carol Smerz Wendy Hattan 3rd Reading
Bill Fritz Tom Novak Induction
Bev Fritz Tom Novak Induction
Dawn Arrowood Mike Bevis Induction
Penny Culhane Greg Griffin Induction
Jane Orr Greg Griffin Induction
Chris Abratowski Donna Huss Induction
Betty Olfky Jean Pummill Induction

Sergeants at Arms

No time for Sergeants this week.

 Happy Bucks! 

No time for Happy Bucks this week.

CNOtes – September 10, 2019 – Athletes in Action

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, it seems all we hear is like when the fellow in New York asking how to get to Carnegie Hall – practice – practice – practice. Yet, how do we get better if we don’t practice. Optimism is a gift. . A gift we should give away or share with another. That’s a practice, we need, to become a better Optimist. We have a fantastic Optimist club. We can only discover how good it is by joining our fellow members in all the activities that bring out the best in kids. We pray that all the old timers will let their enthusiasm rub off on the newbies. It’s a win win situation to the giver and receiver, but especially for the kids. Lord help us join with our members to be givers of Optimism. Amen!

Today’s Guests – WELCOME!

Guest Guest Of
Amy Bromberg With Speaker
Hailey Dunn Speaker
Stuart Grandlienard Optimist Club
JC Jones With Speaker
Leif Moore Speaker
Jared Wellman Speaker
Chris Wysong Debe Dockins
D Ralph Young Charlie Tapp

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Special Announcement

There is no lunch meeting at Yankee Trace on Tuesday, September 24, 2019. The Presidential Installation dinner will be that evening instead.

Upcoming Community Events

10/15/2019 and 10/16/2019 – Haunted Trail at Forest Field Park.

Upcoming Social Events

  • 9/24/2019 – 6 PM, Tuesday, Presidential Installation Dinner at the Presidential Banquet Center – There will NOT be a lunch at Yankee Trace that day
  • 10/10/2019 – ALL DAY, Keeneland Horse Racing, there will be a chartered bus
  • 11/8/2019 – 6 PM, Friday, Euchre party at TBD
  • 12/10/2019 – 6 PM, Tuesday, Holiday Party at Yankee Trace

CNO 2.0 Event

Thursday, September 19th, 2019, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM at JD Legends in Franklin OH. The speaker will be Coach Anthony Grant of the University of Dayton Flyers. All members and guests of CNO and CNO 2.0 are always invited so please join us.

Committee Announcements

Paula and John Kalaman thanked CNO for the $2000 sponsorship of the Kalaman Memorial golf outing.  Proceed from the golf outing go to the John P. Kalaman Memorial scholarship fund. The Kalamans gave special thanks to CNO member Brian Nolan, who was chairman of the golf outing. Paula said that enough money was received to insure at least 2 more scholarships will be given.

Judy DeMarco announced that she is looking for nominations for the Community Champion Award.  Please refer to the CNO website for information about this award designed to recognize people in our community who are champions of children in the community.

Chris McAlpine, chair of Tri-Star soccer held last Friday, announced the event was a massive success. He also announced it was a total catastrophe. He was prepared for 100 participants because there were 50 last year. At least 150 kids showed up this year and we weren’t quite ready to handle that many.

Beth Duncan, social committee chair, said there are 8 spots left for the Keeneland trip on 10/10/2019. Please turn in your checks as soon as possible to guarantee your spot on the bus.

Gail Aiken, Haunted Trail chair, announced the trail will be on October 15, and 16, 2019 at Forest Field park. It is about a 1-mile walk and she needs volunteers to be trail guides.

Greg Griffin, chair of the Christmas Tree Lot, said it is 80 days until the lot opens. They have ordered 975 trees. We expect to sell out in just 2 weeks instead of 3. Please show up for your shifts as the lot will be busier than normal since Thanksgiving is late this year.

Today’s Speakers were from Athletes in Action

Mike Bevis introduced Jared Wellman, the local team leader from the “937” team of Athletes in Action, headquartered in Xenia, Ohio. With Jared today were Leif Moore, Hailey Brumfield Dunn, Joe Owens, and Amy Bromberg. They hope to have disciples on every college sport team in the “937” area code. There are 12 college athletic departments in that area. Athletes in Action was founded in 1966 by Dave Hannah and the sports ministry of Cru Ministries. “Our mission is to build spiritual movements everywhere through the platform of sports so that everyone knows someone who truly follows Jesus.”

Jared Presented a slide show that you can view here.

His first slide said, “Our vision is to see a day when there are Christ-followers on every team, in every sport, in every nation.” It continued, “Our mission is to build spiritual movements everywhere through the platform of sports so that everyone knows someone who truly follows Jesus.”

They are often asked why their mission targets sports. Jared said, “Because sports is a major influence in our culture and many cultures in the world.” He showed us a video showing how sports unites the players and fans. Sports is a common platform that has real influence.

Jared introduced Wright State University student athlete Hailey Brumfield Dunn. She said that she was recently married. Early in her college career she got involved by going to an Athletes in Action meeting.  She is passionate about spreading the word even though she is very introverted and quiet. It has impacted her spiritually and, in her sports, Cross Country and Track. Before joining Athletes in Action, she was having some personal issues and she knew something was missing. Her faith in God has renewed her passion for God and her sport. Hailey said had she not joined them, she may have quit her sports even though she truly loves running.

Hailey was discipled by Amy Bromberg who was also at today’s lunch. Hailey started her own disciple group during her junior year. There are now 12 in her group. She has seen God’s influence with her teammates and athletes from other colleges. She plans to help others start their own discipleships.

Jared next showed us 3 videos. The videos are listed below. One video was of student Mitchell Garrity, from UD Flyers basketball team. Mitchell said that Athletes in Action provided him the resources he needed to succeed. He initially struggled with the pressures of being a college student athlete. Having his faith is something he has been able to rely on.

Joe Owens, Senior Associate Athletics Director – Performance Enhancement, from UD spoke next. He said that students today are thought by older generations to not have grit. He said we should consider that younger people live in a different world than previous generations. Many more students are in therapy for anxiety than in the past. How would previous generations have reacted if they grew up in a world with technology everywhere? He said that entering college is a lousy time to lose your faith. Athletes will listen to other Athletes. He appreciates the efforts of Athletes in Action. Athletes need something that is not shifting and changing.

Jared said they were honored to speak to us today and if you want to get involved or donate, please get in contact with them.

Videos Shown to Us Today

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.


Member Birthday
Sam Pfabe September 11
Dawn Arrowood September 14

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Dean Heyne September 14 9/14/2016 3
Melissa DeShurko September 14 9/14/2016 3

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
JC Jones Mike Bevis 3rd Reading
Carol Smerz Wendy Hattan 2nd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
David Ladd Spilled coffee on himself during Avenue of Flags delivery process.
Larry Larrimer Car issues caused record long Avenue of Flags delivery of 3.5 hours.
Bob Collins Car issues caused record long Avenue of Flags delivery of 3.5 hours.
Chris McAlpine, Scott Langer, Tom Henderson, Gary Smiga, Jesse Gaither, Jane Fiehrer, Fred Polizzi, Patrick Arehart, Mike Brubaker, Greg Griffin Tri-Star Soccer was too successful. Sergeant Tim Clemmer fined anyone remotely connected – and I do mean remotely!

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Paula Kalaman Happy the John Kalaman memorial scholarhip golf outing was successful and that they can offer at least 2 more scholarships.
Brian Nolan $10 Happy bucks for CNO and the Heart of Centerville business groups for the successful Kalaman memorial golf outing.
Rachel Goetz She volunteered at the recent Tri-star soccer event and she highly recommends others volunteer for this next year.
Kelly George Husband had the winning bid on a gift card basket at the Kalaman golf outing.
Vida McDowell Cookies on the lunch tables.
Debe Dockins Thank you to Mike Fanelli for volunteering at the recent “How-To Festival” at Woodburne library. He showed guests how to maintain their bicycles.
Debe Dockins On the library website, signups are now open for for the “Ghost Walk on Main”. The event is on 10/3/2019 and Debe is leading one of the groups. Spooky stories, food and beverages.
Jane Fiehrer Son’s band, The Johnson Treatment, is playing at the Taste of the Oregon District on 9/15/2019.

CNOtes – September 3, 2019 – Doug Flynn – Former Cincinnati Reds Baseball Player

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father for us to be known as Optimist it is best to be known
not by word of mouth or what’s printed on our shirts but by what we
do and how we act. Our Optimism membership is a 24/ 7 affair. Every
statement and action should tell the world that Optimism is the way to
embrace life. The cost of anything is how much of your life are we
willing to exchange it for. Just like money we can spend it any way
we want but only once. Continue to watch over us Lord and May we
always be proud, not of what we planted but what we have harvested.

Today’s Guests – WELCOME!

Guest Guest Of
George Berglund Bob Bargmeyer
Mike Cline Scott Langer
Ann Crichton Mike Bevis
Doug Flynn Speaker
Mary Mogan Jim Mogan
Geoff Moyer Bob Bargmeyer
Helen Salas Mike Bevis

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Upcoming Social Events

  • 9/24/2019 – 6 PM, Tuesday, Presidential Installation Dinner at the Presidential Banquet Center. There is still time to sign up for this event.
  • 10/10/2019 – ALL DAY, Keeneland Horse Racing, there will be a chartered bus.
  • 11/8/2019 – 6 PM, Friday, Euchre party at TBD.
  • 12/10/2019 – 6 PM, Tuesday, Holiday Party at Yankee Trace.

Committee Announcements

Bob Burkman announced that the move of the Avenue of Flags headquarters to Sinclair on Clyo Road is now complete.

Jacks Anderson announced that the next CNO 2.0 meeting will be September 19, 2019 at 5:30 at JD Legends in Franklin, OH. The speaker will be University of Dayton Men’s Basketball Coach Anthony Grant.

Doug Flynn, Jr. – Cincinnati Reds

Jim Mogan introduced former Cincinnati Reds player Doug Flynn, Jr. When the “Big Red Machine” won the World Series in 1975 and 1976, Doug was on the team. He played in the Big Leagues for a few teams over 11 years. Beginning in 2013, Flynn works as a part-time radio broadcaster for the Cincinnati Reds. Doug has sung with the Oak Ridge Boys and Johnny Bench.

Doug and Johnny Bench run a golf tournament each year. The last one raised $680,000. Doug and Johnny Bench are close friends.

His first year with the Reds was in 1975. He said, “It was a pretty good time to be a Red.” Since he was not one of the great 8 on the team, Doug and the other players received a nickname. He said, “We were called the turds.”

He was one of the youngest on the team in 1975. He hopes to have another Big Red Machine reunion soon as they are not getting any younger. He said, “Can you believe that Pete Rose is 78 years old?”

Doug was happy to speak to at our lunch today, saying “I’m impressed when a club or group opens with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.”

Doug’s discussion of his baseball experience was funny and very entertaining.

He mentioned, “Sparky Anderson got rid of me twice,” both from the Cincinnati Reds and from the Detroit Tigers.

During college Doug and some friends decided to drive up from Cumberland to try out for the Cincinnati Reds. Doug took a couple of ground balls and ran the 60-yard dash. The Reds kept calling him back up for tryouts. Finally, they decided to get him to play for the Reds organization. They asked what it would take for you to come play baseball. Doug said, “Maybe a Coke and a Hot Dog.” By accepting the offer, he gave up 3 years of scholarships for baseball and basketball at the University of Kentucky.

Before one game he was asked if he could play 3rd base. He said, “Sure I can.” He had never played third before. During the game the coach kept telling Doug where to stand and finally figured out that he never had played third base. The coach asked him, “Why would you say you can play third base when you clearly never have?” Doug said, “Because you asked me.”

In 1973, he was sent to AA from Single A. The next year he made AAA. In 1975, with 3 days left in spring training, Doug finally made it to the majors. The Reds had not finished well for several years before the 1975 World Series win and lost again in 1977 after Doug left the Cincinnati Reds. Because of this, Doug gave himself the nickname “the Glue”. This nickname has caught on and they now print tee shirts with this nickname, and it is raising a lot of money for military families.

He told of us of the “sick” humor of Pete Rose. While on a plane trip, Doug quoted Rose as saying, “You know, Doug, if this plane goes down, by the time they get to your name, no one will care.”

Doug got Rose and others back by showing up at the presentation of one of the great 8’s statue dedication outside of the Great American Ball park. Doug announced, “There they are ladies and gentlemen, the 8 most overrated players in baseball!”

Marty Brennaman has asked Doug on the radio, “Doug, how do you have the nerve to call yourself “the glue” of the Big Red Machine?”. Doug’s reply: “Marty, how do you have the nerve when you mention the Big Red Machine to say “we” won the World Series?”

September 2019 is now the month of Marty Brennaman. Doug wished the Reds had been better for Marty’s last broadcast year.

In 1975, when the Red record was 19 and 20, they were headed to Montreal. The night before the game, Sparky Anderson went to each of the rookie rooms and went off on them. Pete Rose said, “Sparky, get off the kids backs.” Pete, Johnny and several of the other team members in 1975 were protective of Doug and other young players. After being 19 and 20, the team went on to win 41 of the next 50 games.

In 1977 Doug’s role decrease drastically with the Reds and he was informed he was being traded to the Mets. When he found out it was for Tom Seaver, Doug asked, “Was I traded straight up?” The response was “No Doug, not even close.”

Doug missed the Reds and Cincinnati. There were more reporters in New York all looking for something to write about.

Doug said he was going to be on the radio with Marty for tonight’s game. CNO member and general wiseacre Beth Duncan asked Doug, “If we gave you a standing ovation, would you mention our club on the radio tonight?”. The entire room stood up, laughed and clapped.

Doug replied, “Yes and I was going to do that anyway. Marty loves this kind of thing.”

Doug ended his talk with, “I love you guys, thanks for having me come out and speak.”

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.


Member Birthday
CeAnn Chalker September 03
Bob Collins September 04
Roberta Taylor September 07
Karl Frydryk September 08

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Gail Aiken September 8 9/8/1993 26

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Carol Smerz Wendy Hattan 1st Reading
JC Jones Mike Bevis 2nd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Mike Bevis Didn’t catch that a flag was attached upside down.
Donna Huss Didn’t catch that a flag was attached upside down.
Jerry Stahley For leaving a CNO directory at the library after a CNO meeting.
Various Board Members All board members present who weren’t wearing CNO attire or at least a pin.
Greg Griffin Julie Noeth had trouble finding her badge because it was misfiled.
Scott Langer For confusing the sergeant by being on time to the meeting.

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Joe Madden Wife Mary is doing well, thank you all for your love and support.
Myron Rheaume His son Scott just turned 52 and was at today’s lunch meeting.
Vince Reidy Twin great grandchildren were just born.
Scott Langer Sean Murphy, who attended Wright State University, is now a professional baseball player for the Oakland A’s.
Bob Bargmeyer 17 family members were in town to celebrate his and Anna’s 50th wedding anniversary.
Vida McDowell Liked the chocolate chip cookies provided at lunch today.

CNOtes – August 27, 2019 – SICSA Pet Adoption Presentation

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father You know what confuses us more than anything. We
feel we are living a good life and playing foreword the blessings You
have given us. Yet, there is not one of us who hasn’t seen our best
plans fall apart. Although we have spent a lot of time, thought and
effort to bring them to fruition. You never promised us an easy life.
Therefore; It is our belief that our plans fall apart so a better plan can
fall together. After all that’s why you made us Optimists. Thank You
again Lord. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Paul Gibble Jay McAlpine
JC Jones Mike Bevis
Katie Neubert Speaker
Nora Vondrell Speaker

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Special Announcement

There is no meeting at Yankee Trace on Tuesday, September 24, 2019. The Installation Dinner for 2019-2020 Club Officers will be that evening instead.  Look for information about signing up to attend this event.

Upcoming Community Events

Tri-Star Soccer will be early evening on Friday September 6, 2019. Volunteers are needed to host this fun, annual event. Contact the chair, Chris McAlpine. There are various opportunities to help. You can help with registration, scoring or volunteer to man the activity stations. Chris McAlpine can answer any questions.

Paula Kalaman announced that the 22nd Annual John P. Kalaman Memorial Golf Tournament and Pig Roast will be held Monday, September 9, 2019 at Yankee Trace. The John P. Kalaman Memorial Scholarship has given away over $270,000.00 in scholarships. To participate, call 937-438-GOLF.

Jerry Stahley announced there is a sign-up sheet for Dor-wood’s Golf Outing on 9/12/2019 at Jamaica run.

Upcoming Social Events

  • 9/24/2019 – 6 PM, Tuesday, Presidential Installation Dinner at the Presidential Banquet Center – There will NOT be a lunch at Yankee Trace that day. Charge is $35 per person. Dress is business casual (no jeans, no shorts).
  • 10/10/2019 – ALL DAY, Keeneland Horse Racing, there will be a chartered bus.
  • 11/8/2019 – 6 PM, Friday, Euchre party at TBD.
  • 12/10/2019 – 6 PM, Tuesday, Holiday Party at Yankee Trace.

Committee Announcements

Tom Novak, Avenue of Flags announced for Labor Day we will have 62 routes and they all have volunteers.

Jerry Stahley announced that everything has been moved to the Park District headquarters behind Incarnation Elementary school. Thanks to everyone who has gone and sorted through the items in storage. If you are a committee chair and have stuff in storage, please come and identify and organize your items.

Greg Griffin asked everyone to review their directory entry. Please review your entry for accuracy and send in a new picture if you like.

SICSA Pet Adoption Center Presentation

Bill Williams introduced Nora Vondrell, the President from Dayton’s SICSA Pet Adoption Center. Bill first met Nora when he adopted his dog from SICSA. SICSA has served our area region for over 40 years.

From their website the mission for SICSA is: “Our Mission is to promote the welfare and adoption of companion animals, and nurture loving, lifelong relationships between animals and people. To support our mission, SICSA offers numerous animal-centered programs and services for families and children.”

Nora first explained the correct way to pronounce organizations name. It is “Six”- “Sa”.

The slide show she presented was based on this PDF from their website.

She said they are getting ready to move to a new facility. They will be going from an 11,000 sq ft facility to a 25,000 sq ft. building. The quantity of animals they serve at a time needs this kind of space. Very little of the facility is used for offices.

SICSA serves a lot more cats than dogs. Local government agencies in our area have no mandate or official jurisdiction over cats. If there is a cat population problem in an area, it doesn’t help to just remove all the cats in an area. If you do, cats from surrounding areas will just come in. Plus, before the rebalancing occurs you will have rodent problems in the area without the cats to help contain the population. The right way to handle the cat population is to trap, neuter and return.

They help people choose the pets that are best for them. They match a person’s wants and their capabilities. For example, a frail 75-year-old would not be matched with a St. Bernard.

Other Services Provided

Nora said they are mainly known for Adoption and Placements. What they do, however, is much more. Provided at low cost or free are:

  • Pet Assessments, wellness care
  • Vaccinations
  • Spay and neuter services

Capital Raising

SICSA is currently engaged in a capital campaign to raise $8 million and they are 60% of the way there. Additionally, to have ongoing revenue, on June 1, 2019 they have completed the purchase of a Pet Wants franchise in Dayton. They provide fresh, nutritious pet food made with the best ingredients possible and delivered to your doorstep.

The Cat’s Meow Fundraiser

SICSA’s annual fundraiser, “The Cat’s Meow” is on 9/13/2019 from 6 PM to 10 PM at Canopy Creek Farm in Miamisburg.

2018 SICSA Statistics

  • Ranked in the top 6 in the nation
  • 1688 animals were admitted into the SICSA Adoption program, a 13% increase over 2017
  • 1857 Placements and Adoptions (718 Dogs, 1,139 cats), a 15% increase over 2017
  • 4151 in house vaccinations
  • 1205 in house Spay and Neuter Surgeries
  • 782 Active volunteers gave 23,738 volunteer hours
  • 590 Hours of programming in 266 Programs, 5 weeks of summer camps
  • 6000 follow up calls were made
  • 99,936 bowls of food were served
  • 100 animals diverted from admission to SICSA; this means they offered help to families and prevented them from having to leave the animals
  • Annual budget is $1.862 million

Nora thanked everyone at today’s meeting who has ever adopted a rescue animal. Their website has simple ways to donate one time or monthly. The site also lists ways to volunteer and of course gives information on how to adopt a pet.

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.


Member Birthday
Rick Kempfer August 28
Scott Rheaume August 28
Chris McAlpine August 31
Jesse Lightle August 31
Jim Mogan August 31
Julie Cochran August 31

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Don Kessler August 29 8/29/2002 17
Jeff Busch August 31 8/31/2001 18
Ken Peacock August 31 8/31/2001 18
Don Skelton September 1 9/1/1987 32
Drew Mckenzie September 1 9/1/1987 32
Frank DePalma September 1 9/1/1979 40
Gary Anderson September 1 9/1/1979 40
Jerry Stahley September 1 9/1/1986 33
Larry Lynde September 1 9/1/1988 31

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
JC Jones Mike Bevis 1st Reading
Joe Cantrell Wayne Christie Induction
Ruthy Quinlan Judy DeMarco Induction
Jack Quinlan Gary DeMarco Induction

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Debe Dockins Put a pin through name tag that covered the barcode on the back rendering it unscannable
Beth Duncan Mixed in a pin from another customer with Myron’s governor pins
Myron Rheame Phone rang during meeting
Carolyn Taylor Phone rang during meeting
Mike Bevis Left a notebook at the closing of the Optimist of the Year meeting
Jay McAlpine Poor parenting of Chris McAlpine since Chris took his CNO badge home the previous week
Bill Duffy Bob Duffy accidentally took Bill’s name badge, but since Bob is a sergeant, Bill was fined

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Bob Bargmeyer Happy to return to Centerville after visiting California for 31 days
Bob Bargmeyer Celebrating 50th wedding anniversary to Anna Belle
Nora Vondrell Happy to be today’s speaker, please consider buyting tickets to Cat’s Meow Fundraiser