Noon Notes


The lunch meetings for 3/17/2020, 3/24/2020, and 3/31/2020 have been cancelled. Below are dates for meetings and events that many not happen. Please check the website and with committee chairs to be sure meetings are being held before you head for the meeting. The Build-A-Bear event for Childhood Health and Wellness on 4/2/2020 has been cancelled. The CNO 2.0 event on 3/19/2020 has been cancelled. The New Optimist Welcome Event on 3/26/2020 has been postponed to a later date.

Libby Nicholson – Care House

CARE House and others like it exists because the standard system is not user-friendly to clients. Before CARE House, children would be subjected to duplicate efforts by service providers and they are further traumatized by fragmented responses which increases the likelihood of cases falling through the cracks. Investigations before this program involved as many as 22 people asking the kids similar questions. By bringing all the services and providers under one roof, they are able to reduce the number of contacts down to three people.

Bill Tschirhart – Five Rivers Metro Parks

Tschirhart is an Experienced Administrator with a demonstrated history of working in the recreational facilities and services industry. He has a master’s degree from the University of Dayton that focused on Public Administration. He was here today to speak about the many opportunities to get out and explore the Five River MetroPark system.

Shannon Clarke – Brigid’s Path

Brigid’s Path is a new born recovery center offering grace, support, and hope. Since they welcomed their first baby in December 2017, they have cared for 73 babies and families in the crisis of addiction. They are the first facility in Ohio to offer in-patient, home-like treatment. They have kept 61 of the 73 kids from having to enter the foster care system.


For year 2018-2019, CNO was recognized as an Honor Club and as a Distinguished Club. CNO received a 2018-2019 patch for our banner for being a Distinguished Club. Pat Behn announced and presented awards received by CNO members for the 2018-2019 year.

Oratorical Contest – Second Week

Day two of the Margaret Barclay Memorial Oratorical Contest was held on February 11th. Members were impressed with the poise and courage of the middle-school students who prepared speeches and spoke in front of nearly 100 members. Faith D., Jacob W., Julia O., and Kathryn M. presented their thoughts on the topic “Just iMagine a World without Boundaries.” The parents who came to support the students had the opportunity to learn about the great things the club does for the community.

Oratorical Contest – First Week

Today was the first of two Oratorical Contests. Since it was established in 1928, the Oratorical Contest has become the longest-running program sponsored by Optimist International. Our contest is done in collaboration with the Centerville Evening and South Metro Optimist clubs and is named in honor of former CNO member Margaret Barclay. She chaired the Oratorical committee for many years. She cared deeply about bringing out the best in kids and in living the Optimist Creed. She was a most beloved member of our club, a past president, and lived a life dedicated to helping others.

Anne Pfeiffer – Big Brothers – Big Sisters

Big Brothers and Big Sisters in New York was started in 1904. They know from data collected from decades of experience that mentoring works. Their mission is “Create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.” Their vision is, “All youth achieve their full potential.”

CLUB DAY – Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Committee Presentation

The golf committee is comprised of about 25 members and they help produce the best golf outing in the Dayton area. Starting in January, the committee meets once a month. Any member can join the committee. The meetings are fun as well as functional. Net proceeds from the 2019 fundraiser was $50,000. A third of the money each year is donated to Dayton Children’s Hospital. They use the funds to help disadvantaged families afford the travel expenses to get their children to and from the hospital for their childhood cancer treatments.

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