Noon Meeting News – March 14, 2017 – Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father I’m sure I’m not alone when I thought how nice it would be if we could write like the people at Hallmark. Not all the time but especially when talking to you in prayer. We get some solace in knowing You can read our hearts and pretty words arranged just so are not necessary. We’re also a little scared too, as our hearts may not be where you want them to be. So help us Lord to center down in faith before we divulge our thoughts to You in praise and requests for guidance. Amen!

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Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Jean Adkinson Judge
Carol Bentley Will Cale
Guy Bentley Will Cale
Amber Brown Contestant’s Family
Heather Cooper Guest Educator
Eli Damron Will Cale
Christie Dodane Contestant’s Family
Christie Dodane Contestant’s Family
Mikalya Dodane Student
Rhett Fogt Student
Lauren Gibbs Guest Educator
Emma Guiberson Don Kelley
Pat Hammond Judge
Casey Jenkins Interpreter
Jan Maharam Judge
Corrie Mick Interpreter
Connie Stollar Mike Bevis
Esperance Waikongo Student
Kayleigh Williamson Student

Today’s Speaker

We had four students join us for the CCDHH (Communication Contest For The Deaf and Hard of Hearing) to give us a great presentation on What the World Gains from Optimism. Student A spoke about Thomas Edison and his mother, who pushed him to be the successful person he came to be, despite his hearing disabilities. Student B talked about an optimist ripple effect, where one happy person rubs off on another person, thereby changing that person’s day for the better. Speaker C said she thought of Oprah Winfrey when it comes to optimism because of how much good Oprah does. Speaker “C” also believes people can be happier when they try to be more optimistic about events in their life. Speaker D thanks her mother for her love, hope, and encouragement during their move from Africa to America, at age 8, to help with her deafness.

Speaker “A” was chosen as the winner by the judges and his name is Rhett Fogt.  Congratulations!  Our other three speakers each also did an amazing job and their names are: Esperance Waikongo, Kayleigh Williamson and Makalya Dodane – thank you all!!!

Member Birthdays

Member

Birthday

Vida McDowell March 15
Robert Foster March 16
David Brookman March 18
Joseph Willhoite March 19
Larry England March 20
Shane Wilken March 20

Membership Anniversaries

Name

Month

Day

Year

# Years

 Steve  Kohls March 14 2003 14
 Shane  Wilken March 14 2003 14
 Brent  Moore March 15 2016 1
 Vince  Reidy March 15 2016 1
 Rafael  Santillan March 15 2016 1

 

New Member Readings and Inductions

None this week.

Sergeants at Arms

This week sergeant David Ladd asked anyone who had not purchased a 50/50 raffle ticket to please stand.  Those standing individuals were summarily fined $1 each and still not given a raffle ticket!

 Happy Bucks!

Donna Huss Thankful for all the new golf committee members bringing new ideas.
Kelly Stone UD plays Wichita Friday
Kelly Stone Jr Optimist – 55 kids raised $1500
Phather Phil Had a great time in Myrtle Beach with 65-75 degree weather, but his golf game was so off when he looked back at all 18 flags they were at half mast

 

Noon Meeting News – March 7, 2017 – Tom Nichols – Dayton Dragons

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Phather Phil and David Ladd were both unable to join us this week for lunch – so Bob Burkman volunteered and gave the following prayer from the just-released Phather Phil Prayer Book:

Heavenly Father, thanks to Your spirit within us, we are able to survive many of the rigors of life. Yet, at times we are guilty of beating up ourselves. We berate ourselves for perceived stupidity, poor planning and the slightest imperfections of our efforts. Help us to be kind to ourselves and rise above petty imperfections and eliminate any guilt from 20/20 hindsight. Then we can concentrate on being Optimistic and realize that mistakes are the road to perfection. Amen!

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Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Danielle Lang Bill Powell
Kris McKee Fred Polizzi
Tom Nichols Speaker
Raul Parra Ron Tinnerman

Today’s Speaker

Tom Nichols, from the Dayton Dragons, got the group excited by starting off giving away prizes for answering some Dragons trivia. Tom talked a little bit about how the games can be really fun whether you’re a baseball fan or not; they offer many food and beverage options and do 90 second skits while there is a TV commercial break – such as the very exciting toddler racing.  

The Dayton Dragons players put in a lot of hard work for their 152 day season, spending 140 of those days getting to the stadium and practicing roughly 5 hours before the game even starts. Some evenings they travel by bus for hours after a long game to their next destination. Even though many are recruited by the Cincinnati Reds, they must start out in the minor leagues and roughly 10% make it all the way through the lengthy process of becoming pro.

Member Birthdays

Member Birthday
Mark Casey March 10
Tony Lombardo March 12

 

Membership Anniversaries

 Diane  Mescher March 9 1999 18
 Barbara  Santo March 9 1999 18
 Bob  Glavin March 12 1993 24

 

New Member Readings and Inductions

None this week.

Sergeants at Arms

This week our sergeant Rachel Goetz  asked anyone who has not brought a guest to lunch yet this year to please stand and please pay $1.00.

 Happy Bucks!

Dan Beck Will Cale Scholarship: happily expecting to maintain all 5 students for this year.
Laurie Poeppelman Happy to say Greg Griffin is our IT guy!
Barbara Santo Excited to announce her daughter has a job.

Noon Meeting News – February 28, 2017 – Lee Roy Young – Author – “Who is the Greatest Football Program in History?”

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father tomorrow is the beginning of the 40 days of Lent. A time to refocus our thoughts away from the tangible. Make today (Fat Tuesday) the last day for awhile we think of self.
Lent is a time to take the time
To let the power of our faith story take hold of us
A time to let the events
Get up and walk around in us.
A time to intensify
Our living unto Christ
A time to hover over
The thoughts of our hearts.
A time to place our feet in the streets of Jerusalem
Or walk along the sea and listen to his word
A time to touch His robe
And feel the healing surge through us
A time to ponder and a time to wonder.
Lent is a time to allow a fresh new taste of God. Amen!

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Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Zach Davidson Art Hung
Doug Fisher Donna Huss
Lisa Gressel Mike Bevis
Laurie Paisley Kelly Stone
John Temple Kelly Stone
Pete Tinsley Kelly Stone
Lee Roy Young Speaker

Today’s Speaker

Lee Roy Young came to speak with us today about his first and newly released book “Who’s The Greatest College Football Program of All Time.” A couple years ago, while talking to his wife about football, she jokingly told him he should just write a book since he knew so much about college ball and so – he did! He spent much of the last two years researching 147 years of football using 32 different systems that would help him determine which program was the very best.

A couple of fun facts we learned today:

  • The first football program started in 1869 with Harvard and Yale – Yale won the game 4-0.
  • In 1904 college football was almost shut down due to so many horrible injuries, so they were forced to change.

Member Birthdays

Member Birthday
Aaron Campbell February 28
Joan Cordonnier February 28
Tim Stull March 2
Tim Clemmer March 2
Rachel Goetz March 2
Greg Fay March 3

 Membership Anniversaries

Name Month Day Year # Years
 Dick  Stevens February 28 2001 16
 Kelly  Stone February 28 2001 16
 Joseph  Willhoite March 1 1989 28

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Chris Ziehler Bob Collins 3rd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

This week the sergeants asked anyone who was wearing a shirt with any insignia except an Optimist one to pay $1.00.

 Happy Bucks!

Heather Craybeek (Kuth) Happy to see everyone!
Pat Behn Thank you to everyone who sent cards and left Facebook messages wishing her a happy birthday!
Tom Novak Thank you to everybody on the Avenue of Flags renewal team for all of their help and hard work – Bob & Carol Burkman, Gary Hansen, Karen Sirmans, Evelyn Griffin, and Ken Irwin.
Ron Tinnerman Thankful he doesn’t have to do the TriStar basketball
Pam Miller Thankful she got a job and happy birthday to her dad who is 98!
Phather Phil Happy to see his granddaughter who just had a baby, making him a great grandpa for the 6th time!

 

Noon Meeting News – February 21, 2017 – Dan Beck – Will Cale Scholarship

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, I think most everyone has seen ads on TV on insurance where they say ,”we will forgive your first accident” Knowing some of the drivers here that is a very compelling choice. Their promises pale by comparison to Yours Lord. For there are times when we are willing residents of the enemy camp. It’s then that we realize, how fortunate we are to have a God who loves us no matter what. A God that forgives us and all we have to do is ask. Help us to continue to prove we are good people
by our love and devotion to You and the Optimist kids. Amen!

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Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Vickie Bondi Ron Tinnerman
Jerry Cagle Bill Powell
Shannon Hillard Jesse Gaither
Sharon Silverberg Robin Golden
DaveThompson Vince Reidy

“Above and Beyond” Award

Kelly Stone presented the “Above and Beyond” Award to Roy Barclay for his tireless behind-the-scenes support of the Christmas Tree Lot and the Oratorical Contest to name a few… Roy is a person who prefers to be out of the limelight, however his significant contributions to the club could not go unacknowledged. Congratulations – Roy!

Today’s Speaker

Speaker Chantae McMillan – Medalist from 2012 London Olympics. and featured on the cover of ESPN magazine was unable to join us today.  Hopefully will be able to reschedule her at a later date. Thanks to Dan Beck for stepping in at the last minute to speak to the club!

Dan told the club about the Will Cale Scholarship – Created 10 years ago for youth in the community that are at risk or have had a rocky road in life. Students are referred by the Centerville Schools counselors. They receive $750.00 per semester, for 8 semesters, enough scholarship funds to obtain an Associate’s Degree at Sinclair Community College. Anyone interested in mentoring a student, contact Dan Beck.

Member Birthdays

Member Birthday
Michael Bevis February 21
Tina Hamdan February 23
Blanca Ortiz February 26
Pat Behn February 26
John Sherman February 26

 Membership Anniversaries

Name Month Day Year # Years
 Bob  Collins February 21 2014 3
 Erin  Belangia-Sanchez February 23 2006 11
 Judy  DeMarco February 27 1998 19
 Jane  Fiehrer February 27 1998 19
 Charla  Rheaume February 27 2014 3
 Scott  Rheaume February 27 2014 3

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Chris Ziehler Bob Collins 1st Reading
Deb Ulrich Mike Bevis Induction

Sergeants at Arms

This week the sergeants asked anyone who has ever played an organized sport to please stand – nearly everyone in attendance stood – and were summarily fined $1.00.

 Happy Bucks!

Stan Fronzaglia (two Happy Bucks) Joyce and Stan will be in FL for 2 weeks. Daughters’ surgery was a success.
Mike Bevis Bob Duffy is NOT at the birthday table (for a change).
Vida McDowell Grandson is 3 years old Saturday.
Nancy Lehren Her daughter just had a grandchild – a boy named Lincoln.
Bob Collins Myron Rheaume had successful back surgery and is recuperating well at home.
Kelly Stone Celebrating three-year wedding anniversary.

 

Noon Meeting News – February 14, 2017 – Girls Oratorical

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, I’m all in! That’s fun to say if we were playing poker, but with head held at waist height, hands on knees you say that and everyone knows you’re spent, pooped, you gave it your all. Help us put the two together Lord. Help us want to come to you and say “I’m All In” every morning and repeat it at night with head bent over, with our hands on our knees, saying: “Thank you Lord — same time tomorrow?”  Amen!

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Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Jeremy Galyon Bob Bargmeyer
Anna Lechleiter Speaker
Annette Leichleiter Speakers Mother
Audrey Miller Speakers Teacher
Sue Miller Speakers Grandmother
Narayan Peddanna Speakers Father
Sudha Peddanna Speaker
Jacquie Powell Speakers Mother
Jim Powell Speakers Grandfather
June Powell Speaker
Mark Powell Speakers Father
Chandini Sudha Speaker

Today’s Speaker

The girl’s had their turn with the oratorical contest today and all proved to be quite amazing speakers. Student “A” , Anna Lechleiter from Alter High School, stated that “each person should have a stamp of optimism on their heart and when they go through rough times, they are resilient and they push through”. She further stated “a true optimist is a altruist – void of selfishness” . Student “B”, Chandini Peddanna from Watts Middle School, reminded us that “not everybody can automatically be an optimist, because it’s like a muscle – the more you use it, the stronger it becomes”. Student “C”, June Powell from Watts Middle School, said “optimism is critical for healing and is good for the immune system; while everyone gets down on themselves, remember to have positive thoughts because one good optimistic thought can change the situation”.

 We want to thank all of the girls for their wonderful speeches on “What The World Gains From Optimism”, though a big congratulations goes out to Chandini on her win! She will compete with Benjamin Arehart in the final contest.

 

Birthdays This Week 

Member Birthday
Ken Peacock February 16
Patricia Kuhlman February 19
Julie Walling Noeth February 20
Stan Fronzaglia February 20

Membership Anniversaries

Name Month Day Year # Years
 Jack  Anderson February 16 2016 1
 Bob  Lawson February 16 2016 1
 Sarah  Umbreit February 16 2016 1
 Harry  Bossey February 17 1994 23
 Louis  Brinkman February 17 1995 22
 Mark  Casey February 17 2010 7
 John  Horner February 17 2010 7
 Sandy  Stevens February 17 2010 7
 Laura  Caschera February 18 1997 20
 Wayne  Botkin February 18 2009 8
 David  Gaines February 20 2013 4
 Russell  Hulbert February 20 2013 4

New Member Readings and Inductions

None this week.

Sergeants at Arms

Though there were no happy bucks or sergeantsBat arms today, there was a battle between the Gary’s (Smiga and Hansen) over a pair of UD basketball Tickets – donated to the club by Vince Reidy. The heated, yet short lived auction ended with Gary Hansen being the winner and paying the $30 to the club.  

 Happy Bucks!

None this week due to Girl’s Oratorical

 

Noon Meeting News – February 7, 2017 – Boys Oratorical

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, I wouldn’t be surprised if many of our prayers are for big things. Kinda like the pelican whose bill holds more than his belly can. It’s only when we give thanks for the little things that we realize we’ve been blessed enough. There are so many times when we take things for granted. So many things that are part of our every day life and so obvious that we over look them. Sometimes gestures or kind deeds are not enough. A hug with the words I love you is the cement that binds family and friends. Help us never to over look the little things and make all our family and friends feel there is something in them. Amen!

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Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Benjamin Arehart Speaker
Julie Belden Mike Bevis
Vickie Bondi Ron Tinnerman
Roger Houck Larry Lynde
Brydgett Lair Speaker’s Family
Joe Lair Speaker
Nick Lair Speaker’s Family
Shirley Lair Speaker’s Family
Chris Ziehler Bob Collins

Today’s Speaker

Our special guest speakers on Tuesday’s meeting were two children from the area participating in our Oratorical Contest. Student “A” was a senior from Centerville High School and student “B” was from Incarnation. Both were asked to speak about the true meaning of Optimism and they shared with us some great insight on the topic.  Both boys, Student “A” – Benjamin Arehart and Student “B” – Joe Lair, did an outstanding job of writing and delivering their speeches to the 75+ club members and guests in attendance at lunch. Student “A”, Benjamin Arehart,  was the winner and will take on the winner from the girl’s oratorical contest in April.

Birthdays This Week 

Member Birthday
Donald Kelley February 08
Ron Tinnerman February 11
John Horner February 12
Daniel Samiec February 12
Monty Zinck February 13

Membership Anniversaries

Name Month Day Year # Years
 Patricia  Kuhlman February 8 2011 6
 Eleanor  Parker February 8 2011 6

New Member Readings and Inductions

None this week.

Sergeants at Arms

None this week due to Boy’s Oratorical

Happy Bucks!

None this week due to Boy’s Oratorical

 

Noon Meeting News – January 31, 2017 – Greg Fay – 2017 Membership Initiatives

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, as we grow older we reflect on how good the times were when we were younger. Gone are the days when women cooked like their Mothers, now they drink like their fathers! You know the ones. They cook with wine and sometimes even put it in the food! Yet, these will be the days they will look back on and say those were the days. We don’t adapt to change very well. We like to continue to do the same thing and expect
different results. We all need to upgrade not just change. It is a comfort to know You, Lord, are the same yesterday ,today and always. Led us in an upgrade to come grow closer to You and become the person you created us to be. Amen!

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Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Stacey Fay Greg Fay
Greg Hause Mike Bevis
Becky Lewis Jesse Lightle
Hank McElderry Shawna Hatton

Today’s Speaker

There was no speaker scheduled, but not due to Dave’s lack of effort, because he has produced some really, really great guest speakers.

Fortunately, Greg Fay accepted yesterday to present today on membership. Thankfully he remembered his glasses to read his notes, so he didn’t have to wear his wife’s pink specs. He referred to a term Ron has spoken of: “engine” and that it is what drives the club – it’s everything about the engine that keeps us going. The club’s success is dependent on its members so it is important to speak to friends and co-workers about why Optimist is so great. It’s not a hard sale, because Greg believes Optimist promotes itself.

He reminded us how wonderful the Tree Lot, Avenue of Flags, and the Golf Outing is because it produces so much income so we can continue to give back to the community by doing the haunted trail, the oratorical contest, scholarships, bike rodeo, TriStar basketball, TriStar soccer and many other events.

To those who havent been to a meeting in a while, please know we miss you and we would like to see you at a lunch very soon!

Birthdays This Week 

Member Birthday
Karen Sirmans January 31
Donna Huss February 01
David Ladd February 01
Gary Miller February 02
Greg Crabtree February 05
Michael Cornelius February 06

 

Membership Anniversaries

Name Month Day Year # Years
 Mike  Bevis January 31 2002 15
 Rachel  Goetz January 31 2013 4
 Renee  Glenn February 5 2014 3

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Lynne Reilly Phather Phil Induction

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
David was feeling friendly today, so no Sergeants.

Happy Bucks!

Joan Cordonnier Happy to have such great entertainment from our own Centerville High School: *Students are presenting the play Mouse Trap this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. *Forte is presenting on February 11th  for their CD release
Bob Burkman aka Mr. Mike Bevis Hoping Laurie Poeppelman is feeling better after having pneumonia for 5 weeks.
John Kalaman Happy to be back after his knee replacement and happy Paula let him out of the house to come to the meeting.
Shawna Hatton Excited to have her guest and friend of 30 years come with her today.

So happy and proud of her dad, Myron. When she told him she loved him so much the room simultaneously said “aww”.

Paul Stull Happy there were no fines and just happy bucks today, unfortunately his phone rang during happy bucks so he may have been fined $1.
Julie Walling Noeth Thankful Greg Griffin takes all the photos so she can sit back and relax.
Art Hung Surprised nobody beat him to the punch – Happy Chinese New Years!
Phather Phil Phather Phil – So happy Greg Griffin put together a prayer book and he is very excited to see the final product!

 

Noon Meeting News – January 24, 2017 – Niraj Antani – State Representative

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father you have given each of us a talent to complete your handiwork. In our endeavors, when we feel we have completed a task, sometimes we will say” that’s good enough.” That’s when we need a kick in the back side to make us realize that is a clue to, “I’m not finished yet.” If a job is worth doing let us do it to the best of our ability, for the benefit of others and to your glory. This is especially true when we are a friend of youth. Help us Lord to always give the best of our efforts to the depth of our talents for the kids. Amen!

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Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Scott Anderson Scott Langer
Niraj Antani Dave Kay
Devin Foster Mike Bevis
Chase Harlan Dave Kay
Chris Ziehler Bob Collins

Today’s Speaker

Our January 24th speaker was our local Ohio Representative, Niraj Antani, and his temporary counter-part, Miami Valley School high school student, Chase, whom was shadowing him for a school project. Niraj projected the 2017 state budget would look to be around $70-75 billion and they will be working on that for the next month.

He reminded us the last time he visited he spoke about marijuana, but wouldn’t this time because Ohio is one of the top states suffering from heroin usage. While he thinks treatment has been taken care of, enforcement has been difficult. He would like to give the police departments more tools in order to capture drug dealers.

In Ohio, 55% of high school graduates (or those with a GED) do not attend or finish college. He would like to find a way to steer them towards, at least the very minimum, tech school or community college.

Birthdays This Week 

Member Birthday
Todd Kelchner January 24
Martha Jackson January 25
Daniel Passidomo January 26
Gary Hansen January 28
Scott Langer January 29

Membership Anniversaries

Name Month Day Year # Years
 Greg  Wasmund January 25 2007 9
 Chris  McAlpine January 27 2009 7
 Todd  Kelchner January 30 1992 24

New Member Readings and Inductions

No readings or inductions today.

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Many of the Optimists that attended lunch were fined Not working with children under the age of 12 within the last 4 days
Bob Duffy We honestly cannot recall what Bob was fined for, but we are sure he deserved it – whatever it was

Happy Bucks!

No happy bucks this week.

 

Noon Meeting News – January 17, 2017 – Bringing Soap Box Derby Back to Dayton

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, each day we are given a blank canvas. A new day to paint with a brush filled with the paint we call emotions. When we put our brush to the canvas we leave a permanent picture. The control we have over the emotion that is on our brush, will it reflect your love or the anger of the devil. In retrospect we look back with pride or in shame to our painting.
The paint brush of our mouth is the one that causes us the greatest emotional happiness and distress. We pray Lord for your continued guidance and love for us. So keep your arm around our shoulder and when appropriate your hand over our mouth. Amen!

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Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Donna Carter Barbara Santo
Kendal Dynes Barbara Santo
Sally Fell John Horner
Ted Santo Barbara Santo

Today’s Speaker

Today’s speaker was Sally Fell from the Soap Box Derby Rally. She is trying to reinstate a location in Dayton to have races again, especially due to the history Dayton has with the Soap Box Derby. In 1933 a Dayton newsman, Myron Scott, came across a group of kids racing their homemade cars and was inspired to create an event where young boys could get together to do this and race against one another.

Soap Box Derby was born in Dayton, though later moved to Akron where there was a permanent track built and that is where the championships have taken place each year since.

In one of the very first races, even though a girl won 2nd place, girls were not permitted to race in the event until the 70’s. Today there is a 50/50 participation from both girls and boys. The Soap Box Derby is a great tool that children and teens can use to learn many traits and build lasting friendships. They are currently teaming up with engineers from UD and are looking for mentors and sponsorship from the Dayton area.

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Birthdays This Week 

Member

Birthday

Barbara Santo January 17
Myron Rheaume January 20
Gary Smiga January 21
Todd Kelchner January 24
Martha Jackson January 25
Daniel Passidomo January 26

Membership Anniversaries

Name Month Day Year # Years
 Susan  Thomsen January 14 1997 19
 Mike  Cornelius January 19 2016 1
 Gary  DeMarco January 19 2016 1
 Stephen  Gallagher January 19 2016 1
 Mike  Yoder January 22 2014 3
 Jeff  Kujawa January 22 2015 2

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Lynne Reilly Phather Phil 3rd Reading
Deb Ulrich Mike Bevis 3rd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member(s) Infraction
75% of the Members in Attendance Anybody who does not have a birthday in January, February or March

Happy Bucks!

Kelly Stone So happy for her daughter who is now expecting her 3rd baby (Grandchild #6  for Kelly and Bill)
Joan Cordonnier Happy to be back at a Tuesday Optimist Club Meeting

Noon Meeting News – January 10, 2017 – Neil Sullivan – UD Athletic Director

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, help us greet the new year with a happy spirit. Their are few things that will raise the spirit of Optimism like a good belly laugh. I think we all have experienced the time when we laughed so hard a tear ran down our leg. Yet, we still throw ourselves a pity party from time to time. At these times Lord help us to return to the music of the soul and learn to laugh at ourselves. There is nothing that will chase the blues away like a
good belly laugh even when a tear runs down our leg. Amen!

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Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Sheri Howard Mike Bevis
Neil Sullivan Dan Beck
Heather Wang Gary Smiga
Bill Westbeld Jean Pummill

Today’s Speaker

Todays special guest speaker was the University of Daytons athletic director, Neil Sullivan, who lives in Waynesville with his wife and 3 children.  He began by thanking Bill and Kelly Stone for being such amazing supporters, but feeling sorry for them since they happen to be in Florida in January. He discussed the “pay to play” for the athletes at UD and some of the legal issues that arise with that subject. It becomes complicated when they need to determine what they should reimburse the students and/or parents back for and what not to. He spoke about what UD faces with a small budget, comparatively speaking, to other top 30 Division 1 teams that play for a shot at the final four tournament. He spoke of the macro economic conditions they deal with, such as bettering the 1969 arena for the nation, which lacks A/C and is outdated, but still keeping it a classic area for the city of Dayton.

Update on Memorial Scholarship Recipient – Heather Wang

Heather Wang, a recipient of our club’s Memorial Scholarship, joined us for lunch today – and as Gary Smiga told us: Heather was eligible for and received educational assistance renewal due to her 3.67 GPA freshman year at Yale University, while working on her Bachelor of Arts degree. She mentored younger students, volunteered at the local soup kitchen, joined the administrative board of Volunteers Around the World, volunteered at YHack, and the Science Olympiad. She participated and supported musical groups on campus and is a violinist. Heather has received a check from us for $1,500 that will help towards her tuition, fees, or book expenses for the 2016-2017 year.  Congratulations Heather – who hails from our own Centerville High School – we are so very proud of you!

 Birthdays This Week 

Don Massie

January

10

Ron Weir January 11
Bill Williams January 11
Joe Soucy January 12
Bob Jones January 13
Bob Duffy January 15
Bill Powell January 15
Barbara Santo January 17

Membership Anniversaries

None this week.

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Lynne Reilly Phather Phil 2nd Reading
Deb Ulrich Mike Bevis 2nd Reading
Dick Lee Mike Brubaker Induction

Sergeants at Arms

Member(s) Infraction
Right around half the room, if not more… Anybody not wearing an Optimist pin

Happy Bucks!

Mike Bevis Thank you to Ellie Parker for donating the mattress and box spring to a local family from Chevy Chase apartments that lost their home in a fire. Thank you to Bob Bargmeyer for helping move those items into the apartment.
Bob Bargmeyer Thank you to Ellie and Mike for helping, the family was living in an apartment that was 42 degrees due to the furnace being broken.
Cherie Gentrie Got through Christmas time, did Toys for Tots and survived! Feeling older in January due to having two of her kid’s birthdays occurring: turning 29 and 23, and has a 6 year old grandchild