CNOtes – May 14, 2019 – Dr. Tom Henderson – Centerville City Schools Presentation

Awards

Greg Griffin, Jesse Gaither and Jean Pummill all received the 100-year pin for the “Promise Yourself” award.

Bill Stone received PGI (Personal Growth and Involvement) level 7.

Upcoming Community Events

June 1, 2019, 9AM to 11:30 AM is the Fishing Derby. Bob Lawson said to let those planning to attend know they need to fill out the registration form and bring it to the derby. Spread the word on Facebook! Registration is between 8:00 – 9:00AM. We supply free worms however you are permitted to bring your own bait and lures. We stock the ponds with approximately 400 pounds of Catfish for the Derby. There are other fish also in the ponds – mainly Bluegills. Prizes and trophies for all.  Children ages 5-15 are encouraged to participate and try this event. The event is held at Washington Township Rec Center, in two ponds.

Click here for Fishing Derby registration form

Upcoming Social Events

5/29/2019, 6:30 at Heather’s Café in Springboro, “Dining in the Dark”. There will be a nice meal, but you will be blindfolded during it. The event includes meal, music and silent auction. The cost is $65 per person. The event is a fundraiser and raises awareness about the issues facing the blind community. This is being arranged by Bob Collins’ daughter.

Committee Announcements

Nancy Lehren, chair of Childhood Cancer Build-a-Bear, reported on the May 10, 2019 event. Patients and their family members assembled 83 bears. Volunteers assembled another 57 bears for a total of 140 bears. The extra bears are either for cancer patients unable to attend or are sent up to the nurses in the cancer unit and are handed out when a child needs a smile. Nancy thanked Bill and Kelly Stone for their $3000 sponsorship of the event. She thanked Ann McKenzie for her $1000 gift. The Adopt-a-Bear fundraiser raised another $1300.

Mike Bevis, golf chair, reported that there are only 60 days until the golf event. They are almost sold out. They are looking for donors and volunteers.

Tom Novak, flag chair, announced flag delivery day is on 5/23/2019 and 5/24/2019.

Katie Calloway announced that a new committee for Social Media has been created. Contact her if you are interested in participating.

Beth Duncan, social committee, announced that the next social committee meeting is on May 22, 2019 at 5:30 at Lizard Apparel and Promotions. The committee is actively seeking new members. Any CNO related member can participate. You can be a member of CNO 2.0, CNO, or CNO St Leonard.

Centerville City Schools Report

Gary Smiga introduced Dr. Thomas J. Henderson, who since 2009 has been the Superintendent of Centerville City Schools (CCS). He is a graduate of the University Dayton and received a Ph D in Educational Leadership from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He has been a member of the Centerville Noon Optimist club since October of 2009.

Dr. Henderson spoke to us today about our local school system. He said he enjoys the relationship he has with the school board. Recently students have formed their own version of the board and it has been positive. Today those students are representing Centerville at a State Board meeting in Columbus.

Many of Dr. Henderson’s presentation points are reported below.

To see all points he went over, you can view his slide show here

CCS has many curriculum department services and programs. There are 32 different languages spoken by students in the district. There are 991 students in special education programs, many of these students have sessions with speech and language therapists.

Teachers continue to learn. To follow new legislative adjustments for gifted programming teachers will take 15 hours/year of continuing education in this area for the next 4 years.

He discussed CCS facilities. There are 14 facilities that have a total 1,279,709 square feet of space and 278 acres of grounds to take care of. All clinics are staffed by RN’s.

Technology upgrades and uses

  • Future Projects include replacing lights with LED lights in Primary Village North.
  • There is a new handheld communications system that works between all buildings. This increases security in the case of an emergency.
  • A lot more surveillance cameras have been added in all facilities.
  • All school busses now have 3 surveillance cameras.
  • There are 5500 student computer devices (computers, tablets, etc) in circulation. That is approximately 2 students per device. The goal is to have 1 device per student.
  • Middle school student groups have been learning at lunch time how to use 3D modeling and 3D printing of real parts needed to repair things such as chairs.

Budget Challenges

He reviewed information about the budget. From State funds, CCS is the lowest funded district per student in Montgomery County. Only 14% of their budget is covered by the state. They get $1,799/student, while some districts receive as much as $8,600/student. The state then deducts a total of $692,000 for students in the CCS district that attend charter schools. The state deducts $8000/student, not just the $1799/student.

Goals for 2019 and beyond

  • Retain Highly Qualified Staff
  • Handle the increase in enrollment, they may be asking voters for an increase in property tax rates
  • Safety and Security upgrades
  • The district is considering having all day Kindergarten instruction
  • Community surveys and focus groups help set these goals

Quick Facts

  • School busses travel over 1 million miles per year
  • 7 to 9 busses are replaced per year; some are sold, some are kept as backups
  • Carpet at CHS is being replaced
  • For 2 years now there have been mental health therapists in every building
  • CCS website is accessed by an average of 27,000 users per month

Thank you notes received by CNO

We received thank you notes from Junior Golf and Centerville Band Boosters.

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Brandy Mariani Debe Dockins
Ben Werley Bob Bargmeyer

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Tim Bemis May 15
Kristina Rainer May 16
Carolyn Taylor May 17
Jim Long May 17
Jack Anderson May 18
Amy Barker May 19
Amy Blakeman May 19
Mike Brubaker May 19
Jim Marker May 23
Don Skelton May 25
Cristlyn Johnston May 26
Casey Wyckoff May 30
Mike Witt June 01
Shawna Hatton June 01

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Brendan Cunningham May 15 5/15/2018 1
Jay Hoffman May 15 5/15/2017 2
Wendy Hattan May 15 5/15/2018 1
David Ladd May 16 5/16/2012 7
Natalie King Dunlevey May 16 5/16/2012 7
Bill DeShurko May 18 5/18/2011 8
Jim Marker May 18 5/18/2011 8
Rafael Santillan May 18 5/18/2016 3
Heather Kuth May 19 5/19/2010 9
Jeff Rolf May 20 5/20/2015 4
Kelly George May 20 5/20/2015 4
Tony Lombardo May 20 5/20/2015 4
James Schumacher May 22 5/22/1991 28
Pete Rife May 22 5/22/2013 6
Bob Clements May 25 5/25/2005 14
Paulette Novak May 25 5/25/2005 14
Amy Barker May 26 5/26/2008 11
Cheryl Reichel May 26 5/26/2008 11
Debe Dockins May 26 5/26/2009 10
Bob Burkman May 31 5/31/2003 16
Carol Burkman May 31 5/31/2003 16
Gary Aiken June 1 6/1/1982 37
Wayne Christie June 1 6/1/1988 31

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Laura Mercer Debe Dockins Induction
Kelly Davis Beth Duncan Induction

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Erin Dickerson Taking Charlie Tapp’s golf cart ride
Jerry Stahley Junior golf sign up sheet had typo, it said brink instead of bring a chair
Brooks Compton Late to meeting
Anyone who graduated from Miami University in Oxford Graduating from Miami University

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Craig Dring Thank you to Roy Barclay for the vehicle used for transporting balloons to the Build-a-Bear
Fred Polizzi Robin Golden was able to attend lunch today!
Scott Langer 29 year wedding anniversary with wife Julie
Scott Langer Son graduated from Butler University
Carolyn Taylor Now has Medicare insurance

CNOtes – May 7, 2019 – Respect for Law Awards Presentation

Phather Phil’s Prayer

In Phather Phil’s absence, Gary Anderson offered a prayer and blessing of the meal we were about to enjoy giving Glory to God in his Son’s name.  AMEN!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Dawn Arrowood Donna Huss
Matt Brown with Awardee
Chief Matt Brown with Awardee
Jennifer Gibbs Donna Huss
Ruth O’Toole Special Guest
Heather Papanek Awardee’s Family
Wasfi Samaan Pat Arehart
Anna Sommers Awardee’s Family
Brian Sommers Awardee’s Family
Sheriff Rob Streck with Awardee
Lt. Tyler Wilson with Awardee

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Upcoming Community Events

May 18, 2019, 9 AM to Noon, The Safety on Wheels (AKA Bike Rodeo) will be held on Saturday May 18th, from 9 AM to 12 Noon at Miami Valley South Hospital (RAIN or SHINE). The event is done in conjunction with the Centerville Police Department. Local police officers will be doing the bicycle checks. There will be a raffle, bicycle-based games, prizes, free helmets and gifts available. All ages of children are invited to join in for the safety and fun. They could use more volunteers. Paul Boeckman is the chair of the event. Volunteers are requested to arrive at 8:15am for assignments and remain until 12:30 for clean-up.

June 1, 2019, 9AM to 11:30 AM, the Fishing Derby, Bob Lawson said to let those planning on attend know they need to fill out the registration form and bring it to the derby. Spread the word on Facebook! Registration is between 8:00 – 9:00AM. We supply free worms however you are permitted to bring your own bait and lures. We stock the ponds with approximately 400 pounds of Catfish for the Derby. There are other fish also in the ponds – mainly Bluegills. Prizes and trophies for all.  Children ages 5-15 are encouraged to participate and try this event. The event is held at Washington Township Rec Center, in two ponds. Click here for registration form.

2019 Fishing Derby Registration Form

August 10, 2019, St Leonard BoomerFest. We had members from our club within a club from St Leonard at today’s lunch. St Leonard wants everyone to save the date, August 10, 2019 for their Annual BoomerFest. Click for details.

Upcoming Social Events

5/29/2019, 6:30 at Heather’s Café in Springboro, “Dining in the Dark”. There will be a nice meal, but you will be blindfolded during it. The event includes meal, music and silent auction. The cost is $65 per person. The event is a fundraiser and raises awareness about the issues facing the blind community. This is being arranged by Bob Collins’ daughter.

Committee Announcements

Bob Lawson announced that for the upcoming Fishing Derby on June 1, 2019 he needs someone with a pickup to help transfer items to and from the event.

Mike Bevis, chair of the golf committee, said we are 60 days until the Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf Tournament. It will be held on Monday, July 15, 2019. Meetings will be held at Buckeye Home Health Care on Paragon Rd at 6 PM: 5/15/2019, 6/12/2019, 7/102019.

Jerry Stahley, chair of the OI Junior Golf Championship, is selling raffle tickets for the event. The price is 6 Tickets for $5 and the prize is a case of wine. Tickets will be available for the next few weeks.

Jerry Stahley said that on May 31, 2019 there will be a Dayton Area Optimist Club Dayton Dragon’s night for $10/ticket.

John P. Kalaman Respect for Law Awards

Gary Anderson kicked off this year’s John P. Kalaman Respect for Law Award. We honor one law enforcement person from the Centerville Police Department and one from the Washington Township Sheriff’s Department each year.  Gary introduced the honorees and their guests.

At the Centerville Police Department honoree table for Tracy A. Sommers’ were her husband Brian and daughter Anna, Lt Tyler Wilson, Lt Mike Yoder, Chief Matt Brown, John Kalaman, and Paula Kalaman.

At the Washington Township Sheriff’s department honoree table for Captain Jeff Papanek were his wife Heather, Fiscal Officer Gary Smiga, Township. Administrator Jesse Lightle, Chief Matt Brown, Sheriff Rob Streck, and Ruth O’Toole.

Bob Burkman spoke to us. He thanked Gary Anderson and Jesse Gaither for producing the brochure on our tables showcasing the two award recipients. You can read the brochure here. The brochure details the accomplishments of the honorees and the history of the John P. Kalaman Respect for Law award.

Bob Burkman discussed the history of the award

From Bob Burkman:

In July 1965, a discussion between Past Optimist International President Carl Bowen and former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover resulted in the birth of the Respect for Law program. This is the fourth most popular international program with more than 1,500 Clubs participating last year.

After the tragic events of January 12, 1998, Centerville Noon Optimist member and then township trustee, the late, Terry Blair became the driving force to name our club’s Respect for Law Award in honor of John Kalaman. 

The John P. Kalaman Respect for Law Award and the Robert J. O’Toole EMT/Firefighter of the Year Award, given in October, are the results of Terry Blair’s efforts.

The Kalaman family pushed for the passage of Ohio’s Move Over/ Slow Down Law, adopted in 1999, requiring motorists to change lanes or slow when approaching stopped emergency vehicles. 

There are many reminders of John Kalaman within our community.  There is a John P Kalaman Memorial Golf Tournament held here at Yankee Trace Golf Course, which funds a scholarship in John’s name and a yearly blood drive is held in his name.  The City of Centerville named a street for him.

Officer Tracy A. Sommers

Gary Anderson introduced Centerville Police Chief Matt Brown who spoke to us about honoree Officer Tracy A. Sommers. Sommers is being honored for 20-years of serving her community. She has held positions as an ALICE Instructor, School Resources Officer, and an advisor to the Centerville Police Department Explorer Program and has taken part in Honor Guard. Tracy also is very active in coaching and mentoring the youth of the community both on and off duty.

Each year the department asks employees to nominate one of their own for this award. It is something to look forward to each year and they all appreciate CNO for sponsoring this recognition award for excellence. Chief Brown told us that Officer Sommers is always willing to help with anything she can. She works with kids in schools in Centerville. She has made several trips to Columbus with kids in the Explorer Club for competitions.

Officer Tracy A. Sommers spoke to us and thanked us for this award. She also thanked her fellow nominees and coworkers. She said the other nominees were just as deserving of this award as she is.

She is from Youngstown, Ohio. She visited Centerville and was very impressed with the culture of Centerville and its Police Department. In 1988 she was unsuccessful in obtaining a job with the Centerville Police Department. She instead applied and became police dispatcher. She was promoted soon after to police officer.

Officer S

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Beth Duncan May 09
Jon Fox May 10
Jessica King May 11
Marge Back May 11

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Craig Dring May 7 5/7/1997 22
Dave Kay May 8 5/8/1992 27
Paul Bowell May 8 5/8/2000 19

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Jack Grady Mike Bevis Induction
Laura Mercer Debe Dockins 3rd Reading
Wasfi Samaan Patrick Arehart 3rd Reading
Mary Ann MacKenzie Carolyn Taylor 3rd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

No time for Sergeants this week.

 Happy Bucks! 

No time for Happy Bucks this week.

April 30, 2019 – Kim Senft-Paras, Washington-Centerville Library Director

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father why is the grass in the other fellow’s yard greener than ours? We need to turn from envy by counting our blessings! If we really could walk in another’s shoes, we would probably have corns and blisters and break out in a sweat. Whatever we are envious of didn’t arrive by luck or happenstance. It was love, persistence, Optimism and dedication that were the driving force that got us where we are today. Help us to realize that wherever we are it took time effort and the best driving force our thoughts could muster, it was You Lord and we should thank You every day! Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Michelle Brown Mike Bevis
Joe Cantrell Wayne Christie
Mary Ann MacKenzie Carolyn Taylor
Rocky Matthews Brandon Barrett
Wasfi Samaan Pat Arehart
Kim Senft-Paras Speaker

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Ohio District Conference was held 4/26/2019-4/28/2019.

Donna Huss told us about The President’s Third Quarter Recognition award which is based on an individual who is a champion of our work for and with kids. This quarter CNO member Greg Griffin received this award. Greg chairs the Tree Lot and Co-chairs the Easter Egg Hunt. He sets up the sound system and projector for speaker slide shows. He prints name tags for all guests. He is the photographer each week at lunch and at the District Convention. Greg helps with maintaining membership data, established the coded badge system and sends club e-mail communications. There are other items not listed here. Thank you, Greg Griffin, for all you do for our club!

Myron Rheaume, Ohio Governor Elect, announced at the District meeting that 71 of our members have earned new PGI/PDP awards, which represented several levels of achievement. He handed out the awards to the members that were present.

Myron also announced today that the Optimist International President is planning to attend our Ohio State District Convention in August, 2019.

Upcoming Social Events

  • 5/11/2019, Dayton Dragons game with a luxury box, food, drinks and hat. Contact the Dragons at (937) 228-2287 ext 134 for tickets or email dla@arehart.com with questions.
  • 5/29/2019, 6:30 at Heather’s Café in Springboro, “Dining in the Dark”. There will be a nice meal, but you will be blindfolded during it. The event includes meal, music and silent auction. The cost is $65 per person. The event is a fundraiser and raises awareness about the issues facing the blind community. This is being arranged by Bob Collins’ daughter.

Committee Announcements

Donna Huss announced that Safety on Wheels (AKA Bike Rodeo) will be held on Saturday May 18th, 2019, from 9 AM to 12 Noon at Miami Valley South Hospital (RAIN or SHINE). The event is done in conjunction with the Centerville Police Department. Local police officers will be doing the bicycle checks. There will be a raffle, bicycle-based games, prizes, free helmets and gifts available. All ages of children are invited to join in for the safety and fun. They could use more volunteers. Paul Boeckman is the chair of the event.

Nancy Lehren announced that the next Build-A-Bear event will be on Friday, May 10th, at Children’s Medical Center. The event could use a few more volunteers.

Bob Lawson announced that for the upcoming Fishing Derby on June 1, 2019 he needs someone with a pickup to help transfer items to and from the event.

Jerry Stahley, chair of the OI Junior Golf Championship, is selling raffle tickets for the event. The price is 6 Tickets for $5 and the prize is a case of wine. Tickets will be available for the next few weeks.

Gary Anderson announced that the Respect for Law Awards will be presented at the meeting next week.

Laurie Poeppelman and Evelyn Griffin announced they are taking orders for embroidered Opti-Gear spring items for the next few weeks at lunch. Last lunch to order is May 7, 2019.

Jerry Stahley said that on May 31, 2019 there will be a Dayton Area Optimist Club Dayton Dragon’s night for $10/ticket.

Donna Huss announced that on Monday, May 6th at 5:30PM, CNO will be featured on the William Pace Show on Spectrum Cable Channels 991 & 995. CNO member Mike Bevis is interviewed on the show.

Kim Senft-Paras, Washington-Centerville Library Director

Gary Smiga introduced Kim Senft-Paras, who since 2009 is the Washington-Centerville Public Library Director. Kim has created a vibrant Friends of the Library group, expanded library programming and planned and led the renovation and expansion of Woodbourne Library.

Kim holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Miami University and a Master of Library Science from Kent State University. She is also a Certified Public Librarian. Kim feels privileged to work in such a fine library system, located in a warm and welcoming community. Kim came to us to discuss our library.

She explained that librarians don’t just “shush” people and read books. They do many other things to help the community. The library asked the community to, “Envision the library of the future” and asked, “What do you hope to see?”

Patrons wanted:

  • Well maintained, comfortable and welcoming environment.
  • Keep up with technology no matter how much it changes.

Their mission statement is, “The library is our community’s connection to diverse opportunities for education enrichment and engagement.”

There are many programs available at the library:

  • Fixit Clinic
  • Soldering 101
  • Full STEAM Ahead – featuring Maker Kits, some use 3D Pens.
  • Noon Year’s Eve Party
  • Family Trivia Nights
  • And more…

She showed us a slide of the Children’s Gardens that CNO donated $25,000 for last year, and thanked us for our generosity.

The library’s sources of income are:

  • 64% Local Operating Levy
  • 29% from the State of Ohio Public Library Fund
  • 7% from fines, passports, and sales of miscellaneous items such as ear buds.

There is a board of advisors guiding how to spend their money.

The library’s expenditures are:

  • 59% Salaries and Benefits
  • 15% Purchase/Contract Services
  • 17% Library Materials
  • 7% Capital Outlay
  • 2% Supplies

When asked about the parking lot situation at the Centerville location of our library system, she said that they know it needs major repair, but they could not close the lot and the library until Woodbourne was renovated. The contractor began surveys of the parking lot and it will be renovated soon.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Brandon Barrett April 30
Lynne Reilly May 01
Melissa DeShurko May 04
Lou Brinkman May 06
Mary Madden May 06
Pam Miller May 06
Dr. Tom Henderson May 06

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Charlie Tapp May 1 5/1/1978 41
Joe Madden May 1 5/1/1982 37
Tim Stull May 1 5/1/1987 32

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Wasfi Samaan Patrick Arehart 2nd Reading
Laura Mercer Debe Dockins 2nd Reading
Mary Ann MacKenzie Carolyn Taylor 2nd Reading
Mark Karns Jean Pummill 3rd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

No time for sergeants this week.

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
John Kalaman At the blood drive on Monday honoring his son John P. Kalaman, 67 units were collected.
John Kalaman Thank you to all the Centerville Noon Optimist who donated.
John Kalaman Special thanks to Brian Nolan for helping all day with the blood drive.
Rachel Goetz The CHS show “Fiddler on the Roof” is fantastic!
Rachel Goetz Her daughter signed a letter of intent to attend Miami University to study art this fall. This is the first signing ceremony of this type for Art at CHS. She received three scholarships: Redhawk Excellence, College of Creative Arts, and Creative Arts Scholars.
Ken Irwin Has earned his associates degree in robotics and starts work using his degree in two weeks at Yaskawa.
Dan Beck Two new grandchildren are expected this year.
Joan Cordonnier Ran into one of our Will Cale recipients at “Fiddler on the Roof” last week.  After a rough start, he is excelling in school, and made the Dean’s List!
Charlie Goodwin Recently visited Edwards Air force Base with his son, who was born there.
Rhonda Meeker Had a great vacation in Cancun paid for by her franchiser N2 Publishing.
John Speers For spending two weeks on a Holy Land trip with our church.

April 23, 2019 – CHS Theatre – “Fiddler on the Roof”

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 more love. So Lord help us with all of these and make us as good as our dogs think we are! Amen

Today’s Guests

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Upcoming Social Events

  • 5/4/2019, Kentucky Derby Party at Remodeling Designs in Miamisburg. Bring a dish to share. Cost is $10. Bring quarters for a horse race game and other cash for betting.
  • 5/11/2019, Dayton Dragons game with a luxury box, food, drinks and hat. Contact the Dragons at (937) 228-2287 ext 134 for tickets or email dla@arehart.com with questions.
  • 5/29/2019, 6:30 at Heather’s Café in Springboro, “Dining in the Dark”. There will be a nice meal, but you will be blindfolded during it. The event includes meal, music and silent auction. The cost is $65 per person. The event is a fundraiser and raises awareness about the issues facing the blind community. This is being arranged by Bob Collins daughter.

Committee Announcements

Tom Novak announced he needs volunteers to do the annual flag sleeve checkup. You do not need a flag compatible car and the schedule is flexible. You can sign up to meet at 9 AM or 10 AM on 5/4/2019 at Turf Nerd, 75 Westpark Rd, Centerville OH 45459. At that time, you will be part of a 2-member team to check flag sites on one of the flag routes. If you want to help but can’t make it on 5/4/2019, contact Tom Novak and he will arrange for you to receive a set of tools. Tom’s goal is that you complete your sleeve checkup within a week of 5/4/2019.

Laurie Poeppelman and Evelyn Griffin announced they are taking orders for embroidered Opti-Gear spring items for the next few weeks at lunch. Last lunch to order is May 7, 2019.

Myron Rheaume, chair of PGP and PDP, announced that at the district conference this weekend the CNO club will receive 71 awards. He also announced the international president is planning to attend our Ohio State District Convention in August 2019.

Pat Behn announced the that the Easter egg hunt was a success. It took about 5 minutes for the children to collect the 6000 eggs. Thank you to the volunteers.

Mary Madden announced she is ready to retire from her Easter Bunny duties. Donna Huss will be the new Easter Bunny.

Cindy Harris announced that the next Build-A-Bear event will be on Friday, May 10th, at Children’s Medical Center. Remember that CNO 2.0 members participate in all the same volunteer opportunities and fundraising events as CNO members. Each child attending will receive a stuffed animal and an outfit of their choice along with other festivities. CNO members are invited to sponsor a child at the Build-a-Bear for $25.  Each sponsor will receive a picture of the child sponsored holding their new stuffed animal.  To sponsor a bear, mail your check payable to Centerville Noon Optimist, c/o Nancy Lehren, 6857 Cedar Cove Dr., Centerville, OH 45459.

Mike Bevis, chair of the golf committee, said we are less than 90 days until the Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf Tournament. It will be held on Monday, July 15, 2019. Meetings will be held at Buckeye Home Health Care on Paragon Rd at 6 PM: 4/17/2019, 5/15/2019, 6/12/2019, 7/102019.

Centerville High School Theatre – Fiddler on the Roof.

Jason Hamen the Theatre Instructor and Director of Theatre Programming at CHS brought several student performers with him today.

We were treated to 4 songs from the musical “Fiddler on the Roof”.

  • “If I Were a Rich Man”
  • “Matchmaker”
  • “Miracle of Miracles”
  • “Sunrise, Sunset”

The students did a great job! Thanks to all of them for sharing their talents with us!

Link to details about the performance at CHS

The performances are at 7:30 PM on Friday and Saturday on these dates 4/26/2019, 4/27/2019, 5/3/2019 and 5/4/2019.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Keith Meyer April 23
Jeff Busch April 29

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Donna Huss April 24 4/24/2012 7
Dan Passidomo April 25 4/25/2007 12
Mike Witt April 26 4/26/1994 25

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Jack Grady Mike Bevis 3rd Reading
Kelly Davis Beth Duncan 3rd Reading
Mark Karns Jean Pummill 2nd Reading
Laura Mercer Debe Dockins 1st Reading
Wasfi Samaan Patrick Arehart 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Bob Burkman Parked over a drainage ditch.
Jerry Stahley Only thorn among all the roses.
Gary Anderson First one to show up in shorts this year.
Suzanne Werts Did not meet guest at the door.
Beth Duncan Appearing in a recent TV Commercial, but she did have her Optimist PIN on.
Donna Huss Mary Madden left her Easter basket at the hunt, but she has retired, and now Donna Huss is the bunny – so Donna got fined.

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Brian Nolan For the CHS performance today.
Jesse Gaither Daughter pitches for Lebanon High School and her team has 57 runs vs 12 runs in total vs Centerville and Springboro.
Joan Cordonnier She also wanted to thank CHS, but since Brian Nolan already did, she had a happy buck for how nice of a happy buck he gave.
Joe Madden For the CHS performance today. He and Mary often go and see the plays at CHS and really enjoy them.
David Duncombe His son who is 68 caught his shingles early and was able to take a new drug that got rid of it in a week. You have to start taking it within 72 hours of the first symptoms.
Paul Stull Happy for 7 years of Mary Madden being our Easter Bunny.
Maha Kashani Happy about being back at lunch
Fred Polizzi Happy about being back at lunch. Thanks everyone for your support.
Melissa DeShurko Daughter is turning 30 years old.
Myron Rheaume Keara Hatton, a Freshman at UC and his  granddaughter is captain of the UC intercollegiate film competition. They were 12th of 47 films from 27 colleges. The faculty chose her to direct and produce their entry.
Gary Smiga Son is engaged to be married.

CNOtes – April 16, 2019 – Jesse Lightle – Administrator – Washington Township

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father life is similar to gathering black berries. When there is something we want there is always some sticky deterrent. Some will plunge right in, while others decline because it’s too much trouble. Attitude in our search for anything is paramount to our success and Optimism is the fuel that spurs us on. Attitude and Optimism helps bring out the best in kids. Lord help us double our pleasure and find the best blackberries and bring out the best in kids. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Mason Cammel Mike Bevis
Thomas Dyer Evelyn Griffin
Mark Karns Jean Pummill
Scott Kujawa Speaker
Sherri Montgomery Mike Bevis

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Announcement

Paula and John Kalaman announced that the annual blood drive in honor of their son John P. Kalaman will be held Monday April 29, 2019, from 9 AM until 5 PM at the Centerville Police Department.

Upcoming Social Events

5/4/2019, Kentucky Derby Party at Remodeling Designs in Miamisburg. Bring a dish to share.

5/11/2019, Dayton Dragons game with a luxury box, food, drinks and hat. Contact the Dragons at (937) 228-2287 ext 134 for tickets or email dla@arehart.com with questions.

Happy Birthday to Carol Burkman and Ellie Parker

Today was Carol Burkman and Ellie Parker’s birthday!!!! Even though neither of them could be with us today we couldn’t miss the opportunity to celebrate two of the best! Unfortunately, we sing like we never heard any song ever. However, we sing with love!. Bob Duffy lead us and he loves to show off his special talent of leading those who can’t be led. Bob Burkman took a video of the show, which hopefully can’t be used against us.

Committee Announcements

Nancy Lehren, chair of the Childhood Cancer Committee, announced that the next Build-A-Bear event will be on Friday, May 10th, at Children’s Medical Center. Each child attending will receive a stuffed animal and an outfit of their choice along with other festivities. CNO members are invited to sponsor a child at the Build-a-Bear for $25.  Each sponsor will receive a picture of the child sponsored holding their new stuffed animal.  To sponsor a bear, mail your check payable to Centerville Noon Optimist, c/o Nancy Lehren, 6857 Cedar Cove Dr., Centerville, OH 45459.

Laurie Poeppelman and Evelyn Griffin announced they are taking orders for embroidered Opti-Gear spring items for the next few weeks at lunch. Last lunch to order is May 7, 2019.

Pat Behn, chair of the Easter Egg Hunt, said thank you to the more than 50 volunteers that stuffed 6000 eggs in less time than ever.

Mike Bevis, chair of the golf committee, said we are less than 100 days until the Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf Tournament. It will be held on Monday, July 15, 2019. Meetings will be held at Buckeye Home Health Care on Paragon Rd at 6 PM: 4/17/2019, 5/15/2019, 6/12/2019, 7/102019.

Today’s Presentation from Washington Township

Gary Smiga introduced CNO member Jesse Lightle, the Township Administrator for Washington Township. Jesse oversees the day-to-day administration of all township services and reports directly to Washington Township trustees. She was hired by the township as deputy administrator in 2006 and was promoted to Township Administrator in 2008. She has come today to update us about the township.

There has been a lot of development going on in the last year.

  • A rezoning request has been approved for 36 Craftsman-style patio homes for young adults and empty nestor’s on a 15.3 acre plat on West Social Row. Approximate home prices will be $250K.
  • There is a new SICSA Pet Adoption Center on Washington Church Road.
  • Yankee Station where Bally’s was has been updated.
  • Design Homes has a new outlot.
  • Improvements to Gebhart Road are underway. Costing over $800,000, it has been partially paid for by a grant from the State of Ohio.
  • 17 residential streets will be improved. The Township spends about one million dollars per year on road improvement.
  • Three miles of curbs are updated each year.

She updated us on the rec center. Family Adventure Day will be on April 27, 2019 and it will include kayaking in the indoor pool and a zip line. There are always several summer camps at the Rec Center. This year there will a camp with a component for STEM, Science and Technology and Engineering.

At the Rec West Enrichment Center, membership has increased 67% since the township took over the senior services in the area.

Travis Carter has been newly appointed to fill the role overseeing Community Oriented Policing.  This will help neighborhood watch and business watch programs for the Sheriff’s department. Carter is a 19-year veteran of the sheriff’s office.

Next, Jesse turned to the Fire Department. Chief Bill Gaul retired in March after nearly 40 years of service to the department, including 11 years as chief.

Jesse introduced newly appointed fire Chief Scott Kujawa. Kujawa has served the department for 27 years, including the last three years as deputy chief in charge of operations.  During that time, he has twice overseen the fire department’s successful accreditation process through the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI), an internationally-recognized benchmark for fire and emergency services. He is a graduate of Centerville High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in fire administration and an associate’s degree in fire science from Columbia Southern University.

Chief Scott Kujawa explained some of the issues requiring the department to request voters to approve a continuous 2.85-mill levy on the May 7, 2019 ballot. There has been a decline in part time and volunteer firefighters. They need to hire additional full-time people and they cost more money. The plan is to have 26 working full time and 4 part time per day, working 24-hour shifts.

He explained some additional considerations about the tax increase. The department is planning for the replacement of Station 41 at 163 Maple Ave. It was built 50 years ago and doesn’t meet current needs. It will cost $3.7 million. There is not enough surrounding land, so it will also be relocated. If the levy doesn’t pass the fire fund the fire department will reach a negative balance by 2023. The tax increase will raise homeowner taxes approximately $99.75 annually per $100,000 in home valuation.

The department does what it can to reduce the burden on tax payers.

  • Grants – $425,700 over the past six years.
  • Regional Dispatch Center – The recent transition to the Montgomery County RDC is expected to save about $500,000 annually in operating costs.
  • Insurance Billing – In 2018, 11.82% of the fire department’s total revenue came from billing insurance providers for emergency transport.

In 2018 a continuous levy passed that did not raise taxes. Before asking for the increase they are requesting this year, the trustees asked the department to evaluate one more year to figure out what they needed long term.

There were 7751 runs in 2019, which is an increase of 28% since 2012. The fire department averages about 21 to 22 runs per day. The have busy days where there are over 30 calls per day.

The fire department has many activities each year including a Citizen Fire Academy, various open houses, and chances for public education.

Every year on the second Sunday in August, the department holds an Ice Cream Social. This year it will be on August 11, 2019. Last year was the 70th anniversary of the event.

Washington Township Website

List of the 5 Fire/EMS stations for the Washington Township and Centerville area (including the training center.)

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Carol Burkman April 16
Ellie Parker April 16
Denise O’Neil April 18
Sue Zammit April 21
Dave Klein April 22
Mike Brem April 22

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Blanca Ortiz April 16 4/16/2014 5
Joe Soucy April 16 4/16/2014 5
Sue Kuo April 16 4/16/2014 5
Andrew Cain April 19 4/19/2018 1
Cheryl Probst April 19 4/19/2018 1
Stan Fronzaglia April 19 4/19/1999 20
Vida McDowell April 19 4/19/1999 20
Mark Petre April 22 4/22/1996 23

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Pam Truitt Donna Huss 3rd Reading
Judy McFadden Donna Huss 3rd Reading
Jack Grady Mike Bevis 2nd Reading
Kelly Davis Beth Duncan 2nd Reading
Mark Karns Jean Pummill 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Jean Pummill Forgot to turn in name badge last week.
Egg stuffers that ate any candy while stuffing Eating candy during the egg stuffing event last Saturday.
Anyone getting sunshine in the South this winter Taking a vacation to somewhere warm and sunny for 7 days or more in January, February or March of 2019.
All previous sergeants in the last year Fining current sergeant Brian Nolan during their terms as sergeant.

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Bob Burkman $5 to the club singing to his wife Carol. She has a video of it.
Sue Brubaker 49 year wedding anniversary to Mike Brubaker.
Bob Duffy He sat at the birthday table, and thanked you everyone for the wonderful sweets. (It was NOT his birthday!)
Tom Novak Last week was the largest amount of money our weekly 50/50 raffle has ever raised.

CNOtes – April 9, 2019 – Dr. Greg Ramey – Dayton Children’s Hospital

Phather Phil’s Prayer

In Phather Phil’s absence, our District Chaplain – David Ladd – gave us one of his patented extemporaneous prayers to open the meeting.

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Adam Blanchard Speaker Guest
Mason Cammel Mike Bevis
Joe Cantrell Wayne Christie
Kelly Davis Beth Duncan
Jack Grady Mike Bevis
Greg Huff Val Huff
Dr. Greg Ramey Speaker
Amber Wenzler Vince Reidy

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Announcement

Paula and John Kalaman announced that the annual blood drive in honor of their son John P. Kalaman will be held Monday April 29, 2019, from 9 AM until 5 PM at the Centerville Police Department.

Upcoming Social Events

  • 5/4/2019, Kentucky Derby Party – Miamisburg, bring a dish to share.
  • 5/11/2019, Dayton Dragons with a luxury box. Use the sign-up sheet at lunch or email dla@arehart.com.

Happy Birthday Erin Belangia-Sanchez

Today was Erin’s birthday. That means we sing Happy Birthday to one of our own. Bob Duffy crushed it in leading us in being the best of the worst we can be.

Committee Announcements

Mike Bevis, chair of the golf committee, said we are less than 100 days until the Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf Tournament. It will be held on Monday, July 15, 2019.

Pat Behn, chair of the Easter Egg Hunt announced the Easter Egg hunt will be at 10 AM on April 20, 2019, at St. Leonard’s. Volunteers should show up at 8:30 to help spread the eggs in the grass for the kids to find at 10 AM. Coffee and donuts will be provided for volunteers!

Nancy Lehren, chair of the Childhood Cancer Committee announced that the next Build-A-Bear event will be on Friday, May 10th, at Children’s Medical Center. Each child attending will receive a stuffed animal and an outfit of their choice along with other festivities. CNO members are invited to sponsor a child at the Build-a-Bear for $25.  Each sponsor will receive a picture of the child sponsored holding their new stuffed animal.  To sponsor a bear, mail your check payable to Centerville Noon Optimist, c/o Nancy Lehren, 6857 Cedar Cove Dr., Centerville, OH 45459.

Jerry Stahley, chair of the OI Junior Golf Championship, is selling raffle tickets for the event. The price is 6 Tickets for $5 and the prize is a case of wine. Tickets will be available for the next few weeks.

Dr. Greg Ramey

Mike Bevis introduced today’s speaker, Dr. Greg Ramey PhD, a pediatric psychologist and the executive director for the Center for Pediatric Mental Health Resources at Dayton Children’s. He has been at Children’s for 39 years. Dr. Ramey also writes a weekly parenting column in the Dayton Daily News that is distributed through the New York Times wire service and can be found on the Dayton Children’s blog.

Dr. Ramey gave us his thoughts about the effects of too much technology and parenting styles that are dramatically affecting today’s youth. He said of his daily routine, “Everyday there is a WebEx meeting (computer-based video conference call) at 8:45 am about the intake of patients over the last 24 hours. At today’s meeting there were 11 kids seen in the last 24 hours that are at risk for suicide.”

He said, “In general the current generation of children is the most privileged in history.” Yet he explained, “There is a substantial increase in serious mood disorders, anxiety and depression. This has led to an epidemic of kids that would rather die than suffer through these disorders.”

He said, “7.4% of teens attempt suicide. That is over 4000 kids in the local 4 county area.”

He recently moved to the Beavercreek area. He noticed there seemed to be no kids in his neighborhood. Then school started and there were kids everywhere. They just stay indoors and just play with technology. Plus, when it was raining he saw parents holding umbrellas over their kid’s heads. Kid’s are being too coddled and not allowed to fail.

Kids are interacting with technology more than with each other. When tough things happen to them instead of turning to friends, they just go to their phones.

He said, “This is no longer a study, this is a fact, anything beyond one and half and two hours of technology interaction per day increases the occurrence of anxiety and depression. Some kids are at risk at just thirty minutes today.”

As a therapist he has had kids come in and says they wanted to die, “Because my parent took away my phone”. He said, “They don’t have a reality.”

To help patients and their families, Dayton Children’s has a Mental Health Resource Connection. The Mental Health Resource Connection program is a service that connects patients and families to available mental health services in the community.

He was excited to tell us that on July 9, 2019, a new unit for pediatric mental health patients opens at Dayton Children’s. It is a 24-bed private room facility.

He discussed the money issues in treating pediatric mental health patients. He said, “Debbie, my boss has never thanked me for raising so much money. That is because every one of my group’s services loses money.” Health insurance payments are way too low. An insurance company recently paid just 6 cents on the dollar for a huge bill submitted for payment.

He told us we are lucky Dayton Children’s exists for our community. He thanks organizations like the Centerville Noon Optimist club for making a lot of what Dayton Children’s does possible.

He gave us some things to consider about parenting. Too many children are pushed too hard for perfection and believe they need have no choice but to achieve perfection. Perfection is not possible. Constantly trying to reach perfection causes anxiety.

Let your child fail. Let them feel pain. Many of today’s kids have little experience with feeling bad. Their parents get rid of troubling moments for them. When real pain comes they think the suffering will never end. We as normal adults know one thing for sure, no matter how good or bad we feel right now, we know it will end. Children need to know that if they feel bad that this will end, and they will be fine.

Recently he wrote a blog post on Dayton Children’s website called “The important lesson of failure”.

As for the cause of increased mental health issues, he says the number one issue is the current parenting style. The second issue is too much time spent in front of technology screens. When people feel disengaged from other people, that can lead to suicide.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Cheryl Probst April 9
Erin Belangia-Sanchez April 09
Steve Kohls April 12
Rick Talda April 13
Emily Duke April 14
Don Kessler April 15

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Ron Tinnerman April 11 4/11/2005 14

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Pam Truitt Donna Huss 2nd Reading
Judy McFadden Donna Huss 2nd Reading
Jack Grady Mike Bevis 1st Reading
Kelly Davis Beth Duncan 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Tom Novak Making a “short” joke about new Sergeants Carolyn Taylor and Brian Nolan
Everyone taller than Tom Novak Being taller than Tom Novak
Joe Madden April fools joke on Mary pretending he needed to go to the ER for a burst eardrum
Joe Madden Offering $100 to Vida for her March Madness Bracket that was worth $300.
Andy and Erin Dickerson Their son was a recent guest and he won the 50/50 drawing
Candace Rinke Her picture was in the newspaper without wearing her Optimist pin
Larry Lynde Winning his own March Madness pool

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Bob Glavin Retired from Avery Dennison
Rachel Goetz Daughter is starting Miami University at Oxford this  fall
Tom Novak Thanks to the Avenue of Flags renewal team
Mary Madden March Madness is over
Bob Collins Grandson, Noah Garel a senior at CHS, won the area DECA competition, placed at the Ohio level, and as the only CHS senior to do this he continues to the nationals in Orlando.
Bob Collins Son’s girlfriend (a nurse) has been hired to work in the new mental unit announced today by Dr. Greg Ramey.
Erin Belangia-Sanchez Thanks for everyone singing happy birthday to her today
Stan Fronzaglia Several of his grand kids are on vacation together in Greece
John Kalaman Winning the 50/50 today

CNOtes – April 2, 2019 – Centerville Washington Township Park District

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father life is similar to gathering black berries. When there is something we want there is always some sticky deterrent. Some will plunge right in, while others decline because it’s too much trouble. Attitude in our search for anything is paramount to our success and Optimism is the fuel that spurs us on. Attitude and Optimism helps bring out the best in kids. Lord help us double our pleasure and find the best blackberries and bring out the best in kids. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Arnie Biondo Speaker
Ally DeShurko Speaker
Carrie Dittman Speaker
Dave Gould Chris McAlpine
Jeff Kaercher Mike Yoder
Sherri Montgomery Mike Bevis
Melanie Powderly Deb Ulrich
Kat Wright Brandon Barrett

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Thank you notes received

Donna Huss mentioned that we received a thank you note from Alter High School for our $500 donation for their after prom. One of the teachers thanked us for the recognition at the CNO 2.0 event last month.

Upcoming Social Events

  • 5/4/2019, Kentucky Derby Party at Remodeling Designs Miamisburg
  • 5/11/2019, Dayton Dragons with a Luxury Box. Use the sign-up sheet at lunch or email dla@arehart.com

Committee Announcements

Pat Behn gave everyone more information about the Easter Egg hunt. We need volunteers to help stuff 6000 plastic eggs with candy on April 13, 2019 at 9 AM at St. Leonard’s. It sounds like a lot of eggs, but the work is spread out and takes a little over an hour. Please sign up or show up. There will be coffee and donuts for volunteers!

The Easter Egg hunt will be at 10 AM on April 20, 2019, also at St. Leonard’s. Volunteers should show up at 8:30 to help spread the eggs in the grass for the kids to find at 10 AM. Coffee and donuts will be provided for volunteers!

Bob Lawson announced that the fishing Derby will be on June 1, 2019. Let those planning on attend know they need to fill out the registration form and bring it to the derby. Spread the word on Facebook! Registration is between 8:00 – 9:00AM.  The Fishing Derby starts at 9AM and lasts until 11:30AM.  We supply free worms however you are permitted to bring your own bait and lures. We stock the ponds with approximately 400 pounds of Catfish for the Derby. There are other fish also in the ponds – mainly Bluegills. Prizes and trophies for all.  Children ages 5-15 are encouraged to participate and try this event. The event is held at Washington Township Rec Center, in two ponds. Click here for registration form.

Judy DeMarco announced that on Friday, May 10th, the Childhood Cancer Committee will be holding a Build-A-Bear event at Children’s Medical Center. Each child present will receive a stuffed animal and an outfit of their choice along with other festivities. Members are invited to sponsor a child at the Build-a-Bear for $25.  Each sponsor will receive a picture of the child you sponsored holding their new stuffed animal.  To sponsor a bear, mail your check payable to Centerville Noon Optimist, c/o Nancy Lehren, 6857 Cedar Cove Dr., Centerville, OH 45459.

Jerry Stahley is selling raffle tickets for OI Junior Golf Championship. The price is 6 Tickets for $5 and the prize is a case of wine. Tickets will be available for the next few weeks.

Centerville-Washington Park District

Gary Smiga introduced Arnie Biondo the Director of Administration at the Centerville-Washington Park District. The district’s slogan is “Explore your community’s BIG BACKYARD! Fun, healthy, outstanding park experiences connecting the community with the outdoors.”

Arnie discussed what to expect in 2019. A new trail at Pleasant Hill Park (on the previous Zengel property) is opening and so far is about a three quarters of a mile long. Oak Grove Park is getting restrooms. St. Leonard/Bill Yeck Park has received a conservation easement.

Arnie introduced Carrie Dittman, the Marketing and Communications Supervisor.

Carrie first discussed the feedback she has received about Forest Field Park and the playground we donated last year. She is the person that receives firsthand the online reviews and statements about this state-of-the-art park. It is almost all 5-Star reviews and thank you notes about how much families like the park.

You can view the full slide deck here.

The Centerville-Washington Park District (CWPD) is a National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Gold Medal Finalist. To help them win, the CWPD had a video made. We were shown this video. The video mentions that the parks help to get kids away from the video games and out into the sunshine for some exercise.

CWPD does a lot of surveys and focus groups to fine tune the programming and features at the parks. In the past 4 years they have had 2 major surveys. In 2018 there were 7 public meetings. Topics for the surveys include Athletic field ratings and park program participant feedback.

CWPD makes use of social media channels. They have 5000 followers on Facebook. They also have Instagram and Twitter channels.

Carrie introduced Ally DeShurko, the Recreation Coordinator/Summer Recreation Program Coordinator. Ally discussed new programs created based on feedback from the community.

  • Adapted Action Day will be on Saturday June 22, 2019 at Oak Grove Park.
  • Respondents said they want more Summer camps. Camps include Sugar Valley Camp, Nature Art Camp, Youth Archery Camp and additional weeks of Hidden Meadows Day Camp
  • Teen Games and Bonfire will be every Friday this summer for children aged 11-15. They will play dodge ball type games and then have a bonfire cookout.

Others news from CWPD programming included: School outreach, Adventure backpacks, Self-guided interpretive nature hikes and pop-up dog parks.

CWPD is now hiring for summer. Positions include full-time and part-time. Almost all positions are outdoor.

CWPD Upcoming Events

  • Spring Stargazing will be on 4/13/2019 at Bill Yeck Park.
  • The Garlic Mustard Pull information session will be 4/15/2019 at Bill Yeck Park at the Smith house. These weeds need to be removed or they will take over. So far, over 1500 pounds have been removed.
  • World Tai Chi Day is on 4/27/2019 at Grant Park, Kennard Nature Nook.
  • Big Rig Gig is on 5/11/2019 at Oak Grove Park. Over 500 kids will show up at this event.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Daniel Koons April 5
Ira Thomsen April 05
Jim Rumford April 05
Roland Rapp April 05
Andy Harmon April 6
Jeff Rolf April 06
Bob Clements April 07

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Cindy Harris April 2 4/2/2018 1
Nick Tarkany April 2 4/2/2018 1
Greg Fay April 3 4/3/2014 5
Greg Griffin April 3 4/3/2014 5
Ira Thomsen April 5 4/5/1991 28
Vince Reidy April 5 4/5/2016 3
Dan Samiec April 6 4/6/2010 9
Molly Petsch April 6 4/6/2004 15

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Amy Blakeman Ron Tinnerman Induction
William Pace Evelyn Griffin 3rd Reading
Pam Truitt Donna Huss 1st Reading
Judy McFadden Donna Huss 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

No time for sergeants this week.

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Dave Kay Michigan State is in final four.
Melissa DeShurko Thanks to the park district and her daughter Ally DeShurko for being part of the presentation.
Joan Cordonnier Thanks to the park district for their presentation.
Charlie Goodwin Paul Stull is a new member of The Explorers Club. This prestigious organization is  headquartered in New York City.
Joe Madden Mary Madden will be happy today because it is their 26th wedding anniversary.

CNOtes – March 26, 2019 – Sinclair College – Centerville Campus

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, most of the time when we hear the word “give”, we assume it’s money. Yet, there is so much more that giving really means. We can give of our time, talent, patience, encouragement, energy, approval and on and on. It’s our way of telling another that we care and hopefully give them a boost along life’s journey. Whenever we can, help us give, in all of givings aspects. It’ll reestablish the reason we became Optimists. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Jaden Gaither-Hillard Jesse Gaither
Kendal Cooke Barbara Santo
Kerri Smith Joe Kronenburger
Laura Mercer Speaker
Mary Stahley Jerry Stahley
Mason Cammel Mike Bevis
Wasfi Samaan Greg Fay
Zach Beck Speaker

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Committee Announcements

Myron Rheaume informed us about the new OI Presidential incentive award of the Centennial “Promise Yourself” logo pin. The criteria for the award is to sponsor a new member, participate in a club project and submit a testimonial / “Optimist Story” to Optimist International that you have published. Myron has the form required to be filled out.

***** You can download the form here *****

Nancy Lehren announced that on Friday, May 10th, the Childhood Cancer Committee will be holding a Build-A-Bear event at Children’s Medical Center. Each child present will receive a stuffed animal and an outfit of their choice along with other festivities. Members are invited to sponsor a child at the Build-a-Bear for $25.  Each sponsor will receive a picture of the child you sponsored holding their new stuffed animal.  If you choose, there are two ways to sponsor a bear: Visit our table at the April 2nd luncheon to make your contribution by check or cash OR mail your check payable to Centerville Noon Optimist, c/o Nancy Lehren, 6857 Cedar Cove Dr., Centerville, OH 45459.

Sinclair Community College Centerville Location

Debe Dockins introduced Laura Mercer, Executive Director of Sinclair’s new Centerville Campus. Laura Mercer serves as the Executive Director of Sinclair Community College’s new Centerville Campus. She has over 30 years of experience in higher education and has held a wide variety of roles at the college since 1989. She has extensive expertise in higher education administration as well as a strong background in strategic planning, project management, and technology. Laura also served as a loaned executive in the role of Director of Adult Education Initiatives for the State of Ohio and is a 2011 Leadership Dayton Graduate.

In 1887, Dayton YMCA General Secretary David A. Sinclair founded the courses of study to create skilled citizens to succeed in local jobs and life. His idea was “Find the need and endeavor to meet it.” Eventually the institution was named Sinclair College in 1948 and the college is currently celebrating 132 years!

Laura shared updates about the recently opened Sinclair Centerville location. This is the first satellite location for Sinclair that is a magnet school instead of a feeder to the downtown location. It is located at 5800 Clyo Rd on 40 acres of land with a building of nearly 100,000 square feet. The new site will be used as an educational, cultural and community enrichment center. Phase 1 occupying 15,000 sq feet of the building is complete and phase 2 is coming soon. Sinclair Centerville first opened for the spring 2019 semester and had over 400 students. Enrollment for the summer 2019 session has begun.

View Laura’s slide show here.

Academic Program offerings at Centerville are focused in four key areas:

  • Information Technology
  • Health Sciences certificate offerings
  • Elementary Education
  • General education courses that are aligned with university transfer requirements

The Cyber Security program has been moved from downtown to the Centerville campus. The Cybersecurity program is NSA recognized. Other areas taught include Networking and User Support.

There is a free Cyber Showcase for the public on April 24, 2019 from 3 PM to 6 PM. Details are listed here.

In 2017 the state provided conceptual approval for community colleges to offer applied bachelor’s degrees. Final approval is in place for bachelor’s degrees in Aviation and Unmanned Aerial Systems.

There is strong cooperation for completing degrees with the University of Dayton, Wright State University, Ohio University and Indiana Wesleyan. In the past, a student would spend 2 years at Sinclair and the go elsewhere to complete their degree. Now there are many options including a BSN for nurses’ degree where a student spends 1 year at UD, 2 years at Sinclair and the final year at UD. There is projected to be a shortage of more than one million nurses by 2020 nationally. The demand for nurses with a bachelor’s degree is higher than nurses with lower degrees.

Sinclair offers programs beyond college classes. It offers K-12 Enrichment, Recreation, Performances in the main theater, Speakers, Health Sciences, Certificates and Elementary Education.

College for Lifelong Learning

Health & Wellness

  • Vitamins & Supplements
  • Aromatherapy
  • Meditation Investments
  • Stocks
  • Tax-Free Investing
  • Mutual Funds

Technology

  • Intro to iPad
  • Genealogy Search Strategies
  • Cybersecurity

Life Skills & Business

  • Residential Downsizing
  • Saving Yourself from Scams

Sinclair Foundation

Laura introduced Zachary Beck, the Development Officer at the Sinclair Foundation. As of 12/31/2017 net assets of the foundation are $37,805,286. This is a 14% increase from the year before. Scholarships Awarded amounted to $1,128,115. Operating Expenses were $294,568. Investments in Program Support were $1,858,271.

Quick Facts

  • Sinclair now offers 4-year degrees
  • 28,000 college credit students annually
  • More students choose Sinclair than any other institution in the 8-county area
  • 9918 students from Centerville have attended Sinclair College in the past 10 years
  • $10 million in grants/scholarships have been awarded to Centerville residents the past 10 years
  • Any Sinclair student can use services at the Centerville location

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Jane Fiehrer March 27
Bob Crawford March 28
Maha Kashani March 31

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Charla Rheaume March 26 3/26/2018 1
Scott Rheaume March 26 3/26/2018 1
Dav Bremer March 31 3/31/2001 18
Rob Jones March 31 3/31/2001 18
Don Kelley April 1 4/1/1983 36
Ed Case April 1 4/1/2009 10
Phil Robinson April 1 4/1/1982 37

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Brandon Barrett Jesse Gaither Induction
Will Pace Evelyn Griffin 2nd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Jerry Stahley Left cardboard in his ball cap.
Tom Novak Dressed the same as Bob Burkman
Bob Burkman Dressed the same as Tom Novak
Greg Griffin Forgot to bring his camera to lunch, Evelyn had to go home to get it
Gary Smiga Late to last board meeting
Debe Dockins Late to last board meeting
Jane Fiehrer Late to last board meeting

 Happy Bucks! 

No time for happy bucks this week.

CNOtes – March 19, 2019 – Essay Contest Winners

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father too many times we venture into the dark waters of life. We find ourselves treading water with no relief in sight, it is then that we turn to You for help. Your love for us provides the bridge over the troubled waters and puts us back on the road You intended us to walk. The static of the world sidetracks us too often. Help us to turn off the worlds temptations and stay with You in the fullness of our faith. By consistently staying with You, we can avoid the bargain basement temptations that dot our paths and led the young people in an optimistic way of life. Amen!

Today’s Guests

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Special Announcement

Donna Huss announced that the next NOW event will be Tuesday, March 26th at St. Leonard’s Station House. This event will be held from 5-6:30 pm for the residents of St. Leonard. NOW is an acronym for “New Optimists Welcome”. Read more about it here.

Upcoming Social Events
4/1/2019, 6 PM Trivia party run by Scott Hall of @HallAroundTown at Chappy’s Social House

5/4/2019, Kentucky Derby Party at Remodeling Designs in Miamisburg

5/11/2019, Dayton Dragons game in a luxury box

Committee Announcements

Pat Behn announced that we need volunteers to help stuff Easter eggs on April 13, 2019 at 9 AM at St Leonard’s restaurant. The actual Easter egg hunt will be April 20, 2019 and will be held on the grounds at St. Leonard’s.

Gary Hansen and Diane Arehart will be chairing a new committee called the Engagement/Activation/Retention Committee.  The objective is to ensure that our new members become engaged quickly and, therefore, choose to stay in our club.  You can join the committee or choose to be a mentor to a new member.  If you are interested, plan to attend our next meeting on Thursday, April 4, at 5:30pm at Panera Bread in downtown Centerville.  Reach out to Gary Hansen or Diane Arehart for more information.

Annual Essay Contest

Kelly George, the CNO club chair of the Optimist International Essay Contest, explained the contest to us. Fifteen essays were submitted to CNO. She thanked this year’s volunteer judges of the essays: Debe Dockins, Glenn George, and Evelyn Griffin.

Kelly will be the chairman at the district level next year, so our club is looking for a new chair for the next year. Let her know if you want to volunteer.

Seventy clubs participate in this in Ohio. One winner from each club will compete at the state level and the winner at the state level will receive a $3500 scholarship ($2500 from Optimist International and $1000 from The Great Ohio District of OI).

The top 3 essays were read today. The scoring was very close. Out of 300 possible points, only 6 points separated 3rd to second and only 8 points from 2nd to 1st.

The topic for the 2018-19 school year is: “When All the World’s Problems are Solved, is Optimism Still Necessary?”

Emily Whitehead, a Senior at CHS, took third place. Emily received a Youth appreciation award from CNO in November, 2019. Receiving this award inspired her to write her essay.

Emily read us her essay. Excerpts from her essay follow:

Optimism is a proactive lifestyle. As a band member at CHS and using optimism she helped fellow student Sarah who has Down’s syndrome learn to play the saxophone. She tutors students from third grade through high school. To help them succeed she gets them to replace the words “I can’t” with “I can”.

Benjamin Thomas, a senior at CHS, took second place. Benjamin could not attend today’s lunch and Kelly George read his essay to us. Excerpts from his essay follow:

Galileo Galilee championed the Scientific Method. Galileo wrote a book that condemned himself to a life sentence of house arrest. He optimistically believed it was the right thing to do. Throughout history optimism has allowed the world to lift itself by its boot straps.

There must be a belief in progress to make progress.

Optimism is the ability to believe in a better future.  Optimism is difficult, messy and painful, but it is necessary to push society forward. Even in a perfect world, optimism is necessary to maintain perfection.

Madelyn Thomas, a Freshman at CHS took first place and she will participate at the district level. Excerpts from her essay follow:

Humanists brought a new way to view the world. There needs to be a shared spirit of ingenuity. It takes hard work and a strong sense of optimism. You must believe you are capable of a discovery to make discoveries.

If a perfect world with no problems were to exist, this would make everyone lazy, and this then is a problem. Optimism solves this paradox, by believing you can make a perfect world better.

Optimism can still create innovation in a perfect world. Innovation and improvement are necessary in a Utopian world to give a driving force to the human race. Without optimism the world would collapse. Optimism is the infrastructure to keep a perfect world perfect.

Thank you to our three contestants and their families for sharing their essays with our club.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Dana Dring March 20
Larry England March 20
Shane Wilken March 20
Andy Dickerson March 21
Bryan Miller March 21
Sara Hemmeter March 21
Tom Novak March 23
John Kalaman March 25
Steve Blake March 25

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Joan Cordonnier March 22 3/22/2008 11
Jeff Brown March 25 3/25/2015 4

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Bob Crawford Nick Tarkany 3rd Reading
Amy Blakeman Ron Tinnerman 3rd Reading
William Pace Jean Pummill 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

No time for sergeants this week.

 Happy Bucks! 

No time for happy bucks this week.

CNOtes – March 12, 2019 – Muse Machine

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father we have called upon You many times to help us slow down in our run thru life. Yet, we continue to keep our shoulder to the wheel and do our best to be the early bird that gets the worm. The beauty You have created for us goes largely unnoticed. We need to remember also, that it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese. We need to realize that all of Jesus’s accomplishments were done at about 3 mph. Thank You for all our blessings and let us follow You Son’s example on getting er done by not putting the pedal to the metal. Amen!

Today’s Guests

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Special Announcement

Donna Huss announced that the next NOW event will by Tuesday, March 26th at St. Leonard’s Station House. This event will be held from 5-6:30 pm for the residents of St. Leonard. NOW is an acronym for “New Optimists Welcome”. Read more about it here.

Upcoming Social Events

4/1/2019, 6 PM Trivia party run by Scott Hall of @HallAroundTown at Chappy’s Social House

5/4/2019, Kentucky Derby Party at Remodeling Designs in Miamisburg

5/11/2019, Dayton Dragons game in a luxury box

Happy Birthday to Morgan Schiffhauer

Today was Morgan Schiffhauer’s Birthday! We gave her the honor of singing her “Happy Birthday”! She was very enthusiastic about the notably horrible rendition of the classic tune. She even gave two happy bucks! She said, “The singing of ‘Happy Birthday’ was horrible, but it’s the thought that counts.”

Committee Announcements

Jerry Stahley is selling raffle tickets for the OI Junior Golf Championship. The price is 6 Tickets for $5 and the prize is a case of wine. Tickets will be available for the next couple of months.

Stan Franzaglia, Childhood Cancer Committee, said the next Build-A-Bear will be early May, 2019.

Greg Fay stated that the next Optimist 2.0 meeting is March 21, 2019, 4 PM, at Heavier Than Air Brewing Company. It starts earlier than normal so you can enjoy the basketball tournament.

Mike Bevis, Golf Committee, said the golf tournament will be Monday, July 15, 2019. The next meeting will be March 20, 2019 at Buckeye Home Health Care.

Rosalie Catalano from the Muse Machine

Mike Bevis introduced Rosalie Catalano, the Director of Development of Muse Machine. The mission of the Muse Machine is to, “Change the lives of young people through the arts.” On their website the About page states, “Muse Machine is a nationally celebrated arts education organization serving more than 76,800 students and their teachers each year throughout central and southwestern Ohio and Kentucky since 1982. For most students, Muse will create “a-ha!” moments by suggesting imaginative bridges to curriculum. Many will use Muse to discover culture that may have seemed out of reach. Still others will explore their own creative paths through Muse. And all will benefit by the presence of enthusiastic, innovative teachers in their classrooms.”

Rosalie Catalano showed and discussed a slide show that you can view here.

Muse Machine was founded by Suzy Bassani. The Suzy Bassani Theater Off Third is still open, and she is still active in an unofficial capacity.

Students served are from Pre-K through 12. They believe the arts should be available to all children. They help 76000+ students in 108 schools in 13 counties in Ohio and Kentucky. They target Title 1 schools. A Title 1 school is one where at least 40% of students receive free or reduced-price lunches. There has been a dramatic increase in recent years of students receiving these benefits. They serve nearly all the Title 1 schools in the area.

The Six Focus Areas of Muse are:

  • In-School Performances
  • Out-of-School Performances
  • Workshops and Road Trips
  • Muse Machine Productions
  • Elementary Residencies
  • Teacher Development

In-School performances include performances by Dayton Opera, The Human Race Theatre Company, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and more.

Out-of-School performances provide opportunities to attend shows from Broadway tours and other top-level performances at a discounted rate. Venues include Schuster Center, Victoria Theatre and the Loft Theatre.

If a child’s school does not participate in Muse, any child can apply online including home schooled children.

Recently children had an opportunity to take a bus to Chicago to see the play “Hamilton”.

They have expanded the pre-school and elementary offerings to include activities in the summer in addition to the regular school year. A recent workshop for 1st graders was called, “It is all about the money honey.” They learned basic economics, the purpose of money, manufacturing and more.

Kids learn self-confidence and inclusion. As many as 300 kids try out for the annual musical. They learn accountability and time management because they must show up for rehearsals for 3 months. Last January they performed the play, “Hello Dolly.”

Every year there is a week-long seminar in New York. Teachers attend a diverse array of performances and arts events. They meet with producers and actors and brainstorm ways to integrate new ideas into their own classrooms. Each teacher is required to create a lesson plan from their experience. Muse for educators helped teacher earn 2000 hours of continuing education credits.

Over $700,000 of Muse’s $1.3 Million annual budget comes from: individuals, corporations and small businesses, civic groups, foundations and foundation grants, and government grants.

The Muse Machine website has a lot of information about what they do, including calendars and a bunch of lesson plans for teachers to use whenever they want. Donations can be made here.

A recent grant from the National Endowment for the Arts will allow them to put on a multi-cultural show at the Loft in downtown Dayton.

Rosalie Catalano invited any of us to come see an in-school performance. She said to just give her a call, her contact information is on the website. Thank you, Rosalie, for the uplifting and informational presentation.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Morgan Schiffhauer March 12
Gareth Dickey March 14
Vida McDowell March 15
Bob Foster March 16
Brian Nolan March 16
David Brookman March 18

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Bob Glavin March 12 3/12/1993 26
Shane Wilken March 14 3/14/2003 16
Steve Kohls March 14 3/14/2003 16

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Brandon Barrett Jesse Gaither 3rd Reading
Bob Crawford Nick Tarkany 2nd Reading
Amy Blakeman Ron Tinnerman 2nd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Greg Fay For back talking the Sergeant John Thompson
Judy DeMarco Took all Sergeant’s change for 50/50 tickets
Joe Madden Wearing same sweatshirt as Ronald Kuker
Ronald Kuker Wearing same sweatshirt as Joe Madden
Pete Rife Late to meeting
Renee Glenn Late to meeting
Greg Fay Introducing Scott Langer’s guest
Scott Langer Not introducing his guest
Charlie Goodwin Phone rang during meeting
Paulette Novak Here today, but not showing up often enough at CNO lunch meetings

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Donna Huss Thanks for the appreciative comments about the meals and the job she is doing as president.
Melissa DeShurko First grandchild was just born.
Nick Tarkany Second grandchild is on the way, a girl.
Morgan Schiffhauer Thanks for everyone wishing her a happy birthday at today’s meeting.
Morgan Schiffhauer The singing of “Happy Birthday” was horrible, but it’s the thought that counts.
Art Hung Ed Case is in the house.
Joan Cordonnier Middle of track season and she needs temp and permanent employees.