CNOtes – October 9, 2018 – Charles Simms – Dayton Developer

Opening Prayer

In Phather Phil’s absence, our Associate Chaplain, David Ladd, delivered one of his “patented” extemporaneous beautiful prayers to start the meeting.

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Jalen Bobo CHS Spirit Chain
Morgan Colopy CHS Spirit Chain
Charles Simms Speaker
Robey Simms with Speaker
Catherine Stierle CHS Spirit Chain

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Special Announcement

Three students from CHS attended today’s meeting on behalf of CHS Spirit Chain: Jalen Bobo, Morgan Colopy and Kat Stierle. They explained the Spirit Chain fundraiser to us. CHS Spirit chain has a friendly competition to raise the most money each year against Fairmont High School. Money collected this year goes to Angels for Anna and the United Rehabilitation Services of Greater Dayton. We donated $600 as individuals and the club agreed to match it for a total for $1200.

Committee Announcements

Greg Griffin, co-chair Christmas Tree Lot fundraiser, announced that the tree lot set up will be on November 3, 2018 at 8:30 AM. The trees will be delivered on November 17, 2018 at 8:30 AM, and we need anyone that can come that day to come help unload the trees and get the hole drilled in the bottom for the tree stands. There will be soups/chili for all the helpers after unloading the 2 truckloads of trees. The tree lot opens for sales on Friday November 23, 2018 at 9 AM. Hours of operation are 1 PM to 9 PM weekdays and 9 AM to 9 PM weekends. The tree lot tear down will be Sunday December 16, 2018 at 11 AM.

Nancy Lehren, Childhood Cancer chair, stated that there is a Build-a-Bear meeting on October 11, 2018 at 6:30 PM at Panera Bread in downtown Centerville. The next Build-a-Bear event will be October 25, 2018 at Children’s Hospital in downtown Dayton. The event will be sponsored by CNO members Bill and Kelly Stone. She thanked them for their generosity.

Gail Aiken said the “Haunted Trail at Forest Field Park” will be held on October 16, 2018 and October 17, 2018. It is about a 1-mile walk and we need more volunteers for trail guides. She especially needs someone with a loud commanding voice to volunteer so they can announce the rules.

Greg Fay, of CNO 2.0, announced the next CNO 2.0 event will be on October 18, 2018 at 5:30 at Ollie’s Craft Beer. The guest speaker will be Ryan Hawk, who runs the Leadership Advisory team at Brixey & Meyer and who is a trusted advisor to leaders all over the world.

Today’s Speaker

Gary Aiken introduced Charles H. Simms, president of Charles Simms Development, a builder of homes, townhomes, and condos. He came to talk about the revitalization of downtown Dayton. The Simms tradition from their website is: Four generations of homebuilders in the Dayton area have established the Simms Tradition that is recognized throughout the building industry. With nearly a century of developing some of the finest neighborhoods in the Miami Valley, the Simms family has continually met the demands of today’s homebuyers.

Simms purchased his father’s company in 1996.

Several years ago, the City of Dayton asked him to start building downtown. They gave him a piece of land next to a parking garage. After some market research they went for it. There was a new demand for downtown buildings. In the first development they built 18 units on 1 acre. This density is not possible in suburbs because of setback rules, but downtown there is plenty of space without the rules. Infill sites downtown are popular because the infrastructure of electric, gas, water, sewer and pole lights are already there. They sold the first 18 units in 7 months. It was energizing. There was no theft of building materials.

Simms and his company have built 6 developments downtown for a total of 108 units. Downtown Dayton is making a comeback over the past several years. Most of the townhouses are 3 floors. Twelve of them have 4 floors with the top floor being a sitting room with a view of the river. These units have elevators.

He now lives downtown in one of the townhouses he built.

He is often asked about grocery shopping downtown. He said, “There are no major groceries downtown, but downtown Dayton is great because it is only 5 minutes from a Dorothy Lane Market and 10 minutes from a Kroger’s. Plus, there are some smaller stores that are located downtown.”

He addressed a question about crime downtown. He said, “There is almost no crime downtown. The criminals can’t get away quickly. There is a lot more crime in the suburbs. The only crimes that happen are car break-ins of cars left unlocked.”

Simms mentioned that jobs and population drive new housing demand. There is a great market in Dayton and we live in a great area with virtually no traffic issues.

He predicts that for the foreseeable future there will be less development sprawl (suburbs) and more infill (urban/downtown). Inflation in the cost of newly constructed housing has skyrocketed. Construction cost is getting close to $200/sq foot and this makes infill construction more affordable.


Member Birthday
Christy Gariety October 09
Laurie Westheimer October 09
Paula Kalaman October 09
Dav Bremer October 11
Steve Campbell October 11
Donna Robinson October 14
Sue Jessee October 14
Wesley Cleaves October 15

Membership Anniversaries

No membership anniversaries this week.

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Becky Keegan Carolyn Taylor 3rd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Bob Duffy Getting second dessert at the Presidents Club luncheon
Greg Griffin Having a tree lot presentation in October
Art Hung Being late

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Gary Smiga Thanks for the donations to the Centerville HS Spirit Chain from members at today’s CNO lunch
Gary Aiken Next Tuesday Paul Conover will be our speaker
Charles Simms $20 for having him as speaker at today’s CNO lunch
Bill Stone Retirement is great after selling his business 1 year ago
Patrick Arehart Still enjoys his work as president and founder of Arehart Consulting, LLC for 30 years

CNOtes – October 2, 2018 – Lt. Rebecca Esselstein – USAF

Phather Phil’s Prayer

[In Loving Memory of our Dear Friend and 41-Year Centerville Noon Optimist Club Member – Chuck Dickerson]

I’ve read this poem many times and found some solace to my distress when I lost a friend…

If Death my friend and me divide. Thou dost not, Lord, my sorry chide or frown my tears to see; Restrained from passionate excess Thou bidest me to morn in calm distress For them that rest in thee. I feel a strong immortal hope which bears my mournful spirit up
Beneath it’s mountain load. Redeemed from death and grief and pain, I soon shall find my friend again
within the arms of God. Pass a few fleeting moments more and death

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Andy Dickerson Donna Huss
Erin Dickerson Donna Huss
Dr. Brian Esselstein Debe Dockins
Lisa Esselstein Debe Dockins
Lt. Rebecca Esselstein Speaker
Barb Groene Debe Dockins
Becky Keegan Carolyn Taylor

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Celebrating the life of Chuck Dickerson

David Ladd came to the podium before our meeting. We had a moment of silence to celebrate Chuck’s life, a large portion of which he dedicated to our club. Then he told a few stories about Chuck that made us both happy and sad.


Today is the first meeting Donna Huss has presided as President for 2018-2019 of the Centerville Noon Optimist club. We are lucky to have her and she did a great job. We look forward to a great year under her direction.

John Kalaman thanked CNO for being a $250 hole sponsor for the recent 21st Annual John P. Kalaman Memorial Golf Tournament and Pig Roast.

The Haunted Trail at Forest Field Park will be held on October 16, 2018 and October 17, 2018. It is about a 1-mile walk and we need more volunteers for trail guides.

Roland Rapp has been chosen as the new treasurer for the year beginning October, 2019. Thank you to all that applied, it was not an easy decision.

Today’s Speaker

Debe Dockins introduced 1st Lt. Rebecca Esselstein. Debe’s introduction follows:

1st Lt. Rebecca Esselstein, U.S.A.F. is a graduate of Alter High School (Class of 2011 Valedictorian) and the U.S. Air Force Academy (Top Academic Graduate and Top Overall Graduate – 2015) where she studied Astronautical Engineering. She is a native of Washington Township and most recently completed her Ph.D. in Astrophysics at the University of Oxford in England as a Rhodes Scholar. In her spare time, Lt. Esselstein rowed for the Blue Boat at Oxford against Cambridge (2017) She was CoSIDA Women’s Division I Track & Field Academic All-American of the Year in 2015. Her dream is to become an astronaut. Lt. Esselstein’s next assignment is flight school in Texas.

Esselstein told us stories that led her to the Air Force and what motivates her. Her stories were interesting, informative and funny!

Through second grade she wanted to be a paleontologist. In the third grade she had a unit on space and she was hooked. Since then and to this day, she wants to be an astronaut. She told this to a neighbor and they suggested she consider the Air Force as way to achieve her goal. For several years the Air Force did not interest her, however, by the time she reached Alter High School, she knew she wanted to go to the Air Force Military Academy after High School.

Esselstein really appreciated her experience at Alter H.S. She brought with her as a guest today her former Chemistry teacher Barbara Groene who is now Dean of Students at Alter High School. Groene had a big influence on Esslestein. Also able to attend as Esselstein’s guests were her parents, Dr Brian and Lisa Esselstein.

At Alter she ran cross country and they won first or second in state each year and they broke records. Being part of the 4×8 track team taught her a lot about team work and she loved the camaraderie of the team.

When Esselstein attended the Air Force Academy, the new cadets were about 80% male and 20% female. She described Basic Cadet Training as a process where they break everyone down regardless of gender to their core, then they start the process of building you back up, with the discipline you need to make the military work.

Esselstein has always been a perfectionist when it comes to school work. The Academy has a very intense schedule. Your day is pretty full starting with mandatory breakfast. Her only real issue with the discipline of the Academy was the rule for getting 8 hours of sleep. To keep straight A’s she needed extra time to study. Her leader was frustrated with Esselstein’s not getting 8 hours of sleep. They went back and forth many times on her length of sleep. Esselstein was told can you please accept getting some B’s in class and then get 8 hours of sleep? Esselstein was not able comply with this since receiving A’s was very important to her!

Esselstein learned how to parachute. They do not do tandem jumps even for beginners. There is intense training and your 1st jump is solo. For her 2nd jump she had to use the backup parachute. Part of her training before this parachuting had taught her to think under pressure, so the backup parachute incident was not a problem.

After graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy as an Astronautical Engineer, she wanted to earn a masters degree. She obtained a scholarship to study abroad at the University of Oxford in the UK. She obtained a Rhodes scholarship. She got her masters in 2 years, but she wanted her PhD which she found out she could get in just one more year. The military originally only allowed her 2 years for getting her graduate degree, but she was able to convince them to let her stay the extra year.

Esselstein struggled with Oxford not being totally structured like the Academy. She needed some kind of additional physical goal. She found rowing and became addicted. At Oxford there is a strong and long-lasting tradition for the 39 colleges there to compete in rowing against each other.  There was intense competition to make the Blue Boat on the Oxford rowing team. There were only 16 spots in 2 boats available. This was a seven-month process. They were all competing with and working with others at the same time. She did get one of the 16 spots. At the start of the first competition race, she lost control of her oar. The entire team had to stop so she could retrieve and reset her oar. They were still able to finish and not be eliminated that round.

For the last year at Oxford in order to have enough time to get her PhD, Rebecca reluctantly had to leave the team. For her PhD she studied how fast stars spin.

Soon  Esselstein begins flight training in Texas and she plans to become a test pilot. She plans for this to lead to becoming an Astronaut. Her end goal is to the moon and back. She will consider a trip to Mars as long as it is a round trip.


Member Birthday
Ben Barlow October 05
Rachel Selby October 07
Christy Gariety October 09
Laurie Westheimer October 9

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Ken Irwin October 2 10/2/2012 6
Larry Larrimer October 2 10/2/2012 6
Rick Kempfer October 2 10/2/2012 6
Bryan Link October 3 10/3/2017 1
Christy Gariety October 3 10/3/2011 7
Stephanie Catanzaro October 3 10/3/2017 1
Cristlyn Johnston October 4 10/4/2010 8
Valorie Huff October 7 10/7/2004 14
Deb Saunders October 8 10/8/2016 2
James Mogan October 8 10/8/2016 2
Jesse Gaither October 8 10/8/2016 2
Mandy Ransdell October 8 10/8/2016 2
Rachel Selby October 8 10/8/2016 2

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Becky Keegan Carolyn Taylor 2nd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Stan Franzaglia Said the word “fine” to a sergeant when asked how he was today.
Chris McAlpine Fined $6 since that maximum amount of fines he paid in a day when he president.
Donna Huss For being president
Cherie Gentry Buying 50/50 ticket with a silver dollar.
Gary Smiga Being a treasurer elsewhere
Scott Langer Being late

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Bob Burkman Grandson Spencer promoted to Corporal USMC
Bob Burkman Granddaughter Brianna hired by Premier Health as an Athletic Trainer
Liz Fultz Gave $5 becaue she survived the Woodbourne grand reopening
Larry Lynde Thanks to Don Kelley for leading long range planning for the large 50th anniversary donation requests for the park playground and the library outdoor kids area.
Cherie Gentry She and Myron were at the Bearcat optimist club that was just chartered
Greg Wasmund Brother Todd promoted to brigadier general
Vida McDowell Tennis Team will be going to nationals in Orlando
Chris McAlpine Happy to just be an audience member at today’s meeting.
Jay McAlpine Just returned from the trip of a lifetime to South Africa
Jay McAlpine Very proud of son Chris for being president of CNO for the past year
Nancy Lehren Niece, Angelina, is competing in the Fall 2018 Season of Survivor on the Goliath tribe
Pat Behn Along with Myron she charted a new club with 27 members called Greenmount Voices for people with disabilities
Sue Brubaker She and Mike got back from Vegas and did not lose money – they broke even

CNOtes – September 18, 2018 – Eric Harmon – Dayton Magazine

Phather Phill’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, You have given us many gifts, of those at the top of the list are those of your spirit within us, healthy minds and bodies. Forgive us Lord when we have damaged any of these gifts. For when we do we suffer. Fortunately You have left Your door open to seek relief and forgiveness. Let us not try to use Your grace as a never ending escape from our own folly. Let us come to You with a humble and forgiving heart to experience the relief that only You can administer. All this we ask in Your son’s name. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Eric Harmon Speaker
Becky Keegan Carolyn Taylor
Beth McAlpine Chris McAlpine
Katie McAlpine Chris McAlpine
Pam McGill Mike Bevis
Katelynn Webb with Speaker

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Special Announcements

Chris McAlpine brought his wife, Beth McAlpine, today.  Beth is a volunteer that coordinates sponsorships for the PVS Winterfest Fundraiser. The board recently approved a donation for $500 to PVS and Chris presented Beth with a check for them at today’s meeting.

Roland Rapp was presented an Optimist bib for his recently born grandson form Houston, TX.

Last Regular Meeting as President for Chris McAlpine

Today was the last regular meeting under Chris McAlpine. To make the moment memorable some of our fine members have upped their game when they pulled a practical joke on Chris. Instead of stealing the gavel or bell they stole his podium. Now you see it, now you don’t! He was happy that this happened on his last meeting as president and not his first! There is always a way to be positive about a situation.

At the end of the meeting, Chris McAlpine said, “Thank you for a delightful year. It is a team effort and thank you to everyone!”

Committee Announcements

Greg Fay, CNO 2.0 Chair, announced that this month’s CNO 2.0 meeting speaker will be Aneesa Bhimani-Trimble from Hannah’s Treasure Chest and it will be held at the Heavier than Air brewing company. Remember the CNO 2.0 meeting is always the third Thursday of the month at 5:30 PM at a local bar or restaurant. Ryan Hawk will be the speaker at the next meeting on October 18, 2018 at Ollie’s.

Greg Fay, CNO 2.0 Chair, also announced that on October 12, 2018 for the last home game of the year for Centerville Elks Football versus Northmont we are having a tailgate party coordinated with the Centerville Quarterbacks club.

Gail Aiken announced the Haunted Trail at Forest Field Park will be held on October 16, 2018 and October 17, 2018. It is about a 1-mile walk and we need more volunteers for trail guides.

Beth Duncan, social committee chair, announced that the next social event will be on October 4th, 2018 at Breakout Games in Centerville with pizza after at Donato’s Pizza. Sign up at a meeting or email Diane Arehart at

Beth Duncan and Joe madden announced special tips about the dress code for the Installation Banquet that will be held on September 25, 2018. The following combinations do not go together: nose ring and, Bi-focal glasses, spiked hair and bald spots, pierced tongue and dentures, miniskirts and support hose, ankle bracelets and corn pads, Speedos and cellulite, belly button ring and gall bladder scars, disco shirts and a heart monitor, bikinis and liver spots, short shorts and varicose veins, and inline skates with a walker. The most important thing is DO NOT dress like Don Kelley.

Chris McAlpine announced that the South Metro Optimist club is celebrating their 30th anniversary. We sponsored this club in 1988 and we are invited to their party on October 1, 2018 at 6 pm.

Chris McAlpine stated that Tri-Star Soccer still needs volunteers. The event will be on September 21, 2018, from 6 PM to 7:30 PM. Be sure to invite children aged 4-13 to come and participate in this free event.

Today’s Presentation

Mike Bevis introduced Eric Harmon, the publisher and president of Cincy Company LLC which publishes The Dayton Magazine every other month as well as other community magazines. It is free to subscribe to the magazine, and always has been. He told us stories of his personal and professional life and his thoughts about the Dayton area.

Eric grew up in Cleveland. His parents launched a magazine in the Cleveland area then moved in Houston because of the military. Eric enjoys coaching and playing sports.

Eric said that sometimes the best advice you are given you shouldn’t take. He asked others for advice on whether he should launce a magazine for Dayton and was advised not to, but he did anyway and it has been successful.

Daytonian’s love history, so they try to remember this when producing the magazine. When the magazine was launched, the creators were nervous about the cover. The month it launched was the anniversary of the great Dayton flood. All pictures of the flood are black and white, which was not ideal for the full color magazine. It worked out and ended up being the best launch ever of one of their local magazines. They have Leo Doluca write a history story for every issue.

The most popular zip code for subscribers is Centerville. The office for Dayton Magazine has been at The Entrepreneur Center since they started. They have 10,000 subscribers.

Daytonian’s have a way of candidly speaking at business meetings. Someone told Eric, “Don’t make this an Ad Rag.” He thinks it is great that businesses in Dayton will tell you the truth versus other cities.

Eric does have concerns about the lack of growth in downtown Dayton, however, he also noted that there is a lot of construction of apartments and condominiums. One of the fascinating things about this construction is that the buildings are full upon opening. They are building these dwellings on a needs basis versus investor/developer basis. He thinks that if we improved the Dayton Convention Center it will greatly help economic development in the area. Don’t worry about the past, make things happen now and for the future.

Lastly, Eric encourages CNO to keep going and he has noticed we are very active in the community. He asked if we would please allow Dayton Magazine to tell our Optimist story with other articles that will help the community. You can find links for article or idea submissions here.


Member Birthday
Bill DeFries September 19
Willard Cale September 20
Harry Bossey September 22
Jonathan Werts September 22
Donald Wildenhaus September 25
Gregory Smith September 25
Diane Arehart September 26
Evelyn Griffin September 26
Heather Kuth September 27
Jeff Kujawa September 27
Jeff Kujawa September 27
Mike Fanelli October 01
Roy Barclay October 01

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Bill Williams September 20 9/20/1993 25
Denver Cottle September 20 9/20/2015 3
Sue Brubaker September 23 9/23/2008 10
Michael Wall September 26 9/26/1995 23
Stephen Walker September 28 9/28/1998 20
John Powell September 29 9/29/1999 19
Pat Behn September 29 9/29/2003 15
Bill Gaul September 30 9/30/2016 2
Brooks Compton September 30 9/30/1994 24
Denise O’Neil September 30 9/30/1994 24
Donald Wildenhaus September 30 9/30/1997 21
Karl Frydryk October 1 10/1/1988 30

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Becky Keegan Carolyn Taylor 1st Reading
Dana Dring Craig Dring Induction

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Scott Langer Late to meeting
Beth Duncan Wearing Lizard Apparel shirt
Dan Beck Having a Suntan and not being retired
Gail Aiken Lost 2 people on the Haunted Trail last year
Chris McAlpine Lost Podium
Dick Lee For being too nice, he must be hiding something
Jean Pummill and Rachel Goetz For not racing their scooters
Mike Yoder Riding golf cart and not picking up elderly ladies in the parking lot

Happy Bucks!

Barbara Santo Brighton Collectibles (where she works) collected 200,000 pairs of shoes for Soles for Souls, thanks to all who donated.
Barbara Santo CNO donated to DPS kindergarten teacher (and Barbara’s friend) Maria to purchase items needed for 75 kindergarten students.
David Duncombe Miracle that his friend,m a Marine Veteran from WWII, is getting back feeling in his hands and feet.

CNOtes – September 11, 2018 – Presentation of Checks to Dayton Children’s from Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf Outing

Phather Phill’s Prayer

Heavenly Father: we all need to have a quiet time every day to be with You. A time to enjoy communicating with You and emptying ourselves of all our concerns. We realize we are blessed. Not as rich as we would like
to be, but not as poor as many. There are more with problems than we think we have and even more that have no solution. Thank You again for us being Optimist; helping youth with consistent love and fellowship. Help
us help everyone by following our Creed, especially to be too strong for lies, too noble for gossip, too strong for the devil and too confused to recognize trouble. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Dr. Mukund Dole Dayton Children’s
Dana Dring Craig Dring
Faye Elam Judy DeMarco
Jim Elam Judy DeMarco
Jeff Garnica Bob Foster
Becky Keegan Carolyn Taylor
Mark Morris Bob Foster
Dave Tellmann James Free Jewelers
Curt Thomas Vince Reidy
Lisa Tucker Judy DeMarco
Sherri Valentine James Free Jewelers
William Ward Judy DeMarco

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Remembering Tuesday 9/11/2001

Bob Duffy, who was CNO president during the 9/11/2001 attacks in New York, told us a memory from that day. September 11, 2001 was a Tuesday and the attacks happened right before the CNO lunch. It was an odd feeling not knowing exactly what has happened and what to think or say about it.

Special Reminder

There will be no lunch on September 25, 2018. Instead we will be having our installation dinner that evening at Canopy Creek Farm.

Committee Announcements

Jesse Gaither, CNO 2.0 committee, announced that the next CNO 2.0 meeting will be on September 20, 2018 at 5:30 PM, Heavier than Air Brewing Company. Speaking will be Sarah Williams from Hannah’s Treasure Chest.

Diane Arehart, social committee, announced that the next social event will be on October 4th, 2018 at Breakout Games in Centerville with pizza after at Donato’s Pizza. Sign up at a meeting or email Diane Arehart at

Gail Aiken announced the Haunted Trail at Forest Field Park will be held on October 16, 2018 and October 17, 2018. It is about a 1-mile walk and we need more volunteers for trail guides.

Chris McAlpine announced the next board meeting will be Monday, September 17, 2018 at 6:30 PM at Audio Etc, and it will focus on budgeting. Note that the meeting is on a Monday this month, not a Tuesday. This meeting will include all current and soon-to-be board members.

Chris McAlpine announced that Tri-Star Soccer still needs volunteers. The event will be on September 21, 2018, from 6 PM to 7:30 PM. Be sure to invite children aged 4-13 to come and participate in this free event.

Today’s Speaker

Mike Bevis introduced Adam Blanchard, the Director of Donor Engagement at Dayton Children’s Hospital (DCH). He thanked CNO for our ongoing donations to DCH.

Mr. Blanchard introduced Dr. Mukund Dole, MD, who has been at DCH for 21 years. He started off thanking us for the quarterly breakfasts we sponsor for he and the team; please keep them coming everyone truly enjoys them.

He stated, “Pediatric cancer is very difficult for the families. Thank you for helping to fund the gigantic floor that lets families stay near their children.”

Donations from CNO have helped fund the patient tower at DCH that opened on June 5, 2017. It has State of the Art technologies and conveniences. In the Dayton area there are 50 new patients each year with childhood cancer. Pediatric cancer is truly bad luck. It is not because of lifestyle, exercise levels or diet which are the causes of a lot of cancers in adults. Pediatric cancers can be cured about 85% of the time. About 42% of adults with cancer are cured. Treatment for pediatric cancer is the same across the U.S. through a nationwide network of doctors and protocols.

Because of DCH, right here in Dayton patients can receive phase 1 and phase 2 procedures without traveling. He thanked us for our support which makes the services possible in our region.

Dr. Dole introduced Kate Barrett. She thanked us for making Children’s the beneficiary of the Golf Outing’s proceeds. The money we raise helps families by making it so they do not have to worry about where to eat or stay while their children get treatment. The money is also used to help educate newly diagnosed patients and to help cover high deductible insurance and co-pays for the drugs patients receive.

She specifically mentioned how much the kids and the families love the Build-a-Bear events.

Additionally, she told us the new patient tower is wonderful! There were 13 new technologies just added recently. Next year stem cell bone marrow transplants will be possible at DCH. This will help even more families stay close to home while their children receive treatment.

Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf 2018 Report

Mike Bevis thanked volunteers and sponsors for the 2018 Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf Outing at Sycamore Creek Country Club that was held 7/16/2018. Thank you, Mike, for today’s report and for chairing the wonder golf fundraiser!

Chris McAlpine presented a check for $12,000 from the event to the representatives from Children’s Hospital. Another check for the patient tower was presented for $5000.00, which is the 4th installment of our $25,000 commitment to the tower.

Next year the 28th annual golf outing will be held on July 15, 2019.

The following are the notes Mike used for his speech:

Good afternoon and thanks Chris for the time today to thank everyone for their efforts on the 2018 Tom Frazier Classic Tee Off for Youth Golf Classic. It is always a fun day to celebrate and recognize those who work so diligently especially during this record year.

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

We brought in 140 golfers (a record and 20 more than last year) and delivered $36,000 in revenue for our club. I would like to recognize our committee, starting with co-Chairs, Bob Foster and Donna Huss. Additionally, thank you to committee members Sarah Umbreit, Vince Reidy, Steve Kohls, Pat Behn, Val Huff, Vida McDowell, Sue Brubaker, Charlie Tapp, Ellie Parker, Roberta Taylor, Denise O’Neill, Jean Pummill, Judy DeMarco and Barbara Santo, Deb Ulrich, Kristin Passidomo, Mandy Ransdell, Paul Webendorfer, Deb Saunders, Beth Duncan, June Bosworth, Bob Burkman, John Spears, John Thompson, Chris Ziehler, Julie Walling and Greg Griffin!

There were also more than 50 other volunteers who gave their talent and time to help on July 16.

How about a big applause for your tee off for youth golf committee….25 plus members.

Thank you……

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

Our Five Star and master’s sponsors

1-800-GOT-Junk and You Move Me

McAfee Heating and Air

Bill’s Donuts

Remodeling Designs


Secure Future Advisors – Mark Morris

Hole In One Sponsors

James Free Jewelers

Voss Auto Network

Mercedes Benz of Centerville

Castrucci Auto Group

Cart Sponsor – Mike Houser of House Asphalt and Concrete, St. Leonard’s, Parts Express, Infiniti of Dayton, State Farm Jim Slatt and Parallel Advisors

Goody Bag Stuff – Dayton Children’s Hospital, Woeber’s Mustard, Mike-Sells Potato Chips, Montgomery Inn BBQ and Jaffe Jewelers

Masters and Double Eagle Sponsors

Monica Stomps CPA

Woeber’s Mustard – Wally Miller

Star Cartage – Joe Collins

Shane Wilken – First Financial Bank

Allstate Insurance – Andy Harmon

Morgan Stanley – Keith Meyers

Eagle and other Sponsors

Bar Codes Unlimited

Brixey and Meyer

Buckeye Eco Care

Buckeye Home Health Care

Buckeye Senior Care

Buckeye Pools

Barker, Beck, Collins and Kronauge Insurance

The Carpet Store

Mike’s Car Wash

Centerville Insurance

Centerville Pizza

Copp Integrated Systems

Dr. Dan Passidomo

DayAir Credit Union

Dayton Children’s Hospital

Judy and Gary DeMarco

Ethan Allen

Elliott Tool

Essential Irrigation and Landscaping

Famous Restaurant

Franklin Iron & Metal

Graceworks – Bethany Village

Hammerman, Graf and Hughes

Home City Ice

Incarnation Catholic School

Hamilton Self Storage

Liberty Self Storage


Turf Nerd

Jack Anderson– Merrill Lynch

Miami Valley School

Minute Man Press

William Ward – Morgan Stanley – Centerville

Lizard Apparel

Morgan Stanley Keith Meyer

Ohio Eagle Distributing (beer)

Parallel Advisors


Molly Petsch

P & R Specialty

Prime Controls

Rooted Grounds Coffee

Routsong Funeral Home

Rumpke Waste and Recycling

Saint Leonard

Secure Futures

Sign Connection

Southtown Heating & Air


Tinnerman Insurance


Bill Uhl Insurance

Walling Photography

Woeber’s Mustard

Wow…what a lineup. Thank you to all our valued sponsors for making the 27th Annual Tee Off for Youth such a tremendous success.

And now for the fun stuff……many, many of you volunteer and spend time at Dayton Children’s Hospital. If you have ever visited Dayton Children’s, you know why we all do what we do….we try to bring out the best in kids.

The Centerville Noon Optimist fund works miracles and helps families. And that is the reason that everyone we have just mentioned works so hard to pull off such an extraordinary event.


Member Birthday
Sam Pfabe September 11

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Dean Heyne September 14 9/14/2016 2
William DeShurko September 14 09/14/2016 2

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Bryan Miller Joan Cordonnier 3rd Reading
Daniel Koons Mike Bevis 3rd Reading
Dana Dring Craig Dring 3rd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

No time for Sergeants this week.

Happy Bucks!

No time for Happy Bucks this week.

CNOtes – September 4, 2018 – Pamela Jacques – Epilepsy Foundation

Phather Phill’s Prayer

Heavenly Father: we all need to have a quiet time every day to be with You. A time to enjoy communicating with You and emptying ourselves of all our concerns. We realize we are blessed. Not as rich as we would like
to be, but not as poor as many. There are more with problems than we think we have and even more that have no solution. Thank You again for us being Optimist; helping youth with consistent love and fellowship. Help
us help everyone by following our Creed, especially to be too strong for lies, too noble for gossip, too strong for the devil and too confused to recognize trouble. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Becca Dryden Bill Stone
Gresham Dryden Bill Stone
Nathan Dryden Bill Stone
Pamela Jacques Speaker

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Special Presentation

Dan Beck had a special presentation for Phather Phil. Phil Robinson has been writing and saying our prayers for over 25 years. For several years now, he has used his iPad to help him write these beautiful and funny prayers. Recently, his iPad broke, so we presented him a new inscribed iPad so he can type his prayers again.

God Hears and Answers Prayer

Presented to

“Phather” Phil Robinson

By the Centerville Noon Optimist Club

In Recognition and Appreciation for the Countless Prayers

that You Have Authored and

Offered on Our Behalf for Decades

New Grandbabies

Dave Kay and Bill Stone received an “Optimist” embroidered bib for their recently born grandchildren.

Committee Announcements

Bob Burkman asked members to please sign up for the Big Back Yard Party. This event has combined the Centerville Washington Day in the Park with the National Hunting and Fishing Day. We need volunteers on September 15, 2018. between 1 and 4. You would be signing up for 2-hour shifts.

Greg Griffin, co-chair of the Christmas Tree Lot fundraiser, announced work for the tree lot has started to ramp up. He and Karl Frydryk are the chairs this year. There is another shortage of trees this year, but our suppliers are able to fill our truck order.

Beth Duncan, social chair, stated the annual Installation Dinner is on September 25, 2018 at 6 PM at  Canopy Creek Farm and the cost is $35 per person. There will not be a lunch served that day at Yankee Trace.

Chris McAlpine announced Tri-Star Soccer will be on Friday 9/21/2018 at 5 PM until 7:30 PM at the Rec Center. He still needs volunteers.

Happy Birthday Bob Collins

Today was Bob Collins’ actual birthday. Charlie Tapp led us in another installment of our talentless singing of Happy Birthday, that both makes you smile and brings a tiny tear. My ears still hurt, plus it is stuck in my head.

Today’s Speaker

Beth Duncan introduced today’s speaker, Pamela Jacques, MS, CPW, CHES. Pamela Jacques serves as the Executive Director of the Epilepsy Foundation Ohio.  She believes epilepsy is now in the same place cancer was 25 years ago- a secret no one wants to share, but with strategic communications and programming, that can change. People will realize it is not uncommon and it is not a secret to be hidden away.

Pam received a BA in Communications from Wright State University and a MS in Health Services from California College for Health Sciences.  She is a certified heath education specialist and in professional writing.  Before coming to the Epilepsy Foundation, she spent 21 years at Premier Health, 9 as the Executive Director of Premier Community Health, a subsidiary of Premier Health.

She specializes in disease self-management education and health communications, winning numerous national and state health communication awards.

The New Epilepsy Foundation Ohio was just formed and represents all of Ohio. They are trying to get the word out. One of the major issues with getting the word out is people (and their families) with the disease keep it a secret because a lot of the general population do not understand the disease. Quite a large number of people are afflicted with Epilepsy. More people live with Epilepsy than Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis and Cerebral Palsy combined. You know someone with Epilepsy, but may not know that they have it.

Epilepsy is a brain disease that is an electrical storm or electrical misfiring in the brain, causing a person to have repeated seizures.

We usually don’t know exactly why a person has or gets epilepsy.

Common causes of Epilepsy can be linked to

  • Head injury
  • Brain infection
  • Stroke
  • Brain tumor
  • Brain malformations
  • Alzheimer’s or other dementias
  • Genetic and inherited factors

Who Gets Epilepsy

  • About 140,000 people in Ohio have epilepsy or 1.2% of the population
  • 1 in 26 people will develop epilepsy in their lifetimes
  • Epilepsy does not discriminate- it affects all ages, genders, races, religions and social backgrounds

What to do if you see a person having seizure:

  • Stay calm and speak calmly
  • Protect the person from harm and stay with them until the seizure is over
  • Do not hold the person down
  • If they fall to the ground, put a soft item under their head
  • Roll them to their side, if possible, to keep their airway clear
  • Time the Seizure
  • Do not put anything in their mouth

When to call 911

  • If the person has never had a seizure before
  • If they have trouble breathing or waking after the seizure
  • They have another seizure right after the first one
  • They are hurt during the seizure
  • The seizure happens in water
  • The person has a health condition or is pregnant
  • The seizure lasts 5 minutes longer than the usual seizure the person experiences

Epilepsy Treatments:

  • Medications
  • VNS- Vagal Nerve Stimulation
  • RNS- Responsive Neurostimulation
  • Brain surgery
  • Dietary Therapies

Children who have epilepsy

  • Children can have multiple issues, including issues with academic achievement, behavioral and emotional adjustment and social interactions
  • About ¼ of children cannot be controlled with medicine
  • Epilepsy medicines can cause behavior and mood changes/problems
  • Experience bullying at a higher rate than other students- even by school staff

Adults with Epilepsy

  • Often experience discrimination in jobs or school
  • Often bullied or treated differently
  • Often treated like they cannot do what others can
  • Higher risk of depression, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and other mental health issues
  • Medications can cause fatigue, memory problems and other issues
  • Women with epilepsy have issues around pregnancy and birth control effectiveness


Quick Facts About Epilepsy

  • Epilepsy is not a mental illness it is a brain malfunction
  • You can NOT catch epilepsy from another person
  • There are more than 20 types of seizures, either Generalized or Focal
  • Some seizures can go undiagnosed as it looks like the person is just staring into space

Programs and Services

  • Kid’s Crew
  • Closed Facebook Groups; one for Parents of Children with Epilepsy and one for Adults Living with Epilepsy
  • 24/7 Helpline, available online or by telephone 1-800-332-1000
  • My Seizure Diary, a Free self-management tool records, tracks and helps people manage seizures, see



As of September 5, 2018, the Epilepsy Foundation Greater Dayton Region is expanding to become the        Epilepsy Foundation Ohio. It has expanded from covering 11 counties to all of Ohio.

Additional Links

Contacting the Epilepsy Foundation of Ohio



Epilepsy Foundation of Ohio

11 W. Monument Ave., Suite 101, Dayton, Ohio 45402


Member Birthday
Robert Collins September 04
Roberta Taylor September 07
Karl Frydryk September 08

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Gail Aiken September 8 9/8/1993 25

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Bryan Miller Joan Cordonnier 2nd Reading
Daniel Koons Mike Bevis 3rd Reading
Dana Dring Craig Dring 2nd Reading
Carolyn Taylor Beth Duncan Induction
Steve Linder Mike Brubaker Induction

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Kelly Stone She had last week’s 50/50 winning ticket, but couldn’t find it before the next ticket was called
Don Kelley Dropped a check on the ground which is littering
30+ Year CNO Members Not aging gracefully
Kelly Stone Not all of her grandkids who were guests today said pledge of alligence
Evelyn Griffin Evelyn lost a name tag but since she is so nice Dan Passidomo was asked to pay her fine
Jack Anderson Only showed up today because he was told he won a prize from golf outing
Dave Kay Wearing Michigan State apparel to lunch too often
Carol Burkman Carol did not hug one of the sergeants but since she is so nice Jay McAlpine was asked to pay her fine
Bob Duffy Fined for all of the times he sat at the birthday table when it was not his birthday

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Myron Rheaume Getting a new knee on Thursday
Myron Rheaume His autistic son Scott Rheaume who is a FOO, said, when Myron told him he was coming to lunch today, “Scott not FOO, ‘Scott Optimist'” – PRICELESS
Jay McAlpine Greek Festival is this weekend. Please come out. He and his wife will be working the pastry booth over the weekend. The festival happens every year the weekend after Labor Day.

CNOtes – August 28, 2018 – Georgia Mergler – Sneak Peek – New Woodbourne Library

Phather Phill’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, I think we all have had the feeling of being at the end of our rope. We have lost faith in ourselves and the miraculous things we can do. In times like this have us remember the caterpillar, when it thought the world was over it became a butterfly. Lord You are always there to bring us back from self destruction. We can always turn to You in faith and continue on the road You created for us. Whatever number of days we have left let us use them to bring joy and purpose to the lives of others and turn them
into butterflies. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Dana Dring Craig Dring
Georgia Mergler Speaker
Criss Somerlot Joe Madden

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Committee Announcements

Beth Duncan, Social Committee, announced that the Installation Dinner will be at Canopy Creek Farm on Tuesday, 9/25/18 at 6PM (no lunch that day) and the cost is $35/person. Also, save the date of December 11, 2018 for the Holiday Dinner.

Tom Novak, Avenue of Flags, said that flag pickup for Labor Day will be Thursday 5-7, and Friday 8:30-10 on Friday. There are over 100 helpers and 65 Routes.

Chris McAlpine, Tri-star Soccer Chair, stated that the next event will be Friday evening, 9/21/18, at the Rec Center.

Today’s Presentation or Speaker

Liz Fultz introduced Georgia Mergler.

Liz’s intro: Our speaker is Georgia Mergler, the Community Relations Manager at the Washington-Centerville Public Library.  When I asked what to say for her introduction, she said anything that makes her look fabulous.  After 20 years with the library, there is no shortage of material, but she makes herself look fabulous.  She came to give us a sneak peek of the Woodbourne Library renovation and expansion.  Woodbourne Library has been closed for just over a year and half and it is now gearing up to reopen.  Georgia will whet our appetites with details about the library and the upcoming events.

Her presentation was titled, “Woodbourne Library Grand Re-opening. Renovation and Expansion”

Originally the building the library is in was the Hunter Savings and Loan in the 1960’s and was designed in the mid 1900’s by famous designer, Wood Garber. His design features and history of the building will be discussed at a meeting on November 3, 2018.

In 2016 the Woodbourne library was closed for renovation. The new expansion takes the size of the library from 21,000 sq. ft to 30,000 sq ft, which is approximately the same size now as the Centerville library. She showed us pictures of tensile shade structures funded by CNO for the Children’s Garden. We also saw pictures of the two signature sunscreens on the sides of the building designed by Harry Botier that were restored to look how they did originally.

Some features of the renovated library:

  • There is a new drive through material drop off.
  • Parking has been increased and there is a new exit at North Village Drive. You can no longer turn left out on to 48 from the library.
  • For the new Teen Room, artists have created some original works of art.
  • There is a Marketplace Area for browsing audio visual material and to pickup your holds.
  • The new Children’s Room includes a story time area and includes special details to be small child friendly. It is within the Children’s library.
  • The new non-fiction area shows a good example of the new patterned carpet.
  • There are some nice new lighting fixtures. Between natural lighting and new lighting features the library is much brighter than before.
  • Seven public meeting rooms were added. These can be reserved by the public for free with a WCPL library card. The tables in these rooms include electrical outlets and USB outlets. There are also TV’s with HDMI connections for computer presentations.

The library will be hosting the “Rediscovering Woodbourne: Fundraising Gala” on September 20, 2018 from 6 PM until 9 PM. The cost is $60.60 (6060 is the address of the library). This event is for adults 21 and over. Proceeds from this event will support projects to enhance the Library experience for all ages.

The grand opening will be September 23, 2018. There will be a Flag dedication at 12:30 followed by the Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening from 1 PM until 3 PM. This is a free event for all ages. There will be live music, strolling performers and mascots, demonstrations of new Library features, raffles and light refreshments!  The library is open as normal on this day and will stay open until 5 PM. You can get a special commemorative library card on this day.

Quick Facts about the Woodbourne Library Expansion Project

  • The Woodbourne expansion project was completed on time and on budget.
  • The library’s collection is fluid; Items come and go depending on usage.
  • The WCPL Library System has the highest national rating of 5 stars.
  • Books are the single most circulated item at the library. Last year 2.1 million items were circulated and over half were books.
  • Anyone can get a library card either online or in person. If you live, work or go to school in Ohio you can get a library card at any library in Ohio.


Member Birthday
Rick Kempfer August 28
Scott Rheaume August 28
Chris McAlpine August 31
Jim Mogan August 31
Jesse Lightle August 31
Julie Cochran August 31
CeAnn Chalker September 03

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Anne Kessler August 29 08/29/2002 16
Jeff Busch August 31 08/31/2001 17
Ken Peacock August 31 08/31/2001 17
Andrew Mckenzie September 1 09/01/1987 31
Don Skelton September 1 09/01/1987 31
Frank DePalma September 1 09/01/1979 39
Gary Anderson September 1 09/01/1979 39
Jerry Stahley September 1 09/01/1986 32
Larry Lynde September 1 09/01/1988 30

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Dana Dring Craig Dring 1st Reading
Bryan Miller Joan Cordonnier 1st Reading
Daniel Koons Mike Bevis 2nd Reading
Carolyn Taylor Beth Duncan 3rd Reading
Steve Rudisill Mike Bevis Induction

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Larry England For not riding in the golf cart
Larry Lynde Riding bike without a helmet on the bike path
Craig Dring, Heather Kuth, Patricia Kuhlman, Steve Rudisill Wearing Orange Shirts
Paul Stull Not perfoming a miracle to save Jane Fiehrer’s boa constrictor decades ago
Everyone born in August not at the Birthday table Not sitting at the birthday table
Everyone not born in August sitting at the Birthday table Sitting at the birthday table without having an August birthday
All men in shorts For wearing shorts
Chris McAlpine Late to the last board meeting
Gary Smiga For making Stan Fronzaglia jealous for getting 2 birdies at a golf tournament
Chuck Dickerson Being mean
Paula Kuhlman Donating only half of the proceeds of her book to CNO

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Nick Tarkany Heavier than Air brewing won medals at the Brewers Cup.
Donna Huss Thank you to Evelyn Griffin, Marge Back and Carrie Million for arriving early and handling registration at the Ohio District Convention.
Donna Huss Thanks to everyone who brought school supplies for the Ohio Convention collection effort.
Donna Huss Casey Wyckoff has volunteered to chair the  Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCDHH)
Joan Cordonnier Just took grand daughter to Forest Field Park to play on the amazing new equipment. Thanks to CNO for sponsoring it.
Brian Nolan John Horner also got lost at Forrest Field Park.
Tom Novak Thank you to Mike Brubaker for handling the Avenue of Flags database and printing up the route sheets.
Tom Novak Thank you to Patrick Arehart for building smartphone friendly to help with Avenue of Flags delivery.
Patricia Kuhlman Daughter has been promoted to assistant store director for Christian Dior in New York City.
Gary Anderson Geri and he just had their 47th Wedding Anniversary.

CNOtes – August 21, 2018 – Paul Helfrich – Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

Opening Prayer

Phather Phil was not present today so Bill Stone offered the opening prayer after thanking the club members for their prayers for he and his family on the recent sudden passing of his brother, Bobby.

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Alexandria Bollinger Gary Smiga
Lisa Couture Beth Duncan
Paul Helfrich Speaker
Daniel Koons Mike Bevis
Melanie Schiebrel Gary Smiga
Carolyn Taylor Beth Duncan

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Committee Announcements

Tom Novak, Avenue of Flags, announced we will be delivering flags on 8/30-31/2018 for Labor Day. Please consider volunteering to help deliver and pickup flags. This team can always use more help!

Donna Huss asked if someone would PLEASE step up and chair the Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCDHH) committee. Donna will help and has contacts. Someone from the Greene Optimist Club has volunteered to partner with us and help the new chair.

Chris McAlpine, President said there will be a board meeting at the Park District headquarters at 7 PM on 8/24/2018. Anyone can attend.

Myron Rheaume reported on the Ohio District OI convention over the weekend held in Fairborn. There were 151 registered delegates from 21 clubs. The International OI President also attended. Ten percent of the attendees were from the Centerville Noon Optimists. With the points from Awards and Achievements, we were ranked number three for the third quarter, but we should be number one by the end of the fourth quarter. Pat Behn received an award at the convention for achieving level 1 in the professional development program (PDP). She has achieved level 9 for Personal Growth & Involvement (PGI) program. She is also the incoming Lt Governor for Zone 14.

Jean Pummill, our secretary, further reported on the Ohio District OI conference. She presented various awards that they gave to her at the convention to distribute.

Chris McAlpine told everyone to thank Ellie Parker for making the trifolds we took to the convention and also encouraged everyone to take a look at the trifolds after the meeting.

Kelly Stone gave out 3 Above and Beyond awards. Brian Nolan, a new member this year has participated in numerous activities. Brent Richburg, a new member, chaired the Americana Booth this year and also signed up for next year. Mike Cordonnier a new member, built our float for the Americana Parade with the aid of his students.

Memorial Scholarship Winner

Gary Smiga introduced Alexandria Bollinger. We have renewed her $1500.00 scholarship at Brigham Young University where she is majoring in International Studies. She started Brigham Young University with 9 Credit Hours through Advanced Placement exams, scoring the highest score of  5 on all the exams. In college she completed 29 hours with a GPA of 3.17 studying Psychology, English Literature/Composition and English Language/Composition.

Alexandra has continued her activities and community service during college, including Promotions Manager at BYU’s Museum of Peoples and Cultures, Presidency of the Peace and Conflict Resolution Society, Model United Nations, Hip Hop Club, International tutoring Korean Women in English, Refugee Service Club, Korean Student Association, HELP International Humanitarian, study abroad/academic internship in Thailand building houses for families, and she is the Co-chair of the Family History/Indexing Committee at her church.

She spoke to us briefly and started off by thanking us for the scholarship. She spent 3 months in Northern Thailand working on sustainable projects. During her work she learned a lot about people. She also took a class that studied how to help reduce human trafficking.

Today’s Presentation or Speaker

Mike Bevis introduced Paul Helfrich, the President & CEO of the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, a position he has held since July 2012.  He received his Bachelor of Music degree (with distinction) from Indiana University – Bloomington in 1984, and a Master’s degree in Arts Administration, also from Indiana University, in 1986.

Mr. Helfrich came to Dayton to serve as President of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra in October 2008.  In four years with the DPO, he oversaw the launch of new programming including the highly successful Rockin’ Orchestra series, the completion of a $1.5 million special fundraising campaign called Protect & Secure, and played a key role in the merger of the Dayton Philharmonic with the Dayton Ballet and Dayton Opera to create the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance.

Prior to his arrival in Dayton, he served 12 years as Executive Director of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra in Charleston, West Virginia.  His time there saw a great expansion of the orchestra’s concert, touring, and education programs. Mr. Helfrich has also served as Executive Director of the Erie Philharmonic and Director of Marketing for the Kalamazoo Symphony.  He resides in Centerville along with his wife, Geanie, and children Donald, a sophomore at The Ohio State University, and Gabby, a senior at Centerville High School.

His presentation was titled, “The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance: An Update”.

From their web page:

In 2012, leadership of the Dayton Opera, Dayton Ballet, and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra created a groundbreaking and innovative merger, forging these three art forms into one organization named the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance. This merger is the first of its kind in the nation—in no other city can performing arts lovers experience the dramatic collaboration with the range and depth of experiences being offered in the Dayton community.

The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, with Dayton Philharmonic, Dayton Ballet, and Dayton Opera as its three crown jewels, has carefully planned for future success by creating a single management structure and business operating unit while preserving and promoting the integrity and identity of each of its three art forms. This alliance, unique in the nation, emulates the model of highly successful European performing arts organizations, taking artistic collaboration to a new level.

Since, 2012, they have served Over 95,000 people. They have also served more than 75,000 children through educational programs.

This season there will be 4 Ballets, 4 operas and 30 concerts from the Philharmonic incorporating several different types of concerts.

New Strategic plan after reflecting on the first 5 years.

  • Vision: Transform lives through the power of music and dance.
  • To be our community’s indispensable source for traditional, diverse and innovative performances..
  • Values: We must be a welcoming force. The performing arts must address and enhance the lives of all people.
  • We must be fearless innovators. Inspired by Dayton’s history.
  • We must be responsible stewards. We must ensure the future of the arts.
  • We must be uncompromising performers.
  • We must be inspiring educators.
  • We must be a dynamic partner.

Their Goals

  • Aspirational Goal: Matter to Dayton. Attract diverse audiences.
  • Functional Goal: Service to the community. Offer new performances.
  • Functional Goal. Leverage Our unique Artistic Structure.
  • Functional Goal. Education for all ages.
  • Foundational Goal. Fiscal Sustainability. Develop financing, balance budget, increase reserves.

A few of the upcoming Performances

  • The season opens 9/15/2018 with Beethoven’s Ninth: Season Opening Spectacular
  • Dracula: Bloodlines
  • Sleeping Beauty: The Story of Briar Rose
  • Rigoletto
  • The Pirates of Penzance
  • Video Games Live
  • There are several others!


  • They will be trying to setup performances at the Levitt Pavilion venue in 2019.
  • Open to discussion to adding other groups to their alliance.

Previous Speaker Update

The presenter to our lunch on July 17, 2018, Gerry Cohen, the president of the Miami Valley Pet Therapy Association (mvPTa), informed us that the venue for their annual major fund raiser The Howl Run / Walk, has been changed to The Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek. It is still on 9/29/2018 from 9 AM to 1 PM. In addition to the run/walk their will be costume contests. police demonstrations and silent auction gift baskets. You can register online. There will be 4 different 5K’s and 4 prizes awarded, 2 for walking and 2 for running, both of these with or without a dog.


Member Birthday
Marilyn Becht August 21
Stephen Walker August 21
Sharon Silverberg August 25

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Frederick Pfeiffer August 21 08/21/2013 5
Matt Somerlot August 21 08/21/2013 5
Gary Miller August 23 08/23/2005 13
Shawna Hatton August 23 8/23/2016 2
Mary Madden August 26 08/26/1998 20

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Carolyn Taylor Beth Duncan 2nd Reading
Daniel Koons Mike Bevis 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

No time for sergeants this week.

Happy Bucks!

No time for Happy Bucks this week.

CNOtes – August 14, 2018 – Off-Site Meeting @ Forest Field Park

Opening Prayer

A special thanks to Dave Kay for offering the opening prayer, a reading from The Old Testament,  before the start of our picnic lunch and meeting.

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Today’s Venue

Today’s meeting was held outside at Forest Field Park. We enjoyed lunch on the picnic tables under the shelter. This was next to the new playground we funded with a $25,000 donation in honor of our 50th anniversary.

Committee Announcements

Nancy Lehren, Childhood Cancer chair, stated that Build a Bear for Sickle cell anemia was held on August 11, 2018. Thank you to everyone who helped participants create 116 bears, making the event a success for participants and volunteers as well.

Pat Behn said thank you to everyone who is donating school supplies for the Ohio Optimist District donation project.

Happy Birthday Vincent Reidy

Today was Vincent’s actual birthday. The singing was exceptionally bad, however, being an optimist, I noticed that because we were outside there weren’t four walls to reflect the sounds back at us.

Will Cale Scholarship Winners

Gary Hansen, the Will Cale Scholarship chair, introduced the recipients of this year’s Will Cale Scholarships. The first year of this scholarship was 2010. Dan Beck was chairmen for the first 8 years. This scholarship requires a Counselor’s recommendation and emphasis is on financial need and potential rather than academics or class standing. The scholarship provides up to $750 per semester for up to six semesters ($4,500 total) at Sinclair College, sufficient funding for an Associate’s Degree.

In addition to the funding each winner receives 2 mentors from our membership.

Zoe PIrslin is being mentored by Jane Fiehrer and Gary Hansen. Zoe brought two friends with whom she is currently living. She will be majoring in Visual Communications.

Victoria Brinkman is being mentored by Joan Cordonnier and Robbie Johnson. She was accompanied by her boyfriend who is also going to Sinclair and will provide her transportation. She wants to be a counselor and will be studying psychology and plans to transition to a 4-year school after Sinclair.

Mya Wehde is being mentored by Jayne Weikel and Rob Tinnerman. She was accompanied by her parents. She will be studying education.

The other 2 winners, Brittney Grant and Allison Salyer, were not able to attend today.  Brittney is being mentored by Tom Novak and Diane Arehart.  Allison is being mentored by Will and Sylvia Cale.

During the meeting today, everyone that was a previous or current mentor was asked to stand and be recognized.

Memorial Scholarship Renewal for Jessica Barton

Gary Smiga introduced Jessica Barton. We have renewed her $1500.00 scholarship at Cedarville University where she is majoring in professional writing. She started Cedarville with 18 Credit Hours through Advanced Placement exams in High School. In college she completed 30.5 hours with a GPA of 3.939 studying: General Psychology, Introduction to Literature, American Government, Statistics, and US History I and II.

She has continued her Community Service including volunteering at the Americana Parade concession stands and with an unpaid summer internship as a Christian writer with a Christian Ministry Internship. She has also started writing her own book.


Vincent Reidy August 14
Greg Wasmund August 15
Rhonda Meeker August 15
Kris McKee August 16
Gail Aiken August 17
Susan Thomsen August 20

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Maha Kashani August 15 08/15/2006 12
Kristen Passidomo August 16 08/16/2017 1
Don Massie August 20 08/20/1991 27
Julie Walling Noeth August 20 08/20/2008 10

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Carolyn Taylor Beth Duncan 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Chris McAlpine Chris lost the gavel and his daughter had to retrieve it.
Will Cale For Phather Phil’s 93rd birthday, missed the time change for cake and ice cream and arrived late.
Brian Nolan Took a hike at the park recently and got lost.

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Myron Rheaume Wife Charla and he celebrating 53 years of marriage, they put in $5!
Bob Duffy Happy Will Cale Scholarship winner, Victoria Brinkman, is studying to be a counselor.
Myron Rheaume Granddaughter showed perseverance trying out for the Springboro HS Tennis team 3 times before making the team.
Myron Rheaume Freshman grandson made the Springboro HS Hockey team.
Melissa DeShurko Son Mitchel is starting his first post-degree job at an investment company.
Deb Saunders Happy Will Cale Scholarship winner, Zoe PIrslin, is studying visual communications.
Charlie Goodwin Nathanial Delong will be the King for the Holiday at Home Parade this year. He is the fourth Eagle Scout from Troop 236 to be recognized for leadership and community service by this parade.
Patricia Kuhlman First book published.
Julie Noeth First grand baby!
Patrick and Diane Arehart Son Benjamin Arehart became an Eagle Scout. Ben’s scout leader is CNO member Charles Goodwin.
Don Kelley Oldest granddaughter Emma just started her 5-year PHD program in chemistry at Vanderbilt.
Ellie Parker Member Rachel Goetz is having surgery on her foot. Please say an extra prayer for her.


CNOtes – August 7, 2018 – Terri Leputa – United Way

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father when You created us You gave us a mind that has allowed us to rule over the world. You also set us free to think for ourselves and we have created the world as it is today. In looking around we have reason to be proud and reason to be sad at our undertakings. We pray Lord that You will led us in the direction of Your teachings and that what we do will be a benefit to all. Thank You for bringing us to Optimism with the purpose of being a benefit to youth; who will inherit what we have done for them. With love and dedication may we make it a better world for them and they in turn will do the same. Amen!

Today’s Guests

All Photos from the Meeting are Here


Member Birthday
Andy Devito August 09
Art Hung August 10
Judy DeMarco August 10
Paul Stull August 11
Larry Lynde August 12
Fred Polizzi August 13
Laura Franklin August 13

Committee Announcements

Stan Fronzaglia stated there will be a Build a Bear meeting on Thursday 8/9/18 at 6:30 PM. The next Build a Bear will be for Sickle cell anemia on August 11th.  It will be from 6:30 to 9:00 at the Boonshoft museum. Volunteers doing setup should arrive at 6:15 and the rest at 6:45. Over 100 kids are signed up.

Tom Novak, Avenue of flags, announced there is a flag assembly party at 9AM on 8/8/2018 at Flag headquarters.

Pat Behn said we are working with the Ohio Optimist District to donate School Supplies to kids that can’t afford them.  All items are welcome.  The best way to donate is to bring any items to our lunch at Forest Field, but you can bring items to the convention as well.

Paula Kalaman announced that the 21st Annual John P. Kalaman Memorial Golf Tournament and Pig Roast will be held Monday, September 10, 2018 at Yankee Trace. The John P. Kalaman Memorial Scholarship has given away over $270,000.00 in scholarships. To participate call 937-438-GOLF.

Jerry Stahley announced there is a golf outing on 8/16/2018 before the Ohio convention, at Yankee Trace for $60 per golfer. To participate call 937-572-5044.

President Chris McAlpine announced that on 8/8/2018 at 4:30 the Forest Field Park playground CNO funded will be dedicated. He will be one of the few people to say a few words. Editor’s note, this version of the CNOtes was completed after the dedication. The dedication speeches were great and Chris did an excellent job as always. Everyone in the club should feel good about how amazing the new playground is. It is accessible for kids of all abilities.

Yearly Donations to Area Libraries

Gary Smiga detailed our donations to area school libraries. Dave Kay suggested we begin donating to school libraries when he was CNO president during 1999-2000. To date we have donated $60,000. The idea is to help promote reading. Representatives from each school were here to receive their donation check. This year Incarnation, Miami Valley and Spring Valley each received $300. The Centerville Schools’ 12 buildings also received $300 each. Total donation to all 4 school systems was $4500.

Memorial Educational Assistance Award for Allison Ormsby

Gary Smiga introduced Allison Ormsby, who was one of the four winners this year of a $1500.00 scholarship from CNO. The other three winners presented their essays back on June 5, 2018. You can see the details of this award in this previous CNOtes article.

Allison attended Centerville High School and she is ranked 54th in a senior class of 664 students with a GPA of 4.2708. Allison’s extracurricular and Community Service Activities include:

  • Religious Teacher
  • Field Hockey Coach
  • Lunch Buddy
  • STAND (Stop Tobacco and Nicotine Dependence)
  • Soccer Buddy for TOP Soccer
  • Field Hockey
  • Indoor Track and Field
  • Soccer
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Lacrosse
  • Young Life
  • Youth Group

Allison’s work Experience includes:

  • Horse Stall Cleaner
  • Cashier
  • Field Hockey Coach
  • Transcriptionist

Allison will be attend Wittenberg University in the fall of 2018.  She plans to work in Nursing and then get her Master’s Degree to become a Nurse Practitioner. The check will be sent directly to Wittenberg and she can use it towards any expenses at Wittenberg.

She read us her essay about the importance of volunteering and here are a few statements. Before 9th grade, she went to summer camp for field hockey. High School seniors were volunteering at the camp. A senior named Kristen befriended her and helped her out a lot during the camp. High School Students owe it to the community to volunteer.

Today’s Speaker

Julie Noeth introduced today’s speaker, Terri Leputa, the Associate Vice President for Resource Development at United Way of the Greater Dayton Area for 10 years. Her work involves engaging people in the work of United Way by supporting the organization with their treasure, talent and time.    Prior to joining the United Way Team, Terri spent 9 years at the University of Dayton where she worked in the President’s Office with both Brother Raymond Fits and Dr. Dan Curran managing the work of the Board of Trustees and other leadership groups on campus. She is a graduate of The University of Georgia and received her Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from UD.

A native of Albany, New York, Terri lived in New York, New Jersey, and Georgia before moving to the Miami Valley region in 1994.  She lives in Miami Township with her husband, Joe, and spoiled rotten dog, Daisy.  Terri has 2 grown sons, a stepdaughter and stepson and 4 beautiful grandchildren.

United Way does so much, she told us today’s presentation would be focused on ways United Way helps children.

United Way fights for the education, health, safety and financial well being of everyone in our community. United Way started 104 years ago in 1914. Even though the economy is doing well in our area there are issues. They try to provide a hand up instead of just a hand out. They help support food pantries because of food insecurity. They try to find what factors are causing the food insecurity in an area or household. Is there a drug issue in the home? Is there a training issue, such as how to prepare proper meals?

There is a service called HelpLink 2-1-1 which is a referral service that is available 24/7/365 for anyone needing information on available services.  This service, supported through donations to the Live United Fund, is free and confidential and could be for anything.

Some services and information about HelpLink 2-1-1:

  • Help with a utility such as DP&L that is going to shut off your electric or other service
  • Finding quality health care near your home
  • Where to find services for aging parents
  • Over 128,000 calls and follow ups for the referrals given last year
  • Provides services in 9 local counties and looking to expand

In November 2018, United Way of the Greater Dayton Area will launch VetsLink, a division of HelpLink, to provide veterans and their families assistance in connecting with the array of health and human services available in our region.

United Way also puts on a summer literacy program called Freedom Schools. This is 6-week summer program focusing on at-risk youth that gives access to quality activities. This year there were 490 students at 7 locations. It is taught by college students.

Some of what they teach and do at Freedom Schools:

  • Why reading is important
  • Why learning is important
  • Field trips to Indianapolis Children’s Museum

The program has been very successful and it reduces the summer slide that a lot of students have during the summer. On average these kids come back to school 4 months ahead of their peers. The program keeps kids on track and teaches them to value academics.

Additional Links for today’s presentation

PDF of the notes Terri used to give today’s presentation

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Fred Polizzi August 9 08/09/2005 13

New Member Readings and Inductions

New Member
Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Stephen Linder Mike Brubaker 3rd Reading
Steve Rudisill Mike Bevis 3rd Reading
Michael Cordonnier Joan Cordonier 3rd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Anyone that brought in an umbrella Being a pessimist about the chance of rain.
Evelyn Griffin You are so nice that you are getting the “We don’t know what you are up to” fine.
Erin Belangia-Sanchez Fined for missing CNO lunch a lot recently.
Anyone who did not buy a 50/50 ticket Not buying a 50/50 ticket.
Anyone that has not been fined this year You are now fined.
Everyone that attended the Euchre party For conduct unbecoming at the recent Euchre party.

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Bob Collins At the end of July, I completed my goal of a 450+ mile ride across Ohio to raise over $1,000.00 for KIDS CANCER research.
Brian Nolan Thank you to all the volunteers for the Optimist Kid’s Day in the Park.
Julie Noeth Her and her Fried Molly Petsch got to hear Debe Dockins sing a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem at the Scleroderma Walk on Saturday, 8/4/2018.


CNOtes – July 31, 2018 – Project READ

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, slow but surly the day light is getting shorter as we head to the darkness of December. Oh! How sad December would be if we had no knowledge of Spring or in life if we had no knowledge of You and
heaven. In life we experience the bright times and the dark times. In the dark times we can turn to You. You are to us like the promise of Spring. We can turn to You to shed Your light on our dark times. We stand in utter
amazement of Your love for us and the certainty of Your word and forever give You praise and honor for what You done for us. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Adil Baguirov Rachel Selby
Elizabeth Cleary Mike Bevis
Dana Dring Craig Dring
Amy Gephart David Ladd
Tiffany Howe Greg Griffin
Daniel Koons Mike Bevis
Steve Linder Mike Brubaker
Laura Mlazovsky Speaker
Susan Strong Mike Bevis
Carolyn Taylor Beth Duncan

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Debe Dockins introduced our speaker today, Laura Mlazovsky, the Executive Director of Project READ.

Laura was born and raised in Cincinnati, graduated from the University of Dayton as an English major and began her career as an AmeriCorps VISTA service member. She’s been a volunteer coordinator, grant writer, and fundraiser, and in 2014 became the Executive Director of Project Read. She is married with two daughters, ages 10 and 12.

Laura has worked with ProjectRead for 19 years. Founded in 1988, ProjectRead is a coalition of more than 100 literacy organizations, schools, and businesses dedicated to increasing the literacy levels of adults, children, and families in the Dayton Area. It is currently based at Sinclair Community College and continues to provide tutoring services, thousands of books to children and families in need, and raising community awareness of literacy.

Laura passed out a short 5-question quiz about literacy in our area . She talked about tutoring programs they offer for children and adults. Laura gave us addresses for book donations in our area. informed us that  the book shop in Antique Village is run by Project READ and thanked CNO for our support.


Member Birthday
Melissa Lucas August 03
Andrew Cain August 4

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Myron Rheaume August 1 08/01/1987 31
Kathy Klein August 5 08/05/2016 2

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Mike Cordonnier Joan Cordonnier 2nd Reading
Stephen Linder Mike Brubaker 2nd Reading
Steve Rudisill Mike Bevis 2nd Reading
Michael Brem Jesse Lightle Induction
Casey Wyckoff David Ladd Induction
Kathy McApline Jay McAlpine Induction
David Duncombe David Ladd Induction
Andy Harmon Mike Bevis Induction

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Bob Collins Won his age category in Americana  Race
Wayne Christie Messed up Sergeants money
David Duncombe No birthday gifts from his table
Gary Smiga No Optimist pin in recent promo photo

Happy Bucks!

No time for happy bucks this week.