CNOtes – Optimist 2.0 April 18, 2019 – Cindy Gaboury – Audio Etc. (and Club Member)

Guests and Members in Attendance

Katie Boeckman
Megan Boeckman
Butch Brown
Karin Gilstrap
Mark Karns
Baby Abram (infant)
Jack Anderson
Pat Arehart
Denise Christie
Wayne Christie
Judy DeMarco
Shelby DiPasquale
Beth Duncan
Cindy Gaboury
Jesse Gaither
Evelyn Griffin
Greg Griffin
Cindy Harris
Donna Huss
Brian Nolan
Tom Novak
Laurie Poeppelman
Fred Polizzi
Cheryl Probst
Jean Pummill
Brent Richburg

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was Chappy’s Social House at 880 Washington Village Drive. Thank you to the team at Chappy’s for hosting us.

We had 22 members and 6 guests in attendance.

CNO 2.0 Introduction

Jack Anderson, CNO 2.0 committee, welcomed everyone to tonight’s gathering. He introduced Cindy Harris, Kate Boeckman, Megan Boeckman, and tonight’s speaker, Cindy Gaboury.

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.

Katie Boeckman and Megan Boeckman, the daughters of long time CNO member and Safety on Wheels committee chair Paul Boeckman, told us about the Safety on Wheels event (AKA Bike Rodeo). They have volunteered for many years for this event and before that they participated in it many times. It 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.

Tonight’s Speaker: Cindy Gaboury

Jack Anderson introduced CNO member, local business leader and entrepreneur Cindy Gaboury. She and her husband Kirby own Audio Etc at 551 Congress Park Dr, Dayton OH 45459. They provide commercial and home A/V, home automation, entertainment systems and more. They service all areas surrounding Dayton and have customers within a few hours of Centerville including Kentucky and Indiana. They have been in business for 35 years. Their current facility is 17,000 square feet and has several rooms setup as working models of the work they can do for business and consumers.

Cindy said, “I was an Air Force brat. I lived in 16 places before I was 18 years old.”

In 1984, Kirby and Cindy got married and launched Audio Etc in its first location, which was only 1000 square feet.

She switched subjects from talking about her business success to how you can be a successful person and help others, by being an Optimist club member and learning and living the promises in the Optimist Creed.

She asked us, “Think about who has influenced you the most.”

She asked us to recite the creed with her and we did. She highly recommended that we all take the time to memorize the creed. It will inevitably help you or someone else one day. It has helped her and people she has helped several times.

She focused on the second promise which is, “Promise yourself to talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.” She said, “Doesn’t that sound like mentoring to you? I do a lot of mentoring through the organizations I belong to.”

She had a great mentor in her life, Jeanne Porter, and she asked Cindy a few years ago to be the chairperson of Women in Business (WiBN), which is part of the Dayton BBB organization. She was very bashful and was uncomfortable speaking in front of groups. With Jeanne Porter’s mentoring help, she was able to overcome her fears and be a productive chairperson for WiBN.

Cindy pointed out that Jean Pummill (a CNO member in attendance tonight and dear friend) is a great example of a person who helps many people through mentoring.

Cindy explained, “This is the first time in the history of humanity that four generations of people are working together. This is a perfect opportunity to mentor and to be mentored.” People are retiring at a much older age. There is often more than 50+ years difference in age. The young and the older need to mentor each other so they can communicate better and learn how each views the past, present and future. Be available for people.

She said, “Mentoring is important. You will see things in people that they don’t see in themselves. Impacting even one person can change the direction of their entire life. Character and identity can be completely transformed. Every conversation is an opportunity to elevate someone.”

She then said, “You may be thinking, ‘Ok Cindy, how do I do that?’ ”

She answered by saying, “Have you considered helping others that are going through what you’ve overcome?”

She gave some examples:

  • Have you suffered a significant loss? You can volunteer at Hospice.
  • Have you or a close family member or friend had an addiction? You can help others going through an addiction related issue. Volunteers of America might be a fit.
  • Have you had issues involving the criminal justice system? You can check out the Victory Project in Dayton.
  • Have you adopted a child or been adopted? Are you interested in fostering a child or have experience? Volunteer to help the Agape for Youth organization that helps Southwest Ohio.

She asked us, “Think about that person that made a difference in your life. How can you emulate and honor them for mentoring you? If they are still with us, thank them.”

Cindy closed with the second line of the creed, encouraging all of us to “Talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet!”

Thank you, Cindy Gaboury, for your inspiring presentation tonight!

Remember the CNO 2.0 meeting is always the third Thursday of the month at 5:30 PM at a local bar or restaurant. The next meeting will be on May 16, 2019 at Heavier Than Air Brewinc Co. in Centerville – Dan Apolito – Owner of Archers Tavern will be our Speaker.

CNOtes – Optimist 2.0 March 21, 2019 – Wasfi Samaan – JD Legends Entertainment Complex

Guests and Members in Attendance

Cindy Bowman
Marcie Breese
Steven Brink
Brad Combs
Benita Dorn
Julie Faustman
Christie Garrett
Karin Gilstrap
Jeff Heil
Adam Hess
Nicole Hess
Anne Manning
Mary Mariscalco
Kate Mathay
Alecia McDowell
Jason McDowell
Meg McFarland
Brian Miller
William Pace
Wasfi Samaan
Ashley Simeone
Amy Smith
Amy Smith
Pam Splawinski
Blake Stamm
Melissa Stamm
Lillie Walsh
Anita Yoder
Brenda Young
Diane Arehart
Pat Arehart
Pat Arehart
Pat Behn
Katie Calloway
Steve Campbell
Melissa Deeter
Gary DeMarco
Judy DeMarco
Melissa DeShurko
Cheryl Dowd
Emily Duke
Greg Fay
Clint Freese
Jesse Gaither
Cherie Gentry
Evelyn Griffin
Greg Griffin
Gary Hansen
Cindy Harris
Donna Huss
Tom Kendo
Nancy Lehren
Chris McAlpine
Brian Nolan
Laurie Poeppelman
Bill Powell
Jean Pummill
Myron Rheaume
Brent Richburg
Candace Rinke
Deb Saunders
Gary Smiga
Ron Tinnerman
Jayne Weikel
Sue Zammit

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was Heavier than Air Brewing Company. Thank you to CNO Member Nick Tarkany and his team for allowing us to take over their bar tonight.

There was a 50/50 drawing won by Melissa Stamm, a guest and one of the teachers we recognized tonight.

We had 36 members and 29 guests in attendance.

CNO 2.0 Introduction

Greg Fay, the chair of the CNO 2.0 committee, gave a brief presentation before the speaker. The following may not all be realized by guests, new members or perspective members at the meeting tonight:  CNO 2.0 is a club within a club of the Centerville Noon Optimist club. Being a member of either club allows their members all the same opportunities to participate in fund raising and club activities. CNO 2.0 was created about 2 years ago and is very much a part of the 51-year-old Centerville Optimist Club. CNO has given away over $2 million during its history.

Annual Fundraisers

  • Christmas Tree Lot
  • Avenue of Flags
  • Golf Outing

Major Activities for the youth in our community

  • Build-a-Bear at Children’s Hospital, 3 times a year
  • Fishing Derby in June
  • Easter Egg hunt

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. Leonards. 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. Leonards. 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!

Quarterly Teacher Recognition Awards

This quarter CNO 2.0 focused on Centerville Middle Schools. Brian Miller from Watts introduced Lillie Walsh and Marcie Breese. These two amazing teachers helped a struggling student by offering extra support. This child should now go on to a successful high school career starting next year. Each were given a plaque and a $25 gift card to Submarine House.

Clint Freese, the principal at Tower Heights, introduced Nicole Hess. Nicole is a great teacher and she shared a story about a visually impaired student. This student won a raffle to join the teacher’s basketball team for a teacher versus student game held last week. The student came dressed and ready to play just like any other student would. The student team still won the game, as usual. Nicole was given a plaque and a $25 gift card to Submarine House.

From Magsig Cindy Bowman introduced Melissa Stamm. Melissa is fantastic and brings the power of positivity to her students. The kids love and want to be involved in theater. She was given a plaque and a $25 gift card to Submarine House.

Wasfi Samaan, Tonight’s local business success speaker

Greg Fay introduced entrepreneur Wasfi Samaan, owner of JD Legends Media (a social media company) and CEO of JD Legends Entertainment Complex in Franklin Ohio. You can also reach them on Facebook.

Wasfi started off with, “Tonight I will tell you a story about how I reduced my yearly marketing budget by $100,000 while increasing sales by 30% by using social media and Facebook Live.”

At 8 years old he immigrated to the U.S and lived in Kentucky. He spoke no English and was very shy. He credits his participation in high school wrestling and mixed martial arts for giving him great confidence and for finally ending the endless bullying he received as a young boy.

He asked if any of us have hosted Facebook Live. He was in LA at a social media conference when he first learned about Facebook Live. He decided to immediately promote concerts and it was amazing how many people instantly started watching. He said anyone in business can do Facebook live and would benefit from it. Your Facebook page is your own media company and if you want to be successful you need to treat it that way. To be successful in social media the content you create needs to be entertaining, educational and inform your audience and future customers about you or your products.

To promote his businesses on Facebook Live, he uses multiple types of shows. He creates shows about mixed martial arts, cooking, and has had a show about a Bourbon tasting event. He uses social media by first creating a podcast or live show to promote one of his concerts or activities. The information given becomes the ad. It is important to produce content. The content becomes the ad. The old ways of marketing don’t work anymore. He explained that TV, radio and newspapers are all switching to social media.

You don’t have to have thousands of facebook friends for this to work. Your Facebook live creation will get indexed by Google and Facebook and it could get found by anyone. After you create content with your video, copy it to YouTube and Instagram. The description you put is important so give it some thought, because it is used for the indexing.

During his presentation he decided to do a Facebook live video on the spot. He got out a tripod and mounted his smartphone to the tripod sideways (landscape) which he said is important. His video was an interview with Nick Tarkany, the owner of Heavier than Air where tonight’s meeting was held. Wasfi started by asking Nick about his one-and-a-half-year-old company. Nick mentioned that the most popular beer is their New England IPA and their “Golden”. Wasfi asked about the origin of Nick’s company name. The name is based on the Wright Brothers goal of creating a flying machine that was heavier than air. During the interview, Wasfi could instantly see Facebook users were viewing the video. He offered two free tickets to a concert to the third person that said they were watching, which will help with the ranking of the video.

Wasfi took questions from the audience. He was asked how he came to be in the bowling alley business. He and his brother had been buying businesses, improving them and then selling them. A bank that knew the brothers in Kentucky asked if they would run a local bowling alley that was in immediate danger of going bankrupt until a buyer could be found. This benefitted the bank financially and by reputation because there would have been significant fall out from bowlers if it shut down during the middle of league season. After running it for a while they decided to purchase it. His company was on a list of bowling alley owners. He found out about JD Legends bowling alley in Franklin because he was sent an offer to purchase it from the previous owners.

Then he was asked about how he became the owner of a social media marketing company. He said that after purchasing JD Legends he invested 1.5 million and started hosting live music concerts. He figured out he was spending way too much on marketing originally, so he studied social media and compared the ROI. Over time he got better and better at it. He is passionate about his social marketing and decided to offer his services to others.

He said we should try out different things and give things a shot. You never know when you might get a positive response. Go ahead and send that email requesting someone to become a customer, they might just say yes. He was recently offered a trade of products for his services for a new cupcake company. He said yes to them.

Next Meeting

Remember the CNO 2.0 meeting is always the third Thursday of the month at 5:30 PM at a local bar or restaurant. CNO member Cindy Gaboury will be the speaker at the next meeting on April 18, 2019. She and her husband Kirby own Audio Etc, which has provided home entertainment systems in Centerville for over 30 years.

CNOtes – Optimist 2.0 February 21, 2019 – Bill DeFries – Author of Beyond the Bounds – Explosive Success for Atypical People

ALL PHOTOS FROM THE MEETING ARE HERE

Welcome NEW Club Members!

We inducted four new members at tonight’s meeting and we are so happy to have these folks step up to help us help kids!  Welcome to the largest Optimist Club in the world!

Name Sponsor
Katie Calloway Gary Hansen
Cheryl Dowd Joan Cordonnier
Ashley Simeone Emily Duke
Jordan Feldkamp Cindy Harris

Guests and Members in Attendance

Name Member/Guest
Jendaya Herbert Guest
Josh Panczyk Guest
David Stone Guest
Jim Ehrensberger Guest
Walt Harrison Guest
Mark Karns Guest
Joe Poelking Guest
Rafael Santillan Guest
Nan Zanawick Guest
Nicole Zanawick Guest
Paul Zanawick Guest
Nancy Anderson Member
Pat Arehart Member
Pat Behn Member
Katie Calloway Member
Wayne Christie Member
Bob Collins Member
Joan Cordonnier Member
Mike Cordonnier Member
Bill DeFries Member
Judy DeMarco Member
Cheryl Dowd Member
Jordan Feldkamp Member
Stan Fronzaglia Member
Cindy Gaboury Member
Jesse Gaither Member
Rachel Goetz Member
Cindy Harris Member
Brian Miller Member
Valorie Murray Member
Laurie Poeppelman Member
Cheryl Probst Member
Pete Rife Member
Candace Rinke Member
Ashley Simeone Member
Nick Tarkany Member
Ron Tinnerman Member
Jon Werts Member
Laurie Westheimer Member
Bill Williams Member
Sue Zammit Member
Diane Arehart Member
Gary DeMarco Member
Emily Duke Member
Evelyn Griffin Member
Greg Griffin Member
Gary Hansen Member
Donna Huss Member
Jean Pummill Member
Jayne Weikel Member

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was Nelly’s Taste of Bolivia in downtown Centerville.. Thank you to the owner of Nelly’s, Rafael Santillan and his fine team for the great food and the space.

We had 39 members and 11 guests in attendance.

Tonight’s Presentation

Jesse Gaither introduced tonight’s guest speaker, Bill DeFries. Bill recently published his book Impacts Beyond the Bounds – Explosive Success for Atypical People. Bill is a Marine Corp Veteran and has been a member of Centerville Noon Optimist club since November, 2004. He is also the CEO of Copp Integrated Systems, a member of the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame, serial entrepreneur, motivational speaker and author.

Bill started with some of his history. He was born on the South side of Chicago 58 years ago. He was a kid that didn’t like school and was in trouble a lot. He credits doing well to his parents staying together, high school sports and The U.S. Marine Corps.

In 1978, right after high school he had to get his own apartment. He obtained a job with the teamsters loading freight during the Jimmy Hoffa era. He quickly realized manual labor was not for him. He reconsidered college and was amazed he was accepted into Southern Illinois University. It didn’t take long for the university to reconsider and they kicked him out. He decided to enlist into the U.S. Marine Corp. That 4-year experience during the Cold War and the Beirut Embassy bombing crisis formed the basis for the rest of his life.

The book contains 10 simple things that helped him get where is here today, split into “Grenades” or chapters. His favorite is “Your Eighth Grenade: Give, Don’t Give Back.” Being a member of the Centerville Noon Optimist club truly helped him understand the concept of giving to the community. The picture on the cover of book is of him about to throw a live grenade.

He discussed his restaurants. He originally planned to open his first Beef O’Bradys in Chicago, but he fell in love with Dayton and Centerville. His first restaurant opened September 24, 2004. Soon after it was opened Judy DeMarco and Dave Kaye recruited him into the CNO.

He noted that life isn’t always a bowl of cherries. He recommends having friends around you for support. In 2007, he opened a second restaurant and right after in 2008 one of the worst economies in our history started. He thanks the Centerville and Beavercreek communities who helped sustain his restaurants when thousands of restaurants were closing every day during the recession.

He is glad to have been part of Dayton and provide employment. He is especially happy to have provided entry level jobs for youth at his restaurants.

Thank you, Bill DeFries, for sharing your story with us this evening.

CNOtes – Optimist 2.0 November 15, 2018 – Heavier than Air Brewing Co. – Anthony Rocco – Dayton Freight Company

ALL PHOTOS FROM THE MEETING ARE HERE

Guests and Members in Attendance

Name Member/Guest
Shamus Baker Guest
Jonathon Barrett Guest
Emily Duke Guest
Brett Houseman Guest
Kevin Jackson Guest
Anthony Rocco Guest
Ashley Simeone Guest
Jim Voudris Guest
Adam Westendorf Guest
TR Wise Guest
Jack Anderson Member
Nancy Anderson Member
Diane Arehart Member
Pat Arehart Member
Marge Back Member
Dav Bremer Member
Bob Burkman Member
Jeff Busch Member
Brendan Cunningham Member
Beth Duncan Member
Greg Fay Member
Laura Franklin Member
Stan Fronzaglia Member
Jesse Gaither Member
Greg Griffin Member
Gary Hansen Member
Martha Jackson Member
Becky Keegan Member
Nancy Lehren Member
Pam Miller Member
Brian Nolan Member
Fred Polizzi Member
Myron Rheaume Member
Brent Richburg Member
Gary Smiga Member
Jerry Stahley Member
Carolyn Taylor Member
Ron Tinnerman Member
Jayne Weikel Member

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was Heavier than Air Brewing Company. Thank you to the team of Nick Sr, Chris, Ben and Nick Jr. for allowing us to take over their bar tonight. There was a 50/50 drawing won by Laura Franklin.

We had 29 members and 10 guests in attendance.

Committee Announcements

Greg Fay introduced a few members to discuss programs and fundraisers. The Centerville Noon Optimist club has raised well over a million dollars in the past 50 years. Greg also asked us to get on Facebook and to “like” the CNO and CNO 2.0 Facebook pages.

https://www.facebook.com/CentervilleNoon/

https://www.facebook.com/CentervilleOptimist2.0/

Gary Hansen, chair of the Will Cale Scholarship committee discussed the program. This committee reviews the applications of kids nominated by school counselors. The committee then chooses four to seven of them to give a scholarship for them to attend Sinclair. Often, they are the first person in their family to ever go to college. We provide up to $750 for up to six semesters for the student to obtain an associate’s degree. $750 per semester. Additionally, we provide the students with two mentors to help them navigate college and the financial aid process.

Myron Rheaume discussed the Professional Development Program (PDP) and the Personal Growth and Involvement (PGI) programs of Optimist International. These programs help you be a better club member and to have more success in life. He also noted that for each member added to an Optimist club, the club can help 35 additional children.

Greg Griffin discussed the Christmas Tree lot and showed us the video showcasing the lot. The full details are in this article.

Greg Griffin discussed the “Outstanding Organization” Award received earlier today by CNO presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Dayton Region. The full details are in this article.

Tonight’s Presentation

Greg Fay introduced Anthony Rocco, the Vice-President of Operations of the Dayton Freight Company founded in 1981 by Thomas L. Cronin, Jr.

Anthony Rocco grew up in Centerville and graduated from Alter High School and Xavier University. He first started working at Dayton Freight during college on the loading dock. After college, he went back and has been there for 26 years.

There are two major types of truck shipments. Full truckload (TL) and less than truckload (LTL). TL shipments account for 400 billion of the 700 billion shipping business each year. Dayton Freight is in the LTL business. Dayton Freight is a regional carrier in the Midwest with sales of about 60 billion annually. The goal of the company is to be the best regional LTL carrier in the Midwest.

Rocco attributes the success and expansion to the technology they have implemented in the company and the trucks. Items such as laser braking automation have greatly reduced their accident rate. Other technology helps reduce the chance of a trailer tipping during a loss of control. Without their technology Rocco said they would be about 25% of their current size. Dayton Freight currently handles 19,100 jobs per day.

Numerous facts about Dayton Freight can be viewed here.

There is a shortage of over 300,000 truck drivers. Dayton Freight trains any dock workers interested in how to drive a truck. The dock workers make about $18/hour and a truck driver makes about $28/hour. He said he believes the chances of automated drivers happening soon is very low. He believes it will be a minimum of 10-15 years and probably longer. Drivers are paid by the mile and they have 19 drivers that made over $100,000 last year. Truck drivers are typically male, but they do have 22 female drivers.

Thank you Anthony Rocco for taking the time to discuss your journey and for the information about a great company headquartered in Dayton, Ohio!

50 / 50 Drawing

Jesse Gaither was the winner of the 50/50 drawing. He won the 50/50 at CNO 2.0 last month as well. Will he win a third time next month? Come to the next CNO 2.0 meeting and find out!

CNOtes – Optimist 2.0 October 18, 2018 – Ollie’s Craft Beer and Whiskey – Ryan Hawk – The Learning Leader Podcast

ALL PHOTOS FROM THE MEETING ARE HERE

Guests and Members in Attendance

Ann Blackburn Guest
Jeff Bonsteel Guest
Alan Brown Guest
Casey Clark Guest
Jennifer Clark Guest
Courtney Csizma Guest
Mat Dickert Guest
Jennifer Elleman Guest
Sean Evans Guest
Jon Friedl Guest
Branden Geyer Guest
Judy Hawk Guest
Keith Hawk Guest
Ryan Hawk Guest
Kayleigh Jackson Guest
Kevin Jackson Guest
Michelle Kersey Guest
Donna Milam Guest
Dick Newlin Guest
Doris Newlin Guest
Jack Anderson Member
Diane Arehart Member
Pat Arehart Member
Marge Back Member
Dav Bremer Member
Bob Burkman Member
Joan Cordonnier Member
Mike Cordonnier Member
Melissa Deeter Member
Shelby DiPasquale Member
Beth Duncan Member
Greg Fay Member
Stacey Fay Member
Clint Feeese Member
Jane Fiehrer Member
Stan Fronzaglia Member
Cindy Gaboury Member
Jesse Gaither Member
Evelyn Griffin Member
Greg Griffin Member
Gary Hansen Member
Cindy Harris Member
Shawna Hatton Member
Martha Jackson Member
Robby Johnson Member
Jeff Kujawa Member
Jay McAlpine Member
Kathy McAlpine Member
Pam Miller Member
Tom Novak Member
Gary Poeppelman Member
Lauire Poeppelman Member
Cheryl Probst Member
Jean Pummill Member
Mandy Ransdell Member
Brent Richburg Member
Pete Rife Member
Gary Smiga Member
Jerry Stahley Member
Bill Stone Member
Kelly Stone Member
Ron Tinnerman Member

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was “Ollie’s Place”. Thank you to Mike Schwartz, the owner, and the rest of the team at Ollie’s. http://www.olliesplacedayton.com/

Remember the CNO 2.0 meeting is always the third Thursday of the month at 5:30 PM at a local bar or restaurant. The next meeting will be on November 15, 2018 at Nelly’s Taste of Bolivia.

We had 42 members and 20 guests in attendance.

Describing Centerville Noon Optimist Club to our Guests

Greg Fay gave an overview of the fundraisers we have to raise money to give away to youth-based organizations and individuals.

Greg Griffin discussed the tree lot fundraiser.

Tom Novak and Bob Burkman discussed the Avenue of Flags fundraiser. Tom explained to our visitors that you have the opportunity to volunteer to help deliver flags even if you are not a member.

It was announced that the next Build-a-Bear for kids with cancer and their siblings is October 25, 2018 at Children’s Hospital. Volunteers setting up should arrive at 4:30 PM others should show up at 5:30 PM. The event starts at 6:00 PM.

Teacher of the Quarter Award

Greg Fay discussed that CNO 2.0 wanted to find a way to recognize teachers. The committee came up with the Teacher of the Quarter Award. For this quarter we are recognizing a teacher from Centerville High School. The Centerville High School principals chose this teacher for us. For this quarter, teacher Casey Clark’s name kept coming up. Clark spoke briefly about how great it is to be recognized by groups like the Centerville Noon Optimist.  Next quarter CNO 2.0 will recognize a teacher from one of the Centerville Middle Schools.

Tonight’s Speaker

Greg Fay introduced tonight’s speaker. Ryan Hawk creates podcasts and is a keynote speaker. His company is The Learning Leading Show. Ryan is a graduate of Centerville High School. He played football at both Miami University of Ohio and Ohio University. He had a successful run in sales at Lexis/Nexis. He is closing in on 300 podcast interviews of leaders and his podcasts are heard globally.

Ryan Hawk runs the Leadership Advisory team at the accounting firm of Brixey & Meyer.

Tonight, Ryan first said, “How about a round of applause to Greg Fay for emailing him every month until I said yes. Greg has to be most persistent person that has gotten him to speak at their club.”

Greg asked if Ryan could tell his story from the beginning. Ryan said, “As a high school freshman, I was fortunate to be the Centerville High School starting quarterback.”

During high school Ryan said, “I was recruited by Miami University out of High School. This was at the same time that a certain student named Ben Roethlisberger was also recruited by Miami” Ryan was very driven to succeed at Miami U. He moved to Miami U early, right after the end of high school. The year was 2001 and it was not common for players to do this. He moved in early so he could go around and meet players and coaches and at the very least learn everyone’s name. He wanted to be the best.

During his and Ben’s Freshman year at Miami University, there was a senior who was the starting quarterback. For their Sophomore year, the coaches waited until the last minute to inform Ryan and Ben that they would be rotating the position as QB. Ryan said, “Sometimes you can outwork your competition, but still not win. This is an important lesson to learn early in life. The experience of playing with Ben though was still worth it and it has helped propel him through my successes after football.” After a few games Sophomore year, it became clear that Ben was the better quarterback. Ryan was offered other positions on the team, but he decided to transfer to Ohio University and became their starting quarterback. In order to earn the starting QB job, he used the same technique of moving in early to learn everyone’s name and earn their respect. This was not simple because Ohio University considers Miami University to be its biggest rival.

Ryan had a successful run at Ohio U, but he did not make it into the NFL. He did play for the arena football league for a brief time.

After college, Ryan became a phone sales rep at Lexis/Nexis. As he started this position he asked to be introduced to the best sales rep Lexis/Nexis had and he asked if he could shadow him. This worked and it helped him soon become a manager, then a director, and eventually V.P. of sales at Lexis/Nexis. He earned his MBA along the way. Surrounding yourself with the best people is very important to a person’s success. Ryan said, “Figuring out who you are going to hang out with is more important than what you are going to do; be very intentional about who you spend time with.”

During his success in the sales world he got to meet business leaders like Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban who founded Broadcast.com. Broadcast.com is an internet radio company that was sold to Yahoo! On April 1, 1999 for $5.7 Billion.

Ryan started listening to a lot of Podcasts and figured out he could do podcasts himself. He based his new idea on the idea of sustaining excellence over long periods of time. He sought out to interview business leaders who have long term success. He also noted that many of these leaders he interviews are voracious readers. The best of the best keep learning and improving even when it appears they have reached the top. Ryan said, “We are all climbing this mountain. Enjoy the journey, but you will never reach the top.”

Ryan then held a question and answer period.

Greg Fay asked for interviews that stand out?

#1. Kat Cole, the group president of Focus Brands (think Cinnabon). She started working at a Hooter’s restaurant in Florida. She got experience at every job from waitress to cook to manager. She became indispensable at that restaurant and earned her MBA. She was invited to run the first restaurant in Australia and other countries finally becoming executive vice president of Hooters. Ryan thinks she could one day become president of the U.S.

#2. Poker players are Interesting because they win by using their brains, not because of physical attributes. Most are great communicators and great listeners.

What are characteristics of Productive Achievers?

They are Courageous and Confident. They also have Curiosity and Humility.

How did you get going in the podcast business?

He landed a job as Leadership Advisor at Brixey and Meyer. He started doing podcasts and lost money for the first year. After 60 podcasts he was finally asked to make a paid speech. He now gets paid to do what he loves to do.

Since your brother A.J. Hawk got a lot of attention, did that cause any issues between you?

Ryan replied that he and A.J. both won the parent lottery and they both won the brother lottery. They truly are each other’s biggest fans. Being part of a wonderful family has helped his success.

50 / 50 Drawing

Jesse Gaither was the winner of the 50/50 drawing. He won the 50/50 at CNO 2.0 last month as well. Will he win a third time next month? Come to the next CNO 2.0 meeting and find out!

CNOtes – Optimist 2.0 September 20, 2018 – Heavier than Air Brewing Company – Hanah’s Treasure Chest – Aneesa Bhimani-Trimble

ALL PHOTOS FROM THE MEETING ARE HERE

Guests and Members in Attendance

Aneesa Bhimani-Trimble Guest (Speaker)
Denise Christie Guest
Sean Evans Guest
Gordon Lowden Guest
Gail Aiken Member
Jack Anderson Member
Nancy Anderson Member
Diane Arehart Member
Pat Arehart Member
Marge Back Member
Wayne Christie Member
Joan Cordonnier Member
Mike Cordonnier Member
Melissa Deeter Member
Shelby DiPasquale Member
Beth Duncan Member
Greg Fay Member
Laura Franklin Member
Cindy Gaboury Member
Jesse Gaither Member
Evelyn Griffin Member
Greg Griffin Member
Gary Hansen Member
Cindy Harris Member
Wendy Hattan Member
Robby Johnson Member
Chris McAlpine Member
Bryan Miller Member
Brian Nolan Member
Tom Novak Member
Laurie Poeppelman Member
Brent Richburg Member
Jerry Stahley Member
Nick Tarkany Member
Jon Werts Member
Suzanne Werts Member

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was Heavier than Air Brewing Company. Thank you to the team of Nick Sr, Chris, Ben and Nick Jr. for allowing us to take over their bar tonight. There was a 50/50 drawing won by Jesse Gaither.

Greg Griffin, President Elect for year 2018-2019, inducted two new members:  Mike Cordonnier (sponsored by Joan Cordonnier) and Bryan Miller (sponsored by Mike Cordonnier).

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 Place.

We had 32 members and 4 guests in attendance.

Committee Announcements

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 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 dla08@arehart.com.

Greg Fay, CNO 2.0 chair, announced 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.

Tonight’s Presentation

Greg Fay introduced Aneesa Bhimani-Trimble from Hannah’s Treasure Chest (HTC). CNO has supported Hannah’s Treasure Chest and they have supported us in our charitable services and donations. The first three years CNO had the Avenue of Flag program, HTC allowed us to store our flags in their facility.

Aneesa Bhimani-Trimble did a great job explaining what HTC is and what they do and how you can help.

Hannah’s Treasure Chest provides basic items for children in need. They are not a direct service organization. A partner such as a counselor or service agency finds people in need and requests to get the items from HTC. Just a few examples of items that can be obtained are clothing, shoes, underwear, diapers, and toys.

HTC has a 100% reliance on donations. In particular right now, they need donations of socks. clothing, and diapers. Aneesa noted they will accept items that are not working or incomplete and will repair them. If you have a toy that is not complete or broken bring it in anyway and they can probably repair it or add the missing pieces.

Quick Facts about HTC

  • They gave away more than a million dollars’ worth of items last year.
  • There are 6 staff members, 1 is full time, and there are 70 volunteers.
  • HTC is a certified diaper bank and is authorized to repackage partial packs of diapers.
  • Hannah was started in 2001 and is named after the daughter of the owner.
  • Recently they had to value their volunteers time for the previous year and it was valued at $500,000.

Upcoming events

  • On September 25, 2018 from 6 PM to 8 PM donate $10 and come hear more about the HTC mission at the Crooked Handle Brewing Co. in Springboro.
  • On September 28, 2018 from 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM there is a Donut Drop In which is a great time to come tour the facility while eating donuts and coffee from Bill’s Donuts.
  • On September 30, 2018 from 7:30 AM to 12:00 PM the 1st Annual Great Diaper Dash 5K will be held at Centerville High School. It is a family-friendly event. Walkers, runners and strollers are all welcome.

Coming up soon is their Giving Angels Program. Last year 651 families were served and so far this year, 790 families have asked to participate.

From the website about the giving Angels program: During November and December, Hannah’s Treasure Chest is proud to host our annual Giving Angels program which helps local families at or below the poverty level.  With the help of local organizations, area donors provide holiday gifts for the children, age newborn through 12 years.

Families must be clients of our selected partners to be eligible for our Giving Angels program. Hannah’s Treasure Chest does not assist families directly through our programs, and cannot accept requests directly from families or non-partner agencies.

Some ways to donate are here.

A description of HTC from their website:

Founded in 2001, Hannah’s Treasure Chest is a nonprofit organization which enriches the lives of children in need by providing care packages of clothes, shoes, books, safety equipment and hygiene items including diapers through a network of nearly 50 partner agencies in Butler, Greene, Montgomery and Warren counties. Hannah’s Treasure Chest is located at 124 Westpark Rd, Centerville, OH 45459

CNOtes – Optimist 2.0 August 16, 2018 – Chappy’s Social House – Matt Somerlot CHS Educator and Track Coach

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was Chappy’s Social House at 880 Washington Village Drive. Thank you to the team at Chappy’s for hosting us.

ALL PHOTOS FROM THE MEETING ARE HERE

Guests and Members in Attendance

Debby Bremer Guest
Dana Dring Guest
Jim Kigore Guest
Bryan Miller Guest
Kevin Walsh Guest
Jason Whited Guest – Teacher of the Year
Diane Arehart Member
Patrick Arehart Member
Ben Barlow Member
Dav Bremer Member
Wayne Christie Member
Joan Cordonnier Member
Mike Cordonnier Member
Craig Dring Member
Beth Duncan Member
Greg Fay Member
Laura Franklin Member
Clint Freese Member
Stan Fronzaglia Member
Jesse Gaither Member
Cindy Harris Member
Brian Nolan Member
Tom Novak Member
Cheryl Probst Member
Brent Richburg Member
Matt Somerlot Member – Speaker
Ron Tinnerman Member

Fund Raiser and Activities

Craig and Dana Dring, lead volunteers for TOP Soccer for special needs kids, informed us they need several more volunteers every Wednesday 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM and Sunday 4 PM to 5 PM during this time of year. Our group is for 16-18 year olds. The program is held at Oak Grove Park from Aug 19, 2018 to Oct 14, 2018. The full schedule is available on this page.

View a PDF of Details About this Wonderful Program

Tom Novak, Avenue of Flag announced we have surpassed 2100 flags. He needs more help, especially those with trucks, vans or SUVs. He recently lost 2 of his volunteers with delivery capable vehicles.

Teacher of the year recognition

Greg Fay introduced Centerville High School social studies teacher Jason Whited. He is one of just 11 teachers of the year in Ohio. Jason mentioned what he likes about being in education is seeing how the kids are expanding into other areas of life and learning life skills. He has a chance to impact kids everyday and enjoys it. He will cheer up kids that are having a bad day.

Tonight’s Speaker

Greg Fay introduced CNO member and Centerville High School teacher and track coach Matt Somerlot. In his youth he was a former winner of the Optimist speech contest in Bellbrook.

Matt reviewed his story with us. This is his 23rd year to coach track. He values that his sport is a no cut sport at CHS and it is very much needed. Some kids need a chance to interact with other kids, some just need a gym credit, others need to meet a kid to have lunch with. In track there is almost always improvement the kids can see as their times get better sometimes day to day. Track kids learn to compete. He finds what the kids are good at. Each kid gets to compete at least once a week.

Four members of his staff have been around for 12 or more years. The continuity is important.

Recently CHS placed top 5 in the state.

Finding kids to participate has become more and more of an issue. There is more competition with other sports and part time jobs. The rising cost of college has forced many kids to work more hours than before. The team always wants to do well in competition and the shortage of athletes can make it difficult. He said small schools are having a really difficult time. Another reason track suffers is it is often a secondary sport for a kid and they will drop track first if there is a time issue with having to work.

Matt and his coaches try and find a way to connect with kids. The “quarter rewards” program is really popular During this program he walks around with a bunch of quarters and rewards kids who are doing well or helping others. The kids bought their own t-shirts with their reward quarters. The people taking the money for the t-shirts were a little less thrilled about the currency used to purchase the shirts.

Thank you to Matt for taking the time to speak to us tonight.

CNOtes – Optimist 2.0 July 19, 2018 – Poelking Lanes Dayton Mall – Joe Poelking

All Photos from the Event are Here

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was at Poelking Lanes South in Miami Township Ohio. Thank you to Joe Poelking, the owner of the venue, for donating the VIP Bowling Lounge for our meeting with complimentary bowling and for telling us the history of his family and their bowling businesses.

Greg Fay, the chair of CNO 2.0, introduced today’s guest speaker and gave information about our club to guests attending tonight’s meeting.

http://poelkingbowling.com/south/

There were 38 people at the meeting (27 members and 11 guests).

Joe Poelking, Owner, Poelking Lanes South

Joe and his cousin run Poelking Lanes. The business was started in the 1940s by his grandfather. World War II caused the lanes to close after a few years because there were not enough workers available to work as pinsetters. The Poelking Lanes on Wilmington Avenue started again in the 1950’s. In November of 2012 the VIP suite at Poelking Lanes South was opened and it is a place to have your own private bowling party.

Bowling is a multigenerational activity. The activity helps facilitate family and friend social gatherings. He remembers when bumper bowling first became popular. It allowed even more family members to enjoy bowling. People also use bowling for networking.

The industry changes. He and his partner learn about options and trends in the industry. They check with the public to see what would work the best. Recently Hyper Bowling has started at some bowling venues. It is bumper bowling with sensors and lights on the bumpers and a computer scores your bowl based on hitting the rights spots on the bumpers on the way down the lane. He is considering adding the game to some of their lanes.

High school bowling as a sport has become huge especially in Ohio. Tournaments can have over 4000 kids. It can involve 7 venues at the same time. They are working on trying to be the host of these national tournaments. They are working with the schools to help create feeder programs to continue to make the sport popular.

Bowling events for Charitable Fund Raising

In the 1980’s he got involved with Big Brothers and Big Sisters and he is on the board. They host a bowling fundraiser each year. Typical amounts raised each year are $50,000 – $60,000, but one year it hit $100,000.

Bowling for Hospice has been run 16 years and in total has raised over $800,000.

Example Events Hosted in the VIP Lounge:

  • Birthday Parties, including surprise birthday parties
  • Weddings
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Business Meetings
  • Wakes (lifelong bowling fans)

CNOtes – Optimist 2.0 June 21, 2018 – Ollie’s Place – Mike Schwartz & Clayton Hicks – H7

All Photos from the Event are Here

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was “Ollie’s Place”. Thank you to Mike Schwartz, the owner, and the rest of the team at Ollie’s.

http://www.olliesplacedayton.com/

Jean Pummill, CNO club secretary, introduced today’s guests and gave information about our club to our guests. Many of today’s guests were members of the H7Network.com networking Group.

There were 52 people at the meeting (29 members and 23 guests). Notable attendee was Sue Armstrong, the OI Ohio District Governor-Elect and a member of the Kettering Noon Optimists.

Mike Schwartz, Ollie’s Place

The first speaker this evening as well as our host was Mike Swartz, the owner of Ollie’s Place, a business he started in 2013. He started his career as an electrical journeyman, however, he decided to buy a carry out store and turn it into a specialty beer store. He had an extra challenge on this quest because during it he was diagnosed with Lymphoma in 1983. Mike was in chemotherapy when Belmont Party Supply store opened in 1984. The doctors designated him disabled for life in 1984. He didn’t accept that diagnosis and is still working today.

Mike also owns Schwartz Beer with beer and wine making supplies and kits next door to Belmont Party Supply. The stores are located on South Smithville Rd, south of Watervliet Ave.

Not long after opening he started bringing in craft beer. His store was ranked 24th in the U.S. and 38th in the world! He started losing his place in the rankings. He figured out that other establishments ranked higher because they served food. He and his team decided they also wanted to go to the next level and that is why Ollie’s Place was created.

Ollie’s Place has thousands of choices of beer and whiskey. The name Ollie’s is in honor of his beloved grandfather.

Ollie’s Place slogan and goal is to provide “Great food, great beer and great cheer!”

Clayton Hicks, H7 Network

The second speaker this evening is the founder and CEO of the H7 Global Network.

Clayton started the business at the age of 29 in 2008 with $200 while he was a single father. The networking business started in Franklin, Ohio where he graduated from high school in 1996. The H7 Network has now spread to a total of 12 different states.

He told us he doesn’t do any standard marketing of his business, he uses personal relationships.

What is H7? H7 is a system for finding people that you want to work with and learning business building techniques. H7 facilitates an individual’s business growth. The structure of a meeting can be described as a group that is like an enlarged one-on-one meeting. A key to successful networking is more about giving than taking at meetings.

Some Quick Facts he mentioned during his presentation.

  • He has had more than 3000 one-on-one meetings beyond group meetings.
  • He has 104 team leads that report to him.
  • He couldn’t have built H7 to where it is without his wife and COO Angel Hicks.
  • You need to build a good reputation to build good relationships.
  • His goal is to have a long lasting positive impact on every person he meets.
  • One of his first locations to hold a meeting was in downtown Centerville at Panera Bread.

Clayton said he is more, Ready, Fire, Aim, instead of Ready, Aim, Fire. Google has several articles about entrepreneurs that work using this concept.

Optimist 2.0 Meeting News – May 17, 2018 – David Ball – TJ’s Place of Hope

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was “Nelly’s – a Taste of Bolivia in Centerville”. Thank you to the team at Nelly’s and Rafael Santillan – Owner of Nelly’s and Centerville Noon Optimist Club Member.

https://www.facebook.com/nellysbolivia/

A 50/50 drawing was won by Greg Crabtree (founder of TJ’s Place of Hope and also Centerville Noon Optimist Club Member.

We had 31 members and 7 guests in attendance.

 

Photos from the Meeting Are Here

Tonight’s Presentation

Greg Fay introduced David Ball, a board member from T.J.’s Place of Hope (Hope Beyond Addiction), in Centerville. On November 17th, 2005, at the age of 18, T.J. Whitehead took his own life after battling drug and alcohol addiction for the majority of his adolescent life.

Cheryl Crabtree, his mother, and Greg Crabtree, his step father, started T.J.’s Place of Hope in 2006. After struggling to get the help their family needed with T.J., they started this foundation. They serve teens and young adults ages 12-25 (plus their families).

T.J.’s Place of Hope is an organization of compassionate people to help those with addictions in a safe, confidential, peer-reinforced environment Besides addictions like drug and alcohol, they are one of the few places helping with self-injury (such as cutting), eating disorders and other destructive disorders. They work directly with Centerville High School.

T.J.’s Place of Hope is open Tuesdays and Thursdays for kids to get together and talk. Meetings are at 85 East Franklin Street Centerville, OH 45459.

There are many volunteer opportunities detailed on their website. They are also looking for additional board members. Current board members have direct personal family experience with issues they help with and they would like to expand on this. One priority is to find volunteers to help with financial aspects of the organization. They are also trying to organize formal committees for various areas so they need committee chairs and members.

They are funded through donations.

“Get Help: Drug/alcohol abuse or addiction, Self-injury, Eating disorders, Social anxiety issue, Depression, & Suicidal Thoughts” – From their website, tjsplaceofhope.org

You can call 937-436-HOPE for assistance; there are confidential meetings each week.

You can also reach them on Facebook.

Tonight’s Guests

Dave Ball
Denise Christie
Greg Crabtree
Cheryl Dowd
Gary McDowell
Jill Parret
David Watkins

 

Upcoming Optimist 2.0 Meetings

Thursday June 21,  2018 – Ollie’s Place – Centerville – 5:30PM – Mike Schwartz – Founder of Ollie’s Place, Guest Speaker

Thursday July 19, 2018 – Poelking Lanes Dayton Mall – 5:30PM – Joe Poelking, Owner of Poelking Lanes, Guest speaker