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.


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

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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.

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

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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.

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 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.

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,

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



Optimist 2.0 Meeting News – April 19, 2018 – Becky Edgren – PuroClean of Dayton

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was “Ollie’s Place”. Thank you to the team at Ollie’s.

A 50/50 drawing was won by Suzanne Werts.

We had 5 new CNO 2.0 member inductions. CNO president Chris McAlpine could not make it tonight so Myron Rheaume, the Zone 14 Lt. Governor for Optimist International, stepped up to do the inductions.

We had 35 members and 11 guests in attendance.

Photos from the Meeting Are Here

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Mike Schwartz Jesse Gaither Induction
Cindy Harris Ron Tinnerman Induction
Nick Tarkany Chris McAlpine Induction
Cheryl Probst Christine Balsan Induction
Andrew Cain Stan Fronzaglia Induction

Tonight’s Speaker

Greg Fay introduced our speaker, Becky Edgren, CEO of PuroClean of Dayton. PuroClean is an emergency services company. Core services are water damage restoration, fire damage restoration and mold removal services.

Becky started working when she was young at her father’s tool and die shop with her brothers. After some tough economic events the business ended in 2004 after 60 years. When she decided she wanted her own business to support herself and to involve her daughters she first tried to purchase a local remediation company. That deal fell through and she started the PuroClean location in Moraine. It serves Dayton, Springfield, Cincinnati, Covington, Newport, Hamilton and more.

PuroClean has 25 employees. She started the company 10 years ago in the fall of 2008. It wasn’t planned, but the daughters ended up with the perfect majors in college to take on the roles of accountant, operations, and marketing.

It was not an easy decision to start the business. They had 3 months of organized family meetings. At the end the daughters were asked if they were in. All 3 said yes. By the end of 3 years the business had grown enough that all 3 daughters became full-time employees.

All of Becky’s employees know the Core Values of the business:

  • Do the right thing.
  • Be respectful of people and property.
  • Be passionate about what you do.
  • Give back.

She talked about how sometimes the job is not just the restoration. Sometimes it is to have someone to talk to. Sometimes it is to take out the trash. Sometimes it is to walk the dog.

When the recent hurricane disasters hit Florida and Houston they went down to help.

PuroClean does a lot of ongoing training, including recently participating in a live burn organized by a fire department. They also train others.

She advised us that if you have more than ten square feet of mold in your home you should call them for help. The minor mold around your bathroom tub is not a concern. Mold needs moisture or high humidity to thrive.

She also said we need to check how much water damage insurance we have. If it is just $5000 or even $10,000 it is not enough. Contact your insurance broker and increase your coverage if it is not enough. Approximately 70% of all claims are from water damage, so protect yourself.

Tonight’s Guests

Andrew Cain
Becky Edgren
Bill Hazel
Cindy Harris
Debby Bremer
Gary Poeppelman
Greg Huff
Mike Schwartz
Nick Tarkany
Pam Miske
Ted Santo

Upcoming Optimist 2.0 Meetings

Thursday May 17, 2018 – Nelly’s Centerville – 5:30PM – David Ball, TJ’s Place of Hope, Guest Speaker

Thursday June 21, 2018 – Ollie’s Place Centerville – 5:30PM – Mike Schwartz, Owner of Ollie’s Place and Optimist 2.0 Club Member



Optimist 2.0 Meeting News – March 15, 2018 – Steve Van Gorder – Founder, SVG Motors


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 during March Madness. There was a 50/50 drawing won by Dave Garel and he graciously donated the winnings back to the club.

Michael Mershad, the owner of Ultimate Leadership Martial Arts, was inducted into the CNO 2.0 club.

We had 49 members and guests in attendance.

Photos from the Meeting are Here

Tonight’s Guests

Bruce Barger
Andrew Cain
Steve Clark
Dave Garel
Cindy Harris
Jill Parrett
Beth Phillips
Dave Phillips
Cheryl Probst
Craig Scanlon
Nick Tarkanay
Frank Weikel
Jeff Zaret

Tonight’s Speaker

Greg Fay introduced our speaker, Steve Van Gorder, the president of SVG Motors / SVG Chevrolet / SVG Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram / SVG Urbana.

Steve gave us an uplifting story of how he came to be the successful owner of several automobile dealerships in the extended Dayton area.

When Steve was in his late teens in the 90’s he had the opportunity to sell cars and he liked it. He became bored and decided to sell jeans at a department store. He soon realized that there was not nearly as much reward in selling jeans. It didn’t seem to matter how much he sold, his pay check was always the same. He complained to a customer that he wished he were selling cars. This person knew the store manager and the manager called Steve in for a little chat. He said if you would prefer to sell cars then that is what you should do.

This time Steve went back into car business with much more enthusiasm and quickly gained skills that would help him two decades later when he started purchasing his own dealerships.

He explained to us that without being optimistic about his endeavor to own that first dealership it would never have happened. It was very scary, but he told us you have to go for it sometime. Opening additional stores was not simple either, but it was much easier than the first one.

He reminded us of a saying in commissioned sales, “You eat what you kill.” If you don’t sell something you aren’t getting paid. Learn how to do it. Go the extra mile, be kind to your customers. If you become successful give back to the community.

He has volunteer experience with:

  • Dayton Campaign Fundraiser for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
  • Dayton CF Walk Sponsor for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • Fundraiser and volunteer for Habitat for Humanity International.

His LinkedIn page has a comforting quote for the sales buying experience, “We have taken the confrontation out of the sales transaction.”

We watched Steve’s current commercial and also received a sneak preview of his new commercial. When you meet Steve in “real life”, you will enjoy being around him and realize he isn’t quite the goofball he may appear to be on TV. He is having fun and he hopes you will have some fun working with his friendly dealerships.

Upcoming Optimist 2.0 Meetings

Thursday April 19, 2018 – Ollie’s Place Centerville – 5:30PM – Ryan Hawk, Guest Speaker

Thursday May 17, 2018 – Nelly’s Centerville – 5:30PM – David Ball, TJ’s Place of Hope, Guest Speaker

Thursday June 21, 2018 – Ollie’s Place Centerville – 5:30PM – Mike Schwartz, Owner of Ollie’s Place and Optimist 2.0 Club Member



Optimist 2.0 Meeting News – February 15, 2018 – Jason Johnson – BOGG Minsitries

Meeting Location

Ollie’s Place in Centerville Hosted our second monthly Optimist 2.0 meeting of 2018 – providing excellent appetizers, beverages and service. There were a total of 39 members and guests in attendance.  We inducted five new club members and listened to an inspiring speaker – details on both are below.

Our next Optimist 2.0 Meeting will be Thursday, March 15th at 5:30PM at Heavier Than Air Brewing Company. Our guest speaker will be non other than Steve “did someone say something about buying a car?” Van Gorder – founder of SVG Motors. Do you know someone who needs a lift or enjoys being part of an award-winning world class local service club? – Invite them to come and see what Centerville Noon Optimist 2.0 is all about.

Photos from the Meeting are Here

Today’s Guests

Andrew Cain
Kevin Cross
Brendan Cunningham
Janice Fidishun
Jill Parrett

Today’s Speakers

Greg Fay welcomed everyone and gave a brief overview of what the Centerville Noon Optimist Club is as a service organization and invited folks interested in helping kids to come and join us as a Friend of Youth.  Greg Griffin then gave a short description of our upcoming Easter Egg Hunt to be held on Saturday March 31, 2018 at Forest Field Park.  Nancy Lehren, Chairperson of the Childhood Cancer Committee, gave a brief overview of one of the club’s most meaningful events – the Free Build-a-Bear Event hosted three times a year at Dayton Children’s Hospital for Kids battling cancer.

Jason Johnson our guest speaker then gave a very inspiring talk on BOGG Ministries and how they are helping feed families – many with kids in the local area. The work they do is life-changing for the families they serve.  More information on BOGG (Because Of God’s Grace) Ministries and the wonderful work they do can be found here:

50/50 Drawing Winner

Ryan Coble – a brand new club member – won the 50/50 drawing.

Optimist 2.0 and Club Calendar

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New Member Inductions

Three new Optimist Club Members were inducted by Club President Chris McAlpine: Suzanne Werts, Jonathan Werts, Clint Freese, Brent Richburg, and Ryan Coble were welcomed into the club as “Friends of Youth” to help us help local kids.




Optimist 2.0 Meeting News – January 18, 2018 – Brent Ullery – CHS Football Coach

Meeting Location

Ollie’s Place in Centerville Hosted our first Optimist 2.0 meeting of the New Year – providing excellent appetizers, beverages and service. There were a total of 58 members and guests in attendance  – a record number.  A special welcome to our Ohio District Optimist Governor – Tom Kendo and to Sue Armstrong, Governor-elect – for joining us at this evening’s meeting. Six of our guests submitted applications to join us in helping local kids – amazing! Thank you to Brent Richburg, Clint Freese, Mike Schwartz, Suzanne Werts, Jonathan Werts, and Laurie Westheimer! We look forward to inducting each of you into the Centerville Noon Optimist Club at our next monthly meeting. Our next Optimist 2.0 Meeting will be Thursday, February 15th at 5:30PM at Ollie’s Place. Do you know someone who needs a lift or enjoys being part of an award-winning world class local service club? – Invite them to come and see what Centerville Noon Optimist 2.0 is all about.

Photos from the Meeting are Here

Today’s Guests

Deborah Arehart
Brandon Barrometti
Jennifer Elleman
Stacey Fay
Clint Freese
Kara Goodwin
Brent Moore
Brent Richburg
Jessica Richburg
Scott Rothenbush
Craig Scanlon
Donna Schwartz
Mike Schwartz
Amy Thompson
Jonathan Werts
Suzanne Werts
Laurie Westheimer
Pam Wherle

Today’s Speakers

Gary Smiga, Centerville Noon Optimist Club Treasurer, spoke about the donations the club makes to benefit our local kids – giving details on donations for scholarships,  free youth events and donations to local schools and libraries.  Gary also reviewed with everyone the three major fundraisers the Optimist Club conducts ewach year to raise the funds for donations – The Christmas Tree Sale, Avenue of Flags, and the Tom Frazier Tee-Off for Youth annual Golf Outing. Next, Centerville High School Coach Brent Ullery spoke to everyone about his life and the incredible opportunity he received (earlier than he expected) to coach the CHS Elks.  Coah Ullery thanks the Optimist Club for their support of CHS and specifically that recent large donation the club made to fund the purchase of football helmets for the CHS football players that have impact sensors.  The state-of-the-art helmets help protect the health of our kids by alerting coaches when a hit occurs that may require that concussion protocol be followed to protect the student. 

Optimist 2.0 and Club Calendar

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New Member Inductions

Three new Optimist Club Members were inducted by Club President Chris McAlpine: Ben Barlow, Sonny Singvhi, and Jayne Weikel were welcomed into the club as “Friends of Youth” to help us help local kids.

Door Prize Drawing

The $100 Gift Card to Ollie’s Place – the Meeting Door Prize – was won by Gary Smiga.

50/50 Raffle Winner

Pam Wherle won the 50/50 Raffle Drawing.