September 29, 2020 – 2020 Installation and Awards Presentation Event – our first-ever via Zoom

Installation and Awards Program for 2020-2021

On Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 6:30 PM, instead of our normal lunch Zoom meeting, we had a great online event to celebrate the past year and to look forward to the next Optimist year. This is the end of the Centerville Noon Optimist Presidential year for Greg Griffin and we welcomed 2020-2021 President Debe Dockins! New board members and vice-presidents were also installed this evening.

Officers of CNO 2020-2021

Title Officer
President Debe Dockins
Vice President Beth Duncan
Vice President Bob Glavin
Secretary Jean Pummill
Treasurer Roland Rapp
President Elect Gary Hansen
Immediate Past President Greg Griffin
Past President’s Rep Nancy Lehren

Board of Directors CNO 2020-2021

Term Director
Two Years Patrick Arehart
Two Years Christine Balsan
Two Years Pat Behn
Two Years Jim Long
Two Years Brian Nolan
One Year Amy Barker
One Year Denise O’Neil
One Year Vince Reidy
One Year Carolyn Taylor
One Year Greg Wasmund

Event Details

Tonight’s event was organized by Greg Griffin, Debe Dockins, Beth Duncan, and Jean Pummill.

We started at 6:30 PM with a half hour of socializing on Zoom. At 7 PM the ceremonies began.

Bob Burkman was the master of ceremonies. He said it is a year of firsts and lasts. It was the first time to cancel the golf outing and we hope it is the last time. It was the first time to have this event on Zoom and we hope it is the last.

The event started with an invocation from Erin Dickerson followed by The Pledge of Allegiance.

You can view the slide deck used in the presentation here.

Officer Installation and Oath

Pat Behn swore in the new Club Officers and Board of Directors.

I hereby solemnly promise on my honor as an Optimist that I will carry out the duties of the office to which I have been elected to the best of my ability, in loyalty to my Club, and in harmony with the Bylaws of my Club and Optimist International. So help me God

Passing of the Gavel

Even though the meeting was on Zoom, there was still the traditional passing of the gavel ceremony. It was a video since the meeting was virtual. Each past president recorded a short video and Beth Duncan edited and assembled the video with a soundtrack. It is very well done by Beth Duncan with the ending (a SNL Spoof of Debe accepting the gavel) and hilarious. You can watch the video here.

Debe Dockins Acceptance and Remarks

Debe Dockins is the 53rd president and 8th female president of the Centerville Noon Optimist Club.

She thanked Greg Griffin for his year as president; she also thanked Greg and his wife Evelyn for all their hard work this last year. Evelyn is the chair of Skilled Trades Scholarship and helps with numerous other tasks with CNO. Debe had gifts for them. Greg received a “I Need Space” t-shirt with a NASA logo. Greg also received a jacket with the CNO logo. Evelyn received a beautiful flower arrangement. With Zoom we were able to see all of these.

During the next year Debe plans for us to reimagine our community events in a way that works during COVID.

Jean Pummill, CNO Secretary, Awards for Greg Griffin

Jean Pummill presented awards to outgoing President Greg Griffin. He received a plaque of honor with a small replica of a gavel. Greg also received a Lifetime Optimist membership.

Greg Griffin, President Awards

Greg recognized several CNO members with awards:

  • Rookie of the year award, Joanne Rau. She has volunteered at many events. She arranged a TV interview of Greg Griffin
  • Rooke of the year award, Steve Rau, among many other things he helped at Stingley school where CNO had a club day
  • Rookie of the year award, Carol Smerz, did a wonderful job this year and participated in many events
  • Key Person Award, Diane Arehart, for her work with Social Media
  • Key Person Award, Katie Calloway, for her work with Social Media
  • Key Person Award, Roland Rapp, for doing a great job as his first year as Club Treasurer
  • Key Person Award, Jean Pummill, for doing a great job as Club Secretary
  • Humble Scribe Award, Patrick Arehart, for his work on writing the CNOtes each week
  • Imagine 2020 Award, Beth Duncan, for re-inventing social events as social distancing committee; Her idea has been borrowed by Optimist International and spread to other clubs

Optimist of the Year

The 2019-2020 winner of the Centerville Noon Optimist Thomas P. Frazier Optimist of the Year Award is Mike Brubaker. Beth Duncan presented this award in person. It is the job of the previous year’s winner to announce the current year winner. Mike joined CNO on 10/28/2008. Mike Brubaker is more than deserving of this recognition.

Mike Brubaker

Community Events:

  • Multiple Build-A-Bear events each year, serving at the registration table
  • Christmas Tree Lot
  • Haunted Trail
  • Top Soccer
  • Bike Rodeo
  • Social Events

Service to CNO:

  • Board of directors
  • Avenue of flags
  • Technology Committee
  • Build-a-Bear Committee

Beth Duncan planned to read Mike’s list of contributions before ringing his doorbell. Well, it was raining. I mean it was raining hard, with lightening. The intrepid Beth Duncan improvised, rang the doorbell and said “Yep, you are the Optimist of the Year and I have list of why, but like me, the list is drenched.” She was able to list his accomplishments after drying off a bit. It was hilarious. Hopefully Beth is laughing now too.

Beth said, “Mike directs our Optimists who are on our AOF team which obtains renewals from subscribers from February to May each year. He is on the front line of correspondence with our subscribers throughout the year and is very diplomatic.  Mike handled the unprecedented growth of AOF in 2020 of over 500 flags (21%) between Memorial Day and July 4th.”

“Mike also has been a loyal volunteer on the Day Team at the tree lot and can always be counted on to take on any duty.  He has sold trees, restocked, cashiered and tied trees to cars.  He never let the team down.” His team captain said, “I can’t imagine the Day Team without Mike!“

Along with the plaque, Beth presented Mike with a sash and crown. It was great!

Greg’s closing remarks for the year.

Greg said he was honored to have been asked to serve as CNO President for the past year. He is so happy to have served our club as president.

During the past year, the Avenue of Flags subscriptions grew by over 600 subscriptions, to over 2900 subscriptions.

With COVID, some things were different, but we were still able to do things like holding Build-A-Bear events in a drive-through format.

Greg thanked

  • Evelyn Griffin, for all her work and support as he was president
  • Diane Arehart, Vice-president
  • Gary Hansen, Vice-president
  • Roland Rapp, Treasurer
  • Jean Pummill, Secretary
  • The Board of Directors

He said thanks to everyone for all that you have done. The best is yet to come!

Greg Griffin to receive Governor’s Award

Myron Rheaume, the Ohio District Governor and CNO member announced that he will be presenting the governor’s award for the club and district level to Greg Griffin for how well he ran CNO during COVID.

Closing Video

A great video slide show Greg Griffin put together of the past year can be viewed here.

The End

After the video was complete, we cheerfully recited the Optimist Creed.

It was a great evening. Thank you to everyone who contributed. Thanks to everyone in our club that makes it possible to do the good we do. Thank you, Greg Griffin, for serving as president this past year and we look forward to another great year under the leadership of Debe Dockins, her team and our members!

Who can Attend Zoom Meetings?

Any member of any type of Centerville Noon Optimist can attend Zoom meetings. CNO 2.0, St Leonard’s and CNO full members or CNO monthly members can ALL attend.

Guests are also welcome. Please invite guests and introduce them if you like. Just share the Zoom link with them for that week.


In keeping with social distancing requirements – our CNO Meetings have transitioned temporarily to a online format using ZOOM.

Club Member Joe Madden was inspired to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.

CNOtes – September 17, 2019 – Dr. Rob Lober – Dayton Children’s Hospital – Beth Duncan – Optimist of the Year

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father bless us sinners as we eat our dinners.  Amen!

Today’s Guests – WELCOME!

Guest Guest Of
Vickie Catron June Bosworth
Faye Duncan Brian Nolan
Ron Duncan Brian Nolan
Jeff Garnica Golf Sponsor
Andy Higgins Mike Brubaker
Tom Kennedy Myron Rheaume
Dawayne Kirkman Debe Dockins
Dr. Rob Lober Speaker
Mark Morris Golf Sponsor

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Thank You 2018-2019 President Donna Huss

Today’s lunch was the last lunch of Donna Huss’s year as president of the awesome Centerville Noon Optimist Club. Thank you, Donna, for a great year. CNO is now the largest Optimist club in the world and arguably the best. Please accept our gratitude and enjoy your semi-retirement.

Optimist of the Year Presentation

During lunch today, the Optimist of the Year was presented. Last year’s recipients, Diane Arehart and Greg Fay, presented the award.

The 2018-2019 Optimist of the Year recipient is Beth Duncan. Congratulations Beth, you are more than deserving of this award.

The Optimist of the Year Award is chosen at a special meeting arranged and hosted by the previous year’s recipients. The voting group is composed of previous recipients of the award.

Beth joined CNO in 2016. Since then, some of the activities she has volunteered for are Avenue of Flags, Build a Bear, Easter Egg Hunt and the Fishing Derby.

She is the Chair of the Social Committee and she is a Christmas Tree Lot Captain.

Beth has served on our Board of Directors and has been involved with the Golf Committee, the Junior Golf Committee and the 2.0 Committee.

Beth and her company Lizard Apparel and Promotions have been generous in donating apparel for different club functions including our golf outings.

Upcoming Community Events

10/15/2019 and 10/16/2019 – Haunted Trail at Forest Field Park.

Upcoming Social Events

  • 10/10/2019 – ALL DAY, Keeneland Horse Racing, there will be a chartered bus
  • 11/8/2019 – 6 PM, Friday, Euchre party at TBD
  • 12/10/2019 – 6 PM, Tuesday, Holiday Party at Yankee Trace

Dayton Children’s Hospital Presentation

Mike Bevis introduced pediatric neurosurgeon Rob Lober, MD, PhD and Rachel Selby, Philanthropy Officer from Dayton Children’s Hospital. Rachel is also a member of CNO. Dr. Lober and Rachel were here today to accept two checks from CNO, one check for $14,500 from the proceeds of the golf outing and another check for $5000 which was the fifth check we pledged to give over five years in 2015.

Dr. Lober served his residency at Stanford Hospitals and Clinics in Stanford, California. He earned his medical degree and a PhD in Biomedical science at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Georgia. Dr. Lober is a member of the Scientific Committee for The Children’s Brain Tumor Tissue Consortium.

Read Dr. Lober’s complete bio on Dayton Children’s Hospital website.

Dayton Children’s Hospital is on the front lines of Brain Tumor research. Some of the major research for pediatric brain tumors is happening right here in Dayton and contributing internationally.

You can view the slide presentation here 

Dayton Children’s Hospital (DCH) is unique in the world. When Dr. Lober was hired about 30 other experts in their fields were also hired. DCH is a model for hospitals that can help kids locally.

The occurrence of pediatric cancer is rarer than adult cancers, but the successful cure rate for many types of pediatric cancer is now much higher. Because of research, pediatric treatments of pediatric leukemias are very successful. The rarer brain tumors now kill more children than leukemia. Research has helped, but we need more research into pediatric brain tumors.  Unfortunately, there has not been significant breakthroughs in decades. He wants to change this.

Dr. Lober’s plan starts with wasting nothing. Instead of disposing of removed tumors, they keep every bit of tissues and fluid’s and make them available to any research facilities for free. The policy is free and open access to the saved materials. Several other organizations have joined this effort. This project is called the Living Biobank at Dayton Children’s.

Every patient and their families so far have agreed to the removed materials. Most of the time there is no direct benefit to the donating patient. One child called his tumor a “Growbot” and he knew he was going to die from his tumor. But he knew his “Growbot” would one day help many other children. Donating a “Growbot” will not help him, but it may help another child and family one day. Dr. Lober’s group has become experienced at culturing and growing the tumors after removal for sharing with other researchers. They are 100% supported by philanthropy. This is all great because in the past there was a financial opportunity that was holding back research.

Dr. Lober has a 20-year plan of establishing a pipeline for the tissue specimen transfers. Other hospitals have started sending their removed tissues. He wants to improve the science of tissue culture and banking. He wants to expand the application of culture tissues. They are in preliminary talks with the Broad Institute that can culture samples in up to 60 different environments. He wants to find numerous chemotherapies to cure children with these tumors.

Dr. Lober explained some things that makes DCH great. DCH has 2 full pediatric surgeons. DCH provides the greatest care a child can get. They have the latest in advanced robotics. Soon they are getting the latest tissue diagnostic equipment. This will enable results in 3 minutes instead of 5 days. This increases the safety and the accuracy of tumor removal.

The government is not running this research. It is because of donations form groups like CNO that allows Dayton Children’s to make the progress it has. He said he truly thanks us.


Article about 12-year-old boy helping Dayton Children’s effort to cure brain cancer

4.5-minute Video about Dayton Children’s tumor tissue bank

Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf 2019 Report

Donna introduced Mike Bevis, the chair of the golf committee. Mike mentioned that 2019 marks the 28th year this CNO fundraiser has been held. Mike has been the chair for 16 years.

Mike started by thanking all members of the Centerville Noon Optimist club. It is not just a committee project. The whole club is asked and steps up by donating gift cards, wines, and time. He also thanked his committee members.

Additionally, Mike thanked members who purchased foursomes. CNO Member Don Kelley has participated in the event all 28 years.

Following are notes Mike Bevis used when presenting his 2019 report

Good afternoon and thank you Donna for the time today to thank everyone for their efforts on the 28th annual 2019 Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf Classic. This is a fun day to celebrate and recognize those who work so hard especially during this record year.

It has been two months since that hot 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 148 golfers and delivered almost $45,000 (Last year was $36,000) in revenue for our club.

Committee Members

Co-Chairs – Sarah Umbreit, Vince Reidy, Steve Kohls, Deb Ulrich

Team leaders – Pat Behn, Val Huff, Ellie Parker, Bob Burkman, Gary DeMarco

Denise O’Neill and Fred of Dorothy Lane Market, Woeber’s , Mike-Sells Potato Chips, Montgomery Inn and Pepsi

Judy DeMarco, Barbara Santo, Sue Brubaker and Vida McDowell   

Chris Ziehler, June Bosworth, Charlie Tapp, Beth Duncan, Bob Foster, Wendy Hatton, Jean Pummill, and Deb Saunders and more than 50 other volunteers who gave their talent and time to help on July 15.

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.

Five Star and Master’s sponsors

  • 1-800-GOT-Junk and You Move Me
  • McAfee Heating and Air
  • Bill’s Donuts                
  • Remodeling Designs                
  • WesBanco
  • Secure Future Advisors – Mark Morris
  • Dorothy Lane Market
  • First Financial Bank
  • Montgomery Inn
  • Monica Stomps CPA

Hole in One Sponsors

  • James Free Jewelers
  • Matt Castrucci Auto Mall
  • Performance Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram

Cart Sponsors

  • Mike Houser of Houser Asphalt and Concrete
  • Infiniti of Dayton
  • State Farm Jim Slatt
  • Parallel Advisors
  • Tinnerman Insurance

Goody bag sponsors

  • Dayton Children’s Hospital
  • Woeber’s Mustard
  • Mike-Sells Potato Chips
  • Montgomery Inn BBQ

Masters and Double Eagle Sponsors

  • Voss Auto Network
  • Abbey Credit Union
  • Woeber’s Mustard – Wally Miller
  • Star Cartage – Joe Collins

Eagle and Other Sponsors

  • Allstate Insurance – Andy Harmon
  • A-Abel
  • Bar Codes Unlimited – Craig
  • Brixey and Meyer
  • Buckeye Eco Care
  • Buckeye Home Health Care – Denise
  • Buckeye Senior Care
  • Buckeye Pools – Gary
  • Barker, Beck, Collins and Kronauge Insurance – Dan
  • Brendan Cunningham – Morgan Stanley
  • The Carpet Store
  • Mike’s Car Wash
  • Centerville Insurance
  • Coldwell Banker – Heritage Realtors- Vince and Wendy and Tim
  • Copp Integrated Systems
  • Dan Passidomo
  • DayAir Credit Union
  • Dayton Children’s Hospital – Rachel
  • Ethan Allen
  • Elliott Tool
  • Essential Irrigation and Landscaping
  • Famous Restaurant
  • Graceworks – Bethany Village
  • Home City Ice
  • Incarnation Catholic School
  • Robert Jensen DDS
  • Landmark Title
  • Liberty Self Storage
  • LCNB Bank – J.C. Jones
  • Mercedes Benz of Centerville
  • Turf Nerd
  • Jack Anderson– Merrill Lynch
  • Miami Valley School
  • Mike’s Car Wash
  • Mike Sells Potato Chips
  • Minute Man Press
  • William Ward – Morgan Stanley – Centerville
  • Brian Lampton Agency
  • Lizard Apparel
  • Morgan Stanley Keith Meyer
  • Ohio Eagle Distributing (beer)
  • Parallel Advisors
  • Parts Express
  • PE Systems – Jack
  • Pepsi
  • Molly Petsch
  • P & R Specialty
  • Prime Controls
  • Rooted Grounds Coffee
  • Routsong Funeral Home
  • Rumpke Waste and Recycling
  • Saint Leonard
  • Secure Futures
  • Sign Connection
  • Silfex
  • Southtown Heating & Air
  • Sunbelt Advisors
  • Triple M Consulting
  • Turf Nerd
  • Sarah and Jeff Umbreit

Thank you to all our valued sponsors for making the 28th Annual Tee Off for Youth such a tremendous success. Fundraisers like this make it possible for us to bring out the best in kids. From Children’s Hospital Donations to Build-a-Bears to scholarships, it is why we do what we do.

Save the Date

The 29th Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf Outing will be held on July 13, 2020.

CNO Donations 2013 through June 2019

Click this link to see a summary of the donations our club has made.

Over 50 years, we have donated close to $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $700,000.


Member Birthday
Bill DeFries September 19
Terri Leputa September 19
Will Cale September 20
Carol Smerz September 22
Harry Bossey September 22
Jon Werts September 22
Mark Karns September 23
Don Wildenhaus September 25
Greg Smith September 25
Diane Arehart September 26
Evelyn Griffin September 26
Jeff Kujawa September 27

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Bill Williams September 20 9/20/1993 26
Denny Cottle September 20 9/20/2015 4
Sue Brubaker September 23 9/23/2008 11
Bryan Miller September 26 9/26/2018 1
Carolyn Taylor September 26 9/26/2018 1
Dana Dring September 26 9/26/2018 1
Mike Cordonnier September 26 9/26/2018 1
Mike Wall September 26 9/26/1995 24
Steve Linder September 26 9/26/2018 1
Steve Rudisill September 26 9/26/2018 1
Stephen Walker September 28 9/28/1998 21
John Powell September 29 9/29/1999 20
Pat Behn September 29 9/29/2003 16
Bill Gaul September 30 9/30/2016 3
Brooks Compton September 30 9/30/1994 25
Denise O’Neil September 30 9/30/1994 25
Don Wildenhaus September 30 9/30/1997 22

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Carol Smerz Wendy Hattan 3rd Reading
Bill Fritz Tom Novak Induction
Bev Fritz Tom Novak Induction
Dawn Arrowood Mike Bevis Induction
Penny Culhane Greg Griffin Induction
Jane Orr Greg Griffin Induction
Chris Abratowski Donna Huss Induction
Betty Olfky Jean Pummill Induction

Sergeants at Arms

No time for Sergeants this week.

 Happy Bucks! 

No time for Happy Bucks this week.

Greg Griffin awarded Optimist of the Year, Bob Lawson receives Newcomer of the Year–Sept. 27th, 2016

As Optimists gathered at Polen Farm for the kick-off of a new Optimist Year, two club members received special honors.  New club member Bob Lawson received the “Newcomer of the Year” Award from outgoing President Myron Rheaume for his outstanding volunteer efforts as an Optimist who joined the club in 2016.

Greg Griffin received the “Optimist of the Year” Award that honored his work in 2016 as a Board Member, chairperson of several committees, improvement of processes and producer of the club’s award-winning video “It’s Not What We Do – It’s Why We Do it”.

The evening included a delicious meal prepared by our own Centerville High School Culinary Arts Class.  Long-time club member Larry Lynde was welcomed as incoming President for 2016-17 and Myron Rheaume was thanked with a standing ovation for his leadership and service to the club in 2015-16.  In addition, new Vice Presidents and a new Board of Directors were installed during the event.

Here is the Evening’s Program:

Download (PDF, 681KB)

All the photo’s from the event can be viewed here: