CNOtes – February 11, 2020 – Oratorical Contest – Second Week

Phather Phil’s Prayer

In Phather Phil’s absence, David Ladd offered the prayer today – David does a superb job in offering an extemporaneous prayer, so you had to be present to experience it.

Today’s Guests – WELCOME!

Guest Guest Of
Katy Barker Carol Smerz
Margie Jones Mike Bevis

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Committee Meetings

3/18/2020, 6 PM, Golf Committee at Buckeye Home Health Care on Paragon Rd. Future 2020 meetings will be 4/15, 5/13, 6/17, and 7/8.

2/13/2020, 6:30 PM Childhood Health and Wellness at Panera – downtown Centerville. Future 2020 meetings will be 3/12, 4/9, 5/14, 6/11, 7/9, 8/13, 9/10. All are welcome to attend.

Community Events

2/26/2020, 6:00 – 7:30 Build-A-Bear at Children’s Hospital private dining room. This will be for Mended Little Hearts patients. Volunteers should arrive at 5:30. Contact Nancy Lehren for more information or to sign up.

3/14/2020, 9:00 – 12:00 at Watts Middle School Gym, Tri Star Basketball.

4/2/2020, Build-A-Bear at Children’s Hospital private dining room. This will be for Oncology patients. Contact Nancy Lehren for more information.

Social Events

2/22/2020, at 6 PM, Euchre tournament, will be held at the Wentworth Village Clubhouse in Bellbrook Ohio. Contact Beth Duncan for details and sign up.

3/14/2020 at 6 PM, Wine and Beer Tasting at the home of Patrick and Diane Arehart.

4/24/2020, Hunchback of Notre Dame play at CHS followed by dinner at Old Scratch pizza. Times will be provided later.

5/2/2020, at 6 PM Kentucky Derby Party at Remodeling Designs.

CNO 2.0 Meeting

2/20/2020, 5:30 PM, CNO 2.0 meeting at Zinks Meats & Fine Wines in Centerville

Happy Birthday Ron Tinnerman

Today is Ron Tinnerman’s birthday. Bob Duffy led us in singing Happy Birthday to Ron while Ron tried to block the sound by putting napkins in his ears. He quickly realized the volume of the chorus along with our complete lack of singing skills cannot be blocked. The volume knows no boundary. Happy Birthday Ron and have a great year.

Margaret Barclay Memorial 2020 Optimist Oratorical Contest – Day 2

Liz Fultz, the chair of the Margaret Barclay Memorial Oratorical contest, introduced the participating students and described this annual event. This is the 4th year for Liz to chair this event. Liz thanked her judges Debe Dockins, David Ladd, and Kelly George. Thanks to Diane Arehart for being the timer. She also thanked Ron Thompson for his help with recruiting and coordinating the speakers.

Details about the contest for participants.

View flyer about the contest.

Contestants deliver a four to five-minute speech.  One winner from each contest advances to the zone competition and can advance to the finals at the district level. 

The Great Ohio District of Optimist international adds $1,000 to the first-place winner. With the Ohio amount the scholarships are $3,500 for first place, $1,500 for second and $1000 for third.

From Liz Fultz:

Day two of the Margaret Barclay Memorial Oratorical Contest was held on February 11th.  Members were impressed with the poise and courage of the middle-school students who prepared speeches and spoke in front of nearly 100 members.  Faith D., Jacob W., Julia O., and Kathryn M. presented their thoughts on the topic “Just iMagine a World without Boundaries.”  The parents who came to support the students had the opportunity to learn about the great things the club does for the community.

The prompt for today’s speeches is, “Just iMagine a World Without Boundaries”.

Contestants went in random order and referred to by letter only until the winner was chosen. We were instructed to not applaud until the end.

Excerpts from the speeches follow

Faith D. (Speaker A)

The key to breaking through boundaries is connectivity and “necessity is the mother of all invention.”

One farmer growing crops is not nearly as good as many farmers. Multiple farmers allow more varieties of food to be available.

Connectivity is provided by transportation. The railway system allowed our country to expand.

Communications by radio, TV and phones have further connected the entire world. With the internet and technology many world problems will go away with ever expanding connectivity.

Accurate weather predictions will increase with more countries sharing observations. This improves public safety and will help farmers increase yields.

Too many people are working individually on diseases. More breakthroughs will happen the more researchers are connected.

Satellite thermal imaging using AI will help prevent poaching.

We can’t continue to be self-serving. Working together we can solve hunger and shelter problems.

Jacob W. (Speaker B)

The world needs boundaries. Imagine the issues if there was no border between North and South Korea. With no boundaries there would be no laws. Robbery and theft would be legal. Nothing to control weapons and no mandate set weapons policies. People would be driving 120 MPH in places where 50 MPH is the safest high speed.

Without laws to force us, we would not pay taxes; this would be very bad for the world if governments had no funding.

Experts set boundaries. The Surgeon General advises us to exercise and eat healthy. If no one followed this advice it would affect everyone’s health.

Without boundaries food laws would not be regulated. Prisoners would escape from prisons.

No physical boundaries would lead to physical injuries. No laws will lead to chaos. No health advice leads to increased disease.

Julia O. (Speaker C)

Boundaries affect everything you do. They are there for a reason. It keeps people and things under control. Boundaries are the best way to keep people going to school and keeping houses safe. It is the law that kids must attend school until 16. If no one went to school, there would be no one to attend college and therefore no doctors.

Getting an education is extremely necessary. Boundaries make this happen.

Without boundaries no one’s house would be safe. Many would be left homeless or all their belongings would be stolen or broken.

Boundaries keep people safe from people who illegally harm others. Kid’s would lose the freedom of leaving their homes because it wouldn’t be safe.

Without boundaries our world would be out of control. Boundaries ensure our safety and keep buildings and belongings safe. We can make the world safer by keeping boundaries. Working together the world can be a safe place.

Kathryn M. (Speaker D)

Without boundaries the world we be out of control. Boundaries keep us safe and keep us on the right path. Literal boundaries like crosswalks, signs and stop lights are important for keeping us safe.

Laws are boundaries. Laws prevent people from harming others. Boundaries between nations like oceans help prevent wars.

Boundaries keep your property safe. The shed that holds your expensive snowblower is a boundary that keeps it from being stolen.

Fences prevent us from falling off a mountain. Even a simple wall keeps items safe. Boundaries help us to stay alive.

Results

Faith was the winner of the second day of the contest.  It was her third year participating and many remember her from previous years.  She will advance to the Zone Contest, which will be held on Wednesday, March 11 at 6:30 in the Woodbourne Library Community Room. You are welcome to attend this event.

About Margaret Barclay

Our contest is named in honor of former Optimist member Margaret Barclay.   Margaret chaired the Oratorical Contest for many years.  She cared deeply about bringing out the best in kids and in living the Optimist Creed.  Margaret spent 40 years in education, with 27 of those in the Centerville City Schools serving in various positions.  She retired in 2000 as the principal at Magsig Middle School.  Margaret was integral in creating the Alpha and Junior Optimist clubs in the schools.  Her accomplishments within the club are vast.  She was the second female president, Lieutenant Governor, Ohio District Governor Honored and the second member to become an International Vice-President.  Margaret passed away in 2010.  It is a pleasure to have her memory recognized in this way.

The oratorical contest is done in collaboration with Centerville Evening and South Metro Optimists, who also sponsor contests at their club meetings. 

Thank you to those who support our contest

  • Jesse Gaither from Minute Man Press for printing the flyer on the tables.
  • Centerville middle school principals: Brian Miller, Stacey Westendorf, and Clint Freese, for allowing us to talk with the kids during their advisory.
  • Thomas Razaukas, a teacher at Incarnation without whom this contest would not be possible.

Event Supporter Roy Barclay

Margaret’s husband Roy Barclay is a big supporter of this event. He has been a member of CNO since July 1986. He personally supports the contest by making an annual donation. Thank you, Roy, for your ongoing contributions and support of this contest. Roy appreciates the honor each year of this event honoring the memory of his wife Margaret Barclay.

Thank You Notes sent to CNO

You can read recent thank you notes here.

CNO Donations 2013 through September 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.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Mary Ann MacKenzie February 11
Ron Tinnerman February 11
John Horner February 12
Dan Samiec February 12
Monty Zinck February 13
Ron Thompson February 14
Ken Peacock February 16
Louise Haun February 16

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Brent Richburg February 13 2/13/2018 2
Brian Nolan February 13 2/13/2018 2
Clint Freese February 13 2/13/2018 2
Jon Werts February 13 2/13/2018 2
June Bosworth February 13 2/13/2018 2
Laurie Westheimer February 13 2/13/2018 2
Laurie Westheimer February 13 2/13/2018 2
Mike Schwartz February 13 2/13/2018 2
Suzanne Werts February 13 2/13/2018 2
Suzanne Werts February 13 2/13/2018 2
Bob Lawson February 17 2/17/2016 4
Harry Bossey February 17 2/17/1994 26
John Horner February 17 2/17/2010 10
Lou Brinkman February 17 2/17/1995 25
Sandy Stevens February 17 2/17/2010 10
Sarah Umbreit February 17 2/17/2016 4

New Member Readings and Inductions

No Readings or Inductions this week

Sergeants at Arms

No time for Sergeants this week

 Happy Bucks!

No time for Happy Bucks this week

CNOtes – February 4, 2020 – Oratorical Contest – First Week

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Phather Phil did not provide a copy of his prayer this week – why not join us for lunch and hear him read it in person!

Today’s Guests – WELCOME!

Guest Guest Of
Ashley McGuire Brandon Barrett
Molly Troller Mike Bevis

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Committee Meetings

2/13/2020, 6:30 PM, Childhood Health and Wellness, Panera – downtown Centerville.

2/12/2020, 6 PM, Golf Committee at Buckeye Home Health Care on Paragon Rd. Future 2020 meetings will be 3/18, 4/15, 5/13, 6/17, and 7/8.

Social Events

2/22/2020 at 6 PM, Euchre tournament, place to be determined

3/14/2020 at 6 PM, Wine and Beer Tasting at the home of Patrick and Diane Arehart

4/24/2020, Hunchback of Notre Dame play at CHS followed by dinner at Old Scratch Pizza. Times will be provided later.

5/2/2020 at 4 PM, Kentucky Derby Party at Remodeling Designs

CNO 2.0 Meeting

2/20/2020 at 5:30 PM, CNO 2.0 meeting at Zinks Meats & Fine Wines in Centerville

Margaret Barclay Memorial 2020 Optimist Oratorical Contest – Day 1

Liz Fultz, the chair of the Margaret Barclay Memorial Oratorical contest, introduced the participating students and described this annual event. This is the 4th year for Liz to chair this event. Liz thanked her judges Debe Dockins, David Ladd, and Kelly George. Thanks to Diane Arehart for being the timer.

Details about the contest for participants.

View flyer about the contest.

Contestants deliver a four to five-minute speech.  One winner from each contest advances to the zone competition and then can advance to the finals at the district level.  Districts have the opportunity to provide a first-place scholarship of $2,500, a second-place scholarship of $1,500, and a third-place scholarship of $1,000.

From Liz Fultz:

Tuesday, February 4th was the first of two Oratorical Contests.  Since it was established in 1928, the Oratorical Contest has become the longest-running program sponsored by Optimists International.  Our contest is done in collaboration with the Centerville Evening and South Metro Optimist clubs and is named in honor of former Centerville Noon Optimist member Margaret Barclay.   Margaret chaired the Oratorical committee for many years.  She cared deeply about bringing out the best in kids and in living the Optimist Creed.  She was a most beloved member of our club, a past president and lived a life dedicated to helping others.

The prompt for today’s speeches is, “Just iMagine a World Without Boundaries”.

Contestants went in random order and referred to by letter only until the winner was chosen. All three participants today were female. We were instructed to not applaud until the end.

Caitie B. (Speaker A)

Excerpts of ideas from her speech follow:

There are boundaries in life. Because of physical needs there are boundaries that require that you will need to work and pay taxes. If you walk down a street you will see different nationalities and religions. Not everyone is the same, but we can get along. Boundaries can cause hatred. Humans are so greedy and get pulled into war after war. Humans want so much, yet 1.6 billion are homeless. There are more problems than can be listed. It is a cry for help.

By speaking today, Caitie hopes to repair what is broken and fix this mess by showing more kindness for everyone. All the help the Miami Valley received from its own community and from others during the 2019 tornadoes and the Oregon District mass shooting proved that boundaries can be overcome.

Please, imagine a world without boundaries and make that our reality.

Sara M. (Speaker B)

Excerpts of ideas from her speech follow:

Lack of boundaries causes lack of respect. We need physical boundaries such as the boundary between a mountain and the ground. They are in place to bring beauty to the world and peace between nations. Natural boundaries like rivers and mountains naturally separate nations and states. Boundary rules are important. Without them the world would not be safe.

Rules exist for a reason. If no one had to work, then no one would. We also need simple rules like don’t touch the art in a museum.

There are personal and mental boundaries, like people fear what is dangerous. This is a good thing. Punishments help prevent crime. A large amount of unbearable stress is bad, but a small amount boosts productivity. A healthy amount of insecurity helps to motivate one to work and to be their best self.

A world without boundaries would not be a positive world. It would be a world without respect for other’s property.

Makayla P. (Speaker C)

Excerpts of ideas from her speech follow:

In a world without boundaries, fear would have no relevance. There would be less apprehension. Fear is a giant boulder blocking your way. Without boundaries, basic necessities such as food, water, shelter and clothing would all be free.

In a perfect world everyone would have a 12th grade education. People would suffer less and provide for themselves and improve the quality of life for all mankind.

Results

All three ladies showed courage and poise as they spoke to the crowd. The judges had a really difficult time choosing the winner. Makayla P. took first place and will advance to the Zone Competition on March 11, 2020 at Woodbourne Library. You are welcome to go see her at the next round of the Oratorical contest at the library in a few weeks.

Event Supporter Roy Barclay

Margaret’s husband Roy Barclay is a big supporter of this event. He has been a member of CNO since July 1986. He personally supports the contest by making an annual donation. Thank you, Roy, for your ongoing contributions and support of this contest. Roy was out of town today, so Jerry Stahley said a few words on his behalf. Roy appreciates the honor each year of this event honoring the memory of his wife Margaret Barclay.

Thank you to those who support our contest

  • Jesse Gaither from Minute Man Press for printing the flyer on the tables.
  • Centerville middle school principals: Brian Miller, Stacey Westendorf, and Clint Freese, for allowing us to talk with the kids during their advisory.
  • Thomas Razaukas, a teacher at Incarnation without whom this contest would not be possible.

Thank You Notes sent to CNO

You can read recent thank you notes here.

CNO Donations 2013 through September 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.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Wasfi Samaan February 4
Greg Crabtree February 5
Shelby DiPasquale February 6
Mariah Vogelgesang February 8
Don Kelley February 8
Michelle Tagliamonte February 9

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Renee Glenn February 5 2/5/2014 6
Ellie Parker February 8 2/8/2011 9

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Bill Shisler Bill Stone 3rd Reading
Julie Shisler Joan Cordonnier 3rd Reading
Michael Kistler Dave Kay Induction
Kate Trangenstein Jesse Lightle 3rd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

No time for Sergeants this week

 Happy Bucks!

No time for Happy Bucks this week

CNOtes – February 12, 2019 – Boys and Girls Oratorical Contest

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father each piece of a quilt has its own color, pattern, texture and design. But when they are put together, they become a work of art. Just like the people in our Optimist club who have unique personalities, talents and skills. Our presence blesses one another in countless ways and helps touch the kids in a reflection of Your love. We pray that You will hold all the members in Your thoughts and continue to bless our work. The young people are a very important part of the fabric of our lives. Help us to continue to make it a tapestry of love. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Tim Bemis Greg Fay
Kyle Bergsman Barbara Santo
Terri Leputa Julie Noeth
Dan Marciniak Cherie Gentry
Judy McFadden Donna Huss
Paul McNeil Mike Bevis
Jane Orr Donna Huss
Brooke Safley Blanca Ortiz
Shannon Simmons Kelly George

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Upcoming events

Beer and Wine Tasting Social

There will be a Wine and Beer tasting event on Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 at Diane and Patrick Arehart’s residence. You can taste wine, beer or both or just come to socialize.  Contact Diane Arehart (dla@arehart.com) or Beth Duncan (beth@lizardap.com) to sign up.

Upcoming Committee Meetings

Golf Committee will be meeting on Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 at 6:00 pm at Buckeye Home Care located on Paragon Road.

Childhood Cancer will be meeting on Thursday March 14th, 2019, at 6:30 at the Centerville Panera Bread.

Oratorical Contest was today (second and final week)

Liz Fultz, the chair of the Oratorical contest, introduced the participating students and described this annual event. This is the third year for Liz to chair this event. She would like to thank the content and timing judges for assisting with the event.

From Liz Fultz:

Today we have the second group of participants for the Margaret Barclay Memorial 2019 Optimist Oratorical Contest.  Since it was established in 1928, the Oratorical Contest has become the longest-running program sponsored by Optimists International.  This contest is named in honor of former Optimist member Margaret Barclay who passed away in 2010.   Margaret chaired this committee for many years.  She cared deeply about bringing out the best in kids and in living the Optimist Creed.  She was a most beloved member of our club, a past president and lived a life dedicated to helping others. Margaret Barclay’s accomplishments were vast including 40 years in public education, the last 27 in the Centerville Schools. She retired in 2000 as Principal at Magsig Middle School. It is a pleasure to see her memory continually being recognized in this way.

The Oratorical Contest is done in collaboration with Centerville Evening and South Metro Optimists, who also sponsor contests.  Mr. Roy Barclay, husband of Margaret, supports the contest by making an annual donation.  Thank you, Roy, for your ongoing contributions and support of this contest.

The rules were changed this year by Optimist International to make it co-ed instead of a boy group and a girl group.

https://centervillenoonoptimist.com/oratorical-contest/

Contestants deliver a four to five-minute speech.  One winner from each contest advances to the zone competition and then can advance to the finals at the district level.  Districts have the opportunity to provide a first-place scholarship of $2,500, a second-place scholarship of $1,500, and a third place scholarship of $1,000.

The 2019 topic “Is There a Fine Line Between Optimism and Reality?”.

To keep the judging fair, the names of the contestants were kept secret and we were not allowed to applaud the participants until all had presented. All of today’s students were from Centerville schools and were female.

Speaker A went first. She said that optimism and reality are not on opposite sides of the line but are interwoven. “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence”, a quote from Helen Keller.

If you do the work in school, you will get that A, just being optimistic isn’t enough. Expectations in observing an event can change the perception of an event. Don’t be reckless with your optimism. If you don’t know how to ski, don’t start on the Diamond slope because reality still matters no matter how optimistic you are.

Speaker B was next. Imagine you have a hard head injury in a football game. The coach asks you what your name is and you don’t know it. You have been disconnected from reality. Optimists are fully aware of their reality. Optimists work hard to find nuggets of positivity in a difficult situation. Optimists value positivity and have created habits to stay happy. Sometimes an optimist blocks out the reality. A realist sees the worst in a situation. An optimist will look for ways to improve if they didn’t make it on a team, while a realist will complain about uncontrollable factors for why they didn’t make it.

Speaker C was next. Thomas Edison ignored the line between optimism and reality He ran his electric experiments more than 1000 times before succeeding with the electric light bulb. In the story of David vs Goliath, David’s optimism was important for giving him the strength to stand up against the Goliath with just a slingshot as a weapon.

She said she had practiced dance her entire life. She planned to be a primary dancer with the American Ballet Theater dance company. She had to quit dancing because of a disease she developed in her legs. Being an optimist, she started playing the violin again since she couldn’t dance anymore. She was very far behind the other students who had been in the symphony orchestra for several years already. She stayed optimistic and was able to catch up to the other musicians and play as well as the best players.

God has intertwined the line of optimism and reality, that weaves a beautiful tapestry of life. In conclusion she said abolish the line and make the impossible possible.

Speaker D was our final speaker. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Looking on the bright side of life can have a major impact on your life. Optimism can affect your life both physically and mentally. Optimists tend to live a longer, healthier life. Reality can be affected by optimism and make it better.

Being optimistic can change the reality of others around you. Use positivity to achieve goals. You are more likely to achieve goals when you are optimistic. When younger at a gymnastics competition, she was very nervous, but she was optimistic, and she overcame her nerves and took first place.

You must have a sense of reality while being optimistic. You still must try, learn and achieve to reach your goals. Firefighters in California are fighting numerous wild fires. They need both reality and optimism to put the fires out quickly and safely.

The relationship between optimism and reality require that you need to be realistic in your goals.

All four students did a fantastic job in both content and presentation. Only one moves forward and that is speaker D. You are welcome to go see her at the next round of the Oratorical contest at the library in a couple of weeks.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Dan Samiec February 12
John Horner February 12
Monty Zinck February 13
Ken Peacock February 16

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Brent Richburg February 13 2/13/2018 1
Brian Nolan February 13 2/13/2018 1
Clint Freese February 13 2/13/2018 1
Jon Werts February 13 2/13/2018 1
June Bosworth February 13 2/13/2018 1
Laurie Westheimer February 13 2/13/2018 1
Mike Schwartz February 13 2/13/2018 1
Suzanne Werts February 13 2/13/2018 1
Bob Lawson February 17 2/17/2016 3
Harry Bossey February 17 2/17/1994 25
John Horner February 17 2/17/2010 9
Lou Brinkman February 17 2/17/1995 24
Sandy Stevens February 17 2/17/2010 9
Sarah Umbreit February 17 2/17/2016 3
Jack Anderson February 18 2/18/2016 3
Laura Caschera February 18 2/18/1997 22

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Katie Calloway Gary Hansen 3rd Reading
Cheryl Dowd Joan Cordonnier 3rd Reading
Ashley Simeone Emily Duke 3rd Reading
Ron Thompson Jean Pummill 3rd Reading
Dan Apolito Scott Langer 2nd Reading
Jordan Feldkamp Guest at a  2.0 Meeting 1st Reading
Tim Bemis Greg Fay 1st Reading
Kyle Bergsman Guest at a  2.0 Meeting 1st Reading
Terri Leputa Julie Walling Noeth 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Any female member Being female
Any male member Being male
Morgan Schiffhauer When buying a 50/50 ticket said she had plenty of money
Melissa Deeter 50/50 bought with change
Jerry Stahley Banners were hung straight but a bit wrinkled

 Happy Bucks! 

No happy bucks this week.

CNOtes – February 5, 2019 – Boys and Girls Oratorical Contest

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father each piece of a quilt has its own color, pattern,
texture and design. But when they are put together, they become a
work of art. Just like the people in our Optimist club who have unique
personalities, talents and skills. Our presence blesses one another in
countless ways and helps touch the kids in a reflection of Your love.
We pray that You will hold all the members in Your thoughts and
continue to bless our work. The young people are a very important
part of the fabric of our lives. Help us to continue to make it a
tapestry of love.  Amen!

Today’s Guests

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Flippin’ Awesome Awards Presentation

Donna Huss presented “Flippin’ Awesome” awards to Evelyn Griffin and Tom Novak for their support of the January 17th 2019 NOW event. Evelyn produced a mailing from every individual that had a tree delivered during our tree lot sale. Tom completed a mailing to all of the current AOF (Avenue of Flags) subscribers. Both of these individuals went “Above and Beyond” to assist in making the NOW event the success it was. Thank you, again, to both of you!!

NOW is an acronym for “New Optimists Welcome”. Read more about it here. We will be having more NOW events this year.

Committee Announcements

Golf Committee: Next committee meeting will be Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 at 6:00 pm at Buckeye Home Care located on Paragon Road.

PGI/PDP:  Myron will again be available before and after next week’s lunch meeting to sign-up or update member passports. Please make an effort to see Myron.

Childhood Cancer: Next committee meeting will be Thursday, February 7th, 2019 at the Centerville Panera at 6:30pm. Their next meeting is March 14th, 2019 (same time and location).

Social Committee: there will be a Wine and Beer tasting event on Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 at Diane and Patrick Arehart’s residence. You can try both wine and beer, or just one (or neither, there will be lots of food). More details will follow.

Oratorical Contest was today.

Liz Fultz, the chair of the Oratorical contest, introduced the participating students and described this annual event. This is the third year for Liz to chair this event. She would like to thank the content and timing judges for assisting with the event.

From Liz Fultz:

February 5th 2019 is the first day of the Margaret Barclay Memorial 2019 Optimist Oratorical Contest.  Since it was established in 1928, the Oratorical Contest has become the longest-running program sponsored by Optimists International.  This contest is named in honor of former Optimist member Margaret Barclay who passed away in 2010.   Margaret chaired this committee for many years.  She cared deeply about bringing out the best in kids and in living the Optimist Creed.  She was a most beloved member of our club, a past president and lived a life dedicated to helping others. Margaret Barclay’s accomplishments were vast including 40 years in public education, the last 27 in the Centerville Schools. She retired in 2000 as Principal at Magsig Middle School. It is a pleasure to see her memory continually being recognized in this way.

The Oratorical Contest is done in collaboration with Centerville Evening and South Metro Optimists, who also sponsor contests.  Mr. Roy Barclay, husband of Margaret, supports the contest by making an annual donation.  Thank you, Roy, for your ongoing contributions and support of this contest.

https://centervillenoonoptimist.com/oratorical-contest/

Contestants deliver a four to five minute speech.  One winner from each contest advances to the zone competition and then can advance to the finals at the district level.  Districts have the opportunity to provide a first place scholarship of $2,500, a second place scholarship of $1,500, and a third place scholarship of $1,000.

The 2019 topic “Is There a Fine Line Between Optimism and Reality?”.

To keep the judging fair, the names of the contestants were kept secret and we were not allowed to applaud the participants until all had presented.

This contest will be held at our lunch this week and next. This week all four students are from Incarnation School. Next week there will be 3 from Centerville middle schools and another from Incarnation School.

Today, the first three participants were female and the final a male.

Speaker A went first. She argued that there is a fine line between optimism and reality. She reflected on fictional characters to demonstrate this line. The daily news has been very negative and she has had many deaths in her family recently. Keeping optimistic helps to get through life’s challenges. “Through the darkness is how we find the light.”

Speaker B was next. Thomas Jefferson said, “Nothing can stop a positive man from doing anything he wants to do.” Navy Seals use active optimism. She said the optimist in her is helping her recover from a recent concussion. The Navy Seals are not successful from luck, but from preparation and a positive optimism. Ghandi, Jefferson and Ben Carson all used a positive mental attitude to reach their goals.

Speaker C was next. She quoted Mary Lou Retton, “Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you.” Being optimistic is a magnet for success. The fine line lies between the meaning of the two terms optimism and reality. The appearance of reality is affected by whether you choose an optimistic or pessimistic outlook. Hope and optimism improves reality. She shared a story of how her sports team stayed optimistic on a very hot day to come back and win a match.

Speaker D was our final speaker. Steve Jobs quoted, “You cannot connect the dots moving forward, only by looking back.” Optimism allows you to work on the future dots with the plan that they will connect. Optimists expect good from reality and live a life being positive. You want your reality to be the best it can be. Optimism is a mindset to make tasks in life easier. There is a fine line and hopefully your dots will be connected in a positive way.

All four students did a fantastic job in both content and presentation. Only one moves forward and that is speaker C. You are welcome to go see her at the next round of the Oratorical contest at the library in a couple of weeks.

Birthdays

Member Birthday
Greg Crabtree February 05
Shelby DiPasquale February 06
Don Kelley February 08
Mariah Vogelgesang February 08
Ron Tinnerman February 11

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Renee Glenn February 5 2/5/2014 5
Ellie Parker February 8 2/8/2011 8
Patricia Kuhlman February 8 2/8/2011 8

New Member Readings and Inductions

Due to the time needed for Boys and Girls Oratorical Contests, we did not do any new reading nor inductions this week.

Sergeants at Arms

No time for sergeants this week.

 Happy Bucks! 

No time for Happy Bucks this week.