June 9, 2020 – Pastor Wayne Botkin – “Reflections on 2020”

A Replay of the ZOOM Meeting is Here

NOTE: The actual meeting starts at 15:09 – if you enjoy watching the socializing and member banter, I left it in – some of it is pretty fumy!


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.

Welcome Guests!

No Guests this week.

New Member Readings and Inductions

No reading or inductions this week.

Zoom Meeting This Week

We had another meeting using Zoom. We will continue our weekly meetings via computer, cell phone or tablet for at least the next several weeks. Please join us and keep inviting guests.

Who can Attend Zoom Meetings?

Any member of any type of Centerville Noon Optimist can attend weekly 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.


Mike Brubaker, Avenue of Flags, announced that 322 new flag subscriptions have been added since Memorial Day. immediately after a local television news report about the Dor-Wood Optimist Club’s Avenue of Flags program, we received 59 new flag orders.

Myron Rheaume, Special Needs Committee, said they just had their first Special Needs Clubs Committee meeting. The committee will be reaching out to chairs of other committees to find ways special needs members can participate and be helpful with our club and its work for the youth of our community.

Committee Meetings

Mike Bevis, Golf Committee, announced that they will be allowed to have 2 golfers per cart at the golf outing. There will a Zoom meeting on the evening of 6/17/2020. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Social Events

Beth Duncan, Social “Distancing” Committee, said that Sue Jessee has a way to arrange an online Euchre party and that they plan for it to be scheduled soon.

Wayne Botkin, Pastor, The Mosaic Church

Mike Bevis introduced Wayne Botkin, the co-pastor at Mosaic Church in Beavercreek Ohio. Wayne was a former member of Centerville Noon Optimist Club and Springboro Optimist Club. He is a current member of the Green Optimist Club.

View his slide deck here.

Wayne Botkin and Rox Picardo are co-pastors of Mosaic Church that they started in the fall of 2017. Mosaic was started as a decidedly multi-ethnic church. Their mission statement is, “We exist to become a dynamic Mosaic of Jesus followers.” Their vision statement is, “We can’t experience God’s love to its fullness until we love others. We live this by being fully present, listening deeply, and helping each other grow to be more like Jesus each day.”

Mosaic Church produces a video of their services each week. The videos are available on their website, Facebook and their mobile app.

Wayne quoted the first line of the Optimist creed, “Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind”. He asked if any of us are having a harder time with the racial issues and COVID-19 happening in our society. He said he is having a difficult time.

Wayne showed pictures of the Dayton area tornado disaster and the Oregon District shootings from 2019. He thought this was as bad as it is going to get around here and the world. Then, on March 14, 2020 he thought he had COVID-19, but it was Flu A. He was relieved to find out that he just had Flu A. Again, he thought everything had gotten as bad as it can get, but then George Floyd was killed while in police custody.

In the last 5 years he has made many friends with people of color. He said the world is still stressful for people of color. His friends must give their kids “the talk” about how to behave when having an interaction with the police.

Wayne showed us videos of racial incidents. See the slide deck for his links.

One of the videos he presented was scenes of positive interactions between the police and protesters.

Wayne believes 99% of all the protesting is peaceful. He said, “There are riots, and riots may not be acceptable, but they are understandable.”

One of his slides was titled “What can we do?”

  • Cultural Humility…
  • Educate yourself – Develop a Stronger CQ, or Cultural Quotient (see slide deck for the CQ continuum)
  • Cultivate deep friendships with people from a different ethnic background

Movies Wayne Recommends

  • The Help
  • The Green Book
  • Hidden Figures
  • Just Mercy
  • American Son
  • The Hate You Give

Wayne closed by saying that he is still suffering and grieving.

Thank You Notes sent to CNO

No Thank You Notes this week.

CNO Donations 2013 through May 2020

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 $753,000.


Member Birthday
Brooks Compton June 9
Mike Wall June 12

Membership Anniversaries

No membership anniversaries this week – this is RARE!

 Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week. 

Happy Bucks

Member Reason
Debe Dockins While wearing her mask to Yankee Street Market, an employee told her that she sees so many people wearing the mask with the CNO logo. That gave Debe the chance to invite her to one of our meetings.
Beth Duncan Today is her parent’s 69th wedding anniversary.
Jim Mogan Grandson graduated UD and has a job.
Myron Rheaume His daughter, Shawna Hatton, a studio art instructor at DAI, recently was a top award winner at a regional art contest.