CNOtes – October 29, 2019 – Robert J. O’Toole Firefighter/EMT Award Presented to Joseph Andrews

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father, all of us try to follow Your teachings to led the good life. Yet, all too many of us fall short and are detoured by life’s temptations, which allows hell into our lives. As a loving God, direct us in to the path You have prepared for us. At least motivate us to really study the Bible – It’ll “scare the hell out of us.”  Amen!

Today’s Guests – WELCOME!

Guest Guest Of
Jackie Andrews Gary Anderson
Joseph Andrews Award Recipient
Rick Ashmus Mike Yoder
Scott Kujawa Bob Burkman
Ruth O’Toole Gary Anderson
Mikaela Pellerin Recipient’s Guest
James Reinhard Erin Dickerson
Jay Schindler Mike Bevis
Chris Wysong Debe Dockins

All Photos from the Meeting are Here


Nancy Lehren, chair of Child Health and Wellness, announced that CNO has received a $1000 grant from Optimist International for Build-A-Bear.

Donna Huss announced that you do not have to be able to sew to help the St Leonard club make blankets. They still have 19 more blankets to make. You just need to be able to cut and tie knots.

Laurie Poeppelman, chair of Optigear, said that she Evelyn Griffin will be taking orders for the next 2 weeks. They have Micro Fleece garments available. You can choose the CNO or CNO 2.0 logo.

Community Event

11/14/2019, Build-A-Bear for Oncology patients will be at Children’s Hospital. More volunteers are always welcome. Contact Nancy Lehren, the chair of Child Health and Wellness. Volunteer should arrive at 5:30.

Volunteers and Vehicles for Veterans Day Flag Deliveries

11/11/2019 – Avenue of Flags deliveries for Veteran’s day will be on 11/7/2019, 4 PM, 11/8/2019, 10 AM to 1 PM, 11/9/2019, 10 AM. Flag retrieval will be 11/12/2019 10:30 AM to 6 PM. They are very short of volunteers that have a flag compatible truck or van. If you have one of those and can help that would be fantastic. Contact Tom Novak if you can help as more volunteers are needed.

Social Events

  • 11/8/2019 – 6 PM, Friday, Euchre party at the community building of Wentworth Village in Bellbrook off 725. Food and drinks will be provided. Cost is $10. 6 PM for dinner and 6:45 for cards, Sequence and Dominos. Please bring a dish to share.
  • 12/10/2019 – 6 PM, Tuesday, Holiday Party at Yankee Trace

Happy Birthday Bob Bargmeyer

Today was Bob Bargmeyer’s birthday. We hope you had a great day Bob despite our singing! Both Charlie Tapp and Bob Duffy led us in singing Happy Birthday to Bob. I thought finally it would sound good with both conducting. It did not.

Robert J. O’Toole EMT/Firefighter of the Year Award

This year’s honoree and recipient of the “Robert J. O’Toole EMT/Firefighter of the Year Award” is Firefighter Joseph (Joe) Andrews. He is the 21st recipient of the award. Joe has been a part-time member of the Washington Township Fire Department since 2017. He is a full-time student studying Early Childhood Education at Clarke State University.

Bob Burkman started the ceremony. This annual award is to honor the memory of Ruth and John’s son Robert J. O’Toole. Robert lost his life on January 12, 1998 while responding to an accident.

Bob Burkman introduced Gary Anderson. Gary Anderson and Jesse Gaither produced the trifold on the tables.

You can read the trifold here.

Gary introduced the honored guests for today’s presentation: Ruth O’Toole; John and Paula Kalaman; Washington Township Fire Chief Scott Kujawa; Washington Township Administrator Jesse Lightle; Washington Township Fiscal Officer Gary Smiga; Montgomery County Deputy Sheriff Captain Mike Brem; the recipient’s mother Jackie Andrews; the recipient’s girlfriend Mikaela Pellerin.

Gary shared his memories and information of Robert J O’Toole. He knew him as Bobby. Bobby was a special boy that he and others couldn’t help but love. He had the good fortune of being Bobby’s principal from Kindergarten through 4th grade and again for 4 years of high school. He was born March 2, 1972 in Teaneck NJ to parents John and Ruth O’Toole. He started Kindergarten at Village South on August 30, 1977. He graduated High School on June 2, 1990.

His first-grade teacher once commented, “Bob is very shy around strangers, is anxious to read, and reads a lot at home.  Because of his short attention span he does not complete most assignments.”

Like so many students identified with a learning disability, Bobby had above average intelligence on School Ability Tests given in 2nd and 5th grades.

His 4th grade teacher once wrote on his report card “Robert needs to pay more attention in class and keep up with his daily assignments.  I feel he is much more capable than his work indicates.  Bob does not do daily assignments and does not know his multiplication tables.  Needs to use class time wisely.”

In November 1986 Bob took the Ohio Interest Survey Profile which showed his best liked career interest was humanitarian/caretaking. His favorite subject was Social Studies.

Bobby O’Toole gave his life in the line of duty doing what he loved and wanted to do. Gary couldn’t believe it has been 21 years already since this tragedy.

Next Gary Anderson introduced Washington Township Fire Chief Scott Kujawa.

Scott Kujawa said, “We have an unbelievable fire department. I am fortunate and thankful for the opportunity to serve in my current role. Every one of our members are committed to providing excellent service to the residents and visitors of our community. Today, we are fortunate to get to recognize one of our outstanding employees.”

He was honored and humbled to present today’s award. Scott and Robert J. O’Toole were in high school at the same time. He thanked the entire O’Toole family and the Optimist club for their continued support and remembrance of Firefighter O’Toole through the Robert J. O’Toole EMT/Firefighter of the Year Award.

Scott noted that today’s lunch was “Sloppy Joes”. He and others at their table wondered if that was on purpose with the recipient being Joe Andrews!

Scott discussed why Joe Andrews was chosen as this year’s recipient.

From Scott’s notes:

While at the firehouse, Joe is known for the compassion, positive attitude and integrity that he brings with him every shift. He recognizes what needs completed, does so without any prompting by his supervisor, and is truly a leader when it comes to accomplishing tasks in a timely fashion. During emergency calls and non-emergency events, Joe genuinely shows concern, compassion and empathy for the residents and visitors of our community. He engages our community members and employees with thought-provoking discussion and has excellent listening and communication skills.

The really cool thing about Joe is that he doesn’t want any recognition for his accomplishments. He simply believes that he is here to serve our community and do what’s right.  Firefighter Joseph Andrews truly embodies what it means to be a public servant.

Award recipient Joe Andrews spoke next.

He thanked Chief Scott Kujawa, the department, the O’Toole family and CNO for the award.

Joe remembers that on his first day at the department they visited the grave of Robert J. O’Toole. He found this moving. Robert must have been very inspirational that this still happens 21 years later which is how old Joe is.

He really likes the job, the people and the community.

Thank You Notes Sent to CNO

You can read recent thank you notes here.

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
Bob Bargmeyer October 29
Suzanne Werts October 30
Cheryl Reichel November 1
Deb Saunders November 1
Wendy Hattan November 2
Robin Golden November 4

Membership Anniversaries

No membership anniversaries this week.

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
James Reinhard Andy Dickerson 1st Reading
Christopher Wysong Debe Dockins 1st Reading
Abby Davis Vince Reidy 2nd Reading
Lacy Owens Stan Fronzaglia 2nd Reading
Dawayne Kirkman Debe Dockins 3rd Reading
Louise Haun Mike Bevis Induction

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Chris McAlpine Impersonating Abe Lincoln
Kelly Davis Fighting in line when purchasing raffle tickets
Beth Duncan Fighting in line when purchasing raffle tickets
Greg Griffin Having someone protect the bell and gavel
Erin Dickerson Losing Optimist Passport
Andy Dickerson Letting Erin lose her Optimist Passport
Debe Dockins Missing a board meeting
Greg Wasmund Missing a board meeting
Greg Smiga Left board meeting early [as a former educator, he should know that requires a note to the office]
Ron Tinnerman Forgetting who CNO 2.0 speaker was earlier this year
Jean Pummill Keeping a low profile, therefore not being easily fined, so now you are fined
Larry England Keeping a low profile, therefore not being easily fined, so now you are fined
Judy Demarco Keeping a low profile, therefore not being easily fined, so now you are fined
Barbara Santo Keeping a low profile, therefore not being easily fined, so now you are fined
Larry Lynde Keeping a low profile, therefore not being easily fined, so now you are fined
Cherie Gentry Keeping a low profile, therefore not being easily fined, so now you are fined

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Cherie Gentry Happy that the Monroe Optimist club Trunk or Treat went well despite the weather and happy that Erin and Andy Dickerson participated
Martin Huffstutler His guest last week was so impressed that she is looking for an Optimist club to join in Philadelphia
Jay Schindler Happy to be at our meeting, he was a guest of Mike Bevis
Debe Dockins Happy that her guest Christopher Wysong is joining CNO
Gary Anderson Great to be home among freinds and honoring the memory of Bobby O’Toole
Ellie Parker Happy that she can wear her tail and ears with Halloween coming up

CNOtes – October 16, 2018 – Robert J. O’Toole EMT/Firefighter of the Year Award

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Paul Conover Honoree
Victoria Conover Honoree’s Mom
Sarah Dolle Honoree’s Fiance
Jackie Hass Carolyn Taylor
Scott Kujawa Deputy Fire Cheif
Ron Kuker Charlie Tapp
Ruth O’Toole Bob Burkman

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Committee Announcements

Stan Fronzaglia 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.

Judy DeMarco stated that Bill’s Donuts is taking donations for relief for people affected by the hurricane in Florida. A semi-truck has been arranged to deliver the donations received to the area.

Melissa Deeter from the CNO 2.0 committee announced that at 5:30 on Thursday 10/18/2018 at the CNO 2.0 meeting at Ollie’s the speaker will be Ryan Hawk and the teacher of the quarter award will be given.

Casey Wycoff announced that Edward’s Jones is collecting Toys for Tots. She will wrap the toys for you and give them away.

Greg Griffin, chair of the Tree Lot, announced that the tree lot setup will be on November 3, 2018 at 8:30 AM. The trees will be delivered by 2 semi-trucks on November 17, 2018 at 8:30 AM. We need anyone that can come that day to come help unload the trees and get the bottom drilled. The tree lot opens on Friday November 23, 2018 at 9 AM. Hours of operation are 1 PM – 9 PM Weekdays and 9 AM to 9 PM Weekends. The tree lot tear down will be Sunday December 16, 2018 at 11 AM.

Robert J. O’Toole EMT/Firefighter of the Year Award

This year’s honoree and recipient of the “Robert J. O’Toole EMT/Firefighter of the Year Award” is Firefighter and EMT Paul Conover. Paul joined the department in October of 2016 at the age of 23 and he is a resident of Centerville.

This award is to honor the memory of Ruth and John’s son Robert J. O’Toole. Robert lost his life January 12, 1998 after responding to an accident.

Bob Burkman gave details about the award and introduced Bill Gaul, the Washington Township Fire Chief and fellow CNO member. Bill thanked Gary Anderson for starting this award. He also thanked Ruth O’Toole for joining us today. Bill thanked the Centerville Noon Optimists for having this award each year.

For 28 years there is a firefighter memorial ceremony each year where now 71 names are read of fallen firefighters. The firefighters recognized are those that died in the line of duty since 1857. The ceremony has taken place for 28 years. They read a name and ring a bell and continue the process until all of the names have been read.

Also attending today’s lunch to watch Paul Conover receive his award were: Victoria Conover (mother), Sarah Dolle (fiancé), and Deputy Fire Chief Scott Kujawa.

Firefighter Paul Conover is an outstanding Firefighter/EMT who comes to work each shift with the drive and desire to learn and better himself. He is currently working to complete his paramedic certification while continuing to develop and improve his firefighting and EMS skills. Paul follows orders well, completes tasks promptly and efficiently and is always asking for additional assignments and projects. Paul is positive, upbeat, considerate and professional with his coworkers as well as members of the community. Recently Paul has taken on the responsibility of organizing a fire equipment stockroom and is in the process of cleaning and maintaining the equipment. Paul also assists with maintaining training records and hose records.

Firefighter Conover was awarded the 2018 Washington Township Part Time Employee Award of Excellence. The award is made annually to employees nominated by their peers who have made a valuable contribution to the mission of Washington Township.

Bill explained, “Paul has a true passion for his job. He also exhibits leadership skills. The reward is not just for people who have saved a life. I’m sure he will do something heroic, but at an early age it is great for him to be an asset to the department.”

Bill Gaul introduced Paul Conover and gave him his award.

It was mentioned that Paul Conover received his Eagle Scout rank in 2012. He is currently working on his  EMT paramedic certification.

More information about today’s award from Bob Burkman
Twenty-five year old Bob O’Toole always wanted to be a fireman. He was a part-time Firefighter/EMT with Centerville/Washington Township for four years and had just started part-time with Clearcreek Township in December 1997. With these 2 part-time jobs he considered himself a full timer. He was attending Sinclair Community College for Paramedic Training. His life was taken while in the service of our community, doing the job he loved. Bob O’Toole and John Kalaman’s names are forever linked, as a result of the tragic accident that took their lives.

The Tri-Fold on your table describes the events that lead to the deaths of Bob O’Toole and John Kalaman. It also mentions the late Optimist Terry Blair’s influence in establishing this award in 1998. Special thanks to Gary Anderson and Jesse Gaither at Minuteman Press for producing this tri-fold.

Today’s Washington Township Fire Department provides around the-clock emergency response with personnel who respond directly from five fire stations positioned strategically throughout Centerville/Washington Township. Shifts are supervised by five Battalion Chiefs and are staffed by more than 50 full-time firefighters, part-time emergency responders and part-time volunteers. Full-time firefighters are scheduled for 24-hour work shifts.


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Optimistically Lucky

Today Becky Keegan was inducted into the Centerville Noon Optimists. A few minutes later she won the 50/50 drawing! What a wonderful way to welcome a new member. Hopefully Daniel Koons, who was today’s other inductee, wins a 50/50 drawing soon!


Member Birthday
Craig Dring October 16
Renee Glenn October 17
Steve Rudisill October 17
Greg Griffin October 19
Gary Anderson October 20


Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Keith Meyer October 16 10/16/2013 5
Anita Foster-Polizzi October 17 10/17/2017 1
Greg Smith October 17 10/17/2007 11
Jean Pummill October 17 10/17/2012 6
Aaron Campbell October 20 10/20/2009 9
Monty Zinck October 20 10/20/2009 9
Steve Campbell October 20 10/20/2009 9
Dr. Tom Henderson October 20 10/20/2009 9
Carrie Million October 21 10/21/2015 3
Evelyn Griffin October 21 10/21/2015 3
Stephen Blake October 21 10/21/2015 3
Bill Powell October 22 10/22/2014 4
Laurie Poeppelman October 22 10/22/2003 15
Mike Fanelli October 22 10/22/2003 15
Bob Foster October 22 10/22/2003 15

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Becky Keegan Carolyn Taylor Induction
Daniel Koons Mike Bevis Induction

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Jesse Gaither Not showing up to lunch for his first 2 weeks as a sergeant
Paul Stull Trying to rig the 50/50 raffle
Myron Rheaume Turning in his wife Charla for losing her badge at the installation dinner
Scott Langer Being late
Dan Beck For CNO lunch negotiations
Bob Duffy Should not be at the birthday table — AGAIN

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Jay McAlpine Thanks to the Washington Township EMTs that  took him to Kettering Hospital 5 years ago and saved his life
Wes Cleaves Grandson Patrick Cleaves just earned an aeronautical engineering degree from Ohio State and just started his new Job at WPAFB for the defense department
Greg Griffin For the pictures of Chris McAlpine helping him know what to wear as acting president for today’s meeting
Becky Keegan Thank you to Carolyn Taylor for inviting her to CNO Lunch a few weeks ago – it is because of her that she became a member today
Julie Noeth Has decided to be a full time CNO member
Mary Madden Thank you to the EMTs that helped her at the Christmas Tree Lot in 2017