May 19, 2020 – Scott Dust – Mindfulness at Work

A Replay of the ZOOM Meeting is Here

NOTE: The actual meeting starts at 28:29 – 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 inspire 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

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Laura Thimons Debe Dockins Third Reading

Zoom Meeting This Week

Yankee Trace is still closed. 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.

Special Announcement! No Zoom Meeting on 5/26/2020

There will be no meeting on the Tuesday after Memorial Day. We will be back for a Zoom meeting on 6/2/2020 at noon.

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.


Tom Novak, Avenue of Flags, announced that the flag delivery volunteers are ready to deliver 2330 flags, starting Wednesday 5/20/2020 for Memorial Day. The flags will stay installed until after Independence Day.

Happy Birthday Mike Brubaker

Today was Mike Brubaker’s 70th Birthday. On the Zoom meeting we all sang Happy Birthday to him. On Zoom it was not as loud and painful as usual. I’m not saying it was good, because it was not as we can’t sing. It was, however, delivered with love for a fellow Optimist! Kind of unbelievable that children born in the fifties are starting to turn 70. You are looking great Mike! Thanks for everything you do for the club.

Mindfulness at Work by Scott Dust

Mike Bevis introduced Scott Dust Ph.D., the Dr. John F. Mee Endowed Assistant Professor of Management in the Farmer School of Business at Miami University. He is a professor, author and consultant of “Evidence-Based Perspectives on Leading Yourself and Others”.

Prior to his position at Miami University, Dr. Dust was an Assistant Professor of Management at Eastern Kentucky University (2013-2015). Prior to academia, Dr. Dust participated in a variety of entrepreneurial ventures in market research, brokerage, and actuarial consulting.

Scott’s topic today was “Mindfulness at Work”. View his slide deck here

From Wikipedia:
Mindfulness is the psychological process of purposely bringing one’s attention to experiences occurring in the present moment without judgment which one develops through the practice of meditation and through other training.

The science of Psychology was once only applied to those having mental issues. In today’s world psychology is being used to help everyone stay healthy. Psychology knows optimism has a lot do with keeping your mind and body healthy.

With respect to happiness the activity doesn’t matter…but presence does. You are happier if you focus on the task at hand. We are more likely to be mindless instead of mindful in almost all activities. It takes effort and meditation to overcome this.

Large companies are using mindfulness at work including Google, General Mills, Apple, P&G and the U.S. Army.

In his research, Scott found that using mindfulness while multitasking with presence helps your wellbeing.

Being highly mindfulness during the work week will increase your motivational control and stop the typical decline in productivity that occurs with low mindfulness workers as the week progresses from Monday to Friday.

Meditation increases your ability to use mindfulness. Mindfulness is focused attention. No one can stop their brains from wandering while concentrating on your breathing during meditation. While following your breath, after a distraction, the goal is to notice the distraction and reorient your attention to breathing and follow your breath again. It is a cycle.

Each time you can reorient your brain to go back to concentrating on your breath, it is like doing a bicep curl for your brain.

The brain continually reorganizes itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. This phenomenon is known as neuroplasticity. MRI’s of Buddhist monks who have been meditating for years proves this practice works to increase neuroplasticity.

When facing danger, human brains were designed for fight or flight, and this cannot be removed from our brains. Mindfulness can help you accept a danger (or work situation) you are facing and help you logically and calmly deal with it. In our modern society we rarely face the physical dangers our ancestors did. The more mindfulness you can apply, the better you can emotionally regulate.

Scientists are starting to realize just how much our brain and body is connected. Studies show that emotional states and body temperature are clearly connected. With mindfulness and proactive intention, you can choose your responses and help yourself mentally and physically.

Viktor Frankl, an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor wrote the book “Man’s Search for Meaning” in 9 days based on his experiences in various Nazi concentration camps. He was able to test many of his theories on reactions to negative stimulus during his incarceration. He said, “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom”. He is the founder of logotherapy which means healing through meaning.

Mindfulness will help you go from the existential, “I am angry!” to the experiential, “I am experiencing anger in my body,” where you can then have a calmer response to a bad situation.

The cycle of meditation can be remembered with the acronym SBNRR. To remember those letters, remember, “Siberian North Rail Road”.

  • STOP

From Wikipedia,
Equanimity, is a state of psychological stability and composure which is undisturbed by experience of or exposure to emotions, pain, or other phenomena that may cause others to lose the balance of their mind.

Mindfulness is starting to spread at work. At work (and life) you often have little control on what is happening around you. However, you can control your reactions to situations. Recognize that everyone has their own challenges and that can cause them to do something that angers you. When there are more people controlling their anger, it will lead to more productive debates.

Scott Dust was asked by a CNO member if mindfulness training helps with dementia. He said that once you have been diagnosed with dementia that it does not seem to help much because it is a physical condition. Some, however, believe that before a physical issue has started it can help maintain the health of the brain.

Thank You Notes sent to CNO

View this week’s 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.


Member Birthday
Amy Barker May 19
Mike Brubaker May 19
Jim Marker May 23
Don Skelton May 25
Cristlyn Johnston May 26
Bill Fritz May 30
Casey Wyckoff May 30
Mike Witt June 1
Shawna Hatton June 1

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Jeff Rolf May 20 5/20/2015 5
Kelly George May 20 5/20/2015 5
James Schumacher May 22 5/22/1991 29
Pete Rife May 22 5/22/2013 7
Bob Clements May 25 5/25/2005 15
Paulette Novak May 25 5/25/2005 15
Amy Barker May 26 5/26/2008 12
Cheryl Reichel May 26 5/26/2008 12
Debe Dockins May 26 5/26/2009 11
Bob Burkman May 31 5/31/2003 17
Carol Burkman May 31 5/31/2003 17
Gary Aiken June 1 6/1/1982 38
Wayne Christie June 1 6/1/1988 32

 Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week. 

Happy Bucks

Member Reason
Tom Novak Tim and Christy Clemmer for always be willing to have their Avenue of Flags route expanded.
Tom Novak Knocked on a door to tell the resident he was there to install the sleeve for their new flag subscription. The woman said she had not ordered a flag, but she would like to and she subscribed.
Greg Griffin All the efforts of the Avenue of Flag co-chairs, Tom Novak, Mike Brubaker and Bob Burkman.