CNOtes 8/24/21: Children’s Mental Health, Lisa Carter with South Community, Inc.

CNO Officer Installation Dinner, No Lunch Meeting that Day

The annual CNO officer installation dinner will be on Tuesday 9/28/2021 at Yankee Trace. There will not be a CNO lunch meeting that day. The cost is $20 per person which includes appetizers, full buffet and dessert. There will be a cash bar. Please send your payment via check or cash to Sarah Umbreit no later than 9/20/2021. There are no sign-ups at the door.

No lunch meeting will be held on 9/28/2021.

Back to School Service Project

On August 23, 2021 Chuck Davis and Evelyn Griffin delivered backpacks and school supplies on behalf of Ohio District Optimist clubs. The “Back to School Project” was the service project at the 73rd Annual Ohio District Convention.

Schools Served

J W Reason Elementary School in Hilliard received 144 backpacks that contained school supplies.

Avery Elementary school and Britton Elementary school, both in Hilliard, received school supplies for 150 students.

All three principals were overjoyed to receive the donations. The principal at J W Reason was especially touched by the cards of encouragement written by JOI (Junior Optimist International) club members.

Donations Received for the Back to School Service Project

The Hilliard Optimist Club kicked off the project by donating 72 backpacks. The Centerville Noon Optimist Club donated $3000 for the project.

Evelyn received monetary donations from individuals and Optimist clubs. Evelyn picked up many supplies from Optimists’ homes. Some clubs, including CNO, collected supplies at their meetings and these were given to Evelyn or taken to the convention. It was a great team effort.

Thank you to all that donated and helped assemble the backpacks

Stuffing the backpacks at the convention was an efficient teamwork process. There were 15 volunteers from all over Ohio. Thanks to the JOI members who wrote the encouragement cards for the backpacks!


  • Debe Dockins announced that Bill Stone has been elected as the Governor-elect of the Great Ohio District. His year will start 10/1/2022. It should be noted that CNO is very involved at the district level. Greg Griffin will be governor starting 10/1/2021. Jeff Umbreit is currently the Treasurer of the district and he will continue for Greg Griffin’s year.
  • Debe Dockins announced that at the Ohio District meeting this weekend, Carol Smerz received a pin for bringing in her first member. Several people received their Dime-a-Day 50th Anniversary pins.
  • Debe Dockins announced that CNO is holding a Membership Drive where participating members will share in $400 based on the number of points received.  Receive 1 point for bringing a guest to any meeting, 3 points for a returning guest and 10 points for a guest application.  The contest runs through 9/21/2021.
  • Debe Dockins announced that the Avenue of Flags will be delivering flags on Wednesday, September 1 – and we will extend the display in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of 9/11 – retrieval will be Tuesday, September 14th. If you can help, please give Tom Novak a call – they are always looking for more help.
  • Debe Dockins announced that the next CNO 2.0 meeting will be 9/16/2021 at 5:30 PM at Tuscany’s Italian Restaurant with speaker DJ Terrance Dorsey. Every member of all CNO related clubs is invited. You are encouraged to bring a guest.

Committee Meetings

  • 9/21/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting

Lisa Carter, South Community, Inc.

Carol Smerz introduced Lisa Carter, the CEO of South Community Positive Health Options, one of the areas multi-service not for profit community agencies. Lisa received a bachelor’s degree from Campbellsville University in Kentucky and a master’s degree from The Ohio State University. She holds a LISW.S license for Social Work. She has expertise in mental health, substance abuse and manages a staff of 300.

Carol Smerz and Lisa Carter have known each other for 30 years and worked together at South Community.

About South Community, Inc.

South Community, Inc. is an innovative, creative and flexible leader with a continuum of care in behavioral health and primary care for children, adults and families. The have partnerships with schools, health care, courts and law enforcement. They are positively impacting lives.

Mission Statement of South Community

South Community is committed to improving the quality of life and mental health status of children, adults and families residing in the Greater Miami Valley. This is achieved by providing a dynamic continuum of behavioral healthcare services and by drawing upon the health-promoting resources of its consumers and the community it serves.

Vision Statement of South Community

To excel at providing community-based mental health services that empower consumers of the Greater Miami Valley to attain optimal quality in their lives.

Children’s Mental Health

Lisa’s topic today is Children’s Mental Health. She asked us to consider how the calendar is perceived by adults and youth. Adult’s perceived calendar is before the pandemic, the surge, the vaccine, the Delta variant. Children’s normal perceived calendar is based on the school calendar of classes, winter break, classes, spring break, classes, and summer break. The pandemic has disturbed children’s view of the calendar.

Lisa gave some statistics based on the pandemic calendar.

Before the pandemic

  • 1 out of 6 youths (ages 2-8 years of age) experience a mental, behavioral, or developmental disorder
  • In Ohio nearly 40% of youths experience psychological distress
  • 24% of youths experience anxiety
  • 17% of youths experience depression
  • 13% of youths considered suicide

During the pandemic

  • 31% of parents said their child’s mental and emotional health was worse
  • 25% of high school students reported their mental and emotional health was worse

How Does Mental Illness Manifest?

Just like other illnesses, there are symptoms of mental illness. Look for symptoms and notice the timeframe:

  • Changes in appearance
  • Changes in routine
  • Changes in feelings
  • Changes in thoughts
  • Changes in behavior
  • Changes in social life, such as going from hanging out with and making friends to isolating themselves

Social Determinants

Where you are born, where you live and other influences impact your life and can present certain risk factors for mental illness. Some social determinants are:

  • Access to Care
  • Healthy Food/Nutrition
  • Education quality
  • Economic influences
  • Environmental influences
  • Opportunity for physical exercise
  • Safety

Most Common Mental Illness Diagnoses Among Children

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Depressive Disorders
  • ADHD
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorders
  • Trauma

What Can Be Done

  • Assessment – looking at the symptoms using a structured assessment to determine diagnosis
  • Treatment – Whole Person Care
  • Engagement and Connection – Relationship is key
  • Normalize the conversation (fight stigma)
  • Hopefulness – plant the seed that is essential to recovery
  • Building from strengths of the child and family
  • Resiliency – the belief youth can and do “bounce back” from adversity and their recovery

Access to Care is Still an Issue

During the pandemic care continued. South Community has added remote help through tele-health. Remember though that some clients do not have access to a phone let alone the internet to support video tele-health. Access to services has been and still is an issue.

Links for Donations and Volunteering

Thank You

Thank you, Lisa Carter, for joining us to talk about Children’s mental health.

New Member Readings and Inductions

NameSponsor1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Jessica WagnerMike Bevis3rd Reading
Mitchell BodenmillerTom Novak3rd Reading
Brian NicholasLarry LyndeInduction

Welcome Guests!

GuestGuest Of
Adina AngelMike Bevis
Amy KoppMike Bevis
Colleen KammerJulie Noeth
Deb PolingStan Fronzaglia
Geoff DarrTom Novak
Lisa CarterMember
Mark PolingSpeaker
Mitch BodenmillerStan Fronzaglia
Randy KingTom Novak

Happy Bucks

Julie Noeth$3 for Kelly Stone effort getting the UD Optimist Club going.
Tom BeeryHe has a brand new grandaughter.
Debe DockinsKristen Passidomo has switched to be a fulltime CNO member.

Sergeants at Arms

Sarah UmbreitComplained she could not find her name badge and she had Jeff pick her 50/50 ticket for her.
Ron KukerToo picky about choosing a badge lanyward that said Optimist on it.
Kelly StoneTold sergeant she has been too busy in retirement to attend meetings. Fine was immediately reduced to $0.00.
Bill StoneFined for being a bad influence on Kelly that has caused her to be too busy in retirement to attend meetings.
Joe MaddenCalling the sergeants “gentlemen.”
Wendy HattanLate to today’s meeting.
Rachel GoetzWarning new member about fines.
Chris McAlpineSaying a sergeant was dumber than a bag of hammers.
Jesse GaitherGiving sergeants grief and for missing the CNO 2.0 meeting last week.
Brian NicholasFor dropping out of CNO in the 90’s.
Steve KohlsToo long between attended meetings.
Karl FrydrykToo long between attended meetings.

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Mary MaddenAugust268/26/199823
Anne KesslerAugust298/29/200219


Debbie ParksAugust 25
Rick AltvaterAugust 25
Sharon SilverbergAugust 25
Rick KempferAugust 28
Scott RheaumeAugust 28
Joe CantrellAugust 30

CNO Donations – 2013 through July 2021

Click here to see a summary of donations the club has made since 2013

Thank You Notes Received

No Thank You Notes were received this week.

Links to PowerPoint and Pictures

A Copy of this Week’s Meeting PowerPoint Slide Deck is here

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.