Phather Phil’s Prayer
Heavenly Father we are over joyed to welcome You in our midst. You are our spiritual leader, our teacher and our motivator. We pray that we are the extension of Your love here on earth, by being Optimists and caring for Your kids. Be with us in our journey to bring out the best in kids and make this a better world than when we entered it. Help us make You proud For using our talents for the betterment of others. We’re drinking from our
saucer cause our cup of blessings runneth over. Amen!
CNO Election Season Week 3
Jean Pummill spoke to us about how the process works. This is the last of the 3 weeks. Two of the nominees got up and spoke for a short time. Summaries follow:
- Jack Anderson, nominated for Vice-President, was humbled Larry asked. He is so glad that when he moved back to the Dayton area that he was urged to join CNO. Happy CNO 2.0 has gotten the traction with the help from the main club. Looks forward to being even more involved when vice-president.
- Jess Gaither, nominated for a 2-year term for the board, thrilled that as part of his purchase of Minuteman Press from member Fred Polizzi, that he had to join CNO, obviously would have done it anyway after learning about our club. Enjoys being involved in all the club activities.
CNO Board’s Nominations All Stand
There were no additional nominations from the floor to run against the board’s recommendations. Therefore, we proceeded to confirm the board by acclamation. The voice vote confirmed the following people are elected to the CNO 2018-2019 Officers and Board of Directors:
- Greg Griffin, President-Elect
- Jack Anderson, Vice-President
- Debe Dockins, Vice-President
- Diane Arehart, Two-Year Member of Board of Directors
- Beth Duncan, Two-Year Member of Board of Directors
- Jane Fiehrer, Two-Year Member of Board of Directors
- Jesse Gaither, Two-Year Member of Board of Directors
- Sarah Umbreit, Two-Year Member of Board of Directors
Congratulations to all of you.
Special Avenue of Flags Tribute
Tom Novak shared with us what our Avenue of Flags did for the community this week. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Derik Holley is one of the Marines that died in a helicopter crash in California. Avenue of flags paid tribute to a fallen serviceman. At every home on Ridings Blvd in Centerville, flags were placed to honor the fallen hero. Pictures of the display are here.
Scott Langer introduced today’s speaker, Warren Davidson, a U.S. Congressman representing the 8th district of Ohio. Born and raised in Ohio, he proudly served in the Army for 12 years.
He explained what the reality is when the news describes congress as being on vacation. This really means you are back in you home district and working there instead of Washington D.C.
He recently voted no to the 2232 page omnibus spending bill. It had several wins for our area especially WPAFB, but there too many things he couldn’t agree with, the biggest being the huge yearly budget deficit that keeps growing out of control. Additionally, the bill continued property seizure actions that he believes to be unconstitutional. The bill passed on 3/23/2018, and the year it applies to ends on 9/30/2018 and the process starts all over again.
He fielded many questions from club members. The rest of this article is based on some of the questions and answers.
In discussing the budget deficit, he mentioned that the theory many have is the U.S. is too big to fail. This may be true, but he pointed out that U.S.S.R essentially did go bankrupt. Now the biggest chunk left of the U.S.S.R, Russia, acts like they are still a big player on the world stage, but economically they are no where near their former place in the world. Unfortunately, they still have a lot of arms. We borrow over a trillion per year. That is more than the 700 Billion the military uses each year. It bothers him that we borrow more than we spend to protect ourselves – if we lost this ability to borrow from essentially enemies how will we defend ourselves?
He hopes someday as a country we find a unified policy on Iran or we’ll be in for another 4 to 5 trillion dollar war.
The Parkland shooting was mentioned. He said that we should govern by law not by emotion. His take on gun control and the second amendment is this: The Constitution and the Bill of Rights do not grant us rights. We inherently have rights. These documents are there to protect our rights. He thinks laws passed to help with school security should be created at a very local level, not even counties should dictate to their entire population, let alone the state. The federal government is providing grants to schools to assist with security. Six states have enacted red flag laws and that seems to help some in being proactive.
|Judge Erik Blaine||Judge Jim Long|
|Adam Hewitt||Speaker’s Guest|
|Jeffrey Schiavone||Charley Goodwin|
|Kal Tinka||Bob Collins|
|Steve Kohls||April 12|
|Rick Talda||April 13|
|Anne Kessler||April 15|
|Carol Burkman||April 16|
|Ellie Parker||April 16|
New Member Readings and Inductions
|Name||Sponsor||1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction|
|Cheryl Probst||Christine Balsan||3rd Reading|
|Andrew Cain||Stan Fronzaglia||3rd Reading|
Sergeants at Arms
|Stan Fronzaglia||Told Mom at Easter Egg Hunt that 21 month old was too young.|
|Greg Griffin||Easter Egg Hunt minimum age requirement needs adjustment.|
|Pat Behn||Easter Egg Hunt minimum age requirement needs adjustment.|
|David Ladd||Washed car – now it looks like it will rain.|
|Mike Brubaker||Celebrating 40th Anniversary with his wonderful wife Sue Brubaker.|
|Greg Fay||Daughter receiving her Masters Degree|
|Julie Noeth||Happy that her friend Judge Erik Blaine came as a guest|
|Dan Beck||Kids moving back home|
|John Madden||25th Wedding anniversary to Mary Madden, he only paid 50 cents [of the Happy Buck] – Mary has to pay the other 50 cents since they share everything!|
|Beth Duncan||Happy she is still a member after her quarterly payment didn’t go through because she didn’t update her credit card information with the club.|
|Jean Pummill||Niece is part of Notre Dame Basketball Team that won the NCAA championship and their coach was named coach of the year.|
|Paul Stull||Amazed that Larry Lynde actually wanted to sit with him at lunch today.|
|Stan Franzaglia||21 month old child was not turned away from the Easter Egg Hunt.|