CNOtes – April 16, 2019 – Jesse Lightle – Administrator – Washington Township

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father life is similar to gathering black berries. When there is something we want there is always some sticky deterrent. Some will plunge right in, while others decline because it’s too much trouble. Attitude in our search for anything is paramount to our success and Optimism is the fuel that spurs us on. Attitude and Optimism helps bring out the best in kids. Lord help us double our pleasure and find the best blackberries and bring out the best in kids. Amen!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Mason Cammel Mike Bevis
Thomas Dyer Evelyn Griffin
Mark Karns Jean Pummill
Scott Kujawa Speaker
Sherri Montgomery Mike Bevis

All Photos from the Meeting are Here


Paula and John Kalaman announced that the annual blood drive in honor of their son John P. Kalaman will be held Monday April 29, 2019, from 9 AM until 5 PM at the Centerville Police Department.

Upcoming Social Events

5/4/2019, Kentucky Derby Party at Remodeling Designs in Miamisburg. Bring a dish to share.

5/11/2019, Dayton Dragons game with a luxury box, food, drinks and hat. Contact the Dragons at (937) 228-2287 ext 134 for tickets or email with questions.

Happy Birthday to Carol Burkman and Ellie Parker

Today was Carol Burkman and Ellie Parker’s birthday!!!! Even though neither of them could be with us today we couldn’t miss the opportunity to celebrate two of the best! Unfortunately, we sing like we never heard any song ever. However, we sing with love!. Bob Duffy lead us and he loves to show off his special talent of leading those who can’t be led. Bob Burkman took a video of the show, which hopefully can’t be used against us.

Committee Announcements

Nancy Lehren, chair of the Childhood Cancer Committee, announced that the next Build-A-Bear event will be on Friday, May 10th, at Children’s Medical Center. Each child attending will receive a stuffed animal and an outfit of their choice along with other festivities. CNO members are invited to sponsor a child at the Build-a-Bear for $25.  Each sponsor will receive a picture of the child sponsored holding their new stuffed animal.  To sponsor a bear, mail your check payable to Centerville Noon Optimist, c/o Nancy Lehren, 6857 Cedar Cove Dr., Centerville, OH 45459.

Laurie Poeppelman and Evelyn Griffin announced they are taking orders for embroidered Opti-Gear spring items for the next few weeks at lunch. Last lunch to order is May 7, 2019.

Pat Behn, chair of the Easter Egg Hunt, said thank you to the more than 50 volunteers that stuffed 6000 eggs in less time than ever.

Mike Bevis, chair of the golf committee, said we are less than 100 days until the Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf Tournament. It will be held on Monday, July 15, 2019. Meetings will be held at Buckeye Home Health Care on Paragon Rd at 6 PM: 4/17/2019, 5/15/2019, 6/12/2019, 7/102019.

Today’s Presentation from Washington Township

Gary Smiga introduced CNO member Jesse Lightle, the Township Administrator for Washington Township. Jesse oversees the day-to-day administration of all township services and reports directly to Washington Township trustees. She was hired by the township as deputy administrator in 2006 and was promoted to Township Administrator in 2008. She has come today to update us about the township.

There has been a lot of development going on in the last year.

  • A rezoning request has been approved for 36 Craftsman-style patio homes for young adults and empty nestor’s on a 15.3 acre plat on West Social Row. Approximate home prices will be $250K.
  • There is a new SICSA Pet Adoption Center on Washington Church Road.
  • Yankee Station where Bally’s was has been updated.
  • Design Homes has a new outlot.
  • Improvements to Gebhart Road are underway. Costing over $800,000, it has been partially paid for by a grant from the State of Ohio.
  • 17 residential streets will be improved. The Township spends about one million dollars per year on road improvement.
  • Three miles of curbs are updated each year.

She updated us on the rec center. Family Adventure Day will be on April 27, 2019 and it will include kayaking in the indoor pool and a zip line. There are always several summer camps at the Rec Center. This year there will a camp with a component for STEM, Science and Technology and Engineering.

At the Rec West Enrichment Center, membership has increased 67% since the township took over the senior services in the area.

Travis Carter has been newly appointed to fill the role overseeing Community Oriented Policing.  This will help neighborhood watch and business watch programs for the Sheriff’s department. Carter is a 19-year veteran of the sheriff’s office.

Next, Jesse turned to the Fire Department. Chief Bill Gaul retired in March after nearly 40 years of service to the department, including 11 years as chief.

Jesse introduced newly appointed fire Chief Scott Kujawa. Kujawa has served the department for 27 years, including the last three years as deputy chief in charge of operations.  During that time, he has twice overseen the fire department’s successful accreditation process through the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI), an internationally-recognized benchmark for fire and emergency services. He is a graduate of Centerville High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in fire administration and an associate’s degree in fire science from Columbia Southern University.

Chief Scott Kujawa explained some of the issues requiring the department to request voters to approve a continuous 2.85-mill levy on the May 7, 2019 ballot. There has been a decline in part time and volunteer firefighters. They need to hire additional full-time people and they cost more money. The plan is to have 26 working full time and 4 part time per day, working 24-hour shifts.

He explained some additional considerations about the tax increase. The department is planning for the replacement of Station 41 at 163 Maple Ave. It was built 50 years ago and doesn’t meet current needs. It will cost $3.7 million. There is not enough surrounding land, so it will also be relocated. If the levy doesn’t pass the fire fund the fire department will reach a negative balance by 2023. The tax increase will raise homeowner taxes approximately $99.75 annually per $100,000 in home valuation.

The department does what it can to reduce the burden on tax payers.

  • Grants – $425,700 over the past six years.
  • Regional Dispatch Center – The recent transition to the Montgomery County RDC is expected to save about $500,000 annually in operating costs.
  • Insurance Billing – In 2018, 11.82% of the fire department’s total revenue came from billing insurance providers for emergency transport.

In 2018 a continuous levy passed that did not raise taxes. Before asking for the increase they are requesting this year, the trustees asked the department to evaluate one more year to figure out what they needed long term.

There were 7751 runs in 2019, which is an increase of 28% since 2012. The fire department averages about 21 to 22 runs per day. The have busy days where there are over 30 calls per day.

The fire department has many activities each year including a Citizen Fire Academy, various open houses, and chances for public education.

Every year on the second Sunday in August, the department holds an Ice Cream Social. This year it will be on August 11, 2019. Last year was the 70th anniversary of the event.

Washington Township Website

List of the 5 Fire/EMS stations for the Washington Township and Centerville area (including the training center.)


Member Birthday
Carol Burkman April 16
Ellie Parker April 16
Denise O’Neil April 18
Sue Zammit April 21
Dave Klein April 22
Mike Brem April 22

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Blanca Ortiz April 16 4/16/2014 5
Joe Soucy April 16 4/16/2014 5
Sue Kuo April 16 4/16/2014 5
Andrew Cain April 19 4/19/2018 1
Cheryl Probst April 19 4/19/2018 1
Stan Fronzaglia April 19 4/19/1999 20
Vida McDowell April 19 4/19/1999 20
Mark Petre April 22 4/22/1996 23

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Pam Truitt Donna Huss 3rd Reading
Judy McFadden Donna Huss 3rd Reading
Jack Grady Mike Bevis 2nd Reading
Kelly Davis Beth Duncan 2nd Reading
Mark Karns Jean Pummill 1st Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Jean Pummill Forgot to turn in name badge last week.
Egg stuffers that ate any candy while stuffing Eating candy during the egg stuffing event last Saturday.
Anyone getting sunshine in the South this winter Taking a vacation to somewhere warm and sunny for 7 days or more in January, February or March of 2019.
All previous sergeants in the last year Fining current sergeant Brian Nolan during their terms as sergeant.

 Happy Bucks! 

Member Reason
Bob Burkman $5 to the club singing to his wife Carol. She has a video of it.
Sue Brubaker 49 year wedding anniversary to Mike Brubaker.
Bob Duffy He sat at the birthday table, and thanked you everyone for the wonderful sweets. (It was NOT his birthday!)
Tom Novak Last week was the largest amount of money our weekly 50/50 raffle has ever raised.

Noon Meeting News – March 13, 2018 – Mark Metzger – Washington Township Rec Center

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father. A hug gives us the feeling of appreciation, to be liked and to know we have a friend. What a simple way to recycle Your love. We all have the ability to do this. To be an encourager. An easy smile, a firm hand shake or a pat on the back are all motivational. We never know the cause of frown, a downcast disposition or what’s going on in another person’s world. We thank You for the Ten Commandments to guide our lives. For Christian Larson’s tenants to guide us as Optimists. May we experience the joy of one of our encouragements that has traveled around the world and is returned to us by a stranger.  Amen!

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Mark Metzger Speaker
Nick Tarkany Greg Fay
Jeff Spring Vince Reidy
Governor Tom Kendo Optimist Ohio District Governor


Attempted Blizzard

In spite of the frigid temperatures and the snow squall our meeting went on as normal. Many members leaving today’s meeting could be seen scraping snow off of the vehicles. Welcome to Ohio people. Where Christmas is only white with snow about half the time and Saint Patrick’s Day has about a 30% chance each year, which is the same chance as Alaska.

Like true optimists, everyone scraping snow was smiling for the additional opportunity this year to touch the cold stuff.


Ohio Optimist International (OI) governor Tom Kendo came to our club today. He presented the “Builder of Excellence” award to Greg Fay and Jack Anderson. They each received a pin and certificate for their work in creating our club within a club, CNO 2.0. OI really likes when clubs are able to create clubs within a club. There are other clubs in Ohio using CNO 2.0 as a blueprint for creating their own club within a club. Remember every CNO standard member is also a member of CNO 2.0 and encouraged to come to the third Thursday of the month meetings.

Kendo assured Greg and Jack that the certificate is suitable for framing.

Greg and Jack wanted us to also recognize the rest of the team involved with managing CNO 2.0. These members include: Ron Tinnerman, Jesse Gaither, Greg Griffin, Jean Pummill, Melissa Lucas, Laura Franklin and Pam Miller.

Kendo also mentioned that on a Saturday in August this year that there is an OI meeting in Fairborn. It will be attended by the OI president and his wife. As the second largest Optimist club in the world, he encourages us to come out in record numbers to this meeting.

Dime a Day Foundation

Bill Stone, our representative to the OI charitable foundation, went over the “Dime a Day” program. This is a chance for all of us to donate to the charitable arm of OI. His goal is for 50% or more of us to donate ten cents per day or $36.50. All of your contributions are tracked and as you reach the $1000.00 level you become a benefactor. For contributions of $100, $250, or $500 in a single year you also achieve additional recognition. A donation of $250 includes a beautiful bowl that is changed every year. For a donation of $500 a framed optimist painting is given.

Bill went over the top 10 things that are possible because of the donations to this program. Please give if you can.

Today’s Speaker

Jesse Lightle introduced Mark Metzger, the Director of the Washington Township Recreational Center (WTRC). A motto of WTRC is “Discover your potential”. Mark has been the director for 1.5 years and his kids say he has the greatest job ever because of his direct relationship with Santa Claus himself.

The rec center is now 30 years old and was created when the township purchased the building from the YMCA. Rec West was created 3 years ago when the township purchased the former Centerville Theater building directly to the west of the rec center.

The rec center is currently 40% funded by community taxes and 60% from user fees charged to the users of the facility. The WTRC is the most efficiently run rec center in Ohio.


There are 26 acres of grounds around the WTRC. All of the trails were recently paved and are now accessible for persons with disabilities. Each year approximately 25,000 people tour “Woodland Lights” in December for the holidays.

Other statistics and programs:

  • The main pool has 220,000 gallons of water.
  • Approximately 9000 people each year watch shows at the Town Hall Theater.
  • The enrichment center is new and actively request donations.
  • Their youth day camps are some of the cheapest options for summer day camps anywhere.
  • There are classes including art, introduction to belly dance, lunch and learns.
  • The pool is rented by the High School and the WTRC Sharks swim and dive teams.

There are numerous volunteer opportunities. Examples of volunteers needed are for Town Hall Theater and Woodland Lights. They also accept monetary donations and donations of in kind services. Contacts and phone numbers are available at

After Mark was done speaking Don Kelley spoke to us about the renewal levy for the rec center that will be on the ballot 5/8/2018. He hopes we will all vote yes. The expiring levy was 0.7 mills, the new one is 1.0 mills, which will cost $1.14/month per 100K of home worth. They explained the funds were needed to pay for necessary maintenance and upgrades to the buildings and other items.

Detailed information about programs and calendars are available at:


Member Birthday
Vida McDowell March 15
Brian Nolan March 16
Robert Foster March 16
David Brookman March 18
Joseph Willhoite March 19

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Shane Wilken March 14 03/14/2003 15
Stephen Kohls March 14 03/14/2003 15

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Amy Wang Patrick Arehart 3rd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Chris McAlpine Lost bell and gavel
All OSU fans Being a  fan of THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
Bob Lawson Did not remember who his partner was for Sergeant-at-Arms next quarter

Happy Bucks!

No time for Happy Bucks this week.