CNOtes: March 30, 2021 – WHIO Radio Personality – Larry Hansgen

Phather Phil’s Prayer Read by Bob Burkman

Heavenly Father, we all have been blessed beyond measure. Of all our blessings friends are our most cherished. They have divided our troubles, multiplied our joys and best of all – like us just the way we are. It is true Lord, when we count our blessings, we find we have enough. Thank you, Lord, and may all friends be blessed as they have been a blessing to others.


Congratulations Centerville HS Elks Basketball team

The Centerville Elks won the school’s first-ever Division 1 State Basketball Championship defeating Westerville Central 43-42 on March 22, 2021.


Mike Bevis, golf committee, announced they are looking for volunteers for the day of the event. They would appreciate donations of items for the silent auction and goody bags. Gift cards make great donations.

Committee Meetings

  • 4/14/2021, 6 PM, Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf 2021, Zoom hosted by Mike Bevis. Meetings in 2021 will be on Wednesdays on 1/13, 2/17, 3/24, 4/14, 5/12, 6/16, 7/7. Additional volunteers are always welcome. The golf outing will be held on 7/12/2021.
  • 4/20/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting, Zoom hosted by President Debe Dockins

Happy Birthday Andy Higgins

Today was Andy Higgins’ birthday. Debe Dockins led our mess of a rendition of Happy Birthday. Debe did not make us sound any better, but nobody could…nobody! And that is just the way we like it!

Have a great Birthday and Year Andy Higgins!

Larry Hansgen, The Voice of the University of Dayton Flyers

Carolyn Taylor introduced Larry Hansgen, the WHIO Radio host of Miami Valley’s Morning News since 2003. Hansgen is celebrating 40 years at WHIO Radio 1290 AM and 95.7 FM. He joined the staff of WHIO in 1981 as an overnight board operator and quickly rose through the ranks.  He became the Sports Director that year and in 1982 became the play-by-play voice of the University of Dayton Flyers basketball.

Book: Bigger than Basketball

His 2020 book, “Bigger Than Basketball: The Dayton Flyers’ Greatest Season” is available around town and online. He said that sales have been good. Locally it is available at UD Arena, Ashley’s Pastries, Dot’s Market in Bellbrook and other places. Synopsis: The Dayton Flyers were 2020 outright A-10 Champs, were heading to Brooklyn as the number one seed in the A-10 Championship and were projected to be a number one seed in the NCAA Tournament. In less than a week it was all gone—the Flyers’ post-season dreams a casualty of the coronavirus pandemic that soon held the entire world in its grip.

The emotion the 2019-20 team members used most often to describe the cancellation of the 2020 tournament is “grateful”. The 2019-20 season was still UD’s greatest season even though there was no tournament. Larry thought the UD season deserved a book and that is why he wrote one.

Hansgen’s 40 Years (and counting) at WHIO

He said that reaching 40 years with a single employer has as much to do with the employer as with the employee. WHIO is a great place to work. During his time at WHIO, the ownership has only changed once and that was very recently. The culture has remained the same. It is also difficult for any businesses to be around for 40 years. Businesses shut down, are absorbed or have a change in ownership that sours the culture all the time.

For his 40 year and counting career, Hansgen thanked his listeners, WHIO, and the community for making his career possible.

With a 40-year career, people are going to ask you for advice. For kids starting their career he tells them to show up for work on time. At WHIO he started at an entry level as a radio board operator. His shifts were Tuesday through Friday from 11 PM to 5 AM. His duties included waking up the person following his shift. He would start calling him around 2 AM and he was lucky if he showed up by 6 AM so Larry had to work an extra hour. Management noticed this and after just two weeks on the job Larry was promoted to the better morning slot from the nightshift. He tells kids if you want a 40-year career the best advice is to show up on time because someone will notice.

2019-20 UD Flyers

The COVID pandemic turned the sports world upside down. One of things most affected in sports was the outcome of the 2019-2020 UD Flyer men’s basketball team. People ask themselves, “What if the 2020 tournament had not been cancelled?”

In March 2021 within 24 hours, they went from learning the A10 would not have any fans in the seats, to the A10 tournament was cancelled, then the first four was cancelled and finally that the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament was cancelled. Hansgen described the experience like falling down steps and seeing it all in slow motion.

Last year’s UD team was great with a record of 29 wins and 2 losses. That record makes it sound like they just had an easy time of it. That is not the case. The team had to use extreme effort for every game. This was made more challenging as the team was also healing from the 2019 tragedies of the Oregon District mass shooting and the Memorial Day Tornadoes.


Larry congratulated CNO on the fact that we are truly a service organization not just one where everyone is looking for business.

Myron Rheaume (nicknamed Lazarus by Larry Hansgen) led us in singing “Happy Anniversary” (to the tune of Happy Birthday) to celebrate Larry’s 40 years at WHIO.

This is the second time Larry has been the CNO guest speaker on Zoom. He is sure that Zoom will be around after the pandemic, but he looks forward to doing his next presentation to CNO in person.

Thank you, Larry Hansgen, for joining us to inform and entertain us.

New Member Readings and Inductions

None this week.

Welcome Guests!

Guest NameGuest of
Carol AdamsEvelyn Griffin and Carrie Million
Larry HansgenGuest Speaker

Happy Bucks

Jeff Rolf$26 Happy Bucks for the 26 wins this year for the Centerville Elks basketball team – his son was on the team
Tom NovakThat his PC let him get online for today’s meeting
Tom NovakLarry Hansgen was guest speaker today
Tom NovakCHS Elks won the Ohio State Basketball Tournament

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Dav BremerMarch313/31/200120
Rob JonesMarch313/31/200120
Don KelleyApril14/1/198338
Phil RobinsonApril14/1/198239
Cindy HarrisApril24/2/20183
Nick TarkanyApril24/2/20183
Greg FayApril34/3/20147
Greg GriffinApril34/3/20147
Ira ThomsenApril54/5/199130
Vince ReidyApril54/5/20165


Andy HigginsMarch 30
Maha KashaniMarch 31
Jim RumfordApril 5
Roland RappApril 5
Ira ThomsenApril 5

CNO Donations – 2013 through January 2021

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

Thank You Notes Received

Click here to see the Thank You Notes our Club received this week.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Zoom Meeting This Week

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.

Who can Attend Zoom Meetings?

Any member of any type of Centerville Noon Optimist can attend 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.


In keeping with social distancing requirements – our CNO Meetings have transitioned temporarily to a online format using ZOOM.

Club Member Joe Madden was inspired to rewrite The Optimist Creed – so we give you now – The Corona Creed -with apologies to Christian D. Larson, Author of The Optimist Creed.

Links to Recorded Meeting and PowerPoint

A Video Recording of this Week’s Meeting is here

A Podcast of this Week’s Meeting is here

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

Noon Meeting News – April 3, 2018 – Larry Hansgen – WHIO Radio Personality

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Heavenly Father darkness can not defeat darkness, only light can do that. Likewise hate will never defeat hate. Only Your love can do that. Lincoln made the point when he said,” if I make a friend of my enemy have I not defeated him?” Shed Your spirit on us to shed Your light on our dark problems. Have us love one another to show others how to live. When we meet a person for the first time, help us to not make a quick judgement, but
remember that there is nothing in a caterpillar that would make us think of a butterfly Amen!

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

CNO Election Season Week 2

Jean Pummill spoke to us about how the process works. Next week is the last of the 3 weeks. Three of the nominees got up and spoke for a short time. Summaries follow:

  • Sarah Umbreit, nominated for a 2-year term for the board, truly enjoys CNO. Proud that we are very focused and here for the children. Involved in Childhood cancer committee, golf and others.
  • Jane Fiehrer, nominated for a 2-year term for the board, likes our club because it makes volunteering fun and has for 20 years. Involved in everything from Tristar sports to being a past board member.
  • Beth Duncan, nominated for a 2-year term for the board, CNO Social Committee chairman likes our club as it has become her social life.

Election Process Speech Notes from Jean Pummill

Record Long Thank You from Pat Behn

In case you missed it, please read the PDF below for the full content of the thank you Pat Behn presented for everyone involved in the 2018 Easter Egg Hunt on 3/31/2018. It was a great event and Pat wanted to make sure people were recognized for their extra efforts.

Pat Behn Thank You to 2018 Easter Volunteers

Jeff Papanek Retirement

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Captain Jeff Papanek after 31 years of service is retiring from his position at the Sheriff’s office. He has been a CNO member since 7/17/2014. He plans on finding a new position with the township soon. He thanked Jess Lightle for being the best boss ever. President McAlpine thanked Jeff for all the wonderful “interactions” he has had with the Sheriff’s Office over the last couple of decades while he has been driving around town. Captain Jeff Papanek received a standing ovation from the 80 members and guests as a way of thanking him for his service to our community.

Today’s Speaker

Scott Langer introduced today’s speaker, Larry Hansgen, long time WHIO Radio Personality, the voice of the UD Flyers and a stand-up comic. Scott first made sure we knew that our original speaker cancelled at the last minute and after just 25 phone calls to others to fill in he came to Hansgen who graciously agreed to speak.

Larry, who has spoken to us in the past, went through the events that led him to become involved in the radio business. He was very funny and there were several entertaining stories.

It was an intricate story how he got into radio and ended up in Dayton. He began with his NSA interviews during his Senior year at Bowling Green University. It involved California and the Farsi language. Fortunately, he was not offered this job.

His radio career started after graduation in 1979 in Bryan, Ohio as a high school sports announcer.

He has been with WHIO radio for 37 years and has been involved in all kinds of jobs. He credits his longevity to being flexible and taking on all kinds of different positions and responsibilities.

To become the voice of the UD Flyer’s, Larry had to jump through several hoops. He and Bucky Bockhorn had to record several auditions on cassette tapes covering the play by play of inner squad scrimmage games.

Larry has seen a lot of places in the world. What he values even more is all of the interesting people he was able to meet along the way.

Thank you Larry for informing and entertaining us today!

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Larry Hansgen Speaker
Kal Tinka Bob Collins
Jeff Zaret Amy Barker


Member Birthday
Ira Thomsen April 05
James Rumford April 05
Roland Rapp April 05
Jeff Rolf April 06
Mercdes Franklin April 06
Robert Clements April 07
Erin Belangia-Sanchez April 09


Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Greg Fay April 3 04/03/2014 4
Greg Griffin April 3 04/03/2014 4
Ira Thomsen April 5 04/05/1991 27
Vincent Reidy April 5 04/05/2016 2
Daniel Samiec April 6 04/06/2010 8
Molly Petsch April 6 04/06/2004 14

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Cindy Harris Ron Tinnerman 3rd Reading
Nick Tarkany Chris McAlpine 3rd Reading
Jeff Zaret Amy Barker 3rd Reading
Cheryl Probst Christine Balsan 2nd Reading
Andrew Cain Stan Fronzaglia 2nd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Chris McAlpine Started meeting at 12:01
Christine Balsan Not wearing Optimist pin in photo for Dayton Business Journal
Gary Smiga Not mentioning CNO until the very end of article in Centerville Dispatch
Charlie Tapp Impersonating Colonel Sanders
Miami University Alumni Miami University last place on college Wheel of Fortune
June Bosworth, Scott Langer, and Tim Clemmer For not doing enough to bring on spring even though they dressed in spring colors

Happy Bucks!

No time for Happy Bucks this week.