December 8, 2020 – Youth Appreciation Awards Presentations

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

1 Timothy 4:12 – “Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young.  Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.”

Heavenly Father,

Throughout the Bible, we have examples of young people doing amazing things.  David was a boy when he killed Goliath.  Jeremiah was around 14 when you called him and Samuel was 12.  Josiah was only 8 when he became king of Jerusalem.  Today, as we award our Annual Youth Appreciation Awards, help us to remember the amazing things our children and youth are capable of and never to doubt their abilities. 


Special Announcement

There is no meeting on 12/15/2020. Our next meeting will be 12/22/2020 at noon.


Patrick Arehart, technology committee, announced that there is now a donation page on the CNO website. Click here to view the page. Donors can choose any amount they wish to donate.

Debe Dockins announced the Fire Stick winners for the Dime-A-Day contest are Beth Duncan and Wendy Hattan.

Christy Gariety, Adopt-a-Family committee, announced that CNO members donated 46 $50 gift cards for Adopt-a-Family.

Happy Birthday Jeff Umbreit

Today was Jeff Umbreit ’s birthday. Patrick Arehart led the singing today for the first time and he failed miserably. Even Zoom’s audio optimizers could not reduce the awful screeching version of the song Happy Birthday to You. It was, however, sung with love. Happy Birthday Jeff, and may you have a great year.

Tom Henderson, Youth Appreciation Awards

Debe Dockins introduced Dr. Tom Henderson, the superintendent of Centerville City Schools. Seniors Jade Eilers, Abigail Lachman and Emma Schutter were honored for their leadership, service and involvement in high school and community activities.

Henderson said thank you to CNO for the opportunity to recognize these students. He introduced the principles of CHS.

CHS Principals

  • East Unit Principle, Mr. Jack Durnbaugh
  • South Unit, Mr. Chuck Cowgill
  • West Unit, Mr. Jeff Wolff
  • Coordinating Principle, Mr. John Caroll

Henderson shared some information for the benefit of our numerous honorees and visitors today about what CNO is and what we do for the youth of our community

All three recipients will receive a “Star” plaque and a gift card for lunch. Normally, they receive lunch in person at our weekly, in-person, CNO meetings.

Henderson introduced Guidance Counselor from each Unit who then introduced each student.

Abigail Lachman

CHS East Unit Guidance Counselor Samantha Stingley presented Abigail Lachman.

Lachman was nominated for the award for her academic record and commitment to service.

“Abby’s character truly sets her apart from her peers and speaks to the high level of intellectual and personal maturity that she exudes,” said Stingley. “Simply put, students at Centerville look to Abby as a role model and a person to emulate while our staff respects her and praises her ability to serve from the front.”

Lachman serves as president of the CHS Key Club and a deacon of her church, Westminster Presbyterian, and works as a server at Bethany Village, which has been particularly challenging as she has been serving one of our community’s most vulnerable populations amid an international pandemic.

Lachman is excited for the future and she is certain the preparation that CHS has given her has prepared her for college.

Emma Schutter

CHS South Unit Guidance Counselor Beth Buck presented Emma Schutter.

Schutter is seen as a leader at school and in the community.

“Emma’s exceptional work ethic and community-minded attitude is inspiring,” said Buck. “She is a thoughtful, talented young woman, who will undoubtedly continue to contribute to the world in a positive way.”

Schutter has exceled in honors and advanced placement level coursework, in addition to being a captain of the CHS varsity softball team and a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions, Building Our Lives Drug Free and Lunch Buddies.

Schutter said she is honored to be considered for this award since there are so many other students in her class.

Schutter is grateful to CNO and remembers participating in CNO’s Tri-Star basketball events.

Jade Eilers

CHS West Unit Guidance Counselor Kensie Miller presented Jade Eilers.

Eilers was nominated because of her impressive devotion to service and committing to a drug free life and spreading that message. She has accumulated more than 1,000 hours of community service, has spoken at the United Nations, has her own Ted Talk and has been in numerous theatre productions.

“With such an impressive resume, Jade remains a humble, kind and passionate young woman,” Miller said. “She has an impressive 4.2 GPA and will receive an honors diploma upon graduation. She has overcome obstacles that have been placed before her and has come out on top. I am so excited to see what Jade does next!”

Eilers thanked CNO. Her community service is centered around drug prevention. She enjoys giving talks that encourage kids to lead a drug-free life.


Henderson went on to say that there are a lot of outstanding students at CHS and these are three exemplary examples.

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Casey Dixon Jeff Umbreit 3rd Reading
Doug Flanders Joe Madden 1st Reading

Happy Bucks

Member Reason
Debe Dockins Her Christmas Tree is up
Debe Dockins 3 happy bucks for today’s three honorees
Debe Dockins Tom Henderson for doing a difficult job well
Greg Griffin 3 happy bucks for today’s three honorees
Jeff Umbreit 50 happy bucks for his and wife Sarah Umbreit’s 50th birthdays today and yesterday

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Paul Boeckman December 9 12/9/1994 26
Roland Rapp December 10 12/10/2002 18
Tom Novak December 13 12/13/1990 30


Member Birthday
Jeff Umbreit December 8
Patrick Arehart December 10
Jay Schindler December 10
Penny Culhane December 11
Erin Dickerson December 12
Pete Rife December 13
Cheryl Dowd December 16
Bill Stone December 16
Liz Fultz December 18

CNO Donations 2013 through October 2020

Click this link to see a summary of the donations our club has made.

Over the past 53 years, we donated over $2,000,000 to our youth community. In the past 6 years, we have donated nearly $712,000.

Sergeants at Arms

No Sergeants this week.

Welcome Guests!

Casey Dixon – Guest of Jeff Umbreit – WELCOME Casey and Doug Flanders – Guest of Joe Madden – WELCOME Doug!

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.

CNOtes – November 20, 2018 – Youth Appreciation Awards Presented

Phather Phil’s Prayer


T’was the nite before Thanksgiving, I felt myself swelling,
But I just couldn’t sleep, So plump and so round,
I tried counting backwards, Till all of a sudden,
I tried counting sheep. I rose off the ground.
The Tom Turkey beckoned, I crashed thru the ceiling,
The dark meat & the white, Floating into the sky,
But I fought the temptation, With a mouthful of pudding
With all of my might. And a handful of pie.
Tossing & turning, But I managed to yell,
With anticipation, As I soared past the trees,
The thought of a snack, Happy eating to all,
Became an infatuation. Pass the cranberries please.
So, I raced to the kitchen, May your stuffing be tasty,
Flung open the door, May your turkey be plump.
And gazed at the fridge, May potatoes and gravy,
With goodies galore. Have nary a lump.
I gobbled up turkey. May your yams be delicious
And buttered potatoes, May your pies take the prize
Pickles and carrots, May your Thanksgiving dinner
Beans and tomatoes. Stay off of your thighs! AMEN!

 Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Beth Buck Educator
Chuck Cowgill Educator
Erin Dickerson Andrew Dickerson
Jack Durnbaugh Educator
Lynn Grubb Erin Dickerson
Kensie Miller Educator
Debbie Round Honoree’s Family
Kevin Round Honoree’s Family
Maddie Round Honoree
Mary Round Honoree’s Family
Annie Shaver Mike Bevis
Nate Smiga Gary Smiga
Bill Taylor Carolyn Taylor
Ron Whitehead Honoree’s Family
Jeff Wolff Educator

All Photos from the Meeting are Here

Special Announcement

The Banner Kit was unveiled at the meeting via a PowerPoint presentation. The committee was made up of Donna Huss, Gary Smiga, Jesse Gaither and Greg Griffin. The items will be used at all CNO events and the tent can be rotated to highlight either the golf outing, the Avenue of Flags, the Christmas tree sales or CNO 2.0. The items are very colorful and will be a positive image for our organization. Thanks to Diane Arehart for putting together a “to go” box which will hold event brochures, membership applications, CNO 2.0 information and a list of upcoming events. This box will be stored with the Banner Kit and will be easily available when the Banner Kit is used.

Committee Announcements

Donna Huss announced there is a board meeting tonight 11/2/2018 at 6 PM at Woodbourne Library;

Christy Gariety announced she is handling the Adopt-A-Family program. See her to sign up.

Laurie Poeppelman announced Optigear orders are in and today is the last day for size and color samples. Orders placed will be received in 2 weeks.

Gary Hansen, chair of the Will Cale Scholarship Committee, announced he is still looking for more mentors so that we can help more students.

Beth Duncan reminded everyone about the December 11th Holiday Party at the Presidential, the Dinner and a Mystery on Dec 28th @ 7pm @ the Spaghetti Warehouse and she thanked everyone who brought chili, soups, cookies, corn bread and other food.

Donn Huss announced that Myron Rheaume will be available to discuss PGI/PDP next week. Please meet with Myron next week at lunch to begin filling your passport. Many of you have achieved Level 1 and just need to complete the booklet. You can also touch base with Myron to see what level you might have already achieved.

Youth Appreciation Awards

Donna Huss introduced Tom Henderson, the superintendent of Centerville Schools and member of CNO. Tom presented three Youth Appreciation Awards to honor 3 outstanding students who will be great ambassadors of Centerville High School.

Madison Round

Tom introduced Beth Buck, a CHS South Unit Guidance Counselor, who introduced CHS Senior Madison (Maddie) Round. Maddie has an impressive 4.11 GPA. She is dedicated to the CHS girls golf team and is well-known for her four-year involvement. She works at Yankee Trace Golf Course. She is president of the Centerville Octagon club. She speaks each month at the meeting of 180 of her pears.

Maddie participates in many service activities such as making and sending birthday cards to young kids who are in the hospital, as well as organizing Christmas caroling at a local nursing home with the Watts Middle School Junior Optimist Club.

Maddie spoke briefly. As a member of DECA they were in the top 10 in the State. She plans to major in Marketing at Miami University in Oxford. She thanked CNO for our service to the community and making a difference. She also thanked us for this honor.

Rachel Whitehead

Tom introduced Kinsie Miller, a CHS West Unit Guidance Counselor, who Introduced CHS Senior Sisters Rachel and Emily Whitehead. Rachel and Emily Whitehead both have very impressive high school resumes. They are both involved in volunteer work, athletics, clubs and organizations.

Rachel is a four-year member of the student council. She is also a two-year member of Chemistry Buddies, was chosen from a select group of seniors to be an Elk Connector where she serves as a mentor to ninth grade and new students. She also was chosen to be a lunch buddy where she serves as a mentor to an at-risk elementary aged student. Rachel is also a talented musician, playing in the wind symphony for three years and being a member of United Sound for two years. Rachel is a four-year member of the CHS cross country team and the track and field team.

Rachel is ranked third of 657 students with a 4.9366 GPA. She is a two-year member of National Honor Society and she is also a two-year member of Spanish Honor Society. She has earned the Commended National Merit Scholar. She is expected to receive the Ohio Honors Diploma in May of 2019.

Rachel Whitehead briefly spoke and thanked CHS teachers and counselors. She plans to study Neuroscience, hopefully at Duke University.

Emily Whitehead

Next Kinsie Miller discussed Emily Whitehead on behalf of Samantha Stingley, a CHS East Unit counselor who was ill today. Kinsie used notes from Samantha to introduce Emily.

Emily has taken tough courses at CHS including AP Stats, AP Chemistry II, AP Literature, AP US History, AP Government, and AP Microeconomics.

Emily has been involved with Centerville Women’s Soccer Program and the music program. She is a member of multiple clubs and service groups, including Junior Leadership Dayton. She is a mentor to younger students. As an Elk Connector, Emily helped welcome nearly 700 new freshmen to CHS. In August she “adopted” a group of 20 students to mentor throughout the year. Emily uses her time before and after school to volunteer as a Chem Buddy, tutoring Chemistry I students.

Emily is ranked fourth of 657 students with a 4.9186 GPA. She is a two-year member of National Honor Society and she is also a two-year member of Spanish Honor Society. She is expected to receive the Ohio Honors Diploma in May of 2019.

Emily Whitehead briefly spoke and thanked Mrs. Stingley and CNO for this honor. Her number one college choice is Georgetown University.


Member Birthday
Brendan Cunningham November 22
Jayne Weikel November 22
Natalie King Dunlevey November 24

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Beth Duncan November 20 11/20/2016 2
John Kalaman November 20 11/20/2016 2
Jon Fox November 20 11/20/2000 18
Marilyn Becht November 20 11/20/2016 2
Paula Kalaman November 20 11/20/2016 2
Christine Balsan November 21 11/21/2013 5
Dave Klein November 21 11/21/2013 5
Kristina Rainer November 21 11/21/2012 6
Martha Jackson November 21 11/21/2013 5
Bill DeFries November 23 11/23/2004 14

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Richard Altvater Greg Wasmund 2nd Reading
Gareth Dickey Gary Hansen 2nd Reading
Sue Zammit Greg Griffin 2nd Reading
Erin Dickerson Andy Dickerson 2nd Reading
Andrew Dickerson Andrew McKenzie 3rd Reading
Mariah Vogelgesang Mike Bevis 3rd Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Mike Bevis Parking in Pat Behn’s parking spot
Anyone who had a great time at the tree lot Anyone who had a great time at the tree lot
Anyone who doesn’t know exactly where their Optimist Pin is Not knowing exactly where their Optimist Pin is
Chris McAlpine Not wearing a tie
Bob Duffy Eating food off of the Birthday table, AGAIN!
Scott Langer Being late to the meeting

 Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Melissa Deeter Just became an aunt for the first time
Beth Duncan Thanks to everyone who brought soups and food to the Christmas Tree Lot delivery day
Beth Duncan Newest grand baby is  on the way
Joan Cordonnier 4 weeks out from her husband’s surgery and he is doing well (and volunteering on the Christmas Tree Lot!!!)
Joan Cordonnier Daughter Jill has second interview for a job in Cincinnati and Cincinnati is way closer than Utah
Don Kelley His Son-in-law is retiring after 4 years at the Air Force Academy and another  27 years of active duty; is starting 8 weeks of flight training after which he will be pilot for Southwest Airlines
Mary Madden Glad their power is finally restored after the ice storm
John Carroll 5 bucks for the great kids honored today and to a great tree lot season
Bob Burkman For the students with GPAs well above 4.0 and to the ones significantly below 4.0 that he can relate to
Sue Brubaker Thank you to the CHS Track team for helping with Christmas Tree Lot deliver day


Noon Meeting News – November 21, 2017 – Youth Appreciation

Phather Phil’s Prayer

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Photos from the Meeting

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Amanda Bergmann Dr. Tom Henderson
Hallie Bergmann Dr. Tom Henderson
Tori Bergmann Dr. Tom Henderson
Neha Chawla Dr. Tom Henderson
Praveen Chawla Dr. Tom Henderson
Priya Chawla Dr. Tom Henderson
Chuck Cowgill Dr. Tom Henderson
Felicia Davis Dr. Tom Henderson
Jordan Davis Dr. Tom Henderson
Jack Durnbaugh Dr. Tom Henderson
Andrea Fleischman Dr. Tom Henderson
Mary Ellen Marrs Dr. Tom Henderson
Stella McCrory Dr. Tom Henderson
Pam McGill Greene Optimists
Sarah Swan Dr. Tom Henderson
Rick Talda Beth Duncan
Jeff Wolff Dr. Tom Henderson
Gemma Dr. Tom Henderson

Today’s Speaker

CNO member Dr. Tom Henderson introduced the Centerville High School  principals of each unit. They in turn introduced the three Youth Appreciation Recognition award winners. East unit Hallie Bergmann, South unit Neha Chawla and West unit Jordan Davis. Each awardee was praised for a strong positive attitude, willingness to give of their time and talent and volunteer hours. The three young women received a standing ovation.


Member Birthday
Natalie King Dunlevey November 24

Membership Anniversaries

Member Month Day Joined # Years
Christine Balsan November 21 11/21/2013 4
E David Klein November 21 11/21/2013 4
Kristina Rainer November 21 11/21/2012 5
Martha Jackson November 21 11/21/2013 4
Bill DeFries November 23 11/23/2004 13

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Cindy Gaboury Jean Pummill 1st reading
Michael Laughter Vince Reidy 2nd reading
Rhonda Meeker Mike Bevis 3rd reading
Rick Talda Beth Duncan 3rd reading
Ben Barlow Jerry Stahley 1st reading
Stephanie Catanzaro Greg Fay Induction

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Jesse Gaither  Jacket left at tree lot
Bob Glavin Yeti cup left at tree lot – Greg Griffin is holding it for ransom for the $6 all “prior Av
Scott Langer Didn’t follow directions at tree lot
Jerry Stahley Matching shirt with Rick and giving misinformation
Mary Madden Laying down on the job at tree lot
Bryan Link Scott Langer award
Mike Wall Welcome back
John Carroll Welcome back

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Mary Madden $5. for all who helped her when she passed out at tree lot (Mary was also fined for “laying down on the job” when she fainted
Stephanie Catanzaro Her music students performing at St. Leonard’s Dec 3rd
Gary Aiken Great tree lot unload
Jane Fiehrer For Jesse Gaither’s girls at tree lot
Bob Bargmeyer Grandparents day at Cline School and a 99 year old Veteran of WW2 as speaker
Tom Novak Tree lot put together team
Jean Pummill Optimist 2.0 added 17 new members   to CNO
John Carroll Students being honored today

Noon Meeting News – November 22, 2016 – Dr. Tom Henderson – Youth Appreciation

Phather Phil’s Prayer

Phather Phil took the day off and got an early start on the Thanksgiving Holiday so David Ladd – our District Chaplain – offered the prayer today in his own inimitable ad-lib from-the-heart style.

Click here to see all the photos from the meeting

Today’s Guests

Guest Guest Of
Beth Buck Tom Henderson
Chuck Cowgill Tom Henderson
Jack Durnbaugh Tom Henderson
Kensie Everhart Tom Henderson
Teresa Lonsbury Tom Henderson
Pam Miller Tom Henderson
Gabrielle Passidomo Dan Passidomo
Donna Pierron Tom Henderson
Caroline Pierron Tom Henderson
Greg Pierron Tom Henderson
Alyssa Schafer Tom Henderson
Kim Scoville Vince Reidy
Arnab Shaw Tom Henderson
Shreya Shaw Tom Henderson
Shruti Shaw Tom Henderson
Wanda Tapp Gail Aiken
Jeff Wolff Tom Henderson

Today’s Speaker

Dr. Tom Henderson introduced the Centerville High School Principal and unit principals (someone quipped “Who’s minding the store”.) After brief remarks about today’s recognition awards, he introduced Teresa Lonsberry, guidance counselor who told us why Alyssa Schafer deserved recognition; next guidance counselor, Beth Buck explained why student, Caroline Pierron earned recognition; then guidance counselor, Kensey Everhardt introduced us to Shreya Shaw, our $1000.00 scholarship awardee and outstanding student. Actually, all three young ladies had impressive credentials and deserved the awards they received as well as the standing ovation.

Larry ended meeting 5 minutes early per Bob Burkman, this permits a future 5-minute overrun???

Birthdays This Week

Matt Towne November 23
Suzanne Albert November 24

Membership Anniversaries

Name Month Day Year # Years
 Bill  Defries November 23 2004 12
 Jesse  Lightle November 28 2006 10

New Member Readings and Inductions

Name Sponsor 1st 2nd 3rd Reading or Induction
Pam Miller Mike Bevis Third Reading

Sergeants at Arms

Member Infraction
Jerry Stahley said no one had been bad so there would be no fines, hard to believe

Happy Bucks!

Member Reason
Jerry Stahley Granddaughter, Ava elected president of Cline Elementary Optimist club, 5th grade
Greg Fay Assert adopt a family has 25 families in need of assistance, most are single parents; and stakes on the OSU Michigan game $5.00
Bob Burkman Daughter’s 52nd birthday, she is brain cancer survivor
Charles Goodwin $5000.00 bounty for 1st grandchild and for having been on a safari to Zimbabwe
Melissa Lucas LCNB photos with Santa and Mrs. Santa and help with that project.
Beth Lybrook Cheering on the Buckeyes
Bob Lawson Rooting for OSU
Vince Reidy Having his daughter as guest
Julie Walling Noeth Went on delayed honeymoon to Germany and for her daughter’s marriage last year.
Pat Behn $ 2.00 for OSU and raised stakes with Greg Fay
Ron Weir Offering WSU basketball tickets