• Mission Statement. By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in youth, our communities and ourselves.
  • Vision Statement. Optimist International will be recognized worldwide as the premier volunteer organization that values all children and helps them develop to their full potential.
A cool but pleasant last Friday in May and our greeters were the ever-present Al Gapuzan and his sidekick Frank Ross. One of our newer members, Jeff Cole, read the invocation, which reminded us to "Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. 
Mark Lonsdale who moved to Denver from the United Kingdom was the guest of President Casey Funk. We also were happy to see both Claire and John Young. John is a charter member of MSOC and the sponsor of many of the current members of our club.
We also welcomed members of the Tamarac Optimist Club All Star Brain Bowl team, who were here to defend their title after defeating the Mighty MSOC team in last year's Brain Bowl Competiton. Coach Cindy Eley.  Mary Gelb, Nancy Kennedy, Jeiny Spampinato, Claire Merrill, Bonnie West and Linda Williams were all primed for a tough match.
President Casey Funk formally inducted 3 new members into our club. Bob Weinberger (sponsored by Craig Eley), Jeff Cole (sponsored by Steve Kady; and Patrick Morgan (sponsored by Casey Funk). All pledged to "give of my time and talents as generously as possible".
Just an early reminder from Frank Middleton to save the date of December 7, 2024 for the annual Holiday festivities, which will be held this year at the Valley Country Club in Aurora. Dinner will be served and there will be a cash bar. (Just remember "Pearl Harbor")
Phil Perington says "It's lottery time!". Buy as many tickets as you want. Only $20 each (Three for $50). Also, get tickets from Phil to sell to family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, merchants, members of other Optimist Clubs, Rotarians (the list is endless). We need to sell 550 tickets to cover expenses for payouts and make $5,000 for the Kids!!
Carl Brown bought the first ticket already.
Most Precious Blood
On Tuesday, May 28th, Joe Marci, Greg Young and Andy Towt attended a Super Citizen Presentation at the Most Precious Blood Elementary and Middle School. Two fifth grade students were recognized as Super Citizens as noted by Joe and photographed by Greg.  Making this special is that both recipients' parents were present.
McMeen Elementary/Bradley Elementary
Mike White reported that he and Don Thomson had presented the Korsoski award at McMeen Elementary this past week.
Jon Wachter said that the Korsoski Award presentation at Bradley had gone well, with Jon and Andy Towt presenting the awards.
Bob Meyer reported that the fund raiser for Junior Golf was a great success and that our Prez won "Closest to the Pin". Bob needs help on June 13 at two different courses, one for girls and one for boys. One is at Meadow Hills Country Club, the other at Overland Golf Course. Check with Bob if you can make either of these events. (303-919-4532)
The Ride MS hydration station event in Longmont is approaching, and according to Michael Chavez, we need approximately 20 volunteers. The exact location will be announced later, but please mark your calendars for June 30th and expect to be there from 7:00 a.m. until at least noon. Additionally, Michael has informed us that "Trucker Hats" will be given away at the Rockies game on Sunday, June 16th. Since it's an early game, aim to arrive by 10:00 a.m. You'll receive complimentary tickets to the game, allowing you to enjoy an entire day at Coors Field on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Tamarac could also use some help on Saturday, June 22 handing out Bobble Heads. (Always a great adventure)
Vaughan Kendall gave a brief report on the meeting held this week. The decision was made to keep the old trailer for at least another season, but to have it inspected for safety before moving it again. Also to get an electrician to look at the wiring in the Santa House and get some new lights. They are looking forward to another record-breaking season.
The Tamarac Optimist Club members stormed the man cave to defend their title, following last year's recorded victory for their club. Craig Eley took on the role of Quiz Master and Question Author, with his wife Cindy adeptly handling the scorekeeping and Greg Young serving as the timekeeper. Despite the Tamarac team's thorough preparation, the formidable MSOC crew clinched the win by a narrow two-point margin in the intense competition. Below are the questions:
  1. Who wrote the novel "1984"?
    A: George Orwell (real name Eric Arthur Blair)
  2. What is the capital city of Australia?
     A: Canberra
  3. What is the chemical symbol for Gold?
    A: Au
  4. Who painted the "Mona Lisa"?
    A: Leonardo da Vinci
  5. What do The Eagles describe as being “such a lovely place” with “plenty of room”?
  6. A: Hotel California
  7. Who directed the movie "Jurassic Park"?
    A: Steven Spielberg
  8. What is the main ingredient in hummus?
    A: Chickpeas (garbanzo)
  9. Who is the author of the "Harry Potter" series?
    A: J.K. Rowling
  10. What is the maximum number of players on the field on a soccer team?
    A: 11
  11. What does a barometer measure?
    A: Atmospheric Pressure
  12.  Which astronomer is name-dropped in "Bohemian Rhapsody?"
    A: Galileo
  13. How many teeth does a standard adult human have?
    A: 32
  14. What is the hottest planet in the solar system?
    A: Venus
  15. What does NASA stand for? 
         A: National Aeronautics and Space Administration ✅
   15.What is a tornado called in Brazil
         A: A tornado.
  1. What is the capital city of Canada?
    A: Ottawa
  2. What is the largest artery in the human body?
    A: Aorta
  3. Who wrote the novel "Pride and Prejudice"?
    A: Jane Austen
  4. Who painted "Starry Night"?
    A: Vincent van Gogh
  5. What name did fictional high school chemistry teacher and meth cooker Walter White use when introducing himself to customers?
A: Heisenberg
  1. What is the smallest country in the world?
    A: Vatican City (109 acres,.17 sq miles; Monaco is 514 acres)
  2. Who discovered penicillin?
    A: Alexander Fleming
  3. MATH QUESTION - What is the square root of 121?
    A: 11
  4. Who composed the Four Seasons?
    A: Antonio Vivaldi
  5. How many strings does a standard acoustic guitar have?
    A: Six
  6. In what country are the 2024 Summer Olympics being held?
    A: Paris, France
  7. Who painted "The Scream"?
    A: Edvard Munch
  8. What  gas makes up most of the Earth's atmosphere?
    A: Nitrogen (78%, Oxygen 21%).
    29.What does DNA stand for?
         A: Deoxyribonucleic Acid
    30.[Name 2] The Day the Music Died" refers to the tragic deaths of which artists?
          A: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper (Jiles Perry "J.P." Richardson Jr)
Mauro, TomDempsey, Kevin
Geil, KarlNelson, MatthewPulaski, Larry
Monaco South 2024 Championship Team coached by Tom Mauro: Kevin Dempsey, Karl Geil, Matt Nelson, Larry Pulaski, Jeff Cole
Ace Of Hearts Card Player Greeting CardToday's drawing was for $80. The card was the Ace of Hearts. Frank Middleton's ticket was pulled from the bedpan, and he picked...the Ace of Hearts. Frank gets $80! Everyone else gets a cup-o-money.
Member Birthdays
Ed Collins
June 3
John Guttmann
June 5
Chris Dunphy
June 6
Gary Jerman
June 7
John Scarborough
June 9
Bill Morgan
June 10
James Svenson
June 14
Everett Gardner
June 16
Mike Prete
June 17
Terry Shroyer
June 18
Tom Yagley
June 20
Bryce Slaby
June 22
Greg Hurd
June 25
Dr. Bob Finkelmeier
June 29
Jun 07, 2024 7:30 AM
Rocky Mountain Music Museum
Jun 14, 2024 7:30 AM
Jun 21, 2024 7:30 AM
Crosspurpose, vocational training
Jun 28, 2024 7:30 AM
Golf Heritage Society
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Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Jun 07, 2024
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
American Legion Hall #1
Jun 10, 2024 6:30 PM
Junior Golf Tournament
Overland Golf Course
Jun 12, 2024
7:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Jun 14, 2024
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Rockies Handouts-Free Tickets!!
Coors Field
Jun 16, 2024
10:15 AM – 2:00 PM
Junior Golf Tournament
Patty Jewett Golf Course
Jun 17, 2024
7:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Jun 21, 2024
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Optimist International Convention
Sheraton Fallsview Hotel
Jun 23, 2024 7:00 AM –
Jun 26, 2024 5:00 PM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Jun 28, 2024
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Pat Sorensen Memorial Bike MS Rest Stop
Front Range Community College
Jun 30, 2024
7:00 AM – 3:00 PM
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Meetings will be held at the American Legion Hall 5400 E Yale Ave. While there be no two way communication, you may observe (and listen to) the meeting on Zoom
PLEASE NOTE: Some Friday meetings will be simulcast on Zoom in “listen and watch only” mode. All members are encouraged to attend the live meeting when possible.
Topic: OCMS Friday 7:00 AM Meeting
Time: 6:30 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
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Passcode: 1976
Optimist Club of Monaco South 2023-2024 47th Year — Chartered in 1976
2022-2023 Officers
Casey Funk, President
Matt Nelson, Vice President
Tom Glazier, Vice President
Jake Baker, Secretary
Pat Bush, Treasurer
Larry Pulaski, Immediate Past President
Second Year: Vaughan Kendall, George Buzick, Tom Hoch, 
Ken Jeung,
First Year: Carl Brown, Al Gapuzan, Greg Holt, Mario Sani   
Bob Rhue 1976-77
Jerry Whitlow 1977-78
Bill Kosena 1978-79
Duane Wehrer 1979-80
Curt Jefferies 1980-81
Frank Middleton 1981-82
John Young 1982-83
Pat Bush 1983-84
Bob Hugo 1984-85
Tom Mauro 1985-86
Curt Lorenzen 1986-87
Oscar Sorensen 1987-88
Lupe Salinas 1988-89
Bob Avery 1989-90
Bill Litchfield 1990-91
Bill Walters 1991-92
Kent Gloor 1992-93
Gary Strowbridge 1993-94
Mark Metevia 1994-95
Bob Safe 1995-96
Tom Overton 1996-97
Peter Dimond 1997-98
Ralph Symalla 1998-99
Cy Regan 1999-00
Stan Cohen 2000-01
Don St. John 2001-02
Jack Rife 2002-03
Karl Geil 2003-04 
Bryce Slaby 2004-05
Donlie Smith 2005-06
Paul Bernard 2006-07
Greg Young 2007-08
Phil Perington 2008-09
Ron Cisco 2009-10
Ed Collins 2010-11
Randy Marcove 2011-12
Paul Simon 2012-13
Jon Wachter 2013-14
John Oss 2014-15
Michael Chavez 2015-16
Craig Eley 2016-17
Jim Easton 2017-18
Everett Gardner 2018-19
Bob Meyer 2019-20
Dan Rodriguez 2020-2021
Tom Kramis 2021-2022
Larry Pulaski  2022-2023
T H E O P T I M I S T C R E E D — Promise Yourself . . . To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet. To make all your friends feel that there is something in them. To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true. To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best. To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own. To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile. To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others. To be too large for worry, too noble for
anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.