• 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.
On this not too warm May morning our greeters were Bob Avery and John Burnett, shown here greeting two of our members: Kent Gloor, one of our Charter Members(who joined the club in 1976) and Ryan Nuss, who joined the club in March of 1974!  
Due to the recent sudden death (heart attack) of Todd Webster, President Casey read an invocation regarding living life to the fullest, while we are on this Earth. A celebration of life will be held at Fairmount Cemetery Chapel at   10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 15. All are invited to attend. Though Todd had only recently joined our club, he was a valued member. Please keep his wife, Miriam in your prayers.
GUESTSOur guest today was Bob Holverson, who recently moved back to Denver after working for a number of years in Southern California (where it never rains). Bob and his wife moved back to be nearer his grandchildren and wants to get help out in his new community. Bob is a close neighbor of both John Burnett and Tom Overton. Nice going Tom.
President Casey Funk announced that the May Board of Directors meeting would be held on Monday, May 13 ,here at the Legion Hall. Meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Casey invites newly elected Directors to attend, to get a head start on next year. If you have the time, drop by and see us!
Funny Minion Quote, work, win lottery  。◕‿◕。 See my Despicable Me  Minions pins to Phil Perington, Lottery Guru, the lottery license has been renewed, the tickets are currently being printed and should be in our hands soon. Only thing left is to sell all 550, so we can make $5000 for the kids. 
From Phil: Longtime Optimist member, Alton L. Perington memorial service will be held Tuesday 5/14 @ Risen Christ-10am. 3060 S. Monaco Street. Note: The compound is under construction. Please follow the arrows to the parking area and entry. A reception will convene  immediately following the service. An escorted motorcade procession  to Ft. Logan for final service and internment will leave at approximately 12:30. Thank you all for your kind thoughts and optimistic good cheer. Originally, Al was a member of the South Denver Optimists in the early 60’s. The Club met at the Old White Spot Restaurant located at 6th and Broadway. 
Reminder from Bill Morgan: New Member orientation on Zoom, May 15. All new members should receive the Sign on for Zoom from Bill early next week.  Anyone is welcome, even if you're not new. Contact Bill for details. (303-868-4384)
Bob Avery thanked those that had participated in the Eagle Scout Awards Ceremony last and indicated he had copies of the projects displayed on the bar at the back of the meeting hall, including the Donley P. Smith Award for Outstanding Project.
It is time for the Ride MS hydration station in Longmont. We need about 20 people says Michael Chavez. Location is yet to be announced but save the date (JUNE 30) and plan on all morning from about 7:00 a.m. until at least Noon.
Michael also mentioned that we will be giving away "Trucker Hats" at the Rockies game on Sunday, June 15. It's an early game so plan on 10:00 a.m arrival. You will get free tickets to the game, so you can spend the whole day on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Coors Field.
Tom Mauro said that 23 sixth grade students from Hamilton Middle  School were received Super Citizen awards at their last assembly.
Noel Hasselgren announced that he and Ken Jeung assisted in giving awards at Samuels Elementary.
Robert Wardlaw, Head Honcho of Super Citizen Program said that Robert Korsoski plaques (for Super-Super Citizens were available.
Michael Chavez welcomed Denny Dressman back to the fold after Denny's hip surgery. Denny thanked everyone for the card that the members of MSOC sent him while he was convalescing. He's back, better than ever. Yay, Denny.
Why is the Monaco South Optimist Club Christmas tree lot the best in the world! Because we start planning early in the year to ensure success says Tom Kramis in announcing that there will be a meeting of the TLC at Phil Perington's office on May 29 at 4:00. If you have any great ideas on how to make the tree lot better, come on down!
Link from Greg Hurd
Jack Rife AND Super Citizen dog Barkley at
University Hills Elementary
Since 1965, Respect for Law has been one of the Purposes of Optimist International. What we do for youth, the police do for the whole community - Serve and Protect. In the words of Craig Eley, "without law, there is anarchy". Thanks to Steve Kady for arranging for MSOC to honor a Denver police officer, in the presence of his Chief, Ron Thomas, His Commander , Joe Bell and his wife, Amy.
Konrad Krysiuk is a two-year veteran of the Denver Police force. Some think he talks with a South Texas drawl, but that is really his Polish accent, since Konrad is a recent arrival to the U.S.
Konrad and his patrol partner responded to a call of an assault on a female. When they arrived on scene, they were confronted by a suspect who was obviously on drugs and seemed to have superhuman strength. Konrad called for backup and two more officers arrived on the scene. Even with four officers involved, the suspect put up a good fight. In the process of subduing the suspect, the suspect bit off the tip of Konrad's finger. Fortunately, the finger was found a subsequently reattached. The suspect was finally taken down by the four officers and arrested. Even though he is new to the Denver Police force (and to this Country), Konrad is an exemplary officer and a credit to the force. Thanks to Konrad for all he does and keep up the good work!
The Three of Hearts was worth $50 today. Kevin Dempsey (having learned a lesson last week) chose not to draw and took a cup-o-money, as did Phil Perington, Bryce Slaby and Greg Holt.
Kevin's ticket was drawn again and, this time, he decided to draw a card. Too bad, Kevin!
Commander Joe Bell tried his luck, but was also unsuccessful. Robert Wardlaw was lucky enough to be wearing his nametag, but not lucky enough to draw the right card. Tune in next week for more high drama
Member Birthdays
James Riley
May 1
John Young
May 3
Mario Sani
May 5
George Buzick
May 16
Gary Strowbridge
May 20
Mike White
May 21
Robert Duvall
May 24
David Peck
May 28
Tom Mauro
May 28
Harry Fegley
May 30
Karl Geil
May 31
May 17, 2024 7:03 AM
Why I am proud to be an American
May 24, 2024 7:30 AM
A Grand Canyon Experience
May 31, 2024 7:30 AM
Are You Smarter than the Brain Bowl Chair?
Jun 07, 2024 7:30 AM
Rocky Mountain Music Museum
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May 12, 2024
American Legion Hall #1
May 13, 2024 6:30 PM
May 15, 2024
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
May 17, 2024
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Super Citizen-Holm
Holm Elementary School
May 17, 2024
8:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Junior Golf Adult Tournament/Prizes
Meadow Hills Golf Course
May 22, 2024
7:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Super Citizen-ELLIS
Ellis Elementary School
May 23, 2024
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
MPB Korsoski Award
May 23, 2024
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
May 24, 2024
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
May 27, 2024 11:59 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)
Every week on Friday Morning
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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.