• 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
Our greeters this morning are Tom Mauro and Al Gapuzan   Bringing good cheer this morning.
President Larry Pulaski (wearing his stock show hat) rings the bell promptly at 7 and asks Joe Marci to read the invocation this morning.  Help us lead and live the virtues of Optimism.  Joe then leads us in the pledge of allegiance. 
Guests this morning:   Our guest last week, David Guentert,  joins us again this morning.  He has a check for us this morning.  Welcome David. (David shown here with Chris Dunphy, his sponsor.
Bryce Slaby says go see the movie “Otto”.  He tells us a little more about Nebraska.  He tells us he was asked to leave the school twice, so it was meaningful for him to give back in a positive nature.  He had thought about providing scholarship funds but thought of something that might impact more kids.  He says that 2 things you need in life are shelter and food, and those abilities will take you far.  If you had visited Bryce’s home, you would find he has 60 some hammers and this struck a chord with him.  To teach young people on how to use these tools and be able to become proficient in the use of them is a skill that can last a lifetime.
Andy Towt tells us that he attended a meeting recently, of Rocky Mountain Woodworkers Club, and found that Bryce is a member of this club.   Andy was interested in learning more about dovetails and discovered that Bryce was a member and of his intent to help his old high school.  Bryce also mentions that they are trying to do the same thing at Westminster High School, but they lack the instructors to provide adequate direction.  Andy tells us that the Dime a Day program is ongoing and he thanks those that participated in ’22.  A big thank you to those who participated last year, and he looks forward to another successful year in 2023. 
Speaking of Bryce Slaby's prowess as a wood worker Tom Mauro takes the mic and shows us a peanut butter delivery device, also known as a bird house.  Tom gives a big “Thank you” to Bryce.  Tom mentions that Gary Strowbridge told him about a squirrel preventing bird house, that actually works.  Tom also tells us that Hamilton Middle School is looking for clothes that anyone decides to donate.  Doesn’t matter what size it is, just bring the clothes to an upcoming meeting and Tom will take them to the school.
Frank Middletown tells us that the Brain Bowl tomorrow is a prime opportunity to pass out free breakfast cards to parents, grandparents and any other family members for participants and invite potential new members.  Frank also reminds us that Bob Meyer did offer the use of his large townhome in Frisco, for the member who brings in the most new members. Currently Chris Dunphy is the leader in the clubhouse.
Mark Metevia tells us that last week Super Citizen assembly at Holm, recognized 37 kids and it was a wonderful event.  Mark thanks Jon Wachter for his help.
Jon Wachter then takes the mic and tells us he has taken the charge for Sweethearts to Breakfast, and hopes to do this February 17.  And it looks like he will have ample folks to attend, and has asked Bill Morgan’s daughter, Katelyn to be the roving musician for this event.  Jon is working with Café de France to host the event, with a time being in the 7:30 to 9 time frame.
Greg Young says bring your empty ink cartridges and he will take them to the Office today.  Please bring them in and he will take them over there.
Pat Bush tells us that since today is Camaraderie Day, it’s an opportunity for Happy Bucks  He puts in some and starts around the room for other donations.  Phil Perington tells us that he is happy be conducting another raffle this year to raise money for the kids.  George Buzick is happy to announce that he is happy for the GUMS editors.  Bill Morgan is happy that his daughter had a great time speaking, at the meeting last week.  Gary Strowbridge says his granddaughter through this club started playing golf and recently participated in a golf tournament in Phoenix, and finished 3rd, she shot 3 under par.  Tom Overton says his daughters came to help organize the house so they can prepare to move out.  Harry Fegley is wearing a mask in anticipation of going, for his 80th birthday, to Antigua and Barbados, on the Sea Cloud ship and will stay in the owner's guest’s suite.  Pat Bush says we raised $36 for Childhood Cancer research, through passing around the cup.  Well done members. 
Do we have a drawing?  There is $40 in the pot this week, 8 of Diamonds is the lucky card, Chris Dunphy has the first lucky ticket, Alan Mallask takes a cup,  Don Thomson takes a cup, Chris Dunphy takes another cup  Your editor takes a cup.  Ed Collins take the last cup.  Jim Svenson draws a card.  George Buzick draws a card.  Larry Pulaski then pulls George Buzick’s name from the jug and takes a card, but not the lucky card.  George then leads us in the Creed.  Go forth and promote Optimism.
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Kevin Koalenz
January 10
Ken Duffy
January 12
Allen Pierce
January 14
Bill Litchfield
January 21
Jon Wachter
January 25
Joe Marci
January 28
Tracy Sorensen
January 31
Jan 27, 2023
How to Use the Monaco South Website
Feb 03, 2023 7:00 AM
Second annual Tree Lot Oscar Awards Breakfast
Feb 10, 2023 7:30 AM
Update on the City of Centennial
Feb 17, 2023 7:30 AM
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Upcoming Events
Super Citizen-Most Precious Blood
Most Precious Blood School
Jan 24, 2023 10:30 AM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Post #1
Jan 27, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Super Citizen-Bradley
Bradley International School
Jan 27, 2023
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
Optimist Brain Bowl-NORTH
Standley Lake High School
Jan 28, 2023
7:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Post #1
Feb 03, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
American Legion Hall #1
Feb 07, 2023 6:30 PM
Super Citizen-McMeen
McMeen Elementary School
Feb 09, 2023
8:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Post #1
Feb 10, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Super Citizen-Samuels
Samuels Elementary School
Feb 10, 2023
12:30 PM - 2:15 PM
Optimist Brain Bowl-CHAMPIONSHIP
Hamilton Middle School
Feb 11, 2023
7:00 AM – 1:00 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
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PLEASE NOTE: All Friday meetings will be simulcast on Zoom in “listen and watch only” mode. All members are encouraged to attend the live meeting when possible.
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Optimist Club of Monaco South 2022-2023 47th Year — Chartered in 1976
                        2022-2023 Officers                                                                                
President           Larry Pulaski           303-956-1202      
Vice President   Matt Nelson             720-774-0758
Vice President   Steve Kady               303-931-1470
Secretary           Jake Baker                412-680-0765
Treasurer           Pat Bush                   303-750-9409
                            2022- 2023 Board of Directors 
 Joe Marci             303-847-7844      Tom Glazier          303-522-5214  
 George Buzick     303-803-2268      Casey Funk           720-656-2255
 Vaughn Kendall   303-910-6590      Ken Jeung             720-849-6241
 Kent Gloor           303-880- 5444     Tom Kramis         303-917-5299  
 Tom Hoch             303-332-9338                                       
Past Presidents
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
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.