• 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
This morning we were merrily greeted by Craig (here come da judge) Eley and David Guentert, experienced painter and avid new member, was getting to feel the excitement of early morning camaraderie for the first time. Many smiles and handshakes were shared.
There was a plethora of early morning conversations. Tom Mauro, wearing a Yankees jacket over his Rockies jersey truly presented a conflict of interest. John Van Ness busy filling out a new member application, with the proud assistance of his sponsor Chris Dunphy. Uncle Bob Avery bounced in the door, fresh from his sabbatical to the mountains and Santa Fe. Bill Litchfield immediately joined him and commenced to assist with the attendance taking. Greg Holt was intensely occupied at the breakfast buffet trying to manage run away sausages on his plate. Joe Marci, Russ Paul and Greg Young were immersed in laughter while conducting a secret pow-wow. Gary Strowbridge, Mike White and Don Thomson discussing the pros and cons of locating a new car, appeared lost in conversation. An animated Mike McMahon, holding his coffee mug and banana was eagerly telling Andy Towt and Carl Brown about how well Josh Li Puma had administered to his HVAC problem. Dan Rodriguez, wearing his Duluth Trading jacket, was touting the company and recommending everyone give them a try. Jake Baker once again walking briskly with his foot healed and healthy again was happy and full of good cheer.  President Larry arrived with Bill Morgan and immediately turned off the strobe lights that had been blinking all morning (He apologized for forgetting his disco ball). DTC Club-member and District Essay Chair Jeff Gartz(ever the comedian), after being solicited to become a new member, was overheard telling Kent Gloor “Any club who would have me as a member should have their head examined.” It was an exciting and action filled morning.
President Larry gaveled the gathered to attention at 7:00 sharp.  Greg Young presented the invocation, “Oh God of joy- let us all accept the travails of life by accepting that which we encounter, with cheerful countenance by offering good cheer one to another. We give thanks to that which we have been bestowed, always in optimism and good faith”. The Pledge of Allegiance followed with the ever-optimistic cheer of “Play Ball!”
President Larry announced a new Club has been built by the District in Grand Junction, as announced at the 2nd Quarter Conference. He also congratulated Chris Dunphy for his thoughtful work in recruiting new members and will undoubtedly  earn  the 2 night stay at the  Bob Meyer condo in Frisco. Way to go Chris..You are the man! Larry also gave kudos to Mark Metevia for his continued excellent work in managing our Club  Speakers Bureau by providing great speakers with consistent regularity.
On March 2nd and 3rd, six Super Citizen Awards were presented at Ellis Elementary School. Presentations were made in each classroom over the two days. Andy Towt was present for the fifth-grade presentation. 
Mike White: Reflected on the goodwill Super Citizen creates. Teachers love Super Citizen and use the program for teaching students discipline, goodwill to each other, citizenship and responsibility. Joe Marci and Greg Young will step up next week at McMeen for the awards ceremony.
Tom Mauro (still wearing his Yankees jacket over a Rockies jersey) was prowling the floor all morning recruiting candidates for 2023 Club elections. New Officers and Board members will be decided in April.
He reported there is not yet a candidate for President. However, other slots for Board members and Officers are actively being filled. New members are urged to participate and share in a hands-on involvement with Club management and growth. Past President Ed Collins and Tom Kramis also participated with the outreach. Please contact Tom if you are interested in getting your name on the ballot. Past President Dan Rodriquez mentioned he was a Board member the 2nd year after joining the Club, and also presented the Club with a new updated Creed banner.
Tom Glazier: The TJ jazz band has received an additional $2400 from the Board for their upcoming tour of cities that include New Orleans, Nashville and Chicago. The students were in full force helping man and providing live entertainment at the tree lot. Their teacher and supervisor Robin Morrisey received a thank you plaque from the Club for her effort and steady participation in tree lot activities.
Michael Chavez: The Oratorical Contest will be held at Prairie Middle School on Wednesday, March 15, and is looking for assistance and urges members to attend.
Jeff Gartz, Essay Contest-District Chair: There are 8 Clubs entering finalists this year. The district winner will receive a $2,500 scholarship. He thanked Wyatt McCallie for his 33 year commitment to Monaco South as the Essay Chair. O.I. dictates, Clubs can give cash awards to winners up to $500                         or more, if Clubs agree. This year Monaco South will                                   disperse $400.                           
Chris Dunphy: Looking for a few volunteers to assist with coffee setup in the morning. The process begins at 6:15am. Please let him know if you are available.
Gary Strowbridge: In search of a new car. If anyone has a good deal or knows of one please let him know.
Bryce Slaby, who rents a building to our Guest organization and became familiar with their considerate and meaningful program introduces Zaharia Hilentzaris and Bertha Gomez-Zapata, speaking on behalf of WELLPOWER Resource Center. WELLPOWER has been providing outreach and cognitive mental health services for 30 years to communities in the Denver area. The organization consists of 15 residential centers and 25 resource centers (hard goods and active services). Their mission is “Enriching lives and empowering a loving attitude.” People actually recover from mental care issues, and they are there to give support on all levels. WELLPOWER sticks to the basics by providing household goods, furniture, clothing, toys and dry goods including over the counter apothecary items and cosmetics.
 Their National recognized Recovery Needs Level (RNL) instrument provides the most appropriate level of service available. Their wide range of programs and services address diverse needs through their staff and volunteers on a continual and daily basis, that includes:
Care-management for independent living
Special services to end the cycle of criminal involvement
Targeted Support to those living with HIV
Supported Services for education, employment, integrated health care issues, housing and after hours crisis situations.
WELLPOWER also conducts activities targeted to individual interests including Walking Groups, Bingo, Gratitude Classes, Wellness and Mindful Classes, Arts & Craft Classe, Yoga, Meditation and Aroma Therapy Classes and Market Day excursions to the Food bank of the Rockies.
The Homeless Community is in need of more WELLNESS style organizations. They are a Leader and proven force in the Community, and we are thankful for their presentation.  We thank them for visiting our Club and sharing their story.
Is there a drawing?
$20 for the 9 of Clubs
Cup winners: Jack Kleinkecksel, Bryce Slayby, Carl Brown, Jim Swenson, Russ Paul. Draw of the Lucky Card: Carl Brown and Wyatt McCallie-No luck
Name Tag: Jon Wachter-No luck

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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Carl Brown
March 6
David Telpner
March 10
Paul Bernard
March 15
Josh LiPuma
March 18
Woody Thibodeau
March 25
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OCMS President Larry Pulaski is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting
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.