• 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.
Commemorating D-Day 2024: Honor the Brave and Remember the Sacrifice - Proudvet365 Store
Correction: Last week's GUMS named Matt Nelson as a member of the Brain Bowl team for MSOC due to Editor error.  Should have been Mario Sani.
Our greeters this morning are Al Gapuzan and Frank Middleton.  The calendar says late Spring, but it feels like summer.
Rodriguez, Dan
President Casey Funk rings the bell promptly at 7.  Dan Rodriguez reads the invocation this morning.  Unselfish God, what can one person do in a world so large.  Any show of kindness by one person acts like a pebble tossed into a lake with its ripples growing larger.
Board Meeting this coming Monday, June 10.  Casey tells us that Linda Williams from the Tamarac Optimist Club needs volunteers August 17 for South by Southeast.  Which is a neighborhood gathering of music, food and fun at Bible Park.  They need volunteers to help with parking, help man a booth to attract new members, and general help.  On June 16th there will be a story regarding McMeen Elementary, on channel 4.  Please watch.  Casey tells us about Casa Bonita dinner he had recently enjoyed. He’s able to check off a bucket list item.
Pat Bush received an email from OI, regarding a recent Pass-Through donation.  A check was received for $200, but Pat needs information about donor that must be completed.  Several members have suggestions for Pat. 
Denny Dressman reminds us that there will be a short meeting for the TLC – Tree Lot
Committee - immediately following our meeting. They will be discussing a new flyer that Denny has come up with to give to merchants to hand out to their customers and some other marketing techniques.
Michael Chavez is distributing information handouts for the MS Ride on Sunday, June 30. Additionally, the Tamarac Club requires assistance on Saturday,  June 22 for the distribution of Bobble Head dolls at Coors Field.
Gary Jerman, whose birthday is today, asks about the practice the club has for singing the Happy Birthday song.  And he is serenaded accordingly.
There are two District Qualifiers on June 13, none on June 17.  The CO PGA Junior Golf Program changed the dates!
Meadow Hills (Boys 16 – 18 – 7:30 am first tee time) and Overland Park (Boys 10 – 15 -- 8 am shotgun start).
Bob Meyer
Two golfers representing The Colorado/Wyoming District were awarded the Hugh Cranford Scholarship worth $1,000.
Tom Mauro presented the Korsoski Award at Hamilton Middle School on Friday, May 31, during the 8th grade Continuation Ceremony. Chance Phillips was the recipient. This marked the 37th year that Hamilton has participated in the Super Citizenship program, which was initiated by Tom.


Building Community Connections

Join us…Zoom discussion June 11 - 6:30 – 7:00 p.m.  

led by Connie Ackerman, Marketing & Communication Chair

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Let's Talk!

About school districts - About chambers and merchant associations - About other service organizations.  About needed club member engagement. All members urged to participate. Mark your calendars.
Tom Yagley expressed how moved he was by the Birthday song. Tomorrow, there's a car show at Fitzsimmons from 9 to 12, and the following week, another car show will take place here at the VFW Hall. Tom is seeking assistance for Flag Day next Friday. If you're available, please arrive at 6:30, before the meeting, to help with raising the flags.
Mark Metevia introduces our speaker.  Gordon Close is the curator of the Rocky Mountain Music Museum.  He spoke to us some 4 years ago and is happy to be back.
The Rocky Mountain Music Museum is an interesting place and Gordon invites us all to stop by for a visit.  The museum is located at 3535 S Irving Street, in Englewood.  Gordon is hoping for the city of Englewood to help them move into a better location.  Gordon also notes that there is another fine museum in Vermillion South Dakota, and it is exceptional.
Now let’s explore some of the interesting items featured in the museum.   In 1884 a gentleman in France invented how to record music but was unable to play it back.  Gordon brought down a Victrola, which is an antique from 1908, and plays the cylinder style record, and it works! Incredible. Columbia also came out with a version, and it works.  He also has a portable player that plays a record.  Gordon has an old suitcase full of treasures.  The next invention was the Edison record, which is quite thick and heavy. Edison Records was one of the early record labels that pioneered sound recording and reproduction and was an important and successful company in the early recording industry.
The first phonograph cylinders were manufactured in 1888, followed by Edison's foundation of the Edison Phonograph Company in the same year.
The record Gordon shows us contains 2 songs, 1 on each side.  These were found in mercantile stores in the 1920’s.   Gordon then shows us a thinner version containing 4 songs on each side.  This is the old style 78 record.  They then invented a machine that could play this as well as one that people could record their own voice, which was a way for people to send messages to each other.  Gordon shows us a 45, that many of us recognize.  Gordon shows us a newer version of an lp, which was played at 33 rpm.  You record that on a 1” tape, called a Master, which is then pressed from the top. In his days as a musician, Gordon was able to go down to the manufacturing site to help them quality control his albums that were being pressed.  This came after he received copies of one of his albums and noticed they were all skipping.  During the manufacturing process, they found that the wipe down process, had not been done correctly.
During WWII, voices and music were recorded on wire, serving a practical purpose, including use in airplanes' Black Boxes. Gordon presents the 8-Track, the forerunner of the cassette tape. He then reveals a portable device from the 60s that could play an entire album through headphones. Lastly, he displays a chip capable of storing thousands of songs, illustrating the evolution of music playback. Truly remarkable.
Gordon then picks up the Harvest Guitar, a jazz model, and plays a tune for us. It is wonderful.
 Do we have a drawing?  2 of Clubs is the lucky card.  $20 is in the Pot.  Those who take a cup include Mike White, Ken Jeung, Karl Geil, Michael Chavez, Greg Holt, your editor.
Drawing: Allen Malask draws a winner! Phil Perington tells me 2 of Clubs is the lowest card in the deck.
We recite the Creed and go forth to promote Optimism.
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 14, 2024 7:30 AM
Jun 21, 2024 7:30 AM
Crosspurpose, vocational training
Jun 28, 2024 7:30 AM
Golf Heritage Society
Jul 05, 2024 7:30 AM
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American Legion Hall #1
Jun 10, 2024 6:30 PM
Junior Golf Tournament
Meadow Hills Golf Course
Jun 13, 2024
7:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Junior Golf Tournament
Overland Golf Course
Jun 13, 2024
7:30 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
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
Jul 04, 2024
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See the Online Events Calendar @
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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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.