• 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.
Greeters Phil Perington and Robert Wardlaw brightened what was already a beautiful Colorado spring Friday by warmly welcoming each and every attendee of today’s meeting. (Shown her greeting Zabih Danesh) It was a particularly boisterous crowd, full of solar eclipse and opening day tongue-wagging, on this Friday, April 5th, 2024. 
President Casey Funk, sporting stylish eclipse glasses, asked Ed Collins to deliver our invocation.  Ed shared a message on making our optimism come true by living it every day.  Through our actions and deeds, we have the opportunity to make optimism contagious.  He then led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. April 8th, this coming Monday, the monthly board meeting will be held.  6:30 is the time, and the American Legion is the place.  All club members are welcome.
On Satur17+ American Legion Logo Vector | Legion, Abstract logo, Scholarshipsday, April 20th at 3:00 pm the American Legion will be having their 40&8 awards ceremony.  The ceremony is dedicated to the men in WWI that rode in train cars that had capacity for 40 men or 8 horses.  Our club bought two tables for the event, which will including the honoring of Michael Chavez as a community volunteer.  If you’d like to attend, sign up or let Casey know.
President Funk went through his presidential filing cabinet and found some items that are overdue, so he took a few moments to present them.
Jake Baker - as club secretary during an honor club year, Casey presented Jake the citation and award.  He also received a nice-looking lanyard!  Congrats Jake!
Dan Rodriguez - Dan received a letter of congratulations for his first recruited member.  The letter was written in January of 2022, but Dan was clearly touched to receive it, no matter how late.  Way to go Dan!
Frank Middleton - Frank also received a yellowed letter from way back in October of 2021.  It was congratulating him on his 15th recruited member.  Well done Frank!  Who knows, he may be close to 20 by now.
                      JAKE BAKER                                DAN RODRIGUEZ                          FRANK MIDDLETON
Club Announcements
Andy Towt delivered a reminder regarding Dime a Day to support Optimist International Foundation.  Andy is accepting checks for $36.50 (or $365.00 if you’d rather) via mail or you can give your check to Andy at a meeting. 
Jim Easton came to the stage with new member Zabih Danesh. If you have not met Zabih yet, please make a point of introducing yourself.  He is from Afghanistan and is getting a PhD in computer science.  Jim is providing him some mentoring in regard to optimism and our club.  Zabih’s son was a Super Citizen at Hamilton Middle School, which is how he came to find us.
Tom Mauro read off the names on the slate of candidates for board positions next year.  There is still time to raise your hand prior to the voting on April 26th, so reach out to Tom if you are interested.  In particular, there is an opening for vice president Tom is looking to fill.
Also, it’s time to update the club directory, so if you have new contact information, please get that to Tom now.
Phil Perington let us know that the Thomas Jefferson High School jazz band will be here at next week’s meeting, along with the essay contest winners.  You won’t want to miss it!
A few optimists toured the Elephant Toyota Passage on Friday after the meeting.  Harry Fegley was the tour guide.  Joining were Karl Geil and Lesley Meyer, Bryce and Sue Slaby, Dick Nickoloff, Bill Litchfield, Ed Leuty, Kent Gloor, and Tom and Joie Mauro.
Mark Metevia introduced today’s speaker, the Principal of Holm Elementary, April Mylow.
April has been at Holm for 24 years.  She started as a paraprofessional, then a 5th grade classroom teacher, and has been principal since 2020.  All four of her kids attended Holm and were Super Citizens, and one of her daughters won the Charlie Korsoski award and still has her plaque.
She was born in Virginia on April 1st.  Her mother’s due date wasn’t until May, so the nurse told her that since she had “fooled” her mother and was born on April 1st, her name should be April.  Her nickname in her family is April May.  Her father died in a car accident on the day she was born, leaving her mother with four young kids.  April had a speech impediment and didn’t talk to anyone outside her family until she was 7 years old.  When she was in school, she was identified as gifted and talented but also placed in special education due to her speech.  She graduated high school, started college, and became a mom at age 17.  She attended Virginia Tech and got three degrees before moving to Colorado in 1999.
2020 was her first year as principal, and also the start of the pandemic and when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.  She had surgery and radiation and was back at school as soon as possible.
She has one of our mugs and is a big fan of the Optimist creed, especially “to talk health happiness and prosperity to every person you meet”.  She feels her optimism and positive attitude have allowed her to meet and defeat the challenges she has faced, as well as to be successful as an educator.
April says that Holm started the school year at the maximum enrollment of 430 students, but they now have 475, making class sizes grow beyond what she feels are reasonable limits, and also severely stretching their resources.  April worries also about burnout among their talented teachers.  Holm works hard at treating all of the kids equally and making it a loving and safe place for everyone.
She took questions from the crowd on homeless students, the school’s needs for clothing and school supplies, the impact of COVID (she feels the Kindergarten students suffered the most, since they need to learn how to socialize), and her thoughts on the ideal class size. Zabih Danesh has a daughter in Kindergarten at Holm, and he thanked April for the great experience his daughter is having, despite not knowing any English at the start of the year.
king of spades card (Front/Back)
We had a Drawing!  Overseen by the distinguished Dr. Robert Finkelmeier as usual, $40 was lurking in the pot for the Optimist lucky enough to find the King of Spades.
Styrofoam cups of cold hard cash went to:
Bill Litchfield
Ken Jeung
Ed Collins
Kent Gloor
Matt Dollarhide
Karl Geil
Matt Dollarhide had a second bit of luck and passed his opportunity for the big money drawing to our speaker.  Principal Mylow came up empty, however.
Pat Bush also took a shot - alas, no luck.
Member Birthdays
Dick Nickoloff
April 2
Phil Perington
April 4
Randy Bruns
April 5
Paul Stratton
April 18
Apr 12, 2024 7:30 AM
TJ Jazz Band and Essay Contest winner
Apr 19, 2024 7:30 AM
Apr 26, 2024 7:30 AM
May 03, 2024 7:30 AM
CO Dept. of Transportation
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American Legion Hall #1
Apr 08, 2024 6:30 PM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Apr 12, 2024
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Super Citizen-McMeen
McMeen Elementary School
Apr 17, 2024
8:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Apr 19, 2024
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
American Legion Community Awards
American Legion Hall
Apr 20, 2024
3:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Super Citizen-Most Precious Blood
Most Precious Blood School
Apr 23, 2024 10:30 AM
American Legion Hall
Apr 26, 2024
7:14 AM – 8:00 AM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Apr 26, 2024
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Super Citizen-Bradley
Bradley International School
Apr 26, 2024
1:15 PM - 3:00 PM
CO-WY District 3rd Quarter Conference
Family Resource Pavilion
Apr 27, 2024
7:30 AM – 4:00 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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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.