• Mission Statement. By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in youth, our communities and ourselves.
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Our greeters this morning are Paul Stratton and George Buzick.  A rainy day as the record rain keeps coming down. Shown here: Paul greets Ron Gustas and Bill Morgan. Welcome back to Eldon Strong
President Larry Pulaski rings the bell promptly at 7 and asks Tom Mauro to read the invocation this morning.  God our loving Parent, our mother’s sacrificed for us without complaint.  Help us remember them.
It was good to see John Young, with his wife Claire. Curt Boell also brought his wife Sharon to watch the Brain Bowl competition
Also in the house was Shaun Driscoll, Leader of the Pack 286 Cub Scouts, who are sponsored by MSOC. He was promoting a fund raiser for the pack.
A note from John and Claire Young:
I don’t know if you want to put this info in the next MOS GUMS for those who remember Jim Rumer.  He was a wonderful guy.  Good friend of Eldon Strong and Todd Olson.  Good friend of ours, too.  And I’m sure he was a good Optimist for the years he was a member.  He passed away in California shortly before Christmas, I think. 
Just received a note from Mary Anne regarding Jim's burial at Fort Logan National Cemetery at 10 A.M. on June 7th, 2023, and a Celebration of Life for him at Abiding Hope Church on June 9th, 2023, at 11 A.M.  I just looked up the address of the church and it is Abiding Life Lutheran Church at 6337 S. Robb Way in Littleton, CO.
Mary Anne and the kids are very grateful for the support of their friends in Colorado.
Al Gapuzan is looking for Greeters for the month of May.  Look for the sign-up sheet coming around.
Bill Morgan reminds everyone about the Zoom meeting for new members:  Reminder for next week, new member orientation, Wednesday, May 17th, at 7PM. The meeting will be held via Zoom to make it convenient for everyone. I expect the meeting content will take about a hour though feel free to socialize and ask questions. Please use the following link to Zoom.


Tom Mauro tells us that next week we will have Mayoral candidate Kelly Brough at our meeting, and he is trying to contact Mike Johnston’s campaign.  He is looking for a volunteer judge for the Talent Show coming up Hamilton Middle School.
Dr. Bob Finkelmeir sends the following information regarding the Charlie Korsoski Awards:
I should have all the Korsoski Certificates at this Friday’s meeting. The recipient’s name and date of presentation are shown below.
Joyce Yazzie
Bradley International School
June 1 @ 3:40 pm
Ellis Elementary
Not Participating*
Ella Storey
Hamilton Middle School
May 26 @ 5:30pm
Maleah Mayers
Holm Elementary School
June 2 @ 8:30am
Sumayo Mohamed
Lowry Elementary School
May 12 @ 1:30pm
Delilah Lintz
McMeen Elementary School
May 31 @ 2:00pm
Adeline Dawkins
Most Precious Blood Catholic School
May 25 @ 6:00pm
Chelsea Angulo
Samuels Elementary School
June 2 @ 9:00am
Sadie Odland
Slavens Elementary School
May 30 @ 5:30pm
Photo by Andy Towt
On Friday, May 5th, Mark Metevia and Ken Jeung were Masters of Ceremony at the Holm Elementary School final Super Citizen presentation of this school year. Mark started the presentation by asking the students what they were planning to do over their summer break, and then told them about what he had learned about Scams and how they should listen to their teachers and parents about staying safe. Thirty-six students from the Kindergarten through the Fifth Grade received awards.
Phil Perington says the raffle tickets are ready to go, and he has already pre sold 25 tickets. Official kick off will be June 1.  Phil is looking for another great event.
Tom Yagley invites us to listen to Doug and Pam Sterner who will be at the American Legion Post 1 Saturday.  The couple have written several books featuring heroic deeds done on the battlefield, including Randy Haba, of Stratton Colorado.  Haba received the Distinguished Flying Cross Medal award for his efforts in rescuing crew members of the HMS Bounty, which sank during Hurricane Sandy off the coast of North Carolina.
Report by Phil Perington
Bob Avery opened up with a warm Welcome & Introduction of Optimist Members:
Troop Leaders Greg Holt, Jack Klienheksel , Past President and Governor Phil Perington & Past President Frank Middleton for Current President Larry Pulaski.
Executive Director Mark Truax brought everyone up to date on activities across the Country and Colorado.
 The event was well attended and filled with high energy from both Family and Friends. Frank Middleton conducted a wonderful presentation honoring and presenting the Eagle Scout Awardees with their hard-earned Eagle statuettes:
                       Drew D. Gecko- Alpine District Troop 667.
                       Gabriel H Doehler-Black Feather District Troop 870
                       Kyle J. Sears-Centennial District Troop 770
                       Peter G. Diamond-Frontier District Troop 199
                       Andrew Suchocki-Valley District Troop 766
Alan Magnuson representing the Colorado Greater Council presented Macklin M Gifford, Troop 199 with the Annual Donlie P. Smith Outstanding Eagle Scout Award and a scholarship grant check for $1,000. The Grant A. & Melinda Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year was gratefully awarded to Matthew Argo, Troop 494. Matthew raises $25,708 for the Glen Haven Area Fire Department Extension on Fire House #2 foe an additional truck and equipment for future fire fighting in the Estes Park Area and beyond.The BSA recognized Matthew with the Medal of Merit as did the Larimer County Commissioners. It was a tremendous effort and well served to the community.
The Gathering ended with the Optimist Creed and the Eagle Scout Promise.
Bob Avery shares this information from the Eagle Scout project awards: 
Outstanding Eagle Scout projects run in the family. Andrew Suchocki on the left is one of our District winners this year, his brother on the right was one of our District winners about 4-5 years ago!
The group of Outstanding Eagle Scout project award winners.  
Bob Avery and Frank Middleton present trophy to
Donlie P Smith award winner. Macklin Gifford Troop 199
Matthew Argo receives Service Project of the Year Award
Do we have a drawing?  There is $120 in the pot this week, 5 of Hearts is the lucky card.  Jake Baker has the first cup.  Jim Svenson has a cup.  Jake Baker has another lucky ticket and draws the lucky card!  Bryce Slaby draws a cup. Jim Svenson wins a 2nd cup.  George Buzick wins a cup.  Phil Perington wins a cup.
Craig Eley takes the mic and invites our MC Dan Rodriguez, who tells us about the rules for our own Brain Bowl competition.  The contest will have 30 questions.  He reminds the audience not to shout answers, during the competition.  The decisions of the reader are final.  Craig invites team members up, from both Tamarac and Monaco South.
Jon Wachter, Al Gapuzan, Mario Sani, and Jake Baker will be representing the club. The Tamarac team consists of
 Linda Williams, Cindy Eley, Mary Gelb and Nancy Kennedy. represent the best and brightest of Tamarac Optimist Club
 In spite of a valiant effort by the guys from Monaco South, the final score was slightly in favor of The Brainiacs from Tamarac. Final score: 27 - 13 
There was some conjecture that there was collusion between the quizmaster and one of the contestants (with whom he lives), but there is no proof of this. There is some reason to believe the old Harry Belafonte lyric "That's right, the women are smarter".
A good time was had by all. Thanks to Craig Eley for organizing this event and creating the questions, which are shown below.
Let the competition begin!
Quizmaster Craig Eley
Dan Rodriguez explains
the rules
Tamarac v. Monaco South Brain Bowl – May 12, 2023
  1. Give me your tired, your poor, your pickpockets and felons
Q: What nation takes up an entire continent?
A: Australia 
Bonus: What is Australia’s capital?
A: Canberra.
  1. The south end of a northbound Brit
Q: The song “Danny Boy” uses what tune?
A: Londonderry Air (London derriere)
  1. Heads up
Q: In 4 H clubs, what are the 4 Hs?
A: Head, Heart, Hands and Health
  1. She thinks they doth protest too much
Q: When Mary Tudor became queen of England, she was known as Bloody Mary because of her relentless persecution of what group of English citizens?
A: Protestants
  1. Risen from the dead
Q: Who wrote the poem which appears on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty?
A: Emma Lazarus
  1. Not a tac
Q: An involuntary, habitual, repetitive, convulsive motion of certain muscles such eye twitching, muscle tensing, blinking, or grimacing is called what:
A: a tic
  1. Under the Tuscan Sun
Q: What ancient people were named for the region they settled on the Italian Peninsula called Etruria?
A: Etruscans
  1. An old joke
Q: What kind of tree is prominent in Longfellow's poem, "The Village Blacksmith"?
A: chestnut
  1. Not a tall tale
Q: Thomas Hobbes wrote that without a central government, the lives of people would be "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish,” and what?
A: short   
Bonus: In what work of Hobbes did that quote appear?
A: Leviathan
  1. Not a submarine
Q: Until Walter Reed's research came to fruition, what disease had hindered the building of a canal through Central America?
A: yellow fever
  1.  Mystery Tour 
Q: Who sang about being an “eggman” and a “walrus”?
A: The Beatles
Bonus: What was the name of the song in which those words appeared?
A: I Am The Walrus
  1. Bugs not welcome!
Q: Unless one is a magician, what is illegal to own as a pet in Queensland, Australia?
A: A rabbit
  1. Q: First & last name - What name was Bob Dylan given at birth?
  2. Robert Zimmerman
  1. Math Question – π r²
Q: Which is larger: The circumference of the earth or the diameter?
A: Circumference.
Bonus: Within 1,000 miles, what is the diameter of the Earth?
A: The circumference is 24,901.55 miles. The diameter is7,926.41 miles.
  1. Foul ball
Q: What kind of animal is a bustard?
A: A bird
  1. Tinker Bell
Q: In what profession is a person in who shoes horses?
  • A farrier
  1.  Academy award
Q: Who lives in a trash can on ‘Sesame Street’?
A: Oscar
  1.  Dana Carvey did him best
Q: Who said: “I’m the president of the United States, and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli”?
A: George H. W. Bush
Bonus: who was his Vice President?
A: Dan Quayle
  1. Q: What artist painted “Girl with a Pearl Earring”?
  2. Vermeer
Bonus: His first name?
A: Johannes
  1.  Not the Inca
Q: Who wrote “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings?”
A: Maya Angelou
  1. Say it ain’t so, Cubby!
Q: What titan of Entertainment had an unnatural fear of mice?
A: Walt Disney
Bonus: What is the medical term for an unnatural fear of mice?
A: musophobia.
  1. Q: What does BMW stand for in English?
  2. Bavarian Motor Works
  1.  Driving the optometrist crazy
Q: How many eyes does a bee have?
A: Five
  1. Popularity isn’t everything
Q: What unusual distinction do these U.S. presidential candidates have in common: Samuel Tilden, Grover Cleveland, Al Gore, and Hillary Clinton?
A: They won the popular vote but lost the electoral college vote.
  1. Not chocolate
Q: What is the largest type of deer?
A: The moose
  1. Heartbreaker
Q: Name a member of the band “The Traveling Wilburys.”
Bonus: Name another member
  1. I will follow you
Q: By what common name is the painting  ‘La Gioconda’ known as?
A: Mona Lisa
  1. Ecclesiastes
Q: Which chess piece can only move diagonally?
A: A bishop
  1. Remember?
Q: What is the only U.S. state that borders just one other state?
A: Maine
Bonus: What is the Capital of Maine?
A: Augusta
  1. Some like it this way
Q: What does the Scoville scale measure?
A: Spiciness or heat of food
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
James Riley
May 1
John Young
May 3
Mario Sani
May 5
Keith Gallaway
May 7
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 19, 2023
May 26, 2023 7:30 AM
Talk and talk
Jun 02, 2023 7:30 AM
Career Snapshots
Jun 09, 2023 7:00 AM
Talk up around the room
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Upcoming Events
May 14, 2023
May 17, 2023
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Super Citizen-Hamilton Middle School
Hamilton Middle School
May 18, 2023
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
May 19, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Super Citizen-Most Precious Blood
Most Precious Blood School
May 23, 2023 10:30 AM
Junior Golf Adult Tournament/Prizes
Meadow Hills Golf Course
May 25, 2023
7:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
May 26, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Junior Golf Committee Meeting
American Legion Hall
May 26, 2023 8:00 AM
May 29, 2023 11:59 PM
Super Citizen-ELLIS
Ellis Elementary School
May 31, 2023
12:30 PM - 2:30 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
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.