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Our greeters this morning are Dick Nickoloff and Don Roth.  Outside, it’s overcast and dreary, inside, there is a lot of excitement and anticipation.
President Larry Pulaski rings the bell promptly at 7 and asks Craig Eley to read the invocation this morning.  Promote an active interest in good government.  As a tribute to those who fought for our right to vote let us work to help in the democratic process.  Demonstrate to the young people how to determine what is right and what is wrong.  Pertinent words for trying times.
Faithful member (via Zoom every week), Karl Geil returns to the fold.  Great to see him in person!
Peck, David
Also good to see Dave Peck 
fresh back from Arizona.
And Brian Williams, whom we haven't seen for a while, shown here with Kent Gloor
Also joining us today were, Cindy Eley, Joie Mauro, Sharon Boell and Larry Pulaski's wife Ashley and his daughter Annica.
Tom Mauro says last night was the final Super Citizen presentation at Hamilton Middle School.  Karl Geil tells your editor that his wife, Lesley Meyer will be retiring after this year from Hamilton.
Michael Chavez has Rockies sign up sheet and MS Ride coming up.  He needs volunteers.
Joe Marci has Jr. Golf event coming to support the program.  Bob Meyer tells us a little bit more about the program and thanks everyone for the past support and hopes they will support in the future.      
Frank Middleton introduces Rob Guy who is trying to organize a new Boy Scout troop.
Do we have a drawing?  After Jake Baker taking the substantial pot last week there is only $20 in the pot this week, Tom Glazier takes a cup.  Larry’s daughter has the cup.  Bryce Slaby has a cup.  Dick Nickoloff takes a cup!  Phil Perington draws a card. Don Thomson wins a cup.  Jack Keinheksel takes a cup.  Don Roth draws a card.  Larry draws Greg Young’s name from the plastic jug and he draws a card, but not lucky.
JUNE 6, 2023
Tom Mauro welcomes us this morning and says welcome to foggy London.  He introduces Kelly Brough and asks her to come up to the podium.  Tom asks her why we should elect her as mayor.  Kelly says she has experience running the city, and as Director of Human Resources, for the City of Denver, she has experience with the operation of a large metropolitan infrastructure.
Ed Collins tells us that a recent US News and World Report article cites 3 cities in Colorado have been elected “Best Places to Live”, in the US. What would Kelly do to make Denver one of those places, specifically what would she do about homelessness?   Kelly tells us that there are some cities doing a good job with this problem, including Houston.  Charlotte NC has done an excellent job at focusing on prevention of the homelessness.  Safety, Kelly has been endorsed by over 1500 police officers. She has a plan for how the city can register cars, and prevent auto theft to free up police to respond to where they are needed.
Kelly talks more about how to deal with the homeless situation. The city of Houston has done a good job of giving people resources to prevent becoming homeless.
Mark Metevia talks about a recent visit by the mayor of Centennial and how that city outsources much of the services to private companies.  Kelly responds by asking for specific details on which services Mark refers to.  Kelly tells us she is not familiar with which areas might be available for such a transition.  She also talks about she plans to work with the region in a collaborative way and that she has been endorsed by 7 of the metro area mayors.
Greg Young asks about how Kelly might rate the condition of our streets, on a scale of 1 to 10.  Kelly responds by stating that how our city improves safety, and the use of cars has an impact on the condition of our streets. Along those same lines, how can citizens access the mass transit a city has for its inhabitants.  How does our city utilize building and where the people live and can use best the resources.  She feels we have lost the service to our customer, which is the citizens of the city.  How can we best service the citizens of the city?  That is the question she wants to be front and center.
Phil Perington points out that the 2 biggest Optimist clubs in the country are in Charlotte and does the optimism shown by that city have a positive impact on its citizens. 
Bryce Slaby asks about water, Kelly answers that the importance of water cannot be emphasized enough.  These issues are not just a Denver issue but rather must be addressed in a regional scope with the cooperation of various regions and cities therein.
Frank Middleton asks Kelly how she feels about Denver being labeled a sanctuary city.  Kelly says if you are living your life and going about your business, then the city should leave you alone.  She references the DACA residents and how she supports the right for those people to live their lives.  Kelly supports the right to work for those citizens who are here and going through the immigration process.
Bill Litchfield asks the 4 years from now, what will be the most important accomplishment of her administration during her initial term as mayor?   Kelly says it is the issue of the unhoused and that its current state is unacceptable, and she says she wants those conditions improved                                                     16th Street Mall
Denny Dressman asks about downtown.  Kelly says it is in crisis, and that there are 5 office buildings that are being given back to the city because they cannot afford them.  We have to make it pleasant again, camping is an issue and safety is an issue.  Finish the construction on the 16th street mall.  Try to lessen the impact on businesses.  Union Station is also a challenge and that not long ago Larimer
Square was a happening place to be.  Increase residential downtown rates and the presence of these residents will help the safety of the area.
Jake Baker asks about affordability of Denver and the surrounding area.  People can’t afford rent, and housing.  Master leasing will is a concept that can buy down the cost of rent.  Permits for building need to be more timely, and significantly increase with which building can proceed.  Home ownership, including condos which in many cases is the entry level that many enter the home ownership market.  Kelly sites Munich Germany as a place that has done great things with multi family housing.  Build the social capital that people can use to do great things.
Mike Johnston has arrived, and Tom asks him why we should vote for him.  Michael says he is a leader who as a teacher, and as a principal – he was a principal for 3 schools, including a high school in a juvenile prison.  He has a history of making good decisions and building coalitions to address these issues and solve them.
Phil Perington asks about gun violence; how can you best prevent these issues?  Mike says give them good intentions work on before they think about picking up a gun.  He cites that safety in schools is a priority for him.
Karl Geil asks what the major policy differences between him and Kelly are.  He cites major differences include homelessness, he supports mental health and job training, as key components to fighting homelessness.  He believes arresting them is a mistake.
Tom Kramis says he was at a Home Depot and encountered migrants asking for work.  Mike says that many want to work, and that we have a lot of employers who need people to work.  He wants to work with municipalities along the front range and help in a collaborative manner, for putting those people to work.
Xeriscaping Fort Collins | Colorado | Backes LandscapingEd Collins asks about water and how better to use this finite resource.  Michael says we need to work with xeriscape, and he says 85% of the water used in the state is used for agriculture, and how do we better use this efficiently.  Can we more efficiently use the water that is currently used in a way that was begun decades ago?
Chris Dunphy says that homelessness is one of the biggest problems facing our city.  Mike says this is a problem that can be solved.  3 key steps, 1st is access to housing that is affordable and quickly.  He supports micro communities that support addiction support and helps them stay together as a community.  He supports keeping those communities together, which will better keep them successfully housed.  Build coalitions for better access to what these people want and need.
Mike on his website has full policy proposals, including budget figures that he proposes.  For him, what he wants is a city that people can take their kids or grandkids down to downtown and feel safe.  Solutions are possible and he wants this city to be a place where we can be proud and feel safe.
If you live in Denver, please vote on or before June 6
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May 3
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May 5
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May 16
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May 21
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May 24
David Peck
May 28
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May 28
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May 30
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May 31
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May 23, 2023 10:30 AM
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May 25, 2023
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American Legion Hall
May 26, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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May 26, 2023 8:00 AM
May 29, 2023 11:59 PM
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Ellis Elementary School
May 31, 2023
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
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American Legion Hall
Jun 02, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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Jun 06, 2023 6:30 PM
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Coors Field
Jun 08, 2023
10:15 AM – 2:00 PM
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Jun 09, 2023
7:00 AM – 1:00 PM
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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.