• 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.

June 21 is the day of Summer Solstice in 2024, marking the longest day in the year.

June 21, 2024
Our greeters this morning are Tom Glazier and Matt Dollarhide.  A beautiful morning as summer has arrived.
President Casey Funk is away, and Bob Avery is standing in for him, and rings the bell promptly at 7.  Denny Dressman reads the invocation this morning.  Oh God help us always continue the fight for freedom.   Thank you, God for Fathers and the lessons they teach us.  Denny then leads us in the pledge of allegiance.
Guests this morning, John Salstrom is with Boy Scouts of America telling us about the BSA Conservation Award.  The BSA Distinguished Conservation Service Awards program encourages and recognizes Scouts, Sea Scouts and Venturers who design, lead, and carry out conservation projects that are based on sound scientific principles and practices. The projects should contribute to sound conservation and environmental improvement in the local community, the region, or the nation.  The applicant is expected to research potential projects and to choose, with guidance from a conservation adviser, a worthy project. The award was established in 1915 and is a very difficult achievement to earn.
Emily Reddick with Johnson & Associates, is looking for volunteers for various jobs at this Denver FAN EXPO at the Colorado Convention Center.  This appears to be an iteration of the Comic Con convention.  They need help checking bags, and a variety of other volunteer opportunities.  FAN EXPO Denver is the ultimate go-to event for sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming event in Denver that attracts hundreds of thousands of people at the Colorado Convention Center.
Every year, FAN EXPO Denver offers exciting family-friendly attractions, events, and world-renowned Celebrities! Previous Guests include Jason Momoa, Millie Bobby Brown, Nathan Fillion, William Shatner, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, David Tennant, Dave Bautista, Zachary Levi, and stars from hit TV shows & Film: Stranger Things, The Walking Dead, Star Trek
National Multiple Sclerosis Society Logo
Bob Avery is sending out email solicitations for the upcoming MS Ride coming up at the end of this month, Jun 29 and 30th. MSOC and Tamarac Optimist Club will be staffing the hydration station on Sunday, June 30 from about 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Pat Bush reports that we took in more last week than we spent for breakfast.  Pat asks for budget estimates from those in charge of events, the club puts on, for next year.  He needs these by the end of July please. 
Phil Perington says the raffle will be awarding money to those inclined to buy a ticket.  The main benefactor is the JOI club here locally.  The drawing is August 16. Buy tickets! Sell tickets!
Mark Metevia asks us if we remember Gordon Close, a recent speaker.  Mark asks for those interested to carpool after our regular meeting to visit the Rocky Mountain Music Museum. Mark has made arrangements with Gordon to  a visit on June 28, after the Friday meeting. If you're interested, please contact Mark.
Don Thomson reports that CBS News did a half hour show on the extreme situation at McMeen with the influx of Venezuelans who have almost nothing of their own and don't speak much English. Google "McMeen Elementary Denver" to see this fascinating look at their plight. MSOC has contributed significantly to this school, which was one of the first Super Citizen participants.
Michael Ramsdail is our speaker this morning.  He is the Vice President of Spiritual Development for CrossPurpose.  The organization was started in 2008 and is a nonprofit working with people who are low income but want to improve their situation.  They offer a Career development program and wrap around services.  Michael reports that for every dollar spent on training, 3 dollars are returned to the community through increased wages, and benefits.  Many clients come to the program with substance abuse issues and the program helps them with those issues as well.  Clients or leaders, as they are called, must have an address, and transportation to get to classes.  Each leader must meet criteria to participate. 
After orientation the leaders complete a Personal Development portion including monetary management, and personal behavior in the workplace.  Skill Development includes finding out what career each leader is interested in, and how they match with professional development.  Michael reports that over 80% of placements are still involved in the career they were placed after a year.  CrossPurpose has 3 locations in the metro area, including a $50 million dollar project that will be in Aurora.  Each location conducts 4 classes per year, containing 50-80 leaders per class.  Making a positive impact for the individual and our community as well.  A chance for upward mobility, to reconnect with family, and make a positive impact for  each individual. 
Giving back to the community has been a great program for the people involved for the last 10 years.  The program started 10 years ago by the pastor, Jason Janz who decided he wanted to spend the next 30 years of his life helping people transform their life.  This program was launched with the idea that helping people achieve a better station in life does more for them than giving them a turkey at Thanksgiving. 
The program has budgeted $20,000 per student for training and education.  Each leader receives a stipend during the program to help them with living expenses.  Our caterer, Mike tells us about a program called Launch that works closely with CrossPurpose, giving training and education.  LAUNCH is Specifically designed for Colorado SNAP recipients.
Michael came to Colorado from Wisconsin in 2018 with a background in the church, and education.  The program emphasizes attendance and the complete package to personal and professional development.  There are many ways to get involved, is the link to learn more about this program.  thank you, Michael!  
In today's drawing, the pot contains $40. The card winners include Allen Malask, Dick Nickoloff, while Kevin Dempsey had no luck drawing a card. Other winners are Ed Leuty, Phil Perington, Bob Avery, and Vaughn Kendall also draws a card. Allen Malask receives another cup. Bob selects Allen Malask's name from the plastic jug, and Allen picks a card, but it's not the winning card.
We recite the Creed and go forth to promote Optimism.
Someone posted that they had just made synonym buns. I replied, "you mean just like the ones that grammar used to make?" I am now blocked.
Dr. Oz says rubbing coffee grounds on your naked body will get rid of cellulite. Apparently, you can't do this in Starbucks. And now the cops are here.
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 28, 2024 7:30 AM
Golf Heritage Society
Jul 05, 2024 7:30 AM
Jul 12, 2024 7:30 AM
Jul 19, 2024 7:30 AM
World Vision US
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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
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Jul 05, 2024
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
American Legion Hall #1
Jul 08, 2024 6:30 PM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Jul 12, 2024
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Jul 19, 2024
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Jul 26, 2024
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Aug 02, 2024
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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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
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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Meeting ID: 867 811 5309
Passcode: 1976
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.