• 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.
Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May. It was formerly known as Decoration Day and commemorates all men and women who have died in military service for the United States. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day, and it is traditionally seen as the start of the summer season.
On this beautiful sun-filled, cloudless day, Dick Nickoloff and Michael Chavez greeted all comers with a handshake and a smile. A great way to start off the morning. Mike McMahon read the invocation reminding all of us that freedom isn't really free, that we should always keep in our minds and hearts those who gave their lives, that we may live in a "free" country!
It was great to see Brian Williams this morning. Brian came to enjoy the camaraderie and the delicious breakfast burrito, which was being served for breakfast. It was also great to see the techies on Zoom, including Bob Avery, Tom Hoch and Bob Meyer.
The Ride MS hydration station event in Longmont is approaching, and according to Michael Chavez, we need approximately 20 volunteers. The exact location will be announced later, but please mark your calendars for June 30th and expect to be there from 7:00 a.m. until at least noon. Additionally, Michael has informed us that "Trucker Hats" will be given away at the Rockies game on Sunday, June 15th. Since it's an early game, aim to arrive by 10:00 a.m. You'll receive complimentary tickets to the game, allowing you to enjoy an entire day at Coors Field on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.
Bob Meyer is looking for a few good men to marshal the district qualifiers for "The Optimist", which will be held in Florida later this summer. The Colorado-Wyoming District Optimist Junior Golf Program is recognized as the best Junior Golf Program in all of Optimist International and serves about 400 junior golfers each year. The best of these golfers will qualify for THE 2024 OPTIMIST. We need volunteers on Thursday, May 30, at South Suburban Golf Course in Centennial, tee time Noon (Girls ages 10 – 12, 13 – 14, and 15 – 18). Larry Pulaski reported that, thanks to Casey Funk the team, consisting of Larry, his wife Ashley and Casey did very well at the fund raiser held at Meadow Hills on May 22.
Andy Towt is encouraging more individuals to contribute to the Dime-
A-Day program ($36.50 annually) supporting the OI Foundation. This foundation finances various scholarship initiatives, including Oratorical and Essay Contests, as well as the Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCDHH). For forms or additional information, Andy suggests visiting the OI Foundation's website.
Robert Wardlaw announced it was time for the Charley Korsoski award, honoring the exceptional Super Citizen of the Year from each participating school. This accolade is in honor of Charley Korsoski, the founder of the program in autumn 1982, starting with three elementary schools—Samuels, Southmoor, and Holm—and has since expanded to ten schools across the Southeast Metro area. 
DOES SUPER CITIZEN PROGRAM MAKE A DIFFERENCE?                                               
 To: My daughter’s teacher Ms. Ellie Lucy: Teacher: A multitasking educational rockstar who lives to inspire and loves to encourage. To: The Optimist Club of Monaco South Optimist: From his belief in teleology he/she is not deterred by the enigma of pain. In the hard days when we were just trying to survive. The days when we were exiled from all our friends and loved ones and our motherland and lived in helplessness, hardship, and despair, another spark shone in our lives and informed our hope and happiness. My daughter Yagana Danesh (My bundle of joy) was selected as a super citizen in her school (Holm Elementary School) on May 17, 2024, and won an award and became a source of pride for our immigrant family. Because of the forced migration of our family from Afghanistan, Yagana was deprived of school for more than a year and a half and did not know a word of English. At the beginning of the academic year 2023- 2024, every morning when her mother and I woke up Yagana and wanted her to get ready and go to school, she started crying and said I don't go to school because I don't know anyone's language and I don't have any friends, and I can't talk to anyone. It was very difficult and painful and sometimes it brought us to tears, but we sent her to school anyway. Until a month passed and she addressed the first words of mom and dad to me and her mother at home, or he practiced the alphabet and numbers. These moments were hopeful and joyful for us. It got better and better as time passed. And on Friday, May 17, 2024, she was elected a super citizen. Yagana is my “English teacher” now! Indescribable joy filled our family. Tears of joy flowed over her mother and me and we were proud of our daughter. Therefore, I sincerely congratulate this success to her dear teacher Mrs. Lucy in particular, and other teachers and colleagues at Holm, Ms. April, the principal of the school, the administrative, and teaching team of this school, and I express my gratitude and appreciation to you. You lit the light of hope, life, and education in the life of our daughter Yagana. May God give you health, blessings, and happiness. Meanwhile, on December 6, 2023, my son Ehsan Danesh was selected as a super citizen at Hamilton Middle School and gave us the first surprise of our life in the USA and became a source of pride, hope and joy. I would like to express my special thanks to the Optimists Club of Monaco South for supporting and managing the super citizen project in Hamilton and Holm, and I am also proud to be a member of this club after my son’s super-citizen program at Holm. Special thanks to these gentlemen Karl Geil, Tom Mauro, Mark Metevia, Robert Wardlaw, Andrew K. Towt, and other people in this club. You bring hope, motivation and talents to life in the hearts of children and teenagers and you are real servants. Just like every time you take your creed and promise yourself and put your optimism into practice and say: To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet, To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only of the best, I wish you health, happiness, and success, and may God grant you the best. And of course, I pray for all the women and girls who have been banned from studying and living in Afghanistan by the extremist and terrorist regime of the Taliban, that they will be saved one day soon and that they will be given light, hope and life. Amen Zabihullah Danesh, Denver, CO, USA May 19, 202                                                                                                                                                      
Speaker today was our own Vaughan Kendall, intrepid explorer of the Wonders of the World, including his most recent visit to the Grand Canyon.
The Grand Canyon is a vast canyon formed by the Colorado River in Arizona, United States. It stretches 277 miles (446 km) in length, reaches widths of up to 18 miles (29 km), and has a depth exceeding one mile (6,093 feet or 1,857 meters).
Vaughan's expedition consisted of 4 dories and four supply rafts, which they floated down the Colorado River in the deep canyon, etched by the river over eons of time. Each dory had a unique guide and the passengers rotated between boats to get the maximum experience and different perspectives on the Grand Canyon.   
A climber descends the Grand Canyon Dories are small, traditional and charmingly elegant, rigid boats designed to carry four people and a tremendous amount of gear. At 16′ 9″ stern to bow, with six hatches, passenger benches and hardwood rails and trim, dories are able to run a river much more quickly than a raft.        
The weather was good, although a bit chilly in the shadows of the deep canyon. They slept in tents at night and the food was generally very good, according to Vaughan. The journey started at Lee's Ferry-Due to its unique geography – the only place in hundreds of miles from which one can easily access the Colorado River from both sides – it historically served as an important river crossing and starting in the mid-19th century was the site of a ferry operated by John Doye Lee, for whom it is named.      
Looking down from the top of a sheer sandstone cliff at a green river at the bottom. Foliage growing along the shoreline.
Smooth water raft trips take place on the Colorado River between Glen Canyon Dam and Lees Ferry.
Vaughan said that the guides were almost all highly educated and had expertise in various area and included both males and females. The one thing that they had in common is that they all loved their jobs.
Vaughan had a lot of beautiful pictures of various parts of his trip, too many to capture in this article. I'm guessing if you bought him lunch, he would be more than willing to share some adventures with you!
So, you wanna be a millionaire? Well, you can't do it by winning a jackpot of $60, but it's a start. But not today. After his stellar speaking engagement, Vaughan Kendall was the first to take a shot a drawing a card. No Luck! Jeff Cole took his best shot but missed. Others decided to take the easy money and run. Dave (Thunderbird) Peck was wearing his nametag, but it wasn't lucky today. Next week...more money, more fun.
Member Birthdays
James Riley
May 1
John Young
May 3
Mario Sani
May 5
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 31, 2024 7:30 AM
Are You Smarter than the Brain Bowl Chair?
Jun 07, 2024 7:30 AM
Rocky Mountain Music Museum
Jun 14, 2024 7:30 AM
Jun 21, 2024 7:30 AM
Crosspurpose, vocational training
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May 27, 2024 11:59 PM
Super Citizen-Most Precious Blood
Most Precious Blood School
May 28, 2024 10:30 AM
Junior Golf Tournament
South S Suburban Golf Course
May 30, 2024
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
May 31, 2024
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Jun 07, 2024
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
American Legion Hall #1
Jun 10, 2024 6:30 PM
Junior Golf Tournament
Overland Golf Course
Jun 12, 2024
7:00 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
Junior Golf Tournament
Patty Jewett Golf Course
Jun 17, 2024
7:00 AM – 12:00 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
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)
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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.