On this day after Cinco de Mayo - two days before mothers day- President Tom Kramer calls the meeting to order, without admonition from from Tom Hoch, Official Time Keeper. and  Cesar Camerena provides the invocation which salutes Mothers' Day and the sacrifices our mothers have made to make us what we are today.
Greeters today were Dick Nickloff and Gary Strowbridge
President Tom greeted Eldon Strong, whom we haven't seen for a while. Eldon comes to us for Arizona, after a European coastal cruise. Eldon says that Berlin looks a little different than 1971, when he was stationed there with the US Army. Apparently there was a wall there then.
Not to be outdone, Kent Gloor who has also been missing for a while, said that he and Abigail had just returned from a Viking river cruise on the Rhein and Main rivers from Budapest to the Netherlands and were still recovering from Jet Lag.
OI Foundation - Dime a Day
President Tom reminded us that the OI Foundation provides money for scholarships for Oratorical, Essay and CCDHH and needs our support. He also presented Bob Avery with "President's Club" pin for his contribution of $250 this year and a second pin to recognize his status as a "Benefactor", which means he has contributed at least $1,000 total to the Foundation. Andy Towt is the OI Foundation Club Representative.
Club Raffle
Tom also reminded us of the upcoming raffle. Ticket price has been reduced from $25 to $20 (or 5 for $100). First prize is $2500.
Flower Pickup
We need a few more volunteers with vans or SUV to pick up flowers from Denver Art Museum for redistribution to Senior Citizen facilities and other institutional living organizations to brighten up there facilities. See Tom Kramis.
MS Bike Ride
Michael Chavez said that MSOC and Tamarac will be staffing a rest stop for the MS Bike ride on Sunday, June 26. Bob Avery, who has been riding in this event for many years, reminded us that our service on that day is dedicated to Pat Sorenson, wife of recently deceased Oscar Sorenson, who had MS.  Our own Bill Morgan, who is also afflicted with MS will be participating.
Super Citizen
Mike White reported that 27 students a Mcmeen Elementary had been honored as Super Citizens and that the new administration at McMeen is very enthusiastic about continuing the program, which has been in existence at the school for many year.  Mike and Don Thomson attended the program, which will be the last one for this year. (Mike also says that, in spite of what last week's GUMS published, he does not hit from ladies tees.
Selection of the Charlie Korsoski award for Super Citizen of the Year at each school are in progress and will be announced  before the end of the school year.
Sullivan Scholarship Awards
Tom Kramis and Joe Marci presented 7 one thousand dollar scholarships to Thomas Jefferson High School students during their Awards Assembly last week. Student recipients and their parents will be our guests for breakfast at our June 10 meeting
Officer Elections
Nomination Committee
The 2021-2022 Nominating Committee will be making phone calls over the next few weeks to identify the slate of officers who will become our 2021-2022 Officers and Board of Directors. Please consider what position is perfect for you and let Joe Marci and our committee know that you are ready and willing to serve in 2021-2022. Anyone who wants to be on the Committee making calls should let Joe know asap. Please contact Joe if you can help with this important task. (303-847-7844)
Editor's Note: During the meeting, Tom Mauro convinced Larry Pulaski to throw his name in the hat for the position of Club President. We still need 3 or 4 people to fill positions  as Directors and Vice President. Please consider serving.
Our speaker today was Ryan McIntosh, representative of "Weed Man" lawn service.According to Ryan:
Weed Man is a locally owned and operated lawn care franchise, providing environmentally responsible lawn fertilization, weed control, and integrated pest management services in Denver. Backed by 50 years of experience, we know what it takes to make your lawn look it's best. We live and work in your community, and take pride in the fact that we've built our business one customer at a time. It is with devotion to quality and service that we can proudly meet your lawn care needs and stake our claim as the best lawn care company in the area.
They offer the following services:
  • Landscape Bed/Xeriscape Control
  • Fertilization
  • Weed Control                                        Ryan McIntosh
  • Surface Insect Control                                       &
  • Crabgrass Control                                  Mark Metevia
  • Mechanical Core Aeration
  • Overseeding
  • Grub Control
  • Perimeter Pest Services
  • Mosquito Control Service
Green lawn Stock ImageRyan says that quality turf grass can add 10% to your home's value and helps prevent sediment buildup in the water table, thus allowing for better drainage and less soil pollution.
Ryan suggests using the highest setting possible on your lawn mower and never cutting more than 1/3 of the grass blade.  This allows the clippings to help nourish the lawn, without causing a buildup of thatch. You should sharpen your lawn mower blade at least twice during each mowing season and alternate your mowing patterns to maximize coverage.
A properly maintained lawn does not require power raking, but should be aerated twice each year, once in the fall, once in spring, to ensure the soil is not compacted to point that it cannot absorb water. (Liquid aeration is a sham - punch holes in the ground.)
Watering should be done early in the morning (between 4-9 a.m.). Never water in the afternoon.(Obey watering restrictions) Don't water between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. 
Fertilizer should be high in Nitrogen for turf grass. (That's the first number on the contents shown on the bag, eg. 30-0-10)
Thanks to Vaughn Kendall's lucky win of $100 last week, the pot is down to a mere $20, but interest was still high. Today's lucky winners were:
Al Gapuzan (Twice)
Jack Kleinheksel (Twice)
Greg Young
Bob Avery
Joe Marci Name Drawn -Wearing Name Tag - No Cigar
Some Humor from Joyce and Don Thomson
Sardonic Senior Sayings…
As I’ve grown older, I’ve learned that pleasing everyone is impossible, but pissing everyone off is a piece of cake.
Common sense is like deodorant.    The people who need it the most never use it.
My tolerance for idiots is extremely low these days.    I used to have some immunity built up, but obviously there's a new strain out there.
It’s not my age that bothers me, it’s the side effects.
I’m not saying I’m old and worn out, but I make sure I’m nowhere near the curb on trash day.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
James Riley
May 1
John Young
May 3
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
Roy Jarrett
May 30
Karl Geil
May 31
*MSOC members
Friday May 13  Jason Ganahl,   GQ BarBQ
Friday May 20. Camaraderie Day
Friday May 27 Michael Gropper, Supporting Veterans integration thru Culinary Arts
Friday  June 3. Linda Williams, Handling Tough Conversations
Friday  June 10. Camaraderie Day
Friday  June 17 Col. Gary Tobey, CIVIL AIR PATROL
Friday  June. 24 OPEN
Friday  July 1
Friday  July  8   Dr. Igrid Ulrich, Academic Achievement 
Friday July  15. Frank Rowe*,  Denver Park Trust update 
Friday July  22. Camaraderie Day
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Optimist Club of Monaco South 2020-2021 45th Year — Chartered in 1976
                   2021 - 2022 Officers                                                                                
President           Tom Kramis              303-917-5299 
Vice President   Larry Pulaski           303-956-1202 
Vice President   Chris Dunphy           720-297-3111 
Secretary           Phil Perington          303-832-4578
Treasurer           Pat Bush                   303-750-9409
                                  2021- 2022 Board of Directors 
 Stephen Avery   720-775-7700      Joe Marci          303-847-7844 
 George Buzick   303-803-2268      Casey Funk      720-656-2255
 David Peck        925-890-2531      Dan Rodriguez 303-521-5120 
 Steve Kady        303-931-1470      Kent Gloor       303-880- 5444 
 Tom Glazier      303-522-5214                                                
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
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.