• 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.

On this beautiful, sunny Colorado Autumn morning, members were greeted by Commander Tom Yagley and Dick Nicklofff.
Greg Hurd drove all the way from Estes Park to read the invocation and lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Soon to be Past President, Larry Pulaski reported that the Board of Directors had met this past Tuesday with the following results:
  • Checks are being prepared for the various organizations within Thomas Jefferson High School that have asked for our support.
  • Reminder that the OI Foundation year closes out on September 30. If you want to get credit for a donation this year, get your check to Pat Bush before then. The OI Foundation is a 501(c)(3), which means your contribution is tax deductible.
  • Don't forget the Annual Celebration and installation of officers which will be held at the Rendezvous Restaurant (Heather Gardens on Saturday, September 30, beginning at 11:30. Price is $35/person. Guests are welcome.
  • Next week is 100% day, so be sure to show up. We will also have a visit by the OI Foundation President.
Michael Chavez thanked those who worked the Rockies game last week, earning $750 for the club. Michael also reminded us of the upcoming Bill Walters Thanksgiving dinner for the Boys and Girls Club.
John Youngquist
Tom Mauro announced that next week's speaker would be former East High School Principal, John Youngquist, who is running for Denver Public Schools Board of Education.
Harry Fegley shared the travails of his travel, which started out on a luxury train ride, the train crashed, and passengers had to be transferred to buses which also broke down. Talk to Harry for full details.(But don't use his travel agent.)
Pat Bush, Treasurer reminds us that dues are now due by September, in order to get a $5 discount. You can also pay online, on the club website, but no discount. Because Pat has been having some problems with the USPS, mail your check to: PO Box 371561, Denver CO 80237.
Not to be outdone by Everett Gardner (see last GUMS), Bob Avery announced the birth of Lincoln Robert Avery on July 4, in London England. Bob thought it ironic that an American with the name of a US President would be born in England on July 4.
According to Tom Mauro, now is the time to get your business card in the upcoming revision of the Directory and get a guaranteed $1,000,000 increase in your business. Check with Tom or Craig Eley. Also, now is the time to update your photo, so it actually resembles your current face.
Thanks, in great measure, to Frank Middleton and his passion for membership, Monaco South Optimist Club will be an Honor Club for the 2022-23 year. Frank has been working with a Blue-Ribbon panel with Optimist International on developing membership programs. Frank also announced that the club is the 14th largest of the 2000 Optimist clubs.
Greg (Toot-toot) Hurd announced that Rails in the Rockies will be held in Estes Park, Colorado
Saturday Sept. 23 10:00 – 5:00
Sunday Sept. 24 9:00 – 4:00
Floral Embrace™
Greg Young is coordinating the delivery of flowers donated by the Denver Art Museum to various senior citizen organizations.
Because of the size of some of the deliveries, Greg suggested that it would require an SUV or van to carry the flowers. If you are interested, please contact Greg at 303-886-1110 or e-mail:
Pat Bush collected Happy Bucks for Childhood Cancer and raised $77.50 for the day, which brings us to almost $250 for this year's contribution.
Only four cards left in the deck. How hard could it be to draw the Jack of Clubs. Well, Tom Mauro and Mike White tried, but couldn't do it, which forced Randy Bruns, Kent Gloor, Michael Chavez, Bob Avery, Frank Middleton and Matt Nelson to take a cup-o-money.
Our illustrious President pulled Bill Litchfield's name from the jar, Bill was wearing his name tag and...lo and behold he was $80 richer! Congratulations to Bill.
We closed the meeting with the Creed. Go forth in Optimism!
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Casey Funk
September 6
Jim Easton
September 12
Peter Dimond
September 14
Frank Middleton
September 28
Neil Alderson
September 29
Sep 15, 2023
Updater on OI doings and Youngquist, Candidate for School Board
Sep 22, 2023 7:30 AM
Dental Fluoride Facts
Sep 29, 2023
Community Engagement Specialist Office of Children's Affairs, C and C of Denver
Oct 06, 2023 7:30 AM
The Drill Sergeant of Life
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Upcoming Events
American Legion Hall
Sep 15, 2023
6:45 AM – 8:00 AM
Optimist International Foundation Visit
Sep 15, 2023
7:30 AM – 7:45 AM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Sep 15, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Sep 20, 2023 4:00 PM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Sep 22, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Sep 29, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Annual Celebrate Your Optimism Banquet
Rendezvous Restaurant
Sep 30, 2023
11:15 AM – 3:00 PM
Super Citizen-Samuels
Samuels Elementary School
Oct 05, 2023
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Oct 06, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Super Citizen-Slavens
Slavens Elementary School
Oct 11, 2023
8:15 AM - 9:30 AM
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OI Foundation Reminder: If you use Amazon to order products, you can earn money for the Foundation by signing on to
See the Online Events Calendar @
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.
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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Passcode: 2021
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.