• 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
Early morning arrivals: Coffee maker, Gary Strowbridge + Joe Marci & Russ Paul were busy  getting the room ready for the early morning arrivals. 
Our Official Greeters: Tom Mauro in his stately Black Pilgrim high brow hat and happy-go lucky Josh LiPuma lit up the room with their warm smiles and fellowship on this very cold and brisk morning. 
Breakfast arrived on time and early diners filled plates with fluffy ham and scrambled eggs, plump sausages, cheezy sliced baked potatoes, fresh fruit and bagels. YUM!
Tom Hoch was scurrying about with his ZOOM setup protocol obviously practicing for the upcoming tree lot trailer TV installation. Allen Pierce quietly gave encouragement for his every move. 
New Board Secretary Jake Baker was engaged in conversations about the rapidly approaching holiday season. David Telpner, wearing a bright yellow touring jacket and fellow MS-100 biker, Bob Avery were proudly sharing info on their recent fundraising success. David pulled in over $5k and Bob followed up with another $4k. Way to guys.. great effort! To that, Dick Nickoloff added his Granddaughter Sofia, recently participated in the Tree Training Day Run at City Park attended by 691 4th-5th 7 6th graders and placed 9th.  Sofia was also honored as Mayor of the Youth America organization. Jim Easton was busy working the room signing up volunteers for Thanksgiving Baskets deliveries. The room was rapidly filling as the energy level accelerated in anticipation of Thanksgiving and Tree Lot activities. 
President Larry gave a brief report on the recent Board meeting report that included updates on Club Policies, the need for a bagel toaster and kudos to Michael Chavez for his excellent work organizing the Boys and Girls Club Thanksgiving Dinners the night before. He mentioned talking with a B&G volunteer who, as a 6 year-old and now at age 38 is still part of the traditional Dinner. 
Ed Collins: Shared a story about a lady in the frozen food section looking for larger turkeys….Are there any bigger ones? No they are all dead. He also has 4 Bronco tickets forsale and they are Highly negotiable. 
Craig Eley: Reports there are still Santa 10 slots open-please sign up and don’t forget to indicate if you need a beard. Candy canes and Santa stories are available. 
Frank Middleton and Dan Rodriguez: Merrily presented the Christmas Party information for the December 3rd Soirée. It is a Potluck. Please sign up add item you are going to bring, and they are also looking for volunteers. 
Kent Gloor: The New Math training program at TJ with sponsorship from our Club is rolling out. We will be mentoring students for their SAT math exams. The group will meet Jan-Feb on the 2nd Tuesday. There will be a training session on 1/6 following after Breakfast. Kent is Looking for volunteers to help with this important educational program. 
Tom Yagley: Announced the American Legion 40/8 Annual Turkey Shoot Information for their 11/19 event. The Legion will be serving Thanksgiving Dinner starting a 2pm. Information can be viewed at Also, the Annual LCW Auxiliary Craft Fair will be held 11/26 from 9am-4pm with lunch served 11am-1pm. And finally, reminded everyone to schedule events with with Georgia Sweeney. 
Tom Mauro: Opened with “Where is Dr. Bob Finkelmeier-no drawing?” Further investigation led to the discovery that Dr. B overslept and he is happy to be awake. A big Thank-you for the thoughtful Thanksgiving dinner money of $950. The new request is now the need for coats. Please make donations Tomorrow or next week at breakfast. 
Michael Chavez: Thanks to everyone for volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club Annual Bill Walters Thanksgiving Dinner. Helping hands included: Ron Gustas, Eldon and Roxie Strong, Ken Jeung(1st Timer), Tom (Pilgrim)Mauro, Gary Strowbridge,  George Buzick, Greg Young, EdCollins, Bryce Slaby, Allen Malask, Brian Williams, Curt Boell, Tom Kramis, Keith and Lois Galloway, Joe Marci, Russ Paul, Tom Glazier and Phil (KP)Perington Kevin Dempsey representing Bethany Lutheran Church proudly and thankfully presented the Club a $2,000 Check as a contribution to the event. Here is Channel 4 video:
Pat Bush: Reported 300+ diners at the the Girls Club were also served Dinner and the fixings with volunteer assistance from: Steve Avery, Randy Bruns, Al and Donagene Gapuzan, Tom Hoch, Greg Holt, Vaughn Kendall, Allen Pierce, Don Roth, David Telpner, Robert Wardlaw, Marie Friedman and Linda Miller(Gary).   
Bryce Slayby: Shared Information on the building a newly equipped shop for kids' woodworking class in Nebraska. 
President Emeritus Tom Kramis: Proudly reported THAT Kendra Black awarded the Club a Certificate of Proclamation passed by  Denver City Council, for the Service we render the Community.  Pat Bush and Tom accepted award. It was also noted Tamarac was also awarded the same proclamation and both Clubs are now an Honorary member.
Allen Pierce and Jim Easton: Made the final and last important announcement regarding the Thanksgiving  Baskets deliveries tomorrow 11/19. Staging and pickup will take place on the North side of Safeway at 7:30-8:00 am. 
We went to see Tut's tomb. His embalmed body was displayed under glass. He didn't look a day over 1,000 years old. Must be clean living.
Do we have a drawing? NO!
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Bud Olsen
November 1
Mark Smith
November 2
Brian Williams
November 3
Don Roth
November 3
Tom Overton
November 5
Jed Ziegenhagen
November 14
Mike Henninger
November 14
Michael Chavez
November 15
Jack Rife
November 21
Mark Andringa
November 21
Joe Hamilton
November 22
Steve Wera
November 26
Mike McMahon
November 27
Nov 25, 2022
The Panama Canal
Dec 02, 2022 7:30 AM
Destination Imagination
Dec 09, 2022 7:30 AM
How to Care for Your Watch
Dec 16, 2022
How to Use the Club App and Website
Dec 23, 2022 7:30 AM
White Elephant gift exchange
Dec 30, 2022 7:00 AM
Jan 06, 2023
Newspaper Update
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Upcoming Events
Tree Lot
Nov 21, 2022 9:00 AM –
Nov 25, 2022 3:00 PM
Super Citizen-Most Precious Blood
Most Precious Blood School
Nov 22, 2022 10:30 AM
Nov 24, 2022 Ends: 12:00 PM
Christmas Tree Lot
2295 S. Monaco St.
Nov 25, 2022 9:00 AM –
Dec 23, 2022 9:00 PM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Post #1
Nov 25, 2022
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Post #1
Dec 02, 2022
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Annual Holiday Party
Assistance League Event Center
Dec 03, 2022
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Super Citizen-Hamilton
Hamilton Middle School
Dec 08, 2022
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Post #1
Dec 09, 2022
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Super Citizen-Samuels
Samuels Elementary School
Dec 09, 2022
12:30 PM - 2:00 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
OCMS President Tom Kramis 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)
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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  
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.