Please remember: Friday, November 19 is an "All hands on deck" day at the tree lot (Monaco and Iliff) We will start setting up immediately after the meeting. Be there!
How many veterans do you know who can still fit in their 1960 vintage uniform. Eldon Strong is one! Thanks to all who have served our country!
The sun was up at the start of our Friday meeting - a welcome sight!  Also welcoming the men of Monaco South were Jim Svenson and Dave Peck, our official greeters.
President Tom Kramis asked Mark Metevia to deliver our invocation.  Mark shared a theme of thanks and remembrance for those who served in our Armed Forces during this week of Veterans Day.  He then led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Noel Hasselgren - Head (and only) Breakfast Cashier
"Dr. Bob" Finkelmeier -  "Do we have a drawing?"
Jim Easton and Allen Pierce let us know that at 8:00 am on Saturday morning 11/20 the Thanksgiving baskets will be assembled and delivered.  Please meet in the Safeway parking lot (Monaco and Yale) for pickup.  Get in line and stay in your car to get your baskets and assignment, then pull over and park to visit and share a donut.  Invite your family and friends!  It is a good way to introduce them to Optimism

Michael Chavez asked for help on Thursday 11/18.  He’s looking for 7-8 people to held loading a truck for Thanksgiving baskets for the Boys and Girls club.  If available, please join Michael at 1:00 pm at the Safeway at Monaco and Yale.  There are 50 baskets in total - many hands make light work!  Let Michael know if you will be there.



Tom Mauro is working on toys to go along with the Christmas baskets we deliver.  He started early and is in good shape - but if you have any new, not used, items that you want to contribute,  get them to Tom.

Tom also said that the Excellence in Education, which was suspended last year, will restart in the spring.  Super Citizen reps, if you can get into the schools and learn of a teacher that deserves recognition let Tom know.


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Frank Middleton reports that the King Soopers gift card program brought in $400 for the club last quarter!  Sign up if you haven’t yet - Frank can help.
Robert Wardlaw followed up on last week’s Zoom Super Citizen presentation at Lowry Elementary.  School reps who haven’t had luck getting into their school can consider suggesting a virtual presentation instead. Shown here is a picture of Super Citizen program which was held on the playground of Bradley Elementary with Jon Wachter and Andy Towt in attendance
Jim Easton
Curt Boell
Dave Telpner
Pat Bush made a Dime a Day announcement on Andy Towt’s behalf.  Inflation has not impacted Dime a Day - it is still only 10 cents!  What a bargain.  If you haven’t made your contribution this year, please do - Pat will accept checks - they should be made payable to the OI Foundation
Bob Avery announced that he was surprised Jack Kleinheksel was not in attendance for last week’s speaker from the Denver Area Boy Scouts.  So he followed up with Jack and learned that he was out of town, receiving a lifetime achievement award from his law school!  What a tremendous honor Jack!  Here is a note from the school:
“The award is made by the Washburn University School of Law Alumni Association.  The Lifetime Achievement Award is made to graduates "... whose careers have been highly distinguished
and whose achievements and contributions are widely recognized as significant and outstanding in their fields of endeavor”.
Very impressive!  More details and a handsome photo of Jack can be found at:
With no guest speaker today, President Tom led a conversation around updates for the ChrisTmas Tree Lot this year.  In no particular order:
*      Day managers are needed for Tuesday and Friday.
*      The hours this years will be 10 am - 8 pm, and there will be four 2 1/2 hour shifts per day.
*      Ed Collins is taking over for Ron Cisco to man the commissary.  There is no truth to the rumor that Ed will be providing only vegan food items.
*      The trailer will arrive at the lot next Friday the 19th.  Set up will begin either Friday or Saturday.
*      The schedule is up!  Go to to sign up for shifts on the lot or as a cashier.
*      We will have drive through service again this year, plus the double door system for the trailer, with window ordering service available.
*      No Santa Claus this year.
*      A friend of Gary Miller’s at Haselton is providing the generator and fuel again.
*      Mike Webb will put in electrical and wire everything up.
*      We will need everyone’s help to have a bounce-back year on the lot.  Last year only 900 trees were sold so we expect to do much better.
*      Greg Young will provide cashier training at next week’s meeting.
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Mark Metevia spoke to Mark Smith, who has moved to Tennessee but is staying a member of the club!  Great news!  Mark, President Tom is considering flying you out here to help with the Tree Lot season.  Glamorous accommodations await in the Santa Haus!
Brian Williams
Perry Allen
Jake Barker
Keith Gallaway
Karl Geil
Bill Morgan
Ron Gustas
Greg Hurd

Wyatt McCallie
Jack Rife
Larry Pulaski

Thanks gentlemen for your virtual presence!

DRAWING  $80 resides in the pot, and the magic card for today was the 4 of Hearts 
Chris Dunphy and Phil (PP) Perington boldly tried their luck to score the $80, but alas, it was not in the cards for them.
Cold cups of cash went to:       
Mark Metevia
Bob Avery        
Gary Strowbridge                         
Bryce Slaby
Pat Bush
Dick Nickoloff

Nametag - The Right Honorable Dr. Robert Finkelmeier’s name was drawn by President Tom, and he was properly identified with his tag.  No luck on the draw however, and the pot thickens…
Creed:  Our Optimist Creed was led today by Past President and all-around good guy Jim Easton: “Promise Yourself…”
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Mark Smith
November 2
Brian Williams
November 3
Don Roth
November 3
Tom Overton
November 5
Jed Ziegenhagen
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
November 12 and 19 - Christmas Tree Lot Info and Training
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Commencing May 14 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 Google Meets
OCMS President Tom Kramis is inviting you to a scheduled Google  meeting.
PLEASE NOTE: All Friday meetings will be simulcast on Google Meets  in “listen and watch only” mode. Please note the new link to Google Meets. 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 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.