• 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
The Oscars statue/trophy - PAPERZIP
Mario Sani and Mark Metevia came equipped with bright eyes and warm smiles, creating a welcoming environment to greet the men of Monaco South on Friday, February 3rd, 2023.
All Rise! President Larry Pulaski asked Bob Avery to begin our meeting with an invocation.  Bob shared a theme on thinking only of the best, and to resist the urges to hold grudges against anyone.  He then led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. 
President Larry has some announcements this morning:
The 2nd Quarter Conference will be on Saturday, February 25th.  The location is Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2100 Wadsworth Blvd in Lakewood.  It starts at 8:00 a.m. and goes until 4:00 pm. You can sign up at:
Saturday February 11th is the Brain Bowl Championship at Hamilton Middle School.  Please look for emails from Gunar Neumann if you have signed up, and plan on arriving at 7:00 am.  Hamilton is at 8600 E Dartmouth in Denver.
The next Board meeting is coming up Tuesday February 7th at the American Legion.  Meetings are the first Tuesday of the month, and start time is 6:30 pm
SWEETHEARTS TO BREAKFAST will be at Café de France, February 17th.  The address is 2730 S. Colorado Blvd.  This will be the first time for this event since the pandemic put a hold on many events, and guests will be ordering off the menu.  There will be no meeting at the American Legion on February 17, so dont come to the regular location!
Feb. 17-19, 2023Here are shift assignments for the Colorado Golf Expo from Joe Marci
February 17                   February 18        February 19
Sewell Black 10-1            Pat Bush 9 -1        Casey Funk 9 - 1
Ed& Beda Collins 1-5                                   Gary Strowbridge 1-4

Michael Chavez announced that the Oratorical Contest is coming up on Wednesday, March 15th.  Sign up and plan to help with judging, timekeeping or monitoring at this fun event.
Arrive at 4:30 and should last until 7:00.  The location is Prairie Middle School, 12600 E Jewell Ave in Aurora.
Tom Kramis took to the stage to host this glamorous event and had assistance from Linda Williams of the Tamarac Optimist Club.  Earlier this week, Tom presented Tamarac with a check for $1,750 check in recognition of their tremendous support of the tree lot.
Tom and Linda had statuettes, gift cards, and other prizes for the following award winners:
Executive Producer - Tom Kramis
Kramis, Tom
Director - Greg Holt
Holt, Greg

Best Men to Have at Work

Phil Perington and Jeff Wilson

Best Drilling

Vaughn Kendall

Best Up-Sellers

Frank Middleton and Noel Hasselgren

Best Sequel (Comeback Kid)
Bryce Slaby
Best Set Organizer
Michae; Chavez
Best Performance in Black SUV - Tom Mauro
Best(Looking out of the window) cashier 
Dick Nickloff
Best Use of Set Equipment
Kent Gloor
Best Commentary
Al Gapuzan
Best Art Director
Joe Marci
Best Executive Producer
Pat Bush
Best Food Production
Craig Eley
Best Technical Score
Greg Young
Best Worker in a Leading Role - George Buzick
Best Covid Costume
Ken Jeung
Award winners who were not present include:
Best Visual Effects - Steve Kady
Best Sound Mixing - Tom Hoch
Best Performance by a Member who Rarely Attends Meetings -Ken Dufffy
Best Performance on The Road - Tom Glazier
Best Father/Son Duo - Matt and Liam Nelson
Best Train Director - Greg Hurd
Best Misfit Recruiter - Chris Dunphy
Best Supporting Cast and Crew - Everyone Else Who Worked
Best Original Score - Robion Morrissey and the TJ Band Members
Editor's Note: Dick Nickloff accepted the award for Best Giveaway of an $85 tree for 85 cents By an Unknown Cashier with the explanation that it was a correction of an overring (not a giveaway)
Tom then reported that the proceeds of the tree lot season were over $40,000, which is down from the previous year.  Some bills and expenses are pending, and Pat Bush plans on giving a full report to the board on Tuesday, then present to the club at next Friday’s meeting.
A drawing was had!  The 9 of Spades was this week’s magic card.  Cups O’ Cash went to:
Jack Kleinheksel (twice!)
Allan Malask
Bryce Slaby
Tom Kramis
Craig Eley
Bill Morgan and Jim Easton pulled from the deck and came up empty.  Phil Perington was sporting his nametag at the right time, and with his one good appendage drew from the deck, but alas came up short-handed.  And so the pot thickens.
Randy Bruns sent us out into our Friday and weekend by leading the recitation of the Optimist Creed:  Promise Yourself, to be so strong…
From Phil Perington: What do you call Christmas wreaths made out of $100 bills?
Aretha Franklins
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Larry Pulaski
February 1
Tom Kramis
February 2
Allen Meyer
February 3
Craig Eley
February 6
Eldon Strong
February 7
Russ Paul
February 10
Frank Ross
February 17
Nick Picucci
February 17
Jim Tapp
February 19
Bob Avery
February 26
Don Thomson
February 28
Feb 10, 2023 7:30 AM
Update on the City of Centennial
Feb 24, 2023 7:30 AM
Excellence in Education
Mar 03, 2023 7:30 AM
Wellpower--A New Day Family Resource Center
Mar 10, 2023 7:30 AM
Career Snapshots
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Upcoming Events
American Legion Hall #1
Feb 07, 2023 6:30 PM
Super Citizen-McMeen
McMeen Elementary School
Feb 09, 2023
8:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Post #1
Feb 10, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Super Citizen-Samuels
Samuels Elementary School
Feb 10, 2023
12:30 PM - 2:15 PM
Optimist Brain Bowl-CHAMPIONSHIP
Hamilton Middle School
Feb 11, 2023
7:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Feb 17, 2023
Cafe du France
Feb 17, 2023
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Colorado Golf Expo
Colorado Convention Center
Feb 17, 2023
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Super Citizen-Slavens
Slavens Elementary School
Feb 17, 2023
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Colorado Golf Expo
Colorado Convention Center
Feb 18, 2023
8:00 AM – 5:00 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 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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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.