Welcome to Brian Prosperi! Our newest member moved to Englewood from St Louis MO, is an Operations Analyst for Charter Communications. He is interested in comedy (improv), music and trivia!  We look forward to welcoming Brian in person at our meeting at the American Legion Hall on Friday April 16!
After a brief wait for more people to join the meeting, President Dan Rodriguez called the Zoom meeting to order.  After reading the invocation regarding "development of youth", Dan also led us in reciting the pledge to our Flag. Since several people had not received a link to Zoom, it was decided that, in the future, George Buzick would put out the announcement, since Dan already has enough on his plate. Dan  read us some tidbits on "This Day in History" including:
2005 -  John Paul II, history’s most well-traveled pope and the first non-Italian to hold the position since the 16th century, dies at his home in the Vatican.
1917 - Jeannette Pickering Rankin, the first woman ever elected to Congress, takes her seat in the U.S. Capitol as a representative from Montana.
1512 - Near present-day St. Augustine, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León comes ashore on the Florida coast, and claims the territory for the Spanish crown.
1982 - Argentina invades the Falklands Islands, a British colony since 1892 and British possession since 1833.
Rules of In-Person Meetings at American Legion Hall
After considering many comments from the membership, I am proposing the following rules to attend the “LIVE” club meetings at the Legion Hall, Beginning April 16. 
1.  Everyone will submit to a temperature check upon entry. Any temperature above 99.6 will not be permitted to attend. 
2.  Social distancing protocols MUST be adhered to and masks are required AT ALL TIMES. 
3.  When sitting at your table, masks are OPTIONAL. 
4.   No proof of vaccine will be required. Only those that have been vaccinated are encouraged to attend the live meeting. If you have NOT been vaccinated, you are asked to attend the meeting via Zoom for your own protection. However, unvaccinated members can attend in person AT YOUR OWN RISK. 
5.   We will seat only 3 people per table
6.  Once the main room is full, overflow will watch via Zoom in the back room. 
7.  Food purchase is optional. Cost for coffee or juice, one bottled water and one danish is $3.
8.  Masks must be worn when getting food.
In memory of late member Gary Miller, who recently succumbed COVID-19, I ask that everyone adhere to social distancing guidelines.
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Regarding the Sullivan Scholarships, Joe Marci said we currently had eight applicants for the four $1,000 scholarships available this year. Joe is looking for a few judges to read the applications. Call Joe at 303-847-7844. 
Pat Bush asked if it would be possible for someone to donate toward another scholarship, depending on how close the judging is.  This will be considered. 
Essay Contest
Phiil Perington shared that the eight finalists in the Essay Contest have been selected and that the MSOC entrant was among them.  These essays have been forwarded to the District level, where there is the potential for a $2500 college scholarship.  This year's topic is "Reaching Your Dreams by Choosing Optimism".
Nomination Committee
Joe Marci said that the Nomination Committee has been making call to members to determine who might want to be officers for next year so, if your phone rings, answer it. For newer members this is a great way to learn about your club, so "just say yes" when you get the call.
Rockies Report
Due to Covid-19, Rockies home opener had a limited seating  capacity (20,570) and the "Mask Nazis" were out according to those who attended, Tom Mauro, a Nolan Arenado fan, is boycotting this year (at least for now), while Josh Fuentes is playing third base. With the Rockies ahead 8-5 in the bottom of the ninth, with bases loaded, Mookie Betts, one of the best clutch hitters in baseball, lined out to second base for the final out.  The Rockies are in 1st place!
Community Shred-A-Thon
Hosted by the Eastern Star Masonic Retirement Community 
When: Saturday, May 1st 10a.m.- Noonpaper shredder cartoon
Where: 2445 South Quebec St Denver
Items You May Bring
Old Checks, credit card offers, mailings, medical records, tax forms, pay stubs, etc., and any other items that you wish to have safely discarded.
Pleased Do Not Bring
Newspapers, phone books, magazines, plastic, cardboard or catalogs 
We will be following the State Covid-19 guidelines with social distancing.  All participants will need to remain in their cars. 
Member pictureSee the source imageCelebrities in our Midst
Did you know that our very own MSOC President was, once upon at time, not only an owner of multiple McDonald's franchises in the Denver Metro Area, but also a touring "Ronald McDonald".  At a Denver Bears game, he once threw out the first pitch, which had a fishing line stuck to it, which "Ronald" controlled, causing it not to go to the catcher, but orbit "Ronald".  A real crowd pleaser.  Another time, while at the Denver Zoo for a children's event, there was a commotion in the crowd, a a police officer said, "someone pointed a gun at you!" He hobnobbed at Vail with Gerald and Betty Ford.  A real celebrity in our midst.
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Greg Hurd shared that, in addition to being one of the club's foremost authorities on model trains, he is also a heckuv an electrical engineer, having designed controls for an award winning cement plant here in Colorado and controls for the manufacture of Keebler Cheezits.  Greg said the smell of the raw batter was so bad he had to leave the building until the crackers were baked. Greg also worked on controls for the US Mint in Denver. He said that workers basically had to strip down when leaving the facility to ensure nobody left with a  pocket full of silver dollars and that one day he set off the alarms because he left a chapstick in his pants pocket. While he was at it, Greg asked a burning question: "Our member Jim Tapp is retiring and closing his auto repair business after over 50 years in his business.  We hope to see him at our zoom meetings now.  That's the good news.  Now the bad news - where the heck do I now take my car for repairs?"
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Allen Mallask, not to be outdone, explained how, in a former life, he had participated in the shredding of $60 million worth of coins at the Mint.
Member picturePerry Allen, in executing his duties as butler and driver  and working for a gentleman who was escorting the Foreign Minister of Pakistan in Washington D.C., after fairly extensive scrutiny by the Secret Service, was allowed to participate in a high speed motorcade through D.C. to the airport and got any honorary Secret Service Badge.
Member pictureRon Cisco, as some of you may know, was involved with the US Postal Service for many years, in many different capacities.  While working in the Downtown Denver mail sorting facility, Ron helped round up a group of high school students who were working part-time and looting the mail of any cash they might discover while doing so.  I'm sure this is just one of Ron's many stories of the USPS
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Eagle Scout Awards (Submitted by Bob Avery)
Please view go to the following link to see information regarding the recent Eagle Scout Awards:
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Birthdays for April
   Cesar Camarena   4/15/
Paul Stratton   4/18/
     Richard Nickoloff Dick 4/2/
John Kleinheksel   4/24/
    Steven Hick   4/3/
  Philip Perington   4/4/
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Optimist Club of Monaco South 2020-2021 45th Year — Chartered in 1976
                   2020 - 2021 Officers                                      2020 - 2021 Board of Directors
President           Dan Rodriguez    303-521-512           Perry Allen            303-521-3453 
Vice President   Tom Kramis        303-917-5299         Stephen Avery       720-775-7700
Vice President   Chris Dunphy     720-297-3111          George Buzick      303-803-2268
Secretary            Bill Morgan        303-868-4384          Allen Malask         303-726-3700 
Asst. Secretary  Phil Perington    303-832-4578          David Peck            925-890-2531
Treasurer           Pat Bush             720-747-5482          Larry Pulaski        303-956-1202 
Asst. Treasurer Greg Young         303-759-3921          Bob Meyer            303-919-4532
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
Mark Metevia 1988-89
Bob Avery 1989-90
Bill Litchfield 1990-91
Bill Walters 1991-92
Kent Gloor 1992-93
Gary Strowbridge94-95
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 Reif 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
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.