On the last day of 2021 — a year that dealt Boulder County a tragic mass shooting in the midst of ongoing pandemic woes — thousands of residents who’d evacuated Superior and Louisville waited ahead of a looming snowstorm to learn whether a wildfire had engulfed their homes.

Pushed due east by 100-mph winds, the Marshall fire sparked late Thursday morning south of Boulder, burning across 6,000 acres that afternoon and evening, destroying as many as 1,000 homes and businesses in Superior and Louisville.



Sparse crowd (18 people for the New Year's Eve Breakfast as Bob Avery shares tales of Christmas tree lot.
Photos by Phil Perington
Jon Wachter
On this last day of 2021(Thank goodness) with the new moon still visible and with President Tom Kramis attending via Zoom (He tested positive for Covid-19); Jon Wachter called the meeting to order and asked Cesar Camerena to read the invocation.  After reading the standard New Year invocation, Cesar read a second to remind us of those who lost everything in yesterday's wildfire just east of Boulder, in Superior. The 18 members present then recited the Pledge of Allegiance.                                                                                      Cesar Camarena
Tom Mauro announced that he had prepared a tribute to Oscar Sorenson, Charter Member and a guiding spirit of Monaco South Optimist Club. Due to the sparse attendance this morning, Tom will share this with us next week.
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Michael Chavez, with a new haircut, once again thanked those who helped deliver 54 Christmas Food Baskets last Saturday (See last week's GUMS for details) Michael especially mentioned Vaughn Kendall for helping to prepare the baskets and Tom Mauro for providing the toys that went with the food baskets.  Thanks to Michael for ramrodding this event, and for all the other things he does.
List of volunteers for breakdown and storage of Tree lot Fixtures and Equipment:
 Sunday 12/26: George Buzick, Kent Gloor, Mark Metevia, Matt Nelson & Son (Liam), Cesar Camarena and Phil Perington with nephew Wade Sheppard. 26 trees were trimmed and purchased for $130 by Wade.
Donation Box collected almost $400. Dumpster was filled to the brim. Trailer was successfully moved by Kent Gloor and helpers.Treasurer Pat Bush reported excellent numbers are coming in on tree sales and final profit. Tom Kramis will issue final report.                                               
 It was noted the night crew for final days was anchored by Greg Holt, Vaughn Kendall, George Buzick, Tamara Kirch and Phil  Perington. Lack of lighting probably diminished sales.
Phil Perington and Nephew Wade Shepard.
Thanks from Tom Kramis - Prez and Tree Lot Manager
Thank you to Phil Perington to help cut trees down for customer’s and thank you to his nephew:
(Editor Note by Phil Perington)
My nephew Wade took 28 trimmed trees and gave me $5 apiece as a credit to added tree sales.
And a special thanks to Dan Rodriguez, Past Prez for making us more signs.
And BIG thank you to, Buzick, Towt, Chavez, Camarena, Hurt, Vaughn and Metevia for helping me execute the last big effort yesterday to put remaining tree racks, propane and staircases back into storage, broom clean lot and make 5 trips to tree cycle at Havana Nursery.
Job well done!!! Happy New Year!!
Note from Lois Pedersen, Widow of long- time member Ralph Pedersen
Good report of tree sales and Super Citizen.  Ralph was always interested in both of those items.  Thanks, Lois
Why MSOC is best Christmas tree lot in Denver
A great big thank you Greg Young for replacing our dead Christmas tree at no charge. Although it was a first for us, swapping out the tree was painless and now we have a beautiful healthy tree to make it through our favorite holiday! We will absolutely be back next year, until then wishing you and yours a healthy and happy 2022!
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Chili Cook Off
Jon Wachter, Gary Strowbridge, and Mark Maglio (a volunteer) sample the chili. There were only 2 entries. Jim Easton and Mark Metevia.  The voting was tied at 8 votes apiece. Both were winners!
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Craig Eley reported that he sold 84 jars of honey. How sweet it is!
Hooray! We had a drawing.  With only 18 members present, the cup-of-money was small, but several, including Bob Avery, Mark Metevia, Tom Hoch and Jack (of course) Kleinheksel chose cups, which led to Ed Collins and Bob Avery having to draw for the big money ($40). Neither was successful, nor was Tom Hoch whose name (after many were sorted out) was drawn and was wearing his name tag.  Next week, $50 and a brand new deck of cards.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
William McGroarty
January 4
Kevin Koalenz
January 10
Ken Duffy
January 12
Allen Pierce
January 14
Bill Litchfield
January 21
Jon Wachter
January 25
Joe Marci
January 28
Tracy Sorensen
January 31
Jan. 07, 2022        Denver Park Trust Update                         Frank Rowe
Jan. 14, 2022        Model Ship Building                                 Harry Fegley
Jan. 21, 2022        Camaraderie                                              
Jan. 28, 2022        Toy Trains and Technology                        Greg Hurd
Feb. 04, 2022        Advances in Train Technology                  Greg Hurd
Feb. 11, 2022        Camaraderie
Feb. 18, 2022        Chairman & CEO Merrick & Co              Christopher Sherry PE
Feb. 25, 2022         Denver Fire Department                           Capt. Brian Norton &
                                Station 22                                                 Capt. Ben Bramwell 
Mar 04, 2022         How Synthetic Nitorgen                            Kent Gloor
                               Changed the World
Mar 11, 2022          Promoting Health For You                        Ryan Bresnahan
                               and Your Community
Mar 18, 2022         National History Day in Colorado              Kayla Gebhart
Mar 25, 2022         Camaraderie
Apr  01, 2022         The Colorado River Compact                    Casey Funk
Apr 08, 2022          OPEN
Apr 15, 2022          OPEN
Apr 22, 2022          Camaraderie 
Apr 29, 2022          Creating a Mental and Emotional               Tamara Kirch
                               First Aid Kit     
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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.
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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.