• 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.
Members awakened this Spring morning in April to 30-degree temperature and snow but were cheered to be greeted by the smiling faces and warm handshakes of Tom Kramis and Matt Nelson, our official greeters, shown here with Bill Morgan and Bob Avery.
Our guests today were Robert Hatcher (here for the 2nd time), Blain Mcniel (a neighbor of Mark Metevia, who grew up in the Southmoor area and still lives there and Randy Condit, who is an avid golfer and a member of the Golf Heritage.
Robert Hatcher
Blair Mcniel
Randy Condit
Don Thomson reports that Michelle Johnson, shown here with her father and her teacher, was selected as a Super Citizen. Her father was also a McMeen Super Citizen.
In conjunction with the Super Citizen Program, Frank Middleton asks that we present a Monaco South brochure to parents of Super Citizens and invite them to breakfast.
Kent Gloor, Wyatt McCalie, Larry Pulaski and Commander Yagley met with some TJ staff to discuss possible activities including help in supplying and installing a bench in a garden to be planted by students, some monetary help for the Spanish Club and sports uniforms and possible attendance at Boys State by some TJ students. Some money has already been budgeted for TJ. Board will vote on additional expense
Saturday, April 29, 2023

Family Resource Pavilion
9700 E Easter Lane
Centennial, CO 80112
8:00am – 3:30pm

Theme: Renowned Speakers Throughout History
MC: Abigail Nicholas
OI Contests Finals – Oratorical, Essay, CCDHH Winners
Registration $40 - Includes Continental Breakfast and Lunch (Club will reimburse $25)
Joe Marci announced that he has 19 applications for the four Sullivan Scholarships, which will be reviewed after today's. meeting
Frank Mdidleton announced the winner of the membership drive is Chris Dunphy, who brouht in two new members. Winner will have the use of Bob Meyer's townhome in Breckinridge for a week. Thanks to Jon Wachter, Mark Metevia, and Frank Middleton for also sponsoring new members.
According to Jon Wachter, the Helping Hands JOI Club from Bradley Elementary School will be visiting University Hills Senior Center for lunch on Tuesday April 25. Several members volunteered to chaperone this event.
Our speaker today is Thomas McGraith, the epitome of a "Super Citizen". Thomas, who is currently a sophomore at the University of Colorado, majoring in Sociology and Space Studies was a three-time winner of the Super Citizen award, winning the award in the 2nd,4th and 6th grade. He attended Hamilton Middle School and graduated from The Denver School of Science and Technology (DSST), where he studied Aviation Technology.
Thomas participated in the Mile High Flight Program and has a private pilot license. Robert is into snowboarding and model trains.
Thomas talked about his philosophy of life, which is "Positive Thinking is Contagious' and that the Super Citizen awards had reinforced that philosophy as a way of life. He also spoke of the importance of being able to combine technology with sociology in order to make the World a better place for everybody
Thomas received a standing ovation when he finished his presentation. An outstanding example of how programs like the Super Citizen award impact the youth of our community
With ninety bucks on the line and the two of clubs the magic card, there were no big winners today. George Buzick and our speaker Thomas Gaither both attempted to draw the requisite car, but were unsuccessful. Alan Piece, Tom Kramis, , Robert Wardlaw and Bill Litchfield took the easy money. Tom Kramis was wearing his name tag but, alas, failed to pick the good card. $100 next week!
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Dick Nickoloff
April 2
Phil Perington
April 4
Randy Bruns
April 5
Cesar Camarena
April 15
Paul Stratton
April 18
John Kleinheksel
April 24
Upcoming Events
Super Citizen-Most Precious Blood
Most Precious Blood School
Apr 25, 2023 10:30 AM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Apr 28, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Junior Golf Committee Meeting
American Legion Hall
Apr 28, 2023 8:00 AM
Super Citizen-Bradley
Bradley International School
Apr 28, 2023
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
CO-WY District 3rd Quarter Conference
Family Resource Pavilion
Apr 29, 2023
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
District Oratorical Contests Finals
Third Quarter District Conference
Apr 29, 2023
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Communication Contest for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Third Quarter District Confernce
Apr 29, 2023
1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
American Legion Hall #1
May 02, 2023 6:30 PM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
May 05, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Super Citizen-Samuels
Samuels Elementary School
May 05, 2023
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
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Apr 28, 2023 7:30 AM
Respect for Law Recognition
May 05, 2023 7:30 AM
Amber Wilson, the Essay Contest winner will be honored and read her Essay
May 12, 2023 7:30 AM
May 19, 2023
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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)
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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.