Greeters Chris Dunphy and Allen Malask awaiting the entrants to today’s meeting, and a lively group received their warm welcomes.
Invocation: President Tom Kramis asked Chris Dunphy to deliver our invocation.  Chris shared words on international accord and the need for friendship among nations.  He then led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
ZoomLarry Pulaski worked the computer adroitly in order to keep our Zoom participants dialed in and part of the meeting.  Thanks Larry!
Greeters - Alan Malask,
Chris Dunphy
New Member - Jake Baker
Chris Dunphy - Invocation



President Tom read a thank you note from Sandy Middleton, President of the Tamarac Optimist Club.  She expressed appreciation for their club being a part of our tree lot season.


Don Thomson is very happy to report that McMeen and Ellis Elementary schools are back on board with the Super Citizen program.  The McMeen assembly is this morning at 8:45, and Don and Mike White will be there.  Don encourages everyone to attend an assembly to see how they work and how much the kids enjoy it.  Going forward, we need a school representative for Ellis.  They have their assembly today at 1:00 pm and Don and Mike are covering that as well.  Don also took a moment to thank Mark Metevia, who is taking over as our club’s representative at Holm Elementary, a role previously held by Donlie Smith.

Phil Perington reported from the 2nd quarter conference in Colorado Springs.  Our club received a banner patch for our contributions to the Optimist International Foundation this past year.   We averaged $32.80 per member in 2021!  Phil presented the patch to President Kramis for addition to our banner.
Bob Avery let us know that the committee to review Eagle projects met a few weeks ago and determined a winner.  The award for the most outstanding Eagle project is now named The Donlie P. Smith award, and it comes with $1,000 prize.  50-75 projects are read each year.  The winning project is a mural at the East High School athletic field.

Frank Middleton expressed thanks to Steve Kady, Mark Metevia, Kent Gloor, Dan Rodriguez and Greg Young.  Each of these men have brought new members to our club this year.  Well done!  Let’s all keep our eyes out for opportunities to invite potential members to our meetings and our projects.


Bryce Slaby reported that Jack Rife is currently receiving  radiation treatments for prostate cancer, so please keep him in your thoughts
Joe Marci reported from last week’s Golf Expo.  10 Monaco  South members volunteered at the Expo and passed out Jr. Golf flyers with information on the tournaments coming up in May and June.  Thanks to all of those who helped!
Mark Metevia introduced Fire Station 22’s Captain Brian Norton, who in turn introduced fire fighters Kent Herrick (truck driver/engineer), Justin Knudson, Tony Gutierrez and Brian Redicker.  Brian Redicker was in attendance with wife and daughter.
Today was our first presentation of the First Responder Appreciation Award.  Mark presented the award to Captain Norton and fire fighter Redicker.
Captain Norton shared details of the incident which led to their award-winning rescue.  The station received a call about a cardiac event involving a man on the Highland Canal.  The exact location was unclear, so two members stayed with the rig.  Norton and Redicker walked the canal and found a man on top of bridge in distress, asking for help for his son.  As the approached they realized the boy was down in a culvert and they could only see his hand and mouth.  The fashioned a make-shift harness and Norton lowered Redicker into the culvert and he was able to bring the boy up safely.  They then turned the boy over to the EMS unit for treatment.
Captain Brian Norton
Awards Presentation
First Responder Award 
Captain Norton the shared some information about Station 22 and took questions.  The station started in 1961, and is one of 39 covering the Denver area.  There are positions available (Dr. Robert Finkelmeier expressed interest!).  New hires go through a four month academy and then are on probation for one year.  In the fire department they are EMTs, not paramedics.  Station 22 works many of their calls in tandem with Denver Health.  73% of the calls they receive are medical in nature vs. a fire related event.  They work shifts of 24 hours on, 48 hours off.  We learned that a fire engine carries water, while a fire truck (which they drove to the American Legion this morning) does not carry water.  Their truck has a 65 gallon gas tank, and get approximately 1 mpg!  The have a policy of not getting below 3/4 tank so they refill every day.  Captain Norton says that the city and county of Denver averages 6 structure fires per day, but most don’t make the news.
Phil Perington expressed thanks to Station 22 for hosing down our Christmas trees at the lot, when they were at risk for baking in the sun.
Brian Redecker's wife and daughter
Fire fighters
 from Tower 22
We had a drawing!  A modest $20 was available, and the lucky card was the 7 of spades.
Plastic cups of easy money went to:
Larry Pulaski
Tom Mauro
Our visitor and award winner Brian Redicker
Pat Bush
Vaughn Kendall
Larry and Vaughn had their numbers come up a second time, so each had a shot at the pot as well.  But alas, no luck.
Nametag: Phil Perington’s name was on the right wooden nickel, but he came up empty (this time) when he drew a card.  So the pot thickens…
Creed:  Mike White did the honors and started us off reciting our creed:  Promise yourself…  
Here is a blast from the past.....and yet we survived.



Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Carl Brown
March 6
David Telpner
March 10
Paul Bernard
March 15
Josh LiPuma
March 18
Woody Thibodeau
March 25
Henry Schonewise
March 29
*MSOC members
Friday Mar 11 Ryan Bresnahan,  Promoting Health for yourself and Community
Friday Mar 18 Kayla Gabehart Associate Director, National History Day in Colorado
Friday Mar 25 Camaraderie Day
Friday Apr  1 Casey Funk*, The Colorado River Compact
Friday Apr  8. Mike Henninger & Sarah Bramlett,  Leukemia & Lymphoma Society        
Friday Apr 15  Gordon Close, Guitars for Vets
Friday Apr 22 Camaraderie Day. Officer elections
Friday Apr 29 Tamara Kirch, Creating a Mental & Emotional 1st Aid Kit
Friday May 6. Frank Rowe*,  Denver Park Trust update
Friday May 13. OPEN
Friday May 20. Camaraderie Day
Friday May 27.  Michael Gropper Suporting Veterans Integration Through Culinary Arts
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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.