Sunset July 3,2021 Breckenridge Colorado
We regret to announce the passing of Russ Campen on July 3, 2021. Russ was a longtime and very active member of Monaco South Optimist Club for many years. Funeral services will be held at All Souls Catholic Church on July 29 at 11:00 a.m. Please find obituary at:
On this beautiful Colorado morning, Members were greeted , for the second week in a row by Al Gapuzan (note correct spelling) and Frank Ross (not Middleton). President (for 3 more months) Dan Rodriguez called the meeting to order at exactly 7:00 a.m. and asked newly returned from Arizona, Eldon Strong to lead us in the invocation and the pledge. Tom Hoch and Karl Geil joined us on Zoom.
While the members enjoyed a wonderful breakfast of  scrambled eggs, waffles, sausage, fruit and juice, the business meeting continued with a rousing round of the now famous Monaco South Birthday Song, led by Pres Dan, who also has a birthday this month. Include in those who are (or will be) another year older this month are:
Cliff Eley                    7/4        Pat Bush          7/6         Dan Rodriguez     7/6
Jack Kleinheksel       7/9        Paul Simon      7/9         Wyatt McCallie    7/11
Donlie Smith            7/13       Kent Gloor       7/14       Thumper Kady     7/16
Tom Hoch                7/22        Mark Metevia  7/26       Randy Marcove    7/27
As reported (and Photographed by Steve Kady) the opening of a new tire store may jeopardize the location of the Christmas tree lot we have been using for the past several years.  This is a view from the northeast sided of the parking lot.
Michael Chavez distributed a get well card for Greg Young and also requested some more help for the Rockies game on July 21. Report time will be 10:00 a.m. for the 1:00 Wednesday game.  You can sign up at:
Jon Wachter announced that we need nine guys to work traffic control at the South by Southeast Festival on August 21.
Thank you for passing this information along to your members.  I didn’t put traffic control on the Volunteer Sign Up Genius because traditionally the Optimist have done that.  Three guys needed for each of the three shifts beginning at 10:30; 1:30 and 4:30. See Jon, or call at 303-204-5645 to sign up.
Our speaker for the day, recruited by Mark Metavia is our own Mike White.  After 37 years in the Gas Department of our local utility, now known as Xcel Energy, Mike retired in 2014.  Mike was here to give us a brief overview of the infrastructure of a commodity that is important to all of us...the natural gas piping system.  
Public Service Company of Colorado traces its roots to 1869, when William N. Byers, owner of the Rocky Mountain News, Colonel James Archer, Walter Scott Cheesman, and five other leading Coloradans gathered in Denver and agreed to finance a local gas lighting company. At first, the gas was used exclusively for street lighting. Ladder-carrying lamplighters would ignite the lamps at dusk and extinguish them at dawn.
Gas was "manufactured" until 1928 when the first gas pipeline from Texas was completed.
In April 1959 the company began converting the abandoned Leyden coal  mine into an underground gas storage facility. Gas held in Leyden could supplement gas coming through pipelines during hours of peak demand.
Mike explained the various phases of gas pipe, including the cast iron piping first used to transmit the gas in the initial stages. Because of leaking joints, the pipe has to be inspected every three to five years. The original cast iron piping was replaced by black steel pipe, but corrosion was difficult to overcome even with cathodic protection. Mike also explained that after World War !! there was a housing boom and a lack of gas pipe, so they actually used converted gun barrels for gas pipe.  PVC pipe followed but joints frequently failed, causing gas leaks. Currently the company is using polyethylene pipe which is heat fused together and minimizes maintenance and gas leaks.
Mike told some fascinating stories of his life working on gas lines in the streets of Denver.  Thanks to Mike for his enlightening talk.  Mike did get a MSOC mug from Prez Dan.
From Steve Kady
We had a drawing...but not for much.  The pot was only $20 as a result of the Raffle King (Phil Perington) winning last week's big pot of $140. 5 lucky individuals took the cup-o-money and two were left at the end to try their luck at the Jack of no avail. In spite of holding a significant number of tickets and being a regular winner, Jack Kleinheksel, who had his name tag on could not draw Jack (no pun intended) and missed his chance at getting a raffle ticket.
Promise Yourself...
May be an image of one or more people and text that says 'Abeautiful day begins with a beautiful mindset. When you wake up, take a secondto think aboutwhata prwvuege to simply be alive and healthy.'
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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 Zoom.
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          Mark Smith           303-691-9766 
                                                                                        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
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
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.