• 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.
Veterans Day (originally known as Armistice Day) is a federal holiday in the United States observed annually on November 11, for honoring military veterans of the United States Armed Forces. It began, and now coincides with other holidays, including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are commemorated in other countries, marking the anniversary of the end of World War I. Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. At the urging of major U.S. veteran organizations, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.
Veterans Day is distinct from Memorial Day, a U.S. public holiday in May: Veterans Day commemorates the service of all U.S. veterans, while Memorial Day honors those who have died while in military service.
The sun was up a little earlier this week, as were our greeters Mark Metevia and Dave Peck.  They made sure our lively group of Optimists received a warm welcome on this Friday, November 10th, 2023.
President Casey Funk called upon Eldon Strong to deliver our invocation.  Eldon offered a special message for Veteran’s Day.  The liberty we value so dearly has been fought and died for, and it is appropriate to reflect, and to honor our service veterans.  Eldon asked the club members in the room who represent service in the different branches of the military to stand and be recognized.
Tom Glazier introduced his neighbor Todd Weber.  Todd was a big help with Tom’s neighborhood tree clearing project.  He looks like he knows how to lift trees - what an asset!
Bob Avery introduced Dan Winn.  Dan received a free breakfast card at the tree lot last year, but doesn’t remember who gave it to him.  His kids were McMeen Super Citizens and are now at Thomas Jefferson High School.  Thanks for being here Dan, and thanks for Bob for making sure he felt welcomed.
Linda Williams, Lt. Governor of Zone 6, visited our Board of Directors 
meeting this past Tuesday evening. Linda, who is a member of the Tamarac Optimist Club is already familiar with many of the club members who are involved in a number of Colorado/Wyoming District functions.
President Funk gave a report on the board meeting that was held Tuesday night.  A budget discussion was the main topic, with the club projecting to run a deficit of $12,000 for the year.  The board voted to amend the budget so that the projected deficit would be lowered to $6,000.  Part of the discussion about items that lead to a deficit was our Friday morning meeting breakfasts.  We need to sell 23 breakfasts each week to break even.  Today we had 20 sales, so not enough.  Also, the board decided to subsidize membership dues a few years ago, and in some cases, we are losing approximately $30 per membership.  The board will need to vote on whether or not to continue this program, so it is possible next year’s dues will be higher. 
Speaking of dues, the deadline for dues is 12/31.  There are 30 members who have yet to pay and face the risk of having their membership revoked.  Please reach out to Pat Bush to get your dues in now!
Steve Kady said that he is working with Denver Firefighters to once again help us out at the tree lot.  He asked that we please show our appreciation when they arrive and make sure they realize the difference they make for us.  Their many hands make light work that saves significant time, energy and effort for our club.  Let them know!
Bryce Slaby and his wife are celebrating 50 years of marriage this weekend.  They are going to Canada for two weeks to mark the happy occasion.
Michael Chavez announced that the Bill Walters Thanksgiving dinner is coming up on Thursday night, November 16th.  20 people from Bethany Lutheran will be joining our club and helping out at the Boys and Girls Club:
Where? 3480 W. Kentucky Ave. Denver CO 80219
We will be serving 750 meals at that location, and we will also be staffing the dinner for approximately 250 people at Girls Inc.: 1499 Julian St. Denver 80204
The start time is 4:30 for both locations, so sign up please!
Jim Easton let us know that Thanksgiving basket delivery is coming up on Saturday November 18th.  We will meet at the Safeway at Monaco and Yale, with a drive through pick up line in the parking lot.  Sign up, bring friends and family and help make Thanksgiving special for some needy families.  Then head over to the tree lot!  In past years when we had demand for more baskets than our budget allowed, some members stepped up and sponsored a basket.  The cost this year will likely be $35-$40 a basket.  If you are interested in being a sponsor, you can make a check out to Monaco South, or to Optimist International if you would like a tax deduction.  Either way please bring a check to Pat Bush and tell him you want to help with this project.
Greg Holt delivered some tree lot updates, including letting us know that the staffing scheduler is live at  You can also find that link when you go to our home page at - it is the first link listed on the right side of the page.  Friday morning at 10:08 am, you also received an email with the link and extensive instruction on how to sign up for a shift.  It’s that time again!  Log in and pitch in to make our biggest fundraiser a wild success!
Greg says that next Friday November 17th is the lot set up day.  The trailer and tree racks will be brought to the lot, and we will have two teams working, one at the lot and one at the storage until. We will start after our Friday morning meeting, so please plan on that.  We will likely need a couple of shifts on Saturday the 18th, and then trees will arrive either Monday the 20th or Wednesday the 22nd - stayed tuned to your email for updates.  Friday the 24th will be the first day of operation.  Greg and the tree lot committee have create a new position call the MSOC lead, so that there will be a person to manage the volunteers from other organizations or high schools when they arrive and get those groups up to speed and working effectively.
Tom Kramis let us know that next week’s Friday meeting will be including training for cashiers and also on scheduling tree lot shifts.  This year there will be five types of trees: Nordman, Noble, Frasier, Grand, and Douglas.  Smaller “Charlie Brown” trees will be marketed in a small plastic stand this year, rather than a wooden base.
Hi All,
I am holding a training session for all who are interested in understanding how to operate the Square Terminal that we use for tree lot sales.  It is recommended that all Day Managers are familiar with the system so that they can assist cashiers on their day who might have questions.
The training will be at my house (3983 S Olive), on Wednesday, November 15th from 7 – 8 pm. Please try to arrive a few minutes early so we can start on time.  Also please invite anyone else you know who will be working the lot and needs this information.
Let me know if you have questions.
Greg Young
President Casey Funk presided over a new member induction. Matt Dollarhide and his sponsor Tom Glazier came to the stage, and Matt proudly stated him desire to come into our fold.  He received a pin (Casey handed it to him, afraid of poking him) and some hearty applause.  Welcome Matt!  And well done Tom!
This being camaraderie day, November birthdays were celebrated.  This month’s rendition of Happy Birthday was performed in a particularly raucous fashion.  Tom Hoch will upload the performance to Spotify soon.
Let's help out another club in fund raising and get some good stuff in the process!
The annual DTC (T1DOC) online auction is up and ready to go!! The auction opens up for bidding at 5PM sharp Friday, November 10th! That is only 1 week away!! The auction site is: It is now open for you or anyone to look at.
Did we have a drawing?  Of course, we had a drawing!
$50 was up for grabs, and the 9 of Spades held the key.
Cups O’cash went to: Bill Litchfield, Dave Peck, Larry Pulaski, Al Gapuzan, Tom Hoch, Pat Bush. Mike McMahon tried to find the 9 but came up empty. Phil Perington had the chance for the big money, but graciously gave the opportunity to new member Matt Dollarhide.  No luck this time for Matt - but the club is lucky to have him! Nametag drawing: the accurately identified Gary Strowbridge was given an opportunity, but no luck this time.  Sorry Gary!
Don Thomson was asked to lead us in the recitation of the creed, which is did admirably:  Promise Yourself, to be so strong…
Member Birthdays
Bud Olsen
November 1
Brian Williams
November 3
Don Roth
November 3
Tom Overton
November 5
Jed Ziegenhagen
November 14
Matt Dollarhide
November 15
Michael Chavez
November 15
Jack Rife
November 21
Mark Andringa
November 21
Joe Hamilton
November 22
Mike McMahon
November 27
Nov 17, 2023
Training for Cashiers and how to sign up on the Tree Lot schedule
Nov 24, 2023
Dec 01, 2023 7:30 AM
`The Japanese Mystique
Dec 08, 2023 7:30 AM
Jaw with those at rother tables
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Bill Walters Memorial Thanksgiving Dinner
Owen Boys & Girls Club
Nov 16, 2023
3:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Ellis Elementary School
Nov 16, 2023
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Nov 17, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Super Citizen-Bradley
Bradley International School
Nov 17, 2023
1:15 PM - 3:00 PM
OCMS Delivers Thanksgiving Baskets
Safeway Parking Lot
Nov 18, 2023
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Tree Lot
Nov 20, 2023 9:00 AM –
Nov 24, 2023 3:00 PM
Nov 23, 2023
Christmas Tree Lot
2285 S. Monaco St.
Nov 24, 2023 10:00 AM –
Dec 23, 2023 8:00 PM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Nov 24, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Super Citizen-Most Precious Blood
Most Precious Blood School
Nov 28, 2023 10:30 AM
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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
PLEASE NOTE: Some 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)
Every week on Friday Morning
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Meeting ID: 867 811 5309
Passcode: 2021
Optimist Club of Monaco South 2023-2024 47th Year — Chartered in 1976
2022-2023 Officers
Casey Funk, President
Matt Nelson, Vice President
Tom Glazier, Vice President
Jake Baker, Secretary
Pat Bush, Treasurer
Larry Pulaski, Immediate Past President
Second Year: Vaughan Kendall, George Buzick, Tom Hoch, 
Ken Jeung,
First Year: Carl Brown, Al Gapuzan, Greg Holt, Mario Sani   
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
Larry Pulaski  2022-2023
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.