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Casey Funk was flying solo as our greeter this morning, and was up to the task, as each and every Monaco South member received a hearty welcome.  Thanks Casey!
President Larry Pulaski asked Pat Bush to deliver our invocation today.  Pat choose a message focused on being too noble for anger.  Take a few moments before reacting rather than let emotions rule your behaviors.  Then, after leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance, Pat led the chants of “U.S.A., U.S.A.” in support of the Men’s National Soccer Team playing in the World Cup in Qatar.  Later in the day they played well and held their own against the Brits, with the game ending in a 0-0 tie.
23 Black Friday Memes For Shameless Shoppers - Memebase ...A relatively modest crowd today, as manmembers were likely out shopping for Black Friday deals.  Black Friday is a colloquial term for the Friday after Thanksgiving in the U.S..  It traditionally marks the start of the Christmas shopping season.
The earliest known use of "Black Friday" to refer to the day after Thanksgiving occurred in the journal, Factory Management and Maintenance, for November 1951, and again in 1952. Here it referred to the practice of workers calling in sick on the day after Thanksgiving, in order to have a four-day week-end. However, this use does not appear to have caught on. Around the same time, the terms "Black Friday" and "Black Saturday" came to be used by the police in Philadelphia and Rochester to describe the crowds and traffic congestion accompanying the start of the Christmas shopping season. In 1961, the city and merchants of Philadelphia attempted to improve conditions, and a public relations expert recommended rebranding the days "Big Friday" and "Big Saturday,” but these terms were quickly forgotten.
The use of the phrase spread slowly, first appearing in The New York Times on November 29, 1975, in which it still refers specifically to "the busiest shopping and traffic day of the year" in Philadelphia. Although it soon became more widespread, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported in 1985 that retailers in Cincinnati and Los Angeles were still unaware of the term.
As the phrase gained national attention in the early 1980s, merchants objecting to the use of a derisive term to refer to one of the most important shopping days of the year suggested an alternative derivation: that retailers traditionally operated at a financial loss for most of the year (January through November) and made their profit during the holiday season, beginning on the day after Thanksgiving. When this was recorded in the financial records, once-common accounting practices would use red ink to show negative amounts and blank ink to show positive amounts. Black Friday, under this theory, is the beginning of the period when retailers would no longer be "in the red,” instead of taking in the year's profits.  The earliest known published reference to this explanation occurs in The Philadelphia Inquirer for November 28, 1981.
For those looking for a toaster, Vaughan Kendall has you covered!  He brought one in tucked under his arm and fired it up.  Cold bagels no more!
Frank Middleton and Dan Rodriguez took to the stage with reminders and details regarding the 2022 MSOC Holiday/Christmas Party.  Join in the fun.  Holiday Dinner and Dance.  We plan to have lots of favorite dishes to eat and music.   It is a potluck with MSOC providing the honey baked hams, wine, sparkling water and soft drinks.  The guests can make your favorite dessert, appetizers, starch, vegetables or salad to bring. Frank will email with attendees with a request which category you should bring.  Feel free to bring liquor and your favorite mix. The DJ will be there right at 6:00.  The address is 6265 E. Evans Ave. next building west of McDonalds.  The Assistance League of Denver is providing (for a fee) their event center in the back of the building.  Park your car somewhere in the back of the building and enter from the BACK of the building using the double glass doors.  The party time is from 6 to 9 with a contribution of $16 per person or $32 a couple.  Now that is a bargain!  Please pay Frank or Dan ASAP!   It is all about having a good time.  See you on December 3.
Pat Bush, our esteemed treasurer, announced that this year when members (who work 15 hours at the tree lot) get their own Christmas tree, sign your name, and pay a half price rate.  To repeat - PAY WHEN YOU GET YOUR TREE!  This is a change to past years procedure that will make Pat’s life a little bit easier
Tom Kramis, wearing his Santa sport coat, gave us a tree lot report.  First and foremost, we need people to sign up for shifts!  Please go to and sign up for any day or every day.  Each of the day lot managers would appreciate it, and right now the schedule looks dangerously light.
Tom expressed his thanks to a large number of men who were instrumental in getting the lot set up, trees unloaded and drilled, the signs and lights in place, and all of the other things that must be done in order for us to open today.  He mentioned:
Vaughn Kendall, Pat Bush, Greg Holt, Ken Jung, Noel Hasselgren, Mike White, Tom Glazier, Larry Pulaski, Tom Mauro Craig Eley, Greg Young, Bob Avery, Kent Gloor, Chris Dunphy and Steve Kady.  Your editor could not keep up with all of the names!  Hopefully you know who you are and that Tom and the rest of the club appreciate your efforts.
Tom says that our prices are very reasonable this year so please do not feel compelled to discount.  Remember, the trees at Safeway, Home Depot, etc. are not competition since our quality of tree is much higher.  
Craig Eley reported that the grill is in place, and starting next weekend, brats will be served for volunteers.  So, sign up!
Mark Metevia introduced today’s speaker, Bill Ashbee.  Bill is the Colrado/Wyoming District Treasurer and also am member  of the Boulder Luncheon Optimist club.
He and his wife cruise a great deal, and his topic today is a place they have visited, the Panama Canal.  
There are two types of canals: the trench and the lock system. 
The French built the Suez Canal as a trench style and thought it would be possible in Panama.  But the terrain was more mountainous that in Africa. They started in 1881 and encountered huge problems with malaria and yellow fever.  In addition, there was not sufficient housing or medical facilities for crews. Map of Panama Canal
By 1889 20,000 people had died and the project was abandoned. They had moved a great deal of dirt, but not much was accomplished, and they left all of their equipment there.  The US bought the project for $40M and started in 1906 after researching the best way to prevent disease.  The decision was made to build the canal using the lock system.  There were three main people involved in the United States efforts.  John Wallace was railroading engineer and the first leader of the project.  He left after two years.  John Stevens took over and for three years, focused on building out the necessary infrastructure to begin the project in earnest.  In 1907, George Goethals took over as chief engineer, and stayed on to the canal’s completion in 1914.  Bill shared some slides with maps and photos of the history, as well as his personal photos as their cruise ship passed through the canal.
 The 2 of clubs held the key to unlocking to pot this morning.  Frank Middleton and Randy Bruns took their shots at the big money, but is wasn’t in the cards for them. 
Cups of cold hard cash went to:
Steve Kady (twice!)
Mark Metevia
Pat Bush
Gary Strowbridge
Phil Perington
Nametag drawing: Dr. Bob Finkelmeier, having recently purchased a new alarm clock, was not only in attendance but was also sporting his snazzy nametag at the right time.  Despite possibly having some inside scoop on the location of the winning card, he came up empty.
The reciting of the Optimist Creed was kicked off by today’s speaker, Bill Ashbee. Promise yourself, to be so strong…
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Bud Olsen
November 1
Mark Smith
November 2
Brian Williams
November 3
Don Roth
November 3
Tom Overton
November 5
Jed Ziegenhagen
November 14
Mike Henninger
November 14
Michael Chavez
November 15
Jack Rife
November 21
Mark Andringa
November 21
Joe Hamilton
November 22
Steve Wera
November 26
Mike McMahon
November 27
Dec 02, 2022 7:30 AM
Destination Imagination
Dec 09, 2022 7:30 AM
How to Care for Your Watch
Dec 16, 2022
How to Use the Club App and Website
Dec 23, 2022 7:30 AM
White Elephant gift exchange
Dec 30, 2022 7:00 AM
Jan 06, 2023
Newspaper Update
Jan 20, 2023 7:30 AM
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Upcoming Events
Christmas Tree Lot
2295 S. Monaco St.
Nov 25, 2022 9:00 AM –
Dec 23, 2022 9:00 PM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Post #1
Dec 02, 2022
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Annual Holiday Party
Assistance League Event Center
Dec 03, 2022
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Super Citizen-Hamilton
Hamilton Middle School
Dec 08, 2022
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Post #1
Dec 09, 2022
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Super Citizen-Samuels
Samuels Elementary School
Dec 09, 2022
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Channel 4 Toy Drive
King Soopers
Dec 15, 2022
5:00 AM – 7:00 AM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Post #1
Dec 16, 2022
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Super Citizen-McMeen
McMeen Elementary School
Dec 16, 2022
8:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Super Citizen-Bradley
Bradley International School
Dec 16, 2022
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
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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 Tom Kramis 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.
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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  
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.