President's Message
Dan Rodriguez
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Forty-five men got up early this morning to enjoy the new fallen snow and to enjoy the camaraderie of the Monaco South Optimist Club, albeit from afar. President Rodriguez read the invocation, reminding us to look forward with optimism to the coming new year. We all pledged allegiance to our flag. The Prez reminded us that our next meeting would be January 8, since both Christmas and New Years Day fall on Friday.  
Phil Perington, who is certified as a Raffle Manager by the State of Colorado, gave a breakdown of some of the information discussed at last night’s meeting of the Board of Directions.
  • We hope to sell 400 tickets at $25 for a total of $10,000
  • There will be one prize of $3,000; two prizes of $500 and ten prizes of $100 for a total of $5,000. This money is guaranteed and a separate account has been set up in accordance with the requirements of the State of Colorado
  • The drawing is scheduled for St. Patrick’s Day March 17, 2021
  • If all tickets are sold, the Club will net $5,000
  • More details will follow as directed by the BOD
Karl Geil supplied the following information regarding the Oratorical Contest:
The Optimist Brain Bowl will be a single, virtual tournament this year, held on Saturday, Januar30. 2021We need 23 Readers and Timekeepers in the morning, 12 for the first round in the afternoon, and 6 for the final two afternoon rounds. The tournament itself and all training sessions will be conducted over Google Meet, so you will need a Google account (a gmail address) in order to participate in any of them. So, if you would like to volunteer and do not have a gmail account, you need to to go to, click on "Sign In," Click "Create Account," click "For myself," and follow the on screen directions to create your account. After the contest is over, feel free to delete the account.
The first Reader training will be held on Saturday, January 16 at 9:00 am.
The second Reader training will be on Tuesday, January 19 at 6:00 p.m. Scorekeeper training will be held on Saturday, January 23 at 9:00 a.m. you are interested in volunteering, e-mail Karl Geil at  and let him know what job you would like to perform, and whether you can work at least part of the afternoon
Judges Need
Joe Marci is looking for few good men to judge the Optimist International Essay Contest in January  and another group to read Sullivan Scholarship applications in April.  Both involve Thomas Jefferson High School students. If you are interested, please contact Joe (e-mail: or phone: 303-771-3748.
Christmas Baskets
Michael Chavez has done an outstanding job of organizing this annual event. Members met in the parking lot of Safeway at Yale and Monaco to load up frozen turkeys, pumpkin pies and other goodies.  Included in the ninety boxes of goodies were children’s books donated by Tom Glazier.  Also included were some small toys for the children in the families receiving the boxes.
Photos by Tom Mauro
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Tree Lot Wrap up
Tom Kramis said that the tree lot was all cleaned up and the trailer and Santa Haus were back in storage with the help of Kent Gloor and Cesar Camerena.  He thanked those who helped, wgi did their special “thing” in support of the lot, including Paul Bernard for the scheduling program; Oscar Sorenson for ensuring popcorn was available, Steve Kady for general admin help; Greg Young for running the financial side of the house, including training cashiers and collecting money every night and Allen Malask for being the “after dark security” in his RV. Tom also thanked all who worked for following Covid-19 protocols. (Editors Note: There were no Covid-19 related incidents of which we are aware.)
Our speaker today was Aaron Botts who is a proud member of the Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Unit of the Denver Police Department.  Officer Botts was with the Wheat Ridge Police from 2008-2016 where he started his career as a specialist in DUI investigations and training.  He moved to the DPD in 2016 and was certified as a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) in2019, after extensive course work and field training. See this website for more on the DRE:
The DUI unit of the DPD consists of ten members who work out of District 6 (Downtown). They support patrol officers and conduct DUI training, particularly for the Traffic Division.  They also participate in DUI check posts.
Officer Botts related: ““My grandfather was killed by a drunk driver so that led my police career into this area. Because of that, I have developed myself and tried to be the best DUI enforcement officer I could,” Botts said.  Thanks to Officer Potts for a fascinating presentation.
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Optimist Club of Monaco South 2020-2021 45th Year — Chartered in 1976
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2020 - 2021 Officers                                              2020 - 2021 Board of Directors
President          Dan Rodriguez    303-521-5120         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            925-890-253
Treasurer          Pat Bush               720-747-5482        Larry Pulaski         303-956-1202 
Asst. Treasurer Greg Young          303-759-3921        Bob Meyer            303-919-4532
                                                                                     Mark Smith           303-691-9766
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 
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
Newsletter Committee
George Buzick 303-803-2268                         
Robert Wardlaw 303-525-2532
Phil Perington 303-832-4578
Paul Stratton 303-366-6375
Pat Bush 720-254-3741
Craig Eley 303-758-9499
Greg Young 303-759-3921 
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.
Due to high level Covid Alerts in the Denver Metro
Area, in-person meetings will be discontinued for the
present time.  Zoom meeting will continue on Friday