• 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
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The stalwart members who braved the snow and cold were greeted by Jon Wachter and Tom Yagley. Shown below: Jon greeting Tamara Kirch, who was a great help at the tree lot and Tom Yagley greeting Kent Gloor, a charter member, and invaluable tree lot worker. President Larry asked Craig Eley to read the invocation. Craig recognized John Young as the author of this morning's inspiration, even though Craig wrote most of those regulary read.
Joe Marci announced that the Golf Exposition will be held at the Denver Convention Center, February 17-19. Those who work can get free admission to the event. Joe will be circulating a sign=up sheet.
Al Gapuzan reminded us that there will be a meeting of volunteers for this event, immediately after the meeting on January 6. A few more volunteers are needed. Please let Al or Kent Gloor know if you can help with this new activity with TJ Students.
Tom Mauro presented President Larry with a Certificate of Recognition for all of the work that the club does with Hamilton Middle School. Tom said the present administration is extremely supporting of our work with Hamilton.
Frank Middleton asked all members to carry three "Free Breakfast" cards to give to prospective members. As an example, Frank asked one of our newest members, Allen Meyer to explain how his visit to the tree lot and subsequent joining of the club was precipitated by one of these cards.  Allen is a recently retired general physician, who worked for Kaiser. Allen has 3 children and 4 grandchildren and was recruited by Andy Towt and Greg Young. His grandson, Matthew is on the path to Eagle Scout. (See below)
Bob Avery
talked about the recent awards program for the thihs program, which recognizes top projects of those preparing for their advancement to the rank of Eagle Scout. Bob also talked about the fact that previous awards programs were initiated by Donlie Smith and were attended by as many as 500 people. Bob's goal is to rebuild this program to its former stature. Tom Yagley, also Commander of Post #1, said the American Legion also has an active interest in Boy Scouts and presents annual scholarships to deserving scouts.
Here is a brief description of the 1021 Donlie P Smith Outstanding Eagle Scout Award Winner for the Denver Area Council 
Thomas D. Ankner Troop 62
Athletic Field Mural and Football Office Furnishing
This project involved the design and painting of a 95’ long and 7 ½’ high mural at the East High School athletic field to improve the aesthetic feel of the field.  The field had only an unsightly wall with cracked paint at one end.  Thomas surveyed all stakeholders of the High School, such as the students, teachers, and administrators so that there would be buy-in and enhance school pride and spirit. The mural depicts 27 different sports that East High sponsors. In addition, this project took on the task of upgrading the facilities of the football department with, tables, desks, couch file cabinets, and chairs. Thomas spent 304 hours of his own time for a total 804 hours before the project was complete.  Over $14,000 was raised to complete the project through selling of donor bricks, restaurant donation nights and making numerous presentations to businesses for support.
Photo by Greg Young Includes Joe Marci, Pat Bush, Greg Holt, Allen Meyer,
Tom Glazier, Frank Ross, Michael Chavez, Kent Gloor, Ken Jeung, Al Gapuzan  (Not shown: Greg Young, Ed Collins, George Buzick)
George Buzick
Greg Holt
              Last Tree Standing
                                     Tom Hoch
                                      Greg Holt
Photos by Kent Gloor as last of trees are loaded to take to Denver Nursery to be ground into mulch
1:26 pm
Friendly service!
THANK YOU for upholding a great tradition for great causes. We really appreciate the service!

Thanks, and Merry Christmas!

Super friendly Service

Very efficient and friendly

Great people, great service, great cause, and beautiful trees. Merry Christmas!

The Volunteers were great to work with!

I can't tell you how much I appreciate the Optimist Club delivering and setting up my tree every year. Everyone is so friendly and helpful, and the trees are lovely.


Helpfulness and good will

Very friendly and wonderful trees!
We have a drawing. The card to draw is the six of hearts, if you want $130.
After an unsuccessful try at the "Big Money" by Allen Meyer, your editor was successful at pulling the six of hearts from the 30-card deck. Thank you, Santa Claus!
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Kevin Koalenz
January 10
Ken Duffy
January 12
Allen Pierce
January 14
Bill Litchfield
January 21
Jon Wachter
January 25
Joe Marci
January 28
Tracy Sorensen
January 31
Jan 06, 2023
Newspaper Update
Jan 13, 2023 7:30 AM
Bill Morgan's daughter, Neurological music therapy
Jan 20, 2023 7:30 AM
Have a good time
Jan 27, 2023
How to Use the Monaco South Website
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Upcoming Events
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Post #1
Jan 06, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Post #1
Jan 13, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Super Citizen-Holm
Holm Elementary School
Jan 13, 2023
8:00 AM - 9:45 AM
American Legion Hall #1
Jan 17, 2023 6:45 PM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Post #1
Jan 20, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Super Citizen-McMeen
McMeen Elementary School
Jan 20, 2023
8:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Optimist Brain Bowl-CENTRAL
Heritage High School
Jan 21, 2023
7:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Super Citizen-Most Precious Blood
Most Precious Blood School
Jan 24, 2023 10:30 AM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Post #1
Jan 27, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Super Citizen-Bradley
Bradley International School
Jan 27, 2023
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.
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 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.