Our greeters this morning are Phil Perington and George Buzick. It is a beautiful spring morning as we welcome June.  Delicious breakfast this morning from Café de France.
 President Tom Kramis asks Joe Marci to read the invocation this morning. In honor of Memorial Day.   Merciful God, the remembrance of those who have served for us, let us keep close in our hearts.  We are grateful for and grateful to those who have answered the call of duty for our country.  Let us never forget those who served for us.  Joe then leads us in the pledge of allegiance.    
 President Tom takes the opportunity to speak with some of those in attendance.  Ed Collins was up in Steamboat Springs last week, enjoying quality family time.  Eldon Strong was planting his garden.  Tom Hoch made the trip back to Colorado from Minnesota.  Bill Litchfield spent quality time back in Nebraska, Long Pine to be specific.  President Tom tells us about his experience in Alliance NE to watch the most recent total eclipse.  Tom’s hair is getting longer due to his stylist having COVID. Tom wants people to be aware that Covid19 still exists and, in some cases is on the increase.  Please take precautions appropriate to the situation and withwhich you feel comfortable.  Be particularly careful in crowded environments. We need you at the meetings.
Tom Optimist International - Optimist InternationalKramis shared the following information regarding a potential dues increase from Optimist International:
As some of you have heard at the 3rd Quarter Conference or hopefully read in your OI emails, OI has lots of proposed changes they would like to make to the OI By-Laws and these changes will be voted on at the International Convention in Reno. There has been LOTS of confusion regarding Issue #2: Dues Increase. So Southwest Vice President Curt Merrill got us a "date" with President Patsy & her hubby Ken to go over the details with us and answer any questions we might have regarding the confusion. Anyone from the Southwest Region is invited and it will be via Zoom on Monday, June 6th at 6pm. If you or your members can't make it, no worries! They will be covering this topic at the Zoom Town Hall Meeting on Saturday, June 11th. (Go here to register for the Town Hall Meeting:
Please share this info & Zoom link with your members! Thanks President!!!
Topic: Southwest Regional Meeting with Patsy
Time: Jun 6, 2022 06:00 PM
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 Mike White tells us about McMeen presentation for the Korsoski award.  It’s been another challenging year for schools throughout the state, but Mike reports the school did a wonderful job the award, during their continuation ceremony.  Mike also went to Ellis on Wednesday and had the 5th grade continuation ceremony, with the school having a prominent place for the award and presentation.
Tom Mauro reports the following:
The Monaco South Optimist Club was founded in southeast Denver 46 years ago and its lead program has been its Super Citizen Award for over 40 years.  In addition, we conduct a high school essay contest at Thomas Jefferson, an oratory contest for middle schoolers, the Brain Bowl, Optimist Junior Golf, Boys and Girls Club Thanksgiving Dinner, and Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets among other projects.
In that time, we have recognized thousands of students as being Super Citizens in ten southeast Denver schools.  Each year each school recognizes one student that has exhibited outstanding leadership, character, and concern for fellow students, faculty, and staff.  This award is named after the founder of the Super Citizen program, Charlie Korsoski.  It includes a plaque, certificate of recognition and a $100 award.  Theodore Roosevelt once said, "And in the end Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike."  This year's Super Citizen for outstanding
Character is Hannah Mitchell.
At the Bradley Fifth Grade Ceremony on June 2nd, Jon Wachter and Mark Metevia presented the Korsoski Award to Harrison Gannon (picture).  Jon reviewed the long history of the Bradley Elementary Super Citizen Program, as well as recognizing the achievements of other Students in the Joy Club.  It was interesting to see that when the attending families were asked who among them had been Super Citizens, many hands went up.
Prior to making award presentations at the Holm Elementary School, one of the faculty spent a few minutes noting that Donlie Smith, who was the  MSOC member who used to make the Super Citizen Presentations, had passed, and that the school was grateful for his efforts.  Mark Metevia, assisted by his wife Ilene, presented 36 awards to Kindergarten through fifth grade students, along with awarding the Korsoski Award to Camila Iturbe Bastida.  Throughout the presentations Mark brought up points from the Optimist Creed that all the students should think about. (Photos by Andy Towt)
Tom Hoch, tells us about the Korsoski award at Slavens Elementary School.  Kurt Seibold is the Principal at Slavens, and a member of this club, and the school did another great job with the presentation.  They had their continuation ceremony, during which Tom asked how many the assembled students had been recognized as Super Citizens, with a lot of the kids raising their hands. 
Photos by Tom Hoch
Frank Middleton acting as membership chairman, takes the mic and asks us what the club may need?  New Members!  Who sponsored you and why did you come into contact with this group.  He asks Eldon Strong, about his introduction to the club.  Eldon was introduced to Monaco South Optimists by Todd Olson who was his neighbor.  Mike White had known Don Thomson since Don coached him in Little League, way back when, with Don introducing Mike to the club several years ago.  Mark Metevia says a customer introduced him to Optimists.  Dan Rodriguez had met Craig Eley, when Craig came into D Pan’s store, Sign O Rama, to make signs for the Tree Lot. Pat Bush met Russ Paul after coming up on Russ immediately after Russ had been involved in a bike accident, and the 2 got to talking.  The point is, there are many ways to introduce potential new members to this club.  It’s the life blood of this club.  So the next time you see a neighbor, or lost long acquaintance, or have a pleasant interaction with a complete stranger, invite them to learn about Optimism and what the benefits are to join this or any Optimist Club!
MichaeL Chavez asked for help distributing Bobble-Heads at the Rockies game on July 31. 
Below is the link to sign up for Rockies handouts:
Meet at the Coors Field employee entrance (NW Corner of Coors field) no later than 10:00 AM.  You will get a t-shirt and ticket to the afternoon game.  Enter the parking lot just west of 33rd Street and Blake for $1 parking.  Please go to this link:
and  click on the button to sign up and enter your T-Shirt size(s). 
Friends/family over 16 are welcome to participate.   Questions: Call Michael Chavez: (303) 960-5304.   Thank you!
Date: 07/31/2022 (Sun.)
Time: 10:00am - 1:30pm MDT
Location: Coors Field
Joe Marci has some golf tournaments coming up.  Have over 125 boys, and 90 girls for these tournaments.  Joe will have a sign up sheet next week for the events, he will need volunteers to help.  Next week for our meeting the Sullivan Scholarship winners have been invited, we are hoping all 8 show up. 
Optimist Junior Golf recently announced the junior golfers of the 2022 Hugh Cranford All-Scholastic Team. Those making the team exemplified an impressive balance of academics, golf and community service. After reviewing the qualifications of impressive applicants, the Optimist Junior Golf Committee selected the following exceptional student athlete for the team:
Community Service Award Winner
Katelyn Lehigh: Loveland, Colorado
Katelyn Lehigh will be graduating this year from Loveland High School in Loveland, Colorado.
Katelyn has been golfing since she was four years old and has been playing tournament golf since she was nine.
Since she started playing golf, Katelyn’s achievements at the Optimist District Qualifiers, Optimist Junior Tour events, Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado (JGAC) and Colorado Junior Golf Association (CJGA) tournaments, and local and regional Drive, Chip, and Putt competitions have surpassed others in her age group.
Katelyn was the Drive, Chip, and Putt Grand Champion of Northern Colorado in 2013.
 In 2014, Katelyn was a CJGA All-Star with two wins and seven Top 5 finishes and the Harmony Golf Course Junior Champion for girls 10 and under.
In 2015, Katelyn was the Wyoming State Junior Amateur Champion in the 10 – 12 age group.
In 2016, she was the JGAC 11 – 13 Series Points List Champion and JGAC 11 – 13 Series All-Star; won the IMG World Junior Qualifier in Colorado; and won the age 12 – 13 Drive, Chip, and Putt Local and Sub-Regional Competitions.
In 2017, Katelyn was the JGAC 14 – 18 Series Points List Champion and JGAC 14 – 18 Series All-Star; won the Harmony Club Junior Championship and the local age 14 – 15 Drive, Chip, and Putt competition.
In 2018, Katelyn again won the Harmony Club Junior Championship, shooting a personal best 64.
In 2019, Katelyn competed on the Colorado State High School Championship team from Loveland High School and placed T8 individually.  She was the only Freshman named to the Northern Colorado All-Area Team.  She won the “Unsung Hero” award for her high school team, voted on by teammates and coaching staff; was a Colorado High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) 3-sport athlete; and was All-Conference and All-State in golf.
Katelyn has been captain of the Loveland High School Girls’ Golf Team and a letter recipient in golf during her Sophomore, Junior, and Senior seasons.
The 2020 golf season was cancelled because of the COVID pandemic.
In 2021, Katelyn was the individual CHSAA Class 5A Girls’ Golf State Champion and was on the CHSAA Class 5A Girls’ Championship Team.  She was named CHSAA Girls’ Golfer of the Year and the Loveland Reporter-Herald Girls’ Golfer of the Year.  She was on the 2021 Colorado Girls’ Junior America’s Cup Team and competed in the 2021 USGA Girls’ Junior Tournament.
I first met Katelyn at the 2015 Colorado-Wyoming District Optimist Junior Golf Qualifier where she was the winner in the Girls 10 – 12 age group.  She was a repeat winner in the Girls 10 – 12 age group in 2016.  Moving up to the Girls 13 – 14 age group in 2017, Katelyn placed 6th.  In the 2018 District Qualifier, Katelyn placed 3rd in the Girls 13 – 14 age group.  Moving up to the Girls 15 – 18 age group in 2019, Katelyn finished T17.
From 2015 – 2019, Katelyn qualified every year for the Optimist International Junior Golf Championship (i.e., THE OPTIMIST), placing 27th in 2015, T13 in 2016, 49th in 2017, T23 in 2018, and T34 in 2019.  At THE 2019 OPTIMIST, Katelyn qualified for the Girls’ 15 – 18 age group Long Drive Championship.
Katelyn competed in the Optimist Junior Golf Tournament of Champions in 2015.
Katelyn has competed in four Optimist Junior Tour events at Green Valley Ranch in Denver, Colorado, winning the Girls 11 – 13 age group in 2017 and finishing T2 in the Girls 14 – 18 age group in 2019.
Katelyn is in her sixth year in the Hale Irwin Elite Player Program.  The program is designed to identify junior golfers in Colorado with determination, drive, and passion for the game of golf and to enhance their skills by granting them FREE access to CommonGround Golf Course and practice facilities.  (CommonGround Golf Course is owned and operated by the Colorado Golf Association.)  Additionally, participants in the Hale Irwin Elite Player Program volunteer with the CGA Community and Wellness Programs and serve as scorekeepers and on-course volunteers for JGAC and AJGA age 10 and under tournaments.
Besides her golfing prowess, Katelyn has also been a letter recipient of the Loveland High School Girls’ Track and Girls’ Basketball Teams since her Freshman year.  She also serves as Team Manager for the Loveland High School Boys’ Golf Team.
In her “spare time”, Katelyn has also helped build a house for Habitat for Humanity; been a registration volunteer for the Boulder Ironman Competition; placed wreaths at Ft Logan CO National Cemetery and Mountain View Cemetery in Longmont CO for Wreaths Across America, an international non-profit organization with over 1,100 participating locations in all 50 States and 24 National Veteran Cemeteries in foreign countries; has been a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes since her Sophomore year in high school; and has been a member of the L-Club, a leadership club at Loveland High School since her Freshman year.
Another of her passions is fly-tying.  Katelyn is a Master Fly-tyer and for the last nine years has participated in fly-tying clinics with a number of different Trout Unlimited chapters and Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. (a program dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities including education and outings).
If it’s even possible, Katelyn’s academic achievements surpass her golfing achievements and community service activities.
During her elementary and middle school years, Katelyn was in the Gifted and Talented Program.
Katelyn has had a 4.0 cumulative GPA (unweighted) since the 8th grade in an academically rigorous curriculum of Honors and Advanced Placement courses.  She is ranked # 1 in her Senior class.  She has been on the Loveland High School honor roll since her Freshman year.
Katelyn has won four Presidential Academic Excellence Awards.
From 2014 – 2021, Katelyn has been a JGAC Academic All-Star.  From 2019 – 2021, she has been Academic All-State in golf and basketball.  In 2021, she was a member of the Girls’ Golf Team that was named Academic All-State with the highest combined GPA in Colorado.
For the last three years, Katelyn has been a member of the National Honor Society at Loveland High School.
Katelyn scored a 1330 on the SAT.
Katelyn is a confident, charming, self-assured, well-spoken young lady with unlimited potential in any future endeavor she chooses.
Bob Meyer
Colorado/Wyoming District Optimist Junior Golf Program Tri-chairman
Mark Metevia tells us about a car show at Arapahoe Community College coming up Sunday.  For $10 it starts at 9.  Mark will help man the booth for new 3M wraps along with Dan Rodriguez. 
Kent Gloor and Bill Morgan will be taking part in the Pedaling4Parkinsons Bike Ride on June 11 They are asking for those that have pledged support, financial or otherwise to pony up. You can still sign up at p  Look forward to hearing how this goes for Kent and Bill.  Good luck! Apparently they are looking for volunteers to marshal the ride. If you are interested check with Kent.
Michael Chavez passes around the sign up sheet for the MS Ride coming up later this month.  Club member Bob Avery will be riding again for the cause.  Are there any other members who plan to ride?
Our Speaker is Linda Williams,  who is a member of the Tamarac club and former corporate trainer. Linda’s topic today is How to have tough conversations and have them be successful.  She is condensing the regular 4 hour presentation down to 20 minutes for our group.  The ideas come from Crucial Conversations, a book printed 20 years ago. 
Some conversations happen when a problem is brought up and everyone has a solution, but there is no dialogue.  Putting out a solution may not be the best answer.  Interests by Positions.  Crucial to good problem solving – distinguish between interests and positions.  Positions are the proposed solutions. Interests are the why.  Example is the orange, and the 2 chefs who argue over a single orange.  After arguing over who deserved the orange more, it was decided to cut the orange in half giving each Chef a half.  Turns out that both chefs did not need a half, demonstrating that disagreements can occur when they aren’t necessary.  When having our own committee discussions, Optimists of Monaco South members are reminded to be sure to share the why.
When you are having tough discussions, what constitutes a successful solution?  It’s when the topics are discussed.  Eliminate the fool’s choice which means how can I speak the truth and still have a good solution.  Giving you more choices for the topics.  How can we express ourselves, People never become defensive about what you’re saying, they are defensive about why you’re saying it.  It’s not the content it's why you’re saying it.  CPR, Content, Pattern, Relationship pertain to the type of conversation you are having.  Content refers to discussion regarding to a specific topic.  If the problem continues then you are talking about a pattern.  If the behavior continues then it becomes a relationship issue.
Start with heart, what do I want for myself?  What do I want For the other person?  What do I want for our relationship?  This involves your role in the discussion, look at your own behavior, and what can best result be.  Make it safe for other people.  Problems happen when things go wrong in tough conversations,.  Mutual purpose and mutual respect are keys to keep in mind.  If the other person doesn’t feel like you respect them as a human being, you will have bad discussion.  How to show good intent?  Apologize when appropriate.  Ask for permission to have the conversation.  Contrast to fix misunderstandings, does the person understand not only what you are saying, but what you mean as well.
Don’t and DO.  Address the misunderstanding and clarify your intent.  Stories: our brain makes up stories all the time.  We like certainty in our lives, and it is affected by what we see and hear, resulting in what our brain makes up to explain what we have just seen.  This story results in a feeling and eventually causes us to act.  Sometimes these feelings are good, many times they are bad.  The best resolution is to ask about why to clarify the situation.  If you do everything we tell you to do in this book, you will experience more positive difficult conversations.  Have the right conversation and continue having them.  This pertains to our own discussion regarding breakfast.  A positive conversation can result and a consensus can ensue.
Do we have a drawing?  $60 in the pot, 9 of clubs is the lucky card.  Frank Middleton takes the 1st cup.  Your editor takes a cup, Eldon String takes a cup, Don Thomson takes the last cup. Dick Nickoloff draws a card.  George Buzick takes another card, close but no cigar.  President Tom calls Tom Hoch’s name from the jar and takes a card, Greg Hurd leads us in the creed!
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Ed Collins
June 3
Chris Dunphy
June 6
Perry Allen
June 8
John Scarborough
June 9
Bill Morgan
June 10
James Svenson
June 14
Everett Gardner
June 16
Mike Prete
June 17
Terry Shroyer
June 18
Bryce Slaby
June 22
Greg Hurd
June 25
Dr. Bob Finkelmeier
June 29
*MSOC members
Friday  June 3. Linda Williams, Handling Tough Conversations
Friday  June 10. Camaraderie Day
Friday  June 17 Col. Gary Tobey, CIVIL AIR PATROL
Friday  June. 24 OPEN
Friday  July 1
Friday  July  8   Dr. Igrid Ulrich, Academic Achievement 
Friday July  15. Frank Rowe*,  Denver Park Trust update 
Friday July  22. Camaraderie Day
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Optimist Club of Monaco South 2020-2021 45th Year — Chartered in 1976
                   2021 - 2022 Officers                                                                                
President           Tom Kramis              303-917-5299 
Vice President   Larry Pulaski           303-956-1202 
Vice President   Chris Dunphy           720-297-3111 
Secretary           Phil Perington          303-832-4578
Treasurer           Pat Bush                   303-750-9409
                                  2021- 2022 Board of Directors 
 Stephen Avery   720-775-7700      Joe Marci          303-847-7844 
 George Buzick   303-803-2268      Casey Funk      720-656-2255
 David Peck        925-890-2531      Dan Rodriguez 303-521-5120 
 Steve Kady        303-931-1470      Kent Gloor       303-880- 5444 
 Tom Glazier      303-522-5214                                                
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
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.