• 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.
We need volunteers for an Optimist Junior Golf Tour event at Green Valley Ranch next Saturday and Sunday, Oct 14 – 15.
Contact Bob Meyer for details. (303-919-4532)
New Year for the Club.
Our New President Casey Funk arrived at 6:30 ready with a big smile on his face and full of anticipation.
Greeters Don Roth and Karl Geil were merrily offering warm handshakes and words of camaraderie and encouragement.
 Gary Strowbridge was busy taking care of business, hanging banners and prepping the room with guidance from Ed Collins. Tom Hoch, wearing his new baby blue Club shirt, looking very smooth, was engaged in setting up the ZOOM equipment, testing microphones and field testing the toaster. Our Speaker Beatrice Bruno (a military lady) was an early arrival. As they say in the Army and Boy Scouts… if you’re early, you are on time-if you’re on time, you are late.
New member Matt Dollarhide spent time visiting and getting acquainted with Casey. Meanwhile, Greg (Choo-Choo) Hurd along with Dan Rodriguez, Greg Holt and Pat (show me the money) Bush were avidly discussing tree lot signs and advertising. Tom Overton, Larry Pulaski, Frank Middleton,and Michael Chavez huddled around Casey offering words of support and humorous advice.Tom Kramis,  potential new member Rod Sutherland and Jon Wachter were all admiring Vaughan Kendall’s wild slip ons and walking cap. Eldon Strong, Craig Eley, Carl Brown and Denny Dressman were engrossed in multiple highly important conversations. The room was packed and filled with high energy.
The chant of Ring the Bell! Ring the Bell!  filled the air. President Casey, after a brief moment of microphone training brought the meeting to Order and presented the invocation, “talk health, happiness and prosperity by spreading the message of optimism to all we meet & by giving hope and encouragement in our daily actions. All things are possible if we help one another.” The Pledge of Allegiance followed, Play Ball! was not in attendance.
1st Board meeting of the year was convened 10/3. Vaughn Kendall provided delicious home cooked vittles-enjoyed by all. The Budget committee is working towards a November presentation for approval. Likewise, the Club By-Laws as amended by OI and Club Policy are almost completed and will be presented at the November Board meeting as well. Of Note: the 1st Tuesday Board meeting date is not compatible with Treasurer Reports and a later date will be sought.
Jake Baker's friend, Rod Sutherland-returning from a previous visit and interested in volunteering for the Junior Golf Tournament at Green Valley on 10/5 and 16.
Michael Chavez:  The November 16th Thanksgiving Dinner at the Boys and Girls Club on W Kentucky is upon us soon. Please sign up to volunteer for serving and set up crews.
Dick Nicoloff: Announced the Super Citizen award ceremony at Samuels was excellent and well received. School is back in full bloom and many more events at our sponsoring schools are planned. Please volunteer and enjoy the moments.
Larry Pulaski: Is pleased to report the Zoom program will be more interactive and a big screen is in the future. He also has free tickets for a pancake breakfast Fundraiser at Heather Gardens Tickets dusted by New District Governor Mary Grace Wake.
Craig Eley: He will be taking pictures for the new directory and if you want a different or new photo please see him immediately following the meeting and next week.
Tom Hoch: Requested a need for a hauling trailer next Saturday. If anyone has one available, he would like to borrow it.
Tom Mauro: Reported Hamilton needs help for 100 families during the Thanksgiving season by providing  King Soopers gift cards. Also over 700 kids are in need of warm clothing, jackets and gloves. There are big and small kids all in need.
Tom Kramis: Announced the Tree lot work crew for 10/6 has been reschedule to 10/10 due to in-climate weather. (His Mother is resting peacefully, and we are grateful for his return.)
Bob AverPun king pumpkin memes | quickmemey: Pleased to announce the Boy Scout pumpkin sales are alive and in full force at the corner of Holly and Orchard. There are plenty many. Also reminded everyone of the 8-9 am John Young breakfast get together at NY Deli News   If you attend, please proffer conversations reflecting past moments of remembrance to help him recall those memories. He is especially fond of some Optimist $2 bills he distributed a few years ago.
Phil Perington: Updated our Raffle income statement and activity. 2nd place $1,000 winner Beau Safford (one of Phil's clients has donated $500 back to the Club and will be our guest one of these days. Also, Breakfast cashier Noel Hasselgren received a $20 refund for a ticket that was misplaced and did not get entered into the drawing.
Guest Speaker Beatrice Bruno aka “Bea”(POWWOW (Prophetic, On-Watch Warriors of Worship/War). Bea noted that we throw a lot of men under the bus with glee and humor. Funny and cool. Healthy activity for all. She shared with us her daily routine of walking 5 miles and doing 100 pushups by hitting the floor and ripping off 10 quick pushups. The silence was deafening. Bea is A Black female Drill Sergeant now serving in an RV Ministry: The Drill Sergeant of Life Sermonaotor Mobile. She emphatically declared We’re all going to die and misses her husband, a white guy. I love ya’ll.
As the Dedicated Drill Sgt. Of Life we all need get over the past and get on with life, reminiscent of the line from the Shawshank Redemption movie….  “You either get busy living or you get busy dying.”
What’s inside of you is for somebody else. Be wise.
By helping and supporting our Youth we bring so much more into our life. Optimists have a BIG mission- to help a child out there who needs your back up. B walked us through the Optimist Creed line by line to reinforce what she was talking about and congratulated us for our mission. She sadly lamented, “I didn’t put the uniform on to see this mess today”. Kids need to be somebody. God allows you to get up in the morning to step out and serve these kids. You’re here for a reason. In true Drill Sgt. Form B stated, If that’s your creed & if you’re not living it, then why are you here. There is joy in helping young people.
Bea gave a brief history of her life as a youngster. She was the classic hand me down child.  My mother gave me to my father who gave me to his parents (my Grandparents). At age 5 she was told she was too black to be pretty or successful in life. By the age 15 she believed it all. As luck would have, Perry Mason changed it all. After watching him in action she decided she wanted to be an attorney At age 18 she was pregnant and was told you’ll never be an attorney. That changed when she came upon a came upon a recruiting station.  She had a decision to make on her choice of Services. No to the Navy- can’t swim. Air Force-nope to high. Marines are crazy-nope. Army- Yes “be all you can be.”  1987 she earned Drill Sgt. Status. It truly validated the be all you can be.
Bea was adamant about the reality, that some young person is waiting for you. Nothing can disturb your peace of mind. You only hear what you want to hear is a sin social media has plagued upon our youth.  A Basketball coach in 2015 said to her “I’m so very proud of you.” It was the 1st time she had heard those words. We need to make kids feel proud of themselves. By getting over yourself you can then focus on others. It is eventually a lesson every child can and must learn. To expect only the best. Bea prays for the lost souls on Colfax, her prayer is, “please God help them realize who they can be”. We should strive to guide and push kids to be what they can be. Can we just come together and be who we are. It was a stimulating and eye-opening presentation. Bless you & Thank-you Bea. Please come back soon.
A new year begins with a new deck of cards!
9 diamonds-lucky card among 51 others.
Cup Winners: Bill Morgan-Denny Dressman- Bob Avery-Ken Jeung- Mike White & Vaughn Kendall.
Luck of the Draw: What are the chances of drawing the winning card from a full deck. Ask Lucky Dick Nickloff. He pulled the nine of diamonds and won $20!
President Casey makes his final comment of the morning… Boy is this great-I really want to do it again!
Drill Mama leads the Creed.
Note from Steve Kady
Eventho I am powerless now, I would like for you to post this meeting notice in the next edition of GUMS.
Who knows where these sites might pop up. It could be in your neighborhood or mine. And it is apparently going to be in mine. I already have two of my neighbors with children that have put their homes up for sale because they think it is going to happen.
I feel our member should know what is going on with this City and how they are attempting to change it.
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Member Birthdays
Ed Leuty
October 1
Jeff Wilson
October 2
Greg Holt
October 6
Ron Gustas
October 7
John Bamford
October 13
Tom Glazier
October 17
Allen Malask
October 22
Allan McCall
October 25
Robert Wardlaw
October 30
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BRONCOS Past VP of Public Relations
Oct 27, 2023 7:30 AM
Truths and Myths of fine Jade
Nov 03, 2023 7:30 AM
Former Chmn, State Gaming Commission
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Upcoming Events
Super Citizen-Slavens
Slavens Elementary School
Oct 11, 2023
8:15 AM - 9:30 AM
Oct 11, 2023 4:00 PM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Oct 13, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Oct 20, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Super Citizen-Most Precious Blood
Most Precious Blood School
Oct 24, 2023 10:30 AM
Oct 25, 2023 4:00 PM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Oct 27, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Super Citizen-Bradley
Bradley International School
Oct 27, 2023
1:15 PM - 3:00 PM
Q1 District Quarterly Conference
The Schoolhouse at Mainstreet
Oct 28, 2023
7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Nov 03, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 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
OCMS President Larry Pulaski 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  
 Tom Hoch             303-332-9338                                       
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.