• 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.
Our greeter this morning is Mark Metevia.   A beautiful start to the day, this morning.
Mark stopped by Bob Sweeney’s office this week to pick up some copies of the Villager paper.  Mark was happy to see our own Denny Dressman, having featured stories on the front page featuring a talented sophomore diver from Cherry Creek, along with an interesting story about Ruffian the top ranked filly who met an untimely demise in 1975.
Standing in for President Larry Pulaski, Tom Kramis rings the bell promptly at 7 and asks Joe Marci to read the invocation this morning.  A tribute to those living among us who have answered the call from our country to serve to protect our freedoms, with some giving the ultimate sacrifice.  Let us never take for granted the gift of liberty.
Tom asks Joe Marci to tell us about the recent golf outing in support of Jr. Golf.  Joe tells us he had 15 foursomes for the recent Golf Tournament supporting Jr. Golf.  Bob Meyer has all the information.
Michael Chavez is taking orders for Optimist shirts. June 8 is the Rockies give away.  The MS Ride on June 25, in Longmont.
Pat Bush has $100 bills for Charlie Korsoski award.  If you are a school representative, please see Pat.  He also tells us that for the last year and a half as Treasurer, he has not been officially cleared to conduct club business by our bank. 
Frank Middleton shares a nice letter from Saun Driscoll, who is with Pack 286 Cub Scouts.  He went back and wrote a letter thanking the club for being the charter organization for this scout pack, and had all the cub scouts sign the card.
Tom Glazier has a couple neighbors who hired a guy to cut some cottonwoods, and he cut them down but then disappeared.  The neighbor has a lot of branches in her yard, needing to be cleaned up and put in the big 40’ dumpster, so come and help her out.  June 17 and June 24.  Tom also along with Kent Gloor met with some teachers at TJ High School.  The club has been asked for donations to the Gardening club, and from the Latino Club who need funds for T-shirts, and a teacher from the students with special needs to donate for sports equipment. 
Tom MauKady, Thumperro recaps last week's meeting featuring Denver’s 2 mayoral candidates, and tells us that Steve Kady was responsible for helping get contact information for both campaigns.  Tom also tells us that in his experience with Norwest Banks, which became Wells Fargo, signatures on checks were electronically verified each evening. 
Tom Yagley, Commander of  the Legion Post 1, is talking about the events for this weekend, Memorial Day.  Honoring our Heroes.  Memorial Day Weekend, those that gave the last full measure.  First celebrated and was originally known as Celebration Day, to decorate the graves of comrades who died in battle.  In 1868.  Memorial Day includes the national moment of silence at 3 Monday afternoon. History of the Medal of Honor, which is awarded to those that have gone above and beyond during battle, without regard to their own safety.  This post goes to Crown Hill Cemetery to honor the veterans interred there, including some who fought in Spanish American War.
The American Legion organization was formed in 1919 and includes the 4 Pillars of Service.  Post 1 now has 145 members whose father or mother served during wars.  Tom displays a picture showing a gathering after WWI that showed veterans who spear headed aid for those who fought and their families.  Veterans that had been wounded.  The Legion had been focused on Veterans education and employment, Children and youth health and wellness, National Security. Support for the troops stationed overseas receive care packages and support.  Every Legion Hall is local and helps in their community. 
Tom Mauro asks re if we can buy flags from the Post. Tom says no, but they can help with disposal.  American Legion Baseball has been a long-standing organization.  Karl Geil asks Tom how involved the American Legion in the recent Burn Pit legislation was that was just passed in Congress.  Dick Nickoloff says his daughter is involved with the VA Hospital in Milwaukee, is the Post 1 involved with the hospital locally?  Tom says the Post has a person who is directly involved with the care that some are receiving through the VA.  Mark Metevia, says Post 1250 was at a recent Car show and helped with the reciting of the pledge of allegiance.  VFW is for people who served overseas during conflict.  All veterans that served and were honorably discharged are eligible for the American Legion.   
Do we have a drawing?  There is $30 in the pot this week,  The lucky card today is the 2 of spades.  Wyatt McCallie takes the 1st cup.  Your editor draws a card.  Dick Nickoloff has a cup.  Dave Peck takes a cup!  Greg Holt takes a cup . Tom Glazier wins a cup.  Karl Geil draws a card.  Russ Paul’s name is drawn from the plastic jug and he draws a card, but not lucky.
We then recite the Creed.  Go forth and promote Optimism
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
James Riley
May 1
John Young
May 3
Mario Sani
May 5
Keith Gallaway
May 7
George Buzick
May 16
Gary Strowbridge
May 20
Mike White
May 21
Robert Duvall
May 24
David Peck
May 28
Tom Mauro
May 28
Harry Fegley
May 30
Karl Geil
May 31
Jun 02, 2023 7:30 AM
Career Snapshots
Jun 09, 2023 7:30 AM
Life lesson for an Optimistic Life
Jun 16, 2023 7:30 AM
Jun 23, 2023 7:30 AM
Travelogue from Egypt
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Upcoming Events
May 29, 2023 11:59 PM
Super Citizen-ELLIS
Ellis Elementary School
May 31, 2023
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Jun 02, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
American Legion Hall #1
Jun 06, 2023 6:30 PM
Rockies Handouts-Free Tickets!!
Coors Field
Jun 08, 2023
10:15 AM – 2:00 PM
Junior Golf Tournament
Flatirons Golf Course
Jun 09, 2023
7:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Junior Golf Tournament
Flatirons Golf Course
Jun 09, 2023
12:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Jun 09, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Junior Golf Tournament
Meadow Hills Golf Course
Jun 15, 2023
7:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Jun 16, 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.
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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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.