• 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.

Fresh off a resounding Nuggets victory in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, smiles and happy faces filled the American Legion hall on a beautiful Friday morning, June 2, 2023. Ed Collins was pressing the flesh as the sole greeter (soul greeter?) offering greetings and laughs.  A handshake from Ed is good for the soul I think.  He was also offering up a joke of his own creation:

What’s the difference between an optimist and a pessimist?

An optimist builds airplanes, and a pessimist builds parachutes.
President Larry Pulaski began our meeting promptly, and asked Jon Wachter to deliver our invocation.  Jon chose a message on thinking only of the best.  Though very difficult, we should endeavor to let slights and grudges go, rather than allow them to fester and cause greater harm.  He then led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Do we have any guests?  Jon Wachter introduced his guest, Gary Menard, a former Navy serviceman.  Jon met Gary at the Legion last night watching the Nuggets game. Welcome Gary - we hope to see you again.
In the house... Past PresidentEverett Gardner - looking a lot like Rip Vanwinkle.
It is the end of the school year, and Charlie Korsoski awards were awarded this week at Bradley, McMeen and Lowry Elementary schools, plus Hamilton Middle School.  Jon Wachter, Pat Bush, Don Thomson, Paul Stratton and Karl Geil handled the presentation duties.  All ceremonies went well, however Karl is still trying to recover from the blow of being misidentified as Tom Mauro during the Hamilton event.  Please offer Karl your support when you see him.
Andy Towt and Robert Wardlaw had the privilege of awarding the Korsoski Award to Maleah Mayers, a fifth grade student at Holm Elementary School.  It is worth noting that the children of  April Milow, the Principal of Holm, were Super Citizens and one of them was given the Korsoski Award. She told Robert and Andy how special the awards were to her children.
Jon Wachter shared a thank you note that the club received from the Destination Imagination team at Bradley Elementary.  Our club made a donation that helped fund their trip to the global competition. When asked what the team’s results were at the event, Jon acknowledged that he didn’t know, but would do some research and report back next week.
Phil Perington took the mic and shared a raffle update.  The 3rd annual raffle will officially kick off next Friday.  The goal is to raise $5,000 that goes directly to our programs.  Promoting the raffle and ticket sales is a great way to meet people and talk about Optimism.  Tickets will be available for purchase next week, and only 500 will be sold, so get yours soon!  You can also consider buying a ticket or two on behalf of a non-profit of your choice.
Tom Glazier looking for volunteers to help a neighbor of his clean up yard June 17th and the 24th.  She had a number of cottonwoods cut down but the person she hired then disappeared.  Please come by for an hour or two to load branches into a dumpster on site at 4701 E. Amherst.  Tom passes around a sign up sheet, or give him a call.
Michael Chavez says that a couple of more folks are needed for us to fully staff the handouts at the June 8th Rockies game.  The gates open at 11:00 am for the fans, so we need to meet up at  10:15.
Michael also passed around a sign up sheet to staff our water station at the MS Ride, coming up on June 25th.  We meet in Longmont at 6:30 am.
Tom Kramis let us know that the Gateway Club is having their pancake breakfast on Saturday, June 24th.  It will start at 7:30 am at the Appleb ee's at the corner of E. Iliff and Abilene. Tom is selling tickets for the low low price of $10.
Bob Meyer makes the following plea for Junior Golf help:
Hey guys, I know I’m really late in asking, but are you available for June 15 for our Optimist Junior Golf Qualifier? On Thursday, June 15, we have a 8 am tee time at Meadow Hills in Aurora for all of our Girls divisions. If you know anyone else who might be available, please forward this email to them. If you need more information, please let me know.
 Bob Meyer
Colorado-Wyoming District Optimist Junior Golf Program Co-chairman
President Larry Pulaski announced that the monthly board meeting is coming up on Tuesday, June 6.  All club members are welcome to attend, please just let Larry know so that there will be enough food.  6:30 pm is the start time in the front room of the American Legion.
Larry then introduced today’s speaker, our own Greg Hurd with a career snapshot.
Greg is a charter member of our club, and the only one who has not served as a club president (yet).  He is an electrical engineer, aka a “Sparky”, and has worked for 44 years and over 80 different projects in the power, food and beverage, water, and waste water industries.
His first major project was in 1971 at a power plan in Wyoming.   Other career highlights include:
* A cement plan in Lyons, which was the first computerized cement plan in the country.
* Handling the automation and controls for the Denver Mint in 1997, and moving the whole facility to digital control.  Working with the production of nickels, quarters and dimes meant there were highly tuned metal detectors for people coming and going.  Greg tried to leave one night and had a chapstick stain in his pants pocket require him to disrobe nearly completely.
* Installing the underground power feed to the buildings and services on the north rim of the Grand Canyon.
* Yosemite National Park, updating the wastewater plant controls and automation.
* The water treatment plant at Mt. Rainier National Park.
* Working for Keebler on the automation and controls for the Cheez-it line.  Raising and lowering the temperature while making the crackers was a delicate task.
* Helping NATO in Northern Germany by tracking and mapping scatterbomb explosions.  They modified a digital data acquisition system by using microphones to track patterns of the explosions.
* Daimler Benz plant working on their onboard crash testing.
* Multiple glass projects helped him develop an expertise in high temperature systems with a range of 2,500 - 5,000 degrees.  Greg worked on many projects at Coors Ceramics
Over the course of his career, Greg worked for 9 different companies 7, of which no longer exist.  Thanks for sharing tales of your experiences Greg - very impressive and entertaining!
We had a drawing!  $40 lurked in the pot, with the 9 of diamonds as the key to finding it.
Cold cups of cash went to:
Dave Peck
Dick Nickoloff
Mike White
Bill Morgan
Don Roth
George Buzick had his number drawn and went for the big money to no avail.  As a consolation, he then drew his other number, and took a cup this time.
Greg Young has his number drawn and had no choice but to pick a card.  And pick he did!  9 of Diamonds and Greg went home $40 happier!  Congrats Greg!
Due to Greg’s good fortune, there was no nametag drawing this week, since there was no longer a pot to be won!  Tune in to next week’s GUMS.
Our Guest Gary Menard started us off on the recitation of the Optimist Creed:  Promise yourself…
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Ed Collins
June 3
John Guttmann
June 5
Chris Dunphy
June 6
John Scarborough
June 9
Bill Morgan
June 10
James Svenson
June 14
Everett Gardner
June 16
Mike Prete
June 17
Terry Shroyer
June 18
Tom Yagley
June 20
Bryce Slaby
June 22
Greg Hurd
June 25
Dr. Bob Finkelmeier
June 29
Jun 09, 2023 7:30 AM
Talk and Bloviate
Jun 16, 2023 7:30 AM
Jun 23, 2023 7:30 AM
Life lesson for an Optimistic Life
Jun 30, 2023 7:30 AM
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Upcoming Events
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
Jun 21, 2023 4:00 PM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Jun 23, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Junior Golf Committee Meeting
American Legion Hall
Jun 23, 2023 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.