• 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.
Harvest moon with plane flying in front of it
Our greeters this morning, doing a great job are Curt Boell and Gary Strowbridge.  A beautiful full moon this morning just over the horizon heading west on Yale.
On the last day of his Presidency Larry Pulaski rings the bell promptly at 7 Larry asks Eldon Strong to read the invocation this morning.   To Strong for Fear, O Holy Spirit help us to overcome Fear.  Everything we do has risks. help us to overcome our fears and lead a life of Optimism.  Eldon then leads us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
President Announcements:  Christmas Party December 2nd at the Assistance League.  Installation Banquet will be September 30, tomorrow!   Tom Kramis’ mother is not doing well and he is back in Seattle caring for her, thus Larry will act as MC. Bring your dancing shoes, Karl Geil and his wife Lesley Meyer will be instructing on swing dancing.
Contact Bob Meyer 303-919-4532

Tom Hoch tells us that the mayor will not be signing our Super Citizen certificates this year.  Tom has a personal connection with Mike Johnston, and after trying to get his office to cooperate and get his signature we have been rebuffed and no signature from his office is forthcoming.
 Tom Mauro comments on the unsuccessful attempts to get the mayor's signature for Super Citizen certificates and tells us there are a lot of members in this club and make your voice be heard.  He also says he is making any corrections or changes to the Directory he is taking those now.  Hamilton Middle School is having a Open House tomorrow.  As part of the support for Hamilton, if you have any clothes you want to donate bring them to Tom and he will take them over.  They will be taking donations for turkeys for families at the school so Tom will be collecting monetary donations.

Frank Middleton introduces Joe Habayashi, our speaker this morning.  Since our regular speaker has not been able to join us, Joe has graciously offered to be our speaker this morning.  Joe is a member of the Windsor Gardens Optimist Club. 
Joe Hayashi asks us to think about someone who we believe is doing well.  He then asks us to be quiet and think about this person.  More than likely, Joe tells us, the person you are thinking about has a positive attitude, and we all agree.  If you look at Joe’s resume he has many accomplishments, but in actuality he has endured many setbacks in his life.  Joe reminds us that the most recent Supreme Court justice, Ketanji Brown Jackson as a black woman has encountered many obstacles in her life and accomplished a great deal, in large part because of her optimistic outlook.  In Joe’s teaching role he would tell students no complaining, no cynicism, no criticism.  He would take notes and keep track of comments students were making, and when read back to them they didn’t think they would be that negative but would change their attitude when confronted with it.  Joe’s daughter is an executive with Microsoft and flies to Seattle once a month for meetings.  She was told by a woman afterward, that in great part, it was her friendly interaction with this woman, who actually was the chairwoman of the executive search committee, but who many applicants considered unimportant, that she was the only person who spoke with her and was nice.  Joe tells us about a speech by Art Linkletter, and how his speech on a positive attitude was life changing.  Joe asks us to stand and repeat the words of our Creed, and to really believe those words.  The Broncos, Rockies and Nuggets all have one thing in common, they don’t know how to play football.  Joe tells us about a player that for 4 years sat on the bench, and asked the coach to put him in the game, and finally agreed to put him in. The player goes on to play very well in the game, and after the surprised coach asks the player how it is he played so well.  The player responds by saying that his blind father had passed away that very day, and so today was the first day his father had seen him play. 
Do we have a drawing?  There is only $40 in the pot this week.  The lucky card today is the Queen of Diamonds. 1 cards are left from which to choose.
Mario Sani has the lucky ticket and draws the winning ticket, he is $40 richer
Dick Nickoloff takes a cup
Frank Middleton takes a cup
Dick Nickoloff takes another cup
Dave Peck takes a cup
Larry Palaski wins a cup
President Larry Pulaski, on his last meeting as President of this club, leads us in the Creed
Go out and promote Optimism  
The 48th Installation and Awards Celebration was held at the Rendezvous restaurant in Heather Gardens on Saturday, September 30. Among the guests present were Mary Grace White, Governor of the Colorado/Wyoming District for the 2023-24 Optimist year and Linda Williams, Lt. Governor of Zone 5, who installed the officers and Board of Director, including:
  • President - Casey Funk
  • Vice-Presidents - Matt Nelson, Tom Glazier
  • Secretary - Jake Baker
  • Treasurer - Pat Bush 
  • Immediate Past President - Larry Pulaski
  • Directors- Vaughn Kendall, George Buzick, Tom Hoch, Ken Jeung, Carl Brown, Al Gapuzan, Greg Holt, Mario Sani
The always prepared Mistress of Ceremonies was Abigail Nichols, Past Governor, Lt. Governor and always willing to help out. Tom Kramis, who planned the event, was unable to attend because of the passing of his mother. Abigail did her usual excellent job as a last-minute replacement.
Craig Eley, Past President 2016-17, opened the meeting with the Inspiration and lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance. After a delicious lunch of Chicken Parmigiano, Spaghetti Bolognese and Squash Medley, President Larry Pulaski reviewed the past year's activities and presented awards to the following members:
From left to right:
George Buzick: Outstanding Service as Editor and Publisher of GUMS
Tom Yagley and Denny Dressman: Rookie of the Year,
Gary Strowbridge-Silent Optimist (Does things behind the scenes, never seeks recognition)
Optimist of the Year is awarded to the member who has contributed the most to the club during the current year. Michael has participated in many activities and has been the primary planner for the Boys and Girls Club Thanksgiving dinner, the MS Bicycle water station, the Colorado Rockies fund raiser and the Optimist Oratorical Contest.
The Marlin Kent Eternal Optimist Award shall be presented to no more than one member each year, and a member may receive this award only once. To be eligible, a member must have been a member of Monaco South for at least 15 years and have made a significant contribution to the Club's goals throughout the member's Optimist career. The intent of the award is to acknowledge a life-long commitment to the Club, and the award shall be given to the nominee who, in the opinion of the nominating committee, has made the most significant contribution to the Club and its goals during the member's affiliation with the Club.  The plaque shall read: "The Marlin Kent Eternal Optimist Award; Presented to: [name of recipient] by the Optimist Club of Monaco South for a life-long commitment to the goals of the Club. [Club Year awarded]" 
Tom Hoch-Master Videographer presented a video of the Christmas Tree Lot over the years, accompanied by appropriate Christmas music. Here is link to the video:
Three  members who were kicked out of JC's because they were too old and were organizers of the MSOC Christmas Tree adventure: Joe Marc, Frank Middleton, Pat Bush told of some of the adventures over the years experienced at the tree lot.
Casey Funk, President for the 2023-24 year talked about looking forward to his upcoming experience. Since he has retired Casey has time on his hands and, since he doesn't have to snow blow his walk (because a benevolent neighbor does it for him) he decided to step forward to take charge of an organization which, say many of the Past Presidents, runs itself. Good Luck to Casey. We're all behind you!
Thirteen Past Presidents watched as President Larry Pulaski was presented with his blue jacket, a symbol of having shared the experience of leading the men of Monaco South Optimist Club.
The afternoon closed with Swing Dance lessons taught by Karl Geil and his wife Lesley Meyer, who are accomplished swing dancers. Music was furnished by a trio of musicians from the After Midnight Band. A good time was had by all!
Birthdays & Anniversaries
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
Oct 06, 2023 7:30 AM
The Drill Sergeant of Life
Oct 13, 2023 7:30 AM
Oct 20, 2023 7:30 AM
BRONCOS Past VP of Public Relations
Oct 27, 2023 7:30 AM
Truths and Myths of fine Jade
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Upcoming Events
American Legion Hall #1
Oct 03, 2023 6:30 PM
Super Citizen-Samuels
Samuels Elementary School
Oct 05, 2023
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Oct 06, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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
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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.