• 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.
Clarification; From Claire Young: Thursday morning breakfast with John Young.  If you would like to be added to Claire’s list of helpers, please shoot her an email at  Claire goes to the Tamarac meeting on Thursdays.  She makes a breakfast date for John every week.  You meet John at NY Deli at 8:15, have breakfast on Claire’s tab, and then drive him home.  If you prefer to call or text, Claire’s cell is 720-425-7205.  Many thanks. 
It was a Glorious Morning
Glazier, TomNickoloff, DickGreeters featuring Tom Glazier and Dick Nickoloff were spreading happy smiles and good vibes to all passing through the door. Our delicious breakfast buffet arrived early, and fresh coffee flowed with great abundance. It was an energetic and hungry gathering, working hard to kick off the weekend in optimistic style.
 Steve “Thumper” Kady, “Silent Carl” Brown, Ed “Fun House” Collins and Bryce”Don’t call me Bruce”Slaby were gesticulating and promulgating considerable opinions on recent water and flooding matters of great concern.   Eldon Strong was merrily telling anyone who would listen he and Roxie are on their way to Great Lakes adventure in search of long-lost ancestors. and family lore. Frank “Sooper King” Middleton, was busy churning the room in search of new member information. Tom Mauro was seen telling folks that he was back, only to hear “you were gone?” Gateway Club member, Tom Mehl, appeared with $120 for 6 paid raffle ticket entries. What a nice surprise (with the help of Tom Kramis).
DTC Club President Tom Overton was touting the DTC Club decision to meet at the Legion Hall for their evening meetings. It is also Hamburger Nite at the Hall and works for everyone. Welcome home DTC! T-Bird-DavePeck and Greeter Chief-Gapuzan were avidly making conversation about upcoming Club activities. Curt Boell led the morning activity surrounding RAFFLE Ticket sales, with a very generous purchase. GUMS Editor-in-Chief George Buzick, sadly called GUMS Sub-editor Paul Stratton to report car failure and no show… he is not a happy guy.
President Larry Pulaski gaveled the meeting to semi-order and waited patiently for the sound of silence.
Frank Ross presented a very thoughtful Invocation, “Make your friends feel there is something in them.” recognize their special talents, and contributions while discovering a way to help with them with problems of self-doubt and purpose. Give thanks for their friendship and commitment to the optimistic way of life. The Pledge of Allegiance followed with the ever-exciting plea of “PLAY BALL!” Be true to your school just like you would to your girl…Beach Boys.  
Our Prez then went on to recognize ZOOM members: Greg “Choo- Choo” Hurd, Bob Avery, Calypso-Tom Hoch and Smilin’ Randy Marcove. He reminded everyone of the Principles to Breakfast organized by Robert Wardlaw on August 4th.  Larry closed by sharing his discovery on the Rockies channel of a Documentary framed around the Early Days of baseball and how the Denver Bears were born and evolved. It is a cool program, and he recommended every Rockies fan take a look.  
The 75th annual District Convention will be held in Fort Morgan, August 18-19. This is a great opportunity to share ideas with other clubs, meet other members and have a good time. The Convention itself will be a one-day event, beginning at 8:30 on Saturday morning and ending with the installation of the new District Governor at dinner. Please visit the district website for more registration information, meal prices and agenda: 
(There will be training for Club Presidents, Secretary/Treasurer and some fun activities on Friday, if you would like to come early. Registration is due by August 4th.
There is a winner on the purple socks quiz. Several people recognized the purple socks of Rockies Super-fan, Phil Perington, including Paul Stratton, Bob Avery and Dr. Bob Finkelmeier, who sits by his computer on Sunday afternoon and waits for the new GUMS to come out and was the winner.
Tom Kramis and Tom Overton: Discussed the Bird sanctuary and ways to enjoy the scenery without disturbing the environment or upsetting the dogs and cats.
Jon Wachter: U-Hill is reaching out to Clubs in search of 10 paid volunteers for the annual Scottish Festival held August 4th & 5th in Sedalia area located @ the Denver Polo Club Field located on the east side of Airport Road and South Santa Fe Drive Intersection (Stop light controlled) Please ask Jon for details and/or review the attached information flyer.
Past President and Events Director Tom Kramis: Requested help in seeking entertainment for for the Installation Lunch on September 30th. He also reported on the TLC (tree Lot Committee) meeting 7/19. We have back up on trees thanks to Nick’s son Rick and Joe Marci. New hours for volunteers at the Tree Lot are forthcoming and will be 3-hour shifts. Stay tuned. Hours of operation are 10-8 weekdays and 9-8 weekends. A Volunteer fundraiser opportunity, steered by the TAP committee is in process. A report will be presented at the August meeting.
Bud Olsen:  Jeanne Frankhauser, wife of OCMS Founder Dr. Ed Frankhauser is in good health will be relocating to Portland on the 24th of July. We all send her our prayers and optimist good cheer for a pleasant and comfortable trip.
Andy Towt: Foundation/Dime a Day Chair is still taking $36.50 memberships and thanked members who have already donated. The DAD contributions are used by O.I.  to finance scholarships for the Oratorical Contest. Past Presidents are also urged to join the Presidents Club for $250.
Tom Yagley: Announced the AL Color Guard car car show is Saturday 7/22 in the parking lot of ALH and he still has $10 raffle tickets for the firearm contest.
Pat Bush, Club Treasurer: Urged anyone who is seeking money for 2023-24 projects submit a request to him by July 31. DON’T FORGET!!
The peaches are here at a low low price of 45$ box. Sign up now…they go out the garage door at the speed of light.
On a sad note, Eldon Strong reported former member Todd Olson(Commercial Paint Company) lost his daughter to a lengthy battle with cancer. She served as a Professor at Oklahoma State University and is a close friend of the Eldon Family children.
This note from Mark Metevia, Speaker Chair Extraordinaire:
I enjoy bringing speakers to the club, but most thankful that members have brought their experiences like today’s speaker Greg Eley. And others travel experiences like Harry Figley, and Vaughn Kendall. As well as those sharing their career highlights like Kent Gloor, Dan Rodriquez and Greg Hurd. And still others that I’ve given me leads for interesting programs I want to thank Tom Mauro, Frank Middleton, Frankf Ross and Steve Kady to name a few off the top of my head.  Hoping others will share a talk like Phil Perington on how he squandered his inheritance living in Aspen in his 20s.
Guest Speaker
 Craig Eley regales us with his tales of his Trip to Egypt 
Pyramids of Giza | History, Location, Age, Interior, & Facts | Britannica
Craig opened with, “this is a tough crowd gonna have to tell the truth”. He explained why the November trip to Egypt is best, because it is not so hot. Craig and Cindy were among the crew of visitors consisting of 16 folks, including members from Iowa State University. The Odyssey ended in Cairo after commencing on the Nile River at Abu Simbal. One interesting element of the trip was how the Egyptian government built their highways by cutting buildings in half and paving right up to their doorways.  The GIZA pyramids were one of the highlights, but very dark, dank and with no ventilation. It is always easy to find a camel ride instead of a taxi. There is one outside every door.  Assam is the location of Nassar  Lake and dedicated to Russians. One downside of Tourism throughout Egypt is the fact that a tremendous number of Temples have been razed and vandalized by generations of occupation. The DAM was built because of uncontrolled flooding and need for electricity. In 1950, to offset irrigation loss into the communities abutting the Nile canals were dug and provided much needed water for crops and habitation. Many temples and shrines were carved and painted from as long ago as 2000 years ago. The Best-preserved examples are mostly caved on plaster inside the temples. Craig noted that it all starts to look alike after 15 days. An adoring picture of his brother and OCMS member Cliff, showed an affectionate smiling baby alligator sitting on his shoulder. There is a lot of walking involved especially when visiting all the Ramses II sites, Ramses the Great as he was affectionately known lived to the ripe old age of 92, ruling the Kingdom of Egypt for 60-70 years.
Photo of Temple of Nefertari
The Old Egypt was divided into Egypt and Nubia.   The largest and most recognized Ramses II temple had to be relocated uphill off the Nile. Hatshepsut, daughter of an early Pharaoh was the only true Female Pharaoh. Cleopatra VII was the last Queen of Egypt during the Alexander the Great era. There are Undercover Guards on every tour, and Vendors are everywhere including small boats crowding tour ships. LUXOR, the former Capitol, offered exciting balloon rides for the adventurous.
An interesting observation revealed there are no roofs on most homes because it never rains. Horse carriages are available in some locations and the camel are not happy. KOM OBO BY Luxor, Craig ended his fascinating presentation with a photo of the KARNAC Temple but saw no Johnny Carson memorabilia. Thank you, Craig, it was a great show.
Do we have a drawing? Queen Clubs for 20$
5 cups-Bryce Slayby, Carl Brown, Ken Jeung, Prez Larry and Craig Eley
Card Drawing-Bill Litchfield nada but Greg “lucky”Holt wins the big money and proceeded to buy a Raffle ticket from Tom Yagely for the ALH.
Creed-Frank Ross
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Cliff Eley
July 4
Dan Rodriguez
July 6
Pat Bush
July 6
Jack Kleinheksel
July 9
Paul Simon
July 9
Wyatt McCallie
July 11
Jim Leuschner
July 12
David Wasserburger
July 14
Kent Gloor
July 14
Thumper Kady
July 16
Andy Towt
July 18
Steve Avery
July 22
Tom Hoch
July 22
Mark Metevia
July 26
Randy Marcove
July 27
Jul 28, 2023 7:30 AM
Independence Institute: Information on Proposition HH
Aug 04, 2023 7:30 AM
Honoring the Principals of our Super Citizen schools
Aug 11, 2023
Confessions of a Corporate Clown -My McDonalds Story
Aug 18, 2023 7:30 AM
owner Lucas Liqueurs, Changes and Challengers in the industry
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Upcoming Events
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Jul 28, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Junior Golf Committee Meeting
American Legion Hall
Jul 28, 2023 8:00 AM
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Aug 01, 2023 6:30 PM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Aug 04, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Aug 11, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Aug 16, 2023 4:00 PM
CO/WY District Convention
The Block in Fort Morgan
Aug 18, 2023 8:30 AM –
Aug 19, 2023 8:00 PM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Aug 18, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
South By SouthEast Festival
Bible Park
Aug 19, 2023
10:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Aug 25, 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.