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Member pictureCY REGAN
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Cy Regan.  It is ironic that, unaware that Cy had died, the club paid tribute to his Irish heritage and his long time custom of singing Irish songs in celebration of St. Patrick's Day by playing a video tape of his last performance at this morning's meeting.  Shown here (Below) is the group of members who accompanied Cy in 2016 - including John Young's wife, Claire and (above), Cy singing "Danny Boy" in his last performance in 2019. Cy joined the club in April 1992 and was Club President in the 1999-2000 Optimist Year. Funeral services are pending.
The following message was received from Craig Eley:  George, sad news about Cy. Appropriate, I guess,  that he passed away on St. Patrick's Day.
Cy and I had the same birthday, Feb 6, 22 years apart. I used to say that Cy had his first alcoholic drink on the day I was born. But, as he was Irish, I guess it is more correct to say that Cy had his first legal drink the day I was born.
I never heard anyone say a bad word about Cy. He truly wore a cheerful countenance at all times!

 Tommy McHoch and Ed O’Collins were still in the spirit of yesterday’s St. Patrick’s Day holiday, and greeted each of our meeting’s attendees with warm Irish welcomes.  An exuberant crowd was in attendance, joined by 7 Optimists on Zoom.
Our esteemed president Tom Kramis asked one of our greeters, Ed Collins, to deliver today’s invocation.  Ed delivered a message celebrating the courage and strength shown by George Washington, our nation’s first president, and the debt we all owe to him.  He then led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. 
Our Prodigal Son, Everett Gardner was in attendance, and received lots of warm greetings after having been away for some time.  He was in the spirit of things, sporting a long, green beard.  Good to see you Everett!
President Kramis and Greg Young reported that the Calvary Baptist Church will be the setting for the 3rd Quarter District conference, which is coming.  This is a good one to attend, since you will be able to hear students give Oratorical and Deaf and Hard of hearing presentations.
Greg Young also let us know that we are on Bobblehead duty at Coors Field for a game on July 31st, so mark your calendar.  More details and sign up info to follow.
Rocky Mountain Train Show (largest train show of 2022 in Colorado)
National Western Complex
4655 Humbolt St
Expo Hall - Hall of Education East & West
Parking is free at National Western Lots
April 2 & 3, 10 AM to 5 PM Sat & 10 AM to 4 PM Sun
Adults $13
Kids Under 12 Free
Scouts in Uniform Free
Military & First Responders with ID use Vetix for discountss
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SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, August 20, 2022 | 11 AM - 7 PM | Bible Park

South By Southeast Book Giveaway Event
Since we are 'Friends of Youth' (and younger)...
2022 CALL FOR BOOKS (focusing on children and youth):
Please consider donating the following types of books for our giveaway:
Early literacy (baby books, board books, family reading books)
Chapter books
Young adult books
educational kids and youth books
Books for the deaf and hard of hearing or other assistive resources
Books for educators of youth and the young
* book marks (see below)
* bookbags (see below)
Sandy and Frank Middleton have graciously offered to temporarily store donated books in their home. THANK YOU, Sandy and Frank!
Since this is a one day event, we will likely confine donations to a maximum of 30 boxes of books/materials to fit in our booth (the committee may explore up to 40-50) and this is our second year of learning how to successfully experience this event for our community.
We are also looking for donations of age appropriate bookmarks promoting education and literacy as well as the age appropriate bookbags promoting education and literacy (NO COMPANY BRANDED type bookbags, please)...blank bookbags are fine.
Our kids and young adult books went like hotcakes last year right as we opened the booth and kids, their parents, and grandparents were sometimes awkwardly walking away with big piles of books to enjoy! Wahoo! (Thus bookbags would help them).
Thank you for your donations, Optimists! Please contact me with any questions (calling or texting is best).
Cheers to Optimism!
Tamara Kirch

Mark Metevia and Greg Young introduced this morning’s speaker:
Kayla Gabehart, Associate Director, National History Day in Colorado 
Kayla is a 6th generation Coloradan hailing from the eastern plains.  She received her Masters and is pursuing her PhD. in Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver.  Kayla started with National History Day as an intern working with students at Hamilton Middle School.  She is a strong believer in education as a tool for empowerment.  She has spoken to our club many times in the past, and appreciates the support we have given National History Day in the form of many volunteer judges.
National History Day in Colorado is a social studies and literacy program that equips students in elementary, middle, and high school with the skills necessary to succeed in college and the real world. Students participate in a project-based learning curriculum that emphasizes critical reading and thinking, research, analysis, and the drawing of meaningful conclusions. Students can complete these projects in groups or as individuals in one of five categories: documentary, paper, exhibit, performance, or website. The theme this year is Debate and Diplomacy. They then compete in one of our fifteen regions across the state in either the junior (middle school) or senior (high school) division, or in the elementary poster contest (4th and 5th graders). Regional winners compete at the State Contests in May on the University of Colorado Denver campus. First and second place state winners compete in Nationals at the University of Maryland, College Park in June. 
Kayla also showed a documentary made by a 7th grade student at Summit Charter school in Boulder County on the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova.  It was one of the top projects in last year’s competition.
On behalf of the club, Greg Young presented Kayla with a Partners in Education award and a check for $300 in honor of her commitment and work in the field.
In turn, Kayla was happy to present us with the award the club received as National History Day’s 2020 Volunteer of the Year.  She had informed us of the honor over Zoom last year but was now able to actually pass it along.
Please reach out to Kayla if you are interested in being trained to be a judge for this program and to help the students who are working hard on their projects.
We had a drawing!  40 USD was available, if the elusive 3 of hearts could be found.
Cups of cold hard cash went to:
Vaughn Kendall
Mike McMahon
Allan Malask
Josh Lipuma
Al Gapuzan
Jake Baker went for the big money, but came up empty.
Josh Lipuma was lucky enough to have his number drawn twice, but not lucky enough to find the right card.
Nametag - For the first time in this editor’s memory, neither of the first two names called for the name tag drawing were wearing their badge!  Everett Gardner and Vaughn Kendall each missed out on a free draw - SHOCKING!  The benefactor of their oversight was money man (and properly identified) Noel Hasselgren.  However, Noel came up empty, so the pot thickens…
Creed - President Kramis asked Mike White to lead us in the creed and then onto our day.  Promise Yourself…
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Carl Brown
March 6
David Telpner
March 10
Paul Bernard
March 15
Josh LiPuma
March 18
Woody Thibodeau
March 25
Henry Schonewise
March 29
*MSOC members
Friday Apr  1 Casey Funk*, The Colorado River Compact
Friday Apr  8. Mike Henninger & Sarah Bramlett,  Leukemia & Lymphoma Society        
Friday Apr 15  Gordon Close, Guitars for Vets
Friday Apr 22 Camaraderie Day. Officer elections
Friday Apr 29 Tamara Kirch, Creating a Mental & Emotional 1st Aid Kit
Friday May 6. Frank Rowe*,  Denver Park Trust update
Friday May 13. OPEN
Friday May 20. Camaraderie Day
Friday May 27.  Michael Gropper Suporting Veterans Integration Through Culinary Arts
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Optimist Club of Monaco South 2020-2021 45th Year — Chartered in 1976
                   2021 - 2022 Officers                                                                                
President           Tom Kramis              303-917-5299 
Vice President   Larry Pulaski           303-956-1202 
Vice President   Chris Dunphy           720-297-3111 
Secretary           Phil Perington          303-832-4578
Treasurer           Pat Bush                   303-750-9409
                                  2021- 2022 Board of Directors 
 Stephen Avery   720-775-7700      Joe Marci          303-847-7844 
 George Buzick   303-803-2268      Casey Funk      720-656-2255
 David Peck        925-890-2531      Dan Rodriguez 303-521-5120 
 Steve Kady        303-931-1470      Kent Gloor       303-880- 5444 
 Tom Glazier      303-522-5214                                                
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
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.