The first Friday of May breaks sunny and warm and we are glad to gather this morning. President Dan rings the bell this morning promptly at 7.  It’s a new feature to see members gathered on the screen as well, the Zoom option still bringing people together in 2021.  Kudos to Tom Hoch for running the tech side of things, way to go Tom.
For today’s meeting, 34 members joined in person, 16 on zoom.
Craig Eley gives the invocation this morning.  The prayer today is for our mothers, and the love they provide.  A mother’s love is something that can always be counted on, whether we deserve it or not.  Above all, a mother’s love is priceless.  Craig then leads us in the pledge of allegiance.
On Zoom we have a guest, Scott Pearson is joining us for the third time. Who is the person who invited Scott and how can we get him on the roster? 
King Soopers.eps
Frank Middleton talks about the King Soopers card program and reminds members to sign up for the grocery card.  Portions of the monies spent result in a percentage going to the club.  A short meeting will be held this morning to bring members up to speed on how the program works.  Get on board and let the club reap some of those benefits.

Joe Marci reports that last week after the meeting 5 members met to review the Sullivan Scholarship Award winners. The Sullivan Scholarships are named after Robert Sullivan, a parent and booster for the school for many years.  Joe Marci and Bob Sullivan worked together on running the booster club for the school among a myriad of other activities while their kids attended the school.  Bob and Joe continued to work with the school and the community for many years. Joe started the scholarship program in 1999 after Bob passed away.   In his name, the club is giving out $1000 scholarships this year. 
Member pictureJoe Marci
Joe also reports that he only has 5 foursomes for the golf outing for Jr. Golf.  May 18 is the tournament.  Bob Meyer later reports  in conjunction with the golf outing May 18 they will be auctioning off  foursomes and has several courses who have donated.  Must be present to bid. Let’s get out and support Jr. Golf.  Joe also tells us that next week we will have elections for directors, and ballots are being put together at press time.

New member certificates are presented in person and virtually.  Plaques are for Chris Dunphy, who will serve as Vice President for the club, this year.  Chris Holt is  presented a plaque and has a pin as well.  Chris is sponsored by Jack Kleinheksel.  Larry Pulaski is also presented a plaque. New member, Joe Hamilton was over at President Dan’s house the other night in his work as a plumber.  Brian Prosperi, who bought a chair on NextDoor from Frank Middleton and will receive a New Member packet.  Jeff Wilson is also recognized with a membership certificate. Jeff is sponsored by Phil Perington and Tom Kramis.
Honor Club Awards were earned by Tracy Sorenson who served as Secretary and President Bob Meyer, who served just prior to current President Dan, as well as Grey Young, Treasurer.
Ron Cisco with Most Precious Blood Super Citizen and Family
A Super Citizen presentation was held at MPB on Tuesday, April 27, 2021.Mr. Super Optimist, Ron Cisco, was the presenter, and gave a stirring talk about "Attitude."  Indeed, it's all about attitude to get us through life with less stress.  Joe Marci, school representative, also imparted words of wisdom, as did Photographer Greg Young, who once again reminded the students to "Always give every living creature you meet a smile!"
Hamilton Middle School Super Citizen
Shown below are the Super Citizen Certificates (Both English and Spanish) created by "Dr. Bob" Finkelmeier.
After a year of not having a Super Citizen event at Hamilton Middle School, Tom Mauro announces the most recent assembly held last night, via zoom.  He reports it was one of the best they have ever had.  Lesley Meyer(Karl Geil's wife and teacher at Hamilton put a lot of effort into arranging an event that recognized 35 kids for going above and beyond for their school.  Big thanks for Dr. Bob Finkelmeier for preparing the certificates in a timely manner.  68 people attended virtually, including Dr. Christian Sawyer, Principal of Hamilton.  Teachers were able to speak about each student.  Karl Geil gave the presentation, focusing on the teachers and what they have done to continue reaching out to these kids during these unprecedented times.  What a great event.  It had been 15 months since a Super Citizen presentation had been done.  Way to go Lesley Meyer, Karl Geil, and Tom Mauro for getting this great event done.
Don Thomson currently works with McMeen, Ellis and Samuels schools and is looking for someone to take over as school representative for them.  Don has worked with the Super Citizen program for more than 20 years.  Don was the program director for many years as well.
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Phil Perington has a human-interest story.  Recently Phil was showing a property to a prospective client ( Phil is in commercial real estate ).  He happened to be wearing his Optimist shirt and the prospect was enthused to utter, “do you know OC Larson?”.  OC was a long-time member of Monaco South Optimist Club.  OC’s smile and friendly demeanor were a great asset to any event. Phil is no slouch himself and responded, “yes, I knew OC!”.  Prospect goes on to say he attended not 1 but 2 breakfast meetings for MSOC, but didn’t recall why he didn’t come back. A great way to start a conversation is to wear your shirts and hats and have a talk with people in our community. President Dan reports that this is a great idea and perhaps we should get more apparel.  Looking for volunteers to make up an accessory committee.
Tom Mauro again takes the mic.  Tom appears to be on a mission to restore the good name of the United States Postal Service.  He had a problem with a purported 3rd party purchase from Amazon recently.  It was an ice Tea maker, for $60.   Having been notified of the items delivery, Tom alerted the proper authorities, he had most certainly not received said package.  He contacted the prospective carriers only to discover, our very own USPS was the delivering service used for this transaction.  He enlisted the help of his own mail carrier, who was able to follow the deal to fruition and find further data for Tom.  After some investigation they discovered they package had been delivered to 5060 Clay Street.  Tom’s friend lives close to this address and is planning to investigate the situation.  Stay tuned.
Bob Avery recently sold their home, inspection revealed some items needing repair including sewer repair.  Bob has an adjustable basketball hoop that is looking for a new home.
Frank Middleton tells us about the lunch yesterday put together by Mark Metevia at Zanes.  As a result, Bob Sweeney, the publisher of the Villager Newspaper, agreed to join the club.
Mark Metevia acknowledges Don Roth who was in the hospital recently and joins us this  morning, in person and is looking good.
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Don Roth
Do we have a drawing?  Ace of Hearts is the lucky card.  Jack Kleinheksel has the 1st card, Mike White has the next ticket, Frank Ross takes another cup.  Your editor draws a card, Phil Perington draws another card that is not the correct one.  Ron Cisco takes another cup.  Jack takes another draw at the card.  No winner this week.
Phil has a quiz:  We know that April showers bring May flowers, but what do Mayflowers bring?  Pilgrims and furniture.
James Riley          May 1
Al Gapuzan           May 3
John Young           May 3
Keith Galloway      May 7
George Buzick       May 16
Gary Strowbridge  May 20
Mike White         May 21
Robert Duvall     May 24
Tom Mauro         May 28
David Peck         May 28
Harry Fegley       May 30
Roy Jarrett         May 30
Karl Geil             May 31
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Commencing May 14 meetings will be held at the American Legion Hall 5400 E Yale Ave. There will be no Zoom connection to the meeting. Covid-19 protocols will be observed.
Optimist Club of Monaco South 2020-2021 45th Year — Chartered in 1976
                   2020 - 2021 Officers                                      2020 - 2021 Board of Directors
President           Dan Rodriguez    303-521-512           Perry Allen            303-521-3453 
Vice President   Tom Kramis        303-917-5299         Stephen Avery       720-775-7700
Vice President   Chris Dunphy     720-297-3111          George Buzick      303-803-2268
Secretary            Bill Morgan        303-868-4384          Allen Malask         303-726-3700 
Asst. Secretary  Phil Perington    303-832-4578          David Peck            925-890-2531
Treasurer           Pat Bush             720-747-5482          Larry Pulaski        303-956-1202 
Asst. Treasurer Greg Young         303-759-3921          Bob Meyer            303-919-4532
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
Mark Metevia 1988-89
Bob Avery 1989-90
Bill Litchfield 1990-91
Bill Walters 1991-92
Kent Gloor 1992-93
Gary Strowbridge94-95
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 Reif 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
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.