Dave Peck and Phil Perington took their assignment as greeters seriously, and with cheerful countenances they welcomed a lively group of Optimists to our breakfast meeting on an an already warm morning, Friday, July 8th, 2022. Randy Marcove was live and in person today!  Randy is in town for his daughter’s wedding and is looking good.  Thanks for taking the time on your busy weekend in Colorado to join us Randy.
President Tom Kramis is back in town and wearing his sun hat and a colorful lei, which is a good look for someone with such a sunny disposition.  He is happy to report that his mother is showing signs of improvement after a round of Covid impacted many people where she is living. 
Invocation:  President Kramis asked Harry Fegley to deliver today’s invocation.  Harry shared a message regarding our call as Optimists to be promotors of patriotism, and defining that as the love of one’s country, rather than nationalism, which can be seen as rooted in the hatred of other countries.  He then led us in the Pledge 
Larry Pulaski handled the Zoom and AV details today, for our members participating remotely, and also for our guest speaker.  Thank you Larry!
We had a guest!  Frank Middleton grabbed the mic and introduced his guest Mike Napolilli.  They met one another when Mike was planting trees for the HOA where Frank lives.  Mike said thank to Frank for the invite and also for working with him on the project.  Welcome Mike!
George Buzick and Phil Perington reported on the Optimist International Annual Convention, which they, along with President Tom Kramis, attended last weekend in Reno.
There were three changes to the bylaws which were up for discussion and vote.  The first was to increase the dues for membership by $15.00.  OI has not increased dues since 2009, and though anyone can understand resisting a price increase, the motion did pass and had the vote of our club, since our membership agreed it was an appropriate move.  Upon that motion’s passage, the motion to change the COLA (Cost of living adjustment) language in the bylaws was taken off the table, and perhaps be revisited in the future.  The third motion sparked some lively debate, which was to increase in number of members required to form a charter club from the current minimum of 15 to 20. Those in support of the motion were hopeful it would lead to more stability in new clubs, and less of a likelihood for them to lose steam.  However, the vote went against that measure, so the minimum will stay at 15.  That was good news for some club organizers in rural communities.
George also reported that he was able to bowl a few frames at the National Bowling Stadium, the only facility of its kind in the world, (referred to as the Taj Mahal of Tenpins”).  Many lanes were reserved for Optimists, and a good time was had by all (or, at least George had a good time).
There was also a Cornhole tournament that Tom and Phil joined.  They did well for themselves and made it through the first round.  In the Championship round, however, they ran into some sharp-dressed ringers from Texas, who eliminated them and ended their quest for the top prize.
President Tom reminded us, and circulated a signup sheet for, our club project passing out handouts at the Rockies vs. Dodgers game coming up on Sunday, July 31st.  We need about 10 more people to sign up and pass out Ryan (not Mike) McMahon bobbleheads.  The club will earn $750 from the Rockies if we have at least 50 people.  Bring friends and family members, age 16 or older, and everyone gets a ticket to the game to enjoy after the handouts are done.  Sign up, and be there at 10:00 am!  The Dodgers are in first place with a sparkling 54-29 record, so they will be fun to watch (but not root for, of course)!  Use this link to sign up:
Below is the link to sign up for Rockies handouts:
Meet at the Coors Field employee entrance (NW Corner of Coors field) no later than 10:00 AM.  You will get a t-shirt and ticket to the afternoon game.  Enter the parking lot just west of 33rd Street and Blake for $1 parking.  Please go to this link:
and  click on the button to sign up and enter your T-Shirt size(s). 
Friends/family over 16 are welcome to participate.   
Questions: Call Michael Chavez: (303) 960-5304.   Thank you!
Date: 07/31/2022 (Sun.)
Time: 10:00am - 1:30pm MDT
Location: Coors Field
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The Brent’s Place pancake breakfast is coming up!  The event will be at 11980 E 16th Ave in Aurora on July 23rd.  If for no other reason, be sure to sign up to flip some pancakes and you’ll get to see the one and only Paul Bernard!  The shift is from 7:00 - 11:00 am.  All details can be found at:
Kent Gloor stepped to the stage and introduced today’s speaker, Dr. Ingrid Ulrich, the Executive Director of Achieving Academic Success, a new non-profit organization.  Kent met Ingrid while both were volunteering at the Brain Bowl.  Ingrid is a Colorado native who went to Niwot High school and then to MIT for college.  She received her PHD at University of Colorado Boulder and then began a teaching career as a Chemistry professor, working at both CSU and CU.  From her own experience as a student and a learner, as well as from observing college students, she saw a need to help better prepare students for higher education.
She started her organization with a goal of creating master learners who carry out their life vision on a path of continual growth.  She wants to help students shift their thinking from self judgement to improving performance, and to strengthen critical thinking.  As a professor, she worked with students and found that some were struggling because they weren’t clear on why they were in college in the first place.  The programs she offers focus on skills, strategies and tools to mitigate risk factors that are barriers to academic success. 
The “Learning to Learn”programs integrate mindset and practices for student success. The organization began to help students in college who were at risk of failing and has now moved to focus on high school students.  Students write a life vision portfolio reflecting on where they came from and where they want to go.  In her organization, they feel that evaluation = judgement, whereas assessment = improvement.  Ingrid gave an engaging presentation and is interested in the club’s help in making contacts.  Her phone number is 617-970-8020, and her email is  The website is currently under construction, and the address is
“I’m at that age where my back goes out more than I do.” - Phyllis Diller 
 “Nice to be here? At my age it’s nice to be anywhere.” – George Burns 
“Don’t let aging get you down. It’s too hard to get back up.” - John Wagner 
 “First you forget names, then you forget faces, then you forget to pull your zipper up, then you forget to pull your zipper down.” - Leo Rosenberg 
 “Aging seems to be the only available way to live a long life.” - Kitty O’Neill Collins 
 “Old people shouldn’t eat health foods. They need all the preservatives they can get.” – Robert Orben 
Do you think this kind of awareness would be good to print in GUMS?


Some people left their car in the long-term parking at San Jose while away, and someone broke into the car. Using the information on the car's registration in the glove compartment, they drove the car to the people's home in Pebble Beach and robbed it. So I guess if we are going to leave
the car in long-term parking, we should NOT leave the registration/insurance cards in it, nor your remote garage door opener This gives us something to think about with all our new electronic technology.

 2. GPS:

Someone had their car broken into while they were at a football game. Their car was parked on the green which was adjacent to the football stadium and specially allotted to football fans. Things stolen from the car included a
garage door remote control, some money and a GPS which had been
prominently mounted on the dashboard. When the victims got home,
they found that their house had been ransacked and just about
everything worth anything had been stolen. The thieves had used the GPS to guide them to the house. They then used the garage remote control to open the garage door and gain entry to the house. The thieves knew the owners were at the football game, they knew what time the game was scheduled to finish and so they knew how much time they had to clean out the house. It would appear that they had brought a truck to empty the house of its contents Something to consider if you have a GPS - don't put your home
address in it. Put a nearby address (like a store or gas station) so you can still find your way home if you need to, but no one else would know where you live if your GPS were stolen.


I never thought of this! This lady has now changed her habit of how she lists her names on her cell phone after her handbag was stolen. Her handbag, which contained her cell phone, credit card, wallet, etc., was stolen. Twenty minutes later when she called her hubby, from a pay phone telling him what had happened, hubby says, "I received your text asking about our Pin number and I've replied a little while ago." When they rushed down to the bank, the bank staff told them all the money was already withdrawn. The thief had
actually used the stolen cell phone to text "hubby" in the contact list and got hold of the pin number. Within 20 minutes he had withdrawn all the money from their bank account.

Moral lesson: 
a. Do not disclose the relationship between you and the people in your contact list. Avoid using names like Home, Honey, Hubby, Sweetheart, Dad, Mom, etc.
b. And very importantly, when sensitive info is being asked through texts, CONFIRM by calling back.
c. Also, when you're being texted by friends or family to meet them somewhere, be sure to call back to confirm that the message came from them. If you don't reach them, be very careful about going places to
meet "family and friends" who text you.

A lady went grocery-shopping at a local mall and left her purse sitting in the children's seat of the cart while she reached something off a shelf/ Wait till you read the WHOLE story! Her wallet was stolen, and she reported it
to the store personnel. After returning home, she received a phone call from the Mall Security to say that they had her wallet and that although there was no money in it, it did still hold her personal papers. She immediately went to pick up her wallet, only to be told by Mall Security that they had not called her By the time she returned home again, her house had been broken into and
burglarized. The thieves knew that by calling and saying they were Mall Security, they could lure her out of her house long enough for them to burglarize it.


Even if this does not pertain to you, please let your family and friends know so they don't get caught in a scam

We had a Drawing!  The Good Doctor Finkelmeier brought forth the bedpan and announced that there was $50 to be had for the lucky person who could find the 4 of spades.  That lucky person was not George Buzick or Mike White, who came up empty when reaching for the cards.
Sure thing cups of cash went to:
Bill Morgan
Ingrid Ulrich, our speaker
Randy Marcove
Jim Svenson
Gary Strowbridge
Nametag drawing - The man, the myth and the legend Dr. Bob Finkelmeier had his name drawn and was proudly sporting his nametag, but came up empty.  Tune in next week, as the pot thickens…
Kent Gloor started us off in the recitation of our Optimist Creed: Promise yourself…
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
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
*MSOC members
Friday  July  8   Dr. Igrid Ulrich, Academic Achievement 
Friday July  15. Frank Rowe*,  Denver Park Trust update 
Friday July  22. Camaraderie Day
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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 Tom Kramis 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 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.