On a soggy August Friday morning members of the club were greeted by the dynamic duo of Mark Metevia and Denny Dressler.
Mike White was in the house, sporting a brand new knee and the same happy face. Good to have you back!
"The Money Man, Pat Bush read the invocation, urging us all to live to the standards of the Optimist Creed, which Randy Marcove and Casey Funk observed through the magic of Zoom.
Our guest today was introduced by Frank Middleton. Ray Elliot is interested in working with kids and seriously considering joining MSOC. Welcome, Ray!
President Larry Pulaski welcomed Mike White's return with a big thumbs up. Larry spoke briefly about the difference between a 501C(3) and a 501C(4); these being IRS designations for charitable organizations, the difference being that, contributions to to a 501C(3) (like the OI Foundation are tax deductible, while those to a 501C(4), like Monaco South, are not.
Larry also said we should mark our calendars for the annual installation of new officers, which will be held at the Rendezvous restaurant in Heather Gardens on September 30, beginning at 11:15 a.m. Don't miss it!
Larry also presented OI Foundation "Benefactor" awards to Dr Bob Finkelmeier and his wife, Bette and to Kurt Boehl. Benefactors are members who have contributed $5,000 to the OI Foundation. which provides scholarships funds for the Oratorical, Essay and Communications Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCDHH)
Larry also reminded everyone of the upcoming Rockies game on Saturday, September 2.
We need 35 members to hand out bobble head dolls to earn $750 for the club. If you haven't already signed up, contact Michae Chavez.
Tom Kramis announced that there will be a work party after the meeting on Friday, September 15. We will be repairing and repainting tree stands and other tree lot paraphernalia. Work party will be held at the storage facility.
Tom Mehl, a member of the Gateway Optimist Club was here to ask our support of their project. To honor veterans, the club will be laying wreaths on the graves of those veterans who are buried in the Fairmont Cemetery. Wreaths can be purchased on the Wreaths Across America website for $17 (Gateway makes $5 for each wreath)
You can also sign up to help Gateway members lay the wreaths on December 15 by going to the Gateway Optimist website: https:/
Frank Middleton reported that the convention was held in Fort Morgan this past weekend. Monaco South was represented Frank, George Buzick, John Wachter, Phil Perington  and Tom Overton. Tom  and Jon will both be Lt. Governors for next year. George filled in for Pat Bush, who is the District Secretary for this year. Mary Grace Wake of Heather Gardens Optimist Club will be Governor for the 2023-24 year and Bill Ashbee of the Boulder Luncheon Club will be Governor-Elect. (Ask Phil how he almost got killed and totaled his car coming back from Fort Morgan in a super rain storm.)
Raffle Excitement
A great big thank you to everyone who participated in the 2023 Raffle, wether it was 1 ticket or a whole lot more we had a very good turnout. Net income is over $4,000 for our youth service programs. The Kids thank you all as well. Some winners included Brent’s Place, CO/WY District JOI Officers and Boy Scouts. The big winner was our President elect’s daughter…. WOW what a surprise!! Also, 4 winners of the post Raffle Drawing took home 100-year-old silver dollars.  It was an exciting breakfast and happily conducted by Past Presidents Dan Rodriguez and Tom Kramis. A good time was had by all. Greg Young and Pat Bush expertly recorded and distributed the cash to 17 lucky winners. Of note: 43 tickets were sold to attendees at the State Convention with 2 $100 winners as part of the payout. Again, thanks a million for all your help in making this event a successful fundraiser for our Club mission of “Service to Youth.”
Phil Perington, Games & Raffle Manager
Tom Kramis spins the tickets, Phil Draws the tickets, Dan Rodriguez acts as MC. Silver dollars (extra prizes compliments of Phil Perington,  given away after the lottery drawing. Greg Holt shows his crisp $100 bill. Tom Mauro (double winner) collects his $200 from Pat Bush.
In spite of the fact that there were only five cards left in the deck, nobody won the $60 pot by drawing the King of Spades. Next week, 4 cards and $70 on the line.
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Casey Funk
September 6
Jim Easton
September 12
Peter Dimond
September 14
Frank Middleton
September 28
Neil Alderson
September 29
Sep 08, 2023 7:00 AM
Sep 15, 2023
Grand Canyon experiences
Sep 22, 2023 7:30 AM
Dental Fluoride Facts
Sep 29, 2023
Community Engagement Specialist Office of Children's Affairs, C and C of Denver
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Upcoming Events
American Legion Hall #1
Sep 05, 2023 6:30 PM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Sep 08, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
American Legion Hall
Sep 15, 2023
6:45 AM – 8:00 AM
Optimist International Foundation Visit
Sep 15, 2023
7:30 AM – 7:45 AM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Sep 15, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Sep 20, 2023 4:00 PM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Sep 22, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Sep 29, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Annual Celebrate Your Optimism Banquet
Rendezvous Restaurant
Sep 30, 2023
11:15 AM – 3:00 PM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Oct 06, 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.
Topic: OCMS Friday 7:00 AM Meeting
Time: 6:30 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
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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.