• 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.
Our greeters this morning, doing a great job are Al Gapuzan and Frank Middleton.  The beautiful Blue Moon greets us in the western sky, a beautiful sight to take in.
President Larry Pulaski is away with his daughter moving her into college, and former president Tom Kramis is standing in for him. He rings the bell promptly at 7. Greg Young reads the invocation this morning which is a special invocation for Labor Day. As we contemplate the ending of one season and the beginning of another, we ask for God’s blessing upon and protection of all workers.  In all work there is dignity.  Greg then leads us in the Pledge of Allegiance
Carl Brown’s grandson Maddox is a guest this morning.  He is in 6th grade and likes baseball – his favorite team is the Phillies.  Nice to have you with us this morning Maddox. 
Bob Meyer, looking tan and rested returns from his Junior Golf duties.
Ken Jeung pays us a visit
Phil Perington shares this story of a harrowing experience:
I was returning from the Optimist Convention in Fort Morgan about 9:30 p.m. on Interstate 76 when the weather turned nasty. I was following a vehicle, keeping the taillights in view at a slower pace - 40 mph, when a microburst of torrential rain hit us. Visibility went down to zero, everyone was putting on the brakes, but a semi hit my driver's side door and spun me sideways towards the median. The retires held long enough, so I didn't roll. However, I ended up at the bottom of the median culvert, without major injury. The traffic stopped and I called 0i11. Hudson police responded and got me out of the culvert area by blocking off the highway, so I was able to actually drive up and out. The two rear tires were flat, drivers side including rear panel damaged. Local tow truck was called and loaded up the Caddie. He took me up the road to Best Western/Love's Truck Stop. I spent the rest of the night recovering. In the morning my Optimist buddy and associate, Ed Collins picked me up and brought me home.
Andy Towt, OI Foundation representative, presented Curt Boell with the Benefactor Award from the Foundation, signifying contributions of at least one thousand dollars to the foundation, which finances the scholarships for various programs, like the oratorical contest and the essay contest.
Michael Chavez reminded us of the
Rockies game tomorrow. Another opportunity to make $750 for the club and see the Rockies for free. Thanks to Michael for organizing this event! P.S.: Note from Michael after the game: To the right, Charlie Blackmon bobblehead. 15,000 distributed by Optimists at game.
Hi George
It was a wonderful late summer day for the Monaco South Optimist Club Rockies fans who volunteered to handout the 15,000 Charlie Blackmon Bobbleheads                The Rockies Won!
We had a very good turnout for the fund raiser.
Greg Holt, Curt and Sharon Boell, Keith and Lois Jean Galloway, Tom Kramis, Karl Geil and his wife Lesley Meyer, Mr. George Buzick, Tom and Laura Hoch, Paul Stratton and his friend Lesley, Eldon and Roxie Strong, Jack and Kathy Rife, Ken and Jackie Jeung, Ken brought his Cousins Ray and Barb Yee and Dr. Vaughn Kendall.
Thank you so much for your participation you helped in earning the club $750 for supporting the Kids.
According to Robert Wardlaw, the Super Citizen program is ready for the coming school year. This is a flagship program of MSOC. Plan on attending one of the many programs at some time in the coming year.
Bryce Slaby passes around a letter from the Red Hawk High School, back in Nebraska.  This is the school that Bryce was gathering tools to donate for the school’s Industrial Arts program.  Bryce also tells us about The Million Dollar Quartet. It’s a true story and it’s a great show.  Denny Dressman has also seen it twice, and says it was a great show.
Ross, Frank
Frank Middleton tells us that Frank Ross is recovering from a collapsed lung.  We hope to see him soon.
We have a brand-new Grandpa. Everett Gardner's daughter Jessica gave birth to an 8Lbs 8oz 20" long baby boy. All are doing well. May name him Kaleb, Ev says.
Mark Metevia introduces our speaker this morning.  Elycia Cook is the first African American Woman to be the CEO of the Big Brothers Big Sisters. She was named CEO in 2021.  An award-winning non-profit leader, Cook has been recognized for her many accomplishments. In 2009, she founded the Cherry Creek STARS Mentoring Program. She led and mentored teens by escorting several groups participating in Mentoring Day on the Hill in Washington, DC. In 2014, Cook received the Woman Making History award from Colorado Black Women for Political Action. In 2015, she received the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Community Leader of the Year award. In 2016 she received the Aspire Award for her work with teens by Trilogy Financial and was named the prestigious Professional Fundraiser of the Year from the Association of Fundraising Professionals. In 2017, Cook received the African American Making A Difference award from the Urban Spectrum news publication. In 2019, she was recognized as a Girl Scouts Woman of Distinction and in 2020, was a Denver Business Journal Outstanding Woman in Business and was awarded National MENTOR’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Mentoring.
Elycia tells us about the effect of loneliness on the health of an individual.  She asks us who we think are most susceptible to being lonely, and most guess it’s older folks.  The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters is to create and support mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.   Elycia says the research shows us that it’s young people who suffer the most from loneliness.  She has 2 daughters and shows us a slide of her mentee, Tae, who gives her so much encouragement.  Big Bothers was started in 1906 with the intent to aide young men of any social standing and nurture them.  In terms if diversity, what do they do?  Elycia asks Maddox what he’d like to be when he grows up, and he says he wants to be a baseball player. One of the topics that BBBSC focuses on is Career Possibilities, in terms of introducing them to others who are different than themselves.  There are data to support what they do for kids.  93% of kids responding to a survey say they worry about youth violence.  Some times young people need help to fill in the gap, and this club is helping fill the gap.  Average match length is 3-1/2 years.  72 year match is one such example of a life long relationship that can come from these matches.  You don’t have to be perfect, you just have to be present.  Elycia tells us the story of Taylor, who depended on meeting his mentor to relieve him from a very tough home life.  Men bond by doing things.  Big Brothers Big Sisters will plan the event, whether it be sports, pumpkin carving, or various fun stuff to do.  This would be an event where multiple mentors and mentees would meet to get to know each other.  The club currently has applications from 400 kids that want a mentor and are on a list of people waiting for a mentor.  The most important factor is having a connection and being there for another young person. 
Elycia decided BBBSC needs to do more and wants to spread the support. The club is now delivering mentor groups in select schools.  Evidence based curriculum, is where these programs aim to help.  Elycia says she has a special plea for the retired members to help become mentors.  She will take volunteers and money.  They are looking for better things for our community.  Funding for Big Brothers Big Sisters, is always looking for support.  There are several ways to support the love.  She leaves us with a wonderful message.  Big Brothers Big Sisters currently has 683 matches, and with the school programs they
support over 1400 kids. 
 Do we have a drawing?  There is $70 in the pot this week, the lucky card today is the 5 of spades.  6 cards are left from which to choose.
Vaughn Kendall takes a cup.
Allen Malask draws a card, but it is not the lucky card.
Don Thomson draws a card but not the right card.
Tom Hoch takes a cup.
Vaughn Kendall takes another cup.
Elycia wins a cup.
Bill Litchfield wins a shirt.
Eleycia wins a golf shirt.
Your editor wins a shirt.
Frank Middleton wins a shirt.
Gary Strowbridge leads us in the pledge.  Go forth and promote Optimism!
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
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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.