The aftermath of the May 21 Snowstorm (Lakewood Colorado)
Photo by George Buzick
With the thought of the weather forecast projecting up to 18 inches of snow by the following day in May the merry men of Monaco South were greeted by Don Roth and Frank Middleton.
May be an image of one or more people and text that says 'WELCOME TO OUR NEW MAN OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE MIKE HENNINGER LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA MAN & WOMAN SOCIETY' OF THE YEAR'President Tom Kramis introduced our guest today. Mike Henninger and his support staff were here a couple of weeks ago, seeking our support for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Mike was back again today to accept a $500 check from our club in support of this deserving organization. Mike, who is a personal friend of Tom is closing in on his goal of $100,000 for this cause. Hopefully we'll see him again (as a member) in the not too distant future.
Election of Officers for 2022-2023
Officers for the year beginning October 1 are:
President: Larry Pulaski
Vice Presidents: Steve Kady, Matt Nelson
Treasurer: Pat Bush
Secretary: Phil Perington
Directors: George Buzick, Tom Hoch,
                Ken Jeung, Vaughn Kendall 
Junior Golf
Joe Marci  asked for support to send i71 kids to Florida for "The Optimist" junior golf tournament by turning out, either as a golfer or as a worker, at the Meadow Hills Golf Club on Thursday, May 26. There is still time to get a foursome together. Call Joe for details (303) 847-7844)
Bike MS
There are currently 12 people signed up for this event, which will occur on on Sunday, June 26. Join the group (and the ladies of Tamarac Optimist Club) in supporting this worthy endeavor. (Speaking of Bike Rides- Don't forget that Kent Gloor will be riding in the "Pedaling4Parkinsons" ride on June 11.Donations can be made at
Frank Middleton, acting as membership chair, not "King Soopers Guy", said that club membership is down to 114 and that the one thing all members have in common is that they were asked to Just Ask! Frank solicited input as to who and how we might ask:
  • Larry Pulaski suggested better use of social media to get the word out about Optimist clubs, specifically Monaco South
  • Craig Eley said the barbershop (which he goes to once a year) was a good place to find prospects. Other possibilities:
  • Antique Car Club
  • MS 150
  • Super Citizen
  • Work associates
  • Neighbors
  • Bowling league
  • Train Club
  • Church
  • Retirement Community neighbors

Tom Morrow reports that Hamilton Middle School had a wonderful presentation and had a trifold which was distributed to all who attended. This adds a touch of class to the event.  Wyatt McCallie did a great job of defining "Super Citizen" as being "the people sitting at your table".
Lowry Super Citizen
Paul Stratton reports that on Friday, May 13th, Lowry Elementary had their third and final Super Citizen assemblies for the school year.  Once again, it was conducted via Zoom, which is not ideal, but more parents and school staff participated this time, which made it more lively and fun.
12 students from 2nd - 5th grade were honored, and their teachers and peers recited their attributes and accomplishments from each individual classroom.  Coming up for Lowry is the Continuation ceremony on June 2nd, which will be a “drive-by” event again this year. Thanks to Robert Wardlaw, Dr. Bob Finkelmeier and all of Monaco South for continuing to support Lowry Elementary!
Lottery Tickets
Lottery Guru, Phil Penington says presales of lottery tickets are going well and that he is predicting a great success for this event. Phil has tickets available at $20. Expectations are that each member will be responsible for selling 10 tickets. Goal is to beat Tom Glazier's 57 sold from last year.
Member News
Peter Dimond is still in hospital in Arizona and will have a heart valve replacement.
Karl Geil has Covid 19 and is resting at home.
Bryce Slaby reminded us that veterans are eligible to get hearing aids. Check with Bryce for details.
Phil Perington and Jeff Wilson will be representing Colorado/Wyoming District in Cornhole Contest at OI Convention in Reno after winning the District contest.
Comment from widow of Ralph Pedersen after reading last week's gums
"So glad Joe is keeping up with the Golfing projects! Lois Pedersen"
With $40 on the line and the Ace of Spades to be drawn, there were no big winners, so pot goes to $50 next week. Larry Pulaski drew to win a lottery ticket, but was unsuccessful.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
James Riley
May 1
John Young
May 3
Keith Gallaway
May 7
George Buzick
May 16
Gary Strowbridge
May 20
Mike White
May 21
Robert Duvall
May 24
David Peck
May 28
Tom Mauro
May 28
Harry Fegley
May 30
Roy Jarrett
May 30
Karl Geil
May 31
*MSOC members
Friday May 27 Michael Gropper, Supporting Veterans integration thru Culinary Arts
Friday  June 3. Linda Williams, Handling Tough Conversations
Friday  June 10. Camaraderie Day
Friday  June 17 Col. Gary Tobey, CIVIL AIR PATROL
Friday  June. 24 OPEN
Friday  July 1
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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Time: 6:30 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
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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.