Happy Birthday, U.S.A!  We’re looking a little rough around the edges, but then again, how many 246-year olds do you know who aren’t?
Independence Day (colloquially the Fourth of July) is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the Declaration of Independence, which was ratified by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. The Second Continental Congress declared that the Thirteen Colonies were no longer subject (and subordinate) to the monarch of Britain, King George III, and were now united, free, and independent states. The Congress voted to approve independence on July 2 and adopted the Declaration of Independence two days later, on July 4.
Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, political speeches, and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the national day of the United States.
Greeters Michael Chavez and Robert Wardlaw manned their stations and gave hearty welcomes to a modest-sized but festive crowd as the seventh month of the year begins, Friday, July 1st, 2022.
President Tom Kramis is visiting his mother in Seattle, and called upon Mr. Reliable, Michael Chavez, to run the show today.  Michael’s first action item was to call upon Eldon Strong to deliver today’s invocation.  Eldon delivered a message on fear and the role it can play in our lives.  Let us acknowledge fear for what it is but not let it control our lives.  He then led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. 
Michael reported that the MS ride was this past Sunday.  The Pat Sorenson Memorial Rest Stop was successful once again this year, and he would like to thank the following members for their efforts in getting the job done: Mike McMahon, Mark Metevia, Craig Eley, Pat Bush, Phil Perington, Jeff Wilson, George Busick, Eldon Strong, Keith Gallaway, Jim Easton
Ace photographer, Craig Eley, with camera at the ready gave riders the opportunity to "commemorate their ride". Riders are able to view their pictures on the Monaco South Website.
Tamarac ladies serving Gator Ade and snacks. (Along with Phil Perington and Mike McMahon
Block Party has long been a celebration where memories are made. This year, we’re kicking things up a notch with a special birthday twist in honor of 25 years of service - but we need your help! Block Party has long been a celebration where memories are made. This year, we’re kicking things up a notch with a special birthday twist in honor of 25 years of service - but we need your help!
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:
Economic reality has hit home. Pat Bush announced that the American Legion rent has gone up by 100% and is now $90/meeting.  Pat had a meeting with the Legion, and they are asking us to do a better job cleaning up and putting things away at the end of our Friday breakfast meetings.  Please be sure your table is cleaned off and free of trash before you go.
Joe Marci - 70 kids will be going to Florida for the Jr. Golf Tournament.  Normally, each golfer gets $500 for travel purposes from the club.  The club has some funds but not enough - if you are interested and able to help make up the difference, please let Joe know.
Also, Joe has four great tickets for all Rockies home games, rows 8 and 9 right behind home plate.  Please reach out to Joe if you are interested in getting out to the ballgame.
Gustas, Ron
Ron Gustas was live and in person!  He said thanks to the club members for years of support of T1diabetes research.  His granddaughter Ellie, who came to our meetings when she was only 4 years old, is now 16 and doing well.
Young, Greg
Greg Young was back and “doing great” after getting his left knee replaced with a fancy new one.  He has rehab for three more weeks and then he will be back in action and able to revive his ballroom dancing career.
See the source image(Editor's Note): This is a Happy Buck!
Pat Bush suggested that we pass the spittoon and raise some funds for Optimist International’s Childhood Cancer Fund.
Bob Avery is happy because his son (and fellow Optimist) Steve Avery is getting married at Chief Hosa on Sunday.
Eldon Strong is happy since all his kids and grandkids will be in town this week participating in the celebration of life for mother in law, who recently passed away at age 102.
Greg Young is happy, but your editor can’t remember why.  It was probably a very good reason.
Ron Gustas is happy for all the club’s work over the last couple of challenging years.
Mike McMahon is happy that next week will be he and his wife’s 20th anniversary! 
Jake Baker is happy that he has landed a new job with a medical device company, and also for the three months he was able to take off between jobs.
Gary Strowbridge is happy that his granddaughter, a student at Wyoming, came in 2nd place at the Broadmoor in a match play golf event.  Also, granddaughter #2, age 16, shot 82 (!) at a Jr. Golf Tourney.
Frank Middleton is happy since he attended an Optimist District event at Bison Ranch outside of Cheyanne and really enjoyed it.
Dick Nickoloff is happy that his youngest son and family are back from Hawaii.  Dick’s grandkids got to go to the airplane cockpit and make announcements to the passengers during a flight delay, and he has video evidence!
Randy Marcove shared his happiness via Zoom!  His daughter is getting married next week! (Pat Bush, please send Randy an invoice for $1.00, due upon receipt.  U.S. dollars only, no temporary checks)
We had a Drawing!  Dr. Bob proudly announced that there is $40 awaiting in the pot for the lucky Optimist who could find the Ace of Diamonds.
Plastic cups of cash went to:
Allen Malask
Tom Mauro (x 2!)
Russ Paul
Eldon Strong
Russ Paul also had a shot at the BIG BUCKS, as did Gary Strowbridge, but the winning card eluded them both.
Nametag drawing - Jake Baker was properly identified at the proper moment.  And lo and behold!  Moments later he became $40 richer, as he boldly reached into the pile and pulled out the Ace!  Congrats!  More reasons for Jake to be happy.
President for the day Michael Chavez asked lucky Jake to send us off into our Friday and 4th of July weekend by leading us in the 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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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.