• Mission Statement. By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in youth, our communities and ourselves.
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Michael Chavez sends this picture of today's MS Bike hydration station crew.
Greeters Phil Perington and Allen Malask had warm smiles and hearty handshakes for each and every attendee of our weekly meeting.  Heavy rain, hail and tornados didn’t dampen attendance or the enthusiasm of the men of Monaco South on this Friday morning, June 23rd, 2023.
Tom Mauro was asked by President Larry Pulaski to lead today’s invocation.  He delivered a message on the giving of oneself in service to others, and used the analogy of the impact of good deeds being felt exponentially for years, much like the impact of a pebble dropped in a pool of water.  He then led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
We had two guests! Matt Dollarhide joined us this morning, a guest of Tom Glazier.  Matt is a handyman who lives nearby and is married with two kids.  Matt and Tom met at a gas station after a Friday morning meeting. 
Rick Morrissey, an engineer and CU grad, is also a guest of Tom’s.  Rick is the brother of Robin Morrissey from the Thomas Jefferson High School band.  He says he is happy to be in attendance.  And we are happy to have you Rick!  Thanks to Tom for extending these invitations!
Kar Geil shares this picture of the aftermath of recent retinal surgery. We hope to see Karl back among us in the near future
Tom Kramis reported that the Tree Lot committee met last Wednesday.  Much of the discussion was around fixing up the Santa Haus and tree racks.  Stay tuned for a mid-September work day on those items.  Tom also says that the first order of Oregon trees will be put in next week.  The next Tree Lot committee meeting will be July 19th.
Tom Glazier had a quick quiz for the group - What is the only deciduous tree native to Colorado? At least 5 or 6 members shouted out “Cottonwood”, which is the correct answer.  Tom said thanks to the MSOC members who helped his neighbor clear her yard of some cottonwood branches last weekend.  There will be another workday this weekend which hopefully will complete the projec
Some of the guys remember Jackson, my grandson. They know he is in basic training for the U.S. Coast Guard.  Well today he got his orders for the Coast Guard Honor Guard and rescue swimmer training.  This is quite and honor for the young Coastie.  If you have room in the GUMS I would appreciate any shout out you can give him. I am off to Minnesota on Wednesday and will gone until the first week of August.
 Tree lot 2014
In honor of our speaker today, Tom Hoch asked for a show of hands for the military veterans in the room.  On behalf of Steve Kady, he then passed out service challenge coins to each.  Thank you for your service!
Steve Kady introduced today’s speaker, Drew Chitiea. Steve met Drew at Centennial Airport and thought his life story would be one that our club would appreciate hearing.  Drew’s message was titled “Life Lessons for an Optimistic Life”.
Drew was born in eastern Ohio in 1951, the oldest of four sons.  His grandparents were Romanian immigrants, and by the time he was 18, Drew had lived in 5 states and a foreign country.  While very young, he learned the first of his three tenets for life:
No matter how you feel, you have chores to do and brothers to care for.  Family and work come before yourself.
Once he experienced his first flight in an airplane, Drew fell in love with the sky.  After high school, he enlisted in the Air Force and became a door gunner on Hueys in Vietnam.  He also served on missions rescuing downed servicemen by pulling them out of the jungle and into helicopters.  Two weeks before his tour ended, the jeep he was riding in hit a mine.  Everyone else in the jeep was killed, and Drew was thrown into a armored personnel carrier.  He woke up 30 days later in a full body cast.  He had broken 60% of the bones in his body and been shot in the chest. It took nine years for him to get a copy of the after-action report to learn what had happened.  Years and years of surgery and recovery followed.  He got his pilot’s license and learned that flying was good mental and physical therapy for him.  He learned his second tenant of life:
I can be beaten but I will never give up and never surrender.  Hard work, determination and persistence are the keys to success in life.
Drew moved to Colorado in 1980 to work with an uncle.  He eventually became a commercial pilot fight instructor and starting teaching flying.  He taught aerobatics and was an instructor for American Airlines.  He also worked as corporate pilot and even went to Alaska as a cargo and bush pilot.  He flew with the Civil Air Patrol as pilot and instructor.  He does many flight examination and private pilot check flights. 
Drew was afflicted with rheumatoid arthritis after his many surgeries and in the early 2000s made the difficult decision to have both of his feet amputated.  He hasn’t looked back from that decision at all.  He then shared his third tenant of life:
No matter what goes on, do the best you can with what you have at the time you have it.  
Drew received a standing ovation from the club at the conclusion of his remarks.  Thanks to Steve for introducing him to us!
This plaque was presented to Sgt Drew Chitiea
at this morning's meeting   The inscription reads: 
Heroism and Valor as an American Patriot
and Living by the Ideals of the Optimist Creed
"To be so Strong that Nothing Can Disturb your Peace of Mind
Presented the 23rd Day of June 2023
After today’s inspiring speaker, a drawing commenced!  The pot had swelled to $40, and the 8 of spades was all it would take to claim it.
Styrofoam cups of singles went to:
Greg Holt
Wyatt McCallie
Our guest Matt Dollarhide
Carl Brown
Paul Stratton
Jim Svenson
Vaughn Kendall (7 of spades) and George Buzick (Jack of Spades) were near but oh so far when they tried their luck with the draw.
Nametag - After a slight bit of confusion regarding the pronunciation of his name and the location of his name badge, Jack Kleinheksel made the most of his opportunity and emerged A WINNER!  Jack found the 8 and is $40 richer for it.  Congrats Jack!
President Pulaski asked our guest Rick Morrissey to conclude our meeting and start our weekend by leading us in the Optimist Creed:  Promise yourself, to be so strong…
Borrow money from pessimists... they don't expect it back.
Half the people you know are below average.
I intend to live forever...So far so good!
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Member Birthdays
Ed Collins
June 3
John Guttmann
June 5
Chris Dunphy
June 6
John Scarborough
June 9
Bill Morgan
June 10
James Svenson
June 14
Everett Gardner
June 16
Mike Prete
June 17
Terry Shroyer
June 18
Tom Yagley
June 20
Bryce Slaby
June 22
Greg Hurd
June 25
Dr. Bob Finkelmeier
June 29
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Jun 25, 2023
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Jul 07, 2023
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Jul 11, 2023
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
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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.
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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.