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On the Friday of a very cold week, we gather during a cold February morning.  We are greeted by Gary Strowbridge and Greg Young this morning.  The bell is rung promptly by President Tom Kramis at 7:00.

Chris Dunphy tells us he will pass around the sign up sheet for coffee making duties.  Those wishing to help need to show up at 6 to provide fresh brew for the early arriving set up crew.  Editor note:  I have signed up to help with coffee brewing duties on March 18, forgetting that I will be in Telluride that morning. I need to switch dates with someone.  Look for contact from me if you are signed up around that date.
Frank Middleton asks Vaughn Kendall to come to the stage and receive his plaque for official induction into the club.  Vaughn was a huge help at the Tree Lot this year.  Vaughn tells us he is happy to be a member and thank you.
President Tom asks Tom Mauro to read the invocation this morning.  A prayer dedicated to the people of Ukraine.  What divides us as nations is often trivial.  What unites us is that we all inhabit the same planet.  One of the goals of Optimism is to work together and to live as neighbors.  Amen
Slavens Elementary
Tom Hoch tells us last Friday was an assembly at Slavens, 18 kids received their shirts and frames along with their families. 
Lowry Elementary
In more Super Citizen news, Paul Stratton reports from the assembly at Lowry Elementary:  On Friday, Lowry Elementary held the second Super Citizen presentations of the school year.  Greg Young and Paul Stratton participated in the Zoom assemblies as 12 students were honored.  The teachers and students were each in their own classrooms, and school staff, specials teachers and parents participated as well.  At least three of the new Super Citizens are new to Lowry this year and also learning the English language for the first time, including one from Myanmar.  Thanks to the club for continuing to support Lowry!
Bradley Elementary
Photos by Andy Towt
On Friday, February 25th, Super Citizen Awards were presented to nine Bradley Elementary Students.  Each teacher described why their student was deserving of the award. Pictured is the front door of Bradley Elementary with the Super Citizen Poster, and Jon Wachter and Principal Steve Wera who made the presentations
Most Precious Blood Elementary
Joe Marci brought a box of small and medium T shirts for any representative needing shirts for upcoming Super Citizen assemblies.  Don Thomson has heard from Ellis Elementary for their upcoming assembly next week.  Joe helped with a Super Citizen assembly at Most Precious Blood this past week and reports it was a great time.  Anyone interested in helping with the assemblies is encouraged to sign up, it’s very short time commitment and a fun way to help recognize kids for doing great things at school.
Also, Joe has 10 volunteers signed up to help at the Golf Expo.  The Golf Expo booth is a great opportunity to inform the public about the great things going on with Jr. Golf program that the club sponsors.
The Brain Bowl is coming! 
The Optimist Brain Bowl is a team quiz competition for middle school students from schools in Colorado and Wyoming. Optimist Brain Bowl teams compete by grade level. In addition to regional tournament awards for the top four teams in each level, the top six teams in each grade level are invited to participate in the Optimist Brain Bowl Championship Tournament. 
Training sessions are coming up, so if you have not helped before and want to be a reader please sign up to be trained. and there is a link that will give you more information. Need volunteers for this event.

The 2022 Optimist Brain Bowl Regional Tournaments have been rescheduled! These will be in-person tournaments! 

Central Region – April 2 
North Region – April 9 

Reader Training will be conducted as noted:

Reader Trainings  
March 19 – Heritage High School, Littleton 
March 26 – Osgood & Osgood LLC, Lafayette

Contest locations will be announced as soon as we have the COVID clearances from both districts and schools. 

2nd Quarter Board of Directors Meeting
The Meeting was held at the La Foret Conference Center in Colorado Springs on February 26 and was attended by  George Buzick-Past Governor (GUMS Editor), Jon Wachter-Past President (Lt Governor Zone-5 South Denver), Pat Bush-Treasurer (2nd  Quarter District Award Winner-Community Club Program), Bob Meyer-Past President (Jr. Golf District Co-Chair), Kent Gloor-Past President (District Hospitality Chair) and Phil Perington-Past President & Governor(Lt. Governor Zone-3 Mountain Clubs & District Club Growth Chair).
Monaco South received a Recognition banner patch for the  2020-21 Optimist Year for their $30 per member contribution to the O.I. Foundation.
Dan Rodriguez-Past President and Chris Dunphy-Vice President received an Award for recruiting their First Member to the Club.
Our own Kent Gloor is our speaker this morning. Kent’s presentation is a follow up to his presentation how the invention of fertilizers impacted World War I and led to advances in bomb making capabilities for Germany. From food and fertilizer to the Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.
 Throughout the 19th century, farmers used guano (i.e., the accumulated excrement of seabirds and bats) as highly effective fertilizer due to its exceptionally high content of nitrogen, phosphate and potassium—nutrients that are essential for plant growth. But by the beginning of the 20th century, guano deposits started to run out, and the price of the fertilizer began to increase. If a solution to the depletion of guano hadn’t come soon, famine would have followed.
Enter, Fritz Haber. Born in 1868 in Breslau, Germany (now part of Poland), Haber began studying chemistry at the age of 18 at the University of Heidelberg. By 1894, Haber worked at the University of Karlsruhe, researching methods to synthesize nitrogen. Nitrogen is very common in the atmosphere, but the chemical element is difficult to extract from the air and turn into a liquid or solid form (a process known as “fixing” nitrogen).  After thousands of experiments over almost 15 years, Haber succeeded in producing ammonia on July 3rd, 1909.  At the start of the 20th century, large containers that could handle the pressures and temperatures required for industrial scale production of ammonia did not yet exist.  That is where Carl Bosch enters the story. 
Bosch met Haber in 1908 and after finding out about the latter’s breakthrough the following year, Bosch took on the challenge of developing suitable containers that could manage Haber’s process on the industrial level.  Within four years Bosch was producing ammonia in 8-meter-tall containers. The Haber-Bosch process was born. By 1913, Bosch had opened a factory that kick-started the fertilizer industry that we know today.  After their revolutionary contribution to human progress, the two scientists worked to help Germany during World War I. Bosch focused on bomb making, while Haber became instrumental in developing chlorine gas. When Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933, Haber fled Germany to teach at Cambridge University, and he died shortly after in 1935. Meanwhile, in 1937, Bosch was appointed President of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute – Germany’s highest scientific position. Being a staunch critic of Nazi policies, Bosch was soon removed from that position and died in 1940.
By 1918 the development of the plant was key to fighting the war.  German chemical plants were prime targets for the English and French.  Peace talks at Versailles were being held to try to end the war.  Strong anti German public opinion was growing and Germany’s enemies were trying hard to learn the processes it had developed to manufacture explosives.  Bosch had visited the United States and was amazed by assembly line process the auto makers were using.  They learned much from Ford process and how the cars were powered by gasoline.  The German scientists learned to make synthetic gasoline from coal and many efficiencies were developed to help make the process run better.  Carl Bosch was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1921.  
1926 Bosch visited the United States to help develop synthetic gasoline.  He believed this would prove to be the biggest opportunity for economic development he could imagine.  These fuels were tremendously successful and their technology was more advanced than anything that the US had.  The plant was advanced  and soon was capable of making 100,000 barrels per year.  The discovery of vast expanses of crude oil in Oklahoma drastically diminished the need for synthetic gasoline. There has been much conjecture about how the impact of lack of petroleum resources affected the outcome of WWII. Thanks to Kent for sharing his research with us!

Do we have a drawing?  $70 in the pot.  6 of Diamonds is the lucky card.  George Buzick takes the first card, Phil Perington takes a cup, Tom Hoch takes a cup, Pat Bush takes a card, Joe Marci also takes a cup, Tom Kramis takes a cup, Allan Malask take the last cup.  President Tom calls Phil Perington’s name from the jar and takes a card, and he takes the lucky card!
A Little Humor
From Mark Metvia:
From Bob Finkelmeier:
Do you feel old after reading this?Mergatroyd ? Do you remember that word?Would you believe the spell-checker did not recognize the word, Mergatroyd
Heavens to Mergatroyd!
The other day a not so elderly (I say 75) lady said something to her son about driving a Jalopy; and he looked at her quizzically and said, "What the heck is a Jalopy?" He had never heard of the word jalopy! She knew she was old ...But not that old.

Well, I hope you are Hunky Dory when you read this and chuckle.

About a month ago, I illuminated some old expressions that have become obsolete because of the inexorable march of technology.
These phrases included: Don't touch that dial; Carbon copy; You sound like a broken record and Hung out to dry.

Back in the olden days we had a lot of moxie . We'd put on our best bib and tucker, to straighten up and fly right.

Heavens to Betsy!
Gee whillikers!
Jumping Jehoshaphat!
Holy Moley!

We were in like Flynn and living the life of Riley; and even a regular guy couldn't accuse us of being a knucklehead, a nincompoop or a pill. Not for all the tea in China!

Back in the olden days, life used to be swell, but when's the last time anything was swell? Swell has gone the way of beehives, pageboys and the D.A.; of spats, knickers, fedoras, poodle skirts, saddle shoes, and pedal pushers.

Oh, my aching back! Kilroy was here, but he isn't anymore.

We wake up from what surely has been just a short nap, and before we can say, "Well, I'll be a monkey's uncle!" Or, "This is a fine kettle of fish!" We discover that the words we grew up with, the words that seemed omnipresent, as oxygen, have vanished with scarcely a notice from our tongues and our pens and our keyboards.

Poof, go the words of our youth, the words we've left behind. We blink, and they're gone. Where have all those great phrases gone?

Long gone: Pshaw, The milkman did it. Hey! It's your nickel. Don't forget to pull the chain. Knee high to a grasshopper.

Well, Fiddlesticks! Going like sixty. I'll see you in the funny papers. Don't take any wooden nickels. Wake up and smell the roses.

It turns out there are more of these lost words and expressions than Carter has liver pills.

This can be disturbing stuff! (Carter's Little Liver Pills are gone too!)

Leaves us to wonder where Superman will find a phone booth.

See ya later, alligator! Okie Dokie.

You'll notice they left out "Monkey Business"!!!
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Larry Pulaski
February 1
Tom Kramis
February 2
Craig Eley
February 6
Cy Regan
February 6
Eldon Strong
February 7
Russ Paul
February 10
Frank Ross
February 17
Nick Picucci
February 17
Jim Tapp
February 19
Bob Avery
February 26
Don Thomson
February 28
*MSOC members
Friday Mar 4.  Captain Brian Norton &/or Captain Ben Bramwell, DFD  Engine #22
Friday Mar 11 Ryan Bresnahan,  Promoting Health for yourself and Community
Friday Mar 18 Kayla Gabehart Associate Director, National History Day in Colorado
Friday Mar 25 Camaraderie Day
Friday Apr  1 Casey Funk*, The Colorado River Compact
Friday Apr  8. Mike Henninger & Sarah Bramlett,  Leukemia & Lymphoma Society        
Friday Apr 15  Gordon Close, Guitars for Vets
Friday Apr 22 Camaraderie Day. Officer elections
Friday Apr 29 Tamara Kirch, Creating a Mental & Emotional 1st Aid Kit
Friday May 6. Frank Rowe*,  Denver Park Trust update
Friday May 13. OPEN
Friday May 20. Camaraderie Day
Friday May 27.  Michael Gropper Suporting Veterans Integration Through Culinary Arts
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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.