No Zoom Here! Real live people (L-R)_Nick Picuccci , Steve Avery Bob Avery, Mike McMahon
Camaraderie (l-r)Mark Metevia, Ed Collins, Jon Wachter, Greg Young (back to camera), Kent Gloor. Chris Dunphy
The 2nd Friday of May is warm, sunny and absolutely beautiful start to the day. President Dan rings the bell this morning promptly at 7.  The first entirely in person meeting since things went haywire from this pandemic in over a year.  A lot of energy and faces that haven’t been seen in quite some time. Welcome back Sun Birds of Arizona, Eldon Strong, David Peck. Welcome back Everett Gardner (He of the purple beard).
Bob Meyer gives the invocation this morning.  The prayer today is for the development of youth.  For untold generations humankind has worked to construct its communities, its buildings, it institutions and its traditions.  While these things are significant, do not let us forget that whatever we create will eventually be taken by today’s youth.  How can we best help develop the youth of today?
Greg Hurd tells the group that the past week has tested his ability to be an optimist.  First there was the airplanes that collided yesterday near Cherry Creek State Park.  This took place in the skies just over his house.  Greg explains his car blew a gasket and had to have that fixed.  Also this past week a  case of young love that ended poorly. Several police cars were parked near his neighbor’s house, in conversation with the young man who is the son of the owner.  Apparently, after receiving the word from this young man that the romance was over, the scorned young woman proceeded to recklessly drive away causing damage to several structures in the neighborhood.  To top that off, Greg put on his sunglasses in his home before leaving, forgetting to bring his regular pair for indoor.  That explains why he is wearing sunglasses inside. 
Lucky Break for this Pilot...
...And this one
Nobody injured!
Photos by Greg Hurd
President Dan gives time for some announcements.  Bob Meyer is called back to the stage and is presented the honor club citation to commemorate the past year.  New member installations for Larry Pulaski and Brian Prosperi.  President Dan gives both with plaques and pins for being a member of MSOC  Promote an active interest in good government and civic activities.  Encourage the development of youth.  Will advance the development of human kind.
Joe Marci announces a fund raiser for Jr. Golf coming up on Tuesday.  If there is anyone who would like to sign up get with Joe, for the 8am start at Saddle Rock Golf Course.  The club will be sponsoring 70 kids for the national tournament in Florida this summer and this outing is a fund raiser for this program.  Joe is looking for more players for Tuesday’s tournament.
Monaco South Optimist Club is a main sponsor of the Optimist Jr. Golf program by sponsoring kids who qualify, to attend the national competition in Florida every year.  The kids will play on a PGA course for this international competition.  As part of this sponsorship, Joe has said in the past each kid gets $500 for the time down there.  Joe will be down there for a week to help chaperone the Colorado/Wyoming group.
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Bob Meyer will also be on the trip for 2 weeks at the end of July.  Every year the program awards a youngster with a scholarship Qualifying tournaments will be June 4, June 10 and June 18th.  Ron Cisco also asks for hole sponsorships for the upcoming outing.  $125 for a hole sponsorship, anything in between interested parties are willing to donate will be accepted.  Bob also discusses the foursomes that are available for live auction.  There will also be a chance to bid on these outings online as well
Member pictureFUND RAISER
Steve Kady takes the mic, he has an idea.  He references the temporary greenhouse that is set up in the Kmart parking lot, and thinks a similar type greenhouse set up should be considered for our club to operate.  Crazy ideas sometimes have a way of turning out, who knows?
Chris Dunphy takes the mic, announces the buffet will be coming back. He hopes to have in place by the 28th of May.  A working chef will be providing breakfast similar to what has been provided in the past.  Cost will be $10 per person.  Mark that on your calendar.
Brass Copper Spittoon Railroad ContainerHappy Bucks Friday. 
Tom Kramis’ son graduates from High School and will be attending Cal Poly.  Greg Young announces the badge box(es) will be redone, so please make sure to put your badge back in its spot.  Phil Perington is happy that we are back together again, says it is great to see everyone and being Optimists.  Mark Metevia says ditto, and compliments Phil.  Jack Kleinheksel, says his son is accepted to nursing school, his life-long dream.  Carl Brown announces is 6th  great grandchild was born this morning.  Larry Pulaski says his son is also graduating from high school and will be attending Montana State.  Bob Avery announces they sold their house and bought a place in Santa Fe.  Jon Wachter, says it just feels great to be back.  Bob Meyer says the happy bucks is his IOU from the last zoom meeting.  Ed Collins grand daughter just received a scholarship for hockey back in New Hampshire for high school.  President Dan says he and his wife are going to visit his son who moved to Rico Colorado last year. 
Joe Marci returns to the stage and takes the mic to conduct the election for the coming year.  This has been a challenging year and the club continues to carry on.  Those present are asked to mark names for the members of the Board. while the ballots are being tabulated, President Dan asks members to comrade for some time.  Since many we have not seen in a year the talk comes easy.  After what seems like a very short time, President Dan asks members to take a seat and we can tabulate the results.  Ron Cisco, tells us the results are being conducted by an official of the US Government.  Board members will be asked to attend monthly meetings via Zoom to conduct the business of the club.
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President Dan has some Thank yous to pass out.  Thank you Chris Dunphy for your help with the breakfast menu and providing the food.  Noel Hasselgren thank you taking money from members for coffee and rolls.  Joe Marci thank you conducting the election.  Thank you to Paul Bernard, who has taken care of the speakers for some years but will be unable to continue on.  Steve Kady will be taking over the duties for a short time.  President Dan is asking for volunteers to take over that position.
Do we have a drawing?  There is $70 in pot for the drawing.   Ron Cisco tells us the 8 of clubs is the lucky card this morning.  Brian Prosperi has first ticket called and takes a card.  Mark Metevia draws a card but not the right one.  Jack Kleinheksel wins a cup, George Buzick wins a cup, Russ Paul wins a cup and Mark Metevia wins another cup.  President Dan picks out name out of the jar, Robert Finkelmeier who draws a card.  Not a winner.   The pot grows.
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Commencing May 14 meetings will be held at the American Legion Hall 5400 E Yale Ave. There will be no Zoom connection to the meeting. Covid-19 protocols will be observed.
Optimist Club of Monaco South 2020-2021 45th Year — Chartered in 1976
                   2020 - 2021 Officers                                      2020 - 2021 Board of Directors
President           Dan Rodriguez    303-521-512           Perry Allen            303-521-3453 
Vice President   Tom Kramis        303-917-5299         Stephen Avery       720-775-7700
Vice President   Chris Dunphy     720-297-3111          George Buzick      303-803-2268
Secretary            Bill Morgan        303-868-4384          Allen Malask         303-726-3700 
Asst. Secretary  Phil Perington    303-832-4578          David Peck            925-890-2531
Treasurer           Pat Bush             720-747-5482          Larry Pulaski        303-956-1202 
Asst. Treasurer Greg Young         303-759-3921          Bob Meyer            303-919-4532
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
Mark Metevia 1988-89
Bob Avery 1989-90
Bill Litchfield 1990-91
Bill Walters 1991-92
Kent Gloor 1992-93
Gary Strowbridge94-95
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 Reif 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
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.