• Mission Statement. By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in youth, our communities and ourselves.
  • Vision Statement. Optimist International will be recognized worldwide as the premier volunteer organization that values all children and helps them develop to their full potential.
Editor's note: members are reminded that our meetings are to be as nonpolitical as possible.  Please choose your words carefully and resist the derisive tones.  Keep it topical.  Leave the "gothca" stuff in the parking lot.
Our greeter this morning, doing a great job are Ken Jueng and Greg Holt.   A beautiful start to the day, this morning.
President Larry Pulaski rings the bell promptly at 7.  Tom Kramis reads the invocation this morning, Work for international accord, help us work to unite us as nations.  What one of us does affects others, continue to show us ways to overcome the divisions that prevent positive discourse.  Our work as Optimists includes trying to make connections with all other citizens that inhabit this planet.  Tom then leads us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
King Soopers made an adjustment and provided another deposit for the club. 
Members interested in learning more about the activities of JOI clubs are invited to attend a Zoom Meeting on Monday, August 28 at 7:00 p.m. Check with Larry for link to Zoom.
We are having issues with the mayor’s office getting the signature for the Super Citizen certificates.  It appears Dr. Finkelmeier’ s request to have the mayor sign the certificates the club presents to the kids for winning this award, has been hijacked by a bureaucratic snafu that attempts to turn the request into some sort of malfeasance.  Are you serious!  Please attend the Town Hall meeting Tuesday August 29th, at Thomas Jefferson High School, and support the club’s efforts to make kids feel good about themselves.
Do we have any guests in the house? No guests today, but our most recent new member, Matt Dollarheid is in attendance.  Welcome Matt, we look forward to getting to know you.
Only one week left to sell lottery tickets! "Mister Lottery", Phil Perington tells us about the upcoming raffle that will take place August 25th.  The anticipation builds.
Litchfield, BillBill Litchfield tells us about a set of books that will be presented to each of our Super Citizen schools, written by a local author Bill met recently, at the Opera.  Bill asks each school representative to present them to the schools.  The books are about different cities the author has visited from the point of view of her dog.  Bill hopes that one day, she might be able to speak to our club.  Thank you, Bill, for a great gift to each school, books are to be enjoyed not banned. 
Tom Kramis tells us a TLC (Tree Lot Committee) meeting will be this coming week to prepare for the upcoming Tree Lot.  This Wednesday, August 23 at 4:00 Phil Perington’s office.  Please contact Phil or Tom if you would like to attend.  This is the main fundraiser for our club and we all appreciate the effort, time and care Tom spends on this!
Michael Chavez announces for a card for Frank Ross who is recovering from a recent medical issue. 
September 2, the club will help hand out bobble head dolls, which will earn the club $750.  Michael needs 35 volunteers, and you will get a ticket for the game so sign up. 
Michael also reports that Optimist Shirts should be here in a couple weeks.  The crowd was clamoring for them.  Alas, yellow shirts are not available.
Tom Mauro has good news and bad news.  Hamilton Middle School has invited our club to participate in their Fall Festival on Saturday, September 30 to promote our Super Citizen program (and our club), which would require a couple of people to staff a booth from 9am to 2pm. This will be the first time Hamilton will hold this event, it would be a great opportunity to get the club’s message into the community.  The bad news is that this occurs at exactly the same time as the Club's installation of officers' luncheon. If you don't mind skipping the installation, please see Tom Mauro.
Editor's Note:
If you missed last week's meeting and you would like to see the video of Dan Rodriguez' Ronal McDonald presentation go here
P.S. No sound for first 3 minutes, but a great presentation by Dan.
Bryce Slaby tells us the new Oppenheimer movie is excellent and you should go see it.  There is a show coming up and Bryce asks for a show of hands of those who might be interested in going.
Steve Kady tells us that there are over 1800 schools in the state of Colorado, and Slavens is ranked #10 in the state.  Steve, what’s the source?  Details please!!
Joe Brunner is our speaker today, an entrepreneur.  Joe owns, with 4 investors Lukas Liquors.  Lukas Liquors was founded by Harry Lukas in 1987 in Overland Park, Kansas12He started as a teenager working in retail and later in wholesale in the alcohol business1He expanded his store to three more locations, including one in Lone Tree, Colorado in 199734Lukas Liquors Superstore is now owned and operated by two families since 19974It is one of the largest liquor stores in the area with 18,000 square feet and a huge selection of products34 Joe tells us about “Private Label”.  This happens in liquor, food, etc.  Many times, this is an inferior product at a price that works for the big company but not so well for the consumer.  Corporations will eventually wipe out the smaller companies.   Joe also operates a business that supplies servers and the supplies to set up for events.  Grocery stores that sell private label offerings are part of the trend for low price/low value offerings.  Tom Mauro tells us that in his recent trip to Tuscany he was able to enjoy wines, where he has not been able to here in the United States.  Joe tells us that the ingredient mixes in the old-world wines, make them a superior product to many domestic wineries.  UIIO is a filter that can enhance the enjoyment wines.  Beer, wine, and spirits consumption is down across the state.  The nonalcoholic beverage market is coming on strong and continues to increase.  Chilean Red Wines are a great wine that is inexpensive but great tasting. Joe tells us about Portuguese wines that are also excellent and that. Tequila is the most popular spirit and actually has positive benefits for the body.  Members have many questions, and the conversation is lively.  Joe is a wealth of knowledge.  Lukas Liquors has a fabulous website! Check it out at:
Do we have a drawing?  There is $50 in the pot this week,  The lucky card today is the 5 of spades.  Seven cards in the till.  Randy Bruns has the 1st lucky ticket and takes a card.  Vaughn Kendall takes a cup.  Greg Holt draws a cup.  And then draws a card.  Craig Eley takes a cup.  Bryce Slaby’s name is drawn from the plastic jug and he draws a card, but not lucky.
We then recite the Creed.  Go forth and promote Optimism.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Al Perington
August 3
Matthew Nelson
August 5
Denny Dressman
August 10
Bud Black
August 14
Greg Young
August 23
Aug 25, 2023 7:30 AM
Sep 01, 2023 7:30 AM
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado
Sep 08, 2023 7:00 AM
Sep 15, 2023
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Upcoming Events
Phil Perington's Office
Aug 23, 2023
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
American Legion Post #1
Aug 25, 2023
7:30 AM – 7:45 AM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Aug 25, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Junior Golf Committee Meeting
American Legion Hall
Aug 25, 2023 8:00 AM
JOI (Junior Optimist International) District MTG
Aug 28, 2023
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Sep 01, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
American Legion Hall #1
Sep 05, 2023 6:30 PM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Sep 08, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
American Legion Hall
Sep 15, 2023
6:45 AM – 8:00 AM
Optimist International Foundation Visit
Sep 15, 2023
7:30 AM – 7:45 AM
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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.