• 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
It’s Sweethearts to Breakfast!  Different time, different location as our regular meeting is replaced by a celebratory breakfast with our loved ones.
Jon Wachter was running the show at Cafe de France, passing out roses, and looking resplendent in pink.  Thanks for taking the lead on this Jon!
Jon started our breakfast off promptly at 7:30 with an invocation that took the form of a poem, called “What is an Optimist?”.  All the members and guests were able to order off the menu with many delicious looking (and tasting!) options.
Kaitlyn Morgan, the daughter of proud papa Bill Morgan, brought her guitar and performed some love-themed tunes to entertain us.
Your intrepid GUMS reporter did a handful of interviews of couples who were in attendance and got a little of their history and a lot of their advice.
Ashleigh and Larry Pulaski (aka President Pulaski)
Married for 20 years
They honeymooned by taking a California coast road trip
Their Free vector watercolor background with golden foilsecret to a happy relationship: Partnership
Sue and Bill Morgan
Married for 40 years
They honeymooned in Yellowstone
Their secret to a happy relationship: Communication
Beda and Ed Collins
Married for 55 years (as of next week, 2/24/2023)
They honeymooned in Aspen
Their secret to a happy relationship:
        Ed: Separate vacations!
        Beda: Tolerance
Bill Litchfield and Chris VanLoon
They aren’t married, but have been together for 23 years
Their secret to a happy relationship: A sense of humor
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Sharon and Curt Boell
Married for 39 years
They honeymooned in the Caribbean
Their secret to a happy relationship:
        Curt: Don’t leave the house angry
        Sharon: The other one is right more than 50% of the time
Joie and Tom Mauro
Married for 51 1/2 years
They honeymooned at Lake Tahoe
Their secret to a happy relationship:
        Tom: Compromise, compromise, compromise
        Joie: A sense of humor
Wise words of wisdom from all!

What did the chef give to his wife on Valentine’s Day?

A hug and a quiche.

What do farmers give for Valentine's Day?

Lots of hogs and kisses.

Why did all the other fruit ask the banana to be their Valentine? 
She was very a-peel-ing.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Larry Pulaski
February 1
Tom Kramis
February 2
Allen Meyer
February 3
Craig Eley
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
Feb 24, 2023 7:30 AM
Excellence in Education
Mar 03, 2023 7:30 AM
Wellpower--A New Day Family Resource Center
Mar 10, 2023 7:30 AM
Career Snapshots
Mar 17, 2023 7:30 AM
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Upcoming Events
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Feb 24, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Super Citizen-Lowry
Lowry Elementary School
Feb 24, 2023
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Super Citizen-Bradley
Bradley International School
Feb 24, 2023
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
Colorado/Wyoming 2nd Qtr District Conference
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
Feb 25, 2023
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Super Citizen-Most Precious Blood
Most Precious Blood School
Feb 28, 2023 10:30 AM
Super Citizen Ellis
Ellis Elementary School
Mar 02, 2023
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Mar 03, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
American Legion Hall #1
Mar 07, 2023 6:30 PM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Mar 10, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Super Citizen-McMeen
McMeen Elementary School
Mar 10, 2023
8:45 AM - 10:45 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.
Topic: OCMS Friday 7:00 AM Meeting
Time: 6:30 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
Every week on Friday Morning
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Meeting ID: 867 811 5309
Passcode: 2021
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.