• 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.
Please check your closets! Somebody picked up our speaker's sweater and left theirs at the meeting hall. Barbara would like to have here sweater back! 
On this cold and snowy spring morning, members were greeted by Greg Hurd and Al Gapuzan. President Larry Pulaski called the meeting to order at precisely 7:00 a.m. and new member, John Guttmann read the invocation.
Nick Picucci shown here with John Wachter joined us, as did Ed Leuty.  Welcome back! Hope to see you again soon
Michael Chavez announced that he had new Monaco South Optimist Club shirts for sale. Be proud of your club - buy a shirt!
Don Thomson reminded us of the upcoming Health Fair  at Augustana Lutheran Church on April 15. Don also announced
that McMeen would be having a
Super Citizen meeting today.
Denver Police Chief Ron Thomas will be our speaker at the April 28 meeting.Thomas05
Dont miss the meeting on May 12. The Mighty Monaco South Optimist Club will take on the Terrific Tamarac Optimist Club in a Brain Bowl competition.
 On May 19 Tom Mauro will be the moderator for a visit by the two final candidates for Mayor of Denver. Kelly Brough has already committed, and Mike Johnston also has been invited to attend. Tom needs written questions to ask the two candidates, before the meeting/ (e-mail
John Wachter announced that, thanks to donations by MSOC and Univerty Hills Optimist Club, Bradley Elementary's Destination Imagination team has $1100 to defray some of their expenses for a trip to Kansas City to participate in the championship finals.
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Our speaker today was Barbara Davis of the Assistance League of Denver. Barbara explained that the mission of the organization is to make life better for the vulnerable in our community. Their organization is an all-volunteer organization targets three areas : Student and Family Services, Health and Wellness Services and Hunger Services.  Key to success in these programs is incorporating community feedback to ensure that the acute needs are being addressed and that ongoing, transformational support is being provided
The organization was founded in 1890 and has 120 chapters across the United States. The Denver Chapter was founded in 1958. They are located at 6265 East Evans and have 300 volunteers in the Denver Metro Area
The Assistance League loans durable medical equipment, such as wheelchairs, walkers, and crutches to those in need. They do not supply "soft items" such as ankle braces,
slings, etc., and they do not provide electrical items such as humidifiers and pumps, . All items are donated to and are available anyone in need. More than 4,000 pieces of medical equipment were loaned last year.
The Thrift store is open from 10:a.m. -5:00 p.m. Monday-Saturday and contains both clothing and decorative items, all donated by the community.
Hospitality House prepared hot meals and sack lunches for the hungry at five area homeless and low-income centers. Nonperishable food bundles for weekend meals were provided at two Aurora Public Schools.
Thanks to Barbara for an excellent presentation!
With $80 in the pot, the 10 of spades was the card to draw. Although Carl Brown, Kent Gloor, Al Gapuzan, Allen Malask and Jack Kleinheksel, all gave it their best shot, no one was able to come up with the required card.  Jim Svenson was wearing his nametag, but also had no luck. Nest week...90 bucks!
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Dick Nickoloff
April 2
Phil Perington
April 4
Randy Bruns
April 5
Cesar Camarena
April 15
Paul Stratton
April 18
John Kleinheksel
April 24
Apr 21, 2023 7:30 AM
pilot and CU Student
Apr 28, 2023 7:30 AM
Respect for Law Recognition
May 05, 2023 7:30 AM
Amber Wilson, the Essay Contest winner will be honored and read her Essay
May 12, 2023 7:30 AM
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Upcoming Events
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Apr 21, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Super Citizen-Most Precious Blood
Most Precious Blood School
Apr 25, 2023 10:30 AM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Apr 28, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Junior Golf Committee Meeting
American Legion Hall
Apr 28, 2023 8:00 AM
Super Citizen-Bradley
Bradley International School
Apr 28, 2023
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
CO-WY District 3rd Quarter Conference
Family Resource Pavilion
Apr 29, 2023
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
District Oratorical Contests Finals
Third Quarter District Conference
Apr 29, 2023
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Communication Contest for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Third Quarter District Confernce
Apr 29, 2023
1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
American Legion Hall #1
May 02, 2023 6:30 PM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
May 05, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 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)
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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.