Overcast and windy but mild temperature as we wake up this 2nd Friday of February.  Greeters today are Al Gapuzan and Ken Jeung. The room looks festive and President Tom Kramis is in fine form. President Tom rings the bell promptly at 7:00 and announces the 1st Annual Oscar Sorensen awards meeting.  President Kramis asks Michael Chavez to read the invocation this morning.  The prayer asks us to be Too Strong for Fear.  The things we fear are too many to count but we must overcome our fears to better our lives.  Don’t allow fear to control us.  Grant us Lord, the ability to be strong in the face of these fears.
Tamara Kirch,  from the Tamarac Club makes an announcement regarding the South by Southeast community festival in August.  Part of the fair is books to give away during the day for kids.  If you have books you would like to donate, please contact Tamara.
Jon Wachter announces the 2nd Qtr Conference will be coming up  two weeks from today.  The club will reimburse $25 of the registration fee.  Your registration fee includes breakfast and lunch and lots of interesting conversation about what other clubs are doing to help the kids.  Reminder that registration for first time attendees is free. More info on District Website
Guests:  Ryan Bresnahan who will be coming back in March as our speaker, is here this morning to join us.  Kent Gloor introduces Jeff Gartz, charter president of the T1-DOC Optimist Club and current member of DTC Jeff was invited to join us after helping us at the Tree Lot.    Ed Collins introduces his guest,  John Greenball. They met through their kids, and have been friends for over 50 years.
Jeanette Thompson from Tamarac Optimist Club was a helper at the Tree Lot.  She is here this morning as a representative for OI Foundation, reminding members to participate in the Dime-A-Day program.
She thinks her dad would have loved being an Optimist, because he loved breakfast and what a lovely breakfast we have this morning. A president’s special breakfast of scrambled eggs, French toast, potatoes and sausage links and bacon for 5$ is hard to beat.  Great way to start the day.
(Editor's Note) Kudos to President and Tree Lot Manager Tom Kramis for a successful fund raiser and thanks to Tom for organizing the program today, recognizing those who gave of their time and energy to live up to the Optimist International Mission statement: By providing  hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in youth, our communities and ourselves.
The Theme this morning is the 1st Annual Oscar Sorenson Tree Lot Awards. President Tom asks Phil Perington to assist him with awards. President Tom takes the opportunity to thank everyone who helped at the Tree Lot.   
Best art Director:   The Oscar goes to Joe Marci who is in Nebraska this morning, and not able to join us in person but we thank him for his expertise in directing high school students in decorating wreaths.
Best Helpers Award for guiding pricing include the Tamarac Club, students from Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. Jeanette Thompson  accepts on behalf of Tamarac.
Best Security: Allen Malask and Chris Dunphy they receive an orange security vest for their efforts. 
The Biggest Brain, Mark Metevia for the new drill bit which worked well and Don Roth for giving out free breakfast cards, which were given to customers to encourage them to attend meeting with us.  Don worked a lot of hours at the register, and the club appreciates his help.
Best Tree Delivery Driver: Tamara Kirch. 
Best Grill Master: Craig Eley wins for grilling brats.   
Best Lighting:  Mike Webb and Nick Picucci. 
Best Procurer:  Steve Kady taking the award for getting Port-a-Potty , barricades, signs, Fire Department Help and anything else that was needed.
Biggest discounted tree: Carl Brown.(95% discount)  
Best Painter: Casey Funk, for his painting of the wreath racks and trailer platform.  
Best Set Up: Kent Gloor. who reports going down Evans at 5 mph with motorists blowing their horn at them is a great way to start the day. 
Best Sound Setup: Tom Hoch demonstrated his expertise by hooking up the sound system (and showing others how to turn it off and on)
Best Chili: Jim Easton and Mark Metevia for their efforts with the chili cook-off  
Best Documentary: Greg Young for the presentation he made to the club before the Tree Lot started up on how to run the cash register. 
Most Increase in Hours Worked Phil Perington wins the award the most increase in hours worked compared to last year.
Best upselling off a Christmas Tree: Frank Middleton.  He says he was able to sell a tree for $200 that had been marked incorrectly. 
Greatest Tree Knowledge: Jeff Wilson. 
Best Guadian of the Treasury: Pat Bush, who picked up cash every day and keep the totals every day.  Well done Pat. 
Best Helper(son) Brian White, Mike accepts on behalf of Brian and was a huge help with the Lot.
Best Helper(Son-in-Law)  Matt Nelson
Best Helper (Grandson)    Liam Nelson
Oscar Sorensen Popcorn Award: Tom Mauro, in memory of the popcorn maker himself.  Tom mentions Oscar and how much he enjoyed the tree lot and what he did all those years working at the lot, making sure there was always popcorn in the bowl. 
Best fresh cutting  goes to Vaughn Kendall.
Woman of the year: Tamara Kirch  who tells us she had a great time at the Tree Lot
Special thanks to all those who made this a highly productive year for the Tree Lot.
Phil Perington tells us that Oscar is smiling looking down on us. 
Thanks to our very own Immediate Past President- Dan(The Magic Man) Rodriguez for the dazzling performance during during the halftime of the awards ceremony.
Do we have a drawing?  $50 in the pot.  5 of Spades is the lucky card.  NicK Picucci takes the first cup, George Buzick picks a card, Don Thomson takes a cup, Cesar Camarena takes a cup, Bob Meyer also picks a card, Greg Holt takes a cup, Phil Perington and Kent Gloor take a cup.  President Tom awards Gary Strowbridge with a golf game you can play while sitting on your favorite seat. 
We rise with Jeanette as she leads us in the creed.

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 Feb 18 Christopher C. Sherry, PE | Chairman, CEO/Pres. Merrick & Company
Friday Feb 25   Kent Gloor*,  How Synthetic Fertilizer for food led to the rise and fall of the third reich.
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
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Commencing May 14 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
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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.