Our esteemed club was chartered on July 20th 1976, so we just had our birthday.  Celebrate!  Happy Birthday, Monaco South!
Vaughn Kendall and Josh Lipuma stood at the ready with salutations and handshakes as they embraced their roles greeting our membership on this already warm Friday morning, July 22nd 2022.
For today’s invocation, Past President Dan Rodriguez
implored us to look at the sunny side of everything.  As Optimists, part of looking at the sunny side is keeping an eye out for opportunities to be of service in our communities.  He then led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. 
President Tom Kramis began our meeting a li a little winded and wind-blown after his 5 mile commute on his bike.  He made the good decision to get his exercise in before the heat of the day.
President Kramis reported on the board meeting that was held on Thursday night.  Tom, Kent Gloor and Pat Bush are going to have lunch with Dr. Ingrid Ulrich, the Executive Director of Achieving Academic Success.  Ingrid was our guest speaker earlier this month.  She has helped us with Brain Bowl and other projects and is interested in partnering with the club. Frank Middleton was appointed to fill the Director position vacated by Steve Avery.
Tom also announced that he is looking to organize a NOW party (New Optimist Welcome) over Labor Day weekend.  He is looking for a venue to host us (at the right price).  This would be a great opportunity to invite family, neighbors, co-workers or friends to come out in a social setting and learn more about what we do as friends of youth.

Phil Perington announced that raffle sales have reached 50%, so remaining ticket sales will go straight to profit for the club.  Phil is hoping for a sellout.  He has been visiting other clubs to promote the event and sell tickets. Remember, it is only $20 per ticket, or 5 for $100 (if you act now!).
Editors note: You see the back of Mike White's head in all these pictures because he likes to be close to the action
Michael Chavez says that 57 people have signed up for the Rockies bobblehead handouts on July 31st.  Thanks very much!  And remember, if you signed up, show up!  That way we can be sure to get $750 for our club from the Rockies.
Michael also said that the board approved the idea of having members from the Bethany Lutheran church help with Thanksgiving dinner.  Many hands make light work!  This will be YET ANOTHER opportunity to chat with people about joining our club, and these are people who like volunteering their time to help kids!
Frank Middleton handed out three index cards and encouraged us to write down the names of neighbors, members of other clubs/groups you belong to, as a reminder of people or groups you can approach about joining you at a meeting or club project. Frank also passed out the free breakfast cards, which are great to have on hand when working at Brent’s Place or other club events.  Keep membership top of mind!
President Tom Kramis followed up Frank’s comments by announcing that if you bring in two new members by the end of his term, he’ll give you $50!  If you do so before August 19th, he’ll throw in a raffle ticket!
Dan Rodriguez let us know that the South by Southeast Festival is coming up on Saturday, August 20th at Bible Park.  The event is from 11:00 am - 7:00 pm, and volunteers are needed starting at 8:30 for set up.  Dan passed around a signup sheet for 2 hour shifts.  This festival is another great opportunity to talk about our club and our projects. For more info on the festival, see the website at,games%2C%20and%20much%20much%20more!&text=We%20need%20volunteers!
Pat Bush says that the Optimist District convention will be in Pueblo on August 19 and 20th.  Please look on the district website to register.  The board agreed to reimburse members who sign up $35 of your registration fees, so register and then let Pat know.

Not seen for a while, Nick Picucci (far right) entertains on this camaraderie day with tales of his adventures.
Picucci, Nick
Palisade peaches from a family-owned artisan grower. Should you like some, please let me know. As you may recall, these are Colorado’s finest peaches. They are tree-ripened, handpicked, and assorted. Packed in a two-layer tray box, approximately 22+ lbs. (18-36 peaches depending on size) and brought to us in a refrigerated truck. This is why they need to be picked up as soon as they arrive and kept cool.
The price per box this year is $40 per box, with a donation per box coming back to either Monaco South or Tamarac Optimist Club’s, depending on sales.
To order, email me, or give me a call and let me know the number of boxes. Remember you need to pick up your order immediately when called at 3972 South Olive St. Please have your check or cash ready (no credit cards) at time of pickup – C.O.D. only. Make check payable to Robert Finkelmeier.
Thank you, 
Here's How Hard Inflation Is
  • My neighbor got a pre-declined credit card in the mail.
  • CEOs are now playing miniature golf.
  • Exxonmobil laid off 25 Congressmen.
  • I saw a Mormon with only one wife.
  • McDonald's is selling the 1/4 ouncer.
  • Angelina Jolie adopted a child from America.
  • Parents in Beverly Hills fired their nannies and now have to learn their children's names.
  • A truckload of Americans was caught sneaking into Mexico.
  • A picture is now only worth 200 words.
  • The Treasure Island casino in Las Vegas is now managed by Somali pirates.
  • Called to get Blue Book value on my car. They asked if the gas tank was full or empty.
We had a drawing!  $70 was up for grabs, with the two of clubs as the magic card.
George Buzick and Pat Bush chose to forgo the easy money and pulled a card from the deck, but that’s where their luck ran out.
Cups of cash went to:
          Tom Glazier
          Robert Wardlaw
          Jim Easton
          Paul Stratton
Welcome back to Karl Brown, a 2X winner!
Ed Collins’s number came up (in a good way), and he earned a ticket to the Raffle!
Also, Robert Wardlaw was wearing his name tag at the opportune time, so he had a chance to pull from the deck.  He found a deuce, but alas it was the 2 of diamonds, so not the winner.  And the plot thickens…
Jake Baker was asked to send us off into our Friday and weekend by leading us in the creed:  Promise Yourself…
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Cliff Eley
July 4
Dan Rodriguez
July 6
Pat Bush
July 6
Jack Kleinheksel
July 9
Paul Simon
July 9
Wyatt McCallie
July 11
Jim Leuschner
July 12
Kent Gloor
July 14
Thumper Kady
July 16
Andy Towt
July 18
Steve Avery
July 22
Tom Hoch
July 22
Mark Metevia
July 26
Randy Marcove
July 27
*MSOC members
Friday July  29. Kendra Black, Councilwoman, District 4 Update
Friday Aug.   5.  Jr. Golfers 2022 Optimists Trump National Doral Resort – Miami.
Friday Aug.  12
Friday Aug.  19. Camaraderie Day /  S.C. Principals for breakfast
Friday Aug.  26 Harry Fegley*. Travel to the South Caucasus, Where? Why? What?
Friday Sept.    2
Friday Sept.    9 Ofc. Grimsley and Ofc. Borquez, Denver Police Dept.
Friday Sept.   16  Camaraderie Day
Friday Sept.   23
Friday Sept.   30
Mark Metevia
Program Chair MSOC
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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  
Secretary           Phil Perington          303-832-4578
Treasurer           Pat Bush                   303-750-9409
                                  2021- 2022 Board of Directors 
 Joe Marci          303-847-7844      Tom Glazier           303-522-5214  
 George Buzick   303-803-2268      Casey Funk           720-656-2255
 David Peck        925-890-2531      Dan Rodriguez      303-521-5120 
 Kent Gloor       303-880- 5444       Frank Middleton   303-903-1716
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.