Thunder Clouds at Sunset - Dillon Colorado - June 2021
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Dave Peck - delivered today’s invocation with a message on making your Optimism come true.  With words of encouragement, offers of help, or actions of support of others, you can embody the spirit of Optimism.  He then led the Pledge of Allegiance.
President Dan Rodriguez shared some interesting tidbits about June 18th, this day in history:
  • 1812 War of 1812 begins as US declares war against Britain
  • 1815 Battle of Waterloo; Napoleon and France defeated by British forces under Wellington and Prussian troops under Blucher
  •   1928 American aviator Amelia Earhart becomes the 1st woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, landing at Burry Port, Wales
  •   1940 Winston Churchill's "this was their finest hour" speech urging perseverance during Battle of Britain delivered to British House of Commons. 1960 US Open Men's Golf, Cherry Hills CC: Arnold Palmer stages greatest comeback in tournament history; erases a 7-stroke final round deficit to win his only US Open title by 2 strokes ahead of Jack Nicklaus
Photo by Steve Kady
Greg Young took the mic and said thanks to our breakfast providers. Steve Kady reports that we SOLD OUT!  The Culinary Arts Boot Camp for Veterans - - will make a presentation on July 19th.  The two chefs for today came to the front of the room to say thanks for the opportunity.  As part of the program, they will be with us for at least the next five weeks. Thanks to Chris Dunphy for working with this crew to come up with the great price and the delicious meal.
Compliments of Donlie Smith
Pat Bush  Photo by Steve Kady
Greg Young announced that, after many years, he is stepping down as club treasurer and will be turning his duties over to Pat Bush, who has been "shadowing" Greg for the past several months.  Many thanks to Greg for all the time and energy he has spent over the past years.
Don Thomson reports that on Saturday July 31st at 10:00 am there will be a memorial day at Thomas Jefferson High School for  Herman Motz.  Coach Motz passed away earlier this year at age 91.  The T.J. athletic fields were named after him in 2011.  Motz taught English and Latin, and was the head football coach as well as the track team coach. He was with Denver Public Schools for 35 years as is the last coach to win a state championship with a Denver Prep League team. His Spartans won the state title in 1980 and 1989
Robert Wardlaw - mark your calendars for our meeting on Friday, August 13th - it will be the Principals to Breakfast meeting for our Super Citizen schools.  School reps, please reach out to your principals and invite them.  Also, we need school representatives for both Holm and Ellis beginning in the fall, so please reach out to Robert if you are interested
Club | Bike MS Cyclists on Strava
Bob Avery - announced that Dave Telpner will also be riding Bike MS, along with Bob and Bill Morgan.  Bike MS will be a one day event on Saturday, June 26th.  There will be an option to ride 38 miles or 70 miles. This will be Bob’s 32nd year riding, and he appreciates the support the club has provided him and the cause.  Bob and Bill Morgan report that you can donate by visiting the website - you can then search for a rider to make a contribution in their name.
Phil Perington wanted to share a few words about John Stoffel, a club member who passed away recently.  John was a dedicated member of local Democratic Party, and severed as the Assistant City Attorney.  Phil remembers him fondly, and says that the club will miss him.
John and Carolyn Stoffel

Bag Of Money Glossy Poster Picture Photo Currency Dollars Bills RichHappy Bucks!  President Dan grabbed the spittoon and asked “Who’s Happy?”:
Dan Rodriguez - The Prez started us off by saying that he’s happy to see his kids successful and to have three grandkids that are great (not to be confused with great-grandkids).
Phil Perington - happy that breakfast is now $8.
Tom Overton - happy has been able to travel all over the state and now will be going to Montana for three weeks.
Greg Young - happy that Pat Bush is taking over as treasurer.
Bill Morgan - happy for the bike MS support from the club.
Gary Strowbridge - happy for his granddaughter who is competing in a golf tournament at age 14.
Don Thomson - happy since his daughter and granddaughter are coming in from Seattle this weekend.  Don also has another granddaughter going to go to Montana State in the fall.
Dick Nickoloff - happy because in two weeks he will be in Northern Wyoming with lots of family.
Bob Avery - happy to be done with the UHaul company and any of their products.
Bryan Prosperi - happy that it is Pride Month.
Tom Hoch - happy since he will be going to Northern Minnesota soon.
Pat Bush - happy that his son is successful in Virginia and that he and his family are coming to visit next week.  Also, Pat’s project he wanted to complete before retiring is ahead of schedule and likely will be done this summer.  So retirement won’t be far away!
Tom Kramis - happy that his son got the game ball as South High School won their first Lacrosse playoff game in 21 years.
(Editors Note: We collected $19, which will be forwarded to Childhood Wellness Fund at Optimist International Foundation.)
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This submitted by Steve Kady from the Facebook page of Paul Simon, Past President of MSOC and Past Governor of the Colorado/Wyoming District:
A special day today, a wonderful accumulation of lifecycle milestones. Thanks to my wife, Debbie Reinberg, for 21 years of keeping me around and helping me grow. Congratulations to my son Jeremy and his wife Manuela who celebrate their 6th anniversary today as well. And Happy Birthday to their daughter Olivia who turns 3 tomorrow but whose birthdate actually would have been June 18 as well if she'd been born in the States rather than Germany in the wee hours of June 19. And to all, happy observed Juneteenth and all that represents.
Since this rule was not printed on the ticket, we should emphasize to those who are selling. (2) A person or licensee shall not permit any person under eighteen years of age to purchase the opportunity to participate in any game of chance or purchase pull tab games.
The June birthday boys were asked to raise their hands.  One (Greg Hurd) was attending via Zoom, while Bill Morgan, Bob Finkelmeier and Bryce Slaby were live and in person to receive their birthday serenade.  Hopefully there was audio difficulty with the Zoom link, for Greg’s sake…
Ed Collins - 6/3
Allen Scarborough - 6/9
Mike Prete -6/17
Greg Hurd - 6/25
June Birthdays
Chris Dunphy - 6/6
Bill Morgan -6/10
Terry Shroyer 6/18
Bob Finkelmeier 6/29
Perry Allen - 6/8
Everett Gardner - 6/16
Bryce Slaby - 6/222
We then had a Drawing!  There was $120 in the pot, and the Queen of Hearts held the key. Bryan Prosperi took a shot for the big bucks, but came up empty.  So too did Paul Stratton, who benefited from Robert Wardlaw’s early departure, yet failed to find the Queen. Cups of easy money cash went to : Don Thomson,Oscar Sorensen,Pat Bush, Josh Lipuma
Nametag drawing - President Dan and Phil Perington announced that the member wearing their nametag when their name was called could take a shot at the big bucks in the pot, or receive a raffle ticket ($25 value) instead.  Pat Bush had his name drawn and was given the choice.  He went for the long shot at the $120, but alas, it was not to be.  Stay tuned for next week’s adventure…
President Rodriguez sent us off by leading the Optimist Creed:
Promise Yourself…
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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.
Optimist Club of Monaco South 2020-2021 45th Year — Chartered in 1976
                   2020 - 2021 Officers                                      2020 - 2021 Board of Directors
President           Dan Rodriguez    303-521-512           Perry Allen            303-521-3453 
Vice President   Tom Kramis        303-917-5299         Stephen Avery       720-775-7700
Vice President   Chris Dunphy     720-297-3111          George Buzick      303-803-2268
Secretary            Bill Morgan        303-868-4384          Allen Malask         303-726-3700 
Asst. Secretary  Phil Perington    303-832-4578          David Peck            925-890-2531
Treasurer           Pat Bush             720-747-5482          Larry Pulaski        303-956-1202 
Asst. Treasurer Greg Young         303-759-3921          Mark Smith           303-691-9766 
                                                                                         Bob Meyer             303-919-4532
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
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.