Snow on the ground, but not in the sky on this clear, crisp Colorado winter morning as we are greeted by Andy Towt and Bob Avery. President Tom Kramis arrives just in time to call the meeting to order at 7:00 a.m. Members enjoy breakfast burritos and fruit cups and hot coffee.  Greg Young reads the invocation and the pledge is recited. There are no guests this morning. (Photo by George Buzick)
Attached is a picture of Jon Wachter and Vaughn Kendall along with the principal of Bradley Elementary, Steve Wera -- also a MSOC member -- talking to the kids about the Optimist Creed right before the Super Citizen Awards were handed out.  There were 14 awards in total, given to students that demonstrated the characteristics for which the award was founded.  (Photo by Andy Towt)
A great super citizen presentation by John Young, Joe Marci and Greg Young was held at MPB today.  They braved the blizzard to ensure that two fine youngsters were honored.
(Photo by Greg Young)
Mark Metevia presents Creed poster to Samuels Elementary School  Principal Cesar Rivera (who is also a member of MSOC.) Posters were presented to all Super Citizen Schools. (Photo by Mark Metevia)
Birthday Boy Joe Marci says that in all of his eighty years on Earth, he has never heard a worse rendition of "Happy Birthday" than today's version and reminds us he is still recruiting volunteer to work this year's Golf Expo, which will be held at the Denver Convention Center February 25-27.
Our speaker today was someone we have "Hurd" from before, who thought we all could use a little more "training". A new presentation scheme was tried so that people attending via Zoom can have a clearer and in focus view of the photos and screen diagrams concurrently with the in-room screen presentations.  If this was a step in the right direction, please let Larry Pulaski know.
Greg provided an overview of how various different technologies influenced toy trains during the 1900’s.  All manufactures in the USA and Europe of toy trains leveraged paint, metal materials, plastics, electrical components and manufacturing technologies to effectively gain market share. Early plastics made possible more needed details on locomotives and rolling stock, lighter weight train cars for longer trains and lower cost train sets. Toy manufacturers were leaders in paint technology, miniaturization, use of common parts and engineering design that reduced product costs. Greg described how some of the operating accessories worked and used the technologies to increase play value and sales.  Ladies were an important part of toy train production.  Lionel in 1957 introduced a “girl’s train” that was painted in pastel colors. No black locomotives for the girls!
Next week Greg will present Part 2 of how technology influenced toy trains with a focus on motors, smoke units, whistles and sound, more on accessory items operation and digital model trains. There were many patent issues between the toy train manufacturers that will also be covered.
Member pictureEditors Note:  Here is a remarkable recap of Greg's presentation by "Cub Reporter" Vaughn Kendall. Thanks to Vaughn (One of our newer members) for capturing the essence of another great presentation by Greg, and thanks to Greg for sharing his vast knowledge with us!
Today he’s talking about toy trains and technology. Most of the sales happen in November and December. The technology has evolved and changed things.  in the 1900s most of the engines were cast iron they were large and expensive then they went to tin and then diecast which had greater detail yet were heavier. Then came extruded aluminum which was still heavy and shiny and sold more. 1950s they came out with steel alloy. They had plastic after World War 2 but the problem with Plastics is they I distorted after six months. Because of this they went to cardboard and wood however the kids destroyed that. They returned to Plastics with Bakelite which was harder. They did improve the wires and the engines got stronger. Simple design makes it cheaper. All the earlier trains were made by ladies or women because they were better with repetition. Some of the main manufacturers are Lionel American flyer and Marklin.  As time evolves the paint became more improved because of the toy people. They sold more if they were brighter. Chrome plated plastics with vacuum plating came in to play. There were problems with cracking in the paint. during the war the Korean War there was no green paint, so it went to red Micro pigment came into the paint and made it much better. They tried using exact replicas of real railroads however they had to pay royalties and they were problems when the paint color didn’t match. In the 1950s they started girl colors but because of the poor paint quality it didn’t look well. Eventually they came up with some accessories which did well. They had a vibrating motor with cows that would march in an out of one of the train cars. They had a sawmill that moved logs. With time they developed some motorized cars that would launch rockets.
By just picking the Ace of Hearts you could win $30. Imagine that! In spite of the fact that Jake Baker had two chances to do so, the money is still there and grows by $10 next week... so don't miss your chance to win big money.  Show up and buy a ticket! Who knows?!
Below is an excerpt from the most recent AARP magazine from Michael Fox, who has battled Parkinson's disease for a number of years, in which he talks about getting through some of the darker times in his life: "I started to notice things I was grateful for, and the way other people would respond to difficulty with gratitude.  I concluded that gratitude makes optimism sustainable. And if you don't think you have anything to be grateful for, keep looking. Because you don't just receive optimism. You can't wait for things to be great then be grateful for that.  You've got to behave in a way that promotes that."
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
William McGroarty
January 4
Kevin Koalenz
January 10
Ken Duffy
January 12
Allen Pierce
January 14
Bill Litchfield
January 21
Jon Wachter
January 25
Joe Marci
January 28
Tracy Sorensen
January 31
Feb. 04, 2022        Advances in Train Technology                  Greg Hurd
Feb. 11, 2022        Oscar (Sorensen) Presentations                 Tom Kramis 
Feb. 18, 2022        Chairman & CEO Merrick & Co              Christopher Sherry PE
Feb. 25, 2022         Denver Fire Department                           Capt. Brian Norton &
                                Station 22                                                 Capt. Ben Bramwell 
Mar 04, 2022         How Synthetic Nitorgen                            Kent Gloor
                               Changed the World
Mar 11, 2022          Promoting Health For You                        Ryan Bresnahan
                               and Your Community
Mar 18, 2022         National History Day in Colorado              Kayla Gebhart
Mar 25, 2022         Camaraderie
Apr  01, 2022         The Colorado River Compact                    Casey Funk
Apr 08, 2022          OPEN
Apr 15, 2022          OPEN
Apr 22, 2022          Camaraderie 
Apr 29, 2022          Creating a Mental and Emotional               Tamara Kirch
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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.