Oscar Albert Sorensen, age 86, of Denver, Colorado passed away on Monday, December 20, 2021. Oscar was born February 23, 1935.

Tribute to Oscar by Tom Mauro
Oscar Sorensen was 86 years old.  He passed away just before Christmas, one of his favorite times of year.  He often said, “Jumpin, jiminy, I just love Christmas!”
Oscar was born in Minnesota and was raised in Iowa.  He served in the U.S. Army in Germany during the Cold War and graduated from the University of Iowa when he returned.   He moved to Denver, worked for Continental Oil Company in Houston, and eventually became a real estate agent, which was his real calling.  He was married to Pat and his daughter is Julie Sorensen Berra.  Oscar was a great husband and father.
Oscar was a charter member of the Monaco South Optimist Club and truly was its heart and soul.  He delighted in all of the projects it started and did throughout the years including the Citizenship program, the Brain Bowl, Boys and Girls Club Thanksgiving dinners, and particularly the Christmas Tree lot.  Oscar was putting the Santa on top of the trailer for many years - way beyond when he should have been climbing up there. 
Oscar was my sponsor into Monaco South in 1983.  Joie and I met Oscar and Pat when Julie and Amy, my daughter started attending kindergarten.  We became fast friends and when I mentioned to Oscar that I wanted to join a community service organization, he brought me into Optimism.   He was the best sponsor ever.  He took me to every Optimist project Monaco South had at the time.  We got involved in Destination Imagination with our daughters, and Oscar eventually became a national judge.  Our daughters were very successful at DI and we attended eight World Finals together. 
Oscar was my trusted advisor when I ran for the Denver School Board.  He gave countless hours on the facility management committee for DPS overseeing the two bond issues that were passed during my term.  I did not always agree with Oscar on every issue, but I soon learned to also listen to him.  He was smart, quick, and had a great sense of humor. 
We will all miss Oscar more than we know, but we cannot forget the Optimism he promoted and shared with everyone he met.  He loved all of his Optimist brothers and helped all of us numerous times with his knowledge, skills, and common sense.
Editors Note: If you want to send sympathy card to Julie and Family, their address is listed below.
Julie Sorensen and family
3082 S. Holman Street
Lakewood, CO 80228
For donations to Monaco South in honor of Oscar, please make the check payable to OI Foundation, then direct the donation back to Monaco South for a program like Citizenship, Brain Bowl, Excellence in Education, Essay Contest, MS Bike or Oratorical,by putting this in the "comments" section of your check. Give the check to Pat Bush or send it to him at: 2035 S Kenton Ct.
               Aurora CO 80014
Some testimonials to Oscar's contribution to this club:
Pat Bush spoke to Oscar's support of MSOC traditions, particularly with respect to the Korsoski Award.
In referring to the friendship between Oscar and Tom Mauro, Bob Avery said he was reminded of "The Odd Couple" because the temperament of the two was so different and yet they were the best of friends.
Phil Perington shared the anecdote of the Frosty the Snowman  on the roof of the tree lot trailer constantly tipping over. Oscar suggested: "Get him into rehab."
Speaking of Christmas, many were aware of Oscar's special talent of making popcorn and how he would just drop by the tree lot  to pop a batch and then leave. 
There were also many who remembered Oscar's devotion to the care of his wife Pat, who suffered from MS during her later life.
And almost everyone commented on Oscar's droll sense of humor.
In spite of his passing, the "Legend of Oscar Sorensen" will live on.
Addenbrooke Park after the recent snowstorm.
Dashing through the snow, members were greeted this morning by the ever-smiling, Al Gapuzan and Chris Dunphy.  Al is still recruiting greeters. Show up by 6:30 with a smile a good word and you can join the ranks of these fine men. Speaking of showing up early, Chris Dunphy has volunteered to make the coffee the first Friday of every month, but is looking for a few good men to show up around 6:00 a.m. on other Fridays, or there will be no hot coffee to begin the meeting. Please sign up!
Robert Wardlaw announced that there will be a Super Citizen program at Slavens Elementary on February 18. Robert also asked all school reps to contact schools to find out how they plan to carry out programs this year. So far, only about half  of the  10 schools participating have active programs.
Tom Kramer, Tree Lot Manager reported that the tree lot was very successful this year. Although final accounting is not yet done, in spite of a various obstacles, and with the assistance of a lot of members, the club will clear enough to finance our activities for this coming year. A "Special Breakfast" is being planned for January 21 to honor those who contributed to this success.
Tamara Kirch is a member of Tamarac Optimist Club and was a diligent worker at the tree lot. While working, Tamara heard a number of stories regarding the tree lot over the past 30 years. She would like to put together a compendium of these stories to share with both MSOC and Tamarac. If you are interested in sharing your particular story with Tamara you can e-mail her at:
5's Rule! Draw the 5 of Clubs and win $50. No problem! Well, maybe! George Buzick and Pat Bush both took a shot at the $50 pot. Not happening! Which left cups of money for Jim Swenson, Josh Lipuma (2), Pat Bush. Larry Pulaski had no luck so the money goes to $60 next week
These 93 Doctor Memes Are The Best Medicine If You Need A Laugh (WARNING:  Some Are Really Dark) | Doctor humor, Medical memes, Medical jokesMEDICAL TERMS FROM MARK METEVIA
Artery -The study of paintings
Bacteria - back door to the cafeteria
Barium - What doctors do when patients die
Benign - What you be, after you be eight
Caesarean Section - A neighborhood in Rome
Cat Scan - Searching for kitty
Cauterize - Made eye contact with her
Colic - a sheep dog
Coma - A punctuation mark
Dilate - To live long
Enema - Not a friend
Fester - Quicker than someone else
Fibula - A small lie
Kudos to the clever-minded creator of this story.
From Phil Perington
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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 
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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.