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LINCOLN AYLES                             GARY AMELON                        KEN JEUNG                                                         
A beautiful fall morning welcomes the gathered for today’s meeting. Our greeters this morning are Allen Malask and Matthew Nelson.
Robert Duvall is in the house! Good to see you!

Ed Collins reads our invocation this morning.  O God of our Country help us continue the promotion of  Patriotism.  It is more than blindly following our leaders.  It is said that Patriotism is when the love of country comes first.  Ed then leads us in the pledge of allegiance.
President Tom Kramis pays a special thank you to Chris Dunphy.  Chris was in charge of setting up Maggiano's for the installation                                         luncheon.  Nice job as always Chris!
Bow Line Knot Art 8x10- Sailor's Knot Drawing - Bowline - Bow Line - Knots - Sailing - Sailing Knots - Nautical Artwork - Rustic Art PrintsOur multi-talented President, Tom Kramis gives a lesson on tying knots, one of the many talents he acquired by living on the Northwest Coast. Tom shows how to tie a Bowline Hitch, a handy knot to know if you are boating enthusiast. Eagle Scout Bob Avery asks whether Tom can do it with one hand.
Jack Kleinheksel tells us that Kevin Koalenz, a  member of our club whose wife passed away from cancer last year, has suffered another tragedy.  His daughter was murdered by her estranged husband who also murdered her neighbor.  She left behind 2 children, Kevin is now in custody of. Kevin was an active Boy Scout leader. Jack will stay in contact to determine if there is any way MSOC can help Kevin through this time of tribulation.
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Don Thomson has recently upgraded on a larger flat screen and has a great condition 42 inch flat screen TV he is looking to sell.  Anyone interested please contact Don
CoronavirusDick Nickoloff says this past Wednesday, he had the oil change in his car, at an establishment that he has used for many years.  The operator of the establishment had his wife in hospital recently, she is suffering severe complications from COVID.  The operator mentioned he though he brought it home, passing it on to her.  Dick asked him if he had been vaccinated, to which the owner said he had thought about it but no he had not.  Dick  urges all of us to please take the time to get the vaccine; for you, for your family, and for the world.

Joe Marci has a qualifying tournament for Optimist Jr. golf tournament coming up October 16 -17 and needs volunteers for ball spotters. Contact Joe (303-847-7844)
Pat Bush will be taking the position long held by Greg Young as Treasurer and is in the process of sending out invoices for club dues.  Please pay promptly.
Tom Kramis gives us an update on tree lot.  We may be getting trees from Canada if we can’t find more from Oregon.  Looking good for selling trees this year.  Joe Marci says the Tamarac ladies will be decorating wreaths for sale. 
Introduced by Tom Mauro as a personal friend, Paul Shamon is our speaker today, who is here to talk with us about a little known but important, Denver native, General Maurice Rose.  When Paul was a little kid he recalls visiting Rose Hospital and seeing the helmet with bullet holes displayed there and wondering about it.  That helmet belonged to General Maurice Rose, for whom the hospital was named.  Maurice Rose was born in Connecticut and moved to Denver when he was 3.  He joined the military when he was 16 years old, in hopes of fighting Poncho Villa. His mother went after him and told the recruiter he was only 16 and not old enough to serve. 
Once the United States entered World War I, Rose re-enlisted, and became a 2nd Lieutenant in the 89th Infantry Division. The 89th Division fought at St. Michel where Lt Rose was wounded by shrapnel and hospitalized. After three weeks, he left the hospital without authorization to rejoin his unit. 
In the first American offensive of World War II, Rose served as chief of staff for the 2nd Armored Division in North Africa where he received his first Silver Star. Rose received a promotion to Brigadier General and took command of the 2nd Armored Division.
Rose led his troops in combat across Sicily and then into France shortly after D-Day. uring the winter of 1944-45, Rose’s division helped stem the German advance in the Battle of the Bulge. They captured Cologne on March 7.
On March 29, the Division made the longest one-day advance through enemy territory by any Allied division during the war, more than 100 miles, stopping just south of the German city of Paderborn.  When the 3rd Division started advancing towards Paderborn the next day, Rose took his usual place up front with his forward echelon.
During the fighting a German tank got in the way of the jeep. The tank’s hatch opened and a German with a machine pistol began shouting at the jeep’s three occupants as they stood with raised hands in front of the tank in the fading daylight. As General Rose reached for his holster to surrender his pistol, several bursts of machine gun fire struck the General. The General’s aide and driver fled the area and made it back to the U.S. lines. 
When 45-year-old Rose was buried in Margraten in the Netherlands, the military placed a Star of David above his grave. After a review of his records, the Army replaced the star with a cross after finding that he had listed Protestant as his religious affiliation
After he passed away, his men raised $30,000 to build Rose Hospital He is the highest ranking military man buried in Europe.  Across the street where he is buried there is a elementary school named after him. 
Paul is pushing to raise the awareness of this person.  A few years ago Paul decided to lead a charge to have a statue of Gen Maurice Rose erected near the state capitol building.  They have commissioned a well known sculptor to make the statue which will be 9 foot tall on an 8 foot pedestal. 
While Paul was doing the research he came across the name Felix Sparks.  Another WW II soldier with an amazing story with Colorado ties.  He served over 500 days of combat during WWII.  Graduated CU Law School in 1947, and practiced law in Delta, CO.  Served as a state Supreme Court justice appointed at the age of 38.  Netflix 4 part series on his life, The Liberator.  
Paul is looking for people who want to get involved with the monument and banner program at the state capital that he hopes to begin.  It has become a full time job for him.  Paul asks our group for a show of hands who had children born at Rose Hospital, half of those assembled raise their hands.
Do we have a drawing?  Yes, and there is $20 in the pot.  Jack of Hearts is the lucky card, and there are 53 cards to choose from.  Those with matching numbers include Chris Dunphy, Ed Collins, George Buzick takes a card, Mike Chavez, Josh Lipuma.  Don Thomson, Dick Nickoloff also draws a card.  Oscar Sorenson name is drawn and he takes a card.  No lucky winners this week.
All in attendance raise to recite the Optimist Creed.  Smiles all around as the meeting is adjourned.  Have a great week and spread the word of Optimism
Editors Note: This is the inspiration provided by Craig Ely at last week's Installation. Thank you Craig! This was truly inspiring.
Monaco South Installation Lunch – October 2, 2021 – Craig Eley
This part of today’s program is called “Inspiration”
When I was asked to do this, I thought “we have all lived through, and continue to live through, the most dismal period of our lives. Friends, relatives and acquaintances have died, and none of us have been left untouched by what has been a world-wide calamity. Where can we find inspiration in the midst of gloom and sorrow?”
And just this morning, the headline on the front page of the Denver Post announced “700,000 dead.”
But then I remembered that we are Optimists, not just in name, but in our philosophy of daily life.
Now, that doesn’t mean that we ignore the facts (although it seems that many people these days have little regard for facts). No, we’re not blind to what is going on, but we look for the bright, the good, and to the future, and we refuse to be dragged down into a pool of despair.
Personally, I think of how hopeful and helpful it is to be an Optimist a dozen times a day, and I thank the man who brought me to the Optimist movement – or at least I used to until he finally changed his phone number.
I think it’s a universal truth that unless we have faith that there is a better future awaiting us, we won’t be motivated to continue to work to try to make it so.
Optimists are the doers, the accomplishers of our society.
That’s not to say that there is a not a place in the world for pessimists.
For example, the Wright brothers were optimists – they believed humans could fly, and they invented the airplane. But it was probably a pessimist who invented the parachute. And perhaps we need the pessimists who make sure there is always a plan B.
But we don’t have to look too hard today for glimpses of light and hope. We have learned that medical science can do almost anything when it needs to. We will soon have vaccines for our children and grandchildren. And it has just been announced that a pill has been developed to fight Covid.
In fact, the pandemic has led us to new ways to communicate with each other, to work, and to understand how the well-being of others directly impacts the well-being of ourselves.
Even history shows us that after the pandemic of one hundred years ago, what followed? The Roaring 20s.
And we will come roaring back as well.
It’s already happening- in a scant 30 days McDonald’s is bringing back the McRib sandwich. And locally, Casa Bonita is about to reopen. Both, I’m sure you agree, are indisputable signs that we are on the cusp of a greater tomorrow.
Now, I may be preaching to the choir, since all of you are here today because you are Optimists.
We are here to install a new group of leaders for our Club, leaders who are optimistically looking forward to the greater achievements of the future.
So, thank you for being here. Thank you for refusing to be broken by the events which press in on us. Thank you for being part of the future.
I’ll end with these words by Winston Churchill, who certainly had more than his share of difficult and desperate days. He said
“For myself, I am an optimist. It does not seem to be much use to be anything else.”
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Ed Leuty
October 1
Jeff Wilson
October 2
Greg Holt
October 6
Ron Gustas
October 7
John Bamford
October 13
Tom Glazier
October 17
Allen Malask
October 22
Allan McCall
October 25
Robert Wardlaw
October 30
October 22 - Camaraderie
October 29 - Harry Fegley - Introduction to Model Boat Building
November 5 - Chuck Brasfeild - CEO, Denver Area Council, Boy Scouts of America with future Council President
Christopher Sherry- Chairman, CEO and President of Merrick & Company
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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      720-691-2448
 David Peck        925-890-2531      Dan Rodriguez 303-521-5120 
 Mark Smith303-691-9766             Kent Gloor       303-880- 5444                                                 
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.