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A cold and sunny morning, and after lots of snow this week we meet our greeters this morning. Craig Eley and Chris Dunphy do a great job of meeting each of us. President Tom rings the bell promptly at 7,and asks Don Thomson to give the invocation. Make your Optimism Come True. Help us realize you make your optimism come true when you give your coworkers encouragement, greet each person with a smile, and live as if each of us has a wonderful day ahead. Thank you to Craig Eley for putting this book together so many years ago.
ZOOM GUYS...The following were on zoom this morning: Curt Boell, Karl Geil, Ron Gustas, Tom Hoch, Bill Litchfield, Randy Marcove, Tom Mauro and Wyatt McCallie. Interesting that we had members in three countries represented. USA, Costa Rica, Barbados.
Mario Somi is our guest this morning. His daughter is a past Super Citizen winner and she encouraged him to attend a meeting and learn more about what the club does and how it operates. Mario grew up in CA central valley, and after some travels found Denver and has been here for some time.
Breakfast update: President Tom tells us that we will have breakfast as it currently exists until the end of the month but the economics prevent us from operating in its current form for the foreseeable future. After a lengthy and unfortunately, not too successful trial, the decision has been made to discontinue serving breakfast on Friday mornings at the end of February. The club was actually losing about $100 every Friday because members were not purchasing the 25 meals required to make our guarantee. Future arrangements are pending. On a brighter note,  on February 11 will be a "special breakfast, in honor of those who gave their time and energy to make the Christmas Tree Lot a great success. Cost is only $5!
Pat Bush reminds everyone that those members who took a tree, wreath, or Garland please pay up your tab. Pay Pat please for the joy that these items brought you and your family during this Holiday season.
Joe Marci needs 2 more volunteers for the Golf Expo coming up later this month at the Convention Center. Feb 25-27. This will help spread the word about Jr. Golf. He is turning names for badges and wants to be fully staffed. There are all kinds of fun things to do and see, so sign up and enjoy the fun.
Phil Perington announces the 1st raffle planning  meeting. This has been a great fundraiser for the club to help support our programs. Last year Phil started the raffles and it has been very successful. Here is Phil's recap of the meeting:
Thank you for participating in the Raffle Committee meeting on 2/4/2022.
Here is a recap of the meeting:
1. The 2nd Annual OCMS Raffle will commence June 1, 2022 and end on August 19, 2022 with the drawing at our weekly meeting. 
2. The Prize pool is fixed at $5,000.00. 525 tickets will be offered @ $20 each.
The $5,000.00 prize money is sequestered in the Raffle account.
3.  Awards: $2,500.00 1st place winner. $1,000.00 second place winner. 15-$100 3rd place winners. There will be $500 spent on door prizes TBD. 
4.  Committee members will be responsible for the sale of 12 tickets per member.
5. Greg Young will be responsible for S.O.S. Reporting. Pat Bush will assist.
6. Dan Rodriguez will design new tickets to reflect all information required by S.O.S. Compliance and subsequently approved. 
7. Phil Perington will be responsible for ticket distribution, collection and reporting.
8. Marketing TBD at next meting 3/4/22. Please bring your clever and objective ideas for discussion. 
I really appreciate your help and cooperation in moving forward to another successful and happy conclusion of our Raffle Fundraiser. Please let me know if there are any additional matters you would like discuss at our next meeting. 
In Good Cheer and Optimism-
Phil Perington
Chair, MSOC Raffle Fundraiser Committee
The following e-mail was received on the MSOC website:
To: Optimist Clubof Monaco South, Optimist Club []
From: LaVonne Phillips []
Hello--I am a teacher in DPS at Slavens. We have enjoyed having members of your chapter help us with our Super Citizen program. I am writing because my father, Douglas (Jerry) Brooks was an optimist club member in Aurora, possibly the Buckingham Square group...if I remember correctly. He is currently a resident at Aspen Siesta nursing home on Yale. He has a sibling condition of ALS called Progressive Muscular Atrophy. He is in an electric wheelchair and has virtually no function of his arms or legs, but his mind is still as sharp as always. Many of the residents there are not very verbal or mentally capable of being a friend or companion to my dad. He had one friend who was able to play cards with him, but he has since returned to his own home. Another friend of his recently passed away. My mother, sister, and I try to get there as often as we can, but we know if gets lonely and misses being able to talk with people and play cards. I am wondering if your members do things like nursing home visits. He would be thrilled just to have conversations about his life as a veterinarian, avid golfer, fisherman, etc. or play his favorite card game, SkyJo. Having an occasional visit from another man to engage with would be something for him to look forward to and enjoy. Just thought I'd ask! Thank you!
Greg presented part 2 of his “toy trains and technology” presentation.  This week his  focus was on smoke and sound units and how the worked.  Both Lionel and American Flyer obtained many patents that protected their designs from being copied.  The patents had a high impact on each company’s design that often resulted in delays of a product coming to market.  Motor technology began with large heavy motors due to how copper wire was varnished to make motor windings.  As time progressed through the 1900 hundreds, motors became smaller, had higher torque and reduced manufacturing costs.  With that toy trains became smaller and smaller. Greg gave some brief examples of how several train accessory items worked using track mounted “track trip” switches and control buttons.  The talk completed with a presentation on the new digital trains and what components they now use.  Sound systems are very detailed and encompassing in what they do compared to the vintage trains we had.  New digital technologies permit 5 or more trains to operate independently on the same track.
Several members asked me where they could still buy trains here in metro Denver at the meeting today.  Could you please put this in GUMS.  Thanks.
My first recommendation is the Rocky Mountain Train Show in Denver this coming April.  Details below.  Next similar train show will be in December in Loveland.  Another train show will be in Estes Park at the fairgrounds this coming September but it is not as big as the Rocky Mountain Train Show. The other local possibility is Colpar's Hobbytown but their selection is very limited.  There is always the Internet and eBay as well.
Rocky Mountain Train Show - Spring 2022
April 2nd & 3rd
Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sun 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
National Western Complex
4655 Humboldt St.
Denver, CO 80216
Exhibit Areas
Expo Hall, Hall Of Education - East, Hall Of Education - West
The cost has not been announced but I expect it to be $10 per adult, kids under 12 free, Boy Scouts in uniform free and any active military with proper identification free.  Not sure about parking fees yet.
Greg H
The following notes were taken by Robert Wardlaw regarding Greg's presentation
This morning we are treated to Greg Hurd’s Part II on the inner working of toy trains. As a side note, Greg reports that the temp this morning in Estes Park was extremely cold.
Toy Trains and technology Part 2.
Patents and technological improvements drove the toy train industry to more realistic and detailed models. These helped to trains operate and improve the experience for a new generation of kids and enhance the experience for adults. Toy train manufacturers American Flyer and Lionel drove this technological advancement. The president of American Flyer had 152 patents himself. Lionel President had 4 patents but Greg believes he may have had many more. The race was on to add smoke, and sound. 1st smoke unit was invented in 1941 and patented. Greg presents a slide showing the smoke/choo-choo
generator. What follows is the most ingenious invention that Greg has seen for the toy trains. In addition to the advancements in how the trains were made technology also helped reduce the cost from the original version. There were 2 patents on that invention alone. The original Lionel Smoke unit was similar but more complex and was taken off the market a year after it was introduced. After the redesign, the 1948 version went much better.
In the 1960’s German manufacturer came out with a new bell feature, which was further improved in the 80’s. With regard to whistles, each company had their own design with its own advantages. Lionel and American Flyer each competed with the other to improve and appeal to the consumer. Lionel used a battery to power its whistle. Another feature was reverse unit to make the train go backwards on the track. Motors were huge component for the trains, Greg thinks this is the most important aspect of the train. The ability to reduce the size of the motor were key to having the size of the train reduced. Technology changed and it allowed the size of the trains to be reduced. Marklin was the German company that produced another version of these trains. Fast forward to the motors that are now used and you can see where the improvements have been made. Greg shows some pictures of the accessories that were made to accompany the trains, and they are impressive. Also displayed are the controls used to operate the accessories, some were done via buttons, while others were operated automatically. Digital technology has had a major influence on the operation and performance of the trains. Models have become much more detailed because of the digital capability that has evolved. It truly is amazing how much technology goes into the model trains of today. If you are interested in getting your child a model train, start out with the O Gauge model, Greg recommends.
Do we have a drawing? $40 in the pot. 10 Spades the lucky card. Phil Perington takes the first cup, Robert Wardlaw picks a card, Greg Holt takes a cup, George Buzick takes a cup, Chris Dunphy also picks a card, Mike White takes a cup, your editor takes a cup. Tom Kramis draws the name Dan Rodriguez from the plastic jug but no luck this week.
We rise with Larry Pulaski as he leads us in the creed.

Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Larry Pulaski
February 1
Tom Kramis
February 2
Craig Eley
February 6
Cy Regan
February 6
Eldon Strong
February 7
Russ Paul
February 10
Frank Ross
February 17
Nick Picucci
February 17
Jim Tapp
February 19
Bob Avery
February 26
Don Thomson
February 28
Friday Feb 11 Camaraderie Day and ChristmasTree Lot awards 
Friday Feb 18 Christopher C. Sherry, PE | Chairman, CEO/Pres. Merrick & Company
Friday Feb 25   Kent Gloor*,  How Synthetic Fertilizer for food led to the rise and fall of the third reich.
Friday Mar 4.  Captain Brian Norton &/or Captain Ben Bramwell, DFD  Engine #22 
Friday Mar 11 Ryan Bresnahan,  Promoting Health for yourself and Community
Friday Mar 18 Kayla Gabehart Associate Director, National History Day in Colorado
Friday Mar 25 Camaraderie Day
Friday Apr  1 Casey Funk*, The Colorado River Compact
Friday Apr  8    OPEN        
Friday Apr 15  Gordon Close Guitars for Vets
Friday Apr 22 Camaraderie Day
Friday Apr 29 Tamara Kirch, Creating a Mental & Emotional 1st Aid Kit
Friday May 6. Frank Rowe*,  Denver Park Trust update 
Friday May 13. OPEN
Friday May 20. Camaraderie Day
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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
OCMS President Tom Kramis is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting
PLEASE NOTE: All Friday meetings will be simulcast on Zoom in “listen and watch only” mode. All members are encouraged to attend the live meeting when possible.
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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.