On this crisp, clear, cold Friday morning in January, members were greeted by the smiling faces of the ever present greeter, Chris (the Coffee Guy) Dunphy and Josh (The A/C Guy) Lipuma.
Phil Perington took over for the absent president and Andy Towt gave the invocation, reminding us "to be too happy to permit the presence of trouble, followed by the Pledge.
Robert Wardlaw reported that there would be a schedule of the future Super Citizen Programs coming out soon and that most schools were still participating. Mark Metevia reported that Creed Posters had been posted in all schools and we would have pictures soon.
Most Precious Blood - Tuesday, January 25 - 10:45 a.m. 
Bradley International - Friday, January 28- 2:00 p.m.
Phil Perington announced that, due to some unscheduled commitments on the part of President Tom Kramis, the Tree Lot Oscar Celebration will occur on Friday, February 11. There will be a special $5.00 breakfast and awards will be presented for outstanding performance at the tree lot. Pat Bush should also have final accounting. President Tom recently presented at check in the amount of $1500 to the Tamarac Optimist Club, for their assistance at the tree lot.
Grocery Shop to Donate – Community Table
Frank Middleton reminded us that the strike is over at King Soopers. Time to earn your rewards. Forty-two people are now participating in the program and the club recently received a check for $377. (Cannot be used for gas purchases)
Tom Mauro reminds of The Excellence in Education Award and suggests we search for a deserving teacher. Someone asks if home schoolers can qualify for this award. No one can think of a reason why this should not be so.  Be thinking about this and get back to Tom with any suggestions.
2022 Optimist Brain Bowl Update
As you all are aware, the rapid surge of Omicron forced us to cancel the Optimist Brain Bowl tournaments scheduled in January.  As a result of this surge, not enough Optimist volunteers were signing up and some of those who had signed up were dropping out. The Brain Bowl planning committee is currently exploring options for rescheduling tournaments for this school year.
When we announced to the teams that we had to cancel, we asked if the teams and coaches would be interested in rescheduling this year either in-person or virtual tournaments and their availability through the end of the year. We told them that we are looking at both in-person and virtual options. With few exceptions, teams have indicated that they are still interested in competing this year and would strongly prefer in-person tournaments if possible. Some teams even offered to help us recruit volunteers.
Below are the options that we are investigating. Safety of our members and teams is our number one concern as we plan all of our tournaments. We will not be scheduling any
tournaments while we are still in the middle of the current surge
In-Person Tournaments
In-person tournaments will be the full 8-round competition as we have had in the past but we will take as many precautions as possible to limit gathering of large crowds. This event will be “competition focused” with few extras.  Everyone will be required to wear masks. Masks will be available for those who need them.  Social distancing will be encouraged wherever possible. There will be hand sanitizer available in every room for those who want to use it.
Virtual Tournaments
This competition will have four morning rounds but no written round. We will also have the usual three elimination rounds.
We are sad to announce that Mike White's mom has passed away. Mike had nothing but good things to say about the care she received at the Eastern Star facility. Funeral services will be at Ft. Logan Cemetery on Thursday, January 27.  Mike also reports that Cy Regan, who is also in the memory care  unit at Eastern Star is still fairly active, although he doe not always recognize people. 

Thanks to the expertise of Larry Pulaski, thirteen members, including
Karl Geil, Bob Avery, Keith Galloway, Greg Hurd, Ron Gustas, Tom Kramis, Tom (The Beachcomber) Hoch, Wyatt McCallie, Cesar Camereno, Steve Kady, Al Gapuzan and Kent Gloor, were all able to attend the meeting this morning.  Thanks Larry! 
Although we really did have a drawing this week, nobody won, so the pot jumps to $30 next week.
This submitted by Bob Avery:
And this by Dr Bob Finkelmeier:
Subject: S.O.S.
An Airbus 380 is on its way across the Atlantic. It is flying consistently at 800 km/h at 30,000 feet, when suddenly a Eurofighter with Tempo Mach 2 appears.

The pilot of the fighter jet slows down, flies alongside the Airbus and greets the pilot of the passenger plane by radio: "Airbus, boring flight isn’t it? Now have a look here!"

He rolls his jet on its back, accelerates, breaks through the sound barrier, rises rapidly to a dizzying height, then swoops down almost to sea level in a breathtaking dive. He loops back next to the Airbus and asks, "Well, how was that?"

The Airbus pilot answers: "Very impressive, but now you look!"

The jet pilot watches the Airbus, but nothing happens. It continues to fly stubbornly straight, with the same speed.  After 15 minutes, the Airbus pilot radios, "Well, how was that?"

Confused, the jet pilot asks, "What did you do?"

The Airbus pilot laughs and says, "I got up, stretched my legs, walked to the back of the aircraft to use the washroom, then got a cup of coffee and a chocolate fudge pastry.

The moral of the story is:
When you are young, speed and adrenaline seem to be great. But as you get older and wiser, you learn that comfort and peace are more important.

This is called S.O.S.......... Slower, Older & Smarter.
Dedicated to all my friends who are like I am, now realizing that it is time to slow down and enjoy the rest of the trip.
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
Jan. 28, 2022        Toy Trains and Technology                        Greg Hurd
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
                               First Aid Kit     
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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.
Topic: OCMS Friday 7:00 AM Meeting
Time: 6:30 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
Every week on Friday Morning
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Meeting ID: 867 811 5309
Passcode: 2021
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.