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John Walsh a long time member since 1994 died after a lengthy illness in June of 2020. Due to his illness he was unable to attend our meetings, but kept his membership current.
Due to the pandemic his internment at Ft. Logan National Cemetery was postponed until November 3, 2021. He was a model ship builder, built products at the request of teachers for kids with special needs, and he even built a sail boat in his garage which he sailed at Cherry Creek Reservoir.
He is survived by his wife Elaine who resides at Holly Creek Retirement Center.
Joe Marci asked us to keep Russ Paul in our thoughts and prayers.  He is in the VA hospital right now, hopefully not for long.
Don Roth reminded us that Leo Haegele's memorial service is coming up this week.  It will be Wednesday, November 10th at Ft. Logan, Stage C.
Steve Kady still recovering from knee replacement, but should be back soon.
Greeters Tom Hoch and Don Roth wore broad smiles while greeting a good-sized group of happy Optimists on this Friday, November 5th, 2021. (Thirty-nine members in person, 8 men of Monaco South joined us today via Zoom: Curt Boell, Keith Gallaway, Karl Geil, Ron Gustas, Randy Marcove, Wyatt McCallie, Bob Meyer, Jack Rife. Thanks for being with us, gentlemen!)
Invocation: Tom Hoch delivered our invocation today, with a reminder to look at the sunny side of everything.  In difficult or sorrowful times, let us resolve to redouble our efforts toward making our optimism come true.  He then let us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Tom Hoch and Don Roth with Chris Sherry, President of Denver Area Council BSA
President Tom Kramis announced that breakfast today was provided by Cafe du France.  Arrangements have been made with the restaurant for ongoing Friday meetings at the cost of $10.  Please plan on enjoying a nice warm breakfast at the Legion on Fridays - we need 25 people to eat to meet our commitment
Do we have any guests?  No, but we have a former guest who is now a new member!  Bob Sweeney joined us, and he brought his application and check!  Thanks and welcome* Bob! If your check clears, that is.
New member Bob Sweeney with Allen Malask and Chris Dunphy.
Submitted by Greg Young
From Greg Hurd:
Here is the scoop on the upcoming train show which has been an annual Xmas train show since 1974.  It is put on by the Train Collector's Assn. that is a national group only focused on toy and model trains. There will be approximately 180 selling tables of trains, operating layouts, Santa Clause and for scouts a Railroading Merit Badge offered for those who participate in the learning.
Rocky Mountain Train Show 2021
Sat. Nov. 27th from 9AM - 5 PM
Sun. Nov. 28th from 9AM - 3PM
Location: The Ranch Events Center at I-25 & Highway 34 intersection, Loveland
It will be in the First Nat'l. Bank Exhibition Bldg.
5280 Arena Circle (Near the Budweiser Events Center)
$8 per person (covers both days)
Children under 12 years old - Free
Scouts in uniform - Free
Active military with ID - Free
Free Parking
9' Balsam Fir Prelit Artificial Christmas Tree by Balsam HillCHRISTMAS TREE LOT
Tom gave us a reminder that we are in need of Christmas Tree lot day managers.  Please reach out to Tom if you are able to cover the schedule management for one of the days. This year we will have over 1,500 trees, which is quite a few more than last year.  There are three different sources. Due to the dearth of teamsters, delivery schedules are a little iffy, but we plan on a shipment of 650 trees arrival on November 12 or 13. and will need some help unloading, with another shipment arriving on  November 19-21 will be big days for offloading trees and setting up the lot,  so mark your calendars! Joe Marci says that the wreaths we sell at the tree lot will be pre-decorated this year, so no need to sharpen your design skills.  Also, Joe was able to get a generator and help with the power set up for the tree lot, which is great.
Greg Young says that during the November 19th Friday morning meeting, there will be training provided for those men who will be working as cashiers at the tree lot.  If you want to work in the warm trailer, come on the 19th to learn how to use the credit card machine. 
Check out the Yelp website more tree lot information:
Sidonku Dinner of Thanksgiving Turkey Happy Autumn Bird Cartoon Mousepad Mouse Pad Mouse Mat 9x10 inchTHANKSGIVING
Michael Chavez announced that we have 62 Thanksgiving baskets to deliver on Saturday November 20th at 8:00 am, so please join Michael before heading over to the tree lot.  He will also need help on Thursday November 18th to take baskets to the Boys and Girls club.
Lowry Elementary conducted their first Super Citizen assemblies of the year Friday afternoon via Zoom.  The 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms were in the first group, followed by the 4th and 5th graders.  Each teacher turned their laptop camera toward the students who sat together on the floors of their rooms.  The principal and other teachers and staff joined from their offices, and several parents joined from home or work.  Greg Young and Paul Stratton participated representing Monaco South.  12 students were honored as Super Citizens, including two from Ethiopia and one native Spanish speaker, who had the speech from his teacher delivered in two languages.  A bit different than a traditional assembly, but the principal and the teachers did a good job keeping the energy up and celebrating the kids. 
Frank Middleton introduced our guest speaker today, Chuck Blasfeild, who is CEO, Denver Area Council, Boy Scouts of America.  Attending with Chuck was future Council President Christopher Sherry, CEO and President of Merrick and Company.
Chuck had been with Boy Scouts of America in Orlando, Atlanta and Sacramento before coming to Denver, and has been a Rotarian for 25 years.  He started his remarks by reciting the Scout oath and law.  He feels that the Scout law is the center from which all scouting success grows.
Chuck had a few comments but mostly wanted to have a Q and A session with our group.
He feels the number one benefit received from Scouting is building grit, which can set youth up for success in all areas of life.
The national organization is in bankruptcy, and he’s hopeful by the first of the year it should be restructured and able to move forward.  The Denver council is financially stable.  The Denver Council is also choosing to participate in a survivor’s fund the national organization is developing.
Chuck says adding girls to their programs has been successful, and 18 girls received Eagle designation this past year
Traditionally, the Denver area recruits about 4,000 new scouts each year.  There were 500 in 2020, and approximately 2,000 in 2021.  So marketing efforts are important as they work toward a rebound post-pandemic. Chuck hopes to work with other youth-serving organizations to present a unified front and to deepen relationships with Denver school districts.
Lots of information about the Denver Council and their activities can be found on their website :
We had a Drawing!  The Honorable Dr. Robert Finkelmeier says there was $70 available in the pot.  All it would take is holding the right ticket and finding the Five of Hearts.
Pat Bush and Mark Metevia went for the big bucks, but no luck.  Cups of cold hard cash went to: Allan Malask, Tom Hoch, Joe Marci, Tom Kramis, Larry Pulaski
Nametag - Cesar Camarena was proudly wearing his identifying tag at the right time, but no luck looking for the right card.
President Kramis asked our speaker Chuck Blasfeild to start us off on the recitation of our Optimist Creed:  Promise Yourself….
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Mark Smith
November 2
Brian Williams
November 3
Don Roth
November 3
Tom Overton
November 5
Jed Ziegenhagen
November 14
Michael Chavez
November 15
Jack Rife
November 21
Mark Andringa
November 21
Joe Hamilton
November 22
Steve Wera
November 26
Mike McMahon
November 27
November 12 and 19 - Christmas Tree Lot Info and Training
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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 Google Meets
OCMS President Tom Kramis is inviting you to a scheduled Google  meeting.
PLEASE NOTE: All Friday meetings will be simulcast on Google Meets  in “listen and watch only” mode. Please note the new link to Google Meets. 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: 2021Google  Meeting
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.