Frank Middleton was our happy go lucky Greeter this morning. No King Soopers promo handouts were available,  however his smile and welcome hand of camaraderie filled the air.
 Bryce Slaby-Harry Fegley-Ed Collins & Tom Hoch were animated and loudly engaged as a Fun House comedy crew which included Ed picking a fake fight with Tom Mauro over who knows what. Mike McMahon and Nick Picucci were back in the house. Nick was honored by President Tom for his recent certification as a Financial Planner. Our Breakfast buffet was a sumptuous offering of Eggs Benedict, delicious Home Fries, Fresh fruit salad,  pastries, juice & fresh hot coffee.
Mr. Baseball Tom Mauro explaining to Phil Perington why the Rockies might win more than 50% games.. 
President Tom Kramis gaveled the gathered together at 7:01 sharp. He enthusiastically declared a very good day is planned and in good spirit bantered back and forth with Bill Litchfield, about  who had the most fun for Easter. He then presented Harry  Fegley with a pin recognizing his membership in the O.I Presidents Club and a BENEFACTOR pin honoring his accrued $1000 contributions to the O.I. Foundation.
Craig Eley presented the Invocation: “ Oh loving & giving God bless us to live in harmony, controlling our greed, wants and desires and to show respect for the law. Pray we uphold your laws and avoid anarchy amongst ourselves. Give us the strength to impart this to our Youth and give service to your call.”  The Pledge of Allegiance followed by the ever optimistic “Play Ball!” 
Jim Svenson  introduced his nephew, Mark Svenson, a member of a local Search and Rescue  organization who is fascinated by the Optimist mission of the search and rescuing of pessimists.

Jon Wachter reminded everyone that it was time to select a student for the Charles Korsoski "Super Citizen of the Year" Award.
Andy Towt shared the following information regarding the recent Super Citizen presentation at Bradley International: On Friday, April 29th, eleven students from Bradley Elementary were recognized by their teacher and fellow students as Super Citizens. Master of ceremonies was Jon Wachter assisted by Tamara  Kirch of the Tamarac Club.
Mike White: Announced he is presenting Super Citizen Awards this morning and needs a little help. He also added that while recently playing golf in Thornton there were two young players in his foursome playing from rear end of the Championship tees as practice for an upcoming PGA tournament. They had previously been participants in our Junior Golf program, and won the 13-14 year old group 2 years in a row at the Flatirons C.C. Tournament. He noted it was a windy cold day and embarrassing how far they hit their balls past his drive (even when he moved up to the ladies tee once).
Robert Wardlaw: Reminded the Super Citizen Awards at McMeen is upcoming, as well as  3 assemblies next Friday plus another 3 for a total of 6 in May.  
Most Precious Blood
Another successful Super Citizen presentation by the dynamic trio of Joe Marci, Tom Kramis, and Greg Young (photo).
Two deserving fifth graders receive the honor each month.  See Joe to sign up as a presenter on May 24th.
Joe Marci: Requested anyone interested in volunteering for the upcoming 3 tournaments running through the end of June, to please sign up. We are sending 71 players to the Doral O.I. International this year. Also, the Adult tourney at Meadow Hills is  just around the corner and we need foursomes asap. Without more participation he may have to cancel the tournament.
Don’t forget he has Rockies tickets available.
113.jpgUpdate From Train Guy - Greg Hurd
I just received notice with news of a major change in the Union Pacific's Heritage fleet located in Cheyenne.  Each year Memorial Day weekend there has been an open house at the U.P. steam shops and roundhouse.  Covid did its thing and they haven't had one in a couple of years.  The U.P. donated the big 3985 Challenger 4-6-6-4 locomotive, the 5511 a 2-10-2 steamer (only one to still exist) and the largest diesel ever made, Centennial 6936 to the "Railroading Heritage Midwest of America" organization (a non profit) in Silvis. IL where the steamers are to be restored to running condition.  Also donated from the U.P. Heritage fleet was a U.P. E9 diesel B unit shell, 4 ea. 1950's coaches, a diner-lounge car, a baggage car, a caboose and two well maintained business (heavyweight observation) cars the Selma and the Stanford.
The restoration is expected to take several years for each locomotive at several million $$$ each.  No announcement yet on restoration of all the other donated equipment.  All of this equipment used to be on display at the Cheyenne Depot Days. Depot Days is May 14 & 15th this year but there was no reference to an open house at the roundhouse and steam shops.  So we may not have a chance to see this railroad equipment for some time.
Mark Metevia: Reported Past President Peter Dimond(now residing in AZ) is under the weather and receiving treatment for heart and back issues. Please keep him and Karla in your prayers.
Mark Metevia introduced Tamara Kirch and her friend Ms. Devine, representing Happy Relationships and their program “Creating an Emotional/Mental First Aid Kit” Tamara is a new member of the Tamarac Club.She earned her Masters Degree in Library & Information Science with a STEMM (ScienceTechnology-Engineering Medicine Mathematics) speciality. Her service work include tours of East Africa, Ghana and Nepal. She dedicates today’s workshop to her grandfather Vincent Kirch, Joe Sabah and beloved local Dillon-Summit County hero Paul Kresge. She also volunteered long hours at the Tree lot last Christmas and received an “Oscar” for her participation.
Tamara opened with a request for every member to look at their hand and reflect on what you have done…what am I living for? This is the first step to Emotional first aid hygiene & First Aid, involving the illumination of Gratitude. We can choose how we respond. She noted Resilience is a key element to avoiding melt downs. It is sort of like a bar of soap that allows us to help change and cleanse things in a world askew. One important element to crating  a sense of calmness is to sleep and wake up on time. It will boost your mind & help with self esteem. Sad to report there is a suicide every 90 seconds. It is important to be aware of those around us & pay attention to subtle signs that may be in play.  We make an impact everyday through our actions and awareness of others. Their needs are important. Social media may be the leading culprit to this increasing problem. The “Walk it Off” attitude is not the answer to resolving a lot if internal problems people may suffer.
A video presenting the power of gratitude in daily living and the happiness it brings followed. The topic of what songs make you feel happy was offered to the group. Tamara then asked every table write down what songs make them happy. Over the Rainbow, Don’t worry-Be happy, It’s a wonderful world, Cherry Bomb, R-E-S-P-E-C-T  and numerous Christmas songs were among the entries.
There are many tools available to initiate and bring happiness. Make a list of 5 things you are grateful for. Pray for strangers. Volunteer for kids programs. Make someone laugh everyday. Spray toxic people with love and understanding. Forgiving is a gift to both yourself and other people. Set boundaries on criticism and sarcasm. Discover the power of helping another, without expectation of self reward.  Remember failure can become an emotional cesspool if dwelt on too long. Endeavor to  surround yourself with good people & positive optimistic energy as a powerful force of nature. Keep an internal 2 minute egg timer to  stave off emotional attacks. Loneliness can lead to muscle fatigue and should be avoided. And,  most important… Don’t let a bad hair day slow you down. It was a wonderful eye opening presentation and we look forward to seeing Tamara again.
Vaughn Kendall and the Lucky 8 of Clubs
Pot Amount $100
Card- 8 of clubs
Cups-Bill Litchfield-Dick Nicoloff -Greg Holt-Allen Malask & Jack Kleinheksel
Draw-Vaughn Kendall WINS!!!!!
Chips-Free Breakfast- Greg Young wearing his Jacket!
Don Thomson Leads the Creed
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
James Riley
May 1
John Young
May 3
Keith Gallaway
May 7
George Buzick
May 16
Gary Strowbridge
May 20
Mike White
May 21
Robert Duvall
May 24
David Peck
May 28
Tom Mauro
May 28
Harry Fegley
May 30
Roy Jarrett
May 30
Karl Geil
May 31
*MSOC members
Friday May 6. Ryan MacIntosh, Improving Lawn Care 
Friday May 13  Jason Ganahl, GQ BarBQ
Friday May 20. Camaraderie Day
Friday May 27 Michael Gropper, Supporting Veterans integration thru Culinary Arts
Friday  June 3. Linda Williams, Handling Tough Conversations
Friday  June 10. Camaraderie Day
Friday  June 17 Col. Gary Tobey, CIVIL AIR PATROL
Friday  June. 24 OPEN
Friday  July 1
Friday  July  8   Dr. Igrid Ulrich, Academic Achievement 
Friday July  15. Frank Rowe*,  Denver Park Trust update 
Friday July  22. Camaraderie Day
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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.