• Mission Statement. By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in youth, our communities and ourselves.
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A memorial service for Ron Cisco was held on Friday December 9. More than 20 members of Monaco South attended the service. Several shared their experiences with Ron over the many years he was an Optimist. He will be missed.
Tom Kramis shares this picture of first tree sold this year.. Phil and Ann Klein are good friends of Tom. Phil is Director of Development at The Kent Denver School and Ann is a Family Physician at CU Anschutz. 
A glorious morning to be greeted by the smiling faces of Vaughn Kendall and Jim Svenson and an invocation by Tom Overton.
Welcome to Allen Meyer, our guest from last week and member this week!
President Larry announced that the Board of Directors met Tuesday night at the Legion Hall and most of the discussion centered on the Tree Lot.
Tom Mauro thanked Frank Middleton and Dan Rodriguez for planning the holiday party held this past Saturday evening. Frank Middleton thanked the following for making the party a success:
Mark Metevia, Ed Collins, Jake and Claire Baker (Decorations), Kent Gloor, Dave Peck and Tom Glazier.  A good time was had by all! Tom had some serving implemets (Forks and Spoons), which someone left. Talk to Tom to get them back!
Christmas Buffet Box With Ham by Pittman & DavisMichael Chavez announced that delivery of Christmas food baskets wil take place on Saturday, December 17. He needs people with trucks to get the food to the Legion parking lot for others to pick up. Be at the American Legion Hall at 8:00 am Saturday.
Craig Eley announced that Santa would at our meeting on December 23. Everyone should bring a white elephant gift for Santa to give to another member.  If you forget, don't worry, Santa will have some extras. If you have a gift for a particular member, be sure to put his name on it, so Santa can get it to the right person Good taste is not a prerequisite for a great gift. Don't miss it! 
Personalized ELVİS PRESLEY Cartoon Custom Caricature Super Star Cartonn Birthday Gift Fathers day Gift From Photo Customize Digital Portrait
Bryce Slaby has tickets for an Elvis Show at the Lone Tree Arts Center on January 21. Tickets are only specially priced at only $40. There are plans for dinner before the show. See Bryce for details.
Pat Bush announced that he has turned Guido(in the form of Frank Middleton) loose to collect unpaid dues. Frank incicated that had commitments from several members to pay up, while a couple dropped their membership. Frank also learned that Bill Mcgroarty, a longtime (but inactive) member had passed away in November of 2021.
Mark Metevia shared copies of a recent Villager newspaper, which contains an article regarding our tree lot, thanks to Bob Sweeney, who is currently a member of our club. Bob says he plans to publish information regarding MSOC activities in future editons of the paper
There will be a meeting of those who volunteered to help with this program with Thomas Jefferson High School, immediately after the meeting on Friday January 6. This is an opportunity to strengthen our ties with TJ to help the students in achieving success in their college endeavors. Talk to Kent Gloor for further details. (303-880-5444)
Steve Kady reports the following.
The annual Channel 4 Toy collection will take place Thursday,  December 15 @ 5:45 AM.
This will happen at the King Soopers store located at South Colorado Blvd and Yale.
We are scheduled to be on Channel 4's live news broadcast at 6AM.
We will gather in the parking lot South of the store anytime after 5:30 AM where we will meet up Dan Rodriguez. Dan will have the bags of toys.
We will then transfer the bags to DFD Engine 24's hose bed.
Matt Nelson has offered to be Santa this year.
Santa will ride with the firefighters to the front of the store where Larry Pulaski and possibly Paul Ashbacher of Kohl's. Larry will do the interview.
Optimist and firefighters will transfer the toys to the collection bins.
Thank you all for helping this event successful.
Felix Zaltsberg, Owner of Right Time International Watch Center was our speaker for today. Felix is  is originally from the Ukraine and currently has several of his relatives who fled from the Russian aggression living with him here in Denver. Right Time is a family business and Felix also employs a number of immigrants from the Ukraine and the Middle East. Felix explained that there are basically two kinds of watches: Those that work by a spring mechanism and those which are battery powered (Quartz). The highest quality watches are made in three countries: Japan, Switzerland and Germany. Right Time technicians do not service Apple watches, etc. since they are not really "watches", but are minicomputers. Right Time sells and services watches from all over the world and prides itself on being honest and providing good value to their customers, whether they are selling a Rolex, or a new battery for your quartz watch. Right Time has an extensive website at and two locations:
7110 East County Line Road in Highlands Ranch and 1485 South Colorado Boulevard in Denver. Several members gave testimonials as to their experience with Right time. All attested to the excellence in customer service that Felix and his family supply. That's to Felix for a presentation on a unique subject.
With high hopes for winning $100, just for drawing the 5 of hears from a deck of 42 cards, and with possibility of winning a watch provided by our speaker, Jake Baker and Tom Glazier both took a shot at the big pot but were unsuccessful. Michael Chavez' name was drawn and he may have been wearing his name tag, but he left early, so Kent Gloor took a shot at drawing the magic card, also with no luck. More money for next weekW!
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Frank Rowe
December 3
Mark Westlund
December 11
Bob Meyer
December 13
Curt Boell
December 18
Kurt Siebold
December 28
Noel Hasselgren
December 28
Ron Cisco
December 28
Upcoming Events
Christmas Tree Lot
2295 S. Monaco St.
Nov 25, 2022 9:00 AM –
Dec 23, 2022 9:00 PM
Channel 4 Toy Drive
King Soopers
Dec 15, 2022
5:00 AM – 7:00 AM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Post #1
Dec 16, 2022
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Super Citizen-McMeen
McMeen Elementary School
Dec 16, 2022
8:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Super Citizen-Bradley
Bradley International School
Dec 16, 2022
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
Christmas Basket Delivery
Safeway Parking Lot
Dec 17, 2022
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Dec 18, 2022
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
American Legion Hall #1
Dec 20, 2022 6:45 PM
Santa's Gift Exchange
American Legion Hall
Dec 23, 2022
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Post #1
Dec 23, 2022
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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Dec 16, 2022
How to Use the Club App and Website
Dec 23, 2022 7:30 AM
White Elephant gift exchange
Dec 30, 2022 7:00 AM
Jan 06, 2023
Newspaper Update
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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
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Optimist Club of Monaco South 2022-2023 47th Year — Chartered in 1976
                        2022-2023 Officers                                                                                
President           Larry Pulaski           303-956-1202      
Vice President   Matt Nelson             720-774-0758
Vice President   Steve Kady               303-931-1470
Secretary           Jake Baker                412-680-0765
Treasurer           Pat Bush                   303-750-9409
                            2022- 2023 Board of Directors 
 Joe Marci             303-847-7844      Tom Glazier          303-522-5214  
 George Buzick     303-803-2268      Casey Funk           720-656-2255
 Vaughn Kendall   303-910-6590      Ken Jeung             720-849-6241
 Kent Gloor           303-880- 5444     Tom Kramis         303-917-5299  
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
Tom Kramis 2021-2022
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.