• Mission Statement. By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in youth, our communities and ourselves.
  • Vision Statement. Optimist International will be recognized worldwide as the premier volunteer organization that values all children and helps them develop to their full potential.
Another beautiful Colorado Friday morning and those few Optimists who turned out were greeted by Harry Fegley with a handshake and a smile. Shown here, Harry greets Bud Olsen.
In the absence of President Larry Pulaski, who is attending the Optimist International Convention in Washington D.C., Past President Everrett Gardner called the meeting to order and asked Mario Sani to read the invocation. Today was a camaraderie day and Fronk Middleton had his deck of cards, dictating where people would sit This is always an experience as it is an opportunity to meet and get to know someone with whom you might not normally sit.
Simon, PaulMark Metevia said that he had run into Paul Simon, a Past President and Past Governor of the Colorado/Wyoming District and the Paul was spending a lot of time working with Coloradoans for the Common Good,  a broad-based organization in the Front Range comprised of local institutions, including congregations, unions, educational institutions, non-profits, and neighborhood organizations who share a concern for families and a passion for democracy and are led by their convictions, values, and faith to act for the common good.
Joe Marci is looking forward to Joining the Junior Golfers in Florida at the Doral Golf course next week. Bob Meyer will also be chaperoning the Colorado/Wyoming contingent in their quest for golfing excellence.
Phil Perington said that there were 34 members present today, but only one raffle ticket was sold. Remember folks, this is a fairly simple way to make $5000 for our club and give you or your friends and family an opportunity to win the grand prize of $2500. (The two grand prize winners of the previous raffle were both Past Presidents. See Phil to purchase tickets!
Past President Everett Gardner presented two new members with membership certificates and performed the formal induction ceremony, each man promising to give fully of his time and talents in support of our mission of "bringing out the best in our youth, our communities and ourselves".  David Wasserburger and Greg Ostravich are now full fledged members of MSOC. Congratulatiions
Greg Ostravich         David Wasserburger
Ryan McCollough, leader of Cub Pack 8023, gave us an update on the pack, stating that they had almost 70 kids and that their favorite activities were camping out and going to Peaceful Valley Boy Scout Camp. The boys also volunteer for graffiti removal in the Northfield area. Ryan thanked the club for providing funding for scholarships for some boys who would not otherwise been able to participate.
Ryan also presented a Thank you picture to Frank Middleton, who has been the prime MSOC contact for the Pack. Congratulations to Ryan for his perseverance through Covid in  establishing a healthy outlet for all the boys in the Pack!
With only 12 cards in the deck, the Ace of Hearts was the card to draw if you wanted to win the $30 pot. Jake Baker(twice), Allan Pierce, Russ Paul, Dan Rodriguez and Denny Dressler all went for the sure thing, leaving Frank Ross with only the opportunity to draw the Ace, which he did and won the $30!
Did you know that the original Optimist Club was chartered in Buffalo New York on April 11, 1911? Charter members agreed that the primary purpose of the club was “to promote a system in which the members refer business to one another.” The club bylaws stated that there could be no more than 2 of the same profession in the club.  By 1917 the Optimist Club of Buffalo adopted “Make Children Happy “, as the club’s slogan.
Built by the Buffalo Club and chartered in 1914, the Optimist Club of Syracuse was the first club to act as “Big Brothers” to juvenile defenders and took “Friend of the Delinquent Boy” as their slogan. This would be adopted by Optimist International as the organization’s first official slogan in 1923.
At the convention in 1924 a resolution was proposed to drop the word “delinquent” from the official motto in order to reflect the organization’s commitment to helping all boys become good citizens.  The delegates agreed and “Friend of the Boy” was adopted as the official slogan of Optimist International.
The revised slogan would continue to be the official slogan for the next 48 years.  It was changed in 1972 to reflect the fact that Optimist clubs worked with both boys and girls and that they were, in fact, the “Friend of Youth”.  Another 51 years has passed.  Time for a new slogan?
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Cliff Eley
July 4
Dan Rodriguez
July 6
Pat Bush
July 6
Jack Kleinheksel
July 9
Paul Simon
July 9
Wyatt McCallie
July 11
Jim Leuschner
July 12
David Wasserburger
July 14
Kent Gloor
July 14
Thumper Kady
July 16
Andy Towt
July 18
Steve Avery
July 22
Tom Hoch
July 22
Mark Metevia
July 26
Randy Marcove
July 27
Jul 14, 2023 7:30 AM
Jul 21, 2023 7:00 AM
Travel Highlights from Egypt
Jul 28, 2023 7:30 AM
3 Projects for you: JOI Club in Kenya, Pen Pals, Library Development
Aug 04, 2023 7:30 AM
Honoring the Principals of our Super Citizen schools
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Upcoming Events
Board Meeting
Legion Hall
Jul 11, 2023
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Jul 14, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Jul 19, 2023 4:00 PM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Jul 21, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Jul 28, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Junior Golf Committee Meeting
American Legion Hall
Jul 28, 2023 8:00 AM
American Legion Hall #1
Aug 01, 2023 6:30 PM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Aug 04, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Brent's Place Block Party-Pancake Breakfast
Anschutz Medical Campus Parade Grounds
Aug 05, 2023
7:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Aug 11, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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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 Larry Pulaski 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 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  
 Tom Hoch             303-332-9338                                       
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.