Smoke billows from one of the towers of the World Trade Center as flames and debris explode from the second tower, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Chao Soi Cheong)
Greeters on this beautiful Friday morning were Ed Collins and Al Gapuzan, shown here greeting our speaker, DPD Officer Matt Grimsley. In response to the question, "What time does this seven o'clock meeting star?", President Tom Kramis called the meeting to order at 7:05 a.m. Tom also did the invocation and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag. 
Three guests today! Roy Olsen, shown below with Gary Strowbridge and Craig Eley, returned his application and is now a member of MSOC. Roy was President of Happy Canyon Optimist club and assisted Dr Ed Fankhauser in the formation of our club in 1976. Rocky Ticato (below right) is a utility consultant who recently moved to Colorado from Phoenix. We also welcomed Rick Bergsieker who cashed in the free breakfast card from the South by Southeast event. Rick is in the oil and gas industry and is an avid cross country skier who recently moved from Houston.
Frank Middleton thanked those who participated in the South by Southeast event, including: Jon Wachter, Allen Malask, Joe Marci, Greg Young, Tom Kramis, Ed Collins, Bob Avery, Dave Peck, Dan Rodriguez, Greg Holt, Mark Metevia and Gary Strowbridge 
From Dr Bob Finkelmeir:
Thank you to all who bought peaches this year. Our profits this year were, 
  • Tamarac Optimist, $730.00
  • Monaco South, $950.00
Greg Young reminded us of the upcoming celebration at Maggiano's and that you can pay online at
Don't miss this highlight of the year, with live entertainment and excellent Italian cuisine
Ron Gustas still needs a few volunteers for set up the afternoon of September 24 at the Jeffco Fairgrounds. You can sign up at:
Jon Wachter made another plea for help with this flagship project. We need school representatives and photographers. Call Robert Wardlaw 303-525-2532 or Jon 303-204-5645 to sign up
Tom Mauro just returned from a trip to London, Scotland and Ireland. He did not get to play golf at St. Andrews, but was impressed by the 40 foot wall in Northern Ireland, indicating there is still unrest in that country.
Good to see Nick Picucci, whom we haven't seen for a while
Our speaker today was Officer Matt Grimsley a member of the Community Resource team of the Denver Police Department. Officer Grimsley has been on the force since 2004 and is currently station in District 3, which includes Southeast Denver.
Community Resource Officers (CRO) provide assistance on issues such as neighbor disputes, public nuisances, zoning issues, fraud and crime prevention, and other neighborhood concerns. They attend regular neighborhood organization meetings and provide training on issues such as neighborhood watch, commercial and home security, gang awareness, crime prevention, and much more.
Matt said it is important that "if you see something, say something". Since statistics determine law enforcement emphasis, if you want to have the police pay attention in a particular area, report things that concern you.
Some things to remember: A lot of crime is a "crime of opportunity", such as unlocked cars, open garage doors, etc. Matt says much of the crime he sees is property crime, auto theft, burglaries.
Because of a shortage of manpower, you should always request a contact when filing a report, otherwise you report may not get the attention you want.
Matt commented on the fact that with new programs, there are now a number of mental health professionals responding to calls that police officers previously handled and that "it is not a crime to be homeless". Matt also mentioned that there are no longer School Resource Officers in the Denver Public School. Matt was very articulate and a great representative of the DPD  
We have a drawing! Twenty bucks to draw the Jack of Spades from a deck of only five cards. How hard can it be? Not very, as proven by Officer Grimsley. After Phil Perington gives it a shot and fails, Matt pulls the aforementioned Jack and takes the pot, eliminating the opportunity for those who follow.
RETIREMENT (continued)
You can retire to Nebraska or Kansas where...
1. You've never met any celebrities, but the mayor knows your name.
2. Your idea of a traffic jam is three cars waiting to pass a tractor.
3. You have had to switch from "heat" to "A/C" on the same day.
4. You end every sentence with a preposition; "Where's my coat at?"
FINALLY you can retire to Florida where...
1. You eat dinner at 3:15 in the afternoon.
2. All purchases include a coupon of some kind - even houses and cars.
3. Everyone can recommend an excellent cardiologist, dermatologist, proctologist, podiatrist, or orthopedist.
4. Road construction never ends anywhere in the state.
5. Cars in front of you often appear to be driven by headless people.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Casey Funk
September 6
Jim Easton
September 12
Peter Dimond
September 14
Frank Middleton
September 28
Neil Alderson
September 29
*MSOC members
Friday Sept.    9 Ofc. Grimsley and Ofc. Borquez, Denver Police Dept.
Friday Sept.   16  Camaraderie Day
Friday Sept.   23  Warren Mitchell- Division Chief Denver Fire Department Safety and Training Division
Friday Sept.   30
Friday Oct.     07 Ryan Bresnahan-Certified Longevity Expert and Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach 
Friday Oct      14 Camaraderie Day
Friday Oct      21 Stephanie Piko - Mayor of City of Centennial
Mark Metevia
Program Chair MSOC
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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  
Secretary           Phil Perington          303-832-4578
Treasurer           Pat Bush                   303-750-9409
                                  2021- 2022 Board of Directors 
 Joe Marci          303-847-7844      Tom Glazier           303-522-5214  
 George Buzick   303-803-2268      Casey Funk           720-656-2255
 David Peck        925-890-2531      Dan Rodriguez      303-521-5120 
 Kent Gloor       303-880- 5444       Frank Middleton   303-903-1716
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.