• 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.
Robert Wardlaw  Phil Perington  Paul Stratton
With the city still riding high after the Nuggets “Beat the Heat” and triumphed in the NBA finals, plus yesterday’s parade celebration, Don Roth and Frank Ross arrived early to warmly greet the men of Monaco South on this Friday morning, June 16th, 2023.  Thanks Don and Frank!
Invocation -
Karl Geil delivered today’s invocation with a Father’s Day message.  Thanks to fathers for what they taught us and how they prepared us for striking out on our own.  This weekend is an opportunity to reflect on their impact.  He then led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Claire and John Young, both present a the founding of Tamarac. Between John and Claire they have brought in over 100 new Optimist members. Claire is a charter member of Tamarac (1993) John is a charter member of Monaco Soth (1976) and a prime mover of the New Club Building Committee when Tamarac was chartered. Congratulations to both of you,
Michael Chavez announced that we will once again be staffing a hydration center for Bike MS on Sunday, June 25 at Westview Middle School in Longmont.  Arrival time is 6:30 am and everything likely will be complete by 2:30 pm.  Bike MS is the largest fundraising cycling series in the world. Each year, nearly 50,000 cyclists and more than 5,000 teams ride together to change the world for people with MS.
Michael also requested some assistance loading the van the day before (June 24th) at 3:00 pm.  Please reach out to Michael if you can help out for a few minutes.
Bob Avery said thanks to the club for the ongoing support given to Bike MS and staffing one of the rest stops.  Having participated in the event for many years, Bob said riders really appreciate and look forward to a well-run hydration station.
Joe Marci lets us know that due to a rainout, there will be a Jr. Golf Tournament this coming Monday the 19th at 8:00 am at Flatirons in Boulder.  This is a boys tournament and if you want to see some impressive golf play, consider helping out.  If you are interested, please let Joe know.  He is available to give a ride up to Boulder also.
Commander Tom Yagley tooFile:American Legion Seal SVG.svg - Wikimedia Commonsk to the microphone and said thanks to the club for supporting the American Legion’s Hamburger Nights, which are Wednesdays from 5:00 - 7:00 pm.  He said the Legion is looking into ways to partner with us on several projects, including the Tree Lot. He also invited us to the Fathers" Day activties, including Sunday Breakfast.
Phil Perington put in a plug for the raffle.  Ticket sales are well underway!  164 tickets have been purchased already - many thanks for those who have.  Plenty of time to purchase more (or to make your first purchase)!
Mark Metevia introduced today’s speaker Denny Dressman, who is one of our newest members.  Denny worked for the Rocky Mountain News for 25 years.  His career was mostly writing and editing, but for his last 10 years he handled Human Resources and Labor Relations for 1,250 employees, which meant working with 8 different unions.  Denny reports that 1 year before the joint operating agreement between The Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News, the two papers had combined circulation of 770,000.  Today, the Denver Post’s circulation is under 100,000.
The Denver Post was an afternoon paper until the early 1980s.  The fierce competition between the two papers heated up when The Post switched to morning delivery.  That competition impacted Denny since it led to parity negotiations between union workers at both papers.  Denny hasn’t ever subscribed to the Post, even after all this time, since he doesn’t want to be disloyal to the Rocky Mountain News.
Denny spoke about the many things that have impacted the newspaper business.  The internet is one of the largest of course, and he feels newspapers first tried to adapt the internet to their business, rather than the other way around, which cost them some opportunity.  The largest economic impact to the paper industry was the lost of classified ad revenue.  Classifieds were much more profitable to the paper than traditional 1/4 or 1/2 page ads.  The Rocky normally sold more than 4 million classified ads per year, which was the main source of revenue for papers.   Today, the Post has less than two pages of classified ads each day.  The largest expense item for papers is the paper and newsprint.  Surprisingly, materials cost more than labor or any other line item.  Denny thinks newspapers in small towns will continue and thrive, since they provide a very local connection, but in bigger cities papers will be challenged to survive.  The Rocky Mountain News closed in 2009.  Denny says the paper wasn’t profitable in most years - he estimates that 23 or 24 of his 25 years they were subsidized to survive.
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Rocky Mountain News FINAL EDITION 2/27/09
Denny took questions on free speech and newsworthiness.  He pointed out that The Rocky printed only 10% of the letters to the editor they received, so there was the possibility of a form censorship, or at least bias, in the decisions they made about which letters were printed and therefore were the only ones that were read.
Drawing - Dr. Robert Finkelmeier made the rounds with bedpan and cups in hand.  $30 was in the pot, and the 8 of clubs was the key to claiming it.
Dr. Robert Finkelmeier made the rounds with bedpan and cups in hand.  $30 was in the pot, and the 8 of clubs was the key to claiming it.
Styrofoam cups of cash went to:
Kent Gloor
Dick Nickoloff
Larry Pulaski
Denny Dressman
Paul Stratton
Phil Perington
Faced with no other options, Al Gapuzan and Karl Geil used their winning tickets for a chance at the pot, but both fell short.  In the words of Ron Cisco: Close, but no cigar!
Name tag
The first name drawn for the name tag drawing was Dave Peck, who at the moment his name was called was in the process of ducking out of the meeting a little early, and narrowly avoided having his name tag off.  But alas, he had no luck pulling a card for the $30.  So the pot thickens…
The recitation of the Optimist Creed for today’s meeting was led by Bob Avery.  Promise Yourself, to be so strong, that NOTHING can disturb your peace of mind…
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Ed Collins
June 3
John Guttmann
June 5
Chris Dunphy
June 6
John Scarborough
June 9
Bill Morgan
June 10
James Svenson
June 14
Everett Gardner
June 16
Mike Prete
June 17
Terry Shroyer
June 18
Tom Yagley
June 20
Bryce Slaby
June 22
Greg Hurd
June 25
Dr. Bob Finkelmeier
June 29
Jun 23, 2023 7:30 AM
Life lesson for an Optimistic Life
Jun 30, 2023 7:30 AM
Jul 07, 2023 7:30 AM
Jul 14, 2023 7:30 AM
Golf Life Lessons
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Upcoming Events
Jun 21, 2023 4:00 PM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Jun 23, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Junior Golf Committee Meeting
American Legion Hall
Jun 23, 2023 8:00 AM
Pat Sorensen Memorial Bike MS Rest Stop
Front Range Community College
Jun 25, 2023
7:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Jun 30, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Optimist International Convention
Hyatt Regency
Jul 02, 2023 7:00 AM –
Jul 05, 2023 5:00 PM
Jul 04, 2023
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Jul 07, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
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
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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.