We’re greeted this morning but the smiling an effervescent  Jack Klienheksel donning one of his many colorful  and exciting Hawaiian shirts. The morning crowd was treated to a sumptuous buffet of scrambled eggs, generous sausage patties, fresh hash browns, mandarin orange slices, juice, toast and coffee. There were many plates piled high.
Morning Conversations and Activities
Larry Pulaski arrived early and set up the ZOOM connection after spending time on a magical mystery tour looking for the access code of the Legion Hall internet. It all turned out well and we were connected and ready for action. Frank Middleton was introducing his guest, Vaughn Kendall to everyone and sharing the Club projects that included the Thanksgiving Dinner, Super Citizen and Tree lot activities. Steve Kady, Russ Paul and Ed Collins were immersed in conversation reflecting on the popularity of Classical Music. Tom Glazier, returning from a long hiatus was explaining he had returned because this is where the food is, and its really good! Mike McMahon was enjoying the camaraderie of the morning and happily reported he really missed not being able to attend earlier.  George Buzick was actually missing, due to his appointment with the knee replacement doctor (Ouch!). Michael Chavez was busy passing around a get well card. It was a pleasant and lively morning.
expect the best!
President Elect Tom Kramis, sporting a very sharp Patagonia expedition shirt and crisp marching pants rang the bell and called the meeting to order. President Dan was absent and will return soon. Tom Mauro presented the invocation, “Being only the best. We are blessed with the peace and strength to think only that which is good & positive. To love our enemies, respect our friends and hold no grudges. May we learn to enjoy the best by thinking only the best to that which we do and share with others.” The Pledge of Allegiance followed with the rousing cheer of “Play Ball!”
Vaughn Kendall  was introduced by Frank Middleton who presented him with a King Soopers card application. Vaughn explained he had recently retired from his 7am job and now has something to do once a week at 7am. By the end of the meeting he had decided to join and was enjoying his gaggle  of new friends. Welcome aboard Vaughn.
Robert Wardlaw is happy to report that in  2 weeks the Principles to Breakfast will convene and invited everyone to attend.
Don Thomson noted there will be an honorarium memorial for the recently departed  and beloved  teacher Robert  Moatz at Thomas Jefferson High School.
Joe Marci presented a copy of the Centennial Citizen newspaper article honoring the  60+kids at the Doral Optimist International Junior Golf Tournament. Bob Meyer is still in Florida and will present a consolidated report when he returns next week
Russ Paul updated the status of the 5000+ Classical albums he has taken custody of. Steve Kady, Greg Young, Ed Collins, Pat Bush and Phil Perington are assisting in trying to find a venue to possibly build a Club fundraiser around.
Elberta Peach TreeColorado’s finest peaches are coming! The Palisade grower will be delivering the peaches approximately the mid part of August.
What makes them the finest? Peach varieties include Red Globe, Red Haven, and Cresthaven, peaches that come from a family owned artisan grower. They are tree-ripened, handpicked, and assorted. Packed in a two-layer tray box, approximately 22+ lbs. (18-36 peaches depending on size) and brought to us in a refrigerated truck. This is why they need to be picked up as soon as they arrive and kept cool. These are all freestone, organic peaches, with an excellent full flavor, superior for immediate eating, canning, or freezing. These are all some of the most attractive peaches of the season. The price per box this year is again $35 per box, with a donation per box coming back to either Monaco South or Tamarac Optimist Club’s, depending on sales. Same price as in 2019. 
To order, add your name, phone number, and email address to the list below and indicate the number of boxes. Remember you need to pick up your order immediately when called at 3972 South Olive St. Please have your check or cash ready (no credit cards) at time of pickup – C.O.D. only. Make check payable to Robert Finkelmeier.
Thank you, Bob & Bette Finkelmeier, 303-756-5829, Email:
man wearing red long-sleeved shirt standing beside wallMoving Along:
Raffle Manager, Phil Perington is pleased to announce we have filed our quarterly report with the SOS office thanks to the assistance of Treasurers Greg Young and Pat Bush. We are ¾ of way to reaching our goal of selling 400 tickets. In fact Don Thomson purchased ticket  #300 this morning. There are only 21 days left to achieve 100% in sales. We have displayed the information on Facebook, The Villager and LinkedIn. Please do your best to help get the last 100 tickets sold.  1st prize is $3000 2nd is $1000 and 10 lucky winners will receive $100 for 3rd place. Three door prizes worth over $300 will be awarded to those in attendance as well. We need everyone’s help and support for our 1st Annual Raffle in support of  our Youth programs.
Christmas, Christmas Tree, Decoration
Tom Kramis announced the Christmas tree orders are in motion. He is discovering there is a nationwide shortage of inventory but feels confident we will have our lot full of trees this year. He then shared some stories on the history of Christmas trees and a few interesting facts. Tom asked if anyone would like to serve on the Tree Lot Committee.  Larry Pulaski, Joe Marci, Frank Middleton, Tom Glazier and Phil Perington volunteered to serve. Bob Avery agreed to scout out trees in Oregon and might visit the Silver Bells conglomerate. This led to a chorus of Silver Bells from the crowd.
Maggiano's Little Italy - JS2 PR
The Annual Installation Luncheon will be held on October 2nd at Maggiano’s  for $33 a person. Chris Dunphy is working on the arrangements. More details will be forthcoming.
Randy Marcove Zooming in from Costa Rica, reported a beautiful sunrise and was treated to a very happy birthday from everyone.
The upcoming Kendra Black SE Denver summer celebration event is just around the corner and there was a discussion about ant interest in having an information Boot Booth at event. Tom Glazier has volunteered to steer the proposal.
Is there a drawing: 4 of hearts
Cup Winners included: Kady(2) , Larry Pulaski and Bob Avery
Luck of the Draw: Steve Kady &  Phil Perington-Not today
Chips: Bill Litchfield-Sorry Charlie
The Pot Thickens…
T-Bird Dave Peck led us all in the Creed  
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Optimist Club of Monaco South 2020-2021 45th Year — Chartered in 1976
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2020 - 2021 Officers                                              2020 - 2021 Board of Directors
President          Dan Rodriguez    303-521-5120         Perry Allen           303-521-3453 
Vice President  Tom Kramis        303-917-5299         Stephen Avery      720-775-7700
Vice President  Chris Dunphy      720-297-3111         George Buzick      303-803-2268
Secretary          Bill Morgan         303-868-4384         Allen Malask        303-726-3700 
Asst Secretary  Phil Perington      303-832-4578        David Peck            925-890-2531
Treasurer          Pat Bush               720-747-5482        Larry Pulaski         303-956-1202 
Asst. Treasurer Greg Young          303-759-3921        Bob Meyer            303-919-4532
                                                                                     Mark Smith           303-691-9766
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
Past Presidents
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
Newsletter Committee
George Buzick 303-803-2268                         
Robert Wardlaw 303-525-2532
Phil Perington 303-832-4578
Paul Stratton 303-366-6375
Pat Bush 720-254-3741
Craig Eley 303-758-9499
Greg Young 303-759-3921 
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.
Due to high level Covid Alerts in the Denver Metro Area, in-person meetings will be discontinued for the present time.  Zoom meeting will continue on Friday