An attendee at our last Friday, July 23rd Optimist club meeting tested positive for the COVID-19 virus on Saturday. The attendee had already been fully vaccinated and is experiencing very minor symptoms. Although it would be improper to disclose who the person is, they wanted to let the membership know that they’ll lay low for now and refrain from attending meetings until fully recovered.
If you attended the meeting, you may want to schedule a rapid test for COVID. Walgreens offers a rapid test that you can schedule immediately and complete discreetly in their drive-thru. Here is the link to set-up your free rapid test at Walgreens:
We will hold the July 30 meeting at the Legion Hall as scheduled. You have a choice to attend in person or watch on Zoom. Optimist meeting on Friday, July 30th at 6:45 AM. Here is the Link information to attend our meeting via ZOOM:
President Dan Rodriguez is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: OCMS Friday 7:00 AM Meeting
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY — Optimist Club of Monaco South   
Officially 45 years of age   Chartered on July 20, 1976
Another beautiful Morning for Camaraderie Day.
We were greeted this morning by the smiling faces of Al Gapuzan and Frank Ross. Their energetic spirit and warm howdy do’s filled the air. Al looked especially fit for the summer season in his bright blue Hawaiian shirt,  not to be out done by Jack Kleinheksel in his orange and green wild bird presentation.
1951 Studebaker Commander | Classic Driver Market
Eldon Strong drove his classic Studebaker this morning, which proudly displayed 1951 “Colorful Colorado” license plates…Very smooth. Breakfast Sales were brisk for the hot and spicy Breakfast Burritos.  Frank Middleton was trying to use his Safeway card for payment but an alert Noel Hasselgren collected cash instead. Prez Dan was walking around the room with I-Pad in hand, displaying Karl Geil on Zoom for everyone to wave good morning to. GUMS Editor-in-Chief George Buzick wearing his “I love Grandpa” T-shirt cruised the room with a big smile. Joe Marci fresh off his Junior Golf trip tp Doral was conversing with Tree Lot Commander Tom Kramis. Ed Collins was observed trying to sell his extra Raffle tickets to Bryce Slayby. Raffle manager Phil Perington looked on in horror. Past President Everett (Smith Brothers) Gardner,   purple beard and all, was sharing his air travel experiences to assorted pals, and Dr.  Bob  Finkelmeier was busy selling lucky cup and cash prize tickets for the morning drawing. It was a happy and well-fed crowd.
President Dan Rodriguez announced today was Camaraderie Day and it was such a fantastic and fabulous group he would suspend the opening for a few minutes. Soon the bell was rung and the meeting came to order. Mark Metevia presented the invocation, “ The philosophy and tenet of optimism that  brings goodwill and positive thought, is always shared by our everyday actions. We bring strength to others in need by the optimism we display on a daily basis.” The Pledge of Allegiance followed with the usual & optimistic cheer of “Play Ball!”
President Dan: Announced all the July Birthday Boys and corresponding like kind birthdays of famous and historical personalities. It was a very detailed and interesting list. A generous and heartfelt chorus of Happy Birthday followed.
Michael Chavez reported the Rockies handout was well attended and a great time was had by all. He  thanked Curt & Sharon Boell, Dick Nickoloff, Frank Ross, Greg Holt, George Buzick, Mark Metevia, Pat Bush, Cesar Camarena, Mark Smith and the ghosts of traded all-stars, for their help and energy. Nick Nickoloff added that the t-shirt he left behind (that’s another story) was collected by Michael, washed, starched and delivered in superb condition.
Raffle Manager Phil Perington announced ticket sales are moving along quite well but there is less than 30 days left to reach the goal of 400 sold. As of today, 286 have been sold. We need to turn on the late speed. Member participation has been well received and 100% sold can definitely be accomplished.
Please make every effort to get us across the finish line. The 4-pack for $100 is a great investment and good for the Club. 1st prize is $3,000, 2nd is $1,000 and there are 10 3rd place winners for $100. Added Door prizes include 2-Rockies Closing Day tickets behind the dugout with a bag of grade A deluxe peanuts.
This is why I left Estes Park and came to the meeting this morning. Click on the link below.
Greg Hurd
Sweet Georgia Peaches, Peach, Elizabeth's Studio Premium Quality Cotton, Digital Print - 100% Cotton - Fabric by the yard
Dr. Bob is happy and pleased to announce the Peaches are back! $35 will get you a box of expertly ripened Colorado Palisade artesian grown peaches. The boxes are 18-20 lbs. and contain 16 or 32 (your choice), inventory is limited. Please order soon.
Joe Marci: His trip to the Optimist International Junior Golf Tournament was a wonderful adventure. The Young Players, parents, guardians & escorts were all treated to a very exciting and competitive event. Bob Meyer is still in Florida and a full report will be presented upon his return.
Russ Paul has acquired custody of over 1000 original Classical and Opera Albums from 1930-1990. Most are  in excellent jacketed condition. He is assembling a crew to help manage their relocation and preservation. Steve Kady is contacting KVOD for advice and help. Ed  Collins, Greg Young, Pat Bush and Phil Perington are also assisting with the rescue effort.                               
Tom Kramis is happy to report we will have the Tree Lot in the same location again this year. It will be a little more labor intensive due to tree storage mechanics. Tree ordering has been a challenge. However, we are are pressing ahead to book enough tree inventory. The Tree lot committee is
working diligently.
Theatrical poster of a woman in a dress holding roses and an American Flag

Our famous and well-traveled president was happy to share that he was an extra in the movie "Miss Congeniality" starring Sandra Bullock,  Michael Caine, Benjamin Bratt, William Shatner, Candice Bergen and others including Dan Rodriguez-President Monaco South.
Robert Wardlaw is happy the principals to breakfast will be our guests in 3 weeks
Prez Dan is happy to have survived his rerouting of travel upon his return from Telluride, with grand kids, through a closed Glenwood Canyon,
Michael Chavez is happy Greg Young is back!
Pat Bush is grateful his oldest son visited and now his daughter is on the way as well.
Mark Metevia is happy to be going on vacation & shared a funny new family pet joke.
Joe Marci is happy additional Optimist golf money might be in the mail.
Greg Young is $5 happy to be alive and looking forward to a visit from his granddaughter.
Orville Redenbacher 1979.jpgPhil is happy to share he met Orville Redenbacher 30 years ago at a Kiwanis International Convention in Nice , France and discovered Steve Kady and Orville have the same birthday. Who wooda guessed.
(Newly returned from Injured Reserve, almost as good as new, Greg Young reports that Happy Bucks netted $18!)
Is there a Drawing?  3 of diamonds is the lucky card.
CARDS: Mark Prosperi-no luck, Paul Stratton-not today.
CUPS: Russ Paul, Greg Young(2) Phil Perington, Movie Star President Dan & Steve Kady.
CHIPS: Frank Ross-nope. Sorry Charlie.
Creed led by all the Camaraderie fellas.
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Commencing May 14 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.
Optimist Club of Monaco South 2020-2021 45th Year — Chartered in 1976
                   2020 - 2021 Officers                                      2020 - 2021 Board of Directors
President           Dan Rodriguez    303-521-512           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          Mark Smith           303-691-9766 
                                                                                        Bob Meyer             303-919-4532
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
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.