Phil Perington
Al Gapuzan and Bob Avery kept busy pressing the flesh and greeting an energetic group of Optimists members on a beautiful Friday morning, March 25th.
Invocation -  President Tom Kramis called upon himself to deliver today’s invocation.  He shared a message regarding our call to be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as we  are about our own.  A difficult task at times, but a habit that can help triumph over envy.  Tom then led us in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
Two editors Robert Wardlaw(L) and Paul Stratton trying to figure out the news for camaraderie day.
Taking in today’s proceedings on Zoom were Bill Morgan, Karl Geil, Greg Hurd, Randy Marcove and Wyatt McCallie.  Good to have your digital presence, gentlemen!
From Kayla Gabehart: Here is the link to register for individuals interested in judging
university of colorado denver national history day in colorado a pre-collegiate social studies and literacy program
President Kramis reported that there was a successful board meeting this week.  The meeting was highlighted by a good report from treasurer Pat Bush, showing the club on sound financial footing
Craig Eley delivered a reminder that the directory is about to be reprinted, so please notify him if you have had any changes to your address or contact information.  Also, business card ads are available for the bargain price of $25, so send yours in if interested.
Robert Wardlaw announced that with only two months remaining in the school year, our Super Citizen program is entering the home stretch.  Soon we will need to collect Charlie Korsoski award information from the schools in preparation for the end of the year assemblies.
Bradley International
On Friday, March 25th, a Super Citizen presentation was held at the Bradley Elementary School, where 14 students from second to fifth grade were recognized. Jon Wachter was master of ceremonies, and each teacher gave an explanation of why their student was chosen for the award.  Observing and helping with the presentation were Mary Grace Wake, who is the Lieutenant Governor for Zone 6, and a member of Windsor Garden Optimist Club, along with Tamara Kirsch, who is a member of the Tamarack Club. ( You may remember Tamara from the volunteer work she did at the Christmas Tree Sale.)  As an additional special recognition, the Bradley Joy Club made framed prints of the Optimist Creed, which were presented to each teacher, one of whom can be seen holding it in the picture. Also, two Joy Club members were recognized for being able to recite the creed from memory, One was Amie Joof seen in the picture with the Bradley Principal, Steve Wera, who is also a member of MSOC.
Cy Regan was on the mind and heavy hearts of the group today.  Cy passed away last week, unbeknownst to us as a video was shared of him singing his beloved Irish songs during our meeting.  Dick Nickoloff was reminded of Cy’s kindness to him over the years, specifically while Dick was recuperating from a bike accident.  Dick suggested that we mark the St. Patrick’s Day holiday in the future by showing the video of Cy singing.  Phil Perington, Don Thomson, Bob Avery, Al Gapuzan and Ed Collins each took to the mic and shared memories of Cy.  Cy served our club as President in 1999-2000, and also sold King Soopers gift cards at our meetings for years.  He will be missed.
Eley, CraigJack  Kleinheksel asked Craig  Eley to join him on stage.  Jack wanted to make sure the club was aware of a recent honor Craig received. 
On March 6 of this year, Craig received the Caring Award for 2021.  The Caring Award is presented annually to two individuals for their extraordinary service to First Plymouth Congregational Church and to the community.  Many are nominated, but only two awards are made.
In addition to his extraordinary service to the club, Craig has been President of the Denver Bar Association, serves as an Administrative Law Judge and was President of the Denver Law Club.  Craig has served as the Moderator (Lay Leader) of his church, was co-chair of the team that selected and called the church’s current senior minister and was Dean of the church’s annual summer family camp.
One of Craig’s many gifts is community building for his church.  Beginning in 2015 Craig organized the Creede Excursion to Creede, Colorado.  Every year, a dozen or so church members travel to Creede to attend several performances of the Creede Repertory Theatre.  For almost 20 years he has organized and led the Church’s Men’s Fellowship Road Trip with destinations in Colorado, Utah, South Dakota, New Mexico and Wyoming with many stopping points in between.  Being cooped up in a car, participants really get to know one another.  The Road Trip motto is: “It’s not the destination, it’s the journey”.  Congrats to Craig!  And thanks to Jack for making sure we got the news
With today being Camaraderie Day, club members chatted and visited at their tables and adjoining ones.  At the behest of President Kramis, George Buzick delivered a joke to the group.  "I got stopped in the park while I was lining up squirrels by height. The said they were tired of my critter sizing!"
We had a drawing!  $50 waited in the pot for the lucky Optimist who could pluck the Jack of Clubs from the deck.
Cold cups of easy money cash went to:
Ed Collins
Allen Malask
Jack Kleinheksel
Bob Avery
Kent Gloor
Pat Bush and Russ Paul weren’t satisfied with small dollars and went to the cards for a draw.  Alas, they came away with what the little boy shot at - nothing!
Nametag - President Tom went to the bucket of wooden coins and plucked out the name “Bryce Slaby”.   A man fitting that description, and wearing a name tag that matched, took his shot for the big money, but it was not to be, so the pot thickens…
Smiling nonetheless, Bryce then let our group in reciting our creed: “PROMISE YOURSELF…”
Bob Meyer shared the following information about upcoming events related to Junior Golf.
Marilyn Brown
Monaco South Optimist Club
Karen Nelson
Allen Pierce
Bush Reese Engineering
Heather Gardens Optimist Club
Boulder Luncheon Optimist Club
Breakfast Optimist Club of Littleton
Brainspire Solutions—DJ Wardynski
Mark Christiansen Associates
CO/WY District 25 of Optimist International
Harry and Linda Fegley
Joe Marci
Tom and Joie Mauro
Bob Meyer
John and Clair Young
Rocky Mountain Labs—Dr. Jason Hicks
UBS Financial Services
Western Union
Bob Avery
Leroy Colbert, Jr.
Peter Deem
Mike Dino
The Dolph Family
Jim Easton
Susan and Peter Gilbert
Connie Gilbertson
Sue Gilbertson
Kirk Hulbert
Bob Krech
Tom Kramis
Randy Marcove and Sue Williams
John Oss and Dick Nickoloff
Bradley Pelsue
Paul Stratton
Jon Wachter
Mike White
Boulder Evening Optimist Club
Denver Tech Center Optimist Club
Gateway Optimist Club
Greeley Optimist Club
Lake Arbor Optimist Club
Mile Hi Optimist Club
Tamarac Optimist Club
University Hills Optimist Club
Eyecare Consultants
Ron Gustas
Adam Harrington
Joe Kendall
Jack Kleinheksel
Wyatt McCallie
Frank Middleton
Edward Jones Investments—David Cooper
Charlie and Gunar Neumann
Nick Picucci
Ev Sequeira
James Yero, DDS
Breakfast Optimist Club of Loveland
Ron Cisco
Don Collins
Ed Collins
Casey Funk
Jeff Harbach
Tom Mehl
Tom Overton
Sam Pegues
George Steinke
Don and Joyce Thomson
Fort Morgan Evening Optimist Club (2 golfers)
Colorado AvidGolfer Passport
Colorado Rockies
Denver Golf Expo
Mile Hi Media, Inc.
Blackstone/Black Bear Country Clubs
Boulder Country Club
Broadlands Golf Course
CommonGround Golf Course
Dixon Golf
Flatirons Golf Course
Golf Club at Bear Dance
Green Valley Ranch Golf Club
Indian Tree Golf Club
Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado
King’s Deer Golf Club
Legacy Ridge Golf Course
Meadow Hills Golf Course
Overland Park Golf Course
Pine Creek Golf Club
Pinery Country Club
Plum Creek Golf Course
Raven Golf Club at Three Peaks
Red Hawk Ridge Golf Course
Ritz Carlton Golf Course--Orlando
Saddle Rock Golf Course
The Club at Pradera
Walnut Creek Golf Preserve
Valley Country Club
Colorado-Wyoming District Optimist Junior Golf Qualifying Tournaments
Boys ages 10 - 15
Flatirons Golf Course
Boulder, Colorado
Wednesday, June 15, 2022
Girls ages 10 - 18
Meadow Hills Golf Course
Aurora, Colorado
Thursday, June 16, 2022
Boys ages 16 - 18
Flatirons Golf Course
Boulder, Colorado
Friday, June 17, 2022
Sponsorship Opportunities for
Colorado-Wyoming District Optimist
Junior Golf Qualifying Tournaments
Dear Potential Sponsor:
The Colorado-Wyoming District Optimist Junior Golf Qualifying Tournaments for the Optimist International Junior Golf Championship (OIJGC), commonly referred to as THE OPTIMIST, will be held at Flatirons Golf Course, Boulder Colorado, on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 (Boys 10 – 15); at Meadow Hills Golf Course, Aurora, Colorado, on Thursday, June 16, 2022 (Girls 10 – 18); and at Flatirons Golf Course, Boulder, Colorado, on Friday, June 17, 2022 (Boys 16 – 18).
Age group winners (and other participants who qualify) will be eligible to advance to THE 2022 OPTIMIST at Trump Doral Resort, Miami, Florida, July 14 - 29, 2022. 
Up to 71 junior golfers from the Colorado-Wyoming District will participate in THE 2022 OPTIMIST.
The Colorado-Wyoming District Optimist Junior Golf Program hopes to provide entry fees to THE 2022 OPTIMIST for the seven in-district age group winners and also provide partial entry fees for the additional 64 in-district qualifiers in the seven age groups.
Sponsorship opportunities for businesses, individuals, and organizations are listed elsewhere on this form.  If you, your business, or your club would like to participate as a sponsor in the 2022 District Qualifying Tournaments, please complete the form and return it as soon as possible.
The Colorado-Wyoming District Optimist Junior Golf Program and the many junior golf participants and their families thank you in advance for your support!
Yours in Optimism,
Joe, Ron, and Bob
Joe Marci, District Tri- Chairman
Ron Cisco, District Tri-Chairman
Bob Meyer, District Tri-Chairman
Colorado-Wyoming Optimist Junior Golf Program
Colorado-Wyoming District Qualifying Tournaments
TITLE SPONSOR – $ 5,000.00+
Promoted as "TITLE" Sponsor on all event
printing, signage, and promotional material.
(e.g., “Colorado-Wyoming District Optimist Junior Golf Qualifying Tournaments presented by _____________________”.)
DOUBLE EAGLE SPONSOR – $ 500.00- 4,999.00
Sponsor the Driving Range, Putting Green,
Scoreboard, or Registration Area.  Includes Sponsor’s Sign in appropriate location.
EAGLE SPONSOR – $ 150.00- 499.00
Sponsor the 1st Hole or 10th Hole.  (Both are near the Clubhouse.)  Includes Sponsor’s Sign on course.
BIRDIE SPONSOR – $ 120.00-149.99
Sponsor a Hole.  (Holes 2-9 and 11-18.)
Includes Sponsor’s Sign on course.
PARTICIPANT SPONSOR – $ 90.00-119.99
Sponsor one or more participants in the Tournament.
Colorado-Wyoming District Optimist
Junior Golf Qualifying Tournaments
Contact Person:____________________
Phone: (______) _______ - ___________
Sponsorship Type:
       ___ Title Sponsor @ $ 5,000+   __________
       ___ Double Eagle @ $ 500+      __________
       ___ Eagle @ $ 150+                   __________
       ___ Birdie @ $ 120+                   __________
       ___ Participant @ $ 90+             __________
TOTAL AMOUNT ENCLOSED         $ _________
“Optimist International Foundation”.  In the memo field, please add “FBO Monaco South Optimist Junior Golf”.
[OIF is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization.]
“CO/WY Optimist Junior Golf”.
          WHERE:       Meadow Hills Golf Course, 3609 Dawson St, Aurora CO
          WHEN:         Thursday, May 26th – tee times starting at 8:00 am
          PRICE:         $ 125 per player
                              Includes:     Green Fee and Cart
                                                  Team Prizes
                                                  Closest to the pin on all par 3’s
                                                  Longest drives (men’s and women’s)
                                                  Longest putt
                                                  Donation to CO-WY District Junior Golf
If you have a foursome, you can enter as a team, or we will establish teams based on individual entries.
Please make your $ 125 checks payable to “Optimist Junior Golf” or to “Optimist International Foundation” if you would like a tax deduction from a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization and mail the checks and this entry form to:
Joe Marci
4173 S Rosemary Way
Denver CO  80237
Name:______________________________________________              Email:_________________________
Address:____________________________________________            Phone:________________________
              ____________________________________________              ZIP:________________
Optimist Club:_______________________________________
Other Team Members:
We need the support of all Optimists and their friends to make this a successful tournament. There will be a silent auction for some valuable items donated to Optimist Junior Golf.
If you have any questions, please call Joe Marci at 303-771-3748, Bob Meyer at 303-919-4532, or Ron Cisco at 303-794-0749.                                                     
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Carl Brown
March 6
David Telpner
March 10
Paul Bernard
March 15
Josh LiPuma
March 18
Woody Thibodeau
March 25
Henry Schonewise
March 29
*MSOC members
Friday Apr  1 Casey Funk*, The Colorado River Compact
Friday Apr  8. Mike Henninger & Sarah Bramlett,  Leukemia & Lymphoma Society        
Friday Apr 15  Gordon Close, Guitars for Vets
Friday Apr 22 Camaraderie Day. Officer elections
Friday Apr 29 Tamara Kirch, Creating a Mental & Emotional 1st Aid Kit
Friday May 6. Frank Rowe*,  Denver Park Trust update
Friday May 13. OPEN
Friday May 20. Camaraderie Day
Friday May 27.  Michael Gropper Suporting Veterans Integration Through Culinary Arts
OI Foundation Reminder: If you use Amazon to order products, you can earn money for the Foundation by signing on to
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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 Tom Kramis 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.
Topic: OCMS Friday 7:00 AM Meeting
Time: 6:30 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
Every week on Friday Morning
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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 
Vice President   Chris Dunphy           720-297-3111 
Secretary           Phil Perington          303-832-4578
Treasurer           Pat Bush                   303-750-9409
                                  2021- 2022 Board of Directors 
 Stephen Avery   720-775-7700      Joe Marci          303-847-7844 
 George Buzick   303-803-2268      Casey Funk      720-656-2255
 David Peck        925-890-2531      Dan Rodriguez 303-521-5120 
 Steve Kady        303-931-1470      Kent Gloor       303-880- 5444 
 Tom Glazier      303-522-5214                                                
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.