• 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.
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Our greeters this morning are Mike White and Don Thomson.  A beautiful spring morning and start to the day.
President Larry Pulaski rings the bell promptly at 7 and asks John Van Ness to read the invocation this morning.  Heavenly Father, help us to work only for the best.  The challenge is to leave this place in a better place than we found it.  John then leads us in the pledge of allegiance. 
Al Gapuzan is looking for Greeters for the month of May. A great way to see old friends and meet some new ones.
Craig Eley tells us the new directory is available and ready for distribution.
Andy Towt with his official OI Foundation baseball cap, rings the bell for Dime A Day Program, he is taking donations.
Tom Mauro recognizes 3 wonderful programs coming up, today we have the Essay Contest winners, next week will be the Brain Bowl featuring Monaco South Optimists vs members of Tamarac Optimist Club,  The following week, we hopefully will have both Mayoral candidates, answering questions. 
Mike Chavez tells us he is taking shirts order. There is a new logo available and Mike wonders if we would like that? 
Rockies hand out is coming up, June 8. It’s an afternoon game and you will receive a ticket to the game for your efforts.  June 25 will be the rest stop for the MS Ride, this club has done this for many years and Mike needs volunteers to help serve water and snacks for the riders.

Bill Morgan tells us that new member orientation will be coming up May 17 from 7-8.  The event will be done via zoom so mark your calendar.
Tom Yagley tells us that tomorrow is Derby Day at the Legion post.  Gun raffle is back, and Mother’s Day breakfast is coming up, Mothers eat free May 14.
Mark Metevia passed around the speaker schedule and asks anyone for ideas on who we can have for speakers.  Mark tells us he has been reading the Villager Newspaper, regularly, and has been enjoying the column by Denny Dressman.  Denny is the former Rocky Mountain News Sports reporter who spoke at our club recently and is a new member to our club. 
 President Larry tells us that today is upcoming Super Citizen at Samuels with Kent Gloor, Dick Nickoloff handling the duties, and Noel Hasselgren taking photos.  The TJ Jazz Band enjoyed their trip starting in New Orleans.  Jr. Golf has an outing upcoming.  Larry tells us that a few members from Monaco South attended the recent District meeting
                                                 Commander Carlos Aragon
(Article by Dr. Bob)
This past week Steve Kady and Bob Finkelmeier met with District 3 Commander Carlos Aragon. We both came away from the meeting that he/District 3 would like to build a closer relationship with Monaco South. In addition, he shared that Chief Thomas also is supportive of the idea to continue to build on the strategies of “community policing.” Some of the ideas we discussed with Carlos were, 1) to share our Super Citizen presentation calendar with him so he can encorage Community Officers, or patrol officers, to drop in on these presentations. 2) invite the District 3 officers to participate in some of our activties like, Respect for Law, Bike MS, Tree Lot, Rockies Handouts, Scout Programs, Thanksgiving Dinner, and Food Basket Sharing, etc. 
It was also shared at the District 3 Community Meeting with Commander Aragon, on Wednesday evening, that the Police Department now has a therapy dog named Shelby that they would like to take to schools. Shelby’s partner is Officer Teresa Gillian. See The Commander thought that our Super Citizen schools would be ideal for this as well. The plan is for Bob to share the 2023-2024 academic calendar with the Commander and Officer Gillian once it is developed.
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By the way, the DPD shared with us these upcoming events:
  • Thursday, May 11th from 9 am to 1 pm. FREE Catalytic Converter Etching, theft deterrent license plate screws and the CLUB steering wheel lock – *limited supply, **by appointment only.  Registration opens May 4th.  (see attachment for link to register)  
  • Thursday, May 18th – 6 pm  Active Shooter Informational Forum – at the District 3 Station 1625 S University Blvd. Taught by our District 3 Officers. Learn how to employ “RUN, HIDE, FIGHT” protocols and discuss police response strategy to neutralizing an active shooter threat in an interactive setting. RSVP to
Wyatt McCallie tells us about the resumption of the Essay Contest, which is among the longest serving programs our club sponsors.  Joe Marci started this program and it has been ongoing for over 30 years.  The Essay Program partners with TJ High School.  Teachers at the school gather works and submit to the club reasonable number of Essays.  The cover sheets are removed, making each entry anonymous.  Judges review each essay and assign a ranking based on several criteria.  The winner from this club is then forwarded on to the District for entry into the larger pool, for a chance to win a $2500 scholarship. 
It takes a lot of people to make this program work.  Joe got this program going back in 1976, and continued it for many years.  Judges this year were Tom Mauro, Greg Holt and Ron Gustas. Dr. Bob Finkelmeier supplied the certificates, Phil Perington helped with the operation. 
Our liaison with TJ High School is Amber Wilson and this program falls directly in line with our mission: Friend of Youth.  The 1st place winner is Kao Opti who came to this country from Mogadishu, Somalia. Due to recent surgery Kao is not able to join us this morning.  Amber Wilson, AP English teacher, reads his essay.  The essay starts with a Somali proverb that his late uncle used to repeat to Kao.  The proverb, spoke about the good that results from dealing positively with trying times.  His uncle was the epitome of the American dream.  The proverb his uncle repeated to him many times had a large impact on him.  His uncle came to this country through a lottery drawing and sold his 3 camels to afford the plane fare for the trip.  Amber tells us that Kao is an extraordinary young man who demonstrates many of the philosophies that help him succeed.  
Wyatt introduces Jon Poole who is Assistant Principal at TJ, who tells us what is happening at the High School.  Jon notes the Jazz Band trip was incredible.  The band just played at the Boat House at Washington Park.  TJ will be about 1400 student
s next year, and the growth has continued.  This year they will have the largest graduating class in the school’s history.  The school plans to install air conditioning this summer.  They boast many students going on the college.  DECA program will have 10 students going on to Nationals.  TJ will have a submarine entry for robotics competition.  Jon thanks the club and says the school has many wonderful kids.  The school has about 60% of students taking AP classes.  13 AP courses and concurrent coursed that allow students complete classes that will earn them college credit.  Jon has been at TJ for 19 years and has really enjoyed his time at the school.  Tom Mauro asks regarding School Resource Officer, Jon tells us that their SRO officer had been at the school for 12 years and had exemplified how the program should work, and they are happy to have him back.  Officer Cueva.    There are over 30 languages spoken at TJ High School and the culture is rich.  John started as an English teacher and has taught several classes before becoming Vice Principal.  We thank you students and teachers for supporting this program. 
 Do we have a drawing?  There is $110 in the pot this week, 8 of Hearts is the lucky card.  21 cards are left to draw from.
Pat Bush draws a card.  Amber Wilson draws a card.  President Larry takes a cup.  Bill Litchfield wins a cup.  Al Gapuzan takes a cup, Greg Holt takes a cup.   Craig Eley, Frank Ross takes a cup.  John Poole gets to draw a card.  But no lucky card is picked this week, the pot grows.
We then recite the Creed.  Go forth and promote Optimism.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
James Riley
May 1
John Young
May 3
Mario Sani
May 5
Keith Gallaway
May 7
George Buzick
May 16
Gary Strowbridge
May 20
Mike White
May 21
Robert Duvall
May 24
David Peck
May 28
Tom Mauro
May 28
Harry Fegley
May 30
Karl Geil
May 31
May 12, 2023 7:30 AM
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May 26, 2023 7:30 AM
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Jun 02, 2023 7:30 AM
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Upcoming Events
Are You Smarter Than the Brain Bowl Kids?
American Legion Hall
May 12, 2023
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
May 12, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Super Citizen-Slavens
Slavens Elementary School
May 12, 2023
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Super Citizen-McMeen
McMeen Elementary School
May 12, 2023
8:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Super Citizen-Lowry
Lowry Elementary School
May 12, 2023
12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
May 14, 2023
May 17, 2023
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Super Citizen-Hamilton Middle School
Hamilton Middle School
May 18, 2023
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
May 19, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Super Citizen-Most Precious Blood
Most Precious Blood School
May 23, 2023 10:30 AM
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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 Larry Pulaski 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.
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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.