The renowned Flash of Gold mountain ...
We regret to announce the passing of a dear friend and member of Monaco South Optimist Club since 1984 - Constantine "Dean" Sotiriou. Please see full obituary at this site:
Don Roth announced that services for longtime member Leo Haegle, who died this past July will be held at Ft Logan Cemetery on November 10 at 1:00 p.m.
Jake Baker                       Vaughn Kendall
Greeters this morning were George Buzick and Ken Jeung. Al Gapuzan is still recruiting future greeters.  This is a good way to meet other members, especially for newer members.
Jack Kleinheksel performed the invocation related to "aid in the develop of youth" and recognizing that the future lies in  the hands of those who follow us. Jack also led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Our own expert on Workers' Compensation filled in the time while we waited for our speaker, who was running a little late, explaining to us what his function as a Prehearing Administrative Law Judge entailed.
The Honorable Craig Eley graduated from Rockford College in Rockford, Illinois in 1970, and attended the University of Denver College of Law, where he received his law degree in 1973. He is a past president of the Law Club of Denver, and was a founding member and a past president of the Workers' Compensation Education Association, an organization of claimant's attorneys. Mr. Eley has written and spoken extensively on workers' compensation issues, has been an adjunct professor at the University of Denver College of Law, and is listed in “The Best Lawyers in America.” In 2000, the Colorado Bar Association Workers' Compensation Section awarded Mr. Eley the Lance Butler Award for exceptional contributions to the field of workers' compensation. Mr. Eley is a past president of the Denver Bar Association and is currently a Prehearing Administrative Law Judge with the Colorado Division of Workers' Compensation and is a past Acting Director of the Division of Workers' Compensation.
Christmas Trees
President Tom Kramis, also honcho of the Christmas tree lot, announced that he was encouraged by recent developments regarding the lot.  He has made contact with an individual who can provide us with 1,000 trees and hopes to be able to acquire another 400 from another source. The location of the lot has been established and thing are proceeding a rapid pace toward having another outstanding tree lot season.


Note from Kent Gloor:

Note From Kent Gloor
Credits for this morning presentation. Thank you to Greg Hurd who helped in the preparation of the PowerPoint slides. and to "The Alchemy of the Air" and all other reference books written  by Thomas Hager.
Our speaker today was MSOC charter member and a long time employee of Siemens Company which was instrumental in building the plants which produce the fertilizers needed to grow the crops which feed the over 6 billion people on earth. Kent's presentation was based on the book "The Alchemy of the Air" by Thomas Hager.
Kent started out explaining that there is not enough natural fertilizer on Earth to feed all the people. In the early stages of mankind, crops were fertilized with naturally occurring substances like manure, bat guano and other minerals high in nitrogen content. Kent explained that nitrogen was the most abundant element on in our atmosphere, but was difficult to convert to useful compounds. 
With the development of the Hager-Bosch process, Nitrogen could be processed into fertilizer and thus help feed the world's population. Without this process we would not be able to feed the number of people on Earth today. Kent also talked about the fact that this process could also be used to produce elements of gun powder and was actually used to power Hitler's war machine during World War II. 
Kent's topic was extremely interesting regarding an element (Nitrogen) and a product (fertilizer) which few, if any of us, have considered of any importance. According to Kent, "The Alchemy of Air" is a fascinating book a he highly recommends it.
Here is a fascinating picture of your editor wearing his newly gifted "GUMS EDITOR" cap, thanks to Past President Dan Rodriguez, who found it at the bottom of his stack of Optimist stuff.  Thanks!
First Quarter Board Meeting- Colorado/Wyoming District
Shown left to right: MSOC President Tom Kramis wins first place in costume contest with his Judge Judy costume. Jon Wachter was emcee of the day's activities. A poor picture of Phil Perington as a Mexican tourist. Also in attendance: Michael Chavez, George Buzick, Kent Gloor and Bob Meyer.
Link to Auction Website: 
Up to 37% Off at United States Olympic & Paralympic Museum
The District Fun and Fellowship committee is planning some wonderful
outings for Governor Nicole’s year, "Fight the Good Fight". 
There will be three events. 
The Fall in Colorado Springs, the Spring in Denver and the Summer
in Wyoming. 
Tour the US Olympic and Paralympic Museum
200 S. Sierra Madre St.
Colorado Springs,
Sunday November 7, 2021
1:00pm (Arrive by 12:45)
Museum Tour is $19 per person 
Editors note: Registration Deadline October 26!!
After the tour we will have an early dinner. To register, go to the following website:
It's okay to have an opinion
It's okay to disagree with someone's opinion.
It's not okay to humiliate someone because 
they don't think the same as you do.
Show some respect, society needs more of it.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Ed Leuty
October 1
Jeff Wilson
October 2
Greg Holt
October 6
Ron Gustas
October 7
John Bamford
October 13
Tom Glazier
October 17
Allen Malask
October 22
Allan McCall
October 25
Robert Wardlaw
October 30
October 29 - Harry Fegley - Introduction to Model Boat Building
November 5 - Chuck Brasfeild - CEO, Denver Area Council, Boy Scouts of America with future Council President
Christopher Sherry- Chairman, CEO and President of Merrick & Company
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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 Google Meets
OCMS President Tom Kramis is inviting you to a scheduled Google  meeting.
PLEASE NOTE: All Friday meetings will be simulcast on Google Meets  in “listen and watch only” mode. Please note the new link to Google Meets. 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
Join Google  Meeting
Here are the phone numbers
To join the video meeting, click this link:
Otherwise, to join by phone, dial +1 226-213-8281 and enter this PIN: 798 045 032 1768#
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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 
 Mark Smith303-691-9766             Kent Gloor       303-880- 5444                                                 
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.