• 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
Our greeters this morning are Bob Avery and Frank Middleton.  A cold winter morning with an impressive full moon peeking over the cloud in Denver, CO.
President Larry Pulaski rings the bell promptly at 7 and asks Paul Stratton to read the Invocation."Oh Timeless God, thank you for bringing us safely through another year.  We are especially thankful for our children, who are the light of our lives, and we ask for guidance and direction in helping us to become the best parents we can be.  Please help us in the new year to be less critical and more accepting of ourselves and others and to become our own best friends instead of our own worst enemies. Help us to support each other in our good and bad times and to be more charitable towards ourselves and others."  Paul then leads us in the pledge of allegiance. 
Do we have any guests:  Bob Kozarek who Frank Middleton met playing cards.  Welcome Bob!
Joe Marci tells us about the Optimist Jr Golf booth   at the Expo.  February 16-18.  Joe and Bob Meyer   are looking for help. Free admission to Expo! 
Ed Collins passes out the popcorn left over from the Tree Lot.  He is greeted enthusiastically.
George Buzick (doing his best imitation of Karl Geil) tells us that the Brain Bowl is coming.  Need volunteers, no experience required. You will be trained the day of the contest. (January 21 or 28).  Sign up is online, give George (303-803-2268) a call if you need help using this option. Sign up at
Michael Chavez tells us the club distributed 56 Christmas baskets.  Vaughn Kendall, Tom Glazier, Allen Meyer were key in the successful completion of this program. 
Bob Avery tells us that will soon be judging Eagle Scout projects for 2022. Recent awards were for 2021 projects, delayed because of Covid 19.
Tom Kramis tells us that while he was gone his merry men, Greg Holt and Kent Gloor were very helpful in cleaning out the remaining items at the Tree Lot.  Thanks to Joe Marci for handling the wreaths, Ed Collins and Gary Strowbridge for arranging food in the trailer.  Vaughn Kendall for the drilling of the trees.  Mike Webb our electrician.  Paul Bernard for setting up the calendar for daily scheduling. Day managers did a wonderful job.helping staff the lot, Craig Eley did a great job cooking brats at the lot on Saturdays and Sundays (editor note: I had the pleasure of eating a brat on a Saturday shift and it was wonderful) and running the Santa house.  Several members of Tamarac and DTC Optimist Clubs were very helpful.  Mark Metevia did a great job on making sure the bits were ready for drilling.
Our speaker today is Denny Dressman, who was accompanied by his wife, Melanie.
DENNY DRESSMAN concluded a 44-year newspaper career in June 2007, retiring from the “Rocky Mountain News” in Denver after 25 years. From 1992 to 2001 he was vice president for labor and human resources at the News. Earlier, he was city editor at “The Cincinnati Enquirer” and editor of the “Oakland Tribune”. He began his career as a sportswriter at “The Kentucky Post” and the “Courier-Journal & Louisville Times”. He was inducted into the Denver Press Club Hall of Fame in 2008.
Dressman served as president of the Colorado Authors’ League, the state’s oldest professional writers' organization, for two and a half years, from January 2016 through June 2018. Author of one book in Cincinnati in 1981, he resumed writing books in 2005, and his ninth book, “Beyond The Camps – From Japanese American Internment Nightmare To ‘American Dream’” was published in April 2018. This biography of horse trainer John Parisella is his tenth book.
His past books—all nonfiction—include a biography of iconic Grambling football coach Eddie Robinson titled EDDIE ROBINSON ‘... he was the Martin Luther King of football’ that was a Colorado Books Awards finalist; first-person accounts of the wartime experiences of 36 veterans from northeast Colorado titled Sterling Heroes of World War II; a behind-the-scenes true story about the 1970 Major League Baseball All-Star Game titled “HEARD but not SEEN: Richard Nixon, Frank Robinson and The All-Star Game’s" most debated play”; and “The Idea Within: David Griggs and his quest for meaning in public art”.
Dressman has edited a dozen other books; written for several magazines; taught writing and editing in the University of Denver’s University College continuing education program; and won several writing awards. He is a past president of the Colorado Press Association, the trade organization representing the state’s newspapers.
Denny has written 15 books, 9 are sports related. He wrote Game 163, a game the Colorado Rockies played against the San Diego Padres that lasted 13 innings with Matt Holiday scoring the winning run on a sacrifice fly.  Denny tells us about the inspiration for this book; it was during the pandemic listening to a replay of this great game that KOA broadcast.  Another book Denny wrote about is Opening Day in 1995, called Walk Off.  In each case, the game is the focal point of the book but there is much more to the story.  It was during this season, 1995, the Rockies ended up winning the Wild Card, being the first year of the Wild card playoff format. 
Denny wrote another book about Brett Mahne being the 1st position player to be the winning pitcher in the major league in 32 years.  Denny recounts how Bob Gearhart, former General Manager for the Rockies, was able to recount many facts and stories that helped with the writing of the book.  Denny tells us about Tim McLelland, the retired umpire who made the call in the ’95 game featured in his book.  After several attempts to track down McClelland, who had said he wasn’t interested in talking about his umpiring career, that Denny ending up doing an interview with him over the phone.  He ended asking several questions about his career and his memories. 
Denny tells us about instances where he was able to reach people through other players.  Denny tells us about people on the fringe and not just the stars of those teams.  One such player is Jim Tatum, an original draft pick by the Rockies way back in in ’93.  Denny ended up calling the High School Tatum attended, and through the grapevine found a teacher that taught at his high school.  When Tatum was drafted by the Rockies, he was playing winter ball in Venezuela and couldn’t get out of the country, due to a military coup that had taken place.  Denny found Adam Melhuse who hit his first major league hit to win the game, for his book 16 Innings.  You never know where the story is going to come from.
Denny then tells us his thoughts about the Rockies upcoming season.  This will be the fourth decade of the Rockies coming up.  Hope springs eternal, which is about all the Rockies have.  Even though the club didn’t sign any free agents this year, Chris Bryant played so little that it seems he qualifies as a signing for this year.
Denny tells us that he attended the fall league in Arizona this year, and he got to see Zach Vene, who is one of the Rockies prime prospects and looked impressive.  Denny believes he is going to be a star.  Denny also spoke to Eric Young about his first pitch home run back 1993.  Denny talks about Bud Black, and who, in Denny’s opinion is too much of a player’s manager and too accepting of mistakes players make.  Denny came to the Rocky Mountain news as Sports Editor.  In the walk off book, Denny tells a great story about signing Todd Helton and scouting by Bob Gearhart.  Helton actually backed up Payton Manning in football at Tennessee, in addition to being a great baseball player.  Was “Rocky top” on the juice?  Denny thinks it’s plausible and relates some interesting stats to back up his suspicion.  Your editor was hoping for some stories about his all-time favorite Rockie, Vinny Castillia who may have the best walk-up song in the history of the club: Matador by Los Fabulosos Cadillacs.  Books are for sale.  Wonderful presentation.
Do we have a drawing?  Our editor, George Buzick, won the pot last week, so there is only $20 in the pot this week, 2 of Diamonds is the lucky card, Larry Pulaski has the first lucky ticket and asks our speaker to draw a card and just like last year’s Rockies team, he comes up snake eyes.  Dick Nickoloff takes a cup, Phil Perrington takes a cup, Larry has another winning ticket takes a cup. Kent Gloor takes a cup.   a cup.  Jack Kleinheksel take the last cup.  Larry draws Ed Collins’ name and draw a cup.  Our speaker Denny leads us in the Creed.  Go forth and promote Optimism.
It was entertainment night at the Senior Center. Claude the hypnotist exclaimed: “I’m here to put you into a trance; I intend to hypnotize each and every member of the audience.”
The excitement was almost electric as Claude withdrew a beautiful antique pocket watch from his coat.
“I want you each to keep your eye on this antique watch. It’s a very special watch. It’s been in my family for six generations.”
He began to swing the watch gently back and forth while quietly chanting, “Watch the watch, watch the watch, watch the watch…”
The crowd became mesmerized as the watch swayed back and forth, light gleaming off its polished surface. Hundreds of pairs of eyes followed the swaying watch, until, suddenly, it slipped from the hypnotist’s fingers and fell to the floor, breaking into a hundred pieces.
“SH*T!” exclaimed the hypnotist.
It took three days to clean up the Senior Center.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Kevin Koalenz
January 10
Ken Duffy
January 12
Allen Pierce
January 14
Bill Litchfield
January 21
Jon Wachter
January 25
Joe Marci
January 28
Tracy Sorensen
January 31
Jan 13, 2023 7:30 AM
Bill Morgan's daughter, Neurological music therapy
Jan 20, 2023 7:30 AM
Have a good time
Jan 27, 2023
How to Use the Monaco South Website
Feb 03, 2023
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Upcoming Events
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Post #1
Jan 13, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Super Citizen-Holm
Holm Elementary School
Jan 13, 2023
8:00 AM - 9:45 AM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Post #1
Jan 20, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Super Citizen-McMeen
McMeen Elementary School
Jan 20, 2023
8:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Optimist Brain Bowl-CENTRAL
Heritage High School
Jan 21, 2023
7:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Super Citizen-Most Precious Blood
Most Precious Blood School
Jan 24, 2023 10:30 AM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Post #1
Jan 27, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Super Citizen-Bradley
Bradley International School
Jan 27, 2023
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
Optimist Brain Bowl-NORTH
Standley Lake High School
Jan 28, 2023
7:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Post #1
Feb 03, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 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 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.
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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  
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.