On this snow covered second Friday of December, President Tom Kramis the meeting to order and asked Craig Eley to read the invocation. After thanking God that Tom Hoch did not "get on my case for starting the meeting late", Craig did an admirable job of starting off the meeting on the right foot.
Our guest today was Matt Gillis - Matt is an arborist who has visited our Christmas Tree lot for the past several years and finally decided to take us up on our offer of a free breakfast.  Welcome Matt!
Member pictureNo good deed goes unpunished - Russ Paul reported that, because he was trying to help a lady who had no place to live by allowing her to stay with him, he had received an eviction notice from his apartment management. Hopefully, a solution can be worked out before this happens. It is reported that Russ has given up his bed to the guest and is sleeping on the couch. Good Luck!
Immediate Past President Dan Rodriguez explained his absence for the past few days on an infection in his leg (which was first thought to be a blood clot).  He is all better now and presented Steve Kady, who was not able to attend the Installation Banquet, with the "Optimist of the Year" award for his assistance to Dan during his presidency.
Craig Eley reminded us that next Friday’s meeting is your opportunity to fob off your old treasures on Club members! Yes, it is the annual White Elephant gift exchange at Monaco South, Friday, December 17. Bring a gift or gifts of stuff that you would like to see put to good use—but by somebody else. It can be electric, eclectic, a record by Queen, something a little obscene, a shirt that looks tacky, some shorts that are khaki, something unused, or something abused, etc. What you bring may be designed to bring more appreciation to the audience than the recipient, but the good news is that you do not have to include a card with your name. It can be wrapped in newspaper (might take an entire issue of the lean Denver Post) or anything you want. And if you forget to bring a gift, don’t worry. We have a bunch of stuff left behind after the last White Elephant, so come and enjoy the mayhem even without a contribution. Santa will be there, handing out the largesse. He knows who has been naughty and nice, but there is still time to shape up so you don't get the perennial petrified poop paperweight!
Michael Chavez (not Jim Easton) announced that we will be delivering Christmas Baskets on Saturday, December 18.  Meet in the parking lot of the Safeway (Yale and Monaco) at 8:00 a.m. This project usually takes about an hour to an hour and a half. Check with Michael (303-960-5304) if you would like to participate, but haven't signed up yet.
Report and Photos by Phil Perington
On Friday at Noon Optimists, Craig Eley (Santa Claus), Treasurer Pat Bush, Event Coordinator Steve Kady and Photographer Phil Perington joined forces with Engine 22 Firefighters, King Soopers, Target and volunteers to kick off the Channel 4 Toy Drive. It was a well-organized and energetic gathering that provided excellent proof of how a community can get together to help kids have a joyous and happy Christmas season. The live feed from Channel 4 was then repeated on the early evening and late news. Monaco South was well presented by Santa and benefitted greatly. It was a very memorable day! Thanks to Steve Kady for spearheading this event!
Santa and Fire Fighters             Santa & Channel 4                      Santa
Pat Bush, Steve Kady, Santa                                    Steve Kady & Channel 4 Crew
Tree lot manager Tom Kramis announced that we sold around 270 trees last weekend and that we have sold around 800 to-date. He also explained the proper use of oil in the chain saw and begged for more help at the lot.  Remember, this is the major fund raiser for our club.  Without it we can't help as many kids.
Tom Hoch said that he had checked at Lowe's and that our prices are not out of line considering the quality of the trees.  Tom Kramis submitted that, while all of MSOC trees are premium, many other vendors are selling "seconds".
shallow focus photography of dwarf figurine
Tom also recognized two "elves of the week", for dedication to the work at the tree lot during the past week.  The two receiving a Starbuck's gift card were Ken Jeung and Greg Holt. Congratulations!

Tom also recognized a worker who, although not a member of our club has shown up almost every day during the past week. Tamara Kirch is a member of Tamarac Optimist Club has done a great job and is and seems to never take a break.  Thanks to Tamara for her support.
Dads of Castle Rock DoCR
DoCR is an acronym for Dads of Castle Rock. DoCR is a Facebook group for Dads in Castle Rock created by Sean Hakes and Robert Zearing as kind of a joke. Little did they know, DoCR would become one of the most recognized brands in Castle Rock dedicated to supporting the local community, through dedicated and devoted dads.

Shortly after forming the group, Zearing and other members of DoCR created Dads of Castle Rock Community Outreach, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization designed to support various causes in Castle Rock. Today, DoCR has around 1,200 members.

Everything that happens with the Dads of Castle Rock, from small projects to full blown fundraisers and events must start somewhere. An average DoCR sanctioned event takes anywhere from two to eight months to plan, coordinate, put in motion, and execute. Multiple meetings with different internal committees are required to ensure these events are successful.

The DoCR life skills program teaches life skills, such as basic auto maintenance, how to write a check, constructions skills and much more to youth from 8-18 years.

They sponsor a variety of events in Castle Rock, including a golf tournament, a barbeque, lemonade stands.  They also have a "Benevolence Program" which gives $2500 grants to needy families. For more information check out their web page at or see their FaceBook page at

Thanks to Larry Pulaski (who lives in Castle Rock) for inviting Robert to share this valuable information with our members.

Of course we have a drawing, but for only $20, since Mark Metevia took the money($110) and ran last week. The card to draw was three of spades but, alas and alack nobody won the "big money", so join us next week, when $30 is up for grabs. 
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Frank Rowe
December 3
Mark Westlund
December 11
Bob Meyer
December 13
Curt Boell
December 18
Kurt Siebold
December 28
Noel Hasselgren
December 28
Ron Cisco
December 28
Dec. 17,2021        White Elephant Gift Exchange
Dec. 24,2021        No Meeting (Christmas Eve)
Dec. 31, 2021       Camaraderie
Jan. 07, 2022        Denver Park Trust Update                         Frank Rowe
Jan. 14, 2022        Model Ship Building                                 Harry Fegley
Jan. 21, 2022        The Colorado River Compact                    Casey Funk
Jan. 28, 2022        Toy Trains and Technology                        Greg Hurd
Feb. 04, 2022        Advances in Train Technology                  Greg Hurd
Feb. 11, 2022        10 Ways to Improve the Health of  
                                You and Your Community                        Ryan Bresnahan
Feb. 18, 2022         Chairman & CEO Merrick & Co              Christopher Sherry PE
Feb. 25, 2022         Denver Fire Department                            Capt. Brian Norton &
                                Station 22                                                  Capt. Ben Bramwell             
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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
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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.