Bill Litchfield with his "brand new" 1951 Ford Custom (Recently Purchased)
On this beautiful Friday the Thirteenth, this report from Bob Avery, our master statistician and attendance taker: We had the largest attendance this summer with 43 members in person and 5 on Zoom. Not counting the 3 teachers. One of which is our own member Kurt Siebold. A short but appropriate invocation from Bill Litchfield and the Pledge of Allegiance followed.
Steve Kady thanked Chris Dunphy for the new, super efficient coffee maker which complemented the super french toast and scramble eggs breakfast this morning. Chris took advantage of the opening to promote the upcoming annual celebration, which will take place at Maggiano's on Saturday, October 2. At the luncheon, which begins at 11:30 a.m. we will recognize the achievements of the 2020-21 administration and install officers for the upcoming year.
Raffle Manager Phil Perington was happy to report that at the beginning of the meeting this morning 358 raffle tickets out of 400 have been sold. To that end President Dan quickly added, “if everyone in the room buys 1 more we will be home,”  and bought a ticket. By the end of the meeting only 29  tickets were still available. With a week left before the drawing next Friday at 7:30 it is looking like we will succeed in selling our goal of 400 sold. Proceeds from the Raffle Drawing will be used to help offset lower Christmas tree sales last year. Way to go guys!!  Just to remind everyone 1st place winner gets $3,000 -2nd place receives $1,000 & 10 lucky 3rd place winners are paid $100. There will also be three door prizes for this historical  Inaugural event. If anyone needs another $25 ticket or two please call 303-668-7031 for quick delivery. Raffle committee members,  President Dan Rodriguez, Vice-President Chris Dunphy, President-Elect Tom Kramis and Phil whole heartedly thank everyone who has helped make this a successful and fun event. Our Christmas Raffle will be even better. Cheers and Good Luck to all Monaco South Optimists, family, friends and associates.
Robert Wardlaw reports: The Optimist Club of Monaco South welcomed Principals to Breakfast at today’s breakfast.  April Milow from Holm Elementary, Cesar Rivera from Samuels Elementary and Kurt Siebold from Slavens Elementary joined us to kick off the 21-22 school year for the Super Citizen Program.   The club is looking for volunteers to work as school representative for Ellis Elementary and Holm.  We will need photographers as well. Robert also thanked Dr. Bob Finkelmeier for his preparation of the certificates and Don Thomson for his long time and continued support of the program
Kurt Siebold - Principal of Slavens Elementary and Member of MSOC since  September 13. - Mentioned how important Super Citizen program was and how students looked forward to SC assemblies. Kurt thanked Tom Mauro for his long and strong support of the program at Slave
Cesar Ramirez - Principal of Samuels Elementary - Thanked Kent Gloor and Noel Hasselgren - Said Super Citizen is a goal of many Samuels students and urged continuation of the program.
April Milow - Principal of Holm. Has been at Holm for 23 years.  Thanked members, especially Donlie Smith for their support over the years. Both of
her kids were Super Citizens, one a Korsoski award winner. Granddaughter in 5th grade. Hopes to continue tradition.
Our Estes Park reporter, Greg Hurd, sends the following information:
Here is an update on Estes Park.  Still quite a bit of smoke up here.  Tourists are still coming in droves.  The liquor stores are keeping up with the high demand.  On the down side, a bear ransacked the garbage cans of the neighbor behind us at 3:40 in the morning just as I was having a most pleasant dream. Things are drying out quickly and the fire danger is increasing weekly. There were 30 people at the YMCA of the Rockies that came down with Covid this past week.  Another group in Estes Park we know who are all tennis players has a lady that tested positive for Covid today. She had no symptoms and she and her husband both had the 2 Pfizer shots. So please, all Monaco Southers, be careful and wear your masks if inside any public places.  The Covid appears to be far from over.
Pictured here is Ed Collins, the lucky winner of the $70 pot.  With a one in seven chance, Ed drew the ten of spades, which means next weeks pot, with only six card left, will be worth $10.(But you might win $3000, if you have the winning lottery ticket.
Here's a neat deal. Bring in a new member by September 30 and get a $50 reward. Since 4th Quarter dues are only $35, you can make $15 by paying dues for a new member.(Understanding that the new member will be billed for the 2021-22 year). You can pay that too, if you want to. Frank Middleton is the first recipient of the reward. Rumor has it that Cesar Rivera , Principal of Samuels has already been signed up with this program, sponsored by Kent Gloor. Welcome Cesar! For more info on this plan go to:
Optimist International - Optimist International
Did you know that the original Optimist Club was chartered in Buffalo New York on April 11, 1911? Charter members agreed that the primary purpose of the club was “to promote a system in which the members refer business to one another.” The club bylaws stated that there could be no more than 2 of the same profession in the club.  By 1917 the Optimist Club of Buffalo adopted “Make Children Happy “, as the club’s slogan.
Built by the Buffalo Club and chartered in 1914, the Optimist Club of Syracuse was the first club to act as “Big Brothers” to juvenile defenders and took “Friend of the Delinquent Boy” as their slogan. This would be adopted by Optimist International as the organization’s first official slogan in 1923.
At the convention in 1924 a resolution was proposed to drop the word “delinquent” from the official motto in order to reflect the organization’s commitment to helping all boys become good citizens.  The delegates agreed and “Friend of the Boy” was adopted as the official slogan of Optimist International.
The revised slogan would continue to be the official slogan for the next 48 years.  It was changed in 1972 to reflect the fact that Optimist clubs worked with both boys and girls and that they were, in fact, the “Friend of Youth”.  Another 49 years has passed.  Time for a new slogan
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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 Zoom.
OCMS President Dan Rodriguez is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
PLEASE NOTE: During the month of June, all Friday meetings will be simulcast on Zoom
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Optimist Club of Monaco South 2020-2021 45th Year — Chartered in 1976
                   2020 - 2021 Officers                                      2020 - 2021 Board of Directors
President           Dan Rodriguez    303-521-512           Perry Allen            303-521-3453 
Vice President   Tom Kramis        303-917-5299         Stephen Avery       720-775-7700
Vice President   Chris Dunphy     720-297-3111          George Buzick      303-803-2268
Secretary            Bill Morgan        303-868-4384          Allen Malask         303-726-3700 
Asst. Secretary  Phil Perington    303-832-4578          David Peck            925-890-2531
Treasurer           Pat Bush             720-747-5482          Larry Pulaski        303-956-1202 
Asst. Treasurer Greg Young         303-759-3921          Mark Smith           303-691-9766 
                                                                                        Bob Meyer             303-919-4532
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
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.