Our greeters today were Bob Avery and Mike Chavez, shown here greeting Perry Allen, "The Dime-a-Day Bulldog".
President Tom Kramis rings the bell promptly this morning and has Joe Marci read the invocation. Giver of life, by our youth the structures of today will be judged.  It is they who will keep what they deem is good and cast away what they see as bad.  So too must we foster the youth of today to build on what was created in the past.  Joe then leads us in the pledge of allegiance
Our guest  this morning was Jake Baker who met one of us a few years ago at the Christmas Tree Lot and has decided to check us out.  He mentioned that he wants to do something in the community and is looking to do something other than work related. 
New member Jim Swenson is brought up to podium by Frank Middleton.  Jim is 2nd generation Denverite, and whose grandparents came over to Denver from the old country.  In 1889 his other grandfather emigrated to Denver from an area between France and Germany.  He was a pastry chef for 30 years at the Brown Palace.  His other grandfather was a barber.  Jim was a teacher for the Denver Public Schools, teaching at several schools in the metro area and he graduated from South High School. 
President Tom asks Bob Avery to teach us how to tie the one handed bowline knot.  Bob’s an Eagle Scout, and as the saying goes “always prepared”. If you had fallen and injured your arm and your rescuers threw down a rope you would need to know how to tie the knot one handed.  Bob Also demonstrates how to shorten the rope, rather than cutting it since you can always shorten a rope but you cannot lengthen said rope.  Thank you Bob. 
Tom also tells us that in his past life he operated restaurants and each offered coffee. He tells us about the different coffee drinks.  The signs show coffee choices at Presto Sandwiches, Tom had one on Broadway in the Cash Register building.  Tom started the first in Boulder before bringing them to Denver.  He sold his locations to Sandwich Board, in 2007.  Currently he has Presto Garden Scapes which is a landscaping business, and works with a construction company, which keeps him very busy.  Tom has found that finding good people to work with him has been very challenging.

Eldon Strong tells us about Barbados, where Ed Collins is visiting the Hochs, who have a place there.  The weather is very consistent, 90’s during the day, and 80’s at night.  The testing travelers have to complete to get in is very stringent.  The Strong’s had to be tested going in and coming out.  Everyone is wearing masks, only about 30% of the residents are vaccinated.  It is a British colony and is scheduled to become an independent country in the coming year.
Ernie Romero from the Northwest Denver Optimist Club is here peddling lottery tickets. Their lottery tickets are $100, but the grand prize is $10,000. Robert Duvall has won a piece of the action twice in recent years
Long time no see! Welcome back to members we haven’t see in a while, Perry Allen, Bill Morgan, Paul Stratton, Frank Ross, Everett Gardner is also back with a purple beard
Jon Wachter our very own Lt. Governor tells us that next weekend is the district conference.  Part of the fun will be preparing Halloween Bags for the Shiloh House, fundraiser along with an exchange of ideas that clubs are doing that can enhance the work with youth.  If you would like to attend please sign up, and join the fun.  About 1200 members from 42 clubs are in the Colorado Wyoming District.
Check out the Colorado/Wyoming District Website for registration form and more information: Conferences - Colorado / Wyoming Optimist District (
Joe Marci tells us that the Jr. Golf Tournament at Green Valley Ranch, volunteers can arrive as late as 9 to help spot the shots players are hitting.  92 golfers will participate.  This is a national tournament and 20 of these players will participate in the national tournament.  He does need help with the Super Citizen assembly on October 26, Greg Young will be taking photos but he needs someone to to hand out the certificates and t shirts.
Phil Perington said he received a card from Ruthie Oss, John Oss’s widow and said that she appreciated the kindness members showed John during his time with the Optimists.  Being a member of the Optimist club was a source of pride for John. Here is text of Ruthie's card: "Monaco South Optimists, I want to thank kyou for inviting me to your wonderful Banquet. I enjoyed see old friends and hearing stories of new and old members.  I also wanted to thank again all the men who were so faithful in seeing that Johnny had rides to his many medical appointments. Your kindness will never be forgotten. God Bless you all! Love you guys - Ruthie Oss"
Member pictureFor those of you who were unable to attend the recent Installation Banquet, here is a link to a video produced
by Mark Metevia:
Do we have a drawing?  $40 in the pot. Queen of Clubs is the lucky card.  Dick Nickoloff takes the first cup, Frank Middleton takes a cup, Craig Eley also takes a cup, Phil Perington draws a card,  Bill Litchfield takes a cup, Gary Strowbridge takes a cup, Allen Malask, Larry Pulaski takes a cup.  Tom Kramis draws the name Eldon Strong from the plastic jug but no luck this week.
We rise with Mike Chavez as he leads us in the creed.
October 22 - Kent Gloor - Energy 101
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      720-691-2448
 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.