optimist sayings & spring quotes
Today is the anniversary of the pandemic... of 1918. What were believed to be the first confirmed U.S. cases of a deadly global flu were reported among soldiers stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas; 46 soldiers would die.(The worldwide outbreak of influenza claimed an estimated 20 million to 40 million lives.
On this sunny, but cold, Friday morning, those brave enough to brave the 12 degree temperature were warmly greeted by  Don Roth and Harry Fegley and enjoyed a breakfast of French toast, scrambled eggs, sausage and bacon. Several members chose to join us from the comfort of their homes, via Zoom.
Our guest today is Ron Thomas, who just moved into the units that Russ Paul is moving out of.  Ron is a native of Denver, but just moved back after a lengthy absence. Ron says his real name is Reiner, but people were always getting his name wrong, calling him "Thomas Reiner", so now he goes by Ron.  Ron assured us that he would be joining us soon. 
Don Thomson and Mike White told us that things had gone well at the McMeen Super Citizen presentation and said that the father of one of the honorees announced that he was a "Super Citizen Alumnus" of McMeen, having received the award many years ago. Mike also took the opportunity to talk about father's misadventures with the removal of a limb from a giant oak tree, which resulted in almost destroying their home and a rescue by the Denver Fire Department.
The team from Denver's East High School that won the 32nd Annual We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals this week.Pat Bush, Club Treasurer, said that he had recently written a check in support of the "We the People" Constitutional Scholars program at East High School. 
In the program, classes of students in all fifty states participate in intense programs of study of the philosophical underpinning, historical roots, and legal intricacies of the U.S. system of government. The students competed at the State level and the National level. East has won the National championship five times since the inception of the competition in 1989 and placed in the top ten twenty four times. They were the National Champions in 2019 (shown here). After winning the State title for the 33rd time this year, East is looking forward to representing Colorado in 2022, still competing on Zoom, but traveling to Washington D.C. for the first time since the pandemic.
Craig Eley gave his semi-annual pitch on how you can increase you business by one million dollars by placing a business card size ad in the Monaco South Optimist Club Directory for only $25. Craig and Tom Mauro work hard to ensure that the directory is up-to-date and is a primary reference source for information regarding members.  If you have had any changes in your life, like addresses, telephone number, birth dates, etc. please notify Craig, or Tom. If you would like a new directory photo, see Craig (He has PhotoShop).
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Ryan Bresnahan
Ryan says "I'm just a guy with his iPhone creating videos to help inspire people in self improvement in the gym and all other aspects of life. I help people reach the optimum vitality in a physical, nutritional and mental format for top level performance."  His goal for his clients: Achieving Strongest Version of One Self.
Ryan started out working with the training staff of Texas A&M an is certified in many aspects of physical training  and exercise.
Ryan attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program and decided that he wanted to adopt a life style of helping others to maximize their potential by helping them develop themselves physically and mentally.
He believes that proper hydration is one of the keys to good health, as are keeping moving and giving gratitude for what you have.  He also says that healthy eating is a key to success and that to be healthy one should eat foods that are high in Omega 3 fats and high in water content.
He also believes that we should pay more attention to the Lymphatic System in our body. The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of  waste and other unwanted materials. The primary function of the lymphatic system is to transport lymph, a fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells, throughout the human body. Ryan strongly supports volunteer organizations and has long been associated with Rotary International.
Veterans Info
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Tom Hoch asked that we provide this information, which may be of interest to veterans:
Dear Veteran,
The Department of Veterans Affairs will propose adding certain rare respiratory cancers to the list of presumed service-connected disabilities in relation to military environmental exposure to particulate matter.
When the proposal becomes final, dependents, survivors, and Veterans who had claims previously denied for any of the below respiratory cancers would be encouraged to file a supplemental claim for benefits.
  • Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the larynx;
  • SCC of the trachea;
  • Adenocarcinoma of the trachea;
  • Salivary gland-type tumors of the trachea;
  • Adenosquamous carcinoma of the lung;
  • Large cell carcinoma of the lung;
  • Salivary gland-type tumors of the lung;
  • Sarcomatoid carcinoma of the lung and;
  • Typical and atypical carcinoid of the lung.
Any Veteran who had one of these cancers manifest to a degree of 0% or more at any time during or after separation would become eligible for service-connection.
VA intends to focus its rule on the rare respiratory cancers above in Veterans who served any amount of time in the Southwest Asia theater of operations and other locations. VA will invite and consider public comments as part of this process. The publication date of the federal register will occur in the coming weeks. 
Once rulemaking is complete, VA will conduct outreach to impacted veterans and survivors to inform them about potential eligibility.
The Southwest Asia theater of operations refers to Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the neutral zone between Iraq and Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, the Gulf of Aden, the Gulf of Oman, the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Sea, the Red Sea, and the airspace above these locations.
If you are a Veteran who has been diagnosed with one of these conditions, but have not filed a claim, please notify VA of your intent to file a claim. 
Attempting to draw the three of clubs is the name of the game today!
Do it, and win $30. The first three to draw take a sure thing, a cup-o-money, which probably is worth 6-8 bucks.(Nickloff, Perington and Gapuzan.) Vaughn Kendall decides to go for the big money...unsuccessfully. Greg Holt, Gary Strowbidge and Pat Bush are not gamblers at heart and also go for a cup, whichmeans Mario Sani can only draw for the big money but, he too is unsuccessful. Greg has another shot by virtue of his nametag. Another loser.
Humor From Steve Kady
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Carl Brown
March 6
David Telpner
March 10
Paul Bernard
March 15
Josh LiPuma
March 18
Woody Thibodeau
March 25
Henry Schonewise
March 29
*MSOC members
Friday Mar 18 Kayla Gabehart Associate Director, National History Day in Colorado
Friday Mar 25 Camaraderie Day
Friday Apr  1 Casey Funk*, The Colorado River Compact
Friday Apr  8. Mike Henninger & Sarah Bramlett,  Leukemia & Lymphoma Society        
Friday Apr 15  Gordon Close, Guitars for Vets
Friday Apr 22 Camaraderie Day. Officer elections
Friday Apr 29 Tamara Kirch, Creating a Mental & Emotional 1st Aid Kit
Friday May 6. Frank Rowe*,  Denver Park Trust update
Friday May 13. OPEN
Friday May 20. Camaraderie Day
Friday May 27.  Michael Gropper Suporting Veterans Integration Through Culinary Arts
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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.
Topic: OCMS Friday 7:00 AM Meeting
Time: 6:30 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
Every week on Friday Morning
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Meeting ID: 867 811 5309
Passcode: 2021
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.