• 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
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Our greeters this morning are Andy Towt and Frank Middleton.  A beautiful winter morning with the color that the sun brings starting to lighten the day.
President Larry Pulaski rings the bell promptly at 7 and asks Bud Olsen to read the invocation this morning.  Oh Great Creator, help us to be people of good will.  Time spent criticizing others is time wasted.  Help us lead and live the virtues of Optimism.  Bud then leads us in the pledge of allegiance. 
President Larry has some announcements this morning re club news.  Tomorrow is Brain Bowl, northern edition, at Standley Lake High School. Jon Wachter then tells us about Sweethearts to Breakfast at Café de France, February 17.  This will be the first time for this event since the pandemic put a hold on many events, with guests ordering off the menu.  They have room for 80 people with a preliminary count of 55.  There will be no meeting here on February 17, so don’t come for the regular meeting.  Next week’s meeting will be the Tree Lot Awards presented by Tom Kramis.
Michael Chavez has 3 announcements.  Optimist shirts will be available soon, stay tuned.  Get well cards are going around for Don Roth who had hip surgery, and Phil Perington who had hand surgery.  The club wishes them both a full and speedy recovery.  Editor note: Don is joining us this morning on zoom. There will be an Oratorical Contest coming up soon.  Prairie Middle School, March 15 starting at 4:30.  Sign up to support the kids.
Craig Eley will be hosting a mentor meeting after our regular meeting this morning.  The purpose of this meeting is to ensure new members are made to feel welcome, a valued member of the mission to help kids.
Frank Middleton asks who is the only store that will give our club a rebate on purchases made by those enrolled in the program.  King Soopers will give a percentage back on purchases made by club members.  It has resulted in $500 quarterly dividend to the club, Frank is happy to provide details on how you can participate.
Pat Bush is trying to wrap up the final numbers for the Tree Lot. He hopes to be able to present these next week during our meeting.
Tom Yagley is announcing a gun raffle, he is selling tickets for this raffle being offered by the American Legion that will be given away 2/11. Tom is the Commander of this American Legion hall and tells us the hall offers good meals, for members. They also offer karaoke on the first Friday of the month.
On Friday, January 27th, Jon Wachter, with the help of his wife Jill, presented eleven Super Citizen Awards at Bradley Elementary School. Pictured are Jon, Jill, Steve Wera, the school principal and a MSOC member, along with a teacher describing the accomplishments of a student about to become a Super Citizen. (Photo by Andy Towt)
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Greg Young gives us a presentation this morning on the MSOC website, and how it operates.  How many people here have the club app?  It’s a pretty handy tool, and when you sign in you can find club members, officers, club events, speakers and there is information about how the club started, etc.  Go to my club, and it shows you where we meet, time of meeting, and you can even access the club website from the app.  You can log in with your username and password.  If you don’t recall your user name and password send Greg a message and he will provide it for you.  If you have any questions regarding the club,  interested parties can contact the club by filling out their name and Greg will respond to the inquiry.  There are GUMS editions going back to 1984, which is interesting.  The review of GUMS is a great program and one in which this club shines.  There are links to the Optimist International website where you can sign up for conferences, etc.  You can even Donate to the club.  It also has a listing for club policies.  You can edit your own profile information including phone numbers, put in a little blurb about yourself and it’s a great way to keep your own information current.  This enables the ability to send out club messages from this website.  One suggestion, for the young members in the club, it’s really a powerful program and even though the club has used it since 2016, it’s really just been in the last couple years that it has been used to it’s full capability.  Thank you Greg, for letting us know more about this great communication tool, that we have access to.
 Do we have a drawing?  There is $50 in the pot this week, Queen of Spades the lucky card. Kent Gloor has the first lucky ticket and takes a cup, Allan Malask takes a cup, Mario Sani takes a cup, Svenson takes another cup..  Greg Holt takes a cup and then takes a card after drawing his own number.  Jake Baker take a card.  Jack Kleinheksel draws a card, after having his name drawn from the name jug.   We then recite the Creed.  Go forth and promote Optimism.
Editors Note: Bill Litchfield saves the day by supplying a vessel to contain the pot money and tickets
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 51years has passed.  Time for a new slogan?
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
Feb 03, 2023 7:00 AM
Second annual Tree Lot Oscar Awards Breakfast
Feb 10, 2023 7:30 AM
Update on the City of Centennial
Feb 17, 2023 7:30 AM
Feb 24, 2023 7:30 AM
Excellence in Education
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Upcoming Events
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Post #1
Feb 03, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
American Legion Hall #1
Feb 07, 2023 6:30 PM
Super Citizen-McMeen
McMeen Elementary School
Feb 09, 2023
8:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Post #1
Feb 10, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Super Citizen-Samuels
Samuels Elementary School
Feb 10, 2023
12:30 PM - 2:15 PM
Optimist Brain Bowl-CHAMPIONSHIP
Hamilton Middle School
Feb 11, 2023
7:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Cafe du France
Feb 17, 2023
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Colorado Golf Expo
Colorado Convention Center
Feb 17, 2023 8:00 AM –
Feb 19, 2023 5:00 PM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Post #1
Feb 17, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Super Citizen-Slavens
Slavens Elementary School
Feb 17, 2023
8:30 AM - 9:30 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 Larry Pulaski 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  
 Tom Hoch             303-332-9338                                       
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.