• 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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On a crisp (13 degrees) Friday morning, members were warmed by the smiles of Jon Wachter and ("Who was that Masked Man?") Ken Jeung. President Larry Pulaski called the meeting and Ed Collins read the invocation, reminding us to "Aid in the Development of Youth." Tom Glazier had copies of the Glendale Cherry Creek Chronicle, in which appeared an article about the Optimist Christmas Tree Lot
Bob Avery announced that the selection for the Donlie P. Smith Eagle Scout awards and the subsequent awards ceremony will be held in the near future.

Tom Overton Past Governor and would be comedian shared that Thomas Jefferson High School would no longer allow students to have compasses, protractors and calculators in school as they were considered "weapons of math instruction" (insert laugh track here)
See related image detailCraig 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
23. 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 and accumulated over the past year, 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!
Information and pictures provided by Steve Kady
Thursday December 15, 2022
On a very cold morning, Station 24 B Shift got up extra early to help deliver toys to the annual Channel 4 Toy Drive for the Boys and Girls Club.
The Optimist Club of Monaco South donated over $700 and with the help of the Khol's Aurora store many large bags were filled full.
The toys were loaded on Engine 24 and with Santa riding the rear seat, they were delivered to the King Soopers at Yale & Colorado shortly after 6 A.M. where newscaster Dominick Garcia welcomed the toys and Club President Larry Pulaski. This is the twelfth year the DFD and Optimist Club has taken part in this event.
DFD members taking part were Lt. Brandin Parker, Engineer Gavin Moylett,
FF Alexius Koo and Probation FF Denise Nelson
Optimist members were President Larry Pulaski, Matt Nelson and Dan Rodriguez. 
Super Citizen programs are going strong.  Three programs were held this past week. Samuels Elementary, McMeen Elementary and Bradley International held programs. Bradley had a pajama party, according to John Wachter, who also attended a meeting of the Bradley JOOI Club, at which they discussed The Optimist Creed. Thanks to all who take the time from busy schedules to honor these students.
Tom Kramis  announced that there is still another week to go to sell all of our trees. The lot has received a lot of good publicity and reviews, but we need people to staff the lot. Jake Baker suggested we check when delivering Christmas baskets, if someone might not have a tree and perhaps deliver them next week. Pat Bush announced that we sold one $80 tree for 80 cents but made up by selling a $150 tree for $1500 (A tip from Mr Black, an annual benefactor.)  Please check your schedule and sign up to work next week.
The Tree Lot will close for the season at 8pm on Thurs the 22nd. Mike Web, our Electrician, will pull the plugs to Generator at 12 Noon on Fri the 23rd. The left-over trees will need a donation box and a person to check on it every now and then. 
There will be a meeting of those who volunteered to help with this program with Thomas Jefferson High School, immediately after the meeting on Friday January 6. This is an opportunity to strengthen our ties with TJ to help the students in achieving success in their college endeavors. Talk to Kent Gloor for further details. (303-880-5444)
American Legion Commander Tom Yagley invited those who have no place to go on Christmas eve and Christmas day to come to the Legion Hall and enjoy some good meals and camaraderie. 6:00 pm on Christmas Eve and 2: 00 pm on Christmas Day
Joe Marci, with a fresh Florida suntan, reported that he and Bob Meyer were in Florida this past week to chaperone Colorado Junior Golfers who qualified for the Mid-winter tournament. He also got to visit 4 of his grandchildren and avoided the cold Colorado weather. Over 300 took part in the contest.
BRAIN See the source imageBOWL REMINDER
Don't forget to sign up for the Brain Bowl. Go to the website at: to check dates and sign up.
Free Round Gold-colored Analog Watch With Black Leather Strap at 10:10 Stock PhotoDRAWING
Yes, we had a drawing. Tom Mauro claimed the watch provided by last week's speaker, by virtue of the fact that his number was drawn first. Others scrambled to win the $110 now on the line, but to no avail. Better luck next week, when the pot goes to $120
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
Dec 23, 2022 7:30 AM
White Elephant gift exchange
Dec 30, 2022 7:00 AM
Jan 06, 2023
Newspaper Update
Jan 13, 2023 7:30 AM
Bill Morgan's daughter, Neurological music therapy
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Upcoming Events
Christmas Tree Lot
2295 S. Monaco St.
Nov 25, 2022 9:00 AM –
Dec 23, 2022 9:00 PM
Super Citizen MPB
Most Precious Blood School
Dec 19, 2022
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
American Legion Hall #1
Dec 20, 2022 6:45 PM
Santa's Gift Exchange
American Legion Hall
Dec 23, 2022
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Post #1
Dec 23, 2022
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Dec 25, 2022
Super Citizen-Most Precious Blood
Most Precious Blood School
Dec 27, 2022 10:30 AM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Post #1
Dec 30, 2022
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Post #1
Jan 06, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Post #1
Jan 13, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 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 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)
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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  
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.