Sad News--- The passing of Jim Piccinelli
Jim was a very active member of MSOC for many years and a long time member of the Newsletter Committee. He will be missed!
We share this e-mail from Jim's wife Margaret:
I'm so very sorry to tell you that my husband, Jim Piccinelli, died during the early morning of Saturday May 28.
We had a fabulous time in Arizona a month ago.  (We celebrated his 79th birthday with our family. ) On our return to Colorado Jim suddenly got extremely sick with the flu and pneumonia. 
He spent most of the last month in the hospital.  As he's done all his life, he put up a fight against it & the doctors "threw everything at it" that they could. After time in the hospital, he came home under Hospice care on May 22 which is where he wanted to be - with me and Yogi.
After all Jim's been through in his life, he just didn't have the reserves to beat this. As always - we sure tried!!
It's been such a shock for me & our family.  We're devastated & trying to come to grips with it. Please keep us in your thoughts & prayers, especially our wonderful son Jeff and his wife Shannon and our precious granddaughters, Charlotte and Olivia.
If you would, please communicate this to the friendship circle that knew him, we would appreciate it. 
If you'd like to send a note to Jeff:  
14845 N 110th Way
Scottsdale, Az 85255
Jim did not want any services.....he "didn't want a fuss"
If you'd like to do something in his memory, we have been involved supporters of Freedom Service Dogs & the work of service dogs was very close to Jim's heart.
On a the beautiful Friday Colorado morning before Memorial Day our members and guests were greeted by Allen Malask and Bob Avery. After the invocation by George Buzick, in which he prayed for those involved in current mass shootings and for a solution to this seemingly unending problem in our society, we all pledged our allegiance to the flag of America, an appropriate gesture on Memorial Day weekend.
Ron Cisco announced that the fund raiser for Junior golf this past week at Meadow Hills was a success, with 39 golfers participating.  A good time was had by all and $500 was raised to  send 71 Junior Golfers to Florida.  Ron also asked for donations for hole sponsors, a good way to advertise your business to the hundreds who will be at the Junior golf qualifying events, which will be held June 15-17. A minimum donation of $120 will get you a banner name on one of the holes on the course. Please let Ron know as soon as possible if you would like to participate. (303-653-7795)
Don Thomson recognized Charlie Korsoski as the Father of the Super Citizen program and asked school representatives to submit the award winners as soon as possible. The Korsoski Award is given to the single most outstanding Super Citizen in each of the 8 schools we serve and is a plaque with the names of award winner, which hangs in a prominent place in the school.
Don also recognized Robert Wardlaw, who now coordinates the program (a job that Don held for many years) and Dr. Bob Finkelmeier, who does all the certificates for the winners of each Super Citizen award. Don thanked the School reps for facilitating this program throughout the difficult Covid19 years. Congratulations to all those connected with this flagship program of our club.
Michael Chavez reports that we will, once again, be staffing the rest station for the Bike MS at Silver Creek High School on Sunday, June 26. Know as the "Pat Sorenson Stop" in honor of Oscar Sorenson's late wife, this is always a highlight of summer activities. Having already lost two sign-up sheets, Michael will be circulating yet another.
Speaking of bicycle rides for a good cause, both Kent Gloor and Bill Morgan will be Pedaling4 Parkinsons on June 11. Contributions toward this worth cause can be made on the website:
Michael also asked for help distributing Bobble-Heads at the Rockies game on July 31. 
Below is the link to sign up for Rockies handouts:
Meet at the Coors Field employee entrance (NW Corner of Coors field) no later than 10:00 AM.  You will get a t-shirt and ticket to the afternoon game.  Enter the parking lot just west of 33rd Street and Blake for $1 parking.  Please go to this link:
and  click on the button to sign up and enter your T-Shirt size(s). 
Friends/family over 16 are welcome to participate.   Questions: Call Michael Chavez: (303) 960-5304.   Thank you!
Date: 07/31/2022 (Sun.)
Time: 10:00am - 1:30pm MDT
Location: Coors Field
 Our guest speakers today were Michael Fifhause,  Deputy Scout Executive/COO at Denver Area Council, BSA and Randy Bruns who  is the coordinator for Pack, Troop  and Crew 261 in Castle Rock. They were backed up internally by Bob Avery and Greg Holt, both of whom are Eagle Scouts and still very active in scouting and recognized Jack Kleinheksel as a Distinguished Eagle Scout.
Randy talked briefly about what's happening with scouts in Castle Rock.   He says that they are rebuilding after Covid19 lockdown in school caused a 50% drop in enrollment in the Cup Scout Pack and pretty severe losses in both the Boy Scout troop and the Crew, all three of which he oversees. He thanked the club for assuming sponsorship of these units after the original sponsoring church has to drop out and said all the scouts were working hard to get back to "the regular world".
Michael, whose responsibilities include the whole Denver Area Council, talked about how the BSA is attempting to "rebrand" themselves. They now have female members (although not co-ed in most situations).
Mike said BSA is strong on developing leadership skills for all members. (Tom Mauro attested to the fact that his grandson had benefitted greatly from attending the Youth Leadership Develop Camp.
Mike also talked about the McNeil Scout Ranch at Peaceful Valley and the various activities available with more than 3,300 acres of land, there are endless possible adventures available for Scouts of all ages at McNeil  Scout Ranch at Peaceful Valley. This regional camp includes a swimming pool, two lakes, Olympic shotgun shooting range (along with world-class rifle and archery ranges), one of Colorado’s premier mountain biking courses, natural rocking climbing areas, trading post, dining hall, two themed outpost camps, and that barely scratches the surface! Additionally, its near Colorado Springs and surrounding areas where campers go white water rafting, hike a 14er, or explore caves. Three nationally accredited camps make up PV, which is located at 7,000 feet in elevation near the town of Elbert, Colorado.
Mike also talked about his goal of reaching more inner city kids and how to defray some of the costs involved with uniforms, camping equipment etc. Mike said that approximately 10% of BSA is female and that there is significant emphasis on safety of our youth.
Mike said he appreciated the support of Monaco South Optimist Club and our goal of serving youth.
Greg Young is still recovering from knee replacement- hopes to be back soon
Bill Morgan announced that he is the proud grandfather of twins.
Karl Geil (not to be outdone) says that he and Lesley are also newly minted grandparents!
Everett Gardner, back from one of his many travels was back in the house!
Interesting video, compliments of Dr. Bob
Don't forget the upcoming lottery, proceeds of which will augment Christmas tree sales in funding our activities. Each of the members on the Board of Directors has agreed to be responsible for selling 10 tickets, whether to themselves or friends and neighbors. Ticket price has been reduced to $20, which means we have to sell 50 more tickets to reach the break even point. See Phil Perington for tickets.
Baker, JakeEditor's note:  My apologies to Jake Baker. It was announced in last week GUMS that Phil Perington will be the Secretary in the 1922-23 year. Phil will be Jake's backup as Jake assumes the position of Secretary in October.  Sorry Jake! Congratulations!
We have one! Which nobody wins. Since this week's pot was $50, next week moves up to $60. With only 15 cards left in the deck, odds are increasing that someone will be a big winner--- but you gotta' by a ticket!
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
James Riley
May 1
John Young
May 3
Keith Gallaway
May 7
George Buzick
May 16
Gary Strowbridge
May 20
Mike White
May 21
Robert Duvall
May 24
David Peck
May 28
Tom Mauro
May 28
Harry Fegley
May 30
Roy Jarrett
May 30
Karl Geil
May 31
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Friday  June 3. Linda Williams, Handling Tough Conversations
Friday  June 10. Camaraderie Day
Friday  June 17 Col. Gary Tobey, CIVIL AIR PATROL
Friday  June. 24 OPEN
Friday  July 1
Friday  July  8   Dr. Igrid Ulrich, Academic Achievement 
Friday July  15. Frank Rowe*,  Denver Park Trust update 
Friday July  22. Camaraderie Day
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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      720-656-2255
 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.