• 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, doing a great job are Tom Glazier and Dave Peck.  A beautiful orange sunrise this morning just over the horizon heading west on Yale.
Good to see Bud Black in the house. Come back soon!
President Larry Pulaski rings the bell promptly at 7:00 a.m. Larry asks Craig Eley to read the invocation this morning. Promote an active interest in good government.  Help us to not take our freedoms for granted.  Let us work to inspire the youth of today to participate in the governance of tomorrow. Craig then leads us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
President Larry reminds us of the Installation on September 30 and the Christmas Party December 2nd at the Assistance League. 
Ed Collins tells us he is a forward-looking Optimist, so he pulled out his lawn and called in John Paul Maxfield to xeriscape his home.  John Paul tells us that he wants to make a well-designed living place, which works with the current trend towards putting native plants, flowers, vegetation instead of grass, which isn’t native to our climate.  Xeriscaping is the practice of designing landscapes to reduce or eliminate the need for irrigation. Hopefully, John Paul will visit us again.

Dance Swing GIF - Dance Swing Jive - Discover & Share GIFs
When: Saturday, September 30 11:15 a.m.
Where Rendezvous Restaurant- Heather Gardens
Socializing for the first half hour, from 11:15 to 11:45, attire is business casual.  Lunch and awards 11:45-2:00. Swing dance class by Karl Geil and wife Lesley Meyer from 2:00 to ?. Bring your dancing shoes!

Greg Holt tells us about a workday for the Tree Lot today, after the meeting.  They plan to seal the Santa Trailer and do some maintenance on the rails that hold the pegs.  This will take place at the storage lot, please stop by if you have some time. Submitted by Phil Perington: The gentlemen of the Tree Lot Committee Allen Malask, Prez Larry, Ed Collins, Greg Holt, George Buzick, Pat Bush, Tom Kramis, Greg Young, Dan Rodriguez, Andy Towt and Vaughan Kendell, Tom Glazier (not pictured) cameraman Phil Perington.
Joe Marci has a Super Citizen presentation at Most Precious Blood for Tuesday.  He also has some fantastic seats for the remaining Rockies games here in Denver.  Joe reports they are actually playing well but just have not been able to get some wins.  The hometown team has 97 loses with 6 games remaining, so a 100 loss season, which would be the first in franchise history, is entirely possible.  
Ron Gustas thanks those who helped with the JDRF One Walk, which is primarily for Type I Diabetes but the research the group has helped fund, also helped those with Type II as well.  This program has raised millions of dollars for research.  Ron thanks Mark Metevia, Pat Bush, Harry Fegley, and George Buzick for their help. 
Note from Ron:
I just wanted to let you know that the JDRF “One-Walk” was successfully held this past Sunday at the Jeffco Fairgrounds. Because of support from you and many others the “Walk” so far has raised about $420,000 with contributions continuing to be received until October 31st. This was the 14th year that my granddaughter Ellie has had her “Ellie’s Diabetes Busters” team. Over the years her team has raised almost $125,000 of support for diabetes support. You have been a part of this, and I really appreciate your support.
Michael Chavez Thanksgiving Dinner November 16, which is a Thursday.  Put that on your calendar. The event will again take place at Boys & Girls Club on W Kentucky and Girls Inc on W Colfax.  Feed hundreds of boys, girls and their families.  Plan to help out.
Tom Glazier announces that members of Bethany Lutheran have been recruited for duty at the Christmas Tree lot, to augment the MSOC volunteers. Bethany is also helping out with our Boys and Girls Club Thanksgiving dinner. A great partnership!
Mark Metevia tells us about his neighbor from Southmoor, Dr. Craig Owens is a board-certified Pediatric Dentist.
Dr. Craig Owens is an experienced board-certified pediatric dentist and was born and raised in Colorado. He graduated from Regis Jesuit High School, the University of Colorado (Boulder) and the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. He completed his advanced training in pediatric dentistry through the prestigious NYU-Lutheran Medical Center where he gained specialized skills and became proficient in treating both healthy and medically compromised infants, children, and adolescents.
 He gained specialized skills in working with infants and he and his wife Marissa have 2 sons.
He is here to talk with us today about fluoride.  He has stopped by our Tree Lot.  Craig’s brother and he are in practice together.  Started their practice together from scratch.  It’s on Lincoln just east of I-25.  Close to the highway.  5280 Pediatric Dentistry is the name of their practice.
The “F” word is Fluoride is a hot topic today, it is a mineral and inhibits the demineralization of your enamel.  It also promotes the remineralization of enamel.  It has an antibacterial effect, concentrates in plaque.  Hydroxyapatite, along with fluoride helps to prevent cavities. 
Self -applied gels and creams also can help with the application of fluoride, including varnish which Craig recommends every 6 months for children.  Issues with Fluoridated water include how it is controlled in the water system.  Colorado has naturally occurringDental Fluoride Varnish Now Available for all Children 6 Months to 6 Years fluoride which was found first in Colorado Springs.  The cost to add Fluoride is less than $1 per million gallons, and the amount is very small.  Dietary Fluoride includes some food sources.  Select supplement: drops, tablets lozenge, and rinses. The Fluorosis issue:  can occur during the 1st few years of life.  Severe fluorosis can actually affect the development of teeth. 
Acute Fluoride Toxicity can lead to death 15 mg/F/kg.  Treatment for fluoride toxicity can result if a child has eaten too much toothpaste contact poison control center, induce vomiting, followed by milk, refer immediately emergency care.  Commercial Infant Formulas do contain fluoride, most bottled waters do NOT contain fluoride.  Craig shows us a slide of a 4-year-old who went to bed with milk and didn’t brush his teeth and resulted in black stains on his teeth, the next slide shows the same child with healthy white teeth he was able to save.  Their office is a friendly environment that conveys a happy healthy environment that children will want to visit.
Craig’s practice sees many kids at 6 months of age.  Many people feel that fluoride is a bad thing but, used in moderation, it has a positive effect on teeth. 
Do we have a drawing?  There is only $20 in the pot this week.  The lucky card today is the 3 of diamonds. Two cards are left from which to choose. How can you not win?
Pat Bush takes a card, and does not draw the lucky card
Allen Malask draws a card and does not get lucky
Bill Morgan takes a cup
Dick Nickoloff takes a cup
Allen Malask wins a cup 
Dick Nickoloff wins a cup
Mike McMahon takes a cup
Paul Stratton takes a cup
Pat Bush’s name is drawn out of the plastic jug but is not lucky
 We recite the pledge.   We then recite the Creed.  Go forth and promote Optimism.

Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Casey Funk
September 6
Jim Easton
September 12
Peter Dimond
September 14
Frank Middleton
September 28
Neil Alderson
September 29
Sep 29, 2023
Community Engagement Specialist Office of Children's Affairs, C and C of Denver
Oct 06, 2023 7:30 AM
The Drill Sergeant of Life
Oct 13, 2023 7:30 AM
Oct 20, 2023 7:30 AM
BRONCOS Past VP of Public Relations
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Upcoming Events
Super Citizen-Most Precious Blood
Most Precious Blood School
Sep 26, 2023 10:30 AM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Sep 29, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Annual Celebrate Your Optimism Banquet
Rendezvous Restaurant
Sep 30, 2023
11:15 AM – 3:00 PM
American Legion Hall #1
Oct 03, 2023 6:30 PM
Super Citizen-Samuels
Samuels Elementary School
Oct 05, 2023
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Oct 06, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Super Citizen-Slavens
Slavens Elementary School
Oct 11, 2023
8:15 AM - 9:30 AM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Oct 13, 2023
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Oct 18, 2023 4:00 PM
Weekly Meeting
American Legion Hall
Oct 20, 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 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.
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  
 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.