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On this somewhat dreary last day of June, members were greeted by the official greeters Eldon Strong and John Van Ness... and unofficially By the ever-present Frank Middleton. Bob Avery reminded us that our founding fathers were signing the own death warrant, when they signed the Declaration of Independence and that we need to guard those freedoms outlined in that document. Bud Black paid a rare visit.
Rick Morrisey was here last week and liked it so well, he thought he would try it again.  Third time is a charm. Come on back, Rick!
Phil Perington shared that raffle tickets are selling like hotcakes and we are well on our way to achieving our ticket sales goals. Phil also shares this picture of your Tree Lot Committee (TLC) in action
Nichael Chavez thanked the following for their help with the hydration station in Longmont:
Tom Kramis, Larry Pulaski, Casey Funk, Phil Perington, Ed Collins, Denny Dressman, Craig Eleyl, Toom Glazier, Don Roth, Bill Morgan, Everett Gardner, Robert Wardlaw, Greg Young, Curt Boell, Noel Hasselgren, Rick Morrissey
From Tom Kramis: shown here talking to David Teltner (Monaco South member and veteran of many Bike MS rides)
Here are some good pics For GUMS of David Telpner and his Motley Spokes MS-150 team that rode the Century Ride on Saturday in grueling head winds and heat. They were back at it logging lots more miles on Sunday when we ran into them at our hydration tent!
Robert Wardlaw shares that The August 4 meeting will be "Principals to Breakfast", at which all the principals of schools participating in the Super Citizen program will be introduced.

Tom Yagley reminded us that he still has tickets to sell for the Legion Lottery and that their will be a car show in the parking lot on Saturday, July 22.
Joe Marci and Bob Meyer will be headed to Florida to chaperone the Colo/Wyoming Junior Golfers
    SPEAKER                            John
John Fabbricatore is a United States Air Force veteran and recently retired after more than 30 years-service with the United States government in a federal law enforcement capacity spending the last 23 years with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, most recently as a member of the Senior Executive Service and as the Field Office Director for the states of Colorado and Wyoming. Mr. Fabbricatore has led multi-agency joint task forces related to enforcing immigration law and spent many years locating criminal alien fugitives, arresting illegal alien sex offenders, and combating heroin and fentanyl trafficking. John Fabbricatore also served as a Deputy Chief of Staff for Joint Task Force West, a multi-agency, cross-corridor operation at the federal, state, local, tribal, and international levels to disrupt Transnational Criminal Organizations. Additionally, he was detailed to Washington, DC, to work in the DHS Operations section as the Director of Independent Departure for the Afghanistan Refugee crisis, Task Force Operation Allied Welcome (OAW). For his work during OAW, he received the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Silver Medal for Meritorious Service. Mr. Fabbricatore was also awarded the Meritorious Life Saving Medal from Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office for saving a life in a fire.
The Immigration Act of 1990 increased the annual limits on the total level of immigration to the United States. For fiscal years 1992 through 1994, the law limited the total number of immigrants to 700,000, to be decreased to 675,000 in fiscal year 1995 and each year thereafter. Mr. Fabbricatore maintains that the law has never really be enforced and that almost every administration, Republican or Democrat has had its own policies, frequently failing to enforce the actual laws as written, which has led to a crisis on not only the southern borders of the USA, but also of the northern borders.
Cartels from Mexico are sophisticated and well-armed and ruthless and are responsible for most of the drug and human trafficking in US.
Denver is a target city form illegal aliens because Colorado has passed a law that says aliens can get a driver's license with minimal proof of residency, which is then used to get other documents for otherwise undocumented aliens. Denver is only 12 hours drive from the border and the I-25 corridor is a main source of illicit drug traffic, including fentanyl and heroin.
There is currently a 5-7 year waiting period for processing legal immigrants to the United States. Mr. Fabbricatore maintains that there should be a better way to put people to work legally in the US, since there is a shortage in many of the jobs which are normally performed by immigrants. The city of Denver is a so called "Sanctuary City', sympathetic to immigrants and is not cooperating with ICE in attempting to enforce the laws. 
The responsibility is that of Federal Government to enforce the laws as written or to introduce new, more manageable ways to enforce our immigration laws.
Sure we had a drawing for a measly 20 bucks, since Jack Kleinheksel took all the money last week. The smart members (including Robert Wardlaw, Steve Kady, Mike White, Bob Avery, Pat Bush and John Van Ess) took the sure thing: which left only Larry Pulaski and Joe Marci attempting to get the 3 of hearts. Neither was successful, nor was Noel  Hasselgren, who was wearing his name tag, but to no avail.
With only 12 cards left in the deck, it's getting easier to pick the lucky one. Try it next week! Only fifty cents a chance.
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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.