Colorado-Wyoming Optimist District
Zone 5 Clubs
Serving South Denver 
Jon Wachter, Lt. Governor
jon_wachter@msn.com

The Denver Tech Center Optimist Club is a high energy club comprised of 37 members from Aurora, to Castle Rock, to Lakewood who are dedicated to serving kids in all situations. Since 1983 DTC Club has been doing monthly activities with Shiloh House, an organization that provides treatment and support services to youth and their families who are experiencing traumatic life challenges. The club also engages in many events each year for Colorado Feeding Kids and Sweet Dreams in a Bag.  DTC’s most successful fund raiser is an online auction held in November. The DTC Club dedicates a major portion of funds raised to JDRF and programs for children with Type 1 Diabetes.

DTC Optimist Club meets on Tuesday evenings the 1st, & 3rd weeks of each month from 6pm to 7:30pm at Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 9627 E County Line Rd Centennial, CO 80126.  For more information contact Connie Ackerman, President. connieackerman@comcast.net

The Littleton Breakfast Optimist Club serves Littleton and the immediate surrounding area with a focus on serving students kindergarten though 12th grade. The Littleton club is a major supporter of the Optimist Oratorical Contest, Essay Contest, Brain Bowl and Know Brainer tournaments. Additionally, the members promote educational excellence in two elementary schools by presenting monthly Bee Awards to students who demonstrate their “best effort everyday.” Other projects include Shiloh House and Respect for Law. Our weekly meetings include speakers that present timely news information about Littleton and the surrounding community. 

The Littleton Breakfast Optimist Club meets every Friday morning 7am-8am at 4192 W. Pondview Dr., Littleton, CO 80123. For more information contact Natalie Gonterman, club president, at nataliegonterman@kw.com.

The Monaco South Optimist Club is the Colorado-Wyoming District’s largest Optimist club with 100+ members. The MSOC was founded in 1976 and has built a thriving Christmas tree lot fund raising project which funds most of their community focused projects throughout the year. With a large base of dedicated Optimists taking part in the club committees, and projects, MSOC supports 10 southeast Denver grade schools with a monthly “Super Citizen” awards program, annually directs donations to the “Sullivan Scholarships” for local high school students to help with college expenses, sponsored the Bradley Helping Hands JOOI Club for 5th grade students at Bradley International School with bi-weekly visits and much more. Monaco South was awarded “Denver’s Philanthropic Organization of the Year 2012“.

Monaco South Optimist Club meets every Friday morning 6:45am – 8am at the American Legion Post # 1 at 5400 E Yale Ave, Denver 80222. For more information contact Tom Kramis, President. kramoose@gmail.com 

The Denver South Optimist Club was chartered by Optimist International in 1939 and went on to sponsor the formation of new Optimist Clubs across metro Denver in the following decades. Long led by club President Dr. Bruce Ogin, Denver South OC contributes to Optimist International fundraising projects including the Childhood Cancer Campaign, Optimist International Foundation, and community outreach projects. Dr. Bruce and members meet weekly for lunch to discuss the optimism creed and the donation of their funds to a variety of projects.

The South Denver club meets on Wednesday at 12:15pm at Perkins Restaurant, 1995 S. Colorado Blvd, Denver. For more information contact Bruce Ogin, President: obruce1@msn.com 

The University Hills Optimist Club was formed from two nearby clubs in 2005 with a focus to continue the work of supporting the Essay Contest, Oratorical Contest and Scouting. The long-time fundraising service project of selling refreshments at the Scottish Festival had served the clubs financial giving for many years. Recently the U Hills OC has donated to the district Halloween project, Marshall Fire Fund, and is presenting awards to police officers for their dedication thru the Respect for Law program.

University Hills Optimists meet 7am every Thursday at the American Legion Post #1, 5400 E Yale Ave, Denver. For more information contact Earl McAvoy, President.  ejmcavoy@msn.com