The Gettysburg Optimist Club is a 501c3 organization with all donations going directly to youth organizations in the local Gettysburg Community. The Gettysburg, PA Chapter was chartered in 1958 as an affiliate of Optimist International. Since this time, the Club has been in continuous service to the Gettysburg community and its youth. We are seeking men and women of all ages to join us in serving the needs of our community’s youth. Find out how to get involved by contacting us today.
Enjoy the fellowship and camaraderie of individuals who get things done and who embrace a similar optimistic mindset.
Develop new social and working relationships with individuals from a cross section of our communities and have opportunities to develop and demonstrate leadership skills locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.
Experience satisfaction from making a difference in lives of children as well as the surrounding communities.
Receive as much as they give!
Who We Are
We are local men and women who believe that the youth is the future of our city, state, and nation. We wish to give back to the community that gives so much to us!
What We Do
Our volunteer club raises and donates tens of thousands of dollars annually for local youth organizations. We support great programs in local schools, such as the Reading is Fundamental organization and outdoor education. We also support local sports and musical initiatives, including running a two month basketball program for more than 150 youth. For more information about the projects organizations the Optimist Club of Gettysburg is involved with, visit service projects page.
The Optimist Club of Gettysburg met on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at Lake Heritage.
President Brian Skidmore welcomed (12) members and (2) guests. Our guests were Chris Bender’s wife April and daughter Lilly. We opened the evening with all members reciting the pledge of allegiance and Brian giving the invocation. Dinner was enjoyed by all. Thank you Stacey.
1. First order of business was the nomination and election of officers. Our officer slate for 2019 thru 2020 will be:
a. President – Marci Cropp
b. Vice President — Brian Skidmore
c. Treasurer — Tom Barako
d. Secretary — Daryl Aurand
2. Committee Reports:
a. Wine Festival – The Gettysburg Optimist Club will be parking cars on September 7th and 8th. Brian Skidmore is chairman of this fundraiser and will be sending out the time schedule that we have volunteered to help. If you have not signed up and can help please contact Brian.
• August 21st Zone Meeting at Lake Heritage, Steak dinner, please RSVP to Daryl by August 16th . We also need a few “grill master chefs”.
• September 7th and 8th, Wine Festival Parking fund raiser
• Our Christmas magic show is in the works
The Gettysburg Optimist Club is a 501c3 organization with all donations going directly to youth organizations in the local Gettysburg Community. The Gettysburg, PA Chapter was chartered in 1958 as an affiliate of Optimist International. Since this time, the Club has been in continuous service to the Gettysburg community and its youth. Donate today to make a direct impact on Bringing out the Best in Kids.