• General Membership Meeting

    Topic: Optimist General Membership Meeting
    Time: July 14, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
    Location: Wayne and Sue’s House

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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.

Members

  • 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.

Latest News

The Gettysburg Optimist Club met on Wednesday, June 2,2021, at the Lake Heritage pavilion. Fourteen members were present.

President Brian Skidmore called the meeting to order at 6:00pm and opened with an invocation. This was followed by an excellent dinner provided by Stacey Green and Biggerstaff Catering.

After dinner President Skidmore opened the business session of the meeting:

Treasurer’s Report   Tom Barako reported on the financial status of the club.

Activities $12084    General $4641

Tom also reported that a few donations were given since the last meeting

He also reported that the club made $5866 from the Golf Outing

Finally he reported that the club is doing well financially with expenses being low.

Speaker                    Joe Macdowell shared a story about a buoy that is displayed  in his den. It had to do with his lifelong love of boating and buying a large boat when he retired. The boat was eventually donated to the St. Michael’s Museum.

President’s Report   The next meeting will be at Wayne and Sue’s on July 14. Food will be assigned alphabetically.

August 4 Zone Meeting at Lake Heritage

August 24 Basketball Clinic 12-3. There will be a sign-up sheet for this.

September 11 and 12 Wine and Music Festival, club will be doing parking

November 5 Giving Spree

March 26 Oyster Feed

Brian reported that the club is in need of officers for next year. We need President, Vice President, and Treasurer.

It is possible that the meeting structure of the club may be changed. Under consideration is having one formal meeting per month and one social meeting per month. This will be discussed at the next meeting and a survey will be sent to the membership.

Member comments.

Randy Smith commented about club checks being cosigned.

Tom Barako mentioned that next year at the Golf Outing golf balls may be dropped from a helicopter. The balls will be labeled and redeemed for a prize.

President Skidmore closed the meeting at 7:45pm with recitation of the Optimist Creed.

Optimistically Submitted, Fred Darling

Upcoming Events

  1. Optimist Club Picnic

    July 14 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  2. General Meeting

    August 4 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  3. Zone Meeting

    August 18 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  4. General Meeting

    September 1 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  5. Wine & Music Festival Parking

    September 11 - September 12

Donate Now

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.