• April 1, 2020 Meeting - Inaugural Virtual Zoom Meeting

    Place: ZOOM
    Time: 7 PM Social

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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

Hello Fellow Supporters of the Optimist Club of Gettysburg,

Please find an announcement from our Board of Directors below.  We’ve had many discussions this week and have dedicated many hours to a very unique challenge at hand.  Please note our decisions were heavily debated and feel that we have the best interest of everyone at heart.  Feel free to reach out as several of you have already.  We will work to answer any questions or concerns you might have as quickly as possible. Please stay healthy!

Optimistically, Marci

The Optimist Club of Gettysburg has been closely monitoring information regarding the recent outbreak of coronavirus, called COVID-19. As this situation has developed, Optimist International leaders have reached several decisions to protect the health of our Members, Leaders, Staff and the communities we serve.

  • Optimist International recommends that Clubs and Districts follow advisories, guidelines and rules dictated by their local, state, provincial and national health agencies.
  • In the absence of specific recommendations, Club leaders should consider the health of Club and community members, as well as their family and friends before scheduling an event.

The Gettysburg Board of Directors has met this March 14, 2020 and decided that it is in the best interest of members, sponsors and donors to cancel the 2020 Oyster Feed considering current events. For those that have purchased tickets, we THANK YOU for your continued support. You will be guaranteed a ticket to next year’s event. A date is forthcoming. Due to the unprecedented circumstances, if you prefer a refund, please email us at gettysburgoptimist@gettysburgoptimist.com or phone 717.220.3416. We just ask for your patience during this uncertain time. Our volunteers will respond as quickly as possible to your requests.

We are committed to the organizations we support and have secured funding for our existing programs through May of 2020.

Additionally, it is with regret that we inform you, all in-person meetings have been cancelled.  The board has scheduled the next board of directors meeting virtually for Sunday, March 29 to re-evaluate the next meeting time. We hope this is a temporary necessity that allows everyone to stay safe and healthy.

Being Optimists, we are planning for a successful Golf Tournament on May 21, 2020 at The Links of Gettysburg. The organization is also continuing our efforts to park cars at this year’s Chamber of Commerce Wine and Music Festival. If plans change, we will notify those involved immediately.  Thank you for your continued support in “Bringing Out the Best in Kids!”

Sincerely,

The Gettysburg Optimist Club Board of Directors
PO BOX  3035
Gettysburg, PA 17325

Upcoming Events

  1. Virtual Zoom Meeting

    April 1 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  2. Regular Meeting

    April 15 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  3. Meeting – Respect for Law

    May 6 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  4. Golf Tournament

    May 21 @ 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  5. Meeting – Daryl & Lyne’s Residence

    June 3 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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.