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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 Optimist Club of Gettysburg met on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at the Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary Refectory.  A steak dinner was prepared by Biggerstaff Catering. President Brian Skidmore welcomed 21 members and 6 guests. Brian opened the evening with the Pledge of Allegiance and Wayne Hill gave the invocation. We had a great evening of fellowship.

Speaker:  Sue Hill was our speaker and shared Wayne and her trip on the “Lewis and Clark Expedition”.

Business Meeting:

  1. Secretary’s Report approved
  2. Treasurer’s Report approved
  3. President’s Report
  4. Committee Reports:
  • Dollars for Scholars was reported by President Brian and our female recipient was Julia Gessaman and our male recipient was Taylor Neller. Both received $1,000.00 scholarships from our club.
  • Our 9th Annual Golf Outing was reported to be a success by chairman Bruce Bradshaw. We had great weather and made a nice amount to assist in keeping our Optimist Activities going. Thank you Bruce and everyone involved to make this a success.
  • Wine Festival Parking for September 7 – 8 is in the planning. Chairman Brian is circulating a sign-up sheet.
  1. The meeting was concluded by reciting the Optimist Creed.

Upcoming Dates:

  • 6-19-2019 Regular Meeting @ Lake Heritage Pavilion
  • 7-3-2019 No Regular Meeting
  • 7-17-2019 Summer Picnic @ Wayne and Sue Hill’s residence
  • 8-7-2019 Regular Meeting at Lake Heritage Pavilion
  • 8-21-2019 Regular Meeting and 4th Quarter Zone Meeting at Lake Heritage Pavilion
  • 9-7 & 9-8-2019 Gettysburg Wine & Music Festival Parking

Respectfully Submitted, Daryl Aurand, Secretary

Upcoming Events

  1. Regular Meeting at Lake Heritage Pavilion

    June 19 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  2. No Regular Meeting

    July 3 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  3. Optimist Club Picnic

    July 19 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  4. Regular Meeting with Officer Elections and Budget Discussions

    August 7 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  5. Regular Meeting, 4th Quarter Zone Meeting, & Pig Roast

    August 21 @ 6:30 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.