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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, January 6, 2021 at 7:00 PM by Zoom. We had 8 members who met by zoom. This makes our first virtual membership Gettysburg Optimist Club meeting for the new year.

Business Meeting:

  • Secretary’s Report: Approved
  • Treasure’s Report: Approved
    1. General Account: $2,768
    2. Activities Account: $7,492
  • President’s Report:
    1. Sadly, we had to cancel our in-person Holiday Party that had been planned for 12/16/20
    2. Our Salvation Army Bell ringing event was a success on 12/11/20 and Brian thanks everyone who volunteered to help.
    3. Our club is still looking for a Vice President
  • Giving Spree: We made $1,710.00 from this event. 28 donors total with 13 members contributions and 15 non member contributions. Considered a success for our first time. We discussed ways to improve this fund raiser such as asking our membership for (10) prospects with mailing addresses and email address.
  • An idea for a new fund raiser proposed by Dan Mattern is a “Bicycle Ride”. We need a committee as Mark Cropp volunteered along with Dan. If you are interested in helping with this committee contact Dan.
  • 11/17/20 – 1st Quarter Zone Meeting, was attended by Brian along with Fred.
  • Optimist Basketball update will be held in the spring with the date to be determined
  • Oyster & Shrimp Feed planned for March 2021 is still under consideration and look forward to an update for this project.
  • 5/20/21 – Optimist Golf Tournament
  • 2/03/21 Regular Meeting using Zoom
  • 2021 Meetings: Per our calendar our meetings are set to be virtual using Zoom for the months of January, February, and March. We will review our membership meeting status regularly. We all prefer in person meetings but in these times our virtual is our safest alternative.

Respectfully Submitted,

Daryl Aurand, Secretary

Upcoming Events

  1. General Meeting

    February 3 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  2. General Meeting

    March 3 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  3. General Meeting

    April 7 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  4. General Meeting

    May 5 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  5. General Meeting

    June 2 @ 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.