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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

Our annual Optimist picnic will be Wednesday, July 17 at Wayne and Sue Hill ‘s residence starting @ 6 PM. As in the past all members are encouraged to invite your spouse or significant other. Bring your bathing suits.

The club will provide hamburgers and sausages, rolls, condiments, and toppings. Disposable wares along with beverages, (sodas, ice tea, water, and beer) will be provided.

We are asking members to bring a side dish. Last names beginning with letter (A thru J) can bring a salad or a favorite side dish. Last names with letter (K thru Z) can bring a favorite dessert.

We thank Wayne and Sue for opening up their home again for our summer picnic.

Optimistically,
Daryl Aurand / Secretary

Upcoming Events

  1. Optimist Club Picnic

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

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

    August 21 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  4. Regular Meeting – Steak-Out

    September 4 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  5. Wine & Music Festival Parking

    September 7 - September 8

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.