• General Membership Meeting

    Topic: Optimist General Membership Meeting
    Time: August 04, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
    Location: Lake Heritage Pavilion

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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

Basketball on Court

July 27, 2021 For Immediate Release:

Bring out the best in kids! Gettysburg Optimist Basketball Summer Clinic

The Optimist Club of Gettysburg has sponsored a community youth basketball program since 1965 teaching fun and fundamentals of basketball to children in grades K through 6. Traditionally, the program is conducted on Saturday mornings for eight weeks. The rules are simple; all children play, focus is on the fundamentals of the game, no score keeping, and all participants have fun and share an experience that forms life-long memories.

Unfortunately due to the pandemic, the 2021 Winter Optimist Youth Basketball Program was not offered. The Optimist Club is proud to announce this year’s Summer Basketball Clinic where the rules will be followed for a fun filled afternoon.  With the help of the Gettysburg Area School District’s Girls and Boys basketball coaches, Jeff Bair and Marc McLean, and players, the Gettysburg Optimist Club is offering a free basketball clinic at Gettysburg Area Recreation Association Park on Sunday, August 29, 2021.

Registration is on-line now through August 28 and onsite at the Rec Park Firemen’s pavilion from ­­­­12:30 PM to 1:00 PM the day of the event.

Children can pre-register by completing the online form or by printing the paperwork from the Gettysburg Optimist website http://gettysburgoptimist.com/gettysburg-news/2021-basketball-clinic/. Email registration to GettysburgOptimist@GettysburgOptimist.com or mail to

Gettysburg Optimist Club
c/o Basketball Committee
PO BOX 3035
Gettysburg, PA 17325

The 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM clinic schedule will begin with a demonstration session led by the Gettysburg Area School District basketball girl’s and boy’s coaches and players. The next session will be a circuit training for youth attending in grades K through 6. If time allows, there may be youth basketball games. The players will be divided into groups of girls and boys separately; Grades K-3 and grades 4-6.

Refreshments will be provided for volunteers and participants at the conclusion of the clinic.

The Optimist Club of Gettysburg Youth Basketball Program is one of the many youth-oriented programs conducted and funded by the local Optimist Club each year. Club members, parents and community volunteers act as leaders, monitors, coaches, and mentors.  Many of them were once young participants in earlier programs and are now coaching and mentoring their children and grandchildren. Since its inception more than 5000 area children have participated in the annual basketball events.

We look forward to spending the afternoon with you on Sunday, August 29, 2021 from 12:30 PM to 3 PM.

About the Gettysburg Optimist Club

The Optimist Club of Gettysburg was chartered in 1958 and continues to be dedicated to providing young people with positive activities and learning opportunities. Club members are men and women who come from all walks of life and who are united in an effort, “To Bring out the Best in Kids!” To learn more about the Optimist Club of Gettysburg and their many programs, activities and a membership opportunity, visit http://www.gettysburgoptimist.com/, visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/OptimistClubofGettysburg?ref=hl or call 717-220-3416.

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Upcoming Events

  1. General Meeting

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

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

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

    September 11 - September 12
  5. General Meeting

    October 6 @ 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.