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.
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.
Words from our incoming President: Brian Skidmore.
I am looking forward to working with each and every one of you in 2021 to “bring out the best in youth.” 2020 was an unprecedented year for the club. We had to cancel most of our activities and fundraisers, and held our meetings through Zoom (Thank you Marci for setting that up). Hopefully, in 2021 things will get better. We started strong with a successful golf outing and are looking forward to an excellent turnout for the Giving Spree. So, let’s keep those glasses half full and have an extremely optimistic year!
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.