Get Involved!

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 Gettysburg Optimist Club met on Wednesday,February 19, at the Refectory. President Marci Cropp opened the meeting at 6:30PM with Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer given by Joe MacDowell.

This was followed by another delicious dinner provided by Stacey Green and Biggerstaff Catering. Twelve members were in attendance at this meeting.

Treasurer’s Report  – Tom Barako reported the General Account and Activities Account balances.

President’s Report – Marci reported about the Photo Contest.  Anyone interested in Chairing, please contact her.

Old Business

Basketball update – Chris reported that everything is going well. He said that we might consider some changes next year regarding how team photos are taken.

9/28 Oyster Feed Stacey reported that plans are proceeding very nicely.  A sign-up sheet was circulated to indicate times that members will be able to help.

5/21 Golf Tournament Tom said that plans are proceeding well for the tournament. He mentioned that CE Williams donated $2500. More sponsors are needed.

9/12-13 Wine and Music Festival Parking Brian reported that plans are proceeding well. Hope for good weather !

New Business

There was some discussion about considering  a new meeting place for the club. No decision has been made as yet.

Upcoming Dates

2/22 Optimist Basketball
3/4 Next Meeting Basketball Coach Recognition
3/28 Oyster Feed
5/21 Golf Tournament
9 /12-13 Wine and Music Festival Parking

Closing Remarks

At the February 5 Meeting the club donated $2000 to the STARS Program and the Outdoor Environment Education Program.

President Marci closed the meeting at 7:35pm with recitation of the Optimist Creed

Optimistically submitted   Fred Darling

Upcoming Events

  1. Basketball Session

    February 29 @ 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  2. Regular Meeting – Basketball Appreciation

    March 4 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  3. Regular Meeting

    March 18 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  4. Oyster Pad Prep

    March 27 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  5. Oyster Feed

    March 28 @ 12:00 PM - 3:00 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.