The Gettysburg Optimist Club met on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at the Refectory. There were a total of 28 people in attendance (members and guests).

President Dan Mattern opened the meeting at 7:05 pm with an Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance.

This was followed by another excellent dinner provided by Biggerstaff’s Catering.

 After dinner President Dan introduced the speakers for the evening.

 Dr. Walt Jones introduced the first speaker who was Tony Floyd who spoke about the Gettysburg Outdoor Education Program. He described the various programs and activities provided to our young people by the program. The club gave him a donation of $2000 for the program.

Next were several speakers from various schools in the area (James Gettys, Franklin Township, Lincoln, St. Francis) as well as representatives from the Head Start Program. They all spoke about the Reading is Fundamental Program (R.I.F.) which provides materials and programs to young people aimed at enhancing the love of reading.  The club donated $6000 to these groups to be divided equally.

President’s Report: President Dan asked that the minutes from the last meeting be approved. He mentioned that he attended the Zone meeting on March 8.

Treasurer’s Report: Tom provided the treasurer’s report.

On May 11 the Optimist Olympics will be held in York and the opening night of Gettysburg Little League is April 13. Anyone interested in attending please contact Dan.

Congratulations to Stacey Green and Wayne Hill for a very successful Oyster Feed. And thank you to everyone who helped.

The Gettysburg Kiwanis has invited us to attend a summer picnic in June. This will be in place of the June 20 meeting. Date TBD.

Oyster Feed – Thanks to everyone for making this a very successful day! Tom Barako reported that we will make at least $4000.

Golf Tourney – May 17  Bruce reported that we still need foursomes and hole sponsors as well as gifts. Thank you to Wayne for the corporate sponsor of C.E. Williams Sons, Inc.

Membership – The June 6 meeting will be utilized for members to bring possible NEW members. All are welcome!

Meetings – The April 18 meeting will be at ORorke’s with the Gettysburg Little League.

President Dan Mattern closed the meeting at 8:20 pm with recitation of the Optimist Creed

Optimistically submitted   Fred Darling