The Gettysburg Optimist Club met on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at the Lake Heritage Pavilion.

President Daryl Aurand opened the meeting at 7:05 pm with Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silence. Everyone then enjoyed a wonderful dinner supplied by Stacey Green and staff.

President Daryl then introduced our speaker for the evening, Maureen Johnson, representing the Kiwanis Playground Committee. She said that the Gettysburg Adams Kiwanis Club is partnering with the Gettysburg Area Recreation Authority to raise funds in order to build a new playground at the Southwest corner of the Charles Sterner Recreation Building. This will be an all-inclusive, wheelchair accessible  playground  offering a safe place where children of all physical abilities can come together and play.  It is hoped that the entire community will join together to support this worthwhile endeavor. Maureen presented a drawing of the playground and described how individuals or groups may contribute. If interested Maureen’s email address is

President’s Report: There will be a BOD meeting on Monday, August 7, 6:00pm, at Tom Barako’s home.

Brian Skidmore has agreed to serve as club VP next year. The office of President and Secretary need to be filled. Contact Daryl if interested.

There will be no parking for soccer this summer.

Treasurer: Tom reported on activity and general funds. Tom mentioned that there is money to be dispersed yet.

Secretary: I will be issuing an updated roster with any changes, etc. that have been received.

Committee Report: The 501c3 non profit status is progressing. Bob Campbell will be completing the paperwork.

Oyster Feed: Wayne a definite date will be forthcoming.

Dates: August 16 will be the next meeting hosting the zone meeting and Pig Roast at the Lake Heritage Pavilion.

Comments:  Walt Jones said that he supports the idea of our club working together with other clubs on joint projects.

Wayne Hill said that we should keep up efforts to recruit new members.

Welcome to our new member Lynne Aurand !!

President Aurand closed the meeting at 8:00pm with recitation of the Optimist Creed.

Submitted by Fred