The Gettysburg Optimist Club met on Wednesday, August 3, 6:00 pm, at the Lake Heritage Pavilion. President Bruce Bradshaw opened the meeting at 6:35 pm with the Pledge of Allegiance and a minute of silence.

President’s Report: President Bruce discussed a letter addressed to the club from the Internal Revenue Service.  It is hoped that a representative from Ruth’s Harvest will speak at the August 17 meeting, which is also the Pig Roast and Zone Meeting.  The State Convention of the Optimist Club will be held in Gettysburg on August 26,27,and 28. Anyone interested in attending, please contact Bruce. A representative from the new Tractor Supply Store will speak to the club sometime in the future.  It is planned that the annual Golf Tournament will be held again in April at the Links.  New bylaws from the state Optimist Board have been received. These will be sent to all members.

Video: President Bruce presented a video of the winner of the Optimist International Oratorical Contest, Cameron Tyler. The topic of the contest was “How Being the Very Best Brings Out the Best in Others”. Tyler mentioned that he is a teacher and that he tries to bring out the best in his students.

Bruce also showed the Denzel Washington video, which emphasizes the values of the Optimist Club.

Members Comments:

Daryl and Mark reported that plans for the annual Pig Roast, August 17 at the Pavilion are well underway. This is also the Zone Meeting.  Bruce has contacted Dallas Smith to obtain a count of those attending from other clubs.  SPOUSES AND GUESTS ARE WELCOME.

Don reported that everything is ready for Soccer Parking at which club members assist: August 27 and 28.  Don said that he does need additional volunteers to help especially Sunday 8/28 6:45am-11:00am. Please call Don Davis if you can help. Don reported that he received a letter of thanks from the Historical Society for our contribution.

Treasurer’s Report: Tom Barako reported :  Tom said that the annual budget  will be presented soon.

President Bradshaw brought the meeting to a close with a reading of the Optimist Creed at 7:45pm

Submitted by Fred Darling