Gettysburg Wine and Music Festival Parking

Gateway Gettysburg

Saturday, September 11 and Sunday, September 12, 2021

Parking on site at the event is free however the Optimist Club of Gettysburg is happy to accept donations for youth in Adams County. All proceeds go directly to the organizations activities fund for programs like the Optimist Basketball program, Reading is Fundamental, Ruth’s Harvest, Holiday Outreach, Dollars for Scholars, STARS, and Outdoor Education.

If able, please consider donating to the organization when parking.  Or why not volunteer?  Anyone who volunteers for two hours will get into the event for free! Email Us with availability!

We look forward to seeing everyone at the Gettysburg Wine and Music Festival 2021!!!

The Optimist Club of Gettysburg met on Wednesday, Sept 1, 2021 via zoom due to hurricane Ida. We had 11 members in attendance.

Business Meeting:

  • Secretary’s Report: Approved
  • Treasure’s Report: Approved

General Account: Reported

Activities Account: Reported

  • President’s Report:
    1. Voted in the two new officers: Gary Rappoldt, as president, and Randy Smith as treasurer effective October 1.
    2. Still need an officer for vice president, and we need (2) new board of director members to replace Stacey and Darlene who have served their terms.

Old Business:

  • Voted to approve the budgets for next year. Dues will be $140 per year
  • Agreed to have the installation banquet on 10/6 at the Mansion House. Buffet menu was provided, and the club can pick up the $22 per person cost. Cash bar.
  • Parking volunteers still needed to fill the open slots. See attached sign-up sheet.
  • Christmas dinner on Dec 8 – Stacey to confirm if she can do it at the fire hall.
  • Basketball Committee Report

The first Optimist Summer Basketball Clinic was a success! Approximately, 50 girls and boys grades K – 5th attended the clinic held on Sunday, August 29 from 12:30-3:00 p.m. at Rec Park Firemen Pavilion and 2 basketball courts.  The basketball committee consisted of Brian, Chris, Marci, Stacy, Daryl, and Lyne. The following is the wonderful group of Optimist volunteers that helped with set up, pre-registration, late registration, sign up of parent coaches for winter, and dispersed Optimist member pamphlets, beverages, and snacks: Wayne, Dan, Walt, Fred, Brandon, and Al. The clinic stations were organized by the GHS Girls Basketball Coach, Jeff Bair, and Boys Basketball Coach, Marc McLean. Approximately, 12 GHS girls’ and boys’ basketball players supervised each station. Most parents watched the clinic sitting on lawn chairs and blankets at Rec Park.  Media was done via Peach Jar GASD, the coaches Twitter, and a front-page article written by Adam Michael. Due to the success of the program, the Optimist Club will consider offering the free clinic during the summer of 2022.

New Business:

  • Voted to require dual signatures for checks, and all officers will have signature capability

Upcoming Dates:

  • 9/11-12/2021 Wine and Music Festival
  • 10/6/2021 installation banquet at the Mansion House.
  • 11/3/2021 Meeting location TBA
  • 12/8/21 Holiday Dinner more info to follow
  • 3/26/2022 Oyster & Shrimp Feed

Respectfully Submitted, Daryl Aurand, Secretary

Tomorrow, the Optimist Club of Gettysburg is hosting a basketball clinic for K-6 graders.



1 week from today, the Optimist Club of Gettysburg is hosting a basketball clinic for K-6 graders.

Register today for this free event!


Gettysburg Optimist Club Zone 7 Meeting Minutes

August 4  2021

The Gettysburg Optimist Club met on Wednesday August 4,2021 at the Pavilion. This was the annual Zone 7 meeting. Twenty-six members were present.

President Brian Skidmore opened the meeting at 6:30 pm with Pledge of Allegiance. This was followed by an outstanding dinner provided by Biggerstaff Catering and Stacy Green.

Business Session: After dinner, President Brian welcomed the representatives from the various Zone 7 Optimist Clubs. He then introduced Sue Grimm from the Lancaster Club. Sue thanked the Gettysburg Club for hosting the Zone meeting. She then discussed some items from the Annual Convention. She followed this by discussing the various programs and projects being done by the clubs. She also conducted a sharing session in which each club representative described what is happening in their particular area. This included present and future activities.

Future events        September 11=12  Wine Festival

President Brian ended the meeting at 7:50 with recitation of the Optimist Creed.

Optimistically submitted, Fred Darling

Basketball on Court

July 27, 2021 For Immediate Release:

Bring out the best in kids! Gettysburg Optimist Basketball Summer Clinic

The Optimist Club of Gettysburg has sponsored a community youth basketball program since 1965 teaching fun and fundamentals of basketball to children in grades K through 6. Traditionally, the program is conducted on Saturday mornings for eight weeks. The rules are simple; all children play, focus is on the fundamentals of the game, no score keeping, and all participants have fun and share an experience that forms life-long memories.

Unfortunately due to the pandemic, the 2021 Winter Optimist Youth Basketball Program was not offered. The Optimist Club is proud to announce this year’s Summer Basketball Clinic where the rules will be followed for a fun filled afternoon.  With the help of the Gettysburg Area School District’s Girls and Boys basketball coaches, Jeff Bair and Marc McLean, and players, the Gettysburg Optimist Club is offering a free basketball clinic at Gettysburg Area Recreation Association Park on Sunday, August 29, 2021.

Registration is on-line now through August 28 and onsite at the Rec Park Firemen’s pavilion from ­­­­12:30 PM to 1:00 PM the day of the event.

Children can pre-register by completing the online form or by printing the paperwork from the Gettysburg Optimist website Email registration to or mail to

Gettysburg Optimist Club
c/o Basketball Committee
PO BOX 3035
Gettysburg, PA 17325

The 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM clinic schedule will begin with a demonstration session led by the Gettysburg Area School District basketball girl’s and boy’s coaches and players. The next session will be a circuit training for youth attending in grades K through 6. If time allows, there may be youth basketball games. The players will be divided into groups of girls and boys separately; Grades K-3 and grades 4-6.

Refreshments will be provided for volunteers and participants at the conclusion of the clinic.

The Optimist Club of Gettysburg Youth Basketball Program is one of the many youth-oriented programs conducted and funded by the local Optimist Club each year. Club members, parents and community volunteers act as leaders, monitors, coaches, and mentors.  Many of them were once young participants in earlier programs and are now coaching and mentoring their children and grandchildren. Since its inception more than 5000 area children have participated in the annual basketball events.

We look forward to spending the afternoon with you on Sunday, August 29, 2021 from 12:30 PM to 3 PM.

About the Gettysburg Optimist Club

The Optimist Club of Gettysburg was chartered in 1958 and continues to be dedicated to providing young people with positive activities and learning opportunities. Club members are men and women who come from all walks of life and who are united in an effort, “To Bring out the Best in Kids!” To learn more about the Optimist Club of Gettysburg and their many programs, activities and a membership opportunity, visit, visit us on Facebook at or call 717-220-3416.


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Our next meeting is Wednesday August 4, 6PM social and 6:30 dinner. We will be at the Lake Heritage pavilion. We are the host club for the 4th quarter zone meeting.

Please RSVP Stacey no later than this Friday July 30.

RSVP Stacey Schlosser

Future dates to mark on your calendar:

  1. August 29 Youth basketball clinic @ Rec Park
  2. September 1 Meeting @ Lake Heritage
  3. September 11 & 12 Wine and Music Festival parking

Optimistically, Daryl

The Gettysburg Optimist Club met on Wednesday, June 2,2021, at the Lake Heritage pavilion. Fourteen members were present.

President Brian Skidmore called the meeting to order at 6:00pm and opened with an invocation. This was followed by an excellent dinner provided by Stacey Green and Biggerstaff Catering.

After dinner President Skidmore opened the business session of the meeting:

Treasurer’s Report   Tom Barako reported on the financial status of the club.

Activities $12084    General $4641

Tom also reported that a few donations were given since the last meeting

He also reported that the club made $5866 from the Golf Outing

Finally he reported that the club is doing well financially with expenses being low.

Speaker                    Joe Macdowell shared a story about a buoy that is displayed  in his den. It had to do with his lifelong love of boating and buying a large boat when he retired. The boat was eventually donated to the St. Michael’s Museum.

President’s Report   The next meeting will be at Wayne and Sue’s on July 14. Food will be assigned alphabetically.

August 4 Zone Meeting at Lake Heritage

August 24 Basketball Clinic 12-3. There will be a sign-up sheet for this.

September 11 and 12 Wine and Music Festival, club will be doing parking

November 5 Giving Spree

March 26 Oyster Feed

Brian reported that the club is in need of officers for next year. We need President, Vice President, and Treasurer.

It is possible that the meeting structure of the club may be changed. Under consideration is having one formal meeting per month and one social meeting per month. This will be discussed at the next meeting and a survey will be sent to the membership.

Member comments.

Randy Smith commented about club checks being cosigned.

Tom Barako mentioned that next year at the Golf Outing golf balls may be dropped from a helicopter. The balls will be labeled and redeemed for a prize.

President Skidmore closed the meeting at 7:45pm with recitation of the Optimist Creed.

Optimistically Submitted, Fred Darling

The Optimist Club of Gettysburg met on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 7:00 PM by Zoom. All members participated and we had discussion regarding what we are up to personally and offered an appreciation to at least being able to meet virtually knowing we all are looking forward to the day we can meet in person.

This makes our fourth virtual Gettysburg Optimist Club membership meeting in 2021.

Business Meeting:

  1. Secretary’s Report:
  2. Treasure’s Report: Approved
  3. President’s Report:
  • President Brian discussed the planning for a Optimist basketball clinic and hosting this event at Gettysburg Area Recreation Park in August and providing a picnic for youth and families. The specifics will be reported at a future meeting.
  • An in person social was held at Four Score with on March 10 with six members attending and a great evening enjoyed.
  • Brian and Tom reminded us we are in serious need of a Vice President and Treasure for our 2021 – 2022 Gettysburg Optimist Calendar year. Call or email Brian and/or Tom if you can step to the plate.

Old Business:

  • Golf Tournament, 5/20/21, is our date and all advertising details are available on our website. Please put this date on your calendar to help and participate the club. If you have any questions call Daryl or Tom.

New Business:

  • Giving Spree, Joe Mac Dowell, chairman for this fund raising event will need some committee member volunteers to help us make this event successful. Give Joe a call if you can help.
  • We had discussion on ideas for new membership and fundraiser events.
  • Our 5/5/21 in person meeting would be an opportunity to invite guests.

Upcoming Dates:

  • 5/5/2021 Next Meeting @ Lake Heritage Pavilion, dinner 6:30 followed by meeting. We may have a guest speaker/member to discuss (Life Preserver) Shermans Echo ??
  • 5/20/2021 Optimist Golf Tournament
  • 6/2/2021 Meeting @ Lake Heritage
  • 7/14/2021 Picnic @ residence of Wayne & Sue
  • 8/4/2021 4th Quarter Zone meeting hosted @ Lake Heritage
  • 9/1/2021 Meeting
  • 9/11-12/2021 Wine and Music Festival
  • 3/26/2022 Oyster & Shrimp Feed

Respectfully Submitted, Daryl Aurand, Secretary

Please find the call in below for tonight’s meeting, March 3, 2021 at 7pm.

To avoid the circus we experienced last meeting (Ecuador anyone?), There is a new call in with a new password and waiting room feature.  So upon entry you will need to provide the new password, be placed in a waiting room and approved to join the meeting.

Gettysburg Optimist is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Optimist General Membership Meeting
Time: Mar 3, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 369 660 4694

Passcode: email for passcode.

Looking forward to chatting with everyone this evening!