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)

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Meeting ID: 369 660 4694

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Looking forward to chatting with everyone this evening!

The Optimist Club of Gettysburg met on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 7:00 PM by Zoom. We had 15 members in attendance via 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 second virtual Gettysburg Optimist Club membership meeting in 2021.

Business Meeting:

  1. Secretary’s Report: Minutes from our January 6, 2021 meeting were approved.
  2. Treasure’s Report: Approved

General Account: $2,889.63

Activities Account: $6,242.34

  1. President’s Report:
  • President Brian and Opt. basketball chair Chris Bender discussed our club’s inability to host our normal Opt. basketball program due to covid restrictions with the Gettysburg School District. We discussed another possibility to host a clinic this summer and a committee was formed. The specifics will be reported at a future meeting.
  • Brian discussed the possibility for an in person social with a date and time to be sent from Brian. Keep an eye on your email for this.
  • 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.

Upcoming Dates:

  • 3/3/202 Regular Optimist Meeting using Zoom.
  • 3/2021 In person social, Brian will email specific date and time
  • 4/7/2021 Regular Optimist Meeting using Zoom
  • 5/20/2021 Optimist Golf Tournament
  • 9/11-12/2021 Wine and Music Festival
  • 3/26/2022 Oyster & Shrimp Feed

Respectfully Submitted, Daryl Aurand, Secretary

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

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We look forward to seeing everyone!!!

Hello Fellow Optimist Club Members and supporters,

After much consideration and debate on Jan. 18th, the Board of Directors decided to cancel this years Oyster Feed.  An in person meal is not be feasible at this time and a take out meal has too many unique challenges for the club to pursue now, with the limited time to plan the event.  A fundraiser meal was proposed for sometime later this summer which we will discuss further at the February 3rd Zoom meeting.

The Board of Directors ask that members communicate this message to those who regularly attend the Oyster Feed.  Remind them that we plan to resume the event in March of next year.

Optimistically, Brian

The Optimist Club of Gettysburg met on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 7:00 PM by Zoom. We had 8 members who met by zoom. This makes our first virtual membership Gettysburg Optimist Club meeting for the new year.

Business Meeting:

  • Secretary’s Report: Approved
  • Treasure’s Report: Approved
    1. General Account: $2,768
    2. Activities Account: $7,492
  • President’s Report:
    1. Sadly, we had to cancel our in-person Holiday Party that had been planned for 12/16/20
    2. Our Salvation Army Bell ringing event was a success on 12/11/20 and Brian thanks everyone who volunteered to help.
    3. Our club is still looking for a Vice President
  • Giving Spree: We made $1,710.00 from this event. 28 donors total with 13 members contributions and 15 non member contributions. Considered a success for our first time. We discussed ways to improve this fund raiser such as asking our membership for (10) prospects with mailing addresses and email address.
  • An idea for a new fund raiser proposed by Dan Mattern is a “Bicycle Ride”. We need a committee as Mark Cropp volunteered along with Dan. If you are interested in helping with this committee contact Dan.
  • 11/17/20 – 1st Quarter Zone Meeting, was attended by Brian along with Fred.
  • Optimist Basketball update will be held in the spring with the date to be determined
  • Oyster & Shrimp Feed planned for March 2021 is still under consideration and look forward to an update for this project.
  • 5/20/21 – Optimist Golf Tournament
  • 2/03/21 Regular Meeting using Zoom
  • 2021 Meetings: Per our calendar our meetings are set to be virtual using Zoom for the months of January, February, and March. We will review our membership meeting status regularly. We all prefer in person meetings but in these times our virtual is our safest alternative.

Respectfully Submitted,

Daryl Aurand, Secretary

Topic: Gettysburg Optimist Club Meeting

Time: Wednesday Jan 6, 2021 @ 7:00 PM


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Basketball on Court

As we all navigate through these unprecedented times due to the effect of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we want to share an update to the Optimist Club 2021 Basketball Program.

First, this is a severe and rapidly changing issue that affects everyone worldwide. We are not in this alone. Our focus continues to be on the health and safety of everyone associated with the club, it’s programs and our country.

The Optimist Club of Gettysburg is committed to doing our part. The logistics of running the program in the current environment is extremely challenging. While we are announcing the cancellation of our January/ February 2021 Optimist program is hugely disappointing to many — most notably our student-athletes and coaches– we know this step is necessary.

We have made considerable adjustments to our yearly activities yet continue vitally essential functions in support of the youth in our community.

President Brian Skidmore comments, “Some things are bigger than basketball. This is a global situation and we need to make sure we follow the guidance and direction of the experts and health officials. While we are disappointed with not being able to play in January and February, we will stay dedicated to our organization and services. We want everyone to stay safe and take precautions to protect yourselves and loved ones.”

Members echo his sentiments. Although the 2021 January/ February Basketball Program is cancelled, the organization is looking for ways to engage the youth in the Spring or early summer through new programs. Subscribe to emails, join us on facebook or twitter to stay informed on our latest events.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us via email at

There’s still time.

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Gettysburg is proud to be in continuous service for 62 years of the 100 Optimist International years. Not only do we have direct impact on local organizations, our efforts grow and impact youth around the globe!

In addition to Youth Basketball, RIF, and academic programs, our Optimist Club also supports the Gettysburg Community Theatre, Holiday Family Outreach, Gettysburg Area High School Orchestra, Environmental Education, Optimist Olympics, Dollars for Scholars, Adams County Business Education Partnership, Respect for Law, Gettysburg Halloween and Holiday Parades, Little League, and the Optimist Foundation.  By supporting our local club in the Adams County Giving Spree, you support many local organizations that strive to bring out the best in kids.  #joinus  #november5  #givingspree