The Optimist Club of Gettysburg met on Wednesday July 15, 2020 at 7:00 PM using the Zoom app thanks again to Junction Creative Solutions. This was our fifth meeting using the Zoom app. This gives us the opportunity to share in fellowship and plan for our club’s future even in the face of adversity respecting everyone’s well being and being there for one another.

Our Gettysburg Optimist Club is alive and well so if you missed this meeting, we are scheduled to meet August 5 at Rec Park and also zoom will be available.

Program:

Our program started with everyone sharing what they are doing with their summer and trying to stay healthy. After the business portion of the meeting Tom Barako challenged members with a game of trivia won by our newest and smartest member Steve Burton.

Business Meeting:

  • Secretary’s report was approved.
  • Treasure’s report was approved:
  • President’s report was primarily discussing Optimist International’s encouragement to maintain membership and growth strategies by using media exposure through website, facebook, and twitter. Marci encourages all members to check into our website. If anyone member or interested individuals needs help getting to our website or zoom meetings please reach out to our members who are comfortable in assisting you.

Old Business:

  • Officer nominations for next year, 2020 – 2021
  • President Brian Skidmore
  • Vice President TBD
  • Treasure Tom Barako
  • Secretary Daryl Aurand
  • OI Foundation Rep Dan Mattern
  • Board of Directors Darlene Brown, Stacey Green, Fred Darling, outgoing pres. Marci Cropp
  • Golf Tournament, 10/8/20, is our new date, and our advertising details are available on our website. Please put this date on your calendar to help the club.
  • Giving Spree in November

Discussion will continue regarding our club involvement in the 2020 Giving Spree campaign.

  • Wine and Music Festival Parking, cancelled
  • Amphitheater Dedication date to be determined.

New Business:

Upcoming Dates:

  • 8/5/2020 Next Meeting @ Zoom
  • 8/19/2020 4th Quarter Zone Meeting @ Rec Park and Including Zoom
  • 9/12 & 13/2020 Wine and Music Festival Parking, Cancelled
  • 9/16 Respect for Law (DARE) Chairman Doug
  • 10/7/2020 Officer Installation Banquet
  • 10/8/2020 Golf Tournament Fundraiser @ The Links at Gettysburg, Tee Time 12:00 Noon, advertising material on our website, call Daryl or Tom if you have questions
  • 10/10/2020 Magic Show / Amphitheater, Rec Park Chairman Doug
  • November – Giving Spree
  • 12/16/2020 Holiday Party at Gettysburg Fire Hall
  • 3/13/2021 Oyster Feed

Respectfully Submitted,

Daryl Aurand, Secretary

The Gettysburg Optimist Club is Proud to offer 2 scholarships to the 2020 graduating class and Gettysburg Dollars for Scholars program.  To date, the Optimist Club has awarded $25,000 in scholarships since 2005. It is awarded to two students graduating from GAHS who demonstrated high academics and who participated in school activities and community service.

Congratulations to this year’s Optimist winners.  We wish you the best in your future endeavours.

Dylan Reinert
School: North Carolina State University
Major: Sports Management

Karla Wivell
School: Old Dominion University
Major: Business Management Administration

Join in the celebration. 

Topic: DFS Award Ceremony Happy Hour

Grab a beverage and let’s celebrate the results of our commitment.  The virtual ceremony reveal is at 7PM and is a result of the great hands of many.  So proud of our organization.

Time: May 20, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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The Optimist Club of Gettysburg met on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 7:00 PM using the Zoom app thanks to Junction Creative Solutions. This was our third virtual membership, Gettysburg Optimist Club meeting. We had 11 members join in from their homes. We all were in agreement that this is a wonderful way to visit and see one another during this historic pandemic.

Program:

  • The program portion of the meeting was directed by Marci who acted as our host and directed questions and discussion by members in attendance. We all agreed the zoom style meeting is a great substitute at this time as a replacement for our regular social meetings. If anyone is in need of help please feel free to reach out to our membership.

Business Meeting:

  • Secretary’s report was approved.
  • Treasure’s report was approved:
  • President’s report was primarily discussing an OI invitation Webinar: Post Pandemic Growth Strategies held on April 16, 2020 and attended by Marci and Doug Miller. Marci and Doug reported attendance was worldwide including Spain, France and other countries dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. The conclusion was to use media for exposure such as website, facebook and twitter.

On May 5th Marci also participated in an Optimist International Presidential meeting.

Old Business:

  • Golf Tournament (10/8/20) – is our new date, details to follow

Please put this date on your calendar to help the club.

  • Giving Spree (ACCF) – Tom

Discussion will continue regarding club involvement in the 2020 campaign.

  • Wine and Music Festival Parking (9/12 & 13/2020) – Brian

Please put this date on your calendar to help the club.

  • Amphitheater Dedication date to be determined.

New Business:

  • Officer nominations for next year, 2020 – 2021
  • President Brian Skidmore
  • Vice President TBD
  • Treasure Tom Barako
  • Secretary Daryl Aurand
  • OI Foundation Rep TBD
  • Board of Dir TBD

Upcoming Dates:

  • 5/18/2020 Board of Directors Zoom mtg @ 7:00 PM
  • 5/20/2020 No Membership mtg
  • 5/20/2020 Dollars for Scholars – a u tube video of Gettysburg Optimist participation. We have contributed $25,000.00 over the years.
  • 6/3/2020 Membership mtg at Daryl & Lyne’s home @ 6:30 PM, Zoom @ 7:00
  • 7/15/2020 Membership summer picnic at Wayne & Sue’s home @ 6:30 PM
  • 9/12 & 13/2020 Wine and Music Festival Parking
  • 10/8/2020 Golf Tournament Fundraiser rescheduled @ The Links at Gettysburg, Tee Time 12:00 Noon
  • 12/16/2020 Holiday Party at Gettysburg Fire Hall

President Marci ended the meeting with all members joining in reciting the Optimist Creed.

Respectfully Submitted, Daryl Aurand, Secretary

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Meeting Reminder for May 06, 2020

Topic: Optimist General Meeting
Time: May 6, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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The Optimist Club of Gettysburg met on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 7:00 PM using the Zoom app thanks to President Marci. This was our second virtual membership, Gettysburg Optimist Club meeting. We had 10 members join in from their homes. We also welcomed our newest member Steve Burton.

Program:

  • The program portion of the meeting was directed by Marci and was more of a discussion by members in attendance and we all agreed if nothing else it was great to see smiling faces and healthy friends.

Business Meeting:

  • Secretary’s report was approved.
  • Treasure’s report was approved:
    1. Activity Fund $930.
    2. General Fund $2402.
  • President’s report was primarily discussing an OI invitation Webinar: Post Pandemic Growth Strategies. When: Thursday, April 16, 2020 7 p.m. Central Time (US and Canada)

I will forward this information to our membership which has the link to this meeting.

Old Business:

  • Golf Tournament (10/8/20) – is our new date, details to follow. Please put this date on your calendar to help the club.
  • Giving Spree (ACCF) – Tom – Discussion will continue regarding club involvement in the 2020 campaign.
  • Wine and Music Festival Parking (9/12 & 13/2020) – Brian

Please put this date on your calendar to help the club.

  • Amphitheater Dedication date to be determined.

New Business:

  • Officer nominations for next year, 2020 – 2021
  • President Brian Skidmore
  • Vice President TBD
  • Treasure Tom Barako
  • Secretary Daryl Aurand
  • OI Foundation Rep TBD
  • Board of Dir TBD

Upcoming Dates:

  • 5/6/2020 Membership mtg via Zoom @ 7 PM
  • 5/20/2020 No Membership mtg
  • 6/3/2020 Membership mtg at Daryl & Lyne’s home
  • 9/12 & 13/2020 Wine and Music Festival Parking
  • 10/8/2020 Golf Tournament Fundraiser rescheduled @ The Links at Gettysburg, Tee Time 12:00 Noon
  • 12/16/2020 Holiday Party
  • 3/13/2021 Oyster and Shrimp Feed

President Marci ended the meeting with all members joining in reciting the Optimist Creed.

Respectfully Submitted, Daryl Aurand, Secretary

Meeting Reminder for March 15, 2020

Wednesday General Meeting –  

Time: Apr 15, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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The Optimist Club of Gettysburg met on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 7:00 PM using the Zoom app thanks to President Marci. This was a historical first for a general Gettysburg Optimist Club meeting. We had 10 members join in from their homes. The only thing missing was a delicious dinner prepared by Stacey and Biggerstaff’s Catering. We did have Wayne join us from Florida. We also welcomed our newest member Steve Burton.

Program:

  • The program portion of the meeting was directed by Marci and was more of a discussion about what we’re facing as a club, community, country, and world during this difficult time.
    1. President Marci’ s comments from the October meeting were reviewed:
      1. Our challenge in 2020 and beyond is to continue to share the opportunity of membership in this great organization to others of all ages.
      2. Our primary obligation is to make certain that this club and its fine work continue for future generations.
    2. Marci added: Our world and organization must evolve with the current challenges in order to survive.

Business Meeting:

  • Secretary’s report was approved.
  • Treasure’s report was approved:
    • Activity Fund $930.
    • General Fund $2942.
  • President’s report was given.

Old Business:

  • Oyster Feed (3/28/20) – CANCELLED
  • Golf Tournament (5/21/20) – POSTPONED; working on a date

Please put this date on your calendar to help the club.

  • Giving Spree (ACCF) – Tom

Discussion will continue regarding club involvement in the 2020 campaign.

  • Wine and Music Festival Parking (9/12 & 13/2020) – Brian

Please put this date on your calendar to help the club.

  • Amphitheater Dedication date to be determined.
  • Rosie’s Ruth Harvest Fundraiser – salsas, etc. are available & % goes towards Ruth’s Harvest

New Business:

  • A motion was passed to give a $500 donation to Ruth’s Harvest.
  • Membership Updates
    • Steve Burton, new member, was welcomed into the club.
  • Optimist International cancelled all programs until further notice. The Oratorial Contest may be virtual.

Upcoming Dates:

  • 4/15/2020 Membership mtg via Zoom @ 7 PM
  • 5/21/2020 POSTPONED Golf Tournament Fundraiser @ The Links at Gettysburg; working on a date.
  • 9/12 & 13/2020 Wine and Music Festival Parking
  • 3/13/2021 Oyster and Shrimp Feed

President Marci ended the meeting with a quote from Optimist International:

“It is Optimism that requires me to implore you to remove the veil of darkness and replace it with an armor of light. To see opportunity when others see threats. To reimagine our wonderful organization and prepare you to find new ways to carry out the work we have been called upon to do. We are not canceling Optimism. We are canceling some events to keep our Optimist Family safe. Optimism cannot be defeated. We are iMagining new ways to bring you imaginative and exciting programs during this time. “

We might have to cancel our gatherings but we do not have to put a hold on our good deeds. It’s time to put our minds, hearts and souls together and find ways to bring optimism and service to our neighbors.

Respectfully Submitted, Daryl Aurand, Secretary

Hello Fellow Supporters of the Optimist Club of Gettysburg,

Please find an announcement from our Board of Directors below.  We’ve had many discussions this week and have dedicated many hours to a very unique challenge at hand.  Please note our decisions were heavily debated and feel that we have the best interest of everyone at heart.  Feel free to reach out as several of you have already.  We will work to answer any questions or concerns you might have as quickly as possible. Please stay healthy!

Optimistically, Marci

 

 

The Optimist Club of Gettysburg has been closely monitoring information regarding the recent outbreak of coronavirus, called COVID-19. As this situation has developed, Optimist International leaders have reached several decisions to protect the health of our Members, Leaders, Staff and the communities we serve.

  • Optimist International recommends that Clubs and Districts follow advisories, guidelines and rules dictated by their local, state, provincial and national health agencies.
  • In the absence of specific recommendations, Club leaders should consider the health of Club and community members, as well as their family and friends before scheduling an event.

The Gettysburg Board of Directors has met this March 14, 2020 and decided that it is in the best interest of members, sponsors and donors to cancel the 2020 Oyster Feed considering current events. For those that have purchased tickets, we THANK YOU for your continued support. You will be guaranteed a ticket to next year’s event. A date is forthcoming. Due to the unprecedented circumstances, if you prefer a refund, please email us at gettysburgoptimist@gettysburgoptimist.com or phone 717.220.3416. We just ask for your patience during this uncertain time. Our volunteers will respond as quickly as possible to your requests.

We are committed to the organizations we support and have secured funding for our existing programs through May of 2020.

Additionally, it is with regret that we inform you, all in-person meetings have been cancelled.  The board has scheduled the next board of directors meeting virtually for Sunday, March 29 to re-evaluate the next meeting time. We hope this is a temporary necessity that allows everyone to stay safe and healthy.

Being Optimists, we are planning for a successful Golf Tournament on May 21, 2020 at The Links of Gettysburg. The organization is also continuing our efforts to park cars at this year’s Chamber of Commerce Wine and Music Festival. If plans change, we will notify those involved immediately.  Thank you for your continued support in “Bringing Out the Best in Kids!”

Sincerely,

The Gettysburg Optimist Club Board of Directors
PO BOX  3035
Gettysburg, PA 17325

Meeting Reminder for March 04, 2020

Location: Refectory

Time: 6 PM Social  6:30 Dinner

Come join us for a lovely evening with Optimistic Members.  This week we are recognizing the basketball coaches and their family members.  Come show appreciation and enjoy time with good people.  We hope to see you there.

 

Reminder: The Final 2020 Optimist Basketball session will be held this Saturday, February 29, 2020. The schedule is as follows;
Grade K-3 Boys 9-10 am
Grade K-3 Girls 10-11am
Grade 4-6 Boys & Girls 11 AM -12pm.

Images from last week’s session can be viewed on facebook!

Thank you to all of the participants. It has been a wonderful 2020 Season!

All program information including late sign ups may be found at the following link.  Applications are still being accepted but one must be filled out prior to play.