Gettysburg Optimist Club Meeting November 3  20021

The Gettysburg Optimist Club met on Wednesday, November 3,2021,at Dunlap’s Restaurant. President Gary Rappoldt opened the meeting with an invocation and Pledge of Allegiance. This was followed by  a social time from 6:00-6:30. The Business session was called to order by Gary after dinner at 6:30.

Business Session

President Rappoldt moved that the minutes from the previous meeting be approved. This was done.

Treasurer’s Report: Randy Smith reported on funds. Randy also proposed contributing funds to certain specific organizations. This was approved. Also $ was approved for the Gettysburg Fire Company.

Joe Macdowell reported final information regarding the Giving Spree.

Wine Festival- Was a successful fundraiser. Great job Brian Skidmore and all who participated.

Oyster Feed  3/12 Wayne Hill reported that there will be an increase in ticket prices.

Holiday Party – Guest tickets will be $10. Dan Mattern will be Santa.

Basketball  Chris Bender/Marci Cropp  Signups will be December 11, 9-11, Lincoln Elementary.

Member Discussion

A location is needed for our next meeting in January. Various ideas and suggestions were discussed .

Gary mentioned that the annual STARS event will be held in April.

Doug Miller is working on a program for the Respect for Law Program.


11/5/2021 Giving Spree

12/7/2021 Holiday Party RSVP Stacy

December 16 Salvation Army Bell Ringing

1/8/2022 Optimist Basketball and all Saturdays thru January and February

3/12/2022 Oyster and Shrimp Feed

5/19/2022 Golf Tournament

Next Meeting  12/7/21  Holiday Party


President Gary ended the meeting at 8:10pm with a recitation of the Optimist Pledge.

Optimistically submitted, Fred Darling

There’s still time.

Adams County Giving Spree.

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Reminder – Tomorrow is the day! November 5, 2021 is the day to donate, so make sure you don’t miss it! Giving Spree #67!

Join us and support the Optimist Club of Gettysburg’s mission.

Adaptability is vital in helping you to grow in new circumstances. Our local club has adapted to the challenges presented during the pandemic. The organization is continuing to adapt to the ever changing climate, and we hope that our willful spirit and perseverance will shine through and continue to motivate us to move forward. We are committed to continuing to support the youth of our community during this difficult time and for years to come. Won’t you join us?  Contact Us Today! #adamscountygivingspree #november5

Good Day Gettysburg Optimists,

Our club has a busy week ahead of us so mark your calendars:

  1. Meeting Wednesday 11/3 @ Dunlop’s Restaurant, social 6PM and dinner 6:30 PM.
  2. Adams County Community Foundation 2021 Giving Spree is Friday 11/5. This is a great time for our membership and community to make donations due to the foundation’s proportional contributions.

Optimistically, Daryl Aurand/Secretary

Mission, Vision and Purpose.

Mission: By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in youth, our communities, and ourselves.

Vision: Optimist International will be recognized worldwide as the premier volunteer organization that values all children and helps them develop to their full potential.

Purposes: To develop optimism as a philosophy of life utilizing the tenets of the Optimist Creed; to promote an active interest in good government and civic affairs, to inspire respect for the law, to promote patriotism and work for international accord and friendship among all people, to aid and encourage the development of youth, in the belief that the giving of one’s self in service to others will advance the well-being of humankind, community life and the world.

With our mission, vision, and purpose we strive to continuously better our community for the youth. Join us on our mission by donating to us on November 5th for the Giving Spree.

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 Holiday Parades, Little League, and the Optimist Foundation. By supporting our local, community based club in the Adams County Giving Spree, you support countless local organizations that strive to bring out the best in kids. Join us in our mission by donating to us through the Giving Spree on November 5!

RIF, or Reading Is Fundamental, is the largest children’s literacy nonprofit in the United States. Through our partnership, we prepare and motivate youth to read by delivering free books and literacy resources to the children and families who need them most. We strive for children to be lifelong readers through the power of choice. We are extremely happy to aid and support RIF in their mission. The seeds of inspiration in these books have motivated children to follow their dreams and achieve their potential.

What’s so important about the number 63? Gettysburg Optimist Club Members have been donating their time and energy to bringing out the best in kids through local fundraising projects and youth activities since 1958. We need you to continue the tradition. Have time? Join our club! Have the means to support our goals financially? Donate Now or Join us at the Giving Spree on November 5! We appreciate your support as we continue to bring out the best in kids throughout our community with programs and activities like the Optimist Basketball Program and Reading Is Fundamental.

We believe in the Optimist Creed:

“Promise Yourself
To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.”