The Optimist Club of Gettysburg operates a free youth basketball program open to boys and girls in grades K-6, serving more than 150 students annually. The area program emphasizes the fundamentals of basketball, runs for 8 weeks and is a great all-play program.  The Optimist Club members select the coaches, arrange for local logistics, and supply tee shirts free of charge. GAMS provides the courts. This is one of many ways our volunteers strive to help bring out the best in kids. Join us in our mission by supporting our club on November 5.  #adamscountygivingspree  #donateonnov5

According to Jane Finkle, “Volunteer experience demonstrates your interest in building community and the likelihood that you will be a good citizen in the workplace.”  This Month Is Update Your Resume Month, that includes adding your volunteer work. Do you have a desire to make a difference in the world? Interested in becoming a member of our Gettysburg Optimist Club?  Contact Us Today!

What’s so important about the number 62??  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 can continue to bring out the best in kids throughout our community through activities like Optimist Basketball program and Reading Is Fundamental.

The Gettysburg Optimist Club is honored to be included in Adams County’s Day of Giving.  At the Giving Spree, everyone in the community is encouraged to come together to learn about local nonprofits like ours–and to support them.  Like many local organizations still striving to support the community through these challenging times, we’ve had to cancel most of our fundraisers for this year.  Without funding, we’re unable to impact the community to the extent that we desire to do so. We are working hard to think outside the box and bring new and exciting fundraisers to light. We hope that you will consider donating to our organization through the Giving Spree on November 5!

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Congratulations to Brian and Ashley Skidmore on the birth of the first child, a son, Timothy Gene Skidmore on July 17, 2020. He was 6lbs 8.3 oz and 19 inches long. Best wishes and congratulations to all.

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