May 2012 was a very busy and important month for the Optimist Club of Gettysburg.  Two of the most important fund raising projects of the Optimist year occurred during the last two weeks of the month.  The Blue Gray Youth Soccer Parking Project and the Second Annual Gettysburg Optimist Golf Tournament commanded the clubs attention and produced very positive results.  A large turnout of members and supporters were on hand to make sure that our contributions to 19 youth related programs were met for 2012 and beyond.  A special “Thank You” to Don Davis, Soccer Parking Chairman, and Chairman Don Ferrara, Second Annual Gettysburg Golf Tournament for their extra, hard work and leadership.

It never seems to fail that no matter how busy Optimist members are, they come together for the youth of Gettysburg.  I thank all members for contributing  their time and talents to make both events a BIG success and also extend my sincere appreciation to hundreds of participants and supporters who sponsored and attended both events. The Gettysburg Optimist Club could not do what they do without their enthusiastic participation.

More than 300 photos of the Golf Tournament have been posted to the clubs website at http://gettysburgoptimist.org/news/golf-fundraiser-photos/  for members and supporters to review and download.  Already more than 19 unique visitors have been driven to the site and accessed the photos. It is very rewarding to know that our efforts have such a fine following.

Junction Creative Solutions has written a Blog post and national press release concerning the Optimist Clubs efforts at the Second Annual Golf Tournament.  That posting is available at http://junction-creative.com/wordpress/2012/06/junction-sponsors-second-annual-optimist-club-of-gettysburg-golf-tournament-supporting-local-youth/

The club continues their service in June with this months first regular membership meeting on Wednesday, June 6.  The meeting will get underway at 6:30 pm at the Lake Heritage Pavilion.  Brent Smith and Joe MacDowell are the Food Committee for this meeting.  I welcome all members and those interested in learning more about the Optimist Club of Gettysburg to come by for a visit.

 

What a beautiful day in Gettysburg! The sun is shining so why not get out on the golf course in support of local youth organizations?

The tournament begins today, May 31 with a shotgun start at 1:00 pm. Members will be arriving early in preperation for the registration at 11:00 am. Wine and cider are being provided by Hauser Winery and Bigerstaff’s Catering will be serving the golfers dinner starting at 7:00 pm.

See you on the green!

For more information, visit http://gettysburgoptimist.org/news/second-annual-optimist-club-golf-tournament-2012/

The Optimist Club of Gettysburg and the Blue Gray Soccer Tournament are joining together on May 26 and 27 in Gettysburg to support young soccer enthusiast  from several mid-Atlantic states.  More than 2000 young soccer players from Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, West Virginia and New York, will converge upon Gettysburg this weekend for the first of two youth soccer tournaments this year in Gettysburg. Traditionally the tournaments occur on the weekends prior to Memorial Day and Labor Day each year.

Some of the more than 40 members of the Gettysburg Optimist Club will operate two parking venues adjacent to the soccer fields at Gettysburg College and James Gettys Elementary School on Biglerville Road. Don Davis, Optimist Club Soccer Parking Chairman, leads the local “Friends of Youth” in parking the more than 1000 cars that will bring the kids and their parents to the playing fields. “These two tournaments represent a significant portion of the more than $40,000.00 that the Optimist Club raises to support the 19 youth related programs in Gettysburg each year”, says Mark Cropp, Gettysburg Optimist Club President.

The parking areas are conveniently located next to the fields of play and afford parents the opportunity to park safely and conveniently.  Many parents have several youngsters participating in the tournament, often at different locations around Gettysburg.  One price permits them to park at either lot and come and go as their needs require throughout the day.

Both lots, located at the Adams County Historic Society property on Biglerville Road and the Gettysburg Construction Company building, will open at 7:00 am and continue to operate until 4:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. The daily parking fee for use of both lots each day is $10.00 per car.

Just one week remains until it is time to tee up your golf ball for the Second Annual Gettysburg Optimist Golf Tournament at the Links of Gettysburg.  Don Ferrara (donaldferr@yahoo.com), project chairman, and Daryl Aurand (darylraurand@gmail.com), Board Commitee Facilitator, are leading the charge to the tee-off and putting the final touches on the plans for this years event.

While the field of participants is filling up fast, a number of opportunities to play still remain available to interested golfers. Members who have not yet registered their foursomes should do so by Friday, May 25.  We encourage all club members to participate in this fund raising event. “This golf tournament is an important part of the Gettysburg Optimist fund raising program and it contributes signifcantly to the 19 youth related programs the club supports financially throughout the year.” says Mark Cropp (jmcropp@embarqmail.com), Optimist Club President. “If you have ever had a child or young family member in the Gettysburg area over the past 54 year’s than you and your family have benefited from an Optimist “Friend of Youth” program, he added.

The tournament begins on Thursday, May 31 with a shotgun start at 1:00 pm.  Members will be arriving early in preperation for the registration at 11:00 am. Wine and cider are being provided by Hauser Winery and Stacy Green, Bigerstaff’s Catering, will be serving the golfers dinner starting at 7:00 pm.

Information concerning the tournament, open tee times and sponsorships is available from Don, Daryl, Mark or from the Optimist Club website at www.gettysburgoptimist.com.

So, dust off those clubs and drive one long in support of the Optimist Youth of Gettysburg!

 

 

 

Junction Creative announces the launch of the redesigned Gettysburg Optimist Club website.  Check out the official press release.

http://junction-creative.com/wordpress/2012/05/optimist-club-of-gettysburg-increases-web-presence-with-launch-of-new-website/

The Optimist Club of Gettysburg, a volunteer organization that devotes time and energies to “Bringing out the best in kids,” announces the launch of its redesigned website. Designed by Junction Creative Solutions, the new site was created to engage existing and prospective members to learn more about the club year round.

Here is the agenda for tonight’s meeting at the Lake Heritage Pavilion. This is “Steak Night” for the first 28 members who show up (15 ounce New York Strips, grilled to taste).

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Tomorrow night is the annual Optimist Members Meeting Steak Night.  The meeting will be held at the Lake Heritage Pavilion.  Member, Matt Sheads will be presenting the Dollars for Scholars Program.  The meeting will also feature updated news about the club’s two most important fund raising projects, Soccer Parking and The Annual Optimist Golf Tournament.

We will also accepting volunteers for the food committees for the remainder of the summer meeting schedule, so break out your apron and moms recipe book because this year we are encouraging the food committee members to prepare something special for each meeting night.

This is a very important meeting and I encourage all members to attend.

* To Be Held At The Links – Gettysburg, PA

* Thursday May 31, 2012 Scramble Format – Tee Off 1:00pm

* $85 per player – $300 per foursome ($75 per player)

* Contests: Longest drive, nearest to pin, green of gold

* Dinner included

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