The Gettysburg Optimist Club met on Wednesday, January 4, 6:00pm, at the Refectory.

Mark Cropp opened the meeting with an invocation and Pledge of Allegiance. Mark then introduced our guest for the evening, Ms. Sheila O’Gara. This was followed by a delicious dinner provided by Stacey Green and her staff.

Report from Mark Cropp: Mark reviewed the upcoming projects and events for the rest of the year. He conveyed a report about the Youth Basketball Program form Mindy and Kris Accardi. The program starts this Saturday, January 7 from 9-1,at the Gettysburg Middle School.  There is great interest in the program with 125 youths signed up and counting. Shirts are ordered and ready for pickup. Volunteers to assist in the program are always welcome. Marci will be taking photos this week but a volunteer is needed on the 14th.

Oyster Feed : Wayne has mailed tickets to everyone for the feed, March 4.

Golf Outing:  May 18 at the Links. Bruce will have information at the next meeting.

Zone Meeting: Daryl and Gary attended the Zone Meeting in York on November 7.

Salvation Army Bell Ringers: Many thanks to all club members who volunteered to be bell ringers.

Christmas Party: The party on Dec. 14 was a great success. Everyone had a wonderful time. Nice to see Santa!

Soccer Parking: Dates are set for May 27 and 28  and  August 26 and 27.

Members comments:

Some discussion about converting to nonprofit status.

Joe could use some help this Friday moving the basketball hoops and stands from his garage. Also he said that some additional help is needed working with older kids at the Basketball Program.

Marci said that the Oyster Feed website page is up and the Oyster feed ad can be pulled for printing and displaying in churches, stores, etc. She also mentioned that the Club Directory on the website was last updated in March 2016 for everyone and requested everyone review their information and provide any updates so this year’s Directory can be published. New members please fill out the paperwork. See a member for the password or contact Marci via email.

Mark mentioned that the Face of America Bike Riders will have their annual event April 29 and 30. There will be over 1000 riders going from Washington to Gettysburg and Philadelphia to Gettysburg.

Mark closed the meeting at 7:00pm with the recital of the Optimist Creed.

Submitted by Fred Darling