The Gettysburg Optimist Club met on Wednesday, June 7, at the Lake Heritage Pavilion. President Daryl opened the meeting at 7:05 with an invocation and Pledge of Allegiance. He welcomed our guests and then everyone enjoyed a great dinner provided by Stacey Green and staff. After dinner Daryl provided a summary of the activities and philosophy of the Gettysburg Optimist Club and encouraged guests to consider joining the organization.

Daryl then introduced Jerry Cleaver from Ruth’s Harvest. This group is a free shared program with the Gettysburg Ministerium, Gettysburg Area School District, and community partners to help local families eat healthier. The club presented  Ruth’s Harvest with a check for $1000 to assist them in their efforts.

Next Daryl called upon Reading is Fundamental (RIF) representatives to inform the club about their function and goals. RIF is the largest non-profit children’s literacy organization in the United States. It is committed to a literate America by inspiring a passion for reading among all children. It empowers children to read, learn, and grow. The club presented a check for $1200 to each representative.

Treasurer’s Report: Tom Barako reported

Golf Tournament :  May 18  Bruce Bradshaw reported that the Tournament went very well and was quite successful, surpassing all expectations. Preliminary figures place us at a profit. All members agreed that it was a wonderful day. Thanks to all who participated!

High School Senior Self-Improvement Award Breakfast: May 4  Walt Jones spoke about the purpose of this breakfast. Seniors from Adams County Schools were recognized for showing great improvement and hard work. They received a monetary award which they could use for any purpose. The club contributed $1200 toward this endeavor.

Upcoming Schedule:

Next Meeting June 21 at the PAVILION.

Summer Meetings  July 26 at Wayne’s house featuring Chicken Corn Soup. This is the only July meeting.

August 2 Lake Heritage Pavilion

                                 August 16 hosting zone meeting at the Pavilion

Members Comments

Mark expressed thanks to Bruce for a very successful Golf Tourney

Daryl mentioned that the club will provide funds for the purchase of helmets to be used by the skate park kids at Rec Park. This will be at their June 19 meeting.

President Daryl closed the meeting at 7:45pm with recitation of the Optimist Creed.

Submitted by Fred