The Optimist Club of Gettysburg met on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at the Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary Refectory.  A delicious chicken dinner was prepared by Biggerstaff Catering.

President Dan Mattern welcomed (14) members and (1) guest. Dan opened the evening with the invocation and pledge. Dinner was served.

Evening Agenda:

  1. Dan recognized Ted Sayres for being Santa Claus, Stacey and staff for providing a delicious Christmas dinner, and Al Parone for bringing a guest, Joe Parone.
  2. Reports: President’s report given by Dan, Secretary’s report emailed by Daryl was approved, and Treasure’s report given by Tom.
  3. Committee Reports:
    1. Basketball (Kris and Mindy) – Kris reported that our first date is this Saturday, 1-6, and coaches are still needed. Joe MacDowell and members are setting up lower height hoops for the children.
    2. Christmas/ Magic Show (Doug) – The show was a success and money is still being received.
    3. Oyster / Shrimp Feed (Wayne and Stacey) – The date is set for March 24. The word is START SELLING TICKETS NOW!!!!
    4. Golf (Bruce) Every member is being asked to help get sponsors and foursomes. If all 33 Optimist members each get a $500.00 sponsor the Optimist Golf Tournament will be a huge success!!!! If you prefer Daryl or Bruce will phone potential sponsors, just email name and phone number.
    5. Membership – Dan initiated discussion regarding ways to increase club membership. Many ideas were brainstormed. The officers and board of directors will review the suggestions and discuss the next step. (*See attached document for list of new membership ideas.)
    6. Fundraiser – Stacey and Darlene introduced parking cars at the Gettysburg Wine and Music Festival, Saturday and Sunday, September 8th & 9th sponsored by the Gettysburg Adams Chamber of Commerce as a new fundraiser. Club members at the meeting were all in agreement that the club needs to pursue this opportunity.

Member Update:

Walt Jones recently had knee replacement. Members wish Walt a speedy recovery.

Upcoming Dates:

  • 1/17/18 Next Optimist meeting @ Gettysburg Seminary Refectory
  • 1/06/18 Optimist Basketball starts see our website for registration information
  • 3/24/18 Oyster/Shrimp Fundraiser @ Gettysburg Fire Hall
  • 5/17/18 Golf Tournament Fundraiser @ The Links at Gettysburg

Optimist Membership Ideas

Respectfully Submitted,

Daryl Aurand, Secretary