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.


  • 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