The Optimist Club of Gettysburg met on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at the Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary Refectory and celebrated their 60th anniversary.

President Dan Mattern welcomed (18) members and (7) guests. Daryl opened the evening with the invocation. All members and guests recited the pledge of allegiance. A great dinner was enjoyed by all, thank you Stacey. Sue Hill prepared a special anniversary cake and it was decorated with candles, a special thanks to Sue.

Evening Agenda:

  1. The evening started with our Zone Lt. Governor, Dallas Smith speaking to the club and congratulating us for 60 years of service for the youth of our community.
  2. Our next special guest was Commissioner Jim Martin who was the son of Carroll Martin our first President in 1958 the year our club was chartered. Commissioner Martin was a young boy and had many fond memories he shared with us.
  3. President Dan recognized Wayne as our longest standing member who joined the club in 1975.
  4. A special thanks to Janet Mattern and Ashley Mattern Skidmore for setting up a table of memorabilia.
  5. Tom Barako was our emcee for an “Optimist Trivia Event” which took us down memory lane and many laughs were had by all.
  6. Dan then asked all members and guests to recall past years and shared with everyone in attendance.
  7. Committee Reports:
    1. Golf (Bruce) – We’re out of the gate and have a major sponsor for our Eighth Annual Golf Tournament. This year will be the “Clyde  E. Williams Jr Memorial Tourney”. CE. Williams Sons, Inc. is the major sponsor with a ($2,500.00) major sponsorship. Clyde Williams was a charter member of the Gettysburg Optimist Club. You can visit our website for more information.

Every member is being asked to help get sponsors and foursomes. If all 33 Optimist members  get a $500.00 sponsor the Optimist Golf Tournament will be a huge success!!!!

We currently have 13 foursomes signed up and 15 gold sponsors. Let’s make this our most successful golf tournament yet !!!!! Yes we have room for more 4somes and sponsors so get your registrations mailed, emailed, or register on our Gettysburg Optimist website.

If you prefer Daryl or Bruce will phone potential sponsors, just email name and phone number.

Upcoming Dates:

  • 5/11/18 Optimist Olympics York Club at York City Ice Rink 9AM
  • 5/16/18 No Meeting
  • 5/17/18 Golf Tournament Fundraiser @ The Links at Gettysburg
  • 6/6/18 meeting at Lake Heritage Pavilion with guests from Gettysburg Community Theater and we are encouraging members to invite guests for our official “NOW” program = New Optimist Welcome.
  • 6/18/18 meeting at Gettysburg Rec Park with Kiwanis Club.

Respectfully Submitted, Daryl Aurand, Secretary