The next meeting is scheduled for 6:30pm on Wednesday November 7, 2012, at the Seminary Refectory.


Welcome to new officers. President: Craig Sweet.  Vice President: Kris Accardi.  Treasurer: Tom Barako.  Secretary: Mindy Accardi.

A thank you note was received for the money that went to Dollars for Scholars which will help local students attend college or a trade school.

A request for a donation was received from Alex’s Lemonade Stand.  This is not in the current budget, but will be up for discussion.

As a result of our recent donation to the local Boy Scouts, up to eight Optimist members are welcome to join them for a gathering on November 8th at the Links.  Please contact Craig Sweet for more info.


A check will be sent out for Holiday Outreach program.

Money is now being collected for the Magic Show.


Act fast if you would like to be a chicken for a day! The Reading is Fundamental program will be giving books away to children K-5 at James Gettys elementary school this Friday October 19th from 9a-2p.  If you would like to participate or even dress up as the infamous chicken please contact Marci Cropp ( so she can give your name to the office ahead of time.

The Halloween parade is fast approaching.  It will be held Tuesday, October 30th with a rain date of October 31st.  We would love to have some more Optimists walking to pass out candy.  Or come ride on a scooter or scoot coupe which are generously donated by GettyPeds (check them out at  Riders meet at GettyPeds (on Washington St. behind Agway) at 6pm and let Marci know what you would like to ride (  Walkers meet at the old Visitor’s Center at 6:30pm.  The parade is to kick off at 7pm.  Feel free to dress in costume!

Have you heard Christmas bells ring yet? You will soon! The bell ringing for the Salvation Army begins the first weekend in November.  If you would like to sign up for a 1 ½ hr time slot at the Gettysburg Wal-mart between noon and 9pm please contact Craig ( or Mark Cropp (  If you have already signed up, Ellie Sheen will be contacting you to schedule a time.

Please start thinking of businesses you would like to ask to sponsor the golf tournament. Optimistically, if each person is able to contact 3-4 businesses we will be very successful!  A list of local businesses is being compiled.  We would like to have people sign up for the businesses they will be in touch with in order to monitor progress and avoid repeat soliciting.

Thinking ahead:    Christmas parade:  Saturday December 1, 2012 (more info to come)

Christmas party: Wednesday December 12, 2012 (more info to come)