The club was welcomed back to a regular business meeting by President Craig Sweet.

He reported that the Annual All-star Magic Show on December 14th was a great success.  A record number of members participated in the event along with more than 50 youth from the local community.

We also had one of our largest turnouts for the Annual Optimist Christmas Party.  Everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves.  We must give a special thank-you to Santa for stopping in!  Marci Cropp was able to capture some great photos of the event.  You can see them on our Facebook page (

In response to our donation, the Boy Scouts placed a prominent Optimist logo on a program that they handed out during their recent event.

Preparation has begun for the Annual Oyster Feed.  This year we will look to entice a larger audience by initiating the first, Oyster and Shrimp Feed.  Due to the anticipated larger crowd, the plans are to move the event to the 1863 Inn of Gettysburg which is located on Baltimore   St.  We have a tentative date set for Saturday March 9, 2013.  Further details will come at the next meeting.

The Golf Tournament is also fast approaching.  If possible, we would like to have a meeting with the golf committee, or anyone interested in helping with the event after the next Optimist business meeting on Wednesday January 16th.

Treasurer’s report:

Our tax forms have been submitted.

Dues are being collected for the 2013 year. Tom sent out invoices to all members.  Please respond to this message or Tom ( if you did not receive his email.



    Optimist Basketball will begin on Saturday January 12, 2012.  Volunteers are encouraged to come out to assist with this great program regardless of your basketball prowess.   For this first day, all participants will be playing at the Gettysburg Middle School gym.  Boys in grades 1-6 will run from 9-10:15am.  Girls in grades 1-6 will run from 10:30-11:45am.  For the remaining dates the boys will stay in the middle school and the girls will move to the Lincoln Elementary gym.

Next meeting: Wednesday, January 16th at 6:30pm at the Deatrick Village community center – 56 Winding Drive, Gettysburg PA.