Our pizza dinner went over well, although Joe is starting a movement for mushrooms next time!

Speaker: Tonight we had a presentation about the Boy Scouts of America.  We learned that we are in the 3rd largest council in PA with more than 11,000 youth from 6 counties participating in events.  Our district, the Battlefield District boasted 40 new Eagle Scouts which is the largest number to reach this honor in several years.

The scouts participate in numerous service projects, including collecting items for food banks and shelters, assisting with the Reenactments, and placing American flags in the Gettysburg Cemetery.  The Boy Scouts offer an Explorer program which exposes youth to various potential career paths.  The hope for next year is to offer programs in nursing and law enforcement.   In September, there will be a Camporee at Spangler Farm on the battlefield.  The scouts will be participating in a service project that coincides with the National Park Service.

Treasurer’s Report: Tom has a proposed budget for the upcoming year which begins in September.  We will discuss this at our first meeting in September.

Upcoming events:  Don is well-staffed for the soccer parking which will take place on August 24th and 25th at the Historical Field Lots.  Unfortunately the tournament will not be utilizing the James Gettys Fields.  Don will be sending out a reminder email shortly with time slots that members volunteered for.

-The Gettysburg Halloween Parade is scheduled for Tuesday, October 22nd with a start time of 7:30pm.  Rain date is October 29th.  We need to determine ahead of time if we will have enough volunteers to make a showing.  There is some talk that there will be a limited number of groups that can walk the parade and there may also be a fee this year.  We do have candy with the Optimist logo that is available to use, but again we need volunteers to help Marci with planning and volunteers for the day of the event so let’s check our calendars.

Next meeting: Zone Meeting Pig Roast Wednesday, August 21 at 6:30pm at the Lake Heritage Pavilion.  Bring a spouse or a guest!

Looking ahead, on Wednesday, September 18th we will have our final outdoor meeting of the year at the Cropp’s house.  This will be a steak dinner and another great opportunity to bring a potential new member!