Guest speaker: John Blasius, the Senior Executive of the New Birth of Freedom Council of Boy Scouts presented a lot of great information about the local troops.  More than 11,000 youth are served per year by this council which is the 4th largest in the state.  John focused on the Battlefield District which encompasses Southwestern York and Adams Counties.  The Boy Scouts allow those in grades 1-12 to participate.  There are also adventure posts for girls and boys to enjoy.  The local Boy Scouts have donated more than 6700 volunteer hours through blood drives, shelter drives, and battlefield restoration.  An amazing 28 scouts earned the elite, Eagle Scout status.  Nationally, the Boys Scouts of America are growing.  They have increased by 9000 and are also growing locally.  The Boy Scouts are once again appreciative of the donation received from the Optimist Club of Gettysburg.


President Report: Kris hopes that everyone enjoyed the Installation Banquet.  He is excited to start another great year with the newly elected officers.  For the meetings this year he would like to have speakers in addition to the guests who are receiving donations from the club.   If you have any suggestions please let Kris know.  There were 3 potential new members at this meeting.  They all seemed to enjoy the evening and look forward to meeting more Optimist members at upcoming meetings.


Treasurer Report: The club is already having a successful campaign of raising money from the Magic Show.  We will be sending out a copy of the approved budget to members.  This year’s dues have gone down to $200 per year.   Members who attend the meetings at Mamma’s will be asked to give $5 towards the cost of their meal.  There will be no additional fee for those attending the outdoor summer meetings.


Halloween Parade: The Optimists will once again be participating in the Gettysburg Halloween Parade.  We have contacted Big Brothers Big Sisters to walk with us.  Some members will also be riding scooters which were generously donated by Getty Peds.  We will be passing out candy that has the Optimist logo.   Members who are walking can meet at 6:30pm on Lefever Street.  Those who are riding should be at Getty Peds by 6pm.  Please contact Daryl if you have any questions.


Christmas Party:  Mark your calendars for the annual Christmas party! It has been scheduled for Wednesday, December 10th at the Refectory.  Members and guests will pay $25 per person.  There will be no cost for children 12 and under.


Upcoming Events:

Halloween Parade: Tuesday, October 21st meet at 6:30pm on Lefever Street (6pm at Gettys Peds if you will be driving)

Next Optimist Meetings: Wednesday, November 5th at 6:30pm at Mamma Ventura’s.