The Optimist members enjoyed a great evening with the meal provided by Bruce and Stacey. We had a presentation from Judy Alder and Kathy Gaskin regarding the Gettysburg Hospital Foundation, specifically the Children’s Health Fund and the Healthy Options program.
Guests: The foundation is 501 © 3 non-profit. The foundation uses 100% of donations towards donor-chosen funds. For the last 29 years the foundation has sponsored a very successful golf tournament at the Links in July which in part benefits the Children’s Fund. The following are some of the ways that the fund helps our community: financial support for a SAFE nurse who performs medical exams on child victims of sexual abuse, car seat distribution to families in need, sleep sacks are provided to 650 families per year to eliminate blankets from cribs which may contribute to SIDS, dental screens for ages 1-4, and the Healthy Choices program which works with local restaurants to incorporate healthy menu options for kids. Organizations may apply for grants to assist with their own youth programs.
Another initiative, the Healthy Options program is in its third year. It partners with the Adams County Food Policy Council and the Adams County Farmers’ Market Association to help local families meet their needs when they do not qualify for federal food assistance. Research has found a $17,000 gap between the amount that a family of four can make to qualify for food stamps ($34,000) and the amount needed for a family of four to be self-sufficient to pay for their necessities ($51,000). Last year 70 families participated in the program where the received a $40 voucher to the Farmers Market from June to September. Families also receive education on cooking, gardening, and staying active. This year the hope is to expand the program.
We also had another guest, a potential new member, Adam DeYoung (Brenda and Jim’s son) who will be graduating from Greencastle this June. He really enjoyed assisting with the Optimist basketball for his school’s community service project last year and he would like to be more active helping kids.
Secretary Report: Elmo is assisting Tom finish his Lieutenant Governorship. He reported that Zone 7 is still number one and Gettysburg is tied for 21st place out of all the clubs in the district. We hope to end the year in 1st for Tom.
Treasurer Report: Most due payments are up-to-date. Tom will crunch some numbers and we will reassess dues at the next board of directors meeting. Overall we are looking good after a couple very successful fundraisers.
Golf Tournament wrap: The tournament at the Links was a great success! A special thanks to Bruce for all of his hard work and the regular email updates J Also thank you to everyone who found sponsors, foursomes, or helped on the day of the tournament. We exceeded our fundraising goal this year by more than $2500! We will be sending out thank-you notes shortly, but Bruce encourages everyone to thank our sponsors by supporting their businesses. Eat, drink, buy a Subaru! It is time to start planning for next year. We will hope to maintain all current sponsors while adding more and we should have a goal of 36 foursomes.
Soccer Parking: We had a beautiful weekend for this event. We were able to park 396 cars for over the two days. Thanks to Don for keeping the parking running smoothly and to everyone who volunteered for this event.
Respect for Law: Next meeting the club will be presenting this award to a very deserving individual who works for the Adams County Children’s Advocacy Center.
Chamber of Commerce: Stacey suggested that if the Club would like to utilize our membership better we can certainly attend the regular monthly mixers, submit an article for the newsletter, or even host a social event. The next mixer is scheduled for Thursday, June 19th at Battlefield KIA from 5-7pm.
Public Relations: Marci is very pleased with how everything is looking with our social media. If you have any suggestions about postings please let her know.
Nominations: Please consider how you would like to help lead the club in the coming year by being an officer or board member. Elections will occur at our meeting on Wednesday, August 6th and we are in need of a President, V.P, Secretary, and Board Members.
Other notes: The Third Quarter Zone Meeting will be held at Alexander’s Restaurant in York on Wednesday, June 23rd at 6:30pm. Cost is $15 per person. Winners of the Oratorical contest will be present. Please let Mindy know if you are interested in attending by June 20th so that she can send a headcount to the East York Club.
The Gettysburg Optimist will once again host the Fourth Quarter Zone Meeting/Pig Roast at the Lake Heritage Pavilion on Wednesday, August 20th. Mark and Daryl have agreed to do the prep work.
Member Kudos: Thanks to Bruce and Stacey for a great meal. Also thanks to Bruce for being so generous and storing the Optimist Christmas tree (aka box of banners in his attic). Thanks to Jean for raising nearly $500 through her casual day at work!
Next Meeting: Wednesday, June 18th at 6:30pm at the Pavilion (Respect for Law presentation, meal provided by Daryl and Frank).