-We had a very enlightening presentation about the Gettysburg Little League Baseball program.  This year is the 60th anniversary of Little League in Gettysburg.  Approximately 150 youth, ages 7-18 participate in the Spring season and 90 participate in the Fall season.  This year, the fee paid per child has increased to $60.  In actuality, it costs approximately $150 per child to play a season.  This includes approximately 20 games in the spring and 7 or 8 in the fall.  No child is ever prohibited from playing based on their ability to pay the fee.  That is why fundraising and generous donations help to keep Little League running smoothly.  The Optimist Club was able to present our donation to the Gettysburg Little League following the presentation.

Treasurer’s report: Quarterly dues were paid to Optimist International and we received a $100 credit.

Secretary report:  Well wishes go out to Walt as he recovers from a broken ankle.

Recent/On-going events: The STARS program was another inspiring event.  Water bottles were passed out to the students along with the awards.

Optimist Basketball continues on Saturday mornings from 9-11:45.  There are four more sessions left.  Reminder: there is no basketball over President’s Weekend.  Members are encouraged to lend a hand as the teams begin to scrimmage.  We will need more support to help with coaching and refereeing.  Any help and experience level would be appreciated!

Upcoming Events: The Annual Optimist Oyster and Shrimp Feed is fast approaching!  Please continue to sell tickets for $30 per person to this All-you-can-eat event.  Members are encouraged to help with prep on Friday March 8th at 6:30pm at the 1863 Inn of Gettysburg.  On Saturday, March 9th setup will begin at 9:30am.  Guests are welcome to enjoy the buffet from noon until 3pm.

The Optimist Golf Tournament is still seeking more sponsors.  A sign-up sheet was passed around to members in order to organize prospective sponsors.  If you have not signed-up, please  consider doing so as soon as possible.

The club voted to donate to Alex’s Lemonade stand in hopes of helping to eradicate childhood cancers.

On Tuesday, March 26th, the Optimist of West York will be hosting their annual Pulled-Pork Dinner.   Please see Joe for more information if you would like to go.

Jim has volunteered, with the help of his daughter, to get some ideas together for a display that we can use to promote the Optimist Club at each of our events.