President Report:

-The next zone meeting will take place on Monday, December 10th in York at Alexander’s restaurant.  It will be $15 per person. Craig will be attending; anyone else is welcome to join him.

-There will not be a regular business meeting for the month of December.


Secretary Report:

-The Optimist will not be joining this year’s Holiday Parade.  However, we will keep the Halloween Parade in mind for next year.

-Wayne will be looking into pricing for oysters/shrimp.  A date is TBD.


Treasurer Report:

-Despite consideration, it was decided not to invest in the Powerball 🙂

-The Optimist Magic Show appears to be exceeding expectations for donations already!

-We have two sponsors confirmed so far for the Optimist Golf tournament.  Please continue to seek out local businesses for support.


Upcoming Events:

-Optimist Hoops registration will take place on Saturday, December 8th and 15th from 9-11am in the Gettysburg Middle School gym.

-Optimist Christmas Party is set for Wednesday, December 12, 2012.  Mingling and appetizers to begin at 6pm with dinner set for 6:30pm.  Prime rib, crab imperial, and chicken tenders (for our young guests) will be on the menu.  Please RSVP Stacey at [email protected] if you plan on coming.  Santa will be stopping in, so if you are bringing a child as a guest please remember a small gift with their name on it.  Feel free to bring a bottle of wine to share with your fellow Optimists.

-The annual Optimist Magic Show will take place on Friday, December 14th at 7pm at the Lincoln elementary school.




The next Optimist business meeting will take place on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 6:30pm at the Refectory.

Important topics for discussion include: Gettysburg Holiday Parade, Optimist Christmas Party, and the Optimist Magic Show.

Hello Fellow Optimist!

I don’t mean to fly past the Thanksgiving holiday, however the Optimist Chrismas Party will be here before we know it!  Stacey is in the planning stage, so please RSVP to: [email protected] with the number of guests at your earliest convenience.

Here are the important details:

The party is at the Refectory on Wednesday, December 12, 2012. 6pm.  Cocktails/Hors d’ oeuvres followed by dinner beginning at 6:30pm.

The cost is $10 for Optimist members and each of their guests.  Children under 12 are free

 Remember, if you are bringing a child, please bring a small gift (under $10) with the child’s name so that Santa can give them the present!
Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday season!

Registration for the Annual Gettysburg Optimist Youth Basketball Program will be held on Saturday, December 8th and Saturday, December 15th at the Gettysburg Middle School Cafeteria from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.  The popular youth program will begin in January 2013 and run on Saturday mornings through March.  Sessions are scheduled for:

  • January 12th
  • January 19th
  • January 26th
  • February 2nd
  • February 9th
  • February 23rd
  • March 2nd
  • March 9th

There will be no sessions on Presidents Day Weekend in February

Flyers and registration forms will be available at the various Gettysburg Area Elementary and Middle Schools prior to the Thanksgiving Holiday break.  Age related groupings of participants and schedules will be  prepared and distributed after completion of the registration process.  Matt Sheads, Optimist Club Project Chairperson, will be organizing this project.  For more information as it becomes available, please visit the clubs Basketball webpage.

The Optimist Club of Gettysburg Basketball Program has been offered to the youth of the Gettysburg area for more than 30 years and is one of the nineteen youth related programs supported by the Optimist Club of Gettysburg.  The program is open to all boys and girls in grades 1st through 6th.



Optimist Meeting Minutes 11/7/12


11/28/12 (Wednesday) Next meeting at the Refectory beginning at 6:30pm with a board meeting to follow.

12/1/12 (Saturday) Gettysburg Holiday Parade at 7pm.  *Volunteers needed

12/8/12 and 12/15/12 (Saturday) Optimist Hoops registration 9-11a at Gettysburg Middle *Volunteers needed

12/12/12 (Wednesday) Optimist Holiday Party at the Refectory.


President Report:

– We continue to keep our thoughts with our fellow Optimist who have undergone recent surgery.

-Eight Optimist members are invited to a Boyscout gathering on Thursday 11/29/12 at 6:30pm at the Links as a Thank you for our donation.  Contact Craig for more information.


Treasurer Report:

-$2000 has been donated to the Holiday Outreach Program.

-We are well on our way to our fundraising goal from the Magic Show.


Secretary Report:

-The new Optimist phone number (717) 220-3416 is already ringing.  The number is available on Facebook and the Optimist website.  It currently forwards calls to Marci and Mark Cropp, and myself.  If anyone else would like to be added please let me know.

-Unfortunately, the Gettysburg Halloween Parade was cancelled due to the effects of Superstorm Sandy.   The Christmas Holiday Parade is scheduled for Saturday December 1, 2012 at 7pm.  It will begin at the old Visitor Center.  Don’t miss your chance to wear Santa hats and Reindeer antlers.  Volunteers are needed to pass candy and carry the banner.  We are registered for this event, so please contact Mindy if you would like to participate.

-GASD approved the use of the school for Optimist HoopsVolunteers are needed for registration on Saturday, December 8th and 15th at the Gettysburg Middle School Cafeteria from 9 – 11am.  The dates for the various sessions will be January 12th, 19th, 26th, February 2nd, 9th, 23rd, March 2nd, and 9th. (We do not have a session over Presidents’ Weekend).  Further details to come after registration is complete.  Please think about participating in this great program even if you can’t make it every week.

-The Optimist Christmas Party will be held on Wednesday, December 12th at the Refectory.  More information to come, but the cost of adults and children over 12 will be $10.  Feel free to bring a bottle of wine and a gift costing less than $10 for any of your guests that will be visiting Santa.

Due to the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, the next regularly scheduled meeting will take place on Wednesday November 28, 2012 at 6:30pm at the Seminary Refectory.  Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones.

Reminder Optimist members and interested parties: our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday November 7, 2012 at 6:30pm at the Seminary Refectory.  Please contact the Optimist phone number, (717) 220-3416 with any questions.


Happy voting!

The Gettysburg Optimist Club is planing the 2013 Annual Golf Tournament.

It will be held at the Links at Gettysburg on Thursday, May 23, 2013.

A scramble format will tee Off 1:30pm.  Cost is $85 per player or $300 per foursome.  Contests include longest drive, closest to pin, green of gold, putting contest, and a hole in one.  Dinner along with wine, hard cider and soft drinks are included with the purchase of a play.  Beer is available for purchase the day of the event.

Sponsorship opportunities are available.  Co-branded tournament event for $1,000 includes a sign at check-in, on the first tee, and in the dining area and a four players play.  Tee/Green sponsors for $500 includes one sign on a green or tee around the course.  Beverage sponsor for a minimum of $200 will receive a sign on the beverage cart.  All sponsorship opportunities will list the sponsor logo on the Optimist Club Our Sponsor webpage for a minimum of two months and link to the sponsors selected webpage.

To participate as a sponsor or player, please fill out the entry form below and return it to a member or by sending to the Optimist Club.

Come out and join in the fun to support the Optimist in their efforts to bring out the best in kids.

Golf Poster

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Sponsorship and Entry Form