The next Optimist Meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 1st.  We will be hosting guests from the Dollars for Scholars program.  This meeting will be held on the Seminary campus in Valentine Hall (the building across the street and 2 doors down from the Refectory).

Let’s have a good turn out as we gear up for upcoming Golf tournament!

** There will be a Board of Directors meeting following the regular meeting.

At their regular meeting on February  6, 2013, The Optimist Club of Gettysburg presented a contribution to the Gettysburg Little League.  This years donation will be used to sponsor a team of youngsters in the age 9-10 (player pitch) category.  The Optimist Team is being coached by Mike Tushek and will play through the regular season which ends in early June.  Members and supporters are encouraged to check the games schedule and to show your support and encouragement to all Little League members.

The Gettysburg Little League is one of more than 19 youth related programs supported by the Optimist Club of Gettysburg each year.  We wish all Little League participants a great season of play and thank all the Little League Volunteers and coaches for their generous support and efforts to “Brigning out the best in kids.”

 

 


At the regular monthly meeting of the Optimist Club of Gettysburg, members were treated to a performance by the young people of the Gettysburg Community Theatre.  Director Chad Carr and his group of talented performers gave a great performance during our meeting April 17 . Their song selection included an eclectic mix of classic oldies and patriotic songs. Some of the Optimist members happened to remember when some of these songs hit the Billboard charts!   The Gettysburg Community Theatre is one of more than 19 youth related programs throughout the Gettysburg area supported by the Optimist Club of Gettysburg.  The Optimist Club is proud to continue to donate to this wonderful organization where the local youth feel “welcomed” and like they have “found a second home”. You can see more of these talented kids during their productions which include, “Dora the Explorer” this weekend, “Grease” May 17-19, and “Children of Gettysburg” during the month of June.

Check out some photos and video of the performance here.

-Our guests, Chad Carr and a group of his students from the Gettysburg Community Theatre gave a great performance during our meeting. Their song selection included an eclectic mix of classic oldies and patriotic songs. Some of the Optimist members happened to remember when some of these songs hit the Billboard charts! The Optimist Club is proud to continue to donate to this wonderful organization where the local youth feel “welcomed” and like they have “found a second home”. You can see more of these talented kids during their productions which include, “Dora the Explorer” this weekend, “Grease” May 17-19, and “Children of Gettysburg” during the month of June.

Golf Tournament News: The date is fast approaching for this big event! An advertisement will be placed in the newspaper, encouraging sponsorship and golfers for the Thursday, May 23rd affair. Paul, the Assistant Pro from the Links attended the meeting and provided our group with some great suggestions to help us make this a successful fundraiser. Please continue to seek out sponsors and golfers and think about how you may be able to assist on the day of the event. There will be a sign-up sheet for people who will be volunteering at the Tournament at our next meeting.

***There will be a Golf Tournament Committee meeting at Bruce’s house (directions to follow) on Wednesday, April 24th at 6:30pm. You may contact Daryl (darylraurand@gmail.com) with any questions regarding this event.

Car Parking sign-ups have begun. There are still 13 slots for the May 25-26th date and 8 slots available for the August 24-25th date. There are both morning (6:45a-12) and afternoon (12-5:30pm) positions available. Please contact Don Davis (davisd@yorkwall.com) if you can help or you may be getting a phone call!

-Other news: James Gettys will have their final Reading is Fundamental program this Friday, April 19th from 9a-3p. Please contact Marci (mcropp@hotmail.com) if you would like to attend.

If anyone is interested in making dinner for our outdoor meetings this summer, please contact Kris (kristopheraccardi@gmail.com or 267-391-7834).

Consider coming out to cheer on the Veterans who are making the 112 mile journey between Washington D.C. and Gettysburg during the Wounded Warriors bike ride. The bikers are expected to come through Gettysburg at approximately 2pm on Sunday April 28th. Please contact Mark (jmcropp@embarqmail.com) if you would like more information.

Do we have any chefs interested in fielding an Optimist team for the Chili Cook-off sponsored by the Adams County Arts Council on Saturday July 13th? If you are not great in the kitchen, would you like to volunteer for the event?

Upcoming meetings: Wednesday, May 1st we will have a presentation by members of the Dollars for Scholars program. This meeting will be held on the Seminary campus in Valentine Hall (the building across the street and 2 doors down from the Refectory). There will be a board of directors meeting following the regular meeting.

Wednesday, May 15th will be our first outdoor meeting of the year. It will be located at the Lake Heritage Pavilion and we will have a presentation from the Boy scouts.

The next Optimist meeting will be held at 6:30pm on Wednesday, April 17th at the Refectory.  Come enjoy a great evening out!

The Adams County Arts Council hosted this evening’s Optimist meeting.  The Arts Council offers numerous programs including more than 200 classes, summer camps, and after school or senior citizen programs.  Their goals include encouraging arts education, supporting local artists, and promoting economic development through the arts.  More than $25,000 scholarships have been made available for low-income children.  The council is currently showcasing a “recyclables” art show which allows students to turn trash into treasure.  Also, keep in mind that the building is open to visitors each First Friday from 5-7:30pm.  The Optimists gave a donation to the Arts Council to help support all their wonderful community programs.

TREASURERS REPORT: We are more than half way through our fiscal year and Tom says we are looking good!  Thus far our fundraisers have exceeded expectations.  Hopefully we will continue that trend.

OTHER NOTES: We received a thank-you note from the Stars Program for our recent donation.

UPCOMING EVENTS: Golf tournament planning is in full swing.  Keep seeking out sponsors and think about how you would help on the day of the event, Thursday 5/23/13.

Don has the sign-up sheets all set for the Soccer Tournament parking.  Start thinking about when you might be able to lend a hand the weekend of 5/25-5/26 and 8/24-8/25.

NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, April 17 at the Refectory with a presentation from the Children’s Music Theatre.

Reminder Optimist members, the location for tonight’s meeting is 125 S Washington St. ( Adams County Art Council Building ).

Apologies for the confusion about the next meeting location.  April Fools?!   The correct location for the next Optimist meeting on Wednesday, April 3rd at 6:30pm  is the Adams County Arts Council Building.  You can find the Arts Council Building at 125 South Washington Street, Gettysburg PA.