Wayne and Sue Hill once again hosted the Optimist Club of Gettysburg Family Night on Wednesday, July 17, and as usual the evening was a huge success and a great time with plenty of good food and a lot of fellowship for Optimist Club members and their families.  After the feast, the attendees gathered around the pool for the traditional trivia contest with the winning team earning the opportunity to select a community charity or good cause to be a recipient of a $1000.00 award from the Optimist Club.

The contest this year was hosted by Tom Barako and centered on subjects related to musical history, comic strip trivia and super heroes past and present.  The team made up of Al Parone, Kris Accardi, Mindy Accardi and Brent and Karen Smith dazzled everyone with their wide range of knowledge and intellect, taking first place and earning the right to select a charity.

After some careful consideration, the winners selected the Big Brothers and Big Sister Program and the SCCAP Circles Program, an effort that supports local children with back to school supplies.  Each organization will receive $500.00 from the Optimist Club of Gettysburg.

Our sincere appreciation to Wayne and Sue Hill for their lovely hospitality and their continued dedication to Optimism and our effort to “Bring Out The Best in Kids”.


The Atlantic Central 86th District Convention will be hosted in Gettysburg on Friday, August 16 through Sunday, August 18 at the Eisenhower Hotel starting with registration at 4pm on August 16.  The theme of this years event will be “Get ready to run”! 

The Optimist Club of Gettysburg is planning on attending the event.  Members who are interested in attending are urged to contact Mark Cropp ([email protected]) or Craig Sweet ([email protected]).  We will select a day and time for attendance that is convenient for all those who want to join us.  The deadline for registration is Wednesday, July 31 so please respond as soon as possible!

For more details,visit http://optimist-ac.org/uploads/ACD2013Convention.pdf.

It is time to join with our fellow Optimist of Pennsylvania to “Bring Out the Best in Kids”.

“I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder…”

For days and weeks, Congress debated and revised the wording of the Declaration of Independence, finally approving it on July 4, 1776, setting for all time forward the date of birth of a new Nation,Conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal”.

John Adams, writing to his wife Abigail said about the day, “[it] will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”

From the outset Americans celebrated Independence Day on July 4th, the date shown on the much-publicized Declaration of Independence, the date the resolution of independence was approved in a closed session of Congress, and the date subsequently declared a legal federal holiday in 1941.  Each year and every generation since has noted the anniversary of our Nations birth very much in the way John Adams had envisioned in 1776, with parades, fireworks, shows, sport, games, celebration, bonfires and bells.

As we gather farther and farther away from the monumental moment and the memory of a time and governess less free and less generous with individual liberty, our full appreciation for the magnitude of this historic moment and the words of this document gets diluted in the moments of the days celebrations and feasts.

As we congregate this July Fourth, let us not fail to remember the meaning of the words of that Declaration written in 1776 and the personal and individual rights, liberties and life’s pursuits it established forever as self-evident and guaranteed to us by our Constitution.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

The passage has come to represent a moral standard to which we, as citizens of United States, should strive and a major statement on human rights for millions of people all around the world.

On reflection of our birth as a nation, John Adams (1735–1826) commented, “I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in providence, for the illumination of the ignorant and the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth.

Happy Birthday America!