Wishing everyone a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend!  Reminder: The next Optimist Meeting will be held on Wednesday, Septemeber 4th at 6:30pm.  This will be our last meeting of the year at the Lake Heritage Pavilion.  Don’t forget to mark your calendar for our final outdoor meeting of the year at the Cropps’ house on Wednesday, September 18th.

We had a very successful 4th Quarter Zone Meeting/Pig Roast at the Lake Heritage Pavilion.  One member from the Hummelstown Club and eleven members from the East York Club, including Lt. Governor Tom Mcglynn made the trip.


From the Lt. Governor:

-After his own “Battle of Gettysburg” with the BBQ sauce Tom went on to talk about all the good things happening in Zone 7, including the fact that our Zone ranks #1 of eight, our Zone has maintained its total membership since the beginning of the year, and we have some very active clubs serving our communities.

-Mark and Joe were presented with Personal Growth & Involvement Awards for their commitment to our club.

-Although Tom has enjoyed his time serving as Lt. Governor he would love to have a volunteer come forward to fill this role.


Club news:

-Craig attended the District Convention here in Gettysburg and he acquired information for the incoming officers.  A group of children from the Adams County School of Musical Theatre provided some entertainment for the event and they were very well received.

-The Refectory will no longer be available for our meetings due to scheduling conflicts.  Please pass along any ideas for potential new meeting locations to Kris ([email protected]) and he will look into various options and make a decision with the board.

-Parking for the soccer tournament is this weekend.  Thanks to the members who are volunteering.  You should have beautiful weather!

-A potential new member, Fred, who is a former educator and who has been very active in serving the youth in his community joined us for the evening.  Fred will be sponsored by Walt.

Click here to see pictures from the event!



September meetings:

-Wednesday, September 4th a 6:30pm at the Lake Heritage Pavilion.

-Wednesday, September 18th at 6:30pm at Mark’s house.   This would be a great opportunity to bring a potential new member!



The 4th quarter Zone meeting aka “Pig Roast” is scheduled for tonight at the Lake Heritage Pavilion.  The meeting begins at 6:30pm.  The menu will include: pulled pork, baked beans, potato, salad, dessert and beverages.  Members throughout Optimist Zone 7 are invited to attend.  Member spouses and guests are also welcome.

The Annual Summer Youth Soccer Tournament Parking Project will be held this coming weekend, August 24 and 25, 2013.  This is the second soccer parking event for the Optimist Club of the year and is a major source for funding for the Gettysburg Optimist Club Programs conducted throughout the year.  Don Davis has announced that the parking will take place at the Adams County Historic Society property located on the Biglerville Road.  Here is the members sign-up sheet for those who have already scheduled for this weekends event.  If you have not already done so and would like to volunteer to help please contact Project Chairman Don Davis.


Once again the Optimist Club of Gettysburg will be hosting the fourth quarter Zone meeting, traditionally referred to as the “Pig Roast”,  on Wednesday, August 21, at the Lake Heritage Pavilion.  The popular annual event will kick off with a traditional meal of pulled pork, baked beans, potato, salad, dessert and beverages.  Members throughout Optimist Zone 7 are invited to join members of the Gettysburg Club in an evening of information and fellowship.  Member spouses and guests are also welcome to attend.  The meeting will begin at 6:30 and conclude at the end of business.

Come on out and join us in celebrating our efforts “To Bring Out The Best In Kids.”

Our pizza dinner went over well, although Joe is starting a movement for mushrooms next time!

Speaker: Tonight we had a presentation about the Boy Scouts of America.  We learned that we are in the 3rd largest council in PA with more than 11,000 youth from 6 counties participating in events.  Our district, the Battlefield District boasted 40 new Eagle Scouts which is the largest number to reach this honor in several years.

The scouts participate in numerous service projects, including collecting items for food banks and shelters, assisting with the Reenactments, and placing American flags in the Gettysburg Cemetery.  The Boy Scouts offer an Explorer program which exposes youth to various potential career paths.  The hope for next year is to offer programs in nursing and law enforcement.   In September, there will be a Camporee at Spangler Farm on the battlefield.  The scouts will be participating in a service project that coincides with the National Park Service.

Treasurer’s Report: Tom has a proposed budget for the upcoming year which begins in September.  We will discuss this at our first meeting in September.

Upcoming events:  Don is well-staffed for the soccer parking which will take place on August 24th and 25th at the Historical Field Lots.  Unfortunately the tournament will not be utilizing the James Gettys Fields.  Don will be sending out a reminder email shortly with time slots that members volunteered for.

-The Gettysburg Halloween Parade is scheduled for Tuesday, October 22nd with a start time of 7:30pm.  Rain date is October 29th.  We need to determine ahead of time if we will have enough volunteers to make a showing.  There is some talk that there will be a limited number of groups that can walk the parade and there may also be a fee this year.  We do have candy with the Optimist logo that is available to use, but again we need volunteers to help Marci with planning and volunteers for the day of the event so let’s check our calendars.

Next meeting: Zone Meeting Pig Roast Wednesday, August 21 at 6:30pm at the Lake Heritage Pavilion.  Bring a spouse or a guest!

Looking ahead, on Wednesday, September 18th we will have our final outdoor meeting of the year at the Cropp’s house.  This will be a steak dinner and another great opportunity to bring a potential new member!

Optimist Meeting tonight at 6:30pm at Lake Heritage.   Board of Directors meeting to follow the regular meeting.

August is here! The next Optimist Meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 7th at 6:30pm at the Lake Heritage Pavilion.