Please RSVP Mark G. (markgraz@comcast.net) now if you and a guest plan to attend this great evening at the Dobbin House on Wednesday, October 2nd.  There is no cost to members.  Spouses/guests may join us at a cost of $15 per person.  Fellowship begins at 6pm and dinner will be served at 6:30pm.  Let’s welcome our new members and officers with a large gathering of Optimists!

Optimist Meeting Minutes 9/18/13

-Mark C. hosted a great gathering for our members with some delicious steaks for our final outdoor meeting of the year.  Apologies from the secretary for the missed email reminder the day of this event!

New Meeting Location: The club was presented with several great options for meeting locations for the upcoming year.  The members who were present decided to go with Mama Ventura’s (13 Chambersburg St. Gettysburg PA).  We look forward to a homemade buffet-style meal in the private meeting room.  Our first meeting at Mama’s will be on Wednesday, October, 16th at 6:30pm.

Treasurer Report: Tom will discuss member dues next month, but as a result of the increased cost to hold our business meetings, annual member dues will need to be adjusted accordingly.

-Installation Banquet: Please RSVP to Mark G. (markgraz@comcast.net) ASAP if you (and a guest at a cost of $15) are planning to attend on Wednesday, October 2nd at the Dobbin House.  Mingling begins at 6pm and dinner will be provided at 6:30pm.  Please keep in mind that if you RSVP and fail to attend you will be responsible for the cost that the club incurs for the meal.

Halloween Parade: A sign-up sheet went around for the Halloween Parade.  Please contact Marci if you plan to participate on Tuesday, October 22nd.  Line-up approximately 6pm and step-off will be at 7:30pm from the old Visitor Center Parking Lot on Steinwehr.  (Rain date is set for Tuesday, October 29th) The Optimist Club plans to partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters of York/Adams County for this event.  If you would like to participate, but are unable to walk the route we can look into getting the scoot coupes again from Getty Peds.

Oyster/Shrimp Feed: The Fire hall has been reserved for Saturday, March 8th for this year’s Oyster and Shrimp Feed.  Last year we served 225 guests.  This year club members will be seating guests at the tables to ensure that we utilize the space appropriately and that we provide the best experience for our patrons.

Get Well: The club wishes Doug and Marci well as they recover from surgery.

-Next Meeting: Installation Banquet, Wednesday, October 2nd at the Dobbin House.

The final outdoor meeting of the Optimist Club of Gettysburg will be held on Wednesday, September 18, at 6:30 pm.  The meeting marks the closing of one administrative year and opens the promise of another year of Optimism.  In the spirit of “Clyde’s Cabin”, the meeting will be held at the residence of Optimist member, Mark Cropp, located at 275 Montclair Road, Gettysburg.

The traditional menu will include grilled steak and accompaniments. Members who are planning on attending are encouraged to contact Mark at jmcropp@embarqmail.com prior to the meeting night in order to make the steak purchase as economical as possible.

This is a fun evening and a great opportunity to introduce Optimism to a prospective member so attendees are encouraged to bring a guest.

Optimists we have some great events coming up!  Please take a moment to respond to the invitations below so that proper accommodations can be made.

First up, our final outdoor meeting of the year will take place on Wednesday, September 18th at 6:30pm at the Cropp’s home.   This is always an enjoyable meeting with great food and fellowship.  Consider bringing along a potential new member.  Please contact Mark at jmcropp@embarqmail.com ASAP if you and/or a guest plan to attend.

 

Our following meeting will be the Installation Banquet on Wednesday, October 2nd at the Dobbin House.  The evening begins at 6pm.  Dinner will be served at 6:30pm.  Dinner for members will be covered by the club.  The charge for spouses/guests is $15 per person.  Please contact Mark G. at markgraz@comcast.net ASAP if you plan to attend.

 

We look forward to a good turn out to close out one year and start a new one!

 

We had our final meeting of the year at the Lake Heritage Pavilion.  Much was accomplished as we enjoyed the beautiful weather.  The 2013-2014 budget proposed by Tom unanimously passed.  We discussed potential future meeting locations and began to prepare for some of our big Optimist events for the coming year.

Old business: Don thanked everyone who volunteered for the Soccer Tournament Parking this year.  Unfortunately, despite it being a great weekend for soccer, the number of teams for the tournament was slightly down and subsequently only five fields were used by the Historical Society lot.  There was also another group parking cars next door so only a total of 163 cars were parked over the weekend.  During the coming year we’ll look for new ways to encourage parking at our lot and we will also look to expand upon current fundraising efforts to help best serve the youth of our community.

Upcoming Events: The Installation Banquet will be held Wednesday, October 2nd at 6:30pm at the Dobbin House.  Please RSVP to Mark G. (markgraz@comcast.net) ASAP if you plan to attend.  Spouses/guests are welcome to attend for $15 per person.

Mark your calendars and start planning your costumes for the Halloween Parade on Tuesday, October 22nd.  Line-up approximately 6pm and step-off will be at 7:30pm from the old Visitor Center Parking Lot on Steinwehr.  (Raindate is set for Tuesday, October 29th) The Optimist Club plans to partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters of York/Adams county for this event.

The Firehall has been reserved for Saturday, March 8th for this year’s Oyster and Shrimp Feed.  Last year we served 225 guests.  This year we will be seating guests at the tables to ensure that we utilize the space appropriately and that we provide the best experience for our patrons.

Tom will be looking into a potential new fundraising opportunity with the Majestic Theater.  More information to come.

Options for a new meeting location will be voted on during our next gathering.  If there are any further suggestions please contact Kris (kristopheraccardi@gmail.com)

Next Meeting:  Wednesday, September 18th at 6:30pm at the Cropp’s house.  Steak will be on the menu!  This will be a great opportunity to bring a potential new member!  Please RSVP Mark C. (jmcropp@embarqmail.com) ASAP if you (and/or a guest) will be attending

 

Optimist Meeting tonight at 6:30pm at the Lake Heritage Pavillion.