The 4th Quarter Zone Meeting and Pig Roast, which was hosted by the Gettysburg Club, had a great turnout.  There were representatives from East York, Lancaster and Gettysburg.   We even had a guest from the Stroudsburgs Optimist Club and John Breidenbach spoke about the A&A reports.

Governor Kathleen Mancheck led the meeting.  She spoke of how the last two years have been some of her most rewarding experiences as an Optimist member.  While the Optimist mission is “bringing out the best in kids”, we are also “bringing out the best in ourselves and each other”.

Kathleen spoke of the need for a Lt. Governor for Zone 7.  She strongly encouraged those in attendance (and those who could not attend) to consider the Lt. Governor position.  Tom McGlynn, who was recently inducted into the Optimist District Hall of Fame, did an amazing job serving as our Lt. Governor.  Marion Duarte and Elmo Vestal volunteered to help the incoming Lt.  Governor in any way possible.  Generally, the Lt. Governor has served as a past Club President.  If you do not meet this requirement, you could function as an Assistant Lt. Governor.  The Lt. Governor leads zone meetings, visits clubs within the zone and submits 2 reports annually.  Please consider taking on this role.

Thirty-one new Optimist Clubs have been created this year through Optimist International.  Our district has added 186 new members.  The Optimists of East York and Lancaster have increased their net membership in the last year.


Club Reports

East York: The East York Club had an active year.  Their annual Pig Roast was a fundraising success.  They participated in several service projects, including Optimist Olympics, Pillowcase Project for kids with cancer, and they took youth who are on the waiting list for York/Adams Big Brothers/Big Sisters to a Revolution Baseball game.

Gettysburg: The Gettysburg Club’s big service project was the 8 week Optimist Basketball program.  The Golf Tournament and Oyster/Shrimp Feed were both very successful fundraisers.  The next Oyster/Shrimp Feed is scheduled for Saturday, February 28th.  The Club was able to donate more than $20,000 to local youth organizations.

Lancaster: The Lancaster Club is coming up on a big milestone.  They will be celebrating their 70th anniversary on September 16th.   They have also been very busy this year.  The Lancaster Club received a matching grant from Optimist International for a 4 week healthy food prep course.  They have walked in several local parades and approximately 50 youth participated in a Fishing Derby.

Join us tonight at the Lake Heritage Pavilion in Gettysburg for the 4th Quarter Zone Meeting and Pig Roast.  Fellowship begins at 6pm and dinner will be served at 6:30pm.


As the summer is winding down, the Optimist Club of Gettysburg is set to host the 4th Quarter Zone Meeting and Annual Pig Roast on Wednesday, August 20th.  The festivities begin at 6pm at the Lake Heritage Pavilion.  Dinner will be served at 6:30pm.  Come enjoy a great evening full of optimism and fellowship.


The majority of the evening was devoted to electing officers for the upcoming year.   Kris has agreed to lead us as President next year along with a Vice President who will be able to serve as President in 2016.  The Gettysburg Optimist Club has many great potential leaders, the next one could be you!  Tom has graciously agreed to continue to master our budget as Treasurer.  Joe will be reprising the role of Secretary.   The Board of Directors will include: Kris, Tom, Joe, Walt, Mindy, and a VP to be named.  As there will not be a “past President” to sit on the board we will add one additional seat to the Board of Directors.  Please contact Kris (267-391-7834 or if you are interested in the V.P. or Board of Directors position.


Treasurer Report: Our activities fund (source for our donations) is looking good as a result of our fundraising efforts.  However, our general fund (fund for OI and districtdues, dinners, ect.) will need to see a boost of revenue to accommodate for rising expenses. Tom has outlined several options in order to maintain our budget next year.  He will review these with the Board of Directors and then the options will be presented to the Club for a vote.


Fourth Quarter Zone Meeting: Our Club will again host this Pig Roast/Zone meeting.  It will be on Wednesday, August 20th at the Lake Heritage Pavilion.  Our Governor, Kathleen Manchec will be in attendance along with John Breidenbach the A&A report chair, so let’s have a strong showing!


Soccer Parking: Round two of the Soccer Tournament Parking is set for Saturday, August 23rd and Sunday, August 24th.  Thank you to all the volunteers.  Contact Don Davis if you need a refresher on your scheduled time.


Chamber of Commerce: There will be a Membership Mixer on Thursday, August 21st from 5-7pm at the Gettysburg YWCA.   If interested RSVP by 8/14/14 to 334-8151 or


Golf Tournament: The date is set for next year’s Tournament.  The Links will again host the event on Thursday May 21st.  The Club looks to get into the swing of planning very soon.



-Pig Roast/Zone Meeting: Wednesday, August 20th at 6:30pm at the Lake Heritage Pavilion.

-Soccer Parking August 23rd and 24th

-“Wayne-a-Palooza”: all members are encouraged to come out for this night of camaraderie on Wednesday, September 3rd at the Hill residence

-Installation Banquet: October 1st

The Optimists will meet tonight at 6:30pm at the Lake Heritage Pavilion.  Come find out who the new officers will be!

This week we have an Optimist Meeting on Wednesday, August 6th at 6:30pm at the Lake Heritage Pavilion.  This is a very important meeting as we elect our leadership team for the coming year.  Please plan to attend.