Each year, the Gettysburg Optimist Club honors a local individual who promotes and exemplifies respect for law enforcement and civic duty in the community. The Gettysburg Optimist Club has been honoring community leaders for years with the Respect for Law award. The recipient of the award is invited to attend and speak at a meeting and is presented with a honorary plaque. The Gettysburg Optimist Club is proud to announce that the 2015 recipient of the Respect for Law award is the Honorable John D. Kuhn. Judge Kuhn will be presented with the award at the Club’s upcoming dinner meeting on October 7, 2015.

Planning for the 2016 Optimist Basketball Season is underway! Signups will be held on December 5th and December 12th, both Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. @ the Gettysburg Middle School Cafeteria. Be sure to check back for more info!

The Optimist Club will host it’s annual Christmas Magic Show on Friday, December 18, 2015, at Lincoln Elementary School.  The show will start at 7 p.m.

The Gettysburg Optimist Club donated $1000 to the Gettysburg Fire Department at it’s meeting on September 16, 2015.  Eric Bergdale, Chair of the Firemen’s Carnival, accepted the donation on behalf of the department.   The Firemen’s Carnival, which is a huge source of revenue for the department, was cancelled this year due to extreme weather conditions.  The funds will be used to maintain equipment and facilities at the fire station.

The Optimist Club of Gettysburg will meet on Wednesday, September 16, 2015,  at 6:30 p.m. at the Refrectory at the Lutheran Seminary on Seminary Ridge.  The meeting will feature guest speaker Brandy Crago from the Shining Stars Therapeutic Riding Program.  The Club will also make a donation to the Gettysburg Volunteer Fire Department.  Dinner and refreshments provided by Biggerstaff Catering!  If you are interested in attending a meeting to learn more about the Optimist Club, enjoy delicious food and great fellowship, or to hear from local community leaders, we encourage you to reach out to our members and come to a meeting!