The Gettysburg Optimist Club hopes everyone has a fun and safe Halloween!

The Gettysburg Optimist Club will be helping to collect food donations for Ruth’s Harvest during the annual Halloween Parade tonight.  Please help us support this wonderful cause by bringing your donations.

If you don’t have any plans for Tuesday night (10/27/2015 @ 7 p.m.), head to downtown Gettysburg for the annual Halloween Parade!  This year, the Optimist Club of Gettysburg will be teaming up with Ruth’s Harvest to help collect food items for distribution to local students to take home with them on the weekends.  The Club has a long tradition of participating in the Halloween Parade.  The Optimist Club is excited to continue it’s tradition of walking in the Halloween Parade, and is proud to team up with a community partner that works to bring out the best in kids!  Hope to see you at the parade, and be sure to cheer extra loud when you see the Optimist Club!



Thank you to everyone who attended the Optimist Installation Banquet on Wednesday, October 14th.  We look forward to seeing how the Optimist Club of Gettysburg continues to grow and support the community with the leadership of incoming officers: President Bruce Bradshaw, VP Darlene Brown, Treasurer Tom Barako, and Secretary Fred Darling.  Special recognition was given to Optimist for Life Member Mark Cropp for his persistent dedication to the mission of the club.   Tom Barako was given the Outstanding Service Award for his eight years as Treasurer and continued embodiment of Optimist ideals.  Outgoing President Kris Accardi was  acknowledged for his two years of successful guidance of the club.  Many thanks to the Dobbin House, guest speaker Judge Todd R. Platts, and Lt Governor Dallas Smith who all helped to make  it a successful evening.

It’s never too early to start planning your golf schedule for the upcoming season!  The Gettysburg Optimist Club will hold it’s sixth annual Golf Tournament at the Gettysburg Links on May 19, 2015, at 1 p.m.  All proceeds from the event are donated to youth-oriented programs aimed at “Bringing out the Beset in Kids,” such as Little League Baseball, Reading is Fundamental, Gettysburg S.T.A.R.S., Dollars for Scholars, Gettysburg High School Orchestra, Environmental Education, Gettysburg Community Theatre, Adams County Art Council and Meals and More.  Be sure to mark your calendar and check back for more details!


On October 14, 2015, the Gettysburg Optimist Club will hold it’s annual Installation Banquet at the Dobbin House. It’s the time of year when Club members come together to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year, to recognize those members who have showed distinguished service, and induct the Club’s new leaders for the upcoming year.  This year’s banquet will feature the Honorable Todd R. Platts as guest speaker.  Social hour starts at 6 p.m., and dinner will begin at 6:30.

On October 7, 2015 the Optimist Club presented the Honorable John Kuhn with the Respect for Law award for his dedication and service in advancing the respect for law. The Club was also joined by Judge Kuhns wife and colleagues in celebration of the achievement. Judge Kuhn has served Adams County for over 30 years as a judge with the Court of Common Pleas. Doug Miller presented the award on behalf of the Optimist Club. 1007151948c


The Optimist Club of Gettysburg presented Jim Dunlap from Ruth’s Harvest Gettysburg with a check for $500 to use towards purchasing food for its mission to feed hungry youth in the Gettysburg community. Ruth’s Harvest Gettysburg is a coalition of area churches and organizations that provide healthy meals and snacks to food insecure children. Backpacks of meals are provided to children in the Gettysburg School District to take home over the weekend. To learn more about the organization, volunteer, or donate email ruthsharvest.gettysburg@

The Optimist Club of Gettysburg has been an institution in the Adams County area for decades, and a huge part of our success has been incredible community support. To ensure that the Optimist Club is around for future generations, here are some ways you could help the Club to ensure we’re still around to better the lives of youth in the community.

1. BECOME A MEMBER. Probably the number one way to support the Club is to become a member. Membership ensures a working body to plan and host events, and conduct administrative duties.With an aging population and declining membership, many service organizations are having trouble maintaining numbers and keeping a community presence. Ensure the Gettysburg Optimist Club is still around by becoming a member today!  Consider coming to a meeting to learn more!

2.  SUPPORT CLUB FUNDRAISERS. The Club donates almost $30,000 a year to youth oriented programs in the community. The funds donated are raised through several annual fundraisers, such as a golf tournament, oyster feed, and a holiday magic show.

3.  SPREAD THE WORD.  You can help by sharing news about the Club with friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers.  Visit our website, or follow us on social media like Facebook or Twitter.

4.  PARTNER WITH US.  Please contact the Club if you are interested in helping the Club start a new project, or assist with a ongoing one.

5.  DONATE. Whether it’s your time or money, if it’s donated to the Gettysburg Optimist Club it will be put to good use!