“Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.” ― Brad Paisley


The year 2015 has been an exciting year for the Optimist Club of Gettysburg. As usual, our members held many fundraisers from the vastly popular Oyster & Shrimp Feed and Soccer Parking to the Gettysburg Optimist Annual Golf Tournament and Christmas Magic Show. With Club members paying their own membership dues and activities fees throughout the year, 100% of all the funds raised were donated back to youth programs and activities in the Gettysburg community.  The club has donated more than $30,000 this year to programs like DEAR, RIF, the Gettysburg School District Outdoor Environmental Education Program, Gettysburg Little League, Optimist Youth Basket Ball and GHS Stars program, just to name a few; and 2016 is shaping up to be an even more active and successful year.

The 2016 Optimist Basketball program will kick off in January with the Oyster feed to follow on March 19.  And don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Annual Optimist Golf Tournament on May 19 at the Links at Gettysburg.

Thank you to all of our members and sponsors for making 2015 unforgettable! We look forward to sharing a fabulous 2016 with all of you and the youth of the Gettysburg Community as we strive together to “Bring Out The Best In Kids”.


On December 18, 2015 the Gettysburg Optimist held a Magic Show in Lincoln Elementary School at 6:30 pm.  Josh Knotts and Lea put on a show kids and adults alike enjoyed.

Two bikes were randomly drawn.  Sophia Taylor won the girls bike and Evan Wilkinson won the boys bike. Congratulations to both of them.

A big THANKS to Doug Miller for organizing a wonderful evening.

For more images, visit our facebook album.

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The Optimist Club of Gettysburg is sponsoring the All Star Magic Show on Friday December 18, 2015.  For more than 25 years the Gettysburg Optimist have sponsored the event with the funds going to support more than 19 Optimist, youth related programs conducted throughout the year.  Magic Show Chairman, Doug Miller has once again  planned an evening that the attending youth and their parents will not forget.

Complimentary youth tickets are being distributed to Optimist supporters and area organizations.  Hundreds of free tickets are available to area youth and $6.00 adult tickets will be available at the door the evening of the performance.

The All Star Magic Show will be held at the Lincoln Elementary School on Lefever Street in Gettysburg.  The show will begin at 7:00 pm and will conclude with one boy and one girl being presented a brand new bike.  Come on out and enjoy the show.

The optimist had  a great holiday party last evening.  Please check out our facebook page for some fabulous images of the night.  Happy Holidays to all!!!

The Optimist Club of Gettysburg has been sponsoring the youth basketball program for more than 40 years.  The free program is open to all youth in grades 1st through 6th regardless of the level of individual talent.

The last in person Sign up is scheduled December 12 from 9-11 am at the Gettysburg Area Middle School Cafeteria.

The season begins on Saturday, January 09, 2016 and runs through March 05, 2016 at the Gettysburg Area Middle School, Lefever Street in Gettysburg. February 06 will be held at Lincoln Elementary school.

For more information, click here!

Appreciate all of the Optimist Club members that participated Salvation Army Bell ringing at Walmart on 4 Dec.   My 12:00 to 1:30 pm time slot was not too cold but the shade made it colder than I thought.   I bet the late night ringers were a little cold!!    Again Thank you so much.      Bruce Bradshaw
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