Tired of shoveling snow ? Take a break and check out the Gettysburg Optimist Club Meeting on Wednesday, February 3, beginning at 6:00 pm at the Refectory. Come in from the cold and have a delicious meal, great conversation, and a terrific speaker !

The speaker at this meeting will be Kris Roeder, from the Hoffman Homes for Youth, Littlestown, Pa. The Hoffman Home adheres to the Sanctuary Model, a trauma-informed approach to care and organizational governance. To learn more, attend the meeting on February 3.

************Please let Fred know if you plan to attend. Thanks.**************

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It was another busy day for Optimist Basketball. We had a great practice after returning from the snow storm. A big thank you goes out to Brianna with Picture This Portraits & Special Events for doing a wonderful job taking individual and team photos.   Check out our Facebook page for more action shots from today’s sessions.

Reminder: Optimist Basketball will resume this weekend. During practice we will be taking individual and team photos so please make sure players and coaches are sporting their Optimist shirts.  If you would like to buy photographs please bring your order form (extra forms will be available on Saturday).  We look forward to having everyone back on the courts this weekend!

Boys Grades 1-3: 9-10 am

Girls Grades 1-3: 10-11am

Boys Grades 4-6: 11-noon

Girls Grades 4-5 12-1pm

James Gettys Elementary was wild with excitement on the last day before the big snowfall. Reading is Fundamental was held on 1/22/16 in partnership with the James Gettys PTO and the Gettysburg Optimist Club.

Check out this great video courtesy of the Gettysburg Area School District.

It was simply “One of the best days of the Year!”

Due to the weather forecast and impending snowstorm, Optimist Basketball for January 23, 2016, is cancelled.  Our next session will be held on January 30, 2016, at which time we will have individual and team photos.  Any questions, please contact Kris or Mindy at (717) 334-2254.  We hope everyone and their families have a safe weekend, and that all snow lovers enjoy our first big snow of the year!

President Bruce Bradshaw opened the meeting at 6:37pm with the Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance. This was followed by a great dinner provided by Stacey Green and her staff.

Recognition: President Bruce announced that the club has been recognized by International Optimist as an Honors Club for 2014-15. A club must meet various criteria established by International in order to achieve this status. Congratulations to Kris Accardi and to the Club!

Speaker: The speaker for the evening was Mr. Jeremy Murphy, the new Chief Ranger for Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site. Mr. Murphy described his duties as the senior law enforcement officer for Gettysburg and Eisenhower Parks, responsible for programs dealing with law enforcement, resource protection, emergency services,and safety. After his presentation he answered several questions from club members.

President’s Report: The meeting of the RIF Program will be Friday,1/22,at James Getty Elementary School. If any club member is interested in attending, please contact Bruce.

The Annual STARS Breakfast will be held at Gettysburg High School on I/27. Fred Darling will represent the club, presenting a donation from the club.

The Basketball Program is still scheduled for Saturday,1/23,depending upon weather conditions.

The March Club Meeting has been changed from 3/16 to 3/18,at the Gettysburg Firehouse. This will coordinate with the Oyster Feed.
Future Speakers have been scheduled:
February 3 – Kris Roeder from the Hoffman House
February 17- Joe Doughtery, Gettysburg Police Chief
March 2 Duane Kanagy from the Adams Electric Cooperative.
Treasurer’s Report: Tom Barako reported-   Activity Fund $1598.36    General  Fund – $10948.26
The Magic Show has netted a little over $4000. A big Thanks to the Community for their support.
Club tax information will be mailed soon.
Oyster Feed- Application for Games of Chance has been submitted.
Tom explained how the participation in 50-50 helps offset dinner expenses.
Basketball: Kris and Mindy, The program is going well, with a large turnout.
Oyster Feed: All plans are proceeding very well. Stacey, Wayne, and Daryl have tickets available. March 19
Golf Tournament: Plans are proceeding well. Most sponsors have been contacted, Bruce and Frank. May 19
Soccer Parking : Don Davis is waiting for a resolution to the parking issue. TBD May and TBD August

Member Remarks:  Mark Cropp  offered some information about the Face of America Bike Ride.
Riders will be coming from Valley Forge (100 participants) and the Pentagon (650 participants) and will meet in
Gettysburg at the Square.  Many disabled veterans will be involved, so helper volunteers are needed.
April 23-24

President Bruce closed the meeting at 8:14 pm.

Submitted by Fred Darling

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Like many in the area, the Optimists are keeping a close eye on the weather for the upcoming weekend. If we do experience some winter weather that makes travel unsafe we will cancel this weekend’s Optimist Basketball. We will make the call as early as possible Friday evening or Saturday morning. You can find information about practice on our Website, Facebook page,  or Twitter account. In the event of a cancellation we will also have an announcement on radio station 107.7 during their snow scan.

****Reminder: Picture day is scheduled for this weekend, but if practice is cancelled then Picture day will be held on Saturday, January 30th instead. ****

Got the January Blahs? Get rid of them by attending the meeting of the Gettysburg Optimist Club on Wednesday, January 20, 6:00 pm, at the Refectory. Enjoy great company, good food, and an interesting speaker.

The speaker for the evening will be Mr. Jeremy Murphy, the new Chief Ranger for Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site. The Chief Ranger serves as the senior law enforcement officer for Gettysburg and Eisenhower Parks, responsible for the planning, direction, and execution of programs dealing with law enforcement and resource protection, emergency services, and safety. Mr. Murphy will talk about his new duties and how he became a Ranger.

Please RSVP to Fred or the optimist address if you plan to attend.

Signed, Fred

The Gettysburg Optimist Basketball program is scheduled to continue this Saturday, January 16, 2016.  Children in grades first through sixth are invited to attend at the Gettysburg Area Middle School.

The age groups are scheduled as follows:

  • 9 a.m. Boys 1st through 3rd grade
  • 10 a.m. Girls 1st through 3rd grade
  • 11 a.m. Boys 4th through 6th grade
  • 12 p.m. Girls 4th through 6th grade

We look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday morning.

The Optimist Club of Gettysburg kicked off their basketball program for 1st through 6th graders on January 09 at the Gettysburg Are Middle School.  Check out a few pictures on our facebook page!

The program continues this Saturday. It’s not too late to join us! Fill out the form on the linked page and bring it along to participate.  We look forward to seeing everyone again Saturday morning!

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