A good start to your summer season would be to attend the Gettysburg Optimist Club Meeting at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, June 1. This will be the first meeting of the year to be held in the pavilion at beautiful Lake Heritage. So come on out and enjoy the bucolic setting along with a great dinner, good fellowship, and an interesting speaker!

Perhaps many of you belong to 4H or know someone in 4H. Our speaker for the evening  will be Darlene M. Rush, 4H Youth Development Educator, Penn State  Extension. She will be discussing the various 4H programs geared toward  benefitting young people.

See you there.

If you haven’t had a chance, check out the 2016 age group basketball shots on our website. Brienna of Picture This Portrait and Special Events did an amazing job on this years photos!

A very special day observed by Bruce Bradshaw and Daryl Aurand at the York Optimist Olympics. Over 600 people including participants and volunteers made this a lasting day for each child. York Optimist Club is to be commended for their work hosting this their 24th annual Optimist Olympics. Well Done to York Optimist Club!







The Optimist Olympics are being held in York this Friday, May 13. They need volunteers to assist in the various competitions.

Bruce Bradshaw will be attending and assisting at the Optimist Olympics. If anyone from the Optimist Club is interested in going, please contact Bruce : 717-359-7620. He has room to take people in his car-leaving at 8:00am.

Reminder: There is no Optimist Meeting on Wednesday, May 18.

Golf Tournament : Thursday, May 19

The Gettysburg Optimist Club met on May 4,2016 at the Refectory. Vice-President Darlene Brown opened the meeting at 7:05pm with an invocation and Pledge of Allegiance. This was followed by an outstanding dinner provided by Stacey Green and staff.

After dinner Vice-President Darlene introduced the speaker for the evening: Mr. Matt Sheads, Gettysburg Youth Baseball Leader. Matt spoke about the activities of the Baseball League, mentioning that there are more teams than ever. He pointed out one team has the Optimist Club printed on their uniforms, as well as 4×6 signs indicating Optimist Club support for the organization. Matt finished his talk by thanking the club for its financial support ($750) and answered questions from club members.

Treasurer’s Report: Tom Barako reported – General Fund $2958 Activity Account $10988.64
Tom asked anyone with outstanding dues to please pay as soon as possible.

Golf Tournament: Wayne Hill reported that there are several volunteer slots open. He will send an email asking for members to sign up to help. Frank Negro is finishing the programs for the tourney and checked about some sponsors such as Adams County Bank, Allianz, and Adams Electric. Tom said that he has cases of chips for the tourney. Daryl mentioned that there are still openings for foursomes for anyone interested. Ms. Nancy Scott donated a set of golf clubs to be raffled at the tournament. Thank you!

Member comments: Walt Jones mentioned that the 13th Annual Eisenhower Senior Self Improvement Breakfast will be held on Thursday, May 5, 7:30am, at the Adams County Tech Prep Building. The Optimist Club helps support this program, and all members are welcome to attend.

New Member: Pleased to announce that Brian Skidmore was welcomed as a new member of the Gettysburg Optimist Club. Brian hails from Biglerville. Welcome!!

Recognition: Congratulations to Mark Cropp and Marci Cropp for their involvement in completing the Face of America Bike Ride on April 27. This is part of World Team Sports.

Vice President Darlene Brown closed the meeting at 8:15 pm. with a reading of the Optimist Creed.

Submitted by Fred Darling.

The Gettysburg Optimist Club will meet Wednesday, May 4, at 6:00pm in the Refectory. If you need a mid-week pickup, stop by for interesting conversation and great food. See you there!

Mr. Matt Sheads, Gettysburg Youth Basketball Leader, will be joining us on May 4. He will be discussing season goals and extending a thank you to the club for our donation of $750. There will also be discussion about the Golf Tourney,(May 19), soccer parking, and the Club’s participation in the Special Olympics being held in York on May 13.


The June 1 meeting will be the first meeting of the year to be held at the pavilion at Lake Heritage.