Daryl opened the meeting with the pledge of allegiance and guest introduction. This was a zone meeting with 21 total attendees.

A presentation was given by Jerry Cleaver and Jim Dunlap from Ruth’s Harvest. During last months Optimist trivia and family night, Ruth’s harvest was selected to be the recipient of $1000 donation. A check was also presented this evening. Please watch a short video to learn more about how the organization was started in the Gettysburg Community.


Ruth’s Harvest is kicking of their third year by expanding and taking on the middle school. 50% of the Gettysburg student population is eligible to participate with over 25% of the students are enrolled in the program. This is a 100% volunteer organization and works on the donations from local organizations and individuals. Please consider picking up a few extra items during your next shopping trip. Every item helps a local student.  Drop off locations include Lincoln elementary and most local churches.

The traditional pig roast followed the presentation.

Dallas then opened the zone meeting.
– Congratulations to Zone 7 for ranking first in the district.
– Club president reminder – Please fill out and return the president prize report
– OI has several new member incentives. Teachers and Anyone under 30 can join the club for $30 for the first year, now through September 30, 2016
– District Convention will be held August 26-28 at the Eisenhower Inn and Convention Center. Please consider attending. We are looking for representation from Gettysburg
– District Photo Contest was successful. Clubs are encouraged to participate.
– There will be a Professional Development Series available in the coming months. More information to be announced.
– Currently we are apart of the New England and Great Lakes Region. A proposal was submitted and approved to move to the Mid Atlantic Region. This will take effect in one year (2017).
– Dallas’s Club is hosting a 60 Anniversary dinner on September 18 at Heritage Hills Golf Resort. Gettysburg is looking for representation. Contact Daryl or Dallas for more information.
– Awards were presented to the Gettysburg Club for Kris Acardi for obtaining Honor Club during his Presidency and a year patch was received for “Bringing out the best”. Citations were received for Tom Barako, Joe Macdowell, and Kris Accardi for achieving honor club. The awards will be given to the recipients at an upcoming meeting.

Upcoming Events
August 27-28 – Parking
Sept 7 – Meeting at Lake Heritage
September 21 – Regular Meeting
October 5 – Installation Banquet
October 19 – Regular Meeting
December 9 – Magic Show Lincoln Elementary

Meeting adjourned with the 50/50 drawing and the Optimist Creed.


The Gettysburg Optimist Club met on Wednesday, August 3, 6:00 pm, at the Lake Heritage Pavilion. President Bruce Bradshaw opened the meeting at 6:35 pm with the Pledge of Allegiance and a minute of silence.

President’s Report: President Bruce discussed a letter addressed to the club from the Internal Revenue Service.  It is hoped that a representative from Ruth’s Harvest will speak at the August 17 meeting, which is also the Pig Roast and Zone Meeting.  The State Convention of the Optimist Club will be held in Gettysburg on August 26,27,and 28. Anyone interested in attending, please contact Bruce. A representative from the new Tractor Supply Store will speak to the club sometime in the future.  It is planned that the annual Golf Tournament will be held again in April at the Links.  New bylaws from the state Optimist Board have been received. These will be sent to all members.

Video: President Bruce presented a video of the winner of the Optimist International Oratorical Contest, Cameron Tyler. The topic of the contest was “How Being the Very Best Brings Out the Best in Others”. Tyler mentioned that he is a teacher and that he tries to bring out the best in his students.

Bruce also showed the Denzel Washington video, which emphasizes the values of the Optimist Club.

Members Comments:

Daryl and Mark reported that plans for the annual Pig Roast, August 17 at the Pavilion are well underway. This is also the Zone Meeting.  Bruce has contacted Dallas Smith to obtain a count of those attending from other clubs.  SPOUSES AND GUESTS ARE WELCOME.

Don reported that everything is ready for Soccer Parking at which club members assist: August 27 and 28.  Don said that he does need additional volunteers to help especially Sunday 8/28 6:45am-11:00am. Please call Don Davis if you can help. Don reported that he received a letter of thanks from the Historical Society for our contribution.

Treasurer’s Report: Tom Barako reported :  Tom said that the annual budget  will be presented soon.

President Bradshaw brought the meeting to a close with a reading of the Optimist Creed at 7:45pm

Submitted by Fred Darling

The Gettysburg Optimist Club will meet Wednesday, August 3, 6:00 pm, at the Lake Heritage Pavilion.  All are welcome to attend for a pleasant evening of good fellowship and good food.  President Bruce Bradshaw will be providing dinner for the evening. He also plans to present a video of the winning speech from the recent Optimist Oratorical Contest. Please contact Fred if you plan to attend.