The Gettysburg Optimist Club will meet Wednesday, September 21, 6:00 pm at Tom Barako’s house. Tom will be providing dinner. Our speaker for the evening will be Ms. Jackie Dwyer from the Gettysburg Recreation Authority speaking about the Helmet Safety Program.

See you there!!

The Gettysburg Optimist Club met Wednesday, September 7, at the Pavilion. President Bruce Bradshaw opened the meeting at 6:35 pm with an invocation and Pledge of Allegiance.

img_4788President Bruce introduced the speakers for the evening: Jennifer Showers and Johnnie Shindledecker from the Adams County Head Start Program.  They explained that Head Start is a program of the United States Department of Health and Human Services that provides early childhood education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low income children and their families. The Optimist Club donates money to the organization which goes to the RIF Program providing about three books per year for needy children. The books are written in English and Spanish. Jen indicated that they are very appreciative for this assistance from the club.


President’s Report: Bruce presented certificates from the from the State Optimist Club to Kris Accardi and Tom Barako.  These were for achieving Honor Club status.

The September 21 meeting will be at Tom Barako’s house, with his annual steak cookout.

Our next speaker will be from the Gettysburg Recreational Organization.

The Installation Banquet will be October 5, 6:00pm, at the Dobbin House. Members, spouses, and friends are invited, $25 per person. Notices will be sent. The new Officers will be installed at the Banquet:  President Daryl Aurand, Vice President  Wayne Hill, Secretary Fred Darling, Treasurer Tom Barako

Secretary: The Club Roster will be updated soon. Please notify Fred if you have had any changes to your information.

Treasurer’s Report:  Tom mentioned that it is time to approve the budget for next year. The Board of Directors met on September 5 and reviewed the budget. No great changes were recommended, but the following items were discussed: Drop the TriStar Basketball funding, Optimist Foundation-how are the funds utilized?, Chamber of Commerce funding, Ruth’s Harvest-keep contribution at $1000

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The Budget will be voted on at the next meeting. Tom said that we will break even on this year’s budget., and we are doing well. He also is instituting a new method of notifying groups about contributions and following up. Certain club members will be asked to contact groups.

Soccer: Don Davis reported all went well and the club netted $3700.

Christmas Show: Doug reported that the date will be December 9  at Lincoln Elementary School

Basketball Program: Kris said that there will be a report next time.

Oyster Feed- March 3 and 4

Golf Outing : May 18

Christmas Party: Second week in December


President Bruce closed the meeting at 8:10pm with a recitation of the Optimist pledge.

Submitted by Fred Darling

Our next meeting will be this coming Wed 7 Sept at the Lake Heritage Pavilion with our speaker being Executive Director for Head Start Jen Showers.   As always our social time starts at 6:00 pm with the meal at 6:30 pm.    See you there!!!