The Gettysburg Optimist Club met on Wednesday, March 15 at the Refectory.

President Daryl Aurand opened the meeting with an invocation by Mark Cropp and Pledge of Allegiance. Daryl introduced our guests for the evening and then everyone proceeded to have a superb dinner supplied by Stacey Green and her staff.

After dinner President Aurand  introduced the coaches from the Youth Basketball Team and extended our appreciation for their dedication. Kris and Mindy Accardi said that the program has been very successful with about 120 kids participating from all backgrounds.

Daryl spoke about how many organizations in the community that we help to support such as STARS, Dollars for Scholars, and many more.   He said that we do all of this with a budget of about $30,000.

Daryl then introduced our speaker for the evening, Carla Pavlik, Interim Director of Meals and More. This is an organization whose goal is to provide a program for low-income kids that supplies a warm meal, opportunities for educational and spiritual growth, and a welcoming safe place to be.

IMG_5627[1]Daryl  then presented Carla with a check for $2100 from the club.

Treasurer’s Report: Tom Barako reported on Activity Fund and General Fund. He said that not all of the Oyster Feed  money is in yet, but so far it amounts to surpassing our budgeted amount. Tom  asked if anyone knowing where the second key for the club PO Box might be to please let him know.

President’s  Report: Daryl thanked everyone for a very successful Oyster Feed. It was a terrific day with record turnout.

Golf Tournament- May 18  Plans are proceeding well. We still need more sponsors and players. Forms are available from Daryl.

Nonprofit Status- Sam said things are proceeding. Not much will happen until toward the summer.

Next Meeting- April 5  The Community Theater Group will present a program.

Comments: Sam mentioned that the ad in the Gettysburg paper for the Oyster Feed was excellent.

President Aurand closed the meeting at 8:05 pm with the recitation of the Optimist Creed.

Submitted by Fred

Fellow Gettysburg Optimists,

The Gettysburg Optimist Club will meet this evening,  6:00 PM social and 6:30 dinner prepared by Stacey Green and staff at the Refectory.
We look forward to a wonderful evening of fellowship.

The Gettysburg Optimist Club will meet Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 6:00pm in at the Refectory.

Our guest speaker will be Carla Pavlik of “Meals and More”.

We will also be recognizing the Optimist Youth Basketball coaches and all of our Optimist members who help with the program.

This promises to be a great meeting. So come join us for the meeting and a wonderful dinner.

The Gettysburg Optimist Club wants to thank the Gettysburg community and surrounding area for their support of our Oyster and Shrimp Feed on March 4, 2017.  We had the best turn out in the history of the event. We even sold out and filled the Gettysburg Fire Hall to capacity.  100% of the proceeds will be used for youth activities in our community.  THANK YOU all for turning out and helping make this event a success!

The Optimist All U Can Eat Oyster and Shrimp Feed Fundraiser has arrived.  Join us Saturday, March 4 from 12-3 at the Gettysburg Fire Hall for a fun time with friends while raising money for youth in our local community.  100% of the proceeds stay in the area and support programs such as Reading is Fundamental, D.E.A.R., Six Grade Camp, an 8 week Basketball Program, Meals and More, Dollars for Scholars, Stars Program and many more. Limited tickets will be available at the door.  We look forward to seeing everyone!