Gettysburg Optimists  —

Hopefully you have had a wonderful Christmas and holiday season as we are about to embark on a New Year. My how time flies when we are having fun.

Our next meeting will be held Wednesday January 3rd at the Gettysburg Seminary Refectory, time will be 6 PM social and 6:30 dinner.

Optimistically, Daryl and Dan

Wishing everyone a joyous Merry Christmas and a prospers New Year. See you in 2018 and safe travels.

Dan Mattern

The Optimist Basketball season is just around the corner! We will be ordering shirts this week and we would like to have as many registrations as possible before the order goes in.  Please see the below links for the online registration form and schedule.


PDF – 2018 Basketball Schedule


Please contact us via email: [email protected], Facebook or phone: 717-220-3416 with any questions!

Optimist Club of Gettysburg Christmas Celebration Party December 13, 2017

The Optimist Club of Gettysburg met on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at the Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary Refectory. The Refectory was decorated in the Christmas spirit.

A fantastic Christmas dinner was prepared by Biggerstaff’s Catering.

President Dan Mattern welcomed (31) members and guests along with (8) children. Wayne Hill opened the evening with the invocation. Dinner was served.

Evening Agenda:

Members of our Gettysburg HS Orchestra provided us with beautiful Christmas music before dinner. Dan presented the orchestra with a check for ($500.00)

After dinner Kris and Mindy Accardi provided a craft table for all children.

President Dan then announced if we would sing out loud enough we might be able to lure Santa Claus to visit with us. Wayne then jumped at the opportunity to lead all the children and adults in singing Christmas Carols. To our surprise Santa Claus appeared and all of our children had the chance to sit on Santa’s knee and received a gift. It was a great night for all.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Salvation Army Bell Ringing 12/21/17
  • Next Optimist meeting @ Gettysburg Seminary Refectory 01/03/2018
  • Optimist Basketball starts 01/06, see our website for registration information
  • 3/24/18 Oyster/Shrimp Fundraiser @ Gettysburg Fire Hall, call Stacey for tickets
  • 5/17/18 Golf Tournament Fundraiser @ The Links at Gettysburg

Respectfully Submitted, Daryl Aurand, Secretary

Were you unable to make it to our sign ups? We are still welcoming children in grades 1-6 to sign up for our free Optimist Basketball program. We now have an online form for you to use:

We play at the Gettysburg Middle School gym. Our basketball season begins Saturday January 6th and will run every Saturday until February 24th. Please see the following schedule link for start times: PDF – 2018 Basketball Schedule

Questions? You can reach us via our Facebook page, email: gett[email protected] or by phone: 717-220-3416.

On Friday, December 8, 2018, the Optimist Club of Gettysburg presented the annual Holiday Magic Show at Lincoln Elementary School. All youth tickets remained free this year and the cafeteria was packed. Seeing the smiles on all the youth’s faces is what we aim to see each and every year. Thank you to all of our local businesses and individual supporters who made this show possible.  What a magical evening!







Saturday December 9th the Gettysburg Optimist will host our second Optimist Basketball sign ups. Come join us at the Gettysburg Middle School cafeteria from 9-11am.

No Optimist meeting this week.

The annual Gettysburg Optimist Christmas Dinner will be Wednesday December 13 at the Gettysburg Seminary Refectory. Social at 6 PM with dinner 6:30 PM. Calling all members to not miss out on this gala evening and all children and grandchildren are invited. President Dan has been told we may have a special jolly guest join us for the evening.

Please RSVP Tom Barako with your reservation for this evening

Other dates to mark in your calendar for the month of December are :
(1) Friday December 8th Optimist Magic Show 6:30 PM @ Lincoln Elementary
(2) Saturday December 9th Optimist basketball signup 9-11 AM @ Gettysburg Area Middle School cafeteria.
(3) Thursday December 21st Salvation Army Bell Ringing.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,
Daryl Aurand, Secretary