Hello Fellow Optimists:

Our May 2nd meeting will be a celebration of 60 years” bringing out the best in kids”. Bring your scrap book or any other optimist memorabilia you may have.

Wear your optimist pin. Bring your spouse ,friend or just come yourself but come out and enjoy a relaxed and fun evening reminiscing the past years. I hear we will have Optimist trivia so brush up on your optimist club. We have some special guest attending so please attend this meeting. This dinner is paid from our dues.

Please RSVP by Sunday April 29 with number of people attending so we have a count for dinner.

Hope to see you May 2nd at the Refectory with social at 6pm followed by dinner at 6:30.

Optimistically, Dan Mattern

The Optimist Club of Gettysburg met on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at O’Rorke’s Restaurant in Gettysburg.

President Dan Mattern welcomed (16) members and (1) guest, Ryan Eaton, vice president of Gettysburg Little League. Wayne opened the evening with the invocation. All members recited the pledge of allegiance. Dinner was served.

Evening Agenda:

  1. Our guest speaker Ryan Eaton representing Gettysburg Little League was very appreciative of the financial support from our club. The little league has 118 registered players, a significant increase in numbers from last year. They also have started a girls’ softball league this year. Ryan’s presentation was given before dinner due to his demands to be back to little league practice.
  2. Reports: President’s report given by Dan thanked Chris Bender one of our newest members for attending opening day for Little League.
  3. Secretary’s minutes for the April 4, 2018 meeting and Treasure’s report given by Tom Barako were approved. Tom also reported a net profit from the oyster feed was ($4,120.00). Kudos to all members for your help and thank you Stacey and Wayne for your leadership.
  4. Committee Reports:
    1. Golf (Bruce) – We’re out of the gate and have a major sponsor for our Eighth Annual Golf Tournament. This year will be the “Clyde Williams Memorial Tourney”. E. Williams Sons, Inc. is the major sponsor with a ($2,500.00) major sponsorship. Clyde Williams was a charter member of the Gettysburg Optimist Club. You can visit our website for more information.

Every member is being asked to help get sponsors and foursomes. If all 33 Optimist members  get a $500.00 sponsor the Optimist Golf Tournament will be a huge success!!!!

We currently have 12 foursomes signed up and 15 gold sponsors. Let’s make this our most successful golf tournament yet !!!!!

If you prefer Daryl or Bruce will phone potential sponsors, just email name and phone number.

Upcoming Dates:

  • 4/29/18 Mark Cropp announced that “Face of America” 600 bicycle and hand cycle riders will converge on Gettysburg. Many thanks to veterans and all volunteers for the sacrifice given for our freedom.
  • 5/2/18 Meeting will be at the Refectory. 60th year celebration so invite your spouse or friend. All members are encouraged to save this date and RSVP treasure Tom Barako.
  • 5/11/18 Optimist Special Olympics York club at York City Ice Rink 9AM.
  • 5/17/18 Golf Tournament Fundraiser @ The Links at Gettysburg
  • 6/6/18 meeting at Lake Heritage Pavilion with guests from Gettysburg Community Theater and we are encouraging members to invite guests for our official “NOW” program = New Optimist Welcome.

Respectfully Submitted, Daryl Aurand, Secretary

Fellow Optimists,

Our next meeting is this Wednesday, April 18th at (O’Rorke’s Restaurant) located at 44 Steinwehr Ave. Gettysburg. We will be meeting up stairs. Social time begins at 6PM and dinner at 6:30PM.

Our speaker will be from Gettysburg Little League.

Optimistically, Daryl Aurand / Secretary

The Gettysburg Optimist Club met on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at the Refectory. There were a total of 28 people in attendance (members and guests).

President Dan Mattern opened the meeting at 7:05 pm with an Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance.

This was followed by another excellent dinner provided by Biggerstaff’s Catering.

 After dinner President Dan introduced the speakers for the evening.

 Dr. Walt Jones introduced the first speaker who was Tony Floyd who spoke about the Gettysburg Outdoor Education Program. He described the various programs and activities provided to our young people by the program. The club gave him a donation of $2000 for the program.

Next were several speakers from various schools in the area (James Gettys, Franklin Township, Lincoln, St. Francis) as well as representatives from the Head Start Program. They all spoke about the Reading is Fundamental Program (R.I.F.) which provides materials and programs to young people aimed at enhancing the love of reading.  The club donated $6000 to these groups to be divided equally.

President’s Report: President Dan asked that the minutes from the last meeting be approved. He mentioned that he attended the Zone meeting on March 8.

Treasurer’s Report: Tom provided the treasurer’s report.

On May 11 the Optimist Olympics will be held in York and the opening night of Gettysburg Little League is April 13. Anyone interested in attending please contact Dan.

Congratulations to Stacey Green and Wayne Hill for a very successful Oyster Feed. And thank you to everyone who helped.

The Gettysburg Kiwanis has invited us to attend a summer picnic in June. This will be in place of the June 20 meeting. Date TBD.

Oyster Feed – Thanks to everyone for making this a very successful day! Tom Barako reported that we will make at least $4000.

Golf Tourney – May 17  Bruce reported that we still need foursomes and hole sponsors as well as gifts. Thank you to Wayne for the corporate sponsor of C.E. Williams Sons, Inc.

Membership – The June 6 meeting will be utilized for members to bring possible NEW members. All are welcome!

Meetings – The April 18 meeting will be at ORorke’s with the Gettysburg Little League.

President Dan Mattern closed the meeting at 8:20 pm with recitation of the Optimist Creed

Optimistically submitted   Fred Darling




Hello Members, please attend the Apr 4 Optimist mtg. We have 6 presenters from the Outdoor Ed and RIF programs: middle school, James Gettys, Franklin Twp, Lincoln, St. Francis, and Headstart. Let’s show our appreciation for the people that provide these opportunities for the children in our community. Thank you. Daryl