The Gettysburg Optimist Club met on October 17,2018,at LaBella Restaurant in Gettysburg. President Brian Skidmore opened the meeting at 6:30 pm and invited everyone to enjoy a delicious pizza dinner.

After dinner Brian covered the following business items:

1. Secretary’s Report. No report.
2. Treasurer’s Report. No report.
3. President’s Report:
4. Bell Ringing The club participates in the annual Salvation Army Bell Ringing on December 20. Brian will have a sign-up sheet at the next meeting.
5. Magic Show Doug Miller is planning this annual event on December 7,7:00pm,at Lincoln Elementary.
6. Youth Basketball Kris and Mindy Accardi are coordinating this. Kris said that plans are proceeding well. Sign-ups will be December 1 and 8.
7. Oyster Feed March 15 and 16. Wayne Hill reported that plans are proceeding. The charge will be $40 per person again.
8. Golf Outing Bruce Bradshaw reported that plans are progressing very well. A letter will be sent soon. May 16.
Closing remarks: No one had any closing comments.

President Brian closed the meeting at 7:50 pm with a recitation of the Optimist Creed.

Optimistically submitted Fred Darling

Good afternoon Gettysburg Optimist Club. This week is our October 17 meeting and it will beheld at La Bella Restaurant. It will be a pizza party. Please RSVP to our new President Brian Skidmore by phone or email. Bring your appetite and be ready for an enjoyable evening of fellowship.

Optimistically, Daryl Aurand / secretary 

RSVP to: Brian Skidmore / President

The Optimist Club of Gettysburg met on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at the Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary Refectory.  A delicious chicken and ham dinner was prepared by Biggerstaff Catering. President Dan Mattern welcomed (20) members and (5) guests. Dan opened the evening and led the pledge and Joe gave the invocation.

Business Meeting:

  1. Dan Mattern opened the meeting with the announcement of the passing of a great Optimist year while he was president. Dan thanked all the members for their support throughout 2017-2018.
  2. Dan Mattern reviewed the past year and thanked the 2017-2018 officers: Brian, Daryl, and Tom; Board of Directors: Bruce, Bill, Walt, and Sam; as well all members and spouses for their support.
  3. The main order of business was the installation of new officers and Board of Directors for 2018-2019 by Dan: (Officers) President-Brian Skidmore, Vice President-Marci Cropp, Secretary-Daryl Aurand, and Treasurer-Tom Barako, (Board of Directors) Chris Bender, Mindy Accardi, Doug Miller, and Dan Mattern.
  4. Newly elected President Brian Skidmore addressed the membership stating the Optimist International mission is, “Bringing out the best in the next century.” Brian reiterated the need for the club to gain new membership.
  5. Tom Barako led the recitation of the Optimist Creed to close the meeting.

Upcoming Dates:

  • 10/10/18 board of directors meeting 6:30 PM
  • 10/17/18 Next meeting, 6:00 pm Social, 6:30 PM Dinner @ La Bella Restaurant
  • Salvation Army Bell Ringing for 2018 to be announced.
  • 12/12/18 Optimist Christmas Dinner @ Gettysburg Seminary Refectory
  • Optimist Basketball 2018 – 2019 dates to be announced.
  • 3/16/2019 Oyster/Shrimp Fundraiser @ Gettysburg Fire Hall
  • 5/16/2019 Golf Tournament Fundraiser @ The Links at Gettysburg

Respectfully Submitted, Daryl Aurand, Secretary

 October 3rd Officer Installation Banquet @ the Refectory 6PM, guests $10    

The Optimist Club of Gettysburg met on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 for our annual “Respect for Law” meeting at the Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary Refectory.

President Dan Mattern welcomed 16 members and 2 guests in attendance. We opened the evening with the invocation and all members reciting the pledge of allegiance. A great dinner was enjoyed by all, thank you Stacey.

Evening Agenda:

  1. Program: Hurshel Shank, “Fire Chief” since 2013 was our first speaker. He spoke of the many services offered by the fire department from their fighting fires, extensive line of equipment, museum, and availability of the social hall.  Jim Fox, “Fire Prevention Officer” spoke of his commitment to educating our community on fire safety. He speaks regularly to area schools, service clubs, day care centers, and many more groups.  Many thanks to Chairman Doug Miller for another great job on our “Respect for Law” project in recognizing our Fire Department Heroes.
  1. Reports: Dan reported on the “Chamber Parking for Wine Fest” was a success on September 8th in spite of the rainy weather. Thank you Brian for chairing this activity and many thanks to our members who braved the wet weather.
  2. Secretary’s minutes for the September 5, 2018 meeting was approved.
  3. Treasure’s report was presented by Tom Barako.

Upcoming Dates:

  • October 3rd Officer Installation Banquet @ the Refectory 6PM, guests $10, RSVP to Dan by September 27.
  • October 10th Board of Directors and Officers calendar planning meeting at Gettysburg Eddies (upstairs at 6:30PM)
  • October 17th Regular meeting at La Bella Restaurant (Pizza Party)
  • December 7th is our Christmas magic show
  • December 12th Christmas Dinner/Party @ the Refectory

Respectfully Submitted, Daryl Aurand, Secretary