Meeting: Wednesday, January 2, 2019 @ The Refectory 6PM social and 6:30 dinner.
Make your New Years resolution to attend an “Optimist Meeting”.

Happy New Year,
Daryl Aurand, secretary

Basketball on Court

Teams have been organized and shirts have been ordered, but there is still time to sign up your youth for the 2019 Optimist Basketball season which starts January 5th. Please see the below links for the registration form and schedule. We look forward to seeing everyone on the courts next week!


Optimist Hoops Registration Form

Gettysburg Optimist Basketball Schedule 2019

The Optimist Club of Gettysburg met on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at the Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary Refectory. The Refectory was decorated in the Christmas spirit.

A fantastic dinner was prepared by Biggerstaff Catering.

President Brian Skidmore welcomed (34) members and guests along with (12) children. Joe Mac Dowell opened our evening with the invocation. Dinner was served.

Evening Agenda

  1. Members of our Gettysburg High School Orchestra provided us with beautiful Christmas music before dinner. Brian presented the orchestra with a check for ($500.00).
  2. After dinner Kris and Mindy Accardi provided a craft table for all children.
  3. President Brian then challenged those in attendance with Christmas trivia and prize gifts for the winners.
  4. The children, members and guests were led in singing Christmas carols by Wayne in hopes that if Saint Nicholas was making a pre-practice Christmas run he might here us and stop to visit. To our surprise Santa Claus did make a splashing appearance and all of the children had the chance to meet with Santa and receive a gift. Once again it was a great night for all.

Upcoming Dates:

  • 12-20-18 Christmas Salvation Army bell ringing
  • 1-2-2019 Optimist Meeting @ Gettysburg Seminary Refectory
  • 1-5-2019 Optimist Basketball begins, see our website for registration information
  • 3-16-2019 Oyster/Shrimp Fundraiser @ Gettysburg Fire Hall, tickets $40/person
  • 5-16-2019 Golf Tournament Fundraiser @ The Links at Gettysburg

Respectfully Submitted, Daryl Aurand, Secretary

For pictures of the event, click here.

Basketball on Court

Teams have been formed and shirts have been ordered, but you can still sign your child up for the 2019 Optimist Basketball season.  All local children in grades 1-6 are invited to participate in this free basketball program.

Please see the links below for the registration and schedule.


Optimist Hoops Registration Form

Gettysburg Optimist Basketball Schedule 2019

That time of year’s come ’round again,
So we wish you all the best.
The joy that comes from knowing you
Makes us feel that we’ve been blessed.

So we’ll share with you our feelings
At this special time of year:
May your holidays be a delight,
Filled with happiness and cheer.

Happy Holidays!

Basketball on Court

New sign-ups are still welcome for the 2019 Optimist Basketball season which begins Saturday, Jan. 5th. Just click on the registration link below to sign up your child. The schedule is also linked below.

Optimist Hoops Registration Form

Gettysburg Optimist Basketball Schedule 2019


We welcome parent and other volunteer coaches. If you would like to coach, please complete the form below. We will need Child Abuse and PA State Police clearances from all coaches. Instructions for these free clearances are on the waiver below.

Optimist Club of Gettysburg Volunteer Waiver

Basketball on Court

Just a quick reminder. The optimist club of Gettysburg will be hosting registration today December 8 from 9 to 11 AM at the Gettysburg Area Middle School.  Stop by to fill out the required paperwork.  Or you may continue to register online.

Spread the word to make this another great basketball season!

No Optimist meeting this week.

The annual Gettysburg Optimist Christmas Dinner will be Wednesday December 12 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 Brian has been told we may have a special jolly guest join us for the evening.

Please RSVP Tom Barako with your reservation for the evening

Other dates to mark in your calendar for the month of December are :
(1) Friday, December 7 Optimist Magic Show 6:30 PM @ Lincoln Elementary
(2) Saturday December 8 Optimist basketball signup 9-11 AM @ Gettysburg Area Middle School cafeteria.
(3) Thursday December 20th Salvation Army Bell Ringing.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,
Daryl Aurand, Secretary

The Optimist Club of Gettysburg has entered a contest for a donation give-away. Huntington Hardware is a family business which gives prize money to the top Four 501c3 organizations with the most points from Facebook voting, Please help us by liking the photo!