“An attitude of gratitude brings great things.” – Yogi Bhajan

Happy Thanksgiving!

No Optimist Meeting this Wednesday November 20, 2019.

Our next meeting is our Christmas Party on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 @ the Refectory.

Mark your calendars! The annual Optimist Magic Show has been scheduled for December 13 at 6:30 PM at Lincoln Elementary School.

Promising to entertain audiences of all ages, they have designed a show with a mix of amazing stage illusions, entertaining and skillful escapes, audience participation and exciting music that gives you more ‘bang for your buck’ than any other magic or illusion show out there!

Certainly not your everyday ‘magic’ act… forget all you know and prepare to be amazed by Extreme Illusions & Escapes starring Josh Knotts & Lea.

Phone solicitations for donations have begun.

We THANK YOU in advance for donating to continue this tradition which allows ALL Children to attend for free. Tickets will soon be available for distribution.

Donations may also be sent to PO BOX 3035, Gettysburg, PA 17325 or through Paypal and credit card where 100% of the money collected is used for other Gettysburg Optimist Club activities. This allows programs like the Optimist Basketball, Reading is Fundamental, and Outdoor education to remain FREE to all students of Gettysburg and surrounding areas.  As a 501c3 Organization, your direct donation is tax deductible.

The Optimist Club of Gettysburg met on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at the Deatrick Community Center. President Marci Cropp welcomed 15 members. Marci opened the evening by leading the Pledge of Allegiance. Brent Smith gave the invocation. A delicious chicken and meatball dinner was prepared by Cropp Catering. Also, included was a very tasty crab salsa from Marci’s shop, Rosie’s.


No program this evening.

Business Meeting:

  1. Secretary’s report was approved.
  2. Treasure’s report was approved.
  3. President’s report:

New Business

  1. Thank you notes were circulated from Ad. Co. Head Start and Ad. Co. Arts Council.
  2. Fred Darling was sworn in as a board member by VP Brian Skidmore.
  3. Brian Skidmore received a plaque in honor of the 2018 year he served as president of the club.
  4. Sam and Brian volunteered to prepare the meals for March 18th and April 15th

Old Business

  1. Please contact Marci ASAP if you have not yet signed up to help with Bell Ringing on December 12th. (Sign-up sheet attached)
  2. Club members brainstormed many ideas for recruiting new members:
  3. Don Davis suggested that a club brochure be given to people moving into the area via Welcome Wagon and Ginny.
  4. Presentations given to local businesses that might be willing to pay for employee’s membership in the club.
  5. Display of a “join” banner and forms at all Optimist events.
  6. Members present at all events that would personally invite people to join.

Discussion will continue later.

Committee/Task Force Reports:

Amphitheater Task Force

The Adams County Tech Prep Program students and teacher, Dave Snyder, continue renovations that may be completed in November. A picture and article appeared in the Gettysburg Times on November 4th during a Pizza Thank You lunch provided for students by Optimist Club members Marci, Tom, Daryl, Dan, Brian, Mark, and Wayne. Tom reported that a nail gun will be donated to the Adams County Tech Prep Program (Gettysburg, Fairfield, Littlestown, Conewago Valley, and Bermudian Springs Schools).

Christmas Magic Show Committee

Marci reported for Doug that the event will be held December 13, 2019 at 6:30 PM at Lincoln Elementary School. Please contact Doug ASAP if you are able to help.

Basketball Program Committee

Marci reported for Chris that club members are needed to help with participant registration at the Gettysburg Middle School cafeteria on December 14, 2019 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Please contact Chris ASAP.

Golf Tournament Fundraiser Committee

Daryl reported that the Golf Fundraiser date is set for May 21, 2020 at the Links. Co-chairpersons are Tom Barako and Daryl Aurand. Committee members are needed, so please contact Tom or Daryl ASAP.

Oyster/Shrimp Fundraiser Committee:

Wayne reported the oyster event date of March 28, 2020. Tickets may be available for the Holiday Dinner on December 11th. The members discussed selling tickets at the Christmas Magic Show and Basketball Registration in December. The Key Club will help throughout the event. Members discussed the possible creation of a sign-up work schedule so there are enough members throughout the event for all necessary details from padding to clean-up. Stacy and Wayne will make final decisions. More information will be given at a later date.

  1. The meeting ended with the recitation of the Optimist Creed.

Upcoming Dates:

  • 12/11/19 Optimist Holiday Dinner @ Gettysburg Seminary Refectory
  • 12/12/19 Salvation Army Bell Ringing on Thursday.
  • 12/13/19 Christmas Magic Show, 6:30 PM @ Lincoln Elementary School
  • 12/14/19 Optimist Basketball 2019 – 2020, registration @ Middle School Cafeteria and on our website.
  • 1/13/20 Board of Director meeting
  • 1/15/20 Next Meeting
  • 3/28/20 Oyster/Shrimp Fundraiser @ Gettysburg Fire Hall
  • 5/21/20 Golf Tournament @ Links at Gettysburg

Respectfully Submitted,

Daryl Aurand, Secretary

Nearly thirty-five years has passed since the Optimist Club of Gettysburg (Optimist) volunteered to build the Amphitheater at the Gettysburg Recreation Park. Over the decades since it was first opened to the public, thousands of Gettysburg area residents have migrated to the amphitheater to enjoy a variety of entertainment offerings.

Originally many local contractors and businesses joined forces to lend their specific skill-sets to construct the Amphitheater and that tradition of community service and support continues. As with all things, the years have a way of taking a toll on a structure and local club members have once again brought together volunteers and local businesses to repair or replace much of the original structure. This month the local club over saw the renovations to the outdoor theater that has become a local landmark at the Gettysburg Recreation Park.

The Adams County Tech-Prep Building Trades Program, are providing painting and construction labor to install new facia and roofing. A number of local businesses stepped up to offer their expertise and assistance with materials needed to complete the project. Optimist members volunteered their time, efforts and equipment to power-wash the structure and prepare it for new paint which was donated by Sherwin Williams of Gettysburg. Len Dick Signs will lend their artistic efforts for a new sign which will adorn the Theater in coming weeks. The Optimists provided all the necessary funding for materials and oversight for the work.

The Optimist Club of Gettysburg is a volunteer organization (501C-3) dedicated to sponsoring more than 15 ongoing youth related programs throughout the year in Gettysburg. The funds needed to support their programs include: The Oyster and Shrimp Feed, The Annual Gettysburg Optimist Golf Tournament, Adams County Chamber of Commerce Wine and Music Festival parking services and the Optimist Christmas Magic Show.

“Membership in the Club is open for all men and women 18 years of age and older who want to help with our mission to ‘Bring Out the Best in Kids’. The Optimist Club of Gettysburg was founded in 1958 and has been continuously sustained for more than 65 years,” says Marci Cropp, this year’s Gettysburg Optimist Club President. “With the continued support of our members, local businesses and the residents of the Gettysburg area community, it is our goal to continue the Optimist legacy onto future generations.”

For more information on the Club and how you can join or donate support for our efforts, click on https://gettysburgoptimist.com/ today or call a member at 717.220.3416.

We will have a board meeting this Wednesday 11/6/2019 @ 5 PM before our regular meeting. This meeting is at Deatrick Village Community Center.

The Optimist Club of Gettysburg membership will meet this Wednesday, November 6th @ the “Deatrick Village Community Center” 6 PM social and 6:30 PM dinner and meeting.

See you then!