”We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” – Edith Lovejoy Pierce

The Gettysburg Optimist Club is mixing it up a bit this year. To accommodate participant demand, the basketball committee has decided to host both the boys in grades 4-6 and the girls in grades 4-6 from 11AM to Noon.  There will no longer be sessions from noon to 1 pm.

Registration is still open! Sign up today! We look forward to seeing you on the court January 4, 2020 at the Gettysburg Area Middle School.

Happy Holidays from our Families to yours!

The Optimist Club of Gettysburg met on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at the Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary Refectory. The Refectory was decorated in the Christmas Spirit.

A fantastic dinner was prepared by Biggerstaff Catering. President Marci Cropp welcomed 37 members and guests along with 8 children. Brent Smith opened our evening with the invocation.

Evening Agenda:

  1. Members of our Gettysburg High School Orchestra provided us with beautiful Christmas music before dinner. Tom presented the orchestra with a check.
  2. Before dinner Lyne Aurand provided a craft table for all children.
  3. The children, members, and guests were led in singing Christmas carols by Wayne in hopes that if Saint Nicholas was making a practice Christmas run, he might hear 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:

  • 1/1/2020 HAPPY NEW YEAR, No Meeting!
  • 1/4/2020 Optimist Basketball begins, Gettysburg M.S. 9-1 see our website for registration information.
  • 1/11/2020 Optimist Basketball Gettysburg M.S. 9-1
  • 1/13/2020 Board of Director meeting
  • 1/15/2020 Optimist Meeting @ Gettysburg Seminary Refectory
  • 1/18/2020 Optimist Basketball Gettysburg M.S. 9-1
  • 1/25/2020 Optimist Basketball Gettysburg M.S. 9-1
  • 3/28-/020 Oyster/Shrimp Fundraiser @ Gettysburg Fire Hall, advanced ticket sales $40/person, contact Wayne or Stacey for tickets
  • 5/21/2020 Golf Tournament Fundraiser @ The Links at Gettysburg

Respectfully Submitted, Daryl Aurand, Secretary

Basketball on Court

Sign Up participants online to ensure a free t-shirt for your child at the below link.


In person Basketball Registration will be held on Saturday, December 14 in GAMS Cafeteria from 9 AM – 1 PM.

For more information including online registration NOW OPEN visit our informational page.



The Gettysburg Optimist Club will be hosting their Annual Magic Show on December 13, 2019 at 6:30 pm in the Lincoln Elementary School Cafeteria.  The event is FREE to all youth.  Come one, Come All for a magical evening.

Basketball registration will also be available.

It’s that time of year. The weather is changing and the Gettysburg Optimist Club is getting in gear for Optimist Basketball.  Registration is OPEN online.  Youth in grades 1-6 are welcome to participate in this free basketball program. Sessions begin January 4th at the Gettysburg Middle School gym and will occur every Saturday through the end of February.  Children can be registered by the following:

1) Fill out the Sign Up form online (One child per form submittal please)
2) Complete a printed registration form and mail it to PO Box 3035 Gettysburg, PA 17325.
3) Attend a Sign Up Session December 14 from 10 AM to 1 PM at the Gettysburg Middle School to fill out the required paperwork.

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 11, 2019 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 Marci has been told we may have a special jolly guest join us for the evening. Be on your best behavior!

Please RSVP Tom Barako with your reservation for the evening

Other dates to mark in your calendar for the month of December are :
(1) Thursday, December 12 Bell Ringing
(2) Friday, December 13 Optimist Magic Show 6:30 PM @ Lincoln Elementary
(3) Saturday December 14 Optimist basketball signup 9AM – 1PM @ Gettysburg Area Middle School cafeteria.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,
Daryl Aurand, Secretary

In November, we have three days dedicated to shopping; Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday.

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.

On Tuesday, December 03, 2019, people around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

One of the best ways to get involved is in your own community.  Please consider the Gettysburg Optimist in your giving this year! All money donated is returned to the youth activities in the local community. Help Bring out the Best in Kids through a donation via a secure link at paypal. Thank you!