Congratulations to Brian and Ashley Skidmore on the birth of the first child, a son, Timothy Gene Skidmore on July 17, 2020. He was 6lbs 8.3 oz and 19 inches long. Best wishes and congratulations to all.

The Optimist Club of Gettysburg met on Wednesday July 15, 2020 at 7:00 PM using the Zoom app thanks again to Junction Creative Solutions. This was our fifth meeting using the Zoom app. This gives us the opportunity to share in fellowship and plan for our club’s future even in the face of adversity respecting everyone’s well being and being there for one another.

Our Gettysburg Optimist Club is alive and well so if you missed this meeting, we are scheduled to meet August 5 at Rec Park and also zoom will be available.


Our program started with everyone sharing what they are doing with their summer and trying to stay healthy. After the business portion of the meeting Tom Barako challenged members with a game of trivia won by our newest and smartest member Steve Burton.

Business Meeting:

  • Secretary’s report was approved.
  • Treasure’s report was approved:
  • President’s report was primarily discussing Optimist International’s encouragement to maintain membership and growth strategies by using media exposure through website, facebook, and twitter. Marci encourages all members to check into our website. If anyone member or interested individuals needs help getting to our website or zoom meetings please reach out to our members who are comfortable in assisting you.

Old Business:

  • Officer nominations for next year, 2020 – 2021
  • President Brian Skidmore
  • Vice President TBD
  • Treasure Tom Barako
  • Secretary Daryl Aurand
  • OI Foundation Rep Dan Mattern
  • Board of Directors Darlene Brown, Stacey Green, Fred Darling, outgoing pres. Marci Cropp
  • Golf Tournament, 10/8/20, is our new date, and our advertising details are available on our website. Please put this date on your calendar to help the club.
  • Giving Spree in November

Discussion will continue regarding our club involvement in the 2020 Giving Spree campaign.

  • Wine and Music Festival Parking, cancelled
  • Amphitheater Dedication date to be determined.

New Business:

Upcoming Dates:

  • 8/5/2020 Next Meeting @ Zoom
  • 8/19/2020 4th Quarter Zone Meeting @ Rec Park and Including Zoom
  • 9/12 & 13/2020 Wine and Music Festival Parking, Cancelled
  • 9/16 Respect for Law (DARE) Chairman Doug
  • 10/7/2020 Officer Installation Banquet
  • 10/8/2020 Golf Tournament Fundraiser @ The Links at Gettysburg, Tee Time 12:00 Noon, advertising material on our website, call Daryl or Tom if you have questions
  • 10/10/2020 Magic Show / Amphitheater, Rec Park Chairman Doug
  • November – Giving Spree
  • 12/16/2020 Holiday Party at Gettysburg Fire Hall
  • 3/13/2021 Oyster Feed

Respectfully Submitted,

Daryl Aurand, Secretary