A new Optimist Sign has been installed at the GARA Amphitheatre.


Thank you to LEN DICK not only for your sign making talents but for donating time and money to bring a new Optimist Sign to the Optimist Amphitheatre. Your dedication to the youth of the community and the greater Gettysburg Community are extremely appreciated!

We are also elated to hear that it’s being used frequently. Churches are holding Sunday events and the Borough has utilized it for meetings during the Covid Shut down.  Learn more about events happing at the Gettysburg Recreation Park.

On Saturday, September 26, 2020, the Optimist Club of Gettysburg presented its annual Respect for Law Enforcement Award to Gettysburg National Park Rangers Maria Brady and Dan Holler. They were honored for their commitment to the park and local community.

Not only do they protect the Gettysburg National Military Park but they also train others to watch over our park. In light of recent events, Doug Miller, the chair of the local Optimist program Respect for Law, raised the question, “Who’s protecting our monuments?”  It is fitting and an honor, to award, Maria Brady and Dan Holler the awards.  The two coordinate the Park Watch Volunteer Program, a program of over 110 volunteers.

Read more on the Gettysburg Times

The Optimist Club of Gettysburg operates a free youth basketball program open to boys and girls in grades K-6, serving more than 150 students annually. The area program emphasizes the fundamentals of basketball, runs for 8 weeks and is a great all-play program.  The Optimist Club members select the coaches, arrange for local logistics, and supply tee shirts free of charge. GAMS provides the courts. This is one of many ways our volunteers strive to help bring out the best in kids. Join us in our mission by supporting our club on November 5.  #adamscountygivingspree  #donateonnov5

According to Jane Finkle, “Volunteer experience demonstrates your interest in building community and the likelihood that you will be a good citizen in the workplace.”  This Month Is Update Your Resume Month, that includes adding your volunteer work. Do you have a desire to make a difference in the world? Interested in becoming a member of our Gettysburg Optimist Club?  Contact Us Today!

What’s so important about the number 62??  Gettysburg Optimist Club Members have been donating their time and energy to bringing out the best in kids through local fundraising projects and youth activities since 1958.  We need you to continue the tradition. Have time? Join our club!  Have the means to support our goals financially? Donate Now or Join us at the Giving Spree on November 5!  We appreciate your support as we can continue to bring out the best in kids throughout our community through activities like Optimist Basketball program and Reading Is Fundamental.

The Gettysburg Optimist Club is honored to be included in Adams County’s Day of Giving.  At the Giving Spree, everyone in the community is encouraged to come together to learn about local nonprofits like ours–and to support them.  Like many local organizations still striving to support the community through these challenging times, we’ve had to cancel most of our fundraisers for this year.  Without funding, we’re unable to impact the community to the extent that we desire to do so. We are working hard to think outside the box and bring new and exciting fundraisers to light. We hope that you will consider donating to our organization through the Giving Spree on November 5!

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