Good Day Gettysburg Optimists,

Our club has a busy week ahead of us so mark your calendars:

  1. Meeting Wednesday 11/3 @ Dunlop’s Restaurant, social 6PM and dinner 6:30 PM.
  2. Adams County Community Foundation 2021 Giving Spree is Friday 11/5. This is a great time for our membership and community to make donations due to the foundation’s proportional contributions.

Optimistically, Daryl Aurand/Secretary

Mission, Vision and Purpose.

Mission: By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in youth, our communities, and ourselves.

Vision: Optimist International will be recognized worldwide as the premier volunteer organization that values all children and helps them develop to their full potential.

Purposes: To develop optimism as a philosophy of life utilizing the tenets of the Optimist Creed; to promote an active interest in good government and civic affairs, to inspire respect for the law, to promote patriotism and work for international accord and friendship among all people, to aid and encourage the development of youth, in the belief that the giving of one’s self in service to others will advance the well-being of humankind, community life and the world.

With our mission, vision, and purpose we strive to continuously better our community for the youth. Join us on our mission by donating to us on November 5th for the Giving Spree.

In addition to Youth Basketball, RIF, and academic programs, our Optimist Club also supports the Gettysburg Community Theatre, Holiday Family Outreach, Gettysburg Area High School Orchestra, Environmental Education, Optimist Olympics, Dollars for Scholars, Adams County Business Education Partnership, Respect for Law, Gettysburg Holiday Parades, Little League, and the Optimist Foundation. By supporting our local, community based club in the Adams County Giving Spree, you support countless local organizations that strive to bring out the best in kids. Join us in our mission by donating to us through the Giving Spree on November 5!

RIF, or Reading Is Fundamental, is the largest children’s literacy nonprofit in the United States. Through our partnership, we prepare and motivate youth to read by delivering free books and literacy resources to the children and families who need them most. We strive for children to be lifelong readers through the power of choice. We are extremely happy to aid and support RIF in their mission. The seeds of inspiration in these books have motivated children to follow their dreams and achieve their potential.

What’s so important about the number 63? 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 continue to bring out the best in kids throughout our community with programs and activities like the Optimist Basketball Program and Reading Is Fundamental.

We believe in the Optimist Creed:

“Promise Yourself
To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.”


The local high school recognizes youth who have made a significant improvement in their school performance through the STARS program, Success Through Academic Recognition. The Optimist Club of Gettysburg sponsors this quarterly program which awards students in 3 different categories, Shining Star, Rising Star and North Star. Additionally, the organization contributes and supports the Dwight D. Eisenhower Senior Self Improvement Award for students who have overcome significant obstacles to make dramatic improvement in their attendance, behavior, attitude, academic performance and community/school service. A cash award and achievement plaque is awarded to each of the thirty students nominated from the six high schools in Adams County. We are proud to support students’ academic achievement!

The Optimist Club of Gettysburg traditionally operates a free youth basketball program open to boys and girls in grades K-6, serving more than 150 students annually. The community-based program that emphasizes the fundamentals of basketball runs for 8 weeks and has a great all-play program. The members of the Gettysburg Optimist Club select the coaches, arrange for local logistics, and provide supplies for the program. This year, the basketball program had to evolve due to Covid. The organization held a one day clinic that was adored by everyone that participated or volunteered. The tireless efforts of our members ensures that this amazing tradition continues. This is one of many ways our volunteers strive to continuously help bring out the best in kids, no matter what obstacles are put in place. #adamscountygivingspree  #donateonnov5

Giving Spree Reminder #67. November 5, 2021.