The Gettysburg Optimist Club met on Wednesday, February 1 at the Refectory.

Bruce Bradshaw opened the meeting with a prayer and Pledge of  Allegiance. He reported that Thursday, February 2 is International Optimist Day and that all Optimists are requested to wear something related to Optimists .

Treasurer’s Report: Tom Barako reported on Activity Fund and General Fund.  Tom said that dues are coming in nicely and that the club is in good shape financially.

Soccer Parking: Bruce reported that we probably will not have the usual area for parking available. Possibly we may be able to do the parking for the Lacrosse games.

Basketball: Joe reported that the program is doing very well. Many compliments have been received about the Optimist Club running this program. There are about 140 kids participating.

Golf Outing: May 18  We are looking for someone to run the program. The usual sponsors are signing up. The goal this year is to raise $10000.

Oyster Feed: Plans are proceeding very well. Oyster padding will be on the evening of March 3 at the Gettysburg Fire House.



Important Meeting- A vote will taken at the February 15 meeting regarding the financial status of the club. Basically the decision will be made regarding whether we remain as a 501C4 club or change to a 501C3 club. Sam will provide information for discussion. Bob Campbell said that a check should be made regarding the incorporation of the club.

Bruce mentioned  that the Gettysburg Area Recreation Association is seeking financial help to provide helmets for the kids who use the skateboard area at Rec Park.

Bruce also presented a video about Will Rogers, the great American humorist from Oklahoma.

Last but not least: A belated congratulations to Joe MacDowell on achieving Lifetime Member status. Joe certainly deserves this recognition for all he has done for the club.

Bruce closed the meeting at 7:50 with recitation of the Optimist Creed.

Submitted by Fred Darling