Reminder: The Optimist Basketball season begins this Saturday, February 5, 2022. The schedule is as follows;
Grade K-3 Boys 9-10 am
Grade K-3 Girls 10-11am
Grade 4-6 Boys & Girls 11 AM -12pm.

All program information including late sign ups may be found at the following link.  Applications are still being accepted but one must be filled out prior to play.

January 29 Update:

Beginning Saturday, February 5th the Gettysburg Optimist Club will be holding its annual basketball program at Lincoln Elementary Gym.

  • Boys K-3     9 am – 10 am
  • Girls K-3     10 am – 11 am
  • Coed 4-6    11 am – 12 pm

Dates are as scheduled:  February 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th

Hour sessions will be drills and small games teaching basketball skills. Thank you to the individuals who have submitted volunteer forms, your services will be greatly appreciated.

Its OK if you are not able to make all of the sessions.

Mask are recommended but optional.

We strongly advise you keep your child home if sick.

Thank you for your participation in this program and we are looking forward to having a fun basketball season.

Any questions feel free to reply to this email.

The Optimist Club of Gettysburg met on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, at 6:30 PM by Zoom. We had 11 members present for our meeting. President Gary welcomed all in attendance for our first meeting in 2022 even though Zoom was not the plan. Due to our current community covid status the officers and board of directors felt this was the prudent alternative.


Business Meeting:

  1. Secretary’s Report: Approved.
  2. Treasure’s report: Approved
  3. Randy Smith recommended annual dues assessment.
  4. Joe Mac Dowell and Fred Darling were recognized for a great job with the Giving Spree with an increase of 112%. Kudos to Joe and Fred for their time and efforts.
  5. Chris and Brian reported on Optimist Basketball and postponing our January dates due to the ramped up covid issues. We are hoping to resume February 5 and we will keep the club posted by email and our website.
  6. Doug asked about our liability exposure and insurance limits. Daryl offered to contact our OI insurance carrier and procure the policy for our records and availability for review.
  7. Steve Burton golf committee chairman reported on our tournament plans and the addition of a golf ball drop from a helicopter to add some excitement to the tournament along with a 50/50 opportunity. More information will be following, stay tuned.
  8. Winter meeting locations were discussed, and our February 2 location will be Deatrick Village Community Center, Gettysburg, PA. President Gary and Marci are treating us to an Italian cuisine, you will want to mark this date on your calendar.

Upcoming Dates:

  • 2/2/2022 Optimist Meeting, location Deatrick Village Community Center 6PM
  • 2/4/2022 STARS ceremony 7:30AM GASD senior high cafeteria
  • 2/19/2022 Optimist Zone meeting
  • 3/2/2022 Optimist Meeting “Respect for Law”
  • 3/13/2022 Oyster/Shrimp Fundraiser cancelled for 2022
  • 5/19/2022 Golf Tournament

Respectfully Submitted, Daryl Aurand, Secretary

At this time the Optimist Club would like to inform all the participants and families signed up for the 2022 Optimist Basketball Program that, due to increased covid cases in the area, we will be postponing the start of the basketball program until February 5th.  ALL JANUARY WEEKEND SESSIONS ARE CANCELED.  We feel that it is in the best health and safety interest to delay the start.  Sorry for any inconvenience.  The Optimist Basketball Committee will reassess the Covid situation in the next few weeks and notify all participants by the last week in January.

”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

1/5/2022 Meeting @ Dunlap’s Restaurant 6PM social, 6:30PM dinner

Happy New Year!

Happy Holidays from our Families to yours!

The Optimist Club of Gettysburg met on Tuesday, December 7, 2021, at the Gettysburg Fire Hall. Stacey and her staff had the fire hall decorated in the Christmas Spirit. Hors d’oeuvres and a fantastic dinner was prepared again by Stacey and staff “Biggerstaff Catering”. President Gary Rappoldt welcomed 30 members and guests along with 10 children. Brent Smith opened our evening with the invocation.

Evening Agenda:

  1. Before dinner Lyne Aurand provided a craft table for all children.
  2. 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 the children had the chance to meet with Santa and receive a gift. Once again it was a great night for all.
  3. News Flash – we received donations from the Giving Spree “ACCF”. Thank you, Joe and Fred, for all of your work.

Upcoming Dates:

  • 12/16/2021 Salvation Army Bell ringing
  • 1/1/2022 HAPPY NEW YEAR
  • 1/5/2022 Meeting @ Dunlap’s Restaurant 6PM social, 6:30PM dinner
  • 1/8/2022 Optimist Basketball begins, GASD Lincoln Elementary, 9-12 see our website for registration information.
  • 1/15/2022 Optimist Basketball Lincoln Elementary 9-12
  • 1/22/2022 Optimist Basketball Lincoln Elementary 9-12
  • 1/29/2022 Optimist Basketball Lincoln Elementary 9-12
  • Oyster/Shrimp Fundraiser has been postponed for 2022
  • Our May 2022 Golf Tournament Fundraiser @ The Links at Gettysburg is on.

Happy Holidays, Daryl Aurand, Secretary

In person Basketball Registration will be held on December 11th from 9-11 AM in the Lincoln Elementary Cafeteria Lobby.

For more information including online registration, visit our informational page.



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.

Today, on Tuesday, November 30th, 2021, 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! 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!