The Gettysburg Optimist Club met on May 4,2016 at the Refectory. Vice-President Darlene Brown opened the meeting at 7:05pm with an invocation and Pledge of Allegiance. This was followed by an outstanding dinner provided by Stacey Green and staff.

After dinner Vice-President Darlene introduced the speaker for the evening: Mr. Matt Sheads, Gettysburg Youth Baseball Leader. Matt spoke about the activities of the Baseball League, mentioning that there are more teams than ever. He pointed out one team has the Optimist Club printed on their uniforms, as well as 4×6 signs indicating Optimist Club support for the organization. Matt finished his talk by thanking the club for its financial support ($750) and answered questions from club members.

Treasurer’s Report: Tom Barako reported – General Fund $2958 Activity Account $10988.64
Tom asked anyone with outstanding dues to please pay as soon as possible.

Golf Tournament: Wayne Hill reported that there are several volunteer slots open. He will send an email asking for members to sign up to help. Frank Negro is finishing the programs for the tourney and checked about some sponsors such as Adams County Bank, Allianz, and Adams Electric. Tom said that he has cases of chips for the tourney. Daryl mentioned that there are still openings for foursomes for anyone interested. Ms. Nancy Scott donated a set of golf clubs to be raffled at the tournament. Thank you!

Member comments: Walt Jones mentioned that the 13th Annual Eisenhower Senior Self Improvement Breakfast will be held on Thursday, May 5, 7:30am, at the Adams County Tech Prep Building. The Optimist Club helps support this program, and all members are welcome to attend.

New Member: Pleased to announce that Brian Skidmore was welcomed as a new member of the Gettysburg Optimist Club. Brian hails from Biglerville. Welcome!!

Recognition: Congratulations to Mark Cropp and Marci Cropp for their involvement in completing the Face of America Bike Ride on April 27. This is part of World Team Sports.

Vice President Darlene Brown closed the meeting at 8:15 pm. with a reading of the Optimist Creed.

Submitted by Fred Darling.