Meeting Minutes – February 1, 2023

The Optimist Club of Gettysburg met on Wednesday, February 1, 2023, 6 PM at Deatrick Village Community Center, Gettysburg. We had 1 guest, and 15 members present for our meeting. President Gary welcomed all in attendance for our meeting. Dan Mattern gave the invocation and Biggerstaff Catering provided a barbeque pork dinner enjoyed by all.


Business Meeting:

  • Secretary’s Report: Approved.
  • Treasure’s report: Approved
    • Annual dues for fiscal 2022-2023 will remain at $160 even though OI dues were increased from last year.
  • President’s Report:
    • Guest speaker from Adams County Arts Council — Lisa Cadigan, Executive Director  Lisa spoke about the mission of the ACAC is to cultivate an arts-rich community. She touched on the many activities and projects that are offered by ACAC for our community including art, music, dance, and so many variations comprising arts and cultural activities. ACAC offers many children’s programs and currently serves 454 youth from Adams County and many more, partnering with other organizations like Collaborating for Youth, YWCA, schools, etc.  Lisa’s energy and enthusiasm was obvious and helped us realize the importance of Gettysburg Optimist partnering with ACAC in “bringing out the best in children”.  Photo of check presentation to Adams County Arts Council was taken for the newspaper.

ACAC 2023 Optimist Donation

Old Business

  • Optimist Basketball (Chair Chris Bender & Brian Skidmore) – Brian reported, January went well, and we have February to work with our youth participants. This year’s location is at Gettysburg Area Middle School on Saturday morning’s from 9 am – 12 pm. Brian encouraged membership to stop by as we have a captive audience of parents and an opportunity to invite them to become an Optimist. Discuss announcing Golf Tournament at last Sat and handing out pamphlets.
  • Respect for Law (Chair Doug Miller) – The “Respect for Law” award will be on March 8 at the Adams County Court House. The time will be in a future email.
  • Gettysburg Wine & Music Festival Parking (Chair Brian Skidmore)
    1. 9/9 & 10
    2. Work in progress for parking
  • Adams County Foundation Giving Spree (Chair Joe MacDowell & Fred Darling)
  • RIF & Environmental Ed (Chair Lyne Aurand)
    1. Money will be distributed to RIF which is part of the 2022-2023 Budget
    2. Elementary schools responded that RIF will be offered to about 1000 children this school year. A check presentation date needs to be set for the April or May meeting and invitations sent to school RIF contacts.
    3. Environmental Ed has been discontinued per Gettysburg Area School Administration and School Board
  • Youth Golf Outing (Chair Walt Jones, Randy Smith & Gary Rappoldt) – Proposal for a spring youth 9-hole golf tournament/outing approved. Randy, Walt, and Gary agreed to plan this event.
  • Golf Tournament Fundraiser (Chair Dan Mattern)
    1. May 18, 2023
    2. Updated promotion information will be available soon and everyone is needed to promote sponsorships, foursomes, and make this our best Golf Tournament to date.
    3. Revise our Optimist pamphlet to include the numbers of children we provide free services so more community members may become sponsors. These pamphlets can be used when contacting potential sponsors, donors, participants, and members.
  • Brian suggested a bring your adult child or friend to a fall designated meeting.
  • Approved by general membership vote at 1-4-2023 meeting: to pay for guests and guest speakers from Activities Account at meetings.

New Business

  • Next meeting March 1 @ Deatrick Village Community Center, Gettysburg
  • Gettysburg Community Theater, speaker Chad Alan-Carr

Upcoming Dates:

  • 2-4, 2-11, 2-18, 2-25 Opt BB 9 AM—12 PM @ Gettysburg Area Middle School
  • 2-24 STARS Awards Recognition 7:30 AM @ Gettysburg Area High School
  • 3-1 Board of Directors Meeting 5:30 PM before membership meeting
  • 3-1, Membership Meeting 6 PM at Deatrick Village Community Center, Gettysburg
  • 3-8, “Respect For Law” Award at Gettysburg Court House, time will be in future email
  • 3-8 Zone Meeting at Elizabethtown
  • 4-5 Membership Meeting 6 PM at Deatrick Village Community Center, Gettysburg
  • 5-3 Membership Meeting 6 PM at Deatrick Village Community Center, Gettysburg
  • 5-18 Golf Tournament at “The Links at Gettysburg”

Respectfully Submitted, Daryl Aurand, Secretary