Meeting Minutes – May 1, 2024

The Optimist Club of Gettysburg met on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, 6 PM at 56 Winding Drive, Deatrick Village Community Center, Gettysburg. We had 12 members in attendance and 6 guests. Joe and Bill treated us to a dinner enjoyed by all. Gary opened with the invocation and Brent subbing for Dan welcomed all in attendance.

Business Meeting:

1. Secretary’s Report: Approved.

2. Treasure’s report: Approved

3. President’s Report:

a. Our “Respect for Law” guests introduced by Chairman Doug “three of Gettysburg’s finest, Officer’s James O’Shea, Scott Weaver, and James Bivens. Each of these officers serve our community through the Gettysburg Area School District to ensure students, teachers, staff, and visitors have a safe experience within the school district. Officer Bivens stressed the importance of creating positive relationships with the students and staff and the gratification they get to experience in the student’s growth and development. All three officers have served in the Penna. State Police in many different capacities. We are fortunate to have such qualified men to be part of the Gettysburg School District. This is one of my reports that words cannot begin to express our appreciation for the great role model and job these men do every day.

b. Brent stressed that we need someone to step to the plate for Vice President so please be in touch with Dan ASAP !!!

c. We need a chairman for the wine fest parking (fundraiser) !!!

d. Congratulations to Doug becoming a Grandfather again. Little girl: Maisie Grace McFadden

e. Welcome back Walt after a successful surgery.

f. Please keep Brian and family in our prayers for a speedy recovery. We also need to keep Fred Darling and Bob Campbell in our prayers for their speedy recovery.


Old Business

4. Optimist Basketball (Chair Brian Skidmore)

5. Little League Baseball (Chair Al Parone)

a. Little League baseball opened on 4/20. This year 120 participants will experience little league baseball and 4 girls softball teams will be on the ball fields.

6. Respect for Law (Chair Doug Miller)

a. Summary in Presidents report. Thank you Doug for a great job.

7. Gettysburg Wine & Music Festival Parking (Chair )

a. Please contact Dan, Brent, or Daryl if you are willing to chair this event !!!

8. Adams County Foundation Giving Spree (Chair Joe MacDowell)

a. Date 11/7/2024

9. RIF (Chair Lyne Aurand)

10. Golf Tournament Fundraiser (Chair Gary Rappoldt)

a. Our Fourteenth Optimist Tourney will be held at The Links at Gettysburg on 5/16/24.

b. Our golf registration and information are available on our website. If you know of golfers, please help promote our golf tournament.

c. Save the date 5/16/24 and we will need all hands-on deck to make this a successful fundraising event.

11. The Warrior Way Program ( formerly Stars)

a. Held 3/27

12. Brandon proposed sponsorship for youth basketball who supported Optimist Basketball with coaches and players. This will be addressed in our next budget.

11.Brian had previously suggested a meeting to bring your adult child or friend as a prospective member.

New Business

1. Need a Vice President !!!

2. Need a Chairperson for our Gettysburg Wine & Music Festival Parking !!!


Upcoming Dates:

● 5/16 14th Optimist Golf Tournament (The Links at Gettysburg)

● 5/21 3rd Quarter Zone Meeting in York (Contact Brent if interested in attending)

● 6/5 Optimist Meeting, location, Lake Heritage Pavilion

● 6/19 Optimist Social

● 7/10 Optimist Club Picnic

● 8/7 4th Quarter Zone Meeting, Gettysburg Hosts


Respectfully Submitted,

Daryl Aurand, Secretary