The Optimist Club was well taken care of last night as the Adams County Arts Council hosted our meeting and Stacey provided our meal from Biggerstaff’s Catering.  Chris Gladfelter gave a very informative presentation describing all the wonderful ways that the Adams County Art Council benefits the local youth.  While county funding significantly decreased last year, the Arts Council was still able to serve more than 1100 children and seniors through classes and workshops.  They actually increased their services to low income families by 29%.  The Arts Council also tries to bring back cultural experiences to the schools through their Roots and Wings outreach program.  Upcoming events include: Dining in the Lincoln White House, CenturyLink Gettysburg ChiliBrew & BBQ2,and Tea with Mamie.  For more information on these events or membership please go to


Oyster Feed: The Optimist would like to thank the community for another very successful fundraiser.  We received a lot of positive feedback from our guests.  218 tickets were purchased and 209 people attended this event.  Final bills are being paid and monies are coming in.  More than $3000 will go towards funding local youth programs.  Thank you Optimists and volunteers for all your hard work! Click here to see photos from the event.


Optimist Basketball: The club finished up the basketball season on Saturday, March 15th.  We had a great group of players and volunteer coaches.  We appreciate all the hard work from the participants and hope to see everyone back next year.  Click here to see pictures from this season.


Golf Tournament: Optimist members check your email for upcoming Golf committee meetings.  Again we stress the importance of each Optimist member seeking out a sponsor and foursome.  Click here for more information about the Tournament which is scheduled for Thursday, May 22nd.


Optimist of East York Pig Roast: Several members from our club will be traveling to the All-You-Can-Eat Pig Roast in York on Tuesday, March 25th.  The event is located at 3562 Gillespie Dr., York.  It begins at 6:30pm.  Tickets are $40 for the meal and chances to win raffle prizes.  Contact Walt for more information.  If you would like to carpool a group will be leaving from the Peebles parking lot at 6pm.


Special Guest: Barb Kingsley attended the meeting to learn more about what our club does for the community.  She is the Communications Coordinator for Gettysburg Area School District and she hopes to increase awareness between the district and the community through print and online media.  Barb was gracious enough to design a very creative advertisement promoting the Oyster Feed.  She has been a long-time supporter of the Optimist mission and she plans to attend future meetings to gather additional information on our club.


Upcoming meetings:

Wednesday, April 2nd at 6:30pm at Mamma Ventura’s.  We will have guests from RIF and the Outdoor Education program.

Wednesday, April 16th at 6:30pm at Mamma Ventura’s.  We will have guests from the Musical Theatre.