The Optimist Club enjoyed a delicious pasta and seafood dinner at Mamma Ventura’s.    The timing was perfect as we have seafood on the mind as we prepare for our Annual Oyster and Shrimp Feed this weekend.

Annual Oyster and Shrimp Feed: All hands on deck!  All available Optimist members are asked to come out to help make this a successful fundraiser.  Prep will begin at 6:30pm on Friday, March 7th. at the Gettysburg Fire Department.  Band-Aids will be supplied for any shucking injuries!  On Saturday, members are asked to come early to help in the kitchen.  Wayne plans to be there at 9 a.m.   The feeding frenzy will be from 12-3pm.  Please remember to bring a dessert.  Ticket sale estimates look strong so we hope to have a full house!


Optimist Basketball: There are only 2 weekends left for this youth program!  This season has flown by.   Kris and Mindy will coach the children from 9-1pm this Saturday before heading over to the Feed.   The kids and volunteers are doing a great job.  We have been scrimmaging for a larger portion of the practice and the kids and parents really seem to enjoy participating.


Golf Tournament: After the Oyster Feed, Bruce plans to be in full Golf Tournament mode.  We received our first sponsorship check from the Blue & Grey!  We are looking for 35 more  tee/green sponsors for the tournament which is set for May 22nd.   We are hoping to have 36 foursomes participating in this event.  Please click on the following link: to take you to printable golf tournament information.  Everyone is encouraged to find a sponsor and foursome.


Hoss’s Night Fundraiser: The next Hoss’s Night is scheduled for Saturday, March 15th.   20-25% of guest bills go to the Optimist Club.  In order to participate, a patron just needs to hand the cashier our ticket or printed flyer.  Fliers will be dispensed at Basketball and the Oyster Feed.  Please attend to help us meet our budgeted goals.  Click here for the flyer link.


Public Relations: We are having a record number of hits on Facebook in relation to the Oyster Feed, Basketball, and the Golf Tournament.  Marci recently put an ad that ran on Facebook for 24 hours for just $5.  The ad was to promote the Oyster Feed.  It reached 1600 people in the local area who had interests in Food, Oysters, Fundraisers, Optimist, or Youth.   At least 6 more tickets were sold from this ad, which is well worth the $5.  Marci will plan to use this form of advertising in the future for events such as the Golf Tournament.  Two ads also ran recently in the Gettysburg Times.   A photographer from the paper did take some pictures last week at Basketball, so hopefully the program will receive some coverage.

Optimist of East York Pig Roast:  Tuesday, March 25th at 6:30pm.  This great event is All-You-Can-Eat for $40.  There will also be more than $1700 in prizes, so please consider supporting another wonderful Optimist organization.  Contact Walt ( for more information.


* Tom encourages everyone to continue sending in dues.

Upcoming Meetings:

Wednesday, 3/19 at 6:30pm at the Arts Council Building on Washington St.

Wednesday, 4/2 at 6:30pm at Mamma Ventura’s (Guests: RIF/Outdoor Ed.)

Wednesday, 4/16/14 a 6:30 at Mamma Ventura’s (Guests: Musical Theatre)