-Our guests, Chad Carr and a group of his students from the Gettysburg Community Theatre gave a great performance during our meeting. Their song selection included an eclectic mix of classic oldies and patriotic songs. Some of the Optimist members happened to remember when some of these songs hit the Billboard charts! The Optimist Club is proud to continue to donate to this wonderful organization where the local youth feel “welcomed” and like they have “found a second home”. You can see more of these talented kids during their productions which include, “Dora the Explorer” this weekend, “Grease” May 17-19, and “Children of Gettysburg” during the month of June.

Golf Tournament News: The date is fast approaching for this big event! An advertisement will be placed in the newspaper, encouraging sponsorship and golfers for the Thursday, May 23rd affair. Paul, the Assistant Pro from the Links attended the meeting and provided our group with some great suggestions to help us make this a successful fundraiser. Please continue to seek out sponsors and golfers and think about how you may be able to assist on the day of the event. There will be a sign-up sheet for people who will be volunteering at the Tournament at our next meeting.

***There will be a Golf Tournament Committee meeting at Bruce’s house (directions to follow) on Wednesday, April 24th at 6:30pm. You may contact Daryl (darylraurand@gmail.com) with any questions regarding this event.

Car Parking sign-ups have begun. There are still 13 slots for the May 25-26th date and 8 slots available for the August 24-25th date. There are both morning (6:45a-12) and afternoon (12-5:30pm) positions available. Please contact Don Davis (davisd@yorkwall.com) if you can help or you may be getting a phone call!

-Other news: James Gettys will have their final Reading is Fundamental program this Friday, April 19th from 9a-3p. Please contact Marci (mcropp@hotmail.com) if you would like to attend.

If anyone is interested in making dinner for our outdoor meetings this summer, please contact Kris (kristopheraccardi@gmail.com or 267-391-7834).

Consider coming out to cheer on the Veterans who are making the 112 mile journey between Washington D.C. and Gettysburg during the Wounded Warriors bike ride. The bikers are expected to come through Gettysburg at approximately 2pm on Sunday April 28th. Please contact Mark (jmcropp@embarqmail.com) if you would like more information.

Do we have any chefs interested in fielding an Optimist team for the Chili Cook-off sponsored by the Adams County Arts Council on Saturday July 13th? If you are not great in the kitchen, would you like to volunteer for the event?

Upcoming meetings: Wednesday, May 1st we will have a presentation by members of the Dollars for Scholars program. This meeting will be held on the Seminary campus in Valentine Hall (the building across the street and 2 doors down from the Refectory). There will be a board of directors meeting following the regular meeting.

Wednesday, May 15th will be our first outdoor meeting of the year. It will be located at the Lake Heritage Pavilion and we will have a presentation from the Boy scouts.