We had our final meeting of the year at the Lake Heritage Pavilion.  Much was accomplished as we enjoyed the beautiful weather.  The 2013-2014 budget proposed by Tom unanimously passed.  We discussed potential future meeting locations and began to prepare for some of our big Optimist events for the coming year.

Old business: Don thanked everyone who volunteered for the Soccer Tournament Parking this year.  Unfortunately, despite it being a great weekend for soccer, the number of teams for the tournament was slightly down and subsequently only five fields were used by the Historical Society lot.  There was also another group parking cars next door so only a total of 163 cars were parked over the weekend.  During the coming year we’ll look for new ways to encourage parking at our lot and we will also look to expand upon current fundraising efforts to help best serve the youth of our community.

Upcoming Events: The Installation Banquet will be held Wednesday, October 2nd at 6:30pm at the Dobbin House.  Please RSVP to Mark G. ([email protected]) ASAP if you plan to attend.  Spouses/guests are welcome to attend for $15 per person.

Mark your calendars and start planning your costumes for the Halloween Parade on Tuesday, October 22nd.  Line-up approximately 6pm and step-off will be at 7:30pm from the old Visitor Center Parking Lot on Steinwehr.  (Raindate is set for Tuesday, October 29th) The Optimist Club plans to partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters of York/Adams county for this event.

The Firehall has been reserved for Saturday, March 8th for this year’s Oyster and Shrimp Feed.  Last year we served 225 guests.  This year we will be seating guests at the tables to ensure that we utilize the space appropriately and that we provide the best experience for our patrons.

Tom will be looking into a potential new fundraising opportunity with the Majestic Theater.  More information to come.

Options for a new meeting location will be voted on during our next gathering.  If there are any further suggestions please contact Kris ([email protected])

Next Meeting:  Wednesday, September 18th at 6:30pm at the Cropp’s house.  Steak will be on the menu!  This will be a great opportunity to bring a potential new member!  Please RSVP Mark C. ([email protected]) ASAP if you (and/or a guest) will be attending