Seven Optimist of Gettysburg Club members were recently singled out for special recognition for their service to the youth of Gettysburg.  Outgoing Board members Don Davis,

At left, Don Davis accepts his Board of Directors Plaque from Club President, Craig Sweet.

Darlene Brown, Stacey Green and Brent Smith received their Board of Director Plaques in recognition of their many year’s of service to the local organization.  Tom Barako, Treasurer, was the recipient of the Presidents Choice Award for his many years of dedication to the Optimist Club of Gettysburg

Tom Barako, right, receives The Presidents Choice Award from Mark Cropp.

and Marci Cropp, Junction Creative Solutions, was honored for her recent work on, the Club’s newly redeveloped website.

Outgoing Club President, Mark Cropp presented long time member Joe MacDowell with the newly established Gettysburg Friend of Youth Award.  The award, a framed artist rendering depicting three Optimist youth, was given to Joe in recognition of his outstanding service to the community’s youth and other Optimist Club members.

Left, Joe MacDowell is presented the “Gettysburg Friend of Youth Award by outgoing President, Mark Cropp.

The tradition will continue next year when Joe, the current award holder, will select and present another Club member to receive the award.

The Gettysburg Optimist Club begins their 55th year of service to the community by supporting more than 19 youth related programs in the Gettysburg area. The Club’s next meeting will be held at the Lutheran Seminary Refectory building on Wednesday, October 17, beginning at 6:30 pm.