The Gettysburg Optimist Club and Zone Meeting met on Wednesday, August 16 at 6:30 PM at the Lake Heritage Pavilion.

President Daryl Aurand called the meeting to order at 6:38 pm with an invocation and Pledge of Allegiance. Guest were introduced and was followed by a excellent dinner provided by Stacey Green and staff. There were 17 total people in attendance.

President’s Report: Daryl shared that a Board of Directors held a meeting on August 7, 2017.

Mark your calendars:
The Officer Installation Banquet will be October 4 at the Refectory
Oyster/ Shrimp Fundraiser will be March 24, 2018
Golf Tournament Fundraiser is May 17, 2018

Daryl reported that Rich F and Bob C are moving the ball forward with the Non Profit 501c3 paperwork.

Daryl reported that the board of directors recommends a $500 donation to Kiwanis Club for the playground equipment project. Tom motioned and Dan M seconded. Motion passed. Dan M reported that he spent several days volunteering on the project. Friday and Saturday August 18 and 19 are community build days and he requested that members volunteer if able. All hands on deck starts at 8:30 and runs through 3:00 pm. It’s great to see the community organizations working together to make a difference.

Daryl reported that the BOD is contemplating a recommended donation to HABPI pending further discussion and fundraising activities.

Additional Dates:
Next meeting September 6 at Lake Heritage Pavilion
September 20 is a general meeting

Secretary’s Report: Minutes approved from last meeting

Treasurer’s Report: Tom reported the balances on General and Activities accounts. He noted that there are approved distributions remaining in the fiscal year.

Speaker: Dallas Smith – Lt Governor conducted the Zone Meeting
Comments: Great fundraising efforts
The Lt Governor position is available. Please consider volunteering.
4th quarter district meeting and convention with Maryland and Delaware district was held in Grantsville Pa.
Recruit a Teacher is extended to September 30. Gettysburg has a new member who falls under this initiative.
The Web Workshop was discussed.
Club within a Club program, PGI and professional development programs were discussed.

Lancaster Club Highlights
Cooking Classes, Bingo and Fishing Derby events were held.
Winner for the oratorical contest was Lucas receiving a $2500 scholarship.
The district camera contest winner of $300 was from the Lancaster club.

East York Highlights
Essay contest winner Anne received a $2500 scholarship
HOBY seminar, game night, Optimist Olympics and Boscov events were held

Gettysburg Highlights
“Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.” Mother Theresa
Skate Board Helmets, playground support, RIF
Trying to reach the greatest number of youth through or efforts.

50/50 Raffle – Congratulations to Dan M and Thank you for the donation.

Member Remarks
Doug reported the magic show will be December 8
The Holiday Party will be December 13 at the Refectory

President Daryl closed the meeting at 7:54 pm with recitation of the Optimist Creed.

Submitted by Marci C.