Meeting Minutes November 15, 2017

The Optimist Club of Gettysburg met on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at the Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary Valentine Hall. A delicious pulled pork dinner was prepared by Biggerstaff Catering.

President Dan Mattern welcomed the members and guests. Dan opened the meeting with the invocation and pledge of allegiance. Dinner was served.

Business Meeting:

  1. Our guest speaker was Ruth Topper, representing STARS / GASD and Holiday Family Outreach. STARS is an acronym for Success Through Academic Recognition of Students.  The mission of the STARS program is to motivate students to achieve academic excellence and improvement and to formally recognize their achievements. Holiday Family Outreach is a non profit organization dating back to 1953. They provide Christmas for low income and senior citizens in Adams County.  The provisions include toys for children, apples donated by Rice Fruit CO., and ($25) food vouchers used at Kennies.  This great service includes approximately 500 families and between 1,200 to 1,400 children.  If you are interested in volunteering to help with these organizations both have web sites with detailed information. Our thanks to Ruth Topper and all of the volunteers for all you do.
  1. Approval was made of the minutes from the 11-01 meeting and treasurer’s report.
  2. President Dan thanked all who volunteered for the Christmas Salvation Army Bell ringing date of 12-21. If you are interested in volunteering please call Dan ASAP.
  3. The Christmas Magic Show telephone solicitation is under way.
  4. Mindy reported on our Optimist basketball program and sign-ups. Thank you Mindy and Kris for your many hours you give for this wonderful project.
  5. Wayne will be getting oyster tickets out to everyone, let’s be proactive and call Wayne and request at least 20 tickets !!!
  6. Sam reported that our 501 C 3 non profit status is on its way through all the necessary legal channels.
  7. The meeting was concluded by reciting the Optimist Creed.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Salvation Army Bell Ringing 12/21/17
  • Optimist Christmas Dinner @ Gettysburg Seminary Refectory 12/13/17
  • Christmas Magic Show 12/08/17 @ Lincoln Elementary
  • Optimist Basketball signups 12/02 & 12/09 @ Middle School 9AM-11AM
  • 3/24/18 Oyster/Shrimp Fundraiser @ Gettysburg Fire Hall
  • 5/17/18 Golf Tournament Fundraiser @ The Links at Gettysburg

Respectfully Submitted, Daryl Aurand, Secretary

This entry was posted on November 17, 2017.

Meeting Place Change Notice

Good evening Optimists,

For Wednesday, November 15, 2017 our meeting place has been changed to Valentine Hall Room 206.

Have a great evening.
Daryl

This entry was posted on November 14, 2017.

November 15, 2017 Meeting Reminder

Join the Gettysburg Optimist Club this Wednesday 11-15-2017, 6:00 PM Social, 6:30 PM Dinner @ the Gettysburg Seminary Refectory.

Join us in hearing Speaker Ruth Topper, representing “Gettysburg Stars GASD and Holiday Outreach”.

 

 

This entry was posted on November 14, 2017.

November 15, 2017 Optimist Meeting

Hello Fellow Optimists:

Just a reminder Wed. Nov. 15 meeting with Ruth Topper at the Refectory.

Ruth will represent the STARS and Holiday Outreach programs. Hopefully we can have a great turn out to present our donation to these programs.

Thanks Optimistically

Dan Mattern

This entry was posted on November 12, 2017.

Meeting Minutes November 1, 2017

The Optimist Club of Gettysburg met on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at the Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary Refectory. A delicious ham dinner was prepared by Biggerstaff’s Catering.

President Dan Mattern welcomed the members and guests. Dan opened the meeting with the invocation and pledge of allegiance. Dinner was served.

Business Meeting:

  1. Governor Dallas Smith joined us for the evening and discussed requirements for Honor Clubs with part of the criteria being to net a plus (3) for our membership. Dallas also recognized Gettysburg for setting the bar for all of our activities and contributions to our community.
  2. VP Brian Skidmore introduced his guest, Chris Bender, assistant golf course superintendent at Chambersburg Country Club. Chris and his wife reside in Biglerville.
  3. Approval was made of the minutes from the 10-18 meeting and treasurer’s report.
  4. President Dan thanked all who volunteered for the Christmas Salvation Army Bell ringing date of 12-21.
  5. Doug Miller reported the Christmas Magic Show telephone solicitation is under way.
  6. Dan thanked Fred Darling for his time serving as Santa Claus and gave a thank you to Tedd Sayres for stepping to the plate to be our new Santa Claus.
  7. The meeting was concluded by reciting the Optimist Creed.

Upcoming Dates:

  • 11/15/17 Next meeting, 6:00 pm Social, 6:30 PM Dinner @ Gettysburg Seminary Refectory Speaker – Ruth Topper, Rising Stars GASD and Holiday Outreach
  • 1st Quarter Zone Meeting 11/06 @ 6PM Meadow Hill Restaurant in York
  • Salvation Army Bell Ringing 12/21/17
  • Optimist Christmas Dinner @ Gettysburg Seminary Refectory 12/13/17
  • Christmas Magic Show 12/08/17 @ Lincoln Elementary
  • Optimist Basketball signups 12/02 & 12/09 @ Middle School 9AM-11AM
  • 3/24/18 Oyster/Shrimp Fundraiser @ Gettysburg Fire Hall
  • 5/17/18 Golf Tournament Fundraiser @ The Links at Gettysburg

Respectfully Submitted,
Daryl Aurand, Secretary

This entry was posted on November 6, 2017.

Gettysburg Optimist Basketball

 

The weather is changing and the Gettysburg Optimist Club is getting in gear for Optimist Basketball. Flyers will be going out to the Gettysburg area schools this month.  Due to a change in school policy, the flyers will be available on the flyer table instead of being sent home with the students.  Youth in grades 1-6 are welcome to participate in this free basketball program. Sessions begin January 6th at the Gettysburg Middle School gym and will occur every Saturday through the end of February.  Children can be registered by 1)  signing up in person at one of the two sign-up sessions in December or 2) completing the below registration form and emailing it to gettysburgoptimist@gettysburgoptimist.com or mailing it to the coaches, Kris or Mindy Accardi at 5A Bonniefield Circle Gettysburg, PA 17325.

Spread the word to make this another great basketball season!

Basketball sign-ups at that Gettysburg Middle School Cafeteria:

Saturday, December 2nd from 9-11am   -or-  Saturday, December 9th from 9-11am

 

Registration form: Optimist Hoops Registration Form

PDF – Optimist Hoops Registration

Schedule:Gettysburg Optimist Basketball Schedule 2018

PDF – 2018 Basketball Schedule

This entry was posted on November 5, 2017.

October 16, 2017 Meeting Minutes

The Optimist Club of Gettysburg met on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at the Gettysburg Lutheran Valentine Hall. A delicious barbeque chicken dinner was prepared by Biggerstaff’s Catering.

President Dan Mattern welcomed the members and guests. Dan opened the meeting with the invocation and pledge of allegiance. A Dinner was served.

Business Meeting:

  1. Dan introduced our surprise speaker Vice President Brian Skidmore. Brian told the club he was a Michigan native. As a young boy his family had traveled to Gettysburg on vacation and he thought this would be a great place to work and live. He majored in history and ended up being hired by the National Park Service in the Ground Maintenance Department. With this employment, Brian is responsible for fighting 1st structure fires. He also has more recently been involved in fighting the western wild forest fires in states such as Idaho and Montana. When deployed to these regions he is situated in the bush for 12 days at a time with the bare necessities for surviving and the tools used to fight wild fires.

Brian has also pulled hurricane detail in Cumberland Island, Georgia after massive storm destruction.

Thank you Brian for sharing your young career experience with the club.

  1. The main order of business was the approval of the minutes from the 10-04 meeting and the treasures report.
  2. President Dan discussed the Christmas Salvation Army Bell ringing and a date of 12-21 was approved by members in attendance. If you are interested in being involved in this project email or call Dan for the availability of open times.
  3. Our 2017-2018 year meeting and event schedule has been formed and will be included as an attachment with the minutes.
  4. The meeting was concluded by reciting the Optimist Creed.

Upcoming Dates:

  • 11/01/17 Next meeting, 6:00 pm Social, 6:30 PM Dinner @ Gettysburg Seminary Refectory
  • 1st Quarter Zone Meeting 11/06 @ 6PM Meadow Hill Restaurant in York
  • Salvation Army Bell Ringing 12/21/17
  • Optimist Christmas Dinner @ Gettysburg Seminary Refectory 12/13/17
  • Christmas Magic Show 12/08/17 @ Lincoln Elementary
  • Optimist Basketball signups 12/02 & 12/09 @ Middle School 9AM-11AM
  • 3/24/18 Oyster/Shrimp Fundraiser @ Gettysburg Fire Hall
  • 5/17/18 Golf Tournament Fundraiser @ The Links at Gettysburg

Respectfully Submitted,

Daryl Aurand, Secretary

This entry was posted on October 21, 2017.

October 18, 2017 Meeting Annoucement

We have a meeting this Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at Valentine Hall Room 206 at 6PM. The President has scheduled a “Surprise Speaker” and this is the only information he would reveal ??

You will be assured of a great meal provided by Stacey and staff, an enjoyable evening of fellowship with “OPTIMISTIC PEOPLE” and a surprise speaker.

Daryl Aurand / Secretary

This entry was posted on October 15, 2017.

October 4 Installation and Meeting Minutes

Optimist Club of Gettysburg Meeting Minutes October 4, 2017

The Optimist Club of Gettysburg met on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at the Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary Refectory. A delicious chicken and pork dinner was prepared by Biggerstaff’s Catering.

Past President Daryl Aurand welcomed the members and guests and recognized member, Stacey Green, and her staff for their wonderful catering service and delicious food. A picture of new officers and Board of Directors for 2017-2018 was taken by the Gettysburg Times. Dinner was served.

Business Meeting:

  1. Daryl Aurand and Wayne Hill opened the mtg with the announcement of the passing of a wonderful member, past president, and friend, Bill Sentz.
  2. Daryl reviewed the past year and thanked the 2016-2017 officers: Wayne, Fred, and Tom; Board of Directors: Bruce, Bill, Walt, and Sam; as well all members for their support.
  3. Bruce Bradshaw presented the treasured Gettysburg Optimist Annual Pictorial Award to Wayne for all his work and planning of the Gettysburg Optimist Oyster Feed fundraiser. Bruce stated that he hoped the artwork would be displayed in a place of honor.
  4. The main order of business was the installation of new officers and Board of Directors for 2017-2018 by Wayne: (Officers) President-Dan Mattern, Vice President-Brian Skidmore, Secretary-Daryl Aurand, and Treasurer-Tom Barako, (Board of Directors) Bill Pyron, Mindy Accardi, and Doug Miller.
  5. President Dan Mattern addressed the membership stating that one of the club’s goals for 2017-2018 is to increase membership by 5. Dan also extended a get well wish of quick recovery to Marci Cropp via her dad, Mark. A planter from the club members was given to Marci when she returned home from the hospital.
  6. Tom Barako led the recitation of Optimist Creed to close the mtg.

Upcoming Dates:

  • 10/18/17 Next mtg, 6:00 pm Social, 6:30 PM Dinner @ Gettysburg Seminary Refectory
  • Salvation Army Bell Ringing to be announced.
  • 12/13/17 Optimist Christmas Dinner @ Gettysburg Seminary Refectory
  • Optimist Basketball to be announced.
  • 3/24/18 Oyster/Shrimp Fundraiser @ Gettysburg Fire Hall
  • 5/17/18 Golf Tournament Fundraiser @ The Links at Gettysburg

Respectfully Submitted, Daryl, Secretary

This entry was posted on October 7, 2017.

Arrangements for Bill Sentz

William “Bill” Sentz, 94 of Gettysburg, died Wednesday, September 27, 2017. Bill was initiated into the Optimist Club of Gettysburg in1959, just one year after the organization was chartered. Bill served as Optimist Club President in 1968-1969 and was a life member of the local club. Active until recent years, Bill was always interested in following the many youth projects conducted by the Optimist Club of Gettysburg.

Bill was born April 5, 1923 and spent his entire life as a poplar and well know Gettysburg resident. Always looking to serve his community through various service organizations Bill was an active and enthusiastic sportsman who was always ready to relate an interesting hunting or fishing experience.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017 at 2 p.m. from Mt. Joy Lutheran Church, Gettysburg, with Pastor Peter Naschke officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, at Monahan Funeral Home in Gettysburg from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., and at the church on Tuesday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to SpiriTrust Hospice, 260 W. High St., Gettysburg, PA 17325; or Barlow Fire Company, 2005 Taneytown Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325.

Fellow Gettysburg Optimist Club Members will be gathering together at 7:00 pm, Monday, October 2, at Monahan Funeral Home to pay their respects. For a complete obituary click here.

This entry was posted on September 30, 2017.