Optimist Minutes 6-19-13

-We had a very informative presentation tonight in regards to the Dollars for Scholars program.  Since the Gettysburg Area Dollars for Scholars began in 2005 the Optimist Club of Gettysburg has been a strong supporter.  We have donated each year so that one male and one female student from GAHS will receive a generous scholarship.  This year the Gettysburg Dollars for Scholars program reached 41 different students for a total of $63,600 worth of scholarships!  At this time, the program is hoping to expand on the number of applicants who are looking to go to a technical school.  Students interested in receiving scholarships fill out one anonymous application.  A team dedicated to the Dollars for Scholars program reviews each application and awards individual scholarships based on the criteria specified for each scholarship.  Once all the scholarships have been determined a computer-generated program will list the recipient associated with the anonymous number.  The Gettysburg Area Dollars For Scholars has decided to keep their monies local as they invest through ACNB.  In the future, the Optimists could consider forming an endowment to make our scholarship self-funding.  Individuals or groups looking to make a donation or begin an endowment can find more information at www.gettsburgdfs.org.


-With perfect timing for this meeting, the Optimist Club received a very nice thank-you note from one of this year’s recipients of the Optimist Scholarship.


-Craig has visited several clubs in the Zone and plans to stop at a few more next week.


-Tom is excited to write his next really big check on our new dry erase board that is designed to look like an Optimist check.


-Kudos to Jean for raising money for the Optimist Club through a Casual Day at work!


-Thanks to Bill and Sam for a delicious meal!


-The Chamber of Commerce printed a nice article regarding our donation to the Gettysburg Little League.


-Next Gathering: Wednesday, July 17 at Wayne Hill’s house.  We will need desserts, hot dishes, and salads.  If the first letter of your last name begins with the letters A-D please plan on bringing a dessert; E-K please bring a hot dish; L-Z  please bring a salad.

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