Seniors recently gathered for a Rotary style tradition.
The Baldwinsville Rotary Club annual senior Christmas party was held Wednesday Dec. 12 in the gymnasium at the Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. The parties have become a tradition for Rotary members, with the debut party having been in 1973, one year after the club originated.
The Christmas party is more than just a fun time.
"We'll be serving 250 meals here (at the party) to seniors and send a lot more meals out for people shut in this winter," said Rotary President Bruce Stebbins.
Although providing a nice warm meal for seniors was the focus of the party, Stebbins said it also served to add "some holiday cheer." The party's success, in addition to the fun times had by those who've attended, is evident by quick filling of seats each year.
Other events scheduled for the party were a visit from Saint Nicholas, give away stockings, a raffle and the giving away of gift certificates. Door prizes donated by Canton Woods Senior Center, were also given out. Terry Stamp, assistant director of Canton Woods, was checking guests in at the door, but Canton Woods is also involved in helping the Rotary Club to coordinate the event and take reservations for them.
Bob Craig, a five-year Rotary Club member at the party, said, "(The Rotary Club) is a great club, unfortunately a well kept secret, but it is a great club and it's international so you can go anywhere and join."
Craig was one of the members present to help serve the seniors, and it seemed that everyone involved at the Christmas party, from the seniors to the workers and volunteers were really enjoying themselves and getting into the holiday spirit.