Rotary Club celebrates holidays with seniors

The Ashland Rotary Club treated local seniors to a holiday dinner at the annual Ashland Rotary Senior Dinner in the Historic Ashland Armory on Dec. 4.

More than 100 attendees sat at large round decorated holiday dinner tables facing the stage while being entertained by a strings ensemble, the Peace Choir, Ritmo Allegro Dancers and the Rotary Holiday Band and Singers who offered sing-along carols and holiday favorites.

"What an awesome event this is for our people," said Betty Stewart, nursing director of Linda Vista. "We teach our staff to treat our residents like their own elder family and this is a super family-style event for them. They'll plan way ahead what to wear, anticipating it for weeks, and talking about it for months after all of the fun they had."

Guests from Mountain View Senior Residence, Skylark Assisted Living, Mountain Meadows, Linda Vista and York Street Adult Foster Care were served, alongside Ashland Rotarians, with a gourmet-looking plate of roast turkey, with all the trimmings and chocolate cheesecake for dessert.

When "Oh Hannukah, Oh Hannukah" was sung from the stage, a few of the guests stood up and danced to the traditional beat and holiday tune.

Santa Claus made an appearance at evening's end with a large bag of goodies for every person at every table.

Gifts were handed out by "elves" provided by the Ashland High School Interact Club.

"I guess this makes me Head Elf," said Marshall Malden, one of Ashland Rotary Club's major event planners, who was dressed with a brightly colored holiday tie.

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