Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Rotarian, Patrick Hurley, Chair for the Children’s Holiday Party at the Olympic Resort Hotel and Spa, spearheaded a Holiday dinner and gift giving party for fifteen children from Buena Vista Elementary and Jefferson School, in Carlsbad. Since most of the guest children were Latinos, Rotarian Juan Aguila gave thanks for the food in both the English and Spanish language. Other Rotarians helping were William Anderson, William J. Carroll, David Kulchin, Pat Landis, Ray Luce, John Maley, Susie Sherry, Neal Stehly, and. Rob Woodard.
Rotarians “adopted” a child for the evening; bought them a special present; and entertained them during dinner. Rotarians without “adoptees” also provided presents so each child would get at least three. Most of the children also brought their sisters and brothers. Rather than turn them away, Rotary spread the gifts around to all. Santa Claus was Rotarian Bob Fenner, of San Marcos. He talked to each individual who told if they had been “good or bad” and what gifts they hoped Santa would bring. He, then, presented a gift he thought fit the boy or girl. Rotarians were urged to bring their own children with gifts for them, to be a part of the activities.
The children with their respective families enjoyed a fine turkey dinner with all the trimming. The outstanding entertainment program included the clown, Fun-B (Jane Findley) who painted children’s faces with designs of their choice and Kevin Viner who enthralled the children and the adults, bringing smiles to their faces with his magic tricks.
Carlsbad Strolling Strings, a non-profit organization, is composed of students from elementary through high school. To the delight of all guests, they entertained with their well performed string music, before and throughout the dinner.
Story submitted by Delta M. Collins.