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Album Name: Christmas Party 2011 Return to Albums
Album Date: Dec 14, 2011
Description: The 2011 HS Rotary Club Christmas party held December 14th, 2011 at the Sunset Lake Lodge House.
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The Holly Springs Rotary Club held its annual Christmas gathering at the Sunset Lake Lodge on Wednesday, December 14, 2011. We were rewarded with a beautiful sunset over the lake.  No question in my mind as to why it is called Sunset Lake :-) The lodge was nicely decorated for Christmas, inside and out. The meal consisted of the left over beef barbecue from the Holly Fest fund raiser held a few weeks earlier.  Dale Miller, a friend of Christine Quante, cooked and chopped the beef, just as he had done at the Holly Fest event. Members were asked to bring an inexpensive gift for a Rotarian Secret Santa gift exchange.  The exchange, which involved multiple gift swaps between members, is sometimes called a Chinese gift exchange, although it has other names, all of which escape me at the moment.
The interaction during the gift exchange was loud and lively. The real gift giving occurred with the items brought to support a refuge family recently arrived from Guatemala.  The single-mom with five young daughters was in need of the most basic necessities of living.  The Holly Springs Rotarians outdid themselves with their generosity. Most Rotarians brought several items for the family.  The office staffs at Dr. Phil Vito’s Holly Springs Eye Associates and at Natalie Babson’s Fidelity Bank decided to buy gifts for this needy family rather than have an inter-office gift exchange. The total take was HUGE!  It was all we could do to fit the bounty into Dale Miller’s pickup truck.  Later, from Christine’s home, it took two vehicles to transport everything to the family lodgings. In the interests of maintaining privacy, we do not know the last name nor the address of the family.  Christine tells us that the mother, Clemencia, was in tears and was totally overcome with gratitude.  Our group did America proud, and did Rotary proud.
We also used the occasion of the Christmas party to induct Bob Gazak into membership. Bob was sponsored by Dr. Phil Vito.  Christine awarded Bob his Rotary membership pin during the “business” segment of our Christmas party. We had as our guest Interact Faculty Advisor Lisa Lamb and her husband, Chuck.  Lisa’s leadership with the Interact Club at Holly Springs High School has grown the organization to over 70 members.  We are pleased to have her remarkable talent working on behalf of Rotary. Special thanks to Christine Quante and Dale Miller for organizing, setting up and working a very successful Christmas party.