Anita McCoy, president of the Nighbert Memorial Methodist Church Ladies Circle and her friend Adoree Stanley, past president were humbled when longtime Rotary Stalwart Clinton Winter presented them with a plaque thanking the ladies of the church for their role in feeding kids and making sure the annual event is a success.
Winter said he was honored to give the award to the ladies and shared his own memories of the annual event which is one of the oldest traditions in Logan County still extant.
"Our records show that the Rotary has been doing this Christmas party for children for at least 75 years that we know of," Winter said. "I am a second generation Rotarian and this dinner and Christmas party was an old tradition when I was a kid. I can still remember helping my dad carry the old wooden folding chairs upstairs to get ready for this party."
Winter noted that the 2008 Christmas Party for Special Kids was the largest in the club's history, with well over a hundred children who received about $5,000 in toys, courtesy of the Rotary Club of Logan.
"We were very proud of the event this year," Clinton said. "All the children had such a great time and I am going to tell you, it was a touching event. I don't care how hard hearted a person thinks they are, when you see that many kids and their faces lighting up, it touches anybody's heart."
Winter noted that the ladies of the church work hard to prepare the fellowship hall and the annual meal and take care of the kids.
"We really could not do this without your help," he said. "It's not often that an event continues that long and we felt your decades of service deserved to be honored. It is a service to our community."
The ladies thanked the Rotarians and noted they enjoyed the annual event which is for children saying they felt it was a wonderful event each year.
The ladies of the church also assist with another civic club tradition - the annual tri club dinner where the Rotarians join with their friends in the Kiwanis and Lions Clubs.
The Rotary Club of Logan meets every Wednesday at the 317 Steakhouse in downtown Logan. Those interested in finding out more about Rotary are invited to attend a meeting.