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Posts published in “Day: December 6, 2018”

Rotary Club celebrates 70th anniversary

Judge Joe Stephens presents Rotary Club president Denise Smith with a proclamation congratulating the club on its 70th Anniversary.

The Highlands Rotary Club marked a milestone this year, by reaching its 70th anniversary of its founding.

The club held a combined Christmas party and 70th Anniversary celebration last Sunday, at the Monument Inn.

Almost a hundred past and present members and their families attended the gala event.

Led by club president Denise Smith, the program included an oral history of the club from its beginning, and vintage and recent photographs depicting the activities and history of the club and many of its members. The photos were presented by Gilbert Hoffman, who acknowledged that Alton Neatherlin, publisher of the Highlands Star and a past president of the club, had published most of the vintage photos in the newspaper.

Weston Cotten introduced guests, and acknowledged several clubs whose members were present, and a large number of past presidents of the Highlands club. There were also a number of District 5890 officers present.

A special award was presented by Johnny Gaeke to club member Chester Stasney, for his 51 years of membership, which included club president in 1972-73. Gaeke thanked Stasney for mentoring him when he joined the club.

The highest honor in Rotary is to become a Paul Harris Fellow, and Past District Governor Bill Palko presented this award to three members, Johnny Gaeke, Chuck Radney, and Carol Radney. In addition, past member and past president Richard Robinson presented his wife Pat with the same Paul Harris Award.

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Santa’s arrival in Highlands delights kids

The Pavilion in the Railroad Park on San Jacinto Street was the scene for Santa and the two Highlands queens to greet children, have a picture taken, and learn what is on their list.

HIGHLANDS – Santa arrived on a Fire Truck last Tuesday night, to mark the start of the Christmas season.

Hundreds of children and their parents lined up in the park, to get a chance to talk with Santa, and have their picture taken.

The Santa event is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, with the help of the Highlands Horizons, the Rotary Club, and many other volunteers.

Present with Santa were Miss Highlands, Kaitlyn Rolin, and Jr. Miss Highlands, Payton Radle.

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Community Center hosts Santa and kids

Carolers from Newport Elementary sang at the Crosby Community Center for Winter Wonderland Open House on Friday and Saturday of last week. Holiday crafting, visits with Santa’s helpers, a forests of decorated trees, music, entertainment and refreshments. All funds raised at Breakfast with Santa and Winter Wonderland benefitted Crosby Advisory Council at nonprofit 501(c) 3 supporting the Center. Santa also posed for photos of he and youthful fans on Friday and Saturday night. Several locals schools had students sing in Choirs.

Santa encounters some Christmas enthusiasm from a fan at Breakfast with Santa on Sat.