A Grand Time, Had By All!


By E T Russell

Big Bear Valley Seniors enjoyed Thanksgiving Roast Turkey with the trimmings and of course the pumpkin pie, Wednesday December 7th at the Salvation Army Conference Center /Pine Summit Banquet Hall in Big Bear Lake. 

The Holiday Luncheon is a Big Bear Valley tradition, provided by the devoted Rotary Club of Big Bear Lake for twenty-eight years. 

Approximately four hundred guests the no-cost-to-Seniors, full-course Turkey Dinner with additional amenities; such as meeting long-time friends and meeting new ones.  





Masters of Ceremony Johnny Wells and Denis Thomas, as well as Troubadour Art Harriman kept the enthusiasm of the Christmas Season enjoyable for everyone. The Bear Valley Elementary School Choir performed with Christmas melodies.  A special commemoration of Pearl Harbor Day 75th Anniversary, December 7, 1941 was recognized. The Wednesday afternoon event was one of entertainment, joy and well wishes. 

The Rotarians have several ways to help defray the cost of the annual event.


This year thirty-seven Table Sponsorships (@ $100) helped to finance the Luncheon. Many Seniors received Christmas gifts provided by active Rotarians, who donated a gift, gift basket or gift card (valued at $25 or more) to be given away.  

An estimated one-hundred twenty-five or more gifts were given, as each name was picked from a drawing of all dinner guests’ names. Fifty table décor Poinsettias were also given away at the conclusion of the Luncheon.

For more information about the annual community event, contact Keenan Warner at 661-803-8252 or Rich Collier at 909-866-8672. 

A ‘Special Thanks’ to the Big Bear Lake

            Salvation Army and the Staff   

Pine Summit

Christian Camp

Salvation Army

700 Wren Drive *  Big Bear Lake


PHOTOS Courtesy of Rotarian Dave Johnson & News Editor E T Russell     






            The Jolly Man Santa Claus

with his Mrs. appeared to bring

 “Merry Christmas to All!”