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Rotary holiday luncheon honors one of its own

Trombone player Chris Bresee (left), 11, and the Wiliston Central School Jazz Band entertained the lunch crowd during the Williston-Richmond Rotary Club's senior luncheon at the Williston Federated Church Thursday afternoon.
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Trombone player Chris Bresee (left), 11, and the Williston Central School Jazz Band entertained the lunch crowd during the Williston-Richmond Rotary Club’s senior luncheon at the Williston Federated Church Thursday afternoon.

The Williston-Richmond Rotary Club will holds its annual senior luncheon on Thursday, Dec. 10 at noon at the Williston Federated Church.

This year, the event has been named in honor of longtime Williston-Richmond Rotary force Jonathan Milne, who passed away in November.

“He was always the primary organizer,” Mikell said. “It was really his baby. He just did an awesome job.”

The meal, open to all seniors living in Williston and Richmond, brings local seniors and students together. The Williston Central School chorus will perform for the diners from 11 a.m. to noon.

“The seniors like the young kids and enjoy the singing and it’s a good chance for kids to interact with community members,” Mikell said.

Volunteers typically serve between 80 and 100 seniors.

Mikell said Milne was one of the founding members of the Rotary, which started in 1995, and was involved in most of its activities.

“His spirit and energy and willingness to just do things,” Mikell said, when asked what Milne contributed to the town. “He didn’t ask questions he just said, ‘We need to do this, who’s going to help me?’ and just plunged in.”

—Stephanie Choate, Observer staff