Dothan Rotary Club hosts 40th annual senior luncheon

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DOTHAN, AL. (WTVY) - Groups from several different Wiregrass senior centers and churches attended the annual senior luncheon hosted by the Dothan Rotary Club.

Mary Beth Maddox, Chairman for the 40th Annual Dothan Rotary Club Senior Luncheon says, "We have welcomed in a number of area seniors. In fact, today I believe we have 700 seniors that we are feeding a Christmas lunch too."

James Etheredge, member of the Dothan Rotary Club said, "It gets bigger every year because we got more senior citizens coming into the world. The baby boomers are arriving at that age!"

It was all hands on deck for the rotary club serving meals, refilling tea cups and interacting with area seniors.

"We wanted to give back to the community and certainly our seniors are such an integral part of our community. They are so rich with history and we love them. We just wanted to do something special for them to let them know they are loved and appreciated in this holiday season," said Maddox.

Maddox says the seniors look forward to this event every year. Some are a bit more eager than others.

"While our lunch technically begins at noon, our first senior arrived at 8:45AM,” replied Maddox.

Rotarians also used this annual event to deliver Christmas presents for foster children.

"This is a way that we can serve others and what a great time of the year to do it, it's Christmas time. I love Christmas!" said Etheredge.

This year, the Rotary Club is serving 130 children.

"We know somebody we give gifts to, but knowing you're going to help a child that's not going to have Christmas because they're in an unfortunate warms your heart," said Etheredge.

"We're just excited and humbled to be able to bless them in this way," replied Maddox.

The oldest member at the luncheon was 98.

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