In 1961 the first Seniors' Christmas party event was held.  Those selected to attend were came from the Second Mile Club, Little Trinity Church, The Salvation Army plus a few named by members of the Club. 


After Rotary Laughlen Centre was built in the 1970's with the capital from a member's estate  the luncheon was continued as part of the Club's philanthropic work and has remained since then.  With the inauguration of Rotary Laughlen Centre many seniors from there were included each year for the luncheon.  Currently, the Laughlen Centre has been closed and there are no residents at Edward St. but a number of them are still invited from the residences where they now live.




Seniors' Party


Most of the people invited are shut-in seniors who are picked up  and taken home after the party, a coutesy arranged by our members.  In some cases this is the only our Seniors get out in the year.  Most are on fixed incomes.  Each year we invite 250 guests and they are treated to a fabulous, traditional Christmas turkey lunch carefully prepared and presented by the staff of the Fairmont Royal York.  The Seniors then enjoy a program of entertainment, a visit from Santa and and each guest is given a gift bag containing some of the most essential items, which they consider quite a treat.  To see these Seniors enjoy the afternoon is most rewarding and their pleasure is infectuous!  Some enjoy quite a nostalgic journy down "memory lane" as in their hey day, they attended many gala evenings at the Royal York.