Rotary Christmas Dinner

Bridge Street United Church was the host for the Rotary Club of Belleville's annual Christmas Dinner. Catered by local caterer A&T Catering over 45 Rotarians and a number of Rotarian partners enjoyed a Christmas meal with turkey, stuffing and all the trimmings.  Musical entertainment was  provided by the Bridge Street Bell Choir under the leadership of Rotarian Judy McKnight who provided 4 songs for us and the Hastings Prince Edward Children's  Chorus under Rotarian Rudy Heijdens. Rudy will lead the choir on their 14th European tour in the summer of 2018 which will include visits to Prague, Strasburg and Vienna, Rudy's final tour after 30+years of leading the chorus.  The chorus provided a number of emotional Christmas carols  to us as their audience and once again delighted those in attendance with their incredible vocal talents. The acoustics  were excellent in the church hall . Rudy introduced us to the new choir director Jennifer Curtis who will lead the choruses moving forward and appreciated the Rotary Club of Belleville's support for all these years and asked that they be allowed to continue to be able to perform for us even with Rudy's intended retirement. During the performance, one of the singers fainted on stage . She was supported by her fellow carolers until the song ended . Rudy explained to the audience that when this occurs , the show must go on and no one is allowed on stage to assist the singer until the song has completed.   At the completion of their mini concert the Chorus and its members received a well deserved thunderous applause.   Another enjoyable evening of Rotary fellowship and good food.