by Mike Corwin
The Holiday season is about opportunity for Rotary in its communities.  What is your club doing this December to serve those in need of the Holiday spirit?  Describe your activities in 75 words or less and send them to us for a District compilation of all we are doing in 5110 this special time of the year!!
For instance, the Greater Corvallis club is hosting its sixth annual free Children’s Holiday Craft Fair scheduled for the Benton County Fairgrounds and Expo Center’s Auditorium Saturday, December 7 from 9 am until 2 pm.
The Fair which drew more than 400 last December necessitating the move from Guerber Hall to the larger Auditorium at the Benton County Fairgrounds.
Every child will receive a checklist of activities to participate in to include making up to three crafts, decorating cookies, a walking tour of the Pastega light display and posing for a photo with Santa. Past District Governor Bill Grile is even making an appearance as “one big Elf!”  There will also be a story reading corner and new this year will be a series of touch-a-truck stations made possible by Corvallis police and fire departments and several other community groups.
The special family event is conducted just feet away from the annual long-time tradition known as the Pastega Holiday Lights which will be open to the public Thanksgiving evening. The winding drive-through path of holiday and cartoon figures commences in the northwest corner of the fairgrounds main parking lot just off Reservoir Road in Corvallis. The annual lights started at the former Pastega Pepsi plant for several decades and relocated to the fairgrounds in 2014 with the help of Rotary.