An enthusiastic crowd enjoyed the community celebration of Christmas with good weather, beautiful singing by local artists including Point Lonsdale Primary school students, a visit from Santa and of course the lighting of the Point Lonsdale Christmas Tree. This year the lights were switched on by citizen of the year Joan Kenwood and young citizen of the year (and MC) Liam Petrie-Allbutt.
At the club's joint Christmas celebration with Drysdale RC, Karen Pecar was presented with the Royce Abbey Award for her work with RYDA, drafting the new club constitution and child and vulnerable person protection policy, role as electronic media director including producing a club video, design for the rotunda project and supporting club activities. The Royce Abbey Award is given to a member who is relatively new to the club and who has demonstrated enthusiasm and commitment to the ideals of Rotary. Pictured are Roger Leask from Essendon RC who presented the award and Wayne and Karen Pecar from Queenscliffe RC.