If you smelled the aroma of smoked turkey in Galt on Saturday, Dec. 15, it wasn’t your imagination. The Littleton Community Center was the venue for the annual Community Dinner hosted by Galt Sunrise Rotary.
“It was the best we’ve had in years,” said Mukesh Patel, Rotary president. “We served 1,200 on site and delivered 300 more meals.”
Former Mayor Mark Crews was busy manning the smokers with Galt Herald Publisher David Herburger while current Vice Mayor Shawn Farmer dished up the stuffing. Sacramento County Supervisor Don Nottoli handed out plates of turkey alongside new council members Rich Lozano and Paul Sandhu. New elementary board president Grace Malson worked side by side with her father Tom Malson on gravy and green beans. Galt’s finest were also shining on the serving line with T.J. Guidotti and Galt’s Chief Tod Sockman. Mayor Paige Lampson was busy taking pictures of all the festivities and introduced Santa.
Pumpkin pie was handed out by 4-H club members, including Madi Brisey, and rolls were distributed by Club Prime Volleyball ladies such as Allie Christian and her sister Emma.
“I like it,” said Allie Christian of her new job. “I get to help some people to their seats and serve.”
Children were happy getting their faces painted by Bumping Rita the Clown and took home a stuffed toy. Santa was also available to hear the children’s wish lists, as well as Frosty the Snowman.
Patel said there are lots of people to thank, including The Galt Herald, Cal-Waste, Farmers & Merchants Bank, EXP First, Ramos Jewelers Custom Design, Club Prime Volleyball, Lock Alarms, Comfort Inn & Suites, Damsel in Defense, Best Western Galt Inn and Frenchy’s Firearms. He also thanks the Elk Grove Food Bank for 30 turkeys and Jerry Braxmeyer who donated 60 turkeys. Special thanks to Frank Duwel, the students on the Galt Youth Commission, Galt Boys Scouts, and the high school safe and sober students.
“It’s an event where everyone can break bread with their neighbors,” said Patel.
After the event, Lampson expressed her gratitude for the generosity from the people of Galt.
“The generosity of the Galt community warms my heart,” Lampson said. “Every year this event gets bigger and bigger, and every year there is plenty of food to feed everyone due to the generous donations. Thank you to the Rotary members who work from dawn till dusk and many weeks in advance to put on this event every year, and thank you to everyone else who sponsored and donated. What a great opportunity for the community to get together.”