The South Clubhouse was filled with enthusiastic friends and relatives celebrating Kay Ross’ birthday a few weeks ago. It was a very full, interesting evening that began with the question, “Are religion and democracy/freedom compatible?”, led by special guest Rabbi Kenneth Milhander of Banning’s Temple Shalom Bayit.
The discussion included an explanation of the meaning of Havdalah, the Jewish service that ends the weekly Sabbath celebration.
Another special guest was Rev. Carrie Masters of the Center for Spiritual Living, also in Banning, who discussed the openness and spirituality of the Center. Kay is a member of both congregations, and was delighted to share her experiences with her guests.
“My spiritual life is my very essence,” explained Kay to her guests, “and you know you are my blessings!”
Also sharing the eclectic evening were violinist Becky Price, who delighted the guests with classical and non-classical musical selections, and singers Joanne Lapointe, Shawn Madden, and John Trevino, who each dedicated several songs to Kay to celebrate their long-standing friendships. Kays friends and family enjoyed the diverse entertainment as they dined on delicious hors d’oerves and snacks.
Kay was also encouraged by her guests to sing several songs, recalling moments from her life, as pictures of her family flashed on a screen behind her. A very enjoyable time was had by all.