Kiwanians use griddle cakes to raise money for good works

Rolla Kiwanians hoped Saturday to serve pancakes to 1,500 people for the 70th annual Kiwanis Pancake Day.

Those tasty griddle cakes, along with plentiful sausage, help the club raise thousands of dollars that are poured like syrup back into the community.

"We donate $15,000-$20,000 to the community every year," said Mark Riefer, chairman of this year's event.

Beneficiaries of the donations from the Noon Kiwanis Club and the Breakfast Club are just about everyone in town, either directly or indirectly.

The clubs have donated to the Rolla Junior High track, The Centre natatorium, the varsity soccer field, church camps, scholarships. GRACE, the backpack program directed by Faith Barnes, Reading is Fundamental, leadership training for the high school Key Club, Boys State, Girls State, Camp Brim Shire and youth baseball teams.

Kiwanis Pancake Day is one fundraiser, but there are others, and the clubs are always looking for more members to join in the community work.

There are approximately 45 members in the Noon Club. It meets at noon on Tuesday at The Centre. President is Mark Grant.

Approximately 10 members in the Breakfast Club meet at 7 a.m. Tuesday at Penelope's. Chris Horan is the president.

People interested in membership are invited to show up to a meeting as guests of the club.