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Pancake Day helps support Kiwanis projects

By Bob Robinson

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GREENVILLE – It was that time again… pancakes and sausage for breakfast, hosted by Greenville Kiwanis.

Kiwanians started setting up Friday night, and cookin’ Saturday morning by 6 a.m… good thing because customers started walking through the doors by 6:30 a.m.

It was a time to renew old acquaintances and meet new ones. Keith “Fuzzy” Fausnaught; Scott & Cindy Riffle; Rob & Tina Chalmers and family; Dave Niley; Mayor Mike Bowers and family, Don & Lori Denniston… and more.

The movers and shakers of the community – up front, behind the scenes and many of those who, unrecognized, do all the work  – seemed to show up sometime during the event.

Then there’s the young lady who will turn 90 next month; and another young lady celebrating her ninth birthday.

None went away hungry.

According to current Kiwanis historian Roy Haines, Pancake Day was started in 1972. The first two years it was held at the Presbyterian Church, but quickly outgrew the facility. It is currently held at the Greenville High School cafeteria.

Despite increased expenses, ticket prices have gone up only little in the last 39 years… from $3 to $5. Yet, there are still profits to help support Kiwanis projects, such as Special Olympics, a Woodland Heights reading program, car seats for newborns, GHS Key Club and more.

More than two dozen Kiwanians and Key Club members volunteered their time to make the annual event another success.

Greenville Kiwanis meets every Wednesday at noon at the Chestnut Village Center at Brethren Retirement Community. Membership is open to all community members who wish to support its projects and enjoy its weekly fellowship.

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