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Kiwanians turn from boiling pots to griddles for this year’s fundraising

After 23 years of hosting an annual chili supper and 17 years of selling and serving sweet corn and bologna, the Nevada Kiwanis Club is doing something different this year.

Kiwanian Tom Wissler said the local Kiwanis Club is turning to a pancake breakfast to help raise funds this year. That breakfast is coming up this month, Saturday, Oct. 19, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 1110 11th St. On that day, residents are invited to stop in anytime between the hours of 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. to enjoy the meal.

The Nevada Kiwanis Club has always raised funds with a focus on helping children. Funds raised from the breakfast will help the club continue to things like provide scholarships, work with the Teen Maze and provide backpacks with food to children in need.

This year’s regular chili supper and sweet corn/bologna fundraisers were not able to be held. The chili supper, held on the evening of the homecoming football game, couldn’t be done because its regular venue, the high school cafeteria, was under construction and Gates Hall was being utilized for another event.

The dry summer weather affected sweet corn production, and there wasn’t enough of it to hold that event.

So, the Kiwanis Club decided to try something new to help bring in needed funds. Wissler said over half of the club’s 53 members will be volunteering to help with the breakfast fundraiser, and oftentimes high school Key Club members also volunteer their help.

After years of cooking soups and boiling sweet corn, are Kiwanis members up to the challenge of making pancakes and breakfast fixings? Wissler said indeed they are.

“We have many talented cooks in our club and are in the habit of providing food to other organizations when asked. Patrick Scully has many years of cooking pancakes with the Cub and Boy Scouts for their fundraisers. Eric Gabrielson said he can wash any dish, any time, anywhere. There will be no need for a training session,” Wissler chuckles.

The Kiwanis pancake breakfast menu includes much more than just pancakes. They will offer sausages, bacon, potato egg casserole with cheese, potato egg casserole with bacon and cheese, orange juice, milk, coffee and water.

Kiwanis pancake breakfast committee members include Sue Seaton, Don Seaton, Dean Handsaker, Brenda Hobson, Joel Hutcheson, Linda Shickell, Judy Chance, Bob Mittman, Leanne Harter, Patrick Scully, Jody Melcher and Joe Melcher.

Tickets for the breakfast can be purchased from any Kiwanis member or at the door for $6. Children 4 years of age and younger are free.

Wissler said the club hopes to return to its chili supper and sweet corn/bologna feed next year.

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