Kiwanis Club members flip over flapjacks

Published 12:00 am Sunday, July 18, 2010

NATCHEZ — One day a year Agnes Holloway turns into a short order breakfast cook, but she has no plans of quitting her day job just yet.

Holloway, along with other members of the Trace City Kiwanis Club, were busy Saturday morning filling pancake orders as fast as they could for the annual Kiwanis Club pancake fundraiser.

“I don’t think I’ll be putting in an application at McDonalds any time soon,” Holloway said.

The cooks in the kitchen were out of their element just a bit, but the cause for which they were cooking makes the morning fun and worthwhile. Club president Wanda Frye said the money raised during the pancake breakfast helps fund the high school Key Club awards presented at the end of each school year.

One award is given to each local high school Key Club club and an overall award is given to a student who excels in the classroom and in club, school and community involvement.

“This is one of our biggest fundraisers each year,” Frye said.

Breakfast plates of pancakes, sausage and milk, juice or coffee were served to dine in eaters or delivered to drive up customers. Approximately 350 plates were bought, Holloway said.

Six of those plates went to long-time friends Tom and Winnie Hall, Marvin and Pam McDonald and Harvey and Nell Fitzpatrick who have made it a yearly ritual to fellowship over breakfast at the Kiwanis pancake breakfast.

“I’ve been eating Kiwanis pancakes for many, many years,” Nell Fitzpatrick said.

“This is just about the only time all of us are together for breakfast,” Pam McDonald said. “We make a point each year to be here.”

While the pancakes are delicious they all said, it is the fellowship and the cause that keep them coming back each year.

“It is good fellowship and a good cause,” Tom Hall said.

The local Kiwanis chapter, in addition to the Key Club awards, supports the Guardian Shelter, Kyle’s House daycare center, the Boys & Girls Club, Sunshine Shelter and Pleasant Acre Day School throughout the year.