More than 30 gallons of milk, 30 dozens of eggs and 300 pounds of batter produced approximately 5,000 pancakes for more than 1,700 people Thursday attending the 52nd annual Wapakoneta Rotary Club Pancake Day.
Rotary Club member John Johnson, who was mixing batter throughout the day, explained all the proceeds go toward the club’s scholarship program. This year, the club awarded $7,200 in scholarship money to three Wapakoneta High School graduating seniors and through the first 51 years the group has awarded more than $182,000 and helped approximately 225 Wapakoneta High School students with college tuition costs.
Rotary Club President Josh Little, who was working the dining area, said the numbers continued to be strong this year with more and more people using the drive-thru on a mild day with a short shower at approximately 4 p.m.
“It was a great turnout, especially during the lunch and dinner times,” Little said. “We had a lot of great help and the community really came out and supported the event.
“It is great way to help the community because all of the proceeds of this event go to help students defer the cost of college,” said Little, who is the executive director of the Wapakoneta Family YMCA. “It is all based on an application process that the school helps us with in identifying individuals who would be well-qualified for the scholarship — taking into account their grades and recommendations.”
He explained there is no specific area of study a student must enter.
During Thursday’s event, approximately 50 members helped during the 12-hour event which starts at 7 a.m. and ends at 7 p.m. Workers are there much longer preparing for the first pancakes to be served and to clean-up afterward.
Little also said the Rotary Pancake Day furthers their local mission.
“I think No. 1 Rotary locally is to do community service through local service projects and this is a type of event to help people in the area have a better life,” Little said pointing out to such projects as the Rotary Gazebo at Harmon Park and the tennis courts at Wapakoneta High School. “Globally Rotary is known for the eradication of polio and this is one of the largest goals and we work very hard on furthering that mission.”