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From the Publisher’s Desk – Now serving hot stack with butter

By Keith Whitson

How do you like yours? I need lots of butter and lots of syrup. I’m referring to pancakes. I find it strange that pancakes fall into the breakfast foods and not the dessert group. But, I’m not going to complain.

Pancakes are served all over the world, but prepared differently in almost every country. It seems no two recipes are alike, even when they have similar ingredients. Archaeological evidence suggests that pancakes are probably the earliest and most widespread cereal food eaten in prehistoric societies. I am sure they didn’t have an IHOP. It might have been more like if you take my pancake, I hop on you. I imagine they were a few pancakes short of a good stack, if you know what I mean.

I turn to Aunt Jemima. She never lets me down and her only requirement is add  water. That first flip on the griddle is the most crucial and nerve racking. As the pancakes are removed, I like to stack them up with a slice of butter between each layer and then pour on lots of syrup.

The warmth of the pancake, the taste of butter and delicious syrup, make for a mouthwatering treat. Hopefully I have made you hungry and I have the solution.

Saturday is the annual “Hotcakes and Sausage Breakfast” prepared by the Erwin Kiwanis Club. This fundraising event has been a tradition of the club for years and one that many folks have come to look forward to.

Not only do participants get a delicious, freshly prepared meal, but they help support projects such as providing clothing and shoes for disadvantaged children of Erwin and Unicoi County. I have attended the breakfast for years and have helped when I could since joining the club.

A lot of work goes into the event from selling tickets to rounding up the donated supplies, preparing the meal, helping serve and, of course, cleaning up. The club is made up of dedicated individuals ranging in age from 20s and up.

There is always a sense of bonding and friendship as well as respect for the older members that have kept the club strong over the years. In fact, the Erwin Kiwanis Club was organized in 1921. It has served the community continuously, even during times of war or the Great Depression. It is one of the oldest true community service organizations in the southern Appalachians, as well as one of the region’s oldest continually-chartered Kiwanis Clubs.

The roster of club membership and officers over the past century is impressive. I read through the list of presidents over the years and am honored to say I know or knew many. Those that I didn’t get the privilege to know, I recognized as leaders in government or business that I have heard of in Erwin’s history.

Members come together at town hall every Tuesday at noon to enjoy a meal and informative program. Various projects, such as the pancake breakfast, help raise money for the numerous good deeds the club does.

Many youngsters have been helped by the shoe project. Everyone benefits from the cleanup and beautification projects at two exits entering town. The club developed the children’s park along the Erwin Linear Trail and the Erwin Little League Park. They have members that volunteer to help school children with reading, participate in shopping for needy children at Christmas, support many local organizations and more.

Saturday’s pancake breakfast is just one way the public can enjoy a delicious meal and help with the projects the  Erwin Kiwanis Club is dedicated to. For only $5, you get pancakes, bacon or sausage and  something to drink. There are even carry-outs available.

The breakfast takes place at the Clinchfield Senior Adult Center, located at 220 Union St. Breakfast will be served from 7 to 11 a.m. Tickets are available at the door. I am helping serve from 8 to 10 a.m., so come on out and say hello.

Many folks enjoy the breakfast for the fellowship and chance to see old friends. Whatever your reason, don’t forget to come out this Saturday and support a worthy cause and enjoy a great breakfast by a great club.

If you would be interested in checking out the Kiwanis Club or even possibly becoming a member, contact me at The Erwin Record and I take you as a guest to one Tuesday. I think you would find the projects  worthy of your support, the friendship of the members as some of the best and the meals and programs a treat.