The golden edges of the pancakes fit the occasion on Saturday morning during the 50th Annual Pancake Day sponsored by the Rotary Club of Media.
The unmistakable smell of breakfast filled the air as guests filed into Media Elementary School for all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage and juice. It was one of the club’s biggest fundraisers, usually serving 400-600 people every year.
“I think it’s the nostalgia. Pancake Day resonates as a community gathering. Who doesn’t like pancakes?” said Dan Lievens, president of the club.
Added 40-year member William Strine, “We’ve held it together for 50 years,” he said with a chuckle. “It’s become quite a tradition. It used to be all day long. It has shrunk, but nonetheless it’s still here.”
All food was donated by a local supermarket in Media. Families with small children and senior citizens made up most of the diners by mid-morning but those manning the serving line expected a steady flow until noon.
“It’s a way for the community to get together and enjoy each other and we enjoy it because we are able to serve the community,” said Dennis Slostad, a member since 1993.
The Rotary Club of Media has about 70 members and meets every Thursday at 12:15 p.m. at DiFabio’s Market. Founded in 1928, it’s a chartered club of Rotary International serving people in the Media area. The club works through Rotary International and its foundation, providing a broad range of humanitarian, intercultural, and educational programs and activities designed to improve the human condition and advance the organization’s ultimate goal of world peace and understanding.
“The club gets involved in a lot of needs for the community and even personal needs (for individuals) in the community. They (Rotarians) fulfill them. They have a lot of work programs that help the town and people in the town,” added Strine.