The Durant Kiwanis Annual Pancake Day is a always big success.
Tuesday from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m., all you can eat pancakes were served to the hungry masses.
The Bryan County Community Building, at the Durant Fairgrounds was a hot spot eatery in town.
Many pancakes have been served with the assembly line perfected by the Kiwanis.
The Key Club was on hand as volunteers readying plates and plastic ware.
The morning voice of KLBC, Scott Corbin, manned his own grill with thousands served.
Corbin said the crowd was good and people were happy.
He’s in his third year with the club.
The Key Club’s volunteers were seeing many friends at the meal.
Kiwanis member Chris Pierce said, “Key Club is our children’s version of the Kiwanis. We are very proud of these kids.”
Durant High School freshman and Key Club member Chloe Cagle said, “I’d tell young people like me to help if they can. It enhances a lot of our social skills and it helps make sure people around us have what they need.”
Francisco Lovato of Durant is in 10th grade at DHS and the Key Club.
He said he’s having fun, “just help your community as much as you can. It really helps people who have trouble or older people that may need help.”
The president of the Key Club Raven Baker volunteered too. She said this is a huge event to work and was excited to see someone special from her past, at the pancake day.
Baker continued, “I actually found my old teacher, Mr. Richardson here. He was like, ‘hey’ and I was like, ‘I know you!’ This is a fun day.”
What would she tell others her age about volunteering?
“I’m 17 and a senior at Durant High. I’d tell others my age, they should join and help out to help out the community,” she said.
Philip Stephens is Associate Pastor at First Baptist Church. He had a griddle and was serving pancakes 15 at a time.
He said, “I think they’ve got a well-oiled machine. Everything is well organized. This is my first year here and it’s fun.”
He estimates 50 griddles of pancakes at 15 per run, and he’s been there since 8:30 a.m.
That was only 2 p.m. during a slow time for pancakes.
The Kiwanis provided several thousand more before the all you can eat feast was complete.
Eleven-hundred pancakes to go was an example of a to-go order.
Chris Pierce has been a dedicated Kiwanian at many past pancake events.
He said, “We provided four pancakes each to 187 Boys and Girls Club kids. Those kids will be really happy.”
Pierce said after 4 p.m., they served more pancakes than they did the entire day, up to that point.
The math is astounding and the numbers beyond estimate, but Durant will be looking forward to the annual Kiwanis pancake event.
Mary Dean Hall, with the Boys and Girls Club of Durant said, “We’ve got a whole group of adults from the club here. These are some really great pancakes!”
Durant Police Chief David Houser, in his third year with the Kiwanis, was pouring batter on the griddle 15 pancakes at a time. When asked how many griddles he’s poured at 15 pancakes per griddle he said, “If I say 25, I wouldn’t be lying. I’m not over exaggerating. I’m helping get the 600 or so pancakes out for the Boys and Girls Club order. I have to say, the Kiwanis have this process down pat. They sure can turn out the pancakes.”
He’s Durant’s Police Chief and a Kiwanian, so that’s the truth. Lots of pancakes served Tuesday benefiting the youth programs supported by the Durant Kiwanis.
Syrup, butter and milk was provided along with a healthy portion of sausage and coffee.
Everyone walked away with a full stomach and a smile on their face.
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