The 60th annual Kiwanis Pancake Day is right around the corner. Yes, members of the Kiwanis Club of Dalton has been bringing the community together for a worthy cause for almost 60 years now.
Helping the area children is a tradition set for the first Saturday in November.
Tickets for the Nov. 2 fundraiser are now on sale. Civic club members will serve piping hot pancakes and sausage at Dalton Green, the historic park located adjacent to the Whitfield County Courthouse. Families and friends will gather for the social event of the season.
"We are asking you to plan now to enjoy a great meal in beautiful downtown Dalton, have a fun time and help a good cause -- raising money to help local children," said Heath Patterson, Kiwanis pancake chair.
"Our club has always been about helping local kids," Patterson added. "Youth organizations benefit from our work in the community both as Kiwanians and as individuals."
The first Kiwanis Pancake Day was held in 1960.
"It was designed to provide a fun way to bring the community together to raise money for local kids," said Jack Maeger, a longtime Kiwanis Club of Dalton member.
The local club had been chartered in 1953. Maeger is the only current member who has been around since that first breakfast. He says from the beginning that the group saw the event as an annual celebration. For it to work, members believed the breakfast needed to have a tent and it should be held in what was then City Park.
Maeger said flags borrowed from local car dealerships added to the festive atmosphere. Pancake Day continues to give the business and professional leaders in the club a unique way to serve the community.
Members will serve breakfast from 6 a.m. until noon. Anyone eating under the big tent can have all of the pancakes and sausage they care to eat along with coffee, milk, and orange juice. Advance tickets are $7 each. The cost on the morning of the breakfast is $8. To-go plates will also be available.
All Kiwanis members are selling tickets. A number of local businesses are also selling tickets. Look for the signs advertising them.