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October 24, 2013

Cooperstown Rotary Club to host Pancake Day

Cooperstown Crier

---- — The Cooperstown Rotary Club’s annual Pancake Day, an Election Day tradition since 1957, will be held again this year on Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 7 a.m. to 7p.m. at the Cooperstown Vets Club, 60 Main St., Cooperstown.

Rotary Pancake Day has become a popular custom in the Cooperstown Community.

The all-you-can-eat menu includes pancakes, maple syrup, sausages, apple sauce, coffee, tea and cider. A first this year, yogurt, will also be a menu choice.

Besides the club members and their families who volunteer for the annual fundraiser, in-bound Rotary Youth Exchange students will be on hand to help out with serving, seating and clean up. Donations from the Otesaga Hotel, Fly Creek Cider Mill, and Chobani Yogurt help offset costs and make for a well rounded menu with lots of choices.

“It’s a great time to connect with friends, catch up on local news and support the great work of Rotary in our community,” said Ben Novellano, co-chair of Pancake Day, in a media release. 

“Last year, our club provided 80 complementary tickets to the local food bank,” added Mark diLorenzo, co-chair in the release.

Besides enjoying a great meal for a real bargain, those attending may also purchase sets of boxed note cards featuring photographs of Cooperstown taken by local photographers, in support of Rotary International’s efforts to eradicate polio.

Tickets for the event are $6 for adults; $4 for kids, and are available at the door or from any Rotarian.

Rotary, a global network of community volunteers, is one of the largest and most influential international humanitarian service organizations worldwide. Founded in Chicago on Feb. 23, 1905, today over 1.2 million members belong to 33,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.

Since its founding in 1924, the Rotary Club of Cooperstown has played an active role in supporting the Cooperstown community on many levels, including volunteer service and financial support to local charities, educational and cultural organizations.

One of the club’s most popular endeavors is the Youth Exchange Program which sends local high school students abroad and places foreign students with local families for a year of study, language and cultural immersion.