Kiwanis Prepares For White Rock Pancake Breakfast

Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast Chairman John Arrowsmith will be manning the griddle 7-11 a.m. Saturday at the White Rock Senior Center. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos

Preparing for a Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast like the one scheduled Saturday, May 18, in White Rock, is a big job. For one thing, it involves a giant grocery list.

In a telephone interview Tuesday, Pancake Breakfast Chairman John Arrowsmith said that on Monday, May 13, he purchased the food. The major items, bought from a food service, were as follows:

  • 75 pounds of pancake mix;
  • 80 pounds of eggs;
  • 400 sausages;
  • 50 small containers of white milk;
  • 50 small containers of chocolate milk;
  • And 600 pats of margarine.

Delivery was scheduled for Friday, May 17 to the White Rock Senior Center at the corner of Longview Drive and Rover Boulevard.

Arrowsmith, who had just returned from a vacation in Europe, also put up five signs in White Rock, and assessed the number of volunteers ready to work on Saturday. He said 14 Kiwanis members had signed up, and the Kiwanis youth organizations—the Los Alamos High School Key Club, the Los Alamos Middle School Builders Club, and the K-Kids Clubs at Aspen, Barranca and Chamisa Elementary Schools—also were expected to send some volunteers.

Arrowsmith was building on a process started many days earlier by Co-Chairman Doug Hemphill and several other Kiwanis volunteers.

Hemphill kept reminding Kiwanis members to save the date and updating them on the preparations, and he passed around sign-up sheets recruiting volunteers.

Kiwanis Vice President Cheryl Pongratz and Hemphill called businesses and individuals asking if they would like to place advertisements on the two different breakfast placemats. She said they called 26 potential advertisers, and, “Nobody turned us down”.

And I wrote news stories about the event.

So now, with the event just a few days away, here’s the basic information:

  • The breakfast will be held Saturday, May 18, at the White Rock Senior Center, at the corner of Longview and Rover.
  • Volunteers from Kiwanis and its youth organizations will work in shifts 7 a.m. (set-up time) to noon (clean-up time after the “customers” have left).
  • Food will be served 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. These hours are timed to offer breakfast to the many people who plan to attend the annual Kite Festival in Overlook Park. No one will be asked to pay for breakfast, but donations will be very welcome because Kiwanis is still trying to recover, financially, from the cancellation of the Kiwanis Fireworks in Overlook Park last July. The weather then was so very dry that the fireworks show was considered a potential hazard.
  • This is the first time that Los Alamos Kiwanis has held a pancake breakfast in White Rock. In the past, all such breakfasts have been held at the Betty Ehart Senior Center in Los Alamos. If this breakfast goes well, it might become a tradition.
  • Anyone can come. You don’t have to live in White Rock. People from “The Hill” will be equally welcome. This is an opportunity to dine with friends from all over the county—and then go enjoy the Kite Festival.