The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Local News

November 24, 2013

Get pictures with Santa at annual pancake breakfast

GENEVA — Santa is looking to change up his diet a little this holiday season, Kiwanis Club Secretary Sally Larick said.

Santa himself will fill up on pancakes on Dec. 14 at the Kiwanis Club of Geneva's pancake breakfast.

The meal will be held from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Geneva United Methodist Church on South Broadway. The meal includes all the pancakes you can eat with two sausage links, or one serving of sausage gravy served with biscuits. Cost is $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, $3 for elementary age children and children under age 5 eat free.

It wouldn’t be the Santa breakfast without photos, Larick said.

“Get an 8x10 photo of the whole family with Santa for just $10,” she said.

Larick said the breakfasts have become a tradition for local families and for the club members.

“The Santa pancake breakfast, like the Easter Bunny breakfast, has become a tradition that the club looks forward to every year,” Larick said. “In the last three years, the club has added a breakfast to begin Ghoulfest weekend and this year we held one in July to help finance the wheelchair walk at Kiwanis Park.”

Larick said 50 to 75 children come to the breakfasts, which also includes a drawing for a bicycle.

With so many events, the club members have become flapjack experts, she said.

“The experience they have gained with so many breakfasts has helped developed several excellent cooks who are experts at creative shopping and always figure out where to get the best deals by buying in bulk. The club takes pride in the fact that it has made the breakfasts affordable for everyone,” she said.

Geneva Key Club members, led by president Katie Peck, are servers at the breakfasts, along with members of another Kiwanis-sponsored group, the Aktion Club.

“We always appreciate the support we get from the community in attending the breakfasts," Larick said. “In fact, my favorite part is when we have whole families and extended families, from grandparents to children, babies, aunts, uncles and cousins who are glad to see each other and when they leave there are hugs all around.”

The event will include a Chinese auction, too.

“Proceeds from the pancake breakfast go toward helping people in the community, especially children,” she said.

The Kiwanis Club is a non-profit service organization that donates to families and causes in the Geneva community.

“We take great pride in is Kiwanis Park,” Larick said, “which is owned and supported entirely by the club.”

Future projects are already in the works, she said.

“The club is putting up playground equipment it purchased and will soon begin work on a walkway through the park that will be equally useful to the handicapped and others who just want to enjoy the park,” she said. “Assisted greatly by the United Little League, we have made many improvements to the baseball and softball field located at the south end of the park.”

The club awards scholarships annually to deserving high school seniors, donates to families at Christmas and Thanksgiving, and hosts many other community projects.

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