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Annual Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast held April 13

On Sunday, April 13, the annual Kiwanis Palm Sunday Pancake Breakfast was memorable for so many reasons.

It was the 56th annual breakfast. It was the first time the Kiwanis used their very own, newly customized, multi-purpose grill. Long-time Kiwanis member, Bernard “Bernie” Van Dorn, bequeathed a large donation to the PC Kiwanis. They have used this donation to update all the picnic tables and benches in the city park and donated to various community and North Polk School children’s programs. With the remainder of the money, Kiwanis members Bill Sharp and Gary Heuritz purchased a large grill and worked with Polk City Custom & Equipment Corp. to fabricate the grill so it can be used not only for pancakes, but also hamburgers, steaks and much more. The Kiwanis Club wants to serve the public with more special events, raising more money to fund more children’s programs in Polk City and North Polk Schools.

Roxana Curry, a popular Polk City piano teacher, played a medley of the “Old Rugged Cross” and “I Believe in Mt. Calvary,” and four of her students — Abby Husak, Tessa Williams, Jadon Simmons and Natalie Jepsen — performed.

C.W. Hobbs, The Flatland String Band (www., performed the entire morning, bringing smiles to faces with all the folk songs, especially when the band members played the “Hokey Pokey” for some of the younger crowd.

After the grill was cleaned, the dishes washed and all the equipment packed away, the Polk City Kiwanis were very pleased with another successful breakfast that brought so many smiles to friends and neighbors.

Some of the proceeds from the breakfast will be used to fund the 56th annual Easter Egg Hunt this Saturday, April 19, at 10 a.m. at the North Polk West Elementary School. Other Kiwanis April events include: Weekly, two Kiwanis Watch Dogs will walk North Polk West Elementary hallways, showing a male presence in the elementary school and during the week of April 21, a Kiwanian or Polk City business person will mentor Mrs. Leonard’s seventh grade class daily.

Follow the Polk City Kiwanis at or Facebook: Kiwanis Club of Polk City.

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