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The Mountain Home Rotary Club took to the kitchen and continued its decades-long tradition of hosting its Annual Pancake Breakfast with Santa for residents Dec. 3 at Mountain Home High School’s cafeteria.
The breakfast ran from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and offered residents a chance to sit down with family and friends while enjoying freshly made pancakes and sausage patties. Hot coffee and orange juice were readily available and in high demand as hundreds shuffled through the cafeteria’s line through the morning.
Tickets to the breakfast cost $5 per person.
Money raised through the breakfast is used for scholarships for Baxter County area high-school seniors. The Rotary club typically raises between $15,000 to $20,000 from its breakfast every year.
The Mountain Home Education Foundation’s Promise Scholarship is one of the main scholarships the Mountain Home Rotary Club donates to each year. The scholarship is designed to cover any gaps in funding that local high school students need to attend college at Arkansas State University – Mountain Home.
Back in the kitchen, it was all hands on deck for the Rotary Club, with members of the club’s 61 strong roster taking shifts in cooking, serving and doing dishes. The sounds of sizzling sausage and the smell of fresh pancake batter filled the industrial kitchen as members greeted each guest before pouring them a cup of coffee and filling their plates with food.
Service to others is often listed as the best reason for joining the club. For Rotarians, the annual breakfast is a perfect way to serve the community back while keeping with a tradition that was back in 1976.
The Rotary Club sells roughly 4,000 tickets per year for its pancake breakfast. Each club member is expected to meet a quota for tickets sales, with many purchasing any remaining tickets left out of pocket.