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Local Kiwanis flip for kids, community

October 28, 2012
By CRAIG MOON ( , Times-Republican

The flapjacks were flipping and sausages sizzling Saturday morning at Marshalltown's Veterans Coliseum, where a large crowd turned out to support the Kiwanis Pancake Day.

With precision born of 58 years practice, the lines moved quickly as folks enjoyed the disc jockey's banter, and a mix of old time rock and country music.

"We were prepared to serve 3,000 breakfasts today," said Harold Cline, event chair for the past 19 years. "It looks like we hit that number."

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Kiwanis members Dale Benskin and Steve Bolar prepare pancake batter Saturday morning at the annual Pancake Day at the Veterans Coliseum. 

Training the next generation of Kiwanis, high school members from the Key Club were busy serving hungry diners. "This has been a lot of fun; I'll probably volunteer again next year," volunteer Andrea Lothe said.

The Kiwanis have a 90 year record of serving children and the community in Marshalltown. President of the noon club, Linda Dodd Smith, said the club was founded in 1921.

"Its very first project was the founding of Franklin Field in 1922, which was an audacious goal for a new club," she said.

Maintaining that same spirit, the 80 members of Marshalltown's Kiwanis are recognized for their support of youth, shelter services and child abuse prevention programs.

Through youth orientated programs like Camp OK they work with local fifth and sixth grade teachers to send children to camp each year. Its Aktion Club is a specialized group for members with disabilities, who have the desire to serve others.

The community support for this annual fundraiser is a testament to the Kiwanis history and their contribution to the Marshalltown community.



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