Kiwanis will flip flapjacks for Pancake Day
Every year in April, the scent of sizzling sausage and baking bacon floats along the Oklahoma wind out of the Comanche County Fairgrounds and down the streets of Lawton. If you follow your nose those smells will lead you back to the Great Plains Coliseum. There you will find hundreds of people lined up to enjoy the annual “Kiwanis Pancake Day.”
The pancake day celebration is the Lawton Kiwanis Club’s only yearly fundraiser. The money the club brings in from this all-day event is used to further the goals of the Kiwanis, namely, to help children.
“Everything we do, we do for the kids,” Kiwanis Pancake Chairwoman Dede Armes, said.
Lawton Kiwanis sponsors Key Clubs in all three local high schools. These Key Clubs help children learn leadership skills through service to their school and community.
Another major event sponsored by the club is the local Fishing Derby, held each year in June at the Lawton Fort Sill Veterans Center. During the annual Fishing Derby, kids from the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club are treated to a morning of fishing with local veterans and active duty servicemembers.
All of this is in addition to the scholarships that Kiwanis hands out every year to local students.
Pancake Day is a lot of work. According to Armes the all-day breakfast is an ‘all hands on deck’ event that every member of Kiwanis contributes to. But she also stressed that Kiwanis is not one of those organizations that will “eat your life.”