ROTARY ROUNDUP: Rotary pancake breakfast raises $5,500 for Sources food bank

Fifth-annual event was held March 16 at White Rock Baptist Church

The room was a buzz of activity, with volunteers cooking and serving, patrons visiting with friends and talking up a storm.

A cappella singing group Toast & Jam sang barbershop favourites, the kids’ corner bustled with activities and two magicians astonished guests with their close-up magic.

The annual Rotary Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, March 16, at White Rock Baptist Church, raised over $5,500, which will help support Sources food bank.

“This is our fifth year for the breakfast, and it is the best yet,” said Fred Wickens, president of the White Rock Rotary Club.

“This is the first year we have had entertainment and a kids’ corner, run by the Semiahmoo Peninsula Rotaract club.”

“We really enjoy our time working with the five other Rotary clubs,” said Meghan Jones, Semiahmoo Peninsula Rotaract President.

“They help us a lot with our endeavours, so to be able to give back and work alongside them for Sources food bank, has been a wonderful experience.”

R.E.C. for kids donated a bicycle for a silent auction and Save-On-Foods gift cards were donated for draws.

“What I love about this event is it’s truly a grassroots community event that brings people from all walks of life together,” said David Young, chief executive officer, Sources.

“Each one of the six clubs collaborating on this breakfast is an incredibly important partner to Sources, not only for the food bank but for a whole range of programs that we deliver in the community. We couldn’t do that without the Rotarians in our community who are willing to roll up their sleeves, flip pancakes and support us in so many different ways.”

The breakfast has become a favourite on the Peninsula as it has brought all of the clubs together for a common goal.

There are many other opportunities coming up for Rotarians, Rotaractors and the community to work together and I look forward to each and every one.

Upcoming Events

• White Rock Rotary Book sale is April 6-13 at the Peace Arch Curling Centre (adjacent to Centennial Arena). For more info call: 604-560-4770 or visit

• Semiahmoo Rotary Wine & Dine on Marine Drive is April 3.

All six Rotary clubs on the Peninsula make a massive difference in our community every day. If you would like to find out more about what makes each club tick, we invite you to visit us at one of our meetings.

• White Rock Rotary Club meets for lunch on Tuesdays at 12 p.m. at the Rotary Field House (South Surrey Athletic Fields) 14620, 20 Ave.

• Peace Arch Rotary club meets for lunch on Mondays at 12 p.m. at Hazelmere Golf & Country Club.

• Semiahmoo Rotary Club meets for breakfast Thursdays, 7 a.m. at the Rotary Field House (South Surrey Athletic Fields) 14620 20 Ave.

• South Surrey Rotary Club meets for breakfast on Wednesdays, 7 a.m. at Ricky’s Restaurant, 2160 King George Blvd.

• White Rock Peninsula Rotary club is an evening club and meets Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m., at Roadhouse Grille, 1781 King George Blvd.

• The Semiahmoo Peninsula Rotaract Club meets once a month on the second Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Rotary Field House (South Surrey Athletic Fields) 14620, 20 Ave., Surrey

Allan Baedak writes monthly on behalf of the Semiahmoo Peninsula’s six Rotary clubs.

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