CORNWALL, Ontario - The Rotary Club of Cornwall served up some smiles at their annual Pancake Day and Silent Auction this Saturday, March 25.
Treasurer, Tom Wallace said that while the weather outside was frightful, it didn’t stop people from lining up for the locally famed all-you-can eat pancake breakfast, which took place at St. John's Presbyterian Church.
The event has been a longstanding tradition in Cornwall, having begun in 1975. “It originally started as kind of a public relations event to give back to the community for the support they gave us and still do,” said Wallace.
Having been a staple event in the Cornwall non-profit sector for 42 years, Wallace said that people are always anxious to fill their plates for a good cause. “Word of mouth goes a long way,” said Wallace. “Most people know that it’s an annual event and enjoy coming out for a good meal in support of the club.”
The event also featured a silent auction with all items donated by local businesses.
Typically drawing upwards to 500 people, Wallace said that pancakes likely wouldn’t be on the menu for a while.
“We’ve been here since 6 a.m. and have served up a whole lot of pancakes,” laughed Wallace. “If I had to guess, I’d say anywhere between 1000 and 1500. Do I want pancakes for supper? Not really.”
With over 40 volunteers, or Friends of Rotary; helping with food, silent auction duties, and collection of funds, Wallace says that the Friends play a critical role in the success of these events. “They help where they can, and it makes our day much easier,” said Wallace.
For more information on the Rotary Club of Cornwall, visit www.cornwallrotary.com.
The water storage establish with a district grant.
Entrance to the project site.
Cutting the ribbon.
Satisfied Rotarians at the end of the project.
Cornwall Rotary Club takes up battle against Polio
Monday, October 24 was World Polio Day and to do their part to help eradicate the dreaded disease once and for all, The Cornwall Rotary Club held a special luncheon at the Ramada Inn. The Rotary Foundation’s End Polio Now Program held a World’s Greatest Meal event with special guest speaker, Fay Campbell, Area Governor for the Rotary Club. Campbell was part of a National Immunization Day program in India in 2015 where the Indian government wanted to give two million children the polio vaccine in two days.
“They reached out to Rotarians and other service clubs around the world for help,” said Campbell. She told the Cornwall Rotarians about her adventures in India and Pakistan.
“We stayed in an area called Ghaziabad and we had to wake up at 4 a.m. to make the hour drive to the inoculation site,” she said. The inoculations were only given between 7 a.m. and noon because of the heat and the volatility of the area with regards to political unrest.
She said there were also a lot of cultural differences which proved to be challenging. They were seen as outsiders and not necessarily trusted. And because they were only inoculating children under five, they had to determine a way to guess a child’s age. “You take the child’s arm and put it over their head,” said Campbell. “If they can touch the opposite ear, they are over five years old.”
Her experiences in Pakistan were a little different. They were not trusted to give the vaccine themselves and had to train Pakistani women on how to administer the drops.
Campbell has been a Rotarian for just 12 years and has been involved in immunization days twice. “I love doing this,” she said. “Meeting new people and seeing the good work Rotarians are doing around the world. It’s unbelievable.”