Skaneateles Rotating Pancake Breakfast Return – Eagle News Online

SKANEATEL:ES — After a two-year hiatus, the Rotary Club of Skaneateles Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast is returning to Austin Park/Allyn Arena (Old Ice Rink) this year. It tastes like a party, a reunion and a big thank you.

The 52nd Annual Breakfast will be held from 7:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday, June 19.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12. Children 5 and under are free.

Get advance tickets from any Rotarian or outside of Tops the weekend of June 10.

There is a lot of excitement for the return of this event, said Rotarian Bill Buterbaugh, who serves on the breakfast steering committee.

“We had overwhelming support from our members to bring him back,” he said.

This popular event has been attracting families, seniors, couples and children for over half a century: it gives people a chance to get together, celebrate dad and hear the community band. It all started with a take-out pancake breakfast at the Skaneateles air hangar in 1968 and never missed a year until the pandemic.

This year, the importance and the community character of the event seems amplified, after the forced cancellations and the relative isolation due to COVID-19.

The Rotary Club of Skaneateles would like to thank the community for the overwhelming support they provided when the pancake breakfast could not take place, President Terry McCormick said.

“We went out into the community with a virtual fundraiser, and the response was overwhelming,” McCormick said. “As a result, we have been able to continue supporting the programs and good causes that have come to rely on Rotary.

Without the pancake sweetness, the community supported Rotary in its efforts to help those in need, raising nearly $20,000 in 2020 for local pantries and Skaneateles Outreach. A virtual campaign last year met with similar success.

The pancake breakfast has always been a gift to the community, and this year it’s even more so, as a thank-you gift, said Robin Jowaisas, a longtime committee member who prepares the breakfast.

“It’s great that we can once again host the event for the community and raise funds for the worthy causes that Rotary supports throughout the year,” said Jowaisas.

The club provides financial and practical support to a wide range of groups, organizations and causes in the community. The breakfast was the club’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

The pancake breakfast committee waited until May to make the decision, carefully assessing community sentiment and the spread of COVID.

“The large outdoor facility was definitely a big factor,” Buterbaugh said, as was the long window of time, from 7:30 a.m. to noon, to attend, and the large number of tables.

Committee chair Mary Giroux said the much-loved event is a service to the community, embraced by people of all ages.

Many families have been around for generations, just as many Rotary families have been flipping pancakes and serving eggs and sausages for generations.

“We’re all looking forward to bringing him back,” Buterbaugh said. “We don’t want people to start forgetting that. Breakfast is a tradition at Skaneateles.

Now I know… Behind the scenes of the Rotary Pancake Breakfast

In this piece, Lori Ruhlman shares her experiences working at pancake breakfast.

Back when the Rotary Pancake Breakfast meant a stack of pancakes and a chance to see everyone in town, I had no idea what all of that went into organizing this community-wide event.

I was just focused on the Skaneateles slice of life that the event provided. It was a unique opportunity to see entire families reunited…and a chance to see a generation of children grow up, year after year.

It was a whole different story for me in 2007, when I had just become a Rotarian.

As a new Rotarian, I saw the planning begin in February and intensify in June. I took pictures as a group of guys aged between 16 and 82 carried three or four tonnes of gear out of David Lee’s barn on Pork Street and loaded it into waiting vans and trailers on Friday before the event.

I never thought about how these pans were set up, or where the tables came from, or who ordered the 500+ pounds of sausages or the 550+ pounds of New Hope Buttermilk Pancake Mix Mills.

I never wondered who broke nearly 10,000 eggs or made 10,500 pancakes. This was before I was assigned to Eggs East – not to be confused with Eggs West, run by Jack Hyatt. Eggs East is the egg and sausage station to the left of pancakes. Eggs West is on the right. Apparently, there has been a long friendly rivalry between the two sides for years.

We Eggs East people cracked thousands of eggs while cracking jokes that first year… (and every year since). Although I didn’t break two at once, as some have told me, I was very quick – pausing every three dozen or so to use an electric blender and then tossing them into a jar even bigger with hundreds of other blends. eggs.

From there the eggs were poured into pitchers, where they were poured into individual pans, watched by other volunteers who stirred them until they were ready to be served.

While the folks in Eggs East and Eggs West focused solely on cracking, mixing, and baking, there were dozens of others who focused on making the pancakes. Karen Price, brand new to Rotary, was the first woman up there flipping pancakes. She joined longtime members like volunteers Jim Murphy and Jim Rhinehart and Rotarians like Bill Stevens.

Meanwhile, dozens of others were performing very specific jobs. Gary Caldwell was appointed butler (in recent years this social task has been performed by the one and only Bill Buterbaugh); others have been assigned to look after volunteers in the field; others had specific tasks like keeping track of things like utensils and refrigerator supplies. The scouts were on trash patrol. That’s what makes it such a well-oiled machine: in total, about 150 people help, and each has a job.

As always, many volunteers are connected with the Rotary Youth Exchange Program and the Skaneateles High School Interact Club.

Long after the last pancake was served, people were busy folding chairs, cleaning stoves, washing supplies and removing banners showing Rotary clubs around the world.

Organizers and alumni finally sat down in a back room, among empty boxes and supplies, to hash out the event. Dana Coye recounted how the breakfast started in 1968 with a fly-in at the Skaneateles Airport hangar, attracting 80-90 planes from all over the east coast. After seven years, the breakfast was moved to its current location.

That makes this year’s breakfast 48e one at Skaneateles. Rotarians have been planning for months. Every Rotarian knows to block out Father’s Day, June 19, for an entire day of work…and many will work Friday and Saturday to prepare for the community-wide event. On Monday, June 20, they’ll be back at the old arena to dismantle the big gear and reload it to store in David Lee’s barn for another year.

Why do they do it every year?

“We do this to raise money for all of our community projects,” Coye said. “We also do it for the brotherhood it brings to the community.”

It’s a community event; an annual event that brings together all kinds of people and organizations to work for a common cause. It’s a tradition, and it’s part of the fabric of the community.

Why else? I got a taste of why else. It’s not just a ton of work. He is more than that.

Rotarian Roberta Williams put my feelings into words as she sat there exhausted at the end of a long day. “It’s funny. I look forward to it every year,” she said.

Circumstances have made it difficult for me to be an integral part of breakfast for the past two years, and I’ve found that I really miss it. I can’t wait to be part of this big family again…to wear my Rotary apron and work all day.

It’s like throwing a big party and inviting everyone in town to attend. And in the end, instead of spending money, you made money. Enough money to support exchange students who enrich the community for an entire year; enough to contribute to worthy causes like Pantries, Boys State, Literacy, Helping Hands and Odyssey of the Mind. Enough to give a Rotary scholarship to a senior graduate and send underclassmen to leadership training. Enough to support the International Rotary Foundation, which works to make the world less hungry and more peaceful.

I would break an egg for these reasons any day.

Submitted by Lori Ruhlman, Skaneateles Rotary

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