Pancake Day set for March 11

Event stacks up funds for youth

By Sam Wildow -

PIQUA — A fundraiser that has been a part of the community for over six decades will be returning in a week.

This year is the 62nd anniversary celebration of the Kiwanis Club Pancake Day as a Community Event in Piqua, which will be held Saturday, March 11, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Upper Valley Career Center in Piqua.

“The community has been a wonderful supporter, and we appreciate that, and it allows us to do things for the youth in the community,” Gretchen Roeth of Kiwanis Club said. “It’s our major fundraiser.”

Cost of presale tickets is $6 for adults and $3 for students 12 and under. Tickets for adults will be $7 at the door. The event still features all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, applesauce, and a variety of drinks.

Roeth provided history of the event, which began in 1955, at Greene Street United Methodist Church and was initially chaired by Dr. Kenneth Lyon. Pancakes were served by Aunt Jemima at the Oct. 29 inaugural date event. In 1962, the Armory became the new the site of the event chaired by Lee VanDervort and Aunt Jemima again made an appearance to help with serving.

Walter Schumacher initiated the use of carousel pancake grills in 1963, and they have been used continuously over the years.

The Kiwanis Club voted to move the annual Pancake Day in 2007 to the Upper Valley JVS, now the Upper Valley Career Center, where the event is still being held today.

“We get a lot of help from some other groups in Piqua. They volunteer to help us that day,” Roeth said, adding that the proceeds go toward youth groups and activities. “It takes a community to raise youth.”

The Kiwanis Club annually sponsors scholarships for graduating seniors from Piqua High School and Lehman Catholic High School, supplies plaques for the Piqua City Schools annual Spelling Bee, supports the Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign, Piqua Civic Band, Piqua Chamber of Commerce Top 100 Banquet, Key Club Relay for Life, holds New Teacher Luncheons annually, and supplies a directory of Piqua churches for the Piqua area.

In addition, the Kiwanis Club provides funds for the Piqua Salvation Army Summer Lunch Program, Camp Courageous, purchases infant carriers in conjunction with the Troy Kiwanis Club to qualified new mothers at Upper Valley Medical Center, and sponsors the annual Piqua Halloween Parade along with sponsorship of Kiwanis youth groups at Piqua High School, Piqua Junior High School, Washington Primary, Springcreek Primary, and Piqua Central Intermediate Schools.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call Ryan Ratermann at (937) 773-1671 or email or contact Dean Brewer at (937) 615-1034 or email

The Kiwanis Club meets weekly on Wednesdays at noon at Grace United Methodist Church at 9411 N. County Road 25-A in Piqua. Reservations for lunch must be made by Monday at noon prior to the meeting. For more information about Kiwanis Club, contact Gretchen Roeth at (937) 778-0325 or email

Event stacks up funds for youth

By Sam Wildow

Reach Sam Wildow at or (937) 451-3336

Reach Sam Wildow at or (937) 451-3336