PIQUA — Election Day has become synonymous with the Piqua Rotary Club Annual Chicken Dinner scheduled to take place on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at the Upper Valley Career Center from 5-7 p.m. Co-chairs Jim McMaken and Kelly Meckstroth both predict a “strong turnout” at this year’s popular event.
As election results are tabulated, Piqua voters and their families are encouraged to support the Rotary fundraiser prepared a fourth consecutive year by Hickory River Smokehouse in Tipp City and served by local Rotarians at UVCC. According to McMaken, each dinner consists of one-half chicken, two side dishes, dessert, roll and beverage. Tickets are $9 per person and can be purchased in advance from any Piqua Rotarian, Readmore Hallmark or at the door the night of the dinner. Carry-out service is also available.
Rotarians Debbie Robart and Stephanie Gunter are co-chairing the popular silent auction. Twelve theme baskets will be featured in the auction revolving around New Years, Valentine’s Day, Spring Sports, Spring Gardening, Kentucky Derby, Vacations, Beach, Back-to-School, Fall Sports, Oktoberfest, Thanksgiving and Holidays.
Once again, a corporate lunch option is being made available on Nov. 8, with boxed lunches provided to local businesses between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Piqua Salvation Army, 129 S. Wayne St. Local businesses can plan to pick up their lunches which include one-half chicken, two side dishes, dessert, roll and bottled water.
Deadline for lunch orders and payment ($9 per person) is Oct. 31. Businesses should contact McMaken at (937) 773-9622 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with their order. Checks made payable to the Piqua Rotary Club are due when orders are placed. Delivery is available on orders of five meals or more.
Proceeds from the Rotary fundraiser help support scholarships for local students throughout the year in addition to the Piqua City Schools kindergarten reading program and Miami County Dental Clinic when children receive free toothbrushes and toothpaste..
McMaken notes, “The Piqua Rotary Club has hosted the chicken dinner on Election Day as a key source of its ability to give back to the community. The food and fellowship, along with the variety of silent auction baskets, have made this fundraiser a popular tradition.
“Without this important event, we would be limited in our ability to financially assist others. We thank everyone for supporting us in the past and hope everyone will join us for a great meal in support of the Piqua community.”