Rotary to continue Election Day dinner

Staff Reports

PIQUA — Election Day has become synonymous with the Piqua Rotary Club’s annual chicken dinner scheduled to take place on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at the Upper Valley Career Center from 5-7 p.m., according to co-chairs Jim McMaken and Kelly Meckstroth.

As election results are tabulated, Piqua voters and their families are encouraged to support the Rotary fundraiser prepared a third 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. Carryout service is also available.

Rotarians Debbie Robart and Stephanie Gunter are co-chairing the popular silent auction. Twelve large theme baskets are being auctioned off containing items for The Ohio State University, Vera Bradley Sampler, Restaurant Gift Certificates, Dad’s Day Out, Date Night, Wine and Cheese, Golfers Dream, Just for Mom, Puppies Delight, Chocolate Lovers, Beer Sampler and Holiday Delight.

McMaken reports a corporate lunch option is being made this year with pre-order forms available to local businesses between 11:30 a.m. to 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. 26. Businesses should contact McMaken at 773-9622 or email with their order. Checks made payable to the Piqua Rotary Club are due when orders are placed.

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 providing children with toothbrushes and toothpaste throughout the year.

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.”