The Auburn Rotary Club held its 51st annual Scholarship Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, May 4.  The breakfast raises money annually toward scholarships for Auburn High School Students. The Rotary Club has funded over $340,000 in scholarships since 1963.

This year’s event was shaping up to be one of the busier breakfasts in recent years.  “It’s been really busy since we opened” said Rotary Club president, Owen Russell.  “It’s great to see a lot of families coming in.”

Volunteers manning the griddle at Auburn Rotary Club's 51st Scholarship Pancake Breakfast

Selectman Doreen Goodrich and AMS Principal Joe Gagnon manning the griddle at Auburn Rotary Club’s 51st Scholarship Pancake Breakfast

According to Russell, the breakfast is challenging to pull off, as the Rotary Club membership numbers have dipped significantly.  Fortunately, volunteers from all over town step in to help make the day a success.  State Senator Michael Moore, Representative Paul Frost, several Auburn selectmen, Town Manager Julie Jacobson, other elected officials, a number of high school students and other residents all pitched in.  Some were selling tickets, others prepared trays, several helped clearing tables, and a few had the pleasure of flipping pancakes.

In addition to freshly made pancakes, the volunteers served up sausage, juice, milk and coffee.  There were also baked goods and a range of raffle and silent auction items available at the event.  The Auburn High School Jazz Band entertained with some upbeat background music as patrons enjoyed their breakfasts.

All proceeds go toward scholarships for high school seniors from Auburn who will be graduating this year.

The Rotary Club of Auburn meets each Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Heritage Coffee Shop, 567 Southbridge Street.  Anyone interested in joining the Rotary Club of Auburn or attending a meeting should contact Owen Russell, president at (508) 841-0671 or orussell@centralfcu.com.