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Eyes on Arlington: Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast still going strong after 58 years

Last year’s Kiwanis Club pancake breakfast.
Last year’s Kiwanis Club pancake breakfast.

When I was a kid, my mom took me to the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast — and then I took my children to the event for many years. For anyone looking for a family tradition to put in the memory book, the breakfast is a shoo-in for creating a fun and wholesome outing sure to be remembered always.

On Saturday morning on Feb. 27, the Kiwanis Club of Arlington will have the griddle hot and the coffee steaming for the hordes of hungry people ready for a breakfast feast at the 58th annual Pancake Day. They’ll serve up the tasty treats from 8 a.m. until noon. in the Great Hall of First United Methodist Church, 313 N. Center St.

Guests will be greeted by the wonderful aroma of succulent golden pancakes and tasty sausage. To go with it, a choice of beverages will complement the amazing food and satisfy even the most serious hunger cravings.

And there’s more because a huge silent auction will be set up with all sorts of unique merchandise, products and services including home furnishings, restaurant gift cards, art and more. The top bidder can take home whatever tickles his or her fancy and know that he or she is helping a slew of projects and good causes that the Kiwanis Club supports.

“Pancake Day has become an Arlington tradition, and with good reason,” said Kiwanis Club President-elect and Pancake Day chairman Kelly Wouters. “When you buy a Pancake Day ticket, purchase a silent auction item or become a sponsor, you really are making an investment in our community and most especially in our most precious resource, our children.

According to spokesman Al Becker, last year’s event raised more than $43,000. “Nearly all of those funds were given directly back to the community in the form of scholarships for high schools students, support for school community service clubs and support for myriad programs and organizations.”

Kiwanis sponsors the annual teacher-of-the-year awards for outstanding elementary, junior high school and high school teachers in the Arlington school district.

“Pancake Day is the Kiwanis Club’s only annual fund-raiser and has become an Arlington tradition. The club has raised more than $850,000 since it was established in 1952 to help Kiwanis advance its work with children and assist a wide range of civic and charitable organizations in the community,” Becker said.

The club sponsors Key Clubs at six local high schools and K-Kids Clubs at several elementary campuses along with co-sponsoring the new Circle K Club at UTA.

Funds raised at Pancake Day will help Kiwanis continue supporting local organizations such as Safe Haven, Alliance for Youth, Life Shelter, Arlington Urban Ministries, Mission Arlington, Arlington Charities, Arlington Boys & Girls Clubs and The Salvation Army.

Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling the Kiwanis office at 817-640-771. Anyone wanting to donate new or pre-owned items in great condition for the silent auction can send an email to or call the office.

Greek Meet Feb. 28 answers sorority questions

For many college-bound senior girls, the decision about what college to attend has been made or soon will be. After that is all settled, the next thing on the radar screen may be the decision about whether to join a sorority.

If everything about sorority life is “Greek” to you, take heart. There’s a fabulous information session called the Greek Meet planned for Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. at The Oakridge School Fine Arts Center, at 5900 W. Pioneer Parkway.

Hosted by the Arlington Alumnae Panhellenic, the event will give parents and their daughters the lowdown on everything they need to know about the sorority recruitment (known as rush) process. There’s no need for the road to sisterhood to be difficult because the association has boiled the process down to an easy-to-follow step-by-step guide.

Attendees at the event will hear from various speakers about Greek life, registration with the Arlington Alumnae Panhellenic and the process of registering with the various universities. And yes, there will be answers to one of the top questions: What to wear during rush. A video presentation will be extremely helpful in filling in the blanks on what is involved in joining a sorority.

How to handle letters of recommendation and how to put together the materials needed to register for rush will be covered along with information on the expenses associated with sorority life. Guests at the Greek Meet will hear a bit about responsibilities and opportunities that may be a part of joining a sorority.

“This event plays a significant part in each of these girl’s recruitment because it gives them a head start on navigating a successful recruitment at their future university,” said Jennifer Bowland, president of Arlington Panhellenic. “It also enables them to be in contact with area reference chairman, so sororities at their universities can get to know them better.”

Both Mom and Dad are welcome to attend Greek Meet with their daughter. To learn more, contact Bowland at or Susan Eaves, first vice president, at

To RSVP, go to and complete the information requested.

Experience Arlington Cinema Film Series rescheduled for Feb. 27

The Arlington Film Society’s launch of a yearlong series of exclusive film screenings and events called “Experience Arlington Cinema” was covered in an earlier column.

Due to a scheduling problem with the venue, the series has been rescheduled for Feb. 27 from noon to 9 p.m. at the UTA Fine Arts Building in Film Theater 148, at 502 S. Cooper St.

Purchase tickets at or contact James Hawthorne at 817-823-4554.

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