Rotary Club of Sioux Lookout adopts drive-through format for annual pancake breakfast
Tim Brody - Editor
Each year during the Blueberry Festival, Rotary Club of Sioux Lookout members serve pancake breakfasts to hundreds of people at the Legion.
This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rotary Club of Sioux Lookout wasn’t able to invite people to the Legion, but still served hundreds of pancake breakfasts, setting up at the Masonic Lodge at the corner of Fair Street and Second Avenue North and using a drive-through format.
“The pancake breakfast exceeded our expectations! We were not sure how the event would be received and we were excited to see everyone out to join us. We served 328 blueberry pancake meals between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. The lineup went all the way to First Ave! Comments were positive and people were happy that breakfast was being served, even in a limited capacity,” shared Rotary Club of Sioux Lookout President Tara Drew.
“As a club whose purpose is service, it was wonderful to get out and do something for the community. The members really enjoyed being able to get together and help raise some money for great causes.
“The money raised will go toward local youth projects such as Adventures in Citizenship, and an international project in Peru for a mobile ophthalmology van to reach rural areas. Of course, with COVID-19, we had to cancel our annual international canoe trip and our other youth programs, but are looking forward to returning to our programs next year, if possible,” Drew added.
The Rotary Club of Sioux Lookout’s next major fundraiser is Lobsterfest, which will take place in a different manner this year. Lobsterfest tickets will be available for purchase at Fresh Market Foods in the near future.
“Tickets are $40 for two lobsters and pickup will be a drive-through on Sept. 17 at the Masonic Hall parking lot, similar to how the pancake breakfast ran,” Drew concluded.