A Needham family orders food at the annual Rotary pancake breakfast at Needham High School. Photos by Robby McKittrick
By Robby McKittrick
Hometown Weekly Reporter
On Saturday, November 3, the Needham Rotary Club held its annual pancake breakfast for the community at Needham High School.
The event included a variety of games, face-painting, and, of course, pancakes. This was the 25th year of the pancake breakfast, and the community came out in full-force.
“It’s been an excellent showing so far,” said 22-year Needham Rotary Club member Tom Savino.
The event was held in the Needham High School cafeteria, and scores of families and children filled the room.“It’s great,” said Needham resident Chris Paulsen. “[The kids] can come and play some games, meet some friends, and then eat a bunch of food, so they have a good time … I think it’s a great event for the community, and we plan on coming ever year.”
The Rotary is a local and a national service organization. The Needham Rotary consists of around 25 members, and the purpose is to give back to the community.
“It’s the most prestigious service club you can belong to,” said Savino.
The purpose of the pancake breakfast is to raise money for the Rotary’s scholarship fund. Every year, the Rotary Club awards one student from Needham High School with a $10,000 college scholarship.
“It is the combination of the best and the brightest, and they have to have some needs,” explained Savino.
Bill Paulsen is the current president of the club, and he is thrilled with the different ways in which the Rotary can impact the community.
“I love it,” said Paulsen. “The idea of giving back to the community is really cool … It’s awesome to be able to do stuff with kids and other people in [town].”
The pancake fundraiser is just one of many events that the Rotary Club holds throughout the year. For example, every Thanksgiving, the group organizes a lunch for around 100 members of the community. They also deliver meals as well.
“It’s a great way to give back to the community,” said Savino.
“That’s the cool thing about that [lunch],” added Paulsen. “it’s such a community event. A lot of people take part in a little piece of it.”
More information can be found at www.needhamrotaryclub.org.