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Fly-In Pancake Breakfast comes in for a landing

The Rotary Club of Portola announces that its annual Fly-In Pancake Breakfast will be held once again this year at the Nervino (O02) airport in Beckwourth on Sunday, Sept. 10.

“We hope to have lots of aviators join us. This year’s event promises to be one of the best,” said organizers. “There will be live music, displays of classic cars and trucks, a bounce house for the little ones, and, of course, the Rotary Club’s delicious pancake breakfast.”

Rotarians Kim Wilbanks and Nora Shelton serve breakfast with a smile at the Fly-In Pancake Breakfast.
The event features food, live music, and prize giveaways.

Nervino fixed base operator Herb Bishop has been hosting the breakfast in his hangar for many years. “It’s a great event,” Bishop said. “It’s a lot of work to get everything all cleaned up and ready, but it’s all for a good cause. Besides, it gives me an excuse to go through things around here once a year,” added Bishop.

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The “good cause” is Rotary community service projects. Essentially, 100 percent of proceeds go straight back into the community, said organizers. According to Club President Renee Hermann, “Our Fly-In last year was such a success that we were able to increase our work in the community and hope to expand it even more with a successful event this year.”

Last year, Rotary provided a Thanksgiving dinner in a box to almost 100 local families, sent two Portola
High School juniors to a weeklong youth leadership camp at Grizzly Ranch, and put on a picnic barbecue in Greenville. The club dedicates some of the funds raised to teaching ethics lessons in local schools and to a literacy program that enables adults to read to elementary school students, provides books and facilitators for Rotary’s middle school and high school book clubs, and offers books for students.

Additionally, the Rotary Club of Portola partnered with Portola Junior-Senior High School, Eastern Plumas Health Care, The Rotary Foundation, and the Emily Jane Wilbanks Memorial Fund to provide a special program at the high school. This $12,000 partnership provided training for staff and students to strengthen a positive and nurturing culture at the school.

“This Fly-In is our signature fundraiser here in the community,” said Hermann. “All of our members are very engaged in making this year’s Fly-In better than ever. Attendance is the key to our success,” added Hermann. “Once again we will have prizes contributed by our many generous local businesses.”

Serving starts at 8 a.m. and closes at 11 a.m. Tickets are currently on sale at several local businesses and can be purchased at the door: $10 for children under 12, and $14 for adults. Breakfast includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, coffee, and orange juice. All first responders attending in uniform eat for free.

Information submitted by Rotary Club of Portola

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