GILFORD — The Gilford Rotary Club will serve up its annual Pancake Breakfast Saturday, Aug. 24, from 7 to 10 a.m. at the Gilford Youth Center on Potter Hill Road.
Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for kids. Gilford Rotary's secret recipe all you care to eat pancakes will be served with sausage, orange juice, and hot coffee. All proceeds benefit the Cheryl Walsh Scholarship Fund.
The scholarship was started at the urging of club President Richard Ayers and other members of Gilford Rotary in 1988, and was first presented to Corey Ellis in 1989. Originally thought of as an "initially endowed" and eventually "self-sustaining" program, Gilford Rotary initially funded the scholarship with seed money. The proceeds/earnings of the investments plus contributions by members of the Foundation, board and Selection Committee as well as Gilford Rotary have resulted in $500 to $2,500 grants to the recipients over the years.
Since the beginning, a silver commemorative bowl, a citation, and the grant have been given to recipients at Senior Awards Night in June. Since the beginning, a selection committee of board members, friends and past recipients has conducted interviews to select the recipients. The Scholarship has traditionally attracted applications from the brightest and most talented leaders and scholar/athletes of the senior class.
Several fund-raising activities have provided additional resources over the years: a Rotary District Ski Race, early on, and the long-standing Annual Old Home Day Rotary Pancake Breakfast, more recently. The goal has been to raise and conserve a substantial enough principal to give a meaningful and truly helpful grant to each year's recipient(s).
Tax-deductible contributions may be sent to Treasurer, Cheryl Lynn Walsh Memorial Scholarship Foundation, c/o Gilford Rotary Club, Post Office Box 7091, Gilford, NH 03247-7091.
The club meets Fridays at 7 a.m. at Patrick's Pub at the intersection of Routes 11 and 11B in Gilford.
Sandra McGonagle, left, Larry Routhier, right, and other Gilford Rotarians work at the grill for the club's annual Old Home Day pancake breakfast. Proceeds from the event aid the club's scholarship fund. (Courtesy photo)