Sertoma Club serves up pancakes for speech therapy

LIMA — Hundreds of families came out to Lima Senior High School Saturday for the Lima Noon Sertoma Club’s Pancake Day, which was held in person for the first time since the pandemic started.

The popular breakfast fundraiser, now in its 66th year, supports the club’s speech and hearing clinics and other local projects, bringing in anywhere from $20,000 to $30,000 each year, organizer Adam Rector said.

The club has sponsored the speech and language clinics, a five-week program that allows students to work with licensed speech and language pathologists at a discounted rate, for more than 30 years, in addition to providing affordable hearing aides to those who otherwise couldn’t afford them.

Some 70 volunteers, including members from other service clubs, met in the Lima Senior cafeteria Saturday to serve and cook breakfast—thousands of pancakes, 1,600 pounds of sausage and enough orange juice and coffee to go with it.

While the club continued to offer carryout service to families who ordered their meals to go, many opted to dine in instead.

“People wanted to get back inside, have good fellowship and see people they haven’t seen in a couple of years,” Rector said.

Mackenzi Klemann has been a reporter with The Lima News since 2019. She previously worked for Indiana newspapers and graduated from Taylor University. Reach her at [email protected] or 567-242-0456.