The 32-member Harker Heights Kiwanis Club is known for more than just making good pancakes.
The club participates in several projects for which they give their time, energy and money to make a difference in the quality of life in Heights.
“Considering all the good things the club has done for the people of the city, they will, however, go down in the history books because of the simple pancake,” said member Jos Portmann.
One of the two major fundraisers for the club is the annual Kiwanis Pancake Supper. More than 500 attended the supper last year, according to unofficial results provided by the club.
“Planning is already underway for next year’s event, which includes a door prize drawing, sponsored through the help of local businesses and raffle items, as well,” said Vivian Marschik, club secretary.
The largest fundraiser for the club is its American flag delivery program.
“We deliver more than 350 flags each year,” said member Darrell Charlton.
Residents and businesses donate $25 for a flag and they are placed in people’s yards or at businesses on Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day and Columbus Day.
A majority of the money raised through the flag program goes to provide college scholarships for Harker Heights High School students. In May, the Heights Kiwanis Club awarded five $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors.
Receiving the scholarships were: Katelyn Greene, Robert Sluss, Sarah Kreigh and Lydia Kim. Anna Jordan received the H.B. Davis Scholarship, dedicated to the late Bill Davis, who was a Kiwanis member when the club started 42 years ago.
Two projects sponsored by Kiwanis that benefit the community are the Eastern Hills Middle School Builders Club and the HHHS Key Club. These two clubs teach children the value of community service and leadership to ensure the next generation will care about people in need and the community.
Several club members were recently recognized for their service. Diane Thompson was named Kiwanian of the Year. Retired Gen. Robert Shoemaker and Dick Dinwiddie were presented with Legion of Honor pins and certificates for 35 years of service to the club.
The current slate of officers is: Paul Loughran, president; Pete Laessig, vice president; Charles Sweeney, treasurer; Randy Stone, treasurer; and Vivian Marschik, secretary. The Board of Directors are: Richard Dinwiddie, James Hoyle, Jim McKinnon, Jeannette McNiesh, Mike Miller, Jos Portmann and Diane Thompson.
The Harker Heights Kiwanis Club meets at noon Tuesdays at the Central Texas Home Builders Association, 445 East Texas Expressway, Harker Heights.